Thargadd’s Thumpers are complete! I have to say that doing this collaborative project with Colonel Scipio has been a joy – it was a really fun project to work on and has inspired me to do a whole series of fluff posts for the various units in the army (kind of a Codex: Mordian 7th). So, here goes: Thargadd’s Thumpers – Mercenary Ogryns The Ogryn Mercenary unit known as “Thargadd’s Thumpers” has been instrumental in a number of the Mordian 7th battle plans, and boasted an impressive kill tally far in excess of commonly held expectations. It is suggested that the large number of abhumans fielded by the Mordian 7th regiment and the surprising successes they enjoyed may point to the benefits of including them in wider numbers throughout the guard, but many Imperial commanders still feel that the use of abhumans is somehow distasteful and look down on commanders who use them. At the conclusion of the Flotis campaign, Thargadd and his surviving followers were posted to the 122/7th (Pioneer) Company, Second Battalion of the Palladian Guard under somewhat mysterious circumstances.
It’s been just crazy at work this past week, over 70 hours in the last 7 days. Oof. As a way to unwind after the loooong days I’ve been working on the new version of Thargadd’s Thumpers that I’m painting up for Colonel Scipio of Palladian Guard fame ! He recently posted some pictures of the build of the Palladian veterans that he’s building and painting for me, and I am absolutely blown away with how cool they are looking. Check ‘em out ! Obviously there’s still quite a bit left to do, but the main colors have all been blocked in and the highlighting and shading has begun! I’m really enjoying working on these new Ogryns, they really have a ton of personality. I’m giving some serious thought to getting another set to replace the current unit Ogryns that I have had for ages, though it seems like a bit of a disservice to replace the ‘original’ Thargadd’s Thumpers who have served so well over the years… In any case, I’m hoping I can get these guys finished up over the upcoming weekend, as it’s supposed to be warm enough to get them sealed. We’re in the midst of a Colorado winter here which means alternating days of snow and bitter cold followed by sunshiny, warm days. It keeps us on our toes, that’s for sure!
Greetings all! Just a quick post to kick off the first collaboration project that I’ve participated in. Colonel Scipio of the rather excellent Palladian Guard blog recently posted about doing collaborative projects with other bloggers , and it definitely captured my interest. The idea is to do a miniature exchange project wherein we would each paint a unit in our personal army’s colors and second them to the other person’s army. We emailed back and forth a bit to discuss some ideas and we settled on Colonel Scipio painting a unit of Palladian Veterans that had been left behind/seconded to the Mordian 7th following a combined action, and me painting up a unit of Thargadd’s Thumpers, the mercenary Ogryn unit that is a mainstay of the glorious 7th – not to mention that it would be amusing for the models coming from the Yank to be a unit of loud, obnoxious, violent cretins! Since we’re on opposite sides of the pond, we decided it would make the most sense if we sourced the models locally. I’ve wanted to paint up a unit of the new Ogryns for a long time, so this was a perfect opportunity for me! Sadly part of the plan was to incorporate the Nork Deddog model into the unit, but to my surprise the new Ogryns are noticeably larger than the old ones, and the Nork model looked rather weedy in comparison. I wanted to add a bit more character to the unit, seeing as they are a bunch of mercenaries I thought a few extra trophies, gear and weapons wouldn’t go amiss. Sergeant Thargadd was given a back banner during his time with the Mordian 7th regiment, and I thought it would be amusing to have it be naught but a tattered rag after the period of hard campaigning. We’re supposed to be getting snow and cold weather for an extended period starting tomorrow, but as it’s supposed to be relatively warm today I’m really hoping I can get these guys primered!
Had a good friend of mine at the house over New Years before he flew back to the other side of the planet. On the 31st we managed to get in a game between the recently painted Dark Eldar ( Currently up for auction on eBay here ), and a selection of Imperial Guard chosen of equivalent points value. As I wanted to get a game in with all the painted DE, the sides worked out to a nice round 2,336 points. Oddly enough, it turned out to be rather simple to hit that number exactly with the guard list without hardly any wargear fiddling. Crazy! We didn’t bother trying to do a full-on battle report, rather we were just playing it fast and loose and having a good time. Just snapped some pics as things happened, and thought I’d share ‘em… Here’s the initial table set-up. It was late afternoon and we were already losing the light, so the pics aren’t the best I’ve ever taken. We went with one of the missions out of the Battle Missions book, wherein the deployment zones were full table halves. Up close and personal from the get go!
+++++ THE ATTACKERS Brother-Captain Gaius
This past weekend a friend of mine and I tried out the rather interesting Killzone rules that the folks over at Galaxy in Flames had put together. I’d been wanting to give them a try as they seemed to be a nice crossover between the full 40k rules, the 3rd and 4th edition Kill Team rules and the significantly thin Kill Team rules presented in the recent Battle Missions book. While we didn’t try to do a full-on battle report while trying out the rules for the first time, I did snap some pictures of the table and a couple turns in progress (warning, big ol’ pictures, click to embiggen). As I really enjoy Necromunda where the more terrain the better, I was looking forward to really packing the table