Thursday, 31 May 2012

New Place

Well the move has gone quite well but we're now temporarily lodging with my parents while we sort out jobs and a place to live. As a consequence I'm unlikely to do as much as I hoped on the armies but that's do be expected.

In other news it appears 40k 6th Edition is imminent as GW have pulled the 5th edition rulebook from their website. Oddly there's no mention of any new 40k edition in the June White Dwarf, even with a large spread on their new 40k fliers (which I still think are a bit of a waste of time). I understand that GW have to maintain the veil of secrecy to keep their Hobbit licence (which New Line Cinema insisted on) but with no advertising for advance orders in White Dwarf it would appear its literally going to be a last minute drop.
Current prediction is that GW won't wait any longer than 30 days from pulling the 5th edition off the shelves so that would pretty much guarantee a release in June.
I'm pretty anxious to get hold of a copy ASAP so I guess I'll just have to try to remember to check the GW website often !

Sunday, 20 May 2012

New Empire Book

Oh and also finally got the new Empire book. Am currently reading it and we'll see how I need to alter my 1000pt army :)

Death Company done

Well as you might have guessed by the title I have indeed finished the Death Company complete with chaplain.

I've also used the Army Painter spray to red undercoat the drop pod, the Razorback and the bike squad.
I've also begun painting them too. As my wife helpfully pointed out, it would probably have been easier to paint the drop pod internals while assembling. While this is possibly true, it was my first time making one so I guess it's a learning curve.

I'm going to try and get some more done this week but I'm moving house next week so it's likely I won't be able to do anything more for a while.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Saga of Missing Sprays

It's been a bit quiet on the modling front this week. It's mostly been down to not having any red spray paint.
When I painted the last batch of marines, I spent a lot of time just getting the base red colour in the models. I figured a red spray would make life so much easier.

So I found a site that offered free shipping on Army Painter's Dragon Red spray paint and ordered. That was 15 days ago. I'm still waiting. I've actually submitted a claim with Paypal as the retailer doesn't even acknowledge my emails.
So anyway I ordered another can from an eBay retailer and that should be here soon.
I have not been totally idle tho and have made up the Razorback and Drop Pod kits. I've also had a lot of fun with 2mm magnets and the Death Company meaning I can now switch the backpacks for jump packs whenever I need to. £2.30 vs £18 for a new set of Death Company: I know what I'd rather spend.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

6th Edition Shocker

Bell of Lost Souls has just posted this http://t.co/CNzn7n4Z

If this is true it's HUGE for 40k. Having a continuation of the 40k story is just incredible. I can't remember the last time the "current time" that you effectively play the games in was updated this much.

I'm definitely excited about 6th edition now and am going to start saving for the collectors edition which (if going by Warhammer Fantasy) should be pretty impressive!

Wooooo!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Yet more 40k 6th edition discussion

The fun never stops :)

Ive been reading an interesting thread on Warseer ( http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=329875 ) which has been discussing 6th ed. I have been labouring under the assumption that the leaked version was genuine, but various people in this thread call this into question. One which seems compelling is from a graphic designer that says the makeup of the PDF is too dissimilar to PDFs from GWs own website.

If this is true it does lead to some genuine excitement as the leaked version didn't have enough changes to make it a real turning point for the game. In short I'm really looking forward to this release.

A little protection

I'm due to move 600 miles away in about 4 weeks time so the thought of "How am I going to transport my minis?" has been on my mind for a while now. Over the course of the years I've acquired a few miniature transport systems (cases to the rest of the world) but these had dwindled down to 2. One was a Sponge Tech (or something) case I bought off someone who was importing them from the US. The other was a Crystal Caste case.
Neither cases were suitable for my current Marines setup mosly due to the fact there was no tray deep enough to fit the blinking drop pod (weighing in at an obese 4" wide). So I would have to get new trays.
For the Sponge Tech case, this was promptly shot in the foot by the fact that since the time I bought it (2002ish) the company had gone bust, and the tray size seemed to be obscure enough to prevent getting trays elsewhere. The Crystal Caste case also seemed to have a tray issue. I could get hold of new trays BUT only by importing them from the US. With customs in the UK being extra picky these past couple of years I decided it wasn't worth the hassle of waiting 4 weeks for delivery and then paying duty on top of that.

"Not a problem" says I. "I'll simply buy a new one". However buying new things involves cash, which is in short supply at the mo. So the Sponge Tech bag and trays went to eBay (and fetched a tidy £25) and I also put some motorcycle luggage on eBay too which fetched in £60. The last part came from clearing out the tank bag from my motorcycle ready for posting, only to find a birthday card from my in-laws with £20 still inside (don't you just love those finds?)
This brought the total to £105.

Now for the new case. From my limited research there seemed to be a few major brands floating round now. The most famous seems to be Battlefoam; a US based company that can custom make trays for you. Another good one was KR Multicase which seemed to have branches in the UK and US. I also found Feldherr cases, based in Germany.

Feldherr didn't have the option for custom fitted trays (to fit the shape of the drop pod and other miniatures) so I ruled them out. Also the prices seemed a little high.

Battlefoam had a great tray creator on their website where you could move shapes around and only cut holes for what you wanted. This seemed ideal but the cost was stupidly high. For a case to hold just my 40k Miniatures we were looking at £120.

Therefore KR Multicase seemed the best solution. After a LONG time (and a large headache) trying to work out which pre-designed custom trays I would need, I worked out I could get all my 40k minis into their Kaiser2 bag which would cost £83.99 (no brainer). I was torn between this one and their aluminium case which is lockable and stronger, but the extra pockets on this bag swayed it for me. Plus it has the solid card inner cases which can be swapped out easily which makes sense to me.

So long (and potentially boring) story later I put my order in this morning. I will give a full review once it arrives.