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July 31, 2013
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.
July 30, 2013
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.
July 29, 2013
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 here again and today I want to go back to looking at Marines. Not just a few Astartes, but BUSHELS of 3+ armor .
July 28, 2013
Privateer gets ready to roll out their new strategic card game, new plastic minis, and some cool new stuff for Convergence.
July 27, 2013
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
July 25, 2013
July 24, 2013
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.
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.
July 23, 2013
July 22, 2013
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!