Sunday, 30 December 2012

40K Comics

Since getting photoshop (and an excellent modelling light for Christmas) I've been tinkering with some images and an idea came to me...40k comics.

The following are just some initial attempts but they make me chuckle, enjoy at your leisure.

Introducing Hank and Marv...

Episode 1: The problem with staples

Saturday, 29 December 2012

New HH Novel Mark of Calth?

I was on Amazon a moment ago and was recommended to buy 'Mark of Calth' a Horus Heresy novel available on Pre-order with no product details other than it being in paperback and its publishing date is 13th August 2013. I searched on the Black Library website and could find no sign of this book. Does anyone know anything else about it? I've seen the artwork before but not heard anything about the book!

I'm hoping it is a direct follow up to Know No Fear and will tell us what happened to Remus Ventanus and the other Ultramarines as they are forced to go underground to avoid the storms raging on the surface.

Tartaros Terminators

I am still here, honest. It's been a few days since I added anything to the blog, partly because of Christmas at my grandparents but mostly because I've been building many, many Eldar in preparation for 2013. You can check these out at 

Despite this I have found the time to continue my work on the Guilliman conversion (in the Black Library pic above shouting "I'm fabulous!") and finish building my Tartaros pattern terminators. These were quite fiddley to begin with and made me think yet again that Forge World really should supply instructions with some of their kits...that or I should just think things through a bit more.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Legion Reconnaissance Squads

LRS are one of, if not my favourite unit options in Betrayal. For those who don’t have the codex, LRS are non-compulsory Troop choices that fulfill the roles of Scouts in 40k - but they have full Space Marines stats, power armour, shroud bombs (charging enemy must pass a Ld test to assault). This is all good news but the thing that I really like about them is that unlike most of the units in Betrayal, LSRs can equip each Space Marine with different wargear so you can have a veritable kill-team if you want to (Which is in fact the point of the unit...) 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Battles of Calth

I enjoy playing narrative missions considerably more than standard 'army vs army' slug fests, there's just something more emotive and compelling about these kind of fights. The LOTR SBG did this really well and I loved reliving the Fellowship's flight through the Mines of Moria or Boromir's last stand on Amon Hen. Know No Fear provides plenty of opportunities for the creation of narrative missions and I am going to add a page that is dedicated to just that.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

True-scale Sculpting

A bonus picture of Guilliman's torso that I started sculpting last night. More to follow...

Monday, 17 December 2012

Guilliman Concept

Despite my Tartaros Pattern Terminators arriving today I'm struggling to get excited. Partly because I still have a week of work left before the holidays and partly because the TPTs haven't worked out how I thought they would. Bugger.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Christmas on Calth

Christmas is fast approaching and whilst I do enjoy the festive period it is so chaotic that it is rare that I'll get much building/painting done. Normally I spend my Christmas holiday bouncing from house to house as I visit various sections of the family, we've managed to reduce this from 5 houses to 2 this year which means that I might, just might get some hobby time this year.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Roboute Guilliman Conversion

As I was rooting through my bitz box for something I inadvertently picked up the Marneus Calgar model that had been left over from the Honour Guard and a thought occurred to to guess what the thought was? Well there's a clue in the title.

Forge World will make a Guilliman model, fact. I read it somewhere on the internets so it must be true. However, I doubt that this will happen anytime soon - they'll have to release another HH book for it first and the next one wont be involving the Ultramarines (Drop-site massacre anyone?) and so I'm going to need a stand-in until they get round to it.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Tactical Squad

Finishing squads is always something I find a bit tiresome, there's something about the factory line process of painting batches of models that can be a bit tedious. However the efficiency of this process means that there really isn't much in the way of a viable alternative - particularly if you have large quantities to get through!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Bath time!

Assault Marines taking a dip
Having found it difficult to apply undercoat to a FW dreadnaught I purchased at Gamesday I did some reading and found that lots of people wash their FW resin models in soapy water first. I can see the rational behind it but it did lead to an interesting conversation earlier today...

Fiancee: "Thanks for doing the washing up!"
Me: "No problem...yes, that's exactly what I was doing..."

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Marius Gage, master of the First

All of the models that I have tried to do so far in this project have been tailored to match the descriptions in Know No Fear. However I loved this model and the only thing I could think to match it up with was Marius Gage, so here he is.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Heroes of Calth

Apologies for the poor picture quality but I thought I'd share this photo of my Ultramarines army in my display cabinet, I'm going to work on a proper set up for taking big shots but for now, this will have to suffice.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Painting Time!

After playing 80 minutes of a fairly fast-paced rugby match yesterday and then watching England beat the All-Blacks I was pretty shattered last night and so didn't have much time to paint before I heeded the call of the duvet. Still, I did manage to finish Captain Sydance (above) and therefore the Honour Guard which I purchased way back at the beginning of October!