Sometime in the middle of last year I decided to try creating an Ork Kill Team for Shadow War. It was supposed to be something small, and different from just playing more Space Marines. As of this morning however, I have about 30/40 assembled Boyz, along with another box ready for assembling today. I’ve also got six Killa Kans awaiting a base coat, and a box of Lootas ready for assembly along with the rest of the Nobz I left in the box after putting together the Kill Team. A mate also threw me some sprues he wasn’t using and I’ve no idea how many Orks are on them. Somehow, I’m well on my way to having a fieldable Waaagh of my own. Expect more updates as I get these bad boyz (puntacular!) finished.
Well, here we are again! The start of a new year and time to think upon what I hope to achieve over the next twelve months. While 2017 might not have seen me complete all my goals, it was pretty successful on the hobby front and I hope to carry that forward into 2018. This new year however, will have to be a bit different as I’m also looking to the future and trying to save a bit of extra money, so 2018 will be less about picking up new things and more about refining and working with what I already have. Conveniently this has helped me focus my goals for the year.
The BIG Goals
Tabletop Gaming – Last year I set myself the target of painting and assembling 2,500 pts. worth of White Scar Space Marines for use in Warhammer 40k. Honestly I never really came close but I’m still quite happy with what I’ve got done. The release of the game’s 8th Edition rules really spurred me on in the middle of the year and I’ve enough assembled models to field an army so I’ll continue to push on with getting them painted up. For this year however, I’ve decided to go another route and aim to build a gaming table for one of the games I play. I had originally decided on a table for Warhammer 40k but, as you’ll read below there are other games I’ll be focusing on this year and I may decide to go with one of them. Rest assured that all updates will be sufficiently blogged.
Reading – December proved to be a bit of a busy month and I didn’t get all that much reading done. This didn’t stop me from reaching my Goodreads goal of reading 30 books in 2017 so again, I’m calling that a success. For 2018 I’ve upped my target by 50% and hope to read 45 books this calendar year. A few things make me believe that this is an achievable target; firstly I’m nearly finished the audiobook of Raymond E. Feist’s Magician so it’s likely that I’ll have knocked off one book by the end of January 1st. I’ll also have 24 book club books to read in 2018 so that’ll clear over have the target. Secondly I’ve gotten back into reading Comic Books in a big way over the last few months so I expect to get through a few Graphic Novels in 2018 too, each of which will add to my Goodreads total.
As I mentioned above, I’ve decided to focus on the miniatures games that I’ll be playing in the coming year. 2017 saw the release of a few games that caught my eye, but as someone that’s still finding my footing in the genre, I can’t be trying to do everything. For this reason I’ll be focusing on three games in particular – Warhammer 40k, Guild Ball and Gaslands. I’ve already mentioned where I am with the first of these titles, and with Guild Ball I have sufficient models to field a number of teams, so these games will require minimal financial investment in 2018. Gaslands on the other hand is a game that I’ve only recently become acquainted with but I’ve already purchased the rules and tokens so really my main investment in this for 2018 will be on vehicles and conversion pieces. It’s probably the ideal game to be getting into now that I’m tightening the purse stings.
Beyond the gaming table I really want to get more writing done in 2018. This will take the form of updating this blog more often, getting stuck into the novel idea that I have and writing more for Geek Ireland. This of course is all time allowing but these early months of the year are pretty slow at work so I hope to get a good start through January and February.
Enough rambling, a Happy New Year to all and hopefully come December I’ll be reporting on the success of these goals that I’ve set myself.
Back in January, at the prompt of the Ireland’s Gaming Community facebook group, I set myself the goal of assembling and painting 2,500pts. of Warhammer 40k White Scars Space Marines. It’s been a struggle to be honest (and I’ve heard “Why would you do that to yourself” on numerous occasions) but I’m pretty happy with how things are going so far. I’ve even managed to get some models onto the table on two occasions – the first a 100 Power Point victory over the forces of Nurgle and the second a bloody, hard fought win against Necrons at 2,000pts. I’m hoping to get a game in at that magic 2,500pts. mark in the coming weeks, so rest assured I’ve hit the mark with regards to assembly.
Here’s the breakdown of what I’ve got done so far;
HQ – Realistically the only HQ option I have so far is an assembled Captain on Bike. I do have a Kor’sarro Kahn model somewhere but I’ve completely misplaced him. He’s unassembled and my girlfriend bought him for me for my birthday, but I haven’t been able to locate him in months. Thankfully the lads I play with have been allowing me to proxy him so I know the damage he can do – In my battle against the forces of Chaos he straight up stabbed a Rhino until it exploded.
TROOPS – I’ve 60 Tactical Space Marines in various stages of assembly and painting. I had an accident a while back and a number of them became de-assembled so I’d say about 30 of them are still in one piece, of which 10-15 are pretty much painted and another 10 require finishing touches to shoulder pads and other detail areas.
FAST ATTACK -As of last Sunday my three Land Speeders are nearly done. Like my Tactical Squads they just need a bit of detail work. I’ve also got nine Bikes that are at the same point so it’s pretty fitting that this will probably be the part of my White Scars army that gets finished first.
HEAVY SUPPORT – For this category I’m looking toward my two Land Raiders. One of them is pretty much done, again I just need to add the finishing touches while the other is assembled. Unfortunately, I bought this one pre-assembled on ebay and the owner made quite a mess of it. I’m facing the real possibility of having to take it apart to clean up some of the shoddy workmanship. It’s pretty much been sitting in a box since I got it but I have it in that 2,500pts. list I mentioned above so I’ll have to face it at some point.
DEDICATED TRANSPORT – Here again is a category that I’ve done a lot of work on. I have four Rhinos (two are actually Razorbacks that I’m using as Rhinos but have left unglued so I can switch to their original purpose if needs be) and they’re nearly done. I ran out of paint when it came to doing their tracks and haven’t gone back to them. I also have two Drop Pods awaiting a final lick of paint before I can say their finished but again, it’s not a big project.
Well, that’s it with regards to the White Scars. I’d probably be a lot further along with them if I hadn’t stupidly decided to work on some Orcs as well. I also have some Necron Destroyers that I picked up because I thought of a colour scheme I wanted to try on them. A bit more focus and I might actually hit my goal. That’ll be a big boost when it comes to setting my goal for next year – more on that one closer to January.
Back in January I decided to set myself the goal of assembling and painting 2,500 pts. of White Scar space marines for Warhammer 40k. I’m nowhere close to that at the moment but yesterday I managed to field a 100 Power Points force of assembled models for my first game of 8th Edition and that came to 2,003 pts. Frankly it was a relief to see that I have gotten that far, and many of the models I used were actually over 50% painted (nearly all painted in terms of larger vehicles.) I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll be able to get the rest finished by the end of the year.
In terms of the battle, I came away with a lucky win. My opponent forgot to field an entire unit of chaos space marines which left me with a nearly 500 pts. advantage and I was able to sweep through most of what he had. That and I had some pretty lucky rolls when it came to Overwatch and 6+ saves. I’ll take the victory though as it was an introductory game for me and I’d no idea what any of my stuff did. Also, in keeping with White Scar fluff, I chose an enemy character as my quarry and managed to successfully eliminate him with my three Land Speeders. For the Emperor and the Khan!
So, the new Warhammer 40k Dark Imperium set came out on Saturday and I’ve been working away assembling the Primaris Marines models from the box. I’ve rather stupidly decided to try a different colour scheme for the models and it’s proving more annoying than I expected. In the past my White Scars have been based white with a few extra layers of white added before adding the red detailing. This time however, I began with a black base (there’s your problem) before layering Celestra Grey and Mephiston Red (detail) and then shading with Nuln Oil. Next I layered Ulthuan Grey before finishing off with White Scars White. Thankfully there are only a handful of models in this box to do and I have some pictured up when I’m done.
So, things definitely didn’t go to plan on the hobby front yesterday. I had planned to put some more work in on my Ork Kill Team and polish of All the Birds in the Sky for my Science Fiction & Fantasy book club, but I got held back at work for a few hours so my spare time was severely limited. On the plus side, my second order of the week from Games Workshop arrived, including some shades that I needed for the Orks so I was able to get a little work done. As it stands I’ve gotten all the skin of my Leader and Specialist done along with most of the metal, so I’m pretty happy with the progress there. In fact I’m writing this post while waiting for the Nuln Oil shade to dry.
On the book club front (yes I left reading the book until the last moment) they’ve changed how we’re picking the next read. Instead of letting each member put forward a book to a general vote, we were simply given the choice of two books to choose from. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett won out in a close decision with Station Eleven. I can’t say I was overly enthused to read either book, but then that’s why I joined the club in the first place, to read things I otherwise wouldn’t pick up. In other book related news I should finish off All the Birds in the Sky soon, and maybe even United States of Japan which I had put down in order to get the club book read. Then it’s on to The Underground Railroad for my other book club (meets next Thursday) and then hopefully back-to-backing This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet.