May 5, 2016

WIP - Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage

Skin on the Bloodthirster is completed.  Last layers and small highlights were applied and the final wash put on.  Next up will be the wings which after a suggestion from my 9yr old I am really wishing I had painted blue rather than the flesh tone that I am going for.  Basing also done using the same Vallejo Still Water product used on my display board - unfortunately most of it ran off the base as I didn't seal the edge properly so it will need another layer applied but you should get the general idea.

No 40k gaming tonight as I'm playing Indoor Cricket but aiming to get a few more games in next week in preparation for my first ever 40k event which is only 4 weeks away now.  Expecting to get stomped but to have a lot of fun doing it.

The images are all quite large so click on them to get the best view.

The paints I used to finish off the skin in the order used from left to right.  Mephiston Red base + wash + Mephiston red again as the primary colours and then watered down layers/highlights after that.  Bloodletter glaze has gone on all of larger models as it seems to even the colours out quite nicely especially on vehicles.  Had to switch to Nuln Oil as I ran out of my preferred Drakenhoff Nightshade and Mighty Ape didn't have any in stock.  Normally, I stay clear of Nuln Oil as I found the first few batches of it were excessively dark but this one was just right.

April 30, 2016

40k State of the Game Survey

Found this online today very interesting reading.  Its a bit light on details about the methodology so as an academic I'm not entirely trusting of the results - the sample size isn't that great for example and participant self-selection tends to skew results - but its still extremely interesting nonetheless. Now just imagine for a minute if GW did something like this or even just paid attention to it.  You can get the results and access to the full report here.

Some of the findings are what you would expect e.g. spending habits but there are a couple of interesting ones:

  • Advertising responsible for 5% of players getting into the game, but zero players with less than 5 years experience.
  • Hobby stores ability to get new players into the game has been declining.
  • Older gamers spend the most money, not new players.
  • 50% of all spending is done online
  • 91% of respondants play 40k video games which is notable only for what it says about the respondants in the survey sample.  I would suggest that this figure would be significantly lower across the 40k population as a whole.  The 91% reflective of this being an internet survey.
  • 64% of players use non-GW paints, but not necessarily exclusively.
  • A majority play now defunct games such as WHFB & Mordheim, only 21% play Age of Suckmar most within the new gamer bracket.
  • No one seems to like GW much outside of their fluff and miniatures.
And finally surprise surprise Eldar are the best of Chaos the worst (+ Sisters) armies.

April 29, 2016

WIP - Blood Thirster of Insensate Rage

Making progress on this guy.  Base coats and first wash done.  Started doing highlights/layers on selected areas starting with the chest area.

KD Blood Host - Holy Crap D Bloodthirsters are fun!!!

Last two games of our local summer league last night up against a Grey Knight Psyker we hate Daemons list and a "Look everyone has a melta and massive flamers" Salamanders list.  For both games I was using the Blood Host I'm planning on taking to Maelstrom which included my recently assembled Bloodthirster of Insenate Rage.  Details are a little hazy due to lack of sleep recently so I'll just post pictures to tell the story.  Either way both games were complete blood baths, and boy oh boy are D Weapon Bloodthirsters fun in combat....
He hit me first with Force if I failed I died - I hit him 2nd with D if he failed he'd die... ummmm
As you can probably tell from the Blood Thirster I've started the painting process.  Base coats and initial washes have been done and the basing is largely complete as well. Just layers and highlighting left should be done in a couple of days.

April 26, 2016

Online X-Wing simulator

Thanks to one of the New Zealand X-Wing Facebook groups I'm in I came across this really good online X-Wing simulator last week - Squad Benchmark  It allows you to build lists for all the factions and fly them against other opponents either human (on the same PC I think haven't explored that option yet) and more importantly a computer AI version.  You can build your own lists and those of your opponent or pre-select from a range of lists provided by the site.  These lists include Top 10 lists I assume based on those found in actual competitions.

The game screen - map in the middle, team rosters to either side.
Simple controls for picking actions & making attacks etc
The sites easy to use the game mechanics all work reasonably well and it's a lot of fun to play.  I've spent most of my time on it the last few days practicing against some of the form popular Top 10 lists of the last 12-18 months e.g. Y-Wing TLT horde & the Bro-Bots.  Some mechanisms don't quite work so you can't for example deliberately fly your ship into an asteroid which is quite useful at times, take back bad moves (which would be useful for a site thats about play testing lists), and the scale of the map isn't perfect so I've flown a few ships off the edge because its not quite right.

Combats easy - you have the option of accepting the random dice rolls or "cheating" and changing the results

But if you can't find an opponent for the table for a game have a few on the site it works and its a good way to pass the time.  If your an X-Wing player/fan check it out...