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Octocon Membership Purchased

Last night I arranged my membership for Octocon 2017, which will be my first ever Octocon.

I got my arm twisted into going whilst I was at Eastercon, and it helped that the airfares with Ryanair were only £50, oh and Dan Abnett is a guest of honour which kinda sealed the deal!

Megan bought the membership for me, it’s my birthday present from her and Lindsay for this year. Only thing about the trip is that I leave for it on my birthday so will be all on my lonesome that night in Dublin, so I guess I will find a pub and have a drink to celebrate by myself.

Really looking forward to it, Lindsay is envious because when I get there I will be headed straight to Bewleys for a nice brew and will have fish and chips from Beshoffs for my lunch. I am also under orders to bring back some Bewleys tea for her.

  • Mood: Excited
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 1
  • In My Ears: Rock Lobster – The B52s
  • Game Last Played: Warhammer 40,000
  • Book Last Read: The Crimson King by Graham McNeil
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: Bones
  • Current State of Projects: Highlighting began on Skullgrinder and Aspiring Deathbringer

An Apology

Yeah turns out the list I have been playing using my Word Bearers was slightly off. I relied on paper and pen to write the list whilst Battlescribe was being updated, and yeah with the FAQs it turns out instead of playing at 2000pts, I was actually playing 2007pts.

So I apologise to my opponents for taking a list that gave me a 7pt advantage.

Here is the list as it stands now and I will be taking this to Bunker War 3 on Saturday as well.

HQ – Chaos Sorcerer in Terminator Armour, Lightning Claw, Force Axe

HQ – Dark Apostle with Plasma Pistol

Troops – Chaos Cultists x 13, Heavy Stubber, Champion with Shotgun

Troops – Chaos Space Marines x 10, Flamer, Heavy Bolter, Champion with Lightning Claw

Troops – Chaos Space Marines x 10, Meltagun, Missile Launcher, Champion with Power Fist

Elites – Chaos Terminators x 5, 3 x Power Fist, Chainfist, Reaper Autocannon, Champion with Power Maul

Dedicated Transport – Chaos Rhino

Dedicated Transport – Chaos Rhino

Heavy Support – Hellforged Deredeo Dreadnought, Ectoplasma Battery, Greater Havoc Launcher

Flyer – Chaos Xiphon Interceptor

Lord of War – Hellforged Spartan Assault Tank

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Write a caption… And this is it, Lorgar represents the last unit I have for my Word Bearers, the army is for now, complete. Love this model, although my painting skills really don’t do it justice, tempted to get another and see if Harry can do me one just for display. The model just gives off character and it was a joy to paint, had some issues with the Crozius which required me getting a replacement part, but overall was not only a joy to paint but so easy to build as well. #FullyPaintedIsForClosers #HardforHeresy #Warhammer30k #Warhammer30000 #HorusHeresy #TheHorusHeresy #Lorgar #TheUrizen #Aurelian #LorgarAurelian #Primarch #Chaos #ChaosSpaceMarine #ChaosSpaceMarines #WordBearers #XVIILegion #XVIIthLegion #BeareroftheWord #PaintingForgeworld

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In other news if you go to this page, you can now see my Lorgar on the product page for the model, I am extremely proud of this, especially as it was a very simplistic paint job which included dry brushing the armour.

Mood: Apologetic
Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 1
In My Ears: Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
Game Last Played: Ultimate One Night Werewolf
Book Last Read: The Crimson King by Graham McNeil
Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: Game of Thrones
Current State of Projects: Skulgrinder and Aspiring Deathbringer Started, Sanguinary Guard no further progress made.

Bit of a Mess

My studio is a real mess, and I really need to crack on and get it properly tidied.

A big issue is my large to do pile of projects and its time I actually got on and painted up some of this stuff, especially the stuff that will eventually live in the games collection downstairs, so I am going to start dedicating myself to building and painting a few of these games, particularly the two Warhammer Quest games, but before I do that, I think I need to invest in foam for these games, so that the models will be protected once they are painted.

What I am Modelling

This week I put my mind towards finishing off the Genestealers from Lost Patrol, for which I used a few different methods to paint them, all to figure out the easiest method to use for the rest of my Tyranids.

They turned out OK, although I am regretting deciding to do Hive Fleet Leviathan now, perhaps I should have picked an easier colour scheme, anyway the Tyranids will be something I return to probably towards the end of the year.

I have also been doing a little work on the Sanguinary Guard with Megan, but these have been moving quite slowly and I have also been working on the Captain in Gravis Armour from the Dark Imperium boxset, but this has also gone quite slowly, but I am close to having him finished.

Next I am going to be starting on the Gorechosen characters, so that like Lost Patrol I can get it out of the studio and into the games shelf.

Oh and I did get some foam for Lost Patrol a few weeks ago, it was from JustLasered, and its really quite good, a brilliant way to store the models, I just wish they did a tray for Gangs of Commorragh, I am not looking forward to building and painting that one, as the models look like they will be left to rattle around in the box.

What I am Reading

I haven’t done much reading again this week, just a few chapters here and there and I am still slowly working my way through The Crimson King by Graham McNeil.

I have however finished listening to Perturabo – Hammer of Olympia, and very much enjoyed it, I must admit that at the end of it Perturabo got a little bit too whiney, but it was a good read and was great as we have had very few glimpses into his life prior to the Heresy.

Its also interesting to see how much he changed during the Crusade, in Magnus the Red: Master of Prospero he was a very different character, much more optimistic and noble. I would love to read more tales of his life to see how he was gradually worn down into the bitter man he became by the Heresy.

What I am Playing

I actually haven’t played anything this week, will have to change that this week, I have already arranged a game of 40k against Graham on Tuesday and will be taking my Chaos Space Marines again.

What I am Backing

Not backing anything new this week, but WoundWang has 6 days left on it, and Founders of Gloomhaven is still funding for another 17 days.

What I am Spending

I bought another character for my Blood Ravens, this time a Deathwatch Terminator Captain, which is surprisingly cheap and is the only way to get that particular character outside a Start Collecting Box or Terminator Command Squad, and the Deathwatch Upgrade Frame might come in useful later on when I eventually do a small Deathwatch army.

I have also preordered a set of the Space Marine Datacards and I think I am going to order some Aggressors as well.

  • Mood: Hot
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 3
  • In My Ears: Crossfire by Brandon FlowersGame Last Played: Warhammer 40,000
  • Book Last Read: The Crimson King by Graham McNeil
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
  • Current State of Projects: Primaris Captain in Gravis Armour 75% Finished, Sanguinary Guard 50% Finished

Putting Together the PC and a Female Doctor

I have had a fairly dull week for the most part. But I did put together my computer again, tidy the studio a little and record a podcast episode.

The motherboard, CPU and memory arrived on Tuesday, I bought it as a bundle so it came already set up, all I did was slot my existing 8GB of RAM in, slip it into the case and attach the wires and connectors in the right place, as well as my wireless card.

The motherboard has 8 SATA inputs, and I am using 6 of those so I didn’t see any point in installing my SATA controller, not sure I will ever need to have 11 hard drives in addition to the Blu-Ray Drive. 

The PC now boots up very quickly, almost seconds really, it’s a big improvement on what it was like before, the SSD really works very well with this motherboard. Because I rearranged a few things, I have had to reassign the hard drive letters, which has meant I had to reinstall a few programs, but I can think of worse things.

The really irritating thing was that with the new motherboard, Windows has decided that my licence was no longer good, thankfully this was easy to sort out, but quite irritating that I had to spend time dealing with that.

The mixer seems to work better now, probably helps that I downloaded updated drivers for it, and that has made recording the podcast a lot easier, also helps that I saw that the Skype channel had its gain set to maximum which explains why that was coming in so hot.

Overall things are improving with the studio, it’s still a big mess though and I need to do more tidying and sorting up there.

Of course the big news of the weekend is that we are getting a female Doctor for the first time. Personally I am not all that bothered, as long as she is a good actress and can bring something new to the role her gender doesn’t bother me, but it is fun to see how some people are overreacting to the news. 

“It’s a leftie feminist PC conspiracy by the Tory Party to get us to accept Theresa May as Prime Minister” is one of my favourite complaints so far, the person who wrote that might have been dropped on the head as a child I think!

What I am Modelling

Not an awful lot this week, I decided to build my Primaris Marines at the beginning of the week and I got them primed, and since then I have added the Marines from First Strike as well.

I decided to paint up one of the Primaris Lieutenants as I quite like the model, it was the first model leaked and I will admit that at the time, I truly believed it was a very good kitbash, I am glad to be mistaken, because it is a quite nice model to paint.

Anyway I have decided to add the Primaris Space Marines to the Blood Ravens as they haven’t had any reinforcements in three years, and I must say the model looks good in the scheme.

It’s also the first time I have used this particular paint scheme on them, much simpler than the one I was using and unless you get up close you can’t tell the difference.

Since then I have decided to finish off the Lost Patrol models, I have already painted the five Space Marine Scouts and now I am going to get the Genestealers painted up, one is finished and three more are almost done, and I will probably start on the next four tomorrow.

What I am Reading

I haven’t picked up my Kobo this week but I have started listening to Perturabo – Hammer of Olympia by Guy Hayley and so far it’s pretty good.

It’s the first time I have read in fiction about his early life, and it’s an interesting society they created for him, and of course the fact the book features Dantioch is a bonus.

What I am Playing

I played a game of 40k against Harry from Mackem Painting at Raiders on Tuesday, we played Eternal War using the Relic mission.

I won the game but to be honest I wasn’t trying to, I was trying to help Harry learn 8th, and afterwards he did say he had a good time, so bonus.

I enjoy playing Harry, he is a good lad with plenty of decent banter.

Emily came round on Friday night so we also played a couple of games of Camel Up and a few rounds of One Night Ultimate Alien.

What I am Backing

Founders of Gloomhaven came across my screen, it’s looks really good, and I do like me a tile laying game.

But seriously the rules look solid and the game looks to be well developed, normally I am a bit reluctant to back a second project from an indie publisher whilst they still have a project outstanding, but in this case I am willing to make an exception.

What I am Spending

Too much, I am on a restricted budget yet still allowed myself to spend money I didn’t have. I bought myself the Reikland Reavers and Gouged Eye dice for Blood Bowl and a Space Marine Chaplain with a Jump Pack for my Blood Ravens.

I also got the Getting Started with Warhammer 40,000 magazine, mostly for the free Intercessor, when I add that to the free model I got o launch day and the three Intercessors from First Strike that gives me a full third Intercessor Squad.

  • Mood: Tired
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 4
  • In My Ears: Florence + The Machine – The Dog Days Are Over
  • Game Last Played: One Night Ultimate Alien
  • Book Last Read: Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: QI
  • Current State of Projects: 1 Genestealer painted.

My Poor PC

Not having a great week, my motherboard has gone and died on me, and it’s taken out my CPU on the way, so I have had to invest in a replacement motherboard and CPU.

I am not gonna pretend I can invest in anything amazing for my PC, I have gotten a Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3HP, which is a pretty decent motherboard in my opinion, and an AMD A8 7600 as a CPU. People have been telling me for years to get an Intel CPU instead of AMD, but the truth is that I have been buying AMD since my Socket A Athlon Thunderbird, and I have always been more than happy with them, and I feel like I get more bang for my buck with AMD.

Now I know they aren’t exactly going to set the world on fire with their performance, but they will make me more than happy, and it’s not like I use my PC to run graphics intensive games is it.

I am also getting 8GB of memory with it and I am going to combine that with the 8GB I already have to give my machine a respectable 16GB of memory.

Anyway the stuff should arrive on Tuesday so I am going to get that all fixed up ready to do some podcast recording on Wednesday.

What I am Modelling

This week me and Megan have painted a Blood Angels Tactical Squad, armed with a Heavy Flamer, Flamer and Hand Flamer on the Sgt for a squad that can literally bring the fire.

I have been wanting to do a Blood Angels army since the Deathstorm boxset and it’s something Megan wanted to help me with, and in the time since then all I have managed to do is paint a Tactical Squad up that I got with Kill Team, pain the scouts from Lost Patrol and a Librarian that I bought cause I wasn’t feeling good mentally at the time.

Next up we are doing a Sanguinary Guard Ancient and a squad of Sanguinary Guard to accompany him, tonight I got Retributor Armour down to form the base and then washed it with Reikland Fleshshade.

What I am Reading

I have been struggling with reading of late, the headaches are really giving me trouble concentrating, this week I haven’t read more than a couple of chapters of the Crimson King and I haven’t listened to any audio books.

What I am Playing

I played James’s Ultramarines this week and lost my first game of 8th Edition, it was a very close game and there was only a point in it. My Xiphon made a good show of itself again, but the Spartan took an early pounding and was gone in turn two.

What I am Backing

I have decided to back WoundWang, James got a sample of this when he was at Warhammer Fest and he let me look over it, and I have to say I am awfully impressed, simple and for vehicles with more than 9 wounds, will be a lot easier to use, so I am backing at the Warmachine level.

What I am Spending

Apart from the PC, I have preordered First Strike, I knew I wanted the Poxwalkers, Reivers and Plague Marines, and I have arranged a swap of the Intercessors for some more Reivers to give me a full unit of them.

With the Plague Marines I intend to combine them with the ones from Dark Imperium and split them into two units of 5, and then when a full multipart box comes out, just use one of them to bulk those two units out to full units of 10.

I also bought the Open Play cards and a Terminator Librarian for my Blood Ravens.

And today at Wilkinson’s I got a cold pillow mat to help keep my head cool at night, and so far it’s working quite well.

Oh and Under the Big Top arrived in stores so being the Carcassonne nut I am, that got bought.

  • Mood: Hot!!!
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 5
  • In My Ears: Love Rollercoaster by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Game Last Played: Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition
  • Book Last Read: The Crimson King by Graham McNeil
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: The Big Bang Theory
  • Current State of Projects: Sanguinary Guard based and washed

Word Bearers – Complete

This week has been all about my sore back, it’s been really bad. I pulled a muscle at Warhammer World a couple of weeks ago and it’s been gradually getting worse. I even ended up being taken into the Urgent Care Clinic on Thursday to see what could be done for me, it was that bad. Thankfully since then it has calmed down a little, but it still hurts.

Other than that, I have been sat in the den at home painting, and this week I completed a couple of units that finished off my Word Bearers as I envisioned them.
It was last June I bought the first items that would go on to form my Word Bearers, the very first being a pack of Telerac Pattern Volkite Culverins and it was that which I used to finish off a Heavy Support Squad which was the last unit I painted for this army.

Originally thy were going to be for a squad in MKIV Armour, but when Burning of Prospero hit, I changed my mind and they ended up in MKIII Armour. I used one half of the sprue for an Ultramarines Heavy Support Squad armed with Ryza Pattern Lascannons, and the rest of the sprue has been sitting in my studio since then.

The penultimate unit was actually Lorgar, a model I have been so afraid of painting, but when I got round to it, wasn’t all that bad, helped by the relative simplicity of his design. I decided to go with red in him so he matched the rest of the army, I did have some issues with his Crozius and was forced to get a replacement part from Forgeworld, but once that was sorted it all went swimmingly.

So that’s it’s for now with regards to the Word Bearers, and here is a photo of the army altogether.

I now have as follows:-

  • Veteran Tactical Squad with two Missile Launchers and a Powerfist with a Rhino
  • Veteran Tactical Squad with two Heavy Bolters and a Lightning Claw with a Rhino
  • Tactical Support Squad with Plasma Guns with a Rhino
  • Heavy Support Squad with Missile Launchers
  • Heavy Support Squad with Volkite Culverins
  • Spartan
  • Cataphractii Terminator Squad with Reaper Autocannon, Chainfist and Power Maul
  • Tartaros Terminator Squad with Heavy Flamer, Chainfist, Volkite Charger and Power Axe
  • Tartaros Terminator Squad with Plasma Blaster and Chainfist
  • Tartaros Terminator Squad with Reaper Autocannon, Volkite Charger, Power Sword and Chainfist.
  • Mastodon
  • Xiphon
  • Contemptor Dreadnought with two Twin Linked Volkite Culverins
  • Contemptor Dreadnought with Kheres Assault Cannon
  • Contemptor Mortis Dreadnought with two Kheres Assault Cannons and Havoc Launcher
  • Deredeo Dreadnought with Hellfire Plasma Cannonade and Aiolos Missile Launcher
  • Mhara Gahl
  • Gal Vorbak 
  • The Ashen Circle
  • Praetor Tribune
  • Centurion with Early Crusade Honours
  • Praetor with Thunderhammer and Combi-Volkite
  • Praetor with Chainfist and Combi-Melta
  • Chaplain with Plasma Pistol and Jump Pack
  • Chaplain with Plasma Pistol
  • Primus Medicae 
  • Librarian 
  • Company Champion
  • Lorgar

That makes for 5893pts of Word Bearers depending on upgrades. It’s a nice sized army and one which has gone relatively to plan with only three additions to the original plan, those being the Primus Medicae, the Xiphon Pattern Interceptor and the Deredeo.

Probably going to keep the army like this for now, it works as a Pride of the Legion list and now I suppose as a Primarchs Chosen as well quite nicely.

I have a couple of Medusas that I am thinking of giving to them, but I am unsure about that one to be honest, it’s either that or I sell them, my Ultramarines already have a full compliment of Medusas.

In the future I was considering giving them a Typhon, and a Seeker Squad with a Rhino, but that’s as far as I have got when making future plans for them. 

