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BBC – Back to Base-ics, Tales of a Master Baser

October 17, 2010

So i cracked on with my bases, and only just managed to get them completed. Now i decided coming into this project that because this was going to be one of my new demoing battleboxes i would a) Paint them in the standard colours and b) not go OTT on the basing. This meant i got to ply my trade at doing some pretty basic bases, which i haven’t done in a long time. so my tools of the trade that i used:

GW sand
GW Gravel (not sure if they still do this)
PVA glue
Super glue
GW Scorched Grass flock
GW Burnt Grass flock

I unfortunately managed to lose all my pictures of me making the bases, but the process was simple:

Super glue and glue down some gravel in patches
Water down pva all over the base and dip in sand
PVA in splodges on the base and glue down some more gravel
Seal the whole lot with Watered down PVA

the painting side of it i managed to capture however, with some decidedly dodgy photos!

a basecoat of Umbral Umber, or GW Scorched Brown


a second coat of Thornwood green, or GW Charadon Granite


a light coat of Bootstrap Brown, or Calthan Brown GW


a very light drybrushing of Khemri brown


Paint the rocks, i did greatcoat grey, codex grey, fortress grey. the greatcoat grey could be missed out.


I mixed scorched grass and burnt grass together to create a darker flock, and applied with super glue.


Painted edges, i like to call this 'Rimming'

Next update Tuesday: WIP Sorscha!

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The Battle Box Challenge!

October 11, 2010

So i realised the other day when i posted the Cardboard battle report up, i’ve really dropped the ball a little bit. I felt a little ashamed when Iron Agenda linked us in show notes and we were lacking any form of new post…

I need to explain my absence a little. First of all, i’ve got a little bit into Malifaux. so my recent (but little) hobby has been focused on painting up my Kirai crew. Secondly, i’ve been working like a fricking mad dog, but as a result, i now have a fair whack of monies available.

Now, feeling the urge to get back into my Warmachine hobby, i decided i needed a new challenge. Something akin to the original BTC, but something that would keep the Blog ticking over aswell. After seeing Lost Hemisphere’s plastic casters article, i knew i had to get one of these new battleboxes.

So here’s the Challenge:
Starting from the 15th October i shall have fully assembled, painted and based one Battlebox from a faction of my choice by 31st October
There will be updates every other day.

now i know what you’re thinking, ’16 days? pff easy’. Well let me answer that… This isn’t a challenge that is meant to be tough, or difficult, it’s just designed to get me back blogging regularly, and get me painting what will hopefully be a new faction for me (even though i can guarantee i WILL be doing gators) and it’s a little fun.

Now here’s the real fun part!

I’m basically throwing this challenge out to everyone who reads the blog. Build a battlebox with me! send me your WIP photos, any Photos you have of recently painted battleboxes, or any battleboxes you’re particularly proud of!

Oh and just so you know, the battlebox i have chosen to do is…

For the Motherland!

P.s: My username has changed on the PP forums, now look out for me as PG_Tips!

Southport Showdown! Jase’s Review

September 6, 2010

So this Saturday just passed we had the Southport Showdown! Hai-ooooooo!

Petezilla, our gracious host, had one stipulation, use a caster you’re not familiar with. So i thought i’d test a possible Nationals 2011 caster, i emailed and text a few people and managed to wrangle enough models to field my proposed armies. It was an escalating event, here’s my lists:

15 pts
eSkarre
Seether
Skarlock
10 Satyxis +UA

25 pts
as above +
Satyxis Captain
2x Deathrippers

35 pts
as above +
Leviathan

50 pts
as above +
10 Bane Thralls +UA
Bane Lord Tartare Sauce

now we played 6 games over the course of the day, of which i won 2! (should have been 3 but one was rudely snatched away as i expended every last resource to kill eDoomy, then as we were about to pack away someone shouts TOUGH! eDoomy then proceeded to roll a 6 😦 ) Now because i can’t remember most of the games, i’m just gunna photo dump! Here we go….

My final game was against PeteZ’s horrid eKreoss infantry Horde, which i got no pictures of!

we started at roughly 11am, and finished at close to midnight, it was n awesome and epic day, and my thanks goes out to Petezilla and the other guys for an amazing day! hopefully there will be more upcoming photo dumps by the other guys!

eSev vs Rhyas: Round 2!

August 13, 2010

About a week ago I posted up a report of a game myself and Vish played with the promise of a second part when we swapped armies. I took control of the Legion while Vish played with the old man.

Unfortunately I don’t remember massive amounts about this game and didn’t take many pictures. Lets see what we can figure out about the game from the pictures I did take, awesome detective powers! Away!!

  • Here my swordsmen are trying to block in the TFG and stall the Protectorate for as long as possible while Rhyas and her beast strike force zip up the flank.
  • Typhon and his rubbish rat5 has just managed to kill 3 TFG, 12 points well spent, he is about to get pounded.
  • Vish, who usually runs obnoxious infantry armies, did a pretty good job of making his ‘jacks trip over each other in the bottleneck between the forest and the wall.
  • The Warmongers spent most of the game walking up that flank because of Fear of God.

  • Seraphs are pretty cool for killing casters! Rapport helps.
  • Previously, Rhyas dashed across the battlefield at a Reckoner tying up the Seraph, sword held to the side she leaped upwards off the Reckoner’s cannon and sheared the ‘jacks head clean off, she landed on the ‘jack’s smokestacks as the ‘jack stood motionless for a few moments only stepping off a moment before the it hit the ground.
  • Furthermore, the Templar has just made a tit of itself by trying to hit and missing that swordsman 3 or 4 times.

Hurray! A second win! I guess I had the upper hand what with both armies being mine. Until next time.

in a bit

petezilla



Epic Kreoss

August 12, 2010

Here he is:

What a fatty.

…to Urcaen and back

July 11, 2010

Mikael Kreoss’ prayers were cut short. Outside of his personal tent of prayer the Protectorate occupied Laelese town of Leryn and hub of the Northern Crusade stirred with fear and unease. Much of the Exemplar order had come with Kreoss to the north and had grown weary because of recent attacks. Cryxian thralls had recently been appearing sporadically outside the city walls and detachments of knights had to scramble to see off the small skirmishing forces. Unfortunately, as soon as one group of thralls had been seen off another group would emerge on the other side of the city. Where were they coming from? Although for Kreoss and the Exemplar stationed in Leryn battle is a form of devotion to Menoth, these random attack where wearing the faith of the crusaders thin and rumours where rife of a larger undead force preparing to strike. Furthermore, there is something disconcerting about dispatching shambling undead creatures wearing menofix necklaces. Kreoss assumed another group of thralls must be on their way. He gave thanks to his God once more before rising from his knees, his men needed leadership.

Kreoss emerged from his tent in a cloud of incense and stood between his two Bastion escorts, standing forever vigilant in their heavy armour. He looked out to see that the cause of commotion was not coming from outside the city walls but was striding silently through the Protectorate encampment. Behind the dark figure two detatchments of Kreoss’ Knights Exemplar marched as did a detachment of Temple Flameguard that Kreoss had not previously seen. To further his surprise Kreoss’ personal Crusader, Fires of Salvation, marched with the same sure conviction of the faithful soldiers. Nearby Knights only stopped trying to dissuade their brothers in arms from marching with their new leader when they noticed the Grand Exemplar’s presence. As his troops marched past him Kreoss simply stood and watched stoically. Although a flood of emotions ran through him he did nothing. He was outraged with his men for abandoning their posts and with the one know as the Testament of Menoth, leader of the reclaimant order, for ‘liberating’ his men. However, Kreoss’ anger was stilled. Partly out of fear, he knew the High Reclaimer could reclaim whoever he deemed fit and that Kreoss himself was not exempt. Mostly he simply stood and watched because he knew who the High Reclaimer was. No other Menite knew the mind of Menoth or the nature or Urcaen as he did. He gripped the tablet of the Creator’s laws taken from Urcaen itself. He knew that Fires of Salvation and the Knights that followed the Testament of Menoth did not do so at a whim but that the Testament was on an ordained mission and the troops that followed him had also been chosen and knew innately that it was Menoth’s will that they follow this man. As Kreoss watched an indispensable portion of his garrison walk away he knew that they not only followed a man, they followed Menoth’s will and that these men would follow the Testament to Urcaen and back.

After I wrote my second Stoke 25pt tourney list I realised that the list looked a lot like ToM had borrowed a lot of resources from Kreoss. I’m not really big on fan-fiction but that scene appeared in my head and the High Reclaimer/Testament is flipping cool so it had to be done. So here is the list:

Testament of Menoth

Fire of Salvation

Hierophant

Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts)

Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts)

Temple Flameguard (Leader and 9 Grunts)

High Paladin Dartan Vilmon

The Wrack (3 wracks)

As previously stated I’m going for fully painted at this tourney. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on the second unit of Knights Exemplar and they are turning out ok. I’ve now got another 2 weeks to finish 2 more Knights, Fires of Salvation and ToM himself. He has just come out of the garage after stewing in nail varnish remover:

Good ol' ebay, models in the wrong colour scheme for a cheap, cheap price!

You thought wading through the hordes of the damned was bad? Thats got nothing on nail varnish remover!

