Sunday, February 12, 2017

Death Company

I have already done one post about my DC, but I finally got back to finishing them off. One of the hardest things to remember is what colours you have used in the past... and 80% of my paints have hardened to complete dust... but it still went OK for my first foray in sometime.

Lamenters Death Company. Note the Razorback support vehicle in the background. The Lamenters specialize their vehicles towards specific threats.  In this case the twin linked assault cannons make light work of masses of cultists leaving the path clear for the Death Company Marines to reach their hybrid and purestrain masters lurking behind them. 
The Lamenters were rumored to be different from the other scions of the Blood Angels due to several reasons associated with their founding sometime in M36. The cursed founding saw several chapters from it under intense scrutiny by members of the Ordo Xenos and Ordo Hereticus, the Lamenters each time submitted and tested their gene seed on time and were given a clean bill of health.... or so the story went.... Sometime in late M38 a popular myth began throughout the successor Chapters of the Blood Angels that the Lamenters had beaten the dreaded Black Rage and had successfully resisted the Red Thirst. The myth was traced by Commander Dante and Mephiston during the closing decades of 41M  and it came to their attention that it had begun in 772.M37 with the Angels Sanguine. The Angels Sanguine always a reclusive chapter even with regard to their brother chapters had encountered a Lamenters task force somewhere near the Eastern Fringes. The Angels Sanguine under command of a Captain Herrod of their 2nd Company witnessed 100 battle brothers of the Lamenters fight in pure Codex Astrates deployment patterns utilizing drop pods to put down a genestealer infestation. Herrod noted in his report to his Chapter Master that the Lamenters did not appear to be taken with any Red Thirst before the battle and even though vicious hand to hand combat occurred between both the Marines and the Stealers not one Lamenter had succumbed to the Black Rage in any form. The rumor took root and the Lamenters did nothing to dispel them, they continued their retreat toward the Eastern Fringe... already a cursed chapter with the eye of the Inquisition upon them.

Both of these Brethren advance across the sands carrying the typical armament of the Death Company a chainsword and bolt pistol. Lamenters have never left their Death Company on the field, having recovered 100% of their casualties. It is unknown what rituals are employed to the fallen after they are recovered. 

In 911.M38 almost a century later, upon the desert world of Tarboltun III, The Tallarn 141st Armoured Regiment reported that the Lamenters had unleashed their forces far from the front lines using rhino's and razorbacks to deliver black armoured figures near the watering holes and vapor farms that the cultist led PDF were using to sustain their resistance from the Imperial authorities. The reports mostly from rough rider units based at the very vanguard of the main advance talked of black figures sited in the distance wailing such terrible screams as if they were in agony. When the rough riders arrived however to render aid, they were only met with the corpses of the cultists. What happened over the course of that century... is a mystery that may have died at the hands of Hive Fleet Kraken.

Lamenters Marines advancing across Tarbolton III. Note ornate and decorated armour styles comparative to regular battle brothers. Even their equipment is adorned with wing, heart, chalice and blood imagery. Yellow however appears as the prime colour offsetting the black armour. Weaponry is typically ornate, it is unknown whether the Lamenters allow their brethren to use their own weaponry or have specific weapons that are issued to those whom have fallen to the Black Rage.

Notes; I managed to finish them all and get them based in fairly quick fashion with just some finishing up touches.... The terrain is all hand made.... styro with rope for the bushes... just cut down and then untied... very fast.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Reborn? or to reboot...

Well, if you actually are reading this... firstly yes the Zombie that is Lamenters 40K or this blog... is about to rise anew. I have been missing for quite a few years! If you are still a follower which some people maybe all good! I will begin adding again shortly... I have noticed several new Lamenter armies have come and gone since my last post... and I am truly sorry that my dear brother in arms Aventine has sold off his beloved Lamenters... Aventine how could you man!???!!!!

So Zenos... 5 to 6 years since a post what gives?

In brief, I had a break up with my partner at the time, then moved on to fantasy Warhammer for a period. I made two brilliant armies, Empire and Dark Elves... no blogs! and had a a regular opponent who was a Skaven... we played every week and did several narrative style battles. Truly some great stuff and creativity... then AOS appeared... and I felt betrayed. Being a stalwart who has supported GW... since 87 I felt how dare you remove the core of the game and turn it on its head completely... years of models, years of work making specific units... theme game boards... CANCON here in NSW over 10 years... and a host of other things... just all gone! Like most of us we tend to drift.. away and then return at some time to the hobby. I can't imagine me returning to AOS... as it is not my fantasy world... there is no Karl Franz... no Vlad... no Ice Queen.... and no Felix... they are all gone... This is what I was invested in... and its over.

