Assembly

Well my Easter holidays have started and what better way to celebrate than spending several hours in the shed avoiding small children (mostly not mine!).  I cracked open the delivery from the Warpath kickstarter by Mantic Games and decided that I wanted to assembly my Enforcer Interceptors, after a few head scratching minutes I hunted down some picture to help with the assembly (I’ll do a better assembly guide with the last one).  So by the end of today I had three brand spanking new flyers assembled and ready for painting, so below we have (l-to-r) Arbiter Interceptor, Accuser Interceptor and final the Persecutor Bomber:

Enforcer Interceptors.

Still lots of Enforcers to assemble and as I said a third Interceptor.

Shabby Opponent

Friday night was game night once more for the Friday Night Fire Fight Crew and I managed to get along for a game.  I agreed a game of Beyond the Gates of Antares with Darryl, with both play Ghar so double disruption dice made the game interesting.

We randomly rolled a scenario and got a scenario where you have to retrive a drone from the middle of the table.  You start with only half your army available to start with and the others have to pass an order test to come onto the table from the second turn.  Well we had pretty similar armies (2 Battle suit squads, a squad of tectorists), Darryl took the Disruptor Cannon on it’s own and I took it as part of a squad of Outcasts.  Darryl started with one Battle Suit squad and his tectorists, I started with one Battle Suit Squad and my Outcasts.  Well the rest of my army obviously got lost on the way to the battlefield, even the cries of death of my entire Outcast squad in one turn couldn’t get them to the battle.  Darryl used one of his tectorists to grab the drone and then used his battle suits to stop me targetting the little blitter as he ran off with the drone.

I enjoyed the game, but those d10 are in trouble.  My Luiggers rolled a 10 on limited ammo the first time they fired!  I did manage to kill 3 of the 4 tectorists but that was it.

A shabby tactic by Darryl, but well played.

The table - we really need to remember some Sci-Fi terrain next time.
The table – we really need to remember some Sci-Fi terrain next time.
Darryl's well painted Ghar.
Darryl’s well painted Ghar.

On other fronts I’m making progress on the buildings for Stalingrad, just need to finish off the concrete exterior and the interior on the last three and the concrete floors on all four buildings.

I’ve also continued the inventory of my miniatures and have now catalogued 1679 of which 92% are built and 63% are painted.  I just added my AT-43 army which is a pre-painted game so that helped increase the percentages of both.  Lots more bags to go through as well as the two crates of unassembled figures (whoops!).

GW excitement, really?

Something coming out of Games Workshop has me excited and it’s not from the specialist games division.  The moving forward of the storyline with the Gathering Storm series seems to be actually adding something to 40K, what it is we’ll have to wait and see.  I don’t normally bother too much with the likes of 40K and other Warhammer properties but I do have the figures for a couple of 40K armies and have played both of them in the current edition of the rules.  I do look at what is coming out and I have noticed the greater engagement with the community coming out of GW HQ, so what has got me so excited that I’m blogging about it.  GW have teased the figrues for Gathering Storm III, to be fair I think that the material in the next White Dwarf had leaked onto the Internet, but rather than ignoring the Heresy GW actually went ahead and released the information offically (a good move for them).  So as with the other Gathering Storm Triumvirates GW are releasing a three figure set entitled Triumvirate of the Primarch and one of the three figures really has made something click for me in terms of my one 40K army.

So who/what is it?

Let’s just take a look at the three figures being released:

So the Primach of the title is Roboute Gulliman of the Ultramarines:

Okay so you get two heads, one helmeted as I’ve shown and one unhelmeted.  Gulliman does nothing for me to be honest, the armour is too busy and the unhelmeted head really turns me off.  Still Gulliman coming back from the dead certainly moves the story on and the hints that he isn’t impressed with the state of the Imperium (and worshipping his dad) will certainly take 40K somewhere.

 

 

 

 

The second figure in the set is Grand Master Voldus of the Grey Knight 3rd Brotherhood:

I’ll be honest I’ve never followed the Grey Knights particularly and know next to nothing about them.

This figure does nothing to excite me with the Grey Knights or make me want to go out and buy the set.  The pose of the figure really doesn’t make me feel that this is a great defender of the Empire and he feels rather static to me.

How he ties in with Gulliman I have no clue, will he be fighting alongside him or leading a crusade against the Primarch of the Ultramarines.

 

 

 

 

So that only leaves one figure and he has certainly made a change for me:

I present to you Cypher – long hunted by the Unforgiven (the Dark Angels and their succesors) this leader of the Fallen has been seen fighting for both sides in the struggles for the Imperium.

