Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 year end.. random-ness.

Well it's been a while since I posted. I have been working on stuff - however I had planned to wait until after sealing most of it to post up pics. Unfortunately there was a mistake when I booked the hobby room and instead of getting it last weekend - I have to wait until January 8th :\

I have mostly been painting little things. I finished up my Pit Fighter for warhammer quest, I painted up a Scum and a couple beastmaster rats for necromunda, as well as getting a 40K objective (oil drums) painted up. I also got 5 bowmen painted up for my Mordheim warband - as we've started a Mordheim campaign at Heavy Support Games - I am super pumped about finally getting to play some Mordheim. Also have been getting stuff ready to prime (though still failed on the Warg Riders).

I also got a few more necromunda models ready (minus sealing) to use by giving them a light "wash" with a wood stain. This includes a Telekinetic Wyrd and a Goliath Juve (will use with genestealer cult or as hired gun) that my brother painted. I used the stain on the Scummer as well - but he counts as painting points.

I have a bunch of pics from some necromunda games I never got around to posting - and probably won't because I don't remember much of the game anymore, and I'll be waiting until the New Year to post pics of what I have painted recently since (at least the wood stain dipped models) look way too shiny without the matt sealer.

I also found some christmas spirit and gave away a bunch of old junker models to some folks who would put it to use. One is a couple tactical squads of 2nd edition marines to a kids 40K club (will definitely post when I get some pics of what they have painted) and the other is some really junky marines and some cardstock templates to a family whose son is interested, but can't afford to really get him much (and definitely not drop $100+ dollars without knowing if he's interested).

Overall it's been a busy december - but not as busy hobby wise as I'd like. With the hobby room booked and *confirmed* for early january I hope to get a good start to 2010. I've completed 215 of my 250 point goal - 86%.

Goals for 2010;
* Complete 250 painting points
* Get my Orcs & Goblins to a useful level - fully painted (at least 1,500)
* Get my Space Sharks to a useful level - fully painted (at least 1,500)
* Build a collection of Space Hulk maps for my travel space hulk.
* Play LOTS!
* Paint a mini a week, see our local groups blog - Weekly Minis.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Week 1: Tristan - Pyromaniac Wyrd (necromunda)

Here is my mini I plan to paint first week of January. My thoughts for this blog are to get one-off's painted, such a hired guns for necromunda or mordheim, characters for warhammer quest, etc. I think I've got enough single mini's to take me into March so that should hopefully give me enough time to grab some more for later in the year.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

travel space hulk... playable!!!

disclaimer: these pics aren't from a game, hope to get a game in friday - just wanted some pics
I finished up my blips last weekend, except for a couple scratches which I fixed up yesterday. They're pretty simple, the blip design printed on cardstock, attached to magnet sheet, I painted the backs with dheneb stone so I could just write the numbers on with a thin black pen. Thanks must go to my friend Rich (Santa) who came up with the brilliant idea of using roman numerals. I would've spent way more time wiping off poorly written 2's and 3's.
Officially playable!! I setup excel to have square cells and just drew borders to make a printable map. Added the entry points, starting points with little characters. I used empty square door symbols. My plan at the moment is to write down next to the doors if they're open/broken, same with overwatch & guard next to the termies.
Get ready Ian!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

B-day present JPG

Here it is - my birthday present. Gavin sent me some formatted jpgs - look at all the detail on this thing. He even included a dead Mantis Warrior in the ground. All kinds of details from my tank are in the painting; kill markings, army badges, etc. Love it!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Best Girlfriend EVER! happy birthday to ME

It's been a great day. I turned 29 today, got some nice prezzies - but top of the pile definitely is what my beautiful girlfriend got me. She had a friend of ours who's a great illustrator to base a gorgeous piece of art on my Space Sharks Razorback. He's going to send me some jpgs to use as wallpapers and stuff, but here's a pic of me holding the painting and my model.
It's absolutely gorgeous and there are tons of great little details in it. I've spent about half an hour poring over it and am just beside myself with how cool this is. Can't wait to mount it on the wall above my painting area. I'll wait until I have jpgs to post to remark on all the little details, but I couldn't help myself making a quick post.


Monday, November 16, 2009

necromunda batrep - new gang

Here is the batrep from Saturday's gang fight - Delaques vs. Escher.

I wrote a new gang list to give Mike a break from the Spyrers and to give me more to do in the game. I went with a ranged leader to try and ensure she's always around for bottle tests. I had debated a plasma gun for my heavy, but in the end took the reliable heavy stubber. I had a juve and ganger to go with each. Juve as a shield and ganger with some basic weapons. Then I took two more CC oriented groups. A juve & ganger armed for CC, plus a ganger with a lasgun to provide some reliable fire support.

