Saturday, 30 December 2017

Moon Base Klaisus - Review

I know some people were sceptical about Moon Base Klaisus when it was first released by Games Workshop: A cardboard gaming mat? What will the quality be like? Will it be good value for money?
Personally, I don't have tonnes of hobby space, certainly not enough to easily store a whole Realm of Battle board. For me, the description of this product was quite appealing: it can be stored in quite a small space, it's easy to transport, I don't need to spend more hours painting it than I am likely to play on it, it comes with some scenery and you don't need to use the whole thing.
I'll try and give you a bit of a review in no particular order.
The scenery itself easily slots together and is pretty firm once you've slotted it. So, if you wanted to store all of the scenery with the board in the box, I'd suggest not gluing it together, it would all easily fit in the box then. Once it's glued, the bigger pieces won't fit. I've got a separate scenery tub so I've stuck mine
The board itself is quite thick, about 50% thicker than the boards we've been getting in the boxed games as a comparison. This box was certainly heavier than I was expecting.

It folds out from roughly A4 size to I to 3 foot 4 inches wide and comes in three sections to form the full 5 foot 6 inch length. It is fairly self-supporting but I'd suggest making sure you don't place anything heavy on the bits that are overhanging the table edges.

I can probably see myself using two of the sections for most of my games as we tend to play fairly small games of an evening. Any games that need a bigger board will probably be played at the LFGS.

Comparing the scenery with the more recent Necromunda pieces, you can see that the details and overall thickness of the pieces are chunkier. But overall I would still say that the detail is great. These pieces are built to last and survive heavy use over a long period of time.

Additionally, you'll be paying them less attention in a larger game of 40k, where they really are just the backdrop to your game, where as in Necromunda, the scenery is part of the game, there are fewer models, the scenery will receive much more scrutiny.

As I said earlier, the wall sections slot together and fit quite snugly, so there is no real reason to glue them together if you want to store them in the box with the board. AND they are made from brown plastic, so in a pinch they are already good to go!

Overall I would give this product a strong 9 out of 10. It's good value for money, it's good quality, it comes with a lot of stuff in the box. I personally wouldn't have any suggestions for improving it but I can imagine some people might be miffed that it is not a full 6x4 board. But, again from a personal point of view, I left '6x4' as a standard table size behind sometime last year when we started playing smaller games of 40k and Shadow War: Armageddon on 4x4 boards, which I preferred. I like this and I would recommend it.

What are your thoughts?

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Making tiny leaves

This week I’ve been trying to make some scale model leaves for a diorama that I’m working on. 

I’ve been trying to find some leaves that are the right size for the 28mm miniatures, and the best I could find were two produces from Green Stuff World

The first is essentially a pot of tiny leaves, made from full sized leaves. These look great! And I’m glad I invested.

My main issue with the pot of leaves (leaf litter) is that they are made from real leaves, which is great on one level as they accurately match the colour of real leaves. The issue lies in that I’m not sure they have been treated in a way that stops them decomposing. They still look fine but at some point they will have wasted away.

The second was slightly more fun, and allows you to make as many of those tiny leaves as you like: a leaf cutter.

There are a number of ways to treat leaves to preserve them. One way is painting them in PVA glue, which is nice and simple on whole leaves, but not on teeny tiny leaves.

The other way that I thought of was drying them.

I took a bunch of leaves and cooked them at 180 degrees for 20 minutes under a layer of foil (so that they didn’t burn). They came out nice and dry with the colours still nice and rich. The problem here is that the leaves were really dry. Crispy in fact. So, when I came to press them, I ended up with a bowl of crispy bits and a few tiny leaves.

Obviously the base is not finished in that photo but I've included it for scale.

So, I went back to the leaves, pressed them and then dried the tiny leaves to preserve them. This worked much better.

Another tip is to cut the leaves into strips about the same width as the cutter so as to reduce waste.
I haven’t treated the leaves in any other way so I do not know how long they will last, but they look cool and will hopefully last as long as I need the diorama for.

Lastly, watch out for all the tiny bugs that will inevitably pop out when you warm these things up. These are the creatures that have gone into hibernation which you've now woken up... good luck!

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Friday, 15 December 2017

Christmas and looking back on 2017


Are you all getting in the Christmas spirit? I must admit, it seems to have started earlier this year and I'm almost a bit over it... lol. The only thing keeping me going is the thought of those presents under tree in, what, 12 days time?!

So, I thought I'd ask: what are you guys getting this year?

