Archive for May, 2015

Recently I have seen a number of posts on various forums about using ultra sonic cleaners to strip paint from models. Now I have loads of models that need re-doing many from when my ex-wife kicked me out. The main culprit being my Imperial Guard who suffered the most damaged! So I decided to take the plunge and pick up a ultra sonic cleaner, Now I am not talking about one that you can put a few bits of jewellery in, what I needed would need to take a Baneblade! in the end I picked up one with a 6.5ltr tank, which set me back £95.00.

Below are the results.

DSCN0652As you can see I have only done half of it (the tank has the length but not the width) but as you can see after 1 hour and 30 mins this was the end result (a few bits needed brushing with an old tooth brush). Now to say it saved me time by not having to stand their scrubbing fairy power spray off. Now I started off using dettol, but moved on to using water and a small amount of Simple Green Crystal.

Now on to the rest of my Tanks……………………………………………………..

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Over the weekend I realized that next year will mark 25 years of wargaming! Now its only a vague date but November 2016 will mark the first issue of White Dwarf (143) that I bought. 448px-WD143

I had been gaming for sometime before this, but this was the first issue that I bought and so will serve as a “milestone”

Now I suppose I need to do something big, but what?

So I finally got hold of a copy of Assassinorum: Execution Force, after a cock up with the online retailer that I bought it from! I ordered it back on the 28th of April but due to a “glitch” with their online store, the order was not released on the correct date. It was only when I emailed them about it that things were sorted out.

Anyway the game is a neat little game to fill in an hour or so with out the need to set up a table with loads of terrain. It took me half hour to read the book (inculding the background) and about an hour to put the models together (the Sorcerer and Assassins need to be glued). I have the four Assassins ready to be painted and will hopefully get to them today in between my knight errant and a squad of Skitarii.

But all this talk of Assassins takes me back to the 2nd edition. When my and my friend James used to play 40k at my house outside on the patio. In those days the two of us would hit car boot sales to see what we could find for 40k, and we built up quite a collection of Space Marines and Orks as well as quite a few Imperial Guard and Eldar. Then one day we picked up a box that contained metal models as well as some plastic models one of the models was an Assassin! Now we had never used an assassin before and our first few games were nothing special, however that all changed with the release of the dark millennium supplement.

Now for those that do not know second edition, dark millennium added psychic powers, more vehicles, more wargear. One of the wargear cards was called Polymorphine, which allowed an Assassin to alter his form to look like a model in the opposing army! the humble assassin had gone from hiding in a bush to hiding in your force! coupled with the right wargear the assassin could complete the missions near enough on his own.

However one day the Ork gods Mork and Gork turned their backs on me………………

James turned up bright and early and we begun setting up all the terrain we had on the patio then we set up the models I went for the Orks and Imperial Guard and James went with the Marines and Eldar. I had a Inquisitor that had turned against the Imperium and had thrown his lot in with the Orks. While James took the Assassin who was tasked with taking out the Inquisitor. We dealt out strategy cards and that was where things went wrong James had got Virus outbreak, before the first turn of the game I had lost 40% of my army! Now I like to think that James was just being nice, and at least letting get a turn in but come the second turn he reviled his Assassin Armed with a Virus grenade! Suffice to say the game was over. From that day on wards both the Virus Outbreak and Grenade cards were removed from our games.

With the release of the Knight warden the other day, it meant I could work on my knight “errant”.

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Now the new Thunderstrike Gauntlet (powerfist) does have some “poseability” to it. You have the standard arm movement that you do with the reaper chainsword, but you can spin the gauntlet just below the “elbow”. The three fingers and the thumb can also be posed (mine is gripping the ruined wall, ready to rip it off!). it does however look better than my attempt!

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While I had the boards set up I could not resist a few shots with the Skitarii and the the Knights.

As I said in my last post “scatter” terrain for my urban set up in the form of some OOP Forgeworld pieces and the OOP CoD barricades. In total I have done 11 pieces which brake down as follows.

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The first five are the OOP Forgeworld, City Fight Barricades (left picture) and Warhammer 40000 Barricades set 2 (right picture). Its a shame that forge world stopped selling their terrain as some of it is rather nice.

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DSCN0635Then with have the Cites Of Death Urban Barricades, Which were released at the same time as the CoD book (2006). I have also spent some time working on the large cathedral that I showed back at the beginning of April see

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As I said the model broke in half when I lifted it off its base. After replacing all the floor tiles with the sheets from the modular movement trays from GW, It made the section above the arch stronger.

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The new floors however make it look more like a cathedral, and have made a much stronger “join” than before. I am tempted to add a few wall sections to the back of the two towers.

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Wow were have the past 10 days gone? I have been slowly been working my way through some more urban terrain in the form of some OOP Forgeworld terrain pieces that I picked up some years ago. As well as the 6 resin barricades that were released with the cites of death book, and the promethium relay pipes that were released a few weeks ago. I have also laid my hands on a Plasma Obliterator…………….

My Knights were on hold until today. The “Errant” knight is waiting for his power fist, and both bases have been painted. All that needs doing is the weathering powders. The Skitarii are also coming along my first vanguard squad is complete, and the 2nd box that I have has been split into 2 squads (5 Vanguard and 5 Rangers) I have also made up 5 Sicarian Infiltrators.

Now today sees the release of the the new Imperial Knights codex (the old one is just over a year old!) along with the new Knight Warden kit and a set of datacards. Well it would be rude not to add one to my collection (and i needed the power fist for my knight Errant).

DSCN0614Lets take a look at the sprue’s for the basic knights (paladin and errant)

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The basic Knight kit has three sprue’s, Allowing you to arm it with a Rapid Fire Battle Cannon or a Thermal Cannon and a Reaper Chain Sword.

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The Knight Warden kit adds a forth sprue to the other three. Adding the Avenger Gatling Cannon, Thunderstrike Gauntlet arms, Twin Icarus Autocannons, Stormspear rocket pod carapace mounts. As well as new face plates, a meltagun shoulder weapon. The Warden kit is how ever £10.00 more than the standard knight kit.

As I want the power fist for my Knight Errant, this one will be made up as a Knight Crusader armed with a Rapid Fire Battle Cannon, Avenger Gatling Cannon, and Stormspear Rocket Pod.

I have also started on a small side project to make a change from painting Red……………….