This weekend was SMASH, one of Sydney's burgeoning conventions - this one centering on anime and manga. SMASH is also the venue for Gunpla each year, and boy did we pick a good year not to enter because the selection of entries was not only varied, but also exquisite. From beautifully done single models, with such clean lines, to dioramas, to large models with LEDs. There was even an entry done by a class of students from a local primary school.
Not only are there great models by entrants into Gunpla, there's also a chance to see some of the kits from Bandai soon to hit our shores - and occasionally something you can't buy but is SOOO cool!.
Just a quick update - have been working hard on the Tau Armies On Parade entry.
Did a little write up and a few more pictures on the Armies On Parade page - click and scroll down!
It's week three of the Deathwatch releases and I tell you what, they don't stop!
There's been pretty consistent rumours that the Deathwatch release is in conjunction with an upcoming skism of some sort on the 40K universe - Black Crusade/ return of the Primarchs/ second Horus Heresy - it's all been rumoured. Well by the size of this release, one would have to assume that the Deathwatch are going to be pretty important.
This week we see a tonne of Deathwatch boxes all based around the 5 Man Kill Team with added models (bikes/ Terminators etc etc). It's also the week of the AWESOME Corvus Blackstar (looking not unlike this ship from the Epic days - above) and the Deathwatch Master. There's also a few repacks, the Deathwatch Dreadnought (repack), Deathwatch Vangaurd, Deathwatch Terminators, Deathwatch Chaplain and Deathwatch Librarian.
There's also a new audio drama and a novel I assume taking us down whatever path this release is going.
Have a look at the price of the characters BTW, at around $30 that's the cheapest we've seen clampacks for a while and a really positive trend. Good stuff GW!!
... or of course you can go the whole hog and order the Watch Company (below)
Now - I spotted something really interesting - have a look at what's in the middle of this Inquisition symbol from the Corvus Blackstar (above). That's unmistakably a Tau drone. Now what Tau technology are the Deathwatch using in this ship? What do you think??
EDIT: Thankfully BlueMako and Ksan had better vision than I and saw this hatch cover for what it is... a hatch cover. Having been deeply involved in Tau during Armies on Parade, I'm pretty sure I have been tainted.
Honest mistake - my apologies!
If ever you've had a trawl through Shapeways, you may have come across the MASSIVE selection of products from POP Goes The Monkey - from shoulder pads to combat shields and more.
I've been keeping an eye on them since I first saw their War Hounds shoulder pads for my slowly growing War Hounds Legion.
I haven't always had the best luck with 3D printed items, but the lure of these shoulder pads was too much - the War Hounds have a very intricate design, so this was a great way to add character, but in a new way!
Well the parcel arrived today and I have to say - I was blown away!
First thing you notice about the POP Goes The Monkey shoulder pads is how fine they are. Printed in a semi-transparent resin, it's a little hard to see the detail, so after giving them a light soapy scrub, it was time to give them a light going over with undercoat.
... and as you can see here - frakkin' amazing detail!
Those hounds are TINY and they retain so much of the original drawing and even the Forge World decals.
Now it's safe to say that my painting is not amazing, but even my ham-fisted attempt at these turned out pretty well. Not being one for bright edge highlights, it's a little hard to see, but the edges are clean and crisp and look amazing in real life.
All in all i'm very very happy with them.
There is a very very slight texture to the flat rounded shoulder, but as soon as the undercoat and a thin coat of paint went on, it disappeared.
These are truly impressive and amazing if you're doing a very detailed Chapter. I have a side project of Consecrators Space Marines, and have now ordered a whole bunch of shoulder pads for them too.
As we've said before, all of the products reviewed here we have bought, so if it's not good, we certainly won't be recommending them - and POP Goes The Monkey gets a 10/10!!
Finding terrain that won't bust the bank isn't easy. I've long looked at Warsenal, but their postage is MURDER, so today when I saw these online it was a relief - large terrain at an affordable price! I bought this whole set for $70 AUD with postage and that's the largest set you can buy. Really looking forward to getting it and seeing how it turns out, but what a cool way to get some large scenery pieces for not much.
CLICK the pick for the whole range.
So really the star of next week is the Deathwatch Upgrade Sprue with it's 10 Space Marine shoulder pads and 2 Terminator Armour shoulder pads with Deathwatch insignia, a Sergeant chest plate, 2 variant helmets, a power sword, a small backpack icon and 2 large vehicle icons. Nice little sprue, but also interesting there isn't one with more vehicle bits!
Also out next week are two books - one super-cheap and the other YOU MUST OWN!!
Firstly the How to Paint Deathwatch is at the bargain basement price of $17 AUD, which must be about $2.50 US. I guess there really isn't a lot to explain about black, but will be interesting to see what is in this one. The other book is really awesome. This first came out on the week of the 30th Anniversary Space Marine and is the Index Astartes Apocrypha. If you are a fan of the universe, you should own and digest this book. Now availabe in softcover, this is a must own. Trust me, I have recommended it to people and all of them have been super happy with it!
Well it's been a week since I started on Armies on Parade 2016, and believe it or not - I have an update!
Click on the pic for more
This morning when we posted up the pre-orders from the Games Workshop, there were initially no images of the new sprues. This was later changed, and it was then revealed that the Mark 8 Space Marines we had first spotted, were not vanilla, but were exclusively Deathwatch.
(Yes you can convert, but we're talking straight out of the box).
Now, thanks War of Sigmar, we can confirm some of the thoughts we pondered earlier concerning the Death Masque boxed set. Here's some of the key elements we thought were most interesting....
As you cen see (above) the Mark 8 Space Marine armour is in fact specified for the Deathwatch. The nifty new ammo pouches on the front of their torsos is also catered for within the structure of the moulding.
This is also the first time we have seen all the Chapter symbols in the set. Very interesting to see Howling Griffons among them - certainly one of the harder Chapter symbols to paint!
We can also now see the combi-Heavy Bolter/ Flamer, the Infernus Heavy Bolter and also the Xenophase Blade - not sure if that's Eldar or Necron, but it's not human!
The dreadnought does come with quite a few optional Deathwatch bits including weapons options. There is also two maces included, giving you either ambidextrous Marines, or a very scary looking dual wielder.
Finally, something of interest is this optional "Black Shield". Certainly a mighty looking hero of some sort!
So what do you think of these guys? Pretty sure the individual boxes will be flying off the shelves, but at what price? This boxed set is quite expensive for what you get, so when you break it into bits, will the individual Deathwatch boxes break the bank?!
The pre-orders for next week have just gone live here in Australia, so we can finally have a good look at what's on offer in terms of the new Deathwatch release.
The main release is of course the Death Masque boxed set. Priced in the same ball park as Overkill and Betrayal at Calth, this stands out as having decidedly less miniatures than those releases - but what we do get is five full suits of MK 8 Space Marine armour, two exclusive new characters, Eldar Harlequins five Vangaurd Space Marines and a dreadnought. The sprue breakdown that is up does not show any of the new sprues, just the repackaged ones which is a bit of shame.
I wonder if the Deathwatch miniatures are actually MK 8 vanilla and we just get two Deathwatch upgrades sprues to convert them and the Vanguard Space Marines.
*** EDIT - SInce this post, Games Workshop have added pics of the new sprues. The Mark 8 are exclusively Deathwatch. There may be a Deathwatch upgrade sprue in the box, but it wasn't pictured ***
On the same theme, the other pre-orders include the Deathwatch Codex (including a Deluxe version which is almost thge same price as the entire boxed set) as well as Deathwatch Datacards and Deathwatch Dice
Mark 8 Space Marine armour has been in the mix for a very long time, with the odd piece appearing here there and everywhere - but today as the Deathwatch Space Marines leaked online, it looks like - for the very first time - we have FULL SUITS of MK 8 Space Marine armour.
Mk 8 is best identified with the high colour on the torso, plus new armour on the greaves, feet and ankle which would give the user greater flexibility and not reduce the armour protection.
Check out these pictures below to see the good news!
... oh - and check out this new flyer!!!