Monday, 11 December 2017

Hobby update 11/12/17 - commission bloodcrushers & sector mechanicus

Greetings all, welcome to the frozen wastes of Terra, and this week's look into my lair at what I've been up to.

Naturally I'm afraid at this time of year, hobby time is at a premium, and although I did get to sit down for a while on Saturday, I also had plenty of things to get done before Christmas.

That being said, I did get some progress in on my daemons commission, so here are the latest pics of the Bloodcrushers I'm working on. They're getting pretty close to completion now, which is most definitely welcome as I made a bit of a mistake by undercoating them white initially - this has meant that getting an even smooth coat on them has taken much longer than it should have done. Finishing them also took a bit of a backseat whilst I got my Dusk Knight list painted for Never Mind the Blogwars.

I've never had to paint quite as much red as this before, I'd like to think that red is one of the colours I'm better at, but getting smoothness into the blends on the skin of the bloodletter riders was really tricky, and overall there's at least 6 layers on there (that's six different colours applied in sequence, it's more than that if you count actual layers to get a smooth finish).

Similarly, the juggernauts use a different approach to getting the red done, I felt that the models could become quite boring if everything was just one big blob of the same red, so for these guys I used a different base red, before applying some thinned down upper layers  that give a different tone and feel to the models from the bloodletters.

The swords in particular I'm quite proud of, as I really wanted to get across the feeling of rage and fire that I imagine fills Khorne's realm in the warp. At least now all the models are complete from an assembly point of view, so I can get to adding the final touches.

Aside from that, the joint project I'm working on with some friends through the Grim Dark Brotherhood is coming ever closer, and we're looking at getting some details firmed up for an even in Q1 next year (Late Q1 that is, I'm changing jobs in January and the good lady's birthday is in February).

One of the projects we're working on in that regard is getting lots of scenery ready, and to that end last weekend we got our hands on some sector mechanicus stuff. Loads of work to do but we've got a really exciting and striking paint scheme planned (ok, nicked from White Dwarf) so at the weekend I put a few bits together to see how it looks.

Big is the answer, it looks very big!

This one is the smallest of the three kits we picked up, so with a few additions in terms of scatter scenery and some line of sight blocking terrain, we should have plenty here to fill a whole board. Added to that, this will quite nicely provide us with some good scenery to play our games of Necromunda over once we get up and running next year.

Till next time,

Friday, 8 December 2017

Chapter Approved mission review - Recon

Greetings all, last night I got my first game in with the new missions from Chapter Approved, my opponent (Dave) and I played the recon maelstrom mission, so I thought I'd do a detailed review of the mission and my thoughts on how it changes things up, along with a brief section on what actually happened in the game.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The New Necromunda - first game debrief!

Greetings all!

Last week I had my first game of the new edition of Necromunda (thanks Tuck Shop!).

Headline: It's just as good, if not better than before!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Hobby update - Craftworld and Dusk Knight reinforcements.

Hi all,
It's Monday again so that must mean updates on my hobby progress! This week real life has intruded a little so I've not got quite as much done as I normally would, however I did get some time to myself on Saturday night and Sunday to crack on with assembling the reinforcements I've picked up from my birthday funds.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Revised hobby season goals!

Greetings all,
back in August, I decided to take part once again in the hobby season, an idea created by Dave Weston of 40k addict fame to try and ensure that he (and subsequently we) set out a plan for what we're attempting to achieve in any given year.

This year I've decided to really try and stick to it far more closely than I have done before, and I set some very specific goals to aim for. Then of course I changed my plans, and decided to go down the route of collecting Eldar instead of T'au Empire (for now). That also meant putting Genestealer Cult on hold for a while, so today's post is all about how I'm revising my goals to take account of those changes.

I've been writing all sorts of lists for my Eldar army now for a little while, and with this year's birthday having come and gone, it's safe to say that I'm going to be committing some funds to expanding that collection (well, once GW sort out their stock issues that is!).

So, without further ado, let's get on with it shall we?

Thankfully, all the short term goals (which are now slightly overdue, though only 1 is unfinished) were ok.

Medium term goal 1
This was my next army schemes. The GSC scheme is largely done, and I've nailed down the new Eldar scheme so that's about done anyway. The Eldar scheme simply replaces the Tau scheme (which was largely completed anyway)

Medium term goal 2
Originally this was a Tau broadside and 3 crisis suits. I may still tinker away with these, but medium term goal 2 is now painting the 12 windrider jetbikes I need to get done for my Eldar.

Medium term goal 3
Originally the neophytes, primus and magus for my GSC, as with the Tau above I might very well get some of this done, but medium term goal 3 is now a Vyper jetbike, Wave Serpent and Farseer skyrunner, along with a Terminator Librarian and an Ironclad dreadnought for the Dusk Knights.

Long term goals 1 and 2

Originally more stuff for the GSC and Tau, I'm now putting these on hold until I know what I'm doing next. There will be an Orlock gang to paint once they're released, and possibly some Eldar stuff that I don't know about yet cos I haven't finally decided what my larger lists will look like yet.

Next up I think will be a quick review of my first game of the new Necromunda (spoiler - it's bloody good!)

Till next time,

Monday, 27 November 2017

Hobby update - 27-11-17

Greetings all,
It's been a couple of weeks since I last did a hobby update, so I figured I'd let you know where I was with everything. First up though, it's my birthday at some point in the next 7 days, so I'm hoping that next week I'll have a nice hobby haul to show you all!

In the meantime, please take a hop on over to my sister blog, the Grim Dark Brotherhood, where I'm starting to add more regular content now in terms of a tale of 3 gamers that we're embarking on. You'll soon even be able to see me in video format on our youtube channel, but I'll blow all the trumpets and ring the bells etc when that launches.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Space Marines - My top 5 and bottom 5 units in the codex. And why!

Greetings all! Well having had plenty of games with the space marine codex now I thought I'd have myself a little list-making exercise, and what better or more time honoured hobby blogger method for doing that than by the classic 'top 5' type post!