8/08/2016

Crows and Some Things That Flies

So even though I was out of town most of the past week, I did manage to continue making progress on my BattleTech mercenary force Flock of Crows.  The Second Company command lance, Second Company alpha lance, Third Company command lance, and Third Company third platoon are all painted and ready for basing.
 
 
 
 The battalion is coming along nicely and I'm happy with the progress so far.  Next up is something for my Lions of Harlech.  When I was leaving town this past Tuesday, I spent some time hitting some stores in Knoxville.  One of those was the Warhammer Store out at Turkey Creek.  While there are many tempting items in there, I only ran into one that I just couldn't walk away from.  My Storm Talon now has a slightly meaner brother in a new Stormhawk Interceptor.  It's a great looking kit and so far I've managed to keep myself from starting on it until I get the Flock of Crows finished.
 

And then the last of all, I caught a sale at SciFi City the same day and grabbed one of the new X-Wing Imperial Veterans expansions.  The Tie Bomber and Tie Defender are both great looking ships and I look forward to getting back up to Johnson City and the gaming group there to try them out.

So that's the progress for now and I'll see you all next time.

7/31/2016

Round Up of Updates

So first up this week is that my rule book for the Imperial Skies Kickstarter arrived.  Since my models for this Kickstarter are coming from the UK while they did a publishing run of the rule books in the US, it'll be another week or two before I see my airships.  After a fairly quick peruse through the book, I must say that I like it.  The rules are clearly explained and are similar to other ship based games.  There are plenty of graphics to demonstrate as well as a fairly extensive painting and modeling section.  I'm really looking forward to the models now to see about talking someone into trying this.
Next up while we're discussing book, is that a nice stack of BattleTech source books arrived.  I picked up this lot off a Facebook group.  A few of these are replacements for ones I no longer had and the rest are ones I've never had before.The Free Worlds League, Somerset Strikers, and the Solaris book were all interesting first time reads.
After that, the other things that came in the mail were what I needed to get to work on the 3rd Company of my Flock of Crows mercenaries.  There are 3 packs of GHQ Micro Armor M113s to use for the two mechanized infantry platoons.  There were also a Saladin pack and a Saracen pack.  These will make the quick reaction/scout lance of the 3rd Company.
 
 

I also got the 4 LAMs reprimed so they'll be ready to get painted sometime this week hopefully.
Then last of all, I THINK I've figured out the basing.  I got some autumn flocking and then did the base trim in a green.  Here's the test model and let's get some feedback from you all.  Tell me what you think because I'm on the fence with it and would love the input.
So it's been a pretty good hobby week here.  Still plenty to go in the pipeline though but I'm hoping to have all of the Flock of Crows painted over the next couple weeks.  That assumes that the basing has been worked out though.  Anyway, that's all for now and I'll see you all next time.

7/26/2016

Progress on the Flock

So I've got some progress in on painting the Flock of Crows.  Using the first mech as a guide, I've finished the first Company.  It's a pretty simple scheme and it's definitely stands out.  I still haven't figured out how I'm going to base them, so suggestions and ideas are welcome.
 
Adding a bit to the fluff of this mercenary group, I've done some work into their tactics and strategies.  Using the First Company with it's light and medium mechs to scout and pursue, and then eventually lure enemy units into being ambushed by the Second Company's heavy and assault mechs.  For the Third Company, I'm leaning toward an mechanized infantry platoon (mainly the unit's security force), a jump infantry platoon (to assist with scouting), an armored lance (to assist with ambushes or as a mobile reaction force), and then the command lance I'm leaning toward something odd like the quartet of Wasp LAMs I never finished for the Eridani Light Horse.  That's the kind of lance that gives a lot of unsuspected versatility for a unit like the Flock of Crows.
    Command Lance
        Tai-i Taoka Nomuri, Assassin
        Analiese Singh, Firestarter
        Genji Yoshinaka, Ostroc
        Li Tomanaga, Thorn
    Alpha Lance
        Chu-i Hideshi Matsudaira, Wolverine
        Obai Nishiyama, Panther
        Miko Aoyama, Javelin
        Kasumi Fushida, Dervish
    Beta Lance
        Chu-i Tomo Daikichi, Shadowhawk
        Narita Meiji, Wasp
        Iruma Hachiojo, Wasp
        Maeda Nguyen, Stinger
    Charlie Lance
        Chu-i Kono Matsuda, Cicada
        Ororo Akasaki, Jenner
        Sato Ugaki, Hermes
        Chang Iriarte, Jenner


So that's where we stand with the Flock of Crows.  Still have 5 more lances primed that need painting and then need to get all the items for the last company as well.  If any of you see something that might be interesting to work into it, I'm open to suggestions, just comment below.  Also, feel free to suggest ideas for basing as well.  That one really has me stymied at the moment.  I'm leaning toward just basic green flock at the moment, but seems a bit dull against the simple color scheme of the mechs.  When I get it all done, I might have to see if I can borrow Cheef's cats' light box and get a really proper picture of them all.

