Wednesday, July 27, 2016

In the Grim Darkness of the far future...there is only KiddieHammer.

So, as a way of introducing my nine year old nephew to wargaming I've picked up some dirt cheap Space Marine plastics for him and I've been teaching him how to paint.  We've actually played a game or two now so I've started creating a "Kiddiehammer" codex for his marines and my Eldar.

The goal is to approach gaming and strategy with baby steps.  Using dice similar to Hero Quest etc. will get my nephew up and running.  Eventually I'll cease telling him what dice to roll, etc. and let him consult his mini-codex etc.  He has taken to everything really well so far.

 Making the "KiddieHammer" codices.  Simplified stats using the combat dice I posted earlier.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Eldar "Woe" Walkers hit the table.

Conundrum.  Hate multi-part metal models.  Hate new plastic War Walker.

Solution: Buy a bunch of old metal war walkers...and do a terrible job assembling/painting them.

This was a bit of a "I know better" moment for me.  I decided to batch-paint my war walkers.  I used plastic weapon components and plastic weapon shields ordered off of ebay.  I decided to magnetize the weapons - not because it allowed me to swap weapons, but because it was the only way I could figure out to attach the weapons to the warwalkers themselves.

Again, my stupid insistence on using white/purple paint schemes made me pay.  The spraying was easy but these old War Walker models (which were bought painted, stripped etc.) are really poor old casts.  A lot of mis-aligned bits and bad connections.  Overall just really miserable to paint.  I just pushed through it, and painted them.  I'm not very happy with the results though they look fine at table height.  On the flip side, I love the "look" far better than my current plastic war walkers.

This is one of those things which will probably slowly nag at me game after game until I do something about it, but I sure as hell am not going back and re-assembling/re-painting these warwalkers.

Ranting now...anyway, I've added a healthy dose of "pew pew" to my Eldar force.  War Walkers aren't useless squadron vehicles with no armour back in 2nd edition.  They can actually fight along the front sometimes.

Better pictures should follow at some point.  I took a bunch but they don't really show up that well.

Some additional pictures I took:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

More Eldars.

Been a little down in the dumps lately, but I managed yesterday to convince myself to sit down and finish eight miniatures I had primed a couple of weeks ago.

I had a few scouts sitting around and another five Fire Dragons.  I'm actually closing in on the last of my basic infantry units.  I have a lot left to do in the army, but the infantry figures are nearing 100+.  I've got Swooping Hawks to do, and I need to eventually buy a box or two of Wraithguard.  My remaining figures are Exarchs a couple of Warlocks (might not paint them up) and some leftover guardians I'll probably turn into Pirates/Corsairs later.

Making massive progress, will try to take an army sized pictured sometime soon.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

July Army Showcase (Eldar)

I'm assembling this post for some other folks who may be looking to use some images.  This is simple a re-hash of the current units I've assembled.