Monday, October 24, 2016

Interrogator Themis


With the recent interest in KT, I picked up this mini from Prodos Games to lead an Inquisitorial Kill Team. Equipped with a bolter and storm shield (which curiously, Inquisitors don't have access to, just their flunkies), this is a really kickass looking mini! Most was cast as a single piece of resin.  Yes, seriously.

This is exactly how it looked right out of the box: 

This is from a game called Space Crusades (that last 's' is apparently all that's needed to stave off a copyright lawsuit from GW).

No assembly, washing or anything required. Look at those undercuts...what the hell? Makes ya want to ask: Okay Forgeworld, why in the hell can't you make stuff like this?' Sure they make minis that look just as good, but not flawless single piece casts!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Paint: I giveth, and I taketh away...


Man its been a busy day! Its damned near 10pm as I type this and really the only time I've had to just chill this evening was whilst eating dinner. Whew, being an adult and all that...yeah, it sucks.

Still looking kinda ugly...

Anyways, it wasn't like that all week, and as such I was able to get a bit more work done on my predator. All of the base coating has been added. Now its time to do the detail work before applying the decals and then slathering it in the usual ink wash. That last bit worries me as I never like the results of inking on large flat surfaces, but I'll deal with that problem later I guess.

As for the 'taketh away' part: I bought this jalopy off of ebay for a mere $17.

The pic straight from the ebay auction. 

On its arrival I found it was both poorly and only partially assembled. Normally this would be a complaint, but instead turned out to be a boon. Within minutes it was disassembled and most of it was soaking in the simple green. The crew were painted decently, and the bottom is already primed/painted black and they will be left as is.

The plan is to let the rest of it soak for a week or two, but knowing may remain in its chemical grave for upwards of a year or more. Or, until my beloved Wolfy asks: 'Honey, what the hell's in this container in the cabinet?'

Monday, October 17, 2016

Predator WIP 1


Well, its been a long time coming, but my original predator (for those who don't recall, this is the 1st 40k model ever that I bought), has finally made its way to the front of my painting queue (again).

As you can see, the new reinforcements have arrived as well...

Nope, no sponsons this go round, just the autocannon and combi-bolter. Most of the time this will be outflanking via the 'Sacrificial Offering' Rites of War, and as such the sponson weapons (which I don't have anyways) would only be snap-firing. That said, in 30k the Predator's autocannon gets 4 shots rather than 40's 2. So appearing on the board with enemy vehicle's side or possibly even rear armor visible, this will be quite a potent vehicle vs. anything with AV13 and on down. Even against infantry, the potential to wound/kill 4-6 models a turn is nothing to shrug off.

The Alpha Legion often accent their tanks with steel, or silver, so I think the center of the hull will get that treatment making the painting of this a bit less laborious. Or at least I hope so, I'll let ya know how that works out...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sergeant or Centurion?


Okay so I'm torn.

This was supposed to my 2nd veteran tactical squad's Sgt., but he looks so awesome that I'm thinking now that he might work better as a centurion (because I'm so lacking in HQ models). He stands out far more than my other Sgt., and easily rivals if not surpasses Asirnoth (who was unceremoniously demoted to the rank Sgt. due to his basic weaponry).

The torso's back half with the attached cloak came from one of the new Deathwatch kits, though one thing of note about that: I had to trim it a bit to fit up properly with the Mk IV front half of the torso. What the hell? I think that's the first time ever that two random space marine torso halves didn't fit together right off of the sprue.

The cloak looks shiny, but its a just a trick of the light. The only metallic part on the cloak is the XX decal. Also, it didn't really come out good in these photos, but the gold thing on his base is a damaged and bloodied Harlequin's mask (no doubt one of Neverness' bunch).

On a slightly different subject, I miscounted when ordering bitz and came up one meltagun short for my Alpha Legion tactical support squad. I needed four, but only had three. Ordering one plus a few other random bitz to justify the shipping cost would have come to about to about $6-8. That's a bit much just to get the meltagun that I needed. However I still had a $40+ credit with Noble Knight, and so instead I now have another Mk IV Tactical squad coming to me which includes a meltagun and only cost $6.87 above my trade-in credit.

I was saving that credit for the Bolt Action, 2nd ed rulebook, but with my Panzerfauste minis not working out as I had hoped, my interest in giving Bolt Action another try more or less took a nose dive. So this was a much better purchase I think!

Monday, October 10, 2016

The production line begins...slowly.


Their bases still need rocks/stuff.
I finally finished my 2nd veteran tactical squad sergeant, but I don't have any good pics of him yet. I did however begin assembling the rest of my Mk IV marines here and there over the course of the weekend.

I only built two minis however...because I accidentally sliced the hell out of the thumb on my left hand (and I'm left handed) Sunday morning. My beloved Wolfy patched me up and kept me from bleeding out. As such building, painting and...well most everything is kinda difficult with my thumb all wrapped in gauze and tape. Anyways, sob story aside, here are the two I was able to assemble.

Monday, October 3, 2016

We actually played a game!


As the title says, we actually played a game of X-Wing, though to be honest its the first game of any sort that we've played in what seems like forever. The gamenight at the FLGS was a washout. I guess my and Wolfy's absence has been the deathknell of it here of late. Since apparently Mike and Screech's personalities haven't been entertaining enough to encourage the gang to come out and play, lol.

Luckily, as we were already in town, Billy lives practically within walking distance of the FLGS (assuming you want to walk up a very big hill that is). So we just went over there, and after BSing for a bit, we got down to a game of X-Wing.

The opening stages of turn 1.

