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Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Page 200 summary!

First, I want to thank everyone for sticking with this monstrosity of a blog. I have enjoyed it thoroughly even though it's been a ton of work to keep up. My painting and modeling skills have improved tremendously as a direct result of your participation and the army is looking fantastic for the same reason. You have no idea how much I appreciate that! Thank you.

Without further adeu... let's see what we've accomplished since page 165.

First, we painted up some dozer blades for the Razorbacks.


Then, we debuted BLACKHAND's Red Knights which I picked up from him so I could finish them.



I finished the scout squads for my Land Speeder Storms... (slight re-paint of some really well done minis I picked up second-hand).


I finished Brother Hiroto, vent's GMS marine (which still hasn't been sent BTW... sorry vent, will get that done).

... and his cool story written by WarOne.

"The Mantis"

They were Necrons, and they were harvesting.

Hiroto clenched his fists, keeping them from stabbing down into his holsters to bring forth his twin swords. Once released, none of the Necron below would survive their fury.
But he held his hiding place, carefully concealed by the darkness and the absolute stillness he executed with great restraint.

From his position high in the bell tower, he observed the hundreds of mindless automatons herding the entire village to their doom. The villagers came out of each house under guard, and carried not one scrap of possessions with them save for children who could not walk on their own. Under the grim guard, none of the people even cried out in fear or wept in sorrow. All their faces were blank, as if their souls no longer inhabited their mortal coil. They casually shuffled into green vortexes of power that Hiroto assumed acted like portals.

This struck Hiroto with great concern, as he had seen before in reports and some firsthand experience the depravations of the Necron host once they started culling. Many would die until their resistance was broken. Their flaying weapons tearing the skin and then flesh from desiccated bones was an unearthly sight that cowed even the mightiest human warrior. The survivors were then taken away, kicking and screaming into eerie green portals that bled with arcane power and high technology.

The entire populace of this condemned community didn’t even blink. They simply wanted into the light that appeared in the darkness of the night, and were swallowed whole without complaint. With his enhanced vision, the space marine vanguard made out the individual Necron warriors as they simply ambled along, ensuring the humans trudged along unerringly into the portals. Their green glowing eyes numbered in the hundreds. With this complacent populace, Hiroto didn’t even think the Necrons would need more than a single sentinel to oversee the harvest.

But it was that laxity in the Necron guards that allowed Hiroto to stay hidden. None of the Necrons even bothered to break in or enter into any of the homes or shops of the people here. They simply came out of the green portals that winked into existence from nowhere, and the victims obliged them by coming out almost as soon as the metallic invaders appeared. All the Necrons had to do was simply stand there and wait for the cattle to go to the slaughter willingly.

But Hiroto was not too sure the human populace was so readily compliant. There had to be some reason the Necrons were able to execute this whole operation with some sort of trick. Perhaps hypnoindoctrination or a drugged water supply was to blame. Given the advanced technological state of the enemy, it could be a neural control device that projects a blanketing signal that dazes or confuses the human mind, forcing them to be docile.

But it wouldn’t account for Hiroto being unaffected. He would at least know there was something attempting to brainwash him. So what could it be he mused.

His answer came almost instantly. One of the humans Hiroto was casually watching suddenly jerked. His head erupted with visible electrical surges as they came out his mouth, nostrils, and ears. He brought his arms to his head, and attempted a stammering scream. He stumbled out of the shuffling line of other humans and dropped to his knees, clutching his enervated skull.
Two of the closer Necron guards swiveled their eyes toward the collapsed human. They began to lurch from their stationary positions and advance on the disturbance.

The Mantis Warrior could not allow this chance to escape him. Hiroto leaped from the belltower, unfurling his jetpack’s wings as he glided down, swooping from his high perch to intercept the Necrons. They were barely twenty feet away from their victim, and Hiroto easily 200 or more. But they did not know that death was stalking them.

With one of his swords unsheathed, Hiroto activated it, causing the weapon to scintillate with murderous energy. The glow and hum of his sword alerted the other Necron sentries to his presence as he landed, his feet touching down less than ten paces from the two Necron warriors about to lay their hands on the curled up human.

Dozens of the mechanical constructs raised their weapons, gauss flayers glowing with arcane energy that could kill with ease. Hiroto pounded his legs hard, raising his sword as the two Necrons grabbed the human and began pulling him up into their cold embrace.

Hiroto sliced with his sword, lopping off both of the Necron heads as he shouldered between the pair of headless bodies, and scooped up the shivering body of the man. Green bolts of energy pierced the air.

All of them missed or struck the bodies of their vanquished brethren, burning into mechanical bodies or smacking into the morass of humans surrounding Hiroto and the man tucked under one arm.

Hiroto wasted no time. He activated his jet pack, and leaped into the air, ascending skyward as fast as the rocket would take him.

More of the green bolts of arcane fury lit up the sky, but the Necrons were firing blindly into the night, unable to catch the Mantis Warrior as he quickly escaped the maximum range of their weapons.



I celebrate Independence Day.


We had a long discussion comparing airbrushing to brush painting.

brush / airbrush


airbrush / brush


... and the merits of various greens.


I finish my kit-bashed terminator librarian.


I use a chaos Mantis Warrior made by Gathering Storm to make a neat objective marker.


I finish a GMS marine for Disjointed Entity.


And, I make another objective marker just for fun!


Finally... I *almost* beat the 200 page deadline by getting my scout jet bike sergeant completed.... but not quite.



Decent amount of work.

'Till next time!
Gits

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Made in gb
Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot





where am I? *looks around* Well i'm...errr...I...I...don't know!

Interesting. On the dread I prefer the brush, whereas on the marine the airbrush looks better...huh. Anyway, enjoy that meeting Gits




MAY YER BOLTER NAE FALTER!!!! 
   
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Old Sourpuss






Lakewood, Ohio

Great recap gits, but there is just 1 slight problem, you made a spelling mistake when describing the Chaos Objective Marker made by Gathering Storm

you said the following: I use a chaos Mantis Warrior made my Gathering Storm to make a neat objective marker.

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Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Thanks man, appreciate your timely assistance!

@Alf: Thank you... fixed.

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Longtime Dakkanaut






Charleston, SC

Nice recap, Gits. Proud to be a part of this blog. Believe it or not, your blog has helped motivate me quite a bit and has definately taught me a thing or two. When do we get to see a MW thunderhawk gunship?

   
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Moltar wrote:Nice recap, Gits. Proud to be a part of this blog. Believe it or not, your blog has helped motivate me quite a bit and has definately taught me a thing or two. When do we get to see a MW thunderhawk gunship?


That, I want to see.

"I found Rome made of bricks ; I leave it made of Marble." 
   
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Death-Dealing Devastator




London

A thunderhawk gunship sounds like an amazing venture and challenge of your airbrushing skills!

Congratz at 200 gits, let me one of the first to echo Moltar and say this is inspiring in so many ways! I'm glad you still love doing this as much as we all love reading and taking part in this.

Here's to the next 200!


 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Thanks guys! Been great to have you along for the ride!

I would do a Thunderhawk if... a) I could buy one at a reasonable price, or b) I could convince someone to build one at a reasonable price.

So basically, the same way any of you would add a Thunderhawk to your armies. It's actually one of the very few "totally impractical" models that I'd be willing to spend a good chunk of change on as they have always been cool and are so iconic for the Space Marines.

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Old Sourpuss






Lakewood, Ohio

Alf is always looking for ya Gits!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Epic-40k-Space-Marine-Thunderhawk-Gunship-New-Sealed-/320734709157?pt=UK_Toys_Wargames_RL&hash=item4aad4745a5#ht_500wt_1180


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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

That's so cute Alf, thank you! Perhaps I could make it into a jet bike of some sorts for my commander... the "thundersparrow" jet bike.

*sigh*



OH, and before I forget.... to answer the earlier speculation about the jet bike shoulder pads... I could easily do the lightening bolt in yellow rather than white, it's just that the other squad insignia were in white so I did this one in white as well.

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Death-Dealing Devastator




London

Alf, that was priceless. My wife i looking t me strangely for laughing at an E-Bay picture. I won't try to explain....


 
   
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Xeno-Hating Inquisitorial Excruciator





In a cave

Congrats on 200 pages, this has to be one of the longest ever blogs on dakka!

My Inq28 blog, check it out!

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Longtime Dakkanaut






Charleston, SC

Gits, I think he need two of them to act as thunderbird flying roller skates.

On a more serious note, I had no idea that FW charged 400 pounds for one of those suckers! That's insanely stupid. Now I feel dumb just for suggesting the idea.

   
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Perturbed Blood Angel Tactical Marine





Madison (MadTown), WI

Congrats on 200 Art, hope to see 200 more

"Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war"
"Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die"-Lord Tennyson


 
   
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Rampaging Furioso Blood Angel Dreadnought




Potters Bar, UK

Congrats on reaching 200 Gits!

apologies for being away for a while,been 'fire-fighting' at work for the last few weeks... *sigh*

Anyways, loving the Jetbikers, and the new objective markers, and the Librarian, and the GMS marines....i could go on

Great work, and heres to the next 200

inmygravenimage wrote:Have courage, faith and beer, my friend - it will be done!
MeanGreenStompa wrote:Anonymity breeds aggression.
Chowderhead wrote:Just hit the "Triangle of Friendship", as I call it.
 
   
Made in ca
Longtime Dakkanaut





Canada

Congrats on 200 pages of Blogtastic awesomeness!

Really enjoy your work, esp all the old school marines.

Keep it up!

Do you have any group shots of the whole army? I've tried sorting through the pages, but can't find any.

 
   
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Old Sourpuss






Lakewood, Ohio

Gits (as crazy as this sounds) doesn't believe his army looks good in a full army shot (lolwut?!) and as such full army shots are very few and far between. But he has provided some tasty bits here and there.


