Saturday, 7 October 2017

Talons of the Emperah and Friends in Action

Last Saturday evening, my Talons of the Emperah had the opportunity to fight against Funky Bibers Tyranids. Since I could build a 2000 army with the Talons alone, they took some friends with them.

We played a standard kill point match because it was my second game in the eighth edition, therefore we wanted to keep it simple. However, I did not expect any great chances versus as Funky Biber's army, when he placed five times more miniatures on the table than I did.  

I had the first turn and managed to decimate the Tyranids quite well from afar. The Tyranids, however, seemed to be relatively unimpressed as they stormed forward. Close combats erupted everywhere, quite early in the game. My troops, however, were able to stand their ground. 

At the end of my fifth turn, only three Termagaunts and one Harpy were left. In contrast, the Talons "only" lost the Custodes Guard, the Sisters of Silence and a Contemptor Dreadnought. My MVP was clearly the Contemptor with the Multi-Melta, who shrug incredibly much damage off and also dealt much damage to the Tyranids.

Overall, I am positively surprised by the Talons and I am curious how they will do in the next games.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Custodes Venerable Land Raider

Here is my finished Custodes Venerable Land Raider, which was a Crimson Fists Land Raider Redeemer in its former life. Hope you like it.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Tallarn Desert Raiders with Special Weapons

After a very long time, I painted some Tallarn Desert Raiders again. It was a lot of fun and there are more of them to come. And yes, the Desert Raiders with Flamers are conversions, because GW hasn't released official models yet. 

Furthermore, three of my four Chimeras are armed with twin Heavy Bolters now. In my opinion, this is a good weapon loadout in the 8th edition of 40k, is it not?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Custodes Land Raider Conversion

As you might know, the only viable option for Custodes to get around in 40k is a Venerable Land Raider. So far so good. But if you compare the size of the assault ramp with a Custodes, the scale is really off. They virtually have to limbo dance their way to the outside! The red line marks the size of the ramp:

That's way too off and the reason why I converted this old Land Raider Redeemer respectively. As you can see, the opening became larger and the Custodes would be able to fit through (just imagine the miniature without its base).

I used the aquila from the Custodes vexilla to decorate the upper side of the ramp. And as you see, the closed ramp beacme also slightly larger than the original one.

I am quite happy with the result and the paintwork will hopefully do the rest to give it a proper look.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Talons of the Emperah: Custodian Guard

Last year I bought my first Custodes sprues but painted only one test miniature. Then, everything went silent for several months. Therefore, I am happy to have finished my first Custodian Guard Squad yesterday!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Adeptus Custodes: Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought II

Here comes my second Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought for the Adeptus Custodes. This guy is based on the Custodes Contemptor Galatus Dreadnought from Forgeworld. Sadly there are no 40k rules for the Forgeworld model yet and so I equipped him with a Kheres Assault Cannon and will play him as a normal Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought in my next 40k games.


I attached magnets on the left arm and therefore can switch the Kheres Assault Cannon with the Praesidium shield (still unpainted), if needed.

Finally, this "golden boy" reminds me of an old anime intro...

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Adeptus Custodes: Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought

I was no fan of the plastic Contemptor Dreadnought kit and bought one only to get my hands on a Kheres Assault Cannon. After building and painting it, I changed my mind. What a nice model!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Sisters of Silence: Vigilators

It took me a while to finish my first Sisters of Silence squad, but think it was worth the time and effort. If one model should not be as perfect as it should be, I hope for the so called "cheerleader effect". :D

Edit: You can find more pictures of the antigrav Rhino here.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Nurgle Chaos Spawn

Due to the release of the Dark Imperium set, I plan to build a small Chaos Space Marine Kill Team at least. Therefore, I would also need one Nurgle Chaos Spawn as a specialist. I am not a huge fan of the generic GW sprues and the Plague Ogryns and Plague Toads are a little bit too expensive in my opinion. Other GW options are hard to come by.  Eventually, I found a nice alternative miniature in Poland. This guy is called "Plaguebringer" and you can get him for around 11 €! What do you think?


Friday, 14 July 2017

Talons of the Emperah: Antigrav Null Maiden Rhino

I always found the Sisters of Silence and the Custodes quite fascinating. With the release of the "Burning of Prospero" box, came some really beautiful miniatures of the formerly mentioned forces. I bought two sets of Custodes, Sisters and a Galatus Dreadnought. I also wanted to have some kind of transport for my Sisters in 40k games, but the standard Rhino seemed a little bit boring to me. That's why I built my own version of a Null Maiden Rhino...

You might know the following artwork of an antigrav Rhino from the artbook "The Horus Heresy: Collected Visions". This was clearly my source of inspiration.

Before I forget, the engines are not scratch build. They are made by Bitspudlo and you can buy them here [Link]. Next up will be some Sisters of Silence.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Shadow Wars: Armageddon - Our Tournament

Last Sunday, we finally held out small Shadow Wars: Armageddon tournament. Instead of our usual tournament mode "40k in 40 minutes", this time we used the relatively new Shadow Wars: Armageddon campaign rules. 

I joined the battle for glory and honor with my old school Tyranids. Captain_Valerius played Necrons, Funky_Biber also played Tyranids and Clyde_Frog joined in with his Grey Knights. We planned two rounds of dog eat dog fights, which meant twelve games overall. The games were consistently exciting and challenging and I had a lot of fun. In addition, it ran quite well for my Tyranids.

Here are some pictures of our games:

We agreed to skip our last game and had some serious hobby talk instead. Therefore, each of us played five games. I surprisingly won all of my games and ended up with the most promethium, too. 😅

Still, I would not use the same lineup in future games. Honestly, several times I was pretty lucky. I should have used specialized fighters instead of all-around warriors. The spinefists I used on all of my warriors had no real influence on the game and with pure melee, I would have been better off. In addition, one or two gun beasts with big guns would be useful to pin enemies down beforehand.

The Tyranid Prime is a real monster, by the way. Now it is time to for new projects...