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.
Yesterday Eric met me out at The Whiz, a great game store, and it was nice to get up there and meet some other gamers. We played a 1500 point game. Dark Angels vs. Eldar, mission was Big Guns with Vanguard Strike for deployment. The game went a full 7 turns and ended up being quite bloody ending with an Eldar victory (we were even on objectives but I was able to tip the points with Line Breaker, Warlord and First Blood).
This was my first time playing a proper game with Eldar in any edition of 40k and I learned a lot. The Wave Serpents were the star of the show (no surprise), the amount of accurate high strength fire they are capable is astonishing. Most small units don’t have a chance against them, regardless of armor as the weight of shots just buries them.
More games this coming weekend.
It has been a fair few weeks that we’ve posted anything and I wanted to thank Eric for getting the site back up and working. While the blog was down I got busy with Eldar building and painting through the first 500 points which I took to a tournament at Battleground. Did horribly only winning on of the five games but had a good time and met some good people.
The army is taking shape and while I only have the first 500 painted another 1000 points have been assembled, based and primed. More paint going down this weekend. Here are a few “in progress” images.
So, they are coming together. Looking forward to getting a couple of games in this coming weekend and the expanding the army out with another Spiritseer and a Wraithknight to reach 1850.
If I were to run a tournament, what follows is what I would put in place for rules.
- All units except those purchased as troops, and dedicated transports, are 0-1 (unique).
- No allies.
- Only the main rulebook, standard codexes, codex supplements, and FAQs may be used (no dataslates, Escalation, Stronghold Assault, etc.).
- Troops must constitute at least 20% of your points.
- Total dedicated transport cost cannot exceed troop cost, and dedicated transports do not count towards the 20% from rule 4.
This is actually the way our group plays by default, and it is a lot more fun than the cheeseball arms race that competitive 40k has turned into. Perhaps this is because we “grew up” in 40k long before flyers and Matt Ward, but even now these games are more fun than the ones I see happening elsewhere.
Now this may not treat every codex fairly, no ruleset will, especially since the codexes aren’t really balanced to begin with. I do think it strikes a balance between simplicity and equity though. If you disagree or have ideas for more or better rules, comments are open!
This is a bit of a “lack of progress report”. After several weeks of messing about with various colors (and working through a good many Eldar Guardians) I’ve thrown out the bright blue-green of the Mymeara Eldar (see earlier post) and am still trying to determine the colors for this army. So far, nothing is sticking…but the darker greenish one is looking good.
And a Ulthwe Test model
For now I will keep assembling models and making test schemes.
A couple more models for the Ultramarines. This time we have two Razorbacks/ Rhino. The top doors are switchable to allow one to use the models as either of the Space Marine dedicated transports.
These were kept simple so that could be used for any squad type. A coat of matte spray is all that is needed to finish them off.
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.
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.
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.
Having fun getting back into the hobby after taking a break over the summer. Working on painting up an Ultramarine army. Here are some starter pics…
Basing in blue.
Ultramarine Test model.
And a Blood Raven Test model.
The Ultras will be keeping me busy for the next several weeks and then it is on the the next project.
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.)
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.
Still lots to get done, but that is it for now.