Friday, 28 September 2012

Well I messed that up...


Apparently my grasp of the 40k Flyer rules was less firm than I thought, basically I had my arse handed to me by Lee as I realised I could do naff all against his Stormraven and had to improvise.

Apparently Flyers cannot be hit by template or blast weapons whilst they are zooming and vector strike only hits at basic strength so against armour 12 my Daemon Prince couldn't do anything, so I'm reluctantly going to have to make some changes and add in some Bolts of Tzeentch:

Revised list:

1000 Pts - Chaos Daemons Roster - [b]Tzeentch[/b]

HQ: Herald of Tzeentch (1#, 120 pts)
. . [b]1 Herald of Tzeentch[/b], 120 pts (Master of Sorcery; Soul Devourer; Breath of Chaos; Chariot of Tzeentch;  Warlord)

Troops: Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (6#, 117 pts)
. . [b]5 Pink Horrors of Tzeentch[/b], 117 pts (Bolt of Tzeentch x1)
. . . . [b]1 The Changeling[/b]

Troops: Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (5#, 95 pts)
. . [b]5 Pink Horrors of Tzeentch[/b], 95 pts (Bolt of Tzeentch x1)

Elite: Flamers of Tzeentch (4#, 97 pts)
. . [b]3 Flamers of Tzeentch[/b], 97 pts
. . . . [b]1 Pyrocaster[/b]

Elite: Flamers of Tzeentch (4#, 97 pts)
. . [b]3 Flamers of Tzeentch[/b], 97 pts
. . . . [b]1 Pyrocaster[/b]

Elite: Flamers of Tzeentch (4#, 97 pts)
. . [b]3 Flamers of Tzeentch[/b], 97 pts
. . . . [b]1 Pyrocaster[/b]

Heavy Support: Soul Grinder of Chaos (1#, 160 pts)
. . [b]1 Soul Grinder of Chaos[/b], 160 pts (Mawcannon - Phlegm)

Heavy Support: Daemon Prince of Chaos (1#, 215 pts)
. . [b]1 Daemon Prince of Chaos[/b], 215 pts (Daemonic Flight; Unholy Might; Mark of Tzeentch; Breath of Chaos)

Validation Report:
d-1. Formatting: Competition Output; c-1. File Version: 1.07 For Bug Reports/www.ab40k.org; b-1. Roster Options: Named or Special Characters; a-1. Scenario: Normal Mission; b-2. Levels of Alliance: Battle Brothers
Roster satisfies all enforced validation rules

Composition Report:
HQ: 1 (1 - 2)
Elite: 3 (0 - 3)
Troops: 2 (2 - 6)
Fast: 0 (0 - 3)
Heavy: 2 (0 - 3)
Fort: 0 (0 - 1)

Total Roster Cost: 998

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On a lighter note the game had some lovely moments but most were contained in turns 2 and 3. The Herald took a shed-load of hits from the Stormraven and looked like dying on Lee's turn 2 but managed to save his last wound.  My turn 2 he jumped up onto the battlements and hit the Vindicare Assassin with Daemonic Gaze and Breath of Chaos managing 2 wounds that Lee promptly invulnerable saves.  Grr.  The Soul Grinder did better by hitting Corteaz with a direct hit with Phlegm at strength 8 AP3, Lee decided to take both hits on Corteaz with his 2+ Armour Save passing one then failing the second.  Instant death and 2 VP to me!  The Herald then charged the Vindicare and died.  Both Warlords dead in the same turn is pretty good going.

At the beginning of turn 3 Lee ambled the Vindicare over to the other side of the battlements and popped a Turbo penetrator shot off at the Soul Grinder rolling 6, 6, 5, 4 and following it with a 6 for the Penetrating hit.    After that it got pretty stale, nothing amazing happened as the Daemon Prince failed in his reallocated role, the death cult assassins predictably cut the horrors up and the Stormraven blew apart the other unit with impunity.

Next time Ashford, next time...  duh-de-duh-de-duh it's Mr Ashford, duh-de-duh-de-duh do do...

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Come ere...

And there's more...


Mesdames et Messieurs, pour votre plus grand plaisir ... Les modèles Reliques IndieGoGo.

Peinture procédera anon.



Monday, 24 September 2012

Mantic - Games - Workshop

Here's a question for you:  Are we becoming less discerning of our miniatures and will multi-part kits become a thing of the past?

After a steady start Mantic Games are now leaping and bounding, due in the main to their Kickstarter drives and some damn fine business sense, but and its a big BUT, there's not a great deal of variety in their sculpts nor is there a fantastic amount of detail. The armies are designed to be cheap(ish), put together quickly, sprayed with a coloured undercoat, base coloured and dipped.  Minimum fuss to get the models from the sprue and onto the table.

