Feb 212012
Necron Lychguard

Come get some...

Short work week already starting crappy, for modeling anyway. I did get President’s Day off, but I spent it installing my new Smart TV, (and all the hassle that legacy cabling incurred due to HDMI inputs on the new set), rather than modelling as I had thought I would. (Well, ok, I played a bit of SWTOR too).

I did manage to get 30min in today to clip swords, arms and review posing options. The ‘we can do anything’ arms are problematic, being shared in part with the warscythes. Awfully small to pin, I foresee many repairs in their future. I was able to pose one model. The erstwhile sergeant, (there are no such things in the Necron list), was chosen for the longest loincloth and fanciest headdress. For his gear, there are 5 total phase swords in the box; 2 pointed forward, 2 at right angles and one held sword tip down. I gave him this last one, the inverted sword, (it’s hard to tell from the pic at left). It’s not ideal, but I kind of like the way it turned out. He stands tall, tip of his sword buried in the sands, dispersion shield held relaxed at his side, arrogant in his knowledge he can best any challenger. His shield is only tacked on for the moment, I’d like to paint them separate.

The rest of them will be more dynamically posed due to the way the arms & swords  work, but it may take most of the week due to the fidgety nature of the hands. Ugh…

Feb 152012
Necron Lychuard work in progress

"Wheeerrre is myyyy mind."

Pic at left is a WiP for my Lychguard. I managed to base the legs, apply the loincloth and assemble the 4pc torsos for all 5. Not too shabby for a lunch break which included wolfing down the last of my chicken parm. 7pcs each if you include the bases themselves. Seems like alot of bits, but contrary to my first opinion, Lychguard aren’t TOO terrible to assemble, (easier than the Praetorians by the look of it). While the same legs are used with slightly different embellishments, I have a niggling issue about the torsos for either build which annoys me.

The torsos are front/back half the same as just about every plastic model from Dire Avengers to Space Marines. However, unlike the Immortals I just crafted, these require a special piece for the neck which fits between the halves. Um, WTF?!?! Yes, the high cowl in the back and the scooped neckline might be a bit deep for how they chose to fit the neck, but my response is still WTF?!?!

Seriously GW, was it absolutely necessary to pander to the sculptor when you have such vast resources at your disposal for making exquisite, plastic sprues of late? I am seriously impressed with the detail and quantity of bits, I truly am. But having to put a TINY little neck-bone in between the torso halves was ridiculous. No reason for that, NONE!!! Compared to what I’ve seen come off the sprue in recent years, this could have been avoided. Ok, so I guess it wasn’t very niggling…

Anyway, I should actually finish these up on Thu, affording me 5 lunch breaks to work on the Annihilation Barge before my game w/ DesertFoxx on the 25th.

Feb 142012
Necron Immortals

Die Humans!!!

Last Thursday I squeaked half hour over lunch to assemble another 2 Immortals. Not exactly a blistering pace, but considering what my pace has been like for many months, I’ll take it. I’m was out of the office for a long weekend, but I did manage to finish building all 5 of  them. W00T!

I had originally planned on  starting on the Annihilation Barge next, but now that I am clear on GW’s new fangled method for infantry, I think I’ll work on my Lychguard next afterall…

Feb 082012
New Necron Immortal

HOLD and get ye hither!

After a ridiculously long hiatus, I have finally put glue to plastic once again. I spent the lunch hour perusing my fresh from The War Store boxes of Lychguard and Immortals, becoming familiar with the parts. They are much more ‘matched’ than plastics have been in the past, but I suppose that’s also a good thing. After deciding that the Lychguard would be better assembled at home on my proper workbench, I managed to get the 5 legs clipped, cleaned and based for the Immortals. I did get one full Immortal w/ Gauss Blaster completed. I test fit the Tesla Carbine as well, just to see if I could magnetize them. A dubious effort at best. So, it looks like they’ll be permanent. I’ll grab 2 more boxes, making 5 each of the Gauss &  Tesla Immortals as well as Deathmarks before deciding on increasing the size of any one unit.

The Lychguard are pretty pimp, but they seem much more intricate, so I’ll give them my full attention at home. The interesting thing about these two new boxes is that ordinarily the limiter for plastics is the legs. In this case, the limiter is not only the legs but also the front torso. Each box contains 2 different model types and each type having 1-2 variations. So, I have 5 legs, 5 torso fronts, 2×5 Torso Backs, 2×5 heads, etc. It’s a bit insane! More insane is that the bits themselves has so much integral modelling, (arms, hands, etc), that trimming them down to make use in any other way will be an obscene amount of effort. I foresee most only being objective markers and terrain gribblies. I was really hoping I could fudge the 2 kits enough to convert a few Crypteks. I have my doubts.

I also have an Annihilation Barge on deck too, who is donating it’s Lord to become Nemesor or Obyron, but that’s a story for another time.

Jan 252012
Tau XV8 Crisis Suit Commanders

Au'taal Command Wants You!

It’s been over 5 months since my last post. In that time my day job went from insane to LUDICROUS SPEED as I took on the role of subject matter expert for all, and by ‘all’ I do mean ALL, things eCommerce. In that time, my Tau have as yet to arrive.

Let me say that again, my Tau as still overseas. Despite the promising initial work, the corrections and then further corrections, they are still languishing. In all fairness, most are done, but there were several outstanding purchases, (2 XV8, Devilfish, 6 Kroot Hounds). The hounds are being given up, crediting back to the order I hope. The suits and fish are in hand and getting worked on. The sum total of the work should be shipping back soon. The latest purchases and the Crisis Suits already being worked on are the final task. Unfortunately, the team totally built them wrong in the first place. Nothing at all like requested in the army list. We’ve run back through several corrections and they still aren’t right. I fear they won’t be right until i get them home as both I and the team are frustrated. I hate to be petty, but I paid for a job, I explicitly described the job and the job wasn’t done to my satisfaction. *sigh*

As I said previously, despite the issues Navin has generally been a pleasure to work with. With almost 1100 albums to their credit, Painted Figs certainly can pump out the paint. Unfortunately, it appears I am too demanding and we’re both just trying to wrap this up and get on with the next tasks. For those who aren’t aware, Navin had some real struggles this year thanks to a douche bag whom he thought was a helpful colleague. You can hear all about it in this podcast with Raef. So, here we are almost on the anniversary date of the project and I still have no figs, (hopefully soon), I still have corrections which aren’t likely to get handled and ultimately the project didn’t end up in my hands as desired.

Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have attempted this. Hindsight. I look through the albums and I see work for what I hope are satisfied customers. Maybe I’ll be somewhat satisfied once I have them in hand and make my own final corrections. I certainly hope so, given how much I’ve spent to get to this point.