Friday, May 1, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #7

News this week seems to be all about the new Knights (and the knee-jerk nerdrage over it being 14 months since the last book was released). Im looking forward to these, will be fun to see more on the table. There were also leaked pics of the new AdMech priests, track-bodies, and robots. Definitely going to be adding some of these eventually, once I get the Skitarii sorted out. Maybe.

The same day we recorded the Skitarii review, Bear recorded something of a rant on GW. Ended up being more of a discussion, but figured Id share. Linkie!!

As seen earlier this week, Im working on the Onager still, need to put more color on the upper half.

Im also (still) working on my first Long Gunners unit, gotta finish up their bases so I can move on to the second unit, then prime and paint the army up (it is Stryker's theme list).

Played two games against my brother this past weekend, first was Skitarii vs Orks, 1000pts. He was unprepared for all their zany rules and oddities. Honestly, so was I, but I had the advantage of knowing what they did.

Second game was 1500pts of Drop Pod Storm Fists vs Orks. That one was rougher on me, not sure who won, as we stopped trying objectives early on and went for kills.

All this 40k recently is starting to wear on me, need to get a game of WarmaHordes or something else in soon...

Fun little idea I was toying with earlier was how to make a Battleforged 8th Company army. Oddly, very easy.

Captain on bike.
Command Squad on bikes
6 units of 10 Space Marine Bikers
3 10-man Space Marine Assault Squads
2 units of 5 Assault Centurions.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Skitarii Review

We went and recorded a review of the Skitarii book. Rather quick and painless (for us). Take a listen! :)

Hey, over here!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cygnar All in One Rundown

 Figured some of you might be curious about what is so special about this box... Well...

Lets start with the obvious: $100. That is the difference between MSRP according to Privateer's site, and what I ended up paying for this box. Oh, ignoring the mini rulebook, because they are not available separately.

So, for those with questions, a quick run-down. The models are the same as before. The part that did surprise me was that the Defender and Avenger were full kits. Meaning they have the bits for the Ironclad, Cyclone, Centurion, or Hammersmith as well. I was expecting just the essential parts, as seen in the battle boxes and 2-player starter. Those who deal with magnets will get some use out of this box.

The mini rulebook is the same, and all needed cards are included. Also included (basically the only NEW thing in the box) are two large cards with quick ideas on using this force, and for expanding the collection. The Tips & Tricks are pretty handy ideas for a starter (which I am with this particular faction), and should keep me from going into my first game with this force completely clueless.

The Growing Your Force bit shows what looks handy for going up to 50pts. Im not too excited about adding Mercenaries rather that staying in-faction, but I cant really fault their choices. Lastly, they have alternate 35pt lists, using about half of what is in the box, or that was added in if you followed their suggestions to get to 50pts, and the rest with new casters and models. The two that they suggest are Captain Caine and Captain Haley, with a mix of faction and Merc units.  We will see if I follow their suggestions...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It's got legs

...but not much else at the moment.

Managed to get the legs and base done before my game this past weekend, the upper half is still sitting in it's bare metals. I am painting it in the same bronze and grey as the Knight, with just a single "racing stripe" of red on the front.

In addition, this came in today. Plan is to finish base work on the models I already have built before working on these. At least that is the plan...

Should have a proper review up tomorrow.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #6

News this week, there was some! Let's start off with that Total War: Warhammer trailer, since EVERYONE ELSE IS TALKING ABOUT IT. Trailer was pretty. Am I interested in the game itself? Nope. Id rather paint my models. ;)

That Assassins game from GW was spoiled. Assassin models are pretty cool, but really don't like the trend of trying to show models "in action" by including scenery on the base, or worse yet as part of the model itself. Im looking at you, Eversor. Am I going to get this game? Nope. Not a fan of "bored" games at all. Ill see about getting the assassins if/when GW releases them on their own.

Rumors are flowing hot and heavy about the Cults of Mars and new Imperial Knights. Only sounds like two main types of priest currently, hopefully they have more of the "Enginseer" type lined up. Maybe in the full AdMech book, whenever it may appear. Im hoping these Knight rumors pan out, I had fun with my first one, and would like to do another soon.

Privateer showed of Major Prime Haley, and Im getting the itch to work on Cygnar some more. Toying with the idea of painting "Modern" normally, but "Past" and "Future"as blue glows, kinda like Star Wars.

Havnt done much painting recently, though I did get all 1,000pts of my Skitarii assembled, as you saw on Wednesday. Since then, Ive started work on the base and lower portion of the Onager, with plans to get those two done and glued together so I can use the model in a game, which brings me to....

Didnt get any games this past week, but I have a 1000pt game of 40k against the brother tonight, Skitarii against Orks. He was threatening to build some Meganobs for the game, but looks like he decided against actually working. List I have built and will be using looks like:

10 Vanguard
10 Rangers
5 Ruststalkers
5 Infiltrators
1 Dragoon
1 Onager

No idea what he will bring, beyond a lot of boys and probably a Nobs unit, but sure Ill be outnumbered by at least 2-1.

Rather than my usual "fun ideas", this week Im looking at how I want to expand my Skitarii up to 1500pts. Current plan is adding my Knight Errant, an additional two Dragoons to the unit, and a few relics, though I might go with a second Onager, or maybe fill out my Ruststalkers unit to 10. Not going to decide until I get them all painted.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Skittering Along

Late, I know, and still not painted, but here is a look at what Ive been working on since last week...

A full 1000 points of Skitarii, assembled and based, just needs priming and painting. The Onager is still in sections to make it easier to work on.

You will notice that I used the same style of basing as I did for my 30k models.... ;)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #5

Another week, another Ramble!

Rumors are in flow, mostly about Eldar. The ones I care about, though, are the Age of Darkness bits. Nothing really new and exciting on that side though, so meh.

Picked up the starter of my Skitarii army on Saturday, two boxes of small infantry, two of larger, and a Chickenwalker. Getting an Onager this weekend, and will have a full Maniple formation. My original plan was to paint them as being from the Metalica Forge World, however, after some chin-scratching, I decided to go with Forge World Gersi, ally to Knight House Hodagi, and servant to the Death Guard Legion. Locally, we decided that until we hear otherwise, we are treating the AdMech books as being equivalent to the Mechanicum faction in 30k. Besides, its not like they are going to totally ignore the possibility of bringing the "light" Skitarii into 30k.

As far as gaming, the brother and I played 1000pts of 40k last weekend, Orks against Storm Fists. I used the basic codex variant of my Dark Angels list (2 tac, Captain, Librarian, bikes, terminators), and lost only due to his getting First Blood.

Should be recording a new episode of Flock and Awe later today, I think. I know Bear is planning a rant on GW, this should be interesting...

New, fun army ideas for this week? Well, Im going to leave that up to you, just with the suggestion/idea of using AdMech as Mechanicum in 30k...