Sunday, January 31, 2010

Resin Bases arrive.

The day before the end of January, my resin bases arrive from Dragonforge. I finished up my Rune Priest, added him to his new ice base (dragonforge wasteland bases painted white and washed blue, snow flock added).


Here are the bases for the rest of the models. Also, my February entry of Grey Hunters.



Thursday, January 28, 2010

Terminator Captain

I had plans for finishing a Godhammer Terminator Squad, and this Space Hulk model was to be my Captain. For now, the squad (and this model) will probably be on hold while my money is spent on Space Wolves. At the very least, I based, shaved off emblems, added some bits, and will prime him so is playable. So for now, here is Agemman of the 1st Company... in progress.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rune Priest

Here is the Rune Priest I made from the Wolf Guard Terminator boxed set, finished up. I am still waiting for my resin bases to arrive from Dragon Forge, but when they do I will have him finished and entered as my first month in the 40k Fight Club 2010 Painting Resolution.



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Skaven at Adepticon!

I registered for my first Adepticon, and I'll be playing in the Warhammer Fantasy Championship. Adepticon is releasing their comp scoring guidelines for Skaven on Feb. 2nd, so I am eagerly awaiting the massive penalties for all my goodies and having to then fit what I want back down into 2000 points.

I am thinking I will probably have to paint another unit or two of rats, and I will finally have to paint my Warlord on a Warlitter conversion I did way back when the book was released. I have been playing a Grey Seer in the GLWL and most other pick-up game, but for Adepticon I will need the comp boost a Warlord gives me if I want any chance of taking my rare slot goodies.

Anyone else prepping for a trip to Chicago?

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Sons of Russ

I am now a Space Wolf player! I picked up my first SW models this weekend, and now I am painting them as my 2010 resolution (another change). I have 4 Wolf Guard Terminators and a Rune Priest in Terminator Armor I made from the set. The Rune Priest is my January Painting Resolution entry. I just started his basecoat after class tonight...


Friday, January 22, 2010

Terminator Captain ideas

I had been thinking about how I was going to make the TH/SS Terminator Captain I had been wanting to create for the Godhammer Terminator Squad data sheet. Today I came across a nice Space Hulk Terminator conversion on Collegia Titanica, so I'm going to follow in his footsteps (steal his idea!) and convert Gideon into Agemman of the 1st Company.

Here is the model I just ordered off EBay, and also a shot of Gotthammer's conversion. I plan on putting all of the accessories I usually leave off my models that are now sitting in my bits box to good use.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tantalus Lander for Space Marines?

Will the Tantalus Lander look anything like this Forgeworld work in progress Storm-Eagle?

Apparently the Tantalus Lander is coming in the new Blood Angels codex. There is some speculation on the 'net about whether it will be available to all Space Marine Chapters through the upcoming Battle Missions book. Here is some info, and you can decide for yourself. I'm holding my breath for it, so if do don't post anything for a while......... just wait longer.

In the new Blood Angels Codex, due to be released toward the end of April, there will be a brand-spanking new vehicle introduced for their army. The GW designers have finally listened to old Valerian and introduced the Tantalus Lander as an air and space capable flying support vehicle to fill the niche between the Land Speeder and the Thunderhawk Gunship. Here are the stats:

4 13 11 10

Type: Fast, Skimmer, Assault Vehicle

Weapons: Either 2 Assault Cannon or 1 Twin-linked Assault Cannon (not sure yet), and either Twin-linked Flamers or Twin-Linked Plasma Guns (not sure yet on this one either).

Transport: 16 Infantry, or 8 Jump Infantry, or 5 Terminators, or 1 Dreadnought

So, for the concept just imagine a Space Marine version of the IG Valkerie. The model is reminiscent of the Thunderhawk, but smaller, with an Assault Ramp on the front like a Land Raider. The backstory on this "new" vehicle is that it has always been around in the Space Marine chapters, but an Administratum clerk once mistyped it as a Thunderhawk, and thus the Imperium fell victim to false reports. Many of the classic ground planetary assaults were actually carried out in Tantalus Landers, and not necessarily Thunderhawks.

