Something Sickly This Way Comes – Death Guard Characters

Something Sickly This Way Comes – Death Guard Characters

Warhammer 40,000 – The Death Guard has been very popular with my clients as of late. I doubt that the fact the core models were easy to acquire in the core box for a discount is the only reason I’ve seen an uptick in commission requests for these followers of the Plague God. I think having a resilient force able to hold objectives or tarpit your opponent is probably the more likely reason these guys are finally getting some love from my clients.

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Multipurpose Cultists

Multipurpose Cultists

Warhammer 40,000 – The ubiquitous Imperial Guardsman has been making his presence felt through out the 41st Millennium and in the last year has found his way into a variety of lists. The Imperium, Chaos and Tyranids can take advantage of the benefits this little guy and his friends bring to the table. So it only makes sense that I’m starting to see “multi-purpose “ guardsmen. Built from the Imperial Sprue, with some Genestealer Cult bits mixed in painted to match the colors of three other armies while remaining unique is my latest commission project.

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Genestealers, Spores and another Tyrant - Leviathan Rising

Genestealers, Spores and another Tyrant - Leviathan Rising

Warhammer 40,000 – Hivefleet Leviathan has spawned a few new beasties to aid in their consumption of the galaxy. One of my long-standing commission clients decided to add a large batch of models to his army to fill out his list for an upcoming GT. This batch includes some Spore Mines to annoy opponents, 26 Genestealers to rip apart opponents and a second Flying Hive Tyrant to lay waste to troops at range.

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OPEN WAR – Carcharodons/House Raven vs. Grey Knights/Blood Angels

OPEN WAR – Carcharodons/House Raven vs. Grey Knights/Blood Angels

Warhammer 40,000– I really like the Open War Deck. It’s a quick way to set up a game that tends to be different every time you play. Unlike Maelstrom of War the objectives tend to be simple and fixed so there is more “skill” and less “luck of the draw.” Although some of the mission combinations you can get with the Open War deck are pretty ridiculous at least both players have to deal with the bad flips.

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Maelstrom of War - Blood Angels vs. Twilight Ravens

Maelstrom of War - Blood Angels vs. Twilight Ravens

Warhammer 40,000 – My usual Chaos opponent has been building a cool Blood Angels force using bits from the Horus Heresy line. So far what he has looks very cool and pretty brutal. Having built a solid 1000 point core force he’s been borrowing models from my collection to see what else he wants to add for his final 2000 point army. I’ve been experimenting with my CP Farm list adding in other elements to see if I can make other thing i want to play more functional. I realize the Guard + Blood Angel battery might not be feasible after the next FAQ but until that drops I’m going to play as many games as I can. I really like how the small Guard contingent works, they can hold objectives, drop mortars on things they can’t see, surprise an attacker with Brutal Traps and combine to be a giant blob of surprisingly effective attacks.

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Blood in Blood Out - Blood Angels vs the Imperium

Blood in Blood Out - Blood Angels vs the Imperium

Warhammer 40,000 – Weekly game night should be getting back on track with Fall right around the corner. I've been lucky enough to get a game in every week this summer and I've been enjoying tinkering with an Imperial Crusade list. Yes, I can hear your moans it consists of Astra Militarum: Catachans, Blood Angels and House Raven.

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Rotten Treats ... Death Guard with Renegade Knights

Rotten Treats ... Death Guard with Renegade Knights

Warhammer 40,000 – I love big events. They always turn into "brand-new" armies from my clients. The latest big event inspired list is for one of my Black Legion clients. He decided to add some Renegade Knights and Death Guard to his force. I jumped at the chance to do an alternate scheme Death Guard as the green/white, rotten green color scheme is everywhere right now. As with the Khorne elements I painted for him previously the god-specific helmet color is what sets them apart from the rest of the force. 

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If everyone else jumped off a bridge....

If everyone else jumped off a bridge....

