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Black Legion – the Knight of SAMCRO

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , on June 18, 2017 by vobeskhan

So the new Index: Chaos was released this weekend and having had my first few reads through I’m still looking forward to playing games in 8th Edition 40k. I’m also more inclined to try fielding my converted knight once again.

It’s previous outing ended with it bashing its opposite number in the first round and ended with both of them reduced to scrap piles. I also finally decided what I wanted to do regards the small conversions on it.

It was already built when I got it from a fellow All Scar,  who had taken the effort to magnetised the gun options and the feet/base and left the waist  capable of splitting apart.

I tend to favour the thermal cannon and chose to add gargoyles to the barrels, as well as a smaller one to the end of the shoulder mounted heavy stubber, as well as adding a sigil of Tzeentch to the groin tabard.

That was as much as I had done until this morning when I decided to scrape off the adeptus emblem from the upper carapace and replace it with a chaos star as well as hacking away the domed “engine” piece on the rear to replace it with a chained hatch from a defiler kit. Then I realised the leg armour still looked too standard so added some spare defiler armour plates the thighs.

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SAMCRO Black Legion year in review

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , on December 31, 2016 by vobeskhan

SAMCRO-legionAs 2016 draws to a close it’s time for the annual reflection on how my SAMCRO warband have grown and the progress they have made.

Games wise its been a slower year, only managing 20 actual games, with 7 victories, 1 draw and 12 losses. If I had to pick one that stands out it would be the opening battle of the Damnation Campaign against the Tau – they were totally unprepared for the speartip assault we unleashed against them.

Painting wise, the Survivor Series Painting Challenge was another success this year, I managed to complete all 12 of my pledges, resulting in fielding a fully painted tournament force for the majority of our annual tournament (didn’t make the results any better, finishing dead last), as well as finally completing some of my long-planned conversions and getting them painted up.

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Not a bad result for the year, bringing the tally of models for the legion as follows (I have included the cultists and their associated Guard vehicles which will eventually become an allied force of Renegade Guard, which aren’t included in last years figures in brackets):

  • Assembly Needed – 1 (5)
  • Unpainted – 174 (125)
  • Need Stripping – 3 (5)
  • Base sprayed – 145 (96)
  • Painted – 119 (74)
  • Total models – 442 (305)

The Black Legion itself has had a few improvements this year too, with a new soft cover supplement book containing new formations and tactical objectives, the Tratitors Hate book with more formations, vehicle squadron rules and alternative detachment and objectives, and then the biggest release, the Traitor Legions softback, which pretty much combined the other two into a handy single volume but now with added bonus rules including the Speartip Detachment (which I put to good use in my final game of the year against the Blood Angels).

With the Gathering Storm:Fall of Cadia coming in January 2017, you can be sure there will be a Chaos counterpart hot on its heels – hopefully 2017 will see Chaos back in its rightful place as the galaxy’s biggest threat instead of its laughing boys, though to do so we still need to get that long overdue updated codex – the new formations, detachments and Legion updates are a step in the right direction but the underlying issues of the outdated codex remain.

What are my plans for SAMCRO in 2017? Well, I want to continue getting the outstanding units painted up, I’m also planning on upgrading some of my old school (ie small metal) terminators using some of the Betrayal at Calth Cataphractii plastics. Wether that results in better gaming results remains to be seen, but if Abaddon’s boys could wait ten millenia I too can have patience.

All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2016 – October

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2016 by vobeskhan

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Well October already, where has the year gone? Originally I was going to pledge a unit of my Thousand Son’s marines (following a colour scheme test during last month), but while attending a game session I spotted a Facebook 14407831_1211321462273593_223900966_opost on the Starbase Leicester page about a case of miniatures that were on sale in a local charity shop at a reasonable price. Myself and Jon hot-footed round there but were five minutes too late, they had closed for the day. Not to be put off I made sure I was there for when they opened for business the next morning and viola! A chunky GW carry case in decent condition, foam included (not in particularly good condition) and the models inside.

Now most are apparently from the Blackreach set of Blood Angels and of no real interest to me, but there was a Land Raider and a Predator which I quite liked the look of.

The Land Raider had been given hull mounted assault cannons, but I could just use them as count as Heavy Bolters. However the sponsons were the issue, one was a Heavy Flamer while the other was Hurricane Bolters, WTF? Thankfully another of my fellow All Scars, Jack, had a spare set of Lascannon sponsons that he said I could have so they were replaceable.

I took the opportunity to test a stripping method on some of the other Blood Angels, and satisfied in its results I’m planning on going ahead and using it on several of the Chaos models I want to strip for repainting.

These are the pictures I took whn I first opened the case.

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I also managed to swap the predators turret with Jon for a twin lascannon one, and following a session of cleaning up and adding various spare Defiler armour plates I “Chaosed” the pair up and got them primed. Then I decided to change my pledge and get the Land Raider painted up (as it would also give me a chance to use more of the excellent custom decals Mark had made for me).

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So there we have it, another months pledge completed. I’ll probably take the opportunity to add decals to another squad of my existing units like I did last month, as well as updating their bases to match the newer models.

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House of the rising Sons

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2016 by vobeskhan

60030102012_BlackLegionENG01Further to my May pledge for the All Scars Survivor Series painting challenge I have now finished my (formerly) Imperial Bastion for my SAMCRO Black Legion to defend from.

As mentioned in the previous post I had used green stuff to add some form of infestation to the building and following a friends suggestion I went with a bloodied flesh colouration for it rather than the obvious nurgle-green.

Now I just need need to paint the aegis line to match and finish converting the skyshield landing pad thats sat in the cupboard and my Legion Defense Line is ready.

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Realised as I was typing this up, I’ll need to repaint the gun emplacements to match now too, maybe take the opportunity to chaos them up a little too.

All Scars Vordrast Incursion – Stage 4

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2014 by vobeskhan

BLToday at Tabletop Tyrants the Leicester All Scars descended once again upon the battlefields of Vordrast, unfortunately Grandfather Nurgle had paid several members a visit and we had a couple of players unable to make it.

Thankfully this did not include myself or my opponent, Dave Clarke, with his Black Templar marines. Although when I arrived I realised I had actually forgotten to pack one squad of my bikers (thankfully not the painted ones) so had to do a quick rejig on my list, swapping them out for a 10 man marine squad with Heavy Bolter and Icon of Flame for even more Soul Blaze shenanigans.

I got Outflank for my Warlord trait and kept him and his retinue in reserve. Dave won the roll off and decided to set up first, spreading across his side of the table fairly evenly. I decided to try the refused flank tactic that had worked well last time, keeping the 3 units I was deploying all to my left corner.

Failing to seize the initiative, Dave started off, quickly taking control of the 3 objectives closest to him but his shooting proved unable to get a result as everything that could draw a bead fired at my Proteus. This still netted him 3 VP’s off the bat though. My response was a little better, with the Proteus tearing the contemptor apart in a hail of lascannon fire scoring me First Blood but only the 1 VP.

Dave’s Raven didn’t arrive and he continued to converge his crusader towards my lines but still his shooting failed to hit the mark. On my turn both the heldrake and the outflanking bikers were available and the drake certainly made its presence felt, turning its baleflamer on Dave’s sternguard unit and melting them to a pile of crispy remains. Both units of bikers engaged in assaults and taking some more Templar skulls. Dave’s casualties were building up but it wasnt scoring me points and he continued to pull ahead.

The Templars stormraven arrived and tried to take my drake out but some fancy jinking kept it unharmed. The ravens cargo of marines took over another objective freeing up the rhino that had been parked, The former sternguard rhino scuttled back behind cover to continue claiming another objective and the crusader began heading for my lord, opening fire with its assault cannons and taking my first casualty. My psychic phase was lacklustre but still left me with an empowered force staff. My Raptor dropped from the skies right in front of the raven and decided to show it just firepower really was, taking it to a single hull point left. The heldrake failed to vector strike a rhino but left itself in a position to exit the field next turn, thankfully my chosen had a sneaky meltagun shot to take out the rhino instead while they captured another objective. Dave had now pulled into a commanding lead of 10-5.

Backing up their lone comrade the ravensquad joined the combat with Unsa and his unit, despite both the sorceror and Tiggs (the champion) causing multiple casualties the imperial marines were able to take out their fallen brethren. Similarly on the other side of the board the Raven and contemptor moved up to target the other bike squad, with Helbrecht disembarking and adding his units shooting, the unit was reduced to Lord Morrow and champion Jaxxon and to add insult to injury they failed their morale check and began retreating across the board. Helbrecht led his unit in an assault and lo and behold, double 6 on the regrouping test! In response my drake flew off to circle and return, while my raptor decided the marines that took out Unsa needed to die and led the path of destruction with well placed avenger bolter cannon fire. The proteus took advantage of being parked next to the skyfire nexus to plant a lascannon beam right up the tail of the raven finally plucking its wings and dropping if from the sky while the chosen finished off the lone member of the other Templar squad nearby. Lots of carnage but VP’s still stood at 14-5 to Dave.

