Friday, September 4, 2015

The latest survivors of the simple green...

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Invariably, when some paint jobs have reached the end of their useful lifespan, the model wearing that paint often hasn't. Some go onto to ebay, and others go into the Simple Green. Here are the latest wrecks (post scrubbing and rinsing) to emerge from the green (which had turned black after a few weeks of soaking):

Ya know you like those Necron Gauss hatch hinges!

This poor rhino came to me via ebay. It served with me as an Inquisition Rhino for most of its career, plus the Dark Angels (briefly), and going by the colors layers discovered, it apparently came to me as a Space Wolf vehicle. Its next stop: 30k.


I'm pretty sure there's hull damage under the pasticard on the front hull, so I'll leave it be. A lot of the little gribbly bitz on the tank were lost during the paint scrubbing, but a recent sift thru my bitz box found replacements for all those lost, and some more fun options as well.

He will have a Forgeworld backpack at least...
 Sticking with 30k, here's the former Storm Wardens' Captain I killed Draigo. Yes, it hurts to erase such a glorious history but as he's one of the few survivors of an army that went the way of ebay, this guy too will join my 30k Blackshields. 



Then there's this little bastard!

Still not thinking the new paint will include a red coat...

Its rare that a simple scrubbing with a toothbrush doesn't remove all of the paint aside from a few little bits in the nooks and crannies. However this fucker required an exacto to scrape a hellova lot of it off! Plus, his mace (always easily bendable) snapped off, revealing an air bubble in the cast which explained that issue. So he got a simple choppa instead.

He also got a shield (luckily that's a vaible piece of wargear in GorkaMorka) as when I removed the old shield, it was a really bad hackjob underneath! Either I had just gotten my dremel, or was still using a rasp and files. Either way, that had to be covered! he also got the only Ork slugga I found in my bitz box!

Also, just an FYI, this coming holiday weekend will be spent with family in the mountains of North Carolina, so don't look for a Monday update. Instead you'll have to wait till Thursday.

Have a good weekend folks!

Monday, August 31, 2015

RAMMING SPEED!!!

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As I was still suffering from the crud, we opted to just stay home pretty much all weekend and play some X-Wing instead of going to the FLGS. Fielding my new toys, we tried the 'Interdiction' scenario included with the Decimator. I opted for a different list than the recommended one as I wanted to ram stuff. Why else would you want a Decimator, right?

Of course this was our first game of X-Wing in quite awhile, so we forgot quite a bit of things, the two main ones being the scenario's 'Ruthless' special rule, and my accuracy correctors (doh!).

My 1st (failed) ramming attempt...
Airen Cracken had tried to flee to the far side to survive till the reinforcements showed up, but my TIEs would have none of it!
Speaking of reinforcements, Tyco and Tarn wait in the wings...
...and show up whilst that damned Z-95 is still on the table!
DAMMIT! THAT doesn't count! The friggin bases were still a 1/16th inch apart!
Note, that greasy smear (debris field) next to the Decimator was Cracken, and the Decimator's first ramming kill, huzzah!
Speaking of, I wonder just how much stress Tyco can take?
Yeah, he went 'splat'! Note Wolfy's fancy formation flying in the background.
Trying futilely to get a bead on my favorite X-Wing pilot, Tarn Mison.
It should be noted that by this point, both of my TIEs were gone, and it was down to just these two. However my Decimator had the shit kicked out of it, and Tarn actually had more hit points than it did! To make matters worse, the steering was damaged and hard turns were red maneuvers, having already had stress on it in the previous turn, and after a green maneuver my ship was in danger of flying off of the board!
Whew! A close call, but one that no doubt had flames, debris, and random crew flying off of the board as the ship itself narrowly avoided that fate...
...blurry though it may be, here we see Tarn making the kill shot!

...and with that, Wolfy tabled me. Round two, we played her Hit and Run scenario. She used the same list, whereas I tweaked mine a little bit trading the (as usual) worthless gunner upgrade and an Advanced TIE for 2 Obsidian TIEs.

Whee!!! I rammed Cracken and then the the anti-pursuit lasers nailed the incoming X-Wing!
Coming round the asteroids (as required by the scenario) always results in heavy traffic!
SURPRISE BUTT SEX! in 3...2...1...
Having run down Cracken yet again, Captain Oicunn gives the order to 'Get this bitch moving!' and the TIEs are thrown into confusion as they try (and fail) to get out of its way! Luckily I don't take damage from friendly collisions...

With Tarn's surprisingly quick death, and also Tyco's demise shortly thereafter, Wolfy had no chance of killing anything before the Decimator fled the field unscathed and with it's requisite kill, so we called it.

That left us tied for the weekend. My initial impressions of the Decimator? It handles like a whale, but I like it! Wolfy's thoughts: (quote) 'I fucking hate that ship.' lol, as a frequent Empire player herself however, it won't be too long before we possibly find ourselves with the exact opposite thoughts of the Decimator!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Imperial reinforcements

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Well, since writing my last post, papa Nurgle decided pay me a little visit. As such I've felt more or less like death warmed over ever since. To be honest I wasn't even going to bother with a 2nd blog post this week, but my birthday toys arrived in the mail yesterday so I figured I'd show them off.


With the new TIE advanced Title having been released, and the accuracy corrector being an auto-take (if still kinda mediocre) item, I figured I'd get a 2nd of my favorite TIE. No, no Raider for me, but the X-Wing builder I use has it conveniently listed for use. That won't fly in a tourney, but I don't play in any of those anyways so is no matter.

I've also wanted a Decimator ever since its Wave-something release. I don't see us getting any huge ships, so this will probably be the biggest boat in our X-Wing inventory (unless we eventually get the Ghost as well).

Following my last mention of buying the above, Adam commented on just using a die roll generator in lieu of buying more dice but...yeah, no. We already stare at our damned phones too much as it is. I've used those apps in the past (when I forgot my dice and opted for a quick download instead of buying replacements), but I never liked using them.

These will remain sealed for now, and will be opened when my contagions finally go away (or I keel over, whichever comes first).

Monday, August 24, 2015

There's a 3-alarm fire 5 hexes out, let's move!

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Real life conspired to wipe out all of my hobby time since my last post, including our planned game of X-Wing. Though there was the exception of a fun-filled Friday night of burgers on the grill, Exploding Kittens and Cards Against Humanity with some friends. As such the YT-2400 still isn't finished. Sad Face.  Luckily I have another side project to pull out of the archives to fill the blog-content void...

Through the years I've tried just about every major variation of infantry in Battletech in an attempt to find a type that does something other than just slow the game down. To date, all of those attempts have effectively failed. So after my GHQ stand-ins for mechanized infantry took a bath in the simple green and then got some repainting/basing, I'm going to give motorized infantry a try. Motorized firefighter infantry to be exact.

Yes, because that makes sense...

lol, there are all sorts of things on the CBT battlefield that'll start a fire. Explosives of every sort, incendiary weapons, lasers, burning mechs and tanks, the majority of which are fusion powered, the list goes on. The way I see it, Battletech firefighter units need to be Hazmat, EoD, and NBC trained specialists in addition to firefighters.

Hrmmm, I seem to have forgotten the flashing blue lights...

In a campaign setting, defending territory is great and all, unless you leave it a blazing inferno which just burns down whatever you were defending to begin with. That said, we never play campaigns, just one-off games once in awhile, so who the hell care about the battlefield afterwards-right? Well, luckily, firefighters are armed as well. Their weapons' range, their speed, and damage potential are all kinda meh at best (which has always been my issue with conventional infantry).

However the one thing they have going for them is that they're well armored (for infantry). Firefighters have a damage divisor of 2, meaning all incoming damage is halved, or for simplicity's sake, the double damage to infantry when they're in the wide open (which is where they always are given how slow they move) is simply negated.

Huzzah!

I hope this results in something decent in a game, but as usual, that's probably wishful thinking. I could try them out as Heavy Support Motorized Infantry, which have more than double the damage potential, and almost double the range, however they're as slow as foot-sloggers. Bleh. On a slightly different note, after finishing the infantry bases above, most of my CBT stuff is now painted. That said, I do still have a few projects and next on the CBT list will be these:

A Level II of tanks, not gonna tell who they'll be fightin' for yet though...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Voilet Tendencies (WIP)

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Everything goes in cycles and now its X-Wing's time at the front of the painting queue. As such, I finally started working on repainting Wolfy's YT-2400. She requested a purple version of this beauty:

I don't who to give credit to for this, but they did a hellova job on it!

Using that as my inspiration, I've come pretty far along but as you can see below, I still have a ways yet to go:



She seems pretty happy with it so far, and I rather like it too. Of course just as important as its paint job, every proper ship also needs a name. For the time being I've come up with the name Violet Tendencies. Wolfy's responded warmly to that, but its not yet been given her final approval.

On a slightly different note, I was given a few gift cards for my birthday, and so far all of them have gone towards Star Wars stuff. First up, I have a VT-49 Decimator, a 2nd TIE Advanced and some more X-Wing dice on order from Amazon. Secondly Wolfy found this little gem at Barnes & Noble and I just had to get it! Its kinda like the old Imperial Guardsman's Uplifting Primer books that GW sold some years back and has been a fun read so far.

We haven't played any games of X-Wing in quite awhile, but are planning on remedying that this coming weekend. :-)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lordy, Lordy, Da Masta Cheef is Forty!

Yeah, yeah, whatever...its all fun and games and then it happens to you. Eh, I'm still playing with 'toys' so its safe to say by this point that I'm never gonna grow up! Speaking of toys, it only seems appropriate here on Da Long Wayz Groop, to mark the occasion by showing off my most recently painted Orks:

Wen stelf iz needed, Da Boss sens out da 'Sneeky Git' to do da job!

Perhaps he's genetically programmed to be a Deff Skull, or perhaps he just knows dat 'bloo's a lukky color.' Regardless he's da cheef spanner (I'm going to have at least 2) in my mob.

Gorkamorka has rekindled my love of the Orks and as such they've returned to the painting queue (due mainly to the fact that virtually all of the painted ones went the way of ebay). Their bases are 'a little bland' in Wolfy's opinion (needz more skullz?), but they are in a dezert. I wanted them to be based with something different than my normal 'generic' 40k flock-mix. That way da boyz specifically painted for GorkaMorka to stand out from the rest of my army.  

Thursday, August 13, 2015

For the 1st time in my 20 years of gaming, I DON'T have a Space Marine army!

How did that happen?

Oh that's right: ebay.

Yes, this pic came from their ebay auction.

The most recent marines sold (the Storm Wardens) were ironically made up of almost all of the exact same models as I got 20 years ago in the 2nd ed 40k starter box. At my height (somewhere between 4th & 5th ed) I topped out at 19 40k armies! Don't ask where the hell I stored them all, because even now I can't figure that madness out. Currently, I have 3 (Orks & Eldar, both of which struggle to reach the 1500 point mark and my Grymn Militarum and friends who can't even reach 1k). Wolfy still has her Fem Fa'Tau though, which is easily the largest 40k army in the house.

What can I say, the twin travesties of 7th ed 40k and more recently the Age of Sigmeh have really strained my love of all things GW. However their redemption may possibly be in the near future. Ya see, unlike so many miniatures that have gone the way of ebay over the past year or so to keep the lights on, food on the table, credit cards at bay, etc., the Storm Wardens have a higher purpose. Their funds are going into a savings account, to await the day that plastic 30k arrives.

We've all seen the sprue pics, so we know its going to happen, the question is when. Luckily GW's marketing division likes to keep their customers completely in the dark, so who the hell knows. Right before Christmas is my guess. Regardless, I'm generally not in the position to make a triple-digit impulse buy (which often seems like GW's overall marketing scheme). Thus the Storm Wardens' funds will await that release. I may add to it in the intervening days/months/years as well...we'll see.

I do still have marines though. My current inventory of them is as follows:

Dark Hands/Subjugators: I have the periodically retired predator that I got an honorable mention with at Gamesday Atlanta some years ago, along with my Subjugators Librarian. Not sure why I kept him, I just like the mini I guess.

Exorcists: Yes, the accursed Matt Fucking Ward still exists, in my game room...I forgot about that model until just recently actually.

ANGRY MAHREENS!!!: Floyd Uberson is the only one I actually painted, and the only one I have left...and he's really fucking pissed off about it!!!

Aurora ChapterHow in the FUCK can there still be a damned Aurora scout sniper left in this house?!?!?! I've sold them to Sweden (literally), given them away, repainted them and then given them away, and yet there's another half painted, headless one in the fucking mini case! Its like a god damned conspiracy or something...

Techmarine: He's a 'non-denominational' techmarine, meaning he's bereft of chapter iconography as I got tired of switching/repainting his shoulder pads (you can see him in Floyd Uberson's link above). He has 2 heavy bolter servitors that have been primed green for years now.

Blackshields: My former Emperor's Children, 30k contingent. Currently I have the recently painted Centurion and 5 recon marines (a.k.a. Scouts), a Techmarine with a conversion beamer along with a pair of Servo-Automata flunkies to serve as ablative wounds for him. I also have the now former Captain I killed Draigo (11th pic down, fighting some losers...), swimming in simple green who will be demoted to a mere grunt, an original rhino that's swimming with him, and my original predator which is the very first 40k model that I ever bought (in another year, that tank will of legal drinking age in this country!).

Storm Wardens: (3) bikers, of which only one is assembled and painted. These are the first minis my beloved Wolfy bought me, and thus they have sentimental value, yes even on the sprue.

Red Corsairs: with the demise of my Chaos marines, Centurion Niro has found himself retired to my Hall of Heros awaiting the day he can scratch the cowardly name of Tigurious off of his Murder Sword...

*****

I was going to further list the chapters I've fielded in the past as the number far exceeds the total number of marines listed above, but...I'm kinda tired and its getting late,  so screw it.

Maybe some other time.