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17Nov/210

Thunderhawks – Hooo!

Closing the gap on the area between Adeptus Titanicus and Aeronautica Imperialis got a bit easier, with the recent release of Astartes Aircrafts. And among those aircrafts, is one of the most famous flyers the Space Marines have, the mighty Thunderhawk! (Imagine the Thundercats intro ... hooooo!)

Aeronautica Imperialis - Astartes Aircrafts

I have to be honest, the Thunderhawk has a special meaning for me. Beginning with the first Thunderhawk, all metal kit, that was released in the late 90s and I even held that one on my first visit to Warhammer World in 1999. And that particular kit got much more attention this year, when Emil a.k.a. Squidmar got one of these Thunderhawk kits, painted it up and sold it for an impressive 25.600 GBP.

3Nov/210

White Dwarf Trio – August til October 2021

Catching up with the last three issues of White Dwarf, #467 August, #468 September and #469 October 2021. I do have an subscription, but due to the move and some hickups with the post, I got replacements for 467 and 468 in form of the regular copies.

White Dwarf - Issues 467 468 469

In the August issue, #467, the overall focus was heavy on the new edition of Age of Sigmar, covering Kruleboyz and updated Stormcasts. However, the issue has some interesting conversions, that I like to point out. First of all, this impressive combination of the Mega-Gargant and the Canis Rex Knight Preceptor. A very fitting use of the shield and helmet, to make a huge Bretonnian Knight.

2Nov/210

October 2021 review

Halloween is over and we've reached November. In this month, we've covered the Nexus Syphon and plastic Gunfighters as reviews.

Age of Sigmar - Realmscape Nexus Syphon Great Escape Games - Dead Man's Hand Plastic Gunfighters

Beyond that, I've been taking further care of my stock and preparing articles. A few things that I scanned, along with getting rid of boxes and packaging. On top of that, I am working on a motorpool article - similar to the US American post - covering the British in North Africa. I have prepared some Rubicon kits, on which I will go in detail this month (they're already built, the pictures are taken, just missing the text). I picked up the Sd.Kfz. 7/1 build again, as well as another captured vehicle for either the British or Germans in North Africa.

29Sep/210

September 2021 review

Sum up comes a bit early, but as I'm on vacation from today on, that's how it is going to be.

I am heading back to Northern Spain, for some family time. Last trip to Cantabria was 2016, and I covered Covadonga, MUPAC - Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria among others while I was there. This time will be more R&R, but I still hope to cover things like Castillo de Argueso, Corrales de Buelna and Comillas.

Covadonga - Lake of Enol Covadonga - Rey Don Pelayo MUPAC - Museo de Prehistoria y Arqueología de Cantabria

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.

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

14Jul/210

Adeptus Titanicus – Legio Astraman Ad Arma Part II

A brief update on the summer challenge.

Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Astraman and Auxiliaries

The first block are 6 miniatures, I went with two Reaver Titans and four Cerastus Lancers. After thoroughly cleaning mould lines and gaps before priming most of the models, I started with blocking in the base colours. Starting with Army Painter Gun Metal for the metallic parts of the titans.

5Jul/210

June review

Managed to get some things going in June. Some new and final arrivals to my collection.

I am a huge fan of the work of Paul Hicks, and one of rarer miniatures (besides the event miniatures he sculpted) is this set of British Napoleonic soldiers, strongly influenced by Sean Bean in Sharpe. After looking for a trader in Europe and trying to get these second hand - but with no results for over almost a year, I decided to order directly with Brigade Games. Shipping wasn't cheap at 28 USD (for a total of ~50 USD worth of miniatures), but went incredibly fast, as these arrived within 10 days - incl. going through customs.

Brigade Games - British Rifles Veterans Brigade Games - British Rifles Veterans Brigade Games - British Rifles Veterans

This isn't going to be some mass combat, but really a small skirmish setup around Sharpe's Rifles. So after looking at Osprey Games' Chosen Men, but putting that aside for it being far too large, as it is more like Saga at 40+ miniatures and not what I had in mind for the small battles, I went with Song of Drums & Shakos by Ganesha Games. Tabletop Stories has a review on the rule set. And if you're already there, give their Mecha-Spin off of What a tanker a go.

1Jul/210

Adeptus Titanicus – Legio Astraman Ad Arma

It is time to go for another Summer Challenge, 18 miniatures in 3 months. Last year I did an undivided beastman warband "Hooves and Fur" for my Realm of Chaos project.

Realm of Chaos - Hooves and Fur Realm of Chaos - Hooves and Fur

And as the new challenge is just right around the corner, I'm right in the middle of moving my studio, this simply calls for an Epic Journey Against all Reason and Sanity.