Saturday, 30 December 2017

Top posts of 2017

Hi all!

Well this feels weird - I've decided to try and stay fully on top of things this year, so I'm beginning my review of the top posts on the blog today, 11th January! Given the popularity levels on the blog last year, I decided that I'll start the review by including any posts that garner over 1000 views. In my experience, bots tend to just hit the front page so as far as I'm concerned, figures on views for posts should be pretty accurate (I hope). The summaries of these posts will be written as I go, so hopefully when we get to the end of the year all I will need to do is post up a final figure for views on each post.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas shutdown


Hi all, just a quick post today to say that given how much real life stuff is going on at the minute over the festive season, I'm not going to be publishing any new posts on the blog until after Christmas.

I might very well draft a few over the festive period as an when I get time, but nothing will now go live until my end of year review on the 30th.

Just a few points before I go then.

First, Merry Christmas to one and all, and for those who don't celebrate it, I hope this time of year treats you and your loved ones as well as you could wish for.

Second, thank you to all who've read my blog over the last year, it's a real hobby outlet for me at times and helps me keep my hobby focused (instead of starting a million projects and never finishing any of them).

Third, extra thanks to anyone who has helped to support the blog, either through comments on my articles, clicks on adverts or ordering through the element games affiliate link. I certainly don't write this blog to make a living, but the occasional benefits of payouts from the affiliate scheme and adverts are certainly nice surprises, and the connection with people all over the world through the comments section is very much valued by me, I only wish that I had the opportunity to meet you all across a tabletop!

Fourthly, if you've not already done so, please cast your vote on the naming of me Craftworld for my new army of 2018, things could hardly be any closer and there are only 12 more days to vote before the decision is made. This vote will determine the name I use for the Craftworld, which it is intended will begin to appear on youtube in battle reports in 2018 as the Grim Dark Brotherhood start realising our plans (battle reports and events are on the cards, with me frantically writing event, faction and alliance rules and strategies, scenery tables being constructed and painted, and trial runs of battle reports, intros etc taking place too).

and finally, please let me know in the comments below if there is anything you'd like to see me tackle in the new year, from opinion pieces on GW and their products, gaming types, tactics articles, codex reviews etc, let me know what content you like to read about (and more particularly what content you like from me) and I'll do my best to accommodate you!

Have a good break all, I'll see you in the New Year.
TBE

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Chapter Approved - Good Value or Not?

Greetings all, time for a look at one of the hot topics in gaming circles at the moment - Chapter Approved, and more specifically, is it worth the money or should it have been a freebie FAQ/download. I've seen a lot of stuff recently knocking the book and some of its content, and the choice taken by GW to make it available in this format so I thought I'd take a proper look at what's included.

Be prepared for quite a bit of text here I'm afraid, cos there's quite a lot stuffed into this book!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Hobby update 11/12/17 - commission bloodcrushers & sector mechanicus


Greetings all, welcome to the frozen wastes of Terra, and this week's look into my lair at what I've been up to.

Naturally I'm afraid at this time of year, hobby time is at a premium, and although I did get to sit down for a while on Saturday, I also had plenty of things to get done before Christmas.

That being said, I did get some progress in on my daemons commission, so here are the latest pics of the Bloodcrushers I'm working on. They're getting pretty close to completion now, which is most definitely welcome as I made a bit of a mistake by undercoating them white initially - this has meant that getting an even smooth coat on them has taken much longer than it should have done. Finishing them also took a bit of a backseat whilst I got my Dusk Knight list painted for Never Mind the Blogwars.

I've never had to paint quite as much red as this before, I'd like to think that red is one of the colours I'm better at, but getting smoothness into the blends on the skin of the bloodletter riders was really tricky, and overall there's at least 6 layers on there (that's six different colours applied in sequence, it's more than that if you count actual layers to get a smooth finish).

Similarly, the juggernauts use a different approach to getting the red done, I felt that the models could become quite boring if everything was just one big blob of the same red, so for these guys I used a different base red, before applying some thinned down upper layers  that give a different tone and feel to the models from the bloodletters.


