Monday 6 November 2023

Terrain Showcase- WTC grasslands ruins

This week, I have a recently completed set of WTC ruins. These were painted for an upcoming team tournament I will be hosting. These are some 3D-printed ruins that I got off of Etsy. They were quick to assemble and paint up, with some flock added to match the gaming mat. 

Monday 23 October 2023

Terrain Showcase- UKTC Cyberpunk Board

Today, I take a break from the Tyranids to showcase one of the recent boards that I made for the gaming club and tournaments that I hold. This one is a UKTC set that has been themed to fit the Cyberpunk gaming mat from I was really happy with how this one turned out, as I thought it might be difficult to match the aesthetic of the mat. 

I started with undercoating the MDF set with dark grey primer, followed by Tempest Blue from the Colour Forge. I've used a few of these sprays and can really recommend them. They come in 500 mL cans, so are a bit bigger than standard spray cans. I was able to cover all the terrain for a standard UKTC tournament board with some left to spare in the can. 

After that, I drybrushed with denim blue to try and match the lighter areas of the mat. I actually used Dulux paint rather than acrylic, as I struggled to get a good colour match without mixing, which I was worried about getting consistent across all the terrain. It actually drybrushed very well and didn't take too long to dry. However, it did absolutely ruin the brush, so be sure to use a cheap or old one!

Friday 20 October 2023

Hobby Update 20/10/23- Tyranid Swarmlord

Today's hobby update features one of big leaders of the Tyranids, the Swarmlord. This model adds some great utility to the army with free CP and adding to the cost of your opponent's stratagems. 

Wednesday 18 October 2023

Hobby Update 18/10/23- Tyranid Barbgaunts

This hobby update features another new unit, the Tyranid Barbgaunts. This unit provides some useful firepower and ability to slow your opponent's army. 

Monday 16 October 2023

Hobby Update 16/10/23- Tyranid Screamer Killers

Today's hobby update features a couple of the Screamer Killers from the new Leviathan set. These are some great models and really quick to put together and paint. I got some variation in the poses by mistakenly gluing the wrong arms in the wrong slots. 

Friday 13 October 2023

Hobby Update 13/10/23- Tyranid Psychophage

Today's hobby update is the Psychophage from the Leviathan boxed set. The new Nid models from the boxed set are fantastic and really drew me to starting the army. I really like how this model turned out, as the blue contrasts quite well with the purple of the main model.

Wednesday 11 October 2023

Hobby Update 11/10/23- Winged Hive Tyrant

Today, we have the Winged Hive Tyrant to lead my Tyranid force. This is one of Jennie's favourite models painted, she really likes the winged ones. This was purchased from ebay, so I didn't get to choose the weapon options and had to pin the tail to the body where it had snapped off. 

Monday 9 October 2023

Hobby Update 09/10/23- Tyranid Hormagants

Today, I have some Hormagants that were painted up in the Leviathan scheme. This squad adds some fast-moving combat potential, as well as the ability to tie up enemy units. 

Thursday 5 October 2023

Hobby Update 05/10/23- Tyranid Termagants

Here are some of the Tyranid Termagants that Jennie and I have been painting up. We painted up 40 of these using a modified tutorial we found on YouTube. This was a really easy scheme and we got through them very quickly. 

Monday 25 September 2023

Terrain Showcase- Age of Sigmar Desert Ruins Board

Today, I have the completed Age of Sigmar desert ruins board that I have completed for Didcot Wargames Club. We have a slowly growing population of AoS players at the club, so thought I would invest in a couple of boards to better suit the game, as the 40k boards often don't work well for them. 

The board consists of Warcry ruins (Azyrite and Timeworn Ruins), as well as some trees I had previously made for the desert board. I also got an old GW ruined temple terrain piece for the centre. I might remove the green flock in time and add some sand to better match the board. 

Hopefully, people will be getting games on it in the coming weeks. 

Friday 22 September 2023

Hobby Update 22/09/23- Azyrite and Timeworn Ruins

This week, I have been continuing work on some Age of Sigmar terrain for the club. This is the first dedicated AoS board that I have made for the club and decided to go for a desert theme to match the existing mats and some of the trees we have at the club. 

I really like the warcry terrain sets that I have been using. They are fast to paint up and look good with some simple drybrush highlighting and a few details picked out. 

The ruins were primes with Zhandri dust, then given a wash with agrax earthshade. They were then drybrush highlighted with Zhandri Dust, then Ubashti Bone. I then painted the details, using Waagh Flesh contrast for the green sections on the ruins. The wall sections were painted in Kantor Blue, while the metal sections were painted Bronze, followed by an Agrax Earthshade wash of these sections. Finally, the whole model was given a highlight with Screaming Skull. 

This was a similar scheme to the Chanlnath Ruins I have previously painted, and I like how it turned out. 

Wednesday 20 September 2023

Hobby Update 20/09/23- Leviathan Tyranids

Today, I have some Leviathan Tyranids that have been painting up, though this time, not by me! My partner has been helping me to paint up some of my terrain and models over the past couple of years. She loved the look of the new Tyranid models, and wanted to paint them up once I got the boxed set. 

We had a look online and found a tutorial and colour scheme that she liked, which happened to be the purple Leviathan scheme. We used this tutorial from Sonic Sledgehammer Studio, with a few minor modifications. 

The Nids at the Warhammer store in Reading used the Leviathan scheme, but with red claws and weapons. Jennie liked the look of that, so we decided to copy it. 

Here are some WIP shots of what she has done so far. I helped out a little, showing her the drybrushing highlighting technique, but the majority of the work was done by Jennie. I think they are coming along really nicely. She likes the big models, so I picked up a few more models to make the army a bit more viable with the new codex coming out. 

I don't think she'll ever get into the gaming side, but really does enjoy the hobby aspect. 

Monday 18 September 2023

Age of Sigmar Temple Terrain

Continuing my work on some Age of Sigmar terrain, I painted up a temple set for use on my grasslands board. I purchased this printed Ancient Ruins set from Etsy. It's a really nice set for a reasonable price. 

I undercoated the set with Turner and Gray Grey Primer. I really like this primer, as it is darker than usual grey primers, so is great for darker ruins and shading on terrain. It is also very reasonably priced. After that, I drybrushed it with Dawnstone, then White acrylic paint. The ground areas were painted brown, and I added some scatter flock to finish it off, focusing on the cracks between the tiles on the ground. 

Friday 15 September 2023

Age of Sigmar Graveyard Terrain

We've had an increase in the number of club members playing Age of Sigmar and fantasy, so I decided to add a couple of AoS boards to the club. 
The first terrain set was the Graveyard set from GW. This is a really nice set, and I was glad to be able to pick one up off of ebay. 

Wednesday 13 September 2023

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Wednesday 6 September 2023