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BFG – Demiurg and Tau Fleet Pics

DemiurgStrongholdHi Guys,

Sorry it has been so long since the last post, things have been a bit hectic with flat viewings, conferences, and work! Still I have managed to get alot of real life stuff done so it hasn’t been too bad.

Still, welcome back, and please do take a moment to have a look at the latest fleet pics I have of my Demiurg led fleet here.

IMG_1104I am really rather happy with how this fleet has turned out, especially the way that the classic Tau ochre colour scheme gels with the dirty cream of the Demiurg, connected through using the same spot colours of orange and bright green. I also think it represents a pretty uniqe style of fleet too, being largely demiurg with some less than optimal Tau support – very fluffy and unique.

IMG_1105The fleet adds up to a nice round 1,500pts and represents half of my whole Tau collection. The other Tau fleet that makes but the rest of the 3,000pts is a more typical Tau fleet composed of Explorers and Heroes etc, and should be making an appearance at some point  on the blog. I have recently hit a bit of a painting lull so it may be a while, but don’t worry I still have lots of bits and pieces still to post.

Thanks and give me a comment!

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BFG – Demiurg Stronghold Class Battleships

demiurg_stronghold_02Hi guys,

Welcome back to the fourth post detailing my current Demiurg / Tau fleet project. This time it is the turn of the Demiurg ‘Stronghold’ Class vessel, a pair of which make up the backbone of this 1,500pt fleet.

Side by side

Side by side

The paint scheme for these ships has been kept exactly the same as with the Bastion class vessels shown before on the blog, with the use of cream, bright green and bright orange across them. The cream has obviously been heavily washed to give the appearance of colour difference across such large ships, but also given that the Demiurg like to operate as mining ships, I want some “dirt” on them.

Front

Front

For those that don’t know, the Demiurg models were produced by Forgeworld really quite early on in the Tau release which means that they are resin. This is both a god-send, as it means you are not trying to balance a great big hunk of metal on a tiny flight stand (these are actually magnetised to it as they are that light), but it means that often putting them together straight can be an issue. I bought these models second hand (for a good deal!) but the previous owner has assembled them rather wonkily – the “wings” were not level etc etc.

Back

Back

The Stronghold class is a much beefier model that the Bastion class which matches well with the fluff that a Bastion class will carry a single ‘clan’ of Demiurg, while a Stronghold is liable to have three or four ‘clans’ within it. In game they are DC10, 15cm move ships with a 6+/5+ armour save, four shields, and four turrets. That’s pretty decent for a ship, but comes in slightly slower and smaller than an Imperial Battleship. Almost in recompense, the Stronghold has one of the most fearsome short range armament in the game: its has FP12 30cm Weapons Batteries on each side, backed up by FP3 60cm lances on each side too. In addition it has a FP14 45cm Prow weapons battery (this would be amazing if it were F/L/R, but sadly its Front facing only…), as well as the usual Demiurg Cutting beam.

Sides

Sides

Now all this might be enough, but each ship also comes with six torpedoes and three fighter/bomber/assault boats. This makes the Demiurg vessel really very heavily armed, but, like with the Bastion, alot of the arcs / ranges do not match up well. I think that this would encourage playing the vessels close to one another in the hope that you could get the bands to match up and truly hammer the opponent. Like all Demiurg the Stronghold starts with high leadership (10 in its case, 9 for a Bastion), and ignores the effect of all celestial phenomenon, including blast markers – which makes the 15cm move better than it might otherwise be – not bad for 350pts which is basically the same as an Imperial Retribution class Battleship is it?

I think this makes them a pretty interesting fleet to play / fight against, and I hope to take them to the stars in the near future. I have some pictures of the full fleet together still to post as well soon. Otherwise I have been playing around with some spare Imperial cruisers I have and painting some bits and pieces.

Thanks,

Gus.

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BFG – Demiurg Bastion Class Cruisers

Everyone remembers Squats right?

Everyone remembers Squats right?

Hi guys,

Back after a slow blogging period with some Demiurg ships for BFG. Demiurge are a bit of a weird one, in that they only appear in BFG as allies / mercenaries in the Tau Empire list. This hasn’t stopped them being labelled as the Squats by everyone, but I am not sure what they really share beyond being technologically advanced miners. There is one concept sketch supposedly by Jes Goodwin which shows them as short and fat, but it does seem a little bit of a stretch…

Front

Front

The ships are really nice with lots of detail which makes them perfect for drybrushing. I decided, after asking for inspiration on the BFG Facebook Group, to take a rather different to normal scheme and go for a cream shceme in contrast to the more established metallics. In addition to the cream (undercoat pale gray, heavy drybrush white, drybrush cream) I added some Green and Orange as contrast colours which I think has worked very well. They look really rather nice next to the brighter colours of some of my other fleets.

Left

Left

Right

Right

In game the Bastion Class is the smaller of the two available Demiurg ships, being roughly analogous in size to an Imperial Cruiser but much more heavily armed. It has the standard 8DC, 2 Shields, 6+ prow 5+ sides, 2 turrents, and 20cm speed like an Imperial cruiser but is armed with a wide variety of armaments – FP6 30cm Weapons Batteries on either side, FP2 60cm Lances on either side, FP8 45cm Weapons Batteries on the Prow. In addition to this, which is already quite fearsome (It is like a Lunar with longer ranged lances and an extra FP8 to the front…), it also has two unique weapons systems. It can launch either four torpedoes to the front or two squadrons of fighters / bombers / assault boats in each turn and also has a prow mounted cutting beam. This hoovers up blast markers that the ship moves over and turns each one into a 15cm Lance shot.

Top

Top

I am not sure how often the cutting beam will prove useful or get to fire given how short the range is, but each ship can more than handle itself in a fight. The weapons are a little bit too diverse to be truly fearsome though – different ranges and facings make bringing all of them together rather tricky.

These two ships form the core of my Demiurg fleet, along with two Stronghold Class ships that will make an appearance soon. I hope everyone is having a great hobby-tastic time!

Gus.

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