Currently on the painting table

On the painting table: Blitzer, Bomber, Storm Troll, Hunters Grim

Back burner: Long riders and Horthol, Boomhowler & Co, Khador stuff, Menoth stuff

Fully Painted Trollblood Goal: 138/305pts (45.2%)
Fully Painted Minion (for trolls) Goal: 20/76pts (26%)
Fully Painted Mercs (for trolls): 4/23pts (17%)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Southern Ontario Open (Going, Not Going, Going, Not Going, Going...)

Early in the year a buddy, Tim, mentioned there was going to be a 64 player masters event and Warmachine Weekend qualifier (Southern Ontario Open) about 3 hour away over the Canadian boarder. I've never had a bad time playing Warmachine and hanging out when I have road tripped to Canada so I looked at the work schedule and saw I was working...bummer I'm not. Under normal circumstances I could put in for some time off and it wouldn't be too hard to get coverage but since work is rolling out a new computer system they have implemented a freeze on time off for the months of April and May. While I was disappointed I wasn't going to be ale to attend I kind of forgot about it and by the time I came up with a possible solution for work coverage I figured the event was full. I'm not going.

A few months back I was listening to my favorite Canadian Warmachine podcast (Lost Hemisphere Radio) and my man Northblade was talking with the organized of the Southern Ontario Open. During the 'cast they mention the field was now opened up to 96 players and was going to be run over two days. I figured now that I knew there were spots available I started working on my plan to get coverage. Looks like I'm going! I had everything all lined up with coverage when the basement flooded and I started hemorrhaging money to fix that situation (as I type thing I have people jackhammering the basement floor to truly waterproof the basement). So I decided I'd be better off not travelling and all that goes with it.....I'm not going :(

Last week after going over it in my head and discussing it with the wife I decided I was going to try and make arrangements once again. I contacted the guys at the SOO and found out there were four slots remaining. I quickly contacted my co-worker to see if we could still do a weekend for weekend swap and she was in. When I got home from work that night I registered and now I am officially going! (I hope).

In the process I picked up another Team Spite member who would like to invade Canada with Tim and myself. Canada beware I will once again be bring the angry hobbit himself Mr Scudo :D

I have month to finalize my lists and get some practice games in. I have been on War Room all the time over the last few days tweaking lists and trying to come up with new ones. I know one of the standard competitive trollblood lists is Doomshaper1 Runes of War but I'd like to try and avoid taking it and if at all possible try and take a non-theme Doomie1 list :o  As of writing this post I am think I am leaning towards Grissel2, Grim2, and Madrak1 but I have been soooo back and forth already who know what I will settle on. The key thing is I will be going! (knock on wood)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dark, Yet Sexy

I received this box two Wednesdays ago. I initially passed on the Kingdom Death: Monster kickstarter as the was ending right around Christmas and I didn't feel right dropping that much coin at that time. I was also concerned over the plastic sculpts and molds (still very worried about Relic Knights and this same thing).
 
As time progressed I regretted missing out on this kickstarter more and more but was able to get in as a super late backer on Black Friday last year. There was a recent kickstarter update in which the creator of Kingdom Death was selling some plastic version of their pin up models via the Kingdom Death webstore and at a reduced price. I wasn't drawn to Kingdom Death because of the sexy pin up minis but a few of these are just so cool I couldn't resist (since it was before the flood).  
 





Cards for in game play when the game releases



Twilight Knight my favorite of the group


Forsaker my second favorite


White Speaker

You can see the mold line on the leg

Rubbed off nearly perfectly clean just by using my fingernail.
 
I am not sure when I will get a chance to start working on the minis but they are very very nice and the plastic quality seems to be fantastic. If this is the quality we can expect I cannot wait to get my hand on the full game release which should be sometime Q2......man I wish PP did plastics this well.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sturgis, The Corrupted

When I got my kickstarter minis two days ago I would have told you that you were crazy if you thought dead Sturgis would be the first mini I assembled......and I would have been wrong. As part of the Vengeance release we have been having 25pt tournaments every Friday night with coins available every night. While this is not the traditional way people do book releases it has kind of become a tradition in our meta and in the past has turned into some large events.
 
