Saturday 30 May 2015

'nids part 170 - Lictor Pride

As I said in Deathleapers post I'm not accepting this 'Lictor Shame' title I'm Lictor and I'm proud! I think the truth is almost any 'nid player will say they think Lictors are awesome - the model, the fluff and just barely the rules.

I know they're useful but I don't think rules-wise they even approach how highly regarded they are in the other aspects.

To this end why should we be made to feel bad at taking arguably the coolest bioform in our arsenal?

So I have two completed, I can always proxy in my Broodlords to make a Forest Brood or Warriors to make Deathleaper's Assassins. I've another one hiding in the detritus of my hobby paraphernalia but he will reveal himself eventually.

I've still to secure the remaining three to complete the datasheet options but there's no hurry with available proxy alternatives.

If I was using them at Blog Wars limited proxies are allowed and should we be looking to go to Throne of Skulls anytime soon I'll create my army list around models that I have.

I still think the standard Lictor head looks a lot better than Deathleaper. His tentacled maw came out really well and the single pair of eyes manage to be far more menacing.

I'm quite surprised how little variance there is between these two models. They're nearly 12 months apart but it doesn't really show. I think I've finally reached a point that the colour scheme is uniform and repeatable.

There are still those early Termagants that look different from the current scheme but I can live with that, it all adds to the fluff of Hive Fleet Gorgon.

I'm really looking forward to playing around more with the weathering powders.

Them's some big talons.

Close ups of the spotty carapace.

I've only got the cultists and objective markers on my list of nids to potter on with alongside the primary focus of the Dark Angels. However, I am planning on doing all the bases for the Genestealers and third Carnifex. I'm not painting them I'm just getting stuff  done ahead of when I've got opportunity to crack on with them.

Thursday 28 May 2015

PeteB's Eldar Warhost

Alongside the Eladr terrain pics PeteB sent me he also had some updated shots of his Eldar and wanted to share those with you too. It's amazing to think this army has been just three months in the making!

Second post in the space of a week (hopefully!!), that's probably it for the next 5 years!
Anyway, I fancied presenting some pics of my latest and hopefully last Eldar Warhost.
The pic of the Autarch is just for show. He isnt going to blog wars, but was made for the last battle I had with Dave. In all took about 2 hours to convert, paint and base.

Karandras leads the field, with some funky new rules that combined with the scorpions make them an absolutely lethal fighting force that can take on just about anything, as Dave's Tervigon and Carnifex found out.

The quartet of Fire Prism, Wraithknight (magnetised for sword or suncannon, no dirty D here!), Fire Dragons and Dire Avengers can take and hold the vast majority of positions against any opponents, with the Warp Spiders finishing off as a bridging unit between the quartet and the scorps. The Rangers act as a spearhead, with their new shrouded rule they are extremely durable as cheap obj sec units and to be honest, if anyone is shooting at them with everything else breathing down their neck, well........
The real star for me is the Hemlock Wraithfighter. It is now as it should have been. Level 2 psyker with spells from Rites of Battle, Sanctic Daemonology or from the insanely good Telepathy. To round it off 2 heavy D scythes, which although not as good (in my humble opinion) as the previous version (no instagib) are still extremely effective against both multi wound models and vehicles. It is still a paper plane and will fold with massed bolter fire, but is not well worth its points for it's buffs and offensive capabilities.

Regarding the painting, only fire prism and the Wraithknight are anything near finished. I wanted an effective paint scheme that looks good for tabletop gaming, but can be worked on further.

Get your hands off my junk!

Monday 25 May 2015

Dark Angels - Dark Vengeance Deathwing Terminator conversion

Another micro-blog. PeteB gave me some left-over bitz from his Space Wolf army so I was finally able to complete my Dark Vengeance Thunder Hammer and Storm Shield conversion.

I removed the head from this guy ages ago and slotted in a hooded Dark Angel Veteran head.

His Storm Shield also came from the upgrade sprue and the Thunder Hammer just had a couple of wolves on the side and a wolf tail to remove. There's also a rune on the back hammer head, I'll try and fill that in with liquid green stuff.

I'm going to consider putting this guy on some slate because if there's one thing he needs to be is taller! I'm already struggling to work out how to transport these but no doubt I'll find a solution - takeaway tubs?!

Friday 22 May 2015

Terrain is everything - PeteB's Eldar Scenery

PeteB emailed me the other day with a batch of pcitures of his latest hobby enterprise so I thought I'd share with...
Hi All

Seeing as I have once again succumbed to the disease known as plastic crack (or fast divorce) I reckoned it has a good time to give Dave a helping hand with his blog.
What I really wanted to do was showcase the amazing bit of scenery I purchased from ebay. As I haven't got the time or the skill level of some of my more esteemed (and gifted) compadres, I needed an easier way of finally getting around to building a decent table.
Searching on ebay under the heading of 'eldar buildings', I found the fab buildings of one wargame-model-mods. After a quick browse I paid the measly sum of around 20 quid for the snapily named 'Alien Building Forwards Bases terrain scenery warhammer 40k wargames eldar'. To be honest my 5 year old could have done the search and I reckon even she would have found it with such a title! (url below....)

I apologise as the pics start about half way through the build, but I mainly wanted to give an idea of the scale and detail on the building. My wraithknight struggles to see over the top!! I put on a marine, a tau commander and also a termie for scale.
Build wise, I found it to be a lot easier than I first imagined. The kit arrived as flat pack, which would have put Ikea to shame. Due to some very clear consise rules, myself and my 10 year old put it together in about 1.5 hours, over 2 days to allow some of the more fragile bits to set. It even came with 4 lenghts of aegis defence line which have their own bases to keep them upright.
This is a cracking centre piece for any table and to complement it I reckon some watch towers and a webway portal are in order, there are even some bits for the monkeigh's out there too!!!