Attack of #HobbyADD – Infinity, Malifaux and 40k in between…

Well, as always, I am suffering from #HobbyADD, but at the moment I think its a particularly advanced case! I’ve almost completed my #WAACPainting entry – the models are done – I just need some decent photos for an entry.  I’m looking a knocking up a quick display board to take the photos on. So, current projects (in no particular order)!

1)  Infinity Nomads!  I’m very excited about Infinity!  It looks like an amazing system, and the skirmish nature means I don’t need to assemble and paint huge numbers.  Plus nuns with guns – my battle sisters can stride onto a new battlefield.  I think I can hold off until Ice Storm though!

2)  Malifaux I have a Lady Justice crew half assembled (I still need to put the Death Marshalls together.  Interesting system with the card deck, and fascinating fluff and gorgeous models.  Only problem is that I keep eying up Viktoria’s crew and Gremlins….. Hopefully I can stick to my guns (of justice!)

3) 40K – Sisters of Battle I need to paint about 2 models to “finish” my Order of the Argent Shroud, and about 6 models to “finish” my Order of the Verdant Garden.  So close….

4) 40K – Imperial Fists This is my current “Churn em out army”.  I do like the Sons of Dorn, and these will probably be my standard go to 40k army for a while.  Assault terminators and forge world pads on the way to bolster a Lysander charge 🙂

5) 40K – Pirate Orks Pirate orks.   What more can I say?  I have a fair few Orks from Assault on Black Reach, and Stormclaw may be lurking for an upcoming birthday.  I’ve also got RTB02 ready to be repainted and take the field.  Add some Flash Gitz, and Cap’n Kipp’s Freebootaz could be ready to go!  Its a heck of a lot of models though, so I may end up holding off here.

6) 40K – Dark Craftworld Dark Eldar I have a reasonably DE force in need of some TLC.  I’m really tempted to reorganise it as a fallen craft world and paint it in aspect colours – Striking Scorpion green for Incubi, blaster wielding kabalites as fire dragons, kabalites as Dire Avenger blues, Wyches in howling banshee bone and so on.

7) Ax Faction minis for fun I’m looking at using some of these as Inquisition forces too, so not purely just for fun.  Cracking sculpts on these.

8) 40K – Fallen Angels This army has been lurking for ages and been bolstered by the DV set.  Totally unpainted for over 7 years….. I really should at least prime them!!!

9) 40K – RTB01 Crimson Fists Army Ah, my beloved Crimson Fists!  Painstakingly gathered from eBay to replace an army that got lost on a train years ago.  The plan is to recreate the classic Rogue Trader front cover.  Navy primer is ready to go!

10) 40K – Ultramarines More marines!  I actually have a fairly decent collection of ultramarines, some primed, some badly painted.  I’m just missing a HQ force here really!  Ironclad dreadnoughts and bikers recently added to the increasing forces.   I now have a complete enough force not to worry about these!  Counting Ultramarines as done!

11) 40K – Crimson Slaughter I have a reasonably solid force of CSMs in red and gold, perfect for the role of Crimson Slaughter.  With the addition of the Crimson Slaughter specific models from the DV set, this would be a great little force (possibly in need of a bastion or helturkey for anti air).  Just the CSMs from DV to paint here, though a fair few khorne beserkers need some finishing too.

12)  X-Wing Not started here, but a good guy locally loves it, and wants to play.  I love Star Wars, so I suspect mistakes will be made here 😉

13)  Armada If I like Star Wars star fighters, running a fleet as an admiral????  Yeah, this is happening.

14) DnD 5e Absolutely love everything I’ve seen for this so far!  Just wish digital versions of the core books were coming out as space is an issue.

15) 40K – Space Wolves My first 40K force back in the 80s!  The storm claw set has sucked me back in.  I’m not a huge fan of a lot of the recent vehicles, but the current character modelling is amazing.  Definitely to be painted in grey instead of the rubbish modern light blue though.  Will probably just be an allies force rather than a full blown 1850pts army.

16)  40K – Blood Angels Really struggling for enthusiasm here!  I have some really quite nice chapter leaders painted up, and some gorgeous terminators from Space Hulk to paint.  I have primed basic troops, and unbuilt death company and sanguinary guard.  Just not feeling too enthused, particularly without a current codex.

17) 40K – Silver Skulls Loads of unbuilt models for this, and they fit with my long term plans of having a range of silver armies sharing some vehicles with magnetised logos with my Order of the Argent Shroud and Grey Knights.  Need to work out the skulls for the shoulders and a quick effective paint scheme here!

18)  40K – Eldar Loads of unpainted Eldar, and loads of painted ones! Recently bolsters by  Eldrad, a new Avatar and some warlocks.  I need to sort out some effective fighting forces here – I think painting the remaining ones is quite low down the list.  Really tempted to add more wraith warriors at all levels though ….

19)  40K – Tau My Tau are pretty much done with a reasonable force.  There are a couple of options half painted that I’d like to finish off, and perhaps add some broadsides and riptides, but generally these are pretty low on the list as they have a fully painted force!  Ticking these off the list as have a sorted out painted playable army matching all my main criteria.  Not ideal, as could do with slightly different options, but cool.

20)  40K – Grey Knights! New codex due out, decent force already, and only a couple of things needed to be finished or assembled to finish them off!  Also awesome with the new psychic phase.  These guys may well be seeing the table again soon.  Dreadknight is tempting me!

21) 40K – Imperial Guard Valhallans Pretty much sorted out and ready to go!  Not great paint jobs, but OK enough to get by.  some basing of heavy weapons needed here.

22) 40K – Imperial Guard Cadians Ouch.  Loads of men, not much paint, and pretty much every heavy weapons squad needs to be rebased.  Lots and lots of work, not much enthusiasm at present 🙁

23) 40K – Legion of the Damned I have 15 Legion to be painted to use as an allied force to other Imperial types.  Struggling to get enthused though.

24) 40K – Deathwatch I have a 10 man squad with custom pads (both DW and a range of chapters), heads, guns, all ready to be assembled!  Must get around to building and painting these.  Very excited with my Inquistions types.

25) 40K – Inquisition I have a load of models from a range of manufacturers to put together as my Inquistion force.  Female paladins as crusaders, floating psykers, daemonhosts, the lot!  Very cool and good allies for almost all the other Imperial forces.  Quite excited, but as I haven’t started they are quite low down the list.

26)  40K – Tyranids I’d love to get this army finished to at least 1850 points!  They look gorgeous, and are easy to do.  I’m struggling motivation wise here as I basically need to buy a fresh army to make them playable with tervigons, more termagants and flying MCs.  I have genestealers aplenty to paint.  Hmm.

27) 40K – Necrons I have a fully painted army of these bad boys – rubbish in the current game, but fully painted and ready to go.  w00t!!!!  Could do with some newer models, but not loving the new fluff anyway. Counting these as done for now!  I have a complete playable and painted army all sorted out.  Not great, but done!

28) 40K – Militarum Tempestus I have a reasonable number of Karskrin Stormtrooper squads here.  No new stormtroopers, but enough to work well with inquisition or guard voices quite effectively!  None really painted, boo hiss!

29)  Scenary! I have a huge amount of scenery to assemble and/or paint.  From an Imperial City to Altars of Chaos, it’d look amazing on my battle board.  As it doesn’t affect my actual games too much though, difficult to find the time!

Sooo, 29 reasonably sized projects, and possibly a few more kickstarter bits to go too.  Ouch!  #HobbyADD indeed!

Imperial Fists – Progress?

Well, though I haven’t progressed much, I have got a few things ready!

In addition to the three tactical squads waiting on the workbench, I’ve primed in Army Painter Daemonic Yellow:

  • Captain Lysander
  • A Devastator squad
  • A Sternguard Squad
  • A Stormtalon

That will take me into heady heights of actually having an army … with a flyer, once actually painted.

