Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mayhem in the Mountains Recap - Part 3 - The Games

Okay, this post falls into the category of "Better Late Than Never".  Since it has been over a month since the MitM tournament, the recap for each game is going to be pretty quick. Read this post to see my army list.

Round 1

Opponent: Tim Kulinski
Army: Spiders of Dol Guldur

1 Spider Queen
10 Giant Spiders
2 Bat Swarms

1 Goblin Captain
10 Goblin Bowmen
11 Goblin Warriors with Shields
10 Goblin Warriors with Shields & Spears

Result: Major Loss

Recap: I pretty much lost this game during deployment. The scenario featured split deployment and night fighting rules. I choose to place my orc warriors and trackers up front near the enemy instead of placing a wall of terror causing Black Numenoreans up front.  Tim quickly swarmed the hapless orcs with his spiders and bat swarms.  It was an uphill battle trying to kill off the multi-would spiders and bats while Tim's goblins roamed around unimpeded on his half of the table while my whole army was killing spiders.  Still, Tim was a fun opponent, and I think I learned alot from facing this type of army for the first time.

Round 2

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mayhem in the Mountains Recap - Part 2

Instead of going to the battle reports next (which are a lot of work to type up!), I am going to skip ahead to a few of the awards. The Two Awards as it were - the ones that I won. :)

First Up - I won Best Table for the Mordor Lava Board
Mordor Board Finished

Mayhem in the Mountains Recap - Part 1

Last weekend 9/18 & 9/19 was the 1st ever Mayhem in the Mountains Tournament. Mayhem in the Mountains is an independent tournament for the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, sponsored by Adeptus Mile High and Collectormania. The tournament is a five round, two day event. There were 16 players signed up, mostly locals but with players coming from  Florida, Chicago, Phoenix, & southern California.

Personally I was excited for the tournament, but a little zombified since I ended up staying up all night Friday in order to finish the Mordor Table and to paint the last few models for my army.

Here is the army list that I used for the tournament.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Pathfinder Society



Godric Skarsgard
So over this labor day weekend there was a local game convention here in Denver called Tacticon. I attended the convention and was able to play my first Pathfinder Society living campaign games. I had a great time and now plan on getting in some more Pathfinder Society games whenever I have the opportunity.

Anyway my first and so far only character is a Human Fighter named Godric Skarsgard. He is an Ulfen (think Viking) warrior who as raised in the far of land of Osirion (think Egypt). I am posting his stats for now and will add a full character background soon.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Soldiers of Fortune - a quick review of MERCS

Merc Heavy Gunner
While browsing miniature game websites, I recently discovered a little game called MERCS. MERCS is a skirmish level game with a near future sci-fi theme. There are a few things that caught my interest about the game. The first is the miniatures, they look absolutely fantastic. They are 28mm scale so they are about the same size as 40k or Warmachine figures. Second, when they say skirmish, they mean it. Rather than being point based, your merc team will consist of exactly five miniatures. Last the game is d10 based instead of d6, so that will distinguish it from other games as well.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Buh-bye Blue

Okay so I have been working on the Mordor board and have the basecoat down. So it is buh-bye to the foamtastic blue and hello to colors. Well black and brown anyways Mordor is not exactly a vacation paradise. Here is a shot of  the board as it stands now.


Mordor WIP
Mordor Board with base colors

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mt. Evil

Last night I put the first coat of textured paint on the board. It is begining to look like something other than a gigantic blue ice flow. Unfortunately forgot to take any pictures.

Tonight,  it was a little crowded at the shop, so instead of putting a second coat of paint on all the board sections (since that takes up alot of table space as they dry), I worked on the volcano a bit. 

I got the basic shape of the thing down and then went to work on the idea I had for the ledges. There is now a stone stair bridge from each half of the board that leads to the main landing area. from there stairs wind up to the top of the volcano should anyone care to climb to such a lofty perch. Each stair can hold one mini and the volcano's rim can hold minis as well. I borrowed a couple of Tim's goblin's to test the stability of the steps.

