Stark Crusaders: Captain Lando Stratos

I’m sure you’ve seen Captain Lando Stratos in his original 80s form. Now he’s got himself a jump pack.

Captain Lando Stratos

Both wrists are magnetised, so he can swap out weapons, but I’ve got him here armed with a relic blade and combi-flamer. The combi-flamer should work well for an assault based captain.

Captain Lando Stratos

Captain Lando Stratos

I’m not happy with the relic blade, so it’s getting re-painted at some point. Not sure yet if it just needs some touching up or if it’ll get stripped and re-painted.

Captain Lando Stratos

Captain Lando Stratos

Captain Lando Stratos

Stark Crusaders: Tactical Squad

Stark Crusaders Tactical Squad

Some good old beaky RTB01 marines for my tactical squad. I got these finished off recently for the game we had at Warhammer World. These guys have a lot of nostalgia for me, and are a fun unit to have, but they’re actually quite hard to paint. The details are pretty vauge, there are no real defining lines between one piece of detail and the next. But they were pretty quick to paint (for me!) and I’m reasonably happy with the result.

Stark Crusaders Tactical Squad

Stark Crusaders Tactical Squad

Stark Crusaders Tactical Squad

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Warhammer World Orders

This arrived in my inbox a few weeks ago. My buddies at work decided to whisk me off to Warhammer World for a game before I shelve my dice for a few months, post-baby.

The Game

We had a massive table (6′ x 12′) and played 2v2 – Stark Crusaders and Ultramarines versus Death Guard and Thousand Sons. I had a bunch of units I wanted to get finished off ready for the game, but haven’t had chance to photograph. Expect some posts with those units soon. This is my 1500pts army ready to go.

Stark Crusaders - Warhammer World

It was a great game (obviously an Imperial win!) and a great experience to play in the massive game hall, and on a nice table. This is the table we had, with both armies deployed.

Warhammer World

Warhammer World

And a few more shots of the game…

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Sneaky veterans waiting to pounce from the trees!

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The filthy Death Guard advancing up the middle.

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Guilliman hiding behind his Tactical marines…erm, I mean leading from the front!

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Vanguard Veterans and Plague Marines in the thick of it.

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The Ultramarines vindicator looking to splat someone from afar.

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Sneaky veterans still sneaking!

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Guilliman ‘leading’ the way!

 

Bugman’s Bar

Bugman's Bar

After the game we hit up Bugman’s for a burger and pint. It’s pretty good in there, with the feel of a Dwarven Tavern about it. Good food and a few decent ales!

Bugman's Bar

Exhibition

After a late lunch at Bugman’s we hit the exhibition halls. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone! Some of the displays are incredible. Here are a bunch of photos, but unfortunately my phone camera plus lighting and reflections don’t really do it all justice – that’s why you need to go along 🙂

Warhammer World

Warhammer World

Warhammer World

Warhammer World

Warhammer World

You know how much I love my ‘oldhammer’ models, and Warhammer World didn’t disappoint!

The original Rogue Trader rulebook (I’ve just bought a copy off eBay!), RTB01 space marines, and the original Ork Raiders box! Brings back some memories!

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Pretty sure this is the original Blood Angels army from White Dwarf back in the 90s. This is what my Blood Angels were based on before they all got stripped and re-painted as Stark Crusaders.

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In case you’re wondering what I’m on about, here’s an old White Dwarf image of them.

White Dwarf

A nice little Space Hulk diorama – that’s the original box in the background.

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The classic Emperor/Horus showdown, created by Mike McVey back in ’93.

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This display is two stories tall, with the tower standing at about 20 feet and it includes 5,500 miniatures. My photos don’t do it justice!

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Warhammer World

These guys were painted by the ‘Eavy Metal team. The quality is unbelievable – it’s not just the neatness, detail, sharp highlighting etc, that’s expected at this level, but rather there’s an extra level of quality to the way the paint has actually been applied. They don’t look like plastic minis that have been painted, they look like real-life marines that have been shrunk down. The power armour just look like it is that colour, rather than has been painted. I’ve no idea how they get it looking so smooth and ‘real’.

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Some other random images from around the exhibition halls.

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Warhammer World

Warhammer World

Warhammer World

Warhammer World

Warhammer World

Stark Crusaders: Devastator Sergeant Grymm

I’ve had this guy assembled for ages, but finally got around to actually painting him. He’s Sergeant Grymm, one of Captain Stratos’s close confidants and a third of his Triune.

Devastator Sergeant Grymm

He lost both legs and an arm fighting Tyranids. He wears the face mask after a Tyranid spat acid into his face and damaged his lungs.

Devastator Sergeant Grymm

Devastator Sergeant Grymm

Devastator Sergeant Grymm

And here are a few shots of him before painting. He’s got an old RTB01 body, Necron warrior legs and one arm, the head is from the current Tactical Squad box (or was it from the Vanguard box?) and since these photos were taken, I added some leg armour which are shields from the Eldar Wraithguard box. The legs were just too skinny without them!

Company Insignia

Chapter Icon

Stark Crusaders: Rhino/Razorback/Predator

This one’s been on the go for a while. I just needed to get some of the options – like the pintle-mounted storm bolter and hunter killer missile – finished off.

Rhino/Razorback/Predator

Both side sponsons, the guns on the sponsons, the turret/gun/top hatch and the storm bolter are all magnetised. And the radar/hunter killer missile atop the turret are held in place with a pin. This means I can swap out everything and change this between a Predator, Razorback or Rhino. I have the autocannon and heavy bolters for the Predator magnetised, but not painted up. If I find I want to use them, I’ll get them painted.

Predator with 4 lascannons and hunter killer missile
Rhino/Razorback/Predator

Razorback with 2 lascannons and radar
Rhino/Razorback/Predator

Rhino with pintle-mounter storm bolter
Rhino/Razorback/Predator

The hunter killer missile –
Rhino/Razorback/Predator

And I’ve called the tank Invictus – Latin for ‘unconquered’ or ‘invincible’ – after some pretty good showings in a few games. Let’s see how it holds up in 8th ed!
Rhino/Razorback/Predator

Oh, and to see more on the magnetising, look here.

Stark Crusaders: Bikes

One third of my bikes finished!

They’re also part magnetised so I can swap out one of the meltaguns for another gun, or for a regular arm holding the handlebar. And the other meltagun, which is an old single-piece metal model from the waste up, can be swapped out for a regular rider – just keeping the legs and right arm.

Space Marine Bike

Space Marine Bike

Space Marine Bike

Space Marine Bike

Space Marine Bike

Space Marine Bike