Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Reminder

Shelexie, do you have your 2 Cygnar Centurions completed? This is the day you said you would have them done by...

So no, I don't have them done yet. I did however, paint them with the hunter, sentinel, hammersmith, and ironclad so I gave myself until next month's due date. I feel like I am at a good spot with them, though it is time to get get moving with them. I also posted wip pics here.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Orks Have Invaded!

Orks invaded my work space! I swear I had nothing to do with it! I came in to find them disembarking from a normal looking tool box. They even ran the cat off!

Warhammer 40k Orks WIP

It wasn't long before they had taken over my entire shelf and were running my other mini's off the edge.

Warhammer 40k Orks WIP

I got as close as I could and snapped these pics hurriedly. There are about 11 big ones.

Warhammer 40k Orks WIP

There are about 40 of the normal green ones.
Warhammer 40k Orks WIP

There are gretchin running amok (but all posed the same)
Warhammer 40k Orks Gretchin WIP

There are also several with big guns and some sort of miniature cannon (not pictured yet). They are led by the big guy himself.

Warhammer 40k Orks Warboss WIP

If you look closely behind the big guy, you can see they brought their own paint and they are demanding to be finished. They also say there will be 9 Deth Kopta's heading this way in a week! What's a girl to do?!!

Ok, so I may have spent a little money, buying the tool box off my good friend (and new follower) Coffey but I swear I didn't know they had hitched a ride... =)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Warjack Update

So, I have been painting, albeit slowly. I decided to paint all my warjacks at once so I am extending my personal deadline to the end of next month. It is also a nice kick in the butt that the new MKII rules just came out! The before shots can be seen here and here. Here are some work in progress shots. I thought I was doing a pretty good job blending the lighter and darker blues but the camera really pulls out the differences... (warning - pic heavy but you can click them for a larger view)

Warmachine Cygnar Sentinel Warjack
Sentinel. I am really starting to like this little guy.

Warmachine Cygnar Hunter Warjack
Hunter. Again, I really like the way he is going.

Warmachine Cygnar Centurian Warjack
Centurion. This guy still has a weird pose and I lined in the lighter blue before I decided to try my hand at blending. Still, I will be happy get him out on the table.

Warmachine Cygnar Centurian Warjack
Centurion 2. No light blue yet, but I added the white trip around the shoulders. It looks a little like football pads to me but I think I will go with it. I am also a little proud of getting the red in the "eye" slot. It is stinking small!

Warmachine Cygnar Hammersmith Warjack
Hammersmith. I really like the way the metallics came out on him.

Warmachine Cygnar Defender Warjack
Defender. Again, I think the blending looks better in person but he still has a way to go.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Werewolf Started Last Night


Recently, I convinced my DnD group to try Werewolf: The Forsaken. We made characters (see the previous posts here and here) and agreed to meet for our first game last night. I made up a batch of Mik's "Spicy Balls of Doom!" and the game commenced. They were each called to make up a new pack to take over for a pack that went missing in Elizabethtown (E-town), Kentucky. E-Town is about 2 hours away from where we actually live, giving it a familiar but not too familiar feel. Here is the run down of what happened:
  • Pack met and didn't kill each other (a definite plus).
  • Found a house they can live with and afford
  • Chose their beginning territory (funny enough, not at all where I thought it would be!)
  • Found a usable locus (place to draw magic from) in their territory, though it is currently depleted since no one has been caring for it.
  • Ran their first patrol route as a pack and found two bodies, strung up by their heels, gutted and still fresh.
  • While examining, one of the wolves was shot, suffered massive damage, and fell into a Death Rage.
  • In the end, the found that a deer spirit had Claimed a waitress and had forced her to kill her husband and son. The husband and son had been poaching and recently killed the deer spirits fawn (read Bambi).
  • They also discovered the family was dirt poor and was poaching to put food on the table.
  • Welcome to the World of Darkness.
Likes:
  • Using the internet. ex. "DM, where is the college?" "Check the internet." See how easy that is?!!! There were still a few things I fudged but most of the info is already on the internet.
  • I am granting XP to the person who writes up the adventure on Obsidian Portal
  • He already has the first scene written! Check it out here.
  • I am also granting XP if the character writes a "blog" entry on the site for the week.
  • XP can be spent as the character sees fit, there are no "bonus this at such and such level". It is more like money to improve your character as you want.
  • Combat went pretty well and I really liked the mini-story associated with the deer and hunters. Both were wrong and both had a point.
Dislikes:

  • Combat Actions: The way I read it, you get one action per round. So you can move. Or you can attack. Or you can change forms. It was a little too stilted. So I pulled a Dnd and said they got 1 Move, 1 Attack/Standard Action, and 1 minor. It changes the round from 3 seconds to 6 seconds but it improved the flow dramatically.
  • Death Rage: Death Rage means you failed your composure roll and "lost it". The rules say the Storyteller randomly decides who the beast attacks. I decided that, as long as there were no intervening models between the beast and the thing that caused it all the damage, then the beast would go after the offender. If someone or something got in the way, then they would be attacked. Once the offender was killed (read ripped limb from limb) then all the others were fair game. Thankfully, the rest of the pack attempted to calm her down and it worked, this time.
That's it for now. I liked the game and came away with several more things I need to read up on.

MKII Final Rules Released by Privateer Press


Just in case anyone missed it, the final MKII rules are out for Warmachine in downloadable pdf format from Privateer Press. Check it out here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Malifaux

A friend just brought over his book for the new game Malifaux. For more info on the game, check out Mik's great review here. My friend offered to buy a second crew just to get people (read me) to play. I really like the idea of a skirmish of solos. Unfortunately, I am one of the ones that doesn't really get into the style of the minis (I know, boo, hiss). I wish they had chosen to offer a faction that appealed to those of us who like painting clean stuff like Tau and Space Marines, though The Guild faction comes closest. Then again, they appear to be doing just fine with out me =)

I like some of the minis, especially the inherent humor:


Most of the minis are a little too creepy for me and they would weird me out sitting on my paint table while I tried to sleep (in the same room):

Again, this is a totally cool mini with a neat story element in simple posing. Still, I guess I will have to save my money for now...

Monday, September 14, 2009

More Kentucky Werewolves

I have spent several more nights creating characters with my new Werewolf: The Forsaken group and I thought I would post them here.

Tom is a know-it-all librarian who dabbles in the occult. He is from Kentucky (which will benefit him later) and has always longed to see what was really going on. This is fairly difficult growing up in the middle of the Bible-belt. One night, while riding home on his man-scooter, he sees a large oak tree growing in the middle of a road he has traveled down daily. As he watches, the tree is burning but not consumed and it is attacked by chainsaws with arms and legs (think Alice in Wonderland). Several nights later, he dreams of the tree again and this time he can here it screaming for help. Tom attempts to pull the chainsaw spirits of pain off of the tree with his...paws? They attack him in return and when he awakes, his sheets are covered in his own blood. He is later adopted by a pack who has been searching for a new rite-master.

Janie Michaels is a pissed off hick who works at everyone's favorite, Wally-world. She dips Red Man Chewing Tobacco and drinks Jack. She is 30-ish, smart enough to know that her life sucks but too dumb (or hard headed) to do much about it. Jose is her regular guy she turns to when she is bored and they hook up at the bar one night. Later, when she is relaxed, she breathes deeply and picks up the scent of one of her girl friends. Jose has been with her. Janie looses it. When she comes too, she is in a field and Jose's body is laying near by. The local pack has surrounded her, some viewing her with compassion, others contempt. They take her in and clean up the mess. Several days later, Janie notices a news report that mentions Jose and her friend have gone missing. What did she do?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Kentucky Werewolves

A while back, I let the blog world know I was on a werewolf kick. I started reading the World of Darkness and Werewolf the Forsaken books published by White Wolf. I really like the fluff and I an getting used to the system. The rules are much more focused on the story, rather than power combinations and it should be a nice change of pace. I have converted my DnD group and we are currently creating characters and running them through their first Change experience.


A.J. Diggory (Diggs) was a High School Quarterback in a small Texas town. All the pressure was there to take the team to state finals again. His parents were pressuring him to choose a good school and his little sister looked up to him as a role-model. Diggs girlfriend was pressuring him to get his act together and not jeopardize their future.

During his first Change he experienced dreams loss and felt that his football team was against him. The local pack found him and, after a quick fight, offered him a break from the pressure. His mustang was later found wrapped around a tree and covered in his blood, though no body has been found. Diggs parents have accepted that their son is dead and only wish there was a body to bury. His younger sister holds out some secret hope her brother is alive, though it is based more in hero-worship than reality.
Picture to the right is from here.


Releste is a 30-something college philosophy professor wrestling with questions of her place in this world and the true order of things. She has studied Eastern Philosophy and continually seeks to put the pieces of belief together in a way that makes sense. She had dreams of running over her territory and encountering "Others" that pushed her out and defiled her land, unbalancing the natural order. She also dreamed that she as an aging Alpha faced with the decision to either belly up and beg for scraps the rest of her life or go out fighting and accept her death. When she was denied a tenured position due to her age, brashness, and maturity level, she goes off on her own. The local Boston pack finds her when they are all in the full wolf form. She Changes and runs with them, experiencing pack like she has never felt community before.
Picture to the left is from here.

Read more at Kentucky Werewolves on Obsidian Portal.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I want one!

Well, I have been busy with the new job and have really only had time to read blogs, rather than write my own. However, I had to add this. recently, Crusherjoe over at Ultramarine Blues posted a link to Toymallet 40c. Below is one of the pages from her fully functional parody. Take the 5 minutes to read the "rule book" and admit you want to play it!

Anyone else notice the claws and other fun kitty stuff?!! The models can be anything you want with these rules and the book is funny and well illustrated. Check it out =)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Update

Just a quick update: I got the Job at Best Buy and I have been in training for the past week. I am one of the people who stands at the front and helps people return/exchange etc. Just remember, be nice to person behind the desk; they may blog about you!

I have been painting my Warmachines and I am well on the way to meeting my September 30th deadline. I will post pictures later. I have recently learned (sort of) how to wet blend. Check out the great videos here and here.

Later!

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