Ok, so I revised my list

The Christmas break finally gave me some time to look back into doing some miniatures after a fairly horrible run of things at work prevented me doing much of anything, other than work.

The Yuletide shenannigans (and some suitable alcoholic beverages) gave me time to start work on my Imperial Guard army.

The net result of this ‘start’ is that I’ve taken my original list that I did over a year ago… and totally rewritten it!

I’ve kept to the approach of ‘Start small, build small’, but I’ve tweaked the list to provide more of a ‘core’ that I can build around without having to get into the overly clever modelling projects I eventually want to do with this force. Short version is I need something usable.

So, here is my revised and usable 500 point force suitable for small games of 40K.

As before it’s got the traditional minimum requirements:

1 HQ

2 Troops

1 HQ

  • Company Command Squad

2 Troops

  • Infantry Platoon 1
  • Infantry Platoon 2

The full breakdown with the points is:

Company Command Squad

HQ Company Command Squad 50
Commander Power Fist 15
Grenade Launcher 5

Infantry Platoon 1

Troops – Platoon 1 Platoon Command Squad 30
Infantry Squad 1 50
Sergeant Power Weapon 10
Melta Gun 10
Infantry Squad 2 50
Sergeant Power Weapon 10
Melta Gun 10
Conscript Squad 80

Infantry Platoon 2

Troops – Platoon 2 Platoon Command Squad 30
Infantry Squad 1 50
Sergeant Power Weapon 10
Heavy Weapon Team – Autocannon 10
Infantry Squad 2 50
Sergeant Power Weapon 10
Heavy Weapon Team – Lascannon 20

Grand total – 500 points

So now that I’m armed with a revised list, I can start prepping the components for the 75 figures I need!

Aegis Defence Line Part 1

I bought a couple of Aegis Defence line packs when they first came out and have just got round to doing something with them.

I’ve always been slightly ‘put off’ by the fact that the defense line pieces are pretty lightweight and easy to knock over. I needed something add a little weight to them and make them look like they are proper fortifications (not merely dropped onto a battlefield and left there by the Mechanicus!).

Luckily though I ‘know a man who can’. A couple of friends of mine run http://www.blotz.co.uk/ and produce laser cut MDF bases.

A quick trip and a cup of tea later and I’m blessed with some custom bases to add the needed weight to the pieces.

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The bases have been designed to allow a figure or figures to stand on the base behind the Defence Line and to allow the pieces to ‘butt up’ against each other on the tabletop (the right angled sections on the sides of each base).

Having glued the Defence Line segments to the bases with 2 part epoxy and left it to cure, I’ve then used some simple pebble gravel and railway modelling ballast to get to this point.

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In Part 2 I’ll blend the rocks in with either liquid green stuff or polyfilla to help enforce the idea that the Defence Line has been ‘dug in’.

Putting together a Bloodbowl Necromantic Team

How does this sound as a start?

Zombie 6
Ghouls 2
Wights 2
Flesh Golem 0
Werewolves 2
Total players 12

Rerolls (x70000) 2
Fan factor (x10000) 3
Assistant Coaches (x10000) 0
Cheerleaders (x10000) 3
Apothecary (x10000) 0

Got most of the zombies cleaned, based and undercoated. Using Heresy miniatures for most of the team.

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Practising on some terrain

Recently started on some terrain to go with the ‘Altar of Evil’ from Pegasus hobbies. It’s a nice item and I wanted to have a few pieces to go around it so it becomes a centrepiece for a Chaos inspired battlefield.

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Happily I have around a number of items I got from TSS (Total System Scenic) in the form of rock formations.

The look I’m after is one of desolation. I want the area to look as though the very ground itself has been scorched around the temple, either for ritual or from battle (or just because the chaos worshippers like burning things). These should give me the desolate look I’m after.

Painting them (after a fairly minimal cleanup) is pretty simple:

1) They start like this. Standard hard white/yellow resin. This is good quality stuff and generally pretty nice to work with.
Resin terrain unpainted
2) Spray them with Games Workshop Chaos black primer (or whichever primer you prefer).Touch up where the spray didn’t get into properly. The jagged rocks have plenty of underhangs and overhangs which can be difficult to get the spray into. I used the GW technical primer for this.

3) Once that stage was all dry I moved onto the main stages. The first of these is to paint all the earthen areas brown. For this I used GW Scorched Brown, undiluted.

First coat

4) Next stage was to basecoat the rocks themselves. For this I used Panzer Grey.  I’ve had this pot of paint for a while and had to ‘rescue’ it once after it partially dried out (more on that another time), so it’s only really useful for terrain painting now but as you can see, it does the job.

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5) Next stage is to darken it all down. I want it to look properly scorched and blend in with the main altar. For this gave each piece a full ‘heavy’ wash of GW Badab Black. I should point out that when I say ‘heavy’, I don’t mean a nice little shading with a wash brush….basically we’re drowning it!

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This does use a hell of a lot of Badab Black, but I had several pots lying round which needed finishing up. If you don’t want to use GW washes then I’d suggest getting some Chaos Black or Tamiya Nato Black and diluting it.

