Saturday 28 April 2018

More Terminator Business

The ongoing Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance Kickstarter has kept my focus on the Terminator models I already have, and haven't yet painted. It's also kept me keen on playing the existing Terminator Genisys game, and led to a couple of games against Kieron last night.

I wanted to get the HK Gunship I got as a Christmas present onto the table, and I worked out a neat little 500 point list that included this and an infiltrator. This meant that a quick spot of kitbashing was in order, to create this:

Admittedly infiltration would probably be
easier if he kept his skin on.

If nothing else this got a bit more variety out of the resistance models!

We played a couple of games, with varying degrees of getting the rules wrong. It's fair to say that the game gives a good impression of the feel of the films - when you play as Skynet you tend to just push forward blazing away merrily at anything that moves, whereas the resistance player has more of a mad scramble to keep individual machines out of the middle of their lines. It has been a bit random with the scenarios that we've been playing, and we wondered if this is due to the small size of the table we've been using - for one thing, there's not much room to flank or anything so all of the resistance guns tend to be involved.

Still, we haven't tried any of the narrative scenarios in the rulebook yet, so that's still to do.

Anyway, here's a couple of photos...

HK gunship hovers menacingly over the resistance outpost
Strategic pointing from a resistance commander leads to victory
Most important of all, the infiltrator adds to my painting total, so here're the absolutely vital numbers...

Painted: 67
Acquired: -6

Sunday 22 April 2018

Pungari Pun Ross

I make no apologies for that title.

I've been back to my side project of "finally dealing with models I received as gifts years ago", and this time I've opted for some Pungari Auxiliaries for my Shaltari Dropzone Commander force.

Forty of the little blighters!

These were a secret santa gift from Kieron a couple of years ago, and they're basically apex gift trolling. They're potentially useful, but they were fiddly to paint, extremely numerous, and I'm actually not certain how valuable they'd be in the game. They are good at searching buildings, but otherwise they cost more, and are easier to kill, than standard Shaltari braves. Well played, Kieron.

As it was sat around near the Pungari, I also painted another Endoskeleton for Terminator Genisys, this time one with twin plasma rifles.
"It doesn't get tired, it doesn't feel pain,
and it absolutely will not stop until you
are dead. Or its ankles break."
This is another worryingly fragile metal model. This time I'm worried that the ankles are going to snap, as it's been leaning alarmingly and I've had to bend it back into shape a couple of times. I'm already contemplating things I could stick to the base as support when it inevitably breaks.

Anyway, robot ankle failure aside, painting an endoskeleton leads me neatly into plugging the Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance Kickstarter that's running right now. It has about a week left to run, so if like me you're weirdly obsessed with Terminator, you can throw some money in that direction.

So, I've painted 41 models to include in a single blog post. That's got to have done good things to my numbers...

Painted: 66
Acquired: -6

Friday 6 April 2018

Walls and so on

It's still post-apocalypse time here at Matt Towers. I've managed to snare Kieron into playing Terminator Genisys, which drives a need for more terrain, which has led me to more of this stuff.

I picked up some more of the Crooked Dice scrapwalls and a junk pile at Vapnartak this year. For once, I actually painted things I'd bought within a fairly short timescale, so here we go!

First, the junk pile. Not sure what the big grey thing is, but look, there's some sort of wheel!

Whatever this is a pile of!
A wheel! Some sort of hose!

Then, the walls...

Corrugated iron and things!

Some sort of machinery and possibly a motorcycle chassis!

A big gate and a tyre!

A big red pipe!
As a sort of bonus, I also finished off a plastic survivor that's been standing around in my painting stuff for a very long time.

He's got flip flops, a can and a gun.
I'm not sure if he's doing well.
I made this by chopping up some of the parts on the Wargames Factory survivors sprue that aren't supposed to fit together, as a sort of protest against how inflexible that set is despite the huge number of parts it has. That was several years ago now that I think about it, but I've painted him now!

Right, that went a bit stream-of-consciousness-y. Now here's the numbers!

Acquired: -6
Painted: 25

You'll notice, because of course you've committed the previous numbers to memory, that the acquired number has gone up by two. That's due to free figures I got by going to Chillcon recently. I don't really know what I'm going to do with them, but they go on the pile so there we are...

Right. That's all for now, but I've got more on the way, so watch out for that!