So long, and thanks for all the memes

XmasSo first off, Merry Christmas one and all! Here’s hoping Santa has left your threadbare stockings full to bursting with hobby related goodies!

As you may have noticed, I have suddenly gone AWOL from the blog, as well as facebook and pretty much every other hobby related social media that I use. I don’t really want to go into it here, but needless to say this is down to a pretty major crisis in my personal life which has led me to take stock of what I do with my time and re-evaluate my priorities.

Unfortunately, in the face of what is going on in ‘real life’, the blog (and indeed the entire hobby at large) has been found wanting, and so I will be taking an extended leave of absence while I try to deal with the real life issues. When comparing losing the hobby to what I could be losing in my life, there is no real comparison, and so it is the hobby that must go.

Or rather, for now at least. I hope to be back in the future, but near or far I do not know – we shall have to wait and see. So lay off the Sherry and have a proper drink, and if the mince pies don’t get you over the festive season we will, God willing, see each other again the other side!

Painting update 24/11/2018


With one eye on an upcoming tournament at then end of December (more on that later), I have started working on my list and trying to evolve the army that I took along to Seeds of Destruction earlier this year.  Forgeworld is not allowed this time around, which leaves a y’vahra shaped hole in my force.  While the absence of the big boy will hurt, the plus side is that this does give me lots of points to play with, and the opportunity to experiment with some new stuff.

Lots of ideas have been churning through my mind (Vespids!), but the one unit that keeps coming up time and time again is the Ghostkeel.  Having seen much praise heaped on this unit in batreps and forums, I am keen to see what all the fuss is about. Unfortunately, my recent cold turkey declaration on buying new models means I can’t just go out and get one.  Lucky then that I have had a suitable model awaiting conversion for a very long time…

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Terrain update 17/11/2018


Despite the current dominance on the blog of painting and modelling updates for various factions and gaming systems, terrain creation is still bubbling along nicely in the background.  If not quite at the rate of yesteryear, I still have a number of ongoing projects that I am nursing towards completion, but with each piece I complete the need for terrain becomes less desperate and hence the slow drop off in related posts.  This week I have managed to stumble across the finish line with that ubiquitous piece of scenery from warzones the universe over – the ‘Pile o’ Rubble’!  It is better than it sounds, I promise…

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Modeling update 10/11/18


With the Terrain safely behind me and spares accounted for, I decided to crack on with the Knights.  These kits look pretty awesome on the sprue, and despite being about the same size as a Primaris Marine, they somehow exude a lot more detail than the average marine sculpt, as well as complexity.  That said though, they were easy enough to put together and I managed to bang them out in pretty short order.

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CA 2018 wishlishting


With Chapter Approved 2018 due for release in the next few months, it is hard not to get caught up in buzz as the interwebs are flooded with articles and blogs talking about their hopes for changes to the game in general, as well as addressing specific issues with some of the more popular factions.  As someone who has never passed up the opportunity to ape someone else’s idea, I thought I would give my two penny’s worth and chip in with what I hope CA 18 will bring for the Greater Good.

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Painting update 3/11/18


With October now safely tucked away behind us (and all the sweet fueled Halloween mayhem that it ends with), it is once again time to review my progress on the ‘Vale of Legions‘ pledge.  This month it was the turn of the Terminator squad, with whom I had tried my hand at a bit of light conversion work.  Did I make the deadline? Would I be ousted from the pledge group?  Would the crippling shame of missing the deadline lead to hours of soul searching angst?  Read on to find out the conclusion to this epic cliffhanger!

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I am Kroot! Blackstone Fortress


Ok, so I am a little late to the party here but NEW KROOT MODEL!  Wohoooooooo!

I was already eyeing up the Blackstone Fortress Game as a possible xmas present from myself the wife, as the other Warhammer Quest games are pretty great fun (as stand alone pieces) and could only really be improved by a grimdark setting.

The models were also probably going to be awesome too (as Silver Tower and Hammerhal testify), but I didn’t really have my hopes pinned on anything other than a few interesting Space Marine characters.  How wrong I was…

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Modeling update 27/10/18


It has finally begun!  After months of sitting on the shelf waiting to be cracked open and devoured, I have finally built up the courage to get stuck into the Adeptus Titanicus boxed set!  To be honest, I’ve been itching to get on with this ever since I got it, but other projects have needed finishing first (i.e. Tourney lists) to clear space in the very limited hobby schedule.  I have also had to choose between this and other notable distractions  – sorry Kill Team, your time will come soon!

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eBay Rescue Part 6: Repairs, repairs, repairs…



The best bargains to be found on eBay are often in a sorry state of repair.  From second edition marines covered in 6 layers of gloss acrylic paint, to crisis suits with arms / legs / heads / feet snapped off, thee items are generally consigned to the bottom of someone’s bitz box or painting drawer, until the time comes to abandon all hope of ever recovering the model and sticking it on eBay, to let someone else experience the horror have a go.

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