Well as you may have noticed today is the 31st of December which means that it’s time for my annual look back and review of all my modelling projects over than last 12 months!
Monday 23 December 2019
After finishing last week’s Rogue Trader Terminator Captain for my nascent Blood Angels force I decided that he needed someone to keep him company in the form of a Librarian clad in Tactical Dreadnought Armour.
I always wanted one of these guys as a kid but at the time I was intimidated by the large amounts of iconography scattered all over the model (which ironically when compared to modern space marines actually seems pretty sparse!)
Monday 16 December 2019
With two squads of old school 1980s Blood Angels Terminators under my belt I decided that the time had arrived to give them an equally venerable character. Theo’s fellow would be responsible for leading them on their deadly missions against the encroaching Genestealer menace!
So this week I have been working hard on painting up an original Terminator Captain (complete with auxiliary wrist mounted grenade launcher) to command these first company veterans in the field of battle... and in the narrow confines of a Space Hulk!
Sunday 8 December 2019
As frequent readers of this blog will be aware I am something of a completionist when it comes to my hobby activities! Thus I have spent this week finishing off the Rogue Trader Terminator Squad that I started in my last post.
These intimidating looking chaps are also clearly members of the Blood Angels Chapter (maybe even Legion); and I have tried to emulate the old ‘Eavy Metal colour scheme for this faction as far as practicable.
Sunday 1 December 2019
This week I’ve been busy working on my 1989 Blood Angels Terminators for the first edition of Space Hulk.
Sunday 24 November 2019
This week I primarily worked on completing the outstanding two marines for the Crimson Fist devastator squad that I started on as part of my previous post.
These two fellas are made from the current Tactical Squad boxed set enhanced with a couple of Imperial Fist shoulder pad upgrades.
Sunday 17 November 2019
Following my work on some classic models and retro 1980s painting over the last few posts I have returned to something a bit more contemporary this week...
A couple of years back I did a few five man devastator squads for my Crimson Fists Army. My intention was always to eventually increase these to full size units however with the appearance of the new Primaris Marines in mid-2017 this never happened...
Sunday 10 November 2019
Having fallen back in love with Space Hulk recently and having completed a new (old) Blood Angels Terminator Squad for this venerable game I decided to take the opportunity to revamp my Genestealer Cult as well.
Followers of my blog will know that I have been gradually building this Force up over the last decade or so and as such it has a models that have been painted at varying stages in my own hobby development process/evolution.
Sunday 3 November 2019
After the fun that I had with my test model last week I decided to take the plunge and paint up a full squad of 1989 era Terminators for use in the classic first edition of Space Hulk.
As per the test model I stuck with the bright red heraldry of the noble Blood Angels chapter of the Adeptus Astartes!
As these fellas appeared on the front cover of the Space Hulk box and both versions of the Space Crusade box art I felt they were the poster boys of the period (before the Ultramarines took over!)
Sunday 27 October 2019
After playing a fantastic game of Space Hulk with my girlfriend last weekend I was well and truly bitten by the retro Oldhammer bug (again)!
The sheer pleasure of moving those bulky Space Marine Terminators down tight, claustrophobic corridors simply reinvigorated my love for all things 1980s and I just needed more!
I looked at those beautiful Terminators pictured on the side of the box and the large painting on the game’s main cover and I knew that I had to paint up some more of my own astartes warriors clad in mighty suits of Tactical Dreadnought Armour!
Sunday 20 October 2019
So what is there to do to pass the time on a rainy Sunday afternoon in October... not much really!
Thus I decided to break out my copy of the original 1989 Space Hulk for a quick game with my girlfriend. Whilst I do like bigger battles it is nice to have a game like this that can be set up and played relatively quickly.
Sunday 13 October 2019
In order to bring my new Reiver Squad up to a strength where they are ‘legal’ for gaming purposes I have now painted up another two models.
These guys are a couple of the Easy-to-Build variants that I have had lying around since I got the Dark Imperium and First Strike boxsets a couple of years back when eighth edition was first released.
Saturday 5 October 2019
So having finally finished my Iron Warriors Squad last week I decided to take a break from painting gunmetal grey and revisit one of my other power armoured forces... Namely the blue clad warriors of my ever expanding Crimson Fists army!
Having subscribed to Conquest magazine last year I have had a steady influx of new Primaris models arriving on my doorstep every month that I haven’t really gotten around to painting this far.
Saturday 28 September 2019
Following the last few weeks’ output I have pushed on with the final five models for my first Horus Heresy era Iron Warriors Tactical Squad.
I have really found that painting individual models or smaller batches like this helps to keep me motivated and prevents me losing interest ... which is a real risk for a hobby butterfly such as myself.
Sunday 22 September 2019
This week I decided to make my first Iron Warriors Tactical Squad for 30k into a larger 20 man/model variant in order to maximise the sheer destructive potential of so many boltguns firing in unison.
I used the same colours, techniques and basing methodology as on the previous batches in order to maintain a general sense of consistency throughout the Force.
Sunday 15 September 2019
After the initial success of my first batch of Iron Warriors last week I decided to knock out another five Astartes in order to keep them company.
I went for another five tactical marines in Mk III Iron Armour (my favourite version of the iconic space marine battle plate) in order to bring the squad up to ten warriors.
Sunday 8 September 2019
I decided to start another new project recently in the form of a further Legion for Horus Heresy / Warhammer 30,000 gaming.
I know, I know... I have a thousand different projects on, but I find I need variety to keep me interested.
Monday 2 September 2019
Monday 26 August 2019
After a few months of intensive infantry focus I decided to treat myself to attempting something a bit bigger and more substantial in the form of a Flyer.
I opted to give my growing force of Flesh Tearers something to help them dominate the skies..... specifically a Stormtalon Gunship.
Saturday 17 August 2019
So to finish off my squad of Flesh Tearers in Mk IV Maximus Armour (my Army represents the Chapter at the time of the scouring, so all of the models are in archaic models of power armour) I have completed the last two marines.
I have gone for a normal tactical marine with Bolter accompanied by the squad’s ubiquitous heavy weapons specialist.
Sunday 11 August 2019
Having generated some great results with my first few MK IV Flesh Tearers last week I decided to push for a larger squad this time around.
Thus I assembled another five tactical marines from the Horus Heresy MKIV Armour box.
Four of these archaic marines were equipped with the ubiquitous boltgun whiskey the final brother Astartes was carrying a Heresy-era plasma gun.
Saturday 3 August 2019
Saturday 27 July 2019
Sunday 21 July 2019
Sometimes I stare sadly at my hobby desk and look at my piles of unfinished projects and think to myself... I really must complete them!
This happened to me this week as I stared at some Sons of Horus Mk III Infantry that I had initially started work on about five years ago.
Sunday 7 July 2019
Having thoroughly enjoyed my work on the old school Storm Troopers (Kasrkin) last week I decided to paint another five this week in order to bring this up to a full sized ten man squad.
I absolutely loved painting these warriors... they are such crisp, beautiful models to paint. There’s something about the hefty weight and feel of metal models that I still love.
I now have three squads of these classic Storm Troopers, so I might have to do some HQ options soon in order to make this a legitimate battlefield detachment!
Sunday 30 June 2019
After having recently spent a fair bit of time expanding my force of Battle Sisters I fancied a bit of a break from power armour this week.
So I had a quick scrabble around my bits box and found some classic old Kasrkin models that have been sitting in there for the last fifteen years.
These are probably some of my favourite ‘normal’ human troops for 40k and I definitely prefer them over the new ‘Tempestus Scions’ that replaced them as the Storm Trooper option for Imperial Guard armies a few years back.
I painted them Black and Red as I will probably be using them as Inquisitorial Storm Troopers in the future.
I’ll also use them to help reinforce my Battle Sisters in the eventual refight of the ‘Massacre at Sanctuary 101’ that I’m planning to conduct soon.
Sunday 23 June 2019
As ever I’m still working hard to bolster my Sisters of Battle Force by churning out a few miniatures at a time.
I find as I get older and my hobby time is more restricted it’s easier for me to commit to painting a small number of figures here and there rather than attempting to generate massed squads!
Additionally I knocked up another Imagifier to bolster the performance of nearby Sororitas squads with her nifty banner!!
Overall I’m happy with these girls, though I quite fancy painting something different next as I have done a lot of Sororitas models this year!
Friday 14 June 2019
These girls will be making up the numbers for my inevitable refight of the Massacre at Sanctuary 101.
Whilst I do paint vehicles and larger models I must admit that it is in basic infantry models that my real passion lays. I like to spend time making sure each basic ‘grunt’ looks their very best!
Here we have three normal sisters armed with bolters and a veteran sister superior equipped with a plasma pistol and chainsword.
I will try to get these girls on the table soon to practice delivering the Emperor’s wrath to heretics and Xenos filth!
Sunday 9 June 2019
As an enthusiastic wargamer I am always keen to attend hobby shows and conventions throughout the year. I think it’s important that where possible hobbyists support these types of event as they are the lifeblood of our hobby and are vital for bringing in new blood/recruits to this wonderful past time. Also it provides an opportunity for people to support smaller companies and also to meet each other face to face.
I am very lucky that three or four of these events run near to me each year and I try to attend them all as far as possible. For me one of the best bits aside from the various traders and demo games is the ‘flea markets’ and ‘bring and buy’ areas where people can sell off their unwanted hobby items! As an Oldhammer fan this is always a good hunting ground for me.
Today I was lucky enough to attend one of these shows and I hit the jackpot with the ubiquitous bring and buy... so let’s see what I got in my haul...
Sunday 2 June 2019
As my forces gradually get larger and approach readiness for my eventual refight of the Massacre at Sanctuary 101 I’ve been reviewing my armies and doing a bit of restructuring in order to ensure that they fit in with the current eighth edition rules.
Sunday 26 May 2019
Sunday 19 May 2019
So I’ve pained up two more Necron Destroyers this week to bulk out my growing force of psychotic robotic killers.
So regular readers of this blog will know that a few weeks ago I painted up one of the new plastic Culexus Assassins from the Execution Force boxset.
That particular model was great fun to paint but as my heart and passion lies in ‘Oldhammer’ I sourced myself one of the original 1997 metal assassins to go alongside it.
Sunday 5 May 2019
As most readers of this blog will be aware whilst I frequently play games of all sizes I have to admit that it is in small scale Skirmish gaming that my true passion lays!
Therefore when GW announced the return of Kill Team last year I was very excited by this prospect as warband sized battles of 40k have been my thing since the good old days of Rogue Trader.
Sunday 28 April 2019
So... I really liked the two Necron Destroyers that I did a few weeks back and thus I decided to reinforce them with some more floating robotic killers.
This time around I made the choice to do one standard Destroyer and one Heavy Destroyer for an even more powerful weapons upgrade.
Saturday 20 April 2019
Saturday 13 April 2019
So with my Sisters of Battle getting some much needed reinforcements last week I decided that it was time to provide the ancient forces of the Necrontyr with some heavy support in preparation for my refight of 1997’s ‘Massacre at Sanctuary 101’.
Sunday 7 April 2019
After having spent a few weeks of focussing on expanding my Necron Force for the looming refight of the ‘Battle at Sanctuary 101’ I felt it was time for me to spend some time on the other faction in this scenario... namely... The Sisters of Battle of the Imperial Ecclesiarchy.
Sunday 31 March 2019
Sunday 24 March 2019
I finally managed to get a game of 40k in this weekend, and so I used it as an opportunity to try out my growing Adepta Sororitas Force prior to the refight of Sanctuary 101 that I have planned for later in the year.
Sunday 17 March 2019
Having spent the last few weeks focusing on expanding my Battle Sisters for the refight of the Battle at Sanctuary 101 I decided it was time to go back and work on my Necrons.
This time around I focussed on my first named special character for this faction... Orikan the Diviner l, who is basically a Cryptek on Steroids.
Sunday 10 March 2019
Friday 1 March 2019
Sunday 24 February 2019
Sunday 17 February 2019
Sunday 10 February 2019
Following on from my last few posts I’ve decided that I will be responding to Suber’s encouragement and definitely refighting the classic Battle at Sanctuary 101 between the Sisters of Battle and the Necrons.
Having thought about this I’ve also made the decision that I want to revamp my scenery/terrain in order to ensure that the battlefield looks suitably impressive for a refight of this legendary skirmish.
Saturday 2 February 2019
So after my post last week (and Suber’s subsequent encouragement) I have decided that I will definitely be expanding both my Necron and Adepta Sororitas force’s so that I can refight the classic ‘Battle at Sanctuary 101’. This was the first encounter between the Imperium and the Necrons, and it originally started out as a second edition 40k battle report way back in 1997.
Sunday 27 January 2019
This week I decided to put in some work on one of my armies that I played with recently but haven’t actually added any troops to for about five years... namely my Sisters of Battle of the fanatical Adepta Sororitas.