Monday, 19 February 2018

Weekly update - 19/02/18

The last couple of weeks I’ve had a couple of projects on the go….

First up is finishing Guilliman for my fledgling Dark Angels army. He’s getting there, and I’m really liking him in a black and silver scheme! I wanted to incorporate more green, but there’s not really the option. Not that I could see anyway. I’ve just done the purity seals green, the feathers red, and that seems to tie him in with the other Dark Angels that I’ve painted.
 
Horus Heresy Dark Angels
 
Second up is the Orlocks, which I should have really had stuck together by now. I’ve sprayed them grey and the bases silver so far. They should at least be stuck together by the end of the week. Which is good because I want to paint them at the same time as the ‘Inquisitor 28’ project I’m about to start, these guys being the foot soldiers of that team as they search the underhives for tech-treasure.

Speaking of that project, I have no photos as of yet but the ‘Inq28’ aspect of the project consists of 4 models, which have each been heavily converted. Two of the four will also be entered into Golden Demon, so that'll be three entries this year for me (I say that like I enter every year, when in fact this will only be my second time entering). But more on that next week.
Orlock gang boss

Last up is the other two ‘Masters’ of my Dark Angels force, which will form part of the Golden Demon entry I’m currently working on. Again, they are getting there and I’m really happy with how they are turning out.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

I also brought my Warhammerfest ticket this week, making sure I actually have a ticket to the Golden Demon event I'm working on most of this for!! Anyone else get theirs?

Thanks for reading!
Dave

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Chapter Approved 2017

I know I’m a bit late to the party but to be honest, my intention was to play Dark Angels this year and ignore Space Wolves… so I didn’t get this until late! However, I caved and brought Chapter Approved 2017 last week when I was gearing up for a game against the 4 Dads (well done on the 40k Doubles event by the way lads!).
Chapter Approved 2017

I’ll just run through my thoughts on this one:

There’s no Dark Angels stuff, but I can see why, the codex was imminent. However, where’s the Necron stuff?! The codex isn't out for a while and those boys in silver are due some support. I'm just hoping their release later this year is a big one!

Chapter Approved 2017

There’s not a lot of fluff. I know I’m pretty old school but I used to love the Chapter Approved articles that detailed the background for alternative Space Marine chapters… this is not that. This is a rules compendium…

Chapter Approved 2017

Multi-table games is something I'm familiar with, having played some pretty big games and campaigns in the past. if you have a whole day and a group of friends spare, I would recommend giving it a go.
Chapter Approved 2017

The inclusion of Planet Strike rules is my favourite bit. I used to love playing the Planet Strike rules back in 5/6th edition. This more than any other expansion really captured my imagination.

Chapter Approved 2017

Chapter Approved 2017

The Space Wolves stratagems are pretty cool. In the game I played last week I set up my Wulfen ‘On the Hunt’ and they jumped out 9” from the enemy, then ripped apart a whole squad in turn one, consolidating into a tank. It was fun and something I’ll be playing with in the future.
Space Wolves

The update to some of the rules and points is good. that it made me realise is that, at the beginning of 8th we were all celebrating the simplicity and speed of the game. It was a breath of fresh air. But now… now it is not so simple and quick to play. I went to the game on Friday and I had a rule book, an Index book, the Chapter Approved document and the Forge World Index book. That’s 4 books. Plus the errata sheets. Granted, the Space Wolves codex will be here soon, but I think Games Workshop need to be carefull they don’t let the game bogged down again. The removal of the tables and introduction of data sheets should mean the game is always faster than it used to be, but switching between multiple documents isn’t ideal. The sooner GW create a ‘battlescribe’-esque tool that updates everything automatically, the better.

Overall, it's a pretty good, reasonably priced book which brings your army right up to date. I just hope there is more fluff in it in future... and with all the codexes due to be released before the end of 2018, I'm optimistic that there will be.

Thanks for reading,
Dave

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Monday, 12 February 2018

ROBIN 2018 - Review


This weekend I went along to ROBIN at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. “Red on Blue in Nottingham” has been going for a few years now but this is the first chance I’ve had to pay it a visit. And it was a very pleasant experience. It was it a decent sized venue, so although it was quite busy, it wasn’t cramped. It reminded me a lot of the UK Games Expo in the early days, so I can definitely see it getting bigger and busier in the future though. 

