Sunday, 23 April 2017

Weekly Progress Report 23/04/2017

Hi all. 

This week has been a diverse one. Let's see what we have been up to: 

Hector has spent this week washing an awful lot of resin. Hoping that next week he will have something cool to show you all. 

Atia continued on the Squats (also known as Numeri Khazadrim) this week - more Clan Warriors including grav-calivers are on the way!

Aveinus has built another jetbike to try and complete his jetbike unit soon, along with assembling some more kharadron overlords for AoS.

Darien has had a busy week and not enough time to hobby! He did manage to undercoat his Giant Squiggoth for his orks and is hoping to get some green paint on this week!

Kaelo has got skirmish fever and is buzzing about his copy of Shadow War he was lucky enough to get. He has picked up a Tau Pathfinder team and Ethereal for a bargain of £20 and these look to be his next quick project.

I myself have been working like a Jovian on my Zone Mortalis board. I have finished the doors and paint work this week (will show soon) and started some Beds. 

Drake Seta

Friday, 21 April 2017

New releases 21/04/2017

The Vlka Fenryka Contemptor is now up for pre-order

A pelt-clad, stomping hulk of a machine, the Space Wolves Legion Contemptor Dreadnought is an Elite choice for a Space Wolves Legion army. Covered in Space Wolves iconography, with sculpted wolf’s heads, runes and jewels adorning its frame. There are two pairs of feet supplied – one pair straight, the other bent, meaning you can post this model either standing up straight or striding forward dynamically.

This model looks great. I am especially fond of the Void Wolf and knotwork iconography. 

Drake Seta

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Hector Cephas; Legio Custodes Contemptor-Achillus Dreadnought unboxing

Hi guys.

I didn't require too much convincing huh? Following on from last night's unboxing post, I am going to show you guys what you get in a Contempto-Achillus kit.

Like the jetbike, this also comes in a white Forge World box like most medium to large kits seem to be being packaged in these days. The box is exactly the same size as the jetbike one and is probably the smallest ones they will do. This kit comes with a colour-coded instruction leaflet but unlike the jetbike, you probably will need to use this, particularly with the arm assemblies.

As you can see, there are quite a few pieces in this kit - the usual flat and bent feet options are present but this kit is probably more customisable and unlike any Legio Astartes contemptor, you do not need to also buy additional weapon kits to get the full mileage out of this kit as you already have all your possible options available here.

Here you have all the possible wrist mounted weapons you can have (in terms of looks I really like the Infernus Incinerators but in terms of coolness I would have to do with the Adrathic Destructors) and of course the Achillus Dreadspear:

This is the main reason I got the kit. Don't get me wrong, I like the other Dreadnought kit with the sword and shield but I just love Guardian Spears - my Custodian Guard detachment is going to be spear-heavy for better and for worse!!! A nice thing to note is that the spear is completely devoid of molded on hands so it doesn't restrict you on how you can pose the model which is fantastic - it's given me some cool ideas of how I want to post the model in general.

You would not believe how hard it was for me to not make some kind of a hand pun here but yes, two whole sprues with hand options which ultimately boil down to "clenched fist", "gripping hand" and "open hand" for both the left and right hands (so 6 hand options in total).

Forge World has been clever here - they've deliberately left round recesses in the wrists and all wrist weapon options to allow you to easily magnetise your weapons. I'm hoping the hands aren't going to be too close to the wrist magnet sockets as I'd like to also magnetise the hands too to allow me to transport this model more easily once its built. I'll let you know how that goes!

Let us know what you thought about this. I personally love this kit and I think it will be a pleasure to build - I'll have so much fun posing the model before I even start gluing!

Until next time!

Hector Cephas

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Hector Cephas; Legio Custodes Gyrfalcon Jetbike unboxing

Hi guys,

The postman came today and delivered me my next batch of Forge World goodness and I figured I may as well do an unboxing video to show you all what the new Legio Custodes jetbike looks like as a kit.

I've got to say, it looks like a beautiful kit, quite simple to build and if you've built a Legio Astartes jetbike before now, you'll probably zoom through the assembly without the instruction leaflet.

Much like all the recent kits, you get a full colour-coded instruction manual with step-by-step instructions with how to build your new jetbike. One think I almost overlooked previously at the weekender but it more apparent now I have the kit is the fact that the legs and arms are modeled with some kind of fabric over them - a minor detail but I like the fact that they've done that as it make sense that they would cover their ornate armour to protect it from particulate damage given the speeds these bikes would be flying at; very cool indeed!

Without any further ado, the Custodian biker. Very straight forward, you should hopefully notice the fabric over the legs at least. The chest plate and pauldrons are not covered so you get your usual intricately detailed armour pieces. One thing you may have noticed is that is that there are 3 arms here - this is one of the parts of the kit where you have optional parts though this one is just for personal preference; I'm unsure whether I will model mine with the power lances or not but it's great that we have the option (also, the power lance part of the bikers default wargear so modeling your biker without one should not leave you at a disadvantage in my opinion).

And now the jetbike itself! No surprises here really - front section, rear section, engine/exhaust section to connect the two sections together and then all the frills around it to make it a bike and it is beautifully detailed - I'm an absolute sucker for little things like the controls for the bike on the main fuselage and the centre console. Another thing I like about this kit is how simple it should be to magnetise the weapon systems for the bike so you can pick and choose your load out without compromising. I personally like the Adrathic Devastator - it looks nasty and packs a wallop when used on enemy armour and infantry alike - but all the options are worth considering so I'll be magnetising mine for sure.

I really like this kit and I'm looking forward to fielding them with the rest of my Custodian Guard in the future!

Let me know what you think of the kit and would you guys be interested in an unboxing post for the Contemptor-Achillus Dreadnought kit too?

Until next time!

Hector Cephas

Monday, 17 April 2017

Community Question: Zone Mortalis furniture

Hi all

With my Zone Mortalis board still incomplete (Hobby Butterfly) and having had the terrain for over 4 years (see link below). 
I have decided to really really push to complete it. 
You will see more of it in the next few weeks. 

Now I am already planning / working on some wrecker mission objectives from Blood in the Void, and am now preparing to start searching for other bits of awesome furniture to add detail to the board. So here is the question:

Does anyone out there know of any sci-fi Gothic terrain pieces which will add nice touches to this board?

I am looking for banks of control panels, Servitors which can be sitting at a terminal, toilets, chairs, stair cases, etc etc. I am especially looking for ideas for this:

Or if you know of any other fantastic Zone Mortalis projects out there please share links in the comments below. 

Drake Seta

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Weekly Progress Report 16/04/2017

Hi all. A diverse week of hobby for us all!
Have a look what we have been up to. 

Darien has spent the week assembling some custodes and a little something for his orks!

Atia used this week to paint the first 5 Squats - next to do are the frigate, 20 more squats aswell as two Rapiers!

Kaelo has been having a break from the hobby and is doing so for a few more months. He has been working on a kitbash for a 40k Roboute Guilliman. Here is a WIP.

And I have been working on several projects. My Freki and Geri models are finished, so is my Primarchs Leman Russ. I also have 10 Custodes finished too. They will all be shown over the next 4 weeks. That will give me some time to get some other long term projects started or finished. This week I have been working the whole long weekend on several terrain projects including taking the opportunity to hopefully bring my Zone Mortalis board to completion following with the Blood in the Void objectives. Going to be a fun few months. 

Drake Seta

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Age of Warhammer: Kharadon Overlords review.

Hi all

Our sister site Age of Warhammer has got an in depth review of the Kharadon Overlords book by Aveinus Kaane

Drake Seta

Lady Atia's Squats - Clanwarriors and Airship

Howdy Guys and Girls :)

Just a little overview post to show what I worked on in the last days - I painted day and night to finish the first five Clan Warriors and I also started the antigrav frigate. I'll write the fluff for these units once they are finished (still have to do five more clan warriors for the first unit!).

"We have always been a race of traders. It is natural to us that we should trade the fighting skills of our Brotherhoods. As well as bringing us a profit, it also allows our youngsters to gain experience and honour, and to keep alive the skills which our strongholds may one day need for their own defence. And we may find the one or the other lost homeworld during this Great Crusade!"

Squat Clanwarriors and Antigrav Frigate (WIP)

A size comparison with a Gal Vorbak, Word Bearer, Renegade Militia and a Bloodletter. Squats are roughly a head smaller than normal humans - but keep in mind they are wearing modified mining suits and sub-types of power armour sometimes!

The next 5 Squats will be another assault cannon and 4 more CC/pistol guys. I may give these chainaxes, not sure on that yet (I also need something to equip my close combat hearthguard with!!). I will also paint two rapiers and crews for them!

Some of you may have spotted them already on the last weekly progress report - these are antigrav mines on the base!

That's all from me now - you can see Aveinus Kaane's review for the new Kharadon Overlords here.

Lady Atia

Friday, 14 April 2017

New releases 14/04/2017

Hi all. Hope you are all enjoying good Friday. 

Forge World have shown off their new Blood bowl team which is also part Resin. 

The Bright Crusaders do look great. 

Hopefully this week we will bring you some information about our Blood Bowl league and photos of the teams. 

We also have the awesome looking Thousand Sons Battle Automata. 

Drake Seta

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Thunderhawk enigma

Hello all. 
I have just taken a break from flogging a dead equestrian, to start a new spate of flogging. 

So. That's the new Thunderhawk Gunship. It's Resin (though a few changes may be made before final release). I personally love it. Absolutely beautiful. A huge improvement in my opinion over the old bird. 

I still believe in the fabled flying unicorn. I won't stop. And this is why:

1) This whole thing just doesn't add up. It was treated with such a "we can't talk about that yet" air, even though they had images of it in their book (Magnus and Sisters of Silence vehicle are present in the book and they were very happy to chat about those parts). Which still leads me to believe there is something fishy. 

2) Let's see what designs FW started off with that Games Workshop took on eventually:
Baneblade, Shadowsword, mK2c Vindicator, Drop Pod, MKIV Dreadnought, Mk2c Whirlwind and I'm sure more). 

3) GW said that they are yet to release their biggest kit yet. So it needs to be a product which will sell (Imperial), it will be bigger than a Baneblade, Stompa, Eldar Knight and probably a Aquila strongpoint then so a Titan or Space Marine vehicle. Both of which we have heard are now possible in Plastic. Now it could be a Plastic Warhound (March of Titans by BL was a good thing to get people going) for this, but it could still be a Thunderhawk. Otherwise they are going to invent something new again!

4) Does that new Thunderhawk look smaller to anyone else?

5) Fins. Look at the fins:
Forge World Fins

Games Workshop Fins


6) Fliers created which have plastic and Resin components:
Storm Eagle and Fire Raptor both use Storm Raven components. Could this new kit (Pre-production model – there may be some slight differences in the final model) have the Plastic base of a GW Thunderhawk (curve ball/deke/smoke bomb!). 

7) FW do release alternatives of models (Land Raider, Rhino, Drop Pods etc). 

8) I won't buy something so heavy to put on a stem!!! 

9) It's not long to Warhammer Fest, but it seems weird that FW drop this soooo far in advance. They could have waited a few more weeks, and shown it off painted. It being Resin nude seems strange still. Almost like a statement. 

Now with all that said. I hope the old design becomes Plastic as I do want a plethora of Thunderhawks. Upgrade kits from Forge World to sexify or do the Transporter option would be epic too. 

Until I see it in a red box I can wish. 

Drake Seta