Ah, so here we are, our second installment of my Frugal Gaming blog. In the last week I shied away from any spending, and instead did some trading. I had some old painted Bretonnian Knights kicking about, as well as some unpainted ones and bits and pieces. These I traded for a variety of bitz for my upcoming Chaos Renegades army for Warhammer 40,000, which included 12 Chaos backpacks, six metal Daemonettes, 3 bolters, 3 sluggas, a plasma gun , and a pair of lighning claws. I think I got the better deal, as I am NEVER going to get around to doing Bretonnians at this point, and I need all of the new items for my next project.

I traded all of this...

...for all of this.

I also continued to work on painting my Eldar for the upcoming Ironman XVII tournament on the 15th of this month. I had a bit of a setback in getting things primered, as it was snowing outside! In Vegas!

It's snowing in Vegas, baby!

However, I did manage to get things almost finished up: my Guardian squad and my Autarch on jetbike were finished up, which meant that my army was playable, if not completely done, for my game Wednesday morning against Blackwolf’s Iron Warrior Space Marines. I really meant to take more pictures of the game, but got so wrapped up in playing that I forgot to! Anyways, I managed to squeak by a victory using the tournament rules for Ironman XVII; I held one objective and Blackwolf and I were contesting another. Most of my army was decimated, but highlights include my Guardian Squad finishing off a Marine Tac squad by assaulting it, and then turning around and doing a lot of harm to a Terminator squad.

My Eldar deployment

Blackwolf's Iron Warriors deployment

I also worked on a new Warp Spider Exarch. I’ve never been fond of the “official” model, and now I am on the way to replacing him with something that is more to my taste. Maybe with a little luck and focus, I can have it ready for the tournament. He is built from an old Warp Spider I had laying about, and the big gun is made from two old Epic Doom Weaver cannons. He still needs some puttying work before I start painting him, we will see how it goes.

My homegrown Warp Spider Exarch

I have also decided to post some pictures of my Void Jackals Space Marine army to liven things up a little. When the 5th edition of 40K was released, I decided to get back into the game and build a very basic Space Marine army, with the goals including speed of assembly and painting along with low expense. I soon abandoned the project, and picked it up again last year while working on my Eldar, and quickly finished them. It isn’t the prettiest, and I haven’t played it yet, but at least it’s done. So without further ado, here is last year’s first finished project:

My Void Jackal Space Marines

Another view of the Emperor's Finest

I will have more detailed picture and painting accounts of the Void Jackals in a later posting here, this is just a teaser for today 🙂

So far this year, I have spent $0 on miniatures gaming, and have successfully traded to get some of the stuff that I needed. Yay!