Tuesday, 10 May 2016

These are not the Storm Troopers you are looking for...

I got a squad finished! Well, minus basing, but that can wait.

I've owned these Kasrkin models since 2009, so I figured it was about time they were painted up.

I needed some Storm Troopers for my Ordo Xenos and after seeing the idea in an old WD, I decided to paint them up as...well, proper Stormtroopers.

I'm rather happy with the way they turned out, especially as I normally suck at painting white. They should look pretty awesome on my new Frozen Tundra gaming mat, which arrived from Deep Cut Studio today.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Two posts in two days

Wonders will never cease...

Granted it's not the same unit as yesterday, but at least it's progress.

Today I want to show you the other allies for my Ordo Xenos which I've been working on alongside my Sundered Veil Harlequins - Deathwatch Kill Teams!

I'm going  to be fielding two to four squads of these guys, depending on whether I use the WD Deathwatch rules or represent them using the First Company Strike formation from the SM book. It's a shame the WD rules only allow a single, non-customisable squad to be used, but at least it's something I can pull out for smaller games, then I can use the 1st Company detachment if I want more in larger games.

The guy on the left is my WIP Frag Cannon guy, for when I use them as Squad Donatus. I've got a ton of Deathwatch pads on the way, so I'll be able to really crack on with the squad as soon as they arrive.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Harlequins of the Sundered Veil, WIP

Remember my last post where I said I'd post more pics of my progress within the next couple of days? Well that was nearly three months ago! I'm shocked at this tbh and I can only apologise. My life's been a somewhat chaotic mess for the last few months.

Lack of blogging doesn't mean I've been idle though. I've
just been spending what hobby time I had painting and playing rather than blogging. I've been forging slowly forward with my various pledges, getting a friend into 30k (he now owns a mighty force of Night Lords) and gathering the components I need for my Inquisition. Now my life is a little more settled though, I should be able to return to a more regular blogging schedule (in theory at least). At least I've been keeping up a good tally of games played. Now I just need to catch up with the rest of my pledges

 Most recently I've been working on the first Troupe from the Masque of the Sundered Veil, the Harlequins which are intended to be allied to my Ordo Xenos force.

There's still a long way from done, but I'm loving how they're shaping up. The new Harlequin plastic kits are a joy to work with. They were so nice in fact, I launched right into working on them as soon as I got the kit home. These three guys were at this stage only six hours after opening the box!

The only real downside is that the new Harlies don't have chainswords like they did back in the 80's, so a few of them are going to be getting one later. I'm going to use them as Harlequin's Kisses - I imagine Harlequins can do *very* creative things with chain blades!

Hopefully this surge of productivity marks the start of period of high output, so I should hopefully have lots more to show you in the next couple of days.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Thousand Sons Sergeant WIP

I've been ill over the last week, so between that and work, I haven't gotten as much done as I would have hoped. I'm fully recovered now and got a day off tomorrow, so I'm hoping to get a load of stuff done tomorrow though. What I have managed to get done though is to start on one of my pledges for the' Loyalty & Treachery' challenge on Bolter & Chainsword.

I've pledged quite a bit for this actually, challenging myself to paint about 10 units and tanks for 30k in just three months. Only time will tell if I've bitten off more than I can chew with it. I decided to start with the basics though and paint my Thousand  Sons Tactical Squad, beginning with Sergeant Arrash:

I'm still trying decide whether I want white/ivory or gold trim on my Thousand Sons. Pretty much every depiction of them so far has a different intepretation. Until FW gives us a definitive answer, I'm thinking of just doing a combination of the two. For now though, I'm just goign to to focus on getting the basic squads done and worry about the shoulder pads later. I still need to put in a Forge World order for those at some point anyway.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Forge World FAQ/Errata

Forge World seem to be reading my mind at the moment. First they release their Thousand Sons upgrades just I'm about to get serious about completing my Thousand Sons and now I woke up this morning to find that they've released an FAQ answering a niggle which I had when building my latest army list last night.

