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

Monday, 25 September 2017

Curse of the Wulfen

I know, I know, I'm a bit behind the times with this one...

Curse of the Wulfen, both the short stories and the rule book of the same name, were released as part of the War Zone Fenris campaign at the back end of 7th Edition, which culminated in the 13th Company returning to the Imperium, closely followed by Magnus the Red himself.

Despite being a huge Wolves fan, I didn't buy into the campaign at the time. I was fully committed to 30k and the increasingly cartoony miniatures being put out for 40k had completely put me off.

However, the stars aligned recently and I ended up getting thrown right back into this series. I shall tell you more...

Firstly, two friends (both called Gav coincidentally) both gave or lent me the literature from around the campaign. First the novel and short story collection, which sucked me right in. Great writing from both David Annandale and Robbie MacNiven about a story which we've always known just a little bit about. They really fleshed it out and got my inspiration going! Then "Gav 2" lent me the campaign book "Wrath of Magnus", which I enjoyed so much I brought the other, "Curse of the Wulfen", which was even better!

I know I can't use the rules in these books but they are packed to the brim with cool fluff and great artwork. Really inspirational stuff.

Secondly, since Forge World's Horus Heresy Book 7 came along, I've been wanting to convert up a squad of Deathsworn for my Wolves. These guys are the 30k pre-curser to the 40k Wulfen, Marines that have the thousand yard stare as they fight off the feral hunger in their blood after 100 years of battle (and unleashing the curse of the Canis helix when they burned Prospero and angered a planet full of sorcerers).

To build my Deathsworn, I specifically wanted shoulder pads similar to the one on the Geigor Fell-hand miniature. These aren't available separately, but there are 10 included in the Wulfen box. So I brought me a box.

But then I'm reading these novels, reading the campaign books, and there's a spare box of bits upstairs... I can't use the Wulfen in my 30k force and I don't really want to commit to a full 40k army right now, but what was the harm in converting me a werewolf to mix in to my Deathsworn? You know, the guy who's gone completely over the line and there's no way back? There would have been one or two within a legion of 50,000 marines right?

You can see how the self-persuasion goes... I'm sure you've all been there...

So I cracked open the box for a second time, but set me self a few guidelines: there would be only one (showing the limited number of Wulfen in the 31st Millennium); I would mix in some 30k bits to tie him into the rest of the army; I would try and tone down all the extra detail that tends to be present on 40k miniatures but not on 30k miniatures.

And this is the result. He's not painted yet (I'll paint him at the same time as the Deathsworn in a couple of weeks), but what do you think?

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

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Army Painting Challenge - Part 4

Sooo... it's been a while but thought I'd provide a bit of an update on eth army painting challenge.
I have to admit that I am still getting distracted! By Shadow Wars mainly, and the idea of owning a  dreadnought army. I've actually added more to the list than I have completed this year now, which was not the idea at all! So, no I have that dreadnought army, there will be no more sticking together until I have at least ticked a few more items off this list.
Re-prioritising the last three months of the year, Armies on Parade is at the end of October, so my Dreadnought army needs to be ready for that!
Things like the Fellblade, Spartan and terminator squads are big ticks and quite close to completion, so I'll target these next. Then the Grey Slayers and Assault squads, to flesh out the troops options for my army. 
I've also brought a couple of new army cases this month, and aim to replace the rest of my old ones by the end of the year. The aim is to get rid of the old Games Workshop plastic ones and replace them with smaller KR Multicase ones, so I only have to transport the army I'm actually using that day to the game, in foam that actually fits the miniatures I now have!
Lastly, I was kindly asked for an interview with the guys over at St Andrews Wargamming. It felt kinda strange being interviewed by a blog about my blog, but I guess that's the world we live in now, and I was very happy (and interested) to do it. an find it here. My wife has a few issues about me saying that 'Space Hulk is my one true love', but I'll buy her some flowers and hopefully we'll be cool again... haha
Things that have been added or completed this period are in red, blue indicates activities already finished/current state

The list for painting (which seems to keep growing):
  • 20 Grey Slayers with close combat weapons - Finished!
  • 20 Grey Slayers with bolters - dry brushed armour highlights and based
  • 20 assault marines - dry brushed armour highlights and based
  • 11 16 terminators - dry brushed armour highlights and based - Finished 5 of them and handed them over to their new owner
  • 1 Forge Lord (Iron Priest) - dry brushed armour highlights and based
  • 4 heavy weapons guys - dry brushed armour highlights and based
  • 1 Spartan assault tank - dry brushed armour highlights
  • 5 Death Sworn - dry brushed armour highlights and based
  • Rhino APC - Finished
  • 7 Boarding marines - detailing started
  • Fellblade - base coated, dry brushed and nearly finished detailing.
  • 3 Contemptor Dreadnoughts
  • 1 Deredeo Dreadnought
  • 1 Leviathan Dreadnought
  • 1 Realm of Battle tile
  • 5 Veteran tactical marines
  • 1 Wolf Lord
  • 2 Apothecaries
  • 10 Deathsworn
Finished so far this year
  • Storm Eagle - re-based (and now sold)
  • Land speeder - re-based
  • 5 heavy weapons guys - re-based
  • 1 Contemptor dreadnought
  • 1 Leviathan dreadnought
  • 10 Tactical support squad with plasma guns
  • 5 Tactical support troops with rotor cannons
The Grey Slayers

How are you doing with your hobbying this year?
Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Battles in the Rage of Darkness - Game 3

As well as playing a game of 40k this week, I've also been up North to continue the 2017 30k campaign I've been playing.

This time round, me and Rich decided to play a Centurian game, which means we could only have Infantry models. No tanks. No dreadnoughts. no flyers. Just foot slogging marines.

For 3000pts each, we ended up with 200 models on the table between us! Neither of us ended up completing a new model, but I did manage to stick together a squad of Deathsworn. I thought they sounded fun, and they did indeed end up being fun to play with.

Rich brought Pollux and Sigismund to the field, which I countered with Russ and Geigor Fell-hand.

We played Mission 1 with the diagonal set up from HH Book 7. One of the mission objectives was to kill a number of special units which belonged to your enemy. We tweaked that slightly as we only had infantry, so secretly selected 3 units from our opponent's force, which would earn us double points if we killed them.

Turn 1 and 2 were spent moving into firing range. I'd taken a lot of assault troops, combined with 2 squads of Grey Slayers, meaning 6 of my 11 units were crossing the board at 12" movement every turn. I think this exactly what the Fists wanted though as they comprised mainly of Breachers and Terminators. I think they were hoping to pick me off as I crossed the board before the inevitable close combat, but because the Wolves could move so fast, the Fists only managed one round of shooting before the class of grey on yellow.

Turn 3
Turn 3 saw the grey clash with yellow in a very bloody mess! Russ finally made his move, charged forward and slayed Pollux, but the Fists held their own.
The Deathsworn were pretty cool with their stasis bombs, but I was a bit disappointed with the effects of the bomb not really matching the fluff.
The Wolves' Destroyers were also really good this game. Usually the Fists kill them off without a shot fired. This game they decided to reap revenge with their rad-missiles and did a good job of killing off the Fists' breachers.

Turn 4
Turn 4 was the start of the wind down. Up to this point there had been a lot of close combat, but now most of the squads were engaged. Russ moved from the cold dead corpse of Pollux, took three wounds from the overlooking las-cannon squad. and was bravely charged by Sigismund, who managed to actually survive the first round of combat!
The Fists managed to clear away the remaining Wolves straglers from the rest of the board, leaving the main battle around the centre, with Russ and Sigismund duelling it out.
Turn 5, 6 and 7 were mainly spent with Russ duelling with Pollux. I kept fluffing my To Hit rolls, and Rich kept surviving thanks to Feel No Pain from the nearby Medic. Eventually, Russ slayed his foe and the Wolves won by 13 to 12 victory points.

It was a really fun, really close game, which we both agreed we'd play again. From 200 miniatures (113 wolves and 87 Fists) there were less than 20 left!

The big finale is coming before Christmas, so keep an eye out! - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave