Monday, August 21, 2017

I've Fallen to Chaos

As the title says, I've started a Chaos Warband.  I went though the codex and a few older listings of renegade chapters and made the following list of options.


I ended up choosing the 2nd from the left on the top row.  They are named the Warriors of Mayhem.

And here is my first painted figure.


In this army I'm using Army Painter Warpaints almost exclusively and trying to avoid mixing if possible.  Later models will get spray primed with Army Painter Alien Purple.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Roll Call for the 83rd Catachan and Painting Progress

I did it.  I finally sat down and broke up my pile of Catachan's and their vehicles into a set of legal squads for 8th edition.  At the same time, I went and noted the painting level of each of the units in a handy dandy excel spreadsheet.


While everything on the sheet makes sense to me now, I may add some more detail and a legend later.  The dark green are models I've painted and are based and sealed.  Light green are models that I acquired painted, based and sealed.  They look a little different.  Yellow means they have a splash of paint on them.  Red models are at best, primer black, at worst bare metal or plastic.

We have:
  • Straken
  • Harker
  • Ministorium Priest
  • Lord Commissar
  • 3x Company Commanders
  • 5x Platoon Commanders
  • 4x Command Squads
  • 8x Infantry Squads
  • 3x Special Weapon Squads
  • 6x Heavy Weapon Squads
  • 2x Veteran Squads
  • 1x Rough Rider Squad
  • 3x Gator-Counts as Chimeras
  • 3x Hover Taurox
  • 2x Le Monstre Tanks-counts as Leman Russ Battle Tank
  • 1x Hell Roller-counts as Hellhound
For a total of 168 Power Level and somewhere around 3000-3500 points.

I better get painting.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Progress, However Slow, is Still Progress

Two weekends ago, I had a 2000 point battle.
Those 3 squads on the left.  Black primer and that's it.

Now look at them.  Ready for battle.

I have a lot more left to do in this army, but at least I know that those squads are no longer only wearing their primer.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Quick Skirmish

I got the chance to play a PL 50-ish game today.   Since the 83rd Catachan is busy trying on new uniforms, I thought I'd bring my Raven Guard.

My army was
  • Shrike
  • Librarian with Jump Pack
  • 10 man Assault Squad with Jump Packs
  • 5 Scouts with close combat weapons
  • Dreadnought with two twin autocannons
  • Devastator Centurions
My opponent brought ( I think)
  • Primaris Captain
  • Primaris LT
  • Hellblasters
  • 2 X Intercessors
  • Inceptors
my deployment

We were playing a mission with -1 to shoot over 18" and flares were a stratagem.  We also used some of the Cities of Death rules. 

I only had a patrol and used all three of my CP's to booby trap 3 terrain pieces.  The booby traps worked well.  In fact, I think I could spend less on booby traps and still make him hesitate to advance through buildings.

The game was pretty fun, but, what I learned was those Inceptors can be pretty good at character assassination.  In their first round of shooting, they knocked shrike down to 1 wound and killed him with a mortal wound when they assaulted.  Those Hellblasters and their -4 AP are pretty brutal, and with 30" of threat they become very dangerous.  Even worse, they'd get +2 to armor saves for cover because they never moved an inch (Cities of Death Rule).

I think the Devastator Centurions are just too many PL for a game this small.  I just didn't have enough guys to go grab objectives.  Consider that 17PL could have got me a second scout squad and two Land Speeder Storms.

Have you had many small games?  What have you learned?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Colonel Trakken

I've been feeling bad that my Army's commander was still wearing his "night camo" black primer.  So I worked extra hard to get him finished quickly.


Here's how he looked last battle in his night camouflage.


Here's a shot of him with a base coat


Here's how he looked after a dip in Army Painter Strong Tone

After the dip dried sufficiently I gave him a careful spray coating of Testor's #1260 dullcote.  Then I added a Noch bush and some static grass.



Let me know what you think.

Intercepted Communication

Hey there!  If you've read my previous posts listing the order of battle and the battle report for my last game of 40K, you might enjoy hearing what my opponent had to say about it.

Enemy Battle Report


Saturday, July 08, 2017

Battle Report: Heretic's Ambush - 2000pts (8th edition)



It seems with a lack of Xenos and Chaos in the sector, the high command has taken its normal political maneuvering and escalated it to pitting imperial forces against each other in their bids to assume supreme command of the sector.

This report was compiled from Colonel Trakken and the other officers of the 83rd Catachan regiment.

(please accept our apologies for the unpainted minis- we're working on it.)

The aerial reconnaissance images came in, and Colonel Trakken noted "Just as I expected, the Valhallan's act as escorts for these so called heretics."



"Even so, it is of little matter.  Our forces are positioned and it is too late to shift them."

Colonel Trakken had positioned the Captain Logan's Patrol with its Le'Montre tank and his cavalry known as Mike's Maurauders (Rough Riders) to attack the rear of the enemy column. 

Captain Logan's forces wait for the order to attack.


The rest of his vehicles and his veterans were placed to the right oblique of the approaching force.  Lieutenant Turner was placed to observe the veterans, and direct them in this battle.  

Major Helstrom took his 3 squads and command squad and assumed a blocking position in the escape path of the column.

Colonel Trakken and MGySgt Payne held the left oblique and were positioned to keep an eye on the mortar squads.

MGySgt Payne, counting as a commissar and in the white hat, keeps discipline as the enemy approaches.

Colonel Trakken gave the order to fire.  The patrol's Le'Monstre tank crew couldn't hit a single thing.  And many of the patrols weapons were mostly ineffective.  Captain Logan let his forces get strung out and had difficulty issuing orders.  As Mike's Maurauders prepared to charge, the enemy revealed a stratagem and returned fire with its artillery.

This is going to hurt.

One of the horsemen was vaporized but the other escaped unscathed, other than the loss of some loot obtained from foraging in the locals' dwellings.

The Hover-Tauroxes and Gator-Chimeras mostly got in each others way, but the Hell-Roller Hellhound was able to cremate two Primaris Space Marines. 

The heroes of the first round were the 5 mortar squads.  With 15d6 shots, they finished off nearly all of the Valhallan infantry screening the main force.



As the enemy returned fire, it was clear that this was going to be a bloody battle.  The Hell-Roller exploded and although it killed a few of the enemy, it caused serious damage to friendly forces as well.  All vehicles were ordered to spread out after this, and infantry warned to keep their distance.

The enemy taurox prime sprinted forward and cut down several troops from 5th squad.  That same squad would be cut down to a single man when they charged the vehicle.  Although, that distraction allowed 4th squad to charge and arrive unscathed.


Prior to that assault on the taurox prime, it showed its ability to survive a withering hail of poorly aimed fire.

The patrol continued to attack the rear of the column and an accurately tossed frag grenade was able to silence the artillery.


The vehicles spread out and one of the damaged gator-chimeras charged an enemy infantry squad in hopes of delaying them long enough to prevent their escape.

It was at this time, after weathering another round of fire from the heretics, that Colonel Trakken signaled the withdrawal.  Perhaps he knew that the enemy forces were loyal, perhaps he didn't want to risk any more of his men, but the outcome was as high command had dictated, the enemy had been stopped, if not destroyed.   The mortars laid down a pre-planned smoke barrage, the vehicles activated smoke launchers, and infantry tossed smoke grenades.  This, combined with the burning wreckage of the Hell-Roller, allowed the Catachan's to withdraw in good order and claim a resounding victory.  

 My thoughts:

This could be a fun mission, but I don't think it can work without adjustment.  To score, the defender must escape by getting forces completely off the table edge.  Any forces walking will have to endure 3 rounds of shooting at least to get the 36" to the board edge.

I think that the mission may need to give the defender more points or PL.  Perhaps the ongoing reserves rule where destroyed units are replaced?  I'm not sure, but in this case, you must concentrate on movement, movement, movement.  You may need to sacrifice a unit or two to distract the attacker, but the main part of your force will be advancing every turn.

Overall:
  • My veterans underperformed.
  • Heavy weapons make you want to park your vehicles and not move, robbing you of mobility.
  • My opponent's commissars did an excellent job managing his losses from morale.
  • Primaris Marines are formidable opponents.  That 30" range and -1 AP matters more than you think.
  • By not putting heavy weapons in my infantry squads, I wasn't hesitant to move them.
  • Vox coverage was great, but my characters and rough riders need to stay in command and buffing bubbles.
  • The Mortars were awesome, and are well worth their points.
  • Medipacks are unreliable and overcosted, unless you keep them next to expensive characters.

 Thanks for reading, and perhaps I'll be able to post the report form my opponent's point of view.

Edit: You can find my opponent's report here!








Thursday, July 06, 2017

Order of Battle for the 83rd Catachan during the Battle of the Heretic's Ambush

My 2000 point list for an upcoming battle:

Colonel Trakken looked over his officer's reports.  The heretics were coming and high command demanded that they be stopped.  No matter the cost, the heretic Space Marines and their misguided Valhallan guardsmen must not be allowed to escape.

He looked at his forces that were available:

He had sent a Patrol Detachment ahead of the main brigade force. It was composed of:

++ Patrol Detachment (Imperium - Astra Militarum) ++

+ HQ +
Captain "Wolfman" Logan - Company Commander: Boltgun, Power fist

+ Troops +
7th Squad - Lucky Bastards - Infantry Squad
. 7x Guardsman
. Guardsman W/ Special Weapon: Flamer
. Guardsman w/ Vox-caster: Vox-caster
. Sergeant: Chainsword, Laspistol


+ Elites +
Command Squad
. Veteran w/ Medi-pack: Lasgun, Medi-pack
. Veteran w/ Vox-caster: Lasgun, Vox-caster
. Veteran Weapon Team: Heavy bolter


+ Heavy Support +
Leman Russ Battle Tank
. Le'Monstre Tank - Swamp Thing - Leman Russ Battle Tank: Battle Cannon, Heavy Bolter, Heavy Bolters


They would be supported by the rest of the forces he could muster in a Brigade Detachment.

++ Brigade Detachment +9CP (Imperium - Astra Militarum) ++
+ HQ +
Colonel Trakken (Himself) (represented by 'Iron Hand' Straken)
Major Hellstrom - Company Commander: Plasma pistol, Power fist
Master Gunnery Sergeant Payne - Lord Commissar: Plasma pistol, Power sword

+ Troops +
1st Squad - Fireknives - Infantry Squad
. 7x Guardsman
. Guardsman W/ Special Weapon: Flamer
. Guardsman w/ Vox-caster: Vox-caster
. Sergeant: Chainsword, Laspistol

2nd Squad - Ash Layers - Infantry Squad
. 7x Guardsman
. Guardsman W/ Special Weapon: Flamer
. Guardsman w/ Vox-caster: Vox-caster
. Sergeant: Chainsword, Laspistol

3rd Squad - Burnt Ones - Infantry Squad
. 7x Guardsman
. Guardsman W/ Special Weapon: Flamer
. Guardsman w/ Vox-caster: Vox-caster
. Sergeant: Chainsword, Laspistol

4th Squad - Solar Flares - Infantry Squad
. 7x Guardsman
. Guardsman W/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Guardsman w/ Vox-caster: Vox-caster
. Sergeant: Chainsword, Laspistol

5th Squad - High Energy Death - Infantry Squad
. 7x Guardsman
. Guardsman W/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Guardsman w/ Vox-caster: Vox-caster
. Sergeant: Chainsword, Laspistol

