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.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

DreadTober 4: Better Late than Never

I've been plugging along, but had trouble getting around to clearing off enough table space for my light box. Just did a photo-session this morning. I'm just short of ecstatic about how the IW Dreads came out, just wish the inks I blobbed all over the fleshy bits had blended in better. I want to eventually get around to glazing or stippling over with more Rakarth Flesh, but for now, it is what it is.

On the second one, I also wish I'd done a bit of turn on the torso or something to reinforce the motion of the hammer arm. I also meant to sculpt some flesh over onto part of the Melta, but forgot until after I was well into painting. I'm particularly happy with how well the work I put into painting the bases photographed, tho. I was worried it wasn't really going to show up, but the little spots of ink that I splattered around before highlighting did come through pretty nicely, giving the grimy appearance that I wanted.

I slapped some paint on this guy last week for the Pocket GT when I realized that I was 5 Points over if I took my MM/HF Dread, and I didn't have a MM/SB Dread painted for my SW. Just an AoBR Dread, so I'm still counting it even tho the assembly was done before DreadTober, since the assembly is pretty much trivial on those.

And last, but not least, the SW Contemptor. I'm not entirely satisfied with the Chaos Dread Power Claw on the base, but not sure what I want to do to kick it up a bit. Also just realized that I forgot to go back and hit a couple of spots on the trophy rack and do the highlights on the gems. Oh well.

Another big thanks to Joe for putting this together this year, and y'all have a good one, y'hear!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pocket GT Report: DreadTober Style!

Last weekend, I went to a local "Pocket GT". 1000 Points, 5 Games, one day. Since I haven't been playing a whole lot lately, and I've wanted to run something like this for a while anyhow, and not least because it's DreadTober, I decided to take the following:

Company of the Great Wolf
HQ: Bjorn the Fell Handed, Hellfrost Cannon, Drop Pod
EL: Murderfang, Lucius Pattern Drop Pod
EL: Space Wolves Contemptor, Kheres Assault Cannon, Heavy Flamer, Saga of the Black Cull, Drop Pod
EL: Venerable Dread, Fenrisian Greataxe and Blizzard Shield, Drop Pod
EL: Dread, Drop Pod

If I'd really been pushing to win, I would have taken Chaos Daemons, but I wanted something that was just more relaxed and fun, and that would hopefully be quick enough to play that I'd actually finish all my Games on time for once.

The Missions were mostly Annihilation-style Maelstrom (The re-roll tokens were dropped since that post, but otherwise pretty much the same), and I was a bit surprised to find that we were going to be playing on 4x6 tables, despite the low Points value. I forgot to take many pictures, and many of the ones I did take weren't very good, because I didn't have my proper camera, and I'm getting used to the camera on my new phone, but I got a couple of decent ones for most of the Games.

My first Game was against the new Stealer Cult, massively MSU and played by the store's ringer, since there was an odd number of Players, and I was the last to check in. They are very effective in this format, being able to bounce around to score Maelstrom with ease, and the large table gave them lots of room to stay away from my relatively slow Units. I was still almost able to pull a draw, but Murderfang took a Rending Claw to the knee while trying to use a CC to slingshot to an Objective and got Immobilized a couple of inches too far away. This one was also a bit of a disappointment, since I failed at my goal of finishing all of my Games ahead of the time limit, but in fairness, it totally wasn't my fault. Stealer Cult takes a lot of time to play, especially when someone's still a bit new to it (as everyone is right now). I did manage to pick up a point when he underestimated Bjorn's ability to carve through the Unit guarding his Warlord, but still a 9-1 loss.
The initial drop. Bjorn was trying to take the Objective on the lower left, but managed a 12" scatter directly away from it

Bjorn braces for the counter-attack after slaying the Cult's Magus

Murderfang, Immobilized only a couple of inches outside of claiming distance from the Objective I needed to win the Turn

Second Game was against an old-school Ork army. A bit of a mis-match for him, since he had a bunch of Units that could barely hurt my Dreads, and it was the one non-Maelstrom Mission: Kill Points. There were still some great moments, like Murderfang Charging through the wreckage of his Drop Pod to wipe out a Mob of Boyz, only to get taken out by the Nob's Klaw, and in turn take out half another Mob when he exploded, and the time when the Warboss managed to beat the odds and take out my Contemptor, only to fall to my Axe Dread. 9-1 win for me, he got a point for his Lobbaz slogging across the board to get Linebreaker, since they literally couldn't hurt any of my stuff.
Even with his PowerFist crushed into uselessness, the Contemptor battles against the Ork Warboss

Kvedulf Ironhand avenges the Contemptor

Bjorn oversees the destruction of the last enemy from the very center of their stronghold

Round three was another odd one, against a dude who I'm pretty sure was very, very stoned, with a mostly bare-bones Ultramarine Gladius Strike Force, with the Points spent on Sicarius and an Armoured Task force instead of Special Weapons for the Tacs or Bikes. Ended up being a much closer game than I expected, because his mass Obsec let him score a lot of Maelstrom points, even tho he couldn't do much damage to me. It could have been a draw if I'd failed a 7" Charge in the last Turn, but I pulled it out. He did drag down Bjorn as well, but I still got a 9-1 win. My stock Dread finally redeemed himself, rolling something other than a 1 to Hit with his Multi-Melta for the first time of the day, and single-handedly scoring me First Blood and enough Maelstrom to win Turn 1.
The only pic I got of this Game. Behind the regular Pod is the Multi-Melta Dread, who just redeemed himself by taking out the other Vindicator

Round 4 was against a RavenWing Player who had been on the next table in Round 2, and said at the time that he thought my Army was pretty cool, and he wanted to play against it. I was worried, going into this, because his mobility could be a big advantage, but he had a ton of his Points sunk into a Command Squad and HQs, and I was able to clear out all his MSU stuff, assisted by a Sabotaged Mysterious Objective that took out a lone Attack Bike for First Blood :D We volleyed back and forth, but once I cleared out his little stuff, he pretty much couldn't score more than one Point per Turn, and I was able to pull out another 9-1 win.
I was going for that Speeder for First Blood, but couldn't quite pull it off

Kvedulf bunkers in the ruins of the building where his Pod landed. If I had remembered the re-roll on the damage chart for Venerable, it might have been enough to save him

I scored most of my VPs over here. Murderfang wasn't very happy about that, as few of them involved The Murderin'

Going in to round 5, I was honestly kind of astonished to be at 3-1. As an even better surprise, my Opponent was a guy I used to play all the time back in the 90s, who had moved away for years, and just moved back to town. Great dude, always a blast to play against, and equally surprised to be at 3-1. Unfortunately for him, his fantastic-looking Tallarn Guard also had few answers to my Dreads, and I was able to wrap it up for an 8-1 win.
Bjorn tries to wipe out the Ratlings for First Strike, but one survives. In the background, the Contemptor is barely visible securing the center of the field

The Tallarn Deployment. Unfortunately for them, they didn't advance aggressively enough, and I was able to keep them penned in

So yeah, I took a joke list, and managed to submarine my way to something like 5-6th place out of 30-ish Players over the course of a very fun, if extremely draining day. My knees are still feeling it. As a side note, there were a ton of Draws among the top players in a couple of early rounds, so the winner (Stealer Cult!) was actually 4-0-1 after beating the only 4-0 Player (Orks!!!) in Round 5.