40K · Age of Sigmar · figures · fun · hobby · Uncategorized

Vapnartak

I have never been to a Wargames Expo before and I was not too sure what to expect. I have been to several warboots however and I suppose I thought it would be like that. It was better in some ways and worse in others.

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Three floors of awesome gaming goodness.

 

I really liked the wide range of traders there were. There was something for everyone and all the people I spoke to were exceptionally friendly. If they didn’t have what you wanted, they were more than eager to pass on details and find out the information for you. There were a lot of smiles and friendly people, which made the place seem very welcoming.

There was a lot going on as well, plenty to see and do. Hosts of participation games aimed at all ages were going on over the three floors but at no point did the place seem over-crowded or jammed in. I did not try any of the games but I did look on as others did. Gangs of Rome seems like a fun game to look at and so I may see if there is anything else to it.

This Indiana Jones style quiz – find the mummy – was a huge board that was artfully constructed. The pyramid, and other sections of the board, lifted up and you had to really look for the characters. It was 50p a go!

There was also a tournament, both Warhammer 40K and Warmachine, going on. I am not all that into tournament playing, that would be the forte of my husband, but we went for a look anyway as some pals were playing. While there, I spotted some familiar faces and with permission, I was able to take a picture:

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Stunning miniatures and lovely players who took time out of their game to talk to us, albeit briefly.

I also managed to snag a couple of bargains and some material for an experiment as well, which always makes me happy. A lot of the gear at Vapnartak was for historical miniature gaming, which is not my area, but it was nice to see regardless. Nothing wrong with looking at other systems and snagging ideas after all.

All in all, it was a decent day.

 

40K · painting · warhammer · Warhammer 40000

Paint it Fast

Speed painting was a skill I thought I would never obtain. I have spent many long hours, like many other hobbyists, studying and painstakingly picking out details of a miniature and finding it takes ages to actually finish anything.

Then I decided I want to do some commission painting and knew that had to change. I have started to focus on how long an individial miniature takes and have been working on making it smaller. Today, I managed to paint the Primaris Apothecary to a high standard in four hours. I have never painted the mini before and so I was pleased with the outcome. Here is the finished model:

In order to speed up the painting process, I focused on areas rather than the whole miniature at a time. I would do one part, wash it if needed and then work on another area while it dried rather than put the mini down and let it dry before starting again. It meant I neglected the rubric marines a bit but it did mean I got him painted today rather than over a couple of days. I will certainly be trying this technique again when I paint my next character model.

This Apothecary was painted for my sister as a part of a miniature ‘trade’, she is painting me a Thousand Son Sorcerer in return. We named the apothecary Xerxes, or Jerkxes, as he is a bit of a jackass. He kept trying to poke holes in the Rubric Marines to let the dust out when I wasn’t looking…

Another mini I have painted quickly that I wanted to mention was ‘Larry.’ I painted him in thirty minutes at the Warhammer World Open Day in January. I am so pleased with him too. For thirty minutes, he looks rather fine!

Commission info: https://blackhandmarines.com/commissions/