Thursday, 27 February 2014

Saracen Casualties

I just finished the bases on these casualties markers.

The cavalry one comes from Conquest Games plastic Norman Knight box but with an headswap from Perrys plastic Mahadist uprising box.
The other one is straight from Perrys crusader range.

The cavalry was a sort of test run to see how the plastic Normans would be with different heads. And its good enough for me, so expect to see a full unit of these in the future. Well I got plenty of metal cavalry to paint before I paint those but some time in the future I plan to get a plastic unit atleast.

Sorry for the bad pictures.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Azerbaijani Swordsmen

This is a unit I thought was a must to get, for my crusader project.

The Azerbaijani Swordsmen from Perry Minatures
was a base for the unit but I have included some Warlord Games plastic Celts with new shields and some greenstuff mustashios and such as well as one Mahadist uprising plastic miniature from Perry. These were mostly for fun, I wanted to try out how well they would intermix.

I know nearly nothing about the Azerbaijani Swordsmen but with those nice Turkic mustashios and bare torsos I will use them in my Ayyabid Egyptian army in Hail Caesar as a sort of  Turkic mercenary unit with the Ghazi fanatic stats (religious fanatics) as I think that will be the most fitting.

I have also included a casualty marker, also from Perry M.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Arabic test miniatures

After the short brake with the preparing and mass painting mobilization for last weekends mega battle of warhammer 40k I intend to go back to historical again.
I got lots of Saracens for my Crusader project in the pipe and here are just a small number of test miniatures I did.

The miniatures are Conquest games Norman Infantry but two of them have new heads from Warlord Games ww2 Sikh heads , the other two have regular heads. With some added greenstuff and the right colour pallet I think this could work.

So here you go, just a small number of test miniatures that I intend to mix with regular metal Saracens.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Megabattle IG vs Tyranids

Last weekend we had a mega battle of Warhammer 40k.
The Imperial Guards against Tyranids.

The game was played on three separate gaming table. One table represented the major battle, one table representing under grown and one table representing a moon above the table.

If the Tyranids could pass through the defending Death Korps defending the under grown system they would be free to enter the major gaming table.

The forest moon (of Endor...) had a large radio mast relaying communications and coordinates to an imperial battleship that was thus able to rain orbital bombardment on the main battlefield.
The moonbase would be held by my Imperial force of Death Korps troopers and I was ordered to hold the building for atleast three turns as this was the amount of turns the ammunition for the bombardment would last.
If the imperial forces on the moon was wiped out the Tyranids would then be able to transport their remaining forces via drop pods to the main battle fields.

We had in advance sent in our maximum army list to the organiser and the troops where then given out to different commanders. This would mean that some of your troops where given to another commander but you could be given another instead.

This meant that all the digging monsters would be attacking the under grown complex and all the sneaky Tyranids would be attacking my forest installation and so forth.

So keep an eye out for anything Death Korps in brown and black to get a spot of some of my models.

My starting deployment. Some troops were allowed to be deployed inside the defences and the rest would try to enter and reinforce.

 Initial deployment of the Tyranids

 Imperial deployment.

 Under grown complex with the Death Korps guards deployed and alerted of the Tyranid attack.

"Tyranid Tunneling Team" 

My opponent "Egge" moving his hairless ewoks.

Necromundian Escher Aircav using the Elysian rules enters the fray.
Johan commanding the Aircav was also given command of all our joint aircrafts.

The Tyranid massacred the Guardsmen holding the perimeter. Their is only so much a imperial flash-light can do before they are within clawing distance...
This does not look good for me.

Send forth the cavalry, Im sending in my Death Rider squadron.

My Command Death Rider squad is packing a democharge...
With twelve hits resulting in 3 dead Genestealers Im still not to optimistic at my chances.

But with a charge order hitting two units of Genestealers with two units of Death Riders each things are looking better.
Genestealers are some nasty brutes, even with my one use lances on the charge they are hitting me first.
No matter, I wiped two of his units.

 Escher flying circus.

Just look at all those good looking brown tanks ;)

It looked as all the imperial players at the big gaming table where using mechanised or airborn guardsmen so almost all the boots on the grown manning the trenches where Death Korp guardsmen from my and Daniels collections.

 Lots of shooting dices in front of the bunker.

I just love this picture

Massed artillery. Heavy mortars and Griffon Heavy mortar tanks.

I got fed up with this dude and tried do fill the jungle with fire.
When you are shooting at that sneaky bastard your are only allowed to shot snapfire and that means only hitting on 6s, then he got a cover save of 2+.
I just couldn't kill it.

With the lances all used up and the next wave of Genestealers climbing over the fence things look bleak.

 Imperial reserve forces hits the Tyranids in the flank.

Not a lot of free airspaces.

A death rider squadron decided to charge a heavely bleeding flying Tyranid that had crashed to the grown. But it killed all but one of them when they charged, the last one did manage to kill it and clear out the Tyranid at that spot.

The bigger they are...

Problem solved...
I just gangbanged that foul creature with everything I had at that quarter of the battlefield. He did kill of some guardsmen but I can always get new ones.
What my opponent didn´t know was that my secondary objective was to kill that monster.

Meanwhile the Genestealers managed to tear down the radio building.

The aircav zooms in on the Imperial defences after a heavy flank attack of big monsters entering from reserve and hitting the Imperial guardsmen players hard.

 My poor Helga.

My Grenadiers Storm chimera, looks like it have taken some damege but is still operational.

 My and Daniels Avengers over the battle field.

It was a blast and we even managed to finish the whole game in one day.
Thanks to everyone involved.

Now you all know why its been relatively quiet on this blog, as I have been gearing up for this Megabattle. But with this out of the way the plan was to switch over to historical again.