Friday, December 2, 2016

Dust off


The ship's bridge was almost entirely dead. The only sign of activity came from a single hand monitor half way up a stack of dust covered skulls and tomes. All around was wrecked or powered off work stations, some with the skeletal remains of their previous operators. The Ship Master's throne was occupied, an ancient pile of bones and bloodied uniform watching the lack of operations for as long as those bones retained stability.


The ancient vessel, once known as the Jawbreaker hung in orbit around a dead planet. having been an unwilling satellite since it was depopulated in some mythical age. In many ways, the planet and the ship were ideally matched. Drenched in ancient blood, and shunned. However, while the planet was lifeless, there was still something on board the Jawbreaker...


Back on the bridge, something finally began to move. In an alcove overlooking the Master's throne, what had been assumed to be a statue began to shake, knocking off dust that had laid longer than the history of many inhabited worlds. Slowly, clumsily at first, but with building speed, the figure moved to the pile, and picked up the hand monitor, wiping dust from it's display.

"Bloody sands, that is how long Ive been out? Ive got work to do!"

Monday, April 18, 2016

Not quite dead yet!

Yeah, yeah, I go and wander off a bit, next thing I know its APRIL and I still havnt blogged!

Ok, quick update tonight, since Im planning on starting something new next week. Or the week after.


Death Guard are currently all painted, aside from the design on my Herald's banner. Still have 10 MKIII models to decide on, and where my BaC box is going. Either here or...  Still stuck on the internal debate whether to stick with MKIII for troops, or expand to other marks. Plenty of pros and cons for both sides.

Played a big game with them last month, against 40k Minotaurs and Astral Claws (dont ask). Did fairly well for myself, given that I was a bit concerned about having very little that could deal with Land Raiders. Turns out Id forgotten about power fists...

Other option for those BaC models, adding them to my Storm Fists. Id kinda fell out of love with 40k for a while, but the bug has bitten again recently. They havnt gotten any paint lately, but hoping to fix that very soon...

Having so much fun with AoS. Doing a big Chaotic mess, with Beasts, Daemons, Bloodbound, Slaves to Darkness, and Nurgle guys, plus Skaven. Also working on a smaller Order alliance, currently just Stormcasts and Free Peoples so far, but tempted to expand.

Had a small game with an old friend on Friday night, a easy learner game to ease him into it. He LOVED it. Might actually get him to play more than once every few years now!

Beyond the Gates of Antares
Between Rob picking this up, and us interviewing Rick Priestly on Fn'A it was pretty much a given that Id be starting Antares. Still only had a single demo game, but Ive gotten about 1500pts of Ghar so far.

Yeah, this has been half dead for me lately. Last game I played was some time last year. Dusted off my Cygnar last week, hopefully getting back into building them for MK3.

Played a few beta games, pretty amusing. Not entirely enough to forgive their use of restic, but still a good time.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Another year, another batch of models...

Another year down, and surprisingly a lot of stuff done on my part this time. (A bit pic heavy!)

Last year I was pretty burnt out on building models, think I went three months or more where I was just getting stuff prepped for the trip or the big game (that I ended up missing) or just to get it built. Decided that this year I wanted to get more painted than I built. I dont think I actually made that goal, but it was really close... Figure Ill go down the list.

Death Guard Legion

I think I started the year with just Typhon and a pair of terminator squads, and now? Now I am sitting at somewhere around 4,000 points fully painted, and two more characters to finish. Havnt decided if I am done for now, or if Ill keep adding. We will see.
 Kitbashed "Occult Binder" Librarian.
 Tactical Squad.
 Betrayal at Calth characters converted, needing paint.
 Another Tactical Squad.
 Tactical Support Squad with flamers.
 Mortarion with his Deathshroud.
Converted Durak Rask, Death Guard Siegemaster

Current fully painted Horus Heresy force, Death Guard, Knight, Navigator, and Night Lords.
Took a while, but I got 35 points built for a game (which I think I missed), and then, over a wild weekend, I got that full army painted. I still have about as many more models to build and paint, but it is much less intimidating now.
 Lord Carver
Full 35pts. Two Brigand units, Slaughterhousers, two Gun Boars, War Boar, and Rorsh & Brine.

Started work on these, and kinda just fell off. Stryker and a couple 'Jacks done, but still need to finish basing the Long Gunners so I can prime and paint them. Maybe next year, as they are my only Warmachine faction currently.
Commander Stryker.

Started a new force this year, pretty fun one too. With a Knight I have about 1500 points, so obviously plenty of room to grow. So far only the Onager is painted, but interest is building to work on them again.

Storm Fists
Kinda falling out with the Storm Fists lately. I rebased (mainly with extenders) the force, but lacking interest in getting them all painted up again. Kinda sad, Ive got another 1500pts or so to do for them.
 Infantry after being rebased.
And with some drop pods.

Stormcast Eternals
Age of Sigmar rolled out, and I fell in love with these guys. Started work on the Hallowed Knights chamber. Currently just the AoS box plus a unit each of Judicators and Decimators. About half of them are painted currently, might get back to them eventually...
 Current force.
Lord Relictor

Goretide/Daemons of Khorne
This is where I am showing most of my love currently. "World That Was" Warriors of Chaos was awfully bland to me, never could get excited about working on them, but I am having so much fun with the new system and models. Currently have a unit of Skullcrushers and Skullreapers in the works, with Bloodreavers and Blood Warriors waiting for their turn. I decided to add some Khorne Daemons to the mix, just because they fit. Currently just a unit of Bloodletters, but have plans for a centerpiece model soon too. Maybe more of an expansion as well.
 Khorgos Khul

 More Bloodreavers
 Even more Bloodreavers.
Blood Warriors

I decided to add some Beastmen to my Goretide, for ranged attacks and variation, but have since decided to keep them allied, but separate. Beast tribe of the Ashen Eye is what Im calling them. Currently just the Battalion box and a Shaman, but planning on giving them a bit more fun stuff as well. Gors and Ungors are getting painted alongside the Goretide models on table right now. Overall, thinking Ill be using them as allies and a starting buffer, so I can add new Chaos God forces as/if I decide, and not worry about having a full force right out the gate.

Salamanders Legion

So, I painted up a Centurion as a Salamander, thinking Id start them with the Betrayal at Calth set, but havnt really done anything else with them yet. Still unsure.
Salamanders Consul-Delegatus

So, yeah, Ive managed to keep myself busy! Plan for next year? More of the same. Knock models out, and have fun with it!

Fun fact: I was originally just going to post a wall of text, but at the last minute decided to crawl through my twitter posts, and collect some pics from there. I barely skimmed and got 30...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


"Commander, what happened on Tenga VII? Your report was rather vague, and we could have used your warriors at the Eastpoint."

"Apologies, General. En route to the rendezvous point, we received word that one of our scout forces located a lost cache of Astartes wargear. We moved to intercept, and retrieved several dozen nearly pristine suits of advanced power armor from a crashed and nearly buried transport. All unused, but marked with a Chapter badge we have been unable to verify. Our armorers are currently reconsecrating the suits, and searching any info-daemons out before recoloring for the Storm Fists, and issuing to our brothers."

"A lost Chapter? What were their colors, their badge? Perhaps one of my command have information on them."

"We appreciate your assistance, General. They were a charcoal grey, with the mark of a burning book..."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Reflections on home

"Tell me of your homeworld, Commander" she asked.

"The Chapter is my home, our fleet ever searching for the world our Chapter built it's fortunes upon for thousands of years. Someday we will find it, and reclaim what cruel fate tried to deny us."

"I, however, originally hail from a world of mighty trees. As tall and nearly as wide as a hive city, and much more densely packed. We lived and built our villages among the branches, never seeing the ground. We lived a simple life, harvesting the fruits that grew around us, and hunting the mega-rodents and birds that lived around us. And we warred, all the tribes were constantly seeking more stable branches further inward towards the trunk. Tribes that were driven out had to move further along the thinner branches, or move further down, into the shadowed depths."

"There was a serious bout of branchrot infesting the trees when I was recruited, many of the tribes were being forced to move closer to the trunk, and were getting into conflict with those already in place. Many bloody battles were fought, and the Storm Fists took advantage to find the best of the young warriors. We were taken up and ascended, and have never been back to that world. I never even knew the Imperial name of it."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Wargaming Rules

Been a while, huh? Cant say I forgot or anything. I just didnt feel like posting. Maybe Ill pick it back up. Or maybe not.

So, post I feel like writing? Not what you are probably thinking. While rules are involved, I am more focusing on my rules for collecting models in a particular system. I figured a while back that the easiest way to contain my "Hobby ADD" was to let it run wild. Yes, this will make sense.

I came up with a few rules, meant to keep me on track, and keep me from blowing money all over on models Id only half paint before getting distracted and moving on. Well, Im still doing that, but at least they are all reasonably themed, so I can use them together.

Easiest example is what I decided on for 40k. I play the Imperium. The way army selection works now, this is a great way to keep a varied force for painting, and for gaming. Ive got Knights. Ive got Mechanicus. Ive got Space Marines. Ive... started working on Imperial Guard. Heh. Sadly, Ive been in a bit of a 40k rut for a while. Simply lost interest in favor of 30k...

Second example would be 30k. Close but not quite what we get for 40k, with army selection being tied to previous editions of 40k. Still, I play the Death Guard Legion, and am allowed to make with allies as I like. So, a Knight, and trying to work in Mechanicum. Night Lords were there first, but count as allies now. I can also add other Legions if/when I feel like it. The reason I was a lot tighter for this system was cost. Ordering from Forge World gets spendy quick. So, I added the caveat of "if they go plastic, reconsider". Well....

The other big set I had specific rules on was Warmachine/Hordes. Tried to keep it all in faction, decided to open it up a bit. Playing Cygnar, Circle, and Farrow, but building 35pt theme forces for which ever caster/warlock I go with. Between the variety of themes available, Ill eventually get a bit of everything, and can "borrow" to go higher if needed.

Now, what about Warhammer Fantasy/Age of Sigmar? Yeah... For the past few editions allies were not really a thing, not in any significant manner. Then End Times hit, and suddenly you could build something new and exciting. Then they tore that up and said "play what you like". Gotta say, between that and round bases, Ive got a supercharged interest in the Fantasy side again. My rules for WHFB were "Add to your armies. Maybe something new if you really like it?" Last army I did was my Undead Legion. Before that, starter Skaven force. So, now Ive got Goretide in the works. Im painting Hallowed Knights. Ive got an old Ogre army, and a large chunk of Undead. Ive even picked up a decently sized Skaven force. And Ive got ideas. So many ideas. Im going to really need to lay down a new rule here, before I go a little too crazy.

Knee jerk idea for restriction is one Grand Alliance, but that doesnt really work, as I have armies from all the Grand Alliances. Well, Ogres are kinda dead in the water, and have been for a while. That clears Destruction. Undeath? Well, I might just push them off on my brother, so he can play with something of his own. Leaves Order and Chaos. On the Order side, I have Stormcast Eternals, and no interest in any of the other forces (until they redesign them, perhaps?). Chaos, oh Chaos. Love the Goretide. Very interested in doing something fun for Nurgle. Skaven can go anywhere, working for anyone. Ive got Plague Monks. Ive got Stormvermin. Clanrats all over the place. Beastmen fall in the same boat, adding variety (and cheaper bodies!) to the more influential forces.

So, I know where my loyalties appear to lay. What am I to do? Well, think Ill say my WH/AoS hobby rule is now Chaos Grand Alliance, with special exception for the Stormcast Eternals available to the Hallowed Knights. Why the Hallowed Knights caveat? I fully expect them to get special characters, and perhaps some unique units eventually. This way, I wont be trying to paint a dozen different Stormhosts. And dont think I didnt already consider that! ;)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #18

Late? Perhaps, but I fully intend to blame helping my sister-in-law move on Friday for that.


The Age of Sigmar train keeps on rolling, and I am still liking what I see. Got the new book, finally, and enjoyed the whole damn thing. Not much else is going on for hobby. Right? Nope, nothing exciting...


What is that... No...

PLASTIC MKIV SPACE MARINES!! Sorry, had to say it. Rumor sites around will have the pics available, so go hunting!  I am already plotting plans and planning plots on how I will be using these models, whenever they may be released.

Hobby & Gaming-

Been slowly working on my first unit of Stormcast Eternals, decided to use part of my test model's scheme, and am painting them as Hallowed Knights.


Obviously MKIV is on the brain tonight, so a slowball for you: Night Lords. Mix in a few stolen Imperial bits, and the Warband of the Exalted would be simpler than snot.