Category Archives: Chris’ Blog

Chris wants to blog, probably irregularly, so here it is. It will probably contain a lot of painting and hobby updates, but there will also likely be other random thoughts as it goes. Chris also forgets to login as himself a lot, so most of his posts will probably be posted by the admin account!

Boxes Part 2: Revenge of the Sandpaper

I’ve been working on a new batch of boxes for the LVO this year. I got a dozen of these boxes from Micheal’s. They’re about the same price as the little jewelry boxes I used last year and they are far larger. They are also significantly less expensive than the initial ones I did for the Hobbytown Smackdown in December (in my last blog post).

I spent most of today sanding the boxes, going from 320 grit through 1200 grit. My arms are quite tired, though I’m very happy with the finish.

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After I finished sanding (and took a shower….I was covered in sawdust…), I started taping off part of the boxes for staining. I wanted a 2-tone stain (they are books after all). So the area that would be pages is getting a much lighter stain. I am rather happy with how it came out in the end.

This is the stack mid-taping. Many inches of Blue Tape gave it’s tack to deliver these boxes.
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This is the stack of boxes after round 1 of staining.
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This is a finished one in terms of staining.
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The 2-tone thing is a bit less similar in person, but I’m happy with it. For anyone interested, the stains I’m using are Varathane’s indoor wood stain. Antique Walnut and Golden Oak are the colors.

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I also started casting up more of the symbols that go on the front of the boxes. I had to wait until today because I was out of resin and my Smooth-On Smooth Cast 300 arrived today. It’s just 2 of their pint kits, because that’s about all I will need. I got 6 castings out of the mold with 1 kit and a little bit of leftover from a previous batch. I should be able to get another 5 out of the 2nd kit and that leaves me with an extra (just in case something goes awry!). Not terribly interesting, but here’s a pic!

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And the resin:
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And here’s a pic of everything I’ve got done. I would really like to get these all done this next week. I have a couple of bits to finish painting on my actual army. It’s just a couple of guns, but it needs to get done nonetheless. I have about 2 weeks to finish, which should be plenty of time. So long as the siren call that is Fallout 4 doesn’t grab a hold of me, I should be okay!

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Making the Boxen* and the Hobbytown Smackdown

Our local GT (the Brawl in the Fall) isn’t happening this year.  The organizers felt that it had become too large of a draw for people outside the local community (the people they started it to cater to).  There were several locals last year that couldn’t go due to the tickets selling out so quickly and not to locals.  So instead, our local Hobbytown USA decided to have their own GT catering to locals.  I always appreciated when people spent some time and gave me a nice army list instead of an Army Builder printout at the big events.  For a few tournaments, I made purity seals, but I didn’t know much about wax, so they only looked so-so.   Starting with last year’s LVO, I decided that I needed to be slightly more extravagant with my army lists, so I made a box for each list with a cool wax seal and a fancy boss on top.  They were a huge hit, so this year, I decided to upgrade.

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The first test box for sizing and the original large mechanicus symbol.
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The original symbol as I got it.

I went ahead and made several molds.  I was going to do something with the aquila (and I may still in the future) but I’ve run out of time for this upcoming weekend, so no dice there. I did get a hold of the very rare small version of the Mechanicus symbol and cast it up as well. For the large mold, I primarily used Alumilite’s Amazing Mold Rubber. I didn’t need much of it, so I went with Amazon. Anything larger than 1-2 of those kits there it becomes worthwhile to buy it direct from them. It’s very high strength and will capture detail beautifully. Most of the mold is that (it’s white in the picture below). The blue is a cheaper 1-1 mix silicone that I can get locally. I use it for smaller molds and any waste molds that I need to make. It’s cheap enough to do block molds (which I do a lot of because I’m lazy). One of these days, I’ll put together a blog series about mold making, but the general advice is lubricate everything and make sure you don’t care about any container you are pouring stuff into. Paper and plastic cups are awesome resources, and you can get cheap paper buckets too if you need to make a mold in something larger (that’s what my large mold was done in). Molds went in, and I immediately made my usual mistake of impatiently demolding pieces…. The completed one in the picture hadn’t fully cured, so it tore and was a mess and a half.

