So when I was growing up I never really had a much to do with Space Marines, my Dad boughtme the 40k starter game but it never really captured my attention un-like Warhammer. I tried to dabble in some Dark Angels but they never really fired me up and encouraged me to carry them on.
But with the recent release of The Horus Heresy: Betrayal At Calth for some reason I found that I was wanting to try my hand at some Space Marines . I think Forge World’s range is so stunning and adds so many options and depth that hunting through the web and visiting the store on numerous occasions it was Iron Hands for me
So been thinking about this for the last couple of weeks and I have chosen Imperial Fists. This is a Chapter I never thought I would consider due to the expanse of yellow and a longer painting schedule to get them table ready. But never one to shy away from a challenger.
It is a sad day today, The Tale of Tau Gamers was three but now it is Tau. With Andy deciding that he is going to focus on his Blood Angels and 30k it leaves me and Jay building our armies for the expansion of the Greater Good.
I am a hobby butterfly I admit and I am sucker for a nice model. When the new Tau came out I was drawn to the new models and especially GW's new Stormtrooper white colour scheme.
But it was when they showed the Ghostkeel was previewed that was it hook line and sinker
I mean what is not to like cool helmet....check.... big gun, check.....curved bulky armour.... check swanky drones .......check.
So sold on starting a second army and the Ghostkeel being the centrepiece model of my army I picked up the codex, Inflitration Cadre and of course the Ghost Keel.
So my force consists of:
3 Stealth Suits
So the knowledgeable among you will see that I will for now be fielding an unbound force. I plan to add some Fire Warriors, Breachers so I have some core troops. But having never played Tau before I think I need to play some games to see how they play and what style I lean towards.
Next post for me will be showing some work in progress and deciding my new colour scheme. I think it will be white but not totally the GW scheme.
Since I was a boy I have had a huge love of the classic Gundam battle suites and the animated series. Over the years I have bought and built over 20 of the model kits going from their basic grade to their high grade which have detail as fine as moving fingers.
When I saw the Tau back in 2001 and I thought hay this is a nice army but what they had made then wasn't enough to woo me to the army. But then I saw the Riptide and Broadside and that was it my love of battle suits was back and there and then I know what my games work (GW) army was going to be. I pop down to the head office with a Gareth and a few friends which was somewhere I hadn't been for many years. I walk in to the new forge world shop and there sat in one of the cabinets was a whole range of battle suits and I just had to have one so i picked up the Tau XV9 with Twin link Burst Cannons and this was a gorgeous model.
So I bought the codex, the army deal, Riptide and a Broadside. I then broke open the boxes and started building. However as I had been out of the GW hobby for a while I was behind the curve. So was a bit of a surprise when GW released a new codex and some stunning models for the Tau. The centrepiece model for me is the absolutely beautiful KV128 Stormsurge as it struck all the right chords with me and harked back to the Gundam days. I know Gareth disagrees with me but I will let him tell you, but with that model in mind that was it I knew I had to get my army finished and ready for war.
For my army list I have gone with the Retaliation Cadre which consisted of:
3 Units of Crisis Battle Suites
As an extra I have chosen to take Commander Farsight as my character.
I am aiming for a 1500 point army.
More will follow as I add detail to my list. Currently I am working on what support systems and ranged weapons I am look to take.
So there is the first guest post from Jay. I guess I need to pull my finger out and decide on my list and written.
Be great to hear why you selected your armies and what inspired you. Feel free to comment below.
Files have long been a tool in the hobbyist tool box, whether to be sanding down the pesky mold line or picking out that troublesome piece of meat stuck in the tooth.
Some might have found like me that they left a rough edge that did not take the undercoat to well. So Looking for a better and smoother finish I wandered through the many hobby blogs. In table top modelling most stuck with the tried and tested files or knife edge. But when hitting the military modelling sites they mention sanding sticks and different grades to get that all elusive smooth finish. I found these on Amazon but at £9.99 I thought that there would a cheaper option.
These reminded me of the files that the wife uses to do that lady thang and make nails sharp I mine pretty for the night out. Rummaging through the make up bag I found something similar and tested them out. Worked a treat and I have to say my nails looked pretty good as well.
Now I obviously wanted to keep the wife happy so causally asked where could I get them and next shopping trip I found myself down the mystery isle called Make UP!
I found these beauties for £1.00
4 different grades from course to fine buffing.
They work really well and a fraction of the price from the internet.
So now got myself wondering what else does the Supermarket have that I can use for modelling?
Today's update is IG88 from the Imperial Assault range by Fantasy Flight Games. First seen on the silver screen in Episode V The Empire Strikes Back standing between Dengar and Bob Fett. He is one of the hired Bounty Hunters tasked by Vadar to hunt down Han Solo and the Millenium Falcon.
'We have thousands of probe droids searching the galaxy. I want proof, not leads!'
Admiral Kendal Ozzel
Apologies for the quality of the pics, but I will have a proper camera at the end of the month so hopefully I will be able to take some better pics going forwards.
These probe droids come with Imperial Assault and are a fairly quick and easy paint. Started with a basecoat of Leadbelcher then a Nuln Oil wash then a light drybrush of Runefang Steel followed by a final drybrush of Necron Compound. The eyes were picked out with Abaddon Black and then given a coat of Gloss varnish. Paint the base hey presto droids are ready to hunt down the Rebel Scum where ever they may be hiding.
Morning, Afternoon, Evening to you all at whatever time you are reading this post.
STARS WARS SCI-FI or HISTORICAL WARGAMING?
