Saturday, December 10, 2011

So... Who Wants To Buy A Nicely Painted Army?

by SandWyrm

Alas, the time has finally come for me to say goodbye to the Tallarn 13th. If I can get a good price for it, that is. I'll be putting them up on eBay later today.

No, I'm not quitting 40K. But I want to move on. I want to collect new armies and finish painting the ones I already have. So the Guard have to go. Lest I do nothing but tweak and add to my Guard to the exclusion of everything else I'm interested in. Thirteen years is enough time to devote to just one army. At some point you just have to stop. Besides which, I'm sick to death of painting Bronzed Flesh!

So I'll play my Blood Angels for a while, get them painted up, and see what else I want to collect next spring. Depending on how things go with upcoming releases, that new project might be making an army out of the used Tau I have sitting in a box. Or an AdMech version of the new Necrons once they've been properly FAQ-ed.

But anyhow, here's a rundown of what you'll get with this army:

6 Custom Converted Set-Back Chimeras w/Hull Heavy Flamers
2 Leman Russ Bodies w/Hull Heavy Flamers
2 Leman Russ Bodies w/Swappable Hull Weapons (2 Lascannons and 1 Heavy Flamer)
2 Leman Russ Battle Cannon Turrets
2 Leman Russ Demolisher Turrets
1 Custom Converted Executioner (Plasma) Turret
1 Metal Exterminator (Autocannon) Turret
2 Plasma Cannon Sponsons
3 Heavy Bolter Sponsons
1 Custom Converted Hellhound w/Hull Multi-Melta
3 Converted 2nd Edition Sentinels w/Auto/Las Cannons
2 Vendetta Gunships (Forge World Vendetta Upgrade Packs)


3 10-Man Squads of Tallarn Infantry with 3 Meltas each
1 10-Man Squad of Tallarn Infantry with 3 Plasma Guns
5 Autocannon Heavy Weapon Teams
4 Tallarn Grenade Launchers
3 Lascannon Heavy Weapon Teams
2 Tallarn Lieutenants with Autopistols and Chainswords
4 Extra Tallarn Guardsmen
1 Female Commissar w/Power Weapon and Laspistol (Limited Edition Gamesday Figure)
1 Marbo (Shiv from the old Last Chancers Set)
2 10-man Stormtrooper Squads w/3 Meltas each
6 Stormtrooper Flamers

Command Group:

1 Primaris Psyker (Old Sanctioned Psyker Model)
1 Custom Converted Company Commander (From Forge World Tallern Tank Commander)
1 Regimental Standard Bearer (Priest w/Holy Relic and Plasma Gun)
1 Astropath
1 Officer of the Fleet
4 Melta Gunners
3 Plasma Gunners (Use the Priest as the 4th)


5 Custom Objective Markers
Custom Display/Carry Board
1 Double-Wide GW Plastic Carrying Case With Customized Foam
1 Standard GW Carrying Case With Customized Foam
Competitive Army Lists For Every Standard Point Level
Now for some pics. Click on any picture for a larger view.

Custom Chimeras

These have been modified with a set-back look to more closely resemble a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

The Command Chimera is the one with the aerial in the middle. Number 7.

Each is individually numbered.

What we have here are 6 flawlessly converted set-back Chimeras that will have everyone asking you if they came from Forge World.

Seriously, that's what everyone asks.

Custom Sentinels

These are old 2nd Edition Metal Sentinels that have been modified. The assault cannons were traded for 2nd Edition Lascannons (I use them as Autocannons mostly), and they have hydraulic push-plates in front that used to be a justification for a close-combat doctrine from the 4th Edition IG Codex. But they looked so cool that I left them on.

These are probably my favorite models of the entire collection. They have loads of character.

Custom Hellhound

I can't stand the official Hellhound model. So I converted this one up from a standard Chimera. The promethium tanks are inside where the enemy can't shoot them open. The hull weapon is a Multi-Melta.

The scorch marks on the hull are where Promethium got splashed on the hull from the Inferno Cannon and burned away the paint.

Leman Russ Tanks

Here's 4 Russes with a pretty good selection of turrets to choose from. The sponsons were ripped off early in 5th Edition and have some cosmetic damage. But I still had them, so I threw 'em in.


Basically you get 4 Squads of Tallarn infantry that can either serve has Veterans with 3 meltas/plasmas, or as Platoon Squads with Autocannons and Grenade Launchers. In which case the Lieutenants with Chainswords can be combined with the unused meltas to serve as Platoon Command Squads in Chimeras.

