The Las Vegas Open is on and Games Workshop dropped a few rather awesome previews...
First up is the Armiger Warglaive. These guys are what a War Hound Titan is to a Reaver Titan, smaller and faster than the Imperial Knights, they hunt and fight at the flanks..
With news that the Necrons, Tau and Dark Eldar are next to get Codex (after a very vocal campaign on the Games Workshop Community FB) it looks like the Necrons will be getting a new character, and he's a really dynamic miniature! This Cryptek mini is the first ever to be cast in plastic and features some new wargear. Necrons are my shadow army. Just love them, so this is exciting@
New Fyreslayers for Age of $igmar and Shadespire - this time Fyreslayers. Their minis are already pretty dynamic, but these make a very very nice addition to the range.
This one we reported one earlier today, but Daughters of Khaine DID get the flying infantry we predicted, and they're even better than we thought! Check out this range, which looks to be two combi-kits, a character and then a sneak peak of the Queen herself right at the end!
How awesome to see some new minis... and not a Space Marine in sight! JOY!!
It's been a bit of a busy hobby time of late with projects and ideas floating in and out of our heads, so we thought it was about time to share them.
As you may know, we're Beastmen fans here, and the Tzeentch Beastmen, the Tzaangor, have been a bit of a challenge getting the look and feel right. Then the other day I hit on the thought of putting wings on these birdy-Beastmen, and by the Gods it worked! Although the colour combination may be a little off, pretty happy with the look of the Blood Angels wings - they're not too big and seem to suit the angular nature of the head and weapons. Bit of Green Stuff and the wings and you're set!!
The ongoing War Hounds Legion project, although at times sometimes on the back burner, never stops - this time with quite a bit of progress on the once-fledgling Breachers unit. With the help of some Forge World Death Guard torsos and Mechanicum heads, we were finally able to get the look we'd been after; heavy infantry! For more pictures and information on the changes to the markings and direction of the Breachers, head over to the War Hounds Project Blog.
In the vain hope that Games Workshop may actually give us some new Seraphon./ Lizardmen troops, we decided to try a test scheme on this Saurus Eternity Warden because frankly he's the best looking of their current models - even if he is Finecast.. The figure itself is a pain the arse to make; the moulding is all over the place, there's a lot of trimming and the pieces really don't fit that well together. Apart from all that, the paint job was a bit of an experiment with the scales having quite a bit of attention and going for a white body with tiny black tattoos, feet and face. Not entirely sure this is a strong scheme , but it's a start! The other colour is a jade green which was a contract to the orange of the scales.
If you've every listened to the Eye of Horus Podcast, you will have heard them mention NPCs for games. Well this guy is my Non Playable Character. He seems to be a scribe or maybe a guy stealing secret documents. Not entirely sold on the robe, so may work on that. He's a combination of Battle Wizard, and Mechanicum parts which work in surprisingly well... with the help of a hobby knife!
Finally, the weeks before Malign Portents were around the Undead. Having been a huge fan of skeletons in Ray Harryhausen movies, it seemed time - and the new Citadel Skulls made fixing the awful GW ones the old skeletons a breeze. Just a bit of a nip and tuck and they fit right on PERFECTLY! Really happy with these and their layered rather than drybrushed finish. The layering was a bit of a pain, but the result is so much better. Speaking of pain - the Mortarch kit is so so painful! STRUGGLING!
What kid who read the comics, watched the TV show or played with the toys didn't want grow up and join the ranks of the greatest terrorist fighters of the 1980s? Yes, that's right - now you too can build your own army to join the glorious ranks of Cobra Command and save the world from the Imperialist expansionist politics of the insidious terrorist organisation known as G.I. Joe!
The clever people over at Reptilian Overlords have created some Enemy Trooper Heads loosely based on the very original Cobra Command look from the early 1980s - the scraf around the face, the long swept back helmet and of course Old Snake himself in the reflective-fronted helmet!
This is genius, so we've ordered some and hopefully this set will be with us soon so we can show it off.
Reptilian Overlords are also working on an Oktober Guard-style set too which look amazing!
Having had recent inspiration to continue with the XIIth Legion War Hounds, I've decided to finish the Breachers/ Heavy Infantry squad. Frankly I find them pretty hard to pose behind that big shield, so trying to find interesting poses has been a challenge - his guy, however, came up a treat! As with a few of the others, I used the Death Guard torsos to make them look bulkier and the addition of the Mechanicus head seems to work nicely too. The War Hounds icon on the shield is from Pop Goes The Monkey.on Shapeways. Notice the Umbra Patter Bolter as well - a little salute back to Rogue Trader era Space Marines
Necromunda has been taking up a lot of time here with the Merchant Guild Enforcers being only one model away from a gang - but of course distractions happen and this on in the form of a Goliath conversion. Not being a huge fan of the Goliaths, we realised that their bulk and spikes could be used for greater things, and nothing says spikes like Khorne!
