Friday, 18 December 2015

Epic Tau expansion

Thanks to the wonders of eBay I have been able to supplement my Epic Tau army with some more units, specifically a stack of crisis suits and some hammerheads. I'm hoping to go to a local tournament in the New Year so I'm going to be tinkering with various lists to work out something effective that isn't going to bog me down with too many fiddler rules to remember (this has been downfall in recent games!)

At present my army consists of the following:

Core units:
Crisis suit cadre 1
9 Crisis teams and a Shas'O.

Crisis suit cadre 2
9 Crisis teams

Crisis suit cadre 3
6 Crisis teams

Crisis suit cadre 4
6 Crisis teams

Fire warrior cadre 1
6 Fire Warrior units in 3 Devilfish

Fire warrior cadre 2
14 Fire Warrior units

Support units:
XV88 team
6 Broadsides

Armour group
5 gunships

Pathfinder group 1
6 Pathfinder units in 3 Devilfish 

Pathfinder group 2
4 Pathfinder units in 2 Devilfish

Riptide unit
3 Riptides, Shas'el

Recon group
5 Tetras, 3 Piranhas

Skysweep group
3 Skyrays 

Air Caste Units:
Tiger Shark AX-10
2 Sunshark bombers

I'm hoping to add some Orca proxies to the list to give me some tactical flexibility, particularly when deploying the smaller crisis units and maybe another trio of Riptides because they're awesome.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Star Wars - The force awakens post film direction and speculation

Last night I saw Star Wars - The Force Awakens and its superb. Visually stunning, interesting characters, Chewbacca is hilarious, as is BB8. There are lots of "whoop whoop!" moments, a hand full of "what the hell!?" moments and one "NOOOO!!!" moment. It's a very cool set up for the next film and leaves me with a massive list of questions - I've barely slept, my mind has been whirring about who, what and why...if you want to see some spoilers and speculation, click below...

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Telemechrus mk2

Honoured Telemechrus was one of the first things I bought when I started my 30k Ultramarines, as I've developed as a painter and my colour scheme for the Ultramarines has evolved I've found myself looking at the first load of models and wanting to redo them. My first target was the dreadnaught known as Telemechrus - or it least this proxy until they released the Ultramarines veteran sarcophagus.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Vulkan lives

I've had an off-and-on relationship with the Salamanders legion. It's something that I've always fancied doing but every time I'm in a position to start doing them properly, something else gets in the way - usually Ultramarines...

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

More Primarchs!

Prior to the arrival of Betrayal at Calth (for which I've bought 2!) I'd been trying to clear some of my Heresy backlog. Chief amongst them has been that thorn in my side Horus as well as the upstart Alexis Polux and Vulkan.

Starting with the Warmaster...

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Frostgrave: First Impressions

Last night at my local club we tried a game of Frostgrave and the verdict was pretty good. It's a skirmish game using a d20 + or - mechanic that is relatively straightforward. We were a tad ambitious and tried a 6 player game, this meant that it took quite a while to get round the table but it was fun watching a range of different warbands and Magic being thrown around. 

The game is based on a Wizard and their Apprentice, your Wizard has a primary school of magic (I went for elemental) and various other connected schools for a total of 8 spells. Each spell has a d20 casting value and if you fail it there's a chance you will take some damage. Your Apprentice has the same spells but they're harder to cast (+2). My Wizard turned out to be shite at casting spells (1 buff all game!) but my Apprentice had a slightly better time of it. Your warband is an eclectic mix of hired goons who all have varying strengths and weaknesses and cost X amount of gold. The best thing is you can only have 8 goons so you can't just mob the board with low cost Thugs and Thieves.

The point of the game is to kill enemy wizards and steal treasure. Treasure is scattered around the map and must be carried off the board - however, once a model has carried the treasure off, they don't come back! This adds a really interesting dimension to the game and makes it rather special.

The rule book is about £12 online, it's nicely put together and the mechanics are pretty sound. We reckoned there might be some balancing issues in a long term campaign but for a couple of games in an evening it would be fine.

Definitely worth your time.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Betrayal at Calth

I spoke to my local GW manager today, he showed me the Calth Heresy box he'd had delivered that morning, it looks brilliant. It costs £95 and GW have apparently made enough stock to last between now and Christmas - we both thought they may have underestimated the demand for this. Also, none of the models are marked with Legion iconography. All managers are going for training in the game on the 9th/10th.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Journeying into Epic 40k - for the Greater Good

Recently my local gaming club has been getting into Epic Armageddon and after borrowing some stuff to participate I decided that it was quite good fun and that I was going to get involved. For those who don't know, Epic is basically a 6mm version of 40k Apocalypse. It's played via activations (I move/shoot a unit, then you go.) and a standard 3,000 points takes anywhere between 3 and 5 hours. For those who've played Dystopian Wars it's very much like that.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Armies on Parade

Two years ago I won my local AoP competition with my Celestil Lions board. Admittedly I was the only person who entered (though word is 2 people turned up, saw mine and didn't bother to enter...) but I don't care I have a medal!

Okay, I do care a bit. That's why I'm trying again this year. I've settled on my Ultramarines as they are in vogue at the moment, and I'm going to set it on Calth, at a muster pre treachery. With rumours of the new 30k box set I hope that will sway public opinion in my favour.

I want to have as many of my coolest pieces on the board as I can so I'm going to have to use vertical space in order to achieve this. I plan on building a raised landing pad at the back which will have a bridge leading into the corner of a fortress. The landing pad will have my Thunderhawk, Guilliman and his honour guard. Manning the fortress tower will be my scouts whilst the master of signals will stand next to a comms relay and a Mortis dreadnaught. On the fortress wall will be my tactical squad marching down to the vehicle bay whilst manning the wall will be my rotor cannon squad. In the vehicle bay which will occupy the front left corner I'll have my terminators infront of the Spartan and my Sicaran next to that. I'll place my other characters scattered about the board. I want to try and get my Fire Raptor on the board, I thought about a 2 tiered landing pad but that might be a stretch...

As ever, I'll let you know how it goes.

Monday, 17 August 2015

The Thunderhawk lives!

A while ago my kit bashed Thunderhawk took a 7ft nosedive off of a shelf. As you can probably imagine, I was gutted. It took a long time and a lot of work to build what became known as the Epsom-pattern Thunderhawk Gunship (a variant on the original GW Nuneaton pattern Thunderhawk). After this catastrophe I completely lost interest in the project until last week when I picked it up and had a good look at the various salvaged pieces. Since then I've spent about 12 hours fixing it and painting and now it's finally ready for show!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Legion Seeker Squad

I finally got round to finishing these guys off after they've sat in my 'Ultramarines' box for nearly a year...The role of the Seeker squad, in the fluff at any rate, is that of headhunter, they are designed to go after the enemy HQ and put them down as quickly and as brutally as they can. 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Roboute Guilliman

Last week I was able to finish Guilliman after about 10 hours of grief. It took a long time to get into this model which is a shame because I usually really enjoy painting Primarchs. I think the pressure of 'this one is going to be used on the table' was on my mind as I started and it was a real mental barrier! I started off by spraying him Macragge Blue and took it very slowly from there...

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Stormcast and some Elves

I've made a start on my Wood Elves project, now that I'm on my summer vacation I can hopefully knock out a few more in the coming weeks. I also managed to get in on the free WD model and had quite a lot of fun painting it up.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Heresy and Elves

I’ve been on a bit of a hobby binge recently with some spuriously justified credit card purchases leading to a large stack of stuff for me to wade through on my Summer Holidays. I’ve got two main focuses this year and I’m going to do my best to get through at least a good chunk of one of them...

