Thanks for the comments and advices everybody! As I already said, they are very much appreciated!
And now for the replies @ Iceplague
Thank you for appreciating my Stealth Suits! I had a lot of work on them, so it's nice to hear people like them
But then about the Devilfish: you say that it looks like it hasn't had any maintenance since it first came in service.
This is in fact true.
I'm currently trying to think of some fluff (see the bottom if this post to see it)
You're giving me too much credit
There are lots of better painters on this board than me... @Militant.Jester
About the judging and stuff: so we (the participants of the tale of 40 gamers) started in January to glue and paint an army of 500 pts together. At the end of February, our armies had to been shown to a judge in person or put online on the shop's website (so the shop where we play). If your army is completely painted and based (except for flying stands) at the deadline and 1 of the judges has seen it by then, then you get 5 points. If you are late or some units aren't finished you get 3 or 1 points. During the months you need to play a few games. This will also earn you points: win=3pts, draw=2pts, loss=1pt.
Now, I have 6 points: 5 for completing my 500pts-army and 1 for losing a battle (pesky orks
During the following months we need to keep on painting and playing, while increasing our forces. Each month we need to paint an additional 250pts, for which we can receive again 5 points for painting and basing. This will continue till everybody has got a 1500pts-army. Then we'll get another month to bring our force up to Apocalypse size
and then of course we'll fight an Apocalypse battle.
At the end off all this, the earned points (so the points you gathered for fighting battles and painting) will show us the winner of this event.
I hope I explained it good enough? @Hereticus
GD are indeed very useful. You can use them to contest objectives, give other untis cover saves and sometimes even pin enemy units @Shas'vre Shavaun
Thanks for the comment about my Sept Markings. I try to paint them as small as possible, but I also want them to stand out and break up the blue-greyish tones of my FW.
About my Devilfish: Haha, you hit the nail straight-on my friend! I was in fact going for a re-entry weathered look, so I kind of succeeded CONCLUSION:
As many of you said, I went a bit over the top with my weathering. I'll try to tone it down a bit and post up some new pics ASAP.FLUFF:
During an exploration, the 352nd Sa'cea Exploration Fleet found a world, using very long-range sensors, with strange energy readings. They sent out Exploration Drones, but none returned, so they decided to travel to the planet with a part of the fleet and take a look for themselves.
However, when jumping out of the Warp, they jumped right into a space battle consisting of numerous enemy ships shooting each other. Some of the spotted ships belonged to Orks, Eldar, Imperial Guard and even Space Marines. Surprised as they were, they rapidely concluded that the strange energy must have tampered with their equipement, so they couldn't have known that there was a large-scale battle right there. Commander Shadowblade ordered immediately to retreat, but it was to late. Over half of the fleet that had escorted him to the planet was either destroyed or damaged and they couldn't jump back to the rest of the fleet or use long-range communications either.
In the meantime, only 7 of the 22 ships remained operational as the other races hit them from all directions. Commander Shadowblade ordered to leave the area of the battle ASAP. Four of the ships were able to break loose of the chaos. Unfortunately, they were being hunted by several Imperial Cruisers. Unable to lose them and desperate to bring the findings to the rest of the Exploration Fleet, the commander ordered 1 ship to get as fast as possible to the main fleet to warn them, while the other ships would stall the Imperial ships. 7 minutes of engaging the enemy fleet had passed, when they lost communications with the one ship. Believing that the ship was on its way back to the main fleet, Commander Shadowblade ordered his own and the only remaining ship to break through the enemies and make planetfall. Coordinates for rendez-vous point were transmitted and the 2 ships went full speed to the planet.
The other ship wasn't lucky. A Black Templars Battle Barge had appeared alongside their route and it gave the Tau ship a heavy broadside. The ship was immediately destroyed.
Other Imperial ships were closing in on the Tau command ship and were giving it one broadside after the other. Commander Shadowblade knew the ship wouldn't last long, so he ordered to abandon ship. Unfortunately, many decks with escape pods were destroyed because of the enemy fire. That's why he ordered Crisis Battlesuits, Stealth Suits, Devilfishes filled with Fire Warriors and Hammerheads to commence planetfall on their own. He also ordered to engage the failsafe detonator for the ship.
The explosion of the ship provided enough cover for the seperate units to make planetfall, but each unit dropped on a seperate place and now each of those units is trying to find their kin and is trying to make it to the rendez-vous point.
Link to tale of 40 gamers: I have currently a small force under my command that was able to make planetfall on almost the same coordinates. As the 'campaign' progresses, my army will find other survivors and thus increase in strength. At the moment of the Apocalypse battle, the 352nd Sa'cea Exploration Fleet will have joined the battle and will have sent reinforcements to commander Shadowblade on the planet...
P.S. If my fluff ain't that good, I'm sorry about that. I'm not really a writer. especially not in other languages as English