With the ETC moving to 1850 points, those of us with long standing 1750 points lists have to scratch our heads and think about how to make the move up. Just add a 100 point unit? add 100 points of extras to what you have? or completely rethink the list for the new limit?
I’ve pondered a few possibilities, and with Warpcon coming up next week it’s time to see how they fare in practice. So for Warpcon I’ll be adding a Chaos Dreadnought with Multimelta to my usual list. Not a bad unit for 100 points, particularly since the latest FAQ made the ‘friendly fire’ issue more controllable.
The only drawback is that I didn’t own a Chaos Dreadnought. Time to go shopping.
First choice is the ForgeWorld dreadnoughts – really amazing models and can be purchased with the exact loadout I need.
Problem: wouldn’t arrive in time… so no go.
What about the normal chaos dreadnought?
Ugliest model in the world.
Only remaining option – convert a loyalist dreadnought kit. Having looked at the various options, the ironclad looked like the best starting point, but it would need a few extras.
I raided my pile of chaos vehicle bitz, a defiler head, and even a space crusade chaos dreadnought multimelta (blast from the past!). Here’s how it panned out:
More pictures up on the facebook page!
As I mentioned previously, I’m building a renegade Imperial Guard army themed on Alpha Legion Operatives. The infantry I’m using are the awesome forgeworld renegade guard, but there was a question of how to represent the vehicles. The army list I have in mind uses Hydras, Vendettas, and Chimeras but I wanted a look and feel distinct from regular guard.
For the chimeras I’m happy enough with just using chaos upgrade sprues to get the renegade look, but the hydras and vendettas would be a bit tougher. After scouring Ebay for a couple of evenings I found a bitz seller who had listed 6 defiler turrets, and there was my answer – with some autocannons, a defiler turret could turn a chimera into a suitably renegade hydra. The first is now assembled, see below:
For the vendettas I searched around online for inspiration, but spent a week looking without finding anything. Then I happened upon this:
Again Ebay to the rescue, I found a supplier in the US and picked up 3 of them.
So with the models sorted, the next question was what colour scheme. Blue, green and silver are the dominant colours of my Alpha Legion marine army, and I wanted the operatives to be different but still blend reasonably well together. Since the Alpha Legion are stealthy sneaky types, I decided to run with a blue green camouflage scheme for the vehicles. The test models are below.
Obviously I’ve still along way to go before completing the army, and I’ll post further updates as I make more progress.
As a change of pace, I’m foregoing probability for the sake of a proper hobby update. My main army is Alpha Legion (using codex chaos space marines) but I really miss having the use of cultists as human operatives. I’ve had a hankering to run a renegade guard list with Alpha Legion operatives for a while now, and with that in mind I’ve been slowly amassing some forgeworld renegades over the last 12 months.
The forgeworld models are fantastic and here’s what I’ve picked up so far.
50 bods and 3 weapon teams
6 tank crew
Obviously I’ll need to get a lot of vehicles to make a viable guard army, but I’m looking at using some fairly heavy conversion to set the army apart from a ‘normal’ Imperial Guard army. More updates soon, and there are pictures available on the accompanying FaceBook page.
As a quick break from the usual TheoryHammer, and just to show it’s not all about statistics, I’ve added some images to the resources section for those of you who are into terrain building. It’s a set of miniature posters for the 40k/necromunda setting.
Gabriel_Pitt at the excellent Penny Arcade forums provided the source material – though he did mention that they apparently come from GW site (not that I can find them there now).
Here’s an example of how they were used in one of his terrain projects:
Downloads available here.
Is my fledging blog now redundant???