Saturday, May 28, 2011

Truimph and Anguish for the Brandenburgers!!!

Season 4 of the 40k League kicked off last night, and the 6th Assault Grenadiers stormed into battle with fervor and ferocity characteristic of the Brandenburgers. However, the very first game of the season turned sour as daemonic forces of the daemon world battlefield cast its unholy magicks to help the Chaos Daemons defeat the Brandenburgers (note the unnaturally cocked dice in the picture above. I needed a 6 and it stopped mid-roll - and stayed that way! It never dropped ... spooky). From the moment that dice stopped in mid-roll, I knew we were doomed!

Eager to exact revenge on whomever comes next, the 6th literally ran into xenos Eldar of the Saim Hann tribe. The xenos fought hard and well, using their speed to take on my far right flank, with the obvious intent of rolling up the flank with a combination of Banshees, Seer Council and Eldrad. But 2nd Assault Platoon got in the way and held up the xenos attack long enough for the rest of the company to secure victory. While 2nd Platoon was eventually wiped out, they gave as good as they got, wiping out xenos Dire Avenger, Howling Banshee and Fire Dragon squads in close combat.

The battles were hard fought and bloody, but it is only the very beginning. Much more glory is to be gained by the 6th as we dive into Season 4.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Finally Finished Something in 2011!

After much (much much) pestering from deathkorps, we've finally moved to Blogger! And many many thanks to Jeff for helping set this up and getting the banner done. Sweet!

I finally finished painting something in 2011. Not a very productive hobby year to date, with a few projects started off, but not much to show for it. This includes some pretty expensive stuff (FW pre-heresy Thousand Sons, some matching bits from various brands, Mk II Land Raider, etc, etc.)

In the end, the trusty Brandenburgers came to the rescue to break the duck. In preparation for the 40k League Season 4 which kicks off tomorrow, I painted these 4 guys to round out 1st and 2nd Platoon of the 6th Assault Grenadiers. The 6th is a pretty heavy force, with over 100 infantry in 1750 pts. To make it easier for myself to tell which platoon is which, I employed a simple method - use the figures! So, the infantry squad of 1st platoon is made up of RT-era (1st ed) models, 2nd platoon is made up of 2nd ed models, and 3rd platoon is made up of 3rd ed models.

Sergeant Hofner, in this pic sporting his trusty old power weapon and autopistol ("laspistols are for wimps"), is really really OOP. A veteran from the rural regions of Brandenburg, rumour has it that the sergeant was formerly a Captain, but was busted down to NCO because of some uncertain incident involving the regimental OC's wife. It is not known why Hofner chooses to don his NBC gear every time he goes into combat. Nevertheless, he is among the 6th's most solid NCOs whom the men treat with the utmost respect (and fear).

The other 3 guys are from 2nd platoon (OOP Cadians). I really like this old metal Cadian range, and have a couple more squads still unpainted. These figures will be among the last to be painted for the Brandenburg (as well as a squad of stormtroopers). After more than 10 years of building up the Brandenburg force to over 300+ infantry and 20+ vehicles, I feel that it is time for something different, as far as my IG armies are concerned. All future IG will be the Catachans, starting (or re-starting) with the AirCav.