So why a return to 40K... well actually it happened as I have a new house and I had to unpack... and finally I got to the 300 odd models of 40K and went hmmmm then I downloaded army builder and started reading the new 7th edition game... (new as in new to me...) I was a bit skeptical but the basis for everything remained. Marines were still 10 man squads, 1 special weapon, 1 heavy weapon... 1 sgt... 1 commander or HQ slot... 1 heavy support choice... yes the basics were there... the fluff still solid.. well for now at least... (Here is hoping Creed is not doing a Jean Luc... and becoming Necro or whatever he is... for now to only turn and save the Imperium.)

Another reason for my complete removal from 40K was also 2014... I had a massive heart attack. At 43 I dropped dead... at work... now for those of you interested that's not meant to happen to 43 year old guys with no history of heart problems. I was lucky... I had the best surgeons and best doctors... and now in 2017 with 9 stents in my chest... opening my arteries... I am fine... but if your gamer... and your hitting that 30+ plus mark or even high 20+... stop for a minute. Go see a doctor if you snore.. if you get swollen ankles when you stand for hours... they are signs that you may have heart disease. My snoring I thought was just being a fat middle aged guy syndrome who drank too much red wine sometimes... appears I was wrong... Central Sleep Apnea is a killer as your heart needs to race and kick in your brain... to say breathe... when this happens 50 times an hour... during sleep... you sleep about 18 minutes a night and wake up dead tired every day... Your heart does this fine... till your 35 or so... then it starts to get tired... and starts to wear out... go do something today... even if its checking your blood pressure.

Anyway... enough of this! More posts to come with some new units and I have dared pick up a brush again... working away slowly.

If you are still following... leave me a reply.... would be nice to hear who is still around! Cheers guys.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Lamentor

Like most of the scions of Sanguinus, the legend of the Sanguinor has spread through the ranks of Lamenters. However it would not be at their founding or even during some of their most pressing battles or campaigns that their own or perhaps a twisted version of the Sanguinor finally revealed itself to these macabre sons of Sanguinus.

The Chapter records indicate the start of the legend within the Lamenters occurs much later than that of it's cousins. It was not till M38 that the first chapter record indicates some sort of presence upon the field that could be attributed to the "Sanguinor" or as the figure became known the "Lamentor". Although the Chapter Reclusiarchs, Calix and even Librarians investigated and continued right till the end of the M41 to be vigilant for a return of the figure, there are only four known records of the being fighting alongside the Lamenters and in two of the instances, all Lamenters were killed who were at the battles leaving only an Imperial Guard Psyker in one case, and a Pict Recording in other to even reveal its presence.

By the end of the M41 only one pattern could be ascribed to the figure. It always appeared on a planet or place that Sanguinus had visited previously during the era of the Great Crusade. What this foretells or means has become the subject of increasing debate amongst the Chapter Leadership. In one hand the Lamentor carries what some believe to be the original "Book of Counted Sorrows" a record of every loss suffered by Sanguinus and the Lamenters. A single Lightning Claw that has been described as able to cut through Admantine and Power fields as if they did not exsist is his only armament.

For Imperial scholars should the "Lamentor" ever become known outside of the Chapter, it will add to the growing unease that is prevalent amongst several Inquisitorial factions already calling for a full investigation into the Blood Angels. As for the Blood Angels themselves, no known records indicate their own knowledge of the "Lamentor".

Lamentor. Arms are Lightning Claw, Commander Sprue. Book is Dark Angels Veteran Sprue. Helm is a Dark Angels Vet Head drilled out. Chest is Sang Guard Sprue. Body is Dark Angel Veteran. Back Pack and Wings from the Sang Guard Sprue. Shoulder pads are Sang Guard and MKVI Corvus Armor "beakie" shoulder pad.

Designer Notes:

I wanted this figure to be specifically Lamentor rather than a carbon copy of the Sanguinor. However I had to ensure it remained a design that would fit with the army. In one hand he carries the Book of Counted Sorrows... detailing the losses of the Chapter and Sanguinus. (Why I have left deliberately mysterious but the idea is that the Lamentor only appears where Sanguinus met defeat or great loss during the Great Crusade.)  The white and black are very Lamenter orientated and the claw... was part of the inspirational and homage to the RT era High Warlock figure for Harlequins which remains even now 20 odd years after release my favorite figure of all time in Citadel cast.