Sunday 30 March 2014

Army list thoughts: 1500pts

Greetings all.

No models in this post I'm afraid (painted or otherwise)... But I did promise my good friend Tommy that I'd write up some army lists and thoughts, so here I go.

The club I normally play at tends to play 1500pts more than anything else. There is the occasional 1850 or 2k game, but 1500 seems to be the standard. Recently I've been going up against some really good opponents so I've been trying to refine my list more and more into something that I feel has the potential to handle anything out there. Not to say I'm looking to win every game I play, but it is nice to feel like you have the tools to defeat anything you might face.

This is the list I'm currently working towards:

This guy is just too useful not to include. The reroll and the warlord trait alone make him worthwhile.
Slaanesh Daemon Prince (wings, armour, 2 x greater reward, ML3)
This guy is there for the AA and AT power that the Lash can bring. Sometimes he'll be swapped for a Nurgle prince with a Balesword. Not sure which I prefer right now.

10 Daemonettes
11 Horrors
11 Horrors

Fast Attack
9 Screamers
These used to be a big 15-strong squad of Flesh Hounds. I find that the Flesh Hounds are incredible against most bad guys, but completely impotent against others. Screamers are not quite as killy, but still have great survivability and speed. They can also threaten a great variety of enemies, and their slashing attack can be really useful in getting First Blood. Not sure which I prefer here yet either...

Heavy Support
Tzeentch Daemon Prince  (wings, armour, greater reward, exalted reward, ML3)
This guy is fantastic. He flies around buffing with the grimoire and blasting things with flickering fire.

I've got quite a few other lists that I'm playing around with in my head, but this is what I'm leaning towards at the moment. I might swap the Screamers out for Flesh Hounds again, but I need to playtest much more first.

Comments are most welcome!

Friday 28 March 2014

Paws for thought: Five more Flesh Hounds of Khorne

Greetings all.

I'm back again with another little update. I've finished painting another five Flesh Hounds of Khorne, leaving just five remaining.

Not much more to add on the previous post, although I did mean to say a few words on the bases I've chosen. Flesh Hounds are yet to receive updated models (just the Finecrap treatment), so they are normally based on the fantasy "horse" bases. Now, I didn't want no horrid square (well, rectangular) bases in my 40k army, so I had to look for a suitable alternative. I did a little Googling and found a few examples on 40mm bases and a few on the oblong cavalry/bike bases. I thought the right choice was the 40mm base, as a) it looked so much better and b) all other "Beast" units (Khymerae, Fiends, Fenrisian Wolves) are on 40mm bases too. In the long run I suspect Flesh Hound will end up on 40mm bases too, so that's what I went with.

Well, with that out of the way... Pictures!

Comments welcome!

Monday 24 March 2014

Nothing but a hound dog: First Flesh Hounds painted!

Greetings all!

Just a quickie from me this evening. I'm delighted to report that I've made further progress on the army! This is the first of (hopefully) quite a few updates containing newly painted models... Tonight it's five Flesh Hounds of Khorne:

These guys are the original (Realm of Chaos) Flesh Hounds. Like most of the models from that era, they're dripping with character. There are only two different bodies, but three different leg bits, and eight or so different heads, so it's pretty easy to get a surprising variety. This is probably a good thing as I've got 15 of these guys to paint...

Comments welcome!

Sunday 23 March 2014

New additions: Daemon Princes and Portalglyph

Greetings all.

It's been a little while since I made much headway with The Stormbringers. I was originally going for a heavy Nurgle theme, but after a few games of getting completely stomped I decided to rethink that plan... I came up with a few pretty good lists, but they all required a good deal of painting and building. I had nearly all of the models I needed, but they were languishing in the leadpile.

I began proxying a few of the models I needed and playing a few games. After some good initial success (although Eldar seem to be a serious problem...) I got my motivation back. I am delighted to be able to present some of the fruits of my labours.

First up, a new Tzeentch Daemon Prince for buffing my Flesh Hounds with the grimoire:

Not the best picture I'll admit, but hopefully you get the idea. I'll upload some better pics when he has some paint on him. The model is based on the old (OLD) metal Daemon Prince, with the addition of the hands from an old Blue Horror. The head is a chopped up body of an old Pink Horror and the grimoire-bearing familiar is from Arkhan the Black's chariot. I based him on a resin ruin to give him some extra height and bring him more in line with the size of the current Daemon Prince models.

Next up is a Slaanesh Daemon Prince with a Lash of Despair for spanking flyers and armour:

A similar build to the Tzeentch prince, this guy has a whip arm from a plastic Tyranid and a claw from the original Keeper of Secrets. The mask is from a Dark Eldar Chronos and the head has been filed down to fit. Hidden from view is his scorpion tail, taken from an old Chaos Spawn model (the multi-part one).

Lastly, I picked up this very cool Portalglyph from Fanboy Forge. Unfortunately his shop seems to be closed at the moment, but I was very pleased with this purchase. No conversion work done to it whatsoever. I just slapped it on a piece of thin plasticard to make sure it sits flat on the table and added a little sand to the ground around the portal itself. I'm looking forward to painting this one.

That's it for now, hope you like em. I've also managed to find time this weekend to slap some paint on five original Flesh Hounds (of 15...), but you'll have to wait until tomorrow for that. 

Comments are welcome!

Monday 17 March 2014

Objective morality: Daemon objective markers showcase

Greetings all,

Welcome to one of the last posts in my showcase (sad faces all round). Today I present to you my chaos objective markers. I've built quite a few of these over the years from various bits and bobs.

The first of these were built for my old World Eaters army (more on that in another post). I've since sold the army off (bit of a regret actually, but it did help fund a daemonic expansion), but I've held on to the objective markers.

And a close up of the Praetorian Guardsman marker that I'm rather pleased with:

No skull left unclaimed!

Next up are a bunch of objective markers that I made for The Stormbringers:

A delicious bowl of blood

Creepy statue

Daemonic idol

Well, you can see what this is...

Chaos toilet! I love this model so much.

This one doubled in my World Eaters army. A statue of the Primarch Angron in his ascended form.

When 6th ed was released, GW came out with the rather cool munitorum objectives and I picked some up. They're incredibly useful in game as they come with special dice to denote the nature or value of the objective. I couldn't just leave them untouched however, so I cleaned them up, based and painted them:

That's all for now. Comments welcome as ever ;)

Sunday 16 March 2014

Putting the laughter into slaughter: Khorne Daemons Showcase

Greetings all,

We're drawing near the end of my showcase (not quite there yet mind you), and today I present my Khorne daemons. Not much to see for these guys, for two reasons: 1. I've never really liked the models for the most part, and 2. they've always been quite rubbish on the tabletop... As a result, I only have the following two chaps to show you. I have a few more in the pipeline mind you, but you'll just have to wait for them!

Beastmaw Warphowl

Dreadfist Hollowhelm

Comments welcome!

Saturday 15 March 2014

Change we can believe in: Tzeentch Daemons Showcase

Greetings all,

Welcome to another instalment in my little showcase series. Today it's the turn of my Tzeentch Daemons.

Heralds on chariots

Pink Horrors

Pink Horrors & Changeling




Daemon Princes / Lords of Change

Comments welcome!

Friday 14 March 2014

Best of Fiends: Slaanesh Daemons Showcase

Greetings all,

I'm going to continue showcasing my old school daemons. Today it's the turn of the Slaanesh portion of the army. The old Slaanesh daemons are also among my favourites of the range (behind Nurgle). In the future I hope to paint many more of them. Enjoy!

Lewdbeast Heartvex: Keeper of Secrets

The Subjugators: Fiends

Sinwhip Lustviper: Daemon Prince 
(I've since replaced this chap with a much cooler looking model. Look out for him in a future post)

Comments welcome!

Thursday 13 March 2014

Down at the bottom of the garden (of Nurgle): Nurgle Daemons Showcase

Greetings all,

To continue my little showcase of my old school daemons, I have for you this morning my Nurgle cavalcade.