I played my trolls Thursday night at the other FLGS so I wasn't planning on attending the Friday night event but after receiving a few texts from Les and Adam I talk with the wife and decided I was in. I picked up my Khador coin the first week (have the Khador coin from every book release) so I needed to decide what I was going to play. I jokingly said dead Sturgis to Adam and he convinced me I should and that I could borrow some of his stuff. Here is what I came up with:
 
Sturgis The Corrupted (*6pts)
* Ripjaw (5pts)
Bane Riders (Leader and 4 Grunts) (11pts)
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Bane Thrall Officer & Standard (3pts)
Pistol Wraith (3pts)
 
I am sure I could have come up with something better but I really wanted to try out Adams Bane Riders and giving them stealth is never a bad thing, right? Ok I decided I was going to play now lets get assembling:
 
Parts all laid out ready for cleaning/ assembly. The mold lines were not that bad but as you can see lots of tiny flash from vents (I assume)

The Corrupted all ready to roll. The left wrist connection point is very tiny so I highly recommend pinning this. I didn't pin due to time restraints and it has broken off at least twice already.
 
So you may be asking what do you mean time restraints? Why didn't you have time if you were just assembling the mini to play and that's it? Well...... I was texting with my Canadian buddy Mr. Bell AKA Northblade and he convinced me (didn't take too much) that I should try and get him fully painted before heading to the store. I had maybe two and a half hours before I had to leave for the FLGS but said what the hell lets give it a go. Due to the basement flood I have paints and supplies all over the hous right now so I had to scramble to find everything. It looked like I was going to be grounded before the flight even took off as I couldn't find any of my primer but I came across some grey Vallejo Surface right when I was about to throw in the towel. I'd say it took a good 30 min of my time away finding my supplies and get set back up.

Sturgis primed grey and standing next to a Dragonforge Designs Lost Hemisphere base (for motivation)

Corrupted metals basecoated. I did a mix of VMA gun metal and rust (metallic) to achieve this color. As this was drying I had to leave the house to go get my son off the school bus so that cut another 20min or so off my time.

Drybrushed the metal with VMA steel, then added some gold trim accents with VMC brass, then filled in some plates with the original corrupted metal base color.

Painted the pants with P3 Rucksack Tan and the boot covers with P3 Bootstrap Leather. As you can see the weapon hand snapped off (this was #2)

The last thing I was able to do before I packed up and headed out was basecoat the cloth in the mid-tone from the Reaper Master Series muted purple triad. I forget the name of the color at this time.
 
It was a decent effort and I am pretty happy with the progress after about an hour and a half of paint time. As you can clearly see there is a bunch left to do still but I should be able to bang him out pretty quickly once I sit back down with him. I think if I had an hour more before heading to the store he would have been "finished". I ended up going 2-1 at the event. The game I lost I tried to assassinate Butcher one. I tried to shoot him with the pistol wraith and missed. Tried to hit him with a boosted parasite (needing 8 on 3d6 since he wasn't iron fleshed) and missed. then charged him with 4 bane thrall grunts and two axe and missed all six attacks :o Well guess that wasn't meant to be. I know people don't think Cryx Sturgis is very good but I have to say I had a blast playing him. Playing Cryx again may have had something to do with it but I really like Sturgis and had a good time. I'd say the highlight of my night was in game one Les jammed mini-feated zealots into my army. I teleported Sturgis into the middle of them and feated killing ALL but one of the zealots! It was glorious. OK that's all I have for now hopefully I'll have a finished Sturgis for y'all to see soon.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

PP's Unexpected Package

When I got home from y part time job today I had a package waiting for me. I received a shipping invoice from PP on April 1st but couldn't remember ordering anything so I kind of disregarded the email. I have also been so preoccupied with the flood in the basement and getting everything taken care of that I completely forgot about the email. Well when I picked up the package I was even more confused by the size of the box and the weight of the package.....I certainly didn't order this much from PP recently. Lets look at what we received shall we?

Completely forgot I pledged War Chest!


Coinage!









 
There you have it my little surprise from PP. OK off tot he store to play some trolls.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Zombicide Reinforcements

As I mentioned in the previous post not much hobbying due to the flood but I did get a couple packages in the mail. I haven't had a ton of time to fiddle around with these but figured I'd snap a few photos. The first package I received was from CMoN and was the completion of my Zombicide Season 2 kickstarters. Here are the remaining characters: 
 


Comes with a bowling ball weapon card :)

 


 
I haven't opened the plastics on sets #3 or #4 so don't know what their cards look like but I think I'm most excited to try out the Lebowski minis and maybe the Silence of the Lambs minis.

 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Real Life.....UGGGH!

Hey y'all how goes it? The hobby side of life has been pretty quiet of late due to some "real life issues" Last week I was rolling solo as my wife took the boys to Disney World with my in-laws. I was picking up a bunch of hours at my second job but intended to get some serious hobby work done as well. I did get to play a few games in a 25pt vengeance event at our FLGS (went 0-3 with Khador) but not much painting.

I made plans Saturday afternoon but was intending to do a bunch of painting Saturday and Sunday. I was out at DieselDM's house Saturday playing a new game and when I got home I headed into the basement to fire up the airbrush but was greeted by an inch of standing water coving the cave floor. I initially attempted to clear what I could but it quickly became apparent that I had no shot of cleaning this up. I headed to the computer to find any local flood clearing services. The only one I could get a hold of told me it would be at least 2 hours before they could get to me. Since I had no better option I said sure and headed back into the basement to do what I could. I received a phone call about 2 hours later informing me all the crews were still out working and they wouldn't get to me until 8am the next day.

The crew arrived at 8:30am the following morning and I got in touch with my insurance agency to discuss a claim. It was at this point I was informed by my insurance that my policy didn't cover sump pump failures and that clean up was going to be completely out of pocket. After working for about 6-7 hours the crew got the water our, carpet ripped out, and a few sections of wall cut out that were pretty damages. They set up the dehumidifiers and blowers and headed out. It was at this time I headed back down into what remained of my cave to start sorting through the carnage to see what was trash, what could be saved, and was still dry.

Over the next 72 hours the crew came back a few time to rotate the equipment and bring in a few more dehumidifiers and I filled garbage bag after garbage bag with things needing to be washed or thrown out. Since I was still by myself my mother drove out to help with the clean up process. This is when the next stroke of luck happened. While we were at the Laundromat using the large capacity washers/dryers someone stole my mothers iPhone. We tried tracking it via the find my iPhone app but the battery died before we could get a solid lock on the phone. It was about this time that I was talking with my wife and they were going to be late coming home because my mother in law broke her wrist while in Disney and my wife and boys both had stomach viruses and couldn't stop throwing up.

Tomorrow night will be the one week mark of the initial "stroke of luck" Everyone is home safe and sound and the clean up process is moving along but man "real life" can real life and throw you some curve balls sometimes......and I was never great at hitting the curve ;)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pluses and Minuses

In my last post I expressed my desire/plan to have the storm troll finished by this time.....well that hasn't happened. My week off from work started Monday morning which usually allows me some hobby time. I haven't had much hobby time at all as I have been working at my per diem job a lot this week. They are having a staff issue at my other job and I was asked to pick up as many hours as I possibly could. I really like the people at my other job and wanted to help out so that is where my time has gone. This leads us to the +/- of the situation.....while I have little time to work on hobby stuff I will have more $ to spend on hobby stuff. My stash of hobby money has dwindled down over the last few months so its a perfect time to refill the stores with these extra hours.

I have been able to do a little work on the storm troll as you can see here:

Did the final highlights on his skin and put the base color down on all his nubs

Filled in the runes on his skin with P3 arcane blue. The photo above was a shot I took after "testing" it on one side. I have since filled in all the runes with the arcane blue.
 
 
So that is where we currently stand here in the cave. I am not working the next three day so hopefully my next post will be of a finished mini. I may not have a lot of hobby time tomorrow as I am hoping to head to the FLGS to get a game or two in. I am not sure which list I am going to play but I think I am either going to play:

Borka Kegslayer (*5pts)
* Pyre Troll (5pts)
* Slag Troll (6pts)
Greygore Boomhowler & Co. (Boomhowler and 9 Grunts) (9pts)
Krielstone Bearer and 5 Stone Scribes (4pts)
* Krielstone Stone Scribe Elder (1pts)
Trollkin Champions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (9pts)
* Skaldi Bonehammer (3pts)
Trollkin Champions (Leader and 2 Grunts) (5pts)
Trollkin Champions (Leader and 2 Grunts) (5pts)
Stone Scribe Chronicler (2pts)
Trollkin Champion Hero (3pts)
Trollkin Champion Hero (3pts)

or

Grissel Bloodsong, Marshal of the Kriels (*6pts)
* Troll Axer (6pts)
* Mulg the Ancient (12pts)
Krielstone Bearer and 5 Stone Scribes (4pts)
Trollkin Champions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (10pts)
* Skaldi Bonehammer (3pts)