Another year has come and gone, rather unceremoniously for myself. The last half of year saw my writing efforts really peter out. I don’t think anyone wants to read a half baked recap so lets continue to look forward and I hope to get all of my 2018 painting all together in a nice look back. Just for the sake of having something, here’s an the Anniversary Primaris Veteran Sergeant turned into something interesting as part of CK Studios Secret Selfish Santa.
I realize we’re half way through February of 2019 but I have some goals for the first half of the year and see how it goes.
For Painting the plan is to go outside the comfort zone and work on some Xenos. I’ve started working on some Dark Eldar and hope to get a small force up and running by the summer. I will also continue with “All My Chapters”.
In other artistic venues, this will be the year I pick up my Wacom Tablet and start learning how to draw with a computer. Another goal was to take a credit either for my Art Fundamentals Certificate or my Adult Education Certificate. There is a Photoshop course that I could count towards that Art Certificate, and thus two birds with one stone.
Finally travel. It will be 10 years since I’ve last visited my homeland of the West Coast. I think a trip to Vancouver Island is in store.
So that is it. I’m not dead. But this blog basically has been. So it’s time pump some new life into it with some new experiences and progress. Hopefully your year has been going well so far.
Four months is far too long to go without a post. Much of the purpose in this blog was to get into the habit of writing in a more creative manner, as oppose to the more business and investigational oriented writing I do a work. In a sense this has been a failure due to not successfully making it habitual. However I refuse to give up. I’ve recently faced some let downs at employment and as much as my mind would rather for me to give into hopelessness I want to press on with things I enjoy and bettering myself.
All that being told I have much catching up to do. So much I wondered where to start. So I figure now might be a good time to look at goals as we approach the end of the year. With two months left, what can be realistically accomplished. Thus far much of my focus has been on painting miniatures, which humourously has not been very focused. Currently I am painting up a mob of Ork Boyz in honour of Orktober. The only event I have scheduled is Da Boyz in two weeks. I’m finally participating in a paper and pencil RPG. Otherwise I continue to enjoy a few video games as time permits. Really these next two months are pretty open to many possibilities.
First up will be finishing a small mob of Boyz to go with my a trukk I had finished earlier which is pictured below. Will this turn into an army? Perhaps. At least a small Kult of Speed. Those new buggies are out of this world. And appropriately, they’re Evil Suns.
Also on the docket has been some Harlequins that I started on a whim. These have been a real disgrace and need to be finished before the end of the year at least a squad and a Starweaver.
Last has been another project I started which I’m call “All My Chapters”. It’s soap opera meets Astrates! Well actually it is an excuse to paint up as many of the Chapter colours which I love but will never have the time to do an entire army of. I have slew of kits floating around that I’ve organized into various Chapters to be done.
So far I’ve completed one squad and a transport. I suppose the goal is a vehicle and infantry Squad but not always…
So I’d like to finish another Squad and Vehicle combination for that project before the end of the year. I also have some almost done Astra Militarum vehicles I’d like to finish along with a nearly done Knight Errant.
Gryphonne Pattern Chimera
Stygies Pattern Thunderer
Oh and then there is my Age of Sigmar Death army. Originally planned for Da Boyz, I was not able to even assemble them. So that’s something I’d like to get up to table top stand for Goldensprue in January.
It seems odd to make goals around video games. However there are some things I would really like to do this year. First would be Extra Life, which is only a few days away. In it I could maybe finally get my World of Warcraft main, a Dwarf Rogue, up to the new level cap. I barely play anymore so it’s not so much a big deal. Lastly as an effort to work on creative writing would be to pick a game coming out, avoid any sort of editorial coverage and do up a review to post here on the blog. Making this a more regular feature has definitely been a goal of mine.
Really it should say “Programming”. There’s been a couple of things I wanted to focus on first has to been to find an older functioning computer to learn how to program on in an older ecosystem. Mostly my focus has been on finding either an Apple IIC or a Commodore 64. No luck though I have a lead for a C64 in London. We’ll see. The second is complete a free online course for introduction to Python. Very exciting no?
If the woman don’t find you handsome…
…they should at leas find you handy. Perhaps this is too personal for this blog however work around the house has been something I’ve been slacking on. Whether it’s a bench/storage for the front porch, a cover for the septic tank or shelving in my bedroom, I have a ton of little projects and perhaps they wouldn’t be terrible to share.
That’s not all but this post is rambling and long enough. As they come, I will try to include my future endeavours.
This weekend I will be participating in a large Apocolypse event. Two other Imperial Guard Players and myself will join forces to halt a massing horde of Orks. I wrote up a little narrative from the Imperial point of view and figured I would share it here.
Not since the first great betrayal experienced by the Sons of Ultramar ten millennia ago had the Five Hundred Worlds witnessed this scale of war. The Theatre of War being waged by the various forces of Chaos seemed almost all consuming. It was taking virtually all of Guiliman’s various and vast military might to counter the sundry armies of the Ruinous Powers. Though being currently contained this war was still precariously close to the precipice of defeat. It was under these conditions that a large group of Greenskins entered the Ultima Segmentum from the southern fringes. The first warnings of this untimely invasion came from astropathic distress calls from the Fortress World of Ongrath. Guilliman had none of his own prodigney to spare against what theortically seen as the lesser threat. The Ultramarine’s Primarch initially requested the Sons of Garro to lead a coalition of Imperial Forces to the defense of Ongrath. If the relief forces arrived after the fall of Ongrath, then the repulsion of the Xenos threat and the recapture of Ongrath would be the requirement. Nar Estani the Repented, Captain of the 4th Company, Sons of Garro gathered several Guard Regiments from Krieg, Cadia, and Valhalla, along with voluntary assistances from the Order of Our Martyred Lady lead by the venerable Canoness Kane. To Guilliman this force seemed easily sufficient for the practical application of a complete annihilation against a foe who surely must had suffered under the Cicatrix Maledictum as much as any other race in the Galaxy. No doubt this would have been the case if said force had arrived as expected. Instead, piecemeal, various Astra Militarum Regiments entered the system. Initially out gunned, the scattered Imperial Navy fleet kited the Ork capital ships while waiting for more of the response armada to arrive and regroup with. Though the bulk of the Guard Regiments had arrive, there was still no word of either the Sons of Garro or the Order of Our Martyred Lady. Believed to be possibly lost in Warp, word was sent back to Guilliman.
Exacerbated by the complications of this nuisance, Guilliman found assistance offered where once it had been given. First was Company Master Helbron of the Dark Angels, freshly in the system as reinforcements. Then came Commander Dante of the Blood Angels, arriving to repay what the Chapter saw was a recent debt to their salvation on Baal. It was not without a sense of nostalgia that Guilliman thought back to a similar time, many thousands of years ago, when these three Legions worked together for a common cause. Guilliman was grateful that both Dante and Helbron and their respective Chapters would be the spearhead to deal with this threat. Preparing there fleets, both Commanders made good time to Ongrath to lead the resistance. To their surprise, the Fortress World still stood. They worked quickly to organize the deployment and reinforcement of Ongrath. At the time of deployment; the Imperial roll call was recorded as such:
We’re into Summer now and it’s high time I gave a report on the status of Hobby. Since Adepticon I hadn’t had much time to attend any events other then wonderfully casual tournament at Flipside Gaming in Albany. I did make it up with much painting.
March/April – A Deluge of Blood Angels
Back in March I gave a bit of hint with my Captain Slamginius on what I was working. Technically it was for a run with a competitive list. Thankfully though, they were all units I wanted anyways. Otherwise I might have been really disappointed at the big FAQ and the beta change to deep striking on the first turn. I am reminded why it is the narrative and hobby aspects of this game I love so much. With that, saw hello to reinforcements to my Blood Angels 2nd Company, Dante’s Sanguinary Guard, and additional characters.
Three new Primaris Marine Squads for my 2nd Company. I’m missing several transfers because I couldn’t find my transfer sheet.
I also painted up some random other models I had sitting around in April.
Though most of these were started in March, the bulk was done in April. Definitely a productive month.
May/June – The Guard Ride Again
On to May and into June. Technically the first week of May was finishing up the above models. Then I decided to go back to a model that had been sitting primed for sometime…
It’s still not done, needing some details painted and transfers. But I’m happy with it thus far.
Then my actual commitment for the month.
My Shadowsword! This is a super heavy I’ve been wanting for some time. And I painted up just in time for a big Apoc game occurring this weekend (more on that later).
For the event, I was also trying to crank out some of my remaining Guard vehicles.
Stygies Pattern Thunderer
Gryphonne Pattern Chimera
Unfortunately I did not completely finish them, but very close.
So what’s up next? Well this weekend is a giant Apocalypse game with friends in Albany. Then its time for something completely different.
Its been over a month since I loaded up the truck with Family and hobby stuff and struck out from Southern Ontario to the Windy City Suburbs. Having recovered sufficiently and completed my Black Library Open Submission, I figured it was time to look back at the fun that was Adepticon. This was my second year attending but my first being there for the full week. And boy, what a trip.
The first half of the con was very mellow, much of it spent hanging out with the family, doing some shopping and hitting the pool. I attended the Preview event by Games Workshop which was rather enjoyable and most of that content is available elsewhere. There was an FAQ following that was typically fruitless, so I decided to ask a question that was bugging me; when is “Made to Order” coming to Forge World and old Specialist Games? Though they have done Made to Order Blood Bowl and Necromunda, I was hoping for Man O War, Epic/Space Marine, and Battlefleet Gothic.
Exhibition hall was a dangerous place. The first time around I had my wonderful wife Lisa with me to keep in check and be an enabler at the Forge World counter. However it didn’t stop and the loot pile continued to grow…
Oh my Forge World…
Not pictured: The starter set from Wild West Exodus and a Tablewar FATmat.
I signed up for a couple of hobby workshops. First up was Mr. Justin’s weathering class where we went over chipping with the salt method and hairspray method, which were techniques I’ve heard of but have never knew how they worked. The second workshop was painting black and white with Caleb and Kat of CK Studio, another excellent learning opportunity.
Bottom half is salt, top half is hairspray.
Transition on a cylinder shape.
Much of the week was spent hanging out with the family around the pool or locally. I also had the opportunity to meet up with some of the folks who I’d met online in the community, such as Lucas (SonsofMedusa on the NPC Discord group). First and foremost was Peter from the NGC 40K Podcast in which I was have some very enjoyable and enlightening conversations with. Peter did much to help me solidify my own ideas for the recent Black Library submission which I completed. To this end I also attended the “Writing for Black Library” panel which had BL authors Graham McNeil and Clint Werner to answer people’s question. Hugely informative, that alone would be it’s own blog post so I won’t regurgitate it here. This event was a huge pleasure as I was able to meet Graham, along with Clint and BL’s Adam Poole. Definitely a panel I will attend again in the future. Lastly I had the pleasure of meeting David Annandale at the Forge World area of the Exhibition hall. I spoke briefly with him and had him sign a copy of “Warden of the Blade” which I had brought to read, not knowing he was going to be there.
Lucas from Texas, 30K fanatic.
Peter of the NGC 40K podcast
David signing my copy of “Warden of the Blade”.
As for gaming I ended up dropping out of the Combat Patrol on Saturday and but did attend a Horus Hersey Zone Mortalis event. This was a double first for me, first Zone Mortalis and first game of Horus Hersey! I played three excellent opponents whose name as I write this slip my mind (which I have written down in my Battle Journal at home..). I’ll cut to the chase. I lost all three. Some to a poorly optimized list, which I stubbornly refused to switch, some due to poor choices, and finally some due to cheese.
Here’s my overly elite force of 500 poitns:
My first game was played on an “exterior” board being fought in an industrial area and amounted to “King of the Hill”. My Breachers made it to the top but slowly died to a 15 man Tactical Squad of Sons of Horus while my Contemptor met his fate at the hands of Cataphrati Terminators.
My second game was against Emperor’s Children, including a Tactical Squad, a Tactical Support Squad, and a some dudes with fancy spears. This game was really close! The idea was to get to your opponents deployment zones. I combat squad my Breachers and sent them up the left and right. The left hand side was cut down by the Phoenix Guard in power armour but the right side mowed down his Tactical Support with Volkite in short order thanks to the Contemptor. My Contemptor went charging after my oppenents other flank but the game ended on Turn 5, just shy of the Dreadnought finishing them off. So close to victory!
My last game was a complete wash. My opponent was a nice guy but my luck had totally abandon me. He had a Word Bearer force (the perfect opponent) and what looked like much like mine. 10 Man Tactical, So sort of character and a Contemptor, one of those Mhara Gal Tainted one. Who knew it could walk through walls?
The Mhara Gal closed quickly with my forces and so my own Contemptor moved up to intercept. Being only 3″ away, I rolled boxcars. They had a system in which I could re-roll a dice but that would give my opponent a re-roll which he could use whenever and would be past back and forth like such. So this seems to be the obvious case. So I grab one of the dice and re-rolled it. Once again a single pip on the die face stared up to me. I had failed a charge distance of 3″ twice. In his following turn. His Mhara Gal took down my own Contemptor in one round and started wading into my Breachers the following turn. Even my Meltaguns missed. Fate had turned against me and that game ended as quick as it began, Breachers being slaughtered wholesale by the Tainted Dreadnought.
