Monday, November 5, 2018

Horus Heresy Winter Event in Hamburg

Finally this year I am going to participate in an event with my fully painted Sons of Horus!ç

I am joining two other colleagues from Berlin and we go to Hamburg for the Horus Heresy Winter Event on the 10th and 11th of November.
You can find more information about it here, although only in German. This is an interesting event, which is not going to be really a tournament but rather a gathering of like-minded people that enjoy playing Horus Heresy. Reading the rules you can see that the guidelines for the Army creation are as follows:
  1. Saturday
    1. first match: 1000-1500 all Infantry, maximum 1 Contemptor + 2-3 Zone Mortalis Bases
    2. second match: 1500-2500
    3. Not decided, will be decided there
  2. Sunday
    1. Apocalypse or a big great battle
It is almost impossible to create some Army Lists that fits into the previous descriptions, because they are very vague, so I have created several lists and will bring my whole collection, so I can choose the most appropriate one for each match. I have tried to create ok-ish lists, but the goal as it is obvious from the description of the matches is not to be very competitive but rather have some fun and try to make things fit the Horus Heresy story arc.

Here is a summary of the lists I have:

Zone Mortalis  - 1000

  • Praetor, Power Sword, Artificer Armour, Bolt Pistol, Melta Bombs
  • Apothecary, Artificer Armour
  • Contemptor-Mortis, Extra Armour, Kheres Pattern Assault Cannon x2
  • Tactical Squad (11), Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Support Squad (6), Meltagun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Support Squad (6), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs

Zone Mortalis - 1500

  • Garviel Loken
  • Apothecary, Artificer Armour
  • Contemptor, Extra Armour, Kheres Pattern Assault Cannon, Chainfist
  • Reaver Squad (7), Chainaxe (3), Plasma Pistol, Chieftain, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Squad (11), Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Support Squad (6), Meltagun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Support Squad (6), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Heavy Support Squad (6), Missile Launcher, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
I have tried to create this one a bit different, in case we want to play a more narrative battle, with a small loyalist force lead by Loken trying to escape the traitorous Legions.

1000 - Option #1

  • Praetor, Jump Pack, Power Fist, Volkite Serpenta, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Apothecary (2), Artificer Armour
  • Contemptor-Cortus (2), Kheres Pattern Assault Cannon
  • Tactical Squad (17), Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Squad (17), Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Rite of War: The Long March

1000 - Option #2

  • Centurion, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Apothecary (2), Artificer Armour
  • Contemptor-Mortis, Kheres Pattern Assault Cannon x2
  • Tactical Squad (14), Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Squad (14), Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Support Squad (5), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs, Rhino

1000 - Option #3

  • Praetor, Jump Pack, Paragon Blade, Digital Lasers, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Apothecary, Artificer Armour
  • Contemptor-Mortis, Kheres Pattern Assault Cannon x2, Extra Armour
  • Assault Squad (9), Sergeant, Power Fist, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Squad (11), Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Sicaran Battle Tank, Lascannon
  • Rite of War: The Long March
The three 1000 Points lists are very similar, with small variations, I have successfully tested the Option #3, and it's the one I like the most, but I am not sure if Tanks would be allowed or not.

1500 - Option #1

  • Praetor, Jump Pack, Power Fist, Iron Halo, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Apothecary, Artificer Armour
  • Contemptor-Cortus, Kheres Pattern Assault Cannon
  • Contemptor-Cortus, Multi-melta, Chainfist
  • Veteran (9), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Rhino
  • Veteran (9), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Rhino
  • Reaver (12), Jump Packs, Chainaxe (3), Power Fist, Chieftain, Artificer Armour
  • Sicaran Battle Tank, Lascannon
  • Rite of War: Pride of the Legion

1500 - Option #2

  • Praetor, Jump Pack, Power Fist, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Contemptor-Cortus (2), Kheres Pattern Assault Cannon
  • Contemptor-Cortus, Multi-melta, Chainfist
  • Veteran (9), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Rhino
  • Veteran (9), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Rhino
  • Reaver (9), Jump Packs, Chainaxe (4), Power Fist, Chieftain, Artificer Armour
  • Sicaran Battle Tank, Heavy Bolter
  • Rite of War: Chosen Duty
For the 1500 lists I have tried something different, which is, not using Tactical Squads at all, and just going with veterans for the fun of it.

