Thursday, May 4, 2017

Rogue Trader: Inquisitor Byrne


Another member of the Inquisitorial Team dispatched to The Wailing Reach during the 3rd 'Stealer war is shown here, having recently made Planet fall on Geminion Prime during the early phases of the struggle.

Inquisitor Claudius Byrne was the only member of the team to have the distinction of having fought in all three phases of the Genestealer conflict in the Wailing Reach.  Though at an advanced age when signs of a Genestealer  resurgence in the region became apparent, the aged Inquisitor came out of retirement to help 'finish the job' in the Wailing Reach once and for all.

Inquisitor Byrne arrived for the 3rd time on Geminion Prime with the same weapons that `had made him famous in his greener years, a combi-weapon incorporating a flamer and las pistol and a terrible Daemon weapon with a white hot edge.


Byrne was well known for his preference for fire-based weapons, firmly maintaining that 'That which has been shot, hewn, beaten or broken to pieces may yet return to life, but that which has been reduced to a pile of ash and char is far less likely to return to trouble The Emperor's peace."

He is shown here accompanied by two menacing henchmen` and one of the cherub constructs he preferred to use to simultaneously announce summons to trial, determination of guilt and passing of sentence upon heretics and aliens alike.


"This is your trial.  The verdict is guilty.  The sentence is fire."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rogue Trader: Dead Men Space Marines Librarians and Cataphract Robot


From a manuscript discovered in the depths of the Scriptorum, The Emperor's Palace, Terra.

To:  His Excellency, The High Inquisitor Josephes T'Resque
From: Yacobe Scrivenius

Excellency:

Beneath my hand, a door of steel.  How thick?  A foot?  Two?  On the other side, passages to the upper world...ramps, stairs that should bear me up once more into the world of undying light could I but reach them.  But the door is shut.  And there is no other exit from this, my tomb.   I am not yet dead, yet truly I am a dead man.  All that remains is for my food and water to expire, and then will come an end.

I am still deep in researching the history and customs of the Dead Men Space Marines Chapter for you.  Shown within this set of datafaxes are two Librarians of the chapter and a Cataphract battle robot.
Attached here, please find a datafax image of the great Librarian Henc Morgunn.  Morgunn seems to have been a pivotal figure from the days of Battle Group Omega, and his name is still spoken with awe and reverence by all Dead Men.  It is from the writings of Librarian Morgunn and the great Chaplain Willym Pil Grimm that many of the doctrines of the Dead Men were formulated.  Morgunn is chiefly remembered now for a last stand made on a bridge against a horde of Space Orks amid the ruins of the first colony on Geminion Prime.  The image of the Great Librarian making his lone stand on a narrow bridge against impossible odds in order to buy time to allow settlers to escape is often repeated in the art and iconography of the Chapter.

Another, unnamed Librarian who often appears in photographs and datafaxes with Henc Morgunn.  The skeletal hand on his left shoulder plate and the skull on his visor mark him as having likely been a Librarian of The Death Eaters Space Marines before that chapter was dissolved and its survivors integrated into the Dead Men.  Obsolescent chapter imagery and symbols continued into the formation of the Dead Men, and this Librarian's appearance is actually not at all atypical of Dead Men Librarians of the present day.
Robots were in widespread use in Battle Group Omega during the heresy and many robots remained in service with the Dead Men long afterwards.  Some were made honorary Battle Brothers.  This Cataphract robot, named "Digitus Mortis" has a history of service with the 4th company that passes well beyond living memory.
Digitus Mortis...
...and friend...

...The faithful Tech marine.

Henc Morgunn on the fatal bridge on Geminion Prime...

"His wrath shall consume you...greenhide scum!!"

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Warhammer Ancients Chariot Wars: Syrian-Hyksos Spearmen


Sunday evening brings the latest addition to my Chariot Wars Hittite army:  this regiment of Syrian/Hyksos/Canaanite spearmen.  My Hittite Warlord conquered the city of these warriors years ago, now they fight for him against Pharaoh's  armies.  And anyone else who's within reach.
Like the other models in my collection so far, these are 1990s Ral Partha figures.  Lovely sculpting on these.  Think I'm hitting my painting stride on the ancients, now.   I think this unit looks better than the other two I've one so far.
.I still have a squadron of Hittite chariots, a Hittite infantry regiment, the army commander and some skirmishers to finish before it'll be time to take a break from Hittites and spend some time on my Egyptians, but I'm making pretty good progress so far.
Painting these fellows has been fun.  All the sculpts have lots of life.
Have at you!

Precious little of Hyksos myth and folklore has come down to us, but ancient Hyksoi texts do speak of one terrifying night creature which haunted the lonely roads and highlands of the ancient near east, a giant 2 year old known only as Tom.   Here Tom is shown stalking his prey.  Alas for our poor spearmen.  They are surely doomed.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rogue Trader: Inquisitor Heng and His Warrior Monks

 Inquisitor Heng arrives on Geminion Secundus in the opening phases of the Third 'Stealer War.  At the time it was feared that the reappearance of Genestealer cults in the Wailing Reach signaled the approach of another Hive Fleet.  Happily, Inquisitor Heng's investigation revealed that the re emergent Cults were merely survivors of Hive Fleet Terrasque, thought to hive been wiped out in the Second 'Stealer War.  The Third Stealer War was an unpleasant experience for the citizens of The Wailing Reach just the same.
Inquisitor Heng is seen here, as usual, in the company of a detachment of his crack warrior monks. The Inquisitor maintained a small army of about two hundred of these fanatical devotees of the Imperial cult in his Stronghold on Io.
In the ranks of the Heng's Monks were many orphaned children Heng would find on his bloody travels.  Heng would return to Io with these waifs and raise them as disciples in his monastery.
They invariably proved to be most redoubtable warriors.

Iquisitor Heng and his monks scour the ruins and forests of Geminion Secundus in search of clues as to the whereabouts of a Genestealer Cult cell...
...and run afoul of a pack of mutants and ganger trash!
"Purge the Scum!!!"

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Warhammer Ancients Chariot Wars: Syrian Levy Archers

A quick post tonight regarding a little progress made this month on my Biblical collection: a regiment of levy archers from one of the city states which my Hittite Warlord has incorporated into his domains...
Not exactly mountains of reference material out there for Syrian/Canaanite dress.  There is some evidence for the Syrians being partial to polka dots, however, so I used that as a theme on some of these guys.
If anybody can recommend a good reference on this subject besides the little bit of Osprey stuff that's out there, I'd be grateful...
A hazy sort of plan is starting to take shape for what I'd like to do with my Hittite army this year.  I'd like to finish one Hittite infantry regiment, one squadron of Hittite heavy chariots, a Syrian-Hyksos allied infantry regiment, a few Arab-Hyksos skirmishers and a general.
That stuff combined with the Syrian levies I've got painted so far should give me a compact but interestingly varied little starter army.  Then I'll get to work on some Egyptians in the annum's second half.
The miniatures are again Ral Partha pieces from the 90s, part of a large collection I picked up very cheap at Enfilade 2 years ago.
Most of the infantry figures are still available from Iron Wind Metals.
Long way to go, but I'm enjoying working on these fellows.  More soon.
From tiny acorns...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Knights of the Mittel Mark Pt. 2

 I was browsing back through some old posts recently and realized that it has been almost (gulp!) four years since I've added anything to my Oldhammer Empire/Bretonnian army.  Almost 4 years?  Is it really possible that that much time has gone by?  Father Time.  He's a man without pity.  Well, time to get back to adding some things to it and hopefully I can push my army out past 2,000 points by the end of the year.  We'll start with more knights and infantry.
The concept for my Warhammer human army that I dreamed up way back in the day concerned a Lord whose father had lost his barony back in Bretonna, and who had carved out a petty princedom in the Border Princes, on the very edge of the Old World, on the banks of the Black River.
Decades later, his son is doing his best to hold on to his embattled patrimony with the help of a collection of knights who've emigrated to the Border Princes from all over the Old World, bringing their servants and retainers with them.  Each knight is expected to bring a lance of ten retainers and/or mercenaries to battle with him when the Baron calls.  I wanted each knight in the army to have ten infantry somewhere in the collection whose colors matched their knight's livery.  Since this is a frontier army, I wanted a good deal of variation and improvisation to be apparent in the force, however, and although the army has a very feudal/Bretonnian feel so far, I wanted a mix of arms, clothing and equipment to reflect the idea that a number of different Old World races and cultures were represented in its ranks.  This also makes it easier to switch over to the Empire army list whenever I want. I like both army lists, and want to be able to use both without having to have to collect two different armies!
The figures here are a mix of Citadel/Wargames Foundry and Old Glory Medievals...
...with an old Metal Magic fantasy figure thrown in here and there...

I'm not too keen on how these guys turned out, but I guess they'll do for rank and file.  Anyway, I can't spend any more time working on them as I want to get some Syrian archers finished for my Hittite army by the end of this month and time is pressing.
Next I'm going to work on a little clutch of wizards to give the army some powerful character options, then I'll go back to more knights and infantry.  Need some cannon, too.
Marching out to meet the Greenskinned hordes...

Monday, January 23, 2017

Warhammer Ancients Chariot Wars: Syrian Maryannu Chariotry

Over the last few months I've found myself having less and less success at the painting table.  Hobby time seems hard to come by, and when I have some, I'm usually too tired to do much but stare at my rows of little people and monsters.  I've hardly even checked my blog list for a good long while, and shame on me.  Short winter days and long hours at work are probably partly to blame for this fatigue. Then there's my son, who is rapidly approaching his second birthday, and whose tiny form now contains more energy, curiosity and ferocity than that ordinarily possessed by a troop of baboons.  Probably a contributing factor.  I think the baboons would be easier to manage, truth be told.  Well.  Perfect time to take on a new mega project, eh?  Let's get stuck in!  I'm going to try to finish one unit a month for the rest of the year, and then see where I'm at.
First up are these Ral Partha Syrian chariots.  I had four of these pretty little kits but one had parts of the chariot cab missing so I'm not sure what to do with it other than to break up the kit for spares.
 These Syrian gents are petty nobles whose city-states have been conquered by the Hittites and who now lead contingents of levies in support of their overlords.
I considered painting the chariot cabs in a zulu shield type cowhide pattern.  That probably would have been more historically accurate, but in the end I went with solid colors. 
These guys are just the tip of the Syrian levy iceberg.  I have a ton of archers and spear men waiting in line, as well as an Arab/Hyksos contingent.
 Even though they didn't come out quite as nice as I'd like, I still had fun working on these and in trying to get a feel for the period.  And they don't look bad for the first attempt....
 Chariots are impressive models anyway, and in big hordes they look downright sexy.  I look forward to seeing big units swarming around on my tabletop.



The first of many swarms of chariots!