Infinity Aquila Guard finished!

Super quick update today, finished my Aquila Guard for my small (but growing) Infinity PanOceania force. Pretty pleased with the results! Here he is:

 

I really like the posing on this guy, the way the jacket is flowing, you can almost hear the howling wind blowing down the boulevard while he locks onto his next target with his sensors. I’m hoping that I can knock out 3 fusiliers in the next couple of weeks so I can actually start playing with a painted unit! Here is a group shot of the ones I’ve done so far:

I’m glad I went with the purple instead of the regular blue for PanO. More coming soon!

lastly, I’d like to say a big THANKS to all the new people who have subscribed to my blog. This means I’m going to have to start writing with more substance now lol! Cheers!

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Nurgle – Then and Now…

Good morrow everyone! A quick post today as a small bit of amusement for myself really. I assembled one of the new Nurgle figures from the Dark Imperium set, which, I have to say, are just some of the most beautiful (?) Nurgle miniatures that GW have put out. I am a big fan of the old Rogue Trader era chaos renegades and also the metal miniatures from the early 2000’s. The Forgeworld upgrades are really nice too, and it’s generally just great to see papa Nurgle actually get some screen time over Khorne, whom I believe to be Chaos’ answer to the Imperiums poster boys – the Ultramarines. The new chaos releases are just so over the top, exactly how I would expect chaos marines to be.

GW’s plastics have come a million miles as well, as the picture shows, the static, one-pose plastic plague marine standing next to his Dark Imperium cousin, and well frankly, there is no comparison. Night and day for sure.

Obviously over the years we have seen a scale creep in GW (and indeed most miniature manufacturers figures), and this became even more apparent after building this guy last night. With the introduction of the new Primaris marines into the 40K canon, the stage is set to get ever bigger (pun intended). So my question really was simply “why?”. Why are we seeing this gradual increase in the size of miniatures? Is the desire to pack as much detail onto one miniature such that it demands this size increase to enable that? I wouldn’t say that was strictly true as I have been building a lot of Infinity miniatures lately – they are a lot smaller than GW figures and they have an intimidating amount of details on them. (Ironically, Corvus Belli have actually had some scale creep in their figures too). Is it for simplicity’s sake? to enable younger gaming enthusiasts to be able to build these figures quickly? I don’t think that’s the case at all. Compare a Rogue Trader era Space Marine to a Primaris and indeed a pre-Primaris Space Marine and the difference is very obvious. I’m not sure yet how I feel about the mixing and matching of the smaller size marines and the new guys. If Guilliman’s new boys are the ultimate fighting machines, then does that mean that all marines that came before can retire and watch from the sidelines? lol!

Do you even work out bruh?

Do other hobbies have scale creep? I wonder if model railway enthusiasts have to deal with similar issues? Just my musing for today. I’d like to hear your thoughts on the scale change over the years, so drop a comment below and thanks for reading!

Let there be rot…

Another quick post today to share my newly finished Nurgle Plague Lord. I started this guy a couple of years ago, and then he got shelved when we moved, so I’m finishing up the few figures that are half done. I went old skool on this guy with the Dark Tongue runes on his base:

Nurgle has always been my favorite of the Chaos powers, so it was only right that this guy got finished. Next on the ‘need to be finished cuz they’re only half done are a couple of lizardmen skinks and a Genestealer. Then onto the obscene amount of miniatures that are only undercoated lol!

Poor financial decisions recently saw me acquiring the new 40K Dark Millennium box set (hey, it has Nurgle marines, hell YES!!!). I packed it away in the nerdcloset as soon as I bought it home as an incentive to get other stuff painted up before I tackle that stuff. I’m not sure how I feel about the introduction of the new Primaris marines. This is GW phasing out the ‘old’ style marines. Mark my words. Anyhoo, I thought it would be something that me and my son could play, especially with the new different styles of game play. I commend GW for their recent 180 with listening to their fanbase and being actually pretty cool and fun again, but I’m still sulking until I get new Sisters miniatures. Nyah!

TTFN!

 

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…

Infinity Swiss Trooper

Just a quick update today on my newly painted Swiss Trooper for my PanOceania Neoterran Capitaline Army:

 

Painting Infinity miniatures is very satisfying, and I love the fact that I don’t need dozens of miniatures to be able to play. I may actually be able to paint an entire force lol! Next up, Peacemaker Dronbots!

In other news, I’m starting to sell off some miniatures that i’ll never get around to painting, you can see my ‘for sale’ stuff HERE – I’ll be adding more stuff shortly, so take a peep!

Cheers!

Lost Souls Domain

A little while back I had mentioned about a pretty sweet little Kickstarter that I had pledged toward called The Pantheon of Chaos. Now anyone who has a long standing history with That Miniatures Company* knows about their out-of-print, fantastic, wish-I-hadn’t-sold-my –copies books under the banner: Realm of Chaos. These two mighty volumes were an in-depth look at the four chaos powers in the Warhammer/Warhammer 40,000 universes. Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness focused on Khorne and Slannesh, while my personal favorite of the two, Realm of Chaos: The Lost and The Damned dealt specifically with Nurgle (yay!) and Slaanesh. Within these tomes were not only the army lists for fielding chaos in your fantasy armies, but also the renegades for the war-torn battlefields of the far future.  They were beautifully illustrated with lots of background fluff and little stories dotted around to give you a glimpse into the insanity that is chaos. Additionally there were plenty of ‘Eavy Metal pages (remember those?) showing some spectacular (and long discontinued) painted miniatures and conversions. You could create a warband, generate special characters with all sorts of mutations which you would then go and create a converted miniature for, all sorts of good stuff!