My hobby-related Christmas list this year is a little different. I haven't asked for books, like usual, I'v actually asked for some stuff t help me play games!

Not having a lot of room for storage, the first thing I asked for was the "Realm of Battle: Moon Base Klaisus" board in a box. Ideal for a quick game if I happen to play at home and easily stored back in the box.

The Dark Angels codex is out this week too, so it would be rude not to ask for that seeing as I have been toying with a small Dark Angels army (while I await the arrival of the Sons of Russ, controversial choice for a second army actually...). There's some really cool looking stratagems in the leaks and reviews that are floating around the web. I can't wait!

This is probably the last post from me this year too, so I thought I'd give you a quick update on my Dark Angels project. I've pretty much finished the Commander that I was working on, and am working on his display board/base now.

The Jetbike is on hold, for no particular reason... other than I got distracted by this tactical squad. I'm only building one ten-man squad (which can be split into two 5-man squads in 40k) so I want them all to look very knightly and almost like veterans.

I also joined Instagram this week! I never thought I would but actually it has been really fun so far. If you're on there, look me up:

As it's the end of the year I also wanted to look back on what I have been up to hobby-wise. I've made some cool new friends this year, played a lot more games and even got to enter Armies on Parade (finally!). Fingers crossed my army will be on display at WhW in January too! That is a hobby-highlight for me.

My son has also been making some progress in the hobby too. This year he helped stick a couple of miniatures together, did a lot of painting (don't let them use acrylics... washable paint all the way!) and is getting the hang of rolling dice and moving miniatures around the board. The game were the genestealers go for a picnic with the Space Marines is a particular favourite, roll a three and they get cheese sandwiches!

Anyone else going to the New Years open day at Warhammer World on the 6th January? If you are and you see me, say hi :-)

And that's about it for me in 2017! Have a happy Christmas!

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

Monday, 11 December 2017

Progress update - 11/12/2017

It was a busy couple of days in my house. As well as graduating from Uni, decorating the house and attending a Nativity play, I managed to fit in some hobby (somehow...).
First up was working on the scenic base for my Dark Angels commander. I ordered a load of little bits, as well as some foam card from Green Stuff World, which arrived on Thursday. I set about chopping up the foam card and filling and texturing with polyfilla, adding some rocks, and generally trying to pull together the bones of the scene. I think I'm at the point where it is ready for sanding and undercoating.
I also did some work on the first of my Ravenwing Jetbikes. This is sort of a test piece for the rest of the army to come. I mixed together a Forge World jetbike and some bits from the Ravenwing Command Squad to add flavour, and a couple of other bits and bobs, such as the Forge World Dark Angels helmets. Pretty happy with how it has turned out to be honest.

And here it is undercoated, with a couple of decals added. Anyone any tips on how to do scorch marks on black paint?

I think I just about finished the commander. Just got the base to do but I'll finish this once I get painting the scenic base to go with him, so it all ties together.

And finally, I've raided my bits boxes and pulled together a pretty unique looking tactical squad for the Dark Angels. With a mixture of Mk2, 3, 4 and 6 armour (keeping it mixed, just like my wolves). I want them to look very knightly, so have also ordered a few extra bits from eBay. - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave and Instagram: errantwolfdave

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Weekly progress report - 06/12/17

So… this week I’ve had that feeling that I haven’t done that much ‘hobby’, but actually now I come to type this, maybe I have! On that note, I want to give a big shout out to @MrTumnus1987 on Twitter, who started 'hobby streak' a couple of weeks back. If you haven't seen it, go find him and ask about it. What I can tell you is that it has got a lot of people hobby-motivated in the run up to Christmas.

One of the things I’ve been doing is planning out a small 30k/40k Dark Angels force as a bit of a painting challenge. My plan is to do mostly bikes and jet bikes with a very strong ‘Knights of Caliban’ theme: lots of heraldry, swords, shields and crests. One of the first jobs was to find some checks for the heraldry and thankfully @iosefward on Twitter has found some for me! Many thanks Joe!

I also finished reading the Garro short stories this week. Many that is a great collection by James Swallow. I never go the audio dramas so glad they have been collected together here. There are some real revelations in there, and particularly loved the bit where Sigismund, the Black Templar pops up as it really explains a bit of their 40k background.

Now I've started reading the Shattered Legions short stories (though I have already read 75% of this book after picking up Meduson from Warhammer World previously)
Shattered Legions

Lastly, I have been working on this guy too. I still don’t really have a name for him (I do have an idea though). The actual miniature is only one part of this project so there is still quite a long way to go. I was planning on entering him into the Horus Heresy Golden Demon in February but failed to get a ticket for the weekender unfortunately. However, that does leave me a bit of time until the next Golden Demon event, so I don’t plan on rushing this one.

I’m really happy with the way he is looking so far, having used a number of techniques which I haven’t used for a long time (not really needing them on my Wolves). It’s been a very refreshing challenge and such a change from the Dreadnought Army I was racing to complete for Armies on Parade.
Horus Heresy Dark Angels

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

What have you been up to this week?

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

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Dark Angel WIP 2

This week I finally managed to get some piant down on this guy and have been playing around a bit.

Both the red and the green were applied in a similar fashion, with a couple of base layers stippled on over a black base, followed by stippling some lighter shades of red or green and then three layers of red or green wash. I am very happy wit the results, giving a sort of aged appearance to those elements.
Horus Heresy Dark Angels

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

I am also plating around with the armour. This is a Dark Angels legionnaire obviously, so I wanted black armour. Convention says to go with grey highlights followed by a black wash, but I want this guy to look weather-beaten and war-weary, so I have gone with silver dry-brushed highlights. I'll give all the black areas a wash of Nuln Oil once I've finished detailing, and then go over some of the highlights in the areas of maximum battle damage.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

I obviously haven't finished this yet, but if anyone has any tips I'd be happy to hear them. I want to really push my boundaries with this one.

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

Friday, 1 December 2017

Necromunda... Zone Mortalis

I'm assuming everyone is as excited as I am about Necromunda? Along with Space Hulk, this is one of the gateway games (drugs??) that got me into the grim darkness of 40k, so I'm very glad that it's come back!
Everyone is raving about the models, and I can't deny that Games Workshop have pulled a blinder here. They've kept the theme and aesthetic but brought all of the improvements in skill and technology to bear on the reimagining, and the results are superb.
But I want to talk about something other than the miniatures, I want to shine a light on the scenery and boards that come in the box game.
As regular followers might know, I'm a big fan of Zone Mortalis games and these boards appear to be a great way to get my own ZM board without spending a small fortune on Forge World resin sets. Yes, they aren't fully 3D, but to be honest, I don't really have the time to paint up a full 6x4 set, or the space to store it! So I think this will be perfect. There's enough boards for a 3x3 board, so I'm going to try and get my hands on another box's worth to create the 4x4 we usually play on.
If you look closely too, the layouts are very similar to the Forge World resin plates.

The scenery is pretty cool too. Again, I'm going to try and get a second set. My particular favourite piece is the creature coming out of the manhole. There was one memorable game of Shadow War where one of Chris's Necrons got eaten by the Creature from the Deep and we really wanted to convert up a miniature to represent that. Now we don't need to!

I must admit that I've been slower than some getting the contents of the box stuck together, but this week I managed to have a game, and from what I can see, the 2D version is very similar to Betrayal at Calth in terms of mechanics. I really like it. Pretty simple rules leaving the actual wining down to the tactical ability of the player.

What are your views so far? Would you consider using the board for Zone Mortalis?
Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Dark Angel WIP

Wanted to share some of the work I have been doing on a little project for the Horus Heresy Golden Demon in February.
I really wanted to paint something different to my Wolves, and have always fancied Dark Angels. I'm not 100% sure I want a whole army but a single miniature would look nice on the shelf.
But what to do? I have a very clear image in my head of what I want this piece to look like but I needed to find the bits...
What did I buy? I brought Alexis Polux for a start. His armour is very knightly, and I loved painting him as an Imperial Fist, so I wanted this miniature a the base model.
Then I wanted a cool shoulder pad. I could have brought any of the Games Workshop of Forge World upgrade packs, but no, I wanted the one from the Chaplain model. So I ended up buying an £18 model just for the shoulder pad!! Crazy, but I wouldn't have been happy without it...
Horus Heresy Dark Angels

I took the sword from the Dark Angels upgrade pack and then missed in a load of other Space Marine, Chaos Space Marine and Imperial bits to make the miniature.
When I was trying to decide on what cloak, I tried out both the Dark Angels chaplain and the one from the plastic Ahriman model (which I have a few of). I really wanted the Chaplain model cloak (top), but couldn't get it to fit right, so ended up with the Ahriman cloak (bottom). I think it still looks good and am quite happy with the result.
Horus Heresy Dark Angels

Horus Heresy Dark Angels
Really pleased with the way he turned out... but this isn't it, I still have a lot of work to do on this project, some bits of which I am not sure I can actually achieve... we'll see, and I'll keep you posted.
Thanks for reading,
Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave

Battles in the Rage of Darkness - Game 4

Last Saturday myself and Rich played the final game of our 2017 campaign at Warhammer World. We wanted this to be a big, climatic battle, so we went with 4500pts a side. Originally it was meant to be 6000pts but we couldn't quite muster that many fully-painted points unfortunately.
It was the 40k doubles tournament on Saturday too so we ended up consigned to a standard 6x4 board, but with me taking mostly dreadnoughts and Rich having a combined Raven Guard / Imperial Fist force, there weren't that many models on the table to start with.
Combined with the busy gaming hall, Rich and I both had our children with us... I have never been so stressed in my life! lol

Turns 1, 2 and 3 saw the grey and yellow charge forward, eager to get into combat. The Imperial Fists siege wall survived all three turns before Russ disembarked to finish them off.
The Imperial Fists heavy weapons squad were particularly good at hiding in the trees on the right flank and picking off my dreadnoughts as they shambled forward (I must admit that I'm loving the fact contemptors can move 9" in 8th Edition, they seemed so slow in this game)

I don't feel that we made the most of the Phosphex missiles that both armies had, which usually scatter all over the board creating dangerous terrain. In the trees at the back of the picture above there is also 3 IF mortars that were laying waste to my dreads.
The Deredeo sighting up the IF Spartan tank, fruitlessly. It did manage to take out the Sicaran at the end of turn 3 though.
At the end of turn 3 I think both kids and adults had had enough, so we paused the game and went for some food and a look around the exhibition hall.
Later that evening we put the kids to bed, opened a bottle of mead and re-set our game on the living room floor, I think Twitter said this was know as 'floor-hammer' though I suggested 'floor-gaming'. Either way, it took me straight back to the games of my youth. 
In turns 4, 5 and 6, the Space Wolves Hammer finally crashed into the Imperial Fists anvil, the crunch of bone on bone and steel on steel was deafening, and it was close all the way to the end.
I the Imperial Fists Spartan was finally wrecked, but that just unleashed the genie that was a full squad of terminators, who proceeded to wreck both my Deredeo and Spartan in retaliation.

The sole surviving Wolves Leviathan used it's siege drill to take out nearly a full squad of Dark Furies who had foolishly charged him...
And once again it all came down to these two. Sigismund and Russ have met three times now and it generally follows the routine of me forgetting Russ's rules, Sigismund miraculously surviving the first turn, me remembering Russ's rules, Sigismund reducing Russ to 1 wound, Russ killing Sigismund. But some pretty epic dice rolling is usually involved. 

I technically won the game at the end of Turn 6, 12-10 on victory points. but the Raven Guard reserves could have swung things if they'd showed up earlier.

This also means that technically, the Wolves won the campaign, 3 points to 2. But it was close, and fun, and we'll definitely be doing it again next year, just probably with some different armies (Dark Angels / Raven Guard it seems...)

Found something new in the exhibition hall...

That's it for this years 30k campaign. Next year we want to run a 30k campaign weekend so will spend a couple of weeks thinking about that before announcing it. If you'd be interested in joining us for two days of 30k gaming fun (and it will be fun...) get in touch.
Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave

Friday, 17 November 2017

Armies on parade - Ork fliers

I know this is a bit late, but I really wanted to share this Armies on Parade board. After Vid claimed Best Painted at the Age of Sigmar parade day he decided he'd enter the 40k event the following weekend. The only issue? He hadn't painted anything up...
So, with 6 days to prepare he set about finding a theme...
He sent me this picture and asked what I thought. Fantastic was my reply, how visually cool would that board be?!

Finding the Ork fliers would be easy, Games Workshop make those. But what about the Squigeon? That's ok, Vid is a dab hand at sculpting too:

By Wednesday (or was it Thursday) night he'd got about 80% of the planes finished.
Saturday morning came and he'd sacrificed several teddy bears to make the clouds (what did you do with the bodies man?... you monster!)
And then Parade Time came around.
I really wanted to share this because I think he did a fantastic job in realising the original vision in such a short space of time! Unfortunately he wasn't lucky enough to place this time round, but I think it's motivated to already start looking at next years board ideas!!

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