woensdag 30 mei 2012

A regiment a month part 13: Arise, my minions

And it's more Necrons again, ever since I've choose to carry on with my Trusty Rusties the force has been gradually expanding.
The Dahaleck Dynasty is being bolstered this month by Overlord Acinom, the Kryptec Ehtnem and 5 brandnew plastic Immortals.
The first one being the 'freebee' in the annihilation-command barge boxed set, the second is a Finecast ( and a quality one this time) and the latter.... utter bitch to assemble...
The Immortals have a tube running from their Gauss Blaster to their spine and wilsth I have no problems whatsoever with tubes running from ones weapon to ones spine as such, I do have a major issue with the tubes needing assembly smack in the middle.
Not only will the joint remain visible nomatter how many putty I use, the damn things were unnaligned to boot and no ammount of bending, glueing, threatning and swearing seemed to be of any help.
So out came the clippers and off went the tubes, I'm pretty sure that a tecnologically advanced race of killer droids can cram an adequate powersource in their guns without the need of sticking tubes up their asses for support.
I'm not going to waste space and time about the colourscheme, my previous Necronposts are already full of that.
A little word on the Kryptec perhaps since, unlike the Overlord and the Immortals, he was a bit of an unwanted child.
I needed a clearly definable Overlord and the few metal Immortals I own will be replaced by the new plastic ones so these were obvious choices but I wasn't wholly impressed by the Kryptecs at first glance.
Mind you, I had only been briefly looking at the codex at the time and out of curiousity I took a closer peek at the Kryps and their upgrades..... and wanted one pronto.
Now, kneel Mortals!!!

                                          Kryptec Ehntem

                                          Overlord Acinom

                                         The Immortals


OI!! What's this??!!

Well... it's a base, an oval one actually.
It needs to be that big and even then the 'thing' hardly fits on it.
What 'Thing' I hear you ask?
A Necron Thing
Next time

woensdag 23 mei 2012

Enjoying the view

As every wargamer will testify, there is no such thing as a nice flat gamingtable.
Even the most base game is played on a kitchen table with books for hills, tea mugs for trees and a hankerchief for a swamp.
I think I can safely say that 95% of all wargamers dreams about or owns a gaming area with some nice scenery fitted to space and budget available and I'm no different.
Over the years I have accumulated various pieces for my one day gamingtable (kitchentable) such as trees, a bunker etc. and last year when TSoA was having some much needed repairs done I managed to rescue a nice set of gamingtiles from the trashcontainer, much to Frau Oberst's disgust when I arrived home.
And so last sunday was the big day, I finally set up a nice little terraintable for me and my son, introducing him in Warhammer 40K in a small 150 points skirmishgame, he had a blast of a time....
All the pieces were unpainted at the time and so I descided it was due time to paint the lot and make next game even more enjoyable as the last.

This bunker was purchased at Crisis and is from the Black Cat range knocking me back a 'staggering' £15

This crashed lander was included in a 40K starteset some years ago andis my favourite terrainpiece to date                                                     

 The trees are plaster things bought from MBM models, I don't think I payed more than £1 for them.
I found the skull in a bargainbin at my local aquarium/terrarium shop.

These are scratchbuild and costed me zilch, they could be powernodes, radars or motiondetectors.

And this is what it looks like in it's full glory, mind you that only 1 tile out of 4 or 5 is used.

And our sundaybattle? Actually we played 2, Ignace's Orks vs my Necrons.... he won the second game (I helped okay?)
.....vengance will be mine.....

donderdag 17 mei 2012

Total annihilation

Ok I admit: may has been a very slow month so far on a modeling and painting level.
It's due to various reasons I guess, work issues (no longer an issue since last week) gaming issues (WoW's just to fun to ignore) and I've been doing a fairly ammount of reading lately.
Fear not tho, ARAM for may is underway so no issues on that department.
Earlier this week I my resolve finally gave in and I found myself dragging my feet into the GW-store in Antwerp and grabbing the last copy of Codex: Nercons.
To 'celebrate' my weakness I purchased the Command Barge/Annihilation Barge at the same time, it's one of those rare GW kits wich can give you 2, and in my case 3, models for the price of 1,HURRAY!!
It's the very first new model that I bought for this army in 8 years so needless to say I was a bit excited to assemble and add it fully painted to my collection.
The barge was constructed with carnage in mind so the 2 large boomsticks were the things of choice to be mounted on top of the vehicle, this left me with a 'free' plastic Necron Overlord (the 25mm base was included in the box).
The classic 3-B colours were applied (Bone-Blue-Bronze) so it would fit seamlessly into the rest of the force.
It's a pitty GW ditched the clear green plastic rods for the new models, must be the price tag so the barrels were painted green and highlighted to yellow.
All in all I'm happy with this model and already I'm thinking on expanding my Necron army and replacing some older OOP models like the Wraiths and the Immortals but those will come in due time.

Before I forget, I mentioned a third model made from this kit.
I had some leftover bits and since some scenarios in 40K ask for an objective marker I made this one.
It's a lost probe or something, a gizmo that enters the atmosphere at high altitude and gathers valuable military data during a supersonic flight wich it then transfers back to the fleet prior to recovery or self destruction, this one crashed tho.

dinsdag 1 mei 2012

Big Boris III

Heresy Miniatures exists 10 years and to celebrate this Andy Foster, owner and sculptor, released a new version of the Half-Ogre barbarian wich was his very first miniature sculpted for his own company.
Big Boris was launched april 24th and already this monday he arrived here in not so sunny Belgium.
Assembly was a quick and thankfully uneventful affair and let me tell you this big fella weighs a ton!!! Even the scenic base is made out of metal, heavy man.
The painting however took a bit longer, 4 hours or so in total since I wanted this mini to be special: lots of leather, tattoos, coloured tiles,...
I also tried to paint his axe in non metallic metals, a painting technique wich I've never braved before and had me in doubts for days up to the moment I held my brush in front of BB's weapon.
In the end I voiced my doubts to my ten year old son, who was painting an orc at the other side of the table, he sipmly shrugged and told me to just go for it... and so I did.
Let me tell you it's a difficult thing and only suitable for display pieces but it's really fun to do and it turned out better than I had hoped or expected.
So here he is in all his overly muscled glory: Big Boris!!!

Happy Birthday Andy and Boris :-)))