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If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you may remember that last year I was able to drunkenly talk the rest of my games club into participating in my long-held fantasy of setting-up a Badab War themed Kill Team campaign. We managed to get the first game in a few weeks ago, before Corona virus ‘social distancing’ became the norm in the UK. For this game I acted as the Games Master while Apologist fielded his Astral Claws and Omricon used his Salamanders.
GALEN | Frontier World | Galactic South of Endymion Cluster
Following the destruction of Imperial Tithe Fleet VX542/11 in the Badab System and Chapter Master Huron’s declaration of his ‘Articles of Just Secession’, the Imperial response began in earnest. The fleet of Loyalist Space Marines, under the command of Lord Commander Ortys of the the Red Scorpions, mustered on the edge of Secessionist territory. The first stage of Ortys’s plan called for a series of feints, pushes and raids into the Endymion Cluster and Galen Nebula sectors to gauge the strength and disposition of the enemy, as well as their commitment to the Tyrant’s cause.
One of these raids took the Salamanders to the Frontier World of Galen, where they would encounter the Astral Claws as enemies in battle for the first time. Galen was not a populous world by any means, and its defences were little more than a handful of bastions that doubled as both strong-points and listening posts. After a pin-point orbital bombardment from their Strike Cruiser, the Salamanders descended to the planet’s surface to meet their foes eye-to-eye for the first time.
Your Kill Team has survived the orbital bombardment, even if the bastion you were garrisoning has not. The distinctive flare of Thunderhawks entering the atmosphere has been spotted south of your position. Holding this position is not sustainable against a superior force, but it would not be right to allow this insult to go unpunished. If the enemy are coming to admire their handiwork, it’s only right that you show them some proper Maelstrom hospitality!
++ MISSION TIMING: This mission will use the Random Game Length rules, meaning there will be 5 – 7 turns.
++ VICTORY CONDITIONS: Victory goes to whichever side achieves the most victory points. The Astral Claws Kill Team will score victory points for the following:
Make the enemy pay for daring to raise a hand against their fellow Astartes. Make an example of their leaders. Show them the wrath of the Tyrant of Badab!
An enemy model is taken ‘Out of Action’: +1VP
The enemy model taken ‘Out of Action’ is also a Leader: +1VP
It will not be possible to hold the ruined bastion. The air defence Icarus Lascannon was damaged in the bombardment but not destroyed. It would be imprudent to leave it for the enemy to re-purpose. Ensure it is permanently disabled before you leave the area.
Have the most models within 2” of the Icarus Lascannon at the end of the mission: +2VP
Good hunting Commander.
++ BRIEFING ENDS
+++ Thought for the Day: An eye for an eye is inefficient, make it two eyes and have done with it. +++
++ SALAMANDERS LOYALIST COMMANDER BRIEFING
++ PLAYER: Omricon
Your Kill Team has been selected for the task of descending to the surface of Galen and ensuring all Secessionist forces are either dead or captured for interrogation. Further bombardment at this point is likely to result in unacceptable civilian casualties, and it would be beneficial to have Secessionist survivors to return to Lord Commander Ortys for interrogation.
++ MISSION TIMING: This mission will use the Random Game Length rules, meaning there will be 5 – 7 turns.
++ VICTORY CONDITIONS: Victory goes to whichever side achieves the most victory points. The Salamanders Kill Team will score victory points for the following:
Capturing Secessionists to interrogate for intelligence will greatly benefit the future prosecution of the war.
An enemy model is taken ‘Out of Action’ while within 6” of a Salamander model: +1VP
The enemy model taken ‘Out of Action’ is also a Leader or Specialist: +1VP
Orbital augury reveals there is a civilian shelter beneath the Chapel of the Emperor Beneficent. If possible, civilians should be secured for extraction, interrogation and pardoning or execution, as appropriate.
Have the most models within 2” of the shelter entrance at the end of the mission: +2VP
Good luck Commander.
++ BRIEFING ENDS
+++ Thought for the Day: Loyalty is its own reward. +++
A NOTE ON THE RULES
We’re generally quite a narrative-driven gaming group, hence the custom Kill Team missions and my role as Games Master. Space Marines have multiple lists available for Kill Team, and we discussed as a group early on that we wanted our Marines to have the durability of Primaris (so the games felt like brutal slug-fests) while also having access to Badab-era appropriate equipment. Therefore we decided that for this campaign that we would use Primaris Intercessors stats but that they could select any Space Marine equipment that was appropriate to the narrative.
The Astral Claws bastion burns in the aftermath of the orbital bombardment, while the nearby Chapel of the Emperor Beneficent lies in ruins.
Salamander Kill Team Phoenix deploys on the eastern flank of the chapel.
Astral Claws Kill Team Clawthorn deploy in the refinery near the bastion and the ruins opposite the western flank of the chapel.
MEASURE OF THE FOE
Sergeant Aldin was not the least bit surprised when the shadow of Imperial retribution fell across Galen and his bastion burned around him. He had expected it from the moment the Tyrant had declared the Succession. Violent retribution delivered from above and without mercy. He refused to rail against their fate. It was exactly what he would have done in the Imperial’s position. Still, that didn’t mean he couldn’t attempt to extract a little revenge.
The Astral Claws move forward to reclaim the ground around the bastion and the western flank of the chapel…
…taking up firing positions through the shattered windows and across the ruined interior of the flattened basilica.
The Salamanders approach from the eastern flank, staying together in fire teams and moving cautiously through the ruins.
The Astral Claws sniper provides covering fire from the gantry while the Heavy moves towards the Icarus lascannon installation to the north of the burning bastion.
Sensing the moment is right, Sergeant Aldin orders his Kill Team to open fire!
Bolt rounds of different calibres rocket back and forth through the ruins, adding to the considerable destruction already suffered by the sacred building. Frescoes are destroyed, rockrete is chipped and a couple of minor injuries are sustained by the clashing Astartes, but nothing debilitating yet.
Heavy weapons specialist Brother Soter secures the Icarus lascannon objective, noting with grim satisfaction that this position affords excellent fields of fire into the ruined shell of the chapel.
Illmarinen of the Salamanders fires his melta gun point blank at Kain of the Astral Claws. The Secessionist is grievously wounded but – perhaps in a dark echo of future events – clings to life and stays in the fight. Exposed, Illmarinen also suffers a serious flesh wound from return fire.
Severus and Malchus assume a defensive position in the centre of the chapel, in easy striking distance of the entrance to the civilian shelter beneath the ruin.
Yoruban continues to provide pin-point covering fire with his stalker-pattern bolter, forcing the Salamanders to keep their heads down.
The Astral Claws seize the higher ground while Sergeant Aldin prepares to confront his opposite number Sergeant Hephaestus and the badly wounded Illmarinen.
Sergeant Aldin dispatches the Salamanders melta gunner with little effort, avenging the serious wounding of his battle brother.
Heavy bolter fire takes its toll on the Astral Claws as the already badly wounded Kain is knocked from his feet and taken out of action.
Brother Baraqu outflanks the Salamanders, laying down enfilading fire with his assault bolter and wounding the enemy comms specialist.
The icy steel of the Maelstrom Warders clashes with the burning blade of Nocturne in a shower of sparks and metal fragments. The two officers deal a number of light wounds to each other, but nothing decisive.
Brother Gelasius comes to the aid of his sergeant as the duel continues above the entrance to the civilian shelter. But will it be enough to tip the balance?
The bitter fighting becomes up-close and personal in the ruined chapel.
Brother Soter is forced out of position by the weight of incoming fire. Falling back, he seeks to find a better firing solution for his heavy bolter.
With a final riposte, Sergeant Hephaestus finally beats the Astral Claws guard, and Sergeant Aldin is out of the fight.
The Astral Claws attempt to regroup as the Salamanders secure their hold on the civilian shelter.
Often slow to anger, there is little that can stop the sons of Nocturne once their blood is up! Although wounded by his duel, Hephaestus advances on the nearest Astral Claw, his burning blade leaving a trail of embers cooling in his wake. Brother Gelasius remains in place to secure the Salamander’s secondary objective.
The Salamanders regroup in the centre of the chapel, stoically marching through punishing fire from the western and southern flanks.
Brother Soter finally falls as a stalker bolter rounds comes whipping out of the smoke and straight into his chestplate!
Sergeant Hephaestus vents his wrath on Brother Acast of the Astral Claws.
Baraqu and Tullian exchange shots, although with his Infernus heavy bolter Brother Tullian has the weight of firepower on his side.
Yoruban makes the decision to abandon his elevated sniper position in an attempt to secure the Astral Claw’s secondary objective and his critically wounded battle brother.
The Astral Claws make a last ditch attempt to contest the entrance to the civilian shelter…
…but it is not to be as Brother Acast falls to the weight of fire ranged against him.
And with that the mission timer ticked to zero. Salamander reinforcements were sighted approaching and the Astral Claws were forced to yield the field of battle to withdraw and lick their wounds.
++ FINAL SCORES
Astral Claws: 4 VPs
Salamanders: 6 VPs
++ IMPERIAL LOYALIST VICTORY
So there we have it, the first game of our Badab War Kill Team campaign! I hope I can get my Lamenters Kill Team finished for a game soon, although with the Corona virus situation who knows quite when that will be. Stay safe out there!
Two years and ten months after posting my first LED Primaris Crimson Fist from the Dark Imperium boxed set on my Instagram, I’ve finally finished painting a minimum sized Battalion of two HQ choices and three Troops choices! I felt that this momentous occasion called for a group photo and a quick retrospective.
I was on something of a roll with my painting last week and completed Brother Isario and Brother Merius (don’t forget, LED helmet eye lens tutorial can be found here).
Traitors are a cancer, and cancer requires a blade to excise. – Brother Isario
I relish the dry click of an empty magazine. It tells me another thirty Orks are dead. – Brother Merius
I’m pleased with how they’ve turned out, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far! So what next? Well that’s not the Crimson Fists finished by any means! It’s probably time to start thinking about the Elite and Heavy support slots so I have a little more firepower on the tabletop. Plus there’s the Reiver and Hellblaster squads to finish, and ‘Armies on Parade’ to think about in the autumn…so plenty more to do!
Being a Chapter Master of the Imperial Fists is not about being the lord of one thousand Space Marines. It is about acting as a servant and shield to all Humanity.
– Gregor Dessian
A fun little side project this week, with my take on Gregor Dessian, current Chapter Master of the Imperial Fists. This is for the ‘We Paint Minis‘ #ChapterMasterChallenge on Twitter.
This is one of those very rare occasions (for me anyway) when the miniature survives its translation from my brain to the finished model almost entirely unaltered. When the Chapter Master Challenge themed around the Imperial Fists came up, I knew I wanted to do a ‘modern’ Primaris Chapter Master. I also knew that I didn’t want to give him a power fist or thunder hammer. As much as I love these two iconic weapons of the Fists, I thought that was probably a route that a lot of other people participating in the challenge would go down. Instead I wanted something that wasn’t necessarily commonly associated with the Imperial Fists, but still implied this was a hero with access to rare and valuable equipment. In the end I settled on twin custom plasma pistols as they satisfied these criteria, plus it was a chance to get some LEDs in there too!
Gregor’s master-crafted twin plasma pistols, Brick and Mortar are a rare treasure from the armoury of the Phalanx. Their power cells are charged directly from plasma vented from the battle station’s reactor, ensuring the Chapter Master always carries with him a direct link to the beating heart of the Imperial Fists Fortress monastery.
As you can see in the image above, the connections for the LEDs (in this case Nano Chip LEDs) run through each arm, through the torso and down one of the legs into the coin cell battery hidden in the base. If you’d like to have a go at a similar conversion, then I used the techniques detailed in my Simple Plasma Weapons tutorial.
That was a fun diversion for this week. Next week, back to the Crimson Fists!
I’ve never met a xenos my bolter couldn’t kill. But for the day I do, the Emperor has blessed me with a grenade launcher – Brother Lyrast
After a busy couple of months working on real-life non-hobby stuff, I’m back in the game with Brother Lyrast. This Intercessor is the third member of my third Intercessor squad.
I used my standard LED muzzle flare technique on this model, as detailed in the tutorial here. The only difference was that I used the Nano SMD Chip LED (Amber 3V) from Small Scale Lights, rather than the slightly larger 0805 chip referenced in the tutorial.
I wanted to experiment with the Nano SMDs as they are even smaller and easier to work with, in terms of inserting it into the model, than the 0805s. The downside is that they’re not quite as bright when hidden under the resin muzzle flare. I’m not especially sold on one of these types of LEDs over the other though, so I think I’ll pick and choose depending on the needs of individual models.
I’m now firmly in the habit of painting my resin muzzle flares with a wash of Fuegan Orange and a glaze of Lamenters Yellow. This makes the miniatures look better in the display cabinet when the LEDs are switched off, as shown below, and doesn’t seem to impact the LED brightness (based off previous experiments).
That’s it for this week. My current goal is to finish off this third Intercessor squad, so please drop by again soon for more Crimson Fists!
The Master of Recruits once asked me what makes a good comms operator. I told him that if he could find an aspirant who could make himself heard over an Ork Kill Kannon, then that was a good start. – Cleulis, Crimson Fists Comms Specialist
The latest Primaris to join my Crimson Fists is Brother Cleulis, an Intercessor by day and a Kill Team comms specialist by night!
