Monday, 5 December 2016

Busting my gut!

I'm back! And I haven't been idle! Well not completely...

I have finally got around to painting my Gutbuster Tyrant. I love the detail on this model, so many small pieces of detail.

This is a model of many firsts for me. Some you may know but I'm very new to painting and the hobby in general, so I made this blog in order to show my progression. This model was my first attempt at flesh and while I would have liked to put another highlight, im just not confident enough to not screw it up yet. It was also the first time I've painted yellow (not easy!!). It is also my first time working with finecast, which I've found I both love and hate it.

It was definitely a fun model to paint and I look forward to getting started on my Butcher!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Time to bust some guts!

So I have been rather distracted as of late, however, I haven't been inactive. The last few weeks or so I've been contemplating the big leap of which army to start collecting and I came down to 3 (ish).

Firstly, always loved the Elves, Aelves, pointy ears, annoying...whatever you want to call them but due to (in my opinion) incompleteness of any of the (A)elven armies I just want to hold off for a bit, I don't think it will be too long (my guess is just in time for Christmas). I do like each flavour but I'm a bit more of a Wood/Wanderer aelf, High/Light aelf fan but I feel their army lists at the moment are lacking choices (although I did pick up some Glade Guard/Sisters of the Thorn which I'll be painting up at some point). Plus with the recent release of the Sylvaneth I think the Wanderers will be the last Aelves they do anything with, sadly! I know I could use compendium warscrolls but I just don't want to. I know they wont be around forever and that just puts me off. So choice 1 on hold, but definitely coming at some point.

My second choice was Nurgle. Never thought killing people through plague and pestilence could be so cool! I love how resilient these guys are - polar opposite to the paper Aelves - and they just look fantastic with all the boils and entrails... I was contemplating these guys (even writing this im convincing myself!) but again, these guys will be a later project. However, I do love the synergy and conversion possibilities these guys have with Chaos models. I would love to convert a Chaos Sorcerer Lord to look more afflicted with the plague and then there is the Skaven element. So many possibilities! But, also, on hold.

Thirdly, Death...I love the lore, the models are fantastic and I really like how well the whole alliance gels together, not to mention Blood Knights and Mourngul. Again, this faction really needs some love. So far its only the Flesh Eater Courts, which have such fun lore and great looking models, its hard not to like them but the rest is feeling slightly dated. I'm really looking forward to the Deathrattle and Soulblight factions being fleshed out (sorry!). So like above
, I'll be waiting for this one.

After much scouring through the Warscrolls I came across the Gutbusters. Now I've always admired these models and for someone still pretty new to the hobby, the low model count (hence cheaper) was very appealing. Not to mention, these guys are mean! I realise the Beastclaw Raiders and out and updated and those models are fantastic and I'm sure they will make their way into my force down the line but I was sold on the Gutbusting Ogors. I feel that while challenging, in capturing and holding points especially, I think it could be a great army to learn the game with, not too many models to manage but still touching on all elements of the game.

I was lucky enough to stumble upon an Ogre Kingdoms Battalion box a few weeks ago which is 840 points right there, I can see why people used to love this box!

In all honestly, I thought Destruction would be the last of the alliances I would choose but I'm sold...for now. I did just list all the alliances as a choice....

Time to assemble the tribe ready for war!

Watch this space!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Winging it!

Hello there!

I've had quite a lot on recently so been a bit quiet on the blog front. I did however manage to finish my Prosecutor unit.

Going to be honest, while I think the models themselves are fantastic and incredible sculpts, painting the wings drove me a little bit crazy. I'm quite happy they are finished and I think the end result is pretty good!

I think I've come to the conclusion that Stormcast Eternals just aren't for me. The models are great and I think they definitely bring something to Age of Sigmar, but the range as a whole just doesn't really do anything for me. I like to really get into and army and build a theme around it and "Sigmarines" just aren't for me I think. I have a few other armies in mind that I am narrowing down, so I don't end up bankrupting myself, before I commit.
Having said that, I'm going to continue working through the box because I hate having unfinished jobs lying around and it's practise that I sorely need!
As an aside, I did recently attend an event, Mother of all Battles, here in Sydney and while Warhammer: Age of Sigmar wasn't a game being played, I did pick up some bargains for future projects that I'm excited about. I'll cover the event more in my next post where I'll show some of the awesome Bolt Action tables they had there.
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Any feedback and comments are always welcome! Thanks for reading!

Friday, 23 September 2016

What a difference a day(light bulb) makes!

I know what you are thinking; two posts in one week? I know, right. Long may it continue!

This post is primarily about the fact I bought a light box a week ago and I'm quite amazed at the difference a proper backdrop and diffused lighting can make. No more sharp shadows or harsh light.

