May 22, 2024

No Retreat, no surrender!

The feed here has been on a bit of a hiatus as I've been buried in the preparations for the No Retreat Horus Heresy event by SN Battle Reports, the spectacular international gaming experience and  hobby holiday like no other. Now returning from the adventure it's time for debriefing and musings with another intense hobby marathon coming to a close - our time spent on the luxury yacht rolling dice, marveling at painting prowess and meeting incredible artists from around the globe have all left a deep sense of gratitude.

My sincere thanks go to the tireless team of SN Battle Reports who not only prepared a world-class venue, incredible story narrative and interesting mission pack for gaming, but also arranged swag bags, sightseeing tours, a sculpting masterclass as well as BBQ and dinners for us to enjoy. They went out of their way to look after our every need in a proper five star hobby and gaming paradise.

The team is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year and have already left a lasting mark on the international scene that I feel simply wouldn't be the same without their efforts. The inspiration, challenge and camaraderie the event provides is simply brilliant and the manner it leads the way in putting the hobby first is something that is very close to our hearts.

Massive thanks belong to the participants as well, arriving to the venue and instantly making a bunch of like-minded friends is so cool! The army parade on Sunday was a thrilling sight and sparked inspiration for so many projects and schemes. Well done everyone, big thanks for all of your hard work and hope to meet you again!

One cannot forget the home front either - the laborer's long hours spent hunched over the painting desk have surely been felt at home. Thanks Nelli for your patience and understanding in creating this adventure and joining us on it in the end!

The reportage and descriptions on the World Eater adventures coming soon!

No Retreat Army Parade Gallery (War Head Facebook)

April 29, 2024

Outcrop Errands

Amidst army painting and No Retreat event preparations we took a brief venture into the world of scenery building, producing a scratch-built terrain set for our customer's casual Age of Sigmar and WH40K gaming. The specs and recipes were clear after the customer specified they had liked one of our older terrain sets and we could base the style and colours on that established design. This way we got to get to work right away!

As usual the terrain needs were for chunky blocks of line of sight blocking terrain, but they were not intended for competitive play, so we had a lot of freedom with the size and shape of the individual pieces. The client already had forests as well as scatter terrain accessories in their collection, so we put all our efforts in rock formations and crags of varying sizes. The one exception was the ancient pillar formations that could offer a narrative centerpiece for the board and technically count as ruins.

The used materials here were Finnfoam insulation sheets, tile grout combined with water and PVA glue, orchid soil chunks, weathering powders, Green Stuff World XXL tufts, and Tree Bush Foliage blended into a "moss paste" with PVA and thinned down AK Interactive and Vallejo acrylics.

April 14, 2024

Echoes of Thracia, Act IV Visual Coverage

As the mighty relics recovered from the Thracian system have seen battle, their essence and abilities have grown ever stronger. During the ongoing conflict the artifacts have also changed hands between warlords as tokens of gratitude, aid deliveries or battlefield loot, and their gifts have been enjoyed by many.

Although some Legion Esoterists have delved deep into investigations regarding the history of Thracia Rex and the ancient relics recovered from its surface, their findings have been made too late. Raw powers of the Immaterium pulsate deceivingly within the artifacts, affecting the mind and very soul of the warriors in their vicinity. Ultimately this has led to some new splinter detachments of former Loyalists joining the Warmaster’s cause.

The near space of Thracia Rex’s Crown World has now been invaded, and Loyalist and Traitor fleets battle for control of the stratosphere. The awaited planetfall is only a matter of days and the desired bridgehead positions are already being drawn by the Legion specialists.

With the campaign entering its closing stages, trust is at its most fragile state…

+ Echoes of Thracia: Act IV Facebook Picture Gallery +

March 25, 2024

Cooper and the Gang

These Malifaux miniatures from the Lord Cooper Core Box were painted for a customer who'd also ordered a wild T-Rex 3D print to go with the gang! After some light conversion work and assembly effort we had a characterful crew to brush an earthy colour scheme on - the main inspiration was our Halloween Giants and their muted, medieval palette. The dinosaur had a lengthy tongue added to depict its in-game flail attacks - we used a 40K Tyranid tail shaped and bent into appropriate shape to achieve the effect. The basing follows the principle of a traditional forest floor with slightly mossy boulders.