Archive for August, 2008

Saturday August 29 2008 Labyrinth

Picture: Runt-herd from the Killa Cave Kommandos. This is a kustom army made by one of the Painters

I got in some Orks, Tyranids and Grey Knights, (which I bought from a client) mostly assembled and ready to paint. The deal was too good to pass up. I plan on using a lot of the Orks for a studio army. The other two I’m not sure what to do with. I would certainly make an attractive deal on them. Contact me at if interested. There is a list of models below.

My day started bright and early, around 5:30am. I awoke refreshed without alarm and had a banana for breakfast. It’s nature’s Power Bar. Then off to the Provo Temple to do some work with my home teacher, Rob. I admit that if I weren’t meeting him there I probably would have gone back to sleep. The Provo temple is on the foothills of earth-tone canyon cliffs, like two herculean book-ends, and when the morning light spills forth and illuminates the white stone and tall spire, it looks like some Elven citadel. There is a twin walkway leading up to it past thick rows of flowers and broad verdant lawns. In front of a broad curving portico are two fountains surrounded by light grey stonework and benches. This is where I like to look back on the valley and get a moment’s perspective.

I had breakfast there, too. Waffles (with whipped cream of course), sausage, bacon, omelette, tapioca pudding and a frosty chocolate milk. My eyes were way bigger than my stomach. Next time I go through the line I’m going to close one eye.

Then back home to change around 11am, pick up the GW order (which was stowed there after Paint Fest on Friday– sorry no footage of that), and headed to the studio. Finding myself alone, I commenced preparing various projects for the coming week. I made substantial inroads there.

About Paint Fest. There was a good turnout. I painted up five converted Dark Elf wyches which I’m going to use as Drow in my D&D game (though I painted them with pale skin). I am astounded at the progress of the group. I don’t think there’s anything they can’t do.

The bulk of the afternoon was spent playing a game of 40K with Jon. A while back I traded him a whole gaggle of old Ork figs and he really made them into something special. We played on a labyrinthine board, which really was unfair in the end because it herded his massed troops into narrow confines. But it was a fun idea and a good time was had by all.
Mike E. came by to show us his D&D figure. We couldn’t figure out what range it was from. Turns out he scratch sculpted it. We couldn’t believe it. I was totally surprised with his ability.
I swung by the store on the way home and picked up bananas, milk, and fish.
Once home I found my wife completely shell-shocked from watching our three kids plus three neighborhood kids all day long. I don’t know how these six-kid families do it day in and day out. Well, I guess I’m going to have four soon and that seems normal to me. I guess you just get used to it. I for one enjoy my kids very much. I don’t find them a burden at all.
My wife told me that when she lamented that there was no milk, little Griffin disappeared downstairs, returning a minute later with six cents. “Here mommy, now you can buy some milk.”

Recently Acquired Armies:
These are available for commission. They are mostly assembled already. They are all current edition models and ready to go. I will probably use most of the Orks for a studio army, but if there is a taker I will just get mine later.

All models are Assembled and spray painted black using the standard citadel paints “Chaos Black” unless stated other wise. The bits are the remaining pieces off the assembled models. You know as well as I do, bits have great value.

Ork Models:
Pain boy x2 (Unassembled still in the box)
Ork Gyro Copter x1 (Un-spray painted)
Mega Nob x3
Nob x6
Big Mek x3
Oil Grot x1
Ork Rutherd x1
Grot x12
Squig Hound x3
Commando x5
Tank Busta x5
Bomb Squig x2
Storm Boy x8
Ork Dreadnaught x1
Killer Kan x3
Burna x4
Loota x4
Mek x2
Ork Bike x3
War Buggie x1
War Trukk x1
Ork Boy x70

Tyranid Models:
Tyranid Hive Guard x2
Tyranid Warrior x8
Gene Stealer x11
Tyranid Rippers x4
Spore mine x3
Guant x16

Daemon Hunter Models:
Assorted Inquisitor Retinue Models x15
Grey Knight x40
Vindicare Assassin x1
Gray Knight Terminator x9
Land Raider Crusader x1

Posted on August 31st, 2008 at 3:17am by Shawn

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Not Busy

I often get emails that start with “I know you’re busy…”

I’m never too busy for a client.

And right now (at this moment) I’m all caught up. Emails responded-to, projects checked out.

I’m twiddling my thumbs. I’m the maytag repairman. It’s 2am, I’m up and nothing to do except write a weak blog entry.

Posted on August 28th, 2008 at 8:21am by Shawn

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Ork Speed Freeks

I suck too bad at miniatures battles to NOT have fun while I’m playing.

If I was serious about it, I think I’d be miserable.

Anyway, a kind reader sent me this army list, which I think it pretty keen:

Saw your recent note on orks vs eldar on your blog.Didn’t know if you were aware of this but you can pretty much have your cake and eat it too with the orks.

My list at 2k:

H.Q.Wizdaka (special character on bike)
Fast attack:
2xsquads of 5 deathcoptas, each with buzsaw and rocket launcher.
8x nobs:4 with power claws, 1 pain boy, 2 war banners, all with cyborg bodies and heavy armor. [on bikes I presume]
3x squads of 8 bikers, nob with power claw

All bike army, 10 models are actually jet bikes…and man…dem boys can move. The entire army turbo boosts, has great anti armor, and has a 4 up basic armor save, a 5 up invulnerable save, and when moving a 4+cover save.Let’s not forget the feel no pain on the nobs.Just an idea, I’ve found the all bike eldar army less than impresive and the truck based ork army ends up as too many models for me.


Alternate List from someone else:
2k list HQ: Warboss w/ Power klaw, warbike, cybork body and Heavy armor 140p
Warboss w/ mega armor, cybork body and boss pole 115p
Troops:4 mega nobz. Trukk w/ reinforced ram 200p
8 Nob bikers w/2 powerklaw, painboy, cybork, waaaghh banner, bosspole 525p
11Boyz 1nob/w powerklaw and bosspole.Trukk w/reinforcedram 152p
11Boyz 1nob/w powerklaw and bosspole.Trukk w/reinforcedram 152p
11Boyz 1nob/w powerklaw and bosspole.Trukk w/reinforcedram 152p
11Boyz 1nob/w powerklaw and bosspole.Trukk w/reinforcedram 152p
Fast atack:

5 deffkoptas w/rookitz 225p
5 deffkoptas w/rookitz 225p
Total: 2001p

hold the mega nobs and the mega warboss as reservs so they have one safe moment twoards the enemy. outflank with deffkoptas. This one is better than a biker army trust me. hope you beat those dark agnels.

Now I’m really confused.

Bearded Company Grognard

This was an unheard-of innovation in the gaming industry, where rules questions were usually answered by whatever bearded company grognard opened the fan mail on a given day, and only then if you included a SASE and made an intelligent reference to Robert Heinlein.

Here’s the rest of a very interesting article about the rise of a geeky company.

I’m not saying it’s a good article, or that I like it, just that it’s there. It’s… interesting.

OK, changed my mind. It’s a good article.

Posted on August 27th, 2008 at 10:06pm by Shawn

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Back in Black

All right folks, I’m back in the saddle. I was up at 5:30am this morning getting to work on correspondence. I need to get projects booked up for September. There are still like seven slots open and I’m eager to get those sealed up.

As I mentioned before I am especially eager to get going with Vampire Counts, Daemon, and Tyranid armies.

I have these Vampire Counts on hand:
2x boxes Blood Knights
4x boxes Crypt Ghouls
1x box Grave Guard
1x box Dire Wolves
1x Winged Vampire Lord
1x Vampire Noble/Aristocrat female
1x Wight Standard Bearer
1x Vlad
1x Corpse Cart

Retail of about $434.The Deal: if you commission this at L3/5 you get the models for $199.

OR you can do the L2/4 core-tastic special in combination with this.

Also, we can start immediately.

I have the following armies for sale:

  • Questing Knights (2000 pts) $950 SOLD!
  • Dragons of Moloch (2000 pts) $950
  • Lions Rampant $1600

My phone number is 801 372 8545.

I will be more than happy to set up anything on the phone with you, if you want. Otherwise, just drop me an email saying what you would like done.

Lions Rampant Details
Video with some of the tanks in it.

All right here’s what’s in it:

  • 2x Baneblades
  • 4x Chimera
  • 3x Sentinels
  • 3x Basilisks
  • 1x Leman Russ Demolisher
  • 1x Leman Russ Vanquisher
  • 1x Hell Hound
  • 45x Cadian Kasrkin: including extra plasmas/meltas, enough for a command HQ squad and four units of Storm Troopers.

Posted on August 27th, 2008 at 9:53pm by Shawn

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Pray for Death

Well, old Gately is down in the dumps, sick as a dog. My goal: plow through essential emails, get up some vids, then die on the couch.

If you need to call and check up on a project please don’t hesitate to call me, I have my blue tooth in. However, you should refer to me as “poor little bunny.”

If you have a project that is completed, paying the final payment on that will help me sleep better tonight!

Here’s comedy in truth. Enjoy.

Posted on August 26th, 2008 at 7:15pm by Shawn

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Monday August 25 2008 Freeks

Picture: a Blood Angels Chaplain.

This morning at 3am or so, I turned off my alarm so I could get a good nights sleep. Then I awoke with a start. Oh crud, I’m supposed to get the kids off to school! So, I turned my cell back on to see what time it was. Whew, still forty minutes to get them going. They barely made it.

Kenna had to come home because she hurled. Poor girl. After tending to her, mom got her back to school.

I am tinkering with various lists, either Eldar is coming up (a mostly Jetbike army) OR Orks. I play mostly for fun, so I think the Orks might be a blast for a change. Lots of Trukks would be cool. The 5th edition rules are very kind to passengers on a transport.

Meanwhile, Sarah and I were double-teaming the main room, getting projects set up.

September is quite open:

September 8-15: Two Slots (could really use some War Machine or Hordes in here, but anything is all right)
September 15-22: Seven Slots

September 22-29: Nine Slots

There are also two Terrain slots open for September.

Check out this shoulderpad: it’s a spare face from a defiler. It fits nearly perfect. It’s a cool option.

Posted on August 26th, 2008 at 12:03am by Shawn

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Bad Dreams

I was up around 1:45am this morning. I had a nightmare that I was on a plane, coming in for a landing, but another plane, like a shadow came in overhead. It was an error with which plane was supposed to land first. At some point the plane I was in split in two parts.

So, it’s going to be the usual: taking care of communication with clients, then sleeping in.

Posted on August 25th, 2008 at 9:07am by Shawn

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Saturday August 23 2008 Electric Avenue

Picture: new Dark Elf Corsairs. This is one of the best plastic kits I’ve ever seen. They make rocking Drow, too. There is also a new Cold One Knight plastic kit and I think they finally got the cold ones right. More than right, they are spectacular.

This morning was the usual: up at the crack of dawn, typing away. I am behind on my emails, but not by very much. I am watching the second season of Stargate: Atlantis. I didn’t like the show at first because I started too close on the heels of Stargate: SG-1.

One by one the family got up and we headed out to the church to clean and vacuum. I forgot to pick up the key, so we drove around the ward looking for one. I vacuumed while Jonah and Tamie did the bathrooms. That’s some good family time.

After that I ate a half watermelon for lunch and headed down to the studio. Finding myself alone there I wrapped up some work until Renn showed up for our game. Everything is pretty much caught up.

A bitz order came in, so that will get some orders underway: phoenix lords, eldar bfg ships et. al.

When I arrived home around 7pm I found my ultra-pregnant wife splayed out on the couch with her feet in a soaker. They are starting to swell up as usual. After tending to her, we put the kids to bed. By the end of the day she’s about had it with the kids, (nevermind she has bowling ball shoved in with her other guts, sitting right on top of the bladder) and I show up, full of love and patience. So, it’s really not fair, because if I had to juggle them for ten hours I would be at the end of my rope, too. But it’s good for the kids because they’ve had about a truck-load of nagging and they’re tuning her out.

By the end of the evening I had about sixty minutes worth of 40K battle footage. That was a real fight because we were dealing with kids/bed at the same time.

At long last we settled down to watch Scorpion King 2, a movie that is so bad that it’s comical. It was really making my eyes water. But I did get some ideas for my D&D game.

