More work these past three weeks on the Genestealer Cult, which resulted in me reaching 25 PL of models fully painted (provided I use a unit of general Cultists I had painted before as a Brood Brother Squad). That let me get in a paired game of Kill Team with 40k against my friend Colton’s Salamanders. It was a burning flaming loss for the Genecult, but still was good to get the first one in. It’s been fun exploring the models and paint at least.
I’ve completed a Sanctus, a Goliath Rockgrinder, and my first Achilles Ridgerunner. Pics below. I’m doing all my vehicles with the stripe of the opposite cult color. Construction vehicles will be in yellow (burgundy stripe), while other vehicles will be burgundy (with yellow stripe).
The Rockgrinder! I’m uncertain about the yellow “construction vehicle” coloring tho.
The Achilles Ridgerunner I think looks more effective color-wise.
Also, and unrelated to Genestealer Cult, I did also finish up three Necron Wraiths that I’ve had sitting on my painting table for too long.
Central to a good Necrons force is–of course–the Scarab Swarms. I added three more to my force this past week. Not fast progress, but was good to get them done. They’re great for screening units, for taking objectives, and for soaking mortal wounds from psychic-heavy armies. All-around awesome, and they’re cute to boot.
On the Marvel Crisis Protocol side of things, I finished up my Sabretooth, which meets my 2021 goal for Marvel Models: at least 12 painted. I certainly plan to finish more, but was good to hit the milestone.
Miniature Painting Goals 2021 – Totals so Far
40k Power Points Painted 280/366 (counts scarab swarms)
A new edition of Kill Team is out, and that has generated a fair amount of buzz around here with building some unique and fun teams for the game. I’ve been fiddling back and forth with both Necrons and various flavors of Chaos (Night Lords and Khorne) about what I’d like to do, and somewhat sparked on the Necrons side of things.
I did up a new “leader” model for the team, a Flayed One that combined parts of a Royal Warden, to represent a more leadership-oriented personality who could lead the team–but still was a corrupted Flayed One. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.
While I had Necron paints out I also finished up Trazyn the Infinite. I so thoroughly enjoyed the fluff about him (the novel The Infinite and the Devine by Robert Rath: https://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-infinite-and-the-divine-ebook-2020.html), so I had to paint up my own version of him. I did a bit of modification, as he is a Finecast resin model–so a bit fiddly. I swapped the weapon around–same head but the arm from a Lychguard/Praetorian staff for more stability to the weapon.
The other thing you might notice are the small T-shaped plinths behind him. Those are small display bases, with an embedded magnet. So as I have victories (or fun losses), I’ll get bits from the armies I’ve beaten and paint them up (or have my opponent paint them if they’re kind and want to get their color scheme perfect), so he can have constantly rotating “display” items with him. I’ll do up a larger display base with more of these too if I start getting a lot. It’s a fun way to make the games meaningful and connected, so wanted to have some fun with a Special Character known for taking, storing, and collecting the artifacts of other races.
Gaming-wise I got some Kill Team games in as well–a few with my Necrons, and one with my Chaos Daemons of Khorne. Some shots from the games are below. Kill Team in this new edition is super-quick and deadly, so it runs really fast.
On the Marvel side of things, I got another model added to my collection: Shuri. This rounds out my Wakanda affiliation (the first affiliation I’ve run meaningfully in more than one game). While getting the dots quite right was difficult, overall I’m pleased with the look of the model.
Nature repeats patterns. The spiral of seashells match our eye for composition of classical paintings. The edges of leaves match the shores of Fjords. Trees branch like lightning.
So the Circle of Inclemency too. A set group of eight, charged with ensuring the most rigorous set of order. Order without compromise, justice without bending. As eight is a number of power for the forces of Chaos, the number eight also figures into the machine logics of the Necrontyr. Whether coincidence or cosmic convergence, the Necrons themselves have a Court of Eight Judges.
Judges in the Necron hierarchy are all Nobles, the circle assembled from across segments of the diverse Dynasties, charged with keeping order between various dynastic agents. In order to do that, they themselves have to maintain sufficient fighting forces to enforce the decisions of the Court. As such, this “Circle of Inclemency” (as there is rarely room for failure or mercy) maintains a standing and awoken force, and as such is often the first to be involved in various conflicts, either to support Dynasties against external threats or to wage punitive war against a Dynasty itself.
The actual council of judges who sits on the Circle of Inclemency is shrouded in some mystery, as a functioning triad of judge-nobles remain active at a given time while others may or may not be active or present temporally at any one meeting–and thus their positions may or not be reflected in the decision space. More than a few Crypteks devote serious predictive calculation powers to understanding the politics of the Circle–similar to the way that ancient Terran scholars focused on the politics of Merica conducted their considerations:
More to follow on what those end up looking like as I get clearer on what personas I’ll have filling these roles. But wanted to demonstrate what I’m working on with the Necrons side of things alongside the Night Lords aims that I’ve done recently. Trying to be comfortable building and working on both armies, rather than devoting to just one. We’ll see how that goes!
It wouldn’t be a good update if I didn’t have some more painting to show and share. I’ve completed another 10 Warriors for my force, as well as a Doom Scythe. I got a light box to photograph with, but honestly I’m not as keen with the photos on it as I am with other ways of photographing–so far. Will keep experimenting.
And a quick Marvel update just because I’m here. Completed Thanos and Wasp. And can definitely see that my prior set-up for photos works better than the blue backdrop light box I used on these Necron shots! Will have to re-photo the Doom Scythe at least.
So I have been definitely slacking on my posting to this site, but at least 2021 has been a turn-around in my painting and hobby progress. As things moved toward vaccine and gaming in person, I’ve found a huge drive to get things painted and going for hobby connections again. To keep things simple and short, I’ve swerved away from some of the Tau I was working on at the start of the year, and I’ve been building Necrons (while still keeping my larger Chaos forces of Death Guard and Nurgle+Khorne deamons in view). We’ve started the Beyond the Veil crusade at my local gaming store Drawbridge Games, which has been a great motivator for painting. I’ve already gone beyond 50 Power Level in what I have painted for the army, and have more in my to-do pile waiting.
This post will recap all the painting progress so far in 2021, and get things back on track for more regular updates.
I’m going to just write out the big list of what I’ve done thus far, and I’ll include some photos of what I’ve done (as much as I can find).
Tau: Broadside with Missiles (5), Five Firewarriors (2), Five Pathfinders (3), Cadre Fireblade (3)
Necrons: Royal Warden (4), Canoptek Reanimator (6), Canoptek Reanimator (6), C’tan Deceiver (18), 6 Scarab Swarms (4), Triarch Stalker with Heat Ray (7), Triarch Stalker with Twin Gauss (7), Overlord (6), 10 Warriors (6), 10 Immortals with Tesla (8), and 10 Flayed Ones (6)
Marvel Crisis Protocol: Green Goblin, Toad, Black Dwarf
So what is happening with my hobby aims going forward? After that huge dump of pictures (hah)? Well I’m still hoping to hit 365 points of painted Warhammer 40k models. Trying to be okay with mixing progress toward two different armies (Chaos and Necrons) rather than just painting the one to exclusion of all others. I’m also definitely going to build a board that I can use for both Marvel Crisis Protocol and for Necromunda (exploring a mix of the latter using some Cthulhu Death May Die and DUST 47 models)–a Morlock Sewer Tunnels build. And the over-arching goal is to do a really huge Invasion of Terra event at Drawbridge in the early Fall (I’ll likely be one of the Chaos warlords for that endeavor). While I’ve got a lot of work lined up for the summer with new roles, I’m also really going to take time to put hobby progress in. So stay tuned for more tailored updates–hoping to get back to telling the tales of my battles, particularly the Necrons and Chaos Crusades I mess with. Tau might be more on the back-burner, but I’ll certainly hang on to them. Well, likely will hang on to them. Maybe. It wouldn’t be me if an army was in danger of being sold off hah.