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6th May 2019

It's been a long while since the story section last had any attention. A while back, I gave up on the idea of ever finishing my Star Wars stories, so instead have typed out a rough outline as to what may have happened during the rest of the saga. I've also expanded the names & characters section with images where possible.

29th October 2017

Did some work behind the scenes of the game blog page so that the game filters now work much better.

30th June 2017

A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.

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19th May 2019 - The Tyranid Tinkerer

Some actual nice weather recently has allowed me to spray all my remaining unpainted Tyranids. This did first require me to do a bit of work on some of the models.
Some fishing shot was added to the bases of the Hormagaunts so they no longer fall over so easily. In addition, I finally got around to putting magnets on the guns of the Hive Guard so I can switch out which weapons they can use from game to game.

Adding fishing shot to bases

Adding fishing shot to bases

Spraying some dudes

Spraying some dudes

Adding magnets to some guns

Adding magnets to some guns

Hive Guard weapons ready for action

Hive Guard weapons ready for action

My painting speed has definitely slowed down over the last couple of months, but I'm still managing to get a few things finished here and there. I know I was going to go straight into the Hormagaunt brood, but to be honest they're intimidating me. I really need to knuckle down, as I only have the following units left to complete at this point:

Hive Tyrant done

Hive Tyrant done

Zoanthrope #2 and Rippers done

Zoanthrope #2 and Rippers done

Raveners done

Raveners done

Biovores and Spores done

Biovores and Spores done

23rd March 2019 - Way Of The Brush

When it comes to tabletop action, there's not been a whole lot going these last couple of months in terms of variety. Instead, I've just been painting like a mad man in an attempt to get my Tyranids ready.
I continue to try and give each unit a very different look, and I'm pretty happy with the Lictors in particular.
As they are supposed to be sneaky, I chose probably the three most common camouflage colours in brown, grey and green, but then jazzed them up a bit with some very bright claws and teeth.

Like the Warriors from last time, I'm just going to wait until all the models are done and just base them all in one big session.

Working on the last few Termagants

Working on the last few Termagants

Termagants done

Termagants done

Working on the Lictors

Working on the Lictors

Lictors done

Lictors done

Zoanthrope #1 done

Zoanthrope #1 done

Hormagaunts up next...

Hormagaunts up next...

The only thing I've been able to do that has not been slapping paint on has been scrubbing paint off. I'm not really a fan of stripping miniatures as it is always so messy and smelly, but some of those poor models really needed it, especially the Warriors I got from ebay and a couple of Eldar things that were ruined by a very rough spray undercoat.

The paint came off most of the models very easily, even the old beaky Marines, that were covered in several coats. However, the ebay Warriors were trouble. Absolutely no idea what kind of paint their original owner had used on them, but I had to leave them in that tub for nearly a week with several scrub attempts to get them somewhat clean. I even ended up throwing one out, as I just couldn't shift one and a half of its old coats of paint.
Oh well, one less to paint I guess.

Ready for a dip in the pool

Ready for a dip in the pool

The Avatar oversees the initial proceedings

The Avatar oversees the initial proceedings

This is messy as hell

This is messy as hell

Ready for more paint

Ready for more paint

4th February 2019 - Small Steps

Got a few things done these last couple of weeks, but have only ended up giving myself more tasks to do.

Up first, I've finally painted the old style Tyranid Warriors. They took way too long, so for the next unit I'm painting, the Termagants, I'm going to keep it as simple as possible, like I did for the Genestealers a few years back.

After many failed attempts, I finally settled for less than perfect for my Dark Eldar Wyches. Most of the casts I tried had imperfections, from small to very obvious. In the end, I've used the best 4 bodies, and will just try and fill the few little cracks and problem areas with either PVA or paint.
Finishing the Wyches was not the main problem I've had, as that honour belongs to the failcast Striking Scorpions that I got around to assembling recently. Holy shit. That material is so bad. GW started using that stuff years ago, meaning they've had a long time now to get it right, but it was a horrible experience getting those models table ready. Without doubt, I will never buy any such models ever again.
There was so much flashing to remove, and in really awkward places. There's also a fair few little bubbles, and 4 of the 5 swords needed heating and bending back into correct position. Shoddy.

It means that, at last, all my newly aquired models are now assembled, to go with all my already-owned models from last time. All I really need to do is magnetize the gun ends for the Hive Guard, and strip the Warriors I got from ebay (more Warriors, sigh).

Tyranid Warriors done at last

Tyranid Warriors done at last

Casting is harder than I thought

Casting is harder than I thought

All my new models

All my new models

Quite a while ago I decided that I would not bother getting any more wargaming terrain, but our forays into 40K late last year started changing my mind. A couple of months back, I came up with an idea to make a new river after my old crappy one went in the bin a couple of years back. I eventually decided against that as there are no rules for rivers in 40K any more. It seems more important to have LOS-blocking terrain, and I recently saw some MDF stuff for a fairly good price so I've chosen to try it. I've no idea what it's like to put together, but I think I'm going to paint it to look like rockcrete rather than metal.

My first ever MDF terrain waits for my attention

My first ever MDF terrain waits for my attention

Outside of wargaming, I've made a little progress on some other things. My original plan for the Gaslands templates was to laminate them, but to save time I first tried just gluing them to some card. I must have put on way too much glue or something, and this ended up with the templates creasing up really bad. So after all that, I had to print them out again and laminate them anyway.
Now I just need to figure out how to put some guns on the vehicles so we can give it a bash.

Over Christmas we finally tried Deep Pockets, and while the game went alright, I was unhappy with a few things. For some weird reason, my printer originally printed the dark blue and purple cards so they looked very similar, so I've made a new purple set. I've also printed and laminated a new set of money cards, as the others were crappy, and I wanted to steal the card sleeves for Marvel Legendary. So all is good now.

Gaslands template fail

Gaslands template fail

Gaslands template success

Gaslands template success

New Deep Pockets cards

New Deep Pockets cards

6th January 2019 - Arguing With The Dice Again

Not long back, Scoob and I tried a couple of different little "test" 40K games, playing out the same scenario as our 2011 Winter Wave. The point of these games was to test out how the Stompas work in the new edition, as we had heard that they are very weak.
These games saw my Marines and Scoob's Orks (with a looted Shadowsword) defend against the Stompas. In game one, the Stompas took a crap kicking, and did very little in return. Two of them were destroyed, and the third badly damaged. In the second game however, they did a lot of damage in their first turn, blowing up my Vindicator and the Shadowsword straight away, ridding us of a lot of our vehicle killing power, though still leaving them a lot to do.

It was hard to tell from just a couple of short games, but they definitely seemed a little weak. We ended up writing a new data sheet that we will try out in our future games, and I just hope I've not shot myself in the foot by giving Scoob's Orks too big of a boost.

The Stompas ready to attack

The Stompas ready to attack

The Stompas close in on my Marines

The Stompas close in on my Marines

My work on putting together all my other 40K models is also continuing. I have finally managed to glue together all the models that are made from stuff that was festering in my bits boxes. That's 68 new old models I've now got to paint. I am not the smartest.

All my new old models

All my new old models

I am still however trying to plow through all the new stuff I've bought. I've tried a few times to cast some new bodies for my Dark Eldar Wyches, as I want them all to be female, but they only send 6 such torsos in the box. I'm having varied results so far, but each new effort gets closer to my goal. There's also a few other extra little Tau bits I'm thinking of casting, but I don't know if I need them yet.
After picking up Celestine to boost my small Sisters army, I very quickly decided to convert her and her companions. I just hated how all three models were up in the air and trailing ribbons and shit all over the place. So instead, I've trimmed off all the ribbons and have glued them on to some small ruin bits. It will look a hell of a lot better when they are done in my opinion. I just wish it was possible (or a lot easier) to get rid of Celestine's roses as well, but as it is, I've had to leave them.
I've also tried magnetizing for the first time, as I couldn't decide which jump jets to put on my Tau commander. For a change, that little project seems to have worked first time.

Casting adventure part 1

Casting adventure part 1

Casting adventure part 2

Casting adventure part 2

Ridding the ribbons

Ridding the ribbons

Now I can attach my commander to my fridge

Now I can attach my commander to my fridge

Up until yesterday, I had never played a game of Risk in my life. But that changed when five of us got around the table to play the Game Of Thrones version, using the skirmish rules. I didn't really have any idea what was going on, or get any of the references that I heard (I still haven't watched any of the show - I'm going to binge watch the whole lot when it's all done).
It seemed like I had a good position at the start of the game, and was receiving the most reinforcements for the first couple of turns. But, as in any game where dice are involved, I rolled atrociously, and got slammed throughout the entire game. In fact, I was only successful in two of the attacks I tried, meaning I couldn't get any reinforcements from cards as my territories dwindled.
The images here show the start and end of the game, and the final scores. I was orange, while the greens, led by the mighty Scoob, took control of the north to win the game.
At least I now know how to play, and what the victory conditions are, so I'll be a bit more ready in the future. Now I just need to get some loaded dice...

The war for Westeros commences

The war for Westeros commences

The final scores are tallied

The final scores are tallied

 

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