So you can do either this:
Veteran Squad w/3 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Heavy Flamer)
Veteran Squad w/3 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Heavy Flamer)
Veteran Squad w/3 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Heavy Flamer)
Veteran Squad w/3 x Plasma, Chimera (Hull Heavy Flamer)
Or this:
Platoon Command Squad w/4 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Heavy Flamer)
+ Infantry Squad w/Autocannon, Grenade Launcher
+ Infantry Squad w/Autocannon, Grenade Launcher
Platoon Command Squad w/4 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Heavy Flamer)
+ Infantry Squad w/Autocannon, Grenade Launcher
+ Infantry Squad w/Autocannon, Grenade Launcher
Or even this (borrowing a melta from the CCS squad):
Veteran Squad w/3 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Heavy Flamer)
Veteran Squad w/3 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Heavy Flamer)
Platoon Command Squad w/4 x Melta, Chimera (Hull Heavy Flamer)
+ Infantry Squad w/Autocannon, Grenade Launcher, Commissar
+ Infantry Squad w/Autocannon, Grenade Launcher

Each squad's men are individually numbered on their shoulder pads. Those numbers match up loosly to the transports they use. So squad 144 uses Chimera 14 and so on.

You also get a Female Commissar and 4 extra troopers for when you don't want to use Grenade Launchers in your squads.

And a Crazy-Indian Marbo. Everyone in the army has painted eyes, BTW.

The Company Command Squad has options for a Regimental Standard, Astropath, Officer of the Fleet, Meltas, or Plasmas.

You also get a Primaris Psyker, who's great as a cheap HQ in small games or as a torrent unit in larger ones.

Then there's the 26 Stormtrooper models. Each one has a 7-layer camouflage pattern that's really nice.

Each squad has both Melta and Flamer options. The Lascannon loaders are great for use as Demo-Charge troopers if you run them as flamer/demo blocking infantry.

I'll also sometimes run them as Vets when I'm using my Tallarns as Platoons.

You also get 5 custom objective markers. The bloody mystery box, the booze, the old 2nd Edition Guard Assault Cannon, Grand Admiral Thawn (Xenos/Traitor General), and of course everyone's favorite, the sheep.

Plus you get air support. These Vendettas were made using the Forge World upgrade kit.

The Vendettas are painted Air Force Green because that's what the ground support aircraft are painted in Iraq (with dirty orange bottoms). The theme of the whole army is Lawrence of Arabia meets the Iraq war.

The Vendettas come with their own GW carrying case. Everything fits inside, even the flight stands. You just poke them down through the foam once everything else is in.

The case has been weathered with floor polish and some paint to look like it's a beat-up metal case.

A double-wide GW case holds the rest of everything you would take to a tournament. There's space for 9 Tanks and their turrets in the bottom. While the top can hold all of the infantry and their options.

This case has been weathered too.

You also get this custom made display/carry board so your army can look it's best at tournaments.

Last, but not least, you get 2 full bottles and 2 half-full bottles of Bronzed Flesh (which GW doesn't make anymore). Plus the 3 lighter shades I've used on all the models in the army.

And that's it! It's a competitive tournament army that looks great. I got 24th in appearance at Adepticon and 3rd in appearance at NOVA this year with it. The thing that always stands out the most is how bright the colors are compared to everyone else. It's quite striking.

Now it can be yours. :)

Edit: The auction is now live! Here's the link:


  1. Is there a link to the auction yet?

  2. It's a shame to see you part with these, but good luck with the sale!

  3. @Hermit

    I'll post the link when it's ready. Probably between 4 and 6pm US Eastern Time.


    Artists have to part with their work sometime. :)

  4. So whatcha going for next? Tau? :P

  5. Before I do anything else I'm going to paint my Blood Angels. The army has been complete for almost a year now, but I only have one model painted.

  6. One of the all-time most interresting/ characterful armies I've ever seen on blogs/ forrums. It'll be a shame not to see updates on these guys anymore.

    Well done, sir. I hope you get a deserving offer for them.

  7. It really is a shame. Right when I'm about to get a list finally painted. I'm still eager to get a game in against the emo wing.

  8. I personally think that you should join the right side of history, the side with personality and style. You should ditch the Blood Angels along with the Guard and go Chaos.

  9. Would Dark Mechanicus Necrons be right enough for ya?

  10. Most Defiantly, then I could steal some of your ideas for my own Dark Mechanicus army. I would caution you to have a non-count as army on tap as well.

    It is funny how many people get bent out of shape when you play a heavily customized or worse a count as army. I have run into static for both my mutant guard and the Lustwing.

    I am sure you are well aware of all of this but, I figure that it doesn't hurt to be reminded. Epecially before you pour another decade or so in to a beautiful army.

  11. this is that army that taught me to play 40k (well, it was you really, but wih this army). sad to see it go.

  12. Damn. I'm gonna miss seeing those guys (and loosing to them XD), especially those sentinels.

  13. It must be heard to part with an army as beautiful as this. Good luck with the sale


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