22 July 2010

Painting Sternguard Ultramarines

Since I recently painted my sternguard I decided that I would put up a tutorial of how I did it. After having assembled the models, I painted by following the next steps.

I started by undercoating the whole squad chaos black and then proceeded to paint all the armour plates mordian blue.

I then painted all the parts destined to be white dheneb stone, (i.e. shoulder pads, wings, scrolls, skulls, etc.) followed by a drybrush of skullwhite.

Then I painted all the armour plates ultramarines blue over the mordian blue, leaving the darker shade visible. All the recesses were washed Badab black.

The next step was to wash the wings on the armour with blue ink, and then give them a final drybrush of skull white. The parts which were going to be gold and strap on the gun were painted scorched brown. The metal gun parts were painted boltgun metal.

After that had dried, I painted the final skull white highlight on the wings, painted in the casing and strap on the boltgun merchrite red. I also made the lenses red. Penultimately I painted the Imperial eagle, shining gold as well as all the other gold parts.

Finally I painted in the gem on the wings on the shoulder pad and blended in a white dot added to the top. I washed all the gold parts with badab black and touched up on everything and made sure that there were no splodges of paint in the wrong places.

This left me with a decent model that only needed to have its base painted and given some flock. Pictures of the whole squad coming up.

9 July 2010

Bulking out my Tau Army

Just to bulk out my army, I bought a pair of Tau Hammerheads. Here's a picture of the one I already made. Next on my list are: another squad of fire warriors, possibly more crisis battlesuits, a broadside battlesuit and possibly more kroot.

Road To Glory Campaign July 2010 Battle 2 - Force Supremacy

This was a Capture and control mission, with Dawn of War Deployment. The Armies were at 750 pts, as we wanted this game to be slightly larger than the last. Battle 1 - The Spoils of War



  • Captain with boltgun and power sword
  • Tactical Squad with flamer, sergeant with power weapon and missile launcher (split into 2 combat squads in game: alpha- with sergeant and flamer - and beta - with missile launcher and deployed with captain in unit)
  • Scout squad with heavy bolter
  • Dreadnought with assault cannon and storm bolter
  • Predator with Autocannon and Lascannons
  • Bike Squad with power sword, meltagun and plasma gun
  • Ork boss with big choppa and twin-linked big shoota
  • Old Zogwort
  • 5 lootas with rokkit launcher and big shoota
  • 11 'ard boys with rokkit launcher and nob with big choppa
  • 10 gretchin with runtherd
  • trukk with grot riggers, red paint job, armour plates and reinforced ram
  • Wartrakk with red paint job 
  • Wartrakk
  • Killa Kan with big shoota, armour plates, close combat riggers and grot riggers
  • Killa Kan with rocket launcher, grot riggers, armour plates and close combat weapon
Pre-battle tactics and deployment:

Dimitry: Squad beta would stay at the objective with the dreadnought and predator - the predator offering supporting firepower while the dreadnought would help defend and if it would come to it contest my home objective. Squad Beta therefore deployed in the crater with my objective while the dreadnought and predator would move onto the field asap. Squad Alpha and the scouts would advance with the bike squad supporting them and would try to capture the ork objective, and also the bikes would hinder any ork vehicles they could along the way. So, the Scouts deployed in the centre of the field and squad alpha slightly to the right.

Paul: I deployed the trukk opposite the objective, the space marines were holding, ready to zoom to the objective and get the boyz and boss. I deployed the gretchin in the crater that had the objective which was on my side. The killa kanz would come on an help shoot anyone one who went close to my objective. The wartrakks would guard the trukk and the lootas would just help with the shooting.

Turn 1

Paul Seized the Initiative and the game began leaving my main troops in a vulnerable position.

Paul: The Lootas moved onto the field into the middle of the deployment zone behind a crater and facing the scouts. The killa kan with rockitt launcha moved towards the barricade while the other one plodded into a position from where it could better defend the home objective. Old Zogwart strolled towards the barricade alongside the first kan. The wartrakk with red paint job moved towards alpha.

The other wartrakk moved towards  the trukk, while the trukk sped along towards the enemy objective. The shooting began with Old Zogwart rolling for a power and attempting to frraazzle squad Alpha but being unable to spot them in the darkness. The lootas fired at the scouts but like Zoggy were unable to see anything. The wartrakk shot the Scouts killing one.

The trukk and boyz inside shot Squad Alpha, surprisingly only killing one! The boss also shot from inside the trukk but did not wreak any havoc. The Killa Kan with rokkit shot Squad Alpha but failed to see them in the dark. The other kan with the big shoota shot Squad Beta but also did not spot them in the night. The 2nd wartrakk did not find Squad Alpha either.

