Bottom half of the two Land Speeders are completed, the cockpit interior has been primed. Working my way through black touch up on the Marines.
Assembled the GW Drop Pod kit. If you look at the interior and ask me how I'm going to paint it, the answers are:
1) "Very Carefully."
2) "Not At All."
Magnetized the Storm Bolter, more for practice than anything since I'm thinking about converting the Deathwind over to a Cyclone, just instead of two little launchers, there will be one big one...
Next up, a pair of Land Speeders with magnetized weapons. Not 100% sure where I'm going yet, but I've got an idea and two Typhoon Speeders are on the menu no matter which way.
Actually, I'm not so sure what kind of pod list I'm going to run right this second. I'm trying to decide between three. What I do know is all of them need me to get my actual Pod assembled and at least two of the Speeders (for Typhoon
So, I've done the parchments on all of the models assembled so far, except on the shoulders of the three melta guys (grrr). Not that big a deal as I'm sure I'll have some more to do before I'm through, it was just annoying because I had to mix that color.
Well, since the good Marshal didn't complain about my second version of the new FAQ related 1k list, I'm going to run with it. Posted on the front page. I'm actually not real happy with it, but should be okay to run with for a few games. I actually do like its flexibility to have from 4-7 deep strike units since I do retain the option to deploy the LS-Typhoons onto the board to provide sniping/distraction until the pods start landing.
Nothing is going to be done for the rest of the week. Although not unexpected, my father passed away early this morning and I'll be leaving tomorrow to attend his funeral. I'll welcome any prayers for my family.
No updates probably today. Outside work to do, but if I'm lucky, I may get the last little bit of detailing done on the built minis and maybe do the retouching on the black in prep for the wash and stickers on Monday.
Not much, finished with blue now.
I detailed the two PF squads as "red" squad and "blue" squad, which was fun. Although I wish I had done the eyes blue! The blue went on like a dream, unlike the red which seemed to dry way too fast and needed 3-5 coats to show well.
Added in the PM:
On the advice of my kindergarten age son, who has fallen in love with the "green marines" (Salamanders), I have a few Marines with some green details and if a skull wasn't already hit with something else, it all got some gold.
Trying to stave off the suggestions of the boy and the wife to "add more color". The son today was asking me why I hadn't painted any Marines like the Imperial Fists, "da blue guys" and the "apokterry". Never should have let him watch Ultramarines with me. I found out the wife was expecting something like Marneus Calgar from looking at the pictures. I keep threatening to buy her some Eldar Harlequins to paint and am promising her that she will get to have total control over my WYSIWYG EC, so start painting and I want lots of detail work. ;)
Well, I did manage to finish with the red paint, did a bit of touch up (I know, I'm not supposed to, but some stuff was bothering me) and was heading into the blue detail work. Then I got distracted.
I made an order with wargamesfactory.com before Christmas that was delayed, but supposed to be mailed out by the end of last week. This new company has been plagued of late with "bad luck" of various sorts. Delayed shipments, shipments being on the wrong ship, incorrect orders being sent, import paperwork messed up so US Customs held up cargoes and the winter weather delaying things didn't help either. It came to light today that it appears that their sales director, who use to work for GW might have been colluding with the US rep for the Chinese miniature manufacturer to set up a hostile takeover. Which means this string of "bad luck", probably under the cover of "bad communications" more than likely stretched the company funds down to low and made them vulnerable. If the rumors are true and there is growing circumstantial evidence they are.
Interestingly enough, there were supposed "ISP" server problems that cut off their emails and ability to update their website, but the founders of the company were busting arse trying to get their two new releases packed and out the door. Which means my son, who was promised some little plastic soldiers like Daddy's (but his were Vikings!) he could paint for Christmas had to do without. Then he still had to do without for his birthday.
So if true, these guys just committed fraud and messed with my son. Fortunately, I got some phone numbers I'll be calling in the morning.
Finished all three of the "counts as" poster board drop pods. Just bases and uprights with the bottom part of the door and lots of hot glue. Workable with the right height and base. The uprights (and base for that matter) are a bit "off", but if I built a circle with five notches I could straighten the top out. Then adding in the top part of the doors, cover any misc holes with putty or paper and I think I could turn them in to decent homegrown models with a bit of paint.
Pulled out the GW pod, used it to check dimensions and then put it back up. Didn't feel like doing magnet work yet, I want to paint some.
On to painting. Did a quick diversion, painted the faces of the Neophytes since I was short on time today. Also did my "counts as" EC's face (the SGT from AoBR) since he is going to double as my test dummy for washes and I'm hoping to have the "real" EC ready to go, although he is going to be last (since I want to try some magnet work on the GW pod and last DN.
Pulled the red out for lots of red painting goodness. Another meeting tonight, maybe I can start on the red, but I'm hoping for a clear day tomorrow for a few straight hours of painting.
Pictures I'll try to have by the end of the week.
Oh, the glasses make it much better.
Okay, I'm not in the habit of everyday commenting, but then I don't like Twitter either....
Busy week, I had something to do on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. At least during my peak "quiet time" hours where I'm not going to get interrupted by the wife and son. Saturday was fun though, get ready for party, do the Chuck E Cheese party for my newly six year old. Get dropped off at the LGS to pick up my order and see what the local tournament players are playing: 1x Codex Marines, 2x IG (1 lots of arty vehicles, 1 lots of Leman Russ), 1x 'Nid, 1x Chaos Demons, 3x Chaos Marines, 1x DE (not playing, but saw the silly flying boat things by the one empty table), which implies one unknown army (army carrying case below table)).
On the progress front:
The paper "infantry" pod models looked good, went together nicely, but ended up ~1" too short! No, I'm not piling a bunch of poster board circles under it. The Dreadnought pattern pod goes together okay but looks like crap. It will do for now. I broke open the GW kit and used it to build patterns for a posterboard pod. First one is cut out and I'm figuring the best way to assemble it cleanly (since I'd like to do this nice enough to improve, paint and keep if I can). I think I'm going to simulate the doors dropping (they technically could provide cover) with a stiff paper circle as "area" cover. About 2" outside the pod base should be about right, and it will double as a deployment template.
The second paper DN pattern will get put together too, because I can see how to make the posterboard one have opening doors, but that one will need a bit more pattern work, the current pattern I build is just base, five upright and five doors and the doors are part of the bracing. Top will be open for now.
Today is going to be a good day I hope for finishing up the po