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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Limited Edition Marneus Calgar



Marneus is complete.  He has come out really well and sits nicely alongside Marius Gage (my TH/Shield Eternal Chapter Master).  The combined limited edition Space Marine Captains have come together brilliantly with some help from the pipe roller. 


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Too much WIP!


Something that I am sure a lot of hobbyists have suffered from is having too much on the go at one time. I have talked about it before but still find myself falling into the trap of stocking up too many kits and wanting to build/paint far too much in too short a period of time.



It's gotten so bad that it is actually hindering my ability to blog on stuff because I am not finishing things and getting distracted by the latest successful game test.

Here is a run down of where I think I am going wrong.

1.  Play testing the latest good idea and then wanting to paint that to the standard of everything else in quick time. In other words, inability to stick to one list for an extended period.
2.  If find airbrushing more satisfying than brush work at the moment.  Not completing one project before starting the next.
3.  Taking on too much.  Articles, mock up builds to allow gaming, my first commission for someone and getting in more games has meant the core of my hobby (building and painting) has taken a nose dive.
4.  I am a self-confessed shop-a-holic, something my fiancĂ©e has twice told me off for! :)

I will talk through some solutions of how I plan to go forward but let's see just how bad things are (or good depending how you look at it!).

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Double Ultramarines Thunderfire Cannon and Techmarine



Managed to get the Techmarines completed at last!  Pretty happy with the final look and feel of each unit.  Most of the techniques for painting these can be found in previous articles.  What I will say is their performance in games has been outstanding.  From vehicles, massed troops, important characters, these 2 cannons have laid waste to huge chunks of opposition armies.  Thundefire cannons are top of my list right now in terms of getting on the roster once all my troops choices are in place. 


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Limited Edition Marneus Calgar build and new articles.



My HTB website needs reinvigorated. I have been busy with work and hobby/website has really slipped off. I will talk about WIP overload (again) in my next article but I really want to get back on track.


In my opinion White Dwarf and Visions is so far removed from what I thought was historically good about WD that I wanted to do something about it. GW doesn't listen to anyone so asking them to change anything is a waste of time. Articles on list building, advance modeling techniques, tactics, detailed battle reports, use of other products (heresy!) that offer something GW doesn't or that are better is never discussed. Airbrushing is huge and so accessible nowadays yet it is totally ignored by GW. Look at coolminiornot.com; airbrushing is everywhere. It is as if it doesn't exist in GW's world.  I think there are loads of topics that used to be covered so well that sadly have been actively removed by GW's head-shed. 

So my solution and a way to get more up on HTB is to do small shorts on my hobby and articles I would want to read. Over the next few weeks I plan to discuss various WIP including the completion of the Falchion and Terminators, army list ideas, battle reports from Vale Renegades gaming club, display board building ready for Armies on Parade, an event report on a Warhammer Fest and more.

That's the idea anyway. We will see how time and resources pan out as each article takes a good few hours. I think it will help keep my building progress up and will force me to carve time out for the hobby which is good as I do enjoy it.  They do make so much good stuff so I don't want to be too critical.