Monday, March 24, 2008

A New Squad -

Yes, my army is through the modeling phase and on to painting...

But that doesn't mean I can't model a new unit, right?

I thought not.

For a few years now I have had a standing Deathwatch Kill Team that has never really seen combat beyond a skirmish with some Tyranids a couple years back. They sit on the shelf. They look nice, and they always bother me that there are ten marines that I can't do a thing with.

I was playing a game with my friend who is in the Air Force this past weekend, and his marines were tough. A bit of min-maxing and doing stuff that probably won't make it into the next Codex (like 6-man Las/Plas squads with Razorbacks w/TL-Las), but overall a fun game. I lost, but it was close, and he never imagined that I'd give him the beating I did before succumbing to my own grevious wounds.

Well, the game got me thinking about what I was missing in the Wolves army. Not necessarily in my list, but just in my army in general. After some thought, I hit it: A Grey Hunters pack that shoots stuff up beyond reason.

So, my modeling project for this week will be to turn my Deathwatch Kill Team into a Grey Hunters pack with the following load-out:

9 Grey Hunters
- 2 Plasma Pistols
- 2 Power Fists
- Plasmagun
-Wolf Guard Pack Leader
--Plasma Pistol
--Power Fist
- Drop Pod

I'd like the unit to replace the Wolf Guard Battle Leader and his terminators, as that unit, I have found, can sometimes find itself out of the actions and away from harm. And that's the last place I need that unit to be. The unit above is also cheap enough for me to upgrade my Dreadnought to Venerable (thus filling in the now empty HQ slot), which is one thing I haven't been completely sold on with my other 2000 point list.

For Russ,


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Saddest Part -

Well, I have come to what is for me the saddest part of any army project. I am done with the modeling of my Space Wolves models. Oh sure, there might be another squad or character in the future, but my army is done being modeled. I started this run back in January, with the ultimate beginnings of the project located somewhere in 2006.

Next comes the painting, and more importantly, the playing. I will probably be taking the Wolves into my local gaming store now for games.

As I get units painted and fight many glorious battles I will, of course, continue to keep you posted. But I thought it noteworthy to consider the end of my favorite part of the process.

For Russ,


Friday, March 7, 2008

The Predator Annihilator

A friend of mine recently pointed me to the article in Index Astartes IV that talks about the Predator tank. According to the article, the Space Wolves themselves are fully responsible for the Annihilator variant of the Predator.

Well, I couldn't in good faith sit around and not have one for my Space Wolves! So, in the coming few days I will be building a Predator Annihilator for my Space Wolves in order to have it as an option, my only Heavy Support option to date, actually. I like that the article itself supports a stroy reason why I would have a Predator and not a Long Fang Pack. I like those units, but the cost prohibits me using them in my army.

I did a bit of searching, but I can't find any place online that has the Index Astartes article I am talking about. However, the article can be found in White Dwarf 271, I believe.

For Russ,


Monday, March 3, 2008

New Rune Priest -

From the ashes of one model, rises another. When I originally bought the Forge World Terminator upgrades for the Space Wolves, one of the models was made into an Ordo Malleus Inquisitor. After a few years of constantly changing and being unsatisfied with the model, I decided to disassemble it and turn it into a Rune Priest.

The total process took me the better part of a day, and the model is comprised of parts from the Space Marines Assault Terminator box, Forge World upgrades, Grey Knights Terminator weaponry, Space Wolves Venerable Dreanought standard, and Space Wolves plastic upgrade sprue.

He is pictures below after a round of spray paint, before touchups and detailing.

On the battlefield, the Rune Priest will be have the following equipment:

- Terminator Armour
- Rune Staff
- Frost Blade or Rune Weapon
- Runic Charm
- Wolf Tooth Necklace

For Russ,