Archive for February, 2014

Back when I first started wargaming back in the late 80’s early 90’s I played quite a lot of Adeptus Titanicus which was the for-runner for the now discontinued Epic range from GW. Over the years that AT was available various other units were added to the game like ork gargant, Eldar phantom titans, infantry and tanks. one of the last units to be added were Imperial and Eldar knights each piloted by a single crew member. The knights disappeared for a time until the release of Titan Legions when they returned. That was the last time they were seen.

Now fast forward to this weekend coming and GW release a new Imperial Knight this time in 40k scale. As soon as I saw the model I just new I would have to order one, so I did.

In other news this weekend will see my Blood Angles take to the field of battle for the first time in two years and after finding a rather dusty box I have found my Grey Knights which need some much needed TLC.

Oh and I got married last week……………………………………

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When I first started wargaming way back in the mists of time, I always had in my mind battles fought over battle scared wastes lands covered with trenches and razor wire or battling through a ruined city. Now nearly 25 years later I have battled through ruined cities but never over a table covered in trenches, but that is about to change………………

In the time that I have not been following the “GW” hobby they have released a set of plastic trench fortifications. Now I know some people do not rate the GW scenery range because they are covered in skulls and bones. But at the end of the day their products are released for their own “brand” games. Now as I seem to be battling my way through the 40k universe once again and with the release of the “wall of Martyrs” range sometime ago, it seemed rude not to buy them.

My first port of call were the on-line retailers, all of which had the boxed set releases at various prices. The next place I tried was eBay, now eBay can be both a blessing and a curse. In my case it turned out to be a blessing, I managed to pick up the Wall Of Martyrs “splash release” boxed set for £67.50 and £7.00 p+p. when it was released it RRP was £100.00 (the whole lot costs £131.00 from GW now). So I saved £25.50 on the RRP (or £56.50 buying direct from GW).

With high hopes I set about looking for the Xmas “splash” release of Tempestus Firebase which has a RRP of £150.00 (and a value of £198.00). Now I had very little hope of getting hold of the set, but when the page loaded their were two results one for the RRP and free p+p. And one for £115.00 and £10.00 p+p but they were open to “best offers”. Now I was bought up with the saying “don’t ask, don’t get.” so I took a gamble (as had 4 other people who had their offers declined) I placed my offer, and turn the laptop off. That was at 12.30 some time later (about 21.30) I receive an email from eBay I’ve won the auction for £105.00 and £10.00 p+p.

So in one day I picked up two big boxed sets worth £250.00 RRP  for  172.50 + 17.00 p+p.

 

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The Tempestus Firebase covers a 4ft area according to the GW site and i guess that the Wall Of Martyrs set covers a similar area. As both sets can be used together I can see these getting quite a bit of use. From Ork Kommandos raiding the base trying to destroy the Aquila Strongpoint or the Blood Angels trying to breach the Ork lines.

In fact one of my favourite games of 4ok was the 2nd edition mission which had two bunkers in it…………….

Last Week saw me doing some more work on my Tyranids. Which involved stripping some paint from some old metal models, and painting some details on the models that I primed up in purple.

I also spent some time working on the dinning room in the flat, which involved some re-plastering after the removal of the old skirting boards. This all came about after I had been out and purchased two book cases, I have a rather large collection of Games Workshop publications which have been stored away in boxes for many years. And as we had very little furniture in the room it seemed like a good idea in total, in spent £175.00 on five cases (two tall and three smaller ones). Having removed the skirting boards and patching up the damage, the cases were pushed back to the wall and filled up with books.

It took me 3 days to sort everything out the first day was spent making 2 of the cases and repairing  the wall, the second day was spent getting  the other 3 cases and putting them together, and finally the third day was spent sorting out all my books and magazines into order. I have also managed to gain 4 shelves with which I can display my models on, now at last I can get my Blood Angles and Orks on display. Now to my surprise both the Blood Angles and Orks have survived  with out to much damaged (with the Deff Dread and Killa kans being the worst  with a few broken arms).

I had, earlier in the week agreed to go to the local club this weekend to play some games of 40k with the 2 brothers (Michael and David) I had met the other week. But on Saturday morning I had a message telling me that the club was cancelled due to damage caused by the bad weather we have had in the UK. Now where I live it has not been hit as bad as other parts of the UK but being by the coast we have had some very strong winds. Now it is going to be a few weeks till I can get some games in due to work commitments.