I'm still here...

My brother, currently deployed, has a gift for terrorists courtesy of Jawaballs.

And this is a tracer round so that the scumbags can see it coming.

Happy Thanksgiving Isis.

More to come...


Oh yah, I still exist. Hopefully getting back into gaming soon!

The Jawaballs Way: How to Paint Blood Angels complete set

Here is the complete set of How to Paint Blood Angels videos from my The Jawaballs Way painting tutorial DVD.  Enjoy! Please visit my Youtube channel and like/subscribe. Also follow my blog. I will be doing a give away soon of a painted model! The next full tutorial set to be uploaded is Lamenters.

More to come...

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

Switching Gears

Hi folks!

It is time to switch gears for me. I have been so removed from gaming that I actually have no idea what is going on with 40k right now. I intend to change that and revamp my new army project, and hopefully get in a game with my painted army before they change the codex again!

But today I want to give you this:

I am uploading ALL of my The Jawaballs Way videos to youtube. This is the first part of the Blood Angels series.  In this video I show you how to paint a Tactical Marine in Real Time.  Enjoy, and watch for all of the videos to be uploaded soon.

Please follow my blog by clicking the link to the right, and like and subscribe to my Youtube videos!

Thank you so much for all of your support over the years.


Selling every thing.. Trying to buy a home.

Hey guys. As you know, I have been out of action. I have been trying to dig out from under a divorce, and save up to buy a condo. Sooo my attentions have been elsewhere. For that I am sorry.

It is time to liquidate my stuff to make the final push to get myself into my own condo by Christmas. I have been living in my sister's basement the last six months!

As such, I am selling my three prized possessions, my armies.

First up is my Lamenters.  This army won several GT best painted and players choice awards. It was my first foray into yellow and EVERY detail is hand painted. Every check, heart and number.  It includes a playfully converted "Bad Luck" bike squad and several LED light up tanks. You can find lots of pictures of it HERE. But here are a couple. Images.

It is not pictured here but there is also a Land Raider Crusader rigged for light and SOUND! It rattles off a series of quotes like "Target Aquired" etc. Due to the extreme amount of work in this army I am asking 1500 but will entertain offers.

I am also selling my full sized Lamenters Banner.  Check it out HERE. I am asking 300 for it. That is 50 less than my standard banner cost.

Up next is my Tau army.

This army comes as seen. Included are the current codex, a base painted Sky Ray, 3 or 4 base painted Devil Fish, a factory sealed box of Fire Warriors plus lots of others like more Kroot bits, some metal Vespid, etc.  The army has also won multiple best painted awards. All of this goes for a flat 1k.  The original post for this army with lots of pics can be found HERE.

And lastly, though it wrenches my heart, I am selling my beloved Blood Angels army I painted for NOVA several years ago.

HERE is a post showing closeups of some scouts and termies.

HERE is a Scout Squad.

More pics...

Mephiston won Best Conversion at some point and Sanguinor won Best Single Model at Nova 2011.

I will also throw in a lot of extras with the Blood Angels, like a fully painted Black Death Company Dread, and a beautifully painted Storm Raven (I'm sure there are pics of this thing some place on the blog.)  It is hard for me to put a price on this army because of it's sentimental value. But back in the day I turned down a three thousand dollar offer!  I don't expect any where near that much but feel free to make offers for this. By the way, it does indeed still play well. It also comes with a custom cut Battle Foam pack go. Individual, customized slots for each model.  That alone was a couple hundred bucks...

So there you go. As I sort things out at home, I will be returning to gaming. I have a fully mechanized Blood Angels army under way, plus am still into Star Wars X Wing and Armada.  If you are interested, make an offer. If you want more pics I will be happy to provide.

Oh I am clearing out my DVDs.  Full sets for 30 bucks plus 3 bucks shipping.

This is my last post to sell these things. I will break the armies into units and pop em on ebay next.


Blood Angels: Flesh Tearers Full Size Banner

Flesh Tearers Banner

Here is my newest full size banner, The Flesh Tearers 4th Company!  This is an original design requested as commission. He wanted a 4th company banner, with 3 green blood drops, aquilla, saw blade and crossed edged swords. This is what I came up with!

I love painting these things. :)

As this summer rolls on I am going to get into painting my new army. I finished up with the NOVA models not long ago, and Grad School is FINALLY done next week.  That will let me change focus to my toys again!  So look for more updates on my painting, and playing as I break out the new army on the table at the local store, and get in some X wing games against Jim.

