Monday, 22 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
So today, i thought i do alittle comparison, the dull coat vs army matt antishine varnish. Ive used both know quite abit and i thought id pass on some knowledge to those that are interested in using.
Dull Coat -
So now they have reformulated it, still smells like crap and has a lovely warning from the state of calforina stating there is stuff in it that may give you cancer. Lovely. It comes in quite a small can and is roughly the same price or abit cheaper than a can of GW spray depending on where you get it. When spraying i advise using a mask and some gloves due to the nasty nature of the stuff and always make sure you are up wind of it. Ive been using it to take down the shine on my flesh tearers which were gloss varnished in the GW ardcoat stuff from the pots. The varnish needs two thin coats to properly get into all the bits and cracks of a model and provides a nice matt finish that makes it looks like you just freshly painted it. My orginal worries was that it would effect the look of the GW matt washes, but i can safely say it does not. If anything it helps improve them! I was most impressed! If you want photos of these just look at my last post and you can see for yourself.
Army Painter Anti Shine Varnish -
So i have previously used this on some dipped items when i was doing an imperial guard army last year. It was my first real foray into varnishing models as i had never previously done anything. Id heard some interesting things about the cans and had watched the video about shaking them for about 2 minutes and making sure the cans became nice and warm. The anti shine varnish certainly did take the shine out but i find the quality not great and i was getting tiny white flecks from the spray. It also gives a interesting matt finish, not quite a true finish bringing back the orginal colours in the same way the dull coat does. A can is again about the same price as a GW spray can but you get a whole load more spray in the can. Here are some before and after photos so you can make you own mind up
Before (a dipped model)
After (After army painter varnish)
Overall Judgement -
Overall despite the dull coats nasty smell and rather toxic appearance, it for me is the better product mainly because it gives a nice truer matt finish than the army painter varnish. The downsides are certainly the smaller can and nasty smell but for the finish you can beat it. The army painter cans have been plagued by problems and the flecks of white are a common occurance no matter how much you shake or warm. Ive dull coated while it was damp outside (i live in a rain forest!) and ive had no problems!
Both are good products and do the job but as a choice id take the dullcoat anyday!
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
So i saw a cool looking blog from another blog and have shameless stolen the template in order to vamp up my blog along with my army of flesh tearers, so please bare with me while i get everything running. Ive got to remember how to code stuff again, i havent been near coding since uni!
Saturday, 28 August 2010
So then here in lies the next question, whats good enough for table top? Now for those who listen to Heelanhammer (if not check it out) and have heard the sounds of dan 'the porridge eater' heelan and wayne 'the game' you would know these guys are always at painting armies or at least wayne is. Both the guys have alot of talent and some very pretty armies. But even these guys have said that as a painter you never really happy with your painting as you painted it and know all the little short comings that annoy you but wouldnt be apparent to others.
I find this very true and the guys on the latest podcast have said that this could even prevent you doing your hobby. I totally agree and i think ive had abit of hobby fear with painting, which has stopped me from painting. Im a gamer at heart and my problem with painting is that my painting ideas never really come out how ive wanted with other armies. This is down to a lack of painting progression on my part because of my hobby fear.
My other problem is that i find painting infantry in large amounts (well 30 is large enough for me), soul destroying, so in away to get this army done by jan and overcome my hobby fear. Ive decided to paint one marine a day. So then this should take 30 days in order to finish the 20 assault marines and 10 normal marines for my army.
So hear is my challenge to you! Paint a marine aday!
More progress pictures to come!
Thursday, 26 August 2010
So far im working my way through the troops. Here is my colour scheme, nice and dark and easy, perfect for tabletop quality -
Finished Sarg - Just need to do the eyes, but have run out of green paint!
My lists consist of the following for 1750
Libby with jump pack
2 x Sang Priests with jump packs and power weapons
2 x 10 Man assault squads with power fists and 2 meltas per squad
2 x 5 Man Assault squads with lascannon razorbacks
2 x Baal Predators (heavy bolters and assault cannons)
1 x Vindicator
2 x Predator with autocannon and lascannon sponsors
More Progress to come, ive also got a couple of reviews coming up!
Thursday, 3 June 2010
So we had a winner howard from http://howardvauxworkshop.blogspot.com/
and a nids codex and dragon forge base are flying over to him now! Howards is now running his own blog give away, so i thought id show abit of support and link him! Go visit and take part and you could win some nice new 40k cities of death terrain!
Friday, 28 May 2010
Shipping and Price:
So I order 30 bases and got a free large 60mm base for my troubles (again awesome deal from Jeff) which cost me 35 US dollars or 24 GBP including postage (30 for bases and 5 for postage). Not bad really for 30 bases. To do a comparison micro art studios would charge me 30 GBP for 30 bases and they also do some lovely bases as well which I’ve built armies with. It took 8 days to travel to myself in New Zealand from America to the middle of nowhere (i literally live in a rainforest) and the postage actually cost 6 US dollars, so i saved 1 dollar! So again can’t fault that service.
The bases came in a box in their own plastic bags, on first inspection there weren’t any noticeable defections bar some flash around the bottom of the bases. Couple of small air bubbles on the bottom of the bases but that doesn’t matter. So I set them aside for washing and cleaning up. The bases didn’t really have any release agent on them and only required alight scrub. These are pressure cast bases and done by a one man operation, the casting quality is good but not as good as micro art studios but I think that’s reflected in the price. From the photo below you can see the air bubbles that have affected some of the bases, this isn’t really an issue as sand and paint will cover these but something to consider. It’s not an issue for me but when comparing to micro art studio bases, you won’t find this sort of things at all with their bases. But again price reflects this i think, its really my only criticism of dragon forge.
Mounting them was easy enough, however not all the surfaces are flat which is really down to the design meaning I had to file some bits down to get a flush mounting for my marines. But again not a issue for me.
So I’m quite happy with these bases, the quality, price and shipping are great, Jeff is a friendly guy to deal with and quite a busy chap! The only negative point is the small air bubbles from the pressure casting which could be down the mould itself, its hard to tell without looking at the moulds themselves as it seems to be them rather than air bubbles in the casting. However again not an issue for me. All together a good product and well priced, id certainly recommend them to anyone.
Therefore i give them a 4/5, the only minus coming from the air bubbles in the casting.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
So this was started by the guys at Santa Cruz, and basically involves giving free stuff away! So i recently entered but lost, however im going to give some stuff away anyway as a kind of mini birthday for 40k bunny ( i cant rmember how long this blog has been going, not that long!).
So basically here is the deal, im going to give away a brand new copy of the tyranid codex plus a 60mm wasteland base from dragon forge designs and post it for free to the lucky winner.
Want to participate?
If you want to win a prize of your own and join this Give-Away, go comment on this blog. The rules of the give-away are as follows:
1. you must have a blog.
2. you must have something worthwhile to offer up to give away for free.
3. if you win, you must hold your own blogsite give away using the same rules to pay it forward.
4. you must contact us with a link to your give away so we can send bloggers to your site.
5. you may only enter once per give away.
1. leave a comment to this post as follows.
2. Answer the question below correctly (giving estimatation).
3. State what you will give away on your blog to pay it forward.
I will choose the winner based on how convincing they are and what they offer to the next winner.
So i recently purcahsed aload of dragon forge bases (review coming soon) it took them 8 days to travel 13434.10 km (1679.26 km per day and 69.96km per hour). But in which country did they end up in? For bonus points, which town did they end up in? Person with the closet answer wins?
Failing that ill invent a tie breaker question or the person with the most correct answer to the question wins!
Ill give everyone 1 week, so this time next week ill annonce the winner!
