Monday, March 5, 2012

Modular Table update, and Burna Spam (mmm, spam...)

Table update!

Just a quick update today to show the fruit of my labours, there is now 4 completed CoD boards all routed out and looking pretty. I've also decided that the level of detail on these boards should be fairly high, and to this end i've designed a simple 'gutters and drains' design to be drawn onto the boards with a Sharpie (ballpoint permanent marker), it really makes it look like a proper roadside edging!! Once the boards have been appropriately painted up (washed out grey over an undercoat of dirty red brown?) these will be drawn on. As my eventual plan is to spray the whole table assembly with a matte varnish they wont be wearing off in a hurry. This also makes me very keen to do some road markings as well for even more detail..

I've also had thoughts of sinking some fully or partially recessed pipes into some of the boards, running parralel to the road, to represent gas or power lines. I'd possible build some small relay boxes or metering valves positioned somewhere on the pipe (at one end maybe), giving yet more depth to the boards. As the boards are 16mm thick thats a lot to play with, and i'm going to integrate anything else I can think of that provides depth and flavour without being too overkill.

Here's some of my nicer terrain on the 4 routed boards to show the size and how it will work...

I've purchased and cut up another 4x2 board as well, but have run out of time for routing. Shouldnt be too long though and there'll be a full 6x4 board assembly ready to go!

More Orks! Burnas by the gutload....

So after my recent acquisition of a box of Lootas/Burnas I came to the realisation that my other recent purchases and chosen list build (Deathskull-fluffy Mekboy /Kan Wall) has filled all the Heavy Support slots with Killa Kans. So, in this instance the Lootas wouldnt have a home in my list for a while, being that the Kan Wall is still being tested out. However this did open up the prospect of running some Elite units, and this is why the Burna Boys were chosen as my next little mini project. So after a few more judicious pruchases on eBay i'm now the proud owner of 14 Burnas and a Mek with KMB!! Will eventually be 15, but I need to turn up another single Burna to purchase.

I'm hoping to use the boyz in a fairly bare bones open topped Battlewagon, and having read the rules for firing from open topped transports I can say that this unit is going to be one scary proposition- roll up on a target squad, and the flamer template can be shot out from any point on the hull. Not only that, but all shooting/templates can originate from the same point. What this means is that if I can cover the target unit with the flamer and get 6 hits, I then multiply that directly by the number of burnas I have. With a full 15 Burnas thats 90 hits at Strength 4!! I now know why people rate Burnas so highly, although I'm fully aware that like most specialised Ork units its a case of getting them into the right place at the right time- transports are a must  Im also very keen to see how they fare against tougher opponents using their 'cuttin flame' burna nozzles (power weapons), a full mob on the charge with WS 4 Strength 4 and dealing out 45 attacks will carve a lot of tough opponents up.

And the other reason why i'm doing a full sized mob of burnas? They look so cool! The gasmask heads, the fuel tanks and other paraphernalia, as well as the very Deathskull-esque ties that Burnas/Meks have from the fluff perspective, it all adds up to make for a great looking addition to my army. I'm hoping that my opponent will be distracted by all the other scary units in my army that i'll be able to get them and their Battlewagon across the table and within template range to deal some damage!

I'll get some pictures up once they are all assembled, hopefully sometime this week, as there's a game on with some mates this weekend.


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