I rather like Nurgle daemons (Nurgle is probably my favourite chaos god), but I've struggled to make them successful on the field of battle. Regardless, I'll probably expand this section of the army because I just love the jovial character of the old school Nurgle daemons. No more words now, only pictures...

The cavalcade together

Daemon Princes with Baleswords

Bilebelch Hackspine: Daemon Prince

Festerheard Gutrend: Daemon Prince

Slugglutton Vomitstench: Great Unclean One

Carnival of Chaos

Scabieathrax: Forge World Great Unclean One

Comments welcome!

Wednesday 12 March 2014

We are the Champions

Greetings all,

As promised, the first few days of my blogging career will be devoted to showcasing my old school Chaos Daemons. The first post was a group shot of the whole army as it stood a couple of years ago (or thereabouts). From today and for the next week or so I'll be focusing on units or individual models that I've painted for the army.

So without further ado...

These guys are a group of the old Realm of Chaos Nurgle Champions that I painted up to represent Heralds or unit champions for my units of daemons. I don't make much use of them these, but they are beautifully characterful models that were a joy to paint.

Comments are very welcome!

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Enter the Stormbringers

Greetings all,

Before I begin to showcase my painted lead, just a brief bit of background on the army. Since they first came out in 40k, I've loved chaos daemons. Even when the first codex was released and they were a bit on the sucky side (around 5th edition for those who remember), I was a fan. I cobbled together some of my old school daemons from my early days of collecting and The Stormbringers were born! As it happens, the name I gave the army (names for me really make the models come alive) turned out to be quite prophetic. More on that later though.

A couple of years later, somewhat out of the blue, the WD updated rules for Flamers and Screamers were released. Suddenly, daemons were top of the pile!

I never really jumped on the bandwagon of 27 flamers and 27 screamers, but with 10 of each I was pretty much smashing face down the club. That's not to say they were undefeated, but they were a little *too* good...

Not too long after 6th edition was released, my daemons were blessed with a new codex. One of the more controversial aspects of the new codex was the Warpstorm table. Now I'd named my army "The Stormbringers" more than two years previously, but it seems it was meant to be! I've been playing around with the army to come up with something I'm happy with. I'll talk about that quite a bit more in the not too distant future though.

The most important aspect of the 40k hobby for me has always been the models. I love gaming and I love painting, but I'm a collector at heart. It's probably why I've managed to amass such a huge leadpile...

Since I started collecting (many years ago now...), I've had something of an obsession with old school chaos. When I was first introduced to GW and 40k, it wasn't considered old school mind you... When it came to collecting The Stormbringers I already had a fairly substantial leadpile of (now) classic daemons. It was a pretty simple (if daunting) task of cleaning them up and cracking on with some painting. Since then, the army has gone through a fair few EVILutions to get to where it is today. The theme has always been, and will always be, old school chaos (mostly 1st edition/Realms of Chaos era).

That's a bit of background for you, I hope you found it illuminating. Now back to the models!

Monday 10 March 2014

Welcome to my nightmare...

Greetings all, and welcome to my blog!

It's early days yet (what with this being the first and only post), but this blog is intended to chronicle my (neverending) quest to paint my endless pile of old school lead miniatures.

I'm mainly interested in Realm of Chaos-era GW miniatures, so that's where my focus will be... but I wouldn't want to limit myself now would I? My main interest is 40k... I just love the ridiculous OTT grimdarkness of the whole thing. As such, all my daemons are for that beautiful theatre of war. I tend to take old school chaos daemons and adapt them to fit into the modern world of 40k. More on that in a future post though.

As this is just a brief hello, I wont waffle for too long. Instead I shall furnish you, dear reader, with a selection of pictures of my old school Daemons.

This is how the army looked about 18 months ago:

I've made quite a few changes to it since then, but more on that later. I've also got a bunch of close ups that I'll post over the next few days, but you'll just have to wait for that.

I hope that's piqued your interest... Welcome to the blog!