Time for pictures - is now!
Mt. Evil
Goblins Climbing Volcano Stairs

Mordor WIP
A wide shot of the table with the grey texture paint

All in all, not a bad night for the project.

For more go to Buh-bye Blue --edit 8/18/11

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Twilight Awesomeness

No, not that Twilight. I said "Awesomeness" didn't I?

No, I am talking about Twilight Ringwraiths, or the Nazgul, as they appeared to Frodo when he wore the One Ring. Check them out below in their movie incarnation.

Twilight Ringwraiths from the Fellowship of the Ring Movie
Since I am playing in some Lord of the Rings tournaments coming up in September, today I painted a Twilight Ringwraith miniature for use with my Minas Morgul army.

Twilight Ringwraith
Twilight Ringwraith Miniature from Games Workshop

Saturday in Mordor

Saturday was a pretty good day project wise.  I was able to get a ton of work done on the Mordor terrain board.  Here is the first picture of the last table quarter to have the lava sections cut away. This one will feature the volcano in the corner. This picture, like all of the Mordor board pictures so far, was taken with my blackberry.

Mordor Terrain Board WIP


For the rest of these pictures, I got my actual camera out, so hopefully these are a little better quality. Here is a shot of all four board sections back together with the lava sections cut away.  At this point they have also been glued to the MDF bases, so once the glue sets the real terraforming (mordorforming?) can begin.

Mordor Terrain Board WIP



Friday, July 30, 2010

Fiery Chasms of Fire

I worked on the Mordor Terrain board some more tonight.  Lots of foam cutting, but I think the result was worth it.

Mordor Terrain Board WIP


Mordor Fiery Chasm WIP

For more go to Saturday in Mordor --edit 8/18/11

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Lava Lake

So work is progressing on the Mordor terrain board. Tonight I worked on cutting away the lava chasm areas on one quarter of the board that I am calling the Lava Lake. This is due to the large lake-like area of lava (clever, eh?) on this portion of the board.  There are three islands in the lake in case any daring generals want to have their minions attempt to hop across the fiery lava. Personally, I don't know if I would tempt fate like that, 1s are too easy to roll.

Mordor Terrain Lava Lake WIP


I added surface cracks spreading out from the lava areas. Think they look pretty good and I am toying with the idea of adding more, but I don't want to go overboard.

For more go to Fiery Chasms of Fire --edit 8/18/11

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Beyond the Black Gate pt 2

I have been working on the layout of the Mordor terrain board. It will be rocky terrain with a volcano and deep lava filled chasms.  The board is 4ft by 4ft and made up of 4 2ft by 2ft squares. The base is quarter inch MDF and it will be topped with 2 inch thick styrofoam insulation board. This will allow the lava chasms to be cut down into the surface of the board. The picture below shows the basic layout of the lava chasms drawn onto the foam insulation.
mordor terrain board wip


For more go to The Lava Lake -- edit 8/18/11

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Beyond the Black Gate

Then with searing suddenness there came a great red flash. Far beyond the eastern mountain it leapt into the sky and splashed the lowering clouds with crimson. In that valley of shadow and cold deathly lit it seemed unbearably violent and fierce. Peaks of stone and ridges like notched knives sprang out in staring black against the uprushing flame in Gorgoroth. Then came a great crack of thunder. - J.R.R. Tolkien

Okay So I am going to create a Mordor terrain board for Lord of the Rings. This is for the Mayhem in the Mountains tournament sponsored by Adeptus Mile High and Collectormania.  The tournament is the weekend of September 18th, so that gives me just about two months to get the 4'x4' table done.

I need to get a few supplies from the store to start.  More as things progress.

