Friday, June 9, 2017

Progress Report 6/9/17 - 52 Minis week 22 & 23.

It's almost summer! Spending time finishing up my last class for the semester before I return again in the fall. It's been a bit grueling...

Speaking of grueling I haven't managed to get photos of any painted minis this week or last. I did paint some! I even played with them in a narrative campaign/tournament event last weekend.

Lists were 500pts, no Monsters, Behemoths, Artillery, or Battalions/etc. Here is what I brought:

Allegiance: Chaos
Plague Priest with Plague Censer (80) - General
Lord of Plagues (100)
10 x Plague Monks (70) - Foetid Blades
10 x Plague Monks (70) - Foetid Blades
5 x Putrid Blightkings (180)

This was a tough list to build as I wanted a general Nurgle theme and the General used in this first event is the one we need to use for the future escalation games. That meant no Daemon Prince, or GUO, or Plague Furnace this time around. I decided after some playtesting to go with the Plague Priest as I can give him a mount at the next level. 

Game 1 was vs the not-space-not-pirate Dwarfs. It was a nasty gunline. I was almost totally tabled by the end of Turn 2. I managed to get into close combat and kill one unit. Ended up with a Minor Loss and 2 models on the board. 

Good luck getting over there Plague Monks!
Lots and lots of shooting and D3 damage. 
It was not a fun game. I had a hard time keeping my cool and staying positive as this is exactly the kind of beardy Warhammer bullshit I had hoped I was past dealing with in my life. Oh well.. I guess not. 

Game 2 was a much cooler scenario that involved chopping down trees to build a bridge to the objectives across a river. I played against Khorne Bloodbound and thought... alright we're gonna do some fighting! Nope. Giant blob of reavers quickly made a bridge and teleported over it to hold the objective and keep my forces from making it across. 

It's not looking good for Nurgle!

In a last ditch effort I ran the unit of Blightkings across the river to kill the Slaughterpriest general and contest the objective. Of the 5 crossing the river only 1 made it to shore on a roll of 4+ each. Glorious battle commenced! Sixes were rolled and the Slaughterpriest and Blightking Champion were down to 1 wound each! Who would win!? 

Nobody. Because the forces of Khorne retreated from the fight and stalled out to win. A lame ending for me and a Major Loss to close out the day.

Looks cool but was extremely frustrating to play.
So my first AoS event experience was not a very positive one. We'll see if I continue in the event as the points increase. I'd like to but I also have a big Blood Bowl project under way for the first Legends Cup! More to come on that soon. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Progress Report 5/28/17 - 52 Minis week 19 through 21.

Those who lurk on this blog may have noticed my absence the past three weeks. It's been an eventful time but the majority of the past month was taken up with my best friend Udo who was in post cancer-surgery recovery. After coming through fine from the surgery we got the bad news... the cancer had moved to his lungs. He had just days to live. I spent as much time as I could with him before having to say goodbye. I miss him terribly.

RIP my hairy buddy
We're getting through each day but it has been tough. We knew Udo was getting old (he would have turned 11 this year) but we weren't expecting to go from healthy to dead in just a few short days. If  you have a hairy loved on of your own be sure and give them some pets and love. You won't regret it. 

I began collecting and painting miniatures (and blogging here) just shortly after we got Udo as a puppy. It's the end of an era! And while I will be happy to not have his long hair stuck in each and every mini I paint or assemble I would gladly trade that it for some more time laying around the house together. 

Spent time after Udo's passing rearranging the house. Flip flopped our bedroom and studio space and moved all of the miniature and gaming things into the studio. It's not a massive space but it now has all of my art supplies, PC, and minis in one place. I'm hoping it will lead to massive bouts of creativity! So far it hasn't but I think that is to be expected. 

Here are a couple minis for this update. I didn't finish 3 and one of these was already mostly done (and not totally painted by me) but I wanted to get them posted here. 

First up we have another Chaos Warrior of Malal. Not in love with this paint job though it gets the job done. 

And then there is this thing. I'm not going to give away too much yet... but let's just say I have my work cut out for me in the coming months for a new Blood Bowl event coming up in September:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Progress Report 5/7/17 - 52 Minis week 18

First week without classes! Yah! Spent it doing some work around the yard, playing some games with folks, and playing music. Oh and I got these Preservers for This Is Not A Test painted up too.

These are some grunts. They will likely get torn apart by mutants, cannibals, or other thrifty wasteland survivors. But at least they will do it in style!!

Here we have the leaders of the warband - two of them in Power Armor. Getting things handled!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Progress Report 4/30/17 - 52 Minis week 17

Done with my classes for the semester! While I wasn't completely happy with my final projects I did have some fun making them and they fulfilled the requirements of the assignments. Now to get back to the task of painting and assembling my ever growing miniatures collection for the summer months. One mini at a time!?

This time out we have another Nurgle Chaos Warrior looking for love and hugs. And heads. I'm happy enough with the look to keep it going on the remaining 14 minis at this point. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Progress Report 4/23/17 - 52 Minis week 16

It's spring! I mean it has been spring for some time but it's warm and the sun is out and things are growing. Spent some time this week working on a few landscaping projects. They take a lot more physical labor than the terrain landscape projects littering my hobby room. 

Didn't manage to spend much time painting minis as I was working on my final projects for the semester. Here's a peak at a WIP multimedia drawing:

And here is the one mini I did get painted for the week - my test paint job for my This Is Not A Test Preservers warband named after X Files characters. Maximum nerdage! Not sure which one this is yet. 

Went for the slightly Fallout look. Probably too shiny but I figured those with the tech type stuff try to keep it looking good (and working). I might muck them up a bit still. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Progress Report 4/16/17 - 52 Minis week 15 (oh Rat!)

Finishing up my current school semester and work is keeping me pretty busy right now. This week I only managed a little bit of painting. Here is a mostly finished (not the base nor the scroll) Plague Monk test model for my Pestilens AoS force.

Decided to go for the classic gross greens and browns for my rats. Partly so they will fit in with the Nurgle Daemons and Chaos force I am also building up. I might go for a brighter bruised purple look for the Plague Priest characters... I haven't given their backstory much of any thought.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Progress Report 4/9/17 - 52 Minis week 14

Another week... another mini! This was a busy one but I did manage to get in a bit of Nurgle painting and gaming both. First up I have a test mini for my Nurgle Chaos Warriors. This one doesn't have a name yet.

I wanted a dirty look but not too over the top with gross. I also wanted to add a bit of lighter color to get the miniatures to pop out. Didn't take too long and looks pretty good I think. Happy to get input!

Had the chance to put them on the table yesterday and got a couple quick AoS 500pt games in with Furry. Mostly just learning our units and the game for an upcoming escalation/narrative campaign to be held this summer at the FLGS. 

My list was:

Lord of Plagues (General)
Chaos Warriors w/ Mark of Nurgle  and Greatblades/Greatweapons x 10
Plague Drones x 3

Going in to the game I wanted to see how the fast moving Drones would fare, how the Chaos Warriors would stack up against a unit of 5 Blightkings (same cost), and if the Lord was worth taking as my General over a magic using Hero. 

First game as a capture and hold objective scenario. I sent the Plague Drones up to claim the middle objective and they were quickly met and engaged by Furry's Lord on Dracoth.

I didn't expect them to make it long or do much damage but they managed to hold out and eventually killed the Lord on turn 2 after only losing 1 model from the unit. Fly power! 

After taking out the Dracoth mounted enemy the remaining flies were met by the Lord of Plagues who decided to take the fight to the Sigmarites inbound on their position. 

Charging in the Lord of Plagues made short work of the followers of Sigmar. Even with just 3 attacks the Rend -1 and D3 damage made short work of them. He's a gross little Ogre!

Leaving the terrain the same we set up for game 2 which was another objective capture and hold type scenario. This time I wanted to get the Chaos Warriors into combat to see what they were made of!

Get ready boyeesss! We've got fliers incoming!

Back in the middle a mighty scrum kicked up with the Plague Drones taking on the Lord of Dracoth again and this time it looked like they might die to the razor sharp claws of the beast... though a couple lucky saves kept them in the game. 

Meanwhile everyone else piled up below them to hit each other to death. Swinging a mighty 20 times with their Greatblades the Nurgle Warriors dealt 10 wound though the Sigmarites managed to save against almost all of them even with the Rend -1. The Lord of Plagues kicked the rest of them down and the game was won.