Sunday, January 26, 2014

Refurbished Tanks

For my pre- and post- Heresy White Scars army, I've been refurbishing some old Space Marine Rhinos into other tanks.

This Predator was cobbled together from two different out-of-print rhino bodies. I needed a track set that didn't have the doors glued on so I could magnetize the sponsons for a variety of weapons.

I had a tan tank with no doors and a grey tank with the proper front hull so I carefully pried the tanks apart with an X-Acto chisel blade; and with a little sanding, I was able to re-purpose the treads and hulls into the configuration I needed.

Next, I added some plumbers putty into the tread doors, let it dry, then drilled out a hole for the magnet to rest. I glued on the metal bits to the hull and lined up the magnets for the sponsons. Once the glue is dry, I'll prime most of the tank white and the bolters black and start painting.

The second Rhino is being cobbled into an old Whirlwind. Other than gluing on the treads and metal bits, I don't need to do much conversion. I'll glue magnets to the missile launchers, but I won't have much to do with this model and it'll get a nice dose of primer soon.

Behind it, you can see a crusty Rhino. That was the tank that originally had the metal Predator bits attached. Getting the metal off that chassis was a chore. The previous owner had used a lot of plumbers putty and a generous amount of glue and I don't think I'll be able to do anything this hull except use it as a burned out wreck. I might be able to get two wrecked markers out of it if I'm crafty.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

First Loser

I've always enjoyed the expression, "Second place is the first loser." However, yesterday I took second place in the small point Warhammer 40k tournament and I'm fairly pleased despite not taking the top slot.

We had 8 players show with a wide range of players from tourney veterans to beer-and-pretzel guys, beginners, and old timers who haven't played in a while.

In the first game, my IG squared off against Jason's Chaos Warriors. I got to go first and shelled him pretty hard with the Lemann Russ and Basilisk. I also didn't deviate in the first two turns and effectively took him out of the game early and I felt bad that my dice were so hot.

Next I faced Michael and his Chaos Warriors with about the same results as Jason.

In the third round, I took on Jessie and his nasty Eldar. His general was Illic (I think) who lets his unit deploy an inch away from his opponent. After stealing the initiative, Illic and his 10 wraithguard with flame templates made pretty short work of each of my units. I got a couple of shots off with my tanks before they were hull-pointed to death, but Jessie made just about every 5+ save he had to roll and my army was getting burned by templates or the two wave serpents. Marbo showed up in turn 2 and took out a bunch of wraithguard with his demo charge, but the rest of my army was shot out from underneath me. My vendetta with my platoon squad and my veteran squad didn't show up and I was tabled at the bottom of two. Ug.

In round four, Eli and I timed out into a draw, but because my first two victories were solid, I Gumped my way into second place.

Now, I'm shifting most of my gears to my White Scars to get ready for the next tournament.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Small Point Tournament

In just over a week, I'll be playing a small-point Warhammer 40k tournament at the Gatekeeper. My White Scars (Sons of Chogoris) aren't ready for the tabletop yet so I'll likely bring my Russian themed Valhallans or my Praetorians.

Here are the lists I'm considering for the 1k point tourney. They are just "back of envelope" calculations.

1 Lord Commissar - power sword, melta bomb
1 Veteran squad - 3 meltaguns
3 Veteran squads - 3 meltas, 1 missile launcher, Chimera
1 Basilisk
1 Aegis Defense line - quad cannon


1 Company Command Squad - 4 grenade launchers, sword, Chimera
1 Guardsman Marbo
1 Veteran Squad -3 Meltaguns, Chimera
1 Platoon Command Squad - 4 Flamers
2 Infantry Squad -Missile Launchers
1 Vendetta
1 Leman Russ
1 Basilisk

The second list was a recommendation from another player online and I'm leaning towards fielding that list. That player actually recommends plasma guns but since neither Valhallans or Praetorians come with plamagun wielding models, I'm going with grenade launchers.

There seems to be a good deal of debate on how to pronounce, "Chimera." I usually hear it one of three ways:

  1. Chim-ear-ah (like chimpanzee)
  2. Chuh-mear-uh (like chump)
  3. or Kime-ear-ah (like lime)

I think 3 is correct, but I usually say 2.