Saturday, January 12, 2019

Disrupt Supply Lines

Finally! Finally. I had the opportunity to play a game.

Genestealer vs. Kabalite Warrior.

This time I played against Matt and his nefarious Genestealer Cult in a Kill Team skirmish against my Dark Eldar. This is to be my 2nd game of the current edition of Kill Team. I wasn't as prepared as I thought I was and didn't have pen or paper handy! So I looked on my phone for an app and found this brilliantly constructed app, that was easy to learn to use, called Kill Team Manager. If you play Kill Team and own a smart device I recommend giving this app a go.

(This is not a link)

Today's scenario was a fun one called Disrupt Supply Lines. I was the Defender and the Genestealer Cult were the Attackers. Basically I had to defend the 3 supply markers from the 'Stealers that wanted to destroy them. The scenario has special strategems that we can use our CPs to fulfill the scenario's objectives.

Dark Eldar deployment.
The Dark Eldar set up was very much a defensive one. I had every intent to maximize my gun line and blast Purestrains and the Abomination before they could close on my team.

Skulkers revealed. 
Matt's set up was a defensive one as well, He did not want to be caught in the open so he set up in a way that allowed for the most cover. Also, by keeping them hidden, when charges are declared he can avoid overwatch.
Matt's right flank. 
TURN ONE.

The Dark Eldar win the roll off for the turn. I decide to not move anyone and just Ready the whole team. Having not played since the day Kill Team was launched, I forgot that we play in turn at each given phase, so when suddenly the Genestealers break from cover and rush my force I was a bit surprised. The Genestealer Purestrain Veteran was nasty and he tried to make it to one of my objectives but I was able to counter his efforts to destroy it. In the shooting phase the Warrior with the Blaster vaporized the Abhorrent that was lumbering towards our lines. Two more Genestealer Purestrains were cut down in the shooting phase also. With the Genestealer Cult loosing 3 models on the first turn things were looking hopeful for the Dark Kin. Things were about to be shown to be more than they seemed...

Blasting from afar. 
The Genstealer Vet. had charged my Wyche Fighter with the Shardnet and Impaler. She had no hope and despite the Dodge ability and Power From Pain ability, she was taken out without hope of a counter-strike.
The Wyche Figher, bested with ease. 
TURN 2

Realizing that I had no targets, and that the Purestrain Vet was only going to get shot when he next charged a guy, I decided the best course of action was to try to take him out at his own game. I charged in with the two Wyches. One of them was killed by an Acid Spit Strategem. The other one put up quite the fight however. We both played the Decisive Strike Tactic which forced a roll-off to see who would go first. We both rolled 6s. I said "What are the odds we'll do that again?" And, we both rolled 6s again! So we rolled a 3rd time, and this time the Wyche  won the roll-off. The Genestealer made the save however and so did the Wyche when it was the Genestealer's turn to strike back, thanks to Power From Pain.

Wyches charge the Purestrain Veteran. 
Turn 3, and it was getting very annoying not having anything to shoot at, therefore I sent up a few warriors to try to flush out the leader. But the Cult Leader leapt through the window in a desperate gambit to get away.


A slippery escape attempt. 
He left behind another Purestrain Genestealer, who I had forgotten about, that charged one of the approaching Warriors.

>ulp!<
That warrior was butchered outright. The Genestealer Purestrain  Veteran and the Wyche continued their melee, with neither foe going down.

Turn 4

A critical and strategic maneuver was staged for Matt to strike hard against my force. His Purestrain Genestealer was about to charge into my Team Leader who was also holding an objective. She didn't have any close combat weapons so I didn't expect her to be able withstand a direct charge for a this killing machine. He declared a charge, and I responded with overwatch. And I rolled a 6! And it wounded! The blast pistol absolutely fried the Genestealer, ending his rampage!

Blasted by overwatch
Meanwhile my warriors had managed to achieve LOS on the Genestealer Cult Leader. Not wanting to see what the shooting phase was going to be like he decided to charge the closest warrior. He took a wound from the Overwatch shot, but managed to hold his own in the melee phase.

Hurt but not out!
Over to the never ending fight, and finally my Wyche took a wound, but he was still in it to win it, even if he was now a little less effective at it.

Turn 5 came and the game ended.

Dark Eldar 6 points to Genestealer Cult 1 point.
Never giving up!!!

Wow! What a fun and intense game that was! My Overwatch shots were sickeningly accurate and made a massive difference to how this game would go. So did the Power From Pain save. The Genestealers are quick and fierce (like they should be!) And the way Kill Team works now, Overwatch is crucial for survival.

The terrain set up was weird. Although the Dark Eldar were in a great defensive line, the fields of fire were too small to matter. The Purestrain Genestealers had no problem closing the ground when they charged from cover. The Aberration and the two Genestealers I killed on the first turn are an exception, but I shudder to think how it would have gone for these murder-elves if they had managed to engage them! Winning every roll-off to determine sequence order every turn was a huge benefit as well. Luck was clearly on my side, and Matt's Kill Team could have easily shattered mine if my dice had been performing in their typical manner.

Once again, good game, thanks to Matt for (re)showing me the ropes for this edition of Kill Team.


Thanks for reading Neverness Game 1 of 2019!





Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Krom (the Older) (Part 1)

Krom!!!

He was a gift from the local legend Kardos Dragonforge (aka Bryan) who gave me this model along with an original RT era Land Raider, both of which I am very thankful for. For reasons I can't recall, Kardos used the original Krom head for something else and stuck on a head from elsewhere (I think it's a Mordheim White Wolf head?). It works, and has lots of character, so I decided to leave it be.

Base size increased.

Krom was originally released right before GW subtly decided to increase the Astartes base sizes up to 32mm. This model was given to me on his original 28mm base. I decided at that time to just mount him onto a 40mm (Terminator sized) base as we was just far too dynamic for a 28mm base. A few years later he would be rereleased with a 40mm base, so I am glad I chose wisely with that decision.  Using the same method for building up that base that use for my old Terminators, I started by first building it up with greenstuff until I got it to the point that you see in the top pic.

And based and base coated.

I added the gravel basing material over that and applied an additional Ork skull from the Skulls boxed set.

Additional ork skull.
Krom Dragongaze is famous for his bionic eye, or the "fierce-eye", which is obviously missing from this head swap. I looked into my bitz bin and found this plastic marine Sgt head from the first Imperial Space Marine boxed set. I actually tried to remove that bionic eye, but that didn't go so well...so instead I will use this head as inspiration.

The inspirational RTB01 Sgt. Head. 
 I took out the greenstuff and made the tiniest of  balls and worked it onto the model's face. It took a lot of effort and focus, but in time I got a look for it that I liked.

The Fierce-eye is back! 

Once that cures, I will start the basecoats....



Saturday, January 05, 2019

Intercessors of Fenris (Part 3)


I kicked off the New Year by completing the first model out of the 10 Intercessors. I'll tell you more about that model soon, but I also made some more progress on these guys:

Basecoats!

And more basecoats!
Once all the basecoats were done, I decided I wanted to take one of these models all the way to the finish; At least to the point of decal application, as I like to do them all at the same time (it's set-up thing).

Mid-coats.
All-in-all, the model painted up fairly fast. I used Russ Grey for the mid-coats, thinning it first before applying a thicker line near to the edges. The edges were brightened up with a dabbling of thinned Space Wolf Grey  before being highlighted with a thin line of White Scar.

Pretty much done.

I wanted to  break away from the typical pack markings that I use, and individualize each pack of five Primaris Marines. I designated this Primaris Intercessor pack as Pack 1, so one black fang on a field of red seemed to work well for this distinction.

Pack marking angle. 
The only thing left to do on this guy are the decals and flock,  but again, I'll get to those steps when I finish the other nine Intercessors...


Thursday, January 03, 2019

Stormhawk Interceptor (Part 1)

Hello, and Happy New Year! Yes, the holidays are over, and we can fall back into our (semi)normal routines. And start some new modeling projects as well, hopefully. For Christmas my love gave to me a Stormhawk Interceptor. That woman knows me well! Or maybe she recognized my armies' deficiencies when it came to air support on the tabletop?

Air support at last! 
 With the most grievous deficiency being my Astartes armies. Yeah, my Space Wolves have Land Speeders but that isn't really air support. I have been hesitant to get the Space Wolf flying shoebox-thing with the icicle cannon for some time now, but I simply like the other Marine armies choices better. I was thrilled to see the Stormhawk Interceptor was incorporated into the latest Space Wolf codex and I gleefully added it to my wish list. And now it is MINE!!! Muhahaha!

I plan to magnetize this model's main gun options. I will put a strong magnet inside the cockpit, where, conveniently, a perfectly round spot exists for the magnet to sit in. I will put strong magnets on both the Las Talon and Icarus Stormcannon so that the magnetic field will be strong enough to work through the plastic. This will make it so that I'll have some diverse tactical options in the game.

Where the internal magnet will go.*
 For the other weapon options I will try to use sheet magnets. These parts look small and light enough and I think they will work.

Side mounted weapons plan.*
 This past Sunday with this vision in my head, and finally a nice weather day on hand, I ventured outdoors to the Alter of Priming. It was now free of snow, water and leaves, and was seemingly set to welcome my latest sacrifice.

Sacrifice prepared.
With a vigorous series of blasts from my aerosol can of Chaos Black, the task was now complete!

Primed! 
That sure was a lot of build-up for a spray painting job huh?

The next step will be some assembly accompanied by basecoats. First I need to clear some space out of the paint queue before I can truly get started on this though; but I had to take the window of opportunity that this lovely day offered to get this priming done. See you at part 2, whenever that happens! 😁


*These modified images are from the instruction sheet that came with the Stormhawk Interceptor kit, (c) Games Workshoo LTD and used here for review purposes and not as any challenge to said copyright. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Year End Review

As is now the tradition here at the Hobby Chronicle, we shall look back on the projects and miniatures that I actually managed to finish in 2018.

Before I get into that though, let's review what I said a year ago in regards to my expectations for 2018: "Lots of Daemons and some Space Wolves."

Hmm... well I definitely painted and built some Space Wolves and we'll look at some of those in minute. Despite my strong desire and serious intention of doing stuff with my Chaos Daemons, I just didn't get any of them completed this past year. Other things seemed to take priority. So let's look at those other things and see what I did get accomplished:

THE SNOWY RUINS
I decided, almost on a whim, that I really needed to contribute to the local gaming store's scenery. So I painted one of the donated models that was there for use with the snowy board that we sometimes use. I think it turned out quite well. The Snowy Ruins is now located at the Hobbytown USA store in Johnson City TN for you to game on if ever you are in town and needed to get a game in.


SPACE WOLF IRON PRIEST

Next up saw the completion of the Space Wolves Iron Priest that I had started a long time ago as part of a painting competition at a local store. This was a very hard and challenging model to paint and build, but ultimately I am pleased with the outcome. I look forward to getting him into battle at some point.




C3 STRIKE TROOPERS

Beyond the Gates of Antares. Very fun game to play and I enjoy the setting quite a bit. It's a refreshing contrast from 40K and has a good vibe to it. Inspired by a game I played at the time I was able to complete these five c3 Strike Troopers. I have every intention of doing more soon. I have photos saved from my stage by stage paint and build of the Concord drones, but they were lost in November when my phone bricked itself. And no, I 'm not over it and I will continue to lament on this tragedy...



SPACE WOLF SCOUT GUNNER

There is a whole squad of nearly completed Space Wolf Scouts, however I only managed to complete one guy in 2018, and he was started over a decade ago. The rest of the Space Wolf Scouts are almost done, just need to get my focus back on them.








HARLEQUIN MIMES

March was Mime TIme, these were the two models that I made specifically for Shadow War: Armageddon (remember that?) that I guess are just going to be basic Troupers now.



CELESTIAL LIONS LANDSPEEDER

This was a big multi-part project for me, and I am very pleased with how it turned out. It is a fully magnetic Land Speeder Tornado, with all the weapon options available for change out. It's a lot of fun to play with, even though I only got to use it in one Kill Team game prior to the new edition of Kill Team coming out. I am determined to get this into battle again at some point...




GOFF ORKS


I had a nostalgic flight of fancy to try to paint one of the old 2nd edition era plastic Goff Boyz like John Blanche painted them on the cover of the Warhammer 2nd Edition box. I got the Goff Boy finished, but haven't managed to complete the other six miniatures yet.








