Wednesday 30 October 2013

Sternguard on a budget

Evening all, this week I have been working towards constructing my first wave of Sternguard.  As a Crimson Fists player, the elites choice of Sternguard is a no brainer, the combination of nice fluff and a very flexible codex listing and Pedro Kantor's Sternguard buffing abilities means any 'Fists player should have at least a squad of them.

I've got it into my head that it would be nice to at least have the option of fielding three full squads of sternies if the situation allows, and that situation would have to be at least a 1200 point battle if it's going to be legal with a HQ and two troops choices.

Lovely as the GW releases are, buying six boxes of the latest Sternguard plastics at £30 each would cost me £180, which frankly is too much for my hobby, I probably spend that on minis in a year so i need another way.

For £40 i've amassed enough bits, bodies and guns to equip 30ish Sternguard, many of the parts came from my bits box but if a bits box isn't there to furnish an epic project such as this then what is it actually for? Trawling ebay got me 20x old Death Company metals for £17 (look out for late night auctions when most people are not online), and the rest was spent on various bits websites purchasing weapons and terminator honours shoulder pads.  Add a paint stripped tactical squad from my brother's foray into 40k and that makes 30 bodies.

The marine on the left is a standard tactical marine with a swapped in Crux Terminatus pad, and one of my home made combi weapons.  For the combi-flamer you need a bolter, imperial guard grenade launcher and imperial guard flamer.  The heavy flamer is carved from an old terminator and I added a wire grab handle to the top, he also has a metal crux terminatus.... all of my sternguard will have terminator shoulder pads to mark them out from the rank and file marines.

The next four marines are a plasma gun and three combi plasmas each made from a bolt gun, storm bolter magazine and a plasma pistol nozzle.  The addition of termi honours and extra general bling should add to the final effect, I want my veterans to look well equipped and individual, so I'm getting a little excited with the purity seals.  The old metal death company marines are a little weedy next to the modern plastics so I drill out the head starting with a 1mm bit and gradually working up to a 6mm then trim off any excess metal with a knife and needle files.  This is a tricky operation and not to be rushed!  I can then add a newer head and make him a bit taller in the process.

Two more minor conversions, the old veteran on the left has the addition of a box magazine to beef up his bolter, and to the back i have attached a helmet (my pet space marine peeve is bare headed dudes not at least carrying a helmet).  The guy on the right is a salvaged tactical with drilled out head and added 2013 sternguard bare- head as well as the usual termi honours and sternie bolter.

Here are the next three combi- flamers, two with grenade launcher mags and one with a box mag.

The overall plan is to have 15 special weapon/ combi weapon dudes with 5 each of melta, plasma and flamer, then the rest with sternguard special issue bolters. You can see the results of my plasma efforts above.  I've made about 14 men so far, some may have heavy weapons although I'm not sure about this, but with so many I'll be able to pick and choose for my games of 40k.

30 Sternguard at about £1.30 each, that's one reason to be cheerful :)

Thursday 17 October 2013

Pedro Kantor

Hello 40k people, I've posted up my recently painted Pedro Kantor model to celebrate my first couple of games of 40k 6th edition.  It's taken quite a while to get this far due to other commitments but in the last month I've painted lots of Crimson Fists and revamped my old Imperial Guard while acquainting myself with the new space marine codex and reprising the joys of footslogging Imperial Guard.

My first game was a 1000 pointer versus mechanized Orks, in which Pedro led a Imperial Guard platoon onto the objective while his battle brothers gave supporting fire.  It was a very close game and surprisingly I came out on top, partially due to Pedro bopping a squad of Killa Kans in close assault but also largely due to my opponent being enormously sporting by offering advice on my moves.... cheers Si!

My second game saw me facing an inquisitorial retinue, now talk about two totally different forces, I had tweaked my 1000 point guard/SM army to have a cheaper SM captain over Pedro, and two extra mortar squads in the platoon.  Despite facing two inquisitors, a callidus assassin and loads of lascannon wielding Jokaero I managed to mortar and las spam the inquisition to a standstill, meaning i just took the central objective with heavy casualties and won my second game.

I'm really enjoying 6th edition and I like the 'fluffy' synergy of my Crimson Fists and Imperial Guard who hold the line while the Astartes act as mobile fire teams and fill in emergency roles.  Over the comng weeks I'm building a Sternguard force for a coming tournament, unfortunately no allies but I think a Pedro-Sternguard build could be competitive.