Domino Strays

I have been provided with an advance copy of the new Marvel Heroines book Domino Strays by Tristan Palmgren published by Aconyte Books, so here is the honest review I promised in exchange for the book.

So here is an important disclaimer which is always important to put out there first. I have a casual work contact with Asmodee to demonstrate board games for them in stores and at conventions. Asmodee being the parent company of Aconyte the publisher.

I am going to try my best to not let these things cloud my judgement in this review, but I accept that subconsciously it might.

So lets get in to it, the book as the title suggests concentrates on Domino, the mutant whose power is luck, if you are familiar with the comics, this is set in the current timeline with her being the leader of the Hotshots and contains the rest of the team in supporting roles. If you are less familiar, she was played wonderfully by Zazie Beetz in Deadpool 2.

The story revolves around the Hotshots infiltrating the compound of a cult leader in Chicago to save her clients two children. It skips between three different time periods, giving us the reasons why Domino hates the idea of people being held in cages, and why she has a particular thing for crazy zealots.

Its told from a second person point of view with Domino telling the reader the story, given how closely Domino is associated with Deadpool, I think it would have been very easy for this to go down the route of breaking the fourth wall, but I think this works way better, because they didn’t do that. Honestly it feels like we are holed up in some seedy bar as Domino relates the story to us over drinks.

You get a fantastic inside look at the Hotshots, how they work and the relationship dynamic between them, especially between the closest three of them, those being Domino, Diamondback and Outlaw.

My favourite parts of the story were those that covered Dominos infiltration of the Project Armageddon compound in the Everglades and those about her childhood in a church orphanage. The present days story for me was more of a device to tie it all together, and it was really good at that.

Another positive was that they didn’t overly play on her superpower, she rarely relied on it, and as she points out, its not something that makes her invulnerable and isn’t very cinematic, she has to rely on honed skills and experience, only relying on her superpower when she absolutely needs to.

The only real issue I have with the story is the footnotes, which are in themselves great, but they are all at the end of the chapters, which are in themselves, not that long, but its a pain to have to keep flipping through to make sure you read them when you are supposed to. I would much rather they be at the end of the page they belong with, but I wonder if this is a limitation of the ePub format.

I was a big fan of the Domino: Hotshots series by Gail Simone and this was a fantastic deep dive into that team. You don’t need to have any background in the characters as the book does a great job of giving you all the background you need, but in a natural very easy flowing way. The dynamic between the team was just perfect, with the characters balancing each other out just like they do in the comics. The relationship between the core of Domino, Diamondback and Outlaw, with the other members was just perfect, especially with Atlas Bear, who is only reluctantly a member of the team.

Footnotes aside, this is a very good read and given that the characters are very much Marvel B-List characters (Other than Black Widow), means that its accessible to those who only really know Marvel from the MCU.

In short you have a great book looking at one of Marvels more interesting characters and its really enjoyable.

Domino Strays is going to be released on October 6th.

Unboxing Dropfleet Commander

The BigGeordieGeek unboxes a copy of the Dropfleet Commander 2 Player Starter Set from TT Combat.

Get yours from TT Combat for £60, or from Element Games for £58.50

A Much Needed Break

I think most of my friends know that I haven’t been doing well. The after effects of Covid-19, the new limitations it has placed on me and the various issues that have cropped up the past few months have really taken a toll on me.

So my friend David offered to give me a break away at his in London, and I readily took him up on the offer, despite my natural reluctance to be away from my own home.

So Lindsay and Megan dropped me off on Friday at Ferrybridge services, where David picked me up and drove me down to North London, via Warhammer World, where we popped into to grab a couple of things.

Then we made out way to Reds True Barbeque in Nottingham city centre where we enjoyed some awesome BBQ food.

We then travelled down to London where we spent a few hours chatting and stuff in David’s man cave.

As David was throwing a socially distanced BBQ shindig on Sunday, Saturday was spent gathering the required meats and stuff, and also included a trip to Leisure Games.

The evening was spent with David playing Blood Bowl 2 and me building a Nemesis Warbringer Titan as we chatted and put the worlds to right.

Sunday the BBQ happened and David’s plans popped round, a mixture of friends from politics, gaming and work. And it was a really good little party, I even got a game of Heresy in.

Lots of fun was had and perhaps the odd airsoft gun was fired!

The next day David did sleep in a bit because we were up until very late, so I was mostly on my own, but I managed to build and magnetise two Reaver Titans for Adeptus Titanicus.

After a tea of pit beans and sour bread toast, we then played a game of Adeptus Titanicus, before doing some tidying up of his hobby room, and heading to bed.

Tuesday saw Lindsay come collect me as she had to run a personal errand in the south, and we headed back up north!

I really appreciate David putting me up for the weekend, I feel super relaxed and had so much fun playing games and just sitting and chatting about stuff.

What I Am Painting

This week I really think I am getting out of my hobby slump, and feel like I can finally get a move on with my painting.

Perhaps it’s the hot weather starting to ease or just the fact that a few things in life have started to go right again, I am not sure.

Anyway I started by finishing off the Blood Ravens Intercessors, which means I am one unit off having painted all of Dark Imperium.

This brings me up to three 10 man units of Intercessors for the Blood Ravens, I still have two units left to paint, but these are armed with Stalker Bolt Rifles and Auto Bolt Rifles.

I then picked up and started work on a squad if Space Wolves Infiltrators and Ragnar Blackmane from Prophecy of the Wolf., along with a Primaris Rune Priest I am painting for Kill Team.

I managed to get the Infiltrators finished, but time crept up on me and I had to leave Ragnar and the Rune Priest for my return from London.

Whilst at David’s I built and magnetised a pair of Reaver Titans, a Vulcan Mega Bolter for Reavers and a Nemesis Warbringer Titan, all for Adeptus Titanicus.

Coming up in the painting queue we have:-

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. Ragnar Blackmane and Primaris Rune Priest
  3. Death Korps of Krieg Infantru Squad x 10
  4. Secret Heresy Project Unit
  5. T’au Empire Strike Team x 10 & Devilfish
  6. Mortarion x 2
  7. Nighthaunt Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed, Spirit Torment, Guardian of Souls & Lord Executioner
  8. Adeptus Titanicus Titans (Warhounds x 2, Reavers x 2 & Nemesis Warbringer)
  9. UCM Ships (3 Cruisers, 2 Frigates, 6 Corvettes, 2 Destroyers)
  10. Death Korps of Krieg Command Squad x 5
  11. Millitarium Tempestus Drop Force Imperator x 5

What I Am Reading

I finished listening to Avenging Son, and I did find it extremely enjoyable, quite a few story strands, all of which seemed to pay off and was a really interesting look at the beginning of the Era Indomitus.

The narrater however wasn’t the best, his voice for Roboute Guilliman was particular bad, a lot of his stuff was alright, but he just wasn’t as good as most other Black Library audio book narrators.

I then started on Sons of the Selenar, and I must admit I really missed the voice of Jonathan Keeble. It’s a great story and it’s wonderful how it links.

Still reading and enjoying Domino Strays but I got very little of that read this week.

What I Am Playing

On Sunday I played a game of Heresy against a chap whose name escapes me, but he played with Salamanders and I had my Death Guard.

Of course I lost, but it was a casual game and lots of fun was had. At the end of the game I had a single Heavy Support Squad member left on the board!

On Monday night me and David played a basic game of Adeptus Titanicus, which I also lost!

We just had very basic set ups, using my Titans because at David’s rate of painting, he may have his ready for some time in 2045!!!

My mistake was splitting my forces and sending the Warlord to try and flank the enemy, but of course it’s so slow that David was able to concentrate his entire battle group on my Reaver and Warhound.

In a particularly epic moment, my Reaver was destroyed when David’s Warhound missed my Warhound with a Plasma Blastgun and hit my Reaver instead which was already basically dead.

It then fired wildly at my Warhound doing enough damage that made it super easy for David to finish it off with his next activation.

What I Am Backing

Not backing anything right now, although I have chased up the transfer sheets from Forgotten Chapters as that should have arrived by now.

What I Am Cooking

I haven’t cooked anything all week!

What I Am Spending

I spent quite a bit this week!!!

We bought a couple bits for the car, first was a long lightning cable. There is a power socket right in the back, so we plugged in a USB adaptor there and grabbed a 3m cable so we can reach everyone in the back if they need it.

We also bought a Bluetooth FM transmitter for the car, because annoyingly it doesn’t have an aux port. This one is good because it has two USB ports and a USB-C port, so we don’t lose the ability to charge phones and power the Sat Nav.

We also bought a phone holder that attaches to the window, this is so that Lindsay can have access to Google Maps if she wishes to use that instead of the TomTom we own.

I also took advantage of TT Combats online exclusives period and ordered a Saratoga Light Cruiser to add to the one I bought when it first came out, a Pungari Thresher to add to my Shaltari and a pack of Scourge Command Cards. But I don’t expect to get them until next week.

I am getting sick and tired of anaemic oven chips and as a group we decided to get ourselves an air fryer, we had over £50 of Nectar points so, we just used them to grab it from Argos.

My order of Lexicanium Varus and Sister Tariana Palos was also dispatched, a Made to Order limited stuff order that I made at the back end of April.

I ordered one Varus for my Blood Ravens and one for mine and Megan’s Blood Angels.

On the trip to Warhammer World, I bought, a few bits, I grabbed the dice for the latest Warhammer Underworlds Expansions, Morgok’s Crushers and Morgwaeth’s Blade-Coven, a Vulcan Mega Bolter for an Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Titan and a set of transfers for my secret Heresy project.

I made an order with Element Games for the last expansion for Blackstone Fortress, Ascension, Morgok’s Krushas, Cultists of the Abyss and an Army Painter Drybrush.

I popped into Leisure Games, David’s FLGS and I bought mine and Megan’s present to Paul for his birthday, and a couple of brushes from Army Painter for myself.

So hopefully I will have that order next week.

August Resolutions Update

The end of the month is here so let’s see where I am with my hobby resolutions.

It has been a slow month, the heat has really impacted on my painting.

This month brings me up to 993 completed models.

Finish The Blood Ravens I Own on 1st January – 90% Complete

I painted a 10 man Intercessor Squad this month, these were mostly multipart models but also included an Easy to Build model and a Sgt from Dark Imperium.

So left to paint for the Blood Ravens are:-

  • Intercessors with Stalker Bolt Rifles x 10
  • Hellblasters x 10
  • Hellblasters with Heavy Plasma Incinerators x 5
  • Inceptors x 3

So I am not too far off competing this resolution at all!

Finish The Death Guard – 84.62% Complete

Noting was touched for the Death Guard this month, but Mortarion should get done next month.

Paint 2000 Points of Stormcast Eternals – 85% Complete

I painted two units of Vanguard-Hunters and a Knight-Zephyros, although only one unit of the Vanguard-Hunters counted towards the target.