I really like the fact that they’ve bought him back and in some of the other pictures floating the internet related to this release he is seen fighting alongside  Gulliman and a group of the Fallen.  Could this finally answer a lot of questions about the Dark Angels, who are so secretative that no-one truely knows which side they are on.  Gav Thorpe’s Angels of Darkness left a lot of questions about who  is telling the truth the Inner Circle of the Unforgiven or Astelan who is undergoing interrogation.  Perhaps Astelan’s story is the whole truth and the Dark Angels have been doing more than just hiding the split in their ranks from the rest of the Imperium.

This figure looks great and even tells part of the story, the sword on his back is the Lion Sword of the Primarch of the Dark Angels.  The figure actually has a certain amount of dynamism in it, the reaching for the bolt pistol, the look in the eyes and the flowing robes.  I’m tempted to buy the whole set, if only to get this figure.

The other thing this figure does is give me an idea for my Dark Angels army – no longer will it be the Dark Angels Chapter we know from 40K Lore, I intend creating a Fallen chapter.  I’ve got to work on the fluff but it mean black armour rather than the dark green that I had thought I was going to paint.

Gaming time

No work on the buildings for Cavalier this week, although I have now decided to go with concrete floors, they require less work and seem to make more sense to me.

What I have managed this week is a game, the first of 2017!  I played David at Beyond the Gates of Antares last night and whilst I lost by a country mile it was a fun game.  The dice gods did not look favourable on me as I repeatedly failed to roll less than a 10 on a 10 sided dice!  I do need to build some more figures at some point.  If I get time I’ll try to write a little story for the game, I do find myself drawn more and more to the narrative aspects of this hobby.

On another point I’ve slowly been working on my inventory of figures so far I’ve checked 1538 miniatues (I’m counting 15mm squad bases from FoW as one miniature here), 95% of which are assembled and 66% of which are painted.  Plenty more figure to add to the inventory and loads more to paint.  Of the ones I’ve add, 649 are for Warmahordes with 179 of them for the Khador faction.  My biggest single army in terms of figures is my Slaughterloo dwarf army standing (very short I know) at 291 figures, 95% of which are painted.

More next week, and hopefully more progress on the buildings!

Stalingrad Building 1

So as I said in my last post I need to work on some buildings ready to put on a game in Stalingrad at Cavalier next month.  This is the first building and the test piece for how I am painting the other buildings.  I’m fairly happy with the outside of the building, although I plan on using a couple of pigments to dust the brick work up (it was still a little wet).  The inside of the building is a different matter, the red wall represent an opulent residence, but I’m not sure how to do the flooring – do I go with concrete or a wood?  The wood is unlikely to still be in place (you need to keep warm) but the concrete grey might be a bit too much.  I still need to dirty up the inside as well.

The outside of the building.
The outside of the building.
The inside of the building at the moment.
The inside of the building at the moment.

It’s 2017

A New Year and a nothing changes really.  I’ve still got a shed full of lead and a lot of it needs painting, thankfully I have some key choke points coming up this year which mean that things need to be painted:

  1. Cavalier – I’ve got some MDF ruined buildings that need painting up, the first one is in progress as a test piece for how I complete the others.  More soon. Date: 26th February
  2. Broadside – We plan on using some Wild West Exodus warbands for our game so I need to paint up my Confederates.  Date: 11th June
  3. SELWG – We seem to be planning a WW1 game for the show, so I think I need to paint up my Highlanders.  Date 22nd October?

Around that I will have to paint some more figures.  I’ve found a spreadsheet being shared that was created by James “TheBustinChops” Hancock, which allows me to create an inventory of all the figures I have, whether they are built and whether they are painted.  I’ve started filling this out and I think I may have a problem, so far I have inventoried 1204 figures of which 885 are painted (that’s 74%), unfortunately there is still a lot of cases to open and a lot of unassembled stuff to go as well.  I aim to complete this this year and try to make a dent in the number of figures which need painting.  Those of you who have followed my blog may remember I refused to do a countdown to fully painted, well I still don’t care to countdown to fully painted but I am going to track what I have and what is done, just in case.

Have a great New Year folks and remember to keep painting!

Review of the Year – 2016

One of these years I’m going to have a normal year and get lots of Hobby done, well I can hope can’t I!

2016 started off bad, I won’t go into details but the first half of the year was a right-off, the middle of the year got a lot better and the end of the year hasn’t been too bad.  Still I set out at the beginning of the year to:

  1. Paint 150 figures of any scale.
  2. Paint a lot of the laser cut stuff.
  3. Assemble everything that I get this year (kickstarters inbound!).

So how did I do?Golden Button

Paint 150 figures – I’ve lost track this year of what I have painted, but no where near 150 figures!  I am proud of the Nazombie that earned me a Golden Button on Beast of War!  I blogged about it on here, and it was the first miniature that I’ve worked on with my airbrush (tanks don’t count).  I did finish off some of my Enforcers for Deadzone to take to Broadsides.

