Saturday, 30 June 2012

Mark: Project Ultramarines - Introductions

With all the excitement around the release of sixth edition 40k I’ve gone and spent my day looking over the new rules, instead of writing the quality post you deserve and well anything else I was supposed to do today if I’m completely honest.

So once my eyes uncross and my word fu returns I’ll give you a more complete run down of what I’m doing with this new project and why, but for now here’s a quick introduction to Project Ultramarines. In short I’m building, converting, sculpting and, painting an Ultramarines army that I will be donating to my local club Kingaroy Wargamers, to give away. I’m hoping that it will be used as part of a recruitment drive that we will be running over the next couple of months.

I’ll be using the AOBR terminators I painted a while ago as a starting point, from here I have only a couple of guide lines to follow;

  • The completed force needs to be a game legal force of at least 1000 points, but I’m hoping to get something a little closer to 1500 points completed.
  • I can’t purchase any new miniatures for this project; I have to rely on what is donated by the other club members and what I can pull together from my own collection.
  • At bear minimum each miniature needs the Ultramarines icon sculpted onto their relevant shoulder pad, I’ll be doing more if time permits.
  • I have to have all of this finished by Christmas

I’ll be posting my progress of a Saturday as my first regular feature here on the blog, I hope you enjoy the ride.

Until next time …….


Thursday, 28 June 2012

Mark: Is a Change Really as Good as a Holiday?

No this isn't another post about the impending release of Warhammer 40,000's 6th edition it's about a couple of changes here on the blog.

Firstly, I've noticed a recent up swing in the number of people from non-English speaking nations particularly from Russia, Brazil, and Colombia. So I've added the Google translate gadget to the blog, I know its not the most accurate translation system out there but I'm hoping that you will find it helpful.

Secondly, we've had another of our local gamers join us here in the blogsphere so I would like to welcome Antman to our wonderful little world of blogging, and give his blog Red Scar Gaming a bit of a plug. With Antman joining myself and Travis, Trev over at Triple Helix and Mr JShirlaw at Toy Soldiers, along with a couple of more of our clubs members thinking about starting blog of their own. I've decided add a third blog roll called Kingaroy Warbloggers to showcase and hopefully increase traffic to their blogs.

And lastly, another thing I intend to do myself is to make my posting a little less sporadic and I'll be starting a regular feature that I'll be posting of a weekend, I'm currently working a couple of thing out for this as yet unannounced project, but I will endeavour to get the first post up this coming Saturday.

If there is anything that you would like to see me do here or if you have any tips on how I can improve on anything I am currently doing please leave a comment below, I'm still very much in the learning phase as far as my blogging goes and I value any feedback I receive.

Until next time .......


Sunday, 24 June 2012

Mark: A Little Progress

I haven't done a great deal of work on the hobby front as both time and motivation have been in short supply. I have put some high lights onto the Dark Angles Company Master that I started a while ago, and I've started building/converting another Librarian for the Dark Angles.

Truth be told I was going to use this guy as a Mephison counts as, but it just felt wrong using my Dark Angles as Blood Angles. I'd like a Blood Angles Army but I think I'll wait until I get my head around the 6th edition rules, and build them from the ground up for the new edition.

Until next time .......


Monday, 18 June 2012

Mark: 40k Doubles Wrap Up

It's been an odd week and I haven't had a great deal of time to do much with my toy soldiers beyond playing in the club doubles tournament last Monday against the Darling Downs Gamers Club in Toowoomba.
I have to confess to the gratest sin a Space Marine player can commit, I ran my Dark Angles with a codex other than their own. Blood Angles to be precise, and I humbly beg your forgiveness.

The List I ran was;

Librarian with Might of Heroes and Unleash Rage

Sanguinary Priest with Jump Pack

5 Man Assault Squad with no Jump Packs with a Power Fist and Melta Gun in a Razorback with Heavy Bolters

10 Man Assault Squad with 2x Melta Guns and Power Fist

5 Man Devistator Squad with 4x Missile Launchers in a Razorback with Heavy Bolters

This rounded out my 750 point completely

I was teamed up with our local Tyranid player who ran a CC based army that either deep struck or scouted on from the flanks which left me feeling that I might be a little bit exposed on the first couple of turns, but thankfully luck was on my side at least for the first game.

Game 1 was against Dark Eldar and Orks, with Spearhead deployment and Capture and Control the mission, it was decided to place the objectives in the center of the unoccupied quarters to make things a little more exciting. Luck was very much on our side in this game with all of the Tyranids coming on in turn 2 and every gamble be made coming out in our favour. I was lucky and took out the 2 Ravagers with a single glancing hit to each on turn 2 and then the Venom in the same manner later in the game. The void Raven that was hunting my smaller Assault Squad and Librarian was dispatched in combat by a unit of Genestealers which allowd me to claim one of the objectives and on the other flank the Orks which included Gazzy and Snickrot were dealt with by a Winged Hive Tyrant backed up by my other Assault Squad (which did to a man) giving us a 0-1 victory.

In game 2 we were up against an Eldar and Necron Alliance, With Dawn of War and Kill Points the order of the day. This was the complete opposite of game 1, while we fought valiantly we didn't have a miniature left on the table at the end of turn 6. I spent the first couple of turns driving my Librarian around in the Razorback  trying in vane to shut down some of Eldrad's psychic might with my psychic hood. My 10 man assault squad with attached Sanguinary Priest were fought to a stand still by a unit of Immortals which allowed the Autarch on jetbike to come in and finish them off, and then plow headlong into the other assault squad and Librarian where he promptly lost his soul at the end of a force weapon (yay for minor victories). In the end we had dispatched 2 of the 3 units of Immortals an Annihilation Barge a, unit of Scarabs and, the Autarch. We were beaten by the better generals I won't take that away from them but still had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

Our other team came out with a win and a loss as well which left the clubs drawn at two wins apiece, a rematch will be held in Kingaroy a little later in the year. With a some luck the home field will give us a little advantage (not having a 2 hour drive before the games start is going to help) and we will be able to come away with the overall victory.

Trev from over at Triple Helix was on the other team we took down and you can find his tournament wrap up here.

Until next time .......


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Mark: WIP Dark Angel Company Master

WIP Company Master
 Just a quick one tonight, it's a work in progress shot of the Dark Angles Company Master I was planing on using in Mondays doubles tournament in Toowoomba. Unfortunately when I pulled one of my predators out of storage it was in less than perfect condition, and I don't have enough time between now and the tournament to get it repaired and repainted. As a consequence my list needed to be redone and the Company Master isn't needed anymore, so I'll have to put him aside for the time being which it a shame I was enjoying painting him.

Until next time .......


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Mark: You know I really can't think of a title.

Over the last couple of weeks I've been looking over the various pieces of legislation regarding starting and running a small business, which has put a bit of a dampener on my hobby mojo or to be more precise my anything fun mojo, hence my lack of posting. Legal documents are really boring, I don't know how people can make a living pouring through them and remain sane.

To try and get back into painting I poured over my mountain of unpainted miniatures and started painting whatever took my fancy and pushed some paint around, what follows are the results.

Reaper Gray Maiden

Reaper Rogue

GW Stormtrooper/Karsiken
Next weekend I have an inter club 40k Doubles Tournament against the Darling Downs Wargaming Club, this will be the first of what we are hoping to be a series of events involving my local club Kingaroy Wargamers and our neighbours from the Darling Downs. So it will be a mad rush for me to get a couple of Predators and a Character painted before the weekend (one of these days I'll be prepared before a tournament, honest).

Until next time .......