Saturday, 28 March 2009
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
I've been working on the step-by-step of how I paint my guardsmen (!) but until that little gem is ready, please let me share part of the Draxian thought process with you.
This is the Fourth Book of Arcane Scribblings. Books II-III, you may note, are bound to it:
Each volume is an exercise book (nicked from work) in which I try to write all GW-related thoughts, and where possible, I always use my trusty collection of Bic 0.7mm propelling pencils - seen above (covering my contact number) and below, tucked into the flap of the plastic protective jacket, alongside a handy flexible protractor and ruler and some odd notes:The illustrations in the remainder of this post are simply for...er...illustrative purposes.
Now some of you may have seen my scribbling book before, but I was discussing the forthcoming codex rumours with Col. Corbane earlier, and mentioned that I loved the paperchase involved in organising and reorganising my tabletop forces [this is not yet the time for my half-baked speculation, but I've a feeling the Cadian 24th will undergo significant restructuring]. This in turn led me to thinking about what it is I scribble, and why and how I do it.
Why and how I do it:
I use my book of scribblings to keep my thoughts in one place. Certain pages are earmarked, and certain others (eg: those with my standing OrBats on) are used constantly for reference. I'm usually out at work from 0730 to about 1700-ish, but by the nature of my job (teacher) I tend to work after dinner - usually until about midnight. Because work takes up a vast amount of my thoughts (I guess, teachers are notorious for having difficulty 'switching off',) I really, really like to empty my head before going to sleep.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
I used the objective marker that I was going to save for this post in my last one, Post 101, so Now for Something Completely Different.
This post is not 40K related.
Whilst I was in the middle of posting yesterday, I was interrupted by the two young lads from the cottage next-door-but-one asking if they could play with Cadfael. As I stood out in the garden watching them exhaust my poor old hound, I asked them if they had any pets (we don't see them much). It turns out that at their dad's house they each have a guinea pig.
The guinea-pigs' names?
Squeaker and Bonecrusher.
[Normal service resumes later this week.]
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Check this out for a great piece of conversion. I recommend clicking on the pics to get the detailed view - I didn't want to lose the beautiful texture from the flagstones in the photos:
Okay, that looked good, but check out the hand grabbing the collar - perfect:
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
- Then I'll begin.
As it's my first century, welcome to my entire force...more or less:
Wondering what everything is? Well, this is the general guide:
And here are some specific units of note:
No. I've fifty-odd stormtroopers, most of which are beret-wearing old-old-style models. I also have some more metal veterans (mostly old Cadians, left over from my Armoured Fist platooon) and a 15-strong high command echelon, some members of which I outlined here. Plus I have an ogryn squad, seven converted Cadian rough riders, and three old-style sentinels to boot.
Here though, I present an armoured column from 1/24th Cadian Mech Inf; B and D Coy, 2/24th Cadian Light Inf; support from IVth Cadian Armoured Regiment, and the attached baneblade, Zarathustra. Individual units are linked to in the right-hand column of this page:
In total, it's about 6000pts on the table, from c7000pts in total.
I figured I should present the whole lot of 'em before my beautiful light infantrymen are scuppered by new codex changes. I'm interested to see what the new structure will hold...
Thanks for indulging me,
PS: If any of you were wondering what happened to Post 097, well...I omitted it. Sorry. But I have something special in mind for it when it arrives, which'll be soon.
Monday, 16 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Well, I had another blinding game against Fallen 73rd on Vassal (online) again this Monday, and he fancied sparring against me in preparation for a forthcoming fight, so I fielded an unusually mixed force against his killer-skeleton-robots-of-death. 73rd had the opportunity to try some new units and tactics, and it was also a chance for me to roll out (albeit digitally) some of my Leman Russ tanks, rather than my standard infantry-only or light mechanised lists.
The game rolled was annihilation (gulp!) with 'spearhead' deployment; I won deployment and - unusually for me - opted to move first. The game was stonkingly enjoyable, and I even squeaked a win, after six turns, of 6 kill points to 5. Huzzah for the Guard!
Here's my list:
1500pts Mixed Vs 73rd
Heroic Snr Officer, P/wpn, bolt pistol (bp), ID, with M/vox, medic, standard bearer and plasma gunner (133pts)
A/P Squad (3 heavy bolters) LI (90pts)
7 Hardened Veterans (shotguns) w. 2 melta guns and 1 plasma gun
Plus Vet Sgt w. Honorifica Imperialis, P/wpn, bolt pistol, melta bombs (135pts)
1 Pl (306pts):
HQ sect: Jr Officer w. P/wpn, bp, ID; Vox, medic, 2 x grenade launchers
1 sect: Sgt, vox, plasma gun
2 sect: Sgt, vox, melta gun
3 sect: Sgt, vox, gren
2 Pl (346pts):
[As 1 Pl, but with Light Infantry doctrine @10pts/unit = +50pts]
L/Russ MBT w. 3 hvy bolters; smoke (158pts)
L/Russ MBT w. 3 hvy bolters; smoke (158pts)
L/Russ Demolisher w. hvy bolter and 2 plasma cannon; smoke (178pts)
All have ‘Drop Troops’ doctrine. It’s free.
Things different to my normal lists pretty much boil down to the following:
1) Leman Russes - and boy, were they effective!
2) The hardened veterans - I love my models but the vets don't often make it into battle. Here I'd intended to challenge their deep-striking anti-tank capability, but 73rd didn't take any monoliths in the end - much to my ultimate relief. Still, they did secure my left flank by blowing up a heavy destroyer.
3) Fewer fire support (heavy weapons) squads and - by extention - fewer junior officers in command squads. I thought I'd feel their absence far more than I actually did. That makes me wonder...
So it's official - I can field a mixed list and still stand firm for the Emperor!
Thanks, as aye, to 73rd. Top fun to play against - a real gent!