• dimanche 7 novembre 2021

    Gaming weekend : W40 000 campaign!

    I ran a quick campaign with Laurent aka Slaanesh Child few days ago, weekend format is my favorite way to deep dive in a gaming trip with friends. Tree interconnected battles with progressive army lists. No heavy campaign rules, just easy peasy (lemon squeezy!) rules to give cool benefits for next battles. Played with the Warhammer 40.000 2nd ed rule set with a large amount of gorgeous Old School RoC models!

    Background : Energies are precious resources for the legions. Dedicated troops are constantly seeking for across the galaxy in order to provide the materials and energies required for endless conflicts. Renegade legions have also to deal with it and my next blogposts going to report the clash between Emperors Children’s and World Eater’s legions.

    The planet where the struggle take place contain plenty of ores which ones are significant sources of energies once refined. Planet residents are specialized in this process, the complexity of the method isn’t accessible the chaotic Marines and the residents will have to be forced to share the riddle of the refining with their invaders.  Unfortunately, for the Renegades, the major part of the inhabitants fled. Both Legions are now on chase to get theirs hands on the last runaways able to run the refining plants.

    First game : On chase!

    During their flee the technical staffs from refineries abandoned precious materials, both legions sent-out scouting platoons to seek those crates full of priceless information.

    Skirmish Battle, 1000pts on 120x120cm table. Multi Objectives game.

    A: World Eaters swooping on their foe
    B: Slaanshies defend their objective
    C: Veterans before
    D: Veterans after they flee in the wrong direction then reaped by the Noise squad
    At the bottom, a Chaos spawn cross the WE tactical unit
    At the right : WE capitain surounded by some friends

    Emperor Children win! This quick game is a perfect campaign appetizer

    Second game : The spaceport

    The precious information collected in the previous scenario oriented the invaders in direction of the spaceport. Indeed, some fleeing engineers reached to late the escape spaceship and stayed abandoned on their own planet. The toughest-ones quickly runaway to new hiding place, the weakest-ones stayed at the spaceport as such prey for the Legions.

    Classic Battle, 2000pts on 180x120cm, Single objective battle.

    A: Emperor Childen tactical squad, Knighmare miniatures beauty
    B: Lot of frenzy troops!
    C: Relentles Terminators with Dreadnaught support
    D: Kill them all!!
    E: I'm well protected behind my gamaing table!
    F: Emperor Children reach the suffuring Engineer first
    G: Somptuous Noise Marines
    H: You won't believe me... The Slaanshy captain survived...

    Drawn! Both sides tried out to pickup the Engineer but none succeeded, the unfortunate Squat ended  stamped by a Juggernaut and a Slaanesh mount. Chaos poetry!

    Last game : Final assault!

    The world Eaters protect the gates of a colossal refining plant from what it seems to be the last assault of their eternal rival. The riddle of refining is lost and none legion have local Engineering support to ran those equipements, the precious refinery must be owned in the name of their respective gods.

    Massive Battle, 6666pts on 240x120pts, Multi Objectives game.

    Deployment overview
    A: All-out assault  !!
    B: Few seconds before the clash 
    C: Summoned Daemons pop on the battlefield
    D: Third Bloodthirster! Emperor Children hold on!
    D: Slaanesh sent his Daemonic minions as well!
    E: What a marvellous Keeper of Secrets!
    F: Daemons battling for an objective
    G: Slaanshies Veterans are going to taste to Bloodletters charge!
    Both Daemon prince struggling in the name of their Patron, draw!

    Skulls for the skull throne! World Earters are on top today and Slaanesh didn't succeded in his plan!

    Such a good weekend! W40K 2nd ed set of rules is good, sometimes a bit heavy for close combat and vehicles damages locations. The overall feeling is good and the pleasure to play with so much great models overweigh any rule/technical drawbacks J Thanks Laurent for the visit!

    lundi 1 novembre 2021

    World Eaters : Khorne Greater Daemon

    Hello everyone! What's taller than a 40K Bloodthirster? Answer... An Epic Bloodthirster :) 

    Once again, thank to the 3D print technology. This resin model is 200% re scaled Epic version. Not the finest model of my collection but rariest one, no doubt. Indeed, the daemon's proportions aren't harmonious : Head, axe and the handle of the whip are oversized in comparison with the body. But anyway, the singularity of the model overweigh all his tiny defaults.

    In few days, I'm going to kickoff the workshop for the last model of the World Eaters project, something colossal... See you soon :)

    dimanche 5 septembre 2021

    Close-up! Shooting session.

    Hey folks! Today I will show my way to shoot miniature models. My technic is greatly inspired by old Joe Dever's White Dwarf articles : Magic Frame (#67&68) and Double exposure (#77).

    Actually, the aim is the integration of the model in the backdrop and the main trick to succeed is to insert some elements to hide and/or merge the model's base(s) to the landscape. Below some pictures for a better understanding of the concept, hope it going to be usefull. See you!

    Several models with small base.

    These models are set up in an "mother base" in order to hide the black edge of the individual base. This assembly is integrate to the backdrop by using a connector element stand on the backdrop and painted in the same way of the model's bases.

    Final result

    Raw picture before cropping

    Overall set-up

    Single model with large base.

    The difference in this case is the using of element also painted as the model's base but set-up on the fore ground to hide the large base of the Dreadnought.

    Final result

    Raw picture before cropping

    Overall set-up

    Extra stuff!

    Nice collection of "Mother bases"

    Some backdrops

    mardi 17 août 2021

    World Eaters : Icons & Symbols - Final part

    Hi everyone! After two weeks off (well deserved), I'm back and I would like to share here the second and last part relative to the icons of the Legion. In the previous article we talked about the greenstuff  modelizing and  today we gonna naturaly tackle the painting. 

    Lesser characters :

    These Sergeants are honored by the classic WE Icon which one represent a bestial jaw with a planet between is fangs. I selected those renegades due to their horns, it's visually a great link between the models and the icon, it help to give a one piece effect. I also added some chains to increase the volume of the artefact.

    Greater Characters :
    The Chaplain was rewarded by a gigantic collar of Khorne might be owned in his previous life by an eminent servant of Khorne. The Capitain and the Lieutenant are protected by ancestral icons. Also a new comer ... The Librarian. Long ago, World Eaters Librarian lost many of their recording duties as scribes and all their psychic abilities. They now serve only as tally-keppers recording the numbers of slain in Khorne's name by individal and squads. The old book of this Librarian is now sealed by a powerful Skull runes
    Librarian, Lieutenant and Capitain 
    The Chaplain is supported by lesser Daemons

    The lieutenant Commander of the Legion mounted on Juggernaut is protected by colossal Khorne symbol, sign of gratitude from the Skull God for a long service for him. Additionaly the commander is flanked by the Icon bearer of the Legion, a living testimony of thousand slaugthers and synonymous of ruins.

    Lieutenant Commander and Icon Legion bearer

    Massive Characters :
    The Daemon Prince was also rewarded by a colossal symbol of Khorne in his mortal life and now he ostentatiously bear it, everywhere he's summoned. And to finish, the Dreadnought is blessed by his patron with a demonic Icon which one he insolently display to haunt his foes during the battle.

    Daemon Prince and Dreadnought

    Back sides :
    From Ian Miller
    Most of the symbols back sides are inbeded by a warped corail. Not sure about the origine of this "corail" but it looks like a pure Chaos material caracterized by a permanent changing form, fearsome screaming and disgusting smelling. Only exception is the Dreadnought icon, glorified  by a living red demon captive inside the symbol.

    Ian miller Icon from Roberth Breseus - Pantheon of Chaos KS