Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What's on my Table (Vikings, Saxons, and Normans oh my!)

Hey folks,

Bob here with a long over due post. Things have been fairly hectic of late, but I am trying to get into some semblance of a writing routine. I wanted to show off a few things that I have had on the old hobby table these days.

This guy has been on my table for a long time. He is Gripping Beast plastic Viking Hirdman. I have to say that the Gripping Beast Vikings and Saxons are by far my favorite plastic sets I have worked with when compared to the Wargames Factory Historical equivalents.

Next up is a metal model representing a member of the Saxon Fyrd. I believe this is an Essex miniature. Not much to this one other then being a solid model of an unarmoured Saxon with spear and shield. 

Rounding out my historical binge is a Norman Knight from Conquest Games. Have to say I am impressed with this kit as well. The details are solid and you can make a pretty good selection of poses.


On the 40k side of things I have started a small force of Skitarii. Right now I have a squad of Vanguard (fully painted), Rangers, this Dragoon, and an Onager (magnetized). This is my WIP Dragoon (about 50% done).


So what is on tap article wise? John should be posting a progress report on his expanding Guard army and a recent trip to Germany and his stop at a GW store. As for me, I am planning on getting an overview and opinion article out on the two Mechanicus books (Skitarii and Cult) once I get a chance to read the Cult book. I would also like to do an article about the new Eldar codex and what my thoughts and plans are for using it. Rumors point to new Space Marine and Dark Angels books out in the near future so be on the look out for my thoughts on those whenever they hit. I will also try and do more of these "what's on my table" type of articles along with some of my paint schemes. In the mean time, happy gaming folks! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Warhammer Total War Freak Out Part Deux

So again the rumors of this being real have started circulating and with the completion of Attila Total War (kinda meh btw) they should be able to focus on W:TW. So accordingly both Bob and I are both

So of course the main thing we want to see is this NOT set in the End of Times lore, but whatever the last one was, 8. Personally I would like to see it as kinda the boss battle at the end of the 200 turns, after you have won or loss, Bob doesn't want anything to do with it. 

Seeing as how Total War has gone more and more the direction of Factions I thought of how this could be a cool way to personalize some of the factions in W:TW. For instance as the Dwarf player you can align with one of the Guilds that gives you a boost and maybe access to a unique unit. Empire gets a choice of Knight Chapters, Orks & Gobbos you get Tribes (Yellow Suns etc)
I also still want to see an ability to 'grow' your regions. 

So going back to Rome 2 there are Regions which have 2-4 provinces each, with 1 major city. Keep that same structure but add in another tier of villages down bellow which can't produce units but offer some kind of unique benefit (more farms, lumber, mining, shrine, fort etc). these can't be conquered or held but are affected by things affecting the province, food shortage, plague, invasion to the point where they could disappear. I think this would really help show how fluid the Warhammer World is.

Also with the Total Wars releasing a bare minimum of races so they can sell you the others later as DLCs I feel they will do the same here.
Original Release: Empire, Bretonia, Dwarves, Orcs and/or Gobbos, Chaos and maybe Beasts and Skaven:really just the Old World Races and map
Elves DLC: High Elves with some colonies, Dark Elves and wood elves 
New World: Lizards with maybe some colonies for other races (empire, elves and vamps?)
Undead DLC: Vamps and Tomb Kings, 
Misc DLC: Ogres and maybe the races that don't get DLCed before. (lizards maybe)
I think each DLC will be worth it because it will require an expansion of the map, and pretty significant each time.

I think I covered this before but I think there will be/should be another "realm" of underground, with limited access points home to Dwarves, Skaven and Gobbos. not sure how I want it to work but can't wait to see something. I am thinking a few settlements grouped together with a lot of uncontrollable area in between. 

