Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Hobby update and #dreadtober

Hi all, just a very brief update today - I've been distracted by RL stuff I'm afraid. Still, I've had time to get work in on some new objective markers, my dreadnoughts for #dreadtober (which are now finished) and some commission stuff, though I've realised that without their mounts, the bloodbletters look like they're dancing to Gangnam Style!

Friday, 27 October 2017

The Lesson Learned - blessings in disguise.

Greetings all, welcome to this week's 'lesson learned' post. This week the lesson follows my game against Alpha Legion using my Dusk Knights Space Marines, and it's an interesting one, about making the most of a bad situation and seeing how something negative can have a positive effect on the game.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Windriders - a little look into the numbers.

Greetings all,

Hopefully you'll have seen from my earlier post that I'm looking at putting together an Eldar army in the near future, and that it will be heavily leaning on the mobility of that race, specifically jetbikes, grav tanks etc, with those vehicles transporting some of the more aggressive units in the codex into combat. Now, with that in mind (and having watched a couple of reviews of the book on youtube from those people to whom GW have provided a copy) I had a bit of a think about jetbikes and their options. Here's the result of that, hope it sheds some light on things for you!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Plans. Never make them too far ahead!

Greetings all! Sorry it's been a bit quiet on the blog here recently, I went away last weekend for a family break with some friends and their kids so things have been a bit quiet in general on the hobby front since early last week. Rest assured though, normal service will resume very soon, and a lesson learned post is coming for Friday. This week's topic is blessings in disguise!

Still, I digress, because the post title and header pic make it obvious (I hope) that something significant has just happened in my hobby. Hopefully you'll have seen that recently I've been preparing for my next army, getting my T'au colour scheme prepped and ready and drafting out a list to work with and build to.

Well, my biggest concern about that was that the list was written from the Index, and given the seemingly unrelenting pace that GW is churning out the codices at the moment that didn't seem to be too much of a problem. However, doubts persisted and I just couldn't resolve myself to spending such a significant amount of money if early next year (I'm guessing, no inside info here) a new codex dropped and messed up all my synergies (I don't like that kind of thing).

Add to that, one of my closest hobby buddies is also planning his own T'au list, and you get where this might be heading? Yup, the Firestorm Enclave is to be put on hold for a bit. I'll still work on the background for it, and I'll probably even pick up the odd unit here and there to gradually put something together, but I'm shifting focus for a while instead.

But, where to? I hear you ask (speak up a bit!).

Well, given the above, it should be fairly obvious that it's to one of the factions that already has a book, and given I already have the marine codex we're narrowing things down quite a bit.

Ok, I'll just tell you shall I?

Eldar (or Aeldari for the newcomers amongst you).

7th edition was not a time to start an Eldar army, at least not if you wanted to keep your friends.

Now, I suppose I ought to give you a bit of background about me and the Eldar, cos we have history. A lot of history!

Way back when after I'd painted so many marines I wanted a break from it all, I bought some Eldar bits. In particular, a Falcon grav tank. I painted it up in some colours I really liked, spending hours (about 16 if I recall, cos I kept track of it back then) getting it how I wanted. Then GW went and changed the paint range and deleted all the main colours I'd used, replacing them with, well, nothing remotely similar.

Being rather more patient back then, I readjusted and repainted the Falcon in shades of midnight blue and it still looked pretty good, but sadly the scheme just didn't translate well to the guardians. That plan got scrapped, and I moved on to something else (Night Lords I think).

Back in 6th edition, I tried again, bought a few bits, including a Wraithknight, and began a new paint scheme. I had always wanted a jetbike list, loving the aesthetic of all those lovely grav tanks and bikes sweeping across the table. There was just one problem, the age of the jetbike model and the upright position of the rider grated something inside me, so I decided to wait until a new model came out. Instead, I figured a wraith army would be quite cool, low model count but equally visually impressive (this is actually something Eldar armies do really well, keeping strong design elements through different sizes/types of models enabling your army to look visually stunning if it's themed right). Then the new codex hit, and d-weapons became the new cheese. This I didn't want to be a part of, so I dropped the project once more.

Then, wonder of wonders, rumours of a new jetbike model! At last, all my dreams were coming true! Err, no, because once more, cheese had infiltrated the craftworld, and nastiness ensued. I still didn't want to be a part of that. Now however, we have a new eldar codex, and it sounds (from what I've heard/seen) as if finally we have something I would be willing to collect that won't lose me all my friends, but is equally everything I wanted it to be in visual terms.

So, forget the T'au for now, next project is the Eldar (look for revised hobby goals for the hobby season incoming!).

Now, I need your help here, because already I'm torn! I have two names bubbling round in my head for possible craftworlds, and I'll be using the Saim Hann attribute for my list, so keep that in mind, the wild, unleashed element of the Eldar spirit set free upon the battlefield.

Craftworld Il-Sariadh. This is a GW created Craftworld, though with only a very small amount of narrative (thanks Winters!) to go with it. The Craftworld played host to a gathering of Harlequins, but at the height of their performance, one was revealed to be the Changeling, who triggered a mass invasion by daemons. The invasion was thrown back by an aspect warhost, but the 'best and brightest' had been cut down.

