Search This Blog

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

indy40k combat patrol tourney recap

Saturday was the day for our Combat Patrol tournament.  This was jRock's first attempt at running an event, and he wanted to do something different and memorable.  The restrictions for the event were very similar to those at Adepticon, with the exception that forces would be 500 points.

We had a relatively small turnout, which was still pretty remarkable considering there were 2 other events going on that day around Indianapolis.  We played 5 1-hour rounds of fast and (dare I say) furious action.  Most games were very decisive, and a good time was had by all (or at least by most of us).

This was the first of our tournaments that I've been able to play in, as I am usually the TO.  I brought my fledgling Grey Knight army, and was a little nervous having never played this force in an actual game.  My force consisted of 3 5-man Strike Squads with a psycannon in each squad and backed up by 3 Razorbacks with psybolt ammo.  My first 3 games couldn't have gone better.  The amount of shooting that this force put out was very deadly at the 500 point level.  The games were fun, but short.  Each game consisted of one good round of shooting on my part, then a swift decline of the opponent's forces.  All 3 were decisive victories.

Game 4 saw me pitted against Spaguatyrine's Space Wolves.  He had a nasty Thunderwolf squad backed up by the obligatory Long Fang pack.  The mission had us running for the center board to grab an objective that we could then take with us.  My luck seemed to run out in this game, as my good round of shooting never came, and the game ended in my being tabled.

Game 5 had me paired up against another 3-1 player, TheGraveMind and his traitorous Blood Angels with 2 large jump assault squads boosted by a Sanguinary Priest.  The mission called for us to eliminate each others leader (the model with the highest Ld), and we both killed the other's leader, ending the game in a draw.

Spag won his last game against the last 3-1 player, giving him the Best General award.  I walked away with second place, and the Best Strategist award (having secured the most bonus objectives).  The breakdown of  players was as such:
1.  Aaron A (Spaguatyrine) - Best General - Space Wolves
2.  Jason T. (wienas) - Best Strategist - Grey Knights
3.  Nic M (TheGraveMind) - Blood Angels
4.  Ken L - Grey Knights
5.  John L. - Grey Knights
6.  Jim B. - Daemons

As you can see, the Grey Knights showed up in force this weekend, and occupied plenty of the top spots.  Here are some more pictures from the event.

Thanks to everyone for showing up.  I know jRock had a great time running the event, as he is planning the next one for the spring.  If you want to leave any feedback for the event, or have any questions, send them to:  indy40k @

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Upcoming Indy Event - 1850 point 40k tournament - Bloomington

What: 1850 point Warhammer 40k tournament.

When: Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Where:  The Game Preserve - Bloomington

              101 W. Kirkwood Ste. 117
              Bloomington, IN
More Info:
Come out for our next Warhammer 40,000 tournament and get in on some plastic spaceman-fueled carnage! We'll start registration at 11 AM, and games will begin at noon. The points size for the tournament will be 1850. We'll have three two-hour rounds, with a lunch break in between the first and second rounds.

Games Workshop changed their tournament format recently, so we'll be doing things a little differently this time:

Games are worth 20 points each, shared between the two players as before. Instead of up to 40 points being available for painting based on a rubric, as we've previously done, one (or, likely more) impartial judges will be recruited during the lunch break to pick their three favorites for best painted, and those players will receive 10 bonus points-- essentially, enough to break a tie in the overall standings.

Entry: $5

Saturday, October 8, 2011

upcoming indy40k event - 500 point Combat Patrol tournament

What: 500 point Combat Patrol tournament

When:  Saturday, November 5th, 2011.

Where:  Game Preserve - South
               1551 East Stop 12 Road
               Indianapolis, IN 46227
               (317) 881-4263

More Info: 
jRock will be the TO for this event, and you can register by sending an email to:

-Army is to be made up of no more than 500 points.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tournament wrap-up

I'm a bit late getting this out, but on the 24th, we ran a 1500 point tournament on Indy's south side.  The breakdown of armies was as such:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Upcoming Indy Event - 1750 Hive Fleet Indy tournament - Indianapolis

What:  1750 Warhammer 40k tournament

When:  Saturday, October 22nd.

