Friday, June 21, 2013
Another Fabulous Friday
Posted by hyv3mynd
Remember these guys? This week they were elevated to a new level of internet nerd fame with their own demotivational poster featured on Spikey Bits. If you don't get the reference, it's about the GW vs Chapterhouse Studios case where it came up that GW polices internet forums looking for IP violations.
Anyways, onto other news. Since I've added more authors over the past year and backed down to posting once a week, I have several things to cover.
The first is big news that maybe you've anticipated if you ever scroll to the bottom of the blog. The Mandulian Chapel is proud to add its sixth author this week. The man behind DaBoyz GT himself, Jay Woodcock. Jay is also a solid competitive player who took his tyranids all the way to 4th overall in the Adepticon Championships in 2011. He's been a close friend and mentor since I joined the 40k scene here in Rochester, as well as a teammate in our 3rd place ATC 2011 team. Jay will be an occasional weekend author starting with an introduction tomorrow. He's aiming to cover some new eldar content as he unpacks his old collection, as well as promote this year's GT.
Since the release of the new eldar codex, my mind has been racing along with a healthy portion of the hobby community. Not because I want to "break the codex", but because I've been itching to break out the space elves again. I haven't played the dark eldar much since the new edition as they broke my webway portal build and dark eldar on foot are too fragile in today's meta.
Next weekend is Parhammer '13 and the guys are starting to line up games and challenges. Don't forget this event is open to players from Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghampton, Erie, and everywhere in between. All you have to do is RSVP with Crispy so we know you're coming. You can contact him here or on our forum (The Grand Strategery).
Calypso2ts and I have arranged a game to test out possible lists for our monthly RTT in July which includes painting and player-scored comp. Here's a rough list of what we will be throwing at each other. Feel free to give feedback or place wagers on who will prevail. We've also sweetened the deal with some terrain pieces for the winner.
My list (1500pts painting + comp)
Archon + shadow field, venom blade, haywire grenades
Kabalite Warriors x15 + splinter cannon, blaster, sybarite w/ venom blade
Wyches x5 + shardnet, haywire grenades
Venom + extra cannon
Beastmasters x5 + khymerae x12, razorwings x2, clawed fiend
Talos Pain Engine
War Walkers x3 + scatter lasers x6
ADL + icarus lascannon
Calypso2ts's list (1500 painting + comp)
Keeper of Secrets + greater rewards x2, ml3
Lord of Change + exalted reward, greater reward, ml3
Chaos Sorceror + ml3, spell familiar
Bloodcrushers x5 + bloodhunter
Soul Grinder + DoS, baleful torrent
Soul Grinder + DoS, baleful torrent
Should be a very colorful and fun game. Calypso's got the torrent flamers to give my foot units fits, but I have a bunch of poison for his big nasties. The mission, deployment, and psychic powers should be the deciding factors.
Speaking of Parkhammer '13, in addition to open gaming in a great state park (we rented a large shelter), chili contest, barbequing, hiking, and swimming available, we're also running a small painting competition. Participants voted the Tzeentch Sorceror Lord as the model and you've seen some of my progress if you've followed my articles over the past month.
I want to use this guy as a herald of tzeentch on a disc, but without buying a finecast disc. After digging through my bits, I found a piece from my slaughterbrute sprue I thought would work nicely. You know I'm big on having inspiration behind a painting project so here's mine:
I'm using the vortex from the mutalith sprue. I started with black primer.
First I airbrushed some royal purple to break up the black and create some color interest outside of a monotone blue.
Next came magic blue. I want the central orb to be radiating the blue light and the outer ring of spikes to remain black.
Then a 75/25 mix of dead white and magic blue.
Then a 90/10 mix of dead white and magic blue.
Using a technique I picked up on C'Tan's blog, I made a glaze of 90% water and 10% magic blue and applied it with the airbrush to smooth out some of the white over spray.
And here's the happy herald on his new ride. I still have to glaze and highlight the disc, but it's not bad for 2 hours worth of airbrushing. I also finished his staff with a marble pattern and touched up all the NMM.
That's all from my corner of the world. Stay tuned for Jay's intro article and coverage of our first event as a new gaming club. After that, we have our monthly RTT on July 13th which I hope several authors will cover in battle reports. Grubnards and Crimthaan are also hosting an all night lock-in at Millennium Games on July 20th using the 4 way free-for-all format that we've played over the past two years. August, September, and October will probably shift towards painting and practicing for the DaBoyz GT!