Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Hobby update week 18 - a wanderer returns

Hi all! Turns out I haven't dropped off the face of the earth after all (though I do spend most of my days now below sea level).

In truth, I've been finding less time for hobby related stuff with my new job, and the blog is the thing that's taken the hit I'm afraid, so posts will be more sporadic for a while I think.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Golovin III: Darkest before Dawn. Part 1 - The City Sleeps

Golovin III - Darkest before Dawn

Eron lay perfectly still, his camo cloak draped around him and covered in the dust of this world to better disguise his presence, its’ cameleoline fibres picking up the subtle shade variations and mimicking them to further conceal his position.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Hobby update week 12 - Is it purple, or is it blue?

Greetings all, another big gap since my last post, I think I'm going to have to accept that I won't be able to post as often as I used to, with a more responsible job and more time commuting to and from work.

Still, I'm getting plenty of painting done, which is a good thing! My last update showed off my centurion devastators, and there's plenty more been finished since then!

Dusk Knights

First up therefore is my terminator librarian - his own scheme is now complete, I just need to finish his base (I've got a few bases still to do actually so will probably blitz them all in one go).

Then just a quick look ahead, this is the full extent of what I've still got to build/paint for the dusk knights, including 17 scouts, a landspeeder, 5 scout bikes, 8 marine bikes, 7 terminators, 15 assault marines, a couple of captains and 7 veterans.

Swords of Dawn

Thanks to Squaduary getting a big chunk of the Swords of Dawn completed, I figured it was time to get the rest done too in the hopes that I could get some cash together to progress the army with new additions. First up was the ancient.

I'm not entirely happy with the sword design in the centre but it'll have to do for now as it's as good as I can manage at the moment.

Then on to the Lieutenants who were the last two models needing to be painted.

I'm really pleased with the scheme for these guys and if at some point in the future GW do switch to a wholly primaris range for the marines and stop supporting the older style models, I will be quite happy to put these guys out on the tabletop!

Here's the whole collection as it stands at the moment. Next up on my list for purchases is a repulsor and some aggressors, plus more intercessors, hellblasters and reivers.

That's me done for now, hope to have something more for you soon!

Till next time,

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Power levels vs points - A Burning Eye View

Greetings all, things are settling down a little bit with the new job now, though I’m still unnervingly short of hobby time in the evenings due to needing to get up early (any chance that those scientists among you could crack on and get that Catalepsean Node invention please?) Next up on my list of topics to write about therefore is the comparison between choosing an army by the power level method, and using the more traditional points system.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Hobby update week 10 - Devastation

Greetings all! Another week goes by and another week without a game (insert sad face here). I did manage to get some decent painting progress done this week though, which was nice!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Hobby update week 9 - Clad in iron

Greetings all, welcome to my latest glimpse into my hobby world. This week's a fairly quiet one I'm afraid, mainly because I don't want to repeat all the pics from Squaduary that I posted last week.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Monday, 12 February 2018

Hobby update week 6 - I need to paint something other than purple!

Greetings all, welcome to week 6's hobby update for 2018! I'm still all about Squaduary at the moment, and I'm still settling into finding a new routine for posting and painting, so please bear with me for a while as the blog settles down with my new job. Given my ridiculous pledge for Squaduary though I've found little time in the evenings to write new posts and get myself prepared for the week ahead so you'll have to make do with this kind of thing for a bit!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Funny Friday - Swarm!

Is 8th edition the most abstract edition we've ever played?

Greetings all, feels like an age since I've written a piece like this for the blog! I was reading a post the other day on the excellent March of the Damned, and in adding a comment to the bottom of the post, I got to thinking about 8th edition and how its rules represent things on the tabletop, and what really struck me was how the rules across the editions change, and how they represent the conceptual parts of the game overall.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Squaduary update - 1 week in (almost), 1 squad down!

greetings all, having decided to take a full part in Squaduary this year, I've also decided to keep the blog updated with my progress as I go along, and since I finished the first part of my pledge last night, here's the photographic evidence!

Monday, 5 February 2018

Hobby update week 5. All about Squaduary

Greetings all, back into the swing of a new week, and it's Squaduary taking the limelight for the next 4 weeks! Hopefully you'll have all seen my pledge last week for this event, and are looking forward to lots of painting updates on the Swords of Dawn in the first instance.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Squaduary 2018 - my pledge!

Greetings all, welcome to the latest community painting event, (I'm thinking about putting together one of my own for this year, but have yet to decide which month to go for and what to suggest).

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Codex Adeptus Astates: Space Marines. 6 months in.

Greetings all, welcome again to the hallowed halls of my blog, where today I reflect upon 6 months of the 8th edition space marine codex, my thoughts on how the book stands up after many other faction releases, and plenty of game time!

