Mittens is complete!
My friend Cadie joined me last night for an evening of painting miniatures. She had some weird little fantasy commissions to work on for another friend of ours, and I took the opportunity to paint Mittens. I got the bulk of it done last night (we painted until about 130) and finished up this morning while my boys did some painting of their own:
They were very excited to join in!
I went with a mixed bag approach, an Ambot that’s been sourced or repaired using multiple donor bots. Unless otherwise specified, any named paints are Vallejo.
The torso and right arm are painted in an Olive Drab that’s a little more military than my original goal, but it’s also a nice subtle core to wrap the more interesting colours around. The left pauldron and right leg are a Heavy Red, and the left limbs are both painted in a construction-themed combination of Deep Yellow and Black. Machine parts and cables are a varied mix of Bronze, Brass, Oily Steel, and some Citadel Warplock Bronze. A few joints are done in a Vermilion Red/Gory Red mix to give them an industrial casing sort of feel.
Overall I’m very happy with how he turned out, and excited to field at least 2 freshly painted models next weekend.
I gave him a bit of wear and tear to finish him up. I’d thought about working some rust pigments into the machine parts and joints and such, but ended up just settling for a bit of Burnt Cadmium Red in those spaces. Full blown rust effects just seemed unnecessary, and not entirely in line with the rest of the work I’d done here (especially since I tend to go a little overboard with the rust weathering, haha).
I *did* add a bit of light gore to go along with the weathering. Nothing too insane, but a bit around the sawblade hands, plus some under the lifted foot. Sorta like he stepped on somebody and now he’s tracking them around. Grin.
I cannot wait plop this guy down on the table next time. Hoping he’ll scare the bejabbers out of somebody,
After preordering the box, and buying all the Gang War books, and the hardcover rewrites (with slipcase!), and some extra Escher cards, I have *finally* played a couple actual games of the new Necromunda.
I like it.
That said, let’s get the worst out of the way. The rulebooks. The Gang War supplements are a tire fire (tyre fire?) of retcon design, full of ‘Replace pages 17-24 from your first supplement with the following…’, etc. The fact that they parceled out the rules in this manner angers me to no end. It’s like the hardcopy version of offensively designed DLC; imagine you paid $90 for a videogame only to find out when you got home that it was episode 1 of 5 (providing only 4 hours of gameplay) and that each additional episode would be $35. Oh, and a year later $99 would get you the whole thing, with all the bugs worked out.
The hardcover rewrites are a definite improvement, but still manage to kind of fail all over the place, in glorious Games Workshop style. The rules are of course split (rather arbitrarily it sometimes seems) between two books, and constantly reference other rules in other parts of the book (or the other book) while rarely providing page numbers or anything else. It’s like everything is cross – referenced but with no actual references. Oh, and there’s no index. Just a minimal table of contents that’s pretty much limited to what are essentially chapter titles. Kind of reminds me of the second edition of Infinity; it reads okay, but looking anything up is a nightmare. Except that Infinity provided an amazing online wiki that pretty much negated any need to look anything up in their rulebook, and also *fixed* those shortcomings when it came time to release 3rd edition. The Necromunda hardcovers are literally the clearer *rewrite* of the new Necromunda rules and the only real improvement they seem to have bothered to make over the Gang War supplements is that they reduced the number of books from 5 to 2, and deleted the paragraphs that were retconned out of the rules. Grr. I like this game, but GW has pretty much hung themselves out to dry as far as my hobby cash is concerned.
K, just needed to get that out the old system, thanks. Moving on.
Necromunda 2017. First off, the game uses an alternating activation system that feels like they ripped it directly out of the Frostgrave rulebook, right down to Leaders and Champions having the option of activating additional models alongside themselves (models within 3″, even, haha). I’m fine with this – it’s a great system that keeps everybody more engaged and provides additional tactical depth – but I totally find myself mixing up the details with the Frostgrave method. Good thing they’re so darn similar, haha!
Close combat is *not* a face to face roll of any kind, which threw me off in my first game. Unlike Frostgrave, Infinity, or even the old Necromunda, being the one that charges in and attacks is a pretty big deal. If you can take somebody out fast enough, they won’t even get to strike back. I’m still up in the air about this, but I don’t hate it. I think I just need to get used to it. Might make armour more useful in this iteration. If they release a ‘slow’ gang at any point (I’m thinking of Mordheim’s dwarves right now), I expect they’ll be pretty much boned.
