Sunday, December 1, 2013

Yellow Test

Phototographic evidence of my first test of yellow armor. I don't think it's quite there, it's probably a bit warmer than I'd like, but I'm pretty happy with this for a first try. Army painter skeleton bone primer + light sepia wash + three layers of secret weapon minis "yellow snow" wash.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Last March of the Ents

I don't have a decent camera setup right now, but that's no excuse to not share a little progress report on the state of my Dark Angels. Here's a representative sampling of everything that's fully painted to date, not including a few terminators who didn't make the cute, and a few more units (second Land Raider, Librarian on Bike, etc.) who are almost-but-not-quite-finished.

Attack protocol: visually cohesive


Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Note on NOVA

I should probably write an extensive review of NOVA 2013, but I'm not going to do that. There are a few reasons I'm just not up to the task. For starters, the Internet has it covered. But mostly, it's just me, a mix of fatigue (I mean, I spent six months gearing up for this thing) and sensory overload (there's no way for me to do the event justice, so why waste words?).

However, it just wouldn't be right to let this go entirely unreported, so I would like you to know one thing: this was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I haven't been to a convention of any size for probably ten or more years now, but NOVA '13 made up for all of that. It was obviously a labor of love on behalf of the organizers and a team of the most devoted volunteers I've seen almost anywhere, so, great job guys. Thanks for everything.

There was so much going on that I didn't really get a spare moment during for a few days - between the seminars, vendor hall, surprise encounters with friends from all over, drinks in the VIP lounge, and dozens upon dozens of armies to check out, there was barely any time to squeeze in eight games of 40k.

If you attended, awesome. High five. I hope I saw you there. But if you didn't make it down, you need to make it a priority for next year. Some tips for new attendees after the jump:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Battle Honors

In the past three months, I've played far, far more competitive games of 40k than I have in the last five years. I've been enjoying it quite a bit and I don't intend to stop, but the real reason I play 40k is for the imagery and the background. The PAGE crew has been transitioning to a "casual competitive" play style, and while it's really gratifying to see all of us making huge strides in our generalship abilities, we haven't played a campaign or a narrative battle in a while.

I'm always thinking about ways to stimulate narrative play (I'm working on a two-person campaign system right now, if any of the PAGE guys are reading this and interested in playing). I'm also into the idea of creating my own personal "fluff" even though I play an official army. It recently occurred to me that I can use my competitive games to drive the background for my army.

Dark Angels Sargeant and Fancy Codex

There's a lot of things on the painting table lately. Most recently, I finished a model I started a couple years ago:

I want you

Sorry for the poor quality, I have both lighting and camera issues. I'll have to show up to a tournament with Joe at some point and trick him into taking some better pictures. I'm not really sure what this guy is supposed to be; I originally conceived of him as a company champion for a command squad but he doesn't have a combat shield. He could be a stand-in for Azrael, but no combi-plasma. I used him as a librarian the other day, but he's not blue. And he's a little too fancy to be a sergeant with a power weapon. But the cool thing is I suppose he could really work as any of those things.

Monday, February 25, 2013

It's the Little Things That Count

For my most recent competitive play effort, I headed over to a super-casual 2,000 point tournament at my neighborhood game store, Top Deck Games in Westmont, NJ.

...but it's usually the big things.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Wolf's Head

In preparation for NOVA, I'm making it a point to attend every monthly tournament at Redcap's Corner. This weekend's tournament format was doubles, a particular favorite of mine.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

In The Air Tonight

The Deathwing Alpha Strike should hit like the drum solo from a Phil Collins song.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dark Angels Codex Thoughts

Forget your past life. From this day forward you are simply a Dark Angel. Nothing else is of consequence, the Chapter is all that matters.

And lo, Supreme Grand Master Azrael did survey the serried ranks of the Deathwing, and he called them good. Thus did he send them, five by five, against the enemies of the Imperium. But his heart was heavy, for they did fall in their numbers to plasma shot and melta blast, and it was really freaking hard to shoehorn an extra squad into a 1,500 point army list. But then a hunched figure, laden with heavy robes, did speak unto our beloved commander. And he said, "Forgive me, my lord, for I am but a lowly game designer, but could thou not send seven or eight terminators, where five would fall?" And Azrael smiled upon him, and named him Jeremy Vetock, and it was good. But it was deemed that Belial's sword should still suck, for the Dark Angels are an intractable lot. But the tactical squad sucketh not, and the green marine is exalted in the sight of the Emperor.