Archive for April, 2016

So GW have snuck another new game out this weekend in the form of Imperial Knights: Renegade.

 

Now I know a lot of gamers consider GW prices to be high, and IK:R is no exception. It has a hefty price tag of £120.00, but inside you will find not one but TWO Imperial Knights (RRP £85.00 for the Paladin and £95.00 for the Warden) and a Sanctum Imperialis terrain kit (RRP £20.00). So for £120.00 you get £200.00 worth of plastic kits as well as the usual dice, rules and templates.

The question is how will GW follow up with this? will we see rules for the Ork Stompa, Chaos Lord Of Skulls? Or is this the Adeptus Titanicus game that has been rumoured for sometime?

And so the biggest wargames show (in the UK) has been and gone.

Did I go this year? Nope, Making it the 2nd year in a row that I have not been. As with last year I had seen nothing advertised that grabbed my attention. Instead I spent most of Saturday (and a bit of Sunday) working on a small force of Orks for 40K.  The orks all came about after a conversation in my  local store about painting yellow!

Now I only went in to buy a box of Ogryns for my Imperial Guard, but In the window they had a very nice Horus Heresy Imperial fists army. Now yellow has always been one of the colours that I hate painting, as it has a very weak pigment to it. Don`t get me wrong I have used yellow before, by using a cream colour (I used the old bleached bone from GW) and then layering on thin coats (1 or 2) of the chosen colour. When GW released the foundation paints (base paints under the new set) one of the colours was a yellow, however it is a darker shade and I have found it needs quite a few coats to get it to a “bright” yellow.

Now I had to ask the question of how did they get that colour? and I was surprised to find out that it was from a spray can of daemonic yellow from the army painter. Now I have always liked the orks and over the years I have had about 3 armies of green skins and they have all been either Goffs or Evil sunz with the other clanz mixed in except the Bad Moons! Now I picked up 2 cans of Daemonic yellow some years back, and when I returned home I had a look for any painting guides for Bad Moon orks. I found a few but the one that caught my eye was this one over on Dakka Dakka

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/374651.page

Having put together some models Grukk face-rippa and 5 Nobz, I under-coated them up

I used Biel-tan Green (2 or 3 coats) shade for the skin, and Seraphim Sepia for the yellow areas. Now normally I would pick the darkest green I have and then highlight it up however this is a new approach for me. I have cleaned up and assemabled 12 Ork boyz, 10 Grotz and a Runtherder. As well as digging out a Deff Dread, a Mek Gun, Mekboy and a Painboy!

Back to the Ogryns I am using them as “test” pieces for my Cadian Imperial Guard (I stripped most of them last year)

DSCN0918I`ve gone with a base of Mechanicus Standard Grey spray as a base with the trousers given a (thined) Nuln Oil wash and then highlighted with Dawnstone, and Administratum Grey. The flesh was based with Bugmans glow and shaded with Reikland Flesh. Then highlighted with Cadian and Kislev Flesh.

Having been rather busy the past few weeks “hobby” time has been limited to an hour here and an hour their. I have however managed to add a few more models to go with the Catachan Squad I painted up a few weeks ago.

In the form of, 2 Jungle fighters with demo charges, a Vox Operator, a Lieutenant, another trooper, 2 Jungle Fighters with Heavy flamers, and 4 Snipers.

I have also started on another squad in the form of a Deathworlds Veteran Patrol team from the codex.

DSCN0914I figured these guys would be camouflaged up even down to body paint, and i intend to add some camo netting across their back  packs. All of them are models from the OOP  metal weapon teams, with the addition of a few plastic grenades and pouches.

I had hoped to make some terrain but the seller that I ordered my plastic plants from was based in Hong Kong, meaning they will take a while to arrive.

 

Its come round to that time of year again, last week I had a sort out of my model collection  (it had nothing to do with my wife wanting to switch rooms around in the flat!) it did however let me sort things out. Going through everything, their were a number of Kick starter projects that I decided to part with, namely CMON`s Blood Rage game  and Battle Systems Sci-fi Terrain.

Both of which were picked up to use with other ranges ( BR was for Conan and the BS terrain was for AvP) however for one reason or another nothing has been mentioned about them for either game. And as much as I liked the Battle Systems terrain the modifications that need to be made (due to it being the 1st print run) would have driven me mad. And while I liked the Blood Rage models again nothing has been mentioned crossing the two over.

Also sitting on the fence at the moment is one of the Secret Weapon tablescapes tile sets that I received that was wrong. I had intended to use the Forgottorn city/ ruined temple for LOTR/ The Hobbit games, but it has remained in the box ever since I did a review of it.

at the moment I am also looking at sorting out my box of necromunda gangs, as well as some of my 40K orks.

I need to make some space as Deadzone: Infestation is meant to be shipping  soon, which neatly leads me on to the subject of Mantic Games.

Over the weekend I popped into my local games store to pick up some matt black spray. Now I normally buy it from one of the £1 shops in town, but the last lot that I picked up had a satin finish to it. Which while taking base colours well, it does not like dry brushing straight over it. But back to my local store, they have added sale section to the store with various end of lines, and overstocks. And I was surprised to see that a large selection of stuff was from Mantic Games, now I was a little shocked at this being as some of the stuff has only just came out.

However it transpires that all those Kick Starter projects that mantic do just don`t help independent retail sales, after all if mantic are going to throw loads of stuff at you cheap during a KS are you going to need anything at retail?. Which is a fair point, and to be truthful the only things I have picked up were some veer-myn and their grim cargo game (and that was some 4 years ago)

For me it is the lack of support for their games. Look at Deadzone V1, the project was started back in 2013 and finally ended around January 2015. During the project 3 expansion books and 2 extra races were added. Moving into March 2015 and we her about another Deadzone KS this time it is an “expansion” and “tidy up” of the rules however as time goes by the “tidy up” changes to a full rewrite, with a lot of the original gone. Since 2013 their has been no “new” support for DZ (and the same could also be said for Mars Attacks) and I dare say the same will apply to DZ:I, Warpath, and The Walking Dead.

Its a shame Mantic do make some good models but however their support of their systems and to the army of fans is next to zero, It seems if Mantic cannot fund it via Kick starter then it does not get made!

This was ment to be posted yesterday but for some reason it did not post, I have to say this is not an April fools joke (as it is the 1st).

At last, after what seems like a wait of ages my Alien vs Predator wave 2 has arrived. It has been 20 days since I received my “partially sent” email from Prodos. And then 9 days in transit to get to me, which is slightly better than when wave 1 arrived back in July last year (2015). And in all fairness if it had not been for the Easter bank holiday weekend, it would have arrived earlier.

You can have a look at Wave 1 here:

https://grailslair.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/were-on-an-express-elevator-to-hell-going-down/

So What did I get with Wave 2, lets have a look.

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First up the Alien Queen, made up of 9 pieces. As you can see their is very little “flash” on the model and next to none mold lines, their are a few lugs that need removing.

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Next we have the Royal Guard, made up of 5 pieces. their is a small amount of “flash” on one of the other models I have but nothing major.

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Next we have the crusher (from the colonial Marines game) again made of 5 pieces.

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Next we have Alien Warriors, made up of 5 pieces.

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Next we have Facehuggers, these are 1 piece models moulded to their bases (one of them has broken 2 “fingers” off)

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Next we have some Eggs again these are one piece models.

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Next up the Predalien (from AvP: requiem) another 5 piece model.

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Next we have the KS exclusive Predator Berserker (from Predators). this one has a fair bit of “flash” but nothing major.

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Next we have Predator Hellhounds (again from Predators) made up of 11 pieces! most of which are tiny.

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Next we have the Powerloader, made up of 6 pieces.

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Next we have the W Y Commandos (from Alien 3 and Colonial Marines game) made up of 2 pieces.

Now I have to admit I did order another copy of the game for the models, and I was surprised when I checked the models

DSCN0905It seems that the Infant Aliens now come with separate heads! and have had the mould “vents” removed from the hands.

I also end up with Yellow door stands (which can be sprayed black to match the rest) and red dice.

Hopefully Prodos can get the 3rd (and hopefully final) wave sorted out, and then the AvP community can start to grow rather than fester as it is now with all the negative comments over the KS shipping!