Thursday, January 2, 2014
The Crusade Takes Shape
Turning to the completed construction, the jack support is ready to go with the Choir and a pair of Vassals waiting for primer. The Choir was more of a pain than anticipated. The tabs and robes were all one big piece, so clipping and filing took a while. Pinning was a pain as well, but for the Vassals I tried swapping my standard paper clips for the (relatively) new piano wire with pleasant results. The drilling went much faster, with less worries about potentially drilling through a leg or ankle. I didn't try bending the piano wire and greenstuffing it to the base like I do with the paper clips. We'll see if this causes problems down the road, but the Vassals felt plenty secure even without dry glue. As a bonus I did a bit of greenstuff on Kreoss' base to blend him in with the rest.
There's a plan behind this recent push beyond just trying to get the metal stuff done so I can move on to the easier to work plastics. Next Saturday (the 11th) there's a 35 point tournament down at Game Vault that I'd like to hit. When the announcement made the rounds of the local Warmahordes mailing list a week or two ago I said maybe I'd have some Menites ready for action. This didn't seem too plausible at the time, but now it's more reasonable. In addition to the in-progress Zealots I'll need to put together a pair of heavies (ideally two Reckoners if I can get a second, more likely a Reckoner and a Vanquisher) and maybe a pEiryss (if I decide I want her instead of a min Choir and Aiyana & Holt, and if I can't/don't borrow one from EV). Despite my plans to make my jacks more interesting than usual via conversions and reposing, I think this is a very reasonable goal. With a bit of planning, to get the bases done, and effort I might even get the army together in time to give it a twirl on Wednesday so I'm not going into a tournament playing a new list, not to mention faction, for the first time. Nothing will be painted beyond primer which is unfortunate but not a deal breaker. More importantly it'll be a fully assembled, proxy-free army halfway through January, which would be a fantastic start. Still plenty to do, but a solid foundation to build on.