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Ooo Dakkaz Winz! (The Speshul Ork Service)

There is a rumour, that somewhere amongst the savage forces of Warlord Skumrenda are an elite force. Selected from the kunnin'est and the killiest nobz to be the best of the best of the best of the... something. They are the Speshul Ork Service and they mean business:

I'd been meaning to make something like this unit from the moment I started to collect Blood Axes, a special forces unit of orks full of Dakka and punching. Eventually they will be riding in their own Chinork transport but I've yet to settle on how I want to make it. For now, they'll ride in the Battlewagon. Some might be looking at the weapons choices and cocking an eyebrow but these are no normal shootas. Oh no. These are kustom shootas and this unit alone can kick out 40 assault shots a turn...

Of course, it wouldn't be Orks without some close combat punch to back up da dakka so there's a couple of power klaws, a killsaw and a big choppa among their number to deal with tricksy targets in close …

Scout Snipers (and MTP Camo Tutorial)

Greetings! My grind toward having my own slice of the Blood Angels 10th company continues and this time they're even sneakier...

Yup, it's scout sniper time. With their camo cloaks, these at least look like they can conceal themselves more completely for relatively close-range recon and fire support. I've had these models for ages, almost aeons, um, I might even have bought them and assembled them when they first came out... I dread to think when that was. But, they are finally, finally out of the to-be-painted pile and we can thus talk about them!

The scouts are painted in the same way as the last lot so I won't belabour that point too much. I needed to do some extra work on highlighting the guns as they take up a huge amount of real estate on the models. Something to notice in the picture above is that I didn't realise until too late that the transfers (thank gods only on four this time) I was using was from two different eras, the one on the right: no white back…

Tally Ho, Pip Pip, Chocks Away, Etc Etc

We are all nerds. As nerds we take an interest in various different subjects. The one we share in common is war gaming. However, as fully rounded and well adjusted nerds we have interests outside of the war gaming sphere. This could be LARPing, video games, sports (yes sports, if you can name the winner of every FA cup final for the last 10 years you are a sports nerd), model horses, books, etc etc. One of my non-war gaming nerd streams is aircraft. I really do love aircraft and I have done since I was a child. As a child I attempted to make little model kits of aircraft, badly. As I was a child, I knew neither patience nor skill, but I can still remember the smell of the plastic glue and enamel paints (with which I used to ruin many paint brushes) and the joy a finished model can bring.

Now that I am a adult I felt it was time to rekindle this hobby and start making aircraft kits again, this time doing them the justice that the nine year old me could not. I have learnt a great many t…

The Memoirs of Edythe Hinzer pt1 - Ordo Xenos Inq28

Everyone has those elements of the hobby that are a refreshing favourite. Some bits - no matter how much you want to do them - feel like a chore. Others are just a delight. For me, small warband type things where I can really focus on every individual model as an individual and still play a game at the end. So when I need a bit of a hobby-refresh I tend to reach for this end of the hobby. Inq28 is just perfect for this so despite the fact that I already have an Inq28 warband I just had to plan another. This time it is the warband of one Edythe Hinzer, Ordo Xenos Inquisitor and a bit of a renegade.

I'm going to build the warband up gradually and share them as I finish them each time I need a little pallete cleanser. For each of these I'll talk a little bit about the painting and then introduce the characters as Edythe, her backstory will build up and fill in over these posts. So lets meet these fine folks, starting with the ultra heretical companion, the Saim-Hann ranger:


Vanguard of Baal

It's Blood Angel o'clock again baby yeah! One of the major learning points of Operation Orbital Death Fridge (better known as the Salamut IX campaign) was that while power armour is just plain awesome, it does rather want for something in the sneaking front. Especially when bright red... Also, with the way power levels and troop choice requirements work these days, having some cheap troop choices available would be for the win.

Enter stage right some scouts! These are the first of 30 scouts I've got planned in order to have lotsa options - and heck, an entire scout army if I want. They're split into ten snipers, ten boltgun chaps and an assault unit composed of five close combat scouts and these lads and lasses above. These days, the Astartes shotgun is a tasty option and they look kinda badass too.

Painting wise, I had a few choices to make. First of all, lets be honest, red is not a terribly stealthy colour so it makes little sense to worry too much about camouflage …

Health and Safety in Our Hobby

Health and Safety Huh, What is it Good for? 

Many of you will read this with a sense of impending dread. You will associate health and safety with needless form filling, bureaucracy and high visibility jackets and (In the UK at least), the banning of conkers.
I work in the field of health and safety, and some of what you read in the papers is garbage and some of it (particularly where councils are concerned) is sadly true. I’ve worked primarily in the steel industry and on major infrastructure projects in the construction industry and in no way was health and safety unnecessary or superfluous in those situations.
In the last 40 years, the number of people killed by accidents at work in the UK has fallen from around 650 to 100. This is only the tip of the iceberg, and the serious injury rate has also halved within that time as well. Clearly health and safety is necessary and is (apparently) doing something.
Common Sense? 
Health and Safety isn’t just about the mythical beast ‘common sens…