Category Archives: WH40K

Zoats Are Back

Maybe not plural really, but a Zoat model will be making a return for Blackstone Fortress.

Although I do not play Blackstone Fortress, I hope this model is available separately so I can get one, or two if there are build options. This may finally give me the kick up the backside to actually start making my Zoat army, as this model is the army leader I have been looking for.

There is a large pile of classic Zoat models up in The Loft Full Of Lead that I was picking up from eBay some time ago.

Only one of the old classic models has been repainted, for use in Rogue Stars, but I may just have to start putting some more together.

Leviathan Crusader Torso

There is not much to the body of the Leviathan Crusader, apart from the spine and a box for the arms and head to attach, that is about it.

I did have some new help during the build, the main problem was keeping anything that could hurt the little chap out of paws reach.

The finished torso looks like it was a Games Workshop design for the Grey Knights.

Just because I could, I have made up an LED circuit to provide lighting inside the helmet. It took longer to make the mounting for the on/off switch.

I am still a bit worried about undercoating the whole thing…

Leviathan Crusader Started

This is a very big box of bits, the Dreamforge Leviathan Crusader.

I bought this model years ago as I thought it would go with my Grey Knights really well, the helmet design is a perfect match for later generation Grey Knight Terminators.

It is quite a complicated kit and it got put on a shelf to collect dust for a while. And I do mean a while.

I also had no idea how to go about painting it. As it is a fully articulated model, I thought I should paint each component before building, something that would take some time to do. This is another reason it has sat around for ages.

But now that I am playing 40K again and models the size of Imperial Knights actually have decent rules and I have an airbrush, I am building the damn thing.

So starting with the feet, I am working my way up the model. By the time I got to the top of the leg, I realised this will be considerably taller than an Imperial Knight. I think I will need a homebrew 40K profile for this model, something that is in between a Knight and a Titan.

Whats On The Table?

As I have regenerated my old Tyranid army for 40K, I wanted to convert a few of my really old Genestealer models to represent the one-in-four in a unit that can have an Acid Maw and Flesh Hooks.

All I did was cut out the tongue, actually called an Ovipositor, and replaced it with a Flesh Hook. A few others had some green stuff added to represent goo dripping out of the mouth.

I also decided to reposition some of the arms so they are not all the same pose, after all, these were the original plastic one pose Space Hulk Genestealers from the last century…in 1989 in fact.

Blood Angels vs Death Guard

Some time ago, my Blood Angels went up against Mr Steinbergs dastardly Death Guard. I used some really old Marines as a Veteran squad, armed with some interesting looking classic weapons, most of which just “counted as” Bolt Guns.

Mr Steinbergs Death Guard have some really nice looking models like this Rhino, and…

…a couple of Blight Drones and a winged Demon Prince.
A Lascannon armed Razorback gave some additional heavy hitting for the Blood Angels, essential for trying to take down some of the bigger Chaos targets. A standard Tactical Squad is always a challenge to use and you really don’t want them getting into melee.

Mr Steinberg has plenty of Disgustingly Resilient infantry to back up the heavier units and my Blood Angels always struggle to take enough of them down.

I have some rather non-standard Space Marine bikes, another of my units that does not come out very often. Their speed is great, but they do get themselves into trouble easily and have to try to smash their way through.

Another of my old Blood Angels units is a squad of Assault Marines without Jump Packs, a squad that do not get used very often. However, I did find that getting to close to a couple of Blight Drones is not generally a good idea as they have nasty auto hitting flamer type weapons.

Once the Blood Angels Assault Squad had been overwhelmed, the Drones and the Demon Prince moved in on my Tactical Squad.

One unit that did do better was the slightly newer Jump Packed equipped Assault Marines with a Sanguinary Priest, these did manage to do some damage before they to were overwhelmed. I do like the Sanguinary Priest model in his robes.

When one bike gets attacked by a squad, the end is nigh…

A good game and still no hint of a Primaris model.