Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Can You Own Too Many Marines?

So a bunch of work and travel the last week and it is getting into the holiday season.  I always have the greatest intentions of getting lots of hobby time in this time of year and just never really do. 

Of course I have all the greatest intentions of still getting stuff done.  I'm stilling getting in some pick up games of 40k, largely with my bikes.  They are still a lot of fun and I am planning to go to the Vegas Open in Feb and plan on running them.

The Fantasy League has slowed down a bit.  A few guys are having trouble getting games in so things are a bit stalled.  I think we're going to start 'jumping' games around so this continues, but it means the painting requirement is probably going a bit out the window.  I really want to finish that army to a nice standard but it is hard to get motivated to do lots of Sauri and TG.  The good news is I have almost 2k painted now which is really great to get mostly wrapped up and I plan to get back to the rest soon.

But right now I've been taking on a new project, because we all know I can't keep away from starting new projects before I've finished others.

 So I've had a desire to do something with my drop pods, and I was thinking I might repaint my Templar too.  So I started dorking around with a couple of things and now I'm really wanting to flush out a complete Black Dragon army.

Now I'm not really in a big rush to finish up this army, so I thought I'd try some things that I haven't done before as a means of differentiating from past projects.  I figure that would be a good excuse to do this and try to logic it out as opposed to admit I'm just a frick'n addict.

So I'm trying a lot more lighting on the paint.  I plan on building lava bases and I have some test bases in the works now  I am not sure how much I like the dry brush of grey but I don't want to do lining like I did on my Templar.  But to me it just looks like a big mess.  I think I might actually airbrush grey on directionally then apply washes to darken them up, and I am going to get a test model in hopefully this weekend to try that.  I hope that works because I don't really want to dogo about blending grey to black as I've tried that before also and have not been super thrilled with the results (not to mention the time it takes).  But of course that is the fall back plan.

You can also see there is some conversions going on the model.  The horns and spikes are from Tyranids and I plan on doing them for the Assault guys.  I might do a few smaller horns on the heads or regular marines.

Also you can see the shoulder is custom that was made for me and I'm in the process of casting resin molds.  This shoulder was not the best so I figured I'd use it on this test model but it is nice to have that casted shoulder on there.  It is also hard to see but he has these 'wings' on the knee pad that I've been molding out of resin as well.

They don't come out all as nice but I think if I make enough I can get the pairs going that look correct together and that will be a nice effect as well.  It would have been great to have those details be more like the above picture but the things are so darn small it is hard to get bits that fine and my modelings skills are just not great either.

I also want to make some custom transfers...'cause hey why not.  So I'm hoping to apply a few next week to this guy to see how those come out as well.

So of course I can't just repaint much Templar because... well I'm like that.  So I can redo my pods but I needed to add a few bodies.

So I'm experimenting with resin and trying out a few models and doing some flashing.  I've proxied two games and they were both fun using Salamanders and Vulcan.  I have no idea how I'm going to make Vulcan but I figured I'd build some models first and see how that goes before I tackle his conversion.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Continuing Work On Lizardmen

So I've still been working on my Lizardmen after getting done with Feast of Blades.

I knocked out my Bastilladon.

I think he came out pretty well.  This whole army could use hilghlighting but this is pretty good for now.  I'll need to get back to doing some more work on the base too.

I also got the Terradons done as well.

I just need to figure out what I want to do with the bases.  They don't sit on these very well.  So I could just glue them to these, or I maybe try something else.  I'll probably just glue these and see how well they hold up I suppose.

I haven't dipped these yet but I'm working on getting up to 1500 and 1750 now.  So I needed some more Saurus.

And I painted up my Temple Garud Banner bearer who I think I will use as a BSB Scar Vet for some of these game.

I just can't see adding a Slann in until about 2000 points.  I mean I think he can work... but with what I have I think I'm going to wait until 2k.  At least that's what I'm thinking now... that might change with the next few games.

Speaking of I did get one more Fantasy game for 1250 against HE.  I thought I was doing ok but was anybodies game, until he failed a few key LD.


I think we've seen more critical LD issues in these lower point Fantasy games than expected.  So that's why I'm thinking of getting that BSB in there to make sure my block sticks around as long as possible!

So Fantasy has been fun, and the bikes are pretty much ready to roll for any 40k tournament (minus a few Grav Guns to paint I think).  Plus my Tau are still quite good and I'm happy to play that anytime.

But I do still want to make some of the other armies work.  BA are in pretty rough spot.  Orks too though I think they can still be fun.  My Templar and BT are both ok but it is almost like they have the wrong bits for their new dex.  Then there is my 1ksons which are really still just frustrating.  They look great, and they can win some games... but they are so hard to play in all comer type events.

So right now I'm looking at my Drop pods and thinking about what to do.  I might spend some time and money to try to make something work there.  Though lord knows I could also use that time and money to get caught up on video games that I've not gotten around to playing.

So ya... that's where we I am right now with the hobby!