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About me - I'm a Christian (Pentecostal), Married to Wendy, two step children Thomas and Natalie, dog and rose-crested cockateel(Beauty). I've been a miniature hobbyist for over twenty years; I occasionally wargame at my local club or at home with friends. I set up my commission painting service in 2014, so I spend a lot of time painting!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Bat Rep - Minigeddon - Ghazgkhull Orks Vs Steel Legion

This is my first battle report and so I'm starting small with a 1000 point Minigeddon game. For me this was a learning experience, both in terms of getting to grips with the NetEA rules and pulling together a Bat Rep. I hope to do many more in the future, maybe even against human opponents (sadly its a solo game). I will also try to include some narrative to make it less stale.
I thought of using my white board to help keep track of things during the game. Above these army lists I have sheet with the victory conditions rules. Using magnetic markers I highlighted goals achieved. Though not too important in this game, I think this could be really useful in future games to keep the important stuff in mind. The pics below show turn by turn results, taken after the action is completed.

Ariel view of the minigeddon table. 5 Ork buildings complete the terrain. Orks are on the left, Steel Legion (SL) on the right. There's only two objectives each in a minigeddon game, theses are marked with mini blast markers; blitzes are on the baselines and the other two on the centre most buildings.
SL set up, from left to right - Leman Russes (LRs), Mechanised Infantry Company BTS (MIC), Shadowsword (SS).
Ork set up, Kult of Speed (KoS), Warband BTS (WB), Blitz Brigade 1 (BB1), Blitz Brigade 2 (BB2). Both armies started with their infantry mounted

SL win the strategy roll, the MIC doubles forward, disembarks and takes up residence in/around the objective building in their table half.
Not wanting to be outdone the Orks mirror the actions of the SL.
BB2 retains the initiative, doubles forward and fires on the LRs hiding behind the building. Scoring 2 hits and 2 kills.
The LRs advance (with their 3 blast markers) and return fire at BB2. Scoring 5 hits, destroying all but the Oddboy's tank. Realising his situation he quickly heads for cover behind the nearest building (pictured top right).
The mighty SS retains, advances and shoots at the Battlefortress peeping out to the right of the building (mid-top). At this point I wasn't fully aware of the war engine rules and didn't include the titan killer roll. As a result only 1 shield was downed. 
BB1 doubles forward to try and finish the job BB2 started on the LRs. 3 hits and 1 destroyed tank later, the LRs rush back to the cover of their building. 
With all the SL's activations completed, the KoS doubles towards the MIC and their objective. The Warbikes fire wildly at the Chimeras, hitting nothing. While the Skorchas fair better with 2 infantry kills.
The scene at the end of turn 1. Both broken units rallied.
SL wins the strategy roll again. The MIC charge out from around their building to engage the KoS. At this point I looked over the KoS stats and wondered if this was a mistake. Not so, both sides get a similar number of hits 4-3 in favour of the SL. 3 Skorchas are destroyed and 2 SL Infantry (the Commander making his save). The final score is 10-9, the KoS quickly withdraws back behind their objective building and the MIC consolidates back to theirs.
The SS retains for a second time this game, repeating the action of last turn (again without titan killer shots) and again takes down 1 Battlefortress shield.
BB1, with un-Orky orders to sustain fire at the MIC fail their initiative roll and instead hold and fire at them (Chimeras). The command Chimera bursts into flame, while the next tanks armour makes the save. 
The LRs advance back out from behind their cover and fire on BB1 (hoping for the same success they had with BB2). Hope turns to cheers as 4 tanks are destroyed, including the deadly Oddboy's weapon. The remaining Gunwagon quickly takes up a safe position next to BB2s Oddboy.
The Oddboy boldly doubles up the field to take a clear shot at the SS (it was at this point I realised what TK meant and why Oddboys are really popular). Sadly the Oddboys speed put off his aim and his missed the target.
The WB, with the only remaining activation advances to the front of their building, hoping to put the hurt on the MIC. They only manage 5 hits, which result in 3 more Chimeras destroyed and a growing pile of blast markers.
End of turn 2 and again all broken units rally.
The Orks win the initiative and the WB, feel the uncontrollable need to charge the MIC. Sadly the result is almost identical to their last attempt. 2 Chimeras destroyed and the Orks loose their Deth Kopta, 2 Boyz and 2 Grotz. The final score 11-9 and the WB rushes back to their building. Its not all in vain though, the MICs blast markers are overwhelming and they break back to the cover of their building also.
Feeling uneasy about the Oddboy lurking on their right flank, the LRs sustain fire and destroy it.
The KoS, realising that the MIC needs reducing before another assault; races forwards (doubles) and shoots, hitting nothing.
The SS, like the Oddboy realises what TK stands for as he levels his main gun at the Battlefortress again. Just like the Oddboy, his excitement ruins his aim and he misses. 
The last remaining Gunwagon from BB1 tentatively eases forward to fire at the MIC, sadly he looses his nerve, fails the initiative roll and his shot goes wide.
End of turn 3. The MIC rallies, whereas the WB doesn't and withdraws to their blitz. The score stands at 1:0 to the SL. Light is fading as is my energy and concentration levels. I call it a day with a narrow victory to the SL.

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Eye Candy - Epic - Minigeddon - Steel Legion

Firstly I'd like to thank all those who have visited this blog, over 10,000 views now!

Now onto the eye candy. This is my Steel Legion Minigeddon army, which will soon be facing off against my Minigeddon Ork army. I have used a fairly traditional colour scheme/camo pattern, even putting company stripes on the Chimeras.

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Step by Step Guide - Home made Wet Pallet

I've mentioned on previous painting guides the use of a wet pallet, this a quick and simple guide to making a home made wet pallet. Firstly, you may be asking yourself what one is and why you would use it. In simple terms, its a pallet that extends the life of the paint placed on it. The paint doesn't dry up anyway as quick, lasting for days rather than minutes. This means that you don't have keep refilling your pallet as often and any mixes you've made will last between painting sessions.
Here's a selection of items you will need to create your wet pallet: A sealable container (here I'm using an old hair products tub) I prefer a smaller pallet, but you could use a food storage box or a tray sized pallet. A sheet of non porous sponge, the type found in blister packs or pluck foam from your figure cases. Kitchen roll (preferably without coloured patterns), the more absorbent the better. Finally, some greaseproof baking paper(white is preferable), here I'm using brown. In addition to these, you will need some scissors or craft knife and water dispenser (with water of course).

If you think about using the pallet, you need easy access to your paint, with this in mind were going to use the container up-side-down; the lid being the pallet and the tub will act as an air tight cover when not in use. With a pair of scissors or craft knife cut the sponge/foam so that it fits within the lid with enough room to place the lid on. You could glue this in, I prefer to leave it unglued; that way its easy to replace if needed.

Next cut your kitchen roll to size, ensuring room for the top to fit into place. I use about four layers. This layer holds the water, feel free to experiment a little with this.

Now add water until the paper is completely soaked. It's best if you use a water container has some control. I use a squeeze bottle, saves drenching the pallet with unwanted water.
Now to add the greaseproof paper, again cut to the right size. Then simply smooth it down a little with your finger, so that it contacts the kitchen paper and isn't curling up at the edges. The pallet is now ready for use.

When you've come to the end of your painting session and you have paint on the pallet you want to preserve, make sure that the kitchen paper is sufficiently damp (this can be topped up from time to time) and attach your seal/top.
In addition I also sometimes use these pots (without a lid) for single painting sessions, were preserving the paint between sessions isn't necessary. They can quickly be re-watered and the greaseproof replaced.
Note on using the pallet - prepare your paint on it as normal, adding water were needed to get the right consistency. You will notice that the paint will form a self contained puddle rather than spreading out (unless you get too near the paper's edge were it can roll off). With extended use you may need to add a little water to maintain it's consistency. You can also prepare paints next to each other to make mixing easier.

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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Eye Candy - Epic - Minigeddon - Goff Orks

Been really busy with a commission, keep your eye out for some more Bolt Action US Infantry soon. That aside, I have made a little time to complete my first 1000 points of Goff Orks so that I can play Minigeddon. This is a version of the Epic Armageddon rules enabling quick/small games to be played. 

The army list looks like this:

Ork 1K, Minigeddon List
Ghazgkhull Thraka's War Horde (NetEA Tournament Pack 2013) 

2 Nobz, 6 Boyz, 2 Grotz, Warlord, Battlefortress, Deth Kopta, Oddboy

4 Gunwagon, Oddboy

4 Gunwagon, Oddboy

4 Skorcha, 4 Warbike

Here are a few pics of the Goff Orks. I chose these as they are an easier army to start to play with (no real complicated additional rules or strategy).

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