Pantheon of Chaos Part 2 Kickstarter is now up!

Well, the folks over at Knightmare Miniatures have done it again! Earlier this week they launched their second Kickstarter to support the expansion of their Pantheon of Chaos range. I can’t sing the praises enough for these guys and their product. You can head on over and support the Pantheon of Chaos 2 campaign going on right now. The initial target goal has been met (yay!) and now we will get to see all of the stretch goals that will be unlocked. What caught my eye and got me all giddy is their ‘Demon Prince K’Thul’ which is straight outta Lost and the Damned. Also we see the appearance of lots of Chaos Dwarves, an area that I hope they branch out into…

These miniatures capture the essence of fantasy gaming that got me hooked at the tender age of 11, and i’m having a blast taking a trip down memory lane with this line. Seriously, do yourselves a favor and check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

Once I have 5 minutes to sit down with a paintbrush I’ll be doing a review of the miniatures I have so far. In the meantime, i’m going to go back to the KS page to drool a little more.

In battle there is no law…

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Enter the Realm of Chaos… Via Kickstarter for this amazing project

...Your nightmare has just begun!
…Your nightmare has just begun!

I’m a grumpy old goat at the best of times (and I’m totally OK with that), so it takes a lot in this hobby for me to get giddy like a fanboi, but discovering this Kickstarter campaign on Tabletop Gaming News did exactly that. For those of you who are of the golden years of GW (around the time when 40K was Rogue trader and the 2 Chaos supplements didn’t cost you an arm and a leg), you should take a look at the Pantheons of Chaos project. As soon as I saw this I was hit by the nostalgiahammer pretty bloody hard. Not only because of the damn awesomeness of the minis, but because they’ve pretty much stepped out of the pages of those early tomes. Project master Diego Serrate Pinilla is very obviously a fan from the old days, and this project will appeal to all those other ‘old skool’ vets like us out there. The sculpts he and his team have shown on here are just bloody brilliant. It also helps that Tony Ackland who was responsible for a large portion of the art in those books is helping with the project, as well as Kev ‘Goblinmaster’ Adams and Tim Prow. I mean, seriously, Oldhammer!!!!! Go, take a look, revel in their magnificent glory, and by the gods SUPPORT! The project was fully funded in under 2 hours (what does that tell you?) but they still have 16 days left to go with plenty of stretch goals and other goodies in the works. I’m very happy I backed this, now I have to be patient and wait for them to arrive. That’s not going to be easy…

I’m still here!! honest! Crusader Full Length Album in the Works!

Crusader - August 2012
Crusader tearing it up at Glenwood Arts Festival

OK, i’ve been a bad blogger… but in my defense, work, school and prepping for a destination wedding have taken up my life. Things are levelling out a bit now, so I can get back to the blogosphere. I have lots of things to share with you all, but it’s going to take a few posts to bring it all up to speed, which I intend to do over the upcoming holiday weekend.

I would, however, like to bring your attention to my band, Crusader. We are currently starting work on recording our full length album ‘Onward To Battle’. Now, as most of you will realize, recording is a lengthy, and costly process. If I remember correctly, the final cost of recording/artwork/pressing our debut EP “Rise of the Templars” ended up being about $3000, and that was for four songs… so, needless to say a full length album may well be a tad more expensive.

This is where I humbly reach out to you, dear readers and fans of Crusader, to reach into your pocket and see if you have a little that you can donate to our Kickstarter fund to help us get this album done! We have been saving all our money from the shows we have played but have fallen short of the amount needed.

Dethtron, or Colin to those in the inner circle, has jumped through all the necessary legal hoops to get us our very own Kickstarter page, which can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1475857858/crusader-onward-to-battle

There are different tiers of contributions, and what you get for them. Donations start at a mere $2! I may even look into a WCF exclusive gift for those that donate as a result of this blog post…

So, for those that need a soundtrack to the 41st Millenium (Thunderkill?? Asgard’s Fire???) those who need a theme tune while you’re beating the piss out of a horde of greenskins or Eldar, please help out some fellow gamer metal heads… we will indeed salute you!

In battle there is no law…

Hoagy.

INCOMING… Tomb Kings!

YES!!!!

This made my sullen Monday, which included missing my train to work after a somewhat surreal weekend, a lot sunnier. As a Tomb Kings player, I was beginning to think that these guys would be put on a back burner (like every other army I play) but it would seem I was wrong! This morning I received an email from Games Workshop with a little taster teaser of what is to come. A new piece of art, and a couple of little pictures which appears to be parts of  new minis!

Does this mean new plastic skeletons??? Does this mean some decent looking Liche Priests that don’t look like some shitty rip-offs of the Universal Pictures creatures from ‘The Mummy’? Will we even have mummies??? Will we have plastic Tomb Guard??? Will we have a Bone Giant that doesn’t look like a dead Care Bear? Will be have machines of destruction that aren’t a f*cking nightmare to put together?? oooh the possibilities!!!

My thoughts on the ‘teasers’ – i’m thinking one is definitely a Tomb King, possibly Settra or maybe even Queen Khalida? Not too sure on the other though…

Happy Monday(s)!

When Cannons Fade – 2 years old!

Time for cake! When Cannons Fade is 2 years old! it doesn’t seem like that long ago when I thought I would casually write a blog about the aspects of the gaming hobby that interest me. Primarily the building and painting and also touching on the gaming side of it also.

I’m actually quite suprised at how involved it has all become with posting updates, work in progress and all that has all become a part of the hobby as a whole for me. One of my favorite things, though, is the connections that this has bought me. I’ve made new friends all over the world and it really feels good to be a part of the international gaming community.

Self indulgent trip down memory lane.

So, what was WCF doing 2 years ago this month? lets have a look:

I opened the doors to the blog with lyrics to a song I wrote many years ago, which will end up on a Crusader album at some point. The song is called ‘War-Torn and Bleeding’ and I think set the tone for what was to come:
http://whencannonsfade.com/2008/11/07/war-torn-and-bleeding/

To start getting some filler material (as I wasn’t too sure what the hell i’d be putting on here at that point) I posted up some of the WIP pictures of my then recently accquired Dreadnaught from the Assault on Black Reach box set:
http://whencannonsfade.com/2008/11/10/wip-aobr-dreadnaught/

Eventually the bad boy was finished, and here he is in all his Black Templified glory:

A solemn note to November brings us to Remembrance Day, and WCF put up the poem ‘For The Fallen’ written by Laurence Binyon in remembrance of the men and women whose lives were lost in the First World War. This is applicable to all conflicts though, I think. It also linked in well with the namesake of this blog, Bolt Thrower, who used a verse from this poem in the track ‘For Victory’:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

While looking through old photographs, I happened upon some pictures of the old Forge World Nurgle Dreadnaught which I had painted many moons ago. My good friend Matt now has this although in light of recent events here at WCF HQ, I may need to get another (more on that soon!).
http://whencannonsfade.com/2008/11/14/from-the-vaults-forge-world-nurgle-dreadnought/

Another dig around the vaults unearthed some pictures of my Forward Kommander Sorscha Kratikoff that I had painted shortly after getting back into the hobby (thanks Colin…). Warmachine was what hooked me into gaming again, which of course was my gateway drug back to the dealer that is Games Workshop.
http://whencannonsfade.com/2008/11/14/from-the-vaults-forward-kommander-sorscha-kratikoff/

Strangely enough, I still haven’t even taken my Epic Sorscha out of the packet. I’ll get to her, one day!

Lastly I posted up a video clip of one of my many Bolt Thrower songs, which had been put to scenes of aerial combat, and looks great.
http://whencannonsfade.com/2008/11/21/new-page-added-the-work-of-matt-crump/

I also announced that I would be putting up a page for my mate Matt so I could put some of his miniatures in there, as I really like his work, and we have traded recipes, tips, tricks and techniques for about 9 years now. His work, including the drool-inducing Abbadon the Despoiler can be seen here: http://whencannonsfade.com/2008/11/21/new-page-added-the-work-of-matt-crump/

And that drew November to a close for WCF. A little wobbly, I agree, but I was totally winging it, and pretty much still am 🙂

 So thats it! my humble beginnings in Blogland! I like to think that it’s come pretty far since then, and I have conciously tried not to post too much WIP stuff up, as it started to look like I could never finish anything lol!

Plans are afoot!

