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30 September 2011

Arjac Drop Pod list Battle Report

Nick speaking,

After my previous post about making an Arjac Drop Pod list, I was really looking forward to experimenting, and playing with my first Drop Pod based list. I don't have any Pods at the moment, so I used some large plastic cups to proxy them, but I have to say, after playing this list a few times, I am looking forward to getting some...



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27 September 2011

Rihanna, Anna, Anna, Hair, Hair...

Nick speaking,

Sorry for the title, but well, I can hear the song in my head as I write this! So why Rihanna on a 40k blog?

When I was painting up my Farseer and Warlocks, AKA The IDICBeer council, I just couldn't decide what colour to paint the Farseer's hair and ended up leaving it to last. After a bit of thought and inspiration from Google, I found exactly what I was looking for, courtesy of Rihanna...

So, now I knew the colour I wanted to paint the hair, it was just a case of doing it, but how do you paint red hair with the different tones like in the picture above? Time for me to check out my favourite hobby tips blog From The Warp to see if there was anything it the archives. I found lots of great tips on highlighting various things, but nothing about red hair. I know that Ron over at FTW is a very busy man, but I thought I would give him a quick email to see if he had any suggestions.

Ron kindly replied to my email and was extremely helpful, we ended up with many emails back and forth as Ron explained a few basic colour theories to me, and advised me on how to work out the best colours to highlight the hair with. Ron was amazing in helping me out and luckily for me, he has done a full article on the sort of stuff that we discussed in those emails. I am not going to attempt to explain it all here, but please check out Ron's post to see if you can learn anything from it like I did! So how did I end up painting my red hair? Well first here is a picture of the Farseer with the hair base coated white...


I then painted it a base of Vermin Brown...


I then hit it with a wash of Devlin Mud...


After it was dry, I then washed it with Baal Red...


The first highlight was done with Blood Red...


The final extreme highlight was done with a 50/50 mix of Blood Red and Bubonic Brown...


The pictures don't really do her justice, but overall, I was very pleased with the result, and thanks to Ron, the hair came out as well as I had hoped it would. I learnt a lot during the process as well, which hopefully will put me in good stead for future projects. Here are a few final pictures of my Farseer with her Warlocks, please click on the pictures for better views...



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24 September 2011

Bringing the broods to life - Tervigon and Spawn Marker

Nick speaking,

Here are a few pictures of my now completed first Stinger Hive Fleet Tervigon and Spawn Marker, hope you like him...








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23 September 2011

New Necron Codex Poll (Please Vote)

Nick speaking,

Just a quick post, or more of a shout out really, to say please vote on my Necron Codex Poll! I would really love to see just what the general consensus is regarding playing the new Codex. So regardless if you will, or won't be playing Necrons, please come over and vote. I would love to build up loads of votes on this Poll to really get a feel of what everyone thinks of Necrons, so please feel free to do your own quick shout out for me, and lets get as many votes as we can!

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21 September 2011

Arjac Drop Pod List

Nick speaking,

After seeing a very exciting battle report over on Fritz's blog, where he is taking on a drop pod based Space Wolves army with his five Tervigon bug list (must get myself some more Tervies), it got me thinking about drop pods..


I don't currently own any drop pods, I did borrow a couple of my mates pods once when the Wolves Codex hit, but that ended in a disaster, when I scattered 12" of the table and rolled a one on the mishap chart! Since then I have stayed away from pods, not just because of the mishap, I have been tying to just use the models I already have.

My local gaming group of friends are pretty open minded, and I am sure that if I proxy a few reasonably sized plastic cups as pods, they wouldn't mind. They understand that before I make any commitment to buy loads of pods, I would like to experiment with them a bit first to see if I like the way the army works with them.

In the said Fritz's battle report, Fritz describes his opponents list as "The ‘Wolf list was interesting to say the least- two full long fang squads with a mix of las and missiles, three pods of Grey Hunters with Arjac, and two big thunderwolf units with wolf lords in each."

I don't know whether he meant a good or bad 'interesting', but during the report he did ask the question. "First group goes down pretty quick, Arjac’s group takes some wounds but turn out is really hard to kill since they pop off a wolf banner allowing them to re-roll misses and failed armor saves on a “1”. Space Wolf players, tell me why you aren’t playing this build?"

I suppose the obvious answer would be that you can get lots of other cool stuff for the points Arjac costs? After all, he is nearly the price of two Rune Priest right? Well, I have never played with Arjac or drop pods before, so I thought I would try and have a go with a list similar to this. Fritz's game was at 2000 pts, but my buddies and I play at 1750pts at the moment, so my first job would be to copy and adapt the list to that...

First up, I had to go with three drop pods so that I could have two coming in on turn one, and the third one coming in as a back up later in the game, I figured that the third pod would come in on objectives for objective based missions, and would join the other two pods up front if it was Annihilation. I also figured that the Grey Hunters in the pod would need to be at full strength to take any enemy shooting after they pod down and to take advantage of the 'free' extra melta gun. Ideally I would like Mark of Wulven etc in the unit, but to keep the points down I just went with the two melta's and a Wolf Standard in each.

If I was going to run with Arjac, I would have to include at least two more Wolf Guard, and the Combi-Melta/Powerfist would be my preferred choice. Heavy support would be two packs of Long Fangs with three missiles, one Lascannon and a pack leader in each. Not exactly maxed out, but I need to cut points somewhere.

That leaves me with 615pts for the two Thunderwolf packs! Fritz mentions 'two big Thunderwolves with a Wolf Lord in each', He doesn't say maxed out, and judging from the pictures, it looks like the 'big' units are just three strong in each. I worked out that if I only took one Lord with a TH/SS, I could afford two packs of three Thunderwolves.

Here is my final list... 

HQ
1 x Wolf Lord/Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield/Thunderwolf (205) 

ELITES
2 x Wolf Guard Pack/Combi-Melta/Power Fist (86)
1 x Arjac Rockfist (188)

TROOPS
3 x Drop Pods (105)
10 x Grey Hunters/2x Meltagun/1x Wolf Standard (165)
10 x Grey Hunters/2x Meltagun/1x Wolf Standard (165)
10 x Grey Hunters/2x Meltagun/1x Wolf Standard (165)

FAST          
3 x Thunderwolf Cavalry/1x Storm Shield/1x Power Fist (205)
3 x Thunderwolf Cavalry/1x Storm Shield/1x Power Fist (205)

HEAVY
5 x Long Fangs/3x Missile Launcher/1x Lascannon/1 x Pack Leader (130)
5 x Long Fangs/3x Missile Launcher/1x Lascannon/1 x Pack Leader (130)

Points 1749

The Long Fangs do their usual, the Thunderwolves charge forward and the Grey Hunters pod in with Arjac. The third pod is the back up pod, depending on the mission! Battle reports and findings to follow... 


EDIT: 

Thanks to Vladimir Valchev (AKA Skarvald the Troll-faced from Wolves for the Wolf God) for pointing out that the final list above is illegal, lol. So yes, you can only have ten men in a Drop Pod, and of course Arjac will count as two as he is in Terminator armour! He has suggested that I remove a few of the illegal Grey Hunters, which sadly means one meltagun, and use the points to max out the Fangs with another missile in each pack. That leaves ten points for a Tooth Necklace for the Lord, allowing him to hit vehicles on a 3+ even if they have moved at full speed, which I have to be honest, is something I hadn't really thought about before. 

So thanks again Vladimir, and I think I will use his suggestions, as they all seem to make sense. Here is my new final list...

HQ
1 x Wolf Lord/Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield/Tooth Necklace/Thunderwolf (215) 

ELITES
2 x Wolf Guard Pack/Combi-Melta/Power Fist (86)
1 x Arjac Rockfist (188)

TROOPS
3 x Drop Pods (105)
9 x Grey Hunters/1x Meltagun/1x Wolf Standard (150)
9 x Grey Hunters/1x Meltagun/1x Wolf Standard (150)
8 x Grey Hunters/1x Meltagun/1x Wolf Standard (135)

FAST          
3 x Thunderwolf Cavalry/1x Storm Shield/1x Power Fist (205)
3 x Thunderwolf Cavalry/1x Storm Shield/1x Power Fist (205)

HEAVY
6 x Long Fangs/4x Missile Launcher/1x Lascannon/1 x Pack Leader (155)
6 x Long Fangs/4x Missile Launcher/1x Lascannon/1 x Pack Leader (155)

Points 1749
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18 September 2011

Tyranids Vs Orks Picture Battle Report

Nick speaking,

Been having a bit of fun with a few five hundred point games recently, so I thought I would try something a bit different for today's battle report. We were playing Seize ground, with three objectives and spearhead deployment, on a 4'x4' board. I won the roll off and chose to go second. Please excuse the unpainted models and rest assured that I am gradually painting up the Stinger Nids. I am current working on my Tervigon and then on to my third brood of Genestealers...





















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15 September 2011

Tervigon Project Complete

Nick speaking,

In my last Tervigion Green stuff post, I had already made the basics of the birthing sack and one extra centre spine, for my first eBay Carnifex based Tervigon conversion. I have now completed the other two spines, added some extra detail to the birthing sack and made some bigger shoulder sockets for the arms, so that they stand away from the body a bit more. I then started to glue and pin the arms and feet to the body...

 

Long time followers will remember that I have a box of magnetic rocks in my possession, that I have never used, and I am now very pleased to have finally found a use for them. I glued a Termagant to one of the rocks and have it magnetised to the base. He will sit on the base until the Tervie is constipated, and then I can remove it as a marker that it can't spawn anymore. Added bonus will be that I can then magnetise it to a normal base and have an extra Gant...








Not bad for only £12.00 and a bit of green stuff...

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