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Reminder: Old Stuff Day is a week away

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Well, technically speaking since Old Stuff Day is March 2nd, that’s less than a week away.

For those of you who are wondering, Old Stuff Day is a chance to look back at some classic blog posts (either your own, or others’) and presenting them to a new audience of blog readers.

It really started as a self-serving notion of getting some of my older content a second chance to be seen by a fresh set of eyes, and now that the blog is going on 8 years old, it’s never been more true.

Wow, can that actually be possible?  Have I really been blogging for 8 years?  Well, I guess since I didn’t start until the very end of 2009, it’s closer to seven, but still…  For that matter, is Old Stuff Day really six years old?

Well, use this as your reminder to dust off some old posts and get them ready to go live next Thursday!

 

 

 

 

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Genestealer Daemonettes?

When working on stretching out dollars spent on genestealer cult figures, I managed to take twenty purchased Metamorphs and stretch them into fifty total models through the use of some creative green stuff and bits purchases.   This lead to resource scarcity issues with bits like autopistols (sure, each box of purchased metamorphs had a full ten pistol arms, but half of those had flamers attached to them–and I honestly don’t see myself purchasing that upgrade very often), but the real problem is with the metamorph claws, as each box only has one inside it.

claws2Normally that equates to 20% of your models having claws, but when you stretch each box from 5 models to 12.5 models, that makes it more like 8% of the models come with claws.  Sure, green-stuffing had proved relatively efficient to date, but I don’t want to keep up the assembly line–nor do I think it would look right to have every model in the army have the same right hand.

I learned that mistake from the days of 2nd edition where every Blood Angels Death Company Marine or Eldar Harlequin had the same powerfist/chainsword combination (though I seem to recall that Death Company couldn’t parry, so I believe they were powerfist + bolt pistol).  It doesn’t leave a very pretty looking force.

So, I needed to come up with a way to count them as having claws.  One possibility was to just say that they have claws.  My friends are easy going enough, that I don’t think I’ve have much issue going that route.  I could just say “hey, all of these guys count as having claws,” and I don’t think anyone would mind–especially if I did so consistently.  The problem is that I was raised in a WYSIWYG household and firmly believe that you should model your figures correctly.  I know that I’ve faced off opponents who were proxying weapons and played poorly because I judged them to have a multi-melta when it was really a lascannon (or things of that nature).

So, I had to come up with a way to include claws on the figures, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money or leave them all with the defacto claw.

That’s when I stumbled upon another local gamer using Daemonette claws on his cultists.  He purchased some bits, chopped them off and glued them to the arms of the Metamorphs.  Frankly, they didn’t look half bad.  So I found some arms (plastic, of course), at bitzbox.com and ordered two sets.

cultclawsWhen they came in, they were smaller than I had expected them to be.  I was originally hoping to be able to use just the claws, but it turned out that I had to use the entire arm in most instances.  Daemonettes, it seems, are considerably smaller than metamorphs, so their entire arm is roughly equivalent to the forearm of a cultist.  The claws are almost universally smaller than the proper GW provided bit (the exception being for those that come on the Daemon champions), and when they get installed, they basically have to be glued in on weird angles (due to the inclusion of the forearm), but the end result isn’t too bad.

In most cases, the bands on the daemon biceps lined up with the bandages on the wrists of the cultists, so I don’t think they look too out of place.  They’re not as massive as the other claws, so it’s not as obvious, but what is obvious is that I went out of my way to convert them–with GW parts no less.  So, that should allay any of the issues my opponents may have with facing my figures on the table.

The sad part is, now that these guys are all assembled, I have no more procrastinating left to do–the only thing left now is to paint them.

Anyone want to paint my figures for me? ….. Anyone?

Please?

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Return to Ravnica – Draft Night

We’ve started making MTG draft nights a semi-regular thing in the gaming group.  Though we all enjoy it and frankly want to play it more often, we limit ourselves to about 3-4 times per year so that we don’t wear out our welcome.  Our most recent event happened this past weekened, where we played Return to Ravnica draft.  This marks our third draft since April of last year, but I didn’t bother writing up a blog post about the second one for some reason (likely because it was Conspiracy, so we had no real brackets or winners/losers due to it being multiplayer).

Attendees:

We’ve set a precident that we’re going to keep inviting those people that show up.  Sadly, Aaron wasn’t able to attend last time and we filled his spot with “Sambro,” so when we were looking for our eigth this time, we gave Sambro first dibs.  It was a little sensitive, because Aaron had a valid reason for not attending, but it made sense to invite those that do come.  I’m sure we’ll work Aaron back into the lineup again.  Otherwise, it was the same people in the first draft: Rob, Brandon, Sean, Derek, Joe, Albert, Icky, & Sam.

Food:

For food, we wound up having an extended meat and cheese tray.  I picked up six kinds of cheeses and two kinds of meats, plus crackers and pretzel crisps, plus chicken salad and a veggie tray.  Brandon was goodly enough to furnish some beverages.  It was a deviation from the normal “dinner” style with lighter fair, but I think it was a nice change.

Games:

Like last time, we wound up deciding the pertinent information (who, what, when, where, etc.) via Survey Monkey.  The group is super laid back though, so it fell into place quite easily.  We played a copy of Return to Ravnica because I had a box on hand, and it got the most votes from the group (winning handily with a whopping 2 votes).

My Deck:

rtr_boosterboxSadly, I mashed all of the cards together before I could get a list for this blog post.

Like last time, I did a bunch of pre-drafting and I’m not sure how much it helped.  Initially, I was convinced that U/W was going to be the strongest color because of how many flyers it had.  Then, I wound up yielding to G/W because green seemed to have so much good hate against flyers.  But my green decks all seemed slow, so I figured that R/B was going to be the winner.

Throughout the drafts, I really liked drafting propogate decks, but knew that I had to get the right centaurs to make it work.  So, when the cards came around, I committed to drafting Centaur’s Herald and Call of the Conclave whenever they showed.  In total, I got one of the Herald and saw two Conclaves, but only drafted one.  I also snuck a couple of Stab Wounds out because I had heard they were format defining, and was passed two Underworld Connections, so felt obliged to pick them (I think I picked the foil one over the second Call of the Conclave).

My packs weren’t amazing, in my opinion.  Prior to the draft, I had decided that I was going to draft for a winning deck, and not for value, but my first and third packs had shocklands, and I wound up taking them over the other stuff.  It helped that I didn’t see anything in either pack that was overly compelling.

I didn’t see a single mythic, which only means I should’ve sat next to Brandon–who managed to pass two mythics: Sphinx’s Revelation, & Isperia, Supreme Judge because he didn’t want to play W/U.  That shocked me (especially considering the revelation was in his first pack), but he beat me, and nearly won the night–so I’m not sure how bad of a play that really turned out to be.

In the end, I wound up making a three color deck who walled up at the start and would grind it’s opponents down with stab wounds or under the weight of populating creatures.

The Aftermath:

I did alright over the course of the night, with my only losses coming to Brandon’s B/R deck–he fell to the losers bracket after being beaten by Icky’s U/W control, where he beat me a second time, then clawed his way back up to win against Icky and force a final match, which he lost 1-2.  It seems that the two decks that I initially thought would be best were ultimately the ones that won.

Final standings looked something like this:

  1. return-to-ravnica-spoilerIcky
  2. Brandon
  3. Rob
  4. Joe
  5. Sean
  6. Sam
  7. Derek
  8. Albert

We’re going to try to keep track of this info, so we can use it for seeding information in the future.

Links:

I just thought I’d end it with the links I found helpful in preparing for the draft.

Image Credit: RTR Box art copyright Wizards of the Coast

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These are NOT New Years Resolutions for 2017

I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions.  In fact, if you search the blog, you’ll find that the last time I did so was back in 2011.

wh39k-WallofMartyrs (1)The problem is that such resolutions don’t really pan out.  In fact, of the 11 goals I set back in 2011, I’ve actually accomplished very few of them–and that’s been in six years!  I’ve created army specific pages (though never bothered to flesh them out or take pictures of everything), created some crappy banners, and painted a good number of models (including all of my buildings).  You could argue that I’ve had more than 104 posts since then, but never in one year.

All-in-all, if I give myself some fudge-factor and six years, I can say I’ve completed five out of the eleven goals.

So that’s why I don’t make resolutions like this anymore.   I tend to also have personal goals to do with exercise, knowledge, parenting, etc.  and professional goals of education, certification, etc.–none of which I capture on my personal blog.  Some examples of things that I want to achieve in those realms this year are to walk 5,000,000 steps on my fitbit, learn Spanish, and get my Microsoft 2012 certification.

On a hobby front?  Well, that’s another story.  I will stop short of calling these “resolutions,” as that seems to drastically decrease the likelihood of me accomplishing them, but I would like to knock out the following this year:

  1. Keep on track for $0 net spending this year.  Last year I went a little haywire, but hopefully I can right the ship.
  2. Paint all of my Genestealer cult.  This seems totally doable, since I don’t have all that many more models left to paint… maybe 50ish?
  3. Paint my Tyranid Bastion.  People have clamoured to see it finished, and I want to, so why not?
  4. Paint all of my fortifications.  This is the lofty one–and the one most likely to fail.  I have a significant Wall of Martyrs, a Skyshield, an Aquilla Stronpoint, a couple of Firestorm Redoubts, Plasma Obliterator, and another Bastion.  And that’s just what I can think of off the top of my head.  It would be nice to knock it all out though..

I won’t set goals for how many blog posts I’ll knock out, or other hobby goals–aside from my typical 12 games per year (dare I try to get in that illustrious 13th game?).  All should be achievable…

But keep in mind, they’re NOT resolutions–merely goals.

 

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Genestealer Cult Acolytes – Work in Progress

wh39kacolytewip-1I’ve been razzed in the recent past about not having enough Work in Progress posts, so I figured I’d start out the new year with one of those.  That way, even if I don’t do another for the rest of the year, I can at least point at this post when the nay-sayers say I haven’t posted any WIP content so far this year.

I kid, of course.  The comments about WIP posts come from the discussion in my year in review from last year.  In those comments, Thor (of Creativetwilight fame) and Daggerandbrush both suggested that I should include more WIP posts in general, so why not?

This year’s hobby progress starts off with some more of my Genestealer Cult.  In the past I had painted some neophytes, whereas this post is on the acolytes.  I haven’t gotten around to assembling the boxes I had purchased last year of these guys, and am still only painting the contents of the Deathwatch: Overkill boxed sets I picked up.

wh39kacolytewip-2The paint scheme is much the same as I had done before, but this time I opted to vary the coloring of the garments so that I could easily identify squads on the table top.  In the end, I’m not overly happy with the scheme as it’s certainly not as a tight as it was in the past, but it should make it quite easy to differentiate between these guys on the tabletop.  In the end, that’s a bit of a wash.  Part of me wants to go back and paint them similar so they look more cohesive, but the more realistic part of me knows that I have far too many units to paint to justify repainting freshly painted models.

These guys aren’t done though, so repainting might not be the right word.  It wouldn’t be a total repaint, but we’re still talking about painting several layers over on 30-35 models and that just doesn’t sound like fun.

With any luck, I’ll have these guys done shortly and can move onto the heavy weapons and characters.  Then, one day I may actually be able to field these guys…