Thursday, 29 November 2018

Bullgryns - Are they any Good? - Discussion

I love my Astra Militarum army 'The Emperor's Feth and it is designed to function with maneuverability and firepower in equal measure. However it is really easy to get bogged down and trapped if the enemy can make it in close. There are ways that I combat this but I don't have an attacking counter punch that can really hit back.
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Bullgryns
I love the old Ogryn models and have a few of them but in my view Ogryns just don't cut it and I've rarely used them in a game. However, I have admired the Bullgryn models for a while as they look fantastic - great sculpts and very fitting in the way they look. I also have a few transport options that could easily transport them into the places they are needed.

So I have a few questions that need answering:
- Are they any good?
- Are they worth paying £22.42 (Element games) for only 3 models?
- Are they worth the points cost?
- How do they work in a game situation?

Lets delve into these questions (not necessarily in that order!)...

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Astra Militarum Hellhound Complete! - Melt & Burn for the Emperor

Following on from part 1 HERE where I got my new Hellhound up to a very clean tabletop standard of painting I have now weathered the heck out of it and I am calling it finished.

Below are some comments about what I did to weather the Hellhound and all of the pictures introducing The Emperor's Feth newly recruited suicide cleanse and burn division...


1.- I absolutely love this model, it was a joy to paint with all of the details and character that is in this kit. I didn't feel I really had to add anything extra to it in the form of add-ons or equipment.


2 - Following the last post I thought that I would try a few new techniques out that I have been recommended to use by the other dads for ages.
Firstly I sponged on some Abaddon black to areas of the model where paint chipping would occur such as edges that may get caught, where handles get used and where guardsmen would climb up and down the vehicle.
I have never done this before but the outcome is super effective and i'm totally going to do it on every model from this point on!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Astra Militarum Hellhound - Burn for the Emperor!

Recently I managed to stumble across an Astra Militarum Hellhound that I must have bought a while ago. I have always loved these vehicles and wanted one in my Emperor's Feth army so, as I am at home with a broken ankle I thought lets get it on!!

I haven't quite finished it so far but got to a point where it just needs weathering. Here is the story...

1. The beginning

This is how I found the hellhound - unloved at the bottom of a box!! I'd obviously settled on a scheme and started painting the barrels and hull. I can't remember any of this though and had no idea where the turret, instructions or if there was a back half to the vehicle!!!

How I found it
 2. Lets get started!

I wanted a change in colour scheme from both what I was painting (White) and what the rest of my army Chimera's and Leman Russ's looked like (Dawnstone Grey). I figured that these guys are the suicide kings and want to be noticed as they fly across the battlefield in their big petrol tank just waiting to be turned into a mushroom cloud! So I settled on Ulthuan Grey which is a very light grey with elements of a blue hue in it.
I quickly painted this up as a basecoat and then Leadbelchered up all of the metal bits before applying a Nuln oil wash to the metal and an Agrax Earthshade wash to all of the recesses in the model.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Necromunda Orlock gang finished!

I finally finished off my Necromunda Orlock gang! It's taken a while as I've been pretty busy of recent times. I thought I'd show them off and talk about what I like and dislike about them rather than talk about how I did them or what I did.

The Gang

Saturday, 27 October 2018

TT Combat Drum barrels terrain review

As I am in the process of building some terrain for Necromunda I previously reviewed the large crates set from TT Combat and was thoroughly impressed with them - you can find part 1 here and part 2 here.

Because the kits were so good I thought I'd also order the drum barrels kit as the large barrel looked quite cool and at only £3.95 I just couldn't resist!

On opening the kit the pieces pushed out pretty easily with only minimal T & C needed at the attachment points. I quickly sorted this with a craft knife and a nail file.
Cleaning up the attachment points

Friday, 26 October 2018

Necromunda bases for my Orlock gang and an update on hobby (lack of) progress!

Hi all,

It's been a rough few months for hobby progress in dad lad I'm afraid. Rich has been away across the world with work for most of the summer, Steve has young twins who are getting to the age where they are running around and going to nursery parties all weekend, Dave has had a new baby (congrats mate!!) and I (James) have been away on holiday for most of the summer (School hols) and have now been thrown back into lots of school work at the start of the academic year!!

Aside from managing a couple of games of Necromunda with Steve there really has been nothing going on. However, last Sunday (it's now Friday) I managed to break my ankle playing football and so after a week off work have actually made some hobby progress!!! (Every cloud...)
The big foot!!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

TT Combat Large Crates for Necromunda - Review Part 2

Back for part 2 of this review of my first order from TT Combat - a company specialising in laser cut MDF terrain. Again just to remind you that I am in no way affiliated with the company and that this is a totally honest review in my quest to get some decent terrain at a reasonable price.

Recap

If you followed part 1 then you will know that I got to this point with the crates:

Progress at the end of part 1

Saturday, 25 August 2018

TT Combat Large Crates for Necromunda - Review Part 1

As you may know Steve and I (James) have been trying to get into Necromunda recently. We both love the game but have struggled over the last few months to get to together to play it. Steve has bought the box set and I have bought an Orlock gang and have nearly finished painting them up.

Orlocks 1

Orlocks 2
Anyway we are currently learning the rules bit by bit and are playing through the missions in the Underhive rulebook. We last played 'The Trap' which is the 2nd mission of the 6 and are planning on getting together more often to play through the next 4 and then progress onto 3D terrain and play a campaign.

Ahead of playing on 3D terrain I have started thinking about get some proper Necromunda style terrain ready to play on. After looking around and realising everything is so damn expensive I stumbled on TTCombat.

I do want to note now that I am NOT affiliated to TT Combat in any way and they won't even know that I am writing this review!!

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Converted Squat army spotted!

It's been a while since we've posted due to work and family but there is still lots of hobby going on at Dad HQ.

One but of hobby that gets overlooked often is that of checking out other people's models. This week I have been away on Scout camp (yes I am a scout leader) and on a day out in Plymouth managed to nip off and visit the local GW store (I couldn't find any independent shops anywhere so please enlighten me if there are any in Plymouth).

On browsing the store I laid my eyes upon a very cool Squat army converted from a multitude of different models. Now I don't like either squats or the idea of them in 40k but these were still cool. Unfortunately I have no idea of who painted them but kudos to whoever did!

Hope you enjoy - James

The full army

Monday, 11 June 2018

Throne of Skulls Doubles Tournament Feb 2018 - Part 6 - The Miniatures Exhibition Hall

Although not strictly a part of the tournament, if you are at Warhammer World it is a given that you should ALWAYS visit the exhibition hall. And anyway with the tournament entry you gain free entry to the hall so there really is no excuse and, believe me, it is well worth it.

I figured that for those who have never been it is always worth it to see some pictures even if they do absolutely no justice to the displays in the hall. There are hundreds of displays of different models but I always prefer to see the displays of models mid-battle. The makers of these types of display are not only skilled painters but the imagination and creative modelling skills are quite something to behold.

Unfortunately Rich and I could only grab a half hour in the hall and didn't even scratch the surface of the experience. I think that you could spend 3-4 hours in there many times over and never get bored and keep seeing new things. It really is that amazing.

Anyway enough of blowing smoke up backsides have a look at some of the pictures of my favourite dioramas I found in the hall...

An Ork Siege against a castle in Age of Sigmar

Just an incredibly modeled battlefield!