Monday, 1 February 2016

"Super" Edd's Hobby Project Phase one,

So whats this all about....



Well a chap (and he's a bloody good chap!) I've known for a number of years decided to do a new year new army style progression system based on 30K and with the Calth box set being stupidly good value for money it would be rude not to give it a crack!

So rather and going completely bananas and collecting a 3K army that would cost you a 2 months worth of mortgage payments, Ed's been quite clever and started with 500 points, you then add 250 points on per month so you can slow grow your force without having to feel that you have to keep up.



So as it was a small start you only needed 1 HQ and 1 Troop, nice and simple and gives you plenty iantly of choice with regards to other cool toys!

The only "rule" is that you stick to the same Legion throughout the campaign, but you can adjust your army as you unlock more points so jigging bits about as you see fit.

The hardest choice for some people would be the legion how ever for myself I knew which one I was going for.....





However rather than being a traitor force, I've gone down the route of the loyalists or what remains of them after the betrayal!

To say it's been a while since I've played 40K is an understatement, so I've gone back to basics with the 30K project and as I'm a great believer in infantry is king I started with the follow as my 500 points,

in a nutshell its death by bolter!

All this force would come from the Calth box set to I didn't need to buy anything extra, that was until I saw the upgrade pack from forge world and a quick drive later and I was alot lighter in the pocket!





and that's all you get for 500 points!

however in true Anton fashion I kept going and sorted out some more options for phase two!






so I've 5 blades, 5 terminators and a commander along with banner, however I need to get the rest of the command squad at some point and might mix and match the power armour for that unit.

So what started off as a dozen people soon ended up into this motley crew!


and according to Edd more people were chopped off on the left hand side! However I wasn't able to play in the first round due to my niece's 3rd birthday party (cake always wins!)




the fury of all the dice!!

I managed to grab a couple of snaps of the models on the day..












these were the top 6 that were selected on the day, all very nicely done,

Between myself and Dave aka Scorpius we will each cover the campaign I'll be the loyalist and Dave the Traitors so these are some of the loyalist armies in the campaign with a few works from the guys and girls who are fielding these fine looking forces!

So lets start with the instigator of this whole thing...

Edd Barfield

I chose to Solar Auxilia as I wanted to try and break out of the habit of dark toned armies that I have done for many years, I wanted to try a brighter more vibrant looking force with a strong military theme




Liam Harrison

As I'm known as The Indecisive One, a Shattered Legions army seemed a no-brained as I have painted bits and bobs for various legions. I've focused on the Thousand Sons and White Scars as I'm a huge fan of both, and now they've had shoulder pads and upgrades released, I can try out a white and red army (both colours I've never really painted and it's a change from the usual dark armies I've done beforehand).

I have a Death Guard army that's quite slow and plodding, so this army will contain faster elements, as well as some of the more traditional. I've started with Jetbikes and mechanised squads, as it's different for me to move more than 6" a turn!





Mike Johnson

I chose iron warriors to hopefully get them to almost the same state as an iron warrior 40k army I had way back when the rules allowed basilisks and vindicators it was going well till I found out I could take garro and I'm now thinking of my Iron warriors sitting on the line of loyal and traitor



Carl Bottrell

Decided on Alpha Legion because they are actually loyal though misunderstood , I could give a thousand other reasons but it's a secret.



So we've now entered phase two ramping it up to 750 points, no idea what I'll be fielding might look at a unit of blades and transport, but no doubt that will change!

And if you have any tips or tricks for 30 please let me know!!

Friday, 29 January 2016

January round up - Off to a flying start!

And in a blink its gone!

so this month I saw the launch of the Survivor series, the phat cats monthly challenge, as well as the mantic challenge, In the usual Anton fashion these were completed in the usual timely manner!

So the Scars challenge was some Emperors Children for 30K







these also nicely tied into the "Super" Edd's 2016 hobby challenge which I'm wandering over to warhammer world on Sunday to have a look at the armies that the guys have painted that I'm really looking forward to and I'll be taking loads of pics and get these up in a series of articles,



so with that one in the bag, it wasn't long before the mantic challenge was sorted, and I went a tad OTT with doing all the deadzone forge father bits that I had...


so a great start to the month and certainly go the momentum flowing!

So on to the phat cats challenge it was a single model, this was going to be a hard one as we've some very very talented individuals at the club, but rather than trying to paint a single model to a stupidly good standard I simply enjoyed myself and did an avatars or war lizardman and for good measure 9 guys to go with him,



not too sure where I'm going with these guys, the initial idea was for dragon rampart, might use them for AoS depending if I can squeeze it into my gaming calender.

so other projects that are running at the moment is 15mm war and empire, myself and a few of the old farts at the club went into a kickstarter back in 2014 and I've been starting to work my way though the models that have been sitting in a box for god knows how long,


so including what I did last month this will be a nice distraction from all the other stuff that I've got on the go! 


 and the final bits that I did in January was some orc commandos for panzerfaust,






these will be for the panzerfaust board for hammerhead at the begining of march that myself and Lee are working on, its gonna be a tight build but I plan on getting this one sorted and just to add on the pressure we've got a club board for hammerhead for Gates of Antares where I need to bash some bromites out for that one!

So onto the Pledge...

Bought - 2
Painted - 84
Differance + 82

a very good start to the year and my attempt to have a dry month worked resonably well, I've avoided most of the shiney kickstarters that are floating around at the moment so thats a result!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Panzerfa├║st - The Snail breading shed,

I popped over to Rob's mid -December to drop off the snail house that I did and was handed the snail shed,

once again designed and built by the same chap who did the previous buildings, the detail on the model is superb and really well cast! 


I also got a set of the walls as well, previously when Rob mentioned that he'd sorted out a set of walls I wasn't overly bothered until I actually saw them and the snail shells within the brick work was brilliant! 


It took me a while to decide on how to paint the shed as I wanted it to look different from the previous buildings that I've done and after a but of a brain storming session with the guys and girls on the Panzerfaust facebook page of of the ladies suggested a mixed brick look so rather than thinking about it too much I just went for it!  






So after the initial colours were put down I gave it a wash and then a really light dry brush to bring the colours together, then it was onto the walls, I started off with a grey and after some feedback from a few different individuals I copied the shed multi brick effect onto the walls,




such a massive difference and looks so much better! 


so that's the terrain for panzerfaust all done so far so as and when Rob decided to commission more hopefully I'll get the chance to splash some paint on his terrain, I've been getting good feedback so it's good to know that I hit the nail on the head for the over all look!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Hitting the pile of unpainted stuff! - Deadzone Forge fathers

I've decided to try and actually get some of my previous stuff that I picked up via the first Mantic KS for deadzone sorted out before the next lot hits and whilst ruminging though a random box I found the forge fathers,

Now these were "free" unlocks as the KS went through its various stretch goals and I bought a dreadnought thing as a add on for the rule of cool factor!

So it started off with this as the initial pledge on the mantic madness monthly painting compo...


and a week or so later they were sorted! 


So I figured I might as well finish off the other odds and sods with the suit guys, 


and managed to crack them out in no time at all, 


so I decided to round them off with the miner looking chaps, 




The initial models painted in the blue was for a bit of a change and I simply carried the colour though out the rest of the army, the warpath KS pledge manager is no up and I'm tempted to add some more odd and sods but when I ask myself will I really use them, the sensible side of me tells me to calm down I've enough to sort out and the Anton side of me is telling me to go for it!

However I'm trying to have a dry month and see how far I can go without adding more to the unpainted pile that is slowly taking over the geek room!

As its near the end of the month I'm doing stupidly well and have bought 2 models to add onto existing armies!

However that doesn't mean I've been sitting on the PS4 for most of the month! I've painted a crazy amount of models where I've completed all my monthly goals, I'll explain more about that in the month end summary!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

The Master plan 2016

New year new army and all that jazz!


So whats the plan for the new year -

The pledge is keeping me ploughing though the model count quite nicely and hitting the magic 1K last year gave me a real boost to start focusing rather than chopping and changing projects which I seem to be doing quite recently.

so what are these projects that I'm going to be working on?

Well The phat cats have managed to get a table at hammerhead in March and Phil wanted to run a game of Gates of Antares which gives me an incentive to finish off the bromites and also the table will be a desert style so that we can use it for the gorkamorka campaign that we've planned for the club in the next few months,

For Salute we've been asked to do a modern game in 15mm so we are just sorting ourselves out for that so watch this space on that one!

As a brucey bonus we have been approached by another company asking us to do a demo table for them so we've a meeting to discuss the breif and decide if we can pull off what they propose.

Throw in some panzerfaust for good measure and the demo team are going to be busy boys!



The hobby goal list I didn't really do anything on the list apart from the KOW army, so I'm not actually going to bother with a goal list as I'm quite bad when it comes to the butterfly effect and constantly chopping and changing so I can't plan two months ahead never mind 12 months ahead!

New systems -

Rather than looking for new systems I'm going to try something different this time round and that would be playing games that I've painted models for but not actually got my teeth into!



however kickstarter continued to be the bane of my wallet for 2015 and moving into 2016 I'm going to put the "ooohhhhh" factor on hold as much as possible and rather then going balls deep I'll be alot more picky,

so what kickstarters am I waiting for...

AVP - waiting on wave three stuff, enough said on that!
Merc's recon - only one year over due!
V-commando's - only 3 months over due
Open combat - only 6 months over due
Myth - due in *cough* July 
Specture technical - 5 months over due
Deadzone 2nd ed - due Jan
Devils run - due feb
Warpath - due Sep
Panzerfaust - due Sep

I'm sure that lot should keep me busy!!

I'll go into more detail with regards to projects and revel these as I actually decide what to do with them!



so what are you plans for the new year?

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2015 An Overview of the year...

And its a farewell to 2015!

As I take you though the summery of the year remember to keep your arms and legs in the car at all times....

Arms in the air! 

January -

So I started the year with a "master plan"

The Master Plan

We'll re-visit that later on!

The Scars decided to run a painting comp where you pledged x models each month and for those who don't make it get booted out of the compo. I started off with some skinnes for spectre



During the month I dusted off my 28mm French and stomped around in a huge game arranged by Ed,






And I cracked out some deadzone zombies for good measure!



February -

The month of love sent me back to school with an airbrush course over at barwell body shop and went from knowing nothing to painting a stug!



I've done a few other bits and bobs with the air brush over the year but due to me being a twilight painter I'd get bludgeoned to death by Nadine if I airbushed at night!

Feb was also the start of one of my biggest achievements geekwise with the Arab Kingdom of men kicking off,





March -

My next wave of deadzone rocked up and I added more to my enforcers,


and played the final deadzone campaign game down at the club,





April -

The dreaded month of Salute....




I took Isla over to the WMMS and even though it was a long day she enjoyed it!



I had a bit of ponder over the amount of systems that I collect as well...

not-enough-play-time

The blog went dark due to the Salute project and the NDA's that I signed up for, however the result of the work was quite amazing!





The table was rammed all day funnily enough and it was requested quite a bit by different shows which I was more than happy to wander over and play the game with willing people,

May -

So after the mentalities of Salute I decided to have a chill and flex and picked up some bits from Macrocosm


I also decided to bite the bullet and tackle the Icarus for the brotherhood, I'm not normally imitated by a model but for some reason this one did?





So in the words off Ross I "manned up" and went balls deep on this one and came out on top, really chuffed how it finished up

June -

So after just about recovering from Salute it was time for expo and this was the biggie with regards to AVP pick up from prodos...





Well the less said about that the better really....

however the KOW KOM arab were rapidly gaining momentum...


and what started off as a "cool idea" turned into a monster....




The Mordhiem campaign!

July -

It started with a show over at Stafford, Not bad shame it was dead due to the weather!


Funnily enough the AVP demos were going back to back all day, and the stand that near the demo table sold out by the end of the day!




The KOW KOM army was starting to swell in numbers and Sharad was getting quite frothy about it all!





August -

Matt from Evilbear wargames put his new models up for sale and I was in there like a tramp on chips....


The mordheim campaign also kicked off and plenty of action was going down!








Also gave me an excuse to paint my lizardmen that were never gonna see the light of day as Age of Sigmar was quite franky a bullshit release,



September -

So battlemasters came round and the quality of players was insane, I got my ass handed to me every game but had a bloody good laugh, I managed to snag best painted which was really nice as well!


As a brucey bonus Ronnie from mantic wanted to see them and nicked them for an up and coming KOW supplement!


So after hardcore the arabs I took the GC out for some geek time and ended up at warhammer world,





I wasn't expecting a great deal however the displays were top notch and if you get the chance go have a look around well worth the 7 quid,





The GC liked the pretty metal mans....

I also finished off some relics stuff I had kicking around for a while,




October -

The demo team hit the Derby show like a spetnaz assault team and we cranked out a demo board within 2 weeks!







This month also bought this to my attention...


it also gave a great opportunity as I was asked by Rob if would like to paint some bits and bobs for him, the obvious answer was indeed fuck yes....





and I had great fun doing these....





Just to mix it up a bit I hammered out a Nuem force for relics as well!





November -

After far too long I managed to get a game of Antares in with Nick,





Previously we'd done quite a bit of play testing and it was nice to see the final product in full swing!

I also in a moment of madness decided to "fund" the panzer bear for Panzerfaust!





A quick trip over to Antwerp for Crisis as well for good measure!

Rob the producer of shiny things and Lee with his god like driving

We (Lee!) planned it better this time round and we got the opportunity to go to the airborne museum, the things I read and watched made me feel very very humble...


and then in true Phat cats style we had a jolly good game of cards against humanity!





The show was outstanding and the final roll out of the AVP board went down really well...





And because we are completely bonkers we did the Aliens event at the space centre which was bloody good fun!





December -

So in the traditional manner of the Anton I ran a big game of Terminator for the guys at the club and that went down very well,





in all honestly it also game me a reason for me to buy a 1/50 T-80!





I also started "another" project!





and was handed another great bit of terrain for panzerfaust!

And that's the year complete!

so lets have a look at the initial goals for 2015...

Paint up the Specture stuff,
Build a 3x3 specture table,
Finish the Hordes Everblight force,
Kings of War, Kingdom of Men Middle East theme, at least 3 units,
Crescent & Cross Saracens,
Martian Front Humans

So I managed two and crashed and burned on the rest! not a particularly good year for "goal setting" I'll give this another crack for 2016 but will concentrate on 3 things so that I can chop and change with other stuff,

But on a positive note I managed to stay ahead of the game with the pledge and really surprised myself with this one...

December

Painted 139
Bought 57
Difference + 82

2015

Painted 1038
Bought 453
Difference + 585

So I absolutely nailed the 1K target I set myself in November and managed to buy less models than the previous year, in fact that's two years on the bounce I've reduced the amount that I've bought not too sure why though!

Stats wise the blog is doing fairly well I've managed an average of nearly 4K of views per month and I've not been that on the ball with updates, I need to get back into the swing of a fortnightly post really.

Systems wise it was a rock and roll year of gaming with the following coming into my possession...

Planet fall - Never played
Macrocosm - Never played
Worsung - Never played
Godslayer - Played once
Guildball - Played once
Judge Dredd - played a few times
Arcworlde - played once
Terminator - played a few times
Home raiders - not played
Frostgrave - played a few times
GoA - played a few times
Wasteman - not played

Its not a particular pleasant picture with what I'm picking up and not actually playing, maybe I'm more of a "painter" than a gamer as I do enjoy splashing paint on models and the gaming is a added bonus!

The Future... 

Well who knows!! the Anarchy will be entering the 7th Year online which isn't bad considering I started this just to track the chaos warhound!

I'm pretty much burnt out on kickstarter after a couple  of backed projects didn't quite goto plan and are either dead in the water or 12+ months overdue, I've also got boxes of stuff sitting in the attic where I've not touched the stuff that I got as "freebies"

I want to get more gaming done during 2016 and going to see a few people I've meet over the years and roll some dice outside of Leicester, so a bit of planning should be that well under way!

Painting wise I've no doubt I'll go from strength to strength with the all scars re-booting the survivor series for 2016 with loads of newbies stepping into the arena with the Anton, can they go the course though! And The Phat cats quite possibly the best gaming club in the Midlands also doing a monthly challenge but rather than simply mimicking the scars each month will be themed, and that will push me out of my comfort zone!

Any way enough rambling I've the GC to amuse with various age inappropate toys and games, So thanks for making it this far and putting up with me for the last 6 years!

The Fallen.... 

This year we lost Alpha, The boss man of the Gordon's and I'll miss our chats about anything and everything, A true gent and he welcomed me into the family like his own son.



Well it'd be rude not to put this mix in his memory!