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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City Showdown - Raven Guard vs. Imperial Fist

City Showdown - Raven Guard vs. Imperial Fist

Warhammer 40,000 – I really love the look of fighting in a city. Having to get down and check line of site, navigating around cramped quarters, makes for a more interesting game than shooting each other from the edges of the table. Having played Open War last week we opted to play Maelstrom of War this week. My opponent ran close to the same list as he did last week swapping out a Librarian for a Lieutenant to benefit from the re-roll auras. 

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A Knight's Tale - Knights vs. Imperil Fists Battle Report

A Knight's Tale - Knights vs. Imperil Fists Battle Report

Warhammer 40,000 – The recent release of the Imperial Knight Codex has given the giant robots new life. Thankfully the new book looks to make the army playable. To put them to the test I built a basic Knight army with a Space Marine Battalion to give me access to much needed command points. (Note: This game was played prior to the FAQ having 15CP is going to be bonkers)

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Gaslands - Deathrace Gates

Gaslands - Deathrace Gates

Gaslands – I'm incredibly excited to start playing Gaslands. Having converted a few cars, I picked up the dice and templates as well as material to build some gates. Wandering around my local train/hobby store I found that the HO scale stuff looked to be close to Hot Wheels size. (The clerk informed me that Hot Wheels are technically "S" scale, but the don't carry that because most Railroad guys don't like that size so it's a specialty item.) The carry a very inexpensive plastic girder system that seemed like it would suit my needs and budget for this game. (part of the draw for this game are the 99¢ models honestly, followed closely by the nostalgia factor of playing with Mad Max style cars)

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Furies or Furries ... Proxying a Conversion

Furies or Furries ... Proxying a Conversion

Warhammer 40,000 – For the Escalation Event I plan on attending later this month I needed to add five Chaos Furies. The metal models are just gross, I never cared for them and used to use Dark Elf Harpies with my old Word Bearers force back in the 3.5/4th edition days. While the models weren't much better they fit the rest of my army. Sadly I sold that force off ages ago and haven't stopped kicking myself since. The problem at hand is I need five Furies to fill out my force for this event because Screamers don't fit when playing points (power level is just fine which is my preference at the moment ... but its not my event and 90% of tournaments will use points so whatever).

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Welcome to the Heavy Infantry - More Raptors

Welcome to the Heavy Infantry - More Raptors

Warhammer 40,000 – Space Marine Scouts, Devastators and Tactical Marines join the fight. This group will join the other groups of Raptors I've painted in my clients "all-infantry" Space Marine force. I think it's a cool idea and it will make full use of the Chapter Tactics and special rules available to the Raven Guard/Raptors.

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Ravenwing Black Knights - More Plasma Talons

Ravenwing Black Knights - More Plasma Talons

Warhammer 40,000 – I remember when bitz boxes the world over were filled with left over Space Marine Plasma Guns. It was always a weapon that would kill your own gun at the most inopportune of times, which meant any other special weapon would see more play on the table. Eight Edition made it a choice to supercharge your plasma and risk killing your own guy rather than happening every time they fire their gun. Suddenly plasma guns are all the rage and you see them on everything.

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Hide and Seek Champions - Raven Guard vs Alpha Legion

Hide and Seek Champions - Raven Guard vs Alpha Legion

Warhammer 40,000 – Today's question is who would win in a gunfight between the two sneaky marine factions? Alpha Legion and Raven Guard mimic each other in most of their chapter tactics and abilities so this should be a fairly even match up. Maelstrom of War with Tactical Objective cards should force both forces to move about a bit. Scorched Earth is one of the more unforgiving missions out of Chapter Approved 2017, so of course that's what we rolled to play. 

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Witness Me ... Fuel-Injected Suicide Machine

Witness Me ... Fuel-Injected Suicide Machine

Gaslands – One day I'll finish a race – honestly. I had a chance to play several games of Gaslands and have yet to make it further than Gate 2 before losing all my cars. I probably am pushing to hard and not managing my Hazard tokens well enough which means I flip or hit something and then the rest of the pack catches up. 

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A Space Marine Chapter - How I plan to build mine

A Space Marine Chapter - How I plan to build mine

Warhammer 40,000 – One of the things I've been working on since the early 2000's. What started as a bunch of random marines and bits a client traded me for some paint work has blossomed into nearly a full chapter. (Well at least a few companies.) Listening to the Independent Characters recently I realized the latest Space Marine Codex had completely updated how a Company is set up which might change how I lay mine out.

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From the Deep - A Lobotomy Expansion

From the Deep - A Lobotomy Expansion

Board Games – Pop Culture Icons/References trapped in an insane asylum trying to escape from other Pop Culture Icons/References seems to be the basis of Lobotomy the board game. I haven't actually played the game, but based on the large batches of minis I've painted for my client that's the general opinion I have about the game. The models are decent quality and plentiful which is usually a good enough reason to pick up a game. (Because if it's awful you can always repurpose the minis right?) 

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My Mossburg Goes Boom - Necromunda GSC vs Orlocks

My Mossburg Goes Boom - Necromunda GSC vs Orlocks

Necromunda – Combat shotguns are probably one of the most versatile guns available when playing Zone Mortalis style Necromunda. Knowing you're going to get up close and personal against groups of enemy fighters means the shredder rounds will put in work. Template weapons in general are nasty because they pin you without having to "hit" against a close combat orientated gang like my Genestealer Cult it's devastating. 

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Blade Runner-esque City Scape

Blade Runner-esque City Scape

Terrain Building – Blade Runner really set the tone for me as to what a dystopian future would look like. Dirty, crowded and dark. Ultimately that's the look I'm going for with my city table. Ideally this terrain will be "useable" across several different rules sets like 40K, Necromunda and Batman as well as any other random "near-future" sci-fi games I might find myself interested in. 

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Gasland - Converting Some Death Racers

Gasland - Converting Some Death Racers

Gaslands – I've always loved Mad Max, Death Race and the like, when I was a little kid the idea of a car with guns strapped to it was just so amazing. I still remember the Christmas my grandma gave all the grandsons a vehicle from the Tonka Steel Monsters line. I had the pick-up truck "Blaster" and loved it. Many hours were spent tearing through the "desert" as Talon (the driver) was joined by my collection of GI Joes fighting it out with Badlanders in my 1980's infused imagination of a post nuclear apocalypse. I wasn't introduced to Death Race 2000 until I was "to-old" for toys and had moved on to Comics and RPGs as my money sink of choice. GURPS and the TMNT role playing game continued to feed my "after-the-bomb" imagination. Gaslands plays right into that nostalgia factor for me and has me watching Youtube for play-throughs while I convert some salvaged Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. 

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Shrouded in Secrets - More Ravenwing

Shrouded in Secrets - More Ravenwing

Warhammer 40,000 – I just wrapped up more iconic Ravenwing models. Like most of the Space Marines Chapters the bulk of their army is made up of units that are shared with the main codex with some minor variations. Each of the chapters with their own codex then have several unique units that only they can access. The Darkshroud and Black Knights are both examples only the Dark Angels have access to.

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Necromunda: Cult of the Rusty Claw

Necromunda: Cult of the Rusty Claw

Necromunda – Having played a few games with the gangs that came in the boxed set I decided it was time to branch out and experiment with the Genestealer Cult. I've always been a big fan and while I'm not using my Warhammer 40,000 Genestealer Cult until they get a new codex I can use the models I already own to build a pretty cool gang.

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