Space Hulk: T’au Empire

Along with Blood Bowl, Space Hulk is one of the classic Games Workshop board games that nailed their rules about 30 years go. Though neither of these two are the pillars that support Games Workshop they have been steady workhorses that have yet to be bettered by modern game designs. Jervis Johnson and Richard Halliwell created two foundational titles that I still enjoy tremendously. The trick with Space Hulk for me though is…I never really liked the Terminators or the Imperium. In fact, the 40K gothic aesthetic as a whole doesn’t really do it for me. Enter…The T’au.

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Under the Brush: Tale of Tuesdays Part 3

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Well, even though I based up these three minis this weekend with time to spare for the Tale of Painters’ Tale of Tuesdays challenge, I forgot to take a nice photo of my minis. So here’s this one I shared with my buddies over the weekend from my work table. One catcher and two linemen. The lineman on the right got a slight conversion, an arm swap with a wardancer, just to give a little more variety to the pose.

Scandalous unpainted picture below!
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Tale of Tuesdays: Badlands Blitz – Black Orc Blockers

Having come around to the 2016 release of Games Workshop’s classic game of gridiron mayhem, Blood Bowl, it’s become time to update the ladz with a new kit. With many other projects in the queue, the Tale of Tuesdays event was the perfect time to start making progress.

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Under the Brush: Wood Elves for Tale of Tuesdays

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The day after I wrote my unboxing for the new Games Workshop Atherlorn Avengers kit, I started painting some minis for the Blood Bowl painting challenge put on by Tale of Painters. If you’ve seen my post on the Blood Bowl Community over on Facebook, I’ve been playing around a lot with Photoshop trying to nail down my team colors. While my Arsenal and Codillion Clarions color schemes got lots of likes, in the end I decided to go with a Celtic inspired theme. I felt this was both sporty and fit with the nature aesthetic I felt most wood elf teams would go for. Continue reading

This is Armored Combat

Recently, Catalyst Games released two new introductory box-sets for the battle-hardened BattleTech line. Despite gaming longer than BattleTech’s 35 years in existence, I’ve never actually gamed anything in this IP. Not even the ever popular video-games. But here I am…in my mid-40s and it looks like I’m becoming a Mechwarrior.

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New Citadel Metallics

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In all the hubbub about the new Contrast paints, some new colors added to the classic Citadel range have kind of been forgotten about. Some of these are colors that used to be part of the Forge World paint range but have been brought into the Citadel fold. I picked up two (Grey Knight Steel and Iron Warriors) and gave them a shot. Continue reading

The Shade-Crazed Gargant

Collector’s of White Dwarf were treated to a Warhammer: Underworlds variant in the magazine’s December 2018 issue. The Glass-Mad Gargant article introduced a fun multi-player scenario where the players battle not only against one another, but against a crazed denizen of the Mirrored City. I generally try to always ‘play it painted’, so haven’t run the scenario until I could get myself a Gargant. Well, now I have a giant…

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Into The Nightvault

As a big fan of Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire I was pleased with the news last year of a second Underworld location….the Nightvault. Not an entirely unique locale the Nightvault is deep within the heart of the Mirrored City, Shadespire. More importantly though…more warbands!

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Under the Brush: The Cleavedhead Barrows Pt. 3

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Believe it or not this project yet lives!  Ironic that a project involving the undead refuses to die.  Despite the inconvenience of having to put my life on hold for a year, I’m now back home and still trying to get this team finished.  It’s been a bit of a rough start as I was more than certainly a bit rusty with the old paint brush.  Still, despite a bit of squeaky joints I made some noticeable progress.

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Surprise September Paint Challenge Results

Another month has come and gone and with it another paint challenge. As a reminder, September’s painting challenge was as follows:

September got its name from being the 7th month of the original Roman calendar. January and February were added later making it 9th.

So…the challenge is to declare and paint 7 models. All 7 from the same faction/warband/team/whatever.
BUT…you also have to be ready to reveal 2 painted surprise models unrelated to the other 7 (different warband/army/game/whatnot).
9 models total.
7 stated up front. 2 spoilers.
Who finished first? I know you’re on the edge of your seat, short of breath, dying to know … it was me!
For my 7 models I painted up my posse for Dracula’s America. Dracula’s America is an Osprey skirmish game set in the Weird West, yep it’s got cowboys and vampires and all sorts of radness. My chosen posse is the Forsaken, they are members of Custer’s 7th Cavalry who survived the Battle of Little Big Horn, but have come back with a curse. Lycanthropy!

These are the official miniatures North Star Miniatures sells for Dracula’s America, but they are really licensed from Artizan Miniatures. While the miniatures are pretty simple as far as details go, the sculpts really impressed me and I enjoyed painting them quite a lot.

As an extra two I painted up the two werewolves while I was at it. I can’t count them as my surprise two because they go with the 7 painted.

So what were my surprise inclusions? How about some mutated goblins for my underworld Blood Bowl team. Remember them?

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Jeff also finished the challenge. His first completed mini was for a special event in the Age of Sigmar campaign he’s participating in. The event featured a jousting game, so you know he couldn’t resist whipping up something for his Stormcast wannabes Flesh Eater Courts army.

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Not satisfied with one big guy, Jeff also painted up a big guy for his ork Blood Bowl team. Again another conversion, this time on the controversial troll from Games Workshop. I think Jeff did a great job modifying the questionable pose of the GW model.

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And for his seven, Jeff got back to the grindstone and ground out seven more genestealers for Space Hulk. There are two more lurking in the background (aren’t there always? Those blip counters can be nasty … ) but Jeff had completed those previously.

And what about Jason? Well unfortunately life got the best of Jason and he couldn’t meet the deadline, coughing up the first $5 into the pot for failing to make the deadline.

Next up is October’s theme …

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Things That Go Bump in the Night!

Minimum Requirement: 1 Halloween themed model … could be any kind of creepy crawl ghostly ghastly creature … or the thing(s) that bump back ie witchhunter, zombie survivor, ghostbuster, etc.
Winner: Whoever paints the most models.
Each Halloween themed model is worth 3 points
As a nod to Orktober, ork/goblin/troll minis will be worth 2 points
Any other model is worth 1 point
This sets the bar low to avoid paying the $5 fee, but to win it’s paint as much as you can. There’s room to paint stuff that doesn’t fit for the theme, but themed models will count more.