Sunday, May 31, 2009

Saturday - 1800 pt Rogue Trader Tourney

Well, Saturday was the 1800 point RTT at the Gamer's Lair. I had some pretty good games. I played Eldar first and whittled them down in kill points. Next up was a narrow loss to a CSM player (should have charged in with my Shoota Boyz I guess), followed by beating a Space Marine Army. My final game saw my Orks massacred by Eldar, which was probably revenge for the first round. On the whole though, they were all good games. I placed 4th in Generalship, which is a good reminder to watch my units since I forgot to move units a couple of times and that had a pretty pronounced effect on the game. I did get best presentation though, which was nice after all that painting. Folks liked the Orkalith, which I borrowed from Nic. I made a point of telling everyone that it was a borrowed model though, so I'm happy with it. All in all, the Gamer's Lair continues to have a nice group to play with. I think Nic and I are going to the doubles tourney next weekend, which should be fun.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I Have An Ass Shock

Yes, yes I do.  I went out for a ride with Ivan and Bec today and noticed again that the seat on my bike was rather high.  Well, Ivan took a look since I'd put it as low as I could and he knows more about bikes than I.  Well, he found the seat was as low as it could go, but it was OK, because I had an ass shock.

Anyway, a good trip to the Outfitters got me some wash for my coat and a case for my camera.  I was a happy camper, especially on the Gore-Tex cleaner.  Last time I bought it (and this is going back a ways), the stuff was twenty bucks a bottle and you needed the detergent and the stuff to replenish the DWR layer.  This time, 10 bucks got me a two in one, so I was quite happy to spend another $15 on a Pelican case for my camera. 

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Autarch Finished - Mostly

I finally got that last Autarch done. He's been on my desk for around six months now, so it's good to have him not there. I need to clean up a couple of highlights, but that's about it. I'll be interesting to see how he does on the table in Mike's army as well. With the wings and the Fusion Blaster, he should be able to flit around annoyingly and roast some tanks and I'm hoping the Mandiblasters and Chainsword make him reasonably hitty in close combat. We shall see though.

I also finished another book (I seem to be reading a lot these days). I picked up Heroes of the Space Marines, it's an anthology from GW. Like most anthologies, some of the stories are good, some are mediocre and some are junk. This one was no exception, though I didn't find many junk stories. What I did find though, were lots of odd choices. While I realize that the setting for 40K is of the grim and dark variety, there were enough stories featuring betrayl, human sacriffice and chainsaws to the face (alright, both sides did that last one), that I wound up wondering if the Black Library folks had made a mistake on the jacket, intending to call it Champions of the Chaos Space Marines instead. Perhaps I've just a more conventional view of heroes.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Victoria Day

Today went pretty well.  I got the wings for the Autarch done and I just need to add some detail to the body and that's finished too.  I also got some reading and some Dawn of War 2 done.  Tonight was Star Trek with some friends, which turned out to be a good movie.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Long Weekend

Well, what I originally thought would be a quiet weekend with lots of time to paint has turned out a little differently. Seems alright though. Friday I went to Chapters to pick up a couple of books and Sir Games-A-Lot to pick up a Trukk. I figured I'd have time to at least make a start on the Trukk and clear some outstanding stuff from my desk. Well, sort of.

Saturday, I grabbed some lunch and a book and killed a couple of hours that way. Then Ivan and Bec asked me to see Angels and Demons. Honestly, probably not a movie I'd have bothered with otherwise, but it wound up being a nice evening with a couple of good friends. The early show was sold out, so we took in the later show after another visit to Chapters and some Vietnamese food at Pho J&J (which I highly recommend, that place is fantastic with the best mango shakes I've had outside of Asia). All in all, a nice evening.

It turns out that we enjoy eachothers' company enough that we opted for breakfast today as well. What can I say, I've fun friends. Anyway, today wound up being a whirlwind. I was home for about twenty minutes before Terry and Jason swung by to pick me up to head for Tanesh's place. That was a nice afternoon of conversation and friends. Some folks didn't turn up for various reasons, but we had a cosy little gathering and Tanesh was good enough to send me home with some of her curry. Good friends, good food and good times.

Thus far, I've basically gotten nothing accomplished this weekend, but I'm OK with that.

Anyway, for the moment, I've decided to start working on an Autarch for Mike. I made a start on the body and the wings, but the model have been on my desk for months now and I'm in the mood for something a little different. Since you can't get much further from smoke belching, rusty, klanking monstrosity than the thin and elegant lines of the Eldar with their natural looking Wraithbone constructs, this seemed like a good choice.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Big Bang Theory & The Battlewagon

Well, a second recommendation from work and this one is a swing and a miss, though I might give it another kick later on. We shall see. I'm beginning to think that I might be designed out of modern sitcoms (with the exception of How I Met Your Mother, but hey, Barney is awesome). Anyway, back to Big Bang Theory; I found this one much like True Blood, just uninteresting. Sad folks in general, but that accomplishes the fundamental effect of TV, making a person feel better about themselves.

On the Battlewagon, it's going on hold for at least a couple of days. It's shaping up a little too normal looking and I want to prevent that and get a better idea of what I want. I sort of started building hoping it would come together and that's not the best idea ever.

Anyway, I'll be back on it once I get a proper idea of what's what. In the meantime, I've plenty of other things to paint.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday Afternoon Off

Yeah, I'm eventful.  I took the afternoon off to do laundry and play around with my soon to be Battlewagon.  This is really my first experiment with plasticard and it's been interesting.  Next time though, I definitely work with raw models rather than ones already assembled.  The thick paint on that Basilisk I picked up has been an issue a few times now.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

40K Team Tourney - 09 May 2009

The good news is that I went to my first team tourney at the Gamer's Lair this weekend. It was a pretty good time with two of the four rounds being pretty general, the first round being quite good and the third round being exceptional.

The only bad news was that I forgot the cardinal rule for any Ork Army: Boyz Before Toyz. I went with the following list:

Warboss with Power Klaw, Boss Pole, Twin Linked Shoota and Cybork Body

5 Nobz individually kitted with a Painboy

2 Mobz of 19 Slugga Boyz each with a Nob with Power Klaw, Bosspole and 'Eavy Armour

13 Grotz with a Runtherd

It just wound up being too few boyz for a 750 point list. More's the pity.

Still a good game though.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Reading of Late

I picked up The Wanderer from the bargain bin and that one was proof that some books belong there. Maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea, I don't really know, but it definitely goes into the fairly short list of books that I've no inclination to finish.

On a brighter note though, after the OK showing of Mechanicum (I wanted to read about more crazy Ad Mech weapons and such than were in the book), I picked up a couple of other 40K novels. I'm in the midst of Scourge the Heretic and while it looks like a 400 odd page ad for Dark Heresy, it's at least entertaining. The real gems I've stumbled on so far are the various Space Wolves books from Lee Lightner. One could argue that they're not literary masterpieces, but they're fast paced, possessed of good imagry and the stories are entertaining. I enjoyed Wolf's Honour, so I picked up Sons of Fenris and have pretty much consigned myself to reading the books in reverse order.

On the modelling side, I'm frankensteining a Chimera and a Basilisk together to make a suitably klanky and smoke belching Battlewagon. It's been entertaining so far and it's my first time using plasticard, so that part has been pretty interesting. I've dumped the Earth Shaker Cannon into my bitz bin to eventually create a suitably Orky gatling artillery cannon. Obviously I need to get better at scratch building and obtain a few more Earth Shakers, but I'm dreaming big!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Starting a Blog

Well, I decided to start one of these things rather than constatly abusing my Dakka Dakka article. Should be interesting.