Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Leviathan WIP 3

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Yup, I'm running late this week too. Real Life intervened postponing Kushial and my 'tanks only' Battletech game. That was rather fortuitous as Papa Nurgle launched a surgical strike in my direction later that evening that lead to yet another weekend of illness.

Late last week though I did manage to at least get some more paint onto Kushial's leviathan dread. As I recall, he wanted it to be finished before year's end meaning I'm well behind schedule. Don't recall if he specifically said which year though...

Gaaaah! It's blind!

Yes, I know...its not much to look at, and the blue paint matches up quite well with the blue painter's tape I used to mask off the center torso. I don't normally mask off area's on minis but I wasn't too confident of my ability to paint straight lines up and around the curved torso. I have something special in my for this model, but it'll take a bit more work to see if I can pull it off yet.

So stay tuned...

Friday, December 8, 2017

Prepping for battle

o/

Yes both posts are a day late this week...deal with it.

Anyways, in our next round of what I've taken to calling Hobart's Funnies (following last week's all Urbanmech game), Kushial and are playing a 'no mechs' game of battletech this coming weekend.

They look like little more than wreckage at this point.
Cleaned up...mostly. The behemoth wouldn't come clean after at least a year in the simple green, followed by such a vigorous scrubbing that I nearly broke one of the guns off of the turret! 

My force. The Behemoth isn't a standard tank for the Free Worlds League Militia, so this one was captured at some point. Judging by the appearance of it however, it looks like it was recovered from the bottom of an ocean!

In preparation, I pulled my horde of tanks out of the simple green and scrubbed what was left of their old paint jobs off. Seriously, considering the majority of the 2nd hand CBT tanks I've gotten over the years, I think the average Battletech miniature painter is visually impaired, though as always there are exceptions (yeah and those paint jobs make mine look I'm visually impaired...).

Aww yeah...

Speaking of, I painted an AC-2 Carrier this week giving me 2 painted minis vs. Kushial's completely painted force. :-/ 

The AC-2 Carrier is kinda like my signature tank if there is such a thing. I've converted several over the years, but this is my best incarnation yet, built off of an old Oro. At best they're very situational, at worst...near worthless. But for whatever reason I like 'em. It'll also make a reasonable stand-in for another fav or mine, the even more maligned Laser Carrier.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hopping on the Primaris bandwagon...

...but only long enough to rant about it again.

Okay I'll admit it up front: I like 'em! Most of them are really nice looking models that I want to paint though like all miniature lines, some just look like crap. Their fluff however is...in a word: awful. But I've ranted about that before, so why do so again right? Right. Let's bitch about some matched play point values instead.

But first off, the cause of this rant: my Alpha Legion Lieutenant.

Note the Rainbow warrior helms decorating the base...

Admittedly it was fun if somewhat laborious to paint, using my old tried and tested 30k color scheme. So, despite my apathy towards 8th, what to do with him if I were to try 8th again? Not sure, but some mild research has generated some confusion in me, so here we go...

I guess he could be considered a Chaos exalted champion, but honestly why bother? In matched play...he could be a full blown Chaos lord for four measly points more. What do those 4 points grant you? 1+ better to shoot, +1 better armor save, +2 wounds, +1 to his Ld, and a 4++ save. Seriously, all of that for 4 freakin' points?!? Are they even trying? Why wouldn't you take him as a lord over a champion except for purely fluffy reasons (which have no place in matched play because it is for the competitive sort...).

Moving on, lord or champion stats ignored, he's my only HA (Heretic Astartes as an acronym shouldn't be an expression of amusement), let's try it again: my only CSM which makes him my warlord by default. That means he gets a relic for the points of the weapon it replaces, otherwise known as for FREE! Because that seems fair. Yep, chainsword-turned-relic = free. Dumb, but whatever. The Alpha Legion relic (which conveniently and unbeknownst to me prior to painting is a chainsword) is the Blade of the Hydra which has +1S, -2AP, Damage: 2, and D3 extra attacks. Cool.

But, but Chaos doesn't have Primaris marines you say? Don't they? Well why not, they have a Loyalist Space Marine relic so why not Primaris marines? Lemme splain...

Yeah, that Blade of the Hydra...its the same fucking thing as the Space Marine relic called the Teeth of fucking Terra!!! Seriously, same stats! Sure that may qualify as literal matched play, but that's not game design...that's just plain fucking lazy!

Crap its late, time for bed so for the time being, on the shelf this guy shall remain!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Finally! A game of Battletech!

o/

Scheduling a game of anything with my buddy Rob all but takes an act of congress. Thus after a month and a half (or so) of cancellations, we managed to finally get a game of Battletech in. We played the usual straight up and kill each other scenario, 8k points per side, he was fielding a  medium Free Worlds League lance with uber pilots (by my standards) vs my heavy Marion Hegemony Century (their version of a lance) along with a lone infantry platoon.

Despite the lanes running thru it, we counted the whole thing as a heavy forest. Unfortunately the to-hit modifiers were so bad we did little but just plow through it rather than fight in it as I had hoped when setting up the table.
Well, we tried to shoot thru it, but quickly realized the folly of that...
lol, I called snake eyes and he obliged with his AC20 in point blank range of my rear armor! He was not happy, especially as this was a repeat performance of the same thing earlier in the game vs. the front armor of my Mad Cat!

As usual, my little circus side show was totally ignored despite inflicting minor damage almost continuously...

The game went rather smoothly and was bloody as usual. He ran up the white flag after loosing an apollo and a hunchback. I lost a charger (no surprise there) though both my Cyclops and 'looted Mad Cat' were in really rough shape and about ready to fall back under covering fire from the Stalkers.

All in all it was a fun time, and I'm looking forward to an all Urbanmech (yes, you read that correctly) game vs. Kushial this weekend!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Leviathan Dreadnought WIP 2?

lol, I'm not sure if my earlier post really qualified as a WIP or just a lolz post.

You sure you don't want this to be an Iron Warriors' dreadnought?
All it needs now are hazard stripes!
Now the real work begins...

I finally managed to get to the FLGS for some more black primer, allowing for the initial dry brushed base coat over the entire surface. Its a shame this mini is fully assembled as there are some nooks and crannies beneath the arm/torso areas that will have to remain as is, with nothing more than a simple dry brushing. Especially as I'm loathe to try and pop the arms off as this is a very expensive resin mini.

I did remove its base as that just added to the number of hard-to-reach areas, as such I'll leave that off till the dread all but finished and ready to clear coat.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Fem Fa'Tau would like to suggest moderation on this day of American Gluttony...

Yeah...screw that, now pass the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy-mmMMmm...gravy! Oh and there's pie! Don't forget the pie!!!

Anyways...

A little ways back, I said that I had a plan to revitalize my Beloved Wolfy’s Fem Fa’Tau. It was simple really: Every other painted mini would be a tau mini. And then…Dreadtober hit, and the Tau haven’t been heard from since! Worse yet, I only painted one mini during that time (and then got sick shortly thereafter).

Turns out, I was for once true to my word (well, hobby-wise), and I actually did paint some Tau minis, two in fact. Primarily whilst waiting for the inordinate amount of ink I slathered onto that dread to dry. 

Ya know, they say the camera adds 20 mistakes,
but then you take pics from four different angles...

These two breachers are deceptively difficult to paint, because I’m not inking and dry brushing the hell out of ‘em like I normally do. All the filth and grime that usually coats my minis hides a hellova lot of mistakes, meaning with these I instead have to actually fix said mistakes when painting her Tau rather than just hide them. That said, I do rather like em, as does my Wolfy.

I still need to assemble another three plus their savior drone (or whatever its called) for the squad minimum. Once that’s done, then hopefully we can see how they perform in combat via Kill Team.  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Site Quarantined due to a Nurgle infestation!

