Battle of Optera Part 5 MALAKIM PHOROS

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

Due to being under the weather, and trying to finish writing an album with my band, I have not been able to work on my project. I did, however complete work on an HQ unit for my LAMENTERS SPACE MARINES, Malakim Phoros. He is the LAMENTERS chapter Master, known as the Lord of Ruin. He is believed to have been slain in the final battles of Optera aboard the Battle Barge, DAUGHTER OF TEMPESTS. Ultimately I’ve come to believe that WARHAMMER 40K is best presented in a somewhat focused format, not necessarily for balance purposes, it is just too expensive to serve as a Pokémon style catch em’20140205_130132 all type game trying to stay ‘competitive’. Malakim is armed with an INFERNO PISTOL and GLAIVE ENCARMINE. His rules demoralize his opponents and his rules strengthen his fellows resolve.


Battle of Optera BADAB WAR CAMPAIGN Part 4

Posted in Prcolamations of the Tyrant on February 6, 2014 by doublek666

20140206_010407In my last post I had received my ASSAULT TERMINATORS, and worked out my MINOTAUR squad. Soon after that the boxes began to arrive. Within a few days all of the items I purchased for this project had arrived. I put together the LAMENTERS TERMINTOR to fit in with the SPACE HULK TERMINATORS, ultimately, as part of a larger collection. I haven’t included them in this campaign. I want to remove the molded bases, but that can wait. The LAMENTERS TERMINATORS will be more decorated and weathered, while the MINOTAURS will have sparse decorations, and cool decals from FORGEWORLD.


Posted in Prcolamations of the Tyrant on January 25, 2014 by doublek666

20140125_150730Just a quick update on my progress. I got the MINOTAUR TERMINATOR ASSAULT SQUAD built. I researched buying round Spartan style shields, Forgeworld  MINOTAUR SPACE MARINE shoulder pads. Not only were these items a significant expense, I decided I didn’t like or need them that much. I probably wont extend this force beyond 1500-2000 points. I like the clean simple examples in the IMPERIAL ARMOUR 10, of the MINOTAUR ASSAULT SQUAD. I chose the least ornamented legs, trimmed the spotlight from the armor ,and choose the standard eagle chest plates for the 5 man ASSAULT SQUAD. I decided to go with all Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield, as it was a free exchange from Lightening Claws, and they kick ass! I wanted the sparsest decorations on the Armour, so I’d have room to apply the MINOTAURS decals. Technically the MINOTAURS would be the attackers in the Blood in the Void mini-campaign, so I posed them as they might be getting ready to attack. And they look cool in a squad, as they have complimentary poses. It came out good. I lightly glued the shield arm, so I can remove it for painting, I just want to see how they look first.


Posted in Armies on January 23, 2014 by doublek666

20140122_151248 20140122_151224     I’ve been wanting to collect some more BADAB WAR armies for a few years now, and have had lists written over the years. But spending the money on redundant toys has kept it as just a creative idea. Keeping up with the constantly changing game seemed daunting. I’m busy. I’m a slow painter at times. I finally decided to make the investment, and put together a plan for how I want to play 40K now. For my HOUSE 40K BADAB WAR CAMPAIGNS, I’ll be using all of the rules published around the 5th Edition 40K, including the 4th Edition expansions and Codex, we would’ve used during that era. I’ll collect some of the armies, and have the whole thing ready to play for my friends to come over and jump into the games! 

     Initially I thought I’d collect a LAMENTERS detachment. As more and more great models and kits have come out over the years, I’m glad I waited! I really want a mech build. Rhinos, Razorbacks. A Jump Pack heavy army would make more sense, as I’ve got mech armies already. More and more I was determined that the army would be my new main army to play with, and such. As 40K 6th EDITION came, it just didn’t seem feasible to collect another big SPACE MARINE army, when I’ve got several mech based armies already painted, or that could use a few more models finished. The prices have been out of hand for years, and I had many projects that I could work on. I have collected some other games and models in the meantime. But every so often, I think about BADAB again, and wish my STAR PHANTOMS had a foe to battle. I reread the ZONE MORTALIS rules, and then pulled out my IMPERIAL ARMOUR BADAB WAR set (9-10), and did some research. Inspired by my DEADZONE terrain, and the BATTLESYSTEMS terrain I helped fund, I’m excited about doing some smaller battles using the Boarding Action rules. The WAR has years and years worth battles and stories to play out. Ship to ship boarding action and other similar environments for cool, different battles to incorporate into the campaign. Missions between regular CAMAPAIGN BATTLES. That is the vision I have, one day of a collection of several of the armies. Lots of painted terrain,several environments to fight in. Ultimately I don’t want to rely on others, to share the vision. It is an expensive, and time consuming project, with no real rewards, unless you count pursuing fun. These wont be competitive armies, just themed, specially painted SPACE MARINE armies in different colors. I want friends of various experience levels to be able to show up here and just read a little intro and start gaming. I’ll keep the armies very simple, not an abundance of special rules or killer combos. The upgrades will be sparse, and the models equipped to fight each other. But they will be magnetized, and the squads can be filled out as the points level escalates for future scenarios. After some reading, I decided this first project would revolve around ship to ship type conflicts based around the battle in the OPTERA system between the LAMENTERS and the MINOTAURS.

