22 Feb 2009

Back from the depths

It seems the Blood Ravens won, making it a late win over the hawk lords, I'm relieved to a degree as I have no experience painting purple and one of the centerpieces (my redeemer) being painted in that colour, I didn't want to ruin it, and I quite like the Blood ravens (thanks to Dawn of War)

Which reminds me: If you haven't already watched this, THQ hired a team to convert, well construct a Rhino, they say life size but no-way would they fit 12 8' marines in there, it would have been awsome if they had mounted a high caliber gun on it and blown some stuff up, to represent a storm bolter :P

I've had a look around for a few tutorials, there's a video series on youtube that I'm about to have a look at but if anyone can recommend a guide on how to paint them, then all input would be appreciated.

"Tread softly, and carry a big gun."

21 Feb 2009

Epic fail...

(This isn't a made up story and I have the wound to prove it :S i wish it was though...)

So after reading that there was going to be a painting corps challange, i got sraight to work deassembaling a tac marine that i had glued the bolter on funny and he needed re-making anyway, unfotunatley I had a bit of an accident, I managed to cut my thumb on my craft knife (this is still my huge chunky one i haven't got a new x-acto yet) and yes it really, really hurts (It's slowing down my typing at the minute I'm having to touch type without my thumb :(, and i can't operate my Ipod with my right hand)it's put a stop to all of my hobby work (this is deep :S ) and so there will be an even bigger lack of hobby updates (even though t he cameras sorted now)

If you don't understand how bad a cut this is i took one look at it and fainted (Failed my feel no pain roll), landed on an ork painboy (Irony!) I was roused a few minutes later, as my labradour had come into the room to investigate and licked my face into conciousness, good girl :S

Just remember kids, sharp things hurt! ouch!
this is generally what my craftknife looks like (except it's red)

18 Feb 2009

1500pts Raven Guard List

HQ


Shadow Captain Kayvaan Shrike - 195pts


Troops


Tactical Squad 90pts - 225pts

+5 members 80pts

Meltagun 5pts

Missle launcher Free

Melta bombs 5pts

Drop pod 35pts

Locator Beacon 10pts


Tactical Squad 90pts - 240pts

+5 members 80pts

Meltagun 5pts

Missle launcher Free

Rhino 35pts

Storm bolter 10pts

Extra Amour 15pts


Scout Squads 75pts - 150pts

+5 members 65pts

Sniper Rifles Free

Heavy Bolter 10pts


Elites


Dreadnought 105pts - 165pts

Assualt cannon 10pts

Extra amour 15pts

Drop pod 35pts


Fast Attack


Assualt Squad 100pts - 240pts

+5 members 90pts

Flamers x 2 20pts

Power fist 25pts

Melta bombs 5pts


Scout Bike Squad 70pts - 200pts

+7 members 140pts

Astartes grenade launcher x 3 30pts


Attack Bike Squad (?there's only one?) - 50pts

Attack bike 40pts

Multi-melta 10pts



That's 1500pts exactly, I hope... anyway, the tac squad in the drop pod will be launched first turn and then I'll deep strike my Assualy marines w/ shrike and dreadnought, My scouts can sit on an objective and pick off any units (heres hoping they're infantry) heading their way.


The attack bike will go tank hunting, if he's not shot on the first turn which is likley...


The second tac squad will move up in the rhino (may put one combat squad in there w/ melta gun to go hunting and put the other on an objective) and to tank shock people off objectives and claim them for my own evil purposes... MUHAHAHAHA!


And the scout bike squad will be my anti-anything-they-can-shoot-at, and with a 12" scout move (can this be a turbo-boost does anyone know) they'll be in range now.


Obviously no Land Raider Redeemer in this list and no vets, although I'm thinking of re-writing that list and not taking the vets, they're very expensive and not that durable, might just put a tac squad in there, I dunno. If I do though the tac squad will be under the voted colour scheme :D keep voting!

17 Feb 2009

Achievment unlocked: Double double - 25g

Again, name the refrence for internet points!

Down to buisness, so... alot of people play teams, and here is an idea to try out that plays out as a fun an interesting game.

Draw out your army lists and gather you're models BUT! you'll be playing your teamates army! I tried this with my friend nicks Imperial Guard (I've never played these before) and he played my ultramarines. Not only was this a great battle (our oppnent Adam had n
o idea how to play nids :P ) it gives you a great insight into how their army works, what they're best at and what you as his teamate need to do to draw on these advantages, giving you an edge playing normal double games.

Go and try it, we had great fun in this game and we've even planned a double reverse tournatment where you are teamed up randomly and then swap your armies (who knows which army your going to end up with?) We're planning this to start early next month and we're going to have 5 rounds (1 a week for the whole month) I'll keep you updated on how it goes.

Also for you guys who loved the nightlords here is another picture of them in action!
Also if you're wandering about the irregular post time. I have a week off! happy face :)

15 Feb 2009

Achievment unlocked: Variety is the spice of death - 30G

Alright internet points for guessing the title reference.

I was re-reading the tale of 4 gamers yesterday (I'm kinda annoyed it finished that was the first bit I'd read every month) I was thinking about matt's chaos space marines and how he did all of them red corsairs except one unit. Which he really went to town one unit nightlords (he went absoloutley nuts at these they look brilliant)


So what I'm planning on doing is Painting up my LR and my vanguard a different chapter colour, becuase Raven Guard never use heavy vehicles and the vanguard would have jump packs. So I've picked out a few chapters I'd like to try painting these up as, but I want YOU to vote on them (see poll)

Here are pictures of what the different colour schemes on the chapters are:

Sons of Orar(They look cool, and I only need to buy two colours):

Hawk Lords (they look cool and fit the bird theme, but I don't own a purple at the minute (although I need one):
The Fire Lords (fit because the redeemer has FIRE! Need to buy yellow and red):
The Blood Ravens (I know this is a blood angels chapter but I like them (and they fit in with the raven theme, Only need to buy 2 colours)
These are the four chapters that I like and feel I'll be able to do an above avarge paint job on them. SO GET VOTING

8 Feb 2009

Modelling oppurtunities, grab 'em, there fun

I was looking round for some raven guard stuff (Ok i was looking on a guide to how to paint the symbol... and i found one here) I was thinking about the modelling I could do with my ravenguard, marines can get quite boring without anything to make them unique so I thought about it and here's what I've come up with so far:

Floaty bases: I'm gonna model Shrike, My librarian and my assualt marines to be in flight, using a piece of wire attatched to the base to make them look like their mid jump, I might also add some greenstuff/cotton wool/ amourcast effects, smoke/flames coming out the jump packs.

Drop lift or grind pod?: Some of you may know I play gears of war 2, so I thought i'd be a fun task to scratch build a grind lift (does the same thing as a drop pod but from ground level to underground, not flying to ground level) It'd be good if I need an additional drop pod for friendly games and it let's me go nuts with plasticard, double win :D

Raveguard/Ravenwing: Yes... I'm scheming

That's all I've though of at the minute but hey! I'll probably think of some more!

Yet again any suggestions you know where to put 'em

5 Feb 2009

Istaur Eldar - 2000pts

If any of you are wandering why I always do my lists to 2000 it's that it's a nice number that isn't too restricting and it's always nice to have a few more models to throw about aswell. And also happy double post day! (Only becuase I'm trapped in the house by snow)

Farseer - 55 - 148pts
Singing Spear - 3
Runes of Warding - 15
Runes of Witnessing - 10
Spirit Stones - 20
Doom - 25
Guide - 20

Farseer - 55 - 178pts
Singing Spear - 3
Runes of Warding - 15
Runes of Witnessing - 10
Spirit Stones - 20
Doom - 25
Fortune - 30
Mind War - 20

10 Dire Avengers - 120 - 177pts
Exarch - 12
Power Weapon and Shimmer Shield - 15
Defend - 15
Bladestorm - 15


10 Dire Avengers - 120 - 177pts
Exarch - 12
Power Weapon and Shimmer Shield - 15
Defend - 15
Bladestorm - 15

5 Rangers - 95pts

5 Rangers - 95pts

10 Howling Banshees - 160 - 375pts
Exarch - 12
Executioner - 10
War Shout - 5
Acrobatic - 5
-Wave Serpent - 90
Twin-Linked Bright Lances - 45
Spirit Stones - 10
Vectored Engines - 20

10 Howling Banshees - 160 - 375pts
Exarch - 12
Executioner - 10
War Shout - 5
Acrobatic - 5
-Wave Serpent - 90
Twin-Linked Bright Lances - 45
Spirit Stones - 10
Vectored Engines - 20

5 Dark Reapers - 175 - 207pts
Exarch - 12
Eldar Missle Launcher - 10
Fast Shot - 20

5 Dark Reapers - 175 - 207pts
Exarch - 12
Eldar Missle Launcher - 10
Fast Shot - 20

That adds to 1998 points... I think

I plan on putting the farseer with Guide with my reaper squads, dooming units and guiding the reapers to some mega re-rolls of death! and the other one with the banshees dooming and either mind waring enemy HQ units, nasty monstrous creatures or fortuning the unit to get those re-rolls on my saves (just a quick one does that effect the Farseer aswell does anyone know?) and use their singing spears to take out any enemy vehicles

The Rangers will sit on Objectives in cover, or the closest cover nearby and then run to the objective on the last turn, if their not all dead.

The dire avengers will be moving up to provide support for the banshees (who will be miles ahead in the wave serpents) and to sit on objectives... I'm still undecided whether to take the shimmer shield & Power weapon or the Dire Sword & Shuriken pistol (I pronounce it Sh-re-ken)

The dark reapers will provide some long ranged support (I hope to put these in buildings where they can get a decent LoS) and combined with doom (when they get close enough) I'm hoping that the onslaught will take said unit out, the missle launchers are there to provide some horde killing/light vehicle killing.

