I've been painting and playing Fantasy for the past 3 years, spending much time and money into a hobby that very few people really understand.
This blog is following my steps into the world of Game Workshop's Fantasy and 40k.
With new year just around the corner, its time to write down my goal for the next year.
#1 My goal is pretty simple ; i cannot buy any more models before i start painting them again. I have a complete army, and only 2 models are painted.
#2 Finish at least 10 of my Wyches
#3 Paint up all my Helion
#4 Add a unit of Painted Jetbike or Allies to the army.
#5 Finish my 2500 pts army
#6 Build a presentation tray
#7 Play at least 10 games (not including ND V tournament) with them.
#8 Finish my Stonehorn
#9 Build and Paint a new BSB
#10 Add tattoo to my older models.
#11 Play at least 10 games with them.
Orcs and Goblins
#12 Finish buying/building my Orcs Chariots
#13 Finish building/painting my Squig Manglers
#14 Finish buying/building my Doom Diver
#15 Finish building my Savage Orcs
#16 Paint at least 1 characters
#17 Play at least 5 games with them
#18 Add 1 building to my 40k table
#19 Add 3 Craters to my 40k table
#20 Finish basing all my 40k building
#21 Base coat all my 40k building
#22 Build and Paint 2 of my Tabletop building
#23 Build and Paint 2 Tabletop forest
#24 Add another terrain to my fantasy table
Lots, and lots of goal for 2013. Some are pretty easy (building my doom diver), some will require alot more times (like finishing my Nurgle army). Out of the 24 goal i've set, i'm aiming for a 60% success rate.
Over the last 3 weeks, i been working hard getting a new army together.
I've talked alot about it, and finally decided to start it after the model finally going plastic.
I'm talking about Nurgle Carnival.
As of right now, i have 21 Plaguebearers ready (out of.... 90-100), with plans for about 60 of them, so there should be alot of variety on each of my units.
First, lets look at the list. I know that Daemons are due sooner than later, but with Games Workshop finally closing any chance of rumors on books to come, i have to work with the conviction that the new book will not be released before our next big events, which is planned to happen in March.
I played my first "tournament" this weekend with my Dark Eldar at a friendly 40k day down at the store. I brought my Dark Eldar to try and see how well they can do outside my basement (my previous games were all agains my friend Orks).
I'm pretty proud to say that i went 2 wins and 1 draw with a far from competitive list (at least, imho).
I've spent quite alot of time lately building terrain to be able to play 40k at home. Right now i have roughly 7 ruins, with pretty much all done except basing, adding rubble, and painting (so basically, they are built, that's it). They are all built using Foamcore, white glue, and about 10 exacto's blade.
The buildings in their current form
The tape was used to hide the work on the corner, before i started shaving one side...
So i spent some time working on my old Metal Incubi, switching their paint scheme to what i currently do with my army. The 10 models are complete, but i doubt i'll ever use the 10 of them. With those complete, i'm up to 1300 pts, which i think deserve an army shot.
First the incubi
Some dont have their base yet, they are painted, i just didnt take time to finish them
Then the army shot
Pretty crappy picture, but its the best i can do at 9pm
The past few months been pretty quiet on the painting side of the hobby. After many, many weeks playing Warmahordes, we switched to 40k, trying out our army that we only let out a few times (4-5 games maybe in 5th ed?).
I have roughly 1500 pts of completely painted Dark Eldar, with only a few units still unpainted (Hellions) or not bough yet (Reavers).
Here's my current V6 Dark Eldar list, 1750 pts of shooting goodness...
Last few days were spent painting my Razorwind. I'm pretty happy with the result, as i tried pre-shading on a much larger scale, and it worked wonderfully. Not sure how good it is with different color, but its pretty good on yellow.
Note that the yellow was very hard to paint, both under the sun and the table light.
Here's a WIP of the yellow, before the whole paint scratching stuff. It's pretty much the best picture of the yellow i got.
