Assembling the Storm Raven

We finally got our black box from GW on Friday, and as weekend was coming, me and a co-worker divided up the work and took the kits home with us. I got the Storm Raven, while the co-worker took home the Furioso Dreadnought.

Looking through the sprues, the kit brings to mind the Land Raider kit, so anyone with assembling experience with the LR should have no problems here. First thing I did was cut all the parts off the sprues and clean them up. I then glued the interiors (benches and control panels), and the headlights to the side panels. These can be done later, but it would probably be somewhat more fiddly.

Next, I glued the angled back panel sans the back hatch and the main floor panel to the two side panels, and put in the front ramp, which is supposed to open, so make sure you don’t get any glue on it. There is some slight plastic warping, so you might want to apply some pressure while the glue sets. Rubber bands are good for this. The back access ramp has these small hook things holding it in place, but in practice the thing is better just glued in place, as the fit isn’t snug enough for sensible articulation. That’s what I did anyway.

Before putting the roof on, plop in the front side thrusters. They are snap fitted, and are supposed to articulate slightly. The roof slides in quite smoothly, but once you glue it in place, you won’t get at the interiors very easily, so if you intend to paint those, get that done before fitting the roof.

Next up, the cockpit. This should be easy enough to assemble as long as you make sure you put the parts in in the right order e.g. legs, control panel, torso, arms, shoulder pads, head. There is also a back panel, which I actually forgot to put in at this stage, but luckily I managed to push it in between the pilot’s back and the back wall of the cockpit. Next, I glued the clear plastic window to the roof frame, doing my best not to get glue smudges on the window panes. I didn’t glue the roof on yet, as I intend to paint the pilot first.

Next up, the tail section. This one is only four pieces, so it shouldn’t cause anyone any problems. After this, the wings and thrusters. These may look daunting, but are actually quite simple, as long as you dry fit everything and use common sense. As with the front side thrusters, the thrusters at the wing tips are supposed to snap fit and articulate. The wing-mounted missiles go in at this point.

Returning to the front end, I opted for twin-linked multi-melta instead of heavy bolters (D’oh!). They are supposed to swivel slightly, but as the movement is only about a quarter of an inch, I just glued the thing in place. The landing gear went in next. At this point you can choose between extended or retracted landing gear. I went for the latter myself. The side doors are also glued in place at this time. You have the choice of fitting either the doors or the hurricane bolter side sponsons. If you like using magnets, you could construct some sort of frame inside the door for the magnet, so that you could alternate between just plain doors or sponsons.

Almost done now! I assembled the top turret, and glued the gunner servitor into place, but didn’t glue the window in place yet. A horizontal rod goes into place under the gunner’s seat, the ends of which come out on the sides. These are for mounting the guns. The top air intake was also assembled, but I didn’t glue it into place yet, as that would make it virtually impossible to put the turret in place.

There you have it: The Storm Raven pretty much assembled. The only parts not glued on at this point are the turret’s roof and guns, the cockpit roof, and the roof air intake. These won’t go on until after painting the cockpit and turret interiors. To finish things off, here’s some (rather poor quality) photos of the Storm Raven. Next up, painting this rather awesome tool of war.

The Sons of Northern Darkness!

Got some more pictures taken. Around a thousand points of Warriors of Chaos in about a week’s time. Not too shabby. Also, some work in progress shots of the next batch of Marauders. So, what do you think?

New Project: Warriors of Chaos

It’s been almost ten years since I had a Warhammer Fantasy Battle army. It was during the 6th Edition, and it was Orcs & Goblins. I never got those around 2-300 greenskins painted, and after a few crushing defeats against Empire gunline armies, I gave up and sold the whole lot. I haven’t been too keen on Fantasy Battle since, but now, with the brilliant 8th Edition out, the Fantasy Battle heat is on. My new army is going to be Warriors of Chaos (big surprise there…).

My first purchase was a battalion, since there are virtually no models in the box I won’t need, and it is cheaper than buying regiments one at a time. After an afternoon of cutting, gluing, rummaging through my bitz box, and base coating, the actual painting got underway. Now, less than a week later, I’ve finished a thirty strong regiment of Chaos Marauders (pictured above), and a twelve strong regiment of Chaos Warriors.