My original plan for this model started as an idea to use internal LED illumination on the wrist-mounted screen from the Intercessor sprue, essentially making a tiny back-lit screen. Then it occurred to me that a “hologram” projection, i.e. a 40K hololith, would be even cooler!
The hololith figure is a resin cast of an old ‘Epic’ scale Space Marine Terminator. I wanted to have a figure that represented a senior Space Marine officer so to make it look more like a Terminator Captain, I sculpted on a cloak before casting. This also made the hololith figure a bit more solid and easier to sneak the nano LED into! I then painted the bare resin with a GW shade to “filter” the white LED light to my chosen colour of green, which I decided was the most “hologram” colour.
From the start I knew that I wanted my comms specialist to appear as if he was shouting to make himself heard over the din of battle. So I went for a shouting Space Marine head (there are plenty of those) and also reposed his arm and hand so it looked like he was pressing the button on the comms bead in his ear. This used the empty Intercessor hand with the two finger “signalling” pose. It was quite time consuming to get it looking right though. As you might be able to spot in the picture above, I basically had to cut it up at each joint, pin it back together in the required pose with wire, and then sculpt in the gap areas with Pro Create modelling putty.
Anyway, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out after all that! If you’d like to have a go yourself you can find a brand new full step-by-step tutorial for creating your own LED hololith on my LED tutorials page here.
That’s all for this week, but stay tuned for even more Crimson Fists and of course the rest of the Lamenters kill team!
I find our enemies often make mistakes. The most common is believing that they can hold the breach. – Brother Achillus
Here is Brother Achillus, the second Space Marine in my Badab War Lamenters Kill Team project. Brother Achillus is wearing MkVII ‘Imperator’ armour and is equipped with an ‘Umbra Ferrox’ pattern bolter, auxiliary grenade launcher and boarding shield. He will be the demolitions specialist in the Kill Team.
LED Breacher Shield Explosions
So how was the explosion effect achieved? This is an idea that I’ve been kicking around in my head for a while. Essentially it is the process detailed in my LED Muzzle Flare Tutorial. The wires still run from the base and up through the body and arm, but in this case the LED connections terminates on the front of the shield rather than on the end of a gun barrel.
I hid the connections at the back of the shield under some Green Stuff putty. I deliberately made sure the connections ran in straight lines so that the putty I built up to hide them would look like additional reinforced bracing on the back of the shield. The LEDs used in this case were TruOpto 1.8mm Yellow LEDs.
The resin explosions themselves were simply cut-down versions of muzzle flares that I had previously cast. I gave them a light shade of Fuegan Orange and then a light glaze of Lamenters Yellow (appropriately). This doesn’t inhibit the light getting through, and actually makes them look better when the LED is switched off, as shown below.
I may revisit the resin at some point and sculpt and cast specific explosions, rather than the re-purposed muzzle flares, but that’s something for the future.
As with my Lamenter in MkVI ‘Corvus’ armour, I was trying to keep this model both retro and ‘true scale’. So again, although this model is based around a plastic Primaris Marine, I was careful to remove and resculpt any details that were obviously ‘Primaris’, such as the rims around the knee pads and the stabilisers on the ankles. He also has a MkVII appropriate backpack, and his bolt rifle has been swapped out for a more traditional bolt gun.
Painting Lamenters skin tones
When choosing the skin tone for the Lamenters, I new I wanted to go slightly pallid rather than tanned. I find that I tend to paint human skin differently each time; partially because I never find a technique I’m 100% happy with, and partially because I paint skin infrequently and forget what I did last time! However I do normally try and paint Space Marines with tanned skin. To me a lifetime of warfare waged under a thousand alien suns kind of implies a decent base tan.
But in this case I wanted to go pale. There were several reasons for this. Firstly, to hint at the Blood Angels heritage (Blood Angels are often depicted as pale and vampiric). But also I wanted to imply that this was a team that had spent a lot of time inside space ship corridors, fighting boarding actions away from natural light. The other reason of course is that a healthy tan and a square jaw often indicates the faultless hero in western culture. While I definitely don’t see the Lamenters as bad guys in the Badab setting, I didn’t particularly want to set them up as out-and-out blameless heroes either. Classic 40K shades of grey!
This was a very simple technique. A base coat of Rakarth Flesh, a shade of Reikland Fleshshade, then two highlights mixing greater amounts of Flayed One Flesh into Rakarth Flesh. I’m pretty pleased with the results and will definitely duplicate this on other helmetless Lamenters.
That’s it for today, stay tuned for more Lamenters, more Badab and of course more Crimson Fists in the not-to-distant future!