Games Workshop is testing me. With the exception of the Red Scoprion Kill Team I have managed to remain focused on the Warp Cult for a long time now.
Enter Blackstone Fortress. I remember the earlier incarnations of Warhammer Quest when I first became interested in Games Workshop during the second edition. I remember thinking… if only it was a Science Fiction setting.
Well, several decades later and now it is. After building the entire set in one outing which is unusual for me I can state the models are beautiful and the game looks great.
They remind me a great deal of the models that came with Dark Vengeance. With the exception of the Chaos Cultists in that box, most of Dark Vengeance is sitting in my basement at various degrees of completion and abandonment.
I compare it to Dark Vengeance as both a compliment and a criticism. As stated the models are beautiful. They are however very limited. With the exception of the explorers (red models) and the Chaos Lord, everything else is essentially consisting of two duplicates; two each of the same Chaos Space Marine (except the head), two each of seven Renegade Guardsman, two each of the…. and it keeps going.
Again they are awesome looking and nice enough for me to bump them in the painting plan… especially as there are fourteen Renegade Guardsman to be added to the Warp Cult.
So yes Games Workshop… I am furious that this set is nice enough that it will interrupt my painting plan.
I have the Line Infantry almost done, with the Standard Bearers, Champions and Characters to shortly follow. I was intending on completing the Warp Cult Grenadiers and Warlord (converted from Tempestus Scions and also to pull double duty as an Astra Militarum Kill Team), followed by Orgyn and Beastmen Brutes.
Now Blackstone Fortress will be bumped before the Grenadiers and Brutes.
However, with that said, I present one of the last batch of ‘normal’ Infantry that was a part of the original plan.
As always, questions, concerns, conundrums and existential dilemmas are always welcome.