Big Mek with home-brew Shokk Attakk Gun

Here is a little something to weigh up for all the Grey Knight posts. It’s actually Jonathan’s conversion, but he’s too engrossed in his new GK sprues, so I’m posting it. You should see Jonathan converting Orks, he’s a true Mekboy. It’s a beautiful frenzy of files and bitz and glue.


Whaddayasay about this GK list?

I got my Grey Knight pre-order stuff yesterday! Let’s hear it for me! Hooray! I must say that the parts of the Codex I’ve read so far are really good, despite all the Ward Nemiseses out there (geddit?). Or is that Nemesi? Nemeses? Anywho, the fluff is awesome, including the part where Malcador the Sigilite hides Titan from Horus through sorcerous means and kick-ass attitude! And the fact that the gene-seeds of the Grey Knights are made from the “flesh and soul of the Emperor himself”! Auto-win? But who were the eight astartes that were chosen to lead Chapter 666? And what terrible secret is hidden in the deepest vaults, guarded by the Order of the Purifiers? We can only speculate…

As a starter, I ordered two boxes of termies and one PAGK-box. I’m going to buy one more of each, to build this: 1 x Librarian with buttloads of powers, a Nemesis (Nemesi?) Warding Stave and skulls 1x Brother Captain (no GM for fluffy reasons) with MC NFS and rad nades. 5x Purifiers with 2x Incinerators 1x hammer and 3x halberds 5x Termies with 1x MC Hammer (sic!), 4x halberds and a psycannon 5x Termies with 1x MC Hammer, 4x NFS and a psycannon 5x Purgators with 4x Psycannons I also have a Dreadnought that looks kinda nice, perhaps I’ll put some pictures up later…

Whaddayasay? Don’t really care whether it’s competetive or not, since I’m more of a Ringo; ergo, I prefer fluff and flavour over exploiting the rules. Also, I’m not a fan of tanks. Deep striking foot sloggers FTW!

EDIT: Ringo reference corrected. My bad.  -David

You’re Wrong: Fluffy

Sure, I’ve written about this before (don’t click the link – I’m not done yet). But this time I’m pissed. Pissed off, I mean. All you fluff nazis out there: Why do you misinterpret everything and insist on ruining the game for other people? Because what you call a “fluffy army” is wrong. There’s nothing that makes your all-jetbike Saim Hann army more right than one with a lot of guardians in it. More themed, sure. Perhaps even more typical. But not more correct. That’s just you trying to hide that you’re not good at playing the game.

Six IG veteran squads in Valkyries? Space Wolf Razorback spam? Red Corsairs with Plague Marines? Raven Guard Sternguard veterans and tactical squads? Nothing wrong with any of that, from a lore perspective. All of them exist in the 40k universe. Check out Martin’s Ulthwé army. It’s very cool. He’s got this neat theme going on, with tons of guardians and a small seer council. I tell him he should get some more powerful units, and he’s all “no, I want the army to be fluffy, too many aspect warriors would be against the theme”. He’s wrong, of course. Ulthwé has lots of aspect warriors – certainly more than the 20 or so he’d need for a 2000 point army.

So, fluff nazis. Do yourself a service. Get off the high horses. There are three pillars to the miniature wargaming creed – painting, lore and gaming. Claiming you’re better because you misinterpreted one of them is just wrong.

Update: Before I forget, You’re Wrong is still satire. Stay safe!

Razorback spam, Inquisitorial style

So the GK codex has begun doing the rounds. Here’s a list I cooked up last night.

Inquisitor Coteaz (goes with the Servitors and Jokaero)

3 Servitors with Plasma Cannons, 2 Jokaero + Razorback with TL Assault Cannon, Psybolt Ammo
6 Warrior Acolytes + Razorback with TL Assault Cannon, Psybolt Ammo
6 Warrior Acolytes + Razorback with TL Assault Cannon, Psybolt Ammo
6 Warrior Acolytes + Razorback with TL Assault Cannon, Psybolt Ammo
6 Warrior Acolytes + Razorback with TL Assault Cannon, Psybolt Ammo

751 points

That’s 20 Assault Cannon
shots at strength 7. Not sure the Servitor squad is really necessary, you could skip them for more Warriors to save points. Expand to taste by adding Dreadnoughts (venerable and/or regular) with TL Autocannon and Psybolt Ammo.

How to paint a Grey Knight Termie

GREY KNIGHTS!!! Bet that caught your attention. Yes, the elite of the best of the hardest of hard are all the rage these days, and I’m beginning to see why.

As you might have guessed from the image above, I was able to get my greedy, pale, skeletal little hands on a set of Grey Knight Terminator sprues and wasted no time in dabbing some paint on one of them suckers.

Because this kit is awesome. The details, for one thing, are superb. This has become more or less a given nowadays, what with CAD technology and all. But what really does it for me is the amount of options and extra gubbinz you get (which, I’m sure, is the general consensus, and something that GW has embraced with gusto.)

For example, the little shoulder pad-shield-thingy. There are twenty of those, all different, in four distinct styles, making them perfect for squad identification. And that’s right off the sprue. There’s also an absurd amount of heads, including two bare ones.

If the journey won’t kill you, visit a GW store and check the sprues out. Even if you don’t care about Grey Knights as such, the kits are a nice bitz-source and perfect for Librarian conversions.

I painted this to look just like the ‘Eavy Metal Grey Knight army. I tend to do that. I don’t know their exact method, but I’m pretty happy with the result I got. The armour is a basecoat of Boltgun metal, highlighted with Chainmail, washed with Badab black and Asurmen blue, then highlighted again with Chainmail and Mithril silver.

If you’re curious about any other part of the painting, feel free to ask.

This guy was really fun to paint, and took maybe five or six evenings to finish.