Tuesday, 25 April 2017

1st Confrontation Alliances - The Pride of the Gods

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Greetings Sinners!
A bunch of the Cold Steel Mercs made the long journey south to the sunny climes of Havant for a doubles tournament held by Confrontation Events. Neil, Iain and myself travelled down together, stopping for a quick coffee at Michael's and continuing on to Havant.
Everything was going swimmingly, we arrived at our destination without any problems and piled out of the car, straight into the pub opposite the hotel. After several pints, we phoned my fallen brother, Steve to see how far away he was from joining us. We were delighted to hear he was 10 minutes away. After another couple of beers, we phoned him again asking where he was, only to be told he was outside the hotel looking for us. We told him to look across the car park and he would see us sat outside the pub......"Err.....lads, we're at the wrong hotel!......Oops, can you come and pick us up Steve because we've had too much to drink now?"
So not the best of starts then.......

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Red Tide

Hi all.

As Gary mentioned, the stars have aligned to bring forth an unholy alliance. We both managed to get the same weekend off work (shift work - bah, humbug) and decided to team up for a doubles tournament.

Although my primary collection is my Red Scorpions I have, for a long time (longer than I've been collecting the Scorps to be honest), had a Khornate force for both fantasy and 40k. I fell out with fantasy years ago during 5th or 6th edition but always maintained some berzerkers and rhino APCs. Two or three years ago I was bitten by the chaos bug again and started expanding my collection. Not long after, the Daemonkin codex was released and personally I thought it was a really good book. Not for its power or competitiveness but for its very fluffy approach. Prior to its release the only way to summon khorne daemons to the table was by using sorcerers and this never sat well with me or, I think, the wider khorne player base. With Daemonkin we could get daemons without the hated magic (sorry, psychics) in a very Khornate way. The blood tithe mechanic really encapsulates what Khorne is all about. As your army dies or enemy units are destroyed, your army gets tougher. Let's all shout together - KHORNE CARES NOT FROM WHERE THE BLOOD FLOWS!

Very early on in my renewed devotion to the blood god the Cold Steel Mercs held the inaugural Champions of Chaos weekend. Most, if not all of us, have a chaos collection of greater or lesser size so we decided to battle it out to see who's top dog. Unfortunately for me (or Sladic more accurately - more on him shortly), I finished in last place and endured the humiliation of being locked in the Guilded Cage for a year (a real cage. Sladic was ritually locked in a small ornamental bird cage at the end of the weekend). He's been trying to redeem himself ever since.

So here we are. Although my collection is now quite reasonable, the Alliance tourney is 2k points of which each player has only a thousand points to play with. Gary and I decided not to be too strict in our list building, going for an overall theme rather than detailing what we should take.  We're going for a fast assault force. We realise that the psychic and shooting phases are where it's at in 40k at the moment but what the hell, it's all about the fun, right? Also, Khorne and Slaanesh! What could go wrong?


...Sladic stood in the shadow of the throne, his wings furled, his horned head bowed. He dare not look up. He could feel the fury and anger buffeting him as though a storm raged about him. The sea of skulls stretched to the horizon all around, rising to an impossible mountain of bone before him. Atop the mountain,  sat on an enormous chair of brass and iron, Khorne pronounced his judgement.

'For your failure you will bet set a test. My servants have never before been so humiliated in the Trial of Champions. You have been raised to immortality not as a reward but so that you may endeavour for all eternity to try and please me. My thirst for blood and hunger for skulls is endless and there lies my amusement. You must reap such a tally that my appetite will be sated. We both know this can never be done yet you must try. Further, there is an added condition...'

Despite his fear Sladic could not help himself, the words were uttered before he could stop himself;

'You're fucking joking!'

The echos of the Blood God's laughter followed Sladic to the mortal realms. He hears them still.

Sladic, Ascended. Daemon Prince of Khorne, warp forged armour, daemonic flight, Goredrinker. 250

Gharkuul, the High handed Slayer. Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage. 275

PDF squads 1 & 2 (8 cultists each) 58 points each


Red Claw - 3 chaos bikers, 1 melta gun (replaces twin linked bolters) 86

Red Fang - 3 chaos bikers, melta bombs for champion. 81

The Blood Hunters - 12 Flesh hounds. 192

Army shot

A thousand points on the nose.

Gary will no doubt be doing a round up of the weekend, maybe I will add some insights. I've known Gary for quite a while now, I'm sure at the very least we'll be having some rum inspired fun. 

See you soon.

Friday, 14 April 2017

1st Confrontation Alliances - The First and the Last.

The Great Game
The Realm of Chaos, is not merely the home of the Dark Gods, it is their battlefield, the arena of the great game of supremacy. The Chaos Gods are constantly at war with one another, vying for power amid the immaterial planes. Despite their myriad differences, the great Gods of Chaos have the same goal; total domination.
From time to time there arises a being, place, objective or event in the material universe that attracts the attentions of the Gods of Chaos. So important is this new element, so desired or so dangerous, that all rivalries are put aside in order for Chaos to take advantage of this opportunity.
But the dark Gods cannot stay their meddling hands, as their Champions march forth, the dark Gods pass down rituals to bind their cohorts.
And sometimes the ritual is of great import: "No Weapon, Iron or Steel shall you use, nor any Wooden Shaft, but only the natural Claws and long Fangs that we have given thee." And sometimes the ritual is petty and beneath contempt: "No Blues shall be worn, nor shall the Mauves and Purples be seen upon this field." In the immeasurable minds of the Dark Gods there is purpose that cannot be guessed and schemes unfathomable to the limited mind of mortals.
And the ritual shall be agreed, and it shall be binding, even unto the least creature, even unto the greatest.
Martial pride, knownst unto the first God, knownst unto the last. "You shall not use the Dark Magicks or Words of Power. And you shall bring unto me the greatest number of Souls I am due." So speaketh Khorne and Slaanesh. For when the Dark Gods have spoken, none can gainsay their word. And the battle shall begin......

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated!

The endless toil of the dark gods' work would have left his soul heavy had he had one.

But a glimmer of purpose shone in the darkness

Finally the inspiration took him. ....he had work to begin!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

The Path to Glory

Greetings Sinners!
With 8th edition just around the corner, now is not the time to be splashing out on an army project. Will the current Codices be usable? Will transports be any good? Will close combat get better? Will the game be any good?
No, now is definitely not the time to be starting a new project......or is it?

Friday, 31 March 2017

Battlefield Birmingham 11 - Sheee'la'sar's tale

Greetings Sinners!
I was hoping to do a full write up of last weekends tournament, but unfortunately the lighting was pretty dire, so I'm afraid it will be a quick and dirty report of how I got on and my thoughts on how the army played......

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Nestor & Sheee'la'sar team up for Battlefield Birmingham

Greeting Sinners!
Once again, the call to war rings out across the sector. Eager to show off his new ride, Nestor Lustheart gathers his forces to battle with the Emperor's lapdogs, xenos and other unsavoury ne'er do wells.
With the majority of the Castigators' Cohorts hunting Black Templars around Cadia, our intrepid hero has called upon the services of Sheee'la'sar to aid him in his quest.....

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Shadow Wars: Armageddon

Greetings sinners!
Could this be the 40k skirmish that I've wanted since 2nd edition?
It's no secret that I've thought that 40k was going in the wrong direction since 3rd edition. That's not to say that I haven't enjoyed 40k through all of the editions (okay, maybe 6th edition was a bit iffy), because I have.
No, the reason I think 40k has been going in the wrong direction is because it has long since stopped being a skirmish game and has started to resemble Epic.
Too many models, Flyers, Super Heavies & now Primarchs, have left me thinking "This isn't the game I signed up for all those many years ago."
Hopefully, that may all be about to change!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

More Scorpions.

Hi all,

At the risk of being a bit of a show off I'm going to show a few more of my Scorps collection before I move on to write about some other stuff. It's just going to be few random bits so here goes.

When the current marine codex hit the shelves I was instantly drawn to the formations. Formations were a new thing back then and even though there are dozens more now, for all factions, I think the marine options are still pretty cool and effective. My particular favourites are;

The Librarius Conclave.

In today's somewhat psychic heavy environment the conclave is an amazing way of getting more psychic offence/defence in your army. They don't have to be gathered together if you don't want them to in order to spread the powers around but the ability to manifest powers on a 2+ means your dice pool goes much further.

I'm also a big fan of fliers and in my opinion the Stormwing is quite awesome. OK, you're at the vagaries of dice for when they arrive but when the do they all arrive together, bringing some heavy firepower to the table.

Stormraven Nemesis. The unmodified GW kit is a truly awful model. Fortunately the now defunct Chapterhouse produced a conversion kit that elevated it to a remarkable looking model. I always thought a servitor crewed turret was entirely the wrong choice for the upper weapons system so with a bit of filing, in went a Forge World razorback turret which fits the more hi-tech marine aesthetic for me.

