Sunday, January 29, 2012
So, Kelly's Komix and I hosted a Team Tournament this Saturday - two players each with 1,500 points per player. Minimum point value for a list was 1,485. Scenarios were drafted and sent out to all participants ahead of time so they could know what to expect and what to expect in terms of having forces painted fully for the tournament. The result was 11 of 14 armies fully painted when they hit the table to the minimum of three colors, with the other three armies either primed and in painting progress, or with a few models which were still in the primer because the player was in the process of upgrading his army to a 1, 500 point force. In any case it was a fantastic time for everyone who participated - at least I hope it was. The scenarios were more balanced than they have been in many prior home-brewed scenarios, but they were also challenging to both sides. Nothing says challenging when the scenarios resulted in only a few teams earning major victories, and no team going fully undefeated in the tournament! So, in that vein the tournament was a smashing success and I felt that it went well. So, here are some photos with a bit of commentary!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
So here is the beginning of the conversions and I have some Work in Progress photos of them and then a couple of shots of them completed. I will post another set of photos as they progress through painting and then when they are done I will do a video of the models so you can see the full color change paint effects.Here are the figures in the initial stages - as you can see you have essentially two choices for the backs of the figures from each set - the Cryptech figure choices come from the Deathmarks as they have a hood-like armor plate partially covering their head - and the Deathmark head works fine as a Cryptech head - as it is essentially a Lychguard head with one eye instead of two. I figured that I could cobble together some bits to make the new heads look more cryptech like. The Necron Lord figures come from the Lychguard box set and I've used some of the back plates from both the Lychguard and Triarch Praetorian figures to build up some nice and different bodies to become the Necron Lords. Also, I've used bits from the Triarch Praetorian box to make some different bodies for the Cryptechs.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
So I was working on my Necrons for the first time since I "finished" the army for tournament play over a decade ago. The codex is completely new, the background has been completely changed, re-written and made into a better codex than the lifeless and depressing codex of the prior Necron existance. For once you can run the Necrons and feel pride in knowing that you are commanding a force which is not the soulless automaton puppets of the god-like C'Tan, but an immoral metal army of evolved Baboons. Yes, you heard it here first - the Necrons are immortal metal monkeys evolved from Baboons - Planet of the Apes - no sir - full fleged Baboons without any hair, and evolved into one of the most voracious, vindictive, and warlike races the Universe has ever known - throwing themselves into war with those who may or may not have created the Universe!
Above you can see the two photos side by side for comparison of the facial characteristics. I found it interesting that even GW finds inspiration in nature for the source of their models. Nice work GW and thanks to some inventive detective work - I think I have solved one of the mysteries of the inner workings of GW - they are fans of Animal Planet! Alright, alright, enough with the humor and back to the task at hand - Conversions!
First things first - why would one need to do conversions of a completely new line of models? Well, because they have not released the Royal Court - and they are some of the cooler ideas to use in the new army and the selection of models is "limited" to say the least. First, to get a new Necron Lord or Overlord you have two options - purchase a Fine Cast Necron Overlord - see the prior post to view the model - not bad, but it has issues - the mold lines are not crisp and the cost is - huge for the model. Also, there is ONE pose - unless you want to field the special character models, which is also fine - again they are Fine Cast and that is a whole new level of PITA to deal with - and they are of limited battlefield use because they are fragile - and clumsy opponents will destroy them! The other option to get these new lords is the Necron Catacomb Command Barge - of which you can field exactly TWO of them unless you convert them to the Annihilation Barge in which case you could field 5 - by who would want to do that just to get the five models you want and again they are limited to ONE pose? So, for the Royal Court - it was conversion time here at Robertson's Rules of Disorder.
Here are photos of the original Fine Cast Cryptech model - not a bad model - but plagued by the issues which plague all Fine Cast models - air bubbles, imperfections and the slap-happy crank'em out get them into stores production which does not bode well for a modeling process which requires precision to get the best and most reliable cast of models. That said - they are also really expensive and fragile. Did I mention they are fragile? Oh, well, you will find out when you purchase one what I am talking about first hand the minute some kid picks it up and does the "opps!" with the figure and you are bemoaning the hours you will spend putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. Alright - enough already - one with the photos!
Here is a photo of the assembled Cryptech model - very nice model - but poor casting and plenty of defects if you look closely at the model or zoom in on the photo. The distinguishing characteristic of the Cryptech is their incredibly developed chin. Obviously evolved after centuries of sitting in their "thinking chair" on how to bend the very streams of time, matter, and energy to their will. As you can see the Staff or Rod of the Cryptech is distinct from those of the other models like the Warscythe and Rod of the Covenant in the standard boxed units. However, it is not so distinct that you can't convert something cool. Further the new background gives you several new types of Cryptech to field - and each of them has a distinct staff. So, plenty of modeling fun for everyone.
Another view of the Cryptech from Fine Cast - if you look closely you can see the magical bendy staff of super power as it bends in four or five directions over the short course of it's length. I've attempted mechanical straightening of the material and it has been ineffective. I fear that the heat gun and ice bath method will be the only viable solution - and that is also a very risky technique and not for the faint of heart. Some have success with a hot water bath - I have had limited success with it. It may be worth a shot before I break out the heat gun. Below is another shot of the Cryptech using one of the two arms provided in the kit. The chin is even MORE distinct in this view of the profile of this model - talk about remaining silent - you would nearly have to talk in short sentences to prevent yourself from wearing out your jaw muscles - fortunately these guys are immortal metal machines with sythesized voices and a speaker box.
So here is where we start with the conversion pieces - two different boxed sets of the new models.
So from these two boxed sets we get a look at the various bits we have to work with for our conversion:
Above we have the Lychguard/Triarch Praetorian box with their sprues, and below we have the sprue which will be mainly used from the Immortals/Deathmark box.
Finally - here is a photo of lots of the bits off the sprue and ready to start playing with them in creating our custom Cryptech and Necron Lord models for our Royal Court:
That is a ton of bits - there are two backs for each type of model in each box - so you have 20 backs to work with - unfortunately they are NOT compatible with each other - so you have to keep the front plates and back plates separated or be prepared to do some modifications of these bits to make them fit together. I believe Green Stuff - or in my case Apoxie Sculpt will be necessary to smooth out any conversions here - so I decide to forgo that option because I don't want to spend an inordinate amount of time on each model - I am NOT going for Golden Daemon with these figures - they are for table top gaming. If you are looking at this blog thinking you are going to see "Golden Daemon" work - move along - that way leads to the - wait - these are not the droids you're looking for - move along.
So, I forgot to take "in progress photos" of these conversions - but I think they came out nice. I will take some "in progress photos of the other models as I work on them this week. Until then - enjoy these models: