Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Pre-Heresy Imperial Fist

Test model for my pre-heresy project early next year. Really love the MkIII model especially the helmet.I wanted to keep the model...sombre, grim dark so I just left the eyes black. Does it work?
Incidently, this is also my first ever forgeworld model. Yeah, can you believe that...I started playing 40k in early 2009 and this is my first ever FW model. I must say they're crisp and nice :). 
I'm none to happy with the white VII decal I used to mark the legion number. Would've preferred it to be black but only white was available on the generic marine decal sheet. Could've painted on top of the decal black but I don't trust my skills not to botch it. I'll have to figure another way to do it. Perhaps make some masking. Or just paint the pads black with white markings.
Am happy with my attempt. The nice base is courtesy of my good work colleague Mr. Rizal. Thanks for the help bro. Appreciate it. Your bases are so much better than my previous attempts :).

Last pic to share is size comparison between the FW and AoBR marine. 
Can't believe how ...degenerative the space marine gene seeds have become since the pre-heresy days ;).

Thanks for reading guys. Your sincere comments are most appreciated as always :)


Monday, November 5, 2012

Legio Malaysia Iron Painter 2012

Entered and completed my first ever Iron Painter event over the weekend. I must say that it wasn't even close to what i expected. Pictured above are all the participants who braved and conquered the 24 hours painting duration.

Legio Malaysia organized this event which was run during Magacon 2012 over at Publika Solaris Mall, Dutamas KL. The proper event started at 10am on Saturday, 3rd November and ended at 10am Sunday, 4th November.
This was what i decided to paint. A Blackhorse mechanised company from the Flames of War : Vietnam range. I knew from the start i wanted to get as many helis in my list of minimum 30 models as I figured they would be the main attraction of the army once it's all painted up. Hopefully, they would be impressive enough to garner we the votes. Foc meant I could only take 8 helis.
My final list had 12 M113 ACAV, 6 Sheridans, 4 Pattons, 4 Huey Slicks, 2 Hogs and 2 Cobras. 30 models on the dot.

This was how it turned out after it was finished. In all minus sleep time of around 2.5 hours and time spent getting food and walking around, I think I spent a solid 20 hours of painting.

These were the other armies painted by my fellow iron painters; pictures courtesy of Shukur :)
British Welsh Guards by Jeff Brooks
Soviet tankovy by Abdul Shukur
Iron Warriors (with actual Iron Warriors CSM) by Alvin Khaw
Nurgle force by Iqbal 
Khorne berserkers by Joshua 
Orks hunting party by Janice
For my efforts of deprived sleep, sore shoulders, tired eyes, groggy mind etc I was awarded with this by voting from the event's visitors.

My first ever Legio Purity Seal :) !!!  Makes it all worth the effort.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who voted for my army.

Congratulations to Jeff, Shukur, Joshua, Iqbal, Alvin and Janice who completed their armies. Had a blast hanging out with you guys for those 24+ hours.

Cheers everyone.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Operation Case Yellow : Week 2

After the minor set-up back suffered against Arzmi's French mechanized company last week, the elite pioneers were eager to get back into the fray and prove themselves worthy. An enemy movement of a French tank company was detected and the Luftlandesturm were quickly dispatched to stop them.

Mission : Hold the Line
Opponent : Shukur's Escadron de Combat
Points : 1750

I'll not get into the nitty gritty of the game only because I'm lazy/don't know how  to write a proper bat-rep. Suffice to say we managed to win this encounter. Deployment for the gliders and parachutes were faster this time because of the experience gained previously. The picture above was during my first turn. The wind was good and all gliders managed to land near the enemy...though 2 gliders crashed resulting in the deaths of 2 teams.
1st and 2nd platoon together with the CC managed a first turn assault resulting in 3 destroyed enemy tanks. Guess the pioneers got over their fear of French tanks this week. I passed all of my tank terror rolls. What a relief.
3rd platoon was equally successful in their landings on the other side of the table. Though they needed an extra turn to get rid of the French tanks which they ambushed.
This picture was taken the round after the tanks were destroyed. Should've taken a picture without them...amateur me :P

Playing the Luftlandesturm is super fun. You've got to be super aggressive landing those gliders and hope for good dice rolls. I won't say there's less tactics involved but it's fun once in awhile to just immediately dive into the attack.

