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Monday, July 27, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #18

Late? Perhaps, but I fully intend to blame helping my sister-in-law move on Friday for that.

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News-

The Age of Sigmar train keeps on rolling, and I am still liking what I see. Got the new book, finally, and enjoyed the whole damn thing. Not much else is going on for hobby. Right? Nope, nothing exciting...

Except..

What is that... No...

PLASTIC MKIV SPACE MARINES!! Sorry, had to say it. Rumor sites around will have the pics available, so go hunting!  I am already plotting plans and planning plots on how I will be using these models, whenever they may be released.

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Hobby & Gaming-

Been slowly working on my first unit of Stormcast Eternals, decided to use part of my test model's scheme, and am painting them as Hallowed Knights.

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Ideas-

Obviously MKIV is on the brain tonight, so a slowball for you: Night Lords. Mix in a few stolen Imperial bits, and the Warband of the Exalted would be simpler than snot.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #17

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News-

Lets see, Age of Sigmar has a big book on the way, as does Hordes. A new Heresy novel is lined up, I think.

AoS scenery pics are floating around, getting me tempted to work on my table again.
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Hobby & Gaming-

No gaming done recently, for shame. But I did get a bit of building worked out...


Still need to assemble the Khorne guys, just six of the marau...sorry Bloodreavers built so far.
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Ideas-

Fun theme this week: Slaaneshi Dark Mechanicum. Lots of servitors, only they are not brain-wiped, but entirely conscious of their situation..

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gates of Azyr

Something a little different this week. I got a copy of Gates of Azyr by Chris Wraight this past weekend, and have read it twice since, so I figured Id give you my brief view.

To start off, it really is pretty limited in scope. It is basically the two forces (Khorne Goretide and Stormcast Eternals, The Hammers of Sigmar) sweeping in and having a messy brawl. What happens before this, or after, isnt really covered much. Of course, this keeps the page count down, and makes for a quick read.

Pretty hefty on the action, as expected. Characters are surprisingly fleshed out, especially the Goretide. Traditional Khorne-marked characters are almost without exception depicted as near mindless berserkers, only hunting for the next skull to remove from neck, but the three main characters here seem to defy this stereotype. Threx Skullbrand is the closest to "traditional", but even he manages to keep hold of his personality.

On the Stormcast Eternal side, the heroes dont seem quite as fleshed out, but that might be more because no one really knows what to expect from this new faction. They all have their voices, and over a longer book will probably really shine. In particular, Im looking forward to more about Ionus Cryptborn. We get a limited idea of what the Reforging is (Basically: painful), that they come from all over, and while they are highly trained, the force is still *new*, not truly tested yet.

As a teaser taste to the Realmgate Wars, this was an interesting start and I am looking forward to more tales in the Mortal Realms.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #16

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News-
Big news is Age of Sigmar! Yay! Wait, no real new news lately. Hrm. New book next week, lots of pics of Stormcast Eternals units and assorted terrain. New icon on the Chaos Wheel has everyone crapping kittens, but I am 90% certain that it is a variant of Slannesh's mark.

PP has new Kromac and Farrow Warlords catching my eye. More stuff I need to work on...

I bought Deathfire tonight, going to start reading that as soon as I finish writing this up. ;)

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Hobby & Gaming-
No games, but since Im getting my copy of AoS tomorrow, well, Im sure SOMETHING will get played soon.

Only painting done was that Stormcast Eternal Liberator, that I showed Tuesday. Ive since repainted the hammer head to match the armor. Was very not happy with how it looked. Still telling myself Im not starting that army. I think even I have stopped listening to myself....
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Ideas-

Little different this time. Assuming I paint the Stormcast in the AoS box like I did my freeby, how would I paint the Dracoth (Dragon beast mount)? Bluish steel armor is the main, so a gold (Maybe light brown, maybe orange?) might contrast best, but Im kinda thinking dark red instead. Problem there is confusion when matched up with the Khorne models from the same set. Ideas?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Stormcast Eternal

Like many wargamers, I raced to my local shop on Saturday morning to get my copy of the new White Dwarf, and its free Stormcast Eternal Liberator. Surprisingly, I managed to paint it all over the weekend.






I tried for a more blue-steel look, kinda like the Grey Knights. Shows up better under the flash...


Before we get all crazy, Im not (currently) planning on starting a Stormcast Eternal army, but I actually do like Age of Sigmar. Waiting to see what else comes along before I decide whether to continue with what I have, or start a new army.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Heretical Ramblings #15

Another wander through my week...

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News-

Age of Sigmar leaks are in full flow, and so is the Nerdrage. Seriously, so much nerdrage...

I am personally very excited about this edition... oh wait, we are calling it a new game now, right? Whichever. Some stuff is still unclear, but Im willing to wait for full disclosure before flying the Jolly Rodger.

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Hobby & Gaming-

As shown earlier this week, Ive got a unit of Death Guard Tactical marines on the table, they have gotten their white finished, and I need to move on to the green shoulders, and all the metal bits.

I also took a break and moved the Undead characters I have onto 32mm bases (proper bases, not extended 25mms).




I like how it looks. I did this for the FW Wight King BSB, a Liche Priest, a plastic Necromancer, and a plastic Tomb King. The latter two actually were a bit of a pain, as they have the molded bases. I ended up clipping the sides off their bases, gluing that onto the larger base, then using greenstuff to fill the gaps. Once I decide how Ill be finishing the bases for this army, Ill take care of the rest.

All the troops are (currently) staying on square bases, but since nothing is based or primed, I still have the option to change things up.


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Ideas-

Those following me on Twitter know Ive been bouncing this idea for most of the week now.

Pick a Chaos God. Devise an appropriate color scheme. Apply said color scheme to the relevant Daemons, Chaos Warriors, and Chaos Marines. Perhaps add the appropriate 30k Legion too.

So, example. Start with Khorne, get some Bloodletters. Add in the Goretide force from AoS (All round bases now, important!), add in a Khorne Daemonkin warband of your choosing, painted to match the daemons and Goretide. Very thematic collection for your shelf/display case, right? Add in some 30k World Eaters too (you know they will get daemons soon enough).

Biggest reason I havnt already gotten a bunch of Bloodletters? Id rather play Nurgle. ;)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Death Guard Tactical Squad

Bit of a work in progress this week, these guys were sitting in bare resin for a while, decided to knock them out quickly, so I could get back into the swing of painting things.


At this point, Ill be giving them a light brushing of Menoth White Highlight before moving on to their shoulders and assorted metal bits (such as bolters and backpacks).