General 40k Shinanigans

Back again!

Commissioning

Immediately after swearing my oath of office by my former company commander.

Hello all!  I have not posted in quite a while, but its because real life was simply taking priority.  My last post was April, which led to my college graduation and commissioning into the US Army as a second lieutenant.  Following that was working then Basic Officer Leader Course, or BOLC.

Commissioning Group Pic

I’m the guy with stuff on my uniform.

Working as a recruiter meant lots of driving and of course getting ready to move across the country with me and my family to new and exciting places.  But this unfortunately left little time to play or paint, much less blog.  It also meant it was time to get back into fighting shape again.

Next came BOLC, which is in the delightful area of Fort Lee, VA.  While it is initial entry training for officers, it is in no way a basic training and thus I brought my 40k stuff with…well, the infantry at least and a few rhinos.  I just didn’t have the realistic capability to bring my thirsters or chariots with me.  So, the sheer brutality of my daemon army was left behind.  No chariots, blood slaughterers, thirsters, greater daemons at in fact, or even the crushers came with.  So, it was gonna be a CSM fight if I got to play any.  My biggest challenge was a) finding the time and b) finding a venue.  The venue was handled.  FTW games is in Richmond and WOW what an awesome store.  They are the store that runs spikeybitz.com.  I hope to do a blog on them before I leave.  I had the opportunity to play the FoB qualifier there and though I got my ass handed to me quite handily, I had a blast.  Met some REALLY good guys and learned a lot about airbrushing.  Which of course led me to want a new army, an army I could REALLY play with an airbrush on….Tyranids.  But that is for another entry.  However, while I was there I marveled at the amazing stock in store and I even got best painted army.  So the day was a win overall.

Me at BOLC

Briefing the assembled masses as the range OIC. Gotta love the Screaming Eagle I get to wear.

Me at BOLC

Helping fellow LTs get used to wearing body armor during basic rifle marksmanship.

On the training side, we started with marksmanship and tactical training.  By far my favorite, coming from a combat arms background.  However, because I am in the logistics field now many other LTs disliked the range.  However, it’s nice to get back to training how to engage real enemy in combat.  However, this led to tests and evaluations, and now we are preparing to go to the field for the first time in 10 weeks.

Luckily, I am starting to build up some nids, though they are not painted yet.  It will not be a hoard of gribblys, but I hope to have a small army for the tournament at FTW games next Saturday.  It will be my first time playing the army and I look forward to playing the underdog army again since my current army, Daemons, went from being an underdog to a powerhouse.  There are quite a few Daemon players at FTW, lots of summoning.  Several of them are ATC champions, running the best possible Tau and Daemon lists.  So, while I prepare for a day that will inevitably one beating after another, even a modest loss will be a win in my mind.

Well, thanks for reading and it’s glad to be back,

KI

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4 responses

  1. Come on. You must have all sorts of time to play! Eventually things will settle down for you and the family and I’m sure you’ll dive right back in again and I look forward to seeing what you’re working on.

    Any idea the store situation where you’ll eventually be moving?

    September 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  2. There is a official GW hobby center about an hour away and a smaller store about 15 minutes away from where I hope to live in Clarksville. Overall, pretty good area. But yes, I hope to dive right back into things. Once I get my Grex airbrush up and going, I will begin working on my nids. They will be bright pink with bright green highlights…and the basing will be meadow grass and flowers. 😀

    September 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    • Pink, green…flowers? What the hell happened to you? 😛

      September 22, 2014 at 11:26 am

  3. Here’s the thing…everyone does the carapace and dark colors, or bone and bright. Also, every base in 40k seems to assume that war has been constant at the location for decades. However, I want a brightly colored tyranid force, something to really pop and draw people’s attention. Again, with grass and flowers, it suggests basically a virgin target, a new battlefield…something that the tyranids just simply love and find themselves on quite often. Grass, fields, and forests offers more consumable bio-matter than a rock with colonists. Plus, it will draw the attention of viewers gaze and REALLY stand out. Sort of like Steve M’s daemons, super bright and draw attention quickly.

    September 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm

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