Alright, so as I said, this is a new vehicle that will be introduced in the Blood Angels codex, but additional rumors indicate that the vehicle will become available to other Marine armies, and that will probably be accomplished in the upcoming Battle Missions book, that is due to be released in March.

I don't think there is any way they lose out on the revenue by not making it available to all marines. Plus the backround states all chapters use them. More...

The Tantalus only allows for jump pack squads to assault after moving or deepstriking. Everything else disembarks as normal. It's not possible to assault with a Dreadnought or Mephiston out of a moving Tantalus.

The transport capacity is 16 power armour or 5 bikes or 1 Dreadnought. Terminators, servitors and jump packs take up two slots, attack bikes take up two bike slots.

I read it in one of the many rumor posts over on the Blood Angel's forum. Will try to go back and find the post. There were two indicators that it might/would become available to all Marines. First, was the rumor to that effect, and that the Battle Missions book was supposed to include various new units in addition to just the rules for more mission scenarios. Second, the fluff behind the Lander was that it was commonly used by all Chapters (not just Blood Angels), and had often been mistaken for Thunderhawks in reports of Space Marine planetary assaults.

Source: The Bolter and Chainsword

Sunday, January 17, 2010

GLWL Game 1

Dave won the first turn and sent his Keeper of Secrets and 2 units of Fiends of Slaanesh marching their maximum movement towards my lines. Dave was playing aggressive for sure. Then, when casting Phantasmagoria, he miscast and I was able to cast the Dreaded 13th Spell, consuming an entire unit of Daemonettes along with a Herald.

At the center of my line, facing down a Greater Daemon, my plague monks and furnace charged and the wrecking ball won me the combat. The 2 devastating losses on the first turn set the pace for the rest of the game.

While Dave was able to take out my entire Plague Monk unit and other large units, my big ticket items were still on the board, and I was able to win 3 table quarters and capture 4 standards to secure my win. The game was still much closer than the score actually showed.


Final tally, Skaven 2885 vs Daemons 1144

Painting Resolution update...

No real update other than to upload some WIP pics. Cassius should be finished next week.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Counts-as and conversion?

With a Daemon army on the horizon as my next Warhammer 40k army, I've been thinking about some conversions and counts-as models to spice up the army a little. If it clearly represents the model and there aren't any shenanigans going on, how do you feel about some of these conversion ideas?

Bloothirster (Balrog from LotR, paint him red, add some chain and brass etchings from Forgeworld)

Seekers of Slaanesh (put regular Daemonettes on top of Dark Elf Cold Ones).

Flesh Hounds of Khorne (Chaos Warhounds, painted red and brown)

Daemon Prince of Slaanesh (Ultraforge model, but otherwise a perfect Daemon Prince).

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I've made it!

It's nice to know someone actually reads my blog! Rhellion's Tabletop made the Tuesday Top Ten list over at From the Warp for the first time, the homepage for the FTW Blogger Group.

The good ol' Hell Pit Abomination got himself a mention on the list, coming in at number 5.

Monday, January 11, 2010

40k Fight Club 2010 Painting Resolution!

40k Fight Club is have a painting Resolution Challenge, and I'm going to be adding to my Space Marine army

Greetings 40K Fight Clubbers!

With 2009 coming to a close it's time to start thinking of goals for 2010. The annual New Years Resolution. Looking around my hobby area, I see LOTS of unpainted stuff. My guess is that a number of you are just like me. Lots of unfinished GW business.

Personally, I'd really like to get one of these armies painted up so I can truly enjoy it on the table top. All I need is a little motivation, that's where you all come in.

I've partially stolen this idea from another hobby site, and I'm shamelessly going to use it here for the 40KFC.

Here's how it's going to work.

Register with an army of your choosing.

The Resolution will be broken down into twelve 1 month periods. Each period, a different force org selection is to be painted. Models selected to be entered in the Resolution shouldn't be any further than the primed stage at the start of the period.

January - HQ
February - Troop
March - Elite
April - Fast Attack
May - Heavy Support
June - Painter's Choice
July - Troop
August - Elite
September - Fast Attack
October - Heavy Support
November - Painter's Choice
December - Objective Marker

This will give any player a strong amount of models to choose from when building an army.

