Bikes! Death Company! Something Else!

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The Meltagun is in focus. That’s the important part.

The bikes are done!

Interestingly enough, these are the fist Space Marine bikers I’ve ever painted! And I’ve been playing this game since about 1994!

So yeah, they turned out decently enough, I suppose.

Except for the crappy spray sealant, which made the paint job look…misty… I guess.

 

But even better, I finished the DEATH COMPANY miniatures! The last five out of fifteen! Now I’m really ready for 8th edition!

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No more striking last in combat, bitch!

 

With the Death Company done, now it’s time to take a little break from Blood Angels, as I now finally have enough painted for a proper 2000 point game.

 

What then, am I going to paint?

Including Blood Angels, I have a total of eight armies for 40k: Crimson Fist Marines, Chaos Marines, Eldar, Tyranids, Necrons, Imperial Guard, and Orks.

The Crimson Fists, Chaos Marines, and Eldar are all pretty much done (Okay, the Biel Tan Eldar are only about halfway there) so out of the rest, I think the most likely choice is Orks.

Let’s get this WAAAAGH started!

 

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Scratch-built Dred! It’s dead ‘ard!

 

My Orks have been neglected for a long time. I have Space Orks that date all the way back to the Rogue Trader era that I picked up to add to games of Space Hulk, probably around 1990 or so.

 

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GorkaMorka-era Wartrakks! Finally ready to fight!

 

I’ve got Ork crap from every edition to date, but I don’t think I’ve fielded an army since 3rd edition, or maybe 4th.

All that changes as of now!

The Blood Angels are official on hold, ’cause here come da Orks!

 

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Rogue Trader dreadnaught! Now it’s a Killer Kan! (gonna need a repaint, though)

Even better, we should soon have a new battle report! Exciting times!

Assault marines inbound!

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Assault Marines don’t hold still for ANYTHING!

With the impending release of 8th edition, now is the time to get these guys ready for action! Normally I never bother to field assault marines, because normally assault is such a pain in the ass.

You can deep strike, but you gotta sit there for a turn and get shot to pieces, that’s if you didn’t scatter off the board. You can chuck the jump packs and stick ’em in a transport (a Rhino if you’re cheap, a Land Raider if you’re spendy) but then that fucking thing gets one-shotted and the dazed survivors have to slog it across the board on foot anyway.

You can just start bounding across the board and hope all of the dangerous terrain tests don’t thin out your squads too much, and then still end up striking last in close combat right after you get riddled by snap fire while going in.

But now I hear that 8th is gonna be the Close Combat edition!

Glory to the Emperor!

As long as I’m going with a Fast Attack theme for the moment, here’s another long-neglected unit (by me) space Marine bikes!

These beauties are next, to be followed by the remaining marines in the DEATH COMPANY!

Mephiston, Lord of Death! (and pals)

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I’m just here to kick ass. Nevermind the bubblegum.

When I sorted through all of the Blood Angel miniatures that I got from the Fallen Gamer’s estate sale, I quickly found that I had acquired all of the characters, minus Tycho.

And let’s be honest, you really need TWO versions of that guy.

The first one that I decided to get out of the way was good ol’ Mephiston. Being as Close Combat is apparently gonna be a thing in 8th edition, I have high hopes for this Sonofabitch.

Now, he’s probably going to be running around with the Death Company, but in case not, and also just because, I went ahead and painted up the Sternguard Veterans that I had sitting in the miniature case of holding.

 

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Aaaagh! Leggo of me, giant! Oh wait…no fear…no fear…

 

I have these same guys painted up with my Crimson Fist army, but I kinda like the newbies better. But that’s more than likely just the ‘New Miniature Factor’ talking.

 

Overpriced, yes. Cool as shit looking, yes again. To be perfectly honest, I almost never, ever run Sternguard (or Vanguard) marines. But hey, I’ve got ’em, so I might as well paint ’em right?

 

Finally, here’s the next unit on the painting block, JUMP MARINES!

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“Might as well…”

Devastators: Done!

I finally got these suckers knocked out!

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We are ready to mow some (lightly armoured) shit down!

I still have another devastator squad left to paint, but that one is armed with more reasonable things, like Lascannons and Missile Launchers, as opposed to simply ork killers  Imperial Guard killers  Astra Milti  Heavy Bolters.

Actually, I’ve been a busy little bee painting away getting ready for 8th edition!

By the Emperor’s Teeth, it looks glorious!

And even better, it doesn’t look like a Byzantine mess of a rule system. Hell, it actually looks…dare I say it…fun?

But man, I’ll be damned if I ditch my hundreds and hundreds of Space Marines for those damn Primaris Marines!

They’re so tall, though…

Next up, some Command units!

Things that blow up things!

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The mighty Dreadnaught! (Well, maybe they’ll be mighty in 8th edition…)

Even though they never seem to last that long for me on the tabletop, I’ve always loved Dreadnaughts!

This one came in the original grab-bag that I got from the estate sale where I picked up the Blood Angels collection. All of my other Dreads are from 2nd edition, and therefore are made of metal- except for my scratch-built Ork Dred.

If we ever get around to doing that Ork-Blood Angels battle, I’ll post some pics of it on here.

 

Besides the Dreadnaught, I’ve also started on these guys:

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Devastator Marines! Armed with Ork-killin’ Heavy Bolters!

Yeah, I know I said I was sick of painting Blood Angels, but maybe I was just sick of painting Blood Angel scouts.

 

So that means these guys are up next!

Predator tank, ready to be destroyed!


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I’m cheaper than a Land Raider! And less of a target, too!

Ah, the ubiquitous Predator tank! A mainstay of every Space Marine army, and better on your wallet than a Land Raider as well!

I already have a Baal Predator in the collection, painted by our Lost Gamer:

Stormraven and Baal Predator

Ooh, lookit the Flying (not as tough) Land raider!

But now I have a base (well, I guess not base, considering all of the Las-cannons) Predator for a total of two.

I don’t usually run with vehicles all that often, because of the tendency for them to get destroyed so easily. (and thus ruining your entire day)

Anyhow, vehicles always paint up quick for me, as opposed to infantry. So I guess this has rejuvenated my desire to paint Blood Angels, which means the TOTALLY DIFFERENT * things will have to wait a bit. Instead, I’ll paint a Dreadnaught.

*I don’t play Bolt Action, I play Disposable Heroes. But you use the same crap, and I have that boxed set.

The scouts are finally done!

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Ready to snipe!

Man! It only took me a month to get these bastards done! So I suppose it was inevitable that progress would slow down; painting is time-consuming.

Plus, sad to say I’m getting mighty sick of painting Blood Angels to the exclusion of everything else!

On the other hand, I think these fellas turned out alright:

Next up, as promised- the Predator tank!

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“I’m here! Shoot me! Kill me now!”

After the Predator, however…it’ll be something TOTALLY DIFFERENT.