For more go to Beyond the Black Gate pt 2 --edit 8/18/11

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Terran Escort


Terran Escort, originally uploaded by r.t.brown.
Here is a shot of an Escort ship. These little guys are fielded as improved point defense platforms for Terran Capital Ships. I have painted six so far and have six more to go to finish up all the escorts in my fleet.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Firestorm Armada Terran Fleet

Okay I have been working on a Terran Fleet for the spaceship combat game Firestorm Armada.

Here are some of the ships that I have finished painting so far.

Terran Cruiser
Terran Cruiser

Friday, April 30, 2010

Last Day of April!

Well its the last day of April and just realized that I have not posted anything this month! That does not mean that I have not been working on anything though! I have been working on the space marines, both Imperial Fists and the Sons of Medusa! I made up a 1750 list for the Sons of Medusa and got all the models together for that army. I am currently working on base coating the entire army in scorpion green. I have also reassembled (after stripping them a while ago) some of the specialty squads like my Deathwatch Kill Team and my Legion of the Damned squad. So I will be working on that stuff as well as trying to finish up the Tyranids next month! More posts and pictures to come.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Forge World Tanks


I just finished building some goodies from Forge World. Namely a Pre-Heresy Land Raider and a Predator Tank with reinforced armor. Both are for my Imperial Fists army. Here are a few pictures.
Imperial Fist Pre-Heresy Land Raider
Imperial Fist Pre-Heresy Land Raider

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Kill Team Tryouts

Okay so the local store is going to Start a Warhammer 40K league as well as the Warhammer Fantasy Warbands league we have been doing recently.  For the first month it will be 200 points and use the new Kill Team rules/scenario from the back of the new Battle Missions book.

Reading those rules, I did not think a Tyranid Kill Team would really be viable, so I go thinking about some other options. I decided to try out a Witch Hunters list. Last Friday, 3/5, I got a chance to try out the Kill Team rules against a few folks at the store.

Battle Report: Tyranids vs Tau

Okay so last Saturday, 2/27, I had a chance to try the new Tyranid Army out against my friend Ian.  Since the store had a preview copy of the new Battle Missions book, we got to try out one of the missions from that book. We randomly determined to use the Tau mission called Vertical Envelopment which uses Kill Points as the victory condition.

I wanted to do a full battle report, but I realize now that I should have taken pictures at the end of each players turn. Unfortunately I only took pictures after the full round. Since the Tau went first this makes it hard to see what occurred during their turn. Anyways I am just going to post the Army lists and pictures for this game. Next time I will get pictures after every turn and try to do a full battle report.


The final score ended up being Tyranids 14  to Tau 5 Kill Points.


Hive Fleet Scorpius Army List 1750 Points
Head Quarters
Hive Tyrant w/Bonesword, Lashwhip & Twin-Linked Devourers.
2 Tyrant Guards with Scything Talons & Rending Claws

Head Quarters
Tyranid Prime w/2 Boneswords, Scything Talons.

Troops
4 Tyranid Warriors w/Scything Talons & Rending Claws
1 Tyranid Warriors  w/Scything Talons & Barbed Strangler

Troops
24 Hormagaunts

Troops
20 Termagaunts w/Fleshborers

Troops
8 Genestealers w/Rending Claws

Elites
Zoanthrope

Elites
2 Lictors

Fast Attack
6 Raveners w/Two Sets of Scything Talons

Fast Attack
10 Gargoyles

Heavy Support
1 Carnifex w/Crusthing Claws & Scything Talons

Elites
8 Ymgarl Genestealers

This is an approximation of Ian's list made from my memory of what he fielded.
Ian's Tau Army List 1750
Head Quarters
Commander Farsight

Troops
12 Fire Warriors
Devilfish w/Burst Cannon, Gun Drones

Troops
12 Fire Warriors
Devilfish w/Burst Cannon, Gun Drones

Troops
12 Fire Warriors
Devilfish w/Burst Cannon, Gun Drones

Elites
1 Crisis Suit Team Leader w/Twin-Linked Missile Pods, Flamer, 2 Shield Drones
2 Crisis Suits w/Twin-Linked Missile Pods, Flamer

Elites
1 Crisis Suit Team Leader w/Twin-Linked Missile Pods, Plasma Rifle, 2 Gun Drones
2 Crisis Suits w/Twin-Linked Missile Pods, Plasma Rifle

Elites
4 Stealth Suits w/Burst Cannons
1 Stealth Suit w/Fusion Blaster

Heavy Support
2 Broadside Suits w/Twin-Linked Railguns, Smart Missiles, 2 Shield Drones

Heavy Support
1 Hammerhead w/Railgun and Burst Cannons

Initial Deployment

Turn 1

Turn 2

Turn 3

Turn 4

Turn 5

Turn 6

Turn 7

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tyranids Roster for Saturday


Here is my roster for Saturday's game against Ian.




2000 Pts - Tyranids - Hive Fleet Scorpius 2000


Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Hive Tryrant and Guard (3#, 315 pts)
  Hive Tyrant 1 HQ 8 3 6 6 4 5 4 10 3+ 195
Unit Type: Monstrous Creature; Bonded Exoskeleton; Lash Whip & Bonesword; Synapse Creature; Psyker; Shadow in the Warp; Twin-linked Deathspitter (x1); Adrenal Glands; Leech Essence; Psychic Scream
  Tyrant Guard Brood 2 Blank 5 3 5 6 2 4 3 7 3+ 120
Unit Type: Infantry; Bonded Exoskeleton; Rending Claws; Scything Talons; Instinctive Behaviour - Feed; Blind Rampage; Shieldwall
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Tyranid Prime and Warrior Brood (6#, 285 pts)
  Tyranid Prime 1 HQ 6 4 5 5 3 5 4 10 3+ 100
Unit Type: Infantry; Bonded Exoskeleton; Synapse Creature; Alpha Warrior; Independent Character; Shadow in the Warp; Boneswords (x2); Scything Talons; Adrenal Glands
  Tyranid Warrior Brood 4 Troops 5 3 4 4 3 4 3 10 4+ 185
Unit Type: Infantry; Hardened Carapace; Scything Talons; Synapse Creature; Shadow in the Warp; Rending Claws; Adrenal Glands
    Tyranid Warrior 1 5 3 4 4 3 4 3 10 4+ [45]
Barbed Strangler; Scything Talons; Adrenal Glands
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Elite: Zoanthrope (1#, 60 pts)
  Zoanthrope 1 Elite 3 4 4 4 2 3 1 10 5+/3(i) 60
Unit Type: Infantry; Claws & Teeth; Reinforced Chitin; Synapse Creature; Psyker; Shadow in the Warp; Warp Field; Warp Blast; Warp Lance
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Elite: Lictor Brood (2#, 130 pts)
  Lictor Brood 2 Elite 6 3 6 4 3 6 3 10 5+ 130
Unit Type: Infantry; Chameleonic Skin; Flesh Hooks; Reinforced Chitin; Rending Claws; Scything Talons; Instinctive Behaviour - Lurk; Fleet; Hit & Run; Move Through Cover; Pheromone Trail; Stealth
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Elite: Ymgarl Genestealer Brood (8#, 184 pts)
  Ymgarl Genestealer Brood 8 Elite 6 0 4 4 1 6 2 10 4+ 184
Unit Type: Infantry; Hardened Carapace; Rending Claws; Alter Form; Brood Telepathy; Dormant; Fleet; Move Through Cover
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Troops: Tyranid Warrior Brood (3#, 110 pts)
  Tyranid Warrior Brood 2 Troops 5 3 4 4 3 4 3 10 4+ 110
Unit Type: Infantry; Hardened Carapace; Scything Talons; Synapse Creature; Shadow in the Warp; Deathspitter
    Tyranid Warrior 1 5 3 4 4 3 4 3 10 4+ [40]
Barbed Strangler; Scything Talons
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Troops: Hormagaunt Brood (24#, 144 pts)
  Hormagaunt Brood 24 Troops 3 3 3 3 1 5 2 6 6+ 144
Unit Type: Infantry; Chitin; Scything Talons; Instinctive Behaviour - Feed; Bounding Leap; Fleet; Move Through Cover
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Troops: Termagant Brood (20#, 100 pts)
  Termagant Brood 20 Troops 3 3 3 3 1 4 1 6 6+ 100
Unit Type: Infantry; Chitin; Claws & Teeth; Fleshborer; Instinctive Behaviour - Lurk; Move Through Cover
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Troops: Termagant Brood (12#, 72 pts)
  Termagant Brood 12 Troops 3 3 3 3 1 4 1 6 6+ 72
Unit Type: Infantry; Chitin; Claws & Teeth; Instinctive Behaviour - Lurk; Move Through Cover; Spike Rifle
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Fast Attack: Gargoyle Brood (10#, 60 pts)
  Gargoyle Brood 10 Fast 3 3 3 3 1 4 1 6 6+ 60
Unit Type: Jump Infantry; Blinding Venom; Chitin; Claws & Teeth; Fleshborer; Wings; Instinctive Behaviour - Lurk
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Fast Attack: Ravener Brood (6#, 240 pts)
  Ravener Brood 6 Fast 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 6 5+ 240
Unit Type: Beasts; Reinforced Chitin; Scything Talons (x1); Instinctive Behaviour - Feed; Acute Senses; Deep Strike; Move Through Cover; Rending Claws; Spinefists
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Heavy Support: Carnifex (1#, 185 pts)
  Carnifex 1 Heavy 3 3 9 6 4 1 4+D3 7 3+ 185
Unit Type: Monstrous Creature; Bonded Exoskeleton; Scything Talons (x1); Instinctive Behaviour - Feed; Fearless; Living Battering Ram; Crushing Claws
Name # Grp WS BS S T Wo I A Ld Save Cost
Troops: Genestealer Brood (8#, 112 pts)
  Genestealer Brood 8 Troops 6 0 4 4 1 6 2 10 5+ 112
Unit Type: Infantry; Reinforced Chitin; Rending Claws; Brood Telepathy; Fleet; Infiltrate; Move Through Cover
Total Cost: 1997

