Monday, February 28, 2011

more painting

Still working on my Cygnar v Legion results. In the meantime, I've been doing some painting. The following is a test model for my Assault Kommando Unit. I don't necessarily love the models mostly due to their weird helmets and some of the poses, but I wanted to have some, since they are Strakhov's unit, and necessary for any Tier force I might do. However, I'm finding that in painting them, I'm at least getting to a place where I can live with them. Let me know what you think, or any suggestions you might have. This guy is about 75% done.

A little dark, but you get the idea

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Moving right along

In looking over the brackets, it dawned on me that a couple of the next match-ups were pretty one-sided. Additionally, I didn't want to spend a ton of time highlighting all the benefits of some of the winning factions, only to repeat myself later when they were in a real dog fight. So what I thought I'd do is run through three lopsided match-ups with this post, and explain more why the faction that lost, lost, rather than why the winner won.

Match-up 2: (4) Skorne vs (13) Retribution of Scyrah
I absolutely can't stand the Retribution. I like the idea, and in truth I applaud PP for such a radical departure, conceptually, from all their other stuff. The problem is, it has a very anime type feel, and I can't stand anime. I would go so far as to say I loathe it with every fiber of my being. That being said, these models are an absolute wash for me. I can't even begin to get into the fluff or play style b/c I know I wouldn't paint a single model in this range. No cinderella story this time.
I hate you Anime
Winner: (4) Skorne

Match-up 3: (5) Trollbloods vs (12) Rhulic Dwarves
I just don't like the Dwarves jacks to be honest. I'm ususally not a fan of dwarves/hobbits in general, but sometimes I can enjoy the right models, and PP has some nice Dwarf infantry. In addition, it's not the most cost effective faction given that there is not battlebox. But honestly, Dwarf sized jacks just aren't doing it for me. This is even more potent when compared to the sweet Troll warbeasts like Mauler and Bomber. Also, it's a very limited faction since really, it's a part of a faction that many people, until recently, didn't even consider a faction. All in all, too limited.
I'm digging the British Hats!
Winner (5) Trollbloods

Match-up 4: (7) Blindwater Congregation vs (10) Protectorate of Menoth
Well, this probably is a bit closer than I'm letting on, but I simply can't pick Menoth. There are a couple reasons. First, our fledgling Warmachine community already has 3 guys who have bought Menoth stuff. I don't want to add to that type of gluttany. Second, I'm not a big fan of the models. They have a few models that are amazing such as Amon Ad'Raza, the Paladin of the Wall, the Alligiant, and the Knights Exemplar. But many of them, I just don't rate. Also, the fluff just doesn't do much for me. I just can't get into the religious fanatic mindset. Third, I just don't get a sense of excitment from the faction and it's play style.

Too bad Menoth doesn't have more of these guys!

Winner (7) Blindwater Congregation

So, the current Bracket looks like this:

Now that we have all the "gimme's" out of the way, next time we'll have our first real match-up: (6) Everblight vs (11) Cygnar.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Modelling updates

well, I've been a bit slammed lately so I'm still putting the finishing touches on the next round in my warmachine "pick a new faction" Tourney. Until I get that up later this week, I thought I'd throw up a few pics of my fledgling Khador Force. I've got 2 'Jacks completely painted, although they still need based. I don't know what I want to do "base-wise" yet, so if you have a thought, drop it in the comments!

Here is an inside and outside shot of the 'Jacks. I am doing a bit of an alternate Khador scheme obviously. Let me know what you think.

Next up is the maneater. He's probably 95% done. Just a couple straps left to do here and there. This was a really, really fun model to paint. Sorry for the poor lighting, but in person, I really think the skin looks very nice on this model.
here is a couple real works in progress. My 2 favorite Khadoran casters, as mentioned previously are Strakhov and the Butcher. So I've been painting up Strakhov, with the Butcher waiting in the wings. Also, I had to make an early purchase on one of my favorite models in the whole range, the Merc Gorman di Wolfe. Not only does he look sweet, he synergizes well with Strakhov. As a side note, I love the model but hate the breathing aparatus, so I cut it off. I like it much better that way.

And a close up of the just the main man himself.