Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Platoon Command Squad

A quick shot of the platoon command squad for my Xhorik 87th Drop Troops regiment. They were the only unit in the last game that did anything useful (destroyed a dreadnought) and also the only ones to survive the fourth turn. So in honor of that performance, I figured they should at least get a quick photo up on the blog.

The Tauros is nearing completion, but still needs the headlights, some decals and maybe a few stripes or other designations.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Horus Hersey Battle 2: Death Guard vs. White Scars and Drop Troops


Death Guard - Pete
  • Praetor: Terminator armor, Paragon Blade, volkite
  • Tactical Squad: 14 marines with close combat weapons, sergeant with power fist and artificer armor
  • Support Squad: 7 marines with volkite calivers
  • Heavy Support Squad: 3 marines with missile launchers
  • Dreadnought:  multi-melta, storm bolter, and power fist

The Death Guard army has the advantage in durability and firepower.

White Scars and Drop Troops - Phil
  • Praetor: Power glaive, Iron Halo (represented by shield), bolter
  • Veteran Squad Kheeg (+1 WS): 10 marines, 2 plasma guns, sergeant with power glaive and artificer armor 
  • Veteran Squad Khoer (+1 armor penetration): 5 marines, 1 plasma gun, 2 combi-plasma guns 
  • Legion Outrider Squad: 3 bikes with twin-linked plasma, sergeant with power glaive
  • Drop Troop Platoon (partial)
    • Platoon command squad with krak grenades and melta gun
    • Veteran squad with grenade launcher, sergeant with melta bombs

The White Scars and their Drop Trooper allies have superior mobility.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Industrial Terrain: Pumping Station Painted

I finally finished painting the pumping station. The goal was to have something that could be set down on either a desert or an urban table and not look out of place so I made the base a stamped steel grating that could be a suitable foundation in either environment.

The pumping station transfers the unrefined liquids produced from wells on Xhorik Prime and does some preliminary processing.

The elevated platform is the same height as the Shadow War:Armageddon terrain and I used a few extra bits from that set to help tie this in with that terrain if I ever get around to painting it.

I think it looks sufficiently dirty and worn!

The height should be sufficient to give even large vehicles and walkers some cover.

I was trying to tie my scratch-built stuff in with the GW terrain by mixing in a few official bits. It is mostly for blocking line of sight and providing a suitable objective, but the upper platform provides a vantage point for shooting with good cover.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Models for my kids: eBay Salvage

I bought a collection of used and abused miniatures so my kids could have a bunch of models to paint and play with, without me spending hundreds of dollars. Here are some shots of what I got. They will all soon be soaking in the cleansing bath of the Emperor's light (aka Purple Power), ready to be reborn.

Everything came in a big bag. I dumped it out and this is what I had.

The main reason I bought this lot was for the space marines for my kids to paint.

It looks like mostly metal miniatures from Second Edition. There is an Assault Squad (metal jump packs!), Devastators (metal heavy weapons!) and a few random tactical marines, scout sergeant and characters. Those metal jump packs and heavy weapons make for some really unstable models, which is not so great for kids, unfortunately.

Bonus: four metal and one plastic space orks from Second Edition. Great memories here!

Some interesting chaos marines. Two terminators, four Deathguard, and three and a half Berserkers (a couple are missing their heads, unfortunately). 

The old Deathguard are actually really cool models. In some ways, better than the over-the-top new ones.

And a one-armed assassin. Another great model that is unfortunately missing pieces.

The Space Marines and Orks have obviously improved immeasurably in the last 25 years. But I really like the old Chaos and Assassin models and I think they have stood the test of time. Assuming the paint stripping works, I will definitely use that assassin as some sort of conversion. And I think I could use quite a few of the chaos bits for Horus Heresy conversions. My kids will enjoy painting the space marines. The only useless models will be the orks, although I may paint one just out of nostalgia.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

WIP Pumping Station

I bought Shadow War: Armageddon to play with my son because I thought the smaller games would be better: fewer miniatures to collect and paint to start an army and quicker games. It's been quite fun and I am really impressed by the utility of the modular terrain so I have been busy cutting, scraping and gluing it together. I want to add to it until I have a truly multi-level table for small games instead of just a few platforms connected by a catwalk. So I am taking the opportunity to do some of the scratch-build projects that have been on my mind for a long time. But now I am making sure they have raised platforms that match the height of the Shadow War terrain so that it will all fit together.

This piece is a pumping/processing station. I have had the electrical box with the Legos on top and the tin cans rolling around together in a box for over a year, waiting to start building this until I had more bits for pipes and valves. This is a WIP shot and I still have more details to add, but you get the general idea of the piece: lots of pipes, hoses and ladders. I think this piece will work well as part of an industrial board with the other Shadow War terrain and could even standalone with the dessert terrain as a gathering station for the produced liquids and gasses from the extraction industries in the wastelands of Xhorik Prime.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tankbusta Nob: Da Sarge

A couple of years (I can't believe how the time flies) after working up one of my favorite units I have ever done, my techno-savage tankbustas, I have finally built and painted their nob.

Known as "Da Sarge", he is one of Filgakk Skullsplitta's most veteran and grizzled nobz. He was recently put in charge of the World Wrecka tankbustas to give them a leader with detailed knowledge of Imperial vehicles... and most importantly to keep them in line and ensure their loyalty to da boss. Da Sarge started life as a Blood Axe and even fought as part of an ork mercenary company for desperate Imperial commanders on the Eastern Fringe. Fighting alongside Imperial vehicles gave him a deep understanding of their strengths and weaknesses that make him a very efficient tankbusta now. And it is where he picked up the extremely strange habit (to orks) of smoking cigars. Now, older even than Filgakk himself, Da Sarge commands a lot of respect from da boyz and acts as a "big boss" commanding a number of nearby lesser nobz and their units when the warboss is leading the main charge.

His boss pole is covered in trophies from destroyed tanks and their crew. His face is lined and creased, his skin tone brownish with age. And he is never seen without his trademark "seegar".

Friday, August 25, 2017


This is my first weirdboy since Second Edition. He is from my World Wrecka tribe of techno-savage orks that are descended from the survivors of the Second Xhorik War. He is a mad prophet who doesn't understand his own psychic abilities. He thinks his ancestors' bones are what gives him his visions and powers so he carries them around and talks to them.The staff helps him focus and direct his psychic energies, with the copper wire providing a direct conduit from his brain. He also uses his staff to discharge his power into the ground when it builds up dangerously without a suitable target, such as in the buildup to a battle or during a warbike race around camp (that's the source of the crater at his feet). The hood and googles also help him keep his powers (a little more) under control rather than blasting anyone he happens to be looking at during a surge of Waaagh! energy.

Part prophet. Part Gimp. All mad.

More below the break.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Death Guard Legion Praetor

I've added a Legion Praetor as an HQ choice for my Horus Heresy Death Guard army. Equipment: Cataphractii terminator armor, volkite charger and paragon blade.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hobby desk organization

I organized my hobby area this week. With multiple armies in the works plus terrain-making supplies, it was getting out of hand.

I have all the bits, sprues and junk for terrain organized well enough, but I would still like to eventually do something with my paints and brushes.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

WIP Ork Characters: Tankbusta Nob and Weirdboy

After the last six or seven months working on the beginnings of a Horus Heresy White Scars army, I am back to working on my first true love: Orks. I finally made a nob for my tankbustas and then I cobbled together a weirdboy so I could add some psychic mayhem to our games.