Only three weeks until the Tarssis 4 weekender and I decide now’s a good time to learn streaming on Twitch. It comes as no surprise to me that it’s a lot more difficult than I thought. Who would have thought painting, reading and talking at the same time could be such a challenge. Every time I stream is a voyage of discovery and new challenges, some of the lessons learned thus far:

  • Silence is not golden, but there has to be a happy medium between me saying nothing and talking non-stop like a caffeine-fuelled Baboon. Who would have thought?
  • Drink more.
  • Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Just deal with it.
  • I can’t stay in shot to save my life.
  • Nobody at either Logitech or Microsoft appears to have considered possibility of people wanting to run (two) C920 on the same machine. I mean it’s only one of the most popular webcams on the market why would you want to sell more of them per customer?
  • Twitch hates me.
  • Drink more.
  • I say “so” a lot.

So. I’m working on the Ultramarines again, specifically the Vorax and Praevian Consul and boy are the Vorax a pain to paint. So much metal and so many thin parts that move around whilst trying to paint them attached to corks. Not easy so really glad I left them until last.

I spent a long time trying to decide on the palette as I didn’t want them to be pure Mechanicum red, for one it would be a terrible clash with the blue of the Ultramarines but as the same time painting them blue and metallics like the Ultramarines they are attached to would have been an easy out and not helped them stand out in any way. I payed around with a colour triad of orange, purple and green (purple for the hot shading) but in the end went with the most obvious and simple solution of a mechanicum orange and Ultramarine blue stripe; both complementary colours.

Vorax AutomataNow to get the decals on and start making some progress on all that metal!

In somewhat less good news I was really saddened to hear that Spartan Games has ceased trading. It wasn’t that long ago they were promoting Halo Fleet Battles and Ground Combat, two pretty decent games with a nice, albeit expensive miniature range. I fear that this was probably a big contributor to their downfall and they will be sorely missed. Spartan had real passion for the hobby which shone through and it’s never nice to see as bright a light as that call it a day. There is a lot of competition for the ‘hobby dollar’ right now with more choices than ever, a resurgent Games Workshop and confident Fantasy Flight. I fear they won’t be the last to bow out.