2000 - Option #1

  • Abaddon, Justaerin Terminator (5), Chainfist (3), Multi-melta, Lightning Claws, Power Fist
  • Apothecary (2), Artificer Armour
  • Contemptor-Cortus, Kheres Pattern Assault Cannon
  • Contemptor-Cortus, Multi-melta, Chainfist
  • Veteran (8), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Rhino
  • Veteran (8), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Rhino
  • Reaver (9), Jump Packs, Chainaxe (4), Power Fist, Chieftain, Artificer Armour
  • Spartan Assault Tank
  • Rite of War: Pride of the Legion

2000 - Option #2

  • Praetor, Cataphractii, Digital Lasers, Paragon Blade Justaerin (9), Chainfist (3), Multi-melta, Lightning Claws, Power Fist (3)
  • Apothecary (2), Artificer Armour
  • Tactical Squad (14), Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Squad (14), Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Support Squad (7), Meltagun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs, Rhino, Extra Armour
  • Sicaran Battle Tank, Auxiliary Drive, Heavy Bolter Sponsors
  • Spartan Assault Tank, Armoured Ceramite, Hunter-killer Missile
  • Rite of War: The Long March
For the 2000 options, I tried one with Abaddon, simply because I never played with it so far and the other one in case Special Characters should not be used.

2500 - Option #1


  • Horus
  • Apothecary, Artificer Armour
  • Contemptor-Cortus, Kheres Pattern Assault Cannon
  • Contemptor-Cortus, Multi-melta, Chainfist
  • Justaerin (5), Chainfist (3), Multi-melta, Lightning Claws, Power Fist
  • Tactical Squad (19), Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs
  • Tactical Support Squad (8), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs, Rhino
  • Veteran Tactical Squad (8), Plasma gun, Sergeant, Artificer Armour, Rhino
  • Sicaran Battle Tank, Auxilary Drive, Heavy Bolter Sponsors
  • Sparta Assault Tank, Auxiliary Drive,
  • Rite of War: Primarch's Chosen
Finally, the 2500 list is just a full-blown Horus list with Terminators and all of my tanks, just for the pleasure of fielding them. I have no clue how to play with Horus though, but I could imagine he is a tough nut to crack!

Let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas on what to change!

I am hoping to see some cool armies, meet nice people and have lots of fun. I won't have time to write full battle reports, but I will try to take some photos and post an after-battle action report.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Konrad Venkel

I am really happy to share this post because it is the last one of the Kickstarter!!
The next post will be a happy family photo.
I decided I would paint this guy as a kind of Chaotic Elf, that is why he has such a clean armour and bright colours. I think it plays nicely with the rest of the band, that really show the colourful oldhammer style of Chaos, with many different colours.
I like how the tones of the white cape are blended together, I used glazes in that case and I think they turned out more or less ok. Will try again.

Painted in 2018



Monday, October 8, 2018

Possessed

These are two figures with the same body and different options for head and arms that came as a Possessed pack in the Kickstarter.
I chose to the first one to paint it as a kind of samurai style warrior, with a single sword and no shield, then I painted him in bright yellow for a contrast. I think it turned out nice.
I played a bit more with weird heads and arms for the other one, and I gave him a very mutated body, I am not fully convinced by it, but anyway, the other options were also not appealing.

Painted in 2018





I realized after painting these warriors that I have at least one of each basic colour to play Parchís, so for sure it will be the name of this group within the band :)



Monday, October 1, 2018

Gorkus the Exile

I was not sure if I should pick this orc up or not on the Pantheon of Chaos Kickstarter.
On one hand, I love orcs, but on the other, I am not so sure about Chaos Orcs. In any case I picked it up and here you can see it.
I tried to follow the classical orc scheme with leather, metal and red but with the extra add of a chaotic claw that I painted pink to match the others in the band and the tail that is also painted green but with some pink dots to show the chaotic mutation.
The figure is quite nice to paint although quite bad to photograph, due to the pose. You can only really see the face in the last pic, but it is overexposed.
The shield, as all of the shields from the Kickstarter, is great and nicely sculpted.

Painted in 2018




Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Lightbox

For almost four years now I have been using a custom-built light box and a reflex with a tripod to take my pictures.
The problem with that is that the setup is very cumbersome and I tend to accumulate too many figures to photograph and I am basically lazy to set it up. I have been checking around to see if I could get one of the nice foldable lightboxes, but they were a bit expensive, so I never bought one.
Until the other day I was told that Flying Tiger has one for 5€. Obviously, I went there and grabbed one and I started to use it.
I have been using it for the past few posts and either nobody noticed the difference or nobody cared, but this setup takes 30 seconds to configure. Just unfold the box, and shoot the photos with the phone, so I am really happy.
Here you can see a pic of the box and some comparisons of the same figure with different backgrounds.






Monday, September 24, 2018

Shaggoth

Although this figure is not really oldhammer, I always loved it, therefore, I chose it long ago to be THE monster of my Chaos Warband. I bought it second hand, so it is the metal one, not the resin copy, it weights quite a lot, although the assembly was great.
I have chosen a simple classic palette to paint it, brownish flesh and green for the dragon body, then some red and gold for the armour and such.
I am quite satisfied with the overall look, it is quite menacing.
The blood on the blade took me a while to prepare, as I wanted a kind of splash effect and somehow the feel of different layers and different shades of blood, you can tell me if I managed to do it or not.
All in all it was a real pleasure to paint this, I tried a few new things on the flesh and the results were quite good, so I will keep on using them.
But I am also happy that I got to finish it as it has been standing in my pile of to-do for over a year.
Painted in 2018










Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ettin

For today I have another of the great oldhammer style monsters sculpted by Diego Serrate, the Ettin. In this case, due to the sheer size of it, I asked him to deliver it in resin as opposed to metal that I chose for the rest of the figures. I think it was a great choice as the details were captured perfectly and there was not a single error in the figure. I do not know who is the manufacturer for Diego, but they rock!

This figure stands quite tall, you will see on the family photo that I will post in a few weeks, it is taller than the Tainted Troll and it's almost as the Shaggoth.

It was a bit challenging to paint it, because it is mainly flesh, wood and leather; all brownish colours, which can make the figure just a blur of different shades of brown. I tried my best to differentiate each part and to tone up and down the colours to make sure they were not all mixed, there are also plenty of glazes to give a bit of colour to some areas of the flesh to show the decay of Chaos or some latent mutations. I hope that all of this effort has payed off, as I look at the figure, I do not see just a blur of the same colour so I think I manage to achieve what I wanted, but you tell me.

To break a little bit the more or less empty base, I put in a familiar that was given as a free perk on the Kickstarter, as it is pointing somewhere, I think it adds a little nice effect as the Ettin does not look like the sharpest mind around.

I think the nicest part of the figure are the faces, in particular, the Cyclops one, with the massive eye. I tried my best to make a fully detailed eye, there is a close-up in which you can see that I painted the little veins around it and some light reflection, it's the first time that I do it and I can say that I will try it again as I liked the effect.

As a last note I will mention that these photos have been made with a lightbox from Flying Tiger that cost me 5€, so that I could retire the home-made one that I have been using since 2015. The pictures have been taken with a phone, but I think they have more or less the same quality as before, and the process is simply ten times faster.

'Nuff said, I will let the pics speak for themselves!














Painted in 2018