Wednesday, May 28, 2014

More Army Pics and Display Board Progression

So it has been an eventful week of hobbying to get ready for the Bugeater GT.  Non-stop painting, building, and display board making... And the tournament hasn't even come yet!

With 7th Edition just dropping, there is plenty of hoopla on the Internet that people are claiming.  I love that the book hasn't even been out for 1 week yet and people are proclaiming how broken the game is or how the new edition sucks or how nothing much changed.  I'm sure all the naysayers and Expert Hatters out there have done their own extensive play testing to ensure that everything is BROKEN  and Daemons are OMFG OP!

Anyways... Here are some updated pictures of my army and some progress pictures of my display board!

Single Guardian w/ my Eldar scheme

5 Guardians upclose
10 Guardians w/ Platform

Re-done Wraithknight... No more Buzz Lightyear!


Naked board, but with some carved terrain pieces

Close up pic of the big corner piece

Up close pic of the fallen away cliff face

One example of a hill  or rocky spire.  This one fits a Serpent and 10 guys.

Another example of hill or spire.  This one was made for a Serpent and 5 guys.

This is underneath the big corner piece.  I hollowed it out on two ends to make a cave.  In the process of getting some LEDs to put in there.  Also, would look great having some Coven units, Mandrakes (lol) or even some Striking Scorpions in there!

So there is some progress pics of my army.  Still have a bunch to do for my display board, but it is getting there! Wood putty will be coated all over the base of the board (the brown part) to give it texture and so i can paint it to reflect my Dark Eldar bases.  The Styrofoam pieces will need some wood putty and then be coated with some Elmer's Glue then have fine grained sand on them to give some texture to them as well.  I chose fine grained sand because it will give the definition to my pieces and match what I hope my Eldar bases will look like.  I then of course need to paint, wash, and drybrush the entire thing.  UGHHHH!  It will be a looooong week and weekend!  

I am looking to put some LEDs in the cave, but dont think I will have the in time, so i may get some cheap little light to throw in there right now.  The cave was not meant to be so extensive, but creative thinking on my part and Omega Prime's got me to where I am.  I know it looks like nothing now, but I think I will be able to turn this thing into something epic! 

Things to do this week:

Touch ups on models
Highlight Grey Serpent
Display Board
All my Eldar bases

Still a bunch to do, but it all has to get done, so it will, one way or the other.  Leave for Bugeater in 1 week!  Feeling very excited!  Stay tuned for updates!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Picture Updates of Bugeater Army

So I have been painting quite a bit.  Still have a little to go, but should easily finish all the models I need painted for the tournament by week's end.  I'll throw up some pictures of finished models (outside of highlights) and then have a list of stuff to do at the bottom.  Enjoy!

Up close Fire Dragons

Whole 5 man squad

Side view of 1 Battery

Top view of Battery w/ Crew

New Wave Serpent on the right.  Did an inverse theme.   

To Do List:

1.  x10 Guardians- All are base coated, need final touch ups and wash.  Platform is done.

2.  Basing-  I need 26 25mm bases done, 3 60mm bases, and 1 40mm base.  Will probably do extra so I have them and this way I can batch them all up together and not have to go back and do them later.

3.  Display Board-  Me, Omegaprime, and Fat Ninja Hodor Matt Bess have started our display boards.  These will be rather large (24'' by 32'').  We also are constructing carts to push them around on so we don't have to carry them, the army, and our bags.  I will take some progress pictures of what we have so far and hopefully they will get done in 2 weeks time.  This is my main worry for my army as it is the most time consuming and I have the least amount of time to work on it.

4.  Touch Ups-  ON EVERYTHING!  My Beastpack looks shitty because its chipped so many damn times.  I need to throw some highlights on some vehicles.  I need to go unit by unit and make sure everything is legit and looks good.  Then spray them with sealer so they don't chip or anything.

It seems like a lot but I should be able to roll the Guardians out by week's end and I'll have my base template done so I can batch paint up all of them and get them finished.  Touch ups will be an on-going process, but I should have things done in time for the Bugeater. 

