Thursday 31 December 2020

Warcry Catacombs Buildings

 The Warcry Catacombs set is one of the best value boxes currently available from GeeDubya.

Alongside the two warbands, one gets a ton of terrain. These are the buildings included. The smaller scatter terrain is used for Catacomb scenarios while the larger buildings are designed for above ground scenarios.

Of course, this is also very useful Age of Sigmar terrain.

Saturday 26 December 2020

Indomitus Primaris Blood Angels Characters

 The five Space Marine 'character figures painted as Blood Angels.

Space Marine Captain with Power sword and Lieutenant with volkite pistol.

Chaplain with Crozius and Judiciar with executioner blade and temperomortis engine.

Bladeguard Ancient with Astartes Banner.

Sunday 13 December 2020

Blood Angels Primaris Captain: First Model of a New Army


Way, way, back in the dawn of time I had a Blood Angels Army based around one of the original metal Dreds and a load of the first starter set 40K. They were orange in those days, as I recall.

Finally getting around to opening my new Indomitus set, I was going to just add them to my Ultrasmurf Army. But then I had a radical idea: why not paint an army operating beyond The Great Tear in Space? Blood Angels are the obvious choice, especially as Dante is now Head Honcho of half the galaxy.

I went for a dark look for the captain, especially on the shield. These are dark days, after all. Anyway, I hate the white shields.

I will probably paint the line troops a little more brightly.

More clickable photos below.

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Review: Warcry Catacombs - the gibbets



The amount of scenery in the Catacombs set is stunning and I am slowly working through it. As well as 'boardgame' type scenery for the Catacomb boards, one gets a wodge of above ground Sigma ruins stuff. 

Sigma scenery has been a bit yuk in the past requiring copious amount of filler but this went together fine and looks terrific with loads of detail.

More, much more, to come.

Saturday 5 December 2020

Review; Warcry Catacombs Scions of the Flame


Scions of the Flame Warband

Scions are a Chaos cult from the Realm of Fire. They hunt magnavores and salamanders, eating their flaming hearts in ceremonies more 'orrible than a Church of England jumble sale. They worship the fire and channel flames through their living tissue. They yearn to join the forces of the Everchosen to take part in the Great Final Flaming Apocolypse that will consume the Realms. They also collect for the Aqshy Orphans Benevolent Fund.

The models are much more chunky that the Shadowstalker Set also found in the Catacombs box so they are easier to put together and will, I surmise, be more robust for gaming.

They also paint up really well.

The Brazen Lord

The Brazen Lord, on the left is the leader of the warband. The figure on the right is the Warband Champion. Naturally he has a double-handed flaming battle axe for keeping discipline in the band by judicious decapitations - as you do.

Both superb models.

Character Models

On the left is an Immolater. This is a Scion who is so pious that he has burst into eternal flames - all the better for a bit o' burnin'.

The centre figure is a Fireborn: these are the Warband warrior class.

The right hand figure is an Inferno priest, the warband's spiritual advisor. This is the only figure that I'm a bit iffy about. I'm not sure I like the staff and the flame squirting sideways out of his sword seems to me more amusing that threatening. 

Sword Fodder

Another Fireborn, on the left, propels two Scion Initiates into combat. If nothing else they might blunt their opponents weapons....with their skulls.

In conclusion, a superb set of fantasy minis. I think they have utility outside of warcry, possibly as cultists, maybe even in 40K as a Witch Fire Cult.

Friday 4 December 2020

A Life on the Ocean Wave


The Fleets

I have been painting and basing some miniature battleship-era navies, recently. My interest ranges from the later pre-Dreadnought battleships to the super Dreadnoughts of WWI.

On the left are Royal Navy WW1 1:3000 models from Davao. This is a powerful formation of 5 Queen Elizabeth Class and 5 Royal Sovereign Class ‘modern’ battleships, escorted by 3 C Class cruisers and 3 Destroyer flotillas.

To the right are 1:2400 pre-Dreadnought minis from Tumbling Dice. The light coloured decks are Russian and the dark brown decks, Japanese.

