Saturday, 4 November 2017

Making of a Desert Gaming Board - Part III

For my gaming board to be complete, some pieces of area terrain are clearly missing. The start makes this little sandbag emplacement here.





The terrain piece itself originates from Forgeworld and is called "Imperial Emplacement". Due to the painting and the palms, it adapts pretty well to the plate, I think. By the way, the next piece is already in the works.

Making of a Desert Gaming Board - Part II

3.  Palm trees

To loosen the scenery up, I bought two packs of palm trees from amazon and glued them on foamboard bases. I also added cork board pieces, gravel and smaller foam rocks.


Later on, these pieces were painted in the same way as the gaming board before. They fit in quite well:





4. First game


The gaming board is not finished yet, but really I wanted to play a game or two on it. Here are some impressions of this gaming session with my friend Funky_Biber:






 It was hell of a fun, but clearly some pieces of area terrain were missing...

Monday, 30 October 2017

Making of a Desert Gaming Board - Part I

I wanted to build a new desert gaming board for myself. But I will not build it from scratch. Rather I will revert to my old Citadel Realm of Battle Game Board. It was painted as a gray ash desert and I was honestly fed up with it and wanted to do something about it. On top of painting the board, I will also build some suitable terrain.



1. Coloring the gaming board

This was the easiest and fastest step. I bought some brown wall paint in my nearest hardware store (schöner wohnen - karamellbraun) and painted it directly on my old roughly cleaned board. Then, I mixed the brown color in a ratio 50:50 with white wall paint and drybrushed it on the brown board. Finally, Agrax Earthshade was applied into the recesses using a fine brush.


2.  Carving Hills/Rocks

But what is a real gaming table without terrain? So, I used my hot wire cutter on some glued together foamboards to create some rough hill shaped objects.



Later on, I carved more details into the foam blocks with a utility knife. This video tutorial here helped me a lot to get things right:


Adding some final touches with some fine gravel and cork board:


Painting my first hill in the same manner as the board:




Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Tallarn Desert Raiders: Ogryn Bodyguard

As I studied the new Astra Militarum Codex and watched the one or the other youtube video, my attention was drawn to the Ogryn bodyguard. I would like to give it a go in my next games and therefore bought an old pewter Ogryn on ebay. A fitting Slabshield was quickly tinkered and the Blood Angels helmet on the chain acts as the "Deathmask of Ollanius". Hope you like him.



Saturday, 7 October 2017

Talons of the Emperah and Friends in Action

Last Saturday evening, my Talons of the Emperah had the opportunity to fight against Funky Bibers Tyranids. Since I could build a 2000 army with the Talons alone, they took some friends with them.


We played a standard kill point match because it was my second game in the eighth edition, therefore we wanted to keep it simple. However, I did not expect any great chances versus as Funky Biber's army, when he placed five times more miniatures on the table than I did.  

I had the first turn and managed to decimate the Tyranids quite well from afar. The Tyranids, however, seemed to be relatively unimpressed as they stormed forward. Close combats erupted everywhere, quite early in the game. My troops, however, were able to stand their ground. 

At the end of my fifth turn, only three Termagaunts and one Harpy were left. In contrast, the Talons "only" lost the Custodes Guard, the Sisters of Silence and a Contemptor Dreadnought. My MVP was clearly the Contemptor with the Multi-Melta, who shrug incredibly much damage off and also dealt much damage to the Tyranids.

Overall, I am positively surprised by the Talons and I am curious how they will do in the next games.







Saturday, 30 September 2017

Custodes Venerable Land Raider

Here is my finished Custodes Venerable Land Raider, which was a Crimson Fists Land Raider Redeemer in its former life. Hope you like it.





Saturday, 23 September 2017

Tallarn Desert Raiders with Special Weapons

After a very long time, I painted some Tallarn Desert Raiders again. It was a lot of fun and there are more of them to come. And yes, the Desert Raiders with Flamers are conversions, because GW hasn't released official models yet. 



Furthermore, three of my four Chimeras are armed with twin Heavy Bolters now. In my opinion, this is a good weapon loadout in the 8th edition of 40k, is it not?



Saturday, 16 September 2017

Custodes Land Raider Conversion

As you might know, the only viable option for Custodes to get around in 40k is a Venerable Land Raider. So far so good. But if you compare the size of the assault ramp with a Custodes, the scale is really off. They virtually have to limbo dance their way to the outside! The red line marks the size of the ramp:


That's way too off and the reason why I converted this old Land Raider Redeemer respectively. As you can see, the opening became larger and the Custodes would be able to fit through (just imagine the miniature without its base).


I used the aquila from the Custodes vexilla to decorate the upper side of the ramp. And as you see, the closed ramp beacme also slightly larger than the original one.


I am quite happy with the result and the paintwork will hopefully do the rest to give it a proper look.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Talons of the Emperah: Custodian Guard

Last year I bought my first Custodes sprues but painted only one test miniature. Then, everything went silent for several months. Therefore, I am happy to have finished my first Custodian Guard Squad yesterday!




Friday, 25 August 2017

Adeptus Custodes: Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought II

Here comes my second Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought for the Adeptus Custodes. This guy is based on the Custodes Contemptor Galatus Dreadnought from Forgeworld. Sadly there are no 40k rules for the Forgeworld model yet and so I equipped him with a Kheres Assault Cannon and will play him as a normal Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought in my next 40k games.

  




I attached magnets on the left arm and therefore can switch the Kheres Assault Cannon with the Praesidium shield (still unpainted), if needed.


Finally, this "golden boy" reminds me of an old anime intro...