Bear with me on this post. I can’t recall if I’ve told you about any of this in previous posts, so apologies if I have.
My friends Rhys (owner of the local game shop where I spend a lot of my gaming time) and Tom are planning a big two weekend event in January based on the latest Imperial Armour book from Forge World. The book follows the Badab War which saw certain Space Marine chapters revolt against the Imperium. It seems I have also been roped into help organising the event, and the next few months with be very busy with building custom terrain for some hopefully cool looking boards, as well as a new army (or two!).
The campaign will be highly story driven using elements from the Imperial Armour book and we will even be recreating iconic battles. It won’t be as competitive as a tournament probably would be, but that’s not to say that people won’t be playing to win. We are hoping to attract a decent amount of players for either side and every battle will go towards influencing the campaign. For example, if the traitors win more games in a certain phase, they’ll have bonuses for the next phase Of course in the lore the winners have already been decided but this great setting offers us a lot of opportunity to stage exciting battles and re-imagine the Badab War. I’m hoping if we can pull it off, this could be a great event.
In the book we have a list of the Marine chapters involved and we are encouraging people that if they want to play in the campaign they choose to bring one of these named chapters. I will be building and painting a Raptor Marine Chapter which are on the loyalist side. I chose them for a couple of reasons.
Firstly their paint scheme is REALLY easy to make look good, and gives me the opportunity to do some weathering and battle damage because these guys have been through some real tough times in their history. If I am to build another marine army (on top of the huge one I already own, that sits mostly unpainted) I would like one that I can whack together quickly and with minimum fuss.
Secondly Games Workshop and Forge World both make chapter specific items for the Raptors. GW makes shoulder pads for the regular marines with the chapters emblem modelled on them (the Eagle head design is actually shared between the Raptor and Mentor Legion chapters). FW also makes Terminator shoulders and tank doors with the Raptor emblem. This will make the models look even better and recognisable with the minimal amount of effort from me!
Ok, enough babbling from me for now. I don’t have the best levels of concentration right now and I fear I may be very on incoherent soon. I’ll just show you some pictures.
1. The Space Marine Battleforce. Now a lot of these battleforces work out to be quite good value. They’ll lump a bunch of various models from a particular force into one handy box and it’s generally a good starting block for an army. The marine box contains a 10 man tactical squad, 5 man combat squad, 5 assault marines, 5 scouts and Rhino transport vehicle. Out of interest I went to the GW website to work how much this £50 box would cost if you bought everything separately. Over £90!! I’ll have one of those then, ta very much!
2. I like to snip everything off the sprue straight away into a segmented bits box. It saves space and everything is easy to find.
3. Here are the shoulder pads I told you about. Don’t cost too much to make the army look that much better.
4. A closer detail shot though doesn’t show too well in this photo.
5-7 The first finished Tactical Marine with damaged armour and weathing. Can’t see the finished shoulder too clearly in the last picture but I’ll get some better shots when the whole unit is finished.
Hope you all enjoyed the first step in my Raptor Project. Take care, folks!