Wait, What?

So a sudden change of pace here.  Back in the fall I got the Kill Team Box for the marines in it as well as the rulebooks.  On a night a couple weeks back where I had free time but wasn't really in the mood for marines or CBT, I put together the fire warrior squad.  Back in 4th Edition I had a Tau Army that went away partway through 5th Edition.  I always liked the clean lines and the aesthetics of the Tau (not so much the Kroot or Vespid though) and I figure it'd be nice to get a small Tau force to play around with.  So I found a great deal on a Tau Starter Box (half price weekend sale for the win) and have the first crisis suit out of the box built.  Still two more Crisis Suits, 2 Fire Warrior Teams, and the force commander to build.
Still kicking around ideas for the fluff but I'm leaning toward building it up as a Counterstrike Cadre.  I'm planning a few more Crisis Suits, a couple Piranhas, and maybe a Hammerhead.  We'll see how it goes.  As Cheef would put it, something around the 1500 point mark perhaps, enough for a small fun game.  I'm thinking arctic world perhaps and duplicating the Ghost Bear color scheme on the Tau, but we'll see.  As we all know by now I really don't like painting so .... maybe.
Next up is that today I had a nice day off and ran over to Knoxville to do a bit of shopping.  I hit up a game store and got a few CBT blisters that'll be in a later post.  I also checked out a new comic store, Nerdvana Comics, that opened up in just back at the beginning of the year.  It was my first chance to swing by to check it out and it was worth the visit.  I picked up a small Star Wars poster that caught my eye and an old GI Joe Annual #1.  I grew up with GI Joe (the 6 1/2 inch ones with the cartoon show) so it's a nice piece of nostalgia.  It's a nice little shop that's still getting fully set up but staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.  Definitely was a fun place to spend an hour or so today.

Well, that's all for now, just a small update, and I'll see you all next time.


6th Tactical Reserve Company

So the next to last company is finally going to be posted.  I did a lot of digging into bit boxes and other hobby storage containers getting these models together.  It's still 5 bolter marines shy of a full company, but I'm sure I'll come up with those bodies at some point in the future.
6th Company, Reserve Tactical Company "Wardens of Honor"
    The 6th Company is currently held in Cymru as the rapid reaction company.  It's prepared to quickly deploy if any major enemy force is detected or to respond rapidly to any call for assistance by the Imperium.  The 6th Company is slated to exchange duty with the 2nd Company in the near future barring any major deployment needs.
Captain Eamonn Sidhe
    Company Champion Dafydd Gwilyn
    Company Standard Bearer Padraig Haig
    10 Tactical Squads
        Tactical Squad Cyrdaan. Sgt Cyrdaan
        Tactical Squad Madleiss, Sgt Madleiss
        Tactical Squad Arvais, Sgt Arvais
        Tactical Squad Elcadar, Sgt Elcadar
        Tactical Squad Waelim, Sgt Waelim

        Tactical Squad Meidonn, Sgt Meidonn
        Tactical Squad Dassyne, Sgt Dassyne
        Tactical Squad Phaeton, Sgt Phaeton
        Tactical Squad Aldarion, Sgt Aldarion
        Tactical Squad Eirtyn, Sgt Eirtyn
    3 Dreadnoughts
    9 Rhinos
    4 Razorbacks

So that just leaves the 8th Reserve Assault Company that hasn't been posted.  Seeing as it consists of less than 3 squads, it's not going to be up for quite some time.  But all in all not too bad a collection of marines.  Between the 9 Companies, Command Squads, Chapter Leadership, the Grellon, the Deathwatch Kill Team, ... it's well over 1,000 bodies.  Now just got to get about 500 marines painted ....  Until next time all.


Deathwatch Kill Team

So I finally got my Deathwatch Kill Team done.  This is mainly a fluff unit, but the models are just too cool.

Deathwatch Kill Team Helicaen is based out of Fort Pyke near the Ghoul Stars.  It is unique in that it is formed entirely of Imperial Fist and Imperial Fist Successor Chapters.  This team has been together for a number of years now and has dealt with Eldar Pirates, Chaos Bands, Orks, and even the occasional foray into the Ghoul Stars.  Yes, it has a Black Shield in the list, but Caillte (which is Irish for Lost) is from the lost Crimson Axes chapter.  We'll keep his secret though.

