Archive for March, 2011

STAR PHANTOMS;Building the first 2000 points

Posted in Armies on March 24, 2011 by doublek666

Dragon Forge Sanctuary series 

Drop Pod, Legion of the Damned, Fortress of Redmption
future additons, and projects
    Space Wolves

  1. Space Wolves 3/22/11

    After several years of planning, collecting, hunting on E-bay, long weeks of deliberation on color scheme/chapter, a little play testing, I’ve finally got what I think will be a fun, playable list for my Space Marines army. I’ve mainly played with my Space Wolves army seen in the case, for the last few years , with an occasional spin with the Space Marine Codex. And the Dark Angels, are still playable, as I have a decent Angels of Retribution army, nicely painted. With the release of Imperial Armour Volumes 9 and 10, I’ve been motivated to get a playable list on the field. I usually don’t play an unpainted army, but I want to start playing this list and will paint as I go.  The color

Sisters of Battle

Built and ready for paint

scheme in the new book is close to my Angels of Retribution. I already painted about 40 guys with dark grey/light grey and  turquoise blue scheme, and will stick to that. The original WHITE DWARF article in 1988, featured alternate campaign and camoflauge paint schemes for the armies. It is not too much of a stretch, to say that my battle force has some sort of nigh-time camofluage, or campaign alternative. I liked the Bell of Lost Souls campaign , and hope to play in Austin, Texas, one day. I’ve played a few times with my band, so hopefully I’ll get to play this army  there one day. As mentioned ion a previous post, my paint scheme was a fan created and chosen on a poll on BoLS, so it is a tribute to that campaign book. I’ll be using the new books of course, but will pay tribute to some of those ideas in my armies. there are expanded ideas in areas not touched on elsewhere, as well as obvious conflicts, as they are not congruent.

    I was able to finalize this first list, with the addition of two Vindicators, to pack some punch, or at least intimidate and distract the enemy. Thes two siege machines fit well into the story line, The siege of Badab prime, the Battle at the Palace of Thorns. They will also be fun for use in Planet Strike, crushing or defending bastions, driving through craters and blasting anything within 24″! My goals for the year include painting up my Planet Strike terrain. I also have more units for the Star Phantoms. But I’m currently building my Sisters of Battle. I finally decided I’d just order the bases I wanted and get this project off the ground. I wanted to wait at least three months before I bought anything this year, and worked on some things I had for my Space Wolves, and played that army. I finally decided to get the bases I needed and the two vehicles for the Space Marine army to get two armies on the table. Since the Space Marines are partially painted, I’ll finish up the first 2,000 ponits first. Then I’ll take some time to do these Siters of Battle justice. I recieved my Dragon Forge Santuary series bases, and they are perfect for this army, adding  some great pose opportunites, and a little height to this older range of models. I still need to build my classic Exorcists, after I base these squads to get my first 2,000 points on the table. I figure they will fit fine in a Badab War campaign, as  Imperial gaurdians of a sacred shrine containing an item once given to the founders of a planet in the Badab system, caught in the cross-fire of the war.


What I’ve done so far…..Star Phantoms

Posted in Armies on March 13, 2011 by doublek666

    When the current Codex:Space Marines was released , I decided to pay tribute to the ROGUE TRADER:Warhammer 40,000 days with my Space Marines.  The core of the force would be tactical squads, and some vintage Rhinos. I found some random vintage RT era metal Space Marines and a fresh box of RTB01 Space Marines. Over a couple of years I added a Predator, some Dreadnoughts, two new Legion of the Damned squads, an odd second edition Space Marine squad, some Chaplains, some Librarians, some old Terminators, some Captains. I’ve even acquired some Landraiders, one is an Ultima patern. So I’ve quite a collection of models. In the mean time, I’ve collected, painted and played with some other armies, including my first 40K army Space Wolves, and my second, Dark Angels.

     In the summer of 2009 I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a real of battle board, and a big box of 40K buildings, and have been able to play more games, and getter better as a result I have gained some experience, played in a few tournaments and ready to get a Codex:Space Marines army on the table.  I’ve tried a few builds, and played a few games. But I hadn’t quite decided which way to go with a core, tournament/pick-up game list, to start with. A major consideration was not spending any money, or as little as possible. I have more than enough models to field 3000+ and beyond probably, but I wanted a focused, themed 2000 point list, that would be effective in a tournament situation, and fun to play with at home. I also played some Planet Strike games, using my army a while back, that correlates with the siege of the Palace of  Thorns on Badab Prime.  I even have some drop pods, that ended up being used in the Space Wolves lists, that are gray and can be detailed in a cool, generic way to share between armies(a theme I have included in some of my army projects). My first list is inspired by the siege aspects of the climactic siege of the Palace of Thorns, the base of Huron Blackheart’s legion. After facing the fearsome Vindicator in some battles recently, I’ve decided to make one more purchase to add to this collection, 2 Vindicators! Yes, I’ll have to spend some money, and no they wont be vintage style, but these suckers dominate on the battle field, and fit the theme of the army. I’ve checked Ebay but found no significant deals on NIB Vindicators, and may have to buy them at a GW store, which is fine, just trying to save gas and money when possible. The Vindicators would play a key role in the course of building this army.

    Next, I definitely wanted to use my RTB01 boys. I’d built them up last year and started the painting process, the paint scheme based on George Millers fan favorite, Star Phanotms Space Marine paint scheme poll on BoLS. The turquoise and light/dark gray colors are kind of ghostly, and will look interesting on my Legion of the Damned squads. So I’ll include my three RTB01 squads as Tactical squads, with 3 missle launchers, 2 melta guns and a flamer. The sgts. have 2nd edition power fists and plasma pistols. I thought it looked cool, though I don’t usually use them, I like the pictures in the BoLS of the Star Phantoms with plasma pistols.

    I wanted to include at least 1 of my Legion of the Damned squads in this first army list, so they’ll be 10 strong and have a flamer and multi-melta. They can re-roll scatter dice, when they deep-strike in and are relentless, so can move, shoot and assault with the heavy, and rapid-firing weapons. With the remaining points I still wanted more things, but decided I needed some heavy hitting units, so I added a ten man shooty Terminator squad with assault cannon and a Librarian in Terminator armour. The homing beacons in the rhinos give Terminator squad and Librarian a safe deployment option coming in from reserves, as I can land within 6″ with no scatter. The terminators are old, metal ones I had, some will be repainted, and will use what ever they are armed with, one is even a 1st edition Space Hulk termie. The truth is I have 5 squads of Deathwing in my Angels of Retribution army, and 25 or so in my Space Wolves army, and 3 editions of Space Hulk. I have a lot of Terminators, and I’m sick of painting them. Except they look so cool and kick ass, so I use them a lot. So, I’m not buying the Terminator Assault squad I’d probably buy, I’m usuing these old shooty guys, and they will be fine.

    I had most of what I needed, except some bases for the Terminators, as I’d be using the 40mm rounds, as commonly used now. I’ve ordered the bases and am still shopping for the Vindicators. I took some pictures of the models I have built for the list, including a test model of a Tactical Marine. The Rhinos are each custom-built with various parts, and I plan to use some advanced weathering and battle damage techniques from IA Master Modelling Vol.1. So that’s it for now, I guess I’ve got a bit of painting to do. I’ll probably alternate the painting of this with my Planet Strike terrain project, and finish building/basing of my Sisters of  Battle army. These are my feature projects for the year. My goal is to finish them with as little to no spending as possible( I just dropped the dough for Sanctuary bases and accessories from Dragon Forge  for the Sisters). Must resist Blood Angels/Lamenters army till next year or year after, after much progress has been made on projects I have started. Frugal, practical purchases only to get the most out of my collection. I’m not going to be one of  those hoarders who is later selling/trading models off at a huge loss and waste of time. I may curtail my Lamenters project for a long while, and paint my Space Hulk models, with the option of using them on other bases for 40K. Eventually I’d like a Tyrants Legion army, with Lamenters, instead of  the Astral Claws. Also the themed IG army could be used as a standard Codex force as well, or the core of one. Since I have an entire IG army, that ‘only’ needs some vehicles to be tournament ready. But that will be expensive and time consuming in general, but will be incorporated into my Badab themes, for future campaigns and games of Apocalypse, Cities of Death, 40K standard and Battle Missions and Planet Strike.

First post!

Posted in Prcolamations of the Tyrant on March 13, 2011 by doublek666

Since 1987 or so when I stumbled upon a hobby magazine called WHITE DWARF, I have had an affection for a historic article by Rick Priestly giving a rich, evocative background for Space Marine Armies, paint schemes, battles and campaigns. Over the year, I have been reminded of this classic article, and revisited a few times over the years.There was an official campaign weekend in the U.K. back in 2005, based on the Badab War. There was a very cool fan made campagn created by the Fly Lords at the Bell of Losts Souls site. There was a short story in the ‘Legends of the Space Marines’ compilation, by Black Library, and numerous mentions of Badab War, and veterans of that conflict, and stories and background regarding the chapters involved, and one of the main characters, Huron Blackheart. There are many conflicts of fluff, but I’m would mainly be using the original WHITE DWARF article, all current historic timelines regarding Space Marine chapters, and the IMPERIAL ARMOUR Vol. 9-10, detaling the BADAB WAR, chapters involved, special army lists, maps, background, characters. I will also pay tributre to the BoLS campaign. I deliberated for many weeks about what chapter of Space Marines to do first , I chose the Star Phantoms, based on the BoLS fan made color scheme(George Miller). So I will write than paint scheme into my story. These stories, may appear on websites, submitted for short story consideration, or just as background for my own armies, games and campaigns.