Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the USA, and although he isn't dead, I'd like to make mention of my grandfather and my great-uncle, the latter of which recently passed away.  My grandfather served during WWII and my great-uncle during the Cold War.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Models this Weekend

Originally, this was going to be a post reviewing GW's new Finecast models, but then I went to my LGS and went 'unholy shite!' at the prices and decided to wait for another day.  Instead, I blew about $100 on the following-
1)  Blood Angels Death Company (30)
2)  Dark Angels Veterans ($20)
3)  Tactical Squad ($30)
4)  A Gundam H-Arms model.($15)

The Gundam model is fairly close to 40k scale, and if you haven't guessed, it's for a conversion in the future.  For those who haven't seen it (or don't want to Google the image), it's a Gundam model with 4 long-barreled Assault Cannons, 4 chest Assault Cannons, and a ton of missiles.

The first three are going to be conversions, and I'll be posting pics later on.  Meanwhile, if you look down a post you'll notice that I wasn't sure what to get my teachers, and I figured it out-I'd paint up some models to give them.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Graduation

So my middle school graduation is in a couple of weeks (1st week of June), and I'll be crossing the street to the high school!  Ah well, another year, another eternity in hell, right?  Anyways, I'm working on some ideas for cheap inexpensive gifts for my teachers.  What do you think?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Space Marines Vs. Orks 1500 point Batrep

So sometime in April, I decided to play my first real game of 40k since the world record battle in January.  I ended up playing against this guy, whose name I don't remember (was it Steve?  Josh?  I have no clue)


He was running (mostly) horde Orks while I ran Space Marines.  My marine list was originally for playing against a Necron player who flaked on the last minute, so here's the kicker:  I HAD NO FLAMERS.  Anyhow, we agreed on a normal 12" deployment with one objective each (I think it's the seize ground mission).  I won the roll and decided to go first and deploy first.  I deployed as follows:
On my left flank was a Land Raider Crusader, 1 Dreadnought, my Captain/Command Squad, and an Assault Marine Squad

My right was covered by Terminators and a Tactical Squad.  The Imperial Fist was my objective.

My scouts infiltrated into a building relatively close to the center of the table

I also had a combat squad in a Razorback in reserve.

His deployment was as follows:
On my left was his objective and a 30 man mob of boyz led by a Nob with a Powerklaw.  On my right flank was another 30 man mob along with a Warboss/Nobz in a Battlewagon.  In the center was a squad of Lootas and an empty Trukk used as a point filler.

Turn One-I move up my left flank (the Rhino is terrain).  The command unit is now in the LR.  The snipers shoot at the Lootas, but only cause one casualty.  I forget about them in later turns, proving how good my camo scheme was when I painted them.

His Orks moved up on my right flank, while the ones on the left flank stay put.  The filler point Trukk also moved up.  Loota fire kills a Scout, while Ork shooting (non-template) kills several marines.
Here's the best part though-two of my Terminators died while I was only rolling five armor saves!  I just love my dice!

Turn Two-I move my left flank up, while my reserves arrive to bolster the objective.  The Terminators move up and prepare to fight the Battlewagon Orks.

.The Battlewagon Orks disembark and proceed to butcher the rest of the Terminators.
Meanwhile, the rest of the horde continues to walk up to my Marines.

One Ork Rokkit is able to not only hit, but wreck my Dreadnought.  The Ork Trukk attempts to move up, but is immobilized (I think).

Turn Three-The Assault Marines jump into the Ork horde, and are able to live for now.
The Land Raider becomes immobilized, and the Command Squad jumps out.

The Nobz are at my lines, with the 30 man horde close behind.  I prepare to lose epically.

The Razorback squad had disembarked for a while, and were preparing to be killed by the Nobz.  At this point, I forfeit.

The left is my dead pile, while the right is Josh's (or Steve's).

And here's some pictures of my poor rolling!

If you can't see it, it's three twos and one 'one' on four dice.  That was a Tactical Squad armor save roll.


Later, we played another game, which ended like this.  The Sarge deserves a promotion, he just killed one Kan and caused damage to the other two before being stomped to death.

Anyhow, that's the batrep, now if you'll excuse me, I have to go take out the trash.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

New News That's Already Old...

So GW's raising prices again....Same old, same old, right?  Everyone complains, then resumes buying stuff, just not as much, right?  There's a small group of people who quit and switch to WarmaHordes or something, but overall, GW gets an increase in profits, or at least temporarily until next summer where their profits drop and they do it all over again, right?  Of course, this year is different, but still, it's pretty much the same, with the exception that the world is a lot angrier...

So what can I do that apparently hasn't been done at this point?  I can't think of anything, can you?  There's a Facebook group about it, people are leaving the hobby, and we've even EECB'd them (Executive Email Carpet Bombing, where many people send emails to the top execs of a company to demand change, refunds, or the like.) and got back a response that actually made sense.  So what will I do?

1)  Probably EECB GW execs (not now though, too busy)
2)  Switch all purchases to either Pegasus Hobbies, trading posts, or Ebay
3)  Start a Classic Battletech army (I've been interested since last year at this convention...More on that in the future)

Impact:  Close to zero.

Quite frankly, I'm starting not to care about GW that much anymore.  Also, I'm going to try to get that batrep up Sunday.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Guess What Came in the Mail Today...

A week or so ago, I won the Paint Your Toys giveaway competition.  Today, as I was checking the mail, I received my prize!  Yay!  No pics yet, but this is more of a shout-out to Larry of PYT.  I will be filing off the BA/DA insignias and paint them up for my Salamanders or something.  I know I'm off-schedule, but there's one more post tomorrow about a price rant.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Genestealer

As I said, I'm going to post pics of Mr. St. Amant's work soon, and I'm also testing out my brand new light box.

Anyways, I only had an hour to teach him everything, and using what I taught him plus his former experience, he cranked out this model:



I know my camera doesn't exactly do a great job at taking pics, but still, his work better than any of the garbage that comes from me.  All of these photos are not edited, so I may have a problem with the white balance/color correction mode on my camera.  Also, here it is with a piece of terrain that I've been working on lately:
So what do you think?

Next post:  Batrep

Monday, May 16, 2011

..............

So admittedly, I haven't posted in a long, long time.  Unfortunately, I was dealing with some RW issues, mostly home problems, but also an impending middle school graduation.  And today, at 3:45 in the morning, while I wait for a video project of mine to finish rendering, with the entire house asleep, I find the time to type this out.  SO in the past 1.5 months, a lot has happened.  Allow me to sum it up-


  • I stepped down from my club that I started-As I said, things were really busy, and sadly, I have to abandon my pride and joy.  However...
  • I was able to show my art teacher (Mr. St. Amant, AKA the teacher who runs my club) how to paint models, and the truth is, he's better than me.  Pics in the near future.
  • I got one game in- my first game in months.  And I got thrashed.  Batrep in the near future.
  • I became addicted to this game called Mousehunt.  I suppose I really like this because of two important reasons: 1)  It's passive and doesn't require active attention as much as 40k and 2)  Have you seen the frickin awesome artwork in that game?  It makes me want to convert some Skaven after these fellows- The Zombie MouseBionic Mouse, and the Mutated White Mouse.
  • I built a light box for my models, but I'm still working on the light part (I just need the right bulbs).

Well, all I can do now is cross my fingers really tight and hope that all of you haven't abandoned my blog yet.