If you missed yesterday’s post on Day 1 of the Horus Heresy and Necromunda Weekender, you can find it here. Now let’s take a look at Day 2.
We arrived at the Belfry early on Sunday morning in the hope that some more new stuff had been put up for sale, but no dice. Well, not only no dice, but also no new miniatures. Although, actually, I believe there were some dice so… Anyway, the day there started with a quick mooch around, and a chat with a few people before attending our first seminar.
Tales From Necromunda
Nick Kyme was giving a seminar on what we can expect to see from Black Library in the coming months that will deal with Necromunda. However, Nick was running late, so fellow esteemed author Josh Reynolds kept us entertained with a tale that had us all in stitches, or shocked, or a mixture of the two – ‘enthralled’ is probably the best word for it. I won’t try and tell it myself, but if you ever meet him, ask him about the grave digging story. It’s a classic tale of grave robbing, tax avoidance, shotguns, beer bottles and a wild hog with a grudge. He made growing up in South Carolina sound like a lot of fun.
Eventually Nick turned up and the intimate seminar (there were only about 8 of us patrons in attendance as everyone else was talking titans in the main room) began.
By the end of the month, we should see at least the first of six short stories about life in Hive Primus. What struck me was how much scope and freedom the writers had been given, and that they were really having fun with the new setting and narratives. With Necromunda, they could write stories that they’d never be able to write with 40K or AoS, including romances, comedies, heists and detective fiction.
Among the works to come are tales of Ratskin juves seeking to see the sun and pass an ancient initiation rite, tales of enforcers chasing thieves and fighting Eschers, and even Nick Kyme’s own interpretation of Romeo and Juliet featuring a cast of Goliaths and Eschers in fair Hive Primus where our play is set. Nick actually read some of this to us (and Josh read some of his own work too) and it was very funny, and very well done – I look forward to giggling and remembering his voices when I read it all myself.
And they were very interested in our suggestions and ideas. Films like Gangs of New York and Warriors are ripe for parody in this setting, and they seem very keen to bring old characters like Kal Jericho back into the mix – a character that many wanted to hear more about.
Josh and Nick were great to hang out with in this session, and if you ever get a chance to chat to them, I heartily recommend it.
The Orlocks Appear
When we got out of the session with the authors, we noticed a line starting to form towards the sales area. Instinctively we joined it, and were then told that there were 100 boxes of the new Orlock gang, and 100 copies of Gang War 2 now available! They were 1 per ticket holder and had we taken a few more minutes in that seminar, we might have missed out as we were around 40th in the queue and it grew very quickly after that.
So, I did bag something that I wanted after all. I was very pleased to pick these up, but before going to have a read, we swung by Golden Demon to see if any judging had taken place. It had, and what’s more, I had been given a pin! Only my second time at Golden Demon, and I had earned a pin for my Blood Angels Veteran Tactical Squad! Though I wouldn’t make it to the podium, I was absolutely overjoyed with this. I went in just wanting to see my work alongside the work of some truly talented painters, but I actually finished 4th in the squad competition that had some pretty stiff competition. Made my month. And obviously, the plinth did it most of the work. 😉
The Siege Of Terra
After a spot of lunch and a flick through the Gang War 2 book (more on that in another post – it’s too good to shoehorn in here). It was time to hear from the Black Library authors (Nick Kyme, Gav Thorpe and Guy Haley) about the Siege of Terra – the final chapter of the Horus Heresy series.
They are planning a number of books, full of lots of surprises, to cover the most momentous part of the Horus Heresy. They wouldn’t say how many, but it sounds like it could be up to 10, and there won’t be huge waits between each book. Gav Thorpe, Guy Haley, and Dan Abnett have all been confirmed as contributors, though they wouldn’t confirm if Dan would be ending the series (as, after all, he did start it all).
The authors are terrified but also very excited about this project and we did get a couple of tidbits on what we can look forward to. We will see an ending to the Perpetuals story, and we will see Angron walk to the walls of Terra alone to demand the Emperor’s surrender. And they have confirmed that in one book, we will see a fight between the Khan and Fulgrim – which sounds just awesome. All of these books will be set within the Sol System and on Terra itself. And you’ll be able to tell when these books are due to come out as the tale of the Death Guard turning fully to Nurgle will be the penultimate book before the Siege of Terra begins.
And the Heresy series will end when the Emperor gets placed on the Golden Throne. They may return to the setting to fill in some gaps in the future, but everything else that follows (the scouring, etc), will not have the Horus Heresy stamp on it. All in all, there’s a lot of good reading to look forward to.
New Miniatures On Display
There were some shiny, new minis added to the display cabinets by this point, including everyone’s favourite Squat who is looking fantastic with this simple but awesome paint job (along with another very cool looking bounty hunter):
Lots of new weapons options for Goliath, Orlock and Escher gangs will be coming from Forge World very soon we hear, and there are some stunners in this collection – that Orlock Heavy flamer in particular is a real winner.
Animals! Yes, the Underhive’s pets made an appearance with Croco-Dog being by far my favourite – the Jagged Aggressors will definitely be adding one of these to their ranks some time soon.
And a termite too!
Golden Demon Awards
This was a very special Golden Demon as I got to see my mate, who I’ve been painting and playing toy soldiers with since we were knee high to a squig-hopper, pick up his first Golden Demon statue. Henry South picked up silver for his Kal Jericho (as pictured above) and, though I may be a little biased here, I thought he deserved gold. Was a pleasure to see my oldest pal pick up a gong.
Everyone was in good spirits, but perhaps none more-so than @Kenkenwf (worth following on Instagram) who was literally jumping for joy when he picked up gold in the vehicle category for his Night Lords dreadnought. He’d come all the way from Tokyo, Japan to enter, and apparently he’s only been painting since 2016 (which is really impressive, as well as being a little depressing too for veterans like me!)
The best of the Single Miniature category also scooped up the Slayer Sword, and it was no surprise to anyone that it was Andy Wardle’s magnificent Magnus the Red that won. Andy not only has a track record of picking up these prizes, but his work on Magnus was frankly mindblowing. Seriously, check him out on Instagram too if you’re not already aware of him – it was an amazing piece.
When I went to pick up my miniatures, I got the chance to ask the judges what I could have done to turn a 4th place into 3rd or better. He was very nice and said that there wasn’t much in it, and that it came down to a few brushstrokes, but they do judge you on your mistakes as much as they do your successes (and there were more than a few tiny mistakes on mine – I’ll admit to that). He also gave me a good tip for future Squad competitions – paint 5 instead of 10, but spend as much time painting those 5 as you would have done 10 before. I shall take that on board, and try again next time.
Only slightly galling was overhearing him say “yeah, we don’t really look at the plinths” and I could have kicked off then and there.
You may see my entry in print, or on the Golden Demon website, but you also may not – who knows if 4th place is good enough…
Finally, I should bring it to your attention that I have made my initial Warhammer TV appearance. You can see me (large, hairy guy in the black/red hoodie which says ‘Heresy & Heroes’ on it – that the damn camera didn’t even pick up!) and others talk about the weekend.
In the initial cut, I even made a howler of a mistake – I said “Age of Sigmar” when I meant to say “Alpha Legion”. Warhammer TV have thankfully spared my blushes by not including this in the latest cut, but I maintain it was a ploy by an Alpha Legion operative located somewhere in the building who didn’t want me talking about Age of Si- Alpha Legion! See; they’re still doing it! 😉
And That’s That
When the awards were over, so was the weekend. A quick trip to the pub, followed by a long journey back to London. But we were in high spirits. Awards and pins in tow, we left Nottingham happy, monetarily poorer, experientially richer, and sleepy. It was something else to wake up on Monday morning and see my pin on my bedside table (it’s now on my desk so I can look at it every time I paint). It’s on to the next project for me now, but you’ll have to wait to find out what that is. I hope your weekends were just as wonderful as mine, and that you have a great week. Onwards!
Is it really that time of year again? As we hurtle into 2018, (more by luck than design, one feels these days), it’s time again for me to reflect on another year of Heresy & Heroes. This blog will be entering its 6th year (!!) in 2018, and over the course of 2017, this blog has had well over 40,000 visits, which is a rather auspicious number if ever there was one. Well, that happened a while back, so it’s more by now, but this was the first time that this blog crossed that line in a year. Huzzah!
But what have you all been reading? In what has now become a Heresy & Heroes tradition, I’m taking a bit of time here to tell you what were the top five most popular posts published here in 2017. What’s more, I’ll throw in my personal favourite, and something from the first year (2013) too that will hopefully give you an idea of how far this site has come. So without any further ado, in reverse order, here are the Top 5 most popular H&H posts from this year…
5 – New Necromunda – What’s In The Box
Well, it’s certainly had a lot of us very excited, and we spent several months salivating over the prospect of descending into the Underhive once again, and as soon as images of the contents were released, Heresy & Heroes was there to bring you the shiny images, and talk you through the gubbins within. And what gubbins they turned out to be! Even with the shots in this article, we were all even happier when we finally cracked open the box itself. Less happy when half of us immediately lost the tiniest cigar ever, but happier again when we saw that this game has immediately been taken to heart by the community.
This game promises to bring us all a lot of enjoyment in 2018 with all the original gangs and more all turning up in the coming months – and yes, all will be reviewed here. Still though, it has to be said that the boxed set is a fantastic collection of rules, minis and more, and one we’ve rightly all been very happy to ogle.
Read the post here.
4 – Know Your Necromunda – The Gangs Of The Underhive
Don’t worry – not everything on this list is Necromunda-related, but this one (and its sister article about the other denizens of the Underhive) was a pleasure to write. I got to dive into a bit of nostalgia, look at some classic minis and illustrations, and try to get some jokes in too. Of course, the gangs have all received slightly updated fluff in the new showing, but this is a hopefully funny take on what I remember from the original incarnation of the game.
It’s always nice to do these sorts of articles, but I’m particularly happy with this one, so if you didn’t check it out the first time, I hope you get a chance to now.
Read the post here.
3 – Chaos Space Marine Warband Name Generators
It’s our third most popular post here, and I’m only surprised that it has taken this long to see the words ‘name generator’ appear in this list. There have been more than a few this year, but the boys from the Warp were, by a long margin, the most popular in this category of posts. If you’re looking for a new name for a Tzeentch, Slaanesh or Khorne warband, you can use the charts in this post to inspire you.
What was really fun though, was working with Dan from Ritual Miniatures (which looks like it’s going through a little bit of a rebuild at the time of writing this – not looking its best but I’m sure it will again soon) on some more randomly generated names from these spreadsheets. These aren’t up right now, but you’ll have to go beg Dan to recreate them if you want to see them again.
Read the post here.
2 – Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition: New War Band/Chapter Name Generators
Shocking. Another name generator post makes this list? I am shocked. 😉 To coincide with one of the biggest events of the year – the release of 8th Edition 40K, I dusted off the ol’ spreadsheet and thesaurus again to come up with name generators for both Nurgle Marine and Primaris Marine armies. As ever, this was a lot of fun for me, and plenty of you seemed to really enjoy it too.
I remember being at Salute on the day 8th edition was announced and the excitement there was palpable. A few GW/FW personnel were there and they all stayed dutifully tight-lipped as they were probed by all around them. And I’m so glad they did keep schtum. The launch went fantastically, and with each reveal, things got even more exciting. So, caught up in all of that, these name generators were born, and I enjoyed creating them as ever.
Read the post here.
1 – Pickle Rick in the 41st Millennium!
It had to be, right? Well, it’s always nice to see some of my actual painting/modelling make it into this list each year, and what was undoubtedly one of the silliest miniatures created in 2017 (and by anyone, ever) and complete with equally silly rules, has done just that. You all really enjoyed this, and the threads on Reddit, Facebook, Google+ and other social sites definitely showed that it was worth me spending a 3 day weekend swearing at two staples and a tiny lump of green stuff.
And how will I top that? We’ll have to see if I managed to do that in a year’s time. I doubt there’ll be another series of Rick & Morty between now and then, so my inspiration will have to come from somewhere else. Oh, and just so you know, despite this post being wildly popular, and easily the most popular post published in 2017, it wasn’t the most popular post on the site this year – that honour belongs to 2016’s Space Marine Chapter Name Generator, which just goes to show how popular that sort of post can be!
Read the post here.
My Favourite – Our Desks: A Photo Essay
Oh, maybe I could have come up with a better layout for this, but I still love it. What was really nice, was working with and talking to painters around the world about their sacred spaces – their hobby desks. Seeing the range, the preferences and hearing about all of the stories behind them was an honour and a thrill for me. Gamers get to meet other gamers all the time, but aside from rare competitions and social media, us painters rarely get a chance to chinwag (as we prefer to sit, troll-like in our caves, licking paint, drinking brush water and swearing quietly under our breath) so that was fantastic.
It was a joy to do then, and it’s great to be able to flick through it all now. Next year, I’ll try and turn it into a coffee table book! No, actually, I doubt I will. But I would like to do another project like this where I bring a few more artists to the attention of you readers. We’ll have to wait to see what 2018 brings!
Read the post here.
2013 Flash Back – Grey Knights
It’s a little sad that my Grey Knights have spent the last three years living in carry cases, seeing the light of day on only the rarest of occasions. I was well proud of this lot all those years ago, and they were the first army that I painted and thought – yeah, they’re good.
By my own standards these days, perhaps they’re a little old school now, but they still look ok next to more recent projects. These guys were used on the table top during what must have been 6th Edition and my Purifier-focussed force never really benefited too much from the infamous Ward-codex. They were a huge amount of fun to play with, and maybe I’ll crack them out for a game of 8th at some point next year. Will be interesting to see if my build can still deal some damage.
Read the post here.
So, there you have it. I’ll try and do a proper “Year in review” type of post soon too, though we’re fast running out of 2017 and as ever, things are insanely busy. Presents to buy, trips to plan, work to do, etc. Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed this brief look backwards – it’s been a great year. And now, as ever; Onwards!
Well, well, well. What do we have here then? This isn’t one of my usual rambling articles, but just a quick post regarding GW’s new teaser trailer. Have a quick watch (if you’ve not done so already) and let’s discuss…
So, we have an Aquila-shaped skull. That’s already interesting. I mean, trust GW to turn a two-headed eagle into a skull because, hey, everything should be a skull, right? 😉 And inscribed above it, we have “B50-AP/78903//M/h” inscribed above the skull eagle (Skeagle?). Now what the heck does that mean?
Now, as regular readers will know, I don’t usually just post these vids up here, but the reason I’m posting this is that it’s a genuine mystery at the moment. I’ve had a quick check in comments sections and a couple of forums, and there’s nothing certain. Usually when one of these teasers comes out everyone is just like “Oh, so Dwarves then” and then it’s just about waiting. This one has had people talking about Grey Knights, Death Watch, Dark Mech, a new campaign, Legio Cybernetica, Necromunda, Assassins, and about a billion other things. I like it! True intrigue! And does that code mean something? Or perhaps it’s a red herring and it means nothing. Who knows!? Whatever this is, you can call me intrigued.
So what do you think? Got any cunning theories? If you do, stick them below in the comments. I genuinely have no idea so happy to hear any and all theories. Onwards!
I wanted to show off a bit more of the Orc Blood Bowl team but it’s still not done and I didn’t want to do just another WIP post as I’ve shown them off a couple of times now. So what I thought I’d do was show you how I’m painting them. I’m not much of a batch painter, and this method has worked for me throughout this project. You may do something like this yourself already and if that’s the case, you may as well skip on to the last photograph and see the finished project. But for those of you who are interested in how I do what I do, this is where it starts…
Stage 1: Undercoat
Not the most interesting of stages, I shall grant you. I put the muddy stuff down first (I used Blackfire Earth which is a difficult bugger to get down but leaves a lovely effect) and undercoated in black because this is going to be a dark looking miniature when finished. When you start, you may see some patches didn’t get much of the Chaos Black Spray so just touch those up with a little watered down Abaddon Black.
Stage 2: Basecoat
The entire miniature is given its base colours. There aren’t that many of them but keep it all neat. I made the skin with black and Waaagh! Flesh – after all this is a Black Orc and you want a nice dark, almost ‘Dark Angels’ sort of green. In the words of our Lord and Saviour, Duncan, you want to use two thin coats all over. And don’t get frustrated if you miss the odd bit and have to go back to a colour you’d thought you were done with – it happens to the best of us. Also, Rhinox hide has gone down on the base.
Stage 3: Wash
Everything gets washed aside from the red and black on this miniature. Use a complimentary shade for each different colour, such as an orange wash for the yellow areas, or a deep green for the green areas. The silver areas, and a few gaps and cuts in the red get treated with Nuln Oil to add some real depth. In fact, this is going to add shadow and depth all over the model, which you then bring back up in…
Stage 4: Highlight
This is a bit of a long winded stage but it really does add so much to the model. With steady hands avoiding the recesses and keeping to the edges, you work with lighter colours than in the basecoating stage. For skin, you want to build up the colour over several stages for a more natural look. And for both the silver areas and the red areas, you can use a highlight and lowlight. For example, over Mephiston Red, for down facing edges use Evil Sunz Scarlet, and Fire Dragon Bright on the upward facing edges to represent light hitting them. But for many areas, you only need a single highlight colour.
Stage 5: Details
Think of this as drawing with a brush. You’re adding patterns and details that aren’t built into the sculpt. This is the little brother of true freehand painting, and on this Orc, I’ve added the ‘Orcidas’ stripes, the torch emblem on one shoulder and the number on the other. Because it’s Orcs, I don’t want to be too neat, but if you’re working on a miniature that ought to look a little more perfect, you need to practice your steady hand. I also took off some of the white by using a rough old brush with a little Mephiston Red on it. This neatly leads us on to…
Stage 6: Effects
Typhus Corrosion is your friend here. This is the stage where you add the mud, rust, wear and tear. A bit of rust on the bare metal is always a nice touch, and of course a bit of mud on a Blood Bowl player is very good. In fact, after taking these photos, I went back and added a little more mud (especially to the shoes) and I sponged on some black spots and ‘wear patches’ too. I also added some ‘Ardcoat to the mud to make it look wetter, and a touch to the eye as well to give it some life.
Stage 7: Basing
Our final stage! Clean up the base (you don’t need to go green – I’m going retro for this) and keep it neat. A subtle bit of white lining on the patchy flock that was added using a little PVA glue and a quick dip in the flock box.
And that’s your lot. I love seeing how the miniature comes together under the paint. I’m getting closer to finishing the core of the Orc team so keep a look out for that, though there are a few other little bits to add to the overall squad. But more on that later. I hope that’s given you a bit of an idea regarding how I do what I do, I also hope that it might help an aspiring painter or two. But who knows. If you have any questions, stick them below, and I will do my best to answer them. Onwards!