Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Sky is Falling. Wear a Helmet.

So I've been keeping up with all of the new Tyranid Codex rumors and have been hearing this and that about Carnifexes in broods of 1-3, the Trygon/Mawloc, super-powered Tyrants, cheaper (and more powerful) Genestealers, something called a Harpy and blah blah blah. 

This. Happens. Every. Single. Codex.

The sky will fall and everyone freaks out about how over powered the newest dex will be. Frankly, I've heard nothing that is truly concerning or cannot be planned around. I'll get a copy of the codex and I'll look it over. Not to start playing nids or to complain forever about the gross injustices and codex creep.

Instead, be proactive about this change. Find the weaknesses in this codex. Is it time for plasma to make its return - due to the difficulty of hiding something as large as a trygon in cover? Powerfists will appear in just about every single squad that can equip one. And finally, weapons and abilities that inflict instant death (S10 Pie Plates, Force Weapons, Skulltaker, Wraithcannons, etc) will be somewhat popular again due to the loss of Eternal Warrior. 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wisdom of the Ancients

First post in a long time - college has been kicking my ass there and back again. The next two weeks will probably be even worse, so my posting will be finicky.

Anywho, everyone knows that I love dreadnoughts.

Pictured above are my three dreadnoughts. The middle one was made from the standard Dreadnought box set. The one on the right is an Assault on Black Reach dread with the stormbolter swapped out for a heavy flamer.

The one on the left is yet another Assault on Black Reach dread that I converted to look like the Forgeworld Mk. IV Dreadnought that I oh so adore. I trimmed down the front of the sarcophagus, used a terminator chest piece and converted a "beakie" helmet to fit inside the headpiece. I then used some guitar wire to run some power cables from the Terminator chest piece into the base of the sarcophagus. There is yet another heavy flamer conversion and all that is left to do is to devise some sort of covering for the cabling.

Now for what I'm most excited for and what will probably be the centerpiece of my Salamanders army. I found a deal on eBay that I could not pass up and miraculously won. While it isn't the Mk. IV Venerable, it still a gorgeous model.

The Forgeworld Chaplain Dreadnought

Game wise, I'll probably end up running it as a Venerable Dreadnought. Modeling wise, I have the Chainfist arm from the Ironclad dreadnought arriving in the mail and all I need is a right arm to slaughter foes from afar. More than likely, I'll just use the assault cannon from my Dreadnought kit in order to get use out of the Venerable's BS-5. Having never worked with resin before, I'm kind of excited but know better than to jump on in. I'm doing my research and will definitely have to work slow.