Here is my final Temple of Skulls. I have tried to "Chaos" it up with rusted chains, hooks etc.
Gives a slightly more darker feel than the previous TOS.
Nice to have these done.
I've had a GW "Temple of Skulls" terrain piece downstairs and primed which has been sitting on my shelf for 5-6 years. I picked it up on Boxing Day and thought it might be fun to paint.
To provide some variance from my other three (yeah, I know) j added some hooks and piles of Skulls from the Hellcannon kit plus a selection of other skulls I had in my bits box - including one from a Bone Giant.
I laid down the base colours with the airbrush and then used layers and washes on the rest.
Well what with Xmas and family the last week has been a little bit lax.
No Hobby for Xmas this year so I've pulled out some jobs that need to be finished. I found a primed Temple of Skulls downstairs and have started painting that. The airbrush was used for base colours and I've just started on the brush work.
Also finished my Emperor's Children 40k army ready for some games. I'll need to proxy a Chaos Lord but I've got two ready for painting and that provides a solid 1500 points.
We also started playing Gorechosen last night and it is a solid fun game. The mechanics work really well and with each game taken around 30 minutes it is a solid time filler.
Lastly I rang up the local GW yesterday to put aside one of the store only FW promotions. This time it was a 30k Primus Medicae.
In the end I baulked at the price - NZ$83 for a 28mm infantry model is too rich for me. It will be interesting to see how they sell.
Friday was a very sad day in the Dunn household with the untimely death of our beloved cat, Nurgle.
Nurgle was diagnosed with a tumour in March and when they went to remove it they found that that was not possible as all the major blood vessels to the head ran through it. That he was able to survive a further nine months was a testimony to what a big heart he had. We ere able to have the fluid drained from the growth and chest cavity but this just delayed his ultimate demise.
Friday saw him breathing with difficulty and his heart starting to stress. Rather than have him suffer we took the sad decision to have him released from his struggle.
Anyone who played games or visited the Dunn-geon knew Nurgle. He was a major part of the family and a key student of wargaming. He loved to sit/sleep on the battlefield and to curl up in any boxes/cases left open.
Here's a few photos taken over the years showing his involvement in the Hobby.
Always Willing to Give Advice/Opinions on Lists or Rules
Providing Impassable Terrain in my Battleline in a Game with Mike King
Holding his Flank
Checking Out New Purchases for Acceptability
He was Always Partial to a Boardgame
And a bit of LARPing
He could always be relied on for Terrain advice
While disappointed that he wasn't selected for the NZ ETC team in 2014, he stayed and looked after my painting.
Nurgle liked nothing more than relaxing after a hard day's gaming!
Vale Nurgle, Wargaming Cat! I'll miss you mate.
Over the weekend I continued on some projects started last week.
The first of these was handing out numbers to Team Morskitta BB team. This involved applying transfers to their shoulder armour. Of course there is no #13 - that is saved for the Horned Rat.
After painting all my new 32mm plastic bases I pulled out my Emperor's Children army ready to re-base. It took me about five seconds to decide that they could stay on their existing bases, bar the Daemon Prince.
Using the Traitor Legion book I worked out a list which required minimal alteration to existing models. As it stands I need to convert three blastmasters to sonic blasters. I've primed and done the actual physical changes and now have to paint the replacement weapons and arms.
Finally, I have to paint a Chaos Lord. My EC have always been led by the mighty Challis Drant, however he has always been modelled as a Noise Terminator. The new book doesn't give him the option of taking a Sonic Weapon so I may look at another outfit. Looking in my box of EC bits, I found two candidates - one on a bike, the other mutated to a Daemonic Beast. Back in the day, the Daemonic Drant never saw the table as he was viewed as too abusive - combat drugs, speed, twin LCs. Today he'd lose his lunch money on the way to school. I think I'll paint both up anyway and see which fits the best.
The bike has a Doom Siren head but again he has no access to the weapon so I may change the model befor I paint him.
So plenty of small progressions being made.
On Wednesday I've got a game of KoW booked so watch out for a Battle Report prior to Xmas.
One of the changes that has occurred while I've been away was the emergence of 32mm bases. BITD it was 25mm for infantry, and 25mm then 40mm for terminators. Dreadnoughts had 60mm bases. You turn your back for 8 years and everything changes.
I thought I should rebase my EC onto the new "cool" and so bought a box of the plastic Sector Imperialis Bases from the local GW. This seems quite good value - sixty bases for $65 - perhaps I'm just becoming indurated to their pricing.
The local GW Manager told be to paint them on the sprue - so that's what I did.
I sprayed them black and then "Leadbelcher" and while I watched Liverpool dismantle Middlesbrough I started detailing them up.
The process was pretty quite. I built up a green plate - Waagh, Straken, Loren and then a drybrushes of Underhive - followed by some picking out of metal details. This was followed by some Typhus backed up by Rzya Rust and a wash of Lahmian/Agrax/Reikland. Some drybrush of Necron and Rzya finished it off.
Now just need to clip them off and paint the rims black. Nice and easy.
My Hobby over the past week or so has been focused on getting my new Skaven BB team painted and ready for play.
I purchased two sets of the new Skaven models - the second for a 7th Lineman and two more Gutter Runners. With an old Boneripper rat ogre this gave me the team of 16 I required. Here in NZ the BB releases - apart from game - are on back order, so I was able to sell off the remaining Skaven thru a Facebook trading group.
Team Morskitta plays in the traditional purple and green that has graced many armies coming out of the Dunn-geon. I have rescued the names from my old xBox file and they will be used for my roster.
The Muscle - Rat Ogre and Stormvermin Blitzers
The Offense - Gutter Runners and Throwers
Having played a lot on xBox and iPad, I have a pretty solid game plan with a starting line up that works well.
The 16 models let me cover all the bases in the life cycle of a roster.
Now just waiting for my game board to arrive. Jack has made it back for Xmas and brought his Orc and Human teams.
Happy that they are painted up. New policy of painting games as I buy them is working well.
In my email inbox I have a folder called "Expectant Mail" where I put all the shipping confirmation from internet purchases. This lets me keep a handle on what orders are "live" and where there is tracking follow progress across the globe.
For the last ten days I've been expecting any one of seven outstanding orders to arrive in my mailbox and - nada! It's driving me nuts. You offshore readers don't know how lucky you are to be close to retailers/manufacturers while down here in Paradise we are at the end of a very long logistics process.
And we aren't even in the Xmas shipping period yet!
One of these was a pre-order from Games Workshop and it is currently a week late from release day. I should have taken the option to have it delivered to the local store and then I could have picked it up last Friday. Can't help think that the slow service is there to get me to frequent the store. Paranoid, much?
Still one day in (hopefully) the near future I'm going to open the mailbox and it will be bursting with hobby goodness. I can only hope.
Last weekend I finally got around to painting the stairwell down to my wargaming room. Previously it had been painted in a cheery lemon colour (urrggghhh) and was beginning to show its age.
The facing wall is something like 15 feet - so much ladder fun was had balancing on a staircase - which gives a great wall for artwork.
And I had just the right pieces for it!
In 2005 I won both the New Zealand (three-Pete) and the Sydney Warhammer 40k Grand Tournaments put on by Games Workshop. The trophies that year were framed prints from John Blanche with boilerplate for the event.
For the last few years they have been sitting behind the door in my games room but this space was ideal for them.
The NZGT Overall Champion Trophy
At that event I won First Overall with my Emperor's Children and finished highest on Battle Points beating Steve Davis's Tau on Table One Round Six. As I remember it came down to a dice roll at the end of the game where a melta weapon rolled "1" to wound. This pushed it from narrow to major victory.
The Sydney GT First Place Trophy
Again I used the Emperor's Children and finished First Overall and highest in Battle Points. The win was especially sweet as I overcame the dreaded "Double Torpedo" - zero for Sports and Composition - from one of my opponents who felt it was silly I had a Squad of Noise Marines with Stealth and who got upset when I insisted he couldn't jump units with Daemonic Speed (should've paid the extra points for Daemonic Flight). Ahhh, fun times!
The weekend has come and gone and for me it was one of snatched Hobby time where I could.
On Saturday I picked up a Skaven Blood Bowl team from GW and put them together that afternoon, then primed them.
You get two identical sprues - 3x Lineman, Blitzer, Thrower and Gutter Runner. No Kicker, no Rat Ogre. I suspect these may be released in the future. I've got a second team on the way as I want to have four Gutter Runners and extra fodder - sorry, linesmen.
Going through my bits box I found and old Boneripper model which will do well as my Rat Ogre. I painted him up and he should fit in well.
I need to decide on the basing scheme but I expect I'll go with non-descript sand, grass and tufts.
Looking forward to working on the team over the next few evenings.