This is my story, this is my song,
We’ve been in commission too bleedin’ long
Roll on the Nelson, the Rodney, Renown.
This two funnel bastard is getting me down.

Tuesday 24 November 2020

40k Battleforce Boxes, Prices and Discounts


Space Marine Interdiction Force

£120 or 46% discount

Necron Eradication Legion

£125 or 59% discount

Chaos Marine Decimation Warband

£12p or 38% discount

Tau Starpulse Cadre 

£125 or 50% discount 

Imperial Guard Bastion Platoon

£120 or 50%

Tyranid Brood Swarm

£125 or 52%

The discounts are pretty tasty at around half price, although how good that is depended on whether one actually wants the models.

The Space Marine box includes many newish models that people may not already have but the IG box models have whiskers on.

Oh well, you pays your money and you makes your choice.


The photos are from the Games Workshop Site

The data is from the Auspex Tactics YouTube channel.

Sunday 22 November 2020

Review: Warcry Catacombs Khainite Shadowstalker Models

Khainite Shadowstalker Warband

Warcry is possibly my favourite game to have emerged from the GW stable in recent years and it goes from strength to strength with the release of the new Catacomb 'complete game in a box'.

Shadowstalkers are the first non-chaos unique warband for Warcry, given that Morathi's Khainite goon squads are on the side of Order - theoretically, at least.

Khainite Shadowstalkers are Morathi's Double Ohs. They wear the mircath cloak that gifts power over shadows but binds the wearer to the Queen's psychotic will.

Assembling the eight models was a bit of a pain because the bits were arranged like 3D puzzles and the parts involve very narrow brittle plastic weapons and connections. No matter how I tried, I ended up breaking pieces as I tried to fit the fiendishly designed components together while getting everything covered in glue.

And no, dry fitting first doesn't always help. You get two odd shaped bits to dry-fit after a titanic struggle involving odd twisting motions like masonic handshakes. Then you get them apart, add glue, repeat and they now wont go together...gibber.

I chose a fairly vanilla weapon load-out, following the box art: there are plenty of options on the sprues.

The finished models, though, are amazing...with the one proviso that I worry how they will stand up to travel and repeated handling.

Shroud Queen

I decided to use dark purple-blue shades that I think reflected the zeitgeist of the collection. Silver is the contrasting spot colour because I associate 'silvery' with the moon and moonshadows.

The enigmatic Shroud Queen is, of course, the warband leader.


These are the warband's sword-fodder. The one on the left has cursed swords and on the right, an umbral spear.

I love the 'Spy versus Spy' look of the right hand model.

Darkflame & Shroudblade

The Darkflame hero has repeater crossbows - all very Dark Elf.


Another character armed with the whip of, er, something or other nasty.

Shroudblade & Darkflame

The Darkflame character is armed with a flaming hand...must be good....right?


Sunday 15 November 2020

Maggotkin of Nurgle Flying Corps


Lord of Afflictions & Pusgoyle Blightlord

As every phule kno, air support is vital to any army's success and the Maggotkin are no exception. Indeed, Nurgle forces are so slow that air cavalry is a highly useful asset. An eight inch move does not exactly make these fast movers but given that most Maggotkin move at five or even 4 inches....

I bought these model a couple of years ago but they were only finished as part of my lockdown clearup.

Friday 9 October 2020

MeG/Hail Caesar 15mm Classical Anatolian Army

 Been furiously painting a new 15mm army of the sort that Mithridates used to send out to get slaughtered by the Romans.

The right wing are Greeks from the city states around the Black Sea, the centre Anatolians from the hills (Pontics, Armenians, Kappadocians etc) and Galatians (professional Gaulic mercenaries) and the left wing Iranian cavalry.

I must confess, I have bought in a lot of the cavalry - I hate painting 15mm.

A few more units of Anatolians to go and I will have a playable army.

Thursday 17 September 2020

Review: Warhammer Crime Stories or Farewell My Lovely

I have read a few of the Warhammer Crime stories recently and have some thoughts.

