Archive for March, 2016

When I first started gaming all those years ago, my terrain collection consisted of  books for hills, boxes for buildings, coloured paper for rivers, etc.

However as time passed I began to make a lot of terrain from scratch, my first attempts were some bases of trees made from an old artificial Christmas tree and some thick card. I soon progressed on from their with ruined buildings made from thick card and hills from polystyrene. All made with the help of the various articles in White Dwarf, it was when the Catachan Jungle Fighters were released that I had a terrain”spurt” and went mad making jungle terrain. By the time the 3rd edition Catachan codex was released most of my terrain had seen better days, and with a heavy heart all of it was binned.

I always wanted to revisit the jungle but with the advent of the Cities Of Death terrain in 2006 (wow they are 10 years old now) and the various plastic kits that have followed over the years, scratch built terrain is not seen that often with 40k any more.

However with the discovery of my Jungle Fighters its made me want to make some “jungle” terrain. A quick look at the internet has brought up some good terrain articles, and a look through my old White Dwarf magazines has also yielded some good articles.

With that,

I have dug out some “off” cuts of 4mm birch faced ply that I had laying around.

Ordered up £25.00 worth of artificial plants from ebay.

Sorted out all of my basing materials (grass tufts, dried herbs, etc.)

Sorted out all the plastic aquarium plants that I don`t use any more.

While doing this I came across 3 sets of the GW wood set that was released a few years ago, and a set of the GW plastic jungle plants that were released ages ago.

Now all I need is for the weather to pick up so I can cut the Birch faced ply bases!

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It all started way back in December 1994, I was given for Christmas a box of Catachan Jungle Fighters.

And It would be the start of my 2nd edition 40k Imperial Guard army. Over the next few years I would shift between these and my orks, and with the advent of  3rd edition both forces grew in size due to a large number of GW mail order “army deals”.

However over the years both armies have disappeared,  I still have an Ork dreadnought conversion that needs some TLC but the rest had gone.

Until the other day!

While sorting through some boxes of models, I came across a box that contained 4 of the (very) old figure cases from the late 90`s. Now to be fair I have known about the cases since me and my partner got the last of my stuff from storage the other year, but as the box they were in weighed next to nothing I never looked in side.

Something told me to check inside them and to my surprise inside one of them were my Jungle Fighters. Now as I said I have not seen these models for years and in all fairness they must have been boxed up since 2002/03.

DSCN0887I did however decide to paint up a squad to see how they compared with the old scheme (above) I had done some 20 years ago.

While I was sorting out a squad I remembered that I had “Sly” Marbo from the 3rd edition codex in one of my Bitz boxes so I dug him out as well. However when I sorted out the models for the pictures I found that I had already painted him all those years ago!

I have to say that I have really enjoyed painting these guys up considering that it was over 20 years ago that I first tackled them, and I am looking forward to painting up a few more.

 

After looking at the first part of the wave 1.5 of shadows of brimstone lets have a look at what was left.

DSCN0878 (22)As you can see both the Frontier Town and Caverns of Cynder (as well as the doorways into darkness) come with their “retail” packaging.The box at the front contains all the cards, tokens and other gubbins to use the new models.

 

First up we have the Cynder expansion. Consisting of loads of new board sections and tokens, as well as the new lava men monsters.

Next we have the Frontier Town Expansion. Consisting of a new board, loads of location templates, and the new bandits (which can also be used in the mines)

Next we have the contents of the white box which is made up of 3 decks of cards, a token sheet, and the stat cards for the models. As well as the “hero” character sheets and as a nice little touch a a rules sheet collection book.

Next we have the Doorways into darkness expansion, its not really an expansion as such as all it does is add 15 new cards and the doorways are more of a 3D terrain element. On the right is the deluxe dark stone tokens (which were a paid add-on).

Lastly we have 5 more decks of cards (their is a 6th set that is in the white box) and 2 promo cards. The 3 on the left were paid add-ons, while the 2 on the right were part of the stretch goals (as was the 6th deck).

Overall I am pleased with what I got, and nothing was damaged in transit.

So the other day after spending nearly 2 weeks being held in by UK customs and Parcel-Force my wave 1.5 Shadows of Brimstone parcel arrived.  I did get hit by the dreaded import tax, but however it was less than I was expecting. I had set aside £60.00, and was surprised when it turn out to be £31.74.

As you can see it was shipped in a box that originally contain  (3) copies of the City of Ancients core set. Inside  everything was tightly packed and full of polystyrene packing chips.

The first thing that was in the box were the red “exclusive” models that were missing from my wave 1 shipment. These are the same as the ones in the two core sets that were covered back when I received wave 1

https://grailslair.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/un-boxing-shadows-of-brimstone/

Under them were the new resin alternate pose heroes (left picture) “new” hero classes (top right) Outlaw hero (middle right) and alternate gender heroes (bottom left). The details are excellent, but some of the cuts like the separate hats are rather strange. As they could have been left on the main model, however they are much better than the plastics from the base sets.

Next we move on to the plastics. Once again these are a lot better than the base set plastics here we have. The Burrower (top left) and Beli’al (top right) both of which are classed as XXL sized monsters. Then we have the Dark Stone Hydra (middle right) and the Guardian of Targa (bottom) which are both classed as XL monsters.

Next we have the Scafford gang with colonel Scafford (left picture) and the Dark stone brutes (right picture).

Next we have the Undead Outlaws and Undead Gunslinger (left picture) and the Void Hounds and Void Sorcerers  (right picture).

Next we have the Serpentmen Of Jargno and Shaman (left picture) and the Trun Hunters (right picture).

Next we have the Custodians of Targa and the Targa pylons (left picture) and the Scourge rats and nest (right picture).

Lastly we have the Trederren Raiders (left picture) and the Harvesters from beyond (right picture).

That’s it for the moment tomorrow I will take a look at the box sets that were in the box

Its time to take a look at the various KS projects that I have backed………

All Quite On The Martian Front: As I said in the last KS post AQOTMF is dead! I have recived to letters from the states (as have many backers) from the the US bankruptcy courts, which means I will get nothing as their is nothing left. At the moment I am unsure if I want to hold on to what I have or to part with it.

Shadows Of Brimstone: Wave 1.5 is on its way! (well it has been since the 29th of February) It seems to have been caught up at UK customs for about 10 days now hopefully their will be some progress soon.

Alien vs Predator: So as we came towards the end of February had anything turned up?  and what did Prodos do? drop a bomb shell that they had run out of plastic door bases, adding yet another delay in getting Wave 2 out of the door. On the 10th I sent a message to both of the Prodos emails. Saying “that I was not worried about the plastic stands, and if it would speed things up send my wave 2 with out them” After all I have 2 copies of the game from wave 1, and the third is only for the models. Low and behold the next day I received an email telling me my order has been partially sent. Lets see what happens.

Conan: Nothing new, but Monolith still post semi regular updates showing things like the layouts of the card components, prototype boxes, painted models, etc. Despite the project being delayed the guys at Monolith still take the time to show backers stuff.

Deadzone Infestation: Looks like the rulebook has only just gone to print, and mantic hope to get everything shipped by later this month. Hopefully this time things are better then the 1st edition.

Zombicide BP: Looks to be gearing up for dispatch in the next few weeks.

Warpath: Still sitting on the fence, I was hoping that DZ:I would arrive so that I could see what this new plastic is like. As it stands now I may well give it a miss.

Dropfleet Commander: Hawk Wargames have sown quite a few digital renders over the past month or so, with the space station catching my eye.

The Walking dead: As I said in the last KS post I was sitting on he fence with the WD game, but in the end I stuck with it. And in the end it raised $685.853, it did however suffer from Mantic not throwing loads of “shit” at the project as they have done before. However I threw $235.00 at the project, netting me the “something to fear” pledge as well as the Woodbury and Prison expansions, as well as the scenery booster. when the pledge manger comes out I will proberly add another $50 for the other 3 deluxe mats.

So with any luck this month should hopefully see 3 projects turn up Shadows Of Brimstone, Alien vs Predator, and Deadzone: Infestation.

With Zombicide: BP next month.

 

Since my last post I have been working on the Genestealer models from the Deathwatch: Overkill set. Having assembled all the models their are a number of points that maybe useful to others.

Firstly, the instructions for the Magus and Primus say that the model is based on a 25mm base, this wrong and should be a 32mm base. As I found out when I assembled my 3rd/4th gen hybrids.

The Magus dagger/sword goes BEHIND the staff and not in front.

The upper torso’s of the aberrants fit both bodies, giving you 4 different poses.

If you remove the “peg” from the arms and heads you can pose them as you wish.

Having assembled all 39 models I decided to start painting, now I have to admit way back in the early 90’s when I purchased Space Hulk I did develop a hatred for painting Genestealers (and hybrids). Now I must confess that having pick up a few genestealers over the years, I have not painted one since the 90’s!

And so with this in mind I used the painting guide in WD weekly 110 (which is a close match for the one on the old Space Hulk box) and started with the Patriarch and the two Purestrain Genestealers included in the box. Now I have to say I have enjoyed painting the Patriarch and Pure strains that it pushed me on to start on the Magus, Primus, 2 aberrants 6 1st/2nd gen hybrids, 7 3rd/4th gen hybrids and 1 hybrid with mining laser. Of which I have painted the Skin and stealer arms.

I was in the middle of taking some pictures but alas the battery died!………………………….

 

On the 5th of march Deathwatch: Overkill hit the shelves of gaming stores across the world. My copy arrived in the post in the morning from the nice people at Element Games.

After ripping open the box and drooling over the nice new plastic models I put it to one side and carried on with everyday life. Yesterday evening I had a chance to look at everything properly and read through the rules.

As you can see the box has a nice glossy finish, it is the “standard” GW sized box (Age Of Sigmar/ Dark Vengeance) with pictures of the painted models around the edge of the back box.

Inside are the rule book and assembly guide, as well as a range ruler, 6 dice, a set of character cards, a set of cult ambush cards, and 8 board sections. The rules Only take up 7 pages (of which part of the page is taken up with background info). 4 pages make up a ‘eavy metal colour spread on the models. And 20 pages make up the 9 missions. The boards are the same quality as the ones found in Space Hulk complete with the Embossed details.

On to the models, you get 11 Deathwatch members all drawn from different chapters (some of which have separate chapter shoulder pads). All of the models are covered in their chapter iconography, with the Salamanders Terminator and the Blood Ravens Librarian stand out as two of my favourite models!

Next  we have the sprue with the Patriarch, Magus, Primus and Familiars. Out of all the models the Patriarch has been around for a few years in the form of the Broodlord in the tyranid list, both the Magus and the Familiars have been missing for some years, and the Primus is a new strain of Hybrid.

Finally we have the sprue with all the other cult models (their are two of these in the box) It is made up of

1st and 2nd generation Hybrids (on 32mm bases) x 12.

3rd and 4th generation Hybrids (on 25mm bases)  x 16.

Purestrain Genestealers (on 32mm bases) x 2.

Abberants (on 32mm bases) x 4.

Out of all the models in the box, it is the Cult models that I am interested in more, and hopefully they will get the Mini-dex treatment like the Harlequins, Imperial Knights, Adeptus Mechanicus,and Militarum Tempestus have had.

40K rules can be found in Issues 109 and 110 of White Dwarf weekly or for free here

https://www.games-workshop.com/resources/PDF/Deathwatch/40k-rules-deathwatch-en.pdf

Hopefully a cult limo model will be made………………………….