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Subject: JHDD's Imperial Guard & Eldar & Dogs of War
And yesterday, something huge, dark and very heavy arrived:
Yep, that's my Kingdom Death : Monster core game that finally arrived after 33 months of (relatively) patient waiting. I'm kinda hot to get the starting models built up for the intro scenario against the White Lion, so we'll just see how that goes...
At this point, I'm officially in trouble for things to finish by end of year: - Imperial Guard' Shadowsword superheavy tank - Dogs of War' Leopold's Leopard Company - Kingdom Death' pinups & intro scenario models
At least I got the Wraithknight built and played
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It's been a while since I've had any hobby stuff to show, but I finally got the rear of my Shadowsword squared away with a low-profile fuel tank solution that doesn't raise the vehicle profile.
The I use the stock bit, but I recut the top so it doesn't sit so high up, and fill in the rear gap with plasticard and a single fuel barrel sitting low off the rear. I think it looks pretty "factory".
I added more track covers, because there would be mud, and the hull is now nearly a full inch longer than stock.
Now that the lower structure is done, I can go back to the superstructure of the beast.
The Shadowsword looks like it's coming along nicely. Good work
TheEyeOfNight- I swear, this thread is 70% smack talk, 20% RP organization, and 10% butt jokes
TheEyeOfNight- "Ordo Xenos reports that the Necrons have attained democracy, kamikaze tendencies, and nuclear fission. It's all tits up, sir."
Space Marine flyers are shaped for the greatest possible air resistance so that the air may never defeat the SPACE MARINES!
Sternguard though, those guys are all about kicking ass. They'd chew bubble gum as well, but bubble gum is heretical. Only tau chew gum
Subject: JHDD's IG & Eldar & DoW & KD:M WiP omnibus
With the new IG formations, it looks like my IG might structure like this:
Command Battlegroup Command Company Command Squad (in Chimera?) 1 Lord Commissar I need a Standard, Ogryn bodyguard & Ordnance dude for a "proper" BGC CCS...
Core (0-3 per Command)
"Emporer's Fist" Tank Company 1 Tank Commander (in LRBT, w/ 2nd LRBT) 3 Leman Russ Squadrons (1 Demolisher ea.) 1 Enginseer minimum legal Core, due to me just not having the extra Russes to spare
"Emporer's Shield" Infantry Company nope. Even with my collection, I just don't have the uniformed Guardsmen to field the 170+ model ESIC. I can come pretty close if I reshuffle things around. But even if I could, I wouldn't - too many points for not enough effectiveness.
Auxiliary (0-3 per Core)
"Emporer's Blade" Assault Company 1 Company Command Squad (in Chimera) 3 Veterans Squads (in Chimeras) 2 Hellhound Squadrons (1 ea) I have Veterans, and like the idea of fielding what amounts to a Mech Veteran Platoon with attached Hellhounds for the ObSec bonus.
"Emporer's Shield" Infantry Platoon 1 Platoon Command Squad 5 Infantry Squads 4 Heavy Weapon Squads (HB, Mortar, 2x ML) 2 Special Weapon Squads (Melta & Plasma) 1 Conscript squad +1 Sentinel I actually have all of the squads and can convert up the Sentinel to make this work. This will be a minor priority, because it'd look kinda cool to field 100 Guardsmen on the tabletop. Worst case, I can break it down into a regular Infantry Platoon. Or two.
"Emporer's Wrath" Artillery Company 1 Company Command Squad (in Chimera) 1 Basilisk 1 Hydra (or Wyvern) 1 Deathstrike Missile Launcher 1 Enginseer It's not optimal, but it's a formation I'd consider to field from time to time.
Super-Heavy Support 1x Shadowsword w/ HKM, PMHS 1x Stormlord w/ HKM, PMHS I can field 2 of these! Or rather, I can pick one for flavor.
Unplayables This is stuff that I don't currently own the models to field, and the rules aren't really compelling me to buy more.
"Emporer's Fury" Superheavy Company 3x Superheavy tanks I have the Shadowsword under construction (above), and plan to build the 2nd kit as Stormlord, having unloaded the planned Baneblade earlier in the year.
"Emporer's Spear" Aerial Company 3x Valkyrie / Vendetta Squadrons I have reserved my 1 kits to build 1 Valkyrie transport that I might swap as a Vendetta gunship, but I'm not going to get more.
"Emporer's Talon" Recon Company 2-4x 3 Scout / 3 Armored Sentinel Squadrons Sentinels will normally go into upgrading my Infantry Platoons into Emporer's Shield versions for the small bonuses, and 6 is more than I intend to own.
Ogryn Auxiliia 1 Commissar 2x Ogryn squads 2x Bullgryn squads I'll convert an Ogryn Bodyguard, because that'd be pretty cool to have, but S7 Hammer of Wrath just does not impress.
Psykana Division 1 Primaris Psyker 3x Psyker Squads 1 Commissar I planned conversions for 20 Pskyers, but this got put on the back burner. The biggest problem is that not so much that it requires the Primaris and conversion, but that it also requires a bunch of supporting models: Astropaths for each CCS, and a couple dozen more Daemons to maximize utility. Yes, I can stand in an Astropath, and yes, I own a bunch of the sexy Daemonettes; however, I'd have to buy some count-as Bloodletters and OOP metal Squids to make this work, and I have way too much on my workbench to consider at this time. If I should miraculously become super-productive, I'll reconsider this one.