Paint a lot fo the laser cut stuff – well I could say that this happened a lot of the stuff that I had cut at work and also the stuff I had purchased got painted and assembled this year, mostly so that it was ready to grace the table at Broadsides, more stuff has been cut recently and there is still stuff that has been cut/purchases that I need to finish (guess what I need some of it for Broadsides this year.

Assemble everything that I get this year – My Confederate figures for Wild West Exodus all got assembled and are in the process of being painted, but there is stuff I purchased this year that hasn’t been assembled.  I got into Beyond the Gates of Antares this year, but I’ve only managed to assembly about half of what I got (Polystyrene cement smells too much to use in the house, according to she who must be obeyed!).  Last week a parcelforce guy arrived with a worried look and asked if the parcel should rattle, that was the arrival of my Warpath kickstarter package (12 months after pledging) that won’t be assembled this year then.

All-in-all a pretty poor year for my aims.

Gaming wise I’ve played a few games of Frostgrave – love the ideas and the universe, not so sure on the system (or perhaps it’s me).  I’ve had a couple of games of Warmachine against Paul, it was nice to have another go at that game (sorry for playing the shooty army Paul).  I had a go at Gates of Antares and enjoyed a thoroughly good game against Joe – more of those to come.

Films – I can’t leave this year without mentioning Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, I went to see it on the opening Thursday and was blown away through the movie.  To say I was riveted to the screen was an understatement, all the things that The Force Awakens got wrong, this film seemed to get right.  Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed The Force Awakens and watched the DVD not long ago, it expanded the lives of the characters I grew up with and loved, Rogue One however gave us a view from a different perspective.  It might have helped that I had read Catalyst beforehand (thanks to a couple of train trips to London) as it meant that I had an emotional link to Jyn Erso.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you will enjoy it!

Well that was 2016 – the year that took so many famous people away that it was silly.

Wild West Exodus – Nazombie

It has taken me a while to get this one finished but I have now finished my Nazombie for Wild West Exodus.  This zombie snake for the Confederate Rebellion is an amazing piece, I set out with the idea to make it look really pale and tried some new techniques.  First off I undercoated it grey and then sprayed white undercoat from the top to try to create a pre-shading, next I took my airbrush and Menoth White Base, unfortunately I lost the pre-shading.  I continued with the air brush to apply Menoth White Highligt to the top layers and then air brushed Waywatcher green, this turned out much brighter than I had hoped.  From here on I just went with it, so there are washes of Dark Angles Green, Dark Tone, Soft Tone and Strong Tone as well as highlights of White Base just for the skin of the snake.  The spine is two shades of silver and dots of red, the tongue has two red paints and then a wash of Red Tone, which was also applied to the ends of the metal bits.  The base is a twig from the garden and the grass is a bit of an old paint brush.  The brown on the base (yes there is some) is one of GW’s new technical paints, but I didn’t have enough room to really make use of it, look out for me using it again.  I’ve finished if off at the moment with some gloss varnish on the bits I’d like to be shiny, but I have yet to varnish the rest of the model, so they will most likely have to be redone.  Anyway enough rambling here is the finished piece:

 

Painting 2016

Time for a bit of an update on my painting for this year.  I’ve painted a lot of terrain for Broadsides (you can see much of it here), but I haven’t painted much in the way of figures and so haven’t made much progress on my target for the year, however I have been trying to improve my painting so here are some shots of what I have painted this year:

Enforcers for Broadside 2016
Enforcers for Broadside 2016
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Wolsung Hound of the Baskervilles – Warhound for my Frostgrave warband.
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Nerak the Bold a Confrontation figure, joining my Frostgrave warband.
Cygnar Charger
Cygnar Charger

Frostgrave Campaign – Game Three

Once more we ventured into the Snowy City of Frostgrave our merry band had been filled out by new arrivals including our new “warhound” Scooby.  Marching alongside Gimrin, our long time crossbowman, was a newcomer Volked Gemforger who also wielded the crossbow.  Ahead of us we spottted the ruins that Zedd had aimed for, with the hope that something useful could be found within.  We started to spread out across the ruins, Zedd with Gimrin and the Captain (Gruund Firmheart) in the centre, to the right was Volked, Thorin and Thorgrim, to the left Scooby, Skonmic and Thistori.  I stayed near to Zedd my skills had saved his life more than once.  Suddenly another warband appeared on the other side of the ruins and Zedd urged us forward to grab the treasure.  On the right Thorgrim grabbed the Treasure nearest to him and began to leg it back to our base, I wasn’t far behind with the central treasure and on the left Thistori was making off with that one.  Behind me I heard the twanging of the crossbows as bolts started to fly towards the enemy Wizard, spells sent shivers down my spine even from a safe distance, however only Scooby came home injured and that wasn’t too bad, the other warband made it home unscathed.

Thanks to Liam for a gentlemanly game of Frostgrave in which neither warband (with the exception of my warhound) made it into melee combat.  I made it off with three treasures as did Liam.