Archive for April, 2013

Had another go with the Nurgle Daemons this evening. I went with the horde of Plague Bearers again but this time led by Ku’ugath. The opposition were Eldar commanded by my most favourite of opponents Mr Matt Garlick esq

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The game itself was a good one although we only managed three turns. I was blessed on the Warp Storm table getting a squad of Daemonettes in turn 2 (must bring excess models next time!) and then in turn 3 Matt’s Farseer commander disappeared into the warp leaving me with a herald of Khorne. This turned out to be the key moment in the game as it netted me 3 VPs which was enough to take the win 3 points to nil.
The Plague Bearers were once again a rock and I was impressed with the Plague Drones and Soul Grinder. Ku’ugath didn’t do much to be honest, but he is a tough cookie and his nurgling bombs were a threat. I think a winged Nurgle Prince is more dangerous than the Great Unclean one so I will be trying one of those next time.
To finish a pic of the doomed Farseer. Nice job Matt, apart from the mould lines of course 😉

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First two Vanguard models complete. I’ve gone for what I hope is a respectable table top standard.
The scheme is very similar to what I used on my Dropzone Commander PHR. It’s black primer, white primer, pick out black parts, high light with Menoth base coat, 2nd highlight with Menoth highlight. To blend the various shade together better I used very dilute Astronomican Grey as a wash over everything apart from the gun and visor. The visor is Khador base highlighted with Blazing Orange. Finally I’ve used Forged Monkey Acid Green (a dayglow colour) to pick out the energy cells on the weapons.
Pretty happy with the result. Each model takes about 2 hours which is a decent rate of painting for me.

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The last two months I’ve been running two of my 2013 Labours simultaneously. I’ve posted a lot about the Nurgle Daemon Labour but not so much about the Sedition Wars.
I’ve assembled all of the starter box miniatures and started painting enough for the first mission in the book. The miniatures are very nice but I must say the plastic was awful to work with. It is very hard and there are some pretty major mould lines to deal with. On top of that the larger miniatures don’t fit together terribly well. Definitely not a game for a lazy modeller!
I played a short solo game last night to get a feel for the rules. It took quite some time to navigate the rule book but once I had the swing of it it seems like a simple game that should have plenty of depth.
I’ve only a couple of days to finish this labour so I’m settling for a decent tabletop job on the minis for the first mission. If I enjoy that I’ll paint a few more each time I tackle the next one up.

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More progress this evening. Following the fluff I’ve got the big guy on a palaquin made from shed loads of the old palaquin Nurglings and Hirst Arts blocks. The palaquin is also Ku’ugath’s mobile laboratory so I’ve put some rather nice bits from Black Cat bases on there. I’ve also sculpted a tip on Ku’ugath’s tongue using milliput. Pretty pleased with how he is turning out.

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I’ve decided to convert one of my Forgeworld Great Unclean Ones into Ku’ugath. It should be a relatively straightforward conversion and I’m hoping to have a lot of fun making his palaquin/laboratory.
Here is the Great Unclean One with the Sword removed and fist up-turned. In the fluff Ku’ugath dunks Nurglings into his cauldron before hurling them at the enemy. The idea is to eventually put a couple in his palm. I will need to resculpt a tongue for him but that shouldn’t be too hard with some green stuff.

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The cauldron will be made using what I think is the top of baby food container. It was scavenged from a kitchen draw so I’m not 100% sure! I’ve added a few nuts and washers to it using Grandt Line bits.

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There’s a lot of work to do yet so more soon!

A horde of Nurgle

Posted: April 16, 2013 in Daemons, Gaming

Another game of 40K with the Nurgle Daemons this week. This time a smaller affair at 1500 points. I decided to eschew the big guys this time and went with a load of Plague Bearers led by Epidemius and a Herald. I also wanted to try my Plague Drones and Nurglings and rounded out the list with Beasts of Nurgle and a pair of Soul Grinders.
This time the Daemons performed very well indeed.
I parked the Plague Bearers in cover and let the attacking Blood Angels come to me. The Soul Grinders turned out to be the stars of the show with their Phlegm and close combat attacks while the Beasts tied up the enemy and the Plague Bearers were immoveable rocks on the required objectives. Unfortunately I didn’t use the Drones and Nurglings effectively but I can also see potential in these guys. I was not terribly impressed with Epidemius and his tally – I’m of the opinion a second standard herald is a better bet. Nonetheless this list worked very well together and I’ll be exploring this build more in the future.
A couple of pics from the game. First up a Soul Grinder smashing up a Landraider and secondly Epidemius parked with Plague Bearers in cover on an objective.

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I’ve put together a few Plague Drone conversions and got them based up ready for painting yesterday.
I have two objections to the official models. Firstly the price, and secondly the flies just look silly – too fat and comedy for my taste. As a remedy I’ve gone for a Starship Trooper Rippler swarm for the flies and sourced Plague Drone riders from bits sites.
The Ripplers are much skinnier and evil looking. They also look more like wasps than flies which adds to their menace. They are also dead cheap with 9 in a box and I got mine from eBay dead cheap a couple of years back which is even better 🙂 On the downside they do look quite ‘tyranid’, but perhaps that’s not a bad thing in 40K.
Annoyingly I’ve managed to lose a few bits so it looks like I will be able to make 8 from my box rather than 9 but I’m hoping the missing bits will surface when I tidy my painting area.

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I’ve gone on record for my dislike of many of the new Daemon plastics. However, I do like the new Nurglings and think the Plague Bearers are ok.
With this in mind I arranged a trade for some of my Dark Eldar for a box of each and a Finecast Nurgle Prince. Yesterday evening I put them together and they were all nice kits to work with. I was heartened by fact the Finecast kit was good and have to say it was a lot easier to work with than the metal one I used for my Chaos Space Marines. The plastics were very good and no matter what you say about Games Workshop the quality of their plastic kits is superb even if the designs can be a bit ropey.
I’m nearing the end of the Nurgle Daemons now. I have some converted Plague Drones to finish and a second Plague Hulk plus some basecoating/tidying to do. I would also like to get my new plastic Plague Bearers up to 20 so I have option of playing a horde of Plague Bearers but that may have to wait a bit.

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Crazy 40K Action

Posted: April 8, 2013 in Daemons, Gaming

Played a crazy game of 40K this evening. This was the biggest game I’ve played to date, and it was a good one. I fielded 3.5K of Chaos Daemons and a Plague Reaper against an equivalent Imperial Guard force with Baneblade. I also took the chance to use all of the nice terrain boards I have, so we played on a massive 6ftx8ft table.

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We agreed to play a standard 40K game and I got first turn. I decided to put the majority of my models on the table and my deployment can be seen below. Note the 3 Forge World Greater daemons and Plague Reaper. Yeah baby, it doesn’t get much better than this!

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And here is the Guard deployment including the Baneblade.

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As expected we struggled to get through many turns but did manage the best part of three. The most interesting action occurred in the middle of the board where the Plague Reaper and Baneblade were facing off. The Plague Reaper managed a reasonable number of casualties but was taken down by sustained fire and a deep striking unit of Veterans with melta. Here is a shot of the early exchanges.

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As is often the case the game was not decided by the biggest boys but by the humble troops scraping over the objectives. As this was friendly game we didn’t push too hard for an accurate final result but did reach a resolution. The two key moments were when a Daemon Prince jumped onto an objective to contest it. He survived a massive amount of fire to be left on one wound.

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And in a similar situation a unit of shrouded gone to ground Plague Bringers managed to weather enemy bombardment to hang on to their objective.

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The end result was a win to Daemons by 4 VPs to 2Vps. It was good to get a result but to be fair it was more of a good natured tussle than a serious competitive game. I really enjoyed the epic scale of the game and thanks to my two opponents, Dave and Ian, for putting the effort in, not least helping me with all the cases and boards! I feel I understand the Daemons much better now and think the fast but fragile Slaanesh Daemons and slow but tough Nurgle Daemons complement each other well.
I’ve always been a staunch mono-god player in the past but think the Daemons are going to need to be blended if they are going to be successful, especially in competitive games. I also need to have a good read through the rules for cover saves as I didn’t feel we got it right in some cases. Finally I think some Warmahordes style cards are in order as I am finding it very difficult to keep up with all the gifts and psychic powers my models have.
Good stuff. I’m enjoying my 40K at the moment 🙂

Finally after a good three weeks I’m starting to feel better. As one Plague subsides Father Nurgle gets busy with the next. Lots and lots of lovely Nurgle models on the way ….

First up some alternative Plague Bearers. These are Heresy miniature Plague Blights. Very evil and very cool.

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Next a couple of Heralds. One is the Forge World model the other a Mauser Earth model. He is a 54mm scale model but I think fits rather nicely. The model is reminiscent of the Traitor Guard models so should add a nice bridge to my other army.

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A Plague Hulk. Great model. I’ve another to build but waiting on some Defiler parts.

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And I’ve saved the best to last. Plague toads. Forge World models that will serve as beasts of Nurgle. I love these. So cute, so cuddly, awwwwww ……

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