The swords in particular I'm quite proud of, as I really wanted to get across the feeling of rage and fire that I imagine fills Khorne's realm in the warp. At least now all the models are complete from an assembly point of view, so I can get to adding the final touches.


Aside from that, the joint project I'm working on with some friends through the Grim Dark Brotherhood is coming ever closer, and we're looking at getting some details firmed up for an even in Q1 next year (Late Q1 that is, I'm changing jobs in January and the good lady's birthday is in February).

One of the projects we're working on in that regard is getting lots of scenery ready, and to that end last weekend we got our hands on some sector mechanicus stuff. Loads of work to do but we've got a really exciting and striking paint scheme planned (ok, nicked from White Dwarf) so at the weekend I put a few bits together to see how it looks.

Big is the answer, it looks very big!



This one is the smallest of the three kits we picked up, so with a few additions in terms of scatter scenery and some line of sight blocking terrain, we should have plenty here to fill a whole board. Added to that, this will quite nicely provide us with some good scenery to play our games of Necromunda over once we get up and running next year.

Till next time,
TBE!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Chapter Approved mission review - Recon



Greetings all, last night I got my first game in with the new missions from Chapter Approved, my opponent (Dave) and I played the recon maelstrom mission, so I thought I'd do a detailed review of the mission and my thoughts on how it changes things up, along with a brief section on what actually happened in the game.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The New Necromunda - first game debrief!


Greetings all!

Last week I had my first game of the new edition of Necromunda (thanks Tuck Shop!).

Headline: It's just as good, if not better than before!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Hobby update - Craftworld and Dusk Knight reinforcements.


Hi all,
It's Monday again so that must mean updates on my hobby progress! This week real life has intruded a little so I've not got quite as much done as I normally would, however I did get some time to myself on Saturday night and Sunday to crack on with assembling the reinforcements I've picked up from my birthday funds.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Revised hobby season goals!


Greetings all,
back in August, I decided to take part once again in the hobby season, an idea created by Dave Weston of 40k addict fame to try and ensure that he (and subsequently we) set out a plan for what we're attempting to achieve in any given year.

This year I've decided to really try and stick to it far more closely than I have done before, and I set some very specific goals to aim for. Then of course I changed my plans, and decided to go down the route of collecting Eldar instead of T'au Empire (for now). That also meant putting Genestealer Cult on hold for a while, so today's post is all about how I'm revising my goals to take account of those changes.

I've been writing all sorts of lists for my Eldar army now for a little while, and with this year's birthday having come and gone, it's safe to say that I'm going to be committing some funds to expanding that collection (well, once GW sort out their stock issues that is!).

So, without further ado, let's get on with it shall we?

Thankfully, all the short term goals (which are now slightly overdue, though only 1 is unfinished) were ok.

Medium term goal 1
This was my next army schemes. The GSC scheme is largely done, and I've nailed down the new Eldar scheme so that's about done anyway. The Eldar scheme simply replaces the Tau scheme (which was largely completed anyway)

Medium term goal 2
Originally this was a Tau broadside and 3 crisis suits. I may still tinker away with these, but medium term goal 2 is now painting the 12 windrider jetbikes I need to get done for my Eldar.

Medium term goal 3
Originally the neophytes, primus and magus for my GSC, as with the Tau above I might very well get some of this done, but medium term goal 3 is now a Vyper jetbike, Wave Serpent and Farseer skyrunner, along with a Terminator Librarian and an Ironclad dreadnought for the Dusk Knights.

Long term goals 1 and 2

Originally more stuff for the GSC and Tau, I'm now putting these on hold until I know what I'm doing next. There will be an Orlock gang to paint once they're released, and possibly some Eldar stuff that I don't know about yet cos I haven't finally decided what my larger lists will look like yet.

Next up I think will be a quick review of my first game of the new Necromunda (spoiler - it's bloody good!)

Till next time,
TBE