Deathwatch Kill Team Helicaen
    Chaplain Helicaen, Executioners
    Veteran Sgt Laciades, Imperial Fists
    Sternguard Veteran Archios, Lions of Harlech
    Sternguard Veteran Niciaus, Black Templars
    Sternguard Veteran Diaeus,Astral Knights
    Vanguard Veteran Caillte, Black Shield
    Vanguard Veteran Eidriss, Crimson Fists
    Veteran Timoleon, Iron Knights
    Veteran Boethus, Doom Fists
    Veteran Praellus, Invaders
    Veteran Rhogriss, Lions of Harlech
    Veteran Corswain, Night Swords

Chaplain Helicaen, Executioners
Veteran Sgt. Laciades, Imperial Fists
Vanguard Veteran Eidriss, Crimson Fists
Vanguard Veteran Caillte, Black Shield
Sternguard Veteran Niciaus, Black Templar
Sternguard Veteran Archios, Lions of Harlech
Sternguard Veteran Diaeus, Astral Knights
Veteran Boethus, Doom Fists
Veteran Rhogriss, Lions of Harlech
Veteran Timoleon, Iron Knights
Veteran Corswain, Night Swords

Veteran Boethus, Doom Fists

So that's the Kill Team, yeah it's a bit pic heavy, but they're ready to join the ..... 400 to 500ish models that I have that need painting.  I gotta find a way to start beating down that backlog.  I think I've got as much unpainted as Neverness has never been opened.


Time To Get Going Again

I know, it's been a while.  The holidays were a bit rough at work due to personnel reasons and then my computer decided to pack it in during the midst of all that.  But it's all straightened out now and we're ready to go again.  So, while little progress was made during the holidays, there is some news out there.
First up let's look at my Bolt Action British.  During a post Christmas online sale I picked up a DUST Tactics mobile AA walker for some covering support for my British Airborne.  I still need to get the US markings changed over to British ones.  I'm tentatively giving this the identification of Crusader III AA Walker Mk II.
Also as part of the same sale purchase, I got some DUST Tactics British armored infantry.  They're a bit larger scale than Bolt Action infantry, but should work ok for the Konflict 47 British armored infantry.  I got a total of 12 of them, so they'll be organized into 2 sections of 6 SAS Commando Armored Infantry Troopers to help secure the landing zones for my British Airborne.
On the BattleTech Front, there are some more additions there as well though in book form.  First off I got the First Succession War Source Book by Catalyst Games.  It's got a ton of stuff in it and while it's not an easy to get through book the way it's laid out, it's been enjoyable to pick through.  I also managed to win an eBay auction for three of the original House sourcebooks.  They're not in great shape, but I've only ever had the Steiner one before now so it's nice to get some of them.  I got a Steiner replacement, a Liao, and a Kurita.  Hopefully I'll find a Marik and Davion one someday soon.

The other thing that is going on is that a large group of Mechs have gone into a Simple Green bath.  I just can't seem to make myself paint any more green mechs so I've completely cut off my Eridani Light Horse at just the one regiment.  With the fun of some of what has been done in the First Succession War book, they're going to become something I've ever done which is a white painted army.  I'm going to do a Level III of Com Guard pre-3025.  We'll see how they come out once they're done bathing.

So that's all for now and I'll see you all later.


5th Company in Retro Style

So back around here I mentioned getting a Calph box set.  Well since then, I caught a sale which combined with some store credit to get me a great deal on a second Calph box.  Then this past week I got a batch of 30K marines off someone in the Tri-City area needing to fund replacing a lost cosplay Mandalorian helmet.  Between the three I've been able to put together an almost entire Company of 30K based marines.  The two assault squads, the Dev sgts, and a couple models in the Command Squad are the only non-30K models in the group.  A trade where I parted with my Bolt Action Americans (I really just like my Brits a lot better, but I kept Lt. Captain America) netted me a Leviathan, plus the 2 Leviathans in the previously mentioned trade puts a nice heavy Dreadnought contingent in the Company.  3 Leviathans backing up 2 Contemptors definitely make an impression.

5th Company, Battle Company "Stone Lions"
    The 5th Company is deployed in squad size forces to major worlds and allies in the Lions area of control.  They help improve those defenses as well as serve as a first line of defense against any incursions.  During an incursion into the Ghoul Stars, the 5h Company was all but destroyed with only a few partial squads remaining.  A few years after, while helping expand and improve the defenses of the Forge World Goedrean, an entire lost bunker was uncovered that was filled with Heresy Era armor and weapons.  The 5th Company was rebuilt with this equipment.
Captain Padraig Blodwen, Master of the Hunt
    Company Champion Hans Odwynn
    Company Standard Bearer Darius Hrothgar
    6 Tactical Squads
        Tactical Squad Bairn, Veteran Sgt Bairn
        Tactical Squad Etainne, Sgt Etainne
        Tactical Squad Malthair, Sgt Malthair
        Tactical Squad Cionnac, Sgt Cionnac
        Tactical Squad Aelhinn, Sgt Aehlinn
        Tactical Squad Grosclin, Sgt Grosclin
    2 Assault Squads
        Assault Squad Tyeron, Sgt Tyeron
        Assault Squad Alberic, Sgt Alberic
    2 Devastator Squads
        Devastator Squad Muirghaen, Veteran Sgt Muirghaen
        Devastator Squad Aedryc, Veteran Sgt Aedryc
    5 Dreadnoughts
        Leviathan Dreadnought Biorgier
        Leviathan Dreadnought Sertoirian
        Leviathan Dreadnought Kraedilan
        Contemptor Dreadnought Gaertir
        Contemptor Dreadnought Blaille
    10 Rhinos
    6 Razorbacks

