6/16/2017

Donegal Guard Progress

So taking advantage of being on vacation, I continued to make some progress on the 8th Donegal Guard.  The unit is coming along nicely but I'm now not only out of my base paint but also my autumn flocking for the bases.  So while I go back to work tomorrow, I'm off Sunday and will be making a quick run up to the Hobby Town for these while I'm there picking up my 40K 8th Edition pre-orders.

First up is 1st Battalion's Company B.  This is a pretty nasty company of close in fighters that will do a lot of damage from ambush positions in an urban area.  Nothing like hitting an enemy mech with a hatchet then luring it around the corner to get shot by a Hunchback while Firestarters keep enemy infantry from getting involved.
B Company
First Lance
    Captain Danae Adams, Hatchetman
    1st Lt. Paula Matthews, Hunchback
    Xavier Stoughton,  Hunchback
    Kevin Barrows, Wasp
Second Lance
    2nd Lt. Peter Laerniss, Hatchetman
    Scott Hayes, Hatchetman
    Oliva Webster, Hatchetman
    Edmund Fitzhugh, Hatchetman
Third Lance
    2nd Lt. Ian Coleman, Shadowhawk
    Catelyn Hale, Shadowhawk
    Jennifer Squires, Firestarter
    Richard Groebben, Firestarter

After that is 2nd Battalion's E Company.  This is a bit more of an assault company though the 2nd Lance is quite maneuverable.
E Company
First Lance
    Captain Ingrid Lowenstein, Orion
    1st Lt. Bryan Mallister, Warhammer
    William Gibson, Warhammer
    Melissa Rabens, Warhammer
Second Lance
    2nd Lt. Ian MacIntyre, Flashman
    Clarissa Waterford, Grasshopper
    Eric MacAllister, Grasshopper
    Wendi Loomis, Grasshopper
Third Lance
    2nd Lt. Nicholas Warrington, Battlemaster
    Mark Immelman, Archer
    Simone Hawthorne, Exterminator
    Howard Laitnier, Exterminator

So that has 4 Companies and 1 Battalion command lance completed.  I should be able to have the other two companies and the 2nd command lance done by the end of next week hopefully.  After that I'll be starting on the militia unit to absorb the loose armor units as well as a small mech contingent that is primarily UrbanMechs and Commandos.
I've also been playing a good amount of World of Warships this week.  I've unlocked the Tier IV and V American Battleships and the Japanese Tier II and III Destroyers.  I'm having a lot of fun playing this even though the random matchmaking gets a little odd or quirky in some matches.

Well, that's all for now and I'll see you all next time.

6/13/2017

BattleTech Progress

So over the past couple months after 3 attempts at 2 different methods that I can not paint a white paint scheme.  So the idea for a ComGuard unit has been scrapped.  What I did instead is roll most of what was going to be in that unit over to join the Donegal Guard company that I did previously.

Now I had originally wanted to do the 6th Donegal Guard but I also can't pull off the Celtic knotwork, so we're doing the 8th Donegal instead.  I'm going to be doing the unit composition to reflect a more of an urban expertise in warfare, so there is going to be Hatchetmen, Firestarters, Hunchbacks, plenty of close quarters beasts.  There is also some ranged heavy hitters to punish enemy units moving into or out of the urban area as well.

So we've got the Battalion Command lance and D Company from the 2nd Battalion.  These are the ones that were done a while back.
2nd Battalion
Command Lance
    Major Jessica Epps, Atlas
    1st Lt. Tobin Hausmann, Zeus
    2nd Lt. Sarah Mayhew, Zeus
    2nd Lt. Vincent Conroy, Guillotine

D Company
1st Lance
    Captain Peter Fitzcairn, Battlemaster
    1st Lt. Sonja McTavish, Thunderbolt
    Joseph Hyde, Dragon
    Stephen St. Jaimes, Dragon

2nd Lance
    2nd Lt. Paul Kearns, Griffin
    Karen Tierny, Cicada
    James Bruce, Cidada
    Sean Ceirdwyn, Commando

3rd Lance
    2nd Lt. Andrew Fisher, Jaegermech
    Emily Bancroft, Trebuchet
    Reginald Beckett, Trebuchet
    Paul O'Sullivan, Blackjack

