Saturday, 30 January 2016

The Obsidian Enclave vs The Iron Warriors - Burning Eye Battle Report 3

Hi all, welcome to battle report 3 in my 2016 series. This time we're watching the Obsidian Enclave taking on the Iron Warriors, again it's from our Tale of 4 Gamers series at my club, and the games are set at 1000pts per side. This is the last of the 1000pt games here, and next month we'll be stepping up to 1250. Those games will come with a twist though, as they'll be doubles games (yay!)

I've got a couple of extra pics this time to hopefully give a bit more atmosphere to the game, and as you'll see the scenery is coming on apace at the moment!

Friday, 29 January 2016

40k Funny Friday

Rather appropriate given my game last night, where my opponent failed at least 4 gets hot rolls!

Have a good weekend everyone, battle report should be up tomorrow night!

Till next time,

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Hero for a Day - latest update

Greetings all,
Just been looking back over my recent posts and it seems I've been remiss in updating you on progress on Hero for a Day for a couple of weeks. Rest assured, I haven't been sat on my hands doing nothing in that time, though I have been working hard on a few other things as well.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Imperial Guard Armoured Company list

Greetings all, and welcome once more to one of my random ramblings about how I go about building an army list. Once again, as with my paint scheme posts, I'm going to use the Bromheads as an example - my next army project.

Let's just say first of all that it's going to be a big project this - mainly because I can't decide how I want to play the army. So once I start getting funds in place I'm going to put the Tau on hold for a bit and get going with these guys.

Sunday, 24 January 2016


Sorry, I couldn't resist.

As you may have guessed, this marks the 300th post for the blog - I'm really quite proud of myself, as my hobby butterfly tendencies would ordinarily have led to me dropping it before now. I can only attribute the blog's continued interest for me to the following things:
1. This hobby keeps changing, and I keep buying more stuff to paint to show you.
2. You fine people keep reading it (well, you seem to be at any rate, the viewing figures are making pretty good reading at the moment), and
3. My renewed involvement in the actual game means I keep learning and my personality means that I like to disseminate what knowledge I've accrued (or in other words, I like blabbing my mouth off about stuff I have a vague knowledge and very mean understanding of!)

Here's to the next 300 eh?

Till next time,

Saturday, 23 January 2016

The Obsidian Enclave vs Clan Raukaan - Burning Eye Battle Report 2

 Hi all - welcome to the second of my new format battle reports - this one I've added in something extra for you too - some maps so you can hopefully see a bit better what was going on. Sadly I didn't get any close up pictures again, but I'll try harder next time to take a few.

Friday, 22 January 2016

40k Funny Friday returns!

Enjoy everyone, have a great weekend, and look out for another Battle Report coming on the blog tomorrow evening - this one's a doozie!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

40k Unit review - Tau Ghostkeel

Hi all, welcome to the third unit review for the Tau - I'm going to dodge around the codex with these reviews, mainly because I want to! Today, we're going to look at the Ghostkeel!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Army building - deciding on a paint scheme!

Howdy all, hope you're well and full of positivity for the hobby today!

It's been a little while since I wrote an army building post, so I thought I'd push on with the third post in the painting category - this time I'm going to look at developing a paint scheme.

Now I know there are several ways this can be done, so in an effort to prevent the post from spiralling way out of control, I'm going to look at one particular method - basing your colour scheme on the 'real world'.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Hobby update - the Enclave so far!

Morning all!
As those of you who follow my blog with any regularity will have realised, I like to keep a sense of perspective in my hobby life by looking back regularly to see what I've achieved. On this occasion, that means checking out the painted models from the Obsidian Enclave. 

Friday, 15 January 2016

Confessions of a 40k addict adsense competition

Hi all, so today instead of the increasingly sporadic funny friday posts, I've got a different kind of picture for you all.

Some of you (ok, probably all of you) will know of Dave Weston at confessions of a 40k addict - if you don't I highly recommend a look over there as the guy is a tremendous painter with some really innovative stuff.

