Saturday, 4 July 2020

Pooch's June update!

 Wait, is this actually me almost getting back to the schedule that I aimed for at the start of the year?

Don't count on it, it could just be a fluke.....

1. Paint a Kings of War Army- FINISHED
I posted this earlier in the week!

2. Create a table of terrain to support a game- In progress!
I've made a start with this one. I got a bunch of the buildings for Adeptus Titanicus on the cheap from our local trade website, so have more than enough for an Apocalypse sized table of terrain. I found some 3d print files for some Manufactorum-like buildings too, so they will be added to the mix too!

This is all of the ones I have finished so far....
To give a sense of scale with a Leman Russ
Stormtroopers hold the building!
I've got a bunch more of the buildings left to make, so I am going to have to think of some funky ways to assemble them so I have lots of variety. I also have some other ideas for more cool pieces to add some things to the table that aren't just "oh look a building", so watch this space too.

3. Complete the 6mm Apocalypse Challenge- In progress!
So over the past two months I made a bunch of progress with my 6mm Imperial Guard:

Tanks, infantry, deathstrike missiles, all of the fun things!
And you know how that local trading group got me a good deal on some Titanicus terrain? Well it also got me a good deal on some knights, which I added two 3d printed Armigers to....

House Mortimer. Because purple and yellow is ideal.
GW made some AWESOME decals for these.

And they also had a VERY good deal on two Warhound Scout Titans....

I painted them up as the loyalist Legio Astorum, the Warprunners. I had a blast making the diorama bases too, one has a stormtrooper squad assaulting a Chaos held bunker, the other has the warhound striding over the wrecked Valkyrie

Two warhounds, Ignis Canis and Canis Astra
Another view
Scale shot of the different walkers. Sentinel, Armiger, Questoris, Warhound
And just to give a sense of scale for the terrain too, two story buildings hide Warhounds!
Ok, so this one has gotten slightly out of hand.

Next month will be a couple of super heavies I think to round out a detachment with the Baneblade.

4. Run a narrative campaign for the group

Still planning, the club has restarted so now it is just a case of finding a good weekend.

5. Add a new detachment to one of my 40k armies FINISHED- but ongoing

So, this is technically finished, but in reality, it isn't. In May I finished up a Techmarine (finecast one from the thunderfire cannon, with some servo-harness weapon swaps), which means that I have completed a Vanguard Detachment!

But not only that, in June I have also finished up a transport for some Scouts, the Landspeeder Storm. This model and I.... didn't really get along. flat panels and the storm lords colour scheme can be quite demotivating, so the net result was that I actually finished the first set of Scout passengers in April, but it took me a good two months to get the speeder itself done!

Built as per the kit, except for giving the Scouts helmets, because if you are wearing advanced combat armour, you are going to wear an Emperor damn helmet. Heads came from Anvil Industries.

I have a strong love hate relationship with this model.
So. Much. Hate.
But so much love for the finished version!
This is the full collection of Storm Lords painted this year!
Next month should be the scouts to ride in the speeder!

6. Buy a starter box and paint all of it

I've got a plan for this now- expect to see some progress soon!

7. Paint a Space Marine Heroes Series- FINISHED!

The day after I posted the April blog, I got a parcel containing the final Death Guard Hero!

And so, all six are now finished!

All six "Heroes"

The now finished Champion!
8. Update a 15mm Napoleonic army for Blackpowder

I got these out of the box! But still haven't done more with this yet.

9. Paint a stand alone force- DONE

0. Update and improve a table of terrain- DONE

11. Paint a Flames of War Army (In progress)

No progress on these in May, but I finished up two units in June.

First up is a Parachute Anti-Tank Platoon of 4 57mm guns

And a flight of P-47 Thunderbolts! Silver rattle can did most of the heavy lifting on these. Sadly, my box didn't come with decals, but I managed to make do with what I had in my decal spares box!

All up that's now 68 points done, and I need to order some more models....

12. Finish what I should have finished last year- DONE

And that's it, on to June!

Morty is pleased that the schedule has resumed. Do not disappoint him again....

Monday, 29 June 2020

Pooch's May Update- Goblin KoW Army!

I'm not sure where May, or even June got to. So this post is ridiculously late, and I'll do my best to return to the 'old ways' of doing a post as close as I can to the end of the month.