Now I've got another company, A Company of the 1st Battalion, complete as well.
A Company
First Lance
    Captain Geoffrey Harroldson, Archer
    1st Lt. Sarah Dorian, Quickdraw
    Sinclair Halstead, Quickdraw
    Clarissa Allenby, Dervish

Second Lance
    2nd Lt. Colleen Tavish, Crusader
    Rachael O'Connelly, Catapult
    Miroki Aioba, Catapult
    Michael Dunn, Trebuchet

Third Lance
    2nd Lt. Lloyd Paulson, Crusader
    Karen Owens, Catapult
    Phillip Tannerman, Catapult
    David Veerland, Trebuchet

I've got 3 more companies based coated in my main color for the unit, but there is another company and a battalion command lance that are on the waiting block due to running out of paint.  I'll be picking some up on Sunday when I run up to Johnson City to pick up my 8th Edition pre-order.  This unit is getting fall basing, and I think it goes well with the blue gray color of the mechs.  The vehicle portion of the former ComStar unit will be going into a militia unit to be assigned as support to the 8th Donegal Guard.

So that's what we have for now and I'll see you all next time.


6/06/2017

Finally Came To Blows

Well, I've been giving Neverness' Space Wolves grief for quite a while now about their chaos worshiping ways.  He of course has been less than amused by my commentary on them.  This past Sunday we finally set about sorting it all out on the table top though.  It was a 1,500 point game that was appropriately enough the Emperor's Will mission.
So I decided to run something different for me just to try and catch him off guard.  I took a chaplain in terminator armor and 5 TH/SS terminators in a Land Raider Redeemer, 2 ten man scout squads with cloaks and bolters, 2 Dreadnoughts with 2 twin linked Autocannons each, 3 five man Devastator Squads with 4 missile launchers each, and that was it.  No tac squads, no Ironclads, no Drop Pods, and no Sternguard.
He took a Librarian, some Wolf Terminators, a Long Fang group with missile launchers, 2 Grey Hunter squads with rhinos that they couldn't ride since the Sgts were in Term armor, a vindicator, a predator, and a vindicar assassin.  Really?  The constantly runs afoul of the Inquisition Wolves are consorting with imperial assassins?
It was a hard fought game that technically ended in a draw, but at the end I still had a viable force on the board while the Wolves had a rhino, 3/4s of a regular squad hiding behind a bunker, and then the assassin who was protecting the defenseless wolves.  So I'm taking a declared honorable win for both making Long Fangs flee off the board and Grey Hunters cower for their lives behind terrain.  I'm sure the Wolves will disagree and someday come to attempt another lesson.

But honestly it was a good fun game and a good way to see off 7th Edition.  I also got my name on the list for a new starter box set and the Empire Books 1 and 2.  I'm on vacation starting the 10th and am looking forward to spending a few days going through it all.  I really want to get my hands on the Primaris Marines, and especially that Dreadnought of theirs.  But it has cause me a small conundrum though.  I'm only half a Reserve Assault Company away from a full chapter so where to fit them in?  I'm hoping the fluff for them gives me the answer.  The previews have mentioned new chapters formed from the new Primaris marines so I just might be making a smalls successor chapter for the Lions.  I'll know for sure after I've read up on them.
And then lastly I made some progress on the Battletech Terrain.  I got the 5 storage tanks primed a nice metallic color and then put a black wash and then a sepia wash over them for a nice worn slightly rusted look.  They're now ready to toss down onto a table top as soon as I can manage to arrange a game.  I'll be trying to work on getting the rest of the terrain in progress done between this week and next as well.

So that's all for now, finally getting some more hobby stuff in and we'll see how things go.  Thanks for reading and I'll see you all next time.