     It would be cool to have small detachments of all of the BADAB WAR armies, or have a few and have some other FANATICS participate, who are willing to build and paint era appropriate themed SPACE MARINES armies. In many cases, chapters would be working together as allies, like as in 40K 6th Edition. To get things started I decided to devise a little campaign, collect build, paint and prepare the scenarios. I really enjoy the color plates in the IMPERIAL ARMOUR books, and I’d like to have my collection resemble these concepts. Any SPACE MARINE enthusiast wants a chance to use some of newly released ARMOUR Marks. Mixing, matching, creating themed squads utilizing a multitude of kits, and parts. The armies will consist of Infantry and Walkers. To start, I’ll just do 1000 points of each detachment. I have some space marine kits, not being used. A couple of Land Raiders, some Dreadnaughts. I could flesh out the squads, easily enough. Maybe even up to 2000 points each. Or move on to another project.

     I hope to achieve the following things in this Mini-Campaign:

1) Create a simple, successful campaign that will remembered as fun.

2)  Collect, build and paint some fun themed SPACE MARINE DETACHMENTS.

3) Create the foundation of a Campaign that can be expanded upon.

4) Make it easy for some one to pick up and play, learn a few rules as they go and just enjoy rolling some dice and moving some models around.

Several packages arrived today, and here we go! Next I’ll post the lists, what I ordered and what I’ve gotten done so far!


Battle of Optera-Warhammer 40,000 ‘Blood in the void’ BADAB WAR CAMPAIGN Hobby Blog part 1

Posted in Armies on January 18, 2014 by doublek666

20140121_110032I’m happy to announce my new project, a campaign set in the BADAB WAR. I’ve been wanting to collect BADAB WAY armies, for years. I designed my STAR PHANTOMS SPACE MARINES around using some vintage era models, that were coming out around the time I first remember reading about the BADAB WAR, a CHAPTER APPROVED article in a late 80’s WHITE DWARF magazine. The paint scheme came from the BoLS fan-made BADAB WAR campaign, for the STAR PHANTOMS. I started that project around the time of the 5th EDITION 40K SPACE MARINE CODEX. I love how it came out, and I’ve never added the squad markings, or chapter markings. I used the army a few times, and I have an army case for it. I’ve played a few battles with it. This next project, I’ll finally get to start using my IMPERIAL ARMOUR Books 9-10, THE BADAB WAR. These volumes are the last word in official BADAB. I love the new paint schemes, and the infinite possibilities to play out battles using this backdrop. I’ve been wanting to collect a LAMENTERS(BLOOD ANGELS) SPACE MARINE army for a few years now. This chapter plays a significant role in the war, and would be a great way to add a BLOOD ANGELS army to my collection. But due to an abundance of projects, many of which were very similar in style, it seemed redundant to paint up another MECH based SPACE MARINE army. Painting more infantry and Rhino chassis wasn’t what I wanted to do at the time. So I have dabbled in some other projects. Nothing as big as the STAR PHANTOMS, and that one took a couple years to get painted. The original goal, was always to make the LAMENTERS an army for the campaign, and my new 40K army. Built to compete in any situation for game store, home or tournament. But to actually buy what I want to use, is a 600 dollar investment. That is fair enough, I’m willing to invest in my hobby. But the purpose for collecting these armies has shifted. As 6th edition arrived, it would be necessary to re-buy all the rules and CODEX soon. But if I wanted to continue to play at home using 5th edition, I could do what ever I wanted. I’ve been collecting  other games and models. But one of long term goals was to be able to have an ongoing campaign set in the BADAB WAR. There are plenty of ideas to use provided in the IA books, and older campaigns. I have a vision, of cases of painted BADAB armies, ready to fight out themed battles on a variety of locations, like STAR WARS: Clone Wars. I didn’t really have to build the army for BADAB and to compete in 40K. I could build themed armies to be used by me and my guests playing prepared scenarios, based on ‘historic’ battles. Like an uber-nerdy Historical war gamer, researching, uniforms colors, and background for specific battles, I wanted something fun to do with my hobby, and take control of how I played, and collected my armies.