The main man in most of my force selections, Severin Loth. I feel justified in taking him as I have an actual Red Scorpions collection rather than fitting him in with 2 minimum scout squads because of his abilities. Choosing powers rather than rolling randomly means you're guaranteed that most desirable of powers, invisibility. The fact that his powers must all come from the same discipline isn't so bad when you consider psychic shriek is the telepathy primaris, or that you can turn him into a pretty decent combat character with biomancy. A 2+ invulnerable is just icing on the cake.

Being a FW chapter, Loth is one of FWs characters. As such, when first introduced he was allowed his own honour guard squad, being the Scorps Chief Librarian. FW released a conversion kit consisting of heads, weapons and torsos but no legs. At the time there was no kit with sufficiently ornate legs befitting honour guard but then along came the new Sternguard kit. 5 men with relic blades and a chapter banner is 200 points on the nose. Led by chaplain Tedan and assaulting out of Nemesis they pretty much annihilate anything 3+ armour or worse. I like 'em.

I hope you like my modest selection. Next time we'll talk about something different.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Chaos Biker Lord - The Colours of Chaos

To the Eldar of Saim Hann, he is known as Soulreaper, the Imperial Fists, Black Templars and Crimson Fists know him as Dorn's Bane; to the rest of the Imperium he is known as the Traitor, the Heretic or the Scourge of Slaanesh; roughly translated from the Dark Eldar tongue he is known as the 'Unquenchable Thirst'; to the six Lords of Slaanesh he is known as the Chosen of Slaanesh; to the Castigators he is known as Lustheart and is their Chapter Master.
Throughout the galaxy he is known by many names......but all of them know him as Nestor!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Red Scorpions 4th Battle Company

Hi all,

I thought all week about what my first proper post should be and despite a lot of to-ing and fro-ing I couldn't shake the notion that I should introduce my first and main love in 40k. So, without further ado, here's some Red Scorpions.......

Saturday, 25 February 2017

A new author - me!

Hi all.

In the real world I'm Iain Miller but some of you may know me as either daddy troll (Warhammer forum) or old git (B&C). I've known Gaz for quite a few years now, he and I share a similar view of what 40k should be about and so he asked me to pen an article or two to, I hope, complement his own. This is all new to me so I'm not sure where this will take me. Maybe a bit of background will help you understand where I come from, in hobby terms.

I was dragged into the war gaming hobby in the late 80s by 3rd ed Fantasy. 40k soon piqued my interest and gradually took over my hobby time and effort to the point where I stopped fantasy altogether in its 6th edition. Other games came and went - Bloodbowl, Flames of War etc but 40k was, and still is my main interest, some might say obsession.

I know Gary's blog is all about chaos, and I do have a large-ish khorneate force (The Red Tide) but at heart I'm what Gary would call an imperial lapdog. My primary collection is around 10k points worth of Red Scorpions and I'm currently building, amongst other lesser projects, a drop pod based Minotaurs force.

Enough for now. Once I set myself up properly with ideas and pics I'll show some of my stuff and amaze you all with my ramblings. See you soon.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Cold Steel Mercs Invitational 2017 - Call of the Dragon

Placing the lash on the table and picking up the glass of wine, Nestor stepped back to admire his handiwork.
The angry crimson pattern scored into the flesh contrasted beautifully with his victim’s white alabaster skin.
Quenching his thirst he picked up the lash again, holding it to his mouth he bit into the leather, working in the wine to soften the leather even further. Sweat, wine and blood mingled on his tongue, his Omophagea quickly absorbed the blood-encoded sensations of fear and torment making the Slaanesh Lord sigh with pleasure.
The piercing screams had subsided now to a soft, low moan; lending an almost rhythmic bass to the music that filled the room.
For the briefest of moments the smell of blood, sweat and wine mixed with the perfumed oils threatening to overwhelm his senses, but as quickly as he welcomed the sensation, it had already begun to fade.
Nestor’s vox crackled into life, dispelling the last traces of the experience and leaving his jaded soul empty once again.

A shudder ran down Nestor’s spine as he listened to his Sorcerer’s message…..”The Dragon summons you.”

Thursday, 26 January 2017

WIP Chaos Biker Lord

Work continues on Nestor's new ride, not quite at the pace I was hoping for but the build is almost complete. One or two people have been asking how it's going (so many impatient readers on here!), so I thought I'd show the progress I've made......

Monday, 9 January 2017

The Fall of Terra

Greetings Sinners!
Bolter & Chainsword have a great little event going in the Chaos Space Marine Forum called The Fall of Terra. It's a project designed to encourage Chaos Warlords to start or add to their Warband and give each other a (much needed, in my case) incentive to complete our forces.
I jumped at the chance to participate, so I decided to start off with a small manageable project so as not to over-face me. Unfortunately, the best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley!