AoS: New scheme is working/ stream of thought rambling.

I re-did the colour scheme for my AoS Aelves and I’m liking the jade green as a secondary cloth colour with white as the main. It contrasts with the white and breaks up the model, making the overall scheme a success in my eyes.

Trying to finish up 10 shadow warriors before moving onto swordmasters but here’s a what’s going on so far:

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I’m using a fair bit of coelia greenshade but I’m pleased thus far. I know I said the same thing about the purple scheme but y’know, this is working. For real this time. I also went to replace my brushes and there were none of the kind I normally use so I’m making do with a few cheap synthetics at the moment. While they work well enough, I’m a discerning brush wielder! Non-synthetic or bust! Going to try and pop into a different store during the week but may as well order some Rosemary and Co. brushes online. There’s about a fortnight or just under until I attend a painting workshop so they need replacing. Truth be told I’m a little worried about the course as of late I don’t feel like I’m ready or at the level required. I guess one needs to do these things to improve.

Additionally I probably need to find a few more blog networks to add my blog to the roles. While I’m not concerned about likes/internet celebrity stuff I’d like at least to know that the utter drivel I type is eroding someone’s sanity, somewhere. Still kinda beating myself up over the House’s decline. It’s not my fault, not wholly but damnit there’s a shittonne of guilt. I still read the archived stuff every now and then, back when the monthly count was 20-odd posts. Part of it’s from nostalgia and part of it is to try and figure out when I actually decided to be a mouthy git on the internet. I can’t remember, but I think it was sometime in 2012. I’d like to believe that in 5-ish years time my writing skills have at least marginally improved.

Regardless, I’ve a huge as hell backlog or thoughts, ideas, projects and Things To Do that I should write up some kind of list. I’m time-poor at the moment, doing uni placement and also from night shifts. Hopefully that changes in June, when I finish placement. Gonna friggin’ graduate, finally! Placement was a long way off and then all of a sudden so very close. I did join a gym and am going to it, so that’s one strike in the ‘doing’ column. Getting into some sort of shape that isn’t “too tall to be fat but too flabby to be thin”. Currently off the top of my head, the projects/ideas/wants:

  • Not be single: Heh, this’ll take divine intervention but a man/fool can dream 😛 At least a date or two, shouldn’t be too hard, right? Right?! (haha, dem atrophied social skillz)
  • Make a gameboard or two- I ordered some dental plaster online back in January (post Cancon) and need to find time to cast stuff up, given how I haven’t used my Hirst Arts molds in some time. I’ve been meaning to do this for years and I need to approach it bit by bit, or obtain a job with holidays and use the holidays to be productive. Casual labour has pros and cons
  • Play some D+D- Wanted to, picked up AoS instead (properly, y’know, fer reals) and be a bit more social. I could totally be a berserker. Or a druid. Maybe a cleric and most definitely, a Warlock 😉 There’s a bunch of boardgames sitting unplayed too, so hopefully once I’m less time-poor…
  • Obtain new laptop/PC- This is a must for this year. I have no L key (just the touchpad) and firefox is turning off support for Vista. This piece of Archeotech dates back to 2008, so nearly a decade’s worth of service is really something.
  • Finish cleaning out unused/unwanted hobby stuff- I’m cash poor too, so it gives me time to paint the Aelves, play games with the faction and await the Aelf release to shoot huge wads of cash in GW’s general direction. The Skaven side of the Spire of Dawn sets is gonna hit ebay as I’ve enforced a ‘No Chaos’ policy for AoS. The End Times killed any chance of that due to happening so fast. Plus, filling out the skaven would be…expensive.
  • Obtain storage for models- I need a toolcase to stuff magnetised Malifaux away and something things safe between projects
  • Set up Vassal/get experience in with Wyrd Games: The Other Side playtest. The models won’t come until December this year but the postage isn’t much as the models are being made in Oz
  • Paint through the backlog- This is made worse through backing the Twisted kickstarter (the gentlefolk minis did it for me) and the order through Reaper I made to get ‘practice minis’.

There’s 4 minis in said reaper order (made back in Feb) I want to make a diorama for once I complete my painting course. There’s ‘Spirit of ‘ models so my idea is to make a circular diorama but have quarters dedicated to each season, but each quarter is it’s own diorama by itself. Think Voltron or something. I got those sculpts as they reminded me of the Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons game, in which you could alter the seasons at will to rescue the titular Oracle and not Zelda…unless you and a friend completed both Oracle games and used a game-link cable (this is before wireless) to join up for a secret quest, which ended in fighting Ganon to rescue Zelda.

I don’t play much in the way of videogames these days (and that’s another backlog thing to- play through both Kingdom Hearts Final Mix sets) but I do miss the 90’s through mid 00’s video game era. It was before the ‘graphics is the be all, end all’ circle jerk modern gaming has become and I miss sprites (those conglomeration of pixels that made up everything) and the 8-bit tracks. Maybe with all of the 90’s stuff coming back in vogue a bit, we might come full circle.

A’Spiring of Dawn: Painting Woes,

So I burned out quite fiercely on my chosen scheme for my Swifthawk Agents. The pastel purple just didn’t “look right” when I started doing the metallics. So, gonna strip them and re-do using a scheme taken from the 6th ed high elf army book- Jade green.

My main problem seems to stem from wanting to do the main cloth in a colour other than white, leaving that for the secondary cloth colour. This is almost as daft as building a castle on a swamp (Note: Make swamp castle board for AoS sometime in Future). It’s kinda sad in a way that I get stuck on this part of the hobby. I enjoy painting but if the colour scheme isn’t right I’ll fizzle quickly.

So, I’m gonna get some isopropanol from Bunnings as that strips paint, primer and all (or so I’m told) and re-do them all. In the meantime I’ve a second lot of SoD Aelves I can assemble/use as test minis for this new scheme.

The scheme for now is:

  • Prime white (or black, currently undecided on this- black makes them seem more Druchii-like and I’ll get the white cloth done with VMC deck tan, white means more trouble with the armour)
  • Basecoat secondary cloth (ie: lining, etc) with Incubi Darkness
  • Layer with Kabalite Green
  • Highlight sparingly with 50/50 Kabalite/Sybarite green

As for the spireguard shields, which really caused clashing with the purple, they’ll be done mimicking the typical seaguard colour- white sky, green water, red serpent.

Bleh.

A’Spiring of Dawn: The Warlock invades the Mortall Realms

So after writing a shitty rant when it first came out, then slowly warming to the idea, to slowing wanting to play, I finally got into Age of Sigmar through the Spire of Dawn elves/Aelves/Aeioulves. It is a helluva lot more fun than WHFB ever was, besides the hilarity of orcs. There was fun, slaughter and impossible dice rolls which left me leaving stoked and wondering why I ever left dice games. Today, the Dice Gods welcomed back their wayward child with open arms with the threat of crappy rolls, but not today.

My forces were:

  • High Warden on Griffon (henceforce shall be named Mittens, in accordance with Huge Scary Monster Naming Law)
  • Archmage
  • 10 swordmasters
  • 10 spireguard
  • 5 reavers

Versus Stormcast Eternals:

  • Relictor Banner Dude
  • Dude With Lantern
  • Dude with sword, hammer and hammercloak
  • 3 Prosecutors
  • 5 Liberators
  • 5 liberators
  • 2x 5 of the new infiltrator dudes

Surprisingly Stormcasts are cheapish, and definitely are Eternal. I learned that the Swifthawk elves are FAST. Like, LUDICROUS SPEED FAST.

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Seriously, probs even faster than that

At 14″ move with the reavers and 16″ for the Warden on Mittens (at full health) one can seriously bring the pain and bring it fast. The battalion ability from Spire of Dawn allows a unit with 16″ of the High Warden to make a move in the hero phase, effectively doubling a unit’s move.

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Seriously though, did I mention they’re fast?

Given the typical elf move of 6″, daaaaaaaaaamn. They can dish out the damage too, with my High Warden charging the 3 prosecutors (winged dudes, unsure on name) and forcing the last survivor to flee once both him and my reavers took pot shots. In turn 2, the Warden was ganged up on something fierce, but the Dice Gods allowed me to use some of the saved-up luck from over a year of not rolling dice. Mittens couldn’t hit anything with her beak attack, but them’s the breaks.

Stormcast can take the hits, really they can. The fixed hit/wound rolls are nice as there’s no mucking about with charts. Also sword masters could use the free move as they are 2 attacks chasing 3’s to hit and wound, with rend- basically a save modifier. They’re also fairly durable with the bulk of my army, mainly reavers and the spireguard falling to a stiff breeze. Mittens and the High Warden made so many saves it was awesome. Turn 2 looked something like this:

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The spireguard camp an objective (bottom blob), Mittens is surrounded, top right, the reavers picked a fight with my opponent’s general, the mage sits there casting spells and the swordmasters pace themselves and walk up slowly. Definitely need to keep them close to the warden, as they need extra speed and can reach the scrum thicker. THERE WAS NO BATTLE IN THE CENTRE OF THE BOARD AND THERE WAS NO GIANT COMBAT ANYWHERE. INGEST A PHALLUS, THOSE WHO HATE. Hey look, I came around, so whatever.

While people criticize the 4 pages of rules, AoS borrows from Malifaux and has the depth on each warscroll. So it might look like the size of a puddle, but that puddle is several kilometers deep. Gonna put paint to Elf and get some more Elves to bulk out the force. I’ve never had anything quite like this army before in that hit+run is a playstyle outside of ‘run up and hit them’. It’s good fun and damnit it felt good to be rolling dice again.

The Great Wall: Review- Wholesome B-movie fun

<Obligatory apology for not posting much, then posting something not hobby related>

Ok, so most people have an opinion on Matt Damon’s newest flick, The Great Wall. Most of this is negative, usually due to NOT DOING ANY RESEARCH AND FLAPPING YER DAMN GUMS INSTEAD. Anyhow, The Great Wall (hereby abbreviated to TGW) is a good, wholesome and solid B-movie. It’s not overdone on GGI, nor is it a simple “hurr durr kill stuffs, speshul FX asplosions” of the Clash of the Titans/Immortals variety. It is a goofy, ridiculous, over-the-top action-comedy that doesn’t take itself seriously in today’s World Gone Mad (it really has). I myself had reservations about the movie (and almost didn’t see it) but I’m glad I did.

Crappy review and mangling of the English Language, ahoy!Read More »

Malifaux: It’s not easy being green.

Over the Xmas/New Years holiday period, I received the gift of minis from my little bro, and hot diggity! It was some malifaux goodness! On the downside, it was for the Resurrectionist faction. His reasoning behind not getting something for the other 4 factions I use was “You work in a morgue” (which is blatantly untrue, there’s a distinct difference between morgue and histopathology lab but try explaining that to him).Read More »