October 31, 2015

Finished - Forgeworld Gal Vorbak

Finished these guys off this morning before heading out to play cricket.  Turned out well in the end despite some early hiccups.  Photos taken from phone so light balance isn't that great.

Pictures are all pretty big so if you click on them they should expand out
The finished unit - although I still have a couple of grass tufts to add to the bases

#1

#2

#3 - my favourite of the 5 

#4
As a bit of size comparison this is one of the Gal Vorbak #3 next to a Forgeworld Space Marine in MkIII Legion Armour, and a standard GW Chaos Terminator Lord.  FW have played on the mutation aspect of the Gal Vorbak and writing of Aaron Dembski-Bowden who provided some extremely vivid descriptions of how Argel Tal and the others changed from standard Astartes into the Gal Vorbak.


FW Gal Vorbak vs. FW MkIV 
 As another great comparison point all of the Gal Vorbak have MkIV pattern armour which has been expanded, broken and mutated by the change process.  Its interesting to see how this compares to the un-mutated MkIV pattern armour of the standard Marine.


While I was painting the Gal Vorbak I also got my 2 Obilterators finished as well just need to complete the basing and they're all done.  The mutated areas on these guys has been done differently as its skin rather than bone. 

October 22, 2015

X-Wing New Zealand 2015 Nationals: Top 16 Lists & Video

Finally found the Top 16 lists from last weekends National Champs so here they are along with a breakdown of who played what match, the results and links to the videos of each one.



1: W Quinn VS L Habberfield-Short - Match Results: L Habberfield-Short is the winner 30 to 100
2: J Setters VS C Vincent - Match Results: J Setters is the winner 100 to 64
3: H Young VS A Setters - Match Results: H Young is the winner 100 to 14
4: P Zhuo VS G Gartland - Match Results: G Gartland is the winner 24 to 100

1: L Habberfield-Short VS J Setters - Match Results: L Habberfield-Short is the winner 32 to 0
2: H Young VS G Gartland - Match Results: G Gartland is the winner 60 to 100

L Habberfield-Short VS G Gartland - Match Results: G Gartland is the winner 60 to 100

New Zealand 2015 National Champion
Geoff Gartland - Imperial: 99pts
36 points: Darth Vader TIE Advanced, TIE/x1, Lone Wolf, Engine Upgrade, Advanced Targeting Computer.
39 points: “Whisper” TIE Phantom, Fire-Control System, Veteran Instincts, Advanced Cloaking Device.
24 points: Lieutenant Colzet TIE Advanced, TIE/x1, Advanced Targeting Computer.
Runner Up (2nd)
L Habberfield-Short - Rebel: 100pts
61 points: Han Solo YT-1300, Predator, C-3PO, R2-D2, Millennium Falcon, Engine Upgrade.
39 points: Miranda Doni K-Wing, Twin Laser Turret, Chewbacca.
3rd
H Young - Imperial: 99pts
35 points: Darth Vader TIE Advanced, TIE/x1, Veteran Instincts, Engine Upgrade, Advanced Targeting Computer.
35 points: Soontir Fel TIE Interceptor, Royal Guard TIE, Push the Limit, Stealth Device, Autothrusters.
29 points: Omicron Group Pilot Lambda-Class Shuttle, Emperor Palpatine.
4th
J Setters - Imperial: 100pts
35 points: Soontir Fel TIE Interceptor, Royal Guard TIE, Push the Limit, Autothrusters, Stealth Device.
34 points: Carnor Jax TIE Interceptor, Push the Limit, Royal Guard TIE, Autothrusters, Stealth Device.
31 points: Omicron Group Pilot Lambda-Class Shuttle, Fire-Control System, Emperor Palpatine.
5th
P Zhou - Imperial: 99pts
35 points: Darth Vader TIE Advanced, TIE/x1, Veteran Instincts, Engine Upgrade, Advanced Targeting Computer.
35 points: Soontir Fel TIE Interceptor, Royal Guard TIE, Push the Limit, Autothrusters, Stealth Device.
29 points Omicron Group Pilot Lambda-Class Shuttle, Emperor Palpatine.
6th
W Quinn - Imperial: 99pts
35 points: Darth Vader TIE Advanced, TIE/x1, Crack Shot,Engine Upgrade, Advanced Targeting Computer.
35 points: Soontir Fel TIE Interceptor, Royal Guard TIE, Push the Limit,
Autothrusters, Stealth Device.
29 points: Omicron Group Pilot Lambda-Class Shuttle, Emperor Palpatine.
7th
A Setters - Rebel: 100pts
42 points: Corran Horn E-Wing, R2-D2, Fire-Control System, Veteran Instincts.
58 points: Dash Rendar YT-2400 Freighter, Push the Limit, Heavy Laser Cannon, Kyle Katarn, Outrider, Engine Upgrade.
8th
C Vincent - Imperial: 99pts
35 points: Soontir Fel TIE Interceptor, Royal Guard TIE, Push the Limit, Autothrusters, Stealth Device.
40 points: “Redline” TIE Punisher, Fire-Control System, Plasma Torpedoes
Extra Munitions, Cluster Missiles, Seismic Charges.
24 points: Omicron Group Pilot Lambda-Class Shuttle, Darth Vader.
9th
S Cullen - Imperial:
42 points: “Echo” TIE Phantom, Gunner, Fire-Control System, Veteran Instincts, Advanced Cloaking Device.
58 points: Captain Oicunn VT-49 Decimator, Determination, Gunner, Darth Vader, Ysanne Isard, Counter-Measures.
10th
I Soo - Imperial: 100pts
34 points: Soontir Fel TIE Interceptor, Royal Guard TIE, Push the Limit, Autothrusters, Targeting Computer.
44 points: “Redline” TIE Punisher, Fire-Control System, Extra Munitions, Proton Torpedoes, Cluster Missiles, Proton Bombs.
22 points: Tempest Squadron Pilot TIE Advanced, TIE/x1, Advanced Targeting Computer.
11th
T Kibblewhite - Imperial: 100pts
22 points: “Howlrunner” TIE Fighter, Crack Shot, Hull Upgrade.
18 points: Mauler Mithel TIE Fighter, Crack Shot.
15 points: Black Squadron Pilot #1 TIE Fighter, Crack Shot.
15 points: Black Squadron Pilot #2 TIE Fighter, Crack Shot.
15 points: Black Squadron Pilot #3 TIE Fighter, Crack Shot.
15 points: Black Squadron Pilot #4 TIE Fighter, Crack Shot.
12th
H Akari - Rebel: 100pts
25 points: Blue Squadron Pilot B-Wing, B-Wing/E2, Tactician.
26 points: Gold Squadron Pilot Y-Wing, R3-A2, Twin Laser Turret.
25 points: Rebel Operative HWK-290, Twin Laser Turret, Moldy Crow.
12 points: Bandit Squadron Pilot #1 Z-95 Headhunter.
12 points: Bandit Squadron Pilot #2 Z-95 Headhunter.
13th
J Love - Imperial: 98pts
30 points: Maarek Stele TIE Advanced, TIE/x1, Veteran Instincts, Twin Ion Engine Mk. II, Advanced Targeting Computer.
35 points: Soontir Fel TIE Interceptor, Royal Guard TIE, Push the Limit, Autothrusters, Stealth Device.
33 points: Omicron Group Pilot Lambda-Class Shuttle, Emperor Palpatine, Engine Upgrade.
14th
C Palmer - Scum and Villainy: 100pts
48 points: Boba Fett Firespray-31, Push the Limit, Gunner, Inertial Dampeners.
52 points: Kath Scarlet Firespray-31, Opportunist, Heavy Laser Cannon
K4 Security Droid.
15th
L Hely - Rebel: 100pts
48 points: Corran Horn E-Wing, R2-D2, Fire-Control System, Push the Limit, Engine Upgrade.
13 points: Tala Squadron Pilot #1 Z-95 Headhunter.
13 points: Tala Squadron Pilot #2 Z-95 Headhunter.
13 points: Tala Squadron Pilot #3 Z-95 Headhunter.
13 points: Tala Squadron Pilot #4 Z-95 Headhunter.
16th
C Williams - Scum and Villainy: 100pts
48 points: IG88-B Aggressor, Predator, Advanced Sensors, Ion Cannon, Inertial Dampeners, IG-2000, Autothrusters.
52 points: IG88-C Aggressor, Predator, Advanced Sensors, Heavy Laser Cannon, Inertial Dampeners, IG-2000, Autothrusters.

