Given all the recent hoopla around Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition, a lot of the spotlight has been heading Games Workshop's way. Well they don't have the monopoly on great miniatures, and as you may know, we're big fans of DreamForge and what they produce. Their line of miniatures are super cool, but with no real fluff currently developed, finding a cool colour scheme or developing character is up to the hobbyist - not necessarily a bad thing! This week, in a burst creativity, we mixed two of the existing Dream Forge kits - mostly an Eisenkern Valkir Heavy Trooper with the smaller shoulder pads and super cool backpack from an Eisenkern Stormtrooper to make something a little different. Part of an urban pacification force, the base colour is actually the new Death Guard Green spray from GW with other GW paints used for the camo. The drybrush may have been a little heavy, but overall this was quite successful and potentially the start to a scheme for a larger force, and certainly a thought for the look of the Kellerkopf APC that DreamForge produce. This is the first time we've tried camo on power armour, so not a terrible first go., but lessons were learnt. Now to decide on markings!
In a report straight from an employee at Games Workshop, we have found out that the awesome new Space Marines in the upcoming Warhammer 40,000 Dark Imperium starter set will be snap-fit. The heads are seperate, but the rest of the model has very limited poseability and is definately not multi-pose.
This is a huge disappointment, but a later release will see multi-part and mulit-pose Space Marines.
We already reported that the Death Guard are snap-fit, so it's a real shame the Space Marines are too!
Well that's me not buying the starter box - what about you?
Well here we have it, Games Workshop have revealed the starter box for Warhammer 40K 8th Edition - and .. .WOW! Apart from the massive 280 page Tome of Goodness, there's a tonne of new mins!
Wielding the new bolt rifle, the Space Marine Intercessors are the backbone of your force. To supplement we get the heavy support Hellblasters, and the Inceptors and their jump packs that drop in from orbit with the added fury of their twin assault bolters.
As we predicted, the Rogue Trader era rank of Lieutenants is back and they are joined by the banner-carrying Ancients, something we haven't seen before - a Captain clad in new Gravis armour which seems to be a fusion of Power Armour and Terminator Armour!
The Death Guard are equally impressive with a unit of Plague Marines and new Nurgle cultists in the form of the Poxwalkers. There is a vehicle familiar to Forge World fans - the Bloat-drone. The Death Guard also get some cool characters with the huge new Lord of Contagion, a Blightbringer and a Nurgle Sorcerer, the Plaguecaster
To coincide with the release of Dark Imperium, there's some other new products too - new dice, Wound Trackers and some very cool Sector Imperialis Objectives.
Also revealed are the five new rule books for the existing range - two for the Imperium, two for Xenos and one for Chaos! They look quite hefty, so curious on the price for these...
As predicted last week, this will be a two week pre-order window, like Silver Tower.
Getting a whole squad done one miniature at a time is a long process, but when you're done it's exciting.
Today I finally finished my Veteran Tactical Squad for the War Hounds Legion and having been the first squad I started it's good to have them now being able to sit proudly next to their completed Tactical Squad brothers. Having finally worked out markings and how to inject a bit of character really helped bring each one of these guys to life - and not just have a whole lot of "gun pigs".
More images and write up HERE
You may have seen our various adventures through the world of terrain, which can be expensive and time consuming - but what if we told you a trick you could buy pretty easily and was cheap for what you get?!
Look no further, Fellow Traveler, for today Beardy Hammer has a pretty cool little product we think you'll like - if the kids don't get to it first!
So scatter terrain; boxes, barrels etc is all over the place, but we were looking around on line the other week and found this... (left)
Not a bad looking barrel, right? well the keen-eyed observer might recognise it as... LEGO!
Well to be fair it's not real Lego, it's from a Chinese company called Si-Dan Toys and many of the aftermarket Lego dealers sell them as well as custom modern weapons to pimp out your mini-figures.
Now I hear you say "Lego is expensive" and yes it is, but one of these barrels will set you back between $1 and $1.40 - not bad - but it doesn't start life looking like this, you get to customise it! Woo, go hobby!
SO this is how they come (above) with the typical Lego-compatible hole in the bottom. There are two main varieties - one with liquid and one without liquid. The liquid is removable but actually looks really cool.
As you can see, this does look a bit plastic at first, so I just took some sandpaper and sanded the thick mould line around the centre off, then gave it a wash and applied the undercoat.
Paint to your desire, we went with the military green and a blue top as many of these sorts of barrels have blue tops in Australia, so why the frakk not?!
Too much work? Well you will be happy to know that it can also come with a design if you so wish (above).
