This past weekend was my annual gaming weekend. The tradition started off, about 15 years ago, as Tim's Miniature Wargaming Birthday Bash - Basically, I invited a bunch of my closest wargaming buddies over, on my birthday, for an evening of miniature combat on a large-ish scale. I believe that first one was Operation Biting - A British Airborne Raid on the French Coast in February of 1942 - before I'd even started this blog! Around the fourth year it turned into a weekend long mini-convention with about five or six largish games being played over an entire weekend. After that, some years it was just a one night/one day affair, others it was all weekend long. For the 8th Annual Wargaming Birthday Bash/Winter Wargaming Weekend (as it, by then, was being called) I ran my first weekend-long DBA CAMPAIGN!! Since then, every other year, it seems, I've run skirmish campaign weekends - Ronin, Frostgrave, Shadow War: Armageddon...This year, I had originally planned to run a Kill Team weekend campaign - along the lines
This is a Kill Team of the Kabal of the Last Hatred, lead by Haemonculus Grevyth the Pale, for whom they do their bidding, as he secretly infected their brains with mind control parasites during one of their many recreation cycles. While Archon Xurul Flickerblade thinks to manipulate the Haemonculus to his own ends, the exact opposite is true. Always tasked to gather samples of flesh of the lesser races for their Haemonculus master, Flickerblade's party revel in collecting the most aesthetically pleasing heads and body parts of their victims. As ever striving for perfection, it's often the unforgiving Hekatrix Kherissa Khrone who racks up the most impressive pieces.I painted these models years ago when Garfy and me challenged ourselves to paint a Megaforce. As you can see, I chose Dark Eldar ;) How do you like the models and backstory? I think the name and backstory generators from the Kill Team core manual are great fun, we need more of these GW! They should be in every codex and battletome...
Here we have the assembled Silver Skulls Kill Team. Bases will be painted seperately, so I mounted these on plain 32mm bases for painting. I'm not completely sure about the pose of the Sergeant, maybe I'll try a more downward stretched arm for the power sword. Check out more pictures, including more angles of my Reiver test model.More after the jump
My first 100 point Tyranid Kill Team did not take very long to get on the table. As the previous post showed, I just rebased the models getting rid of the very old original square bases. A very light bit of touching up, hardly any really, and then a splash of ink did wonders. I may take a bit more time on the extra models in the backlog now that I have 100 points to game with. The Hormagaunt is very dark, I may lighten the others up a bit more. Can’t do much with the Termagants, especially as there are so many of them, they will stay brown… But the whole lot look a damn sight better than they did a few days ago.
Plenty of Kill Team going on at the moment, this time my old Blood Angels had a go against some of Mr Steinbergs new Orks. There were plenty of Ork Burnas, so I did not fancy charging them unless I really had to. Sometimes it just best to hold the high ground and cover the area with superior firepower, in this case a heavy bolter. We played an objective holding game again using the small generator bits as the object to hold. With plenty of Burnas heading towards the outnumbered Marines, it was vital to get some flesh wounds on some if they could not be taken out altogether. I have found it is possible to have a model position itslef half way up a ladder, very handy! It is very difficult to defend against several Burnas rushing towards a single bloke guarding an objective. This Space Marine model is one of my favourite sculpts from the classic era, usually my squad Sergeant. The Burnas are actually quiet good in melee, their flamers act as a very heavy blunt instrument. A few multiple combats soon sor
Mr Steinberg and I played out the Till Team Assassination scenario with my Elucidian Starstriders having the unenviable task of taking out a Space Marine commander. I had the Industrial Tower terrain up, again, but it is new so I am using it a lot! As the Elucidian Starstriders had to advance on the Space Marine position, I set them up around Larsen van der Grauss as his Voltagheist Array provides an Invulnerable save to nearby friendly models. Before the target of the assassintaion could get up off the ground level, the heroic hound, Aximillion, charged the commander to at least try to hold him up. The rest of the Elucidian Starstriders tried to draw some fire while the main group moved towards the target… The Primaris Reivers managed to sneak up on the poor Voidsmen and make short wort of them. It got a bit hectic next, so no more pictures, but the Elucidian Starstriders managed to charge the Space Marine Commander, Elucia Vhane leading the way. Although Vhane got a few hits in, Space Marines have
Here we are with a test model for my upcoming Primaris Kill Team. Avid readers might remember I painted an Imperial Fists Intercessor a while ago, but since then, I changed my mind. Inspired by Paul Norton's White Dwarf article about the economics of painting, his custom Primaris chapter, and Darren Latham's Silver Skulls, I chose Silver Skulls, too. I wanted something grimdark and easy to paint, and the Silver Skulls paint scheme fits the bill perfectly.The armour is just a wash of 1:1 Nuln Oil Gloss and Army Painter Dark Tone Ink [Nuln Oil] over a basecoat of Army Painter Gun Metal [Leadbelcher], then a gentle drybrush of Army Painter Shining Silver [Stormhost Silver]. Very quick and easy to do. The idea to mix Nuln Oil Gloss and Dark Tone Ink/regular Nuln Oil comes from Paul Norton's article. The Nuln Oil Gloss reduces the surface tension even more, while the Dark Tone Ink/regular Nuln Oil adds some "body" to the wash and removes some of the gloss. Combined with some black, bone and red accents (all hidden
So many games of Kill Team over the last few weeks, trying out new forces and working through the scenarios. Mr Steinberg wanted to try out a predominantly Scout force with a couple a single Primaris Marines. My Grey Knights had to advance across the combat zone into the waiting Scout snipers and various Scout weapons fire. The objectives were scattered on differents levels, so forces had to be divided leaving lone models vulnerable. Sometimes you just have to rely on the excellent armour of Space Marines and just take the hits, after all, reaching the objectives is what wins the game. With the Scouts having taken up a defensive position, the Grey Knights moved and once within 12″ the Rapid Fire of their Storm Bolters proved very effective. The Psychic phase is great for the Grey Knights, almost a free Mortal Wound dished out every turn. It did not take long before a few of the Scouts were out of action. With only five models, any losses on the Grey Knight side hurts a lot, so once they were close
This past year the universe of Warhammer 40,000 has really captured my imagination. Part of it is nostalgia, part of it is just the setting and all the fluff. The only novels I've read in the last year have been Black Library novels. Probably 90+% of the miniatures I've painted in the last year were 40K figures. I'm really having a lot of fun with it.That's not to say I'm not at all interested in historical stuff any more - I totally am. I just picked up Rebels and Patriots - and really looking forward to getting a chance to play it. But it'll have to be with minis I already have painted, because, for the time being, the only thing I seem to be interested in painting is 40K stuff. At some point the winds of change will blow through here again and it will be all redcoats all the time... Until then, I'm riding the 40K wave.I've been pretty excited about Kill Team - though I haven't had much opportunity to PLAY it over the last month or so... I was hopping to ramp that up again in the next few weeks as I w
An elite unit of the Empire! Deathwatch is a selection of Space Marines units – the best of the best, chosen from among all the Chapters. They are precision blades that are used for the most important and dangerous missions throughout the Galaxy. The Kill Team Cassius was sent to discover and explore the dark secrets of the planet Ghosar Quintus. There he fought against the monstrous Genestealer Cult – for those interested I refer to 40k Wikipedia. You will find there a lot of interesting information. The models themselves are absolutely exquisite – full of details, perfectly sculpted. One of my favourite sets from Games Workshop! I could paint it all round With little modelling skills, these models could be adapted as heroes/lieutenants to any army of Space Marines. Commission painting – email@example.com
Well... two of them...Sometime ago, while organizing all the minis, I have I noted that, of all the Valhallans I had, I was two short to fully fill out the units I wished to have. So I've been keeping my eye out for some on eBay. But buying individual miniatures just doesn't make sense - often sellers that are selling them want a ridiculous amount and, once you add in the shipping, It almost seems like a better deal just to buy a whole squad... but then where would that put me? A couple guys short of what I need to field complete units!?Luckily I noted that the Troll Trader had a single Valhallan with a flamer in stock AND it wasn't TOO unreasonably priced AND I was picking up a few other minis from them anyway... so I bought it. The second one Is just a Cadian sniper that I painted up to look like a Valhallan that I picked up in a pack of two, brand new, at Dragon's Den Games (my FLGS). The other will probably be painted as a Cadian to go with my small force of Cadians...Why on earth did I paint up these two
Mr Steinberg and I had a game of Kill Team recently, my Elucidian Starstriders against his Astartes Marines. This was a simple take and hold objectives game with one in the middle and four more dotted around. Some nice large crates had Voidmaster Nitsch and the Assassin make good use of cover to keep out of line of sight ready to charge heroically into combat. The trouble with holding an objective is that some poor chap has to go stand next to it in the open. Voidmaster Nitsch was not quite close enough for a charge so he moved up to try soem ranged attacks. Meanwhile, Elucia Vhane charged into the Marines, she is a tough cookie so can take care of herself. The Starstrider Assassin failed to charge a couple of times, leaving the Starstriders to get a bit outnumbered. The Assassin was still not charging. The Starstriders did manage to hang on to some objectives and squeak a win, but it was very close. Kill Team is a nice game, a great opportunity to work on a nice small group of models.
We're already two weeks into 2019, time for some new year's resolution.It's fair to say that 2018 got me back into the hobby. With the announcement of Star Wars: Legion in 2017 it was only a matter of how deep I would go... ...and I went as deep as I could. I've gotten into terrain building, started and almost finished my Rebel army, got introduced to the rabbit hole called 3D-printing and even got hooked on GW systems again at the same time. The more time I spent with Legion, the more I got talking with fellow hobbyists about how the hobby had changed while I was on standby. To my surprise I actually liked some of the changes a lot. GW which had almost driven me out of the hobby for good with ridiculous pricing and lacking support of LotR/The Hobbit/Middle-Earth actually made a huge turn for the better and seems to have remembered to adress their customers as hobbyists first before taking all their money (Yeah, I know what I signed up for...). I loved releases like Kill Team or Blackstone Fortress and a
Hi all and a happy new year to all of you! I hope you had some nice holidays. Here you can see the very last miniature I painted in 2018. It's the Gnasher Screamer from the Gellerpox Infected faction from the Rogue Trader Kill Team box set. I didn't like the 'Eavy Metal version, so I created a paint scheme on my own of what I think matches better with this Nurgle tainted miniature.More after the jump
The other week I went over some of my hobby goals for the next year in Game Plan 2019. Since then I have spent much time considering how the heck I'm going to do any of it, let alone all of it!?GAMESWELL! I think I've more or less come up with a plan to make sure we get through most of our Family 10x10 Board Game Challenge AND I get to play the additional games I have in my personal Challenge.The 10x10 challenge requires playing at least 100 games in the year. Which is about two a week - a little less than two per week, actually. So I figured if we have two designated "Family Game Times" set aside each week, we should easily get through all those games. So we've kind of set aside Friday and Sunday evenings... Now not EVERY Friday and Sunday evening are going to work. This week, Amanda is at a First Aid class this Friday evening.... On Sunday I'll be playing a game of 40K with the fellow I'm going to be teaming up with for the Battle for the Abyss - Team Apocalypse Event.... Other Sundays we have tickets to Pe