Still Painting Away

With just 16 hours till I start heading to the UK Nationals, I am still busy painting models.  This has been hard, long and in many respects; rewarding month (and a bit) of achievements.

With just the final Harrower to finish, I will have painted:

  • Kraken
  • 2 x Seether
  • 2 x Harrowers
  • Malice
  • 4 McThralls
  • Blood Witches (not finished)

That isn’t including the repairs to DJ, Malice Morty; with marking the bases on all the new models painted and ones that I need at the weekend.  Tonight I am going to slowly paint this last Harrower, then get an early night; say about 2am.  So to all those who will face me across the field of battle at the weekend…….please don’t hurt me too much; or you will have my wife to deal with mwaaahhh!

 

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Glasgow is Back

With the scene in Glasgow quiet recently, it was good to finally get back there to play.  The new PG Michael, was running his first event since taking the black.  It was also a good run for those tweaking their lists ahead of the UK Nationals this weekend.

Due to circumstances I still haven’t run the Coven list yet.  Not the most ideal situation, given some new models (Malice, Iron Lich Overseers) and rules (Jack Marshall); I have to contend with on the day in competition.  That said, it would be par for course in my WM/H history; jumping in feet first and just enjoying the ride to the bottom.

So how did I do in Glasgow? Surprisingly better than I thought.  Running the same Morty/pDenny lists, I came close in both games I played.

First game was against one of best players in Scotland imo.  PDenny v Kromac, it wasn’t plain sailing on either side of the board; as initial devastation of the twin McThrall units left Denny with the Seether and Kraken to threaten Kromac.  Kraken had already slammed and killed Getarix; knocking down a Warpwolf Stalker in the process.  Sadly the 2nd Stalker, with the help of Shifting Stones got teleported behind Denny (failed domination of flag) to rip her to pieces. It was one of those, kill her or be killed moments.  Loss via Assassination, with no CP claimed; Incursion scenario

My other game was against Luke, who was right royally shafted by his dice and a lapse of concentration.  As it was Divide and Conquer, I chose to use Morty against eSkarre; the movement sisters (Overrun/Perdition). Game should have been over on turn two, under Skarre’s feat turn Morty left exposed to Nightmare or Deathjack; Luke forgot about the model during his turn.  This prevented him removing the Seether from the zone and dominating it.  With little desire to put all my jacks into melee without attacking, I used their movement to cover Morty while threatening the Satyxis Raiders on the left flank with my Deathjack.  Doing damage limitation (contesting the zone), I dragged Morty over to the flag to dominate that.  Sadly Perdition on Luke’s DJ ended with Morty on the end of a DJ fist. Loss via Assassination, with no CP claimed; Outflank scenario

Overall a great day, despite losing the games; they could really have gone either way.  Which is another reason I love this game, it ain’t over till Grissell sings.

 

1 Week

Just a week to go, before I am heading down to the UK Nationals.  It’s a sell out event with all 128 places taken, Iron Gauntlet close to filling out and lots of cool prizes up for grabs (they tease us and won’t tell us what).

I’m still busy painting models, with a couple of new ones (Malice and Machine Wraith) still to be painted.  The Kraken is waiting on water effect for the base; which will hopefully get done on Wednesday.  Just finished today, is the second Seether:

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As well as the last 4 Mechanithralls for the full unit:

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Another tournament in Glasgow this Sunday, so it’s all go for the final push to next weekend.  I’ve not painted this much in a very long time, but the pressure to have a fully painted army; is making me push myself….which has been a good thing for me as I’ll explain later.

 

Dundee Training SR

Well today was a trip to Dundee, for the first of two events leading up to the Nationals.  Due to the store owner flying out to Vegas, I was asked to run the event for them.

17 players, should normally have been 5 rounds; but the owner asked for this to be cut to 3 rounds due to various aspects.  If nothing else it allowed players who were attending the Nationals, to test all three of their lists.  Sadly I wasn’t one of them, due to not having the Malice card; as well as a second Machine Wraith.

My lists for the day were: (sorry for the lack of pictures, phone died after the first game; after using it as a chess clock timer)

  • Mortenebra + Deryliss (Tier 4 Infernal Machines)
  • Deathjack
  • Seether
  • Seether
  • Harrower
  • Scavenger
  • Stalker x 2
  • Warwitch Siren x 2
  • Necrotech + Scrap Thrall
  • Scrap Thrall

Other list was one I put together, just so I could run the Kraken today.

  • Warwitch Deneghra
  • Skarlock Thrall
  • Kraken
  • Seether
  • Deathripper x 2
  • Warwitch Siren
  • Mechanithralls (10) x 2
  • Necrosurgeon + Stitch x 2
  • Necrotech + Scrap

First game was against Bloody Barnabas, which was just a slugfest, drawn out and hard fought on both battle.  I ran Denny in this game, hoping the Kraken would come good against the masses of Posse.  Sadly this didn’t pan out with the dice, who seemed to roll good one minute; then absolutely dire the next.  Taking a risk, exposing Denny a little more than I should; in the hopes of ending the game before I timed out.  Loss via Assassination, with 1 CP claimed; Destruction scenario.

Second game was Nemo (can’t remember which), Stormwall, Rowdy and Thunderhead; as the main forces.  I put up Morty this time, figuring that the best way to deal with any Colossal is to ignore it; in favour of speed.  The other reason is I just love playing Morty, who can when done right get an assassination out of nowhere.  As it turned out, this is pretty much how it happened, with Stalkers flanking, Seethers and Scavenger working the Overrun play; to put the Seether in Nemo’s face for the win. Win via Assassination, no CP (domination foiled by a Storm Pod); Outflank scenario.

Last game was Morty v Ossyan, not the best match up and it showed in the end with the Seether assassination foiled by Admonition.  Scrambling to claim control points left Morty exposed to MHSF, Destor and Ossyan.  If not for Admonition, it would have hurt Ossyan a fair bit.  Loss via Assassination, 1 CP: Incursion scenario.

 

Painting Progress

Just over 3 days ago I finished the first Harrower, since then I have had a painting frenzy; with not just one; but 4 models painted.

The Seether, which could be seen in the background of the Harrower pictures; had been started.  However due to trying something new, it didn’t turn out the way I wanted.  I used the Vallejo Crackle Medium on the red sections, with a necrotite green base coat.  It didn’t crackle as good as I had hoped, so had to improvise a little……or strip it completely.  Given the time constraints, I decided to salvage it as best I could.

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Next up the two Iron Lich Overseers, which were a massive pain in the ass.  If you come to buy these, make sure you pin that tail piece well; as it was the only piece to give me issues.

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Finally the Blood Hag, finished today.  I really do hate painting flesh tones, no matter what model I am painting (humanoid or beast).  That said, I think this turned out reasonably well in the end.

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Already started on the Blood Witches, though again ‘flesh tones’; which added to a full unit equals brain shutting down.  Had enough for the day, going to head off to New Eden* to kill some rats.

*Eve Online, for those not familiar with the game.