Archive for August, 2016

Or the early nighties. When I first got into wargaming, I use to play GW’s Epic line Adeptus Titanicus and Space Marine 1st edition. Back then both were set in the dark days of the Horus Heresy.

However it would not be long before both were discontinued to be replaced with Space Marine 2nd edition. Now I never owned either of the 1st edition games (it would be some years later that I picked them up second hand) but I used to play them round my one of my friends houses after school.

I did however own Space Marine 2nd edition, Titan Legions, Epic 40000, and Epic Armageddon. And out of the four games I liked Epic 40000 the best (shock horror). However about 15 years ago I manged to pick up both 1st edition games from eBay, however I never got round to playing them again.

But after my operation a few weeks ago I have had the chance to catch up on some reading in the form of two of the forge world Horus Heresy source books, as well as catching up with the Black Library audio books (I did used to read the novels on the way to work on the train). And with British weather turning wet and windy, the end of last week. Put paid to me working on the road tiles that I started last week (they say we are going to have a heat wave next!)

However it got me thinking about playing some games set in the Horus Heresy. Now don’t get me wrong I love the stuff that Forge World makes, however the prices are very high. And to be fair even a small army is going to set me back quite a bit, however I do have all those Epic models. Some of the models have had several coats of paint, and so are in need of stripping. Luckily now days you can get paint stripper that can be used on plastic, add to that the ultrasonic cleaner that I picked up the other year it should be a breeze to clean them up!

Best I get started…………

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Following on from the previous two posts, I set about making the paved areas of the new corner sections. I did run through a number of ideas but, however I went for this method.

Above are the “before” and bellow are the “after” versions.

As you can see I have filled in the areas that needed filling with 3mm Blue Styrofoam, I had a number of sheets left over from a previous project. The undamaged tile (on the left) was a simple case of cutting three pieces for the main area. However one sheet was not thick enough, so I filled the bottom with off cuts. Once I had enough pieces cut I began gluing the pieces down with a solvent free grab adhesive. Once the bottom layer was glued down, I spread some more grab adhesive over the top and the started again. This time however the curve section proved to be harder to get into place and broke, meaning I needed to cut a replacement piece.

The “damaged” tile however needed a bit more work. This time I cut three rectangles and then cut them in to individual slabs. I then laid out all the slabs and worked out where I needed to cut them. I then added some broken bits of pipe behind the curb stones (which will allow me to add some water effects to a couple of the craters. When it come round to gluing the slabs in place I tried to make them look uneven with their spacing.

To help the grab adhesive set I placed a sheet of paper and a number of heavy books on to of the tiles. When the glue is dry I can the start adding in the individual slabs on the “clean” version and the cracks on to the “damaged” version.

I have also been toying with having a tile with a wrecked vehicle fixed to it. I have a number of “donor” vehicles that I have had for a number of years, most of which have bits missing from them.

So after converting up two of my Secret Weapon Tablescape tiles see here Part 1. I now needed to make at least 1 corner section, but in the end I made two!

Firstly these tiles are a little bit more difficult than the previous two as they both involve a fair amount of bending.

Secondly the materials are the same except for the addition of a sheet of Styrene Sheet 0.40″ (1.0mm) thick.

And Finally if you are going to convert your tiles plan it out first!

So first up is the “Damaged” corner.

This was the second corner that I made, but this one was the easiest of the two. It started life as the “loading bays”  from Part 1 (this time made right) with the addition of some scrapes left over from the “clean” version. The only difference is the curb stones were bent into shape with the aid of some boiling water, due to their sorter length.

Next is the “Clean” corner.

This one was a little bit more Involved than the “damaged” version and required a fair amount of setting out. It would look better if the lower right corner was curved like the other side, but if I remove that section then I will need to replace the road. I started by fixing four tiles together with the clips, and then with my wood working compass marked out the radius (you could also use anything curved that is large enough). Having marked up the tile, i took the Styrene Sheet and marked the radius onto that. I then cut the Styrene Sheet with a scalpel with a new blade (any sharp hobby knife will do), take you time and make several light cuts. Now you need to cut that radius in to a curved strip about 10mm wide, the “inside” edge does not need to be spot on a few millimeters over will be fine.Once you have cut this strip it can be glued in place with plastic glue and left to dry.

I then took a piece of Evergreen strip 196 (.188 x.188″ 4.8 x 4.8mm) and filled down one end with a round file, so the it matched the corner on the tile. Working from one end I drilled a 1mm hole though the strip, styrene sheet and the tile and inserted a pin, to act as an “anchor”. And then about every 35mm, to hold the radius in place. Once I got to the end I marked up where the cut needed to be made and marked up the curve like the other end. Before gluing it in place mark up the “joints” of the stones the same way as the dead end in part 1. Then glue in place and insert the pins to hold it in place (I left mine over night).

Now all I need to do is work out the new pavements, however this time the “damaged” version will need a little more work.

 

Any one who has followed this blog for sometime, will know that I picked up the Secret Weapon Tablescape tiles a few years back via their Kick starter. Since I received them, I have played a fair few games on them.

However one thing I have not done is paint them. I have many many times thought about it, however I have never got round to it for one reason or another.

However the other day while setting up a game I decided that it was time to give them a lick of paint. But before I even put any paint on the tiles I decided to convert a few of them to give me a little more variation.

If you want to have a look at the tiles look here

Part 1 and here Part 4.

The first thing I did was sort out what I have, and starting with the “damaged” tiles I had the following.

Foundation “A” large rubble pile x 2

Foundation “B” Rubble filled hole x 4

Foundation “C” Cracked pavement x 4

Straight “A” Rubble both Sides x 1

Straight “B” Damaged Pavements x 2

Straight “C” Craters on road and pavement x 3

“T” Junction Raised road x 1

“X” Junction craters x 3

Moving on to the “clean” tiles, I have

Foundation “D” Paved x 4

Foundation “E” Smooth  x 4

Straight “D” Man hole in road x 3

Straight “E” Grills on pavement x 2

“T” Junction x 2

“X” Junction x 3

“Grav” Plate x  1

Security Barrier x 1

So in total I have 40 tiles of which I use at most 20 (for a 5ft x 4ft area). Out of these I use maybe 1 out of the 6 “X” junctions, while both the “Grav” plate and the Security Barrier have never been used. This Gives me 5 tiles to work with ( I will keep 1 of each “X” junction and the barrier as they are).

Now while Mr Justin at Secret Weapon did an excellent job designing the tiles, I have always wondered why their were no corners or dead end tiles. There have been many times when I have set up the tiles and one or the other would have been ideal! So with this in mind I set about trying to figure out the best way to go about converting them up.

First up is the “Dead end” tile

I used Evergreen strip styrene 148 (.040 x .188″ 1.0 x 4.8mm) and 196 (.188 x.188″ 4.8 x 4.8mm) to recreate the curb stones between the pavements. I then lined up the “new” curb with a foundation tile and made a series of shallow cuts, which were then filed with a needle file to create the individual curb stones. For the lower section I cut each one slightly undersized to create the gaps in between them.

Next we have some Loading bays.

This one can only be described as a “moment of Madness”. As I said I have only ever used at most 1 “X” junction and the chances of me using 6 are a million to one!  This one started life as the prototype corner, however I glued the curb stones along the wrong edge! (see the left picture, they were supposed to go along the bottom edge) However all was not lost, and now it is just a different type of corner. It was made in the same way as the dead end tile, but with the addition of a broken pipe in to one of the craters (allowing me to add some water effect).

Overall I am pleased with how they have both turned out, and while the glue dries on the two corners sections I can start thinking about colours!

I’ve been out of action for the past week and a bit, after having a small operation. Meaning I missed most of the rumors behind a new 40k starter set, however by the time I had recovered I missed the opportunity to pre-order from my usual online store. So I took a chance and ordered from a different online store.

The Outpost

Now I have never used these guys before for a Pre-order, however it turned up just before 8am on the day of release (much better than my usual online store)DSCN0977If you pre-ordered from The Outpost they offered all of the above for £110.00 (RRP £145.50). Now I don’t normally pick up things like dice but when I worked out the value of the bundle over buying the items individually it only worked out about £5 more.

Now first things first this is NOT a new edition of 40k (It is still the 7th edition), in fact the only thing different about the A5 rule book is the cover.It does however mark the first time that the Deathwatch have had a full codex.

Inside the box you will find 12 Deathwatch models and an upgrade sprue, 17 Eldar Harlequins models as well as the A5 rule book and mission booklet. It is however lacking dice and templates meaning you need to pick these up as well. To be fair for me its not a major problem (as i have enough of both) however for someone walking in store and picking it up as a gift may prove a problem for some!

Any way on to the models, I will skip most of the Eldar Harlequins as they have been around for sometime (I will visit them at a later date).

DSCN0981First up is Eldrad Ulthran the bad guy (or good guy) of the set. Its nice to see a plastic version of this model as the old model is around 20 years old! this time round he is in more of a fluid pose the the old metal model. He also has the option of having an out stretched hand (with his witch blade on his back) or holding his witch blade. Too be fair I do like the eldar, however the last time I played a game with them was way back when the 2nd edition codex was released! Maybe its time I had another look at them.

Also in the box are 12 Harlequins, 1 Death Jester, 1 Voidreaver, and 2 Skyweavers.

 

DSCN0980Next we move on to the Deathwatch marines. First up on the left is the Deathwatch upgrade sprue consisiting of 12 Deathwatch shoulder pads (10 for normal marines and 2 for terminators) 2 heads, 1 torso, 1 power weapon, and 3 icons. Of everything on the sprue the only let down is the rather boring power sword. Next on the right is watch captain Artemis who is gracing the 40k universe for the the second time. Yes I said for the second time, Artemis was the original deathwatch space marine featured in the inquisitor game! He has however had a slight upgrade from his inquisitor days in the form of a combi-flamer and a statis bomb. I have to say I was a little bit shocked to see Artemis, however his rules are only in the Death Masque set and not in the codex.

DSCN0982Finally we have the Deathwatch kill team sprue, with this sprue you can make a 5 man kill team (there are only 5 DW shoulder pads on the sprue) armed to the teeth. their are also 17 chapter specific shoulder pads, meaning with this sprue and the upgrade sprue you can convert up some other marines. All the first founding chapters have shoulder pads on the sprue, as well as a number of successor chapters. Both the torsos and backpacks have had a “redesign”. You also get a new storm shield (that fits both normal marines and terminators), a frag cannon, and a juicy new heavy bolter with under slung heavy flamer! However the strangest thing on the sprue is the Necron sword.

Also in the box are a Venerable Dreadnought and 5 Vanguard Veterans however, as with the Harlequin models I have not taken any pictures as the models have been around for sometime now. In total for the £95 rrp you get £113 rrp worth of eldar models (not including Eldrad) so value wise buy the time you add in the marines, it is worth the money for two starter armies.

However if you own Deathwatch overkill, you have a nice 1265 point army by combining the two. 730 from death masque and 535 from overkill (overkill points based on the White Dwarf weekly)

Now where are all my left over Space Marine bitz………………………………………

Way back in 2013 I back a project on kick starter called All Quite On The Martian Front. Now for me this was a wargame I had been waiting for since I first got into the hobby, being a fan of H.G.wells book (and the Jeff Wayne musical).

And after a number of delays stuff started to arrive, However the company (Alien Dungeon) had vastly under estimated things. Namely the cost to make the models and the cost of shipping (especially to over seas backers). However after many,many lies from Evil Ernie (as he seems to have been named on the various forums) Alien Dungeon closed its doors at the beginning of this year. To be fair you would think that it would have been AD who were at fault, however Evil Ernie blamed it all on the backers for “wanting to much”

In the end it left me and many backers missing the remaining items.

Now to be fair what I received did make up for a fair chunk of what I paid for, however the bulk of my additional money was for the “bigger” stuff. And so, as were many other I was left out of pocket.

However a new company has acquired the AQOTMF range (and stock) and has started selling them again.

All Quite On The Martian Front.

And while I have no chance of seeing what I paid for in the KS, I wish them all the best. If they mange to get a UK distributor then I may well blow the dust of the models and pick up the missing models. As well as get back out their and push it in my local store (it went down very well last time!).