Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Armies on parade update - 18/10/17

Hello! A bit more of an update on my Armies on Parade / Dreadtober progress.

This week I managed to get the board finished (well 99% finished, just deciding on what to do with the background). Had a lot of comments of Reddit when I asked for suggestions on improving the board, thanks guys and girls! I’ll try and incorporate a couple of them if I have time.

I got the blast/wrecked markers from Zinge Industries by the way... here

Need to focus on the actual army now, which is only about 50% complete. I’ll be putting in the hours over the next 11 days! I’ve been wanting to paint a dreadnought army for a long time so I’m really excited about getting this done.

I also took them out for a game against a friend’s Necrons again this week... and lost again. I keep making the same mistake of trying to engage those terminator-wannabes in close combat and they’re just too fast. I really need to stand back and make them come to me, but that’s not my style. In all honesty I don’t see the Furoes of the Ancients army as competitive on an open field, Zone Mortalis is where these guys would come into their own.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at so far, hope you guys are getting those with your own army?

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave

Monday, 16 October 2017

Dreadtober update - 16/10/17

Just a quick update on my progress today, added another (and the final) leviathan to my force this weekend and have basecoated him... nothing like adding just a little bit more to the challenge.

Laptop still broken so still no proper blogging but I believe my replacement has arrived today.

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Armies on Parade - update 11/10/17

Vidpui here with his latest progress report: 18 days till Armies on Parade! (Don’t say that man!!!) and I’ve barely started! Managed to start on the beasts this week and hope to get them done by the weekend. Aetherwings and gryph-hounds done. Gryph-chargers need shade highlights and details. Next week the Stormcasts themselves!

P.S. with the beasts this colour, I’m not sure if the black armour I had planned will look good now lol Won’t think about basing theme until the minis are done, but leaning towards snow

I don’t know about you but I really like the progress so far!

Check out Vid's other painting on his blog: here

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Gaming at Warhammer World this week

Firstly, sorry for the lack of posts, I’m smashed my laptop and am awaiting a replacement...

Over the last week I’ve been finishing up my AoP board and doing a bit of gaming at WhW. This week it was a game of Shadow wars with some mates, which resulted in me taking another battering AND getting another of my units captured. I think this calls for a Rescue Mission next game. It’s not looking too uneven in the standings either, with two of us each on 6 Promethium and the leader on 10. If there’s anything I’ve learned in this campaign, there is still time for it to go either way.

The games were fun, with plenty of people falling from great heights, and at least one of my own drowning in the toxic sludge beneath the hive.

We’ve generally been playing on a pretty standard board but this week had a go on the Promethim Hive board at WhW, where pretty much every flat surface is linked by a gantry, and if you go down within 2” of an edge, you stand a chance of falling off, hence why there were so many instances of drowning this week!

Whilst at WhW, I took a look in the cabinets. It’s always nice to see some good looking, fully painted armies. Usually they are labelled so it’s easy to give credit, but I couldn’t see many labels this week, so if you recognise an army, give me a shout and I’ll happily flag it up - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Dreadtober update - 03/10/2017

I don't know whether this is an Armies on Parade or Dreadtober update, they are one and the same now until the 28th October!

This week I've been applying decals to about five of these guys (the previous tutorial that I did can be found here: How to apply decals). I've used a mix of old Space Wolves, Burning of Prospero, Forge World Space Wolves and Games Workshop Space Wolves decal sheets. There's also a couple of old Space Marine Vehicle and Forge World Luna Wolves decals on there too. That's a lot to choose from, but that's what I've been using on the rest of my army, so they all tie together.

I'm loving the way these ones have gone on the Leviathan. Maybe a tad too large, but I don't care, it looks awesome!

Not sure if the Deredeo looks a bit symmetrical?

So that's where I'm at with 5 of the 10... Hope you're all getting there with your Dreadtober / Armies on Parade challenges?

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Armies on Parade - Part 6: Painting the Board

Firstly, thanks for following my Armies on Parade progress, it's been a fun challenge so far. All the posts to date can be found here: Armies on Parade 2017

Now we're getting down to business, and there's only a month until parade day, it was time for me to set about actually painting the board.

Firstly, you need to wash this bad boy, the same way you need to wash all Forge World resin to remove the release agent. Have you ever tried fitting a 2' x 2' board in a bath? It was easier bathing my toddler, I can tell you that much!

After a thorough drying I used Citadel sprays to block out the main colours. Black, generally all over, grey for the walls and dead guys, and silver for the ruins and machinery.
I then started adding textured paint to the open spaces. The board has a certain amount of texture already but I wanted to use the texture paint to tie the board into my units' bases. The texture also hides the green stuff work around the additional things I'd added to the board.
I then started using a brush to block out the details, mainly red and gold to match the spot colours on my miniatures.
Over the next week or so I plan to add weathering powders, paint the gems and lenses and add static grass tufts to finish the board. I'm also looking at some sort of wrap around back ground, to try and bury the board into the setting and act as a backdrop to the models wherever they may be on the board.
I must admit that I'm beginning to feel the pressure on this one. Even once I get the board finished, I'm only about 25% through my actual army, and 28th October is now less than a month away!! Some serious knuckling down is to be done in the evenings I think. As I said last week, I've also signed up to this year's Dreadtober to keep me motivated and on track to complete.
Looking at last month's White Dwarf was also a little disconcerting. I live in Nottingham and am planning on entering at Warhammer World, but it looks like most of the employees that are also likely to be entering there have been putting their entries together for months already, and they look amazing!?! Time to move city?
I though this hobby was meant to  relaxing?...
How are you all getting one with your entries?
Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Dreadtober 2017

It seems all the stars are aligning this year! I’ve been wanting to enter Armies on Parade for a long time, and am making a real effort with it this year. But to coincide with that, Dreadtober has come along. I think this is the third annual Dreadtober event, where participants have to paint a dreadnought throughout October. A great little way to motivate you to finish that centrepiece item (I always love a bit of friendly rivalry).
And of course, my AoP army is one which consists entirely of dreadnoughts! The deadline for AoP is 28th October so it makes complete sense to enter my project into Dreadtober and make sure I get them finished in time.

I think there’s still time to get involved, so go check out the blog at:

Brushes at the ready...

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave