Riders of the Storm

The past two weeks I've missed game night at the Whiz. Hopefully next week I wasn't scheduled another closing shift at work so I can attend.

Colleges are letting students out on vacation, I believe, so perhaps there will be more opponents now/soon.

I've completed building my Rhino and Land Raider Crusader. All I have to do now is prime and paint them. Painting them is going to be the biggest drag, though. I've never been a fan of painting vehicles due to their immense size and how many coats of paint I have to slather on them.

Hopefully, much like with my Drop Pod, the Foundation paint base coat will help speed things along.

The Whiz is having a tournament on January 1st, titled "New Acquaintances", which is based around bringing new units to the field you got during December (presumably as a holiday gift). I've been wanting to use my Land Raider Crusader, but I doubt I'll have it fully painted by then.

Oh well. Only time will tell.


Review: Ultramarines DVD

To start with, the trailers truly don't do the movie justice. That being said, it's a pretty good movie in what I can only hope to be the first of many.

The good:
The voice acting is very well done. The script seems well written, but with Dan Abnett authoring it I expected no less. The general feel and mood of the environment gave it an authentic "grim, dark" setting which felt very 40K.

The bad:
It's pretty short, running less than 80 minutes. Because of this, the plot felt very simple. The film's pace moved slowly and quietly at first, then to a more "natural" flow, but never really reached a satisfying climax.

And yes, the graphics are sub-par to today's standards (even THQ's short cinematics for the Dawn of War franchise were far superior). The biggest graphical downfall, in my opinion, was the terrain of the planet. It seemed as if they made it a rocky desert to save on the budget it would require to make a lush, colorful world, as if they just made a light brown ground texture and tossed in the occasional oddball rock formation to add scenic "flavor". The terrain gets much better and more detailed once the sign of Chaos is discovered though.

Overall, it's a great movie to watch if you're a fan of 40K, but don't expect anything more than Marines versus Marines... which could get very boring if they continue with this theme.

Score: 5/10


Simple Survival

In the past week, I've bought and assembled a Land Raider Crusader. I decided to give it a multimelta, just to add a bit of anti-tank weaponry, making it a true killing machine.

I also played a threeway battle on Tuesday against Tyranids and Daemons. I didn't take any pictures of the Daemons, unfortunately, but I did manage to get a few good shots of the Tyranids.


After annihilating the Hormagaunts.

Remember the Assault Squad? The Hive Tyrant devoured it.

Considering it was a 2,000-point battle, we only got to the end of turn two, so it was too early to name a victor. However, I did lose my objective, and the Daemons were able to contest the Tyranid objective.

I look forward to priming and painting my new Land Raider Crusader and Rhino though. Soon my infantry will have all the transports they could ever want.