Shooting is pretty much what you’d expect, although they’ve tried to ‘simplify’ the stats as they’ve done with so many games recently. So your ballistic skill will be 4+ instead of 3; means the same but fewer charts. Makes some of the modifiers actually feel *less* intuitive, but that’s quite possibly just because I’ve used so many variations of the old system for so long that it feels more natural than it is. A lot of the heavy weapons are cheaper than they were in the old Necromunda, but on trying to use them in game, I think it balances out. ‘Unwieldy’ (N17’s trait for move-or-shoot) is pretty brutal. By making heavy weapons a double action instead of single (rather than just requiring no movement), one is prevented from aiming carefully, or even from using most of the sights and other upgrades. A suspensor modification negates this, but effectively increases the weapon costs by 60 each. Like I said, seems to balance them out okay, but it also means that some of the basic and special weapons seem a bit undercosted. Hopefully nobody tries to play this competitively, or you’d probably see a lot of lists spamming a lot of identically outfitted minis.
I think that’s all I’ve got to say at the moment. I like the new Necromunda, and hopefully will continue to.
The very day I was leaving town to visit a friend of mine, what should arrive in the mail? My Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter, courtesy of Bad Squiddo Games. F:GA will make a larger appearance in some future posts, no doubt, but the reason I went with Bad Squiddo was to add in a few additional miniatures, including a couple of Statuesque miniatures for use with my very unofficial Escher gang.
Rosa the machinegunner was first to get built upon my return to the frozen North, and of course I opted to do some pinning. Her joints varied from a light ball/socket treatment to flat pairs, and I don’t like to take chances. Plus I generally enjoy pinning. That said, Rosa is not a big model (Statuesque is a true scale sort of deal), so we went with staples. Having a smaller bit has been wonderful in terms of being able to pin truescale miniatures without putting them at huge risk (some of my Infinity miniatures are almost more pin than model at some joints).
Fortunately the staples have some give to them (just like the copper wire I use for bigger pinning jobs) so the opposed angles of the arm and wrist didn’t prevent this from working at all. That said, I was definitely wishing I’d thought the angles through a little more before starting.
I’m definitely pleased with the end result. Rosa is a mini I looked at ages ago when I first started looking into Necromunda, but looking at only a couple of miniatures direct from Statuesque meant shipping was going to hurt a little too much too justify. Not that it was outrageously high, but split across only a couple of minis it just didn’t go far enough for me.
I also picked up a second Statuesque mini for use as an Escher juve:
I’ve got lots of gangers and quite a number of heavy options, but I’m pretty short on appropriate juve miniatures, so I’m looking to increase my options there. I also picked a up a couple of girls hauling guns and teddy bears from Hasslefree, but no doubt they’ll make an appearance later.
Started painting my kill team for Shadow War: Armageddon a week or two ago. The goal was to get one of these guys into shape for the Science Fiction / Modern painting competition, but I just didn’t sink the time in this month, so my Caledonian Volunteer will be taking on that role. My partially painted kill team *did* see some Shadow War action this past weekend, though. Sergeant Jaeger Hel led Hel’s Half-Acre into Von Stravo Spire on Saturday and faced off against some Tau.
I didn’t take a single picture.
The Tau had a few missions under their belts already, but the previous one had gone south, so I was facing a field-promoted leader. They had a few tricks, but I outranged them by a significant margin and was able to use that to my advantage. My sniper and a lasgun Veteran were able to knock the Tau rail rifles out of commission within the first couple of turns, and the only guy I had go down to enemy fire rolled a 1 in the recovery phase and got back up with a flash wound. My favorite moment in the game was probably when one of my Specialists managed to hit the enemy leader with a krak grenade from his launcher, only to roll a 1 to wound. Lucky guy.
I captured one of the rail-riflemen, and earned 200 monies to spend on recruiting/rearming, so I hired a new guy and kitted him out.
I spent the full 200, so this guy is as ready as he can be for whatever comes his way.
‘Til next time.
Our seventh and final session of Necromunda ‘season one’ was a relatively cooperative mission co-starring a whole mess of giant spiders. We discovered that our various missing gang members had been snatched by spiders, and set out to rescue them. There were only three of us this weekend, and we each selected five gang members to field.
It’s been weeks since I started this post. Let’s see what I can come up with at this point.
There were cocoons scattered all over the battlefield; some of these contained the gangers that went missing during the previous session (Hurricane Amy, for example), others contained random civilians whose families would pay to have them back, and the remainder contained dried husks. (We couldn’t save everybody, grin.)
There were several spiders on the battlefield when we started, and every spider death caused a random roll resulting in 0-2 additional spiders. I had a rough start, rolling terribly and losing both my leader Brynja Spearhavok and Calamity Jane Winchester, who went to her rescue.
I thought I was a goner, but my dice picked up, and the rest of my crew started to shine. Helkat had her best game ever, going several rounds in a row with the heavy stubber’s sustained fire, making a ridiculous number of successful ammo rolls and landing a huge number of wounding hits (six, I think, over the course of the entire game)!
Jailbird and Eva Destruction rounded out the crew and both performed admirably. At the end of the evening, the Saxon Violets scored well, and finished second in the overall campaign.
First prize was a Gorkamorka mob, and since the first place player had one already, he claimed a Necromunda hired gun instead and passed the mob on to me!
Gorkamorka is the next old school campaign being run in the shop, so I’ll have to make an extra effort to get out and play, now that I have this super sweet mob.
Last Saturday my Saxon Violets faced off against an Orlock gang for the first time, and they did really well. It was a relatively quick game due to the girls’ effectiveness, but lots of fun, and they are now sitting at a *very* close 3rd in the campaign. I doubt I’ll make 1st (I’d probably need to draw the first place gang as an opponent, beat them, *and* take out 2 heavies completely), but 2nd is definitely a possibility.
I went first. Just about everybody ran forward and into what cover they could find on my first turn. Helkat unleashed some heavy stubber fire on an Orlock heavy, pinning him.
Brynja Spearhavok, the Violets’ leader, deployed via vents in a position where she could provide backup to Eva Destruction without her stupidity being too much of a liability, Eva vented in near a group of three juves in the hopes of using her flamer in the early game, and Hurricane Amy vented into a position where she could hopefully assault either the Orlock heavy or his backup.
The Orlocks took some shots, but the Violets stood their ground. At the end of their turn, their heavy got back up, and they *also* vented into the battlefield, one ganger arriving in cover about 9″ from Bettie Rage, and the leader arriving along with a backup ganger behind Calamity and Skitterbritches. Both also had a good LOF on Jailbird, Maybelline, and Patricia.
On the beginning of my turn – the turn that Hurricane would *finally* have charged somebody and engaged in close combat – the random campaign event resulted in an unidentified monster abducting her. Arrrgh!
As if lashing out in frustration, the Saxon Violets turned up the heat. Bettie Rage sprinted the 9″ needed to charge that vented Orlock and went completely bonkers on him!
7 hits, 7 wounds; we was very much out. Helkat fired once more on the Orlock heavy, and this time succeeded in taking him out. Jailbird attempted an autogun shot on the leader’s backup, but he was behind a ton of cover that prevented her from making the shot. Skitterbritches tried next, with a much cleaner shot. The ganger was down, but not out. Calamity (who needs a bio, as she’s been a very solid contributor lately) was able to take out the leader of the Knuckle Dusters with a well-placed boltgun round.
Eva was getting up in the faces of several juves by the end of the turn, so my second turn ended with one ganger taken out by a mysterious attacker, and three out (plus one down) for the other gang.
The Knuckle Dusters voluntarily bottled, and the Saxon Violets claimed their Mine Workings for their own!
In other news, Patricia became a specialist… can you say ‘new mini’!?
So, we’ve got a local fellow that occasionally runs classic miniatures games at the shop. A few months ago he ran a Mordheim campaign, and he is now running a six-session Necromunda campaign. This past Saturday, I was able to make it out to play, and so I have now had my first foray into Necromunda! It was a short game, as my opponent panicked and bottled fairly early, but I could hardly blame him; my Escher flamethrower unit came out of the vents on a nearby building and blasted three of his Goliath gangers on the second turn, knocking his leader out of the fight and sing the other two on fire. I’m inexperienced enough he might have turned it around, but my position was pretty strong.
I netted minimal experience for my win, rolling 1’s and 2’s for almost everybody (nobody advanced), but I did manage to Rare Trade a mono sight to mount on my heavy stubber.
Next time I’ll introduce some of the girls!
Finished up the passenger last night, giving him both a missile launcher (for the h-k) and a stormbolter. I also adjusted the lascannon mount; the gunner fits far better now.
The stormbolter/h-k combo is a little much on one guy, so I think I’m going to give the stormbolter to the driver. Otherwise it’s just down to magnets and details at this point. And I’ve got lots of ideas for fun details.
Given how long it’s been since I did much with 40k, it’s probably worth prefacing this entry a little. So. The Unyielding…
The Unyielding are a lost chapter trapped aboard a massive space hulk slash ship’s graveyard (whether by fate or strange science, it attracts ships through the warp which generally crash into it and become enmeshed), and consists of the original lost chapter plus various members of lost squads, companies, and kill teams that they’ve come across on this hulk-world. Originally I just liked the idea of creating fluff that excused me not painting all the second hand models I’ve bought, but it eventually gave rise to such fun concepts as the Jump Wolf Veterans and the Thunderbolt Vindicator. The newest addition to the Chapter is going to a Razorback. Sort of.
You know those makeshift mobile artillery vehicles consisting of a pickup truck with an anti aircraft gun mounted in the bed? Well, that’s what this
made me think of.
Apparently there’s a very nice looking vehicle that follows a similar theme available from forgeworld (it looks like a Halo buggy), but a) forgeworld=$$$ and b) I wanted that repurposed feel that one gets from the classic pickup. I wanted it to look like the Unyielding had taken a truck and mounted a gun on it. I came very close to just buying this sabre platform for the mounted fun portion, but again, forgeworld. Even getting a great deal on it (used at the shop I work at), it would still make up half the cost of the unit. So bitz it is.
First step was to find a pickup (or the 40k equivalent), which brought me to a second hand ork trukk. Missing a few pieces, but that was fine since I was planning on converting it anyway. So not just a truck, but a *captured* truck.
My initial attempt at the lascannon mount got a little out of hand. It started out reasonable, but I kept adding cool bits and pieces until it towered over the truck. Oops.
I’m sure I’ll find a use for a rotating twin-linked lascannon turret at some point, but this isn’t that use. Round 2.
I think I’m going to tweak the mount a little, as the poor marine manning the thing is almost falling off the platform, but I’m mostly happy with it and don’t have magnets, so I moved on to the driver and such. Fun finicky stuff.
Hopefully I’ll get to make a little more progress tonight…
I’m back! And even more impressive, I’m back in the world of Warhammer 40k, where I haven’t been for quite a while. My regular group was getting fairly bored/frustrated with the state of the game by the end of sixth edition – I’ve only played one game of 7th since its release – but we’re starting to feel ready to dip back in. Certainly not on a tournament level or anything (There’s way too much ridiculous going on at the moment, and I don’t think any of us can be bothered to keep up), but on a goofy homebrewed scenario level I think it’s just about time we all got reacquainted. So that’s our plan. To reintroduce our own flavour via scenarios, similar to when we developed the Cruenta Campaign.
Now, that’s all just plans… the actual act/event that has prompted a 40k blog entry is my newly acquired Stormraven Gunship! I’ve wanted one of these for ages, but it’s been pretty hard to sell myself on one, cost-wise. Last week I managed to snag one, still in the shrink, for $50cdn, which seems about as good a deal as I’m ever going to get on a brand new one (and I’ve so seldom bought new warhammer that assembly has been a whole extra treat so far.
I normally paint the interior of a 40k vehicle by opening the assault ramp and just spraying some primer in there. This time I went all out, did some masking, and actually primed the interior separately.
I even made some minimal effort to paint a couple details in there!
I also decided to have a little fun with this one, and added some bloody boot prints. Still a ways to go, but it’s nice to feel excited about some aspect of 40k again!
In case anybody is wondering, that’s a Krylon flat black; looks very very grey in the photos.