wh39kNidsvSam (24)

Batrep: Imperial Fists vs. Hive Fleet Proteus (1349 pts.)

We had a guest appearance by Sam this week at game night, who is on Summer break from school, so we’re hoping to see him a little more.  He confessed that he was falling out of love with 40k a bit, so I was hopeful that we could get him a win (or at least a competitive game) to remind him that it can be quite fun…

Sam’s Imperial Fists:

  • wh39kNidsvSam (2)HQ:
    • Chaplain w/ Jump Pack, Plasma Pistol, Digital Lasers
  • Elites:
    • Ironclad w/ Heavy Flamer, Assault Launchers, 2x Hunter Killers in Drop Pod
    • Dread w/ Twin-linked Lascannon, Missile Launcher, Extra Armor in Drop Pod
  • Troops:
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Flamer, Heavy Bolter, Power Fist, & Combi Flamer in Drop Pod
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Melta, Multi-melta, Power Fist, & Combi-melta in Drop Pod
  • Fast Attack:
    • 10x Assault Marines w/ 2x Plasma Pistols, Powerfist, & Plasma Pistol
  • Heavy Support:
    • 10x Devastators w/ 4x Flakk Missiles in Drop Pod

This is a protypical list from Sam: Lots of dudes in drop pods using a standard force organization chart.  I do suspect that he’ll branch out in the near future and try the Skyhammer force–which is bound to be rough on his opponent…  One thing he said during the game was “I really need to stop deep striking dev squads cause it’s not good without using that formation.”

Frankly, I think Devs are fine in the list, but he’s so gung-ho about drop pods.  I suspect he’d be better off if he was more liberal about using combat squads or actually deploying some of his models on the table.  Deep-striking Devs is far from ideal… Continue reading

FlyerUpdate (5)

To the Skies! My Ultramarines Flyers

FlyerUpdate (1)I know with Death from the skies recently released, it looks like it inspired me to finally make some progress towards getting my flyers painted.  In truth though, I actually started moving on this a few weeks prior because of my dearth of hobby progress.  In looking for some easy wins, I decided to pick up some airbrush medium and try my hand at basecoating my various vehicles.

Since I already have a landraider, speeders, and a few rhino chasses done, the obvious first step is to paint up some flyers (actually, I would’ve gone for terrain myself, or painted six more dreadnoughts, but Brandon pointed me in the direction of the flyers and that seemed like a pretty smart idea).  I picked up all of these flyers used from a couple of local sources over the past few years including this deal where I managed to snag half of the flyers I own.  Of course, those had really bad paint jobs and I never truly dreamed that I’d use them (though I did keep them when I sold the rest of the stuff, so I must’ve had an inkling of an idea).

FlyerUpdate (3)Luckily for me, I found Castrol Super Clean and that managed to strip the paint of them beyond my wildest dreams.  So my plan was to prime them up and throw some paint on them.

But it wasn’t that easy.  I was surprised at just how much work still needed to be done on the models.  They still had some smallish deposits of crackled paint, and needed to have some parts glued together again (some because they’d simply broken, and some where the Castrol must’ve eaten away at the previous adhesive).  Plus, I wanted to make them a little more Ultra by putting some brass etch on them, so that took some extra time.  And then came the magnets.

FlyerUpdate (7)You know me, I love my magnets, and opted to magnetize every weapon that I could on each of the birds.  Granted, some weapons were glued in place on some of them, so they’re only mostly interchangeable.  Some of the extra weapons hadn’t ever been cleaned, so that took some time as well.

After an evening or two though, I was able to put together two storm ravens and four storm talons.  Frankly, that’s more than I should ever really need, right?  Unless I’m playing a particularly big apocalypse game and need air support…

I figured I’d throw up some pics now before I painted them (honestly, I’ll probably wait until I have more tanks assembled so I can airbrush it all at once).

More thumbnails below for those that are interested…

FlyerUpdate (6)  FlyerUpdate (4)  FlyerUpdate (2)




Tentacles (2)

Tyranid Bastion Progress – All the Tentacles

I fudge a lot of timeline stuff for my blog.

TentaclesMy last progress report on my Tyranid bastion went live just last week, but I’d actually done that work back in February and shelved it until recently.  For anyone that reads my Frugal Gaming page, you would’ve seen that I actually made the purchases for green stuff & tentacle makers back then.  Of course, I’m under no delusion that anyone actually reads that part of my site, but it is there to expose how much of a fraud I really am.

Anywho, time has passed and the green stuff and tentacle maker (along with more sculpting tools) have arrived.  They’ve been here for probably over a month as well, but they took a back seat to <No Hobby Progress>.  In an attempt to buck the trend, I busted out the bastion again and started going to town with tentacles.

