Monday, 14 August 2017

Forge World Open Day 2017 - Part 2

Just a selection of pictures of other things to see.

Some from the gaming going on (including the Titan game using 40K rules), painting competition and some shots of the latest addition to the exhibition - note I only took pictures of the new diorama as the rest i've got hundreds of shots of already from previous trips or from seeing the boards at Warhammer Fest (without the problem of taking pictures when the boards are under spot lights and behind glass).

From the Gaming Hall:

Forge World Open Day 2017 - Part 1

Here are the pictures from today's Forge World Open Day.

These are just of anything new on display. Pics from exhibitions etc will wait till part two.

Specialist Games:

First a bit of info from chatting to the Specialist Games team.

NOTE: I'm not a reporter, I wasn't recording things or taking notes so:

  1. I may have misheard, 
  2. I may have mis-remembered, 
  3. I may have misunderstood and 
  4. things change.

So while I am happy to pass on anything I heard  it is no guarantee things won't happen differently...

Specialist Games is all plastic, so that's BB teams, Necromunda gangs etc. Star Players, special characters etc will remain resin though. While they would like these to be plastic they just don't have enough designers to do that. Most star players are done in peoples free time outside of work and then bought by FW on a freelancers rate.

Necromunda is not the reason for Adeptus Titanicus being pushed back. Necro has been in the plans since March (I think it was March) and the release date is pretty much still on course. AT has been pushed back because it has grown far beyond what was originally planned.

The White Dwarf which has the pictures of Mortarian which leaked recently also has the Necro preview in, so it's a surprise pics of that didn't leak as well.

Blood Bowl:

Gobbo pitch won't be around till there is a second team to go on the back of it (so presumably the Elven Union).

Elven Union will hopefully be out for Christmas.

Minotaur (first previewed at Warhammer Fest) comes with alternative heads and arms.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Blood Bowl - Gobbos 2

So the Gobbo's are now built and undercoated white.

This includes a Troll I picked up. I really do like the model, however I couldn't resist a bit of a repose.

His shoulder pad will stay separate until he's painted.

I ended up doing some more bases - planning ahead I knew I would need more for the second resin set from Forge World and probably at some point a second Troll.

At the same time I did two ball markers.

They along with the all of the others got cleaned up and then undercoated.

Next Saturday these should be getting a game at Warhammer World.

I doubt I will get any paint on them before then though.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Blood Bowl and AoS Skirmish

I'm not dead.

Just busy.

But I have managed to get some progress done.

Blood Bowl - Gobbos 1.

I went to the GamesExpo in Birmingham a month or so back. Really good day out and I came away having spent more money than I should have.

One of the things I picked up was a Gobbo team for Blood Bowl. The damn buggers were just too cute not to buy. Along with them was Da Black Gobbo and the Secret Weapons set.

With these I am shelving the Nurgle team I started playing around with. I haven't the time for all that converting, I'll wait to the GW Nurgle team comes out and in the meantime the Gobbos will take to the field.

I only did some very minor conversions, just tweaks so that they weren't all exactly identical.

The resin figures had some pins added and GS for gaps etc. The bases had weights added as I could see the secret weapon guys getting knocked over easily. The bases later had resin added to secure the coin couldn't get knocked out.

I've now got the bases all textured. I have added magnets to them and to some balls to make it easier. I'll also do some ball markers, so just balls on 25mm bases.

Quite happy with the texture I got on them.

I did a quick mock up for painting, not 100% so i'll be tweaking it (the picture quality makes it look worse)..

Age of Sigmar - Skirmish 1.

Something else I have managed to do is put together some Tzeentch daemons which are for a small force for Skirmish.

I picked up the collecting box set (which are all bloody good value) which gives more than enough models for a Skirmish force, indeed I've not bothered building all of the models as I'll never be able to use them all.

That's a Herald, Flamer, six Pink Horrors including a champion, standard and musician, three Blue Horrors and three Screamers. I'll prob get to use half of those for Skirmish...

I even started playing around with test schemes. I know, paint, who'd have thought?

Monday, 29 May 2017

Warhammer Fest - Part 2 - Displays, Exhibitions et al.

More pictures for you, these from the various displays and other exhibits that were on show.

I took a lot more than this, this is just a small selection.

Some tables from the Warhammer World team starting with the Overlords display:

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Warhammer Fest 2017 - Part 1 - New Stuff

First batch of pictures from Warhammer Fest 2017.

Only managed to get into the Specialist Games seminar this time round, so no pics from the Forge World seminar.

Specialist Games:

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mr Alan Bligh

Today we had the sad news of Alan Bligh's passing.

I didn't feel it right to not in some way mark this, so before I post the usual slew of pictures from today's event I thought I would write a few words.

I had the pleasure to speak to Alan on a few occasions, only briefly but even with only those short conversations I always came away with nothing but positivity and enthusiasm as that seems to exude from the man.

I have the luck to be in a position where I can attend many of the events that Forge World take part in, such as the Horus Heresy Weekender, the Forge World Open Day and Warhammer Fest, and in doing so had the chance to sit in a great number of the seminars which were run.

It is from these seminars that my opinion of Alan Bligh is mainly based. His enthusiasm, his passion and his encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject - 40k, the Horus Heresy and real world history, could not fail to grab you like a giant hand, pick you up and take you along the same journey he was travelling on.

He had the ability to give you an answer to the question you didn't know you had asked. And he would do it with humour and in a way that made you want to ask more questions. He was always happy to talk and any questions which he had no doubt been asked a dozen times already that day were still answered with enthusiasm and passion.

Our hobby world will be a sadder place without him. He leaves a hole I do not think any one person could ever fill, but he also leaves us a wealth of work and material that will continue to inspire us for many, many years.

Even if I never pick up a model again I will always have those books on my shelf and I will continue to pick them up and read the words that take my mind on journeys into the Age of Darkness or into the Grimdark that is the Imperium.

I am embarrassed to say I failed to sign the remembrance book before I left today, for someone I had such respect and admiration for it is something I will always regret. I hope this will at least go some way to address the balance.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Coming of 8th

Hobby is once more taking a back seat while I have the enjoyment of working and doing a degree in the evenings and at the weekends.

But  I am keeping an eye on everything and like many  I’ve been following the news about 8th Edition of 40k.

So I thought I’d spend some time rambling about my thoughts about what is coming...

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Blood Bowl - Nurgle Team 1

The Poxed? The Pustule Pirates? The Weeping Sores?

I'll think of a name later.

I suddenly found myself with a day for hobby.and so you would think I would leap at the chance to get something finished - the AdMech ZM force or the Militia Lascannon teams...instead I decided on impulse to start a Nurgle Blood Bowl team.

This will be a rough and ready team knocked out to get some games in until Specialist Games release their team.

So the plan is to do this cheaply...I'll use a couple of Blight Kings as they are for Bloaters, I've bought some knackered zombies to be the base of some Rotters and some Beastmen are on their way to me to be converted into Pestigors.

That leaves just one model to look at, namely the Rotspawn.

Many moons ago (when Apocalypse was first released) I bought some Chaos Spawn and it was about time I put one of them to some use.

Almost got him finished today, would have done if the glue hadn't been having one of those days when it never wants to sodding stick anything together.

I used this body for the base as it has a more dynamic pose, giving the impression (I hope) of the Rotspawn charging forward into the opposition team. Might need to look at a different base though, need to check if a 40mm base will fit on the board.

I used a spare Blight King belly to allow me to get some Nurgling fun into the team.

The right arm is made up of four pieces. It is very WIP below (due to said problem with the glue).

For the head I am looking at two options - a. the fly head from the spawn kit and b. a human BB team head to show where this spawn originally came from...

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Age of Sigmar - First Battle

When The Old World met it's end I admit I was a bit sad to see the passing of the setting I had known for decades. On the other hand it was hard to get annoyed or really muster up more than an 'hmm, that's a shame' as it had been a long time since I had played Warhammer Fantasy Battle or do more than read the old Warhammer story.

The fact was 40k had a much bigger hold on me and I had long stopped having an interest in playing the game, all those massed ranks really didn't appeal to me in the slightest.

So when Age of Sigmar came along I didn't pay it much notice. The new setting didn't really grab me, but then there was very little put out about the setting that could hook me in. However I did look on many of the new releases favourably, some of the new lines are stunning...but not enough to tempt me into a new army.

However as Fantasy has round bases I could use my Daemons as a dual force to try the game out.

This week passed the Daemons took to the field in a very small game against some Skaven.

In hindsight the two forces (based on wounds) were not balanced, but as this really was just to pick up the rules and get a feel of the thing the outcome wasn't really important.

Above is the two armies set up. It was a simple 'kill as much as you can' game.

Should have got some in game shots...but I didn't.

Below are the Daemons moving in for the kill after the rest of the rats had been seen off. That warpflame thrower team was the star for the rats as it took out eight plaguebearers.

It was nice for the first time to use the Plague Toads as actual Plague Toads as Forge World has never done 40k rules for them (maybe one day).

Below is the death toll, everything the Deamons killed - so the entire Skaven force bar one model (see the next picture). Star of the rat force, after the flamer team, was the Clan rat standard bearer who survived being attacked by about ten plaguebearers. In fairness he then got eaten by a Plague Drone.

And the next picture is everything killed by the Skaven. This includes the Skaven mortar team who after missing every single shot blew themselves up. It was a truly impressive performance by them.

And finally the victors left on the field. That bloody Herald did nothing other than chase after everyone.

We both enjoyed the game alot. We found, even with us having to look up rules, quick and it flowed well.

There are lots of things I thought worked well and it makes me more confident in the changes GW any thinking of doing to 40k for 8th Edition.

I am now thinking about adding some AoS only units to the force.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Blessings of the Plaguefather - Daemon Prince 5

I've actually got some time to spend on hobby stuff.

So in a bid to get some projects to completion (or at least completed stages) I got some work in on the Daemon Prince.

I got the wings added and GS and other textures done.

I am no sculptor but it is good enough for me.

After that he got a coat or primer then a black undercoat.

So he has now moved from the WIP stage to a completed build / PIP stage.

As it has been a while since I put this up here is the current state of play for the Daemons.

As you can see there is no more red, everything I have is now built. There is quite a lot of green or yellow though.

Except I have bought two new weapons for the Decimators off ebay. Dunno what I am going to do with them yet.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Into The Archives - My Early White Dwarf Reads (Part Eight)

Not had much time hobby wise so alas the AdMech have not progressed much since the last update, however I am finishing off an assignment which means I should have some good time to put towards hobby projects very soon.

In the meantime, here's the next White Dwarf look back...

White Dwarf #112

The cover for this months issue comes from Wayne England 'The Terminator Badge'. I'm not sure when the Termie badge became known as the Crux Terminatus, though see later for mention of the Crux Argentium...

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Adeptus Mechanicum 2

A bit more progress on the Ad Mech.

It would have been more but I had to read Inferno (I had to, I had no choice).

The Domitar is built in sub sections and primed in it's shiney metal base colour.

Normally I just build things and be damned, but this time I am trying to have some forethought and make painting easier by keeping the models in sub assemblies until I reach a stage that they have to go together.

The four Scyllax are also getting there.

The bodies, floatey leg things and the mechadendrites are together.

Bottom right you can see the WIP flamer arm I am building for one of these. The lower arms and their heads got sprayed along with the Domitar.

What I am undecided about is the servo arms which is meant to be mounted on their backs, I think if I added them they wouldn't last long.

Also to finish off are the alternative arms for the Magos.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

'Epic' Clear Out

Long before the re-birth of Specialist Games and the announcement of Adeptus Titanicus I was planning on doing a Horus Heresy Space Marine Legion army for Epic, plan was to put an army together following the look and make up of a Legion force. As such I hunted on ebay far too much picking up early Epic models for it.

However, I got no further than buying things. I had (and still have) far bigger hobby priorities to work on. Now we have Adeptus Titanicus on the way and to be frank I am far, far, more excited about doing that justice when it arrives than have a 6mm Epic force. I certainly don't have the time or resources to do both.

As such I need to move the Epic stuff on.

It will start to go on ebay this Sunday, however before it goes on there I wanted to see if anyone who reads this blog (or knows someone who might) would want to pick any of the pieces up before I go through the hassle of listing it all.

So the picture below shows everything I have at the moment...

Lots of plastic infantry plus additional metal command, Rhinos, Land Raiders, Whirlwinds, (metal) Predators and Vindicators, Contemptor style plastic dreadnoughts and later style metal dreadnoughts, a Baneblade, two Reavers and two Forge World Warhounds.

If you are interested drop me an email rictusrd-blog @ yahoo-dot-co-dot-uk (delete the spaces and makes the -dot- just .).

Monday, 13 February 2017

Into The Archives - My Early White Dwarf Reads (Part Seven)

It's been a while since I last did one of these - about six months I think.

I thought it was about time I went back and pulled another White Dwarf from the archive. Now the previous ones ran from WD #124 to #129 so you would expect the next one to be #130...but no. I've decided to go back into some of the earlier White Dwarfs I picked up as in those days you could pick up old issues in Games Workshop stores.

So here we go...

White Dwarf #109

Monday, 6 February 2017

Horus Heresy Weekender 2017 - Art Seminar, Angelus, Golden Demon and anything else

Right, this is the last post on the Weekender. Pretty certain of that.

First up, the Art Seminar.

This was a real treat. It was interesting and very entertaining. The host, Tony Cottrell set the four guests - Neil Roberts, Mark Bedford, Dominic Oedinger & Rachel Pierce - the task of producing a piece of artwork during the seminar while they also discussed the pieces of art shown and answering questions.

First up the artwork shown...

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Horus Heresy Weekender 2017 - Adeptus Titanicus

Not a lot to report from the Adeptus Titanicus seminar.

However watching the demo game and chatting to Andy Hoare the game looks very entertaining. From what I saw not having a lot of models in a force allows there to be a lot of depth to each Titan.

I won't repeat what I have put up after previous events but I will repeat that the game is Horus Heresy set so only expect Imperial Titans and Knights, no Xenos and no vehicles & infantry, expect to see classes of Titan and Knights we have already seen as models in 28mm and those we haven't yet seen - though we may have heard of them previously in the background material and novels.

The mock up buildings used in the demo games were scaled up versions of those done for the game, so if you look at the pictures below you can get an idea of what they will look like. Expect them to be modular and with plenty of potential.

There looks to be a some great nods going back to the earliest days of the original Adeptus Titanicus, both in the feel of the game and the background material used.

The control panel (can't remember actual name of them) allow you to keep track of everything on your titan. While there is a chance we will get one included with each titan the chances are we'll get a pack of them in the box game and then be able to buy add on packs as you need.

Knight units will tend to be used either as a protective screen (aka cannon fodder) or as fast flankers to peck away at the enemy. While they die easily to ignore them will be a big risk.

I have to say I am really looking forward to the game, even more than I was before (which was a lot)...but the release date could be a year away, though from what was said it is likely to be this year.

Oh the memories...


I remember seeing the Imperial Palace diorama many, many years ago. Possibly the first time I visited Warhammer World when it opened after GW moved the HQ to the current site? The milk bottles were what really stuck in my mind...