Thursday, 12 February 2015

Maelstrom VIII - Update #1

Maelstrom will allow players to choose 0-1 Fortifications (including optional upgrades) which are listed in the GW publication Stronghold Assault, using the rules for Buildings in the main Rulebook pg 110 - 113 (including your opponent being able to take control of them...)

Please note that, as per the Rules, the Fortification must be able to be deployed wholly in your deployment zone AND, as the terrain is fixed, there's no moving terrain to accommodate your building.

So those people considering bringing Aquila Strongpoints/Defence Lines/Defence Networks take note at this implication.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Sector Imperialis board - Part 1

One of my goals for February is to paint my Sector Imperialis board (particularly in light of needing it ready for Maelstrom). After seeing Pete's efforts and the time he has spent on his Tablescapes boards over at FoB, I was a bit... nervous.... reluctant.... hesitant... 

But no, I wasn't going to let my own mind get in the way of progress. So I boldly undercoated with black spray... last week... and I have finally begun with the hand painting.

I have used a number of Resene test pots that I have matched to the GW colours (as best as possible), but I will refer to the GW colour when I discuss paints to keep it simpler (for me).

Oh, and GOODNESS THERE IS A LOT OF DETAIL. Also, GW's video (which I watched again) should be renamed "An overt marketing video on how we want to increase sales of every single paint, particularly metallics, that we produce".

These two photos are Step 1 (post-undercoat). I got out some spray cans - Mournfang Brown and an old can of Camo Green - and lightly sprayed some places on the board as you can see. Why? Well, it meant that I could overbrush metallics on top and have some colour come through underneath.

I wish I could have found my old Boltgun Metal can, I must have lent it to someone :(

Where I am at right now

This one is the furtherest along

Step 2 - I have painted the following:
  • Flagstones - Khorne Red, stippled blotches on them of Steel Legion Drab and Rhinox Hide, drybrushed them with Bugmans Glow (these colours, along with the dirt, fit the basing scheme I have on all my Astra Militarum, Inquisition, Sisters of Battle, and Word Bearers)
  • Metalwork: Mix of Balthasar Gold, Screaming Bell, Warplock Bronze, and Leadbelcher
  • Dirt: Rhinox Hide
  • Road and drains: Eshin Grey, drybrushed with Administratum Grey

Where to from here:
  • Finish base colour metallics over the remaining 4.5 boards
  • Paint all the skulls...
  • Paint bits of detail here and there (lights, maybe control panels... etc.)
  • Random highlights of metallics
  • Airbrush a 50:50 mix of Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade over the whole board to bring it all together
  • Add some different ink colours in random spots
  • Drybrush flagstones, guttering, and dirt with Ushabti Bone
  • Drybrush all metallic bits with Necron Compound
  • Add some effects (corrosion, etc)
I am going to try and get in a couple of hours a day on this.

This is certainly an interesting project that requires some patience. It would be cool if there were a few of you working on it together (along with a few beers and a BBQ), painting it on my own has been a bit... tedious.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Maelstrom VIII Resurrection

I am very pleased to announce that the eighth Maelstrom tournament will be held on the weekend of 16th/17th May 2015 at Cashmere Avenue School, Khandallah, Wellington.

It will be 5 rounds of 40k, with armies of 1850pts, Earlybird entry cost for Maelstrom is $30 up until 31 March 2015, after which the cost is $40.

You can download the Players Pack here.

Any updates or news will be posted here and also at

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

I am still alive...

Yes it's been a couple of weeks or so since I posted last... but I've been busy in the background... 

Sometime this week I'll have finished my two extra Realm of Battle boards, and hopefully undercoated my Sector Imperialis boards. Definitely the former, maybe the latter... 

But the big news is that I have booked a weekend to run a 40k tournament - so anyone that wants to attend should block out 16+17 May 2015.

Many more details and a players pack to come by the end of this weekend...