Monday, 22 January 2018

Hobby Aims - 2018

Well Hello There World,


No actual hobby progress to show today, I got absorbed in doing hobby yesterday rather than taking pictures of it! So it'll be a bumper update on Thursday instead. FYI I was in the process of batch painting 16 Deathguard Terminators. Those are some lovely sculpts, but the detail makes them a slog. I could do them in smaller batches, but I do get an immense sense of both relief and satisfaction of polishing off a large number at once!

So having failed dismally to keep up with or even round off the 40k Addict To-Do list of last year I've decided to keep things a little simpler this year. Just a few general aims and goals for the year including some related but not strictly 40k ones! Well one isn't related at all...

When you stare at the screen too long

Blogging

The first and most obvious is to return to blogging in a nice and consistent way. I'm happy with how posting twice a week feels thus far so hopefully this will be a pace that I can keep up with comfortably without pressuring myself to push out content. Additionally if I do fall off the wagon every now and again, it shouldn't feel like quite the insurmountable task to return to as it did this time. 

It is odd how blogging gets to you like that. I like to think I do an OK job with the blog and it is of a fairly high standard in terms of how I write and the creations that I display. But after such a long break I very nearly almost gave it up. I had this horrible internal monologue of failing, and coming back to it would just be a shade of its former self. I have thanks to both my lovely Wife, Serena, for encouraging me to return but also other hobbyists who in the past have had breaks and returned stronger for it. 

I think that internal monologue plagues us all at some time or another and can hit any aspect of our lives. Mine is has been a strong factor throughout my life, both personal and professional for as long as I care to remember, so to feel like I am getting one over it is always satisfactory. 

Anyway, the aim is to keep the blog going and put out fewer posts but with greater impact per post I should hope!

The mechanicum munching Orks... nom nom nom
Gaming

Playing games has fallen by the wayside somewhat as well, though the reasons for this are vastly different. Playing games of Heresy has declined due to the 7th edition ruleset. I sold all bar one of my Heresy armies (Mechanicum) due to the position of ForgeWorld staying with 7th. 

That isn't an 8th is better than 7th statement by the way, that is an I prefer 8th to 7th statement, I have little desire to start a debate on which is better. Though I will at some point lay out my likes and dislikes of 8th edition. 

Speaking of 8th, I haven't played many games of it because I was so heavily playing Heresy. I just didn't have any 40k armies ready to go! So it has been a long slog of getting a 2000 point playable force to the table, painted to a standard that I am happy with. That time draws near!

I am aiming to get a game a week or every 2 weeks in once my army is tabletop ready, as well as run a campaign at my local club hopefully. 


Tournaments

This. I would like to go to some tournaments this year again after none last year. The main prize I have set in my mind is attending one of the coveted SN Battle report tournaments so called No Retreat in Gibraltar. This event is open to submission but is ultimately a selected invitation only event, so I just have to cross my fingers!

There are other ones that I want to attend, but I have to work them around other life commitments and desires, but that is the big one!

Ooooh shiny!
Golden Demon

Having attained my first ever finalist pin at Warhammer Fest 2017, I would like to repeat that success at a Golden Demon event this year. I dare not suggest any higher achievement as I feel that is still prodigiously out of my grasp, but as they say... slowly slowly catchy golden demon!

I haven't gotten any specific plans for what I will enter yet, though I have drawn up several ideas that I will probably elucidate at some point. The standard is always insanely high! I can't stress how proud I am to have just one finalist pin from their premier event no less.

One day I might be this cool....maybe?

Cosplay

Ahh surprise!! Something that both myself and Serena have gotten into over the past year is Cosplay. We both like to go to anime and comic conventions and have long marveled at the amazing Cosplay skills on show. 

Originally I wanted to Cosplay something from Anime, but being the stout, rotund and bearded creature that I am that really didn't leave a lot of characters that I resembled physically! And I am the sort of person that really wants to look like the character, rather than be an approximation. 

So, naturally, a better fit for me was a 40k cosplay. I have begun work on an Inquisitor Cosplay costume that is in very early stages. I have a plethora of foam, elastic and contact adhesive in my flat now, and as parts of outfit progress I'd like to keep you updated on how it looks. 

The aim is to get this complete by the end of the year, rather than aim for a particular con. In an ideal world, I'd like it finished in time for Warhammer Fest 2019 so I can strut my stuff. 

Most likely not impressed

Magic the Gathering...

Oh ho! Another surprise entry. This has been a major distraction from the hobby I must be honest, and an expensive one at that! I won't be keeping you updated much about what I am doing with my decks, but suffice to say I have been really getting my competitive kicks out of this game in a way that I could never play 40k. Not to say I act like that guy, but it's much more forgiving or crushing your opponent as it is designed for that sort of play in particular formats. 

My main aim with this is to win 4-0 at my local club. Thursday nights are usually a round of 4 with 10-20 people attending. I have gone 3-1 several times now, but the clean sweep eludes me. I dream of it! Serena also plays, though her competitive tendency is much more directed towards the Pokemon TCG. But it is a really nice routine for us to pop down and enjoy games with the like minded.  


Finally...

...I would like to meet up with people more, people from the blog and people from the Youtubes in particular. It is one area where not being able to drive despite nearly being 30 is really beginning to hamper me. 

But I love meeting fellow hobbyists and sharing the joy of 3-4 hours of rolling dice. If ever any of you are passing through Bristol or just fancy coming down for a day to game, please let me know, it'd be great fun to meet, chat and game :)

Peace out,

Rob

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Works In Progress - A Buffet

Now we know,


I really need to sit down and A) reply to comments and B) take some more pictures of miniatures! I have progress on the Sergeants from the previous post and I've got other bits and bobs painted or going on, but no pictures of them. So I thought I'd just show you some of my built pictures of Primaris marine stuff that is either awaiting some paint or has some on but no pictures...







I haven't decided on the chest guns for the Redemptor, between the fragstorm launchers and the bolt option. The random shots of the fragstorm put me off a little compared to the reliability of the storm bolters. Any thoughts on which to go for? I think I am points malleable for both.



This chap has sanguinary guard wings purely because they look cool. No other justification than that! He's also just a regular lieutenant as you can't give the Primaris one a jump pack, but I wanted all my mini's to be Primaris sized. I've written a little fluff around that which I will get in to when he is painted and has his own post.





I wanted the ancient to be a little more "FORWARD!!" than the static pose given in the Dark Imperium box. So I just kitbashed this very simple conversion for a little more dynamism.



And then here we have the Chapter Master (or Captain) his-self. Ignore the hair... Again this chap is just a regular marine rather than Primaris but I have built him in the Gravis armour and added the jump pack to represent the Armour Indomitus relic. I feel that works well enough with the weight of it. 

This chap is actually almost finished so I should have some pictures of him up sooner rather than later...

That's all folks!

Peace out,

Rob 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Deathguard Progress and In Action!!

Nurgle's blessing upon thee,


So as well as painting up my own Primaris marines I have also been working on both Deathguard and Ravenwing for commissions. Unfortunately with the Deathguard I didn't take proper pictures of the last few models before they were picked up by Winters for gaming with. Here are a few snaps of them as he saw them before they ended up in his pocket.







Minor conversion work was done on the Daemon prince to Nurgle him up a bit, though it looks better after I had covered him in gore and such like. 

So if you want to see the prince and these tanky tanks in action, here is the video on Winters' channel where they see first use!



And if you haven't already stumbled across it, this is me playing Winters with some Deathwing which are also a commission painted army that I still have hanging around for a couple more months till they are picked up.


That's all for today my friends. Tune in Thursday to see some Redemption action ;)

Peace out,

Rob

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Sons of Wrath - Inceptors

Well hello there,



These Inceptor chaps were a dang pain in the arse to build! I hate the stand they come with and I wanted this army to have a real sense of moving forward, so much painstaking time was spent getting strange looks from the neighbours as I bashed rocks into pieces in my garden. I then reconstructed the rocks, aiming to give the Inceptors a sense of weight as they landed or took off, shattering the rocks beneath them. With... variable results...










A huge amount of work left on these guys. All the jets need glow adding, and all the vent flaps needed heat treating as well. Plus the usual smoothing out of the red/orange and the grey. But again, they are tabletop ready at least so there's that. 

I'll be popping up some Deathguard on Monday so it won't all be Imperial scum. Wait, what...?

Peace out,

Rob

Monday, 8 January 2018

The Sons of Wrath - Primaris Marines!

Hello again,


Twice in a week, oh boy I'm on fire! One of the main things I have been painting for my personal use in my absentee period has been my Primaris Space marines. I've been trying out a very different look to my usual painting style and so these have taken much longer than usual to get up to any sort of level for using on the battlefield. 

Today I'm just going to show you some of the Intercessors and Hellblasters in their current state. Aside from needing to touch up various points of the models in order to smooth the colours out, I need to apply, chapter, squad and rank marking as well as apply some minor battle damage. So not a lot!!!













The schemes for the sergeants will be the inverse of this and then the HQ's and other individual elites will also have differing schemes of grey and orange. Here are a few snaps of Sergeants in early stages of painting:





That's all for today, but I hope it whets your appetite for this force. I'm hoping to have a whole 2000 points finished to at least the standard of the Intercessors at the start by the end of this month so they will at least be table top quality to play some games with. 

Peace out,

Rob