Taking the body and one arm from the Goliath kit and then the head, chest plate and another arm from the Khorne Blood Warriors in the Age of SIgmar Starter Set, we were set!
Keeping the palette very restricted, it's metallics, black and red, with a touch of green for contrast!
It turns out that GW are coming out with a Khorne Cultist list, so look out for Forge World conversion kits next year some time on would think!
As a frame of reference, I want to start out by saying that I'm not into Warcraft - that's it, precursor done - HOWEVER, they did the most amazing thing for their fans at the recent BlizzCon 2017, that we literally have chills, in fact almost a small tear comes to the eye.
Blizzard, the manufacturers of Warcraft the MMORPG, randomly selection 10,000 player's characters from the game, had that character 3D printed and then included it on a massive diorama to celebrate the new expansion for World of Warcraft, Battle of Azeroth. This thing is enormous too!
Have a look at this video and imagine if you got to have your character that you had built, tweaked and quested with from the beginning of your time in the game become real - even in 28mm scale.
This is so awesome and has caused such a buzz here today! To the players who saw your character come to "life", this must have been amazing! To Blizzard, well done. So so cool.
Been a little while since we did a Shapeways review, but this product seemed so cool it needed to be done. Shapeways itself is quite expensive if you're out of the US as postage can be a beast - but when the free postage week was around, then we knew it was time to add to the Great Crusade bitz for out War Hounds Legion with Plokoone's Thunder Raptors Shoulder Pads.
Like most mini bitz from Shapeways, these are made in Frosted Extreme Detail which gives good crisp details without much if any surface texture. We've bought many detailed shoulder on Shapeways, many from Pop Goes The Monkey, and Plokoone's differ in that the detail on the shoulders is not as high making it look a more to scale. PGTM's do vary in height - the Heresy-era Dark Angels and Consecrators ones are perfect but the War Hounds ones are a little too high for scale.
The pictures below should give you a good idea of the detail on the Thunder Raptors Shoulder Pads which is very very crisp - the Raptor Imperialis is TINY and so so perfect. Just have a look at that detail!
At $17.95 for ten, these are pretty cheap - if you don't count the postage - so I'm very pleased with this purchase. The Shapeways 3D printing I personally don't like as much as the resin that Master Crafted use, but these will be perfect in an army from the Great Crusade to the Horus Heresy!
A new project blooms - and I mean who doesn't love walkers?! It seems to me the Tau should have walkers, but they don't at this point in time, so this walker has to fit into another part of the 40K/ 30K universe - but where?
I had a few ideas; Imperial Guard is obvious - but what about a Planetary Defence force, maybe a Mechanicum defence automata, or even a defence platform from a lost Forge World being rediscovered during the Great Crusade.
I want to weather this one up - but the idea is that these would be part of a larger force - mass produced and effectively taking the place of tanks.
Obviously this is still very WIP, but as far as parts go, this is the Onager Dune Walker legs which I may but the feet on, but not sure until I work out what faction it is. The turret is a cute little tank from Meng. Meng make a series of tanks from the game World War Toons and this is the KV 2 Russian Heavy tank. Not sure what elements I will leave on or add too, but this has to feel mass produced. Underneath the turret, which i shaved down so it wasn't so high, I added plastic card and then the mounting pieces from underneath the original Onager turret. Although fiddly, most will be hidden anyway. On the sides of the turret I added some missile launchers from the Ravenwing upgrade sprue (which is excellent value BTW) then I added a Vindicator sensor.
This is still WIP, but it's working qute well so far, and I'm even thinking of other variants or maybe making two to I can have a kind of squadron. If you have seen Venus Wars, the anime, then the type of armoured street fighting is what I was thinking for this. If you haven' seen Venus Wars, then do yourself a favour an check it out. It's awesome!
Stay tuned for more!
few weeks ago we shared the beginning of our then-unnamed War Hounds Legion Praetor.
Instead of rushing it, I decided to take a bit of time, try some new things with techniques and also so the first real scenic base for my War Hounds.
As mentioned previously, the look of the War Hounds has been evolving from the one drawing in the Horus Heresy Book 1, and now being bale to do an officer, I think this scheme and the way they would do markings are now fully evolved in my mind.
There's been a lot of conversion on this model, but it ties in, so it's hard to see - the cape at the back covered up the largest conversion - the Stormcast shin armour. Below is a breakdown of the mini, done in the three sub-assemblies.
