Friday, 28 April 2017

Weekly update - 28/04/2017

Not a lot to report from me this week, I have mostly been submitting the last of my PhD and trying to arrange my Viva, so no a lot of time for hobby.

However, next week I can promise that I have a battle report coming, a review of some scenery I brought from TTC combat, news on a new campaign that I'm starting with my mate Rich and hopefully some awesome miniatures pictures.

in the mean time, I'll wish you a good bank holiday weekend and leave you with this WIP photo of the new units I'm fielding Monday night...

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @davetgent

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Assault and Destroy!

 I just wanted to take another chance to show off my first assault squad, before I begin on the second...

Unfortunately, since Book 7 was released, I've had to drop the number of assault squads I can field so that I can include 2 squads of Grey Slayers, which are compulsory troops choices. However, I still love my assault squads...

I began work on this assault squad about 4 or 5 years ago, before the HH army lists were published. It started as a 10 man assault squad made up of Mk6 marines. To me Mk6 IS the Horus Heresy, because that’s the predominant mark of armour that was around when I got in to the game in the early 90’s. So I scoured high and low for the bits to make a completely Mk6 squad, mixing it with various Space Wolves upgrade bits.

The sergeant is arguably my favourite conversion of 2015! And possibly the guy I'd like to represent me on the battle field. Made up of Space Wolves marine bits, Space Wolves Terminator lightning claws, FW MK5 head and lots of blood!

Then FW started releasing their books and minis, I added another 10 men in Mk4 and Mk5, mixed with more Space Wolves upgrade bits. More recently I have added some Mk2 and Mk5 jump packs. There’s Mk4 in there too but also 10 of the plastic jump packs. I know these are not HH per se, but I am not buying another 10 FW marines just to replace these, so they’ll just have to stay for now. But I kinda like the mix and match feel, which is what I’m going for throughout my army.

In any case, I love these guys, so didn’t want to get rid of them when I started collecting 30k, which is why I added another 10 men and re-based them to match the rest of the army.

The sergeant for my Destroyers (who also have jump packs...) was the test squad for my 30k Space Wolves. I like the aesthetic, I like the jump packs, but damn they are expensive to field!! Especially when you have 10 of them.

I was trying to see if I could use gold as a spot colour rather than red. I think in the end I liked having red as a spot colour so although I love the way these guys turned out, I will be using red on the rest of my force.

Would the Space Wolves use Destroyers? Some argue that they are the most human of all space marines so no, but with their ‘Emperor’s Executioners’ title I imagine that when the sh*t hits the fan and they need to censor another legion, the WMD’s would come out storage.

However, that said, I also imagine that these guys didn’t volunteer for Destroyer service, rather they are doing it as some form of punishment. And as such, I modelled them with no individual heraldry, no totems, no trophies, no pack markings. They have been censored themselves and all personal affects have been ritually burned.

They are marked with a black wolf’s head to symbolise they live in the shadows between life and death, and VIth legion numerals to show that they belong to the Legion, to Russ himself, until he deems they have been punished enough.

I hope you like them!

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k

Monday, 24 April 2017

8th Edition is coming...

So, what’s your thoughts on 8th Edition 40k?

Obviously we don’t actually know a lot yet but looking at the FAQ, my initial thoughts are that I’m not concerned… ‘coz 30k is sticking with 7th losers! mwuhahahah

I’m joking… 

The move to an Age of Sigma isn't a bad thing in my book; reduced start up cost, reduced maintenance cost, smaller and quicker games, simplified rules, more fun... what's not to like? I think Games Workshop realised that 40k had just become too bloated and could only watch as their growing rivals crept up behind them in popularity. Yes, 40k is a 'premium' war game, but it was stifling itself.


That's why I play the board games like Betrayal at Calth, that's why I play quicker games like Zone Mortalis, that's why I play smaller games like Strike Force. With all of those options I can comfortably get 2 or more games in an evening. I don't have 4hrs to play a 1500pt game of 40k, and even when I did, I didn't have the attention span. So, I for one am really excited to see what they have in store for us in 8th Edition.

The FAQ was updated live tonight and pretty much everything in there sounded good to me. Even the talk about lasguns hurting tanks made sense, because in the real world, enough concentrated fire can hurt anything. I've seen that sort of thing with my own eyes.

I am a bit sad to see templates go though, they have been a staple of my hobby since the tender age of 12. I do have questions, like how will this affect quad mortars that result in areas of phosphex? Weapons like that will still need a marker of some sort.

