Monday, 29 February 2016

Hobby update - moar bikes and some dark blue incoming

Greetings all - hope you're well.

Today's hobby update includes some of my pics from my post over the weekend (recycling content? How very dare you suggest such a thing sir!)

I have added in a few bikes to my 'in progress' pile though, as I realised the revamping of my collection is going to be resulting in rather more work on them than I'd first thought. This is mainly because I've actually realised that a few of the chapter badges weren't finished previously and I need to do something about that.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Terrain update, and a new scoring app

Hi all - sorry for the lack of updates this week, I was off work sick for a couple of days and things got a bit manic after that.

Still, I've managed to get a bit of hobbying done, and am making some progress in various areas!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Hobby update - bikes, Dusk Knights and terrain

Greetings all, and welcome once again to my weekly hobby updates.

Last week I noted that I was going to redevelop my space marine collection *again*. I set out my plans for the new collection here and dealt with their fluff here, That meant of course that I needed to develop another colour scheme, one of my favourite parts of the hobby! Whilst I've not bought any models for the new list yet, I've put the first colours down on a test model, one of the sculpts I really liked when it was released (I think as a freebie when you ordered stuff?).

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Dusk Knights - background fluff!

The Dusk Knights are a Knightly Order of Space Marines, hailing from the Planet St Olav’s Fall.

The planet of St Olav’s Fall is largely mountainous and inhospitable. Known mainly for being the location where the pilgrim’s ship carrying the famous St Olav crashed following a disastrous ambush by Ork forces, killing all on board. The Black Templars VIIth crusade fleet responded to the initial distress call and routed the Orks in a brutal void engagement, their particular skills at fleet boarding actions destroying a substantial portion of the Ork fleet, which then fled the system to regroup.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Getting into blogging - specifically wargaming related blogging

Greetings all,

I've had a couple of people I'm acquainted with recently say to me that they're thinking of starting a blog, and expressing an interest in hints and tips on how to go about it, so I thought what better way to explain things as I see it than writing a blog post about it, what I did and where I think I went wrong. If this article helps even one person start up a blog then I think I'm going to count it a success.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Iron Fists revamp. Stop! Hammer time!

The hobby butterfly itchy foot syndrome strikes again! Right people, I came to the decision yesterday that I'm going to have another revamp of my Iron Fists space marines.

The collection is sprawling quite extensively and I decided that rather than have one massive army with lots of different playing styles, I'd instead consolidate the collection into one distinct playing style and re-start a second marine army to build myself an alternative styled army.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Hobby update - Storm Talons!

Greetings all, and welcome once more to my weekly hobby update - this week I have mostly been using Fenrisian Grey (and no, I've not been painting space wolves!)

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Hero for a Day - overview so far!

Hi all - after a little nudge from a mate I figured it would be sensible to do an up-to-date overview of the details of this event as they currently stand. In the future I think I'll try and do these regularly, using a more standard template so you can all see what's changed

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Learning a new army - Tau

Hi all - here's one of my opinion pieces where I get to blab on about stuff, trying to impart some of my experience onto those who have played the game less or who haven't run a forensic analysis over each and every action they take in a game.

Today I'm going to talk about learning to play with a new army, and how to fit that army's strengths into your own playing style. In particular of course I'm going to focus on my own efforts with the Tau, and how I've gone about learning that new codex from a position of only having faced very specific builds from it previously.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

January Review of resolutions

Hi all - I'm afraid there's nothing to report today in relation to my terrain projects (well, I've made some progress but not enough to justify a blog post). Consequently I thought I'd look back at January from a hobby perspective and update on the resolutions I made for the new year.

Monday, 8 February 2016

This week's hobby update - plus a day of gaming!

Hi all!
Exciting stuff to let you in on this week - my Iron Fists bikes are finished!
Well, the normal bikes squads and the command squad at least...

These guys have plagued me for ages as they were the first and most significant element I added to my marines when I decided to re-do them in 2013, and for some reason despite getting the first squad done quite quickly the second has really sapped my motivation. Finally getting the second squad finished means I can put them behind me and move on with more enthusiasm to the next step of my progress on the army. I say finished, I do want to add some combi weapon arms to the sergeants and some magnetised special weapons bikers to the mix, but they are at least usable at present without shame!

On the greater good side, I've finished up another squad of fire warriors (this now makes 4!) having wanted them ready for yesterday when I spent the day at warhammer world with several other friends.
I've got to say thanks to my patient and long-suffering wife whilst I finished these, drilling the pins into the slate bases whilst I was in bed on saturday night with her trying to get to sleep next to me! I think the result is worth it though, as they do look effective on the tabletop (and were incredibly cheap given the flexibility of the new fire warrior kit meaning I only had to buy some spare torsos to make up a whole second squad from the box).

Here's the full army that I took to our gaming day, though I didn't get to use it all in one go (we played a triple threat and a doubles match at 800pts each rather than going 1v1 at 1750).

So next up on the painting table having got almost all of the Tau done and the Iron Fists bikers finished is the other mobility units in my Iron Fists collection.

First up, the pair of landspeeders - one of which was caught by my varnish incident and has been sitting on the shelf awaiting a re-do ever since whilst I calmed down. The Ironclad I finished again last year also got caught in this, as did the centurions, which still need me to start on their repair job, but it's good to get the landspeeder sorted and I'll enjoy getting it on the table again now. I know landspeeders don't necessarily get a lot of love in playing circles, but I've found these guys to be incredibly effective tank hunters, particularly when coming in from deep strike guided by scout bikers!

Whilst one of the speeders is complete, the other just needs a final edge highlight and they're done, which beats my 300pt pledge for the month with the bikers. Next up then is my storm talons - one of which is nearly completed anyway, but my pledge for 300pts is about finishing models, not painting them from scratch, so if I get these boys finished I'm basically back on track with the Iron Fists this year (that'll be 616pts finished).

I saw over on that Dave has used Tamiya clear to stain the cockpit of his Dark Angels flyer. I really loved the effect but I'm not sure the red would work in this instance. I'll probably leave them for now with a view to maybe coming back to it at a later date.

So that's all my painting progress for the week - next week I hope to have at least one storm talon finished if not both, and I'll probably then be looking at going back to bikes for a bit with the scout bikes. Mine are a mix of the new version and the older ones with lots of add-ons, so I'll have to think about how I do those, probably end up taking two squads so they don't look mismatched, then after that I think will be more slogging away at the storm raven!

Don't forget that if you want to come along to Hero for a Day, we've now got a forum set up where you can introduce yourself to the other participants and talk tactics etc!

I should note that one of our raffle prize donors this weekend finished in the top 5 for the golden daemon single miniature category at the Horus Heresy weekender. Well done Henry South ( - I loved all three of your entries!

Finally for today - I spent a really enjoyable day at Warhammer World yesterday - I played in a three-way game with 800pts per person where I tried an experimental msu style Tau list (and got spanked very early one, sandwiched between Mechanicus units on one side and marines on the other (with 2 thunderfires, and a unit of 3 lascannon centurions).

The second game went much better, as Martin and I teamed up (my Tau, with a list more to my play style, and his Mechanicus) to take on Ryan and Toby (the aforementioned marines and a scion force). This went our way from the start on the table, with Martin and I seemingly unable to fail a 4+ save for a while, and bascially deleting opposing units off the board largely at will. Sadly the objective cards were not my friend though, and despite us finishing the game in a strong position to table our opponents had the game continued, we lost by just a couple of points in the end. I can't emphasise how much fun this game was though, with things being really close in terms of points all the way through, possibly due to my inability to draw any cards I had much hope of achieving. I even managed to win a combat with my breacher squad (and I only outnumbered the scions 4 to 1 as well!).

Next time guys, my list has been improved (my saves will probably go down the drain instead)

Till next time,

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Another hero for a day update!

Hi all, I know I only updated you on this yesterday but a couple of things happened yesterday that I thought were worth posting about.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Hero for a Day update - new forum!

Greetings all, welcome once more to another update on Hero for a Day. It's just going to be a quick update today as I've not managed to progress the mission pack much in the last week. What I have done however is to set up a forum for the event.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Hobby update & terrain Tuesday!

Greetings all, welcome to the latest installment of my hobby progress pics - this time as I failed to post anything yesterday, I've decided to roll it in together with an update on my modular terrain table.