Glosscote it, dullcoate it, weather and I guess you could count that as done! Might try that actually...
So here it is, pretty much to scale. You wouldn't spot it as being Lego-compatible necessarily and for the price you could pick up a fair few for not much at all.
Also, if you really wanted, you could take the lid off, stack them and make some columns... just a thought.
So it's been a pretty busy time and I haven't updated the hobby projects for a while, and a bit has got done - from a test scheme for the Skitarii Rangers for my DIY Titan Order Legio, to some War Hounds which are really starting to come together in terms of character and look... finally!
This update also gave me the opportunity to test out the crappy cheap photobooth I bought on eBay.
That was a $20 I won't be getting back anytime soon hahaha!
Skitarii Ranger of Legio Ballista
Legio Ballista has been a project that's been in the works for decades. Born as a tribute to the great Bolt Thrower, the look of Legio Ballista has pretty much gone unchanged since the late 90s - no surprise when you look at it! You may have seen this Kastelan before, and there's also a Rhino in the same colour scheme - well now they have a Ranger to keep them company. This was a little bit fiddly to do, but not horrible. The miniature itself has lots of hidden detail, and overall I'm pretty happy with it. Obviously now the photo has been taken I need to go and touch up a few things though!
War Hounds Legion Update
I'm going to put it out there - I've never been good at painting officers. There's this fine line between too much bling and just a guy with a plume on his helmet! So I set about to practise what an officer in the War Hounds Legion would look like.
Fist up was the Breacher Squad Sergeant. Really happy with the pose of this guy and this is the first time I've painted Lightning Claws. The torso is a Death Guard one, but perfect for this guy. This is also the first time I decided on the symbol on the shoulders of the Breachers, a smaller Assault cross which seems to be okay.
The Assault Squad Sergeant was a bit of fun. Now having double Lightning Claws was interesting and fits well with the War Hounds fearsome reputation. The scroll was added for adornment and I did a similar decoration on one of the Lightning Claws that appears on the Legion Praevian from last month. Notice also the MasterCrafted spiked pauldron. He nearly had two, but thought that was overkill!
Not an officer as such, but the Veteran Tactical Vox guy was a chance to try a different type of comms unit which I built onto his glove with Green Stuff and also the face tattoo which I really like. Bit of a risk but he looks hard as frakk! My first attempt at a Plasma Gun too, steep learning curve there, not entirely happy.
Age of $igmar got a bit of a bad wrap at launch because of it's ridiculous prices, but 2017 has seen a rethink of the pricing with the Tzeentch releases being generally very well priced and this week seeing the new jumbo-sized Stormcast Eternal sets hitting the shelves. They're much better value, 100% more troops for sometimes only 20% more or less - and boy are the staff in store pushing hard on Stormcast!
This week also saw the release of a box so small you could blink and miss it - it's the loyal companions of the Stormcast Eternals - the Gryph-Hounds, who can be fielded as a companion beast or in it's own 'pack'.
Pricing on these are competitive; 6 miniatures for $40 AUD, which again falls into this new price point.
Apart from the small box, the next thing you'll notice are the awesome colour schemes on the box - it's as painter's dream with both dramatic and more traditional schemes.
Before we get to the minis, the instructions are in the new format of the Age of $igmar releases, with the stats in multiple languages and greyscale and colour how-to instructions.
Interesting to see that if you take a Gryph-Hound as a "companion" it doubles it's attacks to 4 attacks if it's within 3" of it's assigned character model.
There are 3 unique miniatures in the set, but two sprues of each to get your 6 miniatures.
The moulding is very nice - crisp and deep - exactly what you would expect from Games Workshop (unless it's the crappy scenic bases).Included in the set are heads to make 6 standard Gryph-Hounds and also 2 heads if you want to make Alphas, the big dogs of the Gryph-Hound packs.
You may have noticed in recent years, Games Workshop have generally done quite well hiding join lines on their completed models - from straps to hiding them in muscles joins - they've done a really good job. This was going to be harder for these guys. They have a kine straight down their back but they have tried to hide them in the feathers around their necks, so that shouldn't be too much a a trial to clean up.
Overall these are nice little models, just a bit smaller than a GW standard horse (not those big Chaos ones - they're huge!). At this price and being so interesting to look at, this is a great buy.
We've recently (and not so recently) been exploring the world of MDF terrain. There's a tonne of it out there, and some of the most interesting and certainly most detailed comes from an Australian manufacturer, Miniature Scenery.
They have a number of different genres including fantasy, sci-fi, Eldar-esque, vehicles, and some great cityscape terrain called Battle Grounds.
Today we're going to show the product we bought to test out their kits, the Power Generator!
The first thing to say about these kits is that they are detailed and a little fiddly, but if you follow the instructions they turn out a treat. This entire kit comes on one packed MDF sheet which is also engraved with surface detail. I sprayed both sides of the sheet black before assembly to avoid intricate painting after assembly - it's like an onion of detail - have a look at the underside of the finished kit (below left).
The Power Generator is built in two symmetrical halves which you then obviously glue together - you can see the back side of one of the halves (below right) with it's multiple angles and locking pins.
Once it's together there is a slight join down the middle of the two halves (below left) which you could fill and sand if you saw fit, or leave as a feature. There are surface details like scoring as well as a vent on one side and an aerial on the other. It has a feeling of Tau about it really, but would suit any battlefield I'm sure.
Previous experience with MDF shows that the sharp lines around the edges make it look a bit fake, so once dry I sanded the edges of the entire kit to round them off a bit - you can see where the black spray has worn off leaving the MDF exposed (below centre). I quite like the effect and regret having to paint it!
There are arcs of energy in the middle of the Power Generator (below right) so I left the front plat off to make it easier to paint later on.
All up this took about 2 hours to make, leave to dry and sand which is pretty good for a very detailed kit.
Frankly I really like this. It was a bit of work at first, but once you hit your stride, you're away.
I'd really like to build more of their kits and have ordered some Battle Ground road plates and a few buildings from their Sci-Fi range to test them out.
The last shot on their instruction sheet (which unfortunately are all online only) shows this row of Power Generators together which is an awesome look for a Battle of Hoth-style Star Wars battle, but would be a bit of work - ultimately rewarding as this was a joy to make and have in the growing scenery collection.
I got some paint on it!! Yes the weekend gave me the opportunity to get some hobby done, and this was it.
In a way I really liked the very charred and worn black undercoat, but this scheme will fit better with the rest of the scenery I'm planning. You may also notice I cut out the lightning bolts from the generator. I wanted this to look dormant, so the lightning didn't really fit. Here's a War Hound for scale!
Probably a bit more work to do, but overall it's come up well as an experiment.
Wargames Exclusive (Warex) have come to the party yet again with some amazing new conversion parts for Thousand Sons players - these will blow you away!
Thousand Sons are all the rage at the moment and to help deck out your Rhino transport, Warex have two awesome conversion sets - there's the more traditional spikey scarab design or there's the simply mind blowing bird skeleton design, a must for any Egyptian-themed army really!
We've reviewed Warex stuff before and found it to be really top quality, rivalling if not surpassing the larger companies in terms of quality and craftsmanship!
This blog is often seen as synonymous with War Hounds Legion, being that's it's a rare one for people to build, but squirreling away in the back of the Beardy Hammer dungeon is a secret so dark that it must clothe itself in black - it is the desire to make Dark Angels. Not just any Dark Angels mind you, but those untainted by Lion-El Douchbag, the Terran Dark Angels who - once abandoned by their Primarch - were then unfairly seen as heretics and forced to flee in shame and become The Fallen. Now hunted by their former Brothers, The Fallen still remain loyal to the Emperor but bitter towards their former comrades.
This project started as an idea to make Consecrator Space Marines - 40K loyalists clad in the old armour marks of their Progenitor Chapter, the old black and red of the Terran Dark Angels.
Then as I made the first one (above far right) I wondered why not just make some Fallen. They're cool with an awesome backstory (until Forge World retcons it which they're sure to do) and classic armour from back in the Rogue Trader days.
The only difficulty is that the shoulder icon was a bit different back thyen. Forge World make a really ornate one, and then I saw that Pop Goes the Monkey on Shapeways make exactly what I was looking for. I already had War Hounds and Consecrator ones from them, so now I added Dark Angel ones and THEY ARE FRAKKIN' AMAZING! Not too thick, just perfect (below right). Hands down one of the best after market 40K products available. Once I teamed those with the MKIV Space Marines from Betrayal at Calth and the always amazing Veteran Shoulderpads from Mastercrafted (below left) I was set!
The Dark Angel;s themselves are a very matte, very dark black with muted colours only red, white and a splash of green. I wanted these guys to really be the Angels of Death their history portrays them as.
Overall I'm pretty happy as a start. The seeming re-emergence of The Fallen in the latest 40K story arch is fun, so lets see what happens! So far each of them have different heraldry, an idea i'd like to continue on these grizzled old veterans of a once less treasonous time.
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