Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sister of Our Martyred Lady

Just a quick one today folks.
Decided an all silver army may indeed drive me completely bat crap crazy and so chose to try out a new scheme. I ended up on Our Martyred Lady, mostly black, red cloth and white hair.
Actually I was inspired by the following artwork from Aerion the Faithful.

I just love it.
Now onto pics of my test Sister.

I'm actually ok with this one.
Absolutely loving the red cloth.
Decided I'm going to start using a wet pallet again.
My thinning skills are not doing so well.
Anyways, hope you like her.
Any C&C is always welcome.

Friday, June 8, 2012

On the Warpath!

Hey guys and gals!
I'm going to "quick-review" a new game and one of its miniatures today!
The game is Warpath, a 28mm(?) science-fiction table top game complete with FREE rules and army lists developed by Mantic Games.

Taking a bit of a break today from commission work (painting a horde of Orks can make you a bit crazy from time to time) so I had just finished one of my fifteen ForgeFathers! What a great feeling of liberation when you tackle a miniature that allows you to explore and just go with your instinct on color selections. Now if you haven't heard of the game and or played it yet I highly suggest you do. They are hot on the heels of GW and have a wide selection of miniatures to choose from (check out their Kings of War game for some Fantasy love). If your concerned about prices and starting a new game let me just say this... they are a HELLUVA  lot cheaper then GW! If your an Imperial Guard player I would check out their Corporation models as they look very close to Elysian Drop Troops and are again, much cheaper then a box set of Cadians and yet include more models!

So I grabbed their starter set the Fate of the Forgestar back in March, right after I had returned from my vacation at Disney World and boy was I impressed. For $75.00 you get 61 miniatures (more then AoBR by far)! And what miniatures they are! The amount of detail in the kits was really nice, especially for a younger company like Mantic. Though there isn't much variation in the ForgeFather poses I still enjoyed the kits very much (though the Marauder/Orc kit is FULL of extra bits and bobs to customize but more on them in another post for a later date). Remember, this is a new game (roughly 6 months old by now) and the company has only been around for maybe 2-3 years. 

I've gotta say, I absolutely love the helmeted heads of the ForgeFathers. Some of the ForgeFathers head options were a little too Fantasy for my tastes and so I used all the helmets for the head options (other then one "commander" model).

He can take him....

As you can see they are definitely Space Dwarfs! It was just so fun to paint something so much smaller then what I am used to with the GW standard. For being so small they pack quite a bit of detail. Now as you can see the bases are a different size and are actually a type of indentation. What I mean is the base itself has a round indent which you glue the miniature to, as all the miniatures have a small piece of the  base they are attached to. This could create a problem if you were to try and use the Corporation models I mentioned earlier as your Elysian Drop Troops, though if you were careful I bet you could cut off the small base and slap them on a GW base no problem.

The game itself is one built on simplicity, which is definitely not a bad thing in this case. Usually when developers like to simplify rules it ends up being a disaster and or making the game bland (5th Edition 40k I'm looking at you). However Alessio Cavatore (lead rules designer) has developed this rule set with such ease without becoming terribly boring. The premise (for now) is simple, destroy your opponent. Your still moving with your ruler , your still rolling dice but its so self contained that after a turn or two you don't even need to keep checking the rulebook. One major difference in this gaming system from 40k is the idea that this game is about the units. There is no crazy uber - Librarian running around pounding the enemy with his OP psychic powers all by himself and then hiding in a unit when the enemy is in charge range. The focus is all on the units and its very refreshing. I'll be writing a battle report very soon just using the contents of the starter set. 
Let me know how you all feel about my first Space Dwa..... I mean ForgeFather. Thank you for looking and C&C is always welcome.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Alive and kickin'

Well it certainly has been a long time since my last update hasn't it?
Last time I was on here I was leaving for Adepticon!
Perhaps I should begin there then.

Adepticon 2012
First, I drove... which my wife and I both agree, will not be happening next year haha.
That drive was just...exhausting (8 1/2 hours).
It was very overwhelming at first, but once it had sunken in that I was in fact really there, I just soaked it all in like a hobby sponge.
I instantly hit it off with my team and I have to say, they are a really great group of guys.
They were so welcoming and hilarious and one thing above all others won me over, they were accepting and very respectful of my wife. +1
The swag bag was pretty nice.

Swag Bag Contents
Legion of Everblight starter set *painting in progress*
Wreck-Age Adepticon only model *painting in progress*
Adepticon robot model *converted to Penitent Engine for SoB*
Couple of bag 'o' bitz
Malifaux rulebook
Green paint sample from Badger Airbrush
Issue of Game Forces monthly #19 *highly recommended*
Tons of business cards and fliers

I'm really happy with the free Legion of Everblight box set (pics coming soon). So much so I went out and bought the LoE book! I'll definitely be trying out Hordes very soon.
I'm also very interested in Wreck-Age, check them out
After a good nights rest came the serious business, the Team Tournament.
I'll post the specifics in another post so for now just know that I won 2 out of 4 games!
Not bad for my first time out.
Unfortunately I couldn't really go crazy with buying miniatures.
Money was tight although my wife allowed me to pick thru a bitz vendor and I walked away with 10 2nd edition Ork Boyz for $5!
I've made the necessary mental note to put aside enough "crazy money" for next year.

Post - Adepticon
Now we come back into the present.
I'm still coming down from the high of being in the presence of so much hobby greatness and the competitive bug which is making me not concentrate on important things like commission work (which is basically my hobby money as I have no job at the moment).
I've been basically a hobby butterfly the last month or so, jumping from Sisters to Lamenters to Necrons.
Currently I'm working on a small Goff Clan Ork army and then its onto a small Ravenguard 1,000 point army.
Let's update you all with some pics shall we?

Goff Ork Commission

Lamenter Marines

The first test model

Sisters of Battle of the Argent Shroud

The test model

 The unit so far

Thats it for now.
Hope you guys like everything so far.
I'll have a write up of the rounds I played at Adepticon at a later date.