Tentacles for the All Father!

I painted some terminators a couple of years ago now. They were re-purposed Assault on Black Reach models I inherited, and then I magnetized the arms that weren’t already cemented on. So right in time for our last game I finished a magnetized Power Tentacle arm!

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I did the crux terminatus  on the shoulder pad a little differently this time too. When I first painted them I conceived that these guys were sort of “no nonsense” and went for a basic color scheme. So their armor is mechanicus standard gray with a black ink wash with the crux being the old charadon granite color. Looks ok, I guess, when you look at it three inches from your eyeball but on the table, when one is playing, it blends in too much and the whole model seems like maybe they are taking their spartan aesthetics just a bit too far.

So for the power tentacle pad I used fenris blue, drowned it in black ink, then relayered with blue.  Highlighted with a bit of lothern blue and then a touch of white.  I thought this might be a bit more noticeable and add a bit of color and interest while preserving my original ideas.  I probably won’t bother to go back and redo the old guys, but going forward I think I like the new crux much better.

 

 

 

Flesh Hounds of Distraction

So I completed a unit of five Kromlech gnaws well over a year ago, but I recently found the first two pictures in my drafts folder and thought I might as well post them.  Five is sort of the magic number (in addition to eight of course) because I use them as a stand in for flesh hounds of Khorne and that is the minimum number to form a pack of these gribblies.

The gnaw with the ring in his nose is the serious one of the group.

I wish Kromlech had more than six different sculpts of gnaws so I could buy more different looking ones and expand my pack of giant squig daemon thingies.  I’ve used them in games a lot and they’ve died a lot (perhaps I should call them flesh hounds of Distraction?) and as expected massacred more than their share of imperial and xenos scum alike.  I’m sure Khorne would approve for “Khorne cares not whe-” … well, you get the idea.

One thing I like about these guys is how happy they look, except for that one guy.

The third picture below is much later, from the most recent game of 40K I played in February 2017.  They are pretty meaty beasts; I could almost see an ork, bloodletter, or human sorcerer riding one into battle.  Maybe not the one with the ridge of dorsal spines though.

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They always seem to end up in a conga line for some reason.  Too bad they don’t have arms!

So I have one one gnaw left that I’ve never painted; the only one coincidentally who has a proper nose. I have avoided the official flesh hounds for a number of reasons. Foremost is because I don’t care for the daemon meets ceratopsian look. I figure at about $10 per model I should at least like the sculpts. Also, I’ve found GW’s resin to be very hit or miss in terms of quality.

Not sure if I’m going to need more flesh hounds, but if I do I still have the gnaw with a nose to paint as well as a box of chaos warhounds I put together but haven’t primed yet. For now though the small pack of five is fulfilling the role I want for my giant daemon dog grinning squig thingies.  Lord Khorne and Lady Distraction are both well pleased!

Four Not So Blind Mice

I recently finished another mouse miniature from my stocks of Netherworld’s Edge miniatures I purchased back at a gaming convention in 2015.  The background is a Doctor Seuss-like forest my friend’s daughter made and was kind enough to gift me with.  Seems an appropriate setting for a party of mouse adventurers.

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Boldly leading the way with sword and torch!

I thought the bases on the other three miniatures could have used a little more color to contrast the brown, so on this new guy I added a little bright green as well as a rock I picked out of my shoe at the gym.

The photo makes my newest mouse appear a bit more glossy than he is in person.  As usual with metal miniatures I plan on using for gaming I brushed on one coat of glossy varnish and two matte coats.  While I do like how they look (especially the bases) without the varnish, I have found it necessary to protect my metal miniatures after some hard-won experience with my metal, gretchin artillerists.

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Posing with three other mice I painted some time ago.

These miniatures were originally produced for the Netherworld’s Edge game, and I bought them from Zombiemsith at Dundracon 2015 in San Ramon, California.  So far I have only used them in as artillery mice in Warhammer 40K.  For opponents who won’t have the verisimilitude of the game disrupted by substituting mice for goblins, they are about the same size and they do offer the advantage that my opponent won’t get my artillery goblins confused with the one or two squads of goblin infantry I often include in such games.

 

 

The Hills are Alive …

ItSo I thought I would add a section to my blog for the occasional non-gaming related post like this one.  We get a lot of rain around Santa Cruz in the winter, and we’ve had quite a few slides in my neighborhood lately.  Most of them have been comparatively minor this year, until this one.

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The Hills are Alive!

This is the main road loading into town, so that’s interesting.  It also took out the power and as I type this power has been out for a couple of days.  We own a generator, fortunately.  From the sounds of engines emanating from all directions of our redwood forest, I’m guessing we aren’t the only ones.

You know, when I first moved here a couple of years ago I sort of smiled at the weather since I’m from New England and to my thinking winter includes things like snow.  A couple years of drought conditions, with little rain, lulled me into a false sense of bravado.  I’m not laughing anymore. 🙂

Edit on January 24, 2017:  That tree behind the slide, which looks like it is standing up straight in the road, apparently is.  I originally thought it was a trick of perspective, but it turns out I was wrong.  Here is another picture of the slide.

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A friend’s Sage from Talisman

My friend, Warboss Mark, was kind enough to allow me to post a picture of a figure he recently painted from the Talisman board game:  the Sage.  I thought he came out looking pretty good and it is always more fun to play board games where the figures are painted.

Thanks, Mark!

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Imperial Guard vs. Orks (1500 Points)

Santa Cruz Sector, December 14, 2016.

So I played my first game of 40K recently at Mythic Games in after taking well over a year off.  It was Guard versus Orks. Eternal War Scenario: Big Guns Never Tire.  Some pictures from our game:

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Manticores deliver an interesting and indisputable form of Detante.

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Boyz piling out of their wrecked trukk: a pretty common sight for these guys.

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Outflanking mechanized infantry on the attack.

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Tearing the turrets off of APC’s and throwing them with lethal effect at the disembarking infantry.

Ork Goliath Mine

In the spirit of working on projects I had left half-finished when I took my break from miniatures, I recently completed this goliath mine from Kromlech.  The first time I had heard of a goliath mine was when I saw one at a military museum many years ago.

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Goliath mine aka “Mecha Bomb Squig”

I also started a building a unit of tankbustas.  The nob, with the mine controller, is again from Kromlech.  I might do a little more dry brushing on the nob, but I haven’t decided yet.  If I had him to do over again I would consider experimenting with liquid green stuff and see if I could hide the seam where his arms attach to his torso.

I might also try adding some dust to the treads on the mine, but then again I might not.

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Tankbusta nob with goliath mine controller and a couple of his toadies.

So moving forward the plan is to build some more rank and file tankbusta boyz.  After more than four years of using nothing for elites in my army except nobz, I think it is time to add a little variety.

I’m not sure why they wear great coats and winter hats in the desert.  Perhaps they are in a cold desert or more likely being orks they are just crazy and/or the heat doesn’t affect them like one would reasonably expect, because everyone knows (when they think about it) that orks are much tougher than weedy gits like humans and eldar and such.