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Hello Folks,
welcome to my first completed force in so, so, so, so many years! I know it isn't huge, it is only 500 points after all but after picking up a brush for the first time in years it feels great. I must say not only am I pleased with the overall results but I'm very pleased with myself for meeting every aspect of the challenge, from fluff and list to the models and the terrain. I must apologise for the pics though, at present it's very overcast and the light isn't great, dont worry though this is something I will be looking to remedy for future picture taking.
As I say I am pleased and when it comes to the 750 expansion there are somethings I'd like to add to these guys or change, chief amongst them is backpacks all round, replace flesh heads with gas masks, pick out the icons etc in white and finally see about adding some litanies and text to discreet areas of the vehicles. They aren't big adds but I think they will add to the feel and fluff more.

The overall aspect of the army really does please me. I have tried to follow the same patterns and schemes all the way through and I think the very limited palette works well, especially when used to mimic the Tank camo on things like cloaks and gun Shields. The other thing that ties the force together well is the use of the Secret Weapon Minis bases, these are great and will be getting a review later. I also found that only having a limited choice on some of the bases (mainly the 60mm ones) meant I had to be creative and convert them, something that actually was more fun then I anticipated.

Other little nods are the small conversions dotted through out, like the chimera (virtual cookie for those spotting all the work), the bits and pieces in the Veteran Squad as well as the HQ choice. There are lots of little things here and there and there is a virtual cookie for the first person to spot the one and only metal GW component used in the Infantry (the Secret Weapon Packs don't count).
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The 1313th Lignum Iugo Expeditionary Force


The 1313th Lignum Iugo Expeditionary Force History
Currently Operating on the Eastern fringes the 1313th Lignum Iugo Expeditionary force was initially tasked with the exploration and eradication of Tau enclaves and inroads in to the region of space to the galactic north of Quintairn. Under the direct control of the Ordo Xenos for the duration of the campaign the 1313th were tasked with stamping the Emperors authority on worlds that were only nominally under the control of the Eagle, eradicating those worlds infested with tau and persecuting those that openly consorted with the alien.

It wasn't long however before on the outpost world of Troya Majorus that a greater threat came to light in the form of a genestealer cult.

Upon discovery the cult threw themselves at the members of the Expeditionary force with tooth, claw and more conventional weapons. This single horrific attack which resulted in the complete destruction of the capital, Hawkesfall, soon revealed an infestation covering a number of neighbouring systems and only hinted at the horrors to come. The Campaign on Troya Majorus dragged on in to the close of 881.M41 when Troya Majorus fell.

Pre-empted by the screams of Astropaths, Navigators and psykers alike the Tyranid reinforcements arrived. The invading tyranids were identified as Splinter fleet Tenebre and the full menace of the Xenos threat, both Tau and Tyranid, was revealed and all out war reigned.

Since this time more attacks have come to light and the marauding destruction of the Splinter fleet has shown to cover a vast swathe of planets on the periphery of both the Human and Tau empires. It is here that the 1313th is now engaged in an all out war on two fronts with two of the most dangerous foes the imperium faces.

The 1313th Expeditionary Force are currently on permanent detachment to the Inquisitional Enclave at Quintairn, the forces of the Lignum Iugo are proud to serve the Inquisition with distinction in campaigns across the region. Originating in the Eastern Regions of the Britarius Sector the world of Lignum Iugo is a careful balance between Industry and Cultivation providing many local systems with large quantities of food and technology. The regiments of Lignum Iugo are known for the dual specialties in Air Assault and Scouting but amongst these regiments the 1300's stand apart from the rest.

The 1300 regiments, those bearing the numbers 1300-1399, are considered by many in the sector as a guard force without peer, of particular note are the regiments of the 1313th, 1349th and 1373rd. Selected only from the best men and women of the planets many regiments and the brightest and most martial students from the planets Scholams the 1300's are some of the best in their fields.

