Monday, January 26, 2015

Thinking out loud about Death Guard

--Warning! Rambly Wall of Text Ahead!--

Ive been on a bit of a tear with my Death Guard recently, as I am sure some of you have noticed. And there is more to come. Seriously, another picture post is still scheduled as I type, and Ive got three more already to get photographed and posted.

Well, when I made the order (WAAAAAAAY back in March!), the only goal I had was to make a 1500 point list. A respectable goal, in my opinion. Like all plans, it did not survive contact with the enemy: Me. As I type this, that 1500pt list is (finally) fully painted, along with a few extras to bump it to 2000pts. And that is not the end. During my trip last fall, I picked up a Fire Raptor, a Sicaran, and the event-only Navigator. Ive been bouncing between where they were going to end up, but pretty much settled on the Death Guard. For now. And right now, the Sicaran is on the painting table, so that is what matters.

In addition, thanks to a friendly neighborhood Tyrant, I have a few squads of MkIII infantry as well. Once those were decided on, I made another FW order, and got bolters that were more to my liking (came with Tigrus, I wanted Phobos), along with sufficient helmets and shoulder pads for the force, and a few other extras *coughMortarioncough*...

So, obviously my little 1500pt project has grown legs and is fully dancing now. The question is what music is playing?

Obviously, the Death Guard have some biases when it comes to models I should be building and bringing, though it is also said Mortarion wouldn't allow his force to be undone by the lack of certain units. Ill be focusing mainly on terminators and the basic tactical trooper, but I am planning to include some of the more specialized units.

Im going to try to stick with MKII and MKIII for most models where possible, though MKIV will make an appearance as well, mainly for the previously mentioned specialist units. Still, Ive got a few ideas on conversions to sneak more Crusade and Iron armor into the collection.

Originally, when I built up their bases, I did it to show these ancient heroes/heretics were a mighty step up from the Chapters of 40k, and I am going to stick with that. Speaking of bases, I am going to be sticking the power armor models on 32mm bases, because I like the look. Assuming I can ever order any of the blasted things!

Having blathered about model choices, unit choices, and bases, I think the only thing I wanted to touch on left is organizational details. Pretty sure being led by Typhon nails down that they are from the First Grand Company, Ill have to sort out what chapter when I get around to painting a banner....

So, where am I going with this force? End goal? Dont really have a goal. Whatever I feel like painting for these guys, and see where it ends up.

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