Archive for March, 2012

Episode 17: Escalation

Sorry for the long delay but we are back in full swing here people.  Now that I’m happily married I’d like to welcome you all to Episode 17, filled to the brim with exciting information.  This episode has it all, important new news and rumors from Games Workshop regarding their new line of paints, the Blind Fight Battle Report staring Bill and Opy, and a special guest host, Dave!  He’s here to talk to us about the recent Escalation League he’s been running along with a myriad of other things so don’t miss out!

Plus don’t forget the usual great content including the Rules Of Engagement …

  • 00:00:00  Episode 17 Intro and Contents
  • 00:02:00  The Round-up: What Have We Done Since Last Episode?
  • 00:34:50  This Random Time Period In 40k! – New GW models, new Forgeworld units, new Black Library books, info on the new GW paints and rumors about 6th ed.
  • 01:11:31  Battle Report Info
  • 01:24:20  Battle Report
  • 01:38:45  Stratagem and Post Battle Discussion
  • 02:00:32  Campaign Diem: Escalation League
  • 02:28:25  Rules of Engagement
  • 02:36:29  Thanks for Listening!

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For info on the Berks Spring Assault III:

For info on Dave’s upcoming tournament at BNW:

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Escalation League: Coteaz 500 Points

As promised here are some photos of my initial 500 Coteaz Escalation League army. As I mentioned in the podcast, I entered the league so I would be inspired to create the army I had been intending to build since the moment I started Grey Knights, a totally Inquisition henchmen army. Granted there are some dreadnaughts thrown in there as well, but seriously how can a Grey Knight player not bring Psybolt Dreads?

Anyway, for those of you who might have missed it, here is my initial 500 points:


Inquisitor Coteaz

9 Warrior Acolytes with 2 Meltaguns and 7 Bolters
– Chimera with Multilaser and Heavy Flamer

6 Deathcult Assassins and 1 Crusader
– Rhino

Heavy Support:
Dreadnaught with 2 Twin Linked Autocannons and Psybolts

For the deathcults I used Dark Elf Corsairs from fantasy. I have seen people use Dark Eldar Wyches as well, but I didn’t want to use any existing 40k models to prevent confusion. The Crusader is a Bretonian Man-at-Arms with some purity seals thrown on him. Weird how a piece of paper and a wax seal makes him seem from the future… Finally for the Acolytes I used Cadian guardsmen, replacing their flashlights with bolters or meltagun bits I ordered from eBay. The autocannons for the Dread are of course from the Aegis Defense lines that Bill and I happen to have bought a bunch of back when planetstrike came out. Otherwise, everything else is pretty standard stuff.

So far I am pretty happy with my army, though I am still adjusting to the poor BS of the Henchmen squads. While the Deathcult have failed to do much so far, I have mostly fought shooting heavy armies so they are usually get shot down before reaching their target. However, Coteaz will often make back those points once he gets in close combat, assuming the enemy doesn’t have a powerfist. I wont get into the specifics, but the next 500 points will add quite a few more henchmen squads and Chimeras. It will be by far the largest phase of the army in terms of how many models i will need to paint. Hopefully I can complete them in time.

I am really looking forward to continuing the league and the completion of my 1500 Inquisition army!


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Build a Stormraven – Part 2 of 4: Priming and Magnetizing

Stormraven Primed Wings offA note from the Editor: It is with great pleasure that I present to you a labor of love and wonderful tutorial from two-time guest host, Andy! This complete tutorial features his fantastically painted Blood Angel’s Stormraven which he slaved over in the beginning of 2011. The original tutorial, which can be found on Andy’s blog, was delivered over nine parts. Andy has been gracious enough to recreate that tutorial here, slightly condensed, for you, the Turn 8 audience (also, it gives some better exposure to his work … win/win!). Please enjoy and feel free to leave our man a comment or two.




For part two of how to build a Stormraven, I have my Stormraven primed with Army Painter Dragon Red spray paint.   For those used to GW’s primers this spray paint is a rather different animal.   Its a thicker paint out of the can and a bit more touchy than GW’s.   Make sure the humidity is not above 50-60% when you are painting and also make sure its not too hot or cold out, I’d say no hotter than 85 degrees and no colder than 50 degrees.   Also you will have to spray a bit closer than GW cans, which are generally best at about 6-8 inches from nozzle to model.   Make sure the Army Painter nozzle is about 4-5 inches away from your model.   If you get further you run the risk of the paint drying before hitting the model and this creates a sandpaper like texture.   If you paint on a hot humid day (or on a rainy day), you’ll also get this same sandpaper texture.

Even with all these high maintenance instructions, I HIGHLY recommend priming with Army Painter sprays. Their selection of color is fantastic and for the most part, color matches GW’s line of paints. I also used the Skeleton Bone Spray paint (matches GW’s Bleached Bone) to prime all my Tau army.

With that being said, Dragon Red is a darker shade than GW’s Blood Red. The closest GW paint is the Foundation Paint: Mechrite Red. But unfortunately this isn’t an exact match. So I had to find something else… Read the rest of this entry »

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