- Designing a Zone Mortalis board and playing a game or two;
- Converting my own "Blue Falcons" Chapter of Space Marines into Crimson Fists;
- Custom-building a Crimson Fists captain, who will count-as Pedro Cantor in-game;
- Building a drop pod (what a nightmare that was!);
- Buying and building squadrons of Aeronautica Imperialis models - Eldar, Imperial, and Space Marine; and
- Buying (but not building, yet) a fleet of Imperial cruisers, escorts, and Space Marine strike cruisers for Battlefleet Gothic.
|I'll take the bolter; you just stand there and look pretty!|
Additionally, around-about the time I began serious work on the Moritat, I also painted a number of my Night Goblins. Although I have not made very much progress with them, I have nonetheless posted some pictures of them here, as well.
The ZM Battlefield Complex is, alas, a little outside of my price-range at present. Yet the rules for ZM are so appealing that I could not simply sit back and wait for circumstances to become ideal; I just had to make a board of my own. So, using poster board, I created a proof-of-concept board:
|Zone Mortalis proof-of-concept, made using poster board.|
Then, I arranged the squares together and played a game with a friend to see whether the two-dimensional nature of the board detracted significantly from the experience:
|The Crimson Fists battle the Dark Angels in a desperate boarding action...on square-foot sections of poster board....|
The game was a blast! It didn't matter at all that the board was two-dimensional. In fact, we noted quickly that one of the advantages of the two-dimensional board was added flexibility; for instance, we could make more doorways and passages simply by laying a door on top of a wall section (see, e.g., the one-on-one battle between our warlords taking place in the "control room," created by laying doors down atop wall sections).
So, I created a much larger board, 4' x 4', made up of sixteen square-foot tiles of thin plasticard. I made more doors from poster board, as well. The final board, made from plasticard, looks like this:
|4'x4' ZM table, made up of sixteen square-foot sections of plasticard. The doors are made of poster board; the glass globe in the left-hand side of the picture is the attacker's primary objective - a ship's plasma coil.|
No offense to Rob, who has a thing for Guilliman's Gang, but I have always had an affinity for the Sons of Dorn and have never quite forgiven ol' Roboute for breaking up the Imperial Fists Legion; needless to say, I do not have a lot of love for the Ultramarines.
So, I finally gave up after several dozen times explaining "no, they're not Ultramarines, they're Blue Falcons, which is actually a funny inside-joke among veterans, because Blue Falcons stands for...get it?" I decided that it was time for a change, and with the release of the 6th edition Space Marine codex, I determined that my Blue Falcons would become Crimson Fists. So, I wrote up a 1,850-point list, built a couple of devastators with missile launchers, a couple of tactical marines with missile launchers, a bunch of Sternguard armed variously with grav-guns and combi-meltas, and a drop pod. I also built a Space Marine captain to count as Pedro Cantor. They are all assembled here in parade-ground formation:
|My Crimson Fists, in various states of undress.|
|The Sons of Dorn are known for their obsession with scrimshaw.|
|A bit blurry, but this is a picture of the etched-brass Fist on the cuirass and the scratch-built chain-mail sporran.|
|The etched-brass Crimson Fist insignia on the left pauldron.|
|The Deathwatch pauldron worn on the right indicates that the captain is a Deathwatch veteran.|
|Four devastators, with auto-loading systems, and two tactical marines. Note the missile protruding from each tube.|
|The tactical marines are loaded for bear, packing frag, flakk, and krak missiles.|
Speaking of the air, here is a picture of both of my air wings for Aeronautica Imperialis, Eldar and Imperial:
Boffin: "You'd be so much more competitive if you brought a [e.g., spear chukka, rock lobba, doom diver]."
Me: "Perhaps, but then it wouldn't be an all-Night-Goblin army."
Boffin: "That's easy! You could model the goblin crew like Night Goblins!" A variant of this is, upon first hearing that I have an all-Night-Goblin army, is "Ooh! I have one too! My war machines are all crewed by Night Goblins."
Me: "But those aren't Night Goblins. Those are Goblins. They'd be modeled as Night Goblins, but counting as Goblins. That's an all-Goblin army, sure, but it's not an all-Night-Goblin army. I play an all-Night-Goblin army. Night Goblins don't have war machines. They have squigs. Did you see my squigs?"
Boffin: "Squigs, huh? Nice. But war machines are so much more competitive. Why don't you bring a war machine?"
Me: "Why don't you just go somewhere else now?"
I present the Red Moonz. The first two pictures are of my warboss, armed with a great weapon and riding on a giant cave squig. In the background, you can see my two level-two shamans, as well as a regiment of spearmen. The third picture is a better shot of the shamans, as well as a magnificent shot of the warboss' squig's teeth! The last picture is my regiment of gobbos; in the background, you can see how much work I have to do. And this is only just 1,000 points of gobbos. *Sigh*
|My warboss, Thwakabash, mounted on his (relatively) trusty steed.|
|Slightly out of focus, unfortunately, but nonetheless a great shot of Thwakabash's heavily converted great weapon. Upon occasion, it has served as an Axe of Stunty Bashin', as well....|
|My two shamans, "Red Hat" and "Red Doll." Guess which is which. Also, I think this picture really captures the joy in the squig's smile; it's that special sort of happiness that only comes from eating a regiment of Free Company.|
|The backbone of the Red Moonz tribe. Who am I kidding? Night Gobbos have no backbone.|
Thanks for reading!