Showing posts from May, 2012

General Housekeeping Returns!

I can and will take ANY opportunity to bring out the Tyranid Warrior Maid. Got it?

Anyway, observant observery types may notice a new page up top, with a weird paragraphy of fluff and three seperate bullet point lists. This will serve as the links portal for Kill Team Four, which is a sort of mini-skirmishy thing on my part.

Remember how I was going to make small mini-lists for a Kill-Team style game? Well, I've expanded the list size a bit to about 8-10 units, and combined it with another thing I'd like to do. I really like heavy re-writes of the 40k canon (search for the Dornian Heresy or The Shape of the Nightmare To Come/Age of Dusk for good examples), and have wanted to do one myself for a while. To that end, I'm putting Kill Team Four in a version of 40k set entirely on Terra in the year 4000, which is a weird mish-mash of fantasy and sci-fi elements.

Anyway, I'm halfway through the Necron list, so expect that soon-ish.

Oh, and if the Warrior Maid is the houseke…

Bryss' Musings #1

I just realised something. Because of my moral standards, I have neglected to create an actual opinion piece on this blog that isn't me being annoyed at someone else. My worry is that writing such a thing will debauch my mind and make me no better than the rest of them. But then, that's arrogance. Can't have that. Therefore, this is my musings.

#1: Bricks, Planes and Kwassons: Am I the only person in the universe who actually likes the Storm Talon. The net is awash with people saying it couldn't actually fly and this makes it bad. Also, it looks like a bullet hell enemy, and this is also bad. Naah, not to me. Look at the thing. It's so cute. If you don't adopt one, you're heartless. Oh, and as for the 'engineer's nightmare' point, may I remind you you play a wargame where:

A plain ol' shotgun and rocket-propelled slugs both wound Marines on 4+.Jump Infantry cannot be bothered to activate their jump packs to gain more charge distance.Kaldor Dr…

Weekend Let's Play: The Metal Mayhem Finale

Here's the last part of the Metal Mayhem Let's Play.

Tomorrow or Tuesday I'll buy into the 'in thing' and diss the Storm Talon. Or will I? Here's the LP.

Massive Hobby Update Week #3: The Magnet Ark

Five months ago, it was primed. But now, paint has been applied. I feel a great sense of accomplishment. Honestly, I haven't felt this satisfied completing a project since the Daemon Prince a few years ago.

Anyway, at the start of this week I planned to do this post:

To conclude Hobby Update Week, I finished the section of the Magnet Ark with the most sub-assemblies and stuck it all together. Here it is.

This is pretty much my new TT standard, and I'm satisfied with the result. Well, I say that, but, err.... there IS one small problem.

Now that I've stuck on all the armour, the back section is too heavy, and THIS happens when I join it to the main body to make a Ghost Ark.

That is some serious lean right there. This doesn't happen when it's a Doomsday Ark though...

I think I know how to fix it, but we'll have to wait and see. After some weekend Lets Play action of course.

Now then, I said that WAS going to be the Friday post. It still is, of course. But now, I ca…

Massive Hobby Update Week #2: Death Cultists Round 2

Well now, the first round of Death Cultists went rather well, I reckon, becoming my second post featured on a Top X list of sorts and my first post to be featured on two such lists, here and here. Even if I am none the wiser as to what a 'cult of the university' is. Anyways, here is the rest of the squad:

The hoods and cowls were a mixed bag, but they came out better than the test model so I can be happy with that. It'll all look more uniform once they've been painted in Exercitus Red.

Group 2. The central left figure is the second 'minimalist' DCA.  Central right is my first attempt at a reverse grip.

In the first post, I mentioned my gunblade-wielding leader. In the end, I opted to give the DE power sword to Brother Minimalist, and went for this setup:

And no, the knife isn't representing Lightning's survival knife. I've seen a converted Lightning before though, and may try my hand myself one day. The scarfcape is mainly me covering up the odd…

Massive Hobby Update Week #1: Ordo Xenos Inquisitor

I have been literally BOMBING through hobby this weekend, so I've got loads of good stuff for you this week. Now then, once you get over the shock of Bryss actually doing something, here's what I spent my weekend on:

I decided to make another Inquisitor to accompany Oclis. This is Inquisitor Reinin Steele (that is a pune, or play on words), a radical Ordo Xenos Inquisitor who met Oclis on the trail of an Eldar Farseer and got caught up in his delusions, along with his Jokaero companion, known as the Librarian (hence explaning the Exercitus' team mascot).

I need to set it down in stone, but the basic fluff of the Exercitus is that the entire army is a hallucination of Varan Oclis, a Radical Inquisitor driven mad enough to believe that the army of savages that follows him is a real Inquisitorial warband. We, the players, play along with Oclis' delusions and 'see' the savages as henchmen and Grey Knights. The only 'real and civilised' people in the army …

Let's Play #2: Pokemon Vietnamese Crystal

The traditional non-40k post for this week is the beginning of my second Lets Play, a collaboration with Cyberscape7. It's not going to be updated too regularly, but the first three parts are in the can, with the first part already released.

Pokemon Vietnamese Crystal is a game where you go to the Elf's World to grasp monaters and try to become excellent monster coach. It's a triumph of bad translation, and I love it. Enjoy.

The Exercitus Sucks At Fighting Tanks

I've been getting in a few games with my Exercitus Hereticus Inquisition army, now that I have finished the assembly of all ten Death Cultists, which you will see soon. Yesterday Cyberscape7 and I had a game, Inquisition V Necrons, where both of us tried out our latest purchases, marking the debut of my planned Henchman setup, whereas before I only had Crusaders and Countsyas' shooty unit. It was a 750 point game, and I deployed the following:

Varan Oclis (Inquisitor Countsyas)
Squad Oclis- 1x Servitor with plasma cannon, 1x Psyker, 2x Warrior with storm bolter
Chimera with searchlight
Combat Unit 001- 5x Crusader, 4x Death Cultist, 1x Psyker
Combat Unit 002- 5x Crusader, 4x Death Cultist, 1x Psyker
5 Grey Knight Purgators with 2 psycannons

This was also the first time my GK Magnet Force didn't deploy as Interceptors. Anyway, the combat Henchmen. There are enough Crusaders for adequate shielding and if I can protect all 4 Assassins they throw out 16 S4 a…

Death Cultists WIP #1

No Metal Mayhem this weekend as I'm still working on the last part. But then, maybe you're happy about that. Because I used the time I'd normally spend on Let's Plays to work on my Death Cult Assassins. This is what I've done so far:

Power Swords

This is a very simple tack-on, using the hand normally containing a Splinter Pistol and some GK Falchions. The internet's of two minds as to whether they're the wrong size, but for an amateur converter like me, this works really well.

The First Two

The one on the left was the first victim. As such, she has two falchions, which looks a bit unwieldy but I'll keep them, and a worse mask. Hopefully no-one will notice after the red paint goes on and the power weapon attacks start flying...

The second one is one of two minimalists that use a normal unmodded head. To make it look like I've made an effort, I've taken a chain-flail hand and made the chain into wiring and attached the falchion there, while the…

Randomness In 6th Is A Terrible Idea

First and foremost, this is a response to this article from Galaxy In Flames. In aforementioned article, Big Jim, a man as firmly entrenched in the 'fun' side of 40k as I am, perhaps more, gives his opinion on more randomness in 6th edition. I shall now give you mine.

Despite the article title, this is NOT a rant. I DO NOT DO RANTS. I do hyperbole, which is more fun and professional. Now, let us begin with a diagram showing the sliding scale of randomness.

Random As Frak                              Somewhere In Between                           What's Randomness?
Snakes And Ladders                                   Most TCGs                                                      Chess

Chess is a good game. It has to be really, otherwise it wouldn't have survived, along with the Odyssey, the Amores and all my favourite classical literature. People like it. But it doesn't really …

WIP Wizards! Wait, Sorry, No, Psykers!

Never let it be said that Bryss goes back on promises. I picked up a box of Battle Wizards the other week, plus the plastic Necromancer (as I've been promising myself one of those plastic character kits for ages). And now, I'm well on the way to 3 Sanctioned Psykers. Let's look at each one individually:


 The fluff behind him is that he's Oclis' longest serving psyker and therefore is the most insane and withered, hence his bedraggled look. The staff was done with IG and Dark Angel bitz, and the thing he's standing on to offset his wonky feet is Dark Eldar. The Servo Skull I've had lying around for ages and now I'm actually using it for something.

Battle Wizard 1

Not much going on at the back that isn't stock Wizard, so no pics of that. The head is the Bright Wizard one with a significant haircut, the laspistol and aquila are IG again. Conveniently, the aquila had tab thingies at the back that made it a perfect fit for the Wizard pole. H…

Let's Play Robot Wars: Metal Mayhem Part 2

Are you ready for some substantial Weekend Silliness? I bleeding well hope so, it took me ages to do this. Anyway, this week I play the challenges that don't directly involve robot combat, to varying degrees of success. I have also re-released the first video in a less blurry format. Enjoy!

Oh, on the 40k front I have some nice Inquisition-based WIPs for you soon. Midweek, possibly. I'm officially on study leave now, which could mean anything for the post count.

End of April Hobby Updates

First off, some news. I'm 18. Woot! This is the end of the news. Have some updates.


I hadn't a clue how to go about this one, so I went for metal. Well, I had to, I spilled a blob of Boltgun Metal on my workstation and so had to make the most of it. I think it turned out OK even if it seems a bit samey. Here it is as a Scoringmobile for Trazyn:

You'd hardly ever do this in-game, of course. But it's nice to see something other than a normal Overlord in one of these.

Trazyn the Infinite

As workmanlike as the regular Over I did last month, except the chest is blue for no reason. This is my second ever Finecast model, and he turned out at about a similar quality to the Death Jester. It's also a huge plus that he does NOT have a slotta base.


This is the test Immortal. I'm fairly satisfied by the outcome. The smaller spine and legs don't matter too much, having compared it to stock plastic Immortals.

Things I don't have pictures of...the Ark i…