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

7/21/2016

Flock of Crows

So I sat down the other night to paint some more Eridani Light Horse mechs .... and nothing.  I just couldn't get going on them.  After finishing the Ghost Bear force, I wanted to get more of my ELH done but I discovered that I was just sick of painting green mechs.  After a regiment and a half of them, just couldn't stand painting any more green mechs.  So only one thing to do, a new force.
 
A quick peruse through the old Camo Specs guide as well as the other CBT books I have yielded no units with a color scheme that interested me.  Thus there was only one solution, a new unique force.  A small mercenary force was the obvious answer.  I stripped a number of mechs out of the ELH queue and got them organized and whipped up a plausible start for the group and a brief background overview.  And then last night, I took one of the mechs and completed a test color scheme model.  I'm pretty happy with how it came out but am still contemplating a black wash on the white portion.  Anyone have any suggestions on how to get that wash layer over white without turning it a gray color instead of white?

So with that, I give you the mercenary band Flock of Crows.

Flock of Crows
This small mercenary command was founded at the end of the First Succession War in 2799.  The force started out as a company from the 4th Galedon Regulars.  When news of the Kentares IV massacre reached the regiment, they were as appalled as everyone else.  One company of the 3rd Battalion decided they could not honorably follow the Jinjiro Kurita's orders after such an act.  They took their mechs and some other like minded mechwarriors and support personnel and fled in an Overlord-class Dropship.

Fleeing to the Outworlds Alliance, the force organized themselves into a mercenary unit to sustain themselves.  Originally calling themselves The Ronin, they soon found themselves referred to as Crows by the locals on many Outworlds Alliance worlds due to their odd luck of arriving on a planet shortly before pirate raids.  Embracing the name, the Flock of Crows were born, thriving as pirate hunters.

As the unit grew to a full mech battalion with a support battalion of armor and infantry, they began to worry about the DCMS discovering them and seeking retribution and began seeking contracts farther away from the Draconis Combine.  By the end of the Second Succession War the Crows were in the Magistracy of Canopus under contract for pirate hunting and the occasional raid into the Free Worlds League.  Losses have currently attritioned the unit down to a combined arms battalion.

Aerospace Assets
Crow's Nest, Overlord-class Dropship, Dai-i Tsing Ashigara
    Raven Flight (4 Aerospace Fighters)

Command Lance
    Chu-sa Aioki Yoshido, Cyclops
    Cho-sa Raizo Itagake, Battlemaster
    Seiji Nagumo, Katana
    Ichiro Chang, Orion

First Company (Storm Crows)
    Command Lance
        Tai-i Taoka Nomuri, Assassin
        Analiese Singh, Firestarter
        Genji Yoshinaka, Ostroc
        Li Tomanaga, Thorn
    Alpha Lance
        Chu-i Hideshi Matsudaira, Wolverine
        Obai Nishiyama, Panther
        Miko Aoyama, Javelin
        Kasumi Fushida, Dervish
    Beta Lance
        Chu-i Tomo Daikichi, Shadowhawk
        Narita Meiji, Wasp
        Iruma Hachiojo, Wasp
        Maeda Nguyen, Stinger
    Charlie Lance
        Chu-i Kono Matsuda, Cicada
        Ororo Akasaki, Jenner
        Sato Ugaki, Hermes
        Chang Iriarte, Jenner

Second Company (Dark Crows)
    Command Lance
        Tai-i Narami Amagiro, Atlas
        Hiroshi Mizoguchi, Black Knight
        Tsiao Nichigama, Awesome
        Osami Mikawa, Thunderbolt
    Alpha Lance
        Chu-i Ito Shiazawa, Dragon
        Misu Tatsuo, Stalker
        Tojo Inoue, Thug
        Isoroku Misodeki, Dragon
    Beta Lance
        Chu-i Yonai Mitsumasa, Archer
        Saito Takeji, Longbow
        Raizo Koto, Crusader
        Tokichi Arima, Catapult
    Charlie Lance
        Chu-i Keiko Nakatomi, Griffin
        Rioko Iagachi, Hatchman
        Taoka Fuchiawa, Grasshopper
        Niama Oshika, Quickdraw


I still need to get some APCs, tanks, infantry, and aerospace fighters to finish off the unit as well as work on getting the mechs painted, but this seems like a nice fun unit to get organized and will get a number of mechs out of the paint queue and into the finished list.  The fighters will be attached outside the unit as a support role and then the rest of the nonmechs will be organized as a combined arms company to round out the battalion.  I'm thinking a mixed lance for the command lance, 2 infantry platoons (mechanized or jump I'm thinking), and then a tank lance.

Comments, questions, and suggestions as welcomed as always and I'll see you all next time.

7/10/2016

Chapter Leadership

So this go around we're going to cover the leadership of the Lions of Harlech that are outside the normal companies.
First up is the Chapter Master Annwn Piet Moriarty, the Lord Harlech, Dominus Cymru, Knight Commander of Tyr, Lord Defender of the Eastern Fringes, Keeper of the Seal of Cymru.  Next to him is the Chapter Champion Maeglin Celedyr.  I got the idea for the titles of the Chapter Master from the way Calgar was listed in the Ultramarine fluff in the various Space Marine codexes.
Then we've got Chaplain Tobyn Pyke, Master of Sanctity, Lord of the Eisteddfod.  With him are (from left to right in the picture) Chaplain Ceothelin, Chaplain Einsanaar, Chaplain Praetius, Chaplain Kilvaen, and Chaplain Daeldrydd.  I've always been a fan of a Chaplain with a jump pack leading an assault squad, hence half the chaplains having said jump packs.  Though a terminator chaplain leading a squad of Thunderhammers has it's merits as well.  The Chapter fluff lists 19 chaplains under Pike but only 5 are modeled currently.
Next is the Librarians.  We have Vahanian, Chief Librarian and the Epistolary Ilianius.  I've never been a huge fan of librarians on the table top, so while there are a number in the chapter fluff, they remain under represented in the models.  The fluff lists the Librarium as consisting of the Chief Librarian, 3 Epistolaries, 5 Codiciers, 8 Lexicaniums, and 6 Acolytum.  The Ilianius I acquired a number of years back as someone's idea of a Vulkan conversion.  I think it makes a pretty good librarian though.

The Order of Harlech's Grellon
    This is a special order within the Chapter consisting of a dozen veterans not within the normal command rank who act as both guardians for the Chapter Master and special advisors for him.  These veterans are picked by an assembly of the chapter's company commanders, the Chapter Master, and other select leaders of the chapter.

Harlech's Grellon
    Ancient Dreadnought Patrocles
    Veteran Sergeant Malfoy Cadwgan
    Veteran Sergeant Wesly Karrde
    Veteran Sergeant Maerhis
    Veteran  Pelleaon
    Veteran Aeonid
    Veteran Cirith Imladhris
    Sternguard Veteran  Tobin
    Sternguard Veteran Helevorn
    Sternguard Veteran Corvis
    Vanguard Veteran Julius Dorja
    Vanguard Veteran Dairlan

So let's talk about my "Eddie" Dreadnought.  He's a recent eBay purchase.  I managed to get him for about $20 so I'm happy with that.  Since he's so much smaller than even regular Dreadnoughts, I'm putting him as an Ancient and outside the normal command structure.  He's not one to be put into danger and is awakened only for major advisory needs.
Ancient Dreadnought Patrocles was found aboard a space hulk during the crusader phase of the chapter long before they came to the Cymru system.  When the techmarines managed to awaken him, he could remember nothing of his past though his military knowledge remained inexplicably intact.  His body was battered and burnt without a single chapter marking remaining thus shrouding his history even more.  All that they could use to identity him was a small remnant of a purity seal with the name Patrocles on it.  This was taken to be his name and has been his identity ever since.  Patrocles has embraced the Lions as his own and strives to impart his wisdom and advice whenever he can.

So that's what we've got this time and I've hope you've enjoyed it.  I'll see you all next time.

6/30/2016

The First Company

So this time around, we've got the 1st Company of the Lions of Harlech.

1st Company, Veteran Company "Icons of Honor"
    The 1st Company very rarely deploys in its entirety.  It mainly deploys no more than one or two squads at a time to bolster other units either as Sternguard or Vanguard squads or in terminator squads to lend heavy assault power.  The 1st Company prides itself on the fact that even though its squads has been bested in combat in its long storied history, none have ever broken.  The veterans of the chapter hold themselves to an even higher standard than expected of the regular battle brothers of the chapter.
From Left to Right: CSB Staevron, Captain Dyredd, and CC Osfryd
Captain Pedr Dyfedd, Regent of Cymru
    Company Champion Damion Osfryd
    Company Standard Bearer Staevron Maege
    87 Space Marine Veterans
Veteran Squad Ealdredd
        Veteran Squad Ealdredd, Vet Sgt Ealdredd
Veteran Squad Pyne

        Veteran Squad Pyne, Vet Sgt Coelbyn Pyne
Veteran Squad Bardiche
        Veteran Squad Bardiche, Vet Sgt Bardiche
Veteran Squad Aelwaen
        Veteran Squad Aelwaen, Vet Sgt Aelwaen
Veteran Squad Helevorn
        Veteran Squad Helevorn, Vet Sgt Helevorn
Veteran Squad Teiglin
        Veteran Squad Teiglin, Vet Sgt Teiglin
Veteran Squad Faermir
        Veteran Squad Faermir, Vet Sgt Koln Faermir
Veteran Squad Camras
        Veteran Squad Camras, Vet Sgt Camras
        Veteran Squad Miraborn, Vet Sgt Ilian Miraborn
        Veteran Squad Eicherheim, Vet Sgt Eicherheim
    8 Dreadnoughts
Gweirwys and Celebrant
        Leviathan Dreadnought Gweirwys
        Chaplain Dreadnought Celebrant
Sirranon, Malduin, and Bleddynwyr
        Contemptor Dreadnought Sirannon
        Contemptor Dreadnought Malduin
        Contempror Dreadnought Bleddynwyr
Celduin, Maldwyn, and Morthond
        Venerable Dreadnought Celduin
        Dreadnought Maldwyn
        Dreadnought Morthond
The First Company Assembled
So as it stands, I need to get another squad of Terminators built .... maybe most of another and up the total of Veterans into the 90s ... we'll see.  As I'm sure you've all noticed, I've finally slotted which dreadnoughts are in which company, but I'll be doing a post down the road that includes the fluff for each dreadnought.  With the new Calth Terminators, it's let me pick out the leadership as well, so while I've had the model for the First Company Captain for a while, the Standard Bearer is now pulled out of squad duty and a newly acquired FW Badab War Lugft Huron model for the Company Champion.  His lion head shoulder pad will really make him stand out.

So that's what we've got for now.  Hope you're enjoying the updates as much as I've had fun updating it, and I'll see you all next time.

6/27/2016

10th Company

So this is the first of the updated organization posts of my Lions of Harlech.  I'm starting with the 10th Company after the scout squad did so admirably in the game against Neverness.  What I've done is add a general deployment for each company as well as the squad names and the sgt names for each squad are listed as well.  A number of the Sgts are 30K marines in Mk IV Recon Armor.  It seemed to fit just right with the theme as well as aesthetically.  There is also a Telion model and a few other unique models to stand out as Sgts.
Some of the Sgts
 I currently have the 10th Company's command squad and then one model shy of 10 full scout companies.  This is the company that is farthest from "complete" versus the fluff, but there are no plans to add any more scouts unless I just happen to find some really good deal on eBay or somewhere else.
The 10th Company
10th Company, Scout Company
    The 10th Company is broken up and each squad is deployed in one of three ways.  One third are deployed in the Cymru system for training.  One third are  deployed with other Companies.  The final third are deployed to neighboring systems for training and scouting duties.  The chapter's chaplains and veterans regularly spend time with the scouts to impart their wisdom as well as teach them the strict honor codes that bind them as a chapter.

     Recruits are gathered by The Ice Reaving.  Once every two years, three weeks of games involving skill, strength, and stamina are held on both Cymru III and Cymru IV to pick new recruits for the chapter from the youths of the underground hives as well as the tundra nomads  Members of the system's Planetary Defense Force may also compete for a place with permission from their commanding officers.
Captain Edric Corbray and his Command Squad
Captain Edric Corbray, Master of Recruits
    24 Scout Squads
        Scout Squad Waellim, Sgt Waellim
        Scout Squad Arvalain, Sgt Arvalain
        Scout Squad Niamth, Sgt Niamth
        Scout Squad Teive, Sgt Teive
        Scout Squad Gilraen, Sgt Tyr Gilraen
        Scout Squad Isidore, Sgt Isidore
        Scout Squad Osric, Sgt Osric
        Scout Squad Camlach, Sgt Javier Camlach
        Scout Squad Eisande. Sgt Eisande
        Scout Squad Maelcon, Sgt Maelcon
        Scout Squad Kalderaan, Sgt Kalderaan
        Scout Squad Thaeghis, Sgt Thaeghis
        Scout Squad Isidor, Sgt Isidor
        Scout Squad Aelric, Sgt Aelric
        Scout Squad Grainne, Sgt Grainne
        Scout Squad Timmorn, Sgt Timmorn
        Scout Squad Vardien, Sgt Vardien
        Scout Squad Siovale, Sgt Siovale
        Scout Squad Ghislan, Sgt Ghislan
        Scout Squad Eamonn, Sgt Eamonn
        Scout Squad Kullaan, Sgt Kullaan
        Scout Squad Baerdinon, Sgt Baerdinon
        Scout Squad Tielhar, Sgt Tielhar
        Scout Squad Astoric, Sgt Astoric
Squads Waellim, Arvalain, Niamth, Teive, and Gilraen
Squads Isidore, Osric, Camlach, Eisande, and Maelcon
So that's the 10th Company all revamped, though a bit over half are in need of paint.  Next up will be the victorious 4th Company and then probably the 1st Company.  Enjoy and I'll see you all next time.