Friday, March 17, 2017

Custom Mission

In my last post you might have noticed the old Lieutenant Varras model from The Battle for Macragge. While I was painting, I had an idea for a fun mission that could use Varras. Since I couldn't find any rules for him online, I took the liberty of writing up some rules to use in a custom scenario.

Custom rules for Lt. Varras

So it's a rescue mission for the Space Marine player. Each player starts out with a 1' deployment zone on the short table edge.


Varras starts out inside a bunker just outside the enemy deployment zone. The bunker cannot be targeted, so essentially Varras is safe until the Space Marine player chooses for him to leave the bunker. Once he leaves the bunker he cannot re-enter the bunker. The fate of the mission hinges on whether or not the Space Marine player can safely guide Varras off of his deployment zone table edge alive. If the enemy army successfully kills Varras, the mission is over and the Space Marine player loses.

I'm looking forward to trying out this mission and possibly tweaking some of the rules if it proves to be either too easy or too hard.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Breaking into the hobby & reworking old models

Today i'd like to talk about how to break into the Warhammer hobby on the cheap cheap.

It's time to get NASTY

First off, you might think the hobby is expensive if you are to buy new, straight from Games Workshop. While this is true, almost no one does this when they start collecting. Recruit a friend and try to go in 50/50 on a starter box to offset that cost. But if you already have some friends in the hobby, try to bum some old shitty models. Everyone who's been playing for any significant amount of time has those models that they could live without.

Interrogator Chaplain on a Bike

Out of all the old models I was able to collect through various sources for free, i've managed to put this guy together. So always keep an eye out for a bargain.

Now that you have some models, it's time to paint em'. While many a doofus will try to convince you "Simple Green" is the best way to strip a bad paint job, don't listen. The only reliable way i've found to strip that shit off is Pine Sol. Try to get the lemon kind since the smell isn't as strong. And NO it won't melt the plastic. This is a common misconception.

Okay now that you've let your dudes soak for a few hours, scrub that shit off with an old toothbrush till it looks something like this.

The tattered forgotten soldiers of the 41st millenia

Now it's time to paint! You're first paint job is going to suck. It's just a fact of life, but, since you got your models cheap it's okay. It's a great way to learn, and if you hate it later, you can always strip it and try again when you are better at painting. 

So you want to know how to paint huh? Well, I could tell you. But it's way easier to let someone who is an expert show you! So I highly recommend THIS guy if you are just starting out. SDub is one of the best painters i've found on youtube. He is a wealth of knowledge that will definitely cut down on your learning curve. I wish he was making videos when I started!

Remember, keep at it. Your painting will improve with practice. 

Okay that does it for now, more to come.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Deathwing

In my last post I mentioned how I was painting the last member of the deathwing command squad and gave you a little teaser with my Converted Apothecary. Well, i've finally finished the squad. Now that the glue is dry, it's time to show them off!

Somebody say Cypher?!

Not all the terminators are done yet, but those that are look good! Once I get those Deathwing Knights painted up I'll have all the terminators done. I can't wait to play with these guys!

Converted Deathwing Command Squad

So here's a closer look. Finished not even an hour ago. Entirely converted from the Dark Vengeance and Command Squad kit. The banner was really fun to paint, and I really like how my Champion turned out.

Deathwing Terminators

Here is a closer view of the regular Dark Vengeance Terminators in case you forgot what they look like unmodified.

 Cypher and Interrogator Chaplain

For those of you with a keen eye, you may have spotted cypher in that first picture hiding amongst the Deathwing. Here is a closer shot of him and his hunter, my Interrogator Chaplain.

Well, that'll do it for this update. Keep an eye out for more to come.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


I've always like conversions. They are a subtle way to add a bit of unique flavor into your minis. So today I think I will show off some of mine.

 Captain Sicarius Iron Halo Conversion

The banner on this guy was really poorly painted and made me cringe every time I looked at it. So what better way to fix that than to clip the dumb thing off? Plus, he fits a lot better in the travel case now.

 Assault On Black Reach Captain Conversion

This model was actually a repaint as well. Once I had all the paint stripped off, I figured I might as well add a helmet and change his backpack.

Space Marine Librarian Helmet Conversion

Terminator Librarian Storm Shield Conversion

Simply adding a helmet or modifying the wargear to make your model wysiwyg is a great way to start converting your models.

Red Corsair Plasma Gun Mutation Conversion

Obliterator Terminator Helmet Conversion

Now I can't honestly take credit for these two conversions, but that plasma gun arm is pretty sick. And hey, if you have a spare terminator helmet laying around, look how good it looks on the obliterator!

Havoc Launcher Conversion

Now I do love to magnetize my weapon options, so this conversion was done to make my rhino options wysiwyg. Plus, since it's magnetized, it even swivels around!

Dark Vengeance Apothecary Conversion

So since Dark Vengeance terminators are so abundant at the moment, I decided to take advantage of the cheap offers on ebay and buy too many. Since I also managed to acquire some Deathwing Knights via a friend, I had the spare bits left over to make an entire command squad. I'm actually painting up the last member of the command squad at the moment. (keep an eye out for that update.) Anyway, look what can be achieved from just swapping a few arms around!

Grey Knight Space Marine Librarian Conversion

This last one was done by my friend Corey. It is a custom librarian made from a grey knights kit! What a great idea! This certainly gives you a lot of options for modeling wargear. I may just make my own librarian in the future.

Anywho that's all for now.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ultramarines & Red Corsairs

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a large collection of Ultramarines and Red Corsairs. And as we all know, Warhammer 40k is all about the awesome minis. So without further bullshit, let's take a look!

 Captain Mac!

The Ultramarines were my first, and arguably favorite, army. Something about that blue power armor really made me want to learn all about 40k. But I couldn't honestly talk about how I got into the hobby without mentioning that freaking awesome game Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine.

We're reaching levels of badass that shouldn't be possible!

I loved this game. I played it everyday after school, and I was quite good at it too. In a way, this game made me into a Space Marine. I fought on the battlefields of 40k as an Ultramarine for hours and hours, often to the neglect of my homework. (Sorry Mom) And after talking online with other gamers that were just as passionate about the Warhammer universe, I decided to make my way down to the local hobby shop and pick up Assault on Black Reach. Warhammer 40k's 5th edition starter set.

My first Ultramarines

My best friend told me if I was going to play Ultramarines I better paint them well. Because, according to him, "Everybody plays Ultramarines." So from that day forward I committed to improving my painting.

Ultramarines ready for battle

Fast forward a few years, and I managed to collect a modest force of Ultramarines. Soaking in all the tips and learning all about the hobby along the way. My painting did improve, and today I consider myself a pretty decent painter. I also found a club of friendly people to play with as well. I made an effort to try and attend the club every week. However, It's a pretty decent drive from where I live so I wasn't always able to make it. One fateful day at the club I had mentioned to my friend Corey that I was interested in playing Chaos space marines, and I thought the Red Corsairs looked really cool.

The Red Corsairs

Corey was kind enough to gift me an entire red corsair army. Yeah. But it wasn't entirely free, I did have to promise to paint it! A task I was more than excited to undertake. And well you can see the result of that!

The Red Corsairs prepare for battle!

By this time Dark Vengeance, the 6th edition starter set had been released. A perfect addition to my new chaos army. I also bought supplement units for my new renegade chapter. Things like Rhinos, Raptors, etc. 

 Speed is key

I can't thank Corey enough for his kindness. I love to play with these models, and I'm still adding to the army! I'll try to post some more pictures of the entire army in rank and file later.

So now you know how I got into Warhammer 40k and a little more about the armies I play. I absolutely love this hobby and I truly don't ever seem to have enough time to indulge in it. (Student) Well I suppose this post has gone on long enough. More to come!

The Dawn of The Obsidian Tower

So I've never been a super big fan of writing long lengthy paragraphs. Which you might find ironic since I've decided to start a blog. So setting that aside, I aim to mostly post pictures on here and keep the updates short and sweet for anyone curious what I may be working on. At the moment I am working on an entirely new army!

 That's right, Dark Angels.

For those of you who don't know, I have a boatload of Ultramarines and Red Corsairs. Hopefully soon I will count the Dark Angels among my ranks. Heretics, Loyalists, and everything inbetween! (Sorry Dark Angel fans.) You could say, at this point, I have a raging hard on for space marines. And you would be right. So to Justify buying what is essentially more space marines, I had to go for what made the Dark Angels Unique from other chapters. Those sweet terminators! Unfortunately, you can't really make an army of Terminators work very well, so I had to throw some bikes in there. Luckily Ravenwing are some of the best bikers in 40k, so i'll happily throw them in the mix. 

Currently I'm about halfway through the assembly and painting process on my new army. So it will be a while before they hit the board. (I personally prefer to only play with painted models.) But i'll keep you posted when I make some progress. Well, I guess that does it for my first post. See ya next time!