Friday, September 14, 2018

Wulfen on the hunt - JM Miniature Painting

So not often I give shout outs on my blog but recently one of my long term friends has started up his commision business again and has recently featured in a Mini War Gaming video on their youtube channel.

JM Minis is a UK based commission painter and you can check out their work here:

JM miniature painting

and here's their MWG video

check out more from Mini War Gaming here:

MWG Youtube channel

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Warhammer Conquest - its alive and the final package revealed

So the long maligned Warhammer 40000 Conquest part works is due to start again at the end of august in the UK, just getting the initial copies 1-5 are a good buy and can be subscribed to here:

the first 4 issues are great value and its being shown that issue 5 comes with a unique Primaris Lt and there appears to be a similar nurgle model too.

however for the first time the entire collection has been laid bare....

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there are a planned 80 issues and after the first two reduced priced issues it will be 7.99 an issue. This means a total of £640 GBP for two complete armies and the terrain for them, as well as paints and brushes. In addition there are a number of free gifts like these:

I will do the maths on that lot there and see if it works out as a good value deal shortly.
over all though just for some extra bits to paint/work on that are fairly cheap it looks good.

So whilst its not cheap for the whole collection the rough maths ive done works out that the marine side alone is coming in at £460.

I've had to make an educated guesses for things like the joint Lts from the box set, the gravis capt and the mkiv and cataphractii models that are there as they arent availible seperately at present, so I have used prices from comparable models.
In addition the characters are the big thing that pushes the price up as they are £22.50 each but those only come in one flavour so their price is well established. Same applies for the repulsor, but where there is an easy build equivilent, like the dreadnough, i have used that price.

Even if you take the worst case scenario and you use the value of the Dark Imperium starter set in to account its still roughtly £360 just for the blue models.
If you assume thats the case as well for the nurgle side you are looking at £720, so nearly an £80 saving and thats before you start on the terrain. I had got a rough cost in my head of the terrain being £220 or there abouts so that pushes it to £940 - personally for that type of saving and knowing that people will want the nurgle models in trades etc I think its a very good price and even I can cope with the waiting for the bits to arrive!
(note i have not factored in paints, tools or freebies)

for completeness here is my crap list of the marine side using what i could work out from the pics:

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Domitar Maniple - Mezoa rolls out the bots!

Latest recon scans from Mezoa identify Domitar warrior constructs in initial deployment phases. Scans seem to show that due to rapid application of identification markings is incomplete!

Friday, July 06, 2018

Nova Open - A Warlord Titan, Deathwatch, and Much More.....2018 Summer Raffles are Live!!!!!

A Guest post from Faeit 212:

What does a Warlord Titan, Horus Heresy World Eaters, Deathwatch, and Ultramarines have in common? They are part of the NOCF 2018 Summer Raffles. For a few dollars here and there you can enter and win something as grandiose as a Warlord Titan, or entire Iron Warriors or Ultramarine armies. Also in the raffles are groups of models from Dark Age and Wrath of Kings. There is a lot here, so check it out and get going.

Literally you can win a Warlord Titan for as little $5 a ticket. There are entire armies in this raffle, so while you are doing something great for a charity, you have a great chance to take home some amazing collections of miniatures.

This summer’s TWENTY-TWO (22) SUMMER RAFFLES will focus on charities. Doctors Without Borders, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Fisher House Foundation. To date NOCF has donated over $130,000 to these and other charities, including the Houston Food Bank last year during the devastating floods that occurred during the summer.

Here are some important things to note:
• These are RAFFLES, not auctions. It's "everyone with a ticket has a chance to win".
• Tickets can be purchased from ANYWHERE in the world via the website (
• You DO NOT have to be present at NOVA Open to win. We WILL ship anywhere in the world with a valid mailing address.
• Tickets are either $2 and $5 and may or may not be limited
• Our aim is to send 95c from every dollar spent on raffle tickets to the charities designated. The other 5c goes towards covering Paypal fees and shipping costs.
• Tickets will be on-sale July 1st and will finish at the end of the day on September 1st. Drawings will be done and announced on September 2nd. Winners will be contacted individually in the following days.

30K Iron Warriors
30K World Eaters
40K Deathwatch
40K Ultramarines
Hordes Trollkin
Infinity Yu Jing
Star Wars: Legion
SW: X-Wing (work in progress – check back for updates)

2 Beautiful Detachments
Dark Age Brute Court of Freton
Wrath of Kings Celestial Host

12 Amazing Individual Models
30K Nathaniel Garro
30K & 40K Warlord Titan
40K Blood Angel v. Death Guard (Diorama)
40K Bolt Pistol (Prop)
40K Hive Tyrant
40K Mortarion
40K Trajann Valoris
40K Ultramarine Primaris Captain
CMON Red Bull
Darksword Frog Jester
Reaper Orc Berserker
Star Wars: Legion Darth Vader

How you can Support NOCF
First off, get your tickets in.... seriously. NOCF does an amazing job really putting forth a great image out into the community for our hobby with blood and sweat from the painters who donate their time to sites that help promote and spread the word.

Banners for the Summer Raffles
And yes... if you own a blog or site and would love to help support us by hosting a banner, please contact me at We will make certain your support does not go unnoticed and will make certain that you are listed as a supporting site.

Silent Auction Raffles
There is still a lot of room for additional miniatures and collections to make our Silent Raffles.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Heresy Era Reinforcements for Mezoa - Respect my Secutarii

Initial recon images of the first Horus Heresy units for Mezoa join they fray! Two units of Secutarii Peltasts march forth.

Further recon scans identify hoplites of Mezoa on the horizon.

I do have the slight problem that every time I read the names of these units this is the voice I have in my head.............

Monday, June 11, 2018

Graia-pattern light freighter - Making the legend

So as a follow on to the previous post this is my latest terrain piece and how it was made.

I've aimed to create a nicely weathered lander that not only functions as a believable bit of scenery but could also be used as a counts as Aquila Lander.

The model itself was inspired by Mr Hemphills work (check out his pintrest here ) and is based on a Transformers Autobot playset. This is how the beast arrived.

As you can see its a nice model to start with but the colour doesnt quite scream 40k! So time to hit it with some paint, some coloured plastic window inserts and finally some transfers from various sheets.

So the model looked nice and worthy of a Rogue Trader, when the plastic windows were mounted I also added a couple of LED lights inside with a 9v battery just for that extra bit of fun (although the noise and lights that were originally inside the toy still work :) )

I then hit it with some of the Forgeworld Weathering powders to give it the look of a craft that had not just sruvived atmospheric re-entry once but several hundred times. I think the weathering came up well but then varnishing was when things went wrong! Despite all the shaking, checking tempurature, humidity and praying to the modelling gods things went ploin shaped :(

Furrier and dustier then a peice of 200 year old taxidermy! Still luckily one of the helpful chaps online recommended using Olive oil to rub the model down and take the fur off. As you can see from the pics in the fluff article that has managed to save the model and give it a bit more depth.
For those of you interested in that sort of thing here is the model before the varnish incident:

So my first terrain piece in ages and the first of many interesting and new things to come!

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Graia-pattern light freighter - The "Glory of Trade"

Under the banner of the Rogue Trader Shalini Andraxis and her younger brother Florian this Graia-pattern light freighter (MK2a with grey market modifications) is a regular sight in the spaceports of the Britarius sub-sector on the Eastern Fringes. 

Know as the "Glory of Trade", or more colloquially within the fleet as the "'Emphill Elevator", the tenacious craft has been flown by nine generations of the Hemphill family, indentured pilots to the Andraxis dynasty and rumoured discoverers of the Graia Pattern Freighters STC. 

Its captain, Anreaus Hemphill, operates under the Andraxis families Rogue Traders warrant, who have been rumoured to have conducted business with the Tau, which may well explain the two very non-standard and unidentified pattern railguns on the vessels fuselage.

The vessel is often employed for escort duties as well as light cargo transportation, thanks to this ship's considerable armament and is often in the vanguard of trade negotiations escorting down the numbers lighters and flyers that are used to demonstrate the capabilities of the Andraxis family.


WIP pics to follow soon :)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Mezoa Marches on - 00110100 00110000 01101011 00100000 01100100 01101111 01101110 01100101

The last of my 40k Skitarii are done!!! Mezoa Marches on!!

The final 40k roster is looking good with plenty of units ready.

Only Heresy units left - and god are there a lot of those!! Looking forward to starting on them and getting some more shots of them up soon.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

The Inquisition sees all! - Artel W minis

I was lucky enough to be able to order some of the Artel W inquisition miniatures shortly before they received their C&D notification from GW (I understand the reasons for this as does Artel so I'm not going in to that on here).

The initial ordering through their Etsy shop was fairly simple, the issue occured with shipping. Due to the high volume of orders before their agreed removal date it delayed shipping almost two month, then additionally the Russian and UK post offices appear to be cooperating about as well as our Governments so that added further delay!

As you can see from the Artel site the models are both characterful and very true to those they are to represent. When ordering I wasnt sure I would get what I saw on the page but for something different I thought it was worth a try.
Eisenhorn and the Retinue (including Amos)


The Enforcer - Godwyn Fisher

The Interrogator - Gideon Ravenor

The Blank - Alizabeth Bequin

Ciaphas Cain and Jurgen

When the order arrived in the jiffy bag I was pleased to see the standard and recognisable packaging was still in use. I decided to order the 5 man retinue, Cherubael as well as the infamous Cain and Jurgen - obviously those aren't the names but we all know why.

 As you can see the well known paper wrapping and wax seal is still in use. I know this adds no real value to the models or the service but in my mind it shows that they are not only putting thought and care in to their wrapping but they are proud of their products. A very nice touch.

When I got through the wrapping (carefully to keep the seal) The simple box underneath was very nice and overall slightly smaller than an iPhone, this did lead to concerns that not all the models had been shipped.

Once inside that concern wasn't initially put to rest as the package whilst well packed did make me wonder if they were all there and what state they were in.

 As you can see I didnt need to worry, all 8 ordered models were in there and packaged up well, I think the number of models made sure there was no movement so it was an efficient method of packaging.

As you can see from the Cain cast the models are as good as the images from the website and are such clean casts. I was honestly surprised with the quality of them and for the price (albeit not much less than a GW/FW model) it was nice to see minimal working time will be needed.

Cherubael was also an excellent cast with some of the smallest amounts of flash I think I have ever had on a resin model.

I am happy to say I am 100% impressed with the models and would give them a solid 10/10 for the models.
As a business their comms and shipping could be improved, as could tracking of orders, there was very little direct communication from them, I had to keep an eye on their Facebook page (HERE) for updates so for that I would give them 6/10.
Overall for the little touches and quality of their models I would give them a solid 9/10

Im looking forward to their other "generic futuristic hammer of war" releases and am already considering their upcoming enforcer squad.
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Index Astartes - A fan made Visual Database

Whilst trawling the internet to find some random inspirations I came across the below images that form a fan made database detailing a good number of the estimated 1000+ chapters of the Space Marines.
All are very well done and presented and are worthy of sharing, as it updates the origionals can be found in the following link and the images below are some of his work:

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