Zone Mortalis is a set of rules, for 40K that represent fighting boarding actions, or on a ship, the surface of a ship, or some enclosed, and treacherous environment. The rules are based on the ‘Blood in the void’ rules from IMPERIAL ARMOUR 9. The terrain will be a combination of some of my SPACE HULK and the DEADZONE pieces, as well as some premade stuff from a Kickstarter, I’ll post about when it comes in. That along with my full 6’x4′ DEADZONE battle mat set-up, have inspired my newest BADAB themed hobby project, BATTLE of OPTERA. The LAMANTERS SPACE MARINES are prominently featured in this mini-campaign, using the ‘Blood in the Void’ boarding action rules, one of the prominent features in the original story. Part of establishing my collection of fully painted BADAB armies, would be collecting smaller detachments, usable for the boarding actions, that could be expanded later for bigger battles depending on what phase of the war I felt like gaming in for a while. Maybe some day, with completed collections, a chronological, mega campaign, or series of battles could follow the time line of the war, but certainly we could play any battle from any time, and focus on that for as long as we wanted, replaying and refighting. This first campaign will feature two forces, the LAMENTERS vs. MINOTAURS. I will collect, build and paint 2, 1000 armies and play through 3 missions using the boarding action rules and missions, themed around the battle, with themed objectives and specially prepared armies. Then my friends could come over and play the ready made battles. In Part 2, I’ll share the ideas behind my lists, what I decided to collect for this project and why!


Posted in Prcolamations of the Tyrant on December 24, 2013 by doublek666

I got my DEADZONE shipment and started clipping the terrain pieces, I’ll review more of the package later. I like the rules, they are quite a bit different from what I’m used to. Since I have plenty of terrain usable for this Game, I’m thinking of building walls to represent corridors for ZONE MORTALIS, easy to play since I’ve got plenty of units for that from my painted 40K armies. I don’t even have to glue the parts incase I change my mind later. I’m not sure what I want to do yet, I’ll just clean the pieces up, and work on it for a while. I want to play DEADZONE as well, I’m just not into building and/or painting squads at this moment. Also I need to choose what factions, to start with. Enforcers, and Plague maybe, or ORX. In fact I’ve painted up ORX for WARPATH. I could maybe use them, and clean and assemble some Enforcers, if get the mood for it. I’m not a big fan of the Enforcers helmets, and have been experimenting with some alternate heads. Originally it was Corporation, troops, then they came along with enforcers and I have a ton of all that. So I’m not sure what to make of it all, and I’m needing to decide on a paint scheme ultimately. I’m thinking of doing something like clone troopers, Enforcers being the Commandos. In any event, there’20131221_151855s are lots of fun projects to work on!


Posted in Prcolamations of the Tyrant on December 19, 2013 by doublek666

20120623_212026The 1st shipment of the DEADZONE Kickstarter rewards has arrived, a nice big box chock full of goodies. Included were the awesome battle mats, so I decided to try them out. I had some terrain we needed to finish painting, so my friend Thomas and I primed up the ruins, dry brushed them with some of my POKORNY paint(from another Kickstarter), then proceeded to write up 2000 point lists for a 5th Edition Warhammer 40K battle. I forgot to take more pictures, but I’ll recount the battle, quickly. Thomas had first turn, we had pitched battle deployment, with command and control objectives. He had a base and I had a base. I screwed up big time, and forgot which building had the objective marker on his side of the table till , late in the game. He had most his force rushing towards my base, with some Obliterators holding some high ground, and not much to hide behind in the middle of the table. I have a drop pod force, with some Landspeeders, a Skyclaw pack. My army came in piece-meal, got shot to pieces, and most units did little to nothing. I still almost held to a draw, but I conceded the win, after the fourth turn was complete. It was very late, and my plan was shit, most of my detachment was neutralized. Still pretty fun. I had a dreadnaught, some terminators, a Wolf Lord, a Rune Priest and a couple of min/max squads in Razorbacks. I made some mistakes, and would like to sue this formation for a couple of battles, to get a chance to remember all of the special rules. All in all a fun, and productive Hobby day for me, awesome! We should be able to get back to a more consistent gaming schedule in 2014! And I have two more REALM OF BATTLE boards to prime blue, and I have some white paint to do the airbrushing for my ICE WORLD TABLE> Its just really cold out, but maybe I’ll work on that today or tomorrow, before my vacation ends!

More on the Battle. Thomas got some shots off on his first turn, leaving my RAZORBACK immobilized, and weapon destroyed, so utterly useless, and my squad ran to my base. My Venerable Dread dropped in and destroyed a Rhino, but was basically finished after that, soon becoming terrain. My Terminators in the second drop pod weathered a ton of shooting, but both they and my assault squad missed assaults by a fraction of an inch, there fore got shot to pieces, and did nothing. My reserves refused to come in in a timely fashion, but I still held it together until the end, there was no hope for a win, as he had enough to keep from claiming any objectives cleanly.

As far as the DAEDZONE battle mats, they worked, great, dice rolling was good, looked good, and I’m very pleased with them. They would scale up or down easily, and are in 2’x2′ squares. They look very similar to my treasured, rare and fragile GW 6’x4′ Cities of Death Battle mat, so it was great.