Hobby – 5 lovely Raptors

Converting combi-plasmas for terminators is a bitch. So in between slicing weapons into teeny-tiny pieces and realigning them, I’ve been working on the new raptors. In game they will be armed with meltaguns, but I eventually decided to give them a couple of melta-pistols I have from a friend that were destined to become combi-meltas for some of my Iron Warriors infantry. I also couldn’t resist and armed the champion with a pair of claws. Maybe in some games I’ll actually give him the equipment in the roster too, as well as making them veterans. May prove fun, if I can spare the points. Well, last night I just finished the 5th of them. They’re built mostly stock, some spiky bits trimmed, one has his chainsword replaced, two more got death company hands together with their pistols.

Enough rambling though, here they are:

Update: Thanks to a friend, the squad now has a name, too – Squad Moloch.

Soon(tm) – right after I get my hands on two more plasma pistols, I will be adding a couple of posts with all my terminators. Gotta say, I’m really proud of how these guys are turning up 😀

Now, iif only I could decide what spiky warband to make… Alpha Legion is a prime contender, they’ve been close to my heart since I started the hobby. The Scourged are pretty awesome too. And there’s always the option of making my own twisted version… We shall see.

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Iron Warriors – Iapethon’s Grand Company

Iapethon’s Grand Company

Warsmith Iapethon – while often seen leading from the front, Iapethon is by no means a duelist with qualms of honour – he will not hesitate to swiftly terminate an enemy commander’s opposition with a single shot from his combi-melta. The mission always comes first. Nevertheless, he proudly displays his bionic augmentations to show he’s survived more fights than most of his enemies have heard of.

Terminator brethren
Dorvael – proud of his resilience and skill in combat; favours a huge, double bladed chainfist
Dehrec – favours a pair of lightning claws, always eager to cut apart enemy champions, desires Dorvael’s position as leader
Gorphax – loud, boisterous, wielder of a reaper autocannon he has dubbed ‘Thunder’, in competition with Furidus
Furidus – complete opposite of Gorphax, quiet and meticulous, most often has a higher kill count than Gorphax
Melegh – reclusive and paranoid even by Iron Warrior standards, never fights without his combi-melta, always expecting the worst

Athonax – the Master at Arms, second only to the Warsmith, commands the company’s techmarines and techpriests, along with a small army of servitors, oversees the armoury, maintaining the vehicles and managing the supply lines.

Iromachus – leader of a unit of assault marines that have campaigned alongside Angron’s Eaters of Worlds. They have been given the same cybernetic implants as the Red Angel plants within his own legion, though with a few minor modifications performed by Perturabo himself, ensuring stern loyalty to the legion and their commanding officer. Iapethon was then offered command of this unit as a reward for his loyalty and skill. They have acted as both bodyguards and assassins.

Mallox – headstrong, brutal assault leader, often assigned to the forlorn hope; thrives in the carnage of close quarters fighting and enjoys nothing more than the moment when an enemy turns tail and runs.

Vhalett – meticulous, cold to the point of ruthlessness, often directs the assault company’s support weapons. Some of his warriors joke that the only time he can be seen smiling is when a volley of artillery fire perfectly hits his target.

Brundhal – Terran born, revels in the psychological aspects of warfare; was given his first squad command after the battle of Terra, as a reward for killing one of Sigismund’s Templar guard. He carries his power sword, as a trophy, to this day.

Dreadnoughts – ‘the cold brethren’, Irodax & Gerhon – Terran veterans of the great crusade, both were already captains when the Emperor found Olympia; there was a well-known rivalry between them, which has persisted even after both were interred into dreadnought sarcophagi.

Iron Spear – Predator medium tank, commanded by sergeant Agrius

Horvad’s Vengeance – Vindicator siege tank, initialy named ‘Horvad’s Voice’ after its commander – a belligerent, loud and particularly stubborn warrior; during the war on Tallarn the tank was damaged in an ambush by a melta shot, and Horvad was severely injured. At Horvad’s request, the techmarines built a sarcophagus inside the repaired tank and the wounded sergeant was interred just as if it were a dreadnought.

