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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Deathwatch Idea

As I said I've been toying with the idea of making a Deathwatch army.  The idea being that my guys can come from an Astartes Chapter, the only difference is that their chapter insignia would be on their left Pauldron.  GW sells a bitz kit for the conversion of the right Pauldron, though it's a bit pricey for what you get coming it at $25 plus shipping, though you do get new heads and guns.  Unfortunately I doubt those extra heads and guns would work with my Marines due to their age.

Here's a little Background from the Lexicanum on the Deathwatch:

Rather than following the standard Codex Astartes organization, the Space Marines themselves are drawn from many different chapters. These chapters have sworn sacred oaths to raise a unit of Space Marines specifically for this task. The warriors are then gathered together to fight where and when they are needed.
Giant fortresses orbit desolate worlds at the edge of the galaxy, keeping constant vigil over possible xenos forces. There are also several secret bases spread throughout the Imperium, which provide a launch site for their crusades.
The warriors who fight are given the honour of painting their armour black (to show their service to the Emperor), while leaving one shoulder pad with the original insignia of the Chapter from which the marine came. Although the armour is painted black, it is never all painted black as this action would dishonour the armour's Machine Spirit. They also are equipped with a new shoulder pad with the symbol of Deathwatch onto their other side. Once in the employ of the Deathwatch, there is no set length of time for service, rather it is as long as the commander deems necessary. Each Space Marine may serve a discrete amount of time, or for the duration of a mission, which may be a number of years. Once the mission is complete, the Space Marine is allowed to return to his chapter, under an oath of silence, as their honour has been fulfilled.
The orders of the Deathwatch are not merely the cleansing of xenos cultures. They also include the recovery and study of alien devices and artifacts. Sometimes it is necessary to use a weapon against the enemy who created it, although this is not taken lightly. The Deathwatch are constantly vigilant for sabotage, or to advise if it is truly safe to use a weapon of xenos origin. The Adeptus Mechanicus are always on the lookout for alien technology; the C'tan Phase Sword, used by the Callidus assassin was recovered from a Necron tomb world and successfully integrated into the arsenal of the Imperium.
Usually, a Deathwatch team is led by an Inquisitor, but in extreme circumstances, a Deathwatch Captain or Librarian may take command of the unit. Their word is law, and can requisition anything they desire to get the job done. They are the best armed and trained units in the Imperium. They might be deployed in areas where conventional methods are insufficient or if the troops available are not properly equipped or trained for the task. The presence of a Deathwatch team is always welcomed, even though they are feared by all those who know of them.

Again I'm just toying with some ideas, but this one is definitely gaining steam.  The Lexicanum mentions that the rules for playing as a Deathwatch Army can be found in Chapter Approved 2003.  Would anyone out there by chance have this book or access to it so that I might find out if they have a special set of rules????

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Time To Finally Begin.....

I first purchased this set in 1996 so needless to say it's gathered some dust.  I'd just gotten my first car and had girls on the brain so this hobby quickly fell by the wayside.  Over the years I've pulled out these boxes and thought to myself that at the very least I should put the models together and give them a couple of coats of paint.  That however didn't seem to be enough, to motivate me.  I even went so far once to buy new paint because the original pots had dried up.  And yet today they still sit unpainted.

I've played both Dawn of War PC games and needless to say it invigorated my Machine Spirit.  Now I've never had a hobby or even painted anything so this should be an interesting undertaking.  I've been asking a lot of questions at my local Hobby Town and been reading a lot of Blogs, mostly The Hogs of War, From the Warp, All Things 40k, Arcadia Prime and BOLS Wargames News.

Trying learn everything you can from scratch is a bit daunting so I thought I'd undertake this blog to not only show my progress but to prod myself into finishing my army.

There are two things that have truly kept me from getting started.  What Chapter to choose and how the heck to make them look good.  The first question I still haven't answered and as for the second I've decided I don't care.  Anything I do is going to look better than grey plastic.

I've run several ideas through my head but haven't been able to settle on any of them.  I like the Ultra Marines and Salamanders.  The Soul Drinkers just sound like fun.  Then there's the Grey Knights or the Angels of Darkness.  I also really like the idea of making an entire Deathwatch Army, seems like the best of all worlds.  Though I'm definitely open to suggestions.

Here are my Space Marines as I begin to embark on my journey.  Today I've filed the sprue's off of each piece.  Definitely tedious, but oddly rewarding.  Next I'll get down to gluing and priming.  This probably wont be a fast process between family life and a full and part time job, but I think this is just what the doctor ordered.

Feel free to let me know what you think.  Once I get these painted I would like to get involved in the local gaming community so I need to also figure out what other  units will fit in well with what I have.