Sunday, 16 October 2016

Armies on Parade: Emtries and Results

It's been a somewhat top-secret project, but now I can share with you my Armies on Parade entry, as well as a number of other entries from yesterday(I wasn't able to shoot them all, as some entrants left theirs a few days early, took pics, and had to go).

 Firstly, my entry. As you could expect, it's Thousand Sons. I ended up going for mostly Thousand Sons, in perfect blocks of nine, supported by daemons, cultists, and various ancient war-machines.

 My Original plan was to include a predator and Storm Eagle, but the Storm Eagle took up too much space, and I wasn't able to finish the predator in time. Still, I managed to paint, in only a few weeks:

  • 10 Thousand Sons
  • 10 Cultists (using 8)
  • Ahriman
  • Terminator sorcerer
  • Sicaran
  • Obliterator
  • Plus the board itself, which went through about three or four designs

Considering that's a pretty tight deadline by my standards, I'm happy with the results.

The centrepiece is most certainly the Sicaran. It painted up so well, and I think I've cracked the colour scheme for my tanks, using only a tiny bit of yellow (I may end up repainting the Rapier Vindicator to have a little less yellow.

 Whilst I'm no Forge World professional painter, I'm content with the results.I'm also super-happy with the skin tones on the more human models (detailed pics to come).

Overall it was a great project to work on, so let's see how we did. On the day I saw the following entries:

  • A classic/modern Imperial Guard/Astra Militarum force

  • A small but swift Dark Eldar force

  •  Space Hulk ships, Imperial and Eldar

  • Some retro-looking cave goblins
As well as this, there was also a later entry of a Space Marine flyer force, a grot army which was entered a few days prior, and a Dealwatch/Knight display in the main window. I was super-impressed with the amount of imagination and custom terrain work that went into all the entries.
So, how did I do? Well.....drum-roll.......pause for effect.....

......still pausing....


Yes, not expecting to win, and extremely optimistic for bronze, a silver medal was handed to me, based on the total in-store and online votes. Bronze went to the Dark Eldar force, but a deserving gold went to the guard army. It was a fantastic mix of retro Cadians, modern tanks, and a well assembled board made near-enough from scratch.

So, my first Armies on Parade, and my first medal in, well, anything. What about next year, you ask? Well, I have plans, You'll have to stick around to find out more. 

More pictures from the day can be found on the Warhammer-Scarborough page, as well as some of the other entries I couldn't get pics for. 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Workshop datalogs: September 2016

It's been a while since my last post now, but today I'll be making an effort to catch up and return to a more normal schedule. Since my last post I've made my first ever trip to Warhammer World (a pilgrimage finally fulfilled) and bought some sweet new units, including something limited edition.

First I'll start off with the trip. Upon seeing the blue Rhino out the front I knew I was in for a good day. With plenty to do, see, and critically for GW, buy, Warhammer World is certainly a place you need to visit at least once.

Me and the fiance managed to book one of the tables, Shrine World, for a small Chaos V Necrons game. It was a great excuse to try out some of my newer units, including the Decimator and Cultists.

In the end it resulted in a draw, but it was a beautifully crafted board with tons of tall scenery I've never had an opportunity to use. I did, however, want to play on the Zone Mortalis board next to me, but it wasn't available for my time slot.

As well as the gaming, there were the displays. £7.50 per person is on the steep side, but those displays were some of the biggest and best I've seen, and it allows you multiple trips around the five areas. IT's amazing to consider how many models had to be built, painted, positioned and repositioned before everything was spot on.

There were big displays for Age of Sigmar, 40k and the Horus Heresy, as well as recent and past Golden Daemon winners.

Finally, the stores. I pretty much ignored the Warhammer section, as I can get most of it at my local store, instead bee-lining for Forge World. Without the 12% shipping fees it's a much more attractive option.

I ended up buying this, a Sicaran. A fast, heavily armed and vicious heavy tank, it's a great addition to the army. Armed with the impressive Accellerator Autocannon (6 twin linked rending autocannon shots that ignore jink? Yes please!) and three heavy bolters to back it up, it is likely to decimate both infantry and light tanks (even heavy tanks aren't safe with that much rending).

I've also adorned it with a dirge caster on top, to help my assault elements survive reactionary fire before a charge.

As well as the tank I've finally got my hands on the renegade Librarian model, for retail price! Surprisingly the FW store has a few of these guys, plus the other limited edition Praetor, on general sale, so I snapped one with without a second thought.

The model is near-perfect, so all I did was make the axe a bit more Thousand Sons-like with a Tomb Kings part, and added half a brass etch star to the shoulder pad.

Alongside the Forge World model I've built yet another sorcerer. This one will be run as a non-tzeentch one, so I can maximise on powers from the new, exciting chaos astartes disciplines (especially Heretech). I pan to paint him up in a dark grey or black. Fluff-wise he's a lone traveller selling his services for magical trinkets.

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Road to Glory: Armies on Parade Part Two

With the weeks counting down to my first Armies on Parade, I'm been kicking it up a gear with the work on my display. The board itself will be kept secret for now. It's nothing mind-blowing in my opinion, but I have to keep something a surprise.

First we have some new cultists, made from the Silver Tower acolytes (and a couple of Bloodbound to fill the ranks). With a few guns here and there they make for fantastic Cultists. A white and yellow colour scheme also picks them out against the azure-clad might of the Thousand Sons.

Next is the Predator-Russ hybrid tank. The sponsons and hull have been completed, which really helps to make this stand out more against a basic Russ. A few details need to be added before it goes under the paintbrush.

The Front plate has been made to look like a Rhino, with a similar lower armour plate and visors.

I've gone for a Mars-Alpha style hull extension to help differentiate it. The exhaust has been chopped up into a Panzer IV-style exhaust and a new engine filter, using a grill from a Space Marine backpack. The sponsons are magnetised so I can swap them for heavy bolters, when I get around to building some.

And who will lead this mighty force? Why none other than Ahriman of course. I've brought Ahriman back, in new, shiny armour. Based on the new Watch Commander, this version of Ahriman does not have the Black Staff, as I wanted this to be a force based before the creation of the staff, and the events of Ahirman: Sorcerer. It'll be one of the key features of my display.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Review: Blood and Skulls Industry Ploughs

There's two ways to deal with an obstacle, go around it, or through it. Today we choose the latter, with the help of some menacing looking ploughs from Blood and Skulls industry.

I have two variants to go through with you all, the 'V' medium and straight medium, both retailing at about £6.80 at our current post-referendum exchange rates. Size-wise, they are best suited to 'medium' sized tanks like the Predator, Rhino, Chimera and Leman Russ kits. Since both cost the same amount, and have the same methods of mounting, it's down to personal preference.

The straight design is quite similar to those found on large excavators and has a very utilitarian feel, ideal for Space Marine and Imperial vehicles. The robust design is continued with how it has been cast. It is a very thick, sturdy piece that could probably withstand an actual tank shock move. With such a flat surface to work with, you have plenty of free space to work with, whether you want to freehand a mural or add some extra spikes, there's options aplenty.

The 'V' style is more along the lines of a 'traditional' snow-plough, and I think this would luck fantastic on something like my wheeled Taurox (above), as it has a very cool post-apocalypse feel suited to a big wheeled truck (perhaps I've been watching too much Mad Max: Fury Road).

The mounting points on the plough are single piece and very easy to put together. You also get some additional parts allowing you to mount the plough on 45 degree angled parts, as well as flat, vertical surfaces. Such a small thing makes attaching the ploughs so much easier.

If I did have any issue with the kits, it might be that the mounting pieces are a bit too long. It shouldn't be too hard to amend though, so it's a very minor thing for me.

All-in-all these are fun little additions which offer a more menacing and heavier alternative to the spike-like ploughs you get in many kits. From a cost perspective they are relatively affordable when compared to similar products, and it's nice to have a few options, and whilst there are only two choices, it's still a choice.


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Showcase: Chaos Dameons of Tzeentch and Forge World Terminator Lord

The Daemon allied force I've begun to use has proved very effective. The cheap, powerful units of Pink Horrors plugs a neat gap in my Thousand Sons force. This week, I have finished a unit of Pink Horrors and a new Herald, as well as my limited edition Terminator.

The Pink Horrors are the classic Diaz sculpts, my favourite released. Finding enough models was hard, but lately I've managed to find another ten for a bargain price, so they will be soon stripped down and painted in the new scheme. I went for a flesh-colour rather than the typical florescent pink, as I feel it gives off a much creepier vibe.

This unit also features a pair of even older models, to help fill out the unit size to its minimum.

Alongside the Horrors is their Herald, both to help improve nearby units with Divination rolls, as well as his exalted locus for a base strength ten attach with the unit (which has proved incredibly effective against units and even light vehicles).The model is one of the Pink Horrors from the Silver Tower boxed game. A joy of a model to paint, and even if it is a two-part mono-pose, the details are fantastic, and in the same scheme works really well. The 32mm base also helps identify him for wounds purposes.

Finally with have this big guy, the limited edition Terminator Praetor. Now a fully fledged Tzeentchian sorcerer, this model will form part of my Armies on Parade entry. Whilst not representing any character from the Ahriman series, I'll find a use: perhaps as part of a small Terminator unit.

Next on the list is so finish the centrepiece for my display. More on that soon....

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Road to glory: Armies of Parade Part One

I love the creativity and ideas that flood the net when Armies on Parade arrived. And now that my town has a local GW store, I can have a crack at it.

My first thing to work out was a theme. It's easy to plonk an army on a board, but having a coherent theme really does help create a great scene. I've decided to go for the events from Ahriman: Unchanged, when Ahriman's band of sorcerers returns to the Planet of the Sorcerers to undo the first Rubric. I want to create models of all the main characters on Ahriman's side, plus infantry and vehicle support. I have a bit of a head start on this, as some of my existing models can be used. So far I've worked out the following:

  • Ahriman-I'll either modify an existing GW Ahriman model, or convert my own.

  • Ignis-I actually made a start on Ignis months back, as part of a planned smaller diorama. The base model is an Iron Father, but since the picture was taken the model now has Cataphractii lightning claws, which match the book's description. The arms are new so will need painting to match the torso, as Ignis is described as having bright orange and black Terminator armour
  • Credence-Ignis' faithful robotic companion. Based on the book's description, in terms of weapons (two fists with in-built flamers and a shoulder-mounted cannon) the best starting point will be a Castellax Battle Automata. Like ignis this will also be orange.

  • Ctesias-From the book this character has a staff and rides a disc, so my current Disc Sorcerer will be a perfect stand-in
  • The Athenaum-Magnus' Knowledge locked in the shell of a Sanakht. This one will be interesting, as I want the model to be unarmoured. I am still of two minds whether to include this model. For compelteness' sake I still may.
  • Gaumata-Essentially a sorcerer with a mourning star. Should be fun to convert, this guy will lead a unit of Thousand Sons
  • The Changling-Whilst in no way in Ahriman's side, it would be tempting to have this guy skulking in the background, as it played a key role in the book.
Alongside these characters I'll be adding some Rubric and daemon support. The daemons will surround Ctesias as he summoned them to the planet during the novel's events, whilst every unit that can be will be in blocks on nine, Tzeentch's favoured number.

All I have to show you now is a very rough sketch (not to scale), but over the coming weeks I'll certainly have more to show. 

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