Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thousand Sons, Rohm Dutt's Squad

Finally, after working on this unit for what seems like an eternity, I have finally finished my second Thousand Sons unit.

This unit was my motivation to vow to only do one unit at a time for the rest of the year. I'm very happy that I decided that. I feel a lot better without this unfinished unit looming over me.

One big concern for me was that the second squad matched the first squad. It's funny, because I've been working for them on and off for so long, my painting style and skill level has changed a bit. However, I think the above photo shows that they match pretty well.

You'll see in the picture that the two from the first squad (on the right) have only one stripe on their tabards where the new squad has two. Also, in an effort to differentiate them, I added more silver elements to their backpack (which you can't see in these photos).

The sorcerer for this unit is still a work in progress. I've this sorcerer Rohm Dutt, thus the title of this post.

I think I can get this guy done in one more session. Then, I have to pick a daemon unit to finish.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Not a Battle Report

I took some pictures of the game I played against Nick on Monday and wanted to share. So this is not a battle report, just pictures of a battle. Enjoy...

The setup.

This was a Command and control game, and I think I put too many units on his objective(upper right in the picture), and not enough on mine (not pictured, but to the lower left).

The most aesthetically pleasing close combat of the game. His tactical squad against the only fully painted unit in my army.

I'm proud of these screamers. They took a full tactical squad worth of rapid fire right in the "face" and only lost one member.

My favorite point in the game, when I smoked two dreadnaught on one turn (and by smoked I mean destroyed).

In the end, the game was a draw. A real blast of a game.

Here's a bonus shot:
For those of you that follow Nick's blog, you've seen the terrain he's recently finished. Still, I didn't appreciate the enormity of the rock spire until I saw it in person. I hope this picture shows that. In the foreground are Eric's new Crimson Fists.

Tune in tomorrow for a monumental update.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Moving Forward

As I mentioned in my last post, I was disappointed by how little I blogged in the last year. However, I think I see why. I tried to be a little too ambitious in what I'm doing here. I wanted to add a lot more content (campaign rules and terrain features being good examples).

As it turns out, the Fly Lords of Terra, I am not.
So this year, I want to take it 'back to basics'. When I started blogging (way back in 2006), I just wanted a place to share what I was working on painting-wise. Then I started reading stuff like BOLS and From the Warp and thought, "Oh yeah, that's what I want to be!"

Well, I think I realized that I don't really have the focus, energy, or patience for that. Plus, I have a lot of other things I do besides updating this blog (including a second child on the way in May!WOOT!).
That doesn't mean I won't post battle reports or articles on campaigning: it just means that I'm making no promises. I plan to post as many pictures of my current projects as I can, and if I decide to do more, it's all gravy.

So, that leads me right into my gaming resolutions for 2009 (hey, it's still January, I can still post these!)

First off, I plan to focus on Daemons this year. I want to finish 1,500 pts by the end of the year. I hope I'm not aiming too high, but it seems to me that Daemons paint up pretty fast. Much faster than my Thousand Sons or Space wolves.
Secondly, I plan to work on only one unit at a time. Being a "painting butterfly" is a huge problem for me. For example, in 2008 I started or worked on at least eleven projects but only finished two. Now, I plan to finish a project before I start a new one.

So let me show you what i have been working on...

First off, I just finished these horrors. For some reason, I just can't seem to get a picture of them that I'm happy with. This picture only shows four of them and hopefully, I'll be able to show you the rest as soon as I take a better picture.

Here is my current project:

These guys have been collecting dust in my drawer for a while (he-he, "dust"). I'm maybe one session away from finishing them. This photo shows the Thousand Sons chapter icons I just painting.

More of the Thousand Sons to come in the next couple weeks. Then, it's daemons, daemons, daemons!!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

So it's almost the end of January....

And I'm still talking about 2008. Let me just get this out of the way.

Here are more noteable events of 2008:

More Game Stores in and around Chicago!!
This year saw the opening of Gamer's Asylum in Evanston (where I purchased some Bloodletters and my collecter edition of 5th), Black Sun Games in Chicago (Where I picked up my Lord of Change and Assault on Black Reach), and The Games Dojo (Where I've never actaully been but figured I'd mention it).

I for a long time have looked for a games store to make my "home store". However, since I already have a regular place to play (not a game store), I'm probably not as excited about this as I could be. They're good stores and I plan to support them (Black Sun at least), but I don't see myself playing in them that often.

5th Edition of 40K
This is a huge deal. I've been over this, but I really like 5th edition. It's sad that a fair number of people I know actually quit 40K over 5th edition. Oh well; their loss.

First time running a 40K campaign
Again, I've been over this. I've learned something and I'm moving forward.

Seems like more blogs then ever have popped up this year. I'm sad to say that I think I wrote less this year then in the two proceeding years (look here for 06). More on this in the next post.

Wheew! I'm glad that's out of the way....