So we're getting towards the end of the chapter.  For those keeping track ... that's 26 Dreadnoughts.  4 Leviathans, 1 Chaplain, 8 Contemptors, 3 Ironclads, 2 Venerables, 8 Regular, and 1 Eddie.  There is still the 6th Reserve Tactical Company which should be close to full I believe and then the 8th Reserve Assault Company which is no where near complete.  I'm probably going to take a small break from this and get a few other things posted up to get caught up and then back to the Lions.  Thanks for reading and I'll see you all next time.


4th Company

 So this go around, it's the 4th Company, one of the Battle Line Companies.  This is one of the more active companies, constantly patrolling for any threats to their sphere of influence.  After this post, there is still the 5th Company (Battle Company), 6th Company (Reserve Tactical Company), and 8th Company (Reserve Assault Company) left to post still.
4th Company, Battle Company "Lion's Claws"
    The 4th Company, like 2nd Company, is tasked with actively patrolling the areas around Cymru.  In addition to pursuing alien and heretic forces, they also bolster and augment the defenses of allied systems.
Captain Rhys Glyndwr, Master of the Fleet
    Company Champion Daerwyn Viserys
    Company Standard Bearer Tomas Stenshoel
    6 Tactical Squads
        Tactical Squad Bleddyn, Sgt Tobin Bleddyn
        Tactical Squad Gwionyn, Sgt Gwionyn
        Tactical Squad Breithal, Sgt Breithal
        Tactical Squad Halpaern, Vet Sgt Jaeme Halpaern
        Tactical Squad Alasdair, Sgt Alasdair
        Tactical Squad Phaidias, Sgt Phaidias
    2 Assault Squads
        Assault Squad Valerius, Sgt Valerius
        Assault Squad Gwyrdon, Vet Sgt Gwyrdon
    2 Devastator Squads
        Devastator Squad Esgalion, Sgt Aemon Esgalion
        Devastator Squad Branne, Vet Sgt Owyn Branne
    4 Dreadnoughts
        Ironclad Dreadnought Gilrain
        Ironclad Dreadnought Glanhir
        Dreadnought Braedwr
        Dreadnought Camedyr
    8 Rhinos
    3 Razorbacks

So next up will be most likely the 8th Company.  I've been using this opportunity to get the Companies put back into foam trays so they're sorted out.


9th Company

 So this time up is the 9th Company which is full of nice shooty devastator squads.  To keep the theme, it even has a devastator squad as the command squad.  And yes Cheef, that's two more Dreadnoughts to acquire.
9th Company, Reserve Devastator Company "Hammer Strikes"
    The 9th Company is another force that is deployed by squads to neighboring systems to aid in their defense.  The largest of these deployments is three squads to the Goedrean System Forge World.  This continued commitment has kept many a world loyal to the Emperor as well as foiled many xenos and heretic raids expecting easy prey.
Captain Breidh Aislinn
    Company Champion Julius Candless
    Company Standard Bearer Piotr Eichner
    10 Devastator Squads
        Devastator Squad Detrien, Sgt Detrien
        Devastator Squad Mordraen, Sgt Mordraen
        Devastator Squad Dorthrai, Sgt Dorthrai
        Devastator Squad Tildaan, Sgt Tildaan
        Devastator Squad Edryk, Sgt Edryk
        Devastator Squad Amagaius, Sgt Amagaius
        Devastator Squad Paulius, Sgt Paulius
        Devastator Squad Taelon, Sgt Taelon
        Devastator Squad Charllin, Sgt Charllin
        Devastator Squad Ochtius, Sgt Ochtius
    2 Dreadnoughts
    7 Rhinos
    3 Razorbacks

I also picked up recently the Deathwatch codex, the Deathwatch Kill Team Box, and the Deathwatch Captain box.  The leads us into the beginnings of a Kill Team that is operates out of Fort Pykman based on  location and my chapter's fluff in regards to the Ghoul Stars.  I really like the Deathwatch books.  It's some great fluff and really fills out that aspect of Space Marines that was really underdeveloped.  I really like the idea of the Blackshields as well.
So the Kill Team I'm working on will end up being an all Imperial Fist and successor chapter force.  It should be a fun force to assemble and fluff out.  So that's all we have for now and I'll see you all next time.