Calling Blood Axe Tech Support

The first Oddboy to join my Warhammer 40k Rogue trader style Blood Axe warband is a Mek with accompanying Gretchin attendant. I’ve had this Mekboy figure for a long time, and previously included him as part of a modern style Burna Boyz unit, which was never completed. Now that he has set up shop for himself, I completed his paint job and gave him a little helper too.

Space Ork with flamethrower and welding mask accompanied by Gretchin with large spanner

The Mekboy is cranking up his latest creation

I think these guys make a great duo, and I am planning to have more Gretchin attendants throughout the tribe. The backdrop for the photos is a 4Ground adobe building, which is a great fit for the Ork architecture we used to see in 90s White Dwarfs and Codex books.

Front view of Space Ork with cracked welding mask holding flamer nozzle

Health & Safety first

Diminutive green goblinoid creature holding a large rusty spanner

Proudly carrying the tool of the trade

Back view of Space Ork displaying a backplate with crossed golden spanners and Gretchin from the roof of an adobe building

His backplate links the Mekboy to the Warboss’ household

Salute 2017 – Sci-Fi

Sci-Fi games at Salute 2017 had a strong showing, but many of the demonstration tables were run by the respective game manufacturers for consecutive years now so I skipped photographing all of them (and spent more time buying shiny new things).

Since I am now collecting and painting Infinity, I was particularly excited about the following two tables. I hope I have the credits right for the first, but unfortunately I don’t know who created the second.

Brightly colour futuristic buildings and a maglev train

Infinity: Operation Free Nippon by Red Knight Wargames

Street view with cars, planters and advertising boards

Infinity: Operation Free Nippon by Red Knight Wargames

A small news kiosk

Infinity: Operation Free Nippon by Red Knight Wargames

A nice mixture of old and new on this smaller table, something I want to try with my own fledgling terrain collection for Infinity.

Cityscape of 19th century buildings with neon advertisement boards

Infinity

The South London Warlords piled several thousand pounds worth of lovingly painted Forgeworld resin onto this large table for Warhammer 30k, depicting a battle of the civil war on Mars. I didn’t get to see this display last year, so I was glad to catch it now, after it did an extensive round through the UK wargaming show circle – and even the V&A Museum!

Tanks and fliers in a shattered city

Warhammer 40k – Horus Heresy Civil War by Brotherhood of Mars

Tanks and robots in a red desert landscape

Warhammer 40k – Horus Heresy Civil War by Brotherhood of Mars

A titanic war walker amongst smaller walkers, infantry and tanks

Warhammer 40k – Horus Heresy Civil War by Brotherhood of Mars

Star Wars has a steady presence at Salute now, and there were several participation games of X-Wing in progress.

Fighter space craft on a star background

Star Wars X-Wing by Ilford Wargames Group

Large space ships against a stellar nebula

Star Wars X-Wing by Gravesend Gamers Guild

Dark Sphere went a step further and constructed a three tiered table with glass panes to refight the attack on Scarif from Rogue One.

A tower rising up from a small island, surrounded by space fighter craft

Star Wars X-Wing by Dark Sphere

The Drowned Earth made their first showing at Salute. Their Kickstarter is already well funded and I am looking forward to seeing more of this very original looking system.

Jungle terrain with a crashed space craft and large dinosaur

The Drowned Earth

A hunter with a bow on overgrown walkways

The Drowned Earth

Fenris Descending by the Maidstone Wargames Society and Germy was another very original looking game out of left field. All terrain and models for this game were scratch built from household materials, plastic and electronics parts.

Dozens of crab like robots advancing on a shantytown

Fenris Descending by Maidstone Wargames Society

As usual there were plenty more smaller tables and participation games to look and and get stuck in with, here just a sample of those I managed to catch.

Futuristic generators in a desert with infantry and drones

Beyond the Gates of Antares

Armed stock cars racing around a circuit

Devil’s Run: Route 666 by G3 Gamers

Interior of a tech facility within an industrial compound

XCom – Rise of the Resistance by Blockbuster Games

Gretchin Boarding Party

I’ve reached my target of 20 Gretchin for an old school Space Ork force. These can well be used as part of a clan list or as Gretchin Bandits. Since I also recently bought Rogue Stars, I could pick a pirate gang from them.

Group of twenty goblinoids with primitive firearms

Gretchin swarming through a derelict space craft

The final additions are one proper old lead figure and one 2nd edition plastic Gretchin. I had the box set and used these guys regularly since I didn’t own any metal sculpts in the day, but this is probably the first one I actually completely painted.

Two space goblins with guns

Flamboyant freebooters

Eye level view of a group of Gretchin

These diminutive pirates are the curse of merchant shipping across the sector

Next I’ll be painting a squad of da boyz and a retinue for the Warboss.

Troops of Tomorrow

I’ve been expanding the Gretchin mob for my Blood Axes with two ‘proper’ Rogue Trader miniatures and one 2nd edition sculpt. That brings me up to 18, looking to pick up two more for an even 100 points under the ‘Ere We Go army list. Not that it matters gaming wise, I am using army lists more as collecting/painting goals these days.

The two older figures are amongst my favourites so far. They are perfect as freebooterz, so I’ll always have the option of fielding the mob in different contexts.

Goblin with sword, shotgun and pink mohawk haircut

His playlist exclusively consists of Disorder by The Exploited

Goblin with sword, shotgun and steel helmet

Geared up for a fight

Goblin with automatic rifle and spiked helmet

New kid with fancy shooter

From the back the differences in sculpting are most noticeable. To fit in with the plastic mono-pause Gretchin from the 2nd edition box set, the design of the whole range was streamlined and simplified. Only with the arrival of Gorkamorka Gretchin design experienced a bit of a renaissance and some individual character was reintroduced.

Back view of three Gretchin behind a crumbled wall

Lurking to take pot shots at the enemy

Every Warboss Starts Out Small

The Orcs were a major force in Warhammer 40k when I started out, with several large volumes of background and army lists complementing the Rogue Trader rule set. I had a force consisting of Goffs, Bad Moons and Freebooterz cobbled together, which got lost on one too many warp jumps.

For the last couple of years I gradually built up a new collection mostly through impulse buys, and after having re-read ‘Ere We Go, Waaargh the Orks and Freebooterz, I recently decided on raising a small force of Blood Axes.

Space Ork with heavy grey coat and power axe, flanked by two Gretchin with shotguns

The Warboss and his entourage, poised for greater things

I’ll loosely base the force on the army list in ‘Ere We Go, with some licence regarding weapon choices and unit sizes. To start me off, I painted the Blood Axes Warboss, and finished some more Gretchin which had languished in painting limbo for over a decade. There are a few more of them to come, and I might form them up into a mob of Gretchin Bandits together with a unit of 13 I already have.

Back view of Ork with crossed golden axes on white backplate

The Warboss stems from the Golden Axe household

Back view of two Gretchin

The Gretchin have equipped themselves with looted armour

Soldiers of Fortune

I bought into Infinity last year, ordering the USAriadna and Operation Icestorm starter sets through Corvus Belli’s GenCon special offer. With Operation Red Veil now en route as well (and the Onyx Contact Force already on the shelf too), it’s time to get some troops painted for the battlefield.

The style of these sculpts is quite a departure from the far chunkier models I usually work on, but the details are so crisp that it is easy to pick them out with highlighting and washes. I was never going to emulate Ángel Giráldez, so I am keeping things simple and achievable.

Infinity Nomads Corregidor Alguacil with combi rifle advancing

An Alguacil with combi rifle at the ready

I had prepared all figures from the box set a while ago by applying the base colours, so I managed to finish the three Alguaciles in two evening sessions.

Infinity Nomads Corregidor Alguacil with combi rifle aiming

Taking aim and bracing for recoil

Corregidor lends itself to a more grimy and dark look, so I followed Corvus Belli’s basic colour choices. I lifted the red armour up a bit further into orange to compensate for the darker black and lack of lighting effects.

Infinity Nomads Corregidor Alguacil with combi rifle spotting

Target prioritisation

I like the cyberpunk aesthetic of these models, and bought matching scenery at this year’s Salute from Plast Craft. More of that in future Infinity project updates.

Infinity Nomads Corregidor Alguaciles with combi rifles

A squad of Alguaciles on a mercenary mission in the seedier parts of town