Monday, 27 June 2016

I've got sand in all the wrong places...


So, been a little bit slow on the old model front recently. Primary reason being due to a house move. Which meant packing everything away, and then moving things, then having to unpack everything again. Hobby stuff was about halfway down the priority list, far below the bed (who doesn't like sleeping?), the kitchen stuff (eating is my third favourite thing!), but above silly little things like clothing. Anyway, we're now safely settled into Nerd Cottage Mk.II. It's bigger, better armoured, and now carries a 57mm cannon... ok, maybe not a cannon, but it does have a shed with a light bulb in it!

Being a nerd, what does a new house mean? Well, it means a new project, and this summer's project is going to be a dusty one. My plan is to create a new gaming board, with scenery, and two (small) armies to play on it. Anyone who has read the title might be able to make an educated guess that I'm doing a desert board.

And the armies? Well, I'm in a bit of a bolt action place, so the first one is going to be a selection of Australian units from the British 8th Army based in Egypt. The second will be the Afrika Korp. I'm going to swapping between doing the 8th and the board. Then I'll be doing a mixture of scatter scenery. With the Afrika Korp coming later. The reason I'm holding on doing the Afrika Korp is being Jeff from Pirate Viking Painting is going be doing a North Africa based Italian Army (He loves the feathery hats they had).

Ok, enough words, here some pretty!

A rifle section from the Australian 9th Division 

Bren gun team

some rifles

some more rifles

... and that one has a Tommy gun!

Some fire support

A 2pdr QF Anti-tank gun

Crewed by some sunburnt Aussies

and finally, something to carry things

An Austin 8hp light utility truck 

or a Tilly to anyone who used them.

Monday, 25 April 2016

The Chaos of Interpersonal Relationships

Good evening Bunkerers (or whatever time of day it so happens to be when you read this).

A little while ago (last August to be exact) we got rather excited about small scale fantasy armies. 750 pts, no units bigger than 20 (unless you are a Goblin or Skaven Slave), No Lords (looking at the Goblins again), the army must be at least 3 units + characters. I can't remember if there was any other restrictions we had decided on (anyone else remember?). Anyway, we had a lot of fun with these little armies and I got the notion in my head to use these rules to build a Chaos warband. There might have been some vague discussions about all of us doing something similar or that might have just been in my head and I was planning on talking about that (this sort of thing happens a lot). In true Maisey fashion I got rather over excited and read the chaos book from cover to cover (or at least looked at the pictures) and worked out what units I wanted in my warband. Then I went out a purchased a bunch of boxes and excitedly stuck them together. Then the butterfly wafted through the room and I went off and did something else (tanks might have been involved). In the meantime these Chaos models sat on the shelf doing nothing but pour guilt into my soul.

A few months back Em and I were having a bit of a spring clean and when we got to this little band of models there was a brief discussion about what to do with them. Do we offer them up to the gods of ebay? Do leave them where they are? Do I actually get on and finish the damn things? Well, the final solution was that she would adopt them into her ever growing Chaos hoard (she's up to 5k, seriously?!?). There was a catch, and catch was that I finish painting the warriors (wait, how does that work?). So I did, and here are the results. 

First up is a few Khornate warriors for maximum killydeathsmash. 

One of the other units that got absorbed was a trio of trolls (that was fun to say, in my head). I ended up painting these pretty early on, they just needed some finishing, they were fun to throw the airbrush at. 

The next unit was little block of converted Marauders. As I cannot be in the same room as the standard Marauder models without wanting to beat the sculptor around the head with an anatomy textbook I had to find an alternative. I started with Empire Flagellants and added some stolen Chaos weapons, shields, and the odd head.  In my head, the concept for the warband was a core of actual Chaos Warriors followed around by some nutty cultists. The Flagellant models fitted perfectly and didn't take a great deal of effort to kitbash into something half decent. Anyway, these I didn't paint, but Em bashed through them in a few days and gave them a far better paint job than I was either planning or able to. 

There was a fourth unit in the warband, some Marauder horsemen (which are far better sculpted). However, I'm going to leave them for Em to post. She's keeps talking about doing a post focusing on Ponies. When it comes to painting horses Em is by far the better of us (what, I can't just dry brush them brown and be done with it?) and her horses are something beautiful to behold. So I'll let her talk about them in detail next time.


Saturday, 16 April 2016

A Hard Days Knight

Hello Everyone,

I've been working on a model. A big (ish) model. I don't normally share everything I do (Perhaps I should?). Anyway, I think you'll like looking at this one. Not much to say specifically, so here is a dump of, what I think, are pretty pictures.

If you do want to know what I did, or how I did it, then drop us a note in the comments and I'll explain myself.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Nerd Thunder 5: Warhammer World - Part Three

Back to part two - the Warhammer 40,000 halls

Yes folks, this is it, the big 'un. We'd all been impressed going around, and even a miserly chap like myself (I can demand the change out of a penny with the best of 'em) had stopped grumbling about the price of admission and had just been going "WOW" a lot. Then we walked into the final hall. And saw this:

I don't think it is possible to convey through pictures just how massive this thing is. I even tried getting a shot with the guys in to for scale:

But even that doesn't give much as you can't see three quarters of the table in that shot. Seriously. Feast your eyes on some of the mini-vignettes that make up the mega-vignette of this awesome table:

the lower section of the table is a vast battlefield, for scale, the bottom left corner includes reaver titans

The bridges over the lower road, high enough for warhounds to walk under.

The citadel has these huge arched walkways, landspeeders and assault marines flying through the archways

Dreadclaws hammer in and dispatch even more chaos marines

Heldrakes dogfight with space marine flyers around the towers.

titans support a desperate attempt to stem the flood of daemons

some very unlucky marines barbecued by a helldrake

far above the battlefield, Marneus Calgar duels a Bloodthirster

A massive force of grey knights fighting for the gateway...

...are practically a footnote in the overall battle!

well, that's one way to deal with a titan.

it just feels wrong to be dwarfed and almost vertiginous around wargames scenery for heaven's sake!

I tried to give you all a sense of it but nothing can prepare you for how awesome this is in the flesh. You owe it to yourselves to see these displays if you at all can. There are dozens of others which the photos never came out or are too dark or whathaveyou - a cracking necron one was particularly galling to shoot! - and they are constantly changing them. The ticket price is worth it. These are not the old miniatures hall. Just walking around them reinvigorated our excitement for the hobby and this was right after we'd been so disappointed by Age of Sigmar. These halls made us feel like bouncy kids again and all of us went around at least twice (you can go around as often as you like on the one day).

Hope you've enjoyed this tiny sample of the awesomeness that is Warhammer World these days.