On the home stretch! Finished off another couple of Ultramarine units for this project and I’m well on track to finish everything by the finish date of 11/2.

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These took a little longer than I wanted mainly due to an issue with Vallejo Matte. Using the airbrush to cover the models with matte spray made things easy but it dried very inconsistent requiring me to go back in and touch up parts on most of the models…in the future I will stick with Testors Dullcote from a can.

Two razorbacks are underway which will be followed by a dreadnought, scout squad, a chaplain and finally a drop pod.

With 25 models close to finished, another 11 about half done, and the remaining models ready for paint, the Ultramarines are on the home  stretch and should be finished up in a couple of weeks.

Ultramarines 10/11

Most of the above need there shoulder iconography applied and all of them will be getting a matte spray coat as well as a little more added to there bases.

The local gaming store, Battleground, has been asking me to come in to the shop on tournament days to judge the painted armies. This has been great, both and inspiration for my own painting as well as being able to get out and meet local gamers. I’ve seen some great stuff and I am looking forward to the opportunity to judge in future events.

Stay tuned for more.

 

 

The goal for the weekend was to get more of the Kabalite Warriors assembled and pick a paint scheme that I’d be happy with the look of AND fine with painting again and again.

Dark Eldar Test 2

Very happy with the colors and the basing, a few tweaks that need to happen (or have happened), and it will be finished and I have another four warriors about 50% finished.

Edit – this project fell off due to work load and the summer…perhaps will be revisited.

Ok, been a busy couple of weeks. Finished Sammael for Eric. What a great model, I did not have too much trouble with it being “Fine Cast”, lots of sanding and filing but not more than I expected. (This image was taken before touchups…whoops.)

Sammael

Got a few Kabalite Warriors assembled and a test model done. Inspired by two other Dark Eldar projects I saw on the internet I decided to go with a light armor color scheme that is worn by use. In the Dark Eldar Codex there is mention of a Kabal that is proud to go into battle wearing and using gear that has seen centuries of use. Next I will have to come up with some basing for this model.

Dark Eldar Test Model

Still lots to get done, but that is it for now.

Wow! March was a busy month. With so much going at work and at home I’m surprised I got as much done as I did. Played a few games, took part in a local tournament and managed to get some projects finished.

First up…the completed 1,850 Nercon Force.
Necrons 1850

The Monolith was not a fun model to assemble or paint but it is finished and that makes me happy.

Took the 1,850 to a local tournament but only managed a 1-2 record. Admittedly my “list” is not particularly geared for a competitive tournament, but I did have a great time and got in some good games. Here is a picture from my first game, during deployment.
Necrons at BG

Finishing the Necron Army means I can get on to other projects and started working on a Sammael for Eric…hoping to have it finished this week.
Eric's Sammael 1

 

February was a weird month where I went back and forth between which army I’d like to work on next. I did a lot of purging of models that I do not plan to have time for, assembled my Dystopian Legions figures, and began painting them. Also, I assembled and primed the Necron Monolith as well as a new unit of Necron Immortals, 10 of them with tesla carbines. These are the last two units I need to get the Necron force to 1,850 points.

More Necron Units

Which brings me to my hobby commitments for the month of March:

1. Paint the Necron Monolith &  the unit of Necron Immortals.
2. Still need to get a coat of paint on the gaming table to seal it.
3. If I get the Sammael model from Eric, that needs to get done as soon as possible.
4. Try to get an intro game of Dystopian Legions in.
5. Attend a tournament on 3/30. Should be fun and looking forward to the upcoming tournament to provide some manner of inspiration in getting the rest of the Necrons painted.
6. Finally, with a second army selected it is time to start assembling and getting a few test models done.
Another busy month!

Necrons vs. Tyranids

Last week a friend brought 1500 points of Tyranids over for a game against my Necrons. We played “Purge the Alien” (fitting) with the “Hammer & Anvil” deployment.

Necrons ready their weapons for coming rush…
Necrons Deployed to face Tyranids

Most of Tyler’s points were tied up in expensive creatures or units that were held in reserve. It did not seem like the Necrons would have to face a horde of hissing gaunts or genestealers.
Tyranid deployment (several more units in reserve)

The game ended up being very bloody. The Necrons were content to wait until the majority of the Tyrnaids got into range of their massed weaponry but were harangued by a Trygon bursting from the ground in their defensive line. Also, a large brood of Ymgarl Genestealers burst from their hiding spot to add to the pressure by assaulting and destroying a Triarch Stalker (which has been renamed to “First Blood”)

In the end the Tyranids lost all but their largest creatures to concentrated gauss weapon fire before crashing into the Necron lines. Early barrages from Tyranids Warriors and Hive Guard (truly nasty) had weakened the Necron line and the monstrous creatures made short work of Necron Warriors and Immortals alike.  Several turns in a row Tyler used “Iron Arm” to make his Tervigon so tough that I was not able to wound it at all in close combat or with most of my available shooting.
Tyler's Tervigon & Tyranid Warriors

At the end of the game it was an 8 to 7 point Tyranid Victory. Despite losing an entire unit of Gargoyles to a terrible Deep Strike Mishap and watching his Trygon get captured by the Necron Overlord’s Tesseract Labyrinth, Tyler pulled out a close win.

A fun game for sure. I can’t really think of anything I should have done differently as nothing would have let me score the 2 more points I would have needed to eek out a win…or even one more point to force a draw.

What’s better than a shotgun wielding, gas grenade throwing, shashimono wearing nutter…seven of them and a rocket launcher!

EotBS Ashigaru 2

Eric talked about his Dystopian Legions starter box here and they are great…but don’t have any katana, or ninja so I went with the Empire of the Blazing Sun for my Dystopian Legions force.

The models are great, a bit fiddly here and there and, as Eric mentioned, finely cast so their swords and other small bits bend very easily…care must indeed be taken while transporting these models. Here and there I used pins to reinforce the area on the model where things glued together, especially the sword arms of the shinobi and the back banners on the main troops.

EotBS ready for primer.

Looking forward to trying the game out, even if it is a bust, the models will certainly be fun to paint.