Monday, 24 July 2017

Hobby update - 24/7/17 - finishing some projects off!

Greetings all - it's a personality flaw I guess, but being a hobby butterfly to the extent that I am often means that I don't get to finish units off as much as I would like to - I get distracted by the new shiny instead and a unit will sit in my painting box 75%+ finished but no longer getting any attention.

So, last week, I decided to get a grip on myself (no, not like that) and knuckle down to finish some of the units I have lying around half-painted.

I'm pleased to say that the stern talking I gave myself was a success, though I did have to go and sit in my room and sulk for a bit at first.

So, without further ado, here are a few things I've managed to get to completion (or in one case, completion except for basing because I've got more to do and I want them to be consistent).

So, starting with some commission stuff - a squad of Plague bearers (strictly speaking not quite finished, the heads carried by the champion need finishing off, and this is the squad whose bases will wait for the rest of the commission.

I had great fun with this squad, trying a few things I've not done before, like the Nihilakh Oxide on the bronze details, and I also picked up some Nurgle's Rot to use on the open wounds - it doesn't show up in the photos but that stuff is great to use!

Then I went back to work on the Swords of Dawn stuff I showed off last week. First up was the Librarian.

This guy also was great fun to do, and actually he got painted far quicker than any mini I've done for a while because it's such a nice figure to work on - I've heard others have had trouble assembling this model, but to be honest I had no problems with mine at all - a little fiddly perhaps, but nothing compared to some of the models I've built!

And finally (and it really does feel like FINALLY) I got the Hellblasters finished too - I may have just been dong little bits here and there, but this squad really does feel like I've spent a lifetime slogging away at it. Shame really because the models are nice and the painting wasn't complicated by any measure.

This coming week then I think my focii will be:

Building and getting started on the next part of the commission (Bloodcrushers) and cracking on with my Dusk Knights standard list - there's a couple of units that I'm now going to be using with the Dusk Knights farm more regularly so they just became quite a high priority for me to get painted. In particular this is the missile launcher devastators and my second contemptor. Also, expect to see a bit more scenery as I look to try and get some more cargo containers done for the Grim Dark Brotherhood.

Till next time!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Dusk Knights 8th edition list - 2000pts

Morning all - having finally finished testing units from the space marine index, I sat down last night to start building my first 'standard' 2000pt list, so here we go!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Space marine review - 8th edition thoughts (HQ & Troops)

Greetings all - well I can happily say that I've now finally finished testing out all the units etc that I want to for my space marine collection in 8th edition, so I figured I'd post up a little mini-review of my thoughts and findings - hope you find it useful and it's not invalidated by the new codex too quickly!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Chapter Tactics revealed - my initial thoughts on what we now know.

Greetings all - time for me to have a quick look at the chapter tactics stuff we saw revealed last night I think! See more after the break - I think some of the conclusions and the implications of the tactics may be quite interesting!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Hobby update 17-7-17 - Gravis Captain done, lots more in the painting queue!

Greetings all, welcome to the little window into my hobby life! This week I've still managed to get progress on a few different things, but lots more to come - enjoy!

First up, I finally managed to get my Gravis Captain finished.  This has felt like it's taken ages to do though in real terms I've probably just done lots of little bits on him rather than sitting down and really knocking out a good long session. To celebrate, I made a little video of the pictures I've got from it that you can see here. I really enjoyed this, so will probably do something similar for my next feature models, though in those cases I'll make sure I take more regimented stage pictures.

Speaking of next feature models - say hello to my Primaris Librarian, Hossan Kadjar. This is a truly gorgeous model, and contrary to the little paint sessions I put in on the Captain, I've already put in a couple of longer sessions to get him nearly up to scratch.

In a departure from my normal method (paint whatever bit you fancy and hang the consequences) I decided to structure this paint job a bit better, so I painted all the base colours onto him first. As a result, the photos below don't make the most of the contrasts that I'll be getting onto the final model, but they give you a good idea of the process that I generally go through (in theory at least, in practice I often do upper layers before some of the base colours cos I'm impatient).

Another squad that feels like it's taking me ages is the primaris Hellblasters. They're getting there, though I won't deny there's still plenty of work to do on them before they're finished. Hopefully I'll get some more time on them tonight.

Not hobby work as such, but I played a very successful game this week where Sire Gabriel came out of the cupboard for the first time in a long time. Yeah, he's still good. This was a weird game though, as some of you may realise when you see the army I'm facing - yes, it's my old Iron Fists bike list on the other side of the table! Weird!

I'm still plugging away at commission stuff too, here's the plaguebearer squad I'm working on at the moment. These are actually lots of fun to paint!

Scenery - you all saw my first efforts at the WD paint scheme I'm following on my landing pad last week, well here's the next step. I didn't spend too long on it to be honest, but I wanted to start filling in the green to make sure I was happy with it. Long story short? I am.

Well that's it for another week then everyone, hopefully next time I might have some hellblasters, some plague bearers and a librarian all finished to show off, maybe even some more containers...

Till next time,

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Dusk Knights vs Night Lords - 2k battle report

Greetings all,

welcome to my 5th game of 8th edition 40k - this one was a 2000pt game of Dusk Knights Space Marines vs Night Lords, using matched play rules.

Bear with me on the photos - both armies wear Dark Blue armour!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Hobby update 10-7-17 - Setting the scene.

Greetings fellow wargamers, welcome to my hobby cave once more, let me shed some light on the projects that I'm working on at present so you can all be inspired and shower me with praise (joke).

Friday, 7 July 2017

Pedro Kantor - 40k tactica

Greetings all - today I just wanted to have a quick chat about that paragon of all things red-fisted - Pedro Kantor.

I've long loved this miniature and have used him a few times in my first games of 8th edition, whilst I realise it'll probably be invalidated in less than a month, I figured I'd put down my thoughts on his performance in those games and how to get the best out of him in your own.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

New 40k codices! 10 coming before Christmas...

Wow, so 'New GW' continue with the 'full disclosure' method of interaction with the community! I for one continue to be both surprised and delighted by them - let's have a look at what's been said shall we?

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

8th edition thoughts - a few games in

Greetings all! I know things have been pretty quiet on the blog front recently - let's blame having been away on holiday then having a lot of work to catch up on when I returned shall we? It probably also doesn't help that I'm working hard on getting some scenery painted up and trying to get my head round 8th edition as well.

That's what I wanted to talk about today however, my first impressions of the new edition after a few games.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Hobby update 3/7/17 - The Dusk Knights muster

Greetings all! Welcome into the depths of my hobby desk once more.

This week I've mainly been working on my marine models - getting a few bits up to scratch to get them on the table.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Hobby update 26-6-17

Morning all!

Wow, seems like an age since I last did one of these - let's get right to it then and see what's on my hobby desk at the moment.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Turns out I'm not dead after all!

Greetings all!

I'm happy to announce that I'm not dead, and not even not dead in an 'on the corpse cart' Monty Python kind of way.

No, actually I went on holiday, but as is my lack of organisation I hadn't got any posts stacked up waiting to be published whilst I was away.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

'The Adept' interviews Forgeworld about 8th edition.

Greetings all - time for another 'adept' article! Remember, the written word carries eternal damnation for the incautious!

This time, the Adept gets some time with the Forgeworld Executive, and some of the answers are quite illuminating!*

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Hobby update 30/5/17 - slaves, slaves everywhere, but still nothing actually finished!

Greetings all, as always I'm a little off-schedule thanks to the Bank Holiday, but in other news, at least that meant I got loads of painting done this week!

Seriously, first I have to give thanks to my wife for taking our kids up to see her family and leaving me behind, and then also thanks to my pal Martin for coming over and keeping me company while we painted. For many hours.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Funny Friday - what are the Death Guard up to?

Greetings all - one of my own concoctions today, and a rather more topical one than usual!

You won't be able to unsee that now will you!

Have a great weekend all!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

8th edition - Release date, boxed set, plus more snippets

Greetings all! Honestly you take a little break from things and next thing you know there's a new boxed set and a release date on the horizon!

Let's jump right in with the elephantine Death Guard in the room though shall we?

Monday, 22 May 2017

Hobby update - 22/5/17 - laying the foundations for finished stuff

Greetings all - let's do a hobby post today shall we? Where am I getting to with the slaves to darkness I've been painting?

Before I get stuck into it - might I just point out that I'm taking on commission work again as my current list is almost complete.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Slaves to Darkness - AoS freebie tokens

Greetings all - a little goodie bag for you today!

Having recently started playing Age of Sigmar, I have found there's a lot of record keeping I need to do during a game - which spells have affected which units, what bonuses have been granted etc.

To fix that, I made myself some tokens, and I figured I might as well make them available to all you good people too. They're 32mm circles, so all you need to do is print them off and cut them out, then if you want to make them a bit more robust, mount them to any of the many 32mm round things you can find out there!


Till next time,

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Age of Sigmar - Chaos Knight

Hi all,
bonus special photo post today, I finished my first Chaos Knight last night and I'm so chuffed with the results I couldn't wait to show him off till monday.

I think this is quite possibly the best painted miniature I've ever done. There are still a couple of little things I want to go back and improve (aren't there always) and I'm going to be applying some blood splatter when I get around to it, but essentially this is finished.