Where:  Games 2 Die 4
                   55 South Raceway Road, Suite 1100
              Avon, Indiana 46231

More Info:
Registration Time: 11:00am
Tournament begins: 12:00 pm

Entree Fee: $15

Tournament Information/Rules:

1750 point armies

The format is a Win/Loss tourney

1st round 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Break 2:00 to 2:15pm
2nd round 2:15 to 4:15 pm
Break 4:15 to 4:45 pm (Army appearance and Players' Choice Judging
3rd round 4:45 to 6:45 pm
Awards 7:00 to 7:15pm
(15 minute break and a 30 minute food break)

*Pairings will be random round 1, then are paired by highest scores to lowest rounds 2 and 3.
Any players TRAVELING substantial distance may REQUEST not to be paired together
the first round at the judge's discretion.

*All valid armies and current codices must be used. Allies are only allowed where permitted in the appropriate codex.

*An army list must be presented to the TO for verification and a copy must be available for each opponent. List that are improperly made, don't follow force organization, or don't add up in points, and are found at the beginning or during the tournament will be automatically disqualified.
All missions are based out of the Warhammer 40K rule book, with some slight twists

Now for the good stuff

Top 4 Players with best overall score
2 Best Apperence
2 Sportsmanship prizes
Also, additional prizes awarded

Missions will be made available Monday September 26th via the G2D4 website at and in the Games 2 Die 4 store located at 55 South Raceway Road, Suite 1100, Avon, Indiana 46231. The phone number to contact the store is 317-271-4234.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Upcoming Indy Event - 1500 pt 40k tournament - Greenwood, IN

What:  1500 point Warhammer 40k tournament put on by Indy 40k (that's me!)

When:  Saturday, September 24th, 2011
             Registration starts at 9:30, game 1 starts at 10:30

Where:  Game Preserve - South
               1551 East Stop 12 Road
               Indianapolis, IN 46227
               (317) 881-4263

More Info: 
  • Entry fee: $15
  • 3 rounds
  • Battle Scoring:  A player will receive 5 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, or 1 point for a loss each game.  In addition, each player will choose their own personal objective each game, which will be worth 1 point.
  • Paint Scoring:  There is no painting requirement for the event.  All models must adhere to WYSIWYG, and should represent the wargear they are carrying.  "Counts-as" armies are welcome, but should adhere to WYSIWYG as well.  Any questions regarding this may be sent to Jason at:  indy40k {at} gmail {dot} com.  Painting will be scored according to the Rogue Trader checklist by GW (I'm sorry, but I don't have the link for where you can find this).  In addition, the players will select their favorite armies to award additional appearance points.
  • Sportsmanship:  Players will nominate their favorite opponents to receive prizes based on how pleasant they were to play against.
  • Overall:  Each of the above-mentioned categories will be awarded prizes.  Additionally, the scores will be combined, and the players with the highest overall scores will receive separate prizes, similar to the "Renaissance Man" award at the NOVA Open.
  • Additional prizes will be given out randomly, the amount of which will be determined by the number of entrants.
To register for the event, email Jason at:  indy40k {at} gmail {dot} com with the following information:
  1. your name (and online handle if you use one)
  2. an email address where you can be reached
  3. what army you are bringing

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Indy Events Update

I've come across several upcoming events here in Indy.  I'll be posting separate entries for each of these events with more detailed information, but I wanted to get these out to anyone interested.

08-27:  Wizard's Keep Muncie - 1750 tournament

09-17:  Game Preserve Bloomington - 1850 tournament

09-24:   Game Preserve Indy South - 1500 tournament

10-15:  Game Preserve Bloomington  - 1850 tournament

11-12:  Game Preserve Bloomington - 1850 tournament

12-10:  Game Preserve Bloomington - 1850 tournament

I hope to see many of you across the table.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tournament of Championship wrap-up

The winner received this (somewhat) coveted trophy.
This past weekend we held the 2nd annual Tournament of Championship on the south side of Indy.  Attendance was a bit scarce due to the fact that there were 2 other tournaments that day, but a good time was had by all.

The run-down was as such:

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sorry, no update this week.  I'm spending the long weekend with my family.  I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July.

Monday, June 27, 2011

this week on the blogs

This week had a great series of articles from Dave_G at Wargaming Tradecraft about airbrushing.  This is a superb read for any airbrush novice (like myself).
SC Mike has finished pics of his Death Company Storm Raven for the Heroes of Armageddon project.

OST had a huge post of 6th Ed rumors.

Lamenter posted a tutorial for casting greenstuff icons.

Karitas has a very nice-looking Sons Of Medusa Assault Marine.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

this week on the blogs

My wife worked all weekend, and I spent that time with my daughters (and painting).  As such, I haven't caught much of what's been going on, but here is what caught my eye this week.

Lamenter builds one of his best "artscale" models yet:  a Grey Knight Terminator.

Drathmere sets out his army on the display board as his Armies On Parade project winds toward an end.

Roman continues his tutorial of his dungeon base diorama.  The written part is a little difficult to follow, but the video is very interesting.

Happy Fathers' Day to all the dads out there.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Upcoming Indy Event - 1500 pt 40k tournament - Greenwood, IN

What:  1500 point 40k tournament

When:  Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Where:  Game Preserve - South
              1551 East Stop 12 Road
              Indianapolis, IN 46227
              (317) 881-4263

More Info:  The second annual Tournament of Championship will be on July 23rd.
  • Entry fee is $15
  • 3 rounds
  • We will score the players using the "Flames of War" scoring system used at the G2D4 tournament, where a win will give a player 5 points, and each player will choose their own personal objective worth additional points.
  • We have room for 30 players.
  • Registration will be from 9:00-9:40, Game 1 will begin at 10:00
  • Prizes will be given to the top 3 players in Generalship, Painting, and Sportsmanship.  Also, the top 3 overall players will receive additional prizes.  Extra prizes will be given away randomly and will depend on the number of attendants.
  • Each player will receive a swag bag consisting of a set of custom dice, products from Secret Weapon Miniatures, and more!
  • To register for the event, e-mail Jason at: indy40k {at} gmail {dot} com with the following information:
  1. Your name (and online name/handle if you have one)
  2. Your e-mail address
  3. What army you will be bringing.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

this week on the blogs

Ron from From The Warp had several good posts this week.  Here is a tutorial for painting Flesh Tearers Marines, with another post about adding small details to your models with paint.  Here's another tutorial about using card instead of plasticard.  Lastly, Ron talks about why he likes playing 40K at 1500 points

Drathmere is coming along on his Blood Angels.

Painting Mum has an in-depth tutorial of a Tzeentch Sorcerer.

Dave shows some progress on his contribution to the Heroes of Armageddon project.

Roman finishes this amazing Ultramarines diorama.  I really like the subdued colors of the Tyranids; they barely stand out from the background.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

An Open (Video) Letter to Games Workshop


I'm sure many of you have already seen this video.  It is a respectful, non-ranting video presenting one gamer's dissatisfaction with some of the current practices that Games Workshop has undertaken.  I share many of the sentiments expressed in the video, and wanted to pass it on.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

this week on the blogs

Ron from From The Warp was very busy creating some inspirational posts for us this week.  First, a nice Adeptus Custode conversion.  Next, he brings on Adam from the Space Wolves blog to talk about promoting your blog.  Lastly, there is a very nice Flesh Tearers Librarian conversion.

TheGraveMind explains how he made his army transport case on the cheap.

Loquacious gives a color-by-color comparison of the metallic range of GW, Vallejo Game Color, and Reaper Master Series.

Dave_G has a nice way to organize your flock and other basing materials; a spice rack!

Roman gives a tutorial on building this nice dungeon display base.

Raffa shows us how to paint marble effects.

LeadHead has a great article on the basics of getting into airbrushing.  This article was of particular relevance to me, as I am getting into airbrushing myself.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May in Indy - A Monthly Review

This month started out with a trio of interesting articles regarding list optimization.  Spaguatyrine's post talked about using units with similar function rather than spamming the exact same unit to optimize your army's utility.  Sandywyrm's post followed this up talking about learning the basics of army optimization before figuring out which of these rules a player should break in order to create an army that is unique to your playing style.  CaulynDarr capped off the discussion talking about finding balance between redundancy and utility

Sandwyrm brings up a potential tournament issue with Justicar Thawn from the new Grey Knights Codex.
Anonymous Foodie weighs in with his thoughts on Thawn here.

Farmpunk gives his thoughts about the Grey Knights after using them in a NOVA-format tournament.

TheGraveMind revises his thoughts on the Tyranid Elite section.

Spaguatyrine talks about playing against Daemons with Grey Knights.

Heretic expresses his frustrations about starting a Tau army in the face of the current metagame.

TheGraveMind shows off a new Tyranid Alpha Warrior.

NitroKitty has a good article about distractionary units.

Spaguatyrine gives some tips about deployment.

CaulynDarr acts as a voice of reason in light of the recent price increases from GW, and talks about confirmation bias.

Sandwyrm does a kind of hobby outreach with a Tau player and gives a battle report here.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

this week on the blogs

Old School Terminator has completed his awesome Tervigon conversion.

Master Darksol gives us a tutorial for painting Grey Knights.

Jawaballs has some nice-looking WIP shots of the Blood Angels Land Raider he is contributing for the Heroes of Armageddon charity project.

Ron shows off a Black Templars Chaplain conversion based off of artwork from the Codex.

Dave_G shows us how to add a poll to our blogs.

Max (aka The Maxican) shows us a very cool Keltic Warrior done in an almost monochromatic color scheme.

Raffa created some great art inspired by the recent disaster in Japan.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Upcoming Indy Event - 1850 point 40k tournament - Kokomo

What:  1850 point 40k tournament

When:  June 25th, 2011

Where:  Gamer DMZ LLC
               1233 W. Jackson St. Ste. A
               Kokomo, IN. 46901
               (765) 868-8330
More Info:

Cost:  $15 entry fee.
Time:  Open at 10:30.  Sign up from 10:30-11:30. First game starts promptly at 11:45.

If you are late (Hartley! lol) then we will not allow you to play.  Sorry guys, hope you understand, this was an issue the last time, and all the players were incredibly nice about it, but we have to do it this way. 
Points:  1850,
3 rounds at 2 hours and 15 minutes, WYSIWYG. modified W/L system (to be posted later)
1st:  $80.  2nd. $40.  3rd. $30
best painted army: $30.  Best painted miniature:  $15.  Wooden spoon award:  $15.  and guys i promise we will have close to the same amount of prize support for you that we did the last time, just give me a few weeks to figure it out.  lol.  We are also going to be providing free lunch again, and this time, (looking at the person who ate more than 2 pieces of pizza), i will have a marine stationed to guard the pizza.  hehe

So thats about it, any questions feel free to direct them towards me or to Gamer DMZ.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

this week on the blogs

I'm sure you've seen the hullaballoo around in interwebs about the GW price increase and embargo on Australia.  Many bloggers have posted protest letters and forwarded them to GW in hopes of eliciting a change in their pricing policies.  Sandwyrm went one further and looked up the various companies that are the majority shareholders of GW stock.  Their contact information can be found here.  Perhaps if we contact the people to whom GW has to answer, we can see change.

Loquacious highlights an awesome defiler converted using the new Dreadknight kit.

Ron gives us some tips on how to map out freehand designs.

Desartfox shows off a gret-looking Treeman for his Blood Bowl team.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Upcoming Indy Event - 2000 point 40k tournament - Greenwood

What: 2000 point 40k tournament (1st of 3 events)

When:  June 11th, 2011

Where:  Game Preserve - South
              1551 East Stop 12 Road
              Indianapolis, IN 46227
              (317) 881-4263

More Info:
Our first annual Game Preserve Civil War will be taking place this June at our Greenwood store! This unique event pits players from teams representing the North and the Southside stores against each other in three separate events covering Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40K, and Warmachine/Hordes. As this is an unusual event and the first we’ve run of its kind, let me break down the rules for you…
  • Three separate tournaments will take place: Warhammer Fantasy (June 25th), Warmachine/Hordes (June 18th), and Warhammer 40k (June 11th).
  • Players will have to sign up at the store they wish to represent beforehand. Example: If Joe Smith signs up at our Greenwood store (southside) he will represent the South when he comes to play.
  • Players will only ever be matched up against players from the opposing store (Northside players will only ever play against Southside players).
  • After each event the top six players will earn points for their side. Once all three events have been concluded then the scores will be totaled up to determine which store won the overall event.
  • Players can participate in as many or as few of the events as they would like. Joe Smith can play in just Warhammer Fantasy’s event or, if he is particularly hardcore, all three events.
  • Army size for the events are as follows: Warmachine/Hordes: 35 points. Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40K: 2000 points.
  • Each event will consist of three 120 minute rounds.
  • Be at the store at 10:00 AM, play will begin shortly after.
  • There is a $10 fee due at sign up per event.
  • Each store will only have room for eight players per team per event.
  • In addition to a trophy that will reside at the victorious store until next year, there will be over $150 in prizes given away at each event, including gift cards, custom dice and t-shirts. The clock is ticking so be sure to sign up soon!

    Friday, May 20, 2011

    Tournament Gallery

    Here are some pics from the tournament that I went to last weekend at Games 2 Die 4.  Above is the Tyranid army that I took.

    Click the images for a larger view.

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    this week on the blogs

    Ron concludes his series of articles showing how to paint a Space Marine Drop Pod.  Here's part 1, here's part 2.

    Mr. Justin shows off a Command Chimera he's contributing to the Heroes of Armageddon project.  He also posted a video showing how to create blood and gore effects in conjunction with his new bone fields bases.

    On Bolter & Chainsword, a Grey Knights FAQ was posted, allegedly authored by GW Australia.

    Lamenter shows off an art-scale Alpha Legion Terminator.

    Roman shows some WIP pics of a cool Ultramarines/Tyranids diorama.

    Sunday, May 8, 2011

    Hobby Update

    So the updates have been less than frequent as of late. My wife had a baby a few weeks ago, and I've been rather preoccupied with daddy duties. What hobby time I've been able to get usually comes in 15-30 minute chunks before I'm called away. Here are some pictures of what I've been working on lately:

    I'm working on a commission for a Sisters of Battle army. One squad is finished, and I'm about 50% on two other squads.

    I've started painting an Assault on Black Reach force for my local store. The Warboss is almost finished, and the first squad of Boyz have only their green flesh painted.

    Project Space Marine is still underway. When my computer crashed last year, I lost all my WIP pictures for the marines that I had started. I'm almost finished with all the white marines (the ones who will be carrying only bolters).

    Here's a group shot of the marines that I have finished thus far. Do you think they look enough like a cohesive force? I'm thinking of putting some sort of icon on one of their kneepads affiliating them with the Inquisition. Do you think that's enough, or should I do something more?

    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    this week on the blogs

    The last of the Postapocalypticar Contest submissions were displayed this week.  Entries 23-25, 25-29 Here is a link to the gallery where you can check out all 29 entries.

    The boys at Massive Voodoo seem to have all completed their current projects at the same time.  Raffa shows off a nice-looking Grey Knight as well as some other great showpieces Roman has a very nice Gladiator.    Baphomet has a very lovely Zombie diorama as well as a nice-looking minotaur.

    Lantz has three very helpful product reviews up on Miniature Wargames Conversions;  the first is of the Dragonforge Power Cables.  The second is of a very nice lightbox available on eBay.  Lastly, he reviews the Power Generator from Quantum Gothic.

    Marcus and Martin continue their analysis of the Grey Knights Codex by looking at the Heavy Support choices.

    Painting Mum has a fantastic Tzeentch Sorcerer for us to drool over.

    Dark Side gives us a high-res map of the 40k Galaxy.

    Drathmere shows off an expanding Henchman squad with the inclusion of some Daemonhosts.

    Ron gives us a great guide on how to build a Drop Pod.  This would have been nice to have before I put mine together (shakes fist in frustration)! :)

    a note on the Game 2 Die 4 tournament on May 14th

    I just registered for the tournament at Games 2 Die 4 yesterday, and there were 3 or 4 slots left open.  So far, 30 people have signed up, so if you're planning on trying to make it, stop in and sign up or call the store at 317-271-4234.

    See you there!

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    April in Indy - a monthly review

    Happy Easter!
    Adepticon was this month, so there has been a cornucopia of gaming as of late (not by me, of course).  I did a special "best of Adepticon" post that you can check out here.  Lots of good stuff there, largely thanks to SandWyrm's efforts.

    Archfiend inventories his Ork collection.  It's quite impressive.

    CaulynDarr has a nicely coverted Dread Knight using Marneus Calgar.  Later, he looks at the current meta, and postulates whether all-mech is still the way to go.

    Loki takes a look at the Space Marine Codex, and how it is beginning to show it's age.

    SandWyrm rags on Kirby, and why he's bringing GW down.

    Spaguatyrine guarantees that you'll win if you follow is easy 3-step Grey Knight program (it's not a Ponzi scheme, I promise).