Referred to as Expeditionary forces the 1300's are forces that are sent on either the most critical of missions or campaigns where a hard hitting strike force is required. Their most common role however is acting as a fighting force whilst assigned to Rogue Traders, Adeptus Mechanicus Exploratory forces or, given their proximity to Quintairn, as Inquisitional Troopers. The 1313th is one such regiment who by their deeds has seen the regiment seconded permanently to the Quintairn enclave. It is here where they have fought under the Insignia of numerous Inquisitors of various Ordos before the current assignment which sees them battling the dual threat of Tau and Tyranid incursions on the Eastern Fringes.

Members of the 1300s, rarely return to Lignum Iugo as the troopers they once were, scarred and decorated they often go on to lead other regiments raised from the planet. Some are requested to serve as bodyguards and retinues for inquisitors, and even other members of the imperial hierarchy should they be deemed deserving. The rarest and most sought after path is that of the honoured few who even join the ranks of the inquisition where the free thinking and autonomous nature of the 1300s shines through and prepares them for the darkness they fight. The knowledge and skills of the 1300s is without peer in the region and is one that the Inquisition is more than happy to encourage, cultivate and utilise.


Army List
The 500 point force was based off the following Army List (any Caveats or errors are explained through out this post) created to represent a similar force and is based on 5th edition - a 6th edition version will come soon:



500 Point Challenge Images
Below are Images showing The 1313th Lignum Iugo Expeditionary Force at the outset of their expedition in to the Quintairn Sub-sector.


Complete Force


HQ
Interrogator Ratner (Counts as Psyker)


Troops
"Custos" Platoon (Troops choice 1)
Platoon HQ


Squad 1


Squad 2


"Subruo" Hardened Veterans Squad and Chimera Transport (Troops choice 2)



Fast Attack
Sentinel Unit - "Argentum Steed"


Heavy Support
Medusa (counts as Griffon) - "Semotus Mortis"


Terrain Selection

Additional Images of the units and terrain above can be found here:
Millest's Complete Force Round-up Album
please be aware these are un-editted so could well be "massive" hope there is something in here you like.
 

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things have moved on with the blog and the army and as a result the latest modelling project has hit my workspace. The latest being Project Raptor, as you can probably guess this is a flyer based project and is certainly a change from many many many infantry models and the odd Chimera based tank.

The first model that is being worked on is a Vulture with twin linked punisher cannons, this will be followed by a vendetta and possibly, should sales of airsoft kit suffice, a second Valkyrie will be joining the air support.



The Vulture was bought as a birthday present recently by my friends and is one of the nicest things my friends have ever got me. It was finally started this weekend with an awful lot of sanding and removal of large amounts of flash and overcast. Once sanded and the bits organised the kit doesn't appear anywhere near as daunting as it seemed to start with.



Once assembled the Vulture will be getting a matching paint scheme to the rest of the force but will benefit from some hopefully distinctive markings and options.

I did consider magnetising the weapons but given the thin ammo feeds between the hopper and the cannons it is unlikely they would survive storage so I most likely wont be doing that. I will give it a go and will let you know how successful it goes.

So keep tuned for more Project Raptor updates over the coming weeks.


in addition to this the blog will have lots of updates and right now we are preping for the Terminator Armour Challenge Open Competition
info can be found here:
http://millests.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/the...-challenge.html
 

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Love the limited palate and the Interrogator conversion. The additions of the rhino head lights on the Chimmy is great.

Fluff looks good, doesn't seem too OTT. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the Vulture. Love those punisher cannons, they just scream badass!
 

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Sorry I completely forgot to read the fluff, just did and looks pucka

Only question is do rogue traders and the ad-mech use IG, ad-mech with expeditionary forces primarily use there own skitari and dont Rogue traders use hired hands except on the odd occasions, more Imperial Navy isn't it? I'm nitpicking though cos it's plausible they could use the IG

I'm actually doing something similar, my guard are on detachment to the Blood Angels who are going along with a Inquisitor with a Rogue Trader in tow (as a guide) which has gained the interest of the AdMech cos of the large Imperial Navy that are going along :p
 

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the ad-mech and RTs seem to make use of both their own troops and the IG, there are several different refernces to both types of them in various stories etc. The navy dont like to give out their men to others :)

still if thats the only thing that seems a good start :D

thanks for the compliments so far guys, hopefully my current projects will get some more progress this week.
 

