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July 31, 2013

Wargames Gallery 7-31-13

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My - what a large gun you have...
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FTN Podcast Ep.19 List Building & Tournament Discussion #1

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This episode covers our first discussion on list building and tournament discussions mostly for the ATCs but there is a ton of useful knowledge that can be applied to all tournaments.

Want Some Infinity Bootlegs?

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Infinity is rolling out a new top shelf range of collector's minis.  Hmm, I have this funny feeling these will be flying off the shelves.

New Aug White Dwarf Review & Lizardmen Pics (video)

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Here Lizard, Lizard, Lizard.  If the White Dwarf was a Taco Bell Chihuahua, that is what it would sound like I think . 

40K BATTLE REPORT: Eldar Civil War!

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Hi everybody.

The BoLS video battle reports continue - Today we bring you BullyMike's Eldar Windrider host facing down Bigred's Alaitoc Warhost!

Old School: Vulkan Space Marines Take on 6th Edition

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You're my boy, Blue!

July 30, 2013

Wargames Gallery 7-30-13

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OMG - A Vespid sighting! That's rarer than bigfoot.
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FINANCIALS: Games Workshop Annual Report - 2013

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It's that time of year again.  Lets see how Games Workshop is doing.

Warmachine: Iron Fang Kovnik

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The newly released Iron Fang Kovnik solo helps Khador players deal with troublesome situations, as well as giving new options to some of the faction's less popular units.

40K: Top 10 Units That are RUINING the Game!

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We all say we want a fair, perfectly balanced game - but somehow, these units magically keep showing up in our lists...

40K TACTICS: Eldar Special Rules and Basics

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Hey guys, I am Learn2Eel  I'm here to start in on our analysis of Codex: Eldar. The Craftworlders are back with a vengeance.

July 29, 2013

Wargames Gallery 7-29-13

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Cultists always go first...
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RPG: Dark Heresy v2.0 Announced!

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Those wonderful folks over at Fantasy Flight have lifted the lid on the beta version of Dark Heresy 2.0

Mantic: Kings of War Human Army Unveiled - Basileans!

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King's of War has been knocking off all the standard fantasy races - but folks were waiting to see what the humans would look like.  You've got to see these cavalry - no seriously!

Goatboy's 40k Thoughts - Can We Make a Marine Horde Work?

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Goatboy here again and today I want to go back to looking at Marines. Not just a few Astartes, but BUSHELS of 3+ armor .

Gamesday US - New 40K Minis Unveiled and a Future Hint...

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Here's the latest that Games Workshop showed off at this weekend's Gamesday US.  Let's go!

July 28, 2013

Wargames Gallery 7-28-13

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Hmm - about that 3-color minimum requirement...
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Malifaux Review/Speculation: Yan-Lo, Part 1

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Yan-Lo, master of the honored dead, not just some petty mockeries of life ripped from the earth.

Privateer Press Weekly Roundup 7-28-2013

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Privateer gets ready to roll out their new strategic card game,  new plastic minis, and some cool new stuff for Convergence.

SPACE HULK: Returns to a Computer (or Tablet) Near You!

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It's been a looooooooooooong time since we've had a video game version of Space Hulk.  August 15th that all changes.

July 27, 2013

40K Rumor Roundup - 7-27-13

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A light rumor week this time with some scattered Space Marine tidbits.  Lets catch you up:

Wargames Gallery 7-27-13

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A Dynasty Rises
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WFB: Lizardmen Arrive!

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The Lizardmen are available for ordering now from Games Workshop and retailers all over the place.  Here's the details and pretty pictures:

Plastic Dudesmen # 124 - Grimdark Boardwalk

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In Mother Terra Free Parking Parks you.

HOBBY: Lord of Skulls Conversion You MUST See

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I love a good conversion as much as the next guy, but when Isotope99 said he wanted to convert a Lord of Skulls into a giant counts as Bloodthirster I knew something awesome was on the way!

July 26, 2013

Wargames Gallery 7-26-13

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The Empire Strikes Back quote-a-thon - GO!!!

SHOWCASE: Nurgle's Possessed Guard- Adepticon 2013

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Who wants to see what Grandfather Nurgle can do an army and its supporting titans?

Forgeworld: New Apocalypse Book Coming!

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Hot on the heels of the new Apocalypse hardcover from GW, Forgeworld has a new book for you!

Outside the Box 07-26-13

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Hello and welcome to Outside the Box! This time we have news from Warlord Games, Spartan Games, Wyrd Miniatures, Hawk Wargames, Mantic Games, Micro Art Studio, Prodos Games, GCT Studios, Dark Age Games, DUST and Knight Models as well as new crowdfunding campaign!


40K: The Art of the Challenge

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Challenges - It's time to tear them apart and see why they tick - when they are great - and when they will lose you the game.

July 25, 2013

Wargames Gallery 7-25-13

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I wonder what he's reaching for?
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DEEP THOUGHT (Poll) : Do Painted Miniatures Play Better?

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We choose to play miniatures wargames, not games using cardboard chits.  But you won't believe how much a painted army seems to make a difference!

