Been rather radio silent of late, the downside of being an adult is that real life likes to get in the way of fun stuff like building and painting models.  Still I’ve recently gotten a project done that was sitting on the shelf collecting dust for quite a while.

I give you the Mega Dread.  Not a clue how effective he’ll be on the table, but he will look amazing towering over all my Boyz.

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I haven’t finished anything in a few months, I had an extended period of lovely weather that I spent outside and after that I just fell out of the habit of painting every night.  I’ve recently been trying to get back to it so I finished some Catachans.  I never paint these guys the same way twice, I mostly use them to practice painting different skin tones and ethnicities.

 

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Since I’ve begun working on a Raven Guard force I decided I needed a good warlord to lead it.  The Ravens have Shadow Captains in that position and Games Workshop does offer a single model in fine cast on their site.  While Shadow Captain Shrike is fairly cool looking, I deplore fine cast and knew I could do better.  Scavenging from my bit box and a few specific parts orders helped me custom build my perfect warlord.

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I arrived home today to discover that my package from this Kickstarter had arrived unexpectedly.  Having ripped into the package and played with the many bits and bobs I thought all of you good people out there might find it an interesting addition to their war gaming tables.  It arrived incredibly quickly, so fast in fact that opening the package smelled like a campfire.

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We’ve been discussing improving the narrative of our games, I mostly play scenario type missions and I think part of the fun is crafting a story around it.

Here are a list of things helpful for forging  a narrative about a mission.

Before the mission

  • Who is your army
  • Where is your army
  • Why is your army there
  • Who is leading your army
  • Plan for the mission

After the mission

  • Significant events in the battle (turning points, major surprises, upsets).
  • Heroic units (lone guardsman wiped a squad of charging Tau in a sweeping advance, Guardian squad bogging a squad of assault terminators for 3 turns)
  • Your armies interpretation of the outcome (da ‘umies wiped out all m’boyz they’z stronger den we thought just ‘ow we like it).

About two months ago I reviewed the Dreamforge APC and mentioned that I would be converting it into an Ork Trukk.  It has finally made its way through my little chop shop ready to wreak havoc on anyone that gets in its path.  In the hands of a Mek it has gained plenty of extra armor plates, a wrecking ball, and painted red for maximum destruction.

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I arrived home today to discover the Shadow Force Solaq boxset waiting at my door.  Now if you’ve been following all the rumors and reveals on the various Warhammer news sites you’ve likely already seen a reviews of the boxes contents, but I figured I’d offer up my own unboxing anyway.

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Astorath Front

Astorath is one of my favorite Blood Angel models and is one of the models that originally drew me to the army. The black wings, trailing scrolls and the weird Bram Stoker muscle armor combined with the Ozzy Osborn face and the flying overhead axe pose just make for an amazing over the top model. His fluffy insight into the Black Rage and the buffs he gives to the Death Company have left me wanting to field him since I started. The time is finally close at hand too.

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I love me some Orks, but had decided maybe it was time to jump into another faction with a small force. I love the fluff of the Raven Guard so I had started building some army lists and picking out models to purchase when all the reveals started popping up for the Raven Guard boxset and the new rules they are getting. Fate seemed to be working against my wallet so though I hadn’t really planned on jumping into them till end of year or early next, I’ve started now.

I managed to snag a Terminator Close Combat Squad box for cheap and had some bits so I figured I’d start experimenting on the paint side in preparation for the other models I’ll be buying. I love the beak and claw motif of the RG so modded a beak helmet for this guy and then went with a very basic paint scheme.

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Just a WIP update, I’ve been working on a Forgeworld Griffon which is a nightmare of Resin.  The Catachans should be the last few I do for a long while and the Tyranid Prime is going to be my HQ for my very small force of ‘nids.

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