Saturday, 12 January 2019

From JamieM: Blackstone Fortress Adventurers and something long overdue....(80 Points)

I've cracked it.  Three weeks of posts and all of them have been on the same topic.  Which is now finished.  And allows me to play the game with all painted miniatures.  It's a good job I'm sitting down as I type this as the last time I achieved anything like this was the previous Warhammer Quest game GW did, "The Silver Tower".  So I now present the Adventurers from the Blackstone Fortress game.

First up, the Rogue Trader (middle) himself and two of his buddies

Rogue Traders go waaaaaaaay back in WH40k.  The first game was named for them after all.  They're essentially captains of lone ships or flotillas of ships and their remit is to explore the galaxy, investigating things and generally getting rather rich in the process.  Bit like Christopher Columbus in space.  They can have crews of specialists, Imperial Guards regiments and even space marine assigned to them to help them do whatever needs to doing spread the word of the Emperor, find new planets, contact new races and either steal their stuff, or kill them and then steal their stuff.

My Rogue Trader mixes kits from Warhammer Fantasy Battle and the 40k world and I'm rather pleased with his arrogant manner and gesture.  The adventurers in Blackstone Fortress represent the Rogue Trader Janus Drake and the motley crew that he's surrounded himself with.  The other two are a Kroot mercenary, now working with him (not much converting needed here, just a selection of stuff added and a pelt) and the Navigator.  Navigators are the mutant psychics able to pilot ships through "Warp Space" using the their third eye which grows in their forehead.  I chose a helmet with something that could be a third eye and I rather like the staff which is also from a mix of kits.

Next up are the Mechanicum related adventurers.  The two little chaps are Ratlings (Halflings in space) and one is a sniper with the other having a tracker and other assorted gubbins instead.  They started life as goblin bodies and with a few choice Imperial guard and skitarii parts they become ratlings.  The heads come from an old bretonnian sprue as really looked the part for me.

The last chap is the large robot explorer.  The one in the boxed set steps outside the usual Grimdark aesthetic and GW explain that he is a relic of a bygone age.  I like my future Grim and Dark, so I converted him to be  a mighty servitor (cyborg) with an unfeasibly large gun and pinchy power claw....

The last three are the religious pairing of a lunatic who likes to burn heretics and then chop them up with the chainsword that he's welded to the underside of his flamer (don't try this at home kids!) and a preacher who likes to read Harry Potter whilst slaying the unbelievers.  The third one is an Eldar (elf in space) and he's based on a fantastic Dark Elf assassin model who has been 40k-ified with the addition of a shuriken catapult and stuff on his belt.

Lots of different parts in all of these and a real blast to build.  And we even got a game in the other night!  Here are some of the adventurers in action.

It's a great little system and we absolutely smashed it.  However, it's a legacy game and so you draw a card to see what gets added to the game after each expedition...... and we drew the mighty Chaos Lord so we may see him sooner than we'd like - yikes!

The next item is somewhat embarrassing but it had to be done...... two AHPCs ago (yes, two) I lost a duel to GregB which was based around how many points of Horus Heresy miniatures we could paint.  Greg absolutely smashed me and when I asked what figure he wanted, he asked for a survivor of the Drop site massacre..... Little did he know it would take me two years to actually make good on my promise (insert embarrassed smiley face here.....)  Now, for background, there were 18 Space Marine legions at the time of the Horus Heresy.  Four of them turned rogue and purged the loyalists in their ranks.  When this was discovered, 7 loyalist legions were sent to the Istvaan system to destroy them, attacking from space onto the Drop site where the four traitor legions were dug in.  Three legions made up the first wave and then the remaining four legions dropped in the second wave.... but these last four legions had also secretly turned traitor and so the 3 legions from the first wave were massacred in the crossfire with very few escaping.

It took me quite a while (and more than one abandoned idea) before I came up with what I wanted and here he is - Barek Furibundus, Dreadnought.

Barek is a dreadnought from the Salamanders Legion, one of those massacred in the drop.  The Salamanders revere and hunt giant lizards on their home world, hence the trophies on the carapace.  He fought bravely in the cauldron of battle, but suffered critical damage to his left arm, right foot and cogitator system.

Left for dead, he was recovered by a scratch force including from the Iron Hands legion, who are notoriously good with machines.

Repairing his cogitator system, but unable to save his original left arm and right foot, they salvaged alternatives from a Dreadnought from the Word Bearers legion - one of the traitor legions.

Deciding that having Barek rejoin the fight was worth the use of the heretic equipment, they effected battlefield repairs and so he fights on.  The Wordbearers Legion iconography has been crudely scratched off.  With his group managing to escape the battlefield on a commandeered Thunderhawk, Furibundus will fight on across the worlds of the 31st millennium, opposing the forces of Horus wherever he can to avenge his fallen brothers...

Anyway, a massive thank you to Greg for being a total gent and never once chasing the (long) overdue duel-gelt whilst I faffed around not knowing what to make for it.  I've also left the base unhighlighted as despite zooming in on Greg's Horus Heresy bases, I couldn't find a brown in my paint collection to match so figured Greg could highlight and add some tufts to make him fit in better with the forces he'll be fighting alongside.

So there is is, 9 28mm figures for 45 points and I think dreads are 10ish for 55 points.


Wow, great post Jamie! I have 'Blackstone Fortress' still sitting unopened and now it feels completely lame just to use the normal models - thanks a lot, bud. ;P Seriously, these are brilliant Jamie, I especially like the Mechanicum explorer with the Delonghi espresso machine on his back - he's probably pretty popular with the rest of the crew. 'Hey, LeadArse! The Navigator wants a Promethium Mocha and I'll take a Flat White with extra chocolate sprinkles...' :)

Your GregGeld is brilliant as well and I know Mr. Burch will be delighted with the addition of Furibundus (did you come up with that name yourself!) to his Shattered Legion forces. In fact, I'm going to demand that I run him the next time I'm in Winnipeg for a game. I promise you, it'll be epic. 

That'll be 80 points, with a few added for Greg's gifted figure. Wonderful work Jamie!


  1. Oh, WOW! That is SO neat Jamie! Thanks very much, we’ll be honoured to have that dreadnought stomping around on our gaming table, seeking revenge against those who betrayed him and his brother Marines...

    And all of the conversions are excellent. I love the Rogue Trader in particular.

    1. Glad you like him! I’ll be sending him over after the challenge in case I need to send anything else to Canada!

  2. I really like your take on the characters! One of my Challenge goals is to get this set done. I love your Eldar, the cloak is very impressive.

  3. Brilliant work Jamie :)

    @ Curt - I seem to remember that in an earlier post you said that "gift" figures were going to be scored as 20 points?

    1. To be honest, given it’s so late I think there’s an argument I should have points deducted for tardiness ;)

    2. No worries at all about timing Jamie, stuff takes as long as it takes! It looks bloody marvelous, so worth it!

    3. Thanks for reminding me Tamsin! Corrected and updated.

  4. Super cool stuff Jamie. Love the Empire kitbash!

  5. Fantastic conversions and lovely painting, the dreadnought might be late but it's splendid!
    Best Iain

  6. Not 40k aficionado as you know but all your models are a display of imagination and creativity

  7. Great work Jamie! Some really great conversions and paintjobs there!

  8. That's a splendid idea for alternative explorers indeed. Great stuff!

  9. Very colourful and lots of character. Well done Jamie.

  10. Great work on your conversions, well done.


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