So by prior arrangement Karitas and Admiral Drax came over to give me a hand. The idea was "just" to line up my iggies. That is all. The gettin' em out and puttin' em away again took the best part of seven hours.
So these photos are just a tease. Karitas brought his camera and his photography is soooo much better than mine. But there are reasons for his super competence; I tried a 'fly by' with my DSLR, there's someone cutting their grass somewhere nearby and the background noise makes it seem like drone footage. However, watching it back, you can clearly discern my footfalls from side to side. So that's not being posted.
Whilst we were doing this, Admiral Drax was posting on a closed group on fb. Which was almost instantly getting comments. Mostly about my mental state, judging by his cackling. Like it says in the title - three of us working for between six and seven hours could be twenty one hours - I'd not manage such a task in a on my own (and quite frankly, it would sap one's mojo in the end).
So here's some 'high level' airplane and titan level views from the back of the parade. And the main purpose of this is of course to publicly thank Karitas and Admiral Drax for all their help; this would literally not have happened without them. And the chances are, if you're reading this, that your continued support of this blog is one of the things that keeps it chuggin' along. So thank you as well.
I hope this has wetted your appetite - more parade picts soon !
And defending the Brick of Scrutiny today are some of the Knights of houses allied to the Warp Runners. These models are the old Eisnekarn (Dream Forge) Resin ones from the years before the Dream Forge Kick Starter. Painted by the Pirate Viking.
Both with one Vuclan Mega Bolter and one Knight close combat weapon. You can see the Heavy Stubber peaking out there from out of the pultron.
These two are colloquially known as Chas and Dave.
These guys might look smaller but if they needed a base they'd be the same height as the next two Knights.
These guys are known as Killi and Filli. One might think of the heroes of legend who were amongst the foremost warriors of their tribe who were loyal and valiant etc. But they are actually named after hamsters.
The four of them together are intended to keep titan killing weapons from the titans of the Warp Runners.
So here they are:
Phyladi Alpha and Phyladi Beta. There were also built and painted by the Pirate Viking Fabrication Yards.
Gotta love a Scouting titan group. Gonna get a group photo with Siph's maniple at some point.
They have a fairly small carbon footprint. Although this is largely due to circumstances, rather than an increased level of environmental awareness.
Jeff also painted the inside of one of them.
And just in case you were wondering how they sized up against both the Storm Lord AT AT and the ol' Iron Chick toy...
Now as I write and publish this, Admiral Drax is getting some attention on fb so there's more excitement coming soon.
Now age comes to us all. Actually it might not, but hopefully it does. One by-product of this is that my own past is now 'history' as far as some are concerned. I have had conversations with people about what is best described as 'corporate memory', specifically in the Army as that was our common point of reference. The army I was in was intended to slow and then hold the USSR's 3rd shock army as it tried to roll across West Germany (the FDR, a separate sovereign state - who knew ?).
Our skills, drills, equipment and exercises were all designed to that end. Since I left the army UK plc has fought wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and changed all of those skills, drills, equipment and exercises to fight different types of wars. So there are now great efforts underway to find a new modus operandi which once again sees NATO providing mitigation from Russian military expeditionism. But this isn't a dive into modern politics, come with me back to the days of Chukka Khan, Max Headroom, the Poll Tax riots and Live Aid:
Montgomery's 21st Army Group changed title to the British Army On (the) Rhine (BAOR) before the end of the 1940s. Roughly 50,000 British soldiers lived and worked in West Germany until very recently. The draw down began soon after the reunification of the two Germanys and really only finished a few years ago. The place I was stationed is apparently now and Aldi.
Anyway, as relations improved, eventually some bright spark somewhere decided in the late 1950s that it would be a good idea if the Bundeswehr were allowed to station a reciprocal Panzer Ableitung in the UK somewhere. Possibly to create something of an 'air gap' between them and neighbouring British units, the tank ranges at Castlemartin in Pembrokeshire were chosen. For 35 years a Leopard Regiment was stationed in SW Wales in the same way as I and thousands like me were stationed in the FDR.
This is the T-65 Strike Fighter, as flown in number by the PDF. Their two single crewed airframes were the locally reproduced lightening, flown in the air defence (interceptor) role and the T-65 Strike Fighter flown in the 'strike' or ground attack role.
Certainly with an internal bay holding a pair of air to ground (hunter killer) Anti armour missiles and its quad las cannons, it was an unwelcome reminder to 72AG that the PDF was still operative during their advance across the prairies of central Benq.
However, the Imperial Navy did maintain air superiority and the individual raiders were invariably hunted down.
I keep hearing "Open wings to attack formation" in my head. Of course the Thunderbolts did not everything their own way; as they closed in on Xyphoinca, they sometimes found themselves the hunted.
A Xana II (sing it, everyone ! who doesn't like ELO ?) lineage HellBlade in Black Legion colours.
The HellBlade must be extremely confident to take on two Thunderbolts; like I noted in the previous post, if it gets in front of Thunderbolt, it's toast.
However, the appearance of the forces of chaos proper, emerging from the warp will invariably trigger a response from those watching from the webway:
Void Dragon's might technically be pirates, by they're still Eldar. If they've appeared above Devos IV, then it wouldn't be coincidence. Here configured for an air superiority role.
Hurrah ! (and thanks to Andy BG) I really must dig out the transfers for these.
The HellBlade (based to match the Brick of Scrutiny) attempts to peel away. Possibly for the best.
Just to credit the artists, Karitas put one of these together and the paint is by Jeff at PVP.
I had a little time to myself and thought I'd get some toys out and share the love: My Thunderbolts. These are big ol' things, for 40K model flyers. Compared with anything else I've seen Thunderbolts have heft and presence, even compared to bigger models.
A decent pict of #9. As anyone who has read Mr Abnett's Battle of Britain story will know, they use the quad autocannons dog fighting and the TL las cannons to strafe. The thunderbolt is a heavily armed and armoured airframe. You wouldn't want to get in front of one.
Then the pair. Of course they hunt in pairs. And not just with their integral weapons. They 'go equipped' as the local law enforcement authorities here would say.
And what more stylish manner could there be of putting eight hellfires on the table ? Hunting for tanks.
Zoom. Whoosh. Eeeeeeoooooooooooww. pew pewpew.
Would this ever be worth the points ? What ?!?! am I kidding ? Who cares ?
1000 kg on the centre line with two 750kg free fall bombs on the inboard pylons. This option really needs dive bombing rules (gotta sort an avenger/stuka at some point)
500kg on each pylon. Because bombs. For when I just want to daisy chain blast markers across the board. 'Cause it's cinematic. Presumably in eighth, this doesn't happen. They just land with a splat.
Hunting other things; 'cause CAP are not all about sitting in the cab rank, waiting for an FAC to call you onto a target. 4x 50kg unguided GA rockets and 4x much bigger and more expensive AAM. Because sometimes they might need to shoot something down...
The lack of infantry resources for 3422AG is a thing which
came to the attention of the Lord General as a part of the usual monthly
discourse (which he likes to think of as “Strategic War Progress Conferences”
but are actually routine management meetings).
The Macharian 203rd were a part of the
reinforcement chain from the DM, brought in on the Optime 3. The Ordo Hereticus, having witnessed the
first part of the campaign, instruct the IG on Devos IV to reinforce 903 Div of
72AG. Lord General Zukhov’s intention to
send another infantry regiment to 3422AG made more military sense on one level,
although may just have encouraged him to order the formations east of the city
into action before they had adequate resources across all arms to achieve
optimal synergy for the forthcoming operations.
The People’s Libertine Army is no longer the former
Planetary Defence Force and a few add ons.
It is now roving bands of militia gangs eeking out a living in the ruins
of their once proud capital city. The
remnants of the PLA lack the organisation or resources to mount an offensive,
although still pose a threat to the forces investing the city and a significant
obstacle to final victory.
Comptrollor Bellormus has secured a Jornathi Unit, the Kula Conservator Cohort (KCC), an experienced and recently reconstituted Imperial
Guard formation from a world which has fought a multi-generational war against
Ork infestation. Assisted from the
outset by numerous Astartes formations, it’s only with recent strategic and
tactical interventions by the Mortifactors and Sons of Medusa (along with
massive IG reinforcements from Sector Command, spurred on my the Astartes
involvement) that the campaign has subsided to the level of ‘pest control’.
As with everything done by his Plenipotentiates, the Lord
General feigns disinterest and a desire for more, sooner and better. He has no idea what the DM has achieved in
resourcing his war; he has not asked about the KCC and so Comptroller Bellormus
has not told him. The KCC consists of
ten infantry regiments broadly formed on Tallarn lines
and one mechanised regiment.
Re-organised with their own post war identity even stronger
than before, the KCC’s constituent regiments have all been named after
significant actions which mean something to any student of Jornathi Military
History. Note that there is no ‘6th
Regt’ for obvious reasons. These honorifics did not exist during the Jornathi Ork Wars, as most of these honours stem from that conflict.
1st Suetonious Regt
2nd Usamiljen Regt
3rd Berhas Regt
4th Nizajain Regt
5th Oakenzid Regt
7th Bolasku (the 906ers) Regt
8th Grehazin Regt
9th Remits Maw Regt
10th Gruffmans Plaza Regt
11th Vasinus Honourias (The Old Guard) Regt
12th Rothresh Mechanised Regt
The KCC is headed by a Regent General. 3* General Muntenfur (the Plenipotentiate for
war, effectively the man running the war for the Lord General) has made the
Regent General a part of the Imperial General Staff, allowing the KCC to be
split between the two Corps of 3422AG.
