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+++ Procrastination Sub-Routines ∙ Halt +++ Time Allocation ∙ AssessingÖ +++ Ö Adjusting Labour Schedule +++ Productivity Sub-Routines ∙ Initializing +++

Yeah, thatís going to work just fine for these counts-as Arc Rifles I bashed up. I think I want to add something on the top of the packs just to balance them a bit more, but Iím happy with the result so far. Overcharged pistols for extra range? Yeah, I think they communicate that and Rule of Cool makes up for any deficiencies.

Back to painting in the near future, but before that I need to get productive! Time to make some more ideas real. I better get used to the rhythmic sounds of Servitor Solus, because itís going to be running night-and-day in the near future.

GW might tempt me with all that they are up to, and Iíve already broken down and made a small order, but I shall be strong and avert my attention for the time being as I get my butt in gear again. The weather is finally starting to shift, and I think my mood is starting to notice it; the first birds of spring have returned and itís always a sound that reminds me that I made it through another winter. Urge to createÖ rising! Damn, I canít wait to get a much better look at new Chaos kits so I can get a good feel for the design language GW is using on them now. I need more inspiration for how Iím doing to do warped and daemonic components and models. OooÖ itís such a good time to be bad. *Grins manically with eye wide*
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Two roads diverged in a galaxy, and I

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

∙ (Mostly) Robert Frost

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Aww [expletive deleted] that! Here, time has no meaning! I have traveled all the roads! Glory to the Dark Pantheon undivided!


The re-re-re-building of a Black Legion Warband; and this time, I mean it!


∙ A rare visage of the Warmaster will oversee this project. However, I think it is time to move him to a cooler colour pallet. Red is so last millennium, darlingÖ and, no capes!

In the immortal words of Barney, upon toasting his successful completion of astronaut training, ď
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Iím usually not attracted to limited edition products but as a long time Black Legion collector when Abaddon cracked Cadia I couldnít help but pick up a copy of this signed print to commemorate the event; admittedly, itís not my favourite rendition of Abaddon but those are the whims of the Warp and at least it canít become obsolete like a limited edition rulebook. It was actually part of an Adeptus Mechanicus bundle which was an odd combination but I was collecting kits for my Adeptus Mechanicus project that I took up as a break from Chaos, biding my time waiting for GW to give up the goods of this current release, so it was a good fit for me at the time with an eye to future plans.

With the new Warmaster heralding a significant update to the core Chaos line, now is the time to revive my true muse and first passion, and soon, stop repressing the whispers from the Warp with binaric cantsÖ or perhaps, the cants have been corrupted and subverting me all along. As GW keeps opening a Dark door ever wider it compels me to enter and consider the possibilities of a proper Chaos Space Marines and Dark Mechanicus project made real, and I think yes, it is time.


∙ Iím also not usually a sucker for themed dice, but again, the lure of Chaos was too great for me with the Black Legion dice.

But first, as another plug for our sponsors and hobby addiction enablers, a brief review. Despite ordering some, I was skeptical and little worried that the gold might be dull and flat. Iím glad to discover that they are a nice proper rich gold colour and it has a nice swirling pearl-like lustre that has some depth. Theyíre even quite readable at a glance with the pips, points, skulls, and Horus Eye. Good job on these GW. Iíll also be taking a set and painting groups of five with different coloured faces for doing combined rolls, because hey, why not?

So, with my Mechanicus project rather close to being complete Iíll still be putting the bulk of my hobby time towards getting that finished so Iíve got a table ready army on deck for when I want to actually throw some dice. However, the acquisition of the required personnel, wargear, and supplies has commenced, is ongoing, and I am eagerly awaiting my next dispatch. The only problem is, thereís too much choice! I canít, for the life of me, settle on a well-rounded list to make as a core army, so I think for now Iím kindaí liking this Ďpressure listí that I came up with.

Black Legion Double Battalion Ė 1,994 points

Battalion Detachment Ė Bringers of Despair
Chaos Lord in Terminator Armour: Combi-Bolter, Power Axe Ė Foecleaver
Chaos Sorcerer in Terminator Armour: Combi-Bolter, Force Stave
Chaos Terminators x8: Combi-Bolter x4, Chain Axe x4, Combi-Plasma x3, Reaper Autocannon, Chainfist, Power Fist x3
Chaos Space Marines x5: Chainsword, Combi-Plasma, Reaper Chaincannon
Chaos Space Marines x5: Chainsword, Combi-Plasma, Reaper Chaincannon
Chaos Rhino Transport: Combi-Bolter x2, Havoc Launcher
Chaos Cultists x15

Battalion Detachment Ė Soulforged Pack
Lord Discordant: Mechatendrils, Chainglaive, Autocannon
Warpsmith: Mechatendrils, Power Axe, Meltagun, Flamer
Chaos Decimator: Siege Claw w. Hellflamer, Decimator Storm Laser
Kytan Ravager: Great Cleaver of Khorne, Kytan Gatling Cannon
Chaos Space Marines x5: Chainsword, Combi-Plasma, Reaper Chaincannon
Chaos Space Marines x5: Chainsword, Combi-Plasma, Reaper Chaincannon
Chaos Rhino Transport: Combi-Bolter x2, Havoc Launcher
Chaos Cultists x15: Autogun


If I drop the Decimator I can swap out the Chaos Lord for Abaddon without changing anything else, so the Warmaster is also a consideration in this list; I wish it could include an Apostle but I donít want to drop the Warpsmith and/or shave wargear and/or bodies. Still not sure what Warlord Trait/s Iím going to take and if I want to add another relic. Double Battalions gives plenty of CP but it starts to add up when you want to take all the toys.

In classic Chaos form, the idea is to simply cram the entire list down my opponentís throat. As the Cultists, Marines in Rhinos, Decimator, Kytan and Lord Discordant push into the midfield in the first turn, the Terminators can hopefully find an opening in turn two as the other army is trying to deal with all that. I especially like that the Soulforged Pack will mean that the Kytan needs to be all but killed or it can be boosted back to functional with the Daemonforge Overdrive stratagem. You need to knock off at least 3/4 of its wounds or the stratagem brings it right back to the top bracket. If a Kytan with the Decimator tagging along doesnít distract, nothing will. Now I gottaí figure out how to get them across the field with few enough holes in them to get some work done. Each of the Lord Discordant, Decimator, and Kytan are dangerous in their own right so even if just one gets throughÖ I think it will work, but thenÖ

Ö thereís those wonderful new Havocs, and Iíve always had a soft spot for Obliterators (and I ordered some Ambots to convert Ė mine will be Dark Mech, damn-it!) and the big bad guy himself Abaddon is begging for some field time (and I have no choice but to paint his glorious model), and Raptors have suddenly become more interesting, and the Apostle is finally more useful, and I've got a formation of three Predators begging for a chance, and a wonderful Land Raider, and Iíve got things like a Sicaran, Spartan, and Fire Raptor sitting in the wings waiting their turnÖ Yeah, Iíve been getting ready for this for years, and nowÖ I donít know what collection of chaotic monstrosities I want to create first! Itís a good problem to have, donít get me wrong, but itís sure tempting my hobby butterfly syndrome to flare up and I donít need that right now. I will be resolute! Cultists and Marines first, and while Iím at that I can contemplate the rest in greater depth. The call of Chaos is gaining volume again, and this time there are more voices in the chorus than ever; chanting their siren song of dark prayers and I have little choice but to obey. They have so many wonderfully Dark ideas to shareÖ

As always, comments, questions, general banter and ideas/input for list composition are always welcome. I didnít even focus on Chaos during 7th edition so itís been a while since Iíve been thinking about Chaos builds and the game is so different in 8th edition that itís a bit daunting to get my bearings again. All things Chaos, Mechanicus, and Dark places in-between to arrive in the coming weeks, months, and years, from my personal hobby-bench and from the studio workbench so keep the comm-link active.

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∙ Within the vast armouries of the Warmaster the endless mundane wargear of the Legions must also be maintained with cut, grind, blow, weld, rivet, bolt, and screw; the Warsmith directs the primitive energies of fire, force, friction, and motive force, to the sacred task of administering the many rites of maintenance, placation, and repair in service to the Warmasterís grand arsenal. One of many small-but-crucial cogs in the great war engine that is the Legion.

