Monday, December 20, 2010

December Projects- Long Winded version

Hello All!!!

I have two projects I have been working on since December 1.

Project 1:

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The Wife has informed me that the Skaven project is not over. That’s real nice since it’s almost the end of the year and I already announced that the army was done. She stated (in my local GW store no less) that the Island of Blood set does count towards my son's army on the grounds that I am not allowed to own a Skaven (or Wood Elf or Dark Elf) army under any circumstances.* She was kidding but it made my competitive side take notice.

So There I was with less than 30 days till new years and the entire Island of Blood Skaven set needing to be painted. I decided that it CAN be done. There are 47 Skaven models in the box set:

20 Clan Rats with shields and hand weapons
20 Clan Rats with shields and spears
2 Rat Ogres
1 Pack master (for the Rat Ogres)
2 Weapon teams (Warp fire thrower and Poison wind Mortar)
1 Warplock Engineer
1 Warlord

As of 12/20 32 of the 47 are done.

20 Clan Rats with shields and hand weapons
10 Clan Rats with shields and spears
0 Rat Ogres
0 Pack master (for the Rat Ogres)
2 Weapon teams (Warp fire thrower and Poison wind Mortar) - completed in November
0 Warplock Engineer
0 Warlords

In January I will post the entire collection including some group shots just for fun.

* See Project 2


Project 2:

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The other project I am working on is a Daemon army for 40K- That’s right I said a Daemon army. Those of you that know me understand that I don't care for the Daemon army in WH Fantasy because of the stigma attached to them. (For those that don't know: They were WAY over powered in 7th ed) I also didn't really like many of the models. I have never seen a Pink or Blue horror that didn't look stupid. Flamers are even worse. Most of the others are OK.

In the old days when you could freely mix Daemons with warriors of Chaos I used some Furies as march blockers; (The good old days.) It never occurred to make a Daemon 40K army but then late last month it hit me... Why not! (It didn't hurt that I have acquired tons of the stuff over the years)

I decided that the project will have to be different than any other I have done in the past.

The rules:
  1. I must build an army list before I start (2000- 2500 points) - Only build what is in the list
  2. As much as possible use what I already have- Keep costs low and use stuff that has been sitting around for ages.
  3. Use alternate models for units I don't like- must also be in my collection if possible.
  4. Must use recognized 3 color minimum (or Better) for each unit.
  5. Army must be complete and ready for play by the end of New Year’s weekend. January-3-2011
Notes so far:

Rule 1: The army lists and several variants are complete. They range from 2K- 2.5K as required.

2 Greater Daemons (Nurgle and slaanesh at this point but I also have Khorne and Tzeentch)
12 Bloodletters- Standard
11 Plaguebearers (using Skaven Plague Monks- They look great)
5 bases of Nurglings (using a mix of Skaven Rats and actual Nurglings)
10 Daemonettes- Standard
15 Pink and Blue Horrors (using Wood Elf Dryads- New Models)
3 Beasts of Nurgle (2 Old school Models from my Bitz collection and a D&D Carrion Crawlwer repainted to fit in)
3 Fiends of Slaanesh (3 Abyssal Ravagers from the old "Chainmail" game)
Fast Attack:
10 Flesh Hounds of Khorne (Made from dire wolves- The ripped flesh versions)
3 Screamers of Tzeentch (Made from 3 very old discs of Tzeentch with wood elf bits attached)
5 Furies of Chaos (Made from old Harpies- The really ugly ones- I did not find out they were Harpies until a few years ago.)
Heavy Support:
2 Daemon Princes (1 is Belakor from the Fantasy line the other is G├║lavhar - the terror of Arnor from LOTR)

Rule 2: So far so good on this one. The only thing I had to buy was a box of Dryads ( the Wife would not let me have her extra ones) and the Codex. Everything
else has been in house.

Rule 3: As listed above I used models from the D&D line (the prepainted plastic ones) and Chainmail (The older- and better- metal D&D line) I also used several
models from the Fantasy and one LOTR model for this project.

Rule 4: The only models that are even close to the 3 color minimum are the Pink and Blue Horrors. That is just because I think the simple color scheeme
makes them really stand out.

Rule 5: Am I on track? So fare the following models are done as of 12/20.

1 Greater Daemon (Nurgle)
11 Plaguebearers
5 bases of Nurglings
15 Pink and Blue Horrors
3 Beasts of Nurgle
1 Fiends of Slaanesh
Fast Attack:
3 Screamers of Tzeentch
5 Furies of Chaos
Heavy Support
2 Daemon Princes

I know it's a tall order for this time of year but what the hell...

I think I can make it.

(Pictures to come)

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!!!!



  1. Always good to see another 40k daemon player! I'm persoanlly looking at reviving my own daemons. I will say one thing though, for competetive play I would drop the furies in favour of some extra flesh hounds. For the same cost you get+ 1 ws, +1 I, furious charge, blesssing of the blood god, and a 19-24" threat range. (remember that beasts and cavalry have fleet and charge 12"!) Furies are kindof nuetered flesh hounds nowadays. I suppose that you could sub the old harpies as seekers? I don't know what they look like.

    Although, if you want to keep them becasue you already have the models for them (and they are painted!), I can respect that.