Though my supporting parachute platoons veered so far away from their weapons canisters. No wonder the glider pioneers cost so much. You get to land right into the enemy's face and assault :)

Thanks to Mousier Shukur for a nice game. Next up is Captain Mark Smith of the British infantry company.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Operation Case Yellow : First game with the Luftlandesturm

Played my first game using the German paras last Friday. It was against my younger brother who played a French Compagnie de Chasseurs Porters....whatever that means haha.

I'm not going to do a battle report but just want to share my experience of the game I had. I lost the game in the end but it was a very close fight. It could've gone either way but in the end it didn't go my way. We played the Death from Above mission.

Lessons learnt.
1. Deploying your gliders and 3 parachute platoons is gonna be fun but time consuming. I had 10 gliders and platoons dropping by parachute. First you have to place your gliders and weapons containers. Then roll for the distance each gliders and containers. Lastly place the infantry teams. All that will take some time. But fun!

2. The French Chasseurs are MG teams. That means pinned down they still shoot at ROF 2. A full platoon has 7 teams. Pinned down, they still have 14 shots for defensive fire. I couldn't assault his infantry platoons the entire game. Too much fire going back at me

3. Against tanks, we're quite helpless. I only had my Pak36 which is only AT6. Against CharBs, they were practically useless....and my brother had 6 of them..ouch. I tried to assault them with my pioneers but would you believe that I failed 2 consecutive tank assault rolls.

4. After the initial rounds, you're gonna be defending like mad. Even dug in paras are gonna find it tough to last 6 rounds trying to defend objectives without effective long range AT elements.

Overall I had so much fun playing the Luftlandesturm Company. It's an aggresive list and you have to play it such.

This Friday I play against a French tank company. Let's hope I can manage to assault some pinned down tanks this time around.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Luftlandesturm Company Completed

That's right gents, my 1750/2185 points  elite glider assault force is completed and ready to fly in and invade France this Friday night :)

I wish i had more pics to share but i need to learn how to take better group shots. Plus you've seen the painting progress for the past couple of weeks. I'm really not sure how effective they will be. I'm hoping the extra troops i get from the Death from Above mission will help me at least put up a fight.

I'll share my experience after i've played the first game. 

What should i paint now.....

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fallshirmjager Anti-Aircraft Gun Platoon Completed

I'm really counting on these AA guns to provide my pioneers with much needed fire support when they land and start assaulting. With ROF 4 each and  AT 5, they will help to clear enemy infantry as well as tanks.

I've made the guns facing forward instead of up for this reason alone. I don't think the allies have any air support capable of bombings in early war/blitzkreig....i might be wrong..
Should've made them tilt up slightly more...Not too happy with the way they look once i had painted them up. Can't do much now since its already super glued in place.  Ahh well..hope it helps them to hit their target more :)

Almost reaching the final line with this army list. Just the MG and FJ platoon to complete. Should be able to get a trial game this week. 

Who wants first shot at the elite of the elite pioneers?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

AH-1G Cobra - delightful distraction

I'm a sucker for aircrafts of all types. So when this guy landed on my table last week at work it was all i could think of. The change from painting infantry teams was a welcome change as always :)
This kit is in fact the first ever heli if've painted in my life. Lots of planes but this is the first heli for me. Not such a wise move to spend time painting it up since our early war campaign is less than 2 weeks away.....i'm weak...

My customary WIP pics. Decided to do pre-shading  just coz i haven't done it in ages. 
The resin kit is quite good. Fit went well and weight is super nice. I can see myself painting a few more of these.
I really enjoyed painting the cobra. "whup!! whup!! whup!!   braka!! braka!! braka!! get some....get some!!! was in my head throughout the time.

Now time to start painting those pioneer paras again...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fallschirmjager Pak36 Light Anti Tank Guns

Got these guys done tonite. Nothing special...just wanted to achieve a table top decent painting standard. I had fun painting these gun teams after finishing 2 full infantry platoons and 7 gliders. Nice change of subject for me :)
As befitting a parachute infantry support option, they can be parachuted straight into enemy held territory. Lets just hope :
1. They land adjacent to their weapons container;
2. They don't land on top of any enemy team;
3. They don't land in rough terrain;
4. I don't roll 1s when they land in safe open terrain.

Hmmmm...why is 3/4 of my statements negative?? 