I tried to make sure there were more walkways in use so we wouldn't need to adjust for whatever we rolled on the treacherous conditions table. this worked out well as we ended up rolling acid rain and started most of our guys with something overhead to protect them - as you can see by the deployment pictures later.
north end
east end
south end
west end

Escher deployment - I deployed first, picked the south end. Everyone but my heavy and her juve human shield were deployed under walkways or roof to avoid the acid rain.
Escher overview (hopefully this helps you understand the direction of the game)

Delaque deployment - Mike deployed second in the north end and followed my lead keeping most guys with a roof over their head except for his heavy stubber and supporting ganger. Just before we started we rolled for the acid rain. Mike's lasgun guy was hit, but survived it and gained Impressive Scars (+1 Ld)
Delaque overview

The delaque heavy stubber & supporting ganger went on overwatch, while the rest of his gang ran forwards to get good positions.
First thing in my turn was playing my event card - hallucinogenic gas clouds. I only rolled enough for one gas cloud, but managed to get it right over Mike's heavy & ganger. Both his guys resisted it's effects.
The rest of my Eschers ran forwards trying to take advantage of cover, with the heavy stubber and lasgun girls hanging back on overwatch.
My leader managed a boltgun shot on his leader, but only pinned him.

Hilarity (well for me) begins this turn. We rolled for the gas cloud and it shrunk. Mike's two delaques were partially under the template - using necromunda rules I needed a 4+ to hit them.
Both were hit, neither resisted the gas - his heavy getting pinned by visions of bugs crawling all over him.
Meanwhile the lasgun armed ganger is convinced there are enemies all around. Mike rolls a scatter die for his facing and of course it's directed at his large group of gangers with his leader. One of Mike's other gangers gets taken "man down" by his wild shooting. We decided to award him 5 xp for a wounding hit to take some of the sting out! The rest of the guys in that area took advantage of the leader being around and all kept their nerve.
Safe from the acid rain, Mike's group with the flamer make a dash forwards - my heavy stubber let's loose on overwatch, only manages to get two hits, neither of which could be spread - but does take a shotgun armed delaque out of action, while running out of ammo for the rest of the game. His juve and flamer lose their nerve and run back a few inches to cover.
His leader leaves a juve behind to protect the ganger down and rushes forwards with two more juves.
In my turn, the gangers who have basic weapons take up overwatch again.
My ammo-less heavy and her juve shield run down to support my leader with their stub guns (ha!) My leader's shooting is ineffective.
The more CC oriented gang members try to work their way forwards in cover.

We start once again with the gas cloud, it doesn't change at all, this time just pinning the lasgun delaque with visions of creepy crawlies. His heavy runs away from the gas cloud. The rest of the delaques advance more slowly.
The heavy stubber opens up on my shotgun armed ganger and takes her "man down" - but eerily also running out of ammo.
Meanwhile Mike's leader and two juves open up on the nearest CC armed escher and pin both of them.
His down ganger stays down, but his flamer armed heavy rallies.
In my turn the delaques once again resist the effects of the gas cloud, however my gang stepped up and caused damage on their own. My orange hair takes out a lone delaque juve standing in the open.
The rest of my gang rushed forwards hoping to take advantage and get some CC wounds.
My leader took his leader straight "out of action". His two juves lose their nerve and go into hiding.
Then just the icing on the cake my shotgun ganger managed to pull through the pain and went from "man down" to "flesh wound", saving me from taking guaranteed bottle test next turn.

The delaques pass their bottle test and hang around, the gas cloud has no effect on the lasgun delaque still in it's area of effect. His flamer armed heavy takes advantage of his "Hip Shooting" skill (MONSTROUS on a flamer. Run 8" and fire! The -1 to hit has no effect) to rush my two closest CC gang members and roast them both (one "man down", one straight "out of action").
Mike continues to pour fire at my other CC equiped girls, misses - but uses his event card to cause D3 S4 hits from a nearby pipe that burst, taking my ganger "out of action".
My turn goes relatively quickly - I pass my bottle test. I charge a shotgun armed ganger with two of my juves and except for the girls nearest his hiding juves - the rest of my gang goes on overwatch as they don't have line of sight, and I wanted to keep them in cover - my casualties are starting to pile up.
Early on it looked like I would have an easy time of it, but Mike's gang hung in there and started to make it difficult (hip shooting flamer FTW!). My first juve rocks his ganger "out of action" and follows up behind a bulkhead to protect her from the flamer - he'll only be able to pick one of the two to flambe!

Mike makes his bottle test. The gas cloud finally drifted this time, totally catching the same lasgun ganger who'd been traumatized by it all game - luckily he resisted it's effects again. The delaques advance slowly trying to work their way forward to shoot from cover. Mike's heavy uses his shotgun and wastes the juve in the open near his flamer.
She goes "man down" only, so Mike then uses his flamer to wound her again and causes her to go "out of action".
In my turn I pass my bottle test. My juve who avoided his two heavies charges his flamer guy. Another juve runs to get within her initiative distance to spot his two hidden juves. My heavy shoots one of his previously hidden juves with her stub gun, taking him "man down" and causing the other juve to flee into hiding.
The rest of my gang stays on overwatch. His flamer armed heavy totally scrags my CC juve taking her "out of action". Meanwhile my other CC juve pulls herself together from being "man down" and suffers a flesh wound.

