-Odds and sods - cables, fetishes etc.
|Lootas, Burnas and Boys WIP|
|More Boys WIP|
|For something different - more Boys WIP!|
- Ultramarines - I have so many Marines its just not funny (around 200 in total!), built up over many editions of the game, and comprising the majority of the Marine range (excluding goofy things like Centurions and flyers).
- Space Wolves - A nice compact sub 2,000 force (lacking any of the drastically goofy stuff - Wulfen and Murderfang I'm looking at you!).
- Imperial Guard - Another large force (large on body count - its a foot based Infantry Company with attached Battalion heavy weapons and Specialists) built two editions ago and lacking some of the newer kits (and non-the-worse for that!).
- Chaos: Lost and Damned - Plague Marines/Nurgle Daemons/Traitor Guard.
As well as the actual forces I've deliberately collected, built and shaped to a uniform plan established in my head over the years, I have other sub-units like the Titan, my Primarch collection and other odds and ends (the new Codex: Imperial Agents notionally has a whole shelf on the Shelves of Shame comprising random stuff I'd collected for looks alone that would now be fit for purpose according to that book!). Add in the few additional Ork models I have accumulated over the last month and there is plenty of choice for what to start on next. With the Fall of Cadia looming, maybe the time is ripe to devote 2017 to my Lost and Damned, although I'm equally drawn to the idea of pushing on with the forces of good and really trying to make a dent in my 'Grand Army of the Imperium' collections.
One thing I am certai of, is that I go into 2017 without any plans to buy much in the way of minis unless GW really pulls a blinder and unleashes something truly epic on us all. Off the top of my head, the only thing I think that would make me reach for my wallet to buy (as opposed to releases that make me drool but not hit the 'must buy now' part of my brain), would be a model of the Emperor, or a really well done, multi-part plastic Necromunda box set re-release.
While 2017 is looking god for the wallet, the final months of 2016 was decidedly not! In addition to the Ork deals I've previously posted about, I also found myself spending on some more dregs for the Lost and the Damned, as well as picking up a copy of the Burning of Prospero.
|Oooh so shiny - Burning of Prospero - an eBay steal!|
That $90 spend got me my squad of Custodes, a squad of Sisters, a squad of Tartaros for my boys in blue, and a squad of Mk3 which I plan to kitbash with the FW Deathguard upgrade set to make a unit of Plague Marines for my Lost and Damned, as well as 'Not Bjorn' who'll do nicely as a Wolf Lord for my Wolves, and Ahriman who'll sit well with my random assortment of 30K goodies. Not a bad result at all, particularly when considering that going by other recent releases, GW is likely to charge around $100+ for the Custodes alone (Cataphractii from the previous Calth box cost $115 a squad here!).
|Beautiful, beautiful minis - I've built based on the rule of cool - apparently you can't take a Halberd and Shield in game - pfft to that!|
|'Not Bjorn' and Ahriman - fantastic sculpts and cleverly cut on the sprue. The cherub is a bits box build I did on the side while organising my bits collection.|
|Another non-viable squad build - these girls are oh so delicate - they'll snap parts simply looking at them funny|
Talking with Ray about the beauty of the Prospero box made him drop a line about having a copy of Death Watch: Overkill; something he had completely failed to mention in any of our other hobby chats. That led to an impromptu catch up where we (that is to say I) ogled the beauty that is the Genestealer Cult models Ray has been accruing (including some from his impenetrable closet/shed of shame hearkening all the way back to the early 90's) and the equally fantastic Death Watch character models, before sitting down to run through the first mission of Overkill.
|Rays shed of doom throws out a copy of Death Watch: Overkill for us to have crack at - its a really fun little game.|
|Chaplain Cassius - I love Chaplains so he was always going to be one of my four|
|I had painted Dark Angel and Space Wolf Death Watch Marines in my collection already so these guys were no brainers|
|And the plucky Blood Angel - again, I had a Blood Angel in my collection so this made sense. This was him off the board after being wounded, and subsequently succumbing to his wounds|
|Cassius and the Angel starting to get surrounded - the Angel would fall to that cannon wielding cultist to left of shot.|
|Cassius fighting on alone after the Angels fall, as more Cultists rush onto the board|
Cassius and Drenn (the Wolf) were monsters in all phases, with Drenns Berserker ability (allowing me to run and attack in a single action phase) coupled with his three attacks with Rend ability really catching Ray out. Cassius claimed seven kills and Drenn nine helping me win the game; although Ray did manage to take down the Blood Angel with a Mining Laser shot (ignores armour saves). We played on after the third turn to see how far the Marines could go. Drenn lasted another two turns, taking six more Cultists with him before falling to a Seismic Cannon, while the Dark Angel accounted for another three cultists (on top of his earlier three) before being mobbed and falling to five shotguns at close range. Cassius survived until we had to stop so I could go pick up the Dort from Childcare; the Chaplain taking another five Cultists down. Ray also killed two of his own Cultists with a Blasting Charge trap which had accounted for one of Drenns wounds. So in total, over five rounds I got 39 kills to Rays three - not too shabby.
So 2016 ends with a bit of a bang, and not a whimper. I may not have gamed anywhere near as much as I'd have liked, but there's always next year for that! I've painted a huge amount of Orks (even if they aren't all finished), and amassed a wealth of additional minis to languish into future years on the shelves of shame. I've had a laugh with the lads, and enjoyed immensely following along to the broad range of blogs I frequent. Thanks to all who have dropped a line here, the community wouldn't be what it is without that kind of discourse between hobbyists the world over.
Cheers all and happy hobby going into 2017,