So during July, i painted a Talos Pain Engine. I was really looking forward to paint that model as i think its one of the best looking one in the Dark Eldar range. I'm pretty happy with the final result ;
Pretty happy about how all the color go together... Ok, there's ALOT of color, but i'm still happy.
The good ol' string job. A signature on my army so far.
For this one i didn't highlight the paint chip. But i did attempt a few new chips method using my rubber paint.
The red "bottle" at the model's bottom is painted in a way to have a very bright red, as if it was glowing...
Did a bit of work tonight on Raisin... actually, i pretty much only glazed his skin, and painted his tabard white for some color-lovin' as soon as i figure out what color to paint it.... torn between orange and brown (wanted to avoid as much brown as possible on this army)
I spent a few hours painting today, and nearly completed Raisin, my Dire Troll Mauler. He's not finished in the sense that i'd like to try and glaze him to add a tint to his skin, since i think he's too ... pinkish. I wanted a reddish highlight, but no matter how much red i was adding, there was no show...
Did some more work on the Mauler the last few days. First thing i did was paint the rock a light gray, to give me a rough idea of how the color would work together. I then started painting some shadow on the models.
Right now, he has no highlight whatsoever (except the gum), so the color is far darker than i'm expecting it to be at the end...
So tonight i completed the frame on my warmahordes table. It's a side project i wanted to attempt, allowing me to play games homes too.
It's still far from perfect (as you can see on the curve), but its pretty impressive for someone that just never worked with wood before.
Here you can see it folded. Its pretty tight, look almost professional!
For some reason, 4'x4' looked smaller when playing on a 4x6 table....
And the infamous curve
So i'm trying to figure a way to fix that problem... if anyone has a clue, i'm open to idea....
Next up, once that problem is fixed, is getting some hinge, some foam on top, and start working on the playing field... i'm still undecided between laying a zuzzy mat over it or building a table over it that couldnt be removed (with a river and all)....
I recently purchased my friend's old trollblood army very cheaply. The goal is pretty simple ; loads of bright color (that i sadly never got to use on my WHFB or W40k army) like orange, blue and yellow. I'm thinking about having no skin color omogeneity in the army ; some will be blue, some will be orange, some will be red...
here's the list of what i currently own in my hands
I started working on my last 2 units of Dark Eldar warriors last week, a bit later than expected. Sadly, last month's units didnt get any vote, but quite frankly, its easily understandable. My technique is sloppy with those, and its definately not for everyone's taste.
For this month, i decided to alter a bit my technique. First, My transport now have some yellow to distinguish them from one another, and i have some hope to add a little something to the units to "mark" them to one unit or another.
For the yellowish Venom, i plan on adding white to the chip, like everyone else does. the rest of the model will be like my previous two.
For the second Venom, i want to try something different, but i'm not sure what yet.
And here's my warriors in their current state. Nothing spectacular ; white primer and white airbrush. Rusting them up should start tonight, and i plan on trying that white highlight on the chips too.
Next month ; Talos Pain Engine and Razorwing Jetfighter. Once all is said and done, i should have about 1000 pts painted over 4 months.
What just happened? Did i just cheated on my beloved Games Workshop? Yes, yes I did. I recently started playing Hordes/Warmachine with a friend. New rules, new army, new world ; its exactly what I needed.
So I started playing trollblood late may, slowly learning the rules and tactics of this army. I have to say I’m having a lot of fun (even if I’m still far from ready to win a first match), and I am really looking forward to start painting the army. I already know pretty much all about my color scheme, and I just need to start paint them.
Taste like crap, but hey, the color are nice!
Color scheme is a funny thing. I was at the gas station, looking for some candy for my kids, when i came across a Runts metal box, and decided my Trollblood would be based on that box. Lots of orange, some blue, some purple, basically an army you'd almost want to eat with bright and vibrant colors all around.. I might even go as far as avoiding Brown shadow and/or base color (sacrilege!).
My list right now ;
Faction: Trollblood Points: 35/35 Grim Angus (*6pts) * Troll Impaler (5pts) * Dire Troll Mauler (9pts) Trollkin Fennblades (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts) * Trollkin Fennblade Officer & Drummer (2pts) Trollkin Long Riders (Leader and 2 Grunts) (7pts) Trollkin Runeshapers (Leader and 2 Crew) (4pts) Trollkin Runeshapers (Leader and 2 Crew) (4pts) Stone Scribe Chronicler (2pts)
For this milestone, i decided to go ahead, and get a group shot of every army i own, in their current state. Figured i could also talk about GW's new price hike, but i don't really feel like this post being a downer.
Ogre were my first real army i started collecting, in 2008 or so. I have a bit of everything, and can easily field 5000+ points on the table. I won many small tournament with it (Especially since our new book was released), and i even went as far as to win Best General in a 40+ players event.
About 90% is painted.
Dark Elves were an army i started back in 7th ed, when i was tired of loosing with my Ogres, and wanted a few wins to raise moral. It worked. It also allowed me to learn alot more about game (since Ogres were pretty basic back then, without cavalry, little shooting, and weird magic phase).
About 50% is painted, some to good standard
there's a few model i'm particulary proud of ; My cold one were painted scale by scale, My Cauldron's Witch Elves were painted to a standard i could never achieve again, and my favourite piece of all ; my Sorceress
Some color choice were perfect for that model
I decided that i wanted to start 40k a long time ago, but never really cared much to collect a complete army. I finally did lastr year, and i'm currently owning about 2000 pts of those elves in space. Not much is painted (or even assembled), but my goal is to get it slowly done, hoping to start playing for real with 6th ed (and when times permit... which shouldnt happen too often). Sadly, since everything i have painted to my current standard is currently displayed at my local store, there's no army shot available at this time.
Haemonculi painted 2 month ago
Orcs and Goblins
I always though that an Orc army was interesting. Not very competitive, but loads of fun and random stuff that can make each game truely unique, even with the same list. This one is my first true army with loads of conversion (and a theme!), which makes its progress slower than anything i've ever done. I did almost complete 2 chariot conversion, but nothing is finished. About 5 Orcs are painted.
Not much is painted, or even built!
This one is not really a secret, but it's something i plan on starting maybe this summer. Basically, i'm aiming for a mono-god Daemons army based on the Nurgle Carnival. With each model an unique conversion, this is one of those project that might never ever reach 1500 points, especially if they get released with the type of new model we've seen with the last few books (come on, who really wants to convert something like an ironblaster when the current model is so gorgeous?). I have tons of idea in store, with unit filler, presentation tray, and even unique model ideas.
For May, my goal is to paint 2 Warrior units with 2 Venom. Then, in June, i repeat the same goal. So after those two months, i should have 4 core units, with just enough spot for Wracks and/or Hellions (depending on which HQ i pick between an Haemonculus or the Baron). There will be nothing special about those Warrior (60 pts unit with Blaster upgrade), but i have magnetized the Venom's weapons.
Here is my units for May in their current state.
So far nothing special. I know some people would argue that you need cold or warm color in the shade and/or highlight, but i personally like the greyish shade i'm going for, and the rust should help bring some warmt to the model. Goal is to have them painted up next week, to be weathered into oblivion the following week, and then starting fresh with a new unit.
And some closer picture of their current state... still lots of detail/fixing to do.
For 2012's summer, our local store is organizing a Tale of Painter for both Fantasy and 40k. With my Ogres pretty much completed, and my Orcs on an un-rushable hiatus, i decided to dust off my Dark Eldar and finally get ready for 40k.
Basically, the Tale of Painter is about painting as much in a category that we wants ;
April : Hero/Lord or HQ
May and June : Core or Troop
July : Special/Rare or Elite/Fast Attacks/Heavy Support
I was reading a while ago about someonep playing Dark Elf with 5-6 chariot and was succesful. I figured, if a stinky pointy ears guy riding geckos, there's no reason Orcs riding all might Boar couldnt do it better.