Now, for me, there is something very special about that era of my gaming history, not only because of the lore and general air that I felt at the time with the hobby, but because of how the miniatures captured my imagination and fed into the narrative. I would spend hours poring over those volumes soaking up all the information and reading and rereading the stories to the dulcet tones of the mighty Bolt Thrower.

 

But, as with all things, you move on to other interests, and may sell off/give away all your stuff and that’s that. I did exactly that, and then lamented I did that when I got back into the hobby some time later. Waahhh! ( not Waaaaaagh!).

Knightmare Miniatures have crafted a beautiful NOSTALGIAHAMMER in the form of their Pantheon of Chaos line, which is now available to the public, along with their ‘Greenskin Wars’ range (if you are an oldskool Orc/Gobbo player) and their Space Raiders (Space Orcs) range. You will see some very familiar characters in their ranges which I’m sure is in no small part due to Tony Ackland and Kev ‘Goblinmaster’ Adams being on their design/sculpting roster. All of the figures are just incredible and when I first saw them on Kickstarter, I felt that flame that I hadn’t felt since those early days of my misspent youth.

 

Do yourselves a favor and pick up some goodies from these guys, you will not be disappointed. The prices are actually not bad either! I was amazed at my pledge awards when they dropped through my mailbox (seriously, everything was cast in metal, and the Demon of Malice is massive!), and I cannot wait to get them painted. I believe a warband level skirmish ruleset may be forthcoming in support of the lines at some point soon. Support these guys and show them some love, they deserve it!

Look for a review from WCF very soon. In the meantime, enter the realm of chaos…

 

(images borrowed from the Pantheon of Chaos site without permission)

 

 

*Games Workshop – DURRR!

The World Wheel turns… to Infinity

Hello! I return from the caves to bring you another post from the WCF bunker.  My world has been somewhat turned on my head in the last few weeks. In early March I received a phone call from my stepmom who was in absolute pieces to tell me that my dad had passed away. It was a complete bolt out of the blue which I was totally unprepared for. Living in a different country has its advantages, but this is definitely one of the times when it does not. Suddenly I very much felt the 3300 miles that separated me and my family as I set about making arrangements to fly home, as well as being skyped in to talk with funeral directors etc. I won’t go into the whole story, but needless to say I am devastated by his passing, but thankful that I have such a supportive wife and family to help me deal with it all. We had been out in England for christmas last year, and I’m so glad that I had some quality time with dad, and that he got to meet his newest grandson. I hadn’t expected for us to be making a trip back there so soon.

March 22 was the day that I helped carry my dad to his resting place, ready for his next adventure. I miss him terribly but know one day I shall see him again. Love you dad xxx

Don’t take anything for granted, friends.

Painting has given me something to focus on, and to take me out of things a little so I can distract myself. Thank the gods for hobbies!

Anyway, as I had mentioned in a previous post, I had discovered the wondrous world of Infinity. I had heard that it was a pretty intense game, and quite complex, something that normally would put me off investigating, but after checking out the figures and the art/fluff, I got reeled in, and I’m glad I did! I hadn’t seriously taken a plunge, but a week or two ago I bit my lip, held my breath for a moment and bought the N3 edition of the Infinity rules. While I had a bit of sticker shock with the price, a swift glance through the 2 books quickly dissolved any anxiety about dropping that kind of cash (although its probably in the range of a 40K rulebook cost wise, I’m just a tight-arse). You get a rulebook and a core book with fluff and army lists. I like the fact that they split it into two volumes, as I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a lot nicer to have to carry a lighter weight book around than attempting to navigate through war and peace to find the rules you need. Anyhoo, the art is great (taking me back to my days of going to Anime conventions, which I’ll be going to next weekend too, and reading lots of Manga), and the fluff is really engaging.

PanOceania is my faction of choice for now (until I get fully acquainted, and fully painted). They seem to be the most ‘vanilla’ faction, which is fine for me to get my feet wet. Lots of long range shooty goodness, and some really great troops types available. Also, I have a thing for the Bubblegum Crisis style helmets a lot of them seem to wear, so double win!

I’ve been up to a new FLGS near me over the last few weeks to start learning the ropes (I’m more of a visual learner) and have enjoyed dropping in on a couple of games here and there. Last week and last night, however, I had my own first actual games, me vs. an opponent, under the watchful eye of Chris who has taken me under his wing to teach me the rules. Of the four games I have played so far, I have won three of them. Probably beginners luck, or the new PanO dice I bought, who knows! Last night I was playing the first three missions in the Operation: Red Veil set, and I had a blast! I really got to grips with movement and basic combat, and discovered just how much fun Auxilas with bots can be! Mechanized deployment can be a lot of fun with Dronebots, I just need to be more aggressive in using them.

Some shots from last nights game:

It’s been a long time that I’ve actually had this much fun with a game (as well as Flames of War), and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I look forward to bringing you battle reports and whatnot soon. In the meantime I will continue my tutelage and work on my troops. Speaking of which, I just finished this gal:

Well, that’s it for now, thanks for tuning in! Now I’ve got my game back on, i’ll actually have something to post about! Until next time, my friends…