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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…

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.

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…

Whelp, my own personal computer died so I’m being forced to type this up on the other computer in the building. Not too terrible as it’s by far superior to my old machine which is a veritable fossil by comparison. It does however mean that the picture I took of my assembled and partially painted Gue’vesa units is stuck on a machine that likes to freeze up on me every couple of minutes. When you run XP with around 500mb of ram that couple minutes hardly gets windows to a useable state. >.<;  I also cleared off my camera’s memory card just prior to these issues cropping up so even that doesn’t save me. I’ll have to take the picture again for the next post… because I’m not about to wander off now and do it, it’d break my chain of thought and stop me from rambling on. We can’t have that now can we?

First up we have my AoB Warboss… whom I call Thundaface and the rest of the Orks are part of the “Reavadags” an Orkyfication of River Dogs… Because there’s a TV show here based on my little chunk of nowhere. In it at one point was a band called ‘Thunderface’ and the local sports team was the River Dogs… from Dog River. >.> He’s painted pretty much exclusively with my ‘Decoart’ paints, as are the rest of the Orks… The only Citadel paints I used were uh… Boltgun Metal… and Blood Red for the eyes. >.> He’s got some WAAAGH paint on… as do all of my non-hat wearing Orks do. In a variety of colours… some of them have it on their arms as well, I just thought it looked amusing. >.<; I’m not allowed to buy anymore Orks for this army because that green is a hodgepodge mixture of several of my paints that I probably couldn’t re-create if I wanted to. Well, I mean… I’m still planning to get some Squigs but they’re just for shelf use… because I like Squigs. Oh and derp, that angle and lighting shows unpainted parts in my gun barrels. :s

I might be trying to make a Grot Tank sometime in the future as someone on the MWG forum posted some homebrew rules for little Arena battles between Grot Tanks and it just sounds amusing to me… and I’m on the wrong continent to try ordering the “proper” Forgeworld kit. Or I’d just get those… and an Orca… and a Tetra one of their Piranha and a bunch of their Crisis Suits. >.> Luckily for me it’s to fidgety to convert currency and shipping is really expensive and whatnot. Maybe eventually I’ll visit my relatives in England again and make a stop off to buy a bunch of their stuff. Course I’d be restricted t what I can fit in a carry on bag, because like hell would I be  putting that through the hell that is the luggage department. :s Or I could get a proper suitcase instead of a dufflebag…

Next is a just for fun picture of some Terrain I made… it’s just three levels of “cliff” just large enough to obscure about half odf a Dreadnought and thus technically give a cover save… at least I think that’s how the rule works. If the picture was actually supposed to be of the Terrain then well, it’s be horrible, this should be seen from one of the sides otherwise you get a photo like this and miss you know, the entire thing. Instead though the four spare Imperial Cadians who I could have saved and converted to Gue’vesa later on but I assembled and started painting just for the fun of it. THey were the “peg and hole” variety of miniature so there really wasn’t much I could do if I’d tried to save them for bitz or anything. Uh… they’re Codex Gray fatigues roughed up with Graveyard Earth and Kommando Khaki. Then any black bits were drybrushed with Blood Red? Then any Aquila got the same treatment before faces got hit with Dwarf Flesh and then Elf Flesh. then everything got covered with a nice homemade black “wash” (simply watered down paint). They still look largely unfinished but I’m not quite sure what to do with them. >.<;

Uh, I’ve got a ruined building made from foamboard busy getting a little bit melted by spraypaint… I really like the foamboard because it doesn’t melt as dramatically as the styrofoam  I used earlier. You hit it a little heavily and you get this nice rough looking spot. Breaks up the flat parts and saves you putting rocks or dirt *everywhere*. Uh, I had some long strips left over so I cut them into vaguely block shapes and glued them up into a hodgepodgey little wall section. It’s also being melted a bit at the moment. I’ve also got a proper undamaged building assembled… but nothing glued into place. I’ve just ‘nailed’ it together with toothpick halfs so I can fit it together and abuse some of my measuring whoopsies into shape. I intent to put a signboard up on top but I’m not sure what I want it to say… I’ve got a bunch of Imperial Propaganda pictures I pulled off of google so maybe something from those can be shooped to fit it. I’ve also got to figure out how to make a door for it… I’m not confident enough at all in my freehand painting skills to consider just trying to paint one on. >.<;

Uhm, yeah that’s about it…