It shouldn’t be too difficult to get all that finished in time.

I chose to bring the Testament as my second caster after Reznik not only because I dig the whole reclaimer thing but since MKII kicked off he has been pretty maligned. The biggest single reason for this was that cavalry impact attacks where made compulsory which stopped the classic Venger assassination run on the feat turn. Although be aware **it has recently been decreed that impact attacks are optional** the sales of PoM cavalry might pick up now! – http://privateerpressforums.com/showthread.php?16411-Incorporeal-and-Impact-hits&p=416021#post416021

Anyway, my list! This list is the opposite of my Reznik list as it has a very high model count for a 25pt list. ToM loves having loads of infantry. The TFG provide cheap souls who can get to that irritating def 15 with ashen veil. The Knights provide accurate heavy hitters who are good revive targets. These two work brilliantly together if the feat turn (army goes incorporeal and can charge without LOS) isn’t going to be used for the assassination run. The TFG with a their nice threat range can get stuck into your opponents back field/support models while the Knights can get stuck into the solid stuff on their front line. Even if this doesn’t totally gut your opponents army it leaves them in a bizarre situation where they have your army all mixed up in their army (eww, you got Protectorate in my Cryx) it’s brilliant.

On the other hand, if you want to use the feat to end the game we have FoS who moves 5” and attacks in your maintenance phase if a friendly model was killed within 5” of it. Fires of Salvation can then activate and charge through for the kill, thats a 13.5” threat. And don’t forget about milking some more movement shenanigans out of Kreoss’ BFFL with hallowed avenger. If a heavy ‘jack isn’t quite enough for the job how about a pow15 weapon master? Vilmon can probably singlehandedly end the game from 11” away, at mat 9 he is comfortably hitting def15 casters.

This list covers a lot of bases. It has a pretty scary and constant assassination threat and also does attrition with revive – all that work you just did? It un-happened… and my guys are chaining 3” across the table. If ToM gets 2 souls he can revive 3 guys with the help of the hierophant and the wracks. The list plays off the ‘you kill us we get stronger’ vibe with Knights, FoS and ToM which is always fun to play with, even when you’re losing you’re winning. It is also pretty atypical as it doesn’t have a choir or vassal, its occasionally good to spend points on killing stuff rather than buffing stuff.

I’ll be posting pics of my pretty painted models as they get done but for now we can all look forward to Barbed Thorn Hordes: Genesis articles that will be running all next week.

in a bit

petezilla

Cryx and Troll updates!

July 6, 2010

Hello!

I’ve had a busy and productive week on my Cryx army and have even been distracted by getting my Trolls ready for the Hordes specials we have lined up for you all!

The 50 point list is now fully assembled:

Note that the Raider Captain ran off to do her make up and missed the photo and the Hag is being distracted by a salty Sea Dog trying to catch her attention. The Raiders on the left and and BoneJack are painted but the lighting is a little dark. My fault, new camera excuse….
Started painting the list last night admist helping Neil get Laddermore together so here is a WIP shot!

And lastly I’ve finally finished a unit for my Trolls! A nearly finshed just need to tidy up the bases shot below:

Red Knickers and Great Racks are now in fashion!

June 29, 2010

So Mr Neil has decreed (despite my pleas for Zombie Pirates) that the Skarre list be the winner, so the Skarre List is now my Cryx army of choice. However the Skarlock is being swapped for Blood Hag for the sake of getting her painted with the full list.

So now I have the challenge I think I need a time table. I would ideally like to have the full army assembled before I start on the painting. This is something that I tend to go through whenever I get an army idea in my head. That way I get to play whilst I paint and can make any changes to list etc. Plus it means you can see just how far you have got in your painting to bare metal ratio!

So on to the plan. I will set myself deadlines of Monday night to get stuff complete, working on a unit/jack/couple of solos at a time I should be able to get stuff complete by my final deadline (Trollblood book coming out).

This week I would like to be fully assembled which means that I have the Bloodgorgers, Gerlak and the 2 Helljacks to be complete. I would also like to get it all undercoated by next Monday.

I also promise to get lots of WIP/Complete photos done as I am working on the army, it’s something I am not very good at and intend to make a better effort at!

Will I complete this weeks task? Tune in soon to see the outcome!

Better to burn out than fade away…

June 20, 2010

So, it’s been a while since I posted last, and I can hear you all screaming “what the hell have you been doing Jase?!?”

Well I’ll tell you. First off let me say that after the nationals I suffered from a massive burnout. Not with playing, I still wanted to play, but with painting big style. I played a game with my Retribution at the LGS and it got me back into wanting to play them (especially because I wanted to win the league with them) I also managed to arrange a 100 point game.