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Don’t be too hasty in taking large pieces out of the molds. You will make a mess.
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Molds in cups!

I eventually ended up with a load of resin symbols to use and a variety of wood boxes.

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This shot was half way through the casting process and includes the mold.
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More large pieces than I actually need!

Once I had all the pieces I needed, I started working on the boxen themselves. They stain relatively well. Last time around, I stained the outsides with an ebony wood stain and the insides with a gray one. I decided to skip the ebony stain in favor of some gloss black spray paint. It worked relatively well, though not perfectly. I may well do the stain again next time. Next time around, I will buy the boxen early enough to do more prepwork on them. I again made velvet cushions for inside each box.

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Finished boxen!
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I even made velvet curtains.

 

 


I also painted all of the resin components, but I did it more or less in one sitting, so there wasn’t much in the way of any WIP shots. I have just printed out my army lists on parchment and have to fold and seal them with wax.

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Seals and chain, all ready for folded lists!

I’ve more or less decided not to do the large boxes, but to instead go with the book-style ones.  I might add some more embellishments next time around, along with a slightly better process (I will likely document that process better as well).  I’ll be giving these away this weekend at the GT.  I’ll make another post about how well I did next week.

*  I am fully aware that the correct plural for box is boxes.  As long as the plural of ox is oxen, I am going to treat it as the regular form for all words ending in ox.

Zappcon Art and Costumes

Zappcon has come and gone. I was working for most of the con, but I did have a bit of time to dress up in the costume I’ve been working on. I’ve been assembling costumes for both my wife and I (avid listeners can hear my lovely wife on our The Dice Decide Your Movie special). I am now at the point where they are basically done. My wife’s New 52 Batgirl costume needs a new cowl (I don’t have the spare cash to get her the nice one out there right now, but we have a dollar store alternative that will work for Halloween). I still have a bit of work to finish off on my swords for Deadpool and some tweaks to how the belt buckle mounts, but they are done enough to wear.

Here’s a shot of me in the costume.
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And a shot of me with another Deadpool at Zappcon! (Unnecessary hint: I’m the fat one)
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I had a great time at the con. As I did last year, I bought a ton of art. I will post up links to the artists where I can, but I didn’t snag a card from everyone.

First off is this an original canvas that I picked up from Art by Joshua. He’s fairly local and painted a ton of stuff coming up to the con.

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He also did the charcoal sketch here that my wife bought.
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The other image is one of the pieces that I don’t know who did. It’s a limited edition lithograph of Chewbacca done to look like the Patterson Footage. I loved it, so I bought number 17 of 100.

The last guy I bought art from is Levi Craig of Watercolor Chaos. His stuff is amazing and I am very glad he came back this year. We bought five prints last year and even more this year!
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Once we get Erin into her costume, I’ll toss up some pics of her on the blog too.

WIP on the Titan and a Preview

I have gotten started on the Toys for Tots titan. He (she?) is primed and I have some basecoats down. I need to go get a couple of colors of paint this week, so I didn’t get as much painted as I wanted on Sunday, but overall, it’s a good bit of progress now that 90% of the model at least has some paint down on it. I only have 1 picture of it at the moment (as it’s mostly just black and silver at this point!).

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You can see the electronics and LEDs covered in tape at the moment. Lots still to do as well, but it’s getting there. I’ll try and sit down and get a bit more painted on Wednesday (hopefully with pictures shortly after the show is posted). In the meantime, I’ve also been collecting the materials for my army list boxes. I did a set of boxes for this last year’s LVO and BAO. Everyone that I played against got one with a copy of my army list in it. Here are a few pictures of last year’s boxes.

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They were nice little jewelry boxes that I was able to get for relatively little. I printed out the lists (and the tabs that went in the top of each box) on some parchment and sealed them with wax. The LVO lists used an Inquisitorial symbol that I was never happy with. Though the gold =][= symbol on the red wax looked cool, it only really came out well on about 1 seal in 6. It was also super labor intensive. For the BAO, I used some jewelry chain and made a wax seal of the same boss I used on the top of the box (the mechanicum symbol from the Manufactorum kit). I made some velvet pillows for the lists to sit on too. All in all, they were generally a hit.

