So Warhammer Fest, where do I start?
Well let’s be honest, there were a lot of issues, huge numbers of them, and let me be frank about the biggest issue, the shop.
The shop is something that GW should be able to and can do well, at the UK Games Expo last year they had a far bigger presence and more stock, what they had in Manchester was small and focused on a few stands.
The queue to pay was 90 minutes long, there was very very little third party licenced stuff, a few McFarlane and JoyToy figures, a small selection of the Cubicle 7 RPGs and a limited number of art prints.
So no board games, clothing, dice bags, posters, phone cases, mugs, notebooks etc
It felt very lacking in terms of that stuff.
There were a few gaming stalls and credit to them, they put on an amazing show, but because they were one of the few things there, the queues were mental.
Never got a chance to try Boltgun, but I am gonna preorder it anyway, the community lass from Tacticus convinced me to give it a go, and it’s actually pretty good.
Warpforge seems a lot of fun and Horus Heresy Legions is as good as ever.
There was one set of painted models on display for 10th edition 40K, in between the queue for the shop and the queue to try 10th edition, so you could barely get to take a gander at them.
There were 5 tables to try 10th on and a lad I know queued for 4 hours to get a turn at trying it, which if I am honest was ridiculous and a bit of stupid decision, at the Fest when 8th launched there were 20 or 30 tables if I remember correctly.
Its sad cause the last event was so good, and this was just a real let down.
But I still had lots of fun, but that’s cause I got to meet up with people I rarely get to see and play with and in that respect it was good, but still it shouldn’t have been so lacking in content.
Will I go again, depends, if I can get a tournament to play in sure, but if not, perhaps I won’t.
So I got a bit from Warhammer Fest!
Here is the total lot!
It’s broken down into, the event exclusive Commissar!
Some dice for my Imperial Knights and *ahem* Kharadron Overlords 🙄
A Homunculus and some Mandrakes for my Drukhari
Lelith Hesperax and Drazhar for them
A Combat Patrol for them too
A Deimos Pattern Whirlwind Scorpius for my Imperial Fists
A Rat Ogre for Blood Bowl
And some general swag, which includes some Warhammer Fest objective markers, some badges, patches, a few paints, and a mousemat!
I went and got the Skådis Pegboard from IKEA, well I had them delivered to a local shop, IKEA want 20 notes to deliver to the house, but only £2 to send it to a shop 5 minutes away!!!
First up I had to remove all the controller mounts from the wall, then fill in the holes and paint over them.
This meant the girls insisted that I sort out the cupboard under the stairs, and I will have to take a trip to B&Q to get colour matched paint.
So I started with the cuboard sort, then filled in the holes with the filler and the put the boards up, the bits of filled wall need painting still, but B&Q in Hartlepool is now closed so it’s a trip to Stockton for that!
The pegboard went up pretty easily, I went with the black Skådis, I did consider the Uppspel board with the ROG branding, but that would have been an extra £20 I didn’t fancy spending!
The controllers are now all up, I went with the Skådis hooks to mount them, because it works, mostly.
I did get an Uppspel accessory kit, mostly for the magnetic strip, but the straps are great for holding the NES and SNES controllers, and I plan to get a couple more to hold the PC Engine, CD32, Neo Geo CD and SN30 Pro controllers.
Also, my future Steam Deck may be stored in the board using these straps!
The magnetic strip currently holds a pair of nice braided cables to connect the controllers to the PC directly, one cable is USB C and the other is Micro USB. The WaveBird receiver is also held on it too!
What I Am Modelling
I started out by painting the Imagifier for the Sisters of Battle!
And a Abhorrant Ghoul King for the Flesh-Eater Courts!
Followed by the Drukhari Raider for the Wyches.
So what’s up next?
- Kairic Acolytes x 18
- The Guild
- Ultramarines Repulsor
- Hedkrakka’s Mob
- Skaven Deathrunners x 2
- Blood Ravens Invader ATV x 2
- Catacomb Command Barge & Overlord
- Swampcalla Shaman x 2 & Pot Grot
- Ultramarines Outriders x 3
What I Am Reading
No books read, but I have finished listening to Lukas the Trickster by Josh Reynolds.
And I listened to Embrace the Darkness by Nicholas Briggs.
What Tabletop Games I Am Playing
Myself, Graham, Rob and Niall had a game of 30K at Element Games, which was a hell of a lot of fun, and my first time visiting Element in person, and its a really fun place.
What Video Games I Am Playing
A couple of hours of The Witcher 3 but that’s it!
What I Am Spending
Bought a few more video games!
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Star Wars: Episode I Racer
- Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Italia
- Star Wars: Squadrons
- Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Escalation Pack
Plus this months Humble Choice that got me
- Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Deamonhunters
- Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters Castellan Champion Upgrade Pack
- Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition
- Bendy and the Dark Revival
- Operation: Tango
- Windjammers 2
- Builder Simulator
- Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery
- The Invisible Hand
And I bought a copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection for the Switch too
- Mood:- Happy
- Caffeinated Beverages Consumed:- 5
- In My Ears:- Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode
- Tabletop Game Last Played:- Say Anything
- Video Game Last Played:- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Book Last Read:– In the Coils of the Labyrinth – David Annadale
- Audiobook Last In My Ears:- Embrace the Darkness – Nicholas Briggs
- Podcast Last Consumed:- The WAN Show (April 21st 2023)
- Movie Last Viewed:– Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves
- TV Show Last Viewed:- Star Trek: Voyager
- Current State of Projects:- Armada Dwarves ships have the first base coat on