|Picture unrelated. Awesome, but unrelated.|
Friday, September 30, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
|More finished warcasters.|
This has extra bearing in the immediate future as my first thought on "What do I paint next" was "Finish that Sorscha I started way back when." (As a brief aside, I sure have come a long way in miniature photography. Those pics, admittedly my first attempts, make my brain sad now.) I'm sure I've talked about this before, but a little more never hurts, right? When I first started up with Warmachine I intended to stick with pSorscha until I got her figured out, not to mention fully painted. Fast forward to now and pSorscha is one of my least played casters, one of the last ones I reach for when making a new list, and no more painted than she was when I made that above post. While I'd like to rectify that situation, on the painting front if not the playing front, by doing so I'd also be adding yet another caster to the pile of painted models while those units, jacks, and solos continue to look at me with resigned (and unpainted) eyes.
To remedy this situation, I'm contemplating drastic action. Pending the announcement of this month's (Paint the) Target, I may pull the Doom Reavers from active duty to get them painted up. While they didn't blow my skirt up at first, I find them more indispensable with each passing game. They're just so good at cutting things up in tiny pieces, not to mention resilient(ish) with the UA. Then there's the spray the UA brings along. I almost love the Doomies enough to consider running an eButcher tier army. Almost. This all said, it pains me to consider taking them out of the lineup to get them painted. On the plus side I'd have a great incentive to get them finished quickly, plus I'd be able to field another painted unit on the table instead of tucking yet another caster away in foam. Maybe I can even get them done before the deluge arrives.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
|Random puppy pic to start the post off right.|
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
|Behold my progress.|
Taking a different angle on painting, my painting queue is currently unmanageable and is about to become worse. Off the top of my head I have eIrusk, the Old Witch, Black Ivan (who needs a body as he's just the upgrade kit), and a Trollblood starter box all sitting patiently in their original packaging. That's just PP stuff too. Then there's all the stuff that's been assembled but not primed, primed but not painted, painted but not based, so on and so forth. I'm rapidly approaching the sort of saturation that contributed to my previous hiatus. To make matters worse (and better of course, who doesn't love more toys?), I just put in an order for the two player box, Bombardiers, and Aiyana & Holt, which will dump even more things to be done into my already overwhelmed queue. Drastic action is required to keep this gaming ship afloat.
As such, I'm putting an end to all model purchases until I hit some sort of big milestone. What that goal is has yet to be finalized. My first thought was having all my Khador stuff painted. Fully painted, based, and sealed, not in limbo like poor Orsus who's still waiting to have his base finished and be swathed in varnish. I'm leaning towards having a tier force fully painted, either 35 or 50 points. What level tier and what caster is still up for debate. It may turn out that I don't even have the parts to make any tier list, but I'm not too concerned about that. I'm thinking about running a tier list this Thursday in fact, so I'll find out if my plan is feasible very soon. The point is that purchasing has once again outstripped painting, so I'm putting the brakes on hard until I get caught up some. Hopefully nothing comes out soon that I start drooling over...
Sunday, September 18, 2011
|Search "things to do that aren't painting" and you get this.|
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
EV and the vileness known only as eGaspy. You could also call him Lich Lord Asphyxious, but who does that? Going into the game I knew I'd be facing eGaspy, but that meant little as I've never played against him before. The interwebs consensus is that he's a top-tier Cryx caster though so I decided to bring my A-game: full-on WGI Deathstar, Iron Flesh caster, geared to the teeth for attrition.
Then I changed my mind and went with a small assassination list.
Then I changed my mind and went with a small assassination list.
Monday, September 12, 2011
|Remember these guys?|
Saturday, September 10, 2011
|The new face of couch multiplayer|
Thursday, September 8, 2011
|My namesake, now skating the big rink in the sky.|
- First off, safe home Pavol Demitra. The former NHLer died yesterday in Russia when the plane he was on crashed. Also on the plane were most of the KHL team Lokomotiv, some 40+ people all told. A sad day for hockey. I saw Demitra play a handful of times when he visited MCI/Verizon Center. He was, for me, an unremarkable player except for one thing. After the first few names I tried were occupied, I cast my mind about for FFXI-suitable names and I thought Demitra sounded nice enough. Close to ten years later I'm still using it.
- Space Marine is a good time. I have two current complaints. First is the multiplayer queue, which feels about 10-20 minutes. Granted once you're in a room you're good to go, but finding that room takes entirely too long. If you're trying to play with a friend it's longer still. Second is the customizer. It's generally quite good, except for two little things, There are no quartered color templates available, so I can't do something like Novamarines or Howling Griffons. Second is that I can't set all the helmets to a different color for the Blood Angels. I've gone with a yellow helmet as I'm having a blast with the jump pack and chainsword, but if I swap to a tactical or devastator package the helmet will stay yellow. I'd also like to be able to do a pre-Heresy World Eaters scheme, but I don't think you can mix Chaos emblems and Imperial gear. The game reminds me of Gears of War, which is good, except that it doesn't have a cover system. My Gears instincts were well-honed at one point and I still try to take cover by instinct, which leads to some awkward situations. I'm getting the hang of it though and having a good time.
- Just read an unboxing article for the Warmachine starter. Looks like my plan to use that Destroyer chassis as Black Ivan will work out. I was worried they might have been special models, like the Black Reach models, but it looks like they're the same pieces as the jack kits are. Which means that it might make sense to get two of the starters and have as many heavy chassis as I'll ever need for Khador and Menoth both...
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
On the gaming side, though not the kind you're thinking of, I had a novel experience today. NGF called me up to ask if I'd gotten Space Marine yet so we could try and arrange some play time as he'd just picked a copy up himself. While I knew that the game released sometime soon, I didn't know it was today, hence the novel experience of being informed of a gaming development by the so-called Non-Gaming Friend. I all but had to hang up on him to get to work on time when he called again to pick my brain about 40k fluff. The long, slow con may finally be bearing fruit. Now I'm hurrying to do this post so I can get to chainswording people in the face. This is the hard place.
Unrelated to gaming, I've been reading Dan Simmons' The Terror over the past week or so. It's really good, so good that it's been the main impediment to painting. I still have about 25% to go, but if the rest holds up to the standard set thus far, and I have no reason to think that it won't, The Terror may give perennial favorite Guy Gavreil Kay's Under Heaven a run for Best Book I've Read This Year. Considering how highly I regard Kay as an author this is quite a feat. This is the chunk of ice.
There's my dilemma, three things I want to do at once. For now it's off to the grimdark future where there's war, war, and more war. Tomorrow though, who knows?
Sunday, September 4, 2011
|Coming soon to a table near you.|
This month's Paint the Target...target is a "newish" model. I'd been going between Harkevich and Strakhov, but with a 12 month window of release to pick from Strakhov is just a bit too old. As such I'll lean towards Harkevich, who stills needs to be based and primed, but I should be able to paint Strakhov at the same time and finish the pair together. Plus Stakhov is already primed and on the painting table, so judging by my pace getting Harkevich primed I'll probably get some good progress in on Strakhov before Harkevich is even ready to go. I've also been thinking about doing an Empire guy or two, maybe a nice swordsman or Reiksguard.