He's also a dab hand with graphics, and has his own print and play building templates and game markers.

Well, as with myself, Dave added an advert section to his blog with the idea of generating a bit of income from clicks. Now unfortunately the way google works the revenue from their adverts is that you don't get paid until you've earned £60. I'm labouring way down in the doldrums at just over a fiver at the moment so I might get some money by the time I retire. Dave used his first payment though to get hold of a knight, and his Cerastus is truly inspiring! In order to give something back to the community he's running a competition, with the winner getting a knight or equivalent.

Now obviously I love to support my blogger colleagues, and I also love the idea of a free model, so here's my entry - the only restriction is that your entry must comprise the free stuff from Dave's blog. I think he'd envisaged seeing pictures of battle using his terrain etc, but I decided to be a bit more off the wall.

I like to call this - Where's Weston?
Yes, he's in there somewhere!

Thursday, 14 January 2016

The Obsidian Enclave vs The Judicators - a Burning Eye Battle Report

Greetings all, well I'm currently off to my club to face a 2000pt space marine list with the Obsidian Enclave - their first outing at that sort of points scale (comfortably in excess of the previous maximum game size they've played - 1250!). I thought therefore that whilst I was engaged in teaching the Gue'la a lesson in humility (I hope!) I'd bring you a report on the Obsidian Enclave's previous engagement against marines of the space variety.

Bear with me please, I'm trying out some new stuff in terms of battle reports (hence the swanky new logo above!) so if there's anything you think I could improve please let me know (the text editor in blogger is pretty basic in terms of functionality!)

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Hobby update - the Enclave expands!

Hi all - we're onto another hobby post then I guess, once again we're concentrating on the Obsidian Enclave (hmm, gonna have to really push to achieve my 300pts of Iron Fists this month once the Tau are done!) though there's a bit of scatter terrain thrown in there too.

Monday, 11 January 2016

A big announcement - Hero for a Day is LIVE!

HELLOOOO!!!! I've got something rather more exciting for you today than the usual hobby update (which will follow in a couple of days).

I'm really pleased to be able to announce that Hero for a Day is now going live - the date has been booked with the venue as the 20th August 2016. I'm still waiting to confirm hire costs with the parish and working on finding food suppliers, so the cost of attending is yet to be set, but you can now book the date in your diary!

This event is intended to raise money for charity - the Childrens Cancer and Leukaemia Group, and as such I've set up a fundraising page, which can be found here ( I was inspired to make the decision to run the event when George, the 2 1/2 year old son of some friends of ours and good friend of our own daughter who is the same age, was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour on his kidney. He's been through several weeks of chemotherapy, and has now had the kidney removed, but things would have been less promising were it not for the work of the CCLG in developing treatments.

The event will be for a maximum of 20 players, so make sure you keep an eye on the blog to get your place booked once tickets become available - if you want to pre-register your interest please contact me using the email address for the blog ( - don't worry if you can't say for definite at this stage, I won't hold you to attendance! Depending on demand I can't promise a place to everyone, but I'll do my best and if the event is a success I'll certainly consider expanding it next year.

The event is going to be fairly unique in terms of wargaming competitions, as it will not only be a team event (2 teams of 10 players each) but it will also follow a narrative across the day, as the teams fight for control of the planet of Hormung Prime. This will involve 8 games played using a variety of scenarios, including 'kill team' style games, doubles games and the highly anticipated (by me at any rate) handicap matches!

The attendees will be split into two teams based on the army they intend bringing to the event (so if you're looking to pre-register, please let me know what armies you want to bring, or would be willing to bring) with an imperial defence force comprising (hopefully) Guard, Space Marines, and Sisters of Battle, facing off against a combined arms invasion force of heretics and xenos races.

Each team will require a team captain, who will be responsible for ensuring the army lists are appropriate to the competitiveness level of the event (hint - cheesy beardy stuff should be left at home) and the captains will also have various roles to play during the day - from having a free reign to tip the odds by joining one of the handicap games, to potentially assigning stratagem cards to benefit their side in particular games (this is an idea in its infancy at present but could very well get included). If you're pre-registering therefore, please let me know if you'd be willing to act as a team captain.

In view of the charitable nature of the event, I'll be trying to keep the cost of attending down to a minimum, but there will be a raffle with prizes from various sources, along with the opportunity (hopefully) to purchase wristbands, pin badges etc to show your support for the charity.

Keep an eye out on the blog in the next few weeks for more detail of the event as I work them out!

Till next time,

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Top ten posts of 2015

Hi all,
I thought I'd have a quick nosey back at how the blog did over the last year and how things went, so this year I'll be posting up occasional articles on past performance - in this instance which ten posts garnered the most views over the year (yes, I'm aware of the inherent imbalance of taking viewing figures for posts in the early part of the year and comparing them to posts that have been live for a much shorter period, but as the top scoring post came from the second half of the year I don't think it's skewed things too much.

As is customary I'll present these in reverse order.

10. Space Marine Battle Company Challenge - 343 views
There was me thinking this was one of my more innovative and interesting ideas. I guess the viewing figures support that to an extent, but the response level was a little disappointing with only 2 replies. I'm not deterred though and might very well look at including more of these in the fullness of time, perhaps once we've got some more nested detachments in the more commonly seen armies (Astra Militarum, Chaos Marines etc)
9. How to paint purple - the Burning Eye way - 346 views
Now I'm really pleased this came in the top ten, because I was (and still am) very proud of my Dark Eldar army, and in particular the subtle effects of drybrushing and layer detailing I used in creating them. My other armies are less creative in this respect, though I'll certainly look at posting up a review of the red I'll be using when tackling the Astra Militarum later this year - in particular making it a) not so bright that it looks stupid but still not being dull and b) weathering and highlighting red effectively without making it look orange or pink.
8. Building a modular terrain table - 415 views
Interesting result - I'll be honest this post was less about how to do such a thing and more about deciding that I was going to (which I haven't yet). But it certainly gives me a good pointer as to where to go first with my terrain series this year (I absolutely have to get that table finished in the first half of this year as I'll be using the tiles in Hero for a Day.
7. Tau rumours and leaks - a burning eye view - 421 views
Here we go, as I suspected, rumours and leaks posts tend to get quite good viewing figures - in this instance it was the Tau and I'm pretty happy to say that in general my speculation was quite accurate. I didn't foresee the missiles on the Stormsurge going 'D' but then I didn't read anyone else who figured that out either, so I'm not going to get too upset.
6. Space marine rumours - The Burning Eye's take - 452 views
Another rumour post - and another one where I'm pretty pleased with the actual outcome when I compare it with my views. Sure I was wrong on the command tank bit, but who thought they'd produce warhammer world only variant tank kits?
5. New Space Marine codex - how will you deal with yours? - 453 views
Riding on the wave of new codex rumours this post was really a reflective piece about how to accommodate the changes made to an army when a codex gets updated. It still rings very true to me in terms of how I like to operate, though I was on the whole pretty underwhelmed by the formations we saw in the new marine book. Some of the more recent ones from campaign supplements definitely interest me so I may need to look at getting hold of those this year.
4. Space Marine rumours 3 - 516 views
Another rumour post - though I was a bit more off-piste with this one. Again, it highlights just how putting the word 'rumour' in the title of a post encourages views, though I'd like to think I only do that when the rumours appear fairly solid - I don't like to post just any old tidbit I hear about.
3. Amera Plastic Mouldings review and terrain tuesday - 617 views
The first 'review' post in the list, but I'm really glad it's done so well (and got plenty of comments to boot, including one from the manufacturer!). My work on the terrain has stalled over the later months last year, but I'm looking to get back on the ball with it in the early part of this year to finally get my modular boards finished. 
2. Imperial Knights Codex review - 826 views
Another review, and again one I'm pretty pleased with - I'd not had the previous Knights codex so came at this one without preconceived ideas and I think that came across pretty well. I've still yet to invest in a knight myself but I'd love to start getting my hands on some bigger models now they're becoming more common.
1. 40k unit review - Tau breacher squad - 874 views
So the most recent post in the list also steals the number 1 spot! These guys are brand new for the new Tau codex so I'm not at all surprised that plenty of you decided to have a look at a unit review for them. 
Given the review was written on the basis of leaked images rather than with codex 'in hand' I'm pretty pleased with it - the conclusions stand up to the more rigorous examination conducted since then, and I've had the pleasure of watching them wipe out a couple of grav gun bike units of marines before getting vapourised in the following turn thanks to being the most prominent target.

I think most of all what this list shows is that if I want lots of interaction on the blog, and increasing viewing figures (yes, I'd like to see my blog more widely read, even though I don't want to sacrifice content for 'easy' views) then two things really stand out as being successful topics. Unit reviews, and rumour analysis. I've already said that this year I want to complete many more unit reviews than I've done in the past, and I'll stand by that aim certainly. Rumour work however will remain the preserve of occasional interest as I don't want to turn this blog into a rumour site - I'll continue to comment on rumours that apply to the armies I have an interest in and a limited knowledge of.

I hope you found that of interest, and take the time to have a look back at some of the posts listed here - I don't think many of them have dated particularly (except of course the rumours to a certain inevitable extent) so they're still worth a read.

This look back has also given me a few ideas and some motivation for hobby stuff this year too (look out for completion of my amera terrain board and modular table, and probably a few more painting tutorials).

Till next time,

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Hero for a Day update

Greetings all, I thought I'd just post a quick update here for you all so you can keep up to speed with what's happening.

As you've hopefully seen here, I've been working away in the background on getting some missions set out for the event - so far this is limited to the covert ops missions, however I'm now progressing onto the larger games and I'd therefore appreciate any input you may have. I'm not above shamelessly ripping off other missions people may have come up with (with their consent of course) so if you'd like to point me in a direction then please feel free to add links to the comment section.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Terrain Tuesday - the modular board returns!

Hello dear readers - I've brought back an old favourite - Terrain Tuesday!

Whilst this first post will be setting out the basics of where I am in my quest to complete a modular terrain table at my home that I can then transport and use at my club, in the longer term I'll be posting reviews of terrain I've bought, assembled and painted, as well as detailing a more DIY approach to building certain elements of terrain for the table and my games in general.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Hobby progress once more!

Hi all, and Happy New Year!

This is my first proper post of 2016 (my hobby resolutions were written a few days before Christmas 2015) so I hope you all had an good break - my commiserations if you didn't.

Friday, 1 January 2016

The Burning Eye's 2016 hobby resolutions!

Hi all, so after my review of the success/failure of last year's hobby resolutions, let's make some for 2016 shall we?

I'm going to break these down into five areas, General Hobbying, Events, Painting, Gaming, and Blogging.

General Hobbying.

Ok so last year saw me branch out into a third 40k army, the Tau. This has been really fun, in particular the Tale of Four Gamers series I and some friends took part in during the second half of the year. My tau aspirations remain to build an even more extensive collection, but I'm also looking to start a fourth 40k army, and finally have that red collection I've not had since I quit blood angels at the start of third edition! I think the important thing for me here is that this won't be another power armoured army, the iron fists will fill that niche for me for a while yet with all the unpainted stuff I have for them.

Hobby resolution 1 - get at least 500pts of a new 40k army built and painted. It must be red!

Hobby resolution 2 - replace my Windsor and Newton brushes - they've done amazingly well but are now sadly past it.


Last year saw me attend my first tournament. I really enjoyed the experience and would love to do more of that in the coming year. Blog Wars is no more, but is being replaced by something different that is definitely enticing to me, so I'd love to go along again. This year will also see the inaugural Hero for a Day event, a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise money for charity CCLG (Childhood Cancer and Leukaemia Group). I'm organising this one myself so I ought to attend, haha! I'm hoping that this will be a very different experience to most tournaments, and I'm aiming for a very friendly atmosphere with much less pressure on individuals, and more emphasis on team play.

Event resolution 1 - attend (and similarly place in the top half) of two tournaments, using two different armies.

Event resolution 2 - organise and participate in Hero for a Day.


Painting is what got me into this hobby in the first place, taking over from my 'not quite realistic' efforts at making and painting airfix kits. It's my first hobby love and more importantly, without the gaming side of the hobby I'd still keep buying and painting, even if it means becoming part of the 80% statistic quoted by GW! In terms of details though, I've got a lot of stuff for the Iron Fists that has sat in my garage undercoated for a very long time, and I'd like to make this year a concerted effort to bring a lot of those squads into the light in terms of painting. To that end, I'm going to make quite an ambitious resolution for them I think. On other matters, my Dark Eldar have been ignored for a while (painting for Blogwars burned me out on them somewhat) so I'd definitely like to see more options for them finished. The Obsidian Enclave are expanding nicely too, with probably the quickest, simplest paint scheme I've ever done, albeit one that I think is pretty striking. Thanks to the Tale of 4 Gamers series though, there is very little for them that needs painting as they've been getting finished as I go along. Finally then, I mentioned my fourth army, and I have already tried out a basic paint scheme for them. I'd like to work that scheme up in more detail as well as getting the first part of an army finished.

Painting resolution 1 - paint (including finishing part painted models) an average of 300pts per month of Iron Fists over the year.

Painting resolution 2 - paint a minimum of 500pts of Dark Eldar.

Painting resolution 3 - ensure I have no unpainted Tau models unless I make a spectacularly large purchase.

Painting resolution 4 - get to a final version of my draft scheme for my fourth army.


Having played lots of smaller games last year, particularly in the Tale, notwithstanding upping my 'normal' game size to 1850 from 1500, I'd love to get some truly big games in. Obviously given the size of my various collections this realistically means using my marines, who can call upon the 5000+ points I think such a game would really need. Any takers? I've also really enjoyed following my gaming success this year, and will be looking to expand on that in the coming year. Consequently I'm going to aim to achieve win percentages of at least 60% for the Tau and Iron Fists, and 55% for the Dark Eldar. I'm not going to put a target in for the fourth army because I'm unlikely to have much experience with it by the end of the year, and could realistically still be testing units out. My challenge last year was to beat Mj more often than I lost to him, which I have to say I achieved quite comfortably in the end, though part of this may very well have been his use of Chaos Marines in the Tale of 4 Gamers. I'm looking this year therefore to challenge myself even further without letting those results drop.

Gaming resolution 1 - play at least 1 5000pt game

Gaming resolution 2- achieve win rates of 60% for the Iron Fists and Obsidian Enclave, and 55% for the Kabal of the Burning Eye.

Gaming resolution 3 - beat Ryan more often than I lose to him (draws won't count)


The blog has really come on nicely this year I think, even with the drop in posting over the summer when I took a break from things (pun intended for those who can remember why!).

My aim last year of actually getting paid by google for clicks on the adverts proved wildly out of reach however. In my second year, I doubled my traffic over the first 11 months of posting, and this last year I've added an extra 1000+ views per month to the stats. Given I can't realistically expect to see year on year doublings of views, I think it's reasonable to look to build things by around 15,000 views for the year, which would see me average just over 5000 views per month. I've dropped horribly behind however on my codex and unit reviews, so the key thing I think for me this year is to get myself up to speed in that regard.

Blogging resolution 1  - average 5000 views per month or more for the coming year.

Blogging resolution 2 - complete an average of 1 unit review per week, to get the Tau codex and as much of the space marine codex as possible fully reviewed on the blog.