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31 May 2013

Last Mechdar game with old Codex Vs Blood Angels (2k pts)

Nick speaking,

First up, a little something for all you wargammers that just can't get enough Eldar right now. Please go and check out my buddies Blog Skulkers Surprise. He is an awesome guy and a real great Blogger, so please go over and follow him and give him some support.


OK, onto my last game with the old Eldar Codex, and oddly enough, it was also my first ever 2k game with it as well, as my buddies and I make the move up from 1750 points. In this game I bolted on a Falcon with Dire Avengers to my current Mechdar list. I know the Falcon has it's flaws in 6th edition, but it is the only tank I have left in my case that is painted, and I really wanted to have as much mech as I could get on the table, plus another scoring unit is always handy.


 Here is the list I was using... 

IDIC Mechdar

HQ

1 x IDIC Farseer/Spear/Jetbike/Fortune/Doom/Guide/Stones (183)
1 x IDIC Farseer/Fortune/Runes of Warding (100)

TROOPS

6 x Dire Avengers/Exarch/Dual Cats/Bladestorm (92)
               *To go in Falcon
10 x Dire Avengers/Exarch/Power Weapon/Shimmer Shield/Bladestorm (162)
              *IDIC Wave Serpent/Scatter Lasers/Shuriken Cannon (125)
6 x IDIC Guardian Jetbikes/2x Shuriken Cannon (152)
              *IDIC Warlock Jetbike/Spear/Embolden (53)
6 x IDIC Guardian Jetbikes/2x Shuriken Cannon (152)
              *IDIC Warlock Jetbike/Spear/Embolden (53)

ELITES

5 x Fire Dragons (80)
              *IDIC Wave Serpent/Scatter Lasers/Shuriken Cannon (125)
5 x Fire Dragons (80)
              *IDIC Wave Serpent/Scatter Lasers/Shuriken Cannon (125)

FAST ATTACK
 
5 x Swooping Hawks/Exarch/Skyleap (132)

HEAVY SUPPORT

1 x IDIC Fire Prism (115)
1 x IDIC Fire Prism (115)
1 x IDIC Falcon/Bright Lance/Shuriken Cannon (155)

Points 1999

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29 May 2013

How to paint Fire Dragons (GW Style)

Nick speaking,

I know a lot of people are not fans of how GW paint their Fire Dragons, and yes, they are rather bright, but personally I like them that way and that is how I wanted mine to look. As usual I wanted to add in my IDIC twist of purple and white, with a touch of gold to give them a regal look. So, in this post I will run through how I painted them with the new Citadel orange paints.


First I primed them white...


Then I based the orange with Jokaero Orange...


With a layer of Troll Slayer Orange over the top of that...


At this stage I laid down the rest of the base coats in my IDIC colours and painted the helmets Iyanden Darksun, three layers of Yriel Yellow to give a nice smooth finish, and then a wash in the recesses only with Gryphone Sepia, as seen in the picture below...


 Next I went into the recesses only of the orange with Fuegan Orange...


Then I highlighted the orange armour with Fire Dragon Bright, dry blending on the larger areas...


Then I went in and highlighted it again with a mix of 1:1 Fire Dragon Bright and Yreil Yellow...


Now onto the helmets, this time I highlighted with a 1:1 mix of Yreil Yellow and Skull White. I blended them from the raised edges inwards, leaving the original colour and wash visible...


Then I went over that with a 1:2 mix of Yreil Yellow and Skull White...


Lastly, I hit the very edges with a mix of 1:3 Yreil Yellow and Skull White...


Next, I painted the eyes and gemstones, highlighted the purple and finished off the white sections. At this stage I also painted the Exarch base, doing this one as a piece of Blood Angels tank...


Then all I had to do was sand and paint the bases...


Finally I hit them with some satin varnish, which I like to use for my Eldar, and then added some static grass...



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27 May 2013

Eldar Fire Dragons Painted!

Nick speaking,

Here are my twelve Fire Dragons all finished up. I have half of the bases with rocks on and half without, so that I can either have them as one unit, or two single units. I also magnetisied the Exarchs arm to have interchangeable weapons. Please comment to let me know if you like them...




 


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25 May 2013

Army List Clinic - Tyranid 1850pt Help

Rob speaking,

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their army lists to our Clinic, In today's post we will have a look at a 1850pt Tyranid list for a followers first 6th Edition game...
Email in:

Hiya

Been following your blog for some time, and now my turn has come for 6 ed nids.....(1st 6 ed game also)

So can you help me?
For 1850 points I'm thinking

1 Flyrant with Twin linked Dev
Old adv.
Hive commander
Powers for fancy powers

Hive guard either 2x2 or 1x3

2 Tervigon with max powers for those fancy powers..Iron arm I think its called

10 termagants in spore with Dev
10 termagants in spore with Dev
15 or 20 homogaunts in spore for kicks

15-20 garg. to provide cover for for the Flyrant

3 Biovores

I feel I miss something to take up some firepower while the Flyrants get over the board, and the tervigons makes a kindergarden and hopefully doesn't spawn out.
Maybe trygon or two?
I haven't added points as I don't have my codex on me atm.

Also...
I got my hands on the same spores Nick has, even made some fancy critters out of the beasts inside :)
BUT...I have tried gluing them together....with 4 different kind of glue...
plastic glue, gel instant glue, instant glue and glue used for wood...
No success...so now I tried with a 2 component epoxy glue...
Fingers crossed ;)

I was told by the glue guy that I may experience problems with painting the spore because of what its made off.

How did you do yours?
Cheers

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to email the list clinic, here is the list with changes:

Tyrant – Wings, Hive Commander, Old Adversary 2x Devourers – 310
2x Hive Guard – 100
2x Hive Guard – 100
Doom in pod – 130
15 Termagants with Devourers, in spore pod – 190
15 Termagants with Devourers, in spore pod – 190
Tervigon – Catalist – 175
Tervigon – Catalist – 175
20 Gargoyles – Toxin sacs 140
Harpy – 160
2 Biovores – 90
2 Biovores – 90

Above is the list with similar units you’re using at present, so lets run through the changes:

Hive Guard – keeping them as 2x 2 over 1x 3 for tactical flexibility, Hive Guard are solid in 6th edition, so make a good choice.

Doom in pod – the doom is amazing, I would never leave home without one! They make a good choice for that distraction role you’re looking for. Don’t forget to swap out the Psychic power the doom comes with for the Telepathy Primaris power for double the psychic fun!

15 Termagants – much better than 10, not just the number of shots, but the durability, 10 can easily be removed, even in cover, but 15 make for a much more difficult task.

2 Tervigons with 2 powers each for biomancy fun!  

20 Gargoyles – again, great for that distraction roll, with toxin sacs to make them much better in combat which is where they excel!

Harpy – a good cheapish flying MC to go along with the Tyrant, more of a distraction, but still quite useful.

2x 2 Biovores – As they are barrage they are fantastic at sniping out special weapons/sergeants etc, I cannot rate these highly enough!

There you go, 1850pts

This list is a definite alpha strike army, with some solid scoring units backing up that alpha strike!

I’ve dropped the Hormagaunts, even if they are for fun, it’s no fun packing up models time after time without them doing anything. I’ve tried these myself, even 2 units of 20 landing, the squads will just be thinned so much before they can do any/much damage.

Gargoyles are great at providing cover/support for your army as it advances, but they are also great in combat when supporting a Tyrant or Harpy.

Nick Speaking,

Regarding the Spore Pods, I used super glue to glue mine together and it worked really well :) As for painting, just wash them with some nice hot soapy water first, then the primer will spray on with no trouble at all :D


Please feel free to comment with your thoughts on the list, and if you want to submit one of your army lists to us, you can do so here listclinic.idicbeer@gmail.com
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23 May 2013

Community Cryptek Project - Pezzapoo

Nick speaking,

Time for another Community Cryptek that I received from another YouTube buddy of mine. This one was a bit of a surprise to me, as I had no idea Pezzapoo was sending me it. I really love the blue marble effect he has done on the cloak as it makes him stand out very nicely. Pezzapoo Is a really great guy and it would be fantastic if you could pop over to his Channel and support him by subscribing.





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21 May 2013

Fire Dragon Orange!

Nick speaking,

The one thing I love about my Eldar is all the different colours I get to paint, it is very refreshing to be able to paint a unit in a totally different colour from the previous unit, even though it is the same army. So, with my Fire Dragons up next, it's time to get the orange paint out! I will be putting my IDIC purple and white spin on the minis as well, but overall, I want to paint them GW style. Well, as best I can with the new paints anyway! 


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19 May 2013

Laser Cut Flight Stands

Nick speaking,

I have had the privileged of testing Laser Cut Card's brand new Flight Stands. There are three versions of them available, a flyer stand, a small skimmer stand and a large skimmer stand. They are not direct alternatives to GW bases, designed more for scratch built flyers and games like Bolt Action, but even so, I have to say I think they are pretty awesome, especially when you consider the price they are compared to the GW stands.


The one thing I really like about the Flyer stand is its ability to pose your models at angles, for a more dynamic look. This is due to the stand being a bit thinner than the original, so that it angels in the slot. It's worth noting that if you want your Flyer to be horizontal you will have to glue it into place! They do have tabs at the top of the stand allowing for an easy connection on any home made Flyers, or if you cut the tab off, you can slot them directly into the Flyer, or have the option to magnetise them. All three stands are available now to purchase on the Laser Cut Card website. As many of you already know, I have been after a replacement Flying stand for some time now, so I am going to give this product a massive thumbs up...



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17 May 2013

IDICBeer has Dwarfs!

Nick speaking,

Yes, that's right Dwarfs, well one Dwarf! It's the free one that I had on the front cover of White Dwarf many years ago, that I recently found. I decided to paint him up and send him to my mate Kimal79, one of the Legion of Gamza members, and a great guy. I know he will make good use of him, so here he is all painted up for you buddy.

