Archive for February, 2015


Painting: Ariadna Russian Force!

Over the last few month’s I have been busy painting away my Ariadna themed Russian Force. I hope you like them!:)

Dog Faces

Dog Faces

 

Spetsnaz with sniper rifle and Spetsnaz with boarding shotgun

Spetsnaz with sniper rifle and Spetsnaz with boarding shotgun

 

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Tank Hunter and Veteran Kazak

 

Spec-Op and Antipode Controller

Spec-Op and Antipode Controller

 

Line Kazaks

Line Kazaks

 

The Ariadna models were quite a departure from what I usually paint, being closer to WWII models than Sci-fi! In particular choosing a suitable color scheme was tricky, as I wanted a bright camouflage scheme (which is often a contradiction!). I also wanted to avoid the usual green colour scheme. In the end I opted for a tundra style snow white camouflage with some grey patches. I also liked this scheme as it tied in with the Russian theme.

I couldn’t resist adding a “spot color” and red seemed like a good choice. Some more realistic gamers out there might be cringing, as they see this obviously bright color next to camouflage, but hey this is Sci-Fi!:)

Next I will be painting the Antipodes and Dog Warriors, which should be great fun!

 

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I have recently received the new Sogarat with HMG and what an impressive model it is!

Sogarats!

Sogarats!

The Model

The new Sogarat has been sculpted using computer aided techniques, just like the Sogarat with feuerbach from the Morat starter set. The benefits provided by this technique are pronounced when you compare the new Sogarat with HMG to the older, traditionally sculpted, model. The new Sogarat is much larger, but also has a more animated pose and greater depth to the model. Perhaps the main advantage of the model is that it looks great from every angel, whereas the old one Sogarat feels flat when viewed from the side.  The detail is also crisper.

On the table the Sogarat are a very intimidating force, with a high armor value, physical attribute and access to devastating weapons. To top it off even if the Sogarat is downed, he can use his auto-medikit to get back up! They certainly live up to their name of Tempest Regiment!

The List

I brought the model based on it’s sculpt alone, as I already had the older Sogarat with HMG. I am not in the least bit disappointed, as this is one beefy Morat! However it got me thinking, could I think of a list with all three Sogarats plus have specalist to do objectives… Turns out I could! This mostly comes down to the massive points decrease Sogarats have benefited from in N3.

So first off, lets add the 3 Sogarats. I think a great mix will be two with Feuerbach and one with HMG (ok I know that’s not wisiwig, but hey the old style HMG could easily be a Feuerbach!). This mix gives short ranged fire power from the assault pistols, medium range from the Feuerbach and the HMG for long range. The Sogarat have notably come down in points, so having three is no longer sucking up all your points (although still over half of a 300pts list!).

Model Points SWC
Sogarat: HMG 56 2
Sogarat: Feuerbach 57 1.5
Sogarat: Feuerbach 57 1.5

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So now I have one tough as hell fire team, that can deal with a wide range of situations. But I can bulk it out even further by adding Kornak! Kornak notably adds a template weapon and close combat potential to the link, which gives protection from sneaky ninjas and the likes.

Model Points SWC
Kornak (Lt) 41  0

So with one very heavy duty link, I need some specalist to complete objectives. The first choice has to be a Morat Hacker, to give “Fiary Dust” to protect the Sogarats. Next I wanted to add a Kurgat for his engineering abilities to the list, just in case any em causes immobilization level2 to one of the expensive Sogarats. As the points are quickly drying up I added two Morat Vanguard Forward Observer, mainly as they are the cheapest specalist I could get my hands on!

Model Points SWC
Morat Hacker 22 0.5
Kurgat with boarding shotgun 17  0
Morat Vanguard Forward Observer 15  0
Morat Vanguard Forward Observer 15  0

The list is up to 8 models, but only a few points remain. So it’s time to bring in the faithful order generating bagage bots, the Ikadrons!

Model Points SWC
Ikadron 9  0
Ikadron 9  0

Final Thoughts

Sogarat with HMG

Sogarat with HMG

So the final list is below. The Sogarat and Kornak link will form a resilient fire team, as well as pumping out heavy firepower. The rest of the army will provides support as well as four speclaist for missions that can also accomplish most classified objectives.

Model Points SWC
Sogarat: HMG 56 2
Sogarat: Feuerbach 57 1.5
Sogarat: Feuerbach 57 1.5
Kornak (Lt) 41
Morat Hacker 22 0.5
Morat Vanguard Forward Observer 15
Morat Vanguard Forward Observer 15
Kurgat with boarding shotgun 17
Ikadron 9
Ikadron 9
Total: 298 5.5

This looks to be a very characterful list, as it’s just Morats being ridiculously unsubtle!

The list is far from perfect. For starters Sogarats are not without faults, their Achilles heel being their low BTS of 3. Due to this they really suffer from e/m, viral, hackers and anything else that targets BTS! Having three Sogarats amplifies this issue, so this list will have some bad match ups. In addition the list lacks any extra long range weapons, like sniper rifles, so if you come up aginst any you will have get close or “pray and spray” with the HMG! So if you face a Lasiq with viral rifle you will feel the pain!

That said I will give this list a go, if nothing more than to use all the Sogarat models I own, and report back!:)

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