Monday, 25 April 2011

Space Wolves Army Building Blog Update 6

4 man Thunderwolf Squad with Attached Wolf Lord.

Thunderwolf Cavalry, Power Weapon and Storm Shield.

Thunderwolf cavalry, Plasma Pistol & CCW with Melta Bombs.

Thuderwolf Cavalry, Bolt Pistol & CCW with Melta Bombs.

Thunderwolf Cavalry, Plasma Pistol & CCW.

Finished my Thunderwolf Cavalry squad, added loads of bits from my bits box like pouches, grenades and melta bombs. Im really pleased with this unit it really looks awesome in the flesh, very nasty too with the 12" charge and fleet, planning to bombburst the wolf lord out of the unit on the chargs to make a double attack on two units or vehicles, they will certainly draw fire, but, the army also has Nigel bunkered in a 5 man wolf guard unit in terminator armour, covering fire from long fangs and 4 x 5 man squads of marines all coming forward at a run, the plan is for this army to fight fast and nasty and leave the opponent feeling mauled by turn 3. LOL Ill probably lose though! Second game tonight, so far ive lost 1 from 1 (Tabled by Col Corbanes armour heavy guard list, but, I forgot the melta bombs!).

Just finished my second game with this army, an anihilation game with dawn of war deployment, won 10 - 4 on kill points against Imperial Guard, very enjoyable game, a 5 man Ogryn squad creamed the remains of my TWC and wolf lord in combat though it was only the lord and one other TWC after they had rolled up the guards right flank killing a couple of large guard units includig their commisar, good stuff, all good for the learning curve with these wolves...

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Space Wolves Army Building Blog Update 5

Thunderwolf Progress

All 4 ready for finishing

Number 1

Number 2 (No Pun Intended)

Number 3 (Bet the Neighbours Love Him)

Yep, Number 4....

I got a flash of inspiration yesterday, a miracle considering the restless pack of german shepherds here wanting to go for long walks in the sun but I did break the painting up with walks!

I used Halfords grey primer initially here than an airbrush to add a large area of Fortress grey on the back and flanks, then a smaller area of codex grey within it moving up the back, again through airbrush, lastly I added black and continued up the back on two, and scorched brown for the other two, this was mixed with the codex grey.

Then I airbrushed the whole model with a 50% / 50% mix of Gryphone sepia and devlan mud, when dry I started at the bottom and drybrushed up with Bleached Bone, Fortress Grey, codex grey then codex grey/black on two and codex grey scorched brown on the other two (Wanted some variation within the pack and looked at the variations in my Alsations, 4 in case you're curious, oh and two Rottweiler/Alsation crosses).

Finally a fine airbrushed line down the back with neat devlan mud on the brownish ones and neat badab black on the others, then paint in the teeth and gums, wash the mouth with devlan mud and highlight em, I also used a bit more devlan mud to emphasise the areas around eyes and ears and creases on the muzzle of the growling ones this was added by brush. The eyes are 50%/50% yellow and darksun foundation.

Will complete the riders today and bases and post finished pics of the whole squad soon.

Gaming wise they are very very threatenning, added melta bombs makes them dangerous to vehicles too (Assuming that I remember them and dont let Col Corbane off the hook again!) and they are swift!, fleet plus 12" charge, their job will be as glorious bullet magets lancing into the heart of the enemy while my other units manouver up. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Preperation for SAGA rules launch.

Im really quite excited about Gripping Beasts new SAGA rules!

A GB Plastic Viking Warlord, based on 40mm round base.

Same dude different view.

A GBP Saxon Warlord with an unfortunate scot!

A small Saxon Warband.

ANother Viking Warlord, a GBP/Warlord Games Hybrid.

Part of one of my Viking Warbands

Conquest Games, Plastic Normans

Really like the way this Grey turned out.

Another Conquest Norman Knight.

So, Gripping Beast and Tomahawk studios are producing a dark age skirmish game called SAGA, also GB ad Conquest games are producing excellent plastic miniatures so dark age gaming has pretty much never had it so good! Ive re based my Saxons and Vikings in preperation and have even finished my gaming table, I love skirmish games and due to the nature of warfare in the dark ages smaller skirmishes where much more common than larger battles so personally I cant wait. I know very little about the mechanics at this stage except they seem to have some intriguing special dice, figures are indiviually mounted on reound bases and warlords/Leaders/Heroes are on larger bases, so Ive hit about 30 figures, Viking and Saxons and have some unarmoured welshmen from West Wind in the wings, so Im wishing my life away again waiting for the rules! anyone who played at SALUTE and can give us a run down on the mechanics please comment!