They do also have available to them three Tarantulas with Twin-Linked Lascannons which have been painted up in a neutral scheme, and have up until now only been deployed with my Ultramarines. I also was considering a Lightning, which would also be done in a neutral scheme that would allow me to take it with any of my Imperial Armies.

What I am Modelling

In addition to the two Word Bearers units, I painted up a Death Guard Hellbrute.

Since I picked up Dark Imperium I knew I wanted a Hellbrute for the Death Guard and so I picked one up, I built it with a Twin Lascannon and a Power Scourge, giving it some good anti-armour which the Death Guard I have are lacking and the extra attacks form the Power Scourge are always welcome, although I will miss the D6 hits from the Powerfists flamer.

Anyway this took a while to do thanks to my sore back but now it’s done I am quite happy with it.

Now that my Word Bearers are complete I am moving into other projects, starting with Blood Angels. Now I have completed a few units for them here and there, a Tactical Squad, Terminator Librarian, Scout Squad and a Death Company Dreadnought, but now me and Megan are going to concentrate on these mostly now and get them done. 

Tonight we put the base red on the next Tactical Squad and washed them, and the next step will b to tidy them up and highlight the armour.

What I am Reading

I have read very little, but I did finish listening to Master of Mankind, which was shorter than I remembered it being, it reached its conclusion a lot quicker than I had anticipated. But it’s a very well written book and most enjoyable.

What I am Playing

Last Tuesday at the Raiders I played a 2000pt game of 8th Edition Warhammer 40,000 against Tyranids which included a Scythed Hierodule. I took Chaos which included a Spartan, Deredeo and a Xiphon and it was a brutal game. I managed to take out the Hierodule early one using the 12 Lascannons I had on the field and that was quite satisfying.

I took a lot of damage midgame and struggled to deal with some units like Genestealers and the Malanthrope made it quite difficult for me to take out his Hive Tyrant.

But at the end of the game I was victorious on cards, my MVP of the game was hard to pick out, but I think it was the Spartan, the 8 Lascannons really pack quite a punch, and it’s given me some lessons on what I need for my Tyranids, an Exocrine will get added to my to buy list I think.

Then today we played some games as Lindsay is having a week off work, we finally got round to replaying January in Pandemic Legacy and we won, we even eradicated two diseases.

We followed that up by playing two games of Chemistry Fluxx.

What I am Backing

Currently got noting I am backing, but I am looking at a couple of projects so watch this space.

What I am Spending

So little, I have bought only a pot of paint this week, so it’s going quite well really!

  • Mood: Sore
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 5
  • In My Ears: Odds Are by Barenaked Ladies
  • Game Last Played: Pandemic Legacy Season 1
  • Book Last Read: The Crimson King by Graham McNeil
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: Bones
  • Current State of Projects: Blood Angels Tactical Squad basecoated and washed.

The Mastodon is Done

It’s taken a week and a half of work but it’s done.

Putting it together was a ball ache, it might be designed in CAD, but putting the structure of it together was not as smooth as I had hoped, in fact it was down right awkward. Fitting the panels flush, didn’t allow for the doors to close properly, and it wouldn’t stay together in a stable way until I glued in the roof and command module.

The transfers took a bit of time to do, simply because I wanted to do so many, but then again something like that is gonna have a lot of runes and writings on it. Certainly worth taking the time to put them all on.

The door are magnetised, at first I considered not doing it but after tiring together the structure, it was clear that the doors would just flap open all the time, so I went ahead and put in the magnets.

Can’t wait to get this on the tabletop, will need a minimum of 3000pts in Heresy for the 25% rule, but I can field it in a 2000pts list in 40k which is cool, although I am not sure if this would be considered a dick move!

So here are the lists for it that I am considering.

Heresy 3000pts

+ HQ +

Legion Centurion: Artificer Armour, Chainsword or Combat Blade, Jump Pack, Plasma Pistol . . Consul: Chaplain

Legion Praetor: Burning Lore, Cataphractii Terminator Armour, Chainfist, Combi-Weapon, Digital Lasers

+ Elites +

Contemptor-Cortus Class Dreadnought Talon . . Cortus Dreadnought: Twin-linked Volkite culverin, Twin-linked Volkite culverin

Gal Vorbak Dark Brethren: 4x Dark Brethren . . Dark Martyr: Artificer Armour, Power Fist

+ Troops +

Legion Terminator Squad: Cataphractii Terminator Armour . . Legion Terminator Sergeant: Combi-Bolter, Grenade Harness . . . . Power Weapon: Power Maul

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Power Fist, Reaper Autocannon

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Power Fist

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Power Fist

. . Legion Terminators: Chainfist, Combi-Bolter

Legion Terminator Squad: Tartaros Terminator Armour . . Legion Terminator Sergeant: Grenade Harness, Volkite Charger . . . . Power Weapon: Power Sword 

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Power Fist, Reaper Autocannon

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Power Fist

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Power Fist

. . Legion Terminators: Chainfist, Combi-Bolter

Legion Terminator Squad: Tartaros Terminator Armour . . Legion Terminator Sergeant: Combi-Bolter, Grenade Harness, Power Fist 

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Plasma Blaster, Power Fist

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Power Fist

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Power Fist

. . Legion Terminators: Chainfist, Combi-Bolter

Legion Terminator Squad: Tartaros Terminator Armour . . Legion Terminator Sergeant: Grenade Harness, Volkite Charger . . . . Power Weapon: Power Axe

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Heavy Flamer, Power Fist

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Power Fist

. . Legion Terminators: Combi-Bolter, Power Fist

. . Legion Terminators: Chainfist, Combi-Bolter

+ Heavy Support +

Deredeo Pattern Dreadnought: Aiolos Missile Launcher, Single twin-linked Hellfire Plasma Cannonade, Twin-Linked Heavy Bolter

