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

Salute 2019 – Victoriana & Wild West

There were a couple of 19th century shenanigans going on at Salute 2019.

The always gorgeous OSHIRO modelterrain cooperated with Highgate Miniatures and Wiley Games on ‘Horror in Limehouse’. The game introduced the new ‘Tales of Horror’ supplement for ‘Fistful of Lead’.

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Two stompy robots faced off in Micro Art Studio’s Wolsung¬†introductory game.

Steam powered robots among warehouses

Wolsung by Micro Art Studio at Salute 2019

Steam powered robots among warehouses

Wolsung by Micro Art Studio at Salute 2019

Spirit of the Game staged ‘Blaze of Glory’, a Wild West skirmish in the town of Persistence, Dakota.

An Old West town

Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

An Old West town with stagecoach

Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

An Old West saloon

Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

The team behind the Wargamer Collection Calculator fought the Battle of the Little Big Horn over a series of hex based game boards.

Hex based battlefields in miniature scale

Battle of the Little Big Horn by Wargamer Collection Calculator at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Sci-Fi & Post-Apocalyptic

‘After the Apocalypse’ was the theme of Salute 2019 and the show miniature (which is very nice and fits in with my Ghosts of Gaia by Bad Squiddo). In terms of boards it didn’t have more of a presence than most other years however, while sci-fi was equally present as usual. Additional non-blurry photography courtesy of undeadhighelf once again.

The South London Warlords had built a moon base for their scenario ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. Set in not too distant 2039 it featured a clash between US and Chinese forces and other mysterious players.

Secret and deadly combat missions on the moon

Dark Side of the Moon by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Fighting in low gravity

Dark Side of the Moon by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Space fighters in moon craters

Dark Side of the Moon by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

The fantastic Flash Gordon by the Jersey Privateers Gaming Club was built entirely of Lego and featured different settings and scenarios played with custom made rules.

An old fashioned sci-fi spectacular in Lego

Flash Gordon by Jersey Privateers at Salute 2019

Flash Gordon has 20 minutes to save the Earth

Flash Gordon by Jersey Privateers at Salute 2019

Flash Gordon wargaming in Lego

Flash Gordon by Jersey Privateers at Salute 2019

Fighting through a Lego forest

Flash Gordon by Jersey Privateers at Salute 2019

A Lego landing barge for Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon by Jersey Privateers at Salute 2019

The Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club brought Back to the Future onto the table in the specially designed game ‘Flux Capacity’. As usual for their projects there were special effects as the DeLorean sped into three different eras.

Gaming Back to the Future through the ages

Flux Capacity by Bexley Reapers at Salute 2019

The DeLorean accelerates back to the future

Flux Capacity by Bexley Reapers at Salute 2019

Gaming Back to the Future through the ages

Flux Capacity by Bexley Reapers at Salute 2019

Other sci-fi themed games included Anvil Industry’s Afterlife and Warhammer 40k.

Dystopian sci-fi-wargaming

Afterlife by Anvil Industry at Salute 2019

Gothic sci-fi skirmish

Some Worlds are Best Left Alone by Sons of Simon de Montford at Salute 2019

In ‘Project Fear’ by Frothers, Remainers were trying to escape the former United Kingdom through the port of Dover, fleeing from 17.4 million cannibalistic Brexiters.

Escaping Brexit Britain

Project Fear by Frothers Unite at Salute 2019

Remainers and cannibals

Project Fear by Frothers Unite at Salute 2019

Skirmish Wargames took the Magnificent 7 into space in a Wild West meets sci-fi encounter.

The Old West in space

Magnificent 7 Ride Again – in Space! by Skirmish Wargames at Salute 2019

Gunslinging in the far future

Magnificent 7 Ride Again – in Space! by Skirmish Wargames at Salute 2019

More post-apocalyptic mayhem was played out by Crooked Dice, Osprey Games and Reverence Games.

Racing through a desolate wasteland

Dune Bug Rally for 7TV Apocalypse by Crooked Dice at Salute 2019

Death races in the arena

Gaslands by Osprey Games at Salute 2019

Escape a complex filled with nightmarish creatures

Last Living Souls by Reverence Games at Salute 2019

Stomping Grounds

Now that the Goff Clan has enough wheels it is time to give da boyz some two-legged mechanical support in the shape of Dreadnoughts and their larger cousins, the Stompaz.

Dreadnoughts seemed the perfect fit for the footsloggin’ Goffs and they just look dead good in black with red and white chequered markings. The Stompaz are also a fitting embodiment of the spirit of Gork and pack some serious punch. Ultimately I might attach them to a Warlord but now they are part of the clan itself and help to alleviate any command and control problems since they can operate independently of the Nobz.

Black armoured war walkers of different sizes among building ruins

Stomp, smash, kill!

Four bipedal armoured walkers with guns and clawed arms

Dreadnoughts are leading the way, eager to clamp and crush their enemies

Back view of walkers of various sizes and infantry advancing through a shattered cityscape

Blasting and bashing their way through the city

I also painted up the plastic Imperial ruins that came with the last boxed edition of the game. Some drybrushing over black and a bit of Agrax Earthshade around the base was all it took to get them onto the table.

Ork infantry and a Stompa in front of a bombed out building

The once proud Imperial city lies in ruins

Space Ork Goff infantry in front of Dreadnought and Stompa war walkers

Da boyz an’ da big boyz

More Dakka All Around

With the infantry horde done, the Goffs are getting armoured support to crush their enemies. Fitted with deathrollers and grabbing claws, these vehicles complement the Goffs’ close combat capabilities, while also adding some serious mid-range firepower.

I had two of the original Bonebreakas and a Gibletgrinda to hand, while the rest of the vehicles are built from the later plastic battlewagons that took all their design elements from those tanks.

Three tanks with black hulls, cannon turrets and large spiked metal rollers attached to the front

Space Ork Bonebreaka Squadron of the Goff Clan

Large black armoured tank with metal roller at the front and several turrets bristling with cannons

Space Ork Gibletgrinda Battle Fortress of the Goff Clan

Three black tanks with claw and pincer attachments at the front

Space Ork Gutrippa Squadron of the Goff Clan

After fighting half way through a battle against the Imperial Guard Tactical Company I built previously, it became clear that this was lacking stopping power against more heavily armoured opposition. Therefore I commandeered a Baneblade Super Heavy Tank and attached it to the company.

Large grey tank with a battle cannon in the main turret and side sponsons carrying lascannons

Baneblade Super Heavy Tank of the Imperial Guard

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