Tactical Squad one is ready!

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This flock looks like shag carpet! Whatever, for the Emperor!

Two units down, eleventy-billion to go!

I will admit that working with the black-primer miniatures was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Those Citadel base colors really do their job!

The basing flock was from the original owner’s collection, and that’s what the other painted miniatures were based with, so I’ve stuck with it.

It looks better in person than in pictures, actually.

So next up will be…

DEATH COMPANY!

Battle Report!

The Forces: Crimson Fists vs Iron Hands, 1850 points

It’s going to be a while before the Blood Angels are ready to take the field, so instead we decided to do some sweet marine on marine action!

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Successor Chapter our ass! We were on the cover of Rogue Trader, dammit!

Crimson Fist Marines, 1850 pts:

HQ  165 pts

Librarian Psyker level 2 w/ Terminator armor and Shield Eternal

Elite 225 pts

5 Assault Terminators w/ Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield

Elite 270 pts

10 Legion of the Damned w/ Meltagun & Multimelta

Elite 270 pts

10 Legion of the Damned w/ Meltagun & Multimelta

Troops 160 pts

10 Tactical marines w/ Lascannon

Troops 160 pts

10 Tactical marines w/ Lascannon

Fast Attack 180 pts

3 Landspeeders w/ Multimelta

Heavy Support 220 pts

10 Devastators w/ 4 Lascannons

Heavy Support 200 pts

10 Devastators w/ 4 Missile Launchers

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Well, the Knight is painted. Does the rest of this crap even matter?

Iron Hand Marines, 1846 pts:

HQ 95 pts

Librarian Psyker level 1 w/ bike

HQ 110 pts

Master of the Forge w/ Conversion Beamer

HQ 260 pts

5 Command Squad Marines W/ Gravguns, Bikes, Storm Shield & Veteran status

Elite 375 pts

10 Sternguard Veterans W/ Rhino, Sgt W/ Melta Bombs & combi-Gravgun

Troops 265 pts

10 scouts w/ Heavy bolter, camo cloaks, & 8x sniper rifles

Troops 113 pts

7 marines w/Plasma cannon

Heavy Support 140 pts

Predator tank w/ Lascannon & Lascannon side sponsons

Heavy Support 140 pts

Predator tank w/ Lascannon & Lascannon side sponsons

Heavy Support 100 pts

Thunderfire cannon w/ Techmarine gunner

Allied Detachment 375 pts

Knight Paladin w/ Heavy Stubber, Rapid-fire battle cannon, & Reaper Chainsword

The battle: Round one!

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Is that big bastard out of range?

It seems that every time my buddy Andy and I play for 40k, he sets up and shoots first.

It seems that way because it’s the truth.

By some miracle, I somehow won the first turn, and by an even greater miracle, he did not seize the initiative.

I piled all of my squads into the ruined buildings at the back end of my side of the table, and he did pretty much the same on his side.

Crimson Fists:

Everyone stayed put except for my Landspeeders, which worked their way up the flank and ducked behind a ruined building.

Tactical squad One shot at the Knight with a Lascannon and missed. Tac squad Two shot at a predator with a Lascannon…and missed.

The Lascannon Devastators were too far away to do anything to anything, except maybe shout “For the Emperor!” or some such.

The Missile Launcher Devastators fired with pin-point accuracy on his scouts hiding in a building, direct hitting four times!

For all of that, only one lousy scout died.

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Here come the bikers with their Cheese Grav Guns!

Iron Hands:

His Knight, Rhino, Predators, and bikers advanced.

The Knight fires the battle cannon at Tac squad Two, wastes four marines and damages  two of my Landspeeders. He split-fires the Heavy Stubber at Tac squad One and gets nothing.

The bikers then shoot Tac squad One with Gravguns and kill two of them.

The Thunderfire cannon destroys my two damaged Landspeeders, and then his scouts return fire at my ML Devastators but do no harm.

The Master of the Forge ponders the nature of the Machine Spirit and does nothing. (He forgot about him)

Round two!

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Here we are, fresh from Hell! Say, is that a Thunderfire Cannon over there?

Crimson Fists:

One Squad of Legion of the Damned Deep Strikes in, the other one gets delayed.

They promptly melt the Thunderfire cannon, but somehow the gunner survives.

The surviving Landspeeder moves out into the open, because screw it. It shoots at the Rhino carrying his Sternguard Veterans…and does nothing. The ML Devastators shoot one of his Predators into a pile of Junk, whilst everyone else misses.

Well, the LC Devastators hit the Knight, but his shields held, so that’s basically the same as missing.

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Iron Hands:

The Bikers redeploy to face the Legion of the Damned who have materialized to their rear.

The bikers kill 3 Legion squad members, because I can’t roll an invulnerable 3++ save for shit.

