Monday, 14 August 2017

Forge World Open Day 2017 - Part 2

Just a selection of pictures of other things to see.

Some from the gaming going on (including the Titan game using 40K rules), painting competition and some shots of the latest addition to the exhibition - note I only took pictures of the new diorama as the rest i've got hundreds of shots of already from previous trips or from seeing the boards at Warhammer Fest (without the problem of taking pictures when the boards are under spot lights and behind glass).

From the Gaming Hall:

Forge World Open Day 2017 - Part 1

Here are the pictures from today's Forge World Open Day.

These are just of anything new on display. Pics from exhibitions etc will wait till part two.

Specialist Games:

First a bit of info from chatting to the Specialist Games team.

NOTE: I'm not a reporter, I wasn't recording things or taking notes so:

  1. I may have misheard, 
  2. I may have mis-remembered, 
  3. I may have misunderstood and 
  4. things change.

So while I am happy to pass on anything I heard  it is no guarantee things won't happen differently...

Specialist Games is all plastic, so that's BB teams, Necromunda gangs etc. Star Players, special characters etc will remain resin though. While they would like these to be plastic they just don't have enough designers to do that. Most star players are done in peoples free time outside of work and then bought by FW on a freelancers rate.

Necromunda is not the reason for Adeptus Titanicus being pushed back. Necro has been in the plans since March (I think it was March) and the release date is pretty much still on course. AT has been pushed back because it has grown far beyond what was originally planned.

The White Dwarf which has the pictures of Mortarian which leaked recently also has the Necro preview in, so it's a surprise pics of that didn't leak as well.

Blood Bowl:

Gobbo pitch won't be around till there is a second team to go on the back of it (so presumably the Elven Union).

Elven Union will hopefully be out for Christmas.

Minotaur (first previewed at Warhammer Fest) comes with alternative heads and arms.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Blood Bowl - Gobbos 2

So the Gobbo's are now built and undercoated white.

This includes a Troll I picked up. I really do like the model, however I couldn't resist a bit of a repose.

His shoulder pad will stay separate until he's painted.

I ended up doing some more bases - planning ahead I knew I would need more for the second resin set from Forge World and probably at some point a second Troll.

At the same time I did two ball markers.

They along with the all of the others got cleaned up and then undercoated.

Next Saturday these should be getting a game at Warhammer World.

I doubt I will get any paint on them before then though.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Blood Bowl and AoS Skirmish

I'm not dead.

Just busy.

But I have managed to get some progress done.

Blood Bowl - Gobbos 1.

I went to the GamesExpo in Birmingham a month or so back. Really good day out and I came away having spent more money than I should have.

One of the things I picked up was a Gobbo team for Blood Bowl. The damn buggers were just too cute not to buy. Along with them was Da Black Gobbo and the Secret Weapons set.

With these I am shelving the Nurgle team I started playing around with. I haven't the time for all that converting, I'll wait to the GW Nurgle team comes out and in the meantime the Gobbos will take to the field.

I only did some very minor conversions, just tweaks so that they weren't all exactly identical.

The resin figures had some pins added and GS for gaps etc. The bases had weights added as I could see the secret weapon guys getting knocked over easily. The bases later had resin added to secure the coin couldn't get knocked out.

I've now got the bases all textured. I have added magnets to them and to some balls to make it easier. I'll also do some ball markers, so just balls on 25mm bases.

Quite happy with the texture I got on them.

I did a quick mock up for painting, not 100% so i'll be tweaking it (the picture quality makes it look worse)..

Age of Sigmar - Skirmish 1.

Something else I have managed to do is put together some Tzeentch daemons which are for a small force for Skirmish.

I picked up the collecting box set (which are all bloody good value) which gives more than enough models for a Skirmish force, indeed I've not bothered building all of the models as I'll never be able to use them all.

That's a Herald, Flamer, six Pink Horrors including a champion, standard and musician, three Blue Horrors and three Screamers. I'll prob get to use half of those for Skirmish...

I even started playing around with test schemes. I know, paint, who'd have thought?

Monday, 29 May 2017

Warhammer Fest - Part 2 - Displays, Exhibitions et al.

More pictures for you, these from the various displays and other exhibits that were on show.

I took a lot more than this, this is just a small selection.

Some tables from the Warhammer World team starting with the Overlords display:

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Warhammer Fest 2017 - Part 1 - New Stuff

First batch of pictures from Warhammer Fest 2017.

Only managed to get into the Specialist Games seminar this time round, so no pics from the Forge World seminar.

Specialist Games:

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mr Alan Bligh

Today we had the sad news of Alan Bligh's passing.

I didn't feel it right to not in some way mark this, so before I post the usual slew of pictures from today's event I thought I would write a few words.

I had the pleasure to speak to Alan on a few occasions, only briefly but even with only those short conversations I always came away with nothing but positivity and enthusiasm as that seems to exude from the man.

I have the luck to be in a position where I can attend many of the events that Forge World take part in, such as the Horus Heresy Weekender, the Forge World Open Day and Warhammer Fest, and in doing so had the chance to sit in a great number of the seminars which were run.

It is from these seminars that my opinion of Alan Bligh is mainly based. His enthusiasm, his passion and his encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject - 40k, the Horus Heresy and real world history, could not fail to grab you like a giant hand, pick you up and take you along the same journey he was travelling on.

He had the ability to give you an answer to the question you didn't know you had asked. And he would do it with humour and in a way that made you want to ask more questions. He was always happy to talk and any questions which he had no doubt been asked a dozen times already that day were still answered with enthusiasm and passion.

Our hobby world will be a sadder place without him. He leaves a hole I do not think any one person could ever fill, but he also leaves us a wealth of work and material that will continue to inspire us for many, many years.

Even if I never pick up a model again I will always have those books on my shelf and I will continue to pick them up and read the words that take my mind on journeys into the Age of Darkness or into the Grimdark that is the Imperium.

I am embarrassed to say I failed to sign the remembrance book before I left today, for someone I had such respect and admiration for it is something I will always regret. I hope this will at least go some way to address the balance.