Friday, 24 July 2015

Fire Raptor

I bought this at Warhammer Fest last year and only got round to building and painting it over the last few weeks. I had a drama with the transfers (which kept flaking off) but managed to solve it after some advice from my Twitter team - slap some Lahmian Medium on the area, apply transfer then more Lahmian medium afterwards.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Casts Assault Ram

Hi all, back in June I managed to get to Warhammer World and was persuaded by the sales team to buy an Assault Ram (I only went in for some paint!). I finished it a few days ago and thought I’d put some snaps of the process.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Perils of work

I've spent the last month and a half marking GCSE exam papers for a well known exam board, it's been a slog but I've managed to get enough done to patch up my savings account and have a little extra left over for hobby stuff.

Before I entered this state of reclusiveness I had a model binge and got quite a few things done, photos are attached below...

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

FW Airbrush paints

This weekend was the grand reopening of Warhammer World, I couldn't make it up (going this weekend instead) but my Twitter feed was alive with all sorts of goodies. Apart from Guilliman and the new Warhound Titan, all £1250 of it, the best thing I saw was this list of new airbrush paints from FW! 

I'm psyched about this and can't wait to find out more!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


I spent several hours last weekend making a real effort to finish my Fulgrim model, I'm pretty pleased with it. I bought this at the HH Weekender waaaaay back in 2013 and it has sat in pieces ever since. I learnt a lot painting this, particularly about painting gold. It's not up to the sort of NMM that people regularly seem to b churning out these days but it's a step up for me. 

On the subject of NMM, whilst I admire the technique and the skill it takes, aesthetically I honestly don't like it - if it is your thing I mean no disrespect!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Eldar are finally finished, just before the new beginning

In addition to a mass Ultramarines painting binge (more to follow), over the holidays I managed to  finish the last of my Eldar, painting up my Avatar, Wraithblades, Crimson Hunter, Guardians and Eldrad. With that I'm out of Eldar, hooray! This is the first time that I've completed an army (meaning they are all painted) and it's a strange feeling...

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Primarch Angron

Christmas 2013 I was given the Primarch Angron by my wife (thank the Emperor for FW wish lists!), I have just finished him. It was fun to do, the battered, tarnished armour is a far cry from the sort of plush gold I am used to painting and it was an exciting challenge and one that I am quite proud of. That said, I am not all that pleased with the face but then I know that's an area I need to work on.

If it weren't for the Blood for the Blood God! Technical paint, this would not look as good as it does, I have always struggled getting a realistic blood effect from paints and inks.

I know have to get on with Fulgrim. I bought him in April 2013...I've done his base components and his head but I am having a hard time tackling the filigree, chiefly because I can't decide on the type of gold I want to use, I prefer the warm burnished style but I wonder if the more garishly 'blinggy' gold might not be more suited to this ostentatious character. 

Any thoughts or comments are welcome. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

If it ever hits the fan - what do you wear?

Granted this has nothing to do with hobbying but last week at my local geek club we ended up getting onto the subject of what we would do if it all went south, the zombies were at the door etc etc.I was briefly in the military, I know how to read a map, how to do basic first aid, make a fire and defend myself at distance and close range (Krav-maga is awesome, I suggest you give it a try!). On that front I’m feeling fairly confident - I’m also reasonably paranoid so will hopefully not be tricked by fellow survivors…

There are 3 things to consider in this apocalypse scenario - what to wear, what to carry and what to bring with you.

Sunday, 22 March 2015


I bought this beast at Warhammer Fest back in...whenever it was, September? I made an enthusiastic start to building it over the holidays but then became incredibly frustrated by a) the way the treads just don't fit (I've checked, I'm not the only one) and b) my airbrush breaking. However, I found a can of Macragge blue at my local FLGS and last weekend I got on with it.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Elves in 9th Edition

The rumours surrounding the upcoming (still a ways off mind) reboot of Warhammer Fantasy all point to moving the timeline forward by about 200 years post End-Times and a consolidation of armies from the current 14 to 6 factions which will be amalgamations of current armies (e.g. vampires and Tomb Kings becoming Undead). There is also rumours that most of the units will be replaced too making it an entirely new game with a brand new set of models for each faction...