Friday, December 28, 2012

Ghost Ark

I've taken pictures of the Grey Knights but they didn't turn out quite right so I'm going to do them again since it is going to be a page on the blog just like the Ultramarines. I want to get to those this weekend, but we will see.

I did snap a couple quick pictures of my completed Ghost Ark for my Necrons though!
Row, row, row, row!
 The Ghost Ark was one freaking hard model to do. I usually go with fully assembling a model then painting it. To me is seems that if you cannot get there with a brush then really it's not going to be noticed. None of my models go into contests so the quicker they can fight the better I think!
Little blurry, best I could do.
This model is hard to do that with though. Maybe if it was a Dooomsday Ark it wouldn't have been so challenging but I knew I'd be frustrated in getting to the warrior passengers. I also realized I couldn't put the rest of it together, paint it all, then put the warriors in, it would have been a bear to glue them in so it wasn't worth it. Ultimately I painted it as 18 different pieces (prow, engine, 10 warriors, 6 ribs) then super glued it all together. This took a while, it shouldn't have, but between losing the prow for two weeks and then completely losing one of the ten gauss flayers I had a feeling it would never get done. But with a mighty push and the decision to forego the lost gauss flayer it came to completion amazingly enough.

I'm looking forward to fielding it although it is a very expensive transport! I'm not sure how the broad sides will work in play, but i'm sure i'll figure it out.

To keep up with the Christmas posts I'd like to share I scored and Imperial Sector from my amazingly wonderful wife. I've started it, and it is intimidating to me lol! I am afraid i'll put it together wrong and it will look dumb. I know the kit is a free form one but you know how it is, once that plastic glue is set you have what you have, nothing else to it.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Just a short note to wish all who sees this a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Crusade of Fire Review



So I ran up to my local (and by local I mean an hour and a half away) GW store to get a copy of the new Crusade of Fire book. I did so because this book sold so fast I nearly missed it, it is in fact no longer available. If it wasn't for Josh I would have been screwed, he is the king imho and I owe him.

That aside this is such a great book! But let me qualify that, because this is not a great book unless you meet some criteria:
  1. You play Warhammer 40,000.
  2. You like Games Workshop.
  3. You like books.
  4. You like looking at pictures of models.
  5. You like campaigns.
Otherwise this thing blows. Seriously it holds no value to you then, move along and don't hate post.
It is a book with the story of how the GW staff played a kick ass campaign with absurdly well painted models on wonderfully built game tables that will make you jealous and drool. That part is meant to be inspirational and I did find it inspirational although I can easily remember a time in my life I would have found it intimidating. The armies in it are fantastic, just gorgeous or really cool looking and I look at my Ultramarines and (soon to be posted) Grey Knights and (also soon to be posted did I mention I finished a ghost ark?) Necons and while none of mine are of their quality, they aren't too shabby. Reading this book and looking at all the great models has encouraged me to paint more and try a few new tricks. 

Also this book contains rules options for fliers (to make it more dog-fighty) and arena rules (for some pit fighting fun) as well as other optional rules to spruce up your games of 40K, if you happen to be part of a group that plays that much! My group does not, I average one war game a month which is sometimes 40K and sometimes isn't. I will say earlier this year I played a Battle Mission with James and it was tons of fun so maybe giving these alternate rules some priority is a good idea. If one waits till they feel they have a "firm grasp" on the basic play they will probably need to learn a new edition.

As for quality the book is top notch. I really like the hardback high quality approach GW is taking with its books. They are expensive, I will not argue, forty bucks for a 100 page book is high. But I do understand they are low production and I recognize I don't have to buy if I don't want to. Hell, I can go back and play 5th edition WHFB if I want. I think this book and the recent army books/codices are worth the sure wouldn't have hurt to make them say 35 or 30. But I'm splitting hairs there. I will say I am a bit sore that the limited edition stuff runs out so fast. I understand it from a purely business point of view (which ultimately is what it is) but the hobbyist in me is sore that there is no chance for me to save up for the Wall of Martyrs or anyway to get Blood in the Badlands.

Well, that's it for now. I'll try to get the Grey Knights added by the end of this week. I hope you all are having a Merry Christmas and have all your shopping done!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Where Have I Been?

Okay, so, big absence I know but I haven't been inactive. Since my last post I have....

  • successfully finished a Grey Knights army consisting of 1,920 points (which I will post pictures of soon)
  • reading two books
    • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
    • Legacy (a re-title of the book A Tale of Two Clocks) by James H. Schmitz
  • finished my friend's first batch of RPG miniatures from his second commission
  • wrote a short story about Sasquatch
...and a bunch of other stuff I can't think of right now. 

I'm reading Cryptonomicon because of this article on io9 which I stumbled upon. I had already read three of them when finding the article (Dune, Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and 1984) and thought since I enjoyed those so much I should try some off this list. One reviewer wrote " A person who has recently readCryptonomicon is temporarily the smartest person on Earth. That's a fact. " about Cryptonomicon so I thought that would be a great place to start.

Legacy/Tale of Two Clocks is another matter. It was an old paper back scifi I've had sitting around, and frankly it's terrible. Maybe it's just my taste, but I have a taste for that old scifi and love it mostly, even the really weird stuff, but this just seems to go no where over and over again!
I'm going to finish it though just because I feel I owe it to Mr. Schmitz. He poured time and effort into this and just because it's not to my taste, or I just don't get it, is no reason not to honor him with finishing the story. 

I'm working on a variety of projects now, some necrons, some flames of war, various loose RPG figures, and a couple elemental figures. I promise I'll get some pictures of the completed Grey Knights force up soon! Honest!