November 23, 2009

40k Top Bloggers

I decided to share 5 of my favorite blogs with my readers as well as explaining why they're 'Top Bloggers'.

Santa Cruz Warhammer - John and Mike at Santa Cruz Warhammer have a real love for the hobby and it shows! They regularly give back to the community with free give-away's (one of which I won) and have great models to-boot.

From the Warp - Ron's great attitude about the different aspects of the hobby is very straight-forward and well thought out. (much like his projects) I like Rogue Trader Fridays, Ron's tutorials are great, and I'm always finding new blog to follow! With the semi-recent addition of a few guest authors this blog has growth in all areas. His blogger group now boasts "over 400 members" so definately "take a minute and see what's new."

Going on Campaign - This site seems to be at the forefront of campaigning for 40k. I could tell you all about the maps, markers, tokens, and campaign styles but it's simply something you'll have to take in yourself.

The Vanus Temple - Not only does this blog boast some of the coolest Deathwing models I've ever seen but the layout is simply gorgeous. Always a blast to read if you're into all the aspects of the hobby.

DEI GRECI - Described as an "Airmobile Imperial Guard Regiment for Warhammer 40,000", this blog features a project of immense proportion: an 'Athena Steampunk Airship'. Think huge and detailed. This guy carves plasticard for days.

Don't feel excluded if I follow your blog but you didn't make this list! It's not a definitive top 5, just stuff I'm enjoying lately.

November 16, 2009

Xenos scum pt.2

Two more Squid-men are ready for the table. Leaving 8 more to go and the biggest part of the project will be finished. This madness is well over a year old, but something always comes up every time I try to finish it.

I can make a 1.5k list with no problem. After all the time, that has been put in on the project, I don't see a reason to build a bigger list. It may not be the most competitive army in the game, but it plays. I've been tinkering with a new one, but really can't change much, without building up something.

November 15, 2009

Dark Elf Witches

I'm ready to be done with the girls. The whole "natural flesh tone" thing is not my strongest of skills. Who's ever heard of a tan Ork? The witches were a excellent chance to use the new flesh wash. Make sure to water the stuff down and work in layers is my advice. Not the best effort, but not bad for stepping outside my comfort zone.

This gal is my assassin, till I can get another model more suited for the role.

November 13, 2009

Xenos Scum

I never figured out a name for this ugly thing. I've been painting it, while working on the ladies and they are taking forever. This Lovecraft nightmare, counts as the Changeling in my Hrud/Demon army.

W.a.C's like to talk about stuff that breaks the game.
Stop right here!

For 5 points and single failed leadership test. I get to shoot you with your own units! All I gotta do is see the unit and be in my 24" range. What else does that? My little monster has been responsible for all sorts of terror for my opponents.

November 09, 2009

Dark Elves 1850

My dark elf list... Please note that when I started the army, I bought the models that I liked, before the internet could tell me otherwise. The list is set at 1850, but if you add it up, it's a little short. I'm still not sure if I want a unit of cold one knights or if I want to try out two smaller units of Witches and Executioners? That will be a game-day decision.

The overall plan seems to be for the army to move in mass while the range units clear the path. Dark riders should be deployed together to threaten one of the flanks. The Manticore is held back to counter-charge the dragon. Hopefully the beast will do some damage and if I'm lucky take the monster down after softening it up with the bolters. The sorceress goes with the spear unit along with the assassin. I'm really geeked to play with this guy! He's got 5-8 poison attacks that always strike first. If I wanted, I could add on the killing blow ability and really scare some wood elves.

25 Warriors -215
Shields and full command
War banner

5 Dark riders -117
Cross bows
2 units for 234

10 Cross bow warriors -100

1 Cold one chariot -100

2 Bolt Thrower -200

1 Cheesy Hydra -175

Dread lord -400
With Manticore, Caldor's bane and Armour of Darkness

L2. Magic lady with Tome of Furion-150

Assassin -121
Extra hand weapon and Rune of khaine

Any thoughts?

Now I remember why i hate Warhammer...


Two for one, is motto of the mounted unit.

