Thursday, 23 April 2015


It took months longer than I planned, but I finally did it. I finished the Custodian class battleship for my Tau fleet, the Zelbinion.

This model was utter hell to paint. I used the last of my ancient cache of Tausept Ochre paint for it, to save costs on a whole new pot of paint and to tie it in with the other Kor'O'vesh ships in my fleet. After painting the Emissaries I was sure that it would take only a few weeks, getting the right coverage of colour with just two coats, three at most.

I was wrong. So very wrong.

The paint was on its last days, and so refused to dry evenly, either producing ugly splotches of discolouration or even uglier 'blisters' of solid paint, and for the next few months I went through a gruelling process of applying and re-applying an endless cycle of see-sawing coats and touch-ups that I can only describe as the painting equivalent to trench warfare. It was horrifically demoralizing, as I poured in countless hours of work while never feeling I was making any real progress on it. Eventually though I got it looking.... presentable at least, the highlights went on and now I feel like it was all worth it in the end. I'm particularly pleased with the engine-glows, my neatest yet.

In a clever bit of conversion work, I also pinned the keel section to the main hull rather than gluing it down, allowing for the two pieces to be separated.

No backstory this time folks. Ordinarily I would, since my Battlefleet Gothic background isn't on hold at the moment, but I simply haven't had enough time to write any between university work and actually painting this thing. Next time there probably will be though.

What there is, however, is some of my latest acquisitions. With the latest disturbing rumours about the imminent demise of Warhammer Fantasy, I went and got myself a castle like I always wanted. Now, I have a modest force of Bretonnians (that I also always wanted) to live in it.

All-up, that is 24 Knights, 40 Men-at-arms, 4 Peasant Bowmen, 3 Pegasus Knights and two characters, to go along with the small handful of Bretonnian characters I already had. It isn't much, it's somewhat plain and certainly a far cry from the vast army of them I originally envisioned, but it has all the essentials of a small force and is definitely better than nothing.

I also picked up a Vampire on foot, another model I always quite liked.

I had intended to get a full Vampire Counts army one day, but I simply don't have the resources for it, so it seems I will have to settle for just one character for it.

Perhaps the most astonishing new arrival, however, is this.

It's an order of old GW publications I got from Noble Knight Games. The rules mechanics in them might not be entirely up to date, but they still have plenty of fantastic background and hobby material in them, and they are all real treasures to have.

Battlefleet Gothic Magazine issue 17 was my top priority with the order - being a giant enthusiast of Battlefleet Gothic and with the Tau being my favourite faction of both Battlefleet Gothic and Warhammer 40,000 it was a must-have for me. I was actually surprised by how small it was in size and length, I was anticipating something like an old White Dwarf magazine, but as it turns out it's not much bigger or longer than the new weekly White Dwarf. Even so it still has a fair amount of content in it, including assembly guides for the Kor'vattra Tau ships (which would have been really useful if I had had them at the time I assembled my Kor'vattra Tau ships!! grumblegrumblemuttermutter) and rules for extra celestial phenomena, including black holes, useful since there's mention of them in my Battlefleet Gothic background.

The two White Dwarfs, 261 and 262 (US), October and November 2001, represent a particularly historical landmark to me as they were the main two White Dwarfs to cover the first ever release of the Tau, which like I say is my favourite faction of Warhammer 40,000. I always knew that White Dwarf had gradually featured less and less content over time but my god was I surprised to find out just how much used to be packed into them! I thought the first few White Dwarfs I got from around 2005-2007ish had a lot of stuff in them, but these two feel like they have almost twice as much stuff in them. It took me the better part of a week to work my way through both of them, and even then I ended up staying up until 4:30 in the morning to finish off the second one. They really do have a bit of that old early-2000s era GW magic in them, and it was great fun reading through them.

The final one is a copy of the original Codex: Sisters of Battle published towards the end of 2nd edition Warhammer 40,000. My Ecclesiarchal agents discovered it when I went to order my copy of Codex: Witchhunters and my holy conclave of ministers quickly concluded that I had to have it. I noticed that the three other publications were much cheaper than anticipated so I figured now was as good a time as any to snatch up a copy.

According to the publication date inside, this book was written when I was just 3 years old.

Once again it was a lot smaller than I thought it would be. After hearing legends about how the 2nd edition codexes contained vast amounts of background and hobby material, I was expecting it to be a massive, hulking tome of information but in truth it isn't much bigger than either of the 3rd edition codexes I have, or the 4th edition one I have for that matter, and contains only slightly more background (and less hobby material). I still consider it worth getting though, since a lot of the background inside isn't repeated in Codex: Witchhunters. Some of the old rules were fascinating to see too (vehicles seem like they were absolute death-traps in 2nd edition!).

That about covers everything I think. Now back to my eternal tasks of painting and background writing (and university assignments)....

Monday, 16 February 2015

Something Pretty Big This Way Comes.......

What could it be?

It's a castle. With some... more than disturbing rumours about the imminent demise of Warhammer Fantasy floating around the Internet at the moment, I decided to go out and get a Warhammer Fortress (or rather the components of one, since some idiot at GW decided to stop selling the actual Warhammer Fortress kit) of my very own like I always wanted to. It was something of a dream of mine to one day host a giant Mighty Empires campaign with my friends (after getting them into the tabletop hobby), and one of the many custom rules I had planned was that whenever a tile with a castle piece on it was attacked, the defender could put down a Warhammer Fortress or suitable equivalent. I've largely given up on that dream now, but if it ever comes to pass then this means I'll at least have most of the major stuff I'd need. 

I also went and finished up a Treeman. An awesome 6th edition style Treeman. I just wish it was a metal one... 

Much like his smaller cousins the Tree Kin, it was a blast to paint, and unlike the Tree Kin it wasn't absolute torture to undercoat. I'm actually fairly content with how it turned out, and think it's one of my better attempts at replicating the old GW studio scheme (and at mixing colours). 

Now then, back to my painting (and listening to the new Nightwish single over and over again)...

Monday, 2 February 2015

The first post of the new year

My god I really need to work on updating this thing quicker.

So I finally finished the unit of Tree Kin for my Wood Elf army.

No background story this time sorry. Warhammer Fantasy background is still suspended until further notice, since mine now conflicts with official GW background thanks to the End Times series. I don't normally ask for comments, but this time I'm making an exception: please do comment if you'd like me to keep posting my Warhammer Fantasy background, as at this stage the deciding factor for if I do or not will be how much demand I perceive for it (and I promise I'll respond to them too - I know I don't usually but I'll really try this time, honest!).

In other news, there's also the annual Christmas/New Year's haul. This time around with a hefty supply of shiny new Tau kits for Warhammer 40,000, for when I get around to that project.

And I won another lot of free stuff. Not as much as last time though (although it would be hard to top that jackpot), but still a goodly amount:

It's three XV8 Crisis battlesuits, 8 gun drones and four Firewarriors, which will make fine guinea-pigs for my paint scheme.

Finally, I also wound up with one of these.

It's an enormous gift-box that Games Workshop gave out for orders over a certain amount - you can see they went with the 'one size fits all' approach! It's absolutely cavernous inside, I've put all sorts of things in it and still haven't filled it up completely. I'm still not completely sure on what to do with it, but my current thinking is to attach some carrying handles, fill it with foam and use it as a vehicle hanger for my future Tau army, since it seems like it could hold 6-8 large vehicles easily.

That's all for now. I need to get back to feverishly working through the literal mountain of models that's accumulated in my room.