In contrast, GW miniatures are becoming more and more ornate and expensive, its actually bordering on criminal to give these models the same paint treatment we'd inflict on the Mantic stuff.  Where has that mentality come from?

Personally, I'm wondering if its because I'm getting older, but then again I'd do the same as the Mantic to the Warlord Vikings and Saxons or even my beloved Lizardmen and Ork armies.  A quick paint job (nothing nasty though), based and jobs done.

The GW models are begging me to be creative, to indulge a whim and go to town on every single one of them.  The new Dark Vengeance box-set proves there they can mass produce high quality and dynamic snap fit models, so if this is possible on in a starter box-set do we still need the infinitely customisable miniatures?

A final case in point... how many of us convert minis and, with the tools now available to us and the increase of easily sculpted materials, would complete torso/legs (even full models) actually be that much of an issue to us?  Swap an arm here, a head there and the unit quickly comprises unique individuals. Add something slightly different in the paint job and two identical units suddenly gain their own personality.

So does this mean we can expect a return to the good old days of quick to paint minis, the sad lament of the lazy converter or a happy medium?

Suppose I ought to do something gaming related...

Chaos Daemons:

Everyone loves the total randomness of this army, especially how it arrives and gets shot to pieces before it does anything... or does it?

Under 6th Ed the Daemons are viable again, even my completely fluffy Tzeentch Army is a serious threat.  This is due, of course, to that glorius little handout in White Dwarf.

Flamers of Tzeentch in units of 4 including a character are the backbone of the army, at under 100pts they are now cheap enough to take that risk and drop them into the middle of your opponents army. They've dropped to a 5+ Inv save but gained a wound so it more than balances out.

The Herald of Tzeentch on Chariot, for years I thought he lost the Independent Character rule and gained Furious Charge and a Jet pack (plus the stat increases).  Big whoops here, its actually a Jet Bike, so under 6th he can now Deep Strike then make a 24" movement in the shooting phase. On top of that he's a Fear causing character so can issue challenges!  (Yes he's still a character even though he loses the IC rule)

Flying Monstrous Creatures - i.e. Winged Daemon Prince:  What can you say about the harbinger of doom?  It can class as Swooping from the moment it Deep Strikes which means its 6's to hit unless the weapon has Skyfire, with the Mark of Tzeentch he gets access to Master of Sorcery so that's 3 ranged attacks basic but we'll save points and only equip him with Breath of Chaos and Daemonic Gaze because he gets Vector Strike as the third for free!

Uber-mental. Hehehe.  Here's my list for the second round of the Sheffield and Rotherham Wargamers Club 40k Escalation campaign, I don't mind everyone seeing it because even I don't know where things are going to turn up or how the game will play.


1000 Pts - Chaos Daemons Roster - Tzeentch

HQ: Herald of Tzeentch (1#, 120 pts)
. . 1 Herald of Tzeentch, 120 pts (Master of Sorcery; Soul Devourer; Breath of Chaos; Chariot of Tzeentch;  Warlord)

Troops: Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (6#, 102 pts)
. . 6 Pink Horrors of Tzeentch, 102 pts

Troops: Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (6#, 102 pts)
. . 6 Pink Horrors of Tzeentch, 102 pts

Elite: Flamers of Tzeentch (4#, 97 pts)
. . 3 Flamers of Tzeentch, 97 pts
. . . . 1 Pyrocaster

Elite: Flamers of Tzeentch (4#, 97 pts)
. . 3 Flamers of Tzeentch, 97 pts
. . . . 1 Pyrocaster

Elite: Flamers of Tzeentch (4#, 97 pts)
. . 3 Flamers of Tzeentch, 97 pts
. . . . 1 Pyrocaster

Heavy Support: Soul Grinder of Chaos (1#, 160 pts)
. . 1 Soul Grinder of Chaos, 160 pts (Mawcannon - Phlegm)

Heavy Support: Daemon Prince of Chaos (1#, 225 pts)
. . 1 Daemon Prince of Chaos, 225 pts (Daemonic Flight; Mark of Tzeentch; Master of Sorcery; Breath of Chaos; Daemonic Gaze)

Validation Report:
d-1. Formatting: Competition Output; c-1. File Version: 1.06 For Bug Reports/www.ab40k.org; b-1. Roster Options: Named or Special Characters; a-1. Scenario: Normal Mission; b-2. Levels of Alliance: Battle Brothers
Roster satisfies all enforced validation rules

Composition Report:
HQ: 1 (1 - 2)
Elite: 3 (0 - 3)
Troops: 2 (2 - 6)
Fast: 0 (0 - 3)
Heavy: 2 (0 - 3)
Fort: 0 (0 - 1)

Total Roster Cost: 1000

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Grrr - Me do man things

Well yet another day of not painting, but hey ho.  Instead I've been manly-man-man and repaired the exhaust  on the car and tightened the handbrake cable. Wish I'd taken photos as it turned out to be quite a DIY project.