DARK ELDAR ARCHON

The Dark Eldar of the Obsidian Rose continue to entice me to paint them. I really enjoy these guys and I love that paint scheme. This Archon painted up surprisingly fast and I love how it turned out. This is the first, and so far only, fully Finecast model that I have ever painted, and it was alright.







DARK ELDAR VENOM

Probably my favorite Dark Eldar model so far (as far as my painting and modeling has resulted anyway), the Venom was a very satisfying model to complete. I hope to do more next year, although I only have one so far...



ULTRAMARINES CAPTAIN

Here is another classic, the Rogue Trader era Uramarines Captain.  This one is from around 1990, that I finally got around to finishing it.  This miniature was my brother's, which he gave to me along with his whole Ultramarines army. It is the only Ultramarines model that I painted this year.



CULUXUS ASSASSIN
As part of my annual series of Assassin posts called The Deadly Assassins, I finished off painting this Culexus Assassin. He was over 75% painted as far back as 2004-ish, and it was quite satisfying getting him completed.


GREY WIZARD
Another model started about a decade ago and finished this year. I had a bit of a Fantasy bug back in the summer and this Grey Wizard got to benefit from it.



DARK ELDAR REAVERS

These two Reavers of the Obsidian Rose were the only ones I was able to finish before the new Codexes for the Ork and Space Wolf launched and pulled my attention away. I am very pleased with these and I look forward to doing more of them in the New Year!



NAZDREG

Prior to the launch of the 8th ed Ork Codex I was inspired to paint up this unit of old school Mega Armored Ork Nobz (Mega Nobz as you will). I only managed to get the unit leader done, who is the old models for Nazdreg. I have been picking away at the other guys in the squad, but haven't completed them yet.








BAD MOON WARPHEAD

When I decided I needed a leader for my Bad Moon faction of Orks, I totally fell in love with the idea of using this classic mid-'90s era Warphead. I mounted him on a hero base, which just adds to the epic power that this guy thinks he has. I am quite pleased with it!














GOFF RUNTHERD

The meandering stroll down the road to Gorkamorka continued with the completion of this Goff Runtherd. I am undecided on whether he needs to have his base extended or not...








WOLFGUARD TERMINATOR

Another old thread that I had the pleasure to revisit was the Terminator Basing thread that I started way back when. The initial concept was to show how I upped the base sizes on my my old 1st and 2nd edition era terminator miniatures. This was one of those miniatures, a Space Wolf Wolfguard, that was in the original post. I hope to get more done in the New Year as well.












BLOOD AXE DREADNOUGHT

My Blood Axe Dreadnought was my entry for 2018's Dreadtober challenge. This kicks off what I hope will be my Blood Axe ork faction. I am very happy with how it turned out and the relative ease in which this scheme was to paint. Hopefully you'll see more Blood Axes on this blog in the New Year as well.



SPACE WOLF LANDSPEEDER TYPHOON #2

This was another long ago negglected model that I recently decided to give attention too. The 2nd of a set of three Land Speeder Typhoons, it was nice to get something finished from my longest running series of projects.


CELESTIAL LIONS SERGEANT

A model from the Space Marine Heroes set, this Celestial Lion Sgt was done pretty much on a whim and for the simple thrill of doing another Celestial Lion model. Will he be the harbinger of more Celestial Lions to come? Only time will tell...




BAD MOON MEGANOBZ

On Christmas eve I managed to finish this unit, including the flocking on the Nob formally known as Nazdreg and the original one that I painted back in the '90s.


Again these are only what I managed to finish in 2018. I notice a theme to these completed models, and it seems to be that I was deteremined to finish a lot of neglected or abandoned projects that were started ages ago. I don't think this was a conscious effort on my part, at least not always, it's just the way things turned out. I am pleased with the overall output of finished models. But you'll notice that my output in recent months has slowed down a lot. This is due to a career change that has been challenging and challenging to my free time as well. Hopefully I'll find my groove with it soon and get back to a manageable schedule again 2019.

Oh, and before I forget, here is the progression on the guy we ended last year's review with by saying "coming soon". (Or was that the year before? I just can't recall!)

Krom the Older.
Anyway, I should be done with him by about 2026...meanwhile, thanks for checking in here in 2018, I hope you have an awesome 2019!