Thursday, June 21, 2012
And so it was that when the horned, fly-blown thing found him sitting there beside the withered remnants of his loved ones, he did not resist, but went willingly alongside the one eyed, whispering thing down strange paths and in and out of nights and days where no star shone and no breeze blew. Into the arms of Father Nurgle. Father Nurgle took away his old face, gave him a new face, with a single burning eye. Father Nurgle took away his old name, gave him a new name drenched in filthy glory...Igor Pusdribble!
Though most of his former identity has long since fallen away from him, Igor's loyalty to his long departed family remains a fixture of his being. It is Igor's intent to send as many souls to them as possible, to keep them company while they wait for him in the shadow of Father Nurgle. In the service of the dread Chaos Lord BUZZGOB PHESTERLICK, Igor has risen to become a valued and trusted lieutenant, and now commands a band of Buzzgob's feared and loathed raiders...
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
On Friday some things showed up in the mail. Weird and wonderful things. I picked up this delightful selection of old 40k figures on ebay last week. I have no doubt that if the seller had not refused to ship outside the U.S. I would never have been able to afford them. As it was, there wasn't much competition, so I got them for about $6 and change apiece. That's still a good chunk of change for me, but well worth it. A great deal. Figures are all in amazing condition, unglued and unused. Some even had little flags and tatters of molding flash on them...which makes me a tiny bit suspicious....recasts? If they are, do I care? Oh, well.
So. Now that I have them, what exactly is it that I have? And what can I do with them, game-wise? I had to do a little bit of research at Collecting Citadel Minis but it was all part of the fun.
#'s 2 & 3: figure on the left unstamped. Very unwholesome looking sort. Listed as ADVENTURER WITH CHAINSWORD AND MISSLE LAUNCHER. Figure on the right also an unpleasant Harkkonnen looking type with chainsword, (Rinn! Rinn!) knife and mini laz pistol. Runner stamped 'SPACE EUNUCH". Space Eunuch? WTF? Who wakes up in the morning and thinks to himself "Today I shall sculpt a Space Eunuch!" Oh well. It's a cool figure. I will try not to think too much about it.
#4: The Classic Citadel Assassin. Space Ninja. Have wanted to buy this model for years. No mystery here.
#'s 5 & 6: CCM lists these models as having been released as FEMALE WARRIORS in 1988, and again as FEMALE SPACE ADVENTURERS in 1991, but the runners on both figures are stamped SISTER. From this and their equipment, we can judge that they are early versions or fore-runners of the Adepta Sororitas. Both wear power armor. One has a sword and bolter, and the other has a power sword and holstered Lazer pistol.
|#8: Bearded guy with pressure suit or armor and...hand flamer? Stamped ASTRONAUT. CCM lists him as SHIP'S OFFICER.|
|#9 & 10: Two guys with helmets in hand, one with laz gun and flight jacket, one with military button up dress coat and head set. Both stamped PILOT.|
|#13: No stamp here, but also no mystery. Mystic type with eye-lids sewn shut. An Astropath.|
Every so often I get out my old Rogue Trader Rulebook and leaf happily through it...what a different animal Rogue Trader was from what 40k is now. Rick Priestly essentially gave the fans some historical background and some basic rules, and then said "Now get out there and have fun with it."
Much like Warhammer Fantasy Battle 2nd edition, Rogue Trader is a miniatures game with a strong role-playing element. Telling a good story is at least as important as defeating your enemy. Games are for goofing off, getting creative and having fun. There is little or nothing in the way of tournament rules, but the book gives you all sorts of crazy scenarios you can delve into and get inspired by. I had an opportunity to pick up a bunch of splendid Forces of the Imperium figures last week (more on them later,) and so I've been getting out my old Space Orks and Eldar Harlequins and dusting them off, brooding on writing up some little scenarios for them.
I still like these old school boys, and use them for Trukk Boyz in my new school 40k army on the rare occasions when Dustin and I get a chance to do battle with each other again...(They're small so they fit nicely in the Trukks...)
These days I'm increasingly becoming interested in writing Rogue trader scenarios and mini-campaigns populated purely by old-school figures.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Saw the flies.
He did not know which way to go, and his pain was now so great that he simply sat and watched the flies, Darting. Hovering. Beautiful. Free. They crawled all over him. Ticlked his eyes and his nose. Crawled inside his broken skin. And that was when, in the dimming light of dying eyes, he saw the shadow of the great, horned bulk before him, and heard the voice of Father Nurgle for the first time.
He returned, at long last. The piercing wail of his steed's wings drove them out from under their roofs in amazement and dismay. They looked up in wonder at him, pale faces upturned, and the gifts of Father Nurgle he sprinkled on them, from out of the folds of his cloak, and the foul breeze carried death directly into their astonished eyes.
Buboe Sourwing, Champion of Nurgle
Mutations: Bestial Face (Fly), Cloud of Flies, Fast, Wings, Silly Voice, Puny
Gifts: Mark of Nurgle, Demonic Steed, Nurgle's Rot
I found this very elderly Citadel Beastman on ebay and spent a pretty penny on him, though I was pleased to have him, even at the hefty price. When he came in the mail, I was a bit dismayed at his diminutive size, and wasn't sure how I could fit him into my Chaos horde. Ultimately the Ral Partha Plague Fly came to my aid. The fly is missing a foot, and I'm going to have to take his antennae off, since flies, as it turns out, don't have them. I was able to make a saddle blanket out of green stuff to to try to hide the awkward Beastman's base. I think the conversion looks nice, and Buboe will make a fun chaos Champion or leader of a Nurgle Warband. I just hope I don't screw up the paint job and have to start over.