A Wargaming Blog

This year I’m doing something a little different, in that I’ve started a “side blog.” A Wargaming Blog will contain all the day-to-day hobby-related posts I normally only post to various social media channels. These posts are usually really small, so wouldn’t fit the format of this blog.

To get started, I’ve got a couple of posts:

I’ll still be posting hobby stuff on here, but it’ll tend to be either more in-depth, or finished pieces, rather than in-progress snapshots.

Leman Russ; Primarch of the Space Wolves, Lord of Winter and Ruin

I tend to stay away from large, centrepiece character models — especially those which have lots of small, intricate detail on them. A Primarch model from Forgeworld is very far out of my comfort zone.

But this is Leman Russ. I couldn’t resist.

The model was painted entirely with Scale 75 paints, which was a first for me. Normally I jump between brands.

I’m not 100% happy with how every little thing turned out, but I stopped myself going back and forth over each little niggle – otherwise I know I would have completely ruined it!

This (probably) isn’t the start of a Horus Heresy Wolves force, but it might be the start of adding more Primarchs and other character pieces to my collection.

Alpha Legion Storm Wing

Alpha Legion Storm Wing formation (Storm Raven + two Storm Talons), painted back in February. Painted using an airbrush with Scale 75, Vallejo, and Forgeworld paints.

Apologies for the weird cropping on the Storm Raven – it barely fit in my light box! I’m kinda sad I couldn’t show it off on the base.

What are My Thoughts on Age of Sigmar?

I have none, because we haven’t seen enough full information – in context – to make any informed opinions.

And neither have you. I get it, change is scary. But stop whining on the internet about AoS before you have all the information. Please? It’ll make the transition much more pleasant for you, me, and everyone else.

I’m flabbergasted by how quickly it all went from “ok, this looks like it could be fun and interesting,” to “ZOMG! The sky is falling! F-you GW! This is the most ridiculous and crappy game EEEEHHHVVAR!

And it hasn’t even been officially revealed yet. Careful; your knee is jerking so hard you might do yourself an injury.

I do have one final, parting thought to leave you with:

If you want a balanced, tournament-friendly (and 1st-party supported!) Fantasy massed-battle game that plays like a “Warhammer 9th” – basically what everyone complaining the loudest seems to be lamenting Age of Sigmar is not – then I humbly suggest you go check out Kings of War. 2nd Edition is right around the corner, with the beta rules available for free download. A number of Warhammer Fantasy armies port over to KoW with little-to-no modification or need to buy new models. It’s fast, deceptively simple, fun, well written, and actively supported. If you’re up in arms about AoS, it wouldn’t hurt to check it out.

New Imperial Knights Revealed + New Citadel Brushes

This just leaves the 3rd (rumoured close-combat) variant of the new Knights kit to leak out. I can’t imagine it’ll be too long before it appears online though.

Update: Close Combat variant added to the gallery above. Picture thanks to The Ismus Rising, which has more shots of White Dwarf.

The new brushes had been rumoured for a while but with no ETA. I’m pretty excited by the leaked picture. They look high quality and have a wide range of different brush types. Hopefully I won’t be disappointed by them when they do hit stores next week!

Australian 40K Community Comp for Tournaments

Found via BoLS, this Community Comp system for 40K tournaments looks interesting. Battle-tested over the last few years in the Australian tournament scene, it’s designed to limit the worst abuses tournament lists see, and could lead to a more enjoyable experience – as opposed to banning certain units and rules outright.

I’m not yet a “tournament player”, so I can’t give an informed opinion on this, but it certainly reads like a sensible way to manage this highly controversial and long-debated topic.

Are you tourney player? What’s your opinion on efforts to rebalance the competitive elements of the game?

Collecting Inspiration for Hobby Projects

The video above reminded me of something I used to do religiously when starting a new project: keep a mood board, or folder of inspiration for the project – images mostly, but also articles and anything else I found which was relevant.

I still have a stack of articles ripped from old White Dwarf issues which I refer to whenever I’m starting any Space Marine project. They’ve served me well over the last couple of years. Of course, there’s always the internet and the many, many, many books put out by Games Workshop and other miniatures companies.

It’s a very useful practice, and one I’m going to get back into the habit of.

By way of an example, here’s some of the material I’ve collected so far for my next project:

Do you gather up inspiration sources for your projects? What’s your favourite source?

Declaring Hobby Bankruptcy and Maintaining Sanity

With all the cool new stuff constantly being released by recently, it can be very easy to end up with a large hobby backlog. When this happens it’s possible to get overwhelmed by your “to do list,” and it starts to become a mental drag; when this kicks in, your hobby no longer feels fun and instead feels like working a job you hate. Sometimes it’s just best to declare something a lost cause and just start over afresh.

I went through this very recently. My backlog had grown too big for me to see sight of the end of it – especially with the glacial pace I paint at! When I took stock of what was in the queue I had 2 full armies: a jump-heavy Flesh Tearers list, and a mechanised Tempestus Scions list. Not counting fun stuff like vehicles and characters, I had well over 100 models to prepare, assemble and paint… and these are just the army projects! Throw in various starter boxes for other games, and other sundry small projects, and the list was nearer 400.

Too. Damn. Many.

What to do? My initial plan was to freeze buying anything new until I’d whittled the backlog down to a more manageable level. Such a sensible plan might work for many a struggling hobbyist, butnfortunately, it was not the right plan for me. Despite several months of not buying any new figures1, I made zero impact on the pile of miniatures I had to work through. On top of that, I found myself losing all inspiration for certain projects. Some of that came down to gnawing insecurities about being able to achieve the vision I had in my head, others from indecision about what that vision even was any more. In the end there was just a pile of boxes and sprues causing me to feel terrible every time I thought about it. This was no longer a hobby, it was a chore. Something had to give, and it would be great if it wasn’t me.

In the tech world, there’s a popular approach to email management called Inbox Zero. The idea is to have your email inbox as empty as possible, so the amount of time your brain is occupied by email is as close to zero as possible. The intention is to reduce the distraction and stress caused by an overwhelmingly full inbox. Related to Inbox Zero, is Email Bankruptcy – the practice of deleting all email older than a certain date (often that day) due to being completely overwhelmed.

One day I realised I needed to declare something similar – Hobby Bankruptcy – or I was going to drive myself out of a hobby I’ve loved for over 20 years.

How was I going to do this? Throwing out hundreds2 of pounds of miniatures would be insane, especially if I changed my mind about something. Selling would take too long, and was subject to the fickleness of others. The simplest (non-destructive) solution won out: I took everything 40K/WHFB related, and stashed it in the loft. Out of sight; out of mind. Literally. The only survivors of the “purge” were source books and the limited edition 25th anniversary Crimson Fists miniature.

I can’t express just how much of a weight off doing this has been. I’m no longer under (self imposed) pressure to work through a massive backlog I no longer had the enthusiasm for, and yet, if I rediscover that enthusiasm, I can pull individual kits from the loft to work on as and when I want to.

In the meantime though, I am free to start work on new projects3

And yes, I do know I’m crazy.


  1. And growing increasing anxious about not getting the cool new shinies. 
  2. OK, maybe it’s higher… 
  3. Obviously, any new projects will have much more strict rules around the number of models allowed in the queue at once. No more buying entire armies in one go! 

White Dwarf 65 Cover Leaks – New Assassin Models Revealed

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Overall I really like these, though I probably would cut down the scenery built into their bases as much as possible (especially the hardly-going-to-get-a-cover-save Callidus) – mainly to make the models more discreet. Why would you want to draw attention to your scary murder machine?

According to my local store, pre-orders for these go up on the Saturday, not Friday like Games Workshop have done up to now.