Friday, April 13, 2018

Project Gorgon

Hive Fleet Gorgon, know to the Tau as the Toxic Fleet, is one of the many Tyranid hive fleets in the 40K universe. In the setting they have an adaptability level that is impressive even for the ever changing Tyranids. After a single encounter they will adapt on a biological level to defeat foes using ever mutating toxins that quickly overcome their victims with just the slightest touch. After encountering plague marines of Moldering Claw this became even worse as they adapted to a level that could even affect the followers of Nurgle.

Why am I bringing this up? Well I have volunteered to to refurbish and refresh an old Hive fleet Gorgon army for the 2018 NOVA Open. As far as I can tell the army was painted back in 2009. Some of the models have dates painted on the bottom of the bases that I assume are around when they were originally painted. Most of the models were current for that time period or older. The army was probably designed for 5th edition.  

I am attempting to bring them into the current edition of the game and get them ready for folks to bid on in famous NOVA Open Silent auction! 

Here are a few BEFORE shots.   

Not terrible, but after 9 years they are definitely in need of some TLC (and basing) 

Here are some close ups (also BEFORE)

My plan is to brighten them up and make them POP. My wife suggested treating the current paint jobs as the base colors and work them up. I tried that and it seems to work. The next three pictures are of a single Gaunt in the original colors.

Next is what they looked like after I brightened them up and re-based them. The Carapace is a bit darker than normal for Gorgon but I'll just call that artistic license.

There are 114 models to work on and around 4 months to complete while I am still doing everything else I do each day and my other NOVA Open obligations. Wish me luck

Next time I will go over what I am doing per model type and what paints I am using in case you want to follow along at home. 

Till next time 


Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Not much to say just some pictures I took recently. (estimated year the model was released)

Old D&D Figures with new paint jobs.

Clay Golem (1984)

Yeti (1984)

Otyugh (1984)
Warhammer Fantasy Models

Chaos Wizard (Late 80's early 90's)

Wulfric (2008)

Crom (2003)

Chaos Champion (Not sure when it came out)
Lord of the Rings

Knights of Minas Tirith (2003-2008)

Post Apocalypse Cars made from Hot wheels and Matchbox toys

The Magic Bus

The Plague Bearer

Blue Harvest

Street Judge 

The Skull Taker

Till Next time


Sunday, January 21, 2018

1/21/18- Enjoying the new AOS Nurgle Book- Tallyband

Hello All,

The new Maggotkin of Nurgle book is out and I am really excited. 

As a long time Nurgle player I was a little apprehensive of the changes to some of my favorite battalions- Specifically the Tallyband. In my opinion it was the only (pre-maggotkin book) straight Daemon battalion worth taking as the regeneration rule was frequently the only thing standing between me and getting tabled.

Recently I discussed this formation with a friend and went over the differences between the old and new Tallyband.


I have completed my deep dive on the new Nurgle book. 
I am much relieved that the book is not as bad as I first thought.

The Tallyband took a hit in some ways but got better in others. 
It is easier to put together (design a list that uses this formation)

Old/New Requirements

GUO: Once Required is now Optional

I can still add some punch but I don't have to tag along...

Herald: Once optional now1-3 are required- and you can use the new heralds if you want. 

Units: You needed to choose 6 units selected from Plague Bearers, Heralds, Beasts, Drones, and Nurglings 

Now its simply 4-6 units of Plague bearers and/or Drones and 0-3 units of beasts or Nurglings. 

Special abilities: (in hero phase)

heal 1d3 wounds per unit within 21 inches of the GUO


heal 1 wound per unit anywhere on the battlefield. 

(In both cases plague bearers return 1d3 models to the unit)

The secondary ability of the Tallyband has completely changed. Now it can add contagion points that are part of the strange summoning rules that I am still trying to get my head around.


100 (200 post 2017 general’s handbook) 




After looking it over I have decided that the new Talleyband is not better than the old version nor is it worse. It is merely different. It is definitely more flexible but at the cost of combat efficiency. Dropping the GUO allows the the battalion to be put together cheaply, but it still costs 700 points for minimum units/unit size (one herald and 4 units of 10 plague bearers) 

Overall I think the changes work and makes the formation “Good” without becoming a must take battalion.

Some of the other Battalion options are just as good (some may even be better - only time will tell) and I look forward to finding out!

Till next time


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

Hello All,

Lets hope 2018 is a better year than all before it!

I have been away for a while and would like to say that I will be back in force this year, but one of the things I am trying to do for 2018 is not over-extend myself when it comes to what I can and cannot do. My life has gotten very busy over the last few years (those that know me know what I am talking about.) 

That said it should be pretty easy to beat 2017's 6 posts for the year. Hell I am already 1/6 of the way there. :)  I preparation of the new year I have also updated my Blog image. I hope you like it.

For those that are newer to this spot here are the previous Blog images I have used. I had a lot of fun putting them together.

The original from 2010. I used it until early 2013 when I decided to change it. 

The first time I changes it I made this picture. My inspiration was the
NOVA Open's Narrative theme that year Invasion DC.

The update for 2014. Inspired by a model used in NOVA Open's Charity raffle.

The 2015 Update. Inspired by a really weird day.

2016 Update. Yes that is the dead Blood Angel from the Space Hulk. The background is a
spacescape I painted for a different project, but thought it would look good here as well.
2017- This was my first attempt using AOS as the theme.

The current image. very different from my normal work and a
lot simpler. but it has a certain charm that I like. 

Well here is to a great year and hopefully a crap ton of content. I have a lot of projects that have been on hold for most of the last year and this might be the year I get to some of them.  Here is hoping anyway...

Till next time