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Engine Kill

It's generally not a good idea to update the blog when tired, yet here I find myself doing exactly that at the end of what's been a hectic week. Sadly not all hobby unfortunately, work having curtailed half of the week's activity and putting an end to wednesday's stream. Despite all of that however I've made great headway on stage one of the Malign Portents painting challenge for Age of Sigmar and wrapped up all of the Plaguebearers and Plague Drones with the exception of the Herald. All in all a really good start which has left me a couple of evenings spare before taking them over to the store. Just as well really as it's looking like it's going to be another frustrating week [...]

By | 2018-03-10T18:13:03+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Age of Sigmar|0 Comments

The Cult of Paint

Cult of Paint is a painting tuition initiative formed in its inception by Henry Steele and Andy Wardle. Although a relatively new endeavour with 2018 their first full year event calendar, I previously had the pleasure of being taught tank and infantry painting techniques by Henry last year under the MKA Studio banner. For me last weekend's two day vehicle painting course at Incom Gaming was a chance to refresh and cement techniques previously covered, in addition to a few new tricks. I'm frequently asked whether these courses are worth investing in. I'll answer that with the images below, the first being an Alpha Legion Deimos painted by my friend who also attended. New to both airbrush painting and many of the techniques being taught [...]

By | 2018-03-16T10:16:56+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Vlka Fenryka|0 Comments

Malign Portent

If you managed to catch Friday's stream, you'll have seen me wrapping up painting of the first four Death Guard from the Dark Imperium set. These have been some of the nicest miniatures by Games Workshop I've ever assembled and painted; they go together like a dream and the scope of unique detail practically makes each a character in their own right. Absolutely love them and generally speaking that goes for most of the Death Guard/Nurgle Daemon range released recently. So much so I've been tempted into painting an Age of Sigmar 'Getting Started' box by 10th Feb for a local store challenge. I've been trying to start a small warband for Age of Sigmar but have never managed to keep it on the painting table [...]

By | 2018-03-18T15:31:05+00:00 January 21st, 2018|Age of Sigmar|0 Comments

New year, new-old army

Admittedly late to the party, well for 40K at least, the Death Guard being very much last years story but in my defence I've been trying to workout how best to make use of my original 2003 Death Guard force making them relevant again. I'm not normally one for re-working a previously painted army as never feel revisiting an old project is as productive or engaging as starting a new one and often just leads to disappointment. Quite apart from my painting approach having changed significantly during the intervening years, the miniatures are a completely different aesthetic and palette incompatible with my current range. That being said I do love a challenge and still love the direction I went with my Death Guard fourteen years [...]

By | 2018-03-16T10:26:48+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Death Guard|0 Comments

It’s a trap!

It's not all fun and games in the workshop. Sometimes there is the serious business of crushing the Rebel Alliance to deal with. Between Christmas and New Year I had a great game of Star Wars Armada with friends which gave me a chance to roll out all of the ships I have plus as many fighters as I had painted. I even speed painted Blue Squadron the night before to give the rebels some extra X-Wings. I had forgotten how much fun Armada is playing much more strategically compared with the cut and thrust of X-Wing. Things didn't pan out as hoped for the Rebel fleet who it has to be said took a bit of a bruising from the Star Destroyer "Relentless" and [...]

By | 2018-03-16T10:30:00+00:00 January 6th, 2018|Star Wars|0 Comments

Snow Angels

It's a whole new year, so I've been wrapping up two mini projects; the last of the Blood Angels from the Dark Imperium starter box (finally!) and a solitary plastic Escher gang member from the new Necromunda set. The Escher in particular was the focus of my December steams alongside the two Blood Angel Lieutenants and a single Aggressor. Since discovering a method for the red and gold I liked the Blood Angels has rapidly become my mainstream Imperium army for 8th edition throughout the year and shows little sign of slowing down anytime soon. I shunned the 'codex' approach for the Lieutenant's and avoided the split yellow/red shoulder pads or the helmet markings seen in the studio models, opting instead to stick with the [...]

By | 2018-03-10T18:19:06+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Blood Angels|0 Comments

Shadespire – Reavers

Painting Garrek's Reavers, the muscle-bound berserkers of Khorne turned out to be a lot more fun to paint than I was expecting. From the start I set myself two goals: Keep it simple, tabletop standard. Details like eyes, blending or multiple layers were avoided and I stuck to the basics of clean base colours, shades and a simple highlight. I did add a paint effect for the blood which is a quick way of giving them another point of interest but other than that speed was the name of the game. Despite all of that and being easy-assemble pre-coloured miniatures I'm really happy how they turned out when painted. They are not a hundred miles from Games Workshop's standard plastic kits and I'm pretty confident [...]

By | 2018-03-18T15:33:24+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Age of Sigmar|0 Comments

Shadespire – Steelheart

After two streams and a little background painting Severin Steelheart's warband for Warhammer Underworld: Shadespire is complete and ready for the arena. To summarise where I deviated from the recommended Games Workshop scheme, I began by applying the gold basecoat, first highlight and initial shade with the airbrush first (see Prologue for more details), then edge highlighted with Scale 75 Elven Gold and Citrine Alchemy. What I didn't show in the live session was the pin wash however which I was really pleased with as it added another aged layer to the armour. This was a mix of GW Athonian camoshade with a drop of gloss varnish and acrylic flow improver. This I applied to the creases and joins in all of the armour panels [...]

By | 2018-03-18T15:32:24+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Age of Sigmar|0 Comments

Prologue: Steelheart’s Champions

Wednesday's stream will be the first in a series for the newly launched Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire arena miniatures game. I figured after my recent bout of Nurgle-loves-you-itis I'd take a bit of a break from the grimdark (*psst!* Not really a break; I just built a Plagueburst Crawler but that can be our little secret) and focus on something more light-hearted instead. Like Khorne blood sacrifices and skull-crushing hammers of Sigmar. I only picked up Shadespire a day ago so it still has the new box smell, but already the eight miniatures included are assembled and ready for paint. Being pre-coloured push-fit miniatures they can be used straight out of the box and I don't doubt many more interested in the deck building aspects of [...]

By | 2018-03-16T10:58:05+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Age of Sigmar|1 Comment

XIII Legion – Search and destroy

My final Ultramarines Tarssis list post, for now. The Killbots. These were the unit I left until the very end to do as they were for me the bit that would I hoped tie the list together visually, providing a spot of complementary colour and breaking up the sea of blue and gold. The orange of the chassis and the poses were always going to be the most important part so I didn't want to rush them. Even less so them being technically one of my HQs. The Praevian Consul option allowed allowed me to include a maniple of automata as part of the unit and there was always only ever one choice; the Vorax. I loved the look of these the day I saw [...]

By | 2018-03-16T11:01:11+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Ultramarines|4 Comments