Saturday, February 4, 2017

Comic Readers Escalation League - Season 6 - Month 1

Another year and another Escalation League at Comic Readers.  I'm still entertained that I've transitioned from the fairly heavy tournament play in Barrie to the League play here as readily as I have.  They're both great ways to play, but I have to say that I think the league model is a bit more suited to my painting habits and time available at this point.

At any rate, I'm bringing Imperial Fists this year.  I went through the options for a 500 point list and the one Predator I did up for the start of the year combined with my love of painting Techmarines to get me to an Anvil Strike Force.

To that end, I built up a Vindicator, a Predator and two Techmarines.  I added a pair of Servitors to allow the Servo Harness Techmarine to repair on a 2+ and went to town.  The list is going to play quickly, get some long range shots in and have the ability for up to two Demolisher shots per turn.  At 500 points, there are going to be lists that can't deal with it.  There are also going to be lists that can.  Either way though, I'll be able to shoot my tanks at stuff.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

First Model of 2017

Admittedly, I got a start on this one last year.  It began its life with me as an Ork Battlewagon I purchased from eBay.  The conversion job was descent, basically a secondary gun deck made of balsa wood added to the back.  I often used it as a gunwagon when I was starting out and had to fill up points.  As my collection grew, I used it less and less until I finally decided around a month past to strip it and use it for my Imperial Fists.

So, I started by soaking the model in Simple Green, then disassembled what I could.  The sponsons were removed since I was short a lascannon and wanted to save points.  The Dozer Blade was also cut back since it was broken.  I replaced the spiked front blade with a more traditional blade.  Finally, unable to do much about the front glacis being installed upside down, I took the view port off and added a piece of brass etch for coverage.  After that, it was just a matter of painting and weathering, which I did on New Year's Day.

Admittedly, I still have some work to do on the front lights and the forward smoke stacks.  I'm not really settled on what to do with either yet, so I'm holding off until I make that decision.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hobby in 2017

In terms of hobby quantity, 2016 looks pretty similar to 2015.  In 2015, I painted 55 models at 3221 points.  In 2016, I painted 56 models at 3116 points.  Fewer Blood Angels for Adam this year and lots of Imperial Fists and Orks as well as my first Knight getting completed.

The last model of the year turned out to be the Forge World Chaplain Dreadnought that I picked up from eBay.  I had to do some work on the Iron Halo up top.  Like most Dreadnoughts, I had a blast painting it up.

The arms on this models also represent the first time I really got airbrushed yellow right.  I started off with three colours of bone, then went over them with a light coat of Vallejo Game Air Gold Yellow.  It's replaced the various washes for my Imperial fists.  I also added a bit of etched brass to this model in the form of the Imperial Fists icon dead center on the tilt plate.

For 2017, I'm going to keep working away at my Imperial Fists.  The first models on the desk for completion at two Predators, a Vindicator and two Techmarines.  I'll be adding a couple of Dreadnoughts and Drop Pods to the army as well just as part of the Escalation League.  As part of that league, I also have a Warhound Titan to complete for Adam.

Aside from that, I'm going to be completing a Skaven Blood Bowl Team for Nic and I'm going to try to get some terrain and another Knight finished up.  From there, it's going to be more Imperial Fists and hopefully some Sisters of Battle.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Blood Angels Drop Pod

Adam was good enough to provide me with some drop pods to try out the airbrush on.  I played a bit, but largely went simple for the first go around.  For the most part, I was learning to thin paint.  Probably the most important thing I've gotten thus far about airbrushing.  At any rate, it turned out decently I think.

I also learned the most important lesson regarding drop pods.  I'm pretty sure I want to assemble and then paint.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Knight Titan Completed

This falls into the category of a model I should have taken some WIP pictures of.  As it turns out, I really didn't largely because of the timeline involved.  I picked up the kit about six months after it came out, and began to build and paint quickly.  It's a great kit for that sort of thing given its construction of armour plates bolted onto an exoskeleton.  I was going along fine until I realized that I wanted hazard stripes on the top carapace. 

I'd had little experience doing anything but solid colours and dry brushing on large (Rhino sized) surfaces, so I boxed the model up with the intent of learning more before I finished the model.  My friend Miro offered to take care of the carapace a couple of months later, so I posted that off and didn't think much aside from that.

That changed when Knight Renegade was released and Eddie and I split on a box of that.  I got the new Warden kit and scenery, he got the Paladin kit.  That box waited for a bit, but eventually I cracked it out for the Avenger Gatling Cannon, carapace and carapace weapons.  I painted up the extra arm and Stormspear Missile Launcher, then worked on the carapace with rattle cans.  It worked out reasonably well.

I've left the pauldrons dry fitted so that they can be removed easily to swap the arms.  The Stormspear Missile Launcher is likewise dry fitted.  It's loose at the moment though, so I'm debating cutting the post off and switching to magnets for it.  I've currently got the Avenger Gatling Cannon, Thermal Cannon and Reaper Chainsword finished in terms of arms.  It's a reasonably versatile start for an array of Knight Titans and options.

This is also my first crack at working with transfers (after several failed attempts previously).  Microsol and Microset are simply fantastic products to work with. 

I've also added some weathering in the form of sponge chipping in vulnerable areas with Typhus Corrosion and Reaper Blackened Steel as well as some soot and heat effects to the various vents, pipes and gun barrels.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Summer of Painting

Well, sort of.  It's been a busy summer.  I've kept working on my Imperial Fists for the most part, but I've been busy with things other than painting.  No complaints, it's certainly been fun.  I'm going to try to go in a loose chronological order.

Legion Breacher/Phalanx Warder Squad with Praetor

In terms of loadouts, it's not the most interesting Phalanx Warder Squad (2 Meltaguns and Boltguns), but it does the job for a Troop choice for 30K or 40K.  I was fortunate in that I came across a bunch of the shields from the Phalanx Warder kits.  One of the things that attracted me to the Imperial Fists was their appearance with the breaching shields.  It's one of those aesthetics that just looks good and certainly fits with the science fantasy aspect of Warhammer 30K/40K.

Next up came two additional Sergeants in Mk IV armour as well as a Primaris Medicae to bulk out the Breacher Squads I already had.  The Sergeants are all magnetized with pretty much all of the weapon options available on the plastic sprues (no Plasma Pistols yet, but I'll probably add one for completeness). 

The Primaris Medicae is a kitbash of Mk IV armour (also magnetized), the Narthecium army from the Command Squad box, the cryo storage capsules from the Grey Knight Terminator kit and the Chirugeon from the Fabius Bile blister.

I weathered all of these models fairly heavily since these are the front line troops taking fire.  I used similar measures with my 'leading from the front' HQ's.

The 30th Anniversary Space Marine is just a nice model.  Interesting detail and lots of cabling, which is a look that I enjoy.  For this model, I haven't applied much in the way of weathering (just some heat staining on the gun barrel) since I'm still a bit unsure as to what sort of unit this model is going to be included with.  Once I answer that question, I'm planning to weather the model to match the unit it goes with.

The Captain Lysander model is a similar situation.  The model is ready for the tabletop, but I'm planning to apply weathering to it once I build a squad of Terminators to go with him.

Next I went for some long range first support in the form of a Devastator Squad with Lascannons.  No weathering has been applied yet since these definitely fit the definition of a stand off unit.

From the Devastators, I moved on to three Chaplains (It was originally intended to be four, but the model with the jump pack required additional stripping to deal with the thick primer on the model.  Sometimes, eBay purchases require work).  I weathered the combat surfaces of these pretty heavily and went from there.  LeMartes was added in for a friend since I was using a similar palate for the three models.

And my latest group completed was my Legionaries with Missile Launchers to form a second Devastator Squad.  Weathering here is more or less the same as the Lascannon Devastators.

So, at the end of the summer, I've gathered up a descent selection of Imperial Fists.  It's far from complete and there are portions which are going to need to be repainted (specifically the Mk III Breachers and the Storm Talons at this point), which I rather expected as I worked more and more with yellow.  I'm also at the point where basing and storage are going to have to be handled before too long.

Next up is going to be a mix.  I've additional Mk IV marines to put on the table in addition to a Cataphractii Captain, Jump Pack Chaplain, Techmarine and a Chaplain Dreadnought as well as my Knight Errant Titan to finish up.  I also need to start looking at transport for the models I have, which is probably going to consist largely of Drop Pods.  To compound matters, I'm also starting a Mars Pattern Warhound Titan for a friend of mine.  So, it should be an interesting autumn.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Escalation League - Season 5 - Tournament

I made it into the tourney again this year, which was nice.  I made some minor tweaks to my 1500 point list to include a unit of 3 Deff Koptas.  I wound up dropping the Loota/Mekboy unit that was riding in the Stompa.  Turns out, they may have been useful one game, but not as useful as the Deff Koptas.  I also pulled out the unit of Grotzooka Killa-Kanz in favour of a Big Trakk with a Supakannon.

My first game was against Casey and his Chaos Daemon/Khorne Daemonkin army.  My sheer number of vehicles gave him problems.  He managed to get rid of some of them, but not enough.  I wound up with a win on the first round.

Round two was against Chris who'd brought a Blackmanes list.  He had lots of minimum squads with the odd meltagun, but really didn't have enough points to go heavy on upgrades.  This was all backed up by Logan Grimnar and a block of Thunderwolves.  I set up, he dropped down and got some great card draws early on and that was more or less the game.  I managed to close the scoring gap by the end, but he still took it.  His high point was blowing up my Stompa with his Stormwolf after its fight with Logan Grimnar on his sleigh.  The more impressive bit is that it was Logan's wolves that did most of the work in terms of rending attacks, stripping 6 hull points from the Stompa with those.  My high point occurred the next turn when my close combat Deff Dread ran up an oil gantry, rolled boxcars on the charge distance and pulled the hovering Stormwolf out of the sky.  Coolest thing that model did the entire league.

Round three was kill points and I played against Larenia and her Tyranids.  We started off with a pint, then finished up the game.  I took an early lead and kept it up.  That was my second win of the day.

At the end of it, I went 2-1-0 and took Best Sportsman.  Now for the next league....