A blog that will hopefully inspire me to become a better gamer, modeler, and painter.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Bringing in the New Year.

Goodbye 2011!

It is finally the end of the year, and what an exciting year it has been.  Instead of looking back, I have decided to look forward and set a list of 10 goals I want to do for the coming year.  Here you have it.

1) Paint 2500 points of Black Templar before playing them (lower points allowed, just must be painted)
2) Paint 2500 points of IG Cadians before play (as above)
3) Paint my Tomb Kings and expand army a bit
4) Paint Bretonnians or sell
5) Assemble, paint, and play Dreadfleet
6) Paint small Cygnar force and play more often
7) Repaint Catachan models
8) Paint my super heavies and expand with more (yay Apoc!)
9) Create some terrain pieces for the store
10) Improve on my painting techniques, including airbrushing.

And as goal number 11, just so I can say it, update the blog more often!  I started the blog to stay motivated, not to slack behind.  Luckily I have made some progress.  The Corsairs (the IG Cadians stated above) have a 2500 point list that I like.  My goal on this personally (besides above) is to not have a single piece of metal in the bunch.  That is the easy part.  I also have decided that my stormtroopers will all be resin, and I am thinking of getting a few FW pieces like rear doors on all the Chimeras.

Also, besides for my new baneblade (ohhh ahhh) and some heavy weapon teams, everything is primed for 40k!  Talk about a huge step forward.  Time to get back to the modeling.   Hopefully I can have some pictures up later.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I let myself down.

So I had a goal, to get a bunch of stuff done by September and make another post, and I failed.

Instead I moved back on to campus in a nice small dorm room and have been dealing with classes instead.  Chemistry really gets in the way of painting time, and working 2 jobs with 18 credits is not the easiest thing to do.

But not all hope is lost.  I have looked through my things, figuring out what to paint.  I also have picked up Dreadfleet, adding it to a long back log of things to assemble and paint.  Forge World is peaking my interest again, and I want to get another group buy together, but money is tight as I am now going to Germany next summer for a couple weeks for school, and that is going to cost me 4 grand.

Which reminds me, I added up my plastic addiction to see what it would all cost to buy new right now, excluding my catachans as I don't remember how much I have.... The total was over 2.5 grand.  Sitting in boxes, next to a minifridge, collecting dust.

God Bless this hobby.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Call to Arms

Well time for the monthly update.  Seems so far to be the norm.  But really, I needed to make another post to get me back into the swing of things.  A call to arms if you will.  After making this post, I am sending an email out to From the Warp and join the blog roll.  Hopefully this will add in that extra level of motivation.  Plus, more exposure will bring comments and criticism, which will only make things better.

As I have said previously, I bought 3 Valkyrie kits this summer.  I finally got all 3 assembled, getting better each time, and learning some new techniques to help not only save time, but give a neater and better fitting model in the end.  Rubber bands are AMAZING.  Well all three are together (mostly) and handed over to John (Flekkzo) for painting.  If you haven't seen his blog, you should.  His Imperial Fist army is inspiring.  For the most bang for my buck, I am magnetizing the weapon choices.  This means Forge World for Vendetta kits.  After figuring out it would cost me 75 dollars just for 3 kits, I decided to get bits.  So I have twin linked land raider sponsons coming, need one more set to finish off the 3, that I will be using for the wings.  The side of the cockpit will be getting twin linked lascannons from dreadnaught arms, if I can find them cheap enough.  For the command vehicle, I want to use the one from the venerable dreadnaught (it is more flashy).

2 things:  Buying the bits from ebay or battlewagon, for 10 dollars more, I could have had the FW kits.  Oh well!

The other thing is that it inspired me to work more on my kits I have now to finish things up!  So I started working on the land raider and predator some more.  The land raider parts got primed and I was going to paint the interior.  The black got a dry brush of grey.  I decided that was "good enough" for now.  I plan on painting the 2 door inside pieces with some extra details just because they are still out.  However, since the engine is the heart and soul (and perhaps spirit) of the machine, I decided it was only proper to paint that piece.  I only painted the pipes themselves, mixes of silver, gold, and tin, but it really pops when looking in the front doors.
The predator got most of its "outside" bits done.  I am still debating how far I want to go with magnetizing it, and if I should give it the options of being a razorback or rhino.  I certainly have enough rhino doors (using the BT upgrades on my actual razorbacks).  The vindicator has been done for awhile now (let someone borrow it for an apoc game, only reason why it even has primer).  All that it needs are the dozer blade and some extra bits if I feel up to it.  Here is a nice glamor shot with a land speeder.

