November 27, 2019

W40K: Imperial Fists 'Primaris Eliminators III'

Very similar to yesterdays 'Primaris Eliminators II', I have now completed my third and final Unit of Eliminators, 'Primaris Eliminators III'.

The good news is that this Unit is needed in my 2000 point list, but not needed in my 1500 point list, but right after I finished the second Unit, I wanted to get right onto the third.  It feels really good now to have 3 Heavy Units completed and some more models completed for the month of November.

 Primaris Eliminators III

Primaris Eliminators III

Painting Points: 6

November 26, 2019

W40K: Imperial Fists 'Primaris Eliminators II'

Now that Renegade Open is completed, I can move my concentration from Batman Miniature Game over o Warhammer 40000 for awhile.

I have received all my models for my Imperial Fists 2000 point list (plus I picked up an extra box of Tactical Squad Marine in case I need point fillers later) and majority of the models are assembled.  It is now time to get them completed.

The concentration of my painting will be to get 1500 points completed first, which all of the same models are in my 2000 points, but the plan is to be able to sign up for the AdeptiCon 2020 Warhammer 40K Friendly event, and last year that was run at 1500 points.

So continuing with wear I left off with my 'Primaris Eliminator I', I now have my 2nd Unit completed.  'Primaris Eliminators 2'.

 Primaris Eliminators II

Primaris Eliminators II

Painting Points: 6

November 25, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #47 (Renegade Open Recap)

Last night my son and I arrived back from the 7th annual Renegade Open up in Minneapolis, MN.  Unfortunately the weekend did not go as planned for me, but at least it was 1/2 planned.

Renegade Open was this past Friday-Sunday and our plans were to use Thursday and Sunday as travel days, and play Batman Miniature Game on Friday and Saturday.

I knew this was going to be an interesting weekend when I woke up to find out we have no hot water in the house and the electronic pilot light was out and I could not restart it.  We managed to hit the road around 8 AM Eastern Time and at least the drive was uneventful.  We had a couple planned stops along our way.  Along the way to our first stop, I managed to get a hold of a local Plumber and scheduled for them to come out later in the day to take a look at the hot water tank.

Our first was stop was in Madison, WI at Noble Knight Games, I came across this gaming store on the internet and thought it would be cool to check out and pick up any items we needed on our way.

It is a really nice, clean, and large gaming store.  I ended up picking up some Citadel paint, and a couple more Citadel paint handles so I can have at least 5 and work on 5 Space Marines at a time.

The plan now was to head an hour North to Wisconsin Dells and grab some lunch at 1 of 2 our favorite pizza locations in the Dells, the stop on the way up was Mossejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.

Once lunch was completed it was time to hit the road once again with about 4 hours left in our drive, of course we had to hit some of the St. Paul/Minneapolis rush hour traffic, but we made it to our hotel around 6:30 PM Central time and checked right in.

We got settled into our room and then looked for a place for dinner that was close by, found a nice Pub/Grill that was not far and enjoyed some street tacos, beer and NHL on the TV.

Today was Day 1 for BMG for us and it was the 250 Rep event and I was playing my Joker Crew, and my son was playing Brave and the Bold.

 My Joker Crew

Brave and the Bold

The event was not scheduled to start till 12:00 PM and was to be 4 rounds and 90 minutes a round, it was going to be a pretty long day.  I started off really good against the Watchman and pulled a Win to start the event.  My second match was against BatB led by Gordon and had Grifter and the game ended in a Draw (my opponent in this game ended up coming in 1st for the event), and my third match was against Donovan (one of the Boy Wonders podcast crew) and it was Joker vs Joker.  Donovan got the Win in the match.  Just before this game started I got a call from the wife saying the pilot light was out again....great more headaches.  We decided to drop after 3 matches (I was 1-1-1 and my son was 0-3) and grab some dinner and then head back for the awards.

We actually got some really good stuff in the awards ceremony, new 3rd edition Red Hood Joker, DCU Aquaman, some Muse on Minis tokens, a Vallejo paint set, and my son received a plaque for coming in last place.  Plus the two of us each received a BMG Renegade Open crew tray when checked in for being 2 of the first 10 players to sign up for the event.

After the awards ceremony we decided to drive out to the Fantasy Flight Gaming Center and check out the HQ's for FFG.

Another really cool looking store with plenty of gaming space along with a separate events room where they hold all the Worlds events.  We picked up some folding dice trays since we left ours at home to use for Saturday (there were no table clothes on the tables and the dice were bouncing everywhere).

After the FFG Gaming Center, we headed out to another local gaming store that some of the Minneapolis players mentioned to us, Source One Comics & Games.

This place was big and had just about every game inside.  We took some time walking up and down all the isles.  My son found a copy of new DCU Rulebook on the shelf, so we finally got a copy of that.  We are going to be trying out DCU while we wait for Third Edition of BMG to come out.