Yes, this about sums it up...
Yes, the great unclean one and its countless minions not only launched an all out assault on me last week but had all but claimed total victory by Wednesday. The only reason I even had a Thursday post was because it had been written and scheduled earlier in the week. Regardless, anything even remotely hobbyish ground to a halt and has been at a stand still ever since (unless this meager post qualifies?).

Currently the battle for my survival is still raging, but hopefully the forces of good...(or well, at least my side in case 'good' isn't a proper definition) will have wrested back the tide of contagion to make a proper post later this week. No, I won't have worked on anything new, but I do have a little bit back log that needs blogging about.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Sad Cat

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On a whim, I picked up an old (mid-1990s) plastic Mad Cat off of ebay for a reasonable price a little ways back. Its an old sculpt and not the best cast, but unlike its metal counterpart, it stays together. Years ago a very frustrated Screech gave me a metal Mad Cat that he couldn't get to stay glued together. Awesome! I thought, only to later sell the pile of parts myself for the same reason, the damned thing wouldn't stay together!


As this is the only clan mech I have, I opted to use it as a captured Clan mech rather than buy a force to go around it. I have 4 inner sphere assault mechs and these 5 together will make for a fun little Marian Hegemony century (their version of a lance). However maintaining a clan mech is far beyond their technological ability. Indeed, even by the Jihad when the Hegemony first started producing their own mechs, they were on par with ancient, obsolete designs! Thus I modified (downgraded) the Mad Cat considerably, and wrote a bit of fluff to give it some background:

In 3067 whilst the Marian Hegemony’s III Legio was garrisoning Ballalaba, the planet was raided by a mixed trinary of Dark Caste bandits. Initially running amok, looting settlements of both supplies and slaves, the bandits were soon bogged down by the Legio defenders. Whilst the Legio vastly outnumbered the Bandits, the Clan mechs, pilots and elementals were far superior to anything the Hegemony defenders could throw at them and they inflicted heavy casualties. However a protracted fight is the last thing any raiding force wants and little more than a week after they first landed, the Dark Caste boosted off world with their loot and disappeared into the void.

Ignoring the extensive civilian losses, the III Legio itself suffered close to a full cohort’s worth of heavily damaged or destroyed mechs and tanks, and infantry losses were even higher. In return, they inflicted unknown damage on the clansmen and only managed to destroy a handful of cargo vehicles and a lone Mad Cat C. 

The Mad Cat, already in a poor state or repair (by Clan standards) fought savagely when cornered, even fighting on (barely) after its ammo bins ran dry! It was finally taken down by none other than Prefect Talawar Marius, CO of the III Legio, piloting his 11-H model Cyclops. The kill shot was an AC20 round to the Mad Cat’s back which disabled the engine. The bandit pilot was dragged from his mech and executed on the spot, and Talawar claimed the machine as his own personal prize.

The damaged machine was well beyond the ability of the Legio astechs to repair, and extensive assistance was requested from their Word of Blake allies who practically rebuilt the mech for Talawar’s use. Word technicians downgraded the clan mech using weapons and technologies which were both within the realistic realm of maintenance and serviceability of the Hegemony forces. Indeed the mech’s operational capabilities were so greatly reduced, that jokingly (and privately) the Word’s engineers referred to it as the ‘Sad Cat’. 

Steel yourself Screech! This
is going to hurt to look at!
First the mech was reskinned with standard armor plate, the Mad Cat was then refitted with a standard fusion engine and inner sphere standard double heat sinks (the latter a gift from the Word in exchange for the salvaged clan weaponry, none of which was operable but nonetheless held valuable potential). 

Opting to go for the Marian equivalent of the original Mad Cat ‘C’ model’s weapons fit, the LRMs were replaced with a trio of Marian rocket launcher 15s in each side torso, the clan UAC-5 and ER medium laser were both replaced with Inner Sphere models, and the AMS was swapped for a small pulse laser. Lastly, in the right arm, in place of the two clan ER large Lasers (one of which wasn’t even fitted to the Mad Cat prior to the raid), the Word of Blake fitted a much shorter ranged but highly accurate large pulse laser. 


Piloting the only Clan Omnimech (well visually, if no longer technologically) in the all of the Marian Legions appeals greatly to Prefect Talawar’s ego. As such Talawar’s Mad Cat approximate’s the III Legio’s ‘totem mech’ to steal something else from the Clans. However, were it to face 'real' clans mechs in battle, neither Talawar nor his Mad Cat will likely survive the encounter.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Just some minor tweaks...

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Like Neverness, Friday I made some minor alterations to an existing mini in preparation for this week's Kill Team game. Originally a painboss named Da 13th' Dokta, this mini usually serves as just a nob in KT games, though on occasion he's also been acting Warboss of Da Long Wayz Dezert Groop as well.

As a painboss, his big choppa and docs toolz were just fine, but as one of the others its always irked me that he's lacked a slugga. Not wanting to completely rework the mini, I opted to go the easy route instead.

First I popped him and his spida off of their base. Tossed the spida back into the bitz pile, moved him over a bit and added one of the better painted grots from Da Eleet Grot Mountin Duvishun to his base to serve as his 'slugga'. The grot needed a few touch ups and a wash to match, followed by rebasing and then I sealed them.


Nice, simple and honestly, without the 13th dokta link above to prove otherwise, it looks like they've always been on the base together. As for their performance in our game, I'll leave the details to Neverness since I know he has a bat rep in progress.

*****

On a totally different note, Kushial's dreadnought has reached the 3-color minimum due to the fact that I ran out of black primer. Sad Face. I'll have to get some more this week so that I can continue on with that project.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Trouble’s a-brewin’ in the Appalachian Subsector….

Vox traffic indicates that the ENTIRE Lions of Harlech Space Marine chapter is mustering for an all-out assault/extraction attempt on the nearby Rainbow Warriors’ home world…

Hell, even the Rainbow Warriors don't use pink paint!

MWUHAHAHAHAHA!!! I had to do it! I just HAD to!!!! Seriously, who uses white primer under dark colors anyways??? 

No worries pal, this little diversion will soon be covered by BLACK primer (but that layer o’ pink will always be under there)… Also, I took the liberty of removing the torso mounted parchments, I have something better in mind (and no it doesn’t involve the color pink!). 

I also removed the Space Wolf from the base for ease of painting. Speaking of the base, I may add a rock or two to break up that large expanse of nothing in front. Not sure yet but we’ll see…

Monday, November 6, 2017

Caged Lions

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Look who's trapped in my mud-slow paint queue...

Aways back Kushial came into a horde of Battletech tanks for a steal. Looking thru his extras, I asked how much he wanted for a lance of Manticore tanks. Knowing that hobby funds are sometimes tight for me, he asked if I'd paint a dreadnought for him in exchange for the tanks. Sure, works for me!

A few tanks in need of a refurb...

The Dreadnought to be painted is a Leviathan with storm cannon and grav-flux bombard. Yeah that sounds scary, though to be honest I have no idea what those weapons do. I asked if his color scheme was lavender with pink accents, to which he curtly replied no, lol.

I suppose I could paint the Contemptor lavender and pink, but following my Salamanders dread and the Leviathan, that would be like painting 3.5 dreads, so I'm pretty sure its safe from that fate!

Instead a Lions of Harlech Contemptor was supplied along with the Leviathan to act as a sort of color guide. Speaking of, I know that Kushial and Neverness played a game of 8th ed Sunday, however these two weren't present for the battle as they're currently in my possession, so Neverness: you're welcome!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

VEAL DONUTS!!!

 Take 2 (due to blogger deleting the 1st version of this).

A little ways back I bought some minis and bitz to make a Deathwatch Kill Team for Kill Team (fitting no?). When they arrived I tossed them aside as Dreadtober was in progress. However now that that's over its time I started putting these guys together. 

Smurfs, why does it always have to be Smurfs...

As I was perusing ebay I came across this guy: The Ultramarine Vael Donatus. However at first glance my mind read the words Veal Donuts, lol! Come on GW, surely when that name was tossed around the room, somebody must've made that connection! Luckily there's no such thing as a veal donut right? Hmmm...to the google!


Wow, seriously people?!? What the actual fuck??? 

Yup, veal donuts are a thing.
Thanks Malta, you've just ruined donuts forever, moving on...

Still looks AWESOME!
So anyways, I got Vael for almost the same price as a single generic space marine because-yeah, Ultramarines are that popular! I didn't want to field him in his stock configuration and swapped out his artificer-forged bolter (because everything Ultramarines is AWESOME!). Instead, sticking to his boy scout heritage, he's now armed with an astartes assault shotgun just like he did when he was a lowly scout (though admittedly the ammo of the DW shotgun is vastly superior).

Not to totally beat up on the Smurfs, Vael will at least serve as my Deatwatch kill teams' watch sergeant. He's highly respected by all of his team's members save one, the lone ANGRY MAHREEN, Floyd Uberson (I linked to that post purely for the hilarious-to-me Ferengi comment beneath Floyd's pic). Floyd will soon to be repainted/pauldroned into DW colors and insignia. 

I wonder who threw that choppa?
An Ork? Or was it Floyd?
The enmity between these two began with Floyd's insistence on calling Vael (you guessed it) Veal Donuts, and will no doubt throw a wrench into every well conceived plan (which is cover for the fact that I never actually have one of those when playing...).

Monday, October 30, 2017

Dreadtober: My Salamanders Dread is complete!



Yes, yes...cutting it a bit close to the deadline, but after spending yesterday afternoon painting its done! I don't seem to have made it onto the list of official participants for this year's Dreadtober. Not sure why but ultimately it doesn't matter. What does matter is that after years on the back burner, my dreadnought is once again complete!

Ta dah!!

Those headlights were troublesome as hell!

No matter how I tweak this photo, the upper shoulder comes out looking far flatter than it does in person. This arm was a bit disastrous in the final stages as when dry-brushing it, the bristles hit a still wet spot of the ink, causing an immediate smear! I tried to fix it as best I could, but ultimately this arm looks a little more worse for the wear than I would have preferred.  







Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dreadtober WIP (6): The Multi-Melta

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The multi-melta arm arrived and I quickly set about bringing up  to the point of the rest of my Salamanders' dread. I had hoped to achieve that by this post, but that didn't happen. I got about halfway though...


The cheapest available multi-melta arm was a Space Wolf one because-who the hell likes those guys anyways right? Right.


Luckily the Salamanders' artificers took to the arm right away, scraping off the imagery of the Emperor's misguided children and the laughable trinket dangling from the weapon's muzzle.


Once cleansed of the offending legion iconography, its was assembled...


...primed, and then base coated. 

Hopefully by my next post it'll be fully painted, but either way I ought to have enough time to finish the dread by month's end.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Introducing one's self via treachery...

Its not recommended, just saying.

Okay time to rant. It's been awhile right? Yeah, I've missed it too. Let's begin:

A new guy arrived at the FLGS this past Saturday looking for a game of 8th. Bob and I were the only 40k players present, and we were looking to forward to a game of Kill Team as (1) neither of us had been able to get in a game of any sort for the past month or so (2) neither of us like 8th ed. Happy to join in, the new guy (to us mind you, he'd been playing since 6th ed) was happy enough to join in. Cool!

Bob's Dark Angels spewing death as my 'Eagle-Eye' upgraded Dire Avenger lines up a shot.

He had his new Tau army he was showing off, he'd gotten it used for a rock bottom price of $150 which was a steal that he couldn't shut up about. Stereotypical gamer I figured, over compensating for the lack of social skills by going on and on about his new army. Though lets be honest we've all done that at some point right?

My Dire Avengers charging forth into the Tau onslaught, few would survive...

After explaining the how to's of KT: 200 point limit and unit restrictions, the guy hemmed and hawed but finally made a Tau list using my borrowed codex (he brought the 8th ed one with him). It seemed like he had an awful lot of stuff in his force: 5 fire warriors with marker light toting sushi (no not an auto correct), 4 pathfinders with 2 rail rifles, and 3 crises suits decked out just about to the max including one with a 25 point shield generator, who can afford that in a 200 point game?

Asking to check his math seems like a dick move so on we went to a 3-player kill point free for all. Game play was fun though the overwhelming Tau firepower was kinda rough, with Bob and I focusing on that threat whilst only trading sporadic fire with one another. It wasn't planned rather a case of dealing with the biggest threat. Ultimately Bob was tabled and by game's end, I had 2 Eldar left. The Tau won handily.

Fist bump, good game, etc. all was good.

Then whilst packing up i was treated to a self-congratulatory monologue on how he used superior strategy to lure us in and pick us apart. Tau turtled up in a corner and pounded anything that came close, yes very original, I've never seen that before.

Afterwards, annoyed Bob and I started comparing notes...and there was an awful lot of Tau for 200 points. Sunday Bob texted me saying he redid the new guy's list in battlescribe and that Tau list was about 350 points! What the actual fuck??? My beloved Wolfy and I were out and about so I wasn't able to tally up the list till later.

The pathfinders, fire warriors and crises suits WITHOUT any weapons or wargear clock in at 210 points! By my reckoning his list clocked in at 330 points, either way, that's more than 50% over by a veteran player who knew how to build a kill team. So yeah, he won thru superior strategy: cheating. Not shady dice shit, that happens periodically, but luckily we haven't seen that locally in quite awhile, but seriously? Wow, he actually cheated...that hasn't happened in what-years?

There's no way he didn't know he was fielding almost as much as the two of us combined. So word to the wise, if something smells fishy (and we're not just talking Tau in general) with a new guy's army, don't go purely the 'nice guy' route and ask questions before rather than later.

Also: A note to the locals, we will provide name description, etc, of this guy to give you with adequate warning so you'll know to be on your toes.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dreadtober WIP (5): The one armed bandit!

o/

No blog post Monday as I had accomplished exactly zilch on the hobby front (not even a game played) from Thursday thru Sunday. Not wanting to repeat that, I ignored my various responsibilities and tossed out my sad excuse for time management shoehorned some hobby time into my busy schedule to make some progress on my dreadnought.

Suck it Iron Warriors, the Salamanders have hazard stripes too!

As always there were more touch ups followed by the application of decals. One thing of note on that subject: I absolutely suck at applying decals! Seriously, look at all the decals I have used to adorn any of my minis, and rest assured that half again as many of them were fucked up in the attempted application and were summarily removed before trying again. Excessive use of profanity also accompanies the decal process.

Also, a ways back I bought a bunch of decal 2nds from Fallout Hobbies and whilst some of those are indeed no good, a fair few of them are no worse than the frequently out of register decals that GW oh so often puts in it's boxes of minis. The bastards!


After decals were dry, I slathered on the ink wash...going so far as to apparently re-wet the '44' on left chest plate enough to cause it to move atop of the Salamander icon above it. Luckily I noticed this tragedy-in-progress and was able to move it back before it dried. Unfortunately that put some ink beneath the decal discoloring the clear film around the number. Still, the final layer(s?) of yet to be painted on weathering ought to minimize the damage (I hope).

Waiting for the multi-melta...

Lastly, the more I thought about it, the less I liked the Ironclad CCW arm. The claw is just too big and really upset the visual balance of the mini in my opinion (and my Beloved Wolfy's as well, though in truth she didn't like it from the start). So off it came and onto ebay it went. Instead a multi-melta replacement arm is currently enroute to me to replace it. That'll then get a crash course assembly and painting/inking to bring it up to speed with the rest of the Dread before I do the weathering.

With the arm currently lost to vagaries of warp travel, my Dreadtober progress has ground to a sudden halt. All I could really do was paint over the excess dried inking on the base and clear coat the model as is. If all goes well, the new arm will arrive this coming Saturday and construction will commence once more.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dreadtober (WIP 4), a few splashes of paint...

o/

Just a quick hit this time (to steal the phrase from Mordian7th).

Real life has been a bit time consuming the past few days which has slowed my Dreadtober progress. All the hoses are now painted sotek green, a bucket load of minor (but necessary) touch ups between the gold and green have been done, and the leg armor insets are properly painted black (not just primered).

Yes I'm milking this project for all its worth...what of it?

Most significantly (if I can claim that), the base has been painted with flat earth per my new norm for bases. The helmet and lightning claw have also been repainted in Iron Warriors' colors, but that's all I got for this go round. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dreadtober WIP (3): Somebody call the bling police!


Seriously...

Bleh, too shiny!

Sigh...the gold's looking a bit weak, that means painting yet more of it on.

This dread's got enough gold paint on it to make the Emperor's Children blanch (and this is just the base coat)! As you can see, I've laid down the metallic green and ton of gold trim, as well as a bit of sotek green on some of the hoses.

My, what a big claw you have...

The CCW arm arrived earlier than expected and has been brought up to speed as well. My Beloved Wolfy commented that the new arm looks bigger than the rest of the dread! It does look a bit out of proportion, but such is the norm with the Imperium's need to overcompensate. The arm itself is proportionally no different than on any other Space Marine dread produced in the past few decades, just the claw itself seems to be larger.

Silver and hazard stripes to come!

I also painted over the Space Wolf colored bits on the base. Despite exterminating a wayward and misguided (though ultimately loyal) Legion, Russ' puppies are nonetheless considered to be loyalists themselves. Thus it makes no sense to have their discarded equipment lying at the base of a Salamander's dreadnought's feet. Instead these will be painted in Iron Warriors colors as I have done previously.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dreadtober WIP (2)

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Rather than try and tape off and reprime parts of my dread, I decided to just start base coating it instead. True, this might make the green a tinge darker than it is on the infantry due to the black primer, but as there are so few vehicles in my army to begin with I’m okay with that. Beyond picking out the Vallejo heavy green areas, everything else got a thorough dry brushing of GW's Iron Breaker.

I haven't done any work to the base yet.

One thing you’ll probably note is the twin-heavy bolter arm is missing. I wasn’t really keen on using it and perused eBay to find some other options. I found a right-side dreadnought CCW arm and thought the idea of having the ‘gun’ and ‘CCW’ arms reversed from the norm to be rather novel. Thus I opted for that along with an underslung meltagun (both of which ought to be arriving this coming Saturday).

I do wonder just how much of the metal work will be painted gold before all is said and done...

In hindsight, having the main gun simply be a twin-linked missile launcher backed up by a master-crafted meltagun (when using the Covenant of Fire RoW) and a dreadnought CCW is if anything, even more mediocre than the original twin-heavy bolter and missile launcher combination. Oh well. I’ll just run with it. Besides, it can’t be any worse than the Furioso-type dreads that Blood Angel players field, right?

As for the missing twin-heavy bolter, if you want it then you can find it here. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

DLWDG joins Dreadtober!


...and now with a digital gun to my head, I might actually do something productive on the hobby front!

Well, I presume I will, haven't heard back yet but I only emailed them about 15 minutes prior to typing out this post. Neverness posted a link to Dreadtober in our local gaming groups's FB page, asking if anyone was interested. About the only response though was Kushial who replied with a pic of his vast collection of Dreads (seriously dude, you need therapy)!

I on the other hand I have an old, woefully neglected dread that I haven't touched in a little over a year that seriously needs to be returned to glory! With the demise of my Alpha Legionnaires for 30k, this venerable beast will instead go to my fledgling 30k Salamanders army. Sorry Rainbow Warriors fanbois (all 2 of you), those guys are Kill Team only.

Here it stands is in its current state:

All of the constituent parts, primed (not green) and sorta ready....

I may tape off the mechanical bitz and reprime it green actually...

Whilst the missile launcher will be a welcome addition to the Salamander's dreadful (lolz) lack of anti-tank weaponry, that twin-heavy bolter is kinda superfluous.

Appropriately enough I was thinking of Neverness when I worked on this base, since as you can see those are Space Wolf bitz lying at its feet.