Monday, January 14, 2013

And Those Without Eyes shall See... the Campaign for the Warp gate

OK, loyal Wappellians!  I promised you some info on the campaign that was based around the Warpgate, so here it is.

The whole idea behind this series of three scenarios is that one side wants to control the warpgate to allow allies from the warp (be they Demons or Dark Eldar) to pass into this realm to wreak havoc and destruction.  How fun is that?!!!  The opposing side is attempting to shut down the warp gate.

Each scenario builds to the final conclusion... a massive battle on a massive board.

Sadly, I don't have any pics from the first scenario, but it was pretty basic.  It was an objective based game, and at stake were numerous goodies.  These could be enhanced weapons, armor, combat drugs, etc.  Once in your unit's possession, it would remain with it as long as it was not destroyed, even in subsequent scenarios.

By possessing more of these items, you obviously enhanced your chances moving ahead.  There was also a map, which would give you a hint as to where the next big objective could be found.

This objective was what we fought over in Round Two of "And those without sight shall see".

Here is the deployment map.  I should say that when we played this scenario, it was 4th Edition!  Yes, that's a long time ago. :-)

Here are the forces arrayed for battle!  Rich's Chaos and my Demonhunters.  There were a few things we were after.  There was a weapons cache, which would give you 250 points of additional troops to use in the next game.  You were also looking for a special character.  This character is a psyker who has gone mad, but is capable of controlling the warpgate.  All he is interested in is the warpgate, and will join with anyone who knows where it is!
So, it you locate him, as well as the map telling you where the warpgate can be found, you will end up as the defender in round 3.

Here is how the battle played out:

So, in the end, I would be the defender, using the special character to shut down the warp gate!  Rich had 250 extra points of troops, and would be the attacker.

More info to come!!!

From the warp... warpgate terrain.

Here is a piece of terrain that I made as the centerpiece of a 3 part 40k campaign that Rich and I ran years ago for 4th edition (yes, that's a while ago!).  It was called "And those without sight shall see".

I will try to post some of the scenario rules and campaign maps over the next few days, and even some of the battle pictures.

Obviously, it was all about the warp gate.  This was made with foam core, pink foam, bits, plasticard, and polystyrene tubing.  I don't have any WIP photos (sorry guys!)

Of course, the most fun was painting the actual gate!  What a blast.

Here's the gate with some scratch sculpted Sisters of Battle.  There are some regular Sisters, as well as some Seraphim.  I did a blog post on them a while back, so you can do a search on them using the search function on the left hand column.

As you can see, you can do a lot of nice effects without getting too fancy.  I didn't have very long to make this piece of terrain.  It does help having a mat cutter, especially for cutting the foam core.  However, you can find foam core cutters, which you could also use with one of those metal rulers...

We played out this campaign with Chaos (Rich) vs my Demonhunters.  The final battle was a pure bloodbath, as all 40k fights seems to be!

The Sisters were sculpted from scratch with green stuff.  The iron halos were done by bending some poly styrene flat tubing (an interesting experiment!).

So, I will try to gather up those images and the scenario rules, etc.  I think Cathy and Rich played out the same campaign with her Dark Angels vs his Chaos.  It went quite differently!!

Got yourself in a tight spot there, Frodo!

This is one of the first pieces where I tried using sculpey to create a diorama for some figures.  This is probably about 2004, early 2005.

That Nazgul is all metal, by the way!

Doing this today, I would have baked everything first, and the carved all the texture in later.

That would have made the cracks so much easier to sculpt!

I could have taken some of my extra broken pieces and shards to create the rubble, instead of trying to sculpt that sort of thing in the very smushy sculpey...

It as fun to paint the Fell Beast, although I am looking forward to painting a new one as part of my new Mordor/Minas Morgul army!  I want to do the whole semi-transparent wing effect. :-)

Definitely not looking good for a particular Hobbit...

Look out, Frodo!

Here's the little guy...

So, hopefully you will be seeing a new Nazgul, and I can set up some side by side "Then and Now" shots!!

Very scary!