Sunday, May 30, 2010

Wind before the storm?

No it's just the Kool Aid Man.

The tables are clear and the war room is ready for tomorrow. Still not sure what all will go down but I will have made up three armies lists. Going to try some pics and I may dabble with the vassal stuff for some diagrams if I find the time. This all depends on the battles being worthy to talk about.

Still trying to go easy with the lists, I have the advantage of too many models to play with. The ork list will be rather blunt and shooty.

Warboss and his Nobz/painboy in a trukk
20 orks with nob and 2 big shootas
20 orks with nob and 2 rokkits
15 lootas
2 war buggies with rokkits
2 dreads with big shootas/skorchas
squad of killa kans with rokkits

The Guard lists I will probably figure out at work, and edit in later tonight. First list will be a catachan veteran force, trying quality over quantity. not sure on the second, probably just some cadian platoons with tanks. Guard is so easy to amass firepower, don't want to table anyone tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

switched gears.

So chaos charged back into the middle of my painting table. The idea of playing Kim's new deathwing and Sean's new fist/hand marine army had me dig out the new force. I definitly dont want to get too far ahead or behind either.
I tried a bone look on the Daemonprince's head and I am not liking it, will probably go back to a red with dark horns. Started a skull champion for the berserkers, not crazy on the pose, but its the way I found him. Trying to shuffle a marine in between for breaks. Not pictured is a primered Fabius Bile, going to give him a go if we have some higher point battles.
My work week begins so wont get much done til the weekend, but I need to bug our dark angel player get his blog started already.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Drama and my ramblings

Not that my opinion ever matters, nor am I one to really share my lame thoughts but I was rather bothered to hear that 40k radio podcast called it quits today. Sure the show had slipped from its former glory, and had some questionable drama of late. I had my own issues with them which I wont get into, yet I still managed to turn on their show and give it a listen.
Yet some cowardly Internet troll had put a stain on the podcast community. Even if you thought 40k radio was the best, or DLT was the best, or any of the other podcasts- there's one less podcast about our fine hobby to download.
Lets hope the remaining podcasts keep a healthy rivalry and help our hobby grow.
Now for another cartoon!

Monday, May 24, 2010

game on.

(Not a big fan of battle reports but I'll see how this goes. All pics are after the game, I really didnt want to distract the game with photos until we were done.)

So Kim finally got over for his intro to 5Th edition. He made a 1250 list of dark angels and I let loose the orks. He ran 4 tac squads, 2 termi's and a simple commander with a command squad. Orks had a beefy nob unit with a warboss, lootas, a large foot slogging unit and 2 trukk units of boyz.

We ran spearhead with 3 objectives, one on each side and one dead center of the board. Dark Angels ended up having to deploy first, picking a good corner for cover and leaving the orks very little. One unit of deathwing sat in reserve, hoping to deep strike into a better spot. 2 tac squads sat in high positions in the building, while the other 2 set up to move onto objectives along with the hq unit.

I was planning on going easy with the orks, I left the nobz way off on his left to basically sit on the objective and do little else. The lootas sat on the hill and showed off just how crappy a 2 ballistic skill can be. The large ork unit I walked right down the center, hoping to let him have some good target practice. The 2 trukks sat in reserve, hopefully to try and give some small resistance on his far right.

the above shot was taken from the DA right flank, you can see the yellow objective pieces- dead marine sat dead center of the ruins, in the center of the sewer bed was the middle piece, and the bridge had the final objective.

On the right-Both trukks ended up halted to a stop, much to the dark Angels disappointment of not blowing up with 6's- darn cheating orks and their own damage charts. the HQ unit held off the right side with just the commander, champion and an apothecary. Cutting down the first unit, they eventually sent the second unit of orks running.

The far left was rather dull, lootas and nobz sitting lazy.

On the center objective the large ork unit mowed through both deathwing units and slowly made their way into the objective. Drawing a lot of fire they were down to a nob and 3 rokkits. One tac squad held out but eventually fell to 4 rounds of loota fire, I have never seen power armor do so well til the final turn. The remaining tac squad was slow to get there and could have probably taken it if we went a 6Th turn.

I think Kim learned a lot from this game, his 2 tac squads sitting in the buildings were probably better off moving and shooting it up. With Power Armor, you don't need to worry as much about cover and I think he will be more aggressive next time around. He saw how destructive orks can be in assault, and how fragile smaller units of them can be (or lack of fearless). The more he plays, he'll get better use of his deathwing units at deepstriking. He definitly played well against what orks I brought to his side of the table and will be easily cutting my guard to pieces in no time.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Guard again

Well back to the guard this week. 2 veteran squads are done, and almost complete with 2 command squads. Also decided to go with another infiltrating unit if veterans led by Harker. plan is going to be snipers and an autocannon with him.(not a great plan but the models look good.)
Also magnetized a commander, not that I need to, I have so many commanders with different weapon load outs. I just like the new models and pieces I guess.
Dug farther into the bitz box looking for autocannons and found even more catachan and forgotten parts. I think I have enough models to build 3 guard armies.

That daemon prince keeps eyeing me from the shelf, I always said I need to paint it before a plastic one comes out.

Table update

So I flocked another piece, just have to flock the last and paint them both. I have some extra pieces I want to make, one will be a "lid" to make a pillbox or bunker out of the one large opened trench area. A few craters and barricades for the center, maybe some taller terrain. I will probably add some other smaller details, odd weapons, crates, sandbags etc.
Only problem I have now is the last piece, I'm wondering if it needs more hills or craters or something, seems bland compared to the other 3.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Whered the time go?

I had issues with my spray primer today, so I threw the models in the simple green and I grabbed my knife and thought I would carve out a small corner of the table. Four hours later I had everything carved and glued into place. I am about out of foam and balsa wood so I had to go sparingly on things. I think it will all balance out well. One side of the table will have better troop cover, while the other will have clearer lanes for movement. I also decided not to glue in some hills and and leave it optional.

No that's not the chupacabra, that's Max my dog. I'm glad he doesn't like chewing pink foam because there's a ton of it laying around.

Already I am getting ideas for another table, even though I am about out of materials and cash for now. This tables actually cost me more then the first, although the first was definitely more work. Just wish I had used better water effects back then, and cut it different. I think the new one will fit together better and will have less seems showing.

Monday, May 10, 2010

shotgun effect

So a break from the blog but I have been busy, tried to stay on target but once again my shotgun blast hit more then one army to work on.
Yep, that looks like orks mixed in with some chaos I assembled. Finally got my second set of gas masks from Brokenforge, Phil was interested in seeing these painted up so I suppose I better get started.

Testing out the lights and camera settings once again, think I may go back to the natural light like I used on the vet's, the light was too close for these shots as well.

Almost finished with the urban veterans and command unit, went with a dark red bandanna to get some color in there. Working on a medic, and 2 demo charges to "throw" in from time to time.

With some days off, I plan to get some more done, and maybe get started on the second half of the table.