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Hobby Project 2012/2013 – Black Templars

Now that the Independent Characters’ 2011/2012 Hobby Challenge is over, it’s time to look towards my project for 2012/2013. It’s looking like they won’t be doing another army project for this year – which makes sense, as expecting listeners to crank out a new army every year would be a bit much – but I have another army waiting in the wings for such a project. Since I’m ready to go now, in May I’ll be kicking off my Black Templar army. My goal – a 2000-point army completed by March 31, 2013. I have pretty much everything purchased and ready to start assembling, so I’ll be spending the next two weeks making sure my hobby space is stocked and ready, and then I’ll be off to the races!

Here’s the list that I’m looking at right now:

HQ: Marshal (136 pts)
1 Marshal (Terminator Honors; Frag Grenades; Lightning Claw x1; Storm Shield x1)

HQ: Master of Sanctity (127 pts)
1 Master of Sanctity (Terminator Honors; Frag Grenades; Crozius Arcanum; Bolt Pistol x1)

HQ: Emperor’s Champion (140 pts)
1 Emperor’s Champion (Accept Any Challenge, No Matter the Odds)

Elite: Venerable Dreadnought (166 pts)
1 Venerable Dreadnought (Searchlight; Venerable; Skill: Tank Hunter; Twin-Linked Lascannon; Missile Launcher)

Elite: Dreadnought (148 pts)
1 Dreadnought (Smoke Launchers; Multi-melta)
1 Drop Pod

Elite: Sword Brethren Terminator Assault Squad (523 pts)
1 Sword Brethren Terminator Assault Squad (Furious Charge)
3 Terminator with Lightning Claws
3 Terminator with Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield
1 Land Raider Crusader

Troops: Crusader Squad (213 pts)
1 Crusader Squad (Squad with Frag Grenades)
4 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW
1 Initiate with Meltagun
1 Initiate with Bolt Pistol & Power Fist
3 Neophyte with Bolt Pistol & CCW
1 Rhino (Smoke Launchers)

Troops: Crusader Squad 213 pts)
1 Crusader Squad (Squad with Frag Grenades)
4 Initiate with Bolt Pistol and CCW
1 Initiate with Meltagun
1 Initiate with Bolt Pistol & Power Fist
3 Neophyte with Bolt Pistol & CCW
1 Rhino (Smoke Launchers)

Troops: Crusader Squad (194 pts)
1 Crusader Squad
3 Initiate with Bolter
1 Initiate with Plasmagun
1 Initiate with Lascannon
1 Razorback (Smoke Launchers; Twin-Linked Lascannon)

Fast Attack: Land Speeder Squadron (70 pts)
1 Land Speeder Typhoon (Typhoon Missile Launcher)

Fast Attack: Land Speeder Squadron (70 pts)
1 Land Speeder Typhoon (Typhoon Missile Launcher)

I’m going to be joined in the challenge by my podcasting co-hosts Dennis, who will be painting his Dark Eldar, and Richard, who will be painting Tyranids. They already have all their models assembled, and Dennis’s are primed as well, so I’m starting a bit on the back foot. Of course, my army’s primer is going to be their main color, so that gives me a slight advantage on painting speed – not that it’s necessarily a race. I do have a few models already assembled, though – I went ahead and got my Assault Terminators and Emperor’s Champ ready.

This will be my first Imperial army, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out. It’ll be nice to work with power armor that isn’t covered in spikes…

Preferred Enemies is On the Air!

For months, I’ve been thinking about doing a podcast. I’ve had a chance to be a guest on UnderDiscussion, a gaming podcast run by my friends WDR and 8one6, but I haven’t recorded my own podcast. Thanks to the guys at UnderDiscussion, though, that’s changed. They officially have a spin-off, and I’m one of the hosts!

Preferred Enemies is the Undergopher network’s Warhammer 40K podcast, and the first episode just went live. I invite you to join my friends Dennis, Richard, Jon, and I as we discuss how we got started with 40K, and our thoughts and recommendations on getting started with the hobby. We’re planning on recording and releasing episodes bi-weekly, so look for new recordings to go up every other Sunday.

Preferred Enemies: Episode 1 – Let’s Get Started

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

First of all, welcome to any visitors from the International House of Paincakes! I’m glad to be onboard and on the blogrolls there! Hopefully, I won’t embarrass myself too badly.

Last night, our friendly local game store was going to have a painting night, but the owner fell ill, so it ended up getting postponed a week. Fortunately, my friend Dennis (he of the dark eldar and daemons) hosted a few of us at his place instead. In about three hours, I managed to get another three Kroot all the way from having just a basecoat of Gretchin Green to fully basecoated, washed, and partially highlighted. They’re in the picture above, on the right. The Kroot that are already finished are the three on the left. I also managed to get another three basecoated in green for good measure, so I’m keeping the progress rolling. I’m surprised at how quickly I’ve been able to turn these out; between GW’s foundation paints and washes, I’ve truly hit easy-mode painting.

I think I’m really close to getting the kinks out of my photography setup. I’ve got the light placement (relative to the models) and white balance correct now; now I just need to get all the settings and image cleanup just right. I may also swap the background from the blue fabric in my photobox to the gray on the other side, to get a more neutral backdrop. The blue is nice, but I think it dominates the picture a bit.

Next, I’m trying my hand at some mold-making with green stuff. I’ve decided that I’d like to put a succubus or daemonette on one of the pauldrons on my Chaos terminators, but I have no sculpting skills at present. Instead, I took a CoolMiniOrNot special edition mini (picture NSFW) that I lucked upon at another local store and have made a relief mold of the head and upper torso. The mold’s curing now, so tomorrow or Thursday I’ll take a stab at making a copy that I can glue onto a shoulder pad. I have no idea if I’ll pull it off, but I won’t know unless I try.

Finally, this weekend I’ll be joining the Undergopher crew again for another podcast session. This time, the topic is Warhammer 40K, so it’ll be interesting to see how that conversation turns out. Dennis will be joining us, as well as our friend Richard, who plays Orks, ‘Nids, and now Grey Knights (I guess he got tired of large armies). I don’t want to give too much away too soon, but we may be making a special announcement during that episode about a project of our own we’re kicking off. That should be up for download/listening this coming Monday, so I invite you to check them out.

Where To Go Next

It’s been a event-packed month here, which has kept me both busy and distracted from my 40K hobby. Other than tinkering with army lists, all I’ve been able to make time for is assembling and reworking a few miniatures. I’ve put together a few more Noise Marines for my Slaanesh list, and I disassembled and re-glued a Crisis Suit to change it into a Fireknife commander (note to self: in the future, magnetize), but beyond that, I’ve gotten little done.

Fortunately, I have next week off for vacation, so I have plans for both gaming and hobby work. I have Tau to paint, Slaanesh Marines to base and prime, and armies to test (even if I have to proxy some things). I’m also using this time to start planning for the future and where I want to take my wargaming. For example, I’ve been kicking around the idea of starting up a podcast; I just need to go ahead and pull the trigger and do it. There’s a few things I need to get lined up – intro/outro music, and deciding on a co-host – but I’m close enough to getting it done that I should take the leap.

I’m also starting to look at plans on where to go next year… physically. With Adepticon 2011 signups open, I’m contemplating taking my show on the road and taking part in a gaming convention. Both Adepticon and WarGamesCon are relatively easy to get to, and even the NOVA Open would be doable if I take a plane. I’d probably only be able to go to one event, maybe two if I’m lucky (or can split costs with someone), but I’d definitely like to take a step into the larger 40K world. Granted, I don’t know if there’s a place for me there – these are events geared towards tournament play, and I am definitely not a tournament player – but it’s still something I think I should experience at least once.

Of course, if I go, I have to get serious about getting my armies completely painted. My Tau are just about there, and I could easily have 2000 points painted together by the end of the year. On the other hand, I’m starting from scratch with my Chaos army – not that I’d necessarily take it to a tournament event, but it’s still something to spur me into action. I’d also have to get some real transport together for my minis – a milk crate filled with Sabol foam trays isn’t going to cut it. I’m vacillating on whether to just get a Sabol case to hold my existing trays, or if I should go for broke and get Battlefoam trays and the case to go with them.

So much to do, and deceptively little time to do it. Decisions, decisions…

Adventures in Podcasting

A couple of hours ago, I finished my recording session with 8one6 and W.D.R over at Undergopher.com, along with Tim from ThatDamnPunk.com. The subject for this episode was ‘An Introduction to Wargaming’, and over the hour or so we recorded, I think we covered a lot of the basics, with plenty more to discuss for later visits. We discussed the history of the hobby, both overall and for each of us, what facets of the hobby appeal to us, games for beginners, what we actively play, and a (very simple) breakdown of play. The focus was mostly on Warhammer 40K, as it’s the one game that W.D.R., Tim, and I all share, but we also touched on Flames of War, Warmachine, Warhammer Fantasy Battles, and Arcane Legions.

I want to give props out to the Undergopher crew for creating a comfortable environment where we were able to just converse freely without worrying about technical issues. Even though this was only their fourth podcast, they’ve really been working on stepping up their game and putting more polish on the finished product. In the end, we were able to just sit back on a couch, knock back a beer or two, and geek out on about one of our favorite hobbies – with the added bonus of having people around the world able to listen in. I hope that I get invited back to talk again; it was a lot of fun!

The podcast should be up before midnight Monday night. Please, go check it out!