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Welcome to my post to share tips and mistakes or potential pitfalls as I found them whilst constructing this new Games workshop box set.

With all minis I always recommend dry fitting parts so that you understand how they fit and to ensure you get a well constructed and finished model. Always a good idea to assess the abilty to paint a hard to reach part.

Day 1

Excelsior warpriest

With the set only a day old the first mini I have constructed is the Excelsior warpriest . I would recommend painting under the cape area prior to attaching it, I didnt thus ignoring my opening statement, and as a result this will be very difficult to paint under it later.
Build time 30 mins.

Next up

Ogroid Thaumauturge

The first tricky part of this is the first task. This is the tail to the legs, make sure the tail is down completely  to the top of the legs it has a flat area that sticks to the models leg tops again dry fit until happy both of the legs and tail fit correctly, when you are happy apply your glue.

The body can be tricky and needs glue sparingly as there is not much surface area to stick oposing parts together in places and if too much is used you will get in a pickle with sticky fingers and worse glue on the body.

With the body assembled it looks a bit weird but nearly finished, the book says fit the horns but exactly how they fit is difficult to work out even with a dry fit, I stuck on the face first and this gives the complete hole for the horns, they can then be fitted, again try dry first they come directly out best described as horizontal to the face. Use the loose 60mm base provided there is a misprint in the instructions.
Build time 45 mins.

Day 2.
Monday evenings are a bit of a TV night in our house with GoT and fear the walking dead latest episodes, still managed to construct a few minis

The 2 x Skaven and the 8 x Spider Goblins/Grot Scuttlings

Skaven Deathrunners

What you do notice with the Skaven is the increased detail as compared to previous incarnations.

The Skaven took about 10 mins each.

Grot Scuttlings

The 8 grots are very simple at about 5 mins each, the 16 pieces that make up the grots are fully interchangable for some varience. Not much too say regarding construction as they are very simple to construct, again good preperation and dry fitting should be used.

Day 3 A night of Horrors

The Horrors…. The Horrors Pink, Blue and Brimstone are not complicated to assemble but I do recommend that you dry fit them prior to using your glue.

The main problem with these are that they have a lot of delicate detail, you need to handle them carefully, I bent a finger on a pink horror its ok with a bit of glue and liquid green stuff but I doubt they will stand up to rough gameplay.

The Blue Horrors have a specific way of putting them together its kind of a slide together 2 pieces thing. And again dry fit first to see how the back of the head attatches to the body.

The Brimstone Horrors live up to there name, be careful clipping these of the sprue, and take your time they are tincy tiny ! Scraping the bottom of them to mount on the base was difficult it felt that they would break with every scrape.
Build time approximately 1.5 hours for 8 with some tv and a few cigarettes in between.

Day 4

The Tzaangors

So far the most difficult models to put together particularly 10c.
Again dry fit
Take Part I4 and part I5 put the leg/chainmail part together from behind at 45 degress and bring the top over to align the shoulder in a hinging motion.
Ensure the back of his robes are lined up with no gap, when happy with the fit commit the glue. Parts I6 and I8 are fiddly but there is a hole and a pin to align. Dry fit then glue to the arm shoulder and I7 should slot in. The first one took about 30mins to work out the second being in the know about 10mins.

10a was not too difficult and 10b again dry fit to appreciate how part I2 and I1 fit.

Once constructed they are nice models

Day 5

I hit up the models made so far with skull white spray and left to dry and carried out a mould line and green stuff inspection, more on that later.

Day 6

After a trip to my local GW for a white dwarf and the vibrant pinks for the horrors as it is a paint colour I have rarely used so far nor possess it was time to look at the next up models.

Chaos Familiars

Simple 1 part models. Clip em clean em stick em to the base. Less than 5 minutes each.

Day 7

Kairic Acolytes

These are not too difficult but could be fiddly. I recommend leaving of the shields to make painting easier. And I found the sticking the 2 body parts together first then attaching to the base and leaving to dry allows the arm to be persuaded to stick, as the arms will need to be held in place for a while until set occurs, and being on the base makes handling easier. Construction time about 1.5 Hours for all 6 as there is also a lot of mould line cleaning at least on mine.

Day 8

Being a lazy bank holiday Monday I had lots of time today.

Knight Questor

After clipping and mould line cleaning I hit the cloak inside with some white spray as this will hard to reach later.

I assembled the hole model , you may want to leave of the shield arm for access but shouldnt be too difficult to paint behind so I attached it.

Build time 30mins including spray time.

Fireslayer Doomseeker

Fairly easy to assemble, would recommend tweezers for attaching the adornments to the belt as these can be fiddly. Build tome 20mins

Darkoath Chieftan

Another easy mini, note you get an alternative option of him holding a head that the book does not show you for his left hand. Build time 20mins

Mistweaver Saih

This one looks a bit daunting, just dry fit until happy and you should be ok.
Part 8e looks like it goes on the back of its head rather than the front of the face it is supposed to have a blank face. This part is actually his left shoulder pad. Build time 20mins

Tenebrael Shard

This one can be a bit fiddly part 7g is riduiculously tiny even to clip and prep let alone handle, just make sure you get it up the right way round and use the hole provided to attach.

4g the belt can be tricky pass over the back rune banner and clip in, dry fit first.
The arms can be a bit fiddly but again dry fit by twisting in the socket gently until its fit feels right.

Build time 20 mins

Gaunt Summoner

Once you have assembled the body or robe I noted a little green stuff will be needed on the joints.

Part 7d looks a bit strange the 2 side bits form the rest of the shoulder pads again a little green stuff may be needed here after assembly and the front piece goes to the front to form the pin locator for piece 8d

Attach 10d to 9D first and allow to dry
As you will see the hand at the top of sword in flames coming out of the book attaches to his right arm, assembling first allows correct pisition of both the bottom arm and top had correctly, without doing it you may end up with the book arm commited incorrectly and working 4 joints with glue at the same time can be hard to hold in place.

Build time 25 mins

Thats all completed time to hit the rest up with undercoat and paint/play more in that later.

Painting

Now to start painting as much as possible prior to that first game !

First up

Pink Horrors

1. Spray with Skull White
2. 2x Thinned basecoat of Pink Horror
3. Heavy wash of Carabourg Crimson particularly at the ends of the arms and legs.

Blue Horrors

1. Spray with Skull White
2. Base with Stegadon Green Scale
3. Layer with Temple Guard Blue

Brimstone Horrors

1. Spray with Skull White
2. Base coat with Flash Gits Yellow
3. 2x wash with Casandora Yellow
4. Wash around feet with very thin wash of Coiela Green shade if desired
5. Stick some bits of sprue rubble or plasticard on and base coat with brown texture paint. Drybrush with skaven dinge and codex grey, or similar mid tone grey

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Ogroid Thaumaturge

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Additional Heroes

With the cross compatibility of AoS and Silver Tower you can have additional heroes within the game, most of us will have many from AoS we can use.

No Ogre Kingdoms (Ogor) Hero or Denisan though 😦 unles you count the Thaumaturge

Skink Warpriest, I had previoulsy painted this little dude for my Seraphon

Necromancer, I have purchased this guy for my Death army.

To be continued….as i progress…

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The War Corner #2

Posted: November 3, 2015 in The War Corner
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Update

Well as it goes we are in the first week of November 15 and I did bugger all in terms of actual production for the hobby last week.

Sure I procured minis, paint, magazines and books, browsed the net, dribbled over lizardmen, Tau, Necrons and Malifaux.

My excuses felt ill. Tooooo busy at work which made me feel like only resting. A visit to the Circus. Pumpkin picking and carving then Halloween, so its been busy and family fun but not in terms of the hobby.