But, in May I finished up my Goblin Kings of War army, so figured that I would at least share the pictures of that with you!

1. Paint a Kings of War Army- FINISHED
This goblin army was made up of miniatures almost solely provided by Games Workshop, and put onto bases made using a Greenstuff world roller and Miliput, and differing rocks and other things to make it feel like a ruined dwarf hold. I am really, really happy with how it has all come together in terms of the colours and the basing- between the Krieg and these I am really proving to myself how good I can make my least favourite part of the hobby (basing) look when I put in actual effort!

Finishing up the goblins was my real lockdown project win, I really am not sure how I would have got it done if I wasn't in that "well, I have nothing else to do" mode!

Even better from my perspective is that I have now played a couple of games with it, and have really enjoyed it! I think KoW is absolutely going to be in our regular game rotation from now on.

Anyway, onto the army!

The whole army in it's storage container

Can't have a goblin army without some sharpsticks!
And by that I mean a lot of sharpsticks!
And some rabble..... (squig to come soon!)
And a horde of spitters (archers) too
And a wee regiment of spitters
Rounding out my infantry is a unit of Luggits (fanatics!)

My squig herd
Another view of the herd
A horde of squig riders!
TWO hordes of squig riders!
Giant Squigs (count as mincer chariot regiment)

Front view, note the poor snotling!
Can't have a goblin army without some trolls....
A goblin got a bit close....

Giant troll!

No self respecting goblin would forget their artillery- Mawpup launcher, Doom Diver and War Trombone

My 'combat' characters- Goblin King, Flaggit and Sneak

Mounted Characters- Big Boss and Shaman

Two wizards on either side, and a Banggit

And my favourite, the Flying Squig!

Front view!
And that's it, on to June!

Remember to wash your hands, Morty is watching.....

Saturday, 27 June 2020

CHAOS! On all sides, Chaos!

I broke my Deathwatch out for a game against Pelarel's newly minted Emperor's Children for a last game of 40K 8e. Deathwatch can have a pretty tough time against Imperium and Chaos armies where there isn't an obvious shenanigan breaker but the Primaris Kill Teams are....seriously serious. I'm curious to see what happens when the new Primaris marines come out.

Anyway, game pics!

The Deathwatch Corvus flies ahead of the assaulting Kill Teams Androkles and Psarimon!

My left flank, moments before it was overrun by serious gribblies. The Forgefiend had a pretty rough time against Kill Team Xantharades flubbing far too many attacks. The Venomcrawler wrecked my Venerable Dreadnought though, without very much effort at all.

First time Teleportarium assault. It went....poorly. Frankly, I missed a phenomenal number of attacks with the power fists and chainfists. The Space Wolf with the lightning claws only just squeaked me through that combat. Pel's Terminator strike (which I completely forgot to take piccies of, annoyingly, because his Terminators are AMAZING!) fared considerably better and removed the vast majority of KT Xantharedes in a series of rounds of bolter shooting.

The new Psychic Awakening strategem allowing auto bolt rifles to autohit is just....filthy. Add in the 2+ to wound special issue ammo and things with good saves can still go down just by virtue of making lots of saves!

A Veteran Kill Team which fired two shots with it's Frag Cannon. And spent a lot of time trying to get into combat. And not getting there. They finished the game having schlepped the length of the table and not much else.

It was a close game in the end - turning out a 7-all draw ONLY because the game went on long enough for me to draw some Tactical Objectives I could actually finish. Pel scored a decent number of VPs up front that I was playing catchup the whole game.

I painted a thing! I had another game at the club against Blogger Scotty's new (and stunning) Alpha Legion. It started well and went wrong very quickly. The -1 to hit against Alpha Legion makes being a Guardsman very challenging indeed. I'll be keen to give it another blat at some point - knowing what I know now, I'd make some list changes and play the game differently. Anyway, I painted Severina Raine for this game:

It's a great model and she looks awesome in the battleline!

Next Time
Dunno. Having some time off work this week so might get some serious painting done. I've got a Strike Squad of Grey Knights to assemble and paint which I'm kind of looking forward to. We've been talking about some 500 point 40K later in the year and that'd be a great excuse to paint the GKs.