Recent Developments and News

So thought it was about time to collect ones thoughts and do a little army and life update to the blog since a fair bit has happened since the last update. F

First up had a visit and an interview at GW in Nottingham for the position of a product photographer. Sadly I didn’t get the job (though in all fairness to GW they were very good in communicating through the whole process, none of that contact you and then giving one the silent treatment). This did mean that I also got to have a peek around their Warhammer World setup – the studio upstairs is great and seeing the models in the flesh painted is a joy. A large amount are the regular models (most of which you’ve likely seen in White Dwarf and on the front of the boxes) though there are a few conversions thrown in as well. The centre is dominated by a huge assault of Tyranids on a Space Marine Citital and really shows off what the GW staff can do when they want to make something big and impressive to show off. I’ll try and get a few pictures to show up later (hint its dark in there and the combo of small spotlights and glass makes lighting a nightmare).

Back to home base and the Slaanesh army has been growing more in a mound of unfinished models than anything else. Ebay has been pruned regular for fiends and hounds (the former of which are proving rather scarce in the UK at present – at least in metal form) and as I type I’m sitting on a bid and crossing fingers for a Lord of Change in metal. So most of the growth has been in adding more models and finding those few good deals on ebay to bolster the numbers.

My aim at present is to get much of the bulk of metal models as I can, which is mostly Slaanesh Fiends and Hounds of Khorne along with any lords or heros or daemons as well. Mostly to avoid having to work with Finecast, which whilst showing details fantastically can be so iffy with details showing (my Fateweaver is awaiting me taking a few photos to show missing detail to get one wing replaced from GW). I’ve also been gathering up the Seekers I can find in metal and will likely run two units, one plastic (they are good models in plastic) and one in metal, the metal seekers going with my metal seeker herald for a special group on the table.

I’ve thus far avoided the temptation of the metal Daemonettes, great models that they are, but at present I’m more keen to bulk the army up to a good size than to really sink a lot of money into them, I might build up a nice group of 30 or so for a special squad in time, but its low on the priorities at present (which of course means that there are loads on ebay  – thankfully also at higher prices so I’m not tempted).

Other News

Drake the Dragon Wargame – updates have gone out on the Kickstarter and they are entering the final stages of packing ready to ship. A future update is expected in the next few days with a video as well as more specific details. In addition they’ve announced that shipments will be split into two with AGM taking the cost of the second round of packaging (ergo no increased cost to backers). This is because the Rule book (printed offsite) and a few other items are taking longer than expected to complete. AGM is also packing quickstart sheets with the first round of shipments so that players who assemble faster than others can get a start before the final shipment. Final shipment is expected a to ship a month or so after the first so barring customs slowing things up Backers should have all their dragons before Christmas.

Any in Vancouver are also able to drop in for a launch party being held – details to follow shortly (check the KS updates page).

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/agm/drake-the-dragon-wargame/posts

Spartan Games – Firestorm Armada – lots of great stuff with free Battle stations for the core factions for any ordering the new 2.0 rule book (which was developed with aid of the community). In addition new Patrol Fleets are coming out with MII versions of the core ships – new battleships, cruisers and frigates are coming along with brand new flyer tokens for fighters and bombers and also new ships in the form of some new super carriers. They are also releasing a 2 player battle pack for Firestorm, with rumour of a few more battle packs with other core factions in the future. All details and more appearing in the Spartan Blog and also on the Spartan Facebook page.

Spartan Games – Uncharted Seas – Sky Pirates are out on November 5th – get ready for a brand new fleet in the Uncharted waters of the fantasy world.

http://www.spartangames.co.uk/blog

Small steps first day

So new blog new project and right now that project is a Slaanesh army which is likely to dominate these early postings as I get some self motivation to put the army together and learn to paint it up (and I will paint this army – I will I really really will – – – – – well I’ll undercoat it at least!)

 

So thus far the collection page shows all that’s in the Slaanesh force and should remain up to date if I can keep off ebay and nabbing neat older sculpts and metal models here and there. Even in the smaller (than the USA) market of UK ebay there is a surprising amount out there if you look around and wait; even a lot of older unpainted and unassembled models (though it seems that the older 2boobied daemonettes are hard to come by :P). I am, however, most glad that I got hold of 5 of the older seeker riders which along with my mounted herald will be a nice little troop of unique models in the force. I’m also generally keeping an eye out for more of those older seeker riders – I’ll probably end up with quite a few to put on the table (full seeker cavalry charge!).

 

So project objectives for the moment are:

1) Assemble everything – cleaning models (even GW plastic which is the most easy thing to clean there is) takes forever. I’ll also have to leave some models in parts until they are painted because of getting access to details – the Bloodthrone/Skull Cannon is a nightmare of parts that cover other parts and most of the engine and wheel sections will have to be done on their own.

Riders for the seekers and for the bloodcrushers are also going to be done in parts along with the seekers and riders for the chariots.

2) Get some movement trays and modify them – with some greenstuff and work I can modify the movement trays to hold the circular based models so I can use them in 40K or fantasy. I might use magnets as well, some small flat ones to just slip under the base. If I do I’ll also go for a metal sheet over or for the movement tray or be really careful with the magnet positions otherwise.

3) Conversions – thus far I’ve got a herald on a mount to convert (based around the slaanesh warriors of chaos commander rider) – a khorne herald (from the blood throne which isn’t being used – honestly I can’t understand why GW didn’t make him optional on his own as they’ve done with some other kits).

I’m also toying with the idea of going over all (30 at present) deamonettes and adjusting their chests to be more “balanced”. It’s my view that you can’t be an elite death dealing monster with such inbalance upon one’s chest (which means I have to make lots of boobies and armour for the boobies).