Legion Spartan Assault Tank: Armoured Ceramite, Dozer Blade, Flare Shield, Quad Lascannon Sponsons, Twin-Linked Heavy Bolter

+ Allegiance +

Rite of War: Pride of the Legion

+ Lords of War +

Legion Mastadon Heavy Assault Transport: 4x Hunter-killer Missiles

40k 2000pts

++ Vanguard Detachment +1CP (Chaos – Chaos Space Marines) ++

+ HQ +

Chaos Lord in Terminator Armour: Chainfist, Combi-melta

Sorcerer in Terminator Armour: Force sword, Lightning claw

+ Elites +

Chaos Terminators: No Chaos Mark

. . Chaos Terminator: Chainfist, Combi-bolter

. . Chaos Terminator: Power fist, Reaper autocannon

. . Chaos Terminator: Combi-bolter, Power fist

. . Chaos Terminator: Combi-bolter, Power fist

. . Terminator Champion: Combi-plasma, Power axe

Chaos Terminators: No Chaos Mark

. . Chaos Terminator: Chainfist, Combi-bolter

. . Chaos Terminator: Combi-bolter, Power fist

. . Chaos Terminator: Heavy flamer, Power fist

. . Chaos Terminator: Combi-bolter, Power fist

. . Chaos Terminator: Chainfist, Combi-bolter

. . Terminator Champion: Combi-bolter, Power fist

Chaos Terminators: No Chaos Mark

. . Chaos Terminator: Chainfist, Combi-bolter

. . Chaos Terminator: Combi-bolter, Power fist

. . Chaos Terminator: Power fist, Reaper autocannon

. . Chaos Terminator: Combi-bolter, Power fist

. . Terminator Champion: Combi-bolter, Power maul

++ Super-Heavy Auxillary Detachment +0CP (Chaos – Chaos Space Marines) ++

+ Lord of War +

Hellforged Mastodon

8th Has Landed

Wow, and it’s good, I mean really good, yeah it’s a whole bunch of new books to buy, but that’s parts and parcel of gaming, sometimes editions change and your books need replacing.

I attended the midnight launch party at Battle Bunker, I arrived promptly at 9pm and brought a nice big chocolate cake I got from Costco especially, and that went down a treat.

I started the night with a game against Harry Scarr of the Dark Artisan, which he had put up on YouTube here.

It was a fun game full of lots of cinematic movements, Harry already had his Indexes so I used his for the first half of the game and then switched over to mine after midnight when we were able to collect ours.

Favourite moment of that game was when his Bloodthirster leapt out of the sky and wreaked my Stormtalon in one swoop.

Then I played another chap and his Tyranids, and for the life of me I forgot his name. Anyway this one was just a 1000pt game, which I lost, but not by much. My Stormtalon make mincemeat of his gaunts.

My third game was against Jacob and his Night Lords, this game was my least favourite, but only because his list was very samey, mostly Raptors and a couple of squads of Havocs, Chaos Space Marines and some Warp Talons. This time we used a Maelstrom mission and I won on the cards, but my army was just about wiped out by the end.

The dude was a cool guy and nice to chat with, but the army had very little variety to it, so it was not as fun to play against as I would have liked.

On Sunday, Lindsay needed distracting from Father’s Day, it’s not a good day for her and she likes to keep busy. I jokingly suggested we go to Warhammer World, and she decided that we would actually go!

So we set off reasonably early and we arrived in Nottingham about 11:30, which allowed me to go and buy Necrosis the Undying aka the Nurgle Chaos Marine Sorcerer, which I really prefer the look of compared to the Malignant Plaguecaster that comes with Dark Imperium. I resisted a Death Guard t-shirt, but did buy a pot of Elysian Green paint so I could follow Duncan’s Death Guard painting guide and a Nurgle badge for myself and a Chaos star badge for Lindsay.

I then tackled the weekends special Mk X burger, which was a 6oz beef burger, a 6oz minted lamb burger, 4oz pork burger, pulled pork, pulled beef and two sliced of melted mozzarella. Sounds nice, but it really needed a sauce, because it was served just as is, not even any sauce in the pulled pork. Was still nice though, but the chips weren’t the nicest.

After that, me and Lindsay decided to have a game of 8th where I would introduce her to the new edition, she took 1000pts of Space Marines and I had 1000pts of Orks.

She wiped the floor with me, and she enjoyed it which is what counts, we did make a few mistakes, for example, I assumed that vehicles were the equivalent of relentless, they aren’t, and I forgot about Heroic Intervention, but we did ok.

When we were leaving I had to stop her buying an army, she wants something that’s got a small model count and a reasonably uniform colour scheme, so she was looking at Grey Knights. But I recommended she take on the Primaris Space Marines out of my Dark Imperium box.

What I am Modelling

I finished off my Tartaros Terminators for my Word Bearers with this last Squad, which has a Chainfist, Reaper Autocannon and a Power Sword and Volkite Charger on the Sgt.

At the same time I did these I also painted up a Primus Medicae as well. I love this model, but for some reason I found this one a tad more challenging to do than the one I did for the Ultramarines.

On Monday I decided to build the Xhipon which I have decided to give to the Word Bearers, and this took no time at all to build, so I then turned my attention to the Mastadon.

That was a challenging build but I got a few subassemblies built which will allow me to paint the interior as well. Dryfitting makes it looks like it’s going to be a bitch to put together tough, and I am sure the green stuff will have to come out.

On Tuesday I got the Mastodon and the Xiphon primed, which allowed me on Wednesday to start putting colour on them.

The Xiphon took me not very long at all, that was a dream to paint, I think the transfers took the longest time. I still have to do it’s base, but I am very very happy with it.

I have gotten started with the Mastodon, I am doing this a section at a time, so that I can get it done as good as my skills will allow. I started with the top front plate and that has come together quite well, looks really nice painted up, and now I am working on the Command module. I have painted the interior of one side of it, whilst the other side and the floor have been painted with Leadbeltcher and washed with Nuln Oil.

