Monday, 29 August 2011

Bad New's (The Camera is Broke)

As you can see from the title the camera is broken. This accident happened on holiday so it been sent off  to be repaired. So I am sorry to say as i don't have a back up camera there will be no pictures or the next couple of week's. But don't panic I will keep you all up to date with painting progress, and when I get the camera back I will take pictures and publish on my blog.

But to keep you all in the loop with Yarrick. He is nearly done just got his face and gun to finish then he is all done. I am glad with how he has turned out but I will change a few thing's when I do the Finecast version. But my next project after him will be back onto the Hellhound's I think, or may be my new Autocannons from Maximini. I will wait and see what takes my fancy.

Till next time have fun.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Commissar Yarrick

So after taking a few day's off after the Apocalypse game last Saturday, I have got back into painting putting the model's back into the display cabinet again and packing to go on holiday on Saturday.

Well after playing with a Yarrick that I painted years ago on Saturday I decided to paint one that I have had found tucked away. But this was only after I had purchased the new Finecast one. So below is my old Yarrick that I thought at the time would be really cool to paint red, needless to say I never really did like the colour scheme and is now being replaced.

So the new one that I found is being used as a test run for the Finecast version. As you can see I am trying to paint it closely like the GW one using the Finecast picture. The armour I am not happy with as I originally thought was metallic but looking closely at the picture I don't think it is. I would say it is either white or that non metallic painting style that GW do and I really hate it, it makes the models look so 2d. The braiding in the picture is yellow but I thought it would be nicer and look better if I did gold, which I think it does. It's not quite finished yet but not far off, and I hope to get him finished by the time I go back to work on the 30th august.

I am happy with the quality of this Finecast Yarrick. There is still quite a bit of flash to clean off, and as far as I can tell all the detail is there and I am looking forward to painting him at some point. But I want to paint a few more vehicles first and finish my Veteran squads off before I get round to painting him.

So that's it for now and I will see you all in a weeks time after my holiday.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Praetorian IV Coy History

As you may or may not know I have been collecting Praetorians for several year's now, but never really done any background history for them. So after the Apocalypse game on Saturday and somebody asking me why did I name them the 4th Company? My answer to this was why not.

Well since then it has bugged me, so I sat down tonight went right that's it and made some history up for them. So here it is.

A History of the 4th Company Praetorian Guard Regiment
(By Commissar Dave)

The 4th Company or normally seen as IV Coy was formed during a campaign against a renegade Eldar pirate fleet led by Lord Commander Sherdan. But by the time the company had finished being formed the campaign was over.

The company was sent to Montar VII to aid in the taking back of the planet by supporting the Praetorian 24th Regiment that had taken massive losses in the recent campaign against the Eldar. By the time the company had made planet fall at the space port, the battle for Big Toof River was already fully underway and word had reached Lieutenant Colonel J.R.M Chard that the battle was going against the Imperium. At some point that day Chard received orders from Colonel Ter-Ay that the space port must be held at all costs, and if need be a escape column to be formed to help aid in the evacuation’s of the planet.

Chard with the aid of Commissar Dave and Techpriest Dalton planned and set the defences in and around the space port. Lieutenant Bromhead was tasked with being the platoon that would if needed provide the escape column. Soon after the defences were set the lead scouts came in reporting that the first elements of the retreating army were inbound followed closely by pursuing Orks.

Chard dispatched Bromhead straight away to set up the escape column and aid the survivors. Bromhead managed to hold the column with his full strength platoon for almost six hours taking serious casualties. At some point’s of the battle the fighting was so thick that supply’s could not be ferried forward so were stripped from the survivors filtering back through. Bromhead was given the order to fall back after reporting that he was down to two infantry squads and one heavy weapons squad, from five infantry squads, five heavy weapons squad, and two special weapon squads.

Once Bromhead had returned to the main lines and helped man the defences the Ork’s pushed in for the final attack. The defender’s fought for over three hours while landers came in and extracted the survivor, and two squadrons of Thunderbolts provided air cover.

Chard had originally deployed with 1500 men and the Orks had deployed with over 6000. From the 1500 that had deployed only a Platoon strength had survived but had killed over 4000 Orks. The Company was extracted from the planet and instead of being absorbed into another Regiment or Company they were bestowed with a rare battle honour were they would remain as they are and the Praetorian survivors from Big Toof River would join their ranks. The Imperial Navy were so impressed by what the defenders had accomplished they gave the company the sole remaining Thunderbolt that survived the battle and repainted it in the Praetorian colours. Chard, Bromhead and many others were awarded the Praetorian Cross the highest honour a Praetorian guardsman can earn. The company was also awarded a special Regimental banner that has an emblem of a Sphinx from Holy Terra’s history.