Left to paint I have:-

  • Lord Arquilor
  • Vanguard-Hunters with Storm Sabres x 5
  • Gryph-Hounds x 6

Paint 2000 Points of T’au – 31.25% Complete

I painted a Breacher Team and their Devilfish, using an airbrush to get down the main colour of the armour, which made that task a lot simpler and smoother.

Left to paint for this list I have:-

  • Commander in XV86 Coldstar Battlesuit
  • Strike Team x 10
  • Strike Team x 10
  • XV25 Stealth Suits x 3
  • Sniper Drones x 4
  • Barracuda AX-5-2
  • TY7 Devilfish
  • KV128 Stormsurge

Other Resolutions

  • Complete 2000 Points of Orks
  • Rebase the Orks
  • Paint Mortarion for Everchosen

Completed Resolutions

  • Paint 867 Models
  • Rebase the Blood Ravens

So going into September what does my painting queue look like?

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. Ragnar Blackmane & Primaris Rune Priest
  3. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad x 10
  4. Secret Heresy Project Unit
  5. T’au Strike Team x 10, Cadre Fireblade & Devilfish
  6. Mortarion x 2
  7. Nighthaunt Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed, Spirit Torment, Guardian of Souls and Lord Executioner
  8. Adeptus Titanicus Titans (Warhounds x 2, Reavers x 2 & Nemesis Warbringer)
  9. UCM Ships (3 Cruisers, 4 Frigates, 6 Corvettes, 2 Destroyers)
  10. Death Korps of Krieg Command Squad x 5

A Bit Overdue

I have had a weird couple of week, and this missed a blog post last week, so here is two weeks worth.

In those two weeks I have gotten a new job demoing for TT Combat, mostly focused on a favourite game of mine, Dropfleet Commander.

I am a huge fan of Dropfleet, and normally play UCM, but I have a little of everything.

My current plan with that game is to concentrate on the UCM and get them a bit bigger before focusing on the Scourge for a bit.

I am considering stripping my Scourge and redoing them in a colour shift scheme, but I am not sure.

Anyway, I have added the new ships that TT Combat have sent me to the painting queue along with some I have still got to do from when I bought them previously.

What I Am Modelling

I started the week by building my Zone Mortalis terrain, which was a big job. I even gave myself a blister on my finger using the hobby knife to scrape away mouldlines

I think I may have enough to cover a 3×3 in here.

I then place on my desk the Death Korps of Krieg Mortar Teams and the Stormcast Eternals Vanguard-Hunters and Knight Zephyros.

I got the Vanguard-Hunters done first, I dunno but I just wasn’t feeling the Death Korps at that moment.

They took me 10 days to paint, but it’s well worth it I think.

I then took out the Blood Ravens Intercessors so I could work on them piecemeal and I started to work on the Death Korps of Krieg Mortar Team, and managed to get them finished on Saturday.

I now have the Blood Ravens Intercessors armour done and hopefully I should get them finished quickly.

So here is my painting queue as it stands right now.

The Zone Mortalis Terrain is top of the list right now but I am waiting for a good chance to get them primed, every time the weather is good, I can’t get it done because I don’t have time, and when I have time the weather is bad.

  1. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  2. Blood Ravens Intercessors x 10
  3. Space Wolves Infiltrators x 10 & Ragnar Blackmane
  4. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad x 10
  5. Secret Heresy Project Unit
  6. T’au Strike Team x 10, Cadre Fireblade & Devilfish
  7. Mortarion x 2
  8. Nighthaunt Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed, Spirit Torment, Lord Executioner & Guardian of Souls
  9. Adeptus Titanicus Warhound Scout Titans x 2
  10. UCM Ships (3 Cruisers, 4 Frigates, 6 Corvettes, 2 Destroyers)

What I Am Reading

I listened to the audio drama Dredge Runners by Alec Worley and I was really impressed by it, fantastic characters and it really felt like the city came alive in it.

Brilliant character and a wonderfully atmospheric story, want more like this please!

It got me so excited about Warhammer Crime that I jumped right into Bloodlines by Chris Wraight as an audiobook, which i finished and frankly it’s absolutely amazing, really good and very entertaining book.

I then started listening to Avenging Son by Guy Haley, the first Dawn of Fire novel

Prose wise I finished up Saturnine and wow, possibly the best Heresy book so far, maybe even the best 40k book ever written!

I have lots of thoughts about it and we’ll I may have to write a review.

I then started on Domino Strays by Tristan Palmgren as the good folk at Aconyte have asked me to review an advance copy.

What I Am Playing

A week ago Friday I went to the ever amazing Battle Bunker in Sunderland where myself and Graham, played a game of Horus Heresy.

It was a 3500 point game, where my Death Guard faced off against his Salamanders. He brought along a cool list with some stuff I have never played against before, and I brought for the first time my Sabres and my Autocannon Squad.

The game was initially quite close, but losing a squad who were on an objective meant i soon started to fall back in points.

The Sabres died early on, and did make an impression taking out a Rhino and a few Marines.

The Autocannon Squad were the MVPs for me, and they just decimated whatever they fired against, taking out a Leviathan, finishing off a Storm Eagle and destroying two Rhinos. There wasn’t a turn in which they didn’t destroy something.

The game ended up being a 6-9 victory for Graham.

I also was demoing Marvel Crisis Protocol at the Virtual U.K. Games Expo over Discord, which was a lot of fun.

I had to reteach myself the rules as it’s been a while, and I don’t own any of it myself.

What I Am Backing

Not a sausage right now!

But I have got the survey for Chai: High Tea, and am considering a couple of add ons.

What I Am Cooking

Not much, I did make a big omelette for lunch one day and then fish fingers and chips for tea, but other than that not much.

What I Am Spending

Hachette finally sent me the missing copy of Conquest Issue 13 I ordered, with its Munitorum Armoured Container, which is going in my Zone Mortalis terrain collection.

We did make one very large purchase, a car!

My PIP has ended and the Covid-19 stuff means it ain’t getting reviewed anytime soon so in the meantime we have to hand back our lovely Mini.

But to tide us over we bought a SEAT Alhambra, it’s cheap and needs a little bit of cosmetic work, but we are quite happy about it.

Insurance wasn’t terrible either considering Lindsay’s only been driving for four years, anyway the big advantage of this car is that we can fit many four nibbling in it. So when we visit Suffolk or take out Jane’s boys, no need to decide if someone should be left home or get the bus.

However annoyingly not long after getting it, as in within 24 hours the starter motor died, which forced us to arrange for a new one to be fitted, which happened today and now it’s up and running properly.

The dealer we bought the car off split the costs of getting the new starter motor with us, so that was fairly decent of him.

I did but Sons of the Selenar on Audible, it’s taken a little while to reach there but I am glad it has.

Tutorial – My Bases

I have been asked a few times recently how do I paint my bases.

Well it’s a really simple scheme and I base the vast majority of my armies this way. Why, because I have a Realm of Battle board done in this style and keeping them in the same scheme means they look really good on that board.

Anyway let’s dive in, why you guys want to know this, I really don’t know.

Step 1

First step, get some basing material on there, I use a mixture of Bird Sand and Bird Grit from Wilko. £2.50 basically gets you several years worth of basing material.

I apply it by first coating the base in PVA glue, followed by dipping the base in the basing material, tapping off the excess and letting it dry.

Once dry I then apply a second coat of thinned down PVA glue to help keep it stick to the base.

Step 2

Then I apply a thinned down coat of Mournfang Brown, I tend to water this paint down more than normal, this way it runs into the recesses in the basing material much better.

Step 3

After the Mournfang Brown has dried, I then shade it using some Nuln Oil.

Step 4

Once the wash has dried, I then drybrush the base, using first Mournfang Brown, which has a subtitle effect but tidies the base U.K. a bit.

This is then followed by a light drybrush of Tau Light Ochre.

Once this is done I will paint the rim with Mournfang Brown.

Step 5

And finally I will use some PVA to apply some static grass to the bases.

And that’s it, super simple, but I think it works.

Starting Sylvaneth with Mortal Realms

A lot of you will now be getting into your hands the second Premium Pack for Hachettes Mortal Realms, and this time it contains Sylvaneth so just like last time with the Flesh Eaters Courts, let’s look at how you can expand this set into a 1000ts and 2000pts army.

So let’s start by looking at what you get in the pack.

  • Spite Revenants x 5
  • Dryca Hamadreth
  • Branchwych

Plugging that into Battlescribe that gives us a total of 440 points, so a lot less than the Flesh Eaters.

So where would I go first, well looking at the warscolls in the Battletome, I would be tempted to start with The Outcasts Warscroll Battalion, which needs 3 units of Spite Revenants, so you need to go and buy two more boxes of them.

After this I would probably grab a Start Collecting Sylvaneth box and use the Treelord and Dryads from that to add to the army. And also grab the Endless Spells and use the Spiteswarm Hive from that.

So now your list should look like this:-

+ Leader [380pts] +

Branchwych [80pts]

Drycha Hamadreth [300pts]

+ Behemoth [180pts] +

Treelord [180pts]

+ Battleline [100pts] +

Dryads [100pts]: 10 Dryads [100pts]

+ Battalion [280pts] +

Battalion: Outcasts [280pts]
. Spite-Revenants [60pts]: 5 Spite-Revenants [60pts]
. Spite-Revenants [60pts]: 5 Spite-Revenants [60pts]
. Spite-Revenants [60pts]: 5 Spite-Revenants [60pts]

+ Malign Sorcery [50pts] +

Endless Spell: Spiteswarm Hive [50pts]

Going to 2000 points I would start by adding some Tree Revenants, so that you could form those, your Treelord and Branchwych into a Household Warscroll Battalion.

Then I would grab a second Start Collecting Box and use this to add two more units of Dryads and a second Branchwych so that I could add the Forest Folk Warscroll Battalion and a Treelord Ancient.

And lastly I would drop the Spiteswarm Hive and instead add a unit of Kurnoth Bunters with Kurnoth Greatbows for some ranged firepower’s.

So this is the list I would build for 2000 points.

+ Leader [560pts] +

Drycha Hamadreth [300pts]

Treelord Ancient [260pts]

+ Other [190pts] +

Kurnoth Hunters [190pts]: 3 Kurnoth Hunters [190pts], Kurnoth Greatbow

+ Battalion [1,240pts] +

Battalion: Forest Folk [520pts]
. Branchwraith [80pts]: 1. Throne of Vines
. Dryads [100pts]: 10 Dryads [100pts]
. Dryads [100pts]: 10 Dryads [100pts]
. Dryads [100pts]: 10 Dryads [100pts]

Battalion: Household [440pts]
. Branchwych [80pts]
. Tree-Revenants [80pts]: 5 Tree-Revenants [80pts], Glade Banner, Protector Glaive, Waypipes
. Treelord [180pts]

Battalion: Outcasts [280pts]
. Spite-Revenants [60pts]: 5 Spite-Revenants [60pts]
. Spite-Revenants [60pts]: 5 Spite-Revenants [60pts]
. Spite-Revenants [60pts]: 5 Spite-Revenants [60pts]

I am not gonna pretend I am a tactical genius here, this list is probably very sub-optimal, but it’s what I would do personally because I think this is a nice route to 2000 points.

I would also very much look at grabbing an Awakened Wyldwood, because it’s fantastic in game and will really add something to your army.

In terms of painting, I would point you towards the tutorial on YouTube by Duncan Rhodes when he was at Warhammer TV for Ylthari’s Guardians.

So let me know what you think of my ideas, and if you are gonna give them a try out, let me know how it goes!

Just a quick note, if you do follow the links to Element Games and buy something from them, a little bit of a commission is made for Edge of Empire which helps keep the podcast running.

Seeking Energy

Ever since Covid-19 I am really struggling with energy in the afternoons and evenings, and cups of tea aren’t really touching it in a way I would like it to.

I am not gonna lie I do of course enjoy an energy drink, my favourites being Carabao Sugar Free Green Apple, Irn Bru Energy Sugar Free and Coca-Cola Energy Zero.

But I do struggle to get these drinks, Monster seems to be the post popular drink in the Co-Op, but I am not that keen on the Ultra Zero flavour and the other flavours, well they don’t say what they are on the tin and that’s a bit off putting.

But long term even when I can get hold of the ones I like, they aren’t all that cheap and I do wonder if they are any good for me.

But I have seen a number of adverts for Sneak and Razorwire, which have always struck me as being like those protein supplements that dudes who want to get hench use, which hasn’t exactly enamoured me to their product.

But I relented and decided to give Razorwire a try, simply because if I do go for it, it seems to offer the best value. So I ordered two samples, one of Sour Apple flavour the other of Cherry, which I do enjoy.

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Really finding myself flagging in the afternoons/evenings since Covid. Whereas before lockdown the odd energy drink helped me on days where the fatigue was bad, now it feels like I am needing them almost everyday. But being diabetic I have to be careful what I buy, I was buying one flavour after being told it was sugar free, only to find out it wasn’t later on. I keep seeing adverts for this stuff @razorwireenergy on Facebook so I paid the shipping for a sample and giving it a try. Flavour is nice, subtle, not overpowering, just pleasant and I like the fact it’s sugar free. So let’s see if this restores my energy for the rest of the day, so far it’s really good. #EnergyDrink #RazorwireEnergy #Razorwire

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I didn’t bother with a shaker, no point spending money on that unless I decided to get big tubs, so I ended up making them in some used pop bottles.

And I have to admit they were both rather nice, the flavours were subtle and not too in your face and if I want them to be fizzy well I can always use the Soda Stream.

They did leave me feeling very awake in the afternoons, but not into the night preventing me from sleeping.

All in all I was really impressed by both samples and I think I will be investing in some of the tubs of them when I next get paid.

But if anyone has any alternative suggestions for a brand I can use, then I am all ears.

What Am I Modelling

I started the week by painting a T’au Breacher Team and their Devilfish transport.

I broke out the airbrush for these to get the main armour colour on, and that worker really rather well.

I am still figuring out the best way to paint T’au infantry and tried a slightly different approach this time. This time I added the use of an airbrush for the main armour colour and that did work pretty well.

It’s not working firm or me as well as I’d like so it’s back to the drawing board.

I then bumped up the Ultramarines Contemptor Dreadnought up to the top of the list, after taking so long on the T’au I wanted an easy and quick model painted and I can knock out a Contemptor very quickly.

This one is armed with a Plasma Cannon and a Plasma Blaster in its Power Fist.

I then placed on the painting desk the three Death Korps of Krieg Mortar Teams for Niki.

So how does this leave my painting plan looking

  1. Death Korps of Krieg Mortar Teams x 3
  2. Stormcast Eternals Vanguard-Hunters x 10 & Knight-Zephyros
  3. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  4. Blood Ravens Intercessors x 10
  5. Space Wolves Infiltrators x 10 & Ragnar Blackmane
  6. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad
  7. Secret Heresy Project Unit
  8. T’au Strike Team x 10, Cadre Fireblade & Devilfish
  9. Mortarion x 2
  10. Nighthaunt Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed, Spirt Torment & Gaurdian of Souls.

What I Am Reading

I finished listening to War of Secrets by Phil Kelly, which was alright, plenty of action but I was a little confused but the psychic plague thing, it didn’t really get explained in any detail other than it was happening.

I started on Belisarius Cawl: The Great Work by Guy Haley, and I am really enjoying this, love how well it fits into the Horus Heresy and links that that the Era Indomitus.

I literally just got finished that audiobook tonight and I have to say, I really loved it!

I am also reading Saturnine by Dan Abnett, but it’s taking time but that’s because of motivation issues, loving the book, and at one point I was pricing up a White Scars army!

What I Am Playing

We had a game of Just One on Friday night, we managed to score 8 points with a single pass and 2 wrong answers.

I also did a tech-test for hosting games at this months virtual UK Games Expo, which went quite well.

I am likely to be doing Marvel Crisis Protocol or X-Wing both of which are in my ball park.

What I Am Backing

Project Infinite Hole delivered its first PDFs this week via DriveThruRPG.

