Thursday, July 4, 2013

Battle Force Challenge Update - FAILURE

Yep. I failed. I thought I could finish my all infantry Deathwing force by the end of June. As it turns out, I had really over-committed myself this time. I did however manage to get the majority of it done, and in all fairness this is more than a 1500 point army! I still need to base coat the flesh and gold areas before I can seal them with gloss varnish and attempt to oil wash them. Here are a few photos of where the army is at today. Maybe this weekend I can get the final base coats finished and get my defense line primed.



Group Shot 1 - Knights, Command Squad, & Sargent Terminators

Group Shot 2 - HQ's, Assualt, Shooty, & Magnetized Terminators

Magnetized Weapons - 5 Terminators are magnetized for weapon options
Converted Belial - Same model from my original Ultra-wing army

Converted Librarian & Chaplain


 I also have been buying a few things here and there for future projects. I picked up one of the larger bits bags from Spikey Bits and just before GW stopped allowing bits to be sold I picked up one of the final huge bags from The War Store. Out of both of these purchases I got a complete Land Raider, 3 Chaos Bikers, a Hellbrute, several plasma cannons and lascannons! Definitely these bits bags were worth the money!



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Battle Force Challenge Updates and More

It's been a few months since I lasted posted anything to the blog. In fact, it's been a while for most of us here at The Istvaanians. We wrapped up the Battle for Stones River in the beginning of March, and managed to have 82 players show up this year! The months leading up to this had us busy making new terrain and new tables, while repairing the old terrain. I've also been doing commission work on the side assembling models for a few guys at my FLGS Grand Adventures, and I'm working on changing our blogger site over to WordPress. Once everything was said and done with the Battle for Stones River, I know I was left feeling burnt out and exhausted. With my personal Battle Force Challenge going on, I knew that I wouldn't be able to get anything done in the first three months of this year. Now, we are going on 6 months into the year, and I have less than 30 days to finish my next army, Dark Angels.

My Deathwing sitting next to the boxes of parts for my next commission job, Heresy Era Deathguard.


My Battle Force Deathwing, as of today.



Instead of doing the Ravenwing Battle Force (the only official Dark Angels battle force), I have decided to redo my Ultrawing into a properly painted Deathwing army. In addition to the 1500 pt army for the Battle Force Challenge, I have decided to paint all of my Deathwing terminators for a army of about 2500 - 3000 points. Then I will do a Ravenwing and Greenwing Dark Angels afterwards. All in 30 days.....


My Christmas present from my wife.
I didn't get a chance to post this earlier in the year. These two photos are the "after" photos of my game room. I had looked around for a few months before finding a solution to my storage problems in my game room. While I was on a business trip, I went into Ikea and came out with several catalogs and different ideas for what might possibly work. In the end I settled on set up shown above. I still need to get everything organized, but at least it is in the right area now. Behind the two doors below the file full of old White Dwarfs are the beginnings of at least two Fantasy and two 40K armies. It seems I may have a slight hording problem.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Battle Force Challenge Update #2: Orks Finished



First things first. The new Ork Flyer is easily one of my all time favorite Games Workshop models to build and paint. Easy to build with a ton of different options, no Ork Flyer should ever look the same.

With that out of the way, I can get back to the point of this post. I have finished my 1000 point Ork Battle Force Challenge army. For those of you that are just joining us, I have decided to challenge myself to build a 1000 point army for every Warhammer 40K Codex using the contents of that armies battle force. For the Codexs without a battle force I will either use the next closest equivalent (Space Marine battle force for Dark Angels, etc.) or buy an approximate equivalent in miniatures.

I started with Orks because I already have around 5000 points of these guys, but not all of it is painted. I also wanted to get one of those new flyers. In the end I actually put two of them in my army list. The thoughts behind these army lists are not to make tournament win at all costs armies. Instead, I want to make lists that become the core of the army. With the Orks finished, I am going to start going through the rest of the Codexs in alphabetical order. The next army, Black Templars. I already have an army list ready, and yesterday I purchased the Space Marine battle force, a Black Templar upgrade kit, a Dreadnought, and I have an Emperors Champion figure on order. Well, enough talking about the armies, and on to the photos and the army list for the Orks.