I have been contemplating a list change to throw in an Aegis Line with Quad Gun with Reapers on it to simply kill Bike Squads and FMCs.  But losing the Dragons, the Serpent, and the Batteries might be too much firepower.  Plus, it adds 6 more models I need to paint in the Reapers.  We will see though.

Let me know what you think of the new models and I will post some progress pictures up after this weekend of the display board.  I also will throw up my 1750 Contest of Champions list up as well.  Comp hits Eldar and Dark Eldar pretty damn hard, but I think I can make it work.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Army Updates and List Change for Bugeater 2014

After playing some test games with the old list, I have decided to change a couple things.  nothing major, but I found myself lacking and wishing I had another unit on the field.  Especially one that could reach out and hurt units I couldn't see.  I decided to add in some Vaul Batteries from the Eldar book.  The new list is:

x5 Warriors, Venom
x5 Warriors, Venom
x5 Warriors, Venom
x5 Beastmaster, Fiend, x5 Khymera, x6 Flock
Ravager w/ Nightshields
Ravager w/ Nightshields

Farseer, Bike, Stone, Shard
x5 Fire Dragons, Serpent w/ Scatter and Cannon
x5 Dire Avengers, Serpent w/ Scatter and Cannon
x10 Guardians w/ Lance Platform, Serpent w/ Scatter and Cannon
x3 Vaul Batters, Shadow Weavers

So I essentially took out 2 Dragons and swapped 1 of the Guardian units for Dire Avenger to grab some Shadow Weavers.  They have been money recently in games and have very nice damage output as well.

I have played some practice games where I intentionally handicapped myself (No Fortune, No First Turn or tying to Seize) to see how bad things could get for me and if I could handle it.

 I played against an 8 FMC list using Skyblight.  I didnt take Fortune, First Turn, and for shits I rolled to Seize which I would have, but decided just to let the Nid player go first.  Boy does that list have a nice alpha strike.  I would get my ass kicked but would take down 7 of the FMCs but couldnt handle the Gargoyles or the Tervigon that was pooping babies out.  My opponent just sat on objectives and buried me in FMCs.   I do think that if I went first, I could not only kill 2-4 FMCs but restrict the firts turn casualties.  Without being able to Vector Strike, Crones arent too mean, but the Haywire Missiles and the Flamer can still kill my vehicles, but not as easily as the Str. 8 Vector Strikes.

I also tested the list against 5 Space Wolf Drop Pods with a Thunderwolf Deathstar that included 3 Wolves, 2 Fenrisian Wolves, Lord on Wolf, Rune Priest on Bike, and White Scars Chapter Master.  Again I didnt take Fortune or First turn (both of which I rolled and won).  Allowing the pods to drop and to get his TWC Star close enough without hindering it with all of my shooting was tough.  Matt "Fat Ninja Hodor" Bess squeaked a victory out and won.  However, we both agree that without being able to Jink and allowing his Star to come up unscathed was game changing.  Had I had first turn, we both felt I would have won rather easily.

I played against Daemon w/ CSM Allies FMC spam as well.  This game wouldnt be very close as only having 5 FMCs with little to no shooting is quite an easy army for me to take to down.  The Helldrake proved difficult but it could only kill max 2 units a turn. 

I fought against a Tau w/ Space Marine allies list.  This game would go down to the wire with a loss for me as I couldnt dislodge his troops off of objectives who continually grabbed points for him every turn.

Lastly, I played against a 7 flier Necron list.  I chose to go first and to score points every round because if I kept First Turn (I didnt, Imotekh Seized for the win!) I would have been able to grab 3 points off the bat and forced my opponent to either kill my firepower (which he did 2nd turn... 2 Serpent, 2 Ravagers, and 2 Venoms) or my troops.  I would win because my Fire Dragons manned up and shot 2 fliers out of the sky (only 2 I killed) and I eliminated his troops.  I got up to 9 points and with only 2 troops remaining, my opponent couldnt win.  Also, the Baron was scoring via my Warlord trait, he would score with the Beasts for 4 rounds, giving me 4 points.  Tough game, but well fought and very fun.