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Anyone who has scratch built tanks knows that the tracks are a particular issue. Making them individually is a mind breaking exercise in tedium. In the past I’ve done this and have gone it’s a matter of finding the level of detail you’ll be happy enough with without sacrificing your sanity (most scratch-builders are skirting the edge already!) Buying GW or third party bits can net you much better details for considerably less frustration. I seriously considered this approach, I think I can get away with about $10 per tank which is still a bargain when you consider the total monetary investment per model. In the end I decided to try my hand at casting my own tracks instead.
I’ve said this previously a few times on this blog but for the sake of the article I’ll quickly re-cap. When I got into 40K I did like most and frequented forums to absorb as much information about the game as I could. Something I commonly saw were players complaining about their local gaming stores and how terrible they were in regards to the player-base for assorted reasons. All that complaining I was reading kept me away from any LGS in my area since I figured that the wise words of the internet held true for any location. Long story short, I started going to a shop in the area and everyone was really cool so I’ve been going every week for the past 4-years or so.
Man, I’ve been in a funk lately with the hobby and gaming. I suppose it was bound to happen eventually. I’ve been going strong with 40K for 7-years now and for some reason or another I’ve just been very “meh” about stuff. It’s not disinterest in the game, I’m still playing weekly and enjoying it, but I think it’s just a culmination of a few things.
Since there are very few actual Rebel Grot models I need to do a lot of conversions to build a full army. I try to keep most of these simple so that I’ll actually be able to get them all done. So far I’ve used 2nd ed gretchin with small green-stuff mods, and I’ve used fantasy grots with 40k equipment. I’ve also used some of Necromunda starter box models as a source of weapons.
Dear Twilighters (not to be confused with a mass of teenaged girls who might be similarly recognized),
I’ve decided to try and get the Rebel Grots ready for the Fratris Salutem, a hobby event here in Maine scheduled for May. Allies are not allowed so the only way for me to field these guys is to knock out a full 1500 point army of them. It’s going to be a push but I’ve got my orks as a back up so the price of failure is naught but pride. I’ve buckled down over the last week and made some pretty good progress. The second infantry squad is complete and I’ve started on some tanks.
In Part 1 (click to read) we find Volstag Dragonclaw, Space Wolf Scout, with no armor or weapons, up in the boughs of a tree with no memory of how he got there. He does remember being betrayed by the planet’s PDF and he remembers being tortured by a Night Lords apothecary. As these memories are coming back to him, a patrol of traitorous PDF troopers comes by, whom he has just dispatched…
The last of his scout pack, a lone wolf fights for survival and revenge against a band of Night Lords…
I wrote and submitted this story to the Black Library during its open submissions window last June. Since I haven’t heard anything in almost a year later, I’m guessing that I won’t. But rather than let this story go to waste, I thought I might as well share with the 40K blogosphere. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I held off on making my preferred choice on an allied detachment until the Daemons codex came out. Let me be honest, I have not looked over the Daemons’ codex thoroughly. I have gone through it all but trying to create a list is something I have not done. The reason being that nothing caught my eye. I’m definitely not saying it’s a bad codex or anything like that, just that nothing jumped out at me and made me want to try them.
Since my last post I’ve been working on the green stuff work for my second Rebel Grot Infantry Squad. I made some decent progress:
There’s no shortage of articles related to painting your miniatures that focus on technique, color theory and the like. The thing that often seems lacking in most of these articles is style. Over time we all develop a style of painting and some times we don’t even realize it. I know I had a style of painting long before I became aware of it.
Back in January, I played in a local tournament with Deathwing, for the first time with the new codex. I thought hard about all the nice new toys – cheap Tacticals, expensive flyers, new toys for the Ravenwing.
I have not said much lately regarding the latest Chaos codex. Mainly that’s because I do not see myself as an authority on it. There are those better at hammering out competitive lists and fine tuning point efficiency. So, I shied away from anything remotely resembling strategy and tactics for Chaos. However, despite there being those who are better suited to the task, it does not diminish my experiences and the lessons I’ve learned; so what the hell.