|So ugly, yet so beautiful.|
Friday, November 25, 2011
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.|