Monday, May 24, 2010

Sob/Grey Knights For Sale

As I mentioned on my BoLS postings, I'm cutting down my armies.

That being said, I'm posting this to see if anyone is interested in buying my stuff before it hits the floors of ebay.

I have the following:

The Grey Knight army seem in my blogs before, which include the following:

-Seven terminators
-Brother Captain Stern
-Some thirty Grey Knights, about half custom built
-One Land Raider
-Two Land Raider Crusaders
-Foam army boxes for all the above-And yes, everything is painted and on Micro Art Studio Bases.

More pictures upon request.


I also have a full Sisters of Battle army, unpainted unfortunately.

This army is special to me, but alas, it must go.

-2x Cannoness, one painted, both with Micro Art Steampunk Wings
-Saint Celestein, no Iron Halo
-Four full Sob Squads, including enough Flamers/Heavy Flamers for all of them. Unsure of how many meltas I have but last check it was around five or so.
-Fifteen/Sixteen (must double check) Seripham
-Two Complete Exorcists
-One Exorcist Kit (no rhino chassy)
-Four Immmolator/Rhinos (Rhinos jazzed up with the Immolator bits. May have the turrents around somewhere)
-Small GW miniature case for the infantry models

Either lot can be yours for $500, offers negotiable.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hive Fleet Ramrod Takes Ard Boyz!

Hive Fleet Ramrod secured a clean victory over the tasty foods that presented themselves in Ard Boyz!

The List


Hive Tyrant
-Duel Scything Talons
-Hive Commander
-Leech Essence

-Adrenal Glands
-Toxin Sacs


Zoanthrope x3
-Mycetic Spore

Hive Guard x3



Hormagaunts x20
-Toxin Sacs

Hormagaunts x20
-Toxin Sacs

Termagants x10

-Toxin Sacs
-Adrenal Glands

Warrior Brood x4
-Duel Boneswords
-Toxin Sacs

Fast Attack

Gargoyles x10

Warrior Shrike x3
-Bonesword/Lash Whip
-Toxin Sacs

Warrior Shrike x3
-Bonesword/Lash Whip
-Toxin Sacs

Heavy Support




First things first, given another chance, I would have increased the brood of Gargoyles or remove them entirely... My original list, I seem to remember, had twenty, but I cannot for the life of me recall how I did it, so it was a last minute modification.

Other than that, pretty happy with the list overall. The Tyrant allowed me to usually outflank a large unit of Hormagaunts or, in some rare cases (as was my plan against IG) a Tervigon. But really, in the end, that ability wasn't used, to any great effect, outside the first game.

The match-ups were as follows:

Game I: Ramrod vs. Jump Pack Blood Angels.

The person I played was fairly new to the game and someone I've known for quite some time... But unfortunately this is Ard Boyz, so were I would usually reserve myself, hold back a bit, I had to crush him like bug! He was fielding three units of Devistators, two Missile Launcher one Lascannon... They did the most damage, killing a Tervigon turn one, which was a minor setback... Luckily, Deathleaper and an Outflanking squad of Hormagaunts came in turn two and proceeded to trap two of the units in melee (the Hormagaunts that is) and Deathleaper forced him to take the Dangerous Terrain chance with a squad of Jump Packs in order to come assist the Devistators, where-as normally he would have risked the Difficult Terrain check.

In the end it was a solid win, with one spectator walking by commenting "Oh wow! Tyranids on Tyranids!"... I felt a little bad at that comment... It passed.

Game II: Ramrod vs. Duel Nob Bikers

Here he got first turn and Turbo-Boosted right in my face... My Hive Tyrant proceeded to then Paraxism one unit and charge into it with a unit of Shrikes and some Termagants. That unit was pretty much taken out...

The other unit though hit me where I had little defense, I sent a unit of Termagants and Warrior Shrikes against them but caused minimal wounds. I lost combat and he was free to move... He proceeded to charge the Tyranid Warriors, causing his Warboss to fully understand the issue with getting hit by Duel Boneswords.... After that, there were some four bikers left, each with a wound. He took the time to retreat after the Hive Guard shot and killed another one... The rest of the game was spent with him running from me as I could not catch him before turn six.... Game ended in a tie, though I controlled all Table Quarters.

Game III: Ramrod vs. TPM's Blood Angels.

This was not a good game for Mr. Murphy as his army had some 40+ KP due to mission scenario... I held my Gargoyles and a unit of Hormagaunts in reserve and by turn two everyone was in melee.... He was playing a Mepheston/Sanguinor list and, unfortunately, Deathleaper only pegged Mepheston with a -1 Ld...

...Buutt turn three Mepheston said hello, and goodbye, to three Warrior Shrikes, who didn't give a damn about his scary Initiative of 1 (Boneswords) or his Toughness of 6 (Toxin Sacs), they did however laugh at his lack of Invulnerable save (Boneswords). The game was stacked against him to begin with and, unfortunately, I just had more guys than he did... A unit of Zoanthropes did, however, tangle up an Honour Guard unit for three turns in melee, before a Trygon charged and killed them all, save the Blood Champion and his Combat Shield! (An awesome moment, I don't care who you are).

In the end, the scenario, and my sheer number of units, just played against him and Hive Fleet Ramrod secured a Massacre Victory.

At this point I was still hesitant about the results, the tie looming over me, but gathering all bonus points did save the day, the final score ended up being Myself with 60 pts and second place with 56. Whew!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Stripping Minis, Part 2

A bit of a delay here, but here is part two.

Ok, so this was one a mere day after my last post. I know I mentioned last time about letting the models soak for a week or so, but in my individual case the models were simply covered in a loose coat of bad primer. I checked on them after a thirty-hour soak and believed them ready for work.

First, here are the tools and the workspace. High tech I know. The sponges are there to simply block the hole in the sink, should any parts go flying off.

We have a firm bristled toothbrush, the harder the better, hot (steaming) tapwater to better remove any trouble bits, and my own unprotected hands.

...Upon note, best to use some kind of gloves for this, as the Purple Power, like most cleaners, will dry your skin out and that is quite an unpleasant and lingering feeling.

Here is one of the Termagants freshly pulled from our Purple Power solution, it doesn't look any better but upon close inspection we can see some of the primer has indeed began to fall off.

Basically I took the brush, gave it a firm scrubbing. Scrubbing itself, unless you're overly hard, should not require much force to remove the paint, if you find you need to use excessive force, to the point you are worried the model will break, then you need to let them soak for some more time.

Also to note: Sometimes not all the primer will come off, usually in the case of Black GW. Some people put the models back in, letting them soak... I myself just ignore this and merely re-prime them, as the layer is pretty distinguishable from the rest.

Here is a shot before a final wash but after scrubbing, which I usually do while under the water stream:

Unfortunately I realized I didnt take a picture of the final product... But it's clean, ha ha...

Now all you have to do is repeat the process until you're done..

Over... And Over... And Over... And Over...


... ... ...

... ... ... ...DAMNIT!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Stripping Minis

So readers, guess what happened to my Tyranids? A can of faulty White Primer (Armory Brand).

I should have remembered why I don't care for the Armory Brand of primer... Because of the three times this has happened, they have been the culprit all those times...Sigh...
Basically, I primed some 100+ Tyranids... Five minutes later, I realized they looked like I had covered them in snow flock... Upon closer inspection, I saw the primer could be rubbed off with my finger, like a heavy layer of dust.

The can was old, or faulty (I got it from a friend/potential saboteur).

Sadly, it means not only is my painting set back some time, but I must now strip the entire lot of them... Well, article martial I suppose...

Step 1: find a good way to vent if you're stripping them because of an accident.

Next, head out to your local Wal-mart/equivalent and buy the following:

Purple Power is basically Wal-Mart's equivilent of Super Clean (or Simple Green or a myriad of other names).

I prefer Purple Power because A. It's half the cost of Simple Green and B. It's a bit more concentrated (recommends watering it down... don't), so it works a bit faster. And no, don't worry, it won't melt your plastic and it works fantastic on metal.

You will also need a bucket, sizable enough to fit the models in. This can range from a simple cup to a mop bucket in my case.

Step 2: Insert models.

Step 3: Wait a few days. Ideally they should soak a week, but I have little patience for that and usually find them acceptable after only two-to-three days.

Step 4: Get a tooth brush if that's all you have. I went out and invested in a large scrubbing brush. Basically just brush off the models until they show bare plastic once more. The plastic will have been shaded to a darker hue, I believe this is usually the result of removing Black Primer as some shade of it is ingrained in the plastic now. Whatever the reason, it does not harm the models in any way.

Someone recently suggested a more high tech approach to this as well, which I doubt I will try but found interesting none the less.

Basically, I was told to buy a small fish tank filter, the kind that churns water around so fish, you know, don't die.

He said that if you get one of the waterfall style ones you can create a small tidepool (basically) and just put the models in, the churning of the water will tumble them clean.

In theory, I can see this working similar to a washing machine, but as I said, I doubt I'll try it. I'd love to hear from anyone who went through with similar weird science and the end results.

But basically, that's just a short article on what to do if you find yourself in my situation... Sigh... Back to painting Blood Angels for the time being I suppose...


Stopped by Wal-Mart, got my Purple Power and two dollar containers. Here is the Gant/Hormagaunt/Gargoyle bath... I'll keep you updated...

Here is a neat picture, heh heh: