Thank you so much for your positive feedback people, I'm honoured! Really means a lot to me. @Dread
Haha, true, Cav's little painting fairy definitely provides tons of inspiration for me @Looshkin
Though all the true credit goes to the Citadel team! I'm only evolving and adapting their classic immortal designs that make the visual part of 40k so awesome @Cav
Thank you Cav! As ever, you're a source of massive inspiration
I'll write about my current list further on.
So, this update is small (hobby-wise) but also important, as this is sort of a big milestone reached for me!
I completed four more Dark Reapers for my force - two Exarchs and two regular ones. Here they are
I had a 5-strong unit with an Exarch since 7th edition, and with these additional Reapers I can trasform them into three units of 3 with Exarchs - which enables me to field them as a separate Spearhead detachment.
Just for the fun of it, I made a group shot of my whole "Reaper Cult", which is now complete
There's something deeply satisfying about being able to field a complete detachment - including HQs! - themed around a single aspect. Fear the Reaper!
Now, the reason why I said it's a milestone for me is because these 4 Reapers were the last models I needed for my updated 8th edition list. Which means that the first part of the plan that I outlined for myself in my army composition post
2 months ago is done.
The list I'm talking about is this:
Detachment: Battalion (Alaitoc)
HQ 1: Farseer (Witchblade, Doom, Guide/Fortune, Faolchu's Wing)
HQ 2: Warlock (Witchblade, Protect/Jinx)
Troops 1: 7 Dire Avengers (Exarch, Dual avenger shuricat)
Troops 2: 5 Dire Avengers
Troops 3: 5 Rangers
Fast Attack 1: 6 Shining Spears (Exarch, Star lance)
Transports 1: Wave Serpent (Spirit stone, Shuriken cannon (upg.), Twin shuriken cannon)
Transports 2: Wave Serpent (Spirit stone, Shuriken cannon (upg.), Twin shuriken cannon)
Detachment: Spearhead (Alaitoc)
HQ 1: Autarch (Banshee mask, Star glaive, Reaper launcher)
Heavy Support 1: 3 Dark Reapers (Exarch, Tempest launcher)
Heavy Support 2: 3 Dark Reapers (Exarch, Tempest launcher)
Heavy Support 3: 3 Dark Reapers (Exarch, Tempest launcher)
Detachment: Air Wing (Alaitoc)
Flyers 1: Crimson Hunter
Flyers 2: Crimson Hunter
Flyers 3: Crimson Hunter
This is my first complete mono-faction non-Saim-Hann list ever
It's awesome in itself and I'm really happy that I completed it. I might be a person with like 15 years of experience in 40k - but, as you might remember, I only got into real painting in like early 2015 - and this whole experience of actually completing
my armies on a good quality level is still fresh and exciting for me. Fresh, exciting and outstandingly rewarding! That's the positive side
There's a... slightly less positive side to it too though. Thing is, I settled on this list because it looked good to me by itself, and also because it felt like a good intermediate stepping stone for developing my army further. Now, I've been slowly working towards this list since May - and, inevitably, I played a lot of games and did a lot of testing in those months, new codices were released, my regular opponents updated their armies, etc. And I have to admit (with a little sadness) that those tests and shifts in the meta revealed so many weaknesses in this list, as well as in all future lists that I planned to move towards further, that it feels like the list became obsolete even before I completed it
Well, I did say on many occasions that the pace at which GW has been updating the game lately is WAY too fast for a fairly slow hobby like 40k. Oh well. Let's be positive and think what I can do to get back on track
But that's a subject for the next post!
To be continued...