It’s been quiet on the hobby front for me, which doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t think about wargaming, in fact I do - most of the time. As I started a new study last year I noticed the time I have for the hobby is quite precious, I don’t have the time I used to have for the hobby anymore - which is kinda sad. However, I try to get stuff done anyway and this is where this new article format comes in. I think it’s an easy way to share what’s currently on my mind regarding wargaming and the hobby in general. I’d very much appreciate it to know if you guys enjoy reading this or you’d rather like something short and perhaps more pictures?
The Fang 2013
I’m currently still working on the Contemptor Dreadnought for my Mantis Warriors. Progress has been slow but I’m getting there! The Contemptor is also going to be my entry for The Fang Painting Competition 2013 (formerly known as “De Lage Landen”), this is basically a competition for the best painters in the Netherlands (now - being The Fang - it’s also for the rest of Northern Europe). The first round will be held at any Games Workshop store on the 13th of April, if you place either first, second or third in your respective category you’ll place for the finals at Games Day Amsterdam the following week on the 20th of April. Me and two other friends will be representing our local GW as we did last year. The plan is to at least finish the Contemptor Dreadnought for the Vehicle Category and if I have enough time left I’d like to paint up the new alternative Radagast the Brown for the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit category.
Other than The Fang something else has caught my attention and had been on my mind ever since. I’ve been looking to get into Warmachine for a while now but somehow I never made the big step to start an army. I’ve been looking at getting into the game for over a year now and somehow it keeps calling me. I was torn between either Khador, Retribution of Scyrah or Mercenaries and never made a final decision on either of these factions. But then something happened about a week ago, Privateer Press held their keynote at TempleCon of things to come for 2013. They announced a new faction for Warmachine; the Convergence of Cyriss - I was impressed. This really was the final push I needed to get into Warmachine, this is what got me interested in Warmachine in the first place; steam-powered (or in this case, clockwork) robots, and lots of them! Somehow the clockwork/Metropolis look and feel really appeals to me.
However, there is still one more thing I have to do before I can start Warmachine; I have to convince my friends/gaming group to start playing as well. Most of the people in my gaming group are avid players of Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Fantasy (but usually we play Mordheim). I usually am distracted quite easily when it comes to finishing armies, again this is something that drew me to Warmachine as well (the same as Mordheim did a few years ago), being a skirmish game it makes it a lot easier to get a game started, something that has been a problem with Warhammer 40,000 - to be fair I haven’t played a game in about 4 years simply because I really want to have a fully painted army when playing the game. I literally have played only 3 games during 5th edition, which makes me feel ashamed as well as wonder how many armies I have started and never finished during these years. Not to mention 6th edition, the current number of games equals zero. However, I’m quite convinced that Warmachine might be the game to get me back into wargaming as a whole. How can I make this game appeal to my friends, and how can I explain them that it’s not just “another game”? I know some of my followers play Warmachine, so to them: how did you convince people or did your gaming group already play Warmachine?
I guess this is it for this first edition on what’s been on my mind. I’ll try to make this a monthly thing so I can keep you guys up to date!
Mantis Warriors Contemptor Dreadnought - WIP
It’s been about 1.5 month since the last update so I thought I’d show you guys some progress. I’ve mostly been working on my Contemptor Dreadnought for my Mantis Warriors, I’ve had this particular kit for over a year now so it was about time I’d start cracking on it! Personally, I’d had a hard time getting the legs right - it just didn’t seem to work the way I had in mind! Eventually I got the pose I wanted, I’m quite happy how he turned out but I’ll probably put more thought in my next Contemptor Dreadnought (that’s right, another Contemptor!).
I magnetised the arms so I’ll be able to field my Contemptor with whatever weapons I feel like using - at the moment I only have the fist and the Assault Cannon. At the moment he’s mostly held together with blu-tack. Unfortunately the cast of the fist wasn’t great, it was terrible to say the least. You can see I fixed most parts with Milliput, but it was in terrible condition when I received it. I was thinking about giving Forge World a call but unfortunately I bought this one off eBay, I’m pretty sure they ask for a order number to help you or to send a replacement kit.
Everything is obviously WIP, the dead marine will probably hail from the Minotaurs chapter!
barbecueporkbun asked: Loving your mantis warriors, trying a similar thing myself, what colours did you use for the green?
Thanks man! The green is Gretchin Green from the old Foundation Paints, I believe the new name is Deathworld Forest. The green is shaded with Athonian Camoshade and highlighted with a mix of Deathworld Forest and Karak Stone (Kommando Khaki). Hope this helps!
I’ve been trying out a new, quicker way to post updates on Tumblr. I made this picture using Instagram on my iPhone. I’m quite happy about the quality of the picture so I guess updating like this will be a common thing from now on!
Forge World: Tartaros Pattern Terminator Armour -
Just saw the new Tartaros pattern Terminators, I’m not sure wether I like them or not.. The cool thing is that these are basically MkIV ‘Maximus’ pattern versions of Terminator armour (which is the preferred pattern of power armour for the Mantis Warriors). Though the poses seem a bit static..
What do you guys think?
Wow, I haven’t posted anything in ages! Time for some updates then.
I’ve been working on a couple more Mantis Warriors for my army. This unit of 4 + a Sergeant will be one of my entries of this years “De Lage Landen” Painting Competition 2012. For those not familiar with this competition you read more about it here.
They’re obviously still WIP, painting the chapter symbol on the other marines will be a paint in the butt though!
New leaked Necrons pictures at Beast of War! -
Well, they look pretty cool. I like the floating corpse-cart style thing.
Kerrin and Associates: Death Korps Army list -
I made this list out of what I ordered from ForgeWorld. I ordered what I thought was cool so this list might not be great.
Please tell me what you think.
HQ: Company Command Squad
Company Command Squad
- Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon (x4); Lasgun (x4); Die Hards; Hardened Fighters;…
You might wanna try the updated Siege Regiment list for 5th edition, you can download it right here. Other than that I like the list, it has a lot going on and I love that you included an Engineer squad, as the miniatures are awesome!
Looking forward to see some mini’s once your order arrives. :)