Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Badab War: Mantis Warriors Company HQ Finished

Captain Maetrus and his retinue of hand picked Mantis Warriors from 2nd Company are ready for the table. From left to right:

Apothecary Neolin, Tranquility Sniper Specialist Qui, Captain Maetrus, Anti-tank and Breaching Specialist Rilke, and Banner Bearer Lodur.

Hope you enjoy. I've completed the first part of my Mantis Warriors force. Next up will be a Predator tank and a unit of Scout Snipers. After that I would like to add a third Tactical Squad, an Assault Squad, and possibly a Devastator Squad. We'll see what the coming year's miniature budget allows.

Tranquility Sniper Specialist badge

Task Force Maetrus

Friday, August 5, 2016

Betrayal at Badab: Iblis Will Burn!

Betrayal at Badab Battle Report: Mantis Warriors vs Fire Hawks on the Agri-World of Iblis.

Earlier this summer I ran a game of Betrayal at Badab for a friend. He played the Fire Hawks while I fielded the Mantis Warriors. The scenario takes place on the Agricultural World of Iblis. The Mantis Warriors and the Fire Hawks had been in a protracted battle for the planet. The Mantis Warriors had a limited force to defend Iblis and had been forced to rely on hit and run tactics to keep the Fire Hawks pinned down. Frustrated by the inability to force the Mantis Warriors into open battle where they could be wiped out, the Fire Hawks chapter master sends a force led by the 8th company captain Knight-Captain Elam Courbray to draw out the Mantis Warriors. The Fire Hawks begin burning crop fields and farms as well as attacking the human population in order to force the Mantis Warriors to reveal themselves.

While on a patrol through an Agri-Maintainance center, the Mantis Warriors ambush the Fire Hawks.

The Agri-Maintenance center.

The Mantis Warriors use their Hit and Run ability to fire at and fall back from the Fire Hawks advance

Taking up firing positions on a chemical tank enabled the Mantis Warriors to pour fire into the Fire Hawks advance.

The Bow of Ma'dan fires on Fire Hawks as they sweep down the road.
Fire Hawks terminators teleport in. It's a trap!

Mantis Warriors librarian Aharza Redth and Captain Maetrus face down the Fire Hawks terminator assault.

The Fire Hawks dreadnought stomps around the flanks and begins pouring multi-melta fire into the Mantis Warriors.

Near the end of the battle, the Fire Hawks have taken heavy losses, but drive off the Mantis Warriors who are forced to withdraw. The dreadnoughts on both sides are only able to exchange a few shots before the battle ends,

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Badab War: Lots of New Stuff!

Hey everyone! Long time no update. It's been a busy summer and while I've gotten a lot of painting done, I haven't posted it on the blog.

The Badab War project moves forward with near completion of my starting Mantis Warriors force, the Fire Hawks, and the start of two new chapters, the Astral Claws and Red Scorpions. This makes two Secessionist and two Loyalist forces. Each chapter is based around a starting force which I plan to add to later.

Here are the latest minis off the painting table.

Sergeants from four chapters (L-R): Mantis Warriors, Astral Claws, Red Scorpions, Fire Hawks.

Red Scorpions sergeant.

Astral Claws Tactical Squad.

Astral Claws Terminators.

Astral Claws Heavy Bolter.

Astral Claws Tactical Marine.

Rovik the Martyr.

The Astral Claws force so far...

Mantis Warriors 2nd Company Banner Bearer.

Fire Hawks 8th Company HQ.

Knight-Captain Eliam Courbray and Honor Guard.

Fire Hawks Apothecary.

Mantis Warriors Librarian.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Badab War: New Mantis Warriors Apothecary

Welcome back! Continuing work on the new Company HQ comes the Apothecary off my painting table. Here are some pics. Work on the rest of the HQ continues...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Badab War: New Mantis Warriors Captain

Howdy again! When I first began the Badab War project, I started by building and painting the company HQ. Since it had been a while since I had done much painting for Warhammer, 40,000 and so may of my projects had been WWII projects with lots of field gray and khaki, I was a little rusty. Now that I have two of the squads done for the Mantis Warriors and have had a chance to nail down the technique, color scheme, and process for them, I decided it was time to do a repaint of the company HQ. I had never been entirely happy with them. So they went into the strip bucket with the purple stuff. Well, I finished the Captain today and gave him a new name and background info.

Presenting the new Captain of the 2nd company, Mantis Warriors: Maetrus. I gave him a name from the Badab War background material. He is equipped with a combination of MK IV and MK VI armor, an Iron Halo, a master crafted Bolt Pistol, a chapter relic Power Sword (gifted from the White Scars) named Heart of Tranquility. Here he is, ready for the table.

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Badab War: Dice Trays!

Quick update. I made some custom dice trays for the Badab War project. These are just simple wooden boxes you can get at most craft stores like Michael's and A.C. Moore. I primed them, painted them the base colors, and then printed out the chapter symbols onto card paper and cut them out as a stencil that I used to trace the design onto the box with a pencil. After painting the chapter symbol, I coated the boxes with multiple layers of spray on clear gloss Polyeurethane.

Now I can roll dice in style for the chapters my friends and I are playing in the Badab War campaign.

Biel-Tan Eldar. A slight Diversion and Some Thoughts on Oldhammer

Howdy, and welcome back. I have been busy with a slight diversion lately. A friend of mine gave me a pile of his old 1990s Eldar. Out of the bunch, I only really cared for the Guardians, the Falcons, and the Vyper jetbike. I decided to paint up two squads of Guardians, the vehicles, add a new box of the plastic Wraithguard (these new ones are so cool!), and finish it off with the new plastic Farseer. This would give me a small force that I can add to later. I've always really liked the Biel-Tan color scheme of dark green and white, so I went with that. Now, when it comes to this whole Oldhammer revival thing...

The box of Eldar my friend gave me had a bunch of the original metal Aspect Warriors and other various retro stuff. While I like the old models, I'm not really into the whole nostalgia thing, especially when it comes to Oldhammer models. I like the idea of Oldhammer and I look back fondly at the old times to a certain extent. But I really can't get excited about the old models that much. I'd much rather revive the old background but use updated models to do it. Hence my Badab War project which is based on an old bit of fluff, but using new beakie Space Marine models, newer Badab War color schemes and playing within the new expanded Forgeworld Badab War timeline. Like Nouveau Oldhammer I guess.

I don't know why, but when I look at the old models, I don't feel nostalgia, I often think "Man, the stuff we have now is so much better!". Now, that doesn't mean there isn't some old models that have held up well. I really like the old Jes Goodwin designs especially. And it's not like I like everything new either. The new chaos marines are still awful, in my opinion.

Overall, I feel like the old material didn't age that well. And even when it comes to the old models that I like, a lot of it is at a smaller scale than the new, so mixing it up in the same army bothers me visually. It's why I haven't painted up all of the Aspect Warriors I was given. I actually like the models, but they are so small next to the Guardians and the Shuriken weapons look different enough that I am not into it.

It might just be that I'm not a nostalgic person. I think the art and fluff of the Warhammer 40,000 universe has come a long way over the years and I don't look back on the past with rose colored eye glasses. Most of the rules were bad (especially Rogue Trader-how did we ever actually play that system?) and so much of the original setting was just so goofy. I guess that's what people like about it though, Maybe they miss their gaming youth and there is some legitimacy to the criticism of the newer Warhammer 40,000 universe taking itself too seriously. I'm just not one of those types. I enjoy the painting skills I have now, the extra disposable income, and the extra time I have for the hobby. I wouldn't go back to then if given the choice.

However, one thing I am all for is Games Workshop rereleasing old games and miniatures through their new reincarnation of Specialist Games. When it comes to redoing the old with new designs...bring on Necromunda! (And Battlefleet Gothic etc. etc.).

Just some thoughts on the new trend of Oldhammer gaming and collecting.

Anyway. Stepping down from my soapbox... here are some Eldar!


Guardian Squad

Vyper Jetbike

New plastic Wraithguard

Falcon grav tank