Something else I promised to myself that I would do this year, was finish off some of the project that got set aside for one reason or another. The first one I have finished is Little Stampy. This diorama was supposed to be a Golden Demon entry, but got set aside when the contest coincided with my 40th birthday.
S, I picked it back up again with the intention of just getting it finished. I had done most of the work, and so finishing off the metallic paint and gluing it together were really the only bits left to do. Here he is:
The hardest part of this mini was the repose. There was a lot of swearing, cursing and some blood that went into getting the leg in the right position and the pipes too. I learned a great deal though, which was point of doing this project.
I also spent a good deal of time looking at water effects on bases. Although I am not convinced this river is the best I will ever do, it was good fun playing around with the different materials.
Most importantly, I learned a lot for the future. I am sure there will be many more dioramas to come.
For a while now, I have had the idea of adjusting the poses of one of the Titanicus Reaver’s so it looks as though it is doing to squash something beneath it’s mighty foot. The other day, I had some time to actually make a start!
It took longer than I thought.
The hardest part was trying to repose the foot because it is all a single piece. I had to break the toes and reglue them so they had a proper angle on them. The mini did not look right with the toes flat.
I also had to do a fair bit of pinning in order to make sure the Titan stood properly and that the joints were strong enough to hold the rest of the miniature upright.
As you can see, I have not yet finished. The Titan still needs guns, and then painting of course, but I am pleased with the outcome so far.
I actually managed to squeeze in a game of Titans this week! With friends! We did a team up game, myself with Phil, Dave with Wolfy – both of which have never played before. I cooked dinner while lists were sorted.
My team ended up with A Warmaster, A warlord, 2 Reavers, 3 Warhounds and a knight set of 3
Fave’s team has 4 warlords, A warbringer and 3 Warhounds.
The set up looked like this:
Turn one was mostly moving Titans around into position. Turn two was firing and getting things damaged!
Turn two saw several engine kills. We lost a Warhound and the reavers took significant damage. Dave’s team had his blue warlord mullered and one of his Warhounds take a beating.
Turn three has our reavers blow up, but we took out the warlord. One of my Warhounds blew itself up (whoops) and another destroyed by a Warlord.
Turn four saw the Warmaster Titan punched in the face and thus ending the game – it was getting late, we were full of food.
Things to remember: Warlords should be deployed in the middle. Don’t get shot in the back.
I had fun! Mortis might have got beat today, but I still enjoyed playing and got to use the Warmaster for the first time! Good fun all round.
It’s been a busy week, as always. I started college to do an introduction to counselling course, which was interesting. It’s based in Doncaster and although I won’t be sharing much of the course content here, I did manage to snap these pictures of the minster, which I walked by!
I am still working through the remainder of the Daughter of Khaine miniature wise. I am enjoying them, but they are spindly so I have to be extra careful when I am doing heavier techniques.
This weekend, we managed to slot in a game of Titanicus which was fun. I’ll do a proper post about that in a day or so though!
The week ahead involves finishing the daughters of Khaine, going to Devon and possibly Ahriman – we shall see what gets done!
It has been ages since I played anything remotely table top related. The house move and then settling in has put a stress on time. The good news is we are now in, the hobby room set up and we squeezed in a game of Titans!
I love AT. Titans are just cool and getting to stomp and blast your opponent is fun. As it has been a while, we went for the Axiom Manifold – A warlord, a reaver and a warhound – each which with weapons is around 1000 points.
How to play came back to me slowly, and this time we added in stratagems and missions. I had thermal mines and search and destroy respectively.
Unfortunately, my Reaver took a battering early on. By the end of turn one, it has no shield and had taken critical damage to the body. Emergency repairs had to be made, and revenge taken.
I managed to sneak my warhound in behind my opponent’s Reaver and blast it to death with my flamer – thankfully it did not explode!
Despite valiant effort on the part of the servitors, the Reaver was also destroyed. Both warhound shot killed by the warlords, and the game ended at turn 5.
I won on victory points – 25:3, which makes this game my first ever victory with Titans. I had a lot of fun and it makes me want to get those engines painted all the sooner!
Another game has happened! This is turning into quite the regular occurance. This time, we did not add any more rules, we did add another Titan instead. We each had a Warlord, Reaver and Warhound this time. I also thought a bit more about the weapons I was going to take, rather than doing what sounded cool. This was my load-up for the game:
I wanted to have a balance of high strength low dice, and low strength high dice weapons. The low strength ones break shields – they have a lot of shots to block, the high strength break titans. It makes sense in my head at least.
Highlights on the game include:
A warhound getting in behind my Warlord Titan and then exploding because it’s reactor got too hot causing horrid amounts of damage.
My Warlord then blowing up because the damage it took from the Warhound exploding was just too much for its legs to take.
My Warhound sandwiched between my opponent’s Warlord and Reaver ending up being the hero and destroying the Warlord and then running away. (pictured above)
My opponent doing more damage to himself in one turn than I did.
What I learned was Warhounds do not like to run hot on their reactors as this tends to make them blow up. I also need to make sure I look at the range of weapons as well and to make sure I move where I can use them properly. It was still a lot of fun, and I only lost my a small margain this week. I did succeed in my personal goal of blowing up the Warlord! I am calling that a win in my books!!
This week, we decided to add in some of the more advanced rules for the game. The weapon properties were added, as well as reactor dice and orders. It was a lot to remember, and I am not entirely sure I managed to retain it all as we went along, but it was fun none the less.
We used the same Titans as last week – A Reaver and a Warlord, but we swapped weapons around to have a go with some different ones.
I did not fare so well in this game. I decided before hand that I was going to try and destroy the Reaver and then focus on the Warlord – I was so close as well, but the dice betrayed me this week and just when I was about to blow the Reaver to smithereens, the dice went against me!
My Warlord had already taken a beating and the reactor overheated, meaning that it blew up. Less than helpful. My Reaver then tried to destroy its counterpart but alas, by this point, its shields had repaired and it was safe once again.
Things I learned this game:
A better mix of weaponry would be good – some with low strength and high number of hits mixed with the high strength/low number of hits would be better.
Dice betrayals are real.
Orders are fun but can be a real bummer if they are ignored.
The reactor dice is fun, especially when the machine spirit gets all uppity and does its own thing.
spinning around wildly shooting when you’re about to die is also funny.
I may not have won this game, but I mostly remembered how to play and the new additions were not overly complex. I did not feel as though my mind was blown. I do tend to vocalise what I am doing at the moment – talking myself through it. I find it helps.
Next time, we are consolidating what we have already learned. I plan to think a bit more about weapon choices and try once again to focus fire and actually blow something up!!