The Painting Phase

The Painting Phase is a hobby podcast/vlog that was joined last year by Chris "Peachy" Peach, when he left Games Workshop.

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HarrowHyrst – Forest Wyrm

In addition to the Treeman and Griffin, I just had to have the Forest Wyrm when Trish announced it. He has a name, Quercus, and is called either Forest Dragon or Wyrm. Yet, per definition of "dragonoids", he would count as a Drake (four legs, no wings), not a Dragon (four legs and two wings) or a Wyrm (giant serpent, no legs, no wings).

Quercus is a multipart resin kit with a 100 x 50 mm laser cut mdf base. Very clean cast, various casting aids from little stubs to rods, but no air bubbles and minor flash.

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Quercus consists out of four parts, Head, front legs, body with right leg and tail with left leg. The casting aids are well placed, so that you can remove them without causing damage to the model or sculpted areas.


The Barons War – Outremer arrived

I backed the first Barons War Kickstarter back in 2019, and last year I went for the big pledge in the Outremer campaign, their 4th Barons War crowdfunding.

There were two motivations for me to do that, the first was this would grant me a second force for my Crusade themed project and I'd finale have the chance to have a personal sculpt done, and in this case even by Paul Hicks himself.

Barons War - Outremer Kickstarter Pledge

And the miniatures arrived in two batches. The first covering my unique sculpt and some bonus content (shown further below) and the second one was my main pledge, covering the Antagonist set of miniatures and a few additional codes, that I went for.


Warhammer 40.000 – Dark Angels Deathwing Terminators / Knights / Command Squad

The Wrath of the Soul Forge King Box features a Dark Angel miniaturers set, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and which I actually had on the table in 2013 (!). For this reason, I'm giving the review an HD update, have adapted the pictures to the new format and adjusted the text in the appropriate places. Apart from that, it's "Throwback" today with the Deathwing Terminators, which can also be built as knights or a commando squad.

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The multi unit box set, from which one of the above mentioned three units can be built, contains parts for 5 terminators as well as a companion and costs 50 Euros (the set has thus only become 5 EUR / 10% more expensive since the release). Besides a multi-page building instruction, 3 medium sized sprues, 5x 40mm round bases and one 25mm round base are included. Also included is the generic Space Marine decal sheet (for which there is actually no use, as the miniatures have no free areas on their shoulder armour or banners to attach them).


Warhammer 40,000 – Chaos Space Marines Vashtorr the Arkifane

As part of the Wrath of the Soul Forge King boxed set Games Workshop introduces a new character for the Chaos Space Marines - Vashtorr the Arkifane.

Warhammer 40,000 - Wrath of the Soul Forge King

He is part of the Arks of Omen storyline, which introduces him as a powerful Daemon and ruler of the Forge of Souls.  He commands his own army, the Cult of the Arkifane, which has no specific allegiance to any Chaos God, but more Chaos Undivided with a Dark Mechanicum proximity.


Warhammer 40,000 – Dark Angels Supreme Grand Master Azrael

With the Wrath of the Soul Forge boxed set, we see the return of Supreme Grand Master Azrael, after he crossed the Rubicon Primaris.

Warhammer 40,000 - Dark Angels Supreme Grand Master Azrael

He certainly will - as many of the other characters - be available on his own outside of the bundle. So far no RRP was communicated on him, but I assume he will be around price of High Marshal Helbrecht - 42,50 EUR / 32,50 GBP.


Bolt Action Campaign Italy – Soft Underbelly

The Bolt Action campaign content about Italy was spread across two campaign books, Soft Underbelly, which we will cover today and Tough Gut, which will be available in the next months.

Bolt Action Campaign Italy - Soft Underbelly

Campaign Italy: Soft Underbelly was released in autumn 2022, accompanied with a first wave of updated miniatures (incl. plastics) for the Italian forces. The 176 pages cover the first major operation of the Western Allies, moving forward from North Africa towards South Europe / Italy, with Operation Husky via Sicily onto the Italian Peninsula towards Rome. As for the Mediterranean campaign, this is chronologically the book after The Western Desert.


February 2023 review

February was mostly about two things - the Battle for Uulda Adeptus Titanicus gaming event and visting Hamburg Tactica!

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On Tactica I wrote an event report, as well covered my haul from the day.


Blood Bowl – Treeman

To bring a little more variety to my Old World Alliance team and not just have a "human team with dwarves", I promptly acquired a treeman last year.

Blood Bowl - Treeman


Warhammer 40,000 – Space Marine Brutalis Dreadnought

While we had our last review covering a Dreadnought last year as part of our Horus Heresy Age of Darkness coverage with the Contemptor Dreadnought plastic kit, today we want to cover the new Space Marine Brutalis Dreadnought, available from today via the Strike Force Agastus.

Warhammer 40,000 - Space Marine Brutalis Dreadnought

The new Primaris sized Dreadnoughts are a bit of a mixture of the classic dreadnought we know from the 90s is classified as Castraferrum Pattern Mark V Dreadnought, and the old Rogue Trader era Dreadnought Armour. The early designs, closer to robots than the walking sarcophagus they are nowadays, were picked up with the Contemptor pattern. If you take a look on the legs, you see they are more articulated as with the Castraferrum pattern and the design department went back to that.