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Badab War

Badab War

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Project Blog by moonunit

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About the Project

After compiling my collection of miniatures I realised I had a lot of Space Marines, ranging from Rogue Trader era beaky marines to modern day Primaris. Faced with such a varied collection of Astartes I decided there was only one course of action, recreate the Badab War! I will be modelling and painting small battle forces for the belligerents, loyalist and separatists, and using various rules systems to replicate small to medium sized encounters in the Maelstrom Zone theatres of operation, with an eye towards narrative gaming.

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A Pack of Rogues

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So, Space Marines weren’t the only belligerents in the Badab War, there were millions of men and women drawn into the conflict, both loyalist and separatist, allowing me a lot of scope on what can be brought to the tabletop.

I had the Rogue Trader minis from the Kill Team box set just sitting around waiting for paint, so I figured ‘who better to run the blockades and supply the Separatist forces?’ Some Rogue Trader would be willing to put profit before loyalty to the throne, if the Tyrant was willing to pay.

I like the idea of playing out a boarding action, with Marines storming a Rogue Trader vessel or interrupting a secret supply drop. I could also use them as household guard for some Maelstrom zone planetary governor. Whatever I use them for I’m glad I finally got them painted.

A Pack of Rogues

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So, Space Marines weren’t the only belligerents in the Badab War, there were millions of men and women drawn into the conflict, both loyalist and separatist, allowing me a lot of scope on what can be brought to the tabletop.

I had the Rogue Trader minis from the Kill Team box set just sitting around waiting for paint, so I figured ‘who better to run the blockades and supply the Separatist forces?’ Some Rogue Trader would be willing to put profit before loyalty to the throne, if the Tyrant was willing to pay.

I like the idea of playing out a boarding action, with Marines storming a Rogue Trader vessel or interrupting a secret supply drop. I could also use them as household guard for some Maelstrom zone planetary governor. Whatever I use them for I’m glad I finally got them painted.

Sharknado!

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Sharknado!

It wouldn’t be the Badab War without the Carcharodon Astra, or Space Sharks in low Gothic. This is the sergeant of an assault squad currently being painted. The mini itself is from 1993/94, 2nd edition era, and is all lead, except for the claw that I added in place of the original power fist. I remember painting him up originally as a Blood Angel, but I think he has now found his true calling. The scale is well off current minis, but I have given him a bigger base and raised him up a bit to try and hide it. It’s not like GW scale is consistent anyway. I will be using Primaris Marines in this project alongside old lead minis. They won’t be Primaris in my games, but as the minis are as big as Space Marines should have been anyway, I am just going to mix it all together.

The Great Beasts of Chaos!

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I have suffered further derailment of my Badab War project, but as a wargamer I know full well that this is the Way… Anyway, my knights of Caliban needed a Great Beast to hunt, and I fell in love with the Mindstealer as soon as I saw it. The paint scheme is inspired by a certain cartoon cat. I’m not sure that there is a suitable existing monster in Rangers of Shadowdeep whose stats I can use so I will have to make my own. Next I’m going to finish the squires, then back to the Badab war. Probably.

Knights of Caliban

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My Badaab war project is still ongoing, I have lots of miniatures built and converted, but what kind of hobbyist would I be if I wasn’t derailed by new ideas. A friend and I were discussing how large 40k is as a setting, and how much scope there is for projects in parts of the lore that are mentioned only is passing. We got to discussing Caliban, and how cool it would be to use a rule set like Rangers of Shadowdeep to play as the legendary monster hunting knights of pre Imperium Caliban, and before we knew it were drawing up plans for conversions.

The first of the two knights, armed with a primitive bolt gun of some sort, a chainsword, and wearing power armour, all as per the GW lore.The first of the two knights, armed with a primitive bolt gun of some sort, a chainsword, and wearing power armour, all as per the GW lore.
From behind...From behind...

The second knight, armed the same as the first, but displaying his own unique nature and weapons. I am currently painting squires for each of them and we plan to set our games thousands of years before the Lion was discovered by Luther. I’ve also picked up a Mindstealer to use as a Great Beast.

Minotaurs Unleashed!

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A combat squad of Minotaur Tactical MarinesA combat squad of Minotaur Tactical Marines

Where better to start than with the Minotaurs Chapter. Renowned for their ruthlessness and brutality, the Minotaurs entered the war in its fourth year, committing their entire Chapter and bringing with them eleven capital ships. Their most famous action during the campaign was the wholesale defeat of the Lamenters Chapter in a close-quarters space battle in the Optera System in the closing days of the early Badab Uprising in 908.M41.

The vicious close quarters fighting of this famous incident will definitely be one of the events I emulate on the tabletop. The minis depicted here are a mixture of GW, Kromlech and Anvil Industry parts. The missile launcher is lead and is around 27 years old!

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