Deathwatch Army Finished.

I’ve finished my Deathwatch force to a place that I like for now. I still have a few veterans and other models to paint, but for now the force I want to take to Warhammer World is ready. My next project is not yet clear, either Genestealer Cults or Primaris Dark Angels…

Pictures of the force:

I really enjoyed working on these guys, the bright, varied colours make the army a real treat to look at, despite mostly being black!

Starting with Primaris Dark Angels

I’ve gathered together all the models I have for Dark Angels just lying around and I’m going to make them into an actually painted like Dark Angels force, rather than a successor as I’ve previously done. I’m also taking the opportunity to “angelify” them as much as possible, including the starter set guys.

No paint so far, I’m looking for a relatively light green colour scheme if anyone has any ideas, but I’ve built some dudes, including the Primaris Company Master in Gravis Armour, Azrael stand in, and a Primaris Librarian and Lieutenant.

 

Not all strictly game legal but this project is going to be a work of love rather than power.

Wish me luck!

Organising the Hobby: Tools and Resources

Organising our miniature collections, models, armies, projects and army lists can be tricky, a challenge in and of itself. Every hobbyist will have their own approach and list of resources and tools that they use. Here’s mine!

Model Collections: TableTop Tyrant Figure Cases

Your choice of model case is up to you, and though I’d recommend keeping them consistent in terms of foam sheets, the actual container doesn’t really matter. I like the TableTop Tyrant ones, they hold loads of models safely, and the size of the sheet is very similar to the old GW ones, which means that it matches all of the sheets I have for old cases.

I don’t personally rate the new GW cases, they seem great for things like basic marine infantry, but as soon as you start trying to fit unusual poses or flimsy models they fill up too fast for my liking.

I also have a KR case and like it, but the tyrant ones just work better for me.

BITZ and Sprues: Very Useful Boxes

I have a set of these tiny boxes which I keep useful and small bitz in for current projects, things like Deathwatch Shoulder pads and heads, or sets of weapons for specific kill teams. There are 16 so I can separate the bitz into a fair number of categories. When I don’t need the bitz anymore they all go into the giant bitz box, which is actually a Betrayal at Calth box! This box is great to rummage through looking for inspiration as there’s almost 10 years of bitz in there. If you’re anything like me then you’ll always remember the perfect piece for a project and spend an hour or more rummaging through trying to find it, only to locate it when looking for something unrelated a week later.

Painting Organisation: Citadel Project Box

Up until very recently I didn’t have a dedicated hobby space, so my projects had to pack down into a small space. The Citadel porject box is great for this, though unessential as any large box would do. I use mostly the GW paints and GW tools etc so everything has a place. Now I have my own hobby cellar the project box holds the paints that I know I’m going to need for the current painting session/project.

Project Organisation: Excel

Excel is a great tool for keeping track of the models you own, what still needs building, painting, or buying. I tend to plan out full projects in advance and then map them into a spreadsheet, coloring particular models or squads yellow when they’ve been acquired, orange when built and green when finished. This way I can always see at a glance how close I am to finishing off an army.

Wunderlist

The other aspect of my organisational setup is Wunderlist, an easy to use to-do list app. The app has loads of features that make it great for project management, but I just use it to list armies I want to do, projects ongoing and models I may try to sell. I sometimes make “deadline” lists to plan out what I want to get done this year, for instance.

Inspiration: Evernote

I follow a lot of warhammer blogs, groups and forums for inspiration and, if I see something I like I can use the Evernote screen clipper to save it so I can come back to it later.

Gaming Aids: Kindle

For the most part I’m a sucker for the physical copy of books, but GW’s ebook offerings work fine and I can download them onto my kindle then use Kobo Reader to view them no problem. The Kindle Fire is really cheap and relatively easy to “hack” the play store onto in order to download Kobo which works great with GW’s books. It can also show PDFs for additional datasheets and rules such as the ones updating the primaris range to be able to be used by Deathwatch. Finally, my Kindle has Battlescribe and the AoS app on so that I can always create armylists if the thought strikes me.

So these are most of the tools I use whilst hobbying, what does everyone else use, anything I’ve missed off that you find essential?

 

Armies on Parade Update August 2017

I’ve made some progress on putting together my board and models for Armies on Parade. The idea is a “Last Stand” of the Imperium on Terra. Talons of the Emperor, Deathwatch, Imperial Fists (Or maybe Blood Angels) and a splattering of characters like Guilliman, Voldus, Cypher, Greyfax and Artemis.

The board is representing the Imperial Palace, though a bit worse for wear. the checked marble tiles have been ripped apart and there will be pools of lava with bloodletters and other daemons climbing out.

There are 900+ tiles to paint, alternating black and white… then the pools and the columns to do.

Got the Deathwatch marines, Sisters of Silence, Guilliman, Cypher, Greyfax and the Redemptor Dread to paint, as well as the board, and up to the end of October to finish it off.

The bases I’ve made match the board. Only Voldus is on the base so far.

Wish me luck!

 

How Big?!! Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought Size Comparison

So today I built the new dread and oh boy he is a big’un. How big you ask?

Much bigger than Guilliman…

Bigger than the Swarmlord (Side note Inquisitor Greyfax is taller than a Sternguard…)

He makes a regular dreadnought look almost comically small…

He’s even bigger than a Leviathan!! (The Leviathan is on a raised base)

What a beast! Really amazing kit to put together as well, so many posable and adjustable parts, you can really make this your own.

