woensdag 18 oktober 2017

Emperor's Children Predator (Razorback)

Due to an unexpected "battle date" the coming friday, in which I`ll be facing the Orks in a 1000 point battle, my paint schedule has been seriously reshuffled.

No time to work on the Irish cavalry (albeit I only need those after the 11th of november), the EC units where pushed to the fore.

While the Helbrute was quickly done as he only needed basing, I still needed to do my Predator, and later on a small squad of 5 Marines.

The Predator is actually a "regular" space marine Razorback, a vehicle type Chaos doesn`t possess.  However, it makes a suitable Predator if you use the twin lascannon option, which the Predator can also carry, and it becomes a no sponson vehicle.

Painted in the pink and black livery of the Emperor's Children, she is the first of the armoured wing of tanks for my force to be completed, and will be on the table to hopefully give all those small vehicles of the Orks a bad day.

Now to finish the final squad before being able to pack up my army for friday...

Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker

Movie marathon night yesterday at the girlfriend's in that we watched both movies of the already famous series by EL James.

Handling about the relationship by a bachelor millionaire and a young student journalist, they walk a path often seen as dark... BDSM.

Now, first of all let me tell you, if you do like Mr Grey does in the movie (and, apparently a lot of people DID do it that way), prepare yourself to a trip to the emergency room instead of a steaming, spiced up night.

The books and the movies are responsible for bringing the whole world of BDSM out of the shady recessess and into the bedroom of "normal" people, as Rihanna sang: "whips and chains excite me".  Something followed by a lot of people.

Now, the first movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, revolves around the young Anastasia Steele getting charmed and seduced by billionaire playboy Christian Grey.  However, he has a masochist side in which he tends to dominate his girlfriend, and doesn`t accept refusal of open himself up towards her.  This in turn causes her to mistrust him more and more, and the relation is not to last... but she has made an impression on him, and he on her.

In the second movie, Christian seems changed and does his best to succesfully reconnect with Ana.  Indeed, it is she that asks him to "punish" her again, as she is enthralled by the world he lives in, especcially as he opens up more and more towards her.  Even when his past comes back to haunt him...

Now, all in all, they aren`t that bad at all.  Lots of critique came on the role of Mr Grey, that he wasn`t Adonis reincarnated, but actually I thought he was excellentely cast.  He has that certain charisma and radiance of power to lure in his victims instead of just pure good looks.

To be continued next Valentine's Day it seems.

dinsdag 17 oktober 2017

Betrayal at House on the Hill - TSA friday the 13th

What better game to play on a friday the 13th, then a horror-like boardgame?

So past friday at TSA, we did just that as Nemesis, my GF, Albert and I sat down for a game of Betrayal.

Now, the concept of the game is that you at first work together to discover the "haunt", but that actually turns one of the players into a bid baddie the others suddenly must overcome.

I took the role of Father Rhinehart, an old priest that joined the investigation, and who's physical attributes are "poor" to say the least.

Soon I became isolated from the others, and basically failed to get any equipment as I kept spending time in trying to unlock the Vault.  However, in the meantime I had caused the Haunt to begin, and it turned out aliens where hiding in the house, trying to kidnap the players (Albert turned out to be the mind controlled pawn).

Time was running short as the spaceship needed to be destroyed, as the most physically strongest of the players was the evil one, and the best geared one, Nemesis, was lured towards the vessel.

In a stroke of more luck then talent, I broke the spell on him though, and stealing his spear in the process to be sure to have some chance of denting the spaceship for the final wound, something both Nemesis and the GF had already done.  The GF was subsequently mindcontrolled and dragged aboard the ship, while Nemesis was killed by the aliens.

Leaving an old priest suddenly the only man standing, but now geared with a heap of stuff from cracking the vault and the stolen spear.  I made the final roll to trash the ship (barely!), and was just lucky the alien couldn`t seem to mind control me due to the high Sanity on the character...

It was a fun game, taking about 2 hours to complete, and something we`ll probably play again somewhere down the line...

Emperor's Children ranged Helbrute

So as shown in the video from this week, I finished the Helbrute dreadnought for my Emperor's Children force.

Now, with my "love" for close combat and Death Guard, needless to say it got the long range variants, with as high a strength as possible.

So he has the Helbrute plasmacannon as well as the Missile Launcher options equipped.  This gives me a solid base of S8 shots (with the Krak missiles as well as the plasma) and a decent save modifier.

Now, I`m not a fan of the model itself, preferring the older metal and more robust dreads instead of these flesh monstrosities with plates stuck on them.  But heck, a man has to paint what a man has lying around now doesn`t he...

Next, the Predator will be finished!

maandag 16 oktober 2017

The Haul Report 103

Well, it`s been a quiet week indeed, and not that much to see here at all this time.

Now, next week I should receive a Gripping Beast order through Wayland Games, but for this week, well...

I got the new White Dwarf.  Central in it is the new Shadespire game, and apart from that it features some nice battle reports and new releases.

And I grabbed a fresh Steam card to lengthen my Final Fantasy subscription, but that is basically it for this week...

Well, see you all again next weekend for hopefully new shinies!

vrijdag 13 oktober 2017

On the Painting Desk 16

Yes, I know, a few hours earlier but I stole daylight this afternoon to do the taping of the video already.

And it has been a very good week, as I halved the stack of figures on my desk.

So what will be on the menu for the coming days?  Well, check out below:

See you next week with any progress made on my budding forces!

donderdag 12 oktober 2017

Emperor`s Children Havocs and Cultists

It has been a good week for painting, with the GF having a long series of graveyard shifts, meaning I could tackle the brushes at full speed.

And which means I completed two more units to reinforce and "reinvent" my Emperor's Children legion, in order to have them suit my playstyle far better then the headlong rush I was forced into at their first outing.

Being a lover of the ranged battle, the first thing I finished this week where a small squad of Havocs.  They will remain at 5 man, so no "meat shield" Marines in them, as their sole purpose is to become small vehicle hunter-killers.  You know, like that cursed bloat drone I wished to high hell and back in my last battle.
Armed with three plasmaguns for heavy shots while remaining mobile (and who can help burn holes in the regular t5 Death Guard marines as a bonus), I also included a lascannon for the "just in case" moments.

Combined with the necessary stratagems (like, +1 to wound rolls, or the fire twice one, heck even both) these should be able to finish small to mid level vehicles in one go, while if they could close to short range should dish out some serious plasma fire.

The second unit isn`t a unit "per se" but the completion of my Cultists unit, bringing their number to the aimed 20 and including the Cawdor Heavy Stubber.

The unit is also boosted by an additional 3 autogunners and 6 cultists geared more (lol) for close combat.

So all in all, a nice expansion on the force and granting some good ranged firepower boost to the army to replace my Warp Talons or Possessed on the line of battle.

Now to finish that Helbrute...