Sunday, October 30, 2011

Black Library E-Book, Endevour of Will

The Endevour of Will, an Architect of Fate novella released as an E-Book only purchase from BLs website is what I believe (?) to be the first in a series of Space Marine battle books around the Architect of Fate. I recently purchased it and walked thru it in about a week of pre sleep reading sessions.



While this isnt the strongest BL book Ive ever read, it certainly was still enjoyable and well worth the price of admission (the cost of a starbucks vente frappe at 4.99 US), though it is about half or less in length to a standard BL book. The book centers around Captain Lysander and his band of Imperial Fist facing their nemesi, the Iron Warriors across several star fortresses in a battle of survival. We get to see the eternal warrior Lysander in all his glory, and after reading you will understand how he differ from many other notable marines. He sure likes that storm shield of his :-)

I normally wouldn't note this book on my site, however I want to bring it to the attention of the masses. I didn't even realize this thing existed till I was digging thru the BL site looking for my next ebook purchase (after a run of space wolf books in A Thousand Sons, Prospero Burns, and Battle of the Fang). So, if you a fan of the Sons of Dorn or the Iron Warriors, pony up the pocket change and get this novel, you should enjoy it. It should hold you over till you get your hands on The Outcast Dead.

The book can be found here:

http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/endeavour-of-will-ebook.html

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Land Raider Completed


The Wolves of Fenris are going to be rolling into the battlefield with guns blazing, hurricane bolters spewing out the enlightened slugs of the emperor!  I finally finished up the land raider, which took surprisingly long to complete... I did manage to magnetize the side sponsons for easier transport, which was done using some rare earth magnets off ebay for about $3.


Im pleased with how it turned out... Its the flagship battle tank in my armada,  so its got to look good.

All the techniques I used here were the same as described in the razorback articles below. With all the extra surface area, that was the most likely culprit of the additional time needed to wrap this thing up.


I happened to also get my order of thunder wolves or "space wolves" from Mr Dandy today, and Im excited to get those things on the battlefield as well. So much painting to do! I will share pictures of those at a later post. I was sad to see that my Blood Angels Land Raider and Storm Raven sold soooo cheap. Well, at least I'm adding to the world of well painted table top models I suppose. I'll be using that money on the wolves too anyways, so its all good.

Lastly, Im only a few members away from the Black Library novel give away, remember once I get to 25 members Ill be handing out a few black library novels, so join fast to enter the random drawing and you to may win a 40k novel.

Friday, October 21, 2011

BA Models For Sale

Quick Post... I have two items up for auction which will be ending in 2 or so days. A Blood Angel Storm Raven and a Blood Angel Land Raider. See Auctions Below:







Storm Raven: http://www.ebay.com/itm/180739960089?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Land Raider: http://www.ebay.com/itm/180741085061?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Imperial Armour Master Class Review

Here is my official review of the Forge Worlds first release in the Imperial Armour Model Masterclass series (Volume 1 obviously). Retailing for 39.99, its one of the cheaper volumes released by Forge World.






IA Masterclass contains about a dozen or so detailed models painted by some of the premier model/builder painters. The book is of course very heavy on imperial armor as suggested by the title, with few marine/xenos additions. However, the techniques explored within this book are certainly applicable to any army, so don't let that be a deterrent. The book also goes into a lot of detail on building table terrain and dioramas (one of the tables they walk thru building is the coolest 40K table Ive ever seen). They explain, in nearly step by step fashion how they also build the diorama seen on the cover (with the imperial artillery piece). While it leaves some minor details out, anyone advanced enough to tackle a project like that will be able to fill in all the gaps ( I cant wait to build a display board for adepticon 2012!).

Ive adopted a number of the techniques shared in this book when working on my razorbacks (see previous post), primarily using weathering powders and applying battle damage with a dremel, a toothpick, and green stuff (albeit somewhat bit scary the first time). While Im not going to leverage everything explored (using oil paints and thinner to make streaking stains of metal), a majority of what was explained is useful.

Now, this book is truly for advanced painters only. If you cant paint to the level I'm painting at a minimum, I would believe your probably not going to get a lot of technique out of this book yet (and not to say I'm a master painter, far from it, but I believe I have the minimum skill set needed to paint using these techniques). Having an airbrush and being comfortable with it will also get you a lot further. You will still use a lot of what your learning without an airbrush however, but wont be able to replicate some (about half) of what you see.

