Ho Ho Ho, now I have an… er… Ark Server?

Who wants to play Dino Riders?

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So, yeah. After a year and a half of playing Ark on official servers. Scorched, Island and a very little bit of Ragnarok. I’ve got a dedicated server set up, hopefully I can populate it with victims… er friends and we can punch some dinos. I promise not to set fire to everything you love. Mostly. The goal here is to play with people, and mess with people and still actually play Ark, so none of the rates are going to be set to ridiculously high.

Trying to find a balance where you have to grind a sensible amount, while not having everything be completely throwaway. So if someone does murder everything you care about, it’s not prohibitively grindey to tame it back up and go get revenge. That said… people probably don’t need to be foundation wiping each other. That’s not a rule mind you, just. Try not to be too much of a dick I guess? PvP is fine, otherwise it wouldn’t be on, and if you’re going to be a troll or try to be “alpha” at least be good at it and do it with some style. 😀

There will be people/persons with the Admin password, that said, I have no interest in force spawning/taming things. If someone acts like a muppet and I need to log in as admin… well, it may very well turn into purge night.

How to find the server
Change the server list/dropdown to PC Unofficial (or whatever it is)
Search for “Gorilla Soup”

Discord Server
https://discord.gg/FVTMKcW

So, quick rules and highlights.

  • Ragnarok!!
  • No Transfers.
  • Dont make me smite you.
  • Tribes limited to 5 members & no Alliances. Improvise, adapt, overcome.
  • 2x XP – 4x Tame – 3x breeding all the way through – Boosted gather, I forget to what but it’s better while not being stupidly excessive. People on the server have ground up to lvl 60 ish over the course of 2 or so days of playing. I feel like that’s a reasonable rate.
  • Cave Flyers are allowed.
  • Cave damage mod is reduced. Im not saying how much, but it’s lower.
  • Crate drops are improved (in theory).
  • Turret Damage is boosted until the Stego glitch/meta gets sorted by Wildcard. Hasn’t been tested yet so if its out of whack post in Discord.
  • Platform Saddle & Raft slots are doubled. I like rafts. Will be researching how to keep Leeds from spawning because there will never be enough crap in the ocean to need them to play cleanup.
  • Server difficulty should be set to the same as Official, however for some reason wild dinos don’t seem to be spawning at the full level range. Trying to sort that out.
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Imperial Guard

At the end of the day, though he’s been ferried through Space Hell on a ship that’s four thousand years old to his destination, though he deployed from high orbit with a grav chute, though he is one of ten million men raised from his home-world to fight a war he barely understands, though he has been given a weapon that fires miniature suns and might annihilate him when he fires it because no-one knows how it works anymore, though his company is supported by tractor-tanks that run on anything you can burn, though he wages war against a devouring hive-mind, space demons or a group of space communists…

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A Guardsman is a man, just like you, though he grew up in another culture. He has no millennia-old genetic engineering, no prophetic leader, no miracles of faith. He has his lasgun, his orders, his fellow soldiers, and a set of adamantanium balls.

And he will hold the line.

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I painted a things!

Well… two things anyhow. Both are test minis for their respective forces, the Wolf for a 30k force and the Lion for my 40k army that needs to be done sometime in may/june, getting that sorted should be interesting, but the more I paint the faster I’m getting, so thats good and the Lions are pretty quick to paint overall. The Assault Squad the sgt belongs to is about 75% done as a group, I need to knuckle down over a day or two and crank through them.

Celestial Lion Veteran Sergeant

VI Legio Tactical Veteran Einar – Ironjaw Pack Designated Marksman

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Vylka Fenryka – Blood in the Void

Warning, long ass post incoming.

Well, these boys are about sorted. I’m one model short, a VI Legio Moritat that I’m super looking forward to building probably tomorrow. I am however a jackass and messed up the shoulder plates on the Cataphracti, turns out they have two plates, so… that needs to get sorted. I have fixed one, need to do the rest over the weekend.

 VI Legio Destroyer Cadre designate: “Einherjar”

Destroyer Sgt1

Destroyer Sgt2

VI Legio Terminators

Terminator Sgt. and a couple others.

Group shot of the Veterans

And a shot of the entire mob

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VI Legio Veterans

Veteran Vylka Fenryka. Wanted these guys to look slightly more wolfey than the impending tactical squad will. I think I hit an ok balance. The Sgt is meant to be a Terran born Legionnaire.

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VI Legio Astartes

It’s tiiiiiime!

Starting to work on a Pride of the Legion list for some ZM/Blood in the Void games. Going back and forth on what Legion to do, but when in doubt I’m going with what I know. Vylka Fenryka.

Praetor with Paragon Blade and Volkite. CHOOM!!

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Wolf Priest Bragi Stormcrow

“I am the Stormcrow, Herald of Wolves. I tread the battlefields of Fenris choosing the slain, the victorious, and the worthy. The path of the aspirant is not for the weak, even Fenrisian blood may falter and chosen may fall. The Curse of the Wulfen lives within all of the Vylka Fenryka, some are broken by it, most endure it and very few master it. Our Lord Bran Redmaw is the latter.” 

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Elysium Rises

Thinking through color palette for the Lions. I have one full assault squad built. It’s pretty bare bones, just a flamer and maybe Melta Bombs on the Sgt if I recall correctly. Anyhow, onto color palette.

Base – Spray Retributor Gold. May do a black undercoat first, will see how it shakes out.
Wash – Reikland Flesh
Dry Brush – Retributor gold to Liberator Gold to Runefang Steel

The Blues on the helmets will start with Macragge Blue and build up from there. Should be pretty straightforward and quick to paint.

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Celestial Lions

I have always liked the idea of a Celestial Lions force, from the time of reading the War for Armageddon page on them back in the day, they, along with the Exorcists were the two standouts of that campaign to me. The idea of a chapter being forced to rebuild after betrayal from the Imperium (yes technically the Inquisition,  but still) and not breaking, nor turning renegade is a powerful one, one that I have always wanted to explore with a Lions force.

This is a bit of brainstorming towards that end.

To me, the idea of the chapter being “dead”, essentially at Mannheim Gap was a gross overreaction frankly. With the full chapter deployed, that would cover active line troops. The idea that every single Apothercary back on Elysium, garrison Marine, fleet assigned Marine etc… was deployed is kinda stupid, that simply wouldn’t happen. The chapter wasn’t dead, it was beaten and broken for sure and I’m glad the events of Mannheim Gap were expanded upon with Grimaldus doing more than his share of the heavy lifting to keep Dubaku on track and not just going and getting wiped out because… reasons.

So, all that said the question that sticks out to me is; how many Lions left Armageddon? We know there were 96 when they pushed into the gap, and it is stated that when the Ork warlord fell, Dubaku was the only one left standing, that means they got the crap kicked out of them. I don’t think it implies that he was the last one left alive, though I guess it could be interpreted as such, I choose not to. That said, certainly all 96 did not survive that battle.

For my purposes I have decided that 17 Lions survived, along with Dubaku that makes 18. The force I’m building will likely be centered around this battle hardened cadre of survivors, they will make up my Veteran Sgt’s as well as any Stern/Vanguard squads I field. I don’t know if, initially I will field Terminators. For Dubaku himself I am strongly considering Kantor, he gives Sternguard ObSec, and preferred enemy Orks also makes sense for a Lions army. I figure the SternGuard having ObSec is a fitting representation of the surviving Armageddon Vets.

The problem with Kantor is the power fist. I have always imagined Dubaku with a nice big choppy power or chainsword, it wouldn’t be wysiwyg, but he may end up with a massive eviscerator or something along those lines, the stormbolter works fine, it just gets renamed to something suitably lion-ey. Maybe some sort of greatsword with PFist stats to represent the sword of one of the fallen Captains…

Warleader Vularkh buried the war-sword “Je’hara” in the beast’s belly and carved three metres of stinking alien guts free. It did nothing.

I also really want to do a small unit of Vanguard vets painted up as Black Templars to represent the Sword Brethren that returned to Elysium with the Lions. The idea of Dubaku rolling around with them in the thick of things because he can’t afford to deploy his veterans that way yet appeals to me, with the idea being that he has had to spread his veterans around the newly formed squads to ensure their wisdom and experience is leveraged towards the future.

Elysium rises.

No pity. No remorse. No fear.

 

 

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Captains, Praetors and Heresy… Oh My!

So, I was goofing around the other day with one of the Masters of the Chapter kits, specifically the dude with the Thunder Hammer. I have always really liked that pose, but I knew I didn’t want to just do a simple headswap with him, so I cut off the hammer and filed down the shoulderpad a bit to fit on one of the massive Kromlech chainsword/eviscerator bitz. I think it looks pretty spiffy. It’s not complete, there is some obvious gap filling to be done.

Now, the obvious headswap to go with it is the first one below, Captains crest, proper modern choppy loyalist Astartes right. Then I started poking around with the various bitz I had and came across the WE Veteran helmet, which, imo totally works as far as the composition of the model, but… It breaks the image I have of Heresy era Astartes. I have always seen them as more brutally functional and efficient, less capes and frills and gaudiness (ain’t nobody got time for that), any decoration being primarily functional; crests of rank, vexilla etc… I’m torn, because I think a World Eater (or hell, Warhound) Captain would be a really cool model to paint up, I don’t know if the amount of bling is appropriate. Maybe I cop out and say he’s a Dornian Heresy World Eater Captain.

 

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