Tuesday 24 November 2015

Ordo Xenos - the Deathwatch

One of my hobby goals has been to be able to field forces representing the three major Ordos of the Inquisition.

While I had started modelling a Deathwatch Kill team squad, using the rules back in WD 306 (and I had designs for more) I got the fantastic opportunity several years ago to purchase a Deathwatch themed army from Alan Borthwick.

This was all done pre-plastic Sternguard and Vanguard so yeah, amazing work and I feel very lucky/blessed to be benefitting from his hobby skills.

All the Space Marines I have (and bitz boxes)

Command - need a third Librarian so I can do that Conclave thing (I have the plastic one in the background but a metal one would be more... right)

Sternguard Squad

My Sternguard Squad but probably just a Tactical Squad armament-wise

Two Terminator squads - need to convert the CC squad but first need another 5+ of the plastic terminator Deathwatch shoulder pads!

3 Dreadnoughts (Furioso, Venerable, + AoBR)

Vanguard/fancy Assault Squad

Tactical Squad 1

Tactical Squad 2

Tactical Squad 3

Scout Squad (and yes I do have the rest of them)

Land Raider Prometheus but I need to convert to a Crusader... and two Rhinos

3 Drop Pods and 4 Landspeeders (two of which will be Typhoons)

My collection of Servitors without any Techmarine to guide them... :(

And finally, my Horus Heresy started army from when Pete at FoB was trying to get people inspired to paint up a force. Obviously I would add to this with the new HH box set... if I had time.

So yet another accumulation of unpainted models and great ideas and intentions which I WILL turn into reality...

It does need some more grav weaponry and maybe Centurions and also possibly a Devastator squad (with grav cannons). I possibly have some of the old metal Devastator bodies lying around so that would be suitable I think... although I quite like the mix of metal and plastic.

Friday 20 November 2015

The Order of the Violaceous Heart... Sisters of Battle

And here are probably my favourite army, certainly under 4th and 5th. 

But now, there's few things that make me sad. For example, you can't currently take eviscerators on Veteran Sister Superiors, which (to me) forces you into a certain style of less aggressive play if you don't want to take allies.

Beware the Holy Trinity, heretic!

HQ choices

Close up of Celestine and my counts-as Uriah Jacobus

Canoness Teresa du Cartho (who has taken the head of a Daemon Prince in close combat)

Command Squad
Old school conversion for new Rhino
The Revered Photocopier of St Lucius (old joke... )


Large Sororitas squad

Another Sororitas Squad on foot
Sororitas Squad in Rhino (I MISS EVISCERATORS)
Another Sororitas Squad in a Rhino
6 Seraphim

Retributors of rending death... or at least, in the old days with the 'better' Faith Point system...

Repentias of jolly angryness ... and just after I finished this squad of 13 they changed the unit size to 5-10 not 5-20 grrr

Ahh... my Exorcists. Named as Divine Guidance and Divine Deliverance... and their unmade friend... inna box
Dominion Squad #1 (3 Flamers, combi-melta)

Dominion Squad #2 (4 meltas, combi-flamer)

Dominion Squad #3  (4 meltas, plasma pistol)

Unpainted stuff just holding on to just in case they release a new codex etc. etc.

More of the same pack rat mentality

One of the things that bugs me about the current e-Dex is that you can't take multiple relics on a single model like other Codexes. Surely this is an oversight?

There's a bit here I am now going to divest myself of, e.g. unpainted Repentia. The painting list is:

  • 4x Immolators
  • 3x Dominion squads
  • 6x Heavy Weapons for alternate Retributor fitouts (multi-melta, heavy flamer)
  • Some extra models for another Troops unit
  • Command Squad
  • Another Canoness with Eviscerator and Bolt Pistol

So 'not a lot' (ha!). My challenge is that as noted above, this was my favourite army so giving up any of the models feels... wrong.

Tuesday 17 November 2015

A fistful of Inquisitors.... checks

Following on from my purge of the Astra Militarum, my eyes fell upon the fine forces of the Inquisition.

A bunch of likely types - at the very left is the Ordo Xenos WIP
A couple of Rogue Trader classics... but personally I think the work Andy Hoare did here is awesome and I will copy it at some point...
Awaiting paint... probably another suitable candidate for Xenos or Hereticus

I have enough models for another 3 squads of 5... I think. Just need another Taurox so I can use the Formation

These guys go with Coteaz for that whole "I've been expecting you" shemozzle

My Ordo Xenos retinue

Some of the Ordo Hereticus retinue(s)

Some more of the Hereticus retinue

Ordo Malleus retinue

Lots of Eschers to be used as one sees fit (allied Astra Militarum veterans??)

Redemptionists... holding out for some new rules... and a new paintjob of course

More bits and bobs

Assassins and some Flagellants dressed up as Redeptionists (they probably need to go)

A scratchbuilt Arvus Lighter that still need to paint for some campaign gaming. It's only been 14+ years

That is a Valkyrie and box of more Flagellants and bitz

Moar bitz

Ah, my Grey Knights

Dreadnought I picked up cheap but needs a repaint

All my metal GK terminators in various stages of painting

All my GK in power armour that I need to make a decision on whether to keep them or sell and reinvest in the new plastics (same conundrum I have with the metal Terminators)

My vision of the future of my GK... I should finish painting them really

So I have another small pile of models to be rid of... and some more decisions to be made about what to keep. My goal was to be able to field one of each type of Inquisitor and 3 retinues so I've probably got more than needed to complete this...