Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
I may eventually replace the Assault Termie Sarge shield with a large, round Hoplon shield. The theme for my BA army will be a blend of Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek. The Angels of Purity recruit from the planet Antiquitas, which consists of two major, similar cultures (you guessed it. . .one Greek and one Roman). Even after they're recruited into the chapter, they're allowed to retain their culture through their name, and if they attain Veteran status, are allowed to customize their armor in a more greek or roman fashion (so a Hoplon shield or Scutum, xiphos or gladius, etc.). Anyway, as Leandros is (obviously) from a more Greek tradition, and I wanted him to have a Storm Shield (3+ Invuln FTW!), a large shield and gigantic spear just seemed to fit. Oh, and for a size comparison on that bad boy. . .
So, with one point on the ground, the spear is almost twice as long as a terminator and base. It was a simple conversion too. I simply clipped the head and pommel off of a thunder hammer, cut up a Chaos Knight lance, and blammo -- gigantic force weapon.
The model itself hasn't seen any combat yet, though a proxy did in his stead (and died in one of two games). But he shall cut his teeth this coming Wednesday!
That's right, almost no highlighting, one coat of paint not watered down. . .ah, early painting projects. I was totally stoked back in the day just to have stuff painted. Of course, I didn't have the luxury of starting in the old RT days, when everything was one thick coat with no highlights. Anyway, compare this to my latest project, my unit of Hammerers.
The front rank is, for the most part, finished, although I have to go back and paint the musician's horns, and the Hammerer second from the left has a gem on his helmet that also needs to be done. Oh, and you might have noticed that these aren't the standard, one-pose, metal hammerers. I'm not a huge fan of those models, and also not a huge fan of spending that much money on one unit. So, instead of shelling out about $6 a model, my cost was closer to $2. Of course, it would not have been possible without a LOT of extra hammers. The main difficult lies in the fact that the new warrior/longbeard kit comes with only two-handed axes as great weapons. Since I had already assembled a full dwarf army (with great weapons), and had a lot of spare warrior sprues kicking around, I had plenty of hammer heads. Then it's a simple matter of clipping off the axehead and replacing it with a hammer and voila! Cheap hammerers that don't weigh eighty pounds. Also, here's a look at the cloaks on the command section.
I still have a little bit of touchup work to do, primarily a wash of Thrakka Green, which will help redarken the recesses where my less-than-steady hand could be seen with it's messiness. It also helps to smooth out sharper highlights, which I think will really help. I should have a chance to take care of that tonight and get a new picture up this weekend.
Moving away from my latest project, here are some pictures of other units I have painted, in order from oldest to newest.
Some quarrlers, about two years old. These guys are two of the first units I re-painted after the great army stripping of 2008. They need a coat of Matte Varnish, which should kill the gloss, and to have their bases cleaned up, but the lion's share of the work is done.
Some last-edition Dwarf Warriors. These guys are pretty much done. I'll have to paint the base edges black to match the rest of my army, but then these baddies are done. This, by the way,is the first unit I ever assembled.
Lastly, the Gnollengrom, my last-edition metal longbeards. I love the look of the old, metal 'beards. . .but I never want to paint a unit of them again! There's so much detail for a rank and file unit of, in this case, nineteen.
And that's about it. I'll definitely get a picture of the Hammerer cloaks after a Thrakka wash. And as I still have five primed black Hammerers, so I'll be able to get some step-by-step painting shots of them, hopefully this weekend. I have a 40k tourney to run, and those long rounds should afford me some time to paint. Oh, and if you want to see full-size versions of these pictures, head to my photobucket album.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Having a shooty marine list, I tend to place objectives toward board edges and in cover, so I can plop a combat squad with a heavy weapon right on them and hold, while my other combat squads rush forward to threaten my enemy. But perhaps it would be more effective to place them in the open. After all, most armies lack in a large amount of AP3 or better weapons, and I could always hide my marines in cover nearby until the end of the game, when they rush out and grab the objective. This would have the double benefit of giving me clear lines of fire to enemy units attempting to snap up objectives, as well as denying cover saves to said enemy units. As most of my opponents are Orks, Tyranids and Daemons, cover saves tend to be vital for them.
Once I switch over to my assault-heavy Blood Angels list (two months!), I definitely like the concept of lots of objectives at the center, as it forces my opponent to advance forward and meet me in open combat.
This is something I'm definitely going to have to consider in future games.
Next up is the site that helps fuel my plastic crack addiction, Bartertown.com. This is a great trading website that has the distinct advantage over most other forums in the fact that it's dedicated entirely to trading. It also has a solid feedback system, and the regulars and forum mods can be bloodhounds when it comes to tracking down people who try to rip traders off, which is always a comfort when you're sending expensive minis all over the place. I've managed some ridiculously good trades over there, including my entire BFG fleet and my entire Epic army (which includes in Imperator Titan. . .huzzah!). So yeah, definitely check it out.
Lastly, there's the site many of us GW nerds look to for the latest juicy tidbits, Bell of Lost Souls.
It has, perhaps, the most reliable rumors for upcoming GW releases, and lots of good articles to boot. Search through the archives, and you can also see things like great army conversions, tactica and painting guides, etc. It's definitely a good time waster.
So those are my three main nerd sites. Definitely check them out, although, if you're not from Western Mass, you might not be overly interested in The 131. Tonight, I photograph my stunties and I'll see if I can't post up my lazy man's painting guide.