Friday, May 29, 2015

Space Marine Battle Company Challenge

The Burning Eye issued a challenge for bloggers to post 'their' battle company, or what they'd lie to see as a Space Marine Battle Company. Being a tank heavy player (because you've seen my posts right?) I've always been a big fan of the Aurora Chapter. For those that don't know, the Aurora Chapter are an Ultramarines successor that, thanks to a typo somewhere, receives several times their allotment of vehicles from the mechanicus, primarily a disproportionate number of Predator tanks.

The only reason I don't play these guys are because IG is a thing.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. (and several other countries) and I just wanted to post this in thanks to all of the brave members of the armed forces, regardless of your country of origin, that volunteered to put your life on the line for the ideals of country, patriotism, freedom, justice, civilization, and many other noble pursuits. Some who took that sacred challenge paid their lives and it is on days like this that we should all issue a collective 'Thank You' to everybody who gave the rest of us the freedom we all so dearly treasure.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Painting, Day 3 & 4

Made some progress. Got just about all of the details done on the demolishers, started the base coats on the exterminators, and even went back to my executioner and added some green to match is regiment mates. I like the green and think that it and grey will be my colors. I'm holding off and continuing the demolishers until the rest are at the same place, then I'll apply washes. I'm going for a darker look so I'll see what is needed after that.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tactica Leman Russ: Battle Tank

I've decided to write a few articles about my favorite unit in the IG codex, the Leman Russ. Each will focus on a single flavor of these tanks, including (ultimately) the FW variants. Today we look at the Battle Tank.
Damn the alpha hull is pretty

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Painting Demolishers, Day 2

I've decided to do 'daily updates' on painting my demolisher tanks. I put that in '' because I might not get to paint daily but, when I do, I'll do an update. I'm trying to do an hour a day but my wife won't help hold me to that until this summer formally begins for us, in two more weeks. Each new update will just update the date could...and now I realized I'm rambling. Here is a pic:
I basically just evened out the grey on the turrets (not shown) and added some green to the side. I was going to do a strip but I figured that was too hard. All tanks are going to be color coded by 'squadron' (purely fluff) and these guys are green squadron.

The paint clumped in a few places despite my best effort and watering it down. I had to take a razor under the door handles on the top hatches. Dohh. Clearly a newbie mistake that I thought even I was beyond.

Next, boltgun metal on stuff.

Painting Demolishers, Day 1

I managed to fit in some painting last knight. Good solid undercoat in my opinion. Needs a strip on the side, some detail painting, and then a nice, black, wash and it'll be finished...for now. If I get better at painting I might come back for unit markers and the like.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Painting Goal: 1850 Mechanized Guard

I've been following the few discussions about how Imperial Knights will be handled in nationwide tournaments now that they're Lords of War (sigh) and it isn't looking favorable to them. Just a few things that keep coming up as "balances":

  • D table is only d2 wounds
  • D weapons have no strength value (so no Instant Death)
  • Stomps do not select models but kill from the knight like any other attack
  • Removing models (6 results on stomp) can be Look Out, Sir!'d
  • +1 Maelstrom points for every 3 hull points removed
  • Enemies get +1 to Seize the Initiative if they don't have a LoW of their own
  • 0-1 Super-Heavy Walkers (so only one knight anyway)
Some tournaments are even looking to having ALL of those in place...

Overkill much?

With that in mind, I'll be going back to IG for my summer painting goal...and that means TANKS!

Sweet, beautiful tanks

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Summer Goal

Well, a new Imperial Knight codex and an upcoming summer leaves me with a self imposed painting challenge to get an 1850 army up, painted, and ready to go. As of right now, that army will be all knights, using their new faction.

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