Saturday, October 27, 2012

Army all done and ready to go!

I actually finished everything I needed to do.  Surprised myself, really.

Built 2 big shootas and 1 extra shootaboy for the 30man nobless squad
Built and magnetized base for quad gun
Primed above

Drilled barrels and did mold lines on 22 sets of shoota arms. Pulled off slugga arms, cleaned up the model and glued on the shootas.

Farewell, slugga boys. It's been fun.
So for the lobbas I pulled the kannons off their bases and just glued on some tubes. Crude, but effective.  Someday I'll go back and magnetize everything.

Also had to adjust the list..realized that I had not paid for the targeting arrays.  Dropped a couple boys and a blacksun to get me back to 1999pts.

So off to bed, 5hrs of sleep and then time to go play with my little plastic toy soldiers all day.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Yay a tournament!

So I get to play in a 2k Nova-style tournament on Saturday (the boss gave me permission lol).  I have a lot of work to do between now and then however. I am going to take the slugga/choppa arms off my main unit and change them over to shootas (won't be painted obviously), build 3 more lobbas and then build a base for the quad gun.  In 2 days.

So this is the list. Very, very happy with it..which does not happen often lol.

Primary Detachment
HQ: Big Mek, KFF, Bosspole

Troop: 27 Shootas, 2x big shoota, Nob w/ PK&BP
Troop: 30 Shootas, 3x big shoota, Nob w/PK&BP
Troop: 30 Shootas, 3x big shoota

Elite: 10 Lootas
Elite: 10 Lootas
Elite: 10 Lootas

Fast: 3 deffkoptas, 3x TL Big shoota, 1x Buzzsaw
Fast: Dakkajet, extra supashootas, fighta ace

Heavy: 3 lobbas, 3x ammo runt
Heavy: 3 lobbas, 3x ammo runt

Aegis defense line: quad gun

Allied Detachment:
HQ: Sash'el, TL missile pods, target lock, HW blacksun filter

Troop: 6 Firewarriors

Heavy: 2x Broadside, team leader, targeting array, HW blacksun filter


If I don't get the boys done I'll just have to run them as sluggas. We'll see.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Where the hell are the posts?

Sorry for not keeping up on the blog. Basically I have not been doing much at all. I am in the process of finishing an Iron Warriors Rhino for the toys for tots auctions this year, and I am working on the chaos lord from DV for a client.  I hope to get pics/video of the rhino up soon.

Basically life is kinda crappy, got 'asked to vacate' my apartment, so I've been trying to find a new place. Turns out being 'asked to vacate' means I can't get approved for most places.  Sucks.  We did get approved for SSDI for my Autistic son, so that helps a lot.

So goes my hobby, goes my blog.

I did get a dropzone commander rulebook however!  Very happy about that, and my first model. 

I love the models. The game seems pretty simple to play after a full read through of the rules.  Can't wait to give it a try.  Expect video(s) of the rulebook soon. Just need motivation, which is the hard part lately..

The only thing keeping me from going hog wild on DzC is both money and the move. Don't want to get a bunch of stuff just to have to move it again :)  Probably wait for taxes then buy an army deal.

So that's about it for now. Need the weather to cooperate long enough to dul-cote the rhino, plus some pigments then it's all done.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quick 6th ed tactics notes.

A pickup game this weekend got me thinking about a couple things in 6th that can be really important.

The first is the warlord traits. I am still amazed at how actually random they really are. Sometimes they are totally useless, and others can single handedly break a game in your favor. Case in point was this game where I got the re-roll reserves trait.

What this allowed me to do is delay the dakkajet until the Icarus was dead, as well as delay the firewarriors so I didn't have to worry about them being shot up too early.  It was a big contributing factor to the outcome.

Being able to take advantage of night fight is also something to consider when building a list.  I love having NF first turn, as it gives me an improved cover save for that all-important first turn along with reducing the range of incoming fire.  I would prefer to go first every game, but that can't always happen.  Now I combine that with Blacksun filter on my broadside unit, I can take out a high-priority target without any negative effects.

Lastly, is just in general target priority. This takes really knowing your opponent's army so don't be afraid to read and learn about other armies.  In this case, the cover-ignoring 4 blast thunderfire was the highest priority, with the Icarus 2nd. so why did I shoot the LR first? Dunno. Because it was fun I guess.  However night fight reduced the range of the thunderfire so it wasn't a threat, and then the next turn I was able to open up with loota fire and take it out. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Librarian Turmiel

Second commission model completed.

This guy was a lot easier to do then the Chaplain, no where near as much detail...though I really enjoyed the smoke on the chaplain.

Spent most of the effort on the cloth, and I really like how it turned out.  I did the sword like I did my BA libby's sword, I switched out the shoulder pad from a black wash to a blue wash to make it match the "stock" paint job.  Again, this is a great figure, love it!

I didn't know yet if the client wanted it based or not when I took these pics.

Client does not care what I do with the Chaos lord, so he's going to be Iron Warriors.  Going to be looking at the GW site a lot on him to figure out what's going on lol.  I really hurt my left thumb this weekend so I couldn't get started like I wanted.

oh, and GO HAWKS!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What does Wargaming mean to me?

If you have not seen this video yet, please watch it. It's an amazingly well made, high-quality look into the wargaming subculture.   The father and son building and playing together was really touching. 

What does wargaming mean to me? A lot, that is for sure.  Sitting in the quiet painting or whatever after work and/or after the kids have gone to bed is my time. My chance to relax, recharge and escape all the problems I have in reality for just a little bit.

Now my son is starting to show interest in modeling and painting.  It's hard right at this moment because of having to move this month, but I'll deal with it.  I hope to get him involved as much as I am someday.

Beyond that it's also my chance to get out of the house. Sure a lot of guys go out to the bar or whatever, not me. I just want to hang with my friends and throw some dice.  It keeps me out of trouble with the lady-unit, which is good for everyone!