Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My First Forge World Iron Clad

This was done sometime ago, I blame the massively impressive Badab War books for showing off their awesome looking FW Iron clad dreads. Roll for leadership against temptation, rolled 12, fair enough...

The cleaned torso and legs.

Full spectrum war gear!

Got the base done first to suit the pose of the leg

This is what I really like about FW dread over GW dread... the legs can be posed in a way to represent some motion.

After pose confirmed, priming is done

Ho ho, long nights of paintings ahead...

Only things left to do now is chapter logo and tertiary details, that is when I hit snail speeeeed...  this last picture was taken with a DSLR rather then a noob camera; as you can see, the preparation, lightning and imba gear made all the difference.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

What I learned about myself from getting into 40k

Warhammer40k can be a very heavily invested hobby, the money, time, effort involved from getting started to really fielding a fully painted WYSIWYG sizable army on a gaming table can lead to surprising self discovery when you look at the pattern of events / work flow concerning the hobby.

Here are what I learned (more) of myself, thanks to my experience from involving with 40k.

1. Mostly a Dreamer, and likes to keep options open

One thing I learned about myself is that I am mostly a dreamer, as in I spend most time thinking of making stuff than actually doing them, a sub trait of this is that I like to keep options open. Say I have 2 storm ravens, when I acquire those 2 birds it was learned the new comng Grey Knight codex will have access to them too... since I have both armies I simply primed them black and wait to see which army needed them more. Problem is since both armies have mutual need for the gunships until now they are just primed black. A scheme is now on the work as to how to finish them in such a way both armies can deploy them without looking odd on either side.

2. I am a messy person

In all context -- I have tonnes of half finished projects, bits flying here and there, impulse buys sitting idle, war reports to file, life obligations to attend and minis all over the place. Yes this is one hell of a mess, and having more than 3 armies don't really help in this aspect. Atleast now it is obvious, I am working on to rectify this, I promised to the throne.

3. Glass is usually half empty for me

Call it the experience learned in life or reflex memory, whatever; when it comes to predicting dice roll or game outcome generally I will come to be prepared for the worst, or the not so good to happen at the critical moment. May it is half a life time of disappointment, or may be I am just pessimist but I always keep my fingers crossed at game deciding critical rolls... for like the famous 40k quote itself "hope is the first step to disappointment", life can be a bitch most of the time and being not having too much expectation itself can be a form of protection.

 4. I am slow at adeptation
"What must I do again?"

One thing I noticed of myself is that it would seems I was never the first to pick up a new army and run the cheese before the FAQs come putting off fire and doing damage controls. Rushing in with shinny new toys and bashing other people before they know what to do might just not be my kind of thing. Infact I was a player of the old daemon hunter codex, but it took me a couple of months after the release of new shinny grey knight codex for me to pick up steam in it.

5. and... (Thank the throne) I still aspire for greater stuff

Despite all the self beating mentioned above I still find myself aspire for better stuff, like may be one day getting an air brush for real, learning more painting methods, explore new tactics, starting yet another army with more self promises and stuff. Thank the throne I still want to get better and more from life, for that, might be the most precious gift of all.

WIP - Grey Knight Librarian

Played a few games with Grey Knight librarian as HQ choice. With his ass kicking capability confirmed, it is time to do a real model for him.

"These aren't the servitors you are looking for..."

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

No One expects the Inquisition, when they do, they expect rifleman dread

So I finally got around and painted my Forge world dreadnought I acquired from a fellow gamer from Game Forge. I always have been fond of dreadnoughts. Rifleman dread spam here we come.

Countless aegis defence lines have been raided for these guns.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

5pts too much?

On this I am going to talk about a space marine war gear which no one in his or her right mind would use and a suggestion to fix it. Yes, we are talking about the glorious combat shield.

Combat shield is a space marine war gear costing 5pts on current codex, granting the user 6+ invul save and retaining the user's side arm. 5pts getting you a 6+ invul save sounds ridiculous to begin with, because investing a further 10pts will get a a proper 3+ invul save in the form of storm shield, not mentioning the Sergeant is usually the dude having the precious power fist / thunder hammer and hence naturally the last guy you would ever want to assign a wound when the squad is in close combat with real nasties, it doesn't require long to figure out 83.3333% of the time buying a combat shield is just a waste of points. Basically, it is a piece of junk.

But... but... they look so cool!

Very simple, in the next codex, whenever a ASM sergeant buys a power fist, he should be able to get the combat shield for FREE! Not thunder hammer, not power sword but only power fist... since GW seems to tailor their modern army to model range anyway. I would say this is the best solution. Personally I really like the looks of combat shield, but at 5 pts they will never make it into my army list... unless my army is making a fashion statement.

Seriously, when was the last time any of you see a combat shield in a game?

This Blog is still alive... but things are still Grim and Dark, just like 40k

Between hectic day job, my near demise some months ago due to minor cerebrovascular accident, daily grim and darkness with another "unprospective" year went by and losing a Titan to a fellow hobbyist ( "I will bring it back after Apoc, I swear" By the Throne Bro, the Apoc was on last June!! Not cool Rxxxl, you know who you are ). All is calm and well in the 40k front. And yes, this blog is alive, By the way if you are local (my side) you should by now know Alvin the man has also revived his blog, so check it out.