Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Smurf mobiles are go

Working to get a fully painted 40K force on the table so I tackled some tanks for the Ultra Marines this week. Working with some watered down paints really helped the process. I've got a Pred, Whirlwind, Land Raider, and Vindicator to go.Not so intimidating after getting these two under the belt (table top anyway).

Boardgame of the Week: Zombicide.

Had a wicked game of this fast paced action thriller with a half dozen of us. Easy to pick up and good zombitastic action throughout. Will be testing more of the scenarios both online and provided with the game in the following weeks. If anyone is in Auckland and is interested we'll be playing it regularly on a Sunday so get in touch. The more the merrier. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.

New Warriors of Chaos kits are out. Colour me Fanboi'd! I especially like these boys, which will be great for conversions.

I like me some Forsaken!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Arch Enemy II Results

Fine tournament and a very close affair with most of the top ten playing one another through the tournament. Special mention has to go to the all night Goblin list. Yup you heard that right all Gobo's!

1st PLACE - Thomas van Roekel (OK)..261
2nd PLACE - Daniel Butler (DoC).........249
3rd Place - Jeffery Kent (OnG)...............232

4th= James Brown (BoC) ......................230
4th= Paul Dalton (OK)...........................230
5th Paul Clarke (TK)..............................224
6th Phil Wu (HE)...................................223
7th Henry Poor (EM).............................222
8th Nick Irvine (WE).............................220
9th Ryan Simister (WoC).......................215
10th James Cardno (WE)......................214
11th Brian Smith (DE)...........................198
12th Chris Ellis (WE).............................194
13th Derick Williams (OK)....................174
14th Mike Galbraith (HE)......................150

Best Sports – Nick Irvine
Best Painted – Ryan Simister
Fluff/Background – Brian Smith

I'll try and have some batreps up later this week.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Whats on the work table

Stern guard with a few licks of paint.

Quite happy how these turned out. GW white is perfect for the imperfect helmet look. Still need a bit more work but table worthy. 

Thanks to Mike for hooking me up with a vintage Cauldron on blood. I haven't been this excited about the prospect of starting a new army for a while.

Possible new project for 2013.

Bringing it back...

Bringing sexy back. High Elf repeater bolt throwers causing fear in the old world again... maybe.

Arch Enemy tournament results will be uploaded shortly.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Arch Enemy II

First tournament for the year this weekend and it's Arch Enemy run by Aaron P. There will be WHFB and 40K at the venue and curiously I'll be taking a rather unusual High Elf list that some of you will recognise. I hope I can do it justice. It's a closed list tournament so I won't give too much away.

Prince on foot
Archmage Lvl 4
Noble Bsb

Dragon Princes

2x Spearmen Blocks
2x Tiranoc Chariots
2x Repeater Bolt Throwers
2x Eagles

Aaron's done a great job on the players pack and it's well worth a read. It can be found here.

Along with your army list the PP also asked for a bit of fluff to accompany your army. This really helped me get more amped for the tournament and motivated some more painting. Perhaps it's me getting lulled back into warhammer after a bit of a break over the holidays. I'm looking forward to reading the work that some of the tournament goers have also written, I'm sure it's better than mine.

Here's my excerpt:-

The path to war...

The metallic clashing clang of weapons could be heard over the roar of the foaming waves of open Ocean. With every whip of his forearm he sent the great sword in dazzling dancing arcs towards the hunter in the lion cloak to be blocked methodically by war-ax with ever increasing desperate speed. The crew of the Elven battle barge watched entranced as the two mighty combatants exchanged a martial display rivalling titanic proportions. A battle between an axeman and a swordsman would spell a brutal and quick stanza but these two had fought for an extended period, each of their warrior skill’s rivalling any master of arms in this era of battle. With a sudden change of speed and stance Prince Kir’Shann adjusted his attack and the great sword veered past the hasty block to tap and reverse tap his opponent on both shoulders to end the sparring match. A great roar of appreciation erupted from the crew as the two Elven warriors clasped forearms and embraced in the friendship of battle brothers to signal the end of another gruelling training session. The days upon the open ocean would be soon replaced with unending battle as they reached the war to end all wars against their arch enemies the Beastmen of Chaalclarond.

As Kir’Shann tended to the razor edge of his great sword ‘Ebon death’, his thoughts and gaze fell upon his crew of battle brothers tending to their own war gear in preparation. Quickly had this war band been gathered to meet the evil forces multiplying to storm the shores of Ulthuan The normally disciplined and war ready ranks upon ranks of warriors who defended the island nation were still weeks march to the north and not available for this expedition. No matter the two week voyage on sea had melded this large contingent of spearmen supported by the ships battery of Eagle Talon bolt throwers. They would be the main stay and backbone of his army, they had to be.

Hasty preparations had only promised ranks of spearmen to his cause and the normal volleys of disciplined Elven bowmen were not amongst this expedition. It was only by luck that Lord Dargarion and his retinue of knights had been nearby on escort duty of an Archmage of the tower that they had joined his crusade. His thoughts were quickly interrupted as the tall Dragon Prince strode towards his direction.

‘I can see that your thoughts are on the battle ahead my Battle Prince.’ boomed the fully armoured warrior, surprisingly full of mirth with more than a hint of cynicism.

‘With the iron fist that your Dragon knights will lend to the main attack we will drive these beasts back into their holes.’ replied Ki’shann. His voice a little shaky as he contemplated the battle ahead, his very first at the head of this rag tag army.

“Battle will be won with more than sword and lance this day, we have a Wizard of the tower as one of our allies’.

‘Let’s hope the flames of Khaine will aid us in burning our enemies’.

The loud call from the lookout of land interrupted their conversation and both Elven generals paused to scan the approaching shore and the forests just coming into view. As the Battle barge raced to war the intricately carved medallion on Kir’Shann’s breast glinted in a swirl of malevolent colour. Loec the trickster God was also watching the battle ahead…

Sunday, 13 January 2013

First Tournament of the year

I smell the signs of a sweet as tournament around the corner and it's Arch enemy next weekend. Like the wafting stink of stale cream with spicy after tones Hobby Exile has been too long. We're approaching the oasis that is tournament season and there's a group of them I'll be going to all, right the way through to Equinox and the Auckland Open. As predicted I've finished my objective marker and I'm quite happy with him.

From the bitz box and titled 'Asian Dad'. Some of you will understand :D

 Army I've decided to take requires a hell of a lot of spearmen. So many Elf meat shields that I had to go and scrounge from the bits box. Luckily I managed to dredge another 27 out of the vortex that is the plasticrack cupboard (I have too much stuff...). So it will be another speed painted finish, it's three colours right!

Another unit rises form the graveyard of the bitx box.

After a miniature's swap at the club I've just become the proud owner of slightly smaller mini's. It actually makes me want to go and watch the three movies... Air conditioning is too comfortable to go home just yet.

Progress on the Sternguard Vets. Never knew a gun sling could make so much of a difference. Will have some more paint on these bad boys in the coming weeks. Tournament painting takes precedence waaahhhhaattt.

Green stuff skills are boss when you can make a miniature gun sling yo!

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Hobby Exile

Holidays are great but means that I've been in the hobby wilderness that is the Hawkes bay and there abouts. Managed to get some hobby in finally recently and am in the midst of preparing for the next tournament 'Arch Enemy' the weekend of the 19th Jan. I don't have the players pack but have been told that you need a painted objective so off to do some work.

Being some what of a cheap bastard I went and made myself some Sternguard vets. Studded shoulder pads are a real pain but managed to get it green stuffed. Does anyone actually use these bad boys and whilst i'm at it what are Vanguard vets like??

I've been told they are just a gift kill point but I think they'll be cool!

Here's my objective for Arch enemy outta some bits from the bits box. Ah the hobby is great and Happy New Year fellow hobbyists!!