All posts for the year 2010

Ok, I know it’s been too long between posts when my How to Strip Paint Tutorial is back at the top of the “topic with the most hits this week” list.

I’m not dead, I haven’t forgotten about my blog, and I haven’t given up.  I’m just doing some behind the scenes things, and it’s the holiday season.  Which means there’s movies to see (this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and… and… and…), video games to check out (mainly this one, though I did install Return to Castle Wolfenstein the other day.  Man, good times!  Brakka brakka!).

I’ve also been trading models on, mainly getting rid of Cryx (since there are now 4 other people who play it at the LGS) in favor of Cygnar, who I’ve always had a secret love of.  I’m developing a pStryker force that should be fun to play.  Look for a test model soon (I love painting blue).

I’m trying to solidify 35-50 pt lists for my favorite factions that include my favorite models so I can decide on what models to get / trade, etc.  I need to be less packrat, and more tour director.  I don’t need every model in a faction…  Just the cool ones, right?  Right.  Yeah.

I’ve also been spending a lot of time reading and listening to music (watching Glee too.)  I’ve been enjoying a novel recently published by Jim Butcher, Side Jobs.  It’s a collection of short stories that occurred in between Butcher’s best selling Dresden Files novels (Storm Front starts off the series).  It’s great Urban Fantasy for anyone who enjoys Harry Potter & murder mysteries, but wants something more tangible (explaining the mechanics of the magic), adult (bow-chika-wow-ow) and a bit of Die Hard type kick the good-guy’s ass until the very end.

Also on my reading list is Gale Force, book 7 of the Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine.  This is similar to the Dresden files, but weather oriented.  It’s urban fantasy with a strong female lead, and that familiar Die Hard flavor.  Good stuff.  Especially when I have these all in one place on my Kindle (given to me by my wonderful wife for my birthday.  Thanks Honey!).  I’m also looking forward to Indulgence in Death by JD Robb (Nora Roberts) – the latest in a long series (first book here).  Futuristic (but not too far ahead) murder mysteries.  My mom reads these too, they’re great.

No, I don’t work for Amazon, I just really, really enjoy the Kindle, and reading is a favorite past time.  Amazon is also one of the cheapest way to get a few books.  Just break $25 and you get free shipping.  Not hard to do with a few books and a CD or so.

As far as music goes, Glee: The Music, Volume 4 is a great start.  Their remixes tend to always be as good as, if not better than the original.  The show’s pretty great too.  I have a strong music background, having played in the school orchestra from 6-12th grade and worked a musical or two.  Also, anything by Michael BublĂ©.  The man was born a generation late and could easily out shone Sinatra had he been given the chance.  Give him a listen.  I’m also a huge fan of mashups (DJ Earworm is amazing) and multi-tracking as well as when both happen at once.

So.  There’s some non-warmachine-related info about me and what I’ve been up to lately.  I promise to get back to the regularly scheduled program in  a few.  I’ll be getting lots of painting done over the holidays, so stay tuned!

So, sometimes I get so caught up in what stuff each faction has, that I forget what the Mercenaries have to offer.  So, I’d like to go through some of my favorite Merc models, and then go into the nifty faction models that I like.

Gorman DeWulfe, Rogue Alchemist

Let’s get Dangerous!

He works for lots of factions, namely Khador and Cygnar.  His Black Oil Bomb nullifies a target for a round, dropping essentially their entire stat line by 4.  To have a 2-3 pt model tie up a 8+ pt model for a round is entirely worth it.

An $8, I just haven’t ever picked him up.  Plus his model looks awesome.  Darkwing Duck!

Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator

I see you!

Reinholdt has three things he does for an incredible 1 pt.  He allows your caster to measure between any two models in LOS.  He’ll reload your weapon for you, giving you one additional ranged attack, disregarding ROF.  He’ll also let you use his lucky charm, boosting an attack or damage roll and discarding the lowest.  You can use any of these, each turn.

I want to run a Kara Sloan dual defender type army, and Reinholdt’s a must-have for her since she has an amazing rifle with weaponmaster, but it’s ROF 1.