Monday, 29 January 2018

Hobby update 2018 Week 4

Greetings all, welcome to week 4 of the year and my hobby update! It's been a quieter week this week I'm afraid due to real life - I've changed jobs and started at my new place today. What that means is I spent much of the weekend either celebrating with people I've know for as many as 15 years, or recovering from those celebrations/preparing for commuting to work for the first time in my life. Still, things progressed and continue to do so!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

May the hobbyist be fitter - Part 4

Greetings all! Welcome to part 4 of my series on losing weight and getting fitter! It's a day late this week due to real life getting in the way on Friday and Saturday, but hey ho, that happens I'm afraid.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Codex Eldar review - Dire Avengers

Greetings all! Time for the third part in my Codex Eldar review, this time we're going to look at that most dependable of aspects, the children of Asurmen himself, the Dire Avengers.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

First 2k list for the Swords of Dawn Primaris Marines

Greetings all! Continuing on with my current trend of posting up army lists and theorising on effective combinations. Today we have a look at my Primaris collection and how I'm thinking I'd like to take it forward.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Hobby update 2018 Week 3

Greetings all, it's that time again where I like to collate all the hobby progress I've made from the week before, updating on both painting and gaming progress. This week I also even have some more built stuff to include!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

May the Hobbyist be fitter - Part 3

Greetings all, welcome to part 3 of my series on being a fitter hobbyist, and all round more healthy person! I've now been monitoring my weight for almost three weeks, and am gradually trying to increase the amounts of physical exercise I'm doing, but in such a fashion that I don't end up pulling/straining something and having to take backwards steps.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Funny Friday 2018 - It's back baby!

I could definitely see Christopher Walken saying something like this! Perfect Imperial Guard General or Inquisitor Lord.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Craftworld Mael Dannan - evolution of a 2k list.

Greetings all,
well, thanks to everyone who voted in the poll to name my Craftworld Army, it really was fun to see how the vote swung back and forth, and very pleasing to see so many people taking part.

Now that I have a name for them, I thought I'd take a quick look at how my list has evolved from my last post on the subject (here).

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Codex Eldar review - Storm Guardians

Greetings all, second review post up for the Eldar, this time I'm having a look at the close combat cousins of the Guardian Defender squad, the Storm Guardians. Don't be fooled into thinking this unit isn't worth a second look!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Hobby update 2018 Week 2

Greetings all, that time of the week again, when I update you on all the lovely hobby progress going on in the Burning Eye domain! This week is a bumper week in some ways, got lots done (well, that's how it feels at the moment, I guess we'll see when it's all laid out won't we!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

May the hobbyist be fitter - Part 2

Greetings all, time for my first update then! I've embarked on a course this year to improve my general health and wellbeing, and lose weight, because this sedentary hobby of ours has been taking its toll on my physique for too many years (honestly when I started at Uni I was a 28" waist. I'm now a 36" with 'stretch').

So, headline result, given nearly two weeks of eating more sensibly (I haven't changed my meals particularly, just made them a more reasonable size) I've managed to lose...

Friday, 12 January 2018

Dusk Knights vs Orks

Greetings all, 
I've got a brief battle report for you all today, from my league game last night. Our league isn't prescriptive about game sizes or fixed lists etc, so I agreed to play a 2000pt game against Andy H and his Orks. 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Preparing yourself for a game of 8th edition 40k.

Greetings all,

I've got quite a few games of 8th edition behind me now (not as many as some, but I play every week) and one thing that has come to light in my mind is that performing well in a game isn't just a case of bringing a good list and turning up to roll some lucky dice. The depth that GW have managed to impart into 8th edition and therefore the preparation required to give yourself the best chance of winning is also a significant factor. Let's have a closer look at what I mean shall we?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Codex Eldar Review - Guardian Defenders

Greetings all,

with the advent of the Eldar Codex and my decision to commit to an Eldar army (at last), I thought it would be best to also commit to getting my thoughts on the book onto the blog. I may not be the most experienced Eldar player out there, but I'm do have a good grasp on the current version of the game, so I figured I'd look over the book for you all to (hopefully) benefit from my thoughts.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Hobby Update 2018 week 1

Greetings to you all!

I'm hoping to do something a little different with my hobby updates this year. Whilst it'll still be a basic update on everything I've done in the week, I'm hoping to do more than just provide pics too, I'll try and squeeze in little game reports where I can, and anything narrative that I've been working on for the brotherhood will get covered too.

So, without any further waffle (mmm, waffles) from me, let's jump right in then shall we?

Brotherhood terrain:

So, hopefully you're all aware of the Grim Dark Brotherhood and the events we're aiming to hold this year. We've all been busy getting ready for this, and much of my recent painting time not working on commissions has been to this end. Here are some promethium pipes I'm working on to a scheme from an old issue of White Dwarf.

The scheme starts with a leadbelcher base coat.

The main part of the pipe then gets a layer of skullcrusher brass, whilst minor pipes get a similar coat of fulgurite copper, and the banding just gets tidied up with leadbelcher.

Here's a close up of that stage.

I then decided to focus on getting one of the pipes to the finished stage. I'll take more photos of the others during the intermediate stage, but from the above picture, it gets a wash of agrax earthshade (doesn't everything?) then Nihilakh oxide is applied to the pipe joins and streaked down (taking care to make sure the streaks appear realistic).

Finally, the whole pipe has Rhinox Hide sponged on to suit your preferred depth of weathering. I might go back and add a little Ryza Rust just to the leadbelchered areas from here but its essentially complete at this point.


I've been working for a while on some daemons for Siph from the Weemen blog. It's safe to say the Bloodcrushers have taken much longer than I'd anticipated, though in part that's my fault for putting them on a white basecoat. They're almost done now though, only a few details left to finish.

Game report: Eldar v Thousand Sons 4/1/18

Highly exciting moment last week, as Craftworld Mael Dannan took to the tabletop for the first time in a little game against one of the guys from MAD Wargaming.

My list wasn't exactly optimised for 850pts, but then I suspect neither was my opponent's. Basically I had 500pts that I'm planning on using for the brotherhood tale, plus the other stuff I've bought so far (mainly because I saw it on the shelf in my FLGS and as they're out of stock everywhere else I couldn't resist).

So, my list was:
Faseer Skyrunner with witchblade
6 Windriders with shuriken catapults
6 Windriders with scatter lasers
1 Vyper with bright lance and shuriken cannon
1 Fire Prism with spirit stones
1 Wave serpent with vectored engines and spirit stones, 3 shuriken cannons.

My opponent's list was:
Daemon Prince (with a bolter and sword of some kind)
5 Rubric Marines with warpflamer and aspiring sorceror
Rhino with combi plasma and havoc launcher
Twin las predator with havoc launcher
Defiler with battle cannon, reaper autocannon, combi plasma?
2 squads of 10 cultists

We played one of the new maelstrom missions, Kill Confirmed, which prevented us from discarding 'destroy unit' objectives unless they were impossible, and final scores would also include the number of units destroyed.

I managed to get the first turn, and having put my shuriken catapult windriders into the webway, I opened up with everything else. Much of my fire bounced off sadly, though I did manage to strip some wounds off the predator, the Fire Prism targeted the defiler with its prism cannon firing on lance mode, but the daemon made both of its invulnerable saves (it kept doing this, I reckon it made 6-7 5+ saves in a row. Had my opponent's dice not deserted him in other ways I'd have felt hard done by!)

The Thousand Sons advanced on my lines, throwing lots of fire into the Wave Serpent and the Rubrics getting into position to charge the scatter laser windriders, who then fell back from the assault. The catapult windriders emerged from the webway near the daemon prince, and with the aid of the farseer (guide and doom) put 6 wounds through his defences in one volley. He charged into them in response but whiffed his chance (4 out of 5 hits failed to wound) and was killed after they fell back in the following turn. The Vyper stripped out most of the Rubrics while the scatter jetbikes wiped out one unit of cultists. The predator/defiler and fire prism/wave serpent traded fire for several turns, but the tide finally turned my way when the farseer was able to turn his attention (smite) on the defiler and the last scatter jetbikes moved up in support. The Farseer charged the second unit of cultists to keep them from shooting him, before falling back out and allowing the scatter windriders to mop up the unit.

All in all, a decent first game for the Eldar, 23-8. The Fire Prism wasn't as effective as I would have liked, but sometimes you just have to accept that an invun save works that way, in another game I could have taken down the defiler on turn 1 and my opponent might have felt hard done by. I certainly think however that for other games at this level, I'd look at either changing up the weapons on the Wave Serpent or replacing it with a couple more vypers, whilst it's a very good tank, I felt it was a little wasted sitting back and just shooting all game. My only other real learning point would be that I need to be a little more careful about discharging the serpent shield - I fired it off on turn 1 to help hurt the predator, but in hindsight I think the reduction in return damage from keeping it active would have made more sense. In the very next turn it took 9 damage from the defiler's battle cannon that would have been reduced to 6, more than matching the mortal wounds I caused by using it to fire. I can see that in later turns when there's a target that needs killing, it would be a really useful tool to have in my locker, but using it so early I kind of wasted its effectiveness.

Next week's game is for the Dusk Knights to play against Orks, but I'll probably try and write that one up as a formal batrep as it's a league match at my club.

Till next time!