I spent the rest of the day hanging out with family. On Sunday I got the chance to hang out with Todd and Warboss Dugg from TABLEWAR and helped them tear down their display. I got in a game with Doug against his Ultramarines. I looked forward to this game as a learning experience because Doug is a veteran tournament player and that is one of the weaker aspects of my own play. We played basically Relic with the Open War deck. I won’t get into specifics but Doug out played me combined with my historic bad luck (apparently make charges is not my thing) Doug got the relic deep into his lines and my Beta strike with my Blood Angels was blunted by his screening. None the less, it was a pleasure playing him.
I was able to meet or see again some of the fine people of the fine people of the community, either podcasters or one of the many Facebook groups such as Carl, Adan, and Justin of Indepedent Characters, Peter of the NGC 40K, Blake and Ed of Life After the Cover Save, Chris Morgan of Forge the Narrative, Jason, Jon, and Brendan of the Sons of Heresy, Caleb and Kat of CK Studios, Dave Gromely and Elizabeth Apke whom I know through the 1Houranight Facebook community, Scott, Kendrick, Nick, and Jarad from Upstate New York, Ted from Alaska, Tim from Appleby GW Store, and many others who’s name has slipped my mind. This time around was a blast and I definitely plan to attend again next year.
Note:This post was originally written before Adepticon in the middle of March. I didn’t make any changes to keep it simple. I just forgot to publish it two weeks ago.
It has been a hectic first two months of 2018. I’ve been challenged to keep up with most of my commitments but so far I’ve done so to a limited success. My writing here is has been sporadic but I have been making at least two posts a month (ideally I would like to get one a week). Likewise I’ve completed my hobby commitments for January and February, albeit February was about a week into March. Adepticon is rapidly approaching and I need to get cracking so I finally got some good pictures of my work and wanted to share them here.
January’s Commitment – 10 Man Novamarine Tactical Squad.
Good friend Jason of the “Masters of the Forge” podcast is forming a plan around a fan update to one of Warhammer 40,000’s greatest campaigns: The Badab Wars. Its unofficial title, Bulging for Badab, is meant to be a way for armies of the various points in time to be included in the Badab Wars, including much the newly released Primaris Marines. I’ve always really loved the numerous Chapters that were developed for this campaign and have been tempted to paint any number of them. I settled on Novamarines. Using some MK IV Tactical Squad I purchased on the cheap used, I re-purposed for the first unit. I had some success with the unit except I need to get custom transfers from some where as most of the Badab Chapter’s transfer sheet are long out of print. Unfortunately the Novamarines will be going on the back burner for now as I work on other projects for events.
For February I wanted to work on my Zone Mortalis force for Adepticon. However, I found myself distracted at the beginning of the month painting some Blood Angels. A Blood Angels Captain which had been sitting on my work desk for nearly three years when I first started the army…
Following this, I kept the Blood Angel train rolling with a fun Forge World project in which I grab as many of their older kits that I can before they disappear forever. In this case, the Venerable Chaplain Dreadnought:
I need to still put transfers on this bad boy. But now I have TWO Dreadnought HQs for the Angels of Death.
Finally though with the deadline approaching, and only a week before Adepticon, I finished my Horus Heresy Ultramarine Breachers:
And the Contemptor:
With this all done I’m trying to get as many Blood Angels as I can get done before Adepticon but I will need for April 7th. No problem, right?
This is to make my Blood Angels a little “Netlisty”. Even including the now very popular Captain “Slamginius”…
One of things I’ve begun doing this year is keeping a “Battle Journal”. Yes that really silly book Game Workshop released. One of my goals this year was to play more games of Warhammer 40,000 (but in reality, any game will do) and I thought this might be a fun way to both keep track an even encourage. So far this year, I’ve played in two events and one local friendly game, giving me a total of 8 games played. I thought a recap might be a fun exercise.
Goldensprue – January 13th and 14th, 2018 – Day One
The premiere event of the New York State’s Capitol Region and more importantly the recent event of some good friends in the Albany area, this is a tournament I would not necessarily go to if it were not for the fine people there. I went into day one wanting to lose my first game (sad I know) in order to put myself in the loser bracket so I could actually have some fun. I brought a list that’s quite common for me, a “Kitchen Sink” list of Blood Angels.
I call it a Kitchen Sink list because other then two Tactical Squads, every other unit is unique making it virtually a Highlander list. I bring what I have painted and what I’ll enjoy playing with. I also continue to work on my Blood Angel display board. It’s meant to be a ruined portion of some city on Baal. Its coming along but still really needs something to pop.
