Sunday review

Well, here is a thing! its been months since my last Sunday review. So, what’s changed? I am trying to get the blog back to a regular thing, and 3 in the last 3 days is a good start. 

So what have been up to and and what’s next?

Painting.

Well, I have been plugging away with the 13th legion and I can now field over 8,000 pts (And by Just over, i am 2 points over!)

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Just finished is a Captain on a bike. done more for fun than any other reason, i got the idea stuck in my head for a convesion, so I went for it. I enjoyed the task and i really like him. I have decided to use him to represent Captain Epagus of the 6th Company as denoted by his orange markings. Might have to add some more bike in the future. 

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Also finished, at long last are the 10 sternguard. boy these became a chore. I was never happy with the white on the shoulder trim and if am i am not happy, then i tend to put it off. i finally caved in and did something about it. the end result is much better and reflects their status. 

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while various projects have been going on, I have been slowly adding hatch options for the 2 Land raiders. now finished are 3 closed and 1 open hatch (as in no option taken), 2 hatches with Stormbolters (one open, one closed) and a Hunter killer. the final option with a Multi-melta is still a WIP.

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Taking of WIP, the new Terminator unit started this week. if all works out, then next Sunday, you’ll get to see the finished 5 man Thunder hammer squad. 

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I have also done scenery of late, and heres some photos of the work. 

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Gaming 

well, I played the 1st game of my League ‘group’ stage. The rules for our league are easy. you win, you move up. here is the report from the game 

Next week will see my in a development game against another young league player. I am training him up to improve his game craft, the following week will see me in full game Vs his ‘Nids. 

 

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Project Gladius 2nd company Thunderhawk

So I am starting to plan for my Thunderhawk. Its currently in a box on the shelf while I panic about the build. Its fair to say that this is not a project for the faint hearted.  Its a massive kit with some huge parts but still has some fine detailed parts and crew. The mould is old now and the quality,  while still good, has had the odd  issue.  The instructions are basic and it has no parts list. The “glass” is a peice of flat thin clear plasticard and you don’t have a mounting point for the stand, which you also don’t get.

Now it would easy to turn this blog in to a whinge.  Easy to complain about  a £400.00 for kit the lacks a stand, parts list…..! But I knew all this before I bought it. I wanted a challenge and at the end will be a fantastic peice.

That is what I hope this blog will show you, My trails and tribulations building and then painting this iconic flyer. I want rhe challenge, I want to break our the power power tools and above all I want to really enjoy this project.

So how to approach this epic task? I think I need to break it up. I have found some great blogs on the task and researched the best way to approach this leviathan. I will therfore try to do it in the following order.

-Write a Parts list!
-Check and clean the full kit.
-Prep the core body and super structure.  This will include the flaps and ailerons.  All the work to mag up the frame will be done at this stage. I want to be able to remove the top to expose the crew. I will dry fit the core of the kit at this stage.
-Drill out the major parys for pinning, mainly the wings and main gun
-Assemble and paint the flight deck. (Inc crew)
-Assemble and paint interal main body
-Prep and assamble ancillary items. (Weapons,  landing gear,  air breaks.)
-External weathering
-Make a stand (possibly 2 for display-I need to angle it into the display cabinet)

Well that seems alot! I think it will need to be broken down.

I think I will do it in small stages and paint other bits in between. I will try to blog each stage as we go. Here are the links to the awesome blogs that I have been reading.

http://taleofpainters.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/thunderhawk-project-overview.html

http://19thlegion.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/lessons-learned-building-forgeworld.html

Till then, see you access the battle table!

Outlanders scenery painting day

I recently helped my local gaming club, the Rugby outlanders,to get a small grant from Rugby borough Council. The Grant was from the ‘play fund’ a pot of money to help promote play across the borough. Rather than just focus on sports the council has tried to get young people to join all sorts of clubs and groups. We obtained a small amount, around £500.00, but this is enough to really help our club.

Our plan is to get new player to try out wargamming and to improve the experience for club members. We currently have around 30 members with about 15 at most games night. We are building the club and the leadership team (known as the senators) are doing a great job of this. We run 2 leagues and a yearly painting competition. I have said this before, but I count my self lucky to be a member of this club. We a group of like minded people who all love our hobby. We don’t have any really power gamers, picky players or any really annoying fanboys. We play any game and system and anything is possible. I should say a huge thanks to Simon Trammer for his efforts to keep it all together. Every time he posts an update on the leagues standing he gets a barrage queries, comments and complaints, but he still carries on!

So, what’s the point of this blog?well on Saturday, 27th April we had a scenery painting day where we tried to paint up as much of the new scenery as possible. We had the following to sort out.

2 realm of battle,
A fortified manor
An imperial sector
4 gaming hills
3 woods
And a load of various bits from our local gw.

The plan was for club members to paint away and, through lots of local advertising, to get new members to join up. We also had loads of food available.

We had 6 people around all day and over the day we got a lot done. By the end of the day, most of it the assembly was completed, with the 2 big projects, the RoB boards done following a group effort. Painted up using the GW Scenery painting kits, and flocked over, we now have these great kits ready to go. The 4 hills were nearly completed as well, with only the flocking left.

It was a long day, but the club did well, sadly we only got a few new members, but they had a fun day and this was the start of the project. A few club members, me included did take some home work away to finish and I now have 3 citadel woods to paint!

I should say a big thanks to Simon for organising it and to Adam for putting up with me for the day on the RoB kits. Can’t wait to play him on them.

To cap this week off we also have a day trip planned to Warhammer world on the 6th may. Taking 2 cars full it should be a great day. I hope to get a game in with the Necrons, and as ever, you can expect a blog on this outing in due course.

Until then, see you across the table.