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)

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Necrons vs Dark Angels


first off, this is not really a battle report, just some chat about a battle and some photos of our miniatures (in no particular order...)
Last night was the weekly games night at Warhammer World. This week I met up with Chris to once again face off against his Necrons. This week I wanted to try something different, so I decided to play test a small Dark Angels Raven Wing force. You might notice these Dark Angels look a bit like my Space Wolves... you are mistaken...
In all seriousness, I'm thinking of painting a small Dark Angels force and wanted to play test them, so used Space Wolves equivalent. I was hoping the fast nature of the bikes and speeders would be able to match the 'Crons, but what I found is that I just didn't have the rate of fire.

We played the Capture the Relic scenario, which is essentially like rugby. The army with the least number of units goes first, so I set up my units at he back, knowing Chris would get first turn and could move quickly.
He still managed to destroy one of my bike squads in the first turn!
By the end of the game, it was just 'Samael' on his jetbike against two squads of Necrons... he's hard, but he's not that hard! The Raven Sword did take a mean tally though, killing 5 warriors before Samael was finally slain.

Chris was 'sorry' that he killed yet another complete bike squad in one turn, but with 30 shots, re-rolling to hit and to wounds, between you and me, I don't think he meant it... lol

My bikes tried to sneak around the back at the beginning, but one got killed first turn...

The feature boards at Warhammer World are immense. I'm playing again on the Battle for the Bridge board at the weekend, so it was a good chance to suss it out last night. There's some good cover and terrain features.

I think overall I need something to complement the bikes, something with a bit more armour and a bit more punch. The Necrons are fast AND shooty and I either need to match that or defend against it. My dreads were good at defending it but they couldn't take the fight to the enemy. Where as the bikes were the opposite, they could get in there but couldn't do much damage when they did. Any suggestions?

That's all for me today... back to painting the Spartan before Saturday!! eeek

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

Monday, 13 November 2017

Whats on my Table - 13/11/2017

On Saturday I've got the final game of our 30k Campaign. It's the culmination of our games spanning 2017 so we wanted to make it the biggest. Originally we planned on 3000pts a side, then decided on 4500pts. The challenge is to only use fully painted armies, which is why this week I am trying to finish off my second Spartan. It's the only unit I want to use which isn't fully painted, and it's been on the painting list for about 12 months anyway, so the game is proving to be good motivation.

Last night I spent about an hour applying decals and mud to the tracks. With my tanks, I usually paint the tracks silver and then apply the mud. But I realised that after applying the mud, you can't see a lot of the metal anyway, so this time round I've gone for applying the mud and then do the silver in an effort to economise my time.

I reckon at the least I can get all the base coats down and a coat of wash on before the weekend, so hopefully it'll look similar to its sister tank (here).

After this I have some ideas for a Horus Heresy Golden Demon entry for February which I am going to start work on. That miniature will also be the start of a new army that I want to do in 2018 as a bit of a change from my wolves. I won't say too much yet... 

Wish me luck!!

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

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Army Painting Challenge Part 5 - We're Reaching the End...

Weeeellll, it's time to do a round up of this year's painting challenge... and face some cold hard realities...
What I realised this year is that, while I have some ideas about what I need to paint, what I want to paint is generally what wins out. So, while you will see that I have made a lot of progress and got a lot painted this year, my list of things to do has only got bigger!
So what did I get painted this year:
That's a hell of a lot of stuff! Plus I have played more games of 40k, 30k and Shadow Wars this year than I have in the last 5 years! It's been a busy year indeed.

My highlights have been:
Playing a Shadow Wars campaign. I haven't been the most successful but it has been really fun and a great way to paint something different without it going off to sit in a box somewhere with no purpose. I really enjoyed painting the Mechanicum squad.

Entering Armies on Parade has been another highlight. I've always wanted to do a dreadnought army and this was the opportunity! I enjoyed that challenge so much that I think going forward I am just going to paint things that I really enjoy painting. So, my next target is entering something in the February Horus Heresy Golden Demon.
Plus I have made some really good new friends this year!

What's left to do for next year? Well, I have a legal army now so there is nothing I need to do. I saw the rumours about Leman Russ returning to 40k, and I'm really liking the new system, so I actually think I'll be looking at playing more games of 40k. Necromunda is also coming this week!

Things left on my list from this year which I actually want to finish are:
  • 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
  • 10 Death Sworn - dry brushed armour highlights and based
  • 7 Boarding marines - detailing started
  • Fellblade - base coated, dry brushed and nearly finished detailing.
  • 5 Veteran tactical marines
  • 1 Wolf Lord
  • 2 Apothecaries
But that leaves me with a load of stuff that I have put together or at least brought, which potentially, and based on the evidence from this year, I will never actually paint or use.
Soooo, I made a decision to eBay a lot of stuff, including my Mechanicum squad (because lets face it, once Necromunda is here I won't be playing MEchanicum again...). Some of it I will be sad to see go, but it is not fulfilling it's destiny. Here's the shameless plug: if you fancy helping fund next year's hobby challenge and get yourself a bargain to boot, please check out my eBay lots here :-)
That's it for the challenge this year, just Necromunda for me to have a go at between now and Christmas. 
How have you done with your hobbying this year?
Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Woles are coming... again!

This week we've had two bits of Space Wolves news/rumours which have got me really excited!

The first is news, straight off the Warhammer Community site, that the Varagyr Terminators will be getting some minis. I know we'd seen some mock ups previously, but I've been holding onto about 25 plastic and resin Forge World terminators ready to build up a force of these just in case. I'll still use those minis, but I'll be getting a couple of squads of these guys too!

I'm loving the axes and top knots and fur on these sculpts. I'll pick up some chain axes for the other minis I've already got to tie them all together, but yeah, looking forward to these being released!!

The second bit of news is that Russ may be returning to 40k! I've suspected this every since the Warzone Fenris campaign, there's no way that Russ can't come back if Guilliman is here, but Faeit212 posted some rumours that seem to confirm the Lord of Winter and War really will be returning.

Late last week, Faeit212 did share some rumours that The Lion might be coming back, which nearly, nearly, made me dive into that Dark Angels force I've been meaning to have a crack at, but if Russ is returning, I'll be using him as the centrepiece to the 40k Wulfen force I've also had some ideas about (but boy are those space werewolves expensive points-wise?!)

All in all, it is going to be a very expensive new year for me I feel... good job it's my Birthday in January :-)

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