Monday, February 28, 2011

Scythiak Usurpation - bases update part 2

Some more warm weather let me seal up the Scyhtiak that are done so far, and I also added some bits and bobs to the more open bases, the Spawn Riders and the Heavy Bolter squad.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Scythiak Usurpation - bases update

The weather has gotten colder again so I didn't get to seal them yet, but here's some pics of the Scythiak techno-barbarian contingent (and some friends) that are pretty much done.

Also only a little over one day left for the Tau army auction!  Check it out if you're looking for a completed Tau army that's different from most everyday Tau forces.

Kantor Fett (center) flanked by two squaddies

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NZ quake

Just a quick note to send good wishes to my NZ friends and any other readers affected by the recent earthquake in Christchurch.  Second one in five months, and though this one wasn't as powerful as the one in September, by all accounts there's been much more destruction this time around.

I know those in the area have more pressing things to do other than check out gaming blogs, but condolences to those who've lost loved ones and godspeed to those digging others out.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Status Report

Just a mish mash of some updates of where I'm at in various things.

The Tau Grand Alliance is up on ebay, go bid if interested.  I also have some excess metal Catachans up that didn't get used as part of the Scythiak that I found while digging up Hyperbowl prizes. 

We've gotten a few bites over at the Codex Project for an updated Lost and the Damned army list project; come check it out and join up if interested. 

With warm weather, I broke out my airbrush and ran it through some testing, found out lots of stuff that doesn't work.  Now that I've done my initial fiddling and experiments I can go RTFM and check out tutorials and videos and such.  I'm glad all that stuff is out there, but I like having had a little hands-on experience first to have a frame of reference to really understand what they're talking about! 

I also painted (by hand) the bases for the completed techno-barbarian part of the Scythiak but didn't have time to finish flocking and such, but should in the next few days, so keep an eye out for some actually fully completed Scythiak figs.

Hope you're all doing well, and will catch up in a few days!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Want Some Tau? Tau Grand Alliance up for sale

I've been thinking of selling this army off on ebay, but wanted to post 'em up here first to see if any of the Discriminating Readers were interested.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Codex Project: Lost and the Damned - Contributors welcome!

You may have heard about The Codex Project elsewhere, like on Big Jim's Galaxy in Flames or on various podcasts.  In short it's an attempt to organize fan made rules from around the world, help tighten them up, test them, and give them support.  The idea is that you should have some confidence in TCP Approved end results; that they won't be the kind of overpowered unbalanced stuff that fandexes are often felt to produce; so you should feel more comfortable with using them in your own group or playing against them.  Tired of playing the same old armies?  The TCP may (eventually) be the cure for that.

I've started poking around there, and seeing that no one had started up Lost and the Damned, I decided to give it a try.  I've laid out my basic vision (subject to massive change) of how I'd like the project to develop, but need and would like help from other LatD enthusiasts to make this a really great product.

If interested, come check out The Codex Project, poke around and see if you'd like to be involved, then pop to the forums and under Codex Ideas you'll find the initial Lost and the Damned thread.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, February 14, 2011

HyperBowl Prizes Away!

The Hyperbowl prize packages have been turned over to local postal authorities for transshipment to waiting Rogue Traders.  Winners in the North American Segmentum should get theirs in a few days; those in Wales and Australia likely a bit longer.

And thanks to the 11th Company for the contest shoutout, even if it came after the contest ended.  Just happened to be in the middle of some local scrambling on their end to get last week's 'cast up. Hopefully folks will still get to enjoy the other entries.

Friday, February 11, 2011

HyperBowl Contest Results!

Hyperbowl 2011 has come to an end!  We had a lot of great entries!  Go back and check them out in the comments HERE, and keep adding new ones (though there's no more contest). 

After a random selection, we have a winner!  The Hyperbowl champion is...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Excessively awesome or just excessive?

Oh my.  I'm of two minds with this, what is presumably a new trend for Games Workshop - bigger and more expensive books.  To the left is the new Orcs and Goblins army book for Warhammer Fantasy, weighing in at 112 pages and $37.25USD.

On one hand, I think these books will be great for those that love the army or are getting into them.  Full color, new art, lots of pictures of models, undoubtedly lots of background stuff.  It can be something to cherish.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Queensland Flood Relief auctions are live on ebay - go get some Marines!

Deepstrike Radio's collection of marine kits, donations and other doodads has come together in not one, but TWO marine armies up for sale, with the proceeds going towards Queensland flood relief.  If you're in the market for some Space Marines, this would be a great way to get started and do some good at the same time. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

HyperBowl 2011! Overrate the Underpowered!

It's from Rhino records, so even more 40K related!

Yesterday we had a post about how Games Workshop has started including some extra hype along with newer units on their online store.  This raised a few eyebrows (even in some cases a double raised eyebrow!), and brought about the following suggestion from Papa JJ:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New GW selling points? Interesting focus

Is that Astorath?

Looking at GW's site, I noticed a little extra text on the Stormraven and Furioso pages (newest releases) that isn't on older items (at least not yet).  Interesting to me that these blurbs focus on the in-game alleged uberness of the units vs. fluff or the modeling sides.  For good or ill maybe they're moving away from the cop-out of "we're a model company, not a rules company."  Blurbs below, from the Games Workshop store website.

(Stormraven) Remember the terrified look on your opponent's face when you first fought them with your Blood Angels?  Well be prepared to see it again because nothing inspires terror quite like this vehicle - it's a flying red fist of death that's going to punch their army until it begs for mercy.  There is something extremely satisfying when you transport your most devastating unit (and potentially a Dreadnought) across the table and right into the face of the enemy army.  And after you unleash the troops?  Well, you can just blast chunks out of their tanks and monsters with Bloodstrike missiles until there's nothing left to blow up.

(Furioso) The Furioso Dreadnought is effectively a mobile infantry blender that will make your opponents want to check your codex with disbelief.  It can be upgraded with blood talons, which will rend and tear an entire unit apart in seconds - the machine is a beast.  If you want to raise an eye-brow, why not go for the Death Company Dreadnought.  Your opponent will have to blow its legs off to stop it moving and glancing hits are pretty much worthless against it.  And for the double raised eye-brow, why not use a Librarian Dreadnought?  It is just as devastating in close combat and it gives you access to a range of lethal psychic powers.

Really?  Flying red fist of death?  Double raised eye-brow?  I guess it was just a matter of time before the abyss of net hyperbole stared back at them.

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