40K · Warhammer 40k

Release Day

So, the brand new version of 40K was released today and it felt a bit like Christmas…

We headed down to Stronghold Games to pick up the goodies we had pre-ordered and spent a bit of time chatting to some friends.

The next port of call was Hull’s Angels Games Club where we had arranged to meet with friends for a mass cut and stick session, as well as some games. I spent the next hour or so looking at the pretty books and reading.

Knowing where to begin is always a bit of an issue when faced with a big pile of sprues so my friend and I decided to do the logical thing – we used the instructions… The rest of the day was spent chatting, listening to my very random playlist and fighting with super glue.

The models went together easily however and they look amazing – even the gross Death Guard are ‘nice’ looking miniatures. I am really looking forward to getting some paint on them in the not too distant future!

Needless to say we didn’t get any games in but we did have a great day. I have even included a picture of the Ork Big Gunz one of my friends, Matt, was converting from MDF templates and various bits he had managed to find.

Today will be more of the same, while battling the hot weather. We might even get to play something if were lucky!

40K · space marines · Warhammer 40000

Battle Report: New 40K Demonstration!

So, today was the pre-release for 8th Edition 40K and we decided that it was a good enough time to go out and give it a try out. I have never played a game of 40K in my life and can count on one hand the amount of miniature games I have played in the past. It was something I was a touch nervous about, I’m not big on people watching what I am doing and we played in a store. At first, I was rather out of my comfort zone. Then I reminded myself that not many people have played this game before either as it was new rules and I relaxed.

Then I started to have actual fun.

A lot of the models in the few shots that I did manage to take were proxies, the store, which is always very busy, not yet had the time to put everything together. This happened as we played and by the end of the game nearly all the correct models were in play.

Not knowing a thing about what I was doing wasn’t a problem as I had friends about to lend a hand. I know I have a lot to learn when it comes to playing this game and it seems like at the moment there are a lot of rules to learn, however by the end of the game, I think I got the hang of it. I rolled a lot of dice and tried to stomp on the Chaos Spawn on the other side of the board.

Gradually, the two sides got closer together and  several pitched battles ensued. I quickly learned to ignore the plague zombies as they didn’t do a great deal and focus on the nastier models. One of the lieutenants survived surrounded by them and the  psyker for some time before finally succumbing to a disastrous end.

The guy with the bell on his back did far too much damage than was reasonable but he was eventually dispatched by the Captain, who was pretty hard – turns out powerfists are mean! I also want to give a special mention to the Inceptor squad, who fell from space just to blast things for me – they did a fine job of it too.

I liked the mechanic in the game where the leaders had auras (a bit like Paladin Auras in World of Warcraft) which meant I got to re-roll on ones. I know this report is a bit informal, it is built of first impressions and enthusiasm. I am sure that the more I play, the better I will get at learning the tactics and the proper names for things. Right now I am reveling in the fact that I enjoyed something I never thought I would. Yes, we have the game on pre-order and I am looking forward to being able to field some of the dudes I have painted up – that is all to come!



blue · Warhammer 40k

A Fighting Force…

Just thought I would give an update on how the painting is going as a whole as I now have enough models to look half decent in the display case.

When I started off painting Space Marines, I really did not have a clue what I was doing with them. I had seen them before, anyone who has entered a Games Workshop will have done, but I had never been interested. When I picked the first ones up a few short weeks ago I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy painting them.

I am now a semi-regular feature at the local games store – Stronghold (I should write about them here too one day) and have never enjoyed the hobby more than I do now.

New rules were announced for 40K yesterday as well, which also has me excited, I look forward to actually using these guys in the future and filling you all in on my blunderings through the game. I have no doubts that it will be a journey filled with blast holes and craters but I am looking forward to it all the same!

painting · Warhammer 40k

Painting Update

As some of you know, and my sister will very much understand, when someone says they’re selling off some unwanted Space Marines, we tend to buy them. Who would want them to be homeless or worse, sat in a cabinet in the local games store for all eternity waiting for a home?  It’s an act of kindness, not a sign of obsession I swear.

I have been repainting some of these Marines for some time. They were already a shade of blue, which made the job a little easier. I just needed to wash them so the blue was a bit darker and then highlight them as per the other ones I have painted. I want them all looking regimented. I imagine they’re proud of their colours and have some ideas for fiction based around this, though that is a post for another day.

I am rather pleased with the result of the one pictured above. I think the highlighting on the knee pads has come off rather well and I felt like showing this one off a bit more than the others. He is not quite finished, he needs chapter markings and squad markings painting on the shoulder pads and a few details adding here and there I am proud of the outcome of this one, though I know I am not the world’s best painter and never will be. I still feel as though this is a good effort, one of the better ones at the very least.