Thursday, March 15, 2018

March Work in Progress #1

I am working on my first unit of Napoleonic Swiss.  I am using the Warlord plastic set.  This time I not only white primed but I am painting before assembly.  I really hoped this would speed up the process.  I have actually found it to be less motivational or inspirational.  Next batch I think I will just leave the back packs off.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Killa Kan Reinforcements

As I mentioned in my February Work in Progress #1, I need more Killa Kans for my Orks.  I had three more of these in my Ork project pile that I have had for years.  For this set I built a Big Shoota, a Skorcha and a Rokkit Launcha.  The Skorcha is a bit of a risk as it throws out one of the strengths of Killa Kans - higher BS value.  I thinks it will be a good trade-off.

Three new kans.

Big Shoota

Rokkit Launcha


All six of my Killa Kans.
With 2 Big Shootas, 2 Rokkit Launchas, a Skorcha and a Grotzooka to choose from I have some cool list options.  Right now I am thinking of running them in 2 units.  Unit 1 will be anti-big creature, vehicle and high toughness.  It will have 2 Rokkit Launchas and the Grotzooka.  Unit 2 will be anti-troop or hoard.  It will have 2 Big Shootas and the Skorcha.  With this many options I will have to experiment with the combinations.  Heck I might just run them as one big, six kan unit.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Necromunda - Old vs. New Goliath Models

When I was taking the pictures of my Necomunda Underhive Goliath models I thought it might be cool to do some comparison pictures between the old and new models.  People are always asking if new models match up with older stuff so take a look.

On the left we have the original 12 plastic Goliath models that were included in the original Necromunda box set and were later released on their own.  In my opinion, these are some of the worst models GW ever produced.  They are bad.  As a bit of a disclaimer, I painted these models somewhere around 20 years ago and they are some of my first paint jobs.  On the right are the new plastic Goliath models included in the new Necromunda Underhive box set.  The difference is night and day.

On the left is one of two metal Goliath leader models from the the original release of the game.  I named this Chain-head for obvious reasons.  This is not a bad model and generally speaking the old metals are much better than the old plastics.  Compared to the new Goliath leader on the right he is kind of tiny. 

The Heavy Stubber guy on the left is a really cool model from the original game.  This guy was all about long range suppresive fire.  Sadly, Underhive does not have Heavies any more so I am not sure you will ever get to use a guy like this in your Goliath gangs.  The Rivet gunner on the right is as close as you will get now.

Another old metal Goliath figure on the left.  This guy has the trusty Lasgun which Goliath can no longer take.  On the right the new Goliath ganger has the Stub Cannon which is the current standard weapon for Goliath gangs.  It is a pretty cool gun in game turns but I am not sure how I feel about the model.

Where oh where have my hand flamers gone?  What a cool weapon as a back-up.  I must admit that the old sculpt on the left leave a lot to be desired but in the game this guys was really good.  On the right we have a new Goliath with the 'Combat Shotgun.'  I must admit I did not know this was a shotgun until the first time I used the model in the game.  This looks more like a Bolter or a Bolt pistol to me.

In the basic rules for Necromunda Underhive there are no Juves (these are introduced as a character class in Gang War I).  As such there are no models specifically called Juves, you just identify them based on how they are equipped or painted.  The old Goliath Juve figure on the left really demonstrates the fetish nature of the old sculpts in a dramatic way.  This little guy is kind of creepy to be honest.  The modern equivalent on the right just looks like a bad-ass.

Here we have another Juve(ish) comparison.  The dual CCW weapons on the right really illustrate the theme of Goliath gangs in the current game - Close Combat.  The only real complaint I have about the new models (and and area where I think the old models are better) is the grenades.  The new Goliath models are quipped with very Orkish stick grenades that are ridiculously long.  The old model on the left has more reasonable 'pineapple' grenades.  If I build any more of the new Goliath models i will dig out some old plastic Space Marine or IG grenades and save these for my Orks.

There you have it.  In my opinion the old and new models are not just different in size and style but also in game equipment and use.  These differences really make the old models quite useless for thew current version of the game.  Having said that, I still have some gaps in my Goliath collection so I will be keeping my eye out for the old models.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Necromunda Underhive Goliath

As many of you know I am a huge Necromunda fan.  When I heard it was going to have a new edition I knew I was going to jumping in with both feet.  The last time this game got a new edition I had a really crappy attitude and took a bit of a hard line against it.  I was a first edition purist.  Looking back this was a HUGE mistake and one I am determined not to make again.

The group shot of the 10 Goliath miniatures that are included in the game.  I built these as depicted in the game.  These miniatures are stunning!  Really, these are some of the best I have ever worked with.

Skullshank - the leader

Grendel with a rivet gun

Splitter Korg with the Renderizer

Bonesnapper with a combat shotgun.  It doesn't really look like a shotgun to me.

Brakk with a stub gun and a spud jacker...No I do not know what a spud jacker is.

Drago with a stub cannon

Kruger with a grenade launcher

Nox the Ripper

Rork withe stub cannon.  This is my favorite figure.

Varik with a stub cannon

I have managed to get in a couple of games of the new rules.  Right now I have been focused on the 2D game using the tiles and the contents of the base game.  It is actually really fun.  I am not a big fan on the layout of the rules as things tend to be scattered all over.  I also think the overall artistic quality is not up to the standards of the original game.  The art work is really sub-par for a GW publication and the almost complete lack of pictures of painted figures on cool terrain is really strange.  It really gives the game a rushed out the door feel.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February Work in Progress #2

Another new unit for my 40K Orks.  This time Deff Koptas with big shootas and bigbomms.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

ACW Union Camp

I have completed another ACW vignette project.  This time we have Perry Miniatures Union Camp set with Renedra bell tents.  This is just a fun little piece that will help spice up a large table.  I might find some game function for it in a scenario.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February Work in Progress #1

After my last game of 40K over the weekend I have concluded I need more Killa Kans.  They really worked well.  Fortunately I had three more waiting to be built.