Category: Blog

A Wargaming Blog

This year I’m doing something a little different, in that I’ve started a “side blog.” A Wargaming Blog will contain all the day-to-day hobby-related posts I normally only post to various social media channels. These posts are usually really small, so wouldn’t fit the format of this blog.

To get started, I’ve got a couple of posts:

I’ll still be posting hobby stuff on here, but it’ll tend to be either more in-depth, or finished pieces, rather than in-progress snapshots.

“Just One More Go…”

One of the gifts I bought Girl Wonder for Christmas was the Nintendo NES Classic Mini. I managed to get in the 2nd preorder batch from the official Nintendo UK site, and it arrived just in time to be put under the tree. I’ll have some more thoughts on the NES Mini itself, later. Anyway, I set it up last night so she could have her first play-through of some of the games (Super Mario 3 is her favourite game of all-time). It’s safe to say it was a hit. I went to bed just after 10pm after being told “I’m just having one more go [at Dr. Mario].” At 00:30am she finally came to bed.

Leman Russ; Primarch of the Space Wolves, Lord of Winter and Ruin

I tend to stay away from large, centrepiece character models — especially those which have lots of small, intricate detail on them. A Primarch model from Forgeworld is very far out of my comfort zone.

But this is Leman Russ. I couldn’t resist.

The model was painted entirely with Scale 75 paints, which was a first for me. Normally I jump between brands.

I’m not 100% happy with how every little thing turned out, but I stopped myself going back and forth over each little niggle – otherwise I know I would have completely ruined it!

This (probably) isn’t the start of a Horus Heresy Wolves force, but it might be the start of adding more Primarchs and other character pieces to my collection.

Alpha Legion Storm Wing

Alpha Legion Storm Wing formation (Storm Raven + two Storm Talons), painted back in February. Painted using an airbrush with Scale 75, Vallejo, and Forgeworld paints.

Apologies for the weird cropping on the Storm Raven – it barely fit in my light box! I’m kinda sad I couldn’t show it off on the base.

White Dwarf October 2016 Issue

The second issue of the new format White Dwarf is in stores this weekend, and Subscribers have already started to receive theirs. Mine was delivered earlier, so I thought I’d give a few insights:

  • There’s a new editor, as Matt takes over from Jes.
  • The releases section seems to look up to 2 weeks ahead, at least for model kits, as it doesn’t list anything for release after the 15th.
  • There’s some additional Genestealer Cult stuff which wasn’t previously leaked, and some improved Texture Paints.
  • There’s an interview with longtime miniature designer Jes Goodwin, which in my opinion is worth the price of the magazine itself (at least if you’re interested in more than just the shiny new stuff, like I am).
  • The battle report features a great-looking board. I still need to go back and read the full report, but I like that they released the rules for the scenario alongside the report.
  • There’s a whole load of stuff not related to the new releases, including both a “Paint Splatter” painting guide (Blood Angels-focussed) and a ‘Eavy Metal article on painting caucasian skin.

Overall, I continue to love the new format White Dwarf. There seems to be a lot more variety and depth to the contents than in any recent incarnation of the magazine I can think of. Even if you think you’ve seen all the “spoilers” on the internet, I still recommend you go out and buy  a copy. Personally, I can’t wait for the November issue to arrive in roughly 4 weeks time!