sobota, 1 sierpnia 2015

True and correct story the Quest of PKBtron as said by scribe Severius




As we approached the site we were exhausted. After long days in the jungle all but our master Dunkelschwartz were full of doubts.. But when our guide called and pointed legendary skull shaped rock we felt anew all the holy fervour that has brought us there..



stood like an idol of arrogance of the times long forgotten.



..mansion of some long dead noble..
The skull stood like an idol of arrogance of the times long forgotten over the ancient and crumbling mansion of some long dead nobleman.





When our scout returned we heard that bad rumours were true to the letter, croneys of Pinkstein were digging in the ground and excavation something ! In what Pinstein dabbles couldn't be good and holy so we know at that moment we were to fight a deadly battle on these hot and wet grounds.
..croneys of Pinkstein were digging..

We produced our weapons and armed ourselves to war !

First group was lead by Inquisitor Dunkelschwartz our beloved master himself, with Major Klinkerhoffen and Redemptionist Figus, while on the right flank Crusader Grimdarkus led the second part of the retinue accompanied by our good spirit Abbot Umpapus with his mighty hammer of justice..

It was our beloved Lord that spotted first movements in the dark shadows of the main gate, the same gate that happen to be a grave for so many of us later..
..spotted movements in the dark shadows..
Where there were his men, Pinkstein couldn't be a far away we all knew.. and so were he.. Archheretic, arch traitor, Pinkman the rapist, Pinkman the slaughterer, Pinkman the Scourge, man of many names but only one allegiance.. sworn to dark gods..

...but only one allegiance..
...but for the love of the Emperror and all his mercy, he wasn't alone... oh no he wasn't..

..whose poor souls he traded for their servitude..


We newer knew what kind of coin he bribed them, or whose poor souls he traded for their servitude as he took his secrets to the shallow grave, but here were they.. traitorous astartes.. huge bulky shapes in the green background of the forst.. waiting to spring a trap.. like if we were mere mice..


Lamented Umpapus, brave hero of the Imperium was a first to spot them and issue a curse he was known for..to foul to be cited here..
..a curse .to foul to be cited here..

But we there were no cowards among us, as Inquisitor Dunkelschwartz had unique talent to see a man's weakness before it was even known to themselves and chosen his man wisely.. so we all pressed forward with grim determination and The Most Holy Emperror in our hearts as a shield against the Darkness ahead..
 *** Ya spent Pinkstein !! The Emperor has cometh for ya !!!!*** Our Lord yelled and laid waste to the first traitorous scum with a blast from his holy plasma pistol The Merrimack

..The Emperor has cometh for ya..
And we followed him to our doom as we would follow him into the fire, as we would follow him into hell itself, as we loved him as much as we loved the Emperor himself !

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In the next episode of the True and correct story the Quest for PKBtron as said by scribe
Severius..
Dunkelschwartz last stand !
Pinkstain righteus demise
And the end of the 10000 tyranny of GRZuuul !!




czwartek, 30 lipca 2015

Quest for PKBtron !

This Saturday at unholy planet pardo XI Inquisitor Dunkelschwartz will ultimately clash with arch heretic Julius Pinkstein !! Ultimate showdown of the possession of unholy artefact PKBtron that brings wealth and power to the owner will end in final confrontation !
AKA we learn to play In The Emperors name  :)

Julius Pinkstein, Cardinal Tentacle and his cultist + unholly traitor astartes allies.

Julius Pinkstein in The quest for PKBtron

Faction: Lost and Damned

Name
Grit
FV
SV
Speed
Points
Notes
Julius Pinkstein
3+
+3
+3
+2
52
Leader. Displacer Field (8+ to hit). Plasma Pistol (3pts). Chainsword (2pts). Autopistol (0pts). Stealth (5pts). Gun Kata (5pts). Zone of Shadows (10pts).
Cardinal Tentacle
3+
+2
+2
+0
75
Refractor Shield (7+ to hit). Staff (1pts). Autopistol (0pts). Analyze (5pts). Warpfire (10pts). True Grit (10pts). The Path of Shadows (10pts). Levitate (10pts). Dominatus (10pts). Slaneshian cardinal
Cult Leader
3+
+2
+2
+0
21
Carapace Armour (7+ to hit). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Bayonet (0pts). Autopistol (0pts). Autogun (2pts).
Cult Leader 2
3+
+2
+2
+0
21
Carapace Armour (7+ to hit). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Bayonet (0pts). Autopistol (0pts). Autogun (2pts).
Cult Leader 3
3+
+2
+2
+0
21
Carapace Armour (7+ to hit). Grenade (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Autopistol (0pts). Autogun (2pts).
Cultist with autogun
3+
+1
+1
+1
14
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autogun (2pts). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Cultist with autogun
3+
+1
+1
+1
14
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autogun (2pts). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Cultist with autogun
3+
+1
+1
+1
14
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autogun (2pts). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Cultist with autogun
3+
+1
+1
+1
14
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autogun (2pts). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Cultist
3+
+1
+1
+1
12
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Cultist
3+
+1
+1
+1
12
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Cultist
3+
+1
+1
+1
12
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Cultist
3+
+1
+1
+1
12
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Grzuul
2+
+4
+4
+1
54
Imperial Power Armour (8+ to hit). Plasma Pistol (3pts). Chainsword (2pts). Bolter (4pts). Terror (5pts). Combat Master (5pts). Chaos marines champion
Xardas the Damned
2+
+4
+4
+1
42
Imperial Power Armour (8+ to hit). Bolter (4pts). Bolt Pistol (3pts). Bayonet (0pts). Chaos space marine
Total:
390






