Tuesday, April 26, 2011

True Night Fighting

My 16 year-old son and I played a couple of games over the Easter weekend. We started another game Sunday night with the intention of playing a little each night. With major storms rolling through our neck of the woods, the whole family headed to the basement- the perfect excuse for us to continue our game. As luck would have it, the electricity went out about ten minutes into playing. We decided to improvise so we could continue playing. I used my headlight that I paint with and Hunter used his Maglite. True night fighting.

The power is still out so I'm posting from my Droid phone app. Never used it before, so I'm not quite sure how everything will be formatted.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Psilencers, Speeders, Jetbikes and the Motherlode!

I work for an international company whose main offices are here in the US. We have a process we go through approximately once a month where the entire company's organizational chart is printed on large sheets of paper then mounted on foam core. When I heard that they changed them out that often and they THREW AWAY the foam core when they were finished the current month's chart, I immediately found the person responsible for the project. She got back to me today and let me know that I was welcome to the boards if I wanted them. This is the Motherlode the title eludes to -  seven 3x5 foot sheets of foamcore! That's enough to build a couple of hive cities and a Mechanicum outpost. Not sure when this set comes down, but when it does, you can be sure I'll start putting it to good use immediately.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

First Game with New GK Codex

I haven't been able to get much table time the last few nights to work on the wrecked speeder. Since my youngest son and I were home tonight, I decided to play a game with him rather than build. I still haven't had a chance to play with the new codex, so I thought we could try a 1000 point game. He has a growing Sons of Medusa army that maxes out at about 1000. We got in three turns before it was "bedtime." Instead of giving a battle report, I'll just say play is much different now. I kept trying to use old rules out of habit and constantly looking in the book for new ones. I took a few shots while we were playing.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Land Speeder Wreck

I really wanted to take my boys to the Memphis Battle Bunker's birthday celebration this weekend. They had a lot of stuff going on that sounded really fun. We've never been able to be out there when they gave tours of the building (where they actually do production work on the models). I had to do big boy stuff instead so we missed out.

Friday, April 15, 2011

... and there was much rejoicing.

Whilst taking a short break from work, I happened upon a blogroll with an entry from FTW. I didn't realize that Ron had jumped back into posting. I am very glad to see his return. It was largely due to my enjoyment of his blog that I made the decision to start my own. I immediately sent him a request to join the FTW blog group and waited patiently for his response. I got up this morning to an emailed response letting me know I'm on blogroll #3. My kids and wife think I'm a dork for this, but I'm really stoked! Thanks Ron and I promise to uphold all of my membership obligations!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dem 'umies - dey broke me ship!

Ok, so it's not broke yet, but that will soon change. I abhor fast food joints, but my kids want the toys junk the comes with the food. That enjoyment lasts until they get home and the stuff usually ends up lost under a seat in the van. This guy to the left is one of the latest victims. I'm saving him from that life in the land of forgotten toys. I think he looks orkie enough to be the start for a great piece of wreckage terrain. I'll post some more of him once I get started.

Tonight I started on another wreck that I came about working on unexpectedly. I bought bits from a landspeeder on ebay so I could use the engines for a set of speeder bikes I'm building. Well, I didn't look at the picture well enough when bidding and ended up with everything except what I wanted. So I decided I had enough to do a good piece of terrain with a wrecked land speeder.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Interceptors and Bases

On my last post I mentioned my addition to my existing Daemonhunters/Grey Knight army - an Interceptor squad. I haven't been able to spend as much time as I would like putting these together and getting paint on them. It was my hope that my youngest son and I would play a doubles tourney this weekend at the Memphis Battle Bunker. Since we won't be able to make it, I don't feel as rushed to get these done. I've got a couple of WIP picts below. The two I'm showing are the Justicar and  a model that I wanted to reposition to make him look like he is in the middle of landing/taking off.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Grey Knight Nerdiness

So, I've seen all the posts with GK rumors, army lists, covert product photos, etc. While it was entertaining to speculate about the upcoming codex and models, I didn't start creating a new list based on rumored rules or reposting found rumors. I also promised myself that once the codex did come out, I wouldn't post my new list ideas (plenty of that already out there). I have been playing Daemonhunters for about six years and was very excited about all the new stuff. I will talk a wee bit about my weekend and the trip I had been anxiously awaiting all week.

My wife and I had to go furniture shopping this weekend and I managed to sneak in a trip to the Memphis Battle Bunker as part of the furniture store rounds. This wasn't an easy task as the bunker is nowhere close to where we live or even near a furniture store. Once we did "happen" to drive by, my daughter and I made a beeline to the checkout counter where all the new GK goodness was waiting to be had. I promised myself to be conservative with my first purchase. The codex was an obvious choice, a box of GK to create an Interceptor squad, and this month's White Dwarf packed with Grey Knight info. Being the day's driver, I wasn't going to be able to check out my prizes. Instead, I got my daughter to take my picture celebrating my nerdy giddiness (that would be the picture to the left that embarassed my wife).

Getting home that night, I started reading the codex on the front porch until I ran out of sunlight. That gave me the perfect excuse to go to my lair and start re-inventing my army. I put together a decent 1000 point list for a doubles tourney next weekend. With the list in hand, I proceeded to pull out the models I had to figure out what I needed to make.

 I started creating my Interceptor squad around 8pm and continued until 2:30am. It was really nice to be able to work with plastic for a change. I decided to do some custom work on a couple of the guys. Since they have jump packs, I wanted some dynamic landing/launching poses. I didn't finish working on them, but I've got a WIP photo below. I'll post more later and will have some shots of the process I go through when I base my models. I spend a lot of time detailing my bases. I  think it adds so much to their overall look.