Sunday, May 3, 2015

Menoth Project Finished!

Finally it's done. This is just a quick post. I want to get some better pics in soon, but the light in my apartment is really shitty right now.

This will have to do for now.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

28 Years of DaanofWar!

The Porcelain Protectorate.

This is just a short post. Don't have much to show for aside from the above Expemplar Cinnerators which I finished up last night. I'm intentionally postponing basing my menoth. I'm afraid I'm going to choose something crappy and ruin it and draw all the attention away from the color scheme.

I now only have 4 models left to paint. 3 Wracks and the Testament. Hopefully I'll be able to finish the army somewhere around next week. So look out for more flowery images then.

Maybe you already got it from the title but.. it's my birthday today! I got a set of awesome "planet" glasses (one glass for each of the planets in the solar system) from Joyce and I bought myself a 'new' 3ds xl. So I might just spend the coming days playing monster hunter and sipping some sweet coke from Uranus instead.

 "Uranus". Get it?
Death to the False Emperor!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Soldering On!

Last week I promised an update on my Menoth project:

My apologies for the obvious phone pic, but all the things you need to see are there.

The flowery cloaks are all done on all the models that should have them. I also did the metal bits and the washes on my Exemplar Cinnerator unit, The Palladins of the Order of the Wall and The High Reclaimer (who is not pictured in the image above). Hopefully I can spend the little time I have this week on getting them finalized. After that there'll only be Wracks and Wrecks left to go.

The Wracks are a bit special though. In an effort to make them look a bit more awesome along with the reasoning of "those bits were going to be a pain to put on anyway", I had the idea of equiping my wracks with actual moving chains and weights. Not an uncommon idea with Wracks (I've seen someone else do it before), but something perhaps a little more unique is the way I attached the dangly chains: by utilizing a soldering iron.

Soldering metal bits onto tin actually worked surprisingly well! It was a first for me, but with a little patience I soon had all 6 chains and weights attached. So far the obvious advantages are the very strong bonds, these chains are not going to come off during battle/transportation. The downside though is that soldering is still a very dangerous way to hobby. Despite a lot of precautions I did end up burning my finger. Also, once you start melting the tin: there's no way back. You have to do it right, right away. There are a couple of bonds that I have to say I'm not perfectly happy with, but there's absolutely no way of undoing them now. The metals are truly molded together.

Overall I'm happy with the result and happy that these models were such perfect pieces to experiment on. If I ever find the need to try my hand at soldering mini's again I might try and make a more detailed WIP on the process.

Death to the False Emperor!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New (read: Old) Projects!

Hey Everyone!

We're not dead yet here at DaanofWar! In fact, remember that Drake McBain from last post? Well, I ordered him an army:

There's a full Press Ganger unit already basecoated, with some Kayazy Assassins, Wrong Eye & Snapjaw, an Underboss, a Bull Snapper and nana nana nana nana... Ragmaaan!

But before I finish those guys I've decided to get my Menoth force out of the way first. I've spent the first part of the evening soldering some custom chains on my Wracks and hopefully do some actual painting later tonight.

This is all the stuff I still need to do for Menoth. And also glue an arm back on my Talon, which is just for me personally I guess.

It's going to be a busy week, but I'm going to try and keep this blog updated on my progress! The McBain army is intended to be used in tournaments in the near future so the sooner it's done, the happier I'll be.

Death to the False Emperor!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Drake MacBain and Winged Chaos Sorcerer

I started painting again this week. Purely to avoid not finishing any of my vows this month.

I tried to get a daylight picture, but we're at the point this year where the sun has already set before I am able to get home from work.
Tried some new things with these guys. The bone wings and the flesh shoulderpad were fun to paint on the sorcerer and I tried to do something different with Drake's yellow armor wash. Either way, both of these models are now painted.

In other news, last week I mentioned I was going to help start up a new campaign at the local gamestore. Well, so far the campaign system which I helped design looks like it's working pretty well! It's based on an idea that came from Dirk (who's going to run the campaign), where every player has to build their army based on a force org chart that they drafted from a deck of cards. It's kind of a wierd idea but I hope we found a way to make it work. So this friday people will start playing their first battles and hopefully things won't be too unbalanced.

Also: Assassin's Creed Unity as well as Dragon Age: Inquisition are great games so far. There's a couple things to gripe about in both games (the gameplay bugs in AC:U being one of the most frustrating), but the experience so far has been great overall on both accounts. So, in between painting I'll probably also still be trying to get out of the Hinterlands...

Death to the False Emperor.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Warmachine Battrep!

Haven't been painting or playing much recently. Between halloween and an inconveniently placed company event, I haven't been able to go to my local game store as much. I did go again last friday, which means I have another battle to blog about, and some upcoming painting projects to present.

