Sunday, 27 September 2020

Warhammer 40,000 Crusade: Beyond the Veil review

Hi all
Had a good look through the new mission pack (beyond the Veil). 
It’s a very straight to the point book with small summaries of the background for each mission. Actually find it quite satisfying reading through them all. 

This book takes you through the Pariah Nexus and the conflict between the Indomitus Crusade and the Necrons. 

There 25 missions in the book. They all seem pretty decent with some cool rules and the deployment zones are nice and diverse/special, which is always a good thing. 

There is a list of special Crusade Relics for the Necrons. They are not very OP but add a nice touch to the Crusade list. 

There are 40 pages of rules in there of the new 9th ed rules, which feels a bit cheeky considering the price of the book (but it is useful to have them to hand), also not 100% sold on the ring binder feel of them, as the pages often get caught. 

As always the art work is cool. I love the way the they have taken the Necron design recently especially with all of the tall constructs!

Find this guy especially interesting!

And this thing too. 

Monday, 21 September 2020

Necromunda: Grendl Grendlsen Squat WIP in Rogue trader colours

Hi all

Been after this model for a long old while now. I got into this hobby when Squats were still commonplace ant the RTB01 box was available. I remember looking at the brilliant Squat models, Airships and Gyro-copters and thinking that I would love to do an army of them when I had the cash.

Anyway, time moves on and the Squat Homeworlds are thriving again apparently, so let hope we will haves some more of this great race. 

So he is currently WIP. Most of the time I like to follow the existing schemes for models, especially Character ones. This time though I thought why not use an old Rogue Trader era colour scheme. 

So I did a quick search and found the old boxes I used to see when I frequented the model shops as a wee one. 

So I am trying to match this scheme (especially the guy on the front left getting a chest hit). 

So far he is very WIP. 

For the quilted armour I used Khorne Red with a AK interactive panelliner and streaking grime mix for the recesses (comes up slightly glossy like his jacket does). 
Green was Death World green layered up with a more sandy green. 
Yellow bits were Averland and casendara yellow glaze. 

Still a long long way to go!!

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Necron Szarekhan Dynasty: Scarabs

Hi all. 

Another unit is complete!

Six scuttling bases of Scarabs. Knocked them out in 2 hours following the Painting guide. 

Drake Seta

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Necron Szarekhan Dynasty: Necron Warriors with Gauss Flayers

Hi all

Finished 10 Warriors out of the Indomitus Box. They are painted as requested by my son to be part of the Szarekhan Dynasty. 

I followed the GW painting guide which is available on YouTube. 

Bases were done following the Urban Overgrown colour scheme for bases on the Citadel App. 

Was nice and fun project. Really like the new technical paint too. 


Sunday, 13 September 2020

Introducing 4 & 5.5 yr olds to Warhammer: gaming

Hi all. 

As some of you may know I have a son who is 5 and a half years old (pushing 6) called Nathaniel (after Nathaniel Garro obviously). Just over a year ago I began dating again and was very fortunate to meet someone who I honestly consider my soulmate, and she also came with a little man of her own named Arlo (who is also great fun to be around). The even greater thing is she has a healthy interest in board games (and now thanks to me all things Warhammer).

The kids will often see many boxes of models and painted pieces sitting round the house (including at hand height). We have stressed to them that they are the grown-ups toys and they are not to touch. 

About a year ago I decided to play a game of Lost Patrol with my then 4 year old Nathaniel. I simplified the rules so he could understand it very simply and we had our first game. 
Since then we had met Lauren and Arlo, and upon one faithful day at home Nate (Nathaniel) decided to suggest we all play Lost Patrol together. We all loved it. 

Since then Lauren and I have been playing many games on many different boards, trying to maintain the basic rule sets that we have devised and just porting them over. 

Most recently we have had a go at utilising the Necromunda board (it has squares so it is pretty easy for them to judge distances they can move). I have been painting a Necron army up for Nate, so he decided that he wanted to use them. So we simply had the following rules for the Necrons (including a character each). 

Big Necron
Move: 2 Squares 
Shoot: Rolls 2 dice, removes 1 enemy life on 4+
Combat: Rolls 2 dice, removes 1 enemy life on 3+
3 lives. 

Small Necron
Move: 1 Square
Shoot: Rolls 2 dice, removes 1 enemy life on 4+
Combat: Rolls 1 dice, removes 1 enemy life on 5+
1 life

We then set up 6x nests. At the end of each Genestealer turn we roll a D6 for each nest. On a 4&5 1x Genestealer spawns, on a 6 2x Genestealers spawn. 

Move: 3 Square
Shoot: N/A
Combat: Rolls 2 dice, removes 1 enemy life on 4+
1 life

The kids love it and it forces them to think tactically and plan moves to help each other, as well as priorities. We don’t count range at this point. If a model moves into an adjacent square to another model they fight them in hand to hand combat first before the other person can reciprocate. 

We do thoroughly enjoy getting models out with the kids now, and due to the large range there is available out there from GW we can always keep the games fresh. 

It’s a stepping stone in the right direction :)

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Necromunda Underhive Wars!

Hi all 

Very fortunate to have a pre-release copy of Necromunda Underhive Wars. 

Going to play through the Storyline missions first :)

Looks like there is a bit of STC maybe we are hunting!?

Ooooh. Shiny. 

Controls seem a bit odd when you start, but after a while you  get quite used to them. It is a turn based strategy shooter which feels like you are playing a board game. 

You move as far as you can within an orange circle and then use APs to crouch, shoot, reload, repair a jam, search etc. 

There is a pretty good overview map showing where the enemy, objectives and friends are. 

We did encounter a glitch where we climbed a fighter onto a platform to search a dead body, but were unable to climb down as it only thought we were trying to search the body over and over again. 

If you are a fan of Necromunda and 40k it is worth getting. The terrain is a feast for the eyes too. 


Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Imperialis Aeronautica: Lightning Squadron progress

Hi all

Bit more hobby progress! I have been working on my Interceptor Squadron. 
It takes a hell of a lot of time to do the yellow stripes with masking and Yriel Yellow. 

So not really much further to go. Next I will finish off the Catachan green on the nose units before I gloss with spray then I will be experimenting with some AK-Interactive Panel liner paint. 


Sunday, 26 July 2020

Aeronautica Imperialis: Lightning Squadron progress

Hi all. 

Been working a bit on my Imperial Lightning test model tonight. Have a look. 

I used Catachan Green on the nose and Wazdakka red on the red bits. Flash Guys yellow on the stripes too. 

The cockpit was done just black with a gloss. The main reason for this is, in my opinion most cockpits look like a glossy black from a distance anyway (see below). 

This is also my source of inspiration too. A Tuskegee P51 Mustang. 

Next I will add some insignia, seal, pin wash and weather. 

Drake Seta

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Aeronautica Imperialis: Lightning Squadron - getting the scheme ready

Hi all

I am just starting an Aeronautica Imperialis project. Been looking at painting them like the old P51 Mustangs of old :)

I used AK interactive’s Extreme Metal Aluminium. 

It is an incredible paint and the pigments are to die for!!

Now just to work out what P51 Squadron scheme to follow. 

Thanks for reading. 

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Indomitus Box set

Hi all

Been great to have received this a couple of weeks ago for review!

It’s an excellent box to receive as I was looking to start a 40k Primaris army in the Fire Wolves iconography soon. Also my little son Nathaniel is now 5.5 years old and getting really into his models, and he has taken a big interest in the Necrons after being read the Warhammer Adventure books. 

So I have assembled all of the Necrons now (push fit with no need for glue), and he can’t keep his hands off them. The Canoptek Reanimator is actually my favourite as it really creates a new possibility for the future of large scaled models to be designed and their aesthetics. Let’s hope for Titans and Knights!

Can’t wait to get the airbrush to them, but the weather is terrible at the moment! So instead we have been learning about the Necrons and trash talking each other. 

The Source book is fantastic and so thick too. A perfect tome for new and old hobbyists to bring their knowledge up to date with the 40k settings. 

The new way the rules are arranged is brilliant too, kudos to the writer!!

So a totally worthwhile box set if you collect one force or the other, but it is the main rulebook which I think is the most impressive thing in the box. Can’t wait to start painting.