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21Sep/210

GenCon 2021 Previews by Games Workshop

With the new way of communication, Games Workshop is more open on their previews. Along with the limitations of participating on shows, they opened up even more and do quite broad coverage on their Warhammer Community page.

Earlier last week, there was a preview, that we would see some new announcements on GenCon. For those of you not familiar with GenCon, it is the largest tabletop game (not just tabletop wargames, but any kind of game played upon a tabletop including related things like cosplay, video games and so on) event in North America. Comparable to the SPIEL in Germany, but in a much more professional, user-centred way.

Games Workshop - GenCon Teaser Games Workshop - GenCon Teaser

Games Workshop just posted the logos of the systems that would be covered, Warhammer 40,000, Blood Bowl, WarCry, Warhammer Underworlds, Necromunda and Kill Team.

20Sep/210

US Motorpool – Part I

As mentioned in my reducing the stock and moving posts, I cut down on open projects. This affected among other projects Bolt Action. I merged some off the themed armies and sold the surplus, especially the vehicles.

I made a mindmap for the projects that will stay. And the Bolt Action armies, which will be set up in a way to be able to put to use in other systems as well, for example like Battlegroup, are:

Late War - Winter of 1944/45

Mid War - Desert and Jungle

  • Deutsches Afrikakorps
  • 8th Army
  • Chindits

Project Backlog

13Sep/210

Oathmark – Skeleton Infantry

I managed to get my hands on two sprues of the Skeleton Infantry for Oathmark in trade, and as I like the design of them, I thought I'd cover them in a review. So this is not going to cover a whole box, but only the sprue.

Oathmark - Skeleton Infantry Oathmark - Skeleton Infantry

These add to an already extended range of Oathmark plastic kits, covering Elves, Dwarfs, Greenskins and Humans. And are out there on the market, along with a few other undeads made from plastic in 28mm:

8Sep/210

Twelve months, 20,- Euro – Part 8

It's happened to me again, it's September and I'm writing my recap for August - yes, the summer void has continued and aside from a few more rocks for my terrain collection, I haven't gotten far.

Twelve months, 20,- Euro – Part 8

But I am all the more satisfied with the result. I had already finished the lower three rocks and expanded them with the four rock formations above. I never thought I'd ever have to write so many words about rocks in the tabletop field, but they are amazingly versatile as game terrain.

2Sep/210

August 2021 review

Parental leave is over and since March 2020, I went back from remote to physically being in the office in August. That certainly is a different situation, among others "loosing" an hour a day on commute.

It feels a bit weird to say, that with having reached September, it is only 4 more months until 2022. Times moving insanely fast. With that said, one of the gaps in my limited miniature collection could be closed, with an 10 year old miniature, the 2011 Salute event miniature sculpted by the Perrys. Quite happy about getting my hands on this one.

Salute 2011 - Limited Miniatures

Wednesday is my new streaming day. A new Marvel What If episode, along with updates on Warhammer+. I did a recap on the animated series on here, but todays update, that "only" covered a new episode of Angels of Death didn't really have that much of an impact. Only 17 minutes long - incl. intro, but revealing the foe of the narrative. It didn't really develope the story and the sound composing issues are still there, along with some weird clipping of the shoulder pads on the Blood Angels themself. Looking forward to a new episode of Hammer & Bolter and hopefully some throwbacks in the vault.

28Aug/210

Warhammer+ – Hammer & Bolter & Angels of Death

A week ago on thursday, I received an invitation for a pre-release screening on the first Hammer & Bolter episode "Old Bale eye", which will be part of the Warhammer+ content.

Games Workshop ordered multiple Warhammer animations, among them the previewed Hammer & Bolter series. In the first episode we meet two Orks, who try to eat a Grot and are interrupted by a Runtherd. The runtherd takes the chances to bring the two ork boys back in line, by telling them the tale of Old Bale Eye, the ultimate enemy for any greenskin - Yarrick himself, and how Yarrick became the nemesis the orks got to know, fear and respect (a proper enemy is hard to find).