Now one of the things that always bugs me about my Bution is that the majority of them are just undercoated black, this is for 2 main reasons
1: White is a pain in the arse to paint
2: I hate painting masses of infantry, which is pretty much all my Bution is.

However when I made my list for my 100 pt game I wanted to make sure that my 2 casters I was going to use would be painted, that way I wouldn’t lose them in the masses of infantry.

So I sat down with my iPod and paints, and broke out the 2 casters I needed to paint: Kaelyssa and Ravyn.

These took me roughly 2 nights to complete, let’s say about 12 hours. I’m pretty proud of them, and I think they look good next to the other casters.

This does of course now leave me with the task of completely painting all my Bution casters, and with only Vyros to do this should be easy. HOWEVER me and the missus are moving to a new house in a week or so, so all my paints have been packed away 😦 sad face. But keep checking back and I’ll have my Dawnlord ‘Samuel L Jackson’ Vyros done soon enough.

The UK Nationals, an event report.

June 6, 2010

BTC tourny report

Ok, unlike most of my battle reports, I don’t remember turn for turn what happened at this tourny, so these are kinda clipped reports. Sorry.

Game 1 vs. Circle, Kruger
The lists my opponent had were Krueger and Kromac, so I decided to run pDoomy to try and block Krueger with my banishing ward, or stop Kromac with my feat. In the end he went with Krueger and his list had 3 woldwardens in it, brilliant. It was double square moshpit in the middle, process of elimination i think.

I managed to get the Dygmies in early, and it slowed up his entire army, netting me an early control point. He took a shot at mulg and slammed him away a one point, presumably to knock him out the zone. I cast rampager on a wold and moved it in line with Krueger, then slammed it with a longrider, but it fell 1/2″ short. I rushed Mulg, stood him up and sling shotted him into the Wold, destroying it and goading him into Krueger’s melée range, however I had him on max fury. My opponent responded by going for the kill on Hoarluk with chain lightnings, and tbh, probably would have had it were it not for his turn time running out. On my turn I attempted to kill Krueger, but failed. I suddenly noticed I could win on scenario (I think my opponent pointed it out to me) so my fell caller killed the two Druids and I won on scenario. Fail Kriel 1, Nationals 0

Game 2 vs. Cryx, eDeneghra

There’s not a lot of highlights from this game, I expected eDenny to spell assasinate so took pDoomy, It was capture the flag and I attempted to keep my flag in tact whilst the Longriders went for his flag, the Longriders got bogged down by Nyss Hunters, and eDenny popped her feat whilst her whole army was roughly 5″ away. I got bummed, by bane Thralls.

Game 3 vs. Cryx, Venethrax
again I took pDoomy, mainly because he had a Skarloc, DJ and venny, and the Withershadow combine. Highlights of this game were Venny charging mukg and DESTROYING him and taking all 5 if his fury, which made him nigh on unkillable next turn. I finished him off by popping Dygmies in his back arc, purification off Doomy to get rid of dragon slayer, and then charging him, first caster kill to the Dygmies, day 1 ends with 2 wins 1 loss.

Day 2
Game 4 vs. Cryx, pDeneghra
Highlights? I should have taken pDoomy not eMadrak, I couldn’t get rid of crippling grasp. My opponent pretty much destroyed or made most of my force nigh on useless, but I saw a sly assasination run, went for it (despite it requiring me to kill 1/2 monkey pirates) but when I popped his feat it all went downhill as I failed to kill the Ogrun I needed to. Damn. He then knocked me down, parasited me, and charged me with banes.

Game 5 vs. Trolls, eMadrak

I took eMadrak aswell, and our lists were pretty similar. He countered my cavalry very well with fennblades, it was an epic slog fest in the middle, and I went for the scenario. When it failed I went for the caster kill, but wrong timing on my feat meant that I realised I couldn’t kill Maddy this turn, so I stored four fury and covered my head with my hands. Unfortunately, maddy didn’t win out. A loss on my behalf.

Game 6 vs Khador, eButcher
This game was an epic, epic grindfest. Alexia creating risen everywhere. Jacks in my grill from turn 2. A feat from Butcher turn 2. Mulg fluffing his attacks but then decimating everything during Maddies feat. And finally finished off with eMadrak putting his axe to Butchers month.

So, all in all 3 wins 3 losses, 3 games with pDoomy, 3 games with eMaddy. Strangely enough pDoomy had a better record than eMaddy. It was a really well organised event (well done pressgangers there; even our very own Peter B) some brilliant ways of marking out the scenarios. A brilliant Saturday night playing some relaxed 35 point games, and it was great meeting everyone and putting faces to names, easily an event I will be looking forward to next year.

Below are some pictures of my games: