It’s been a year & a half (technically 547 days) since I created my paint scheme for Imperial Fists. And I now have a fully painted 2,000 point army! I’ve only ever painted a full 2,000 points once before with my Nurgle Daemons.
Everyone in the 40k world is talking about the Genestealer Cult and how amazing they are. They have a powerful ability to appear anywhere on the board. And there’s a chance they can even assault after being placed.
Pretty strong right?
In missions where you have to capture random objectives all over the board they’re really strong. But in missions where you only have 2 objectives their ability to be placed on the board becomes so much less powerful. And you can take advantage of their weaknesses.
I just played against them for the first time and I thought I’d share some tactics that worked well.
Yesterday I went back to Enchanted Grounds and played another Imperial Fists (1,250) & Blood Angels (1,750) VS Iron Warriors (3,000).
Lists were pretty similar with the big exception that the Iron Warriors player saved enough points to take Perturabo, primarch of the Iron Warriors. This was the first time I ever fought a primarch.
Perturabo and his bodyguard of terminators were held in reserve so I decided to march my 10 man terminator squad + Lysander right up the middle to take on the Leviathans.
Lysander & his squad did great. They took down one leviathan in two rounds of combat and a lascannon from the devastator squad rolled a 6 on the penetrating hits table and blew up the other leviathan.
Perturabo deep strikes in our back field right behind my rhino and an objective.
I figured with some shooting from the devastator squad and the tactical squad with a grav cannon, flamer, and disintegration rifle that we could do something. My allies sanguinary guard deep struck and were going to shoot their bolters and charge in.
We should be able to do something right?
We killed one. One. And that was from the disintegration rifle that also killed himself. *sigh*
The sanguinary guard charged in and killed one terminator. They were killed to a man.
Ouch. That could have gone better.
Next turn the terminators break off from Perturabo. The terminators go after some blood angels and Perturabo pulls off a 12″ charge to get into combat with my devastators. Ouch.
That half of our deployment zone was secure. Now it’s just a crater.
Next turn Perturabo needs to control the objective that the terminators are sitting on.
He pulls off another insanely long charge and does his best. He survived 3 rounds of combat before he fell to Lysander & his terminators.
Perturabo is a beast. The objectives made my opponent split up Perturabo & his retinue. If he didn’t have to do that it would be a been a very bloody fight at the end.
There isn’t much that can survive 3 rounds of combat against that many terminators but a primarch is one of them. Can’t wait to fight more.
So we’ve finally made it to the first game of the league. I had to paint up a grav cannon, an HQ, and two rhinos (more pictures coming later). I got everything done but I did forget to paint a bolt pistol for my sergeant – doh! It’s magnetized so I only need to paint up a bolt pistol hand and magnetize it.
Onto the game!
This escalation league is not just for fun but also a way to encourage me to build a fully painted 2,000 point list. Because I want to build a well balanced list I want to start with the full list and then work backwards for each month. I could of course start with a 500 point list and build up each month but then there’d probably be a few gaps and I probably wouldn’t have any units over 250 points.
I’ve really enjoyed painting my Imperial Fists over the last couple months. And while building & painting an army on your own is fun it’s so much more fun to do it with a friend. Or two. That’s why I’ve recruited my friends Mark & Erin to join me in an escalation league.
If you’ve never heard of an escalation league it’s where you get together to play games like any other league but each time you get together you add more points to your army. We’ll be starting at 500pts for the first game and adding 250pts every month. In 7 months we should have a fully painted 2,000pt army. Pretty awesome huh?
It was over a month ago when I posted my test model. It takes a lot of effort to finish two squads of marines but I got it done. I tweaked the paint job and I have a few more tweaks in mind for future squads. But first… some photos.
Photo credit Michael Arestad.
Basing was done with Games Workshop sand. Games Workshop static grass. And it was painted with Mournfang Brown drybrushed with Zamesi Desert.
I’ve updated the metal technique a bit. I didn’t think the black base coat was useful and I wanted a bit more depth so I added a wash.
- Basecoat Leadbelcher with a small base brush
- Wash Nuln Oil with a small layer layer brush
- Highlight Runefang Steel with a small layer brush
I painted gold on a few bolters & on top of the sergeant’s banners.
- Base Balthasar Gold
- Wash with Nuln Oil
- Highlight with Gehenna’s Gold
One of my sergeant’s has his helmet removed so I had to paint some skin.
- Base with Bugman’s Glow
- Wash with Reikland Fleshshade
- Highlight with Cadian Fleshtone
The generic missiles (the ones in the backpack) are Khorne Red.
The extra missiles were three different colors schemes.
- Caliban Green followed by Moot Green
- Genestealer Purple
- Khorne Red followed by Squig Orange
The grav guns were really fun to paint. They have a bit of a Necron-y feel since there’s green in the cracks of the weapon.
- Paint the areas around the cracks Leadbelcher
- Paint Caliban Green in the cracks
- Paint Moot Green in the cracks
- Fix all of the mistakes with Leadbelcher
- Wash the cracks and the silver around the cracks with Waywatcher Green
The last step will give the whole metal gun a greenish tint.
Coming Up Next…
Now that I have two tactical squads they have to have something to ride in! I’ll be building and assembling two rhinos so these guys can ride in style. I’m hoping the yellow will be easier to paint since it’s a vehicle and I can use a big brush. That will save a TON of time. 🙂