Thursday, November 11, 2010
Ultramarine Bikers - 6th Company
I have been intrigued by an all biker army for 40K for a long time. Tried a few lists but never was able to really make it work - nor get it done. Conceptually the idea of Khan with a tooled up Command Squad seemed to be a great death star unit. Combine that with the high mobility of bike squads, anti-armor ability of attack bikes, along with outflank provided by Khan - and you should have a high end list. But unfortunately - I was never able to pull it together.
Enter my gaming buddy Sabote - who proceeds to blatantly STEAL my idea and build a highly capable list around it. I watched him play it as my partner during several team games (Adepticon Team and Battle for Supremacy) and loved the mechanics and tactics of it. So - after a little whining and begging on my part - along with a great sales job of how awesome TWO captains/command squads would be for our Adepticon Team tourney lists - along with a little Cash incentive - I've gotten Sabote to paint up my bikers to a high end level - and have started to play them.
I have designed the list with a lot of fluff included. Codex Space Marines has a small blurb around how the 6th Reserve company of Ultramarines, led by Captain Epathus, was fully trained in the use of bikes - and was known to go to battle fully mounted. BINGO! The Codex also showed that their trim color was orange. At first I wondered how that would look - but the results were spectacular. The color scheme - combined with great painting talent has begun to produce (in my opinion) a spectacular army. Here's a few shots below:
Captain Epathus (i.e. Khan)
More to come on the progress of the army and battle reports.
Monday, November 8, 2010
I'm pleased to announce a new guest contributor to the blog. My good buddy Sabote (Brian Crew) will be providing occasional nuggets of wisdom and stories of his adventures in gaming abroad. Brian is one of the better players that I know. He has a phenomenal won/lost record with his Eldar and Marines - including a couple of GT wins, top 10 at 'ard boyz finals, and more wins at smaller tournaments than you can shake a stick at. He's also a high end painter and modeler.
Sadly (for me), he now lives in Switzerland and has begun his assault on the European gaming tournament scene - winning his first tournament in spite of the missions being in a language that he couldn't understand.
So - for all 16 of you that for some reason follow my blog - the contribution level is about to get infinitely better. Tell all your friends! :)