Down with the Sickness - Plaguebearers

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Warhammer 40,000 – Nurgle seems to be really popular in 8th Edition. Which makes sense when you consider how important screening and board control are to most of the missions. That paired with a pretty amazing product line means many of these disease ridden daemons have traversed my tabletop.

This latest batch is a little different as the client requested some variety in skin tone. So I started with two colors or green and a flesh tone as my base. A quick wash of Athonian Camoshade got them to a nice dirty look and some gore effects finished them off.

Wolves on the Prowl - More Space Wolves

Wolves on the Prowl - More Space Wolves

Warhammer 40,000 – Quite often I have clients come back to add additional units to their armies. With a living system like 40k has become points fluctuate with the Chapter Approved releases, rules change with new supplements or FAQs and as such a 2,000 point army may find itself in need of some reinforcements. Such is the case with these Space Wolves I painted a few years ago.

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Tau Tanks Terrorize Town

Warhammer 40,000 – Tau are by far my least favorite army to paint or play against. I love reading about them and the role they play in the game, especially in the campaign supplements from late seventh edition. They’re more alien feeling than the Eldar and have a really cohesive look and feel. My issue is that cohesive look and feel means painting any model in the range feels very much like painting every other model in the range, particularly with this scheme.

This time around my client decided to add a Spearhead Detachment to his existing force. There are quite a few things I love about 8th edition 40K and the detachment style of building army list ranks at the top. If you work out points costs for your detachments that can fit into a larger army build it becomes very easy to mix and match completely changing how the force functions by swapping in a Spearhead instead of a Vanguard for example.

The paint is pretty standard Vior’la Tau, you can read more about the scheme in these posts.

Death Watch - Heavy Support

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Warhammer 40,000 – Some armies you’ll always be adding small elements to. With Space Marines of any type minor adjustments in wargear load-outs can drastically affect your costs, which means tweaking units by a model or two. When working with a super-specialized force like Death Watch those tweaks can have a bigger impact. For players that don’t like to proxy or use counts as models in their force this means constantly adding to your collection until you have ever combination covered.

This latest batch of Death Watch marines goes along with the force I’ve been painting for a client, this time around he’s adding some special and heavy weapons.

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More Old Hammer

Warhammer 40,000 – Recently I watched a show on Netflix called Slobby’s World. It’s about a “vintage” clothing store in Arizona that makes mint tracking down clothes and accessories from the 1980’s-1990’s, the whole premise is pretty interesting and although the people in the show are obnoxious, annoying and just down-right weird it’s a train wreck I just couldn’t turn off. Part of what I found so interesting was how much people were willing to pay for stuff that I owned as a kid and donated to Good Will when it went out of style. Where is this rambling going you ask? Well the show reminded me of how strong nostalgia is and how in some circles having “vintage” things is a status symbol, which leads to my latest project. Yeah you guessed it … more Old hammer stuff.

WIP – Genestealer Cult (Hybrid Metamorphs)

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Warhammer 40,000 - I judge a book by it’s cover, at least when it comes to miniatures. If something looks weird or slightly off with a new release I’ll typically pass. Which means I don’t necessarily look at the codex entry for such models because I pass them off as fugly or overcosted. When the seventh edition GSC book finally dropped I built almost my entire force from two boxes of Death Watch: Overkill that I picked up on discount. When I finally did pick up the five man box of Acolyte/Metamorphs all I built were the special and heavy weapons from the box because Overkill didn’t include any of them.

With the Eighth Edition book I’ve been trying to expand my collection with building block units. Having built a solid core that I’m happy with it’s now time to look at adding some units that might be able to fill a different role or be less CP dependent to pull off the tricks I need them too.

Having some extra bodies left after building all the Rock Saws I needed I decided to take a look at the other options the Acolyte kit could build. Not being familiar with the Tyranid Biomorphs I thought some of them were very odd and didn’t fit the look I was going for. After reading through the entry I settled on giving the unit double talons and a hand flamer on each model. Since the unit is limited to 10, I could easily put them in a truck and drive around dumping 10D6 auto hits on units. Not that strength 3 will wound much but the potential is there. The more impressive stat that these guys have is more Attacks, they start with 3 attacks per dude and 4 on the leader, 31 attacks hitting on 3’s wounding most things on 4’s. Swapping the rending claw for another talon takes the attacks to 5 per dude 6 on the leader bringing us up to 51 attacks and these 51 attacks now hit on 2’s thanks to the talons. That is some serious potential damage output.

If toughness 3 hordes are raining on your parade. This unit can tear things up. Cast Might From Beyond on them and pick the Twisted Helix trait you’re now looking at 61 attacks, hitting on 2’s wounding on 2’s that should mulch through those bodies fairly reliably.

Right now these guys are in a “playable paint stage” my goal with my own stuff it to quickly paint it to a minimal tabletop standard so everything looks cohesive, once I have a lull in commissions I’ll go in and paint these guys to my personal standard and really get the colors to pop on the table.

Khorne Daemons - Hounds of Hell

Khorne Daemons - Hounds of Hell

Age of Sigmar – I’m always excited to try out new lines of paint, the science behind it is always evolving and new formulas mean new techniques. Games Workshop’s latest creation is Contrast Paints, which are billed as the paint equivalent of Jesus rising from the grave. Magic in a bottle that will turn your cabinet of grey shame into a multi-hued collection of fully painted models. Glory, glory Hallelujah!

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Sisters Inbound

Warhammer 40,000 – Sisters of Battle will be here soon and you’ll most likely see a resurgence of this warrior-women. This batch in particular will be rolling with the Ultramarines I showed earlier this week.

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Kill Team – My new favorite way to play 40K

Kill Team – My new favorite way to play 40K

Warhammer 40,000 – Wow ten years ago when i started this site I was pretty done with Games Workshop products. Between edition changes invalidating my army lists and generally just taking up to much time to get through a single game; I was done. I sold off everything but my Space Marines and Slaanesh Daemon models and started looking at the glut of skirmish games that were pouring out of smaller companies looking to fill that void for players that felt the same as I did. I launched this site when Malifaux came out and heavily invested in that game as well as Helldorado, MERCs, Relic Knights and a ton of mini-based board games. And then much like the real estate market things peaked and started to crash. Edition changes and updates to those skirmish based systems fundamentally changed how the games played, rather than just cleaning up the rules the upstart companies completely changed everything every time they brought in a new designer or did a mass beta test. Around this time 40k launched some new editions and revitalized interest in the game locally and even though the cash grab and rules glut that was six/seventh edition frustrated EVERYONE the game was fun and established enough that you could always get a game. (Unlike investing in the new hotness only to have the company fold due to mismanagement or never be able to play because there’s zero interest in your area). With the success of Eight Edition and the relaunch of numerous older games it seems like Games Workshop can do now wrong, the perfect time to launch a new way to play … Kill Team.

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Alaitoc Aeldari - Craftworld Mono Faction?

Alaitoc Aeldari - Craftworld Mono Faction?

Warhammer 40,000 – I haven’t painted Eldar very often, in fact I can’t remember the last time I put paint to a pointy eared space elf. My most recent project is a fairly large Alaitoc force, you know the -1 to hit flavor of Eldar. Oddly enough this for contains zero rangers. I don’t understand how it is the sneaky faction wears bright yellow helmets but whatever I’ll chalk it up to alien shenanigans.

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Sneaky Dark Angels and Imperial Assassins

Sneaky Dark Angels and Imperial Assassins

Warhammer 40,000 – Death Watch don’t get access to any of the Phobos Pattern Space Marines from the latest boxset. Which of course bummed my Death Watch client out, luckily he also collects Dark Angels so rather than black this set of models is going to be green.

