Friday, 24 March 2017

Resin Thunderhawk - No longer available.

Hi all. 

Yes we have all seen that great pic in the recent video of the Plastic Thunderhawk box, and we all know about the mystery hawk on the front cover of Inferno and on at least 2-3 pages within. 
Today another bit of tinder has been added to the speculation Fire that is the Plastic Thunderhawk rumours. Forge World have marked the Resin Thunderhawk as Sold Out, with an availability of No longer available. 

Now in the past this is because the item is being repackaged (from baggy to box), or because the item is discontinued. For instance the Xiphon:

When it disappeared. 

When it reappeared 

Because to my knowledge, the Thunderhawk is already in a Red Box, it doesn't look like it is because of that. 

It could be that it re-surfaces randomly in the next few days, maybe a different code, but for now I am going to be checking FW's site closely to see if it comes back up (but I am doubtful it will). I am fully in the camp of convinced people that a Plastic Thunderhawk is imminent (maybe GW had delays getting it completed before the Horus Heresy Weekender, and so are now planning of dropping the new sleeker pattern in Plastic at Warhammer-Fest?)
So to me it is the end of the line for this ol' girl, beautiful as she was, but we will see in the next few weeks and months. 

Drake Seta

New releases 24/03/2017

It's been a good week for Forge World releases! 

Though less common within the ranks of the Legio Custodes than their peers, those warriors who comprise the Sagittarum Guard Sodalities nevertheless fulfil a number of vital roles within the Legio’s order of battle. Their art of war, in contrast to the rest of the Custodian Guard, is focussed on the slaying of the foe primarily at distance and upon the devastating application of firepower on the battlefield. 

Get all the components and upgrades you need to assemble a set of Legio Custodes Sagittarum Guard with this bundle. You’ll receive a set of 5 plastic Custodian Guard, along with a Legio Custodes Sagittarum Guard Upgrade Set.

A variant of the Triaros Armoured Conveyor common within the Mechanicum Taghmata, the Karacnos is a dedicated assault tank, its armoured chassis and copious transport compartment devoted to the mounting and munitions store of a single heavy weapon system – a mortar battery of ‘Karacnos’ radiological warheads, designed to sweep an area clear of organic life for later acquisition by the forces of the Machine God. 

These warheads are rather volatile, meaning this tank is heavily protected by armoured shutters which provide two modelling options: the tank can have these open or closed. As well as this, its rear-mounted self-targeting lightning-blasters are movable from a resting position to battle-ready, meaning this machine can go from mobile artillery platform to true assault tank with a single command – especially given the front-mounted shock ram it shares with its ancestor

One of the most spectacular, if not the most efficient, secret weapons fielded by any Blood Bowl team is the Dwarf Deathroller. It was first used by the Dwarf Warhammerers back in ’64 and has been a regular part of many a Dwarf team's arsenal ever since. The Deathroller’s continuing popularity is no doubt due to the fact that it’s so easily improvised from the rollers found at the more sophisticated and well-kept grass-laid stadiums. Referees have done their best to keep Deathrollers off the playing field, and quite a few have ended up as flat as a pancake as a result! 

Should you be looking for an especially eye-catching and killsome Secret Weapon for your Dwarf Blood Bowl teams, this resin kit is the machine for you. Covered in appropriately boisterous details, from the goblin being mashed underfoot to the dwarf pilot cheerfully brandishing a foaming tankard of ale (we do not condone drinking and piloting anything, especially powerful death machinery). There are spikes, cogs, and an evil-looking set of lawnmower blades and even some dwarf iconography! Rules for fielding the Deathroller can be found in Blood Bowl Death Zone Season One

Also some of the Battle Bunnies will be gaming at Thone of Skulls this weekend, so stay tuned for our event coverage!

Drake Seta

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Craftworld Iybraesil: Paint Guide

Hello everyone,

I've finally managed to complete my second eldar jetbike! I have been struggling for motivation to paint recently so it has been slow progress, but I thought i'd share a bit of a paint guide with you just in case anyone finds it useful.

So to start with here's a list of the paints I've used:

Corax White
Abaddon Black
Eshin Grey
Sotek Green
Ahriman Blue
Baharroth Blue
Rakarth Flesh
Palid Wych Flesh
Ceramite White
White Scar
Mephiston Red
Evil Sunz Scarlet
Wild Rider Red
Elysian Green
Drakenhof Nightshade
Agrax Earthshade
Lahmian Medium

- So the first step was to spray the model with Corax White, any white undercoat spray will do though.

- I then began to apply the first base layers, as you can see from the picture below, I used Sotek Green for the riders armour and the jet bikes armour panels.

- I also applied Abaddon black into the areas you can see on the picture like the seat as well as the riders face plate and the grill on the underside of the bike.

- Next I applied Rakarth Flesh onto mainly the scatter laser.

- Finally I tried my best not to touch the riders helmet with any other paint in order to keep the white a consistent colour.

- The next stage was to apply the washes only into the recesses. The first was Drakenhof Nightshade which I applied to the green and black areas of the model. I did water the wash down slightly with Lahmian Medium.

- The next wash was Agrax Earthshade, which was again watered down slightly and applied into the recesses on the Rakarth Flesh base coated areas which you can see below.

- The next stage was to tidy up the wash on the green armour with Sotek Green again being careful not to paint into those recesses particularly on the bonnet of the Jetbike.

- I also used Drakenhof Nightshade to wash into the recesses of the white helmet. This has to be a carefully wash as it can take a few layers of  thinned Ceramite White to tidy it up again. The blue wash works quite nicely as it isn't too dark against the white.

- At this point I have also applied the next base layer on top of the Sotek Green. This is Ahriman Blue, a really nice colour which is just slightly lighter than Sotek and really makes the model stand out.

- After the Ahriman Blue I then applied the first highlight to the armour which was a mix of 2/3 Ahriman Blue to 1/3 of Baharroth Blue, also using some Lahmian Medium to water this down slightly.

- It isn't hugely visible in this lighting but it just helps graduate the colour up to Baharroth Blue which is the final armour highlight. I also used this on the bonnet where it would catch the light to again help graduate the colour up, you can make your strokes slightly wider than your final highlight to help the graduation of colour.

- At this stage I also applied the Palid Wych Flesh around the edges of the Rakarth flesh coloured areas (No idea what to call these bits, fins maybe! lol)

- For the control panel after the Sotek Green base coat do not paint over the panels as the wash leaves it a darker colour. Then use Elysian Green to edge highlight around its edges as you can see above.

- Finally I used used a dark grey to highlight around the black areas as I didn't want them to stand out too much. I used Eshin Grey for this part.

- As you can see from this image I applied a final edge highlight of Ceramite White on top of the previous Palid Wych Flesh highlight.

- I also used White Scar to apply a highlight around the edges of the white helmet, which in good lighting looks quite nice.

- For the eye lenses I used a base of Mephiston Red then added layers of Evil Sunz Scarlet and then Wild Rider Red.

- To finish with I used Baharroth Blue to add the final edge highlight to the riders armour and the jetbikes amour panels.

So to summarise:

Armour > Sotek Green (Base) > Drakenhof Nightshade (Wash) > Sotek Green (tidy up)> Ahriman Blue (Layer) > Mix 2/3 Ahriman to 1/3 Baharroth Blue (Highlight) > Baharroth Blue (Edge Highlight)

Black > Abaddon Black (Base)> Nightshade (Wash) > Eshin Grey (Highlight)

Cream > Rakarth Flesh (Base) > Agrax Earthshade (Wash) > Palid Wych Flesh (Highlight) >
Ceramite White (Highlight)

White > Corax White (Base) > Light wash of Nightshade (Wash) > Ceramite White (Layer)> White Scar (Highlight)

Overall I am pretty happy with the scheme but I think it could definitely be streamlined if you wanted to. Unfortunately the photos are not very consistent as I have been painting this over a fairly long period of time and its easy to forget to photograph the different stages.

There are also areas I can see i'd like to touch up from the photos but hopefully you can get a good idea of the process I will be going through. So thanks for reading, hopefully this will help some of you :)

Aveinus Kaane.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Horus Heresy No Retreat Gibraltar Armies and Tables


Following on from my post on Saturday with details of my games from the SN Battle Reports Horus Heresy No Retreat, here are the photos of the amazing tables and armies that were at the weekend.

The tables were really great and made the gaming experience so much better! There were 13 tables all together and each had its own unique feel and look.

The armies:

Andrew Hall (Sons of Horus) England

Thom Willis (Emperors Children) England

David Braines (Mechanicum) England

William Henry (Salamanders) England

Andrew Dickerson (Imperial Fists) England

Jens Träff (Dark Angels) Sweden

Matthew Morgan (Word Bearers) Canada

Si Thorne (Mechanicum) England

Alex Wanless (Talons of the Emperor) England

Liam Hearne (White Scars) England

Prometheus Spyridis (Iron Hands) Greece

Arion Spyridis (Solar Auxillia) Greece

Jamie Jackson (Word Bearers) England

Josef Fabian (World Eaters) England

Wilfred Armstrong (Blood Angels) England

Benjamin Sephton-Smith (Mechanicum) England

Tom Stallard (Ultramarines) England

Sean Canning (Sons of Horus) England

Steven Pardo (Iron Warriors) Gibraltar

Andy Wardle (Ultramarines) England

Tom Miller (Sons of Horus) England

Dean Harding (Space Wolves) England

This really was a brilliant event! I cannot recommend the No Retreat events enough! The SN team do an absolutely brilliant job and the event was the best Heresy event I have attended! They have already announced the next Horus Heresy No Retreat get applying now!