Together with a Chaos Sorcerer model originally from my old Mordheim warband (which got a new coat of paint), my army is now painted to the minimum needed to play; an army general and two core units.

My goal at the moment is to get a 2400 point army painted to a gaming quality standard within two months. The army list is included below. Any comments or feedback are appreciated.

The Sons of Northern Darkness (Warriors of Chaos 2398 pts)

Abbath of Blashyrkh, Sorcerer Lord
Level 4 Wizard, Third Eye of Tzeentch, Necrotic Phylactery, Power Familiar, Ironcurse Icon

Gaahl the Faceless, Chaos Sorcerer
Level 2 Wizard, Mark of Tzeentch, Infernal Puppet

Horgh the Accursed, Exalted Hero
Battle Standard, Halberd, Mark of Tzeentch, Armour of Morrslieb, Stream of Corruption

Apollyon the Howler, Exalted Hero
Mark of Slaanesh, Steed of Slaanesh, Halberd, Charmed Shield, Dawnstone, Bloodcurdling Roar

The Death Dealers, 15 Chaos Warriors
Mark of Tzeentch, Full Command, Shields

The Red Corsairs, 42 Chaos Marauders
Mark of Khorne, Full Command, Great Weapons

The Blood Chalice, 42 Chaos Marauders
Mark of Khorne, Full Command, Great Weapons

The Plague Lords, 6 Chaos Knights
Mark of Nurgle, Musician, Standard Bearer, Banner of Rage

Chaos Warshrine
Mark of Tzeentch

Hellhammer, Hellcannon of Chaos

Red Corsairs – Apocalypse

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take part in an WH40K Apocalypse battle. The battle was fought on two 12′ by 6′ tables. There were twelve players divided up into two sides (Imperials on one side, and traitors and alien scum on the other), each fielding somewhere in the region of 2500 to 3500 points for a total of around 10K per side per table, and for a grand total of… 40K. My Red Corsairs allied with another force of Chaos Space Marines, and a Dark Eldar kabal. Our opponent was an alliance of Imperial Guard, Space Wolves, and Daemon Hunters. The game ran for around eight hours and seven game turns. Our side managed a hard fought, and narrow win. On the other table, the Imperial guard and the loyalist Astartes fared better, with an equally narrow win over an alliance consisting of Tau and rebellious (or perhaps misled) Space Wolves, and so the overall result of the Apocalypse battle was a tie.

As my army isn’t quite at 3000 points yet, I had to borrow some minis from another follower of the Ruinous Powers. My regular force was thus bolstered by Huron Blackheart himself, some Terminators, a Land Raider, and six extra Obliterators for a total of ten. To finish off, here’s some photos from the event, courtesy of Mika Vuorio.

Red Corsairs – The Story So Far

Counting only the 1500 pts. or bigger one-on-one games, I’ve so far played a grand total of ten games of WH40K 5th Edition with my Red Corsairs Chaos Space Marines. As many (most, in fact) of the players I’ve faced are seasoned veteran generals, the learning curve has been steep indeed. I’ve racked up only one win, managed three ties, and lost six games. I’ve faced Orks three times, Space Wolves twice, and Space Marines, Blood Angels, Chaos Space Marines, Imperial Guard, and Eldar once each.

The games have been varied, for the most part interesting, and exiting, and I’ve always ended the games wanting more.

The list I’ve played with so far is the one I posted a couple of months back, or a variation of it. To recap, the list consists of a Daemon Prince of Nurgle with Warptime, two squads of CSM, two squads of Plague Marines, (and adding a fifth troop unit in the form of a Berzerker squad in larger point totals). All of the squads are in dedicated Rhinos. For heavy support there are four Obliterators, and a Vindicator. Slight variations I’ve tried are: adding Huron Blackheart, and a squad of Plague Zombies (counts-as Lesser Daemons) in a 2000 pts. Planetstrike two-on-two team battle (which my side lost by the extremely slim margin of two termagants failing their cover saves on the last turn of the game).