May the winds guide them to a safe landing ready to shoot at pinned down and/or bailed out enemies. ROF 3 AT 6 for each should be fun :)

I am Spartacus!!!

I had the pleasure of being a playtester for this game awhile back. And let me tell you...its a blast to play!! The shouting match that you get into when the gladiators are fighting in the arena is just awesome!!! It trully captures the essence of the series.

The final version will be making its debut at Gencon this month and i'm dying to get my hands on a copy once it arrives at our shores.

You really must give this game a try. If you haven't already watched the series then go out and get it now. If you have, then watch it again :) The similarities between the built of the hero and me is just trully astounding...hehe ;)

We'll have some games at Legio once we get our copies and the sands will be blessed by blood once again!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

DFS-230 Assault Gliders

Seeing as how these 10 assault gliders will the main attraction when I display my army prior to deployment, its only fair they get a post on how i painted them up. First off, these gliders are really nice models. Details are crisp, very easy to build up. 

Excuse some of the low/dark pictures...used my handphone again when the camera was unavailable.

Not showing it here but i first primed the model with Vallejo grey primer, airbrushed directly from the bottle. Then airbrushed the underwing and fuselage with vallejo model color 907 pale grey blue.
Once dry, i start with masking these area off. You'll notice :
1/ i'm using normal masking tape which you can buy at any arts shop. The cheap stuff basically. Just make sure to stick it a couple of times to a slighty dusty surface to lessen the stickiness. In my hobby room, dust is aplenty :)
2/ i didn't assemble the wing struts to the wings and fuselage. This is so it'll be easier to mask the fuselage and underwing area.

Then 2 layers of vallejo 890 reflective green. For camo schemes i've always sprayed on the lightest color first followed by progressively darker ones. This will ensure that light colors remain light and don't end up looking a bit darker.

Now comes the fun/tedious part. Masking the camo. Tedious but its gotta be done to get that effect. This is how i do mine.
Same cheap masking tape. Stick some to the cutting mat and draw shapes on it. The gliders camo scheme are geometric straight lines so i just used my imagination and drew some. Might not be historically correct but it's not my objective. Its for gaming after all.
Apply the mask and make sure you end up getting a 50/50 ratio of light green and dark green. Again i just used my imagination on where best to apply a certain shape...nothing fancy.

Then the last color to be sprayed on, 979 german camo dark green.
Now comes the fun part of peeling off the mask and seeing the result. Again, sorry for the dark picture.

Presto!! Camoed gliders :) Now i fix the wing struts and paint them pale grey blue. 
From here i proceeded with the decals and they're done. Apart from the first glider, i didn't do any line washing or weathering. Too much time which i don't have. Maybe when the whole army is done i'll get to that. But for now......and then there were 7!!
Looking good so far. Just another 3 gliders to go :)

For those interested to know how i store my gliders, a simple solution that i've used when transporting aircraft models to painting competitions.
I cut the foams that you get in most FoW blisters or boxes. Cut a line/hole to fit into the wing tip and put double sided tape on the bottom. Another foam i leave uncut but also apply the double sided tape. Fix the foams to a box and you'll end with something like this.
All nice and snuggle and ready for battle!! As you can see, there's only room for 6 gliders in this box so i'll have 2 for the company.

Cheers all. Hope you had a good weekend.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Luflandesturm 1st platoon gliders and 2nd platoon completed

Completed painting 1st platoon's 3 DFS230 gliders over the weekend :) Plus the Company HQ's, I now have 4 fully painted gliders. I must say they will look spiffy on the tables when i deploy them using the glider assault rule. Just have to make sure the Company Commander's glider doesn't crash...killing him and the 2iC even before the fight has started.
4 down and 6 more to go. That's not all i managed to get painted from the last post. 2nd platoon minus their gliders are also done. My list has 8 platoon so that means I'm at 2/8....again since their gliders aren't done, they can't actually be considered done....ahh well. Group photo so far. CC, 2iC, 1st and 2nd.
Apologies for the low res pics. Left my camera at the office and this was taken using my hanphone. Next up is 3rd platoon.
But am feeling tired of painting infantry so these guys will have to wait. I'll paint the anti-tank PaK36 platoon first while painting 2nd's gliders.

Ohhh and I managed to get my hands on this over the weekend. Very nice reference and history book.
 Guess what my next late war army is gonna be :)

Take care everyone :)