Last weekend I played in a 40k tournament with my Space Wolves.
I wanted to do well so I
built just about the nastiest army that I could. I spent the better part of a week prepping my models and gluing
together the components that I would need for the tourney. I made things
harder on myself by choosing to re-paint my army.
wanted an air brush so I could mimic some of the better paint jobs I've
seen on the web. After looking at a lot of other well-painted models, I
found a really cool army that used a much darker shade of gray than most
Space Wolf armies used. My army had actually been a much lighter shade
of gray and I thought an air brush would be the ticket to getting an
army done fast.
After some research, I found that air brush
compressors for hobbyists are expensive. The most basic models appeared
to start at $150 and quickly skyrocketed from there. I did some more
digging and found that there are other kinds of air brushes offered, not
to hobbyists but to cake decorators and nail salons. These air brushes
came with complete kits and started around $45. Not only did you get a
low-end compressor, but a dual-action brush as well... Now, some of
these compressors were in the shape of hearts or were colored pink, but
it was the same piece of equipment sold to masculine hobbyists, but
marketed to a completely different audience. I imagine that the air
brush manufacturers had done a lot of market research and found the
maximum price point that each type of painter would pay and adjusted
their prices accordingly. Kind of like the shoe industry, but I digress.
looked around town at the hobby stores along with some online shopping
and found a nice silver compressor with a dual-action brush for less
than $60. Shipping took a lot longer than I expected but it arrived on
Wednesday and gave me three days to re-paint my army...
running home to paint models over my lunch hour and hurriedly in the
evenings when I wasn't with Kristin, I got about a quarter of my army
re-colored and re-glued to their bases. It was a lot less than I wanted
but I would be able to get my army on the table for the 5th Edition
We had a fairly good turnout for the event
with lots of our regular players and few new faces showing up as well.
My first opponent was Jason P. and his Crimson Fist Space Marines. He
doesn't play very often and certainly isn't a cutthroat player so my
tooled-up list probably wasn't much fun for him to face. Despite all of
my dirty tricks, we had a good time though and I walked away with a very
I played Jason F. and his Tyranids next. His list
gave me some more problems but my wolves were able to pick apart his
bugs and my dice were giving me average rolls so I scored another solid
In the championship round I faced Marshall, another Wolf
player who usually wins most of our tourneys. I made a critical error
and placed one of my "tricksy" units poorly early in the game which
disrupted my game plan. Then I had a turn of really bad dice and lost my
scouting unit when I should have mathematically won the battle; but
that's why we roll the dice. I made a pretty good run in the last few
turns, but Marshall outplayed me and I lost the game. Because of the
scoring system, I actually placed third but I was quite happy with the