Self-Build: Andy’s Entry

Well, here we go. As I’ll be unable to work on it anymore before the first, I decided to get as much done as possible in one day. It still needs another coat of paint on the jeans and some details picked out, (especially the autogun… needs more black to make it M-16 like.)  but it’s good enough for now.

paintedOther than the orange decoration, that’s how I dress. Very plain. The beard turned out better than I’d hoped.

If you have an entry, leave a comment and we’ll contact you by email. Or, you can link to it in your comment. You have to post it before 12:00 am US Central Time (GMT -6) Jan. 1st, 2009. We’ll do another full post with all the entries after the New Year. Cheers!

Self-Build Update: Andy

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So, unlike Ian, I didn’t get all crazy with mine. There are a few reasons for this:

1) No green stuff. Yeah. It sucks.

2) Work. Yeah. It sucks.

3) The final pieces arrived on the 27th of December. That didn’t suck so much, as I was worried I’d miss the deadline altogether.

As I write this, it’s 0130 on Dec. 30, 2008. For those of you keeping track at home, that’s 47.5 hours away from the deadline. Wow. With any luck, this will be coated when I wake up, and painted… sometime before the deadline. Here’s to hoping.

All in all though, I am happy with the model. I think once it gets some color, it’ll look a lot better.

-Andy

p.s. Other than Ian’s crew and myself, I haven’t seen any entries. Where are you guys?

p.p.s. I got a new dreadnought from a very special person… And this one is gonna be epic. More on that soon.

Space Marine Drop Pod

Why reinvent the wheel? Maybe next time I can do a search on what I’m constructing.

Games Workshop article on Drop Pods.

Bell of Lost Souls article on Drop Pods.

(Both links open in a new window.)

In fact, they solved some other questions I had on them. So there you go. Thank you, Ian, for pointing out that I’m a twit. :)

-Andy

Space Marine Drop Pods – Quick notes

I’m currently in the middle of building my first drop pod. While I will have a step-by-step post in the next couple weeks, I thought I’d drop some hints for those of you that can’t/won’t wait.

1. Side cutters are your friend. Hey, I normally don’t use ’em, but in this case, I wish I did. Some pieces are thin, and break more easily than in other kits. Use side cutters.

2. Beware of the glue. With the way the pieces fit, glue slips out a lot. My thumb and forefinger are now silky smooth because of a couple of mishaps. Be careful.

3. HARNESSES GO ON A SPECIFIC WAY!!!11!one! Now, I’m not dumb, (I hope.) but as I was eagerly putting this whole thing together, I realized, too late of course, that i had messed up and put one set of harnesses on the wrong way. Don’t make the same mistake I did.

These three are all I have for now… I’ve still got the “tent poles” and engine to put on, but unless there’s a big screw up there, I’ll save it for the full post. Cheers!

-Andy

UPDATE:

Okay. The tent poles were kind of a screw up. My advice? Bring a friend to help you. What a pain.

Would you like a little Campaign, my dear?

Well, of course I know people are out there, but the question is where? Ian and I were talking about it, and we may well run a campaign if anyone is interested. Thusly, if you live near Milwaukee or East Central Indiana, leave a comment here, and we’ll work out how we’re going to do things.

Also, since so much of my traffic comes from BFG searches, if you’re near Milwaukee and want to play BFG, I can dust off my rulebook and try to find all the pieces to my ships.

Of course, if there is no interest, we won’t bother, but if there is…

The campaign would take place in two different systems. Once we have played it for awhile and have built up forces on both sides, we may try to find a place to meet in the middle, and play an apocalypse game. Everything would be posted here, to people informed and hopefully draw more interest. The more the merrier, right?

So let us know. Like, now.

-Andy

P.S. Don’t forget to see Ian’s “contest,” as well as all the work he’s done over the summer. Stay tuned for more!

My early (and comical) entry to Ian’s contest

Ah yes, the “contest.”

Q: What is there to win?

A: Nothing!

Q: What makes it a contest?

A: Quiet you!

So here is my early entry. I figure, if I were a space marine, this is me. Totally. Have you ever had that day at work where you feel like you have to do everything yourself? Happens to me all the time. So I thought, what marine can do everything himself? Presto!

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Yes, that is a Dreadnought heavy flamer on a powerfist. Yes, he is holding a plasma gun. And yes, he has a combat knife between his teeth. I like to be prepared. In addition to this, he’s going to have a jump pack.

Q: Why?

A: Because.

Anyway, this was mostly to see if I could pull it off. Yes, yes I can. I’ll be doing some bitz shopping to make an actual entry, and hopefully I’ll have it in before the deadline. If anyone out there has anything that looks like a hoodie, (Or a ‘hooded sweatshirt’ for those of you who may not be familiar with the colloquialism) let me know. I’ll happily purchase some bitz from you. :)

See the post below for the “rules” and don’t forget to build! We wanna see you in a game!

-Andy

Help has arrived!

Everything currently painted.

Wow, somebody check my temperature, two actual updates in one week? Shocking! Ian and I have been talking about what we’re going to do for future updates, and things look promising. Ian is going to be stripping and re-painting 3500 points of Imperial Guard, (yowza!) and I’ll be making some bunkers from scratch. Look for those in the next few weeks. But for today, we’re going to look at what I’ve been neglecting to put up here for the past few months.

So I’ll start with the sniper. Look for him in the group photo, see him? No? That’s because he’s hiding. (Or that I forgot to put him out for that one. Whoops.) He has a very simple color scheme: Dark Angels Green, Camo Green, Chaos Black and Tin Bitz for the body, Bronzed and Elf flesh for the face, and bits of Blood Red, Sunburst Yellow, and Snot Green to highlight his goggles and gun. Sadly, he’s the lone sniper, as I’ve not put the others together yet. That’ll change.

Eventually.

My personal favorites of the group, the Death Company and the Chaplain. This picture really doesn’t do them justice. The marines were simple, Chaos Black, drybrush with Fortress Gray, (Really, really light on that drybrushing too, just enough to break up the black and highlight the edges.) Tin Bitz for the metal parts like the jump pack straps and vents, and Skull White for the helmets. Oh, and Blood Red for the eyes.

The Chappy was a bit more indepth, though it’s the same basic scheme. More Shining Gold and Mithril Silver on the metal parts, Liche Purple highlighted with Ice Blue for his cloth piece, and Blood Red on the Purity seals. Heavier on the Fortress Grey than on the DC because, hey, he’s been around. That armor is going to get scuffed, right?

And finally, the Beakies and the Chapter Master. The Master was done like the other marine. I painted his armor to show wear. He doesn’t lead from the rear, no sir, not my guy. His cape was done as the Chaplains. It truly is a great combination, and if you are thinking of adding purple to your models, I highly recommend it. You won’t regret it. The Beakies I got off of eBay and, despite their age, are some of my favorites. They’ve proved to be more difficult to paint than I thought, however. They didn’t take the stripping as well as I’d hoped. No matter, they are tabletop condition, and will likely lead the way against enemy forces.

I should note here that all the guns I’ve been doing lately have been done in Mithril Silver, with a heavy blank ink over the top. These pictures don’t show it well, but it really is a pleasant effect. Don’t dilute the ink, and don’t be shy. The silver will shine through.

And that’s it for now! Oh, I had a question about attempting to resurrect old paint. If it looks like mud, you can add a little bit of water and stir it up with a toothpick, that’s how I kept some of mine alive. If it’s completely hardened, you can go to the local GW store, and pay $3 or $4 for a new pot – that sucker probably isn’t going to come back in usable condition. Hope that answers your question.

As always, leave comments, I love ’em, Ian loves ’em, everyone loves ’em. And don’t forget: I’ll post photos of your army if you want them up here. Leave a comment with an honest email address and I’ll get back to you. Cheers all!

-Andy

They’re not coming anymore!

Oh man, where to begin.

First of all, it appears the Tyranids won’t be coming. My time with that particular girl is at an end. Sad times. Second off, I really do have more models to show, but I just am too lazy to take pictures. I will rectify this situation soon.

Third off, and this is -way- more exciting than the others, there is a new poster to the site. Welcome aboard, Ian.

Don’t forget, I want to hear about all of your armies. Feel free to send pictures, rants, random letters typed by drunken hands… I’ll try to read whatever comes my way.

Cheers all,

Andy

They’re Coming!!

“Hold fast, brothers, fear not the alien scum… oh… uh… Fight on, Brothers! I’ll… go get backup. Yeah…. that’s it.”

Hive Tyrant Pre-base

In related news, there really is backup on the way. I had the lack of willpower to purchase a Space Marine Battleforce, which, along with what I already have puts me about equal with the GF in terms of money spent, and game points. Now we can all look forward to bigger games!

I apologize for the lack of Space Marine pictures, but they are coming – I just need to touch up the MotC, finish the base of the D-nought, and perhaps get a few assault marines put together, but expect pictures soon. It’s my hope that it won’t be another 25 days until my next post, but I make no promises.

As always, if you’d like me to put up pictures of your army, leave a comment and I’ll email you at the address you provide. Thanks for reading!

P.S. I talked to some Gothic players today… things look good for gaming in the next month or so. Stay tuned.

Happy New Year!

Okay, okay, I’ve been a bad blogger.

So I’ve been promising pictures, but am too lazy to take them. I’ve been promising new pieces on BFG and the Space Marines, but I haven’t been keeping up on those either. I drop a little gem about a new Librarian in Terminator armor and leave him hanging.

I’m sorry.

But here’s the fun, good news: I got the Masters of the Chapter for Christmas.

I was excited. I still am. In fact, I was so excited I painted one up. (No pictures yet, but hopefully soon.) I was going to try to paint him “clean” – minimal inking, etc… but it didn’t happen. I got that nice basecoat of red down and thought, “I just don’t like clean looking marines.” So he’s as dark and gnarly as the others. Still a good looking model though, so I’ll post pictures when I can.

That terminator? Still not painted. Not sure how I want to go about it yet. I also have the other Dreadnought arms to worry about. No rush on those though.

So in my plans for 2008:

Getting the 500 pt. army settled.

Paint the rest of the MotC.

Play more. (I found a nearby game store that hosts weekly events. Exciting!)

Get a tank or troop transport.

Work on scenery. This is a big one, the gf and I talked a bit about this. It’s sounding good, but it’s going to take time. Oh well.

That’s all for now. As always, thanks for reading. If you have anything you’d like to submit, leave a comment saying so, and I’ll contact you on the email address you provided to wordpress. I’ve gotten a few exciting comments, some pictures linked, and some great ideas coming down the line. Come back soon!