Today was a much earlier start and it was the main event, 350 Rep / 4 Rounds.  I woke up early and took care of my morning duties and then checked in with the wife when she arrived home for work.  The water heater is out again.  It was time now to head downstairs, but I decided to cancel (and my son went down) and spent the next 2.5 hours in my room pricing out water heaters and getting a hold of a company so we can have a new heater installed.  I was able to get a hold of Lowe's and pay for an "assessment" over the phone (since it is usually done at the store) and they will be calling me back today (Monday) for them to come out and give me a full quote to replace it.

With being in the room for the entire first round, obviously I did not make the event.  I did decide to head on out and visit the local Games Workshop store that was only 10 miles away, I wanted to pick up the new Faith & Fury book for my Black Templars that just came out that day.

I arrived back at the hotel in time for my sons lunch and had McDonald's waiting for him.  Once we finished lunch and he head back down to the BMG room, I decided to check out some of the other events that were going on....Warhammer 40K, Bolt Action, Kings of War and the Vendor Hall.

My son wrapped up the awards ceremony around 7:15 PM (no last place today), but he did pick up a Gaslight Batman, the rest of the items were not as good as what we received on Friday (we already had most of the models available).  We then proceeded for some all you can eat Sushi and I retired back in the room while my son went back to the BMG room for some Batman trivia.

Our travel day home, and we had another planned stop back in Wisconsin Dells at our second pizza stop, the Pizza Pub where we ordered the Big Kahuna, a 20" pizza (the plan was to bring the rest home for dinner).

We made it back at a decent time, and arrived home around 6:45 PM Eastern time (we had another stop in Northern Illinois at my fathers grave).

On our way home we realized it was hunting season and we came across seeing at least 7 of these deer behind trucks/cars.

Well that wraps up Renegade Open 2019.  As of now I have no plans on returning next year (as I only have 1 vacation day allowed for events and it will be AdeptiCon) so we shall see what happens in 2021.

November 20, 2019

Daily Chronicle: ALPHA Game Table v4.0 By Firmer Terra

Now that my interest has gotten back into Warhammer 40000, playing larger games on my existing 4'x4' table is not going to work.

When I first moved here to Michigan and setup my mancave, I had thought about purchasing a foldable gaming table and had actually looked in v1.0 of the ALPHA Game Table By Firmer Terra.  At that time though, I was no longer playing games that required a 6'x'4 table and elected just for a plywood 4'x'4 table topper. for the games I played like Guild Ball and X-Wing.

3 years later and I am now requiring a 6'x'4 for the larger point games of Warhammer 40000.  I thought about just purchasing a 6'x4' topper, but having 1' hang over each side would mean that material would need to be made of at least 3/4" MDF, and moving a board that size/weight would be really hard to do (let alone find an open wall to store it against).

The past 2 years while attending NOVA Open and AdeptiCon, Firmer Terra has been there promoting their ALPHA Game Table, so when I started looking into tables again a few weeks ago, they were the first and only site I visited.  At the time they were currently out of stock and waiting on shipment of a v4.0 model and I signed up to be notified when they would be back in stock.  I received that email 2 weeks ago and placed my order right away.  One thing that I really liked was that v4.0 was now coming in all black color.

When I ordered the table, I had possibly thought I could just use it as a topper over my existing table but could not be sure till we actually received the product.  Well yesterday afternoon my table was delivered (excellent packaging, double boxed with no damage) and my son and I proceeded to open it up.  I removed all the leg extensions stored under the table and we attempted t place the table on top, unfortunately for 2 hinges (1 on each side), we could not place the table flat on my existing 4'x4'.  I could always just move my existing table over by 2' and then we would be able to setup the table.

That is when I looked over to my large bar, and thought I think it will actually work on top of the bar (middle section is more narrow than the ends) and the hinges from the ALPHA Game Table would not interfere, so my son and I placed it on top, and I think it is going to work.  It is a bit taller than my other table, but it is going to work and I do not have to rearrange my existing furniture.

Now it is time to start collecting some more 6'x'4 gaming mats.

November 18, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #46 (Week Of Renegade Open)

In 4 days we will be leaving for the Renegade Open up in Minneapolis, Minnesota for one of the largest Batman Miniature Game tournaments ever and I believe I am all set for the event.

We will be playing a smaller 250 Rep event on Friday, and the main event on Saturday is 350 Rep and there are close to 50 people signed up for that event.  I originally was going to play my 'Joker' crew on Friday and 'League of Assassins' crew on Saturday, but sometime a month or so ago I elected to change it to my 'Joker' crew for both days.  I think just having to remember the rules for one crew for the weekend will be much easier for me.  I am hoping that after 4 games on Friday, I should know them well enough for Saturday.  We did manage to get in one practice 350 Rep game in this past Saturday, and I was very happy with my result, a win 29-13.

On the painting side of the hobby this past week, nothing was completed, but instead I took my time assembling my models for my Imperial Fists army.  All the models I need for 1500 points are assembled, and I only need one more completed for the full 2000 points.  I also do have some models on my painting table, so I am hoping to get one more Unit completed before we leave to Minnesota on Thursday.

