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I used some of the money from eBay-ing my old laptop to pick up a relatively expensive model kit that I felt was worth it: the Arcantrik Force Generator.

A photo of an unpainted resin model, the Arcantrik Force Generator from the Warmachine miniatures game. Its sleek chassis and spindly, upwards-pointing legs make it look like a cross between a hovertank, a space fighter, and Lavos from Chrono Trigger.

This is the model that made me want to get into playing Retribution of Scyrah, in the Warmachine miniatures game, when I first saw it. Everything else was, like, steampunk robots and tesla coil knights, which is admittedly awesome but is not really my cup of tea. This, on the other hand, looked so pristine and otherworldly that one could hardly tell that it was an artillery piece.

I was spellbound.

A photo of the unpainted Arcantrik Force Generator model next to the box that it came in, which shows it painted in a bright white and teal colour scheme.

I'm looking forward to painting this thing. ^^; I also got it at a large discount on Amazon (although I'm picking up the book that has rules for Battle Engines at the local games store), and I was going to use the three arcane technician models that came with it as proxies for additional Arcanists. I'm running the Force Wall theme list, and it uses a ton of those.

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Eight gun drones and twelve Fire Warriors, with their basecoats fully painted. I’m not brave enough to attempt washes or drybrushing highlights yet.

Jewelfox's squads of Tau minis, lined up on her table.

That's twenty models, if you're counting.

Painting details

The colour scheme was inspired by N’dras sept’s. Specific colours used are a mix of roughly 3-4 parts Gnarls Green with 1 part Arcane Blue, similar proportions of Ironhull Gray with Thamar Black, and then the Fire Warriors’ equipment was done in Ironhull Gray mixed with Coal Black.

(EDIT: After trying to replicate this on our Pathfinders, I'm pretty sure the equipment is also Ironhull Gray mixed with Thamar Black. Coal Black is more like a really dark blue, it turns out.)

Accent colours are Arcane Blue, Rhulic Gold, and Thamar Black on its own, with Arcane Blue, Murderous Magenta, and Necrotite Green used on the hilts of the ta’lissera ritual knives of the three in the back to distinguish them. All paints were from the Formula P3 line.

Gameplay details

The three with the coloured blade hilts are going to be my specialists, if I ever play Kill Team with them. The two with the black shoulder pads and handheld scanners are the squad leaders, although I will normally be playing them as a single squad so I’ll probably use the one that’s standing up as the leader. One of the gun drones has black primer all over its base because I glued it on before priming it, and I’ve used it as a specialist in a Crisis suit Kill Team list.

Close-ups

A close-up of a Tau gun drone, painted green and gray.

The gun drones sound just like Portal turrets, in my headcanon.


A close-up of a Tau Fire Warrior, painted forest green and gray with gold accents

I find them more endearing with their helmets on, somehow.


What’s next?

Painting and magnetizing those Crisis battlesuits, and painting the Devilfish troop transport. After that I'll have a complete 500 point force that I painted myself. ^^; And yes, we’ll upload pictures.

I’m bringing mom’s Kroot to the game on Tuesday, though. You need two Troop choices for a battle-forged list, and I’d rather not split the Fire Warriors into two tiny squads because reasons.

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It's a great name for a metal band. And they are, in fact, metal.

A photo of four metal miniatures of winged female characters, from the Warmachine miniatures game. In the background are indistinct metal pieces and black tools.

Aurora's the one with the bigger wings, on the left.

These are some of the Convergence of Cyriss models I've been putting together for [personal profile] burning_ground. In the background, you can see some of the pieces for the other squad of Clockwork Angels I still need to work on, along with some of the tools that I'm using to work on them (and a mechanical pencil that snuck in there somehow).

These models have been unusually difficult (even demoralizing) to clean and assemble, with spiky bits going every which way and incredibly tiny surface areas to glue together. I think we're learning from this project, though. For instance: It seemed like using more glue would make two parts stick together more securely, but it actually just seems to make them take longer to dry.

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Here’s what we’ve gotten trimmed and assembled so far, for our budding Tau Empire battlegroup:

Nearly two dozen small, infantry-sized miniatures on display. Each one has a base the size of a coin.

That’s about 300 points worth of models,* in two squads of six Fire Warriors each, ten gun drones (which we can use as their own squad or attach to regular units), and one Ethereal, which our mom [personal profile] burning_ground sent to us. Apparently she assembled and painted a lot of Tau and Kroot models herself, back in the day, but never got a chance to use them!

(You should see her Shadow-Samus conversion. Pics will be forthcoming eventually.)

These Fire Warriors were kind of an epic undertaking, as you can see from the instruction sheet beneath this one.

A closeup of one of the Fire Warrior models from the first photograph. It is crouching on top of a sheet of paper with instructions for building one on it. The instructions list about eight pieces for each model.

When we got a box of House Shyeel Battle Mages for our Ret list in Warmachine, we got half a dozen metal models which were fully- or almost fully-assembled. Here, we got like a half-dozen “sprues,” which are the frameworks the raw plastic parts are still attached to. It took us weeks just to clip off the pieces we wanted to use, trim the mould lines off of those, and then glue all the pieces together.

