From the Darkness

My sergeant is coming along, a little more slowly now that vacation is over.

He has two additional base colors of green which the other Dark Angels do not. I want those areas out of the light to be very dark, but still fairly green.

Here the reds have been reworked after washing everything, then using washes selectively to exaggerate certain dark areas.

Battle of the New Hobby Room

For the first battle in my new hobby space Tom & Will squared off in a match-up of Will’s Harlequins and Tom’s new Grey Knights.

Tom made clever use of terrain to pick off two Harlequins in the first two turns with psybolt. Will was grabbing objective points and jumping out to a quick lead, but with only six harlequin models it looked like Tom might break Will’s team quickly.

Will used the Prismatic Blur stratagem to boost his invulnerable save to 3+ on the first two turns and dodged a hail of bullets from the humans on the first two turns. Tom rolled great (on 18 shots per turn), but Will saved 100% of his wounds and only needed one reroll.

Not where you want to be! On turn four Tom’s justicar got jumped by a player. The Knights kept the xenos in the midrange for several turns, but eventually the mobility of the harlequins proved decisive and a couple of close combat struggles opened up across the board.

Come on, guys! Couldn’t you have fought on the lovely painted terrain?

It was a fun game to watch and a tense one for the players. Will’s harlequins came out on top, which I would not have predicted after two turns. Once he stabilized on the board, his point lead was insurmountable.

We had a great afternoon of gaming and out-hanging. I’m looking forward to lots more games of Kill Team in my new den of nerdery. I’ll see you next time our forces clash!

Shish Kebab Sergeant

My progress has been a little slower than usual over the last couple of days, but I’ve made a start on this fellow.

He’s fighting me every step of the way. I did a terrible job cleaning him up! I think I must have failed to complete the job, to be honest.

I’m trying to overcome the challenge and get a good result, though, both because he’s an important member of my team (he’ll probably be the default leader) and because I really like the actual conversion.

I’m trying to balance two priorities on this guy. He needs to look cohesive with the group, but I’m also attempting a few subtle changes to the ‘formula‘ that I hope will give him a distinctive look. We’ll see if I can pull it off!

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Frequent visitors to the ‘Chap will have noticed that the typical background of monkeys, knickknacks, and a teapot has changed. I’m moved into a new painting & hobby space in my attic. At 6’2″ I need to watch my head in the reading nook but… I have a reading nook! I’ve now got a huge desk, shelf space, and enough distance between me & the rest of the house to jam out pretty hard when the mood strikes. I’m also going to add a small square table that will be perfect for Kill Team, card games, small board games, and whatever else you do with tables.

I’ve still got a lot of organization to do and the cats have to figure out who’s claiming it for him/herself, but it is already much nicer to spend time here than in my previous corner of a laundry room. Laundry’s easier, too!

This is a task/goal I’ve had for months, with nothing really stopping me but my own sloth. Some projects did actually take priority, like Eldritch Elf & Tom’s GK. But Had I spent a day or two simply moving into my new space, I could have improved not only my overall productivity and my enjoyment of the hobby. Had I waited until I had finished the ‘next’ project to move, I’d never have gotten up here!

First Mini of 2019!

Well, the future is here and I’ve finished a mini on January 1st. This is surely an omen of productivity in the coming year!

“Who forgot the bean dip?!”

This angry boy is an intercessor comms specialist with an auspex and auxiliary grenade launcher. So he’ll be throwing out buffs to hit & wound and throwing grenades out 30″.

He’ll be in about every game.

These primaris figures are well-proportioned and don’t need a lot to look great. I also think I can get some cool conversions out of them.

Like the rest of the team, his face is strange looking. This one’s not as technically strong as some of the others, but I like the look of it. The hair is purple and the face, well, sort of blue. So be it!

I’m always aiming to mix such crazy, sort of impressionistic parts with ultra-precise, absolutely flat ‘comic book’ style sections like the kneepad & grenade launcher. In other parts, I’m aiming for realism.

For Christmas he got a glowing backpack with antennae, a must-have for a spruce comms specialist like this one!

Lights, Camera, Action!

…almost. Still working on the comms specialist, but I had to share with this with you.

Pretty bright, right?

Yeah! It’s a photo-reactive pigment so potent that it glows in daylight. Powerful enough to glow through green ink, apparently, also!

This is the product I used. My brother-in-law found it and gave it to me for Christmas.

It’s amazing and I can’t wait to experiment further. Plasma weapons might be getting a touch-up soon!

Do You Copy?

I’m working up an intercessor comms specialist with an auspex & an auxiliary grenade launcher. He should be a real clutch performer on the tabletop, and I expect to use him pretty much every game.

I’m thinking I may do little insignia on the knees (or elsewhere) indicating the various specializations on my command roster. Two combat or heavy specialists, though different in game mechanics, would share certain distinguishing marks.

Magnus & the Mages

Tom‘s Kill Team is finished! He wanted “tanky mages,” so GK was the obvious choice. Plus I think the models look great.

I painted Magnus the justicar to a higher standard and gave him some extra details to add interest. The standard Grey Knights feature a very simple color scheme but I think it looks great, especially on the tabletop.

These came together in one day after I got them basecoated with the airbrush. Lots of fun, too.

It’s the cleaning, and the assembly, and the priming, and the basecoating that I hate!

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On an unrelated note, I sure wish I knew how to shrink images without losing resolution. Shouldn’t it work the other way?