Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A base fit for a bug...


Hobby time has unfortunately been at the minimum here of late, too much adulting going on. In fact I only just put the decals on my renegade Iron Hands Sunday evening, inking them last night. Whilst those were drying, I set about positioning the bitz I purchased for the base of my 'nid kill team's Tyranid warrior leader from my previous post. 

Sometimes there's just no escape...

When all is said and done, the escape pod will have the hatch attached and like my Silver Drakes, this too will be a snow base, with the skeleton half covered with snow flock, whilst the pod have snow collecting inside. 

I also bought two primaris helmets to decorate the bases of a pair of Termagants who will serve as specialists. While you're allowed up to have up to three specialists, Termagants are limited to only having the scout and veteran specialist abilities. Thus, I'll see if one of the local 'nid players have a genestealer that they can spare to flesh out my roster with it's third specialist.. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Hive Mind Cometh..

Little gribblies rejoice! Actually no, just scurry forth into our enemy's prey's guns!

I've been on the ol' eBay hunt for a Tyranid warrior to lead my hive fleet Ouroboris kill team for awhile now. Whilst I think the current warrior sculpt is by far the best incarnation from over the years, to get one unassembled on eBay clocks in at about $21! What the fuck? That's almost half the cost of a box of 3! 

Then of course there are the pro painted  (lol yeah, without a doubt!) and/or the poorly assembled varieties both which often go for far less, but also look as though you'll need to strip/disassemble, and rebuild them once they arrive due to abysmal painting/posing of the minis.

Taken straight out of it's eBay auction!

I only wanted one, and only wanted to spend about $10 on it. So, I opted to get an older metal model for just that price! It works I suppose, especially as I also have the old termagants and (quote): 

"Encounters with Ouroboris have revealed that the organisms spawned by this Hive Fleet contain cruder, primitive versions of common Tyranid bio-weapons and organs." 

Or in other words: they're the obsolete bugs. 

Ultimately though I ended up spending a bit over $20 in total for this as I wanted it to have a really cool base (being my only 'big bug') much like it's Silver Drakes Sergeant counterpart. I'm pretty sure that Tyranid warriors go on 40mm bases, but given that it'll be a bit more like a little diorama, I'm thinking it'll probably end up on a 60mm base. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Victory at last!!!


My Silver Drakes have finally turned the corner! I figured out what it was, that was the cause of my abysmal die rolls: My Beloved Wolfy wasn't present to bless my dice with her mystical powers! I came to this realisation after she did just that this past Saturday evening, and my Silver Drakes went on to rack up two consecutive victories, huzzah! So pleased was I with how well my dice were rolling that I didn't think to take but a handful of photos. Oops. 

The coordinates said they'd be right around here...somewhere.

First up, my marines sought out their Adeptus Mechanicus allies commanded by my buddy Scott, to seek their guidance in combating the Tyranid menace. However that rendezvous fell apart when, upon first contact, a skitarii armed with an arquebus took out my AGL specialist with a brutal headshot (literally, the strategem used was called 'head shot'). 

Shoot that treacherous, uh...thing!

Enraged, my sergeant took out the verminous gunner with a head shot of his own, and demanded his traitorous counterpart's head on a pike! Engaging in an assassination mission, my Drakes avenged their fallen brother with extreme prejudice! 

Well...except the new guy. With one grunt resting at the convalescent home, my new and literally green recruit ran right up the center only to be taken out next by a rapid firing plasma gun. Ouch. Demotion ended the game though when he took out the Skitarii leader with his stalker pattern bolt rifle despite being both on the move, and his target being snuggled down in heavy cover!

'Twas a good game vs. a fun opponent I haven't played against in years. All marines made a full recovery, though one of Scott's 'nameless grunts' died of his injuries. 

Xenos scum! I'm coming for you!

Following that, Screech's Tyranids returned for another round, and with the dice rolling hot, my Drakes were eager for a rematch! Things started off well for me when the first Hormagaunt kill came via a scouting phase deployed trap (first time that phase has resulted in anything thing for me). He would lose another gaunt to a booby trap later in the game as well. 

His dead pile.

Everything went pretty much my way, other than my Sgt. falling in close combat with his lictor, and Demotion being taken out via a venom cannon round. That injury was sufficient to cause him to miss my next game. Whereas Screech had all but his lictor need to roll on the recovery chart at game's end. Several bugs were to report to the convalescent...uh...something. Don't they just digest the wounded and birth new replacements? Well, its something like that I guess...

Anyways, I'm now technically in the lead with all full resources however I'm so many games behind that I figure my team is a guerrilla force at best. Eh, so long as I have the game all the way figured out by league's end, then I can call that a 'win'.

Friday, November 2, 2018

A few pops of color...

...just to break up the monotony.

Decals (and their associated profanity) are in-progress. Sorry about the flash,
its turned the skulls on the bases into little white blobs. 

Notta whole lot else going on though, just another busy week. Saturday I'll get in another round with the Silver Drakes and hopefully...well maybe, I'll finish these guys off soon as well.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Monochromatic flashbacks...

Way back in the day...

