Monday, April 15, 2019

Another Fleeting Rainbow Warriors appearance...


My right flank. All 3 of these marines (there's one far forward on the left, out of focus and in terrain) died quickly to enemy fire.

Welp, just in case anyone was wondering if any 'progress' has been made: Nope, I still kinda suck at playing Kill Team. 

A target rich environment!

The blob in the foreground is one of my scouts,
trying to decide on which target to miss...

My buddy Phil asked if I wanted to go in a 4-player free-for-all a week ago and I figured why not? Its been all battletech lately, so I was up for a little change. Skip forward to Saturday and my Rainbow Warriors...or...well, maybe just their accompanying dice were most displeased with having to earn their keep and as such put forth minimal effort. Thusly thwarting all plans of glory on the battlefield. 

Green Arrow and my scout sgt. preparing to do a sweep and clear of the ruins Noah was hunkered down in (as usual). 

When the game (officially) ended on turn 4, Bob and his Thousand Sons were in the lead, Phil and his vile Ulthwe xenos was 2nd, Noah and his Salamanders Pollywogs third and I claimed dead last. Yay. However it was early, and my Beloved Wolfy was in the midst of a board game, so we decided to play it out till the end of turn 6 just for shits and giggles. 

My team, having swept away the last of the Pollywogs, close in on a Guardian fusion Gunner (strange looking fusion gun isn't it?). However Green Arrow put his Deathwatch training to go use and dispatched the alien with 1 shot.  

Given that it no longer mattered, the Rainbows suddenly came alive, gaining 3 more KPs, along with the 'help' of Phil (he killed my scout sgt., so not that helpful...), we removed Noah from the table entirely by the end of turn 5, putting me in 3rd at the least by the game's unofficial end. Indeed, for turn 6, I took Noah's vacated seat as 3 of my 4 remaining KT members were in his deployment zone (the 4th, my up until that turn useless ML gunner was still back in my corner). 

Oh well, I had fun anyways, despite my abysmal die rolls. That said, the Rainbows haven't moved themselves up, or even into the painting queue with this performance!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Moving at a crawl...

...if even that much. 

Battletech is in full swing but everything else is pretty much a non-starter right now. I did at least (barely) manage to sloppily apply the red to the robes of my Daughters of the Burning Rose KS minis, but that's been it.

3-color minimum achieved! Meaning they're ready for Tournament play, lol!

I dunno, perhaps I just need to take a break (which is apparently already in progress...) or something. I've been going pretty steady on this ol' blog for almost a solid decade. I'm not ready to throw in the towel (or have any intent to do so), rather I think I'm just going to putter around with The Buffet Assault Group blog for a bit, and get it fully up and going. Speaking of, Kushial and I played a 7-8ish hour brawl this past Saturday, and I ought to be posting about that here shortly. 

So stay tuned, I'll be back...eventually...

P.S.: Oh, I have my Grymn army up on ebay for anyone who's interested here stateside. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Trying to kickstart this ol' engine...

Not quite sure where the hobbying doldrums came from, but I'm trying to get things moving again. I dunno, maybe it was a bad time to start a battletech blog, as those are the only games I've played here of late, with another scheduled here in a about 2 weeks time. 

Working on the old 3-color minimum...

After looking at my vast horde of now and old unpainted minis the other day, and trying to decide where to start painting (again), I finally just said fuck it, and primed the Daughters of the Burning Rose as they were conveniently sitting right in front of me. 

I've since added the leadbelcher dry brushed base coat and after a lot of thinning, I managed to get my Mephiston Red sludge thin enough to use again. Cloaks are the current stage of this bunch and then after that we'll see. I honestly don't have a plan for these pretty ladies at the moment, rather am just kinda blundering along. 

Monday, March 4, 2019

A skull for every base...

...and a base for every type of skull!

However, Madame Fury the Dominus in he background still lacks a base for herself...

Not much to see here I'm afraid. I've been kinda stuck in the grip of hobby paralysis the past few days. Sadly, all I've managed to get done is to add skulls onto the bases  all of my Daughters of the Burning Rose minis. 

Just about every skull type is represented meaning these ladies are present on one of the ridiculous war worlds like Vigilus or Armageddon, where inexplicably virtually every race either attacks it on their own or else more implausibly converges at once because reasons...

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Decals, Decals, Decals...


Progress has been a bit slow this week. Monday's hobby time was mostly spent blogging about my recent battletech game (which will post tomorrow). Aaaargh, multi-blog interference already!?! 

Worse yet, even though its only fucking February (and ya know, supposedly winter...), the allergy nightmare normally reserved for spring/summer is already in full swing! Medications are flowing freely, but as is always the case with the initial onslaught, they're having little-to-no effect. Already being doomed, I said fuck it and drove around town in this 'spring' weather with the truck's windows wide open anyways, not like it would make any difference in whether or not I can breathe thru my nose anyways right?

I did manage to add some decals to my container at the very least (and many, many kleenex gave their absorbent lives in said endeavor). 

'Pizz off Wankaz'? HERESY! **BLAM!!** Seems WaaarghPug's boyz have been here...

 On the other side we have: 'Waaaaggh Beeotch? 'MORE HERESY!!  (and another) **BLAM!!**  Hrmm, maybe instead it was Neverness and his nefarious bunch.
Yeah, I love decals soooooo much that I went and added an Aquila inside on the partition wall! Curiously, that gave me less trouble then those on the exterior.
So anyways, that's all I have for this go round. Now if you'll excuse me...I need to blow my nose for the umpteenth time today...

Monday, February 25, 2019

Daughters of the Burning Rose Kickstarter minis assembled!


Even if you're nice to these ladies, they won't be nice to you!

During the Saturday's deluge of rain, we decided to just hunker down for the day, giving me plenty of hobbytime. All that I had planned anyhow was for our buddy Hoss to come over to play a game of battletech that evening (and more on that later). As such, I got the remaining daughters assembled, and started adding skulls to their bases. 

So how is it that Anvil Industries can have the ends of their infantry's gun barrels already molded as being 'drilled out', yet GW is incapable of that themselves? 

Overall I'm very happy with my minis, castings were flawless, and they fit together superbly! I highly recommend them to anyone interested once they become available for regular sale. 

No sets of arms were the same, giving them all a bit of individuality.

I'm thinking that they'll make good stand-ins for an admech kill team, as that was my original intent for using them as 30k admech-ish militia. So I'm asking: are there any admech players out there who think that that would work? 


As for Battletech, Hoss and I had a good ol' slugfest Saturday night and a battle report will be forthcoming...just not here. For good or ill, I've been wanting to move my Battletech posts over to a separate blog dedicated just to that game. Not sure why exactly, but the idea has been in the back of my head for quite some time and I finally took the plunge and set up another blog for just that purpose:

It won't be updated as frequently as this blog is, but I'm think of posting at least once a month to start off, perhaps more in the future if content allows. So give it a look if you would like (I just know that Neverness is dying to, lol!), and I ought to have that battle report posted around the 1st of the month. 

Friday, February 22, 2019

New Toys! So many new toys!!

Seriously, its like painting paralysis! Where do I start?? Worse yet I'm completely out of the oh-so-essential bleached bone, and am down to the last, sad dregs of my Mephiston red...but who needs those colors right? Yeah...I do.

 I was going to work on my Muppets, but (1) it never stops raining which hinders priming and (2) every one has a skull or three of some sort on each their bases, meaning the lack of bleached bone rears it's ugly head at the out set. My Relictors also suffer from this same exact problem.

It only took 'em 30ish years to make a decent sculpt
for the Catapult and Thunderbolt!

I did however get my new Battletech starter set in the mail and after perusing the rules, I found the rules weren't any different from prior incarnations of the game, though I did find that I'd been calculating the heat costs of jumping both incorrectly, and to my detriment. The main reason I got the box was for the minis.

Scale inconsistencies...its still a thing. As you can see by the 85 ton Stalker on the left next to a 65 ton Catapult on the right.

That said, I sold 2 to my buddy Hoss (the Battlemaster and Awesome), to both minimise the expense and give him a functioning lance, getting his collection off of the ground. Also, I and am trading out my Shadow Hawk for his  Wolverine.

My painted Awesome is the same size as the older metal sculpts.
The new one not.

Ignoring Battletech for the short term, Monday I instead finished base coating my munitorum container and 'ard coated several surfaces with plans to add decals on Tuesday, but then...

The Daughters of the Burning Rose KS minis arrived, and they look AMAZING!!! Just look:

Cyber Assassin #1

Cyber Assassin #1

...and their glorious backsides!

The Inquisitor-esque freebee and an assembled bolter grunt.

...and their respective backsides.

Nine more bolter grunts in progress...

What a novel concept: gates that are usable as terrain!

Unfortunately, I've been stuck adulting the rest of the week during my usually allotted hobby time, so progress has stalled at the above building stage. I hope to get them going again either this weekend, or else next week. For the immediate future, I have a 'teaching' game of Battletech vs. Hoss set up for this coming Saturday afternoon.