Monthly Archives: March 2010
May is the month for ‘ard Boyz and my FLGS will be holding preliminaries for it. The April tournament at the shop will be 2,500 to get ready for the encroaching ‘ard Boyz. Since I have no interest in ‘ard Boyz in May I’ll be skipping out on the April tournament also. A few months off from tournaments is a good thing I think. It will give me a chance to wrap up my Marines a bit more, hopefully, as well as the last few unpainted models my Orks have.
As the owner if three 40K armies I tend to bounce between them, though my Necrons are usually neglected. I started 40K with Orks and then about a year later I started up my Necrons. About a year after that I got into Space Marines. As much as I’ve become a fan boy of Space Marines, Orks still remain my favorite 40K army. It’s an army with so much character that it’s hard to play them and not role play the army as you’re gaming, which I do and probably the reason I won best sport the two times I’ve used them :)
The past two weeks have been crazy but things should be back to normal, meaning wrapping up the assembly stage of Joe’s figures. I’m going to push this week to get the last of the units assembled so that next week I can move on to painting. Painting will be a long and monotonous process but I think it will go along faster than the assemble stages have gone…I hope.
Last week I was insanely busy. From Wednesday to Saturday I was really only home long enough to sleep. This week looks better although I’ll be gone this weekend to visit the in-laws. As a result I haven’t done as much work on Joe’s army as I’d like. Since the last update I have finished assembling the 17 Reserves and two 10-man Tact squads. I’m also in process on one of the Devastator squads. I’m close, I can see the end…
First let me say that the team tournament was one of the funnest tournaments I’ve done. Having four players on a table just adds a whole new dynamic to the game and the mood at the tables was light and fun.
A few weeks ago I posted about primer and mentioned Dupli-Color as my primer of choice. I’ve had a bit of a love hate relationship with Dupli-Color and the final nail in the coffin was shortly after I posted that article. My experience with it has been that the first half of the can is perfect. It goes on as it should and creates a great surface to be painted. That first half of the can is probably the best primer I’ve used ever. The second half of the can? Yeah, that’s the problem. It seems no matter how much I shake the can, how often, the temperatures and humidity I work at, the second half of the can goes on watery and coverage is terrible. So much so that I had to strip down a few figures I was working on. This has been pretty consistent for me, the second half being nowhere near as good as it should be and needing to strip down models was it for me. I’ve since been using Krylon’s black primer and have been very impressed. I had a really hard time finding it. None of the big stores carry it, Lowe’s, Home Depot, couldn’t find it at Walmart either, but I eventually found it at a local hardware store. I’ve gone through one entire can already and from start to finish it went on as it should.
The past two weeks I’ve had the chance to play team games to get ready for the tournament this Saturday and I’ve learned a lot in those two games. The first game was myself with my Necrons and an Ork player against Space Wolves and Sisters. That game had two objectives and me and my teammate split our forces and each went for an objective. We did well with him holding one and me holding another, though the other team got a last minute contest on my objective. We still won and left them only 1 Sister, 5 Long Fangs and a Rune Priest on the board.
I’ve made a respectable dent in the mass of infantry for Joe. I had to bounce around a bit on the units since some appear to be lacking all the parts and I’m hoping as I get to other units that I’ll find the parts I need. That and some questions I had for Joe on units I started that needed answering before I continued on those units. That being said, I primed all five in the Command squad and the 10 Veterans (both units were sent assembled), I built and primed the 10 Assault Marines, I have the 17 from the Reserve squad about 90% complete (build-wise), 10 Tacts about 75% complete and another 10 Tacts about 50% complete. I should be able to wrap up those partially completed units in the next few days and that will leave me a handful of units to go. Be on to painting soon!
Last night we managed to get in a practice team game for the upcoming tournament. We rolled for random partners and I got Jeremy, an Ork player. We faced off against Dave who was fielding his Witch Hunters and Big Nate who was playing Space Wolves. The short of it is that Jeremy and I took a major win. We played an old ‘ard Boyz mission, Drawn and Quartered, where you deploy using Spearhead and place an objective in the two quarters not deployed in. I moved a unit of Warriors with Lord and Immortals to the closer objective to secure it. I left my Destroyers hanging back and a unit of Warriors to back up an Ork unit of Shoota Boyz that were playing mid-field support. The Orks were able to blow through the two units of podded Grey Hunters to secure one objective and I walked to the other where I was able to stand my ground and unleash lots of gauss fire. In the end they managed to contest the objective I was holding with one Sister who refused to die but the Orks held theirs securely. The only thing left of their army at the end was that one Sister, 5-6 Long Fangs with a Rune Priest attached.
I’ve decided to change my previous approach with Joe’s army. Now that the Dreads are pretty much done I’m going to keep on with the modeling side of things and jump to the infantry instead of taking a break and base coating the vehicles. I figure I may as well keep to the current process and keep my stride going even if I’m tired of gluing my fingers together and cutting my thumb.
I currently have eight of Joe’s Dreadnoughts fully assembled. The last one I just have to finish gluing an arm and it’s done. So far I have six of those Dreadnoughts primed and should have all nine of them all primed by tonight. Once the priming is done I’ll be going back to the vehicles to get a base coat on those and then all the tanks and Dreadnoughts will be complete. This will be a respectable milestone but I still have a lot left to do.
BoLS just posted up an article called Wargaming ASKEW: Arrogance is Bliss? and it got me thinking a little bit. What exactly does your gaming record say? Does having mostly wins with very few losses mean you’re a great player? On the other hand, does barely being able to win a game mean you’re terrible? I don’t think it’s really that cut and dry and I’ll use myself as an example. I just posted a page with my gaming record, you can find it here. I broke it down into 4th and 5th edition and you’ll see I don’t have an amazing record. It’s not terrible but if you look at it you probably don’t see a player you’re afraid to face, especially against my Necrons! I don’t consider myself a bad player but certainly not one of the best out there either, I’d say I’m above average but my record would seem to contradict that. Let me explain.
Heading down to Crossroads tonight for the weekly 40K night and I’ll be bringing my Necrons. Lately it’s been slow at the shop on 40K night, last week just I showed up. Fortunately Dave, an employee, plays so we threw down a game. This week is looking scarce again but we have a few new players that are showing up tonight, so this seemed a good time for me to refresh myself on my Necrons. They’ll get to learn 40K against an army that’s easy to learn against, aside from WBB Necron rules are simple, and I get to bring myself up to speed again against an opponent that’s not going to destroy me for being rusty.
Still amazes me how many hobbyists forgo primer and will instead either paint directly on the surface or will use a matte spray paint as their base coat. I’m no expert, I can’t tell you the exact science of what makes a primer a primer, but I can tell you that it does make a difference. The short of it is that a primer adheres better to your models than normal paint and it also gives you a better surface to paint on. Primers are created to stick to the surface you’re spraying and to receive paint. By not using a primer you are only hurting yourself. Your paint is less likely to stick to the model and in turn more likely to come off either through handling or by dropping the model. Most of us seal our models and even sealed the models that were primed are less likely to chip and take damage than those which were not primed. In short, all layers of paint are adhered well to the model’s surface. If your first layer of paint is not well adhered, you didn’t use a primer, than impact could cause much larger chipping from being dropped.
Having revised the format of my site to actually start blogging about 40K I’ve seen an increase in traffic, which is great. As I stated when I started doing this, I have no illusions that this is going to be anything revolutionary and become the must-read 40K blog out there. There are too many great 40K blogs going already, many of which I read myself. However, hopefully I offer up something useful here and some items of interest.