An update.

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Well, I actually used Kroot, which was not something I ever planned to do. But as I have barely over 1500 points of Tau if I use *everything* I have exceptions have to be made. They have actually proved if only for getting in the way of bigger, scarier, units. I’ve taken to driving up to the nearest Gaming Shop once or twice a month to play and I’ve been having a lot of fun. Last weekend saw a ‘3000 a side 2 vs 2 match’ pitting Tau and Ward’crons of all things against a pair of Ork armies. This is after a visit where I got beat by said Necrons and the time after that where I got beaten by Ultrasmurfs, a game that I almost drew… but some Assault Terminators drew my last scoring unit off of an objective and so I lost. That’s not what we’re talking about today though.

The, probably, most interesting portion of this match was that one of the Ork players was using a homebrew variant on Stormboyz, using the idea of “looted teleporter packs” Roll 3d6 and a scatter die… you get the idea. He’s planning to scrap the rules at the moment and use them as regular Stormboyz. Personally I love the idea of a unit that just randomly transports itself around a battlefield… it seems so very, very Orky. Perhaps give them six inch move and then only roll 2d6, giving you at least *some* control over where the troop is going? Oh well… The group has praised my Broadside conversion, and I got a few thumbs up for being one of those types who reposes the arms of my Crisis Suits. But hey that’s boring battle stuff, the two or three of you who wander in here occasionally (on purpose) are probably more interested in projects. Well I have four on the go right now!

1. A Crisis suit with a ‘twin linked missile pod’ that is firing missiles and is stomping on an Ultramarine (which will be painted to mimic the Ultramarine players painting style as best I can) who just so happens to be making use of one of the Grenade arms. It has a few ‘issues’ mainly when posing I neither had, nor had room for the marines legs on the base… so they’re not modelled. Also these firing missiles is a bit more difficult than I’d anticipated.


This image is a little bit outdated but for the most part it’s not changed. I attempted to add green stuff smoke effects to those chunks of paperclip… and was unimpressed, currently thinking about using some cotton and drybrushing it to simulate the smoke. I’ve repaired that knee joint by taking the bottom bit off of a Tau shoulder guard and gluing it in there.

2. I’m working on a terrain board. Currently I only have a 4×4 foot section, this section is cut into four 2×2 foot pieces. I’m aiming to make it 6×6 by… adding two more pieces. Four of those pieces will feature some form of hills and then I can have a whole bunch of options available for how I put them together. Modular just seemed the best way to go considering my space and storage options. Right now my table can only deal with (barely) the 4×4 foot board. No picture of that because honestly right now it’s just four things of foam board.

3. Another Crisis Suit! This one right now is just a crisis suit with a “customized” fusion blaster and an Airbursting Fragmentation Projector. I mounted the Fusion Blaster to the underside of one hand, sideways. (the barrels are oo instead of 8) I then cut the fuel cell off and glued it to where that little mounting tab would have been on the underside. I have no picture yet because it’s really nothing special yet. I’m planning on equipping it with Iridium Armour, I’m just not quite sure of how to model that yet. Possibly I might get an Ironclad or Venerable Dreadnought kit and use some of it’s bitz. But then I have a Dreadnought sitting around that I don’t want to assemble until my sister gets her Assault on Blackreach and we swap Orks for Marines and I can kit bash the Dreadnoughts.

4. Magnetizing the Skyray portion of my Hammerhead/Skyray… no picture because again, nothing really interesting. I’ve just run into difficulties getting the missiles to affix themselves nicely to the underside of their mounting wing thing.But this might be due to me using chunks of paperclip for the missiles to stick to; I’m not sure yet.

5. I know I only said four but I kind of forgot about this until now. I’ve put together some not particularly interesting ‘converted marines’ to round out the Gue’vesa Squad. Which brings it up to eleven units. So I’ll repaint my Gue’vesa’ui into a Gue’vesa’la and add in a regular Tau for the Shas’ui. Fairly unimportant at the moment since I don’t use the Imperial Armour rules for them I just field them as kit bashed Firewarriors, which really is all they are.

So, school might be stealing away a lot of my time… more than I’d like quite frankly but on the upside it’s also a source of income… which means I can afford to do what I plan to do this sunday… take as close to 1000 points of Space communists to my “Friendly not-so-Local Gaming Shop” and  see if we can’t destroy some tiny plastic people.

This is really exciting as it will be my first ‘proper’ game… you know, one where my opponent will be fully capable of informing me that I’m doing things wrong. Hopefully that doesn’t happen too often.

Anyway, today began with firing up a certain “Army list Builder” and checking how many points I have, just shy of 1400 so I only made a 1000 point list. Which… is huge, my prior matches have all been on the level of Assault on Black Reach sets so… 500 points *maybe* ;p

I then spent a good hour and a half scouring the house for my Little Grey Book and Tau Codex which got put somewhere back around Christmas when someone wanted to use the table for eating or something like that. Those found it was time to figure out transportation… which is currently looking to be a Battleforce box until I actually get to The City and can then buy a plastic stand in of some variety.

I’m taking… all 12 Kroot that I have, three groups of 6 Fire Warriors, Crisis Commander +1 Bodyguard, A Pirahna, 4 Pathfinders +Devilfish, a Broadside and then two more Crisis Suits… and I’ve just had a moment of panic because I forgot my Force Organization Chart and thought I had too many Troop Choices.

The Kroot are just kind of…. there… to soak up points. It’s either them or I try to fill the void with another Fire Warrior Squad and a group of six Gun Drones. :/ Which I’m not sure works… no, the Fire Warriors alone put me over and with the drones I’m almost 100 points over. >.<; I think I’ll go big next time and try to pick up a Skyray box and use the kit to build a Railhead… do Skyray boxes still have all the Hammerhead stuff? Of course my Marines still need an Apothecary and a Chaplain… and I should get some stuff for the Orks to keep those to armies close to par… especially since my sister prefers the Orks to the Marines…

Release the Lizards men!

Posted: October 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

Okay so maybe the title is a bit of a misnomer, I’ve only got one Lizard Man at the moment. I found a Saurus Oldblood and decided to buy it. >.> I was pretty tempted to purchase the Lizardmen Battleforce but I couldn’t swing it and the Codex at the same time. So for some reason I decided on neither. But probably around the end of October I’ll pick them up unless I decide to get something for one of my three other armies… Or more Magic. >.<;

It’s Magic!

Posted: September 25, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Okay so in the while since my last post my nerdery has increased somewhat. I picked up Magic the Gathering. Which is great because it’s something I’d been interested in for years and never got into.
I’ve been hitting it kind of hard… 1837 cards in the span of about two or three months. >.> And that’s not counting the Innistrad stuff I got yesterday and can’t add to my Inventory on yet. >.> Or the Box of Innistrad boosters I’ve pre-ordered or the Deck builder’s Toolkit that should arrive in the mail with said box of boosters.
My 40k has suffered a bit but really all that means is I haven’t been painting as much as I could what with fiddling with cards and more recently going to school.
I got my Tau Battle force as well as a Tactical Marine’s box to keep at least one of my other two armies at least somewhat near par with my Tau. Everything’s been based but more time has been sunk into the Marine’s than anything. I just have to paint on details, and then hit them with some dry brushing to rough them up so they fit decently with the other squad. I opted for a Missile Launcher and a Meltagun with this set, which will hopefully work well with the other squad that’s equipped with a Missile Launcher and a Flamer.

Well, those two pictures will show you what I’ve been working on for the last little while. Although I will inform you that the angle of the piranha is manipulated. If you saw it from the other side you’d see up under the shoulder pads at some still clearly green greenstuf. >.> You see, partway through assembly of the piranha I ran out of my Citadel Plastic glue. Having not purchased a backup yet, nor found a viable replacement in local shops… I was tasked with either using greenstuff, super glue, plastic model cement, or simply leaving it half assembled. I attempted to make do with what I had but even now the wings are a bit bendy. I’ve already managed to break one of them off and had to reattach it. At the same time I also discovered how crappy the plastic in the flight stands is. >.<; Hopefully I also learned ‘don’t glue things to flight stands’ I glued my defcoptaz, but then didn’t glue my first six gun drones. So then why did I think it a good idea to glue the piranha and shield drone?

The piranha was a little broken when I received it but it was simply a corner on the narrow end of one of the engines. I’ve repaired it with greenstuff as best I could and it still looks a bit dented but it’s significantly better than it was. The paint job is also clearly not done. The engines will be either blacked or a very dark grey. Another coat of the kommando khaki all around and then I can start focusing on lenses and the stuff in the cockpit, eventually the pilots themselves.

The Pathfinders well they’re kind of meh.They’re my first ‘all metal’ miniatures and I have to say I’m not particularly fond of the metal minis, which works out since they’ve apparently just switched over to resin… although I think the Tau only get the sniper drone team done in “Finecast” but I could be wrong as I’m going on third oor forth hand information here. Still, the metal is difficult to work with, most of my antennae were bent and I’m wary about rebending them as I don’t want to break them. I also had trouble with a couple of them not fitting into the slotta bases simply due to GW slapping their name and stuff onto the tab. I had to file that off to get them to fit. >.<; although the files have been great to work with now that I have them.

Oh and yes, that’s one blister pack of Pathfinders and then a Pathfinder Shas’ui.

Of course until I get myself a Devilfish I can’t use the Pathfinders so they weren’t exactly a well thought out purchase. :p

My next purchase is planned for three months from now. It’s looking to be a bit on the expensive side as I’ll be getting myself a Tau Battleforce. It’ll net me another XV8 and a Devilfish as well as another batch of Fire Warriors and then some Kroot and XV25’s. I almost forgot that a Markerlight Drone is also part of the Battleforce. I intend to, in the least, own one of every Tau miniature. Regardless of wether or not I ever plan to use them. Simply for the hobby aspect of things. Well and I’ll also be ordering some Plastic Glue. :p

The reason for the “three months” is that, might I add, I use the username Vault) has started a weight loss challenge. My goal being to lose thirty pounds within three months from the 25th. The battle force purchase will be a sort of reward for me reaching my goal. Or quite possibly a consolation price to take my mind off failure. ;p Well, that and it’ll take me about that long to be able to afford it on my current budget. :p Works out pretty well because Canada Post has up and decided to go on strike, meaning that, for the time being, our postal system is going to be even worse than normal. Which is terrifying and yet at the same time comforting; because as bad as they are, they could be worse. :s

First bits of colour.

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Tau, Terrain, Warhammer 40k

Well we know my Tau colour theme is brown and green. But I’ve got my first splashes of colour on my crisis suits. Particularly the three plasma rifles I’ll be running. One on my command unit and a set of twin-linked on the Broadside…. the two little canisters ones red and ones blue. That’s about as colourful as we get. :p Well, there’s some red on a flamer fuel cell as well.

But wait, you say, didn’t I just recently post that my units were ‘locked’ in combat? Well they were, but someone decided their typewriter absolutely had to be put on the dining room table instead of any of the other rampantly available counter space in the building. As a result several troops and pieces of terrain were moved. So I’ll either hope I have a picture of the table and we can go back to approximate positions later, or just start again.

I just felt I needed to break up the deep dark brown a bit. I’m still a bit cunfuzzled as to how to tackle highlighting though. I have a vague idea how it works on people, but I’ve never really seen a video on vehicles, let alone crisis suits which are vaguely giant people. >.<;

I’ve some pictures of my building taken. It’s partially painted and I just did some green stuffing on some of my edges. I could have possibly dried some drywall mud instead of green stuff but I don’t have any of that on hand. If I still had my previous job I’d have had access to a crap ton of the stuff and that would have been great. But I don’t. -.-; So I set about adding green stuff and I’ll be trying to paint it up to look like a crude weld. Which should go great considering the rest of the buildings done up in a metallic silver.

I’m also doing some mixing with my non-citadel acrylics trying to manufacture a nice rust colour but that’s not bore any fruit yet. Pictures will show up tomorrow probably. Well, later today, considering it’s 01:32 locally… kind of watching Scrapyard Challenge and painting crisis suits.

Been a while.

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Tau, Warhammer 40k

Yeah, it has, because really I haven’t been up to too much. I’m working on a little ruined building out of some of my foamboard… and not doing a lot of anything with my Tau. Because they’re stuck in a time loop repeating the same four seconds over and over.

I started a small battle against my sister, who is again playing Orks, posssibly because I mentioned at one time that Tau suck at close combat. We reached a point in the game and had to put it on hold as she had to go back home. Although the game has had an epic, epic moment already around turn three. She managed to get Nobz into assault range of one of my Fire Warrior squads… and proceeded to assault them. I rolled I made all my armour saves and took no wounds. On the strike back, I inflict one wound, winning the assault. 😀  I must have been taking all of these ‘Fire Warriors have paper armour’ comments too seriously as so far they’re not as fragile as I thought.

Then again there isn’t a single vehicle in either of the armies so maybe I shouldn’t say things like that till I’ve played a “real” game. ;p

In other news, I ordered myself some Pathfinders + Shas’Ui and a Piranha. A pair of Devilfish will probably appear whenever I decide to get another box of Fire Warriors to bump myself up to two squads of twelve.

Painting… Sept Markings are irritating. Not the circles, the stripes. Getting them even semi-consistent is hard enough, they’re still not as clean as I’d like them to be but I really don’t know how I’m going to get them to that point. Maybe if I put paper just over the edge and paint my armour colour out over it to clean up the edges. That could work… I’ll try it out later on one of the ‘dead’ guys.

Let’s see what else? I’ve got a foamboard building on the go. Big enough it’d mostly obscure a crisis suit…but I don’t think it’s wide enough to hide a tank behind. Plus by the time I finish stabbing it with a screw driver for ‘simulated battle damage’ it’ll probably have a couple holes all the way through it. :p I had a bit of a let down with my paints, erm, not the citadel ones my regular humdrum acrylics. I picked up a bottle of metallic silver thinking it’d work nice for well metallic terrain, what else? But I wasn’t smart enough to shake it in store and when I got home I discovered that it’d seperated, no big deal acrylics do that right? Well this one had partially solidified on the bottom of the bottle. So I salvaged what I could of it… and learned a lesson. Thankfully it only cost me a 1.50$ Only the one bottle was like that though the rest of what I got in that purchase was fine. Maybe it just had to do with it being metallic. >.> I got a metallic gold as well and it’s fine though. :s I don’t know anymore. Anyway, that’s my update for now.

XV-88 Reporting for duty.

Posted: February 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

A little while ago I ordered and received an XV-88 which I really hadn’t planned to do for a while yet… but I’ve been waiting for my online supplier to restock on a Privateer Press colour and needed something to do… anything really… so I ordered a Braodside and some Greenstuff because of a great conversion I’d seen done and wanted to imitate…

As you can see, the pose wound up being just a littly wonky… byt the time I realized this there wasn’t much I could do about it. >.<; I’ll have to remember to pose the arms a little betternext time. I also made a slight error when I was pinning and managed to drill all the way through the “stock” of the rifle… It didn’t hurt anythign in the end though as that “shield generator” was supposed to go there anyway. The original conversion also cut the missle pods off the second set of arms and put them on the back between the vents but I’m going to be attatching a pair of plasma rifles to the shoulder mounts… Course this conversion ate up my War Gear options so I’ll have to scavenge some, and a second plasma rifle, from one of my XV-8 kits… whenever they get here. My greenstuffing is a little rough yet but that’ll be fixed and touched up eventually, well on the gun anyway. I managed to figure out ‘gap filling’ pretty quickly. ;p Surprisingly even with all those metal bitz up front… the thing is pretty well balanced. I guess the feet and vent covers somehow manage to outweigh the railgun and a half… sadly this is as far painted as I can get without that delayed order finally showing up. >.<;


At this rate I’m going to have to order something else to keep myself busy until my main army gets here. :p I think though, that if that happens it’ll be one of the various miniatures from my rapidly growing wishlist. I’ve got all kinds of things in there from several different ranges, most of them just because I think they look cool.

Some Tau stuff.

Posted: February 5, 2011 in Gaming, Tau, Tau Fluff, Warhammer 40k
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Because I haven’t gone on about my Tau in the last little while…

These three pictures are my speculative army colour scheme. I used the fun little Tau Painter program from Bolter and Chainsword. FOr the colours I actually copy pasta’d colour swatches of Citadel range colours from an online shop into photoshop and acquired their colour codes. Those codes were punched into the painter and give a farly close rendition of the intended colour. First of course is a typical shas’la but then I was playing Dawn of War and noticed that Shas’el and the like have variant colours. I was informed that basically all that was done is that in some pieces the Sept colour and main colour were swapped. Thus the second picture, the third however is me tryingto break up the brown earthy colours. I do feel that I need a much darker orange but you can only get so dark an orange before it’s technically another brown. But thatthird scheme is just an idea for the moment. I don’t even think I ordered an orange that would work as a platform for a darker colour.

Originally that armour was meant to be Graveyard Earth but now that I have a pot it’s lighter than I thought it would be. I’ve since ordered some Privateer Press “Battlefield Brown” that may or may not replace it. My initial Tau army will be relativley small, two groups of six Fire Warriors, two Crisis Suits and then a Crisis Suit Commander. I think you can guess already that I’ll be as Crisis Suit heavy as is possible. No Broadsides as of yet though, though I have plans for at least one in the near future. I saw an amazing conversion for the rail guns that turned them into one big handheld gun… it looked really cool. It’ll require a little bit of Green Stuff which is good since I really need to fiddle around with that stuff at soem point.

Oh, my army the “Sin’shan” has been upgraded to a full fledged Sept which I’m currently calling ‘He’eio’kio’ which is more or less ‘uncountable trees’ hence the foresty colour scheme.

Because I didn’t think of it soon enough and I kept forgetting to take a picture of the table after every assault phase… I did take a few general pictures and some of a few more notable moments. So anyway… I played my Space Marines, my opponent/sister (literally the only person I can play against, aside from myself maybe) ran  my Orks.

Before the game started, we rolled Capture and Control and you can sort of see my objective being up on a ‘cliff’ there and hers hidiing right behind a different piece. As you can see we both left the scarier units in reserve… :p

A not very good shot showing that the Nobz started to circle around on her right, one group of Boyz started heading up the middle of the table and the other group kind of hung out at her objective marker.I did something similar, except I completely ignored the Nobz and started heading up the middle, and sent the Captain/Tactical Squad and the Terminators around on *my* right. >.> I made a bit of a tactical error here by placing my Flamer Marine at the back of the squad, he never gets a chance to do a freaking thing… but as I was paranoid about Orks getting closer than I wanted I kept him around and effectivley lost myself a die every shooting phase after the first casualty. >.<;

Thundaface, the Waaaghboss finally succumbs to a hail or three of bolterfire… This is when I realized I probably should be taking more pictures than I had been. >.>

Beginning of Turn 3… we realized partway through Turn 2 that we’d forgotten to roll reserves… I remembered to roll mine and thus my Dreadnought popped up on my half of the table… then started trying to get int he way of the Nobz who were getting uncomfortably close to my Objective Marker. Yes, the pile of rocks on the ‘cliff, which is in fact the cliff the Cadians were standin on in my last post… so you uhm… can sort of see it now. >.> My Terminators took some casualties… being knocked down to just the two of them, apparently though that made them less of a threat than the Tactical Squad with it’s Missile Launcher. Or Captain Valerus Perun… who was also pretty much ignored. Now I’m not too sure how I’, ‘supposed’ to be using the rule for units that lose most of their units. I forget the exact percentage off hand… anyway we’ve been rolling a morale check, if passed the first time the unit continues to function. If initially failed you start to Fall Back. Every turn after that you roll a morale check again. If you pass the unit stays wherever it was after it’s last fall back. If it fails the unit retreats further.Vaultus Duait couldn’t handle that group of Nobz all by himself once they closed to melee range. If I recall rightly he managed to drop one with his flamer before the Assault Phase… wherein he managed to drop another one leavig him to deal with two of the green buggers… which apparently wasn’t in the cards… or dice.The table at the end of Turn 6… That last unit of Boyz started to get thinned out… the other unit, down to two models, retreated off the table… The Nobz failed a morale check and started to head backwards leaving my Objective uncontested… unfortunatly I couldn’t get any models close enough to even contest her Objective… even if I could those Boyz camped on it made any attempts redundant. The Coptaz never made an appearance… and we didn’t have time to continue into a Turn 7 or we probably would have. As things stood they were in my favor… but those Coptaz probably would have put a giant green wrinkle in my plans.

Now, last but not least… a not so great picture of the partially painted Gue’vesa I converted.

Right now I’ve just touched the jacket with Camo Green and the pants with Khommando Khaki. My Sept colours are very green/brown as they’re from a heavily forested world. >.> Though I’m thus far refusing to do a ‘camoflauge pattern’ because I usually don’t care for how they look on the models.  They’re halted at this stage as I’m waiting for an order from that’s being held up while they restock one of the things I ordered. I could have had them send it anyway and then just ordered the pot of  P3 ‘Battlefield Brown’ when they restocked it later but it’s kind of integral as my armour is probably going to be that colour. :p I was originally planning Graveyard Earth but it’s a lot lighter than I thought…