Inquisitor Dunkelschwartz retinue

Inquisitor Dunkelshwartz in hunt of PKBtron retinue

Faction: Ordo Hereticus


Name
Grit
FV
SV
Speed
Points
Notes
Inquisitor Dunkelshwartz
2+
+5
+5
+1
75
Leader. Imperial Power Armour (8+ to hit). Grenade (0pts). Jokaero Digital Weapons (1pts). Plasma Pistol (3pts). Thunder Hammer (4pts). Analyze (5pts). Combat Master (5pts). Gun Kata (5pts). Terror (5pts). The Path of Shadows (10pts).
Savant Psyker
4+
+0
+0
+0
40
Refractor Shield (7+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Bless the Armour's Spirit (10pts). Bless the Weapon's Spirit (10pts). Zone of Shadows (10pts).
Brother Cadfael
4+
+0
+0
+0
19
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Autopistol (0pts). Medic (5pts). Invoke Faith (5pts). Analyze (5pts).
Native guide
4+
+0
+0
+0
11
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Autopistol (0pts). Autogun (2pts). Nose for Trouble (5pts).
Major Klinkerhofen
3+
+3
+2
+0
30
Carapace Armour (7+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Bolt Pistol (3pts). Chainsword (2pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Gun Kata (5pts).
Klinkerhoffian with Autoshotgun
3+
+2
+2
+0
23
Carapace Armour (7+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Bolter (4pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Klinkerhoffian with plasmagun
3+
+2
+2
+0
25
Carapace Armour (7+ to hit). Plasmagun (6pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Autopistol (0pts).
Drill Abbot Umpapus
3+
+3
+2
+1
35
Refractor Shield (7+ to hit). Thunder Hammer (4pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Autopistol (0pts). Invoke Faith (5pts). Combat Master (5pts).
Redemptionist Figus
3+
+3
+1
+0
24
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Executioner Chainsword (6pts). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Master (5pts).
Death Cult Leader Grimus
3+
+2
+2
+0
15
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Chainsword (2pts).
Death cultist with shotgun
3+
+1
+1
+0
12
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Shotgun (1pts).
Death cultist with shotgun
3+
+1
+1
+0
12
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts). Shotgun (1pts).
Death cultist
3+
+1
+1
+0
11
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Death cultist
3+
+1
+1
+0
11
Just clothing (5+ to hit). Autopistol (0pts). Combat Knife/Dagger (0pts).
Crusader Grimdarkus
2+
+5
+1
+1
51
Imperial Power Armour (8+ to hit). Power Weapon (3pts). Autopistol (0pts). Invoke Faith (5pts). Defensive Master (5pts). Combat Master (5pts).
Total:
394

Unholy PKBtron (GDPtron is this unholy artefact English name proper)

The clash is imminent !!


piątek, 24 lipca 2015

Lets enter the dark streets of Malifaux..

I was eyeing Malifaux miniatures for a long time. But never got any. Recently as I was planing a gift to myself for finishing my PHD (which of last part i send to my boss this very Monday) I decided its time to try. So I bought new plastic boxes of miniatures I've been eyeing for ages, both old metal and new plastic. There were something i disliked in each of the old metal box, so I decided to go plastic road. And boy thats a real treat !! Those models seriously lack soul and details in the renders but are metal like in flesh. They are not without a flaw though. Them aterial they are made from uits high quality hard plastic, but its more prone to bending that to shattering (really good material).
Seamus Red Chapel murderer and his Rotten belles
The miniatures are very filigree so the details has to be even more filigree to match them, so that makes cleaning mouldiness (delicate but i hate any scent of them) painful and tedious work that took me longer than expected. Good the casting quality is very high, these models would be completely unusable with some worse casting, bigger mouldiness. They are top quality and its still ardours work. Second flaw again comes from filigrees: The places that parts met are sometimes insanely flimsy.. and models contact with ground (bese) is suspiciously small at times.. they should be cast with some smallish bases really..
Nicodemus the Undertaker- King of the undead
But to the models. What driven me to the Malifaux (and I am not alone here) are their trademark undead prostitutes called Rotten belles. So I had to get them, secondly be skimming the rules I saw that this game uses great deal of summoning mechanics, and can bring the models to the table from thin air, and what is better way to bring extra models than raising undead !! SO in the end I go Seamus starter (Undead prostitutes !! And the Necromancer box with extra undead dogs (they help a lot with raising shambling hordes of living dead.
First close up of fine gentlemen in top hats
Seamus and Nicodemus are Masters - leaders of your team and main characters in the storyline. Next to them is Seamus totem- Copycat Killer (totems are more or less some spirit entities that are aspects of the whole faction or each main character) and the shovel guy is a henchman Mortimer gravedigger- a helping hand that is a smallish character for themselves (he can be a master in small points games) and helping hand to the real masters (each character has dedicated henchman, but they are unlike character specific totems bind to them and can be used interchangeable).
Then crème de la crème of the Resurrectionist faction - The Rotten Belles:
Ledies of the night
And with their charming madame Sybelle (a henchman for Seamus and Rotten belles master) Belles are minions - lover tier of creatures and can be summoned (Seamus can summon only them, and mindless zombies with a little upgrade but Nicodemus can summon almost anything)

Then came Nicodemus minion, and a strange bunch of zombies Punk Samurai Zombies (i told you they are strange)

I am not sure if they fit into Victorian horror + steampunk genre but they are certainly cool.
And the animals: The vulture (Nicodemus totem) and base decor that will be my first mindless zombie.

And the doggies:

Undead dog is Zombie Punk Samurai best friend


Whole happy zombie risin grimly barkin and undead pimpin family :)
I am not sure if I will like the game itself at this time, but I DO LOVE the models character :>

czwartek, 18 czerwca 2015

czwartek, 4 czerwca 2015

Landsknechts column - Italian wars

I finished first column for my Landsknechts. They are great versatile unit that can serve in each army of its time, from Italian wars (both Hapsburg and French armies used Landsknechts in battle) to German wars and even Polish-Teutonic conflict and Polish - Russian and Turkish wars (on Polish side).


Here is 4 base deep column (meant to compromise the Core of my French Army in the Italian Wars) prepared for DBR but could be used in most of the games in the period.
Models are Freikorps15.
They are Ok (i like style) and easily available and cheap but they left me cold in painting. Faces are a bit undercast and I have to made them hands as most of them lacked palms completely. They could use moulds remake. But apart from faces and hands and katzbalgers) they are quite nice.
So overall I give them B-
As I like the effect (with exception of the faces) -  they were pain to paint and finish, so I do not think I will finish second column any soon..)

piątek, 22 maja 2015

Reinforcments for Demi-Brigade.



I've finished another unit of French revolutionary infantry for my Italy campaigns project. Now its time to paint some Austrians. I made a vow to not buy anything till I paint one full unit (Gifts count so I had to finish them for Dragoons I got from my wife for birthday, and I have to paint Austrian unit to buy anything New :)

I have 2 more French Infantry units  and rest of French characters to do, dismounted Dragoons and 2 units of Mounted + officer, and of course 4 Austrian units and Austrian characters.






Due to Austrian white uniform and washes they paint much more faster than the French (models are quite dimplier too - no personal details that French have on almost every model) so I will try to finish first Austrian Unit first.
Those guys looks kinda sad IMHO, like marching after huge defeat  (Vive la France !!)
But in meantime I will have to correct my first units, as green epaulette light infantry was not introduced until after my Campaign project time frame, I will have to repaint epaulettes red to make them Grenadiers.

Demi-brigade so far

niedziela, 17 maja 2015

Review: Zvezda Pz IV F2 in 1:100

Welcome in another mainly photo product review. This time of Zvezda PzIV F2 tank (as always in 1:100) model from their game range. At last we are starting to get models that are usefull for mid-late war. Srsly Zvezda - you sux when you chose to do some obscure or super early models of tanks.. That insanity has to go. Now after this rant over.. :




First thing first, as with Ural truck plastic material is much more friendly now (I am not sure for when change occurred but my last batch (T72 and BTR80) were from older more brittle and harder material. Now plastic is much easier to work with but its not too soft, and keeps great detail.

So for the model itself its delicate like all Zvezda models but have more defined and deeper details than previous German vehicles That is good thing, as detail on Stug were very delicate and shallow.. It could use some improvements (track links on the armour could be  even more defined and lines on engine hatches could be bigger too)  but its very nice model overall with much cast on detail. Overall I am positively surprised and i would rate it for this price as 5 stars model !

And lastly comparison with PSC great PzIV model. To be honest I prefer PSC, but its more than twice the cost of Zvezda. So I will bulk my planned  1942 and Desert campaigns with Zvezda models. Apart from minor differences they are great match - if you fancy it shurzen from PSC will fit on Zvezda models (but turret shurzen needs some work). And they will look great side by side.  Mainly difference is broader and little more flat turret- but that is indistinguishable on the table.









Overall its one of the more useful Zvezda WWII models - They are cheap option for bulking up, but the difference is normal visible (shallow detail, disappearing lines and lack of bolts on the side surfaces)
 But that is not the case with Pz IV F2.
Only WWII multiples I have are T34 (that has to be converted for the type I like but one need them in 10s generally :) and Opel Blitz, but PZIVF2 will be third one.

And I await Tiger I that is meant for this year (with Sherman tanks) - AT last useful vehicle that will work without conversions.. PZIVF2 give me good hopes for quality.
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