Monday, 12 June 2017

Preparing for 8th, The Rebirth!

Way back when I started this blog it was mainly 40K that I was posting and over time that started to whittle away and get replaced with various systems that have come and gone over the years,

However with the release of 8th Ed this coming weekend an inner fire has reignited mainly due to the social media marketing from GW, Something that I'd thought I'd never see!

As I've an extensive collection of various armies from 40K the most sensible thing would be to dust off one of those and start learning again....

But this is the Anton that we are talking about and what better way to get frothy about a new system is to purchase and paint a "patrol" type force!

Eldar or what ever they will be called in the new edition have always been an army to float my boat way back when I played space marine with my old man. 

One of my favourite unit type for the eldar is the wraithguard, so in a moment of madness I got hold of some plastic crack and simply went for it! 

As I knew that the rules would be changing and all that jazz I was tempted to only part build them and then once I'd sussed out the rules then configure the army to a strong play style, That didn't quite goto plan! 

In my mind I wanted to paint the army in the colour of the Iyanden craftworld, it fits the fluff and also has one of the hardest colours known to man. Yellow!

I also decided to try something completely different with this force and do the core colour with an airbrush. It's made a massive difference and the above force was painted in about a week!

So if your in the Leicester area and are free on the 17th pop on down the Leicester Phat cats for a day of 8th Edition and blow away some yellow dudes!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Pledge - May

Half way through 2017 already, Bloody hell best start wrapping up some random projects I've had kicking around for the first half of the year!

So what have I been up to recently?

I started a shadow war gang in the form of orks and ended up being the most expensive conversions that I've done for infantry as I hit the spellcrow website and went "shopping"

The theme of the models are latino gangsters hence the uniform colours, lots of GTA was played as "research"

Slowly I've been adding to the smurfs, however with the 8th edition ready to drop in a couple of weeks I pulled back on the painting until I could see what might be happening, as the future looks bright I banged out these guys.

shame that 30K is staying within the monster that is 7th. 

Finally I did some more random models for this is not a test, add the bits of resin terrain that I get from crooked dice the other week, I should really start on the terrain for the board!

These guys are from brother vinnies, superb models and the details is great, however with Morphus recently announcing that they are doing a fallout game it'll be interesting to see how they compare.

So onto the "Pledge"

Bought - 31
Painted -  56

Difference + 56

a stark change compared to April where picking up the models for the Derby board killed the April pledge!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Chillcon 2017

So this was another new show for me,also the furthest that I'd travelled north for a show!

For this one we dug out the AvP temple board, it also gave us a chance to have a mooch at the new wargames rules that Lee picked up at Salute,

Lee doing his thing!

Pics of various tables within the same room, 

And some tables from the "trader" room  

This time bandits game looked superb, the amount of detail was superb

And back to the tables in the demo/ open play room


a view of the demo room, 

The bolt action torney

The view of the trade hall,

I managed to have a good mooch about and grabbed the following bits for the ongoing but not yet started this is not a test board!  


I also found these funky looking models and they cost bugger all!!  

Plently more choice on the web site four a miniatures

So overall thoughts on Chillcon considering it was the first one is that it was a bloody good effort, still a few things to work on but the board was busy during the day and a reasonable amount of people were mooching about.

were you at Chillcon, if so what were your thoughts? 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Partizan 2017

With show season in full swing it was the turn of Partizan over at Newark showgrounds,

This time round we were running a game for Cavalier Books called skirmish action, Personally I'd never heard of it due to the fact that you've hundreds of WW2 rules systems out in the wargaming world now.

So knowing absolutely nothing about the system I headed over with a load of Japanese and USMC!

So one of the two phat cats boards ready to rock! 

The terrain was supplied by Lee from a recent blood and plunder weekend that he recently ran, which I'll be posting fairly soon. I think it looked great and seemed to get alot of attention from the masses.

Me and the guys mid game, my dice were shocking though out the game but some how I managed to hang on!

So the usual pics from the show, some amazing detail and tables within the show!

This one was something different with the usual WW2 setting but in a bigger scale, 1/32 I think? 

one of a few WW1 tables that were at the show, this one was stunning, detail was great and the over all quality of the painting of both the models and  terrain was superb! Certainly one of the contenders for best in show.

this superb jungle table was next to us, the design of the table was superb with the height, maybe the angle of the slope was a bit too extreme from a gaming point of view. 

another table that was a neighbour, really good use of plastic flooring and the detail on the port area was really nice, 

nice looking African type board, an awful lot of work had gone into this! 

the guys from a very British civil war putting a bloody good board on again, the attention to detail I always like, the farm animals for example. 

20mm modern game, massive table! 

The Perry twins do the whirlwind and show the masses how its done! 

the ruins caught my eye, I think they are made with corks for the round pillars? 

lots of models, that's ya lot! 

this was a nice table, American civil war type period but again the terrain caught my eye, really nice work, 

one of the other WW1 tables that I spotted, 15mm scale, nice use of the hex terrain. 

In her Majesty's name, had a quick chat with the chap who wrote the rules as I've had the rules for yonks and done bugger all with them! 

This was a nice table and I was drawn to the little details on the board, had a really chat with the chap on the table and turn out hes a local from Melton so hopefully I'll bump into him again and see what he plays! 

Mantic's effort, not bad but must try harder ;)

well these look familiar.....

A nice looking Japanese board, unsure on the system though

Good to see battletec still alive and kicking 

The RAF boys flying the pirate flag! 

Many a show I chatted to Pete, such sad news. 

The rest of the guys running Battlefield heresy and after a quick chat with some of the gents it was quite popular! 


more African action this time WW2, and the LRDG just for Mr Smith 

Even more African action! 

Then into the ice and snow! 

I've always had a thing for snow tables and this one has some very simple technique that looks really good.

And that's Partizan, so overall a fairly good show, seemed quite busy with plenty of people and the queue at the start was huge, I spoke to a couple of traders and they were having a slow show, maybe that was down to the punters or the stuff that they sell who knows!

Venue with I like the Newark showgrounds, loads of natural light and really easy to get to for myself. Not sure why we now have three shows at the same venue, Both Partizan's as well as Hammerhead? seems a bit of an overload.

Tables were all really good and maybe some of the guys doing the demo zone tables need to bring them back in a bit, as they were massive however not a lot was really going on gaming wise. Less is more!