Mine is joining the ranks of the Deathwatch now that it can (see this post for more on that…)

I can feel Primaris calling to me and I’m not sure I like it…

All (Most) Primaris Units now available to Deathwatch

The new pdf for this week allows Deathwatch Primaris of all types, apart from I think the Lieutenants, Ancients, and Gravis Armour Captains.

https://www.games-workshop.com/resources/PDF/Downloads/K3ns3JDOGE2asjf/Primaris-week-4/IORF435R4_ENG_Primaris_Marines_Release_04_July_29th.pdf

Does anyone have plans to incorporate them into their Deathwatch? SIA makes intercessors kind of pointless I think, but hellblasters or Inceptors? There isn’t really anything which boosts our weaknesses, though, namely numbers and anti-tank (IMO) so not sure if I’ll add anything to my Deathwatch force.

I do love the Apothecary miniature though, so I may pick him up and use him. His abilities should go somewhat towards mitigating the effects of numbers, though again, the fact that normal marines and Primaris cannot share transports will limit the effectiveness of this tactic.

I really can’t see a place for most primaris in my deathwatch lists. If only there was a lascannon option for Agressors…

Thoughts?

Ongoing Projects and Moving to 8th

I have too many projects on the go. I always have and, like many, I’m always tempted by the new shiny. Fortunately Primaris marines haven’t really grabbed me yet, so moving to 8th I have only existing projects to work on.

  1. Dark Angels- My Angels of Redemption army is approaching 4 companies in strength including models I’ve yet to paint. ¬†Have to say that the wind is really gone from the sails of this project, as “normal” space marines look so goofy next to their primaris brethren… I may come back to them later if the Dark Angels codex allows some cool options, as they are the army that I have the most points or complete. I have basically the whole 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Companies planned out!
  2. Emperor’s Children- Mainly a 30k force, again I’m waiting for the codex for these guys to see how they can be used in 8th. I built them for the Traitor Legions book but only got one game in with them before 8th came out! There’s Raptors, Warp Talons, Maulerfiends and Bikers left to paint in the colours of the phoenician.
  3. Deathwatch- These guys are going to be my main Imperium army for 8th edition, at least for now. I love painting them, I love their options, and hopefully we’ll be able to take some of the new shinies for primaris.
  4. Genestealer Cults/Tyranids- A force that I really haven’t made a dent in since Overkill came out, so really looking forwards to getting these guys together, as Tyranids look nasty in 8th.
  5. Talons/Agents of the Emperor- Catch all for the rest of my imperium stuff, a few space marines, Sisters of Silence, Custodes, Inquisition, painting when I can to break up other projects.
  6. Eldar and Tau- Not planning on progressing with my Ynnari or Farsight Enclaves armies any time soon, may look at selling these models, just through time constraints.
  7. Gaming table- I’d like to construct a gaming table of some sort.

How many projects have you guys got going for 8th, and how to you manage all these streams of work at once?!

Armies on Parade 2017: Concept and Early Progress

Armies on Parade is by far my favourite event of the year. The two years that I have competed I have been lucky enough to win medal in, and this year I’m doing something a bit more ambitious. I have more space, a little more time, and hopefully a little more of the skill required in order to complete the project as envisioned.

This year’s display has the working title of “The Last Stand” and involves a number of different forces of the Imperium defending part of the Emperor’s Palace on Holy Terra. I’m constructing the room with a marble checked floor, broken columns, statues and steps.

The models I hope to house in the display are:

  • Roboute Guilliman
  • Voldus
  • Cypher
  • Two Custodes Shield Captains
  • One Inquisitor
  • 10 Sisters of Silence
  • One squad of Custodian Guard and one squad of Sentinel Guard
  • One Imperial Fist Sternguard Squad
  • One Deathwatch Captain
  • One Deathwatch Kill Team
  • One Dreadnought (type and colours TBC!)

I’ve made a start on the Custodians!

And constructed the fists squad

Though this seems like a lot it really isn’t for the size of board, and hopefully it provides enough variation that I will be able to sort of set up mini dioramas within the main piece. For example I plan to have the Imperial Fists acting as a bodyguard for my inquisitor.

The dreadnought will be the centrepiece, along with Guilliman, and I am likely going to do a Deathwatch Redemptor Dread for this.

I’m making marble tile bases for each of the models in the force as well, to match the board and tie them together.

 

We have until the end of October to complete this project, which should, be, fine… :S

Armies on Parade 2016: A Wash Up

For Armies on Parade 2016 I created a piece called “Teleport Attack” in which my exorcist space marines, modeled using Grey Knight models, teleported into a ruined city, complete with lightning marks and craters on the ground. I was lucky to achieve the gold medal at my store, as there were some really nice projects on display. I’ve taken some learnings from the project last year, mainly to do with numbers of models (less is more) and how cluttered or not to make the display, and I’ll kick off my next project in the next few days. Without further ado, here’s my display from last year.

Deathwatch Primaris: The Hows and the Whatfors?

Whether or not there will be Primaris Deathwatch marines “officially” in the fluff is something that remains to be seen. Originally, in the 8th Edition Index, there were no options for Primaris Deathwatch. You can’t take intercessors, inceptors, Hellblasters or any of the starter set characters as Deathwatch.

The cynic in me says that this is just another one of GW’s “no model no rules” things, whereby because the starter kits are not designed to be able to easily change the shoulder pads, whereas the new multi-part kits will be, that DW will be able to use the new stuff only.

This does seem to be the case as you can take the Reivers, Redemptor, new captain and new librarian. This presumably means we’ll get the apothecary and chaplain as well. I’d love a deathwatch apothecary, so looking forwards to this.

Fluff wise, I think I’ll probably use primaris characters and dreads, maybe the more specialised squads like agressors, but not the main line infantry squads, for my Deathwatch. I don’t see why they’d have these mass produced dudes, and I also don’t think that any chapters will send off their newly acquired primaris to the Deathwatch anytime soon. My fluff will therefore be that it is the captains and Watch masters that undergo the primaris transformation.

Hope to have some painted Deathwatch up soon, I’ve painted one team so far.