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Painted 3D Terrain - Post Apocalyptic Style

Terrain – 3D printing continues to move forward leaps and bounds which means getting access to cool terrain and custom parts is easier than ever. Back in January Jose at funboardgames.etsy.com sent me a bunch of terrain to review. Sadly I’m just now finishing it up, my year has been pretty swamped and I’ve almost surpassed my total painted model count from last year (822) at the halfway point of this year (617).

Anyway this terrain is great and with minimal effort your can get you board populated with some cool stuff that fits multiple systems. The Gaslands and Star Wars themed crates fit in with most other systems to give a variety in shipping crate options. I used the same rust technique I’ve done with my other Necromunda themed pieces.



Genestealer Cult - Leviathan's Beacon

Warhammer 40,000 – This should be the last of the Hivefleet Levithan Genestealer Cult. (Well that is until my client here’s some other crazy list idea and decides to add to this one). These guys will be filling in the missing pieces from what I’ve already painted.

It of course includes the obligatory nine mortar teams that fills up the heavy support slot in a brigade, camps on objects and locks down your backfield. Besides the three guard infantry squads this is probably one of the most common units you see on 40k tables.

Also in this batch is a Patriarch (which is painted in the opposite colors as the Broodlord he runs in his Leviathan force), the Biophagist, Kellermorph and Sanctus.

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Navigating Genestealer Cult - Battle Honors Season Two

Navigating Genestealer Cult - Battle Honors Season Two

Warhammer 40,000 – Since the release of the 8th Edition Genestealer Cult Codex I’m been trying to figure out a list that works for me. Initially I looked at doing the Tyranid, Guard and Cult force … but that’s not really where I wanted to go with my force. To me GSC is about hidden mutants and dissidents rising up to overthrow the Fascist Imperial Oppressors. The dark Cthulu-esque nature of a cult from beyond the stars is really where the GSC thrives narratively. For me unless it’s part of a campaign or the later part of an uprising allying with Tyranids doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. I’m sure there’s probably a good way to justify it as you can usually rationalize any story hook.

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Tau Commanders

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Warhammer 40,000 - I’ve run out of Tau puns it seems, sometimes I have projects that are complete forces that are provided all at once and it takes a little longer to complete them but when I turn the models back over to my clients they have a complete force. Other times I get things piece meal as my clients ad new parts or are acquiring the force in small chunks. With these I can typically turn the models around fairly quickly based on my work load.

As with the other models for this client I start with a white primer and work my way up from Ulthuan Grey to White Scar with Agrax Earthshade applied to the lines.

Ascension Day has come - Genestealer Cult

Ascension Day has come - Genestealer Cult

Warhammer 40,000 – I’ve painted Hivefleet Leviathan and Black Legion for one of my clients who was clever enough to plan ahead and have me paint his “guardsmen” to work with both forces as cultists. Now that the Genestealer Cult book has dropped his forward thinking has a good portion of his force done.

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This Land is My Land - Black Legion Raptor Lord.

This Land is My Land - Black Legion Raptor Lord.

Warhammer 40,000 - The story in Vigilus Defiant is quite good, the idea of Raptors infesting the spires as a precursor to the Black Legion invasion is great. Haarkon Worldclaimer is an amazing model with pretty “MEH” rules, which were intially “FAQed” to make him significantly worse. A tragic tale that seems to repeat itself over and over with the Chaos factions in 8th Edition. That said the model is pretty amazing and was quite fun to paint.

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Hating Xenos since M32 - More Deathwatch

Hating Xenos since M32 - More Deathwatch

Warhammer 40,000 – I’m really happy to see Deathwatch lists popping up as part of the competitive scene, its one of those forces that has so much flavor but tends to get over-costed to make up for all the “extras” they get. With bolters now being more effective I feel you’ll see more of these Men in Black popping up in Imperial Soup armies if not as a stand alone force.

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