Looking back on the first ten games I’ve played, my biggest failings have been not packing enough punch to put the enemy force on the back foot, and not having enough variety and speed to react to fast-moving threats. The list I’ve used is very defensive. Sure, I have lots of scoring units, and a lot of Power Armor packed into troop transports, but the only thing on the list able to move more than 12″ and take down anything big and powerful is the Daemon Prince, and he’s just one model. So, for today’s game I packed something a bit different into my army transport:

Nergal the Tempter (Daemon Prince of Slaanesh)
Wings, Mark of Slaanesh, Lash of Submission

Barakka’s Blood Reavers (5 Chaos Terminators)
Terminator Champion w. Lightning Claws & Icon of Chaos Glory, Heavy Flamer & Chainfist, Combi-Melta & Power fist, Combi-Melta & Power Weapon, Combi-Melta & Power Weapon

Cain’s Cutthroats (5 Chosen Chaos Space Marines)
Aspiring Champion w. Power Fist, 4x Meltagun, Icon of Chaos Glory, Rhino, Dozer Blade

Murat’s Crew (10 Chaos Space Marines)
Aspiring Champion w. Power Fist, 2x Meltagun, Icon of Chaos Glory, Rhino

Typhon’s Crew (6 Plague Marines)
2x Melta Gun, Rhino

Plagueis’ Crew (5 Plague Marines)
2x Melta Gun, Rhino

Plague Zombies (7 Lesser Daemons)

Heavy Support
Beasts of the Deep (2 Obliterators)

Beasts of the Deep (2 Obliterators)

Black Bess (Chaos Space Marine Vindicator)
Daemonic Possession

Without further ado, here’s a short description of my eleventh game, The Battle of Tortuga, which was played on a chilly Thursday afternoon against one of my regular opponents Frenzy, who fielded Tyranids this time.

After the crushing defeat on Geryon against the Liberators Chapter Space Marines, the Red Corsairs had been forced to take refuge on the planet Tortuga, a haven for the scum and villainy of the spaceways. Little did they know, that the planet had been infested by a Genestealer cult, who’s clarion call had drawn a tentacle of Hive Fleet Nostromo into the planet’s vicinity. From thereon events unfolded fast and furious. The Tyranids had already made planetfall, and a pitched battle of annihilation commenced in the bombarded ruins of Tortuga’s capital hive.

I deployed first, and chose to put the Vindicator at the spearhead of the bulk of my force, while the two Plague Marine Rhinos were put on the right flank. The Terminators, the Chosen, and the Daemons were kept in reserve. The Tyranid army, which consisted of a Hive Tyrant, a Trygon Prime, a Mawlock, two Tervigons, two units of Hive Guard, two Zoanthropes, and two small(ish) units of ‘gaunts, deployed mostly center field, with the ‘stealers kept in reserve.

Turn 1
The Red Corsairs rolled forwards and opened fire with everything in their arsenal. The Obliterators opened fire with Plasma Cannons and Lascannons, killing a Zoanthrope and wiping out half a dozen Termagants. The Daemon Prince Nergal cast Lash of Submission, bunching a unit of ‘gaunts around a Tervigon, which was in turn targeted by the daemon-possessed Vindicator Black Bess. The last surviving ‘gaunt scuttled off towards safety.

The Tyranids advanced full tilt. A unit of Hive Guard managed to immobilize a Plague Rhino, and Black Bess lost its main gun to the flank salvo of another Hive Guard’s hyper-velocity bone shard missiles. One of the Tervigons spawned a horde of gaunts, but a double was rolled, so no more spawning for him during this game.

Turn 2
Barakka’s Blood Reavers teleported onto the field in a flurry of Warp energy, and targeted the Hive Tyrant with their combi-meltas and heavy flamer, managing to kill the Hive Tyrant’s lone bodyguard, and wound the Tyrant. The Obliterators wounded the now barren Tervigon, but missed the Hive Guard by about a mile.

One of the Plague Marine Rhino’s was wrecked, while the other was merely immobilized. The newly-spawned Hormagaunts charged through ruins, managing to reach both units of Obliterators. The Obliterators, however, held their own, loosing only one wound while killing four ‘gaunts in return. The Trygon Prime tore into the immobilized Rhino, causing it to explode. The Hive Tyrant turned its attentions to the new threat amidst the Tyranid forces, and tore into the Chaos Terminators with wanton glee, slaughtering all of them.

