February Hobby Retrospective

Hey everybody!
It feels like the last couple of months have just flown by in a haze, and I hadn’t found much time to either hobby or come here and ramble about all manner of junk – I’m sure you’ve all missed that! I’ve been in a bit of a hobby slump of late, though, and haven’t been much in the mood to do anything. Feels like I’ve lost my hobby spark, and was struggling to get it back. Well, I recently took a major shift and decided to work on some Age of Sigmar stuff, as fantasy miniatures always feel like something of a breath of fresh air when I’ve been painting 40k for a long while, and I think my work on some Warcry stuff lately has begun to get me back in the saddle!

I mean, who couldn’t love that face, right?!

At the start of the year, I’d been thinking that I’d like to get a Slaves to Darkness army at last, and so had some vague ideas following my purchase of the battletome, mainly involving at least one Warcry warband, possibly two – the Cypher Lords, and maybe the Unmade. I had the idea of using a lot of rag-tag cultist-types, so also threw in the Godsworn Hunt, but the actual Chaos Marauders kit does put me off a little bit, so I had thought I might pick up some of the Bloodreavers as stand-ins, but I think that’ll be a long way off. I then thought about picking up some Wrathmongers to use as Chaos Chosen, as while I love the look of the kit, it is finecast, and so I doubt will stand up to the rest of the army now that the Warriors have been re-done. With that, though, I had begun to think that this could be the first time I look at creating a Chaos army with a distinctly Khorne feel! Normally I go Undivided or Slaanesh, but this could be interesting!

It definitely helps, having something I’m not normally into!

I’m still playing around with the Slaves to Darkness idea, as I’m not entirely sure how I want the army to look. I’ve got vaguely 900 points (or thereabouts) plotted out, with the units I’ve mentioned plus a Chaos Warshrine (because that model is just so iconic!)

But yeah, I’ve started now to really go heavy into Warcry, and I’m interested in getting a warband finished so that I can play a game. The Cypher Lords are probably the models I’m furthest along with, having done some experimentation with Contrast paints back in January, so that could be a plan. I think I have all of the monsters released so far, too, so could see myself adding in a Mindstealer Sphyranx at some point (more for the theme, than anything!) So it’s all definitely quite exciting!

I suppose I just need to look into the rules now, and see if I can get a game sorted!

However, it’s not been all fantasy-related this month!

I’ve been slowly chipping away at this gent for a week or so now, having gotten some of the silver done, as well as thinking about the overall scheme that I’d like to have for it. When I first painted a Triarch Stalker, the results were decidedly different!

I’m hoping to get the two of them painted up for the army soon (the older model has been stripped, and is ready for re-painting as soon as I get my act together!) I might even get a third, not sure yet. That targeting relay rule is just so good, I feel as though they should be staples of the army!

I think the Necrons are possibly going to be my 40k focus for a while, as I’d really like to get my army up to scratch now. They are my first love, and I definitely enjoy playing them when I get them to the table, so it makes sense that I should have more toys to field than just waves of infantry! As fun as waves of infantry can be, of course!

The old bête-noir of the Doomsday Ark has also been at the back of my mind, and I think I’d like to get that painted up sometime soon, too. Though that’s probably going to be a long project, as well, so I suppose we’ll have to see how I go with that one!

As much as I do still enjoy the hobby and the game, I think I’d like to break out of the Warhammer thing more, though, and play more of a variety of games. I’ve sold off so many of the old favourites that it’s a little bit scary to think about, but I do still have plenty to enjoy. Stuff like the Ghostbusters kickstarters, all of that Hellboy goodness, and the classics like Eldritch Horror and Lord of the Rings LCG – I’m hopeful that this year will see a resurgence in my non-Games Workshop gaming, anyway!

It’s always good to have a variety, after all!

Looking back at the Games Workshop reveals

Hey everybody!
So it’s time to play a little catch-up here, as I take a look at some of the stuff being previewed by Games Workshop in recent weeks. There is a lot of exciting stuff coming over the horizon and, while I’ve managed to catch snippets of stuff here and there, I’ve not really had much time to take a look in any great detail at this stuff. Until now!

