Thursday, December 6, 2007

Baltimore GT

This post is a month past due but here it goes. I took a Sacred Host of Quetzl to the Baltimore GT this year. I took a ballanced list with 25% characters, 50% core, and 25% special. I took no large monster. I was rather shocked that some of the list i faced were so over powered.
Game 1: I faced a Tzeench demon list with a greater demon. Narrow lost.
Game 2: I faced a balanced lizardmen list. Marginal win.
Game 3: I faced a lizardmen list with a carnosaur (and a stegadon?). A tie.
Game 4: I faced a Nurgle list with a dragon. Wiped out (some very poor gaming decision on my part)
Game 5: A Knight's errant list. very balanced and characterful. A tie. My most enjoyable game.

Next time I think I will take some thing more powerful. Or at least gear the army to large (flying) creatures.

On a side note, I was also surprised that the 2 lizardmen opponent had not heard of the sacred host list.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Finish Line

Unbelievable, but i have finished painting 3 battalions of Lizardmen!
Next step is to flock them, build moving trays, and write fluff for them.
In addition, i want to build and paint Kroq Gar now.

Friday, September 7, 2007

The last kits

I know it has been a while since I have last posted, but that is because i have been surprisingly active painting my lizzies.
now all the skinks are painted. all the saurus warriors are painted. all the character models are painting. I am currently on the cold one riders and then 3000 pts of lizzies in 9 months are done. I still need to base them and generate fluff for them for the Baltimore GT.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Saurus Warriors 2

Just finished my first batch of saurus warriors. Over all, the models are better than i expected but my painting algorithm and color scheme did not turn out as i expected. It is too late really to change my color scheme but the painting algorithm will be changed.

For my next batch, I will start as below:
1. Eyes = bad moon yellow
2. Skin = bronzed flesh
3. Scales & teeth= bone
4. Wash: a mix of 9 part water, 1 part blue, 0.5 part yellow
5. Mouth & feathers: magenta
6. Leather: snake bite
7. Wood: scorched brown
8. Weapon: brass
9. Jewelry: bronze
10: standard: burnish gold

there is something wrong with the washing step. maybe it is too dilute. i do not know.

yes, i really need to take some photos.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Golden Compass

Daemon type: Ocelot
Daemon trait: modest, inquisitive, a leader, assertive and relaxed

Monday, July 2, 2007


Finally finished all my skinks, all 71 of them. Over all it took more time priming and assembling them than actual painting them. At least it seems that way. Not perfect, but i think they turned out alright. Now on to the Saurus. I will have to modify my inking of them i think.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Skinks Blows

This weekend I finished painting 20 skinks with blow pipes. I tried inking them and it did not work out as i expected, not bab, just not expected. I will take a picture and post it as soon as i can. Overall, it went faster than expected. Now onto skinks with javelins.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Baltimore GT

Got my ticket last week. Now I have a deadline for finishing my Lizardmen!

Saurus Warriors

I didn't realize that it has taken me so long to assemble the saurus warriors!
Over all i came to like the models more than i thought i would. I had problem with the fit of the leg to the body, leaving wide gaps. I tried to trim back the peg in the leg but this still didn't fit it. Otherwise, the arms fitted well, and there were plenty of options for the arms and head. Now i needd to prime them.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Saurus Riders

I've finished priming and 90% assemblage of the saurus cold ones riders.

Overall I think the model kit was pretty good with sufficient variation and details. While the ball-in-socket torso-pelvis joint was interesting, I am not sure this really added much to the variety of poses. But it was a secure joint and again I think the arms-shoulder joint should have been of similar design as well. I am also perplexed as to why the shield arm was integrated with the shield itself. As such, I have not glued them to the body and this will likely leave a painting seam at the left shoulder attachment. I guess I can paint the shield-arm first, then glue them to the torso and then paint the torso. Weird.

Next are the saurus warriors themselves.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

the Primarche

I still maintain one of the missing primarch was female, and likely the invisible Primarche.

Because her geneseed was different from the other primarch, it was much more troublesome to implant. Her legion was thus much smaller than the other, and was primarily made up of women. After the heresy, the decision was made not to pursue this geneseed line further. After all, nearly half of the good and stable geneseed rebelled for chaos. It was decided what was left of her legion after the heresy was allowed to die out. The Primarche assented to this with a proviso, that should a way be found to stabilize the geneseed, and then her legion would be resurrected. Until then, all records of their existence would be expunged and the agreement was lost in the depths of the hall of records. Or perhaps there was never any intent to resurrect this legion and their record was expunged forever.

With her remaining legionnaires, she settled on the world of San Leon and started the martial training of women, waiting for the day the recruits could be implanted with their Primarche's geneseed. However, as the decades passed the Primarche soon became impatient and left San Leon to search for means to resurrect her legion. Being invisible, she was thus able to travel and work unseen. On San Leon, the years, decades and centuries passed until all that outward remain of those she left behind and their link to the Emperor was their name, the Daughters of the Emperor.

In the Age of Apostasy, the Daughters of the Emperor superiority was recognized and were recruited by Gore Vandire as Brides of the Emperor.

"Once more the Imperial Palace came under attack, though this time from forces loyal to the Emperor. For months, the walls of the palace withstood every assault until at last the Adeptus Custodes, the praetorian guard of the Emperor himself, sought out Alicia Dominca, the leader of the Brides of the Emperor and her most trusted companions. The Custodes took them before the Emperor, though what occurred there remains unknown. When they emerged from the bowels of the palace they renounced the name of Brides in favour of their original title of Daughters of the Emperor, and marched with barely-controlled fury to Vandire's audience chamber.
Codex: Witch Hunters

The Emperor remained in stasis, but at the foot of the Golden Throne the missing primarche revealed herself as both a Primarch and the primogenitor of the Daughters of the Emperor legion. During her travels and search, she came to understand the futility of trying to resurrect her legion using geneseed implant, for both political and scientific reasons. But she also understood that the power of the emperor lies not only in his physical prowess, manifested in his genes passed onto his primarchs. His powers also manifested themselves through faith, and this would be how she would resurrect her legion. This too was revealed to Alicia; she found this truth was undeniable both from ancient lore of the Daughters of the Emperor and from the power wielded by the Primarche.

It is believed that she has manifested herself both before and after the Age of Apostasy in the form of living saints. Though not all such manifestations are of the Primarche herself.

Also read: the Lost Legions

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Cold Ones

There are two things i want to comment on regarding the lizardmen cold ones. Firstly, the sculp and posing is only acceptable and far from inspiring. I think it would have looked better if the cold ones were more vertical and less horizontal. Secondly i think the modelling assembly was easy and this was a nice change from the skinks. I've finished assembling and priming them. Now onto their riders.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Skinks and tournaments

I finished assembling my skinks tonight, all 72 of them. But they will remain in the primed state until i can get around to painting them.

Spoke to my co-lizardmen friend tonight. Originally we were aiming for tournament play in Chicago at the end of March but with the slow pace i am going building my army, i just don't think i will make it. If not Chicago the next one on the calendar is Atlanta at the end of April. Kinda skeptical about that one as well.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Skinks arms and torsos

Spent the night assembling skinks. I hate assembling these models because the arm interface with the torso is flat. In order to stick them together it only take a few seconds but inevitably glue gets on your finger at minimum, it not glue and the arm itself. It would have been better to use some sort of ball and socket.

Monday, February 12, 2007

New Army

One of my best friend got me into miniature wargaming almost a decade ago. I already had a history of wargaming long before that dating back a quarter of a century or so. It was the three dimensional aspect of the game that made it better than cardboard chits pieces. It was both the appearance of models on that table top as well as how the pieces feel in your hand. Chess players would certainly understands this when comparing computer chess to actual chess board games. The games we settled on were from Games Workshop, primarily Warhammer but also 40k and Battle Fleet Gothic. I have also delved into Warmaster and am very much interested in Epic as well.

About a year ago this same friend and i, now separated by a thousand miles, started talking about building the same identical army. The reasons were many. One was so we can directly compare our ability beyond army composition. Second was to share a common platform when talking about tactics. Thirdly so that when we visit each other we can play with an army that was already familiar. We decided upon a GW Warhammer Fantasy Battle army that would meet the requirement of GW Grant Tournaments, as these were the most likely events we could attend together. We scoured the army books for an army that would fit both our expectations and gaming needs. Firstly the army had to be affordable in terms of both time (hordes army like Skaven were thus promptly ruled out) and money (Demon and Beastmen armies were then eliminated). Secondly the army had to be tactically flexible and most of the Chaos armies as well as Dwarves were out. We considered briefly Undead (Vampire Counts and Tomb Kings) but saw them a too favored in tournament settings. We also considered Wood Elves but after several rounds of list buildings we just could not get something that felt right. We nearly settled on a Bretonnian army but were concerned they did not have sufficient resilience against armies such as undead. Finally we settled on Lizard men and after several months of tweaking the list, we agreed.

For Christmas we each bought the battalion boxes for our new army. Last night I assembled my first models.

Sunday, January 7, 2007