The first thing one notices is that all the stories are very similar in style and type of plot, irrespective of which author is credited. The central heroes are also basically the same character, although they may not have the same name......

And that character is Philip Marlowe

“down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor—by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.

“He will take no man’s money dishonestly and no man’s insolence without a due and dispassionate revenge. He is a lonely man and his pride is that you will treat him as a proud man or be very sorry you ever saw him.

“The story is this man’s adventure in search of a hidden truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a man fit for adventure. If there were enough like him, the world would be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in.” 
― Raymond Chandler

The problem is that the Philip Marlowe stories have already been written, and written by a writer of superior talent to anyone employed by Games Workshop - and it is no insult to Black Library to point this out. Marlowe has been brought to life by some of the greatest stars in Hollywood...see above.

The cigarettes may have been turned into lithosticks and the Colt 45s into laspistols but, in reality, that’s just superficial skin on the pudding. The stories owe nothing to the world of The Imperium and everything to the Pacific coast of the USA in the 30s and 40s.

What we are left with is a pastiche; often quite a fun pastiche but The Big Sleep they ain’t.

Expect to see The Cadian Falcon when they move on to Hammet.


Monday 7 September 2020

Tribute to Ciaphus Cain, Hero of the Imperium


Commissar Ciaphus Cain, Hero  is a character invented by Alex Stewart, writing as Sandy Mitchell for Black Library. He is accompanied by his aide, Gunner First Class Jurgen.

I made this model some years ago and it has languished in a box in the garage. However I have been using the lockdown to have a clear out and came across it. After a quick spruce to blow the dust off, it will soon be off to Alex as a momento of his wonderful stories.

I took as my inspiration the front cover of The Traitor's Hand, one of Alex's novels, that shows Cain riding in his personal Salamander armoured recce vehicle. However, I did not feel bound to follow the artwork slavishly as I can't see Cain advertising his presence with a banner.

The Salamander is based on a Rhino chassis so I kitbashed a Basilisk. Removing the cannon left me with an appropriate open-topped hull to which I added an heavy bolter.

I wanted the car to look lived in so added bedding and a potable water holder - water is often a limited resource on Imperial worlds

Note the ID plaque bearing Cain's name on the flank.

The Salamander offers an easy escape route over the back if Cain needs to leg it, sharpish. He has added an additional drum of promethium as a reserve. Running out of fuel in a hostile environment is one of those things that makes his hands itch.

The scout car is a bit dirty and knocked-about with the odd spot of rust on the exterior but you can be sure the weapons and mechanics are in full working order. Cain isn't to bothered about spit and polish but you never know when you may need to make a run for it.

As a recce scout, the Salamander is well equipped with augurs - very useful for detecting and avoiding dangerous enemies.

The Salamander also has the advanced comms array of a command vehicle, as befits the Regimental Commissar. These are useful for screaming for assistance when in difficulties.

Note Jurgen's 'uniform' - and I use the word cautiously. Cain's aide is equipped with a variety of ill-fitting battle dress from different campaigns, sporting a variety of camos.

Saturday 5 September 2020

Review Heresy Labs: Inquisitor Messalina

Inquisitor Messalina

There is, of course, no such thing as a Traitor Inquisitor. On the other hand there are Radical Inquisitors, some of which can be reclassified by their peers as Rogue Inquisitors or even Excommunicate Traitoris.

But, by their own lights, they are not traitors.

One such is the Radical Inquisitor, Messalina. An Ordo Malleus Horusian, she believes that Fabius Bile;s cloning technology holds the secret of merging warp power and biology to create a divine avatar for the resurrection of The Emperor.

So she and Fabius are nominally allied in their research into 'superhumans but obviously each intends to betray the other at some point. The question is who will be quicker of the draw.


Messalina is equipped with a power stave and a high compression sprayer loaded with highly toxic and corroding chemicals laced with unstable lethal viruses (i.e. a flamethrower). She has been busy in Bile's laboratory.

This model is resin and obtainable at a very reasonable price from Heresy Lab.