Tuesday, 30 August 2016

That Dreaded Hobby List...


To break up the writing of this post I stole some images off google after typing "to do list funny" as the alternative, of actually taking pictures of the reams of stuff I still have to do, was far too depressing.

So, firstly, the practical...

I have the grot revolution army. I am two converted deathstrikes to build, and then paint those and one deathstrike and three manticores, and that army is DONE. I should really jump to this so that I can say I have completed something...

But at the moment my attention is more on my deffskulls, which was supposed to be a "use up stuff in the bitzbox" project but I keep having ideas... I currently have about 50 boyz to paint, 10 burnas, 12 tankbustas, 5 flash gitz, 7 warbuggies and an aegis defence line. I also have ideas for converting a truk, a couple battlewagons, some deffkoptas, and at least one more warbuggy. I keep seeing things and thinking "ooh it'd be cool to loot THAT" so the list grows...


Then on to the more difficult stuff to get round to. I have that entire skitarii/blood angel force that I had built and undercoated and just started doing test models for when an FAQ made that army illegal... not entirely sure where to go with that one at the moment... very much lacking inspiration...

Add on to that a Betrayal at Calth set, a Deathwatch game, a sudden urge to buy more Deathwatch miniatures and make an army of them, plus a club copy of Assassination: Execution Force and my own copy of Dreadfleet (plus technically finish off the clubs copy of the same game...)

I also have a fucktonne of unpainted guardsmen that are just generic for no particular army style, and about a dozen tanks to paint to match the rest of them, plus a vulture and a Valkyrie too.


Finally we come to the more hypothetical. I still have plans for another 3k of 40k Orks, entitled Project Bedrock, that will require a lot of conversions.

I also have a penal battalion idea for a guard army of about 3000 points also.

Both of the above armies I already have some models for, a list to work towards and solid plans in place for. So which will be my next collection? Probably Deathwatch. Cos, y'know, shiny...


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Charity Fundraiser: Win a Knight!


Late last year/early this year we ran a charity fundraiser for a club member who had some tragic times at home, the top prize being a pro-painted knight. The guy who did the paintjob for the lucky winner is now doing an appeal of his own, so let's keep this good karma roll going :)

Please support this worthy cause at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AdeptusAstartes?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socsponmobile&utm_content=AdeptusAstartes&utm_campaign=post-sponsorship-donation-mobile

Monday, 22 August 2016

Deffskulls: Another Battering by the Mechanicum

On Saturday night I had an unexpected opportunity for a game of 40k, a lrage game, 3k, which I could just about manage with the deffskulls stuff I have. Took almost everything. Up against 3k of mechanicum. That hurt...

I mean, it started well enough... I had lots of guns...


I was being sneaky...


There was a reason I was being sneaky... well, two reasons actually...


 The boyz I sent to keep him busy took a couple hull points off him but didn't like all the stampy stampy flameyness of the thing...


And when I did stop being sneaky, I got immobilised... The Gorkanaut NEEDS to be a super heavy, it's silly that normal vehicle damage (1 grav shot) can completely neuter it. It did very little for the rest of the game, until down to one hull point my opponent decided to finish me off in combat with a haywire grenade... which went wrong...

 
 
It was a solid loss. Although playing maelstrom AND kill points, I was on an uphill struggle from the start. Man of the match goes to the Mekboy junka in the centre of the battlefield. He took a couple shots with the SAG, then on a critical turn, fired up his turbo charga, lurched forward, sat on the objective I needed and scorched a skitarrii squad from the face of the earth, scoring the point for killing something in the shooting phase AND earning a kill point. He also lured the robots in to get revenge, which put them in range of the tankbustas the following turn. If only the battle for the board had gone as well as the battle for the centre.
 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Deffskulls: There are too many of them!

So, I'm musing on what to take to a 1500 point almost highlander style tournament in November... I am planning to take the Deffskulls, which means we need guns... lots of guns...
 

