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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off To War We Go

Greetings fellow plague-sheltering nerds. We have been training for these days all our lives. Those others merely adopted social isolation, we were born to it... Ahem. Sorry, different meeting.

In what feels like another eternity we had the first bouts of the Border Princes campaign. As part of that we had a serious week of painting where I went... a bit mad. Sadly I was at that time car-less so left all my cases at Charlie's to avoid carrying them on the train again (thanks Charlie!). Having been recently reunited with them I can finally, finally photograph the fruits of my stunty labours:

And we start with one of the lovliest units in all Dwarf-kind. The Ironbreakers. They're not terribly special on their own, but those shields. Oh Grugni, those shields. They are a collossal pain in the ass to paint, especially white. But lordy lord they are so, so lovely.

Regarding the inexplicable book on the banner - which has the Ironbreaker rune at it's heart: I decided that it was …
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Cobalt Scions hellblasters

It has been a month and a half since I posted my captain, and with him, a preposterously in-depth presentation of my Ultraboi successors the Cobalt Scions. What have I done in the subsequent six weeks? Painted five plasma lads, that's what.

Besides having a hilariously OTT name, primaris hellblasters will also give my fledgling army some much-needed oomph in the AP department. They will probably also draw everyone's fire, because I'm late to the primaris bandwagon and people are already wise to their burny shenanigans.

Since switching up the white basecoat on the pauldrons from pure white to Corax White (a neutral off-white), I've been enjoying the results and the opportunity for smoother weathering. Take a look at the shoulder pads in the image above and you'll see what I mean.

Similarly Corvus Black has been making my life easier with the gun cases and webbing, giving much smoother transitions into the initial Eshin Grey highlight. Pure black then gets used to l…

Mutalith Vortex Beast

If you are thinking "What the hell is that?" you would be having an appropirate response to seeing the Mutalith Vortex Beast for the first time. The Mutalith Vortex Beast, or Gribbles as I've taken to calling it, is a support unit for the Thousand Sons. It is described in the codex as "an utter abomination of nature. It is a terrifying fusion of monster and magic, a creature mutated beyond all reason by the power of Chaos." Which sounds fun right?

In game terms it bounds around the table dishing out upgrades and damage at random to whatever is close by. It will then go on to doing inappropriate things with it's tentacles when ever it gets into combat. It's a delightfully nuts unit and I just had to add one to my Thousand Sons.

I do have a few regrets with it. I would call them lessons learnt but these lessons were not learnt and I'll carry on making those mistakes time and time again. I am human after all.

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I like my Ogres...

I've really been enjoying playing my Ogres recently. As you will know I have a rather large Undead collection: 5427 points according to my spreadsheet. This is by all measures my main army for WFB. However, the little Orge army that I started way way waaaaay back in 2014 (The Onefinger Tribe) has grown on me. It's also grown to a rather nice 2000 points with the addition of this lastest unit. A decent sized game of Fantasy is around the 2000 points mark, in my opinion. Enough units to give some tactical choices but not to big that it becomes exhausting. Anyway, I've kinda fallen for these big guys. I like they way they play, solid, reliable, and a not overwhelming set of special rules. It's also because of the sheer amount of charm I've managed to inject into them. You could argue you can give any warhammer unit character, and I would agree with you, but I've just seemed found something that sits well with me.

The Why?

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Brain Juice & The Mojo Meter

//Authors Edit: This was going to be a quick 'Hi, I've not posted in a little while. It turned into something else. Please keep reading and share your thoughts on the subject. 

I’ve been making slow progress with my hobby stash as of late. I’ve been thinking about it and there are many reasons:

a) Firstly, No Mojo: You have to be in the mood to paint and play. If the drive isn’t there, then it isn’t there. Forcing yourself to do something that is supposed to be your relaxing hobby makes it neither relaxing, or a hobby. I’ve been finding more and more of late that I’ve been treating my hobby more as a chore. Creating TO DO lists and telling myself I need to finish X,Y, or Z before I can start something new. Whilst there is merit in making sure you actually finish stuff, it needs to be because you want to see that model completed and on the board doing what it’s supposed to: be a fun gaming piece. You shouldn’t be finishing stuff for the sake of finishing things. I’ve been very ba…

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Now that is a Goliath Rockgrinder. The one that you get in the kit is a bit... Well it's silly if I'm honest. It's just a big dozer blade with spinny saw blades serving no discernible purpose. I know they did the best they could with the limitations of space on the sprue but... I didn't like it. Wasn't going to include one in the army despite how funny running over someone with effectively a woodchipper on steroids would be. Until I remembered: I had a Hades breaching drill knocking around. Aeons ago I bought a Hades from Forgeworld and the one they sent me had two left tracks. Instead of sending me the right track th…

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I mean just look at her. She's incredible. How could I not? But now I have two Magi. Magoses. Magos'.... I have two. So it's time for some Lore. My two Mag... the pair of Magos I have in my army are twins. Both born to an unsanctioned psyker caught up in the cult. The pair whispered in her mind as they grew within her and learned all she could teach them through gestation. Though she did not survive the birth - the twins were hungry and her psychic essence was too near and too strong - she had instilled in them a preturnatural knowledge. Old before their years the pair were destined for greatness. Of the two, Salome is by fa…