Thursday, 17 August 2017

Visit to Warhammer World - 5/08/2017

I thought I'd share some pictures from a recent trip to Warhammer World. These are mostly from the Exhibition Hall, which I would heartily recommend taking a look around.

I'm really lucky to live so close by, but generally I take that for granted, just popping in as if it was any other store. On Tuesday though I agreed to meet some friends and spend the day there doing some hobby, having lunch and taking another look around the exhibition hall.

The cabinets in the entrance usually have some cool things to take a look at. There's a couple of new dioramas, one of which was at Warhammer Fest. The display cabinets are full of cool looking Games Workshop and Forge World Miniatures too...

Always loved this guy, and the detail is still so crisp despite the model's age.

I'm about to paint a Deredeo so I was looking at this guys for inspiration.

The exhibits in the hall change regularly, and I tend to take a gander every six months or so, so that there's a couple of new things to see. Apart from the dioramas there are also a number of the Golden Demon winning entries from the events so far this year.

Hope you enjoyed these pictures and get round to visiting if you haven't already.

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

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Armies on Parade - Part 3

Let's keep the AoP momentum going! only around 10 weeks to go and I don't think it will be enough for me!

Over the weekend I gave my board a dunk in the bath (you have to wash everything from Forge World right?). Anyway, anyone who has tried to get a 2 foot x 2 foot board in a bath will know that I probably would have had more success getting my toddler in there. Unless you own a pool, this thing is not going in there! haha! I sort of washed half at a time. Anyway, that's done, so it' ready for modification now.

I also spent some time assembling the next 4 dreadnoughts in my army.

The Deredeo is actually fantastic. I never really liked the look of it but actually putting it together and posing it has given me a lot of love for it. I've assembled it in sub-assemblies to make sure it all gets undercoated, because not only is it large it also has a lot of hidden areas which would difficult to reach with a spray can or a brush later on.

I've stuck together 3 Contemptors too, two of which are the new Space Wolves variety. I've switched the shoulder pads on one (with the Death Guard Contemptor), posed them very differently and they will have different load outs, so within an army of ten they should hopefully look sufficiently different. The model is sweet though, the detail crisp. Well done Forge World.

The Furies of the Ancients army requires an Apothecary as a HQ choice, so I brought the Forge World Apothecary set and went about converting them both up. I'm not sure which one I prefer so I gave them both the same weapon load out so I can choose later.

Anyway, that's me this week. These guys are ready for undercoating so that will be my job between now and next week.

How are your AoP plans coming along?

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

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Shadow Wars: Necrons vs Eldar Vs Ad Mech: Part 2

In the last game we played in this campaign, a few weeks back, my Mechanicum managed to capture a Necron due and the Harlequin's squad leader!

So this mission we played a rescues mission, which is based on the 'Raid' scenario. I set up a sentry with the two captives, whilst the other guys could set up 8" from a random table edge.

Initially I was feeling outgunned, two gangs of Xenos coming for some revenge, but as Turn 2 kicked off, that all changed.

Firstly, the Necrons moved into range and my sentry sounded the alarm (they later killed him on Turn 3 for his audacity...). That's ok, I was expecting that. But then the Harlequins used their impressive running skills to rescue their operative, and their Death Jester decided he'd take pot shits at the Necrons! If ever there was a fragile truce...

Turn 3 came, the Harlequins were running back to their table edge. The Necrons captured their operative, and also used an impressive psychic trick to mind-control the Mechanicum sentry, using him to return fire at the sneaky Eldar, before putting him out of his misery.

Turn 4 and the Mechanicum reinforcements turn up, wondering what's happened to their sentry. Fearing the worst, they started taking shots at the retreating Necrons (the Eldar are way to fast to have even been seen in this whole scenario, able to move 12" inmost cases!), but failing to kill any. I must admit that the telescopic sights I brought came in handy, providing a 50" minimum range for any of my troops.

Turn 5 and the Eldar and Necrons are off the board, the Mechanicum wondering what happened to their man. I rolled to see what happened to him and it appears he was captured, or in this instance, mind-controlled to join the Necrons (to be fair, with all those bionics he probably doesn't realise they aren't Mechanicum....).

This game was much quicker than our previous games, with the shooting coming thick and fast from Turn 2 onwards. It was really enjoyable, fun to play and very fluffy.

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

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Armies on Parade - Part 2: Vidpui joins the fray

Well, Its real now, I'm doing Armies on Parade! Signed up in store and every thing!



It was just a bit of banter with Dave on twitter, a bit of friendly encouragement for him to do some painting and now has turned in to a full blown mission. We'd both joked on about winning a Golden Demon, or the Slayer Sword next year but as we were both considering AoP why not just go for it! Got to be in it to win it!

I've had my idea for my army for a while now, and winding commissions I finally have time to paint for myself. Also I might finally get to learn to play! I decided I wanted to go Stormcasts, mainly because if I didnt like them they should be easy to sell on lol so this is mainly what I've bought so far. It'll be around 2000pts. Might not be the greatest army, game wise, but its the units that I could afford.
I'd just painted the newly released vanguard paladors and loved the vanguard hunter models. I'm not a fan of basically big stealthy units in gold though and decided I wanted to them to be a dark colour. At the time I was commissioned to do an Iron Hands army, and after doing some test minis thought that it would look great on the stormcast! So they will have black armour but with hints of purples and greens and yellows. I'm thinking white and red as secondry colours. Snow bases to contrast and add to the theme.
Talking about the theme. Going slightly leftfield and non cannon, I'll be doing Cult of Ulric Stormcasts. So lots of snow, lots of fur and beards, lots of wolves! Count as Lord Aquilor and paladors will ride wolves, and for gryphhound Ill use Fenrisian wolves. Lots of work to do on the lord pictured below but you get the idea! Also hopefully to make up a quarter of the points a stardrake/wolfdragon...

Thats it for now. Lots of background and stuff to think about. Got some ideas for the board but nothing concrete yet. Hopefully next week you'll get to see some gryphwolfhounds!

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

Monday, 7 August 2017

Space Wolves Wulfen Review

Since I typically collect a 30k Space Wolves army now, I never really had any intention of buying the Wulfen kit. But then Geigor Fell-hand was released and he has a really cool shoulder pad. I wanted more, with a squad of building a squad of Death Sworn in mind, but I didn't want to buy 10 Fell-hands on eBay. So, where to get them?
Image result for wulfen

Then I noticed that the Wulfen models also came with them. Could I justify spending £26 on a box just for the shoulder pads? Not really, so I've been umming and arring for months now.

Then I decided to take a closer look at the set, what else could I use those bits for?

There's ten of the shoulder pads that I wanted, so that's easily enough for a whole squad. Tick.

There's 5 large shields, which I can use with my Breacher squad. Tick.

There's 5 fancy backpacks, which are the same size as a normal fancy Space Wolves backpack (I thought they looked larger, but size comparison says otherwise). Tick.

There are a load of ornate weapons, which will be great or my Space Wolves Terminators to represent frost weapons. Tick.

The box is full of little extras like pelts and tails and runes which can be used elsewhere. Tick

As you can see, even if I never build the actual Wulfen models, there's a load of bits on there which I can use for my other squads. So in my mind, this is essentially an upgrade kit.

As for quality, the models are all highly detailed, with jam packed sprues, as you would expect from the newer kits. At some point maybe I'll model a couple of Wulfen and also play them as Deathsworn, but for now they'll probably reside in the bits box whilst I strip all these other goodies for the rest of my army.

What's your opinion of these guys?

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

Friday, 4 August 2017

Armies on Parade - Part 1

This week sees the launch of my/our Armies on Parade Challenge.

Myself and a Twitter buddy Vidpui (@Vidpui) have decided that this year is the year to enter and that we'd challenge each other in order to make sure we actually go through with it.

The next couple of months will see a series of work in progress shots as we get our parade board and armies ready, and I'll kick that off here with my plans for the board....

I'm planning on buying a Forge World realm of battle board. I was initially going to build my own board, but when I started thinking about how much it would cost and how I would find the time, I decided to just buy a Forge World board instead.
Realm of Battle Imperial Strongpoint
Here's my planned layout for the Imperial Stronghold:

Technically I have an army I can put on there, but one of the prizes this year is for best theme, so I am hoping to get the other half of my dreadnought army built and painted and go with a 'Fury of the Ancients' theme.

Every year I say I want to enter, and I never get round to it because I haven't 'finished' my army, or I don't have a board. Well this year is where those excuses stop and I'm going to enter it. And to that effect, Vidpui and I will maintain these blog posts right up to and including Parade Day, but I'm also going to call out a couple of other people who said they'd enter too, so you can go and see how their plans are progressing (and keep them focused! lol)

Rich (@Jangalak), from Four Dads of the Apocalypse. Rich and I are in the middle of a 30k Wolves vs Fists campaign and to spice it up have said that if either of us get a trophy on Parade Day, we win 2 command points to spend in the finale

Gav (@AlchemistsWorks) from Alchemists Workshops. We're not playing a campaign, but he's got some good looking Ravens that need to be entered into this...

Chris (@ChrisFrosin) from, well from Chris. My newest gaming buddy who has come back to the hobby in a big way. I think he's planning a Necrons-themed board for his new 40k Army. I'm currently playing a Shadow Wars campaign with Chris.

In the not to distant future Vid will give you the lowdown on his post, until then, let us know what your plans are if you're entering.

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