30 August 2011

Kjerringvik Pictures (Part One?)

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I promised, so here they are - a selection of the pictures i took during TSBs third weekend in Kjerringvik. This yearly trip isn't just about rolling dice and moving plastic dudes around on tables. It's just as much about getting all six of us together in one place, and... err... "chillaxing" (Was that the word, Ørnulv?) for a few days...

As I think I've mentioned earlier, Trond and I came down thursday evening. When we arrived, Ørnulv had pulled out his 6-7000 points Tyranid force and set them up on the dining table. Here's a few overview shots:

On friday, it was time to get a few of those 750 points games in. I got off to a rather late start, and only managed to get two games in. My first game was against Linus' Plague Marines. I don't know if he'd played much since his comeback, but he throunced me good and proper nevertheless.

For the second game I drew Trond and his Eldar. Deep Striking my Obliterators in, I almost - but only almost - managed to take out his war Walkers on turn two. In the end though, I was overwhwlmed by Str6 fire...

Saturday morning, we carried the tables outside and played in the sun. I started off against Inger Helene and her Orks. With two losses from the previous day, I was anxious to kick some greenskin buttocks. Alas, it was not to be. Out there in the sunlight the Orks cut me apart, and I was zero and three.

She was kind enough to give me a rematch after lunch though, and with a reformulated Plan I managed to even the score a little. ;)

I got my last game of the weekend in on sunday after breakfast. I don't think I've had a game with André since november last year, and he'd had quite some time with the new Dark Eldar Codex since then. After a tense few rounds, however, I did manage to secure the central objective and win my final game of the weekend.

With that last game done, it was time to pack up and head home. Unfortunately, Ørnulv and I never did manage to get a game in. We'll have to make up for that soon!

25 August 2011

Pre Heresy Luna Wolves

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Reading the Horus Heresy series, I got very interested in the concept of creating a Pre Heresy Luna Wolves army with Captain Loken, Captain Abbadon and War master Horus.

Searching the Internet for different model bits end ideas I came across this awesome modeller/gamer. He has made articles on each unit, but as a summery - please take a look at this link! Enjoy J.


19 August 2011

Deathmatch Arena

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It's very nearly time for our yearly trip to Ørnulv's summer house now, so I suppose it's about time I got the terrain piece I had planned to build for this year's 'in-between activity' done...

I cut out two quarter-circles with an outer radius twice that of the intended size of the outer wall from a sheet of Kapafix left over from last summer's game table project. The inner radius was 10 cm (4 & 3/8") smaller, allowing for a height of about 8,5 cm (3.4")These was then folded repeatedly over the edge of my work-table to allow the relatively rigid material to curve. The two piezes of Kapa was taped togeter and glued (with my recently rediscovered hot-glue gun) to a circular piece MDF I cut to a 24" diameter disc.

I then glued a layer of sand to what would be the arena floor, and added a vertical inner wall. At this point I was pretty much out of Kapa, but forged ahead anyway. The cardboard I used proved to be too thin, and ended up warping pretty badly. To remedy this I applied a generous amount of spackle and left the piece to dry for a few days. The proper thing to to would be to remove and replace the warped cardboard with a sturdier material, but the weekend was coming to an end and I knew I'd have to leave the arena alone for a few days anyway.

When the first thick layer of spackle was dry, I gave a quick sanding and brushed on another. This second layer would fill inn the worst humps and bumps in the first one. Using the paint brush would give it a little additional texture. I toyed around a bit with the idea of adding coctail-sticks around the top edge to make the arena a little more intimidating, but decided against adding details that don't add any functionality to the arena. I just might go back and add the stakes at a later date though - perhaps even adding a few heads based on how the test-tourney goes this coming weekend.

Last night I finally got around to tossing some paint on it. I dug out the paint we'd saved from last year's terrain project and applied a quick base coat. After allowing that to dry, I did a couple of light drybrush layers before thinning out the base colour and splashing it liberally everywhere to blend the highlights down a little again. To finish the job I splashed a little red here and there, and left the piece to dry overnight (and then some). The final 'product' is a little on the quick-and-dirty side, but I think that'll fit it's purpose just fine.

As this posts, we're at TSB's yearly get-together at Ørnulv's summer house. Tune in next week for whatever reports we manage to write up - and lots and lots of pictures!!!

1 August 2011

The Boyz of Summer

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No, not Orks. Just us team-mates going away to do non-40K stuff with She-who-comes-first and the goblins/snotlings for a few weeks.

Do we have nothing hobby-related to show for the vacation, then? I sure hope not. For my own part, I've drafted a campaign system i hope we can put to use when temperatures fall and the urge to play games pick up again. I just need to get my Mighty and Planetary Empires tile sets painted...

So... Rather than dwell on a largely inactive July, what's coming up in the next couple of months?

First and foremost, we're going on our yearly trip to Kjerringvik. (The name doesn't quite translate as 'Bitch Bay', but I suppose it's close enough.) This year we'll be running an Arena of Death event as well as a small games event. Watch this space for the reports (with lots of pictures) towards the end of the month.

Secondly, I hope to be able to start the aforementioned campaign in september. We will probably have to go over the rules together first, to Kill my Darlings and fill the holes I've probably overlooked. Once we get this up and running, we should be able to do at least an article every campaign turn.

Right now, however, my Warhammer 40.000 Kill Team download just finished, so I'm going to publish this and give it a spin...

See you 'round! ;)