Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Warhammer 40k #2 - Angels on Parade

Well Fridays 40k leak finally did it for me, I have been struggling to enjoy anything about Warhammer 40k the last year or so (Mostly because Age of Sigmar is so much easier and fun in comparison). With the leak of the new models for Gathering Storm III: Rise of the Primarch, well one of those models has got me really excited.
The Fallen Angel Cypher, leader of the Fallen Angels. I will be the first to admit that the other two are also nice models but Ultramarines and Grey Knights do nothing for me. My only gripe with this model is that he will getting a helmet as I'm not fond of the unarmoured marine head.

The Fallen Angel Cypher, taken from warhammer-community.com
My biggest hope is that along with Cypher, GS3 also has some rules for Cyphers fellow Fallen Angels, I'm optimistic regarding this due to there being several obvious Fallen Angels in the heresy era black power armour in the background of the leaked White Dwarf photo's.

Onto my own rabble of unpainted Dark Angels, its been a while since I have removed them from my cupboard of eternally unfinished models. I really should not be allowed to add to a collection till at least some of it has been blessed with at least 3 colours (Though I did at least prime all of these models in the correct colour intending to paint them over summer 2016, but then the Season of War happened). Although I have not counted in a while I believe I have around 5000 points

Angels on Parade
My intention was to paint the Greenwing as the 4th company, but when I get around to doing a few test models I shall practice a few of the company symbols then make my decision after then. Alternatively, I may paint all these Greenwing marines as members of the reserve companies then build a Battle Company from the ground up using parts from recent plastic Mk3 & Mk4 heresy era sets mixed in with the later Mk6 & Mk7 armour parts from the tactical squad set.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Age of Sigmar #10 - More Wishlists!

I overheard an interesting conversation between a few hobbyists earlier this week in my local GW. If you had unlimited funds what would you buy from new armies to completing a collection so long as you would actually see use? Naturally as I so often do I began to wishlist for several armies that I know I can't have right now but would be able to buy because of the criteria of the question. I have stuck to 1000 point armies once again as that is my favourite size of game for Age of Sigmar.

Eldritch Council
This list is pure frustration that Age of Sigmar still does not have a new Aelven faction to play, hopefully 2017 will be the year that GW updates the smaller factions or the races they have yet to feature. I always liked the aesthetic of the Swordmasters even though the rest of the old High Elf range drove me nuts! There is something quite appealing about heavily armoured Aelves swinging around a Great Sword that looks to be the same size as the user.

Archmage on Dragon
10 Swordmasters
10 Swordmasters
10 Swordmasters

Swordmasters, taken from the Swordmasters warscroll
Clans Eshin
Recently I saw a battle report on Warhammer TV where a Verminlord Deceiver teleported across the board and began to rip apart a squad of something that I cannot recall... or the Verminlord itself was ripped apart, I can't remember. Either way the idea of ninja Skaven skulking through the mortal realms behind the lines of Sigmar's forces striking where needed to remove whats needed seems like a really cool theme for an army to me.

Verminlord Deceiver
Skaven Assassin
20 Night Runners
20 Night Runners
15 Gutter Runners

Skaven Assassin, taken from the Skaven Assassin warscroll
This is a list I have wanted to try for quite a while now, I know how great horde armies do in 1000 point games but as of now I have yet to experience playing with a very small but elite list. At only 11 models this would be quite a fun project for a week off work.

Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon
5 Blood Knights
5 Blood Knights

Blood Knights, taken from the Blood Knights warscroll
This list is inspired by an army I played in 2016's Season of War, it was the only army my Nighthaunt host had a problem with killing. I don't know if it was bad luck on the day or if Ogors are really as tough as they look but its definitely something I would like to try very soon. Once again being a rather low model count I can foresee this being a fun force to put together over a week of rest.

6 Ogors
3 Leadbelchers
6 Ironguts

Ironguts, taken from the Ironguts warscroll
Well that's another 4 armies that I could see myself collecting for Age of Sigmar, very soon I'll have a list for every possible faction most likely.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January 2017 Hobby Round-up or: How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating and Love the Brush

Anybody that knows me knows that painting aspect of wargaming is probably the part of the hobby I enjoy the least. To work towards completing my 2017 hobby resolutions I have just had to push myself to paint and to my own surprise (and my friends), I have really enjoyed it. The feeling of accomplishment due to finishing a unit of models is something I've not felt in such a long time that it has become almost addictive. Let's hope I keep it up!

This month I made a start on 1000 points of Deathrattle for Age of Sigmar, Completing 42 out of 77 models for the army and beating my goal of a model a day in January of 31. The first photo below is of my converted Wight King with Infernal Standard. He was made using the previously available Wight King from Forge World, I really like the original model but I feel the banner he originally was holding did not fit the theme of my skeletal legion. 
The next photo shows my converted Necrotect, I really like this unit supporting my Deathrattle army as its in-game abilities are really useful though I was stuck thematically as the official model before the range was removed by GW was a mummy. 5 short minutes later I had this thematically fitting conversion that I'm really happy with (and will probably make a second of).


Below are two blocks of 20 Skeleton Warriors armed with Swords and Shield. You will notice that they are a mix of the Vampire Counts Skeleton Warriors box and the old Tomb Kings Skeleton Warriors box. Before it went out of production I bought up as many of these boxes and other local hobbyists spare shields as I could, I much prefer the legionary look of these shields and icons in comparison to the rag-tag look of the VC shields and torn standards.


Plans for February
With February being a relatively short month in comparison to others my goal is 28 models. Going ahead I have 35 more models to add to the Deathrattle I painted this month to complete the army so I feel this is a workable goal. Alternatively I did get quite the haul of LotR SBG minis for Christmas 2016 and would like to start to make a dent to the crate of mini's I have in the backlog for LotR.

LotR SBG backlog crate