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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The future has been foreseen.

        Ok. Ok. So this is a little late. This week my house has been hit by all manner of catastrophes. From plagues and floods to power outages. Well, I am exaggerating a bit. (It all happened!) Then there has been the Thanksgiving preparations. Let's just say it has been a bit busy. No excuses, I know. On the bright side, I got my bastion assembled and painted. I just have yet to paint the quad gun, comms relay and lascannon. Though, I have four of the bases painted. Not quite sure why I painted so many, but we have options.

    Next, to the business at hand. The list to paint for my next project. The voting was close. The Eldar won out by one vote. I thank those who left comments. This is, again, an addition to my existing Eldar collection. I think the list would be fun as is. I would probably drop some points (howling banshees, most likely) to get another wave serpent or two in to be more tournament competitive. Here it is:

1850 Points - Codex: Eldar Roster - Eldar hobby goal

   1 Autarch - TL Shuriken Catapults; Shuriken Pistol; Haywire Grenades; Plasma Grenades; Forceshield; Banshee Mask; Laser Lance; Reaper Launcher (Starswarm); Eldar Jetbike
   1 Farseer - TL Shuriken Catapults; Rune Armor; Shuriken Pistol; Ghosthelm; Eldar Jetbike; Singing Spear
20 Dire Avengers
   9 Dire Avengers - Avenger Shuriken Catapult; Plasma Grenades
   1 Dire Avenger Exarch - TL Avenger Shuriken Catapult
   9 Dire Avengers - Avenger Shuriken Catapult; Plasma Grenades
   1 Dire Avenger Exarch - Power Sword; Shimmershield
6 Fire Dragons
   5 Fire Dragons - Fusion Gun
   1 Fire Dragon Exarch - Fire pike
1 Fire Prism
   1 Fire Prism - Prism Cannon; TL Shuriken Catapults
20 Guardian Defenders
   20 Guardian Defenders - Shuriken Catapult; Plasma Grenades
7 Howling Banshees
   6 Howling Banshees - Shuriken Pistol; Power Sword; Banshee Mask
   1 Howling Banshee Exarch - Shuriken Pistol; Executioner
3 Warlock
   2 Warlock - Rune Armour; Shuriken Pistol; Witchblade
   1 Warlock - Rune Armour; Shuriken Pistol; Singing Spear
10 Warp Spiders
   9 Warp Spiders - Death Spinner; Warp Jump Generators
   1 Warp Spider Exarch - TL Death Spinner; Powerblades
1 Wave Serpent
   1 Wave Serpent - TL Scatter Lasers; TL Shuriken Catapults; Ghostwalk Matrix
3 Windrider Jetbike Squad
   2 Windrider Jetbike Squad - TL Shuriken Catapults; Eldar Jetbike
   1 Windrider Jetbike Squad - Shuriken Cannon; Eldar Jetbike
5 Wraithguard
   5 Wraithguard - Wraithcannon
Total Roster Cost: 1848

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dead Heat.

      Here we are. Two day later. I have an even tie for what army to work on next. I was sure when I  put the last post up that I certainly would not have a three way tie between Imperial Guard, Eldar, and Tyranids. (sigh). Well, I'm going to explain my armies a bit. First off, Chris is quite capable of painting his own bugs, but I will help him as the need arises. Though there is some strange irony in painting bugs before my IG. I'm sure the will be some compensation involved.(hint, hint). Next, my Eldar of Saim-Hann. I already own an allotment of jetbikes at my disposal. What I plan on painting is farseers, warlocks, guardians, dire avengers and a few grav tanks for filler. The IG army I collected is fully intended to fight tyranids. My brainstorm was to be an air cavalry army. Unfortunately, 6th edition put an end to that. Besides, the reality of that many Valkyries just doesn't work. So, I shorted the air support and added Leman Russ tanks. So, again I ask. Which army should I work on next? I am leaving this up to you. One comment can change my life for the next 6 months or so.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I need help!

     I have been having a lot of trouble actually deciding what I want to work on next. So, I am leaving up to you. Please help me make the decision of whether I should paint my Imperial guard or Eldar. I don't care if you are a gamer or not. To help those who are not, the Eldar are elves in space. The  Imperial Guard are the normal rank & file human soldiers. Please! I am looking for your input. I plan on doing update on the project just as I did with my Dark Angels. The final count will be done on Sunday evening. I will have a list up for either on Monday. Thanks.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Lesson one: Mark your magnets!

         Today, I just want to start with a moment of silence for the passing of finecast....... Ok. I was going to put a picture up showing how much I appreciated finecast models. But, fortunately or unfortunately, I never bought a single one. So much for that.

       This week has not been good for finishing units. Although, I did quite a bit of progress done. First step was to magnetize my wraith knight. All arms are interchangeable for every weapon choice. It wasn't that bad of a project until my 3 year old came over and messed up my magnets on me and I glued the one arm in backwards. Uggghhh! I took me about 20 minutes to get the magnet back out and put it in the right way. Thus are the perils of working while kids are awake. Lesson learned and move on . So that sparked my interest in painting some eldar. Not yet at a point of commitment of a list to play. I just pulled some models out. So I put some paint on a squad of Fire Dragons, some Howling Banshees and an Autarch. I got the base coats and some dry brushing done.