1. inventoried my Imperial Guard, built and unbuilt, and was somewhat shocked to find I had somehow grown my IG collection from an estimated 5,000 pts of stuff by a whole tournament army up to a grand total of 7,000 pts. And I found out that my other T3 Imperials added another 3k pts of stuff. I had said I had enough, and yet, I ended up buying a painted unit of Last Chancers and some more Spyrers for my Necromunda count-as Inquisition forces. Oops.
2. I assembled my portion of the Robotech Tactics split! Like the time I spent assembling Sedition Wars, this was probably not a great use of my hobby time, as I don't really ever see myself playing the game.
3. I started work on my Shadowsword, with a fair amount of conversion work to tighten up the design. I re-built the nose twice. Right now, I'm still stuck on doing the custom superstructure and gun...
4. I inventoried my Eldar when the new Craftworld Eldar Codex hit, and found that I have something like 8,000+ pts of Craftworlders, 1,000+ pts of Harlequins and a smattering of Dark Eldar, bringing that total to something like 10,000 pts.
5. I assembled a lightly-customized Wraithknight and played it a couple times. Nice model, decent rules.
So, I started the year with IG and ended the year with IG, but took a bunch of detours for Robotech Tactics, Eldar and Dogs of War and Gundam. Built a Wraithknight, and got a Shadowsword in very rough playable shape. I also did a ton of wargaming that didn't require any creation / conversion work. And I wrote and shared initial rules for KOG light - a small, simple miniatures battle game that is taking an inordinate amount of time to get "right" for Beta release.
3. Realign models owned with models I might actually field by selling off a bunch of my excessive Eldar collection to plug some of the IG and Eldar formation gaps.
Of course, depending on what we decide to play, and what gets released, priorities may shift. But I gotta say, this boardgaming thing of just opening a box and playing is awfully attractive compared to building and painting.
And I still need to get KOG light into Beta!
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Speaking of shifts, I traded off a bunch of unbuilt Imperial stuff and picked up an Imperial Knight Warden.
He'll probably sit for a bit, as I work my way through other projects, but it's a nice kit with a lot of options. I especially like the giant Power Fist, and wonder if maybe to model it holding a giant sword in hand..
Also, not entirely satisfied with the.pauldrons, wanting something more knightly, less beetle. Hmm... ____
Also traded off a bunch of stuff for more metal Dire Avengers.
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Been busy playing stuff like Flames of War and haggling, so no hobby progress.
After playing a number of games of Flames, I was surprised to find that I like the idea of 1/100 WW2 gaming far more than I actually like the playing of the game when there is such a large disconnect between ground scale and figure scale.
With an Apocalypse game coming up next weekend, and a brand new Knight Titan NOS, I finally sat down and started building it. Not a huge fan of the mono-pose static legs, but I got those together. Then I started building the torso. Wow, it's like a 3-D puzzle to get all the things lined up and squared away. Now, it's like an egg on stilts.
Leaving the armor plates off, as I suspect this needs to be painted with the armor off for best results.
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Thanks! Still trying to decide on the landing gear and weapons.
ETA - got the weapons squared!
After tightening the nose to something slightly sleeker, I moved the multi-laser to the nose, slightly off-center like an A-10. For me, that entire dropped section under the cockpit is actually a belly gun evolved from a conformal weapon pod and subsequently integrated into the core airframe skin. I think it makes better sense than having it run parallel to the cockpit. Oh yeah, I'm using the Chimera Multilaser bit, because I think that one looks better than the thing in the official kit.
As nobody is using the HBs in the lists, and there's no obvious good way to mount them, I simply ignore them entirely.
Anyhow, those are the weapons.
Greeble-wise, I have the light pods since they're part of the iconic look, along with the nose tube. I moved the other bitz to the tail, to add some texture there.
Still need to address the landing gear, as this wants tricycle, I think.
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It's October, and I have been busy actually playing games and working on other stuff (KOG light, kid's GunPla, etc.). Not a big deal.
During the run up to the Made-to-Order flash sale, I decided that I'd make my IG "formation" legal, and get the last models to fill in the blanks. Yeah, I know it's a huge marketing scheme, but it's not like I'd be buying models I don't actually like or want. I ordered both GW Techpriest Enginseers to dedicate to the Tank Company & Artillery Company formations. Later this year, I'll order the Regimental Advisors and Sister Hospitalier to complete my Command units. That'll leave me just one Sentinel short of all of the IG formations that I might want to field down the line. And I think I can convert one from all of the various IG bitz in my pile.
After that, it's time to reshuffle my IG models into actual formations and figure out how to visually organize the individual models into distinct units. Ideally, I could quickly and efficiently sort my entire pile back into the squads and platoons and companies and formations that they're supposed to be in.
I also probably need to knock together a "Remnants" Force of some sort containing all of the random rabble that doesn't just neatly fold into the predefined formations.
In any case, I don't feel bad that things aren't completely finished. Visible progress. Models played. And there's still a couple months on the calendar!