Monday, June 10, 2013

Codex Supplements

So the Iyanden codex supplement is out and according to Natfka over at Faeit212 (welcome back BTW)  it's a winner.  I know that some see these as just another money grab, "Why isn't it just in the codex" etc. However, I do see pro's to this as well.  For example, we're now hearing that Codex: Space Marines will have a similar set up.  Consider that in the current C:SM, there's very little to flavor the the various chapters besides the various SC's which don't really hit all of the chapters (Iron Hands, anyone?).  I'd love to see something like the chapter traits from the 4th edition codex albeit not as abusable (i.e.  drawbacks that really weren't).  So the codex supplements would be a way of bringing that sort of flavor back in, without forcing someone who wants to do Salamanders to pay for all of the supplementary material for Imperial Fists, Ravenguard, White Scars....  you get the picture.

So where does this take us for some of the other Codices? How about Imperial Guard? I'd love to see the return of regimental doctrines, but absent that, supplements could accomplish the same thing.  The basic codex would probably be Cadians, with supplements for Catachans, Steel Legions, Valhallans, Mordians, Elysians(?), and who knows what else, maybe even Armored Company (dare to dream).

To say nothing about the various clans of Orks.  Like wise the Codex:Chaos SM could be expanded via supplements to actually depict the various legions (Iron Warriors, etc).

Anyway that's my 2 cents

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Trio of Rune Priests

 While I do love the metal Rune Priest model, I'm not so keen on equipping him with a plasma pistol.
  Since I strive to keep things WSIWG, my options are to either perform a bit of surgery or to build an appropriately equipped PA rune priest.  The metal rune priest that I have is already painted so I decided against surgery -- Conversion time!

I really like the big fur-lined cloak from the Warriors of Chaos as an accessory for a SW HQ so I used that as the basis for the two PA guys.

The first one started out as a Games Day conversion contest piece that I did years ago.  I took a new look at it and decided that he needed a bit of help.  I had originally used CSM legs for him, but decided to replace them with legs from the SW kit.  I carved out back of the cloak to fit the backpack, added in a SW torso front and added some green-stuff fur on the top and a SW axe and a bolt pistol.

The second is almost entirely a chaos warrior, with strategic bits added to make him look wolfier and hide the obviously chaos bits.  The Staff is a Grey Knights warding staff with the head of Njal's staff added for the right look.  I'm particularly fond of this head since it reminds me of Merlin from the old film Excalibur.  This guy really captures the shaman look.

The last one is mostly a straight up SW terminator with a head from the Thunderwolf Calvary kit.  The honking big axe is also lifted from the Thunderwolf Cav kit.