Saturday, January 30, 2010

Birthday Goodies

For my birthday I got a bottle of single malt scotch and these boxed sets. What can I say, other than state the obvious: I'm spoiled rotten. Admittedly, the sight of an ever growing pile of unpainted, unassembled minis in my closet right now is a bit daunting, but a plan is in place. The next two weekends are going to be defiler time, which should (visually anyway) bring me past the halfway point. After that, its over two finishing my demons, followed by a date with me, some green stuff, and an unopened box of Space Wolves. More on that later.

Speaking of Living Metal...

Things are moving along pretty quickly now, and my Oblits are checked off the list. I thought about givng them additional wires ala my Chosen, but thought better of it at the last moment. In hindsight, I’m glad I kept them simple:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Battle Report: Eldar vs. Marines 1750

This Sunday I had a chance to get a quick match in with my Eldar. All and all the match went well, though my foot guardians and Harlies are clearly outclassed and out of place in my more updated mech list. Eventually, these will be replaced with jetbikes and another fire dragon-toting Falcon.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Rhino Done.

Here is a rhino which I finished this weekend to go with my first unit of Noise Marines. I tried to link the vechile with the unit by adding some green-stuffed 'speaker-faces' on the front and rear quarter panels. The rose and woman's face I lifted from the old White Wolf Toreador Clanbook, the artwork in which I thought was quite Slaaneshi. Hopefully, I'll get some photo-shopong software in the next few months and be able to correct the super-sizing of the pictures when you click on them.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Halfway On...

One of the advantages of collecting an army piecemeal is that it allows you a good deal of flexibility to change up your list as well as the army’s look mid-stride if needed. Although in the initial stages of planning an army, I try to envision all of the models as being totally integrated into a seamless group of minis, the reality has always been that plans change as I continue to collect. Invariably, it takes a few models before I’m completely comfortable with a palette and ‘feel’ for the free hand details. This may not be a strictly professional approach to modeling, but does it does allow me to experiment develop new paint techniques and (hopefully) ensure that the next army project will be better.

This has happened in almost every army I’ve ever collected, and my two most recent, Eldar and Noise Marines, are no exception. Looking back on the former, you can clearly see the by earlier Guardian models that I was headed towards a lighter-colored, mostly foot-troop force. As time went on, a I began to prefer a baseline color closer to Shadow Grey, and began found that a red star motif to helped make the models ‘pop’ a bit more.

Well, halfway through the Noise Marines, I’ve become increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of doing all 20 marines and 20 demons exactly the same. While I’m generally satisfied with the finished models so far, I keep thinking that a totally uniform army is not really ‘Chaotic’ enough. With this in mind, I’ve made a bit of a departure on the next round of daemon and Noise Marine purchases.

I’ve gone with the Bloodletters for two reasons 1) the models are sweet 2) a nasty, sword-swinging daemon, if painted right, can be reflect both the heavy metal and Slaanesh themes of the army. We’ll have to see how they turn out.

The next departure I’m going to take (I think) will involve a boxed set of the new space wolves, which I will blend with my CSM parts in order to make a gruff, death metal unit. Though they will get sonic blasters and green-stuffed speakers like their goth metal counterparts, I’m thinking I’ll keep their colors mostly black.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

5 More Minstrelettes

With the completion of these models, I'm nearing the halfway point for my army. Again, the skin came out much darker than I would have liked. I'm contemplating doing other other 10 in an almost alabaster flesh tone, and then mixing the units up a bit to create a little diversity.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


If you haven't seen this one yet you need to check it out. I love the line about the Monets.

My Dark Elf army is the greatest power for evil! from Flyweight Films on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Iron Minstrels: Trial LIst

Having been so busy getting my Noise Marines painted, I have neglected to post my list up. Here’s the trial version:

Daemon Prince w/ wings, Lash (150)

Defiler w/ 2x CC arms (150)

Defiler w/ 2x CC arms (150)

Obliterators x 2 (150)

Chosen x 6 w/ 4 plasma, Rhino, icon CG (203)

Noise Marines x 10, Champ w/PF, doom siren, 7 sonic blasters, Rhino, icon, extra amour (345)

Noise Marines x 10, Champ w/PF, doom siren, 7 sonic blasters, Rhino, icon, combi-melta (340)

Demons x 5 (65)

Demons x 5 (65)

Demons x 5 (65)

Demons x 5 (65)

Total (1750)

I confess that I got the inspiration for this list off of Heresey Online (link here, scroll to bottom) and really liked the way the list was structured. From a modeling standpoint, this army offers a nice blend of models, and enormous possibilities for conversions (still mulling over the defiler ideas in my head). Hopefully, it should be a great, eye-catching force once fully assembled and painted.

From a gaming standpoint, I like how the list diverts from the standard ‘Lash lists’ which usually involve 2 princes, 3 vindicators, and a bunch of small units of marines. For my own personal tastes, such cut-and-paste lists defeat the purpose of doing a Noise Marine list in 5th ed- namely, trying to be a unique army. And while this list may not appear as competitive as the standard lash list, I would argue that (on paper at least) it does make a very good all comers build, with a solid number of troops choices, plenty of heavy support, and a very flexible blend of assault/shoot options.

Of course, I’m first to admit that I’ve had good theoretical lists in the past (foot Eldar come readily to mind) which didn’t quite pan out when put on the board. That said, I’m very much looking forward to giving this list a go.

5 Down, 15 to Go

Here are the finished pictures o the daemonettes. Not sure if I'm happy with the brightness (I was thinking lighter skin would contrast with the marines a bit better), but I'm pretty happy with the blends and shades.

Saturday, January 2, 2010