IABN


Protectorate of Menoth Collection 2018

My Menoth collection1300 points345 modelsThe scrap stuff in front of them is me practicing deployments with my Crucible Guard and feeling too lazy to take them out of the shot. Things I don't have for my Menoth collection yet are the Revelator, Exemplar Officers for all my units (I only have one), the Deliverer Solo or whatever he is aaaaannnndd...I think that's it?They were my first army all those years ago.Looking forward  to adding the Initiates to this table layout and maybe a Revelator if I can get an unassembled kit on discount. Might even go for a second Judicator. I don't know. Go crazy.

» View Source Article

Brickworks (terrain piece)

Hello,January belongs to terrain building, no doubts about it.Just about 2 weeks ago I finished lasercut house for Bolt Action and now added another set, once again from Black Grom Studio: Brickworks.Must say I've never felt any fondness for lasecut terrain pieces, always liked building stuff myself - from the scratch. But since we got some buildings for Bolt Action must admit I changed my mind a bit.I am busy. Really, have not much time for hobby so if I want to work on minis it usually takes place late night. Preparing terrain "oldschool way" was fun but also rather time consuming so using lasercut models is just time saver. BIG time saver...As for these below models were assembled and instead of airbrushing walls (which was initial idea) I printed brick textures (available free on Black Grom blog), cut to fit and attached with diluted PVA glue. After glue dried buildings were washed with heavily diluted pigment+was mixture, sprinkled with some powdered chalk and then sprayed with heavu layer of m

» View Source Article

The Art of Privateer Press Kickstarter Funded!

When they first revealed the Privateer Press kickstarter rewards, I breathed a sigh of relief. There were basically just a few levels of support: Book (digital and/or print), Pre-release model (minimum 30 dollar buy in, but only 17 dollars if picked up with one of the book options), two hundred dollar canvas print of their artwork.It didn't seem like I needed to go deep into the kickstarter.  There wasn't anything I really wanted in the list of available canvas prints. I mean, sure, I love the big foldout battle-scenes and whatnot, but what I wanted was mah boi Madrak, Great Chieftain.I pledged 40 dollars for a print and digital copy of the book and was content to wait and watch the Kickstarter progress.But then I actually read the thing, and they said you could comment on the page asking if certain prints were available.Then I saw someone actually request and get a response for a particular print to be made available as a canvas option.Then I logged in and made my own request.Now, five days later, I'm p

» View Source Article

Painted Lord of Blood and His Special Friend and HIS special friend

Quick! How many Blindwater folks are in this picture?Answer: Depends on how you count them.If you count ALL living individuals, you get 3.If you count ALL POSSIBLE individuals, you get 8.The living ones are, of course, Longshanks, Kwaak, and Gub. The other five possible ones are the three bonepiles, Barnabus, the Gatorman spellslave.I feel like the swamps are a very strange place just outside the Iron Kingdoms. No wonder they're able to keep something like a Dracodile kept from sight.

» View Source Article

Painting My Oscar Award Trophy and some cyber ninjas

One of the things I hate having to paint is gold. Especially gold trim.One of the things I keep finding reasons to paint is gold. Especially gold trim.I picked up my current method of painting gold from an article I saw years ago on Doctor Faust's Painting Clinic. If you know me, then you know that this method is actually Too Many Steps, so I cut it down a bit. And what I started with was the blue gemstones (because I was also painting blue powerglows on my Shadow Sun Syndicate at the time) and so I started with the baseline yellow.After the gemstones, I lay down the Filthy brown on all the trim of the Supreme Guardian and the Immortal Advocate. Both models get gold trim both in the studio scheme as well as in mine, as do all Ancestral type models (Golems infused with the souls of valiant Skorne warriors)My current go to paint for yellow is actually an Ochre, Vallejo Game Colour's Filthy Brown. It lays down a nice color backing for gold.The next step is gold immediately followed by a gold/silver layer. I thin

» View Source Article

Trollbloods Active Duty Roster for Season 9 Champions

The Champions Format limits your warlock pool to a section of your faction, and on top of that, each list you choose to play must be both a different warlock and a different theme force. When you hear people say "Champions format" or "Active Duty Roster" they're talking about the same thing, a format that limits your army building forces.The current troll roster isRagnor Skysplitter (every army that has a battlebox gets access to that warlock or warcaster)Grim AngusKolgrima StonetruthGrissel Marshal of the KrielsBorka Vengeace of the RhimeshawsThe two theme forces areBand of HeroesStorm of the NorthMy conundrum is that I just need to get efficient with my main Kolgrima list in less than a month, and she's already taking up the Storm of the North slot. (fun fact: Storm of the North may be our best theme, and if you're planning on starting with Trollbloods it might just be the way to go), which isn't ideal in this formation.Probably our best Band of Heroes Warlocks are going to be guys like Madrak (any flavor)

» View Source Article

Game 1: Kolgrima Stonetruth vs. Kommandant Sorscha Kratikoff

Jon Raffensperger came by to try out his Armored Corps theme force with Kommandant Sorscha Kratikoff. I've been playing my Kolgrima list a lot, so I played it even though I had an inkling he would bring Sorcha and would have taken assassination by cold spell off my available options. Because it's Armored Corps, I choose not to Ambush my Bears as they'd be far away from any necessary buffs and the featured Man-O-War units move very slowly. Jon didn't have a Chariot in play either, so I didn't have to out maneuver that thing.My biggest concerns on first turn was getting fury into the stone as my line would get stretched thin and away from its Protective Aura, and not getting my Fire Eaters killed, so I kept the unit closest to the Bombardiers behind clouds.  On my second turn I send in the Fire Eaters to potentially get in the way of two of his battlegroup, Beast-09 and a Kodiak. Beast-09 has Stoke the fires on him, and he uses countercharge to kill the Fire Eaters that lands beside Sorscha.I the

» View Source Article

The Butcher4 - Orsus the Chained Preview

Previews drop like bombs and communities explode. This time Matt Wilson himself of Privateer Press shared an art concept advancing the story for one of the biggest characters in the Iron Kingdom, Orsus Zoktavir, aka The Butcher, and now everyone is speculating what he will do or what his final miniature will look like. If you don't follow Warmachine or Khador, the Butcher is one of the most brutal characters in the story of Warmachine. His original version is rather simple. Make himself and his army hit harder, even with their guns!, than anything has a right to do so. When his story advanced, he appeared to lose his mind even further and would kill friend and foe alike as he whirlwinded up the battlefield with his axe Lola in hand. In his third iteration, the Butcher made friends with a pair of dogs he brought onto the battlefield which seemed to turn him into a sharper, craftier individual...who would murder anyone who got in his way.Privateer Press even went so far as to make an alternate sculpt for t

» View Source Article

Mercenaries Collection 2018

277 Models899 pointsI wasn't originally a person who bought heavily into mercenaries in Warmachine's first edition. A lot of the push for mercenaries was that in the first expansion anthology of the game, Warmachine: Escalation, they released Warcasters who could work with the four starting factions or play as a faction all on their own.Up until that point Mercenaries were just a few solos and maybe a single unit (Boomhowler, I think). Introducing Warcasters was a bold move at expanding the size of the game.And you would have to expand the size of the game at the time, as the scenarios in the book called for two warcaster games.That never really stuck though.Instead, what happened was I saw a pirate model later on with a handcannon coming out of his sleeve and the name of the gun was Ace.So I bought into pirates, which then grew into buying a bunch of the solos and whatnot I never had before like Eiryss.Eventually I bought into a Rhulic collection that I used to track how long it would take me to paint a thre

» View Source Article

Doug Hamilton's New Year's Day Preview for Minicrate

In a year in review/preview image on the Privateer Press Insider, a small dog can be seen among the other digital sculpts feature. The models in the image come from all over the Privateer Press line. There's an image of the future model Boomhowler2, a troll armed with a chaingun, and there's an image of a Meatslave released from Monsterpocalypse.Included in this "family portrait" of models was  a small dog that everyone wondered what it was for.Was this a new Riot Quest solo?A unit attachment for Circle Orboros (who have the most dog-like things in the game, just bigger).A resculpt of the Khadoran War Dog?Turns out it was a little of B and a little of C. On New Year's Eve Privateer Press's 3D sculptor Doug Hamilton announced that he would spoil whatever the goodest boy was if he got 100 unique likes across the faction facebook groups. The next day, everyone was in a panic looking for the post, and then Doug posted the picture above.It's a minicrate model. Minicrate is Privateer Press's alternate sculpt l

» View Source Article

[Cryx Monday] Seether

This is a Cryx Seether I painted a while ago. One thing I did was not to put all the spikes atop the frame to reveal the glowing green beneath. I originally thought about using it with Starfinder. I had a partial setting idea that would require a number of dreadnaught/ warjacks. However, as I gave up on that game, the idea just went stale... When I think of a scifi game that excites me, I'll roll that one out.

» View Source Article

Happy Little Smoke Clouds

When I first started painting up my Crucible Guard army (or, as I like to think of my stuff these days, my Crucible Guard collection) I was worried about painting Rocketmen. First of all, they had clear flight stands that were annoying. I used painters' tape to cover the flight stands of my first unit so I could spray and seal and paint with them fully assembled.Secondly, there was a second unit. Distinguishing between units can be tough.Sometimes I go for the shorthand of using resin bases for duplicate units. Other times I've distinguished units by using head swaps or model poses.Figure painters' Tyson Koch came up with a solution that fixed both my problems. Smoke trails. If you follow the link it should take you to his online shop that has smoke trails for Rocketmen, Rocketman Ace, and Space Marine Interceptors (before you start wondering why a Railless Interceptor would need smoke trails the way I wondered about it).These resin bases double as flight stands for me as well as distinguishing between my fir

» View Source Article

Khador Collection 2018

321 models1269 pointsIn the future I'll probably split my khador collection and track them by color scheme, but really couldn't do it this time. As you can see there's quite a lot of it in each paint scheme, but I've settled on one for all future models.I started with "Home Depot orange" as a former friend liked to call it. (Kidding, still a friend, just haven't heard from him in a while), then worked my way over to a white paint scheme with orange khador symbols. Finally I started doing the Russian green thing to represent the 5th border legion while still retaining the orange anvils.Obvious gaps:There are models I still want to have painted in green, like my demo corps. I have orange ones and white ones, but I painted draganavich in green and would like for him to color match.Still no Viktor. I almost scored a free colossal kit at wmw but someone figured out I was looking at the wrong prize pool.Painting a second chariot, so that's unnecessary for any buy list.And then theres the issue of my drakhun being s

» View Source Article

How does Crucible Guard Play?

My friend Seth asked me recently how Crucible Guard played, and my off the cuff responses were "gun synergy" and "Cryx with guns." It was text messaging and I hate writing on my phone (some of my worst tpyos happen there) , so I confirmed my off the cuff response with my other friend, Dan, who's played more Crucible Guard than Me."Seems like a good description," Dan said. And that was it.(To be fair, I did message him on December 24, and he did reply to me on December 25. Just because I don't celebrate the holiday doesn't mean that my friends don't...)So I turned these 30 second conversations into a blogpost based on 4 or 5 games and theory!So what I said was "gun synergy," and what I meant by that was you had a bunch of ranged attacks in the Crucible Guard that apply debuffs. The first notable one is the artillery. The Dragon's Breath Rocket has Arcing Fire, a 14" RNG, and an AOE that lowers the ARM of living and undead models.That last part again. "lowers ARM of living and undead models." Most warcasters an

» View Source Article

Railless Interceptors Spotted: Mistakes Were Made

I preordered a Crucible Guard Railless Interceptor and on a whim bought the second one that was on the shelf at the FLGS. The title of this post refers to mistakes, but those weren't the ones I was thinking of.No, the mistakes were in the casting. Left and right you can how the trucks of the Railless are warped away from the body, so much so that the wheels kind of splay out. It would have taken some hair dryer time to fix, but I am an impatient man and went ahead and glued them together.One of the sides of the trucks was even cracked in the box, but I glued it down anyway as it was easier to set in place that way. As longer thinner pieces, they aren't really good candidates for resin casting.I know privateer press would have advised me on how to fix the bent parts and replaced the broken ones, but so long as everything can come together and get painted up without falling apart, I'm pretty happy with how they will look. Progress pics of the first railless I'm painting should be up in the next week.So I guess

» View Source Article