At the recent Blood & Glory event, we got to see a lot of stuff that was really quite exciting when I first glanced through, but on reflection felt a bit like it fell flat. I suppose we’ve been seeing such a wide variety of stuff previewed like this lately, that it’s hard to keep things at the same level? Anyway, to start with we’ve seen some new monsters for Warcry, which seem to function like mercenary characters that your warband can hire.

These things look pretty huge, and would likely make really nice centrepiece models for a collection in their own right. Being released for Warcry seems a little bit strange to me, as I’d have thought they would do well as main-line Age of Sigmar, but then what do I know? I do like the Sphiranx model though, and it’s nice to see another breed of Ogroid after the magical beastie from Silver Tower way back when.

These aren’t the only two coming though, as we’ve already seen a third big beast at the end of September, so I guess there might be quite an extensive second-wave of releases for the game coming up soon, when we get those final two warbands and all this additional stuff?

Back during the Spiel reveals, we got to see one of those new bands, the Spire Tyrants, which do tend to look a lot like the more generic Chaos marauders type of kits. Here’s hoping that the final warband of the eight will be as fancy and as individual as the others…

I still haven’t played Warcry, but all the reports I’ve heard have been mainly positive, with just a few niggles, so it’s definitely something that I’d like to get round to at some point!

The big news from Blood & Glory seemed to be the newly remade Slaves to Darkness for Age of Sigmar, though – at least, that was my big take-away! Warriors of Chaos Undivided, these guys are definitely a welcome sight on the horizon, and I find it quite interesting to see just how much of a focus is being put on the Ruinous Powers these days, between this and Warcry. We’re definitely at an interesting time for Chaos, and it’s really exciting to see GW updating these, some of the oldest sculpts still doing the rounds.

Am I going to start a Slaves to Darkness army? Possibly. Well, I do have Slaanesh daemons on the cards, still. I would love to get my hands on this chap though, as I think he looks magnificent! I can definitely see that lizard beastie in a pale lilac colour…

It’s interesting though, isn’t it, that these new Warriors, Knights and Lord kits are effectively being launched via a Start Collecting box, rather than the SC coming out months after the initial release. I guess it’s partly due to the fact this is an updated range, and not a new one? Just thought it worth mentioning, anyway…

Speaking of Chaos…

The next book in the Psychic Awakening campaign, Faith and Fury, has also been shown, with the promise of updated rules for all of the non-Codex Traitor Legions – “supplement-tier” rules, apparently! That’s certainly interesting, don’t get me wrong, but… why does this always happen to the Heretic Astartes? Remember when they had a massive update via Vigilus Ablaze? Feels very much like we’re once again playing second fiddle to the loyalists…

That said…

This new Chaos Sorcerer is just glorious!! I mean, when you look at the current sculpt, there’s really no comparison, is there?

I’m really loving the revamped Chaos Space Marines range, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Sorcerer, even though my actual force is nowhere near battle-ready!

I wonder if we’ll be getting a plastic Warpsmith anytime soon…

I think this is where I felt deflated the most, though. I was really hoping that we’d get some surprise previews for the Sisters, some stuff we didn’t know was coming, or something not previously mentioned. Instead, while the tanks look amazing and everything I was hoping they would be, I can’t help but feel a little bit let down. It’s definitely my own fault for expecting something like that, of course, but there we are.

The tanks themselves both look phenomenal, with so much incredible gothic detail that I was hoping to see. I’m struggling against the desire to not start yet another new army, and a need to get at least one of each of these superb vehicles!

I do love the cherubs that adorn the tanks, being a big fan of these macabre things anyway, so the latest Battle Sister Bulletin was a real treat for me, I have to say! Looking forward to seeing what some of those kits contain, as I’m not sure we know the full range yet…

Let’s end with some more Imperium stuff though, and a look at a couple of recent Rumour Engine photos. I don’t normally talk about these, because they can be far too obtuse, but there does appear to be some kind of AdMech vibe coming from a few that makes me wonder what on earth could be on the way…

The above came on 22 October, followed by the below image, out today:

It all looks a bit curious, especially if we remember this one from 8 October:

Some kind of Skitarii flying machine? Who the hell knows!

Exciting stuff coming, for sure, but I am definitely feeling a bit overwhelmed now by the amount of stuff coming at us from Nottingham. To say nothing of how much it’s all going to cost us…

Hobby Progress, week 31

Hey everybody,
Hobby progress continues! While this weekend’s offering continues the theme of not a great deal of actual progress, some fun times have been had, nevertheless!

I’ve continued to work on the Slaves to Darkness, working on the skin tones and trying to make them look somewhat distinct from each other rather than just producing a group of chaps who all look the same…

Hobby Progress 31

So I’ve currently put basecoats on eight of the marauders I’d built up last week, as well as four of the Daemonettes that I built up weeks ago. So far, I’ve got four marauders painted with Bugmans Glow, three of whom were then shaded with Reikland Fleshshade; the fourth is that chap on the left of the picture above, I’ve shaded him with Druchii Violet as he has more of the Slaanesh about him with the Hellstrider head and claw…

I’ve then painted two with Mournfang Brown, and two with Rhinox Hide, all four shaded with Agrax Earthshade. The two Rhinoxes were also lightly brushed with Mournfang Brown, which has helped to make the skin a bit more interesting already. The Daemonettes have all been painted with – you guessed it – Daemonette Hide, and shaded with Druchii Violet.

Despite not really knowing what I’m doing, I’ve really enjoyed this so far, and I think the two Rhinox Hide guys look real nice already, so I’m feeling quite confident with this experiment already!

With all of the hoopla around the upcoming Deathwatch stuff, and especially after visiting my local GW store today, I really got in the mood to do some fancy Space Marines! Having had the Vanguard Veterans kit hanging around for what feels like forever, I finally started working on some new chaps. I don’t think I could ever grow tired of painting space marines, they’re some of my favourite models in the whole range – though as with pretty much everything, I do like the variety to spice things up!

The variety is very important, I feel, as I’ve noticed that I do struggle to keep going when I only have one project on the go – however many models that might contain. That said, if something really interests me, it can hold my attention all the way to completion, like the recent Alpha Legion project. At any rate, I’m just going to keep following my instincts as far as the hobbying goes for the time being, as I think that’s the best way to get projects done, rather than forcing myself to work on something that I may end up resenting. So for now, it’ll be full steam ahead with the Veterans!

I’m not quite sure whether I’ll be doing more Ultramarines, or whether I want to branch out with more second-founding chapters. I think some investigations may be in order!

Hobby Progress, week 30

30 weeks of hobby progress! Sheesh, this has been one hell of a ride so far, I’ve really enjoyed the motivational boost keeping this up! There have been times when I’ve not been in the mood or whatever, but the need to have something to report on a Sunday has kept me going with a lot of my projects on the go, as well as prompting me to get more – not necessarily a good thing, but I do like the variety!

Which is pretty much what has happened this week!

Back in late January, Games Workshop began the rebranding of a number of kits from the more generic Chaos faction as “Slaves to Darkness”, and I really liked the look of those miniatures. I’ve mentioned this before, but the Chaos faction is what I started with when I played Warhammer: Invasion, and rather than all of the various demons, it was these mortal cultists that seemed to make up the majority of the faction that I had come to know. Anyway, I wanted to get these guys, but fought the urge. I’ve come back to the idea a couple of times over this summer, as I’ve been considering getting either these or the Bloodreavers. I’d wanted to work on some painting skills, and was thinking I’d get some chaps like this to practice painting skin.

So here we go!

Hobby Progress 30

I’ve built up five of them so far, anyway, and while the guys with flails were a bit difficult to get the arms to line up, in the main they aren’t all that bad to do. The real challenge is still to come, of course, as I try to figure out how to paint realistic skin!

I’ve been a big follower of the tutorials put out by Warhammer TV, though don’t always like that weirdly highlighted look if I’m honest. I think I might just go for some shade-and-drybrush look rather than going through all the layering stuff.

After talking to some of the guys at my local store, I’ve been thinking about making them look more the part to accompany the Slaaneshi stuff I’ve also got on the go – whether I use some of the left-over heads from the various kits I have, or go the whole hog and use some of the claws and stuff, I can’t quite decide. I do have the Slaanesh icon from the Chaos Space Marines kit that I also plan to use however, so there will be a little conversion work going on here and there…

Finally, I’ve gotta say – bravo to GW for these repackaged minis! They really pack these guys in there! £23 got me 20 of these guys, which is a decent stack of sprues in the box! There’s something immensely satisfying about opening a box and seeing that, just waiting to be built into these awesome things!