6) Now wait for it to dry…for a long time!

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7) After a quick dry brush of GW Rotting Flesh things start to look better.

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Even at this stage the results are pretty favourable and perfectly usable on the table.

I need to play about with the final coats as I want it blend in with the altar, but also retain the dark feel. I’ll post again once I figure it out.

Cataloging time!

I’ve been through the various boxed sets I already have and obviously had to buy a few additional bits, (wouldn’t be a proper gamer if I didn’t buy some new shiny bits for the project).

My overall ‘look’ for the force isn’t going to be the basic ‘straight out the depot’ Cadian Guard that you see on the Games Workshop website. I want my army to look a little more battle worn and more experienced.

Since I’m also a ‘tread head’ and will be adding tanks later, I’m going to go for a combined heavy brigade feel. Infantry from a number of units who have been combined together, either through attrition or for a special purpose. This will allow me to do what I really enjoy, namely conversions. For anyone not familiar with ‘converting’ miniatures, this simply refers to taking an existing model and modifying it through various means, from the use of simple accessories right up to cutting off and remodelling large portions of the miniature. I’ll be doing both for this army.

As I said in my last post, the army consists of:

  • Company Command Squad
  • Infantry Platoon (Platoon Command Squad with 2 Infantry Squads and a Heavy Weapons squad)
  • Infantry Platoon (Veteran Squad)
  • Fast Attack Squadron (2 Sentinels)

So I need:

  • 2 Command Squads
  • 3 Infantry Squads
  • 3 Heavy Weapon teams
  • 2 Sentinels

The following boxed sets should provide the components I need to start with:

The Games Workshop boxed sets I need to start the army

In addition I need a commanding officer, some snipers and an additional Sentinel:

I’ll be using the Cadian Stormtrooper Sergeant as my commanding officer and converting the Space Marine Scouts squad to be Imperial Guard troopers with carapace armour.

In addition, to achieve the more ‘solid’ look I’m after, I’ll be using a number of the excellent accessory packs available from people like ‘Pig Iron Productions’ and ‘The Scene’.

I’m intending to replace virtually all the heads in my army with the Pig Iron system trooper heads. Most of these have full face plates, which will provide me with a more ‘protected’ look for my troops. The heavy weapon teams will be using the heads with the built in targeters.

For the veterans, the additional backpacks and so on will provide the appearance of a hardened unit used to operating without support for long periods.

So, next steps will be to open the boxes, snip all the components from the sprues and organise who gets what…

First step…the list!

Had a good look through the various Codex books I own and started on the roster for the army.

Best approach I’ve been recommended is ‘Start small, build small’. Doing a full 2000 point list would just mean a big list, a lot of stuff to buy and a sense of not knowing where to start!

So, simplest thing is to start with a usable 500 point force suitable for small games of 40K.

As with all Warhammer 40K armies, that means the traditional choices from the relevant codex as a minimum requirement:

1 HQ

2 Troops

I’m putting together an Imperial Guard army, so you tend to get a lot of ‘bang for your buck’ as while most armies have a ‘one choice means one squad’ approach, the Guard treats entire platoons of men as single choices. Another bonus is that they’re pretty cheap on points (if a little bit fragile on the battlefield).

After a little bit of playing with the points values I think I’ve managed to get a usable force, which fulfills the basic requirements for the army, but also gives me a few extras:

1 HQ

  • Company Command Squad

2 Troops

  • Infantry Platoon
  • Veteran Squad

 1 Fast Attack

  • Sentinel Squadron

The full breakdown with the points is:

Company Command Squad

Company Command Squad 50
Commander Power Weapon 10
Heavy Weapon Team – Lascannon 20
Carapace Armour 20

Infantry Platoon 1

Platoon Command Squad 30
Sniper Rifle 5
Infantry Squad 1 50
Flamer 5
Infantry Squad 1 50
Grenade Launcher 5
Heavy Weapons Squad 60
Autocannon 5
Autocannon 5
Autocannon 5

Veteran Squad

Veteran Squad 70
Sergeant Power Fist 15
Flamer 5
Melta Gun 10

Fast Attack

Sentinel Squadron Scout Sentinel 35
Autocannon 5
Scout Sentinel 35
Autocannon 5

Grand total – 500 points

Next step, work out which models I want to use to represent the units.

So what’s this for then?

I’ve been a wargamer for many (many!) years, but I have yet to complete a full army for many reasons.

After a semi-enforced break from gaming, I’ve decided that now is the time to get back into it.

My intention is to use this blog to set some goals, track my progress and hopefully show what I can produce to other gamers.

I already have a large amount of Warhammer 40K stuff, but decided that in the spirit of this blog, a fresh start was needed.

So, having armed myself with a copy of the new 40K rulebook…

Warhammer 40K Rulebook

Warhammer 40K Rulebook

… a copy of the Imperial Guard Codex…

Imperial Guard Codex

Imperial Guard Codex

… and the fact that I’ve always been a bit of a ‘treadhead’, I sat down to produce an army list…