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Thursday 21 March 2013

Real Allies

Last week I played a game of 40K  using csm with ig allies for the first time since 6th ed came out & while it was a very enjoyable combination it just didn't feel the same as the csm with ig allies I played this week.
What the hell are you waffling about now Frank I hear you ask, well the answer is simple you see I've got two ig armies one imperial & one renegade.

 The pictures are from my game last night against Kevin's daemons.

Where as last week I used the imperial this week I used the renegade one & while I fully understand that any ig army could find enlightenment in the welcome arm's of chaos the renegade one just say chaos a lot better.

You see for me a lot of the enjoyment I get out of this hobby is if my army has the right feel & look about it.
While I know that lovely fluffy armies will always give you that nice feel I also recognise the need to have a competitive army when playing in a club as competitive as the DGG.

So while I've bitten the bullet & will once again run list with things like two dp's in it I'll still try to get the army to give to give me this feeling of looking right.

One thing how ever that doesn't bother me funnily enough is proxy as long as the stand in model has the right look & feel about it to do the job of the model it's standing in for, as you'll have seen in one of the photo's above there was some renegade ogryn's I was using, the ogryn's where in fact stand in's for spawn's with whom they have a lot of common rules.

Like wise in the same picture you'll notice part of a hellblade again this also is doing the stand in job as I use it as a helldrake which is in my opinion an acceptable stand in & there is also the fact that not only do I want to get the right look & feeling out of my army but I also like to try to give the other player a good feeling about what he is going up against.

Now another thing I should point out here & now is that while I really enjoy going up against a nicely built & painted army it's not as important to me as making sure my own army feels right to me & from what I can gather from other blogs & talking to other players I'm not a lone in trying to get that right feel, that's why when you have players doing armies like eldar with tau allies trying to do conversions to make the tau unit's look like eldar one's but at the same time stand out enough that people will know which is which.

Things like beastmen as penal legion has always been popular, beastmen as penal legion in a chaos army is just so much better.
You see the addition of allies in 6th ed has being great for a lot of players, getting them to feel right & look right as part of your army is for me the icing on the cake.   

Monday 18 March 2013

My INQ28 warband

So with just over a week to go until we start playing INQ28 it was time to get a little warband together.

First up is this little guy who is to be my Inqisitor I've a rough idea of what I want him to be but we've all agreed that would use our first night to do up our profiles as to try to keep some kind of balance.
But I do know one thing for sure this little guy is not going to want to be getting into any hand to nand combat, unlike his side kick who would like nothing more.

The idea behind this guy is to be the big strong dumb dumb of the warband & tbh for someone who love to kitbash he was a dream come true.

This guy really those capture the whole madness that is the world of 40K in my mind.

Next up we've got another strange little creature & what the hell I'm going to use it as I'm not to sure.
but once again its me just haven fun making up something from bits & pieces.

You can't see it in the photos but the head has been replaced with a head off a necron lord so I might use him as some kind of cyber thing.
Next up is a servitor well these guys are always cool in my book.

Besides someone has to carry all the extra gear.
This guy will be a big gamer hunter who has decided that the hardest things to kill are always the most enjoyable.
Last of we've got are religious member of the gang waiting to hose all the wrong doers in righteous flames. 
So that's my warband & i just can't wait to get the whole thing up & running with hopefully some exciting adventures ahead.

Sunday 17 March 2013

A new direction

Looking back over my time in this hobby it seems that at Ive done a lot of different things at different times, from the playing of space crusade with my older children  to where I am now which is a strange place for me tbh because I'd come to a point in the hobby where I wasn't sure what I want to be doing over all.

I still enjoy the painting, converting & building stuff end of the hobby & a long time back in between space crusade & learning to play 40k (a number of years) all I done was paint models, in them days I didn't build an army I just bought what ever model I thought I might like to paint.

The picture's are from my game with Ger on Wednesday night

So It wasn't until my 5th child Patrick got to a certain age & started asking what the models are for & on hearing they where for a game asked could we play it, that I started to play 40k it was 3rd ed at the time.
Now playing 40k at that stage was with only a few model that I had which was mostly marines & nids ( as I had picked up space hulk at some point ) with Patrick picking the nids & me using the marines we set out on our little battles on the table top.

Now tbh I don't think I ever beat him in those early days as even in them days I suffered from the blood rage that would later lead me to have a liking for a certain god, so instead of staying away from his bugs & shooting them I would rush straight into assault with them & then watch in horror as his stealers went through my power armour as if it was paper.

This went on for a couple of years with Patrick starting to go into the GW store in Liffey street while I stilled stayed at home & played, by this stage I'd started playing chaos marines (with the real dex) & it was 4th ed.
We even head off to a tournament down in Waterford with Patrick bring his nids & me bring my chaos which included a squad or possessed that costed some silly amount of points with all their up grades

.First up for my was IG played by a certain Dat Dan, so think stupidly to myself these are IG they shouldn't be any problem to my mighty marines I'll just assault them & beat the crap out of them, the end of turn three & a hell of a lot of plasma shots later I'm shaking Dan's hand & wondering what the hell hit me.
Drop guard was an army that was very powerful & was my first taste of playing against an army that is built around using all the powerful things in the codex.

So for another couple of years of years myself & Patrick carry on playing each other at home & him going in to Liffey street to play, with one of the staff in them days been Joe Cullan of warhead frame, by now I'm starting to get a little bit better with the whole building an army thing still got great or anything like that but I have at this point build a certain Chaplin that was to become a conner stone of an army I was to build later & have a lot of fun & success with.

Next we headed to a GT that was taking place in a hotel in Liffey valley where we meet some of the lads from the DGG who had just moved from playing in the Royal Dublin Hotel to a new shop that had just  been opened by one of their club mates & they were handing out cards, with Patrick playing Paul Q in the first game but I won't tell that story here.

So about 6 months later I eventually bit the bullet & head in one Wednesday night to the shop where I was to be luck enough to get a game against the Gipsy King playing an IG army this one was a lot different from Dans but did catch me out when some rough riders assaulted my terminators & made short work of them luckily I managed to recover & get the win.

After a couple of weeks I played in a little tournament in the shop I think I went W1 D1 L1 but I enjoyed it, so I was to enter my tournament playing stage of the hobby for which I was to real get a bug with my first win coming coming in a one day event in Limerick with me beating up a 12 year old on table one to win the tournament a head of Darragh Cullen (who had also won his 3 games) on vp's something I don't thing Darra ever forgave me for.

By this time Patrick had also joined the club & this was a club that was very much into tournaments but we also done some great other things like the HH campaign just as apoc was released which was to spark a massive arms race, ah the good old days of the tiger when me all had more money then sense.

For the next couple of years I was to become a out & out tournament player & not a bed one either if I may say so myself we where now in 5th ed & I had learned very fast that vehicle's where the way forward & building a list based around Vulken & speeders I was to finally win a two day event but this came at a price as it was an out & out spam list that just wanted to shoot you off the table with no assault in mind

This was to be the start of my falling out of love with tournaments after a short while I had ditched the list & had built my Wordbearers a completely different kettle of fish not based on the spam of min max spam but built around the characters in a book & for the first time an army that was build & painted together & that was spent a lot of time over on the conversions & painting end of things.

I was to take this army to a couple of tournaments events winning best painted army at one of them much to my delight but my tournament days where drawing to a close & my modelling & painting stage was starting inspired in no small way by a lad from Spain called Oroil  who had joined the club & many a fun apoc day we where to have together.

I hadn't gone to a tournament by this stage for a good while haven had no real interest & some not so nice games we where in the cut throat days for trying to make the etc team, but something at a tournament caught my interest Darra had run the 40K tournament at NWG which permitted the use of FW models & rules I was not to attend the first one but Oriol & myself had decided to go to the next one with him bring a DCoK army & me doing an army I'd always wanted to do the Vrak's renegade guard list.

Sadly before we got to go Oroil was to head back to Spain to live but I want just the same with the army I'd built just for this event an army that I'd told Darra I was bring to win the best army award & also dragging Patrick a long with him bring my Wordbearers & a few nice FW models I had, not only did this result in me winning the best army award but owning the two best armies there & so was born the anyone but Frank award aka as the ABF award.

Since then I've gone to three other tournaments one of them being the NWG, I'd losted my way a bit tbh not only would I not build a good tournament list to go to a tournament with I wouldn't even build a half descent list to play a game in the club with I was using the sort of lists I use to build all those years ago when I was just playing Patrick in the house, playing with one hand tied behind your back like this is like been a priest it's not good for your well been in a certain way but not in the same way as the priest's I might add.

So I got to the stage where I was thinking of throwing the towel with playing 40K when I'd a chat with a good friend of mine a lad that talks a lot of sense & so I've decided that before I throw in the towel I'll play for awhile without the handy cap & see how it feels, I've also singed up to go to a tournament next month & while the list I've built won't be the best one there by a long way it should give me a fighting chance, with my next three gaming nights already booked up for different type of games I'm not going to get to many games in with this list tbh but with me going only hoping to put in a good showing not with any ideas of trying to win it that shouldn't be a be a problem I hope.

I played a game last Wednesday using some of the nasty units I'll have in my list & funnily enough I didn;t brake out in spots & while I don't want to turn back into the tournament player of yesteryear I hope to get back to the stage of enjoying all elements of the hobby.    

Friday 8 March 2013

How to IG scale plasma guns

One of my pet hates is weapons on models that are just wrong as in they look to big or to small, so as I'm doing IG's at the moment one of the weapons I'm haven a problem with is the plasmagun.

It just looks to big on the model, now I'm sure there are site's out there that do one's more to scale, I think GW might even sell some on the site but these won't be cheap & then there's the hassle of ordering them & waiting for them to come.

So I've come up with away of making one's that are more to scale & are free using the IG's lasgun & the marine very seldom if ever used plasma pistol.

So you will need these.

Start with cutting the barrel end off the lasgun at the hand leaving the hand on the gun, next cut down the gun to where the little barral at the top starts & cut down from the same point.

You can also cut off the power pack as well, then take the plasma pistol & cut it just under the the part that's  glows I think it's called the charge.& cut up from the bottem just pasted this part so you should end up with this.

Now just do a bit of paring until the to part's fit together neatly & glue them together.

There should be a little piece like a cap that you cut off from the plasma pistol glue this on to where the the power pack was on the lasgun & your done.

& there you are a plasma gun the looks more to scale.

Now just hope you don't roll any one's lol.