So in my last update I was sorting through my X-Wing cards and tidying up and thinking about Star Wars, I mean what self confessed Star Wars geek doesn't and I was thinking back to an episode of Room 101 and the subject was brought up that one of the guest hated Sci-Fi and used Star Wars as and example. I think it was Phil Jupitas (apologies if I am wrong) and said no Stars Wars is a historical film and it was set ' A Long time ago.......' Frank Skinner upheld the objection and removed it from going into Room 101.
So if the evidence below is keeping Star Wars out of the Sci- Fi section of Room 101 where does it sit in wargaming?
Clearly George in his mind this has already past so it puts it into the Historical side as it happened in the past.
Or to quote the Emperor: You will find that it is you who are mistaken, about a great many things.
Well where do we start?
Lasers big lasers
Space Ships big space ships small space ships lots of spaceships
Aliens lots of Aliens
So it would seem that both camps have it solid points to place it in both genres. So where do I place Star Wars wargaming?
It has been part of my life ever since I was a small child going to the cinema in Ramsgate on a Saturday to watch triple billings of the original trilogy. Sitting in the dark staring at the big screen and reading the words that George Lucas penned a long time ago in a country far far away. From the starting role to the end credits I have been hooked ever since. It also started my love of reading as my father had an wide ranging book collection, and on the shelves were the words of Asimov, Heinlen, Arthur C Clarke all of these noted Sci-Fi writers.
So I think it is clear that I put it in the Sci-Fi camp.
Where do you think it sits and what reasons place there for you?
So as usual in the UK on a Bank Holiday Monday it is wet,dreary and cold. I was hoping to be able to get my UNSC sprayed up but with the weather against I decided to tackle a job that I have been putting off for a long time.
I have been ummming and arrrring about buying this for some time now, being a big time Halo fan and spending many hours as Master Chief blasting away at the Covenent, but just could not commit to buying it.However after seeing some of the great community paint jobs and the contents of the box I was sold on picking it up. After ordering it from Chaos Cards on Tuesday it arrived with me today, well packed and a speedy delivery, love those guys at Chaos Cards, there is also a great discount on the starter box saving yourself £13 on the £80 box set.
This has been on my painting table for the past week, the challenge was the armour and trying to add depth to the pure metal. I did experiment with the blue hue that GW used but I found that it just looked to patchy. There is a lot of great detail on the model especially the purity seals and books.
Not sure if I will paint any more Grey Knights but who knows.....
I know that I need to get a better set up for taking photos and getting more light onto the model.
Will experiment next week and see if I get work out how to improve my picture taking.
So this has been on my reading stand for the last couple of days. Released on the launch of the Age of Sigmar box set. This is the latest book from Black Library and their first in the new Warhammer setting.
Started work on the Liberator this morning from WD 75.
I am about 50% of the way through and this has been my first attempt at painting an entire model with gold armour. I am not sure it is bright enough but I have about 2 more highlight layers to work on before the armour is done. I am fairly certain that once I armour pad and shield colour is on it will make the gold pop out more.
Should have this finished by the end of the week. Pop back to see the finished model
Last week saw Games Workshop announced the future of Warhammer.......
AGE OF SIGMAR
In the build up there had been the usual rumour mongering of what the changes will be, might be, could be, direct from source, 100% official or just plain made up marching through the internet like Archeon on his summer holidays.
I pretty much took all of these with a pinch of salt, smiled, laughed, cried and banged my head on the table at most of the comments and played the long game of waiting for the release from GW.
Finally last week GW unveiled Age of Sigmar.
Personally worth the wait.
The release consisted of the usual core box game, 3 paints, 1 spray can, 2 themed carry cases and a hardback novel detailing the background of the Age of Sigmar. They are all up for pre-order now and will be released on the 11th of July.
The nice surprise was the rules. Instead of this being a tome of the ages that cannot safely be used above a table brimming with wonderful paints and sculpts. It is free 4 page download. click here for the download
Along with free downloads of all the current Warscrolls for your armies.
I have spent most of the week reading through the rules and having a few solo tabletop battles with my Ogres and Undead. The rules are quick, simple and easy to pick up.
I know that the internet warriors have split into their camps of its great and its bobbins, and i find myself in the camp of its great below are my reasons why:
It gives me total freedom of what to collect: In the days of army books and collecting whole armies there were armies that did nothing for me. However there were figures in the range that I wanted to get.
More figures to paint and enjoy
Themed basing and Warscrolls
It opens up a narrative with my opponent. Gone are the days of how many points do you want to play. It will now be so my forces of the dead are gathering their might, how will the stunties defeat them.
Quick games or long slow games.
So I am now on countdown to the release so I can pick up my box set.
As soon as I have the box I will do an unboxing and some close ups of the models
This is just a quick blog. I know 2 in 2 days whatever next. Whilst I am waiting for the layers to dry on the Mech project (see previous blog) I have put some paint to one of the Nebs from Armada. Quite pleased for a quick job, All that is left to do now is a a couple of washes and weathering and some engine effects.
There will be a longer blog on this in the future.
After last weeks visit to Warhammer World and the visit to the exhibition halls I had found my inspiration for my army.
This is the Questoris Knight Styrix by Forge World painted by Mark Bedford. I just loved the gloss red armour that he achieved.
So chatting with Matt Parkes (great to work in the same building as multi Golden Daemon winner, he shared some pearls of wisdom and armed with this off I went to web to make my purchases.
Tamiya Clear Red:- Base Colour
Tamiya Clear Orange:- Highlighting
Tamiya Clear Blue:- Shading
Tamiya Clear:- Seal between layers
Tamiya Thinners:- To thin the paints water will not work
Tamiya Clear spray varnish: In between coats
So after the first night I am sitting with metal shaded model and waiting for the gloss varnish to dry. I have a feeling that this is going to be a long process. But I will try and share the highs and lows of the journey