  I did get a bunch of little projects done.  My Aegis defense line, some curved sand bag barriers, ammo stows, and a few other pieces all hit and left my hobby desk. Here are a few pictures. I hope you all had a productive week as well.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

"Run for your lives!"

   "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened." Or was it in the warp? No. This time it is not the Death Star destroying Alderaan. It is a planet being destroyed, but not in one final blast from the greatest station in the galaxy. More like dropped on and eaten one citizen at a time.  I believe these are the voices of Guardsman, Eldar, and Space marines. All being consumed to feed the hive mind.  This was the exact moment when I heard the Tyranid codex was being released in only a few short weeks. I feel the great devourer will certainly "bring balance to the Force." 

      All my hopes and fears for the future hang in the balance of this codex. I hope that this codex will prove to the community that assault is not dead, not that I believed that for a second. I have been run over by more thunder wolves and chaos marines than I would like to admit to. I also hope to see a return of genestealers. (and possibly genestealer cults.) My first fear is that there will be yet another psycher more powerful than Eldrad. Then, of course, I will be wishing I could use more than one standard of devastation in my command squads. Also  The swarm is always the way I am defeated. I never have enough bullets. But time will tell. what lies ahead. Hopefully, the swarm can be slowed before it lands at my doorstep, but I doubt it. Maybe I need to return to the Guard. They are the rival of these stinking bugs. Hopefully, they come out with a Leman Russ Ortho, or maybe replace Marbo with the Orkin man.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Question everything

    Apparently, I have been living under a rock. Either that or they are just keeping secrets from me. I just finally realized that in 3 days we will be able to pre-order Codex: Inquisition. This intrigues me greatly. When I started my Imp. Guard army, the original idea was to have a force led by a Xenos or heretic inquisitor. Then as my collection started the Grey knight codex came out.... and it was everywhere. So I dropped the idea. I didn't  want to be the next cheese player around. Besides, the grey knights are not my cup of tea. The best of the best of the best. Not exactly what I was looking for as I was building my status quo Imperial Guard army.

    Of course, sixth edition came out. Dark Angels codex came out. Eldar came out. I have been quite busy updating my armies that I already had so that they were playable. So now, I wait. Next week I will be able to see if I can go back to my original theme or just work on my Eldar until a new I.G. codex comes out. For now, I will continue with my battlefield.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

From the army to the field

Not every table should be desolate.

   Since finishing my challenge, I have been putting some thought into what's next for me. Well...... I haven't quite decided yet. I'm going to give it a few days to consider. So, I have been wondering if fortifications are still worth the points. I haven't really played with one yet. My group of friends aren't really using fliers, maybe one or two. I think I have more fliers myself than everyone else combined. So, I just haven't seen the reason to add one to my force. On the other hand, I love the aesthetics of the bastion, defense lines, or even the Fortress of Redemption. Nothing stands out more on a battlefield than a nicely painted bastion or landing pad, or even some other large piece of scenery. I really enjoy that you could buy a structure for your army to hide behind or to "defend against all odds."

     My short term plan is get my fortifications painted up. As well, I have a bin full of debris that needs painting. Well, I should say, A bastion and all the weapons that come with the bastion and Aegis line. This way all my players will have availability to what ever weapon or fortification options so they can shoot down my fliers or hide or defend. This should be a great way to build the stories on my tables.  And should give me time to come up with a game plan for my next army project.

     I just wanted to add for anyone reading this to please look for and like this on face book. I have been putting more pictures and comments up there. Thanks.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Work in Progress, Fortress Defense Force Completed

Defense Force Redemption, 5th Company

Renegade Extermination Team
Fallen Requisition Team, Uriel
     This is the final pictures for my Hobby Progress Challenge. What an exciting moment to finalize this kind of project. As the painting & development of this project progressed. the list evolved. But I decided to stick to what I started with. I am going to use the Master in the list for a stand in Azreal. I just need to do the detail work as I have owned  the models for probably 10 years now, but I feel the Azreal model is a little dated at this time. The other thing I have added to my collection is a Ravenwing command squad and a librarian on a bike to open them up. Obviously, not for this list.

   I am incredibly interested if this army would work on the table. I plan on trying it the first chance I get. I think it will work great at local club and actually looks like a fun army to play.
I would start with the Devastators and a Tactical Squad with the librarian  deployed in the fortress. Veterans set as a counter assault force to anyone trying to assault the base. The other Tactical squad would be deployed for taking objectives. The Ravenwing would most likely be reserved to be brought in at the right time or as needed.

   So, that is it for now. The next project is right around the corner. The big question for me is should I get my Eldar up to snuff or start prepping my Imperial Guard for the possibility of a new codex. I think that might be a topic for next time. Off to the next one.....