888th Heavy Support Revenant Tank

Right finally time for some pictures first up a Revenant battle tank. These were supplied by the Daemon forge world of Miconis IV, as part of the deal the 888th struck for a decade of service to the Dark Mechinacus overlords of Miconis, after the division’s Leman Russ were lost during their escape from the Inquisition.

The Revenant tank is an old design built on only a few Forge worlds across the Imperium. Miconis IV was the man forge world producer before it was pulled into the Eye of Terror. The main reason for this is that the Revenant’s STC providence was hotly contested. The tech priests of Miconis put the tank into production and sold the rights to other forge worlds claiming they had proof that the Revenant was STC a claim hotly contested by some other forge worlds.

The Revenant tank is comparable in design and performance to the Leman Russ. It has a lower profile body than a Russ which makes side sponsons impossible to fit. Paradoxically the Revenant has a larger turret making it easier to crew the battle cannon and, allegedly, increase the battle cannons rate of fire.

So this kit is basically a 1/48 scale Hobby Boss soviet world war two KV-2 tank with a few 40k touches from the chaos vehicle sprue and a spare Leman Russ battle cannon from ebay. Red paint job with some weathering and bobs your uncle.

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888th Khorne’s Own 1000 Point Army

So here is my first army up for the Diablo Crusade the 888th Khorne’s own traitor Imperial Guard army. I’m using the old Lost and Damned army list from the Black Crusade campaign guide with the second incarnation of Codex Chaos Marines, The second incarnation of Codex Imperial Guard (the one with regimental doctrines) and the stats and points from the first incarnation of Codex Daemons. Most of my chaos armies will be based around these Codex as the are my favorite versions. Using them with 5th edition 40K will throw up the odd rule anomaly but as I play at home, I’m not to worried, I can just fudge any slight rule problems.

This army is my (not to subtle) version of a Bloodpact army. An army dedicated to Khorne but acting a disciplined force rather than mindless berserkers. After the 888th were betrayed by the Imperium they stopped using Imperial guard organisation and reverted to warbands called Hunts based on the tribal warbands of their home world and utilising Khorne’s sacred number of eight. However the 888th are no longer the primitive Barbarians of the home world but know have Imperial guard training and weaponry.

A couple of points. I’m using the mark of chaos undivided rather than Khorne because I don’t want berserker style characters. Also I’ve ignored the rule in the lost and Damned list for compulsory traitor troop choices to be 15 models strong as it doesn’t fit with my desire for eight man units

The Blood Hunt 1000 point Lost and the Damned List

HQ

x1 Arch Heretic Captain Joris Bloedoffal – Mark of chaos undivided, Boltpistol, Great weapon, Daemon armour, Frag grenades, Spikey bits

= 85pts

Elites

x1 The Skull flayers (x8 Bloodletters) – Hellblades

= 128pts

Troops

x3 Traitor squads (Agitator and 7 traitors) – Las-guns, Frag grenades, Heavy stubber, Autocannon team, Mark of chaos undivided, las-pistol and close combat weapon (for agitator)

= 110pts each

x1 Traitor squad (Agitator +7 traitors) Las-guns, Frag and Krak grenades, Melta gun, Chaos Icon, Mark of Chaos undivided, Powerfist and auto pistol (for agitator)

= 122pts

Fast Attack

 

Cambion APC (counts as a Chimeria) turret mounted Heavy flamer and hull mounted heavy bolter

= 94+85 pts

Heavy Support

x1 Revenant battle tank (counts as a Leman Russ) – Turret battle cannon hull mounted las-cannon.

= 155pts

Total 999pts

888th Division – Khorne’s Own

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Chicane IV is a backward planet on the eastern fringe. The human inhabitants of Chicane live as semi-nomadic tribes with a technology base similar to early medieval Terra. The planets governor lives in a Ramilies class star fort orbiting in the planet with his staff and guards. Every five standard Terran years imperial representatives descend to the planet’s service and select the best warriors from the tribes to join the Imperial Guard.

This is how life started for the men of the 888th division. After several months of training three Chicane regiments where dispatched to the Galeb Binary star system under command of the Ordo Xenos to combat a Genestealer outbreak. Put under the command of a General from the Departmento Munitorum the three regiments where formed into the 888th imperial Guard division. The division’s second in command was Major General Wibo Alkema a native of Chicane.

After a successful campaign, where the 888th distinguished it’s self, the Ordo Xenos decided to tidy up lose ends and exterminate the 888th to avoid any possibility of further Gensestealer infections leaving the system. Placing the division on board navy transporters the inquistion planned to take the divison to the system edge and destroy the transports with Naval warships.

Somehow the men of the 888th where pre-warned and took steps to avoid their demise at the hands of the inquisition. To avoid tipping off the 888th the inquisition had ordered that the naval forces to carry on as if they where preparing for a warp jump. Small elite groups of suicide troops from the 888th took the opportunity to use the various intership shuttle craft to infilitrate a number of Navy warships. Miniutes before the Navy prepared to open fire of the transport ships these teams revealed themselves and cuased as much havoc as they could. Meanwhile the transport ships of the 888th opened fire with all their available defence weapons and started to initiate warp jumps.

Fully eighty percent of the Division got away although they lost the transports with most of their tanks and armoured vehicles as well as many of their best veterans who had volunteered to join the suicide squads. Floating in the warp Major General Wibo Alkema found himself the leader of a renegade imperial guard division. Betrayed by the holy god emperor the men of the 888th looked to the old gods of their home plant for guidance. One such god Kharm the Skull Taker answered. Kharm was an alter ego of the Chaos god Khorne he who founded it easy to turn the betrayed 888th to his worship. Whispering in to Major General Alkema’s mind he showed him a new way one in which Alkema would rule a galagtic empire dedicated to Khorne.

After their escape the inquisition lost all track of the 888th and after many years they became forgotten as other more pressing matters came to the fore. the 888th were brought firmly back into the inquisition’s sights after a serious of bloody raids around the eye of terror carried out not by Chaos space marines but by renegades carrying and using equipment belonging to the 888th division.

Having been seduced to the worship of Khorne the 888th had made their way into the eye of terror where General Alkema had done a deal with the Dark Mechanicus of a daemon forge world. In return for a decade of service, where the 888th would conduct slave raids to procure workers for the plants rulers and act as the plants PDF, the lords of the forge world would replace the divisions lost heavy equipment. General Alkema used the time to train his troops make them combat hardened and replenish his ranks with new recruits from slave raiding.

After agreed time was over General Alkema loaded his full strength division back into their transports and headed out into the galaxy looking for an empire to conqueror. Lord Khorne guide his handed and the 888th appeared out of the warp and into the worn torn Diablo sub sector.

General Alkema wasted no time in offering his services to the rebel leader of the planet of Tarken III whose poorly trained cultist followers where losing ground to the better trained and equipped imperial forces. 88th quickly turned the tide of the battle and General Alkema moved quickly to replace the planets rebel leaders with his own rule the first step in creating his own empire.

The Diablos Crusade – A history

The Diablos sub-sector  is located in the Segmentum Tempestus bordering the Garon Nebula. The sub-sector consists of three Binary star systems numbering thirty one plants between them.

These star systems were uncovered right at the end of the emperor’s great crusade being pacified by space marines from the Night Lords and Spacewolf legions. However the  Imperium had little time to administrate it’s new territories before the Horus Heresy broke out  and the Diablos sub sector broke into open rebellion. It was a full twenty years after Horus had died before imperial loyalists returned to conquer the area again.

A pattern was set however and the Diablos sub-sector became renowned for it’s independent and rebellious nature. Several times in the Imperium’s history have plants or binary star systems rebelled against the Imperium by far the worst rebellion accord in 990M41.

The Imperium’s  defence were heavily stretched and the invasion of Rynn’s world the year before had caused problems across the  Segmentum Tempestus as well as food shortages that the loss of a major agri-world caused the Imperium increased tithes of both men and materials to support their war efforts. The Diablos sub-sector was hit hard for extra resources and as the planetary governors attempted to collect these extra tithes they sparked open rebellion which soon spread across the sub-sector.

While the knock on effect from the invasion of Rynn’s world may have been the spark that lit the fire it quickly became obvious to the imperium that the rebellion had been planned as was being led by those with an allegiance to the ruinous powers. At first the Imperium didn’t have the resources to deal with the rebellion and loyalists in the sub-system where left to put up the best resistance they could. However in 999M41 Cardinal Jorgen declared the Diablos Crusade and imperial forces started to muster at Ophelia IV.

Forces gathered for the crusade included nine Imperial guard divisions divided into three army corps plus a number of independent specialist regiments.  Adeptus mechanicus forces including the Steel Eagles titan legion, three knight households and several skitarii regiments. The Ecclesiarchy provided Preachers, confessors and missionaries as well as the Adeptus Sororitas of the order of Our Martyred Lady. Given the nature of the enemy members of the inquisition were also included along with a contingent of grey nights. Intially there were no space marines although a number of small battle groups from the Dark angels and Doom eagles did become involved.

After six terran standard months and acked by a substantial navy fleet the crusade under the overall command of Marshall Lazar Koslov moved on the Diablos sub-sector to start the Diablos Crusade.

 

A New Blog

Introduction

Hi and welcome to my new Blog which will record my efforts at modeling, painting and playing games in Warhammer 40,000 game universe. I’ve been a wargamer for 30 years and a 40K player since it was first released back in 1987. Although I have played many different wargames,  painted miniatures from lots of different companies and played games set in many different periods of history and genres over the years. Warhammer 40K has a way of pulling back time and again something about it’s Grimdark setting always seems to appeal.

As this is my first post I guess it’s worth me putting down a few points about me and how I hope this blog will develop so those that think they might be interested in my ramblings will get a clearer idea what they will get with this blog.

  • Firstly I’m mostly about the painting and modelling aspect of the hobby these days. Don’t expect to see to many long battle reports but hopefully there will be pictures of my models and ramblings about background ideas.
  • I don’t play many games these days. I have my own wargames room and  still play solo games or the occasional games with my son. I’m just not a prolific game every week type of guy these days.
  • When I do play I’m still using the 5th edition of 40K I love the rules and never saw the point in carrying on with the 3 year rules cycle of Games workshop.
  • My codex books are still mostly 3-4th edition ones with the odd 5th edition codex so some of my armies may look slightly different to those created with more up to date codex books.
  • I’m not a competition gamer I’m more about cool fluff and modelling opportunities. So my armies may well contain some non chapter approved stuff or things that are a bit pants rules wise.
  • I don’t have a massive hobby budget. It’s ok but the wife, children and bills come first where money in concerned.
  • I’m quite happy to proxy models and don’t feel restricted to use only Games workshop miniatures for my armies. There are two reasons for this. Firstly budget if I can get a nice alternative to Game workshop model cheaper else where I will happily do so. Secondly there are loads of really nice miniatures and models out there so why not use them?
  • I rate myself as a reasonable painter and modeller I’m no golden deamon winner but I can churn out a (well in my opinion) decent looking miniature. I’m not particularly set on any one painting style and have used most in my time freely mixing inks, layering and dry brushing and white and black undercoats depending on what I think will work best.
  • My painting style is pretty old school no air brushing, non metallic metals or on source lighting that have become so popular on the 40K scene these days. There is nothing wrong with these styles and I can appreciate the skill and effect they achieve when well done they’re just not my cup of tea.
  • I hope to create a number of 1500 point armies based on an Imperial crusade to recapture the Diablos sub -sector (hence the blog title). I want to really capture the feel of human on human conflict in the 40K universe so the two main sides will be rebels and heretics (mostly chaos inspired) and the forces of the imperium. I ‘m hoping to keep space marines, both loyal and chaos, and xenos to a minimum but no doubt small numbers of them will pop up.
  • The big stuff that has become popular in 40K these days will also be kept to a minimum. Firstly while they look very cool things like baneblades and titans, in my experience, rather destroy the fun of a 40K games which is supposed to represent a platoon/company level of action the big stuff worked much better in the epic games system. Secondly my budget doesn’t stretch to cost of such models. That’s not to say I might no do the odd model but don’t expect to see many pictures of Knights and shadowswords on this blog
Well I think that’s probably enough for an introduction and i’ll start posting some far more interesting stuff very soon.
Regards Jon