For starters, the exhaust has been blowing for a while and last week I bought everything I thought I'd need i.e. Exhaust Repair Bandage from Motor World and Chemical Metal. Then I got the car on the ramps to find that the back box had actually separated and the pipe was broken.  Time for some DIY, Remove the offending back box and clean up the pipe, take one can of Carling and empty the contents down the drain (Well, I'm not drinking that crap!) then use the Dremel to slice off either end and run a cut up the middle.  Roll the can tight enough to slip it into the pipe and mix up some Chemical metal to seal it in place and fill any remaining holes. Apply a thick layer of Chemical metal to the protruding Carling can and replace the back box, taking care to slip the protruding end into the other half of the pipe.

Whilst that is setting, use the dremel on a soup tin and then wrap the split tin around the break.  Apply more chemical metal to seal it shut and hold in place with tie-wraps (Jubilee clips would have been better but didn't have any).  More chemical metal onto the edges of the foil wrap then hold the whole job in place with wire (the instructions say to put the wire on last but bollocks to that)

Finally, wrap the entire assembly with the supplied resin strip.

One repaired exhaust for the princely sum of under £10, plus a Carling can and a soup tin.

Handbrake cable was easy after that as it only needed adjusting, but it looks like one of the callipers has died a death and I'm buggered it I'm going to arse around  replacing that bugger.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

What happens if...

... you spend most of your free-time working on things you can't tell anyone about?

You end up with bugger all to post.  That said, as way of explanation I'd like you to watch a little video, I apologise in advance for any distress caused by the fat bastard but he's more than balanced out by the lovely JoeyBerry:


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Where'd he go?

Apparently changing your Domain means losing readers, oh well. LOL

Only joking, but in case the links don't automatically update I've made a new blog using the old address to with details of the new address.  This is actually as bad as moving house!


Anyway, you may be asking why the change?  The answer is personal and has bugger all to do with wargaming so if that's not your cup of tea, feel free to stop reading now.

For those who remain;

Long term readers will know I set up the blog as a way of regaining some mental stability by having a focus to concentrate on hobbies and have some relaxation time, hence the title Crumbling Foundations. In the short term it worked, in the long term not so much as it became yet another burden and I ended up back on anti-depressants.

Well I'm off the damn medication now and I've come to realise there was nothing ever wrong with the foundations of my character, I am and always will be who I am.  No-one's perfect and so I'm developing strategies to weed that perfectionism out of my system, good enough will do as its still well above average. ;-)

So Crumbling Foundations is gone, in its place is a much loved Biscuit's Box.  It might be getting old and showing signs of wear and tear, but it still bloody well doing its job by keeping the good stuff fresh and occasionally, just occasionally, you'll find something delicious hiding in there.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Between Pillar and...

Post!

Don't be so surprised, it does happen on occasion. ;-)

Right, first things first... I'm off the meds which means I'm having up days and down days but overall I'm balancing more on the positive side. Yippee!

Point the second... I'm regretting blowing my birthday money on the Dark Vengeance boxset.  Well I'm not, but its yet more models that await the tender caress of a paint brush and I didn't get my home brewing project off the ground.

Conclusion?  I'm not buying any more models until I've painted what I have and really should sell some of those I don't use!

Well I doubt the selling bit is going to happen but painting wise, here's the mountain in full:

WFB:
Lizardmen 3K+ repaint/finish for uniform Pink/Yellow colour scheme
Skaven Army from scratch (3 island of Blood sets)
Dwarf - pretty much from scratch (Skull Pass plus battalion and a few extras)

40K:
Loads of Orks left, but they require conversion work first (so last on list)
Chaos Daemons:  17 Pink Horrors, 15 Flamers, another Lord of Change, the Spawns I made three years ago, Complete the Soul Grinder and Daemon Princes.
IG:  2k plus of Infantry (including the gorgeous Kapitan Ivanka Kurganova as the Commissar Lord)
Tau: 1500pts
The Dark Vengeance Boxset

Relics:
SpecialisPueri,  Britanan Company Sergeant Major, Orcnar Niwian,Vaettir Evocatour, Auxilium Concursus, Britanan Marksmen, Orcnar Grymann, Vaettir Elvspon, Britanan Highlanders, Orcnar Angilde, Vaettir Cwalu, Nuem Auxilium Sagittarius, Nuem Tormenta, Britanan Company Colour Party, Orcnar Spatga, Vaettir Cylod,6 Paenitent, 2 Dedicatus.


Then there's a bunch of Saga modeld