Each unit selected for painting only has to be at minimum size to be considered completed. For example, 5 completed tactical marines would qualify as a completed goal.

What consitutes completed? A model that has at least 3 colors, is based and clear coated. Granted, participants that go above and beyond will have a heavy advantage in case of the tie breaker.

If someone is choosing to do Imperial Guard, a squad of 10 guardsmen will qualify as a troop choice, you wouldn't need to finish the bare requirements needed to field an infantry platoon.

After each period, participants will either post a pic of their unit, or email it to me and I'll post it for them. Participants will then have a chart that shows their progress they can also use it as their signature to constantly remind them they should be painting rather than surfing the internet. 

On the chart, green will denote completed, yellow partially completed and red not completed. Each participant will earn 2 points for completed projects and 1 point for partially completed. At the end of the Resolution, the person with the most points will receive 2 sets of the new 40K Fight Club would markers (pics of these will be posted later). If there is a tie, The Prophet and I will be the tie breaker. (We are not eligable to win)


If you're interested, reply to this thread with the army you're registering with.

Good luck and may the paint flow from your brush.


Here is the lineup and am tentatively planning on painting.

January - HQ - Chaplain Cassius
February - Troop - Scout Squad
March - Elite - Assault Terminators
April - Fast - Scout Bikes
May - Heavy - Vindicator
June - Any - Land Raider Crusader
July - Troop - Scout Squad
August - Elite - Dreadnought
September - Fast - Land Speeder Storm
October - Heavy - Land Raider
November - Any -Land Raider Redeemer
December - Objectives - Space Marine Casualties, etc

Jan 10 Tournament lineup shots

Here are some of the great looking armies that were at the tournament Sunday, held at J&L Miniatures in St. Johns, MI. Thanks to Todd for running the tournament and to Tim and J&L for hosting! Sorry I wasn't able to get everyone's armies.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Skaven: tournament bound

Tomorrow is their unveiling on the tabletop, and today I finished them up. After these pics were taken I finished up the movement trays tht needed paint.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hell Pit Abomination!

My army is finished! Here is a tease, because while finished I still need to add static grass to everything and a little bit of highlighting on the basing...


And here is a preview shot of the bases I just painted on all the remaining rats I had left. Now I am DONE, and like I just said just need some highlighting and static grass. I also need to paint a few more movement trays and find an army tray / display all for Sunday.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 Begins.

I am kicking off the year right, by finishing an army and entering my first tournament! No painting resolutions that I may or may not complete, but finishing my first complete army in years is a big step. I started the new Skaven in November when they were released, and now I have 2250 points painted. Well almost painted, I am finishing my Abomination, bases, and movement trays this week before the tournament on January 10. Hopefully I will have a full gallery of photos of Clan Rictus by weeks end. I also need to come up with an army tray to display them and transfer between tables for this weekend. That is dead last on the to-do list but I need something minimal at least for Sunday.

Also starting right after the tournament is the Great Lakes Warhammer League, which I will be participating for the first time. The system is a series of 5 games with composition and magic rules, and bonuses for painting. There is a league championship and tournament to end the season. I am bracketed in the Wayne Division, and the full division includes: 3 Skaven armies, 2 Vampire Counts, 2 Orcs and Goblins, 1 Dwarf, 1 Daemons of Chaos, and 1 Warriors of Chaos. With the fixed lists in, all 3 Skaven players are running Gray Seers... kind of making me wish I played my Warlord.

As far as 40k goes, today starts the 40k Fight Club Ravager Campaign in which I will be playing my Ultramarines. The campaign focuses on the defense of the city of Volstad from the Conquerors. There are different sectors to play in all with different special rules. My goal for the Ultras this year is to get a fully painted tournament level army. I've had most all of my infantry painted for months, and my Venerable Dreadnought and 1 tank, but I have a lot left unpainted. I guess it technically could be called a resolution, but I'm not going to expect much. I need to get some HQ's painted first and then do some serious tank painting.

So there we go. 2010 starts with a flurry of action hobby-wise, and a non-resolution resolution. Pics of the painted Skaven SOON.