Eiryss, Prime and Epic

This chimney’s heavy…

I have NQ 14-16, so I’ll be getting the Alt sculpt of pEiryss soon.  Both versions of Eiryss are useful, and count as in-faction models for Retribution.  She’ll also work for just about every Warmachine faction except Cryx, so she’s incredibly versatile.

Her prime version is great at hunting other solos and stripping a warmachine ‘caster of any ARM boosting focus.  Her Epic version is better suited for Hordes as she can strip animi and upkeep spells off targets she hits.  She can also shut down arcnodes by simply being near them.

Swamp Gobbers Bellows Crew

Light it up and take a puff, pass it to me now…

These little guys can place a pretty nice could effect that blocks LOS between models on opposite sides.  They are great filler for armies needing that last 1pt.  Especially Cygnar, as they don’t really have any 1pt solos except Stormsmiths, who really need to run in trios to get greatest effect.

I need these guys to help me adjust my Trolls army too.

Speaking of which, there are lots of non-mercenary models I need to get to give me a bit of an easier time putting lists together.

Trollblood Whelps

Whelps are hilarious.  Due to the regenerative properties of Trollbloods, of a large enough chunk of one gets blown or cut off in battle, it can actually regenerate into a new troll.  They’re stunted and not terribly intelligent, but they love the bigger trolls.  The best part is, since trolls are always hungry, they’ll just eat a whelp when they’re angry.  In the game, they’re the only form of fury management Trolls have.  Since I want to run a beast heavy melee beatstick army (what trolls do best) I’ll need some whelps!

Trollblood Fennblades (and UA)

Rawr, our swords are as big as we are!

Tough, reach, vengeance and hard makes these guys the perfect tarpit unit with great offensive capabilities, and medium bases, so they can’t be trampled.. Buy the UA, and they get Set Defense and a mini-feat that gives them pathfinder and +2 to charge distance. How awesome!

Plus, they’re melee beatsticks.  Win.

Skorne Cyclops Brute

My name… is Gladiator.

I love Skorne shields.  They have so much character!  The Brute is a defensive light warbeast, and since I’d be playing a game with a battlebox based army, my warcaster could use some help on the defensive front.

Morghoul likes to run beast heavy, so substituting this guy for one of the offensive Cyclops Savages is not hard to do.

Following the love of shields…

Skorne Karax

“We fight as a single, impenetrable unit.” – Leonidas

Karax are a great tarpit unit for Skorne.  They have shield wall, so they’re tough to kill, they have reach, so no much can skinny past them, and they;re relatively cheap points wise.  What else could a ‘beast ‘caster ask for?

Lastly, they have shields, which is mandatory for me.

Skorne Razorwurm

With the big nose and overbite,
I half expect nerd glasses too…

One of the few non Legion of Everblight models to have Eyeless sight, this beasty is a clean 4 points which takes the Battlebox from 11, to 15 and maintains a Tooth and Claw army.  With this guy, substituting a Savage for a Brute would give me nice Offensive potential with a touch of defense.

If I left both Savages in, added the Brute and this guy and maxed out my Beast Handlers, I’d have a nice little 25pt list.

Khador Widowmakers & Marksman

Reach out and touch someone…
A must have for any Khador player, the Widowmakers are 4 points for some of the best snipers in the game.  ABle to plink for an auto-point a piece, these models can chew through tarpits and other tough infantry, clearing charge lanes for your ‘jacks.  The Marksman is pretty great too.

Khador Casters

I’mma get some!

I’d love to run pButcher again, and I understand Strakov helps the slow Khador ‘jacks get along, so he sounds fun to play as well.  Plus, both models look great!

Cygnar Warcaster Kara Sloan

No one does a long distance ranged game like the Sniper Princess.  She typically runs with dual Defenders, Reinholdt and a host of other shooty goodness.

Since I want to run a shooty Cygnar army, She’s the ‘caster for me!

She will also be getting a much needed repose.  Something like this…


This guy has an extended control range, so he can be up to 4x his controller’s FOCUS away.  He works great with the Journeyman Warcaster solo, who’s control range is typically a rather tight 6″.  The Hunter makes that 12″.  He’s a great assassination vector and hard target eliminator, since his gun has Armor Piercing.  Since Jr has 3 FOCUS, that’s 1 to upkeep an Arcane Shield on a target, and 2 to the Hunter for a fully boosted Pow 6 AP attack.


