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Lamenters WIP for Battle for Salvation!

Battle for Salvation is next weekend!  If you have not already signed up, now is your chance. There is less than ten spots left!  Don't be left out of one of the best GTs on the East Coast.

BFS is not just about 40k though, there are tournaments for Malifaux, X-Wing, and Youngbloods! (14 and under).  It has been a couple of years since I went. It seemed that the last couple years things kept popping up that would keep me away from the con.  Not this time!

I am taking my poor cursed Lamenters for their second major round of action. Last time I brought them out was at Templecon and while I got crushed on the tables, they did win Players Choice and Best Painted (though I had to choose one to actually receive.)  I hope to perform well at BFS too, though I am up against some stiff competition with John Steining showing up, as well as my old friend Joe Johnson if he comes and many other great painters.  This should be a stiff field!

Here is a LINK for BFS.

Here are some WIP shots of the unluckiest squad in the unluckiest chapter:





The melta gunner has not actually befallen any bad luck yet... but that can change!

Hope to see you all at BFS!

Jawaballs

Tournament Report!

WOO I managed to squeeze in a tournament! This was my first action since Templecon in February. Needless to say I was a tad rusty. That, and this was my first 40k action in 7th edition... and I was playing my Lamenters.  I had very low expectations for the day!

Sorry no footage, when I pulled out my camera after leaving it plugged in all night, it was out of charge.. not sure what the dilly is.

It did not take long to get bad news. The Lamenter Curse was strong.  My first draw was my friend Alex Fennel.  Take one of the best 40k players in the world, give him a fairly good White Scars bike army whith a knight and thunderfire, pretty much designed to slaughter mech space marines, and this would spell doom for my poor boys in yellow. Aside from my Vanguard Vets heroic assaulting his Thunderfire and killing the techmarine... the only wounds I inflicted upon him were from the explosions of my vehicles.  In fact it got to a point that I was ramming my tanks into his ranks just so they would explode and cause wounds!  Not much to say about the game. Alex tabled me in 3 turns after shooting down my Storm Raven and killing all inside.

Game two found me up against a nasty Ork list.  My opponent wasted no time boxing me into a corner and tightening the noose. But one valiant sergeant with a power fist charged his large squad of bikes that was about to run down my back ranks, and challenged his warboss. The warboss failed to kill the Sgt though. He had some weapon that was rending or something, not a klaw.  He failed to rend and I got saves... made them all, then punched him in the face... killing him and winning combat, thus chasing off the rest of the squad!  (I shot them up with the storm raven.)  This turned the tide. The storm raven was in play and he had little he could do about it and my termies and dread were running amok in his ranks. His most dangerous squad to them, mega nobs with klaws, was committed in the corner of the table, which I vacated with fast vehicles.  They were much out of reach.  So my heavy hitters proceeded to slaughter two full squads of orks and two battle wagons. Meanwhile my fast rhino was zooming off to take an objective while my vets heroic assaulted his sole remaining troops squad, some grots, and wiped them out. Next thing you know the game was over and I was the victor!  Steve was a fun opponent and the game was a pleasure. This time the dice favored me and I escaped with a win!

My last game was against a nasty flying demon army. He had 5 or so, plus a walker thing and a summoning portal which he threw into the middle of the table on an objective that was worth 5 points. This was where the action would take place.  He had a lot of nasty tricks including invisibility which pretty much rendered a squad of dog things unkillable. He also had abilities that gave some of his flying demons a 2+ jink, and lots of bonuses to his invuls.  I reserved every thing, and then it all came on at once except for the vets.  The scouts committed by charging his back ranks. He had some 4 wound per base nurgle things, and a squad of cultists. The scouts ran up and popped their pistol shots then waited for oblivion since they cannot charge. Thankfully my opponent left them pretty much unmolested since he did not see them as a threat. Boy was he wrong!

The scouts would go on to wipe out the nurglings, then the cultists, as they were left unaided because the vets were again held up in deepstrike.  They would not come on until the 4th round, when they heroic assaulted a squad of demonetes, wiping them out. They would later go on to claim an objective.  So after my initial charge was mostly wiped out, my Raven dropped off the termies and dread who went to work doing their thing. The Termies tarpitted the walker and dogs, while the captain split off to assault some plague bearers with the dread. I wiped them almost all out, but by some chaos trickery, he rolled double 1s on his test and managed to get them all back on the table.  But after another round or so I finished them off.  The dread would remain to wipe out the portal that was summoning demons and the captain moved on to take out more nurglings and claim an objective. The scouts would remain the rest of the game with their cloaks giving them a 2+ cover save.  The raven would start dealing heavy damage once I figured out which demons to shoot with it... I threw what was left of my assault marines at his demons to slow them down, then moved to take the objectives. In the end, I was sitting on most of them and won the game!

Yet another great game. Ray was a polite and professional player and he taught me a lot about the new psychic game, patiently answering all of my questions and humoring my naivety. You cannot ask for a better opponent!

In all I had a good day, taking 4th or 5th and scoring 2 wins for Sanguinius. It proved that with smart tactics, the right opponents and a lot of luck, I can win some games.

 Could this mean possible glory at Battle for Salvation?

More to come!

Dawn of War?

Hey would any one happen to have MP3s of the Dreadnought and Land Raider quotes from the Dawn of War games? Or be able to rip them for me?  I would reimburse you for your time!

Jawaballs

Need a Skyshield!

Hey guys I need a Skyshield Landing Pad ASAP.  On sprue, or assembled and painted. So long as the barriers move. Any one have one for sale/trade?

Jawa

Gaming fun in CT! and new Lamenters list.

News Flash!  There is an 1850 point tournament coming up on Sunday September 28 at The Battlestandard in Manchester, CT!

This ties in with yesterday's post announcing my signing up for Battle for Salvation.  I have had zero playing time this year, literally so I can use the practice!  More on that in a bit.

If you look at the link I posted, that will bring you to their events page. Notice how it is packed!  They literally have something going on every day! From Historical Gaming to  Fantasy and 40k.  If it is not tabletop gaming, it is Magic or another cardgame.

Another monthly event they run is the Paula Netto booster draft, sponsored by her son Michael in her name.  It is set up with kids in mind to reflect her passion for making kids smile. It is completely free and open to only kids 15 and younger.  A great chance to break your own kids into a fun hobby!  What a fantastic event. You want to bet when my own son is old enough I will be bringing him to events like this.

The Paula Netto Boster Draft is October 1.  Check the events page for more details!  CLICKHERE.

So I came up with my list for Battle for Salvation.  Blood Angels of course. I will be playing my Lamenters, mostly the same list from Templecon with a few changes.

Terminator Captain
JP Librarian withSword

5 combat scouts with cloaks
5 man RAZ with heavy flamer turret
5 mas RAS with Land Raider Crusader!  (New addition)
5 man Tactical with Rhino
Furioso with HF and Blades
Storm Raven extra armor, multi, ass can, sponsons
5 man shooty termies with flamer
5 man Vanguard Vets
Priest on bike with fist

I dropped the stupid costly Death company. I will simply use my DCmodels as one of my assault squads. I am still considering how I want to paint the Land Raider.  I want to make it the DCs ride, but am not sure that I want to paint it white(my DC are white) or yellow. I kindof want to go yellow and push the boundries with weathering and such...  I suspect I will simply go yellow and let the white DC ride in side.

I really need a new codex!  My prices are whack. But I really have no true hope of winning any way. :)  I registered for the regular BFS GT. I know some time ago I was planning on a Masters Invitational, however I don't know if that is happening as we are now a month away and I have yet to get info on it.  At this point "the masters" will have needed more notice to be able to compete at such a high level!  Besides, I kinda want to take a shot at Ren Man again.  There are six games, and I think with a close to max painting and sportsman score, and 3 out of 6 wins, I can have a shot.  That just means I have to win three games, be a nice guy, and put a beautiful army on the table!



