BatRep: Hive Fleet Proteus vs. Necrons (98 power)

So, the real inspiration for my “not dead yet” post earlier this week was that I actually got a game of 40k in this past weekend!  No, it wasn’t at my regularly scheduled game night.  Instead, Albert dropped by on Saturday and we managed to knock out a game.

The amount of rust was absurd.  At one point, I had to go back and remember that BS3 now meant that you hit on 3+, and not on 4+, while another time I had to go look up the wound chart to figure out how that worked again.

Yes, undoubtedly, I’m more than a little rusty.

There’s really only one way to fix that, so we pushed through the cobwebs and threw down…

Hive Fleet Proteus

  • HQ:
    • Swarmlord (The Horror, Catalyst)
    • Broodlord (Psychic Scream)
  • Elites:
    • Hauraspex
  • Troops:
    • 15x Genestealers
    • 15x Genestealers
    • 5x Genestealers
    • 5x Genestealers
    • 10x Hormagaunts
  • Heavy Support:
    • Trygon Prime w/ Scythes of Tyran
    • Trygon Prime
    • Trygon Prime

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Zombicide Progress: Companions!

With the release of new models for Chaos Space Marines, my friend Simon has been incessantly texting us with unbridled excitement.  At first, it was cute.  We looked at him as a kid on Christmas morning: so excited for Santa; however, it never tampered down.

He’s since picked up quite a few of the models and is painting them like crazy.  Still, the endless wave of texts grinds on.  With these texts, I can feel my sheer hatred of painting wasting away.

Not completely, mind you–but enough that I thought I might dabble in a little painting again.  Recently I wound up playing Zombicide with the guys and got harangued for having eight unpainted models in my collection.  If you recall, I spent a good deal of time in 2016 painting up several boxed sets of figures, but I stopped short of completion when it came to figures I’d never used: companions.  So, what better way to dip my toe back in the waters than to start with them?

Of the eight models, there are four poses.  I toyed with the idea of painting them slightly different so that you could tell which belonged to which player, but then realized that was pointless because they’re identical in the game.  I started off with the gunmen and searchers, for no particular reason.  Actually, I wound up starting up a little bit of a base coat on all of them, but eventually stopped that and focused on these two guys.

Overall, I’m happy with how they came out.  My goal wasn’t to paint these to a super high standard, but to approximate the quality I’d accomplished with the rest of the set.  Originally, I’d set forth the game as a means of testing my ability to color match things, and while I’m a little off here and there, I think you can detect who the model is without too much trouble.

The gunman’s eyes are definitely on the cartoony side (my micron pen seems to have dried up during my painting hiatus), and the pants ont he searcher are a little too blocky.  He also looks a bit like George Lucas with a bouffant hairdo, but I think that’s actually somewhat intentional.

I haven’t figured out what color to paint the bases though.  Gray seems appropriate, but I want them to stand out at least a little bit from the characters.  I’d considered a hazard stripe theme, or maybe gray with a hazard stripe around the base–but that’s going to draw your attention to what’s essentially a glorified piece of wargear on the table.  Got any ideas about what I should do?

We’ll see if I come up with something before I finish the other four models.

 

 

Selling Ogre Kingdoms, Beastclaw Raiders, Warriors of Chaos, & Slaneesh

I have a nasty habit of buying things I don’t need.

Ok, all gamers seem to suffer from similar afflictions.   I’m not sure my disease is any more acute than yours; however, I do find myself buying things that I have absolutely not intention of ever using–so I’ll let you decide if I have it better or worse than you.  What I mean by that is, if I find a good deal, I buy it.

Well, not just any good deal: insanely good deals.

Generally speaking, people in my area seem to sell out of armies with likely the same regularity as they do where you live.  We live in a city of roughly 300,000 people, and I’d say there’s a reasonable market for Warhammer.  The one thing that I can’t fathom is that the resale market here is in the pits.  I’m not sure why, but nobody seems to really want to buy used models in my neighborhood.

Functionally, that really sucks if you’re trying to sell figures, but it’s awesome if you’re in the market for stuff.  Frankly, I have too many models, and I shouldn’t be in the market for anything; however, when armies are going for 80-90% off MSRP, I can’t help but jump in.  My thought process is that, at that rate, I can justify parting things up and selling them on Ebay.  Historically speaking, I’ve generally made between 40-60% of MSRP when selling things on that site, so with enough volume, I can justify storing these things for a while.

The downside is that I just sold a bunch of crap on ebay earlier this year.  It actually got the point that I could see the workbench in the garage.  I’d like to keep that going, so I plan on selling these things in the near future.  So, if you have an interest in any of the things listed here, hit me up and we’ll chat.

For prices, I generally stick things up on ebay for $.01 and let the market determine the price.  If we’re negotiating outside of that, I generally look up sold auctions on ebay to get an idea of value and set the price from there.  Keep in mind that I’m going to likely pay about 13% for ebay fees, so you can get that kind of discount at least.  Care to work up a deal?  Make an offer and these can all be yours!

Please forgive the giant image dump.  You should be able to click on any of the photos for a bigger version of each.

 

 

Batrep: Ultramarines vs. Black Legion (80 power)

Simon managed to come spend the early part of Black Friday at my place where we commenced with a good old-fashioned game of 40ks. This is our story.

The Forces of Ultramar (Brigade):

  • HQ:
    • Chaplain Cassius
    • 1x Lieutenant w/ the Burning Blade & Combi-Flamer
    • 1x Lieutenant w/ Powerfist & Stormbolter
  • Elites:
    • 1x Chapter Champion
    • 2x Honor Guard
    • 1x Company Standard
  • Troops:
    • 5x Tacticals w/ Plasma Gun & Multi-Melta
    • 5x Tacticals w/ H.Bolter, Flamer, & Powerfist/Plasma Pistol
    • 5x Tacticals w/ Missile Launcher
    • 5x Tacticals w/ Plasma Gun & Lascannon
    • 5x Tacticals w/ H.Plasma Gun
    • 5x Tacticals w/ Meltagun, H.Bolter, & Powersword
  • Fast Attack:
    • 1x Attack Bike w/ Multi-Melta
    • 1x Attack Bike w/ Multi-Melta
    • 3x Bikes w/ 2x Melta & 1x Powersword
  • Heavy Support:
    • 1x Whirlwind w/ Castellan Missiles
    • 1x Whirlwind w/ Castellan Missiles
    • 1x Thunderfire Cannon

Simon started off by stating he was going to try to fill out a Batallion with only 80 power. That seemed a little far-fetched to me because you just have to have some cheap options. I know that Tyranids can do it because they have so many 2-3 power level options–many of which are quite good–but for Marines & Chaos, it seemed far-fetched. It’s worth noting that he eventually had to pull the plug, but I barely squeaked by using the cheapest of all of the painted models I had for each selection. Of course, it didn’t give me a whole lot of options, but frankly the list isn’t so bad.

When I look at the list above, I have some mobility (the bikes), some long range fire power in the form of various heavy weapons; lots of ways to hold objectives; and some ways to deal with hordes (lots of bolters). The only thing the list seems to be lacking is any real assault power (or psychics). To combat the former, I wound up deploying all of the characters / small units together in a sort of a deathstar. That gave me a bunch of power weapons in a group that could prove formidable against most anything if they had to get stuck into assault. In total, that’s a Champion, 2 Lieutenants, Cassius, Standard, and the Honorguard, plus a couple of combat squads–granted, it’s not the toughest thing in the world, but it’ll work as an assaulty type unit in a pinch. Continue reading

Bling from Creative Twilight

Again, I’ve been remiss from the blog. I won’t go out on a limb and commit to anything rash, but I’m hoping to get back into things. I’ve also not played much 40k, or done all that much hobby stuff as of late, but a good twist on it is that I do have quite a bit of backlog for photos on hobby progress I did over the Summer.

So, with any luck, I’m going to ease back into posting that way. To start things off with an soft ball, I wanted to reach out and thank Thor from Creative Twilight for a little bling. Though my models don’t go travelling much these days, I’ll proudly sport a little propaganda for his blog. If you haven’t checked it out, I’d highly encourage you to do so. He’s a truly skilled painter and web designer with a bunch of great content.

For now, I’ve a little extra sparkle for my marines.  Maybe this is enough to help inspire me to play this game again sometime, eh?  Thanks again Thor!