|A little vacation from the Motherland.|
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
|The year what was.|
With the new year on the horizon, and since I see them popping up across the interwebs, I thought I'd take a look at what I've done this year. Starting with models built would be appropriate, but I'm not entirely sure what was done this year and what was done in years past, so let's just skip ahead to painting.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
|Gogo Ice Axe.|
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
In the meantime, I have a little nugget here from one of the upcoming reports. I played against...Steve? (horrible with names) a couple weeks ago at the FLGS. It was his first game under mk 2, and first in a couple years. It was also my first mirror match against a fellow Khador player. The exact goings-on will have to wait for the actual report, but one of the things that came up during the game (Steve was very nice and chatty) was a Black Ivan comparison. He did a so-called "Full Metal Ivan" conversion, using the old metal Destroyer as the base. I've seen a couple of these across the interwebs, but this was the first I'd seen in person. The plastic jacks are bigger than the old metal ones in my experience, and I expected the same results in this comparison. Imagine my surprise when the two Ivans were more or less the same size. My plastic Ivan is wider due to how I posed him, but height-wise there isn't much difference. Plastic Ivan is a shade taller, but you'd have to do some looking to notice the difference and I don't think you'd be able to tell if they weren't sitting right next to each other.
In other teaser notes I had my first game of Hordes today facing off against EV's Skorne. I thought it would take some time to get used to how Fury works, but turns out it was pretty natural. Looks like Hordes is, or at least can be, exactly what I hoped it would be: a game of beasts with some infantry support. Looks like this week won't work for gaming at the FLGS, but next week I'll be faced with a tough decision: fight for the Motherland or spread Everblight's influence?
Monday, December 26, 2011
|Quick pictures are bad pictures.|
In other other news, no luck on little winter trees at Micheal's today. I think I may have been early as it looked like they were just starting to set up the Christmas clearance stuff. Perhaps a return will prove more fruitful.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
|Edge highlighting action shot!|
Monday, December 19, 2011
|A good start.|
Sunday, December 18, 2011
As I alluded to in my last post, I went in a new direction with my lists the night before the tournament. I had settled into a single jack, infantry heavy, Iron Flesh caster approach, but following a successful game with Strakhov on Thursday night I went with a list very similar to the one I used that night:
Friday, December 16, 2011
|Not the best pic ever, but better than nothing.|
Work was sloooooooooooooooow tonight which is bad for business but good for hammering out lists. Irusk lost an arm last night as I was taking him out of my bag, what should have been a harmless trip that reinforced the benefits of pinning. I've cooled on pIrusk over the last couple days, for no discernible reason, so tonight's explosion of lists isn't so surprising. Nor is the fact that the lists I'm most taken with at this moment feature casters I'm not so familiar with (not that I'm well versed with pIrusk). While I may be setting myself up for failure, I hope I'm also lining up a good time for tomorrow.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
|Can an iPod be retro?|
The Iron Agenda wasn't the first Warmahordes podcast I listened to, but it was the first one that got added to my regular rotation. It hit all the things I wanted: general news, tactics, combos. and it did all of that with good sound quality and engaging hosts. Sadly the show stopped about a year ago and I have yet to find a suitable replacement. The Iron Agenda is still the standard I measure Warmahordes podcasts by, and they've all come up short thus far. Despite constant disappointment I'm still on the hunt, and I can try and save you some time and effort by sharing my (admittedly biased) thoughts on a great swathe of the Warmahordes podcasts that are going at the moment.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
|A finished group.|
Next up, you can already see my handiwork from yesterday. The current, though I should now say past, batch is finished (except varnishing and snow). I got out of bed determined to get a good day of painting in and ended up getting the whole thing done, which was a pleasant surprise. Once I sat down to do it, there wasn't really much left. Leather, rivets/medals/doohickeys, touch-ups, basing, and it was over before I knew it.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
|Open works, insert wrench.|
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
|That's a lot of box.|
Friday, November 25, 2011
|So ugly, yet so beautiful.|
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
|Haste makes poor pictures.|
Monday, November 21, 2011
|I need to work on lighting for these setups.|
Sunday, November 20, 2011
|They don't look too Khadoran, but neither do the real ones...|
In a fit of inspiration I remembered that hidden away somewhere deep in the recesses of my collection was a box of Vespero's Vendettas that I might be able to use as stand-in Kayazys so I could give the unit a shot. Ten seemed like a reasonable number to come in a box, and even six should be easy enough to come by. After rooting around for a bit I came up with three assassins and Vespero himself. Looks like I'll have to wait until I can get the actual models. Of course the actual models are...unfortunate. Still, Kayazys seem like a good fit with Irusk (Battle Lust), Strakhov(feat), and any caster with Iron Flesh(tarpit), so I'm curious how they'll work on the table. A full unit with the Underboss and some support solos are the core of the impending Warstore order, to be joined by other bits and bobs depending on what the Black Friday sale has to offer. The Holiday bundles at the Privateer store looked interesting at first glance, but all they have to offer is a PP tape measure, dice, and tokens. I had hoped for some sort of discount, and much as I'd like a gaming tape measure I'll have to be content with whatever the Home Depot has on offer. Hopefully I can find one with a sturdy, durable lock.
On the hobby front, Black Ivan has arc markings and a coat of varnish. I'm going to try a new snow basing method: mixing the snow and glue into a paste. With any luck this will give me mounds of snow instead of the thin covering of the current method, glue then snow. Irusk and the WGI ephemera got a base black coat on the appropriate areas, so everything on them from here on should be finished work.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
|Lace 'em up Forrest, this is gonna be a long one.|
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Since I realized that Thanksgiving is a week from today I thought it was well past time for me to get some cooking practice in. We don't really cook in my family, so when I took on the bread portion of the Thanksgiving menu this year I knew I'd have my work cut out for me. Having squandered weeks and months already I got cracking this morning. I found a recipe for Cheddar Biscuits and gave it a whirl. Simple recipe, few ingredients, just my speed. It took me longer to dig out all the various bowls, cups, spoons, and pans that it did to actually make the biscuits. The results? Tasty. But this is a gaming blog and not a cooking blog, so on with the show.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
|Wrong game, right feel.|
Over the past couple weeks my collection, at least the part ready for the table, has expanded and there are lots of pieces that have yet to see the table. While some of these (Shock Troopers) are relatively new and require some jockeying to find space in my case, there is one piece in particular that has been on the shelf for what feels like an eternity: Strakhov. I got Strakhov when I went down to Fredericksburg for an Uncharted Seas tournament more than a year ago. Poor guy sat in the blister for most of that time until I got him painted for a recent Paint the Target. That was more than a month ago. I've been hesitant to play Strakhov because I didn't have the pieces to play the kind of fast assassination game Strakhov seems made for, namely Great Bears and a Spriggan/Beast 09. Fast-forward to now and I've just finished priming the Great Bears, Torch who lacks reach but is Strakhov's jack, eEiryss, and Aiyana & Holt (with Valachev). If these pieces can't combine to make an assassination list then I have a problem in a logic bank. With that in mind I got to bodging a list together last night. At first I made a list that was full of everything I haven't played yet, but I just couldn't get Shock Troopers to play right with Strakhov in my head, plus I came up a bit short on 35 points, so I took out the Shock Troopers and put in some other stuff to come up with the following list:
Friday, November 11, 2011
Things I Wanted to Find at the FLGS
- Sizable group of opponents playing a variety of factions
- Tournaments / Leagues
- People approximately as normal as I am (low bar here)
- Yuri and/or a Manhunter
As if that weren't enough, I got (another) game in tonight as well. Played against Menoth for the first time. While I didn't want to bring out the full-on douchehammer for my entry to a new group, when I saw my opponent bringing out the Avatar I didn't feel too bad about fielding the WGI Deathstar. I ran an infantry-heavy pIrusk list (is there any other kind of Irusk list?), notably including Torch and the Great Bears. These last two first saw the table this morning against EV (details to come later) and did little more than catch bullets. Tonight Torch ate a light and almost finished off a heavy as well, while the Great Bears completed the most glorious charge I've had the pleasure of executing. With Battle Lust, under pIrusk's feat, they combo charged the (untouched) Avatar and eFeora, who was dallying about the front lines in a most careless manner. One and a half Great Bears later, the Avatar was a smouldering wreck. Facing the rest of the Bears' attacks, Feora picked discretion over valor. Can't say I disagree. The oddest part of the whole game? I was playing against my boss's grandson. Small, small world.
Now to bed so my subconscious can work on tournament lists.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
|Games are popping up all over.|
I have a local PG?
Turns out that my occasionally maligned FLGS has a Foodmachine tournament this Saturday. Naturally I'm working in the morning and have a Caps game that night, but the point is there appears to be a community in my immediate area. Much as I enjoy my weekly game with EV I'm keen to face some different approaches to the game lest my own tactics evolve in response to one opponent. Looks like I may have found what I'm looking for.
It doesn't end there though. Poking around on the PP events forums showed another Foodmachine tournament, this time on Sunday, in Maryland. So that's two tournaments this weekend after a nigh-total lack of events (outside the ~2 hour drive down to Fredericksburg) every other time I've looked. But it gets crazier still. One of the responders on the thread about this Maryland tournament was the guest on a recent Lost Hemisphere podcast and looks to be based out of DC.
Apparently the DMV has more to offer than I thought. Now to work on venturing forth from my hobbit hole...
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
|This is a much worse picture than I thought.|
I read a Strakhov/pButcher battle report yesterday that made me extra eager to run a pButcher theme list. Somehow I glazed over the t4 effect (AD on melee jacks), but seeing it in action in this report made me realize just how potent that benefit is. Khador jacks are slow slow slow (even if there are plenty of tricks to speed them up some), so having them an extra 6" forward is quite a boon. With that bonus, the general turn 1 fun run puts them on the center line, aka all up in your opponent's grill. With +2 SPD for Men-o-War on the first turn, the army can get up the field with a quickness. I like the list from the report, though the min MoW units do trouble me a bit. Not much you can do about it at 35 points though. I could run a version of it, with a Widowmaker Marksman instead of Yuri and Bombardiers instead of Demo Corp, if I had another Manhunter. This doesn't mean I don't lust after Yuri and another Manhunter though, and a unit of Demo Corp would round out my MoW collection nicely. I think this is the list I'd aim for to have fully painted if I had all the pieces. Perhaps I'll remedy that situation later this month if the Warstore does a nice Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. If I can somehow crank out some combination of the rest of the WGI (with Joe), a MoW unit, the Widowmakers, and a jack or two then I might not feel so bad about adding more to the pile.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
|Click for inspiration.|
Thursday, November 3, 2011
|Pinning all over the place.|
Monday, October 31, 2011
|You already know what their chief weapons are.|
|Cast-iron bitch to assemble.|
Friday, October 28, 2011
|Not as hard to pin as I expected.|
In other news, there's a battle report in the works. It might get finished tonight or it might get done sometime over the weekend. In the meantime, ratchet up your anticipation.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
|Currently in the drying booth (aka the bathroom[aka my office])|
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
|Just snow and varnish to go.|
Monday, October 24, 2011
|Group shot looks better than the individual for once.|
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
|The group, it progresses.|
|Individual shots show details better.|
Thursday, October 20, 2011
|One of these things is not like the others.|
- The 2 player box, save the Destroyer chassis which is now Black Ivan
- Old Witch + Scrapjack
- Aiyana & Holt
- Trollblood starter box
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
|Peek-a-boo dog is playing with you.|
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
|I made an oopsie.|
Chances are good that if you're reading this post you've read the last one, wherein I detail the latest tabletop clash between EV and myself. If you aren't familiar with that post I'm curious how you got here. More to the point you should go and read up so you'll have the context for this post.
While shamelessly promoting my blog over on the PP boards, one of the replies I caught concerned Kovnik Joe and his (lack of a) place in my list. My first thought was "Of course he was in the list, who fields Winter Guard without Joe?" Upon further review, it looks like I do. At least in theory. Turns out Joe wasn't in the list since I was intending to use the WGI as a support squad instead of a central component. This is a bit unusual for me, especially since I first ran them with an Iron Flesh caster, but I wanted to try something new with them. When I told EV of my error he pointed out that Joe didn't affect the game much and it probably would have turned out the same regardless of whether he was on the table or not. This was my initial reaction as well. I forgot to activate Joe until I had started moving the Winter Guard once, the unit ran once, and they remained unactivated when the game ended in turn four, so he only boosted attack rolls once (which was really gravy since it was a 5-6 piece CRA that he was boosting). Tough is nice and all, but Joe is there to boost attack rolls. Granted the boosted attack did hit, and I did make a Tough roll for one of the Guardsman, but ultimately Joe didn't do a whole lot. That was my line of thinking, but since I worked this morning and didn't have a whole lot to do I had plenty of time to think about the game.
Friday, October 14, 2011
|Feel the power.|
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
|The madness begins to take shape.|
Monday, October 10, 2011
|A whole stack of high POW AoEs, coming soon to a table near you.|
Thursday, October 6, 2011
|I love Legos, but this one never appealed to me.|
|Smaller than anticipated.|
Sunday, October 2, 2011
|Real life Widowmakers.|
- UPS tells me the Deluge will arrive on Wednesday, which is the same day the two player starter box is set to release. Said box is part of my order. Half props to the Warstore for bringing the war to my door the day it's released. The other half of the props will be issued when the package actually arrives.