Sunday, April 5, 2020

Warhammer 40K: Death Guard - Myphitic Blight-Hauler

Myphitic Blight-Hauler

Currently, I am still waiting for some of my models to be delivered, including another Myphitic Blight-Hauler.  But I wanted to get one of these guys painted up for I could test out the paint scheme I will be using for the entire army.

The model itself is pretty easy to put together, it is one of the "Easy to Build" models that Games Workshop has released for Death Guard.  Its currently not available to purchase any other way, as this is the only kit available for the Myphitic Blight-Haulers.

I will be running 3 of these guys in most of my lists, as I feel that they are a good utility choice.  They are fast at 1-" Move, and because they are tracked (3 tracks), they do not suffer the penalty for shooting heavy weapons when moving.

Here is the description for them from the Games Workshop website:
Powering into battle on a trio of articulated track units, the Myphitic Blight-hauler is a light Daemon Engine that provides the Death Guard with heavy firepower wherever it is needed. Resembling a Bloat-drone that has been stripped of its turbines, this strange machine has heavy weapons mounted on its carapace, and its rusting armoured plates can absorb impressive punishment – as can its blubbery exposed flesh-parts, which soak up appalling trauma. 
The Myphitic Blight-hauler is an unpleasant combination of machine and putrid rotting meat. From the front, it resembles some grotesque armoured vehicle, with a curved carapace featuring the symbol of Nurgle and 2 large, covered tracks. Where this differs from an ordinary attack vehicle, however, is the toothed maw at the bottom. From the rear, the horror continues – a third track is visible, along with a mass of flabby flesh, bound into the machine with straps and metal. The Myphitic Blight-hauler is armed with a multi-melta and missile launcher, which are mounted either side of the carapace.
Below is the Myphitic Blight-hauler Datasheet:

I really enjoyed painting up the first one, and I am currently starting the second.  Below are some pictures of the finished model.  Let me know what you think, I know he is darker than most people's tastes, but this is the scheme I am going for.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Looking forward to getting the rest of the army painted, and yes I know, I am slower then heck when it comes to getting my stuff done, but I will get there.  The ultimate goal with this army is to play with them at Nova this year (2020) as long as it is not canceled.

Until next time, stay safe.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Warhammer 40K: Starting a new Death Guard army - Staying safe at home during the COVID-19 crisis

Since I am at home for a while with this COVID-19 Crisis going on, I have been trying to get caught up on some of my hobby painting.  I have also decided to start a new 40K army, and as you can tell from the logo above, that army will be Death Guard.  Since I already have a good start on the army, from buying the Dark Imperium starter, I got a good start on it.  If you remember from an earlier post, I purchased that starter box to get my Raven Guard updated for 8th Edition by getting in some Primaris added into the army.

From that box, I have the following for the Death Guard Army:

  • 1 Lord of Contagion
  • 1 Noxious Blightbringer
  • 1 Malignant Plaguecaster
  • 7 Plague Marines - Including a Plague Champion
  • 1 Foetid Bloat-Drone
  • 20 Poxwalkers

That's not a bad start.

Since that purchase, I have also purchased the following:

  • Death Guard Codex
  • Plagueburst Crawler
  • x2 Myphitic Blight-Hauler (3rd on order but delayed)
I'll be adding a 2nd Plagueburst Crawler soon, but beyond that, I have not made and specific choices as to what to add to the army.

I currently have everything built and now primed with Death Guard Green, and I already started painting the Myphitic Blight-Haulers.

Here is an image of everything together and primed, and as you can see one of the Myphitic Blight-Haulers is about 1/3rd of the way done.

Some of the models I left in a few pieces, as it will be easier for me to paint with them separate like that.

Over the next several weeks we will see how far I get on these.


Friday, March 13, 2020

AdeptiCon 2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus scare

A little bummed that AdeptiCon 2020 has been canceled, but I can see it from their side.  Better to be safe than sorry, I guess.  The state of Illinois shut all big events with large groups of people because of the virus.  And over the past several days there was a long list of events and places that started closing.

I am planning on going next year, not sure it will be the same events but we will see.  If it is possible I will just ask for credit for next year's events.

I was really looking forward to this year, I was not able to go last year, and this would have been officially the first time at this event for me.  I would have been playing in two team tournament events, Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game Team Tourney and the 4-Player 40K Team Tournament.  My son was also going to be joining me and playing in his first-ever major event as well.

Here is the message from the AdeptiCon Staff:

Since the very first AdeptiCon, held eighteen years ago, we’ve made it clear that the highest priority, in any consideration, would always be the attendees. Over the years, we have done our best to be loyal to this principle. With our incredible staff, volunteers, organizers, and instructors, AdeptiCon has been proud to host our annual hobby celebration with a continued emphasis on creating an amazing experience for our attendees. It is with that priority in mind that we have decided, after many hours of internal conversation and consultation with the venue, hotels, and various local authorities, that the health and well-being of our attendees and the public must come first. While we continued planning and did everything in our power to see AdeptiCon run as normal, we are now following both government guidance and our own judgement concerning the COVID-19 virus in cancelling the 2020 convention scheduled for March 25th-29th.
We understand that this will impact all of you. It also impacts our exhibitors, staff, the venue, and the local community. It is not a decision we have made lightly; it is a decision based entirely on keeping people safe and healthy. It goes without saying that no one is more heartbroken about this situation than the AdeptiCon team. We look forward to seeing all of you every year, sharing our love of the hobby and revisiting friendships cultivated over years of the convention.
The AdeptiCon staff is already vigorously working on details around issuing requests for credits/refunds, the handling of prepaid merchandise, badge upgrades and other related items. We will provide to our attendees and exhibitors final plans to address the unprecedented circumstances that the COVID-19 virus has thrust upon us by April 15th or sooner. Your patience is appreciated during this time as we finalize the necessary details and logistics.
It is important to understand that the AdeptiCon team remains committed to this event. With your help, we will be able to return to providing you with the greatest tabletop gaming event experience around. We are very determined to see AdeptiCon return, thrive, and run long into the future. And we will remain focused, as always, on our most important priority, the attendees.
AdeptiCon Staff
“For Gamers, By Gamers”
Addendum: There is no need to contact us requesting a refund or credit. We will contact all attendees with several options once we work out the details.
All and all, I agree with the reason why they canceled the event, but to be honest I'm still a little bummed.  I do look forward to next year, and hopefully, Nova will not be canceled that is later on in this year.

Until next time, be safe, I wish you good health in this dire time, and may your dice always be blessed (unless you are playing me, lol ).

Monday, March 9, 2020

Warhammer 40K: Ragnar Blackmane & Ghazghkull Thraka (Saga of the Beast)

The news dropped today about the next Psychic Awakening: Saga Of The Beast, and the two new anticipated models from that set, Ragnar Blackmane & Ghazghkull Thraka.

First up, and my absolute favorite, is Ghazghkull Thraka.  I have his original model, and I liked that one, but this one is perfect.  I can not wait until I can get ahold of this model and get it painted up.  I think with this release, I have officially announced that my Orks will come out of retirement.

Here is the image of the model release from the Warhammer Community website:

The next model that was also shown on the page was that of Ragnar Blackmane, this model is also impressive, but I am not sure I was to collect this army, so I will either trade/sell or convert these guys to something else.

Here is the image released for Ragnar:

I will do a post when they officially announce what will be included in the box set, but so far, its an auto-buy for me.

Until next time, may your dice roll great.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Warhammer 40K: Raven Guard Intercessor Squad 1

On the heels of my previous post, The first of the models I wanted to get down was the Intercessor Squads.  These are a great support squad on the table and can handle a lot of different roles on the battlefield.  They are a definite improvement to your standard Tactical Squads that most used before the Primaris landed.

These were not that bad to build, and painting them was fun.  I'm not going to win any awards for my shaky ass hand paint jobs, but they are tabletop ready and don't really look that bad.

Here is the Sergeant:

And here is a picture of the entire squad:

Until next time, have fun.

Warhammer 40K: Getting Started on Updating Raven Guard for AdeptiCon 2020

I was just on planning on playing the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game at AdeptiCon this year, but my friends Dean and Dragi were signed up for the Warhammer 40K Team Tournament (4-Players per team) event, and 2 of their team dropped out.  So they asked if my Son and I would join them and play.  So, it looks like I will be playing both MESBG and 40K at AdeptiCon.  But holy crap, I have no army ready, at least not an updated to the latest edition army that is.  So my Son will be playing my friend Dragi's Salamanders, and I will be playing my Raven Guard.

To get the ball rolling with updating my Raven Guard to the latest edition, I needed to start adding Primaris, as currently, I have none.  I figured the best way to get a start would be to get the starter set "Dark Imperium".  This box comes with a good start to what I would need for my Raven guard, and as a bonus, I get a good start on a Death Guard army as well.

The box set includes the following:
  • Primaris Space Marines
    • 1 Primaris Captain in Gravis Armour
    • 2 Primaris Lieutenants - 1 w/Power Sword and 1 w/Auto Bolt Rifle
    • 1 Ancient
    • 2 - 5 Man Squads of Intercessors
    • 1 - 3 Man Squad of Inceptors
    • 1 - 5 Man Squad of Hellblasters
  • Death Guard
    • 1 Lord of Contagion
    • 1 Noxious Blightbringer
    • 1 Malignant Plaguecaster
    • 7 Plague Marines - Including a Plague Champion
    • 1 Foetid Bloat-Drone
    • 20 Poxwalkers
I have to say, I am impressed with the new models and casts that came in this box.  So looking forward to getting these painted up.  Another thing I will be needing to do it rebase most of my Raven Guards as they are now required to be on larger bases.

I will have an army ready for battle before AdeptiCon, now I just need to practice and have fun.