Sunday, October 9, 2016

Progress Report 10/9/16 - Dakk Ulves n' Masks ahoy.

Welcome intrepid reader(s) to another short "what the hell has Randroid been doing" update. In short... homework!! Started working on obtaining some type of Art/Illustration degree and it has kept me busy with paintings and digital editing/creation.

Also managed to get my arse kicked in at Chaos Cup. Finished 1/2/3. Still hate elves.

Me losing Game 1 (I think)
Me losing Game 6
My team losing every possible painting award

Some additional photographic evidence of my terrible team is needed? Ask and ye shall receive:

Game 1 vs Vampires. They just felt like beating me not eating me.
Game 2 vs Lizards. So much Strength and Movement!! Lost the tie on the last turn.
Game 3 vs Undead. Snuck away on Turn 8 for my only win of the event. 
Game 4 vs Orcs. The Assassin finally managed to CAS someone with a stab!
Game 5 vs Dark Elves. Just a tie (this coach dropped out after this game)
Game 6 vs Chaos Pact. I just realized all these games are in the wrong order.
Things I learned - Dark Elves can pull some Elf shit when they feel like it. Witches with Blodge and Side Step are filth and were worth every GP I spent. Assassin was fun and soaked up a lot of blocks and attention (keeping them off my Witches) but Stab (even Multi-stab) didn't do a lot. And finally my dice luck is still incredibly bad. 

I also spent a good chunk of change on a pile of old pewter GW/etc miniatures (some Oldhammer stuff and other assorted things) from a long time collector who was selling off some of his collection to help pay medical bills. A sad thing but I tried to give some of his collection a good home! Look for them to appear here as I find a use for them. 

While at the tournament I also finally tried out the SRG Super Show wrestling card game that folks have been playing for a year or so. Turns out it is fast to play and fun to boot! Furry and myself have already started up a card wrestling league here back home. The KCWF. You can read about it here. 

Who is the masked man???
And the past few weeks I have been working on my This Is Not A Test 2x2 terrain squares in preparation for the hardbound rules book which should be arriving any day now. Got my first tile built and primed and I am working on my second now. And there is a Tale of X Warlords Age of Sigmar event going on at the local game store which I am participating in with my Nurgle forces. No photos of any of that at the moment so you'll just have to take my word for it. Til next time...

Friday, September 2, 2016

Progress Report 9/2/16 - Headed out to Chaos Cup.

It's that time again!? Chaos Cup!!! This year I am bringing Dark Elves and I even managed to finish painting them. It was a slapdash bit of a job. Partly because I didn't have the urge to paint these models and partly because all of their details are so damn small!! Still they turned out acceptable which is what I was aiming for. 

Here we have the two Runners and one Assassin 
Followed by 3 Blitzers (though one will be playing a Line elf this time out)
And the only reason to play Dark Elves - 2 Witch Elves! 
Finally we have the remaining 3 Line elves
I played one practice game against Furry's Chaos Dwarfs and we tied 1-1. Things I need to remember for the tournament this weekend: Shadowing on the Assassin, asking if my opponent will follow the block on the sidestep pieces, and that even the Line elves have AG 4!! 

For 6 games I am hoping for 3-2-1 but would settle for wins and ties to outnumber losses. I'm not looking for another Wooden Spoon award from Chaos Cup (already got that one in 2014).  

I also painted up another member for the Chaos Cup Legacy Team - a Thrall! 

A Reaper Bones mini I cut a lot of stuff off. I think he looks alright. 
Now it's time to pack up and hit the road for another fun Bloodbowl event with fine folks!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Progress Report - Augulyst mega-update part 2.

You read all the 40k nonsense in part 1 already yeah? Good. Let's get into part 2!!!

Here is the part where we talk about Blood Bowl... specifically Zlurpee Bowl. This year I brought another For The Love of the Game team - TROLLS! Basically Goblins with no secret weapons and three Trolls (counting Ripper the star player). Mostly I wanted to finish painting my Crablings team and use them in something... which I did!

I can't seem to find my roster anywhere... but from memory I took 11 Goblins and the 3 Trolls with 2 rerolls, am Apoth, and 1 Fan Factor. The Trolls had most of the skills - both with Guard, 1 with Break Tackle and 1 with Juggernaut. I had 2 Goblins with Catch, 2 with Side Step, and 1 with Sure Hands.

Played 5 games! I couldn't even remember what happened really! In part because I spent the night before the start of the tournament in Detroit watching John Carpenter perform live!

John Carpenter playing the theme from The Fog in a Fog!
After getting about an hour of sleep I piled into the car with Furry and headed to Indiana for the tournament. I didn't do a good job of taking notes but I did grab a few photos and you can see my final score below:

This is a wereshark AKA Ripper.
Goblins getting handled by Chaos Pact.
Goblins getting handled by Goblins.
Final game for the Weak Sauce award (last place) vs Hobgoblins w/ Minotaur.

Played against some very tough teams and only managed to win the last game... for last place! Great mix of coaches and teams though and I had a really fun time even though my team was a pile of hot garbage who couldn't be counted on to make a 3+ dodge with a reroll to save their lives. 

At the end of the day I walked home with the Weak Sauce (last place) award. I am now in the proud club of having the last place award for both Chaos Cup and Zlurpee Bowl! Yah!!!

Coming up next we have Chaos Cup!! Another annual favorite/onslaught of pain and endurance! This year I thought it would be fun to bring something new and different (and to finish painting another team I have sitting around collecting dust).... Dark Elves! Here is my current roster:

Blitzer x 2 - w/ Dodge
Witch Elf x 2 - 1 w/ Block, 1 w/ Wrestle, both with Side Step
Runner x 2
Assassin x 1 - w/ Multiple Block
Line elves x 4
1 Reroll

Really wanted to play something with more agility and a running game. Also wanted to bring the Assassin because why not!? Sure it is not the "best" choice but I am more interested in having fun and doing something different. Obviously I don't care much about winning. Here are a few photos of the WIP Dark Elves:

L to R: Witches and Blitzers
L to R: Runners and Assassin
Line Elves!
Still a lot to paint on these elves and I am running out of time to do it! Here's hoping I can manage to get them done and on the pitch for the event. I did manage to finish painting up a Vampire for this year's Chaos Cup Legacy Team though! Pretty happy with how he turned out:

Looks ready to kick ass and suck blood and not necessarily in that order! Meaning he will probably fail a bunch of blood lust rolls...

Also painting up a few wasteland critters from This is Not a Test for charity. Just a quick bit of paint.. hopefully they go to some kids in need of mutant rats, snakes, and roaches!

And that is all for now. Made the choice to go back to school and get some kind of degree (as my job will foot the tuition bill) and settled on an Art/Illustration degree. Expect to see some of that stuff pop up here from time to time among the other random updates. Apologies to the beer lovers as I haven't been giving the beer reviews a proper place on the blog. Been drinking less and my archive of reviews is buried in files from my dead computer. I'll try and remedy that soon! Til next time..

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Progress Report - Augulyst mega-update part 1.

Been slacking! Many things have happened since I last updated and I figured I should try and capture as much as possible here for historical reasons if nothing else...

First up I did manage to finish painting my big guys for the 750pt 40k tournament and I managed to play three games without messing up too much! I think I even won a couple games and tied another. Here are a few highlights:

Turns out charging this thing wasn't the best idea. Also I forgot to make attacks from the riders!
My Soul Grinder thinking about leaving a nice pile of phlegm on some IG armor.
Game 1 was vs Imperial Guard with a lot of armor (not shocking). Not the most "friendly" list but the forces of Nurgle remained triumphant and nearly tabled the IG (who forfeit on the second to last turn). In this game I learned the importance of cover saves, barrage weapons, close combat with vehicles, and that my Nurgle Daemon Prince was a nice slice of (moldy) cheese.  

Flies getting ready to be blasted off the table by martians.
Nurglings holding down the objective and hiding from 5+ snap shots!
Daemon Prince deciding how best to get over to the enemy HQ with so much anti-air in play.
Second match of the day was against Skitarii (Adeptus Mechanius). Really fun game though we didn't finish as it was both of our second games at 750 pts and we had to look up a lot of rules. Plus the Skitarii have some pretty cool special rules. I like the look of them. Must resist....

Plaguebearers and Herald thinking about leaving the battlefield after seeing all of the guns.
Fly power take 3? This time let's swarm the Tau assault team and their special character choice!
As you can guess that didn't go so well...
Final game of the day was against the Tau. Plenty of fire support, armor, and GUNS oh my. First few turns saw most of the Daemons blasted off the board before the Tau got aggressive with objectives and fell right into the Daemon Prince trap. NOM NOM he ate them all in about 3 turns. Win?!?

For those who are wondering here is the list I brought to the event:

HQ (300)
Daemon Prince
- Mark of Nurgle
- Daemonic Flight
- Greater Reward

Herald of Nurgle
- Lesser Loci: Virulency
- Psyker (Mastery Level 1)

TROOPS (144)
Plaguebearers x 11
Nurglings x 3

Plague Drones x 3

Soul Grinder
- Mark of Nurgle
- Phlegm Bombardment

Our 1,000 point escalation event was this past weekend but I wasn't able to attend. The only thing I added to get from 750 to 1,000 was a Great Unclean One w/ Greater Reward and Psyker lvl 2. Kept the Daemon Prince as a Heavy Support choice and added a psyker level 1 to him. Filth!? Beyond 1,000 I am thinking more troops, maybe some cultists, and Beasts of Nurgle. 

By the way here is the mini I am using for my Great Unclean One... the glorious Glottkin!

Here is assembled with a start on the basecoats. He comes with his brothers of course but I wanted to have the option of leaving them off so I simply magnetized them and made bases for them to live on when they aren't riding their big brother around.

And I did manage to paint up a few Nurglings and Nurgling bases/objective markers as well. I think I forgot to put their WIP photos up here as I was working on them (I threw in a few WIP of the Daemon Prince too for good measure)!

Playing on a gross "not dick" growth is a favorite past time of all Nurglings... or so they tell me.

Can't beat a little shower from the tentacle pit to get your day going Nurgle style!

And here they are with some paint on them. Still need to seal them and add the final disgusting details.

It's a bird? A spewing mouth? A gut faced goon? Hell whatever it is you don't really want to get into Close Combat with it I can tell you from experience. 

That's it for the 40k side of things! Check back for part 2 where I detail the current state of Blood Bowlness and my plans for Chaos Cup 2016!