Saturday, 31 December 2016

Warhammer World: Review 2017

Some time last year my wife suggested I do a review of Warhammer World, from the perspective of a parent visiting.

Her reasoning was sound, we live next door so I take Logan there quite often, but some people may have to travel several hundred miles for a visit and might be reluctant to bring their wives and children, not knowing whether there is much there for the rest of their family to do. Well, this review is aimed at you dads who find yourselves in that position and I'm here to tell you that yes, bring them, they'll love it!

I originally wrote this review last year but so much has changed at Warhammer World in the last 12 months that I thought I'd update it. So here goes...

I'll split this review in to several parts, looking at the general experiences, the shops, the Gaming Hall, the Exhibition Hall, the facilities and Bugmans. Hopefully you find it useful.


Experiences
Over the last couple of years I've had experiences of taking a number of different little people to WhW. Logan is 3 now but I've been taking him there since he was about 2, so definitely the youngest, but he runs around like a loon looking at everything. I haven't tried him in the exhibition hall yet, but I think I'll leave it a while (although kids are free so I could give it a go).

I visited with a friend who had a 7yr old at the time. He loved it too, although at this age there is still A LOT to see and he seemed to tire well before my friend and I had finished looking at the exhibits (5 rooms at the time, jam packed with stuff is a lot to take in, so I can understand that).

Then today some family friends came over with their two children. Their son being 10 and daughter 6, and again, they have never been but they both loved it. In fact everyone loved it today, which shows there is just as much for mums to see as there is for the dads. Helen, my non-gaming wife, often enjoys coming along for some lunch.

All in all, most kids will love it and there is something for the whole family to see.
 
Also note, parking is free, though there's not always enough customer parking so arrive early, and there is now a tram stop adjacent, making travelling to the venue easy peasy from Nottingham City centre.

The Shops
Nowhere in the world will you find another Forge World store, or Black Library store for that matter. The range of products is incredible.

That aside, as a family destination, Warhammer World has definitely come on over the years. When I was a kid, popping along for games night, it was pretty much wall to wall geeky teenagers, but as those teenagers, like myself, have grown up, got married and had kids, WhW seems to have taken this on board. The staff are friendly and helpful without being in your face with the hard sales.


When we went with the family ends and explained that the they had never been before and quick as a flash the store colleague offered them a painting tutorial. Not only did they get to try their hand but mum and dad joined in too (I think Games Workshop gained 4 potential customers that day rather than the 1 I was expecting). Later the whole family got to play Dark Vengeance too, which by all accounts they thoroughly enjoyed.

The guy in the Forge World store at lunch was even playing peekaboo with Logan, who was eyeing up a Warlord titan at the time! (that thing is only a few inches shorter than him!).

Recently both the Forge World and Black Library stores have had a change around and about doubled in size. I think this not only lets Games Workshop fill the floor with more stock but it has also allowed them to fit in a number of new display cases, showing off numerous miniatures from every range. Although this has reduced the number of exhibition halls from 5 to 4, when I last visited the hall you didn't really notice this.

The Gaming Hall
There was a 40k gaming event on when I visited with the family friends, ideal for showing off the game in action to the kids. The tables in the gaming hall are some of the best you will ever see. Nowhere else will you get to play on the tables you see photographed in Warhammer Visions or White Dwarf. I absolutely love playing on these when I get the chance.

This is also the bit Logan probably loves the most too. He literally spent an hour looking at the tables today. That's a lot of time for a toddler to be interested in one thing. I have to watch him though as he wants to take a closer look at what the other big boys and girls are doing with their tiny space toys. I usually pick him up and do a tour of the room, explaining what's going on so he can get a good look. Most of the time the gamers give him a smile, a wave or even talk to him. Admittedly it's usually the older ones, who probably have kids of their own, but there's a good mix of age ranges these days so they account for a decent number.

You can book tables in advance, and so if you plan on getting a game in during your visit, I would recommend this as it's generally pretty busy, especially now some of the gaming hall has been turned over to the creation of the Forge World and Black Library stores. For the more specialist gaming tables, such as the Zone Mortalis, booking several months in advance can be required.

Here you can see us all having fun today, Logan clearly having the most fun as he swivelled the tiny cannons around.