Models Completed: 0
Games Played: 1

November 11, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #45 (AdeptiCon Event Schedule Preview)

Another week goes by (Week #45) and at least it was not as bad as the past few weeks.  Warhammer 40K seems to be my main concentration as I await the new rules for BMG (3rd Edition this Christmas).  The painting is not going as fast as I would like, but it is slowly getting there.  This past week my 'Redemptor Dreadnought' and 'Primaris Captain' were completed, I have 2 Units of 'Primaris Eliminators' ready to go next on the table, and I spent the weekend getting some more models assembled.

This past Friday, AdeptiCon also released a sneak preview of the upcoming schedule for 2020, and there are still some events that are missing (just like last year, Steamforged Games is late to the party in submitting events).

With my shift in wanting to play Warhammer 40K recently, I am now looking into these events.  Mainly I am interested in the Warhammer 40K Friendly on Friday.  If it is like last year, it is a 1500 Point single Detachment event, and it is meant just to have a good time.  Honestly as of now, this is the only event I am interested in.  I may for the first time ever sign up for some Hobby Seminars, I am interested in the ones dealing with Contrast paints and would not mind to learn more about these, but we shall see.  If I do not get into W40K Friendly event, then I may play in Batman Miniature Game tournament (its 5th year), I may like III edition a lot and want to play in this, but for now, that will be my backup plan.

Registration for AdeptiCon will open up on December 8th and I better be quick in getting that event.

Whats on the plate for this week? I am hoping to maybe get some painting time on my 'Primaris Eliminators' (I still have 2 Squads to finish) and then to finish assembling my 'Primaris Intercessors'.  This coming weekend will be another 2 practice games of BMG (250/350) to get ready for Renegade Open next weekend.

To help keep track of Units I need to complete for my Imperial Fists army, I put together a Painting Tracker, you can find my full 2000 Point one HERE, and I came up with a 1500 Point version for AdeptiCon, HERE.

Models Completed: 2
Games Played: 0

November 10, 2019

Daily Chronicle: GameCraft Miniatures Citadel Paint Rack

Now that I started painting Games Workshop figures again, I have slowly accumulated some of the Citadel paints.  While I was mainly painting WM/H, BMG and Guild Ball, I had stuck to the P3 line of paints but for my 40K figures, I do sometimes want to use the Citadel line.

Instead of just having them sit on my table, I measured my painting table the other day and figured I could add one more rack to make it still all fit.  Seeing how I used GameCraft Miniatures for my other racks (and I like the option of the 5" shelf), I went back to their site and placed my order the other day.  Well yesterday my new paint rack arrived and the assembly has just finished.

November 7, 2019

W40K: Imperial Fists 'Primaris Captain I'

In my 2000 point Imperial Fists army I am building, I am going to be running 2 Battalion Detachments, which means that I need 4 HQ models.  The purpose of this army to have a little variety with the newer models than what I had years past with my older armies, so a lot of Primaris models and some newer vehicles (as already shown with my 'Primaris Eliminators' and 'Redemptor Dreadnought')

The 4 HQ's I have planned for my list are a 'Primaris Captain', 'Primaris Librarian', 'Primaris Chaplain', and 'Tor Garadon'.  So with that the first of my HQ models is a 'Primaris Captain'.  In the photos below, I had elected to leave off the "Iron Halo" spikes, because I know some day in the future they would have broken off in my bag.  He is also armed with Stalker Bolt Rifle since his primary objective will be providing support for my 'Primaris Eliminators'.

 Primaris Captain I

 Primaris Captain I

 Primaris Captain I

Primaris Captain I

Painting Points: 2

November 6, 2019

Guild Ball: New Season 4 'Game Plan Deck' Coming Soon

Leodis Games, a local gaming store in the UK has posted up pre-orders for upcoming Guild Ball items releasing later this month on November 29th, and one of those items is the new 'Game Plan Deck' for Season 4.

The new 'Game Plan Deck' will be a nice change since the current one has been around for quite some time now, it will be a nice way to spice up Season 4 a bit.

Once Steamforged Games places the pre-orders up on their site (probably this Friday), I am more than likely ordering 2 sets.

November 5, 2019

W40K: Imperial Fists 'Redemptor Dreadnought I'

I finally finished another model, it has been a couple of weeks, but at least it is completed.  I picked up the 'Redemptor Dreadnought' at the Michigan GT this past month from one of the vendor tables, it did not come with a box or decals, but it was only priced at $50 which is a $15 savings (I did not need a box anyways, and I had some decals from a previous model).  While building it, I should have made the main gun interchangeable, but instead elected to just glue in the Gatling Gun, I am not going to be a competitive player, and the Gatling Gun is good for me.

I am also really liking the "Pittsburgh" look for my Imperial Fists color scheme, Black/Yellow is one of my favorite color combinations and it makes painting the yellow much faster (since it is in limited places).

 Redemptor Dreadnought I

 Redemptor Dreadnought I

 Redemptor Dreadnought I

Redemptor Dreadnought I

Painting Points: 10