5/06/2017

Vacation Loot

So it's the last full day of my vacation and I must say I feel much more relaxed.  A short trip to my sister's family was fun and then I went up to Cincinnati for a few days.  While in Cincy I had several trips to Gold Star (I really wish there was one here in East Tenn).  I hit a few comic and game stores and caught a couple Reds games.  I had seen quite a few games at Riverfront Stadium, but this was my first time to catch a game at the new Great American Ballpark.  It was a very fan friendly stadium and getting to check out the Reds Hall of Fame was a lot of fun as well.
I got a really good seat, and had arrived early to watch all the practice on the field
But partway through the second day was the highlight of the tip.  About mid-afternoon during a conversation at a game store where BattleTech came up, I remembered that Iron Wind Miniatures was based out of Cincinnati.  I got lucky and arrived an hour before they closed up for the day.  It's a really nice casual place.  I got the short tour which was pretty cool and then the real fun begins.  You can buy loose unblistered miniatures by the pound.  You get a box and then get turned loose in the aisles of metal goodness.  I ended up with just a hair of 2 pounds of miniatures which cost me $50 which I think ended up as a massive deal.  I'll definitely be taking another trip to Cincinnati when I need to expand my BattleTech forces again.  As an added bonus, one of the fellows packing up orders had Sabaton's newest album playing so good music to listen to as well.
One of FIVE rows of shelving just for BatteTech, At least that many more for Ral Partha fantasy minis

So what does 2 pounds of miniatures come out to?  Let's check it out.  First up is some naval vessels for my SLDF Fleet (that has never been used, but it's fun to collect).  I got a Sovetskii Soyez Heavy Cruiser, 2 York Destroyers, and 2 Lola Destroyers.  I'd have liked to have grabbed some Essex as well but they weren't available in the loose at this time.

Next we' to ll look at the vehicles.  I grabbed 4 Pikes for my fledgling ComStar force, 4 Hetzers that will be going into a Tamar Pact world militia unit to back up my Donegal Guard company and my 2 lances of Arcturan Guard. And then lastly is a pair of Demolishers that I haven't decided what to do with yet.  But as these are expensive in the blisters, it was too good a deal to grab them this way.
Now let's look at the mechs I got.  There is a lance of Urbies (one of which will be traded to Cheef for a II variant) and a lance of Commandos.  All these will be going into the previously mentioned militia unit.  Then there is a Vulcan to deal with pesky infantry the next time I manage to get a game against Cheef.  A pair of Flashman help round out the haul and will be joining ComStar.  Last of all is a lil love for my Ghost Bear unit in the form of a Kingfisher.
And then we come to the Aerospace fighters.  Most of these will be going into finishing off my 21st Striker Regiment of the Eridani Light Horse.  The rest of them will be going into the ComStar unit.  There are 4 Shilones, 2 Seydlitz, 2 Transgressors, 4 Stukas, 2 Lucifers, and 4 Sholagars.
So all in all, quite a nice haul that will take me a while to get all sorted out, cleaned up, and assembled.  I also got some other things along the way including a couple new books, an Invaders graphic novel, and at one game shop that was running a sale a Davion Sourcebook (newest one) and the source book for the Reunification War.  All that's left now is to get a game in which looks like will be this evening either in the form of Rogue Stars or Kill Team.  Either way should be plenty of fun.  Thanks for reading all and I'll see you all next time.

4/25/2017

The Lulls

Well, been a bit of a lull here.  Work has hit a bit of a odd stretch so it's been a bit of an inspirational drag.  So not only haven't I gotten a game played in a while, I also haven't made any progress on the modelling front as well.  But I am on vacation starting when I get off of work Thursday evening and I have a couple short trips planned.  This should get me a reboot and we'll get cranking on some stuff again.
But all is not totally lost.  I have done a bit of work getting my Geek Shelf which is the top of my computer desk organized and all displayed out.  It's a pretty good homage to a large part of what I enjoy in the realm of geeking.  You'll find everything from Autobots to X-Wings, Adama to Vultan, Arcturan Guard to Victor (of the Doom pedigree) present including a freebie cup from the one GW Games Day I managed to attend and a signed shirt giveaway from a Twitch Channel I follow.
Also I've been playing around a bit with World of Warships.  I haven't been into my World of Tanks for a few years now but after watching a few Twitch streams of it, I wanted to try the Warships variety.  I'm still early on into having just unlocked a Level III German cruiser a few days ago.  It's the Kolberg-class that even though the game doesn't allow it, I have named the Adler.  Most of the games that I've played have been with my Level II Dresden-class cruiser that I am calling Lowe.

So that's it for now, just a short post but we'll be back into it post vacation I hope.  That's for the views and feel free to leave comments or links to pics of your own geek shelves in the replies.  See you all next time!

