A 2000 point Warhammer 40K battle with four players bringing their best armies to the table, It was also Weird hat day and I was designated the Captain of the games! The Armies; Frank’s 2000 point Nurgle Chaos Marines Army, Dan’s Sisters of Battle army, Rodger’s Tyranid swarm, and my Doom Zombie Horde army. The battle was a tie, my Zombies eating the Sisters of battle and Rodger was getting stomped by the Nurgle troops. It was a fun day…
|Frank's Land Raider and Rhino next to the objective "Cthulu"|
|Frank, The Musketeer of Pestilence|
|Dan, The Mysterious bringer of the Inquisition.|
|Frank Dalykas: If there's one thing I love about Jim, it's his vast collection of miniatures. He has such a variety of minis it's almost ridiculous (keyword: almost...minis r srs biz). This is a "Tyranid" army that he built using models from the Doom range. Featured in this pic are Cacodemons that he runs as Zoanthropes. The zombies are gants, and, if you look in the background, you can see Hellknights that get used as Tyranid Warriors.|
|Frank Dalykas: |
Rodger eventually showed up, and we got our battle on. Rodger's just getting started with a tyranid army, which I can't wait to see finished. He's going to be going for a Geiger alien look (the xenomorphs from the movie Aliens).
|Frank Dalykas: Jim wrote up his own rules for a special zombie apocalypse game, and we played a couple rounds of it while we were waiting for other people to show up. Here's a quick pic of my rhinos set up with Dan's Sisters of battle. We partnered up against the zombies.|
|Frank Dalykas: Nice shot of Jim's awesome city board. I hope to have one as nice one day.|
|And the Captain of the Games|
On a side note, Frank spotted a leaked picture of the new Blood Angles's Stormraven!
|Dude, fresh off the press, a potentially leaked picture of the Stormraven:|
Apparently, GW accidentally put up one of their "How To" or "What's new today" articles a tad bit too early. Here's the text that was saved before taking down the article:
Over the next few pages, we will be taking a look at how to paint the Blood Angels Stormraven Gunship, including how to weather the vehicle and paint the interior detail. A great addition and centrepiece model for any Blood Angels army, this will be an invaluable guide to help you get the most from this fantastic kit.
Death from Above
The Stormraven Gunship is an incredibly versatile craft, able to fulfill the roll of orbital dropship, armoured transport and strike aircraft in a way that few, or indeed any, ships could hope to match. The Stormraven ensures that the Blood Angels remain undisputed masters of the skies, as dominant in the air as their troops are on the ground. Smaller and nimbler than the more cumbersome Thunderhawk Gunships, the Stormraven's compact hull and vectored thrusters enable it to operate at maximum efficiency in all but the densest terrain. A Stormraven can often be seen hurtling straight into the heart of the enemy forces, unleashing its considerable arsenal in a terrifying display of firepower, before disgorging a squad, Dreadnought, or even both, into the thick of the fighting.
On the tabletop
With its potent firepower, speed and transport capacity, the uses of a Stormraven on the battlefield are myriad, but its role of choice is as an unparalleled assault vehicle. With a huge variety of weapon options, and no less than four tank-busting Bloodstrike Missiles, both enemy infantry and vehicles alike fear drawing the attention of its guns. A transport capacity of 12 combined with the ability to safely carry a Dreadnought to battle as well certainly proves the Stormraven to be a transport vehicle of the very finest quality. This unique combination of speed, firepower and transport capacity means that a Stormraven can support any tactical preference, so there is always a place for it in any Blood Angels army.
Nick: A Stormraven will be the focal point of your army, so it's well worth giving it a lot of attention when painting it. These techniques can effectively be applied to any other vehicles in your Blood Angels army too, so keep this in mind and you will have a great looking fleet of vehicles in no time. I painted this Stormraven to match the battleforce that I painted for the Blood Angels army workshop in February 2011's White Dwarf; it's part of the 3rd Company, in keeping with the rest of the models. As a personal touch, I've weathered the model to appear heavily battle worn, but if you wish to keep your vehicle in pristine condition, skip page 6 and you'll have an immaculate vehicle, fresh as if at the beginning of a campaign.