Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tournament this Weekend!

August has been rather sparse on the hobby front for me. It is a very busy month at work, my fiancee and I took some final weekend trips before summer is over, and I spent a week quite sick and unable to do much of anything.

Hopefully that's all out of the way now though and I can get back into a better hobby groove. This weekend I'll be attending a 35 point Steamroller tournament. I've decided to break out my Khador because I haven't played them in FOREVER and there are a few things I want to try out.

10 Kayazy + UA
5 MOW Demo Corps

This is my killy list and it is based off my 25 point Death Race list from Templecon. The Kayazy with Iron Flesh are the stars of this list - I can use them to put enormous pressure on the enemy 'caster (and probably kill him) or send them to contest an objective on their own. The Demo Corps are there as a second wave clean-up crew. For scenario play I'll probably let the Kayazy handle themselves on one side while everything else takes down the other. I think this list will be a lot of fun to play.

Zerkova (Tier 4 Hunting Wolves)
10 Kayazy + UA
Greylord Ternion

I've been interested in this theme list since it was published in NQ. I see a lot of potential for board control with this list. Ternions and Zerkova have SPD and DEF debuffs, Kayazy are a super pain to handle, even without Iron Flesh, and Widowmakers give great spot removal. Oh, and Zerkova's feat.

Where I'm concerned with this list is hitting power. I have no high POW infantry so I'll be relying on the Spriggan to do most of the heavy lifting (the Destroyer is more for Watcher Bombard shots and babysitting). The list has a ton of infantry clearing ability but not much ARM cracking. Also, I have almost zero experience with Zerkova.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Renegade (Thing 1)

I'm really enjoying painting lately. I was stuck inside this past weekend due to non-stop rain and painted up a Renegade during breaks from the Drakhun's horse. I was surprised how quickly it went and I'm quite pleased with how he turned out.

The green is the same color I did the 'jacks for Ashlynn. It starts with a GW Foundation green and I mix in yellow to build up the highlights - fast and produces good results. The '1' on his shoulder was stenciled on using a very tiny stencil I printed. The results aren't fantastic but it was a fun experiment and I'm going to do a '2' on the other Renegade I have.

I'm very excited to get this guy (and his twin Thing 2) on the table. I've never used an arc node before and Obliterator Rockets are just nasty. Magnus1 also runs 'jack heavy, something I love.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Man-O-War Drakhun

Well, just the horse really.

I've been on a roll lately painting fun models and this was no exception, but by the end I was very happy to see this fellow off my table. The model doesn't have many extra doodads cluttering him up he just has a ton of fine details on the armour plates.

I've been trying a new tactic with the bronze color after reading a cool article on Bell of Lost Souls about painting gold. GentleBen, a very talented painter, mentioned that he undercoats his gold with Snakebite Leather. I thought that was too light for bronze so I tried Dark Flesh for my undercoat. I've always had trouble getting the bronze to cover well over black but I love how it looks over the Dark Flesh - victory!

The Drakhun himself is still up for painting but after all that lining with bronze I'm going to come back to him.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Mercenary Reinforcements!

A few posts back I mentioned that I was in the process of selling off my Tau and Space Marines. I've successfully sold them to a guy at my LGS - not for money (although there was a little cash involved) but for new Merc models!

I've turned my much neglected 40k models into a full 10 man unit of Boomhowlers, pMagnus, Gorten, a Mangler, a Driller, 2 Blasters, 2 Renegades, and 3 Steel Head Cavalry. That's a lot of new Mercs and a very good start to some Magnus and Gorten lists.

I was also able to sneak a unit of Troll Champions into the deal so now I've got two full units of them. I'm not sure what I need 10 Champs for but the deal was just too good to pass up.

Look for these guys to get some painting love in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

July Summary

Painting for Points
I had high hopes for this month and started strong by getting 6 Forge Guard and Mulg painted, but fell off the bus later in the month as non-hobby stuff stole my time. I'm up to 88 points for the year.

New Model Fund
Another excellent month for me spending wise! I didn't buy any models again this month and have my fund nearing positive numbers! I'll be at -$7.29 for August.

Additionally, I made some serious inroads clearing out models I don't use. I sold my Malifaux army on ebay, traded my Crimson Fists for a big chunk of Merc models, and sold the Tau to a guy at my LGS. The only loose end left is for me to sell my Wood Elves. Does anyone have any advice for packing and shipping a fully painted army? I'm hesitant to put the army on ebay or Bartertown because I don't know how I'd get it to my buyer in good condition.

If anyone has any experience I'd love to hear it.