Category: Games

Tomorrow begins the WMH Journeyman League at a FLGS near me so, over the weekend I assembled “battle box” of Trollblood models.

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The models were easy to assemble, though the plastic used by Privateer Press is a lot harder than that of a typical GW model making the mold lines a bit more difficult to remove quickly. I placed these guys on some scenic bases and they are ready to take to the field (more on why they are unpainted, below).

Looking forward to playing and while I have been busy reading the rules, listening to podcasts (mostly Chain Attack), and reading Trollblood articles on the internet tomorrow will by very first game with them…or with Warmachine & Hordes in general. While it is easy to get a grasp for the game throughresearch nothing is going to take the place of actual “table time”.

The league runs six weeks and escalates after each week giving me the chance to add more and more models. Also a participant can earn “hobby points” for any models they paint for their faction throughout the event (hence why I’ve held off getting any painting done so far).

In addition I’ve assembled a minimum unit of Kriel Warriors as well as a Fell Caller solo…from what I understand this guy is an indispensable model for a Trollbloods force.

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Soon to be posting about games played as well as showing the painting process of the trolls as I go along.

Wow, the past couple of months been busy! I’ve not had the chance to paint much at home due to work and my free time has been taken up with non-hobby pursuits.

Over the weekend I had the honor of judging the painting for Templecon’s Onslaught GT, both 40k and Fantasy, and saw so many great looking armies and this really served as an inspiration to get painting again.

As for hobbying, I have had a bit of time to work on some models and have been assembling some Hordes Trollbloods for an upcoming Journeyman League at Temple Games. Never having played Hordes or Warmachine before I’m looking for this to provide a good entry into the game while meeting new gamers and getting to work on some great models…more of that in the future.

On the 40K front I’m in between armies again. I cannot seem to keep one long enough to get more than 10 or so games in, not sure if it is the army choices I am making or if my years of playing the game are intersecting with my growing dislike of the GW in general. Or perhaps I just need a break for a couple of weeks ;)

As for looking ahead for 2014…I am hoping Warmachine/Hordes is great and plan on building an adequate army of Trollbloods as well as a Retribution of Scyrah force. I’ve all ready picked up a few models and the starter battle boxes for each and have been pouring over the rules while working on some of the models.

Would also like to build more terrain this year. A few of the GW plastic ruins have been built but they still need bases and painting.

Not sure what is in store for 40K. I keep looking back at Dark Eldar as the models are very nice but have not made a decision of picked up any models. The sweet spot would be something that is challenging to play and interesting to paint.

That’s all 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.

Progress on resolution #6 is underway.  I’ve picked up a Federated States of America starter pack for Dystopian Legions by Spartan Games, and Erich has grabbed an Empire of the Blazing Sun starter.

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What drew me to this game was, not surprisingly, the figures.  They are fantastic.  They are very detailed, and every army has some really amazing sculpts.  The game is all human, but they are much more realistically proportioned than Imperial Guard and less superhero-ish than most other games.

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Assembly was a bit challenging.  First there’s the minor detail that there are two different sized bases, and no instruction on which figures go on which.  I was able to piece it together from pictures in the rule book, but there isn’t a picture of every model so some deduction was needed.  I think I got it right in the end.

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The real challenge was that these figures are so finely cast that many of the pieces are extremely easy to bend. I was able to get everything together without breaking anything, but these are definitely figures you’re going to want to take great care with when transporting.  For some of them, I plan on magnetizing the bases and transporting them on a metal sheet rather than in foam, which will definitely bend and eventually break the bits like the axes and long rifles.

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I’m definitely looking forward to trying the game out, it seems fun and fast-paced, a good contrast after a 2 or 3 hours 40k game.

A monthly blog post planning out hobby related commitments is something I meant to start in January…whoops. Anyhow, here goes…

For the month of February I’m looking to achieve the following.

  1. Paint current table to seal and protect it from moisture.
  2. Purge the models that I know I will not get to this year, or will not want to get to this year.
  3. Build and paint one more Scarab base for my Necron army thus giving me 10…think I can handle that.
  4. Build, base and prime the Empire of the Blazing Sun Starter Box for Dystopian Legions.
  5. Taking on a side project, Sammael, Master of the Ravenwing. Excited about this one and would like to get it all done before the end of the month.

It will be a busy month but think I can get this all done…if not, these tasks will have to fall to March.

*This post has been edited as I changed plans for several of the model projects I had considered.

Like Eric, I am making some “hobby-related-resoultions” for 2013.

1. Need to get my gaming table completely built and painted before hosting any games. Also need to finish the initial bits of terrain I have planned and get a some sort of mat to cover the table.

2. Finish all of the Necron models and kits that I have. Collect, build and paint a second army.

3. Play in two local tournaments.

4. Finally, I would like to pick up a few Warmachine/Hordes, models to build a small army and give it a try. Possibly Dystopian Wars or Legion, depending on interest, as well.

Here are some of my goals for the coming year.

For the sake of definitions, I consider “fully painted” to mean the figure is completely done, as in the touchup, basing, decals, clearcoat, everything.

  1. Field a fully painted 2500 point Dark Angels Army (pretty close to this one already).
  2. Field a fully painted 1500 point Ravenwing Army (I already have most of the figures).
  3. Field a fully painted 1500 point Deathwing Army (I already have most of the figures).
  4. Field a fully painted 1500 point Ork Army (I have about 1/3 of the figures).
  5. Play in an apocalypse game.
  6. Try at least two other miniatures games (Warmachine/Hordes and Dystopian Legions are the current contenders).