Thursday 29 February 2024

Odds and Sods V - The Odds Fight Back

   Its been quite hard to find time to do anything recently, let alone gaming or painting, but I've tried to squeeze a bit of time in to have a wind down. I also revived a title from a while back for this post as I think it covers it best.

   First model is a Genestealer Cult Magos - the last model of my current Genestealer project. I painted her in a slightly different green to anything else to try and make it look like she has access to nicer material, she's obviously not a miner herself, however, I did paint her armour in the same colour as I can only imagine it's come out of the same stock pile somewhere.
   I'd like to add to this in the future, but for now I'm calling it done.

   Next up is my current D&D character - Reizagar Stormhelm. She's a dwarf cleric from the D&D starter set. I'm not 100% on the paint job but I'm at a point it's easier to call her done then if I have an idea in the future I can fix her.
   Also not based at the basing material I've done all my fantasy stuff in has gone missing in my mancave move - when it turns up I'll finish basing her.

   Thirdly is a complete curveball - HMS Thunder Child of War of the World's fame in 1:2400 scale* from Tumbling Dice. Did I need this model? No. But how many wargamers want that ship in their collections?
*technically this is a model of HMS Polyphemus

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Friday 9 February 2024

A Polish Of Dreadnoughts?

*yeah, the names are getting worse

   This post is about the last two dreadnoughts for this project, namely a second Leviathan and 6th Contemptor, plus a few spare options while I'm doing this**.

**yeah, I got carried away

  So it's harder to explain why I bought these last two dreadnoughts as they were over my hobby budget for this year and they are harder to justify, but I have a game lined up for the full 2.5k list with another mate in March (I think) and the thought in my head was a pair of games using my dreadnought list justified me doing the army more. I think mostly it's just been a really enjoyable project.

   The Leviathan has a name - Igninotam - a bastardised Latin word for fire brand. I dropped a couple of letters to make it flow better as a name and not be a direct translation. My head story for this guy is he was an aspirant to the legion that probably would have failed his induction in normal times, but with the heresy in full flow, his lack of discipline and foul temper were less of a liability in a Inductii (a rushed through marine who the legions didn't always see as full battle brothers and could be thrown away with a bit less guilt) then when he was seriously injured in an assault and would have been too crippled for front line duties again, he was installed into an assault Leviathan shell so as a line breaker - the red stripe on the knee pad showing that this dreadnought might not be entirely in control of himself and the red helmet showing he's been censured for something in the past.

   The Contemptor is on my hobby spreadsheet as Lascannon Contemptor - which if you are aware of guns isn't what it is armed with in the photo. My last 500 points has undergone a couple of changes and as it was the Leviathan that got dibs on points, the Contemptor had to make do with left over space. While I prefer to run Contemptors with double weaponry, this one didn't have the points for such a build and I thought it might be useful to be the all rounder on the board that could plug a gap - being magnetised means I can always change it at a later date anyway.

   I've also been going over my older Ultramarine dreadnoughts to bring them up to this style of painting - not necessarily better painted but more in the same style. As it won't look like much from the front and I didn't do photos of the backs when I posted them years ago, I won't be putting photos of them up here***, but it does make the force look more cohesive.

***except for this one that I added a simple tilt shield to

I probably need to get painting something historical next

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Sunday 4 February 2024

A Brace Of Dreadnoughts

   Following on from the last post of Ultramarine Dreadnoughts here are the last two needed for my 2000 point list, a Venerable Contemptor and a Deredeo.

   The Deredeo is a resin model bought during lockdown for a 30k army that I've since sold, my Thousand Sons. I bought it with the autocannons as advice at the time suggested that the best guns for it were either those, or the lascannons, but basically if it's carrying lascannons its top expensive for what you are trying to make it do*. Ignore the wonky guns - I'm trying to.
   Its now been painted in Ultramarine blue and looks much better for it. At the same time I painted up a pair of missile units for the top of this one and it's squad mate as I used to run my other dereodeo bald.
*sadly this might have been bad advice as it was built for an army that was very light in AT

   The Venerable Dreadnought is just a grand way of saying HQ dread. It gets a small buff but is basically a basic unit - I bought the Forge World upgrade body because I felt it needed a little something to stand out**
**also see the white shoulders here

   Each of the dreadnoughts is supposed to be a hero in themselves, but I figure once the heresy started you aren't going to be preserving empty bodyshells for the best of the best and would just fill them when someone suitably hurt came along, so they could be sent straight back out. Hence why my ones are a tad plainer than some of the dreadnoughts you see online, however, saying that, I do plan to look at my older ones before my lined up game and paint them up slightly more inline with my new ones and add a couple of tilt shields as I really like that look on the pair that have them.

Now I only need two more dreadnoughts to get to a better 2.5k list . . .

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Friday 2 February 2024

A Stumble Of Dreadnoughts?

   It has often been said that I take ideas too far and this is going to be a firm tick in that column, I'm afraid. I was bought a plastic Warhammer 30k Leviathan Dreadnought for Christmas, it wasn't on any list and I wasn't planning on getting one but the model was gratefully received and sent me down a rabbit hole.
   To start with, I know leviathans are supposed to be really good at the moment, and even in 1st edition I've had them rip through my armies and I've watched one single-handedly kill a Warhound titan but the one in my Sons of Horus army, just never achieved anything. Chatting to my old podcast mates they suggested I try one of 2 or 3 weapon sets as it would just be more effective, so I've tried one of those on this one - a pair of Cyclonic Melta Lances.

   Building the Leviathan got me thinking about my Ultramarines in general and one thought that popped into my head was, with the amount of dreadnoughts I own - could I run a full dreadnought list? The answer was, very nearly. . .
   A quick order online* and I had the bits I needed for an initial 2,000 point list as one of the guys is going to a tournament late in Feb that is running at that limit and wants a test game.
*and then another 2 smaller ones elsewhere
   The first extra model for this post is a second close combat Contemptor Dreadnought to be best buddies with one I already have. This one is the new plastic kit and I've magnetised the weapon arms to allow other ideas in the future.  I'm really pleased with how I've broken up the amount of blue panels - although the assault emblem on one fist might be a detail too much.

   The last one for this post was a bit of a what do I do with the hundred of so points I can't spend in this list - fit a box dread in. These guys aren't great in 30k, they just don't have enough shots or attacks for the size squads they generally face, but it fills points and hopefully helps me just do that last bit of damage on something that the bigger boys didn't quite finish off. Failing that it can hold something and keep out of the way.

The downside of all this, is for some reason I've changed how I paint dreadnoughts and now I'm not happy with my older ones, so I'm looking at going back and giving them a bit more effort.

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