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19th May 2019: The Tyranid Tinkerer

Some actual nice weather recently has allowed me to spray all my remaining unpainted Tyranids. This did first require me to do a bit of work on some of the models.
Some fishing shot was added to the bases of the Hormagaunts so they no longer fall over so easily. In addition, I finally got around to putting magnets on the guns of the Hive Guard so I can switch out which weapons they can use from game to game.

Adding fishing shot to bases

Adding fishing shot to bases

Adding magnets to some guns

Adding magnets to some guns

Hive Guard weapons ready for action

Hive Guard weapons ready for action

4th February 2019: Small Steps

Got a few things done these last couple of weeks, but have only ended up giving myself more tasks to do.

Up first, I've finally painted the old style Tyranid Warriors. They took way too long, so for the next unit I'm painting, the Termagants, I'm going to keep it as simple as possible, like I did for the Genestealers a few years back.

After many failed attempts, I finally settled for less than perfect for my Dark Eldar Wyches. Most of the casts I tried had imperfections, from small to very obvious. In the end, I've used the best 4 bodies, and will just try and fill the few little cracks and problem areas with either PVA or paint.
Finishing the Wyches was not the main problem I've had, as that honour belongs to the failcast Striking Scorpions that I got around to assembling recently. Holy shit. That material is so bad. GW started using that stuff years ago, meaning they've had a long time now to get it right, but it was a horrible experience getting those models table ready. Without doubt, I will never buy any such models ever again.
There was so much flashing to remove, and in really awkward places. There's also a fair few little bubbles, and 4 of the 5 swords needed heating and bending back into correct position. Shoddy.

It means that, at last, all my newly aquired models are now assembled, to go with all my already-owned models from last time. All I really need to do is magnetize the gun ends for the Hive Guard, and strip the Warriors I got from ebay (more Warriors, sigh).

Tyranid Warriors done at last

Tyranid Warriors done at last

Casting is harder than I thought

Casting is harder than I thought

All my new models

All my new models

6th January 2019: Construction Continues

My work on putting together all my other 40K models is also continuing. I have finally managed to glue together all the models that are made from stuff that was festering in my bits boxes. That's 68 new old models I've now got to paint. I am not the smartest.

All my new old models

All my new old models

I am still however trying to plow through all the new stuff I've bought. I've tried a few times to cast some new bodies for my Dark Eldar Wyches, as I want them all to be female, but they only send 6 such torsos in the box. I'm having varied results so far, but each new effort gets closer to my goal. There's also a few other extra little Tau bits I'm thinking of casting, but I don't know if I need them yet.
After picking up Celestine to boost my small Sisters army, I very quickly decided to convert her and her companions. I just hated how all three models were up in the air and trailing ribbons and shit all over the place. So instead, I've trimmed off all the ribbons and have glued them on to some small ruin bits. It will look a hell of a lot better when they are done in my opinion. I just wish it was possible (or a lot easier) to get rid of Celestine's roses as well, but as it is, I've had to leave them.
I've also tried magnetizing for the first time, as I couldn't decide which jump jets to put on my Tau commander. For a change, that little project seems to have worked first time.

Casting adventure part 1

Casting adventure part 1

Casting adventure part 2

Casting adventure part 2

Ridding the ribbons

Ridding the ribbons

Now I can attach my commander to my fridge

Now I can attach my commander to my fridge

29th November 2018: Contenders Assemble

After all those purchases I made a few weeks back, I've really had my hands full putting a lot of models together. It's not helped that I decided to go through my (now pretty hefty) bits boxes and recruit many more reinforcements from the old or previously unassembled models found within it.

In quite a stupid move, I decided that all my spare Space Marine models and parts should be put to use. This meant stripping a few 90s metal Grey Hunters, as well as bringing some Rogue Trader era plastic "beakies" out of mothballs. What this means is I've now got around 30 more Marines to paint. Bugger.

Not had to use a stripping pot for a long while

Not had to use a stripping pot for a long while

Old Marines reappear

Old Marines reappear

Putting together new Marines

Putting together new Marines

Also into the stripping pot went some old Tyranid parts, including a Biovore I got from ebay, and some old Imperial Guardsmen. I've not actually had to do a lot with my Nids this past month, other than stick 2 old Warriors together and tidy up some things I got from ebay, but the Guard have had a lot more work.
I've been using all the tricks in the book to try and get as many models table-worthy as possible, including chopping the torsos off of some old tank commander models, as I had plenty of legs but no bodies to go with them. They look a bit weird having Cadian bodies with Catachan legs and arms, but like all of my armies, my Guard have never exactly been uniform. Not at all.

Have I really got to paint two more of these things?

Have I really got to paint two more of these things?

New meat for the grinder

New meat for the grinder

Getting some bodies for all those legs

Getting some bodies for all those legs

21st October 2018: Forward 40K

There's also been some work going on behind the scenes as I really want to move on from using the pretty boring Marines. I've really broken my "no more purchases" promise, and have picked up a few more things for my Nidz and one or two units for my other armies to help them out in this new edition. I'm also trying to finish some previously started units, including the Warriors I started to paint three and a half years ago, as well as starting to convert my old Spore-proxies as Tyrannocytes. I never even finished those Spores even though I started them back in 2010!
After failing to find the necessary Scorpions on ebay to boost my unit to 10, I've had to sink down to failcast levels and pick up a brand new unit. I've never used failcast before, but just look at the shitty state they arrive in. Sheesh.

Swapping the weapons on some ebay-found Primes

Swapping the weapons on some ebay-found Primes

Got to figure out how to turn these into Tyrannocytes

Got to figure out how to turn these into Tyrannocytes

It's about time these were finished

It's about time these were finished

What a mess

What a mess

21st March 2018: Tidying The Epic Cupboard

So following on from the last update I've been working on sorting out some more Epic stuff. Firstly, I took the Banelord I was given 4 years ago, pulled it apart, then started to put it back together again with some spare 6mm and 28mm parts. This titan, which is probably going to look pretty crappy when it's all done, will be devoted to Slaanesh, as that's the only section in the army that does not currently have a Warlord Titan.

I also managed to put together a Blood Axe Ork clan, after finding a few bossy Ork models that needed something to do. For a clan which is supposed to be very organised (well, for Orks at least), they'll actually look the least organised of all my clans, due to the spare models I have available. I've even used some old Stormboyz stands in there as I think their look will suit the clan quite well.
Those old Deff Dreads have been passed around a lot over the years. Looks like I originally planned for them to join the Bad Moonz, but one is painted blue over the yellow so I must have then intended them to be Deathskulls. But now they'll be Blood Axes after all that.

On the painting side, I quickly breezed through painting the Nurgle additions, meaning the disgusting green part of the Chaos force is now all done apart from the varnish. I realised too late that I'd used the wrong green as a base coat, but I think I saved them in the end. Up next is the Khorne stuff, and then I can get spraying and snapping piccies.

A new Chaos Warlord takes shape

A new Chaos Warlord takes shape

Recruiting the Blood Axes

Recruiting the Blood Axes

Nurgle stuff done, Khorne up next

Nurgle stuff done, Khorne up next

And just before I get stuck into the big Epic-S rules re-write, I thought it would make sense to throw up some old pics I found from some of the playtests we did of the beta version 1 rules back in the late 2000s.

A Khorne force charges at an Imperial-held town

A Khorne force charges at an Imperial-held town

Tyranids and Space Marines clash

Tyranids and Space Marines clash

The Andrayada are outgunned in their first playtest battle

The Andrayada are outgunned in their first playtest battle

The Space Wolves and their Titan allies thwart an Ork invasion

The Space Wolves and their Titan allies thwart an Ork invasion

The Steam Gargant is defeated in its first appearance

The Steam Gargant is defeated in its first appearance

10th March 2016: Can We Stomp Yet?

A few years back we were really into playing Blood Bowl, enough so that I even made my own board to play on called The Stompin' Ground. All these years have passed and that board has never even been used, as I was always really unhappy with it.

After three years away from the game, new interest has been forming, and preparations are now complete for the continuation of season 6. So that we do not have to use my old original Blood Bowl board, I have finally gone back to the Stompin' Ground to make it usable at last.

Firstly, I had to do something about the crappy and almost sandpaper-esque grass mat that I had used previously. Slapping a nice thick coat of static grass over the top of it has taken away its roughness. I'm not so scared about using painted minis on it any more.

After that, the grid needed re-painting, as it was really hard to see. I think I found the exact locations of most of the crosses, but I guessed for some of the more hidden ones, and they are probably slightly out of place. But never mind. It's still a lot better than it was.

I also had to remake the scoreboard areas, as a lot of the paint and glue had peeled off, making it look very untidy. I've contructed the new ones in a different way to minimize that problem in the future.

It's not that great, but I'm happy to use it at last. Hopefully, the little 6-team league we've arranged will begin soon, and some stompin' will finally happen on the Stompin' Ground.

Painting the new grid

Painting the new grid

The new scoreboard

The new scoreboard

Let the games begin

Let the games begin

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