Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Dark Imperium Premier League

Greetings all! I thought that today I'd talk to you about something I'm running over at my club at the moment - the Dark Imperium Premier League. This is a league where club members could challenge other participants to a game and for those games to mean something rather more than just who got bragging rights for the next week.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Hobby update 16/10/17 - where has October gone?


Greetings all, just a quick update for you all today, as I appear to have misplaced a couple of weeks of October! With a busy weekend visiting family just gone and a long weekend away coming up painting time may be a bit sparse for a couple of weeks, but here goes with what I've got so far!

Friday, 13 October 2017

The lesson learned. Characters are key. Keeping them alive is more so!


Greetings all, I've played a few games recently, and as such have a wealth of material to choose from for this post! I've gone for the impact and importance of characters however, and I'll also have a little look at how their use has changed into 8th edition.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Tau - the Firestorm Enclave is born!

Greetings all, time for another list post! A little while ago you may remember I posted up a couple of potential lists I was working on in terms of starting a new army, one for the Genestealer Cult and one for the Tau.

Since then, those ideas have largely sat around in my hobby folder and nothing has happened with them, but in working away the other night on my colour scheme for them, I reignited a bit of a flame for them, so I sat back down and took another look at the list I'd written, armed with a few more examples of Tau lists from battle reports I've seen and a little more information on how the units tie in together, plus a whole whack more experience of 8th edition. List discussion comes after the break.

Friday, 6 October 2017

The lesson learned - the hardest lessons are learned the quickest.


Greetings all, welcome to the latest part in my lesson series, today I'm looking at not a specific tactical issue as such, but that sometimes you just have to grin and bear the pain and keep going, because making mistakes and having your stuff shot/hacked off the table is the best way to make sure you don't do the same thing again (unless you're as thick as I can be!).


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Hobby season - short term goals 2 & 3 - TO DONE!

Hi all! Well today after my hobby season success of last week, I have a couple more stamps to award myself for staying focused!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Hobby update 2-10-17 - clearing the decks for Dreadtober.


Greetings all! With a new month comes a new challenge!  I'm taking part in Dreadtober this year, so I've got some dread pics for you later, but for now, let's have a look at what I've achieved already at the end of September shall we?

First up, my first completed Razorback in a long time! I've done weathering on this guy too which I'm really pleased with, now I just need to add a second to join him!

Next up, we have my converted Terminator Captain, using the Asterion Moloch model,  an old masters of the chapter storm shield and a thunder hammer head, plus a sculpted base. This guy came together really quickly once I knuckled down and started painting him, and I'm really pleased with how he performed in the game too, taking on the avatar of Ynnead and emerging victorious. These first photos aren't quite the finished article, which can be seen in-game against the yncarne itself.





Next up we have the 8th company captain, Jace Fenix, who is also now complete though I don't have photos for him sadly (yet).



I've also been progressing with some of my hobby season pledges, with these sniper scouts now just needing detail adding to their faces and bases.


Last night I wrote a new list for a game I'm playing this week, and to use it I need a crusader squad, so here we are, my 3rd tactical squad got sacrificed to the altar of alteration and is now armed with bolt pistols and chainswords.


After that, I got these heavy bolter guys finished - these are on my hobby season list too so look out for some nicer photos of them and the other devastators on there tomorrow night.


I then did a bit of wash and colour work on some of my scenery, this building being phase 1 of a much larger ruined cathedral we're working on for the grim dark brotherhood.


And now the promised dreadtober pics! Last night I put down much of the base silver so that I could crack on with some detail work.


And so today during my lunch break I got on with that detail. I'm particularly pleased with the base and the lamppost for the dread on the left, it's going to look pretty characterful when it's done I think!


Till next time!
TBE

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Battle report - Astartes vs Ynnari

Greetings all,
Whilst I didn't take comprehensive notes of this game, I thought I'd bring to you my latest foray in 8th edition, as 3,000pts of Dusk Knights took on 3,000pts of combined Aeldari and Harlequins under the banner of the Ynnari.

Friday, 29 September 2017

The lesson learned - It never hurts, to..ooh look, a bee!


Greetings all,

Welcome to another episode of 'a lesson learned', a regular series where I take an element of one of my games and analyse what happened in detail to try and learn some tactical lessons to use in my games going forward. Today's article focuses on the art of distraction.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Monday, 25 September 2017

Hobby update 25/9/17 - Daemonic incursion and continuing blues


Greetings all! Seems like only a few days since I've done one of these, and then I remember that last week's was late, so it really is just a few days! Still, I've made some significant progress even since then to show you all, so here goes!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Hobby update 21/9/17 - Nurgle defeated


Greetings all, sorry about the silence on the blog for the last few days - I'm afraid that after my second weekend away in a row, I was struck down on Sunday night by the dreaded lurgy - there must have been some poxwalkers at that party I went to! Still, I'm pleased to report the evil forces of Nurgle have been banished back to the great rift, and progress is once more underway, so here we go!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Lesson learned part 2 - the fat lady is never early!


Greetings all, welcome to the second part in my new series, where I take an element from one of my games and focus on it in detail, examining how it affected the outcome of the game and what I could have done better, or why what I did was successful. Hopefully it'll prove interesting and if it helps you guys learn something that you didn't know before, then hooray!

This week's lesson is entitled 'The Fat Lady is never early'

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hobby season - short term goal 1 - to done!


Right then people, I've been beavering away with feverish abandon here recently, notwithstanding the weekend's forced removal from my paint station. I'm pleased to say that I can now confirm completion of my first hobby goal for the season, namely 4 vanguard veterans, 5 bolter scouts, 2 plasma cannon devastators and a devastator sergeant with storm bolter. Pics to follow after the jump.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Hobby update 11-9-17 - scouting for Tau!


Greetings all - time for another look at my hobby desk, though this week it's not quite as covered in paint as usual - this week it's plastic shavings and glue!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Lesson Learned - a new feature!


Greetings all!

Today is the beginning of a new feature here on the blog, hopefully one that will be of interest to you all. I'm calling it (drumroll please) 'The Lesson Learned'. Each article (hopefully weekly) will take a single point of note from one of my games (mostly 40k, but will occasionally be something else that I play) and will look at that thing in detail. Could be a rule, a tactic or something more esoteric. Today's discussion point is going to look at an element of deployment, in particular whether to deploy key units out of sight or in a transport.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Hobby update 6-9-17 - Better late than never, right?


Greetings all - it's a little late this week for which I apologise, but here's my photo dump of the stuff I've been working on over the last 10 days.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

8th ed Space Marine codex review part 5 - Fast Attack


Greetings - welcome to the next part of my space marines codex review - this time we're looking at fast attack choices, probably one of the more limited sections of the book (ironic since space marine are supposed to excel at lightning assaults eh?).

Without further ado, let's get into this then shall we?

Monday, 28 August 2017

Hobby update - 28/7/17 - Sheer devastation

Greetings all! Well I've got a massive picture dump for you this week! I got some stuff on the finished bench last week and there's loads more progress this week too for you to enjoy! Compliments gratefully received!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017

8th ed Space Marine codex review part 3 - troops and elite squads


Greetings all - welcome to the third part of my space marine codex review - this time I'm looking at the troops section, and the elites choices that come as squads rather than single models. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Hobby season review and goals for next season

Greetings fellow hobbyists! It's fast approaching that time of the year again when the hobby season renews. The hobby season is something I've watched from afar for a few years now, run by Dave Weston over at http://www.40kaddict.uk, and last year I decided to dip my toe into it on my own blog. As the season comes to a close, I thought I'd take a look at how I got on.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Hobby update 21/8/17 - nice to be able to put a few things in the finished pile!


Greetings all! Well last week has certainly been a busy week in my painting den, let's have a look at all that lovely progress shall we?


First up, as I've been working hard on getting my devastators up to snuff, I figured it was probably a good time to get some sergeants done for them too and to stop borrowing my tactical squad sergeants instead.

 First up we have Sergeant Camilo, of Squad Noveno, Hazard Company. Since this photo was take he's had his bolter barrels drilled out, so all that needs to be done before he's totally finished is to add a back banner.
 This is probably one of my favourite Sternguard models, from the old metal veterans kit. I'm so glad I kept hold of them and didn't sell them on as I have done with a few of my older models.


Apologies for the funky colours, these pics were taken on my phone at work, and the lighting there mean I had to tinker with the colour settings to get somewhere close to true.


The other Devastator Squad sergeant is Sergeant Adan of Squad Decimo, Hazard Company. As his name is derived from some language and means 'red' I figured he ought to have a red robe, though I'd normally reserve those for command models. I like to think it's perhaps because he's the senior sergeant in the company structure.


Next up we have a lieutenant from Strike Company, Lieutenant Clors (yes, I named him after deciding his robe looks a little like Santa). He'll be a patrol commander when I look to take smaller armies to the field, the jump pack allowing him to command from on high yet still be swift enough to support any squad that needs it.








Again, I've been taking pics at work and the one below probably best represent the actual colours on the model, which I took last night in my garage under better lighting conditions.


Next up we have the full pic of Squad Noveno supporting elements of the 2nd and 4th Companies under the watchful gaze of Lieutenant Clors. Not sure how the lascannons got finished before the missile launchers when they were started much later, but that happens sometimes when you're a painting butterfly like me!


And yes, for the sensitive amongst you, that is a Dark Angels banner - I like to think the Dusk Knights are reinforcing another loyalist force rather than betraying them however!


No prizes for guessing what the next stuff to be added will be! I've been hacking various bits about for a few days putting all kinds of scouts together. Turns out I've actually got quite a lot of 10th company models lying around, guess I need to get back to my naming spreadsheet!


Almost there, I promise! This is Captain Jax Iago of Strike Company, which is the crusade company of the Dusk Knights and I fully intend them to use the Black Templars rules on the field of battle - the idea behind it is the Dusk Knights like to maintain the crusader traditions of the Black Templars and Sigismund's original coterie in the Imperial Fists. As such, 2nd Company is permanently on crusade, and responsible for their own recruitment and munitions, materiel etc. Basically it lets me use the two forces together without having to go through a whole new paint scheme to use Black Templars. 




  In a mighty effort of foresight, I actually magnetised the jump pack on Iago, which lets me do this:



Meaning that actually, I can switch this model out when I don't just need a company captain with jump pack to throw on the table alongside Chapter Master Regulo and Captain Alvaro, and he can actually be used as an Emperors Champion (seriously, have you seen their rules now?) Whilst I'll put together another model for Iago when I want that to be the case.

And finally for this week, in a suitably dark and brooding picture (seriously, what's up with my pics at the moment - I think the issue with this one is that when the lights are bright enough to pick out the shading of his robes, they reflect horribly off the very pale parts of his armour) is Chaplain Ezequiel, strong right arm of the Emperor. Well, strong left arm since that's where the power fist is. To be honest, I'm a bit underwhelmed by the Crozius stats, so added a power fist for those occasions when I needed a little more punch (haha, jeez I'm so funny!)



Sorry if that was a bit pic-heavy, hopefully next week I'll have some servants of the Blood God to show you, along with some more finished Vanguard Veterans.

Till next time,
TBE