This weeks vow, use the really useful plastic boxes and tidy the hobby area its a mess and puts me off bothering to do any hobby work as it gets frustrating and time consuming to find things
It has become cluttered with this weeks new aquisitions such as magazines, minis and paint and the usual unfinished projects and ill keep thats – it will come in useful.
The wife has no issue with the hobby apart from my polystyrene and pringles tube hoarding special ability, and lately I have begun to suffer from that illness again… so time to replace it with the other OCD tidy up…and get the hobby back….I Need rules if inly to break them.

My new mantras

1: “Keep your work area tidy” = More Efficient use of hobby time. And prevents hobby block

2: Finish the existing projects before moving onto the next (pfffttt I will never achieve that one) See Mantra #1

3: Hoard less the packaging and other I will keep thats – junk is always available ! And only collect for a project see Mantra #2

4: Get a more suitable shed/garage/room/outbuilding suitable for my needs – remember mantra #1, 2 and 3 or will lead to an even bigger space requirement.

5: Get it finished !!!

The War Corner

Posted: October 22, 2015 in The War Corner
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Welcome to my post for The War Corner essentially a post of what am I working on currently.

This Post is to force me to get more stuff done. It is the end of the 3rd week in October 2015. And I want to clear the projects below as quickly as possible to move on to other projects.

Ogre Kingdoms

Boosting my Ogre Kingdoms force to include a beastclaw avalanche

The Stonehorn is already complete although I may add some bits and pieces to it later.

In the corner or on the desk is a thundertusk.

2 Mounfang undercoated with some base coating done.

2 mournfang under assembly to boost my existing force of 4 to be 2 x4 units for the beastclaw avalance.
“Pondering wheather to have 2 full mourfang commands and 1 troop in each or go for 1 command in 1 only and have the other 4 as straight ogres”.
I think the later will work just as well in AOS and better in 8th (which is how I am still constructing my armies, so therefore compatible with both).

Giants

The giant army has been put aside somewhat to complete the Ogre Kingdoms Avalanche
But the Ogre Giant is part assembled. Undercoated and flesh based.

The chaos giant is part assembled with conversion work going ahead.

AOS

Working on a Liberator, lord celestant, lord of Khorne, Khorgorath and bloodbound troops.

Usual Tale of a Wargamer too much on That I need to finish before moving onto other projects.

After all there is the remainder of my Maneaters, Gnoblars a few ironguts and leadbelchers to complete.
The Kislev force to get of the ground.
And continued work to The Elves. And  The Skaven.

Also considering 3 other forces Vampire Counts, Lizardmen and the Vampire counts.

Super Dungeon Explore to finish painting and Malifaux to get into.

One can never be sure what she thinks haha but this post is not delving into any psycology about the differences between the male and female kind !

This Post is to get the opinion via unboxings of someone with a slight interest in wargames by association with me !
The wife who has recently played and beat me at a game of warhammer fantasy AoS, and is very supportive of the hobby.

With my new/old interest in games outside of GW and the wife taking a greater interest, I thought it would make an interesting article to get her opinion of models and rules via unboxings, as a noob and as she slowly realises she is being dragged into the world of wargaming.

She can possibly offer a new fresher perspective over a fan of nearly 30 years, who enjoys all aspects of wargaming but mainly handles GW products.

First up..

Malifaux

Both the wife and I quite like the look of Malifaux. I have therefore started to pick up a few miniatures, to see the quality before commiting fully to play and collect/paint these.

So What does the wife think ?…

I like the look of the arcanists so we have picked up a few miniatures to get a feel for them sealed from ebay.

The miniatures as follows

Fire Gamin.
Razorspine Rattler.
Horecat pride.

The wifes review
Blimey there smaller than GW.

Ooh you get the cards with them you dont need to buy books or print bits of paper.(Warscrolls Dear.. Warsrolls.)

So I proceeded to show various pictures of the main characters and a you tube video of malifaux.

I like them very steam punk. (Which is my girls style)..do you want them for Christmas…

Erm yeah… google links… rule book and arcanists….sent as a text message for her reference, job done.

Here be Giants

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Giant Army
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Prior to the realease of the Age of Sigmar. I had the idea of making an all Giant army for giggles and putting into a game of Whfb 8th. And to ignore the ruling that only allows one giant and just balance with points.

The thing about AoS is it should allow me to do just that !

So on this whim I decided to add to my existing 1 Ogre Kingdoms giant and scour for some giants, the intention to procure different types

One can never have enough Giants. And anyway every army can field them now so they all need to be based and clothed appropriately.

…(Reminds me of my parents – and Starwars Figures coversations, why do you need 3 Han Solos ?
Hansolo in his black suit. Hansolo in his Hoth winter Jacket, you get my point but it is essential that I collect them all !!)

So

Ebay first choice found 2 number current edition giants on a buy it now

A wargamming friend of mine had a metal goblin giant in a poor state but fixable

Another Ebay search yielded the final Giant (shhh dont tell the wife) for now
Which was the Tomb Kings bone giant again in metal

Would love to get and Albions Giant set and the Forge world one ! The first one being rare and pricey the later just being pricey so we will see.

Will post pictures once the Giants are completed

And even a battle report !!!

So Pictures of the Giants
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2 more current edition giants procured these will be in construction early october 15

Started these giants a few days earlier than planned.

One will be a standard Ogre Kingdoms Giant the 2nd will be a chaos conversion.

13th May 16 -Just a thought ? GW do you read my blog ? (Doubt it) Just wondering as the sons of Behemat allows me to use my 5 giants perfectly.

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Hello here’s my ongoing thread for my thoughts and tips on the assembly of the Age of Sigmar miniatures

Firstly I would like to say that these miniatures are really well produced and have barely any mould lines are fun to construct and are wonderful models.

If I may I have few critisims though – some of the parts are very delicate and will not stand up to the rigours of transport and play no matter how careful the player is.

The models are formed to help with assembly although are going to cause issues for some people due to there delicate nature.

Hard learned tips not in the assembly book and from my experience in general over the years

Golden Rule

Think about what you are doing and dont rush in.

When clipping from the sprues be extra careful some of these parts are so delicate it would be easy to missclip or break a part, believe me came close with the Prosecutor wings a few times
And Korgaraths Head. There seems to be a lot of tension in these sprues !

Forces of Good
Stormcast Eternals

Lord Celestial

Do not mount the Lord

Although not a disaster if you do ! I have and would prefer if I hadnt as this would make painting easier and neater around the saddle area.

The lords arm is difficult to assemble check it with a dry fit first but it clips in and under the shoulder pad

Prosecutors

The wings are very delicate and I toyed with the idea of magnestising them.
With a 2mm Rare Earth Magnet. I havent but I have magnestised the underside of the base with magnetic sheets so that I can store them upright in my storage boxes which have a magnetised base to them.

More on that in a later post.

The wings are also very delicatly formed to the joint where the two attach to each other. I would recommend superglue activator here.

Liberators

Do not mount the shields, painting behind them will be difficult. I found this out when in my haste I assembled the WD free mini completely and as with the Lord Celestial did not learn from my previous experience due to my impetulence to assemble

It is best to paint these seperately attach later and snag the join to the arm.

I have found that the joint to these is difficult to attach even with strong superglue such as gorilla.
Again I recommend investment in a can of superglue activator here.
GW could of provided a better pin to fit the hole at the elbow.

More to follow as assembly progresses and photos of my finished miniatures

Finished WD free issue Liberator

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Forces of Chaos
Khorne Bloodbound

Mighty lord of Khorne

With this mini I recommend assembling the hound and lord seperately and not attaching until you have base coated them. With the lord leave off the armour and cloak and base coat seperatly.
Paint the hound to near completion then attach all to the base using a dry fit first to ensure that the collar and chains line up and you get a good fit with the lords arm.
Attach the base coated cloak and armour to the lord and finish.