I have yet to build any of the other models in the Chaos Marine kit and some Havocs and Terminators just arrived today, so Iím still just taking stock of the kits. That said, I couldnít help myself, and I dabbled away a little and came up with this personal take on a Warpsmith. Iíve never been a big fan of the Ďcloak of cablesí look that GW has been giving the Warpsmith models so Iím taking cues from the new Lord Discordant who as a better concept of what Iíd prefer a Warpsmith to look like. I do still want to add a few more dangling cables and maybe another Mechatendril but nothing as over-the-top as the GW model/s.

So far, the level of detail in the new kits is simply amazing, as per GWís track record the last several years. Iím going to hold of final judgement until I see just how everything assembles and how much room there is for creativity within the kits and throughout the rest of the release and between the larger line. So far I think the base models are really nice and despite any gripes about bits selection or design choices I think they look very promising. Iím looking forward to dabbling with them more, but Iím trying to force myself to keep it to a slow burn lest I get overwhelmed by too much temptation too quickly. Iíve walked the long road for quite some time now, I know not to rush thingsÖ but it can be sooo temping when the lure is this sweet. Truly, I am lost to the whims of ChaosÖ

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∙ I started the first Warsmith before the new Havocs were in my grubby hands. Once I saw the models an upgrade was in order.

He is a 4W H.Q. Character after all so the larger starting model simply suites him better. I still used a 32mm base to keep him in line with other Power Armour H.Q. models; to me the 40mm bases of the Havocs just seems like an excuse for the new models to go back somewhat to their old lunging poses that are less desirable in my opinion. Since Iím changing the direction of pose I needed to add a small shim of plastic to the foot to alter the tilt of the model. It has a bit of a lean/hunch to compliment the intended bits and it needed to change in order to get the new Meltagun arm to cooperate better with the model. Speaking of the Meltagun armÖ

Ö I am not a fan of theÖ uniqueÖ solution that GW chose for the wrist connections. The little key tabs, while a little useful in some of the by-the-book assemblies, really seem like an unnecessary complexity that will need to be dealt with all the time during the very common kit-bash of swapping weapons between arms. Itís the K.I.S.S. principle of design; Keep It Simple, Stupid. Beyond this minor quibble and a few other small things (oh look, GWís up to the bits selection shenanigans, again) thereís a lot to like about the new Chaos kits and itís going to be fun to see just what concoctions can be mixed up.

I like the details in some of the other Havoc models a bit more for a Warsmith build but this one has the pose that best suited the outstretched Ďone-handed Meltagun shotí bash I had come up with initially and I wanted to keep that. I guess this just means that I need to make another Warsmith (or two) using one of my preferred models. Being the lowest cost Chaos H.Q., I donít see this as a problem. The entire kit is gorgeous and the extra bulk of the models does a good job of conveying a larger-than-average Character model that would have more Wounds than a rank-and-file Troop. Why not find an excuse (or many) to use the models outside of Havoc squads?


∙ Iíve still got freedom in the left arm and Iím having a hard time picking the stance I want the weapon in. I like them both for different reasons.

Itís a little thing, but itís always this point where a bash is reaching the final tweaks that can be the most trying and somehow the most rewarding. I like the more casual pose thatís more static and has a, Ď*Sigh* Now Iím going to shoot youí feel to it, but with the weapon in a more ready posture it gives a ĎFirst, Iím going to shoot you with this, thenÖĒ Iím in the same boat with the head, which I switched to being bare with the small horn; I like it, but Iím worried itís looking a bit small/sunken in the armour Ė maybe a thin shim to raise it a tiny bit? But a full helmet deals with it much more readily. Ah well, a few more tweaks and perhaps another gubbins or two and this little diversion will be ready for some primer.


∙ As another little nibble at the Chaos cookie Iíve assembled the first ten Marines for the new-and-improved Warband. MmmÖ new ChaosÖ *Nibble*

I still wish the wastes were Ďball jointsí or at least if the torsos could be swapped without it being a major chore, even if there was limited flexibility in the range-of-motion. But with ten wonderful unique models to use as a base bashing and converting up lots of variety in a collection wonít be that hard. I know Iím not the only one who was drawn to Chaos for the opportunity to kit-bash and convert models so Iím not intimidated and more encouraged by the quality of the ever-expanding selection of bits-and-pieces to choose from to create with going forward.

Damn, this gunnaí geet guuuud! Keep the comm-link active.
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