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FOCUS! The Birdmen Cometh…

Wow this year has flown by! …and I feel like I got very little accomplished.

So many cool releases, new miniatures-based board games, new TCG/CCG games, new codexes, and even more miniatures-based board games. I kinda lost track somewhere around March…

But, I’m back on my hobby shit and encouraged to keep this boat afloat. I missed hobbying and documenting my growth quite a bit. I suffered a bit of burnout and wasn’t sure WHY I kept track of my images and works in progress. And then there’s the A.D.D. portion that always starts new projects and jumps ship for something shiny.

Problem is… I STILL haven’t truly had a completed army to put on the tabletop or figure to display in my display cases in my mancave. My Battlefoam trays are full of partially finished models and my display cases are full of models in various stages of completion.

So I had to take a hard look at myself—and said, “fuck it, that’s just who I am…!” But with that said, I am determined to get my miniatures completed and my figures on display. Along the way, I also hope to help other hobbyists and become an active part of the kit building community.

This Is The Age Of… Birdmen…?

I have remained on the sidelines of the Warhammer Fantasy world since 6th edition. I always started armies but never finished them. Orks and Goblins. Skaven. Chaos. Slaanesh Daemons. Tzeentch Daemons. Dwarfs. Chaos Dwarfs. Beastmen.

I steered clear of the End Times gaming arc, but have returned to the Age of Sigmar realm with a dive into Sylvaneth, Azgorgh, Kharadron Overlords and Tzeentch Daemons. Again, all partially completed.

I have invested so many resources into the fantasy systems. I did manage to get a game or two in with a partially completed Chaos Dwarfs army and borrowed a friend’s Dwarfs army for a Learn-to-Play game at one point in time.

But the game is advancing and I don’t want to remain on the sidelines any longer. I WANT TO PLAY!

With several armies sitting around, I had to select and army that fit the play style I want. I always tend towards glass cannon armies with maneuverability and destructive power. So, after checking out armies like Sylvaneth with Kurnoth Hunters and Kharadron Overlords with their air ships, I settled on Tzeentch Arcanites.

I really like the Tzaangor Skyfires and Tzaangor Enlightened. I am not a big fan of the aesthetics of the new horrors. (Actually, I went to eBay to search for the old metal OOP horrors. The new ones look like 3rd edition blob rockers.)

The Enlightened and Skyfires maneuverability is sweet and they put out quite a bit of firepower.

I recently built a small force for a Path to Glory campaign at my local GW and won the first scenario in 3 turns without firing a single shot or engaging in a  single combat. I used my speed to out maneuver my opponent and claimed 3 of the 4 objectives to end the game. We both had a good laugh, and then after we decided to play a kill points game… LOL. He was playing Nurgle Daemons with a Great Unclean One and a bunch of Plaguebearers. I did pretty well—killing his Unclean One and a unit of Plaguebearers before losing my Enlightened. After that it was just moving and shooting the remainder of his Plaguebearers with my Skyfires and buffing my unit with my Tzaangor Shaman. Being my first game of AoS, I don’t believe I did too poorly.

And that started it all. I bought a bunch of boxes of Skyfires and Enlightened, picked up another Tzaangor Shaman and a few other models to round out the collection.

And then… (In typical PlamoJunkie fashion…)

A big box of Kharadron Overlords called my name… I had bought the Kharadrons when they were available for pre-order and they have been sitting in my living room for months. Partway through my Tzeentch build, I packed up the Daemons and broke out all of the Grundstok Gunhaulers and an Arkanaut Frigate. But after building those, I felt like I had my fill and Tzeentch came back to me with a vengeance I have never experienced as a hobbyist.

Now…

Two days later, I have 6 Skyfires and 6 Enlightened along with a Lord of Change, a Tzaangor Shaman and a Gaunt Summoner built and waiting to be primed and painted. Stay tuned for the WIP! Talking about forcing its way in. Tzeentch completely took over my mind and I can’t think of anything else… The Birdmen Cometh.

The Future Is Upon Me

The Tzeentch influence didn’t end with the past…

40K is now in its 8th edition. I have only played a couple of games thus far and I am missing the call of tabletop competition quite a bit. I am a son of the Saim Hann Craftworld, and I am eager to get them on the table. However, my thirst for knowledge and my desire to spell-sling in power armour has me in the grips of the Thousand Sons. They don’t have a new codex, but I am going to suffer the perils of defeat numerous times to show my allegiance. Unlike Craftworlds, Thousand Sons are not very maneuverable nor versatile. Their points cost is very limiting and I REALLY hope Games Workshop does something about that.

I started working on this army several months ago in preparation for 8th edition.

They have yet to see a tabletop…

But that will all change! They are next in the queue after the Sigmar Tzeentch army gets completed.

…and yes, they WILL be completed… Smartass…

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