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Just an update to say that the Deadline for the Terminator Challenge has arrived and the entries have all being recieved. The quality of entries was very high and whilst only a small number of people entered they have all done a stellar job on the models and i wish each and everyone good luck.

This week I will post one entry everyday and so far three have already gone up on the blog. These will be followed by a vote next monday. Once the vote closes I will annouce the winner and sort out getting their prize to them. So keep an eye on the blog this week for some very nice models and remember to come back and vote.

so please check out the entries here:
Millest's Mediocre Meanderings
 

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I love your fluff, very grimdark like the Imperial Guard should be! The colors work very well together and your basing is great! What bits did you use for Ratner? I'd love to know where the cane came from.
 

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Ok, i said to myself i wouldnt post this yet as the competition is still going on over at the blog but i thought to myself no, its a nice model and I enjoyed making it.

So my most recent completed model was Inquisitor Castlegar, sometimes leader of the 1313th.

Firstly apologies for the bad flash picture at the end but thought it worth it to try and show more detail to the model. I quite enjoyed working on this model, as this was the first time i have used the new paints and i must say lahmian medium is my new best friend! The changes themselves were simple enough, with the hand and headswaps, getting the brass etch places proved tricky as it kept dropping off but all said and done it looks great and is a nice solid inquisitor to lead my future armies.

first up here is a picture of the model parts and a parts list:


parts used are:
commander culln body and arms,
new FW Abaddon storm bolter,
GK head,
GK force staff,
GK pads,
brass etch

Overall i am happy with the results and the normal caveat of it looks better in real life applies:







So that is my most recent completed model for the force.
Currently he is entered in the competition on my blog, which was to model and paint a legal character in Terminator armour. details and voting info can be found here:
http://millests.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/the...allenge_24.html

please feel free to let me know what you thing of the Inquisitor and please vote :)
 

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Hi Folks,
the The Terminator Armour Open Challenge is now over and its time for the results. First though thanks to all those that entered and to everyone that has voted, your participation is appreciated.

so without further ado here are the results:



As you can see we have a clear winner, that winner with 10 votes is Submission 3 - A Blood Angels Librarian by Guido

Submission 3


http://millests.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/the...allenge_20.html


Please see the link above for more details and pictures of the winning entry. Congratulations to all who entered and a massive well done to Guido.

Now all that remains is for me to present Guido with his prize this week.
 

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so folks after a massive break from the hobby (for which i will forever feel guilty) i am starting to get back on the hobby horse, and have decided to finally clear out some of my unused forgeworld stuff (including some super heavies) to make way for some more massive FW projects to come my way to make me enjoy it a bit more.


I recently had a bit of a hobby mishap where an entire platoons worth of guard which were in the process of being stripped got ruined, somehow they all melted despite me using the normal stuff i use, admittedly they were older plastics so that could have been the cause. that was about a month ago and kind of knocked me wanting to get back going but i think im there now.


I am now looking to restart these guard and potentially revisit my existing models but there is still a question ongoing in my mind. On the shoulders of the models above (i dont know if you can see it) there are brass etch eagles and inquisition =I=s (and variations there of) on the other, in addition to the helmet and chest eagles. i am trying to decide if i should do one of the following three things with them, should i:


start picking them out in the grey/white used on my inquisitor terminator is worth it
leave them green and subdued (and potentially lost)
remove them and have the pads just painted plain green as with the rest of the armour


any thoughts on this progress would be appreciated, hopefully there will be some proper hobby progress soon!
 

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I'd go through and do the white on the icons personally. Do 5 a day every day for a week and it won't be too painful.

Where had those older (now melted) Guardsmen come from?
 

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the models themselves arent too bad, apart from a damaged track on one of the macharius models (which i still have no idea on how im gonna fix as its right at the front) the models are pretty clean and well scrubbed. just a few knocks though that have taken nubbings and a few bits off but they can be stuck back on
 
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