I have my work cut out for me in the next month! So look for me at The Battle Standard September 28 as I play three practice games with what I consider a mid range competitive list.  The only way I am going to learn 7th edition is to get out of my basement and get into the game!  That is what The Battle Standard is all about.

Jawaballs

Battle for Salvation

Just bought my ticket for Battle for Salvation!  BFS is one of the biggest and best GTs in the North East!  It is conveniently located about an hour north of New York City, just off interstate 287.  This means it is easily accessible to many many people without having to cross through New Jersey!  :) (One of the biggest deterrents for me when I want to go to a GT)

It has been a few years since I went. Things keep popping up for me that weekend like weddings and such. But this year I am finally getting back in action. Last time I won Best Painted with my Blood Angels army.

What am I playing? Army wise it doesn't matter. I have not played a game since Templecon which means I am looking at going 0-6.  So I am playing my Lamenters. Plus they need some more love.  And, I cannot play my Tau army again and not have a bad taste in my mouth. It's for sale by the way! :)

So between now and then I am going to rework my display board since I was not really happy with the one I made for Templecon, and maybe paint another addition.  Mostly I am just looking to get back to basics and hang out with some friends I have not seen in a very long time!



Jawaballs

Shaking off the cobb webs


So painting that Robotech model got my juices flowing and I finally got the gumption to start this!

I have had it sitting around for quite some time and finally want to paint it.  I am going Lamenters with this bad boy.  First I had to get it ship shape though. It was a gift from a friend and was not in the best of shape when I got it. It had no guns and needed some love.  I had to order some parts, and have on the way the cannon from a Shadowsword, and some heavy bolter turret parts.  I am still looking for missiles...  any suggestions?

Check back for more updates!

Jawaballs

Max Sterling Gencon exclusive

Here is a step by step of what I did to paint my Gencon Max Sterling for Robotech Tactics.  First I assembled using Loctite Ultra Control Gel.  I did not pin him because I could not find my pinning bits, but if an arm falls off, I will pin it then.  Using my airbrush, I primed him with Grey Primer from Valejo Model Air.


Then I went to work on the blue.  I base painted all of the blue parts with Kantor Blue. Then I started working the edges with Maccrage Blue. These veritechs are pretty nice in that they have lots of hard edges that catch the paint while their flat surfaces are small.  Look at his upper arm and the upper parts of his chest you can see where I got some nice edging.


Then I started with Calgar blue to push the edging even further.



For the white I did the same thing only with Codex Grey.


Then I did a second layer, with Fortress grey. The new GW equivalents work just as well.

 I went back and forth with Codex and Fortress several times. I played with the look on his shoulders for example to create a well worn, dirty look. At this point I also gave the blue a dose of Guilliman Blue glaze then reapplied the Calgar blue highlight in some spots.


Then I used Ulthuan Grey to make the white edges edges pop, followed by White Scar.


For the base I used some Secret Weapon basing bits and your standard flock. I have a mixed aggrate with heavy and fine particles which are grey and tan. I painted the column parts Rhinox Hide first, then a couple lighter shades of brown and alternating with washes of Seraphim Sepia, then I gave it a final drybrush of Ushabti bone.  

Did the gun in my standard colors, I started with a wash of Asurmen blue, then layered codex and fortress grey, alternating with more washes of blue. Then I layered Ulthuan, with more blue, then back and forth depending on where it needed more.




And the finished result!  I can't wait for the rest of my models to come from the Palladium Kickstarter!  Thanks to Jason Turner for picking this up for me at Gencon and sending it out.  I also have one coming from another friend which I am going to repose and paint as Miria. (red)  

More to come!  Jawaballs

Back on the horse!

I has been a long time since I have had motivation to really do something creative for the sake of doing.  Well I have some motivation now!  I received a Max Sterling model from Gencon in the mail thanks to a generous attendee and now I am going to rock it!  Max is a limited edition Gencon model created by Palladium for the Robotech Tactics game. I have a massive amount of models coming from the Kickstarter but thought I would practice painting them with Max here.




First I am not all that thrilled about working with metal.  I never did much like it..  Also, I am not crazy about the uncustomizable sculpt. However, this pose is very dynamic so it will do.  He came in several small pieces and included a flight stand.

I was pleasantly surprised that the pre cut join holes fit, for the most part. I have had some very bad experience with metal models not fitting together. With minimal prep work I had this model assembled and ready.  I have some video coming soon.

Until then... Here is a picture of how Max should look...


I was at first going to attempt to airbrush him, but since he is pretty evenly blue and white, and the two intermix every where... I decided just to hand paint the whole thing.

More to come!

Jawaballs

Of mice and men

Of men...

The men and women with Doctors Without Borders. These people selflessly are on the front lines. War torn areas, natural disasters and Ebola.  Medicines Sans Frontiers is there. Making a difference.

It is a source of pride to say that DWB is yet again the recipient of our charity efforts.

With that, The Nova Open Charitable Foundation is bringing you Blood and Honor: The Defense of Maccrage.  VISIT HERE for the page. This is your chance to win one of FOUR armies by contributing to something bigger than yourself. For the last few years I have been part of a charity army build along with some of the best painters in the world.  I take great pride in being part of this because it is my chance to be part of the greater good by doing something that I love.

of mice...

Some minuscule dirtbag stole a small box off Dave Taylor's porch containing the models I painted for the project.  Lacking the proper safety equipment to apply the crushed glass to my bases for snow effect, I mailed them without doing so, and they were sent off Dave's house to be finished.  Sadly he had left for vacation and the box was left on his porch, and some mouse stole it.

With no time left for me to get and paint new models, it would seem that this would be the first time in years that this charity project would be without a Jawaballs contribution. :(

But wait! This is an Ultramarines army after all!



So I dug into my reserves and pulled out one of my prized banners. I painted this banner for the banner competition at Gamesday 2012. I have a lot of time and love invested in this thing and it was the toughest Best Banner win yet. It took several rounds of cheers to get the winner!

 Is there a greater time or reason to part with it?  Nope. I have decided to donate this banner to the cause to replace my stolen models.  So this banner is now part of the ULTRAMARINE ARMY GRAND PRIZE! That is right, you, especially if you are an Ultramarine fan, are in for a treat of a beautiful army and a sweet banner for your man cave, or to display proudly whenever you play the army.

So lets forget the mice, and focus on the men. Lets dig deep, and donate as much as you can to make this year a huge payout for Doctors Without Borders.  For every dollar you donate, your name will be entered once into the drawing. Donate 100 dollars, and your name goes in 100 times.  The winner will be drawn at random during this year's Nova Open.  You need not be present to win, and they will ship the army WORLD WIDE.  This is truly a global effort!  Don't forget there are three other armies as well.  There is a Deathwatch army, a Man Eaters army, and of course, the Tyranids!  You can find links to all the armies HERE.

What else is going on in Jawaland?

Not much sadly.  I will not actually be at Nova this year. Labor Day Weekend is just not a great time for me as I simply cannot take that Friday off from work, and the weekend is family time. I am sure you all will have a great time without me though. ;)

The continued disappointment that is the wait for the new Blood Angels codex has me floating in the wind as far as 40k is concerned.  I will be playing my Lamenters at Battle For Salvation and again at The Mechanicon in October.  Gona be a busy month!  I am thinking of doing a Lamenters Land Raider...

But I do have a new banner to show you!

The Dark Angels!





Since I hand paint these, every one is a bit different.  You can also see my improvement. Compare this one to the ones on the right of my blog and you will hopefully see an improved level of depth that I have developed.  If you want one for yourself, you know what to do!

