The past couple of weeks have been a bit boring, but I did do a touch more work to improve the studio
First up I bought the last bits for my controller board, and fitted them leaving me with this as the final result!
What we have on it, are:-
Playstation Controller (USB)
Mega Drive Controller (USB)
Mega Drive 6 Button Controller (USB)
Saturn Controller Model 2 (USB)
8BitDo SN30 Pro
PC Engine Turbo Pad (USB)
Micro USB Cable
8BitDo Neo Geo CD Controller
Shelf with some adaptors
Xbox Series X
Amazon Echo Dot
So yeah really happy with how its turned out, expensive but worth it!
And I also mounted the Xbox Series S under the desk, just to keep the desk top clearer, becuase it was in a funny situation with no where to be because the place it was, was no longer an option as the new monitor was in the way.
I imagine the next few weeks will be more of the same, just getting stuff better and more tidy, I still may wall mount the PS5 and/or Switch, but lets wait and see.
What I Am Modelling
I started by finishing some Chaplins for the Ultramarines, and a Judicar.
After that it was a Spartan for the Death Guard
Then a Rotor Cannon Support Squad for the Imperial Fists
Stuff is getting better and I feel a lot more in control the past couple of weeks, but there is still more to do.
I need to be a bit more forthright about asking Lindsay and Megan for help and assistance.
Currently waiting on some work being done on the house and this is sort of creating a limbo situation for me, so a few bits are on hold, but I think I might be able to end this year feeling a lot better.
But lets keep up the progress and see what happens.
What I Am Modelling
I started with Evander Garrius for the Imperial Fists
Along with the obligatory Lascannon Squad for them too.
After that it was some Apothecaries for the Ultramarines, so thats a Primaris Apothecary and an Apothecary Biologis
Followed by some Vienna Class Escort Frigates for my UCM fleet.
And finally Gardus Steel Soul from Stormbringer
And finally a Heavy Support Squad for my Death Guard, also armed with Lascannons, given that its obligatory now!
I played Damian’s World Eaters in game one, and my lack of weapons that could intercept was a flaw that allowed a Leviathan to drop down and kill my Kratos.
The Contemptors were a bugger to deal with, but I managed to take them out, but at the end of the game I just had 5 Templar Brethren and a Champion plus Apothecary left!
Game 2 – Richard
The second game, I had to take in more World Eaters, the Melta Predator Squadron took out my Kratos in turn 1 before it got to fire anything.
But my Templar Brethren ate through his infantry and at the end he was left with two Contemptors and the Predator Squadron, but I got tabled!
Game 3 – Vs Jacob
Game 3 saw us take on the Heretics as the defenders on the wall, and it was a pretty epic set of scenery!
I played against Jacobs Sons of Horus, and the addition of a pair of Sicarans, and a Warhound Titan really changed things up for me!
The Sicaran is, if I am honest, a bit more effective than the Kratos, but the Kratos actually did get to shine a bit here, until it was taken out by a Terminator!
Sadly however, my bane was a pair of Leviathan Siege Dreadnoughts which over 4 or 5 rounds of combat took out my Warhound, but it was only able to do 6 wounds in response, I just couldn’t hurt them.
In the end I won, destroying everything in the table apart from the Leviathans and a couple of straggling Veterans.
My Thoughts On The Event
Pretty good event, the tables terrain was nice, especially the last games.
A few teething issues, particularly around general admin at the end, but show me an event that doesn’t deal with that, and as an EO myself I thought they did really well.
If they run anymore Heresy events, I will be returning for them, really really fun day!
We have known for quite a while now that Warhammer 40,000 Imperium was being extended by 10 issues, and I thought, why not mention what I think about the contents!
Issues 81 – 83
The Sisters get a hell of an expansion with the Paragon Warsuits, spread over three issues, costing £8.99, that means you get them for £26.97, saving nearly £20 off the RRP!
These are great looking models and I have ordered an additional two of each issue!
A Skitarii Marshall, seems a bit of a let down when compared to the stuff the other factions are getting, yeah it’s a lovely model, but still, would have preferred something else, but to be fair, the Mechanicus range isn’t easy to grab something from for this.
The Hexmark Destroyer is one of the best looking models in the Necron range, ok, a bit pants in game, who cares when it looks like that!
I already have one, but I don’t mind having another!
Issue 86 – 88
The Space Marines get the full multipart Redemptor Dreadnought, which is a great kit and pretty cool to have in here.
Personally I would have preferred the Invictor Tactical Warsuit, but that’s down to my personal collection!
Inquisitor Draxus is a cool looking model, but we subscribers already got an Inquisitor in the form of Katarina Greyfax, so this whilst cool, wasn’t the greatest choice, personally I would have replaced this and the Skitarii Marshall with a two part AdMech kit.
Still great model and I can’t wait to paint her to join the rest of my Inquisitorial forces!
Not only does Illuminator Szeras represent great value, but also, is a wonderful and beautiful model for your collection!
Really over the moon we are getting this amazing character
We are getting some really nice models, for my personal collection, a couple don’t make sense, but hey, it’s not all about me.
The only thing that I am currently wondering, is where to put the Redemptor Dreadnought.
Not sure any of my Space Marine armies need another one, but it’s likely going with the Ultramarines.
What I Am Modelling
Started off urgently beavering away to finish the bits for the Imperial Fists for the event by painting first up a pair of Sicaran Battle Tanks.
Followed by a squad of 10 Templar Brethren.
And then a Land Raider Proteus for them to ride in!
During the week I was also working on some Inquisitors for my Imperial forces.
I then rebased an old Reiver Squad for my Space Wolves, originally built for Kill Team in the last edition, but on a different basing scheme, when I convinced myself that my Wolves wouldn’t have any Primarise stuff!
Anyway, they now join the Infiltrators, Redemptor Dreadnought, Ragnar, Aggressors and Repulsor that currently comprise the Wolves Primaris forces, and I have more on the way at some point!
Then, the last Tomb Blade was finished for the Necrons!
I painted a few small bits of terrain for my box of scenery I keep at home, just the mini ruins from the Ruined Factorum kits.
After that I turned my attention to a unit of Drukhari Wyches.
This past weekend, I got to work at Airecon, a wonderful little board game convention in Harrrogate.
I spent the weekend showing people how to play Star Wars Legion, using a capture the flag scenario that gave people a very very basic taste of the game, to tempt them to join the Dark Side and crush the rebels!
Got to stay at the Crown Plaza, which was nice, until they nicked my pizza, but that’s another story!
Really nice breakfast though and I got to have Eggs Benedict on Sunday, weirdly served with bacon, and I ate probably very badly, existing on pizza, burgers and Coke Zero!
I showed off Star Wars Legion to a total of 77 individuals, which I feel was good going.
Lindsay and Megan came as punters on Sunday and I think they had a good time, Paul did have them pick up a Zatu mystery box for him.
Hopefully we will be back in 2024!
I started the week by painting the Imperial Fists Kratos, it’s less than a month until the event, so I need to get the fists done!
What I Am Modelling
After that I painted up the Drukhari Succubus.
Followed by some Tomb Blades for my Necrons
And then Some frigates for my UCM fleet, a pair of Limas and Taipeis
So what’s in the painting plan for next week?
Templar Brethren x 10, Land Raider Proteus & Sicaran Battle Tank x 2
I won a £50 voucher for Revl, which was really nice, and we spent it right away and bought for ourselves:-
Tango 330ml Can x 6
Rekorderlig Mango-Raspberry Cider 330ml Can x 15
Pepsi Max 330ml Cans x 40
Gordon’s 0% Alcohol Free Gin 70ml Bottle
I mist admit I was tempted to get 100 cans of Pepsi Max, cause I don’t drink, but Lindsay wanted some alcohol free gin and cider, so I ordered that for her, and then made up the remainder with soft drinks, total cost to us was £1.75!!!
I won another game in the form of Row of Numbers for the PlayStation.
I also won Quiz Thiz Spain from a Twitter competition for the PlayStation.
Well Christmas happened, and I spent most of it ill, which wasn’t fun.
This cold/flu is kicking my arse and I just can’t shake it, it’s got my sleep cycle all to pot and taking away any pep I have.
Anyway I did enjoy Christmas, me and Lindsay went to Paul’s for Christmas dinner which was lovely.
Present wise, Megan got me a Lord Veritant for my Stormcast Eternals and Lindsay got me some Death Maidens and Wyld Runners for my Escher gang. I also got some tools off Paul which will come in lots of help, alongside a £15 Xbox voucher.
But alas most of it was spent dying in bed 🙁
What I Am Modelling
First up I painted up a Scout Squad for my Imperial Fists.
I then painted the T’au Cris Suit Team, and a Commander, all armed with lots of Plasma.
So yeah, I live controllers, especially retro ones, because there is something just right about using ones that are as close to the originals as possible.
So following on from my Mini Consoles post a couple of weeks ago, let’s look at my controller collection!
This is the oldest style controller I have, an old school joystick that came with The C64 mini, it’s not the best build quality, but it’s ok.
I heard the individual release is a bit better so I might pick that up.
The joypad for the NES came from the NES Classic, and it’s a great little controller, the dimensions are just right and the buttons are pretty much identical to the original.
Whilst the NES doesn’t hold anything special for me, cause being British, they were a real rarity growing up, it’s still cool.
When emulating Master System games. It’s my go to controller as it’s as close to that as I have in my collection.
The criticisms I have are that the lead is way too short, and also, the use of a propriety connector means having to use an adaptor,
The PC Engine had a similar controller to the NES and Master System with just two buttons, but the TurboPad had Turbo Switches which gave you additional speed settings.
I got the first controller with the PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini, and a second one from eBay.
This is the controller that defined my childhood, the good old big 3 button Mega Drive Control Pad.
The Mega Drive was the first console that I owned myself (along with my brother Paul), and this always being back such fuzzy wonderful memories for me.
This came with the Mega Drive Mini, and I have a pair of them, which are just perfect for emulation.
There is also the six button controller, which was a bit smaller, but still great, and ideal for fighting games like Street Fighter II and Eternal Champions.
This one from Retro-Bit is a very faithful replica, and officially licensed, it’s not quite the same as it adds left and right shoulder buttons, but that’s cool, just opens up more options.
The SNES is another console, that I never had any great nostalgia for, simply because pretty much everyone I knew growing up, had a Mega Drive, and one mad lad with a PC Engine and another whose dad had a Neo Geo.
It’s kind of iconic as it introduced the diamond four face button configuration which most consoles to this day still use, as well as shoulder buttons.
I don’t use this pad as often as I think it deserves, but it’s cool. Came with the SNES Classic and needs an adaptor to use it.
Ah the Amiga CD32, Commodores last release before they went bankrupt, I knew a lad with one of these, and to be honest, it wasn’t any more advanced that the A1200, but it did have some cool games.
The pad was a bit awkward to use, but this has a slight redesign, which makes it a little more comfortable to hold.
It’s a pretty cool little pad, that came with the A500 Mini, but I haven’t had much of a chance to use it yet.
I never really got on with the PlayStation controller, the shape was always very uncomfortable.
My brother Daniel had one, not long before I left home, I instead preferred to play on the N64 and Mega Drive still, and was just starting to get into PC.
This controller does feel right for certain games, such as Wipeout, but it’s never really appealed to me in a big way, but you can’t deny the iconic nature of it.
The Nintendo 64 was my console of choice during the 5th generation, and it’s controller was something different, it’s like they were absolutely digging deep into the cocaine, to be honest, that’s kind of Nintendo’s approach to all controllers since then!
I never had an issue with the Nintendo 64 Controller, I always found it actually rather comfortable to use.
For emulating N64 games, I chose the Tribute 64 from RetroBit simply because the US B clones from most companies are kinda rubbish and break very easily.
This is a solidly built and comfortable controller and I have to reluctantly admit, just that bit nicer to use than the original.
I never had a Saturn, much to my disappointment, but I was a poor child from a poor family, and it was just way too expensive.
But when I did get to play it, oh how I enjoyed it. Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, Sega Rally, all amazing games, but what the Saturn really excelled at, was 2D games and the fighters was a genre it absolutely slated the competition in.
And it’s controller was absolutely one of the best for fighters ever made, in fact to this day when I fire up Street Fighter V, it’s the Saturn pad I reach for.
This one by RetroBit is frankly amazing, it feels exactly as the original did and it feels great in your hands.
Ah the Neo Geo a wonderful console, one that cost an arm and a leg and the games themselves where sometimes as expensive as one of the other consoles.
But oh the games, games like Metal Slug and King of Fighters were utterly amazing.
The Neo Geo CD came with this pad, it was a cheaper version of the console and more accessible, but wasn’t as good as the original console, but still amazing.
This controller is great, other than it’s lack of microswitches in the joystick, but it’s still a lovely controller.
This is my all time favourite controller, it fits my hands oh so well.
This one made by Hyperkin is supercool as it’s as close to the original as you can get, and the centre button is a mini screen that runs through the original Xbox boot animation!
It’s an absolutely cracking modern update of the original and gets more use than anything else, other than my Elite!
Nintendo love their cocaine, and they came up with this for the GameCube!
Super uncomfortable and not the easiest to use. For use on my PC I need to use the same adaptor as used for the NES and SNES controllers.
However the WaveBird is actually a lot more comfortable to use, and whenever I play GameCube games, this is the controller I reach for, but I have to mention, it actually belongs to Lindsay!
Again, needs an adaptor to work with PC.
For many, this is the gold standard controller that all others have to beat, now I agree it’s a great controller, but the D-Pad is kinda sucky.
This particular controller is in desperate need of some TLC as it was attacked by our recently departed rabbit Gandalf, and he loved to eat thumb sticks.
I need to replace the thumb sticks or get some nice covers for them, clean it up, and grab a USB wireless adaptor to use it for the PC.
Playstation DualShock 3
The DualShock 3 is the second PS3 controller, succeeding the SIXAXIS.
In form it’s pretty much similar to the other DualShocks before it, but the position of the analogue sticks and general shape always made it feel uncomfortable.
The batteries in this one are still pretty good, but long term they will need replacing eventually, that was always a major issue for these controllers.
Xbox MadCatz Arcade Joystick
This is a mad joystick, adapting the modern controller configuration into what many people thought was an ugly and uncomfortable mess.
Truth be told, it’s suits old school arcade games very very well, Pac-Man is amazing with this thing, but I would be very reluctant to use it with more modern games.
Xbox Series S/X
I do own an Xbox One controller, but it’s now used solely for use with my iPhone and Xbox Cloud gaming.
But the Series S/X controller is mostly identical apart from a few little changes, like the microtexture on the back, share button and new D-Pad.
This is a brilliant controller and one that I absolutely love using, cannot fault it at all!