Wednesday, February 26, 2014

And now for something a little different...

Taking a break from all the Malifaux/Horus Heresy gaming fun, here's a little look at the start of a commission project. I'm painting up this Infinity Ariadna force for a friend of mine. He has quite a few of the models for this faction, and I'm painting up 17 of them. From what I understand, this faction is comprised of a "low-tech" collective of neo-Soviets, Americans, Brits (including Scots), and possibly a few others. The only guidance from my friend was "Urban scheme".

With a lot of Infinity tables (at least around here) going with a pale blue/grey/white colors scheme, this look seemed to fit well. The bases are from Dragon Forge Design, the Lost Empires set.

This model is an homage to Matthew McConaughey's character from Reign of Fire. I broke from color scheme a little on this one to get his fur-lined leather vest into the mix : )

I hope you like them so far.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Horus Heresy - A little Killzone: Survival game

On Saturday I was able to get out and play a game of Killzone: Survival with my mate Marc Raley. It was cool to see our freshly painted models on the table, and Marc's Alpha Legion are, in my opinion, the best I've ever seen (for 30K or 40K).

Anyway, here are a few photos I took of the excellent game, but you can read a battle report over at Marc's blog HERE.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mechanicum - Some Kitbashed Myrmidons!

It started with the release of the Deathwing Terminator box set last year. I loved the look of the censer flail and the storm shields. I wanted to assemble some bodyguards for a Tech Adept in my Mechanicum army, but never got around to it.

It was fueled by the photos from UK Games Day last year. Lots of cool, enigmatic Mechanicum figures with absolutely no release dates.

It came to a head when WIP photos of the Myrmidon Secutors and Destructors appeared in White Dwarf (Dec or Jan issue), and the Myrmidon rules turned up in Horus Heresy - Massacre.

Here is a unit of Myrmidon Secutors, kitbashed from Deathwing Terminators, Necron Triarch Praetorians, Necron Warriors and a few others bits and pieces.

First, the Mrymidons, with their power axes, two volkite calivers each, and halved Mechanicum-symbol shields (with no "in game" effect)

And the Mrymidon Lord, wielding his censer flail (counts as power axe), a graviton gun, and a phased-plasma fusil.

I hope you like them. I'm excited about getting some paint on them - once I've finished my Titan, that is.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Horus Heresy - Look at what I found!

As I was doing some cleaning up/rearranging in my office the other day, I stumbled across this old Rapier Laser Destroyer. It may look at bit odd, but that's a layer of black ink over the top of the bare metal. It must, therefore, have been used in the GW Promotions studio in the US at some point foraMail Order catalog or something similar. My, how the times have changed.

Anyway, I never really had any plans to add a Rapier to my collection, but when one is dropped in your lap...

The two crew are kitbashed from various FW and plastic parts, and I think they turned out pretty well.

In addition to assembling the Rapier crew (and sticking the Rapier on a base), I built these five Tactical support Squad troopers, all with Volkite calivers. As a typical Imperial Guard player, I really like the idea of any weapon that causes automatic hits. Put that same weapon in the hands of someone with BS4 and I'm sold : )


Monday, February 10, 2014

Malifaux - A whole new world!

A little over a month ago, I posted that I was going to be playing my first game of Malifaux that night. The request for a report on that game was pretty significant. I certainly wasn't expecting that kind of response from you, my faithful blog readers. I wanted to post a report straight away, but I didn't. I didn't post a report because I felt it would be hideously unfair to both you and to the game of Malifaux.

"Unfair?" I hear you ask. Yes. Unfair. Read on and I'll tell you why.

Neverborn face off against Arcanists in the streets of Malifaux

 On that first night of Malifaux gaming, I went along WOEFULLY unprepared. I've never been much into the "gaming" aspect of our hobby, preferring to spend my time immersed in the "painting" aspect of things. Having said that, however, I have played at least a dozen different gaming systems in my time, possibly closer to two dozen if I count those games played once or twice. As I've grown older I've realized that I absorb rules faster and more thoroughly when I learn them from another player. I learn more aurally than visually. I've also learned that most miniatures games follow a particular pattern, and there typically aren't many situations where luck can swing things completely out of your grasp. Generally speaking, in most miniature wargames, you can tell what's going to happen next. You can be confident the odds are either in your favor or stacked against you.

Knowing these things about wargaming (and my approach to it) lulled me into a false sense of security. I'd painted up a nice looking crew of models, I had my character cards (they came in the box with the models), and I had a scary sense of knowing exactly what I was getting into.

