Hobby Roundup (Week 6)

Well, unfortunately the joys of real life meant I didn’t get time to update the blog as much as I’d like, so you’ll notice a bit of a jump to week 6! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to pop in a few notes for weeks 4 & 5 retrospectively!  In fairness, though, pretty much no actual hobby except for some vicarious dribbling actually took place, so you didn’t miss much!

I’ve decided I need a bit of an OTT hobby project after being called “sensible” the other day, so I’m currently looking at a fully decked out Deathwatch squad from a range of different chapters.  Mind you, given the rumours of a deathwatch/genestealer cult game coming, I may well hang on.  I am tempted to go sillier though, with an Ork Nobs mob called Wotcha Deff!  Painboy, silvery robot left arms, black armour…. muahahahahaha!

Also considering an Eldar Revenant titan for ludicrous scale silliness!  Knights just aren’t enough!

Currently very into looking at getting Bloodbowl teams sorted out, and Bear has been painting his Armada models which has got me excited to paint up my Armada and X-Wing too.  Time is very difficult at the moment though, with 2 little ones and we’re in birthday season!

I thought the new Space Wolf stuff might get me excited for some old school marine action – my first RT marines were wolves!  The Wulfen pics I’ve seen look like were chicken poses in biker spandex, so not floating my boat …. though in fairness, GW pics are often a bit under par and don’t do models justice.  The new character models are nice though, but I already have Krom from the limited campaign set.

Struggling getting excited for guildhall going through the rules and options, and its the same hangup I have a bit with Malifaux too.  I generally prefer systems like frostgrave or mordheim, where the war band slate is a blank.  Having to pick established characters doesn’t get me into the game quite as much.  Cracking rulesets though.  I was looking at trying to field an all female guildball team, but can’t work out a good way of doing it without losing too many team synergies. 🙁  Mind you, I never win anyway!

Anyways, onwards and upwards!

Salamanders – Updates and New Codex Points!

If you want to enter the raffle (until the end of July 2015) go here:

https://www.justgiving.com/WAAC-40K-Salamanders

This is an updated post with finalised donations and an idea of the new codex points values, together with completed photos wherever possible!  Please note the bases have been updated from the individual photos for a unified snow theme!

Bar a few models still to arrive or be finished, these are all currently either with me, @paintysim or on display in Dark Sphere in London!  Any models not ready to be shipped are not in bold in the list below, as we can’t guarantee the arrival of donations, though we’re pretty confident of these judging by the WIP pics!  I’m still finishing off my own pledge!  Naughty Kipper!

Dark Sphere have been fantastic!  They have donated  KR cases to hold the entire army, and raffle tickets can be picked up from them in store.  The draw will be held in store so people can see it in person on Sunday August 2nd.

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@Rekeiji has tremendously generously donated a brand new Adeptus Astartes codex, so the army will come with everything you need to field the force as well as store it!

This list can obviously be tweaked a bit by adding relics, downgrading veteran sergeants to veterans and so on, and formation bonuses can change points costs, but the total is looking like 4022pts if you took the options below!  Thats a fantastic prize!

HQ – 945pts

Terminator Librarian – Mastery 2, Force Maul (115pts) (donated by @evilkipper, converted and painted by @Dark_Eye_Jay)

Dark_Eye_Jay - Librarian

Terminator Captain – Chapter Master Upgrade, Thunder hammer, combi-flamer (180pts) (donated and painted by @gamingking1616)

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Forge Father He’Stan Vulkan (190pts) (donated and painted by @nationoflee)

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Chaplain with Plasma Pistol (105pts) (donated and painted by @darrenbogus)

DarrenBogus - Chaplain Front.jpg

Chaplain with Jump Pack (130pts) – thunder hammer proxying for Power Fist (donated and painted by @gamingking1616)

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Terminator Chaplain (120pts) (donated and painted by @paintysim)

PaintySim - Chaplain

Librarian – Plasma Pistol, Mastery Level 2 (105pts) (donated and painted by @rallyfox)

rallyfox - librarian front.jpg

Troops – 1017pts (822pts completed)

Tactical Squad – 175pts – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolters, 1xflamer, 1xmissile launcher with flakk (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @gamingking1616)

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Tactical Squad – 175pts – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolters, 1xflamer, 1xmissile launcher with flakk , Rhino (205pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @vidpui)

Vidpui - Tactical Squad

Tactical Squad – 155pts – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 8 SM with bolters, 1 x flamer (anonymous donation, painted by @paintysim)

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Tactical Combat Squad – 109pts – Vet Sergeant (combi-melta), 4 SM with bolters, 1xflamer (donated and painted by @Dorns_Templar)

Dorns_Templar - Tac Squad

Tactical Combat Squad – 70pts – 5 Marines with bolters (donated by @EvilKipper, painted by @Elessarion30)

Scout Squad – 65pts – 4 with shotguns, Veteran Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (@evilkipper)

Scout Squad – 65pts – 4 with Bolters, Veteran Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (@EvilKipper)

Scout Squad – 65pts – 4 with bolt pistol and CCW, Veteran Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (@Evilkipper)

Scout Squad – Heavy Bolter, 3 with Bolters, Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (73pts)(donated by @evilkipper and painted @ticosminis)

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Scout Squad – Veteran Sergeant, Combat Blades (65pts) – (@donated and painted by @vidpui)

Vidpui - Scouts

Elites – 950pts (775pts completed)

Assault Centurions – 175pts – Veteran Sergeant, 2 Centurions (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

Vanguard Veterans – 260pts – (4x TH and SS, Sarge with TH and Stormshield, Jump Packs) (Donated and painted by @husker04)

Husker04 - Vanguard Vets

Assault Terminators 205pts – 3 TH,2LC  (Donated and painted by @docbungle – completed)

DocBungle - Assault Terminators

Ironclad Dreadnaught 165pts – Heavy Flamer, 2 Hunter Killer Missiles (other options included) (Donated and painted by @ryglore)

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Ironclad Dreadnaught – 145pts – , Chain Fist, Heavy flamer (Donated and painted by @husker04)

Husker04 - Ironclad

Fast Attack – 360pts (270pts completed)

Rhino – 35pts (Donated by @evilkipper, Painted by @GamingKing1616)

GamingKing1616 - Rhino

Rhino – 35pts (Donated by @evilkipper, Painted by @vidpui)

Vidpui - Rhino

Razorback – 55pts (Donated and Painted by @Dorns_Templar)

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Drop Pod – 35pts (Anonymous Donation, painted by @paintysim)

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Assault Squad – 140pts – Vet sergeant with power fist and plasma pistol, 3 AM, 1 x Flamer, Jump Packs (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @ticosminis)

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Landspeeeder – 60pts – Multimelta, Heavy Flamer (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @vidpui)

Vidpui - Landspeeder

Heavy Support 550pts – (120pts completed)

Stormraven – Hurricane Bolters, TL Multimeltas, TL Assault Cannons (230pts) (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

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Stalker/Hunter (70pts) – (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

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Devastator Squad (120pts) – 4 x Multimeltas, Veteran Sergeant (@donated and painted by TolSenti – Completed)

Tolsenti - Devastator Squad

Terrain 40pts

Promethium Pipes (40pts) (@donated and painted by @PaintySim – Completed)

Paintysim - Pipes

Allied Legion of the Damned Detachment – 160pts

Legion of the Damned Squad – 160pts – sergeant with power axe and plasma pistol, 3x bolters,1xflamer  (@evilkipper donated, @Elessarion30 to paint – completed)

Elessarion30 - LotD Front

 

Salamanders Update #WAAC #40Kraffle

A new update page using the new codex can be found here:

7th Ed Codex update!

It has a close to final list of all the minis you could win, updated pictures and more.

UPDATE:  @docbungle somewhat pre-empted it and publicised the Just Giving page for the #WAAC #40Kraffle!  If you want to participate to win this awesome force, head over to 

https://www.justgiving.com/WAAC-40K-Salamanders

Note that the donations go straight to MacMillan via JustGiving- we don’t handle it at all!

UPDATE 2:  All the points in this list so far are still based on the old codex.  Its not been long 🙂  With the number of tac squads and marines, I think it’d actually be possibly to break it up into 2 valid demi-companies and command for a brutal list!

@PaintySim has done amazing things sorting out a basing day and additional donations – if you have any questions or want to get involved, feel free to harass her if you can’t get hold of me! 😀

Well, the Salamanders are starting to come together!  Here’s an updated list, with pictures of completed units where available!  Whats very cool is that we already have a valid, deployable army over a thousand points (1359pts) completed, with a range of HQ options (1500+ points completed in total! out of over 3500pts):

HQ – Vulkan + Termie Captain – 331pts

Troops  – 2 x Scouts  – 138pts

Elites – Assault Termies, Ironclads – 360pts

Fast Attack – Assault Squad, Landspeeder – 210pts

Heavy Support – Devastator Squad – 120pts

Terrain – Promethium Pipes 40

LotD Allies – 160pts

HQ – 1021pts (871pts completed)

Terminator Librarian – Mastery 2, Force Maul (115pts) (donated by @evilkipper, @Dark_Eye_Jay to paint – completed)

Dark_Eye_Jay - Librarian

Terminator Captain – Thunder hammer, combo-flamer (141pts) (donated and painted by @gamingking1616 – completed)

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Forge Father He’Stan Vulkan (190pts) (donated and painted by @nationoflee -completed and with @EvilKipper!)

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Master of the Forge (140pts) (donated and painted by @jontydoesgaming)

Chaplain with Plasma Pistol (105pts) (donated and painted by @darrenbogus – completed and with @EvilKipper!)

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Chaplain with Jump Pack (105pts) (donated and painted by @gamingking1616 – Completed)

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Terminator Chaplain (120pts) (donated and painted by @paintysim – Completed and with @paintysim)

PaintySim - Chaplain

Librarian – Plasma Pistol, Mastery Level 2 (105pts) (donated and painted by @rallyfox – Completed and with @EvilKipper)

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Troops – 951pts (138 completed)

Tactical Squad – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolsters, 1xmeltagun, 1x heavy bolter , Rhino (205pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @gamingking1616 – Rhino Completed!)

GamingKing1616 - Rhino

Tactical Squad – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolsters, 1xmeltagun, 1x heavy bolter , Rhino (205pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @vidpui)

Tactical Squad – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolsters, 1xflamer, 1x ML, Razorback with TL lascannon (245pts) (donated and painted by @Dorns_Templar)

Tactical Combat Squad (70pts) – 5 Marines with bolters (donated by @EvilKipper, painted by @Elessarion30)

Dedicated Transport – Drop Pod (35pts) – (Donated by Dan, painted by @PaintySim)

Scout Squad – 4 with shotguns, Veteran Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (65pts)(@evilkipper to donate and paint)

Scout Squad – Heavy Bolter, 3 with Bolters, Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (73pts)(@evilkipper to donate and @ticosminis to paint – completed)

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Scout Squad – Veteran Sergeant, Combat Blades (65pts) – (@donated and painted by @vidpui – completed)

vidpui - scouts.jpg

Elites – 990pts (360pts completed)

Assault Centurions (190pts) – (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

Vanguard Veterans (4x TH and SS, Sarge with TH and Stormshield) (295pts) (Donated and painted by @husker04)

Assault Terminators (3 TH,2LC) (215pts) (Donated and painted by @docbungle – completed)

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Ironclad Dreadnaught (145pts) (all options included) (Donated and painted by @ryglore – completed and with @paintysim)

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Ironclad Dreadnaught (145pts) (Donated and painted by @husker04)

Fast Attack – 210pts (210pts completed)

Assault Squad – Vet sergeant with power fist and plasma pistol, 3 AM, 1 x Flamer (140pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @ticosminis – completed)

ticosminis - assault marines.jpg

Landspeeeder – Multimelta, Heavy Flamer (70pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @vidpui – completed)

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Heavy Support 550pts – (120pts completed)

Stormraven – Hurricane Bolters, TL Multimeltas, TL Assault Cannons (230pts) (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

Predator – 140pts, lascannon sponsons, twinlinks las (Magnetised for options) – @M0o0o0h to donate and paint)

stalker/hunter (70pts) – (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

Devastator Squad (120pts) – 4 x Multimeltas, Veteran Sergeant (@donated and painted by TolSenti – Completed)

Tolsenti - Devastator Squad

Terrain 40pts (40pts completed)

Promethium Pipes (40pts) (@donated and painted by @PaintySim – Completed)

Paintysim - Pipes

Allied Legion of the Damned Detachment – 160pts (160pts completed)

Legion of the Damned Squad – sergeant with power axe and plasma pistol, 3x bolters,1xflamer (160pts) (@evilkipper donated, @Elessarion30 to paint – completed)

Elessarion30 - LotD Front

 

Painting Salamanders (#WAAC #40KRaffle)

I thought I’d post up a useful guide to painting Salamanders, based on some of the cracking work by @SpectralRaziel and @GamingKing1616.  I’ll try to keep this up to date with any suggestions on painting Salamanders flesh, vehicles and alternative paint range choices too, and maybe for drake scales and flame effects as we go on too.

With the current GW Paint Range, the recommendation is:

  1. Basecoat with the Caliban Green Base
  2. Wash with Nuln Oil
  3. Layer with Warpstone Glow.
  4. Edge with Moot Green

It gets an overall result like this, which I think you’ll agree really pops! (pic by @spectralraziel)  More layering and blending could be done, but if we all stick to roughly that spectrum it’ll match very nicely.

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@GamingKing1616 has been using the older GW paint range, and has achieved some excellent results by:

  1. Basecoating with Dark Angels Green
  2. Layering with Snot Green
  3. Washing with Nuln Oil
  4. Layering back with with Snot Green.
  5. Highlight with Goblin Green

Though a final edge highlight with maybe Moot green would match it up nicely! (Pics from @gamingking1616)

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Painting Salamanders Skin

@GamingKing1616 has had some amazing results painting the skin with Rhinox hide and some mournfang brown highlights.  Red eyes, of course, and hair in black with some gentle grey highlights or dry brush.  I thoroughly recommend something similar (even though the grognard in me thinks fondly back to the orange haired rogue trader Salamanders!

The #40K #WAAC Raffle

Well, I’m looking at sorting out a #WAAC Army raffle for 40K. In line with the MacMillan theme, I’m suggesting we do Salamanders!  The green colour is appropriate, as is the fact that Salamanders care more for humanity than most in 40K!

In terms of the raffle, I’d see it probably being a £5 donation to #WAAC for a single entry – multiple entries per person allowed.  I’d obviously be ineligble as the organiser, but those donating models or painting could certainly enter!  If entering from outside the UK, we’d probably need to arrange something to cover shipping costs – its not cheap to ship an army.

I’ll keep this page updated with a proposed army list and participants as we get volunteers and proposed donations.  I’m also suggesting we be pretty flexible with adding options – add some Legion of the Damned with green spectral flames, or a small Biel-tan allied contingent because you have some spare Eldar?  All cool!  Don’t like normal marines, but love heresy models?  A stern guard squad in old mark armour would be cool. I’m based in the UK, so I suspect donations or painting offers from too far afield aren’t likely to be practical.  Don’t worry if the proposed donation would break the force org – while I’d like it to be a complete valid army, with data slates, additional force orgs, and the like, we can probably make something work.

I have snapped up a few extra minis for the £5 #WAAC challenge that I’m happy to donate here, and an old marine battle force I can donate a squad of two from if there aren’t any other donations.

You can contact me on twitter as @evilkipper or through the comments on this page!

Volunteers

@spectralraziel has offered to donate and paint Assault Centurions and a Stormraven

@docbungle has offered to donate and paint an Assault Terminator Squad

@Dark_Eye_Jay painting the Libby donated by @evilkipper.

@TicosMinis in france has offered to paint a scout squad and an assault squad!

@paintysim has offered to paint a  Tac squad, and help with a basing party

@eastephens001 from MI, US has offered to donate and paint a squad of devastator centurions (but distance might make this impractical.  Still grateful for the offer!)

@ryglore from MI, US  has offered to donate and paint an Ironclad Dreadnaught

@calgarstudios has offered to donate and paint a flamer heavy sternguard squad.

@Dorns_Templar has offered to donate and paint a tactical squad and transport – I’ve popped in a standard tac squad load out and razorback, but happy to change these to however they actually are!

@gamingking1616 has offered to donate and paint a Secret Sausage HQ model, and donated and painted a chaplain

@jontygoesgaming has offerend to donate and paint a squad of Devastator Centurions.

@nationoflee has offered to donate and paint a single model – Forgefather He’Stan suggested

@elessarion30 has offered to paint a squadof Legion of the Damned

@husker04 has offered to donate and paint a vanguard squad and an ironclad

@hobbywobbles has offered to donate and paint a master of the forge.

@darrenbogus has offered to donate and paint a unit – currently a chaplain!

@vidpui has offered to donate a scout squad and paint an additional land speeder.

@rallyfox has offered to donate and paint a librarian

Current suggested double Combined Arms Detachment and Allies – 3411/3500pts

Space Marines Codex (Salamanders) 

HQ

Terminator Librarian – Mastery 2, Force Maul (95pts) (donated by @evilkipper, @Dark_Eye_Jay to paint?)

Secret Sausage HQ (150pts) (donated and painted by @gamingking1616)

Forge Father He’Stan Vulcan (190pts) (donated and painted by @nationoflee)

Master of the Forge (140pts) (donated and painted by @hobbywobbles)

Chaplain with Plasma Pistol (105pts) (donated and painted by @darrenbogus)

Chaplain with  Jump Pack (105pts) (donated and painted by @gamingking1616)

Librarian (65pts) (donated and painted by @rallyfox)

Troops

Tactical Squad – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolsters, 1xmeltagun, 1x heavy bolter (170pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @PaintySim)

Tactical Squad – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolsters, 1xflamer, 1x ML, Razorback with TL lascannon (245pts) (donated and painted by @Dorns_Templar)

Scout Squad – Heavy Bolter, 3 with Bolters, Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (73pts)(@evilkipper to donate and paint)

Scout Squad – Heavy Bolter, 3 with Bolters, Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (73pts)(@evilkipper to donate and @ticosminis to paint)

Scout Squad (55pts) – (@donated and painted by @vidpui)

Elites

Assault Centurions (190pts) – (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

Sternguard (Flamer, Heavy Flamer, 2 combi flamers, sarge with combi flamer) (165pts) (Donated and painted by @calgarstudios)

Vanguard Veterans (4x TH and SS, Sarge with TH and Stormshield) (295pts) (Donated and painted by @husker04)

Assault Terminators (3 TH,2LC) (215pts) (Donated and painted by @docbungle)

Ironclad Dreadnaught (145pts) (Donated and painted by @ryglore)

Ironclad Dreadnaught (145pts) (Donated and painted by @husker04)

Fast Attack

Assault Squad – Vet sergeant with power fist and plasma pistol, 3 AM, 1 x Flamer (140pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @ticosminis)

Landspeeeder – 2 x multimelta (80pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @vidpui)

Heavy Support

Stormraven – Hurricane Bolters, TL Multimeltas, TL Assault Cannons (230pts) (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

Devastator Centurions (190pts) – (@jontydoesgaming to donate and paint)

Allied Legion of the Damned Detachment

Elites

Legion of the Damned Squad – sergeant with power axe and plasma pistol, 3x bolters,1xflamer (160pts) (@evilkipper donated, @Elessarion30 to paint)

Suggested Painting Scheme

Heck, all the volunteers so far are far better than me, so I’m reluctant to tell anyone how to do their job.

The only think that I think would be worth following is a fairly consistent basing – @PaintySim has suggested maybe going unpainted bases and doing a basing party at Dark Sphere?  Any londoners up for that on 1st weekend in July?

Salamanders are obviously in green with black skin tones where appropriate.  Use of white as a spot colour for the MacMillan theme is recommended.  @SpectralRaziel has done some test models, and a Caliban Green Base, Warpstone Glow Layer and Moot Green edge highlights is looking pretty damn amazing, especially with some Nuln Oil to add depth.  With older paints, @gamingking1616 has had a lot of success with old Goblin Green and Skarsnik Green – might need a moot green edge highlight equivalent to match it up.  Take a look at this post for what various test paints have come up with.  As new techniques and recommendations come up they’ll be added there.

If you’d like to volunteer something outside of the Salamanders, like legion of the damned, think how you could get the green theme in.  In the case of LotD, green spectral fire?  For Eldar allies, maybe Biel-Tan colours?

My 2014 from a gaming perspective!

Well, 2014 is almost at an end, and it hasn’t been terribly successful in terms of actually getting in many games, or actually getting much hobby done!  There were many grand plans for the year … and few of them have come together.  Next year needs to be a touch more realistic, I feel!

I still have plastic mountains of models that need to be assembled and painted!  If anything, the plastic mountain has grown significantly, with Orky enthusiasm.  None of my armies have actually reached the state I wanted to class as finished (with the possible exception of the Ultramarines!)  Though I’ve loved reading about Malifaux and Infinity, I haven’t painted my starting forces or played even a single game.  I do have a complete starter force for Retribution of Scyrah in Warmachine, but not managed to get that going either (though I am loving Warmachine Tactics on the laptop).  My major passion in 40K has been Orks for the last couple of months, and I’ve been gathering and planning an Ork Waargh (though that’s being somewhat derailed by the brilliant Blood Angels models being released right now, and enthusiasm for Silver Skulls!)

What has gone well?  #WAAC 2014 was amazing fun, with events around the country, and I’ve ended up with an brilliant range of gaming gear, from T-shirts, to dice, through to templates.  I painted some models that I think came out really, really well, and won a great book and a pro painting of my Bonesinger by Peter (@minimodelpaint), which is coming on amazingly well!  I’ve tried playing X-Wing, and absolutely loved it.

I’ve loved interacting with (and meeting some of) the #warmongers.  Twitter has been a brilliant hobby outlet for me, and that’s definitely going to continue!

I’ve got some brilliant hobby resources, with brilliant brushes from Gears & Games and Army Painter really making a difference, a full Army Painter set of paints in decent paint racks letting me dip in and out of painting to do little bits here and there around the demands of being a Dad – demands that are going to increase in 2015 with the arrival of another one in May! 🙂

I haven’t played much Xbox 360 for various logistical reasons over the year, but did manage to sneak in some Transformers and Halo, and completed Injustice!  I’m hoping I’ll get more video games in next year, with an Xbox One arriving for Xmas … Halo!  Destiny!  Titanfall!  There’s some amazing games coming out for the PC just now too – Satellite Reign as a long awaited “Syndicate” style game this week.  Elite Dangerous looks amazing, and comes out this week!  As mentioned, Warmachine Tactics is great.

I’d like to have reported much more hobby fun … but its been a cracking year.  I’ll try to follow this with my plans for 2015, and maybe write a summary of what I think the biggest changes have been in the hobby world in general.

Attack of the Ultramarines! The 5th Company takes the field.

Well, I have sorted out my Ultramarines to see what I can field as a painted force.  Its actually a pretty solid fun force that should match Saint Aidan’s Thousand Sons pretty well!

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Lets break down the list, and the fluff!  The fifth company are currently based in the Strike Cruiser Seditio Opprimere, tasked with intercepting a chaos cruiser targeting the outlying regions of the Ultramar sector.  The Master of the Marches will not tolerate this interference!  Much of his company is already committed to guarding various key worlds, so only some core troops and a few seconds from the 1st and 9th companies, Caito Galenus goes to war.

As a note, the standard 1850 point list here is to remove the dreadnoughts Cassius Charea and Julius Canus, and two standard terminators, taking the 2146pt force down to 1846pts!

HQ

Captain Caito Galenus, Master of the Marches (125pts) – Grav Pistol, Artificer Armour, Bolt Gun

Caito is a marine with a lot to prove.  As Captain of the last of the main battle companies and only recently promoted, he feels that the other Captains are watching his performance.  Keen to live up to the title Master of the Marches, he is perhaps prone to over zealous defence of the outlying regions of Ultramar rather than focussing on the needs of the Imperium.

Elites

Dreadnaught – Lucius Artorius, Hero of the 5th Company (130pts) – Assault Cannon, Power Fist with Heavy Flamer

Captain Lucius fell in battle against the Thousand Sons around 3 millennia ago, in an attempt to prevent the capture of an ancient book of secrets.  He fell in a last ditch attempt to defend the shrine, crushing the helm of the chaos sorcerer leading the charge with his power fist.  Once seen as a potential Chapter Master, his wisdom still guides the 5th company to glory.  There is so tension between him and Caito – Caito feels he is second guessing the new leader of the 5th.

Dreadnaught (seconded from 9th Company) – Cassius Chaerea (100pts) – Multimelta, Powerfist with stormbolter

Ironclad Dreadnaught (seconded from 9th company) – Marcus Curtius (145pts) – Powerfist with heavy flamer, Seismic hammer with meltagun

Ironclad Dreadnaught (seconded from 9th company) – Julius Canus (145pts) – Powerfist with heavy flamer, Seismic hammer with meltagun

Terminator Squad Praxus aka “The Steadfast” (seconded from 1st Company) (240pts) – Sergeant Praxus, 6 storm bolters and powerfists

Troops

Tactical Squad Scaevola, aka “The Steel Rain” (230pts) – Veteran Sergeant Gaius Scaevola with bolt pistol and chainsword, 7 marines with bolters, Flamer, Missile Launcher with Flakk, Drop Pod (aka Lucifer) with Deathstorm Missile Launcher

The “Steel Rain” are firm adherents to the Codex Astartes, following Gulliman’s advice rigidly.  They particularly favour arial assault, disrupting enemy lines and taking key objectives ahead of support.

Tactical Squad Sextius, aka “the Broken Wing” (265pts) – Veteran Sergeant Titus Sextius  with combi-melta and chainsword, 7 marines with bolters,  Heavy Bolter and Flamer, Razorback (aka Pallasii) with twin linked lascannon, hk missile, storm bolter

The Broken Wing are the mavericks of the 5th Company, favouring non standard tactics and load outs.  They normally break into combat squads working with the Razorback Pallasii to ensure maximum damage and mobility on the field.

Fast Attack

Assault Squad Tacitus, aka “Lightning” (120pts) – Veteran Sergeant Cornelius Tacitus with Powerfist, 4 marines with bolt pistol and chainsword

Although new to command of a unit, transferring from a vanguard squad, Cornelius is a genius slated to take command of a company one day.  Charismatic and intelligent, his decisive interventions have saved the 5th company several times already.

Biker Squad Corvus, aka “The Heavy” (166pts) – Veteran Sergeant Marcus Corvus, 3 bikers, 2 bikers with grav guns.

Marcus Corvus loves gravity weapons.  The effect on armour, the look, the glow.  Pairing that with his fast reflexes, mounting his tactical squad on bikes for fast moving interception of heavy armour simply makes sense.  His unit have become know as the heavy, both for the grav guns and the damage they wreck on the foes heavy units.

Heavy Support

Devastator Squad Labienus aka “The Hawkeyes”(155pts) – Veteran Sergeant Quintus Labienus, Lascannon, Multimelta, 2 Plasma Cannons

Quintus has been leading the Hawkeyes for two centuries now, and his long range kills almost rival Sergeant Telion.  Passed over for higher command due to his lack of initiative, he is quietly competent and content smiting the emperor’s foes from afar.

Land Raider Crusader – Harengus (270pts) – Multimelta

Harengus is the pride of the 5th company.  An ancient Land Raider that has seen direct service since the 35th Millennium, it has carried captains, champions and refugees safely across a thousand battlefields.  Refitted for the Crusader weaponry, it now bears the Terminators of the 1st company as a bodyguard for the Captain into battle.

Attack of #HobbyADD – Infinity, Malifaux and 40k in between…

Well, as always, I am suffering from #HobbyADD, but at the moment I think its a particularly advanced case! I’ve almost completed my #WAACPainting entry – the models are done – I just need some decent photos for an entry.  I’m looking a knocking up a quick display board to take the photos on. So, current projects (in no particular order)!

1)  Infinity Nomads!  I’m very excited about Infinity!  It looks like an amazing system, and the skirmish nature means I don’t need to assemble and paint huge numbers.  Plus nuns with guns – my battle sisters can stride onto a new battlefield.  I think I can hold off until Ice Storm though!

2)  Malifaux I have a Lady Justice crew half assembled (I still need to put the Death Marshalls together.  Interesting system with the card deck, and fascinating fluff and gorgeous models.  Only problem is that I keep eying up Viktoria’s crew and Gremlins….. Hopefully I can stick to my guns (of justice!)

3) 40K – Sisters of Battle I need to paint about 2 models to “finish” my Order of the Argent Shroud, and about 6 models to “finish” my Order of the Verdant Garden.  So close….

4) 40K – Imperial Fists This is my current “Churn em out army”.  I do like the Sons of Dorn, and these will probably be my standard go to 40k army for a while.  Assault terminators and forge world pads on the way to bolster a Lysander charge 🙂

5) 40K – Pirate Orks Pirate orks.   What more can I say?  I have a fair few Orks from Assault on Black Reach, and Stormclaw may be lurking for an upcoming birthday.  I’ve also got RTB02 ready to be repainted and take the field.  Add some Flash Gitz, and Cap’n Kipp’s Freebootaz could be ready to go!  Its a heck of a lot of models though, so I may end up holding off here.

6) 40K – Dark Craftworld Dark Eldar I have a reasonably DE force in need of some TLC.  I’m really tempted to reorganise it as a fallen craft world and paint it in aspect colours – Striking Scorpion green for Incubi, blaster wielding kabalites as fire dragons, kabalites as Dire Avenger blues, Wyches in howling banshee bone and so on.

7) Ax Faction minis for fun I’m looking at using some of these as Inquisition forces too, so not purely just for fun.  Cracking sculpts on these.

8) 40K – Fallen Angels This army has been lurking for ages and been bolstered by the DV set.  Totally unpainted for over 7 years….. I really should at least prime them!!!

9) 40K – RTB01 Crimson Fists Army Ah, my beloved Crimson Fists!  Painstakingly gathered from eBay to replace an army that got lost on a train years ago.  The plan is to recreate the classic Rogue Trader front cover.  Navy primer is ready to go!

10) 40K – Ultramarines More marines!  I actually have a fairly decent collection of ultramarines, some primed, some badly painted.  I’m just missing a HQ force here really!  Ironclad dreadnoughts and bikers recently added to the increasing forces.   I now have a complete enough force not to worry about these!  Counting Ultramarines as done!

11) 40K – Crimson Slaughter I have a reasonably solid force of CSMs in red and gold, perfect for the role of Crimson Slaughter.  With the addition of the Crimson Slaughter specific models from the DV set, this would be a great little force (possibly in need of a bastion or helturkey for anti air).  Just the CSMs from DV to paint here, though a fair few khorne beserkers need some finishing too.

12)  X-Wing Not started here, but a good guy locally loves it, and wants to play.  I love Star Wars, so I suspect mistakes will be made here 😉

13)  Armada If I like Star Wars star fighters, running a fleet as an admiral????  Yeah, this is happening.

14) DnD 5e Absolutely love everything I’ve seen for this so far!  Just wish digital versions of the core books were coming out as space is an issue.

15) 40K – Space Wolves My first 40K force back in the 80s!  The storm claw set has sucked me back in.  I’m not a huge fan of a lot of the recent vehicles, but the current character modelling is amazing.  Definitely to be painted in grey instead of the rubbish modern light blue though.  Will probably just be an allies force rather than a full blown 1850pts army.

16)  40K – Blood Angels Really struggling for enthusiasm here!  I have some really quite nice chapter leaders painted up, and some gorgeous terminators from Space Hulk to paint.  I have primed basic troops, and unbuilt death company and sanguinary guard.  Just not feeling too enthused, particularly without a current codex.

17) 40K – Silver Skulls Loads of unbuilt models for this, and they fit with my long term plans of having a range of silver armies sharing some vehicles with magnetised logos with my Order of the Argent Shroud and Grey Knights.  Need to work out the skulls for the shoulders and a quick effective paint scheme here!

18)  40K – Eldar Loads of unpainted Eldar, and loads of painted ones! Recently bolsters by  Eldrad, a new Avatar and some warlocks.  I need to sort out some effective fighting forces here – I think painting the remaining ones is quite low down the list.  Really tempted to add more wraith warriors at all levels though ….

19)  40K – Tau My Tau are pretty much done with a reasonable force.  There are a couple of options half painted that I’d like to finish off, and perhaps add some broadsides and riptides, but generally these are pretty low on the list as they have a fully painted force!  Ticking these off the list as have a sorted out painted playable army matching all my main criteria.  Not ideal, as could do with slightly different options, but cool.

20)  40K – Grey Knights! New codex due out, decent force already, and only a couple of things needed to be finished or assembled to finish them off!  Also awesome with the new psychic phase.  These guys may well be seeing the table again soon.  Dreadknight is tempting me!

21) 40K – Imperial Guard Valhallans Pretty much sorted out and ready to go!  Not great paint jobs, but OK enough to get by.  some basing of heavy weapons needed here.

22) 40K – Imperial Guard Cadians Ouch.  Loads of men, not much paint, and pretty much every heavy weapons squad needs to be rebased.  Lots and lots of work, not much enthusiasm at present 🙁

23) 40K – Legion of the Damned I have 15 Legion to be painted to use as an allied force to other Imperial types.  Struggling to get enthused though.

24) 40K – Deathwatch I have a 10 man squad with custom pads (both DW and a range of chapters), heads, guns, all ready to be assembled!  Must get around to building and painting these.  Very excited with my Inquistions types.

25) 40K – Inquisition I have a load of models from a range of manufacturers to put together as my Inquistion force.  Female paladins as crusaders, floating psykers, daemonhosts, the lot!  Very cool and good allies for almost all the other Imperial forces.  Quite excited, but as I haven’t started they are quite low down the list.

26)  40K – Tyranids I’d love to get this army finished to at least 1850 points!  They look gorgeous, and are easy to do.  I’m struggling motivation wise here as I basically need to buy a fresh army to make them playable with tervigons, more termagants and flying MCs.  I have genestealers aplenty to paint.  Hmm.

27) 40K – Necrons I have a fully painted army of these bad boys – rubbish in the current game, but fully painted and ready to go.  w00t!!!!  Could do with some newer models, but not loving the new fluff anyway. Counting these as done for now!  I have a complete playable and painted army all sorted out.  Not great, but done!

28) 40K – Militarum Tempestus I have a reasonable number of Karskrin Stormtrooper squads here.  No new stormtroopers, but enough to work well with inquisition or guard voices quite effectively!  None really painted, boo hiss!

29)  Scenary! I have a huge amount of scenery to assemble and/or paint.  From an Imperial City to Altars of Chaos, it’d look amazing on my battle board.  As it doesn’t affect my actual games too much though, difficult to find the time!

Sooo, 29 reasonably sized projects, and possibly a few more kickstarter bits to go too.  Ouch!  #HobbyADD indeed!

My #WAACPainting Progress (update 1) – Early Planning

In the past, I’ve never been great at planning my painting.  It’s very much a “get it done” approach, following fairly standard colours.  This is the first time I’m really thinking of a specific model for the best paint job I can do.

Lets start by looking at the competition.  It’s for Wargamers All Against Cancer, raising money for Macmilan nurses.  Although that’s not necessarily relevant, there have been a couple of mentions that the McMillan green will be judged favourably.  There are no limits on models or dioramas.

Now, while building a diorama would be cool, it’d require a lot of scratch building skills, and unfortunately my hobby time is pretty limited.  A single miniature is realistically the best I can do, I think.

There’s no requirement to theme things further, but I like the idea of tying things together a little more, and doing a healing character of some kind.  An actual nurse or apothecary, for example.  Finally, while I hope it’ll be display quality, I’d like to use the model in games, so tying it to an existing army I collect would be good.

I thought about getting McMournings crew for malifaux, and painting the dark nurses there, but that seemed a touch inappropriate, and difficult to theme with the green.  For 40K, I first thought of an apothecary, but the main colour is again white, and though a Salamanders work bring in the green, I don’t collect them.

However, an Adepta Sororitas Sister Hospitaller does hit the same healer pattern, and I collect a sisters army in green – the Order of the Verdant Garden.

So we have our chosen model, and the army gives an appropriate colour scheme – white, green and silver.  Next step, pick a more exact range of colours, and look for a decent set of resin bases to set off the model as nicely as possible.image