On the Eve of the Apocalypse

Typically, gigantic apocalypse games allow me a significant amount of motivation to paint my miniatures.  Chaosbro and I have been playing through a kill-team campaign in preparation for a fairly large Apocalypse battle, so you’d think that I’d be painting my ass off in order to get things ready to go on camera.

Pictured: My procrastination Mechanism.
Pictured: My procrastination Mechanism.

Welp.  The game is tomorrow.  That ain’t happening.  At least not to the extent that I was initially hoping.  Here’s my (likely final) Apocalypse list:

 

Yo Dawg, I Heard U Liek Blood (~5,000 pts)

  • The Emprah’s Mighty Flow’ry Meadow (1 HP remaining)
  • Sir Winston of House Hawkshroud (RIP)
  • Cadian Combined Arms:
    • Knight Commander Pask – Punisher, Multi-meltas, MBT Bro
    • CCS w/ Creed (RIP), 4x Plasmas
    • 2x Meltavets in Chimeras
    • Armoured Sentinel, multi-laser
    • Armoured Sentinel, multi-laser (lolll)
    • Armoured Sentinel, multi-laser (lolllll)
    • Leman Russ Exterminator
    • Aegis Defense Line
  • Emprah’s Spear (Vendetta)
  • Emprah’s Wrath (Manticore, Basilisk, Wyvern)
  • Dominus Maniple:
    • Dominus w/ Uncreator Gauntlet
    • 5x Vanguard w/ Arc Rifle, Arc Pistol, Taser Goad
    • Guncrab w/ Neutron Laser
  • Strike Force Deathstorm:
    • Captain Karl!
    • Raphen’s Death Inc.
    • Cassor Le Damned
    • Terminator Squad Alpheus
  • Allied Detachment (Blood Angels):
    • Death Company Chaplain
    • 5-man Tactical Squad w/ Grav, combi-grav, power fist & Razorback
    • Deredeo Pattern Dreadnought

The sum total of the above is about 4,470 points, and requires me to paint another, 4 tactical marines and 2 Death Company models and lay some details down on the Deredeo Dreadnought.  Cool.  That might be achievable for tomorrow.

That leaves me about 650 points to shoe-horn fun things into that there list.  My thoughts:

  • Sicarian Infiltrators – these things look too cool NOT to use!  Though fragile.  I’ll have to keep them hidden or outflanking. Unfortunately with no  additional vanguard painted I’ll be forced to go ‘unbound’ to bring them.
  • Sydonian Dragoon – again, too cool to pass up.  He’ll fit in nicely with the Cadian Stompies and Cassor Le Damned. Welp, since we’re unbound may as well go full hog.
  • The Corvus Vulture….?  It’s primed, not painted.  If I get those 6 Blood Angel dudes banged out then maybe I’ll start going on this.  yeesh.  Welp, if this doesn’t work out then I can always go…
  • Hellhound?  I always forget these are useful things, and may be good at cleaning up backfield units…?
  • Scions…?  They’re a bit delicate but yeah, I could shoe-horn them in for back-field cleaning duties.
  • Rust-stalkers…?  Nurrrrr.  That’s a pipe dream.
  • Sanguinary Guard?  More likely than the stalkers (2 colours, some details…)

Anyways.  All this to say my final list is subject to change based on how much I get done this evening.

I’m *STOKED* to be throwing some dice tomorrow.  Hopefully I’ll keep detailed notes so I can write up a long over-due batrep.

Conversion: Corvus Vulture

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The first sip of Emperor’s Finest StimCaf tasted strangely bitter this morning to Colonel Wishart, sitting in his Command Chimera.  Gagging, he resisted the urge to fling the cup at the driver, who probably brewed it using the primary oil filter again.  The tankers felt it was a right of passage.  The infantry (rightly) thought they were insane.

Perhaps reading his thoughts, his vox officer took the cup away from him before he created a regrettable mess.

“Message from the front lines.  Second platoon’s located and secured a crashed Inquisition vessel, Blackstar class.  It doesn’t appear there are any survivors.”

Wishart wrinkled his brow in contemplation.  Having Deathwatch involved in his airspace was an indication that the battle is about to get a lot hairier.  Despite a large Imperial Armada presently in orbit, the navy was no-where to be found during the fierce fighting these past few days, which makes ground operations needlessly difficult.  His relationship with the navy had been… Acrimonious as of late.

“Did second platoon indicate the condition of the craft?”

“Poor, but it may be serviceable.”

The gears continued to spin.  “Send it on our chief mechanics to take a look.  Do not alert the Commissariat, Inquisition, or the Mechanicus.  …We’re going to need all the help we can get.”

“…Understood, sir.”

Both knew there would be no Tribunal hearing if anybody dressed in black found out about this.
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Project R: Integrating by Parts

EDIT: Took down the cover image because for some reason it was overwhelming people’s blog-rolls…. Not sure why prisma did this…

I’m still moving glacially slow when it comes to my painting projects I’m afraid, however I think a part of this might be the fact that I’m not dividing this ship into manageable parts.  With this in mind, I’ve been making incremental progress on the parts I’ve already got assembled, concentrating on the forward superstructure and funnel assembly (which was a testing bed for my painting style, colours, etc.)

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Project R: Re-Evaluating My Objectives

Historical Modelling is bloody intimidating.  Completing this project is suddenly the single most daunting project I’ve had sitting on my desk in a long while.  Here’s why:

Bismarck Colourized (bismarck-class.dk)
I want to extend my thanks to bismarck-class.dk – this site has actually thoroughly inspired me in the past. All credit goes to them for these pictures.

This thing actually existed.  There’s pages upon pages of forums of what colours this thing was sporting on a month by month basis.  People have filled books with photographs and artwork of this ship.  It’s not like fantasy or science fiction, where you rely on made-up lore for your inspiration. Continue reading Project R: Re-Evaluating My Objectives