The different ways to play sound cool too. Me and my friends tend to play narrative games anyway, where strict adherence to rules and points values can sometimes get left at the door, sacrificed in the name of 'good story line'. We all want to win, but if we die going down in a blaze of glory while cool cinematic sh*t is happening all around, that's good enough for us. So this I welcome.

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I do wonder how it will effect 30k. Obviously all black books are now null and void with respect to their rules. I don't mind too much, I brought them for the fluff, but the red book I just brought is now looking like an expensive white elephant that I will be able to shift on ebay for neither love nor money...

In my opinion, 30k was much easier to play anyway. Everyone is a marine so there's only one set of core rules to learn, with the odd special rule here and there. But it was quicker and more fun... wait, has 40k just looked to 30k for inspiration?!

Anyway, these are just my thoughts. With news still breaking on a daily basis, we'll have to wait until the 27th May to get the real picture (I imagine it'll be launched at Warhammer Fest? no?).

In the mean time, try not to get too stressed guys. Everyone said Age of Sigma was rubbish... then they played it... and it turns out it was actually awesome!

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @davetgent

Friday, 21 April 2017

Plastic Contemptor Dreadnought Conversion - Updated

Hey there,

I just wanted to share this with you guys. It's my plastic contemptor dreadnought conversion for my Vlka Fenryka.

I have one contemptor in my army already but have always had a hankering to do one with a siege drill. I don't know why, they just look pretty brutal and that's what the Wolves of Fenris are all about I guess. So how did this conversion finally come about?

Well I recently brought the Betrayal at Calth box set. I wasn't that bothered about the dreadnought to be honest. As I say, I already had one in my army and like everyone else on the internet, I thought it looked a bit static. I wasn't in love with it. But then the guys over at Battle Bunnies posted up a conversion walk-through and I thought, you're right, it's plastic, it'd be simple to convert. And as I already had one... Then FW released the leviathan Siege Drill, and I just thought what have I got to loose!

Firstly I stuck the main body together. Then I cut it at the waist and took the left leg off, gluing them back on in a slightly more dynamic pose. Battle Bunnies took the head off too but at the time I was doing this I didn't have a lot of time, so I left it.

I then stuck the fist arm together before cutting the fist off at the shoulder.

Then I glued my leviathan arm together and then stuck that on. The power cable housing fits quite nicely too. To get it snug I filed the ornamental trim around the bottom of the shoulder down flat. A bit of green-stuff to fill gaps, some wolfy totems, and you're done!

I'm really pleased with it. The pose looks ok, and that siege drill is mahoosive! I went with the multi-melta rather than the assault cannon because I figured with the siege drill he's going to be going after tanks rather than infantry. My other contemptor has a heavy bolter so he can deal with the traitors on foot.

And here he is painted up...

Let me know what you think, or even better, share your own conversions with us!

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Vlka Fenryka HQ miniatures

A while back I started re-basing my army and that included a couple of HQ units, adding some weathering to tie them in with the rest of the force. I think I've posted them before but I saw this was a draft post and thought I better finish it off...

This guy started out as a Ragnar Blackmane conversion using Gabriel Seth as a base, but has now had 6th Legion markings added and is ready for 30k war. He'll be my 'generic praetor/centurian' model. Anywhere where I need a bog standard, 50/100pt battle leader. His sword can be a close combat weapon, paragon blade or large chainsword, and that holster at his hip could be a bolt pistol or plasma pistol.. whatever is required really.

This is my Master of Signal, the one selection I never leave home without as their Orbital Bombardment on the battlefield can be a game changer when used at the right time. Not sure why he needs binoculars, but hey ho... 

I got rid of most of my Rune Priests when I stared concentrating on 30k, but kept this guy for some reason. I never use them (dirty witches...).

And lastly this is my alternative Standard Bearer. His company title is Bearer of the Eternal Flame.

Thanks for looking.
Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Shattered Trust - A Space Wolves Diorama

Something I've always wanted to do was paint a 40k Diorama, but it has always been difficult to justify spending my money on bits and time on painting something will ultimately never see the gaming table.

Several years ago I finally took the plunge. I made this base and planned on building a Space Wolves vs Dark Angels duel, reliving the Lion and the Wolf contest the two armies have every time they meet. But then I never finished it.

