Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Great Storm Wardens Project Kick-off Post

Well here it is, "The Great Storm Wardens Project"

We have gotten so much out of this hobby and our blogs that we decided to give back a bit and work together on something awesome, and give money to charity.

The end result will be an incredible painted army going to one of you, the WINNER of this drawing.

The Army.

The Storm Wardens are a new Space Marine chapter from the yet to be released Death Watch RPG. Together with Games Workshop, Fantasy Flight Games (Horus Heresy, Wings of War) has been developing the game which will be released this summer.

We approached the folks designing the Death Watch game while planning this project, and told them we were thinking of building a Storm Wardens army, and they loved the idea. They have been working with us in getting the look of the army just right and giving us some great unreleased fluff and imagery.

We are going to build a complete Storm Wardens Space Marine army with a decked out HQ, Marines, Veterans, Scouts, Terminators, and a bunch of vehicles, a massive army that any commander would be proud to field.

You will be able to see the army units come together and follow the army build progress through links to all the builders blogs on our "Storm Wardens" mini blog roll.

Who will be working on the army?

Thomas Wynn ( Wynn Studios)

Ron Saikowski (From the Warp)

Mister Justin (Secret Weapon Miniatures)

Mik (Miks Minis, Barter Bucket)

and us, Mike & John (Santa Cruz Warhammer)

Along with the blogger build team, we are going after some related hobby retailers to give up some loot to add to the army prize. Secret Weapon Miniatures is donating all the custom bases, and Chessex has already sent us the custom dice.

What can you do?

Well, you can give money to the cause. You can give to the fund at the top right of this page or any of the other participating bloggers, using PayPal or a credit card. Each dollar will also enter you in the free army grand prize drawing, the more you give, the better your chance of winning, and more money we can give to charity.

We will draw the winner in mid July.

What if I don't have any money, but I still want to help?

Dig around under the couch cushions or under the seat of your car, put on some dark sunglasses and sell pencils out of a cup on the street corner, or even sell some extra Warhammer minis on Ebay, then use that cash for a donation.

You can also help by linking to this project in your blog, telling your friends and other gamers, mention it at your gaming club or even posting about it in your favorite forums, this will help us get the most exposure we can, so we can raise more money for charity.

If you have a small business (or know someone who does) that might have a product to donate that would be great to add to this army, contact us about a feature during the build.

Why should I help out?

If you have ever read something on our blogs that you thought was cool, gave you a good idea, showed you how to do something better, downloaded a free drop pod template, used the Barter Bucket, or perhaps you even got something from us for free and you are feeling a bit guilty about it.... well, now is your chance to give something back, pay it forward, return a good turn.... well you know.

Oh yeah, and you could end up with an entire finished army, by giving $1 to the Storm Wardens Project.

Where does the money go?

The money will be a gift from us to Doctors Without Borders, and actually help people. We chose Doctors without Borders because their cause is a global pursuit to help people in need, where ever help is needed most, and they have a good track record with getting the $ where it does the most good.

So there you have it. I hope you are all as exited about this as we are, its been tough keeping it a secret.

So.......who wants a new army?




  1. Hey Dave! If I want to do more than just donate money (i.e. clip/clean/convert and assemble models, or even assist with painting) how do I go about that?

    And "little mens" will definitely link to this!


  2. wow, I have to say you guys picked an excellent charity, consider money on its way dave.

  3. Too cool for words, great work guys.

  4. Awesome. I'll give a shout-out on my blog and direct people over as well.

  5. Hey Dave!

    This is Matthew at Games and Stuff and we would love to help out. Give me a ring or drop me an email and we will figure out what we can do to assist.

    Matthew Boles
    Store Manager
    Games and Stuff

  6. Made my donation. They have GOT to be a White Scars successor! :D

  7. Hi guys

    Thanks for the positive responses! The whole idea was John's (from Santa Cruz Warhammer) and we're just running with it. The nice thing about the Paypal button is that it all goes directly to the coffers of Doctors Without Borders minus Paypal's donation fee (35c), so the more you donate the more goes through to Dw/oB (eg $1 sees 65c go through, $20 sees $19.65 go through)!

    @Cliff - thanks for the offer. Head to the Santa Cruz Warhammer blog and contact Joh directly, he'll let you know how you can help.

    @AkersMinis - Thanks once again Alex!

    @HobbyHorse and #2501 - tell your friends, the more donations the merrier!

    @PapaNurgle - I'll be in touch Matt!

    @Ilmarinen - I think they're actually very adherent to the Codex Astartes, but you've always got room to flex that list ; )


  8. Awesome idea! I've posted an entry on my blog and made my donation. I hope the response is huge - kudos to all the organizers for making this happen.

  9. If you need any small units worked on as well let me know. I could donate some paint time and models. Lord knows I still have a ton of marine bits around. And if you guys need any bits cast for the army let me know. I would just need masters.

  10. Gentlemen this is a great cause and we at TheWarStore.com want to help. Contact Don@thewarstore.com to work out the details as to how we can best serve you.

  11. Good show, gentlemen. Good show.

  12. How can I put this in my blog? BTW am helping with my contribution to this excellent project.

  13. Hey Dave,

    Just a quick note on the Paypal fee, if you let them know its for a charity I believe they waive the fee.

    I'm super excited to see this project take off, helping charities is one thing we can all pitch in on!



  14. Hi Jtaylor

    I think it's the %fee that they waive, but not the fixed transaction fee.
    One of the project team members looked into and I think that's what they came back with.


  15. I guess I will just have to make up for the fee by donating more!

    The Vets are looking awesome, as with all of your conversions. Keep up the awesome work, I can't wait to see the final stages of this project.


  16. Great initiative there guys, i just have a single question about joining in, in regards to location on the globe. It's for doctors without borders, is it for gamers across borders as well? Would love to join in, love the mini's so far, and love the charity.
    Christian Jensen form Denmark

  17. Hi Christian

    Sorry I hadn't seen your post earlier, but yes, we'll accept entries from anywhere and everyone who contributes has a chance, no matter where they live : )


  18. Hi Dave, thanks for the reply. I have made my donation, good luck to everyone that has done the same, and happy painting to the Storm Wardens team :)

    Mojn, Christian

  19. Hey Dave,

    I've always been a fan of your work (I'm building that Genswick army on Dakka based off of your original one) in the old White Dwarf magazines. I knew when I saw this article, I would finally be able to give back for all of the inspiration you've given me over the years. Doctors Without Borders is a terrific organization and I'm very happy to join in. Good work on the army! I know I wouldn't mind owning an army you've built.

  20. Completely on board with this, fired off some cash just a bit ago. Win or lose definitely worth the support!

  21. This is a fantastic contest!

    I just posted a link on the blog I write for - http://trollitc.com/2010/07/donate-to-doctors-without-borders-and-have-a-chance-to-win-a-40k-army/ as well as www.reddit.com/r/rpg and www.reddit.com/r/warhammer - hopefully you'll be getting some response from all that!

    My donation is in too!