I see characters acting a lot like agents, attachable to armies with limited battlefield role, but very helpful on the campaign map, maybe certain ones give you One Off/Limited Number of special battlefield abilities. so obviously each race would have different types of agents. I see five basic types: Combat Leaders, Mages, Agents/Assassins, Engineers and Monsters. 

btw: the pics are an assortment of Bob's and mine armies, i forgot my Skaven for whatever reason.
John: Tomb Kings, Chaos, Lizards and Dwarves (and invisible Skaven and High Elves)
Bob: Bretonia, Empire, Beastmen (kinda),High Elves and Dark Elves (his dad has a few orks as well)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Skitarii Test Model

Hey folks,

Bob here with a very brief update today. Like a lot folks the Skitarri (and mechanicum for that matter) has been a faction I have wanted to see on the tabletop for a long time. With the new Codex and model release I have of course started a Skitarii force. I managed to pick up a box of the Vanguard/Rangers and one of the Ironstriders/Dragoon walkers. I decided to build the infantry as a Vanguard Squad and I even managed to paint up a test model in between research obligations. When the Codex itself drops and the rest of the models are released I will try and get a review up for them and share my thoughts on the look of the Skitarii (hint: they aren't what I imagined from the descriptions I have read). John has been working on a Warhammer Total War article that I will throw my thoughts in as well. In the meantime take a gander at my first Vanguard model.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

132nd Update

Added a few units to the army. 1 squad of Guardsmen (Militarumen?) 1 command squad, and 5 Veterans (more on them later)


decided my veterans needed some heavy armor. so Scion body and legs meet guardsmen arms and head. If anyone has bothered remembering my models they might remember my paint scheme. The veterans have it backwards. Darker fatigues lighter armor, and MOAR ORANGE! (its the offseason deal with it)

right now in my army these guys are fullfilling the role of Command Squad, and so the five guys make sense, for now. 3 with lasguns, 1 grenade launcher, and the Vox operator with chainsword. when i finish the unit out there will be an actual sergeant, and will either add a melta gun, plasma gun or a flamer of some sorts.

Heavy Weapons squad. had some left over paint on my brush so started attacking these guys as well. This pic shows the gun painted in gray as well, however i decided to not continue that with the others. so black gun, metal bits, but the shield is painted gray (AND ORANGE!)
so this is what i have done since i last checked in. not much but that is life right now. Next on my list of 'wants' is another box of guardsmen and scions to finish the vets, a command squad (I want to use the cloaks in the scion box for all these guys) and maybe another Russ. after that i need some hydras, some sentinels and maybe another Russ or 20. but that may not happen until my birthday, in June, so we will see what happens.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Checking In (warning a lot of text no pictures)

So I suck, lets get that out of the way. Reasons I suck.

1. Forgot my gmail password and so I couldn't log on
2. Took me several months to figure the old one out (couldn't change any of the settings without said password)
3. Haven't posted in forever
4. Haven't done anything hobby related in months (gaming)
5. Work is kicking my ass and right now devoting time to painting is too much like work.
6. I have a big trip to Germany coming up so I have no money to spend.
7. Since the new year i have had 1 weekend when i stayed relatively close to home without major events going on.

My boss at work decided i needed more responsibilities without telling me what they are or explaining wtf I am supposed to be doing so work is stressful but 'good for my career'.

I have two articles planned atm. One will be a 'whats on my desk' 132nd focused (they grew slightly over Christmas) and the second will be an update to things that i want for Warhammer Total War (WTW) which i will try to get Bob to weigh in on.

on a few hobby related notes. I don't like the direction fantasy is headed and agree with pretty much everything Bob has said. Two what is with GW making models that have the tiniest connection to the base? (Bloodthrister I am looking at you). 3. for any of the Steam freaks out there check out Mordheim (based on the tabletop game) it is pre-release early access right now but still fun. I think it will be worth the 30 bucks when i comes out full blown.

anyway back to my work dungeon. peace.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bolt Action Test Models and Deathwatch Showcase

Greetings, folks! Bob here with a brief hobby related update. A substantial winter storm recently moved through the South East and smote us with snow and ice shutting down my little corner of the world for the better part of a week. I managed to finally get around to painting a test model for my Germans and Americans for Bolt Action. I also got some good WIP shots from my friend Scott who I got those Cataphractii from a while back. He was looking for bitz to get a Deathwatch force going and I was able to get him well on his way via a rummage through the old bitz bag. Give his models a look. They are more than a little kick ass!

German Heer Early War

American Airborne Mid to Late War

Scott's Deathwatch WIP