My first game was against a wonderful chap from Connecticut (I think, I’ve misplaced my Battle Journal to reference it). He was playing Astra Militarum in a pretty tight list. Lots of Infantry Squads, Veteran Squads, Leman Russ Battle Tanks, Hellhounds and Sentinels. He was using the Tallarn Regimental rules so this meant Veteran Squads filled with meltaguns were up close and personal with outflanking while the Infantry Squads provided the screen for heavy weapon teams and Leman Russ’. Due to some pretty poor rolls my big assault units, whom had deep striked down, none actually got into combat. This basically ensured they became target practice for the guard. It was all downhill after that which accomplished exactly what my goal was; to lose soundly. There was definitely some stratagems I could have used to help get that initial Beta strike to hit however I hadn’t practiced with my Blood Angels and did not know my stratagems well. My opponent was very friendly and his army was great. The Guard infantry was all original pewter (Rogue Trader era) while his tanks were from Forge World, so I had a lot of appreciation for facing his army.
My second game was against the local “Papa Nurgle” himself, Pat. Definitely a fun game and the reason I make the trip. He had a mix of Nurgle Daemon and some Death Guard (Mortarion). Pat had access to a preview copy of the Daemon Codex and it showed. Here’s a hot tip to you all out there. Do not charge 25 dameon Plaguebearer units. They’re rather tough. Despite taking Mortarion down (which thanks to some fantastic rolling on Pat’s part, took the better part of three turns) I lost this game handily. Mono God Daemons list, at least pertaining to Nurgle, have some fantastic overlapping buffs creating relatively fast, tough, and damaging servants of the Plague God list.
We meet the plagued horde in the center.
All guns are brought to bare on Mortarion.
My third and final game of Day One was against another wonderful local, James and his Angels Vermilion.
It was the Battle of Blood with Sanguinor leading a host against its parent Chapter. Honestly another battle I assumed I was going to lose due to some initial mess up. I dropped my jump assault troops first only to have them counter assaulted by James’ own assault units. Even Dante was cut down. It was the armour and Tactical Squads that carried the day. With my assault units taking out his range, my own ranged troops whittled his James’ remaining forces until even the Sanginor fell to a barrage of Assault Cannon fire. It was appropriate very bloody and I edge out a victory over this worthy opponent.
Day Two everyone was split into three groups. The top eight continued the tournament. Other competitive players began an RTT. And the people who liked to have fun played in a friendly event.
The first game I played with yet another local, and good friend, Josh with his crafty Craftworld Eldar. I brought out my Astra Militarum for this battle. I built a real jerk list by bringing not one but TWO super heavy tanks. Admittedly one is a Macharius Vanquisher which is a glorified Leman Russ. None the less I reassured that, as mean as it looked, this list was incredibly flawed. Especially his well rounded force of Space Elves would trounce it easily. Such is the way with self-fulfilled prophecies.
We had a table with city runes and a really weird deployment where one side has a narrow strip in the center going half way up the board. With my army being entirely mechanized I suggested I should be a convoy that gets ambushed by Josh’s Eldar. My strongest element, a Stormlord being “buffed” by a Trojan, was making handy work of those sneaky xenos. The tide turned when Fire Dragon successfully took down the Macharius Vanquisher. I told Josh to roll to see if it exploded. He was unsuccessful. He then decides to spend a command point to re-roll and promptly rolls a 6. BOOM. Not only did the the Fire Dragons take the brunt of the explosion, so did my entire army, popping other damaged vehicles and taking a chuck out of the Stormlord. With victory in sight, the Eldar made their move and went in for the kill. It was shortly over.
My second game of Day Two and final of the Tournament was against yet another local, Connor and his Death Guard. This game I played a more traditional strategy of turtling up in the corner. Despite a fairly furious barrage from IG, the incredibly resilient Death Guard hit my lines and it was game over.
At some point the Daemon Prince got into grips with the Stormlord. Out came it’s defenders, a Priest, a Company Commander and Oygrns. Problem was, only the Orgyn unit made it into combat and lacking the buffs of the Priests, didn’t quite have the punch to take down the Daemon Prince. It was valiant fight but for not. As the sun set on this losing battle, the Basilisk and Macharius Vanquisher began a withdrawal to save their valuable equipment from the corruption of Nurgle.
With that I had won one game out of five, but I still really enjoyed myself. A big thanks goes out to all the crew of the Upstate Honor Guard and especially Adam for another fantastic event. If you haven’t been and you live remotely close to the Northeastern U.S., do yourself a favour and check out the Goldensprue GT. Its run annually at the Melvin Roads American Legion (which means there’s a bar!).
This piece is long enough so shortly I’ll touch on a Friendly Narrative event and my most recent game in a later post.