Friday, 16 June 2017

Maelstrom X - the wrap-up

On the 10th and 11th June Maelstrom X was run and won. This was another stress free weekend for me as far as admin etc. goes, although we went from 31, to 30, and then to 28 people so it was a bit of pressure that last week making sure we had even numbers, 

Also attending Maelstrom were 4 out of town players, attending their first tournament outside of Christchurch. Hopefully it was a good experience and we hope to see them all back (with more of their mates) again.

It was a typically perfect Wellington weekend - nice and sunny for setting up, rained all Saturday, and then sunny Sunday afternoon for packing up. 

Such a great wee hall

White Scars vs Daemons

Nic Cromarty's orks vs CSM

Bad news for the Dark Eldar

"They are supposed to be fleeing from US!"

John Murrie's Harlequin Glass Hammers

No good can come from this

Cody's Necrons dulling their opponents to death after distracting them with the cool paint scheme

Bringing the Grav Train before it gets not as good
Raven Guard vs Ultramarine Grey Knights 

Ynnari vs proper Grey Knights

Some sort of 40k Mexican standoff

Iron Hands brook no trucking with the ruinous powers

Great terrain from Ryan with the light... three Helldrakes btw

Ynnari vs Tau, deserving opponents

About to get 'Not Good' for the Daemon Prince

... and the Bikers (note: Wolf Lord now MIA so leaving it to the 'basic' TWolves
On the Sunday, Scott Bowman from The Hobby Corner in Kapiti arrived with most of his shop. Word spread and this attracted several locals who were not playing to pop down and purchase wares (or pay their outstanding accounts... not sure which!). 

Scott also donated a pile of hobby supplies to raffle off, which I really appreciated - this year we were supporting one of our own players, Aaron Twose. Aaron's son Hugo has a rare form of cerebral palsy and they are raising money for a life changing operation that can only be performed in the USA. 

The raffle raised $125 which was duly transferred on Sunday night to the givealittle account. If you can and would like to donate, you can at

Oh, and results. Yeah. Here you go.

Shiney happy people :)
If you are a member of the NZ Warhammer 40k Facebook page, you can see more photos here

At the end of the prizegiving there was a bit of a surprise for me - I was presented with a GW print and a card from the players, with many nice messages thanking me for running the tournaments (and getting people through 6th and 7th ed.). Thanks guys, you didn't need to do that but I appreciated it greatly and now I have a plasma pistol aimed at my head to remind me that I need to keep painting...

Watching over me as I sit at my hobby desk
So I am starting to assemble my Custodes... .. . . 

Oh and 7th ed - Nah, nah nah nah-nah nah nah, nah-nah nah nah, hey hey hey...

So looking forward to tomorrow!

Monday, 1 May 2017

2017 painted model commitment #5

Finally sitting down to post some 'better' (relative word) photos of the models I painted for the Golden Brush competition. 

Interrogator Constantin Tomanov

Lex-savant Karotan Gol

Crispijn Solez

Pertinax Varrus

Gimeon Oshiro

Castigator Paschalis

The Varlet

Special Operative Deathwatch Brother Ro N'gonui

How on target am I?
Weeks of the year complete: 18
Models painted: 23
Vehicles painted: 1

Sunday, 30 April 2017

GW Golden Brush April 2017 - the result

Well I managed to come away with first place in the Kill Team which was great! 

I couldn't get Deiad the Immoliant done in time which was a shame, on the other hand now that the Inquisition Kill Teams are available you can't arm them with flamers so... .. .. no real loss. 

I also added in my test model for my Deathwatch army as a special operative (still legal).

Here's a piccy of the happy family!

Gonna smite me some Xenos!

Now I am all pumped to get stuck into the next project... Deathwatch... 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

GW Golden Brush April 2017

With the release of Shadow War: Armageddon and the internet exploding about the return to 2nd Ed rules/Necromunda I got all inspired to do some modelling. 

I have been a massive fan of INQ28 and the modelling opportunities it presents, and there are many fine examples of people's creativity littering the world wide web on forums and blogs. I have a plethora of ideas for creating my own retinues, and with Games Workshop Wellington having a Golden Brush competition (including a category for Kill Teams) on it's Grand (Re)Opening 28-30 April I thought I'd use it as an inspiration to get a Kill Team converted and maybe painted.

So after a couple of sessions I have the conversions done... they 'count as' Astra Militarum (until the Inquisition Warbands are released anyway...) although could equally work as Genestealer Cult I imagine!

Interrogator Constantin Tomanov (Veteran Sergeant)
Bolt Pistol w/Reload + Red-dot laser sight, Power Sword, Frag Grenades, Carapace Armour, Camo Gear

Lex-savant Karotan Gol (Veteran)
Lasgun w/Reload, Flak armour - (too much brightness exposure, can't see the lasgun barrel!)

Crispijn Solez (Veteran)
Lasgun, Flak armour

Deiad the Immoliant (Specialist)
Flamer w/Reload, Flak armour

Pertinax Varrus (Specialist)
Sniper rifle w/Reload + Telescopic sight, Flak armour, Camo Gear, Clip Harness

Gimeon Oshiro (Guardsman)
Laspistol, Assault blade, Flak armour

Castigator Paschalis (Guardsman)
Chainsword, Flak armour

The Varlet (Guardsman)
Laspistol, Flak armour

... and other paraphernalia
I have some ideas for backstories for these models - but that's a tertiary consideration until I get them painted!

Monday, 3 April 2017

2017 painted model commitment #4

More models!

Yes I know these aren't GW minis, nor are they mine... I had a work colleague who got some models 3D printed online at Heroforge for a Shadowrun campaign he and some friends were playing. He brought the models in to show me and I offered to give them a lick of paint, because I am a nice guy!

As you can see the models had a lot of issue with striation - this due to the choice of using the cheapest print option (not going to pay more until you test the quality!). This also made them a bit of an arse to paint as they sucked a lot of paint up. I did give them a pre-coat of watered down PVA to take away the worst of it - the key bit was that the models got paint on them, not that they needed to be painted to award quality. The photo quality is also not the best (sorry!)...

As for Heroforge, it's a great website (IMO) particularly if you are into creating a unique character for your games. In fact, you could waste HOURS tweaking around with your individual design, so be warned. Also I'd suggest paying the higher price for the premium plastic though if you are intending to do any more than give them a spray of black paint.

How on target am I?
Weeks of the year complete: 13
Models painted: 16
Vehicles painted: 1