A great game of BattleTech

Michael “The Professor” V. and I had a great game of lance vs lance BattleTech at Galaxy Comics tonight. It was an even game with the same mechs vs same mechs are we’ve not played in a while and wanted to get our methods working again.

It was a very close game with him coming in as the victor thanks to some not-so-awesome rolls including a snake-eye consciousness roll on my Atlas. Poop happens, we had a blast!! I set the board up for a nice sized game, we did a drop deployment and ended up on maybe 2 hexes the whole game. SHORT RANGE COMBAT!!!

heh, here are some pics:

Eldar Versions of Imperial 6th Edition Fortifications.

Now that the awesomeness that is Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition has arrived, I have the opportunity to create unique Eldar fortification terrain counts-as for the Aegis Defense Line, The Imperial Bastion and others. I’ve got a few ideas running through my head (open air curvy structures with transparent plastic ‘force fields’) and have already started work on an Eldar Skyfire Lascannon/Quad Autocannon equivalent for the Eldar Defense Line.

I’ll probably design the Bastion in either SketchUp or Lightwave (or maybe even use this as an excuse to learn Blender!)

I do know that I want: an open-air feel, along with semitransparent plastic force/holo fields.

Here are some works in progress for my Aegis Defense Line, the big cannon is meant to be a counts-as for either the Quad Auto or the Defense Laser — I don’t plan on ever taking more than 1one and it’s got parts for both representative. There will be a bit more in the back, mainly a platform for an Exarch, Warlock or aspect warrior who’s manning the turret.

The whole conversion is from two of the old style support weapons, 4 metal starcannons and the front vane of a Falcon Grav Tank (I have lots of these ones thanks to my Wave Serpents and Fire Prisms)

The walls of the defense line will have clear-plastic force-fields between them and mounted on thin bases for stability.

So.. is it overboard or awesome?

Rumored 6th Edition Allies

Allies in normal games. This could either the the most awesome thing ever or what breaks the game entirely. I can’t wait to see how this plays out!

What could this mean?

Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
The dead rising from the grave!
Human sacrifice, eldar and dark eldar living together… mass hysteria!

What this really caters to is those of us with *looks to the right hand menu* many 40k armies and have a different dynamic. As far as GW is concerned it entices newer players to expand out their collections to new armies from the perhaps one they may only have.


Autarch WIP (Part 1)

After getting home about 9 I finished working on my last 3 Fire Prisms and I’m DONE exept for my “one more thing” mentioned in my last post.

Here’s about an hours work on one of my handful of Autarchs (the cheapest points wise at 75 points !)
Alls left is all the Jewels (blue for him) and cleanup.


Completion of Eldar Core Warhost for WARGamesCon

Right now all I have left to do is paint the green on the canopies of my 3 Fire Prisms — no more than 30 minutes of work tonight. So I’m counting this as done.

However I started thinking on it and I’ve decided I wanted to paint up an Autarch for the help of reserve rolls. I can’t justify having 6 bare Fire Prisms on the table on an Apocolypse sized game. I’d not be able to use the full “OMG It does WHAT?” 6 combined beam of the SunStorm. If opponents see those 6 tanks hiding the the background, they’ll be primary targets.

Base model count

Remember, I don’t count upgrades other than WYSIWYG weapons (no vehicle upgrades)…except for Mind War on FarSeer as they have to take a required power when I count how much I have. I could push this to 4500 points with wargear & vehicle upgrades quite easily and without wasting points. This count is assuming I finish a 96 point Autarch tonight (Banshee Mask, Power Weapon, Fusion Gun – if that’s the options I use).

HQ: 2 / 4% / 168 pts
Elites: 5 / 17% / 707 pts
Troops: 8 / 20% / 806 pts
Fast Attack: 0 / 0% / 0 pts
Heavy: 12 / 26% / 1050 pts
Transports: 7 / 19% / 770 pts
Special Chars: 1 / 5% / 210 pts
Phoenix Lords: 2 / 10% / 405 pts

Total Points: 4116
Total Models: 114

Painted Army Stats (or, “How I learned to love the fact that I’m past the 3000 points painted mark”)

As of now (just as soon as I finished my 7 Wave Serpents) this is what I have painted in Biel-Tan fashion.
Note that no non-mandatory upgrades (for example, I gave the naked Farseer mind war since at least one power is required) other than WYSIWYG upgrades (like shuriken cannons on top and bottom of Wave Serpents and scatter lasers on the War Walkers) were included in the point costs — these are effectively bare bones models (no exarch powers, extraneous wargear or vehicle upgrades).