First, let me say that the tentacle maker I purchased was from Green stuff industries.  Apparently the version I purchased is no longer for sale (man, I must’ve purchased it right at the end of it’s life), and has now been replaced with the version 2.  I’ve heard about these devices in the past, and had a friend who’d tried them out, but never saw a need for one; however, a big empty bastion seemed like the perfect thing to cover with vermiculated tubes.

If you’ve heard that word before, that probably means you played Everquest back in the day–likely as a druid in the Plane of Fear.  I remember thinking it was an odd word when I played the game and wound up looking it up.  It meant “covered in worm-like markings.”  Sure, I probably used the word incorrectly above, but any chance I have to harken back to my days of nerdom past…

So the tentacle maker came and may or may not have had instructions, but I clearly didn’t follow them.  I just rolled up some green stuff and scrubbed it between the plates to see what it did.  I won’t bore you with too many of the details, but I will go through some of the things I discovered during my use:

  1. Tentacles (3)Water is your friend.  I found that the green stuff likes to stick to the plates, but if you just coat each one with a little water, they glide smoothly.
  2. At first I would just put the green stuff between the plates however I felt, and that works, but it does have the potential to make the corrugated lines less defined.  This is because the plates are designed to line up with each other.  If you use the supplied guides when making them, you’ll end up with the well defined versions.  If, however, you wing it and do whatever you like, the plates may not line up correctly and that seems to lead to the less well defined lines (and therefore more worm-like appearance).  Frankly, I like them both, but it was interesting to note.
  3. I apparently didn’t capture a picture of it, but if you alternate the plates so they’re facing different directions, you can get an effect that’s similar to an Imperial Termite’s drill bits.  It’s really kind of nifty looking, but not one that I was able to easily recreate.  I wish I’d have taken a picture to show you…
  4. Timing the putty is kind of important.  At first, I rolled up a batch of green stuff and just started going to town.  What I found was that it was very soft and lead to me accidentally touching it when working on other tentacles–it also meant that they stuck together a lot.  Alas, I only seem to have taken photos of the back of it, and the front of it is where I had most of my problems (I likely took the rear pictures because of this–the back just looks cleaner/better).  So what I found later is that it’s best to let the green stuff cure for 30 minutes or so before working with it.  It was much more resilient to my ham-fisted efforts after it had been given time to dry.
  5. Again on the timing, I think that you’re going to want to do this sort of work in stages.  Certainly if you’re building up a model with layers of green stuff, it’s best to let the base cure before adding another layer.  The same logic wound up serving me well here–even though I’m not really dealing with layers.  I found that the tentacles all started drooping if I allowed the model to stand up naturally, so I laid it on it’s side and worked in stages: front, back, & top.

Tentacles (2)This go around I didn’t do any changes to the model other than putting tentacles all over it.  Since it was my first time, I didn’t know what I was doing or where to stop.  I wonder if it’s a little over the top, or if it’s the right amount?  Frankly, I suspect that whatever you want to do is the right amount, but it seemed like a pretty good place to start.

Based upon the sheer quantity of them, it’s probably pretty clear that I had fun making the tentacles.  I’m also really happy with how it makes the armor plates look–they don’t feel as goofy as they did before.  I’m not sure if that’s really the green stuff, or the fact that the model has had several months to grow on me though?

My next stage will be working on some more detail work.  I’ll need to cover up the metal bits on the various hatches, plus I want to try to work in some more transitional elements between the carapace pieces and the underlying tree/volcano structure.  I wound up buying some more sculpting tools to help me out with that.

By the way, if you’re looking into purchasing a tentacle maker, I’d certainly recommend this one.  I found it via ebay, but noticed that if you buy direct from their website, it’s far cheaper.  Shipping is very reasonable, and fast (considering it’s coming from Europe).  Then again, if you’re local, you’re welcome to come borrow mine as well…


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Batrep: Orks vs. Tyranids (1584 pts)

I don’t play nearly enough 40k–especially when you consider how much crap I have laying around.  Well, lucky for me Brandon finds himself in a similar predicament, so we teamed up and put forth a little effort to rectify the problem…

Ork Horde:

  • wh39kBatrepVBrandon (2)HQ:
    • Warboss w/ ‘Eavy armor, Attack Squig, Boss Pole, Headwoppa’s Killchoppa
    • Weirdboy (mastery level 2)
    • Painboy w/ Bosspole
  • Elites:
    • 4x Nobz w/ 3x Big Choppa, 1x Powerklaw, Waagh Banner, ‘Eavy Armor
    • 10x Tankbustas w/ Nob & 2x Bomb Squig
  • Troops:
    • 20x Shoota Boyz w/ 2x Big shootaz, Nob, Klaw, Bosspole
    • 20x Shoota Boyz w/ 2x Big shootaz, Nob, Klaw, Bosspole
    • 11x Gretchin inc. Runtherd w/ Squighound
    • 12x Boyz in trukk inc. Nob w/ Powerklaw w/ Reinforced Ram
  • Fast Attack:
    • 1x Blitza-bommer
    • 4x Deffkoptas w/ twin-linked Rokkits
  • Heavy Support:
    • 1x Deff Dread w/ Grot riggers
    • 1x Deff Dread w/ Grot riggers

From what I recall, this is a fairly standard Ork list from Brandon.  This is due in no small part to it being basically every painted ork he has (though he does have some burna boyz done up as well, but I guess he forgot them at home).  I don’t think it’s any thing spectacular as a whole (though I will go out on a limb and say that Warbosses are too damn cheap and they seem to kill everything in the Tyranid army with ease), but I also don’t think there’s a single bad choice in the army either.  It’s a big bunch of decent models looking for some bugs to squish… Continue reading

GreenStuff (1)

Cleaning up my Tyranid Bastion

Back in March, I showed some pictures of a toy I’d picked up to convert into a Tyranid bastion.  That post was mostly just praise to Dwez from 40k Addict for giving me the idea and some size comparison shots, but I’ve finally broken ground and started working on the model.

The bulk of the work really came in three parts: removing unnecessary components, green stuffing gaps, and adding more unnecessary components.

Removing Unnecessary Components:

GreenStuff (2)To start with, I identified those pieces on the model that were completely superfluous and had to be removed.  In general, these are the parts of the figure that looked too cartoony, or out of place in a 40k/tyranid setting.  This included some of the components inside of the tower, but mostly consisted of removing the two spindly arms on the figure, along with the red demon with a punching arm from the back.

Now I’m sure I could’ve worked to make either of those components fit in with the scheme, but they just didn’t look right, so they were removed.  Additionally, I wound up peeling off the stickers from the top of the model (ie. the “lava” stickers) with an exact-o knife and some goof-off.

At this stage, I also wound up gluing the two halfs of the model together.  This was one of those things I debated for a while, but ultimately decided on doing it.  I guess this is akin to assembling a tank without painting the inside, but my thought process was having it in half would leave an unsightly seem.  Weighed against the potential positive of being able to position guys inside (something I doubt I’d ever do–in fact, I had this same debate with my Imperial Bastion and glued that together as well), I opted to glue it together.

I also wound up gluing the mouth/door halfway open.  My thought there was that the purple teethy door and the slide/tongue both could act as the door and I didn’t want to get them confused, so I opted to glue this one halfway open to use it as a firing slit later.

Green Stuffing Gaps:

There’s no rocket science here.  I just took blobs of green stuff and filled in the various areas/holes.  In cases where the holes were significant in size, I wound up wadding in balls of tin foil first.  This was because I didn’t have much green stuff to my name at the time (in fact, I had to actually borrow some from Simon to “complete” that stage).

I’m so thankful to have a good group of friends to play toy soldiers with.

But it was really just filling holes and cracks:  essentially the holes made from removing parts and the seams from where pieces went together.  One area I’m pleased with was a big square on the back of the model got some green stuff to make it look like a rounded hole–though the pictures really don’t show it well.  One area that leaves something to be desires is where I did a little braiding thing around one of the holes to try to make it look more tree-ish: it clearly needs some more love.  Good thing I’m not done with it, eh?

Adding More Unnecessary Components:

GreenStuff (1)When originally showed the tower to people, several got the bastion vibe, but a couple of people wound up thinking it was going to be a Chaos model and not a Tyranid one.  Frankly, I thought it was a spitting image of a Tyranid figure, but with the initial confusion, I figured I should do a little something to make it more buggy.

When I paint it, I knew the bulk of the figure would be blue (to match my scheme, of course), but that it could use some extra armor plates for color balance.  Since I had purchased far too many carnifexen over the years, I had a glut of their back plates available, and figured they could work out.  I wound up gluing them all in place and snapping the photos you see in this blog post to show to friends.  Personally, I felt it looked weird and over-the-top (particularly the little spire to the side), but they seemed to disagree.  In fact, one of them insisted that I put more on there!

I wanted to work in some other Tyranid bits, but couldn’t really find any that seemed appropriate.  I did have one of the old plastic hive pieces from the Battle from Macragge  boxed set, and it fit perfectly over another porthole that I thought may be confused for a door, so I wound up covering that up and doing a simple bash of green stuff to blend it on (in hindsight, that needs more work too).

So, that’s where we stand.  Clearly it needs some more work before I can call it finished, but I’ve come to a temporary stopping point as I’ve run out of green stuff.  I also think adding some tentacles would be nice, so maybe it’s time to order a tentacle maker?  More to come…

For anyone who wants to know more about the toy I used as a base, please check out my original post on the subject.