Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Reflections

This is a big week for Warhammer 40k around the world.  I'm going to touch on a lot of things, but only briefly.

First up is a farseer I've been working on this week.  I've been doing a lot of basecoating with the airbrush over the past few weeks so I needed a break from the boring stuff so I indulged in some detailing.  This guy is mostly done, I just need to finish the sword, feet, base, and maybe add some freehand later on.

I also repainted the base coat on my wraithknight this week.  Here's the "before":

I originally primed it black hoping to save time on blending the lower regions, but airbrushing applies colors in such thin layers that I could never really overcome the dark base with bright colors up top.  As a result, he looked darker and muddier than the rest of the army.  So, I re-primed him white and airbrushed him to look like this now:

This model is so well designed that it can be assembled with very little glue and just a few magnets.  As pictured, it is still 7 separate pieces with only 6 magnets and the factory pins holding it together.  The result made it extremely easy to disassemble and re-paint.  The full WIP process can be viewed here.

In other news, this weekend is the ATC in Tennessee as well as the ETC in Serbia.  Some of the best players in the world are competing this weekend and I look forward to seeing which lists come out on top, even though both events reward lists tailored for the respective formats.  We already know Andrew Gonyo won the ETC singles event with his Tau while Alan B (necrons) and Tony Kopach (SM) both finished in the top 5 as well.  Andrew also won Best Overall at DaBoyz GT 2012 locally.  The rest of America's team features the winners of NOVA, WGC 2012, Adepticon 2012 & '13, as well as other events I'm sure I'm missing.  Our team has some crazy talent and I'm really excited to see their results this year.

If you're not lucky enough to be playing in one of the big events this weekend, Millennium Games' monthly RTT is tomorrow 8/10 here in Rochester.  This month's format is 1,000pts no allies with comp (opponent ranked) and painting added into the overall scoring.  I will be playing the list that I tested with Grubnards here.  If you're a local and free tomorrow or on the fence, I highly recommend this event.  We will have players from Rochester, Buffalo, Erie, and possibly Syracuse and the Finger Lakes region.

Finally, the big news out of the 40k rumor mill is Space Marines are on the way with a new codex and new models.  I'm very uninspired by the leaked pictures of the new models, but I was never a big fan of "vanilla" marines anyways.  I am, however, very excited to see them reenter the tournament scene and mix up the meta yet again.  It may be the last codex release before DaBoyz GT and it will add some great dimension being battle brothers with Eldar and Tau, the other two newest books.  It should be a really diverse field this year.

That's all for now.  Starting next week I should have battle reports from tomorrow's tournament and by the end of this month, I'll start my traditional 12 week countdown to DaBoyz GT following my army's hobby and practice adventures.


  1. Army is really coming along nicely. Really impressed with how far you've come in the last year using that airbrush, keep it up! Looking forward to the Space Marine codex release, I may pick it up to mull it over. Been missing the monthly tournaments over the last few months, they're always a good time. Maybe next month Saturday at work won't be so harsh and we can make it out there.

  2. I agree it looks great - I hope the tournament went well this weekend too. I should be able to start making them each month now leading up through the Spring with the summer winding down. I need the practice too - I have only had a handful of 40k games this summer so far.

    Look forward to seeing the wraithknight with all the spirit stones painted.