9/16/2016

7th Company Reporting From Distant Past

So this go round, we have the 7th Company.  It's made almost entirely of old 3 part marines with the exceptions being a few special weapons and the Company Captain which is an Assault on Black Reach Captain model which somehow seemed appropriate.   I got all these marines (and some more which will appear in a different company) at a game shop in Memphis the one time I made it to a Games Day.  As Cheef will be sure to note, the fluff part of the chapter shows two Dreadnoughts that I don't possess yet, so yeah, still need some more Dreads at some point in the future.  One can never have too many dreadnoughts.
7th Company, Reserve Tactical Company "Rites of Honor"
    The 7th Company is deployed to the galactic northwest of Cymru to assist in controlling the border of the Ghoul Stars.  This is due to oaths and pacts of honor made with the Death Specters chapter which are responsible for defending the Ghoul Stars.
Captain Oegnus Teargan
    Company Champion Ieuan Serydd
    Company Standard Bearer Colin Verschagain
    10 Tactical Squads
        Tactical Squad Ballantrae, Veteran Sgt Ballantrae
        Tactical Squad Reyes, Sgt Reyes
        Tactical Squad Bastelin, Sgt Bastelin
        Tactical Squad Hoelgran, Sgt Hoelgran
        Tactical Squad Crayton, Sgt Crayton
        Tactical Squad  Actaeon, Sgt Actaeon
        Tactical Squad Leontius, Sgt Leontius
        Tactical Squad Vinchen, Sgt Vinchen
        Tactical Squad Padraigius, Sgt Padragius
        Tactical Squad Phaedrus, Veteran Sgt Phaedrus
    2 Dreadnoughts
    10 Rhinos
    8 Razorbacks

So that's got it for now, but plenty more companies of marines to come.  Also my Imperial Skies kickstarter ships arrived so there will be some posts of that coming as well.

9/08/2016

3rd Company

So let's get the next Company of the Lions of Harlech up, and here they are - The Third Company.  This will get us to 4 of the 10 Companies posted plus there will be a couple posts on vehicles and such.  I know there are still 6 Companies to go, but looking at the pile of marines not used yet .... I think there might be some models left over when I'm done.  Anyway, here we go.
3rd Company, Battle Company "Sons of Harlech"
    The 3rd Company is mainly used to garrison and defend the Cymru system.  Each squad rotates through the different fortresses and bunker formations in the system regularly to keep every battle brother intimately familiar with the defenses.
Captain Oswallt Grainne, Master of the Arsenal
    Company Champion Gaewen Perwyn
    Company Standard Bearer Harwyn Dayne
    6 Tactical Squads
        Tactical Squad Dionsys, Sgt Dionsys
        Tactical Squad Calignes, Sgt Calignes
        Tactical Squad Saerlon, Vet Sgt Saerlon
        Tactical Squad Eiknois, Sgt Eiknois
        Tactical Squad Lucians, Sgt Lucians
        Tactical Squad Dervorin, Sgt Dervorin
    2 Assault Squads
        Assault Squad Golasgil, Sgt Golasgil
        Assault Squad Lamidaan, Sgt Lamidaan
Assault Marines sans Jump Packs
    2 Devastator Squads
        Devastator Squad Saegnir, Sgt Saegnir
        Devastator Squad Coersar, Sgt Coersar
    3 Dreadnoughts
        Contemptor Dreadnought Turladin
        Dreadnought Gelion
        Dreadnought Harnen
    7 Rhinos
    4 Razorbacks

Next up I'm going to jump to the 7th Company and the 9th Company.  Both should be up by sometime next week and I'm hoping to have everything for the Lions of Harlech posted up before the month is out.  The nice part of doing all this is that it's letting me sort all the models into foam trays as I go and give me some organization to it all.

9/04/2016

2nd Company

Ok, things have been a bit off the normal around here the past month so I'm off pace a bit on posts as well as hobby time.  We'll see about getting both back on track now.  So let's start off where we left off with the Lions of Harlech with the 2nd Company.
2nd Company, Battle Company "Guardians of Honor"
    The 2nd Company is one of the regular patrol forces for the systems surrounding Cymru.  2nd Company often is divided into two main forces for active patrolling with one to three squads deployed as garrison reinforcements to worlds allied or protected by the Lions of Harlech.
Captain Aithne Cystennin, Master of the Watch
    Company Champion Petyr Harisal, Defender of Honor
    Company Standard Bearer Owyn Ghiscari
    6 Tactical Squads
        Tactical Squad Theoderic, Vet Sgt Theoderic
        Tactical Squad Haerudes, Sgt Haerudes
        Tactical Squad Elbroin, Sgt Elbroin
        Tactical Squad Grimoald, Sgt Grimoald
        Tactical Squad Nordrecht, Sgt Prien Nordrecht
        Tactical Squad Rocheim, Vet Sgt Eorlic Rocheim
    2 Assault Squads
        Assault Squad Caispean, Sgt Aegor Caispean
        Assault Squad Tolbans, Vet Sgt Tolbans
    2 Devastator Squads
        Devastator Squad Henlyse, Sgt Henlyse
        Devastator Squad Priam, Sgt Priam
    5 Dreadnoughts
        Contemptor Dreadnought Greylin
        Contemptor Dreadnought Narsil
        Venerable Dreadnought Celebros
        Dreadnought Norbourn
        Dreadnought Taeglin
    9 Rhinos
    4 Razorbacks

So that's the next company posted up for your enjoyment.  I'll try and get the 3rd Company up later this week.  I'm also wanting to clear out some items that just aren't ever going to see remotely close to the table top so before I look to eBay, if anyone is interested in the Imperial Guard or Infinity Myrmidons, send me a message and we'll chat about them.

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.