April 27, 2009

Weekend Update 4/27/2009

Didn't really get too much done this weekend. The wife went to Michigan with the middle child to visit her twin sister, so I had the oldest and youngest with me for the weekend. We visited my sister on Saturday and went to lunch at a nice little grill in downtown Glen Ellyn called "2 Toots Train Whistle Grill" its a neat concept where all the tables/booths are next to a Lionel train that runs on the counter and delivers your food to you. Not too many choices on the menu, but the kids enjoyed it. We then swung by the Battle Bunker to chat with friends and to pick up the latest copy of White Dwarf. As soon as I walked in, the Bunker Manager came to me with a copy and had to show me that there was a picture of myself along with everyone else who attended GitD 2009. I guess I'm a celebrity!

Sunday morning we decided to visit Brookfield Zoo for a few hours. It rained off and on, but it was not crowded, so that was nice.

Once we got home I finally got to start painting the Land Raider Crusader. I'm about half way done with it. Hopefully should be done later today/tomorrow. I'll try and get some pics up once its completely done.

April 25, 2009

W40K: Salamanders Update 4/25/2009

I was able to finish Tactical Squad 3 this week for the Salamanders and my son and I threw down for a practice game last night at the Chicago Battle Bunker. I have around 1250 pts of the Salamanders now completed, and I added a primed Land Raider Crusader to his list for a 1500 pt game. I decided to throw down with my Black Templars. I've been playing them a lot lately and I'm getting pretty comfortable on how they play.

The Mission was Seize Ground (4 objectives) and the deployment was Pitched Battle. My son got high die so he choose to go second. I got to pick my table edge and deploy first.

The game lasted 6 turns and all I can say is WOW! I made some pretty bad errors in judgement and should have done a lot differently. The Salamanders just about tabled the Black Templars except for 1 Tactical Squad I had left and he captured 3 out of the 4 objectives and only 1" away from capturing the 4th.

It was a good game, and I hope enjoyed playing with his Salamanders. The Land Raider Crusader really helped him a lot in this game.

I think for the time being I will be make a slight change for his 1750 pt list. Originally it was going to have 4 Tactical Squads with 4 Razorbacks. I think I am going to keep 3 Tactical Squads with 2 Razorbacks and then throw in the Crusader. So at 1750 points he'll have the following:

1750 Points:
1 Vulkan
3 Troop Squads
2 Razorbacks
2 Dreadnoughts
1 Squad of Terminators
1 Land Raider Redeemer
1 Land Raider Crusader

This will be I think more fun for him to play with. I'll eventually add the 4th Troop Squad and 2 Razorbacks and then this will round out the list nicely at 2000 points.

I'm looking forward to a rematch..... but I think I'll have to bring out my Dark Angels with all my Lascannons or even my Dark Eldar with Bright Lances....

Ok, onto painting the Crusader.

April 22, 2009

W40K: Planetstrike

Planetstrike will be the next expansion for Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 due out for Summer 2009. It seems to be a mix between W40K 5th Edition and W40K Apocalypse with the scenarios being geared toward more of Attackers vs. Defenders. Here is a teaser trailer from Games Workshop.

April 15, 2009

April 10, 2009

W40K: Salamanders Update 4/10/2009

A week before AdeptiCon I decided to start on my sons W40K Space Marines Salamanders Chapter. He started buying the models just before Christmas, so I thought it was finally time to get them painted. I plan to paint these in phases, and hopefully get them all completed by the end of April. Only 3 weeks left.

1000 Points:
1 Captain (primed)
2 Troop Squads (completed)
2 Razorbacks (completed)
2 Dreadnoughts (completed)
1 Squad of Terminators (primed)

So thats where I stand as of now. I hope to have the Terminators and Captain done by this weekend so we can start playing some 1000 point games next week.

For the next phase, he purchased a Land Raider Redeemer.
1250 Points
1 Land Raider Redeemer

At 1500 points, we plan on adding the following.
1 Vulkan (replacing Captain)
1 Troop Squad (minus Razorback)

At 1750 points, we plan on adding the following.
1 Razorback to Troop Squad
1 Troop Squad w/ Razorback

So at 1750 points, he'll have the following:

1750 Points:
1 Vulkan
4 Troop Squads
4 Razorbacks
2 Dreadnoughts
1 Squad of Terminators
1 Land Raider Redeemer

We'll see how we expand it after that.

April 2, 2009

AdeptiCon 2009 - 1 Day Away

Well AdeptiCon 2009 is officially just one day away.

"dot the i's, cross the t's" thats what this morning was all about.

Display Base for my son's LotR Singles Championship is done.
Matte coating of my Fantasy movement trays are done.
Printed lists are done.

All final tasks for AdeptiCon 2009 are now done.

Its going to still be a busy afternoon. I have to make two airport runs today. My friends Tim K and John L are flying in from Phoenix and landing at 1:00 PM at O'Hare airport, and my friend Sean R will be coming in from Tucson and landing at Midway airport at 2:35 PM.

So I need to pick up Tim/John from O'Hare and then drop them off at the hotel and then continue on to Midway to pick up Sean. After the airport runs, we'll probably chill out for awhile, then all grab some dinner tonight at Portillo's and pay a visit to the GW Chicago Battle Bunker. Tim and Sean and never been to the bunker before.

So onto this weekend, what's in store for me and my son.

Friday: Run the LotR Singles Championship
Saturday: Team up with Sean R and play in the LotR Team Tournament
Sunday: Team up with Chris W and play in the Warhammer Team Tournament

Friday: Play in the LotR Singles Championship
Saturday: Play in the Warhammer 40K Team Tournament (I found him a team that was looking for a fourth person.)
Sunday: Play in the Warhammer 40K Youngbloods Tournament

Friday/Saturday night we'll see if there is any room to play in the Legends of the High Seas big game that Tim K will be running.

I'm looking forward to this weekend. I'm teamed up with two great Generals in both of my events, so I'm hoping that we fare pretty well in those events. Win or Loss, it will be a good time.