I was playing the 1st Order, Billy the Rebellion and my beloved Wolfy was fielding the Scum and Villainy. Our 3rd TIE/FO and the Punishing One were both making their battlefield debuts as well. Billy was the first player wiped out though my last TIE/FO only lasted a turn longer than his last X-Wing. It seems that when list building, I made Wolfy's list a bit too good!

Yeah....these two were scary to face!
Dengar with the title, and all of the bells and whistles is pretty rough, add to that Kavil with a dorsal turret, opportunist and an unhinged astromech and her list was just plain nasty! At range 1 Kavil was firing salvos of 5-dice from the turret! Anything caught between that and the Punishing One would be toast! Yeah, after making the list and then being on the wrong end of it, I don't think my beloved Wolfy gets to use that one anymore.

On a different note, there will be no thursday post this week, and next Monday's will be questionable as well. My beloved Wofy's surgery is this morning at 8am, and I'll be staying with her at the hospital at night (after work) till she comes home on Wednesday (if all goes to plan). Thus, there simply won't be any hobbytime for the rest of the week.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Panzerfauste: My first battle

SPOILER ALERT: Gnomes: 1, Da Masta Cheef: 0

This originally was going to be a nerd rage fueled, vitriolic rant post! However the fine folks at Hysterical Games, and co-owner (I think) Rob specifically, corrected that notion before I even had the chance to type up that kindova post. 

Good print quality!
As everyone knows, I prefer Weird War II rather than purely historical minis for Bolt Action (but not Konflict '47 because its full of stupid zombies). My intent was to give BA's 2nd ed. a try in hopes that I'll like it a bit more, and to get things going with a new army, using the Gnomes from Panzerfauste. Thus I bought a starter set, with the minis swapped out to be all gnomes. It also came with some dice and a Quick-Start rulebook.  

The artwork is reminiscent of GW's old B&W art, albeit with a WWII flare! 
Not sure how these will roll without divots on the one side...
Being roughly the same height as the now out-of-production Kindred minis produced by Hasselfree Miniatures, my aim was more or less to have the Eleventy-First 'hop the channel' and fight in France (or Belgium, as they're equipped more or less identically). Waiting with eager anticipation for the slow sail across the pond from the UK to Tennessee, I was pleased to find a box on my front porch this past Monday. 
The Gnome CAD renders from their website.

Actually, I was kinda horrified, as the box looked as though it had had the living shit kicked out of it! Knowing it was filled with little resin minis, gave me an immediately bleak outlook on the contents. Luckily the minis were swaddled in what seems like half a roll of bubble wrap, and they arrived with only 3 breakages. One of which was due probably more to an air bubble which would have doomed it anyways, a 2nd was of the exact same mini (I ordered 2 identical squads as the Gnome options are quite limited currently), in the same spot but was a clean break, so it ought not be any trouble to glue back together. The last was a VB launcher snapped from a rifle end. 

The air bubble victim has already been 'bagged and tagged'.
Note, these are laying on a 1 inch grid and yeah, those teeny tiny weapons and arms!
Casts of the bodies look pretty clean, with only one showing a noticeable mold line, though given the small stature, it'll probably be lost when painted. However the weapons…seriously, WTF?!?!

I've heard many a complaint form Neverness, Kushial and Screech about the tiny, fiddly guns and bits for their bolt action kits. However by comparison to these, those BA rifles are like space marine bolters in terms of thickness! Yes, seriously! The SMG barrel is probably a millimeter at most? I have no idea how they survived shipment. Likewise I have no idea how you'd be expected to straighten it out without breaking it, or how they would expect it to survive normal use and storage. In fact ALL of the weapons fall into this same category, the the SMG is the most egregious example!

My first attempt at assembling a mini met with disaster, as an air bubble in the minuscule rifle caused it to snap in half at the slightest touch, and there was no fixing it! Zap-a-gap was proving futile (odd, as that's what Hysterical Games uses), and after about 30 minutes I was in a state of nerd-raging fury!

Kind of an ugly mold line, but when viewed at 'actual size' its hardly noticable.

Like any irrationally minded gamer, I blasted out a rage-filled 'WTF?' IM to Hysterical Games via Facebook. Of course they're 5 hours ahead of us, so no immediate reply was expected. Forcing myself to calm down, I put the broken mini aside and over the next hour or so, managed to assemble the 2 VB troopers (minus both of their VBS), and a single BAR trooper. 

VBs broke or mis-molded and removed. Their Bolt Action stats suck anyways. 

They're nice sculpts but seriously, I don't expect their weapons to last at all! Possibly not even the painting process which is anything but violent. The next day I got an apology for my disappointment in the minis from Rob @ Hysterical games, and in our working it out back-and-forth, he offered a full refund along with telling me to keep what I have! Wow, was figuring on shipping em back!

The thin weapon issue doesn't apparently affect their Orc Minis, and only a very few of their Dwarves. However they just recently decided to redo all of the gnome arms and weapons in metal to hopefully alleviate the fragility problem. Indeed Rob told me to give them a shout (seems they already know me well…) in a few weeks and for a 'token fee' they'll ship me some new metal arms and guns for my 2 dozen Gnomes, huzzah!

A good size comparison.
'Surrender you scrawny little Mon'keigh!'

Not quite, but it'll probably feel like it!
Content with that idea, in the cabinet they wait. Not much of a concern as my beloved Wolfy will be getting her 2nd bionic upgrade this coming Monday, and as such we won't be out and about (well, not to the FLGS for game night anyways), for at least a month or so whilst she recovers. So in the interim, its back to working on the Alpha Legion I suppose.