Thursday, December 24, 2015

Megabattle pics

Some pictures from our recent megabattle - IG, Sisters/Inquisition and Dark Angels vs. Orks, Tyranids and Daemons.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Check em out!

I've recently updated the blogrolls with my recent finds, and we're now at over 600 different sites.  Cruise through some, and keep an eye on the right when you visit here!

Also on the right are various other blogrolls/collections like the Tale of Painters.

There have been some more podcasts added to the podcast tab above, cruise through and take a listen!

Explore and enjoy!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Battle Brother Krampus of the Scions of Tannenbaum

The store I play at, Gaming Underground, was collecting toys and money for Toys for Tots, and did a painting contest to go along with it.  You make a donation and get a push-fit space marine to paint for a contest with some prizes (some out of date marine box sets).  Given that Toys for Tots is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, an appropriate contest!  I decided to go with a holiday theme for mine, painting him in Santa-ish colors.  I originally was going to do a snow base, then was going to do a crushed peppermint covered base, then found the round peppermint and decided to just base him on that!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Picture Dump: Merkan 76th IG vs. Orks

A few weeks ago I had a battle against Leonard's Orks as part of the lead up to our multi-player mega-battle coming up on the 19th.  It's been a while, so I won't do a blow by blow, just dump some pictures below and a brief commentary.  Between the lootas, morkonaut and grotzookas his shooting did a number on me, while he was able to make enough 5+ saves to keep hold of the center objective and win the game.  The good guys have lost every preliminary match, giving us a pretty steep climb for the megabattle, needing a blowout to win overall.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The joy of kitbashing

I love to kitbash, taking parts from multiple kits to make one model.  I got heavily into 40K during what may have been the golden age for that sort of thing, 2000+.  As GW moved to more and more full plastic kits, either by design or by happy accident they delivered up a goldmine for kitbashers, by including extra parts and making kits largely interchangeable, so that you could mix and match various marine kits, chaos marines, fantasy, etc. to a large degree with little effort.  They also released various upgrade kits like the wonderful Space Wolf sprue, metal bits for subsets like Iron Hands, Iron Warriors, Thousand Sons.  And they did bits orders, so you if you wanted a particular metal piece or a particular sprue you could often order it directly instead of having to buy a full kit.  Plus Forgeworld of course.

While GW's own contributions were wonderful, that era also saw a rise in other companies making compatible kits and conversion bits, online bit sellers and the explosion of the glory of ebay, where you could pick up someone's whole cast off bits box.  I was in heaven.  

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