Thursday, August 15, 2013

House Tourrash Marches To War

I met my personal goal of painting up my first seven Knights ahead of the weekend gaming event!

Here's my first three paladins.  They're not entirely finished yet, as I have to settle on Brotherhood badges for the three Paladin groups they'll be leading, which will go on their right shins in black.

Similarly, I have to settle on a badge for the Wardens, and decide whether they're going to share a badge with my next trio of Wardens, or whether I want to give the units separate markings...

And finally the Baron.  I attempted a minor light source on his Baron Lance, adding an electric glow to the coils running up the sides of the lance.  Not sure how well I succeeded; Saturday I'll get some input in person most likely.  I have to make a banner for him too, but that's a project for another night.  Ultimately, his banner will either be a larger version of the House crest, or it will be a scroll carrying the House motto.  Don't know yet which.

As for the house Crest:  Three orbs gules per bend sinister argent, sable (hopefully I got that right).  Essentially, I wanted something that would link the House back to the Mechanicum despite their very un-Adeptus Mechanicus color scheme, so I split the heraldric field black and white, and put three circles on it in red for Mars, Metalica, and Cydonika.  It doesn't clash as badly as I feared it would, and it's better than my earlier idea of using black, red, and green.

Monday, August 12, 2013

And more on the way!

My challenge for this week:  while finishing off my business school prep-work, paint 7 knights, and hopefully assemble and paint 1-2 warhound titans.  Let's see if I manage that before Saturday (B-school takes precedence of course).

So here's my first couple of painted Knights (the Baron, 3x Paladin Proxies, 3x Warden Proxies):

Meet what will hopefully be the first seven painted Knights of Cydonika.  I wanted something a little different (most of my armies tend to fall within a certain spectrum of the color palette involving blue, green, and red), so I opted for a purple/golden yellow contrast with silver trim and silver heads.  The left shin will get House Tourrash's heraldry (TBA), and the right shin will get the knight detachment's squad heraldry.

House Tourrash, the Knights of Cydonika

"Nemo nos ceperint vivos"

House Tourrash originated on Mars as part of the garrison of the Cerberus Planitia Cybernetica Forges.  They were, among other Knight Households Skitarii regiments, and a Titan Legion, eventually tasked to an Explorator fleet headed deep into the Galactic East to provide security for the fleet and its eventual colonization efforts.  The world that Explorator fleet ultimately settled upon still serves the Martian Mechanicum today, as Forge World Metalica.  House Tourrash acquitted itself well through the centuries, guarding the nascent factory templum as the Mechanicum iterated and prospered on Metalica, and rode to war on numerous occasions alongside the Legio Metalica (Iron Skulls) against the region's entrenched ork populations.

In late M34, Metalica launched an Explorator fleet to map out regions further East along the edge of ork space, ultimately settling at a suitable planet, redesignated "Cydonika" after a decade of unrelenting warfare to cleanse the ork population present.  House Tourrash has guarded the forges of Cydonika ever since, riding to war alongside Cydonikan skitarii, as well as her parent world Metalica's Titans and skitarii when requested.  To date, the House still keeps an honor guard of seven paladins on Metalica as part of the Iron Skulls' home forge defenses, and the House keeps their Knights' cockpits unpainted in honor of their shared history.

I'll update House Tourrash's lore as I finish off the miniatures, polishing it up and keeping it reasonable as I go.  My plan is to paint up my Titans for Legio Metalica (although of late, Legio Crucius is starting to compete for my affections; they might get their own miniatures at some point), and ultimately have a combined arms force of Skitarii, Titans, and Knights that I could table for a truly massive battle should I so desire.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Battlefleet Solar, Armageddon Sector Fleet List

This post is playing a little bit of catch-up with my project log over on Specialist-Arms, so bear with me; there's more coming soon, and it's not necessarily BFG.

So I'm finally getting closer to finishing an Imperial fleet I started years back in college.  At the time, I only had access to the plastic cruiser kits and metal escorts, but since then, I've been able to get my hands on a set of resin garage kit conversion parts to better represent ships produced at the forge world Voss, or other Segmentum Solar shipyards using Voss templates.

Starting from the left, you have the three Falchions of Pugnus Squadron (more to come when I get around to painting the other six I have), the Tyrant-class cruiser Aloysius Helmawr IX, the Gothic-class cruiser Lord Nevsky, the Armageddon-class Saint Drusus, the Mars-class Sanctus Macharius Victor, the Tyrant-class A. von Wallenstein, and the Armageddon-class Saint Jowen.

My plan is for these vessels to be pulled from the Sector in which Necromunda lies, late in M41 just prior to Abaddon's 13th Black Crusade.  Many of the sector fleet's vessels were previously dispatched as reserves to the Armageddon Sector to reinforce the squadrons attempting to stem the tide of Ghazkull's second invasion, and the war has left its mark on the returning ships.  Both the St. Drusus and St. Jowen were dispatched to Armageddon as Lunar-class cruisers but were upgraded over the course of the war along with many others of their class as the Imperials desperately tried to outgun the Orks who vastly outnumbered them.  The St. Macharius is Patrol Group Adamant's command vessel, with the veteran Commodore Iulia Apraksin commanding her task force from the carrier's bridge.  The Helmawr is the youngest ship in the task force, built in early M39 above Necromunda at the insistence of then-Planetary Governor Aloysius Helmawr IX, who had gotten it into his head that an Imperial Navy warship was the most suitable memorial to his illustrious personage he could have.  Lord Helmawr's micromanagement of the ship's design and construction tended more towards the ship's decoration and command & guest quarters and less-so to the specifics of the ship's class and displacement, and so when the understandably frustrated shipwrights suggested the ship be built to the specifications of the newest and increasingly popular cruiser design, he happily agreed, blind to the unsubtle irony in their choice.

Here's a closer shot of the three battle cruisers in close formation.  To round out the fleet, I plan to add another 2-3 squadrons of escorts, 4 light cruiser hulls based on the Voss light cruiser design, another nova cannon-armed Armageddon to round out my Holy (Face) Rollers, possibly a Dictator to give me more attack craft options, and I have an Apocalypse-class battleship that needs some retouching before it will join this battlegroup.  I'll have one more torpedo-armed cruiser prow left at that point, but I'm really not sure what else this fleet really needs, unless I want to reserve in a cruiser hull from another fleet list that I can't normally take in the Armageddon Sector list (maybe a Dominion or an Overlord?).  I have a couple of strike cruisers and a battle barge that I could use to thicken out the fleet if I really needed to, but I'm more partial to fielding a "pure" Imperial fleet.  I may also add some small turrets to the Tyrants and Gothic where the battle cruisers have their forward antennae; I might also use these ships to represent a Bakka list from time to time, so having the extra turrets modeled on wouldn't hurt.