Sunday, August 22, 2010

Went shopping (reinforcements inbound)

The next update I bring you will have pictures. This one is just a bunch of blahblahwordstuff.

So, I went out to my not-at-all local gaming store yesterday and got the Cadian battlebox to expand my army. I honestly thought there was more stuff in it. I mean, don't get me wrong, the stuff in it is cool, but not enough to make a playable army with.. Well, maybe if you really really lowballed things..

Anyway. Also picked up a Chimera. Didn't know they raised the price.. Should have picked up some back when they were only 35$ instead of the 42$ they are now. Yeah, I know, seven dollars shouldn't break the bank, but ideally I'll have somewhere in the region of 15 of them eventually. Hoping to make this a mechanized guard army, after all.

So far, my Blue Shields are getting all the love. The Sentinel, which will be the focus of the next update was for them, the Chimera is for them. And chances are, they'll be the first with a commander too.

So how do you guys equip your guardsmen anyway? Cheap and cheerful? Extra heavy weapons? What special weapons work best? So far, my forces have two grenade launchers and two flamers. I don't like the idea of guard in melee range, but that flamer would make a huge difference for them. I'm definately going to convert up more grenade launchers though.. I have a feeling they'll be the main go-to weapon as I find the other weapons are either unreliable or have crap for range.

Oh, and I changed the comments setting, I dunno about the rest of you, but I'm getting a whole ton of spam messages.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I am bad at this..

I love the internet. I do. I am just horrible at updating things cause there's always so much to see and do. I resolve to try and fix this.

My legions have grown dust. That will not stand.
My Ultramarines are shelved, my Lamenters dissolved.
The Enclave and Spectrum shall be my focus for this blog.


++Introduction: Spectrum++

The Imperium is a vast place, and is at near constant strife. Many soldiers that go to war never come back, though not all die. Sometimes they are destined to never see their homeland again. This is a tale of those soldiers.

Following the Third War of Armageddon, many Imperial Guard regiments were shattered and left leaderless. With a whole world to rebuild, many were simply reforged. Different forces from different worlds were banded together under inexperienced leaders, then quickly shooed off to other worlds, to sort out their own problems by themselves.

Spectrum is one such group. Comprised of three very different forces, their leader, an officer known as Colonel White, was selected to bring them back up to Imperial standards.

The army, such as it was, was sent to a large, but fairly unimportant agri-world. Not having many resources of use, they made do with what they had, and chose to make the best of their differences instead of trying to conform to one style which might be exploited.

++The Red Faction++
From one of the various hiveworlds came the Red Faction, a former gang. They were conscripted into the war after the Adeptus Arbites raided their territory and offered them the choice of certain death, or five years service and then freedom. The gang chose their only path to freedom.

After resocialization, the gang was mostly converted to an acceptable standard, however, some of the guardsmen reverted to their old ways during the battle for Armageddon, and have since desecrated their uniforms and have added improvised gear.

The majority of the Red Faction favours the same fast and brutal style of their old gang warfare, and it is not uncommon to see many using the older autoguns, stubbers, and shotguns, looted from their foes.

++The Blue Shield++
A very different unit, the Blue Shield, as they are known, were a former mercenary company who fought for credits in the war. Well trained and disciplined, they sport many non-standard add-ons to the standard guardsmen kit. Trenchcoats are almost standard uniform for them, and each man carries more than twice the standard equipment loadout. Clearly time in their mercenary profession has given them access to resources as well as experience.

The Blue Shield tactics are to dig in deep, and to bombard the enemy with disciplined lazgun fire, while their autocannon units tear apart whats left.

++The 39th Lancers++
Perhaps the most codex of the three forces, the 39th Lancers are a light infantry company, relatively green from their service as Planetary Defense Forces, their composition favours being adaptable. What they lack in a dedicated role (e.g. assault, defense, bombardment) they make up for in their ability to accomplish the seemingly impossible. During the war of Armageddon, the 39th held a town center for 36 hours of near constant fighting. This earned them the Black Spade honour marking that adorns their vehicles.


Not bad for a start right? ;)