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Monday, December 22, 2014

Iron Hawk Space Marines : Scout Biker #2

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Got my second Iron Hawk Scout Biker done.

 Next up is a third scout biker and 5 scouts to get my FTGT Hobby Challenge done for December.




Also got a few more painting points done with the second biker:

Lg. Base (+3) , Unit Marks (+1) , Based (+0.5) for 4.5 Painting Points.

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Training Day 12 and 13 : 12.12.14 and 12.13.14

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Quick post.

Friday 12.12.14 : Survivor Holiday Party...dedicated day to prepping and working on this for all our Brain Injury Survivors

Saturday 12.13.14 : Wedding Anniversary....happy wife = happy life....so, dedicated day to making this special.

BDS

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Training Day 10 : 12.11.14

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Another small win as I won the psychological battle of gym or no gym.

Legs and Shoulders:

Front Squat Sled: 1 plate each side 15, 15, 15, 15
Single Leg Leg Curls: 25 x 15, 15, 15
Single Leg Leg Extensions: 40 x 15, 15, 15

Standing Military Press: 95lbs x 15, 15,15
Iso Lateral Military Press: 45 each side x 12, 12, 10

4 Sets of Abdominal Planks

30 min on tread mill : 1.7 miles

BDS

Training Day 9 and 10 : 12.9.14-12.10.14

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12.9.14 : Off Day

12.10.14 (Wednesday)

Chest & Tri's
**Flat Bench: 235 x 10, 10, 10, 8
**Lying Dumbbell Skull Crushers: 30's x 12, 10, 8

**8 Sets of various Abdominal Planks

**30 min on treadmill : 2.17 miles

Some personal pride I made it to the gym and toughed through my wounded bull elephant run as I had a full day of work, my ankle was still sore from 12.8.14, and I had a function to go to across town for work from 5-10 p.m.

To make this workout happen I stayed up late the night before and prepped for the day and economized my daily efforts, most importantly I forced myself into the gym despite all the excuses I could have come up with for not going.

I am paying a bit of the price today, but it was worth it.

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Iron Hawk Space Marine Scout Bike Sgt.

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Completed the first scout biker for my Iron Hawks. Not the greatest pics, but happy with how it turned out.

Painting Points System : Lg Base ( +3), Unit marks (+1), Based (+0.5) = 4.5

Thanks for the read,

BDS


Monday, December 8, 2014

Facing the Grey Tide Hobby Challenge

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So, I decided to jump in on the FTGT Hobby Challenge. The rules can be found HERE.

Basically you complete about a 1500 point army by assembling and painting a maximum of $75 per month.

I am happy to participate to keep my painting mojo going and give me even a extra bit of motivation.

I am going to use this to get more of my Iron Hawk Space marines up and running.

Since I just getting started on 6 Scout Bikers, seems like a good place to start...only problem is that a 3 man unit of scout bikers is $40 US.

I have to work this out a bit as my Iron Hawks are mostly a
scout army, heavy on the bikes...not sure I can keep it to the budget actually...but will get as close as I can.

So to make this happen for the budget consideration, I guess I will have to paint 3 scout bikers ($40) and 5 bolter scouts ($25) for a total of $65....this will give me $10 to add to next month.

Then just duplicate this next month!

Will take some time plan out the rest of the list as some time goes by...may need to plan on adding some point expensive units that are not too expensive in order to get everything in actually.

Right off we go!

Thanks for the read,

BDS


Training Day 8 : 12.8.14

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Starting to feel a little more spunky in the gym.

Legs:

Stiff Leg Dead Lifts: 100 lb. dumbbells: 3 x 10,10,10
Single Leg Leg Press: 1 Plate a side x 15, 15, 1.5 plates a side x 15
Single Leg Leg Extensions: 40lb x 10, 50lb x 10, 60lb x 10

Shoulder Presses: 95lb x 10, 10, 10, alternating in front and behind head
Incline bench Dumbbell curls: 30's x 10, 10, 8

30 minutes on the tread mill: 2.08 miles..man was this tough after legs!

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Soul Drinkers : Inquisitor Thaddeus

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     I just had to touch up the face a little, I previously got carried away with the white highlights...which looked good from 4 ft...but terri-bad on pics.

     The touch ups were partly successful, but short of repainting the face I let it go...I may have to invest in some goggles or magnifying type glasses to ever really get good at faces.

     I finished the base so I can get the Paint Point System points and call the job a good 'un.

Thanks for the read,

BDS

     PPS = 25mm base (+2), basing (+0.5), character (+2), Unit marking (+1), completed unit (+2), extra option-power ax (+0.5) = 8 Points!

Training Day 7: 12.7.14

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Off Day:

Should have gotten in for a work out. No excuses really. I chose to stay home and spend time with wife, do some painting, and work on Christmas tree. It was one of those nice quiet days were you just want to get a blanket and watch a movie or two with an afternoon that seems to stretch on for a good long time.

BDS

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Inquisitorial Henchman Servitors Pics

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Decided to paint up a couple servitors today for a little break from working on my Iron Hawks.

These guys will accompany Inquisitor Thadeus from my Soul Drinker themed army.

I can not take credit for the simple, but elegant conversions, the were extras I was lucky enough to receive in a bitz exchange.


These were done pretty quick to table top standard.

These also kicked off my new Painting Points System restart.

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Iron Hawk Space Marine: Highlander 1650 Army List Construction

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   I continue to work on my Iron Hawks themed space marine list.

   The fluff is loosely based on pieces of my heritage, a combination of mostly Irish with some Cherokee Indian (60% Irish/20% Indian/20%Mongrel...for full disclosure, have a pet peeve with overstated make believe ancestry).

   The "Iron" part comes from all the surgical steel still in my limbs.

Anyway, I updated the list a bit. Changes are in BOLD:

Captain:
Bike, Power Fist, Primarch's Wrath, Warlord 155 points

Chaplain: Bike, melta bombs, 115 points

Troops:
Bike squad (6) :
4 Bikers, 2 Grav Guns, 1 Sgt, combi-grave, melta bombs, 1 Multi-melta attack bike: 195 points

Scouts (10):
4 shotguns, 1 Hvy Bolter with hell fire, 4 Sniper Rifles, Sgt w/combi-melta, melta bomb, Land speeder storm with Hvy Flamer: 187 points

Elite:
Stern Guard Veterans (8); 186 points

Legion of the Damned (5): Melta gun, Multi-Melta, Sgt w/power ax and combi-melta : 170 points

Fast:
Attack Bike (3): 3 Hvy Bolters

Scout Bikes (6): w/ 3 Grenade launchers, 1 sgt w/combi-grav and melta bomb: 138 points

Storm Talon Gunship: Sky Fire Missiles: 125 points

Heavy:

Thunder fire Cannon: 100 points
Predator Annihilator: TL Lascannon turret, Lascannon sponsons : 140 points

Total : 1646 Points

The list feels pretty balanced to me with a shot at wounding High Toughness targets, handling space marine equivalents and terminators. There is some hth punch. A unit to pick on stuff that is hiding. Some fast moving units and some units to hold my back field. No psykers, but I can live with that really.

Still mulling it over as I continue to paint my Iron Hawk scout bikers. Pics to follow soon.

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Training Day 6 (12.6.14)

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Off Day

*Drank my five 8 oz glasses of water and despite a holiday work party did not destroy myself with unneeded calories and skipped the fire water completely.

BDS

Friday, December 5, 2014

Training Day 5 : 12.5.14

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Each day needs to be like..."How do I get my work out in today?" ...in order for me to get it done.

Bench: 225 x 5, 275 x 3, 325 x 1 (shamefully hard), 235 x 9
Dead Lift: 135 x 10, 225 x 10, 315 x 8, 405 x 3, 465 x 1, 1, 1 (miss, miss worse, miss terribly...sad)

Treadmill: 30 min for 2.16 miles

Got it done.

BDS

Jan 4, 2015 1650 point WH40K Highlander Tournament: Iron Hawk Space Marines List

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Another Highlander style tournament is scheduled in my local area. This one has some funky rule sets, but I decided at this point to just go old school. I FO, no allies, no duplicates of any kind.

I banged around quite a few lists, but almost all of them would mean taking my painting in different directions. Thus I decided to stay the course.

My Iron Hawks use White Scare chapter tactics. The composition rules state no duplicate troop choices until you take one of each first. Then any additional same type Troop units must be armed differently. Dedicated transports can not be duplicated either.

I decided to take a balanced list that keeps mostly to my Iron Hawk theme, keeps my painting momentum.

Captain: Bike, Power Fist, Primarch's Wrath, Warlord 155 points
Chaplain: Bike, melta bombs, 115 points

Troops:
Bike squad (6) :
4 Bikers, 2 Grav Guns, 1 Sgt, combi-grave, melta bombs, 1 Multi-melta attack bike: 195 points

Scouts (10):
4 shotguns, 1 Hvy Bolter with hell fire, 4 Sniper Rifles, Sgt w/combi-melta, melta bomb, Land speeder storm with Hvy Flamer: 187 points

Elite:
Stern Guard Veterans (10); 230 points

Legion of the Damned (5): Melta gun, Multi-Melta, Sgt w/power ax and plasma pistol

Fast:
Attack Bike (2): 2 Hvy Bolters

Scout Bikes (6): w/ 3 Grenade launchers, 1 sgt w/combi-grav and melta bomb: 138 points

Storm Talon Gunship: Sky Fire Missiles: 125 points

Heavy:

Thunder fire Cannon: 100 points
Predator Annihilator: TL Lascannon turret, Lascannon sponsons : 140 points

Total : 1650 Points


Training Day : 4 (12.4.14)

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Summary:

Work took me from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m.

I managed to squeeze in:

* 7 Sets of various Abdominal Planks
* 4 Sets of Standard Push Ups (Total Reps = 100)

My work is unpredictable. Thus we are looking at some home equipment over the next year. My wife has also put in a request for a Treadmill.

Happy wife is a happy life... my first piece of home equipment looks predetermined.

From there I plan to look into a power rack that will accommodate bench, squats, pull ups, rows, etc. My indecision lies in placing a power rack in the basement (where it will be warm in winter and cool in summer...but take up space) or in the garage (where I can be noisier, rougher...but be subject to the weather).

Food Habit Changes:

1. Drink minimum of five 8 oz. glasses of water daily
2. Begin using smaller plate for meals at home

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Training Day: 3 (12.3.14)

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Brief Note for today.

Work had me tied up till 5 pm. Then I had 'honey do' errands till 7 pm.

Not very hard core but was not about to go to the gym that late in evening, as I had work to get done for today (12.4.13)

Part of my 'honey do' included moving some furniture and picking up some new furniture which involved two trips to Art Van (local furniture store) and lifting some heavy boxes...so at least I got some activity in and did break a mild sweat moving a large chair and a couple hundred pounds of Sauder furniture.....but lame none the less.

BDS

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dark Angel's : Nephilim Fighter

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I know it goes against internet wisdom, but I very much like the DA codex. My Iron Hawks will definitely be teaming up with these guys in the future.

As my Iron Hawks use White Scars rules, they mesh very well with many units from the DA codex.

One of the maligned units in the DA codex is the Nephilim Fighter.

Now when this came out, there were fliers every where, Necron Air was very prevalent as well as multiple Vendetta's common place.

Now, fliers are a 'maybe.' You might see one on the day or none or many. Many people will espouse to ignore them as they are rare anymore and focus on Knights, etc.

This makes me take another look as the rules on this guy.

Most will agree that taking Storm Talon with Skyfire or Cyclone missiles for 115 or 135 points is not bad for your list. The Storm Talon also boasts an assault cannon for 6-7 decent shots per turn on an AV10 2 hull point vehicle with Strafing Run.

The Nephilim, on the re-read of the codex, looks like a decent flier with some solid fire power for a fair price.

180 points buys you:

3 Hull Point Flier with AV 11 all around
6 Black Sword Missiles that are S6 AP4 with 36" range
TL Lascannon
TL Heavy Bolter

Rules:
Missile Lock (re-roll to hit one shot missiles)
Strafing Run (Firing at non-fliers, or non-Skimmers +1 to BS...which would end being a BS of 5)
Free swap of the Avenger Mega Bolter for the Lascannon (Mega Bolter is S6 AP4 48" range Heav 5)
Unrelenting Hunter: When shooting enemy vehicles can treat any Weapon Destroyed as Immbolised)

Summary:

These are some nice rules. If this thing was point out at 150 points they...would...be...every...where...180 points does not make them unusable or even bad. They are pretty good, in my opinion.

With a flier ability to fire up to 4 weapon systems while moving at cruising or combat speed this combined with swapping out the TL Lascannon for the Mega-Bolter nets you 5 S6 and 3 TL S 5 shots at 36" with option to tack on 1-4 S6 Missile shots on top.

There are enough missiles to get 1-3 rounds of additional shooting off, depending on how you want to divvy it up.

9 S6 missiles and 3 TL S5 Heavy bolter shots on entry if you so wish is some respectable dakka.

I plan to invest in one of these and see how this theory works out.

Thanks for the read,

BDS



Training Day : 2

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Ankle and particularly my Left knee were painful after yesterday's...ahem...'run'...but powered through for another day in pursuit of goals.

*Stiff leg Dead Lifts with Dumbbells: 55's x 10, 85's x 10, 100's x 10, 10
....grip giving me trouble at end, may have to break down and use straps..

* Single Leg Leg Presses (Leg Press machine using one leg at a time) : 2 plates x 10, 10, 10, 10
...actually got stronger on these as sets progressed...

* Single Leg Leg Extensions : 10, 20, 30, 40 pounds of plates for 10, 10, 10, 10 each leg

* 30 minutes on Treadmill : 1.64 miles (fast walk with incline, no running)

Thanks for the read,

BDS

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