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30th June 2017

A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.

16th May 2017

Finally got my pointing pictures up and into the Vault. Don't ask me why.

25th April 2017

Opened up a new section all for including stuff about the board game Super Dungeon Explore. There's not much in there yet until my own rules are finished, but hopefully will get some content in there soon.

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22nd April 2015 - Six-Limbed Freaks

After the monumental feat of finishing all my Marines, I wanted to keep that momentum going and pushed on to my Tyranid army. I could have gone for Eldar, Tau or Guard, but honestly I think it very unlikely I'll ever finish those armies. Painting so many troops all the same colour, especially for the Guard, would be too boring for me to handle these days. I chose the Nidz as I've always wanted to paint each unit a different colour, just like how I did my 6mm Tyranids many years ago, and thought it would keep me more interested.

For the most part it's helped, and when I've finished the Warriors I'm working on I should be about 50% done with the army. For me, in just a few weeks, that's pretty good going.
I've mostly wanted to continue painting each unit just to see how strange they will look when I'm done, especially the yellow Hive Tyrant which I let Scoob pick the colours for.

But I've had some issues. When washing the black Hive Tyrant, I noticed the wash had dried cloudy or milky in places, rather than black like it's supposed to. Turns out, the new GW washes don't like it when you thin them with water. Damn it GW, sort your shit out.

Another army started

Another army started

The painting continues ever on

The painting continues ever on

This is what you get when you let your friends pick your colour scheme

This is what you get when you let your friends pick your colour scheme

Stupid GW washes

Stupid GW washes

3rd March 2015 - Real Landmark

So today I've managed to do something I've never done before in over 20 years of wargaming, and that is completely finish painting an entire army. It's no secret I hate painting, and I've had several large breaks from the hobby, but it's always bothered me that I'd never got at least one of my full armies done.
The only real things I can say I've finished over the years are several Blood Bowl teams, and two of the four forces that make up my 6mm Chaos army. But with the completion of these vehicles, my 28mm Space Marines are done, never to be added to again, hopefully.

I decided to alter the stupid drop pod tiger pattern I tried a few years back as it really sucked. I also rescued my old metal dreadnought from the loft, updated its paint and re-based it to make it more closely match the newer plastic one.
They're very simple, but overall I'm happy. It's just a shame that GW's rules have put us off the game so much, and we're struggling to find time or motivation to keep working on our own rules. I'm still hoping that will change sooner rather than later.

All Storm Tigers vehicles complete

All Storm Tigers vehicles complete

15th January 2015 - Sort Of Landmark

I realised recently I only had to paint my Devastators and some characters to finish all the infantry in my Space Marine army. Other than five Scouts, I'd not painted any 40K for over 3 years, but this gave me the kick in the backside I needed. So pretty much for the last two weeks I've been working hard to get them done at last. Now if only I can keep this momentum and continue on to the vehicles.

Painting up the characters

Painting up the characters

Last few dudes ready to base

Last few dudes ready to base

All Storm Tigers infantry complete

All Storm Tigers infantry complete

21st October 2014 - Going On A Quest

Unfortunately we failed to continue our interest in developing the 40K-S ruleset, though to be honest it was nearly there the last time we had some games and probably won't take much more effort to finish when we get back into it.

Our interest these last few weeks has all been about an old game that nevertheless is fairly new to me - Warhammer Quest. I had only ever played once before, which must have been at least a decade ago, and our party was wiped after just four board sections. How hard it seemed, and how little I knew of the rules, always left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth and I never had much interest in trying it again or learning it properly. I was always much more motivated to play the games I already knew the rules to such as Blood Bowl or Epic.
Wanting to keep the gaming wheels turning I have however started to get into it as it seems it's the only game Scoob wants to play at the moment.

To try it out we did a series of four games, of which we only managed to complete the first one, and the fourth of which led to the deaths of two of our four characters. Again the difficulty and the surprisingly long time it takes to finish a game have annoyed me a little. But Scoob assures me once the characters are levelled up a bit it becomes much more fun. So rather than quit or start again, we have decided to keep the two survivors and ramp things up even more, by switching to a 6-man party. I've bought some new Reaper Bones models rather than use the old Warhammer models that I had been using, but they've proven a bit troublesome to both prep and paint. Due to the very flexible plastic they are made of, some of the models arrived badly bent, and I've had to try reshaping them using boiling water. But still some problems remain.
On the painting side, you can tell there's a lack of detail compared to the original metal versions, and at some points I'm having trouble knowing where one colour should end and another begin.
It seems the only thing I have managed to do with little trouble over these last few weeks is print off some new, larger rooms for the game, to allow for the bigger party and the extra monsters that will be needed. I actually made most of the rooms myself which was pretty cool to do.
One of the other things that annoys me with the game is the fact you have to roll the dice for the monsters, either rolling them against yourself or against your team mates. So along with the new models and dungeons we are preparing, another thing I wanted to do was make some random dice rollers which I have uploaded here. Now the computer will roll against us and I'll feel less of a dick for rolling all those sixes against Scoob. Extra information and images will also appear on that new page as soon as I have any to upload.

The very bendy Reaper Bones models

The very bendy Reaper Bones models

Printing some bigger Warhammer Quest tiles

Printing some bigger Warhammer Quest tiles

In Blood Bowl news, I finally got around to trying to turn Tifa into Bertha with an old Warhammer model's cloak and a whole load of green stuff. She looks absolute brown pants, but I'm no sculptor and I've done the best I can. Hopefully some paint will help her fit in with the other models somewhat.
I've also had a lot of trouble undercoating Impact's Amazon team. These ladies are made of the same Trollcast Resin that the Sarcos team are made of, which gave me no trouble at all. Though I prepped them exactly the same with the soap and toothbrush scrub recommended for such models, the white Halford's spray I tried just flaked off them almost immediately. So I had to scrub them all again, and assumed it was the spray that was at fault. However, I then bought some Army Painter white spray, after being very impressed with their blue a few months back. But still the same problem persisted. I would say that the Army Painter spray flaked off even easier that the Halford's spray, and once again they had a scrub to remove the paint. You can see on the picture below that very little of the spray managed to stick after a gentle scrub.
In the end I've had to paint Skull White onto them with a brush, which seems to have stuck fine. I have no idea what was going on there.
Overall very disappointed with that Army Painter white, as it has laid down a fairly rough texture on the new Reaper models as well, making it even harder to paint them.

Blood Bowl prep work

Blood Bowl prep work

 

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