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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Say your prayers

So with March creeping up on me and my vacation next week I decided I had better get some painting done. I haven't wanted to paint really for a week or so and I really don't want to do termies but since I'm playing DW in the RTT (maybe) I gotta get them done. So I sucked it up and grabbed the chaplain. I'm pretty pleased with him. Theres a few things I wish I had done differently but overall I'm happy. He will be my interrogator chaplain in termy armor. He will be in Belials squad. I wish he wasn't metal I am getting to the point where I hate metal models. There just not as fun as plastic ones. Maybe it's just me. Anyway since he's an old school chaplain term. I had to mount him a little higher so he would mesh with Belials group. So I mounted a washer on the base to give it a lil' height then put him on it. He still looks a little short but I'm trying not to buy new models. Especially when I have models that are perfectly good just a little outdated. Anyhoo without any more rambling here he is...


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Basing contest and more......

Well I won world choice in the basing contest with my Belial base. I was really proud of that base and I'm super proud of it now. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Looking back now I wish I had made a tutorial. But I can easily redo it I think. It was pretty easy actually.
components were:
-Terminator base (the mid range circle)
-3 popsicle sticks
-1 LOTR ancient statue terrain piece.
-1 Set of angel wings (thanks battlewagon bits for selling 4 packs)
-1 DA veterans sprue (the large sword was used to make the sword in the statues hand.
-PAINT- black primer/painted with chaos black/painted with a 75/25 chaos black codex gray/drybrush codex gray hard drybrush/medium drygrush 50/50 codex gray and fortress grey/light dry brush fortress gray/Pick out the highlights 50/50 fortress and skull white./skull white for the extreme tips
-Green tinted glass-yes glass thats what I use.
Take the popsicle sticks and lay em side by side touching. lay the base on top. trace the outline of the base on the sticks. Cut out the outline. Dont worry if the sticks splinter or break some that just makes for more textured/older stones. Once the sticks are cut, find points on each piece that you want to seperate to make individual stones. Then cute them apart. next glue them leaving some space between em depending on whats happening to the ground. I left some large spaces here and there for the crystal(glass) shards to be shooting up out of the earth. Let it dry. then prime it black. Once thats done take your statue and glue the wings on the back of it midway between the neck and lower back. Let that dry, then prime it. Once both pieces are primed begin your paint and highlights. Once the statue and base are done glue the statue to the base. Make sure you leave some room for your figure as the statue is pretty big. Let the two pieces set. Now you've pretty much got it. I then went in and painted the cracks between the stones green with snot green in the middle. Then I put in the glass shards. The green helps so when you look down at it it doesnt just look black. Lastly I went back and repainted the side of the base black covering up paint excess. This last step is optional but you can do it if you want. I put a magnet under the base and then magnetized Belials feet. This way he can be removed and the base and Belial can be transported safely.
That's it I'll try and do a redo and picture it so I can post a photo how to but its really pretty simple and it makes for a nice base. I wanted it to be the DA icon that you usually see the Angel watching over them with sword in hand.
Here is a pic of the base without Belial and then the a few with.
(notice the dark green shard on the base in the rear. I pulled it and put a clear one on later as it didnt really work with the other pieces.)

And the last note of the post is. Well I broke my no buy resolution and hit EBAY, and well lets just say it's not a huge army yet but The bugs are coming. A few more pieces arrived today with several others coming in the mail....Expect to hear more later as they will be sidelined for some time because I'm prepping for the Tennessee RT.
Thanks again all.....

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Let loose the Dogs of War....

Well I finally quit killing zombies and got around to finishing Belials command squad. The apothecary was done minus the banner which should let people know he's an Apoth. Here he is, I'm happy and not happy with him. Happy because the banner is done in colors i hate using in big amounts, but i tried and did well I think for the most part. I'm unhappy with the symbol cause it's not perfect, but I am happy with it because it was free hand and by far the most challenging free hand thing I've done to date. You can't move forward if you don't try. But anyhoo here he is.

And here is the newest member the Bearer. I am happy with him totally. Well I say that but I haven't blown up the picture yet on the blog so who knows. I am happy with him though. The banner came out way better than I hoped it would. I also did his shoulder cruxes in different colors which makes him pretty unique I think. Anyhoo here he is.

Strike the pose.
And here's the three all together as they would be on the field of battle. Just gotta get the chaplain finished now....Sigh...
And lastly when you cant find your cheap 99 cent paint tray just use your thumb. Its close and convenient. and the nail really does mix colors well.

That's it for now more later.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Help and Complaints.

OK lets lead this 3fold post off with a quick book report. I just finished Brothers of the Snake, and well WOW definitely a 5 star read. Abnett really captured Space Marines in that book, I laughed I cried (not really) but I was saddened several times and I ducked for cover. It totally made up for the 1 star Deathwing which I only give 1 star because it had 2 ok DA stories in it. I also finished Angels of Darkness just before Brothers and that was a good 4 star. Truly made me want to be the Fallen even more. But if you want a good read and you haven't read it already, Brothers of the Snake is great.
Next let me say I hate EBAY, I have lost my last 3 auctions in as ebay customer support put it NANO seconds. Which is attributed to the fun ebay snipe programs. Which I asked Ebay about and they would only say, "we're sorry we do know about these programs hacking our system, but, we aren't going to do anything about it." I was Especially pissed last night when I lost what would have been my new nids army in a Nano second. It wouldn't have been so bad if it had been a measly dollar over me. No it was a nice 18.64 over me which shouldn't even be possilbe. And there were no bids above me just this great new 18.64 over mine that appeared as the 1 second marker went away. Stupid Ebay. Ok off that soapbox.
Finally if you have made it this far, I need some help from the Nid players, I am looking at making another army and it will be a Nid army. I want to do Only rendering claws and scything talons. No guns other than maybe a few bios and some zoanthropes. But those would be later. I just want a nice swarm around 2000 points. I'm thinking Genestealers, Flyrant, walking tyrant 2 fexes, 1 or 2 lichtors, some tyrant guard for the walker, and maybe some ravenors and the rippers. That's it no guns just pure melee death, if they make it. I like the nids and i like the horde army type, I really want these guys to just be basically (aliens) like the movies no guns just claws and teeth. Anyway what I need help with since I don't have a dex (thanks local hobby store) is from you nid players will this idea even work? I know its a super challenge but thats why I like it. I know I'm only using stealers but I dont know if there is a c/c gaunt style better than the stealers. But I just wanted some ideas on a good setup and if what I have listed is reasonable around the 2k point area. I may lower to 1500 or just add the zoans and bio's to push 2k. Anyway any nid help is greatly appreciated. Oh and should you have a nid army laying around you want to sell, hollar I may be interested. STUPID EBAY!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

BAT. REP. DA vs NECs and 1K

Well to lead off I hit 1000 hits yay.
Anyway on to the game, this is just a quick comprehensive and there are no pics as my new base was involved and It's a secret. Here goes.
Setup-take and hold and four corner's with center objective setup. 1250 points.
I took my usual DA list but dropped a few extras to get the beefed up crusader put in.
Lach took the list that fought my scouts, which gives a good setup point.

++Having received the news that several vehicles and many of the newer members of 10th company fell on a mysterious tomb world, Belial pondered over the reports of action. Seeing it as a secondary target to other more ominous threats in the sector he began to discard the file. Then he saw it, the death report of captain (insert name I haven't named them all yet) and his entire squad. Furios with the loss of one of his captain he set out to the armory. No retribution would be given to the foul xenos, the thought hit him and he lay down his sword and removed the twin lightning claws from there case. After assembling 17 of his finest and Belials personal chaplain the team set off to the last known coordinates of the lost captain. Arriving several weeks later on the planet Belial set down on the last known location and found the Necron lot attempting to excavate and ancient relic (old f-15 cockpit and downed pilot awesome objective btw). The field was set Belail drove ahead into cover in his crusader. The necrons saw him and attempted to thwart his actions. The necron monolith began its move towards the crusader. All would be to no avail. The crusader suffered only a minor systems malfunction and lost its targeting systems. Then Belial disembarked and his honor gaurd let loose the power of the emperor on the necron lord and his squad. Few would fall but there cleansing was not in shots it would be in hand to hand death. One of Belials 12 squads also entered the battle and began its journey towards the objective with no enemies wihtin range. Belials team hit the nexrons hard and swift. The loss of a member spurred great fury and the necron team was destroyed. The lord survived the assault barely. The monolith retargeted forgetting the crusader and attempted to destroy Belial, the show would go amiss and the Belial set his sites upon a group of warriors hiding on a hill. The Necron lord would bring several of his fallen squad back and they join up with the nearest squad of warriors. The Lord uses his ancient witchery and teleports himself and some warriors away from belial. They land behind the other squad of terminators, and after a bad teleport several members of the necrons team perish to the warp. 1 terminator falls to shooting as a squad of wraiths appear and assault them. The fighting was fierce and 1 wraith is crushed. meanwhile Belilal drives his team forward and assaults the waiting necrons on the hill. The crusader retargets the monolith and a super shot with the melta destroys the xeno temple. Belial tears into the xeno scum and lets one warrior live long enough to run. It is soon shot down by a bolter as it attempts to flee the battle. The necrons attempt to rally but to no avail. Belials fury shall not be stopped. several more close combat battles will be fought as well as another squad of terminators joining the fight. The two squads meet the wraiths and warriors head on and with the loss of 1 manage to destroy the warriors the pesky wraiths hang on long enough to let there lord escape. The crusader commander attempts to drive him down but misses. Belial watches from the hill as his squads mop up and the last remaining necrons begin to leave the field. He cares not for the relic and decides to destroy the world from orbit. He leaves the field with a sense of justice served.++
Ok that was my attempt at making it a story and not a point by point article. 1st try I'll get better I promise. The game was great fun. I was just happy to take the mono down. It ended in a draw cause stupidly i smelled blood and sent my 2nd squad of terminators into c/c instead of holding the objective (dumb). It ended in turn 5 on a dice roll of 1. we played out 6 for fun and I would manage to take the wraiths down and the lord got runover in death or glory by the crusader. Big thing I learned was remember that LRC's are assault. I let Belial and his boys take a round of shooting because i deployed to move and shoot. I forgot he can assault out of the crusader on the turn it hits the enemy. Since Lach and I do not concede to what ifs I won't list a who won by points etc. It was a draw and was a fun game and as Lach. put it he finally didn't phase out. I think he had fun too even though I know he hates the termies. He is learning at a huge rate how to take down my boys and I'm having to learn new ways to take on his necs each time we play.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Belial loves magnets..

So I finally got over the scared feeling and got out the drill. After a few pilot holes and a few anxious moments I got the holes drilled. Then after several hesitant moments of making sure my polarities (I think that's right) matched I had his body and arms set for the finale.
The magnets are in place.
Today I'm thinking Lightning claws. (love when the dog hair gets in the shot DOH.)
Tomorrow I'm Thinking Swords and bolters.
No idea what I was thinking.

I really love the magnets. I think I sat here just watching his arms slide across the bed for about 5 minutes. With Bel. done I needed a base, with the 15th looming I needed a base. So I finished the base. Buuuuuut I didn't post him on it because that's for another day. Oh yeah also the poses aren't the ones he is actually in on the base but he wont stand with his arms on unless they were put exactly that way.
All that's left now is the standard bearer and the banner for him and the apoth.
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