Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Dark Debts... My Jacob Lynch Crew For Malifaux

I guess when I said that I had been playing a LOT of Bolt Action over the last couple of years, I was neglecting to mention another game that I have been spending a fair amount of time on. Malifaux.

Though I am not normally one to play skirmish style games, the rich background, tongue and cheek humour and insanity of the Malifaux world really resonated with me as a hobbyist. Besides, it was fantastic to paint something that wasn't khaki or drab greens (too much WW2 hobby makes Brad a boring boy).

As a former bald, bouncer on Bourbon St (a million years ago it seems) the character of Mr. Graves calls to me on a very basic level. He is the guy lurking on the right in the picture above. He is linked thematically with the crooked casino owner Jacob Lynch which made his crew my first port of call.

You might be wondering about the bright translucent purple parts of models. Wyrd Miniatures makes alternative versions of their models that sometimes include translucent plastics. I really wanted to paint up one of these crews and so I hunted down the "Nightmare" version of the Dark Debts box.

After assembling these models I carefully masked off the parts I wanted to stay purple using Blu-Tac before priming the models normally using black GW primer. In the case of the Hungering Darkness (the giant teeth monster above), I used a brush-on primer before painting his few bits and pieces.

I used drab greys, blacks and browns to paint these models as I wanted the purples to "pop" and I am really pleased with the end results!

In order for me to hit the 50 Soul Stone limit to play most tournament games I need to paint a few more models. I have two primed Wastrels, two base coated Stitched Together and a 70% finished Beckoner in the wings to get this crew across the line. I want to try and get these done in the next few weeks around my World Eater project. I just need school holidays to hit so I have time. I cannot wait!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Gathering Pieces - Acquiring A Variety Of Armour Types For My World Eaters

After finally getting my grubby paws on the Chaos Legions book and after carefully reading and rereading how army building works in 40K, I have bought my ticket for Arc40K and have tentatively turned in my 30K skinned World Eater list for the event. When I quit 40K a few years ago I sold off most of my fully painted armies and a large chunk of my bits pile. Thankfully, because we had long term houseguests, I lost access to the last of my collection. This means I still have quite a nice collection of space marine bits! While this was very helpful to go through (to get ideas), I was surprised at how little I could use for a proper 30K project.

Not one to slack on the details, I really wanted my army to look and feel like a proper, early to middle Heresy era World Eater army. This meant a lot of scrounging. I started by buying a Calth boxed game. This gave me an excellent jumping off point in the form of 30 Mark IV marines, 5 terminators and a Contemptor pattern dreadnought. Problem is that Angron's sons are known for high casualties and a high turnover of equipment because of misuse, abuse and attrition. I don't want the army to look... standardised. I want my marines to look like tech priests have been scrounging and scraping to keep these guys equipped and armed on the battlefield. I needed different marks of marine armour and a pile of spare weapons and replacement bits!

I was able to source two squads of Mark III marines from the new Prospero boxed game. In an idea world I really would have preferred to use this Mark for most of my marines as it looks brutal and it is an older model of armour BUT I started with the Calth box soooooo c'est la vie. 

Likewise, I really wanted to acquire some Mark II armour (which is essentially a less fortified version of the Mark III) to either represent veterans or poor marines, who because of the breakdown of their original armour, are forced to wear this older, out of date armour pattern. Luckily Forge World sell these guys in packs of five. Unlucky, ordering from Forge World can be a brutally expensive experience. Given that I already had 50 marines, I grabbed a single pack of these guys to add variety to my forces. 

This left one armour variant to obtain. The Mark V. Now, if you read your fluff this is a stopgap design to equip legions on the fly after the Heresy breaks out. The first time I read about this armour in White Dwarf, when I was literally a kid (25ish years ago), I wanted some. Ironically, though I could have easily bought some from Forge World, I chose not to. Instead I dug through my bits box and pulled out a pile of torsos to match this variant's distinctive external hose system. I also ordered 10 additional Mark IV legs from an Ebay online store. Why not go whole hog? Well, after buying all the weapons I needed for my marines (more on that in a future post)... I realised that I had blown my budget. Besides given the large numbers of marine parts I already own and the slapdash nature of this suit, I thought I could just make my own. Besides I have always hated the look of the external piping on the thigh plates. That said, I really need to get a few of the suit's distinctive helmets to make these guys stand out from their brothers. 

Now that everything is ordered and is on the way. It is time to start cleaning flash from the legs, torsos and arms that I do have! 

More soon!

Monday, December 5, 2016

What to do? What to do? (The Riddle of Arc Returns)

OK, so I said I was definitely doing World Eaters. I bought the bits from Forge World and they are en route. I even spent a few hours on Saturday cleaning the flash off of Mark 3 Space Marine armour so I could get this project off the ground. BUT as I worked... All the while I thought, I still don't know what the new Chaos Legions book with hold. And that made me a little nervous. 

Now you might think that spending cash on upgrade pieces would show my commitment to the project and to a great degree it does. But I needed those parts to get in the mail so I could get going and ship times from the UK to Australia during Christmas time are always a problem. Now though... I am at a crossroads. Do I stay the course regardless of rules and stick with the World Eaters? I am thinking so but as rumours of the other rules in the book trickle out of GW, I am starting to doubt my plans. 

Do the World Eater rules look bad... Hell NO!!! Let's take a look.

Apparently WE forces must take the Mark of Khorne, Berserkers are troops, and there is a rule that gives models fearless and furious charge plus lots of other rules including a free run at the start of the game. I will admit I am rusty at my GW rumour finding so many of these could be wrong. The consensus is though that World Eaters are bad ass. Cool.

So what is wrong? Weellllllllll... I also love Noise Marines. A LOT! As you can see here

The Emperor's Children rules not only give models a base 6+ Feel No Pain rule but they also give noise weapons a better strength and the shred rules. This does not fix some of the range issues that the sonic blasters have but a couple of units of noise marines would be awesome objective grabbers.  Plus the Forge World Noise Marine models look fantastic.


I guess I am going to have to wait until the weekend to see the actual Legion rules before I 100% commit. That said I am 85% in the World Eater camp...  

I guess, I should work on 32mm scenic bases in the meantime?  Hmmm... Time to buy some cork sheets.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

W O R L D E A T E R S ! ! ! (The Road To ARC40K Begins)

Even though I used to literally play every army of one type or another in 40K, I would say that the most fun that I have had building and painting armies has come when I worked on Chaos armies. Specifically, Chaos Space Marines. I have played Night Lords, Death Guard, Black Legion and Emperor's Children in my time but I have always had a soft spot for the complete lack of subtly brought to the table by Khorne's fanboys... The World Eaters.

Now, I am not really in the mood to paint a million berserkers in crimson so I almost went back to the drawing board and return to my first Chaos force: The Night Lords. But, I remembered the World Eater Horus Heresy colour scheme, white and blue. Not only has GW put out two excellent sets of plastic 30K models lately (The Calth and Prospero boxed games) making HH armies easier and cheaper to build BUT I have discovered that I really like the look for the Warhammer 30K ruleset! Why not kill two birds with one stone and paint a single army for both Arc and 30K. 

This gets even more exciting, hobby wise, when considering the building and painting aspects of the project. The World Eaters are determined bastards and do whatever it takes to achieve their goals on the battlefield, even if that means sacrificing themselves to succeed. A 30K World Eater army will have lots of replacements to fill the ranks when causalities thin their numbers. Because of this I can break up the monotony that using a single armour type can bring by mixing up space marine armour variants and weapons throughout my force. 

In addition, white is such a blank canvas to add to, it really opens up interesting combinations of weathering and blood spatter effects. I think that it will contrast nicely with grey rubble/ruins bases and really pop on the tabletop. I have had plenty of practice in recent times painting white onto winter tanks and infantry for my Bolt Action Winter War and Battle of the Bulge forces and I think I have a good strategy to get it done reasonably quickly... for me.

Not to mention, the blue on the shoulder pads will give me another great contrast colour to add my miniatures and will give me a colour that will let me get a few extreme highlights in (one of my guilty pleasures).

All in all, I gotta say. I am pretty excited to get this project started and to get creative building a force of these frothing loonies.

Time to buy a Calth boxed set!

Friday, December 2, 2016


A few week's ago I was asked by a mate if I wanted to return as a player to Arc40K 2017. For those who do not know about Arc, it is the largest 40K event in the southern hemisphere and it is the longest running 40K event in Australia. This is will be its 20th anniversary. 

As a former champion and as the first person to ever win it twice, I thought it would be a great opportunity to have some fun. For those who have not been following my hobby progress over recent years, I have been a prolific player of, podcaster about and writer about, Bolt Action, over at WWPD. Though I love what Bolt Action 2.0 brings to the table... I have gotten really tired of the negativity of some vocal members of the community, both locally and abroad to the point where I need a break. Whereas, in the past, I probably would have shrugged this off, I am fairly exhausted. I have spent the last two years working on a Master's while working full time. 

I finished my Master's a few weeks back and I have found myself with a sudden flood of free time and the need to do something fun and creative. Building a 40K army from scratch and relearning to play 40K (I have not touched the game in two editions) sounds exactly like what I need. Hopefully I do not hate what the game has become!

Arc has a series of particular comp rules and restrictions to balance armies. These guidelines were what really tipped me over the edge.
  • CAD armies are encouraged heavily by the comp pack
  • No Gargantuan Creatures.
  • No Superheavies.
  • No Forgeworld Rules.
  • No armies comprised totally of Imperial Knights.
  • No Formations that give FREE additional models to your army list, ie Gladius Strike Force, comprised of 2 demi-
  • companies.
  • If you have a Pskyer in your army list, you must nominate which Psychic discipline you will be using across the weekend. 
  • Comp will be judged by a series of independent comp judges, meaning gamey lists will be punished. I know this is controversial but I am looking forward to playing some fluffy, fun armies.
As this blog was always about my GW hobby, I thought I would bring it back from the dead to post my progress as I build my army and prepare for the event. I have until March 18th to get ready. 

The timer is ticking time to get my act together! 

Ready. Set. Go!!!