31 January 2018

Roy´s Necrons – Warriors phalanx completed

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With this batch of 12 more Necrons Warriors, this part of Roy´s army is now finished. Roy can now field 48 of them… giving the rest of us a Gauss headache...



27 January 2018

Ultramarines – Upgrading Sergeants

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As we all know close combat is at the core of 8th edition, and I have found it necessary to give my Tactical Sergeants some close combat punch.

I could not find myself changing my normal “combi-weapon” sergeants, so I dived into my Ultramarines Vault and polled out a couple of old models to work on instead.

I removed the banners, changed one weapon arm, changed the heads to helmets, and gave them both Combi-plasma (keeping the Power swords). In the old days I added “scripts” to the cloth. This is not in tune with my newer versions, so I decided to repaint them also.

While I was at it, I also added “Devastator backpacks” to two of my Devastator Sergeants, and gave them helmets while I was at it.



16 January 2018

Ørnulv´s 2017 in review – looking forwards…

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A little late, but still.

I only completed a handful of my goals set for 2017. A heavy workload, and hobby fatigue caused by that I took on to much work when the team prepared for the Adepticon Event, being the main reasons.

So what did, or did I not, accomplish?

Gaming; I did manage to host 4 gaming events; two at home and two at my summerhouse. Great fun. I also attended the Adepticon Friendly Tournament, and the Adepticon Team Tournament. As always, good fun with good friends. I really enjoyed the Friendly Tournament witch I attended for the first time. Trond also attended. I was about to pack my army when Trond scouted my name out loud, I did not get it first, but I won the tournament. Double the fun! Getting closer to the end of the year, I got a couple of games in, struggling with adapting to 8th edition. I hope I will be getting there during 2018…

I did not manage to do any work on my Ultramarines 1. Company. Sad. During 2016 I almost built and primed all the models I need to finish my quest. I have to do better in 2018. However, I did manage to finish:

- One unit of 5 Devastators with 4 Graviton Cannons
- One unit of 5 Sternguard Veterans
- One Drop Pod kited out to carry a Dreadnought
- A Captain in Cataphractii Terminator Armour
- Two marines packing Graviton weapons

...all of them fielded at Adepticon.

Well, not very impressive, when looking at my normal output per year. However, I did have the pleasure of helping two of my teammates finish and adjusting their own armies in preparation for Adepticon, and to lend a hand to our newest team member with his brand new Necron Army.

So what about 2018? First and foremost I would like to play more games, and play at least 4 games a month. So far in 2018 I have played 5 games, so I am on the right track. I really need to get a grip on 8th addition, with all three of my army’s… I have also scheduled 3 team events so fare.  And I would like to attend gaming events in Nottingham during this autumn.

I will continue to work on my Ultramarines and Tyranids, trying to make my take on them work. I will also adjust my dark Eldar army when the Codex finally comes...



3 January 2018

Linus' 2017 in review - looking forwards...

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Not much done hobby wise last year. May the next be more than a small step forwards.

Lots of Raven Guard models and vehicles are basecoated and air brushed with zenital highlighting, thus waiting for the next painting strokes and completion. 

Then there are all the new and lovely Death Guard models standing idle on the assembly line, not at least the lovelydisgusting Mortarion model, as well as the Mechanicum project I was so eager to kick start a couple of years ago.

So my goals for 2018 are as follows:

  • April: Set up the two hobby stations – one for modelling and painting in our new hobby/home cinema room and the other for airbrushing in the new isolated room in the back of the garage. (See right)
  • Paint and complete some Raven Guard squads.
  • Assemble and paint Mortarion and some addons to the Death Guard.
  • Learn the rules!
  • Get up to date with the Horus Heresy novels series, starting with Angels of Caliban (#38) in a week.
  • Attend all TS gaming events.
  • Arrange one gaming event in Old Pocket Valley.

Good luck and good night...

1 January 2018

Jørn's 2017 in review

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Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned.

It's been more than eight months since my last confession, and I can't even claim it's because I've been busy building and painting. Well... Not miniatures, anyway.

I have managed to get a couple of games in a month, on average, since we came back from Adepticon, so I’ve come far closer to my goal of 40 games of 40K a year this year than in the past two.

I have managed to build and prepare a few models for paint this fall, and really want to get a start on some of those soon...

So what's kept me from making any hobby-progress wort posting about? A couple of factors seems to have kept my 'hobby engine' in idle. First, the build-up and preparations to Adepticon were pretty intense, leaving me a little burned out. Second, the announcement of 40K 8th put a stop to pretty much all plans made with a 7th ed. perspective. When 8th did arrive, and we actually got around to rolling dice again, playing with units that were ready to go took priority over getting new ones on the table.

Revisiting Adepticon 2017 for a moment... It was an absolute blast of an event!!! It takes an investment of a full week off work and a lot of disposable income to make it happen, but if you can make that investment it’s an experience quite unlike anything we’ve found on this side of the Pond. We're not going back in 2018, but we will probably make the pilgrimage again at a future date. In the meantime, we'll see about getting to a few events in Europe this year. It's been a while since we went to Nottingham last. We do love team- and doubles-events so any tips regarding anything like that would be very welcome...

I set myself a couple of rather open-ended goals last year, yet I only managed to complete one: Getting my Crimson Fists army ready for the Team Tournament and the Long War Doubles at Adepticon. The Word Bearers never got much attention, apart from being the only army I've played with after 8th ed. was released. The rapid rules-changes/-updates since 8th's release have been a significant factor here. Hopefully, we won't see too many too radical changes going forward. Keeping up with the rules team does take both time and effort.

Goals for 2018 then...

1) Make significant progress on my Word Bearers.
I have... let's just say "a lot" of infantry models ready for paint. I really should get them finished and onto the tabletop. I also have a handful of vehicles that have been built but unprimed since last year (or something), as well as the Superheavy I bought at Adepticon. These need to be made ready and put on the table this year too.

2) Set up, name and host a TSB-event in my new hobby room.
We ‘just’ need to finalize remodelling of the new house, to free the room from its current use. To be continued, I suppose...