I’m surprised we haven’t had a games expo in Nottingham before now though, with Games Workshop being here for over two decades, creating a hub of games development, several board game cafes opening up and now Warlord Games having their HQ here… I’m just surprised. But we have one now, and it is getting bigger and better year on year so all is good in the world!

ROBIN 2018
 
There were some really cool stands present. Warlord Games had a big showing, which is great because they’re local and they have some great games out. I really loved the little mech suits they have for Konflict '47.
ROBIN 2018

There were also a lot of participation and demonstration games on show. The HUGE Kings of War (by Mantic Games) game was very impressive. I also really liked the Horus Heresy demonstration game being shown off by the lads from Leicester Phat Cats. It was interesting because instead of using the new 30k rule book, they were using the rules from Betrayal at Calth, which has some similarities to 8th Ed 40k. It seemed much more fast paced, but obviously without some of the nuances. I liked that idea.
ROBIN 2018

Everyone was very friendly, and my son had a great time picking up the free-bees to further fill up the already generous gift bag he claimed when we paid for entry (although he was free, being under 5, and £5 for me was a bargain I thought)

ROBIN 2018

There was A LOT of people showing off laser MDF scenery. TT Combat may be one of the founders of this revolution but the market seems saturated, and not in a bad way. There is a great selectin of reasonably-priced scenery covering all types of settings and themes now available. My son was particularly taken by the big white church on display.
ROBIN 2018

ROBIN 2018

The aerial combat game by Red Eagle Miniatures really caught my eye. Playing on a table of hexes with lots of cool looking miniature planes is quite appealing to me. The miniatures were really nice looking too.
ROBIN 2018

ROBIN 2018

ROBIN 2018

ROBIN 2018
 
I was really surprised at how many local gaming groups had a showing too. These are locally run clubs that have nothing to sell, yet they're here doing demonstrations. t's fantastic. I noticed that our club in Beeston (War & Peace) didn't have a showing, but a lot of the guys were down doing the volunteering on the doors, etc.

ROBIN 2018

ROBIN 2018
 
Overall it was a great day and I'd recommend it if you get the chance next year. There's a full list of attendance on the ROBIN website. Some seriously talented people there so please take a look: Attendees

ROBIN 2018

I’m surprised Games Workshop had no real presence, this event being on their doorstep. Yes, the place was packed with table top wargames so I could see why there is no desire to compete for attention (or perhaps some reluctance to overshadow all of the other talent on show?), but what about the specialist games? Necromunda, Space Hulk, Blood Bowl and Shadespire would have had no real competition at the event. It would have just been nice to see them supporting the local gaming community which they are in part responsible for generating!

My only disappointment, which is completely unfounded, is that Gaslands wasn’t there! I’ve really enjoyed that game so far this year and was hoping there would be a demo (maybe with a massive box of old toy cars to rummage through). There was a similar game to Gaslands, set in a steam-punk 1930’s, but I didn’t get to have a go.

Hopefully see you there next year!
Dave

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Necromunda: Orlocks

You might remember last year I was playing a fair bit of Shadow War and was really enjoying it. Then we heard that Necromunda was coming back and we really wanted to get in to that, making plans and generally getting very excited by the prospect of re-living all those awesome battles we had in our youth.
 
Personally I've been holding out for the Orlocks. They're engineers, I'm an engineer... it just felt right :-) I didn't manage to get a ticket to the Horus Heresy weekender but I did have a friend who did, and he very kindly picked up a box of Orlocks for me. This now means he has to get his Goliath's stuck together... I don't think he thought this through...
 
Orlock
 
The sprus themselves are in a similar format to the Eschers and Goliaths; two identical sprus with lots of options on. The one thing (actually, I like many things) I really like is that the heads are a single piece. The Eschers and Goliaths both have two or even three bits, which is just too much fiddle-factor for my liking. I like customisation, but not over complication for the sake of it.

Orlocks

Loving the harpoon gun!
Orlocks

Some nice straight shooting arms and interesting armour plates.
Orlocks

Orlocks

Lots of different heads!
Orlocks

Orlocks

My friend also very kindly (considering it was one per person, so he didn't get one for himself) got me a copy of Gang War 2. It's not a thick book, but it is packed with fluff, character, art and rules, which is the way I like my rule books!
Orlocks

Obviously there is rules and background for Orlocks, which is what I need right now...
Orlocks

Orlocks

Orlocks
In Gang War 2 there is also lots of rules for Hired Guns and Hangers-on, which I really like. There's a lot of variety for additional characters in there. I know we've seen some of the models for them (I'll probably get most of them to be honest), but there's a few others we haven't seen anything for yet. Fingers crossed they'll be here soon.

I also got my hands on the Sons of the Emperor Anthology... look at that angry fella on the cover! I'm especially looking forward to reading Shadow of the Past by Gav Thorpe. If you haven't, check out Gav's blog: https://gavthorpe.co.uk/ I enjoy reading his posts about the background to the stories he's written and the thinking behind that background...
Sons of the Emperor

Sons of the Emperor

So, that's what will be occupying me this week...

Dave

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Dark Angels update

Hello!
 
Quite a busy time at the moment but I've managed to squeeze in a spot of painting on my HQ models...
 
First up is a Dark Angels Bobby G. Robute visits the Rock and brings the crusade to the ark Angels. Whilst doing so, he wears some ally-specific armour... I think he looks pretty cool in black and silver!
 
Dark Angels
 
Next up is my second Master model, this guy being a conversion of the Forge World Emperor's Champion model.

Dark Angels
 
Last up is my third Master model, this one being a conversion of Forge World's Sigismund miniature. I've added a hooded helmet and Dark Angels blade to his sword.

Dark Angels

Finally is some work on some more Sergeants for my tactical squads... I just can't help building fancy conversions :-)

Dark Angels

Thanks for reading!

Dave


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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Dark Angels test pieces

Morning morning!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, there's a bad case of flu going round which tried to kill me off last week. There were three distinct flavours of death before it released it's snotty grip... But here I am on the other side, with some finished miniatures to share.

Dark Angels

These are the sergeants for the four tactical squads that I'm painting up, plus a random medic guy I kit-bashed from spare bits just for fun...

Dark Angels

Dark Angels

I've been messing about with heraldry and stuff to try and capture that Knight of Caliban feel that I'm aiming for.

They're kit-bashed from a load of different kits: FW Raven Guard upgrade, FW Dark Angels helmets and shoulder pads, Games Workshop Tactical Marine, Sternguard Veteran and Assault Marine kits. There's a lot of random bits from other kits too...

Dark Angels

Dark Angels

Dark Angels

Let me know what you think, or if there's anything you want to know more about.

Dave

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Dark Angels HQ kitbash

Hello, 

Just wanted to share these work in progress pictures with you. For my Dark Angels I’m looking at taking a Master and two Lieutenants (or possibly 3 masters) so that I can fully take advantage of the re-rolls for hits AND wounds for units within 6” of these guys. This’ll be especially useful with lots of plasma in the squads.

I’m not a huge fan of the full-on robes for the Dark Angels, and I wanted my force to be 30k legal also. So, I decided to paint them in 1st Legion colours and started scouting around for suitable character miniatures.

After much scouting (thank you for the inspiration Instagram!) here's my pile of bits... 
 
Dark Angels
 
I’d already used Polux as my Chapter Master, so took another look at the Forge World Imperial Fists range…

Who was next? Sigismund is ripe for conversion. He’s very Knightly, has a tabard. The key things here were to switch his sword and head to make him obviously ‘Dark Angels’ (and not like The Black Templar himself…). I also filed down the ‘Fists’ icon and stuck on another bit of cloth. If the shoulder pads were separate (like Polux) I would have used a Dark Angels pad.
 
I was a bit unsure of which head to go for with this one...

Dark Angels

Dark Angels
 
The swords on both miniatures were resin and quite floppy... so one task was to replace them with plastic ones, or at least the blades (the hilts on both miniatures are very nice)

Dark Angels

Dark Angels

After that I went for the Emperor’s Champion miniature. Man, I have always loved this pose but I can’t really use this guy in my Space Wolves army, he’s just too knightly. Again, I’ve switched the head and the sword blade, both shoulder pads and the backpack. I switched the eagle backpack for a standard Mk3 one to tie him into the rest of the army/30k aesthetic. I also didn’t like the idea of the giant eagle heads, I don’t want my Angels showing any obviously ‘loyal’ or ‘traitor’ allegiance.
 Dark Angels


Dark Angels

Dark Angels



Dark Angels
 
I’m not sticking them down to the bases yet, these guys, in fact all three of my ‘Masters’ will be part of a diorama that I’ll reveal later in the year.

What do you think? Anything I can add before I start painting these guys up?

 Just wait until you see the Lord of War I'm doing...

Dave
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