Dave had a hiding rhino, the crusader andHelbrect and co, who calmly re-embarked their crusader as it backed up onto the  nearby objective with a skyfire nexus (out of 6 objectives 5 had come up as skyfire, the last one being a targeting relay). Out of range of all of my models it was a quick and thankfully painless round from the Templars. My raptor began turning and managed a single reaper battery shot at the crusader but failed to damage it. The heldrake returned angling so as to belch its flames over the hiding rhino but also failed to damage the transport. In keeping with how my luck was going, the proteus advanced but failed to inflict anything on the crusader. VP’s remained at 14-5 and we got an independent roll to see if we continued – a 3!

Round six and Dave focused his assault cannons on the heldrake finally causing damage but only a stun which the drake then ignored (its nice being a demonic flying monster). In response the drake swooped across the rhino but even its vector strike failed to dent the (p)lucky rhino. The raptor and proteus converged on the crusader, opening up with everything they could but as the smoke cleared the crusader still sat there with a single hull point remaining. Another independent roll and the game ended – VP’s still at 13-5 to Dave, a well deserved win to a great opponent.

In hindsight I should have concentrated more on capturing the objectives in an attempt to score points but the cards I drew scored more for Dave than they did for me. Still, a really fun battle against a great guy so I really can’t complain at all. At least I got my revenge on that pesky sternguard unit that had defeated me in the Kill Team event.

Well done Dave, I’ll get you next time 🙂

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All Scars painting challenge

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by vobeskhan

SAMCRO-legionFollowing on from an idea one of the All Scar’s newest members planted, the powers that be have issued a painting challenge.

Each member that wishes to take part pledges £10 and should they complete the challenge they get a share back at the end of the challenge. The actual challenge is to paint 750pts worth of models before Christmas. Though it’s been suggested that we use the last All Scars event before Christmas as the target (December 20th, Stage 4 of the Vordrast Incursion and the All Scars Christmas Party).

Now, I’m not the best person when t comes to getting motivated to put brush to model, but I saw this as an excellent incentive and so I’ve decided to join in.

My 750ptss will consist of my “core” units, Lord Morrow, sorcerer Unsa, and their respective 5 man biker squads (each sporting a pair of meltaguns and aspiring champions). Morrow and his boys as usual will be favouring Nurgle, whilst Unsa’s boys follow Tzeentch.

Not quite sure how I’m going to express their affiliations to the ruinous powers yet but I’m thinking along the lines of some of the illustrations in the Black Legion supplement where it shows some of the various dedicated troops.

Riders on the storm

This is how my bikes look at the start of the challenge, with only a handful even being primer/base coloured with black paint/spray. Several of my fellow challengers have already completed over 100pts a piece but I knew this was going to be a marathon, not a sprint.

Thanks to finishing work a little earlier today and having some pleasant natural sunlight streaming through the windows I decided to make a start on the first of my bikes. Using the basic colour scheme of my troops – silver trim over black, with metallic accents and the odd red details – I set too.

CAM01310I did my silver trim, used screaming bell for several accents, and mephiston red on the control panel. Then I used auric gold for the skull emblem on the fairing and vomit brown for the saddle covering, before using abaddon black to touch up any bits that needed it.

CAM01312 CAM01313 CAM01314I had to stop there due to failing light (I hate trying to paint under artificial light, especially on black basecoat) so haven’t started on the rider.

One of my fellow All Scars has suggested a wash of 1:1 Agrax Earthshade-Lahmian Medium to add depth, so I may well look into that as the saddle especially looks a little flat/bland.

I’ve even invested in some new bases (most of my bikes had the old GW plastic cavalry slotta bases) and I’m planning on modelling them to look like a road surface (thanks to some cork coming from another All Scar, and a great video tutorial he pointed me in the direction of).

CAM01309 road baseSo, after just under an hours effort I haven’t actually finished a complete model yet but I’m happy with the progress and now I’ve decided on how I’m doing them the next ones should be easier and I will post updates as we go.

Days remaining – 70

Models/points completed – 0/0