Dimitry: My turn started with the dreadnought lumbering into a supportive position for squad Beta. The predator drove onto the left flank, while the bikers did likewise. Squad Alpha moved towards the enemy barricade, with the scouts scouting ahead into the crater.

The shooting phase began with the missile launcher, aiming his sights down on the wartrukk, shaking the crew. The rest of the squad also shot  the wartrukk, glancing and shaking it. The dreadnought also shot at the wartrukk shaking again and making the big shoota fall off! What bad luck!!

The bikers shot the gretchin, but couldn't spot anything in the dark. The predator shot at the wartrukk but could'nt see it in the night. Squad Alpha shot the wartrukk but didn't penetrate. The scouts emptied their magazines in to the lootas, but only killed one.

Score Tracker - Space Marines 1 - 1 Orks

Turn 2

Paul: The trukk zoomed into the middle of the crater unloading its package of orks before it had even managed to grind to a complete halt. The Killa Kan with rokkit launcha continued its advance towards the barricade. The wartrakk with red paint job attempted to tank shock Squad Alpha, causing the marines to fling themselves to one side. Old Zogwart moved forward in line with the 1st Kan.

The other wartrakk moved towards the enemy objective and the killa kan with big shoota moved towards the ork objective with the gretchin sitting idly on it, probably having another round of "kick da runtiest". The shooting phase began with the lootas firing at the scouts, but in an epic fail only killed one, probably because they forgot the need to aim down their sights!

The wartrakk that had just tank shocked Alpha also shot at the marines missing completely. The other wartrakk shot the bikers killing one. The Killa Kan with rokkit launcha missed Squad Alpha, while the other Kan shot the bikers, missing completely as well. Old Zogwart summoned a psychic power teleporting to the other side of the field on the right of squad alpha.

The gretchin get bored of "kick da runtiest" and instead start playing "'o can jump oder da runtherd's squiggy without gettin' eat'n". The boys shot at squad Beta killing two. In the assault phase the mob of boys assaulted squad beta. The Captain killed two boyz but did not wound the boss while the marines caused one wound but it was saved due to the 'ard armour.

The Boss was the first to bellow his warcry killing one marine but not hurting the captain due the reliable artificer armour. The nob attacked the captain next causing one wound. The orks hit the commander, not causing any damage and the tactical marines were not affected either - meaning the combat ended as a draw.

Dimitry: Going into counter-attack mode, the bikers moved up the left flank, ready to shoot the gretchin. The scouts advanced further through the crater. Squad Alpha began moving forwards towards the enemy objective, while the dreadnought stayed put ready to charge.

Squad Alpha ran. The scouts shot the lootas, killing one, causing a leadership test, which the orks promptly fail and run off the field. The bikers shot the gretchin, killing two. The dreadnought shot the wartrukk wrecking it. The predator shot the killa kan with rokkit, destroying the rokkit and wrecking it. The dreadnought got into the combat, behind the boyz backs.

In the combat, the captain wounded the warboss twice while the boss wounded him once in return. The marines didn't hit anything. The nobs attack on the commander were saved. 7 boys were in range so some wounds were against the captain, which he saved, and the rest against the marines killing one, after I passed a huge amount of armour saves. The dreadnought struck too, but his attacks were saved, leaving the combat as a draw.

Turn 3

Paul: Old Zogwart moved towards the Predator. The wartrakk with red paint job turned towards squad Alpha and the other one pivoted towards the bike squad. The gretchin sat tight and finally began to pay attention to the approaching bikers, but soon started squabbling over "who is da biggest and da strongest o' dem all".

Old Zogwart then summoned a Waaagh!!! but it would only come in use next turn. The Wartrakk with red paint job shot Squad Alpha, killing one more marine making the unit no longer count as scoring. The other wartrakk shot the bikers killing one. The remaining Killa Kan shot the scouts killing two. The gretchin shot the bikers, killing the last one.

In the combat the captain killed four orks. The Ork boss meanwhile killed the captain. The dreadnought's attacks were saved. The Space Marine failed to penetrate the Ork Boss' armour. The Nob immobilised the dreadnought. The Boyz attacks against the dreadnought did nothing, and the attacks on lone marine killed him. This meant the combat was won by the Space Marines, but the Orks passed their leadership test.

Dimitry: The tactical squad went to try and contest the objective, the predator moved forward in order to be in range of the last Killa Kan, the lone scout turned to face Old Zogwart and the Dreadnought was locked in combat. The lone scout with heavy bolter shot Old Zogwort, killing him.

The predator shot the killa kan, immobilising and shaking it. Squad Alpha ran towards the gretchin. In the combat, the warboss immobilised the dreadnought (again). In retaliation the dreadnought killed one orc. The nob didn't penetrate but the boyz glanced it but immobilised it again meaning weapon destroyed, leaving the Imperial Machine with just its close combat weapon. The Dreadnought won the combat but the orks easily passed their leadership test again.

Turn 4

Paul: The wartrakk with red paint job turbo-boosted towards the predator - to try and get at its back armour next turn. The other wartrakk moved towards the scout. The wartrakk that didn't turbo-boost shot the scout, but the wound was saved.

The gretchin shot Squad Alpha but failed to wound. In the combat, the Ork Warboss struck first, destroying a weapon and stunning it. The Dreadnought killed one more Ork nevertheless. Meanwhile the Boys and Nob stunned it. This meant the Dreadnought won the combat (again!!!!), but the Orks passed their leadership test (again!!!).

Dimitry: Squad Alpha moved yet closer to the crater, ready to flame gretchin. The predator rammed the wartrakk exploding it (with lots of luck!!!). Squad Alpha shot at the gretchin frying six of the greenskins and the sergeant taking out one more with his bolt pistol! What a lucky turn!!!

The Predator shot the remaining Killa Kan, shaking and then EXPLODING it! The Explosion caught what was left of the gretchin unit but the gretchin passed their cover saves. Squad Alpha charged the gretchin. The greenskins hit first killing one marine (due to the runtherd). The only gretchin failed miserably, rolling 2 one's to wound. The sergeant hit back, and hit back hard he did, as he wiped out the rest of the unit.

In the main combat the boss struck first, (as was now usual) but did not penetrate. The dreadnought killed one ork. The nob failed to do anything as did the boys. The orks lost the combat again, and again passed their leadership test.

Turn 5 - the end of the end... [hopefully! :) ]

Paul: The wartrakk tank shocked Squad Alpha's lone sergeant, but he stood firm and exploded it. The resulting explosion hit him, but his sturdy armour saved him. Then we went straight to the combat.

The Warboss attacked first, but only managed to immobilise it again. The Nob failed epicly, while the dreadnought caused a wound which was saved. The boys managed to shake the crew. Outcome - a drawn endless combat.

Dimitry: Everyone moved towards the combat, except for the predator which moved away, anticipating the victors of the combat to emerge. The lone marines ran towards the combat [some further than others ;) ]

In the combat, the boss struck first, finally exploding the dreadnought. The resulting blast caught the boss and two others, taking the boss' last wound and killing another ork. The orks then consolidated into cover.

I rolled a 4 and groaned, as we would have to play another painful turn.

Turn 6

Paul: The boys squad moved through the crater, towards Squad Alpha's sergeant. They then summoned a great Waaagh consisting of a nob and an ork, but it did its job allowing them to move even further forward. The orks shot the sergeant but the inflicted wound was saved. The Orks charged just managing to get within 2". The sergeant killed one ork, but the orks killed him through sheer mass of wounds ( I saved 4 out of 5 ). The Orks consolidated, not managing to get into cover.

Dimitry: The lone scout, suddenly daunted at the task of a 1 on 1 with an ork nob, failed his leadership test and began to run away. The predator took the task of shooting the nob down, it shot its autocannon gunning him down as he ran.

End of Game.
Score: Space Marines 0 - 0 Orks 
Victory Points: Space Marines 749 - Orks 620

Minor Space Marine Victory

7 July 2010

New Blog Look

As you can see I have rearranged my blog around a little, using the new templates available. Everything is still pretty much in the same place, the main difference being the feeling of more space, and both sides having gadgets on them.

And so farewell and may the dice gods be with you till the next post.


6 July 2010

Result of Vote & More battles to come

The results of the vote were:

50% for Commander Farsight. Now, the Tau players among you will know that he is the only close combat option for tau, he has a good WS, Initiative, save and a special power sword to go with this. This may sound amazing but take into account the cost (170 pts) and also the other downside - you cannot take any allies or Ethereals and your Fast Attack and Heavy Support choices are limited. Yet you also count Crisis Battlesuit choices as a compulsory 1+. All in all it is evident why some of you voted for this HQ choice.

50% for a Shas'o or Shas'el. This is a flexible and easily personalised and customised choice as you have a range of weapon and equipment options.

And don't forget that since Paul and I are playing a tournament there will be more battles to come soon. Battle 2 - Force Supremacy, shall be an 7pt Capture and control mission with dawn of war deployment.

Road to Glory campaign July 2010: Battle 1-Spoils of War

In this campaign my Ultramarines fought Paul's Orks. This is the first battle of the series and because of this we decided to make it a game of 500 pts. It was a Seize Ground mission, with Dawn of War deployment. The objectives represent valuable supplies, and the terrain was set up in the form of a wilderness area.


  •        Captain with power sword and boltgun
  •        Tactical squad with flamer and missile launcher, and sergeant with power sword
  •        Scout Squad with heavy bolter
  •        Dreadnought with assault cannon and flamer

  •    Old Zogwort
  •         Ork Boss with twin big shoota and big choppa
  •         11 ‘ard boys with 1 rokkit launcher and nob with big choppa
  •       10 gretchin with runtherd
  •        trukk with grot riggers, armour plates and red paint job
  •       wartrakk

Dimitry: I split my tactical squad into two segments, alpha (with flamer, sergeant and accompanied by captain) deployed on the right flank as far forward as possible to deny the enemy a forward base, while beta deployed in the bunker in my deployment zone protecting my objective. With dawn of war rules, my dreadnought would come into play on the first turn, and my scouts held the other objective behind some woods on the left flank.

Paul: Since Space Marines were too close I couldn't get close to the objectives on my side, so I deployed the trukk on the right flank, getting ready to capture the objective the scouts were holding. I deployed the gretchin in the tower, beside one of the objectives.

Turn 1

Dimitry: The dreadnought moved onto the field next to the scouts, to help target the trukk and the threat of its passengers, while squad alpha moved towards the nearest objective. The shooting phase opened with the missile launcher marine failing to see the trukk in the dark. The dreadnought and the scouts had no effect on the trukk either, while Squad alpha ran closer to the objective.

Paul: The wartrakk drove onto the field with old Zogwart walking next to it. The gretchin left the tower while the trukk moved towards the scouts after which the boys and boss promptly disembarked, signalling the start of the shooting phase. This began with Zogwart attempting a psychic attack but due to a miscast did not manage to turn the captain into a squig. The wartrakk opened fire on alpha, but did not do any damage. The gretchin tried to shoot at the same target but soon realised that the marines were out of range. Then the boys mob on the right flank shot the scouts, with a display of awful markmanship as only one shot hit and was easily saved. The trukk's gunner shot at the scouts but did not kill anyone. As expected, seeing that they were in range the boyz and boss charged into the scouts letting out a loud warcry. The scouts hit first as they were in cover, not causing any damage. The orks then hit back: the boss killing two and the nob (those two being the only ones within 2") finishing them all off.

Turn 2

Dimitry: After being badly battered, the space marines regained their resolve. The dreadnought moved diagonally to deny the boys their cover save and on the other side the captain advanced towards old zogwart. The dreadnought proceeded to kill 2 boys while squad beta shot 8 gretchin from the bunker killing 8. The captain did not manage to wound old zogwart while squad alpha killed one more gretchin. The assault phase saw the captain charging old zogwart causing one wound and then Old Zogwart hit back also causing one wound, leaving the combat as a draw.
Paul: This turn started with the wartrakk tank shocking squad alpha, but was wrecked by the power weapon weilding sergeant. The orks moved slightly further into cover while the gretchin squad moved towards alpha. The gretchin then shot but did not wound. The truck shot squad beta but did not wound. The rocket launcher from the boyz squad inflicted a crew shaken result on the dreadnought. During the assault phase the ork boss charged the dreadnought, wrecking it in one flurry of attacks. The Captain vs Old Zogwart combat continued with the captain killing the ork.

Turn 3

Dimitry: The captain moved towards the gretchin squad, while everyone else prepared to fire. Squad Alpha finished off the gretchin squad while the captain ran towards the ork boss. Squad Beta shot the boys killing one.

Paul: The boys moved forward and climbed back into the trukk while the boss moved towards the bunker. The boss shot squad beta killing one. The trukk shot the same squad missing with all its shots. The squad shot from inside the trukk but weren't in range apart from the rocket launcher which missed. The warboss assaulted squad beta, the marines struck first inflicting one wound which was saved with a lucky roll of six. The boss in retaliation killed one marine.

Turn 4

Dimitry: Squad Alpha sat tight, beta did likewise due to being locked in combat and my captain moved towards the ork force. He then ran in the same direction. In the only combat the boss killed one marine, squad beta struck back causing one wound meaning a drawn combat, which would give the captain time to arrive.

Paul: The trukk carrying the boys reversed towards the objective in the woods, claiming it for the orks. The trukk shot at the captain but did not cause any wounds. In close combat the ork boss attacked first but did not cause any wounds, the marines struck back but didn't do anything either.

Turn 5

Dimitry: My captain moved towards the combat, eager to aid squad beta. Nothing else moved. The captain charged and was just in range. The captain inflicted one wound on the boss, the boss failed to do any damage and the marines inflicted the final blow killing the boss.

Paul: The trukk moved towards the centre if the and pivoted toward the captain. The trukk shot squad beta killing one man and making the score 1-1. The rocket launcher boy squad shot the commander but missed. 

Paul rolled a 2 and the game ended...

Ultramarines 1-1 Orks !!! Tactical Draw.


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