More to come!

Oh and take a look at one of my new FB pages!


Question about starting Ultramarines

I got a question from a Youtube viewer about starting Ultramarines, so thought I would share my reply here. I think this is pretty sound advice for any new player. Or vet for that matter.:

Hey man,

Well I have been out of touch with Warhammer 40k lately with the rapid fire changes to the game. But falling back on the tried and true I can offer this advice.

If you are a new player, new to the game:

Buy the most up to date codex. I think the newest one is coming out on the 12.

Look through the book for pictures you like. Read the fluff for stories that inspire you. Enjoy.

Based on what you found in the codex, at the GW website and browse for the single Space marine model that you like the best, buy that model from your retailer of choice, and paint it.  Don't fumble through the painting, search for one of the many many painting tutorials, including my own, get it, and use it.  That will take away the learning curve and make you happier from the beginning and make the chances for you sticking with 40k higher.  

Once you have that model done. Buy another. If your first was a tank, buy a box of infantry.  Vice versa. Once you have completely assembled and painted that set. Rinse, repeat.  DO NOT buy 900 dollars worth of box sets, and open them all up forming a huge pile of plastic, or even put them all nicely lined up on your shelf. This will cause you to lose steam. Buy a single box at a time, build and paint it then go to the next.  

Once you have a couple of infantry and a couple of tanks, now your skills should be good enough to tackle painting an HQ model. Pick one and do so.  

By this time you will have a small army consisting of an HQ, a couple troops, and a couple of tanks or other models.  This will get you close enough to a 500 point list and playing your first game.  

Once you have this small force assembled, NOW you can start looking at the rules. Look at the Force Organization chart. Look at formations. Do you see a formation from the fluff that you might like to emulate?  I am sure the new codex will tell stories, then demonstrate a formation based on that story. Pick one of these formations, and then continue on with your collecting. Fill out the suggested models in the formation. Play games. If you are getting beat down, ask your opponent about your weaknesses. Buy new models to fill those weaknesses. Build and paint them. 

Your goal is a 2k point army consisting of two formations. You can mix and match them, or take two of the same.  Why 2 formations? I don't know, that is what I do. This is not a rule. It is a suggestion based on my experience.  I am using 2 FLesh Tearears formations from the Blood Angels book. 

There you have it! Notice how I didn't tell you any thing specific? That is on purpose. Any player in the world can tell you to go buy models based on their preferences and expertise. That doesnt mean those models will work for you. 

What are strong units to play? Again, revert to what is fun to play. These happen to be both. 

Vindicators are really cool looking and have a powerful cannon.
GW just released a brand new set of assault marines. They are a Space Marine staple. Get them. 
Get a tactical squad. They are always useful.
Sniper scouts are cost efficient and surprisingly strong. I do reccomend several units of them in ANY space marine army. 
Storm Ravens are among the strongest flyer, I don't believe that has changed lately. Plus they are cool, fun to paint, and carry other units.
Ironclad Dreadnought. Powerful, cool and fun.  Put it in your Storm Raven.

The rest is up to you. Take this advice and go forth into your Ultramarine glory.  

Let me know if you have any specific questions I can help with.  


NOVA charity painting project Vindicator

Here are some pics of the final vindicator before I ship it off  to NOVA land!

Fire Dragons Finished for Nova

Here is a quick update on my NOVA project. As you know, I am painting models for the NOVA charitable foundation. Well here are the finished Fire Dragons! Some of them are redundant because I tried with and without flash. I don't have a great setup for photographing miniatures. Once NOVA gets them they will be photographed right but for now here is a taste!  You have to be in it to win it.  The NOVA Charitable Foundation will ship these armies free of charge just about any where. HERE is a link. The site is still under construction for this year's update so keep an eye on it and donate!

More Sons of Orar WIP

Today I am featuring another painter in the Sons of Orar project, AJ Taflan from Vigilante Studios.  You can find lots of WIP potos of a Tactical squad, plus other work he is doing on his Facebook page HERE.

This time it is all about the helmets. Painting white is not easy as we all know but he nailed it. And I absolutely love his eyes. If you go to his page you can follow the step by step progress of these things.  The best part about being in this painting project for me is that I get to be part of this fantastic creative process and it helps my own work grow.

More to come!


NOVA Charitable Foundation army project update

Here are some images of an assault squad painted by Joe Johnson.  Joe and I have had some battles, on the table and for best painted, and I enjoy every time I encounter him.  He is probably best known for his "salmon" marines that crushed best painted on the East Coast for quite a long time.

The Nova Open site is not yet ready to accept donations, but HERE it is if you want more information on past projects.


2015 Nova Open Charity Army

It's that time of year again! For several years now I have been involved with painting armies for charity.  It started with a simple, small army and a handful of painters and one very motivated Santa Cruz gaming group.  The next year the gloves came off and we did a massive project including Orks, Blood Angels and Steel Legion.  It was epic!

But sadly the process of running such a massive effort is too much for any ordinary handful of people. The reigns were taken over by an organization that had the proper infrastructure and setup to handle it.  The Nova Open Charitable Foundation.  Proudly I signed on with them to paint some Dark Angels bikers, and the following year some Ultramarine Veterans, who were lost in the void that is the USPS. No worries though I ended up donating the last of my Gamesday Best Banner winners, a full sized Ultramarine Chapter Banner instead.

That brings us to this year.  The Nova Open Charitable Foundation is proud to bring you two armies. The Sons of Orar, a stalwart Space Marine chapter descended from the Ultramarines, and an Eldar Alaitoc army.  The idea is that The Sons have invaded Craftworld Alaitoc in an epic "all or nothing" campaign.

You can WIN either of these armies by DONATING to the foundation. All proceeds, minus a bit to handle clerical costs like shipping, go directly to Doctors Without Borders. They have been our charity of choice for years because of the world wide impact that they have, particularly in support of kids.  For every dollar you donate, your name is entered into the drawing once. At this years Nova Open the winners will be drawn. Any one in the world is eligible to win.

Some of this years supporters are Atlantis Games and Element Games who provided the models, KR Multicase  who is providing the transports and of course my friend Justin at Secret Weapon  who has been providing the bases and terrain bits for years.  Please support these generous businesses!

So lets get to the good stuff.

First the Sons of Orar are being led by John Stiening who is an absolute painting machine and one of my favorite 40k friends. This guy has an output unlike any I have seen, and every thing he paints looks absolutely fantastic. Check his blog HERE.

This is an image from John's blog, it is just WIP but you can see the beautiful work he has done so far.

And here is a quick image of some of the Eldar models.

And here are some Swooping Hawks by Ken Webb:

I will update a complete list of links including all of the painters soon.

For now, here is what I have going on!

I am painting models for both armies. For the Sons I am painting a Vindicator!

I have been following the John Stiening tutorial for color modulation. You can find it HERE. The theme for the Sons is supposed to be a darker red, to differentiate them from the Blood Angels... but I just can't help myself.

In short, we started with a black base coast and layered up a red shaded coat with Mephiston Red and a final highlight edge of Wild Rider red.  I actually used a mix of old Blood Red and Wild Rider for this, and used it a tad more liberally than John does, but this is a Jawaballs model after all!  Besides Vindicators should stand out from the crowd, they are BAD ASS.

At this point I did the base coating on the tank, and edged some of the front panels with Wild Rider. I applied Windsor Newton Matte Varnish, then applied a Sons logo on the side, then blasted that side with Home Depot Gloss Varnish.  I will be doing some hand painting on the other side so did not blast the entire model yet.  I am hoping that when I matte the model back down the subtle shading will return.  Don't worry John Stiening it is darker in person!

My other contribution is a squad of five Fire Dragons.

Here is the exarch WIP.  I was given some artistic license on the Dragons since they have their own separate look from the Craftworld armies.  I started with a deep red base on black. Then I hit the armor with Blazing Orange, then Firedragon Bright.  Then I gave the armor a glaze with Lamenter's Yellow.  I am playing around with the gun, trying to get an Eldar Wraithbone look without using Bone.  But I am thinking I may go bronze metallics with this.  The helm is base coated with Averland Sunset and then layered with Yriel and Flash Gitz and washed with Casendora.

That is it for now!  Stay tuned as the sites are updated for the 2015 armies.  I will post a link to donate on the top right of my blog soon as well as links to the other painters blogs.  Start saving those pennies, you are not going to want to miss this drawing, you have to be IN IT TO WIN IT!

Oh, and just in case you were wondering where I am at with my new Blood Angels army...

Here is a taste.