Thursday, 2 January 2020

Happy New Year 2020 (Hobby Resolutions and Blogging Moving Forward)

Hi All,

Happy New Year! Wow its 2020 that sounds like something from a science fiction movie rather than real life.  Well here we are the year I will turn 40 years young and 30 years since I started in this hobby.  Wowsers I am getting on now I suppose!

Anyway the last twelve months saw a significant drop off in blogging.  We as group seem to have really migrated to quicker social media platforms as a way of sharing our work. However... the blog is not dead and I will post here on occasion and I always keep the log of what minis I have painted in the side bar up to date.  Today 2nd Jan I have added my first completed mini for the year a genestealer cult abberrant.

So whats my aim for the year.... Well broadly similar to the last two years I am aiming to paint 100 models.  Frustratingly I have finished in the 90's in both the last two years so surely I can push it over the line this year!  I also aim to get my genestealer cult to a fully painted state and hopefully attend Battlefield Birmingham doubles again. I also aim to get a usable force of adeptus titanicus ready to go because the game is amazing!

Anyway peace out all have a great year and be kind to each other (well at least once a day!)#



Monday, 23 September 2019

GT Heat 3 Review

Its been too long since i posted on here, but i have been busy all 2019.

painting lots, playing lost and getting ready fot the GT below is a review of my army at the GT:

Tigurius – scryers gaze, psychic shackles and psychic assault
Cassius – Litany of Hate, Catechism of Fire Canticle, of Hate
6 bolter aggressors
2*5 Intercessors with auto bolt rifle and thunder hammer
5 intercessors with bolt rifle and chainsword (which I forgot about all weekend)
2*Repulsor Executioners with Heavy Laser Destroyer

Characters. Guilliman was great, he generally deleted things he got close to. Game 4 he failed 7 consecutive saving throws! Tigurius was pretty good. Point for points compared to a normal lib there is no contest. His -1 hit was amazing and with +1 and a re-roll he didn’t fail a single psychic power. He must have got me 15CPs across the 5 games, very useful. Cassius was again pretty good and again point foer point compared to a normal (and even primaris) being able to choose 2 and use 2 was brilliant. i would change the Canticle of hate for the +1 hit litany and there was so much stuff with a -1 hit lurking around that even with Guilliman’s re roll I was getting a lot of misses

Aggressors were scary and made people worry about them, but they were normally given the -1 to hit, this made them tough to remove. When they did hit they were generally very good. With such a massive volume of fire (too much for one roll) most targets should be scared even tough vehicles. The +1 to wound was brilliant on them (so wounding T8 on a 5!)

The big tanks are solid! There gun combined with Guilliman’s re roll generally performed well. I did forget about the tactical doctrine allowing it to fire twice even if it had moved over half, but not such a big deal. Again, they were a main target but luckily most of the tables had some reasonable amounts of cover to hide them behind. There biggest weakness was it’s armour, 3+ and a lack of an invulnerable save. Too much stuff can reduce it to pretty much nothing and it can start haemorrhaging wounds very easily. Lost on average just over 1 a game.

The intercessors did a solid job. Not sure on a thunder hammer in a 5-man squad, but lots of dice in shooting caused a few issues for people. 

Ultramarines are very solid and not sure what I would change in the list. Maybe drop Cassius and find some points to try and get a slam captain. There are some really good combos out there and more studying s needed to learn them all.
I started the GT with a 3-0 record after beating Ad-mec, Custodes and sisters. All very tough games that never really sorted themselves out until turn 4. 

For game 4 I was an Warhammer Tv twitch channel against another marine list. Ultras successor chapter with +1 cover over 12” and vehicle count as double wounds on damage table. I made one mistake the was crucial. I went after the leviathan dread but should have left it and gone after the razorback first then shoot the grav devs when they came out with the other tank. Grav devs are very good near a chapter master ad stratagem, re roll all hots, wounds and damage!! Enough to take out my aggressors. He also ran 3 stormhawks which pump out a lot of dice! My dice weren’t great either. I rolled a lot of 2s for armour saves. Guilliman failed 7 consecutive saving throws!!!! The Warhammer TV guys were great, and my opponent was the best I played, and he won overall.

My last game was awful, my opponent fell in to the category of “one of those guys” and I was very nice to him allowing him to do things out of sequence as he forgot, but then every little decision I wanted was a big no. lost that too!!

I finished 41st out of 98, with the top 35 qualifying. Gutted!!

Lessoned learnt at a GT, don’t be so nice. If you don’t think it is right call it, and if people forget tough! I forgot loads and I didn’t ask to go back and use them, maybe I should have but, seeing some of the guys in action I doubt they all would allow it.

There was a good mix of armies and I didn’t see many “cut and paste lists”. Surprisingly no Mortarion, Magnus or Greater Daemons. I didn’t see any nids, but saw most other armies
I would recommend trying to go to one if you like a more competitive gaming environment and the event was very well run and at Warhammer world is always cool.

Lots to be positive about with the new codex and primaris marines.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Showcase Necron Seraptek Heavy Construct and Battlefield Birmingham 2019 Army

Morning Folks,

Doc back with another Necron focused post (with the previous post here) and as promised we have the Seraptek Heavy Construct ready to showcase built and painted by Redmist.  When we were talking about it and watching the work progress it is clear the model is very much a build and paint in sub assemblies.  This is particularly important with this model as parts of the chassis is see through and you can see the innards so if you don't paint them it will show.

This model was built and painted over several sessions.  The green has been hit with green stuff world fluorescent green which should reflect light and really pop.  The guns have been made so they can be removed and changed in a future date is desired.  Here are multiple pictures from different angles.

We are also showcasing some other recently finished units including acanthrites and a new (restored second hand) doomsday ark.  The doomsday ark has been given new Gauss weaponry using the immortals sprue and I have to say really helps the model.  In addition all our ghost ark type vehicles have larger bases for additional stability.

Lastly I have some photos of the full 2000 point force ready for the event.  Hopefully we have picked something fun and simple to play with a good damage output. 

That's the full force which includes two of the new crypteks mine from the last post and Redmist which he converted the weapon to make them different.

Hope you like our necron force please let us know in the comments.


Doc out.........................

Friday, 31 May 2019

New Games Room / New Scenery

Hi All,

I have been fortunate enough to be able to convert the back half of my garage into an office / games room and I thought you fellow geeks would like to see it.  I am sure it is something we all want.  I have certainly wanted one for several years.  My wife is very happy to have now deposited me and all "my stuff" out of the house!

Anyway the whole process took about 3 weeks as was undertaken by mums partner a builder by trade very handy person to have in the family! and thanks Roy!

Some pictures...

Pre electrics and wall units

My dual desk left hand side is painting right hand side is working at home space.

The hobby cases bookcase needed in all good geek rooms!

Table set up enough space to move around (happy man)

First game ever which of course I had to loose! Although I did steal the initiative! 

Lastly an unrelated to the new hobby space a picture of some recently painted shipping containers.  These were fun and the transfers from really helped level them up.

That's it hope you like my new space....


Doc out......................

Friday, 24 May 2019

Necrons Prepare for Battlefield Birmingham Doubles 2019

Hi All,

I am busy preparing for Battlefield Birmingham doubles on the 8th and 9th June.  Me and Redmist have decided to take our long standing force of the Necrons.  So in order to do the some new reinforcement were in order starting with some additional destroyers.  Why destroyers because as everyone knows they are the best unit in the current codex...

The paint job is designed to match the scheme of many years and is easy to reproduce and effective.  I do like the Necrons for getting stuff on the table quickly!  Next up is a new Cryptek!  Now this mini has moved to my new favourite Necron mini it has a great pose, so much detail, imposing and was just cool to paint.  So despite the simple scheme I tried to level up the metal work with the highlighting etc...  See what you think.

So hopefully you like these two new additions to my army.  Constructive feedback is always welcome.  Soon I will be sharing Redmists Seraptek Heavy Construct!


That's all folks

Doc out...............