Sizzly's blog

So largely in part to Tyler's generosity at Summer Slaughter and the kind votes I received for best painted army, I'm in the unique position to plan out an army. In the past I've kinda just bought stuff on a whim in order to accomplish a particular goal or fill in a gap in my Dark Eldar or World Eater armies. Oh, and if a model looked cool it'd become an acquisition. The result over many many years is pleasing to me but since I have two playable armies this new project will be a bit more focused. Here's the plan: I'm gonna create a traitor guard army (with CSM auxillary). I have a story kind...
I imagine a fair number of you can relate to my problem: I have an army, my Dark Eldar, that look pretty good on the tabletop but by and large most of the models aren’t really finished. I keep getting distracted by new models. So, I get them to reasonable tabletop quality and then start on a new toy and as a result I’ve a backlog of models that need some TLC to really look great on the tabletop. I mentioned in the Astronomi-con Toronto Debrief ( http://itoysoldiers.com/blog/astronomi-con-toronto...
So I was asked how I do the red armor on my World Eaters. There's two distinct time periods of my army: Pre Dark Vengeance and post. Here's what the Pre-Dark Vengeance Models looks like: Khorne Berserker with Standard These were mostly painted with the n-1 generation of GW paints. The base coat is Scab Red (which I believe is now Khorne Red) followed by a pretty liberal wash of the red wash (can't remember the name but it'd be Carroburg Crimson now). Then a touch up of Scab Red followed by a Blood...
Whew! It was a really long weekend of gaming. And you know what? I had an absolutely fabulous time. I want to take a moment, now that I’ve recovered from the exhaustion of 24 hours of being “on” in a gaming sense to share some of my thoughts on the event from the three pillars of the hobby perspective. Before I do though, huge thanks to Christian and Mike for running the event. So much fun. I’ll definitely go again next year. And now… Let’s start with… Modeling Wow. So I was a bit humbled. I know that my models are probably high tabletop quality and not much else but there were some superb...
So yesterday I was informed of a contingent of ne'er-do-wells who intend to invade Astronomi-con Toronto with beat stick lists with zero respect for the composition rules and the philosophy behind the Astromoni-con tournaments. Their purpose (evidenced by the name of their initiative and a second hand report) is to go in with brutal lists and crow about crushing the fluff bunnies. Yeah. I get it. It's a tournament. It's meant to be competitive but I have a problem with the kind of person who'd consider this and I have to be honest: It's sucked a bit of the excitement out of me. I'm kinda...
So I’ve been threatening Zarenkenial that I’d write this up for a while now and so I shall. Herein lies my assessment of a) my performance at the GWTW Highlander Tournament and b) some issues I have with the ITC ruleset for tournaments. First… I think the image above sums up my day perfectly. The dice were not in my favor. I’d role low for saves and high for scatter and leadership. I also kept getting really unfortunate rolls for the maelstrom missions. The only reason I won my last was a trick of fate that gave me one more maelstrom point than my opponent. I was being gutted and if the game...
So whilst visiting Prague I went on a quick excursion to visit an ossuary in Kutna Hora. Some crazy nobleman ordered the creation of this place - a place where bones are used to decorate the inside of the building. Whilst not terribly relevant from a historical point of view (it was more of a curiosity) it does provide some delightfully grim inspiration for those of us who field armies dedicated to Khorne. Here's a whack of photos taken by...
Or why I love Super Heavies and Apocalypse and 40K in general. Originally, I was going to write this post with a “Point/Counter-point” kind of thing going on because it was inspired by the superb post by Cadian Shock ( http://cadianshock.com/titanicus-reading-book-told-me-about-40k/ ). You can guess by the title of this post that I’m going to disagree with him. And you guessed right. But I’ve decided I’d rather tell you why I like huge games of 40k with massive war engines chewing up the battlefield...
So in my last game there was quite a scrum of vehicles with one of my flyers above it all. One of those vehicles exploded through a 7 on the vehicle damage table. My opponent then proceeded to roll a 6” blast radius. Then began the debate: Can the explosion harm a flyer? It’s not a blast weapon or a template weapon and the vehicle’s hull is within 6”. We decided it couldn’t (likely ‘cause my opponent is a great guy and let it slide) but it’s been bothering me that there was a debate at all. So I looked it up. It turns out that an explosion CANNOT harm a flyer because of the “Hard to Hit” rule...