The Howling Banshees will zoom in, in the wave serpents going straight to the enemy, aiming for the heavy amoured troops (the doom re-rolls should help with the low strength) the wave serpents jobs are to take out vehicles with the bright lances and thin out any light amoured troops with the twin-linked shuriken catapults.

I know on the GW site they did an 'all plastic but the HQ unit army' well this one is almost entirley metal (except the Avengers) i really hate undercoating metal as you always end up with little bits of metal showing, and with a dark colour scheme like mine (although it does have a lot of silver in it) i don't want it to be ruined by that, I might have to try some Gesso or whatever the stuff is called, Or any tips on undercoating metal models? Also I'm gonna go for a winter theme in this army aswell although I'll probably try these bases: using the rocks for huge peices of broken ice. Again any thoughts on the list you know where to put 'em

Stuck by inspiration... literally

I was busy thinking about my Raven Guard force when I was literally hit by inspiration, I was thinking up a theme, you know what i mean is the force gonna be set in a desert, a ruined city or whatever. Well whilst outside cleaning up after the dog, a stupid amount of snow fell off the tree on top of my head, after having thawed out, which took about a week... okay it took about 5 minutes after being inside again but hey!

I now know I want to theme my Raven guard on a frozen wasteland things, not the snow effect type thing, i hate that stuff, the proper frozen ice, model a scout to be falling over type of ice. I've found that it's easy to turn a wasteland into a frozen one... just paint it blue :P

I'm thinking of turning these bases (que picture) from back 2 base-ix (brilliant site) Into frozen plain, things for my ravenguard, Ok... that is all and stuff... Also I have the day off work today becuase there is literally a ft of snow outside... I'm stuck here with a tonne of orks... and no-one can hear me scream :S


Edit: Don't forget Back 2 Base-ix also stock plasticard, flock, modeling sand (i think they call it ballast) nuts, bolts and washers. And they have both round and square bases, check them out, at only $6.10 for 10 25mm bases it's good value aswell... I think (not sure with my £ to $ but i think it's about £4 or something)

1 Feb 2009

2000pts Raven Guard list

This list is a lot less fluffy (even with the special character) and is probably a much more 'usable' list so here goes

HQ

Shadow Captain Kayvaan Shrike - 195pts

Space Marine Librarian - 100pts - 180pts
Epistolary - 50pts
Jump Pack - 25pts
Force Dome - Free
Might Of The Ancients - Free

Troops

Scout Squad - 75pts - 180pts
+5 Models - 65pts
Heavy Bolter (With Hellfire Shells) - 10pts
Camo cloaks - 30pts
Sniper Rifles - Free

Scout Squad - 75 - 140pts
+5 Models - 65pts
Bolters - Free

Tactical Squad - 90pts - 245pts
+5 Models - 80pts
Powerfist - 25pts
Meltagun - 5pts
Multi-Melta - Free
Drop Pod - 35pts
Locator Beacon - 10pts

Elites

Vanguard Veteran Squad -125pts - 325pts (not right, removed the flamers ect from assualt squads and used the points here but I didn't bother changing them)
+5 Members - 100pts
Relic Blade - 15pts
Edit: (used to be 3) Power Fist x 2 - 50pts
Edit: (used to be 4 power weapons) Lightning x 3 - 45pts
Edit: (wasn't here before) Thunder Hammer - 30pts
Melta Bombs - 5pts

Fast Attack

Assault Squad - 100pts - 245pts
+5 Members
Powerfist - 25pts
Melta-Bombs - 5pts

Assault Squad - 100pts - 245pts
+5 Members
Powerfist - 25pts
Melta-Bombs - 5pts

Heavy Support

Whirlwind - 85pts

Landraider Redeemer
Multi-Melta - 10pts
Extra Amour - 15pts

So taking some advice from the other post, yes the Vanguard Veteran Squad will be mounted up in the landraider.

You'll notice I didn't give my assault squad any additional ranged weapons, that is becuase I plan on taking full advantage of Captain Shrike's chapter tactics (Which lets you change Combat Tactics speacial rule for the Fleet speacial rule).

The Whirlwind is there to take out any campers (Pathfinders in cover, Gretchin on objectives, massed orks/nids/guard)

What I plan on doing is dropping the drop pod at a vunerable point in my opponent's battle line, then (thanks to the locator beacon) I will deep strike my two assault squads with Shrike and the Librarian (I'm not sure whether to put these both in one unit or one in each (as abviously shrike doesn't benifit the force dome due to his Iron Halo) (obviously this won't work well on DoW set up I might just send my Librarian in and he can catch up with the deep striking units)

With my Librarian I will use the Force dome (5+ invunrable save) to keep my assualt troopers alive and Might of the acients to add some additional vehicle, and high toughness killing power to the units (strength 6 + 2D6 amour pen)

With the scouts to sit on objectives (the sniper one as near to my deployment zone as possible) I'll try if i can to capture another objective with the tac squad but I don't expect them to survive more than the first two turns, but with three fast moving units (Assualt squads, Land raider) and the ability to fleet) I should be able to contest most if not all of my opponents objectives

There's my plan and list, got any addvice or critisms you know where to put it (in the comments not the other place :P )