I have today finished up Necrosis the Undying, at first I was unsure of the Death Guard Green colour and when I first put it on started thinking that perhaps I should have stuck with Deathworld Forest, but once the wash went on it, it really made it pop.

It was a lovely model to paint, but he does seem a little small compared to the Plague Marine models from Dark Imperium.

What I am Reading

I have started on The Crimson King by Graham McNeil, but I haven’t gotten very far into it.

I recently finished The Unremembered Empire as an audiobook, and once again I am struck by new insights into the story, simply by listening to it, instead of reading it. Most enjoyable story, and with that finished I have been listening to a few short stories now, currently I am on with The Seventh Serpent also by Graham McNeil.

What I am Playing

I played my first game of 8th edition Warhammer 40k on Wednesday with Megan. I used the leaked photos of pages from Index Imperium 1 and Index Xenos 2 to put together 500 point lists for Space Marines and Orks.

And it went quite well, the game was much quicker, a lot more free flowing and very brutal. My Space Marines consisted of two tactical squads and a Captain and they didn’t do very well against Megan’s Orks, she had two big squads of Boyz, a squad of Grots, a Runtherd and a Warboss.

All in all my first game impressed me a lot and left me looking forward to playing more games on Friday at Battle Bunker, which I spoke about earlier.

What I am Backing

A couple of things have caught my attention, but I am not backing them yet.

Although this week was a good week for deliveries. We got the second copy of Tokaido Collectors Edition, which it looks like I am selling to Rhi for the Board Game Cafe she is hoping to set up.

And Kingdom Builder Big Box 2nd Editor came. This is a weird one, I have the Kingdom Builder base game, and I enjoy that a lot, so when they put up the Kickstarter for the third expansion, Marshlands, I decided to go for it. I backed that at a level which gave me the expansion, in an empty big box with the three Queenies and the 200 settlements which were a unique shape for each colour.

But then shortly after they launch another Kickstarter for the fourth expansion, Harvest, which of course I backed, but this came with a revised Big Box, and I opted to have Marshlands delivery delayed so that I got them both together in the empty big box.

This would have left me needed in to but the first two expansions but that was no issue. But the project overran, by quite a bit, something I expected, Queen Games have a reputation for late delivery of projects. But last month out of the blue we got a message from Queen Games telling us that by the end of May we would have put games, and we were all being upgraded so that we all got a complete 2nd Edition Big Box!

Now that’s awesome, plus for them it made sense logistically as now they only had one product to ship instead of several variations. Anyway the end of May came and went and I was lucky enough to bump into the head of Queen Games at the UK Games Expo and when I asked about the delays was assured that the shipment had only been delayed a short while, I was even given their email address so that if I didn’t have it in the next fortnight I was to email them to let them know.

True to their word, it showed up within the fortnight, and it’s not a bad package. I have now got 200 standard edition settlements I don’t need, because they sent them along as well strangely. But I do have one niggle, the insert leaves a huge gap between where the settlements go and the top of the box, meaning that if I turn the game on its side, those settlements will come out of their slots and mix all together! So I will be putting them in to baggies.

I love Kingdom Builder, it was a very worthy recipient of the SDJ and I really enjoy playing it, and having the complete Big Box it allows me to donate my copy, which includes all three Queenies to Rhi and her Board Game Cafe.

What I am Spending

I spent a bit more than I wanted to this past couple of weeks. In addition to Necrosis the Undying, I bought Index Xenos 2, a pot of Death Guard Green, Wound Markers and Command Dice.

Oh and I visited the North East Model Centre where I picked up Dark Imperium, and a bottle of primer for my airbrush as I am almost out.

Mood: Sore
Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 5
In My Ears: Good Enough by Dodgy
Game Last Played: Tokaido
Book Last Read: The Crimson King by Graham McNeil
Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: Orange is the New Black
Current State of Projects: Mastodon, about 1/2 finished.

Post Expo

This past weekend, myself, Lindsay and Megan went to the UK Games Expo, which the third biggest tabletop games show in the world behind Essen and Gencon.

It’s a weekend I save for and look forward to all year, and this was the first time that Megan would be visiting for the whole weekend, previously she had only been able to go on a Friday once before. So we were looking forward to this a lot, I have been for the past six years and Lindsay has been joining me for the past four.

This year we travelled down on Friday morning to arrive in time for the show opening at 11, and this year collecting the tickets went so much smoother than last year, yeah there was a queue and annoyingly there was no distinction between people collecting tickets and people buying tickets, but we were only waiting for less than 10 minutes, which was brilliant really.

I then made a beeline for the Hawk Wargames stall and purchased for myself the show only Athens Class Light Cruiser, just in case they ran out like they did at Salute, and Lindsay and Megan bought us a show t-shirt.

I then left to go to the Games Workshop seminar on the new Warhammer 40,000 where I got to see the first preview of the Space Marine Repulser and Chapter Approved, and it was nice to be one of the first people to see something. I also got to have a quick chat with the lead designer of 8th edition Pete Foley who advised me on a new tactic I can use when it drops. He said that when I unload my troops from a transport, have the transport then charge the unit I wish to attack so that it soaks up the overwatch.

There was also a question from a lass about if GW will be making more efforts to have the game appeal to more women, and that was something that Andy Smille, was able to answer, and answered well. GW are looking to develop more female models, but the process takes at a minimum two years, and the results of the project are only starting to come to market now.

After the seminar Andy sought out the lass who asked the question and then took her to the bar to discuss the matter further and it was something he felt very passionate about.

After that I returned to the hall and meet up with Lindsay and Megan where we looked around until we went for our lunch, which we enjoyed in the car. We finished up in time for the John Kovalic seminar, which was a lot of fun. 

I love Dork Tower and am a big fan of Munchkin so it was great to hear a bit about he came to be involved with the game. During the seminar he drew several pictures and I was lucky enough to get one he drew of Cthulhu, which he signed and that’s going to get framed and put up in the games room. After the seminar he also signed my copies of Munchkin Deluxe and the Munchkin 2010 Holiday Edition, both of which had already been signed by Steve Jackson.

