Jodrell Plays Games

Thoughts on the painting of, and playing with, toy soldiers.

My first game of Legions Imperialis

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All set up and ready to go.

Last night I schlepped up to the big smoke to play my first game of Legions Imperialis with my good friend Rob (for whom it was also his first game). We each had 1,500 points of Legiones Astartes (me Word Bearders, him Sons of Horus) and played the “Retrieval” mission.

In this mission there are three objectives placed on the centre line of the table. The twist is that if you control an objective at the end of the round you can move it up to 5 inches.

As you might imagine, this setup meant that we ended up getting into close combat pretty quickly and the game was fast and bloody. We’re both veterans of 2nd Edition Epic: Space Marine and NetEpic so the game felt pretty familiar, with the difference from the old systems suiting the Heresy-era setting very well.

We both had loads of fun and will be playing another game soon!

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Legions Imperialis Spartan Assault Tanks

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These are the first of the new Legions Imperialis models that I wish I’d painted as sub-assemblies. The gap between the hull and the tracks at the front is hard to reach with a brush, and I will be painting each part separately for the next batch.

Nevertheless these are some very cool models and they’ve turned out great.

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Legions Imperialis Astartes Support

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Here’s the rest of the box, you can see the Leviathan dreadnoughts here.

My hobby productivity has taken an uptick recently thanks to the reinstatement of a permanent hobby desk in a location (next to where I work) that lets me do quick 10-15 minute stints throughout the day. I am also taking an “agile” approach to painting the army in “sprints”, which is probably worth a separate post.

So hopefully more will follow very soon!

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Legions Imperialis Xiphon Interceptors

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Can I hear Kenny Loggins?

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Legions Imperialis Leviathan Siege Dreadnoughts

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Here are some Leviathan Siege Dreadnoughts. You get four in the Legiones Astartes Support box, along with four Deredeo dreadnoughts, four Tarantulas and four Rapiers. I have two of these boxes so will be able to field a full talon of each loadout.

Look out for the others soon!

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Legions Imperialis/Adeptus Titanicus Warhound Titan

I already have some Acastus and Cerastus knights to support my Word Bearers, and a Reaver and a Warlord to use in larger games, but you can’t beat a pair of Warhounds for flexibility and threat value against enemy units of any size.

This has been in my pile of shame for some time, but the momentum that helped me get the first wave of Word Bearers units finished also motivated me to get this finished.

Obviously this chap has a companion which is should be finished soon (I will probably sell the Warhounds that came in the LI box). I also have another Reaver, some more Cerastus knights, and some Questoris knights that will round out the strategic assets that’ll be available to support my Astartes army.

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Legions Imperialis Word Bearers, Part II

After some frenetic hobby activity (the first in almost two years), the first wave of my Legions Imperialis Word Bearers army is finished, and I’m really pleased with it!

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Still to come: Leviathan and Deredeo dreadnoughts, Spartan tanks, tarantula and rapier batteries, Xiphon fighters, knights, titans and lots more! Stay tuned…

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Legions Imperialis Word Bearers, Part I

After having to wait for life to calm down after the chaos of Christmas and New Year I’ve hit the ground running with my new Word Bearers army for Legions Imperialis.

As you may recall, I once had a Horus Heresy Word Bearers army and I’m basically replicating the same colour scheme, just at a much smaller scale :)

Above, you can see the first completed stand from the army, which is obviously a command squad. After bashing that one out, I was able to finish all the other figures on the frame, as well as both talons of Contemptor dreadnoughts:

I have a game booked in for March, which I think gives me enough time to paint up a 1,500 point army beforehand. Obviously I will share photos as I finish things up!

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A new beginning

The eagle-eyed among you may notice a slight change to the appeareance of this website. This is because I’ve ditched WordPress after well over a decade.

All the content is still there, but comments, categories and tags are no more. The search box still works though!

If there is something missing, please drop me an email!

In terms of the hobby, I (as you might expect) picked up a copy of Legions Imperialis and started to build and paint a new Word Bearers army. They will play nicely with my Legion Crassus titans and House Malinax knights. Expect photos soon.

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Vulkan Reforged, Immortal Primarch of the Salamanders


Forge WorldWarhammer obviously have a stunning miniature of Vulkan for the Horus Heresy game, but I don't play that game, my Salamanders army is definitively a 40k army. When I saw this third-party "dragon lord" online, I thought: since Guilliman and the Lion have returned, why shouldn't Vulkan as well!

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