Saturday, 17 February 2018

Robin 2018

Hello Geeks!

So a week of so ago I wandered over to ROBIN at notthingham with the rest of the Phat Cats Demo team,

We had: 

Lee & Pete with Blood and plunder
Nick & Dan with 30K
Myself & Keith with Gates of Antares

Most of my Morning was spent talking to a few guys that I've know for a number of years and it was great to catch up them all,

I managed to snap a few pics towards the end of the day however I didn't manage to get all of the tables in the mad rush around!

Carl's demo tables from open combat were really cool and I'd like to fins out where the dragon skeleton came from!

the Lenton gamers group putting on a superb WW2 28mm crete game, the attention to detail was cracking

All the armour in the work for a massive bolt action tank wars game

Sarrissa showing off some of there terrain, they had some wicked deals on the day however I've way too much terrain!

So as this appears to be the game of the month and Pete from the club has gone balls deep in on this one I picked up a starter set for a gang so that I can give it a crack!

One of the more WTF tables I've seen for a long time! More Kings of War models that I could count!

So that was Robin in a nutshell, Overall good second year and I'll be looking forward to the 2019 show!

Monday, 12 February 2018

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Greeting Geeks,

In the ever evolving madness of the Anton the "ooh Shiny" has once more struck again!

Not content with the gates of Antares stuff that I'm trying to get through I decided to add to my ever growing 40K collection with a start collecting box from the Necron Faction,

back in the day I had these guys and sold them off for what ever reason, however now I'm armed with an airbrush and with various you tube channels showing all sorts of techniques I decided to go for the classic scheme on these guys,

The paint scheme is fairly simple but I wanted an old school look to the necrons, so trying a different technique with the airbrush and blending a lighter metal over a dark metal seemed to work quite well on the stalker,

With the basing of the models and the rumoured release of a Necron/Ad Mech box I thought that a Mars inspired scheme would be fitting and Ross gave me the recipe on how he did it on his Iron Warriors. 

With this first batch done and dusted, I've already started on my next lot and once half term is out of the way and as a break from a guildball commission then I'll be able to work my way though these no problem,

Also with the news from the LVO a couple of weeks ago with the Necron codex hitting the shelves at some point in March this will tie in nicely with this project.

So with that in mind I'll be picking up troop type choices that should fill out the core of the army then simply go with the rule of cool for the other stuff as I get to it and with this force I'll be going for the buy a bit, paint it before I buy more approach. (In theory....)

As usual comments and the like welcome,

Thursday, 1 February 2018

More 30K ultramarine reinforcements & The Pledge!

Greetings Geeks!

So that's the first month of the year out of the way and I hope your all ready for the month of love, so break out the random numbers and get calling!

Well this month is quite an interesting start! I've ploughed though the 1k of 30K ultramarines for the doubles torney at the end of the month.

I also have been involved in a podcast that Dan, Spencer and Ross has fired up if you want to have a listen the click on the link below and get in contact if you have any questions!

The Phosphex Party

Whilst we were recording it we also hooked Lee from the Bleeped up productions youtube/podcast channel, go have a look at hs first steps into 30K

Bleeped up productions

anyway enough of that onto the pictures!

a super fast force nothing walks! 

So with Dan's lovely looking Imperial Fists the whole force looks superb, 

I need to suss out the flying bases for the speeders but apart from that they are good to go! 

So you'd think that with that lot done the pledge would be off to a good start?

sadly no, I went weapons free at the start of the month and picked up a death force for age of sigmar, as well as the 2018 30K project in the form of the world eaters. With these guys I'm going for my gold #closer patch as I can't let Dan take all the glory on that one!

Bought : 157

Painted : 55

Difference -102

so I'm already on the back foot, however I'm confident that I'll be steaming ahead on the pledge as I'm getting lots of use out of my air brush and the results that I'm getting is giving me a good incentive to paint more!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Gates of Antares - Algoryn

Hello Geeks! 

So whats the right thing to do when you've a doubles army to finish?

well start a new one project of course!

I picked up some odds and sods the back of last year for Gates of Antares, as I wanted to start playing it on a regular basis, rather than just sorting out some bits and bobs for the Ghar, Bromites and Freeborn. I thought it would be a good idea to actually pick up some Algoryn!

I've always liked these models and when GoA first came out all over the book of face these what was seen the most, so I was trying to avoid the norm, then I decided to join the pack and go for it!

 I was aiming for a 750 point force for an up and coming local torney however it turns out that's the same day as hammerhead and I'm supposed to be working! all the tough choices to make on this one (works not even in the picture!)

So I decided to go hell for leather with these guys as I've a game planned in a couple of days and I thought it'd be nice to run around and get shot at with painted models! 

I was quite surprised how quick I got these guys done, not including build time it was 6 days from plain plastic/metal to fully painted and based!

now normally this would have a positive impact on the pledge, however that's not the case! I'll cover that off over on the end of month post.

So now these are done its back to the Ultramarines and the lighting fighter, one final push on the boys in blue and they should be done and dusted buy the end of the month easily!

Hows your start to 2018 going?

Monday, 15 January 2018

30K ultramarine reinforcements

Hello Geeks! 

As I continue to bounce from various projects and semi started models or in some cases not even started! I've had this kicking around for a while, and figured I might as well finish it off as the doubles torney is on the 20th Feb not Jan as I first thought! 

Yup the best Mk of the landraider the Mk2B, now I 'll know a few people will disagree with me on this point however your all wrong ;) 

I've kept is fairly simple painting wise and I'll look great added to my other boys in blue! 

only issue I might have now is that I want more landraider variants, however I need to actually get some games in with this lots, I've got around 4K worth of Ultramarines and only played about 3 games! 

Up next for the smurfs is some air support, this was a rapid learning curve doing the camo and using liquid mask wrong! more on that when I finish off this model.

So the rest of the month will be taken up with this little lot! I couldn't paint blue all month I'd go bonkers!

Monday, 8 January 2018

2018 here we go! - Bromites and The Road to Tarssis 4

In the words of the best army in the whole of the games workshop lore...

so 2018 is underway and the models are already being rolled out from the painting table despite operation Don't Kill the GC 2018 Edition Christmas watch about to come to an end!

So what have I managed in the first week?

I decide to start off with some Gates of Antares bromites larvamite swarms,

I decided to try something different with these guys and went from a black and dry brushed upto a white, then I used a load of the army painter inks that I picked up from Weekend Warlords and decided to have some fun!  

how these guys have come out, I'm really happy with and they look far better than my original unit that I painted a while back so I've tempted to revisit those models!

however I've a bit more of a pending target with a doubles 30k weekend coming up at some point which if I think I'm right its the 20th Jan!

11 days to paint this lot....

best get cracking on eh!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2017 - Overview of the year

Yey Gods!

where did that one go!!

So lets have a quick look at the 2017 "master plan"

Play some games of what ever I can!  -
Well I've certainly played games this year, all manner of them!

Paint the poster boys of the 40K world in the 30K setting, yep that's right Ultramarines. - The Poster boys are well underway and I've just picked up some reinforcements for a doubles torney in a couple of months, the question is do I actually continue with them as I've played hardly any games of 30K with them! 
I would like to make a funky looking table for This is Not a Test, only a 4 foot square is going to be needed for this game so I can spend some time on making it sexy looking! - 
The This is not a Test table didn't happen however in a moment of madness I did start on some of the scatter terrain and I'm determined to get this sorted out, I just need to focus! 

Travel to a few more local clubs and get some games in with systems I wouldn't normally play. -
As for the travelling gamer I got as far as Loughbrough! better than nothing I suppose!

over all not too bad! So lets have a quick run down of the Anarchy for the last 12 months....


Actually got a game of 7TV in and increased the ranks of the henchmen!

I took the first steps into a new system for 2017 - Age of Sigmar!!

And with a bit of a paint off with the Terrain Tutor I blasted out some Japanese for a game on his Burma board


This was the month of sorting out previous projects, so off the the random box of dead and unfinished models and I grabbed a load of bits that I'm planning on using for This is not a Test.

I also did my first show of the year, Robin,


A surprise message from Nick at Warlord games of can you drive a box truck resulted in me "nipping" over to Tactica in Hamburg!

The show was superb! and of course two of my favourite Germans happened to be there! 

I also started on what many consider to be the dark path....


Well it was a quiet month blog wise and sadly it was the start of far too much time in between posts.

on a positive note the Prep for the derby board began!


Well this was the month of trade shows!

First of all Partizan

Then off to chillcon, and we've been invited back to that for 2018! question is what to take!!


I was still playing catch up with regards to posts and managed to get some odds and sods painted,

However I was getting ready for 40K 8th Ed, and how I was ready for this!!


Whilst getting distracted by 40K I was also being whipped by Lee to get my Blood and Plunder Spanish painted up!

I also had Joe from the club ask me to paint his Cygnar in a whitewash scheme so I figured why not!


The 40k vibe was still strong and I added more to the wraith guard

but not forgetting the 30K poster boys they got some added cheese, which turned my facebook on fire!


I painted a lot of K47 Russians!


I painted up the Burrows and Badgers still that I picked up at Derby,

I also managed to finish off Joe's army as well,


and the usual jolly over to Crisis was done!

in a moment of madness, some might refer to it as a rage I blasted out a death company force,

I also decided to go back into the unfinished project box and grabbed a lot of freeborn for Gates or Antares


I was asked to do a post for the Orc's in the Web December calendar,

The article went down really well so I'm quite happy with that!!

I also did some random models that I picked up earlier in the year!

So from a geeky point of view 2017 was a mixed bag due to a number of reasons, one of them being my hours changed at work so rather than having 3 or 4 days off in a row they are now spread out more which means I get less actual time to do what I want to do.

However this does mean that I simply need to focus on certain projects rather than chop and change all the time, which will be easier said than done, and I've avoided kickstarter for most of the year so that's not a bad thing!

this has had an impact on the Pledge for 2017 though

Bought - 558

Painted - 555

Difference: -3!!

shocking I know so close to breaking even, but looking back on what I bought during the year it was the 8th Ed that killed it I got a bit frothy with nurgle plague zombies.....

So that was 2017, over all good laugh show and club wise, still managed to get a lot painted compared to other people in my gaming group, however once I've sorted out a few "real life" issues then we'll have to see what the future holds, I've a feeling its going to be fun!

If you want to see more of what I'm doing on the painting and geeky world have a look at the facebook page as I tend to randomly put posts on that rather than the blog now!