Archive for March, 2014

Battle of Optera Part 8

Posted in Prcolamations of the Tyrant on March 18, 2014 by doublek666

20140318_112118     I was able to take the night off from band rehearsal and started building out my MINOTAURS SPACE MARINE Tactical Squad. I based the Sgt. off of Veteran Sgt. Geryon from IMPERIAL ARMOUR 10. The Tactical Squad is mainly composed of the Mk III Iron Armour variant, with a few swaps here and there. The kits didn’t come with Bolters or weapons, so I’ve cobbled together a flamer, missile launcher and some bolters. As I’m building them, I’m wondering if I should order some bolters for them, or if I’ll have enough on hand. Maybe these guys need a special gun. I wont be gluing them at this time, so I can leave the arms unglued, (just pinned) for now. They look really cool, and I’m trying to add some subtle differences  while building them, and some later details will help distinguish them. This squad will look great with a simple paint job, and the decals. Looking forward to the rain ceasing around here in Seattle, it has been raining for two months. It is driving me crazy! I want to get out side and do some work with my airbrush. I’ve got a lot of models to assemble for now so I’ll try to focus on getting both of the Strike Forces built for this mini Campaign.

Battle of Optera Part 7

Posted in Prcolamations of the Tyrant on March 13, 2014 by doublek666

     It is tough to jump back into my project after a month of almost no activity due to being severely ill with a flu like virus, I have cracked open the BADAB WAR Imperial Armour Books and have been inspired to start building out some of the squads for my expanded army lists. I went from 1000 to 1500 points per Strike Force. With the amount of extra bits and parts I have around, I found I could fill out both strike teams with a few upgrades included. I gave the troops more shooting and close combat weapons. I’m mulling the idea of magnetizing the jump packs for switching out for various scenarios and expanded forces for larger battles. It would make it easier and cheaper if I just committed to gluing on jump packs, but it is not hard to find the right size magnets and create the option  to add regular backpacks later so they can ride in transports and be more versatile for the coming years. Since this project came to a halt anyway, why not hold off and do the magnetizing. Just on the packs for now, I don’t want to be to tedious with arm swaps or what ever.

     I found my notes and army lists. I had planned on using mainly Mk II armour variants for my three 5 man MINOTAUR SPACE MARINE Assault Squads with Jump packs. I’ll definitely use the Mk II Jump Packs for these squads for consistency, but I’m not sure about the make up of the squads. When I envisioned using the Forge World Armour Mk variants, I thought about artwork I’d seen in various SPACE MARINE CODEX. Each troop with slightly different combination of armour. Even within the sets there are variations, so to have every MARINE completely unique is very feasible. The individuals and squads will be tied together with iconography, colors and markings and cohesive as a strike force. Perhaps some squads are merely thrown together from remnants, in the case of the LAMENTERS at  least, as they suffer defeat, historically. I’m especially inspired by the graphics in the books, as I feel these are the most recent, and most official representations of this old bit of story, now more fully expanded. I know there are many stories to tell in this framework. Starting with The Battle of Optera I’d like to extrapolate on the themes in some short stories and ultimately official novels. If that might ever happen, it is an idea much inspired by STAR WARS and THE CLONE WARS series and back story.

My first MINOTAUR is inspired by Assault Leader Isskar a Veteran Brother credited with the capture of the SUSPIRIS LOX. More on that later, but I recreated him as a Sgt. for one of my MINOTAUR Assault Squads. He’s armed with a Thunder Hammer and Storm Shield. Maybe I’ll create a model for all of the pictured MARINES to represent the individuality of the Squads within the strike force. This is definitely the fun part, kit bashing all of the sets I purchased for this project, and the nice selection of bits I had on hand to create a diverse collection of unique models for this Campaign. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years. I have started on a much smaller scale than I had originally been inspired to recreate, but certainly a significant bit of work. And a great foundation to inspire some of my friends, who could easily assemble at least one Strike Force to participate in the Battle of Optera Campaign!20140313_07280320140313_072630 Or some other battle or scenario in this Campaign setting.