4/02/2017

BattleTech and Wee Bit of Rogue Stars

So I'm working on cleaning up some of the mechs that had have piled up and don't have a current home.  My goal is to organize them into companies of different units I like, as well as can stand the color scheme of (I'm looking at you Orloff Grenadiers).  First up is a unit from the Donegal Guards.  This is one the core Lyran Commonwealth units and have a great tradition/flavor built into them with the ties to Ireland on Terra.
4th Donegal Guard Regiment
Colonel Seamus Killkinny

2nd Battalion
Major Claus Hemri 
3rd Company
Captain Jessica Eisenbach, Atlas
Lt. Tobin Hausmann, Zeus
2nd Lt. Sarah Mayhew, Zeus
2nd Lt. Vincent Conroy, Guillotine
1st Lance
Lt. Peter Fitzcairn, Battlemaster
Sonja McTavish, Thunderbolt
Joseph Hyde, Dragon
Stephen St. Jaimes, Dragon
2nd Lance
2nd Lt. Paul Kearns, Griffin
Karen Tierny, Cicada
James Bruce, Cidada
Sean Ceirdwyn, Commando
3rd Lance
2nd Lt. Andrew Fisher, Jaegermech
Emily Bancroft, Trebuchet
Reginald Beckett, Trebuchet
Paul O'Sullivan, Blackjack

It's a nice standard unit of pre=3025 mechs that shows plenty of salvage from clashes against Houses Kurita, Liao, and Marik.  It's fairly balanced as far as weight and throwing power and would do fairly well in a scrap I think.
I also added another model to my Rogue Stars pool of characters.  Every unit of marines needs that grizzled veteran sergeant so I give you Sergeant Major Phillip Fawkes.  I'm still working on a paint scheme idea for these guys so if any of you out there have a great idea, leave me a comment.

That's all for now and I'll see you all next time.

3/26/2017

Rogue Stars

So at the FLGS (well, friendly yes, not super Local anyway), Rogue Stars is starting to get to be fairly popular.  I played around with several themes and lists on paper only to discover my idea for each team was going to be super hard to represent in miniatures available or easily attainable.  So finally I just threw all my ideas out and started going through the miniatures I DID have and go for an idea based on that.  And it worked.  Culling through my small group of Imperial Guard (Yeah, I said it and not Adeptus Whatevericus), I pulled enough minis that I like to give a good pool of models to implement a force with some spares in case of character death or just the need to swap things on the list up occasionally.
Now the lists played so far are 2 Pirate Crews and a Star Cops unit so I knew I didn't want to do either of those.  What I did instead was a Mercenary crew based on the old English East India Tea Company.  Thus His Scottish Majesty's East Galactic Trade Company was born, enlisting Royal Scottish Marines as the muscle of the company.
This trading company, based in Inverness, Scotland, establishes trade routes and outposts of trade for Scottish space lines and merchants ... and they establish them one way or another.  The Royal Oak is an armed merchant cruiser with a trade representative aboard duly sanctioned by His Royal Scottish Majesty's government for actions ranging from trade negotiations to armed privateer actions.  A company of Royal Scottish Marines is also embarked for the protection of the vessel as well as EGTC interests.
L to R: McTavish, Forsythe, and Sharpe
Star Cruiser Royal Oak
Captain Richard Forsythe, Commanding officer
Commander Ian Sharpe, Executive Officer
Sir Conner MacTavish, EGCT Representative
L to R: Duncan, Hollister, and Fisher
3rd Company, 44th Battalion (Coldstream Guards), Royal Scottish Marine Corps
Captain Duncan Enwright, Commanding Officer
2nd Lt. Edmund Hollister, Communications Officer
2nd Lt. Dr. Andrew Fisher, Medical Officer
Coporals
Privates
Corporal Victor Haig
Corporal Nathaniel Lockesly
Private Jacob Hearns
Private Lloyd Bancroft
Private Colin Holmes
Private James O'Donnell
Private Douglas Crowelly
Private Oliver MacGuire
Private Paul Yeats

Now the roster for a game has around 5 or 6 models in it, so as I said, plenty of extra models to play around with and some room to do a few other specialists to add to the unit as well.  I think the theme is fun enough as well to have some running adversarial relations with some of the other crews as well.  I should make it up there this coming Saturday and hopefully I'll get my first game of this in.

So that's all for now and I'll see you all next time.  Thanks for reading.