Last year I decided to pull it out of the cupboard again and have another go, this time with a Space Wolves vs Thousand Sons scene. Another epic match as the Wolves came down to sanction the Sons on their home planet.
It ended up not being a duel, instead showing a Wolf as he stormed a room and cast aside a squad of his traitorous cousins.

This diorama has kinda been the project that I can never finish. As well as the two false starts I've accidentally broken the miniature several times during construction and painting. But I think after 18 months on the painting shelf looking surly every time I picked up a brush, I will call this finished.

I like this view of the guys aiming down the barrel of his bolter as the Wolf bursts into the scene.

I've tried to make the scene dynamic, but in doing so the joints between feet and base are quite weak and are susceptible to breaking.

In keeping with the history of this project, as soon as I'd finished taking the pictures, it broke. I won't be fixing this on again. Instead, I'll use these guys on other bases.

Hope you like it.
Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Space Wolves Tactical Support Squad

These guys have been painted as part of my army painting challenge and are the last of the tactical support squads that need painting up. I'm really looking forward to getting these guys onto the battle field, but knowing my luck they'll all roll 1's on the first turn and be a complete waste of points!
I'm loving how the glowing plasma has turned out, and on the whole squad it is pretty pleasing to the eye. 

This sergeant is my favourite conversion this year, with bits from at least 4 different sets.

Hope you like them...
Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Leviathan Dreadnought - A Review

As hobbyists we are all very happy to show off our fully painted miniatures, which is my favourite part of the hobby! But, we often forget that we’re customers too, and this isn’t a cheap hobby.

I recently brought a Leviathan Dreadnought, one of three needed for my Fury of the Ancients army. I’m always buying Forge World resin crack, so thought little of this. But £75 is actually quite a lot of money to drop on a single miniature, so I can see why some people might baulk at this, especially with some of the horror stories about quality, so I wanted to give you my story and experience.

I’ve had some bad experiences with quality in the past, particularly mould slip lines, thinning resin in some elements and air holes. In hind sight, I should have remembered that I’m a customer and taken them back, but I just thought it was par for the course of working with resin. However, I have heard of Forge World replacing these for people because of these defects, so yeah, I should have taken them back. There’s nothing worse than dropping £100, £200, £900 on resin crack to then be faced with a hell of a lot of work because the quality is poor. So I’d say, if you get a bad batch, take them back. Maybe I should have saved all those shoulder pads that were wafer thin and unusable and taken them back… 

In my experience, Forge World and Games Workshop customer service have always been excellent. In the instances where I have contacted them, mainly due to bits missing, they have replaced them quickly with no fuss. So I would say, if you do have an issue with the product, make sure you talk to them about it. 

With many of the miniatures now too, there is a check certificate. So the Leviathan I’m going to talk about shortly came with a check certificate, so the chances of you getting something really poor these days has massively decreased. 

So let’s have a look at my latest toy: the Leviathan Dreadnought. As I say, I need three of these bad boys for my planned army, but started off with one as I’ve not put this kit together before. 

It comes with a check certificate and some very nice instructions, which you don’t always get.

The mould lines are fairly minimal and surfaces smooth as silk, nothing a small amount of liquid green stuff and a fine file can’t handle with ease. 

The model itself is very well designed, very posable, taking all those nice Contemptor cues and beefing them up. The Leviathan is like the Hulk compared to the Contemptor’s Bruce Banner (I feel the need to paint a green Leviathan now!).

There are a few small details that need sorting but overall I’m really happy with this miniature, the quality of the detail and casting, the ability to pose it in a variety of ways… I’m happy I brought this and am looking forward to including another two in my force. 

If you just had one in your force it would add a nice centrepiece. In 40k I’m pretty sure you could use it as a ‘counts as’ dreadnought, just like you do contemptors.

I would also share the experience of seeing some of there-cast Forge World miniatures that are available out there. I know very well that this is a bit of a taboo subject, and I’m not judging anyone either way: they are much cheaper than legitimate Forge World miniatures and the quality is quite high. But in my opinion, and that is all it is, my opinion, they just aren’t the same. Having them side by side, they just aren’t the same… I guess I’ve just been spoilt by Forge World! And the fact I live pretty much next door, so no shipping cost for me. 

Yes, Forge World is expensive but the products are superior to everything else in the industry and if you do have a problem, you can go back to them. Not to mention you are supporting the guys who are designing these things; take away their revenue and you’ll have no more miniatures from them because they won’t be there.

In summary: go buy lots of leviathans! GO! GO! GO!

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k