Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Necromunda - Ambots painted!

Just a quick hit today - After the flurry of World Eaters and Genestealer Cult, it was time to do something small and colorful. Ambots it is!

As soon as I saw the reveal for these I knew I had to get my mitts on 'em, and I'm glad to say the kit did not disappoint! They are chock full of cool little details and were an absolute blast to paint up.

Decided to do a reversed paint scheme on the pair, one in yellow/red and one in red/yellow. Pretty jazzed with how they turned out, and am quite looking forward to doing another pair. Two is good, that means four is better, right?

Monday, March 18, 2019

Heresy Era World Eaters - Ready for Adepticon!

Coming in just under the wire, Kharn and the 8th Company are ready to deploy to the battlefields of the Schaumburg Sector!

Packed the army up and schlepped it over to the local GW shop for a family photo, and am quite happy with how the force turned out. Pretty infantry heavy, but you can't lop off limbs and take skulls without a whole mess of dudes toting chainaxes, now can you?

In other news, I've been beavering away on a display/carry board for the event. In years past I've been dinged on painting scores because I didn't have a display board, so it was time to recify the situation! I'd picked up a set of terrain tiles from Secret Weapon Miniatures but found that, while they looked cool, on their own they just weren't structurally sound enough to carry the models from place to place (they're very much just table-toppers). Got a buddy of mine who's got the woodworking tools and talents to build me a little hinged frame setup for 'em, and it's going to work a treat!

Ended up adding a little of my own ham-fisted woodworking to create a brace to lock it in an open position with a couple dowel rods and a strip of wood, as I was worried a little bit about it accidentally folding up while moving it about. It's solid as a rock with that addition, and I'm really quite pleased with the end result! I'm scheming on trying to add a little three-dimensionality to it with some magnetized buildings, but I'm not sure I'll be able to pull it off in time for the show. If not, it'll have to do as is - We'll see how it goes!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Heresy Era World Eaters - Dreadnoughts complete!

Huzzah! The last of the models for the Adepticon army are complete and ready to rampage across the battlefields! ...Or more likely be blown to smithereens in turn one, as is often the case with newly-painted models.

Ended up doing two of the dreads in white with blue trim, and one in the reversed scheme of the Warhounds, the earlier name of the legion prior to them reuniting with their primarch. Added in a little warhound symbol on his right breastplate as a nod to the earlier allegiance.

The right arms are magnetized to allow swaps between dual powerfists and the lascannon arrays. Really pleased with how they've turned out and can't wait to get 'em on the tables in just a few short weeks. Looking forward to Adepticon!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Heresy Era World Eaters - Simply Dread-full

With just a few short weeks remaining until Adepticon, I was getting rather antsy about the fact that the trio of dreadnoughts I'd ordered back in January had yet to arrive. They'd been stuck in customs hell for nearly two weeks but were finally deemed not to be a threat to national security and the box arrived looking as though it had spent some time on a 40k battlefield!

With some trepidation I opened the box and was relieved to find everything present and accounted for, with no obvious breakages. Bubble wrap to the rescue!

While I'd ordered up a fair few dreads (some for a few hobby buddies, some for prize support at Adepticon and some for myself) I only pulled and washed the trio immediately needed for the project. The updated kit is tremendous, several new tweaks to the main body and a set of heavy weapons matching the old school look were all much appreciated!

Once they were washed and dried, I got cracking getting 'em built - Went through and magnetized the right arms on all of them to allow for the full gamut of weapon options including a lascannon, missile launcher and conversion beamer! Can't wait to get some paint on 'em, though it's gonna be a challenge getting them primed as it's been well below freezing for the last several weeks here. Oof!

In other news I got cracking on a display board for the force, taking advantage of the sale Secret Weapon Miniatures has been running on their tablescape tiles. While I love the look, I am not convinced that the board is structurally sound enough to use as a carry board between tables, and am looking to mount the board on some MDF for added stability. We'll see how it goes!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Necromunda - The Brotherhood of the Argent Spiral resurfaces!

In the wake of all the World Eaters semi-monochomatic armor, I felt the need to break out some different colors. Right around the same time GW released the most recent wave of Genestealer Cult models which are all amazing - Though I have no intention of doing a full-on 40k army of 'em, I had to paint 'em, and what better way to justify a bunch of character models than by working them into a new Genestealer Cult gang for Necromunda?