 




 
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15 May 2013

Necron 'Void Crons' Battle Report (2,000 Points)

Nick speaking,

In a previous post I looked at my 1750 point three C'tan Void Cron list, but now that my buddies and I have decided (at long last) to move up to 2000 points, I need to beef it up a bit. I always felt that the list was lacking in mobilty, so with a couple of adjustments, it was very easy for me to add in a unit of Tomb Blades to fill that roll. Here is the list I was using in this battle report against my buddies 'shooty' Blood Angels...

 
Void Crons (2k v1)

HQ

1 x Overlord/Warscythe/MSS/Weave (130)
Royal Court:
1 x Cryptek/Tremorstave/Crucible (40)
1 x Cryptek/Tremorstave (30)
1 x Cryptek/Tremorstave (30)
1 x Cryptek/Tremorstave (30)

ELITES

1 x Void Dragon/Moulder/Thunder (255)
1 x Deceiver/Pyres/Worldscape (235)
1 x Nightbringer/Time/Gaze  (275)

TROOPS

10 x Immortals/Gauss (170)
10 x Warriors (130)
10 x Warriors (130)
10 x Warriors (130)

FAST ATTACK

6x Scarab Swarms (90)
5x Tomb Blades/Scopes/Looms/Vanes (225)

FORTIFICATION
1x Defence Line/Quad Gun (100)

2000 Points 

 
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13 May 2013

Community Cryptek Project - Archaeolas

Nick speaking,

With the forth Cryptek I received for my Community Cryptek Project, I have something very special for you, a scratch built, fully sculpted mini! This amazingly sculpted Cryptek was sent to me by Archaeolas on his YouTube Channel. He even magnetised the arm so that the stave comes off for storage. This Cryptek is very special to me and I will treasure it forever, so thank you so much Archy, you are the best. Here are some pictures of the mini fully painted by Archy himself, but if you want to see this guy before he was painted, with the WIP pictures, then please check out his video here and don't forget to subscribe.









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11 May 2013

Army List Clinic - Tournament Eldar Help

Rob speaking,

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their army lists to our Clinic, In today's post we will have a look at an Eldar 1000 point tournament list...
Email in:

Hi, I was wondering what you thought of this list which i was thinking of taking to a tournament. This is my first tournament for 40k and its only 1000 points, a points level that i haven't played for quite some time. 

Farseer - 90
runes of warding, guide

5 Dire avengers - 60

5 Dire avengers - 60

5 Dire avengers - 60

3 War walkers - 180
scatter lasers

5 Fire dragons - 80

Wave serpent - 110
twin linked shuriken cannon, shuriken cannon

5 Fire dragons - 80

Wave serpent - 100
twin linked shuriken cannon

5 Fire dragons - 80

Wave serpent - 100
twin linked shurkien cannon

Now the basic plan for the list is to send the fire dragons after the scary units the opponent has, the farseer will guide the war walkers and they will take out any heavy weapons squads or general irritating units. The dire avengers need to take objectives and possibly shoot at what ever they can. 

In the area we have a lot of ork, chaos space marines and daemon players so i have no idea if i should change my list to go after them or not. Any changes you can make would be great, as 1000 points isn't quite my strong point.

Thanks for any help

Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to email the army list clinic, I’ve taken a look at the list and some weaknesses immediately jumped out at me, so here is the list I propose using similar units you’re already using:

Farseer - runes of warding, guide – 90

6 Dire avengers – 72
Wave Serpent – twin linked shuriken cannon – 100
3 Jetbikes – 66
3 Jetbikes – 66

6 Fire dragons – 96
Wave serpent – twin linked shurkien cannon – 100
8 Fire dragons – 128
Wave serpent – twin linked shurkien cannon – 100

3 War walkers – 6x scatter lasers – 180

998

3x Scoring units are enough at 1000pts, but I’ve swapped out 2x 5 Dire Avengers for 2x 3 Jetbikes, Five Dire Avengers on foot won’t get anywhere and will struggle to hold onto objectives, the Jetbikes are much better, they go in reserve and turbo boost about until turn 5 where they go wherever they want and score/contest, they are much more durable and much more mobile, so make for an all round better choice.  

I’ve also tweaked the Fire Dragons, dropping one unit and adding to the other 2 units, the unit of 8 has the Guideseer in, remember you cannot use Guide out of vehicles so these will benefit the most, Fire Dragons can deal with most things on the game so make for a great choice.  

The third Wave Serpent is given to the Dire Avengers for mobility and durability, giving you 3 very mobile scoring units.

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9 May 2013

More Tomb Blades Done

Nick speaking,

It took a bit of patience and self control in making sure I got a good price, but I have now managed to get another two old Necron Destroyers to go with the three I already have. I use them as 'Tomb Blades' and have really enjoyed playing with these old classic minis. In the end, all five minis cost me under £20.00 including postage, all off eBay, of course. Considering most of these beauties are usually sold for £10.00 each as a 'buy it now' option, I think I did pretty well...


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