Basically FW have put out one of their regular Errata/FAQ's for 30k, which (unlike GW proper) answers a lot of questions which have been cropping up recently, as well as buffing some of the naff options in the army list.

The full rules updates can be found on the FW Downloads page, but these are the main changes I picked out:

- Veterans can now take Heavy Flamers, Lightning Claws and Heavy Chainswords, which is what was mostly niggling me with my Thousand Sons, due to having a few Flamers leftover from Betrayal at Calth. They alsonow count as Scoring. This makes me very happy indeed.

- All Primarchs can now have Terminator Command Squads, instead of just those in Terminator armour. This makes a lot of sense. The Lords of the Legion should be able to take whatever bodyguard they like!

- They also clarified the rules on taking multiple 'must be your Warlord' characters.  Basically you can't, unless a Primarch is also present to supercede the rule.

- Legion Delagtus got a points cut and a free master-crafter weapon. Very nice indeed!

- Knights got rules for all the options from the newer Warden kits.

- Tartaros Terminators can now Sweeping Advance. This is big in the 30k setting, where anything can be sweeped. I'm tempted to get some for my Sons of Horus now.

- Cataphractii Armour has been reworded so they can't pass on Slow & Purposeful to units without the rule. Thank you Forge World for killing off this cheesy exploit.

- Secondary Age of Darkness detachments can now be used. This is great, as it means I can pump up the number of Librarians in my Thousand Sons without weird ally shenanigans. You can only use FW Force Organisation Charts though.

- Dreadnoughts and Contemptors gained an extra attack and the Contemptor got the option for double Volkite Culverins.

All in all, a very nice and balanced update. This seems like a preview of what to expect in the updated Red Books. The changes to secondary detachments and Veteran options has certainly made me happy and the Warlord rulings, Knight and Dreadnought updates, along with the Terminator Command Squad clarification will satisfy the vast majority of people.

This is really what a good FAQ/Errata should be, answering genuine issues and tweaking for balance, instead of GW's approach of using FAQ's to boost profits, like they did when they gave the Heldrake a turret.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to see how many Librarians I can squeeze into 2500 points!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Ancient Typhos WIP

I've been cracking on with my New Year Hobby pledges, with style, having been driven into a flurry of hobby activity on my few days off over New Year. I've achieved the following:

  • I've built and basecoated roughly 20 Thousand Sons (minus weapons)
  • Stripped my Sons of Horus fleet, then repaired and re-undercoated them, ready for their new and improved colour scheme
  •  Stripped and cleaned 10 Inqusitorial Stormtroopers
On top of that, I've also started work on my second Contemptor Dreadnought, whilst I decide whether or not to redo the paint job on my first one.

As you can see, there's still a lot to do on him, but I'm really liking it. This will probably end up beig my first completed model of 2016.

This one's converted from the Betrayal at Calth Contemptor, with a quick and easy reposing of the legs and some of the sarcophagus detail cut away. He's also going to be getting some parchment scrolls (once I get round to making them), Multi-Melta and Power Fist with Graviton Gun, to turn him into a roving vehicle hunters.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

It's normally about this time of year that I start posting about grand, overblown pledges for my coming year in the hobby. Not this year though. I've learnt the hard way that real life has a habit of screwing over all my plans.

Because of this, in 2016 I'm going to keep it simple and make just three pledges:

1. Play more games

This is going to be the main one for me. 2015 has been quite a slow year for gaming, mostly due to the fact that I've spent most of this year unemployed, This coupled with having to move flat in August to an area where organising games is difficult, I really haven't done much gaming since July beyond the odd game of BFG or Betrayal at Calth.

With this in mind, my primary pledge in 2016 is to play more games. If I can aim to play 26 games across the year, I'll already be ahead on last year. I figure playing an average of one game every two weeks shouldn't be too strenuous.

A big part of achieving this will be to find myself a gaming group. In Peterborough, I attended an awesome club (Peterborough Wargames Club, check them out here). Thanks to PWC I tried a wide variety of games and they were primarily responsible for me branching out beyond GW in my gaming. Now I've moved to Norfolk though, I've found myself without a group to play with (the groups I played with when I lived here a few years ago have mostly disbanded) - a state of affairs I intend to correct!

I think my first step will be to get involved in the 30k Community in Norwich. I've visited them at Athena Games a couple of times, but haven't had a chance to actually play against them yet. It'll be good to actually be  able to face other 30k armies, as my Sons of Horus have mostly faced 40k armies in the past.

My other plan is to sort myself out with a gaming table for my flat, so I can actually play against the few gamers I know who live close enough to play games against at home. I'll be building a double-sided modular board to fit onto it, so I can play both Battlefleet Gothic and standard 40k/Fantasy/Skirmish games.

This brings me quite nicely onto my second pledge...

2. Clear my Backlog

At the moment I have a massive backlog of models to paint - a result of being a self-confessed hobby butterfly. I'm hoping to clear a good portion of this over the next couple of months. This means actually finishing projects for a change, instead of leaving them half-finished.

Right now I have the following which needs finishing:
  • Sons of Horus (3000 points)
  • Thousand Sons with White Scars allies (3000 points)
  • Battlefleet Gothic Sons of Horus fleet (2000 points)
  • Battlefleet Gothic Ork fleet (2000 points)
  • Battlefleet Gothic Terrain
  • Deathwatch/ Inquisition (1500 points)
  • Malifaux Show Girls crew (basic crew box)
I think that's plenty to be getting on with for now. A big motivation for me is the idea of being able to display them in my living room now that I have my own place. My plan is to start nothing new until they're finished. My only hobby purchases will be parts I need to finish these projects. To keep me motivated even further, I make my third pledge...

3. Document it all!
Nothing keeps me more motivated than sharing what I'm doing with the hobby community. As well as blogging about my work on here, I'm also a member of Warseer, The First Expedition and Bolter & Chainsword, as well as countless hobby groups on Facebook.

Everything I build and paint will be shared online, to motivate me as well as to pick up tips and advice improve my hobby skills. I'll try and post on here at least once or twice a week, keeping track of my progress on my pledges. Hopefully all this will allow me to actually follow through on my pledges for once.

So there you go, my aims for 2016 set out and ready to go. My life is far more settled now than it's been in previous years, so I reckon I stand a good chance of actually sticking to my pledges this year. As ever, we'll have to see though.

What are your hobby goals for 2016?

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Alto Damokai WIP

I missed the competition deadline with this guy unfortunately. I just had too much to do in the build up to Christmas to sit down and get him finished properly. Nonetheless, allow me to present my current WIP: Alto Damokai, Praetor-Librarian of the Thousand Sons 55th Company.

There's still a way to go on him, but I'm really liking how he's turning out. The huge amount of hours I've spent on him is really showing through. I've made a sculpted base for him too, but I unfortunately didn't have time to snap pics of it before work this morning.

What do you think so far?

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Contemptor Dreadnought progress

It's a slow day at work today, so I figured I'd use the time to post and schedule blog updates.

Mostly I've been focusing on painting the Dreadnought I showed in the last post, but I've also started work on Damokai himself and continued to work through my mountain of basic troops. Progress is being made, albeit slowly.

Here's how the Dreadnought stands atm:

Still a long way to go on him, but I'm getting there. I'll finish him up right after I paint up my Preator for a competition next week. Between the comp, work and christmas coming up, I'm ridiculously busy atm, so I'm not even sure if I'll get him done before the deadline on monday. We'll have to see.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Thousand Sons Contemptor WIP

No completed models for you today, but I have been working on a Contemptor Dreadnought which I bought off eBay couldn't resist stripping down and painting as soon as it arrived in the post.

After two nights work, this is how it looks:

There's still a long way to go on him, especially on the top half, but I'm quite proud of how the legs have turned out. Not shown are the various papers and scrolls which I'll be attaching when I'm done to give more of a Thousand Sons vibe to him.

The provisional name given to him is Ancient Alkush, 'The namer of names'. Thought up by my girlfriend who got fed up of me asking her for Egyptian-sounding name suggestions!

I've started logs for this project on a couple of forums, so I should have plenty more to show off soon.