October 20, 2015

WIP Forgeworld Gal Vorbak:

I've been looking forward to building and painting these guys ever since FW revealed the figures.  The Gal Vorbak are central to the Word Bearers and their leader Argel Tal is by far the best character within the Horus Heresy series.  Talos of the Night Lords and Kharn from the World Eaters (two more of Aaron Dembski Bowden's creations) are the others.  It's taken me a while to find the time to start them but I began the process the other night.

Unlike the majority of FW kits that I've put together before (MkII Assault & MkIII/IV Tactical Marines) these guys were far easier to construct in terms of the number of pieces.  The MkII Assault Marines for example were a nightmare.  Each of the 5 Gal Vorbak came with

  • A single torso piece including legs and power pack.
  • Two separate arms
  • A Head
  • A exhaust vent for the power pack
So 5 pieces for each figure all relatively easy to assemble and put together.  However, my continuing issues with FW resin and superglue meant I had to resort to pinning to get the arms on.  Not a big deal as the end result is always a stronger model.

Pack contents
To help with construction each figure has a letter identifier on its base (A-E) and this is matched with the corresponding sprue with the arms and head etc.

Pinning - one in each shoulder for the arms and one in at least one foot to attach them to the base
 The bases you see in the pics aren't the final look as I redid them last night to make them more visually appealing and to give me a stronger surface to adhere the leg pins to.
Detailing on these guys is just awesome



Should get them completely assembled and on their bases tonight then its time to base coat and start the painting process.  So more soon







October 6, 2015

Warhammer is dead long live the King(s of War)

Following Pete Dunn's announcement on Fields of Blood that the New Zealand WHFB Team Championships would be shifting to Kings of War and a later date next year I placed an order yesterday for this...

Now I have to admit that I was reasonably OK with shelving my remaining Fantasy collections and concentrating solely on X-Wing over the next few years.  The key reason being at least with X-Wing I know I am going to get regular games.  The WHFB communities shift to either 8th Ed, 9th Ed or KoW meant that it is relatively fractured not something you want to see here in NZ where the gaming community is already quite small; smaller still if you look solely at the regular tournament players.

I had looked at KoW but before now it hadn't really interested me.  Playing 8th would be fun but if your one of only a handful of people doing it why bother.  9th Ed for me comes with all the attached red-tape baggage that is ETC and honestly it doesn't interest me as its not an official company supported rule system.  Hence the only thing that will keep it going is community and player support - if no one plays it, it will die off.  Locally thats my one big problem there are simply not enough active regular gamers around.  The situation is only going to get worse over the next 12 months as a couple of my regular X-Wing opponents disappear for work/personal reasons.

KoW is something a lot of people have been shifting to and it is played at my local club by a couple of people.  But I resisted buying the rules as Age of Sigmar pretty much killed my enthusiasm for anything other than X-Wing.  Now with NZTC shifting to KoW and Pete Dunn seemingly backing the system I more than happy to give KoW a go... after all the rulebook is only $25, I spend more than that each week on coffee.

However, I don't see myself playing that much over the next 6-12 months anyway for a couple of reasons (1) Cricket season has started so no gaming for me really until the end of March and (2) as stated my regular playing partners are leaving town... still the book will be a nice bit of reading.