Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Turkey Day! and SOOO much to do!

Ok, so I am NOT going shopping in that crazy mess called black friday....unless I can sneak away to GTA for a game of Malifaux in the morning.

In any case a final descision has been made regarding my Adepticon force. It will be the Star Phantoms marines from the Imperial armour chapter tactics update. These are 6th edition updates of the chapters that took part in the Badab Wars. The Star phantoms are pretty straight forward.

They can reroll any roll of a 1 when arriving from reserve, and one turn per game they count their guns as twin linked....all assault, salvo, heavy and rapid imagine a drop pod assault with about 10 flamers....twin linked.....yeah you get the idea.....

My list looks like this now:

Librarian with Auspex
9 Sternguard, 2 combi-flamers, combi-plasma, and a power axe in a pod
5 marines, flamer, vet sarge with combi-flamer in pod
5 marines, flamer, vet sarge with combi-flamer in pod
8 marines with rocket launcher in pod
2 typhoon landspeeders

Possible list tuning to come, like dropping one or both speeders for more bodies in pods, but this list lacks mobility after the drop. Remember it part of a team, so it only needs to fulfill its function while a team mate fills in gaps. Play testing will wait until after the first of the year, but in the mean time this is where I am heading.

Now the Star Phantoms are like nothing I have ever painted before, all white with black markings. That is a TOUGH combo to paint. They look like this:

Images thanks to 40k wiki
Then there is the issue of that Chapter symbol.....OUCH. That will need to be a custom decal methinks, because I'm not sure I could freehand that.Right now it looks like a grey primer, followed by a zenithal of white from directly overhead, then black inks and washes to fill in the recesses and define armor plates. It's all detail from there though. Thoughts?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

These Ideas Are KILLING me!!!

Hey again!

Two army ideas bouncing around...on oldy moldy:

Court   Cryptek of destruction with lance and  solar pulse
            Cryptek of despair with a veil of darkness
            Lord with a warscythe and mindshackle scarabs
10 scarabs
10 scarabs

20 flayed ones
20 flayed ones
20 flayed ones

5 immortals
5 immortals

6 warriors

2 Canoptek Spyders with a single gloom prism
2 Doomsday Arks (in a game using Imperial Armour these would be replaced with Tomb Stalkers)

This one needs an update with 6th edition and IA 12 out. The new sentry pylons are SICK walking artillery pieces with a s9 ap2 heavy 2 gun that has skyfire AND interceptor....I'll pause to let that sink in....did I mention 120" range? At 40pts cheaper than the Arks, is allows for some wiggle room and updates the list to 6th edition nicely with air cover and HUGE tank-busting. Since it is artillery it has a toughness value, and a 3+ save. Put that in area terrain and WOW. Since you have 80 more points play with There will be more warriors in the backfield to strengthen it up too.

And a newer one...

Iyanden Eldar

5 spirit seer council
10 wraithguard
10 wraithguard
10 wraithguard
2 wraithlords scatterlaser and lance or shield
wraithknight, shield/gun combo
fill with warpspiders or guardians to taste.

Escalation work, and the road to Adepticon 2014

Wow, I have SUCKED at keeping this thing up and running! I have not narrowed my project scope at all since my last post. I still have WAAAY too much in the works at once. My focus right now is on the 3 easiest projects to clear.

Priority 1 is my 40k team tournament army for Adepticon 2014. While it looks like we are going marines again, there is a new codex in play and that helps a ton! We are all taking a marine army of our own choosing with a deathwatch team slotted in somewhere in the army. I am planning (for now) to do the Black Dragons with a single Strike Team Leading the way.

As of now, the list looks like this:

Libby with auspex mastery 2
5 vanguard vets
Land Raider Helios
10 tactical Marines, plasma and lascannon
5 tactical marines, plasma, razorback with assaultcannons
Landspeeder with melta and heavy flamer

Priority 2 is the Malifaux team entry. This one might not happen, if we get locked out of the tournament, but the models are on hand and WIP just in case.

50stone crew Of Neverborn
2 Young Nephelim
Adult Nephelim
3 Terror Tot Nephelim

Priority 3 is my own escalation League army. The bugs are moving slowly. With a new codex coming in a month or so, I have kept this one slow on purpose. I decided on a purple carapace with pink accents. These things look like bright floral colors in the jungle setting I am putting them in. So far the Tyrant is just base colors, no detail or highlight/wash. The pinks will tone down and get a bunch of detail. The warrior is about half way, with the purples just needing a final highlight, and the pinks need a wash and highlight.

Priority 4 is our display table for Adepticon. This thing is a 2'x4' Launch bay on a Space Marine Strike cruiser....or it will be anyway. I have the Plans in my head, but this is slated for January/February build.

Then there is Origins....I have a table to make, and 4 strike teams to paint for that. That effort will wait until after Adepticon in April, with the weather warming It will be easier to work on the table outside.