Friday, April 30, 2021

Leftovers

 

"He's right behind me, isn't he?"
Sometimes I start to take some pictures during a battle, but then don't take enough, or many shots are unusably bad, and there isn't enough to do a full post. Every once in a while I will post these orphaned pict captures for your enjoyment.
I win. I touched the crash site first.

Never trust the Ork Parking Valets.

The newly promoted Boss Grot did as well as the previous one.

Go Roll Some Dice
And Get Some Pics While You Are At It.


Monday, April 26, 2021

Happy Aliens Day

 
Happy 4/26 everyone! To celebrate let me show you the final models from GF9's ALIENS: Another Glorious Day in The Corps game. 

Get Away From Her You B***h expansion comes with 5 models and a ton of game components. I will cover the game parts in another post. 

The Queen is a really nice fig with good detail and is easy to assemble and paint. Ripley in the Power Loader, looks great, but was a bit tricky to assemble. You must paint the parts before final assembly or it will be nigh impossible to finish well.

The other three miniatures are: Everyone's favorite non-homicidal android, Bishop! In two versions no less. Well, one version is less, about half-off! (cue drum snare and booing) The third mini is two figs in one, super pissed Ripley holding Newt and combi-weapon in movie poster pose. It really is a cool figure, can't wait to see how badass she is in game.

Go Roll Some Dice

Everyone Can Hear You Scream at the Table



Thursday, April 1, 2021

Post Addendums

 
If only for completeness sake, here are the missing bits from two recent posts. Editing is important kids!

I had also built five more Wolf Guard out of the excellent Assault Intercessors box set. Good poses all around and many weapon choices for the Sergeant. I have been running my Intercessors in five man squads (instead of ten) and having good results that way. 

From the sub-assemblies and Space Wolf posts, just a bit more on the Invader ATV. I found it very useful to spray the main parts Wolf Grey (Army Painter) and the tires and weapons black. This sped up the painting process tremendously. I did similar with the Gladiator. I spray painted the hull and turret Wolf Grey, and the guns and grav-plates black. 

Go Rattle Them Cans
Just Make Sure it's Not Too Cold
 



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Better Flight Stand for the Doomsday Ark

 

The Necron Doomsday Ark is a fun, flying gun platform. On a tiny, fragile flight stand that was designed for models a quarter of its size. Mrs. Blackheart got tired of me complaining about it and set her mind to the problem.

Through the magic of 3D printing, we proudly present you a very stable alternative. 

It does need some sort of glue to stay attached. I used hot glue. Odd choice, I know, but it forms a really solid bond, and fills in gaps very well. Also it will be easy to break it loose with no damage to the model should that ever become necessary. Green Stuff, or gap-filling CA will work just fine as well.

The STL file is available here Please tip the designer if you find it useful. 

It really does make the Doomsday Ark much more fun to use on the table.


The Power of 3D Compels You!

Bring More Stability to the Necrons


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Sub-Assemblies For Sanity

 

I received a fancy new style Monolith for my Birthday, and I set out to get it on the field in short order. 
But dire warnings came from across the void, "Paint it before assembly! Or you will be forever Cursed!"
Good advice. Thanks formless void wraiths! With this in mind, I spent a bit of time planning the build and painting of this beast before I cut anything off the frames. 

The Monolith breaks down into a few easy to manage sub-sections. After building those, I sprayed them three different colors for the base coats. Painting up the details wasn't difficult, but did take some time, it's kinda big. 

I further assembled the Core section, reducing the number of sub-assemblies left for final assembly. 
After a few test fittings to ensure painting sight lines, it all went together smoothly.

Not a bad looking bit of kit. Now it can dispense Necron justice across the galaxy, and keep these younger races off the lawn.


Assemble By Logic
Game by Chance


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Space Wolf Wednesday

 

Yet more Space Wolves. This does complete the army for now, and fills in a couple of operational gaps in the roster. First up is another HQ choice, but a really cool figure and pretty useful on the field as well: The Iron Priest.

Built straight out of the package, but given a darker blue/gray armor with a good amount of Mars red.

A slightly smaller Grav Panzer, but so much firepower. I went for the Valiant variant of the Gladiator.
All weapons are only 24", but that is eight shots of Anti-tank fury! For bonus fun I painted up the twin gatling cannon turret weapon, which can be easily swapped out.


Fast attack! This is what my Wolves had been missing. Flanking is fundamental. I liked both kits, but the Storm Speeder went together better than the Invader ATV.  To my surprise the Invader is a push-fit model, sometimes those don't seat very tightly and require some trimming of the pegs. I also had to dig up a base to put it on. All the other vehicles have a base so I thought it would be weird if it didn't get one. 

The one thing that does bother me about the Storm Speeder and the Gladiator is the lack of choices in outfitting them. There are three variants for each, but no mixing and matching turret/secondary weapons like with the Predator, Leman Russ Tanks, Repulsor, and others. I wanted my Gladiator to have Twin Gatling Cannon turret guns with sponson Multi-meltas! A minor quibble, but one that bugs me.

All very enjoyable to build and paint. Now I have to take a new pack portrait.


Go Make Something
Then Use it to Crush Your Foes



Friday, February 26, 2021

Every Formation a Parade

 

I got my groove on and slapped some paint on the minis from Gale Force Nine's ALIENS: Another Glorious Day in The Corps. My biggest decision was what color the Xeno Warriors were to be. Throughout the movies, they are black, blueish-black, dark green, and really dark green. Mostly. I went with dark green over a black basecoat, with dark grey for highlights. I think they came out nice. Dark and scary.

For the Marines I went with a "general feel" for their camouflage. Looks good from two feet away, and very nice for board game figures. The civilians were easy to match how they looked in the film. Except Burke: He was wearing a gingham pattern shirt. Not doing that in 28mm. Or any scale really. 


The figures from the base game.

The figures from the Ultimate Badasses (and Burke) expansion.

All the figs painted up well enough. Not super detailed, but very nice for gaming. Having the characters names raised on the bases is a nice design touch and does make it much easier to tell who is who at a glance. 

You may have noticed that the humans have a bit of a shine to them. For some reason the wash I used was on the glossy side, and I am out of dullcoat. As soon as I get some they will be knocked back down to a matt finish. No shiny Marines!

I am about to embark on assembling and painting the "Get Away From Her You B***h!" expansion. Power Loader and Xeno Queen! That'll be fun.

Go Fling Some Paint
And The Stack Will Go Down





Sunday, January 31, 2021

Battle Zone Pict Captures

 

Space Wolves vs. Genestealer Cult. This time I brought a tank! A bit bit risky to bring a 19 PR unit in a 50 PR game...but so worth it.

The Executioner's firepower is most impressive, but those damn cultists and their power tools still managed to do some harm to my fancy floating panzer. 
Remember kids, always bring infantry support when fighting in built-up areas.
My new command platoon worked as well has I had hoped. Shooting is really great, but sometimes you just gotta get right close and personal. Even the Genestealers agree with me. Well, they did until they all died.
A fast paced slugfest that I almost lost because I forgot what the objective was. 

Go Roll Some Dice
Just Remember the Briefing



Friday, January 29, 2021

Another Glorious Day in the Corps

 


Aliens. One of the most iconic and beloved sci-fi films. I must have seen it a dozen times when it was in came out in the theatres. There have been a few attempts at board/minis games, the first one, Aliens: This Time it's War (Leading Edge 1989) was the best. Simple(not easy) and fast playing, it really captured the action of the film. The less we speak of Prodos AVP: The Hunt Begins, the better.

Now it is Gale Force Nine's turn. They have done a couple of good games based on licensed properties to their credit. We really enjoyed Firefly The Game (clever title...).  Aliens Another Glorious Day in the Corps was announced a few years ago, and has popped off and on the radar since. Release day got pushed back several times...but it is finally here. Today let's have a look inside the box.

The base game (I'll talk about the expansions in a latter post) comes with rules, counters, dice, lots of cards, and four very nice doubled sided game boards. And of course what I will be focusing on, the miniatures. Inside the box are seven Marine characters and sixteen Alien Warriors all in multi-part hard plastic. The Hero types in green, the Xenos in black.
The Queen is not in the base game, just here for color example.
These miniature come on a sprue, so you must clip, clean and assemble with glue. The Heroes go together very well, a couple of the heads were a bit fiddly, but no real issue if you are a little careful. The Heroes are all mono pose, but they are all are doing something different and look purposeful. 

The Alien Warriors can be made to have some small variations in their poses. They also go together well...until you put the tails on. Oh, the tails are a bad design. Very small contact point, and not a good connection point at that. Be prepared for a bit of frustration.

The detail on the figs are good, if a little on the soft side. I really like that the Heroes have their names in raised letter on the bases.  
I assembled and primed the minis, and we had a stumble through of the first mission.
The rulebook is fairly straightforward, but some of the rules are in weird places, and could have used a better reference section. I was expecting something along the lines of Space Hulk, but the gameplay is a little deeper than that, which I will get into on my next post. 


How many drops is this for you, Lieutenant?
If we count the Role Playing Games, Six


Friday, January 22, 2021

New Year, New Wolf Priest

 

It took me a while, but I figured out how I was going to make a Primaris Wolf Priest. After all the (insane) ideas I had come up with, this turned out to be fairly straightforward. I used the Chaplain from the Indomitus box set as the starting point, and 'simply' added some Space Wolf bling. I'm not sure Wolf Priests are required to have Wolf Skull helmets, but I do love how they look.

The Drinking Horn is full of "Healing" elixirs...

I am very pleased with how he came out, and can't wait to unleash him on the battlefield.

Next Up: They mostly come out at night. Mostly.


For Russ and The Allfather!

Keeping the Faith