Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Workbench Progress - Deathwatch Army Commission

Hey there internet, so as promised I am back to show off the Deathwatch army I was commissioned to paint back in December.  I was excited about this project as I had followed the release of the Deathwatch very closely and bought the digital codex just in case.  So yeah back in December I was asked to paint  the models shown below, well after eight hours of pissing around getting everything that I had been given fixed, converted and or built I was able to take the below picture.

The models had been bought by my client from someone else so neither of us had seen them ahead of time and (no offence to anyone involved but) that was not a fun eight hours spent getting everything to a state that I was happy to work on.  I have been building models for decades now and I like things done in a certain way and I really don't like it when things are not cleaned and constructed properly.   Anyway I was eventually ready to get stuck in and I opted to start with the vehicles and then work my way through the infantry starting with the HQ units.  I did notice that some of the models had rather a thick undercoat and some had been painted to some degree so I had to be careful not to lose anymore detail.

So I kicked off with the Watch Master who is a wicked model that was great fun to repaint.   There was some paint on this model and evidence of some detail lose on the silver shoulder pad from an earlier undercoat.  I managed to get it all blacked back out and repainted while still keeping it looking sharp.

I don't know much about this next guy but I gather he is a big deal within the Deathwatch.  This model was half painted and there was quite a lot of paint already on his head so just added a slight highlight and a wash and left well alone.  The rest of the model got a complete repaint which I was very happy with when all was said and done.

These guys were easy to paint, I had to clean up one of them and build the other so they were both in a good state for me to work on and they look cool now they are done.

When it came time to paint these guys I soon realised that some of the shoulder pad chapter icons were unknown to me, within moments I had downloaded some really old image from GW showing all the chapters and work continued.

A Space Marine can't just go walking into battle so the obligatory Rhino.

The bikers ended up looking supercool with a Dark Angel leading them.

I am guessing that those hammers are the Heavy Thunder Hammers..ouch!

These two were very nice to work on, a little over costed in-game like most flyers but brutal looking for sure.

These last few units still could not decide what wargear they wanted so they were left incomplete.

With this lot done it's time for me to finish my new Dwarf Blood Bowl team and then get on with the Sisters of Silence and Custodes.

Check back soon and thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Workbench Progress - A New Year Brings New Projects

Greeting and happy new year.

I have been away a while now but back in November I was asked to paint a Deathwatch army on commission so I have been spending most of my hobby time ploughing through this project.  I am expecting to get this army finished by the end of February thus freeing me up to finish painting my Sisters of Silence and Custodes and by then (fingers crossed) a new plastic Dwarf Blood Bowl team.

The GW releases continue to show no sign of slowing, if anything they are being ramped up as the new Campaign books lead us towards 8th Edition and the 30th birthday of Warhammer 40K.

We have seen releases too numerous to mention over the last two years that we would never have imagined possible and I now have a Daemon Primarch awaiting my attentions which still blows my mind.  2017 is set to be an amazing year for anyone who play Warhammer 40K and I for one can't wait to see what wondrous things are waiting for us behind the veil.

My Space Wolves are ready and waiting for whatever comes out of 8th Edition as I spent much of 2016 getting them reorganised into the new Wolf Claw Strike Force so I could get into the new 40K detachement/formation groove.  On the 30K front I have two sets of The Burning of Prospero, two plastic Contemptor Dreadnoughts and a few boxes of Cataphractii Terminators who will make up my Space Wolves and Thousand Sons Legions which I will work on as we got into the summer and beyond.  That will give me six mirrored Legion forces, three loyalist and three traitor and a perfect excuse for a big game later in the year.

Well until I get the Deathwatch finished and get a bit post ready to roll out loaded with cool pictures I will leave you with a bit of a scrap book of work in progress pictures from all sorts.

Oh yeah, and these guys sneaked in last weekend.

Check back next week for the Deathwatch pictures.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

For Sale - Iron Hands Librarius Conclave Bikers

Hey there, I have not done this before but I am selling some models as a set that have been featured on this blog so if you are interested please head over to eBay using item number shown below.


If you want to see the original post that features these models then click here.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Event Report - Reading Warfare 2016

This weekend I made my annual pilgrimage to a local event called Reading Warfare which is hosted by the Wargames Association of Reading and took part in the Warhammer 40K singles tournament.

If you live in the south of England I would highly recommend that you give this event a look next year even if you only come a spend some of your hobby cash in the huge retail hall.

I spent about six months working hard to get my army ready in plenty of time so I could chill out during the weeks leading up to the event.  I spent a lot of time play testing the list in various configurations before finally settling of the list shown above/below.

Army List

Blackmanes Formation

Wolf Guard Battle Leader - Armour of Russ, Wolf Claw, Power Fist, Thunderwolf Mount.
Thunderwolf Cavalry x4 - Chainswords x4, Storm Shields x4.
Bloodclaws x5 - Flamer x1, Drop Pod.
Bloodclaws x5 - Flamer x1, Drop Pod.
Bloodclaws x5 - Flamer x1, Drop Pod.
Grey Hunters x5 - Meltagun x1, Drop Pod.
Grey Hunters x5 - Meltagun x1, Drop Pod.
Grey Hunters x5 - Meltagun x1, Drop Pod.
Grey Hunters x5 - Meltagun x1, Drop Pod.
Long Fangs x5 - Boltgun x1, Missile Launchers x4, Drop Pod.
Wolf Scouts x5 - Boltguns x5.

Oathsworn Detachment

Imperial Knight Warden - Gatling Cannon, Meltagun, Reaper Chainsword.

Now the comp at this event was known to me well ahead of time but my personal goal each year is to win more games than I lose so my overall ranking is not important.  I mention the comp specifically because there was a massive final score penalty for taking multiples of the same unit.  In short you would have 50 points deducted per duplicate unit after the first so if you take one look at my formation you will see that I was looking at a 600 points penalty.  This would stop most players from taking an army like mine but like I said earlier I was only looking to perform better than previous years.  I have been attending since 2014 and if you check out the links at the end of this post you can see my previous reports and since then I have always come away with three wins and two loses.  Back in 2014 I turned up with Drop Pods and my newly painted Knight Paladin, then in 2015 I took a crazy Thunderwolf Death-Star from the Champions of Fenris supplement so this year I used the Blackmanes formation to allow all three aspects to work together within 1500 points.

Round One
Space Wolves Vs Eldar
Final Score: 12 - 6
Result: Lose

Round one saw me matched up Vs a mate of mine from my local gaming group who runs Eldar with a Wraith Knight and Warp Spider Spam Bluh!  The missions were presented to us for the first time as we turned up to our assigned tables so they were a surprise to everyone on the day.  After I had read it something like three times I was  sure that there was a chance I could win as long as I got a massive lead early on and held on to it.  

I won the toss and deployed first and then opted to take the first turn so I could capture as many objectives as I could before the Eldar had a chance.

I was not seized on and proceeded to move and Drop on as much as I could and by the end of my turn one I held 14 of the 15 objectives so all I had to do was tie down the Wraith Knight and run interference with my Squads to keep the Warp Spiders and Jetbikers busy.

The Thunderwolf Cavalry rushed forward and would sacrifice themselves to aid in keeping the Wraith Knight pinned down in close combat.

My Knight set off in the direction of the Knight to bait it away from my units that were holding the objectives. The Knight managed to destroy a D-weapon battery along the way with its Gatling Cannon which opened up the approach for the Thunderwolf Cavalry.

As close as it looked at half time the Eldar did break it back and by the end of turn six I had lost a significant amount of ground and victory was beyond my grasp.  Now I will never deliberately throw a game but in a swiss system it can be good to lose in round one because it allows some of the horrible army lists to move ahead so you get an easier time in rounds two and three.  With this in mind I was happy that I had done my very best and it had been a fun game and I was now looking forward to round two.

Round Two
Space Wolves Vs Space Wolves
Score: 20 - 20
Result: Draw

This game was a great laugh, the kind of laugh that only a game between two true Space Wolves players can deliver.  The joke around our table was that this kind of in-fighting is the exact reason why the Fenris system is presently under siege.  Neither of us could hit for shit with any of our shooting so we just ground each other down in a frenzy of fur and fangs.  When the game ended at the top of turn six we had both played a great fun game but I had no recollection of anything tactically specific that went on because of all the joking about.

I went 2nd so there were some enemy Drop Pods in my deployment zone from the get-go.

In my turn one I blotted out the sun with my Drop Pod assault and once I made planet fall the game was on.

Brother vs brother there was not shortage of glorious combat.

When the dust settled we had virtually nothing left on the table between us and a draw was a perfect result.

Round Three
Space Wolves Vs Imperial Fists
Score: 31 - 14
Result: Win

This game was my last game of day one so I really wanted to end the day on a high and get my first win. I was against an army that also had some Drop Pods so when I won the toss I opted to setup first and then to go 2nd and let my Knight be the bait for the Sternguard. 

Sure enough the Sternguard dropped in and my Knight started its first turn with one hull point remaining. 

My Drop Pods came in and my Knight slaughtered the two Sternguard Squads that had left it so critically damaged.

 I ended my first turn with three of the six objectives in my control and a fourth surrounded and contained. 

My Knight was destroyed before my second turn and my opponents objective secured units started to cause me problems then some plucky Tactical Squad Sergeant refused to die during three player turns of close combat despite being outnumbered ten to one.

The Thunderwolf Cavalry managed to cut a bloody trail through the enemy ranks while securing my deployment zone before moving in to shut down the Lascannon Centurions.

With no room to manoeuvre and defeat drawing near my opponent disembarked his warlord from his Rhino transport seeking one final chance at glory in single combat with my now lone Wolf Guard Battle Leader.

Our two warlords met and it was at this point that my Armour of Russ kicked in reducing my enemies initiative by five.  I opted to use my Warlords Power Fist vs the Imperial Fist Captains Burning Blade.  We both had a four plus invulnerable save and three wounds but at toughness five my warlord could not be instant killed.  We rolled well and both had to make three invulnerable saves, I passed one of mine while my opponent failed one of his which was all I needed. 

At the close of play only one Centurion was left alive and I had been dominating the objectives for many turns even managing to achieve the maelstrom card Domination right at the end.

Round Four
Space Wolves Vs Eldar
Score: 25 - 9
Result: Win

Round four saw me facing Eldar for a second time, there was a Wraith Knight with a sword and shield which I guess was preferable for me than the Heavy D-Cannons.  Where previously there had been Warp Spiders this time there were Walkers and Hornets all armed for wrecking my Knight.

I won the toss yet again and opted to setup first, my opponent then deployed just the Wraith Knight confident that it would weather whatever I could throw down in my 1st turn.  I figured that Vs an opponent with so much in reserves and it being an objective based mission I would let him have the first turn.

My opponents turn one was over in just a few minutes as he could do nothing and soon I made planet-fall and captured all four objectives.

I set to implementing the same plan as I had in rounds one and three, dominate the objectives, pin down the greatest threat in close combat and dig in.

My Knight hung back to lure the fire of the Hornets and Walkers while I tasked a few packs to go and assault them as Krak Grenades were still legal to use on mass.

At the end of the game the Wraith Knight had spent five of it's six turns trying to kill all the annoying units I kept feeding it in close combat and victory was secured.

Round Five
Space Wolves Vs Tau
Score: 42 - 20
Result: Win

When I heard this mission was kill points I was worried but upon reading the mission in more detail there was also a strong objective element.  There has been a big objective holding theme to this event so it was clear that yet again operation drop everything I've got on the objectives would prevail. 

for the 5th time I won the toss and setup first, I then chose to take the 1st turn so I could get on the objectives nice and early.   Now despite having a re-roll and a plus one to the roll my opponent did not manage to seize the initiative.

As planned I put four Drop Pods on each of the two objectives and then added further padding with my Bloodclaws and Grey Hunters.  I sent the Thunderwolf Cavalry straight after the unit of three Ghostkeel Battle Suits and on my turn two they were in close combat and my opponents shooting was halved. 

The Stormsurge came out to try and break my hold on one of the objectives but I had too many units bubble-wrapping it. 

The Stormsurge just could not get close enough to break my hold on the objective and with only a few wounds left it was in danger of being killed.

I managed to keep hold of both objectives all game and as a result earned myself a ton of points which when added to my kill points gave me a strong lead and victory was mine.

During the lunch break of day two all those wishing to be considered for best painted army were asked to setup their armies so that everyone could vote so here are some of the armies I could get pictures of.

Besting Painted Army Competition

My Space Wolves & Imperial Knight

Dark Eldar (3rd place)



Eldar Harlequins & Craftworld Eldar (2nd place)

Deathwatch & Space Marines

Eldar Harlequins & Craftworld Eldar


Tau & Craftworld Eldar

Eldar Harlequins (1st place)

Iron Warriors


And now the final rankings

With my penalties applied I was busted down to 18th place but with 3 wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss I could not be happier with how things panned out.  My list worked really well and between the missions and my opponents I had five very enjoyable and challenging games.  I was even more pleased when two of the four mates I attended with ended up on the podium taking 1st and 3rd overall.

 Ranked 1st - Deathwatch & Space Marines

 Ranked 2nd - Tau

 Ranked 3rd - Tyranids

 Best Sportsman - Imperial Knights

 Best Painted - Harlequins

The Coveted Wooden Spoon - Imperial Guard

If you are still in the mood for more Warfare then please follow the links down below to my previous tournament reports and as usual thanks for reading and please do check back soon for more news and hobby updates.