Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Painters Pilgrimage!

Welcome back and Happy New Year to all!

2016 was a bit of crazy year for me and its looking like 2017 might be going the same way, however, I've made a resolution with myself to make more time for painting and hobby in general.

I have a lot in the pipeline and have been royally spoilt over Christmas so lots of new goodies to get started on.

My big news, however, is I recently visited the mecca of hobby; Games Workshop's Warhammer World! I'm not going to lie, I felt like a kid again and was probably more excited than an adult should be but what the hell!

I've wanted to visit Warhammer World since I was a teenager and it did not disappoint. You may be reading this and thinking, "I don't collect Games Workshop miniatures so why would I bother going?".

If you collect and paint miniatures of any kind this is not to be missed. The dioramas and displays are breath-taking and the time and effort gone into each is phenomenal. No matter where you look there's a personal battle going on, its like where's wally on a huge scale, except wally is everywhere!

Whether you are a fan of Fantasy, Age of Sigmar or 40k there is plenty here for everyone. I've come away wanting to start so many different armies, feeling very inspired and motivated to get on with models I have (and the new ones I just bought...shhh).

It wouldn't be complete, of course, without visiting Bugman's Bar! Where I picked up the two exclusive Joseph Bugman miniatures for my collection.

I'm not going to deny, I'm a huge Games Workshop fan and have been since I was young. Over the last year it has been fantastic to see the company change and extremely exciting with where they are taking, not only the company, the hobby as a whole with live streams, community interaction and open communication. 

For more pictures, visit my Instagram @mumblingsofwar (link in the sidebar). Thanks for reading and I wish you all a great 2017!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Busting my gut!

I'm back! And I haven't been idle! Well not completely...

I have finally got around to painting my Gutbuster Tyrant. I love the detail on this model, so many small pieces of detail.

This is a model of many firsts for me. Some you may know but I'm very new to painting and the hobby in general, so I made this blog in order to show my progression. This model was my first attempt at flesh and while I would have liked to put another highlight, im just not confident enough to not screw it up yet. It was also the first time I've painted yellow (not easy!!). It is also my first time working with finecast, which I've found I both love and hate it.

It was definitely a fun model to paint and I look forward to getting started on my Butcher!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Time to bust some guts!

So I have been rather distracted as of late, however, I haven't been inactive. The last few weeks or so I've been contemplating the big leap of which army to start collecting and I came down to 3 (ish).

Firstly, always loved the Elves, Aelves, pointy ears, annoying...whatever you want to call them but due to (in my opinion) incompleteness of any of the (A)elven armies I just want to hold off for a bit, I don't think it will be too long (my guess is just in time for Christmas). I do like each flavour but I'm a bit more of a Wood/Wanderer aelf, High/Light aelf fan but I feel their army lists at the moment are lacking choices (although I did pick up some Glade Guard/Sisters of the Thorn which I'll be painting up at some point). Plus with the recent release of the Sylvaneth I think the Wanderers will be the last Aelves they do anything with, sadly! I know I could use compendium warscrolls but I just don't want to. I know they wont be around forever and that just puts me off. So choice 1 on hold, but definitely coming at some point.

My second choice was Nurgle. Never thought killing people through plague and pestilence could be so cool! I love how resilient these guys are - polar opposite to the paper Aelves - and they just look fantastic with all the boils and entrails... I was contemplating these guys (even writing this im convincing myself!) but again, these guys will be a later project. However, I do love the synergy and conversion possibilities these guys have with Chaos models. I would love to convert a Chaos Sorcerer Lord to look more afflicted with the plague and then there is the Skaven element. So many possibilities! But, also, on hold.

Thirdly, Death...I love the lore, the models are fantastic and I really like how well the whole alliance gels together, not to mention Blood Knights and Mourngul. Again, this faction really needs some love. So far its only the Flesh Eater Courts, which have such fun lore and great looking models, its hard not to like them but the rest is feeling slightly dated. I'm really looking forward to the Deathrattle and Soulblight factions being fleshed out (sorry!). So like above
, I'll be waiting for this one.

After much scouring through the Warscrolls I came across the Gutbusters. Now I've always admired these models and for someone still pretty new to the hobby, the low model count (hence cheaper) was very appealing. Not to mention, these guys are mean! I realise the Beastclaw Raiders and out and updated and those models are fantastic and I'm sure they will make their way into my force down the line but I was sold on the Gutbusting Ogors. I feel that while challenging, in capturing and holding points especially, I think it could be a great army to learn the game with, not too many models to manage but still touching on all elements of the game.

