Friday 31 March 2023


Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity you would be forgiven for thinking I don't actually have a 40k blog, because I've not actually played 40k in a year or so. But, I still paint in the hope that 10th edition will renew my love of the game... and lo it came to pass at Adepticon [that I did not attend] 10th edition was announced! Really excited to see how the game evolves and obviously the launch box is interesting.

Tyranids and Space Marines. The new Termagants look great, I love the subtle changes to the Fleshborer and some of the extra details. However, there may be a bit too much on the carapace chitin for something folk will be painting dozens off. That said it's been pointed out these will be so easy to paint with Contrast, it's just my old school scheme that will be a challenge. I can't imagine painting more than what's in the box though, as I've already decided to commit to update all my oldest Termagants next hobby season 

But the new data cards are interesting and I'm glad to see Devourers have had their strength increased back to 4. They're almost a decent alternative to the Fleshborer now, which has had its AP-1 removed, but still S5. Spinefists may even be an option too! 

However, the launch video has a different version of the data card with Rippers appearing to be a unit upgrade. I'm not sure how this makes things simpler, with mixed models in a brood but all the info is on the card so we'll just have to wait and see. Plenty of other half glimpsed new bio-organisms in the cinematic trailer too. Whether they're the ones we really need or not we'll discover. I do think the 9th edition cinematic was a bit more forthcoming with seeing the new Necrons; the Tyranids are a bit more obscured which seems unnecessary. Certainly in a few months when the models are fully revealed this will fall short at showcase the amazing evolution of these creatures.

And on to the Lion and yes I see Charles Dance, moreso than Davos Seaworth and I will definitely be picking him up when he becomes available. I'm certainly happier with him as my Primarch than the Guilliman model.

Out of the four heads though I'm most likely to go with option four - the winged helm. I've no idea how this massive model will sit with my stunty First Born models but he was going to stand head and shoulders above Primaris anyway so it may just make him look even more impressive.

Fingers crossed we get more info on his release soon. There was some really exciting reveals for me and I can't wait to add even more to my grey tide, just as I was starting to put a dint in it!

Wednesday 29 March 2023

Adeptus Titanicus - Titans in Manufactorum - Cerastus Knight Lancer - TO DONE!

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer #AdeptusTitanics on my second Cerastus Knight Lancer. Here's both red and white background pics.

I went a bit more OTT with the #BlessedVerdigris this time.

I absolutely love the pose and I'm so surprised I was able to make it look different to the first one I made.

They make a nice duo and I'm surprised how varied they look.

Some close ups, you can see the verdigris in much more detail. The yellow is a bit more vibrant than the first Cerastus.

But I wanted him to stand out a bit more.

Purity seal parchment is always a bit hit and miss with me, I never quite feel I've done a good job, but this one's OK.

Cog decals on the shoulders. The previous Cerastus did not feature the standard black half of the shoulder pads of a House Raven colour scheme, so I had to feature it here.

Freehand attempt on the heraldry badge and a random number decal - because numbers!

Freehand of the House Raven icon badge. I managed to shade the vent a bit - sufficient to make it stand out from the rest of the base.

Two Lancers together.

I keep thinking about the starter set which would give me another two of these. I think that would be pretty awesome but I'm holding off for now, new 40k incoming...

And with that a GREAT Big RUSTY Stamp of Approval

Monday 27 March 2023

Adeptus Titanicus - Titans in Manufactorum - Cerastus Knight Lancer

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer #AdeptusTitanics on my second Cerastus Knight Lancer. This had been built in August 2022 and I saw it as something of a palette cleanser

Base colours and the patterning are in place, metallics mostly finished off. Massive purity seal, which would obviously get stuck in the lance mechanism - which is why it's there!

The brassy bronze needs to be toned down a bit but the blessed verdigris will also help here.

Much more yellow and black stripes on this one

The press moulded vent on the floor isn't standing out particularly well so I need to find a way to make it more evident.

Lots of glow FX still to do, highlights and weathering.

Finished soon...

Monday 20 March 2023

Not a Battle Report - Middle Earth Battle Strategy Game - Charge of the Rohirrim

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been playing #MESBG again. I genuinely wish I had more time and was more organised. It frustrates me that I can't get these battle reports properly recorded but they just take too long. Even if it was just for my own records it would appease my tortured soul. Instead you'll get some photos I'm compelled to share with limited context, uderming any effort to bother going through them!

Anyway, Otty and I decided to play the Charge of the Rohirrim from the Two Towers a few weeks back. He's been playing this scenario a lot, adding elements to both factions to create a more film accurate game, but still keep some balance between the two factions. I ended up with the Rohirrim and he was the Uruk Hai.

I think you can guess how the first few images are going to look. The Horse Lords move forward, closing the gap. He has no ranged weaponry, while I have bows and some throwing spears. With no terrain to worry about this comes down to positioning, judging distances, who gets turn priority and then how you go about taking advantage of heroic moves, combat and charge tactics.

Otty moved the Uruk Hai forward, soI was probably within firing range here and started to take some pot-shots with my archers. 

I then decided to move over to the right flank, forcing Otty to make decisions about what to do.

His line shrank back and started to condense into the top right corner. I kept out of charge range, but in throwing spear range while a group of archers halted their charge to take aimed shots at the orcs as they fell back. I wanted Gandalf to sorcerous blast one of the Uruk Hai off the board, but we couldn't find if it was possible in the rules. 😔

As I reformed, Otty fell back to the edge of the battlefield, which put me out of range for my throwing spears.

But what arrows did find their mark were true and 8 Uruk Hai were slain before our lines had even met.

More repositioning, I was convinced that corralling him into this corner was going to allow me apply overwhelming force when they charged in.


Unfortunately I misjudged the charge and only half my force made it into the Uruk Hai to take advantage of Gandalf's blinding light.

After my dice had been running hot there was a sudden swing in fortune and Otty managed to bring down quite a few horse and riders. He was even able to reach my back line.

I reformed and charged again but the forces of evil started to swamp my cavalry.

Otty's dice rolling was brutal, with his banners being particularly effective about bringing about changes to the outcome of our combats.

At this stage I think I was broken and Gandalf was consigned to skirting the background rallying the troops so they didn't run away but the outcome was almost inevitable now.

The slow demise of the great horse lords

A few Uruk Hai fall, but more Rohirrim run for the hills. Going...


...gone! Eomer falls and with the second character gone I lose the game.

It's amazing how much fun I can have from a game I have no 'investment' in. That seems misleading as I've bought Moria Goblins, but I mean this is a random scenario, these aren't my figures, I've not brought them with me. It's just freeing to see what happens. If I lose I don't feel bad, if I win I don't feel amazing - it's just the experience and admittedly it's random dice roles that define the outcome but it's those outcomes that create the drama and humour. I love it to bits I just wish 40k  was so straightforward and engaging, because I've invested so much in that.

Friday 17 March 2023

Not a Battle Report - Bolt Action

We've had mixed opportunity to game recently. Liam has been laid up with a bad back so we've been role-playing Cyberpunk on Zoom, which means finding time to get to Otty's shed can be challenging. However, a few weeks back Ben went for a game of Bolt Action and I gate-crashed for the social aspect. So not a battle report, even if I ended up being co-opted to draw the action dice from the bag and roll a few actual dice [which Ben swiftly regretted].

The thing about Bolt Action is it looks awesome, just like scenes from a film and choosing those action/order dice is a great mechanic for activating units.

It might be a random element that makes things unknown but I like it.

My dice rolling was appalling in places, but as it wasn't my army I just got to laugh as things fell apart.

That German tank just failed to do any damage to the rather feeble, but surprisingly resilient opposite number.

Otty did such a good job painting these, so effective, I'd probably go insane doing something in this scale.

Ben somehow managed to throw it all away in the end, failing to hold onto the objectives that were all practically within his deployment zone.

He'd been far too reserved, which allowed them to be snatched out from under him. They have a corkboard campaign map on the wall, so all these few and far between battles do actually contribute to a long-term campaign. It's really cool. I won't be starting it up but I do enjoy dipping into it with such good figures, boards and passionate players who are well versed in the history for context.