The Exhibition Hall
Man oh man, you do not want to miss this. The old miniatures hall was great, even though it was small, and was free. So when GW announced the opening of a new museum and that it was going to cost £7 entry, I was aghast!

However, I was wrong. It is awesome! And under 12's get free entry. 4 rooms of Warhammer, Warhammer 40k and Warhammer 30k goodness. Plus bits about all those old games that us veterans remember from our childhood (please, please, bring Necromunda back!!)

I've been three times, all very different experiences but enjoyable none the less. There's a mixture of 'miniatures on display' and 'dioramas'. Seeing the same miniatures that are in the magazines, painted by the 'Eavy Metal team is fantastic, and the thought that has gone in to the dioramas is mind-boggling. Every angle reveals something new and interesting.

The first time, as mentioned, was with my mate and his son. There's loads to see but his son was over it after about 2 rooms. He seemed to love it but it can be sensory overload. Me and my mate were still running around like school kids in a candy shop though!


The second time I went, I took my brother-in-law. He doesn't play the games but is a bit of an artist so I thought he'd appreciate it. He did, and after 30 minutes of repeatedly saying "that's awesome" to each other we agreed to just shut the hell up and view the rest in silence, albeit with our jaws on the floor.

No doubt I'll be going back again. I went and saw the Horus Heresy display when Betrayal at Calth was released and was blown by the displays. I just loved it.

£7 isn't cheap, but it is well worth at least one visit. Leave at least an hour and a half though, every room is chock-a-block with things to look at and Room 4 in particular will need 30 minutes to take it all in (if you've seen the Hogwarts model at Harry Potter World, this is bigger than that and way more detailed)

Bugman's Bar
Lastly, but by no means least, is Bugman's bar. It's awesome. Set out like a Dwarfen tavern, even the bar is set lower down than for a normal sized man. There's art on the walls (which you can buy) and nice little touches, like swords and shields on the walls.

The food is excellent, good value and huge portions. The menu has been changed recently but all the favourites (such as Build a Burger) are still there.

There are highchairs available, the staff are very child-friendly and accommodating (once when I was there with Logan on my own the lady behind the bar actually came to the table to take my order at the table so I could keep an eye on him) and there is a children's menu, which has as much variety as any other pub you're likely to take a kid to.

Helen loves the food there (she's a veggie), and never misses an opportunity to come along for lunch. Logan likes the food to (as much as any toddler likes any food). As already mentioned though, the portions are large, but that goes for the kids meals too so if you have a smaller appetite, go for a kids meal, it'll easily fill you up.

Also, the cakes, they are quite often amazing!


 
Facilities
This is a hard one really. The new entrance hall has great new disabled and baby changing facilities. I can't fault them.
 
And there is another set of disabled and baby changing facilities upstairs in Bugman's, along with ladies and gents toilets. However, these second set of facilities has been there for as long as I can remember, feel free to correct me GW but they haven't changed in about 10 years at least and are really starting to show their age (don't worry, my wife gave me the low down on the ladies, I haven't been going in places I shouldn't). With the amazing new stores and exhibition hall, these toilets could definitely do with a re-fit as they're letting the place down a little. 
 
Summary
Warhammer World holds a special place in my heart, growing up in Nottingham and playing 40k as a geeky teenager, I was spoiled by having the ability to go there whenever I wanted, it was (and is again now) my local friendly games store. As a graduate structural engineer I even had the opportunity to design the new HQ building too, so not only do I get to share my hobby with my wife and son, I get to show them something I did at work when we visit!
 
All in all, I'm probably a bit biased as to how good the place is, but saying that, I have had bad experiences with the attitudes of staff their in the past, so I've seen the bad side too. These days, I can absolutely say that Warhammer World is a great place to take all of the family.
  
Dave

Friday, 30 December 2016

Army Shot - January 2017

Hello,

I wanted to share some pics of my army as it stands now so that I can come back and compare at the end of the year to actually see how much I manage to complete!



I don't know how many points I have, certainly not as much as some people these days. Since 30k got big, people seem to be building bigger and bigger armies. I used to have 10,000pts of 40k Wolves, but have considerably downsized these days. I only build and paint the units that I am going to use or that I find particularly interesting.