At the moment, I have painted:

  • A Captain with Lightning Claw and Storm Bolter
  • A Command squad with banner, meltgun, power fist, champion and apothecary
  • A Scout Squad with sniper rifles
  • 2 painted sergeants

Thats not a lot!  In process, at a three colour minimum standard (waiting transfers, washes and varnishing):

  • A dreadnaught with assault cannon or lascannons
  • A Predator
  • A squad of Terminators with Assault Cannon

And on the work bench, with just yellow and a few touches:

  • 28 tactical marines
  • a dreadnaught with lascannons and missile launcher

Thats a pretty reasonable force once complete.  If I can get things assembled and up to a 3 colour minimum I’d be happy to get them on the field – I think my enthusiasm to finish them will go up once I see them in battle!

For fluff, I think I’d really like a vindicator and some assault terminators, but they aren’t high on my list!  A couple of rhinos to carry troops to the front under siege are more tempting in the shorter term.

The Dark Eldar arrive

Days after posting about finishing the Imperial Fists as my main goal, my hobby ADD seems to have kicked in already…. and a full Dark Eldar army is winging its way to me via ebay.  This consists of:

  • 3x raiders (2 need minor repairs)
  • 1x ravager
  • 1x talos pain engine
  • 9x revear jetbikes
  • 20x wyches (need minor repairs)
  • 1x succubus (finecast)
  • 1x archon (finecast)
  • 5x incubi (metal)
  • 36x warriors
  • 2 custom cases from KR multicass
  • 1x codex: Dark Eldar
  • 1x box mandrakes (metal) unbuilt
  • 1x venom unopened
  • 1x wyches unopened

Thats quite a few DE!  Of course, I don’t know their current exact load out, but it should be fun!  I must stay the course, though – finishing the Imperial Fists comes first! Honest…..

Imperial Fists Kill Team

Imperial Fists Kill Team – 200/200pts

The Imperial Fists rely on exact bolter fire to decimate the opposition.  When an enemy target must be taken out, none do better than the elite – the Sternguard of the 1st Company, whose range of weaponry, precise fire and lethal ammunition can annhilate almost any foe.

Unlike many Sternguard squads, Squad Nikon is geared for assault missions, laden with various flame weapons.  At range or in close quarters, they get the job done.

Sternguard Squad Nikon – 120pts

Sergeant Nikon (Veteran Sergeant) – Powerfist and Plasma Pistol (40pts)

Brother Nereus – Combi-plasma (10pts)

Brother  Leontios – Combi-flamer (10pts)

Brother Iason – Combi-flamer (10pts)

Brother Hilarion – Heavy Flamer (10pts)

New Years Hobby Resolutions!

Well, 2014 has begun, and with it a whole slew of resolutions that I’m sure I’ll break 🙂

I’ve decided that I need to get more done hobby wise, but trying for a fixed “x amount a week” just isn’t going to work, particularly with a little baby girl who is gifted at scuppering plans 🙂 With that said, my goals for 2014 are to:

“Finish” two 40k armies!

That sounds easy, doesn’t  it?  For a finished army, I have decided that I need to have – a kill team, a 1000pts list, a 1500pts list, and an 1850pts list, with all the models painted to a decent standard.  The lists will overlap – that isn’t going to be 4500pts of models, but that should get me to the point where I’m happy with an army I can pick up and play.  Should be very doable if I can fit in some hobby time occasionally and restrain my hobby ADD 😉

My current army I’m working on is Imperial Fists.  After that, well, who knows.  Probably either smurfs or fallen angels, now the Cypher data slate is out …though the new tyranids look interesting ….

I have a lot of finishing work to do on a range of armies, so if I can beat two, great!  If not, I think finishing 2 armies is doable.

Sort out my scenery!

I have a lot of scenery that needs to be sorted out and assembled, including 40K cityscapes, towers of sorcery, chaos altars and so on.  Getting it sorted, and at least a tabletop quality paint job will make any games I can fit in a lot prettier!  It’ll also help me getting my hobby gear generally sorted!

