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Ork Faction Rules Wishlist — November 28, 2017
Fallen Grey Knights — September 1, 2011

Fallen Grey Knights

Hello there,

My gaming group has been brainstorming some ideas for Adepticon and we finally settled on an idea! We are totally digging the idea of fallen Grey Knights. The idea being that Chaos wants to mock the ultimate defenders of the human race so they corrupt them, steal their equipment, and even raise them from the dead and have them fight their allies! So the floor is pretty open for conversions, crazy paint jobs, and all sorts of other hobbying fun.

I know I wanted to make Grey Knights that were risen from the dead as zombies, we will see what other ideas my teammates come up with.

Fallen Grey Knight
My first zombie Grey Knight!

I started painting this guy a while ago but as far as I remember I used Boltgun Metal, Mithril Silver with a heavy green wash followed by a brown wash. The sword was the same metallics with a purple wash. The red was Mechrite Red with a Blood Red highlight, and the rest was details.

We are still thinking of an official name for our team but probably something along the lines of mockery or deception. Any thoughts?

Now we have to play test a few lists and see what we like.

Brainstorming for Adepticon 2012 — June 17, 2011

Brainstorming for Adepticon 2012

Hello there,

I’ve been in a little bit of a 40k lull after Adepticon. I think the massive amounts of last-minute hobby work burnt me out and I have replaced some of my hobby time with other things like disc golf, board games, and even *gasp* women.

Fear not, I haven’t given up 40k completely. I have been brainstorming for next years Adepticon. My little gaming group has come up with some pretty exciting ideas, all of which will rock the socks off of the judges and other hobbyists. Onto the brainstorming!

Orks & Tau

The first idea that we came up with was a team consisting of Orks and Tau. The fluff behind the force would be something like the Tau were in communication with the Orks to incorporate them into the Tau Empire and the Orks being Orks only listened for a few seconds before deciding this was far too boring (read: peaceful) so they kidnapped the ethereals and are using them as hostages to black mail the Tau for equipment and support.

On the hobby side of things it would be cool to make an Ork force that has tons of Tau bits mixed in with every unit. The Tau could be modeled to have less equipment because they have been forced to give it all to their “allies”. I liked this idea so much that I actually whipped up a test model.

ork warbike
I love the Tau bits mixed into every part of the bike. Check out both tires, the bike gun, and the rifles in the ork's hand.


Eldar Corsairs

I have a friend (the one with the phantom titan) that has tons and tons of Eldar and he suggested that we build a force consisting of Eldar and Dark Eldar. We could use both forces to simulate Corsair Eldar which are basically Eldar that have given up the traditional ways in favor of pirating. Some of the Corsairs go so far as to seek out the Dark City and join them.

From a hobby perspective it would be awesome to make pirate Eldar that might not be as well equipped and might be a little more psychotic than their Craftworld brethren. We could convert a lot of the Craftworld Eldar with some Dark Eldar bits and even include a few Dark Eldar models to show how far some of the Corsairs have gone.

Fallen Grey Knights

How cool would it be to have some sort of Chaos themed Grey Knights? From a hobby perspective I would love to chaos-ify the Grey Knights – who wouldn’t? It would be awesome to have some close combat specialists with some jagged axes, ripped off armor plates, and maybe some skulls on a chain at their waist.  Or to have a Dreadknight with oozing joints, rusted metal, and some zombified driver in the cockpit.

The big hurdle for me, not so much for my teammates, is that the cannon states that never in the history of the Grey Knights has a Grey Knight fallen to Chaos. To me making Grey Knights that have fallen to Chaos goes so against the fluff that you might as well make a force of Ultramarines that is being led by Marneus Calgar that allied with Ghazgul Thraka in the first Armageddon War. So I might have to make a Grey Knights successor chapter that partially fell or something like that (that’s right, the Grey Knights have successor chapters just like any other chapter, look at the Exorcists). So we will have to work on the fluff and find some sort of compromise but I actually really like this theme and I would like to make a test model in the near future.

Coming Up…

Speaking of Grey Knights I actually have a team game coming up, Khorne Daemons & Nurgle Daemons Vs. Grey Knights & Space Marines, so I can’t wait to see how that goes. I am actually pretty terrified of the Grey Knights especially because the player is building a list against the Daemons. And just to be clear, I want this to be a challenge. I look forward to games where you are both aware of the opponent you are playing and you are allowed encouraged to tailor your list. It should be a tough battle.

Adepticon Pics — April 19, 2011

Adepticon Pics

It occurs to me that I completely forgot to include pictures in my last post. I was so excited to post my results that I forgot to add in the in game photos and photos of my team. I have decided to make up for it by posting a whole swathe of pictures in this post.

So in the gallery below you will see our finished Adepticon force, some in game shots, some other teams on their display boards, and at the very end you will a gorgeous display board set up like the defense of Terra.

I hope you enjoy the eye candy.

UPDATE: Bell of Lost Souls did their own coverage of the Defense of Terra board. More pics there if you want to see em. Continue reading

Adepticon Results — April 8, 2011
Adepticon Ho! — March 31, 2011

Adepticon Ho!

Now that the Blood Bowl league is over I have some time to share all of the work I have been putting in for the Adepticon Team Tournament. If you don’t know what Adepticon is I’ll provide a quick overview. Adepticon is a massive wargames convention. It is known for its 40k team tournament but it has lots of other events for Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Blood Bowl, Warmachine, Flames of War, and other miniature war games.

Since I have already spent so much time on my Deathwatch figures over this past year I decided that I could easily make a 1000 point force. I was able to use most of the models I had already assembled but my list requires another ~20 infantry and 3 vehicles. Being distracted by the Blood Bowl league for the last two months leaves me in a little bit of a time crunch so I am hoping to get all of my minis done to a high quality and still have time to create a display board.

Greg decided to play with his Vostroyan force and paint it up with an inquisitorial theme. Gerry was hoping for the Grey Knights codex to be released early 2011 but since that fell through he is using his Raven Guard. Craig the 4th and final member of the team is planning on bringing Black Templars.

We are still working on our minis but we do have our tentative lists. If you have any (last minute) suggestions feel free to chip in. We will be heading down to Chicago tonight. More news after Adepticon. Continue reading

Deathwatch Pre-release — August 13, 2010

Deathwatch Pre-release

Well I just came back from a fun filled weekend at Gen Con.  In addition to playing board games, costume contests, and hobby seminars I was able to pick up a copy of Deathwatch and the GM Essentials both of which are written by Fantasy Flight Games.

It is important to know that I am not a big role player and I only play the occasional game.  But this book makes me want to become a full time role-player.  The book is fantastic. They have a great mechanic for combat and I especially like the way they deal with space marine’s ability to fight off hordes of enemy troopers. The fluff is well written and they do an especially good job giving us the fluff we need to know about the Deathwatch and still leaving some mystery.  They write about the chapter, specialties , organs, armor, alliances, battle tactics, etc.  The classes, also known as specialties in this game, are pretty standard; if you have played a RPG you will recognize these classes right off the bat. One of the areas that could be fleshed out are the available space marine chapters. Fantasy Flight in their wisdom has already addressed this: the designer of the game mentioned that an expansion is in the works with extra chapters as well as full rules to design your own chapter.

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