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07/05/2014

Malifaux May releases

Some wicked looking bits of kit here! As usual expect releases out at the end of the month.








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06/05/2014

Dark Mechanicus army for sale!

Dark Mechanicus custom army for sale!

I use the daemons codex for this army, there are: 20 x converted flesh hounds, 10 x converted cultists,  20 x pink horrors, 3 x converted daemon princes, converted keeper of secrets, converted spawn, three converted tzeentch heralds, converted heldrake and two converted soul grinders.

All models have custom cog bases, I have included the ones I have stuck on yet. I also have the greenstuff pipes for the horrors which haven't been converted yet. I can greenstuff cloaks into some horrors if required.

I am also including the KR multicase.

This is a one off converted army, there is no other army like this. If you own this you will have a very unique and cool looking army.

Rrp on this lot is about £300, I am open to offers.

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09/04/2014

Malifaux: The Guild's Judgement


I thought I'd get this blog back in shape and start hitting out malifaux posts. I've taken a back seat from 40k recently and I've sold a lot of my stuff. Malifaux has taken over as my main miniatures games.

This post is the start of many, basically these posts will be guides/intros for the crew box sets which are available. The only draw back is I can only discuss about the crews I have.

Guild's Judgement

The first crew in this series of articles is the Guild's Judgement.  Now if you don't know what the Guild is just think of them as like the Imperium.  The Guild's Judgement crew is lead  by the fearsome melee expert, Lady Justice. Her job and that of her crew is to hunt down pesky Resurrectionists. Resurrectionists do what they say on the tin,  bring things back from the dead, this is extremely frowned upon in the city of Malifaux.

Lady Justice

Lady Justice or Lady J for short is one of the baddest melee models in the game. Her fearsome greatsword has a nice range of 2" and at the minimum does 3 damage, now the greatsword has the ram trigger built in, which does +1 damage for each ram in the final duel total. So, Lady J is in fact doing minimum 4 damage, 5 if you get another ram in the attack draw!

Lady J has some other nice actions; she can remove all conditions within 8", though this spell needs a 17 to go off and casting value is 5.

Juggernaut is a sweet 0 action which allows Lady J to discard a card, very handy for a melee expert and for a model who has an average defence value.

The last action is also a zero action and this treats Lady as if in soft cover if models are shooting at Lady J within 12".

To mesh with Lady Justice's actions there's some nice abilities; she doesn't need LoS to charge, when she kills an enemy model all minion models in 8" gain + to melee and shooting actions. The best ability is if a melee attack misses Lady J, then she can hit them back with a - damage flip, though needs the mask suit to do this (already has the ram built in)

Lastly, enemy models killed by Lady J don't put down any  markers; excellent if going against Lady Justice's preferred enemy crew; Resurrectionists!

There's two upgrades which stand out for Lady Justice; implacable and vendetta. The former gives Lady Justice bullet proof for shooting attacks and vendetta allows Lady Justice to get a free melee attack with the mask and ram suits.

Scales of Justice

Scales is Lady Justice's personal totem. Scales has some nice abilites such as giving +1 will power to all friendly models within 6" and has the accomplice rule.

The only cool action Scales has is you can draw an extra card if the opposing crew has more cards in hand. Of course this ability is situational.

The Judge

The Judge is the henchmen of the crew (second in command) and is basically a mini Lady Justice.

The Judge has hard to wound and hard to kill, throw on a lead line coat amd you've got a very tough cookie! Add anice defence of 5 and The Judge can be hard to take down.

The Judge has a fairly decent shooting and and melee stats,  melee is slighty better and includes built in ram, which gives +1 damage for each ram in the final duel total. The best bit about The Judge is the bullets and blades trigger which is built into both actions. Basically this mask trigger allows you to make a melee attack after shooting or vice versa when in melee.

To help The Judge in melee there's the stand for judgement action. This is a zero action and pushes target model 5" towards The Judge. This power has a casting value of 5 and target 9, so should be fairly easily to get off.

The Judge also has a dislike for the undead. The bound by law action has a casting value of 5 and target of 13, the target suffers 2 damage, but if an undead model suffers 2/4/8! The model then must discard a card to take a walk or charge action.

The Judge costs 9 soulstones, which is pretty expensive, but this melee beat em up supports Lady Justice nicely, especially as both have the same walk value.

Death Marshal

The Death Marshal is the crews minion (think troop choice 40k players) and costs 6 soulstones. At first glance this is a bit high, but you get some nice abilites like hard to hard and unimpeded (ignores severe terrain)and you're getting a mini Judge with six wounds.

The shooting and melee attacks of the Death Marshal are reasonable with the ram trigger giving +1 damage to each ram in the final duel total. Shootingis slightly better as severe damage deals 5 damage insteadof 4 like in melee.

The cool thing I like about the Death Marshal is the pine box action. Basically you get the bury target enemy model - lock those bitches up in the green fiery coffin! The spell is pretty easy to get off as casting value is 5 and target is 10, the resistance against this is will power so anything with low will power or an unlucky draw will find themselves in the box. There's some cons to this pine box action, but I feel fair ones. The range is only 1" and at at the start of the Death Marshal's activation there's a will power dual to be done in order to keep the target model in the box. Of course only one model can go in the box.

Final Thoughts

Overall the Guild's Judgement is a greater starter crew (hence why I bought it) and is nicely balanced.

There's particular models which will suit the crew more than others such as an Exorcist and The Lone Marshal. Both these models are marshal types, so they can benefit from an nice upgrade Lady Justice has access too, which is call last stand - this allows marshal models to push up 6" if Lady Justice charges.





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07/04/2014

Epic Scale Space Marine Model Guide

When it comes to getting started buying an epic scale 40k army, you have a range of options. I'm partial to Space Marines (and their spiky brothers), and it turns out they're one of the easiest armies to start collecting. Now, I am going to be doing some casting to make this army happen (that means using silicone putty to take an impression of the models and a resin mixture to create new ones) in the numbers that I want. This isn't entirely necessary, but it will save a lot of money fighting for ebay auctions.




Where to start?


The obvious answer for where to start when getting yourself a Space Marine epic force is with the basics: HQ and Troops. It turns out, those are available in abundance on Ebay. The command squads often contain chaplains, techmarines, librarians, as well as captains, and if you are willing to spend 20-30 bucks you can get a bunch of infantry models, often a good mix. In fact if you can find them on sprue the plastic infantry for SM include scouts, tacticals, techmarines, librarians, terminators, captains and even bikes! My first step was to look for such a deal, and they are out there. Once you have the core of your force, you will notice that there is a great deal of variation between what is abundant (and cheap) and what is rare (and expensive). What follows is my best attempt to guide you to all the best 3rd party proxies for 6mm Space Marines.

The Definitive Guide to Epic Scale Space Marines and Proxies



I. HQ
II. Troops
III. Dedicated Transports
IV. Elites
V. Fast Attack
VI. Heavy Support


I. HQ


These models are just plain easy to find on ebay, and frankly Marine style models are not common among 3rd party sellers. I will list the 1-2 ones that are available in the Troops section.


Special Characters: To get these WYSIWY, you will need to do some serious converting
Captain: eBay "Epic Command Squad"
Bike Captain: Use a Space Marine Bike
Terminator Captain: Use a Terminator
Librarian: eBay "Epic Command Squad"
Techmarine/MoTF: eBay "Epic Command Squad"
Chaplain: eBay "Epic Command Squad"
Apothecary: eBay "Epic Command Squad"
Command Squad: eBay "Epic Command Squad"
Servitors:



II. Troops


Similar to the HQ's for Space Marines, you should be able to find tactical and scout marines on ebay pretty easily. You might have to watch for a week or two to see a decent deal pop up, I wouldn't jump in right away unless you see a good deal.

A. Tactical Marines
B. Scouts


A. Tactical Marines

Really, I recommend getting them on ebay. The options that are out there just don't look very good but, nonetheless here's what I could find:










B. Scouts

Scouts tend to be readily available, but if you're looking for 3rd parties, there are a few options. If you intend to do WYSIWYG 3rd parties or conversion are your options for sniper scouts.















III. Dedicated Transports


A. Rhino
B. Razorback
C. Drop Pod
D. Land Speeder Storm


A. Rhino

Rhinos are available in mass quantities on ebay, but if you feel the urge to use a 3rd party, there are a ton of APC options










B. Razorback


The Razorback is a venerable transport, but its models on ebay are surprisingly expensive. They are a simple conversion from a rhino (which are abundant and cheap), and if you aren't interested in getting your hands dirty, Shapeways delivers:

 



C. Drop Pod

Drop Pods are actually somewhat difficult to find on ebay, at least at a price point I am willing to pay. There are more of the old style pods, which don't resemble modern drop pods at all, but there are thankfully several 3rd party options







D. Land Speeder Storm



There wasn't a Land Speeder Storm back in the day, so you have to make due with a Land Speeder model generally. The other option is to use one of the mediocre 3rd party stand-ins. You can pretty much use anything in the Land Speeder section as well.






IV. Elites


A. Vanguard Veterans
B. Sternguard Veterans
C. Dreadnought/Ironclad
D. Legion of the Damned
E. Terminators
F. Centurion Assault Squad


A. Vanguard Veterans



Vanguard Veterans are essentially marines or assault marines, depending on whether they have jump packs, I would recommend using Assault Marines and painting them differently.

