I was going to write about basing, but that can happen tomorrow after the greenstuff has dried and I have finished the bases. Instead, I want to write about the Stromcast Eternals I have just finished from the Soulwars box set. It does mean I have painted an entire boxed set of miniatures, which I feel is an achievement of its own. Today, I finished the last of the Stormcast.
I am less then enamoured with Push-fit miniatures. I found that more often than not, it didn’t. I might go so far as to say I would rather work with finecast… I ended up clipping off the push fit bit and just working the miniatures together in the usual way. I also had to use greenstuff to fill gaps – I did learn that I need practice in this area.
Anyway, that small gripe aside, here are the miniatures. I’ve already sold several units so I cannot take a group picture, but here they are individually:
All in all, I prefered painting the Night Haunt part of the box set, but these weren’t bad – I’d paint them over skeletons any day!!
I am proud of myself. Usually, finishing a unit off has been a struggle when working on personal projects. So, when I finished the Nighthaunt half of the Soul Wars box, I felt very pleased with myself. I managed to stick at them and have now got them all done. I really liked the miniatures, they were a lot of fun to paint. I have chosen a relatively simple scheme for them, which was quick to replicate and carry over to other miniatures. I think they look great together, and individually.
I have tried to take some pictures of them together, but it was a bit tricky. They wouldn’t all go on the light box as it was too small, so I had to use the old fashioned paper and box method. I hope they do them justice. I’ve also put the individual images up so you can see them all that way as well!
All of these miniatures, and more, are available for sale on my ebay page:
Yesterday, Jenn and I sat and painted for 12 hours to raise money for cancer charities. It was a really fun day and we managed to paint our way through 18 miniatures. More importantly, we managed to raise £560, smashing out target through and through.
Here are the pictures of the day:
Highlights of the day include:
Home Bargains ‘liking’ the Home Bargains Marine on twitter
Jenn confessing the attraction of Blood Letter butts.
Hanging out on the twitch stream with some cool people.
As for the miniatures. They are going to be sold by secret auction in a few days time, the proceeds of which will go towards the final total of the event.
If you want to donate in the meantime however, here is the link:
As most of you know, I am leaving the profession of teaching in search of pastures new. I have a few reasons for doing so, which I will not go into here. One of the saddest part of this change on career will mean I am no longer able to run Warhammer Club on Tuesday lunchtimes. I told the children today and they were suitably disappointed. This club has become the best part of the working week and I will be sad to see it end.
Today, we used our miniatures to play through the first Age of Sigmar tutorial game. It takes the form of a race and is designed to get the children used to moving their miniatures around.
Here are some action shots – though I have not put the children in the pictures for Child Protection reasons:
We didn’t have any scenary to put in the way as obsticals so we used paint pots instead. The game was easy to play, a lot of fun and highly enjoyable. The boys didn’t stop laughing at one another’s dice rolls, one boy in particular rolled terribly all the way through. It was wonderful to see them enjoy something that I have gotten a lot of joy from too.
The other reason I love doing this club is it gives me the chance to inspire the next generation of Wargamers. Without them, our hobby dies out and that would be a true shame. After introducing them to the hobby using the Warhammer Alliance starter kit, they boys went out and bought their own gear. They always bring it in to show me and enthuse about releases and what they have learned and discovered. I’ve spent many a play time ‘geeking out’ with the club members.
Here are some pictures of their work:
I have also taught them some of the basic painting skills, including how to dry brush. It’s been a real honour inspiring these kids and I really hope they go on and continue to enjoy the hobby.
This is one of the parts of my job I will truly miss.
Part of the weekend was spent working on building the miniatures for the diorama I am making for Golden Demon, as you will have seen in one of my other recent updates. After I had put them all on corks to be undercoated, I discovered there was no spray paint in which to do it with. Instead of heading out to get some, I decided to finish off a couple of other miniatures that have been lingering on the table for a while.
The first ones were these lovely looking fellows, who I painted for the husband:
He helped me with the corking so I thought it fair to assist with these two lovely fellows. I am not big on nurgle but he has a sizeable force of daemons and space marines. One of these days I will get to paint Mortarion, maybe when I finish Magnus some time this millennia…
Then I was forced to paint an Ultramarine, which was not the nicest part of the day.
I don’t think Haarken is my best ever work, but I am pleased with how he turned out. He is not a display piece, he is for being used. I am pleased with how the gold looks. I think the edge highlighting could be a bit neater, but maybe I am being overly picky about it.
I love the miniature and the character is shaping up to be really interesting. I’d certainly like to know more about where he came from and what he has done to earn his place. A few friends and I suspect he was once a Night Lord, but this is mere speculation on our part.
This week, in Warhammer Club, we moved on from fixing up the miniatures and ensuring they were base coated to actually painting them. The members of the club were suitably enthusiastic about the prospect and without much hesitation, they got stuck in. It was a pleasure to watch them look at the miniatures and see the details before liberally applying lashings of paint. Of course, some were neater than others but all of the members were happy to get involved. I have taken some carefully shot pictures of the miniatures for you to enjoy here:
By far, the best part of running this club is when the kids come up to me with the miniatures they have gone out to buy themselves and enthuse about them. I love hearing that they have been in to Games Workshop and played there, or found the assassin and got their free figure. It really lights up the day!
I am also looking forward to playing some of our own games in a few weeks time – learning that with them is going to be a lot of fun, though probably frustrating as well. They are very young after all.