Validation Report
d-1. Formatting: for AB 3.2; c-1. File Version: 1.06a For Bug Reports/www.ab40k.org; b-1. Roster Options: Special Characters; a-1. Scenario: Normal Mission
Roster satisfies all enforced validation rules

Roster Statistics
% Elite: 18.7
% Fast: 15.0
% Heavy: 9.3
% HQ: 14.8
Model Count: 104
% Troops: 36.2
% Wargear: 0.0
Files version: 1.06


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Tyranids, Ongoing

Well, I am still working on getting my Tyranid army finished.  As you may have noticed this means that I did not make my initial goal of getting the entire army completed in 3 weeks. I am a little disappointed, but I am more excited about having a playable Tyranid army that is almost completely painted.  I started with the HQ choices, the Hive Tyrant, the Tyranid Prime and the Genestealer Broodlord are all completely painted and ready for basing.  A few other models, like the Carnifex and the Venomthrope are just a few details away from being finished as well.  As for the rest of the army, I would say that every model is at least 75% done. I will get some pictures up soon, hopefully tomorrow.  Now I need to go make a 2000 point army list.  Hive Fleet Scorpius has a Saturday Morning brunch with the Tau scheduled! (They are coming for you Ian!)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

King of the Hive


Hive Tyrant WIP, originally uploaded by r.t.brown.
I worked on the Hive Tyrant for Hive Fleet Scorpius tonight. Got pretty far, so I am happy. I think it just needs some more blending of lighter greens on certain parts of the carapace and then I need to figure out what to do with the figures base.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Elbow Room!

So with the stock template I picked for the blog, there was alot of wasted space on the sides of the screen. I decided to put that computer science degree to work and BAM! 20 minutes later we have "Russ' Hobby Blog - Wide Load Edition"


Let me know if this is an improvement or if there is some weird standard that says blogs should only be 682 pixels wide. :]

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tyranid Status Report

Here is a complete list of models that I am working on for my Tyranid Army Project. See this post for the paint scheme details.

1x Hive Tyrant             Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
2x Tyrant Guard          Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
1x Tyranid Prime Conversion:  Status: Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
8x Tyranid Warriors     Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
3x Tyranid Shrike (Winged Warriors) Conversions Status: Being Assembled
1x Venomthrope          Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
1x Zoanthrope             Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
2x Lictors                    Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
1x Biovore                  Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
1x Carnifex                  Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
8x Ymgarl Genestealers Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Blue
18x Genestealers          Status: Assembled, & Primed
1x Genestealer Broodlord  Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
9x Ripper Swarms        Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
24x Hormagaunts           Status: Assembled & Primed
20x Termagaunts w/Fleshborers  Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
16x Termagaunts w/Spinefists     Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
12x Termagaunts (old style)        Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
10x Gargoyles              Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green
13x Spore Mines          Status: Assembled, Primed & Washed Green

152 models total. Yikes!

Hive Fleet Scorpius Paint Scheme

Here is my Step-by-Step process for painting my Tyranids, which I have dubbed Hive Fleet Scorpius. Unless otherwise noted all paint colors are Citadel brand.
  1. Spray with Army Painter Necrotic Flesh spray primer. This matches the Citadel paint color Rotting Flesh.
  2. Apply Thraka Green wash to all skin areas. 
  3. Paint the carapace areas with the following paint colors.
    1. Base coat with Orkhide Shade foundation paint.
    2. Apply Dark Angels Green to entire carapace.
    3. Highlight carapace with 50/50 Dark Angels Green and Snot Green.
    4. Highlight carapace with Snot Green.
    5. If there are any especially long spikes or crests on the carapace, highlight with 50/50 Snot Green and Scorpion Green.
  4. Paint all claws, talons and teeth with Bleached Bone.
  5. Paint remaining details with Scorpion Green or Golden Yellow.




Paint Colors









Rotting Flesh Orkhide ShadeDark Angels GreenSnot GreenScorpion GreenGolden YellowBleached Bone

Tyranid Gargoyle


This is the little guy that started it all. The first gargoyle that I tested my paint scheme on.

Tyranids: 3000 Points in 3 Weeks!

Okay so my current hobby project is a Tyranids army for Warhammer 40K. I have had Tyranids for a while (Okay since the 4th edition codex came out) but only had a few models put together. So a couple of weeks ago after the new 'Nids codex came out I bought a box of the new plastic Gargoyles and seeking an excuse to try the new (to me at least) Army Painter colored spray primer, I painted a few of them up. They looked good and it was a very quick paint scheme, so I got the crazy idea to do my entire army - in 3 weeks! Little did I realize that I had nearly 3000 points worth of Tyranids at home.

Anyway I am now two weeks into this project and I have made some good progress with the exception of three warriors who will be converted to shrikes (winged warriors), I now have everything assembled and sprayed with Necrotic Flesh and I am working my way through the horde.

My Hobby on Flickr

I have a ton of pictures (600+) on Flickr, most of them hobby related. Here is my collection of Hobby & Game photos.

First Post

So I created this blog to post info about what hobby stuff I am currently working on. What do I mean by hobby? I mean building and painting miniatures and terrain for tabletop war games. The games I play are Warhammer Fantasy Battles, Warhammer 40,000, Warmachine, Hordes, Lord of the Rings and a few others. Got it? Good so I will get on with hobby related stuff now.

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