Preparing for the standoff…
Another post, though they are coming slowly again. The painting of the possessed CSM worked and now I have been painting regularly. While nothing exciting painted lately, I have made progress. Another 5 man squad is nearly complete, I have largely completed a rhino while basing another 3. I have made some progress on my remaining 25 infantry and have laid down the base color scheme for my raptors.
However, a forgeworld order looms on the horizon before my local FLGS big tournament. I will be getting a contemptor dread, some arms (to include dual butcher cannons) and a second thing. I am torn on this as I have two options: a storm eagle gunship or a sons of Horus squad (10 reavers and a command squad). Both area about the same cost, so that is not an issue. The infantry looks really cool and you can never have too many CSM infantry. Twenty CSM blocks are amazing! Plus, as i have really enjoyed the black legion supplement, the sons of horus contemptor and infantry (will be chosen) will work really well for both aesetics and fluff. However, the storm eagle with multi-melta serves the purpose of getting close and also acts as anti-air, something that I have needed. The downside is that I have heard it is miserable to assemble, often has multiple defects, and at the end of the day is 12 AV that has to hover to disembark that costs 240+ points with the ability to assault no earlier than turn 3 and possibly turn 5. With growing interceptor and skyfire units out there it seems like the occupants would be in serious trouble. So that is my final choice to make.
So, my Standish Standoff list is not done yet, so I have sectioned up my models into desired goals and this is where I am at-
Huron- based, and assembled. Needs to be painted.
Jump sorcerer- mostly painted, need to work on horns and spikes (need to get better first)
Foot sorcerer- based and assembled and base highlights- about 50% done.
Dark Apostle- 100%
Thousand sons (breacher marines)(10)- assembled.
Chosen (10)- based and assembled, basic color scheme done, some basic details- 40%
Possessed(5)- 1 is 100%, 4 are primed…so, 20%?
Cultists- I use Skaven clan rats. Small, hunched over, they wear ragged clothes and metal armor…oh yeah, that screams word bearers or word bearer successor chapters. I have 35 painted.
CSM troops (30)- these are basic CSM power armor bodies. They can be run as chosen as well. All and all, I am about 60-65% done with the lot of the.
Raptors (10)- since these guys are largely black with red stripes, they are mostly complete. They need highlights n the black and to do the weapons,..so 50%?
Warptalons (7)- fully painted, used these guys last year.
Oblits (3)- i have two squads of 3. One is still being built, but I will likely use the green painted ones that I purchased painted from a friend if I use Oblits.
Predator (3)- one is 80%…two are 40%.
Havocs(9 – two weapon sets). I have 4 auto cannon Havocs mostly painted sans weapons. The forgeworld auto cannons do not want to seat on the CSM or SM post heresy backpacks.
Rhinos- (6) one is done, 3 more are based red. The last one or two will be painted black and gold like black legion rhinos. One predator may be that way as well. Well, black and gold or green and gold like sons of Horus.
All in all, it seems like I have very little done. ..mainly because I have HORRIBLE painting ADD and I was thrown off because GW changed all their paints and all my layering changed because the paints don’t marry up perfectly…and trust me, you can tell the difference, I have also gone from a darker red to a based brighter red and wash with green to make a darker red with natural bright red high spots. Thanks to ShinyRhino from ThinYourPaint who suggested using green to darken red as opposed to black or darker red. However, once I nail down a list I will be closer than I appear. I can say that the jump sorcerer will likely make the cut, chosen as well. Raptors and rhinos are also likely to be present.
Well, thanks for reading,