Der Kommissar Geht Um

Every Imperial Guard company in Epic 40k 2nd Edition can get a free Commissar detachment, which is highly advisable to field in order to maintain its command structure. Luckily I had five spare Chimeras so I could build and paint a Commissar stand and transport for each of the companies I am planning (Tactical, Heavy, Leman Russ, Baneblade, Shadowsword).

Five small scale infantry stands with armoured personnel carriers

The battalion’s Commissars on a field trip

Close up view of infantry with Commissars and attached armoured vehicles

Commissars are accompanied by chosen soldiers and Chimera transports

Stand of four soldiers, a Commissar and accompanying Chimera

The Chimeras match the Commissars’ black uniforms

View of several infantry units and armoured transports

In battle the Commissars will support their assigned companies

Catachan Fire Support

I’m working away on a 500 point infantry force of Catachan Jungle Fighters for Warhammer 40k and just put the finishing touches to a heavy weapons squad. Equipped with two heaver bolters and an autocannon, they should be able to shred through dense jungle foliage and everything hiding within it alike.

Left to do now are the commander of this combat patrol and a unit of three Ogryns that will be handy in a close quarter encounter and also share the Catachan dress sense. They should get along great.

Three teams equipped with heavy guns on tripods

That tree just moved, fire!

Heavy weapon team manning an autocannon

The right calibre against small vehicles and large critters

Weapon team with heavy bolter

Keeping the bullets coming

View from behind of a heavy bolter team

Creating a clearing for the advance

Three heavy weapon teams lined up in the jungle

Taking up a defensive position

Warhammer Armies – Ghoul Kings

The second of my armies for the undead in Warhammer Fantasy Battle is themed around the Ghoul Kings. It’s another force that has been decades in the making and is utilising figures of various ages.

As their name implies, the Ghoul Kings are followed by a court of ravenous carrion eaters, and other monstrous creatures of darkness flock to their unholy aura. Zombies rise in their wake, recent victims of their raids into the lands of the living.

Units of ghouls and zombies with their vampire masters

Reaping the lands of the living

This army makes for 1,000 points under 8th Edition rules, ready to be combined or mixed with my existing Vampire Counts army should the opportunity arise. The Strigoi Ghoul King is a metal sculpt from the time of an earlier edition, when this type of vampire was first introduced as a distinct faction. The lowlier vampire in his thrall I just painted now, using the plastic rider from the Terrorgheist kit.

Strogoi Ghoul king amidst his minions

The Strigoi Ghoul King commands his minions

Vampire in a unit of ghouls

A vampire leads the ghouls on the hunt

A horde of zombies

Shambling dead follow the necromantic will of their master

I had finished the Varghulf some time back, but took the opportunity to highlight its wing membranes and claws further while also scattering a couple of bones on its base for decoration.

A winged bestial monster

The Varghulf knows only hunger

A swarm of bats next to a Varghulf

Gratuitous bat shot for Mark

It’s a compact little infantry force, well suited for a battle even on a 4×4 gaming table. However, plans are obviously afoot to expand the army to 2,000 points. While using some existing models like more bats and Dire Wolves, the main new addition will be a Terrorgheist and some Crypt Horrors I have yet to build.

Image of the Ghoul Kings army from above

The undead horde sweeps across the field

The Warhammer Saga Begins

After having bought Saga: Age of Magic and the Book of Battles at Salute, UndeadHighElf and I got two games in. With it being our first games of Saga, we skipped magic and war machines and played a standard Clash of Warlords, followed by Prized Possessions.

Pitching my Night Goblins against Dwarfs, I got trashed twice. The main setback in the first battle came early when my two trolls were beaten back by a handful of hand gunners defending a wall, neutralising my main strike force. In game two, I managed to destroy two of the three artillery pieces the stunties were trying to deliver to the local Elector Count, but the casualties suffered in doing so proved too high a prize to pay.

We really enjoyed the system and both left with plenty of plans for future Saga forces. With these Night Goblins being my first warband specifically built for Saga (I have a separate army for Warhammer Fantasy Battle), I have since expanded them using some spare models.

I painted up Gobbla and Gnasher and two Squig Herder teams which I can now use either as a unit of Hearthguard (potentially with heavy weapons) or Berserkers in a Horde force.

Night Goblin Squig Herders for Saga: Age of Magic

Squigs are high maintenance pets

Night Goblin Squigs for Saga: Age of Magic

Big teeth and a bigger temper

In order to have a standard bearer for both of my Warrior units, I painted up a classic Kev Adams sculpt. Finally, the archers were strengthened to a full Levy band of twelve, using plastic models I didn’t have a use for previously.

Night Goblin warriors with banner for Saga: Age of Magic

The Moonshine Mob is out raiding

Night Goblin archers for Saga: Age of Magic

Being slightly smarter than the rest, these gobbos engage the enemy from afar

Zombie Tide

It turned into a bit of a slog towards the end, but I managed to complete my horde of 30 zombies in thrall to the Ghoul Kings for Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

Zombie regiment for Warhammer Fantasy Battle

The war dead march again

A dozen of the figures are metals from The Assault Group that I ordered with their Kickstarter in 2017. Five of the sculpts are now available from their store, while the sixth was an exclusive. They will tie in nicely with my fledgling Empire army, hence I painted some of the zombies up in the state colours of Ostermark and Ostland.

Zombies by The Assault Group for Warhammer Fantasy Battle

Once proud warriors of the Empire

Zombies by The Assault Group for Warhammer Fantasy Battle

Former soldiers of Ostermark

To complete the regiment I dug through my bits box and combined  Citadel plastic zombie heads and arms with bodies from the archers and militia sets. One is using the legs and torso of a Perry Miniatures mercenary, while two do not use any legs since I modelled them to be emerging from the cursed soil of Sylvania.

Zombie conversions for Warhammer Fantasy Battle

Dark magic stirs the dead to life

Altogether I have a horde of 60 zombies now for my masters of the necromantic arts to call upon. The upcoming Fireforge zombies are looking pretty nice as well, so I might add another unit of them in future. Maybe something for my Salute 2020 shopping list.

Zombie horde for Warhammer Fantasy Battle

A horde of the walking dead

Zombies for Warhammer Fantasy Battle

Mindless serfs of the Vampire Counts

Salute 2019 – World at War

Gringo 40s put on a colonial game at Salute 2019 in the unusual setting of the Tonkin Campaign. In a combined naval and land action, French troops and their allies went up against the Black Flags.

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Ardhammer created a battle on the ‘Highway to Hell – the Road to Nanjing’ during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War in 1937.

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

TooFatLardies presented ‘Malaya 1942’ using their Chain of Command rules, pitching Australian forces versus Japanese. Thank you undeadhighelf for the close-up shots.

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Peterborough Wargames Club staged D-Day landings by US forces on the beaches of ‘Bloody Omaha’.

US landing on Easy Red sector

Bloody Omaha by Peterborough Wargames Club at Salute 2019

US landing on Easy Red sector

Bloody Omaha by Peterborough Wargames Club at Salute 2019

Pendraken Miniatures demonstrated a 10mm scale WW2 battle using their rules set Blitzkrieg Commander.

World War 2 battle in 10mm scale

Blitzkrieg Commander by Pendraken Miniatures at Salute 2019

World War 2 battle in 10mm scale

Blitzkrieg Commander by Pendraken Miniatures at Salute 2019