"Oh mon, you know aye an aye come to be in on de beat down. I hear dere be some rumble acomin".
"You ok mon?"
"What did you just say?"
"I say mon, do you be ok?"
"No, the bit before that. I heard you speaking, but it's nothing that I recognize and..."
"Since when did you start speaking, I'd always thought you were the strong silent type, keeps to the shadows, strikes from nowhere. Does any of that sound familiar?"
Karandas let out a deep laugh, "Oh mon, you know aye an de brotherhood, we talk all of de time, we jus don't talk to de rest of you. You too uptight, no one thinking of de good times ahead. No one havin any of de fun out there!"
"You are totally mad, you know that don't you?"
"No mon, we be happy all of de time, no worries for us."
"Does the fact that we are nearly extinct enter into-"
Karandas chuckled again, "See mon, that's what be wrong with all of you. Why worry about de end, mon? It be here soon enough. You need to put down those silly jewels mon and go out and have eh life! Live for today mon!"
"I much prefer it when you just show up and not say anything. In fact, please be quiet, I feel a migraine coming on."
Recognizing that Apoc really comes into its own as you add stuff to it, Gar and I got our heads together about what we might be able to field. After reaching out to Mo and Jefe, they have enthusiastically accepted a bump up of points to 3000 per player or 6000 per side.
Now my experience has been that 3500-4000 points per player and 16000 points per side is the real sweet spot for Apoc, but we're not there yet. At least Gar and I aren't there yet. I think Mo and Jefe could do the whole 16K between the two of them. Gar and I will just have to get there one step at a time.
So with the increase in points, came an increase in...hubris? Not surprisingly, some trash talk ensued and by the time the texting had died down and the thread crawled off to die in the gutter, we were able to establish that Mo intends to curb stomp anyone on the table, including his own forces and Gar was waxing lyrical on the possibilities of a kinky knight showing up.
What will really happen on January 3rd? We'll just have to show up to find out.
Once the electronic dust settled, there I was standing with a micro-horde of 1500 points, with another 1500 to go. It would be a simple thing (hah, I kill myself) if I had all the points already and I just had to build and paint.
But I don't, so a little points creativity will have to creep into the calculations and we'll see where we end up.
To that end, I introduce you to Mr. K and Mr. E.
Mr. E is none other than the not-so-famous Eldrad Ethanaal, a metal farseer with the Neil Gaiman "Sandman" helmet, which I've always liked the look of. I added a brain fin to the back which was borrowed from the Wraithguard set, as I didn't really like the effect on the 'guard.
Next up is an oldie but goodie. Some of you with some real history in your bones will recognize this guy from the first iteration of the Eldar. He was known as a Ghost Warrior and he came in two flavors. This version has a shuriken gun in his head and wielded dual powerfists. The other had a hand mounted table saw and I think a flamer. I'm still looking for him, but in the mean time, this guy looked like a good "counts as" Karandas.
Here's an update on Illic Nightspear. I like how the white areas came out with the charcoal shading, but I'm not completely satisfied with the ghillie suit. It works, in the sense that, matched up with the basalt base, you can see the camo effect working, but it still looks like it needs something to me. So I'm not calling him done yet. However, that would get me over the 500 new points done bar, leaving me to find another 1000 points somewhere else.
Time will tell.
Next up are the completed Wraithguard unit. I'm pretty happy with these guys and now that I have a few units to stand next to each other, it's almost starting to look like an army. Hopefully, they are the first of many more units to come.
Simple. Close your eyes and pretend.
I know, it doesn't work on the tabletop obviously, but hey, this whole hobby thing is built off of our imaginations anyway, so don't spoil my fun. There will be plenty of time to open my eyes and behold the hordes of land raiders, assault troops and shiny guys with glowey pig stickers on the other side of the table.
Right now, "we cool mon".