We continue to pass bottle tests. Mike's flamer roasts my newly risen CC juve, while the rest of his gang miss. He decides to use his down juve's 2" crawl to roll off the walkway, suffering a S3 hit, but allowing his other broken juve to protect him.
In my turn the gas cloud finally dissipates, my juve charges his broken juve (technically I couldn't charge him because he was hidden, but we allowed it to seem more realistic - although playing delaque there's a debate to be had there ;) ) but I have a horrific round of shooting - missing everything. My juve scrags his in CC.

Mike finally bottles and the game is mine.

It was a bloody affair with something like 7 casualties on his side and 5 on mine. Post game a shotgun armed delaque dies outright, while one of my gangers suffers multiple injuries (including an old battle wound and a leg wound) - to add insult 2 more of my gangers suffer leg wounds. A quarter of my gang is now M3! Luckily for the most part, I was able to move equipment around between gang members - making the M3 gangers my supporting fire. On the plus side I did get a couple wound increases (very nice!) and one of those got a toughness increase as well (hard as nails!). We both rolled captured for one gang member, so we just did a straight trade to keep things easy.

I REALLY lucked out with my territory rolls. An archeotech (2d6*10) plus two d6*10 territories, and even a settlement. This has given me a great inflow of cash post game - and luckily I've had enough gangers I could even send one to assist my leader looking for rare items.

We played a short second game - but were running out of time so no pics. Mike will be a little disappointed as he thoroughly trashed my gang in this fight. He took all my girls out of action for not a scratch on his guys. This was package run from Anthony Case, which was quite fun and we'll for sure be including it in the future. Mike captured one of my juves, but I did luck out after the second game and my settlement provided a free juve!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

random necro pic - Wyrd Telepath

Here's another of my old necromunda models. He was painted years ago in my first phase of wargaming. I've given him a coat of varnish and hopefully he will get some use in the near future. (I'm itching to try out the wyrd coven gang Anthony Case has created!)

I had my buddy Mike over for some more necromunda action today. I rolled with a new gang - Escher. We had a couple games - a proper gang fight where we beat the crap out of each other and we tried a new scenario from Anthony Case called Package Run, where I fooled Mike into who was carrying the actual package - but he managed to scrag all my models (we each had four after rolling for number of troops) to no losses. A strong victory for Mike's Delaque.

I took a bunch of pics and notes so will get a batrep up soon.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

goblin characters

I got the finishing touches done on my two goblin characters tonight. To try and make them stand out from the crowd a bit, I gave them purple armour/robes (still using wash only technique) and decided that wasn't enough - so I used an actual paint on a single piece for each model (green dragon helm for lord, red skull spikes for shaman) - much better.

Total actual hours for this army should be record low! As for painting points, I've slipped a little behind - 82% done points for 86% of the year done. I really need to get those warg riders painted, as alltogether that'll be 60 painting points, more than enough to complete my goal.
They shouldn't take very long to paint either. I figure about 6 hours to paint 30 wargs and another 6 for the riders. The problem is getting their bases ready/adding magnets/filing gaps.

Goblin Hero/Lord
Goblin Shaman

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

O&G update - spear chukkas

Well I failed in my plan to get all my wargs assembled for priming this weekend. I didn't want to let the hobby room booking go to waste so I varnished all my orcs & goblins, and I also primed my two "spear chukkas" (aka mordor siege bows) and my two goblin characters (shaman & hero).

I still have the shaman and hero on the painting table (sorting out some of the colours for them is a little more complex) but I've completed the two spear chukkas and crew. Painted like all the other models from this army - nearly nothing but washes. I think it worked really well on the war machine itself, I used white and darker grey before starting the wash treatment to look like colour variations in the wood.

random necro pic - 'Scummer' Berbe

I've recently started seriously looking at any painted models I have from my first foray into GW more than a dozen years ago. I have some models which I really don't see myself ever re-painting completely - so I've been trying to see if I can get them somewhere I'm happy with and be done with it. Some of the mordheim lizardmen and bonnie annerson are two examples (lizzies painted by my bro). On top of that I have some painted models that I ended up with in bulk deals through craigslist or similar (likely on deck... old school 40K assassin).

Here's another of my brothers, a necromunda "underhive scum" wielding a plasma pistol. He was painted quite well, very neat and even a bit of blending on the pistol. It definitely didn't scream finished though, so I took some of my wood stain dip, mixed in some water to keep it nice and thin and gave the whole model a wash. Then I gave it a shot of testors dullcote to get rid of the gloss. He looks perfectly scummy now - and I hope to get a chance to include him in future games.
I'm going to try to document all my other painted stuff that hasn't shown up in the blog yet. I have a Wyrd Telepath I painted that I've already got varnished, a Wyrd Telekinetic my brother painted that just needs a bit of touch ups + the watered down dip treatment that I'm thinking of getting done.

Eventually I plan to put together some numbers for total models painted per game.

ps. Thanks to Mik for naming him :)
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