Karkinoss – Defiler named after a legendary defying beast; it was one of the experiments the Iron Warriors undertook after settling on Medrengard. In the mean time, the design has spread to other legions, through the efforts of Abaddon who recognised the machine’s versatility.

Iron Warriors – 13th Black Crusade First Aftermath

This is quite simply a link between the first battle and the next, a huge 12,000 points Planetstrike battle that took the better part of two nights to almost finish. I will, of course, add the story of that one soon(tm).

– Aftermath –

Vhalett hated waiting. His squad waited beside him, and they hated it almost as much as he did. All Iron Warriors were well trained for sieges, but they hated waiting. And Vhalett hated it more than any other warrior in his company. It was probably what set him most apart from his Lord. Warsmith Iapethon was the most patient warlord he had ever seen. Well, except during that last battle, when he rushed to fight that damned White Scars commander.

And he definitely paid for it. The Tech-Priests were even now still working on his bionics. But he was still alive, and still conscious. And when his sorcerers brought him the message two days ago, he almost got off the operating slab. An alliance of chaos warbands was attacking Belis Corona. They had infiltrated the world and were even now preparing sacrifices for a huge warp gate that would allow an fleet of ships to enter the system directly through the warp, thus opening the way to the system’s shipyards and indomitable star fort. Continue reading

Hobby – Chaos Terminators part 1

Edit: All the terminators have been completed, and I’ve posted new pics of all of them in this post.

So I’ve decided I should take pics more often, to show whatever models I’m working on – today, 3 chaos terminators. I apologize in advance for the crappy light balance and focus, I was in a sort of rush snapping these.

First one is the Lord. Armed to look like a certain big character that defined the history of the 40k universe, I’ll use in in game as lightning-claw and chainfist combo, simply because it’s one of the few gear options that makes the Lord decent in a fight. Alternatively, if I ever want to switch from Lord to Sorcerer HQ, this guy will suddenly become the Terminator unit champion, armed in the same fashion.

Next up is a model I initially built with two lightning claws, as a “second champion”. Unfortunately the new codex came out, and in some ways it managed to be even more retarded than the 4ed bullshit, so the idea had to be scrapped. Couldn’t manage to break off the second claw, so I added the combi-plasma and this will be the “chainfist & combi-plasma” champion when the Lord leads the squad.

And last but not least, the first of my two reaper autocannon carrying ceramite monsters. Sporting a lovely mace, joyfully donated by my Warriors of Chaos bits box. And yes, that black thing is there to stop him from tipping over. I’m still waiting for these guys’ bases to arrive…

That’s it for now. In a couple of days or so I hope to post a pic of the second reaper autocannon and another one with combi-melta and power axe, work permitting.

Iron Warriors – 13th Black Crusade Grand Opening

Based on one of the first  Warhammer 40k 6th edition game I played vs a friend’s Cadians with allied White Scars, as part of an online Eye of Terror campaign set during the 13th Black Crusade. It was a fun, bloody game, where my only ‘regret’ is rolling abysmally with my warsmith. It was also a great creative spark, and I’ve no idea why I haven’t posted it yet. More to follow, stay tuned.

Grand Opening

– The Sentinel Worlds, Ortenes Mining World –

While a force of Iron Warriors took the gene seed stored on Hydra Cordatus, another grand company led by Warsmith Iapethon brought battle to Ortenes, a rich mining world that would be very useful in supplying the war effort. With unholy speed the men of iron landed on the planet and began fortifying their position, when the inevitable imperial counterattack struck. An infantry company of the glorious 8th Cadian advanced on the traitors’ positions, determined to drive them off their world. Their advance was spearheaded by a strike group of the ferocious Adeptus Astartes of the White Scars chapter. The imperials expected to become heroes, to drown in the glory of saving the planet from the chaos threat, under the guidance of their Holy Emperor. But the Gods of Chaos are powerful too, and while they allowed the mortals their glory, they denied them victory. Continue reading