Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Eat your fill of turkey/ham and all the various sides of stuffing you to the size of a Plaguebearer. Then back to the tables of war and painting with you.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

We are soooooooo slooooow

Picked up my Necron codex last night and looking over some of the things at a glance and there are a few things about this dex that stick out quickly.

1. Necrons will not have an easy time with AV 13-14.  There are many things in the list that have high strength weapon but there is only 1 Melta type weapon, and only 3 units with weapons above Str 8 (one of which is a one shot).  Going to be interesting shenanigans to figure out a break fix for this short coming.

2. Necrons blow in close combat.  An you know it's true when in the "Why collect a Necron Army" of the dex it even calls out that Necrons suck in close combat.  This army is going to be a finesse movement/shooting army, but with all transports costing 80+pts it's not going to be in a parking lot style movement army.

3. So slow.  Beyond the C'tan (Inn 4) every single unit in the book is Inn 2.  This means you are going to have to take punishment from your enemy in close combat way before you get to even do your attacks.  There are a few things you can do to counter this, Wraiths come with whip coils which make B2B models inn 1.  Sticking to terrain and hope for non frag units to go last.  Defense grenade cryptek added measn you can reduce the charge dmg from multiple attacks.   In the end though these are bandaids to the blaring issue of.  Necrons suck in close combat.

More to come as I absorb more of this codex.  Should be an interesting ride to say the least.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Painting with ADD

There are a ton of articles out there on how to paint using different medians, or techniques of deluding paint, allow me to talk about a different kind of how to paint. How to paint when you have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). For those not familiar with the disorder it's best described as wanting to do something but not having the ability to stop your mind from wondering away from it. Imagine if you will your sitting in front of a TV which has a show you want to watch, but someone else has the remote and keeps changing the channel every few minutes before going back to the show you wanted to watch. Only to start the cycle of channel flipping all over again. As you can imagine it would be hard to full grasp and enjoy your show cause your not able to give it your full attention. Probably a poor imagery but it's hard to explain. Now mind you there are many variants of ADD and ADHD out there. I will address the one I am familiar with, which is bare bones ADD (no hyperactive), and steps I take to curb my symptoms and allow focus to some good painting time.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The rise of a new force

So if you haven't seen it yet Beast of War leaked a ton of images on the new necrons which can be found here:

Needless to say after all the pictures and what little rumors I have seen I have jumped on this new army like a fat kid on cupcakes.  I immediately called all the local GWs and independent stores to find out what Necrons they had available so I could give myself a kick start of a painted army come Nov 5th.  The answer to the question is nothing.  No on had anything worth while, save one store that was near 2 hours away.  None the less I asked them to put a hold on it.  Grabbed my brother and jumped in a car for a long drive down and the single Necron item they had left.  The Necron battle box.  Clearing off my table of all other distractions (save my BA commission I need to finish up for a client), I now have warriors, scarabs and destroyers to look into designing. 

I say designing cause the current necron range is a bit bland.  I recognize that from the old fluff it was appropriate for everything to be bland, but with this new release of models it is clear that bland is not the necron way any more.

Time to dive into the bitz box and see what spice I can add to the older models.  I'm sure they will find a place on this blog as I go.  It begs the question though.  with most of the newer models rules site unseen how many people were interested in doing a necron army just off the leaked pictures alone.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ugggh what a couple days

Sorry for the lack of posting it has been hell on wheels around here with work.   So what has changed, lets see: 

1.) My new Pack Go from Battle Foams is in very nice. 
2.) Participated in a local tournament for IFL which needed me horrible results on the table but walking away with Best Army (Players Choice)
3.) Been charged with a Blood Angles commission (which is nice as it gets my want of doing a Blood Angels army out of my system, without me having to spend money on it).
4.) And last but not least a couple games in here and there just to make sure I don't gamer rust.

I know I owe a blob park and i will get that out soon-ish.  Probably some shots of the Blood Angels commission as I do it, more to as it happens.  Oh and possible Necron works if all the rumor-mongering is true.  Might be time for a new army.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Back from Blobs

Got back from Blobs at about 1am last night got a couple hours sleep before I needed to wake up and do some things.  Will try and get things downloaded and some reviews & batreps up once I get a moment.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Giving some love to the Motherland

Putting some more work into my Warmachine Khador army.  I have to say my first love of this army was when I went to one of my local gaming stores and when talking to a already playing Warmachine gamer he gave me a taste of what each faction did.  When he said "Khador is all about being big and bad and stomping across the field to punch you in the face....HARD!"  I was sold.

Picked myself up the plastic box set and started to go to work.  Being one of those people who has to do things different I came up with a different paint scheme then the regular Red on red with some more red and added in my love for Ork 40K checker patterns.

My first go around was my juggernaught followed shortly by my destroyer.

Things were working out as I had imagined them and even though I wasn't a huge fan of Scorcha or her model look I gave her a painting too.  Then Wrath rolled out and I was exposed to my true love of a warcaster Harkevich

I have the upgrade parts for a Black Ivan but I am currently waiting for my brother to commit to getting the 2 army starter box set (he was going to take the Menoth I would just add to my Khador). 

But as I write article a odd thing is happening.  My interest is shifting.  I won't say I am falling out of love with Khador, the orginal statement that got me interested in them is holding true.  It's all this Dominon and Plastic Warbeast talk though has got me thinking if Hordes is more my fancy.  One of the good things about Warmachine/Hordes is I can start two armies at once and don't have to feel like I am just shelling out hundreds of dollars to keep up on both like I do with my 4 Warhammer 40k armies.  I guess only time will tell.

I asked around with the group at IFL in Woodbridge, VA and there is very little real interest (anything beyond "Yeah maybe down the line after my next 40K army") which puts a damper on me getting any real time in on the game to see what parts I like.  I have seen two guys play each other now and agani in the shop but by the time I get there thier ending thier game and packing up.  There are other stores in the area that have groups that play but do so on Wed and Thur, both days I already have things taking up my time.  So frustrating some times, just not enough time in a week to get all your wargaming nick fits in.

How do you get your group/friends/etc. involved in something you want to try if they are not really interested like you are?  Do you bench your intrest till one day they might?  Or do you say good bye and move on to others who do?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Internet is Chaos - Pure Win

I read this article on another blog that I have to say was not only well written but provides such great imagery to back up the hobby we play to the fluff we play it in.  It was good enough I felt the need to post it here so that anyone wandering these warped walls might gain some enjoyment out of it it as well.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Nurgaddon Complete

In preperation for Blob Park I decided to go with a different HQ then I normally take.  To this end I looked over the book and decided to give Abaddon a run for his marks.  But I was never a fan of the tiny terminator armor Abaddon model and even more so when they recasted it in resin (why they didn't wait till Chaos got a new release and recasted him in a better larger set of armor I will never understand.).  So I bought the plastic terminator lord box and did a bitz box diving to nurgle up a counts as Death Guard Abaddon, now known as Nurgaddon.  An here he is in his bile glowing glory. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Heading to Blob Park

Just posted my Pay-pal payment to the Inner Circle account to lock in my attendance at the Blob Park Tournament next weekend (Saturday Sept 24th, 2011). 

What is the Battle at Blobs Park?  A tournament held at a German beer hall here in Maryland.  Probably about an hour and a half drive for me but from what I have heard it's worth it even for just one day of tournament play.  The event does tournaments for 40k, Fantasy, Warma/Hordes, Malifaux, and Flames of War.  Im going to take the Death Guard and see what I can rank in the painting area.
Here you can see thier Event Flyer and Event Packet

You can also find out more on thier forums.  But please note sign ups end very soon, like tomorrow I believe.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Death Guard Gallery

Last Updated: 09/14/11

A living post of all of my Death Guard collection. These are listed in reverse chronological order, and will be updated as more pictures and models come off my desk:

To branch out or not

Giving some thought to expanding the fluff of my Chaos army.  I have about 2K in Death Guard but looking to take a break from the white and green of the army (White really does suck no matter how many times you paint it).  So I though it might be time to return to the first Chaos Legions I started near 10 years ago Word Bearers/Night Lords.  Not sure how large they will grow too but don't be suprised if you see some of them starting to pop up here and there.  Why Chaos again?  No different then when you see a Blood Angels player set down his red models and pick up his Blue Smurfs I suppose.  Just Marines get to play with multiple dex's were as Chaos is stuck with one.  Oh well.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Nurgle getting Phatter

So after some time relaxing from the NOVA Open 2011 I am back at the painting desk to add/refurbish more to my Death Guard. And low and behold we Chaos players get a new model added to or collections via the Fantasy range.

So with some cuts here and green stuff there I decided to take this new plastic kit and 40K it up. Below is the finished result.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor day to those who celebrate and a special Happy Labor Day to those who still work within the confineds of a Labor Union, seeing as the holiday was really created for folks like you.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

I'm Back!

Back from a long hiatus due to various reasons that I won't go into but hoping to get back into the market of blogging my wargaming experiences again. What has happened while I was away?

- Joined the Iron Fist League (one of the local gaming groups in Northern Virginia).

- Participated in several tournaments (Ard Boys, NoVa Open 2011, and other local events)

- Expanded my Wargaming from the monarch that is Games Workshop to include Warmachine from Privateer Press

- More personnal gaming with my brother (also part of IFL) getting him back into the hobby from 3rd Edition.

- Still no Photo Booth *sad face*

None the less. Much to cover and hope to become more religious in my posting.