Ol’ Rowdy

Nothing goes better with Stryker than a healthy dose of his character ‘jack, Ol’ Rowdy.  A bit expensive on the wallet, but amazing on the battlefield.


If it’s near a unit of Stormblades, it gets a free focus.  Stormblades can Marshall a ‘jack.  Hmm, I wonder if that’s significant…

If you have a Stormblades unit, you want a Stormclad.  He’ll play nicely with Stryker and the boys.  He’s not a big priority since he doesn’t play into the ranged aspect of the game, but when I want to boost Stryker’s force to 50 pts, a Stormclad will do nicely coming in at 10 pts.

You can check out my current inventory here.  While the list looks impressive, Legion is really the only faction where I basically have everything I need (except Grotesques and unreleased models).

So, what models are on your Holiday Wish List?  What models will you be buying yourself if you get some disposable income this season?  What lists will you use the models in?

So, as an aside to the current Carnivean project, I’ve been itching to execute some of the ideas I’ve had for my Retribution models. I’ve hated how all the heavies have the same set of legs, and all the lights have the same set of legs.

Stock pose for the Heavy Myrmidon Kit

 Their arms are fairly pose-able being 3-4 parts, but the legs are just in these boringly static positions. For a race built on grace and speed, that just won’t do!

So, here’s what I did to my Phoenix. First, I decided that since a Phoenix is such a staple ‘jack, I needed one basically at all times, thus it was worth gluing one together (and not magnetizing). It also helps that I got the ‘jack second hand, and that was the configuration that the original owner had chosen. The head and upper arms were solidly glued on, and despite the freezer and many minutes of trying, they wouldn’t budge. The head was also pretty well stuck, so that dictated part of the pose as well.

Since my biggest issue with the kit was the legs, it was my starting point. I picked the leg that’s typically a bit forward, and cut at the “ankle”. I then rotated the foot backwards into a “just leaving the ground” type position.  When I put the whole legs & waist assembly together, the waist sat too parallel to the floor.  So, I drilled out the hole on the leg I left alone, swamped it with glue and set the waist to a more forward tilted angle.  Once it’s all put together, the lower torso looks a bit like so:


So, with the back leg looking like it’s on it’s way forward, and the other leg mid stride, the ‘jack is obviously charging.  So, the arms need to match the movement.  If you’ve ever watched someone run, you’ll notice that the limbs that are opposite each other (left leg & right arm, right leg & left arm) always swing in opposite directions.  So, the arm opposite my forward moving leg needed to look like it was on the back swing, and the arm opposite the leg planted on the ground needed to be on it’s way forward.  That was achieved by putting the left arm in front of the torso, and the right arm a bit behind.  Like so:

To me, the overall pose looks as if the ‘jack is about to flip the sword over for a two-handed type downward stroke.  The pose isn’t terribly animated, but leaves lots to the imagination.  Here’s a whole bunch more shots (click to see larger versions).

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So.  Now the big question.  What colors do I paint it?!?

Carnivean WIP 3

Well, finally got some white down, and I think it looks pretty good. I wasn’t happy with it at first, but after some blending to get the bold outlines to look a bit more natural, I think it looks decent enough! I think the plates on the flipper need a bit more blending, but overall, what do you think?

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Post your thoughts below!

PS:  Side project update tomorrow.  I have to be up for work in about 5 hours, so tonight’s not the night for a whole new entry detailing what went on.  Tomorrow, I promise!

Carnivean WIP 2

Howdy, howdy, howdy!

I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend! I know I stuffed face, fell asleep and thoroughly pigged out. Whoo!

I got a layer of 1:1 Hawk Turquoise : White down on the Carnivean’s armor while watching the original Tron movie. It was an interesting experience to say the least. Without further adieu…

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I’m not entirely sure why, but I feel funny today. I’m not sure if it’s all the staying up late and sleeping in, or the fact that with DST kicking in a few weeks ago, I’m still feeling mixed up. (When it’s nightime at 5:30, around 10pm I think my brain says “Time to sleep” and my body still has energy, so i’m getting all confused)

Pics of the side project tomorrow, plus a bit more.