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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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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Modeling update 22/08/18



The Pledge for this months ‘Vale of Legions’ painting challenge is a fairly simple one – a single HQ from your list. This is just as well, as there is a lot going on for me this month and while I have to prioritise other ‘real life’ things ahead of hobby time I would rather not fall behind in the challenge at such an early stage – there will be plenty of opportunity for failure later!

As it happens, I only have one HQ in my list anyway and so have started cracking on with my Centurion Delegatus Consul, in Cataphractii Terminator Armour with Chainfist and Combi-Melta.

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Terrain update 7/7/2018


Making a decent set of objective markers has been on my mind for so long that it didn’t even occur to me to put it on either this or last years Hobby Season To Do Lists.  It has always lurking at the back of my hobby brain, touting itself as a simple little job that will make a big difference to my gaming experience.  However, the wealth of excellent objective markers at my FLGS’s of choice has meant that there was no need to rush into making them, and hence the laziness.

However, my attendance of a few tournaments earlier this year was a bit of a wakeup call for me, as lots of other players had great markers to use in our games. Furthermore, in the games where my opponents didn’t have a set, we were reduced to deploying the dice of shame. Well, no more will I have to go meekly into that shame ridden night, as I have finally got my act together and cracked some out!

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Modeling Update 3/6/2018


So as we move into the half way point of the year, it is time to review some of those season long deadlines that I set myself as part of the 2017-18 To Do list.  While I have made some progress with the T’au and Dark Angels, I have not really made much of a dent in my building targets for the season, and as the end of the season is only three months away, I thought it best to crack on and get some building done.

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Crappy conversions part 3: Fireblade


Hate is a strong word, and not one I often find myself employing in life, let alone in the context of wee plastic men being pushed around the table to pew pew noises. However, every now and then a sculpt will come out of the GW forge which is at odds with the many, MANY great sculpts they produce, and you will be forced to drop the Hate bomb. Well, the time is now. I hate the cadre firebalde scupt…

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Taros Campaign Prep – Scratch Built Tank pt 4


Being from a Forgeworld Imperial Armour book, the Taros Campaign will inevitable involve the use of Forgeword models at some point along the arc of its story.  While I am very keen to play through the campaign, I am much less keen to spend the big bucks normally involved in purchasing Forgeworld models, especially if their use outside of the Taros Campaign is going to be limited.  However, proxying is not really a great option either, so once more I am turning my hand to a bit of paper hammer – this time, the (not so) mighty Trojan!

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Crappy conversions part 2: DS8 Tactical Support Turret


I bought the majority of my fire warriors long before Breachers were even a thing, let alone the DS8 turret. The former I could live without (and probably convert with ease if I felt so inclined) but the latter appealed to me, especially as it was effectively a free upgrade for Power Level games.

Having previously proxied with missile drones and found them to be a bit dissatisfying, I knew I wanted something better but I was never going to spend money on another couple of boxes of fire warriors that I didn’t need just to get the turrets. Bits sites were also a no go as the prices being charged were extortionate to say the least. Therefore there was only one thing left to do, and that was to try and bodge my own from spares. Behold the fruition of my efforts!

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