This year, I am using a significantly larger box so I won’t have to fold the lists (this is a lot larger!). I’m going with this size because there wasn’t a whole lot of reason price-wise to go with an intermediate size. The cost just didn’t make much of a difference in between the two. This meant that I needed a much larger boss to go on the front. I distinctly remembered seeing a Forge World made large mechanicum symbol somewhere, but knew it was long out of print. After a bit of digging, I found that it was a special release done as part of a loyalty program with some unreleased mechanicum models. I found a couple on ebay from the UK and France and ordered them. The first (and better condition) of the two arrived last night. Hopefully the other one is at least half this nice. I’ll be making a silicone mold of them and casting them to go on the boxes like I did with the previous one. This is large enough that I don’t know if I am going to paint them like I did before, or go with an aged brass/bronze. I’m just not sure yet. I will also be custom making a clasp as these boxes don’t come with one. I’ll be remaking the Aquila pin, also had from Ebay, into a splitting magnetized clasp that will span where the box opens. Overall, they should be really cool. I’ll probably make an extra one or two to give away (I’ll probably give one to the Frontline Gaming guys and maybe someone else).

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Lastly, ZappCon is coming up! It is the weekend of October 17th and 18th. The entire The Dice Decide cast will be there (including Erin from our The Dice Decide Your Movie special!), so come on out and see us. We’ll be volunteering, and I plan on cosplaying at least one day. The final volunteer schedules haven’t been released yet, but I should be working on running Artemis on Saturday! All the Artemis crew will be wearing special ‘uniforms’ and everything. It should be a fun time, so come on out. The link above is to their website. If you pre-order your two-day badge, you get a good deal off but pre-orders close on October 11th. It’s an awesome convention with lots of vendors, cosplayers, games and more. Last year was great fun! This is the ship’s logo:

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Slumps and Titans

I’ve been in something of a hobby slump as of late.  I’ve gotten a few games of Malifaux and Dropzone Commander in, but I’ve not put brush to model in nearly a month!  That’s quite a bit longer than I usually take off.  I am planning on breaking that here shortly by working on another titan though.  It’s a model for a charity army (Toys for Tots) and I will have progress pics soon.  In the meantime, I’m going to write about the 5 Knight Titan tournament list I’ve been running and why I take what I take.  It isn’t a comprehensive guide to running an all-knight list, but it is a reasonably good introduction to the conceptual underpinnings of my list.  I will also go through and describe the role of each knight in the list in rather more detail than I’ve seen elsewhere.

First off, the list:
Exalted Court
Cerastus Knight Lancer – Warlord with Sanctuary
Knight Warden – Stock
Knight Paladin – Stock
Knight Gallant – Stock
Knight Gallant – Meltagun and Helm of the Nameless Warrior

That’s it.  Only 5 models.  I have been asked why I run the Exalted Court instead of the Baronial Court.  The Baronial Court grants Counter Attack and Overwatch to a wide swathe of the army.  It also confers a significant bonus to front arc shielding.  An entire wall of AV13 with a 3++ invulnerable save is truly intimidating.  There are a number of reasons that I don’t though.  First is that it rewards maintaining a cohesive formation of knights.  That prevents you from being aggressive as you try to maintain the formation bonuses.  It is unlikely that all 5 knights will be able to keep them all for more than a round or two without sacrificing a lot of offensive potential. With the Exhalted Court, each knight is maintained as it’s own self-contained killing unit without sacrificing bonuses. The other major reason I run the Exalted Court is that it confers two different bonuses that complement each other well.

A major army-wide increase in WS and BS is a fairly big deal on an army that can be functionally run on 12 D6 plus a scatter die. Your blasts will hit what is under the center dot a full 2/3 of the time and 2s to hit in shooting is always nice.  Hitting a majority of models in Close Combaat on 3s is also a rather significant deal, as you are getting 3-7 (at the very outside) attacks in close combat.  More hits means more casualties.  But the bigger advantage is that each knight becomes a character capable of issuing a challenge (and taking relics if you are so inclined).  That effectively eliminates many of the biggest threats to your knight in Close Combat, power fists and melta bombs on sergeants.  A single melta bomb hit can seriously ruin your day as a knight player.  The ability to pick those out of combat is significant. Even if there isn’t anything special on the sergeant, it’s often worthwhile to chop him in half.  It isn’t foolproof, but with the proliferation of MSU marine lists, taking out their sergeants makes them fail a lot of leadership saves.  That helps you control the battlefield a bit.