In narrative terms therefore, I can easily see this as triggering the wilder side of the Eldar to take over, the Craftworld becoming ever more aggressive as they lack the guidance from the more restrained elements of Eldar society. It would also justify inclusion of some Wraithkin elements, but would limit the opportunity for taking a Farseer. I could easily justify that in narrative terms, but that invasion is a significant narrative element I'd have to work around.

Craftworld Mael Dannan. This is the second option therefore, entirely my own creation and therefore at present has little fluff behind it, though that's easily rectified. The key thing here is the name, with Mael Dannan in Eldar meaning 'Total and merciless extermination'. I like this as somewhere to start, and it also lends itself to a spirit-defining moment in the Craftworld's history where a previously 'peaceful' colony in the 40k universe is spurred on by such collective loss that it becomes a raging inferno of destruction, intent on exacting revenge upon the lesser races, whatever the cost.

So, I've put a little poll up on the blog, please feel free to cast your vote, and when it expires, whatever the result, that will be the name of my new army!

In other news, this project is also coinciding with some of my closer friends also commencing new armies, so keep your eyes peeled in that respect, as something new may be coming!

Till next time,

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Dark Imperium Premier League

Greetings all! I thought that today I'd talk to you about something I'm running over at my club at the moment - the Dark Imperium Premier League. This is a league where club members could challenge other participants to a game and for those games to mean something rather more than just who got bragging rights for the next week.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Hobby update 16/10/17 - where has October gone?

Greetings all, just a quick update for you all today, as I appear to have misplaced a couple of weeks of October! With a busy weekend visiting family just gone and a long weekend away coming up painting time may be a bit sparse for a couple of weeks, but here goes with what I've got so far!

Friday, 13 October 2017

The lesson learned. Characters are key. Keeping them alive is more so!

Greetings all, I've played a few games recently, and as such have a wealth of material to choose from for this post! I've gone for the impact and importance of characters however, and I'll also have a little look at how their use has changed into 8th edition.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Tau - the Firestorm Enclave is born!

Greetings all, time for another list post! A little while ago you may remember I posted up a couple of potential lists I was working on in terms of starting a new army, one for the Genestealer Cult and one for the Tau.

Since then, those ideas have largely sat around in my hobby folder and nothing has happened with them, but in working away the other night on my colour scheme for them, I reignited a bit of a flame for them, so I sat back down and took another look at the list I'd written, armed with a few more examples of Tau lists from battle reports I've seen and a little more information on how the units tie in together, plus a whole whack more experience of 8th edition. List discussion comes after the break.

Friday, 6 October 2017

The lesson learned - the hardest lessons are learned the quickest.

Greetings all, welcome to the latest part in my lesson series, today I'm looking at not a specific tactical issue as such, but that sometimes you just have to grin and bear the pain and keep going, because making mistakes and having your stuff shot/hacked off the table is the best way to make sure you don't do the same thing again (unless you're as thick as I can be!).

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Hobby season - short term goals 2 & 3 - TO DONE!

Hi all! Well today after my hobby season success of last week, I have a couple more stamps to award myself for staying focused!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Hobby update 2-10-17 - clearing the decks for Dreadtober.

Greetings all! With a new month comes a new challenge!  I'm taking part in Dreadtober this year, so I've got some dread pics for you later, but for now, let's have a look at what I've achieved already at the end of September shall we?

First up, my first completed Razorback in a long time! I've done weathering on this guy too which I'm really pleased with, now I just need to add a second to join him!

Next up, we have my converted Terminator Captain, using the Asterion Moloch model,  an old masters of the chapter storm shield and a thunder hammer head, plus a sculpted base. This guy came together really quickly once I knuckled down and started painting him, and I'm really pleased with how he performed in the game too, taking on the avatar of Ynnead and emerging victorious. These first photos aren't quite the finished article, which can be seen in-game against the yncarne itself.

Next up we have the 8th company captain, Jace Fenix, who is also now complete though I don't have photos for him sadly (yet).

I've also been progressing with some of my hobby season pledges, with these sniper scouts now just needing detail adding to their faces and bases.

Last night I wrote a new list for a game I'm playing this week, and to use it I need a crusader squad, so here we are, my 3rd tactical squad got sacrificed to the altar of alteration and is now armed with bolt pistols and chainswords.

After that, I got these heavy bolter guys finished - these are on my hobby season list too so look out for some nicer photos of them and the other devastators on there tomorrow night.

I then did a bit of wash and colour work on some of my scenery, this building being phase 1 of a much larger ruined cathedral we're working on for the grim dark brotherhood.

And now the promised dreadtober pics! Last night I put down much of the base silver so that I could crack on with some detail work.

And so today during my lunch break I got on with that detail. I'm particularly pleased with the base and the lamppost for the dread on the left, it's going to look pretty characterful when it's done I think!

Till next time!