Monday, January 11, 2010

UPDATED: A New Year and New Scenery

Before I talk about my own projects I want to take a moment to pat my compatriot Scott on the back. After looking at his year in review entry I went through every entry of 2009 that I did between my old blog, Redemptors of Golinar, and here at 2nd City Warzone. What I discovered was really disappointing. In the first weeks of 2009 I had completed enough scenery to complete an entire table. You can see that here. Then, over the course of 2009 I pulled all my models out of the figure cases, did minor upgrades to a few, and then put them back in the case. I'm pretty sure I only finished 4 Angels of Absolution and added shields and 5 Skeletons to a unit of Skeletons with Hand Weapons.
So not exactly the most prolific hobby year. In fact, I bought the Imperial Guard Codex, played 1 game with it. I bought Planetstrike and haven't played a single game with it. And I bought a Stompa that remains untouched. I really want to turn things around in 2010 and walk away with something to show for it like Scott did last year. Especially with having a new born midway through the year and having all sorts of other things on his plate, he powered through and really accomplished a lot.

That being said, what are reasonable goals for me to have for 2010? These are the things I'd like to accomplish:
  • I'd like to get the Angels of Absolution to 2000 playable points. I have over 1500 right now and adding just another 4 or 5 models will make certain squads playable pushing me to this goal.
  • I'd like to get my Tomb Kings of Khemri to 2000 playable points. Once again, painting a handful of models and updating a few units will get this army to this goal.
  • Complete the Ork Trukk I've been working on for the last 2 years. This is my only Ork goal. I just need to paint the crew and do some weathering. It's so close to completion it really shouldn't sit like this anymore.
  • Complete my Humboldt Park/Chicago themed city board. Last year I started the project of making buildings loosely based on buildings in my neighborhood and putting them on giant sidewalk edged movement trays to create an authentic yet playable city. A week of work and I can turn the work I've put in into a 4' x 6' or possibly larger board. I really think the end result will be very dramatic and I'm looking forward to it.
  • Update: Run a narrative campaign that links a mere 5 games with the Nerd Night crew.
All that being said, exactly like how I started last year, when the holidays come around I feel compelled that I should be playing with toys, so that's what I did. Here are 4 new pieces of scenery I made to go along with the scenery I started 2009 off with.
A quick note on these pieces of scenery. The "concrete tube" piece was a piece of busted PVC pipe I found on the ground while walking the dogs. Similarly, the railroad track section was one of several railroad track bits I found busted in the alley while walking my dogs. The desert "giant thicket" trees are based around broom bristles from a beat up broom I found in the trash somewhere, and the pile of metal pipes - the tubes are from the center of a roll of dog poop bags. Recycling at its finest. Here's to a productive and fun 2010!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Scott's Hobby Year in Review

Here we are at the beginning of another year, and I couldn't let the year get too far along without my usual year in review for 2009.

Last year was a busy year for me personally. Some of you may remember, my daughter was born in May of this year. It's been wonderful to have a new baby around the house, but it's been a big change, obviously. Still, this has been one of the most productive years painting-wise I can remember having.

I began last year with two resolutions. First:
First off, I plan to focus on Daemons this year. I want to finish 1,500 pts by the end of the year. I hope I'm not aiming too high, but it seems to me that Daemons paint up pretty fast. Much faster than my Thousand Sons or Space wolves.

Wrong! For the record, Daemons do not paint any faster than anything else, at least by me. I am a slow painter no matter what I paint. I have just come to accept that.

Spending a year on daemons only resulted in me having two unfinished armies instead of just one.

Secondly, I plan to work on only one unit at a time. Being a "painting butterfly" is a huge problem for me. For example, in 2008 I started or worked on at least eleven projects but only finished two. Now, I plan to finish a project before I start a new one.

This worked out really well, actually. As you can see in the picture above, I finished five units this year. I started three projects this year, one of which (the fiend) is one of the finished projects this year

No, five projects isn't a lot, but considering it's more than last year, I call that a victory.

Here are a couple "table level' shots of the completed units:

I give myself a "close but no cigar" prize for the unit of daemonettes below. They are pretty close to being done, but not until 2010, so I don't get six units for 2009.

So, what did I learn this year? First, focusing on one thing at a time gets results.

Unfortunately, the other thing I learned is that I get bored working on the same thing all the time. The solution to that I have figured out is working on smaller batches helps stave off boredom. The flamers and fiend are good examples of this.

I have now applied this lesson to the daemonettes I'm working on. I was painting all 11 at the same time. Now I'm painting six and as soon as I finish those, I'll paint the other five.

What's in store for next year? That's another post, my friends.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Magnetized Landspeeder Storm Finally Complete!

First off Happy New Year all. I had shelved this project for quite a while now whilst working on my new Death Guard Army, but since Adepticon is coming up I decided to play a somewhat crazy list for the Combat Patrol. I honestly don't know how it will do, but am looking forward to trying it out. This is what Im thinking at the moment.

10 man Scout Squad bolters (no upgrades)
2 Landspeeder Storms (no upgrades)
2 Landspeeders (in a squadron) 1x Assault Cannon upgrade 1x Heavy Bolter upgrade
400pts exactly

Figure I would combat squad up the scouts and put them each into the 2 Landspeeder Storms. Then just buzz around and try and stay out of range of folks, whilst still trying to use my regular landspeeders to take out my opponents. I could also use the Storms as mobile firing platforms. or just use them to grab last minute objectives. Serious, if I just move six inches with each of em... that would be 4 str 6, 15 str 5 (36' range) & 10 str 4 shots.. not too bad. but who knows, will see how it goes after play testing a couple times.

But here are some pictures of my finished Storm and scout squad...

All the scouts are magnetized and so are the bases, there are some earlier posts showing some of the work.

As always would love to hear peoples comments, especially on this one, with peoples thoughts about my Combat Patrol list.