HQ: 1 / 2% / 75 pts
Elites: 4 / 16% / 530 pts
Troops: 8 / 24% / 806 pts
Fast Attack: 0 / 0% / 0 pts
Heavy: 9 / 24% / 795 pts
Transports: 7 / 23% / 770 pts
Special Chars: 1 / 6% / 210 pts
Phoenix Lords: 1 / 6% / 190 pts

Total Points: 3376
Total Models: 99

The above stats is from my own Web App army calculator which I’ve been fiddling with for a few weeks as Army Builder isn’t for iPad or iPhone or anything other than Windows. I’d like to have options while I was down at Wargamescon to rebuild my army – without taking my MacBook Pro.

Here’s the model list (what is painted, not what will be on the field at one time):

  • 40 Dire Avengers
  • 1 Dire Avenger Exarch with Dire Sword
  • 10 Howling Banshees
  • 1 Howling Banshee Exarch with Executioner
  • 1 Jain Zar
  • 15 Fire Dragons
  • 3 Fire Dragon Exarchs with Fire Pikes
  • 1 Eldrad Ulthran conversion
  • 1 Farseer
  • 3 Fire Prisms (Shuriken Catapults)
  • 7 Wave Serpents (Shuriken Cannons, top & bottom)
  • 6 War Walkers (Scatter Lasers)
  • 8 Eldar Jetbikes (Shuriken Catapults)
  • 4 Eldar Jetbikes (Shuriken Cannons)

Here’s the remaining models for my goal for my “due date for all painting for WargamesCon” iCal deadline on June 14th (1 week before Wargamescon — I would rather have a full week “off” before the event so I can relax 😉 )

  • 3 Fire Prisms
  • 10 Striking Scorpions
  • 1 Striking Scorpion Exarch with Scorpions Claw
  • 1 Striking Scorpion Exarch with Scorpions Bite
  • 1 Karandras
  • 6 objective markers (low priority)

Looking at the “to do” list I might be a day or two late depending on a few factors (I’m already pretty burned out, the 7 Wave Serpents took A LOT out of me)…. June 16th at the latest.

Once WargamesCon is over. I’ll have 2 more Falcon Chassis vehicles left unpainted and/or unassembled: a single Falcon and a “new” Night Spinner/Fire Prism kit (which I think I’ll have plenty of Fire Prisms — I’m not even going to bother making it convertible). I might just knock those two out just to have 15 painted Falcon Chassis models.

Ok here’s the nitty gritty (the pretty pictures):


7 Wave Serpents (part 2, very near completion)

Oh the light at the end of the tunnel!

All’s left is decaling, cleanup, clear coating, canopies and canopy painting. I might be done by tonight!

Decaling: I’ll have a Biel-Tan logo next to the cockpit, maybe a swordwind sword on the turret, and probably a Biel-Tan logo on the rear ramp (as Wave Serpents tend to show their backsides before releasing troops and being blown to bits by showing their rear armor).

Cleanup: I have some green and white to paint over from either chipping or misbrushing — you can see in the pics below where the white is on the green on the side vanes and there’s some green on the white on some of the underside.

Clear Coating: I always clear coat with Krylon Satin.

Canopies: There’s only 7 to do, instead of the 6 I had to do for my 3 fire prisms — won’t take long.


Wave Serpent #1 -> #6

Wave Serpent #7

I had painted the shuriken catapults as well as the shuriken cannons while I had them out. I did not have time to paint my alternate weapon choices for the top-end (4 bright lances, 2 scatter lasers from my 1500 point list), but that won’t be too difficult and I might paint them tonight while at Galaxy Comics working on the canopies.

I can’t wait to done. This has made the biggest mess on my dining room table than any of my previous projects. I honestly shouldn’t have done all 7 at one time, however I don’t think I would have painted them as quickly.

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