In the photos you can see this. Lots of assault marines, bikes and heavy transports for when I'm playing a conventional game, and lots of terminators and boarding marines for when I'm playing Zone Mortalis. This side of  things is going to grow this year, I definitely want another squad of boarding marines in my army.

Sorry about the poor quality pics. As I finish a squad I'll take some pics in the light box and add them to the gallery





Definitely want to get my Fellblade painted up soon, this is the jewel in the crown of my army.

I need to get that second Spartan painted up too. I definitely want to add some more tank support to the force. Maybe some of those Scicarians or a squad of Predators.



What are your painting plans for 2017?

Dave

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Christmas Loot and New Years Resolutions

Seasons Greetings readers, hope you all had a hobby-filled one?

I just thought I'd share my Christmas loot with you and brain storm some new years resolutions...

So what did you guys get from Santa this year? I got a bunch of Black Library goodies:
The Horus Heresy Calendar 2017. Last years was a cracker so I expect good things from this one. Neil Roberts' art gets better and better. The art in these calendars is of a decent size, and I framed my favourites from last year.

The Primarchs: Leman Russ. I asked for this, but by the time it was actually released I was regretting it, mainly due to the price. But of course, my wife had already ordered it (she's good like that) so there it was for me under the tree. I'm half way through it and am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the story (I don't know why I doubted Chris Wraight's ability...). There is definitely some great insights so far, I'll provide a full review at the end. The embossed leather case is a work of art too!

And then two more Horus Heresy novels from my dad-in-law. These are the next two in the series for me to read.

I purposely didn't ask for any miniatures this year, which brings me on to my New Years Resolution...

In 2017 I do solemnly swear to paint everything I have which is unpainted before buying anything else!

So, what did you get and what are your plans for 2017? Let me know in the comments section.

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Leman Russ, Lord of the Rout

I finally finished Russ. Here he is! I'm looking forward to getting him out on the battle field now.


Master of the Space Wolves Legion and Lord of icy Death World of Fenris, Leman Russ was an incomparable warlord, ferocious beyond measure and faultlessly loyal to the Emperor and his Imperium. Known as the Wolf King and the Lord of Winter and Ruin, as undoubtedly as savage as Leman Russ was, he was also wise beyond his Legion’s barbaric appearances and self-aware to a degree few guessed at, which made him doubly dangerous.



At Prospero his loyalty and foresight were used against him by the machinations of Horus, as he was loosed upon his brother Magnus. What was to follow was one of the darkest hours of the Imperium’s history, as Space Marine was set against Space Marine in war unto the death. The Burning of Prospero was a conflict eclipsed only by the nightmare civil war that came after.


Fighting with a ferocity and skill far beyond anything human, Leman Russ wields the sword of Balenight, known as Mjalnar, an ancient blade whose dark legend stretched back to the Age of Strife; and Helwinter, Russ’ great frost axe, its murderous edge made with the kraken-teeth of a mighty beast Russ slew himself. His warplate is a suit of singular artificer power armour, incorporating unique exothermic field generators, otherwise unknown of in the Imperium’s arsenal of technology.


I really enjoyed painting this miniature, I really pushed my abilities. It is probably the most time I have spent on a single miniature for a long time, but I cut no corners and spared no expense in getting this to look how I wanted it to.

I've trying all sorts of techniques I've never done before. Two that I'll share now are:

Hair: usually the hair on my minis is brown, black or bleached bone. The Forge World version of Leman Russ has blonde hair, so I thought I'd attempt it. The scheme I used is undercoat white, wash with Agrax Earthshade, wash with Lamenters Yellow. Using yellow on hair is my worst nightmare but I was assured by the Twitter crowd that this is how to do it. And I think it looks ok. I could have made it brighter I guess, but I only did one layer of white, so some of the grey base coat is still showing through.

Armour: usually I go for mechanicum standard grey base, then two dry brushes of successively lighter grey, then Agrax Earthshade wash. That looks good, but I wanted Leman Russ to stand out. The Forge World version has a slightly greenish tint, I wanted to go for a blue tint. So I went for the grey base and two-stage dry brush, then applied a 65:35 mix of Nuln Oil and blue glaze. I think it looks pretty good. It's not as blue as I wanted but I'm happy with it.

For the base I am going for white columns and brown earth to tie Russ in to the rest of my force.

I still have the skin, gold elements and weapons to go. Even the wolf pelts I am trying something different.

There looks like there are a lot of colours there, but it all ties together, yet stands out from the rest on the army in a good way. The basic palette is grey (armour and ruins), brown (fur and mud), gold (details) and red (cape, leather and blood), using a variety of shades of each. The spot colour is blue, used on the gems and differently on the power weapon's energy source. There are a lot of textures around the model and trying to do them all justice was difficult.

The runes, I wanted them to look like marble so I tried sponging. That didn't look quite right, so I added some layering, to look like the saw cuts you see in polished marble.

I'm happy with him anyway!

Comments and criticisms welcome. Fluff is from the Forge World Website.

Dave

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Ludorati Cafe - Review

In what now appears to be a regular feature, I visited another board games café last night, the Ludorati Café in Nottingham.



The venue is set out sell, with a mixture of table sizes to suit different games. There is even a fish tank meeting room at the back where I saw a bunch of developers having a meeting. I guess this would be a great place to hold a meeting if you were a games development firm with limited space.

Rather than paying a set fee, there is an hourly charge per person

Board Games
There was a great choice of board games of all different styles and complexities. As I was with my old school friend again we didn't pick anything too difficult, but I get the feeling he wants to graduate to something a bit more complex in the not too distant future... maybe no full on Dungeons and Dragons but others were playing games with cards and tokens which we might have a go at next time.


We selected Carcassonne and Game of Life, games which neither of us were sure we'd played before. Of three rounds of games, my friend beat me 2/1. After beating me at Risk last time I need to step my game up obviously!!
 
For those that don't know, Game of Life is nothing like actual life, other than paying $100,000 to go to Uni. I will revise that statement if I actually manage to die with $3.5million in assets after having 4 kids...


Café
As I've said before, these are board games cafés, so café is part of the name and so this aspect should be included in the review. What I can say is that the café facilities at this place do not seem to be a half-thought out bolt on to the board game bit like it does in some places. The choice is massive, as if you are actually at Costa, and they sell wines, beers and food too. 10/10 for this element of the venue.

There are lots of friendly, professional staff and the prices are reasonable.

Facilities
As with the Café, the facilities are excellent. Smart, clean and out of the way. There is a number of toilets and a baby changing facility too.

As I mentioned above, there seems to be a meeting room for hire too, adding another aspect to the venue. We hear that the venue will soon start hosting logic games with a difference in this room. I look forward to giving those a go.

As with the other similar cafés there are plenty of board games for sale to. What I would say is that this venue has definitely got the proportions right, it's about 50% café : 50% board games, where many other venues are more 95% board games and you can get a cuppa if you like. Maybe I'm not a hard core gamer enough to judge this but I think that's how it should be.

Summary
I must say, of the cafes we've visited so far, this has been my favourite. It's very slick, the service is great and the choice of games is vast.

Dave

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The Dice Cup - A Review

I will soon be writing an updated review of Warhammer World as a location for parents to visit. Warhammer World is a pretty unique place, being possibly the only national events/exhibition/visitor's centre for a wargames company anywhere in the world. However, there are other places that us dads/mums/geeks, can visit to take our kids and play with our toys, and the Dice Cup in Nottingham is one such place.

Image result for the dice cup, nottingham

I'm not sure when it started, but I have suddenly realised we have two or three board game cafes in Nottingham now, and I haven't managed to visit one. I was meeting up with an old school friend the other week so we decided to check it out.

The place itself is located in the city centre, so nice and easy to get to, in what as once an art supply shop. The floor plan is huge, lots of space. It's fully buggy friendly with level access from the main entrance and a ramp joining the two internal levels. The tables aren't all crammed together so weaving a buggy between them would appear to be no hard task.

Board Games
There is a lot of choice! Board games for all ages and skill levels from what I could see. My friend isn't such a huge board game player so I selected Risk for us to play as it's pretty simple (especially compared to the games everyone else seemed to be playing).

There's some sort of rating system for the skill level of the board games from what I can see. I would have asked more of the friendly staff but 30 seconds beforehand we'd managed to make a pretty stunning entrance by trying to come in through the fire exit, setting off the fire alarm. The fully-glazed shop front meant that everyone in there turned to stare at us, so I decided to act like a pro and keep my mouth shut...

