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Wow, it’s February already! My big build continues. Since last week I have had yet another change in plans. While it was my intention to get on with the sternguard, I have needed to get others done instead. Why? Well for once I have a good reason. I have a game coming up next Saturday, 15th February against lee Bedford, other wise known as @ratinabun on twitter.

Our game is 1500pts of 40k. His 1st Albion imperial guard will met the ultramarines, but not the 2nd company, but a new list form, a surgical strike team. Our games are always fun, and while I love to play anyone at 40k, I really look forward to games with lee. We have been friends for many years and we always have great games. They are always friendly and we both like to throw new things into the game. Though friendly, we are both competitive and want to win.

So I created a new lis that only 1 of my regular units in. The other 7 units are things I’d normally use as additional options rather than base a list around them. Sadly 1unit needs to be painted. I’d never use unpainted against lee. I’ll blog out the list next week along with a battle report. I know that he is painting new units and I believe this includes a unit of ogryn! I never, in 20+ years of gaming, faced these brutes, so this will be great fun! Also this week I assembled 2 other squads.

Unit 1- terminators.
I planned to use a full squad of 10 terminators, possibly broken into combat squads. With a heavy flamer and assault cannon, they should be able to make a mess of Lees big guard blob unit. I have had to paint up the last 4 terminators from thus squad. Made using regular marine and deathwing bits. I had bought 2 boxes of deathwing terminators and 1 box of assault terminators. Combining the 3 boxes I have 10 ornate assault terminators, 5 with thunder hammers, 5 with claws, a term librarian and 4 assault terminators.

The other 6 regular terminator were from the assault on black ride set. I was not overly happy with the sergeant he felt stiff and stilted, so I decide to repaint him. I replaced the arms and banner with new parts and I have added the cape from the deathwing terminators. I am really pleased with this now. The other 5 will be reprinted to give a coherent looking unit. This will be a stretch to get them done, but worth it. So far I have painted 5 of the 10. All will to be based and I can see me having a mad rush on Friday night to finish them off.

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Whilst waiting for various bits to dry, I have assembled 2 other units, assault squad 2 and tactical squad 4. I needed some bots from eBay to finish both of these off and they arrived in the week.

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I only have 10 finished assault marines, squad 7 of 2nd company and I have assembled 1st half of the 2nd company assault squad. The new unit, squad 8, will be 10 strong in time, but for now, I only have the 1st 5. I made this unit using the standard box set, but added a few bits from the new veteran box sets, to add some varity.

I had used the legs from this kit on tactical squad 4, giving them a running pose. I added the legs from the vanguard box set and the crest from the sternguard to make the sergeant for this squad. It gives him an action pose that I quite like. Also in the unit are 2 plasma pistols. The new codex allow you to upgrade 2 marine to either flamer or plasma pistols, not, as in the older codex, 1 for every 5 marines. This means you can take 2 upgrades in a 5 man squads. Squad 7 has 2 flamers, so it made sense to have 2 plasma pistols.

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Tactical squad 4
Squad 4 is one the 6 tactical squads in the battle company and I had the tactical squad to use to create them. I decided to make this squad look like they were running. To achieve this I used assault marine legs. The 1st half was done awhile ago, but the 2nd set of legs arrived so I got them assembled this week. I’ll talk more about these while I paint them soon.

So, that was last week. What’s next you ask? Well, I I’d answer, but knowing me it will change any way. I need to focus on the terminators and that is the goal. Next Saturday will be our game, so keep em peeled for the live tweet #battrep from us both and until the! see you all across the battle table.

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Ex terminate!

Ok, so I am a little late for poor Dr who puns, but what the hell, why not!

Today’s post is all about the big armour boys of the first company, the terminators. Currently in my force I only have 6 regular terminators, a sgt, assault cannon and 4 regular terminators all armed with power fists. They are the snap together models from the assault on black ridge box set. As I have a touch of OCD, these needed to be brought up a 10 man squad. I needed a second heavy weapon and a couple of the chainfists. Added to this I have a chaplain and a captain in terminator armour as well as Marenus Calgar in his terminator armour. As the force already has a stormeagle painted and ready to go, I have a great delivery system ready for some big squads on terminators. And yes, the idea of a flying big blue box is not lost on me.

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I also lacked any assault terminators. I wanted to add the a 10man squad, 5 of each weapon options. So a plan was hatched. I have bought 3 boxes of terminators. 1 box of assault marines and 2 boxes of deathwing knights. My plan was to build the 10 knights but use the arms from the assault terms. This will make a gothic looking 1st company squad, the original idea was to keep the hooded head, but using the terminator heads instead, the look more regal than dark. By adding the ultramarine shoulder pads to the mix, I hope the squad would look awesome.

The 4 terminators will be made from the bodies and legs from the assault squads, with the arms left over from the deathwing squads. This meant more trimming off of details!

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The mathematicians amongst you will know that that accounts for 14 of the 15 heavily armed and armoured vetrans. The final set of bits will be assembled as a librarian hooded and cowled, he will be a darker addition to force. Armed with a staff and covered in the regal splendour you’d expect of a terminator of the 13th legion. I hope he will be both dark and brooding, whilst still being an ultramarine.

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As a quick aside, my journey into painting ultramarines started with a free terminator from the white dwarf magazine. I was bored on of painting imperial guard and randomly decided to try to paint the free piece as an ultramarine, something that I, like many gamers, thought was an abhorrent act. Ultra smurfs were what newbies with now knowledge of 40k painted right? Shows what I knew back then. Turns out it can be great fun to play using the ‘boring’ marines. They have a hidden depth and people don’t expect them. It fair to say its fun when people stop to look at a nicely painted ultramarine force. Anyway, that’s the plans for my terminators.

Till next time.