Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Why is Hero Quest so great?

This is why: BardicBroadcasts!

I know this has been viewed more than a million times already, and I may be a little late to the party, but I love everything on the BardicBroadcast YouTube channel.

The Bard himself and I have a number of things in common, including a love of Dwarfs, keeping a book of grudges, wrestling, and a love/hate (really just love) relationship of Games Workshop products.

While I'm not as big a fan of video games as the Bard, but I appreciate his artistic eye that he demonstrates during his cracking boxing/unboxing and review videos. I would hazard a guess that he has some artistic training on his character sheet as he shows us the keen eye of an art director with his spot-on commentary. He admits when he likes something that hearkens to a fond memory or a predilection for a certain genre of game, but he's also self-aware and warns the viewer of those prejudices. However, he also freely admits when his expectations have been challenged and his mind has been changed upon examination of model, game piece, or figure. His videos are well thought out, demonstrative, explanatory, and logical but most of all, entertaining.

Not only are his criticisms astute, but his delivery is captivating. From his "cracking" voice, knife flips, transitional stare into the camera, and the way he says, "muscularity;" I'm hooked on every frame. Along with artistic criticism, his performance is charming and captivating. So many of us who enjoy these trappings of the hobby fail at articulating why we enjoy these elements. Not so for that Bard! Through his unique voice, the Bard is truly a fan of the things he reviews and his reviews are genuine.

I wish he had a paid channel, I'd subscribe faster than the Bard can remove plastic cling film.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bugeater Grand Tournament 2017

This past weekend, I packed up the new Guilliman model and my Grey Knights and made the trek to Omaha, Nebraska for the Bugeater Warhammer 40k Grand Tournament.















I went last year and had a blast and this year was no different.












Like last year, the Bugeater gives away some of the best swag, including these objective markers, custom dice, a measuring stick, a custom mission deck of cards, a patch, and lots of door prizes.

After seeing Guilliman in action in Kansas City at the Midwest ConQuest, I knew I had to upgrade my army. He's a beast. It doesn't take a lot of skill to play with him and even a guy like me can increase my win count with him on the table.

My first game I drew Trent Northington, one of the better players in the country (ranked 11 in the ITC ranking in 2016...)

He had a nasty army with all of the 7th edition formation nastiness you'd expect. The Castellion formation with a Tau Riptide Wing.

He seized the initiative on me and then kicked me in the teeth with his own Guilliman. I wish I could say I gave him a good game but it didn't really go my way except I managed to take out his Guilliman by the time the game was over.

The next game I played was one of the guys who left my FLGS for a new store in town. I played a bit better, but my dice were a little cold and I was playing timidly and dropped this game too. He had three Forgeworld Knights, Space Wolves, and Saint Celestine and managed to dodge me most of the game and I spent a lot of time running after him and not swinging my giant flaming sword of the Emperor.

Then things turned around for me. In fact, I ran the table on the rest of the games and either tabled or received the white flag from my opponents. In the end, I finished 4-2 and placed 10 in the ITC ranking and 11th in the tournament ranking which included painting and sportsmanship.

When it was all said and done, I played four of my games against folks from my hometown... It was a long way to travel to play people I've played before, but I still had a good time. Omaha is an amazing town, the Bugeater is a fantastic event and I'll be back next year with my 8th edition army in tow!

(The image of the tournament was stolen from the Bugeater Facebook page)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Warhammer 40k Guilliman WIP

Since seeing him in action at the Midwest Conquest GT, I decided to add Roboute Guilliman to my forces for the Bug Eater.

He's an incredibly intricate model to buy, sand, glue, prime and paint for a tournament. I'd like to spend a lot more time on him, but I'm not ashamed of what I've got here.

I'm not quite done but he's well on his way.






































Also, here's a Flesh Tearer that's nearly done.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Midwest Conquest Recap

This past weekend I traveled to Kansas City for the awesome Midwest Conquest Warhammer 40k Grand Tournament. I never had so much fun losing. It's a great tournament and I had more fun this year than last year but I fared far worse on the table top.

Here's my army in a nutshell:
2 CADS
1 Chaos Lord on Juggernaut
1 D-Thirster - Bloodthirster
3 Units of Cultists
1 Unit of Bloodletters
4 Heldrakes with baleflamers
1 Heldrake with autocanon

My army on parade.










 D-Thirster ready for action.
Dark Prince Adam.
The drakes! I wanted my army to look like a 70s album cover.



















My plan was to let the heldrakes do most of the heavy lifting. They can zip around the field, go into hover mode to snag objectives, torch Marines and melt through their armor, deny jinks to Dark Angels and various Eldar... the army looks great on paper and fared well in the few test games I was able to get in but did not do well against tournament play.



 As I mentioned before, I had a blast. There were 70 players in the 40k GT and surprisingly, there weren't a lot of Marines or Eldar... However, I nearly faced every Necron player who entered - coincidentally, the worst match-up for my army.

They say that speed kills, but apparently the best defense is resurrection. I played 3 Necron armies and lost to all three because I couldn't kill anything. The dang things wouldn't melt with all of my fire. In the battle of space robots vs space dragons, space robots won.

My games went:
1. Win vs Necrons - Great player and I skunked him in a win on the last turn by snagging objectives but his army was otherwise intact.
2. Loss vs Dark Eldar. - The guy charged top of turn 1 with a large talos unit. I told him he couldn't and he said he could... I dug through the rule book but couldn't find the damn scout USR quickly so I let him get away with it.
3. Loss vs Necrons. Another great player who had a Christmas themed Necron army. I could not roll to wound to save my life - or end his.
4. Loss vs. Space Wolves. Another nice player who fielded a nasty Curse of the Wolfen list. I nearly tabled him but he had a ton of points in the victory conditions and made an impossible amount of storm shield saves.
5. Loss vs. Necrons. Necrons, again. Also, another Christmas themed Necron army, complete with Lego heads and lights! I shouldn't complain because he was a lot of fun to play but again, I couldn't get past those Necron resurrection rolls.
6. Win vs. Ork. I played my friend Warren and his Ork trukk and biker mob. Warren was the only Ork player in attendance... I haven't played him in a couple of years and I think the last time we played, he beat me in a 500 point game. We had a lot of fun and I'm glad I got to play him.


























I ran into this sketchy looking Bender unit. I think he stole my wallet... Perhaps he was working for the Necrons.

 Christmas themed Necron army #1. The Santa Crons.
Christmas themed Necron army #2 - with Lego heads and working lights!










Again, I truly had a blast getting my ass kicked. I had a lot of compliments on my army and everyone said they were afraid to play me... but my army folded pretty easily with the heat was on. I had a couple people vote for me for top paint too, which was very flattering and probably my proudest moment of the tournament. 

 Next weekend it's off of Omaha for the Bugeater GT. I thought about bringing my Daemonkin but I think they are going to sit this one out and I'm going to bring my Grey Knights and Roboute Guilliman ... if I can get Robby G. painted in time. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Display Board for Warhammer 40k

I don't know if you'll receive any bonus points for building a display board in Warhammer 40k 8th edition, but I find it's the best way to carry my minis around no matter what edition.

My dragon wing army for my Khorne Daemon Kin is just about finished painting and I'm going to take them to both the Midwest Conquest and Bugeater tournaments. I'm just finishing up my "extra" units that I can summon during the game and once I complete that, I'll snap a few more pics.

The dragon wing army takes up a large footprint so I had to order a large tea tray from Pier One for all of my models to fit. It's roughly 20"x20" and is easily the largest of all of my carrying trays.

Here's how I made it:

 First I cut out a sheet of cork from Michael's and cut out a rough shape of the Khorne symbol. Then I glued the outer portion of the cork sheet to a piece of plywood cut to the interior dimensions of my tea tray.

I used a lot of rocks from the garden to hold the cork down so it wouldn't bubble while it dried.
Next I glued the little triangle bit for the interior of the Khorne symbol and added glue in the cutout.
Next I added a lot of flocking rock of various size to the interior. I want the Khorne symbol to appear that it's been ripped out of the earth.
Next, I primed the whole board in cheap spray primer from the hardware store.

I had a cup of coffee while it dried.
Finally to wrap up, I dry brushed the topsoil portion of the board to match my bases on the models. Then, I airbrushed the Khorne symbol to look like it's hot magma or evil energy has burned a brand in the desert.

Then, it's done!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Warhammer 40k Announced!

This is some big news - Games Workshop announces the new 8tb edition of Warhammer 40k!

www.warhammer-community.com/2017

I, for one, am very excited.

It's all covered in the FAQ, but no codexes, free rules, all of your minis are still in the game, and 3 ways to play!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Do you even air brush, bro?

I've tried air brushing several times, and perhaps have over-spent on equipment, but I just can't seem to get the hang of it.


I just can't seem to get the air, paint, water, mix figured out.

Some days, it's fantastic, it's like I'm blessed with a natural ability to spray paint evenly on model soldiers and tanks.

Other days, like tonight, I can't get anything right. It's spitting, not spraying. It's too dry, it's too wet. I couldn't even get a decent base coat down tonight.

I'm just going to stick with a brush.