Soooooo, my FLGS is planning on doing a FW order. I plan to contribute to this. However, I face a tough decision of three units that all will fill an outstanding niche in my armies:
First, the new and improved DreadClaw
It’s a flyer, works as a drop pod in that it is a deep striking transport, has assault launchers plus it is an assault vehicle. Overall, it allows me to not only get my troops into combat but my dreads as well. However, it weighs in at almost 100 points for a no gun transport that will likely move only a single time, plus if it’s shot down the occupants likely die. This is, right now, my most likely choice. It’s a CSM fast attack option so it fills a slot I rarely use.
Choice 2, the Khorne Bloodslaughterers. I like these guys.
These bubbas are walkers, as tough to kill as a contemptor for a much lower cost. Rocking fleet, daemon, a pretty good front AV, and D3 extra attacks on the charge they are just nasty. Top it off, giving them an impaler lets them hit on a 4+. It’s not an auto-hit, so it can hit FLIERS! It’s a S8 shooting attack, so it’s a reasonably good anti-air. Top it off, if I pen a vehicle or wound an MC, I drag it 2D6 inches closer and if I get it in B2B I assault it (and if not…well, then I just assault it in the assault phase!) It’s a heavy support option which are frequently filled in my daemons between seeker chariots, soul grinders, and Khorne Skull cannons. However, tack in you can take them in units and they are just a nasty threat, no matter what.
Choice 3, the Decimator engine.
Yeah, these guys are elites. It’s a slot I again rarely use. Especially for CSMs as I rarely use terminators or cult troops. Really, it would only compete with mutilators or my contemptor. This guy is rocking the daemon rule, high AVs, and a host of nasty guns. His siege claws allow me to hit everything in a transport with a heavy flamer while he can be armed for pretty cheap with storm lasers which can have up to 5 shots per gun at S6 AP3. Top it off, he can shrug off weapon destroyed and immobilized results and if you glance him down, he can stand back up again. However, he is super pricey, with over 200 points base, before you add in dedication or weapons. However, like the blood slaughterer, he can be CSM OR Daemons. On the plus side, his rules state that if he has a dedication and is in a daemon army, he takes on the rule Daemon of x (where x is the dedication). This means that if he is Nurgle he gets shrouded. Slaanesh he gets fleet and rending, making him very fast. Overall, he is a nasty killer, and side by side with a contemptor with butcher cannons, it is 8 S8 AP4 and 6-10 S6 AP3 shots per turn…the kind of firepower to make any army quiver in fear.
They all cost roughly the same dollar value. However, I am stumped as I have little experience with each (I have run all of them in proxy at least once). I would love to hear from the community. If you have used them, or been on the receiving end, what were your thoughts?
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Ok all, I have been making progress. Since my last post, I have finished 20 CSM and made notable progress on my obliterator, though I will post pictures of that later. HOWEVER, a long while back I ordered a sons of Horus contemptor Dread from FW. Not wanting to paint it 30k colors, I have opted to stay true to it’s origins and paint it black legion (say it’s a loaner for fluff purposes, or hell, even part of the black legion allied in as I often run my list as black legion). SO, here are some initial pics.
Short post today, wanted to throw these up for comments.
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So I have made some various progress over the past week or so, and have painted sporadically on quite a few models. First, here are my two bloodthirsters (no painting on em yet, but it just looks awesome)
So here is my “ice” Khorne color scheme (refer to posting “Fire and Ice”)
Here is the progress I made on my lascannon team:
And lastly, I have done just a few more details on the color sgt. Painted the medals, rebased the skin, cleaned up the haft of the weapon, and touched up the banners.
So just a pictorial blog today, don’t have any analysis of them or explanation. Thanks for checking it out, please leave comments!
So it’s here…my second massive Forgeworld bloodthirster! Now, how to make him pop from the first one that has been complimented many times and came up as a draw against Thor’s dreadnought from Creative Twilight. Doesn’t sound like much, but this is a guy who walks away from every painting competition with at least one win.
SO…I have two options. Painting (of course) and conversions (not gonna lie, sorta hesitant about this one).
So let’s start with painting. Gonna differentiate them through color and weapons. My Khornites now all have axes. All of them. The crushers, the bloodletters, the bloodthirster; they all have axes. So I am going to rock the GW stock model for bloodletters and run the second Khornite force with swords. For color, I am going to do an arctic feel. Came up with this idea when I saw model icicles at AC Moore and I said “Those would look awesome hanging from a frozen bloodletters blade!!!”. So I painted up my first one (pictures pending later). Came out awesome. It is sort of deceiving as while it looks blue it is mostly grey. It goes from Dark grey to light grey over several layers thinning all the while and eventually ends up with a light drybrush coat of space wolf grey and highlights of pure white. Arctic bases are still being toyed with.
So now to conversion..do I modify his weapon? I debated giving him a sword or a glaive (sort of a sword, right?). Saw an awesome conversion that I think I could pull off handily online to give him a glaive or sword, but do I modify an already gorgeous model in the off and rare chance I field both of them? Again, I am leaning towards no. That way, if times are tough, I can sell him on ebay for good money.
So the concept will be two forces of Khorne, both led by massive bloodthirsters, pitted against each other. One fire the other ice. Will set up the display board to suggest this conflict. The ice force will have: Thirster, 10 bloodletters, 10 hounds, and 3 daemon princes.
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