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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Assassin - Part 47 - NęóTęrrà (Demise)


"This is the dead body of the daemon Prince Angron, former Primarch of the World Eaters originally known as War Hounds." said Orpheus. "I can’t even begin to imagine what slew him. Tyranids would be no match for him. Angron was subpar and wasted his Legion as did all the other Traitor Primarchs, embedding the dark nails of pain into their brains thus erasing any vestiges of martial honor they had left. Angron slew all of his Captains upon being first introduced to them except for Kharn whom was only spared by the dark gods. They fight as small war bands at most now. Their legacy is a stain upon all decency."

Orpheus scoured the immediate area beside the rotted husk. "Look... there’s one of his axes." He pointed to a huge weapon laying upon the ground. The hilt was very long and many highly detailed runes had been intrinsically etched into the bronze. "It’s teeth were taken from a fabled Mica Dragon." Stowing his pistol the Templar got down on his knees grabbing the hilt with both hands. Slowly he curled it up to his chest. It felt so heavy his biceps bulged and sweat broke out upon his brow. Lifting the heavy head he brought it down in one fell swoop obliterating the remains of the malformed being.

"Now we must return to Terra."

Friday, July 06, 2018

Ultramarines Captain Orion

Here’s my new Captain I kitbashed this evening... can’t wait to paint him !

Build is as follows:

Jump Pack - Teeth of Terra (relic) - Combi-Melta - Micro Grenade Launcher

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Assassin - Part 46 - NęóTęrrá


Orpheus lead the remaining Templars through a dark tunnel. The Tyranids had been vanquished, the brawl was over. Bits of bleached bones and broken skulls picked free littered the floor beneath them crunching into pale white dust as their armored boot soles tread over them. One of the surviving Sword Brethren held up an electric torch with his remaining arm illuminating the path ahead. Sigils of corruption had been painted in blood covering the walls and a grotesque pantheon of skulls had been nailed in place. Some skulls were xenos in origin such as the eldar while others were human. Orpheus noticed many of the sigils were Khornate but there were plenty others to represent other denizens of the warp. He felt the Hellblade growling as he sheathed it and reached for his artificed bolt pistol, slamming a fresh clip into the magazine. All was silent except for the constant crushing of bone.

They came to a terminus blocked by a hinged heavily armored door embedded into the tunnel. The champion motioned to a Techmarine whom came forward carrying a heavy lascutter. Igniting the tip the adept began to slowly cut through the outer hinges. Blue sparks showered the air as the rest of the party hung back watching him complete his task in utter silence. Finally he was done, storing the lascutter and then a lone terminator strode up behind him. Revving his chainfist the Sword Brethren punched into the center of the barrier easily carving it apart. The ruined doors slid apart clanging against each other as they crashed down.

Orpheus was the first to step across the boundary and enter the inner sanctum. Inside the air was fetid and smelled of fresh offal. Waves of pungent trapped atmosphere poured out back into the tunnel behind them. Fitting a rebreather across his nose and mouth the champion stepped towards the center of the forbidden chamber. Something huge and humanoid in form lay crucified against a large fallen brass symbol representing the eight limbed star of Chaos. Its Crimson armor was broken in many places, fragments of bone jutting out from some of the rusted rents. "By the holy Emperor." mouthed Orpheus as he looked up to see the gigantic swollen skull protruding from the broken face plate of the cracked crimson helm. Long links of mechatendrils spilled from the top of the skull and its metal teeth still gnashed against each other. Prodding the fallen armored body with his boot Orpheus watched carefully for any reaction but other than the constant chattering of its teeth it remained inert. "Scour the area." commanded the champion.

Conversion World Article 2 - Hands (Space Marine Gauntlets)

Here is my second review of Conversion World. Conversion World make resin parts for Space Marines including a wide variety of melee weapons, shields and even some really cool helmets too. One of the really nice things is they make Gauntlets to hold their melee weapons which in turn makes it really easy to quickly produce some wicked looking conversions. Here’s a picture of some Gauntlets and a power sword I recently ordered -


Check them out at Conversionworld.de (you’ll have to cut and paste the link, well worth it).

Eternity and Death


In eternity where there is no time nothing can change

Nothing can become

Til Death created time to grow things it would kill

And you are reborn

But into the same life

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Melee Bits from Conversion World


I just ordered some really cool bits for my army and thought I’d share some pictures. You can buy gauntlets too !


They have all kinds of weapons such as spears and other things as well.


Here’s a chainsword perfect for the relic Teeth of Terra -


Finally here’s a poisoned blade -


Check them out at Conversionworld.de !

Friday, June 22, 2018

BBF vs Goatboy Video Batrep


Here’s the video batrep for my game versus Goatboy last week:



http://www.belloflostsouls.net/2018/06/242530.html

You will have to cut and paste the link into your browser (sorry!).

Allarus Custodian Work in Progress part 1

Transports are they any good now


Note I’m not here to say transports are the Awesome but on the other hand there are some definitely worth taking if they can scratch your particular itch. I’d like to point out also if a transport is from Forgeworld you can’t dismiss it out of hand - plenty of people use Forgeworld now around the world, their products are widely accepted and have been so for over the past seven years or more.

Okay so let’s jump right into the heart of the matter now!

-Keyword Fly
Any transport that has ranged weapon(s) and the keyword Fly is often vastly superior to those without it. Here’s a list of some good transports that do:

Chinork Warcopta (Orks)
Wave Serpent (Eldar)
Venom (Dark Eldar)
Raider (Dark Eldar)
Stormraven (Space Marines)
Ghost Ark (Necrons)

Can you add to the list above? I rate the Wave Serpent as the best - very durable, Serpent Shield and Shuriken rending ranged weapons. Even after it pops the Serpent Shield which is ‘one use only’ it can still be fired again using a cheap strategem. I rate the Venom as second best because of point cost and its cannons are excellent at quickly clearing enemy chaff units. I’d go so far as to say most any transport with the keyword Fly is twice as good as those without. I’d like to add that Harlequins are also blessed with an excellent transport, the Starweaver, as well so let’s add it to the list... I’ll go into more detail below as to why. In fact I think Harlequins are a dark horse waiting for the right troupe master to come along and win big with them.

-Transport
So now we come to the heart of the matter... the vehicle capability to transport units and remember the focus is on those that have the keyword Fly but not to total exclusion. Being able to transport a unit is almost as good as being able to put a unit in deep strike reserve plus you don’t have to wait to turn to benefit from them either. For example the Wave Serpent can transport Dark Reapers and psychic characters protecting them from alpha and beta strikes - it’s a big deal. It’s not something you need to do all the time but it’s a very powerful card you con keep in your back pocket when you really need it.

Starweavers and Venoms are super speedy which makes them an excellent deterrent to enemy castles and uber fast melee units such as Shining Spears. First you must pop them which can deplete a lot of your shooting. If you have to use melee to destroy them it plays right into your opponent’s hand - evil things like Troupes and Wyches spill out right in your face ready to assault the next turn... you can’t lock them down either.

Stormravens are at the bottom of my list mainly because of points cost but they can transport a dreadnaught and get it up deep into your grill. Unlike other Imperial flyers that are transports as well the Stormraven has the Machine Spirit which is a big deal. I don’t know why the Corvus Blackstar doesn’t have Machine Spirit which the lack of makes it pretty much worthless in my opinion and I say this only to point out why the Stormraven is okay plus it’s one heck of a gunboat too.

-Non keyword Fly
There are some decent transports that don’t have the keyword Fly, they tend to cost more points unfortunately, the first two that come to mind are the Terrax Termite and the Spartan. Both are Forgeworld products that offer another dimension to armies that can field them. Both can transport multiple units including characters... I’ve already explained why this is a good thing. The Spartan can fire eight lascannons which is a big deal... it can easily delete a hurty enemy unit per battle round - for example I’ve seen them chew through multiple Hammerheads over the course of a game. The Termite has new rules which suddenly makes it competitive, Forgeworld taketh and giveth if you know what I mean - heh. Admech players have been begging for a transport since I can ever remember and now they finally have a good one... it’s about time. Another great transport by Forgeworld is the Repressor for Sisters of Battle.

CONCLUSION
While transports are not must take some still have a lot to offer. Currently I’m not running any but I do plan to run a Termite in my new Deathwatch army... two kill teams jumping out with lots of frag cannons can and will ruin your day. This is a bad edition in general for Imperial armies but it comes around and goes around which in and of itself is still a good thing. Finally I should mention transports reduce the number of drops for your army during deployment thus making the odds to go first better.

So which transports I didn’t mention above would you add to the list and why? Do you think I’m wrong - if so tell me all about it too.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Vexilla Praetor (work-in-progress)

Assassin - Part 45 - NėōTėrrà


Orpheus stared into the pitch black sensing the monster. He could feel it sliding over broken tiles and hissing as it sensed them in return. "Flares!" commanded the champion over the vox. Clutching at their the lumen grenades some Sword Brethren pitched them into the masses while others threw theirs high arcing over the xenos biomass. Holy light spilled forth illuminating the inner hull, blinding the Tyranids. Bolt pistols rang out as they fired again clearing the inner circle. Orpheus looked up at the gargantuan alien construct. It towered over everything as it quickly slithered towards the Templars. Row upon row of heavily muscled talons spilled down either side bristling with long pointed razor sharp gigantic claws. Its neck terminated into a monstrous set of multiple hinged jaws extending out from the rupture. Leaping over a pile of dead gants Orpheus ran the Hellblade into its massive chest puncturing through the hardened exoskeleton. It screamed in a high sonic pitch obliterating any other sound. The lower coils of its tail wrapped around the champion’s legs and constricted. Pulling the daemon sword free the Templar drove the tip up into the underside of the maw punching into the monster’s small brain pan. Instantly the coils loosened as the behemoth crashed to the ground toppling into a teeming mass of Raveners smashing them into pulp. Orpheus drew the blade free as he heard the alien creature’s death rattle. "Follow me!" he shouted into the void. En mass the Templars spilled over the dead.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Black Blow Fly vs Goat Boy Revenge Match - Friday

This Friday afternoon in Austin, Texas I’ll be throwing down with the ever eternal Goatboy in a 40k death match at the BoLS HQ. Thomas will be running some Imperial soup featuring the new Knights and Slammaguinius Bros ! I’ll be running my patented secret tech Ultramarines with some friends. Check it out.

http://Twitch.tv/belloflostsouls

Deathwishes for Warhammer Adventure author

https://war-of-sigmar.herokuapp.com/bloggings/3018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Assassin - Part 44 - NęóTęrrá


The black void hardened assault claws spiraled out from the Templar barge launch bay across the open space. Melta barrels fired in unison cutting through the outer barriers of the space hulk. In perfect unison vast multitudes of Templars spilled through the sudden gaps breaching the derelict ancient vessel. They were immediately met with hateful resistance as a host of gaunts poured into the surrounding breaches. First a wave of flamers spat molten promethium instantly vaporizing the clawing xenos horde then chainswords rained down carving through the thin exoskeleton shells. Bolt pistols fired at point blank range decimating the first wave. Orpheus spoke through the vox "Suffer not the alien to live."

Broods of genestealers emerged from the seams of the rent bulkhead to engage them. They struck hard carving through armor, cleaving through bone and organs. A fresh wave of Templars spilled into the endless scrum attacking their backside. Again bolters fired clearing out a free zone separating themselves from the newly dead. The Templars were fully committed swarming into the interior of the hulk.

Orpheus stepped into open ground brandishing the Hellblade. He and his hand picked retinue of veterans charged into the next rank of Tyranids carving through them with ease. The daemon blade screamed as it split apart torsos and rent limbs. Soon the floor was thick with sticky dark ichor running into the broken cracks. Screaming back a fresh wave of genestealers charged at them. Frag grenades rippled through the fetid air exploding into the alien biomass. Again the Champion lead his team forward surrounding by more Templars. They struck hard and fast maintaining the initiative.

Spilling down from the ceiling more Tyranids rained down upon them. Something enormous lurked behind the seemingly endless brood. Pulling the pins of their frag grenades the Templars released a storm of shrapnel at point blank range. Some of them died in the immediate blast but they were freed again.

1st Inceptor


Four more to go !

Thursday, May 31, 2018

McBane - Deathwatch Captain

Super Killy right up there with Slammaguinius!!!

He was an Imperial Fist Siege Breaker from the heresy and died in the ensuing explosion immediately following him destroying a traitor Titan... however his engrams were recorded during the battle to monitor his unique combat techniques. These were then digitized and saved. During times of need they are downloaded into a clone that has been heavily cyberized. The latest version (Mark XXIV) has been called upon by the Deathwatch to aid them versus the Necrons.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Status Update

On deck to paint:

Eisenhorn
Complete Hellblasters squad
Inceptors

On deck to build:
Deathwatch Battalion (still waiting for some mail orders)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Spoiler Alert

++ Orpheus has received a cyphered void cast message just prior to warp jump that a space hulk is in their vicinity and very likely contains an ancient relic of the Imperial Fists dating back to prior the Heresy. Unfortunately the derelict is host to a massive brood of genestealers. A war council is held and the decision made is to board the space hulk in search of the relic.