Well that was a long wait

So it has been a while since I have posted on the blog. A large part of that has to do with not really having a lot of time for any games or hobby related activity. I have been trying to do more in the past month but compared to June I have not really done much except assemble a lot of figures. Building minis has been something that has been easy to slip into my schedule and I also find it quite relaxing. So my gaming table is covered with assembled but unpainted Chaos, Deathwatch and Genestealer Cult figures. While I might not think that 40K is a very good game GW does make some excellent minis and their recent boxed games have proved an exceptional value (at least compared to buying the figures in boxed sets). And certainly if all you want to do is build figures, you can’t go wrong with GW plastics.

I assembled enough minis to build up some decent forces for Kill Team using either the GW rules or the Heralds of Ruin rules. Even if I don’t get in a single game I have enough between assembly and painting to keep me busy for quite a while. That said, the store I work at will be having a Kill Team event on the 19th so I am going to madly try to paint a Deathwatch force for the event. I suspect that I won’t be able to get them fully painted but I am going to try my best.

I have also been up some other hobby related activities but I will save those for a subsequent post.

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Even more incoming

Another day and another set of miniatures. First off are the Deep One Hybrids from Brigade Games.

Hybrids

The miniatures were created by/for Rattrap Productions and are part of the series of Rattrap figures that Brigade sells. They are, to my eye, the best 28mm scale Hybrid figures available and are going to be part of my Dagonite cult for Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten.

Also arriving today was a set of the plastic Chaos figures from the 40K Dark Vengeance set. I have some random Chaos Space Marines around and decided to use them to build a small force for Victory Decision: Future Combat. Its effectively going to be a Chaos army but the core is going to be 40 Chaos Cultists with a sprinkling of Chaos Space Marines to stiffen it up.

Not an immediate project but something I will be working on in a bit.

The perspective that distance brings

Its not as if I have been away from Games Workshop and its unique pricing structure for a long time but I recently stumbled across the latest 40K Dark Angel releases at Sentry Box and I was really quite taken aback by the prices. A box of the new plastic Terminators was $70 Cnd for five miniatures. To be fair that box does come with the ability to make one of three different types of Terminators but it, as well as the prices for the other new figures really surprised me.
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Terrain and Marines on the painting table

I had a bit of free time last night so I took the time to start sanding the Epic terrain I assembled for the upcoming EpicCon 2012 tournament. All the pieces now need to be primed and then the assembly line painting of buildings and ground begins. I am not sure how many other pieces I will get done but I do need to find a source for some 6-10mm trees that I can use to build up some trees for forest terrain. I probably need to pick those up this weekend if I have any hopes of getting them done for the tournament.

I also did a bit more work on my Sine Nomine Tactical Marines. A few more highlights and they should be ready to get based and game with. Sadly in the intervening time since my last big painting push in 2012 my skills have atrophied and my arthritis has become more problematic so these figs aren’t really up to my previous painting standards. But at least they all be painted :-)

Sine Nomine

I have had a problem for a long time. Not a bad problem to have mind you but a problem nonetheless. Quite a long time ago I purchased some 40K figures from a fellow in Vancouver. I was able to sell all of the Imperial Guard miniatures but the Space Marines he had presented a conundrum. The vehicles were professionally painted to a standard I could never match but the infantry were very poorly painted using a very simple green colour scheme. I managed to salvage some of the Terminators but the rest of the models were unusable.

I stripped some of them but was left with a Marine army that I couldn’t really use without painting a lot of infantry. I also couldn’t sell the vehicles since they were done in a non-standard paint scheme. Complicating matters, I already had a small force of my own that I had painted that I was quite fond of.

So what to do.
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Marine painting update

Managed to get some more work done on my Marine army. All of my green Tactical Marines now have a second coat of Gretchin green on them. I will start doing the black details on the figures and then finish some of the faces, banners etc. I hope to have these done for the end of August.

I also finished assembling, basing and priming my Assault Marines. These are ready to go into a game but I have a unit of March Warden Devastators that I need to paint before I will be painting them. The current idea is to finish the green Tactical Marines and then the Devastators and finally the Assault Marines.

While building some larger army lists I realized that I need to add a Fast Attack option or two to my forces. I don’t have any Bikes, Land Speeders or other vehicles that I can add to an army. I have a lot of Heavy Support options (Vindicator, Predators, Whirlwinds) but nothing else to add if I need to bulk out an army.