Friday, August 24, 2012

Brazen Claws Razorback

I'm slowly making my way towards one of my big goals--painting all of my Brazen Claws Space Marines.  Today I got a big step closer by painting up my one Razorback.

It's magnetized for both the heavy bolters and the lascannon, so I can switch them out depending on the opponent.

Technically, this is ten more points towards my painting goal, but today I was painting with a friend who wondered by a large, someone plainly painted vehicle was worth the same as ten highly-detailed infantry figures.  It's a good question, but I think that maybe next year I may consider lowering what vehicles are worth.  What do you think?

Reaper Bones Troll

I love the Bones line from Reaper, and if you haven't seen the Kickstarter they are doing (which has done amazingly well) you should definitely take a look.

Anyways, this is their troll from that line, all painted up.

All ready to panic my D&D group with his regenerative abilities...

Friday, August 17, 2012

Quick terrain project

I just made a quick ruined fieldstone terrain piece to get back into the business (or hobby).  I added a couple of quick pieces of dressing, not glued down, from another mold just to spruce it up a bit.  I can remove them if they get in the way of miniatures, or use them as more cover.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Brazen Claws squeak out another loss

So, my Brazen Claws, the ever-suffering Space Marines, opposed another Space Marine army.  Basically he had a tactical squad, a sniper scout squad, a devastator squad, a vindicator, a predator, a stormtalon, and two units of assault marines with a chaplain with a jetpack.  I had my typical army (just see the page for the Brazen Claws to see what I've got).  One note: I went with an epistolary library with terminator armor with a unit of assault terminators to back him up.
Need to get those scouts in the foreground painted
The scenario was "the Relic" which means 3 VP's.  He got First Blood, we both had Linebreaker, and neither had the points for killing our opponent's general.  At the end there was a hardscrabble for the Relic, and my opponent got it.
A loss, but I will say that if we were playing for points for destroyed units, I'd have had this one.  My army actually fared pretty well, but I just didn't have it at the end.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Next Generation in Gamer Blogging

My son (going by the name "Metalstar") has started his own gaming-related blog, where he plans on opining on wargames and regaling you with tales from the D&D campaign I'm running.  He'd love some followers, so if you're interested, you can find the blog at



P.S. Played my Brazen Claws, who did very well but lost in the end.  Details to follow.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Shock Troops 4

More Shock Troops from Wargames Factory.  'Nuff Said.

I am thinking about Freeblades right now.  There's a tournament on the FLGS in the big city nearby coming up at the end of September.  I don't know how many miniatures I would need to play, but I like skirmish games for the most part.  Intro price point isn't too bad: $32 for the main rulebook and $32 for a starter army.

Friday, August 3, 2012

July review

I thought I'd just list the various gaming-related accomplishments, some culled from my other blogs.

  • I painted 12 points worth of minis in July, which is pretty much spot-on for what I want to paint each month.  For those keeping track, that was 5 termies and an ogre chieftan, so lots of big minis.  I'm currently back to painting shock troopers and zombies right now.
  • I played three games of the new Warhammer 40K (against Daemons, Necrons, and IG, respectively).  Two losses, one win.
  • I played an impressive three games of All Things Zombie, two sessions to finish off the "Day One" adventure, and then a second more general "discovery" session.
  • I got one gaming session of Dungeons & Dragons, Fourth Edition.  Theoretically I game every other week but summer vacations amongst players, et al wrecked the schedule this month.  We're doing sort of an early quest from the beginning of when I took over the campaign, although I had to toughen it up to get it up to the levels the PC's are now.  There's an essay in there somewhere.
  • I went to KantCon, but mostly spent the time there playing board games with my daughter.  So not a waste of time, but I didn't get a chance to play some different RPG's or board games like last time.  KantCon is very popular and is well run, which is good, but continues to never have enough people running games (beats me on how to fix that, although I'm thinking offering some kind of discount would be nice)
  • The frugality pledge?  Shot to hell.  Warhammer 40K Sixth Edition, Aether, Kings of War, World Works Games building pdf's, minis for ATZ.  It helps that Mrs. Q basically said she didn't care what happened, but there were also some really good reasons too, like games that you could only get at KantCon.  Or that I needed the new 40K in order to play at the FLGS.  I may try to get back onto the wagon in August, because I can see how slippery a slope this gets.
All told, a solid month, particularly on the wargaming front.  I'm looking forward to getting back into D&D more as school starts and schedules settle down.  I'd still really like to try a different RPG some time soon, but we'll see.


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