Tuesday, December 21, 2010

First 2000 point Blightlord List

Here is the beginning of my first 2000 point Blightlord list so far, but I am only up to 1699 points. I still have 301 points to spend and I am not sure where to go from here. Anyone have any thoughts or advice they would like to share with me?

1 Daemon Prince @ 150 pts (Wings; Mark of Nurgle)

7 Plague Marines @ 271 pts (Plague Champion w/Power Fist, Personal Icon; Plasmagun x2; Rhino)
7 Plague Marines @ 271 pts (Plague Champion w/Power Fist, Personal Icon; Plasmagun x2; Rhino)
14 Summoned Lesser Daemon @ 182 pts

1 Blight Drone @ 125 pts
1 Blight Drone @ 125 pts

3 Obliterators @ 225 pts
1 Vindicator @ 145 pts (Daemonic Possession)
1 Plague Hulk of Nurgle @ 205 pts

Total Roster Cost: 1699

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tale of Five Gamers Update

Period One for the ToFG ended on Dec 4th and unfortunately I was unable to complete any painting of my 500 point army, so Zero points for me for Period One so far. Epic failure! I did get everything built except for the Objective marker. I have until Period Two ends (Jan 7th) to get my games in, so I might be able to salvage some points.

For Period Two, my 1,000 point Blightlords list is (changes in red):
  • Daemon Prince (Mark of Nurgle, Wings) - 150 pts
  • 7 Plague Marines (Plague Champion w/PF, 2x Plasma Guns, Personal Icon, Rhino) - 271 pts
  • 7 Plague Marines (Plague Champion w/PF, 2x Plasma Guns, Personal Icon, Rhino) - 271 pts
  • 10 Chaos Space Marines (Aspiring Champion w/PF, Chaos Glory Icon, 2x Meltagun) - 220 pts
  • 1 Obliterator - 75 pts
  • 2 Objective Markers
  • Total: 987 pts
I started building my Obliterator last night since that seems to be the trickiest thing to build (lots of little pieces). I am hoping to have everything built before Christmas because I have some time off from work for the Holidays and I can concentrate on painting.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New CSM Chapter Name Poll results

The results of my CSM chapter name are in (they have been in, but I am just getting around to it) and The Blightlords win. Here are the results.
  • Blightlords - 4 (36%)
  • Blightreapers - 1 (9%)
  • Blightseers - 1 (9%)
  • Blightsowers - 2 (18%)
  • None of the above - 3 (27%)
  • Other - 0 (0%)
Thank you to all who voted.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Still here...

Just a quick post to say that I am still around. I have been really busy the last month with family, work, illness, and holiday stuff, so I have not had much free time to work on hobby stuff. I have fallen behind in both my Tale of Five Gamers and the 40kFC 2010 Painting Challenge. Once Christmas has past, I should be able to get back to work and hopefully catch up on the ToFGs.

While I was sick for the past two weeks with a nasty sinus infection, I started reading book one of the Horus Heresy series, Horus Rising. This is the first Warhammer 40k novel I have read and I am really enjoying it. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, and maybe reading some of the other series.

Monday, November 15, 2010

What Chaos Space Marine Chapter Name to use?

I have been pondering what chapter name to use for my new Chaos Space Marine army. Originally I wanted them to be Death Guard, but I got to thinking that I might like to play more than just a Nurgle-aligned CSM army. So I wanted to come up with some kind of splinter chapter that is mainly aligned to Nurgle, but can have some non-Nurgle aligned units if I want.

In trying to decide on a name for the chapter, I really want the name to include the word 'Blight', but from there I am not sure. There are a lot of good ways this can used.

My first instinct was to use Blightlords. I searched the internet to see if the name was already being used for a CSM chapter, and it isn't. But it is being used quite a bit in other games. Should this deter me from using it? It probably shouldn't.

Anyway, I came up with a couple of names and I have put a poll on the far right column. Please take a minute and vote for your favorite to help me decide. Thanks.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

WIP - Winged Daemon Prince of Nurgle

I did not get as much hobby time this week, so I have not had time to post anything nor have I gotten much done. I have been spending time getting ready for my daughter's 5th Birthday party which is next weekend and doing all the fall chores that need to be done.

With the time I got, I got a bit of work done on my Winged Daemon Prince of Nurlge for the ToFGs. I think he is turning out good so far. Here are some pictures. What do you think?

Winged Daemon Prince of Nurgle
Winged Daemon Prince of Nurgle
Winged Daemon Prince of Nurgle

I wish I had taken the time to take some pictures of it while I was working on it to show what I did. I always mean to but I just get so caught up in the modelling that I forget to do it. I need to get better at that.

The head is my favorite part. I was not sure how it was going to look as I was doing it as I only had a general idea of what I wanted to do, but I like the way it turned out. I am not sure the gut came out as well as I thought it would, but I am definately happy with the rest of it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tale of Five Gamers underway...

Yes, Five Gamers. We had a fifth player join us who is doing Tyranids. We also had one other player who switched to Chaos Daemons which is nice as no two players are doing the same army. Anyway, the ToFG started this last Friday and the final line up is:
  • slipwing - Chaos Space Marines
  • daskrusher - Dark Eldar
  • Deacon - White Scars
  • JFink85 - Tyranids
  • Fabricator-General - Chaos Daemons
I was able to get my seven Plague Marines and six Chaos Marines assembled this weekend. Everything is ready for priming except the Plague Marine Icon Bearer. This is an older model that I used one of the new Plague Marine arms on, but his shoulder needs to be built up using some green stuff to look right. I have also started on the Daemon Prince but I have not made it very far yet. Here are pictures of the Marines.

Plague Marines
Chaos Space Marines

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ork Mega Dread Finished

I have finished my 40kFC Painting Challenge Project for the month of October, my Ork Mega Dread. I like the way he turned out. I'd like to give thanks to Mart (if you have not seen his Ork stuff, it is worth checking out) for the idea of sponging some Chainmail and Tin Bitz onto the yellow that helped put the final touches on it.

Next month's project is Painter's Choice and I am choosing my Ork Meka Dread.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mamon, Herald, and Nurglings...Oh My!

It's been a great week for getting painting done. So far I have got three projects finished, with a couple more that are close to being finished. First up, the Daemon Prince Mamon and Herald of Nurgle.

Mamon and Herald of Nurgle
Mamon and Herald of Nurgle
Mamon and Herald of Nurgle

I have to say, I love the Mamon model. It is just chocked full of great little details. The Nurglings bathing in the barrel on his back are my favorite. The model is also a lot larger than I originally thought, as seen in comparison to this Chaos Space Marine. If a CSM is seven feet tall, Mamon must stand around 18' tall and has legs the size of tree trunks. I cannot wait to get Mamon on the battlefield.

Mamon Size Comparison

Also finished are my seven Nurgling bases. It is hard to say if I will ever use these little guys, but my army would not feel complete without them.


Finally, and although not finished yet, here is my planned Chaos Space Marine color scheme. This is not my best paint job ever mainly because I was painting and re-painting it to get the color scheme I wanted. Anyway, what do you think?

Chaos Space Marines

Monday, October 25, 2010

Projects Update

Just a quick update on my Projects since I did not post much last week. First up, my Ork Mega Dread is coming along nicely. I just need to finish the base and technically I could call him done. However, I think I need to spend some more time adding more detail. Fortunately, I have until this Sunday to work on him. (Sorry for the blurry picture.)

I feel I am finally done customizing my Plague Hulk, but I am going to save painting it for the Tale of Four Gamers that I am in. I will lose a point for it already being assembled. I will probably paint it for Period 2.

Last week, my latest purchased arrived, the Nurgle Daemon Prince Mamon and Herald of Nurgle. I primed them yesterday and started painting them. I must say that these are two awesome models. They are nice additions to my army.

I also put together seven Nurgling bases last week that I found I still had not assembled. They are primed and ready for painting. And finally, my test Chaos Space Marine model is assembled, primed, and I started painting him last night.

Lots of projects, but I think I can get most of them done this week.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tale of Four Gamers

A couple of members of my local gaming club and I are going to be starting a Tale of Four Gamers (ToFG) on November 5th. I am going to be doing my Chaos Space Marine army. I was originally going to make a Death Guard army, but I think I am going to just make my own CSM chapter that mainly focuses on Nurgle, but will allow me to field a non-Nurgle army if I so feel like it. I have a couple of chapter names I am toying around with and will probably post a poll at some point so you can help me choose.

The rules for the ToFG are:

The contest will consist of four periods. In each period, each player must paint 500 points for their army and one themed objective marker. Each period will be four weeks to build and paint your army and one week to play your games. After each period, players will vote for which player has the best painted army and the winner of the vote will get an extra 5 points.

For period one, your army must include one HQ and two troop choices. The first period battle will be a four-way game since the armies are only 500 points.

Scoring is as follows:

  • Army painted on time: +10 pts
  • Voted for best painted army: +5 pts
  • For fighting the battle:
    • Win: 10 pts
    • Draw: 5 pts
    • Loss: 1 pt
  • Misc:
    • -1 point for each unit already assembled

The player with the most points at the end of period four wins.

My first 500 points will be:
  • Daemon Prince (Mark of Nurgle, Wings) - 150 pts
  • 7 Plague Marines (Plague Champion w/Power Fist, 2x Plasma Guns, Personal Icon) - 236 pts
  • 6 Chaos Space Marines (Chaos Glory Icon, Meltagun) - 110 pts
  • Objective Marker
  • Total: 496 pts
With only 15 models to paint in the first period, I should be able to get it done pretty quick, allowing me extra time to really Nurgle-up the Daemon Prince. It looks like I may spend some time painting on my lunch hour because I also have to paint my Ork Meka Dread in November for the 40kFC Painting Challenge.

I am going to put together one Chaos Space Marine to paint a test scheme on this weekend. It will have to match my Blight Drones that are already painted, so the base chapter color will be Dark Angels Green.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Getting to 2500 points

After my game last Thursday night, I got to thinking how I could get my Nurgle Daemons up to a decent 2500 point list. I am about 100 pts short. Fortunately, I have had the following model in my bit box for a while now.

I got this model in a trade a while ago. The guy I was trading with just threw it in because he did not want it. I did not know what it was until just recently and it turns out it is the Warmaster Greater Daemon of Nurgle. I mounted him on a 40mm base and I plan to make him into a Herald of Nurgle, which could easily use up 100 points.

At first, I though the model might be a bit small, but I think it will work. Here is a size comparison with a regular Plaguebearer. As you can see, it is shorter than a Plaguebearer, but more than makes up for in in sheer mass.

My only problem now is to decide what to equip it with. At first I thought a Chaos Icon would be the way to go, but I am thinking that Breath of Chaos would be a better option. It would add some offense, as well as a template weapon, to any unit it joined. Unfortunately, the model is missing an arm, so I will have to model something for this.

On the Ork front, work continues on my Mega Dread. Here is the latest WIP picture.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Nurgle Daemons vs Space Wolves - 2500 pts

Last night I headed up to one of my LGS that I do not frequent that often looking for a game for my Nurgle Daemons. I do not really have 2500 pts of Nurgle Daemons yet, but I was able to pad it out by taking options that I normally would not take (Plaguebearers with Noxious Touch & Instruments of Chaos, Daemonic Flight on my DP, IoC on the GUO). I do not think it was an optimized list, but here it is:
  • Great Unclean One (IoC, UM, CoF, BoC, AoD) - 235 pts
  • Epidemius - 110 pts
  • 7 Beasts of Nurgle - 245 pts
  • 15 Plaguebearers (NT, CI, IoC) - 265 pts
  • 15 Plaguebearers (NT, CI, IoC) - 265 pts
  • 15 Plaguebearers (NT, CI, IoC) - 265 pts
  • 15 Plaguebearers - 225 pts
  • Blight Drone - 125 pts
  • Blight Drone - 125 pts
  • Soul Grinder (Phlegm) - 160 pts
  • Plague Hulk - 205 pts
  • Daemon Prince (MoN, DF, IH, UM, CoF, NT, AoD, DG) - pts
This was my first game against the new Space Wolves codex and they were pretty much what I expected. While I do not plan to write out an full battle report, I wanted to write down some of the more memorable parts of the battle.

The mission was Annihilation and the deployment was Dawn of War. My opponent won the roll to see who goes first and he deferred. My GUO, Epidemius, two units of Plaguebearers, and one of the Blight Drones hit the table on turn one. My Opponent held everything back during deployment and brought it all onto the table on turn one.

One of the units of Plaguebearers got shot up and then assaulted by Ulrik and 5 Terminators because they were on his side of the board when they deep striked. Njal used JotWW on the GUO, who amazingly made his Initiative test! The GUO then lost a wound to a unit of Long Fangs.

On turn two, the GUO assaulted the unit of LFs and proceeded to eat three of them. The GUO won combat since the LFs failed to get any wounds through its defenses. Njal joined the LFs in the assault of the GUO on his turn two. The LF again failed to get any wounds on the GUO but Njal got one through. The GUO got one wound on Njal and ate the last two LFs. On Turn three, Njal got two more wounds on the GUO and the GUO proceeded to eat Njal, ending the combat.

Meanwhile, the Ulrik and his Terminators managed to kill off two full units of Plaguebearers, half of a third, and all seven Beasts. However, on the last turn, the PBs managed to kill off Ulrik. That was a vicious unit.

The Plague Hulk was immobilized when it landed in a river and was immediately immobilized, but managed to Vomit on some Grey Hunters. The Plague Hulk survived two shooting phases by Meltaguns thanks to his 5+ Cover save, but died to a power fist.

Final score:
Nurgle Daemons: 6
Space Wolves: 8

Even though I lost, it was still a fun, hard fought game. Before this, I had feared the JotWW and I still do. It helped a lot that the GUO survived this power, otherwise I think it would have been a much different battle since the GUO was the one that killed Njal.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

First battle with 1,250 pt Nurgle Daemon Tournament list

Last night I had my first practice battle for the upcoming tournament that I will be playing in. It was against Eldar and it was the weirdest game of 40k that I have ever played.

I know I said that I was going to play this list, but I decided to play the following list instead.
  • Great Unclean One (Cloud of Flies, Aura of Decay, Instrument) - 190 pts
  • 3 Beasts of Nurgle - 105 pts
  • 10 Plaguebearers - 150 pts
  • 10 Plaguebearers - 150 pts
  • 10 Plaguebearers - 150 pts
  • Nurgle Blight Drone - 125 pts
  • Plague Hulk of Nurgle - 205 pts
  • Daemon Prince (MoN, Iron Hide, Cloud of Flies, Noxious Touch, Daemonic Gaze) - 175 pts
  • Total: 1,250 pts
I went with this list as two-thirds of the time I would be playing objective based missions, so the three smaller units made sense. As it turned out, my first practice mission was Annihilation!

The deployment type was Pitched Battle and I won the roll off to go first and deferred. My opponent kept everything in reserve. On my turn one, I got my GUO, two units of Plaguebearers, and my Blight Drone. My opponent's turn two saw NONE of his reserves enter play. My half of turn two I got one unit of Plaguebearers. Here it was entering turn three and no shots had been fired and no models had been removed. It was crazy.

Turn three saw the arrival of two Wave Serpents filled with Dire Avengers and one Farseerer, a Falcon, and a unit of three Guardian Jetbikes. Everything of his shot, mostly at a unit of Plaguebearers, and missed with everything. My turn three saw the arrival of the Beasts and Plague Hulk. My Plague Hulk and Blight Drone tried to crack one of the Wave Serpents and both failed.

On turn four, the unit of Dire Avengers with the Farseerer disembarked close to a unit of Plaguebearers. The Farseerer cast Fortune on the Falcon and Doom on the unit of Plaguebearers. The Dire Avengers Blade Stormed on the Plaguebearers, but thanks to their high Toughness, Inv. Save, and FNP, only five were killed. On my turn four, the Daemon Prince arrived and came half an inch from DS off the table edge. He used his Daemonic Gaze on the unit of Jetbikes, but since they had Turbo-boosted in the previous turn, they all made their Inv. Save. My Blight Drone shot its Phlegm attack at the Wave Serpent from which the Dire Avengers disembarked from, wrecking it and killing six Dire Avengers. The five remaining Plaguebearers attempted to assault the Dire Avengers that shot them the previous turn, but only rolled a two for the Slow & Purposeful and failed to assault.

Turn five was the most exciting. The Farseerer cast doom on GUO. His second unit of Dire Avengers that disembarked that turn Blade Stormed the GUO and managed to get one wound through the GUO's Inv. Save and FNP. One of the units of Jetbikes shot at the GUO but no wounds got through; the other Jetbike unit shot and killed three of the five remaining Plaguebearers. The Farseerer and Dire Avengers assaulted the two remaining Plaguebearers, killing both of them.

On my turn five, the Daemon Prince used his Daemonic Gaze on a unit of Jetbikes and killed all three. The GUO released his Aura of Decay around the other Jetbike unit and the Dire Avenger unit but only one Dire Avenger was killed. The GUO then assaulted the unit of Dire Avengers. The Dire Avengers managed to get one wound on the GUO, but the GUO killed three Dire Avengers, breaking them and they ran off the table edge. The Beasts assaulted the Farseerer/Dire Avenger unit. The Beasts suffered one wound and failed to kill any Dire Avengers who all made their Armor Saves.

The game ended on turn five with me winning 3-1 in kill points.

I am really looking forward to using this army in the tournament and to getting in more practice games.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Second Blight Drone & Beasts of Nurgle finished

It was a productive weekend this last weekend. I was able to get lots done. I completed my Second Blight Drone and my last two Beasts of Nurgle.

On this Blight Drone, I decided to paint the rust darker than I did on my first one and I also gave the armor plating a wash of Devlan Mud. Unfortunately, the wash undid my drybrushing highlights. I still think it turned out really good. I painted the eye lens green on this one instead of red to differentiate between the two. I really love this model and at some point I am going to need to get my third and final one.

I know I did not pick out any details on the beasts, but this is how I painted my previous five beasts. I envision them as shapeless mounds of dead, rotting flesh taking form into a beast. Not very special, but I like them. These two complete my full unit of seven beasts. I am glad to be done with these beast models, they are horrible to put together and the gaps that I had to fill with green stuff was just ridiculous. If GW ever releases new ones, I hope they are better than these.

As for my other projects, I am slowly making progress on my Plague Hulk. At some point I am going to need to stop 'Nurgle-ing' up the legs; it seems like I could continue doing this forever since it is very time consuming to do all these little details. However I do not feel I am done yet. I will need to be done soon before I loose the good weather for priming.

I have done more painting on Epidemius, but I am not happy with the way he is turning out. I think that is why I stopped painting him the first time. Not sure what to do here.

I have also got some painting on my Mega Dread, here is a WIP picture.

I need to get these projects finished as I am really itching to get to work on my new winged Daemon Prince and my Chaos Marine army.

Friday, October 8, 2010

1250 Nurgle Daemon Tournament List

On Saturday, October 23, I will be playing in a local tournament that is only for members from my local chapter of the 40kFightClub. It is an annual event that is just for fun and bragging rights. For this tournament, I will be playing my Nurgle Daemon army.

To be honest, I have never considered this army to be competitive. I rarely ever win with it and generally the game ends in a tie. The army has some major disadvantages; it is slow and lacks ranged firepower. However, my recent acquisitions of Blight Drones and a Plague Hulk should help with this. I think it is doable and worth a try. Besides, they say that it is not the army, but the general, who wins the battle.

My initial 1,250 point army list is:
  • Great Unclean One (Cloud of Flies, Aura of Decay) - 185 pts
  • 4 Beasts of Nurgle - 140 pts
  • 14 Plaguebearers - 210 pts
  • 14 Plaguebearers - 210 pts
  • Nurgle Blight Drone - 125 pts
  • Plague Hulk of Nurgle - 205 pts
  • Daemon Prince (MoN, Iron Hide, Cloud of Flies, Noxious Touch, Daemonic Gaze) - 175 pts
  • Total: 1,250 pts
Since I have to be prepared for any mission type, I am torn between taking two large units of Plaguebearers (less kill points) or three smaller units (for claiming objectives). I am going to try the two large units first to see how that works.

I am going to try and get in some practice games with this list this weekend to see how well it works. If you have any comments or suggestions for this list, please let me know.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Project Update

I spent most of my free time cleaning and organizing my hobby area this weekend so I do not have much to report. I also spent a bit of time going over my current Nurgle Daemon army and what I still have left to do on it. While everything is mostly done, I still have some unfinished models to complete. In addition to my Plague Hulk that I am currently working on, I have two partially built Beasts of Nurgle that need building and painting and that will finish off a full unit of seven beasts. Epidemius is partially painted and needs finishing and I have a second Blight Drone to paint. And finally there are 15 more Plaguebearers that are primed and need painting. That is it.

While I am eager to start on my Death Guard army, I am going to finish up the following Daemon projects first: Plague Hulk, Blight Drone, Beasts, and Epidemius. It should not take long to finish up these four projects. I rarely need more than the 45 painted Plaguebearers that I already have, so I can hold off on painting the unpainted ones for now.

There are a couple other things I did get done this weekend. I primed both my second Blight Drone and my Ork Mega Dread, my 40kFC Painting Challenge Project for the month of October. I plan to start painting these this week.

I also got some more work done on my Plague Hulk, mainly on Nurgle-ing up the second front claw arm and getting all the legs and arms attached. I still have a bit more Nurgle-ing to do on the back legs but I think it is coming along very nicely. Here are some new WIP pics.

Plague Hulk WIP
Plague Hulk WIP

I also want to thank everyone who comment on my last post regarding the Nurgle Daemon Prince. All the comments were helpful and are appreciated. While I have not started on that project yet, lots of good ideas are brewing and I think I will have a good plan for when I start work on it.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Does a Nurgle Daemon Prince have to be bloated?

I picked up the new plastic Daemon Prince kit because I want to make a Nurgle DP with wings to lead my new Death Guard CSM army. While looking the sprues over, I realized just how thin this DP is. It would take a whole lot of green stuff to bloat this guy up into a proper follower of Nurgle. So I got to thinking, does it really need to be bloated? What makes a DP look like a follower of Nurgle? I put together this list of common traits that followers of Nurgle get.
  • Bloated
  • Rotting
  • Diseased
  • Pustules
  • Open wounds/sores
  • Sprouting Horns
  • Vents
  • Cloven Hooves
  • Tentacles (?)
I searched the web and bloating is almost always listed as the first trait of Nurgle followers, but as you can see, there are still quite a few other traits that I could use to 'Nurgle-fy' the Daemon Prince without bloating, but would it look right? I am not entirely convinced, but what do you think?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Killa Kan Squad Complete

I have completed my September project for the 40kFC Painting Challenge, a Killa Kan Attack Mob. I was able to paint Kans because they count as a Fast Attack choice in the IA8 Dread Mob list.

Killa Kan Attack Mob

I tried not watering down the Devlan Mud wash on these kans to see what effect it would have. I think it looks ok.

Next month I am planning on painting my Ork Mega Dread as my Heavy Support choice. Then for November, my Ork Meka Dread. Finally, for December, I just have to put together and paint three Ork-themed objectives.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Empire & Orks down, Ogres & Death Guard up!

Just some quick updates.

The Empire
Although I have only gotten in two games with this Empire army I was gifted, I have decided to put it away. While they seem to have some real potential in 8th edition, I just have too many other projects and armies that I want to concentrate on and I really do not have any desire to spend time on this army. I am not sure if I want to get rid of it either, so I am going to pack them up until I feel like doing something with them.

I am so burned out on Orks right now because of my resolutions. I knew when I made my resolutions this year that this would most likely happen since they all focused on Orks. I did it anyway because I wanted to get as many of my Orks painted as I could. So, with the exception of the 40kFightClub Painting Challenge, all of my resolutions are out. It was worth the attempt because of what I got done.

Now that I do not have to concentrate on my Orks, I am free to get back to work on my Ogres. However, I am still looking for a tribe name and tribal markings so that I can finish up my first unit of Bulls. Right now I am tossing around the name The Gutlords. It may not be the most original name as it is the same name as an Irongut champion, but it has a certain ring to it and I like it. I think it suits them as well. If I do go with this name, I would still need to come up with some kind of tribal marking. Anyone got any ideas?

Death Guard CSM
I have decide to begin work on a a Death Guard army. I got some good advice from DG players over at the 40kFightClub on putting a list together. With the stuff I already have, I just need a couple more things to have a playable army. I plan to take my time with this army, doing lots of conversion work in the process to really make the army unique looking, so it will probably be a while before it is ready for playing.

Nurgle Daemon Princes with wings seem to top the list as the best HQ choice for a DG army, so this will be one of my first projects. My current Nurgle DP does not have wings and I do not want to add wings to him as I run him in my Chaos Daemon army where wings are just too expensive to use. Besides, this gives me a reason to pick up the new plastic DP kit, but it will need a lot of green stuff to make this look right. I need to make a couple Plague Marine Champions with Power Fists, and assemble the rest of my Plague Marines. I will need to pick up two or three Rhinos and a unit of Obliterators as both were highly recommended. My Plaguebearers can proxy for lesser daemons until I such time as I can build some plague zombies for a 'counts as' unit of lesser daemons. Not really required, but would be a cool conversion. I could also use them in a Servants of Decay army from Imperial Armour 7 if I ever wanted to go that direction.

First though, I need to finish up my Plague Hulk.

Friday, September 24, 2010

New Necron & Ork Forge World Goodness

New stuff coming from Forge World. Both of these models are sweet. It is good to seen Necrons getting from lovin! I must say that I really like the mechanical insect look of the Tomb Stalker. Is this a preview of what the Necron future holds? I hope so.

Necron Tomb Stalker


Grot Mega Tank


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Death Guard Army?

Recently I have been thinking about building a Death Guard CSM army mainly because the rules for the Nurgle Blight Drone and Plague Hulk allow them to be used in a Chaos Space Marine army that contains at least one unit of Plague Marines. Dual army models like this are great and it would be great to get more use out of them. Since I am a big fan of Papa Nurgle, it would make sense to build a Death Guard list. I also have the following that I could use:
  • HQ
    • Nurgle Daemon Prince (from my Chaos Daemons army)
    • Typhus
    • Forgeworld Nurgle Sorcerer
  • Troop
    • 7 Plague Marines painted
    • 10-15 Plague Marines that need assembling
This seems like it would be a good start to a Death Guard list but I am not sure where to go from here. What else would I need to build a decent list? If anyone would like to offer up some advice, it would be appreciated.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Blight Drone Finished

I finally got around to putting the final touches on my Nurgle Blight Drone this weekend, which was just some final touch ups, finish spray, and adding static grass to the base. I can finally cross it off the project list.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Plague Hulk Claw WIP

As much as I like the Forge World Plague Hulk kit, one thing really bothers me about it, the legs. While its main body looks great, the legs are from the standard Soulgrinder/Defiler kit. The kit comes with Nurgle Infested shield plates and claws to add to them, but the legs still stick out as too new looking compared to the rest of the model. So I have decided to 'Nurgle-up' the legs on my Plague Hulk. Here is a picture of the first front leg and claw that I have been working on.

Plauge Hulk WIP

I think these little extra touches are just enough to tie the whole model together and not make the leg stick out anymore. I still have a little bit more work I want to do on this leg before I will be done with it. Here are some close up pictures of the leg.

Plauge Hulk WIP
Plauge Hulk WIP

Friday, September 17, 2010

First Anniversary

Today is the one year anniversary my first post. I originally started this blog for my Nurgle Chaos Daemon army. I was doing a Tale of Four Games at the time and I was planning on documenting my progress it in. Unfortunately, we never did finish the ToFG, but I did get about 1500 points of daemons painted.

In honor of this anniversary, I have started work on a special model for my Nurgle Daemon army. Here is a preview picture.

Plague Hulk

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Second Battle with Empire

Last night, I was up at my FLGS for Tuesday night gaming and I played my second game with this Empire army I am trying out. This time, I played against Gargunki's Lizardmen army. We played the Watchtower mission from the book with Gargunki controlling the tower.
  • Arch Lector of Sigmar: 223 pts (General; Prayers of Sigmar; Hand Weapon; Shield; Sword of Sigismund; Armour of Destiny)
  • Captain of the Empire (Battle Standard Bearer): 93 pts (Hand Weapon; Full Plate Armor; Battle Standard Bearer; Banner of Eternal Flame)
  • Wizard Lord: 285 pts (Level 4 Upgrade; Hand Weapon; Rod of Power; Talisman of Preservation)
  • Battle Wizard: 125 pts (Level 2 Upgrade; Hand Weapon; Dispel Scroll)
  • Warrior Priest: 136 pts (Prayers of Sigmar; Hand Weapon; Heavy Armour; Shield; 1 Ogre Blade)
  • Master Engineer: 82 pts (Hand Weapon; Repeater Handgun; Light Armour)
  • 38 Halberdiers: 388 pts (Full Command; Hand Weapon; Halberd; Light Armour; Shield)
    • 10 [Det] Handgunners
    • 10 [Det] Swordsmen
  • 30 Swordsmen: 360 pts (Full Command; Hand Weapon; Light Armour; Shield)
    • 10 [Det] Handgunners
    • 15 [Det] Free Company
  • 25 Greatswords: 280 pts (Full Command; Hand Weapon; Great Weapon; Full Plate Armor)
  • 18 Handgunners: 169 pts (Hand Weapon; Handgun)
    • Marksman: (Hand Weapon; Hochland Long Rifle)
  • Great Cannon: 100 pts (Cannon)
  • Mortar: 75 pts
  • Mortar: 75 pts
  • Helblaster Volley Gun: 110 pts
This time, I decide to use an Arch Lector as my general instead of a General of the Empire. I typically ended up storing two dice in the Rod of Power each phase. Those combined with the extra two dispel dice the Arch Lector generates and the one the Warrior Priest generates, I generally had more dispel dice than my opponent had power dice. It allowed me to shut down practically all of the Slann's magic phases. The Slann got off two spells the whole game (although it only went four turns). It was pretty impressive.

The most exciting phase of the game was when the Slann rolled snake-eyes for his power dice, and cast Regrowth on one of his Saurus units with IF. He had the magic item that allowed him to move the miscast roll to an enemy wizard on a 2+, but he rolled a one and ended up only loosing one magic level.

My magic phases were pretty uneventful as I did roll higher than five power dice all game long. The Rod of Power help with this, but I played conservatively and made sure to store two power dice to use as dispel dice in the opponent's magic phase.

The war machines did not do much in this game. Two units of scouting Chameleon Skinks killed off three of the four with no problems. It seems that scouting skirmishers who hunt war machines run rampant in my local scene and since I have been grouping three of the war machines together so they can all benefit from the Master Engineer, they have a tendency to not survive long. Not sure what to do about this yet.

Empire is an interesting army to run. Not sure if I am sold on them at this time. Overall this was a fun game, however, it was one of those nights when the dice were just rolling terrible for me during several parts of the game. In one enemy shooting phase, I failed five out of six 'Look out Sir!' rolls. The Greatswords (led by the Warrior Priest) were in combat with a unit of Saurus warriors and failed to do a single wound. They broke but at least they were not run down. Still going to get in two or three more games before I decide.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

First Battle with an Empire Army

Yesterday, I got in my first battle in with the Empire army I was given by my friend and it was against Rhellion's Skaven army. I went with an infantry heavy list as follows:
  • General of the Empire: 204 pts (General; Hand Weapon; Pistol; Full Plate Armor; Shield, Runefang)
  • Captain of the Empire: 93 pts (Hand Weapon; Full Plate Armor; Battle Standard Bearer, Shrieking Blade)
  • Wizard Lord (Lore of Life): 285 pts (Level 4 Upgrade; Hand Weapon, Rod of Power, Talisman of Preservation)
  • Battle Wizard (Lore of Fire): 125 pts (Level 2 Upgrade; Hand Weapon, Dispel Scroll)
  • Warrior Priest: 136 pts (Prayers of Sigmar; Hand Weapon; Heavy Armour; Shield, Ogre Blade)
  • Master Engineer: 82 pts (Hand Weapon; Repeater Handgun; Light Armour)
  • 40 Halberdiers 415 pts (Full Command; Hand Weapon; Halberd; Light Armour; Shield)
    • Detachment - 10 Handgunners
    • Detachment - 15 Free Company
  • 24 Greatswords: 430 pts (Full Command; Hand Weapon; Great Weapon; Full Plate Armor; Stubborn; Banner of Eternal Flame)
    • Detachment - 10 Handgunners
    • Detachment - 10 Swordsmen
  • 29 Swordsmen: 199 pts (Full Command; Hand Weapon; Light Armour; Shield)
  • 18 Handgunners 169 pts (Hand Weapon; Handgun)
    • Marksman (Hand Weapon; Hochland Long Rifle)
  • Great Cannon: 100 pts
  • Mortar: 75 pts
  • Mortar: 75 pts
  • Helblaster Volley Gun: 110 pts
Total Roster Cost: 2498 points

This was a list to test out some of the things for this army. Normally I would not arm my General of the Empire with a Runefang; it seems too expensive for what it does. It also uses up all of your magic item point allowance so you cannot give him any kind of ward save which I would think he really needs.

I also tried out a Marksman with a Hochland Long Rifle and I am not sure if this was worth it or not. I will have to try this some more.

The Master Engineer with a Repeating Handgun worked out good. I kept him centered in between the Great Cannon, Helbaster, and one of the mortars so he could help out with any misfires. He also helped to kill off the Gutterrunners who were harassing the war machines using his Repeating Handgun.

I liked the warrior priest even though I never used any of his prayers. The extra dispel dice he generates is really handy. He also is a nice character to add to any unit to add a little extra punch.

I really like the Rod of Power, it is a very handy magic item and at thirty points it seems a bargain. I cannot see not taking it for a Wizard Lord.

I am not sure what to think of Detachments at this time. The concept seems sound, but it makes deploying a little trickier. I was able to successfully countercharge using the Free Company and it won combat for me. It seems mandatory to do if you are playing an infantry heavy list like I was.

I did not get to try out the effectiveness of the Halbardiers as I lost 37 of them in one round of shooting from the Skaven. Two very well aimed shots from both the Warp Lightning Cannon and a warlock with Doom Rocket just decimated them.

The Swordsmen worked out good. With their higher WS and I, and with the help of the Warrior Priest and the Flaming Sword of Rhuin spell, they were able to not only withstand a charge from a large unit of Rat Ogres, but to beat them in combat and run them down.

Overall I enjoyed playing this army. They play quite a bit differenly than my Ogre Kingdoms army. I am looking forward to getting in a couple more games with them but I will need to tweak this list a bit first.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Empire Army Contents

About two weeks ago, an old friend of mine gave me his old 5th/6th Edition Empire army because he has no interest in playing anymore. I finally got a chance this last weekend to go through it and boy is there a lot of stuff. Here is the list combined with the little bit of Empire stuff I had left over from 6th Edition.
  • Karl Franz on Deathclaw
  • 3 Wizards on Foot (2x Celestial, 1x Grey)
  • 4 Mounted Wizards (2x Celestial, 1x Grey, 1x Amethyst )
  • BSB in full plate
  • 3 Master Engineers (1x Repeater Handgun, 1x Repeater Pistol, 1x/ Hochland Long Rifle)
  • 4 Warrior Priests (1x Mounted with Great Weapon, 1x Greatweapon, 1x Hand Weapon and Shield, 1x Hand Weapon)
  • Various Mounted Knight Special Characters
  • 50 Halberdiers with full command
  • 20 Swordsmen with full command
  • 20 Swordsmen with full command
  • 30 Spearmen with full command
  • 40 Handgunners
  • 16 Crossbowmen
  • 16 Free Company
  • 5 Archers
  • 24 Greatswords with full command
  • 33 Reiksguard Knights on foot with full command
  • 10 Reiksguard Knights with full command
  • 20 White Wolves with full command (Maybe a special character as well)
  • 20 Pistoliers
  • 12 Outriders
  • 4 Morters
  • 2 Greatcannons
  • 2 War Wagons
  • 3 Steamtanks
  • 4 Hellblasters
  • 1 War Alter
  • 12 Flagellants
  • Dogs of War
    • 9 Golfag's Ogres
    • 10 Voland's Venators
    • 20 Lumpin Croop's Fighting Cocks
    • Asarnil the Dragonlord
To be honest, I have no idea what to do with this army. I already have too much Warhammer stuff as it is, but it would be a shame to waste the opportunity to try out this army. I do not think Empire would not have been an army I would have considered if I was to do yet another army. The only problem with this army is that it is almost all unpainted and I have no interest in painting it. There is also a lot of stuff that needs repairing before it can be used.

I got a copy of the Empire army book and have read through it. It seems that I could put together a pretty decent list with this stuff. I also picked up a box of the new Plastic Empire Wizards on Monday just to check it out. I am planning on getting a game in this weekend with them to see what they can do.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Burna Boyz Complete

After a very busy month of August, I managed to finished my Painting Challenge Project for the month, a unit of Burna Boyz. I had orginally hoped to paint a unit of twelve boyz, but there was just not enough time to paint more than five.

Burna Boyz

For September's project, I am going to paint a Killa Kan Attack Mob of three Kans with Rokkit Launchas. I think I am going to set aside painting my Ogres for this month (since I still have not come up with a tribe name yet) and try to catch up on some of my Ork painting. For the past two months I have squeaked by on painting only minimum sized units and I was really wanting to finish whole units. I have already started painting another set of five Burna Boyz, my last Deffkopta, and my Fighta-bomma since it has been too hot and humid for the past couple days to prime my Killa Kans. Once they are primed, I will paint them first and then finish these other projects.

With the end of August, the year is now two thirds over. Looking at my resolutions for the year, I am not as far along as I had hoped to be at this time with only having two completed resolutions. I was expecting to have finished three or four. If it was not for the release of 8th edition Fantasy and me starting up an Ogre Kingdoms army, I think I would be. However, I still think I can finish them all. The only one that I question is the Skullhamma as I have not even started it yet.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Its Kind Of Like WHFB Christmas

Yesterday, one of the guys I used to play WHFB with back in 5th and 6th Edition gave me his Empire army. He has not played since 6th Edition and says he is not interested in playing anymore, which is a shame. I was hoping that we might under the new 8th Edition rules. We were part of a close group of friends that all played Fantasy and we played quite a bit, including a couple of campaigns. Our armies got to know each other pretty well and there were quite a few grudge matches. I played Chaos Dwarves and High Elves back then. Although I do not see many of them anymore, I remember those days fondly. Anyway, here is what he gave me.

A whole Empire army!

It included a copy of the 5th Edition Boxed set in very good condition. He only ever played Empire, so the Bretonnians and Lizardmen are still on the sprues. Also included are the Mordheim Skaven warband sprues still intact. Going through this really takes me back.

WHFB 5th Edition Box Set
WHFB 5th Edition Box Set
WHFB 5th Edition Box Set

Here is some of the Empire stuff. Looks like there is some Dogs of War stuff mixed in here too.

A whole Empire army!
A whole Empire army!
A whole Empire army!
A whole Empire army!
A whole Empire army!

I still have more to go through, but I think I will be able to use most of this stuff to put together a decent Empire army. I think I still have some of the Empire stuff packed away that came with the 6th Edition box set as well. I will have to inventory everything he gave me first. Too bad I have to work today.