“Filthy Casual” Play for Warhammer 40,000 (Arbitor Ian)

While I haven’t really been posting much lately, I have been doing a bit of (slow) painting as well as playing some videogames, listening to podcasts, watching YouTube and the like. One channel that’s popped up on my radar is a new, smaller one, the 40k-centric “Arbitor Ian“. I’ve been enjoying his videos over the last few days as background to painting, and one that I felt worth drawing some attention to is the one I titled this post on, a followup to “OPEN PLAY in Warhammer 40k – Improving an underused format” (see below)

He then followed it up with this one – “FILTHY CASUAL PLAY for Warhammer 40k: A simpler way to play.” Which attempts to address some of the Combo-Hammer and rules bloat that discourages many people (including myself) from getting into (or in my case) getting back into playing 40k – Warlord Traits, Relics, Objectives, Psychic Powers and all of the rest of the non-model, rule-complexity stuff that’s been layered over the top of “Pick your guys, go to table, roll dice and have gun”.

I’d like to give these try next time I attempt to get back into 40k – though I haven’t played it in some time now – having had a couple of casual learner-games of 8th here, but my old group is long scattered to the winds, and my more recent gaming group really wasn’t a minis group anyway. Then something happened in 2020 that really prevented me from venturing out to seek new opportunities to stand in large indoor venues filled with strangers or invite them into my home, and until that abates, I’ll just keep painting and likely playing simpler minis games and board games…

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Kill Team: Pariah Nexus – Necron “Barrels” and “Crates”

Kill Team: Pariah Nexus - Necron "Barrels"

Today I have some scatter terrain of sorts from the recent Boxed Kill Team expansion of “Pariah Nexus”. Truth be told these are pretty uninspiring little bits and I doubt I would even have gotten started on them if not for the fact that marouda and I decided to have a game of Assasinorum: Execution Force the other week. Having bought this particular Games Workshop boxed game back on release in 2015 for its intended purpose (discount model delivery system for the new plastic Assassin models), I’d never actually gotten around to playing it. In fact, while the Chaos Space Marines had actually been painted, the cultists had been put away in with other platic cultist sprues and the actual Assassins and Chaos Lord/Socreror frame had all been “lost” until I happened to find them by chance this week while cleaning up under the paint desk.

So it was metal Assassins, both completed and part-painted, Chaos Space Marines, A half-painted Iron Warrior hero in Terminator Armour, and a selection of metal Imperial/Chaos Cultists and WarZone Dark Legion zombified troopers who were selected. And with a “fuck this, I’m not reading new rules at 9pm, let’s go inside and play Far Cry for an hour and we can get back to this tomorrow night or the day after.” – that led me to select some bits that had broken loose from the Pariah nexus sprue to quickly paint to fill the red-square impassable space spots on the Execution Force board. if you’ve played Imperial Assault, you’ll know them well.

Kill Team: Pariah Nexus - Necron "Crates"

So with that, I quickly knocked out 7 or 8 of the single-square crates and barrels in an evening and part of a morning. Being of unlimited creativity, I followed the box art, since I would like them to fit in with the actual Pariah Nexus board, and even in these green tones they fit the board art of Execution Force pretty well. Since the first batch was pretty easy, I clipped a second bunch off a few days later and then also forced myself to knock them out as well. They’re pretty easy, but also pretty tedious to do. Mostly drybrushed, with the metal picked out and washed, and the crystals painted in VMC Ivory with Citadel Tesseract Glow over the top. That’s the newer Contrast paint that’s sold as part of their technical paint line so they can sell you a smaller pot of it.

Kill Team: Pariah Nexus - Necron "Barrels" and "Crates"

I’ve got a few (17) more of these to go, and then there are four doors from the set. Then there’s another entire set of two sprues, so I’m still trying to decide if I should paint the second set identically, so they’re all one nice consistent set, or if I should paint the second set in copper-brass tones – which would basically match the “New” official GW Necron colour scheme – that coincidently is pretty much exactly how I’d always pictured painting my own Necrons instead of T-800-silver – but never got around to doing any.

Oh, and this is another set of model bits for Ann’s second annual “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge…