Monday, 12 June 2017

WarhammerFest: Part IV - PaintySim's Golden Demon Photos

My wife, PaintySim has long been better at painting than me - and it seems she's much better than photography, too! Here's the photos she took at WarhammerFest this year, mostly of Golden Demon entries.

OK, this is the one photo not
from Golden Demon!
It's a Kharadron Overlords diorama
Made by GW staff...

Monday, 5 June 2017

WarhammerFest: Part III - Golden Demon Photos

I didn't manage to get a huge number of photos of the Golden Demon entries. The cabinets get very crowded for the short period of time everything is visible.

Still, you get to see stuff like this amazing kit bash. Even I have trouble picking out where all of these parts come from.

The Age of Sigmar single figure category had a lot of excellent figures in, and this is where I got most of my photos.

I found the two DarkOath Chieftans kind of fascinating, as you got to see the differences two excellent painters took on the same figure.

Not the most detailed painting on a figure, but noted as a Blood Bowl Apothecary conversion using the new Changeling model.

The other reason I don't bother with too many photos, because the lighting isn't ideal for photography - and all the really good stuff gets photographed by Games Workshop with excellent photography lighting and much better cameras than I own...

I felt I had to get a photo of the Fimir in the cabinet for the old school shout out.

Again, it doesn't come out brilliantly, but the hand painted detail on the banner is amazing.

This kit bash is my personal favourite - the shoulder piece with the laurel wreath and the yellow and black checks are painted gloss. This is because painted armour plates would be glossed to protect the design.

The kitbash, as well, is amazing. The ruff, the head working with the Stormcast body, and the slashed sleeve (which is actually a slashed sleeve over the undershirt).

Another old school shout out with the new take on Slambo. This is excellently painted on a relatively simple figure.

One of the new categories was where everyone was told to paint an Eldar Farseer with no modification. One entrant had taken that very literally, and painted everything on the sprue. If you look closely,  there's a lot of amazing freehand detail, and sections of the sprue are detailed with runes or other effects.

I think this will be one of the photos I use to show people that miniature painting can be art.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

WarhammerFest 2017: Part II - Staff Hobby


One of the great things about the Saturday of WarhammerFest is that you get to see lots of awesome hobby from the GW staff. Because they may as well do something with the Golden Demon cabinets...

It's also much more civilised to look at these awesome, achievable armies in a lot less of a crowded press than it is the Golden Demon entries. Of course, I'm a moron and forgot to do this until late on the Saturday - here you can even see Chris Peach (of Warhammer TV appearances and hobby fame) putting away his combined Order forces in the background.

This Tzeentch force jumped out at me from the cabinet.

I failed to get the name of the painter, but you can see the awesome bright colours of the force, which is nice and different to what you often see.

There were also a few Gathering Storm dioramas done by the staff in one of the cabinets that were available on both days. This is another bunch of work by Chris Peach, ruined by my awful photography.

I believe Borja is one of the Forge World painters.

 I don't know the person who created this one...

... or, in fact, this one. But they're pretty awesome, aren't they?

Monday, 29 May 2017

WarhammerFest 2017: Part I - All The New Things

Pictured: The Forge World Seminar, 3 people taking photos
on their phones, and an ear from someone from
Blood of Kittens

So, this weekend I was at WarhammerFest 2017. On the Saturday I dived pretty much straight into the Forge World seminar once out of the queues. I wasn't taking notes, as the Warhammer Community site and various news blogs do a good enough job that I don't need to do a blow by blow, and can just experience it.

The seminar opened with the sad news of the loss of Alan Bligh. It must have been hard for those who knew him well, but they soldiered on and did their best to make the event an enjoyable experience for everyone.

There was little new information for Age of Sigmar from Forge World - the Khornate Dragon is basically done, but a decision was made to re-do the Khornate Lord, which has held it back a bit. There's now a plan to start a dedicated Age of Sigmar team within Forge World - the applications for the manager role closes today. If the Specialist Games team are anything to go by, we can expect a lot of awesome stuff once they've assembled their team.

40K wise, the "Fires of Cyraxus" book was delayed because it would have come out too close to 8th edition. There will be four "Index" books to cover the new rules for all the existing Forge World models - price point likely to be £15. They're also releasing the Chapter Master of the Blood Ravens and re-doing some of the Tau fighters that were a bit hard to assemble.

For Horus Heresy, it was mostly Sisters of Silence and Custodes, with a few teasers of "Angelus", the next Heresy book. The big news was that Heresy will be staying with 7th edition, and a "red book" of 7th edition rules for Heresy released soon-ish.

The licensing area had a whole bunch of cool stuff. Pictured was the game Doomwheel, which involves a sideways scrolling Doomwheel dodging obstacles and running over clan rats...

Also around was Dawn of War III, Mordheim: City of the Damned showing off a VR rig version of their game, Man O'War Corsair and Mordheim: Warband Skirmish. I got to try Warband Skirmish (and bought it) and also tried Corsair, and love it and plan on buying it. ;)

Back to the miniatures! Here's a new Primaris Marine in a size comparison with a traditional Marine. It gives you a good idea of how they'll fit into a force together if you were so inclined.

Meanwhile, here's a Primaris painted up as a Blood Raven, which is pretty awesome.

Sim and I got to get a quick test game of the new Warhammer 40,000. I played some Primaris Hellblasters, while Sim picked the Foetid Blight Drone. The game itself was a score draw, but we got a good idea of the new mechanic and had a bunch of fun.

From what we played, the new game is fun, plays quickly and should be pretty quick to get the hang of. Now we're both really looking forward to the new release.

And finally for today, I saw the new sprues for the 40K objectives that are being released at the same time. I was impressed by the technique of casting one sprue with both clear and opaque plastic, and tweeted about it. Sadly, it seems at least one rumour blog has since re-posted it without attribution, but these things seem to happen these days.

The technology isn't new - Gundam kits and similar have been doing this sort of thing for a little while. But it's exciting to see GW doing it, and realising what it will mean for canopies and similar in future kits.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Spring Showdown III: Malifaux Battle Report: Collodi vs Asami Tanaka

Back at the start of May, I pottered down to Wayland Games for a Spring Showdown event run by the lovely Mike Marshall. I was even willing to brave the horror of Rail Replacement Bus Services for this, which is no small feat.

My first opponent was just starting to learn Asami Tanaka, although I believe he's not new to Ten Thunders. We were deploying on the Flanks, with the Strategy being Collect the Bounty (kill more important stuff each turn than your opponent), with a scheme choice of Claim Jump, Dig Their Graves, Leave Your Mark, Set Up, and Mark For Death.

I took Set Up on Asami and Dig Their Graves. The former required me to drop scheme markers close to Asami, while the latter required me to kill stuff near my scheme markers.

I started off the battle by swinging the Mysterious Emissary around to drop an awkward hazardous terrain marker on one side of the field to funnel all the nasty Oni down a narrow lane of approach on my right.

In return, I got a summoned giant spider demon in the face. This did not fill me with joy and cuddles, especially as Asami's summoned critters vanish quickly with an effect called Flicker, and I was really worried I'd nearly kill something only for it to vanish and me score no points.

I conveniently countered this by firing Teddy off into Asami, sort of forgetting about that entire "Set Up" business and focussing on trying to win the Bounties.

Collodi, meanwhile, tangled the annoying spider demon up in puppet strings and made it walk off in an awkward direction. I can't recall if I killed this one or it flickered out.

 Asami, meanwhile, wanted none of this Teddy nonsense, so used pushes to get out of the way while tiny puppets fought the horrible spider demon.

I got surprised by some nasty Oni getting summoned right in the centre of the board. Points were close, but I believe Asami was ahead.

Toshiro the Daimyo decided to interpose on Teddy to stop him getting to Asami, and a Red Joker on Teddy's damage flip resulted in the incredibly tough undead monstrosity getting torn into tiny, tiny pieces. In the dying moments of the turn, I'd managed to score a point in Collect the Bounty, bringing the score to a massive 2-2 draw.

With it having been a while since the game, I don't quite remember where all the points were scored, but this was a fun and challenging game that I was pretty happy with. I'm still making Malifaux mistakes, but fewer of them, and most of them are a "teaching moment" as well, which is making me a better player.