As of March 22nd:



And the MW detachment at a game:

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Mostly, on my phone.

All together now, "Happy Bicentenary to you, Happy Bicentenary to you, Happy Bicentenary dear Gitsplitta, Happy Bicentenary to you...


And many more!"


Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."


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Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Hey all! Sorry, at a work meeting so responding is tough. When I finish the bikes I'll take another group pic. Will that suffice?

   
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Death-Dealing Devastator





Exeter, Devon, UK

Congrats on hitting 200, you have set the bar that others aspire too. Now I gotta work even harder on making my own blog this successful.

   
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Phanobi






Canada,Prince Edward Island

200 pages and counting! Wow

That picture of you eating the corn, I always imagined you would look more... Orkish, you don't even have green skin!

You have come a great way since you started this blog, keep it up!

Cain

   
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Unteroffizier





Matrim wrote:
Moltar wrote:Nice recap, Gits. Proud to be a part of this blog. Believe it or not, your blog has helped motivate me quite a bit and has definately taught me a thing or two. When do we get to see a MW thunderhawk gunship?


That, I want to see.


+1

Well done on hitting 200, it's no small feat.

The best thing about this particular signature is that by the time you realise it doesn't say anything it's far too late to stop reading it. 
   
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Old Sourpuss






Lakewood, Ohio

Gitsplitta wrote:Hey all! Sorry, at a work meeting so responding is tough. When I finish the bikes I'll take another group pic. Will that suffice?


Um... Is the Space Pope Reptilian?





You know what to do

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Green Bay, Wisconson

On to the next 200 - congrats brother

SL

 
   
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[DCM]
Acolyte of Goodwin






Sunny SoCal

You are a tenacious bugger! 200 pages.... jeeze!

   
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Fireknife Shas'el





Reedsburg, WI

You're all just as tenacious . Anyways, here's a chear out to all the hardworking modelors who feature and explain thier work on the P&M threads.

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Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Commander Cain wrote:That picture of you eating the corn, I always imagined you would look more... Orkish, you don't even have green skin!

What you don't see is that I've just poured the last of my beer behind my left shoulder (notice precarious disposition of cup in my hand)... that orkish enough for you?

I tend to look at this as WE made 200... not just me. But thanks all the same. I'll be honest, it's been one hell of a lot of work.



So I have an observation and questions for you all...

It seem's to me that the blog has lost quite a bit of steam over the last several months, in spite of the fact that I think my building and painting skills are steadily improving and I'm still doing novel things. I think I'm still painting and posting at a pretty good clip, but I don't seem to get anywhere near the comments I'm used to and I can't remember the last time I had a figure on the gallery side bar (which is traffic driven). There are a number of possible explanations for this; many of the folks who commented a lot in the early days now have their own P&M blogs... which as I've already mentioned take a lot of work, perhaps my blog has gone into the dakka-background now and is no longer novel & as such it isn't as interesting, perhaps there are just so many really good blogs out there (and there are) that mine just doesn't stand out as much as it used to or perhaps my work has slipped and it's just not that interesting anymore.

Now in spite of what it looks like (and Pyriel is going to give me hell for this), I'm NOT fishing for sympathy. I'm just feel the that blog has lost it's snap and would like to know from you crazy people who spend your days reading it if there's anything I can do to get it back. What makes you yawn about the blog? My figures, my chatty style? Do I need to start doing battle reports again? What can I do to make it better?

I'm going to have about 5 or 6 hours away from the computer... so now's the time to chime in without my interrupting!

Gits

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Ragin' Ork Dreadnought






Perth, Australia

Could just be the time of year? Or people quitting the hobby over GW rage? I hadn't particularly noticed a drop in your blog, but I have definitely noticed it in mine - though I thought it was because people find reading about painting green about as interesting as I find doing it...

Short answer - I don't think anything needs changing, but I'll be interested to see what others here think...

   
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Phanobi





Gosport. UK

Gitz, have you thought of getting some of the smaller thunderhawks and sit them of in the distance inbound?

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/463976.page (Space Sharks and Tau)

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We refuse to take sides in this anymore. And we refuse to let you turn us against one another. We know who we are now, we can find our own way between order and chaos...

It's over because we've decided it's over. Now get the hell out of our galaxy! Both of you.

"Whoever takes purple sash is purple, and follows purple leader." I follow purple tau. Theophony
 
   
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Boston, MA

I feel like I've been very engaged in your blog, however less inclined to post. I feel that you have a good amount of devout followers who have kept up with your blog for a while now. Perhaps the drop in traffic comes from the newcomers to your blog that are too intimidated by its size to start reading it.

As far as the life of it, I see it accelerating. It wasn't that long ago when you were talking about starting another blog as you reached 100 pages.

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/370464.page ------ Look at that. I have a blog.

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"I was a distant relative of my father." - Former Inquisitorial Acolyte Uriah 
   
 
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