We then returned to the trade hall and continued to look around, but about 5:30 Megan had a bit of a panic attack so we decided to go to the hotel and check in, after which we went to Toby Carvery for some dinner.

We then went back to the NEC and went to the Hilton, we couldn’t find any space for open gaming, so we went to the bar. At the bar we bumped into Lynne and she introduced us to Donna Prior and she is a really cool and interesting person. So after a lovely night full of awesome chat we went back to the hotel and slept.

On Saturday I was playing in the Dropfleet Commander tournament in Hall 3A, which was a lot of fun. I took a UCM fleet with a Tokyo as my flagship, and an Avalon. My list was very burn-though heavy. But I learnt a lot about the game and how it’s played and figured out how I want to change my fleet a bit.

We all got a UCM dog tag that was different to the one given out in the Kickstarter and I won a collectors edition of the Dropzone Commander rulebook. And I managed to destroy a shop by ramming it which was an epic movement. I won one game, which was my opening game, and ended up in 5th place, and then lost to the lad who came second, and finally lost my last game against another UCM fleet.

Between games, mine were quite short, I got myself to the trade hall where I tried out a few games, principally Dark Souls and Batman the Board Game.

Dark Souls was awful, it was so so so very bad, it simply drained all the fun out of the room and then some. From what I understand it replicated the grinding of the video game perfectly, but that’s not what I want in a dungeon crawler. It’s a dull game, not very imaginative and is really not worth the time if your life to play it. A shame as it has great minis, but that doesn’t make up for bad rules. I am told that the expansion material coming later in the year will fix a number of the issues, but that’s all Kickstarter backer exclusive, so not really gonna do it if you are silly enough to buy this at retail.

The Batman Board Game was much better, Monolith are behind this one, and you can tell, they have done their best to stay loyal to the IP and have some great minis. It’s still a bit rough, very much a work in progress, but I can see this being a great game when it’s finished. That goes to Kickstarter in February.

Whilst I was playing Lindsay and Megan went to Birmingham, Megan felt that the Saturday would be too much for her anxiety to cope with, but when they were travelling back to the hotel, Megan was really brave and decided to go back into the hall and purchase the two Fluxx games we wanted, Chemistry Fluxx and Math Fluxx, which they were successful at doing, and I am so very proud of her for doing that.

Because I was so late getting out of the tournament we ended up changing our dinner plans, so we just went back to the hotel and had a takeaway, I had a burger with mixed kebab meat and chips.

On Sunday we went back to the trade hall and we made our last purchases, I got a Khorne t-shirt from Forgeworld, a copy of 7 Wonders Duel from Eclectic Games, some Blood Bowl transfers from Tritex Games, Sherif of Nottingham promos from the Dice Tower and a few dice from the Dice Shop.

I introduced Lindsay to Luchador and she loved it so much she bought a copy, which the designer autographed for her.

About 2pm mine and Megan’s feet started to kill us, so we decided at that point to end our Expo and return to the hotel, where after a brief rest we went to a smokehouse for our tea. The food there was quite nice, but I preferred Dirty Bottles in Alnwick. I had brisket and pit beans, but the one thing I really disliked was the fact that they had no sugar free drinks, not very good for a diabetic.

Anyway after that we returned to the hotel, which was that night a lot quieter, many of our fellow guests had been exhibitors and they all seemed to have checked out that day, that was ok, we just sat in the breakfast area and played a game of Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails which Megan won by 2 points.

On Monday we returned home, via Warhammer World, where we stopped off at Bugmans Bar for dinner.

We have already booked our hotel up for next years UK Games Expo, this time at the Ibis Styles, which is right on the NEC and considerably closer to the action.

What I am Modelling

Before Expo I painted up six members of my human Blood Bowl Team, a Blitzer, Thrower, Catcher and three Linemen, which add to my Griff Oberwald and Ogre and give me the beginnings of a team I can play with.

This week I finished off some Word Bearers, this time a unit of five Tartaros Terminators with a Plasma Blaster and a Powerfist on the Sgt. Alongside those I also painted up a Praetor in Cataphractii Armour from the Betrayal at Calth box.

Once they were done I then built and painted up a Commissar and a Lord Commissar for my Millitarium Tempestus, I need one for my 2000pt list for next weeks midnight launch of the 8th edition of Warhammer 40,000.

I have now moved on to the last five Tartaros Terminators for the Word Bearers, this squad equipped with a Reaper Autocannon and a Powersword on the Sgt.

What I am Reading

I couldn’t sleep one night and ended up staying up all night and completely finished off Consorts of Heaven, something I find myself able to do with Jaine’s books.

I have now moved onto The Crimson King, although I will admit to only having just started it.

What I am Playing

Bar the games played at Expo, I have only played a game of Chemistry Fluxx tonight which Lindsay won.

Was nice doing something chemistry related again.

What I am Backing

We backed Untold, we had a good look at it during the Expo and we were quite happy to continue backing it, and it’s now funded and the campaign is over.

What I am Spending

Probably too much! With the launch of 8th Edition Warhammer 40k I have ordered 3 of the 5 Indexes, both Imperial ones, and Chaos, plus the two Forgeworld books, a Combat Gauge and Maelstrom Cards. I will be getting Dark Imperium soon, but I will be putting that on the credit card I think.

I also bought a Space Wolves Contemptor Dreadnought at Warhammer World, along with a Chainfist and a Heavy Bolter for it.

At Expo we bought quite a bit, but I have already mentioned most of that.

  • Mood: Tired
  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 6
  • In My Ears: Songbird by Fleetwood Mac
  • Game Last Played: Chemistry Fluxx
  • Book Last Read: The Crimson King by Graham McNeil
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: Bones
  • Current State of Projects: Word Bearers Terminators, red compete, shoulder pads glossed, metallics next.

Down But Not Out


It’s been a few weeks since I have posted here, I have had lots of family drama which has taken up a lot of my time, and that’s just making me feel crap.

So I am not gonna talk about that at all, and instead concentrate on good stuff.

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How good does 8th edition look, seriously with every single thing that I see, I get more and more excited about it. It looks like the game is going to become a lot more fun and allow it to be something that can be won in the game itself and not at the list building stage.

The starter set looks amazing and the Death Guard models are simply beautiful, and yeah, I will be getting it.

Not entirely sold on the Primaris Marines though, I mean they are growing on me, especially the Dreadnought, that looks amazing, but I am still a bit unsure about them. Obviously when I get them I need to decide what happens with the, do they become part of my Blood Ravens or my Blood Angels, I am swaying more towards my Blood Ravens as they haven’t had anything new for a while.

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I am off to the UK Games Expo on Friday, and I am really looking forward to it. This will be the first time in five years that we haven’t stayed at the Travelodge at Birmingham Airport, instead we are at the Castle Bromwich Holiday Inn Express which is about a 15 minute drive away from the NEC. 

The plan is to leave home at 6am and get to Birmingham in time for the doors opening, I want to grab the Athens Class Light Cruiser from Hawk Wargames to add to my UCM fleet for Dropfleet Commander. 

And of course I want to get to the seminar with Games Workshop for a Q&A about 8th edition.

What I am Modelling

I have gotten out of my hobby stagnation and gotten on with painting quite a bit.

I first off concentrated on getting some stuff done for my Word Bearers who were a little bit neglected in terms of stuff they had available to them. I started off with some Tartaros Terminator units which had sat neglected on my desk for a few weeks.

These were pretty easy to finish off once I put my mind to it, so now I have a unit of 5 Tartaros Terminators, with a Heavy Flamer and Sgt with a Volkite Charger and Power Axe.

At the same time as working on them I got my Praetor Tribune for them done, a wonderful model, which I love to bits and was an absolute pleasure to do.

I also needed to paint up a Chaplain for a game I had against one of my Podcast listeners, so I quickly painted up the Betrayal at Calth Chaplain. And that didn’t turn out too badly.

I then turned my attention to the Gal Vorbak, now these models I found quite intimidating and they really didn’t seem like they could be batch painted, so I got the red armour done and then did them one by one. 

Once I had the first one done, they didn’t seem too bad, it was just a case of not rushing it, taking my time and studying the pictures on the Forgeworld website for reference. I ended up going with a Skaven style flesh for them, using Ratskin Flesh as the base colour. This game the flesh an almost inhuman aspect to it, and I think it works quite well. My original plan was to use skin with purple washes to make it look tortured, but my first attempts at this, looks a bit off, so I abandoned that idea.

With the Gal Vorbak done, I then tacked the Mhara Gal, now if you know me, you know I love Dreadnoughts, so doing this was both a pleasure and a challenge. I approached it in a similar way to the Gal Vorbak, in that I broke the model down into areas and once the basic red armour was done, I approached these sections one by one. And that made painting it a lot easier, in the end I am quite proud of it, a little unsure of the head but I think over all it’s pretty good.

My final Word Bearers unit that I have done recently is a Deredeo Dreadnought, and I armed this with a Hellfire Plasma Cannonade. This one was done differently to my other Word Bearers Dreadnoughts and instead of dry brushing it, I edge highlighted it, simply because that seems to me to be the best approach for Deredeos.

I still think I am going to go back and do a bit more work on it though, probably put some scripture on it, make it fit in with the rest of the army more.

The other model I got done was for my Ultramarines, I have a game against Graham tomorrow and he is bringing an armoured breakthrough, so I need to bring lots of anti-tank, and thus I need Lascannons, in this case a Deredeo with Arachnus Heavy Lascannon Battery, because he is bringing a Fellblade, so Exoshock could come in handy! This model took very little time to get painted I just seemed to be in the zone and it came together quite quickly.

I also finished off a Blood Angels Death Company Dreadnought, this had been mostly finished on my desk for over a year, so I decided to put the finishing few touches to it, and now it’s ready to hit the table for 8th edition.

What I am Reading

I haven’t read an awful lot, but I am back to listening to audiobooks whilst I paint.

I listened to Vengeful Spirit which is a really good book and listening to it, as with many books, opened my eyes to several things I missed when I read it.

I am now working my way through various short stories leading up to Unremembered Empire, currently in the middle of Prince of Crows. 

I did get hold of Dark Compliance on CD, a friend who went to Warhammer Fest managed to grab me a copy and I have already listened to it. Very good story, John French really captures the spirit of what was mentioned in the Black Books, and it’s always nice to hear from Doombreed.

I have started to read the second book in the Hidden Empire series, Consorts of Heaven, but I am very much in the first few chapters still.

What I am Playing

I have only played one game in the past few weeks and that was against Graham and his very cool Space Wolves. I talked about it on the last Edge of Empire episode so you are better off listening to that for a report on the game.

What I am Backing

Well the Creativity Hub launched an RPG based around Rory’s Story Cubes, so I had to back that didn’t I. The game is called Untold and so far it looks pretty good.

I love Story Cubes, I think they are an excellent educational toy and I have quite a number of sets of them. So of course I was going to back this.

At the moment the stretch goals have added a copy of Batman Story Cubes for everyone and tokens to play the game with. I am backing at the level which comes with Adventure Time Story Cubes.

What I am Spending
Not a lot, my being good with money is working out, all I have bought recently are my usual comics, although I did go out for a Five Guys yesterday.
Mood: Downbeat

  • Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: 4
  • In My Ears: In Your Eyes by Kylie Minogue
  • Game Last Played: Pokémon Go
  • Book Last Read: Consorts of Heaven by Jaine Fenn
  • Movie/TV Show Last Viewed: Dr Who 
  • Current State of Projects: Human Blood Bowl team, 6 players partly done.

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