Work out my 40K Campaign System

As part of my work to refresh my programming (and learn javascript/jQuery), I’m also putting together a campaign generation system.  Its quite fun, and should also work to spice up individual games too!

Blog more often!

I really want to stick close to at least one post a week!  If nothing else, it’ll keep me focused on getting some gaming done 🙂

40K Progress for #WargamesWednesday

Well, though not going as fast as I’d like, I’m making some real progress with my Imperial Fists.  My terminators are ready to take the field, as is my Predator.  The core troops are slowly getting updated, and will hopefully all be at least three colour minimum by Saturday in order to take the field.

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I’m painting up the fists primarily as the 3rd company (as evidenced by earlier posts), and by chance it looks like the Sentinels of Terra Codex Supplement for the Fists is going to be focussed on the 3rd!  Result there 🙂

On Saturday, we should be playing an 1850pts game to open, with Imperial Fists facing Thousand Sons (Altar of War Chaos Space Marines – The Artifact) followed by Eldar facing Thousand Sons and Chaos Daemons at 3000pts (Altar of War Eldar – Fatal Strike).  Should be fun!

I still keep eying up the Dropzone Commander box set, and the new Dark Elf models look fantastic too!

Hobby Progress for #WargamesWednesday!

Well, its time to catch everyone up with my hobby progress, and anything new I’ve spotted in the world of RPGs, wargames and video games!

I already posted about kicking off an Imperial Fists painting run!  It feels really good to get started.  I’m also working on sorting out my paint station (i’m trimming a cutting mat to cover the base of my big wooden paint station, while setting up my smaller plastic one to get started on the Fists.

I’ve been reading through the new Space Marines codex as well.  It is a really amazing codex on the whole – the history, the background, the chapter variations, it really holds together.  Its not perfect (the centurions are pretty dire), and as usually feels a bit overpowered compared to say Chaos Space Marines, but the level of integration into the whole   universe and depth of history is incredible!  Very excited at prospect of playing marines again, which I didn’t think would happen!

Really enjoying Injustice, on the Xbox 360 – great story, brilliant graphics.  About everything you could want in a beat em up, really!

Fingers crossed for some Stomtalons and sternguard 🙂

Imperial Fists 3rd Company

Welcome, Inquistor, to the battle barge of the 3rd Company of the Imperial Fists.

We are lead by Captain Agathon, Master of the Arsenal, Defender of the Hind Marches.  Armed with his trusty storm bolter, and an ancient lightning claw, he leads the third company to glory after glory!

Captain Agathon  Captain Agathon (Space Marine Captain, Storm Bolter, Lightning Claw, Meltabombs- 123pts)

He is guarded by his picked men, Squad Epilektoi.  This consists of Apothecary Nestor, Standard Bearer Ajax, Champion Hector, Veteran Miltiades and Veteran Argus.

Apothecary Nestor Apothecary Nestor (23pts)

Standard Bearer Ajax Standard Bearer Ajax (Company Standard, Power Weapon – 53pts)

Champion Hector Champion Hector (Company Champion – 38pts)

Veteran Miltiades Veteran Miltiades (Meltabombs – 28pts)

Veteran Argus Veteran Argus (Meltagun – 33pts)

Captain Agathon is advised by Revered Ancient Telemachus, a dreadnaught of wide renown.  Once Captain of the 3rd Company himself, Telemachus provides fire support and advice.

Revered Ancient Telemachus Ancient Telemachus (Assault Cannon – 115pts)

Ancient Teucer, master of the lascannon also attends the 3rd company.  Teucer is one of the oldest dreadnaughts in the company and so sleeps between battles … though provides lethal support on the field.

Ancient Teucer (Twin-linked Lascannons – 135pts)

The third company generally designate squads by the name of the sergeant., and this has rolled over to the attached forces of 10th (scout) company.

Squad Damocles is a small group of initiates being evaluated in the field for induction into the 3rd Company.  Sergeant Damocles runs a tight unit, dropping the wrath of the Imperial Fists on the heads of the Xenos and Heretics!

Squad Damocles Squad Damocles (Camo Cloaks, Sniper Rifles – 90pts)

In the 3rd company, Squad Leto is famous for its defiant stand against the Tyranids on Beta Gamma 3, where the hive tyrant and elite guard were shattered against there yellow armour.  Sergeant Leto, then just a battle brother, was the only survivor, and is hoping to lead the new marines in the squad to glory.

Squad Leto (Tactical Squad with heavy bolter and plasma gun, sergeant with chainsword, bolt pistol, meltabombs – 185pts)

Squad Orion, on the other hand, is known for its work on the field against tanks.  Brother Philoctetes, the squads missile launcher, is on the verge of promotion to the veteran sternguard units for his calm fire under pressure.

Squad Orion (Tactical Squad with Missile Launcher and plasma gun, sergeant with chainsword, bolt pistol, meltabombs – 185pts)

Squad Achilles is aiming at promotion to the vanguard squads, with Patroclus, the team’s flamer operator, particularly prone to getting up close and personal!

Squad Achiles (Tactical Squad with Missile Launcher and flamer, sergeant with chainsword, bolt pistol, meltabombs – 185pts)

 As the Master of the Arsenal, Captain Agathon tends to deploy with the tank he sees as an icon of his own success, the predator Apollo.  Known for its success throughout the years in an anti-tank role, the venerable machine-spirit continues to destroy enemies of the Imperium in the 41st Millennium.

Predator Apollo (Twin links lascannon, lascannon sponsons – 165pts)

He also tends to call in air support, having learnt to his cost against the insurgents of Heaven Lost that air superiority can cost even Astartes, and the Stormtalon Artemis is normally assigned to his deployments in order to ensure that local control of the skies remains with the Imperial Fists.

Stormtalon Artemis (Twinlinked lascannon – 140pts)

This forms the standard deployment of the available 3rd Company forces in the Hind Marches (1498pts).

Finally, Captain Agathon always tries to ensure that there is a local fortification deployed by local support or the Chapter’s techmarines.  An Imperial Bastion with anti-air support offers a tremendous tactical advantage to the masters for the siege masters.

Imperial Bastion (with Icarus Lascannon – 110pts)

Of late, the third company snipers seem to be remarkably accurate, almost as if they are receiving assistance from a ghostly force.  Investigations into the events are ongoing.

Autarch of Craftworld Alaitoc (Scorpion chainsword, mandiblasters – 83 pts)

Striking Scorpions of the Alaitoc Ascendent Shrine (Exarch – 95pts)

Rangers (60pts)

(Total Points – 1846pts / 1850pts)

Campaign Fun for #WargamesWednesday

Just keeping up my regular posts to keep me thinking about wargaming and RPG fun, even when I don’t have a chance to play!  As you’ve probably spotted already, I’m setting up a mini-campaign with SaintAidan. I like a campaign feel to wargaming – every battle means a little bit more, and it stops being just a “1500pts battle” – you want to know how Captain Marcus of the Imperial Fists fares against his nemesis, Sorcerer Lord Tepemkau of the Thousand Sons, for example.  Although I haven’t actually done much, I’ve been really enjoying trying to put together an army for this campaign.  Currently, I’m looking at Imperial Fists with a Bastion, plus a small force of Silver Skulls with a prognosticar, tactical squad and Stormtalon, together with a small force of Eldar rangers, maybe with Ilic Nightspear as the eldar HQ.

On the Xbox, I finished the single player story mode of Injustice: Gods among us – really fun game!  Fighting games are easy to pick up and play, which is ideal for gaming with a munchkin taking up so much time.

On the PC, I managed to pick up the complete Total War line of games through Steam for very little – 75% off this deal with already fairly cheap games, so less than £20 for 7 games of wargaming strategic fun.  Huzzah!  Looking forward to Empire (building the British Empire) and Napoleon.  Very tempted to preorder the new Rome II as well!

RPG-wise I’ve been really enjoying reading about Numenera!