...I had an Iron Hands army. It was big, pretty effective on the table, and most of all, it was booooooooring to paint! Black armor, white guns and boltgun metal trim...and other than a few bitz and bobs in various colors, that was pretty much it. Painting it was monotonous as hell!

Still in the very rough initial stage. 

Skipping forward to the present, I started painting a quartet of renegade Iron Hands/Blackshields for 30k and as this post's title says: I'm suffering from monochromatic flashbacks. I'll do my best not to fall asleep whilst painting 'em. When finished these four along with their previously painted sergeant will give me a fire support squad for my little 30k army (and then I'll paint something both entirely different and decidedly more colorful). 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Kill Team League Game 1: The battle for the planet Neverness


Curiously, this combat proved to be much more of a fair fight than it would seem...

The Silver Drakes, and their kill team named 'We're not the Alpha Legion, really!' made their league debut and it wasn't anymore inspiring than was their original battlefield debut. What's worrisome is that bad things come in threes, and this was just round two...

I challenged Screech as he was fielding Tyranids, the arch enemy of my Silver Drakes. We fought the Terror Tactics scenario (in a nutshell, we needed to get our models off of the enemy's table edge). As we set up our forces in the ruins, I was as yet unaware that we were on the planet Neverness, it was only later as I began to roll an inordinate amount of 1's in every shooting phase that our locale became clear...

The Silver Drakes deploy but their enemy is mysteriously absent...not even the sound of crickets! 

Aha! There they are! Skulking behind terrain!

What treachery is this? The Hive fleet has developed cell phone cameras to determine actual lines of sight!?!

Two Termagants vs. 2 primaris marines with bolt rifles, easy peasy right? Not when you're rolling ones...hell, the hitting on a 4+ normally wasn't even handicap I was rolling so badly!

Here ya go, the Silver Drakes chapter in a nutshell.

Due to my woefully in adequate shooting, the Tyranids have closed the gap and engaged in HTH all over the place with essentially no losses! Just a few flesh wounds here and there...

Luckily Screech's die rolling was mediocre, and at the very least I could make armor saves consistently! Meaning this grunt held out for 2 turns or so before coming to his inevitable conclusion...

With the marine on the ground engaged in HTH with a termagant, Demotion tossed a frag grenade on the other two below (with 5 'shots' no less!), the Termagants in turn returned fire!

Many shrubberies perished in this vicious exchange...

My sergeant is swarmed from all directions whilst the grunt above him valiantly flees...advances towards the objective!

Still going... It should be noted that by this point, that fucker with the black chitinous armor had made three, or possibly even four fucking 6+ saves!! What the hell!?! Despite the long drawn out combat, the bugs would eventually be victorious.

My auxiliary grenade launcher gunner, who (1) was able to reroll ones in the shooting phase due to his specialist ability, (2) but never did so as I hadn't bothered to ever actually read that bit despite writing it down 2 weeks before and, (3) despite the above nightmarish situation pictured here, he was the only marine to finished the game completely unscathed.

Somehow, or rather miraculously at game's end (following turn 5 as we forgot to roll for it at the end of turn 4), no models had made it off of either table edge, and we were down 3 models a piece. It was a dead tie. We were even tied on points - 92 each. As bad as I rolled all game, I'm claiming that as a win! Hell, GLORIOUS VICTORY!! is actually more appropriate if I'm honest. 

In the games' aftermath, XP was meagerly doled out, one grunt found his way to the convalescent home where he'll miss the next round. I added a (literally green) new recruit to fill his spot in my roster for said game. 

Also and again somehow...due to our tie, which resulted in the loss of no resources, Screech and I are now tied for 1st place in the league! Because that seems fair...


da fuk?

On a different note, has anyone figured out what a 7+ save is exactly? This came up at another table, and was ruled a 6+ for expediency.  Speaking of, here are a few pics from a few other games:

The Deathguard squaring off vs. the Adeptus Mechanicus, lurking in the distance.
The Dark Angels lead by Captain Caliban (?) vs. the Genestealer cult.

And some new models on display in the cases which serve no other purpose than as eye candy:

Painted no doubt in honor of the F-22 wing that got mauled by Hurricane Micheal.

Screech commented that the uniforms weren't historically accurate, as they lacked coffee stains. However as a reservist with no combat experience, I'm figuring that he's not been much closer to a tank than I have.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

FIVE! Five painted Silver Drakes!

Ah, ah, ah....

lol, sorry, I just had to.

I present to you, the 1st photo taken on my new iPhone.

Anyways...well it took awhile, but I finally finished the 'batch painting' slog. Hobby time has been at the minimum here of late, so these took a bit longer than I had anticipated. I missed the 1st week of the FLGS' Kill Team league (which luckily you can miss a week of without penalty) so not having them finished really didn't matter (not that there are any points for paint). 

Whilst the numbers are still visible after dirtying up, how visible they'll be on the table top remains to be seen...

Their sergeant and the rest of my Primaris marines will have to wait a bit, as my 40k ADHD won't allow me to paint anymore of them without painting something else first. What? Hell if know...will just have to see what painting whim catches my fancy...