I played a 50pts Warmachine Battle friday against Niek and his "Ocean's" list. It's a list that uses pSorcha, a Behemoth and a whole bu 1nch of mercenaries. The original creator of the list called it Ocean's 18 as it used exactly 18 models at the time, but Niek's version has since made various alterations to the lineup. Aside from pSorcha and the Behemoth he used Cylena Reafyll & Nyss Hunters, eAlexia, pEiryss, Gorman, Dougal MacNaile, Rorsh and Brine and a unit of Greylord Outriders. It's a really tough list to beat for the ammount of high damage output models that are coming at you at the same time. It's a list he's taken to tournaments before and this time he'd be using it against my most recent pMagnus list.

Because I wanted to use my new Galleon and I have a fairly limited mercenary collection, I used the following: pMagnus, 2 Renegades, a Galleon, Gorman, Dougal MacNaile, Orin Midwinter, Stannis Brocker, a full unit of Croe's Cutthroats and a full unit of Steelhead Halberdiers.

After deployment our set-up looked something like this:

Start of Turn 1
We were playing a steamroller scenario with objectives (the blue markers), but neither of us paid much attention to it, so I won't bother anyone with the details here. The first turns started out ok, with Niek mostly just moving forward and me making some early game mistakes. After Niek's advance deployments of Eiryss I wasn't happy with the positioning of my solo's, so I decided to do some run moves in a couple of wierd directions. In hindsight I should've just stuck to my original plan for the solo's as in turn 2, none of them were where I wanted them to be either.

Start of Turn 2.
During turn 2, Niek made some aggressive moves with his Greylords to take out most of my Halberdiers and used Rorsh and Brine to take out Stannis. His Nyss Hunters and Eyriss took out a couple of my Cutthroats, but nothing else major was accomplished. Things looked to be getting tough for me in turn 3 though, unless I managed to pull of something genius. In an effort to take out the Greylords (I've become very afraid of stationary effects), I decided to use the Galleon in melee. In hindsight, this was also a mistake.

After this game I need to remember that the Galleon is much better used for shooting and taking damage in the early turns. Even if it's the only thing that can kill a certain enemy unit. I tried to use what remained of my Cutthroats and Halberdiers to damage Rorsh and the Nyss Hunters, but bad dice put a stop to that rather quickly. I fired off my obliterator missiles at the Behemoth (which was useful at least) and at Alexia, who I almost boxed. Long story short: turn 2 should have been a critical turn for me, but due to some bad strategy and bad luck I was not prepared for the turn 3 that was to come.

Start of turn 3.
Niek's turn 3 was suprisingly light on the damage part. He mopped up the last of the halberdiers and did a lot of damage to my Galleon, but I didn't lose a lot of actual models. Despite all of this his board position was very strong by the end of the turn and there were almost no positions in which I could keep Magnus safe if I didn't somehow kill a lot of very tough models. In my turn I decided to go for broke and try an attempt at killing Sorcha. The only way to do it (we found after much discussion and calculation) was to roll consistently above average with my Galleon's cannons. It only took me two dice rolls to crush these feeble hopes. After that, turn 4 saw the end of the Traitor.

What was good about this battle is that I learned a lot about how to use the Galleon as well as that I need more units that are either very good on their own, or have actually useful combo's going on between them. An Ocean's list is very much about the points-efficiency and individual power of each model. If I ever plan to counter that I'll need to either have a lists that works together or has equally efficient units/solo's.

What's next?

Next week I'm going to help a friend start up a new 40k campaign at our local gamestore and make an attempt at finishing my's painting vows for this month. Hopefully I can stay committed and not get distracted by all the fantastic games coming out this month. Assassin's Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Pokémon Alpha Saphire are all looking to be competing for my free time these weeks.

Speaking of Pokémon: I'm also attempting to finish White 2 in time for the new games since I've never gotten around to doing so. Anyway, so far I've found that warmachine casters make some of the best nicknames ever!

My team so far.
Death to the False Emperor.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Warmachine Weekends

Last week I didn't really paint much even though I really intended to. Things were interrupted mainly because I had an unplanned night shift on wednesday and spent most of my free time that week doing house cleaning (which is also important!).

Despite my poor performance that week, I made up for it on the weekend. I played Niek for a game against his Khador and another one against some Skorne that he proxied. I lost both games as I still struggle with the basic warmachine rules and I don't really have a good strategy figured out yet. I probably need to do some experimenting with different armylists next time.

After the battles, Niek told me he'd been thinking about getting rid of his Galleon. I've seen Niek's Galleon before and I remembered that he painted it in pretty much the same colour scheme that I used in my own army. Long story short: I have now acquired a new Galleon! And I don't even need to paint it!

DaanofWar presents: "The Galleon" a.k.a. "The Awesomest Collosal".

Also present in the above picture, are the two Croe's Cutthroats that I painted on sunday. Now I also have that unit finished. Finally.

This week I hope to get started on some characters that I've been meaning to paint for a long time. My chaos lord on jetbike, Drake McBain and my chaos sorcerer with wings. If I can get that done this week I'll truly have accomplished something for once. So that's it for this week's update. See you next week!

Death to the False Emperor!