6th Squad - Mercy Killers - Infantry Squad
. 7x Guardsman
. Guardsman W/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun
. Guardsman w/ Vox-caster: Vox-caster
. Sergeant: Chainsword, Laspistol


+ Elites +
13th Squad - Death Shadows - Veterans
. Veteran Sergeant: Plasma pistol, Power sword
. 5x Veteran w/ Lasgun
. Veteran w/ Special Weapon: Grenade Launcher
. Veteran w/ Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Veteran w/ Special Weapon: Sniper rifle
. Veteran w/ Vox-caster: Lasgun, Vox-caster

Command Squad
. Veteran w/ Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Veteran w/ Special Weapon: Meltagun
. Veteran Weapon Team: Lascannon

Lieutenant Turner - Platoon Commander: Chainsword, Laspistol
Sergeant Barker (represented by Sgt Harker)

+ Fast Attack +
Hell-Roller - Hellhounds
. Hellhound: Heavy Bolter, Storm Bolter, Turret-mounted Inferno Cannon

Loon - Scout Sentinels
. Scout Sentinel: Autocannon, Hunter-killer missile, Sentinel Chainsaw

Mike's Maruaders - Rough Riders
. Mike - Rough Rider Sergeant: Chainsword, Hunting Lance, Plasma pistol
. 2x Rough Rider: 2x Hunting Lance
. Rough Rider w/ Special Weapons: Plasma gun
. Rough Rider w/ Special Weapons: Plasma gun


+ Heavy Support +
Heavy Weapons Squad
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar

Heavy Weapons Squad
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar

Heavy Weapons Squad
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar

Heavy Weapons Squad
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar

Heavy Weapons Squad
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar
. Heavy Weapon Team: Mortar


+ Dedicated Transport +
101 - Chimera: Heavy Bolter, Multi-laser
102 - Chimera: Heavy Bolter, Multi-laser
103 - Chimera: Heavy Bolter, Multi-laser
201 - Taurox: 2x Autocannon, Storm Bolter
202 - Taurox: 2x Autocannon
203 - Taurox: 2x Autocannon

++ Brigade Detachment (Imperium - Adeptus Ministorum) ++

The "priest" invited himself, and spoke in some gibberish whenever he was questioned.  It's clear he understands what we say, but the only intelligible things he says are the crudest profanities.

+ Elites +
The Profane Saint - Ministorum Priest: Bolt pistol, Plasma gun
++ Total: [119 PL, 2000pts] ++

Let me know what you think.  Too many mortars?  Not enough?

I'll publish the battle report in another post.  Victory  to the bold!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Major Hellstrom and Mortar Training

Good day to you.  May I introduce my new Company Commander, Major Hellstrom:


Major Hellstrom has procured a powerfist he calls the "Hand of Experience", and a plasma pistol the he calls "Respect"   Major Hellstrom enjoys showing his enemies respect.  Often.  At very close range.  He is modeled with his ever present coffee cup and cigar.  His command squad set up a makeshift table with a vehicle hatch and three Catachan Long Knives.  With the loss of a mandatory command squad, it was important that the Major be provisioned with sufficient coffee for the duration of the battle.

It is hard to see in the image above, but the main colors for the army will be identical to the vehicles, with grey tops and dark green pants.  Issued gear shall normally be an olive green.


In addition to the Major joining the ranks, Col Trakken and an unnamed sergeant were photographed supervising the training of the 5 heavy weapon squads armed with mortars.


The small silver disks on the 60mm bases are magnets.  There are magnets on the 25mm bases and the second person for each Heavy Weapon Team is mounted to a steel washer.  This allows them not only to be used as an integral wound counter, but they could be deployed separately in the rare case that Col Trakken didn't want to have 15D6 STR 4 shots with a 48" range and no line of sight required for a scant 135 points.

Observant visitors will notice the classic 1990's citadel colour enchanted blue paint pot.  Yes, I am still able to use it, long after many of my more recent purchases have dried up.


Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Taurox Hovercraft - Now with more Fans!

Hey everybody!  Thanks for all the feedback.  Not only have I added the skirts to the Hover-Taurox, but my order of fans came in from China!


I am super happy about how well they fit and almost wish I'd planned to have them be operational.  They are 40mm computer cooling fans and were quite reasonable.

I have the fans and skirts installed on all three Hover-Taurox.   I'm finishing off the autocannons and need to deprive some terminator arms of their storm bolters.

Also, I have a few comparison shots with an actual Taurox:






What do you think?


Monday, June 26, 2017

Taurox Hovercraft Feedback Requested

ello,  I had some second thoughts about the design of the Taurox air cushion skirt, so I printed up an adapter.  It adds about .5 inches (13mmm) to the length and width.

Please let me know which you think looks better



 It slips over the existing wavy skirt, no reprinting required!
And a before shot.



Thanks

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Taurox, Swampified.

Hey, glad to see you stopped by.   I just got done showing the Colonel the "Taurox" light infantry carriers and I'd be glad to show you as well.  One Warning:  They've been 'swampified'.

Yikes...  I tried to get out of the picture, but this demo pack is really heavy.

Before you ask, the barrels are plugged to keep the spray out.  (I will drill them later, maybe.)  You see the Colonel asked for a light armored vehicle, and called it a Taurox.  We borrowed one from the Cadian 127th and brought it to our motor pool.  After a few hours of shaking our heads and saying "It just won't work.", Ollie, one of our more instinctive mechanics...um enginseers... said, "Why don't we put that top on one of our Air Cushion Patrol Craft?"

Well we hemmed and hawwed for a bit then decided, what the heck, as long as we were careful with the patrol craft, its not like it was our Taurox.  

It was after Ollie nearly got shot by Joseph as he tested the autocannon, that they decided that having guns behind passenger doors was a bad idea.  We were hoping to get a heavy stubber up top, but all we could find was a storm bolter some Space Marine had left lying around as he was lifting a crate for us.


Not again!

Joseph!


So, I've been wanting to design another vehicle for my Swamp Guard, and now that I have my new Index, I thought "What about a Taurox Hovercraft?"

I took the dimensions and began by modeling this:




I think it keeps some of the Taurox character while incorporating some of this:

And here is what it looks like before and after painting.  

Oh, and don't worry the fans are on their way.  I'll be using 40mm computer cooling fans. 
As always, I truly appreciate your comments and thanks again for stopping by.





Monday, June 19, 2017

Review of the 83rd Catachan's Motor Pool

Col Trakken was able to take a Valkyrie and view the 83rd Catachan's motor pool today.  Here are some picture's his aide was able to take.

It appears a Space Marine and Dreadnought were visiting the motor pool while the Colonel flew over. The aide was assured that the Catachan Demolition Specialist was not a saboteur, however suspicious it is to be seen with a demo charge in a motor pool.

The maintenance chief, as the greasy and surprisingly unaugmented and burly enginseer introduced himself, noted that the lasgun arrays on the "chimeragators", or just "gators", were being repaired and would be reinstalled soon.  Also, the hatches were being requisitioned from a nearby Cadian regiment that had "extras".  The tracks on 3 of the vehicles had recently been overhauled and would be reinstalled within the week. Lastly the arctic camouflage would be replaced and the Lemonstre tank would be returned to swamp camouflage as soon as the Cadians received a new paint shipment.


Colonel Trakken turned to his aide and asked "Tell me again why this "regiment" from Dagobah is called the 83rd Catachan?"

The aide replied "It's Dagob 4-H sir."

The Colonel spoke "What?"

The aide replied softer "The planet they came from, it's Dagob 4-H sir.  I think the papers you saw may have been smudged." 


Trakken sighed.  "Fine.  Now explain why they are mustered under a Catachan designation."

The aide brightened. "Oh, that's easy sir.  You see after the last campaign, they were in desperate need of supplies to rearm and refit.  The Master Gunnery Sergeant went to the Departmento Munitorum Officer and requested supplies.  Luckily, the old CO had been tagging along and he was able to drag the Master Guns away before he could murder "that slimy little slug turd" as Master Guns put it.  As they were walking away, the old CO noticed a pile of supplies that was overflowing from its warehouse.  He sent Sergeant Barker to ask the DM officer who that gear was for, hoping to perhaps speak with their CO and help the regiment.  Sergeant Barker came back and said, quite characteristically. 'It just won't work' then he added a 'sir'  and before the Master Gunnery Sergeant could launch him across the supply yard with a backhand, he continued 'Those perfectly good supplies are for the perfectly and totally annihilated 83rd Catachan.'.

So you see, they continued walking on for a bit, when the old CO asked 'So what is the Departmento Munitorium regulation on merging regiments?'

Well, the Master Guns replied, 'Well sir, they don't rightly say, sometimes the larger unit name is kept, but sometimes its the regiment with the longest lineage.'

Then the CO asked 'Didn't we get Private Carl on loan from the 83rd Catachan?'

Then the Master Gunnery Sergeant got a wide smile on his face...'Carl, with the head wound, yes, sir, I believe we have some paperwork on that.'

Then the CO says, 'Good.  Return Carl to the 83rd, have him promoted, to say Lieutenant, and then send him my request to merge our two understrength regiments.  I'll defer and allow his unit name to be kept as long as our battle honors are transferred.  Since he is incapacitated, you may need to get someone to sign the orders for him.  Then after you get our insignia made, go get our supplies Master Sergeant.'

The Master Sergeant he just replies, 'Aye Aye Sir!'  and that was how it happened.

Colonel Trakken laughed.



I hope you enjoyed the flyby of the 83rd Catachan.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sneak peek at New Swamp Tank

Hey there, I don't have much time to post at the moment, but wanted to share a quick picture of the new Swamp Tank that will count as a Leman Russ with side sponsons.


Let me know what you think.  Also need a good name for it too.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Roll Call!

*****Confidential and Sensitive Communication*****
*****If you are not the intended recipient, please turn yourself in for summary execution.****

Colonel Trakken,
  As I promised when we met on the battlefield, your courage and leadership on that day will be rewarded.  You will find attached your promotion to full Colonel.  In addition, I have found a regiment for you to lead.
   You will have to accept my apology, but I due to recent events, I was not able to source a "fresh troop of he finest Cadians" for you to lead.  But I know you will agree that these men need your leadership even more. 
  They are a misfit bunch from a forgettable swamp planet. Dagobah or Dagob 4-H or something.  They have a strange manner and their uniforms are unconventional to say the least.  In my younger days, I'd have sent them all to penal legions and reeducation regiments.  However, experience has taught me to focus on results, and this band of misfits is nothing short of astonishing.  I'll let you view the records yourself, but of particular note is their mission accomplishment rate.  Flawless.
  You might be asking what commissars allow would allow such deviant behavior.  By some administrative foul-up, they haven't been assigned any replacements for over 2 years.  Their record in that time, flawless, with zero disciplinary issues.  When my orderlies asked how it was possible, they pointed to a burly and grizzled enlisted man wearing the an archaic rank insignia of a Master Gunnery Sergeant.  The troopers spoke with fear and awe of the silent warrior, who performed a similar role to a Lord Commissar.  He was aided by others with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, which in this regiment is only gained with the approval of the Master Gunnery Sergeant and Commanding Officer.  But above all, they must have shown exceptional bravery under fire and be amongst the best fighters in the regiment.
  I'll leave it to you to decide if you will leave this strange arrangement in place.  Should you decide to request commissar replacements, I will approve your request without hesitation.
  Recent events also means you will have to make do with the regiment's current motor pool.  My adjutant reports they have some sort of amphibious transport, similar to a Chimera, but specialized for swamps that they call an Alligator.  They also have some other indigenous armored vehicles, including something they claim is equivalent to a Leman Russ.  Regardless, it's all you have until we can get this Cadia situation handled.  I'll put you on the top of the list for the next shipment of Leman Russ tanks and Chimeras from Mars.

Below you'll find the rest of the Roll Call.  Good luck Colonel.  The Imperium is counting on you.

11 Officers (Ranks too obscure to decipher)
2 Medics
11 Communication Specialists with Vox-casters
2 Standard Bearers
10 Flamer and 2 Heavy Flamer troopers
5 Melta-Gunners
4 Plasma Gunners
6 Demolitionmen
4 Mortar Teams
4 Lascannon Teams
2 Heavy Bolter Teams
1 Missile Launcher Team
1 Autocannon Team
65 troopers many of whom claim to be veterans.


signed Captain General Tiberius

****end transmission****

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Counts as Leman Russ (the tank)

Welcome to another post where I showcase a design in progress for my new Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Regiment.  The forces raised on Dagob 4-H are a hardy resourceful folk, and they aren't the type to ask for help.  They prefer to solve problems on their own.  And when it comes to things involving the Dagobian swamps, they particularly enjoy seeing the results of when people ignore their advice.

It wasn't long after the first new and improved starport was built that some settling was noticed.  Something that the Imperial Engineers had said was impossible.  The locals had advised the builders to use less material, but had been ignored.  Within a hundred years, the starport landing pads with a height of 50 meters above sea level were awash with the tides.

The first commissars declared the world unfit for training new armored regiments and had the first battalions shipped to Cadia where they promptly learned how little the Cadians knew of swamps.  The Dagobians did admire the Chimera and Leman Russ tank, but felt that "It just won't work, ya know."  When the first battalions returned, they practiced their maneuvers on the relatively solid ground of the starport and garrison.  The commissars raged at them for fearing to take the Emperor's finest into a silly swamp.  And they complained that the drivers were unsure of their skills and kept some distance from each other to avoid collisions.  Finally, the battalion commander relented with a sigh and "It just won't work, ya know."

This is how the vibrations of the battalion of tanks all in close order turned the once solid ground into a soup-like consistency.  The mighty vehicles struggled for a few additional meters and shuddered to a halt.  Without the vibrations of the hundreds of vehicles, the ground solidified and trapped the battalion, in perfect formation a few hundred meters from the starport.  As time went on, they slowly sunk below the surface, but Imperial pilots still use the sunken formation as a navigational reference as they approach the starport.

In response, the Dagobians, took one of their heavy crawlers and mounted a gun in place of the crane.  Later versions would become what you see below.  It is as wide as a Leman Russ with sponsons and it has tracks that are twice as wide and 1.5 times the length on the ground, greatly reducing the ground pressure.  By placing all of the crew in the hull, the weight was reduced without sacrificing protection.  These vehicles are rare and treasured by Dagobian Regiments.  Once lost they are replaced by the standard Leman Russ tanks.

This is the tank hull and main gun.  I used the Stryker MGS as inspiration for the turret.





Here you can see the front hull mounted weapon, a low profile remote turret, and the two rear mounted, sponson type, remote turrets.  All are mocked up with heavy bolters currently. 


Here you can see the rear doors and engine exhausts
And a frontal view.

Please let me know what you think in the comments.  I'll be printing one up soon if I don't get too distracted by the release of 8th edition.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Counts as Chimera the Alligator APC

So, a quick post to update the Alligator.  I got to work with some tracks and some additional bits.  Let me know what you think.


I'm wondering, should I add details like rivets to make it more like the Chimera or do I leave the design alone?


*****UPDATE*****

I made some tweaks and started a new print last night.  Unfortunately, I ran out of PLA while I was sleeping.  The roadwheels look really good, and it was much easier to clean up.

I've loaded in a new roll and am in the process of printing another. As for this one, I think I'll try and print just the top and glue them together.  Wish me luck!