1000 Points Orks Battle Force Challenge List Finished




HQ: Warboss (1#, 85 pts)
   1 Bad Moonz Warboss Yella Jaw, 85 pts ('Eavy Armour; Bosspole; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)




Troops: Nob Bikers (3#, 210 pts)
   1 Da' Evil Sunz Fastest, 210 pts (Count as Troop Troops; Cybork Body; Warbike)
      1 Painboy (Cybork Body; Warbike)
      1 Nobz (Warbike; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)
      1 Nobz (Warbike; Cybork Body; Power Klaw)





Troops: Boyz (13#, 167 pts)
   11 Evil Suns Shoota Boyz, 167 pts (Shootas; Rokkit Launcha x1)
      1 Boyz Nob ('Eavy Armour; Bosspole; Power Klaw)
      1 Trukk (Reinforced Ram)





Troops: Boyz (12#, 156 pts)
   10 Bad Moonz Shoota Boyz, 156 pts (Shootas; Big Shoota x1)
      1 Boyz Nob ('Eavy Armour; Bosspole; Power Klaw)
      1 Trukk (Reinforced Ram)





Fast Attack: Dakkajet (1#, 130 pts)
   1 Da Blakk Gobbo, 130 pts (Fighta Ace; TL Supa Shoota)





Fast Attack: Burna-bommer (1#, 125 pts)
   1 Burna-bommer, 125 pts




Fast Attack: Deffkoptas (3#, 125 pts)
   3 Deffkoptas, 125 pts (TL Rokkit Launcha x2)

Total Roster Cost: 998

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dark Vengeance Librarian Conversion and More!

Well, my new photo booth came in this afternoon and I finally got a chance to sit down and try it out. I've still got some more playing around to do with the lights, but already my photos are 1000 times better than before. Here are a few random miniatures, including some from my Iron Hands Commission and my Battle Force Challenge Orks.

Easy Conversion From The Dark Vengeance Librarian





Ork Trukk Conversion




Big Mek Conversion






Mad Dok Grotsnik




A Few W.I.P. Shots From My Iron Hands Commission







Sunday, September 2, 2012

Battle Force Challenge Update #1

Since my previous post I have been busy with several different projects. My commission work has picked up, and I've had to build up two MERC's battle groups, several Necron Warriors, around 60 Tyranid Genestealers and Gaunts. I've also been busy with a Iron Hands army that will hopefully be finished soon and sent off to the painter so he can add his magical touch. That army has been a constant struggle as I am always trying to make sure that everything is perfect. I've also built myself a 1000 point force for a little game called Flames of War, but I haven't forgotten about my Battle Force Challenge. Last post I thought I had a list settled on, but in the end I decided to go a different route with my Orks.

When I was at the FLGS last week, I was going to get 2 boxes of Lootas and a Ork Flyer to finish up my original 1000 point list from my last post. As I stood there looking at the other GW figures thinking of future armies that I will probably never get to, I kept going back to that Ork flyer. I thought about for a while, and decided to go for two flyers instead of the the flyers and lootas! With that in mind, I revisited my original list and made a few changes to incorporate these two new flyers. Basically I dropped the lootas, and looted wagon and added in the second flyer, a burna-bomba, and 3 deff-coptas. I tried taking a few photos, but none of them turned out right. As of now, I have the Warboss, bikers, the Bad Moonz truk, and the two flyers left to paint. Now I'm off to eBay to search for a good deal on a light box!

Unlimited Pts - Codex: Orks Roster - Orks Battleforce Challenge List
Orks Battleforce Challenge List

HQ: Warboss (1#, 85 pts)
   1 Bad Moonz Warboss Yella Jaw, 85 pts ('Eavy Armour; Bosspole; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)

Troops: Nob Bikers (3#, 210 pts)
   1 Da' Evil Sunz Fastest, 210 pts (Count as Troop Troops; Cybork Body; Warbike)
      1 Painboy (Cybork Body; Warbike)
      1 Nobz (Warbike; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)
      1 Nobz (Warbike; Cybork Body; Power Klaw)

Troops: Boyz (13#, 167 pts)
   11 Evil Suns Shoota Boyz, 167 pts (Shootas; Rokkit Launcha x1)
      1 Boyz Nob ('Eavy Armour; Bosspole; Power Klaw)
      1 Trukk (Reinforced Ram)

Troops: Boyz (12#, 156 pts)
   10 Bad Moonz Shoota Boyz, 156 pts (Shootas; Big Shoota x1)
      1 Boyz Nob ('Eavy Armour; Bosspole; Power Klaw)
      1 Trukk (Reinforced Ram)

Fast Attack: Dakkajet (1#, 130 pts)
   1 Da Blakk Gobbo, 130 pts (Fighta Ace; TL Supa Shoota)

Fast Attack: Burna-bommer (1#, 125 pts)
   1 Burna-bommer, 125 pts

Fast Attack: Deffkoptas (3#, 125 pts)
   3 Deffkoptas, 125 pts (TL Rokkit Launcha x2)

Total Roster Cost: 998