I was lucky enough to stumble upon an Ogre Kingdoms Battalion box a few weeks ago which is 840 points right there, I can see why people used to love this box!

In all honestly, I thought Destruction would be the last of the alliances I would choose but I'm sold...for now. I did just list all the alliances as a choice....

Time to assemble the tribe ready for war!

Watch this space!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Winging it!

Hello there!

I've had quite a lot on recently so been a bit quiet on the blog front. I did however manage to finish my Prosecutor unit.

Going to be honest, while I think the models themselves are fantastic and incredible sculpts, painting the wings drove me a little bit crazy. I'm quite happy they are finished and I think the end result is pretty good!

I think I've come to the conclusion that Stormcast Eternals just aren't for me. The models are great and I think they definitely bring something to Age of Sigmar, but the range as a whole just doesn't really do anything for me. I like to really get into and army and build a theme around it and "Sigmarines" just aren't for me I think. I have a few other armies in mind that I am narrowing down, so I don't end up bankrupting myself, before I commit.
Having said that, I'm going to continue working through the box because I hate having unfinished jobs lying around and it's practise that I sorely need!
As an aside, I did recently attend an event, Mother of all Battles, here in Sydney and while Warhammer: Age of Sigmar wasn't a game being played, I did pick up some bargains for future projects that I'm excited about. I'll cover the event more in my next post where I'll show some of the awesome Bolt Action tables they had there.
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Friday, 23 September 2016

What a difference a day(light bulb) makes!

I know what you are thinking; two posts in one week? I know, right. Long may it continue!

This post is primarily about the fact I bought a light box a week ago and I'm quite amazed at the difference a proper backdrop and diffused lighting can make. No more sharp shadows or harsh light.

I've been looking over my options for some time now and I've swung back and forth between making my own and buying one. What it came down to in the end was mobility. Space is a precious commodity at the moment for me so, while there are some fantastic guides out there to making your own ( I recommend this guide if interested, or here for a studier, larger design), I wanted something I could pack away.

There are a large range of light boxes on the market and the price range varies greatly. I didn't want to spend too much money on something I could literally make out of scraps I had lying around but I also didn't want to cheap out to the point where it would effect the quality of picture I was trying to produce.

Decisiveness is not a virtue I possess (just ask my wife!) but I finally settled on a happy medium between price and quality. I ordered this package from eBay. It came with a 16" Velcro foldable light box (not so small that I could only fit one model in, but large enough that I could fit a small army, squad or a even a wayfaring cat (the latter being the only one to have been tested so far - grudgingly I might add). It also comes with 4 different colour cloth back drops - these could be replaced for any backdrop of your choice but the white does help reflect the light. There is also a camera tripod and 4(!) 50w haloid lamps, just as a word of warning, these get hot very quickly (trust me!) and I think I will replace them at some point for brighter bulbs as they aren't quite doing it for me.

For the price I paid, I'm very happy with the results and whether you build or buy, I highly recommend acquiring your own light box. You just aren't doing justice to your painting skills without one, so go ahead and spend that hour on a Saturday making your own and shopping around for one you like. Trust me, you will be glad you did!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Another hero joins the fray

Hello, fellow wargamers. It's been a while since my last post, but I've been busy with work and that cruel mistress called life. I have, however, managed to squeeze in a bit of painting where I could.

I've been working on my Anvils of the Heldenhammer, Lord Relictor. This is a fantastic model and a joy to paint, with so many small features and things going on. I do feel like I'm picking up a bit on my skill level when it comes to painting - compared to a few months ago anyway when I first started! - but I know theres still a way to go yet.

As always, I'm eager to hear your feedback/comments and tips so please don't hold back!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Taking flight with Prosecutors!

So I've been busy painting up my prosecutors from the starter set. I've been wanting to try out these guys for a while but, I've got to admit, those wings scared me! Scare is probably not the best word to use, but I wanted to do them justice and while I had something a big grander in my head, I am quite happy with the results.

I'm continuing with my Anvils of the Heldenhammer scheme throughout the Stormcast Eternal starter set, so black, white and red really. However, with these I wanted to add another colour and thought I could go for an angelic theme (they are coming down from the heavens after all). After finally tracking some down, I tried out Lamenter's Yellow for the first time, I must admit, I do like the glaze. I made the mistake of applying it to Celestra Grey the first time which resulted in a strange greenish colour. I'm much happier with the second attempt. Live and learn!

I really need to get around to making/buying a light box, so please forgive me for the poor quality pictures.

Would love to know what you think. As always, tips/feedback are always welcome!

See you next time