September 07, 2013

Stencil Kickstarter

Brian Best from Anarchy Models launched a Kickstarter today. It's already funded, 29 more days to go to get more goodies. It's all about high quality stencils to be used with an airbrush (or a sponge, that works too). Brian is a super nice guy and has some nice how-tos on the page, go take a look…

Below are a few pics I've stolen from his page, there are 10 designs at the moment, and more to come as stretch goals.


July 21, 2013

A couple of game pics

6th edition 40k is quite a dynamic game. Six Eldar snippers were holed up at the top of the bastion. A single Wraith entered the building and assaulted them. Seeing three of their friends being butchered was too much for the survivors, who decided to jump for it. Alas, they all broke their necks…

And here's something coming out of the woods that has these Eldar Guardians very worried indeed…

July 07, 2013

40k turn counter

I got inspired by Gale Force 9's Sci-Fi turn counter, which is very nice, and built my own out of plasticard. I used 2mm thick plasticard, and two 3 x 2 mm magnets. This PDF has the templates and quick instructions - in essence glue the templates to the plasticard using weak glue (I used a stick of paper glue), cut to size, remove templates, then stick the faces to the plasticard with stronger glue (I used PVA glue). I also laminated the faces before glueing them.

Here is the result:

April 15, 2013

Tape measure FTW!

I ordered a bit of hobby stuff from the Alan Wadkins Tool Store recently (more on this later). The order got delayed unfortunately, but I found them to be charming folks, who kept me updated regularly. When I finally received the parcel I found they'd added a free t-shirt and the awesome tape measure below. Yes, the two circles on the bottom of the tape itself are magnets, people. And with 5 meters of tape, there won't be any more problems measuring during the Apocalypse games. Look how puny the GW tape measure is next to it.

With a tape measure like this, I cannot lose! Bwah ah ah!

Alan Wadkins Tool Store - a good tool store, and good people.

Fred - a satisfied customer.

March 24, 2013

Doomsday monolith

Back in February we played our biannual Apocalypse game at the Guildford Games Club (I am told that we'll get an updated site Real Soon Now, BTW). So once again off I went with my little Necrons, including two Doomsday Phalanxes. The Doomsday Phalanx is a monolith formation, which includes the very special Doomsday Monolith. Blow this guy up and you're just back to facing regular monoliths, so it's quite important to identify it. Last year I was in a rush before our big game at Warhammer World, so only had time to create 'Doom!' counters (see the monolith to the top left on the picture below). It worked, but was not very nice, nor was it very always clear to the other players (especially if you were looking at the wrong side of the monolith). 

Doomsday Phalanx - Before

This year I had to do better. I tried to scratch build something, but unfortunately after a disastrous eBay experience I did not receive once of the crucial bits I needed in time. Come IDICBeer to the rescue. Nick had been reviewing some very cool pieces of terrain, which he picked from Neal at Leave no mini unpainted. So I bought a few packs (more on those later), and concentrated on the cyborg monoliths. It turns out these fit nicely at the top of a monolith. 

So here is a Doomsday Phalanx at the game this year. The Doomsday Monolith is the one to the left of the picture.

Doomsday Phalanx

 I'll try and post better pictures when I get a bit more time but meanwhile, thanks Nick and Neal!

March 17, 2013

Of Tomb Stalkers and storing them

I've been looking into storing my tomb Stalkers for a while now. I used to have them in foam cases, but bits kept on breaking - I've lost count of the number of antennas and other protruding bits I've had to glue back on.


So, after I'd finished painting my fifth one (at long last!), I thought I'd get smart, and store them so that the minis did not touch anything. Enter a custom foam card tray, with the Stalkers secured with Velcro tape. Great idea, works very well indeed. However, this was counting without the creatures' innate viciousness. Not being isolated anymore, they got aggressive towards each other, and one of them managed to get free of its bonds, and savaged the other ones. Look at the results below, it's quite distressing, really. When I opened the box the centre critter was still attacking the jugular of one of its comrades. Terrible, I tell you.

Tomb stalkers

So it's back to the drawing board. And to gluing bits back on.