Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Progress! (Well, a little bit)

I haven't been able to do as much as I intended to up to this point (car issues, etc.) but I do have some progress to report. On the Epic front:

  • I've based and primed all of the Imperial Guard troop stands for a 3000 point list
  • I've assembled and primed a company of Leman Russ tanks
  • I've assembled and primed a unit of Chimeras for the HQ section of the force
  • I've assembled and primed an artillery company of Armageddon-pattern Earthshakers
  • The Hydra and Sentinel units just need some touchups, and they're done
 As for Warmaster, I've had a bit of a change - instead of Tomb Kings, I'll be taking a Chaos Mortals army. I wound up getting a really great deal on a partially painted Chaos army (with case!) so I decided to go with the army I had a head-start with. I usually don't deal with other people's paint jobs, but in this case, the previous owner had done a really good job - the downside is that I'm going to have to try to replicate his work as closely as possible to keep everything coherent.

I'll wind up doing more painting than I would with the Tomb Kings (Step one: Spray white; Step 2: Wash brown; Step 3: Rejoice!), but Chaos is a harder hitting force that doesn't have as many subtleties as the Tomb Kings. Also, being inexperienced, I think it will be a better first army for me - at least I hope it will be!

So, that being said, I've got the remaining unpainted models primed and ready to go - next post, I'll try to have some photos!

Monday, January 7, 2013

On Guard for Adepticon!

Adepticon! Yep, I'm really going to try to make it this year. I wanted to go last year, but didn't think anyone else was interested. After the event, I found out Dave went and I was really bummed that I hadn't said anything. We're making plans to go this year though - I'm saving up right now to make it happen.

In keeping with the "Getting Things Done" theme, I'm going to need two fully painted armies - one Epic and one Warmaster. This is just more incentive to get these armies done, though I have a strict time limit now.

My original goal was to finish up my Orks to have a 3000 point force to be able to base additional units off of. The problem is that I'm just not having a lot of fun with da boyz in the recent games I've been playing. Case in point - yesterday, I played a game against a Space Marine force. By the end of turn one, I had lost over two-thirds of my force! Granted, I had made a few tactical errors (keep the boyz in cover!), and my opponent is really good, but a major factor was that I couldn't roll decent numbers on the dice to save my life. It doesn't help that Orks are terrible at shooting, and even worse when they double.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013 - The Year of Getting Things Done (TM)

2012 is gone and what do I have to show for it? A few extra pounds (and not the good British kind, the bad other kind) and not much else. All my grand plans, and nothing to show for them. Sigh...

Well, that's not going to fly in 2013. I'm through with making plans and then procrastinating on them. 2013 is officially "The Year of Getting Things Done". What "Things" am I going to "Get Done"? I'm glad I asked:

I've got three Warmaster Armies sitting around in boxes at the moment - Empire, Orcs and Goblins, and Khemri. Do I plan on finishing all three? No - if I do, I'll just go crazy and work on bits at a time and never get anything accomplished. I started on the Night Goblins for the O&G army, but I'm not 100% satisfied with the way they're coming out. Therefore, I'll concentrate on the Khemri army. Skeletons are relatively quick and easy to paint, and I should be able to get the army done in a relatively short time. I'd really like to something like Vincent's beautiful Khemri, but I know that I will never have the time or patience to do all of the work required to do the shield customizations.

Where to begin? I've got Epic armies - lots and lots of Epic armies. A couple of Space Marine armies, Orks, Necrons, Sisters of Battle, Chaos, and numerous Imperial Guard armies. So many armies, so little time... But, like the Warmaster armies, I don't plan on doing all of the Epic armies in one fell swoop. The plan is as follows:

Finish the Orks - I really only need a few more units to finish off the army, so they need to be my primary objective. A Gargant, some Stompas, and another mob of boyz and that army will be done (minus various options, but I won't worry about those for now.)

Finish one of the Imperial Guard armies - Again, I can't do all three or I'll just wind up dealing with analysis paralysis and staring at a pile of metal and plastic. Again, I have a leg up on this - I have some units already done. I had previously painted most of a Guard army, but I didn't prime them properly, and the paint started to come off during in-game handling. Also, as a bonus, the infantry can fill in for any of the other Guard armies!