Regiment numbers 1 to 5 will go to 44 Corps and regiment numbers 7 to 11
will go to 6 Corps with the 12th Regt being established, at least for the time
being, as the AG’s reserve.
What effectively happened after the KCC deployed was that as
they integrated in to the fabric of 3422AG, aided by the fact that their
titular head was in the Imperial General Staff (in fact becoming Muntenfur’s Deputy)
and that one of their constituent units formed the basis for the AG HQ, is that
by time 3422AG began their assault on Xyphonica in earnest, their C3
largely followed Jornathi procedures, allowing for a more cohesive performance
from all levels of command down to Battalion level.
of approximately 22000 men under arms. At
the end of the Jornath Wars, the KCC was no where near its TO&E and
received help not only in reconstituting itself, but as an exemplar IG
formation, acting as a cadre for rebuilding the PDF. Immediately after which it was demanded as
part of the planetary tithe by the DM.
And quite probably this has filtered down into the PDF – it is quite possible that there are no ‘No 6s’ anywhere in the Jornathi military, at least for the
reinforced by the Ankran 107th Mechanised Infantry, 5 battalions of
Chimerae mounted infantry. It would be
these men, along with the mechanised Jornathi who effectively formed another division,
plugging the gap torn in the Hrossy Yeomanry by the unexpected assault of the
World Eaters in the plastic millinery.
Indeed, the Regent General became CIGS (Chief of the Imperial General Staff)
after the first round of purges and succeeded Muntenfur after the second round
The lack of Orks, important role in the army at large, elevated position of the
Regent General and finding themselves a part of a functional, successful (so
far) campaign (as opposed to a cluster feth) all serve to bouy the morale of
the KCC, despite the regiments being assigned to different Corps within 3422AG;
something which the common soldier would probably not even notice anyway.
You may be aware that Vicky Lamb is relaunching her beastmen troops. This has caught the attention of some you and I said I would find picts of my goats to show you. Just to be explicit here; these were painted by Mr Lee's Painting Emporium, I just put them together. And boy, was that a pain in the arse. Oh well.
There they all are on the Brick of Scrutiny. Ten altogether, they make for a decent gang/kill team/whatever. They're also a nice addition to the Khorny bit of my CSM army. Although some of you will remember when the Imperial Army included beastmen (and human bombs).
The leader with giant axe and plasma pistol, why not ? Other guy with stolen Ultra smurf bolter.
The menagarie; GL (one handed when you're that big) Flamer with CC attachment and HB with UM shoulder pad and additional CC accessory (a flamer !)
Imperial Fist bolter...
And two giant axes along with face mounted jock strap with additional CC attachment.
Bolter and two las guns.
That last goat is wearing a Barcelona shirt. He doesn't get on with the GL toting goat, who is a Man U supporter.
They are supposed to look like they've looted, stolen and pillaged all their gear from others. Suitably piratical and so on. They are an excellent fun set and the one time they were used, they were played WYSIWYG, with the HB goat having that one shot flamer and one of the goats having a TL las rifle. But the killer was the one out of focus in the group of three at the top who has a bolter in each hand. They are tough, strong, aggressive and very killy without the indestructibility of Spayce Mareenz. What's not to like ?
Still not Devos IV content (sorry), but it's been a bit busy. But as it's just my hobby time which has been interrupted, I'm in no position to complain.
Anyway for one reason or another, I had to clear out a lot of the garage. Some of you know just how much there is in there. Those who remember the film clip will have a sense of how cluttered it is, but the rafters were pretty much jammed with stuff.
Anyway, clearing out and throwing away I did find caches of AD&D and Traveller stuff. Along with this:
A reminder that we live in a different world. Germany is not bisected by the Iron Curtain, the UK is about to leave the EU and China is screwing down on pro-democracy elements in Hong Kong. There is no reason that we should expect GW to behave in the way it did then, it might be nice, but then so would a lot of other things. Ho hum. Mail order trolls, indeed.
Amongst the stuff are character sketches in ink from my AD&D stuff from the early 1980s. It's all derivative; the trio of elves and pet sabre tooth kitty are very much taken from Liz Danforth's work; probably for the best.
This is an elf mage which I really loved. So those two works are now saved here for prosterity; the late teenaged me was creative. I discussed this with my Dad at the weekend (my sister and I took him out in London as a late birthday jaunt) and he reminded me of a pencil sketch which hung in the loo of my childhood home. It was a kestrel on a post, looking at the viewer over her shoulder. My Dad reminded me this had been the case and commented that the eyes of the kestrel seemed to follow the occupant around the room as he or she went about their business. Nice that he should remember to remind me of that.
Anyway, I thought some of you might find this interesting.