Monday, 27 February 2012

Jake and Fimir

So looking back through my blog so far, i have noticed a tendency for me to start a project, post a few starting pictures and then not really mention it again. Perhaps not the best approach to blogging about the hobby.

So to rectify this situation, this post is dedicated to all those projects mentioned last year but that i completely got distracted from and forgot to mention again.

First up, my Fimir. I bought a couple of these old Heroquest models ready to add to my Fantasy forces for some good old fashioned Storm of Magicing. This was of course before Forgeworld released their exquisite models that put all past fimir to shame. But ho-hum. Now one of the issues with the Heroquest version was the size. It's teeny tiny compared to what it should be. So to give it some oomph i had a search through the interwebs to find something suitable to stick on its base to give it a bigger profile, and came up with this:

Not the best photo's thanks to my cameras limited capabilities at the moment. But its a woman chained to a chunk of Warpstone. It was a freebie from an online mini company and fits the Fimir's 18 rated background.

Moving on, heres a smallish update on my Beastmen. Collecting them has been slow, because i have vowed not to buy anything more for them until i'd painted what i had. A vow i then broke when the pestilent joy that is the Nurgle warrior was released. I grabbed one, stole an idea from Warseer and hey presto a new Pestigor for my brayherd.
It's basically a simple headswap with a bit of fur greenstuffed onto the legs. Credit goes to ArtificerArmour on Warseer who first posted the conversion.
And last but not least my Beastmen "army so far". I've been insistent that i not buy any new models for the army until i've painted what i've got, in order to avoid the situation i find myself in with my Daemons.

As a result the herd is tiny at the moment, but it'll grow hopefully consistently and will remain a fully painted force.

That's all for now, feel free to leave comments as always.

Until next time,
Sheesh y'all, 'twas a dream

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-pope.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

To convert or not to convert...

I attended the 25th anniversary celebrations at GW Liverpool on saturday, and managed to grab one of the limited edition Crimson Fists (seriously fast sellers, within 10 minutes of the store opening every single one was gone from the shelves). Opening it up in store i was a) relieved that it was a decent cast, no bubbles or other Finecast woes and b) awed by the sculpt, the photo's really don't do it justice. But...

In it's released form i'd never use it. I don't collect Crimson Fists, i can't really afford to start another army just to use the miniature and to be honest the Fists don't interest me that much as an army.
So that left me with two options. One paint it as a Crimson Fist and have it sit and gather dust in my display cabinet, or two convert it into a Dark Angel.

At first the second option seemed like heresy. Convert a limited edition miniature? Am i mad!?! but the more i thought about the less crazy it seemed. There is very little on the actual marine itself that indicates its a Crimson Fist, one fist icon on its greave and a fist icon on his backback. So getting rid of those would be easy. I'm not too fond of the beaky helmet either, so that would be no loss.
And ultimately, i didn't plan on ever sell the miniature, so it's irrelevant if it would lower its worth to some by changing it.

So last night, i broke out the craft knife and superglue, took a deep breath and began...

And this is the result, a couple of cuts, a change of bits and Crimson Fist becomes Dark Angel. He'll be painted up as the Master of the 3rd Company. Now i just need to think of a suitable name for the guy.

Feel free to leave comments and or death threats for desecrating a limited edition miniature

Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-pope.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

5 Months between updates? That has to be a new record...

Time certainly flies when you are not having fun. I can scarcely believe i've managed to let five whole months slip by without posting an update on this blog. Rather unexcusable and i suspect if i had any regular readers, they have long since given up on another post.

But no, i'm posting again. Why so long? Well as some of you will know i suffer from rather severe depression. And if you are unlucky enough to also be a sufferer, you'll also know that one of the symptoms is a complete lack of motivation, even to do things you normally enjoy.

In my case it resulted in me downing paintbrush and dice and pretty much doing sod all related to the hobby for most of the last five months.

Coming back to it, i then found the venue i play Warmahordes in has closed down (arg) so thats pretty much an end to my adventures in that particular gaming system.

So not a positive position really. But hey ho, onwards and upwards. I've been renovating my Daemons, trying to get my Ravenwing up to a points level i can actually game with and i've picked up one of the new Lord of the Rings force books to boot. I doubt i'll ever use it, but i plan on posting a review of the new books at some point in the hopefully not to distant future.

Now i just have to stick to these blogging resolutions and not leave it several months between updates. Wish me luck.