If you keep up with current GW events you have probably heard that the 40k storyline is advancing and Cadia is falling to Chaos. Drama. I decided to have a little fun with the theme and get some miniatures painted.
Games Workshop has really stepped up their retro game in the past few years, which I think is great because they had really neglected some of their best games for a few years. While it's great to see games like Blood Bowl and supposedly Adeptus Titanicus come back, that ship sailed for me a while ago. I still snag up some current GW stuff from time to time, but with the exception of Forge World's Horus Heresy line, I pretty much leave it alone. Every now and then i'll snag up a miniature or a box of stuff because something catches my eye. One of those miniatures was the 30th anniversary marine.
It was an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in January when a dozen grown adults descended into a basement for a day of gaming and "Oldhammering". They milled around a bit at first, greeting familiar friends and welcoming the new faces. Some of the more regular guests wanted to get right down to business, but were quickly reminded of rule number one: ninety percent of Oldhammer is taking about Oldhammer.
Someone opened a case of ancient lead figures and money changed hands. An unsavory solicitor was selling boxes of corpses at the bar. It wasn't long before the dice started rolling and the attending crowd cackled with delight as their heathen demonic figurines slaughtered each other in grisly games of chance.
And then finally, just when the debauchery could not become any more..... debaucherous....
So with real life and real work demands its always hard to get in that hobby time, but I always try and sit down for an hour a day and drag some brushes on some old lead. Even with a busy work schedule i've managed to knock out a nice chunk of figures so far this year. So... here's my shiny bits!
A squad of absolute badasses. It's a Festivus miracle!
Short quickie post just to show off the latest addition to Inquisitor Serpico's force of jackbooted Imperial thugs! I present to you... Copplestone troopers! Yeah, they have arms and autoguns courtesy of Victoria Miniatures. The resin arms fit snugly with some minor greenstuff work and minimal frustration levels. I also threw in a Forgeworld flamer and a Chainsaw Warrior to give the squad a heavy weapon.
They're painted up to match troops that make up an Imperial Army detachment. I was going to go with the "codex grey and black" uniform scheme, but I like the end result and it's more colorful but still militaristic. Since it's getting close to the end of the year, I may as well do a year in review and touch on some projects i've got on deck.
2016: a brief, brief review
What a mixed bag this year has been! It's been a real shit-fest in the real world and I really hope we don't have a nuclear war on our hands in the next 12 months and maybe some of my favorite artists and celebrities can make it through 2017. Jeez.
Alright bitching is done. It's been a banner year for Oldhammer! Loads of killer kickstarters out there, I got to roll dice with some fellow New-Worlders and we managed to add a few more to our collective. Hobby-wise I've had a great year and i'm looking forward to getting together with some of the New World crew again in January.
Having so many meet-ups this year gave me the chance to test out all kinds of house rules for Rogue Trader, which resulted in the super fun Rogue Ops house rules!
2017 and beyyooooooooond!
I've been working on a campaign system for Rogue Trader/Rogue Ops which draws heavily from Necromunda, Mordheim, and Inquisitor. With Rogue Stars being all the rage these days, I'll probably end up plundering those rules for goodies. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Rogue Trader is the only fucking ruleset you will ever need. Add some house rules here and there and you can make it be whatever you want it to be. I hope to have some rudimentary campaign rules done by the end of January, hopefully in time for NOVAOSGROT 17 - THE premier Oldhammer USA event-of-the-year -OF-THE-YEAR. Be there or be square, you lame-ass lame-butts!
I've loaded up on holiday ebay deals that should keep me busy all year and should see my RT pirate force grow. The infamous Worldburner will be adding more Squat Mercenaries to his outfit and the Ork warband continue to grow. 2017 is shaping up to be another great year for Oldhammer!
So those of you who also follow Give'em Lead know that BlueinVT and I just spent a weekend in AirborneGrove26's basement in the US Midwest playing wargames and generally devolving into teenage boys. So the four day basement fest included games of 3rd edition Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Rogue Trader, Heroquest, and other assorted nonsense. One thing I had really been looking forward to was trying out some house rules that had been bouncing around in my head for a few months and I think the results were just super fantastic. I call the rules "Rogue Ops"
The big news from Games Workshop and a dream come true for us old veterans of the tabletop space wars was the release of the brand new Genestealer Cult line and rules. Yaaay!! Woo! Welllll... I haven't bought any of the new stuff and I probably won't. I left the modern version of the game behind a while ago. While the new figures are everything I could have wanted and more, I guess i'm just too much of an old lead head. After all, my Genestealer Cult has been marauding around the Oldhammer World for a couple years now... and i'm not done yet! And so, without further delay, I bring you the latest additions to the cult!!