His tac squad in the ruined building where the Thunderfire cannon used to be unload on the Legion from a few floors up…and do nothing.

The Knight moves up and unloads everything at the LC Devastators, killing two non-heavy weapon marines.

His scouts kill two ML Devastators, one of them being an actual missile launcher marine!

His Sternguard shoot at the Landspeeder from the safety of their Rhino, and somehow miss the thing.

The Master of the Forge shoots at the ML Devastators and misses.

In the assault phase, the Knight charges Tac squad One, and kills the shit out of three marines…but then he’s locked in close combat!

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Round Three!

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Hey Lucius, did you hear the laughter of thirsting Gods just now?

Crimson Fists:

The second Legion of the Damned squad finally shows up, shoots at the bikers and fails to do any damage.

The Landspeeder shoots its Multimelta at the Sternguard Rhino…and again comes up empty!

Tac squad two on the other hand finally pop open the Rhino like the tin can that it is and kill one of the Sternguard in the resulting explosion. Thank the Emperor for Lascannons!

The ML Devastators obliterate two more Sternguard, while the LC Devastators fry one of the bikers.

The Legion of the Damned, both squads, fail to dispatch anything whatsoever.

The Terminators, led by the Librarian (who can’t hurt the thing) charge the Knight and do two HP worth of damage!

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Whaddya mean we can only hit the front armor? We’re looking at this thing’s asshole!

Iron Hands:

Predator number two backs up and turns to face squad two of the Legion, shoots and misses.

The Sternguard pile into some nearby ruins away from the destroyed Rhino, shoot wildly at the ML Devastators and miss.

The scouts shoot at the same squad and hit, but the Power armor saves! His Tac squad unload on Legion squad two and kill two. The bikers do exactly the same thing.

The Master of the Forge shoots at ML Devastators and misses (again)

The Techmarine gunner charges Legion squad one…and is ripped to pieces.

The Knight stomps a couple of terminators into a fine Ceramite paste.

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Round Four, the final round!

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These dead guys, how tough can they really be?

Crimson Fists:

The Landspeeder finally does something! It flies over to Predator two and gets a glancing hit, taking off a hull point! Money well spent! (right)

Unimpressed by this, Legion squad two turns towards Predator two and melts it into slag.

Mildly impressed by this, Legion squad one frags four more of his tactical marines in the building they’ve been fighting over.

Both Devastator squads fail to damage anything that they shoot at, and all of the Terminators (except the Librarian) die horribly in close combat, but they do manage to knock off two more hull points from the Knight for a total of four.

That is where we called the game on account of time. It was still anyone’s game at that point, as the Iron Hands had yet to go.

Woo! Next game will be 2000 points of Blood Angels vs Orks!

Whenever I get enough BA stuff painted, at any rate.

On the painting front, the first Tactical squad is finished, and now I’m working on a squad of Death company. Pictures to follow next time!

 

Tactical squad nearly online, sir!

Hoo Boy!

I’m working my way deeper into the mound of miniatures, and now I’m close to finishing Tactical squad number one (of three)

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Ready for action!

It seems that Citadel Paints Mephiston Red really does the trick for tackling black primer; at least it’s working for me. Now what do I do about yellow when I get to the assault marines? (for their helmets!)

I’m certainly no Golden Demon award winner, but like I said, i can at least do a decent tabletop standard. Here’s the rest of the lads:

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We’ll fight so much better once we’re properly based!

I stumbled across some Nuln Oil gloss wash, and thought I’d give it a try. Results are…meh.

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You say shiny, I say oiled and ready for action! Wait a second…

NEXT time will be the battle report of the Crimson Fist marines vs the Iron hands!

Maybe.

It’s a lot of writing, and I’m somewhat lazy…

Priming today for a better tomorrow!

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With all of these things to recommend it, how do you say no?

I’ve met a handful of people Heretics who do not prime miniatures, and that always shocks the hell out of me!

My God man! How can you not prime? It’s one of the elementary principals of miniature painting!

Anyhow…

If you have been following this project, then you know that I purchased a large Blood Angels army from an estate sale.

Over half of the army was assembled and primed, but it was primed in black, which to me presents a challenge.

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Apart from the crappy priming job, look how crisp our detail is!

 

I prime my miniatures predominantly with white primer, because I think it makes it easier to see (and therefore pick out) detail.

I realize that there is a time and a place for black primer, and for me that is if I plan on doing a large amount of dry-brushing, like I eventually plan on doing with my five hundred or so Zulu warriors, whenever the hell I can find time for that project.

Every great once in a while, I’ll prime with grey, but that’s usually because I’m out of white primer and I’m too lazy to run to the store to buy some more.

This is one place you can go a little cheaper!

I really mean it!

I’ve used the insanely expensive GW primers (only once) and I have to tell you, the four-dollar stuff works just fine.

I’ve never had any problems with it, and I’ve been priming this crap for twenty-odd years!

Okay, I picked up the somewhat more expensive Pitt Bull paint at the Porter Paint store near my house, because it was closer than Home Depot, but that’s laziness kicking in, and not thriftiness.

Rust-oleum is about four bucks a can, and works quite well.

Anyhow, I’ve decided to forge ahead with this tactical squad using our Fallen Gamer’s original black primer, just to see what results I’ll get.

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I’m not entirely displeased with the results, but I’m not entirely happy, either.

All of these are works-in-progress, so maybe I’ll be happier with the finished product?

I suspect I’ll be re-priming the rest of this stuff white…

First Squad, we’re going in!

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Have Lightning Claws, will travel. And then kill things when we get there.

Alright! The first unit is officially finished!

Well, except for the protective coat.

But you’d never know that if I didn’t just tell you, right?

Man, I really love painting Terminators! So much open space to work with! And guys armed with Lightning Claws?

Hell, that hardly takes any effort at all!

Altogether, I think we’re off to a fine start here.

I guess this means I have to start on the second unit, though. (This whole blog idea will be pretty short-lived if I don’t)

Next on the painting block will be…

 

Tactical Marines!

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Sure, we’re basic troops, but Goddamn we kick ass!

I was kind of torn here, to be honest, because normally I prime white, not black, and I was thinking about stripping and re-priming these suckers.

The main problem with that is my paint-stripper of choice, Goof-Off, will eat the plastic like it was nothing, and as those arms and bolt-guns are plastic…bad idea.

The other option was to just spray white primer over the black, but that covers up detail, so I’m gonna bite the bullet and paint over black.

We’ll see how that goes.

Next time will be a primer on primer!

But they’re so…tiny…

When I started this Blood Angels project, I totally forgot that I already had another complete Blood Angels army.

In Epic.

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Remember Epic? Specifically SPACE MARINE?

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DAKKA DAKKA, BABY!

No, not this version, venerable though it might be.

I mean 2nd Edition SPACE MARINE!

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Now with Eldar!

Arguably, this is the best version of the 40k universe that they ever put out. In my mind, nothing before or since has equalled it (although NetEpic ain’t too bad) and nothing has bettered it.

But yeah, I have a mighty large Epic Blood Angels army that somehow slipped my mind that I had it (not surprising, since I have so damn many miniatures) Here’s a portion of it:

Ah, the glory days of GW, back when they made awesome games like Space Hulk and Blood Bowl! (wait, they’ve brought those back)

I mean the glory days of 2nd Edition Warhammer 40k, when the war-torn, Grimdark future was much more…colorful.

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Look at all that glorious cardboard!

Our Fallen Gamer had some older material in his collection, some things going back even to the Rogue Trader era.

Speaking of Rogue Trader, I have yet another connection to the Blood Angels, in the form of my 1st edition Space Hulk metal miniatures:

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In any case, I will soldier on with this project, safe in the knowledge that my connection with the Blood Angels is a strong one!

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I’m a poor man’s Titan, ma!

Next time we should see the finished Terminator squad!

For my three readers out there, don’t expect daily updates, but I’ll try to be as regular as possible!

By the Emperor! What heresy is this?

Pink Space Marines??

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By the teeth of the living God-Emperor, it matters not what colour the power armour be; It is the might of the bolter and chain-sword that will prevail! Or, er, the Lightning-claw as well!

Okay, okay, okay. Not really.

Although, I imagine it would be great fun to curb-stomp some beardy power-gamer with Purty Pink Power-armoured Space marines, this is merely the second stage of painting the Blood Angels Terminators.

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See? A nice manly red!

(not that any color is more womanly or manly than any other color. C’mon people, it’s 2017 here)

Actually, that red is still a few shades from being done. Our heroic marine here will look a lot darker when he’s finished.

Now, you may be wondering why these guys have been assembled as Assault Terminators, rather than the Tactical Terminators that were clearly on the box.

The answer is simple:

Our departed gamer already had a squad of tactical terminators painted and assembled:

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We’re Flesh Tearers, by gum! Not some crummy unknown founding pink marine chapter!

So I instead went with the Lightning Claws that I had left over from my own Crimson Fist Marine army.

Yeah, I know according to the meta, Thunder Hammer and Storm shield are the way to go for Assault (because of that sweet 3++ save) but I like lightning claws.

More importantly, I had them just laying around, and even more importantly, there was a five man Tactical Terminator squad already painted.

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LIGHTNING JAZZ-HANDS OF DEATH

Next time, I’ll post the finished squad, and figure out what to paint next!