More to come and buy those tickets, you have to be IN IT TO WIN IT!

Jawaballs

Defiance Games Fraud?

Just thought I would share. Last fall I backed a Kickstarter for a company called Defiance Games. The KS was for some fishbowl helmet shaped hard suit armor models that I could proxy as marines or whatever. I invested 80 bucks, then quickly forgot about it.



They offered regular updates, which kept the KS in the back of my mind but I admit I didn't read most of them.  Well the due date for the KS came and went. I had forgotten. The last update was the second week of Feb.

Any way, with a spark of remembrance as I was looking for info on the Robotech Tactics KS, I looked up Defiance come to find no one has heard from these guys at all. So I started investigating.  Apparently the primary name attached to the LLC is Tony Reidy. (Anthony M. Reidy)

Some of you will recognize the name as it is apparently attached to some flap regarding Wargames Factory and Fraud.


Sigh.

If any one knows the goods on this guy, feel free to share in the comments.  I don't feel like investigating much further.  I found some Dakka threads and reading those is like nailing my plastic cutter into my eyes.

Lesson learned!  I suppose I could have googled Defiance LLC and found the name, (the name meant nothing to me as I didn't know any thing about his dealings) then googled the name and found the fraud complaints, and given the KS a pass... I recommend this process highly in the future for any one who backs a Kickstarter! Not that you will actually find much info if there is nothing to find, but at least you will maybe find something bad if it exists...

For what it's worth, I filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Attorney General and a fraud complaint for the transaction with my Credit Union. (I will get my 80 bucks back.)

I wish the rest of you good luck!  Here is some info to help you file a complaint of your own:

Anthony M Reidy
Defiance Games LLC.
112 High Street 
Charlestown, MA 02129

Attorney General of MA E complaint form:
https://www.eform.ago.state.ma.us/ago_eforms/forms/piac_ecomplaint.action

May this guy forever step in huge piles of dog poop. Feel free to share info on him!

Jawaballs

Going to Gencon?

I am looking for some one who is going to Gencon this year and wants to do me a favor!

Email me. Jawaballs hotmail.  :)


Local fun this month?

Looking for something fun and maybe a bit different to do?  The forever lack of a new Blood Angels codex got you down?  Try Shadow Era!  

My friend Jared, owner of The Battle Standard in Manchester, CT is hosting a FREE draft tournament for the card game Shadow Era. Essentially you arrive and receive packs of cards, consult their veterans to put together the best deck you can from the cards you receive, and play!  This sounds pretty damn cool and I think I may have to try it myself!  CHECK DETAILS HERE. There are prizes and fun for all. Definitely worth the trip, especially if you are looking for something fun to do with your kid!  The draft is August 17.

What else is going on this month? TBS runs daily gaming each week, separate days for Historical, 40k, Mercs etc.  On August 9 there is a Magic booster draft and on the 10th Warhammer Fantasy!  Now there is an underutilized game!

On August 17 there is also a Warmahordes Steamroller tournament!  I keep threatening to get into that game... 

The Battle Standard pretty much has daily events. If you live in CT or nearby and are looking for something local to do, check out their EVENTS PAGE.



It's been a slow summer for me.  Disappointed I was when the Blood Angel rumors turned out to be untrue. I just don't want to play another codex!  I have also been playing Paintball and doing more active things.  


I played in The Invasion of Normandy at Skirmish, PA a few weeks ago and it was just awesome! It is a yearly event where thousands of players get together to reenact The Normandy Invasion.  CHECK IT OUT. If you are interested in joining me next year let me know, it is definitely worth the trip. I will be organizing a team. My next 40k action will be in October at Battle for Salvation.  I will be playing my Lamenters. See you guys there!

Jawaballs

NOVA Charitable Army Build

You have to be IN IT TO WIN IT!

This year's Nova Open Charitable Foundation army build is turning out to be a scorcher!  I was just looking at some of the other models painted and I am blown away. Last time I showed you John Stiening's beautiful knight, well, go look now!  VISIT HERE. But here are some sneakies.

Calgar and Honor Guard

Beautiful Tactical Squad

Dave Taylor's Centurians

And if I get this right, John Stiening actually repainted a Dave Taylor Raider... It is gorgeous! He continues to blow me away. There is so much more to see at the Nova site. GO NOW.


Now for my humble additions. Here is my Tyranic War Vets almost complete. Forgive the terrible lighting and camera, it got run over by my car! But it keeps ticking so I keep using it. :)







And here are my Sternguard. 



For the Sternguard I need to give them all a final highlight on the armor then go over any other details, varnish, and add snow on the bases.  For the War Vets, much the same. My models are struggling to hold their own with some true masters of blue though!  I would dare say that this army project rivals the Battle for Armageddon a couple years ago!  I could spend the rest of summer adding touches here and there, but I will be sending these boys out tomorrow.  The Nova will get some proper pictures taken and posted for all to see.

In case you don't know what this project is, you can WIN THIS ARMY. That is right, you can win one of four armies by visiting the NOVA SITE and purchasing entries. For every dollar you donate, you name will be entered into the drawing once.  If you donate 100 dollars, you name goes in 100 times.  All proceeds raised by this army will go to Doctors Without Borders.  What a worthy cause! You get a chance to do some good in the world, AND win one of the most beautiful armies in the land. 

And don't wait, getting your name into the pool enters you to win additional prizes every week.  The Nova is giving away lots of loot to random people who have donated and it does NOT affect your chances of winning the grand prize.  It is bonus!  I am very proud of being part of this organization and I hope you all donate to the cause and win this army!

Jawaballs

Blood and Honor: The Defense of Macragge A charity army build

Well this year's charity army build is gearing up!  Lets start with extreme eye candy courtesy of John Stiening. You have to visit his blog HERE. His work is just gorgeous. I personally need to get down to see him again soon to learn a bit of how he does this yellow.

John Stiening

John Freaking Steining. This model is outstanding. I am almost considering pulling out of the paint team just so I can enter to win this army!

You can purchase entries HERE. All proceeds go to benefit Doctors Without Borders.




As I posted before, this year's charity project is actually FOUR armies. Deathwatch, Tyarnids, Ultramarines and Man Eaters. It is my honor to be taking part in the Ultramarines army painting a squad of Sternguard Vets and a squad of Tyranic War Vets.

Here is my WIP on the Sternguard Sgt. It pales in comparison to what I just showed you. John humbles me. But it's ok. I do my best!


Sternguard Sergeant
I am building up the blue very slowly. I started with John Stiening's recipe, 50/50 Kantor/Black, then layers of Kantor, Macragge and Calgar blue. He is still very dark and I need to do many more layers to bring the blue up to the level of some of the other marines in the project but that will come. I wanted to do some of the details to give me an idea of where I need to bring the blue.  Of course it would not be a Jawaballs model without my own touch! One thing that I feel I do rather well is grey and of course red. You can see both taking shape. The red helm for the sgt. and the plasma pistol grey. I am even going to dip into the last few drops of my secret red varnish to finish the helm. The stuff I used on my old Blood Angels army.  Oh I am going to miss that pot of stuff! I have some video going up today continuing the step by step of this project.

Want more eye candy?

Here are more WIP shots from the DEFENSE OF MACRAGGE home page.



Truly beautiful work!

Oh and a charity army post would not be complete without linking to Dave Taylor!  Visit his blog HERE to see his updates on his Centurians he is painting.

Dave Taylor's Centurian


Of course, you have to be In it to Win it!  VISIT HERE to get tickets. For every ticket you purchase, you name will be entered once into the drawing. If you purchase 100 tickets, your name will be entered 100 times. So get on it!

Jawaballs