Sunday, October 25, 2009

Khorne Land Raider Video - WIP

A little video tour of the tank.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Khorne Land Raider - WIP

Just wanted to show you the progress I've made on the Land Raider. I still have a long way to go before it can be called done. The hard lining is extreme, but needs to be cleaned up in a lot of places. Skulls need more work. I also need to keep applying black to various places. And then comes the gold. Lots of gold! The extreme hardlining is supposed to help with the gold, and hopefully once I add even more gold to it, it will really pop. A beautiful rich red with nice golden highlights! But it's off to a good start, if I say so myself.

I also found I'm pleased with the number of skulls. There aren't too many that it prevents me from doing any freehand stuff on top, but its also enough that you can't miss it.

So yeah, still a lot of work to do, but definetly an excellent start.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Land Raider WIP - Skulls for the Blood God

Just wanted to throw up some pictures of my Land Raider's progress this evening. The lascannons are magnetized. Put a bunch of skulls on it, and I'm considering putting more on. The banners are pinned so they can be removed for normal play and put up for display. I don't think I'm putting spikes on the beast.

Tomorrow it get's sprayed down, and we begin painting! Yes, it's going to be red. Red! Red I tell you!

Things I'm still considering:

  • More skulls! More heads! Heads of other races. Can I have too many?

  • What I want to do with the hole in the top. While I can easily put up a weapon, or just close it off, or magnetize it, I really want to do something cool. Hrm, I'll show you tomorrow.

  • Color scheme. Red is obvious. Gold/Yellow/Black/White are all going to be apart of it. But how do I want to show it off. Which colors where.

  • The name. Obviously something short and bloody.

  • The center-rear of the vehicle might need a larger banner. Pretty much over the exhaust pipes. A big banner proclaiming the blood god, his desire for blood, and that blood is, in fact, for the blood god.

So, if you have any ideas, let me know, please. Thoughts or comments are welcome. Tomorrow, I'll be putting up a video update, but I know some of you don't follow my YouTube channel, and I like to make sure my updates here aren't just YouTube videos. Pictures and text can do a lot more then a simple video.

Land Raider WIP - Inside

So, I've pretty much finished up the inside of the Land Raider for my Khorne Army. I'm not sure I'm going to replicate the cream color throughout the rest of the army, but besides that, the rest of the inner components are nice. I'm especially proud of the engine block which you can see below.

The engine block was painted with Boltgun Metal, then washed with Badab Black. I highlighted with Chainmail. The Mechanicum icon I'm especially happy with.

Most of these screens won't be easily seen, or even viewable I think once the land raider is closed up. It's okay though, they are painted and I'm happy enough with them.

The seats are highlighted to show light coming from the front of the land raider.

The floor has pools of aged blood. I tried to make it look like someone was walking from the entrance to their seat, so the blood follows a trail.

I'm fairly happy witht he inside, though I'll admit I didnt' feel like spending too much time on something that will be mostly hidden from sight. But it's painted.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009 - Les' Wash Recipe, and 40k Ventrilo

Les Bursley over at has released his wash recipe.  Now, you might not have been aware of it, but Les was selling his washes and pigments for a while, but recently, it was shut down because he needed to be a member of a particular organization.  Someone reported him apparently, and he was no longer allowed to sell his washes or pigments.  However, in true form, he released his recipe in order to provide the masses with a simple, easy to use recipe for his excellent washes.

I'm especially excited because I had been planning on buying some of his Soft Body washes, and the very day I was going to make the purchase, the store was closed.  His recipe is nice because it shows you not just how to make the washes he was selling, but also provides you with enough information to come up with your own colors of washes.

Check out Les' YouTube Channel for excellent videos and tutorials.  His current project is a space marine chapter project where he does a video tutorial for each chapter.  Right now he plans on doing 70 chapters, and is already off to a great start.

Finally, related to Les' and the YouTube gang of 40k'ers is the Ventrilo channel provided by Catattafish.  The vent channel is provided for people who play 40k, Fantasy, and other war games.  A great place to sit and talk while painting and modeling.  Basically, if you enjoy painting with company, but want to paint in the comfort of your own home, this is the place to do it.

The server address is "" and the port is "3826".  You can get Ventrilo for free from the Ventrilo website.  It's not just a place to chat about nothing.  We talk about the game itself, the rules, painting tips, suggestions, and general camaraderie.  If you enjoy talking about 40k, now you can do it with real live people!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Khorne Raptor Squad

As promised, here are some pics of the Khorne Raptor squad in all it's winged glory.

Okay, the first two up are the Icon, which you've seen previously, and my normal Khorne Berserker. The normal 'Zerker is one of two in the group. He's flying over the ground, almost gliding, scanning around for an opponent to attack.

The next up are two special guys. The guy on the left is my Champion. I know, he looks small when compared to everything else, but I actually really like the pose. He's weilding my version of lightning claws. But it's all about the pose. Arms wide and on the groun ready to attack. His torso is posed leaning slightly back, as is his head, in a fearsome howling rage. The wings were also chosen because they are the wider, open wings. While me Icon is posed to look tall and moving forward, the Champion is meant to be wide and imposing.

To his right is my special weapons guy. He'll either be a melta or a flamer, depending on whichever I want to run. The possessed arm with the flame shooting out makes it work well for both, I gather. Instead of red flame I'm considering using green flames for contrast. He's on the ground as well clearly looking at what he's burning down in front of him. His close combat weapon is held at the ready.

Now we come to the next two. My second normal Berserker, and one with two cloes combat weapons. The normal 'Zerker is landing, opening fire and preparing to swing his chain sword down on the foe. The wings are pushed out as he lands, giving him a bit more shooting time and also time to consider which head to remove from which foe. Choices like that shouldn't be rushed.

The raptor on the right is using a piece from the Chaos Warriors set for his right arm. I imagine he's jumping toward his right, the reason his feat and head are turned that way. His sword is bring brought up to block an attack, and his left "hand", another possessed arm, is pulling back readying for a swift piercing attack.

The final two raptor squad members are dual wielding close combat weapons and pistols.  The gentleman on the left is using two arms from chaos warriors.  I didn't use shoulderpads because I felt in this case, he wouldn't want to wear them and hinder his arms.  I can easily see this guy impaling a foe with his sword and at the same time flinging his axe over at another guy.  Brutal!  Combine the ripped arms with the chest I used and the skull helmet, it almost reminds me of a Khorne version of Skeletor.

 Of course, what would Khorne be without some guy going all akimbo style with two pistols.  I love this pose on my 'Zerkers, and I've used it before.  He may not be raging like the other guys, but I see him using his two pistols like weapons themselves, blocking attacks and slamming the muzzle under an Imperial fool's chin and pulling the trigger.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Speed Painting Tau - Stealth Suit Urban Style

So this is what I've been working on the past few days.  Painting plus video rendering.

Inspired by the Space Wolves release, I decided to try out an urban Tau theme. My goal with the Sniper suit was to merge the space wolf base color and combine it with a dirty, urban theme. The model here is supposed to look as if he fits with the base, hence the reason they are the same basic color. I also wanted a muted theme.

Urban environments in the 40k world, I imagine, are rather dirty, so I wanted to give this Sniper suit the appearance of having been walking through ruins, but still give a very Tau-clean look to it. At the same time, I was hoping the highlight color (the white) was still a muted white, so it would stand out, but not look out of place.

Finally, the gun itself is my take on the weapon. I imagine that the barrel of the weapon spins rather fast when firing, so I figure the metal is worn in a circular pattern. That's the reason for the attempt the blending and highlighting like I did. I'm actually rather proud of it, because when it's lit with my desk lamps, it looks natural.

Finally, this was yet another attempt at blending, which I really want to keep practicing.  I'm very proud with the blending jobs I did here.  Both the helmet and the gun turned out how I wanted.  I still have a long way to go before I'm comfortable with blending, but overall, I think I'm on the right track.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Slaanesh Chaos Sorcerer Video

Listen to me ramble for almost 10 minutes about my Slaanesh Chaos Sorcerer.

Slaanesh Chaos Sorcerer

Painted up for Number1GamerAsh's YouTube contest.  Was fun doing something not Nurgle.  All together, I'm happy with the results for the amount of time I put into painting him.

He has lots of little details, but also a lot of open space you can use to blend together colors.  I spent a lot of time on this model practicing blending.  The shoulder pad, the sword, and the white armor is all blended to different degrees.  The robe is simply blended with layers.  I'll have a video up tomorrow morning that goes into detail all the little things I did with this guy, and because I have to for the contest.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Chapter One: Dawn's Gate - Part 5 - Chaos Battles of Kettamet IV

Telurn’s bolter emptied and the sergeant ducked back down behind cover.  He popped out the empty magazine and slapped in a new one.  Rising back up, he opened fire again.  The tyranid swarmed out from the city now.  They were done skulking in the shadows.  He could see them climbing over the ruins.  He watched as the xenos climbed over their own dead without slowing.  They were getting closer, and no amount of bolter fire was going to stop them.

From the behind the hill came another rhino.  Third squad, Sergeant Getling’s squad, was moving up into the middle of the wave of gaunts.  The rhino slammed into the swarm of creatures, sending them flying away.  Telurn watched as Getling jumped out of the rhino, leveled his bolter, and opened fire.  The man was insane, but as soon as the rest of third squad laid down fire as well, the gaunts in front of them died in droves.  Telurn smirked.  Getling was always going for glory.  As he watched, Telurn noticed a giant behemoth on the far side of the squad, and he saw the hive tyrant approaching Getling.  He must have seen it too, because his men turned and opened fire, bolter and melta fire flying into the great monster and his minions.  The drive of the rhino must have seen it, and immediately backed away, leaving Getling and his squad alone.

The gaunts third squad had been firing at used the hive tyrants distraction and came in fast.  Telurn’s squad opened fire on them, trying to stop them from reaching Getling, but they were too far and the tyranid numbered too many.  The gaunts leapt onto the men, and Telurn watched as three gaunts pulled Getling down.  Telurn then watched as the hive tyrant charged in.  Telurn watched for a long time.  Slowly, one by one, Death Flies were pulled to the ground.  Then finally, none were left standing, and the hive tyrant roared.

Telurn could do nothing but continue firing down on the horde.

* * * * *

Sergeant Tare tore open the door, leaned into the driver’s cabin, and said, “Open the damned doors, Moratoro!  We need to take that bastard down before he rips this box apart!”

Moratoro spun, and he said, “I got my orders!  I take you there, I take you now!  Nothing is going to stop me, got it?”

“Got it, but he don’t,” he said calmly, looking through the ports in the front of the rhino into the eyes of the charging carnifex.

The beast struck the vehicle, pulling it up and almost tossing it back.  The rhino was airborn for a second before landing hard into the ground.  The engine screamed in pain and then died.  Tare was on the floor of the cabin.  His squad was lying throughout the cabin attempting to get back up.  Moratoro, buckled secure to his seat, was trying to get Gutwrencher started again.  Tare got up, stepped back toward the driver, and spoke, “Open the doors now, or we die.”

Moratoro stopped, turned, and stared.  For a moment the two soldiers locked eyes, before Moratoro nodded and flipped a switch.  Tare heard the hiss of the seals as they released the doors from their locks. “Now, get this hulk moving toward that objective.  We’ll distract the beast,” and without another word, Tare turned, opened the side door, and stepped out.

The monster was standing only a few meters away, and Tare sensed that it had been preparing to charge the rhino again.  It watched as the soldiers got out, but its eyes never left Tare.  The soldiers and the carnifex stood there pinned to their spots, staring at each other.  The rhino’s engine flared to life, bucked forward, and started moving toward the dreadnought.

The carnifex spread its giant scything talons wide, opened its tooth-lined mouth wide, and roared.  Tare felt the earth tremble.

“Right, let’s get this done,” Tare said, and he opened fire.  For the second time today, his squad faced the might of the hive fleets elite troopers, the carnifex.  This carnifex wasn’t just any, but it had killed Tare’s lord daemon Muldaven.  The carnifex took round after round of fire, it’s hard armor-like skin splintering away.  Tare thought he saw it smile.

It jumped, lightning fast and right at Tare.  The sergeant tumbled low and to the right, diving behind the giant beast as it flew past him.  He wasn’t fast enough to avoid the beast’s armored tail.  It struck him hard across his legs, sending him flipping over and over, landing hard.  He lost his grip on his bolter.  Rolling over, he pushed himself up in time to take a direct hit across his left side sending him flying off to the right.  The carnifex was right behind his flying body.  He watched it jumping after him as he tumbled through the air.  He struck the ground, and before he could stop rolling, the carnifex was on top of him.  He saw it lift its right talon high up, and swung down.  Tare started to roll, but the beast was far too fast and the talon sliced neatly through his left shoulder, pinning him to the ground.  Tare stared in horror as he saw the carnifex pull up its left talon to deliver the killing blow.  Tare pulled his right arm up to ward off the blow.  The talon came down.

Tare caught the great blade inches from his chest in the grip of his might power fist.  The carnifex screamed.  With a twist, he ripped the talon in two.  The carnifex reared up, pulling its other talon up out of the ground, pulling Tare up over the tyranid’s head.  Tare felt himself slide down the talon a bit.  Reaching out with his right arm, he grabbed the other talon, but he didn’t snap this talon off.  Instead, he pulled on it, pulling the talon through his body.  Pulling Tare closer to the head of the carnifex.

The great beast jerked its head in his direction, and for a moment Tare could see it was pondering what he was doing.  Tare smiled.  The sergeant swung his open fist out, wrapping it around the head of the great beast, and squeezed.   The head exploded in a wash of brain matter, blood, and other fluids that Tare did not care to know.  Tare let himself fall on top of the carnifex as it fell back.

Moments after falling, he heard the chain swords of his squad ripping through the talon still impaled through him.  He was pulled up, and he found his footing.  Finally, standing on his own, he looked out across the battlefield.  The tyranid force was pulling back.  The hive tyrant was fleeing, and the gaunts were scurrying between ruins trying to get out of range of the bilecannon.  Tare knew they didn’t have long to collect what they need to collect.  Already over the vox he could hear reports about drop ships coming in to retrieve them and their prize.  They had maybe twenty minutes before the place was overrun with ten times the tyranid they had faced.  But they had won through the day.

* * * * *

They had won the battle.

For what? Tare thought.  What was so bloody important about this dreadnought that Mygar was willing to throw away the lives of a daemon lord for it?

From behind, he heard loud ponderous footsteps, and Tare knew it was the Cult Masters approaching.  He turned, looking up at them as they approached.

“Cult Master Maem, Cult Master Brom and Cult Master Ordam both fell in battle.  Their bodies are over…” Tare was saying, but Maem raised a clawed hand.

“I care not for the fallen dead.  They were weak and deserved the fate they were given.  I came to pass on a message from Mygar, who witnessed the battle here today.”

Tare nodded.  Mygar was a psycher and usually watched battles form orbit.  Tare had assumed that with this dreadnought being so important to the Lord, he would be watching carefully.  That Mygar would seek to watch him in particular, however, was something Tare had not expected.

“What is the message, Cult Master?” Tare asked, reminding himself to remain civil with the warrior.

“Simply that he was pleased by your actions, and that you were to be rewarded when you returned to the fleet above,” Maem said.  He hesitated for a moment, and Tare could tell that there was more, and whatever it was, Maem wasn’t sure he liked it. “He… he wanted me to say that such actions are the sign of a Lord.”

Tare looked hard at the Cult Master for any sign of jest.  When he was confident there was none, he asked, “Anything else, Cult Master?”

“No, my Lord Master.”

The End

Friday, October 2, 2009

Chapter One: Dawn's Gate - Part 4 - Chaos Battles of Kettamet IV

Sergeant Tare reached over to the boarding switch and flipped open a cover revealing a small button beneath.  He pressed the button.  Over head, the loud clicking of several locks sounded as the firing points in the roof of Gutwrencher unlocked.  The doors opened, and his squad stood to their full height, looking out the top of the rhino.  Immediately they opened fire.  Tare moved to the right side and opened the hatch’s viewport and looked out.  What he saw was frightening.  Tare had expected a horde of gaunts or genestealers, not what was bearing down on the Gutwrencher.  Not fifty meters away a giant carnifex was charging right at the rhino.  Tare stared in horror.  The beast would reach the rhino, tear into its hull, and rip his mean apart.  Suddenly, out the left of the viewports window, he saw all hope fade.  One carnifex was bad.

Two was impossible.  The other beast was slowly making its way toward the rhino as well.  Tare looked back and noticed his mean, still firing.  Melta weapons and bolter fire, would that be enough?  Tare flexed his right hand, encased in a might power fist.  He could tear the head off a terminator with this.  Could he rip the arms off a carnifex?  He might find out today.

Gutwrencher lurched forward, turned right, and sped up.  The view port turned away from the carnifex, and Tare knew that the rhino was moving toward the beasts.  Tare moved over and pulled himself up, looking out the firing point.  Without warning, a sudden wave of pure force washed over him, his mean, and Gutwrencher.  He heard the scream of metal as it stretched and flexed under the mental onslaught.  Out in the distance he saw the zoanthrope.   With two carnifxes and a zoanthrope, Tare could not imagine things getting any worse.  He’d have to reevaluate the limits of his imagination, he thought.  Behind the zoanthrope he saw a hive tyrant.  The grotesque beast was surrounded by giant beatles, dwarfed by his the tyrant, but Tare knew that each one was large them he was.

Then from behind the rhino, a large impact struck the ground and Tare felt heated air surround him.  Expecting a large winged tyranid, he was relieved to find the daemon lord.  The daemons attention was on the battle before him, and satisfied with the progress, made to take flight again.  As soon as the great daemon was in the air above the rhino, Tare saw an explosion of bio-mass strike Muldaven and send him back to the ground.  At the same time, another rolling blast of psychic energy rolled across Tare and slammed into Muldaven, pinning him to the earth.  The great daemon pushed up from the ground and howled in range, but Tare could see the damage done.  Skin had been flayed away, blood poured from Muldaven’s mouth, and still the bio-mass ate through his muscle.

Tare turned forward again, and saw three great giant tyranid even closer to them now.  Gutwrencher lurched back into gear, and started moving forward again.  From over his shoulder two shots of lascannon fire flew, striking the carnifex.  Lascannon fire could stop a rhino.  A single shot could halt a bilecannon.  A single shot could destroy a land raider.  The carnifex shrugged off attacks and barreled ever closer.

Soldier Moratoro called over the rhino’s vox, “Smoking up, Sergeant!”

Tare dropped down into the cabin as he heard the popping sound of the smoke canisters firing.  He knew what this meant.  They were moving even closer to the tyranid.  The smoke would give them cover as they made their way to the front line.  No, that was wrong.  They were the front line.  They were moving the front line forward.

Gutwrencher came around to the left and came to a stop.  Tare heard the release of the locks on the side door.  Taking a step forward, he pulled it open, and stopped.  Not twenty paces in front of him stood the carnifex.  The beast wasn’t looking at him, it was eyeing something beyond the rhino, but a moment later, it slowly turned its head to face him.  Despite the rumbling of the rhino’s engine, despite the sound of his squad disembarking, despite all the bolter fire and the explosions, he could hear the low growl of the giant tyranid as it eyed him.  The beast roared up onto its legs, and howled in fury as it leaned forward and started to charge Tare.  Not Tare’s squad, but Tare himself.  He could see those eyes, and he knew they were focused on him.

From over head, streaming across the battle field, to lascannon shots sped at the great beast and struck it square in the chest.  Tare didn’t have time to become hopeful.  The carnifex wasn’t slowed.

Tare’s squad opened fire at the charging beast.  The melta weapons slammed into the chitinous armor, burning deep, but cleary not affecting the behemoth.  Tare swore under his breath and saw the inevitable conclusion to the beasts charge, and prepared himself.  Pulling out his bolt pistol with his left hand, balling his power fist in his right hand, he roared in defiance and charged the tyranid.  Pulling back his fist, a moment before impact, he swung.

It was no contest.  He found himself flying through the air, striking the side of the rhino, and falling to the ground in a daze.  His squad was up and swinging their chain swords.  One of the soldiers got around behind the carnifex and was able to plunge his sword deep into the beast’s tail.  It spun with amazing speed, and grabbed the startled soldier.  He was able to bring his bolt pistol around to fire before the tyranid bit off his head.

Tare stood up, and he knew something was wrong.  He felt a strong pain in the back of his neck.  Reaching around, he felt a piece of his helm had been torn free in the attack.  Reaching over, he undid the clasps connecting the helm to his armor, and removed the helmet.  Breathing in deep, he turn to face the carnifex just in time to see another soldier impaled on giant talons.  As if some unseen force was directing it’s attention, it turned to face Tare while swatting away another attacking soldier, and it roared.

Tare raced forward as the beast stood to  its full height.  It brought up high it’s two great scything talons and continued to roar.  Tare took his final two steps and lept into the air.  The scything talons came racing down.  Holding his right hand high, he caught one of the talons with his power fist, the other one missing him as he pulled himself inside the reach of the tyranid.  With the enormous strength of his power fist, he squeezed his right hand closed around the giant talon.  Face to face, Tare could see into the eyes of the vile creature.  Pulling his bolt pistol up, he stuck the muzzle up against the creatures head.  He heard a snap as the talon split in two.  He pulled the trigger, and the bolt pistol fired.

The carnifex finally stopped moving.

Tare breathed heavily while he watched the light of life go out of the beasts eyes.  After a few moments, he relaxed his grip, and pushed himself off the carnifex.  He had been lucky.  His squad had been  lucky; only two dead.

Suddenly from his vox, he heard Moratoro’s voice.

“Sergeant, I’m getting reports in from fleet.  They say another tyranid horde is closing in fast from the north.  They will be here shortly,” he said, far too clamly.

“Soldier, what are you babbling about.”

“Sergeant, we are getting orders from Muldaven to break through the tyranid line and get to that dreadnought.  Apparently it’s more than just spare parts.”

“Damnit,” Tare growled.  He glanced across the battlefield, and spied out in the middle of all fighting a giant wreck, the remains of a dreadnought, their primary objective. “What is it? What’s so bloody important about that wreck?”

“I don’t know sarge, the Dameon Lord wouldn’t say.  Just said that you need to get your men over their now. “

“Right, embarking now,” he said.  Turning to his soldiers, he said, “Back inside!  We are going to break our way through the line and get to that damned wreck over there.”  Tare lifted his had to point toward the awaiting dreadnought, but when he turned to look, he saw the other carnifex turning toward him and his squad.  He recognized that look, and he knew what was coming.  He didn’t want to tempt fate twice. “Move it, now!”

There was no chance though, he saw.  The creature was too close and it would reach him before he could get back into the rhino.  Still, he had to try.

Five paces from the door to the rhino, with two of his soldiers already inside, the carnifex lept at him, a furious howl coming from its mouth.  Tare felt the entire battle slow.

He half turned in mid-stride and brought his power fist up in front to shield his bare face.  He pulled his bolt pistol around to take aim.  The carnifex was flying through the air now, and he knew that the power fist would not stop the crushing force of the creature for destroying him.  He knew the bolt pistol, even if he could get it around in time, would slow the monsters descent.

Suddenly, as if time caught up, everything happened all at once.  From the sky Muldaven hurtled down at the carnifex, slamming it into the ground.  The great daemon lord growled in a might rage, pulled back his sword arm, and swung it full force, the blade cutting a large swath of destruction across the creature.  He slammed his other hand down, wrapping his fingers around the great monster’s maw, and squeezed.  Muldaven roared in triumph.

Tare kept moving.  The battle was amazing.  The power the daemon lord possessed was immense.  To wield such power… Tare was in awe.  He wanted to stay and watch, but he had a duty to attend to.  Muldaven demanded it.  Mygar demanded it.

The Lord of Decay desired it.

Jumping aboard the rhino, he closed the hatch behind him.  Tare smiled in glorious delight.  He couldn’t help himself, and turned quickly to open the view port and peered through to watch the battle between the daemon lord and the carnifex.  The rhino roared to life, and started to move again.  Through the dust and the destruction, Tare spotted the pair of mighty warriors.  The carnifex had regained its footing.  Both it and the daemon were now circling one another.  It was as if the entire battle around them did not exist.  Nothing touched them.  They were focused so much on one another.

With a speed that awed Tare, the daemon lord leaped high into the air, giving himself even more lift with his giant wings, before diving fast at the tyranid.  He held his sword out like a lance, and Tare could hear Muldaven roar in triumph.  A finality in that shout that Tare would later see as ironic.

The carnifex had no chance to dodge out of the way, so it did the only thing it could do: use its own giant blades against the falling demon.  Too late, Muldaven saw the error of his attack.  He could not slow his descent.  While the sword struck deep into the monster, the two giant scything talons pierced the daemon’s body.  Without hesitation, the carnifex pulled his talons apart, and the daemons body felt away into three distinct and bloody pieces.

With a shake, the carnifex let the sword fall from the wound, and stood defiant over the remains of Muldaven.

Then the carnifex turned to look at Gutwrencher, and though it could not see him, he was sure the monster was looking right at him.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Chaos Space Marines v.s. Tyranids 1500 points Battle Report - Part 3

Part three.  Sorry it took so long to post onto my blog.  If you like my videos, subscribe to my YouTube channel and you'll see when they are put up, which is usually well before they get up onto the blog.

Chapter One: Dawn's Gate - Part 3 - Chaos Battles of Kettamet IV

Telurn closed his vox as soon as the battle shouts died down.  Fitting his helmet into place, the Sergeant spared a glance at his soldiers.  Each one bore a bolter, except for Galland and Moor, the plasma gunners.  Those two cradled their weapons with care, the plasma injection coils heating up in preparation for battle.  Galland and Moor never left the side of their weapons.  One too many tales of a plasma gunner mistreating his weapon and in the next engagement having it blow up, taking arms and head from the offending soldier.  Some would call the two crazy, but Telurn understood why they carried the dangerous weapons.  In a fire fight, a plasma weapon was better than a bolter.  Each shot from a plasma gun was twice the strength of a bolter.  Where a bolter shot would bounce of the thick hide of a carnifex or the armor of a terminator, a plasma shot would plow through and not slow down.

Telurn heard the grinding of the breaks and the rhino, Hellboar, ground to a halt.  The side doors opened and Telurn disembarked first, his squad following without hesitation.  Moving up the hill in front of him, Telurn spotted Cult Master Maem and Cult Master Grol setting up their support positions.  The walking behemoths in age old terminator armor looked more like miniature dreadnoughts.  Embedded into their armor were weapons of many different types: lascannons, meltas, flamers, and that was just attached to the right arm.  Holding the weapons in place was the armor and flesh, pulsing and moving even now.  Telurn couldn’t help but shudder at the thought of what warp infested power they had taken in to become what they were.

“Sergeant Telurn,” said a low, grating voice. “Your squad is to setup to our left.  Support the flank and make sure nothing reaches us,” Cult Master Maem said.  Grol didn’t acknowledge them.

“Yes, Maem,” Telurn spoke, already moving in that direction.

“Sergeant! You forget yourself,” growled Maem.  He shifted his great mass and faced Telurn. “You will learn your place, Telurn, or you will die.  Now appease me.”

Telurn’s jaw tightened, his knuckles growing white as they gripped his bolter.  He felt his teeth grinding together, pushing harder and harder, before he let them open in reply. “My apologies, Cult Master Maem.  If it pleases you, I will finish my service here with my death, or I shall leave your presence and serve as ordered.”

Maem almost spat his reply before facing back to the town. “Be gone from my site, and be glad that the master has need of you.”

Telurn hesitated only a moment to cast a twisted smirk at the vile Cult Master before turning back to his soldiers, who had wisely kept moving into position.

Settling into position, he looked out over the town, and for the first time studied the battlefield before him.  He knew why they were here.  The space marine’s had left a hulk of a dreadnought here.  It was long dead, but the technology was needed.  The Death Flies didn’t have the service of the Mechanicum of Mars to support them, so they scrounged everything they used.  In a way, he felt like a rodent searching for scraps of leftover food.  But better a rodent free than a pet imprisoned by a false god emperor.  There were other reports that a downed shuttle craft had been sighted here, and any information that could be taken was needed.

Muldaven’s voice came through over the vox. “Tyranid sighted.  Battle is upon us. They are coming!”

No battle shouts this time.  The Death Flies were focused now.  Dug into their position, Telurn’s squad would not move for the end of the world.  Nothing could pull them from their spot.  They held the high ground, they had cover, and they were covering the left flank.

Suddenly, off in the distance near the center of the line, the Bilecannon roared to life and the ground shook.   In the middle of the town, great cloud of earth, stone, and metal flew into the air. Then, running quickly through the cloud, over the rock and through the crater, he saw them.  First he just saw shadows, but only for a moment.  Countless insect like creatures with talons the size of a man running across the open ground straight at them; he could make out large creatures known as genestealers amongst smaller gaunts, but he couldn’t tell how many came.  Floating above the giant herd of tyranid were giant floating gaunt-like heads with long tails that hung down below: zoanthopes.  Psychers, he knew.  He had felt their mental waves of destruction before.  This was no small force, these tyranid were here to kill.

From off to his right, the Cult Masters’ lascannons sizzled as they opened fire aiming at a target beyond Telurn’s vision.  Their resounding laughter and howls of rage gave evidence to which missed his target and which struck dead on.

Telurn returned his focus to the gaunts ahead of him.  With a quick mental calculation for distance, he opened his squad’s vox channel and said, “Open fire!”  No sooner had he opened the vox channel and issued the command then the bolter and plasma fire flared all around.  Ahead, he saw the limbs of gaunts fly away, torn from the bodies.  The gaunts were beyond number, and even after reloading his bolter, Telurn could not tell that all that fire had slowed the hoard.  The Bilecannon roared to life again, and he saw a giant explosion erupt in the middle of the hoard of gaunts and genestealers.  Gaunt claws and genestealer legs and tyranid limbs rained down from the skies, pouring on top of the advancing horde of bugs.

Yet still Telurn could not see that it had made a difference.  The tyranid did not slow.


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