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Im looking abit shocked at this point and ask why she thinks i play with to soldiers at which point she shows me the box. Now GW in new zealand when you do mail orders get it shipped over from Australia. On the custom slip in quite large letters it says to my slight horror 'TOY SOLIDERS' which was infact my marine jump packs and shoulder pads. At which point the piss taking starts. Now i can take that im just horrified at GW for destroying my closet gaming secret!
So i wonder if anybody else has been caught out by being a closet gamer???
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Friday, 9 April 2010
But i can decide which list i want :( !
Thoughts and comments please!
List No 1)
Libby with storm shield - Pts 145
psychic powers - Shield of Sanguinius + Unleash Rage
3 x Sanguinary Priest - pts 215
2 x jump pack
1x power weapon
10 Tactical Marines - Pts 215
2 x 10 Assault Marines - Pts 470
8 Assault Marines - Pts 189
Melta + Power fist
Land Raider - Pts 215
Dedicated transport for 8 man marine
What to add for 51 points!
Second Marine List
Libby - Pts 130
Termi armour with storm bolter
psychic powers - Blood Lance + Unleash Rage
Furiso Libby Dread - Pts 175
6 x Termi Assault Squad - Pts 260
4 Thunder Hammers
Sang Priest - Pts 85
2 x 6 Tac Marines - Pts 322
2 x 5 Man Assault Squad - Pts 270
Melta + Power fist
Land Raider Crusader - 250
Total points - 1492
Comments would be brill????
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Now there could be a list of reasons for this?
Buisness / Money - Not having to put on a free tournament
Competitive - Trying to move away from a WAAC scene and open it up to more people.
Personally i think this is a sad time. As for me in the UK the GT was the the tournament for the best of the best and it was great to have players from all over europe come and play. Now i dont think this is gonna stop them, but we lost the UK's most presitious 40k event.
There are now talks to try and set up an independant committee or link up with some of the other UK stores in order to organise a replacement tournament with regional qualifiers and a final. The main forum for this is
Independant Grand Tournament Forum
Now the WFB scene is completely different and i believe the guys from Unseen Lurker are trying to set it up, i really hope 40k indy tournament scene has the boost that the WFB has got in the last two years!
Id really like to see a replacement, but what do you guys think?
Friday, 2 April 2010
So its my first real post for 2010 and I’m still travelling! While wargaming has taken a back seat, its still there in my mind! While ive been enjoying the beautiful country of New Zealand, I’ve got a job here for a few months (though im quite literally in the middle of nowhere near a glacier). This has let me settle down for abit and because there isn’t alot else to do besides walking and baking, wargaming is back! So I thought I’d run alittle mini series of all things wargaming in new Zealand!
Not sure exactly what its going to cover but all things wargaming that I’ve found in my travels over here. My main link with what going on in the rest of the world has been TGN and Ranking HQ which has its very own ranking s for the guys in New Zealand (go look!). Lets not forget New Zealand was the birth place of Flames of War as well!
So far the hidden gem for me has been Trade Me as New Zealand doesn’t have an ebay as such trade me is there ebay. I picked up a brand new copy of space hulk for 100 New Zealand dollars including postage, which isn’t bad if you ask me. Plus they got loads of other stuff on there, take alook!
Other sites I’ve come across are the Tabletop Terrain, great little website with loads of tutorials and tips and a good little guide on how to make your own custom colour dip, looks really good on the genestealers from space hulk!!!
Another brill link is Vagabonds based in Auckland, brilliant shop with loads of wargaming goodness! I shall be ordering my Horus Heresy novels!
I’m currently waiting for my Blood Angels Codex to appear on pre order from Wayland Games, I recommended for international shipping especially if your in New Zealand! So once I get that ill be doing a proper review of the codex (gone abit mad with blood angels!). In other news alittle while ago at Games Day 2009 i had a rumour float around about phatom titans and lo and behold!
So now hopefully there will be the second masterclass book coming soon!!!! Anyway once I’ve got a few more links and some pictures of blood angels i shall being posting it. Its all old news i know!