And a bunch of PDFs from the GURPS 2020 Challenge were delivered via BackerKit.

The extra EP that was a stretch goal as part of the Transformers 1986 project was also delivered this week, I haven’t listened to it yet but plan to do so this week.

What I Am Cooking

I made the chicken for wing night this week, although due to Tesco’s having no wings, we had drumsticks instead.

This week they were marinated in Nando’s sauce, cooked in the oven before being finished on the BBQ.

Megan made the wedges and green beans and the coleslaw was store bought.

On a Saturday I made slow cooker sloppy Joe’s to a recipe from Megan, I am gonna be honest, I wasn’t that keen they seemed rather plain compared to the sloppy Joe’s recipe I normally use.

They were nice, but I think my other recipe is better.

On Monday I made us pizza for breakfast, it was just a cheap pizza from ASDA but I added some cut up cocktail sausages, some smoked streaky bacon, mushrooms and tarragon and then topped it with some extra cheese.

What I Am Spending

Two of the three issues I ordered of Conquest from Hachette arrived, the missing issue 13 is going to be dispatched ASAP.

These are being added to my Zone Mortalis set to bulk that out a little.

I also ordered Deadly Alliance for Blackstone Fortress as I have heard this is close to going out of stock and is a single print expansion.

Bought it from a Element Games as I had Crystals to use, and interestingly enough it came via Amazon Logistics.

I also decided to add to the Star Trek Adventure collection by buying the Enterprise Player Characters from the Modulus website when they released them this week.

Kinda hoping that they add the Discovery crew at some point, would love to play as Tilly!

I bought three audiobooks on Audible with credits I got from returning books, Dredge Runners, Bloodlines and Ahriman: Exile.

I also bought Bloodlines as an ePub and the short stories released by Black Library as part of their characters week.

Wear a Mask


I cannot put enough emphasis on this point, but listen to me when I say how vital it is.

My Covid-19 story is I am told quite representative of people who have had issues with it, so I will tell it.

I came down with Covid-19 about a week into lockdown, and I had a cough for about 10 days that then seemed to get better, but then I rapidly went downhill again and could at times barely breathe.

Now I wasn’t so bad that my doctor wanted me in hospital, and I have a CPAP machine which helped me a lot, and that avoid me going into hospital for more than a few hours.

But I had developed a nasty bout of post Covid-19 pneumonia, which took two course of antibiotics to clear, and even then it left my lungs in an awful condition.

Basically when I had an X-Ray and some tests in the hospital later on they discovered that I have lost a third of my lung capacity to Covid-19.

I used to be able to go up and stairs fine as far as breathing was concerned, I had pain issues, but that was something separate. But now if I climb the stairs I need a puff of an inhaler.

I never used to need an inhaler before, but I need one now just to be able to go up an incline, it’s crazy, as soon as I start using my lungs in anything more than a level walk, I struggle for air.

I have always harboured an ambition to once my head issues are figured out, try and get myself a bit fitter and try and do a 5km run. Yeah it’s kinda weak ass as far as athletic ambitions go, but for me that would be an achievement.

Anyway that’s now probably never gonna happen, I mean I can’t walk to the Co-Op which is some 20m from my kitchen without needing to use the inhaler a couple of times.

I have gone from someone with could happily wander to the Co-Op and grab a pizza for lunch, to someone who needs to plan his whole day around that same trip.

So why am I telling you this, well simple, I was shielding, I was told to shield, to not leave the house. But Lindsay and Megan brought Covid-19 into the house because they had to go shopping for us.

And despite my shielding I thus caught it from them, and it hit me hard. There are lots of other people up and down the U.K., including a good number of people I care for and love.

If you wear a mask, and socially distance, and wash your hands, you can prevent this horrid disease spreading to vulnerable people.

This disease would kill my nana, I don’t think she would stand a chance against it, her lungs are already buggered thanks to her pack a day cigarette habit, and this would ravage her.

I am lucky in that the building where she lives is taking things seriously, but if you lot don’t take the rules seriously, there is the risk that her carers could become infected and then pass it on to her.

So I am begging you all, don’t act all macho, stop banging on about masks being muzzles, end of the day, what’s the issue, you have to wear a piece of cloth over your mouth for a little bit whilst you do your shopping, that’s literally the worst case.

Best case, you actively save lives.

What I Am Modelling

I hit the Millitarium Tempestus Command section first this week, they have been on the painting table a couple of weeks so its about time they got finished.

I got them all finished and decided to promote the Blood Ravens Redemptor Dreadnought up the list so that I could say I have achieved something for them this month.

I have built this so you can easily swap out the Heavy Onslaught Gatling Cannon for the Macro Plasma Incinerator with relative ease.

I then moved on to the Stormcast Eternals Castigators which represent the very last of that side of the Soul Wars box set.

Another annoying unit, you get five of them, but you field them in threes, meaning that two of them are of no use.

I then placed on my desk a Tactical Squad for the Edge of Empire Podcast army, which is Sons of Horus.

Took a bit of wheeling and dealing to get the torsos but I am glad I got them as they really add something to the squad.

I then moved on to the T’au Empire Breacher Team and Devilfish, for which I picked up my airbrush for the first time tonight and put on a layer of XV-88 to start them off., and before I went to bed I added a coat of Tau Light Ochre.

So lets look at where this leaves my painting queue.

  1. T’au Breacher Team x 10 & Devilfish
  2. Death Korps of Krieg Mortar Teams x 3
  3. Stormcast Eternals Vanguard-Hunters & Knight-Zephyros
  4. Ultramarines Contemptor Dreadnought
  5. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  6. Blood Ravens Intercessors x 10
  7. Space Wolves Infiltrators & Ragnar Blackmane
  8. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad
  9. Secret Heresy Project Unit
  10. T’au Strike Team x 10, Cadre Fireblade & Devilfish

What I Am Reading

I started to listen to Indomitus by Gav Thorpe last week, and it should have been in last weeks post but I forgot!

I finished Ghostmaker and I rather enjoyed that, just took me ages to read it, but it was well worth it.

And I started on Saturnine by Dan Abnett, the next book in the Siege of Terra series and I am really enjoying that.

And last night I started on War of Secrets by Phil Kelly as an audiobook.

What I Am Playing

Have not played anything all week 🙁

What I Am Backing

Not backing anything right now, and no activity is taking place on anything I have pledged for at all.

What I Am Cooking

On Sunday night we resumed our weekly wing nights now that Megan has returned from looking after her mum.

And we started with Coca-Cola Wings to channel our inner 90s Chinese teenager!

It’s a lovely sweet, spicy and sticky sauce and absolutely one I will be repeating again.

What I Am Spending

I did spot that Jus at Battle Bunker had a copy of No Respite for Blackstone Fortress in stock, and its out of print now, so I decided to pick it up along with a set of Open War Mission Cards, and Jus sent them to me in the post.

My good friend Pete also sent me over a few things for the Zone Mortalis board, a couple more Haemotrope Reactors and half a set of Galvanic Servohaulers, which was really nice of him and I need to send him the postage costs for that.

I also bought a couple more issues of Conquest to bulk out the Zone Mortalis, first was a couple of copies of issue 13 to give myself a complete set of three Munitorium Armoured Containers, and a copy of Issue 71 to give me the second half set of Galvanic Servohaulers to complete that I got from Pete. So those should be with me in a fortnight

And I also bought the audiobook War of Secrets on Audible with a credit.

July Resolutions Update

Well it’s the end of the month so let’s see how I am doing on my resolutions.

Paint 867 Models – Completed

Well lockdown and Chainrasps helped me smash the target for the year in July, so I guess we see how many I can get painted this year in total!

Right now I have painted 875 models!

Finish Painting the Blood Ravens I Own on 1st January – 87.5% Complete

At the end of the month it was looking like I wasn’t going to get any of this done in July, so I promoted the Redemptor Dreadnought to the top of the queue and finished that so I made a bit of progress on this.

Left to do are five units which is incredible considering how many I had to do at the start of the year. So left to paint are

  • Intercessors with Bolt Rifles x 10
  • Intercessors with Stalker Bolt Rifles x 10
  • Hellbalsters with Plasma Incinerators x 10
  • Hellblasters with Heavy Plasma Incineratirs x 5
  • Inceptors with Plasma Exterminators x 3

Finish the Death Guard – 84.62% Complete

This month I painted the Chaos Spawn for the Death Guard, but I have changed the numbers as I have bought the Space Marine Heroes Series 3 from Japan.

I consider them one thing though, so they don’t affect the numbers that much.

Complete 2000 Points of Stormcast Eternals – 75.5% Complete

I started off by painting the Evocators from Soul Wars.

And I followed those up with the Castigators from the same set, which now means I have completed the Stormcast Eternals side of Soulwars.

Because of the Generals Handbook 2020 being published I had to compile a new list, which is here.

+ Leader [540pts] +

Knight-Incantor [120pts]

Knight-Venator [110pts]

Lord-Aquilor [170pts]: 0. Single-minded Fury, 0. Stormrage Blade, General

Lord-Ordinator [140pts]: Astral Hammers

+ Artillery [220pts] +

Celestar Ballista [110pts]

Celestar Ballista [110pts]

+ Battleline [300pts] +

Vanguard-Hunters [100pts]: 5 Vanguard-Hunters [100pts], Shock Handaxe

Vanguard-Hunters [100pts]: 5 Vanguard-Hunters [100pts], Storm Sabre

Vanguard-Hunters [100pts]: 5 Vanguard-Hunters [100pts], Storm Sabre

+ Other [910pts] +

Aetherwings [40pts]: 3 Aetherwings [40pts]

Evocators [210pts]: 5 Evocators [210pts], 5x Tempest Blade and Stormstave

Gryph-Hounds [120pts]: 6 Gryph-Hounds [120pts]

Prosecutors [90pts]: 3 Prosecutors [90pts], Paired Celestial Hammers

Retributors [190pts]: 5 Retributors [190pts]

Sequitors [120pts]: 5 Sequitors [120pts], 2x Stormsmite Greatmace, Stormsmite Greatmace (Sequitor-Prime), Stormsmite Maul and Soulshield

Vanguard-Raptors with Hurricane Crossbows [140pts]: 3 Vanguard-Raptors with Hurricane Crossbows [140pts]

+ Malign Sorcery [30pts] +

Endless Spell: Celestian Vortex [30pts]

Lots of points went down which leaves me needing to add mire units, but this was simple as the Gryph-Hounds fitted into the slot nicely.

So left to paint for this list are:-

  • Lord Arquilor
  • Vanguard-Hunters with Storm Sabres x 5
  • Vanguard-Hunters with Shock Handaxes x 5
  • Gryph-Hounds x 6

Paint 2000 Points of T’au – 20.35% Complete

I started the month by painting a unit of Pathfinders, a Devilfish for them and Darkstrider.

I have put together a 2000 point list using the figures from the new Chaoter Approved so this is what I am aiming to paint by the end of the year.

+ HQ [14 PL, 305pts] +

Commander in XV86 Coldstar Battlesuit [8 PL, 155pts]: Advanced targeting system [5pts], High-output burst cannon [15pts], Missile pod [15pts], Shield generator [10pts], Warlord

Darkstrider [3 PL, 60pts]

Ethereal [3 PL, 90pts]: Honour blade, Hover drone [1 PL, 5pts]
. 2x MV4 Shield Drone [30pts]: 2x Shield generator

+ Troops [15 PL, 360pts] +

Breacher Team [5 PL, 110pts]: MV36 Guardian Drone [10pts]
. Fire Warrior Shas'ui [9pts]: Pulse blaster, Pulse pistol
. 9x Fire Warrior w/ Pulse Pistol [81pts]: 9x Photon grenades, 9x Pulse blaster, 9x Pulse pistol
. MV1 Gun Drone [10pts]

Strike Team [5 PL, 125pts]
. DS8 Tactical Support Turret w/ SMS [15pts]: Smart missile system [15pts]
. Fire Warrior Shas'ui [9pts]: Pulse pistol, Pulse rifle
. 9x Fire Warrior w/ Pulse Pistol + Pulse Rifle [81pts]: 9x Photon grenades, 9x Pulse pistol, 9x Pulse rifle
. 2x MV1 Gun Drone [20pts]: 4x Pulse carbine

Strike Team [5 PL, 125pts]
. DS8 Tactical Support Turret w/ SMS [15pts]: Smart missile system [15pts]
. Fire Warrior Shas'ui [9pts]: Pulse pistol, Pulse rifle
. 9x Fire Warrior w/ Pulse Pistol + Pulse Rifle [81pts]: 9x Photon grenades, 9x Pulse pistol, 9x Pulse rifle
. 2x MV1 Gun Drone [20pts]: 4x Pulse carbine

+ Elites [6 PL, 105pts] +

XV25 Stealth Battlesuits [6 PL, 105pts]
. Stealth Shas'ui w/ Burst Cannon [31pts]: Advanced targeting system [5pts], Burst cannon [8pts]
. Stealth Shas'ui w/ Burst Cannon [31pts]: Advanced targeting system [5pts], Burst cannon [8pts]
. Stealth Shas'vre [43pts]: Advanced targeting system [5pts], Fusion blaster [15pts]
. . Markerlight + Target Lock [5pts]: Target lock [5pts]

+ Fast Attack [7 PL, 149pts] +

Pathfinder Team [7 PL, 149pts]: MV31 Pulse Accelerator Drone [10pts]
. MB3 Recon Drone [15pts]
. 5x Pathfinder [55pts]: 5x Markerlight, 5x Photon grenades, 5x Pulse carbine
. Pathfinder Shas'ui [11pts]
. Pathfinder w/ Ion Rifle [16pts]: Ion rifle [5pts]
. 2x Pathfinder w/ Rail Rifle [42pts]: 2x Photon grenades, 2x Rail rifle [20pts]

+ Heavy Support [3 PL, 60pts] +

MV71 Sniper Drones [3 PL, 60pts]
. 3x MV71 Sniper Drone [60pts]: 3x Longshot pulse rifle

+ Flyer [12 PL, 295pts] +

Barracuda AX-5-2 [12 PL, 295pts]: 2x Long-barelled burst cannon [20pts], 2x Missile pod [30pts], 4x Seeker missile [20pts], Swiftstrike burst cannon [25pts]

+ Dedicated Transport [18 PL, 324pts] +

TY7 Devilfish [6 PL, 108pts]: Burst cannon [8pts], Seeker missile [5pts]
. 2x MV1 Gun Drone [20pts]

TY7 Devilfish [6 PL, 108pts]: Burst cannon [8pts], Seeker missile [5pts]
. 2x MV1 Gun Drone [20pts]

TY7 Devilfish [6 PL, 108pts]: Burst cannon [8pts], Seeker missile [5pts]
. 2x MV1 Gun Drone [20pts]

++ Super-Heavy Auxiliary Detachment -3CP (T'au Empire) [20 PL, 401pts, -3CP] ++

+ Lord of War [20 PL, 401pts] +

KV128 Stormsurge [20 PL, 401pts]: 2x Burst cannon [16pts], Advanced targeting system [20pts], Annihilation warheads, Cluster rocket system [15pts], Pulse blastcannon, Shield generator [30pts], 2x Smart missile system [30pts], Velocity tracker [10pts]

So still lots to do, but with other resolutions coming to an end I will be prioritising this next.

Other Resolutions

  • Complete 2000 Points of Orks
  • Rebase the Orks
  • Paint Mortarion for Everchosen

Completed Resolutions

  • Rebase the Blood Ravens

So what does my painting queue look like going into August?

  1. Sons of Horus Tactical Squad x 10
  2. T’au Breacher Squad x 10 & Devilfish
  3. Death Korps of Krieg Mortar Team x 3
  4. Stormcast Eternals Vanguard-Hunters x 10 & Knight-Zephyros
  5. Ultramarines Contemptor Dreadnought
  6. Zone Mortalis Terrain
  7. Blood Ravens Intercessors x 10
  8. Space Wolves Infiltrators x 10 & Ragnar Blackmane
  9. Death Korps of Krieg Infantry Squad x 10
  10. Secret Heresy Project Unit

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