Thursday 25 February 2016

Recalcitrant Daze - 1:1 Terrain

Quick post, I was away at the weekend and had a look round what is left of Newark Castle.

Tuesday 23 February 2016

Bunker Rebuild 5

Spare time is still short, what with work, going to a gig (Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, awesome) and going away for the weekend I've not been able to do much at all.

However here is a small update on the FW Bunkers.

The second one is close to being finished.

I used some offcut MDF to make a second base, the bunker had the same treatment as the first with filler being added then sand.

To make the top a bit more interesting I broke off one lug and bent the lifting bar.

As with the first bunker the inside got a scattering of personal gears.

Round the back I added some crates with a tarp over them. The tarp may get redone depending how it looks once it dries. I went for the quick and easy tarp approach as I wasn't that bothered about it looking brilliant.

Sunday 14 February 2016

Horus Heresy, Inq28 and 'Other Things'

Bit of a mixed bag for this update.

As last weekend was the Horus Heresy Weekender and a Meet Up I took three days off work, the payback for this is having to do more hours (and bring work home with me) to try and catch up. So there hasn't been much time for hobby stuff.

I have got a little done on the second bunker (update in next post) and a couple of models (see below). Today I thought I’d do a catch all type post to cover everything.

Horus Heresy Weekender:

You have all probably seen the previous posts regarding the Weekender and seen the pictures. As such I won’t talk about the event itself but instead go through the few things I picked up and what their purchase may mean.

First up we have a Leviathan Dreadnought. I pondered over what weapons to go for but in the end I went with the longer ranged guns. This guy will plod along with the infantry giving them a huge amount of fire support, while a couple of Contemptors will instead be getting up close and personal with the enemy.

I also picked up a Domitar Automata. I didn't have any plans for one of these and indeed I have already bought a set of three built Castellex off ebay (for a price which meant I got one free compared to RRP). With the addition of the Domitar the Adeptus Mechanicum force I have sitting in a box means I will likely have two spare Castellex. I could sell these but I am thinking instead I’ll make the Iron Warrior Show Only figure I have into a Death Guard and let him turn up with a couple of Castellex.  The Death Guard have got to the point where I will never use them all in one go, so adding a few more will hardly hurt, bit of variety to choose from.

There may be two in the picture but only one of them is mine.

The most important purchase from the Weekend was The Horus Heresy Book Six – Retribution.

So pretty.

Almost finished the story part and so far it has been very good.

I am already thinking of doing a Shattered Legion force after the Death Guard (so probably circa 2026 or so). Not sure if I will do a force comprised of loyalists from traitor Legions or traitors from the loyalist Legions. It will come down to what units I like the look of most, at the moment I'm edging towards Traitors though...

Thoughts on 40k.

Recently there were some leaks from the forthcoming campaign book for 40k featuring Space Wolves, Deamons and to a lesser extent the Dark Angels.

After seeing the last campaign book and other recent things from GW I have to say I am a little disappointed. This is not to say I am against them doing campaigns; I think this is a good thing. Adding new units to armies, bringing in new story arcs etc. I’d rather that then a constant re-haul of a Codex seemingly straight after the last time it was done.

But the things which disappoint me are:
  • The writing.
  • The artwork.

This is a problem as the things that got me into this hobby and 40k especially is a. the writing and b. the artwork. So when both (in my opinion I stress) have gone down in quality it makes me question why I want to stick with 40k. This really started to bug me with the Ork Codex when I found the whole thing full of photos of models rather than the artwork I was used to and loved so much.

The saving grace for me is Forge World. Both the IA and HH books are excellent reads and full of great artwork.

I'm thinking of just abandoning 40k and moving exclusively into 30k or at least just sticking to FW rule sets so I can forget about the GW codex books and expansions. Which is a bit of a problem with the Deamons. May also mean the Ork Zone Mortalis force may be for the chopping block.

Might be the end of the road for these guys...

But that isn't happening over night so we’ll wait and see how things pan out.

Inq28 / Inquisimunda.

In my post a month or so back I listed some things I wanted to at least start looking at over the following couple of months.

One of these was my 30k set Inq28 warbands based around Forge World models (mainly the show only figures).

Well yesterday I actually got two of them out, gave them a scrub and a primer undercoat.

Enforcer and Navigator, both for the Loyalist Warband.

This means I have officially started. Let’s see how long it takes before I do anything else on them.

The End Bit.

That got a bit wordy didn't it?

For those who got this far here are a few more pictures I took at the Heresy Weekender. First is the WIP rules for the new Knight. I wasn't going to post these as I don't tend to post up rules but as they have appeared elsewhere I might as well for those who haven't seen them. Also we have some pictures from the sketch book of (the very nice as he let me take pictures of them) Mark Bedford.

Sunday 7 February 2016

Horus Heresy Weekender 2016 - Final Post

Last post covering the Heresy Weekender 2016 from me. Later are some brief thoughts on the weekend but first to summarise the posts that have gone up on Recalcitrant Daze over the last two days...

Part 1 - New Models from the first day, including new Adeptus Mechanicum Automata & the Iron Warriors Iron Circle Automata, Legion Stormbird, Realm of Battle Landing Pad, new Marine Heavy Weapons, Solar Auxillia Medicae, Thousand Sons Contemptor Dreadnought, Cataphractii Terminator shoulder pads.

Plus pictures from the New Model Seminar.

Part 2 - World Eaters Diorama - Involving the new landing pad, Stormbird and a shed load of Marines in White and Blue. Updated 07/02/2016.

Part 3 - Golden Demon entries. Updated 07/02/2016.

Part 4 - New Models these are new models which weren't present on the Saturday including the new Knight and the Ursarex. Plus pictures of things I missed the first time around such as Thousand Sons heads, torsos and shoulder pads. Also a part painted Iron Circle guy which was being painted on the day.

Plus pictures from the Warlord Titan Seminar & Inferno Seminar. These include previews of more new models Adeptus Mechanicum Secutarii and Leman Russ

Personally I picked up Book Six - Retribution which looks very nice, I order a Leviathan and one of the new Automata - the Domitar. I also picked up the two BL Scripts books.

As always I enjoyed the weekend immensely. I know a few have commented elsewhere that they felt the weekend wasn't as good or was disappointing. This seemed mainly down to their not being a show only figure or a limited novella as per previous years.

Personally I don't go to these events for that, I enjoy the show only/limited stuff but it is just a bonus. I'm not that bothered about getting stuff pre-release either, I certainly don't go to buy stuff to put on ebay to try and make money.

I go so I can attend the seminars and hear from the designers and writers about the books and models, the process they went through and what direction they are taking. I go to meet the designers and occasionally speak to them as they are always very open to talk and discuss things. I go to see the new models close up and see how they are being developed when in the WIP state and I go to see the great displays they put on.

So overall it was as good as the previous three I have been to.

Horus Heresy Weekender 2016 - Part 4

More pictures of new models - some of models not shown in the flesh yesterday while others are pictures of things I did show in the previous posts.

Saturday 6 February 2016

Horus Heresy Weekender 2016 - Part 3 (Updated)

Here are a selection of the Golden Demon entries in this weekends event, the ones that caught my eye when I looked at the cabinets - unfortunately I will have missed some great entries. I'll try to visit the cabinets again tomorrow and update this post with any other decent pictures I manage to take.

Horus Heresy Weekender 2016 - Part 2 (Updated)

Here is the latest Diorama from Forge World. It includes the new Stormbird and Landing Pad.

See Part 1 for the new models shown on day one.

Horus Heresy Weekender 2016 - Part 1

Straight off the bat here is the new things...

Adeptus Mechanicus Automata...