Monday, March 29, 2010
Lamenter Space Marines
I've been collecting Space Marines, bitz, vehicles and anything else I could get my hands on for about 18 months now. About a year ago, I figured what direction I wanted to go with this project. I painted 2 space marines and a 5 man unit of scouts back then, as well as 2 rhinos to start me off.
So, now I am back into action on what I am calling: Strike Force: Steel Thunder.
I wanted to build a Space Marine chapter that was not common. In my research I came across the stories of the Badab War. I really liked some of the stuff I was reading. I initially was going to go with Minotaurs as my main chapter. I also liked the colors and patterns of the Lamenters. Yellow & Black catch my eye, and also happen to be the colors of my favorite NFL football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The checkerboard pattern they had also was very eye catching to me. I become rather proficient painting checker patterns by working on my Goff Orks.
I started seeing all kinds of options on this, and was looking to have fun with scout companies to rebuild. I even see a good reason to add Legion of the Damned in here as well. But as fate (and fatherhood) would have it, my son took a liking to what I was working on. We built an Imperial Guard army together (Cadian 17th), and he liked the Space Marines. Now my son's favorite color is Green, and he liked the Salamanders. I'm looking at this project thinking, I really didn't want to invest into two armies. What to do?
Than it came to me. Even though (most fluff says) that the Lamenters are a secondary founding of the Blood Angels, they are free of the Red Thirst and Blage Rage. But, I thought, they are more of a Codex chapter, and should be rebuilt that way. So I thought, why can't they be rebuiding with help from another Space Marine Chapter? Thus was born Strike Force: Steel Thunder.
So, as I work on this project, I will be building up two space Marines Chapters and they will grow together and such.
With the Tale of 4 Gamers project, we start at 500 points. Each month we are to build, paint, and hopefully play some games with our armies. We write our articles and for the feature at the Adventurer's Guild, we also get incentives towards our next 250 point block purchase for our armies.
My current 500 point list is as follows:
* Space Marine Captain: (Xavier, Raymond nicknamed: X-Ray), with power weapon & melta bombs
* 10 man tactical squad (Lamenters), flamer & missle launcher, Sgt.
* 5 man tactical squad (Salamanders), w/sgt.
* 5 man scout squad w/sniper rifles.
* Rhino (Dedicated Transport for 5 man squad and captain):
The Mission was Capture and Control, each of us with 1 objective and a spearhead deployment. His force was similar to mine, but instead of snipers he had scouts with shotguns outflanking and instead of the rhino and full squad he had a Dreadnought.
I almost destroyed the dread on turn 1 with a well placed Krak Missle, but he had it behind a large rock and it made the cover save. My first game with Space Marines went well thanks to multiple games against marines in the past, I knew a little of what to do.
As the month winds down, I'm racing to try and finish painting my models for this competition. My challenge on falling behind is for a few reasons. I moved recently and am between houses as my new one is being built. I also chose a complex paint scheme, and the check patterns require a lot more effort and time if you want them to look good. Lamenters are not a chapter that you can purchase transfer decals for. I also couldn't find the off-yellow paint I used for my first squad of assault scouts I painted a year ago. I tracked down the color recently at Hobby Town and am back on the job with it.
I look forward to seeing this army finally coming together and giving me another option to enjoy my hobby with. This will be my 3rd Warhammer 40K army. And I must say, I am having a lot of fun with it!