WarhammerTV - Hammer & Bolter Old Bale Eye WarhammerTV - Hammer & Bolter Old Bale Eye WarhammerTV - Hammer & Bolter Old Bale Eye

23Aug/210

Adeptus Titanicus – Legio Astraman Ad Arma Part III

This takes longer than I thought. For multiple reasons.

First of all, I really am not used to painting these kind of models. My experience is mostly with humanoids and tanks, and as I pointed out in almost every review on the Adeptus Titanicus range, these kits have an incredible amount of detail.

I managed to take my regular scheduled painting times, but due to their size and getting to know the models, it honestly takes forever to block in the base colours.

So beside showing you some half-painted miniatures, I'd like to share some learnings:

- Leave the armour plates off until painting. Seriously, it is much easier to paint them. On about one third of my titans I glued them on, and they are a bit more difficult to paint, than the later stock where I didn't do that.

- If you have access to a spray can or air brush, make use of it to block in the primary colours. I primed the models black with a spray can, but seperating the parts into those who would need a metal primer (and that's a lot, I underestimated the amount of blank metal these models cover below their heraldic / armour plate), and those covering your legion base colour(s), yet, depending on your paint job and multi-colour scheme of your legio, that might not be necessary.

- Prepare what you're going to do by studying the product pictures or other painted examples. Seriously, there is so much going on, especially on the back and underside, that it really eats up time for me to check, is this something that would be painted in metal or heraldry colour? Where does this plate end and the other section start?

Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Astraman Ad Arma Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Astraman Ad Arma

13Aug/210

Bolt Action – Jagdtiger

After covering multiple King Tigers on here, in resin and plastic, it is time to go for the heaviest beasts of the Tiger-Class tanks, the German tank destroyer Sd.Kfz. 186 Jagdpanzer VI - also known as Jagdtiger.

This beast is available in 28mm by multiple companies as a resin kit, but now comes for the first time in plastic, by the joint production of Warlord Games and Italeri. The kit I got, was a pre-release provided by the Dutch wargaming shop Tabletopper.nl. As such it didn't come in a cardboard box, it was simply the sprues in a plastic bag. The final product of course comes with instructions, decals and so on.

Bolt Action - Jagdtiger Bolt Action - Jagdtiger

The Jagdpanzer VI was another tank destroyer, based upon the chassis of a regular tank. The Germans did this multiple times, as we've seen with the Jagdpanther, the Sturmgeschütz III, Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer or Marder III (both based upon the Panzer 38(t)). But in this case, building upon the already pretty heavy Tiger II tank, the Jagdtiger became with around 70t the heaviest tank produced in series in history.

8Aug/210

Reinforcement straight from the foundry

I usually pick up Wargames Foundry at shows likes Crisis or Salute, but with the lack of shows "lately" I went for some direct ordering. As I have friends in the UK, I'm able to order without the hassle of customs and fees. These were ordered in April, Foundry did a great job having them delivered only a few days later within the UK, and I only recently came around to arrange the hand over. So that's only a solution for some non-time critical items, never the less - let's take a look at what I got myself.

Wargames Foundry Wargames Foundry

4Aug/210

Twelve months, 20,- Euros – Part 7

As you can see, I'm writing my review for July with some delay this time. Yesterday, as I was thinking about how this actually happened, it occurred to me that I seem to always have a bit of a hobby slump at the same time of year: July and August. On a rational level, this is due to a combination of repetitive reasons, all of which can be summed up as a "temporarily growing amount of obligations."

Nevertheless, there is at least a small update. For some time now I've been chasing the Animated Statue from the Halodyne range of the game Godslayer. No matter where you order online, it usually costs around 30,- Euro. Even with the 4.17 left over from the previous month, this would not have been possible.

But as fate would have it, Daniel, also known as blackmail82 in German-speaking forums, actually had this model at hand and left it to me for 15,- Euro including shipping.

Mortal Gods - Godslayer Halodynes