Saturday, 16 March 2019

X-FORCE - ACTIVATE

And part four of X-Force has been added to the collection thanks to a local who decided he was never going to get around to painting it! He was fun to do although the creepy as skull face is super creepy! 

Giant skull head! 
The Culexus is one of the most lunatic models GW have created in the Imperial Agents range over the years. It's rules and fluff are super disturbing and it should be an interesting challenge for some of the more psychically inclined players down at the club.

Here they all are together. I've lined up a game of 40K with a clubmate in a week or so where I'll probably roll out one of these lunatics but not all of them. That'd be silly. 

X-Force
But all that said, there's a 40K comp later in the year (October-ish, I think. I've missed registration for most of the local ones between now and then) where Pooch and I have both agreed to take our respective Guard. Mine will be rolling as either Manipulus Greyfax or Manipulus Coteaz but we shall see where I'm up to with the painting. If it's Coteaz, it'll be Inquisition, Guard and Grey Knights. If it's Greyfax, it'll be Inquisition, Guard and....something else. More Guard, maybe? I'm tempted by some Sisters of Battle but I'll wait till those come out properly.

Next time
I've got plenty of Guard to do and a couple of vehicles for my TY army (although those won't probably hit the priority list for another couple of months) and I have a massive pile of Infinity terrain that needs some repair work.

Pel and I are playing Zone Raiders for the first time next weekend, which promises to be an interesting game. It looks cool on paper and from what I can see from the free sample rules, the totality of the game looks pretty promising as a lite version of Infinity.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Walk me closer! I WANT TO HIT IT WITH MY SWORD!

The view you *don't* want of Inquisitor Karamazov 
This insane model turned up on a local trading site late last year and, honestly, I couldn't not buy it. Fyodor Karamazov is one of the coolest models ever created for 40K and for the Inquisition range.

It's an insane combination of servitors bolted into a throne on the top of a dreadnought durdling about the place shooting things with a multimelta and the man on the back (looking like he should probably have a tartan rug over his knees) then hits them with a power sword. It's vaguely reminiscent of the illustration of Mad Hamish in the Discworld book 'The Last Hero.'

One of the original greaves was missing so between my own bits box and the nice chap who fixed me up with the model, I fitted a couple of Venerable Dreadnought greaves and he looks good as new. He also wound up on one of the scenic bases that comes with the Dreadnought kit that I've never really found the cause to use.

The view you *do* want of Inquisitor Karamazov
I need to complete all the scrolls but I'm still thinking about how I want to do that. I've got some transfers to go on them, for eagles and skulls and things I can't paint, but I haven't quite designed the layouts yet.

He'll be going into a force with Inquisitor Greyfax I think. I'm quietly designing lists for all three Ordos and working through the painting lists to get there. Greyfax will bring her escort of Scions and Karamazov will be rolling in with all the crazy that I have in my collection of Acolytes now!

I also have zero idea how to transport him! This is definitely in the same category as the old Khador Behemoth - firmly in sock-jack territory.

Next Time
That's a very good question. I've got all sorts of random things on the painting table at the moment so we'll see. HMMWVs? Guardsmen? Vehicles?


Saturday, 2 March 2019

X-Force - 75% Loaded

Inquisitorial Acolytes

First off, one from the archive - a classic Necromunda Bounty Hunter.

This is a classic GW late 90s sculpt. I love the legs akimbo and a weapon in both hands. It's no classic Ragnar Blackmane but it is a cool model. I've given him camo pants in the same style as my Cadians for the lols and the classic red bolters that are a feature of my entire 40K bolter-wielding collection.


Secondly, a Death Korps of Krieg gunner, delightfully painted by our very own Pooch. He looks great and Pooch has painted him to fit very well with my own painting style. He'll add some much needed firepower to one of my retinues as well.

Commissar



GW's plug and play models are amazing and this one might be one of my favourites. The pose is amazing and the detail is stunning. I loved painting the piping more than anything and that's a weird sentence in and of itself. He'll be a nice splash of dark in amongst the green of the Cadians.

Tech Priest


I have some Servitors that I picked up ages ago for grins and giggles and I decided (after reading the really fun comics that preceded the release of Wrath and Glory), as part of my Inquisitorial Task Force, I should have a tech priest.

He's a great model and I loved painting it. The servo-skull above his right shoulder is a bit fragile but overall, I'm super pleased.

Vindicare Assassin


Given my comments above about classic GW akimbo posing, I was glad to get hold of this alt-version of the Vindicare. He lacks the opportunity for colour that the other two I've done have, but he's still pretty sweet.

So now I have the metal sculpts for three of the four assassins (and am pursuing a lead on the fourth) then soon I will put the Assassin Execution Force on the table and it will be MAGNIFICENT. I'm actually really pleased with the errata that GW have released for the Assassins. Being able to effectively sideboard in whichever assassin suits my opponent is a really nice idea for matched play.

Next Time
The second best throne in the Imperium. I'll let you figure out what that is....

Friday, 1 March 2019

Pooch's February Update

I'm back, and this time, it's February.

1. Paint a new 40k Army- on track!

But wait, there is more progress here! I definitly got into the swing of painting Krieg, managing to finish up a Veteran Squad with three meltaguns and a heavy flamer, a Company Commander, a squad of three mortars, an Artillery Officer as well as a Destroyer Tank Hunter! 

The army as it stands

Company Commander

Mortars!

Heavy Flamer
 Conversions involved on most of the models, little hand or arm swaps to get the weapons I wanted, or to change from having a duplicate pose. All in all, I am really happy with how the army is shaping up.

Veterans with Shotguns!


The Destroyer was a trade page find, and is a tank I have always loved ever since there was an article about one in a White Dwarf many years ago. Plus, it has such a Jagdpanzer vibe that I can't but love it. McB provided a lovely base colour with the airbrush (so, so good) and I finished it from there.

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And with that my Krieg army is a legal 400 point army! It is also pretty close to the worst imaginable 400 point army! I'd say I'll try to rectify that next month, but if you haven't already figured out, playability is low on my list of priorities.

2. Create a table of terrain to support a game- no progress (again)
Errr next month maybe?

3. Make a modular terrain piece- no progress (again)
I really don't know what I will do with this one just yet....

4. Paint a naval fleet- no progress 
I have plans to do this in March!

5. Finish something for an army I haven't used in a year and take it to a tournament- no progress
I have a new plan here, but it won't be till later in the year

6. Buy a starter box and paint all of it- DONE
I had a few options for what to for this one. A Mighty Ape sale sealed it, and I bought the Gangs of Rome starter set. Part of the sales pitch was that I could add a few extras (Gladiators, dog, wizards) to have it as a Frostgrave band!

And, a sweet, sweet piece of Sarissa terrain too.
This is everyone!

This is the Temple, with the Oracle

Gladiators. One Warbanner, One Warlord Games.

Red Team!

Dog and Gaul throwing roof tiles

Blue team!


7. Paint every miniature for a game I own- DONE
Hey! I did another thing!

One of the games I have been trying to persuade others to play is the Batman Miniatures Game. It's a fun game, but I don't play it anywhere near enough to know all of the rules and that gets in the way of enjoying the game. That has never stopped me buying models, and it was time that I finished off the latest batch I had brought.

Lexx Luthor Crew in power armour

Enchantress!

My Joker Crew

The main man, Heath Ledger Joker

Harley Quinn
8. Paint a Space Marine each month- Done! 
"Brother, I am throwing a grenade"




9. Paint a stand alone force for a game- no progress

10. Update and improve a table of terrain- no progress

11. Paint something Napoleonic- no progress
Couple of sneaky ideas formulating however....

12. Finish what I should have finished last year- DONE x2!
What you should also know is that the list of things that I should have done last year is long, so I'm anticipating this one will be hit more times yet!

But, what I did finish was my Team Yankee Polish army. The biggest part of what I did this month was not the last bit of painting, it was putting decals on the many, many vehicles! 

I do like the army, it put in a great showing recently at Charicon too.
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This is all of the vehicles who needed decals
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Progression of wheeled vehicles


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And of course, the Helicopters. So many kudos to Battlefront for having the "don't touch the tail rotor" warning in Polish!

Next monthMore Krieg, boats and maybe terrain?

Till next time,
Pooch

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Aquila down!

More terrain is always better. Always. I've been tinkering away at a 40K / Kill Team / ruins table for ages and while there's still more work to do and a couple of things I'd really really like to add to it, it's a longer term project. One of the things I have wanted, for KT in particular is the Aquila Lander. I picked one up late last year and finally got around to painting it.


This piece annoyed me a touch as it's all hollow and without a base. And this bit has holes all through it. So I filled all the gaps in the windows and cracks with greenstuff and Vallejo plastic putty (OMG this stuff is amazing) and based it up. 

Of course, if you've seen this piece in the flesh you'll know it's also open at the back. Well, fixed: 



I banged in some plasticard and some green stuff to close up the gaps, fished some bits out of my basement and some bits from my bitz box and boom. Some major piping and some tanks and stuff on the back wall of the cockpit. Sensible? Not at all, but super easy. 




And those are the rest of the bits. It's a great little terrain kit and a good addition to my 40K collection. 

Next Time?

A grab bag of 15mm and 28mm models. Some HMMWVs, some miscellaneous 40K models and, we'll see. Also coming up in the next few weeks, Pelarel and I will be trying out the demo version of the recently completed Kickstarter of Zone Raiders. It looks like a really slimmed down version of Infinity and given that the complexity of that game always kicks me in the butt, I'm keen to give it a crack.  

Sunday, 17 February 2019

McBeth; World famous in .... Onehunga?

Yeah. So a while back (here) I attended and won Flames Con 2018. My lovely host, Mr Hutton, just sent through this article from the most excellent publication, The Onehunga Community News.



Saturday, 16 February 2019

Et Imperatoris!

The light wasn't great today for photos, so forgive the washed out pictures. There's only so much I was able to do with my limited photo editing skills! 

I've been working on some Guardsmen in advance of a wee shopping trip to our local dealer (of plastic crack in a few weeks) and I needed to clear up the space on the tray to make room for some more dudes. :)

I seem to be having a lot of luck picking up models I really want lately. The classic Cadian Colonel is one of those gems. He'll make a great leader. Death stare and all. 

PROCEDERE! ET IMPERATORIS! 
I'm trying to treat my Guard squads a bit more like real squads - none of this 10 dudes with rifles and umpteen mortars hiding at the back of the board. No no. We cannot be having with that. So the first squad are my anti-tank squad, with a meltagun and a lascannon.

Assault Section

Support Section

This is the first of three squads and a command squad that will form the backbone of Manipulus Greyfax supported by a bunch of hilarious choices.

Abhumans! 


The original Ratling Snipers were some of the finest models in the original metal guard range but these newer sculpts are AMAZING. They've got sweet scenic bases and loads of character. I enjoyed painting them and they'll be a wee chuckle to put on the table when Manipulus Greyfax starts hunting heretics. They'll be part of the fire support part of the army.

Next time
Terrain. I've got the bits from an Aquila Lander from the old Battle for Macragge set to add to my 40K / KillTeam terrain box and that's been on the books for a while and I'm hacking away at a couple of other projects that might come up in a week or so too.