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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pre Heresy Alpha Legion Mor Deythan Strike Squad

I purchased Horus Heresy Book III at Adepticon last April and quickly discovered how much fun I could have with the Coils of the Hydra Rite of War and my Alpha Legion army. When I went on to read about the Raven Guard Mor Deythan Strike Squad, I knew what my first "coiled" unit would be. They have tons of options, are reasonably cost effective (even though they aren't cheap) and are totally themey with my Alpha goons. While the Alpha Legion is known to have infiltrated every other Legion, they were supposedly all up in the Raven Guard's grill in particular. Stealthy, infitrating dudes with BS5 also just scream Alpha Legion. I could even used them to represent the mysterious Stealth Squad spoken of in the Legion novel. The next morning, I went back down to the Forgeworld booth and handed another big pile of cash over to Paul Rudge and picked up ten Recon Marines to use as the starting point for these guys.

Pre Heresy Alpha Legion Mor Deythan Strike Squad
I gave the all mk. VI "beakie" helmets as a nod/middle finger to the Raven Guard and also puttied up some of the legs to be mk. VI style. I magnetized the weapons and have everything I need to do just about every weapon configuration possible. All those tiny magnets were a pain in the ass, but it will allow me to have some fun in games. Some combos I want to try out are:

Super Snipers: 3 Missile Launchers and 7 Sniper Rifles
Buttload of Plasma: 3 Plasma Guns and 7 Combi-Plasma Guns
Wait, Those Flamers are Rending this Turn!?: 3 Flamers, 3 Combi Flamers, 4 Shotguns

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Pre Heresy Alpha Legion Forge Lord

I made this guy out of the Iron Hands Forge Father, bleeding fingers and broken guitar strings. He is kitted out with A Sero Arm, Chainfist, Combi-Melta, Rad Grenades, Cyber Familiar and Cataphracci Terminator armor. That gives him a 2+ save, 3+ inv. Save, 4 S8 Ap2 attacks and he reduces his opponents Tougness by one in close combat! He will make an excellent Dreadnought and Automata hunter!

Pre Heresy Alpha Legion Forge Lord

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pre Heresy Alpha Legion Rapiers with Heavy Bolters

You don't see many Heavy Bolter Rapiers getting used but I think they look cool and will be handy for killing Dave Taylor's Thallax. They are Hardly an ΓΌber-unit but I think they are pound for pound better than a tactical marine, aside from not being able to secure objectives. They are a MUCH better buy than Heavy Support Squads with Heavy Bolters, that is for sure.

Pre Heresy Alpha Legion Rapiers with Heavy Bolters

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Here is a blast from the past. I used to be big into the Lord of The Rings Strategy Battle Game. Despite the endless disparaging it received from interweb neckbeards for taking GW resources away from 40K, it is a wonderful little game. I painted several armies including Angmar, Grey Company and a couple of Mordor ones. These dwarves are my definitely my favorite though!

Lord of the Rings Dwarves - Dain, Gimli, Banner Dude and Balin
Dain, Gimli, Banner Dude and Balin

Lord of The Rings Strategy Battle Game - Dwarf Warriors with Shield
Dwarf Warriors with Shields

Lord of The Rings Strategy Battle Game - Dwarrf Warriors with Two-handed Axes
Dwarf Warriors with Two-handed Axes

Lord of The Rings Strategy Battle Game - Dwarrf Warriors with Bows
Dwarf Warriors with Bows

Lord of The Rings Strategy Battle Game - Khazad Guard
Khazad Guard

Lord of The Rings Strategy Battle Game - Dwarf Rangers
Dwarf Rangers

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Alpha Legion Works in Progress

I don't usually post many photos of unfinished models but here goes nothing. Painting is already underway for all of these guys, so hopefully some updates soon!

Forge Lord


The ubiquitous Moritat with two plasma pistols

 Rapiers with Mk. IV Crew

Rewards of Treasonified Mor Deythan

Each Mor Dethan guy gets a recon pack and a mk. VI helmet

A wide array of magnatized guns for the Mor Deythan, because I am a crazy person

Thursday, October 30, 2014

15,000 Point (Per Side) Epic Scale Horus Heresy Blowout

I went up to Rhode Island recently for the yearly get-together with my nerd crew and a humongous Epic was the main event. I brought along the Legio Gryphonicus Titans I had been working on but my forces were dwarfed by the massive efforts of my friends Ty and Jake. Ty has been painting scores and scores of models for The Sons of Horus, Death Guard and Emperor's Children. He also has a whole World Eaters army in the works. Not to be outdone, our friend Jake showed up with 10,000 points worth of beautifully painted Imperial Fists.

The game itself was a massive affair and we enlisted the help of or friends John, Matt and Robin to help roll buckets of dice. After many hours, two turns, and hundreds of models moved to the sideboard; the Traitors were victorious, gaining just enough victory points to end the game. I can't say it wasn't a relief! Looking forward to more (and perhaps slightly less ambitious) games in the future. Extra special super bro shout-out to Ty who wrote a whole new Epic 30K ruleset, created a massive set of counters, built the scenery and hosted the whole affair!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Epic Scale Legio Gryphonicus Titans

And now for something completely different...

Epic Scale Legio Gryphonicus Warlord Titans

Epic Scale Legio Gryphonicus Warlord Titans Back
Epic Scale Legio Gryphonicus Reaver Titan
Epic Scale Legio Gryphonicus Warhound Titans

My hobby pals sucked me into Epic, of all things. Here is my big little Legion Gryphanicus Army. I never liked the turbo lasers sticking out of the Warlords shoulders so I gave them turrets instead. These guys also gave me a chance to work on my color modulation and my airbrushing skills in general. They took part in a truly Epic Horus Heresy battle last weekend. Photos coming soon!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Thunderfire Cannons Finished!

Here are my completed models for the NoVa Open Defense of Macragge Charity Auction.

Please check out the raffle and buy some tickets. All proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

NoVa Open Defense of Macragge Charity Auction

I've been working on a pair of Thunderfire Cannons for the upcoming NoVa Open Charity Auction. The guns are almost complete. Techmarines are base-coated. Here is a quick progress shot from the workbench. More photos to come soon!

They have a number of awesome armies up for auction plus other goodies. Please check it out and buy some tickets. All proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Alpha Legion Tactical Support Squad with Flamers

...and here are the guys who rode in the Assault Ram in The Old Line Massacre Apocalypse Game. They were actually pretty darn effective. The burninated the better part of Death Guard Tac. Squad and took out a Terminator or two.

Alpha Legion Tactical Support Squat with Flamers

Friday, June 13, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Alpha Legion Falchion!

This big mama was the keystone of my 3000-point army at the Old Line Massacre. I ordered it at Adepticon but it took its time getting here (and I took my sweet time getting around to building it) so I was in hobby overdrive mode the week before the event. And yes, in case you were wondering, Dave Taylor did blow it up with his damn Reaver Titan.

Alpha Legion Falchion Super Heavy Tank Destroyer

The Old Line Massacre

Sorry I've been so long without a post! I took a bit of a hobby break after Adepticon, but wound up working furiously towards the end of May to get my Alpha Legion ready for a 30K Weekend Event put together by my friends and I. The Old Line Massacre was a two-day even at Dropzone Games in Maryland. Champion hobby hero Ty Finocchiaro put together a great little 1850-point tournament on Saturday and the illustrious Nate Taylor ran an amazing Apocalypse game on Sunday. Hobby superstars Dave Taylor and John Steining were both present with beautiful armies and the level of painting modeling was spectacular all around. Also a huge shout out to my pals Nate Taylor and Robin Everett-McGuirl who have churned out amazing 30K armies this year and made huge strides with their hobby skills.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Adepticon 2014 Report

I had a fantastic time at Adepticon and played lots of games with my Alpha Legion against many great opponents. After ten tournament games I'm feeling a lot more confident about my 40K/30K skills ... just in time for the rumored rules update, doh!

This is what an awesome army looks like.

First up was the Horus Heresy Massacre tournament on Thursday. The tournament turned out to be a (suprise!) team tournament so I teamed up with Robin (aka Ripper) who also had his Alpha Legion with him. Overall, there were lots of great looking armies and friendly players, I will be back next year for sure! The hilarious twist of the tournament was that everyone betrayed their partner in the last game and switched teams. My crew had a very good showing in the end. My friend John tied best over all with his World Eaters, Ty got a much deserved Best Painted Award with his Mixed Isstvaan III Loyalists and I snagged the Player's Choice Award. See below for army photos, sorry if I missed anyone's!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Pre Heresy Alpha Legion Army

I got out and did a little gaming today. I took a group shot of my army while I had a gaming table handy. It isn't the best photo, shooting whole armies is a tricky business! This is around 2000 points or so.

Saturday, March 8, 2014