WHFB: Totally Armed

I popped in  to GW and picked up the missing arm and a few more.

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The GW manager opened up a fresh box to clip the arm for me after I’d showed him the sprues I had.

Turns out that (assuming the entire batch wasn’t duff), you can’t actually make 10 Black Guard all the same. The assumption is that you will make a command squad 6 identical troopers and one trooper with a different arm. There has been some comment about the lack of options in some of the other GW kits recently. I’ll be going through the Witch Elf/Sisters of Slaughter box very carefully. But it does seem like GW are making kits that are less flexible than before. Which is a retrograde step.

To be fair, the GW manager after discussing this and opening up the box clippeed off the arms I needed for the second boxed set I bought (so I can make a unit of 20). Now I have spare command bitz that I don’t want…

WHFB: Black Guard – Occasionally ‘Armless

Somewhat delayed due the storms cutting my power for all of yesterday PM, I finally finished off assembling the Dark Elf Blackguard:

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Much better at ranking up in a unit, if somewhat stiff and unimaginative in the single pose offered. I used the arm with severed head for the champion instead of the pointy fingered arm.

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For some reason I was one arm short for the rank and file, and looking at the sprues seems I’ve got a command sprue too many. I phoned the local GW store and am going in at the w/e to get a replacement (and an extra box). As I joked with the GW manager I couldn’t field the unit lest I have endless jibes about Black Guard being armless.

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I’ve decided to weight all the bases of plastic figures from now on.

A nice array of component bitz has been harvested in the meantime. 🙂

These look compatible wuth the CoK which are next up…I’m really fed up of piles of sprues of unfinished models !

The Final Famous Five

The final five spearmen I will (hopefully) ever do:

 

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I will have built more than 120 of these figures !

The shields are already done and the five of them are being undercoated. To the side are a couple of the old style plastic Dark Elf figures that are being kit bashed with the new plastic banners and arms from various kits.

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Having done so many of these figures, I have to say:

There are many copies…

Ahem…

Also started are the first of the new plastic Black Guard which should rank up well, better than the old metal ones.

The Dark Riders are varnished and the new foam trays delivered, so I’ll comment on storage of figures tomorrow (yay!).

These are the last few things I have on the go before the builders return (Floor Wars II). The kitchen floor is due to be resurfaced, walls and woodwork repainted etc… and as a priority customer (!) the insurance company and builders aim to agree costs this week with work starting Monday.

Here is some salt, here is a pinch. 😉

Denial of Area

No new posts because the builders are back. The new floor they laid in November fell apart, with the tiles shifting and cracking within weeks. A three way bun fight then emerged between the builders, tilers and suppliers. They’re all taking a hit. Last week the builders came back and ripped up the floor.

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So my kitchen, utility and WC are all floorless, the cats’ stuff is in the back of the lounge, along with the kitchen chairs and other gubbins. The house is a mess !

Today the tilers turned up and found the flooring is moving too much, so it all needs screwing down before they can start putting the tiles down.

Unsurprisingly, not much painting has been done, whilst I try and supervise this chaos !

I have however built “the famous five”, more of which later.

Film: Oblivion

Recently I picked up the DVD of Oblivion cheap. I’m not a fan of Tom Cruise, and spent most of my time watching The War of the Worlds remake wishing his charcter and family to die. However, for £5 I thought it a risk worth taking.

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I was pleasantly surprised. So much so that before writing this, I thought I’d go back and watch it again, just in case I’d had too much to drink, or my memory had been altered by the cats/aliens.

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Cruise’s character is a drone repair engineer. Not a superhero. The story unfolds with him doing just that, nothing glamorous. However, it is obvious that something is odd in this post apocalyptic world (I won’t elaborate on the story here, too repetitive).

The best thing about this film is the scenery and hard sci-fi elements. It’s also enjoyable because it is not a re-boot, re-imagining or re-make. The scenery is stunning, and in contrast to most sci-fi, its done in really sunny and light camera shots.

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The least believable (for me) bit was the “tower”, you’d need some seriously strong materials to cope with wind shear, or some futuristic technology. Good CGI and camera shots however allowed me to suspend disbelief and enjoy the spectacle.

Much to my surprise I really enjoyed this film. Only downside was it left me with questions about the principle antagonist. Maybe a sequel ?

If you can get it cheap this is a good film and gets a thumbs up from me. 🙂

Some new items For Sale

Having sold some Orcs this month I now need to shift some more, so the For Sale page has been updated.

One of the local buzzards popped in yesterday, using the gate post, which is right outside my study window (sad it flew off before I could photo it), and today using the garden fence at the back, which I did manage to photo !

More sales of Orcs and Ogres in the next week, pre-slotta to modern plastics.

WHFB: 2014 02 01 Battle – Empire & Dwarves vs Orcs & Dark Elves – Part 2

We took a break at 7pm to get the takeaway curry in (thanks Gav !).

Whilst Gav was out, I manned his bolt throwers and ironically rolled more casualties in that turn than he had in the game. Mind you…

RXB unit hold the Hippygriffs for another round ! Before succumbing…
The Dwarf miners also were a threat.

The Dark Riders and Warlocks are loose in the back behind the Empire line and bearing down on the Dwarves.
Meanwhile the surviving hippygriffs turned round and massacred the Shades. The Dwarf Miners then moved in to chew up the Orc bolt thrower crews.

The Dark Riders take on the White Wolves. This was going to be a defeat for me, but the Dark Riders had nothing else to do other than tie up a big unit of Empire Cavalry for another round and inflict a couple of casualties. Inevitably, they were defeated and ran off the board…

Harboth’s Black Mountain Boys, joined by the Shaman on Wyvern hold the line against the Reiksguard and second unit of Hippygriffs, to be joined with a flank attack by the CoK unit ! The CoK destroyed the hippygriff unit but were left in limbo, so did an abrupt about turn to face the White Wolves.

CoK vs White Wolves.

The White Wolves blink and go the other way.

The Harpies take on the Grudge Thrower, they are eventually driven off but silence the machine for a couple of rounds.

The Empire Wizard causes a calamitous detonation wiping out 17 Hammerers, just as the CoK unit appear before them….

The game finished just before 9pm. We agreed it was a draw. The Empire and Orc armies had wiped each other out, leaving the Dwarves and Dark Elves on the table. Neither of these were in a winning position. A good time was had by all.