B. Sternguard Veterans

Similar to Vanguard, Sternguard are an elite version of the standard tactical marine, so you can use anything from the Tacticals section and simply use a different paint scheme to differentiate.

C. Dreadnought/Ironclad



Dreadnoughts are available in decent quantities on eBay, but the style and variety are limited, especially what is broadly available





Contemptor Dreadnoughts are another option that are available in big numbers on ebay. There is also a proxy option for them:




D. Legion of the Damned

Legion of the Damned are once again easily made using Tactical Marines, but if you are looking to make them stand out, I can recommend using a skeleton in 6mm scale to swap heads.




E. Terminators



Terminators are fairly easy to find on eBay, and really aren't expensive. The only trouble is that they aren't available with close combat weapons. As a result, you will need to do conversions to get them WYSIWYG. I really can't recommend any of the 3rd party options for these.

F. Centurion Assault Squad

The Centurion is obviously extremely new, and as a result there aren't really great options for 6mm Centurions. These are going to require conversion. There is one option for a base model though.



V. Fast Attack


A. Assault Squad
B. Land Speeder
C. Storm Talon
D. Bike Squad
E. Attack Bikes
F. Scout Bikes


A. Assault Squad


The humble assault marine is available in decent numbers on eBay, but if you want 3rd party options, there are a couple...




B. Land Speeder



The Land Speeder options on eBay are disapointing, but not nearly as disapointing as the option on 3rd party sites. There are a couple of near misses, but I haven't found anything that quite worked yet.













C. Storm Talon

The Storm Talon was created after Epic finished up, so you're looking at proxies and scratch-builds only













D. Bike Squad



Bikes are available on ebay in abundance, so that's a great starting point. There are a few mediocre bike options, and anything that works for Scout Bikes can work here as well.








E. Attack Bikes



Attack Bikes can be a little harder to find on eBay, but the 3rd party options aren't particularly great either.






F. Scout Bikes



While I don't believe Scout Bikes existed in Epic, there are Imperial Guard bikes that look the part. That said, if you have trouble finding them, there may be options...
 




VI. Heavy Support


A. Devastators
B. Centurion Devastator Squad
C. Thunder Fire Cannon
D. Predator
E. Whirlwind
F. Vindicator
G. Hunter
H. Stalker
I. Land Raider
J. Storm Raven


A. Devastators

There are a great deal of heavy weapons marines floating around eBay, but if you are looking for devastators and don't want to use ebay, you do have an option:




B. Centurion Devastator Squad

Centurions, as noted above under Assault Centurions, you don't have a lot of options. What you can do is convert terminators, but its going to be some work to get an equivalent model done. Have a look at the 3rd party models in that section for potential conversion options.

C. Thunder Fire Cannon



The Epic Thudd Gun is almost identical to the Thunderfire Cannon, but I have found another option from a 3rd party producer




D. Predator



The Predator is a relatively common sight on ebay, but I have found that prices are a little higher than I'd prefer. If you can't find a good deal on predators, there are a bunch of good options, in fact so many that I'm not going to list all of them, just my favorites. There's also the option of converting Rhinos, which is super simple at this scale.







Another option for Predators is converting a Rhino, for this I would recommend trying your hand with plasticard and greenstuff, but if you are certain you want to buy, Shapeways is the way to go:





E. Whirlwind



The Whirlwind is a pretty easy tank to make from a rhino, and is available on ebay, but if you're looking for alternate options there are a few




The 6mm Whirlwind is an easy conversion, but if you are looking for something truly spectacular looking, Shapeways again comes to the rescue





F. Vindicator



The Vindicator is a great model, and fairly easy to convert or find on ebay, but there really aren't a great selection of alternatives.




G. Hunter

The Hunter is actually originally and Epic model, but finding them on ebay is almost impossible. Still, with a Rhino in hand, it is extremely easy to convert. If you don't want to build it yourself, we have another great option from Shapeways:

H. Stalker



The Stalker tank doesn't really have an Epic scale option, but there is a solid option for a proxy stalker:




I. Land Raider



I really can't recommend any Land Raider equivalents, you can get Land Raiders cheap on eBay, and the other options are just not really anything like the model, which is the most iconic Space Marine vehicle.

J. Storm Raven

There has never been an Epic scale Storm Raven, but there are a few main options for getting an equivalent model in 6mm. Each has upsides and downsides.


The Simplest Option is to buy a classic Thunder Hawk, as the original model is tiny and looks quite a bit like a Storm Raven.

You also have the option of converting one of the newer, more expensive Thunder Hawk models into a Storm Raven. This is going to take some work as it is a pewter model, but there is a great tutorial for doing this

Finally, for the most ambitious (and most budget conscious) There is the option of scratch building the model. This is not for the feint of heart, but it gives you a great looking product if you take your time. Levian on Pocket40k has a really comprehensive tutorial


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