I've been looking over my options for some time now and I've swung back and forth between making my own and buying one. What it came down to in the end was mobility. Space is a precious commodity at the moment for me so, while there are some fantastic guides out there to making your own ( I recommend this guide if interested, or here for a studier, larger design), I wanted something I could pack away.

There are a large range of light boxes on the market and the price range varies greatly. I didn't want to spend too much money on something I could literally make out of scraps I had lying around but I also didn't want to cheap out to the point where it would effect the quality of picture I was trying to produce.

Decisiveness is not a virtue I possess (just ask my wife!) but I finally settled on a happy medium between price and quality. I ordered this package from eBay. It came with a 16" Velcro foldable light box (not so small that I could only fit one model in, but large enough that I could fit a small army, squad or a even a wayfaring cat (the latter being the only one to have been tested so far - grudgingly I might add). It also comes with 4 different colour cloth back drops - these could be replaced for any backdrop of your choice but the white does help reflect the light. There is also a camera tripod and 4(!) 50w haloid lamps, just as a word of warning, these get hot very quickly (trust me!) and I think I will replace them at some point for brighter bulbs as they aren't quite doing it for me.

For the price I paid, I'm very happy with the results and whether you build or buy, I highly recommend acquiring your own light box. You just aren't doing justice to your painting skills without one, so go ahead and spend that hour on a Saturday making your own and shopping around for one you like. Trust me, you will be glad you did!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Another hero joins the fray

Hello, fellow wargamers. It's been a while since my last post, but I've been busy with work and that cruel mistress called life. I have, however, managed to squeeze in a bit of painting where I could.

I've been working on my Anvils of the Heldenhammer, Lord Relictor. This is a fantastic model and a joy to paint, with so many small features and things going on. I do feel like I'm picking up a bit on my skill level when it comes to painting - compared to a few months ago anyway when I first started! - but I know theres still a way to go yet.

As always, I'm eager to hear your feedback/comments and tips so please don't hold back!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Taking flight with Prosecutors!

So I've been busy painting up my prosecutors from the starter set. I've been wanting to try out these guys for a while but, I've got to admit, those wings scared me! Scare is probably not the best word to use, but I wanted to do them justice and while I had something a big grander in my head, I am quite happy with the results.

I'm continuing with my Anvils of the Heldenhammer scheme throughout the Stormcast Eternal starter set, so black, white and red really. However, with these I wanted to add another colour and thought I could go for an angelic theme (they are coming down from the heavens after all). After finally tracking some down, I tried out Lamenter's Yellow for the first time, I must admit, I do like the glaze. I made the mistake of applying it to Celestra Grey the first time which resulted in a strange greenish colour. I'm much happier with the second attempt. Live and learn!

I really need to get around to making/buying a light box, so please forgive me for the poor quality pictures.

Would love to know what you think. As always, tips/feedback are always welcome!

See you next time

Monday, 22 August 2016

Lord Celestant ready for war!

Hello there! So, I'm continuing to work my way through the Age of Sigmar starter set and got to the point where I could no longer look at him sitting there. I had to paint him!

I knew from the start he would be a challenge, considering it is only the third model I've painted. It was also extra challenging due to the fact I was using my new Anvils of the Heldenhammer scheme and there is surprisingly little out there to use as a guide. Having said that, I enjoy a challenge and there's a real sense of achievement in making your own choices and having to think about what colours work with each other, rather than just copying someone elses work.

Having been on the sidelines for so long, only really reading battle reports and lore/fluff, I must admit I was a bit concerned if I would actually enjoy the painting part of this hobby, because lets face it, it is a huge part of it. My fears were crushed under the rampaging feet of this Dracoth as I had a blast painting this guy, I couldn't put him down!

As daunting as it is to get started in this hobby, especially when you look at the standard of painting some people produce, it really is all about practise and picking up techniques. Having painted only three models I already feel a leap in confidence going into my next one from starting out. Numerous people have told me time and again to just keep painting, paint as much as you can and you will get there. So I'm going to stick by those wise words and keep on painting!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Anvils of the Heldenhammer

As I've mentioned before, I'm slowly painting my way through the Age of Sigmar starter set. I have been trying to decide on a colour scheme for my Stormcast Eternals as I want something a bit different from the stock blue and gold. After having a look through multiple variants, I've settled on the Anvils of Heldenhammer! I really like the black, gold and red contrast, its really simple but very effective I think.

So this is the first model I've painted without any guidance. I had a quick look at the basic colours and went to it, trying to pick colours, I thought, would best suit the model. I'd love your thoughts on it.

I've had a lot of trouble trying to pick a highlight colour for my Khorne red, Screamer Pink just didn't contrast enough to work. Any tips?

What's your favourite Stormcast chamber?

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Liberating Painting

After years of procrastinating and watching from the sidelines, I have finally finished painting my first model. As ridiculous as this sounds its actually a very big moment for me. I have loved wargaming since a young age and especially Games Workshop ranges (as I'm sure most of us do) and with the new releases it just made sense for me to jump in and get started.

