Hobby Resolutions for 2018

I have many hobby resolutions for this grand new year, many of which may fall by the wayside!  I’d rather have ambitious targets and get halfway than just potter along though!

First of all, I’m going to take part in multiple hobby challenges through the year, particularly #hobby500, aiming to finish 500 models this year, or approximately 10 a week, and the #painthammer2018 challenge (which is a smaller 365 models but has a few other goals and a really nice painting log involved).  Will I hit them?  With 2 small kids and recently moving house, probably not.  But I’ll give it a damn good try and get properly back into the hobby game!

Second, my hobby purchases are going under review.  I want to finish more of what I have, and I want to focus slightly more of my hobby fund on smaller miniature manufacturers.  Games Workshop is fantastic, and honestly I’ll still buy a chunk of their new releases, but regular small purchases to support independent mini makers like Hasslefree Miniatures, Heresy Minis, Bad Squid Games and the like can make all the difference to them keeping their doors open, and I’d hate to see those fantastic models vanish forever.

Third, I’m going to attend the #parentplayers event towards the end of April, meeting up at Warhammer World with a Fallen Angels army completely painted just for the event.  Its going to be awesome, and a great focus for getting a reasonable chunk of minis knocked out.

Fourth, I want to get some regular games on the go, with my brother and maybe attending some events or a Sheffield gaming club.  it’d rock!

Fifth, I want to keep this blog more active, with painting guides, techniques and the like.  Its great for my reference and a lot easier than working out what paints i used in 2 years time!

It doesn’t sound too unreasonable, does it?   On with 2018!

Hobby Roundup (Week 3)

Again, far too little hobby actually getting done at the moment!  But lots of interesting stuff going on in the hobby community.

Bit disappointed by Shieldwolf Miniatures cancelling their shield maiden vs orcs kickstarter.  They had over the £30,000 funding they were aiming for 7 days in, so to pull out because they wouldn’t have enough is really bad planning – if their target wasn’t high enough to cover the project, they hadn’t planned right.  Great looking minis, but I think I’ll steer clear of them going forward.

Some really cracking stuff coming out at the moment – the new Fyreslayers for AoS have been getting very favourable mentions.  Too high magic for me in theme, but amazing craftsmanship.

Seeing lots of enthusiasm for Guildball, and judging by event sales, its continuing to grow. I’m eying up a union team at the moment, but I’m trying to be good, given a plastic mountain taking up lots of crates.    I really feel that its a good game to try though, so hoping to sneak in some vassalball.

It looks like the next week will just be sorting hobby stuff rather than painting, but hopefully will get back to the point that I’ll start actually using a brush again – I need models sorted out and primed to sneak in a few minutes here and there!

Eldar Codex

Well, having got the new Eldar Codex on iOS, what are my thoughts?

I think the Eldar are back, baby, yeah!!!!

There are a lot of small changes but there are a few main improvements –

1)  Some flyers!  The Crimson Hunters and Wraithfighters give a decent air superiority force.  Not a massive fan of the wraithfighter look though – looks too close to DE for me.

2)  The wraithknight – as an old fan of the epic knights, this is just amazing!  I believe the phrase is “wraithknight does what wraithknight wants!”  Very expensive model though!

3) Shoot and run, or run and shoot – letting you close in and fire the shorter range elder weaponry, or popping out of cover, firing, then hiding again.  It given basic eldar the sort of maneuverability the tau only get with crisis suits.

4)  No more wraithsight – all the wraithtypes get to kick ass and take names – their “slow” I4 reflects wraithsight.  No more spending a whole turn noodling about because you rolled a 1.

There are also some disappointments –

1)  I was hoping that a phoenix lord would let you take that aspect as troops – only spirit seers shake up the force org.

2)  a bit formulaic – not much new except the now standard flyers and big monster.

3)  harlequins are still  a bit rubbish for the points!

Generally, though, its made me  a lot more excited about Eldar again – I love the take on the fluff, where the Eldar are gearing up for a final stand against oblivion in these end times.  No flickering out,  but going out like a nova!  Rock.