I hope every one of you is remembering Erasmus Brosdau and his „The Lord Inquisitor“ Project. Erasmus is a young animation specialist who made a deal with Games Workshop that he is allowed to make a movie in the W40k universe as long as he does not make any money or profit with it. What he produced was this short but impressive prologue.
Unfortunately, he announced a few weeks ago that he would stop the project to found his own company and make a series based on his own SciFy universe. I was unfortunate actually when I heard this as the prologue of the lord inquisitor looked just fantastic, and the characters shown in the prologue had personality and style. Also, it was my hope of a good 40k movie.
Anyway, we have to accept his decision especially as GW did not make things very easy for him. Fior example he was not allowed to take any material support for his work, which meant no money and no equipment only practical help from animators who had to do this for free, and everyone who has a bit of idea about a proper animation know how much work this is.
But there is a silver lining on the horizon. Erasmus produced the first episode of his new animation movie (or more likely series) and posted it already on youtube. The Series is called „origin zero“ and looks fantastic. But enough written words, please enjoy the video
Hooray! Finally, there is an Alpharius model from Games Workshop, and it is epic! I mean Alpharius is killing a Space Wolf with his spear! Great details on the model and with his helmet on (which made no real difference as the most Alpha Legionnaires look the same anyway).
As an Alpha Legion fan, this will be an auto-buy model even if I do not play Horus Heresy. But I also have a few questions about the model. First of all, why is it only one Primarch? We all know that the Alpha Legion is the Legion which has two Primarchs and both are on the battlefield. There is, for example, Kabuki Studios from Italy who have produced two alternative models which they call „Hydra Knight and Ghost Knight.“
But I don’t want to be too cynical about the issue as I am thrilled that we get an Alpharius Model which I will buy, paint and present to you on this Blog!
I have a friend at our Wargaming Club with whom I have a small challenge ongoing. We play robust lists and count the victories of each one. He plays T’au, and I usually play my Alpha Legion.
T’au is not that strong anymore in 8th edition as they had been in seventh and Chaos became a lot stronger. So I built my list putting in a few hard-hitting units like my Leviathan Dreadnough, a Land Raider and Havocs with Lascannons. I thought that this should blast him from the battlefield. Well, at least I thought that, but I forgot that he would definitely bring his Storm Surge and an XV109 Y’Vahra Battlesuit. He killed my Havocs and my Leviathan Dreadnought in the first battle round and almost eradicated all of my cultists. At turn two he nearly tabled me, and I had to concede as it made no sense anymore to go on with the game.
The Storm Surge and the Y’Vahra would have been manageable if there would have been just one of them but both at once are an overwhelming force that blasts everything from the battlefield.
Below you can see a few snapshots which he made as I was too busy getting blasted from the battlefield.
Today I want to tell you a little bit about my wargaming club.
We are around thirty from Switzerland people who meet up to three times per month to kill some plastic dudes on the battlefield. One of our meet up is a public one where everyone can join an watch how we play and ask us anything about wargaming.
We play different systems like W40k, AOS, Malifaux, Infinity, Dust, Dystopian Wars and are open to having external people playing with us.
You can find us on different platforms (sorry but for the moment everything is in German)
If you ever come to Switzerland and you are near to Aarau, please do not hesitate to visit us or contact me to organize a game.
A few weeks ago a wrote a post about how I will not buy any new models before I finished all the ones I have already. Unfortunately, I was not able to stick to that plan.
A friend of mine of mine who is in the same wargaming club as I am told me about Dust. Dust is a tabletop wargame that plays in the year 1947. The Allies and Soviets were not able to defeat the Axis powers in Europe as the Nazis found a new technology which enabled them to build new weapons of war. In the further story, Hitler was assassinated, and the SS does not exist anymore. Therefore the Axis powers got the „Blutkreuz“ organisation which was able to reanimate dead soldiers (Nazi Zombies how awesome is that?!?!), and the Wehrmacht got substantial military Mechs. The whole scenario is total pulp, and that is awesome. It is so awesome that they even have armed War-Gorillas. So to make this long story short, I had to buy it, and I bought a starter pack with the Soviet and Axis units inside.
The models are not on sprues but already build and primed so you can immediately start painting them or even play. I did not go through the rules already, but it seems that the terrain has a significant impact on the mechanics. You also get a battle mat with it which has squares on it. When I played my first round, I will describe the rules and mechanics a bit more in detail.
Let’s just hope that this was my only moment of weakness in my quest to paint all the miniatures I have.
I am a big fan of Kickstarter, and I support projects on a regular basis. More or less one year ago I found the „Fog Monster“ project which is created by Real game FX (https://realgamefx.com/). It is a fog machine for tabletop games. An as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to get one (spoiler I bought two).
It’s basically just a water tank, an ultrasonic fog machine and a water pump but it does the job perfectly well. Mine arrived only a few days ago, and I had to test it. As you can see in the following videos, it is working correctly and created a beautiful fog effect.
The only issue is that it leaves water back on the battlefield why I propose to use it on battle mats instead of custom build terrain as it can have an effect on the paint or material. If you are too scared of the water on your miniatures (even if anyone who tried to strip them that a bit of water is not enough) you can order tubes with it and have kind of a tube system on the battlefield with the fog effect inside of it.
If I have time, I will play a bit around with it to see how I can use it best and of course, I will keep you all informed.
So it is done! I painted my first miniature with the help of an airbrush! Besides, it was my first resin miniature as well. I was quite scared of starting this project as I heard all of these horror stories about resin. That it is so horrible to work with and that it breaks so quickly. I have to say that for me nothing of this is true. I love the material. I think that it even behaves better than plastic. It was easy to clean, file and rasp. There were no mould lines, and it seemed very stable to me. I hat do work a lot with drills as I magnetised the model with overall 16 (!) Magnets. A very heavy magnet in the torso I had to screw in about 6mm. Nothing broke, nothing went wrong.
I had the biggest fun preparing the head of the Thunderwolf which is at the base of the model. I have wholly unreasoned hate for Space Wolfs, and finally, I had to express this on a Model.
The last cool thing about the model is that I used the Greenstuffworld Chameleon Colors. The colours I used were Cobalt Blue and Stormsurge Green. Especially the Blue was a perfect match as it changes from Purple to blue depending on how the light falls on the model.
Well but enough of the process of creation and more pictures. I hope you like it.
A few months ago I thought that I could make a good deal at a vendor for hobby equipment. They had this cheap ass airbrush with a compressor for around 100.- CHF. That looked like an excellent deal… Spoiler alert it wasn’t!
From day one the only thing the airbrush produced was issues. It was permanently clogged no matter how thin the paints were or how well I cleaned it. When it wasn’t clogged, it was not spraying very clean. I hated it; I hated that thing from the bottom of my heart! When I was then working on my Leviathan Dreadnought, and the airbrush almost ruined it (well, to be honest, I was ruining it while using the cheap ass airbrush), I decided that enough is enough!
I researched about compressors and airbrush and finally contacted a specialised store. I ordered a Sparmax Compressor and most importantly an evolution two in one from Harder & Steenbeck… and I paid a shitload of money.
When it arrived today, I immediately unpacked it and tried to work with it. It was glorious absolutely no comparison to what I experienced with this cheap airbrush. I didn’t clog; it is easy to use, and it creates a perfect as well as even coat.
If you go for an airbrush go the full mile don’t buy cheap shit as it is not worth the money!
And here is a picture of my new love!
This is my airbrush. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My airbrush is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
Without me, my airbrush is useless. Without my airbrush, I am useless. I must spray my airbrush true. I must spray cleaner than my finecast model who is trying to annoy the shit out of me is crafted. I must paint it before it freaks me out. I will…
My airbrush and I know that what counts in wargaming is not the games we win, the tutorials we watch, nor the money we spend. We know that it is the painted miniatures that count. We will wash them…
My airbrush is human, even as I because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will determine its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its pressure and its needle. I will keep my airbrush clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…
Before Duncan two thin coats, I swear this creed. My airbrush and I are the painters of my miniatures. We are the masters of our paint. We are the saviours of the excellent hobby standard.
So be it, until hobby is back and there is no grey miniature, but painted ones!