Recently, I got the Warhammer: Age of Sigmar starter set for my birthday (yay) and I've been slowly putting the models together - still having trouble with mould lines and how best to get rid of them, any tips appreciated! - then Games Workshop released the "Getting started in Age of Sigmar" magazine. Wow, this was perfect for me and I highly recommend everyone pick it up, new or seasoned player, as this covers all the fluff, rules and painting tips galore. Not to mention, a free Liberator which was perfect for me.

After building my Stormcast Eternals from the starter set, I was contemplating on a colour scheme and since I'm very new to painting I was hoping to have a test model, so this freebie was perfect! I followed the tutorial on Warhammer TV youtube channel and was quite happy with the results.

I really feel like, although I was following a guide, I picked up a lot of good information about painting and while I'm not entirely happy with the results (struggles of a perfectionist), for a first attempt, I'm happy. I made some mistakes and did struggle at points; highlighting is something I definitely need to work on and would love some advice on that.
I used the Agrellan Earth texture paint for the base, but since I knew it would crack I thought I would paint the base Mephiston Red underneath first, so it would show through, and I'm happy with the results.
Like I said, this is my first fully painted model and I would really appreciate some constructive feedback or comments.
 Happy painting/gaming!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Board-ing the T(er)rain!

Hi lovers of all things miniature!

So I thought while I'm in the process of getting stuck into the hobby I would showcase some of the work I've done the last few months.

I thought I would start with my first gaming board. Now, this wasn't technically made for war gaming, I actually made this for my Nephew to play with his toy soldiers on (so not far from what we actually do anyway). He wanted a place to keep - and play- with all his army men and I thought I'd throw something together for him.

Got to start somewhere!

Please keep in mind this is my first attempt at anything like this, using a lot of methods which I haven't used since school and using bits and pieces I had lying about - so please be gentle!

There were several hiccups along the way, including my cat attacking the board! I found it very difficult to achieve certain effects I desired and I think parts of the project suffered due to that.

My cat was clearly not a fan!

I must admit, I really enjoyed the whole process and it's really inspired me to research scenery tutorials and pick up tips here and there for future projects. I also discovered there are some incredibly talented people out there who are true artists when it comes to creativity and design.

I would love to hear any comments, tips, feedback you might have for me.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

An Awakening!

It's been far too long since I last posted (work has been hectic!) but now things are finally dying down so its time for me to get back into hobby! While I haven't been physically participating in the hobby, I have most definitely been keeping up to date with the new goings on!

Well, so much has happened in the last few months with the Season of War upon us, Sylvaneth(!), Bonesplitters, the General's Handbook and so many getting started packs. Games Workshop have definitely stepped up and are delivering at a level where they always should have - as industry leaders. Its a fantastic thing to see and as someone who has been on the sidelines for so long, this is nothing but a huge motivator to finally get stuck in (not that I needed much more convincing).

I'm very excited to see the direction Games Workshop are taking and I don't doubt that with the release of the General's Handbook, swathes of unconvinced players are now going to finally join the conflict that is the Age of Sigmar.

I, myself, have been somewhat busy, preparing if nothing else, to jump in. I purchased the Age of Sigmar starter box and have started building up my paints collection. I am still undecided which faction to go so I thought it would be good to brush up (yes I went there) on my painting skills by tackling the starter set and hopefully get a few games in - if I can find a willing participant! Expect to see progress on that front soon (including pics!)

Games Workshop products aside, I also received Zombicide Black Plague as a birthday present recently and I have played a few games of that. What a fun game! I'm looking forward to painting those miniatures in the near future!

What does everyone else make of the new releases and what gaming have you been up to?

Sunday, 15 May 2016

New Beginnings

Well hello there!

Come on in and warm yourself by the fire, let me take that sword and hang up that heavy cloak. You look like you have story or two to share but perhaps I should start.

A bit about myself, I suppose! My name is James, I'm a 30 something, miniature enthusiast who has been an ardent observer for the last 20 years. I've followed Warhammer from 5th edition, dabbled in Warmachine/Hordes, perused Infinity and contemplated Guild Ball but barely played a game in all this time. Shocking, right? Well no more! I've decided to take the plunge and throw myself into the fray.

Through this blog, I hope to catalogue my journey into the exciting world of miniature wargaming! I plan to cover new games, painting, battle reports, scenery building and anything else related to the hobby that I think might be of interest to readers.

Being new to the hobby, I'll be the first to admit that my work may be lacking in comparison to battle-hardened gamers or seasoned painters so please keep that in mind, however, constructive feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

Well, all journeys have to start with that first step so are you going to sit by that fire, like I did for all those years, or are you going grab that cloak and follow me...