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Astolat 352nd armoured - painting a new army
« on: February 18, 2017, 10:22:18 PM »
After much soul searching I have decided to do a new 2000pts imperial guard armoured company using the formations from the Cadian army list. I have jumped in at the deep end and bought all the tanks for the army already. All eleven of them! i am going to use anvil industries guys for the infantry models. I have done five as Test batch.
The army uses the emperors fist and assault company formation. Basically five leman russ tanks, five chimeras with two company command squads and three vet squads and a hellhound.
More details to follow, but here is a few pics of progress. I've got a game on 27th so trying to get as much done as possible for then. I'm going to use my drop troops for the game.
 



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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2017, 11:34:32 PM »
Looks promising! Do you have a closeup of the 5 test troopers?

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Re: Astalat 352nd armoured - painting a new army
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2017, 11:56:14 PM »
Thanks Aldaris. I've been hard at work on these, burning the midnight oil as i've been busy at work and two small kids. I've now completed another two chimeras, taking me to four done, along with a Leman Russ.
The four leman russ remaining are in various stages of completion. Also the last chimera and hellhound have had their first ink coat. Also the enginseer base metal is done and the robes have had a base coat and first ink. I'm just going bog standard mechanicus red. Is that the Mars pattern? I might try a cog detail around the bottom of the robes.

Anyway, what you've been waiting for, the pictures. Here are the four chimeras, front and back, showing their insignia and unit markings.
Also a closer picture of the infantry I intend to use.

I hope you like them. A couple of leman russ next, the standard and executioner ones. Along with the inking and dry brushing to complete the base green on the other two tanks.



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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2017, 01:41:02 AM »
Like the subtleness to the green. :icon_cool: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2017, 01:56:52 AM »
Like the subtleness to the green. :icon_cool: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::


Agree! This army looks really good. Love the troopers as well. I love army's with lots of vehicles and this one has em!
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Re: Astolat 352nd armoured - painting a new army
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2017, 04:32:33 PM »
Indeed! I love the color of the tanks and the way they look like traditional colors. Reminds me of Sherman colors.

Those troops are pretty impressive as well. I like the armor especially.

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2017, 06:39:55 PM »
Very realistic paint job, and I love the models you're using for the grunts!
 :::cheers:::

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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2017, 12:02:53 AM »
awesome, as expected  :eusa_clap:
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2017, 03:00:54 PM »
Fantastic! I like the hats on the infantry.

All those tanks!  :Ohmy:
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2017, 05:39:48 PM »
Thanks you. The infantry are going to be last to do as i have some I can use for the moment.

I have completed another two lemon rusks for the army. Two more to go. I also have the first game with it tonight so i'll do a little report and lists etc.




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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2017, 09:20:20 PM »
Going ham on that Executioner, I like it! Are you going to run him with Pask to mitigate the gets hot! Or are you just baller about it?

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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2017, 09:25:38 PM »
The tanks look great!

Plasma time!
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Re: Astolat 352nd armoured - painting a new army
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2017, 11:10:22 AM »
Your painting looks really gritty and realistic. It's great and I like those Vets/Stormtroopers a lot! :smile2:
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2017, 08:23:09 PM »
Well as I had my first game with this army last night and it was a good learning curve. I'm not used to having to protect tanks and made a few rookie mistakes about protecting them.

My list as as follows

Cadian battle group formation
Battle group command - company command squad - 4 melta, chimera with dozer blade

Emperors fist armoured company
2 vanquishers with las cannon and MM sponsons
Exicutioner
2 leman russ battle tanks
Enginseer

Assault company
Company command -4 melta, power fist
2 vet squads - 2 melta and HF
1 vet squad -  3 plasma
Helhound

Adaptus astra telepathica division
Astropath
Primaris psyker

My opponent played a tratior legion army, black legion theme he had the following:
Daemon price of Nurgle with wings, level 2
2 squads of possessed in rhinos
Renegade knight
Maulerfiend
6 nurgle bikers
2 squads of cultists
3 terminators
helldrake with auto cannon
5 raptors

We played Big guns mission with vanguard deployment




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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2017, 08:30:12 PM »
Turn 1
I advanced (foolishly) on all fronts. I should have held the centre back. I took off half the hull points on the knight and killed all but one of the bikers.
He advanced and killed a chimera




Turn 2
The deamon price and maulerfiend hit and tanks start to fall. I start working the flanks.




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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2017, 08:35:16 PM »
Turn 3

Right flank gets on top of chaotic forces but centre is over run and left flank stalls





Turn 4

Left flank ends in a last stand which sees all three terminators dying to shotgun fire but ends with raptors and knights flamers reducing the numbers before the raptors over run them.
My battle group command goes down and the helldrake gets around the back of the tanks and shoots them up.



Turn five sees the end of the game on a roll of a two. One more turn could of seen me push on to victory, thats the way the cookie crumbles.

The MVP was the daemon prince, with MoN he has a 2+ cover save and he got endurance and iron arm. I just could dispell iron arm and this meant he was T8 as well. Even with the ignores cover order I just couldn't do damage to him. I have learned a lesson on what to deploy against what and bubble wrapping tanks with infantry. Looking forwad to my next game in a couple of weeks. Maybe it was just playing with a non completed army and proxy infantry. I angered the dice god!

We I plan to do the vanquishers next and enginseer. Won't be long, stay tuned.
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« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2017, 09:16:21 PM »
Looks good!  Very good!
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« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2017, 09:17:17 PM »
You didn't mention the chimeras in your list! That's why I was a bit underwhelmed with it at first. "Hmmm, PCS with 4 meltas, on foot. That's certainly... exotic. What is he doing?" And then I saw your photos.  :wink:

Nice batrep man. Nurgle Prince and Maulerfiend in your tank line looks like bad news!

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« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2017, 08:57:50 AM »
Great batrep! Next time you'll get that traitor scum, have no fear of that. :) Great table and really cool looking armies. Will you be bringing some artillery next time? :smile2:
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« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2017, 11:39:35 AM »
that's an intimidating deployment! wall o' tanks.


that's an intimidating deployment! wall o' tanks.

is this your regular opponent? He's probably pleased you're not using your SM and winning every game!
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« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2017, 06:39:10 PM »
it was my regular opponent. First time he's beaten me in nearly 3 years of playing at least once a month. He was well happy.
The problem with vanguard strike deployment is lack of space, it's my least favourite and the big guns mission gives extra points to kill heavy support choices, which i had loads and he none!

It's just not my usual type of army, i'm more sneaky, hit hard, fade away type army with my Revilers and Drop troops. It won't happen again. Plans are being formulated!!!!!!
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Re: Astolat 352nd armoured - painting a new army
« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2017, 10:56:35 AM »
Great photos! I think some of your tanks did badly due to missing treads though.  :icon_razz:


it was my regular opponent. First time he's beaten me in nearly 3 years of playing at least once a month.

 :Ohmy:

Yes, that deployment rule is pretty bad. It looks like you needed to call in the Grey Knights to deal with the demon too!
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Re: Astolat 352nd armoured - painting a new army
« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2017, 12:16:55 PM »
Great photos! I think some of your tanks did badly due to missing treads though.  :icon_razz:


it was my regular opponent. First time he's beaten me in nearly 3 years of playing at least once a month.

 :Ohmy:

Yes, that deployment rule is pretty bad. It looks like you needed to call in the Grey Knights to deal with the demon too!

My last 4 WH40K games had this kind of deployment. For IG it is a ballache, as we really struggle with deploying everything on the table, especially in bigger games. :unsure:
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« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2017, 12:42:21 PM »
I like your reaction to losing, with a record of at the worst 35-1 vs him.
"fuck that, i'm winning next time"

poor bloke, hope you give him a beer as you're thrashing him.
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« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2017, 02:28:41 PM »
Win every game!
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