Since the battle for Big Toof River the company has fought with distinction in many campaign’s and are highly respected for being able to hold ground under any circumstances. Some of the campaign’s they have fought in are the:-

Second War for Armageddon.
Battle of Golgotha (Aid in a Rescue Mission).
The Third War for Armageddon.
Thirteenth Black Crusade.
Campaign of Ornsworld.  

This is my first attempt at this so your comments would be much appreciated good or bad, and thanks for reading.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Apocofez 2011

I know the title is a bit strange but this is in honour of the guy that organised the big Apocalypse game yesterday that I attended. This is a friend of mine for many years now who used to work for GW and has earned the name Fez man due to the Fez hat he wears when running games.So it was an early start for me as I was up at 6am and out the door by 7am to drive down to Guildford which is about an hour away from were I live. As always I was one of the first to arrive but that just meant more time for drinking brews before everyone else arrived. Most people arrived at 9am as directed and we promptly started to set up.

The rules for the game were everything had to be painted and based. The only exception being for a very nice chap who follows my blog religiously called Nathan, who has amassed a massive Praetorian Army and is still in the process of painting it. (Don't worry mate you will get there in the end I've still got loads to paint.)

The scenario was that the Imperium had started an archaeological dig (making a very rectangle square) and in doing so had disturbed a Necron tomb. (Not good as you will see from the pics latter,) but for some strange reason that nobody could fathom out the chaos and Eldar had shown up and were spoiling for a fight. I must admit the Imperial side were massively out numbered by the amount of Titans and Strength D weapons. It was a standard Apocalypse game of capturing objectives, but in edition if you wanted to take part you take on three extra missions. which I did and failed miserable, my missions being:-

            Rolling Road Block (All weapons destroyed but still moving)
            Oops Sorry (Frag your own side with friendly fire)
            Sever the Head (Kill an enemy general)

There were prize's awarded at the end of the day for people that had collected the most medals for their extra mission's and a couple of other's that I can't remember. But I did win a prize for my Army not doing much the whole game apart from die due to me being out of range for most things, and for my Commissar Yarrick to end up having his Chimera blown up surviving walk across the battle field do nothing in hand to hand with a daemon, get shot to bit's by Necron's but as customary with my Yarrick we see if he still lives's at the end of the game as this happened on the last turn. Which he did on a role of a 4.

So there it is a very tiring day of gaming that was load's of fun, and for the most important thing the photo's. I will also apologise for the length of the blog and the amount of photo's but it's worth it.

This Chaos Reaver Titan took a year to build and paint, and my photo's do not do this any justice.

The good side set up and ready with some of the reserves, with me set up in the centre because the Fezman wanted the terrain to be used by some one, so I did.

The bad guy's set up, with a tower of Chaos made by the same person as the Reaver titan.
Some more reserves good and bad. Plus the special squad that the Fezman requested to be painted.

Just part of the Huge Necron army and yes that is 5 pylons you see owned by the same person as well as loads of Monoliths.

Just some of the Titan's used that day, which were really nicely painted.

The main part of my army set up with and armoured column on the right, that moved a whole 24 inches before being blown to pieces.

A very small but nicely painted Tyranid force.

Nathan's ongoing Praetorian Army.
Fezman on a suicide mission.

The before and after when the Necron's showed up in front of me. Plus two of hardest Praetorian's I have ever known, who did not run took down two Necron's and died at their post so that other's could escape.

This is what happened to all our Titans, and this is as far as my armoured coloum got before being blown to pieces.
The special squad enters the fray.
A very nicely painted Daemon Prince.
Some of what I thought were very nicely painted Wraith Guard.
My Veterans taken down a Tomb Spider.

My Command squad after the Chimera is blown to bit's making it's way to a Daemon and loosing. I did cause a wound.
Before and after of a Titan going critical.
My Thunderbolt entering the fray, and what looks like an air traffic jam over Heathrow after an air strike.
A Golden Daemon winner from UK Games Day last year.

The aftermath of a very fun day. Hope you enjoyed the pic's and any comments are always appreciated.