So, who should buy this book?
If you do simply like looking over awesome 40k models and miniatures, but aren't a painter or a good painter yet, you will still love this book...  There is enough in this book to keep you drooling and admiring that I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys modeling and 40k. I know several times I have spent 20 minutes here or there just staring at the dioramas and models. Its a MUST BUY in my opinion, and at $40 it wont break the bank. If your a die hard eldar or ork player and dont care about looking at imperial tanks, then you may be the one caveat. Otherwise, its a rock solid purchase at $40, and I'm excited to see what what Volume two brings. Maybe they will get into painting more than just tanks/flyers. As someone who resells every model/codex I don't foresee using again, and even though I have many of the technique down after reading them 40 times, I'm holding onto this book for good... Go head to your local GW store and pick it up today!

Link to site with more excerpts from the book

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Razorbacks Painting Complete

Well, it took slightly longer than expected, but I completed the wolves razorbacks. Ive also just about completed another commission for blood angels razorbacks as well. Its taken time away from proceeding with the wolves, but its also let me refine my list (Ive made a number of changes from the post below).


Here are some pics of the BA razorbacks in progress:


Now, again, I dont need to hear about how the emperors finest would never use a camo pattern (I think it looks to good not to). I plan on using the same painting pattern on the Land Raider and Predator, and the land raider is in progress so pics of that to come soon (though, the predator will no likely be in the 1850 list anymore). I did learn on thing today about inks/washes as well, they make painting headlights/lenses soooo easy! The headlight on the razorbacks above and the lenses on the TLL turrets were all painted with layers of yellow and green/red washes respectively. Ill post on this one later, but take that to note (base layer of space wolf grey with a heavy wash makes an awesome lens with lens flare and the convex shape leaves less wash in the center of the lens).

I have a lot of Blood Angels up for sale or trade also, see here:
Well Painted Blood Angels Land Radier, Assault Termies, Storm Raven, etc

My last bit of news is around my commission schedule. Im totally clear folks, and Ive been in such a rhino chassis painting mood, that I'm throwing a Rhino/Razorback Sale up! I will paint a rhino for 45$ (plus $30 for model) or razorback for $50 (plus $35 for model). Tiger Stripping, Weathering, Rusting, or any special conversions cost extra... Limited time only! If interested, leave a comment in this post or email me thru my profile.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

1750 Wolf List - Attack it

So, below if my first attempt at build out a wolves list at 1750 pts. I currently have all the models I need outside the Thunderwolves (here I come Mr.Dandy) and the Rune Priest (anyone have one to sell, hard to find oddly enough), so I will so be ready to rock this bad boy out on the table top soon. The wolf guard will be split as follows; G1 with 10x Grey Hunters in LR as a dedicated transport, G2 with the scouts, and G3/4 with the 5 man squads in razorbacks. Outside of that, you should be able to see what Im going for with this list...

With that said, any criticisms any of you would like to share (this is the internet after all)? I have an fairly extensive background in playing with both space marines and blood angels, but this will be my first go at it with the wolves. I know I should drop the predator for a third long fang squad, however I not only like the predator as a model on the table top, but I do believe the S9 AP2 offers some value against AV 12+ targets (GK Dreadnoughts, Storm Ravens, Chimeras) which are present in the current meta game. As the title says - ATTACK IT! Let me know what you love/hate!




HQ


270

Wolf Battle Leader 70 170

P. Fist 25


S.Shield 30


Thunder Wolf 45







Rune Priest 100 100

Jaws of the W. Wolf



Living Lightning







Elites


482

Wolf Guard



Guard 1 18 48

Terminator Armor 15


P. First 10


C. Melta 5







Guard 2 18 43

P. Fist 20


C. Melta 5







Guard 3 & 4 18 46

C. Melta 5












Land Raider Crusader 250 260

M.Melta 10







5x Wolf Scouts 75 85

Melta Gun 10
















Troops


495

10x Grey Hunters 150 185

2x Plasma 10


P. Weapon 15


Wolf Banner 10







5x Grey Hunters 75 155

Melta Gun 5


Razorback w. TLL 75







5x Grey Hunters 75 155

Melta Gun 5


Razorback w. TLL 75






Fast




2x Thunder Wolves 100 155 155

P. Fist 25


S.Shield 30











Heavy


350

5x Long Fangs 75 115

4x Missiles 40












5x Long Fangs 75 115

4x Missiles 40












Predator 60 120

Lascannons 60