Imperial Fists – Part 1

Note to self: Don’t burn yourself out on your own blog.
Never mind, I’m back now. Have a space marine or five.
The moustache on this guy was pure whimsy on my part.
IMG_2962
Note, no squad markings as I couldn’t decide between tactical or devastator squad:
IMG_3000.JPG
I’m quite fond of the squad number on the lower leg, probably impractical from battlefield purposes but it does fit with the 40k vibe.
IMG_3003.JPG
The veteran sergeants helmet really breaks the colours up. The Imperial Fists logo is a transfer cut slightly at 10 and 2 o’clock to conform to the shape of the shoulder pad.
IMG_2994.JPG
Sternguard shoulder pads on the vet means he can be added to almost any squad type without looking out of place.
IMG_2996.JPG
The blue gradient was created on photoshop and printed out to use as backdrop for the photo. I wanted the retro Eavy Metal photo look but by accident the blue and dark yellow face each other on the colour wheel so really make the figures pop out.
IMG_3133.jpg
Any questions about the colours used, transfers, colour theory or whatever else you have just pop something in the comments and i’ll get back to you.

Iconic Miniatures: The Pulsa Rokkit

In 2nd edition 40k if there was one model that summed up the role of Gretchen in the Ork army it was this one, the Pulsa Rocket.

Read More

Missionary with Plasma Gun

One of my favourite miniatures of all time just got reprinted, the “Missionary with Plasma Gun”. This beauty was sculpted by Brian Nelson in around 1997/98 to accompany the first Sisters of Battle Codex. Although you wouldn’t have guessed it unless you were around back then (or unless you guessed from the colour scheme).

Missionaries

I thought I’d put the miniature in perspective with other miniatures available at that time

frateris militia

13280_sm-White Dwarf

I’m being overly harsh of course, with any release there were highs and lows, this brought us some fantastic other miniatures like:

99060108007_BattleSisterHeavyFlamerNEW01

d0a5b78b753e49e5a3d6108402d6f3eb

The plastic moulding at GW hadn’t shown its full potential so you still had models like this in the second edition boxed set.

8969434_orig

I think this might be the very first example of a standard bearer type model with a sculpted standard rather than the stick that GW expected you to wrap in paperork_perso_ghaz_2

I like the way that the models isn’t crowded with detail and so things like the eyepatch, the chainsword slung on the back and the general gait of the figure showing how heavy that plasma gun is for a normal human to carry one handed really stand out.

Made-to-order-december-10

The whole “downtrodden look while holding extremely powerful weapons” reminds me of this guy

99070116001_AdMechTechPriestDominus01

Should we be worried about the Battle for Vedros?

No matter which way you slice it we are currently experiencing a pretty good time for wargaming so why should we be worried?
Not much has been made of the Battle for Vedros after its initial release, if you aren’t aware, Games Workshop has repackaged a number of kits including snap fit Space Marines and Orks and sold them to toy and game shops to cater to a 8-12 year old audience.
vedros-1.jpg
It seems like a harmless venture, Workshop is trying to open up a new market using its existing IP and pre existing plastic moulds and selling them to toy shops who then sell onwards takes up virtually no resources and won’t disrupt the good work they are currently doing with large boxed games and releases.
It was probably an easy sell when it was presented at the board meeting as the toy market is a much larger pool of money to jump into than the miniature wargame market which GW has locked down pretty tightly over the years (this chart is pretty old but I suspect its still valid in showing the plateau that a big business in a small pool hits).
battle
This is where my problems come in, the toy market is in fact so much larger than the miniature wargaming market that Games Workshop could easily dive right in if they see significant success.
The money they make here will not see its way into the core business.
Ok, this is speculation on my point and if their staff see a massive pay bonus in the next year and hobby centers start to look like the amazing works of art they could easily become I will happily print this page out and eat it in penance but generally companies don’t let a plateauing part of their business eat up profits from a booming one.
14915267_929926000484414_8762412014917986760_n.jpg
Where would this money go?
Workshop does invest some of that back into its stores but sadly around £15m of it goes into dividends on the shares held by their stakeholders. Only 60%+ of them are publicly disclosed and with the exception of Tom Kirby they are all investment companies.
Is the Battle for Vedros even a success?
Its going to be difficult to say until after Christmas but all Workshop has to do is sell the products to retail chains at Toy and Gaming convention to make a short term profit. If over 200 GAME stores are buying them for about $500 each thats $100,000+ or thanks to the way the UK economy works £100,000. If those stores go on to sell the products and come back for more then Games Workshop will have their runaway success.
vedros-1.jpg
But I want to buy the Battle for Vedros for someone I know?
Remember that none of these kits are new, its all been available in Games Workshop stores for ages and those 400+ stores and the rest of the FLGS are the things that need to be protected because without them this hobby goes into a death spiral that it’s not going to pull out of.
Get a grip you fool you’re panicking, Games Workshop will never abandon its core business.
Probably not, but if you cast you mind back to the discontinuing of the original specialist games range or the rush to capitalise on the Lord of the Rings phenomenon they are certainly capable of grasping a money maker with both hands.
In conclusion it’s probably nothing to worry about for now but if the results of this experiment are good then it does bode ill for the future of company who can and will kill off perceived unprofitable lines.

Codename Colossus Interview

I caught up with Michael Sng the owner of Machination Studio and the creator of the Codename Colossus and asked him some questions about his latest project.

Read More

Christmas Gift Guide

The idea of buying presents for people is wildly outdated and was eventually abolished back in 2027. However if your friends and family still want to honour your presence for another solar cycle with a small gift and you have already brought literally everything that Games Workshop sells (who hasn’t at this point) why not try some of the below:
Flashy Dice
Full disclosure – Dice can be purchased from any gaming shop anywhere.
group-shot-singles
Wyrmwood Gaming Dice Holder
Somewhere to hold a small number of those dice.
nv1_8398
Dragon Shield Standard Sleeves
Dragon Shield appear to last longer that the Ultra Pro alternatives.
dsh03
Winsor and Newton Series 7 Brushes 
Other brushes are available if you are on a budget but if you want luxury good then these are the prettiest.
11542
Wet Pallet
You can make one for under a £1 / $1 but if you know someone who still doesn’t use one then hand them this as a gift and change their life.
20431-formula-p3-wet-palette-med
Flory Washes
So many uses for weathering and washing, just remember to seal it in with vanish after use.
img_1503_zps46e1d7c5
Vallejo Liquid Metal Paints
The nicest looking metals, however they are fiddly to use if you’ve never used alcohol when painting (except to drink).
4d0277d238051000357fbeccbbdb3461-cms_1_1200_1_1200_ffffff
Miniature Holder
Great for avoiding fingerprints over your best work.
holder-900x900
Gaming Candles
Because those session get mighty smelly.
elven_wellspring_2
Gaming Table
If you’re already going to buy a house you may as well use your mortgage on this as well.
capture

Flory Washes on Battlegroup Helios ships

Want to know the best paint you’ve never heard of?

Read More

Painting a Strike Cruiser

I painted a Strike Cruiser, then I wished I had brought a 3D printed version of one on Shapeways.

Read More

Battle for Vedros Bad

Battle for Vedros has hit the UK. Battle for Vedros bad. Really bad.

Read More

My 12 picks for the GW reprinting service

There will be many good articles on the Games Workshop reprinting policy decision, this will not be one of them

Read More

Page 1 of 7

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén