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Friday, May 22, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #10

Hooray, I managed to keep up for two and a half months! Yay me!

Should be recording a new episode of Flock and Awe later this afternoon, so expect that.... eventually.

Toying with the layout, let me know what you think?

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News-

Rumors for the new Space Marine book are starting to flow, and with me being an Astartes-phile, Im feeling like a kid in a candy store. Not believing a single one until I see proof though.

Did you see that Warlord Titan? Of course you did. Almost makes me wish I were willing to do anything with any sort of titan. Up until I see the price tags, that is.

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Hobby & Gaming-

Not much painting... Ok, no painting done at all. HOWEVER! I did get enough 25mm -> 32mm conversion rings for my Storm Fists, and got my first unit ringed and based. Should be painting them this weekend.
 Rings glued on.

And sand!

Ill admit, Im not overly fond of these rings, a bit too much space in between. Ah well.

I was debating whether I should do the rings for my Scouts as well...





 Hooray cellphone pics!

Quick poll on Twitter was about 60/40 in favor of staying with the smaller bases, which is how I was leaning, so scouts on 25mm, power armor on 32mm, and terminators on 40mm. I am still considering what colors to paint the bases, leaning towards the same as before, possibly with the rim black instead of brown. Possibly.

I did decide that I will be using this opportunity to touch up some details Id skipped on several (all but the first, to be honest) units. The lightning bolts being the main.

Still no games played recently, need to get my dice dusted off soon!

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Ideas-

Twofer this week, simple ideas though. Just alternate paint ideas, really.

-Imperial Fists, painted metallic gold, instead of the traditional yellow.
-Space Wolves, in polished silver armor. Keep all the normal markings and details, just change the base grey. This idea amuses me mostly because of the werewolf/silver connection. ;)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Storm Fists, how to not Veteran Sergeant


When I recreated my Storm Fists, I wanted to somehow show that they were a Chapter rebuilding itself after devastating losses. One way I settled on was to not have any Veteran Sergeants in the battle or reserve companies. Bites myself in the ass a bit during game play, but that is what happens when you try to build a "fluffy" force.

My line of thinking goes this way: A Space Marine is selected as a Sergeant, and is presented a custom weapon, depending on his squad role and personal temperament. Tactical and Devastator squad leaders usually get a combiweapon of some sort, and assault squad sergeants tend towards a melee weapon. Exceptions occur, of course. The biker squad Sergeant is technically an assault squad, but has a combimelta.*

*Unless I go with my plan to have all the bike squads from the 6th Company, in which case he is a Tactical Squad Sergeant.

Now, what happens when a Sergeant proves himself enough to become a Veteran Sergeant? Normal Chapters will likely paint his helmet or give him a special badge. What about joining the First Company? Tradition points as that being a possible step too.

Well, the Storm Fists have a different tradition. In order to ascend to the Veteran Company, a Space Marine has to perform a tour of duty with the Deathwatch. As in the background I wrote before, they have lost their history, so they spread their warriors far and wide, questioning all their Killteam mates about any history, legends, or tales of when their Chapters fought alongside the Storm Fists.

Now, requests for Space Marines to join in a Deathwatch Killteam don't always come as quickly as some potential Veterans may wish, so the Chapter keeps such warriors in their original company, but acting as Command Squads. Once the Ordo Xenos alerts the Storm Fists of a requirement, the Chapter Council will select appropriate members to assist in the mission.

Once these warriors return to the Chapter, they are debriefed by the Chaplains and Librarians, any possibilities noted and cross referenced to other information collected. Then the Space Marine joins his newly assigned squad in the First Company.

Pic of my Sternguard squad from a while back, a few of which are rocking their Deathwatch shoulder pads.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Excuses, excuses

Yeah, nothing again this week. Mortarion is getting pretty annoyed with being only half painted. Ill try to finish this week.

So, in place, a bit of open thinking about where I want to go with this 30k force. Tempest is up for pre-order now, and I am eying the Imperialis Militia list. Half thinking of working out a force of militia subservient to Mortarion, something he doesnt care about throwing into the jaws of death, just to see if any of them get caught. No idea how the army list looks yet, so we will see what happens when I do see it...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #9

Woo, last single digit Heretical Ramblings! Party! ...or something.

Let's see, what is new and shiny? Hmm. New plastic Stormclad and Reliant kit for Cygnar, I like the look of those, will see about picking one or more up, down the line a bit.

I bought the new Imperial Knights book last weekend, and am torn between working more on Hodagi, or maybe doing up a House for 40k to go with my Storm Fists. We will see.

The AdMech stuff is trickling up on the webstore now. Robots and servitors, and half-naked tattooed fanatics. So far, I have to say I am under-inspired here. I don't think they are bad, just not what Ive been waiting for. Maybe I just need more, better pics.

Ive gotten a bit more work on Mortarion done, about to start with some green crud on the bronze, then moving on to the iron areas. Also working on the Skitarii Vanguard, their metal bits are mostly done, next up is all the cloth bits.

No gaming this past week, but might get something this weekend. Maybe. Hopefully. C'mon, Ive got new red & black d6s to use for my Skitarii!

Idea for this week is actually what I am planning on doing for my House Hodagi Knights. As Ive said before, the Errant I have now is supposed to be a Junior Knight, newly elevated. However, any that I add after will be veterans, and will have the full markings, symbols, and accoutrements of their house.

Feral Knights - Imperial Knights, with pelts and trophies from their monster kills, and chains of the skulls of their worthy victims. Not intended to be "chaotic" or evil, just more regressed than average. I have seen a few Space Wolf themed Knights that are close to my idea, but still seem to push the "noble savage" idea, rather than the simply savage.

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Before I call it done, a request for feedback! Ive been sticking with a News/Gaming & Painting/Idea format so far, but is there any ideas or suggestions on making this more interesting? Should I label the sections? Come up with a format for my ideas? Stop stealing from Bear? (Never happen, his pocket keeps my hand warm!)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pass and Review

I have always been afflicted by what I call "Hobby ADD". Anyone who has read this blog for more than a few months will likely be completely unsurprised. Tonight, I am playing around with a list of  armies I am currently working on, and some possibilities for the future... Figure I may as well go by system, that should keep things simpler to sort. Maybe.

30k
Death Guard - My primary 30k force, currently around 1700 points fully painted, and another 1300 or so waiting for my attention to swing back their way. Theme plan for them is that they are members of the 1st Great Company, and thus (mostly) loyal to Typhon, Mortarion, and Horus.

Night Lords - Still sitting at under 700 points, they started out as my 30k force, but were quickly knocked from that dark throne. I want to add a bit more, maybe move them to a full 1000 points, and use them as an allied force. Don't really have a theme for them currently, but as I write, Im getting an amusing idea to use them as Loyalists instead. I may toy with this idea...

Knight House Hodagi - Currently consists of a single Knight Errant, to be used as a Lord of War or an ally. Long term plans are to add a few more so I can play them as a Questoris Knight Crusade, or as Imperial Knights in 40k. Currently there are a few knights that don't cross over (Styrix, and the three new plastic variants), but I like them all, so Ill probably get what I like and pick the appropriate list to use what I want. Theme for this force is tied in with my ideas for Forge World Gersi, as their subject world.

Skitarii/AdMech/Mechanicum* -  My Skitarii are currently sitting at about 1000 points, with just the Onager painted (though I did work on the Vanguard earlier today!). Plan is to continue work on the Battle Maniple formation, an easy list to work with. In the longer term, I want to add models from the assorted 30k Mechanicum lists, to represent all the resources that my home-grown Forge World has available. Theme for them is that Mortarion stumbled upon and saved their world early on, and they have been supporting his interests during his part of the Great Crusade, and followed him into heresy.

*technically the Skitarii and other Adeptus Mechanicus book(s) are 40k, not 30k, however local opinion is to count them as Mechanicum until we hear otherwise.
 
Chaos Daemons (Nurgle) - Actually a bit of a placeholder, as the only model I currently have is a single Daemon Herald, with a box of Plaguebearers in the mail. Plan is use them as summoning filler for the Occult Binder (Librarian) I am converting for the Death Guard, though if things work out, I might expand into a full army. Theme here is that Mortarion is teaching some few former Librarians in the arts of binding, banishing, and controlling "witchery". Of course, who do they gravitate towards binding? You got it.

40k
Storm Fists - Im sorta losing interest in these guys at the moment. Roughly 2000 points, all painted except a unit of bikers. I have a few other boxes of Space Marines as well, but they are on hold, in case I decide to do a Chapter hop.

Dark Angels and other assorted Space Marines - In addition to the above, Ive got a few units and/or characters from the Dark Angels, Space Wolves, Minotaurs, Black Templars, and Blood Angels. Keeping them handy to use as allies, but only the first is reasonably fleshed out to play solo. Possible I will pick one of these as my next 40k army, but then maybe not. 

Red Scorpions - These guys got boxed up, and on the Forgotten Shelf, but they are still around. A full battle company, minus four rhinos. Biggest thing keeping me from doing anything with them? The yellow/brown I used for their trim is out of production, and the closest variant is still too bright. Havnt been able to mix it properly.

Chaos Marines - Ive got a bit of a collection together right now, almost all in grey plastic. I was inspired by the Crimson Slaughter, but then I got distracted and moved on. As usual. As of right now, they are somewhere between getting hauled out to the shed, and being saved for whenever Nurgle Daemonkin get done.

Necrons - Another bit of a placeholder. Currently I have two boxes of Tomb Blades, as a start to a Reclamation Legion. Might migrate from Space Marines for a while. Or maybe not.

WHFB
Warhammer is in limbo right now, really. We dont really know what is going on, what will change, what is still viable. So, no plans to work on until I hear otherwise from the horse's mouth.
Skaven - Currently I have a fully painted Island of Blood set of Skaven, and a few other units I need to finish painting, or just need to build.

Ogre  Kingdoms - Ogres are sitting at 2000 points, mostly half painted. I can (and have recently) play them, but they are mainly a filler army for when I don't or cant play something else.

Undead Legion - About 2/3s of my legion is built, about 4-5000 points all told. Nothing is painted. Nothing is even primed. Bleh.

Chaos Warriors (Nurgle) - A leftover from the Great Purge, maybe a thousand points of half painted, or unassembled Warriors. I like the idea of a Nurgle force, I just get really bored with these guys. Since Glottkin was released, Ive pulled these guys out a dozen times. Ill look at the models, or make a list, or whatever... then box them up and put them back up. Eventually Ill admit defeat.

Warmachine/Hordes
Circle Orboros - In theory my prime faction. Ive managed to collect all the models I need to make a 35 point tier 4 theme force list for every Warlock in the faction, minus Bradigus. And for that, I just need the dude himself. Problem is I bit off more that I could chew. Half the models are unopened, and maybe three of the lists are fully painted. Someday Ill knock them out. Hopefully.

Farrow - Another example of biting off more than I could chew. I ordered tier 4 for all the Warlocks, thinking "Hey, there are only a few of them, and they all share everything anyways!". Now, I still think this one is doable, if I get my ass in gear. Just a few units and beasts and Id be done. It is just a matter of looking at that box, and seeing it all.

Cygnar -This is where I have started to learn my lesson. I ordered a single theme force. Commander Stryker and his goons. I did pick up a few other models, but they are not on the radar yet. As far as I am currently concerned, Stryker1, Ol' Rowdy, 2 Lancers, and 2 units of Long Gunners are all I need to work on. Once they are dealt with, then Ill allow myself to realize I have that 35 point "All-in-One" to work on still.

Other Games
Deadzone - From what I hear, this still gets played locally from time to time, I just happen to miss out on it. My force is assembled, and one day might get painted.

Malifaux - Bit of a dead duck for me. I know some locals play it, but the locals I play with do not. I have the Seamus crew (mostly) assembled, but no feel for them.

Table - Not a game, but needed for them all. Ive got the Realm of Battle set-up, that I need to paint one of these days. Going to be a quick deal, mostly brown spray and drybrush, with some grey and bone for rocks and skulls. Also got terrain I need to sort out.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Look! A Distraction!

No new model pics today. Sorry. I know you all are disappointed. Sis-in-Law got married this past weekend, and I had to be social and help out. I did get another box of Sicarians to add to my Ruststalker unit, but they are only about half built.

So, because it amuses me, have a pic of me in a suit and top hat.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #8

Time for me to ramble a bit again...

Lets see, what is shiny to me this week? A few more Cygnar Warjacks, and I still need to work on what I have.

Imperial Knights are up, and they are pretty. Really tempted to get another one with the book this weekend, but I really want to try saving money for....

New Space Marine codex rumors are running around, and inspiring me to work on my Storm Fists again. Well, them, or another new Codex army. I haven't ruled anything out yet.

Finished the Onager, as you may have seen, and now am working on Mortarion. Started the bronze trim since the last pic. Hoping to get further along this weekend, though I might take a break and get back to some Skitarii instead. Or some Long Gunners...

Played 1k points of 30k Death Guard vs Orks last weekend. Managed to get some power armor in the list, rather than all terminators. That may have been a mistake, as I got tabled.

Fun idea I had recently: Ultramar Auxilla. Use the IG/AM list, and paint all the units in a similar scheme, except their right shoulder pad. That gets a unique color set based on which world the unit/platoon originates from.