I wasn’t too sure when to announce this, and I probably will do a ‘big deal’ post about it when its finalized, but I have been working behind the scenes on starting up WcF as an online business. Essentially my small acorn is selling gaming minis and supplies at a discounted rate. Initially I will be selling this stuff on Ebay, with updates and links through this site, including offering further discounts to regular readers of WcF. I’ve already sent in for various certificates, a ‘DBA’ certificate and all the other mind numbing stuff you need to run a home business. Essentially, as soon as all this comes back, then I’ll be opening the doors!

Thank you, dear readers, for sticking with me, not only through this wall of text, but since the beginning! I hope I will be adding many more candles to this cake!

Cheers!

Paul

APB – Big Jim’s Chaos Army stolen, please read!

As is the dread of any gamer who sinks a lot of love, time, effort and money into their hobby, the last thing you want to happen is that your shit gets stolen. Well, it’s happened to Big Jim, contributer to the House of Paincakes and his own blog ‘Galaxy in Flames’.

I’m pretty sure that his Chaos army will make its way to Ebay, or bartertown or one of the other trading/buying/selling webites very soon, so I implore you, dear readers, to have a bit of vigilance and keep your eyes open and let Jim know if you see his minis coming up for sale. Check out his blog to see the minis, they are beautifully painted and very unique. Lets see if we can get some back for him. Here are a couple of pictures of Jim’s Minis:

Click on both links in the first paragraph to read the full articles on both Jim’s blog and the HOP. There is also a drive in the community to dontate any chaos stuffs that you can to get him back up to speed.

Good luck! WCF will do its bit to help!

Paul

For those about to rock – Take a leadership test or suffer a ‘perils of the warp’ attack.

Since time immemorial metal (as in HEAVY metal) has been synonymous with dragons, warriors, warlocks, and general fantasy or sci-fi themes. On the one side you’ll have bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Bathory, Black Sabbath etc, and then you’ll get bands like Thor and Manowar on the other.

Leaving furry codpieces and fluffy boots aside one only has to browse the metal section of any music store (if there are any left) to see images of desperate warriors cleaving through ranks of the enemy, or maybe some lone figure on a quest or calling upon the arcane magick of the underworld (you get the idea).

 Games such as Warhammer or Warhammer 40,000 are a veritable smorgasbord of inspiration and lyrical subjects, and the imagery certainly helps to inspire. Look, for example, at bands like the mighty Bolt Thrower and also Sabbat, both having released songs or whole albums that are firmly rooted in the universes created by Games Workshop.

 Anyone who has seen my lyrics will probably know straight away where I get about 50% of my inspiration from… and I quote:

‘Sons turned against their father,
And the Imperium of Man,
Siding with the Chaos Gods
The lost and the damned.
The clash of mighty beings
Is written upon the stars,
As he hammers forth his justice
In the bloodiest of wars…’

Taken fromThunderkill.

All it really boils down to is that we are able to take our nerdism to the next level 🙂

 This weekend saw me and my buddy Dethtron and our band ‘Crusader’ head into Bombshelter Recording Studio to begin the arduous task of recording our EP ‘Rise of the Templars’. We spent 3 days working closely with Dan ‘The Man Who Can’ Precision, who was the founding member of ‘Rise Against’ and also has ties with ‘88 Fingers Louie’ and ‘Ryans Hope’.

It was a blast going through the process and although some of it was repetitive and boring, we found ways to amuse ourselves and pass the time. I have still yet to lay my vocal tracks down, as some gremlins in the machine put us back a little on Sunday morning.

The EP will be a 4 song affair, and I have to say, I’m very excited about it. We’ve put our 110% heart and soul into this and I think it’s really showing. Dethtron has gone that extra mile to add some synth effects into a couple of the tracks to add another shovelful of epic awesomeness onto the mix. You can hear some rough stuff at this site, which Dethy graciously uploaded the WIP tracks to.

While we were there, I spied a copy of the old Talisman game by GW. Turns out that Dan was a bit of a gamer himself a while back… Me and Dethy popped the boxes open to find them full of old Squat minis, and some Chaos Renegades and a ton of old skool plastic Space Marines!

I’ll bring you more info as developments unfold. Including our first shirt design 🙂 All of this stuff will be available to buy through When Cannons Fade as soon as its ready to go.

Throw the horns!

Paul.