Tuesday, March 21, 2017

And the Last Shall Be First

I finally got a chance to get my Alpha Legion on the table with the Traitor Legions supplement, and dude, they are so much fun. I narrowly beat an Ultramarines Victrix Strike Force with Roboute Guilliman, because, while I wasn't able to come close to matching his combat power (he utterly destroyed everything he made contact with, including my Terminators+Chaos Lord and Sorcerer, which he downed in 1 Assault Phase), massed Infiltration let me control the board well enough that I was able to stay on top of the Objectives and keep the lead.

The Mindveil did totally betray me, tho. The one Turn I really needed it, I only ended up getting 5" of movement, when I only needed like 9" to be able to get away from Bobby G.

On the other hand, Many Heads of the Hydra (or as I like to call it, "I am...NOT Alpharius) saved the Game for me by preserving that Warlord point, which ended up being a big deal, since the Game came down to a 1 Point difference at the end. Very fun Game, one of the best I've had in a while. Definitely looking forward to getting them more table time.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Killed by Death

I went up against the new Ynnari playing for first at a local store Tournament last weekend. They are very strong. My opponent hadn't optimized his list, just ported over his usual Craftworld list since it fit in their Detachment just fine. Between that and me doing a good job of picking on isolated Units or multi-Charging into everything that could Soulburst off of a given Unit's death, he only managed to Soulburst once, but that once completely changed the Game, taking down a dozen Flesh Hounds and my JuggerLord with a Soulburst on 10 Fire Dragons and then a cleanup assist from a handful of ScatBikes.

I would have had that Game solidly in hand if he'd just had Battle Focus instead. Once people really get some experimentation in, these guys are just going to be disgustingly good. Which is a shame, really, because I love the way they play. It was the most interesting and tactical Game of 40K I've had in a while. But Craftworld Eldar are just about the last Faction in the Game that needed a buff at all, and they definitely got one here.

Until next time, y'all have a good one, y'hear!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Squaduary: Weather Delay

I have discovered an issue with the Squaduary concept, as opposed to Dreadtober, at least here in the PNW: In October, we can usually rely on at least a couple of days of dry weather each week. February, on the other hand, is pretty reliably rainy, or at least extremely damp and humid, which makes terrible conditions for spray priming. Today is at least sunny and clear, and the humidity is supposed to dip to the lowest it's been for a while in a couple of hours here, so I'm going to hope I can get a decent coat on.

That said, the modeling part went well. I got three Squads of 5 "Scouts" done, one each with Bolters, BP/CCW, and Sniper Rifles. The rest of this is basically just a picdump:

The intensive training the Alpha Legion uses for these operatives takes long enough that they often begin to be warped by the association with Chaos

The Combat Drugs they're pumped up on contribute further to the incidence of mutation in the ranks

The Squad Leaders get the fanciest cloaks

Another consequence of the Combat Drugs is that few of the operatives will survive more than a mission or two, even if they don't die in combat

Only one way to deal with a stealth trooper who won't shut up ;)

The Sniper Sarge calls out targets

The Snipers are the most heavily augmented
The overall effect comes out a bit more kitbashed than I was hoping, rather than mutated, but I'm still pretty happy with them. Hopefully the paint jobs will tie them all together better. Until next time, y'all have a good one, y'hear!

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Following on from the idea of Dreadtober, ThousandEyes over at Stepping Between Games has introduced the Squaduary event. Same basic idea as Dreadtober: Build and paint something in a month. The difference is that this one is about Squads of Infantry and such instead of Dreads and other big 'uns.

Before the Legions supplement came out, I had been planning on running my Alpha Legion as Raven Guard Counts-As with the Talon Strike Force. To that end, I'd pulled together a bunch of bits for some heavily armed and trained and boosted Culties to represent Scouts. Despite the awesomeness of the Alpha Legion Rules in the supplement, I kind of feel like I still want to do this, just for the lulz. So here I've got a mix of SM Scout, Tempestus Scion, Catachan, Flagellant, and Chaos Marauder parts, ready to mix and match for some sneaky evilness.

Hopefully I'll have build pics up sometime early next week, and until then, y'all have a good one, y'hear!

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Sorry it's been a while. This was not a good fall from a Getting Hobby Shit Done perspective, and even worse for blogging about it. Trying to start the new year off right here, even if I am pushing it a bit even there (it's still the first here, we're one of the last time zones to go over).

Anyhow, this is an old Grenadier dragon that I painted as a present for my mom back in the 90s. It came on a tiny base, and fell over all the time and broke repeatedly, so I recently snagged it back and pinned and glued everything back together, touched up the paint in a few places, and most importantly, slapped it on top of a 90mm oval base and added a bunch of sand and talus to make it way more stable.
The original base is just the inner two rows of stones. Everything else, I added.
A lot of the watery stuff didn't photograph very well. I swirled a couple of different greens and blues together, then added on a few layers of green, blue, and brown inks, and topped it off with soem gloss varnish. The foam (little amounts of Mourn Mountain Snow with a bit of Seraphim Sepia and then some more white drybrushed on) stand out way more here, and the slops of gloss green ink look much more like seaweed stuck on the rocks in person.
Needed a ton of touchup where the paint had been scraped up in the various falls and when I was cleaning up to re-glue it together. I had to be really careful around the wing membranes, because I don't have any of that 90s Snakebite Leather anymore, but fortunately I do still have my Dwarf Bronze and the green and purple metallics from that era, so I was able to get most of it matched just fine, and added on a few more highlights and picked out some details that I wasn't good enough to get when I was 16. Gave it back to my mom at Christmas, and she was very happy with it.

That's that. Hopefully I'll be getting back on here more often. I've got a bunch of stuff in progress for my Alpha Legion and Chaos Daemons that will hopefully come out pretty cool, as well as a couple of non-hobby things that I think still might interest a few folks. Until then, y'all have a good one, y'hear!

Thursday, November 24, 2016


In many ways, things are pretty rough right now, but there are still plenty of things I'm thankful for. I'm thankful for my family and my various circles of friends, including those I've made through the 40K blogosphere. I'm thankful for my cat. I'm thankful I live in a state where Medicaid covers my HRT. I'm thankful for the Native protesters fighting to protect the millions of people who depend on the Missouri River for access to safe water. I'm thankful for the diversity and resilience of the human species, that we have created so many wonderful things, and somehow still haven't managed to wipe ourselves out.

Whether or not it's Thanksgiving where you live, I hope you all have things worth being thankful for, today and every day. Y'all have a good one now, y'hear!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Dakka Dakka-Back: GW Provides House-Rules for a Great Kitbash

I've seen a few variants on this conversion/concept over the years, and always thought it was cool. So I was very happy to see that GW is starting to put out even unofficial Rules for stuff like this. Seeing them getting back into supporting functionalist kitbashing and converting, rather than just building stuff out of the box, or at most some purely aesthetic mods, is really great to see again.

I know I won't be able to use it in Tournaments, but since I have a set of StormRaven sponsons, sitting around, I'm totally going to be building them up some way that I can magnetize them on the side of one of my Razorbacks so I can run this in casual Games.

As might be expected, it's pretty badly overpriced for something on a Rhino chassis, but it's still cool just to have semi-official support for stuff like this. Check out the Datasheet here.