Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Warbringer Nemesis: Chassis assembled

Hi all

I have been working hard twice a week on getting some MKV and additional Death Guard done, with the aim of running a Campaign with them soon for the blog (more info to follow), but I have also allowed two evenings a week for my fifth and final 28mm Engine for Legio Mortis, my Warbringer called Widow’s Wail.

The main structure was a fit fiddly to get into the correct place when it came to gluing/joining together.

The rear reactor vents struggled to fit into the rear slots without sitting at an odd angle. 

Everything was assembled properly up to this stage (nothing out of place etc.)

You can see here it just didn't sit in it's slot as it should.

To get the vent joining correctly, the rear would have to be pulled away from the gangway (as in the images further above).

But if the rear was married up against the gangway as shown in all construction images of the Warbringer, I got a displacement like this at the sides by the coupling.

I decide to take a knife to the components to hopefully help it sit in a better position. You can see a before image on the left and a mirrored after image on the right.

 I removed around 2-3mm after the banding ends on the upper surface (this disappears under the Engine anyway, and I also nicked off a corner where it buts up to the long and thin mid vent 
 This got me the fit I was after as you can see.
 Here is another look at what I removed.

 The legs were assembled quite quickly. I would say they look incredible, but they are the hardest legs to pose out of all Titans released by Forge World. The knee joints themselves almost had me in tears.

I will suggest a few things.
  1. After you have decided exactly where you want the feet placed, try taping them to the table/tray as it can be very helpful (stops the Engine from Bambi on Icing everywhere whilst you struggle to get all other parts in the correct place).
  2. Read the instructions twice. Make sure you listen to them. The hydraulics at the front and back do not have the biggest range/tilt, so to get a semi good striding pose, use the bent toe and/or have one leg with the hydraulic fully inserted in the front on one foot and fully in the rear on the other.
  3. Try to get a good wide legged stance by having the legs spread out quite wide and aim for a good gap beneath and between. I also turned the hips out to add a bit more of a dynamic pose.
  4. Assemble the torso first and get a small spirit level. At the end of the day the Torso is a solid mass, it helps to consider balance when you have the big torso piece to hand fully assembled.
Come back soon to see more progress.

Drake Seta

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Weekly Progress Report: 24-03-2019

Hi all

Another good Horus Heresy week for us. It is nice to be back in the full swing of things.

Ikthelion hasn’t had much in the way of hobby time this week, but managed to assemble an Arcus tank... a little bit of gap filling but overall a nice kit!

Hector has made some progress on his Thousand Sons this week. He's built some of his characters and is setting up ready to build everything else in batch.

Darien has been testing paint schemes for his new project using Greenstuff World colour changing paint.

After a long break from the hobby Castiel has been busy assembling his alpha legion forces. Look out for more posts in the near future.

So, enough about us, how about you?

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Vigilus Ablaze and Codex Heretic Astartes reviews.

Hi all

Been another damn good day for 8th edition 40K.

Firstly we have the new Codex Heretic Astartes.
Content-wise, this is possibly the best Chaos Space Marine Codex to date. It is just full of history of not just the Traitor Legions but quite a few of the Renegade Chapters.

Black Legion look and feel better than ever too. They ever were my favourite of the Legions, and it details a lot of their history and organisation/formation that was set out by ADB etc.

I do love a good nod to the Great Scouring. I am thoroughly looking forward to this chapter of 30K now.

So happy that Gaes Workshop moved away from the poor cell shaded representations of individuals, and went down the Forge World route. Seeing the factions of the 4 main gods represented by their followers within the Black Legion is great inspiration. I just love the Bringers of Decay.

Looky! a familiar Legionnaire.

And some that I am not so familiar with. Look at him. Wow!! They look and sound brilliant. Just wish there was a novel for each and all Chapters :)

It is good to read some background about the new Venomcrawler model which I am a big fan of. Nice and Chaosy.

Big Abaddon, looking big and bad. I do hope we see his father return in time though :)

 He looks just a head smaller than Roboute, but still imposing.

Anyway back to the book. Chaos needed a good resurgence and it looks like GW have utterly nailed it again. The book is great, and a must purchase for any CSM gamer.

The new Noctilith Crown is a great scenery centre-point too. Looking forward to seeing how they are converted.

The first of the Vigilus books was a fantastic book, but it did feel daunting to read due to the sheer content and spread of data inside (and this is coming from me who regularly falls asleep with FW Black Books on my lap). It is very much worth the price tag as it does have a phenomenal amount of content and background inside. I am still not enamoured with battle zones which have so many factions present, and I do think lesser and more focussed Campaign books are better. For instance I can grab my Inferno Black Book and read from start to finish, as I have a complete interest in the forces involved in the entire conflict. This book, does have Space Wolves in, but also a million other forces, which I will skim read past.
If I was running a giant gaming club campaign though, where all my members had different armies, then it is perfect.

This guy really stood out for me (he also comes with an executors mask too should you desire). He would fit in perfectly with the Night Lords :)

Angels of Caliban whom are loyal to the Gods of Chaos rejoice, you have a Fallen Angels Specialist detachment now. Agent of Discord looks like a very fun rule to play!!

And as always, a ton of new missions :)
Drake Seta

Friday, 22 March 2019

28 - mag is out now!

Hi all

Images of this magazine have been flying about for quite some time now. The teasers have been very well received due to the style/s they contain. 28 - mag is out now and volume 1 can be downloaded from HERE

Many readers of White Dwarf may recognise the names of the contributors, who do a fair few pages here or there as features or guest interviews. They are very passionate about the Grim in the hobby, and manage to consistently deliver on this by paying great homage to the works of artists such as John Blanche and others in their creations and kit bashing.



Their gaming is a work of art in itself, where the appearance of the models against an immersive battlefield or backdrop is just as important as the story and combat itself.

One of my favourite bit in this volume was the customisation table that has been created, where conversions seem to be . . . . tormente/tortured/experimented or spliced into existence (the spider footed doll's head in Toy Story springs to mind.
Great magazine, with some incredible articles, a very grim welcome to the 28mag and her team. Long may she reign.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Chaos Battletome: Blades of Khorne Review.

Hi all. 

We have received a copy of the new Chaos Battletome: Blades of Khorne for review. 

Five things I love about this book

1. All of the daemonic Warp battles depicted with art inside this Tome. Khorne loves war and blood so much that the Tribes are constantly on the move searching for the next battle. Great art of these visions of hell tearing and maiming look fantastic, and are done to such a high quality. 

2. The characters, though familiar to most are some of Games Workshop’s greatest work. Valkia the Bloody is definitely my favourite of them. Known as “Gorequeen” and the “Red Angel of Slaughter”, this Chieftain was offered to Khorne as a sacrifice by her tribe, she killed around a hundred singlehanded before being felled. Khorne was so impressed with her Martial prowess that he brought her to him and remade her. She then obviously decimated her tribe and has be wailing on the Kingdoms ever since. 

3. Painting guides in these books are great. It is a decent touch by the author of the Tome to put some fantastic guides in here to help Noobs and vets alike. 

4. The Skull Altar looks great. Get the enemy Wizards/Sorcerors within 16” of this and watch them flounder and lose confidence. I do love army specific scenery. It just adds a cool touch. More please!!

5. The pages and pages of background that gives an army character. All the artefacts of Khorne are great to read about, as are the tribes of Lord of Skulls. 

Great book. Must have (obviously) for any AOS Khorne gamer.