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    The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    Great work, though. I have learnt stuff from him. Mainly how to live life 110%, but you know... Anyhoo, I'm now kinda dissapointed I didn't paint the rest of these as the other Watchmen characters....
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    Love Kenny, and I bet he's a top bloke, but.... yeah. Relaxing like attending UFC match. The guy's almost aggressively American, if you get what I mean. I'd also add Awesome Paint Job, Schnouzer Face Minis, Dr Faust's Painting Clinic (see below) and my current favourite, Sam Lenz on Tabletop Minions. He doesn't have many videos up, but it's like watching Bob Ross paint level of relaxation. Speaking of Dr Fausts, awesome tip on his latest video on using transfer paper to add accuarte shapes (in this case polkadots) to a mini.
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    Trying to blast out a few more Aleph before my Vanguard pledge arrives.
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    Kids gonna go far.
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    Opinions sought, guys; should I spend time blending in the colours on the shoulder badge or is close enough good enough? I'm short on hobby time, so am keen to move on, but i'm also worried it could stand out like a sore thumb.
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    Yep Corvus Beli do a lot of that. They also have Eric Bana as Hector, various characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, plus Lost and Highlander.
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    Had another game last of Infinity last night, time playing Aleph. I took an Asura Hacker Lt, Achilles v1 with spitfire, a Deva sensor, a Naga Assault Hacker, a Sophotek with one yudbot (the second sacrificed for the Asura’s multirifle), a Dakini HMG, two Dakini, paramedics and two netrods. My opponent took OSS with the Asura Hacker LT lvl2, a Chukra Consultant, A sophtek with one Yudbot, the flashpulse bot, the total reaction HMG bot, and a link of Dakinis (one HMG), Deva sensor and the rocket bot, plus Dart held in reserve. The mission was Supplies, and neither of us achieved our secret objectives, so I won’t bother with them. On the one hand, I’ve played my opponent and his same list before, so knew what to expect from it, on the other I’ve never played Aleph before and I got the rules on medics healing NWI and rocket impacts so, so wrong. Anyway, short version; I won. Longer version; I won on the last two orders, despite decimating my opponent through the constant application of Achilles to the face. My opponent won the initiative roll and went first, grabbing two of the objectives with Dart and the Asura, taking out my Dakini HMG as they went. In return I knocked the Asura down to NWI state with mw own Asura, so not exactly bad. Then it was my first. I used two coordinated orders on Achillies, the Asura and my Sophotek to take out orders to try to take out the enemy sophotek and total reaction bot, achieving no much and losing my own Sophotek into the bargain, and then thought, “What am I doing?” and then let Achilles off the leash. Oh. My. God. I felt violated, and I was using him. After the game we worked out I spent around 23 regular orders through the game, and all but four or so were on Achilles. In return killed Dart, the HMG Dakini twice (it got revived y the Sophotek), the total reaction bot twice (Sophotek), another Dakini, the flashpulse bot, the Deva and knocked the Asura back into NWI (Sophotek again). He died in round three, but he did so upon a pile of bodies. And it wasn’t until later I realised I didn’t actually have to make a single armour roll for him all game. He was taken down by four crits (one cancelled by a return crit). All that was left was to spent one order on the Naga to pick up one supply to secure a draw, then Asura’s faced off with mine unwounded against a NWI’d model, picking up her dropped supply when she died to win with two orders left. So, despite leaving only the rocket bot, one Dakini and the Chukra alive it was pretty close. So, what did I learn? Achilles is a beast. But I do feel it was like a tag, in that my opponent didn’t have anything to counter him. He had one hacker and one set of MSV on the board on the same model, so all I did was skirt around the edges to avoid that one threat, choosing my battles. I’m not saying it’s a fun way to play, but it is effective. There wasn’t much else to say about the list. The only other model who achieved anything was the Asura, but considering she and Achilles represented half of my points, that makes sense. I think next time I would swap the Asura out for some Proxies to spread my specialists and get some more board control, but that’s about it. Other than that, I need to learn to set up better; choosing fire lanes to deny free reign to my opponent. He took advantage first turn, grabbing two objectives and retreating to a very good defensive position. Had I not had the previously mentioned Homeric hero on the table I would have found it hard to crack. As it was I had to murder everything to get in. So, fun was had, lessons were learned, and now I’m looking at Steel Phalanx….
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    Cheers mate. I do enjoy the painting comps the Australia Infinity FB page throws out and the empetus if gives you to get the job done, but it's always comes with a bit of a 'what's the point?' when there's an actual Golden Demon runner up in the group. Still, there's always the door prize possibility.
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    You can tell I've had some time to paint recently as I keep taking photos More progress on the Tikbalang. No onto the weapons.
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    Woohoo! My pledge mate (IE, the guy who let me piggyback his pledge) just emailed me to say the Vanguard pledge had arrived! Can't wait to give these guys a paint. I got the Nightstalkers (think the monsters from Stranger Things and you're most of the way there), so should be pretty easy to paint up with a mostly airbrushed highlight approach.
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    Great work all around guys. I went back to the gaming club again night, and this time I took photos! I played Malifaux against and anew opponant taking Guild, so this was the first time I was playing against my own faction. He was also brining Nellie, which was good for me as a have a Nellie crew primed and waiting painting, so it would be good to see how she she played. Spoiler alert – very well. It was a solid loss for me, but when you can look back at getting beaten and still have fun you know it was a good game. The strategy was Public Executions – where you get points for having more models that killed an enemy still alive at the end of the turn – and various schemes that really didn't come into it. My opponant brought Nellie, Sophia Gage, Alison Dade, an Executioner, two Guards, a Queller, a Field Reporter and the Printing press, plus various upgrades. I took Sonnia, Sameal Hopkins, an Executioner, a Witchling Handler, three Witchling Stalkers and a Brutal Effigy. My opponan set up with the two guards and his Executioner on one side of the table, with the rest on the opposite, so i faced Sameal, the Witchlings and the Handler facing their Executioner with Sonnia and my own Executioner faing the majority of his force. The broad flow of the game was his Executioner charging a Witchling, killing it, but being set on fire in the process, which is never a good thing anywhere need Sameal, who went on to delete the Executioner in two shots. It was down hill for me from here. After getting a decent Flame Strike from Sonnia onto Alison and then blasting onto Phiona, I failed to account for Phiona getting Fast and able to skip right around my flame walls and engaging me. What followed was Nellie hijinks as she forced Phonia to hit me out of sequence. I overreacted, in the next turn giving Sonnia the condition that gives 6 damage to around her if she died, but then also running a Witchling and the Executioner into combat with Phiona. That, I blieve, was where I lostthe game. Alison hit Sonnia, killing her, and taking out Phiona, but also my Witchling and leaving my Executioner and Effigy on one wound each. Everything else was a mop up action, with the only bright side being Samael killing another Guard easily. We ended a turn early as there was no way I could catch up on points. Looking back I made two mistakes on the board. The first was being too consertvaitve with my Witchlings on my left. I should have run them up and started sowing discord and burning everywhere. I was right in using my Handler and Sameal to killing the Executioner, but I needn't have commited the remaining two Witchlings. In my defence I've used Execeutioners a lot and know exactly what they can do if they survive until another turn. What I took from this was ot respect Samael's damage output. He was my standout, killing anything that came within touching distance. The second – and bigger mistake – was not admitting I had lost Sonnia. Had I not rung the Executioner and Witchling in to try and kill Phiona I don't think my opponant would have traded her for Sonnia, but when there was the chance of killing all three it was too good a trade. Had I held back I would still have had the two biggest damage dealers on the board with Executioner and Samael, plus another source of burning with the Witchling. So, what did I learn? I think I need more Witchlings. Having the Execeutioner *and* Sameal was overkill I think. Sonnia is plenty heavy hitting enough on her own, and if I drop the Executioner I could take another two Witchlings, giving me more burning, more activations, and also a screen for Sonnia to hide behind while she throws flame bursts out. Still, fun was had, lessons were learnt, and I got to meet another guy who values playing with well painted minis as much as I do. Fun times.
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