    There were a few battle reports posted this month, here's the run-down:
    Uberdark showcases the tournament that he ran up in Kokomo.  He mentions another tournament in June, which I'm looking forward to attending.

    Lastly, the Game Preserve North has changed their 40k night to Mondays.  I don't know what this will do to the scene at this store, but I may be able to make it up there on occasion.  I hear the 40k scene is pretty nice there, hopefully this will not disrupt that.

    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    this week on the blogs

    The Postapocalypticar Contest entries are still being shown at Massive Voodoo.  Continuing from last week, here are entries 14-19, 20-22.  This has been one of my favorite hobby contests across the internet.  The quality of entries is very inspiring.

    Loquacious gives her thoughts about the differences between GW, Vallejo, P3, and Reaper MS paints.

    Martin and Marcus continue their analysis of the Grey Knights Codex.  Here, they look at the Troop choices.  Here, they look at the Fast Attack.

    Mr. Justin gives a walk-through on how he converted and painted his Command Chimera for the Heroes of Armageddon project.

    Lamenter has a new "art scale" version of Abaddon.  I really dig the scratch-built Talon of Horus.

    Mathieu looks at what tools a painter may need to get into airbrushing.

    Saturday, April 23, 2011

    this week on the blogs

    Massive Voodoo has been showing the entries for their Postapoclypitcar contest.  These models show huge amounts of creativity and talent and have to be seen.  Entries 1-3, 4-6, 7-10, 11-13.  Check out this series for some great inspiriation.

    Deathtron shows us how to make cheap craters

    OST highlights a Grey Knights army by BulldogUK from the B+C forum.  Really nice stuff here.

    MajorTom11 posted an article on DakkaDakka about airbrushing a Grey Knight Terminator.

    Ron posted an article about using sponges for weathering.  He also completed his counts-as Astorath.  Finally, he gives us a tutorial about how to paint glass vials.

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Upcoming Indy Event - 1500 pt 40k tournament - Kokomo, IN

    What:  1500 pt 40k tournament - the K-Town Throwdown

    Where:  Gamer DMZ
                     1233 West Jackson Street
                     Kokomo, IN 46901-4581

    When:  Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

    More Info: 

    We will open the doors around 10:30
    1500 points.  WYSIWYG

    Upcoming Indy Event - Hive Fleet Indy Tournament, May 14th- Games 2 Die 4

    What:  1750 40k tournament

    Where:  Games 2 Die 4
                     55 South Raceway Road, Suite 1100
                     Indianapolis, IN

    When:  Saturday, May 14th,  2011

    More Info:
    12:00 pm
    Registration starts at 11am and ends at 11:30am

    All current codecies as of 5-7-11

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Upcoming Indy Event - Team Tournament - Games 2 Die 4

    What:  4-person team tournament

    Where:  Games 2 Die 4
                     55 South Raceway Road, Suite 1100
                     Indianapolis, IN

    When:  June 4th, 2011

    More Info:

    Start Time: 10am (A further schedule will be posted in a few weeks with the missions)

    this week on the blogs

    Ron has a couple of posts showing some cool models.  Here's his new approach at painting Deathwing.  Here is that method of painting bone on a Legion of the Damned model.

    Ana shows us how to make a wet palette.

    Deathtron gives us some good uses for wallpaper.

    The crew that gave us the Storm Wardens Project are planning something much larger for this year.  They are giving away 4 armies, all themed around the battle for Armageddon.  Proceeds will once again benefit Doctors Without Borders.

    Dave G shows us how to add a feed footer to the bottom of our blogs.

    #2501 shows off a fantastic conversion of a Knight Warden Titan.

    Roman has finished his pirate model.  It turned out quite nice.

    Dylan created an Imperial Guard Command Tower out of plasticard.  I used to have one of these back in 2nd Ed.  This looks awesome and takes it back to the old school.  Well done!

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    this week on the blogs - Adepticon Special

    Soooooo much Adepticon coverage this week.  I had to have a special mid-week update to showcase all the awesomeness.

    Let's begin:

    Sandwyrm went above and beyond documenting the different models there.  He took pictures of over 90 of the armies at the Gladiator tournament, separated by army type:
    Here he showcases the tables and terrain for the tournament.

    Here are some pics of the Siege of Terra diorama.

    Here is a recap of a round-table discussion with Dan Abnett.

