While myself, my long suffering girlfriend and my son Kaeden were overseas, I took them to Kenilworth Castle. Located just outside of my hometown of Coventry, it is a fabulously atmospheric ruin that overlooks the majestic vistas of Warwickshire.
It was here, on a blustery, but sunny Saturday morning that I took my family, and my friends, Rich, Claire and their son Ollie, up onto the ramparts, where I got down on my knee and asked for my lady Diana’s hand in marriage, to which she said yes!
I’m very excited! I did mention about having a Star Wars themed wedding, but I got ‘the look’…. 😉
So I returned home from a 12 day trip to England on Tuesday. I was supposed to come home on Monday, but this volcanic ash cloud from Iceland I guess had other ideas. Anyhoo, 48 hours later and I am feeling somewhat human again, and seem to be relatively caught up with sleep!
During our time there I managed, thankfully, to go and see one of my favorite bands, the mighty BOLT THROWER! These guys were my first ever live show, waaaaay back in the early 90’s at the tender age of 13. They blew me away then, and certainly did this night too. So, waves of nostalgia were abound as myself, my good lady Diana (who was super excited at the prospect of seeing them also…) my mate Matt Crump, and his good lady Lou entered The Asylum venue, which was pretty big. A bit like Doctor Who’s TARDIS. Looks small from the outside, but is frakkin’ huge on the inside. The roster was: Some local band who’s name I can’t remember, followed by Rotting Christ, then local Brummies Benediction, then finally, Bolt Thrower. We all sat in the bar for the first 2 bands. I was mildly interested in seeing Rotting Christ, but they were pretty boring, plus we could watch proceedings on a huge projector screen in the bar. The turnout was excellent, and the place was packed. I was pretty excited to be seeing Benediction live also, as I was a bit of a fan back in the day, but I have to say I was not impressed at all with them, especially since Dave Ingram was not on vocal duties. Grunt he may have done, but he did it in his own way, and this guy just didn’t cut the mustard, as far as I was concerned.
Just before they went on, me and Matt caught up with Martin Kearns (drums), who I actually know through an old job of mine, and Barry Thompson (guitar). Unfortunately we didn’t get too much time to chat as they were about to go on, and although Martin said to stay around after the show, we had to leave 😦 ah well!
I snagged myself a Bolt Thrower hoodie and beanie from the merch table, a little bit miffed that the other shirt designs which I actually preferred were either out of stock, or didn’t have my size. WTF! lol! Anyway, the ladies decided they would stay in the bar and chat, while ‘the lads’ went out to see the band. It was hot as hell in there! Right from the opening intro they did’nt disappoint, and certainly reinforced my love for this band who have lived up to their own lyrics: ‘In a world of compromise – some don’t’. It really is the audible version of a tank driving across a battlefield littered with skulls, and I loved every minute of it. They only really played later stuff (I think, I was too busy moshing), but I don’t care, as I love it all. I got goosebumps when they played World Eater/Cenotaph, to which myself and Matt were furiously playing air guitar to.
Bolt Thrower really made up for the lacklustre support they had, and made it more than worth the effort to go and see them. I really hope that they play out a little more, and that they actually play some US dates too…
It makes me proud that I have my humble little corner here in internetland named after a Bolt Thrower track, call me a fanboy if you will, but I don’t care. Like they say, if the cap fits…
It actually started out (in my mind) as a couple of paragraph snapshot that I wanted to scribble up to be able to give an impression of what it would be like to witness the Legion of the Damned turning up to lend a hand. Well, six and a half pages later and it was finished. I guess I got a little carried away, but it was a lot of fun putting myself into the story and trying to picture the scene. I could have gone into waaaay more detail than I did, but I didn’t want to get too bogged down with specifics. I’m not a writer really, and just wanted it to be a bit of fun. I hope you all enjoy it. Here is the link: https://whencannonsfade.wordpress.com/dark-brotherhood-a-40k-short-story/
Well, I finally finished my Seraphim squad for my Sisters army. I had one casualty while I was painting these, one of them fell over and the backpack pinged off. After an outburst of cursing it was taken care of, but this goes to show how unbalanced these minis are. Very top heavy. Take into account this was also on a flat surface. As anyone who has played against my sisters at Colins place will attest, they fall about all over the place as though the were drunk off their asses. I have noticed, since taking these pictures last night and uploading them this morning, that there are a couple of touch ups I need to do, but anyway, here they are:
And there we have it. As I had mentioned in previous posts, I hope that we SoB players won’t have to wait too much longer for some updates, and new minis. With the recent Blood Angels release, with the fast attack squad having some pretty sweet ‘feathered’ wings, could this be a pointer for what else is in store…? Plastics are definitely the way forward, its just unfortunate that some of us are being held back.
I was feeling ansty yesterday. My kid had wrecked the place. The living room looked like a Thomas the Tank Engine graveyard, intermingled with crayola crayons, pieces of chalk, balls and magnetic letters from the fridge. It was driving me nuts. We only have a small place, so a small mess looks like a hurricane blew through. Obviously, there is no point tidiying up when you have a 2 year old, as it’ll be thrown about the floor again in less than 5 minutes. We do all that after he’s gone to bed. Thats when the veil of calm descends 🙂 So, as I couldn’t clean up his mess, I felt I should really do something.
So, I went to my closet. Actually, i’ll correct myself, the ‘area I store my figures and hobby stuff, along with the coats, hoodies and other crap we can’t find a home for’. For a while now, it has looked a little like a GW independent stockists back stock. So, I dutifully used my little step ladder thingy to get up to all the stuff stacked on the top shelf. I went through all the boxes, pulling out sprues with odd bits and bobs on, throwing out boxes, empty FW bags, instruction booklets on how to assemble your cadians/rhinos/Land Raiders, devastators etc etc, and any other crap that I didn’t need. My plan is to condense all the sprue bits by cutting them off the sprues and bagging them up for easier storage. I’ll get to that this week hopefully. So, I restacked everything and stood back and looked at my handiwork:
It was then that it occurred to me that it didn’t look like I had actually done anything at all. This image belies the fact that I threw out an entire 13 gallon garbage bag full of stuff. Yikes. I want to get some better shelves in here. The ones I have were a temporary measure to give me somewhere to stash my minis. I also have 2 mini cases full of minis, that you can’t see here, plus the various foam trays you can see in the picture which also have stuff in them.
So, it made me think about all the stuff I have. I have plans for all of it, but it really made me think about the practicality and the time it’s going to take to get it all done. It seems to be a well known trait amongst gamers with having several armies and not one of them being fully painted, unless, however, you are my buddy Colin, whom I am convinced has elves and faeries that come out at night and help him paint all his stuff. Anyway, I digress. I look at what I have, and I often think, ‘should I get rid of a bunch’, in an effort to bring it under control, but I dearly enjoy all the stuff I have. I recently started revolving the armies for painting, to keep morale up and also to try and get more done and keep interest going. Maybe its because there is so much cool stuff that gets released, or is pending that it creates that ‘must have’ mentality. Before you know it, you have yet another army patiently waiting for a coat of paint. I will admit that a few times I have been eyeballing the new Blood Angels, but have thus far been successful in ignoring the ‘phwaaaooor! thats AWESOME’ feeling I get when seeing them. I never was one for getting in on the current trend, so I won’t be getting my IPhone Blood Angels. I’ll stick with my Bellbottom jeans Sisters haha!
PS yes, that is a signed Bolt Thower picture on the wall.
So I am heading home in a little under 4 weeks. I need the vacation! I made sure that I changed my initial departure date from the end of May to the beginning of May when I found out that my hometown heros Bolt Thrower we playing a frakkin’ gig in Birmingham with Benediction, Rotting Christ and others. To say that I am excited is the understatement of the century! I’m sure I will get time to go to Warhammer World while i’m there too. I can’t think about any of that now though, i’m seeing Bolt Thrower! Wooooooooorrrrrrrrrlllllld Eaaaaaaaateeeeerrrrr!
Yes, it is true… I actually have started listing some of my Sisters force under their banner which I created aaaages ago. It’s WIP for the most part, but I wanted a central reference point for my ongoing work on the girls. I’m sorta beginning to regret my choice of colors, simply for the amount of work that has to go into it, and free time is something I don’t get a lot of. I’m currently working on my squad of Seraphim. I am working on five of them, although I have another four, but to be honest, these figures are ass-paralyzingly boring to work on. With the exception of one in particular, the poses for the most part are boring and unimaginative, and lack any ‘movement’ it actually looks like they are in a cheerleading squad, doing some jumps. Maybe I should switch out the bolt pistols for pom poms…
I’ve been lurking on numerous forums, trying to glean any further information about any imminent Sisters updates or releases, as the GW stores have been yoinking their stock from the shelves, and they have been gradually disappearing from the online store as well. GW employees are usually full of information (when you ask) and obviously most of it is hearsay (heresy? lol!) or blatant wishlisting. I just hope that whatever the ‘great plan’ that GW has for us legions of loyal Sisters, or =][= players that they do us proud and release a fine selection of minis to accompany a new Codex. If the recent releases are anything to go by, then I may just have to permanently carry around a box of tissues. The recent pictures of the advance order Blood Angel stuff are incredible, and make me hope (read: wish) that we =][= players have something in the pipeline soon. Can you imagine, an army of Battle Sisters that aren’t all in the same pose? Glory to The Emperor! Beloved by all!
Thinking about what we currently have in our ‘dex, I don’t really think we’ll actually lose anything. Maybe some tweaks here and there, and obviously adjust some points costs (50 pts for Rhinos? HELLO?????). I am rather hoping that we get some new heavy stuff, or maybe some =][= specific transports. One big thing I am hoping we DO NOT lose, are the inducted or allied options.
Time will tell I guess. In the meantime I will paint my one pose army and dream of glories yet to come…