So this is why i decided to try it out, and just see how successful this can be. There's obviously alot of limitation, since Chariots are special, and you can only take 3 in a 2500 pts army.But there's alot more in the book that can do similar role.
This past weekend was a friendly 1500 pts 3 games "tournament" held at our local store. The restriction was no lord nor special character.
I decided to try something new ; no mage, Gutmaw banner, Gorger and Scouting maneater. I even fielded a small unit of 3 Yhetees, just for kick (also because i was feeling a bit cheap about bringing 2 unit of mournfang in a 1500 pts tournament....)
For a good while, i been considering the idea of making a mono-god Daemon list, based on Nurgle Carnival. Plaguebearers are pricey and in metal, so i never really considered the idea past making list. With my Ogres now done, i'm seriously considering making an army out of Nurgle, with the sole goal of having fun green stuffing blobs, and painting like a 3 years old (sorry, nurgle's paint scheme is so random, it always felt that way to me).
The goal behind the following list is to just go for the strenght of nurgle ; many plaguebearer, and nurglings.
After a first day that was pretty good in my opinion, i arrived for the second day with a hope to break the top 10 as i was hoping. The game started pretty well with the organizer telling me my army was nominated for the top 5 best looking army of the tournament....
This weekend is the biggest warhammer fantasy tournament in Québec, with close to 50 inscription. It’s a very exciting event, especially since Games Workshop now recognize the tournament. It’s a 6 games weekend, with little to no composition restriction (teclis being one of those). Scenario will be picked from 12 creation for the events, most of them involving objective capture in some ways.
Ok, i have to admit it. As much as i love painting, i think i enjoy even more a good game that ends in my favor. So it comes to no surprise that when i play, i usually play to win. I do not think i'm cocky, or that i'm bending any rules (actually, i'm sure about the rule part, and hopeful about the cocky one).
I just came back a few hours ago from a local tournament that happens about twice a month. We were 12. I think i won, or tied for first place, or at least ended second. But that doesn't really matter. What matter is that people, especially those who used to expect an easy win from the old Ogres, seems to consider everything in our book broken.
So i did a bit of work on the presentation tray. I tried my friend's foam cutter, and was pretty pleased with the result. So after about 2 hours of work, i managed to do something like this ;
I'm hoping to start this week filling up the gaps with plaster, and building some height on the base so my tray "dissapear" when placed on the board. I might end up with something half finished, but i at least gotta try.
For this first 40k list of the month, i'm musing about what kind of list i can build with what i currently own. First lets face it, with a new edition just around the corner, its hard to purchase model you're not sure will work later on.
Yesterday been a pretty eventful night. First, i received what i ordered in january (finally) from GC-minis. With their free shipping gone, and their very long wait time (and lack of communication), its definately the last time i order from them. So i received ;
3xDark Eldar Venom
2x Hellion box
With this order, i think its safe to say i can play 1500 pts games with a relatively competitive list (for the current Edition, at least). I'll work on some list, and post what i'm planning to play later today.
I often ask myself, should i really keep playing the mournfangs? I mean, they are nice and all, but are they really the best possible option? I think its often a question to ask yourself to keep on improving both your skill and your list. After all, our best answer might not be the absolute best, and if you look at all the forum on warhammer, there's about as many playstyle as there are players.
Ironblaster got some love too. I managed to get alot of work done on them, and i have to say that i really enjoyed painting that model. I'm almost considering buying a third just to build its Scraplauncher version.
First, the Ironblaster ;
Metal is done there too. With the very small bits, i went with a very simple paint technique of solid color + verdigris. The straps are very bright to break from the brownish of the model, and because i actually like to paint them that way. I could say that one of them is about 90% completed, while the other is about 75% complete. I'm hoping to have them both finished by the end of the week (considering i'm leaving wednesday, and coming back only friday night).
Second, the Ironblaster riders ;
Those are far from finished. Their paint is not striped yet, their skin is not finished, basically they are still many, many hours from being done.