Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Armoured Company Planning

My Blood Angels take a long time for me to paint, but I want to be able to field an army large enough for Apocalypse size games (probably me against 2 friends at once). It's going to be far too impractical for me to paint up 3,000+ points of Blood Angels (I'm having trouble with 2'000pts), but I think I've found the answer.

1 - Paint my Blood Angels army up to 2,000pts (about 500pts done so far)

2 - Buy the box set of 10 Leman Russ Tanks (excellent value for money)

3 - Also buy a Baneblade, Macharius (with Mega Bolters no less) and several FW upgrade kits

4 - Assemble the following list

5 - Paint quickly using lots of Spray Paints, Drybrushing and Ink Washes

6 - Voilla, 5'000pts of Imperial Forces!

Here's my trial list (all tanks have Track Guards and Extra Armour)


Commisarial Command Tank - Leman Russ Vanquisher (Hull Lascannon, Improved Comms, Storm Bolter)


Tank Ace - Leman Russ Exterminator (3 Heavy Bolters, Storm Bolter)
Tank Ace - Leman Russ Exterminator (3 Heavy Bolters, Storm Bolter)


Leman Russ (Hull Heavy Bolter)
Leman Russ (Hull Lascannon)
Leman Russ (Hull Lascannon)
Leman Russ Conquerer (3 Heavy Bolters)


Leman Russ Demolisher (Plasma Cannons, Lascannon)
Leman Russ Demolisher (Plasma Cannons, Lascannon)
Destroyer Tank Hunter



Baneblade (Upgrades*)
Macharius (Vulcan Mega Bolter, Upgrades)


*Not seen the Apocalypse rules for the Baneblade in depth, but I've left over 80 points to buy additional upgrades for the 2 super heavies.

This adds up to about £350, which isn't too shabby for a 3000pt army. Feel free to leave any thoughts or suggestions on the list in the comments section. Here's my planned colour scheme, courtesy of Dawn of War:

The guys over at Golden Throne have given me some brilliant tips to help with painting large numbers of tanks, check them out.

In other news, I've nearly painted up a Rhino, which I will probably use to mount my Baal/Whirlwind turrets on when I need to. I've found another Rhino in my bits box, so I might assemble that soon.



Tim said...

My only suggestion is that instead of doing the sensible thing and buying that stuff for yourself, you should actually buy me sixteen Macharius tanks with Vulcan Megabolters.

If you look deep inside your heart, you'll see that this is the only way to go forward.

Gavin Schofield said...

Actually Tim, I think you're right. I'll order them tonight, watch your mailbox.

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