Now onto the individual knights themselves:

Cersastus Knight Lancer (Warlord with Sanctuary): Many people think that this is a substandard version of the Cerastus chassis, especially compared with the Archeron and it’s huge flamestorm template of AP3 doom.  While the Archeron is good, the Lancer performs an important role in the army.  Killing other heavy hitters. Especially other Knights and Gargantuan Creatures. It can even take down a CC equipped Wraithknight with a reasonable chance for survival. Additionally, as the warlord of the army, it gets a few extra benefits. WS 6 is a significant advantage as you are now hitting just about everybody on a 3 and they are probably hitting you on a 4. That helps as mentioned earlier in that you only have so many attacks. You have the same character benefits as before in issuing challenges, and you are able to reroll all misses in those challenges (so always challenge!). Also, nearly all the warlord traits are excellent. Ending up with an extra attack or rerolling 1s on your shield saves is significant, as is the extra inch of range on charges and runs. Speaking of runs, don’t be afraid to forgo shooting for a round to run, as you get 3d6″ of movement. Being able to move that fast is a huge benefit (shared by all the Cerastus chassis). People underestimate just how far a decent roll will get you. Moving an effective average of 22″ can really catch out an opponent who was planning on at least one more round of shooting!
That brings me to his taking Sanctuary. Now, there is some online confusion about how him taking sanctuary works, as it is nominally unclear. There is an interpretation that says that because it doesn’t replace the Ion shield, that it is an additional shield (because the Lancer’s shield is not an Ion Shield) and it would allow him to toss his shield on the rear arc or possibly also have a second arc covered by the shield. That’s kinda douchey and any half-reasonable TO will smack that crap down hard. I simply run it as an upgrade to the shield that he does have.  It does help a great deal, as the +1 to Ion Shield saves that your warlord in this formation gets does apply to the Sanctuary’s 6++ on non-shielded faces.  It’s a good way to help keep him alive while being aggressive with him.  His job in the list is basically to run around as a bully, mugging any and everything he can reach with that big pointy stick.  He should get stuck in early and often.

Warden (No upgrades):  This guy is my Swiss Army Knife.  When I need to have somebody hold a flank for a few turns or clear out a section of the board, he’s usually the one that gets the job.  He puts out a very significant amount of firepower and can even threaten fliers (though as we’ll discuss later, there are serious limitations in this!).  His general utility is really able to get a lot done with a (relative) minimum of investment.  Also, because it is a relatively new variant, people seem to give it a bit more space.  This is already changing (as people are beginning to see it, quite correctly, as just another knight).

Gallant (No upgrades): This guy is there to back up my Swiss Army Warden.  He jumps in when he’s threatening to get overwhelmed or bogged down.  He often leads the way for him.  He plays a very straightforward role leading the way for the Warden to do his job.

Gallant (Helm of the Nameless Warrior and Melta-gun): This guy is there to back up the Lancer.  He is usually coming in later as the Lancer is faster.  Ideally, he will hit a relatively large unit to get a large number of attacks on the charge, but none of that is particularly important.  He’s really a second body to draw some of the heat off of the Warlord.

Paladin (No upgrades):  This guy is my backfield guy.  He’ll often sit back and lob Battle Cannon shells into the opposing army.  He usually runs forward late game to plug any holes.  This is the least important knight, and I’ve considered downgrading him to an Errant (or even a Gallant!) to encourage more aggressive behavior, but the Paladin is just too good in comparison.  If I were to swap it over to anything else, it would certainly be another Warden.  It’s also important not to underestimate the second Heavy Stubber.  It’s been a hero in a couple of my games before.

Tactics and overall game-plan:
I play in primarily ITC events (I am in California), so this advice is centered around that style of event.  I will be brutally honest about it as well.  This list is not designed to win an event.  It lacks a lot of vital “good list” components and has a huge secondary mission gap issue.  When things go well, you will often end up with 9-11 points only giving up 1-2 to your opponent, but if things go badly, you are likely to get nailed losing 11-0 quite a lot.  Losing a knight not only takes down a 20% chunk of your model count, but it gives up 2 secondary mission points (as many as you can earn normally in a round!). That is a huge disadvantage that you’ll often have difficulty overcoming.  Your strengths are that you are super mobile and hit very hard.  Rule 1 for any all-titan list: be aggressive.  You will rarely come off better by sitting back and trading shots with your opponent. They will always have more shots than you will. If you aren’t charging, you aren’t going to do well.

Often, you will want to refuse a flank. If possible, you should be looking to go second. This not only presents you With the only Maelstrom advantage yo u will have all game, but also allow you to refuse a flank in all the missions save mission number three. As that is also the Relic mission, that one is going to Present yo u with some difficulties regardless.

Lastly, be aware of your biggest threats. Units deep striking with multiple meltaguns will wreck your face. Know when to castle up to present the fewest good shots on you knights. Also, if you can manage it, being able to prioritize your opponents’ antitank units effectively will pay off greatly as the game moves though the rounds.

I should have a fair bit of paint on the tots Titan Sunday afternoon!

Gencon Haul, Now with Added Swill! Also, Dancing Girls!

The group Gencon order that we made came in, and I now have many shinies!  I ordered each of the three Gremlin boxes and a lucky effigy for myself.  I also ordered Collette’s box, some Corphee, and some lampposts for my lovely wife. She is very excited for Collette.

So we’ll start with Collette’s box. The models look amazing. Everything seems straightforward. No mystery bits, but there is a pair of finger-claw things that need to be glued onto one of the Mannequins. That will be fiddly.

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And the fiddly fingers. Plastic glue is going to be your friend here!

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There are also little flight stands for the mechanical doves. These should be nice and robust. They aren’t too brittle feeling, so they shouldn’t snap too easily a la GW’s inevitable broken flight stand bit stuck in the model mode. The whole box should be very fun to paint up. Lots of opportunity to play with texture on the clothes. I might even try out some iridescent pigments that I’ve had laying around for ages that I’ve never really had the guts to use. Now might be the time!

Next up was Ulix. His box is very straightforward. Lots of pigs, and they all basically go together exactly the same as all the other pigs.

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I did have a bit that had fallen off the sprue that Wyrd was kind enough to tape back onto the sprue in a baggie.

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Wong’s box was the one I was most impressed by model-wise. Wong is a solid model, Mancha Roja looks amazing, and the firebugs all look absolutely awesome. There will be a great opportunity to try out OSL, which I am not very comfortable with yet. I’ll be pushing my painting comfort zone there, but the models really demand it.

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Mah Tuckett’s box was interesting. It came inside it’s sealed box with a plastic bag around the innards. I don’t know if this is something new, something old, or what, but it was nice. Mah Tuckett is the box I am most looking forward to actually using. There are some seriously fun options with her and her crew that I want to use now.

Random baggie thing:
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I also picked up the plastic lamps. They are very nice. Nothing spectacular to say about them other than that they look really good.

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I went ahead and took some closeups too.

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I am going to endeavor to paint more this weekend, so I should have an actual painting update soon. I’m also going to talk about building army lists as artifacts, which is something that I really want to become the norm in the competitive 40k circuit, but more on that next time!

Gremlins and My Paintin’ Paint

I spent a fairly reasonable portion of my weekend painting Malifaux Gremlins and have a pair of (functionally) finished models.  I will be adding some static grass tufts, but I’m otherwise finished with both Ophelia and Francois Lacroix.  I also made a significant start in on Lenny (as he is amazing).  Enough blabbing with those tickety-typin’ fingers!  On to the pictures!

First up is Ophelia.  I was so impressed with how she and her crew played that she was the first model I reached for.

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The hair was a bit of an experiment.  Green/brown did not turn out exactly as planned.  I will likely go back and give it a wash and some more highlights, but it was interesting as an experiment.  The skin and the leathers were fun and interesting, though I’ll probably go back and brighten up her hat when I go back to work on her hair.  I am particularly happy with her boots (yes, on her feet!  Get your minds out of the gutter!).  I was able to get a very interesting worn texture that made me very happy with the model.  Her blue shirt was an interesting experiment too.

After Ophelia, Francois was on the table; partly for him basically being Clint Eastwood from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and partly because anyone with the ability to give an opposing model “Boot Puddles” is going to see use by me!  I decided on a white poncho, not for any particular reason other than I want some more experience painting whites.  I’m not brilliant at it, but I feel relatively good about this one.  It’s not as smooth as I’d like, but it isn’t chalky and nasty, so I’ll call it a win.  I also played around with the cigar embers, mixing yellows, grays and blacks.  I am very happy with his jeans and the black gloves he has on. It’s another okay paint job.  I’m happy with the mean little guy.

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And on to Lenny.  He is a great model, but not one that I find particularly inspiring.  I’ll be using him a lot though, so he gets paint!  I also have the opportunity to paint a test-pig with him.  I’ll have plenty of piggies to paint soon, so I figured I might as well try out a few recipes.  I really liked the first one, so I’ll be going with that!  Lenny was kind of a different story.  I have a fair bit of work left to do on him, but I’m not entirely happy with him yet.  We shall see if I can salvage the paint job.  I’m having issues getting the contrast and definition that I want on his arms.  I think I just need to go brighter on the highlights.  It looks so bright when the paint is wet and darkens down so much when dry; I just need to go for the high-contrast I know he needs.

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Piggie!

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I still need to paint all of his clothing, but I wanted to finish his skin first, so they didn’t get started.  He also needs teeth, eyes, and a lot more details done too, but it’s a start.

Now, on to the paint that I’ve been using: Scale 75.  Last Christmas, I bought myself their big set and haven’t really gotten too far into it other than playing around with some of their more interesting grays.  I decided to paint at least a few whole models with the stuff.  Overall, I am impressed.  I don’t think I will switch over entirely, but they are very good.  Quite different from my other staples (GW, a smattering of P3, and Reaper Master Series).  First off, they are entirely matte finished.  GW paints are semi-gloss or satin.  The Scale 75 are completely matte.  It’s a very different look when the model is done.  I like it, but I don’t think I’d use them on, for example, a Space Marine.  I don’t think my painting style would reward that very well.   They also have a very good selection of their various colors.  They have a good variety of grays, ranging from warm to cold and they include some very interesting greens and browns in that spectrum as well.  Their browns are solid, with interesting leather colors and some solid wood colors.  The blues similarly run the spectrum.  I’ll be continuing the Kin with the Scale 75, though I may switch back to GW for Somer and most of his crew just for ease of use.  The one real complaint that I have is that the paint separates quite badly.  It takes a lot of shaking to get the pigment back into the medium.  It goes back together, but I’ve found that I need to mix the medium left in the tip back in with a safety pin.  The other thing that should be mentioned is that their large set does not come with any metals.  I purchased their gold set prior to the large set and I use their golds a great deal (they are amazing).  I just found it interesting that the metals were not included, at least in a small way.  Overall, good with a few small niggles.

The Knight of 1000 Paints

I managed to put a bit of paint on some Malifaux Gremlins.  I’m experimenting with leathers and skins.  Nothing special, but I have some pretty pictures.

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I am also quite happy with how the basing is coming out.  They’re not done yet, as they need some grass and other detritus, but they look good so far.

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Still a lot of work to finish up, but it’s a start.

I’ve also had a discussion about Imperial Knights on a Facebook group that I thought would really make for a decent blog post, so here it is!

I am a regular Imperial Knight player when it comes to Warhammer 40k lately.  I regularly run a 5 knight list at tournaments (I ran 5 at the BAO this year and did reasonably well). There are a great many options now for play with the semi-recent codex update.  It comes out to something like 9 basic chassis options.  They are, on the whole, quite different from the two options we started with just a couple years ago. Here’s a breakdown of my opinions on each:

GW Knights: These are the knights in the standard codex.  They all run off of the same basic chassis and provide a rather fair variety of firepower and Close Combat potential.


Warden: The Avenger cannon provides a lot of solid firepower. Its many high strength, low AP shots work very well. It’s a perfectly viable alternative to the Paladin (who is the same points cost). Though I think I would take a Paladin before the Warden. It is certainly a matter of personal preference though. Also don’t forget it’s heavy flamer. There is a way or two of granting overwatch, and that can help keep him from getting chaged.  With 12 shots on the main gun, it can even put some potential hurt on Flying Monstrous Creatures, but don’t rely on that too much.  It

Paladin: Two-shot battle cannon is all you really need to know! It is able to sit back and rain firey death upon your foes. The second heavy stubber is also entirely worth remembering. It seems small, but is very worthwhile.

Crusader: Lots of guns! It is excellent for back-field duty providing supporting fire. The Melta Cannon complements the Avenger well with similar ranges, but I think that the Battle Cannon is still worthwhile for the 5 points. It lacks the D strength in CC, but since it still has smash and is base S10, you’re still capable in combat.

Errant: At a 5 point discount from the Paladin/Warden, he’s an okay option. The S9, 36″ Range, Large Blast, Melta Cannon is solid, especially if you are facing a lot of high armor that you want to kill far away, but you can realistically kill it in CC more effectively. It isn’t a bad option though. It does look cool too!

Gallant: All CC, all the time! He has two CCW, so an effective 4 base attacks. He also comes in at ~50 points less than any other knight. If you are running a multiple Knight list, you’ll probably have one of these. Upgrading the stubber to the Melta Gun is worthwhile to open up the occasional transport and assault the chewy innards! Also, throwing around dead vehicles is amazingly fun. I wouldn’t bother with it against Monstrous Creatures, but it’s worth remembering when assaulting vehicles.

Forge World: There are currently two knight chasses from Forge World.  The Cerastus and the Questoris.  The Cerastus is a faster, more agile variety while the Questoris is a more technologically advanced version of the standard knight.  This is borne out in the kits themselves, the Questoris knights are an upgrade kit to the standard plastic knight, while the Cerastus are an all-resin kit.

Cerastus Lancer: This is actually my favourite knight of the lot. He looks cool and will absolutely destroy just about any other super-heavy/Gargantuan Creature without too much trouble. The Ion Shield doesn’t work on his rear arc, but he gets a 5++ in close combat to make up for it, and the shield forces a -1 to hit him in CC vs Super-heavies and Gargantuan Creatures. He also gets an extra base attack (all the Cerastus knights do) for a total of 4 and +1 initiative on the charge (for I5). Additionally, all of the Cerastus knights get 3d6″ run (take the total of the dice, not just the highest), which makes them super fast. I often run him as my Warlord, granting him extra WS/BS and making him a character. His lance can be fired as a 6 shot plasma gun (doesn’t get hot though) at 18″ with Concussive. It’s an excellent gun, but he doesn’t have a stubber, which means you have to be careful about what you shoot. He’s worked very well for me, but requires a fair bit of learning to really use to greatest effect.

Cerastus Acheron: This is generally considered the best of the Cerastus bunch. His giant AP3 flamer template of doom can kill many things, is strong enough to kill light armor, and he has a slightly upgraded D close combat weapon. All combined with a TL Heavy Bolter, so he doesn’t have to charge a target of the doom flamer. Very solid choice. I think his head looks terrible, but that’s really my only complaint.

Cerastus Castigator: The poor castigator. He looks amazing with his shiny sword, but his TL gatling cannon is overshadowed by the Warden’s being significantly better. His sword isn’t Strength D either. He does have deflagrate on the sword, and an attack that targets everyone in base contact (potentially clearing out a horde), but there really are better options for that.  I’ve never had a need for one. 

Questoris Knight Magaera: It has some really neat special rules that are fairly complicated, but it’s biggest problem is that it is Initiative 2. It’s got a solid main gun and some cool options, but it just doesn’t quite hold up to the rest for its point cost IMO. It looks cool though! Also worth noting that its 40k rules are still experimental at the moment if that matters to you.

The Questoris Knight Styrix isn’t usable in 40k. Though it really suffers from many of the same problems as the Magaera, it does have a much cooler gun!

That rounds out a basic description and what I think of them.  I will probably come back to the topics of my favorite giant stompy robots in a few weeks to talk about actually building an all knights list.  Hopefully, I will have some progress pictures on my army as well!

Blog is a Terrible Title

Welcome to yet another blog in the general miasma that is the Internet.  I wanted to start up a public blog, mostly to organize my thoughts and progress on a regular basis.  Mine will be an irregular and meandering blog generally focused on my hobby life.  You are much more likely to see pictures of models and games being played than cat videos or failed Pinterest projects.  Apologies in advance for my complex sentences and eclectic vocabulary.  It’s also probable that I’ll toss in some random British spellings (armour, grey, recognise) because of a combination of playing a lot of British wargames and work related issues in developing materials for Australian clients.  Blame that if you must!  My fellow hosts will also be blogging as soon as I get their accounts set up!

I used to post fairly regularly on various forums, but most of the forums I belong to are either a) fairly public (read: hostile) places that don’t provide positive feedback or b) specific to a particular game, primarily Warhammer 40k, and don’t support the plethora of games that I do play.  I’ll be talking about playing all sorts of things, including some overlap with what is on the show, but I am a miniature gamer at heart, so I will likely focus on that a lot.

Completely contradicting the end of the last paragraph, I’ve actually been playing video games a fair bit recently.  I sold off my Xbox early this year as it was just collecting dust and using up valuable bookshelf space for disks.  I don’t regret the decision and I’m not likely to purchase a new console, but I’ve found that I miss occasionally playing video games.  I recently remembered that before the release of Fallout New Vegas, I purchased a bundle from Good Old Games with the original 2 Fallout games.  So broke out my general media tablet (a first generation Surface Pro), and have been having a fair bit of fun with the original.  I’m actually having enough fun to really consider building a moderate level gaming PC in the next few months.

That isn’t to say I’ve not been busy with minis.  I have a couple of Warhammer 40k models that are ready to assemble/paint.  Most notably, I have a pair of additional Imperial Knight Titans to paint.  One will be to spec with a fairly mundane paint scheme, though he’s been all lit up by someone who isn’t me.  This guy is for an army that one of the online communities I’m a part of does each year for charity.  We raffle off the army (usually armies) on Ebay and all the money goes straight to Toys for Tots.  The other model is a shiny new Cerastus Knight Lancer from Forge World.  This guy will be an update of the one I currently own.  I originally rushed the job a bit and although he came out nicely, I’ve refined the process a lot and can get much better results now.  I’m also looking forward to posing him much more dynamically.  Lastly on the 40k front, I am planning on a fairly large display board for my knight army.  I’m going to the Las Vegas Open again this year and I’d like to have a cool lit display board.  I have some plans that should work well with a techpreist working on  parts of my magnetized knights.

Lastly, I’m also working on my various Malifaux crews.  I’m sure it will be on the podcast tonight, but I got a couple more games in over the weekend.  I’ve now used each of the 3 Gremlin crews I own (the Kin, the Brewmaster, and Somer) at least once and understand most of my models much better now.  It lets me plan much more effectively what I want to get done.  I think I will be painting up the Lacroix sooner rather than later as I enjoyed playing them a great deal.  I’d like to have a reasonable amount of Malifaux stuff done in time for the LVO as well.  I (assume) I won’t be playing in the 40k championships on Sunday, so I’d like to be able to get a game or two in there.  Though I might do some more classes this year.  The classes that I took last year were really fun.

Tonight is podcasting night, so I won’t be starting in on any of these ambitious projects tonight, but I might get a start on something tomorrow night though.  I will endeavor to post pictures of what I’m working on as often as possible on this blog.  When relevant, I’ll also record videos (much like our Joel’s Six Second Challenge videos)  I may even occasionally record an audio blog on occasion and post it here as I have all the recording equipment (read: Mwuahahaha).  If you have any comments, suggestions, or other notes for me, feel free to shoot me an email at chris at thedicedecide dot com.