Back in business!

Well it has been a while since I’ve been able to properly set up all my hobby stuff and get a desk ready for painting.

Having moved into our new place however, I finally once again have room for hobby including my display cabinet, which is exciting as my Necrons, Grey Knights and Eldar and Dark Eldar are now back on display.

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A birthday present this year included the Tyranid Swarm which joins a NIB Trygon/Mawloc and Carnifex (from memory) as a future potential project when I’m feeling particularly brave!

Even more excitingly however was the arrival of a Wraithknight, while the remaining items – the Wraithguard and Wraithlords from the Ghost Warrior bundle plus an Iyanden codex are still on their way. I’m starting to get somewhat worried however as it’s coming up on a month since they were sent and still no sign! Hopefully they haven’t been waylaid by the forces of Chaos or a Hive Fleet during their voyage through postal service space.

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More immediately on the agenda however is completing my Necron army.

I’ve got a single Necron Wraith complete with eight more assembled/in need of repairs, plus an additional set still on the sprue. Also awaiting assembly are a full squad of Deathmarks, my second Ark, a box of Destroyers that need to be converted to the Heavy variety and a Destroyer Lord…

Plus a 20 Warriors, a handful of Scarab bases and a variety of Crypteks all need their paint finished. Sadly with the Warriors a dodgy bottle of GWS wash sent them all white instead of shaded which will require additional time to fix. Thankfully some Army Painter washes are ready to go now, as I’ve had similar issues with the GWS variety too often for my liking.

Yep, that’s a fair bit of stuff that I really do need to get rolling on… Mainly because then I can start my Eldar Ghost Warrior army!

 

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Dark Elves Surface!

Well the new Dark Elves are up for pre-order and what can I say… the level of detail is pretty good on these models, with the Cauldron of Blood looking pretty cool with that Avatar (of Khaine) standing up the top. It may even be better value to buy that than an Avatar these days (for 40k Eldar). Of course the Avatar ain’t exactly great any more so it doesn’t really matter. 

Dark_Elf_ReleaseThe Witch Elves and Dreadspears both are pretty good boxes, but in all honestly the way all the fantasy releases are designed in such a cartoonish way has meant I’ve never really been able to look at anything but a few limited releases and say ‘Wow’.

I’m somewhat surprised (not really) to see you can buy a (one click bundle) The Cult of Khaine for just $382. Which is $22 more than if you just bought four boxes of the Witch Elves and a Cauldron of Blood. Bargain.

The pricing does somewhat surprise me… the big gribblies – the Hydra and Cauldron of Blood are only $5 more than their American counterparts… This seems more reasonable than usual for GWS, although the Hydra is pretty uninspired in my opinion.

The Witch Elves seem overpriced at $70, $10 more than the US versions, although to be fair it seems the box does contain three sprues, while the Dreadspears box is only $45 for what, to my eye equals a relatively similar amount of plastic on the tabletop. It does seem to only contain two sprues per box however, so at least I can see some logic to the pricing.

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We’ve seen similar pricing on limited units in previous releases for 40k, which may simply be a method of stopping international sales out of the US to allow people to save money, but I would still tend to say that the cheaper units are within reasonable pricing (Dreadspears) while the Witch Elves are too expensive for what they are. Paying per sprue may make some sense, but when it doesn’t translate to the table… $70 is expensive for a unit of 10 scantily clad models.

Of course Dire Avengers still take the cake as the most overpriced (outdated, old sculpt rebox with less models) offering in recent times. 

 

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Necron Revival

Well it’s not really a revival…

I’ve just been really busy, have moved house and haven’t had much motivation to paint or model lately. Almost all my 40k stuff is packed away (the finished Necron models lovingly) and only my paints are really accessible.

Since this generally means I waste time looking up silly youtube clips and doing nothing useful it will have to change.

Here’s my latest batch of stuff I primed and base coated a while back. The Destroyers I’ll have an update on soon. I got them second hand and only needed to remove sprue lines before base coating and painting them. Worked out pretty well. I’ll have some painted pics in the near future. The Wraiths and warriors need painting although I have a Wraith underway that is looking good.

Plans are to get a Eldar Codex and Tau Codex from the US, as well as a Necron codex, so I don’t need to take out a mortgage to fund their purchase. I’ll be getting some additional Necron stuff when I place the order. I’m mainly thinking Deathmarks at the moment. I would love to buy probably 10 Deathmarks and 20 more Immortals (for 10 gaus/10 tesla) but I also want two full squads of Wraiths… Choices, choices.

My next post will be a quick one about my basic airbrushing setup for anyone interested in saving major time in their painting!

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Necron Destroyers primed and ready for silver!

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The other two Destroyers with some scarabs and warriors.Undercoating-GWS-Black-Wraiths(2)

Probably my favourite unit in the codex – WRAITHS!Basecoating-Silver-(6)

Silverising all of them with the airbrush saves some serious time. I’ve found that airbrushing on the newer washes however just doesn’t work, although I haven’t tried a thinning or drying retardant.Basecoating-Silver-(Wraith1) Basecoating-Silver-Everything1 Basecoating-Silver-Everything2

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