The Original Spawning: Oldblood on Carnosaur Complete and Valentine’s Day Massacre Report Out!

funnydinoThis post is kinda late because I wanted to have this posted before this past Saturday’s Valentine’s Day Massacre, but I ran outta time so I’m going to make this both a post of my newest addition to my Lizardmen army and also include the details on the tournament that I participated in over the weekend. I’ll begin by saying I was very impressed with the outpouring of support we received from several different places across the Midwest. We had 7 guys come up from OKC, a couple from Manhattan, Kansas and even had a lone soldier come from Lawrence, Kansas… in total, we had 20 people and was one of the bigger (and better) tournaments to be had in Wichita in a long time. I really felt the nostalgia because we had so many new people in the building and it made for some excellent games and it definitely forged some new friendships (as well as friendly competition!)

So to start off with, I altered my list a few weeks ago and decided to run with dual Carnosaurs; 1 for the Battle Standard Bearer and 1 for the Oldblood (Thanks, new Lizardmen Army Book!) This means that the BSB range is now 18″ instead of 12″, since he’s mounted. And also, he’s riding a Carnosaur, which doesn’t suck…  I’ve always been a fan of a dinosaur list and like the idea of having all of the biggest things that the Lizardmen army book as to offer, so including yet another big dino – and a Carnosaur, at that – was simply too much for me to pass up. I don’t really like the new look of the plastic Carnosaur model… something about it that didn’t appeal to me… and if you recall, I used that model to assemble a Troglodon, anyways. However, lots of stuff was left over from the sprue so I happened to have a spare Carnosaur laying around (I like the metal model better, anyways) and took the Oldblood model, as well as some reins and the saddle and converted it so that he fits on old Carnosaur. Here’s some WIP from when I first started:

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After getting it all converted I set out to getting it painted and opted to go with a green and brown color scheme. I think it stands out among the rest of my army because the colors are very striking and loud. So I think for the Oldblood it fit him perfectly. Here’s some more pics of the painted Oldblood and Carnosaur:

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As for how things went during the tournament… well, I started out very well. It was a 3 game tournament and I started game 1 against an OKC gamer named Joe, and he had a Warriors of Chaos army. He did have Festus and some Nurgle Chaos Warriors, and it took me 1.5 units of Saurus to finally widdle ’em down. He did himself no favors as his Daemon Prince charged in but then miscast that same turn, sending him into the Warp. After that, all I had to do was clean house and it took all 6 turns but I was able to get a Massacre for the game. So a full 25 battle points. Game 2 was against another New World Order gamer name Mike, and he had a Vampire Counts army. I was worried at first because he had some ethereal creatures in his list and I have no magic weapons so I wasn’t going to be able to do any damage to him… And that is actually what happened. However, because my Oldblood is tough and hard to hit, I was able to kill him off because I kept winning combat resolution so it eventually killed them off. Otherwise, I would’ve been stuck in a combat I could not have won for the entirety of the game. In Turn 2, the Ancient Stegadon was able to destroy the Vampire Lord and thus started the undoing of the VC army, due to the crumbling rule. When he died, he took out a handful of other units in his wake, and that was the deciding factor of the game as well. All said and done, I got another Massacre and 23 Battle Points. Last game was against John Pike, who takes a pretty nasty High Elves army… We were both undefeated and the winner was going to take home the Beast Mode trophy… After some bad decisions by me and his taking advantage of those bad decisions, he was able to knock out my army pretty handily and all I had left were my 2 carnosaurs, a skink priest and my Terradons. It was Major Loss for me, so I ended up 2-1-0 and brought my 2014 record to 5-3-1, which isn’t bad.

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I thought the tournament was excellent and was glad that we had such a good turnout. A lot of the guys that were in this tournament will also be participating in the Slobberknocker GT here in OKC next month, so you could say this tournament was a primer of sorts. There were tons of awesome armies there, and the Brettonia army that won Best Painted was by far one of the most immaculate armies I’ve ever seen. I think after this outing I’m going to finish up the Bastiladon and the Ripperdactyls then the Lizardmen will hit the shelves for a while. The Dwarfs book is now out and I’m ready to start playing with them and putting together a new list. I’ll continue to play the Lizards here and there because they are my “go to” army, but I’m going to focus on other projects going forward. My Deathwing is nearly complete so I’m sure I’ll get in some 40k games at some point as well…

Next up is the March Melee Madness Tournament at Hero Complex on March 15th, which will be the week before the Slobberknocker GT. So I’ll use that one to test out the Dwarfs list and get ready to go! Check back for other projects and report outs as we get into the thick of Tournament Season! As always, thanks for reading!

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40K Chronicles: Deathwing Dreadnought Horatio Complete!

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Keeping in line with the completion of my 40k Deathwing army, I decided to go ahead and finish up Dreadnought Horatio. I started on him at the same time I was working on the Land Raider Crusader, mainly because I was using the same paints. Two birds with one stone, if you will. After getting the base coats on him I focused solely on the Land Raider, and was determined to get back to him when the time came. Well that time finally came yesterday and I was able to knock him out. If you recall, this is actually the v.2 of Dreadnought Horatio because the original one that I painted got lost in my move from Seattle to Oklahoma City. So technically, I should have 2 of these guys in the army…

I’m not very up to date on all the new types of Dreadnoughts that are in the Space Marine arsenal anymore so I don’t know exactly what type of Dreadnought body this one is… I do know that I found it on Craigslist not too long ago for a cheap price and figured it would do the job. I like the power fist on this model as well, much bigger and reminds me of something out of the Pacific Rim movie. Here’s the latest addition to my Deathwing army, Dreadnought Horatio:

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Again, I have opted to keep the main chassis of Horatio the standard bone color of the Deathwing, but then painted each arm in Dark Angels Green to match the Land Raider Crusader as well as tie in overall with the Dark Angels theme. The gun barrels are painted red, just like the rest of the army and the base is the standard base for Dreadnoughts, so nothing special there. Here’s some more shots:

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With the completion of Horatio, I now only have the Deathwing Knights, Librarian, and the other Land Raider Crusader. I’ll have it done in no time! Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

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– Deathwing Grandmaster Belial

– Chaplain Cassius in Terminator Armor

– Librarian Targaryus in Terminator Armor

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Infernus)

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Barrage)

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Nike)

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Removed because of the inclusion of the Deathwing Knights)

– 1 Dreadnought (Horatio)

– 5 man Terminator Deathwing Knights Squad (Nixxus)

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– Land Raider Crusader

– Land Raider Crusader

40K Chronicles: Deathwing Land Raider Crusader finished!

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Woke up this Saturday morning and decided I’d knock out one of the Land Raider Crusader tanks… You ever had that moment where you wake up and you can’t go back to sleep and then you decide you’re better off just getting up and being productive? Well that’s exactly what happened to me this past weekend… I woke up about 5:45 AM on Saturday morning and tried my best to go back to sleep… My body is so used to waking up early because of my work schedule that I’m programmed to rise early. So after tossing and turning (and annoying my wife) I finally decided to get up about 6:05 and start to work on the latest addition to the Deathwing army. So now I give to you my Saturday morning work, the Land Raider Crusader:

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I have decided that since I have 2 Land Raiders in my army I’m going to paint one in the traditional Dark Angels Green and another in the true Deathwing fashion. I’d like to think that the Deathwing are borrowing one from the main Dark Angels armory while another is getting serviced or repaired. Plus, I think having a DA Green Land Raider Crusader looks really cool and gives the overall feel of the army to it. So I have decided to paint this first Crusader in the old school Dark Angels green… and picked out the small square areas that run throughout the tank the well-known Bone color that the Deathwing have become famous for, to show that it all ties in. Here’s a couple pics:

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In keeping in line with the rest of the army, I’ve painted the Hurricane Bolters in red as well as the Multi-Melta that sits on top. I like how that bright red color pops out against the rest of the colors of the army. I think it’s been a nice touch. Here’s a few more:

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I was able to knock this tank out in about 3 hours and if it wasn’t for me having to run the wife to work and then watch the kids the rest of the afternoon I would’ve been able to finish off the Dreadnought as well ( I got about 80% done with it…) So now I’m working on finishing Horatio up and I’ll have another post within a day or two to show his completion status. After going through the DA book I noticed that they added a new Deathwing Knight unit to the Elites section. I found out that these guys are basically some of the baddest mofo’s out there in Terminator Armour so I had to pick up a box and they are in the assembly stage. Because of this, I’ve added them to the army and have removed one of the traditional Deathwing Terminator squads. So I’ve updated the list below. I will get the Deathwing Knights knocked out real soon as well. I can almost feel it! Nearly done with this entire army!

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Lastly, for those of you keeping track, here’s what’s left to paint to complete my Deathwing army:

– Deathwing Grandmaster Belial

– Chaplain Cassius in Terminator Armor

– Librarian Targaryus in Terminator Armor

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Infernus)

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Barrage)

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Nike)

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Nixxus – Removed because of the inclusion of the Deathwing Knights)

– 1 Dreadnought (Horatio)

– 5 man Terminator Deathwing Knights Squad (Name needs to be chosen)

– 1 Dreadnought (Horatio – New! 80% Complete!)

– Land Raider Crusader

– Land Raider Crusader

40K Chronicles: Deathwing Squad Nike Complete!

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I finally made it into the local Games Workshop here in Oklahoma City this past weekend to visit my friend playing a pickup Fantasy game… While I was there I found out just how far out of the loop I was on new models, paints, and much more since I’ve been out of the scene for a while… As I was perusing the many boxed sets and blisters, I came across a flyer for a Warhammer 40k Escalation League…. On the bottom of the flyer it read “This escalation league is to get people playing again, dusting off an old army that you never finished, or to simply start something new…” And that spurred me into getting the dust off the ole’ Deathwing army and get to painting them. So this will serve as a resurrection post for my 40k Deathwing army and bring it all back to life!

The basic format for the Escalation league is 750 points for the month of January, 1,250 for February, 1,750 for March, 2,000 for April and 2,500 points for the league finale in May. I have a little over 2,000 points in my Deathwing army and could add another Dreadnought or a 5-man squad in order to beef it up to 2,500 points… we’ll see when the time comes. Basic points are earned by playing up to 3 games per month (at 1 point per game) and also entering your painted units/models in the local painting contest. 1 point for entering the model and another point if you manage to win the painting contest that month. Again, the entire purpose is to get people excited about playing and to be honest I could use the tune-up for 40k again, since I haven’t played it in years and am unfamiliar with the rule set…

If you’ve seen my previous 40k posts then you’ll know that I got started on this army a little over a year ago and had good progress at the time. I finished 2 five man squads and both Belial as well as a Chaplain. In addition, I finished a Dreadnought. However, the dreadnought was lost during my relocation to OKC and so I’ve had to acquire another and add him to the list of things that need to be painted. But before getting to the dreadnought, I decided to knock out another unit of Deathwing Terminators – Deathwing Squad Nike!

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Deathwing Squad Nike.

I have the kneeling model that was originally released with the Space Hulk re-release a few years ago and added him to this squad. I also have the other Terminator holding the Tyranid head in another squad – Squad Barrage… I like the extra character these models bring to the army since they are not like the others. It helps to make it stand out a little bit more. Here’s a couple more pics:

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And here’s a couple more of the rest of the unit. Lookin’ forward to finishing off this army since I’ve had it sitting for so long. I’m thinking I’ll work on either the Dreadnought Horatio or one of the Land Raiders next… Also need to squeeze in the Bastilodon when I can. Lots to do so I better get back to it!

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Lastly, for those of you keeping track, here’s what’s left to paint to complete my Deathwing army:

– Deathwing Grandmaster Belial

– Chaplain Cassius in Terminator Armor

– Librarian Targaryus in Terminator Armor

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Infernus)

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Barrage)

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Nike)

– 5 man Terminator Squad (Nixxus)

1 Dreadnought (Horatio)

– 1 Dreadnought (Horatio – New!)

– Land Raider Crusader

– Land Raider Crusader

The Original Spawning: Skink Oracle and Troglodon make their way into the Lizardmen Grand Host ranks.

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If you read my last post then you will recall that I participated in a 2,500 point Warhammer Tournament last weekend… I was fortunate enough to walk away with Best Painted Honors and played in 3 awesome games. It really sparked the fire for me, and because of all the hype surrounding Fantasy gaming in the Midwest area, my brother HornedRatRob, has taken it upon himself to start running more frequent tournaments at Hero Complex, which is in Wichita, Kansas. Head on over to his page and find out how we’ve come up with a unique ranking system that rewards players for the amount of tournaments they participate in, types of awards won, and even if you get First Blood in a game! It’s a circuit system that has been dubbed “Wheat Shocker Warhammer Tournament Series” and will run for 6 months at a time. Currently, there’s a tournament scheduled every month so if you’re in the Midwest Region, please feel free to come join us in some awesome gaming opportunities as well as your chance to win some cool S.W.A.G. and ultimately, the “Wheat Shocker Warlord” trophy. Here’s a link to his page with all the information you need to get involved.

…anyways. I found myself in the tournament at the last minute and because I’d hardly dedicated any time to the Lizardmen and their new book I put myself in a rather uncomfortable situation. Because I was unfamiliar with some of the new rules and had neglected to put together the new Bastilodon and Troglodon models that I have I was forced to play with a list from the old codex and, needless to say, I didn’t take advantage of some of the cool things that the Lizardmen now have at their disposal. I was able to go 0-1-2 with my list, but it definitely spurred me to do something about it… and that has brought me to this guy… I’m pleased to bring you this Skink Oracle and his faithful Troglodon (names coming soon!), in all their painted glory!

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I must say that I am absolutely impressed with these newer sculpts from Games Workshop. When I first began playing 14 years ago the sculpts were nowhere near this type of detail… nor did they take the amount of time to simply put something like this together. GW has gone leaps and bounds ahead of where they once were and I definitely tip my hat to their sculptors, I was truly amazed by the amount of detail that went into this model. Here’s some more views:

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I decided to paint the Skink Oracle a strikingly different color than the Troglodon, in order for him to stand out more against the bright colors. I highlighted the red all the way out to orange to give him that little extra bit of pop. And then decided to make his scales blue, just like the Trog he’s riding. Here’s the Skink Oracle up close:

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Overall I’m very pleased with how this model turned out. If you’ve ever seen my army up close you’ll notice one of the things that really attracted me to Lizardmen was the amount of different colors you can use on any of the models. Most of my units are all bright colors, and none really close to the others. It really gives the sense of how wild the Jungles of Lustria are, and really brings home the true nature of Lizardmen, in my opinion. I think the bone scales really help the purple skin tone stand out and the red Skink Oracle clashes even more, giving a bright illusion. I am really impressed with both the model itself and how the paint job turned out.

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Next up is the Bastilodon! He’s the last model I need to paint in order to have the Lizardmen up and running again. I plan on including another Skink Priest in my new list so I’ll have to add one of those, and maybe another Scar-Veteran on foot. Check back soon, more to come and, as always, thanks for reading!

2,500 Point Warhammer Fantasy Tournament at Hero Complex – Wichita, Kansas. (Results… Spoiler alert: I win something!)

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Just 10 days into the new year and I can already cross one thing off of the resolutions list… I plan to make it to a couple of local tournaments throughout the year and I was able to do that this past Saturday, January 10th and Hero Complex located in Wichita, Kansas. A good buddy of mine and I made the 2 hour road trip from OKC to Wichita and participated in the first tournament of the new year: a 2,500 point Warhammer Fantasy Tournament. There were 3 custom scenarios… the first one required you to go for the opponent’s general and gave you extra bonus points for knocking him out of the game and so was aptly named “Kill the head of the snake”. The 2nd one was a Magic Flux where any doubles you rolled during the magic phase would be counted as Irresistible Force (and a miscast) based on the turn you were in (so in turn 2, if you rolled double 6’s or double 2’s it would be a miscast). The third and final scenario was a “Last Stand” scenario. Any unit could use a Last Stand command where they would automatically pass any and all Ld tests they were required to make. All great scenarios and even though we only had 8 people show up it showed great potential for the Fantasy gaming front. There was plenty of excitement and lots of people in the shop playing other games that got some good shots of us playing, hopefully bringing them closer to giving it a try.

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Some action from Saturday.

My first game was against a great friend of mine, Chris McArthur, and his Tomb Kings army. It was hard fought and we got through 4 turns but time ran out on us and we ended up with a draw. My second game was against a new Fantasy player that also made a 2 hour trip named Matt that was playing Skaven. Being new to the game he was having some trouble knowing what all units / characters did what but I was more than willing to help him out, especially since he came out and is very interested in making it to regular tournaments! There was one point in which his Hellpit Abomination did some damage to my Saurus unit and the only thing that kept me around was the Steadfast rule… Hard fought again and ended up with a draw. Last game was against my other buddy Austin Murrey (who made the trip with me) against his beautifully painted Chaos Slaanesh army. In order to make it a draw the points difference had to be between 0 and 251 points… The total for Austin was 258 and one Chaos Warrior that held his own against a hailstorm of skink poisoned blowpipe darts ended up being the difference between a Minor Victory and a draw. So I walked out with a record of 0-1-2 but was still fortunate enough to have the coveted “Best Painted Army” award! I always enjoy winning and love to play the game but I love making my army look good so I enjoy it more when I’m able to win a painted award! The tounament went smooth and hopefully this is the spark that the fantasy front needs. 8 people this time with another tournament coming in February and if that number continues to rise and rise it will only be better. Playing in the tournament definitely made me think of the golden age from a few years ago when Fantasy was in its prime and we had a huge turnout of players every weekend. I’m very hopeful and and certain that we can get back to that point and I believe this tournament is a step in the right direction!

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Squaring off against the Tomb Kings!

I had fun and always enjoy getting in 3 games a day and it helped even more to walk outta there with some s.w.a.g. Now I’m off to put together my Bastilidon and Trogolodon models (I didn’t get to use them yesterday because they’re still shrink-wrapped… I’ll have to remedy this…) to add and bolster my Lizardmen army then continue working on the Dwarfs and Deathwing. More updates coming soon. As always, thanks for reading!

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Lizardmen take on Austin’s Chaos Slaanesh army.

Jungles of Lustria 2013 Resolutions Recap & 2014 New Years Gaming Resolutions!

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Sigh… It’s that time of the year to reflect back on all I did(n’t) do throughout 2013! I know it’s a little early to post this as I usually wait until right after the new year but I figured I’d get it in now… In the interest of… something… This post is really just a re-post of my 2012 Resolutions recap because so many things didn’t go the way I had intended this year, gaming-wise. I did a lot to improve myself on a personal and spiritual level so that’s all good… but because of that my gaming took a huge hit. I started off the year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania then headed back to Seattle, Washington about Mid-March… From there, I was in town for about 4 weeks before being sent to Japan for about 4 months. Got back to the states in June and relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 1. Along the way, the moving company lost a good portion of my gaming stuff which included my Warmachine Mercs army (fully painted) as well as my bitz box that had at least 12 years of bitz in it, not to mention some rare and OOP models. They also misplaced my “Harry the Hammer” sealed model and lost a good portion of my Beastmen army as well as what I had left over from my Orcs and Goblins army… I was pissed off and, of course, there’s nothing they could do about it.  And that’s where I’ve been ever since. I then reconnected with the love of my life, got engaged on July 11, married on November 9, and now getting ready to celebrate our first Christmas! Needless to say, that left little time to get my gaming up to par… I was, however, able to participate in one of the coolest Grand Tournaments I’ve ever been to when I attended the West Coast GT in the Los Angeles area out in CA. I met a great group of guys there and will hopefully get the chance to head back there this year.

In case you don’t remember, this is what I had planned to accomplish in 2013 (Results in parentheses):

– Paint 2,500 points of Beastmen (FAIL!)

– Paint 1,500 points of Salamanders (FAIL!)

– Finish 2,000 points of Deathwing (FAIL!)

– Attend 2 Major Warhammer Fantasy Tournaments (1/2 FAIL! I did attend the West Coast GT!)

– Attend at least 1 Major Warhammer 40k Tournament (FAIL!)

– Attend Games Day 2013 (FAIL!)

– Finish 2,500 points of Daemons of Chaos (FAIL!)

Well 2014 is going to be different! I make that vow right now! I’m finally at a point in my life where I still travel, but not NEARLY as much as I have in the past 3 years… So I’m in OKC now, and have recently gotten in contact with a group of local gamers that go by the name of The New World Order Gaming Club that looks very promising. They hold monthly tournaments for both Fantasy and 40k, and even sprinkle some WarmaHordes in there every now and then. And they’re also planning on holding their first Slobberknocker Grand Tournament in March, which I’ve signed up for (as well as some of my B.A.W.G.S. brothers), as you’ll notice in my “Upcoming Events” section on the left side of this page. So with all this happening around me, it really just falls on me to sit around and do nothing… So in other words, I have no excuses. Well, after going through a list of all that I plan on accomplishing this year, adding some items, removing some items, etc, etc…. I’ve finally come up with a list. So far in 2 years that I’ve given Gaming Resolutions I’ve fallen short, and I’m determined to not let that happen this year. So without further ado, here’s my 2014 Gaming Resolutions:

– Paint 3,000 points of Dwarfs (About 5% Complete)

– Complete 2,000 points of my Deathwing Army (40% Complete)

– Paint 50 points of Trollbloods (About 8% Complete)

– Attend at least 3 Major Grand Tournaments for Warhammer Fantasy (1 signed up for so far!)

– Attend at least 1 Major Grand Tournament for Warhammer 40K (More to come on this one.)

– Complete new Carnosaur and Bastilidon models for my Lizardmen army (Models purchased!)

– Attend Games Day 2014

The Dwarfs are about 5% complete.

The Dwarfs are about 5% complete.

The Deathwing are so close! Just need to get motivated!

The Deathwing are so close! Just need to get motivated!

I’ve toned it down from the last few years but I feel it’s much more attainable and manageable this time around. Hopefully things go as planned and I’m not having to shuffle around my entire life again and put my gaming plans on hold… but things rarely go as planned. Here’s to closing out 2013 with a couple more painting post updates and beginning 2014 with a blast! The Dwarfs are up first as they have a date with some new armies on March 22-23 right here in OKC. I’ll try to work on the Deathwing in between for a change of scenery. Whatever I’m working on, the plan is just to actually do something, and continue to do it in 2014. So what are you Gaming Resolutions for 2014? I’d encourage you to make a list. It helps to keep you on track and remember those goals you made at the beginning of the year. Have an awesome rest of the year and may 2014 bring all that you want! Thanks for reading!