Anyway, lots of choice of games to play (they say 500+ on their website) and a similar number of new games to buy also.



Café
This is a 'board games café' so it would be amiss to not mention the food and drink. Currently there is little in the way of hot food available due to their kitchen being built, but the cakes looked tasty. It might be worth another visit once the kitchen is up and running.

I was a bit disappointed by the selection of drinks, in that way that I can be, living in a country where I don't have to walk 16 miles just to fetch fresh water... Principally there was no Chai tea and they only had soya milk. What is the world coming too! However the Assam was nice and came in a chintzy tea pot, and the quantity was generous, which is exactly what you want from a café in my opinion. Oh, and the prices are very reasonable for a café situated in the city centre.

Facilities
From a parent's point of view, the level access and ramps make getting in and around easy, however, there was no real baby changing facilities. They have tried, there was a changing mat in the very spacious toilet, but it was on the floor and there was only one toilet. Plus the toilets really aren't sound-proof. But they were clean and as I say they were spacious, which is what you need as a parent, I have found.

There were a couple of babies there so it seems like people are happy to take their children (maybe that explains the dirty looks we got after setting the fire alarm off...).

Summary
The staff were friendly, there's plenty of space, it's clean and there are games for all ages, so as a potential venue to take children this is a good one. Of course, as usual, use your judgement. I'm not sure my three-year old is going to be that interested in actually playing any games, more removing the boxes from the shelves, opening them, rearranging them, etc. But maybe when he's 5 and has more concentration, it will be more suitable.

I'll certainly be back there. Even my friend, who isn't that in to games, enjoyed the pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and has suggested we meet up there again.

My question is, how common are these board game cafes now? There's a couple in Nottingham, and a number of pubs are happy to host games nights. Is that the case where you are?

Dave

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Path of Heaven - Book Review

My first book review this new blog, The Path of Heaven by Chris Wraight.

A warning there may be spoilers. Where's the fun of a review if there wasn't?...



From Black Library:
THE STORY
For too long had the Vth Legion ranged out beyond the sight of the wider Imperium, remaining ignorant of the Warmaster’s rebellion and the war that inevitably followed. Only once their primarch, Jaghatai Khan, had satisfied himself that the path before them was just and true did the White Scars choose a side, taking the fight to the traitors on every front. But, four years later, the Legion’s unfettered spirit has been broken by relentless attritional warfare against the Death Guard and the Emperor’s Children – the Khan’s Stormseers must find a clear route to Terra if they are to take part in the final, apocalyptic battle.

While the cover art and book description suggested this was one Horus Heresy novel I wouldn't be that fussed about. Believe it or not, there are a few of those. However, Chris Wraight is one of my favourite Black Library authors, ever since Battle of the Fang and I have that need to read the Horus Heresy series in order. So I was going to read it regardless.

The story revolves around what the White Scars have been up to for the last 4 years of the war and their final journey to Terra. In my mind I always thought that the White Scars basically walked away from helping the Wolves when they got called back to Terra and then spent the next number of years helping Dorn and the Fists to build the defences. We didn't know much about what they had been up to from the earlier fluff.

What we discover is that the Scars have been launching hit and run assaults on the traitors, the legion divided in to a number of battle groups fighting along side the Shattered Legions in many cases. But 4 years later they find that they have fought themselves into a noose, bleeding away a third of their strength, with no clear path back to Terra.

Then Ilya Ravallion, a General from the Departmento Munitorum assigned to the V Legion remembers an old associate,  Novator named Achelieux, who was working on a top secret project instigated by the Emperor. She persuades the Khan that if any man can get them back to Terra, Acheliuex can.

It turns out that the top secret project is the Web Way and that Dark Glass is a portal linked directly to the Golden Throne and possibly built by the Emperor himself.

Chased by the Emperor's Children and Death Guard as they race to the portal, all seems lost when the White Scars finally get there. The Khan himself recognises the engineering but the Web Way portal itself seems cold and dead, of no use to them.

But then Targutai Yesugei, chief Stormseer figures it out and activates it just as the traitor forces engage, opening the portal briefly for the V Legion to escape. Revuel Arvida, loyal Thousand Son, then guides the fleet through the Web Way back to Terra.

I've missed a ton of stuff out, such as Arvida's constant battle with the Flesh Change, the double-crossing by some demons who are unleashed by an Emperor's Children ship only to then destroy another Emperor's Children ship, Eidolon's continued fall into chaos and the Navis Nobilite spy that wants to destroy the Web Way portal (so that the Navigators do not become obsolete) and nearly succeeds in doing so.

The book is well written as per all of Chris' work to date. I thought the characters were strong, it ties up some loose ends. We get to read about 4 major Horus Heresy Characters, 3 of which are Primarchs, which Chris' writing manages to humanise yet keep them apart from the mundane. For example, the meeting between Leman Russ and the Khan at the end gives the impression of sibling love between the two despite the fact that Russ is absolutely fuming with the Khan for leaving him and his legion to die earlier in the heresy.

Definitely better and more revealing than I expected, pushing the story arc forward towards the Siege of Terra. An 8/10 from me.

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Visit to Warhammer World December 2016

I live next to Warhammer World, so go there quite a bit, but a couple of weekends ago I went there specifically to take a look at the new Space Wolves / Thousand Sons diorama. I found that the whole exhibition had actually changed since I last went, so thought I'd share some pictures.
 
First up was this beauty... well, half of my brain thinks it's a giant yellow monster but the rest of me loves the Stormbird. I've agreed with my wife that I can have one when I finish my PhD (either that or a Mastodon), which is a reason to hurry up if ever I had one!
 
 
The fact that you can fit an actual rhino in the back is awesome!

 
Next up is the Muster Tredecimma scene. If you've seen December's White Dwarf you'll have spotted it. The one on display is not quite the same as the one in the magazine. A great show case for all of Forge World's big Imperial flyers.
 


 
Next was The Pilgrym, another diorama featured in White Dwarf this month. I love how crazy each of the warbands are. I love the conversions (how was that Alpharius done?! I want one)
 

 
Then finally I got to the Prospero diorama. I found myself not looking at this until I had finished looking at everything else. I must admit that usually I'm one of those guys who scoots around a gallery in 20 minutes then goes for tea and cake, but in this instance I was looking at this piece for a good 15 to 20 minutes.
 

I was particularly interested in the subtle conversions and unit markings on the Space Wolves. I really really want a Leviathan dreadnought...



 
All in all it was a good visit and well worth a gander if you get a chance. I probably take a look every 6 months or so and something has always changed.
 
Dave


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Monday, 19 December 2016

Plastic Mark 3 Space Marines - A Review

I recently did a review of the Scarab Occult Terminators, whilst kit bashing them for my Shattered Legions force. Now, I can't resist a good kit bash so I cracked open Burning of Prospero and took a look at the goodies inside.

I don't think I've seen a review of the plastic Mark 3 marines and how they compare and are compatible with the existing range of Space Marine ranges. I only have numerous Space Wolf and Forge World resin bits to compare against, but here goes.

Firstly, the amount of goodies contained upon the three sprues which make up the Mark 3 marines is fantastic. It knocks out half of the special weapons included in the Forge World upgrade set. That being said, I think there is still a place for the Forge World upgrades because you may want those volkite weapons, alternate power weapons, etc, which just aren't included here.



Similarly, I think there is a place for the Forge World resin Mk3 marines still too. In this box there is a range of helmets and back packs but the torsos are all the same, where as the resin kit, the torsos are all different but the helmets and backpacks are all the same. Plus combining the two would give you 15 different leg options, and in squads of 20, that isn't such a bad thing. I reckon combining 15 of the plastics and 5 of the resins, mixing and matching all the bits, would give you a completely unique squad. I've already got 3 20-man squads in my force so this is great news. I just wish Forge World would release some plastic breacher shields now. Buying 20 of the current resin packs would cost £80, which is almost as much as a whole box of Burning of Prospero!

Below are some comparison shots of various pieces. Overall, the scales are pretty much the same. if there is a difference I can't see it.

Comparing equivalent torsos you can see the plastics are much crisper than the resin.

 
Comparing back packs, again you can see the plastic is crisper and with more variety. The back packs come with 3 or 4 different designs. In terms of cleaning up, I always think Forge World is easier to clean up but actually now I need to ask, is that worth the trade off for arguably less detail and variety? 
 
The studs on the shoulder pads are bigger on the resin version, but I like both designs


This was interesting, fixing a Space Wolves back to a Mk3 front so that my sergeant could have a wolf pelt. As you can see, these fit together seamlessly. That Wolf bit is from the latest upgrade blister so I imagine that the other Space Marine upgrades fit just as well. Obviously heads and legs and arms all fit fine too. The only one you have to watch is the Space Wolf torso with grenades from the Space Wolf squad box, this doesn't fit easily on to Mk3 legs without some filing down of the ridged detail. I haven't got a photo but just remembered to mention that one.

 
In terms of size, they're the same once legs are attached to torso.
 I must also say that I'm loving these 32mm bases. So much more room to play with and less chance of your model toppling over mid-game.

I'm glad they've included thunder hammers in this box. I always avoid using the Forge World resin ones after a couple have bent whilst in my storage case. Now they come in plastic I'm more than happy to use them. In fact, sign me up for one in each hand!!

 
Here you can see the Forge World Space Wolves shoulder pad and a resin bolt pistol, both looking absolutely fine on the plastic marine.

 
And here's my completed Veteran Tactical Squad, which I've now realised is completely game-illegal! Hopefully Book 7 will come along and give me rules for Wolf Guard with any weapon they like! :-)


 
All in all, this is a great plastic set, which as to the range without negating the desire to buy the Forge World resin miniatures too. Great move Games Workshop!

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Scarab Occult Terminators - Review

We all know that I'm a Space Wolves player to the core but I've gone a bit off piste this week with some of these boys in blue... well, red. I'll be adding them to my 30k Shattered Legion force so these will be red and black.

I've just cracked open the Tartaros terminators from Burning of Prospero, so instantly saw some kit bashing opportunities. I don't want my 30k Thousand Sons to be too chaosy, so mixing them with some un-marked terminator bits is a great way of reducing the shear amount of detail on each miniature.
 
I don't often buy Chaos Space Marines, but I think this is an old transfer sheet? Not seen it myself before.

 
The instructions are nice and clear, as usual with GW kits these days

 
Those who have both this kit and the plastic Tartaros kit will notice that while many of the parts are essentially the same once they are stuck together, the actual construction of them varies slightly. Take the carapace for example, once complete they are the same shape, and they both come in 3 parts, but you can't interchange the bits as it's only the rear section which is the same in both kits.

 
There's a lot of bits in this kit, just as in most kits these days. CAD is definitely helping Games Workshop make the most of the limited space. While the Tartaros kit is devoid of Legion-specific details, the Scarab occult kit is absolutely rammed. Every square inch is covered in ornate detail.

 
I especially like the helmet designs. I imagine that Games Workshop will be doing a lot of these Legion-specific kits now to bridge the gap between 30k and 40k. Buy the basic 30k resin kits from Forge World, and then add in a load of bits from these plastic kits. Even just taking the helmets and weapons and binning the rest would cost you less than buying two Forge World Legion upgrade kits.
 

The swords look nice. Weirdly there are 6 in the box. There is the option (in the rules contained in the box) of equipping these guys with two power swords but then I'd expect one of these to be right handed, but they're not. Error?

 
The bolters are packed with engraved detail too.


The torsos also look nice, this is my favourite.



You can see that the torso from both kits is essentially the same shape. the rear piece is exactly the same and they fit the legs in the same way, so they are completely interchangeable in my opinion.


Hopefully you can see here that the helmets, although interchangeable, do vary in detail. The Scarab Occult helmets are far more detailed, and that detail is a lot crisper, than the Tartaros helmets.


Here I'm trying to show that the arms in both kits are interchangeable too. they both have the little location hole that fits the location stud on the torso.



The shoulder pads are the same shape and size too.


So, here's a completed squad leader with lightening claws taken from the Tartaros kit. As I say, I'm kitting these out for 30k. I don't even know if lightening claws are an option for them in 40k?


Here's another guy. I've swapped in a bolt gun from the Cataphractii terminator kit, just to show the shear versatility of these latest terminator kits. Excuse the mould lines... I'll clean thes eup when I build the other three.


 
 
 
Let us know what your crazy kit bash ambitions are...
 
Thanks to Alchemists Workshops for sending these across for me to play with. If you want to pick some of these guys cheap, check them out here: Scarab Occult
 
Dave
 
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