Thursday, December 31, 2015

Deathwatch Terminator Captain of the Watch!

I still remember walking into the local game store Christmas of 1993, and seeing that Second Edition box of 40K sitting on the shelf.  I think since then I have bought, modeled, painted, and then sold at least five space marine armies: Ultramarines, Imperial Fists, Space Wolves, Grey Knights, and then another Fists army... could never settle.  Then I had the brilliant idea to play all of them!  The Deathwatch is comprised of Marines from all the different chapters seconded to serve for a period of time in the watch under the leadership of the Inquisition.  It is setup much like a space marine chapter.  Although there is really not a first company, Adeptus Astartes still wear terminator armor.

This post is in regard to a Deathwatch Captain that I scratch built about seven months ago (further below), taken from the newer Blood Angel Terminator Captain pictured here:
I made several changes, on the Deathwatch Captain (below) in an effort to make him more 'neutral' from the one pictured here above: I swapped out the head, axe, and storm bolter, replacing them with a relic bade and/or the burning blade and a storm shield. Notice, that I even removed the Blood Angel jewels, replacing them with Terminator Honors.  The Iron Halo and back banner were also adds:
 Here are some frontal views (see the combi-plas mag locked on his leg?): well as the back:

I fully intended on taking him as a chapter master to tank some Terminators.  I modeled him with a fancy storm shield to use it as the Shield Eternal giving him that 3+ invulnerable save, and bestowing him with the "Eternal Warrior" characteristic.  Selecting him as a Chapter Master would also allow him to fire his Orbital Bombardment while in terminator armor, having the "Relentless" ability.

Playing Inquisition gives me access to other neat tricks, like bringing in a contingency of Grey Knights, and taking Brother Captain Stern with the "Sanctuary" power, buffing the Captain to a 2+ invulnerable save.  Finally, attaching him to a Deathwing Terminator Command Squad, with an Apothecary attached, gave him the "Feel No Pain" ability, rolling off wounds on a 5+!!! 

I played him like this one time; he was expensive point wise, but it was sooooo nasty! I didn't have the heart after that, to bring him out in a friendly game again because I realized that in playing him as such, I might have become that "one guy" that nobody wants to play.

I try really hard to play my Deathwatch with the lore, and fluffy background, so he hasn't seen any combat since that game because he doesn't really fit my style of play...

  But he may fit yours! He is a fantastic model, and hope that he will find a good home! 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Inquisitor Lord Galandor Krom Reassigned!

Well, sadly with the parting of ways with my Grey Knight Army for 40k, I have not really been able to field this brilliantly painted and modeled Inquisitor Lord.  This is a second edition GW Rogue trader model that I have used for several years.  I just don't field him anymore now that I run a strictly Deathwatch Space Marine Army!  So he is going up for auction on Ebay:

He is incredibly customized with over eight different bits, pinned and master-painted with appropriate blends and highlights for a character model.  Armed with terminator armor, digital weapons, daemon hammer/halberd and psycannon (not shown), he has been the nemesis of many a fowl denizen from the warp!  Would love to find him a good home!

Friday, August 7, 2015

American Team Championship: Grey Knights Glory!

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the ATC or American Team Championship!  It is essentially the "power gamers" tournament for Warhammer 40,000 (40K), Warhammer Fantasy (which is now Age of Sigmar), as well as Hordes and Warmachine.  I have been a die-hard 40k fan since second edition.  I have always wanted to attend a major event like this, and decided to take a team of five to attend.

The tournament format with a team of five, is you draw a team and then the team captains roll-off for pairings between the different team-members.  My team had no delusions of glory, and since we are not power gamers (but more fluff players) we knew that we would have to "take it on the chin" in order to get bracketed lower tier in order to get more games of our liking.

While at the event, I had the opportunity to have a professional photographer take some pics of my army, so I thought I would take the time to post them up... so here are my Grey Knights!

Grand Master Kaldor Draigo, High Grand Master of the Grey Knight Space Marine Chapter.
Here he is modeled with a blood-letter of Khorne's head impaled on the mighty Sword of Titan!

My Warlord, Grey Knight Librarian Galandor Kree; he performed in a most amazing way for me during the tournament! Very pleased with his performance!

Inquisitor Lord Torquemeda Coteaz with his two-headed psyber eagle... many a daemonic foe has fallen to this hero of the imperium!

A Grey Knight Librarian, armed with a force staff and a combi-stormbolter.

The Nemesis Dreadknight: armed with a psychically charged psilencer and a psyflamer... it is an anathema to every foe the Grey Knights face!
Grey Knight Terminators taking orders from their Justicar...
Justicar Thaine barking orders at his holy Grey Knights to take down the Emperor's enemies!

The entire 1,850 points of my Grey Knight Nemesis Strike Force!
Had a great time at the ATC and really enjoyed the experience!
Thanks for taking a moment to look at my army!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Atlantic Coast Charity Cup: Capturing the Spirit!

Well, just got back from the ACCC hosted by Nate Beam, and the Knights of Columbus in Norfolk, VA.  Many of the participants in attendance have become friends over the last few years while rolling the dice on the Blood Bowl Pitch.  This year the even raised $2,500 dollars with the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project!  Very worthwhile venue!

I attended with young-blood Ryan, and former Marine Paul, as well as former soldier Jacob.  We got up at 0'Dark-thirty on Saturday morning to drive up, and play three games.  I finished 2-1-0 and had a great time! Everyone that I spoke with was in high spirits (yes, pun intended!) and having a good time!  I don't know why Blood Bowl attracts such awesome peeps... but if you don't play, you really should start!

Here are a few pics from the Mayhem had at the event:

My Orc team, the Bittersand Swamp Gators lining up to face off against Bob's Norse! (Yes, I drew two Norse players this tournament!)

Mike's Snow troll and Ulfwerner laying out two of my Orc Blitzers! Unfortunately for me... this was too frequent of a scene for my poor Orcs!

Mike's Snow troll ended up red-boxing eight of my players in my first match-up! He went on to take the "Most Violent" trophy for his ol'pal Dave "Doombeard" Dwarf-master... and somehow I managed a tie this game! ::Sheesh!::

Roy sharing war stories while several coaches finish up round two of their matches!

Jacob, Paul, and Ryan look on while Bob "The Barbarian" of Norsca strolls by while the lead tables wrap-up their matches!

Roy Miller's fantastic looking goblin team with the gobbos sculpted as Jawas from the epic film Star Wars, and the Trolls are sculpted as some kinda funky droid these little nippers probably sold on their goofy looking merchant barges!