Monday, March 21, 2011

Rampant speculation

Not quite what I meant...
I've been reading most everything that says "Grey Knight" on it lately in hopes of gleaning some idea of how things will work.  The codex doesn't come out until next month, yet somehow lists are popping up all over the place. The "black boxes" are no doubt to blame, and I'm sure I could find a pdf of the codex in the darker corners of these interwebs if I were inclined to look, but I actually enjoy this period of scrounging for information and trying to piece together a feel for the army.  I won't be able to do this in a couple weeks so I want to make the most of it while I can.

I had two ideas for armies when I starting hearing bits and pieces: a Tyranid-esque "gribbly" list of the multi-wound Terminators and Dreadknights, and a teleporting assault army.  It looks like both of these styles might be viable, but considering I already do an assault army (not to mention having the Orks in the works), I think I'll lean towards the Terminators.  I'd like to squeeze Draigo in if it's viable, if only because I like the mini, but I'll see how viable that is.  Crowe is another one I'd like to use, this time because of the blurb on the GW site, but the interwebs seem to agree that he is worthless for some reason and he doesn't really fit with the Terminator theme.  What does fit into the theme is a Terminator Librarian, which means I can use this model and not feel bad about keeping the casting hand instead of strapping a Storm Shield to that arm.

I already like that the army can be built almost entirely out of two sets.  While this means that I'll be getting a bunch of the same thing, it also (hopefully) means that I won't have to convert any basic components and that I won't have to wonder where I'll get four psycannons from.  Plus the Terminator box comes with Apothecary bits, so I won't have to do too much work converting a TDA Sanguinary Priest either.  I like that all the troops will be plastic, and therefore easy to convert.  At this point the only thing I'm not madly in love with is the $60+ Dreadknight, but I can't say I'm surprised about that.  I've been fighting the good fight up to this point, reminding myself of all the minis I have yet to paint (and in some cases assemble,) but I don't know that I can keep it up.  I'm a hair shy of all in for these guys already and I haven't even seen the codex yet.  It may already be too late for me.

In related news, I did stop by the FLGS today after seeing that my Warstore order is still waiting for key components.  I got the paints I plan to use on the Sanguinary Guard, plus the new White Dwarf that has (what else?) Grey Knights splashed all over the place.  Hopefully it's not just a one page "Coming next month" teaser issue.  I'm planning to do a step-by-step chronicling of the Sanguinary Guard, just in case I miss the LPC deadline and have to submit an article for the Bolter & Chainsword, but also because it should be good content for this blog.  As I plan on doing a longer piece about the process I won't go into details here, but I will say I plan on doing a Tin Bitz > Dwarf Copper > Burnished Gold > Shining Gold > Mithril Silver progression.  Five layers is a lot for a trooper, but they are elites and deserve a little extra love as a result.  In the immediate future, a few minutes after I hit the publish button, I plan to put in another hour or so on the jump packs.  I want to get the packs ready for a big Devlan Mud wash, which means I'll need to do the black areas at least, and I'd also like to do the metals and perhaps get a first coat of post-wash red down as well.  I may not finish the packs by Wednesday, but now that I have paints in hand for the Guard I'm not as worried about the deadline.  Worried yes, just not as worried as before.

Now, to the painting table.


  1. Your FLGS should have their Grey Knights codex already sitting out in plain view. My store does.

  2. They very well might, though I didn't see one last night. Despite the loyalty I have towards my FLGS, there's plenty of room for improvement. It's possible they don't get the fabled black boxes, or that they're snatched up before reaching the floor, or that they're out there and I just don't know about it, but whatever the case is there are no new models on display at my FLGS, much less soon-to-be-released models.

    I still like it there though and plan on getting a certain book about some guys in between white and black in about a week and a half.