Sure it's only one model in the game but, my paint brush doesn't see it that way. This thought popped back up in my mind, while I was touching up the dark riders. If they weren't so incredibly awesome on the table. I probably wouldn't have ever bothered.

However during my dark elf research putting the army together. I discovered that they are a staple. So i made two units out of the Glade Rider box sets and some DE torsos. For the touch ups, I fuddled around with the horses and did up the cloaks. This strong dislike for the horses, explains my attraction to the rat-men and the bearded folk.

November 08, 2009

Genestealer Test Model

Last night, after deciding I didn't want to work on my Glade Riders for Fantasy, I finally painted up one of my Space Hulk 'stealers. I actually really enjoyed the model, and I'm thinking of getting together a Tyranid force when the new book drops. (you know how it goes lol) If I randomly nab another copy of Space Hulk that idea may become a reality. (magnetizing the bases of course)

Sorry the pics are still a bit dark, I do need to get another light from the store. Hopefully you can still make out the source-lighted shading on the model and base, something I've been working with a lot lately and I think it's developing into a part of my style.

Thinking about Tyranids

Well sort of...

While I am very excited for the new Nid codex and eagerly waiting to putting the bugs back on the table. I must admit that rumor of plastic gargoyles has me pumped. The idea of a kit with multiple wings could lead to all sorts of crazy conversions . If I had some plastic wings, I could go grab a box of demonettes, then make up some harpies for the Dark Elves. I don't think it would be to much effort to build the models up on rocky crags, then slap on the wings. If not it's time to break down and shell out the clams for these lovely ladies

November 06, 2009

Ice World table Inauguration pics part 2.

Here's a few more pics I took of a different game between the Cog boys and 'me Orks on the brand new Ice world. Games on ice planet play oddly compared to our "green" table. Plenty of pillars and ice mounds to hide entire units behind but very little in the way of cover saves... once yer' out in the open.

I think this game ended up a draw with a huge bloody melee at the end. Hand to hand combat is about the only place to hide from one of those bloody planes. My Storm boys were brought to a abrupt halt when they hit a wall of steel. They retired early as usual.

Good stuff.

November 05, 2009

Cold one Knights

I think cold ones are green or something, but I paint green in my sleep. Besides, my favorite color is blue. The lizard riders act as decent heavy calvary if you don't mind risking the stupidity tests. Leadership 9 is pretty reliable and a bare-necked unit of 5 is less then 150 points. These guys are in all my lists.

Executioners pt.2

Here is a bit of an update on the executioners from a week or so. I have been taking my sweet ole time with this unit. The banner has gone a few changes. I freely admit that I don't do allot of free hand. It's just my own pure laziness. The model did not leave me the option of skipping out.

The banner ended up being very shiny. All the ink and washes that I used left a terrible glare. The solution was a few coats of very watered down Elmer's glue. That seemed to help matte it down.

So after all the time put into the little unit and it's banner dude. I discover that it's not recommend to give small elite units a standard. It naturally draws attention and possibly give up easy victory points in a bad combat.

Up Next... Blood thirsty Witches.

November 03, 2009

Ice World Table Inauguration Pics

Found these pictures lying around the hd today. Thought I'd post em up. Check out the mini-report over @ Paint Your Toys. (and by the wayyyy, we made this table in like two days! meaning we're awesome. Larry's hand wouldn't work afterwords lol)

WE Army Pictures

Here's what I have so far. (shown in the shoddy picture above) My plans right now are to paint my glade riders and waywatchers, and then to acquire another box of dryads (so I can go 3x8) and a treewoman to finish my 2k list. (I'll be dropping a unit of glade riders to make everything fit.)

The Evil Dark Elves

I've been slowly doing some touch up work on my 2,000 Pt. Dark Elf Army. Making some movement trays and painting up a few spear men. Lately, I've been trying to stay in the fantasy mind set and reading up on the books.

I have come to the conclusion, over the last few games. If I am to improve my understanding of Warhammer? I need to stick to just one army for a while. Until I know it inside and out. The flipping back and forth is allot fun, but I'm just confusing myself while learning the core rules. The Dark elves have the potential to play in all 4 phases of game, so they seem a better choice for grinding my teeth. I keep playing around with different lists, but I can't decide... monsters or magic?