Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Trolls and Tanks... (that sounds like a game)

EDIT: in the body below I list the tank as being part of the 4th company, but I was wrong. A kind fellow on the TMP boards pointed out that I was wrong so really the tank is 3rd company, and the others are 2nd company.

Another mix of finished models. We have a warmahordes slow build league taking place without about four of our club members and I am building Trollbloods...I've said all that before I know, but it bears (bares??) repeating for anyone who doesn't know or who has a memory like mine...

...what was I saying?

ANYWAY!... here we go.
Grissel Bloodsong
Two new pieces both with wonderful singing voices... for a Trollkin I would imagine. Both are fellcallers is what what I am trying to say, although Grissel is also a warlock which makes her twice as dangerous. I've not gotten to play my Trollbloods much so far but I'm hoping the fellcaller really boosts their combat ability and while I'll probably keep using Madrak for now, when I get more infantry Grissel is going to come into her own.

My new toy for my Ultramarines. Erik plays chaos space marines and loves rhinos, predators, and obliterators so I needed some firepower to back up my infantry. I have the vindicator but that is both notoriously short ranged and really only packs a single strong offensive weapon. A predator with some sponsons though is a different beasts. Fair front armor and the ability to throw out some good armor piercing laser firepower and a multi-shot autocannon for light vehicles and infantry will boost my power on the battlefield. The number on the side and the red (sanguine) armor details on the manning the storm bolter indicates this is a unit from the 4th company. This puts four companies in my army so far; 1st company (terminators), 3rd company (my tactical squad and captain), 4th company (attack bike and predator), and 10th company (scouts). My vindicator has no company markings so I may put some on it, but i'm not worried either way.

You'll note the name scroll is blank, I don't have a name for it yet. I figured it would be a cool opportunity for anyone that reads this blog to give me a name to use. This is what I'm going to do. For the next two weeks I'm going to take suggestions in the comments box below, anything at all, and then I'll put them up as a pole and let a vote take place. The name that gets the most votes gets the honor of naming my new predator. So, lets have fun but avoid things like "Penis Brick" or "Magic Finger"...m'kay?

Monday, April 9, 2012

An Eclectic Mix (Vikings, Necrons, and Undead)

I have a lot of things on my paint board... tanks, carts full of zombies, stunty warriors, a Napoleonic cannon and crew, even some elephants (of a smaller scale of course). Occasionally something gets done, and in this case several things got done all at the same time.

The good, the bad, and the ugly?
First up is a cadre of Necron HQ's. We've got Imotekh the Stormlord, the Necron (over)lord from the annihilation barge, and a lowly Cryptek.
Look at my gauntlet!
Now look at my robe!
I'm obviously still using the same mostly boltgun metal color scheme, but it should be said this is pretty close to the color scheme depicted on the package for this guy. His cloak should be obsidian, but, I was brutalized by a poorly molded cape and as such it really didn't have the detail it should have.
Look into my crystal ball...
Do I have something on my back?
This is the lord/overlord from the annihilation barge box. It's a fairly nice model that can have an open hand if you wish, but I need orbs so it was 'orbed' so to speak. It will either serve as an overlord when Imotehk isn't tooling around the battlefield or as a lord, my only lord, with a warscythe. I built my destroyer lord by the old book when the staff of light was also a power weapon, something that it is not anymore (stupidly imho).
Zap zap zap!
Horrible caption, I know, but what ever. My only Cryptek and my first finecast at the same time. I am very pleased with him, the model has good detail and went together easily enough. I've used him two or three times now and so far he's been worth his relatively low points cost. The kit comes with an alternate hand that does not have an orb-like object in it, it's just a reaching claw. But the same staff no matter what. There are a lot of mods being sold on ebay but I don't know if I'd field more than two because frankly I soak up my points in so much other stuff.

On the fantasy front I've needed a doom wolf for my dire wolf pack for a long time. I won a classic metal doom wolf off ebay, NIB, and was totally pumped. I put him together and painted him...
...and he is small, so so small in comparison to the other wolves. I went with a white coat with bloody lips and bright white fangs to make him stand out from my other dire wolves which are all grodey, dark, and MUCH larger. He'll do the job though and it will be clear who the boss of the pack is...just not clear why he's so tiny.

Finally, remember the vikings I kept mentioning?
Anyone seen Erik the Viking?
Run there's a troll coming!
Well these are some of the worst paint jobs I've produced for a long time. I debated putting them on here but ultimately I want this blog to reliable show the work of an average painter, and this is the work of an average painter. I struggled with them terribly and just couldn't get my groove going on them. At some point you have to cut your losses and just base the bastards so that's what I did. Those are 2x2" bases and I plan to use them in several kinds of historical games if I ever get the chance. I've got a box of Saxon Theigns awaiting assembly to face off against them, and as soon as I do EVERYTHING else i'll get to them ;)

Till next time, may your dice always roll well!