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The Future …

A new game has happened here over the summer.  OK maybe it’s not a new game, but its new enough.  Deadzone from Mantic games is a sci-fi skirmish game that is fast and fun.  The miniatures are great and the scenery actually makes sense with the rules.  Best of all it’s played on a 2′ x 2′ board so a large number of games can be played here.

 

 

One of the factions you get in the box are called Enforcers.  In the background of the game they are above the local corporate interests and are the one who ‘enforce’ the councils will.  That is they are the ones who makes sure everyone in the Deadzones are dead and that no-one gets in or out.   These men and women are enhanced psycho’s with the best armour and equipment available.

 

My take on them..  In the background book to Warpath, another great game (actually two) set in the same universe.  There is a passage about failed and past experiments of the enforcer program, what caught my eye was the passage about re-routing troopers personality to never stray from the preservation of the GCPS.  Also the fact that they hacked their own masters computers and tried to  eliminate a council member.   So my seeds for a store army are in said “failed experiment” and it’s re-structuring for use in patrolling Deadzones and limited law enforcement…

 

So guess what film I was watching the night before painting…

 

 

 

 

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Store Army – Oldhammer 40k Space Marines

I love Rogue Trader.  It’s fun, irreverent, and full of useful information.  I encourage everyone who plays 40k now to read this book and any publications from that era.  But it doesn’t explain how I ended up with this particular 40k army. …

It all began when I was stripping some RTB01 marines. I once witnessed a group of gamers playing call of duty, who decided to have a knife fight, instead of running round shooting each other.  It was very odd as no-one spoke – it just kinda happened.  I thought that was pretty cool so I modelled my first squad on that encounter. For a colour scheme I thought that nothing says Rogue Trader louder than Dark Angels in black.  After painting them I was hooked.  So a tactical squad and a rhino inevitably followed.

There are a few bits  from newer kits on these models.  Though I don’t think they disrupt the feel of the army.

My next mission was a scout squad.  By the time the Advanced Space Crusade scouts had come out, the Dark Angels had gone green.  No references at that time to what their colour scheme should be in RT print so I made one up.  The Imperial Guard had a unit called whiteshields.  A unit of young cadets who had yet to earn the right to wear the insignia of the regiment.  I thought the same could apply to the marines.  Also as scouts why should they give away vital intelligence?

Scouts bridge the gap between Imperial guard and marines, so I used green and brown here, as well as black.  And yeah a range of skin tones here marines are all of humanities finest. A planet that had just one skin tone / hair colour would have died from inbreeding long before colonizing the stars.

Anyway I ended up playing the force in a small campaign.  They needed a lascannon, for this mission so I ended up painting another squad.  What is the point of one marine when you can have ten?

A little more detail here went into this squad.  Purity seals and dedications from the codex itself.

Finally a terminator librarian.  I did think about original black for him.  Though re-reading Deathwing  (the short story from the Space Hulk supplement) convinced me otherwise.  Blue being the codex colour for librarians is used as a secondary colour.

 

Thanks for reading this far, when I add more models I will let you know…

 

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Kings of Death

Background to my store undead army. The locations and time-line is vague enough for it to be placed in any number of fantasy settings.The rule set I am using is currently Kings of War from Mantic.  Kings of War game rules can be used in a number of fantasy settings and I encourage everyone who has not done so to try them out.

I believe many people are under misconception that certain fantasy armies are good and others evil.  In an age where it is common for people carry axes and swords.Where folk can be killed due to their race and/or religious beliefs, quite openly and their deaths welcomed. Where many castles have torture chambers. Good and evil can cease to carry any meaning.

Undead armies in particular are nearly always portrayed as the bad guy.  How many times has the word evil preceded ghost or dead.  Though I am of the belief that folk do not return from the dead for no good reason.  Anyone who has seen “The crow” may agree with this.

While I am not trying to create an army of heroic, dead, good-guys.  What I am trying to present is a more balanced view, of an army containing flawed yet honourable individuals who happen to be on the wrong side of life.

Kings of Death

The Warriors

They hail from the ruins of Ceargwarchodwyr. In life they were a force of brutal but honourable warriors. Sworn to protect their fortress and the roads from any who would challenge them. Ceargwarchodwyr was also a military academy of incredibly high standards. They would accept only the strong and most courageous fighters of all the land. Training was brutal, long hours and tough physical and mental challenges over seen by a graduate. Death and injury was not uncommon among prospects. Upon completion of training usually at a battle a prospect was welcomed as family member.

The Oaths taken by prospects upon elevation were binding and complete. They swore fealty to their order, the roads, their comrades. They swore against dishonour, cowardice and dishonesty. They were not however a deeply philosophical or spiritual people, though they may have started that way. Having hailed from many backgrounds the warriors had one part of philosophy that united them which was courage. The differences in each faith mattered less and less over time. Even the binding vows that were still made were misunderstood as “mere ritual”, as “courage is the true soul of life”.

Their responsibility was to protect trade routes and lines of communication. They maintained several keeps at various intersections. Their enemies could be anyone, and once found the wardens would demand reparations for the transgressions. For small groups of brigands this usually amounted to all their possessions and their lives. Were any quarry to have origins in a village, town or larger settlement a tribute for reparations would be demanded from the leaders. If the tribute could not be met, the city would be besieged and tribute taken by force.

The betrayal

The Wardens built a number with the many settlements of the different races across the lands. This aided the towns for trade in times of peace, though hindered the machinations of the ambitious warlords. Most of the worldly languages were learned and news began to travel fast.  Ceargwarchodwyr was set to become one of the dominating powers of the world. Diplomacy and trade however is a two way street and no King needed reminding of to whom they defer…

It did not take long for the enemies of Ceargwarchodwyr to begin to conspire. A well placed bribe to the lord and chancellor of the keep to ‘look the other way’ so as “Individual Kings may decide to exact their own justice, without troubling the brave Wardens” was all that was needed. And soon Ceargwarchodwyr  itself was besieged. The lords who had broken their word were eradicated by the forces which they swore against. The resultant backlash of power breached the fortress walls and the enemy poured in.

For the warriors who remained true, they found themselves on the loosing side of the battle. Unable to keep their vows, betrayed and outflanked they soon were all defeated. The remaining keeps remained steadfast though eventually they all succumbed. The binding forces, upon which they had sworn refused to let them rest in peace. They had sword upon their lives, to the land herself that the roads will always be safe, to the sanctity of their fortress and to each other. Once the vows were broken the imbalance was clear – storms, earthquakes and diseases tore through the lands they once protected. Propaganda was spread regarding the “true dark nature” of the once noble protectors. The intemperate world added “proof” and the people cursed and then forgot their former wardens.

Next time – survival in un-life and the cult of death

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Store undead army

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A few pictures of the undead army I am working on for kings of war.  The kings of war army lists are great for incorporating models from any number of manufacturers.  Here I have Oldhammer skeleton cavalry alongside Mantic’s revenants lead by a characters from reaper miniatures.   I hope to stock reaper miniatures in the new year.

I am working on more skeleton infantry from Mantic.  They are really great models and the sprues have many great things on them. Anyone who knows me recognises the fact that my army needs more spearmen…

 

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Anyway the idea of my army is that an independent liche has enlisted the services of an army long dead.  They were a group of warriors who protected the roads from brigands.  They were betrayed by their own leadership and their fortress destroyed in the ensuing battles.  However the vows each warrior undertook were binding beyond the grave – the old leadership suffered terrible consequences.  Those who remained true could not pass on, and continue to patrol the roads and bring death to the dishonourable, the cowards and the brigands.