Monday, January 31, 2011

Blood Angels!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I am still around and I won't bother to bore you with any details why, but I do have some news that I am excited about. This weekend I traded an old 3000 point Fantasy Dwarf army for a 3000 point Blood Angel army. I am pretty excited about this new army, I love close combat armies and this one looks like it will be fun to play. Here is what I got:
  • HQ
    • Commander Dante
    • The Sanguinor
    • Mephiston
    • Brother-Captian Tycho
    • Librarian in Terminator armor (storm shield)
    • Librarian with jump pack
    • Captain (power sword)
  • Elite
    • Furioso Dreadnought (Ironclad with BA markings)
    • Brother Corbulo
    • Sanguinary Priest, jump pack
    • 5 Terminators (assault cannon)
  • Troop
    • 10 Assault Marines (power fist, hand flamer)
    • 10 Assault Marines (power fist, hand flamer)
    • 10 Tactical Marines (power fist, plasma gun, plasma cannon)
    • 5 Death Company (thunder hammer, power sword, 2 infernus pistols)
  • Fast Attack
    • Baal Predator
  • Heavy
    • Vindicator
  • Dedicated Transports
    • Land Raider Crusader
    • Rhino
    • Drop Pod
I have already picked up one box of Death Company to expand that unit, and will be getting more, plus I will probably pick up the new Stormraven and a couple Furioso dreadnoughts when they come out later this week. Now, where to find the time for this army.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Brains, Brains...." - Plague Zombies and Nurgle Rhino

This last weekend was a good one for getting my ToFG Period III models built. First up, here are my Plague Zombies that I will use as a 'counts as' unit of Lesser Daemons in my Blightlord army.

I just used a box of WHFB Zombies and used a little bit of green stuff to add some 'Plague Rot' to them. Not much, just a little as I thought the detail of the Zombies themselves woud be good enough. I modelled them to look like they were shambling and reaching out for their prey, what I take as a classic Zombie pose (I am a fan of Zombie movies, go figure). Simple and I really like the way they came out. Only question is how to paint them. I think I am going to paint their flesh the same 'dry death husk' look that I use on my Plaguebearers.

I also got my third Rhino built and I used some green stuff on this one to make it look 'Nurgly'. Something I have not done on the first two Rhinos yet. I am not sure where I should go from here. It could be done, or does it need more Chaos bits on it? I am planning to make it dirty and rusted when I paint it, so that may be enough. Tough to decide.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Greys Knights Release Announced - April 2011!

In my email this morning was an announcement from Games Workshop stating that Grey Knights will be released this coming April. Although I do not list Grey Knights as one of my armies here on my blog, I do have a small GK force that I keep for allying with my Cadian Imperial Guard army (it is listed on my Cadian IG Army page, along with my Sisters of Battle army that I also keep for the same reason). I am anxious to see what the new codex will offer; there have been quite a few juicy rumors on the web the past few months.

Incoming! Grey Knights

'We are the warriors of the Grey Knights, armoured in Faith, shielded by Devotion and armed with Purity of Purpose. But greater even than these, we carry the light of the divine Emperor of Man into the dark places to purge the daemonic wherever it may be found.' - Brother-Captain Stern of the Grey Knights, Prior to the Purging of Xoedic Binary 978.M41

In April the Grey Knights, an elite and secretive Chapter of Space Marines, will stand ready to fight the forces of Chaos and the horrors of the Warp with new reinforcements. Take a look at the Astronomican today to see the Studio's Incoming! article for more information about the legendary heroes that are the Grey Knights.

More info can be found here.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tale of Four Gamers Update - Period II Picture

Here is what I got done fore Period II/ Not a lot of painting, but some.

I have spent practically all my free time this weekend building my Period III models and will have pictures of those soon.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Tale of Four Gamers - Period III list

Period II ends today and although I got everything built, I did not get anything painted. Epic failure #2. Unlike Period I, I did make some painting progress. I will post pictures in my next post. Here is my list for Period III and I am going to do my best to complete this period's projects on time.
  • Daemon Prince (Mark of Nurgle, Wings) - 150 pts
  • 7 Plague Marines (Plague Champion w/PF, 2x PG, Icon, Rhino w/ Havoc Launcher) - 286 pts
  • 7 Plague Marines (Plague Champion w/PF, 2x PG, Icon, Rhino w/ Havoc Launcher) - 286 pts
  • 10 Chaos Space Marines (Aspiring Champion w/PF, Icon, 2x MG, Rhino) - 255 pts
  • 7 Plague Zombies (Count as Lesser Daemons) - 91 pts
  • 3 Obliterators - 225 pts
  • Plague Hulk (already built) - 205 pts
  • 3 Objective Markers
  • Total: 1498 pts

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Grey Knights Omnibus: Grey Knights

Last night I finished reading the first book of the Grey Knights Omnibus, Grey Knights, and while I do not want to do a review of the book, I did want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I thought it was a very solid story and that the deceit and betrayal weaved by the servants of Tzeentch was well done by the author. It was good to see the author include Sisters of Battle, Adeptus Arbites, and Imperial Guard in the story.

This is only the second Black Library book I have read, the first being Horus Rising from the Horus Heresy series. While I am looking forward to reading the other two stories in the Grey Knights Omnibus, I want to get back to reading the Horus Heresy Series first. I got books two and three for Christmas and they have been calling to me.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

ToFG Update and first Blightlord WIP

A quick update on the ToFG. First, we lost our Chaos Daemon player, so it is down to four players. Period two ends this Friday and again I am not going to have my units painted. I am still behind, but I am working on getting caught up. I have everything built for period two except my second objective, but I will have that done in time.

I am working on painting my period one units and here is my first Blightlord Plague Champion. I need to paint his base but I think he is done otherwise. What do you think?

Blightlord Plague Champion

My painting scheme is (so that I can remember):
  • Prime the model black
  • Painting the Armor
    • Base coat with Catachan Green
    • Wash heavily with Chestnut Wash
    • Overbrush with Catachan Green
    • Light overbrush with Camo Green
    • Highlight with Rotting Flesh
    • Paint trim with Boltgun Metal
  • Painting the Skin
    • Basecoat with Rotting Flesh
    • Wash heavily with Purple Wash
    • Overbrush with Rotting Flesh
    • Highlight with Skull White
  • Wash the whole model with thinned-down Devlan Mud
Comments and suggestions welcome.

Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 Painting Challenge results...and start of 2011 Painting Challenge

Well, the holidays are over and I hope everyone's holidays were as good as mine. My family and I had a great time this year. Now, 2011 is upon us and I am looking forward to life returning to normal in the new year.

Last year was a good year for me and my hobby. I completed 22 projects with a total of 71 models (a complete list can be seen here). The majority of it was Orks, but I also got some Nurgle Daemons and a couple Terrain pieces done as well. This was due mostly to the 2010 Painting Challenge that I participated in. I was only able to complete 11 of the 12 months for this challenge; the only to month I did not complete was December. For November's Project, I only made it this far on my Ork Meka Dread, but the powers that be said that it was enough to qualify as being complete. I am going to finish it at some point.

Ork Meka Dread

For December's project, we were to paint some army themed objectives. I was not sure how many we were to do, so I built five. Unfortunately, I did not get any painting on them done whatsoever as I only got them built last week. I am planning on getting them painted this year.

Ork Objectives

Here is a picture of everything I got painted for the 2010 Painting Challenge.

Ork Objectives

There is a 2011 40kFightClub Painting Challenge and I am participating in it. The rules for this one are the same as last year except you do not have to stick to the same army and there is no schedule of what you have to paint. This year, you may simply paint any unit for any army as long as you paint the minimum unit size. You can also paint other projects, like terrain. I plan to include projects from all my armies to avoid burnout, like what happened with my Orks last year, and to throw in a couple of terrain projects.

My January project is a second Blightlord Winged Daemon Prince. This is a model I built years ago, but never got around to painting it because I could never settle on a CSM Chapter. Now that I have my own, I think it is time to paint him.

Ork Objectives

One last picture before I go, my Christmas loot, which contains two of my future 2011 Painting Challenge Projects.

Christmas Bounty

I am so far behind in my updates that I am going to take them one at a time. My next post will be an update on the ToFG. - slipwing