Monday, October 25, 2010

Dreadnought

Got home a little late tonight, so after dinner I decided to clean, assemble, prime, and paint a dreadnought. It's a little sloppy, but 100+ points isn't a bad haul for a night. Plus, it was a Black Reach model, so it won't be a big deal if I decide to repaint or replace it in a few months.

No surprises here, but the "verdigris" stain looks excellent over metallic gold.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Better Red Than Dead

After a bunch of frustrating setbacks regarding failed High Elf test models, I decided to switch gears and paint some Dark Angels today. I'd been trying to decide whether to give my marines black bolters or do the old school red "lunch box" bolters. I usually prefer darker, more realistic schemes but I was worried the black might make the model too boring, so I tried out some red bolters today.

To achieve a deep wine red I gave the gun a light wash of Leviathan Purple, followed by three washes of Baal Red, followed by a careful wash of Devlan Mud. So mostly, the gun is purple, but it's actually not bad.

I also applied some decals, which are a huge pain for not a lot of payoff. I'd skip them if it weren't for the Codex Astartes. It's probably a good idea to buy some micro-set, but at this point I'm sick of shelling out money for accessories for an already expensive hobby, so I'll just deal with it for now.

The models are definitely what you'd call "tabletop standard" but at this point, I'm happy sealing them instead of stripping them, so that's a big check in the win column. I'll have to wrangle a camera soon. I'm not really psyched about 40k right now, but I can't lie - I'm definitely looking forward to putting down some painted squads next week.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Goggles! They Do Nothing!

About a year ago, I bought a few cans of Minwax Polyshades with the intention of trying some dipping. I've been thinking about it more and more recently, so I primed a few models this morning and later this afternoon, spent about 30 minutes happily blocking in colors on a test model.

I cracked open a can of Minwax Pecan Satin and transferred it to a glass jar. It was a satisfying amber color. Selecting an old brush, I applied a conservative amount of the polyshade to my test miniature. Strangely, I didn't notice a change - the model just looked wet. I decided I hadn't used enough and really glopped it on. Now the model just looked really wet. Huh. The polyurethane, it does nothing.

That's when I noticed about a half inch of concentrated brown gloop in the bottom of the Minwax can. I had left the can sitting for a year and forgotten to sake it before opening.

Now I'll have to head over the Home Depot tomorrow afternoon, which will eat into Sunday Afternoon Painting Time (tm). Oh well, I was out of Simple Green anyway. Moral of the story: don't be like me! Shake shake shake!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

High Elves vs. Empire, 1500

After months of vague planning and halfhearted trash talk, Matt and I finally got our armies on the same table at last week's PAGE meeting. It was a busy weekend, so I brought the same list I used against the ogres in my previous game and Matt brought an Empire army consisting of:
  • Level 4 wizard with the Lore of Shadow
  • Level 2 wizard with the Lore of Fire
  • 2 units of spearmen each with multiple detachments of handgunners
  • 2 units of pistoliers
  • A unit of knights
  • A cannon, Hellblaster Volley Gun, and some kind of crazy engineer
We decided to play Scenario 1 for simplicity's sake and Matt won the rolls for board edge and first turn, so after deploying his gunline and making his vanguard move, the game was on. There was no need to move any of his units, so Matt's first action was the cast flamestorm with this level 2 wizard.. He cast with irresistible force, but the template promptly scattered into thin air and the wizard lost two levels for his trouble, essentially reducing him to a pajama'ed victory point bonanza. Later on, he suffered the same result with his Level 4, but the Lore of Shadow did an admirable job debuffing my swordmasters throughout the game. Miscasts abounded, mostly due to Matt's bad luck and my Book of Hoeth, but as far as the elves' magic phase was concerned, Throne of Vines really proved its worth with its ability to allow the caster to ignore miscasts on a 2+. In fact, it's probably crucial to the Book of Hoeth+Archmage+Regrowth strategy I've been relying on.

Gunpowder weapons wreak havoc on the frail elven constitution, and my Reavers evaporated in the face of the Imperial handgunners. Similarly, the two units of pistoliers on the Empire flank savaged my swordmasters, taking down 6. Critically for Matt, though, they didn't finish the job and I was able to complete the charge. In the magic phase, I pulled off a massive regrowth with irresistible force, restoring the unit to full strength. This was the turning point of the game as the swordmasters were able to cut down the pistoliers with ease and overrun safely into the right Imperial flank, putting them in position to chew their way down the gunline. Incredibly, the destruction of one unit of pistoliers caused the other to panic and flee off the board, making it difficult for Matt to respond to my maneuvering. It also reduced the hail of fire just enough that the second unit of swordmasters and the spearmen were able to charge and break units further down the Empire battle line, although the Hellblaster did a nasty job on the spearmen, killing all but Caradryan and the command models.

It was getting late, so we had to call it just before turn 4. I came out with a little over double Matt's victory points, but I'm not calling this a victory because we didn't finish and we played a few rules the wrong way. In terms of learning how my army works, though, this was by far the best game yet. It's all about the swordmasters.

Master of the blade! Wielder of the steel! With iron fury, killer fire and speed! With his mighty sword, he reaps his vengeance!


Swooooooordmaaaaaaaaster!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Blood of Kings

A really smart dude named Ian unveiled his Warmachine strategy blog last night. I think you should read it if you play Warmachine or are thinking about playing Warmachine or have ever heard of Warmachine because when it comes to games, Ian knows his stuff. Personally I don't understand a damn word of this, but wiser souls than me should head to Blood of Kings.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Nothing is Over! Nothing!

I'm stealing an hour or so to work on some scouts, and that has nothing to do with First Blood being on television. Nothing at all.