Friday, June 29, 2012
Here's a command squad I've been working on for my dark angels. I've tried to do some directional highlighting and given them extra attention than I would normally spend on troop type units. Some of the poses have been inspired heavily from the space marine 3rd person shooter game. I was experimenting with the army painter in the game as the ability to test colors is truly more worthwhile than the game itself. The banner dark angels emblem was first penciled in with a draftsman's mechanical pencil and then painted over. Not truly a freehand as I still lack the confidence. This will be cleaned up later. Anyhow, most of the primary colors have been applied. Details & basing will be followed after. Thanks for viewing!
I ordered this rural church as soon as it was released as I wanted to collect all the new terrain pieces from battlefront this year onwards.
When it arrived my heart broke as I saw that the packaging was destroyed. But upon opening up the miniature I'm glad to say that the styrofoam packaging inside the actual product protected it thoroughly. Unlike the previous rural farm houses, which came in a million pieces.
As you can see in the pics this is a huge building. Complete with space for an observer team and many units to hide within the confines of the walls.
Another great terrain lot from the makers of flames of war. Definitely worth the £19. Preprinted terrain at its best Value : quality ratio hands down.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
There's a certain complexity of painting tactical marines which I dread. Not that its hard but just very very repetitive and all of them need the same treatment to look uniformed. I finally finished basing the models and painting the gold emblems on the bolters. The larger stones on the base are actually foam board bits. I ran out of stones and realized foam boards broken down make pretty believable concrete bits... Below are a few of my favorite ones. I've tried to make them life-like by tilting the head angles to create a stronger dynamic sense in their poses. Thanks for viewing!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I've been focusing heavily on my Dark Angels for 6th edition and the upcoming codex. These marines are over 11 years old and some of the first minis I've painted seriously. Since then they've been repainted 4 times as I improve my technique.
Dust Night at PI Midpoint and this time I played with Fauzi. Fauzi took 200AP worth of Allies comprising mainly jump troops with TWO heroes. I think they were Rhino and Ozz 117.
Objectives: Eliminate the Enemy
Deployment: Close engagement
Abdullah setup the terrain and we rolled off to take table sides.
|Placed my sniper in the gothic building on the left, Laser Grenadiers and Command behind the massive container.|
|Deployed my Heavy Infantry further up. Those counted as Hard Cover so even while they were close to my lines, I could depend on them holding the line.|
|Fauzi deployed both Ozz and Rhino with his squad of Grim Reapers in the middle. His support were the Tank Busters and Blackhawk|
|Since Fauzi placed his walker alone, I was too tempted. I deployed my Battle Grenadiers in the far flank to try to cap it|
|And then he just swiveled the canon to take out 2 guys.|
|On the far right flank I opened up with my sniper taking one of the Tank Busters out|
|As the Laser Grenadiers moved up to support my Heavies|
|Using another Blizkrieg order, they move closer for the kill|
|Fauzi advances up the middle of the field. He redeploys Rhino into his unit of Tank Busters to soak up some damage|
|And starts laying down suppression on my Laser Grenadiers. In my turn my manage to take out one of his Grim Reapers|
|I poured as much fire as possible into his lines but this turn proved to be quite uneventful|
|Meanwhile these three took a shot at the walker but no luck there...|
|Fauzi lost his Grim Reapers but he managed to send in his Tank Busters and took out 4 of my Laser Grenadiers.|
|And on the left field, the duel continues. I was using Blizkrieg order every turn to move my men further behind his tank and force him to keep his tank out of the game|
|Used the Burst mode on the Heavy Flak Grenadiers and managed to take do one wound on his Tank Busters. His Blackhawk managed to take out my sniper too|
|Opened up on the Light Walker who technically should be dead by now!|
|Only one last Tank Buster left and he was causing a lot of chaos.|
|Poured all my attacks into his Tank Buster and managed to remove it. Finally managed to kill off his Blackhawk too.|
So the game ended at Turn 5. Fauzi managed to kill off my sniper and my Battle Grenadier and Laser Grenadiers. I managed to kill off his Blackhawk, Grim Reapers and Tank Busters. 3 KP each so it was a draw!
|Took a picture of my 200AP list at where it stands. 3 more units to paint. Battle Grenadiers, Sniper and Heinrich|
|Close up of the units|
|The Heavy units|
Friday, June 22, 2012
I also went ahead to make full use of my airbrush to try and paint as much highlights as I possibly could with my limited experience.
The monsters had a large area of skin therefore it was easier to try airbrushing them first.
I also sprayed the highlights for the spawning points with dark grey and light grey. All paints used were Vallejo Air Model series.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Had our regular Monday Dust night over at PI Midpoint. Since only Abdullah turned up early, I ended up playing our grudge match!
This time we increased the pointage to 200AP and I used the same army I used with Melvin last week. Kept it simple.
Objective: Key Position
Deployment: Force Collision
|Pressed the full 24" radius with my sniper taking the high point. Selected objectives were the sniper roost and the crumbled out building on the left of the picture|
|Abdullah took the other corner and instead of deploying his sniper on top of the tank out them on the ground in front of the container|
|Took the first Command Phase and pushed my units forward to secure the objective. I planned to flank with my light walker.|
|Abdullah moves up his army during his Command Phase. He had rolled really high for Command too.|
|I took some shots from Abdullah but managed to roll my armour saves.|
|Abdullah moves up his entire army. Of particular note was this flank as it had his BBQ squad and Grim Reapers.|
|I held the middle ground and started pushing my Infantry 3 units up.|
|They stepped out to snipe at the Gunners|
|While the rest advance under the cover of trees|
|I kept pushing up my army while Command tries to heal my missing Spotter from my Sniper unit|
|I kept my Laser Grenadiers back as a defensive force.|
|BBQ squad took the bold move up and opened up on my Battle Grenadiers. Surprisingly enough, my men survived! It was payback time.|
|And in return I poured every gun I had into this unit. He hit the ground and managed to survive.|
|Meanwhile the other parts of his army moved up to support his left flank. I was guessing at this point that his objective was the hill on the top of the picture.|
|Abdullah managed to take out one of my Flak Grenadiers and pulled back his BBQ squad. I kept the pressure on by pushing forward - guessing that the forest was his other Objective.|
|I moved my Flak Grenadier behind the tank while the other bits of my army advance. Kept my Command at the back to hold my objective|
|By now the Allies were in full retreat and I pushed in full force|
|The game was won. I pushed 3 units in to capture the forest.|
Time to look at 300AP very soon!