Wednesday, December 29, 2010

3000 point Tyranid List

So, after weeks of designing lists I have settled on my list for the 3k tourney in January. The list is designed to act as a giant bio-ball of units moving together to maximize effectiveness. I designed it to confront Dark Eldar (which I expect will be about 50% of the people at the tourney), Space Marines of all types (probably going to see lots of Blood Angels, with a few Wolves), as well as Imp. Guard. I believe in creating a list using a variety of units in order to see if my opponent is smart enough to target the right threats. Remember we can have 1 additional force org. chart slot for all choices (i.e. 3 HQ's, 7 Troops, 4 Elites, etc.). I also wanted to try and include as many of my painted models as possible. Any critiques or other suggestions would be helpful.

List #1)

Tyrant Guard with Lashwhips (2)

Termagants (16)
Tervigon with Toxin Sacs & Catalyst
Warriors with Boneswords/Lashwhips, Scything Talons (5)
Hormagaunts with Toxin Sacs (20)
Warriors with Scything Talons, Deathspitters & 1 Barbed Strangler (5)
Genestealers with Scything Talons (10)
Ripper Swarms (5)

Hive Guard (3)
Hive Guard (3)
Zoanthropes in Spore Pod (3)
Venomthropes (2)

Fast Attack
Gargoyles with Adrenal Glands (20)
Raveners with Scything Talons & Rending Claws (4)

Heavy Support
Trygon Prime
Tyrannofex with Rupture Cannon
Biovores (3)

105 models strong, composing of 19 kill points...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Eldar Paint Scheme Selected!

So I have decided on my scheme for my customized Eldar army.

They are going to be very similar to the Dark Eldar "Kabal of the Obsidian Rose."

I plan to throw in some more red and less blue into the mix instead. I have to say I am excited to try this out!!

However before that fun can begin I have thousands of points of Nids that need attention first.

EDIT: Picture Added!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

2011 Rumormill

So the word on the street is thus:

2011 releases...

1) New Codices for Grey Knights (early 2011) and possibly Necrons (mid-late 2011).
2) Wave 3 Dark Eldar models. Apparently almost every single unit will have a model in the codex. Seeing how many units they have yet to release models for that will be quite impressive.
3) Wave 2 Blood Angel models. Stormraven Gunship, Furioso Dreadnought, 2-3 new blisters (more than likely a Sanguinary priest, Dante, and Mehpiston).

But the best news!!!!

4) WAVE 2 TYRANIDS!!!! Plastic Tyrannofex/Tervigon kit (similar to the Night Spinner/Fire Prism kit), Plastic Harpy, Bonesword/lashwhip upgrade sprues, Ymgarl Genestealer upgrade sprues, Doom of Malantai model.

So I am excited about the new releases for Nids but I know there has been a lot of backlash against GW for this. Many people are complaining that they should have released these models with the codex launch rather than wait a full year and a half before releasing the new kits. Plus those of us who spent the time/effort to make our own badass conversions for all of these things now feel a bit put out.

That being said I just recently received my new Forgeworld Warrior Wings and will now be able to complete some Tyranid Shrikes!!!! Booyah!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bloodbowl demons and plants

Hello there sports fans! I've got several things I want to go over before I leave for San Diego for all next week:

1. The gift that keeps on giving: my nephew is being inducted into bloodbowl and he's looking at a chaos army. No bloodbowl chaos army is complete without a minotaur! Looking at the available models at Games Workshop I have to say I was a little disappointed. GW's minotaurs are big but the biggest of them is metal and I don't care for the way the hooves look. SO, to remedy that I looked at Privateer Press's Circle Oroboros Gnarlhorn Satyr. He's big, he's mean, he's got armor so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to put him out on the field to start smashing face.

The model itself is actually quite tall, at least twice the height of a standard trooper. He comes on the 60mm wide circle base so I had to fish out one of my smaller ones for bloodbowl purposes. There was a minimum of flash so I didn't have to spend hours carving off metal bits (he is metal but Privateer Press is slowly changing to plastic).

I had a week (sort of) to assemble him, paint him so he would be ready before I left (tomorrow). My nephew likes the Philadelphia Eagles, evidently. So I painted him a green and white overlay. Not quite the teal but we'll see how it goes over. I made a helmet out of plasticard and green putty... which turned out o.k. I guess. Then I added the "3".

Paint-wise I tried layering here on the skin with a shadowy skin tone, then medium, then highlights then a brown ink. The ink probably should have been watered down a little but the dark skin gives a nice contrast to the white and green armor. I did the same thing with the horns and hooves.

The base was flocked with sand and I tried to make it look like a football field.

Let's hope he likes it!

In other news, remember how I was going to make a completely scratch built demons army?

Here's the cunnin' plan: I'm going to have to mold these two, then take the first casting and carve it down a little and re-size things then make my own spru of the individual pieces, re-mold it then I'll have something. This isn't ideal but neither are my sculpts right now. The baked clay pieces are just so incredibly brittle and making fine details are a hell of a lot harder than I thought they would be. Also you really can't cut up the originals after they are baked.

There is an oil based clay I could use that you CAN NOT bake but it is stronger and thus easier to work with and better for molding. Or I could just use green stuff. Oh well, work in progress.

Also, remember that big jaws thing. I found a home for it:
Feed me Seymour!

Merry Christmas, see you all later!

Monday, December 6, 2010

(Cricket sounds)


I haven't heard or seen any new updates from anyone recently so I guess I will start. 40k wise I haven't had much spare time to get any more painting done. With my recent move to the Olympia/Lacey area I am just now getting resettled. On top of the fact that work is starting to get a bit more busy this month my painting time has been severely reduced.

The only thing I have worked on is my Tyrannofex which I worked on over Thanksgiving. It is about 75% complete with a good 4 more hours of work left to go. (sigh)

Over the break B and I managed a few games which ended with a Victory with the Nids and a close fought draw for the second game.

My list building/play testing is still being tinkered with.

What about you guys??