    Forge World was present at the event as well, with all kinds of goodies to show off.
    To segue along Forge World for a moment, the Forge World Open Day was the same weekend as Adepticon, where we got to see a ton of new products coming soon.  Thanks to Hogs of War for this post.

    Old School Terminator shows us some great-looking models both from the Team Tournament here, and the Gladiator Tournament here

    Brian from A Gentleman's Ones goes over the Killzone event here.  Again, these tables are fantastic.

    TastyTaste gives a rundown of some of the top 16 players' army lists here.

    Brent has an interview with Tony, the Championship winner, here.

    The Independent Characters Podcast has video coverage of the final games at the Gladiator tournament here.

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    Upcoming Indy Event - Lafayette 40k summer league

    What:  Summer 40k league

    Where:  The Game Preserve Lafayette
                  100 South Creasy Lane, Suite 1030
                  Lafayette, IN 47905

    When:  May 1st - July 31st, 2011

    More Info:

    Where: All games must be played at The Game Preserve, Pavilions.
    Cost: Participants must purchase a $25 Gift Certificate, which they will get after they participate in six games/events (that is only two per month).

    Format: At each player’s discretion, they may challenge others in the league to pick-up games of Warhammer 40K at the Game Preserve. These games can be set up with any mission and a...ny deployment, and at any points agreed by both players, with 1000 points minimum. 1500 is standard, if no points total can be agreed upon. You may play as many games as you like, any day of the week, with Saturdays as the official gathering day. You must choose one codex from which to play all your games in the league. A results form, signed by the employee on duty MUST be turned in and initialed by both players to get credit for the game.

    The winner of one of these pick-up games will get 3 League Points (LP). The loser gets 1 LP and a draw earns 2 LP for both players. So, even if you lose every game, the more games you play, the more LP you get. So play as often as you want!

    Periodically, throughout the summer, special events will take place and your participation will earn extra LP. These will range from Apocalypse Mega Battles, to painting and terrain days, to painting competitions. You can also earn extra LP for submitting prose style battle reports.

    Each player that is able to paint a new 1500 point force to completion by the end of the July will earn a bonus of 10 LP! None of the models may have been painted before May 1st. This must be a completely new completely painted force!

    The 24 players with the most LP will be invited to a two-day 1500 point tournament on July 30th-31st. This tournament will be a seeded, non-elimination format. Highest seed will play lowest seed, etc, during each round, each day. This final tournament will determine the winner of the league. ALL ARMIES MUST BE PAINTED (LEVEL ONE) TO PLAY! This gives you over 3 months to get up to snuff!

    Tentative Schedule: (May be changed, due to unforeseen conflicting events.)
    Sunday, May 1st - Kick off day! All games are worth double LP!
    Saturday, May 14th – Painting day. Each hour you paint earns you 1 LP!
    Sunday, May 22nd – Terrain day. Each hour you assemble terrain earns you 1 LP!
    Saturday, June 4th - Apocalypse! Counts as a double point game!
    Sunday, June 12th – Painting day. Each hour you paint earns you 1 LP!
    Saturday, June 25th – Terrain day. Each hour you assemble terrain earns you 1 LP!
    Sunday, July 10th – Apocalypse! Counts as a double point game!
    Saturday, July 23rd – Grind ‘em up! All games are worth double LP!
    Saturday & Sunday, July 30th & 31st – League Championship Tournament!

    All prizes will be in the form of Frequent Buyer Points, redeemable for product at the GP.

    If you can get to 30 LP, you will earn 100 Freq points. 40 LP will earn you 150 Freq points, and 50 LP will earn you 200 Freq points! Of course, you will get your entry Gift Certificate back well before this point.

    Best Painted Army* – 250 Freq points
    Third Place at Tournament – 500 Freq points
    Second Place at Tournament – 750 Freq points
    First Place at Tournament – 1000 Freq points

    The champion will get a trophy to commemorate this truly prodigious achievement!
    * As judged by peer review of those that attend on Friday, July 29th at the store at 6:00 pm.

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

    this week on the blogs

    B.smoov finishes up the tables for Adepticon.

    Here are some pics of the finished works at the event.  Amazing. 

    Drathmere has a great-looking Arvus Lighter to show us.  I've always loved this model.  This makes me want to get one even more.

    Dave_G walks us through the process of setting up your blog with its own domain name.

    The internet is abuzz with Adepticon coverage.  Here, Sandwyrm talks about his tournament results.  Apparently, someone went all-reserve against an infiltrating Genestealer army and was immediately destroyed.

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Upcoming Indy Event - Bloomington May 21st, 2011

    What:  1850 point 40k tournament

    Where:  The Game Preserve - Bloomington
                  101 W. Kirkwood Ste. 117
                  Bloomington, IN
    When:  Saturday, May 21st, 2011  11:00 am - 8:00 pm
    More Info:
    Come on in and bring your army ready to slaughter in the name of the Emperor!

    There is a Warhammer 40,000 tournament Saturday the 21st of May at the Game Preserve in Bloomington.

    It will be 1850 points and will have an entry fee of $5.00. Hope to see you there!
    *Registration and list checks begin at 11:00 a.m. and play begins at Noon!

    **We will be using the official Rogue Trader Tournament rules for this event.

    ***We will also be changing the way we judge Painting. Painting will be judged by 2 separate individuals, neither of which will be one of the TO's of the event. Judging for painting will be done during break. Armies will be marked by number only, the scores of both judges will be averaged together and that will be the final painting score for each Army.

    You can check out the Games Workshop Rogue Trader Tournament rules packet here:

    Note that the voting system has been removed from all Games Workshop tournaments effective 2006, as it was an abused system. Instead, army appearance scores are calculated using this rubric, which you can also check out on Games Workshop's website:

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    tournament report - Bloomington 3-26-2011

    I played in a tournament this past weekend down in Bloomington.  I got three games in against some fun opponents, and had a great time.  The turnout was pretty bare, so I figured I had a good shot at going home with a prize.

    Bloomington tournament pics

    Here are some more of the pictures I took at the recent Bloomington tournament.
     My army again.  I took 1st place.

    Upcoming Tournament - Bloomington April 23rd, 2011

    What: 1850 point 40k tournament

    Where:  The Game Preserve - Bloomington
                  101 W. Kirkwood Ste. 117
                  Bloomington, IN
    When:  Saturday, April 23rd, 2011  11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    More Info:
    Come on in and bring your army ready to slaughter in the name of the Emperor!

    There is a Warhammer 40,000 tournament Saturday the 23rd of April at the Game Preserve in Bloomington.

    It will be 1850 points and will have an entry fee of $5.00. Hope to see you there!
    *Registration and list checks begin at 11:00 a.m. and play begins at Noon!

    **We will be using the official Rogue Trader Tournament rules for this event.

    ***We will also be changing the way we judge Painting. Painting will be judged by 2 separate individuals, neither of which will be one of the TO's of the event. Judging for painting will be done during break. Armies will be marked by number only, the scores of both judges will be averaged together and that will be the final painting score for each Army.

    You can check out the Games Workshop Rogue Trader Tournament rules packet here:

    Note that the voting system has been removed from all Games Workshop tournaments effective 2006, as it was an abused system. Instead, army appearance scores are calculated using this rubric, which you can also check out on Games Workshop's website:

    Upcoming Tournament - Muncie April 2nd, 2011

    What:  1500 point 40k tournament

    Where:  The Wizards Keep,  Muncie, IN
                 1612 W University Ave, Muncie, IN 47303-3515
                 1 (765) 286-5145

    When:  Saturday, April 2nd
                 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

    More Info:  $5 entry fee

    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    this week on the blogs

    As short as last week's list was, this week's list is very long.  There was a lot going on this week.

    Ron shows us a tutorial on wet blending.  I especially like that he talks about the appropriate times for wet blending, and that is not the be-all end-all of painting techniques.

    We saw several people posting their test games with the new Grey Knights Codex.  Each one of these gave some good insight as to the potential of this new army:
     Dave_G from Wargaming Tradecraft has several good posts:
    b.smoove posted some WIP shots of his awesome-looking tables he's building for Adepticon.

    Drathmere continues his very nice Blood Angels army with a squad of Forge World marines in different mks of armour.

    Lamenter from Master of the Forge shows his finished artscale Terminator Librarian.

    Old School Terminator talks about list building and starting a good army.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Some chapter badges

    I spent some time this weekend working on some chapter badges for my Project Space Marine.

    In the center is the Howling Griffons Sergeant.  Clockwise from the upper-left are the Iron Lords, Heralds of Ultramar, White Templars and the Angels of Vengeance.