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Monday, August 31, 2015

Site Updates...

I've set myself a goal of October 1st as the drop dead date for site updates.  My plan is to revamp the look a little and come up with a fixed schedule for posting.  Lately I've been waiting until the last minute and that hasn't been working too well for me.  I've had a lot of things going on in my personal life that have taken attention away from my personal hobby time.

So...  expect shiny new things within a month or so.

Incidentally, the chief distraction right now is this thing...

That's right...  a kitten.  Sigh.  She's too adorable to ignore.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Non-Metallic Metals

This is stupid hard to do.  I think I didn't do enough layers.  I'm also not getting the reflections right yet.  Oh well.  This is only a test.  I like how the model's left hand armor looks.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Age of Sigmar

Hey guys,

I've been having some real trouble lately getting myself to sit down and right proper posts.  My goal is normally to post something on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  I'm going to start giving a little thought to scheduling things out and trying to stack things ahead of time so I don't fall behind.  More to come on this over the next few days.

In the meantime, I had a really great game of Age of Sigmar this weekend.  It was a giant cluster of Chaos on the table.  Summoning kind of got out of hand and we eventually had to call it.

I also assembled the box of Liberators I had bought a couple of weeks ago.  I went with both fancy weapons and more shield guys so I can just buff up what I already have.  The two fancy weapon guys will both be Primes.

Friday, August 21, 2015


I'll post more tonight...  but I had a great game of Age of Sigmar last night.  Pics to follow!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chaos Dreadhold

The new Age of Sigmar releases just keep on coming.  This next one looks amazing, but I'm not sure it's in my price range.  Check this out...

This is the full blown Chaos Dreadhold.  It looks amazing.  I would love to have one of these to game with, but it really seems like it would dominate a gaming table.  It looks to be about 4'x4' based on the table it's sitting on.

This thing does come in pieces though.

First up is the Skull Keep for 75 USD.  It contains the taller tower structure with 2 different door designs and a little side balcony.

Next is the Overlord Bastion for 130 USD.  This contains a Skull Keep, so let's say everything I'm going to list next makes up the extra 55 USD.  It also contains an additional tower block, which I'm interpreting as the top half of a Skull Keep, one stairway, one wall section and one wall end.

Next is the Malefic Gate for 100 USD.  This contains one gate, two wall sections and a "bridge to damnation".  I'm sure that last bit is just coated in skulls.

Lastly is a Fortress Wall for 25 USD.  This is direct order only and appears to just be a flat additional wall section.  The tops look cool.  Below is a bird's eye view showing all the skulls.  This thing screams Khorne.

This is my guess as to the breakdown of the parts and cost of the very first picture in the post...

4 Overlord Bastions, a Skull Keep, 10 Wall Sections and 1 Malefic Gate.  Grand Total... 945 USD.  Well done GW.

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Custom Tau Models from WargameExclusive

This makes me sooooooo happy to be seeing 3rd party Tau Empire models.  I'll need to save up a couple of bucks since these aren't exactly cheap, but they will be mine eventually.  I'm not completely sold on all the sculpts, but it'll be super nice to have something unique but that perfectly fits the aesthetic.

These come from the good folks at

I'm guessing the pistol models would be good Pathfinders.  The sword model would be a good counts-as Ethereal.  The last is obviously a Fire Warrior or Fireblade.  It's hard to tell, but she's holding an Inquisition necklace.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Someone to Summon the Daemonettes

I now have a unit of Bloodletters and a unit of Daemonettes, but really have no Wizards to do the summoning.  I like the idea of only bringing the daemons in through summoning.

I'm not a huge fan of the various Chaos Wizard models that are currently available through official GW channels.  Some of the newer plastic ones are nice, but come with sculpted square bases.  I want to use round bases.  I'd have to cut some of the details off the square bases since they line up with the feet.  The Tzeentch Wizard's toes are actually on the base and not the model.

On my last visit to my local gaming store, I ran across Reaper's Bones line and found some cool models to use as a generic Chaos Wizard and his familiars...

I need to read up and see if there's anything special I need to know about the Bones material.  It's very flexible and I'm not sure how that will impact the painting.  I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to firm it up a little.  My main concern is that I don't want the paint to chip if the model bends to far.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


I'm embracing the "play with the models you think are cool" idea behind Age of Sigmar.  I've always wanted to build some Daemonettes, but never really had the opportunity.  Well, now I have.  My plan is to paint them up with the standard purple skin, but give them some red armor elements so that they fit in with the Khorne models.

I still need to do the sand and prime them up, but they're playable as is.

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Upcoming Khorne Bloodbound Model

I can't wait for this dude to be released.  He looks amazing.  He totally has a Wolverine Claws type weapon.

Splatter Brained Studios "Raspberry Steamer Swift Heximal"

I actually got quite a bit of hobby related stuff done this weekend.

My wife ran into one of her old friends a couple weeks ago.  She's an artist now and does little sculptures.  My wife picked me up one.  It's kind of cool...

It's a little bunny with a wooden mask.  I decided to paint it up like it's real wood.  I've never done a wood technique before.  I'm not done, by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have a pretty solid bit of painting done...

I'll probably do the black bar in a sort of dark leather.  I haven't decided on the rabbit yet, but I'll probably go dark grey with white paws and feet.

You can check out her website here...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Age of Sigmar: Khorne Bloodbound vs. Beastmen

I met up with some old friends last night and played a great game of Age of Sigmar.  We decided on a roughly 55 wound per side army list.  I'm not sold on using wounds as an indicator of balance, and I'll explain why in a second.

I used the Khorne Bloodbound side of the Age of Sigmar starter box.  My opponent Kevin used Beastmen.  I don't know the names of all the units, but he had a ~10 man block of the heavily armored troops and a ~20 man block of the medium armored troops.  He also had a warlord type dude and a wizard type dude.  Rounding out the army were three Dragon Ogres.

He went first and moved his units forward and ran, but rolled all 1's.  I started by running my Bloodreavers straight at his heavily armored troops.  Between moving 6", being, having a musician, being nominated by the Mighty Khorne Lord and being whipped by the whip guy, the Bloodreavers were able to pull off a charge on their first turn.  The Bloodsecretor was still within 12" due to some congo line positioning and planted his flag.  This means the Blooreavers ended up with 3 attacks each and re-rolls of 1's.  They ended up wiping the unit that turn and losing maybe 4 models in return.

The next turn, he was able to move forward and charge into my Khorgorath with his medium troops.  The Khorgorath whiffed completely, but only suffered one damage in return.  On my turn, I charged everything else in and it became a free for all melee.  Ultimately, I won and wiped his force from the table.

I don't think wounds are a great indicator, because my army had so much more synergy than his did.  My basic, unarmored troops were doing 3 attacks per turn and didn't have to take battle shock tests.  I'm pretty sure my force just had a flat and significant advantage.  It was a ton of fun though.

In other news, I'm working on a secret project for personal use.  More details to come on that in a bit.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Quick Updates...

A couple of quick updates...

#1 - It was amazing out today!  Remember to venture out of your game caves and enjoy the fresh air now and again.

#2 - I got my awesome custom Tau figs in the mail today.  They are very well cast.  There isn't a mold line to be found.  You'll see more of these guys soon.

#3 - These things sucks.  I was hoping they'd be hard plastic, or at least the tough vinyl like of the other small Bandai models.  Unfortunately, these things are very soft and rubbery.  They're totally unsuitable for conversion purposes.  So now this guy is gonna live on my desk at work.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Exploding Kittens!

Yay!  It finally came in!  I got to play a couple of quick games.  The mechanic is dead simple and super fun to play.  Buy it when it comes out.  That is all.

I also got a note in the mail telling me I have a package at the post office.  I believe it's the custom Tau figs I ordered from  I can't remember if I posted them previously or not, so here they are...

I also ordered some replacement heads for the Kastellan Robots that GW recently released...

They have some pretty cool stuff there.  You should go immediately and check them out.