The Praetor itself was a read amalgam of bitz - Imperial Fists torso (for that Great Crusade look), Raven Guard claws, Red Scorpion and Iron Warriors should pads, Stormcast shin armour, plastic MKIII legs, Space Wolf pelt and Veteran head. After a lot of trial and error, and a few cut thumbs, the look was complete. I wanted him to have a close combat look to carry forward the War Hounds Legion fluff, but at the same time be regal and really stand out from the rest of the troops. Although he is primarily the standard War Hounds blue and there's actually no more white on him than the normal War Hounds, he needed to be different - so I decided on red to set him apart. His groin armour was four layers of blending to get the right shade, and adding the fur pelt was something I'd wanted for the War Hounds for ages - it is in their fluff after all!
The mix of metallics was a bit of trial and error, but seems to be about right. His shoulder pad heraldry is unusual for a War Hound, but for a Praetor it needed to be. Was going to go reversed colours with the rampant hound, but decided that was too much red. The Red Scorpions studded shoulder really makes it I think - it's unique. The Stormcast shins were a test really, having used the front, but cut the backs off the add the plastic MKIII calves and then adding new studs to make it more dynamic. The face is from a Veteran, and is washed and then blended, while the scars got their own wash and highlight.
The backpack was a bit of a challenge - I knew it needed height, but it also needed to look regal without being a gold mess or a crown. Luckily I am an incessant bitz buyer, so had lots to play with. The backpack is a fiddly conversion using the Limited Edition Space Marine Captain backpack, with the funnels, pipes and fan from a plastic MKIII backpack. It's fiddly, but fits surprisingly well and the Iron Halo is perfect for the fluff. The cape is from the Custodes, painfully cut and bent into shape and then padded out with Green Stuff to get the shape right. The colours are standard War Hounds and don't deviate from the rules I've set for which bits are white and which bits are blue dependent on rank and role. There's lots of little details, but the decision to do it white was really to make it look less like an Ultramarine, which would generally go for red. The gold was layered on and the decals placed to make his Legion affiliation not-so-subtle.
Although the Stormcast shins gave him a tiny height advantage. he needed more and this Age of $igmar scenic base seemed the way to go. All the beses of my War Hounds are running on the theme of planetfall. They have just hit the planet, maybe taken out some advanced parties and are moving in on the cities of this world - a world needing to be brought back under the rule of the Emperor of Mankind. This civilisation will have some Mayan influences, so the little triangles on this base were perfect. The metallic arch is a metallic not on any of the War Hounds, so is truly unique, and the helmet is a conversion from a Dark Elves Executioner with a Chaos Marine top knot. I added plastic card to put flag stones on the ground, and rocks and shrubs (Gamer Grass BTW) to tie in with the other War Hounds bases. Overall I am very happy with this simple base and his pose, although not designed for the base, does seem to suit it.
War Hounds Legion Praetor Farrar KerRis
And assembled, here he is - Praetor Farrar Kerris. The name comes from Matthew Farrar, the author of the first War Hounds story and as far as I can tell, then guy who actually named them.
The colours on the Praetor are very simple - bronze for rank, silver studs to make him stand out from the rest of his troops - even veterans - the dirty white, blue with the subtle highlight and two tones of red; the crimson red for the War Hounds bits and a brighter red for the purity seals. The orange of the enemy helmet and markings on the base are to contrast with the blue which give it an alien feel.
Overall this was an experiment that I think adds to the army, which - despite being critical of my work - I'm really proud of actually. Now... maybe I need to flesh out what the enemy look like!?
The Citadel Paint App was originally greeted with some skepticism as a potential platform for their painting videos hosted by Duncan Personality Vacuum. Originally these videos were great, lots of tips and new stuff to learn especially from someone with so much skill, but in recent times these videos have become pretty repetitive - I mean how many times do we need to be taught how to paint blue!?
Anyway, the Citadel Paint App is now out, and we had a good look this morning... and are pleasantly surprised at what a potentially excellent resource this could be if curated well.
So lets take a bit of a tour of what you get on day of release..
Overall we are surprised how good this app is. To be fair most Games Workshop apps are pretty poor and not attractive at all, but this one really hist it out of the park! Simply being able to pick a colour, then narrow that down to what shade of that colour you want, and then telling you what you need is amazing!
This isn't the only way to use the paints by the way, you can invent your own ways to achieve colours, but it's certainly a good start and a very good guide.
The ability to also break down a painted model and show you the colours by example is also very good. Tzaangor flesh? Here it is! Bronze on a Kharadron ship? Here that is too!
For us, the Paint by Colour and Paint By Miniature are the best parts of the app. For beginners, the Get Started is great, or even if you want a refresher.
As a hobbyists who stands in front of the paint rack trying to work out what I already have, the Wishlist and Inventory is also really good! What's really interesting is that the wishlist is not attached to the Games Workshop webstore at all - it is purely a list. In fact going through this app, there is no point where it sends you to the webstore, which is pretty amazing as pretty much all the previous GW apps are for exactly that.
This actually seems to be a service for hobbyists.
Kudos to Games Workshop for coming up with this app. It's going to be very handy!