Our next project is going to be a Devilfish, which is like a combination hovertank and ground transport and is about the size of one of those squads of six soldiers. It’s so neat -- the hatch in back opens and closes and there are benches inside, and you can attach two gun drones to its wings or detach them as needed. We’re excited to work on it!

We also have yet another secret project coming up after that, involving some winged Warmachine models that mom bought to get into that game …



* A typical game of Warhammer 40,000 is played at around 1500 points. I am not going to be playing a typical game anytime soon.

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Here's what our table looked like the other night:

The gray miniatures on the right are the Circle Orboros force from the Hordes 2-player boxed set. We’ve attached them all to their bases (except for one Argus we’re going to try to pin later on), and they’re ready to join our Retribution of Scyrah warcaster and myrmidons (the ones on the left) for some actual gameplay.

Now we just need to prime, paint, and base them, not necessarily in that order. >_>b As you can see, we’ve got a small collection of paints that we’re planning on using for both tiny armies, as well as the Legion of Everblight (rawr monsters) force that came in the two-player set.

The painted mini on the stand, near our laptop, is Galadaeros, a huge copper dragon. He’s one of three that came with the D&D Attack Wing starter set, which we picked up after being wowed by the dragons’ sculpts. Remind me to write about my impressions of that game; we and [personal profile] rev_yurodivy both thought it was fast-paced and fun!

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"What do you mean, my flight was canceled!? No one talks to me that way! D< Aaargh!"

A photo of a pay phone attached to a brick wall. The phone handset itself is dangling off the hook, and has been snapped in two. The other half is not visible.
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That’s what we did, last month. >_>b

A photo of Jewelfox's side table, with an assortment of mostly-homemade board game supplies on it.

We used the downloadable quickstart rules on the BattleTech website, printed them out, and then used a glue stick (which was like $1.50 for a package of four) to put the maps and the counters on cardboard backing before cutting them out.

The mech data sheets we put into plastic sleeve protectors, so we could mark off damage boxes with a dry-erase marker. We did the same with the cut-out quick reference cards, and the rules themselves, to add durability. Finally, for the counters’ bases we’re using the Pathfinder pawn bases that came in the Beginner Box set (and are also sold separately, like $5 for 20).

We haven’t had a chance to play the board game yet, but at Free RPG Day we got a glossy, high-quality booklet (the red thing in the picture) which has quickstart rules for both BattleTech and Shadowrun … and unlike the one they had last year, actually had playable female characters. There were no character creation rules, but we and [personal profile] rev_yurodivy were able to pick up the game pretty fast and play a whole premade adventure together while there at the store.

Best of all, everything fits inside the Pathfinder box with our other books, so it’s easy to store in our tiny den. Except for the game board, which we just shelved in between other boxes.

Now we can actually play the game without buying expensive rulebooks, at least for the time being. >_>;

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Last night, in a marathon session, we glued together the parts to a Retribution of Scyrah battlegroup that we got a couple of months ago.

A photograph of a boxed miniatures starter set, for the Retribution of Scyrah faction in the Warmachine miniatures game. The included models consist of an elf woman in battle armour, posed dynamically with a sword and carbine, and three white-and-cyan robots towering over her, all of which have rounded chassis and glowing magical lines and resemble modern art sculptures.
Some assembly required.

We had already cleaned each individual part with a toothbrush and water with dish soap, used one of [personal profile] rev_yurodivy’s hobby knives to trim the flash off of each part, and separated the pieces by miniature to figure out exactly how they fit together.

The parts to one of the models in the above picture, spread out on a towel in roughly the shape that they're meant to fit together.
At least we knew where our towel was.

Now we had to use a cyanoacrylate super glue, and fit all the pieces in place just right. Including the little tiny bits.

… it was quite an experience.

At one point we were stuck to one of the smaller models with both hands, and just about woke Yuro up to ask them to do a web search for how to remove super glue from your hands. >_> Fortunately, immersing the affected parts in water and tugging gently seemed to do the trick after five minutes or so, and didn’t ruin the model in the process.

We got slightly manic after an hour or so, and started thinking of our brother of origin’s huge shelf full of snap-together Zoids models, like “YOU THINK YOUR ZOIDS ARE HARDCORE!? THIS IS HARDCORE!!1!”

The last thing we dreamed before waking up was that someone was telling us we put the large one together wrong. >_>;

I think we had fun, though! Here’s a picture of what the finished models look like right now, since I’m pretty sure they won’t survive transit to the games store.

Four finished, unpainted plastic models, set up in front of the box in a way that roughly matches the box art.
Check out those arc nodes.

… now we just have to paint them and base them.

Aww

Mar. 10th, 2014 08:34 pm
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The peach blossoms are in bloom, and the city-states of Eorzea are decorated for the event! But the cutest "decorations" are the birds everywhere, including one that has Moogle eyes and whiskers and a pom-pom. :3

We made the below collage with an app on our Windows Phone! Also, that's our character there, with her collapsible mining pickaxe.

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One of the Windows Phone news sites I read has their social media icons lined up so that Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ are in that order.

I agree with the sentiment, whether or not it's intentional.

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