Kill Team narrative

Greetings all! A friend of mine is dipping his toe into the turbulent universe of 40K, and wanted to try out Kill Team to get a feel for it. His army of choice is Orks, and I thought this would be a good way to get things rolling with my Death Guard. So to that end, I wrote up a quick opening narrative to set the stage. Here goes:

It was a miserable day. The low-hanging purple-hued clouds were raining down, the acidic rain leaving a slightly bitter tang in the air,akin to ozone. The mud was thick and cloying, sucking at the slow, deliberate footfalls which would have sent a lesser man sprawling. Here and there the mud changed color due to gouts of ichor that had been spilled. Occasionally a hand or a torso could be spotted. The buzzing of the flies was noticeable and threatened to drown out the downpour of the acid rain.

     Craters pock-marked the ground, sulphuric vapor hung heavy across the scene of carnage as though trying to veil the bloodbath that had occurred just moments before. The scene looked almost surreal, like one of the expressionist paintings that were created on Terra centuries ago. A feverish, nightmarish vision of ‘hell’.

“hell…” a voice mused.

     There followed a wet, rasping noise from the vox grille, which was evidently laughter, but sounding more like a sickly gurgle from mucous thick lungs.

“It appears that the greenskins have dug in and think they can deny us what is rightfully ours. They are stubborn, but they will fall as though wheat before the scythe. We must show them the price of their misjudgment”

      Vanis Bubonicus stepped up onto the crest of a rocky outcrop and surveyed the area before him. Across the mired landscape he could see the citadel which contained what they had come for: forbidden xenos technology that had been vaulted by the loyalist Mechanicum. A vanguard of Orks had intercepted their data scans and had also made planetfall in an attempt to take the artifacts for themselves. Brutish they may be, but it belied the cunning beneath, something which Vanis both admired and loathed. To underestimate the greenskins meant death.

     Vanis half turned his head to his second in command, Lothar the Impure, who stood seven paces behind him.

“We press the assault brother, let us take the artifacts and lay waste to our enemies. Determined and methodical, as our gene father taught us”

“As you wish my lord” replied Lothar before turning away to relay the orders to the squad.

     Vanis tilted his head slightly, as though listening to words only he could hear. The unnatural horns protruding from his helm making his visage look like that of a daemon prince. As the squad of Death Guard walked up the incline toward their leader,they saw him gesture with his hand, and with that the droning of flies became louder. Suddenly they were surrounded by obscene flying insects, a cloud of bloated thoraxes and proboscis’, a living, flying death. The nurglings that clung to Vanis’ armor squealed with delight. Another gesture from Vanis’ hand and the cloud of flies surged forward, down from their position toward the Ork lines.

Vanis turned to his squad and spoke. A voice like crushed granite addressed them.

“Onward, my brothers. Today we bring the gifts of Plaguefather Nurgle to this planet, let us make him proud of our victory. Onward my brothers, to the citadel and to our prize. Let none stand in our way. Onward, for Mortarion and for the Plaguefather!”

By Chaos You Are Boooound!

Any excuse to have an intro by the mighty Bolt Thrower and I’ll take it! Anyway, it was the lead in to me posting the pictures of the Foul Blightspawn miniature that I finished last week for a painting competition at Grognard Games. He kinda looks like a Ghostbuster, or maybe a Grossbuster? I don’t know. I know I’m not much a fan of the name (some of the Nurgle character names are a wee bit silly) but I had a lot of fun painting him, and it reminded me why I’m such a fan of Papa Nurgle – lots of rust and decay and opportunities to make your miniatures pop.

My only gripe about this miniature, and maybe the newer Plague Marines, is that they have sooooo muuch going on with the miniatures to the point that it’s so busy when it’s done, it’s hard to see the wood for the trees. Sometimes less is more, but whatever!

Thanks for reading!!!!

PanO Fusiliers and Dronbot. Pew pew!

rolled an 8…

Yes! another strike from the D20 list that I chatted about in my previous post – 3 PanOceania Fusiliers with Combi Rifles. I’ve ordered decals for the shoulder pads, but I don’t have them yet, but the paint is DONE! I’m really liking the overall feel I’m getting with these, and happy that my tabletop quality isn’t looking too bad:

Securing the area.

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Nurgle – Then and Now…

Good morrow everyone! A quick post today as a small bit of amusement for myself really. I assembled one of the new Nurgle figures from the Dark Imperium set, which, I have to say, are just some of the most beautiful (?) Nurgle miniatures that GW have put out. I am a big fan of the old Rogue Trader era chaos renegades and also the metal miniatures from the early 2000’s. The Forgeworld upgrades are really nice too, and it’s generally just great to see papa Nurgle actually get some screen time over Khorne, whom I believe to be Chaos’ answer to the Imperiums poster boys – the Ultramarines. The new chaos releases are just so over the top, exactly how I would expect chaos marines to be.

GW’s plastics have come a million miles as well, as the picture shows, the static, one-pose plastic plague marine standing next to his Dark Imperium cousin, and well frankly, there is no comparison. Night and day for sure.

Obviously over the years we have seen a scale creep in GW (and indeed most miniature manufacturers figures), and this became even more apparent after building this guy last night. With the introduction of the new Primaris marines into the 40K canon, the stage is set to get ever bigger (pun intended). So my question really was simply “why?”. Why are we seeing this gradual increase in the size of miniatures? Is the desire to pack as much detail onto one miniature such that it demands this size increase to enable that? I wouldn’t say that was strictly true as I have been building a lot of Infinity miniatures lately – they are a lot smaller than GW figures and they have an intimidating amount of details on them. (Ironically, Corvus Belli have actually had some scale creep in their figures too). Is it for simplicity’s sake? to enable younger gaming enthusiasts to be able to build these figures quickly? I don’t think that’s the case at all. Compare a Rogue Trader era Space Marine to a Primaris and indeed a pre-Primaris Space Marine and the difference is very obvious. I’m not sure yet how I feel about the mixing and matching of the smaller size marines and the new guys. If Guilliman’s new boys are the ultimate fighting machines, then does that mean that all marines that came before can retire and watch from the sidelines? lol!

Do you even work out bruh?

Do other hobbies have scale creep? I wonder if model railway enthusiasts have to deal with similar issues? Just my musing for today. I’d like to hear your thoughts on the scale change over the years, so drop a comment below and thanks for reading!

Let there be rot…

Another quick post today to share my newly finished Nurgle Plague Lord. I started this guy a couple of years ago, and then he got shelved when we moved, so I’m finishing up the few figures that are half done. I went old skool on this guy with the Dark Tongue runes on his base:

Nurgle has always been my favorite of the Chaos powers, so it was only right that this guy got finished. Next on the ‘need to be finished cuz they’re only half done are a couple of lizardmen skinks and a Genestealer. Then onto the obscene amount of miniatures that are only undercoated lol!

Poor financial decisions recently saw me acquiring the new 40K Dark Millennium box set (hey, it has Nurgle marines, hell YES!!!). I packed it away in the nerdcloset as soon as I bought it home as an incentive to get other stuff painted up before I tackle that stuff. I’m not sure how I feel about the introduction of the new Primaris marines. This is GW phasing out the ‘old’ style marines. Mark my words. Anyhoo, I thought it would be something that me and my son could play, especially with the new different styles of game play. I commend GW for their recent 180 with listening to their fanbase and being actually pretty cool and fun again, but I’m still sulking until I get new Sisters miniatures. Nyah!

TTFN!

 

Battles and Brotherhood! Painting project is GO!

I got together with my cohort Matty in the UK, via email, to put together a buddy project. As this will be a pseudo series over the next couple of weeks, I started it’s own page over there ===========> Or, if you’re too lazy to look, you could always teleport there using this nifty link: http://whencannonsfade.com/the-bro-project-or-i-can-get-by-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends/

So, go check it out, go on!

🙂

Nurgle lord – the end is in sight! (maybe)

I can’t believe that I hadn’t posted these, or maybe I had, but I couldn’t find them…

Anyhoo, to kick off 2011, our first contender is a WCF veteran, as he’s been on here from the start, my Nurgle Lord. I tend to do a little, and put him away, then come back and do some more… still, he seems happy enough, belching and farting in my gaming closet… This year, though, I’m aiming to have more completed stuff posted and not just dribs and drabs. This guy, though, is the exception. He didn’t do too badly in a game I had just before xmas either. yay!

You can see the PP ‘Bloodstone’ base that I use for the basis of my rusted metal here.


A brown ink was over the bloodstone gives it depth…

Boltgun metal, chainmail highlights and some chestnut ink to finish the job!

He’s getting there! Another couple of hours should get the job done. In the meantime though, I am working on my Black Templars Rhino.

Black is such a pain in the arse to paint >sigh<

TTFN

Paul