I have also built a display board that would be fun to take, and the Gorkanaut as the centrepiece. However, the gorkanaut just isn't very good from a rules point of view. And I am going to a tournament. I'm not the type to take a cheesy deathstar beat face list, but at the same time do I want to add in a deliberate handicap? If it was 1850 points, I'd go with it, but in such a small points list, 250 or so on an armour 13 walker that can be one shot-BOOMED out of the game is a hell of a risk...

So here are the bones of the list I'm forming, it works out at roughly 1500, I need to refine wargear as I'm working on rough numbers here.

Your list is allowed a total of two duplications, no triples. I kinda wanted to have two squads of shoota boyz and not bother with the grots, but I decided that more tankbustas was just better with so many extra guns...

HQ (Warlord) Big Mek Mega Armour KFF Da Dead Shiny Shoota Gitfinda

HQ Big Mek Shok Attack Gun Gitfinda 3 Ammo Runts

T 10 Boyz, shootas, big shoota, Nob Bosspole

T 10 Gretchin and Runtherd

E 12 Tankbustas inc PK Nob, 1 Tankhammer, 2 bomb squigs
 ded tran Truk, ram

E 12 Tankbustas inc PK Nob, 1 Tankhammer, 2 bomb squigs
 ded tran Truk, ram

HS 10 Lootas

HS 10 Lootas

HS 10 Flashgitz
 ded tran Battlewagon, ram, Zzapgun, 4 rokkits

Idea being to put lootas and SAG in some cover (put the SAG in a squad for ablative wounds) use either the gretchin or the orks (whichever ISN'T with the SAG) to grab a spare objective, and then have the tankbustas and flashgitz plod along doing drivebys at whatever they can. The warlord joins the flashgitz making the BW more survivable and granting the squad slow and purposeful, which makes those squad equipped Gitfindas all the tastier. Could arguably put the SAG in with this squad too, but that may be overkill for a single target... however if playing against a deathstar list in a tournament setting, there's no kill like overkill...

Now normally in Ork lists, I'd say this was ridiculously thin on numbers, but it DOES have lots of guns... which is what the deffskulls are about. I just wish I had more points, as right now I have too many cool conversion ideas that I wanted to show off to choose from... I have my Gorkanaut, ideas for warbuggies and deffkoptas, killa kans... I won't be able to use any of them...

Friday, 12 August 2016

Deffskulls: Raid

My tribe have fallen upon an undefended imperial world of miniscule military value this week... in essence, odd number of people at the club, so I volunteered to sit out and get some cool pics of the ongoing action. Took a few action shots of my unopposed models just for fun.


Taking these shots (and I do think I got some good ones) made me appreciate digital technology... I had so many blurry shots trying to get some of these, I would have wasted so much film back in the day... or, I would have taken one of each and then griped when half my photos didn't come out.


Anyway, from a modelling the deffskulls point of view, no military assets were seized, although they did steal some civilian vehicles that may be put to use in the future...



Saturday, 6 August 2016

Deffskulls: Gorkanaut... kinda...

And here it is, treading through the mud, my looted Gorkanaut.


Oh how I wish these things had better rules... maybe in the next Ork codex they'll give them the super heavy rule and this conversion will make more sense.


As it is at the moment, it covers all the bases. A gatling style gun, a big fist, 2 big shootas, a skorcha and 2 wrist mounted rockets, plus a transport capacity and a disembarkation point that is clearly not an assault capable vehicle (seriously, you ever tried to climb/descend a rope ladder in a hurry? Better off jumping...)


The "driver" was somewhat inspired by ratatouille, I had planned to pose him more that way, pulling random wires to make the knight act, but then I thought that sticking the live and the neutral together and just activating EVERYTHING, guns, legs, arms, fists, all in one orgy of electrocuted destruction... that's much more orky...


I'm shocked at the boyz, they put elf n safety railings at the back rather than leaving them open for pushing off grots...


And here he is at the top of his path across the display board,along with aerial escort. They're the only two things I know I'm taking, as they have gaps for them. The rest of the force is still to be decided, based on what I loot over the next few months :-P

Friday, 5 August 2016

Deffskulls: What have they got in there, King Kong?


 
 

Anybody hear that? It's a, um... It's an impact tremor, that's what it is... I'm fairly alarmed here.