Warhammer 40,000 – So command points are super important in most codex armies in 8th edition 40K. Mixing armies seems to also be pretty important to build the most effective fighting force. I've never been a huge fan of Imperial Guard but I recently read the Rogue Trader Omnibus and found the Guard unit that the main character joined up with to fight the Tau interesting. I really enjoyed how the novels paired Space Marines, Guard, Knights/Titans, Inquisitors, Priests and Rogue traders together in a Crusade force. Seeing how they worked together inspired me to make an Imperial force. Now since soup is dead mixing armies with only 3 detachments is tricky. Particularly if you want to include Agents of the Imperium (it's pretty sad that the cool fluffy Imperium keyword got beat down for competitive play, but whatever) so I won't be able to include everything I want in a single force but perhaps I can make several elements so I can pull from the various factions taking part in my Crusade.

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Sternguard and Drop Pods – Can they work?

Sternguard and Drop Pods – Can they work?

Warhammer 40,000 – When Sternguard first came out I was a huge fan of the unit. I converted up two full ten man squads to run alongside Pedro Kantor and cause people now end of headaches when they dropped in guns blazing. Their current iteration is doesn't look amazing on paper but I'm determined to make them work. I also loved drop pods when they came out I own enough for a battle company to drop in with ease. Sadly that can't happen any more due to changes in the "match-play" rules, which it seems is the preferred guidelines for how to play among the people I play with. I think two pods might do the trick and depending on how things go during deployment I can decide if anyone goes in the pod or not.

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Gloomhaven - The first six models

Gloomhaven - The first six models

Boardgames - It's interesting to paint models for a game where the models are supposed to be secret until you open them up and reveal them during the course of the adventure. The first six miniature my client provided me are what I think are the heroes.  She provided a few screen-grabs of schemes she liked that I tried to mimic. 

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Kingdom Death: Monster Core set almost done

Kingdom Death: Monster Core set almost done

Kingdom Death – Slowly but surely I'm wrapping up all the models in the Kingdom Death: Monster core box as well as the expansions. Of course these aren't my own models but it's nice to put some paint to them finally, when I get to finish my own it should be quick with all the practice I'm getting. 

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Giant Tank vs Sadistic Daemons

Giant Tank vs Sadistic Daemons

Warhammer 40,000 – Game night this week saw my Twilight Ravens taking on a Slaanesh Daemon list. I hadn't run my Typhon Siege tank in quite some time and wanted to put it on the board again to see if my opinion of it has improved in 8th edition. (In seventh and previous editions it was great anti-hordes because of the 7" template 2D6 shots isn't quite the same as the huge numbers you could clip if your opponent wasn't spread out).

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RAMPAGE! - Imperial Knights vs Death Guard and Thousand Sons

RAMPAGE! - Imperial Knights vs Death Guard and Thousand Sons

Warhammer 40,000 – I recently had the chance to face off in a 2500 point battle with my Imperial Knights vs a combined team of Thousand Sons and Death Guard. It's an odd point level that my opponents regularly played so I tweaked my standard 2,000 point list to include an Archeron. My opponents chose to fight in the city, so my Knights weren't going to be as maneuverable and we opted to use the Open War Deck. 

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Shadows of Brimstone - Flesh Stalker Expansion

Shadows of Brimstone - Flesh Stalker Expansion

Boardgames – Shadows of Brimstone is one of those games that can go anywhere. Initially I thought it was just an Old West style game but every commission I paint seems to go further than the last. Most recently I worked on a Flesh-Stalker and Flesh-Drones. This is one of the mini-expansions with a Boss Character and minions rather than one of the big box releases. 

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Fall-out Boys and Girls - Board Game Minis

Fall-out Boys and Girls - Board Game Minis

Board Games – Typically when I get a new client they give me a small batch of minis to "test paint" before moving on to the rest of their collection. My newest client opted to send me back to the wastelands with a small batch of models from the Fall-out Board game. Sadly I never made it very far in Fall-out 3 and haven't looked at any of the other games so my knowledge of the game is based mostly on popular references and looking back at the Collectors Edition guide I picked up when Fall-out 3 was released many moons ago.

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Khorne on the Cob?

Khorne on the Cob?

Warhammer 40,000 – The Beta Rules and Faqs have put a damper on some of the more prevalent strategies for the Chaos Super-Faction. Soup is gone, Alpha-Strike is limited, and the Never-ending Cultist Bowl is a thing of the past. Things change so fast that some of the units my clients give me change in function before I finish painting them. With the FAQs dropping twice a year now it should be easier to anticipate what may or may not change.

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