Tau Doubles List

A while back I got the itch to make a doubles list. Like any other addict of plastic crack this means I immediately made a list and bought models...so they could sit on a shelf and not get used. With our new gaming league coming up soon I'm looking forward to playing multiple game types so maybe we'll get a few rounds of doubles action in. Here's the list.

Fusion Blaster; Hard-wired Drone Controller; Hard-wired Multi-tracker; Stimulant Injector; Plasma Rifle; Targeting Array
2 Gun Drones
Twin Linked Pulse Carbines

10 Fire Warriors
Pulse Rifle (x10)

10 Fire Warriors
Pulse Rifle (x10)

1 Hammerhead Gunship
Railgun; Two Burst Cannons; Targeting Array; Decoy Launchers; Disruption Pod; Landing Gear; Multi-Tracker

My prospective partner would most likely be running a CC oriented Eldar list so I feel that this list would allow me to give him good long range support. And we all know Hammerheads are sweet!

Counts As Vulkan - Techmarine Finished

Just a quick update. I finished this guy a while ago but haven't had time to take any pics with all the Christmas stuff going on lately. I will most likely come to loathe this model after I face off against it over and over again in the coming months but for now I'm rather happy with it. Merry Christmas Dan! Now paint the rest of your Miami Dolphins! Err... space marines...

I'm Dreaming of a Counts As Christmas

Between everything else vying for my attention these days, I have been working on a few Christmas presents for friends. First up is a Njal Stormcaller for TQ. I bought this back when I got him Termies for his wedding present and have been sitting on it for a few months. Originally I planned to have a pre heresy Thousand Sons head half burried in the snow at his feet but after I put a few test heads there it seemed to be too much going on. I plan to put a little more snow on the base and paint the bottom what ever color hes doing his army in and being done with it.

The next present I'm working on is for Dan the man. If you look through some of our summer league pictures you'll notice that one army always seemed to have a single gray knight running around. That was Dan stealing a gray knight and using it as Vulkan Hestaan. Another thing about Dan is he loves him some tech-marines. So after a little bits box searching this is what I came up with.

It's a normal tech marine model with the servo arm cut off and replaced with an old school terminator heavy flamer. A chain sword arm with a warriors of chaos sword blade and a broken drill bit for a handle. And some empire shield that came from the 3rd edition starter set that I got and never played with after my friend took the rulebook and I never saw it again.
Once I get some more done on it I'll post a painted pic. I also picked up a Fortress of Redemption because the box was in front of me and it compelled me to take it home to show my wife. I plan on making a lot more terrain before we start our planetary empires campaign next month and hopefully I'll get a few more nids form my old nidzilla finished.
Happy Holidays!

Soldering Woes = Modeling Woahs!

A few months back I needed a new water heater. I was having to reset it 3 times a day and getting lots of cold showers. When I finally broke down and decided to get a new one I figured it would be a pretty easy do it yourself project. While Soldering on my first piece of copper I used way too much and it dripped all over the top of the tank. But, looking down at my latest mess, I saw only one thing. An easy to make pile of Nurgley goodness.

How to Solder up some nurgle gurgle in 3 easy steps

1.Build your model.
2. Get some solder and a way to melt it such as a soldering iron or a small torch.
3. Drip solder where you want it on your model.

Now its actually takes a bit of dexterity to make the drops go where you want them, but a few practice piles of goo and you should get the hang of it. Remember, if you do try this, you are dropping molten metal on your plastic model and it will warp the plastic a bit. Overall I'm happy with my results and I hope you will be too!

Something stinks!

So now that all the weddings and birthdays are over we finally got a chance to get back to gaming time here in south jersey. I've been in a Nurgle mood recently and since I have so much stuff sitting around waiting to get built and painted I have been working on it while we haven't been playing. First up, here are a few Forge World Death Guard. These little buggers have to be some of the coolest Chaos models I have ever seen. Now that I painted the cool ones I find that I can't get excited about painting the metal plague marines.

On the other hand Nurgle Dreadnoughts are something I can get excited about. This thing is AWESOME! Nothing screams Nurgle to me louder than a hulking machine of death with little nurglings riding on it while showing off their bottoms!

And finally since the army's troops all cost so many points I went out and picked up some Plague Bearers. These have to be the easiest things to paint in the whole chaos line. I painted them in about 2 hours total time and found my self bored for the rest of the night after finishing so quickly.

I really love that feeling of accomplishment you get when you finish a bunch of models that have been sitting around!

2009 Summer League Final Match VBR

Paul's Basement League 2009 Final Match from paul mehaffey on Vimeo.

After four awesome months of painting and gaming our summer league has finally come to a close.
Since we ended up with a tie for first TQ (from www.tqstudios.com) and Jordan decided to play one final game to determine the winner. I moved the video to Vimeo since the blogger size limit was pretty fail.

More PBL 3 pics

Here are a few more pics form the last Round of our summer basement league. The grand finale is coming today and I have some special objectives in store for the finalists to fight over.(pending on wether or not i get them painted up in time) Since I won't be playing for once, I plan on making our first video battle report and putting it up afterward.

"PT PLZ" ( Diablo reference )

"This should be called gene-zilla"

"Wuzn't we outnumberin dem?"

"Aren't we supposed to be the ones in the trees?"

"I think he just cast doom on all of us"

PBL Event 3 pics

This months battle type was Capture and Control with Dawn of War deployment. Finally reaching the 1500 point mark meant a lot of changes in army composition as people finally had the points to make a balanced force. The first round started with TQ winning the first turn and deployment and then announcing "I'm done." without putting a single model on the table from his guard army. A few minutes and a few reserve rolls later his opponent was surrounded by guardsmen and a Grey Knight hero with his terminator retinue. In all it was another fun time with some very well fought battles. Out of nowhere Jordan who had never won a game ended up in a tie for first place that will be decided this coming Friday. Having a league where painting could earn more than winning really got some people motivated to paint their armies and I think from now on we will incorporate such systems. Most peoples armies aren't finished but they look so much better.

"Maybe it won't turn around."

"Tic Tac Toe"

"Lash for the BLOOD GOD!"

"They weren't all there before we boosted, I'm sure of it!"

"Pile in boyz!"

Summer Basement league ends...or does it?

So the final round of our summer basement league was Saturday and, thanks to a massive amount of last minute painting and a new fleet of ramshackle truks, WAAGGH Jordan managed to end up tied with TQ's Imperial Guard and Daemon Hunter allies. Not content to just play another game they have decided to duke it out for the trophy in true 40k style... APOCALYPTIC BATTLE! Most of us have never played an Apoc game before so it should make for an interesting night once we decide on a date and a time.

So i did a little painting...

Actually, I did a decent amount of painting over the last few weeks. It's been quite a feat with a new baby and my little boy sucking up most of my time.

I picked up Planetary Empires after seeing the awesome campaign in White Dwarf last month. Since the Summer basement league was about to wind down I decided to pick it up to keep things fresh in my gaming lair. I figure at the rate we play, one of these campaigns could last us for a good half a year or so at the least. The tiles came out pretty well with a quick over brush job and I feel if we want to expand later on with a Mighty Empires box that I wouldn't mind slapping some color on another 50 tiles. It sounds like a really big number but they go really fast once you start cranking them out. Oh, and if any one can think up a cool name for the planet were going to be fighting on feel free to leave a comment. Late night with baby is sapping all my creative energy lately.

I also painted up a few more CSM models for my buddy Perdition. Back before we had any money in high school, and Magic was the big thing, he bought a bunch of fantasy dwarfs and they sat for years. Once we got into 40k he came by, saw all of our little mans and ended up playing with them till the wee hours of the night. The next morning, the first words out of his mouth were, "So when are we gonna go get me an army?" About 3 hours later we came back to my place with a CSM spearhead the Apoc Vindicator box a Land Raider and some Thousand Sons. When he dives, he goes deep. A few weeks later he came back over enough Forge World to get free shipping, but that's a whole post in itself. To make a long story short, I've been working on his stuff along mine for the last year or so and played a lot of games with his army and every once in a while he makes it over to play a game. He needed a few more models to flesh out a second squad so like any good army squatter I manned up and got the rest of the models that I err... he needed.

Now for my army... I've been wanting to make some fancy objective counters for a while now. Back when I was building my bikers I had a few spare parts left over so I decided to make a wounded marine. About a week after I made him GW announced that they were releasing wounded marine models. Needless to say I kinda felt like they stole my idea, but I finally got around to putting some color on him this week. I'm planning to give painting heavy battle damage a try before I go back over a bunch of my army and try to spice them all up a bit.


So when i took off work today to help out my wife with the new baby I never imagined I'd be spending the evening in over watch. But, sure enough, around 4 in the afternoon my wife came in with a big box from GW and I immediately went for the phone.

I know every one else on the internet says this but the quality of the game is very top notch. The sculpts are all very detailed and the tiles for the maps are all stamped in areas to add depth to the printed images. Alas, my box came with a broken model. Nothing serious but Brother Goriel's genestealer spine was broken in half and rattling around the box.

After getting everything clipped of the sprue and assembled we got right down to playing the first mission. All of our group being new to space hulk it was up to TQ to teach us what he had learned in the local GW store last week. The first turns were pretty straight forward with all of us just moving our pieces around. I quickly learned how powerful over watch was when my rearguard, Brother Deino, obliterated nine genestealers charging down the first hallway.

After seeing how vulnerable the genestealers were my opponents decided to mass their forces for a final charge at the far end of the map while I made my advance. When the big charge finally came i realized i had made a terrible mistake. The heavy flamer on which my mission depended was leading the advance toward the objective. Realizing my error I used command points to put him in guard mode and prepared for the worst, but like a true warrior of the Blood angels chapter he managed to prevail in close combat and purge the infested final intersection of xenos filth. After overcoming what i thought would have been my downfall i simply needed to advance and complete my mission racking up my first Space Hulk victory.



So i went and got my Mom and my younger brothers today so they could see my new baby girl and some work could finally get done around the house. While Jon and i were downstairs trying to get things moved around and organized we got to talking about the next rounds of the basement league tournament. After getting trounced for the first 2 rounds he took my advice and did his Chaos space marine homework and decided that he needed transports and lash to make him a more successful general. So he did what any other kid would do. He made a sorcerer out of the bits he had sitting around. In the following weeks we played a few games so he could get used to his armies new dynamic with mixed results. Mech guard destroyed him. Gun line tau got eaten alive. Kiting Dire Avengers got chomped up and space marine librarians foiled him at every turn. He has so far decided that he really likes lash and that he needs 2 of them to really be consistent with using the power. Being in a basement full of bits i started scrounging around for what parts I thought would make a lash sorcerer. After about 20 minutes looking through bins and a lil green stuff here's the result. Not bad for a kid who built his hive tyrant with gorilla glue a year ago.


Our groups blog is now officially part of the From the Warp bloggers group. Hurry and get your stuff painted up guys! People will actually be looking at it now! During the next round I'm planning on making video battle reports to post so people can see more than my non compressed images.

My site got mentioned on another site! NO WAI!

Long time friend, and the man who peer pressured me into buying that first Battle For Macragge, TQ made a video that sums things up pretty much about what we have been doing lately.Check it out and have a look at some of his other stuff at http://www.tqstudios.com/

Terminator is painting...How can that be!

Besides lettering, the trophy is pretty much done. Paint up those points!

Second Event Pics

The second round of the of the '09 Basement League went off without any
problems. The biggest surprise was the amount of last minute painting
some of the players pulled off. Jordan painted over 30 boyz in the week
before the matches, pushing him from dead last to a comfortable 4th
place tie with Scott and Jon, and Josh finished 5 Imperial guard vehicles to his beautiful display standard. Dan on the other hand fell to last place with all of his non painting. After the battles were over for the day he promised us all painting vengeance! We shall see...

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Total = 7

First Event Pics

The first is away!

Considering that the next PBL meet up is drawing near i decided it was
high time to post pics of the first! Initial set up kept me up till the
wee hours and finally it was decided that if i forgot something it
could wait till morning.
To keep the playing field unbiased my wife placed 3 objectives on each
table and matches were randomly generate for the round - robin style

After berating Dan for getting us started 10 minutes late the
armies were deployed and the dice were rolling!

Alas, Jon got stuck with the first bye, hopefully the 8th player will
be found for the 2nd meet up.

The first achievement went to yours truly as my revered Captain Palinus
led Sargent Corneus and his bikers into a first turn charge against
Jordan's Wazdakka Nopaintsmek and his cronies.

Jordan was later found to be cowering in fear as my marines quickly
cleared the table of all "greyskin"opposition.

Besides our discovery that trying to fit 3 rounds in the
alloted time was too much the event went mostly as planned and everyone
is looking forward to the next matches. It will be exciting to see how
many models people have painted for the next meet up since players can
earn points for every 5 infantry models and each vehicle model they
paint in the off time. People with entirely unpainted armies should
have a huge advantage if they are willing to put in the work for it!