NoVa Open 2011

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Saturday, I was able to take my camera around the masses of 40k tables and look at armies and see what cool stuff people had done.  There were plenty of armies that stuck to traditional themes, or were only partially finished.

However, there were quite a few that tickled my fancy.  I apologize for the lack of multiple shots for some of these.  The players were mid-game with timed rounds, so most of the time I was sneaking around and getting a single picture and then getting out of their way ASAP.
Dark Eldar that looked like Tron.  Oddly, the owner hadn’t realized it until I mentioned that’s why I liked it.

There’s loads more pictures after the break, so slow connections beware!

Wheel-less bikes.  Awesome idea!
Some very nice freehand.  All his vehicles had some.

The Aquablight armored division?

I’m not sure how or why, but he had these four winged monstrosities on the field, and they just looked pissed…

Someone’s a Broncos fan!  His display board had hive growths that matched the army.

There were very few Eldar players, but the ones I did see had good looking stuff.
These rusty colored tanks had more blending and subtle effects than the pictures let on.
Some cool four wheeled bike conversions.  It was a very well done White Scars army.
Urban Camo on Tau looks amazing.
The tube is supporting a camera that the 11th Company podcast was using to podcast all weekend long.

Space Marines riding Dinosaurs?  Yes please!

Gorgeous free hand on this Dark Angels Land Raider. 
Purple Tau, that were painted in about 3 months.  Good looking stuff!
More well done Eldar.  It was a Mechdar list, so there were another 2-3 tanks like this one.
I liked the blue and white here, they had a very regal and righteous look.
These guys all had white tassels of hair on their helmets.  The red was well done too.
Lots, and I mean lots, of Storm Ravens and other flying things.  The rust effects here are amazing!
The shading on the white is subtle, but very, very well done.  Love good Looking Eldar!!
Halved themes look good when done correctly, like this.

Headlights!  You can also see the red LED that gave the tanks a red underglow.

Two layer display / transport board, and it had lights in the rhino wreck and under the top layer, shining on the ruined stuff underneath.  The rhino wreck also flickered, like it was some busted electronics sparking and going nuts.

There was, however one army that stood out above all the rest.  I’m not sure if it was played with Space marine or Chaos Space Marine rules, but man, these models were epic:

Yes, it was an Imperial Star Wars themed army.  And the nearly unmodified Rhinos fit right in:

All in all, it was a fun half hour or so wandering the nearly 200 tables of 40k battles and taking some pictures.

We had quite the turn out this weekend at the NoVa Open!  It’s best told through pictures:

Quite a few Battle Engines saw some table time.
Lighteningy death!
There was also PG_PolarBearCub’s resin Slayer, Apollyen.  He had special rules that you could use to field Apollyen  as a 50 or 100 pt army.  It was pretty nuts watching people try to take it down with masses and masses of models.
Rawr!!
There were some pretty cool conversions too…   KABOOM!
I found that setting up the demo models in cool combat positions between demos caught people’s attention.  I really need to get something more interesting on those back banners…
We did pretty good filling our little part of the convention hall.  At about 30 players total, we were still dwarfed by the nearly 300 40k players…
Yay prizes!!  We had some autographed rulebooks and Wrath posters, along with Domination Warcasters (courtesy Faultie via GenCon) and a box of Bombardiers and plastic Demo Corp.
Tomorrow, I’ll put up all the pictures I took of the cool 40k armies.  Some of them had awesome paint jobs and conversions.
I think I’ve finally wrapped my head around Hexeris.  In theory, anyway.  As I may have mentioned, my first league game this last league was against Hexeris.  I got to see his feat first hand, so I now understand how it works, when to use it and how to use it effectively.  Also, since I have loads of experience with pMorghoul, I’d really like to play something different – something more spell focused.
I’ve read up some stuff about Hexeris’ theme list, and overall I like it because all the tier bonuses get you further up the field, and get your stuff doing what they do best, faster.
Studio Hexeris
Faction: Hexeris – Kingdom of Shadow
Casters: 1/1
Points: 35/35
Tiers: 3
Lord Tyrant Hexeris (*6pts)
* Cyclops Savage (5pts)
* Razorworm (4pts)
* Titan Gladiator (8pts)
* Aptimus Marketh (3pts)
Paingiver Beast Handlers (min) (2pts)
Praetorian Swordsmen (min) (4pts)
* Officer & Standard (2pts)
Praetorian Swordsmen (min) (4pts)
Agonizer (2pts)
Ancestral Guardian (3pts)
Hakaar the Destroyer (4pts)
When this list deploys, the Swordsmen get AD, the Guardian & Hakaar (a Guardian model) get advanced move, and I can start with Hexeris’ upkeeps in play, and don’t have to pay for the upkeeps turn 1.  WHAT?  I know, right?  These models will be up the enemy’s grill turn 2.
The non UA swordsmen are a tarpit – souls to fuel the Guardians and Marketh.  They’ll likely start with Death March (+2 MAT, Vengeance) so if the enemy doesn’t kill the entire unit, they’re going to see some retaliation.  Turn 2, the UA’d swordsmen will get Death March cast onto them, and use their mini-feat to lawnmower their way through the enemy front lines.
Amongst the infantry are the two Guardians who will gather souls along with Marketh, and add to the retaliation.
All the while, the Agonizer is causing havoc, spells are channeled through the Razorworm (who has Eyeless Sight & Dig In), and I’ll have some beast cruise missiles ready to launch once charge lanes are opened up by the lawnmowers.
I’m very excited to try out the army, and have all the models needed.  I just need to find some time to actually play a game with him!!

Speaking of Hexeris, here’s a recent picture of my Hexeris and his favorite pet, the Razorwurm.
I used the same black gradient paints I used on the Sorylian space ship.  I’m trying to paint the gems like Onyx, emphasizing the Void and emptiness of Skorne’s theocracy.
Here’s a closeup of the gem:
Lastly, I’m very happy with how the Razorwurm’s flesh turned out.  It was Citadel’s Foundation Tallarn Flesh, washed with Ogryn Flesh Wash, and then picked out with more Tallarn Flesh.  I painted the little claws on the Razorwurm black to mirror the nails on Hexeris.  The Razorwurm’s horn bracer thing also has an Onyx set on the front.
I’ll have a post about my LGS’s Slow Grow League that’s starting in a few weeks, and all weekend long, I’ll have updates from the NoVa Open 2011!