Tuesday 16 April 2024

The eastgate garrison


Well trained and equipped by the rich burgers of Altdorf, the harquebusier regiments of the city are among the best missile troops of the Old World. In peacetime these soldiers take charge of the walls and gates of the imperial capital, and when the nation calls, they provide a lethal curtain of fire that mows down the invaders and foul creatures that threaten the Empire
These 6th edition models hold a special place in my heart, being the first wargaming minis that I owned after my dad bought me the starter box back in 2000. Back then I painted them in a weird grey-red scheme, but after so many years it's good to be able to do these Perry sculpts some justice
The unit is led by a marksman equipped with a Hochland long rifle, a quite simple conversion made by trimming off the cannon and replacing it with a rod of the artillery crew, the telescopic sight came from one of the primaris marines
Painting was done as usual with a drybrush of red/blue followed by detailing and inks

After assembling the main ten man unit I had four spare harquebuisers that I organized into a small detachment for the spearmen , giving them the same feathers to keep some uniformity

Friday 12 April 2024

Hoch und Burgmeister regiment


One of the oldest and most celebrated spearmen regiments from the city-state of Altdorf, the Hoch und Burgmeister is raised by the state to serve in the protection of the Empire and its capital, often serving on the Emperor's expeditions abroad. Throughout its history the unit has fought in the vampire and chaos wars, participating in the defeat of Archaon during the siege of Middenheim and covering themselves in glory in many lesser conflicts.
As befits a regiment funded by this rich merchant city, the regiment wears a splendid uniform made from the finest thread and richly decorated with weathers and gold embossery
Many are those who volunteer for service in such an august unit, but the city council only chooses the best of the best, forming an elite unit than in peace time serves as the burgmeister's palace guard
The banner was hand painted, drawing first the outline of the lion and then filling the shape up. I wasn't sold on the ink stains on the gold so I've repainted them over.
To paint them i used my old Altdorf recipe of painting first the red and blue areas before drybrushing them with a clearer colour. Then I painted all the non metallic ares with gold and steel left for last. Several localized ink washes were the final touch.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Landing at Point Rain


After beating the separatists in space the clones invade Geonosis, coming under a heavy barrage that forces them to make an emergency landing. It is one of these groups, led by Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, that faces the massed ranks of the droid army in desperate battle
The jedi seize the initiative
And send the BARC speeder forwards to open fire on the AAT and Ventress
While on the left the clones concentrate fire on count Dooku
Kenobi races to meet the renegade jedi master

And both start a tense duel in the middle of the battlefield
Battle progresses, and more droids show up on the Republic rear
The GAR is not without reinforcements of their own, ARC troopers flying into the fray and totaling a B1 battledroid squad
Only to be wiped out by Ventress on the next activation
Just Echo left to keep on with the fight
Another wave of clankers comes into view
Engaging in a lively firefight with clones in cover
Battle rages over the desert with losses in both sides
But in the end is the Republic who claims victory at the end of turn 4, two objectives to one

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Cyberpunk crab turret


In the cyberpunk timeline technology has advanced a a breakneck pace, and all manner of cybernetic implants and robots populate the streets. Guardian drones are specially demanded by rich corporations and criminals alike, their formidable firepower and lack of morals a powerful asset in the year 2077
The model itself is again a 3D print from Papsikels, armed with two mini missile launchers
The paintjob is vaguely inspired in the Eva 02 of Evangelion, as I thought that a red scheme would work great with its vaguely crab shape
Armed in-game with two grenade launchers, heavy armour and a hard to beat programming, this robot will be the final boss for our next session

Monday 18 March 2024

Corporate guards


The world of Cyberpunk 2077 is controlled by big corporations who dominate everyday life with their products, marketing campaigns and their implacable private armies. Such protectors of late capitalism are elite troops armed with the latest "peacekeeping" tools produced by their corpo masters, and will be a tough opponents for the players of my RPG campaign.
The models themselves are police special forces from Papsikels, but given the lack of similarity with the boys in blue, I decided to use them as corporate security instead
For the paintjob I went with a sober, threatening scheme, a dark uniform that's a businesslike mix of medieval knight and imperial stormtrooper

Saturday 16 March 2024

Assault on Geonosis


Return to Geonosis. After the climatic battle that started the Clone Wars the separatists have retaken the planet of Geonosis and rekindled its countless droid factories, with the war on the verge of being lost Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi led and invasion to end this threat once and for all.
The Republic fleet exits hyperspace close to the planet, and comes under immediate fire from the heavy ion cannons of the separatist subjugator flagship
The seppies launch all, a massive wave of fighters, bombers and torpedoes heading for the republicans
With Geonosis as the target and minefields and asteroids blocking the path in the middle command decides on two flanking thrusts to invade the planet from both sides skirting the bulk of the enemy fleet
A cloud of assault boats cripples some weapons on a venator
But the clones answer in kind
Closer to the planet both fleets open fire with turbolasers and torpedoes

The subjugator keeps firing salvo after salvo, but there are too many destroyers to make it count
The clones instead concentrate all fire on a single vessel, blowing up a providence destroyer 

With the way ahead clear the venators make full speed for Geonosis
Landing the clone legions that will root out the separatist menace