Saturday, March 31, 2012

Annihilation Barge and Nostalgia

I'm not dead...damn near but not actually dead.

Life gets in the way of a wonderful set of hobbies way too much doesn't it?

I have been painting, at a relatively slow pace and because of that I've kinda only painted Necrons recently and touched up several Trollblood figures for the Warmahordes league that starts tonight. I've put pictures of those guys up before so that leaves what recent Necrons I've finished, which is this!

The Annihilation Barge (slash Command Barge) model is very nice. It is not hard to put together and since I've gone with a basic silver/boltgun metal/mithral silver/chainmail/what ever other metal paint I can find color scheme it's not hard to paint either. I assembled mine with a Tesla Cannon slung underside. I have mixed feelings on this unit; it is only 90 points so that is pretty cost effective for a skimmer although it is not fast and is considered open topped. The quantum shielding makes it solid against attacks (armor 13 all the way around) and living metal lets it be more useful. BUT, it has real firepower limits for something titled an "Annihilation Barge" which would imply...well...lots of annihilation. As the under slung weapon has too high a strength to be a defensive weapon so if you move it it's only firing the destructor for all intents and purposes. As that only has a range of 24" you're pretty much gonna have to move it often so that extra Tesla cannon isn't going to see too much action. And since Tesla weapons have no AP they aren't killing much with a decent armor save. So the jury (the one in my head anyway) is still out on this. I did what everyone else is doing by not gluing the destructor on so it can double as a command barge if need calls.

On the nostalgia sides of things I am slowly becoming a warhammer nostalgian.... if that is a word. It's got a squiggly red line under it so maybe not. Anyway this is why...

In the first picture the top five boxes are all unopened. Traded off from friends who bought way too much ten or so years ago and have since then shelved them. These products (except the bottom) are the series that was being sold when I started playing warhammer. I always wanted an undead army, the classic non VC/TK undead army and those three boxes from the undead series were the core of that army. It is really sweet to have these boxes now, kinda like reliving a childhood....but I wasn't a child. LOL!

The bottom box was before my time but it looks sweet. Nothing like getting six different races of warriors  in a single box, that had to promote a lot of multiple army building!

Well next up will be a handful of Necron HQ models and hopefully...wait for it.... VIKINGS!

Good gaming and may your dice always roll well!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

British and Barbarians

Which isn't to say the British are barbarous. Well, I guess at one point they were right? But not any more.

Anyway, it has been very long since I've posted. Things have been crazy for me and I've been doing my best to navigate some difficult time and have only been able to squeeze in a little painting and even then some of it's not been very good. My emotional state has affected my abilities it seems. That aside, I did successfully get a couple things done.

Flames of War is a pretty popular game and I've fought off the bug for a long time. But with the release of 3rd edition and the chance to score a free rule book they had me. Looking through all the options I decided to go with...

...British 8th army in North Africa! I'm working on a 600 point force and decided to build a rifle company. This is the first platoon and in all there will be three of these plus a two base command. 15mm is pretty easy to paint an these should have gotten done a lot quicker. I'm looking forward to giving the game a good honest try and after I finish my rifle company i'm going to get some Germans and build something for them. I never seem to be able to find opponents for historicals in my club so i'll just make two armies!

On other fronts I finished a figure for a friend of mine. He requested it for his son, one of his first RPG miniatures.

It was originally mounted on a rock like base, but they didn't like it and wanted it off there. That was no small feat let me tell you! I had to cut it off using a power saw and the damn thing kept getting so hot it wanted to melt, I had to dip it in water over and over to keep it cool.

Well, I hope to have some vikings ready soon, and a couple of Trollblood pieces, we'll see how long that takes huh?

Friday, March 2, 2012

16 Years

Just a quick note, today is my anniversary of 16 years. She is really and honestly, the finest person I have ever met. We've had our rough times and our smooth times but all the times have been worth everything. I show her all my figures and her critique is wonderful. She encourages me in my hobbies and my professional endeavors. She takes care of me when I'm sick. She holds my heart when I'm sad. She is the love of my life and I cannot imagine my life without her.

With my mushy love stuff out of the way I think i'll be able to put up a couple pictures this weekend :)