Thursday, 15 December 2016

Said the adept to the Primarch

Hi all,
after admitting I've been struggling for inspiration recently, all of a sudden my mind is full of ideas for articles, even non-serious ones like this.

My mind said to me, 'ok Nick, picture this. let's assume that the Primarchs' never got scattered from earth, and that on the day that the Emperor deemed them fit to lead their legions, they all had to detail their equipment requirements to the adeptus.

Let's then assume that one of the adepts (I'm guessing the one at the end of the line) was responsible for recording the heraldic requirements of the Primarch for the legion's armour, specifically its colour. What would that adept's face have looked like as each passed down the line.

Dark Angels.

Ok, Black works, it's a bit evil looking, but fine, are you sure you don't want something a little less secretive?

Nope, ok black it is.

Emperor's Children

Purple? I'll be honest Mr Fulgrim, we've never issued our troops with purple armour before, it's usually considered a little, erm, bright? For the battlefield?

Deep Purple? Yes I'm sure that will make it much better.

No sir, I didn't giggle, it just reminded me of something, it should blend in quite nicely on a black night.

Iron Warriors

What do you mean, don't paint it?! If you don't paint it it's going to rust, then where will you be, your armour's going to fall off mid-battle and the enemy will shoot off your nadgers.

You don't have nadgers? Oh right, can I suggest we paint it silver instead? Our servitors will get a bit confused if all of a sudden they don't have to paint the armour coming out of the forges.

Thank you Mr Perturabo Sir.

White Scars

So, your legion is called the white scars and you want their armour white, with some red scar-like markings.

Did you study creative writing at all in your childhood?

See that digging implement over there, what would you call it?

Ok I see, White for you then.

Space Wolves

Grey? So your legion is known for carousing and feasting more so than any other, you're the only legion that has ever managed to get a space marine drunk, the majority of your warriors are ginger and you want them to wear Grey.

To be honest Mr Russ, it's not going to make them any more dull, though at least you didn't ask for yellow.

Imperial Fists


Seriously? Honestly Mr Dorn I know you don't have the most eccentric personality, but painting your legion in yellow isn't going to change that. Nor is it going to make them feel any braver. And quite frankly, there just aren't that many Sulphur class planets out there where it works as good camouflage.


Ah, well that explains it, yes, hiding behind a grey wall will more than likely mean the enemy can't see you, now I understand.

Night Lords


Round of applause to the man with the long greasy hair!

Not the most sensible of colours in the daytime but rumour has it you've never been outside when the sun is up, so midnight blue, excellent choice sir!

Blood Angels

Red. Any particular shade?

Of course, I should have guessed shouldn't I? May I ask why?

Oh right, so the blood doesn't show. Is that your blood or the blood of those who are sent to your legion's quarters late at night...?

No sir, I won't speak of it again sir.

Iron Hands

Not another black - look I told your brother it makes you seem suspicious, people won't trust you.

Well, yes, I suppose we do trust machines. Oh, right. Well I suppose it will mean a certain number of suits will go further.

Only one gauntlet? Whatever for? It's a very long time since that look was in fashion.

World Eaters

I'm sorry, I'm going to have to put my foot down here, this is getting ridic....



White and blue, yes.


Yes sir, blue is a very cool colour sir, I'm sure the other legions will look up to you. Did you have any thoughts on the shade sir, there are rather a lot of blues.


I should have known.

Creative writing?

Death Guard

Bone colour? Yes I'm sure we can do that for you, it should blend nicely with desert planets.

And green? Well it's original I'll grant you, most people that like bone colours generally like to mix it with darker tones, but ok.

I'm sorry?

You want us to paint rusty streaks on it as well? Whatever for?

Thousand Sons

Yes sir, we have already had someone ask for red.

Yes sir I know your name and your moniker.

You could add some gold trim, that might make it look more impressive than the other red legion?

Ok yes, red, gold, and beetles. Any particular kind?


Luna Wolves

Well I don't mean to cause trouble sir, but we have already had a wolf-related name suggested and they're wearing grey as well.

Yes, I'm sure light grey will make it look very different, what a genius, original idea.

Word Bearers

More red eh?

Oh sorry, dark red. With black. Yes I'm sure that will place you above any suspicion your brothers might have, and adding script in a language no-one else can read won't change that at all.

I'm sorry? Then pain over it in washable grey paint, whatever for? No, don't tell me, I don't want to know.


Green. Well I suppose we've not had any requests for green before, and yes it's very well related to your legion's name.

What that? Fiery patches? Yes sir, we have some very talented artificers who would love to provide you with painted embellishments sir.

Thank you, thank you very much!

Raven Guard

Black and White. well, yes it will look striking, and I'm familiar with your legion's methods, but, would white make you stand out of the shadows a bit?

You know, just a tiny amount?

Ow! That's sharp! No need to be rude, just trying to help!

Alpha Legion

Oh come ON, what is it with you people, seriously! Turquoise? TURQUOISE?!?

I mean, F*?%ING TURQUOISE???

Do any of you have any military understanding whatsoever?

What happened to khaki greens, urban greys, desert brown?

No, we don't want those colours, we want bright blood red, we want yellow, bright green, ultramarine blue, f*?%ing turquoise and DEEP, CHUFFING, PURPLE?

Next thing you know they'll be calling it 'grape'.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Hobby update 12-12-16 - I've been a slave to darkness!

Greetings all - another has passed and therefore it's time for another hobby update.

When I left you last week you could see I'd begun to put some work into the Lord Commander himself, Eidolon of the Emperor's Children. Sadly I've not been able to quite finish him up this week, as rather annoyingly I've been taken down with Nurgle's Rot.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

League match preview - Asgard's Wrath v Da Red Arrerz

Greetings all - please excuse the lack of original posts recently, currently going through a less inspired patch.

Rest assured I'm working on a monster that I hope you'll all enjoy.

In the meantime you'll have to put up with me previewing my league bloodbowl game this week!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Hobby update! 5/12/16 - Bloodbowl, III Legion and Commission work

Greetings all!

You just knew I couldn't resist didn't you! Any of you who read last week's post just knew that I wouldn't be able to resist showing you the stuff I'm working on, even though I said I wouldn't!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Bloodbowl MAD League III Match report - Asgard's Wrath vs Naggaroth Nightmares

Greetings there sports fans, and welcome to the first of my match reports for the MAD League III Bloodbowl League, now taking place at my local gaming club.

The first game of the season took place last night, with my own Norse team, Asgard's Wrath, taking on a Dark Elf team owned by my good friend Tom, who is new to the game.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

November Review - twas a blue month, and a strange one at that!

So, we have embarked on the final journey of 2016, the days passing inexorably by, grinding towards the time when that the final section of the clock ticks round to another year.

I know it's not to everyone's tastes but I do love this time of year, the only caveat being my garage is incredibly cold and therefore I'm less inclined to go and do larger scale hobby stuff at the moment.

Real life also tends to take a bit of a hold at evenings and weekends with the diary filling up extremely quickly.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Hobby update - 28/11/16 - Dusk Knights finished for now

Greetings all, welcome to my weekly hobby update, which this week happens to also fall on my birthday! All together...

Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday dear me
Happy birthday to me

Thank you!

Right, enough of that stuff, on with the pictures!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Blood bowl human team review and tactics

Greetings all - it's safe to say that we live in interesting times at the moment - GW producing a community-inspired FAQ, new rules for old factions thought long-dead, new kits and units for not so old factions neglected for many years, and of course, new versions of old community favourite games, with rumours of epic, battlefleet gothic, the glorious Necromunda, and the most feted of all, Blood Bowl.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Hobby update - 21/11/16 - Tactical Squad Segundo

Greetings all, it's Monday again and time is flying particularly quickly for me and the family at the moment - but I've still got a hobby update for you all!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Instagram showcase

Morning all,
time for a little showcase methinks!

A gamer friend of mine recently introduced me to instagram, noting that he'd signed up and started posting pics of his horus heresy games and progress and had picked up many followers very quickly as a result, with the idea that he was going to start a youtube channel in the not too distant future showcasing their battles.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

List building - Genestealer Cult: The Kindred of Malebolgia

Greetings all - the mighty father Malebolgia welcomes you to our family. Let me introduce you to your new brothers and sisters...

Monday, 14 November 2016

Hobby update - 14/11/16 - Fluffageddon fallout and yet more building!

Greetings all,
welcome to another week, and another look at the inner workings of my hobby.

As you may or may not know, this weekend I attended Fluffageddon at The Outpost in Sheffield. The shop itself was great, and the guy in charge on the day was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and an all-round top bloke.

As for the event itself, well, I may as well just admit this one right now. I lost. Everything. All three of my games, and I came bottom of the pile of 16 players on the day. I'm going to try and not sound like a whinging loser at this point, but I feel confident that all three of my opponents would back me up and say that my dice/tactical cards abandoned me for the day. It got so bad that my wooden spoon prize for coming last was actually a set of new dice!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Genestealer Cult - developing the background for my army.

Greetings all, welcome to another of my expo posts on the lists I'm working on and planning to play with. As these armies are completed you'll begin to see them crop up in battle reports on our brotherhood blog and youtube channel, so you'll be able to see how they actually work on the tabletop as well as understand the theory behind the army.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Hobby update - 7-11-16 - I seem to be assembling a lot of models this week!

Colour scheme of the behemoid undercult

Greetings all! Welcome once more to my weekly glimpse into the world of wonders that is my hobby-space.

Lots of things happened this week, and there's going to be a post to look out for on the genestealer cult soon, with reviews going to be posted on the brotherhood blog and a list expo on my plans for my own personal collection here on the burning eye.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Razorwing giveaway - winners announcement!

Greetings all! I get to make a fun post today - though a difficult one all the same.

You may recall a few weeks ago the blog hit 400 posts, representing somewhat of a milestone for me and my usual try something for a bit then give it up personality. It probably helps that it's about 40k, something that has been at the forefront of my enjoyment of life for the last 23 years.