Convergence: A Love Story

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“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

Unity & Glory- Tau Farsight Supplement Review

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As you may have heard, the newest supplement for Warhammer 40k, is now here; Tau: Farsight Enclaves.

40K TIDAL WAVE: The Supplemental Codices are Coming!

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Be careful what you wish for - Games Workshop has a Supplemental Codex aimed right at you coming soon!

July 24, 2013

Wargames Gallery 7-24-13

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These guys are a long way from Stirland.
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Wargaming on Deployment - The REAL Heroes in Wargames

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Today I want to share some photos of a warband of Emperor's Children - but these Fallen Astartes are doing a job way more important then my entire collection of Loyalists - they are keeping a soldier company.

Warmachine/Hordes - Cryx vs Circle Video Battle Report and Analysis

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I recently wrote an article on Tharn Ravagers and how I felt it best to go about getting the most out of them. I tested my hypothesis, and I'm here to report the results.

Las Vegas Open - Get Your Tickets!

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What happens in Vegas....

40K NEWS: So, You REALLY Like that Mini-Rulebook Huh?

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The tubes are all atwitter over the prospect of a gussied-up Warhammer 40,000 Mini-rulebook.  Here's the details:

July 23, 2013

Wargames Gallery 7-23-13

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In celebration of their new Armybook!
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40k Apocalypse - Warzone Pandorax Unboxing

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Checkout the inside scoop on Warzone: Pandorax, that Apocalypse supplement that was only included with the Limited "Collectors Edition".

40K TACTICS: Tau Allies and Final Thoughts

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Hey guys, I am Learn2Eel  I'm here to wrap up our analysis Codex: Tau Empire. The Tau Empire as allies and overall codex thoughts.

Brent: On Stuff - How Much is Too Much?

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The Blogosphere loves to describe the many faces of the miniatures gamer; to divide, and label, and categorize - and subcategorize.  I'm not complaining, being more guilty than most over years of writing articles.  Still, let's do it again.

WFB NEWS: Lizardmen Minis - HO!

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That distant croaking, the sound of drums and the hottest jungle you can imagine can only mean one thing - The Lizardmen are coming!!!

July 22, 2013

Wargames Gallery 7-22-13

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I love an Archon who sticks with his old trusty Kabal
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HOBBY X-Wing - Modified YT-1300 (Outer Rim Smuggler)

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I've fallen in love with Fantasy Flight's X-Wing Miniatures Game.  It has a great combination of deck/list building and quick game play with just the right mix of finding the right combo without being combo-dependent.

But what really sold me was the Millennium Falcon.  And if one Millennium Falcon is good, by all means, three is better!


Ok, well, so you can't have three in a game.  The YT-1300 is the generic freighter and the Millennium Falcon is a unique variant, a 1 point upgrade to a normal YT-1300.  So since I've got three YT-1300's now, some of them are going to need some modifications to differentiate them from the named ship.

This is the first time I've worked on one of the X-Wing miniatures, so I did a little experimentation.  The X-Wing models come pre-painted and the YT-1300 is nicely detailed for the price, especially considering Star Wars pieces usually carry a premium.

The first goal was to remove some of the wash to give the whole model a cleaner look.  I dipped a piece of blister foam in some odorless turpentine and gave it a little scrubbing, paying close attention to the rear vents that were especially dirty.  A good cleaning lightened the color and brightened it up compared to the factory paint job.

Next up was to cover the open access panels.  The Millennium Falcon has a lot of special modifications (or is a piece of junk, depending on who you ask), so I figure a ship with fewer parsecs under her belt would be a little more buttoned-up.


This plasticard was carefully cut to fit the openings and then super glued in pace.  I used a standard hole punch for the front round openings and split a hole punch circle to give some detail to those covers.  The rear panels got bit-scraps of plasticard for details and then I sculpted some tubes on the panel opposite the communications dish.  I used the left-over greenstuff to fill in the port side damage and create a new pipe junction to cover most of the damage on the starboard front.


Since I'd only made a few changes, I didn't want to strip and re-paint the whole thing.  I don't plan on making any changes to my Millennium Falcon, so I wanted this new ship to be consistent with the factory paint.  I touched up the new white panels with a combination of the older Citadel Foundation paints: two parts Astronomican Grey with one part Deneb Stone.  The combination is a very close match to the warm, factory grey.  I also touched up some of the panels in the rear, to give it a little less worn look.  I also did a couple of thin coats of this color over all the red panels, since I wanted to have a distinctive accent color on the new YT-1300.  The Foundation colors blend well with the factory paint job because they are a little more muted.  The blue accent is Mordian Blue and I found that Citadel Codex Grey is a good match to the dark grey already on the model.

I finished off the model with a thin lamp black oil wash on the new paint, and a thin lining of Chaos Black to help emphasize the edges on the new panels.




That's all there is to it.  Here's a picture of the final product next to the original.  Close enough to not look out-of-place, but different enough to not be confusing on the table top.


Still one more YT-1300 to modify, but for now, may the Force be with you!

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