Thursday, October 29, 2015

Horus Heresy - Betrayal at Calth

By now I am sure that those of you who are interested in this sort of thing have heard about it, but in November, Games Workshop is releasing a Horus Heresy boxed game.  The box will have 30 multi part mark IV marines, 5 terminators, 2 heroes, and a Contemptor dreadnought, for $150/£95 (plus some sort of board game that 99% of people will never play).  Previously, you could get all of the above from Forge World in various sets for the princely sum of £300+, so multipart plastic at 1/3 the price is quite nice.

This set almost looks good enough to tempt me into buying it, but I really do not need to start a whole new sub game of 40k, when I do not even play that...  although I do quite like the pre-heresy World Eaters...

Monday, October 26, 2015


A while back, the fine chaps at Canister & Grape had a 7th anniversary contest, and against some sort of cosmic rule, I won a prize.  I was delighted this Friday past to receive the above in the mail.  The picture is a bit hard to make out due to glare, but what you see there is a quartet of press fit Warhammer 40k Orks, and a "Finecast" version of the Ork Warboss Gazghkull.  I have painted a few Orks before, but with these fellows I have enough to make a little skirmish band, and I have never worked with Finecast before, so I am looking forward to investigating that as well.  (the box was so light that it almost seemed to be empty!)  As it happens I also have a spare of Gazghkull's mortal enemy Commissar Yarrick  [not, as it would appear, shoelaces].

Now if someone would like to send me some zombies for Zomtober, a Tank for Tanktober, and a dreadnought for Dreadtober... well, that would be quite alright, but you had better get on it, the month ends soon.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Basing Basics

Yesterday I was home from work with the kids, due to a change in my wife's work schedule.  While child #2 slept, #1 and I had a quick lesson in basing.  The 20 handgunners acquired in my Ebay score last year were quickly claimed, and I made a couple of conversions to them as requested (added a banner bearer, and mounted one on a horse to be a "leader".

As shown here, figures had diluted glue applied to their base with a brush, and were then dipped in sand. [although I believe technically it is decomposed granite]

As I said, pretty basic! There was some discussion of getting the figures primed in preparation for painting, but we shifted focus to LEGO and that took up the remainder of the "free" time.  At this rate, we will be able to have a game in a few years...

Friday, October 16, 2015

10/16/2015 Paint table

Finished the last little touch ups on these guys, so now they are ready to have their bases finished, get their inks done etc. This puts me at 1 command squad, 2 rifle squads, 1 heavy bolter support squad, 1 stomrtrooper squad painted, and two more rifle squads to go. Unfortunately I keep get getting distracted by new ideas for conversions (e.g. a guy shooting a MANPAD), and by thoughts that I would like to have two platoons instead of just one. [I should of course finish painting the first platoon before worrying about the second!]

In the background is a bounty hunter for Necromunda, which I first started painting about 8 years ago...

I have also put together SGII stats for these guys, and the Tau I painted, so I should be able to put a game together if needed.