Saturday, December 31, 2011

Merry New Year!!! (Last Post of 2011)

Hello All,

I want to wish everyone a happy new year and give a little update on what has gotten done at the end of 2011.

On thee hobby front I have amassed 611 point on my point tracking system (A modified system based on the one Lone Pilgrim came up with a few years ago.)

Here is his system reprinted here:


"In order to motivate myself to paint I give each model a score based upon it's size.

Infantry = 1 point
Large infantry, Cavalry, bikes = 2 points
Monster or Dreadnought = 5 points
Vehicle = 10 points
Superheavy vehicle = 20 points

My aim for 2009 is to score 100 points or more.

Total points for 2009 = 81"

Here is my modified list taking into account I play Fantasy and 40K.

Infantry: 1 *
Large Infantry: 2 **
Cavalry: 2
Bikes: 2
Monster: 5
Dreadnought: 5 ***
War machine: 5
Vehicle: 10
Super heavy: 20
Titan: 40

*Includes Small 6mm vehicles and escort size fleet scale star ships
** Includes medium 6mm vehicles (eg: battlemechs) and cruiser sizes Fleet Star ships
***Includes Large 6mm vehicles (eg: Ogre Tanks) and battleship scale Star ships

This is a little lower than my 2010 total: 983 points
I account the lower number to work and becoming a NOVA staff member.

If anyone is interested in the really cool spreadsheet the wife came up with please let me know. I will be happy to share.


With January bringing the re-release of VAMPIRE counts for Warhammer Fantasy I decided to give the current book a go before it goes away. My opponent played Skaven (My opponent always plays Skaven)

2000 Pts - Skaven Roster - GS Morstorm's Chittering Horde

Grey Seer On Screaming Bell
Chieftain (Battle Standard Bearer) with Standard of Discipline
Warlock Engineer with Doomrocket
Warlock Engineer with Warp-Energy Condenser

24 ×Stormvermin, Full Command
30 Clanrats, Full Command
Poisoned Wind Mortar Weapon Team
20 Skavenslaves with Pawleader
20 Skavenslaves with Pawleader
20 Skavenslaves with Pawleader

24 Plague Monks: With Full command and Gleaming Pennant

Plagueclaw Catapult
Hell Pit Abomination

2000 Pts - Vampire Counts Roster - Vampire Lord Glick

Vampire Lord- Dark Acolyte, Avatar of Death (Shield)
Vampire (Battle Standard Bearer)- Avatar of Death (Shield), Wailing Banner
Necromancer- Invocation of Nehek, Raise Dead, Vanhel's Danse Macabre

10 Crypt Ghouls with Crypt Ghast
25 Skeleton Warriors with full command
26 Skeleton Warriors With Full command + Spears

Special (23#, 383 pts)
19 Grave Guard with full command and The Banner of the Barrows
4 Fell Bats (Total Crap!)


The battle went for the full 6 turns and by the end it was officially a draw. There were around 220 points difference in our scores. Unofficially The Skaven had the extra 220. I have to say the the Hellpit is a pain in the butt! I like the current Vampire army and I am sad that i did not play it more often. I look forward to the new edition when it comes out.

Well that is all for now...

See you next year


Sunday, December 25, 2011



Merry Christmas! (Santa is a Necron)

From the RGH

BTW: I got two really nice GW gifts this year from my inlaws. (Bless Amazon Wish lists)

I got a Necron Monolith and a Winged Nazgul

I will post progress when I can get to them.

Have a great Holiday and a happy new year!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Jabberslythe- Model Review

Hello All,

RGH her with a quick review of one GW's newest models the Jabberslythe. The beastmen are finally getting some love this month with the release of two new kits. The plastic Ghorgon/Cygor and the Finecast Jabberslythe. I decided that the Jabber was the way to go since it seemed that Finecast monsters were pretty good (at least better than the infantry sized models) since I had such good luck with the Cockatrice over the summer. Boy was I wrong. :(

Although the finished model looks pretty sweet the build took three evenings to complete as I had to wait for the green stuff to cure before I could move on. The main problem I had was that the peices did not fit properly together. They were close and they did fit after a fassion but they always left gaps. sometimes BIG gaps that had to be puttied and cured before anything else could be done.

and I now own stock in greenstuff!

This model reminded me of the old GW metal models from the 90's that honed many of us "old timer's" to our sculpting skill levels. The days where quarter inch gaps were not unheard of. The only saving grace was that since it was resin I did no thav to pit it as well...

Here are some pictures of the assembled model.



RATING: (* Total Crap) Through (***** IT's the best EVER!)

Detail: ***** (Lots of interesting textures on the model that will make painting it fun)
Quality: *** (It's Finecast so it will only be so good)
Casting: ** (Way too many gaps. this is not a model for a beginner)
Finished apperance: ***** (this thing looks like something out of a nightmare I really like it)

Overall score: **** (Actually 3.75)

This is a good looking kit. I just wish the folks at GW would make sure it works before putting it on the Shelf. For 66.00 US it really should fit properly!

I will post pics of the painted model when I finish it.



Monday, December 5, 2011

Road to the NOVA #2 Supply list

From the 2011 build project

Terrain Supplies list- Expanded

Hello all,

I have compiled a list of the most common Items the NOVA terrain build team will need to complete our projects by “Showtime” 2012. I have included what I think are best places to find these items as well as the most common uses, pros, and cons for them. Please feel free to add any ideas for materials or products that might help.

Glue – Craft Store (Michael’s or A.C Moore)

a. Elmer’s All Purpose Glue (Elmers Wood Glue share most of the same properties except it is also great for wood projects.)
  • Advantage: can be found almost anywhere
  • Great for gluing sand or flock to a base or terrain piece.
  • Dries a little slow
  • No good for adhering materials like plastic, metal, or plaster.
b. Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Easy to find at craft stores and chain stores like Wal-Martii. Dries quicker than Elmer’s
  • Fantastic for plaster (Molded Bricks and rocks)
  • Works well for adhering scenery to bases
c. Aleen’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Dries clear (but glossy)
  • Slow Dry time
  • Most of the same properties as regular Aleen’s
d. Hot Glue – Requires Hot glue Gun
  • Stupid fast drying (cooling) time
  • Good for the “Quick Fix”
  • Good for adhering scenery to bases
  • Tends to be messy (Glue strings)
  • Can be adjusted with applied heat
Glue – Hobby Store- (Games Workshop, Hobby Works, Game Parlor)
a. Super glue- Bob Industries, Games Workshop, and many others
  • Great for a "Quick Fix”
  • Fast dry time
  • OK for plastic scenery
  • Good for Metal to plastic adhesion
  • Can be messy (fingers sticking to scenery or fingers sticking together)
  • Best for resin models and scenery
  • Krazy Glue and cheap superglues should be avoided
b. Plastic Glue- Games Workshop, Bob Industries, and many others
  • Best for plastic kits
  • Not good for much else
  • Medium set time but strong adhesion once dry
Foam Board- Craft Store (Michael’s or A.C Moore)
a. Black-
  • Best for scenery (hardest to find around here)
  • Great for 40K Buildings
  • Great for Fantasy houses
  • Will work as a base but may warp over time.
b. White
  • Most common type (Can be found at craft stores and also places like Wal-Mart, some drug stores, and grocery stores)
  • Great for 40K Buildings
  • Great for Fantasy houses
  • Will work as a base but may warp over time.
c. Black on one side white on the other
  • A Hybrid of the above (I have only ever found them at Michael’s)
  • Great for 40K Buildings
  • Great for Fantasy houses
  • Will work as a base but may warp over time.
Pink foam (Home Depot or Lowes)
  • Look here for example
  • Good for walls and some types of buildings
  • Cuts with a hot wire foam knife
  • Best for hills!
  • Will warp
Foam board Knife- (Craft Store)
Hot wire Knife
  • Usable on construction foam (pink/blue) and Styrofoam
  • Use in a well ventilated space
  • Toxic fumes
  • Fastest way to cut foam
  • No good vs. foam board
  • Example
Basing material (Craft or Hobby stores)
  • Sand
  • Texture base
  • Small gravel
  • Because sand by itself is boring
  • Flock Good for color contrast
  • Can be mixed for interesting effects
Wood bases- (Home Depot or Lowes)
  • Sturdy!
  • Has to be cut at store into small enough pieces to be used in wargaming.
  • Store will cut to size
  • makes scenery pieces heavier
Craft Paint (Michael’s or A.C Moore)
  • Best basecoat for 40K scenery
  • Can be used for extreme highlights
  • Mixed with black to get shades of grey (also great for 40K)
  • Great for Fantasy terrain
Other colors as needed.
  • Metallic’s for highlights (40K)
  • Reds and Greens for accents

Texture Spray Paint (Michael’s, A.C Moore, Home Depot, or Lowes)
  • Color is not important
  • Texture is the important part
  • Great for adding quick texture to a terrain piece before painting
This is a list of opinions on some of the materials for making terrain. next time I will try to start a building tutorial to show the process we will be using to prepare for the 2012 NOVA Open...
I look forward to any other ideas or comments