First 6E Apocalypse Game

I try to play in at least one Warhammer 40K Apocalypse game each year, although I think I missed 2012.  Olde World Gaming hosted a 40,000 point game this past weekend pitting the forces of Order (plus some daemons and Dark Eldar) against the forces of Awesome (Chaos/daemons/traitor guard, Tyranids and some Tau).

I like the rulebook; I picked up the iPad edition.  It’s pretty easy to get through it when needed.  The game was fun, and while our team won, the final score of 79 to 74 was essentially a tie.  We got in 3 rounds in just under 7 hours and using the Exterminatus table helped clean up the game just before the 3rd round.  Good fun had by all.

Here are some pictures of the board as we were getting started.

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Twin-Linked GT Armies on Parade (part 2)

Here are the rest of the pictures that Keith took as promised last night.  I really wish I had taken pictures because there we so many armies that were very nice looking.  Out of 60 armies, 20 were selected by the judges for final scoring.  I would say that there were probably 30 armies (or half the field) that could have made the final cut – Keith’s Tau included.  Not having played at GTs outside the local area I’m not sure if this is normal, but we have a ton of excellent artists that make their way to Great Escape Games for large events.

Elizabeth Foster – 2013 Bay Area Open Champion

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Twin-Linked Armies on Parade (part 1)

I failed as a blogger and took essentially no pictures from the TLGT this past weekend.  Luckily my partner Keith snapped a few pictures, which I’ve included below and will add the rest in part 2 tomorrow.  Sorry for some of the depth of focus, I suppose I can’t complain since I didn’t take any shots.  As I mentioned before there was a ton of Tau, and here are some of the better Tau armies as well as a nasty Space Marine army.



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The Twin Linked Grand Tournament

TLGTA bit of a detour from painting and modelling, but my other love is competitive Warhammer 40K.  I’m lucky enough to have both a small local store where I run 40K leagues once or twice a year and also within about a 20 minute drive from a very large store, Great Escape Games, who hosts two amazing events in alternating months, so you can play in a tournament every month of the year.  Those two events are the Contest of Champions, an escalation tournament that takes place on 6 Saturdays throughout the year, the first 3 round event starts at 1250 points in January and every 2 months another 3 round tournament takes place at 250 point increments.  I’ve played in these events for the past 2 year now.

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Editorial – Two Month Anniversary

Today marks two months of operations here at the League of Underwhelming Miniature Painters.  I hope we’re able to continue for many more months and years.  I want to reflect briefly on what we’ve done in the past two months and where we’re headed.  First, if you’re reading this, thank you for taking a few minutes to read our articles.  I hope you get something out of them because without an audience we’re not accomplishing much.  Second, we would appreciate any feedback you have.  If there is something you want to see more of, or just see, please let us know and we’ll do what we can to bring you new content.


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Painting Fateweaver (part 1)

I’m not a huge fan of large metal models, especially with wings. So, when I decided to finally paint a Fateweaver model (I had proxied my Lord of Change for quite a long while) I opted for the Finecast. Not without problems, but I hoped it would be less prone to breaking.


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Painting the Magic Flames of Tzeentch


I’ve been sitting on a Heldrake since not long after the Chaos Space Marine codex was released earlier this year.  Regardless of the model’s rules I find it to be a very cool model.  However, the slightly overpowered nature of the rules kept me from painting it as I hate to be seen as a band-wagon jumper.  I’d rather be a post-hipster playing models that used to be cool but are not any longer…  😉

The various parts for this model sat in pieces staring at me for a few months before I decided to get to it.  Based upon my painting goals I decided to prime black and work up from there.  I was inspired by a tutorial on YouTube by BuyPainted.  I basically copied his technique, but changed out the colors.

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Forge World Squiggoth


I purchased this Ork Squiggoth back in 2007 at Gamesday Chicago.  I got it out as soon as I got back home to start modeling and playing with it for the casual games with friends.  I even picked up the imperial armour update that it was included in at something like $25 for a book for the rules for a single model.  Needless to say I was in love with the model, or at least the idea of owning a painted ork squiggoth.  Then reality set in and I realized what a beast of a time I was going to have getting the sucker painted up for playing with, so back in the box she went; for six and a half long years.

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Space Marines on Parade


Over the weekend the League of Painters attended a local Warhammer 40K team tournament.  The event also had a painting competition hosted by the game store running the 40k event.  In coordination with the launch of the new Space Marines codex, Olde World Gaming challenged its customers to paint a Space Marine.  Any chapter, loyalist or traitor, on foot, mounted, in terminator armor or in power armor.  Stephen and I both decided to paint librarians.  In fact, this event has spawned a three-part challenge between us (more on that later).
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