Following Adepticon I'm planning on running a Necromunda campaign for a group of friends, and have been working up a number of miscellaneous bad guys, critters, monsters and mutants for use in special scenarios, and one of the 'storylines' I have planned is a cult uprising which the various players can attempt to stop (or align with, depending on how things play out). Should be fun!

Definitely went a little more colorful on these guys than recent projects, and varied somewhat from my usual 'three colors' idea. Blue and yellow always set off nicely against each other, while the red and white offer up a separate contrast (and the red sets off against the blue and yellow as well). Most of the red cloaks/coats will be getting a spiral motif (hence the cult name) in white/silver, which whould hopefully look pretty neat!

Still a ways to go, but they're well on the path!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Blackstone Fortress/Necromunda - The Ambull Arrives!

Just a quick hit this morning - Swung by the local GW shop yesterday for some odds and ends and had to pick up the new Ambull model for Blackstone Fortress! I happen to have one of the old original Ambulls (it's one of the few models that I have kept from 30 years of hobbying) and was really jazzed to see them give it an updated model!

I guess 30 years underground means the Ambull got HUGE! The intention is to use him in Necromunda, as part of the upcoming campaign - With the knowledge that the Am-Bot should be released soon, I have a vision of doing a little pit fight scenario with beast vs. machine! 

The original model came out in 1988 and cost about six bucks at the time. The new one was sixty bucks, but for a hit of nostalgia like this, I gladly paid it. To be fair, the new kit comes with a few other gribbly critters and a whole mess of add-on cards and adventure potential for Blackstone Fortress, quite looking forward to giving it a try in that game as well!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Armies & Legions & Hordes arrives on the scene!

A little while back the tremendously talented Dave Taylor made a Kickstarter for his book "Armies & Legions & Hordes" and I immediately chipped in, knowing that it was going to be something truly special. The Kickstarter was a success, the book arrived earlier this week and it is absolutely fantastic!

It came in a beautiful slipcase and in general size and shape reminds me of the awesome Imperial Armour books from Forge World, always a good comparison!

The book spools through Dave's history with gaming and offers a ton of insight into his time working in the hobby, all of which is fascinating. Accompanying this glimpse into the process are a metric TON of fantastic photos of his work throughout the years, many of which have graced the pages of White Dwarf, Wargames Illustrated and more!

It's not all GW stuff either, Dave has explored many other systems and the book is chock full of beautiful miniatures from other games such as Dark Age, Bolt Action, etc.!

It also has a ton of insight into how he approaches all the crazy and wonderful conversions he's done over the years including the Genswick Rifles, his stunning Army of Morr and many more. Many Morr?

The book also includes several articles from other folks from around the hobby adding their insights into various aspects of wargaming goodness, and I'm quite humbled and honored to have been able to contribute some of my inane ramblings to the book - The painting chart that I'm so fond of using made its way into the pages alongside articles from some of the true giants of the hobby. So cool!

If you didn't get a chance to pick up a copy as part of the Kickstarter, as I understand it plans are afoot to get the book out into the wild for public ordering. As I find out more I'll be sure to get the info out to you all - It is a tremendous book from a tremendous chap, and I cannot recommend it highly enough! Cheers, Dave!

UPDATE: Info on ordering the book post-KS from Dave:

Post-KS Availability!  
With the recent deliveries here in the US I have had a lot of people ask about availability. Well I can now announce that there are quite a few ways to get a hold of the book, in both physical and digital forms. Please pass this information on to your friends who might have missed the campaign.  
In the US 
- in March, your FLGS will be able to order the book from Alliance Game Distributors. So if, like me, you like to support your local store you can still do that. 
- Ironheart Artisans now has Armies & Legions & Hordes in stock in their webstore:  Head to their store and click on the Dave Taylor Miniatures button to take you through to the Hardback book (including limited quantities of the KS slipcase) and the PDFs of the book, plus the Bonus PDFs that I created for BackerKit. 
- Winged Hussar Publishing will be carrying my book at their booth at the following shows: Cold Wars, AdeptiCon, Historicon, and Fall-In.  
In the UK/EU 
- Warlord Games have stock of the books which can be either ordered in to your FLGS or you can order directly from their webstore:  
In Oz/NZ 
- Mighty Ape is, I think, being supplied by Warlord, and will hopefully have a restock soon. 
- Alternatively, check with your local supplier of Warlord goodness and see if they can get it in.  
Rest of World 
- Ironheart Artisans or Warlord Games will be your best bet for securing a copy. 
Thanks again, everyone! You have set something very cool in motion, and I look forward to creating quality products for you for years to come.  
Cheers Dave