Monday, 26 June 2017

WarhammerFest: Part V - A few hobby paint recipes

In the last of my WarhammerFest pictures, here are some helpful pictures of various paint recipes the hobby teams had done to help you understand how they got some effects.

As I've been being slack with the blog while going to and recovering from Empire LRP, hopefully some of you will find this useful.

Monday, 12 June 2017

WarhammerFest: Part IV - PaintySim's Golden Demon Photos

My wife, PaintySim has long been better at painting than me - and it seems she's much better than photography, too! Here's the photos she took at WarhammerFest this year, mostly of Golden Demon entries.

OK, this is the one photo not
from Golden Demon!
It's a Kharadron Overlords diorama
Made by GW staff...

Monday, 5 June 2017

WarhammerFest: Part III - Golden Demon Photos

I didn't manage to get a huge number of photos of the Golden Demon entries. The cabinets get very crowded for the short period of time everything is visible.

Still, you get to see stuff like this amazing kit bash. Even I have trouble picking out where all of these parts come from.

The Age of Sigmar single figure category had a lot of excellent figures in, and this is where I got most of my photos.

I found the two DarkOath Chieftans kind of fascinating, as you got to see the differences two excellent painters took on the same figure.

Not the most detailed painting on a figure, but noted as a Blood Bowl Apothecary conversion using the new Changeling model.

The other reason I don't bother with too many photos, because the lighting isn't ideal for photography - and all the really good stuff gets photographed by Games Workshop with excellent photography lighting and much better cameras than I own...

I felt I had to get a photo of the Fimir in the cabinet for the old school shout out.

Again, it doesn't come out brilliantly, but the hand painted detail on the banner is amazing.

This kit bash is my personal favourite - the shoulder piece with the laurel wreath and the yellow and black checks are painted gloss. This is because painted armour plates would be glossed to protect the design.

The kitbash, as well, is amazing. The ruff, the head working with the Stormcast body, and the slashed sleeve (which is actually a slashed sleeve over the undershirt).

Another old school shout out with the new take on Slambo. This is excellently painted on a relatively simple figure.

One of the new categories was where everyone was told to paint an Eldar Farseer with no modification. One entrant had taken that very literally, and painted everything on the sprue. If you look closely,  there's a lot of amazing freehand detail, and sections of the sprue are detailed with runes or other effects.

I think this will be one of the photos I use to show people that miniature painting can be art.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

WarhammerFest 2017: Part II - Staff Hobby


One of the great things about the Saturday of WarhammerFest is that you get to see lots of awesome hobby from the GW staff. Because they may as well do something with the Golden Demon cabinets...

It's also much more civilised to look at these awesome, achievable armies in a lot less of a crowded press than it is the Golden Demon entries. Of course, I'm a moron and forgot to do this until late on the Saturday - here you can even see Chris Peach (of Warhammer TV appearances and hobby fame) putting away his combined Order forces in the background.

This Tzeentch force jumped out at me from the cabinet.

I failed to get the name of the painter, but you can see the awesome bright colours of the force, which is nice and different to what you often see.

There were also a few Gathering Storm dioramas done by the staff in one of the cabinets that were available on both days. This is another bunch of work by Chris Peach, ruined by my awful photography.

I believe Borja is one of the Forge World painters.

 I don't know the person who created this one...

... or, in fact, this one. But they're pretty awesome, aren't they?

Monday, 29 May 2017

WarhammerFest 2017: Part I - All The New Things

Pictured: The Forge World Seminar, 3 people taking photos
on their phones, and an ear from someone from
Blood of Kittens

So, this weekend I was at WarhammerFest 2017. On the Saturday I dived pretty much straight into the Forge World seminar once out of the queues. I wasn't taking notes, as the Warhammer Community site and various news blogs do a good enough job that I don't need to do a blow by blow, and can just experience it.

The seminar opened with the sad news of the loss of Alan Bligh. It must have been hard for those who knew him well, but they soldiered on and did their best to make the event an enjoyable experience for everyone.

There was little new information for Age of Sigmar from Forge World - the Khornate Dragon is basically done, but a decision was made to re-do the Khornate Lord, which has held it back a bit. There's now a plan to start a dedicated Age of Sigmar team within Forge World - the applications for the manager role closes today. If the Specialist Games team are anything to go by, we can expect a lot of awesome stuff once they've assembled their team.

40K wise, the "Fires of Cyraxus" book was delayed because it would have come out too close to 8th edition. There will be four "Index" books to cover the new rules for all the existing Forge World models - price point likely to be £15. They're also releasing the Chapter Master of the Blood Ravens and re-doing some of the Tau fighters that were a bit hard to assemble.

For Horus Heresy, it was mostly Sisters of Silence and Custodes, with a few teasers of "Angelus", the next Heresy book. The big news was that Heresy will be staying with 7th edition, and a "red book" of 7th edition rules for Heresy released soon-ish.

The licensing area had a whole bunch of cool stuff. Pictured was the game Doomwheel, which involves a sideways scrolling Doomwheel dodging obstacles and running over clan rats...

Also around was Dawn of War III, Mordheim: City of the Damned showing off a VR rig version of their game, Man O'War Corsair and Mordheim: Warband Skirmish. I got to try Warband Skirmish (and bought it) and also tried Corsair, and love it and plan on buying it. ;)

Back to the miniatures! Here's a new Primaris Marine in a size comparison with a traditional Marine. It gives you a good idea of how they'll fit into a force together if you were so inclined.

Meanwhile, here's a Primaris painted up as a Blood Raven, which is pretty awesome.

Sim and I got to get a quick test game of the new Warhammer 40,000. I played some Primaris Hellblasters, while Sim picked the Foetid Blight Drone. The game itself was a score draw, but we got a good idea of the new mechanic and had a bunch of fun.

From what we played, the new game is fun, plays quickly and should be pretty quick to get the hang of. Now we're both really looking forward to the new release.

And finally for today, I saw the new sprues for the 40K objectives that are being released at the same time. I was impressed by the technique of casting one sprue with both clear and opaque plastic, and tweeted about it. Sadly, it seems at least one rumour blog has since re-posted it without attribution, but these things seem to happen these days.

The technology isn't new - Gundam kits and similar have been doing this sort of thing for a little while. But it's exciting to see GW doing it, and realising what it will mean for canopies and similar in future kits.