Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Slow week

Finally got my order from the Wargames Factory, and I have to admit I am impressed with their work for the price. its obvious to see how some of the kits have improved over time. The zombies are lacking detail, some of the vikings are great and some pieces still seem off. The shocktroops aren't bad, I would definitely use them if I was starting a guard army on the cheap side.
Threw a dusty guardsmen up to see how they compare.

Here's about 109 bucks worth of Wargames Factory plastic, I may have to stack up some GW sprues next week and compare.

Last Saturday I had a fun game with a newbie friend at a store on the west side, whenever I play at a local shop I feel compelled to make a purchase and support the store. So why not start army number seven with some Blood Angels? I intend to use a lot of old school models I have laying around to finish this force off. Going to do minimal magnet work, mostly on the backpacks and jump packs.

Almost done with the first test model, had some issues getting a red scheme I liked. Still poking along on the ogryn, and did some base colors on the scout bikers.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Staring out the Windshield.

Another lazy week, but I did have some rather strange ideas for the rest of my marines. I primed the scout bikers, built and primed some scout sergeants I was lacking and almost finished two of the four drop pods.
Most of my time was spent assembling and tearing apart my techmarine, trying to find a way to fit a conversion beamer on him. I never received all the correct parts for his harness anyway. (not the first time GW has done this)I finally just stuck an old space hulk beamer on his shoulder(sometimes I wonder if its pointing the right way.). I may try and throw some extra cables and wires to improve his look.

So I looked around at the rest of my marine army, and looked at the vanilla book and realized why I was never content with it. Ever since the beginning of my love of the hobby I have liked the assault marine. From my days of playing PC game,Chaos Gate, the assault squad was always my favorite.
glancing at the vanilla list its pretty obvious having an assault force wont get you very far. Lack of scoring units, expensive and really not all that great compared to other hand to hand units in the game. Still I think they are better then the jack of all trade and master of none, tac squad.
My other favorite unit has always been the librarian, and now that forgeworld has the new red scorpion and honor guard it got my brain thinking. I loved the Red Scorpion fluff, although they aren't well known for scout units.( Go figure I make a scout themed army.)
I came to a conclusion that I will still use the vanilla book, for most list builds, and the scout list, but when I want to run vanguard and some assault troops I am going to use the Blood Angel book. For a "counts as" I don't think its too far of a stretch. The sergeant upgrade into an apothecary isn't far off with using a sanguinary priest.
I know some are going to think, "great another blood angel wanna be." but honestly I just want some scoring assault troops and lets face it the vanguard can actually deep strike better. I will be avoiding special characters, and most vehicles, so I will be only using this for a heavy assault list.
I love the Seth model, so who knows maybe I will just do a Flesh Tearer army in the near future.(like I need more marines, ugh.)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Off Road

So I got a lot started this week, with a little help from the new Iron Maiden CD, nice to plug in some music and just paint most of the day.
I have played around with a scout force in the past, and now I think I am going to try a crazy list. 4 drop pods full of dread's, 4 different scout units, 2 landspeeder storms, scout bikers, and a Master of the Forge HQ to name a few. Still working on some final touches and units to add, probably assault termi's as a hammer unit. I will probably lose a lot of games, but it will hopefully be tactical and fun to play for a well fought victory.

It didn't take me long to get the bikes together, going to try a small unit of 4. I will probably increase this after a few games if they manage to do anything at all.They will be a suicide unit, trying to get a position to call in the real beef.

I worked on a tac squad while I was waiting on the scouts to arrive, they will be used for a more normal list someday. Also worked on some designs for a sternguard unit.

Grabbed a bone'ead, love me some ogryns. I am impressed with the newer models, good detail and size. I would get more but I am full of old ones. Will probably compare my paint job over the years when this guy is done.

I really went off the reservation with some old foundry street violence miniatures in the back, they have a lot to do with the next package due in the mail.
Just realized I have a game Saturday and no idea what to take or time to get it together. Oh well back to work for the next couple days.