This turned out to be tragically* wrong.

The Ortegas (Guild) unsuccessfully attempt to rein in the activities of a Ten Thunders crew. 

Upon arriving at my regular gaming haunt (my friend Eric's basement, we meet every other Tuesday night) I was met by my other gaming friends and an excited flurry of chatter that might as well have been in another language. You see, the other four players had either played plenty of games or had read the rules a couple of times and absorbed them fairly well. As there were five of us, I volunteered to sit out the first round and watch (and download my 2.0 Beta character cards from the Malifaux forums).

I must admit I felt a bit like Antonio Banderas' character in The 13th Warrior, sitting around the campfire night after night, slowly piecing together the language of the Northmen (in my case it was the language of Malifaux). Negative flips, +3 Rams, dropping Scheme Markers. It all seemed fairly impenetrable.

But I took my time, I watched what the guys were doing during their game, I compared their character cards to my character cards, and asked questions. Slowly I felt I was getting a handle on things. And then it was my turn to play. I was up against my friend Thomas, who was running his Decemberist crew, the same one I painted for him last year (see it here). Malifaux has quite a strange order of things before you actually get into the game. Unlike 40K, for example, you don't actually choose your army/crew makeup until after you know the placement of terrain, your deployment area, the schemes you'll be trying to achieve, the faction you'll be facing. This allows you to tailor your crew to suit all of the opportunities mentioned. Of course I've never done that sort of thing before, and not having played the game I had no real idea of how this would benefit me immediately, so I simply chose the models I liked the most.

When we leapt off into the game, I figured that the models would all perform best for me by doing the things that they looked like they'd be good at (Guild Riflemen sitting back taking long ranged shots, McCabe using his grenade launcher to blow away the big guys, etc). This is where things fell apart a bit - I discovered that missile ranges in Malifaux are quite short and that a rifle that was taller than the model wielding it could only shoot 14", and my "grenade launcher" was actually a "net launcher", not so good for blowing things up but better for slowing things down.

Suffice it to say that my first game went the way I expected it to (down the tubes in a hurry), but for completely different reasons than I expected.

The Ortegas clash again with remnants of Lucas McCabe's Relic Hunters.

Fast forward to last Tuesday night (we'd missed a gaming session in between to snow, which only seems to fall in Maryland on gaming night). In the weeks between sessions, I'd gone out and bought the small Malifaux rulebook (quite a good deal at $15), and ordered my Fate Deck (which sadly didn't arrive in time), and added a Guild Pathfinder and four Clockwork Traps to my pool of models to draw from.  I made sure I read through the rules and looked at my character cards. When I arrived at Eric's we again had an odd number (yes, and all of us are a little odd too) so I sat out the first round again. Watching the other games and reviewing my crew, I started to understand the things they could do. Finally, it was my turn to shine, or at least polish some of the tarnish off my initial experience.

We played a small game, only 25 Soulstones. My crew was led by Sidir Alchibal (toting a rather tasty machine gun) and had a few Wastrels, two Riflemen, and a lone Clockwork Trap (that I deployed incredibly poorly and then watched him clank ever so slowly towards the enemy).

I decided to be bold with my Wastrels and swaggered them forward at most opportunities, but taking the time to attempt a well-placed shot when appropriate. My Riflemen raced forward to take up position early, and then hunkered down, either firing away at an Ortega on my left flank or building up Focus on my right (this Focus helped me take out a Guild Guardsman with one shot).

I could see what I was doing right, and I could see what I was doing wrong, and I was developing potential strategies for future games (like possibly leapfrogging a trio of Wastrels around the board so they would constantly have one of them in a position to heal one of the others).

Although my second game was cut short by the late hour, I was pretty confident that even if my next five games of Malifaux end with me crying into my pocket handkerchief, I would learn so much about not only what I could do better next time, but how I could foil my opponent.

Unless, of course, that opponent is John Swann... I'm pretty sure he'll crush my crew faster than I can understand ; )


* Obviously it wasn't literally "tragic", but I felt the hyperbole was helpful in making my point ; )

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Horus Heresy - Second Contemptor assembled

I've finally had a chance to assemble the second Contemptor Dread for my Death Guard. This one is carrying a multi-melta and dreadnought close combat weapon (with heavy flamer). I wanted to give this  guy a proper hunched feel, as though he's being very precise with his shot placement.

Hope you like him : )