29 Nov 2012

New Scenery

Warfare is always bad for my wallet. Fact.

There is a cliche' about having an Angel and a Devil whispering in your ears. In my version I had three Devils; Von, Silverback and Junta were all egging me on to buy more and more Warmill stuff. They know how weak I am!

Anyhoo I ended up with four of the new Warmill shipping containers and very nice they are too. Not the simpliest of kits as you have to be very careful with several place specific parts that are very similar looking. Like Ikea on acid! Nice models tho'.

I also got some of the cheap Warbases modular building to be scenery for our upcoming games of Dystopian Legions. Under £30 got me nine buildings. They needed roofing but that is a quick enough job. Especially if you take them to work and do them in your lunch breaks. It's okay.....my colleagues know I am a nerd. In fact they are so accustomed to it that all that is left is a casual interest in what I am actually doing ;-)

26 Nov 2012

Transport for grots

So thanks to Fark for access to his trash box of discards.  I spent the afternoon raiding my Ork bitz box and cutting plasticard to create some grot tanks.  I also split open a water filter cartridge to get the small balls to make the nuts and rivets on the various plasticard plates.

Added with some Kromlech turrets and I think I have avoided paying £60 to forgeworld for three of their Grot Tanks........

So what do you think?

I won a prize!

At Warfare a week ago I entered a prize draw from Spartan Games for Dystopian Legions. Imagine my surprise when on the Monday I got a message saying I'd won!

Here's my prize:

Yep more stuff to paint and a whole new game system to learn but what the heck: I'm a wargamer and shiny stuff is what I do!

Also found a new objective marker in the local toy shop; just need a couple more...
Just what the Doctor ordered. Yes. I went there.

Crossing the 4000

If you remember I am in the middle of trying to paint up 6000 points of World Eaters for March 2013; assuming the Mayans got it wrong obviously...

The original army list I had was just over 6000 and included everything I owned for this army. After a few games that list has, of course, completely changed and now if I was to paint everything I own I'd have over 7000 points. Eek.

Last week was a holiday week so I was able to concentrate on the army for a good few hours every day.

Here's the first model completed in that time: say hello to the Maulerfiend with Lash Tendrils (cos they look cool!)

You will note he seems to be crawling over a ruin and you'd be correct. He has a special rule called Siege Crawler which means he can move 12" and ignore difficult terrain so rather than plant him on a bare base I decided to get a little more creative.
Still a fair bit of work to complete the base and currently he's just balancing for effect. The intention is to use magnets so he can be transported more easily and to help out should I meet any unscrupulous players who decide that TLOS means they can see him on his elevated base.
He was a lot of fun to paint although if you do build one I'd advise leaving the engine chimneys and shoulder pads off to paint separately. Mine eats Grots apparently but dislikes Obliterators.

He was so much fun to do that I opted to add his cousin to the army even though I didn't have the model until Thursday last week! Say hello to the Forgefiend with Hades Autocannons.

What else have I added then? Well you saw the Aegis Line previously although I should probably get some more pictures of the completed version.

The main additions this week have been another 10 Combat Cultists who are now built and undercoated so that I can have a squad of 20 marching up the board with Kharn. I've also treated myself to a Decimator Daemon Engine from Forgeworld who no doubt will get some pictures eventually.

One thing I'm finding with 6th Edition is that large blobs of Infantry are the kings of objectives; hence the Cultists. However, I'm now changing the army to include 2 x 16 Khorne Berzerker units to see how they do. One item that just has to be added is the Icon of Wrath! The ability to re-roll my charge range with these large squads is absolutely vital. I got hold of the Banners of Rage from GW and two of them were completed today.

So what else have I added then? 10 Chaos Space Marines with Icon of Vengeance, Heavy Bolter and Plasma Gun were also built, undercoated and basecoated in the lovely Humbrol Desert Yellow. These boys are Troops and can man the Aegis Line or Bastion. With the Icon of Vengeance they are Fearless. So now I have a Troop unit that will stand still to operate a Skyfire gun and hopefully capture objectives.

Normally I'd add a Power Fist to any unit but with this army I'm now moving away from that idea. Why you ask? Champion of Chaos rule. Essentially whenever we get into combat (we're Khorne so it's going to happen right?) any Chaos Champion has to either Issue a Challenge or Accept a Challenge: they have no choice.

A Power Fist is great but in a challenge you're going at initiative 1 and probably dying. I want to keep these boys alive or at least give them a fighting chance so I'm re-thinking Power Weapons and/or Lightning Claws.

So here's the Champion for the new Chaos Space Marine squad. Yes he has 2 Bloodletter arms as the Hellblade sword is gorgeous.
And as that worked I've now set about creating 2 new Berzerker Champions for the large 16 man units both armed with Power Weapons. The first one below uses a Power Sword from the new Chaos Raptor boxset as I'm going to build mine as Warp Talons I had this weapon spare.
The other one is actually going to be armed with 2 Power Swords for that extra attack because, well, because he can. He also has a Hellblade and a standard CSM power sword. He costs 5 points more than having a Power Fist but as Champion number 1 above is 10 points less than with a Power Fist it still fits the army list. And 2 Power Swords is cool right??
My current total painted has now crossed the 4000 point mark! I will post the new list and what's done next time but for now I need a rest so back to work Monday and take stock again tomorrow evening.

What next for the painting table? Haven't a clue!

13 Nov 2012

Chaos Drive Continues

My drive to paint as much Chaos as possible continues! I've now got myself into a fairly good routine of an hour or two of hobby time every night of the week (except Tuesday's which are gaming nights!) and then some good hours at weekends. It helps that I've started popping over to Triple every couple of weeks where hobby time is an absolute.

So first up here are the 10 Cultists from the Dark Vengeance boxset with Autoguns. Lovely figures considering they are a starter set and very easy to paint.

Say hello to my Little Friend
I've tried to use very similar colours to the World Eaters without making them look exactly like the Berzerkers. So lots of Mechrite Red just like the Berzerkers but then Tausept Ochre rather than sand. Again though a very small pallette to keep things simple and plenty of washes.
Right. Where's that Aegis Defence Line they promised?
Experimented with the new Washes on these chaps and they don't look too bad. What it did show me though is that the new Carroburg Crimson wash is a good deal darker than the old Baal Red. Not good as the Red wash is the colour that finalises my scheme.

A quick trawl of eBay and I found someone in Glasgow with 10 pots of Baal Red on buy it now. Sorted. That should keep me going for a while.
Nice Mask. Gun's not too shabby either.

And as I wait for the bases of the Cultists to dry I've plonked the Maulerfiend on the painting table and started work on him. He's another model that perhaps some pieces should have been left off originally until painted - like the shoulder pads... Still sure it will be fine.

My right side
I also decided to break him off his base so I could properly paint him underneath and then give him a proper designer base when ready.... must be some more Howling Griffons I can accidentally add!

Experimenting with the new Khorne Red paint instead of Mechrite and then I'll use a bit of Mephiston Red to brighten it before plastering on the washes.
My Other side
Brilliantly I have a week off work next week so I suspect that providing the list of things to do around the house isn't too long that I should get some good quality hobby time. Wahoo!

12 Nov 2012

Teeny tiny update....

One quad gun.

Now I need a defense line to go with it!