Friday, December 30, 2011

New year

So 2011 is coming to a close, and 2012 is fast approaching.  It's that time again to reflect where you've been and look at the road ahead.

First, I found my camera. It was on my kid's table.  Out in the open.  I'm going blind faster then I thought lol. 

I've been working on the last of my black orcs.  Mainly because they are super fast and easy to paint.  I have one left to do, which I will be doing for a tutorial on youtube. 

I just need to varnish and base 6 of them.  

Also been working on the copter, with the interior painted and glossed, waiting for decals. Also doing some gap filling with GW Liquid GS.


The group build which I'm doing the jeep for is halfway over. Need to bust out the rest of that sometime. Painting it will be pretty easy, everything is olive drab lol. Some washing, some details, some weathering and done.

So that is an update on where I'm at.  I'll be both posting here and making videos about 2011 and 2012 in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Just great..

somehow my one and only camera with a decent macro focus has gone missing from Christmas photo taking.  So I can't show off my work that I've been doing.

Painted the interior of the helicopter.  Almost done with my Black Orcs.  But no pics for now, sorry.  It's really starting to piss me off, I want to put up pics!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Aimlessly doing stuff.

Yep, totally not focused on any one thing.

I have 4 black orcs almost done

Been working a lot on my SMA group build M151A2. Photoetched stuff is both fun and hard.

Also picked up a super cheap helicopter model I've started as well.

I'm saving my KFF mek for January and the start of the 2012 painting challenge. 

Plus I've been super slammed at work, and with the other tech going on vacation I expect it to only get worse.  Good thing I have to work on my birthday..

Anyway..sudden pics.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Time to relax?

Well not like anyone can really relax during the holiday season. 

But I finished up both the last 2 Night Goblins and my Battlescape, which was done for the freebootaz challenge.  Pics to come soon on that. Until then, check out my videos on miniwargaming.

Well now I'm in a low point in painting, with noting pressing I need to do. There is a lot of stuff I could do, though.  I have a lot of Orcs and Goblins to assemble, I have a handful of 40k projects to do, which I sorta started in on with weathering some of the battlewagon. But I'm not sure I want to do much right now. 

Anyway more to come, someday..

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What a weekend!

As a last hurrah of wargamming before holidays and family really kick in, I got to play in two tournaments this weekend.  That's 7 games of warhammer!

First was a 1500pt 40k tournament at Other World Games, which is someplace I've never been before.  This was not that great of a showing, going 0-3 with my battlewagon spam. I attribute a lot of my failures to the terrain and not being able to use my lootas pretty much at all.

I still had good opponents though, and the location was pretty convenient to get to so I might get out there more often. The highlight of the day was finding an Orcs & Goblins spell card set on the rack for retail, so I grabbed it not having to spend $20 on ebay.

Then Sunday was a 1250pt 4-round fantasy tournament.  Top prize was an actual sword!  This was the end of the escalation league I've been in since September and would help decide the winner.

My Orcs had a great showing going 2-1-1.  The first 2 games I totally tabled my opponent, first one was lizardmen and the second was demons.

The first game pretty much ended on turn one. He dispelled my vindictive glare at a salamader unit, thinking that bad moon wouldn't reach him if I got it off. Well I rolled 17" for the distance, devastating his main unit of skinks/kroxigors.  It killed 17 of them the first time, then he failed the panic test and fled through it again, killing a few more.  It did rally later but by then it was too late. My chariots killed off the skirmishers, shooting killed off the salamanders and by the time the kroxigors got to hit my big'uns it was too late.

Second game was called "master mage" where you got loremaster and added up to 3 ranks to your spellcasting. Combined with magic mushrooms my mage was simply unstoppable.  I chose the way overpowered lore of life as did my opponent.  I was able to pretty handily take him out in hand-to-hand once I got there, especially with T8 Orcs with a 4+ regen. Say it slowly..toughness eight orcs...

Third game against skaven. Never played skaven before.  Didn't go well at first for either of us. First shot from the doom diver wrecked itself, and casting bad moon I blew up my wizard and the archers fled as a result.  On his side he did 3 wounds to his own doom wheel after moving too far to do anything. A chariot impact hit finished off it's last wound.  However my bad moon never went away, and all the scatter dice fell in my favor. Bad moon and the mangler took a unit of 50 slaves down to 3 models, both hitting it at least twice.  The spiders finished off that unit with bows.

The best moment of that game was when I went to charge a unit of skaven. The slaves were dead, the other unit with grey seer was well out of position. So I tried to hit the other unit with my big'uns, a chariot and the spiders all at once.  Well the chariot blew it self up on terrain and the spiders rode the river off the table..and the big'uns got slaughtered!  Still ended in a tie however ..

Last game against Dark Elves.  Two units of corsairs with lots of shooting.  This was a brutal back and forth game.  He put a unit of scouts in a building, and my spiders were close and charged them first turn, eventually taking them out!  I actually got use their rule lol!  His hydra breathed 20 goblins off the table but they held. It was looking pretty good,  but I went for it all at the bottom of the last turn and grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory (or tie anyway).  My wizard blew himself up casting, and I charged in  just 7 corsairs with my last 7 biguns, lost 5 to stand and shoot, and then failed to kill them off, losing the whole unit of big'uns (and 302 points) in the process.  I would have been better off doing nothing, but as they say go big or go home! In this case I went

That last move dropped me from 3rd to 4th place overall. Considering I wasn't expecting to win a single game, I was extremely happy with the outcome. Of course I have to give most of the credit to generally favorable dice rather then my own tactical genius..

I was really hoping for best painted but fell just short there as well, getting 2nd in 2 of the 3 painting categories.

I also ended up 2nd overall in the league. 

I now consider myself the Salieri of Warhammer fantasy...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A new Ork model..

My first new Ork model since the buggy last summer.  I wanted a 2nd KFF mek but with a PK. I started a very long time ago with an AoBR nob body and was going to scratch build a KFF but nothing I came up with I liked. So I picked up a Finecast KFF mek and just used the KFF off it. 

Busted out wire, watch parts and other stuff tonight to finish it up.

My favorite part by far is the head.  Enjoy!

Monday, December 5, 2011

I don't care how bad Finecast is..'s still a thousand times better then metal.

I've always hated metal minis.  They are hard to work with, hard to clean the mold lines especially where files don't fit, hard to keep the paint on during years of play and finally very hard to convert.

Finecast has none of these issues.  Especially the converting part. Sure, finecast has it's own issues, that's for sure. Mainly when it breaks on very fine details.

First it has to be said that the quality has really gone up. I picked up a finecast KFF mek this week only to have it nearly flawless, with 2 tiny bubbles in the whole thing (one of which I didn't even see at first).   I am putting the kff itself on a Black Reach Nob to be my PK Mek (vs a burna on the other one) and finecast really makes the conversion so easy.

The last 2 finecast models were equally well made, those being a Dante and a Black Orc Boss.

Remember it does not matter when you buy the model, but when it was made. Later castings are vastly improved.

So much GW hate on Youtube lately.  Maybe I'm just a fanboy and don't realize it, but I still love GW games, I still buy their stuff and still love going out and playing whenever possible.

Which brings me to skirmish games like Malifaux.  Sorry, not interested. I like putting 100+ models I've painted on the table. Playing a game with 5 models and no customization has zero interest to me. At that point might as well just play fucking Monopoly.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Polar Bear Chariot number 2

Here are the pics from the second chariot.  I added the chain. I tried to kill the shiny with paint, pigments and matte varnish with moderate success. Painting chain isn't fun.