Speaking of land speeders, I actually got one done!  That was on a weekend stint of modelling a couple weeks ago.  Built it all in one night!  One more two buy and 2 to assemble.  You may notice it is missing some crew though!  I am gonna paint those separate and glue them in later.  They use the speeder back, with BT Front and heads and shoulder pads.  All Exposed tank crew will follow that.  BT pieces wherever they fit.

As for infantry, because of the amazing details of the BT chest pieces and weapons, I decided to paint the arms off and assemble later (seems to be a pattern).  But all 20 tac marines are ready for primer!  4 guys (1 per squad) have a bolt pistol and sword combo, but they will be played as bolters.  They are the sarges of the squad, even though I know BT do not have them.  Oh well.  I also have my terminators fnished!  Squads of 5.  One assault with 2 LC and 3 TH/SS.  I will probably be buying another box so I can find full squads of either (or 2 of 5, or bigger than 5).  Other squads are of 5, one with two typhoons and one with two assault cannons.  They have BT shoulder pads on the one side.

 Finally I decided to pull these out, as the 214th Corsairs are a guard army after all!  Below are 6 of their heavy weapons teams (I like being able to switch weapons) with 6 of their Catachan friends.  Also 40 guys from the battleforces and 10 quick fit guys.  The battleforce guys will be my new guard army to match the vendettas, while the quick fits will be filler, and probably conscripts/platoons once I expand (like planned)

Also, this whole month I have focused more on my Tomb Kings, but that's not interesting in a 40k blog, so maybe I will make another one for them.  Currently playing at around 550 points of models.  Lots of archers in the army.  In 2 weeks I start moving back into school.  By that day, 2nd of September, I want to have all my current purchases assembled.  This may include what I decide to purchase by then (within a reasonable limit).  I also have some fun toys coming from Forge World.  But here is your call to arms.  Keep me going.  Encourage me to step up my game, to pick up the brush, and lay down some paint.  See you in September (and maybe even before!).

Thursday, July 14, 2011

More Beginnings

So, for awhile I have debated getting in Fantasy.  I thought about High Elves, but I heard someone else was playing them, so decided against it (turns out no one I know is).  I thought about Dwarves but never got into it.  After seeing an awesome P+M Blog on DakkaDakka, I decided on Tomb Kings.  And thus the months of looking but never jumping happened.

Then, last weekend, I decided to jump in and by the Tomb Kings Battalion.  And I added it to the stacks of 40k boxes of things I need to put together.  Vindicator to finish, land raider to assemble, predator to... do something with.  3 valks to assemble.  2 Cadian battleforces to finish up.  And now, 2 land speeders thrown on top.

Starting this weekend, I will begin actually playing Fantasy.  League is set up in the store, and I am the first one to battle.  Hopefully Dave will be nice with his Brettonians.

Time to going back to cutting, sanding, and gluing.  Oh, and I am all out of glue.  Why even bother some days.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

In the Beginning

I first bought 40k years ago.  Sadly I got into it right after a local store closed.  I had 3rd edition Imperial Guard, with the Catachan codex.  A few friends also had armies.  We however never really got into the hobby.  Fast forward to now 2 years ago, and some new friends of mine had previously played, and a one was looking to get into it, and a friend from the past, like me, was still looking at getting back into the game.

A year ago, I some how stumbled into a game store less then 10 minutes from my house.  Simply by chance I went to A&W for lunch with work, and saw a sign.  That night I drove over with a friend, and now I am at the store 3 days a week.  This past winter I meet Flekkzo (another blogger here), and began to talk to him.  He has a wonderfully painted Imperial Fist army, although he is very modest about them.  They are the best painted models on the table for 40k.  When I found out he had a blog, I decided to follow it.  The other day he told me to get remotivated to paint, I should start a blog.  So here it is.  A blog for me to post my quest into the hobby side of miniatures.  It has been months since I have finished painting a model, and with starting another army, expanding my guard, and with plans for WHFB, BFG, and Warmachine, I have a lot of painting I need to be done.  First up is to get three Valkyries assembled, which will be handed over to Flekkzo for painting.