Now Booking for September
My main business concern right now is getting September booked up. There’s only one week left and there are like ten slots still open for this coming month. That has me concerned.

Booking a project is easy. We need three things:
1) The models (or a list of models to be acquired).
2) A deposit as indicated on the Project Breakdown spreadsheet
a. Pay by phone with major Credit Card 801 372 8545
b. Pay via Paypal to
c. Pay by MO (see website Service Guide for details)
3) The Instructions .doc sheet filled out and returned.

If you don’t want to mess with all that, you can even call me and set up everything over the phone.

Posted on August 24th, 2008 at 5:03am by Shawn

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Lions Rampant 1500 point list

This is for the batrep today.
Disciplines: Grenadiers, Iron Discipline, and Carapace Armor.
1500 Pts – Imperial Guard Roster – Lions Rampant 1500

HQ: Command Platoon (5#, 84 Pts)
0 Command Platoon @ 84 Pts
0 Command Squad @ [84] Pts
Carapace Armour
1 Junior Officer @ [40] Pts
Carapace Armour; Close Combat Weapon; Laspistol
4 Guardsmen @ [24] Pts
Carapace Armour; Lasgun (x1); Grenade Launcher (x3)

Troops: Grenadiers (11#, 218 Pts)
9 Grenadiers @ 218 Pts
Hellgun w/targeter (x7); Meltagun (x2); Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Chimera
1 Sergeant @ [10] Pts
Close Combat Weapon; Hellpistol; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades
1 Chimera @ [98] Pts
Extra Armour; Rough Terrain Modification; Smoke Launchers; Multilaser; Hull Heavy Bolter

Troops: Grenadiers (11#, 218 Pts)
9 Grenadiers @ 218 Pts
Hellgun w/targeter (x7); Meltagun (x2); Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Chimera
1 Sergeant @ [10] Pts
Close Combat Weapon; Hellpistol; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades
1 Chimera @ [98] Pts
Extra Armour; Rough Terrain Modification; Smoke Launchers; Multilaser; Hull Heavy Bolter

Troops: Grenadiers (11#, 214 Pts)
9 Grenadiers @ 214 Pts
Hellgun w/targeter (x7); Grenade Launcher (x2); Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades; Chimera
1 Sergeant @ [10] Pts
Close Combat Weapon; Hellpistol; Frag Grenades; Krak Grenades
1 Chimera @ [98] Pts
Extra Armour; Rough Terrain Modification; Smoke Launchers; Multilaser; Hull Heavy Bolter

Elite: Hardened Veterans (9#, 212 Pts)
7 Hardened Veterans @ 212 Pts
Carapace Armour; Lasgun (x4); Plasmagun (x3); Chimera
1 Veteran Sergeant @ [13] Pts
Carapace Armour; Lasgun
1 Chimera @ [93] Pts
Extra Armour; Smoke Launchers; Multilaser; Hull Heavy Bolter

Fast Attack: Sentinel Squadron (1#, 55 Pts)
0 Sentinel Squadron @ 55 Pts
1 Sentinel @ [55] Pts
Lascannon (x1)

Heavy Support: Leman Russ Demolisher (1#, 193 Pts)
1 Leman Russ Demolisher @ 193 Pts
Extra Armour; Smoke Launchers; Demolisher Cannon; Hull Lascannon; Sponson Plasma Cannon

Heavy Support: Leman Russ Vanquisher (IA) (1#, 198 Pts)
1 Leman Russ Vanquisher (IA) @ 198 Pts
Extra Armour; Smoke Launchers; Coaxial Storm Bolter; Vanquisher Battle Cannon; Heavy Bolter; Heavy Bolter Sponsons (Pair)

Heavy Support: Basilisk (1#, 108 Pts)
1 Basilisk @ 108 Pts
Extra Armour; Smoke Launchers; Earthshaker Cannon; Hull Heavy Bolter

Total Roster Cost: 1500

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Posted on August 23rd, 2008 at 7:04pm by Shawn

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Out of Sight

Oh, an here’s an addicting video game jingle:

Posted on August 22nd, 2008 at 3:02pm by Shawn

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