Month: August 2021

Drawbridge Gulf Expansion (2)

Drawbridge Gulf Expansion (2)

So I’ve provided my update about Night Lords and about Necrons, now time for the update about my other army I’ve been fiddling with: The Tau Empire. Amidst the different plans of Covid-time (which included a whole lot of army swapping and a healthy dose of retail therapy that added to the pile of grey plastic shame), one of the aims that surfaced was doing some Tau in conjunction with other players in my area (check it out here: Some progress was made, though all three of us drifted to different projects as well (Ryan to Sisters of Battle and Colton to Custodes).

But I definitely don’t want to let the Tau flame die as I go forward, honestly feeling like they are sitting well as a balance to my Night Lords Circle of Inclemency force. Might have to plot out a Circle of Inclemency backstory amidst the Tau as well!

So I’ve gotten back to painting them, which included rebasing the entire force to my preferred lava bases. I think I’m more inclined toward Necrons at the moment, but still made some progress so wanted to update. I added a bunch more Stealth to my force, as they paint up so quickly. All told I did up 12 additional Stealth Suits, two Ghostkeels (with their drones), and two sets of two Gun Drones.

First set, front were already painted added the back three (all in stealth tech camo–which is why it was easy to add them!)
Again, the back row three were added.
Drones! Drones! Drones!
I didn’t get a static shot of my Ghostkeels and the other unit of 6 stealth, but had this one from the game. You can see the first Ghostkeel I had painted in the foreground (on the building). The one with the Cyclic Ion Raker is amidst the group of models toward the back left of the picture, and the other with a Fusion Demolisher (complete with “experimental upgrade” modeling) is below the building (you can just see it’s base and a stealth drone). The six all-stealth-field stealth team are also back behind the foreground on the left.
AX3 Razorshark Strike Fighter – Added to the Tau pile of completed models just to get it done.

Played a fun game (see above) against Chaos Knights, managed to squeak out the win after much destruction on both sides. And then got in a game against Custodes with my Tau that I just lost. As usual, Tau are fun but their lack of melee just really holds them back. Only one phase of the game just isn’t ideal. Also took them for a spin with the new Kill Team rules, also against Custodes. There too, the lack of any melee presence just left me going “ehhhh”.

Miniature Painting Goals 2021 – Totals so Far

40k Power Points Painted 278/365

Marvel Crisis Protocol Miniatures Painted 10/12

The Circle of Inclemency: Necrons

Nature repeats patterns. The spiral of seashells match our eye for composition of classical paintings. The edges of leaves match the shores of Fjords. Trees branch like lightning.

So the Circle of Inclemency too. A set group of eight, charged with ensuring the most rigorous set of order. Order without compromise, justice without bending. As eight is a number of power for the forces of Chaos, the number eight also figures into the machine logics of the Necrontyr. Whether coincidence or cosmic convergence, the Necrons themselves have a Court of Eight Judges.

Judges in the Necron hierarchy are all Nobles, the circle assembled from across segments of the diverse Dynasties, charged with keeping order between various dynastic agents. In order to do that, they themselves have to maintain sufficient fighting forces to enforce the decisions of the Court. As such, this “Circle of Inclemency” (as there is rarely room for failure or mercy) maintains a standing and awoken force, and as such is often the first to be involved in various conflicts, either to support Dynasties against external threats or to wage punitive war against a Dynasty itself.

The schemers that the Circle spends a fair amount of their time internally navigating and policing. Necron named characters wallpaper by KaneNash (

The actual council of judges who sits on the Circle of Inclemency is shrouded in some mystery, as a functioning triad of judge-nobles remain active at a given time while others may or may not be active or present temporally at any one meeting–and thus their positions may or not be reflected in the decision space. More than a few Crypteks devote serious predictive calculation powers to understanding the politics of the Circle–similar to the way that ancient Terran scholars focused on the politics of Merica conducted their considerations:

Ancient Terran calculus of predictive behavior of balance of power amongst Court judges.

More to follow on what those end up looking like as I get clearer on what personas I’ll have filling these roles. But wanted to demonstrate what I’m working on with the Necrons side of things alongside the Night Lords aims that I’ve done recently. Trying to be comfortable building and working on both armies, rather than devoting to just one. We’ll see how that goes!

It wouldn’t be a good update if I didn’t have some more painting to show and share. I’ve completed another 10 Warriors for my force, as well as a Doom Scythe. I got a light box to photograph with, but honestly I’m not as keen with the photos on it as I am with other ways of photographing–so far. Will keep experimenting.

Warriors… poorly photographed!
Doom Scythe… even worse!
Wanted to do a close up of the finished Death Ray. I wanted to do a Kirby Crackle effect on it, like the power energy building within it. Felt pretty good about how it turned out. To the point I may try this on a few other weapons where appropriate.

And a quick Marvel update just because I’m here. Completed Thanos and Wasp. And can definitely see that my prior set-up for photos works better than the blue backdrop light box I used on these Necron shots! Will have to re-photo the Doom Scythe at least.

The “Mad Titan” Thanos himself
Wasp, in both her regular and tiny forms!

Miniature Painting Goals 2021 – Totals so Far

40k Power Points Painted 232/365

Marvel Crisis Protocol Miniatures Painted 10/12