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Saturday 28 November 2015

Warhammer World

WarhammerWorldRhino2.jpgWell, I'm finally writing up our trip to Warhammer World. We arrived on Saturday morning, a bit ahead of the friends we were meeting, which gave us time for a bit of a look around. We took a wander around the main gaming hall, which was pretty busy. There was the odd table here and there that wasn't in use, but most were already taken. We spent some time tempting ourselves with the goodies in the GW, Forge World, and Black Library shops, particularly Forge World as they have lots of models on display in cabinets that we can only usually see on the website. I've found that seeing a model in person often has more impact than seeing an image.

We went into Bugman's to get lunch. Unfortunately a large group of French gamers had just ordered lunch, meaning we had a 45 minute wait to get food. Time was getting on once we'd eaten, so we went back to the Forge World store to put our orders in. If you order before 2, anything they don't have in the store will be brought up from the warehouse by the end of the day. I picked up Nob Warbikers, the Trukk with enclosed cab, the Halftrakk, and the Badab War books. They only had the Nob bikers in the store then and there, so I had to wait a few hours for the other bits to brought up. If you want to see jealousy on your friends' faces, get Forge World to bring you a box of stuff instead of the plastic bags most of their stuff comes in :)

We also picked up a few books in the Black Library store, including the Warhammer World exclusive Horus Heresy book Meduson. It's a collection of short stories focussing on the Shattered Legions. I enjoyed reading it, it was good to see the Iron Hands take centre-stage, as they've been quite neglected in the series so far. It was also quite lucky timing, as the weekend after we were there, Warhammer World had the Forge World open day where they announced the Shattered Legions would be in the next Horus Heresy book, Retribution.

After we'd spent plenty of cash, it was time to do battle. We'd booked two tables for the afternoon, but neither we nor the staff could find the tables with the appropriate number. In the end the staff simply picked two next to each other that were free and declared them ours for the session. LoF and I played doubles with two friends on one table, while the other two people with us had larger armies with them so played a singles match on the other table. With one thing and another we didn't get that much gaming done (it turns out if you go to Warhammer World with podcasters, their adoring fans keep wanting to talk to them :P). We had some good moments in the game though, with an Avenger Strike Fighter roaring on to the table and hammering a unit of Eldar Jetbikers, only to be blown out of the sky when the Crimson Hunter came in from the other side. The proudest moment from my Orks was the Mek, after having the unit he was accompanying shot out from under him, going to intercept an outflanking sentinel all on his own and one-shotting it with his Kustom Mega-Slugga. We played until they closed, then decamped to the pub. WarhammerWorldBattle.JPG

We decided not to play on Sunday and spent the morning going round the Hall of Miniatures. This was definitely worth the price of admission, it took us about two-and-a-half hours to get through it all. They had models from all the way back in the beginning of the company to the newest stuff. The dioramas they've built are amazing, I'm confident if I went back and looked at them again I'd pick up lots of details I missed the first time. Once we finished seeing the exhibit, it was back to Bugman's for lunch. After discussion with the group we came to the conclusion that it's probably worth visiting about once a year. That leaves enough time between visits for the tables and exhibits to get updated and for wallets to recover. Before we left, I gave in to temptation and bought the Mechanicum Horus Heresy book. I really like the look of some of the Mechanicum models, although others I'm not so keen on. That's why I held off buying the book until the end of the trip, but eventually I decided if I bought it I'd at least be able to see if I could build an army the way I'd like so I went ahead and spent the cash.

All in all, we had a really good trip and we'll definitely go back. Hopefully next time we'll make a bit more time to play and have a bit less of a last minute rush to get everything painted, but other than that I don't think we'll do much differently.

Monday 12 October 2015

Challenge over

 My time ran out for the Challenge on Friday. I'll do a write-up of the trip in another post, for now I just want to talk about the painting. As I expected, I was nowhere near finishing both the Lootas and the Warbikers in time. I did manage to get both squads done to a basic tabletop standard, there's the odd spot where the undercoat is still showing, but nothing excessive. Both squads have several different colours on them, and they clearly fit in with the rest of the army, even if the lack of layers and highlights means they don't 'pop' as well as the other models.

Admitting I wasn't going to get everything finished had an odd dual effect. On the one hand, I didn't drive myself mad trying to paint models far faster than I could manage. On the other, once I'd realised I wasn't going to get them done I lost a lot of motivation to keep working on them. There were a few days last week when I only did a bit of painting and I have to admit that as it got to Thursday and Friday I was getting a bit sick of the whole thing. I did have a back-up plan to paint a Big Mek with Kustom Force Field and Nob with Waaagh Banner instead of the Lootas and Warbikers if I ran low on time, as they'd be roughly the same points for far fewer models. I was cursing myself for not choosing that option when I was still fighting to get the base layers done on Friday evening.

 From here, I'm going to finish off the two squads, although I'll do them one at a time as I have been previously. I'm having a break first though, and I imagine I'll be working on them a bit more slowly than I have been recently. Once I've managed that, I'll finally have 1000 points of fully painted Orks. I'm hoping that I can get through the second 1000 points a bit faster than the first.

Monday 28 September 2015

Nobz Trukk

 I've finally finished the Trukk for the Nobz squad. It ended up taking me two weeks, which is a fair bit longer than the last one. I didn't find this one as heavy going as the last, but I clearly wasn't working on it quite as hard.

I applied the base layers of blue on the bodywork and Leadbelcher on the chassis and engine using an airbrush and the new GW airbrush paints. This saved me a fair bit of time, and meant I got good coverage with the blue in only one coat. It's the first time I've used an airbrush, so there was a bit of a learning curve. Once I got it figured out though, it worked well. I also experimented a little bit with a weathering powder around the exhaust outlets and gun barrel. I was very light with it, but the effect worked reasonably well.

I'm running out of time to get everything painted for the challenge, and I've got Warbiker and Loota squads still to do. I'm going to paint both squads at the same time with the goal of getting them at least to tabletop standard before going to Nottingham. It's not ideal, but I have to be realistic about how fast I paint and accept that I am unlikely to get them finished in time. If I focus on one squad I could probably get that done, but it would come at the risk of not even starting on the other.

Sunday 13 September 2015

Nobz Squad

 After two weeks of heavy painting, I've finished the squad of Nobz. Once again I got over-enthusiastic and I've spent the last week telling myself they'll be done in the next couple of days. I would like to say that I'm really pleased with how they came out, but I ended up having a bit of an issue in the final stages that took the shine off them for me.

When I was assembling the squad for undercoating, I stuck the arms and weapon on to one of the models. Once I'd done that, I looked at it and realised it was going to make it very difficult to paint the part of the torso behind the weapon. All the Nobz I've painted up to this point have had a power klaw and a slugga so they haven't had this problem, but this squad is armed with big choppas and kombi-skorchas, which are wielded two-handed. I left the arms off the other four models, so that I could paint their torsos properly. I did all the painting, carefully keeping the various arms with the appropriate models, and I was really pleased with how they had come out. Once I'd finished I went to glue the arms to the models. I could only get the arms to fit properly on one of the four models, and in the process I managed to spread glue around the join (and in one case across the figure's shoulders), ruining the paint job in the process. After all the hard work I'd put in, I was quite upset at this point. In the end I had to fit the arms on as best I could, which for one of them meant prising the model's head off. After that I filled the various gaps with greenstuff and did some quick repair work on the paint. The overall look of the squad is quite good, but there are some nasty flaws if you know where to look (which of course I do so that's all I can see).

I tried a couple of new methods with the painting on these models. I added a green glaze to the skin once all the highlighting was done, and I like the effect it has given me. The skin is just slightly darker than it was, and the highlights are not quite as harsh. The material wrapped around the weapon hafts has been painted yellow, where previously I would have used brown. As I was working on the squad I realised I didn't have much yellow on them, so I decided to put some on the weapons. I wanted it to look dirtier than the yellow I usually use, to show that the weapon hafts are regularly handled and not regularly cleaned. I gave them one base coat of Averland Sunset, where I usually use two, and then a wash with Agrax Earthshade and highlight with Yriel Yellow. I like how it has worked, it's very much what I was aiming for.

Next I'm going to do the Trukk for this squad. I was considering putting it off after doing the last one, but now I think I'd rather have the squad and transport complete before I move on to the next unit.

Sunday 30 August 2015

Third Trukk

 I finished the Trukk for the third squad last night. As I predicted, there was no way I was going to get the whole thing done last weekend. I was fighting for motivation to get through this model, it became something of a slog. I did manage to keep going though, and it has come up well in the end. Now that the third squad has their transport, I can field a rather small but fully mounted Ork Horde detachment.

It took over a week to get the whole model done, which was longer than I wanted and means I need to get a move on with the rest of the painting. Next on the list is a squad of five Nobz. Hopefully batch painting will mean that I can get them done rather faster than the one week per model rate I managed when painting the Nob for Squad Three. After the Nobz, I had intended to paint another Trukk so they'd have a transport as well. Given how much of a fight the one I've just finished (especially for only 30 points worth of model), I'm seriously considering putting it off until I've done some other models first. I'll see how I feel once the Nobz are finished.

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