Turn 3
The neutered Vindicator attempted a retreat, but was immobilized by difficult terrain. Disturbed by the noise, a crew of long-dead miners rose from the ruins, brandishing pick-axes and spades, and advanced on the hormagaunts. The two Plague Marine squads, now sans transport, advanced on the Trygon Prime and opened fire with Meltaguns and Bolt pistols, wounding it twice. The Red Corsairs added their firepower to the effort, but to no avail, as the monstrous creature shrugged off the storm of Bolter fire as if it was hail. The Chosen outflanked onto the field from the right, and advanced on a lone termagant, the last survivor of the squad nearly wiped out by the Vindicator. The Plague Marines charged the Trygon Prime, and quickly realized just how badly they were outmatched, as the Trygon Prime proceeded to tear six of them into bloody, diseased pieces. The Plague Zombies charged the ‘gaunts locked in combat with the Obliterators. The ‘gaunts didn’t stand a chance. The Daemon Prince, now consumed with battle-lust, flew at the Hive Guard, and charged them. The Hive Guard barely managed to hold their own.

The Geneastealers outflanked onto the field right on the heels of the Chosen’s Rhino. The Rhino was immobilized by Hive Guard shooting, enabling the Genestealers to catch up, and tear into it’s thin back armor with their rending claws. The Trygon Prime slaughtered the rest of the Plague Marines with ease.

Turn 4
As the Red Corsairs foot-slogged full tilt on the severely wounded Tervigon, their transport made a beeline for the far left corner of the table. The two units of Obliterators, now clear of the ‘gaunts advanced on the Mawlock on the right flank, and the Hormagaunts on the left flank respectively. Searing hot plasma ripped chitin-covered chunks out of the Mawloc, while flaming promethium consumed half a dozen ‘gaunts. The fight between Nergal the Daemon Prince, and the Hive Guard dragged on, with no wounds caused on either side. The dead miners made for the Zoanthrope, but the aliens psionic force field held fast. The fight between the two Obliterators and the Mawlock was a near-even match. One of the Obliterators was skewered by the gigantic creature’s lashing tail, but the other’s daemonic aura held, allowing him to bash through the Mawlocs skull-shield, turning its primitive brain into pulp. The Chosen, now without a Rhino, advanced on the Geneastelers, opened fire, and rushed into furious close combat.

The Hive Tyrant sized up her opposite number: the Daemon Prince, and advanced, her razor sharp talons still wet with Terminator blood. The Chosen sold their lives dearly, but where eventually taken down by the Genestealers. The Red Corsairs Marine squad were beset from three sides by monstrous creatures, as two Tervigons, and the Trygon Prime all advanced on them. None survived. The Tyrant tore into the Daemon Prince, sending it back to the Warp.

Turn 5
As there was little left of the Red Corsairs’ army, the last turn of the game was decidedly short. A lone Rhino was still attempting to make for cover, but got immobilized by the Hive Guard. The last remaining Obliterator blew one of the Tervigons into pieces. He was in turn killed by the Zoanthrope’s psychic blast.

Game over, man. Game over.

What a great game that had been! Full of movie movements, and furious, bloody, brutal action. A veritable massacre. I had lost the game, sure, but had still enjoyed every moment of it. The army list experiment had also been a success, as the new list was a vast improvement over the old one in terms if sheer playing fun and flexibility. Three units in reserve, two of them deep striking, and one of them outflanking, allowed me to put pressure way further afield than before, and the Daemon Prince’s Lash put a new weapon in my arsenal in the form of battlefield control. Now I just need to finish those Terminators with some highlights, and get proper Chosen models underway to replace the proxies I’d used.

The air reeked of burnt hair, feces, and ozone. The Daemon Prince Nergal, fumes of Warp energy trailing his towering form, only just recently returned to corporeality, was not happy at all. A gaunt-faced man, dressed in blood red livery trimmed in black, approached, and spoke: “Lord Nergal… Tortuga is a shithole. Always was. We’re better off without it. Let the cursed bugs have it. There are Other planets out there, ripe for the picking. Oh, yes there…” The monologue was cut short as the Daemon tore the sycophant’s head from his shoulders.