August 29, 2021

The Phoenix Nest

 
Betrayal. Trenches. Vanity. Thematic trinity for our new Horus Heresy Emperor's Children!

The army was created as an undercover lockdown project last year as we started planning our Thracian Insurgency 30K campaign - our crew has long traditions of secret army builds (usually associated with grand reveals in our Civil War tournaments) and here the new force played a narrative part in the story as well. It's a project that I was very inspired to do, a bit smaller "cabinet" force with emphasis on scenic storytelling instead of gameplay practicalities.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about 3D printing making its way to the hobby scene, even without really going into the IP issue. On the other hand it is a wonderful enabler of conversions and gives so much possibilities into creating imaginative concepts, playing with the scale of things and makes some of the crazy ideas more affordable. It's not hard to see that some of the cool concepts that people have produced would not get done without the help of some bits printing.

The other side is what kind of effect printing has on the creative process. I feel that an essential part of making conversions is that one looks at the parts they have available and then combines them in an inspired way or turns those parts into something else. Combining kits or creating alternative builds is awesome and that "forced creativity" having to go with what you have at hand might be spoiled by the endless catalogue of printable conversion bits. This is of course partly (mostly) sentimental nonsense, we're just of the generation that looks at household items to turn into terrain and likes to write their army lists on paper with a pencil... But still, an imaginative conversion of an established model is often much more interesting to see than an alternative third party miniature.

This army was pretty much a personal experiment in the printing realm and my next army project will go with the opposite (and more traditional) kitbashing route.




July 14, 2021

War Head Feudal World: Thracia Rex




Thracia Rex, Imperial Feudal World, Ultima Segmentum, Rebelling, 005.M31.

With our first campaign games played in June our gaming table project of 15 months has finally reached a stage that we can call it finished! This doesn't mean we don't have additions in the works, but these are smaller projects of their own that can be used to modify the existing scenery or to provide narrative details, such as pieces of scatter terrain. I look forward to these more "relaxing" mini projects now that the pressure to finish the terrain for summer gaming has been lifted off our shoulders!

Although I and Ollie have done the heavy lifting, we've had a lot of help and support from our hobby pals crafting and painting details, participating in planning, gifting us parts or just encouraging us to keep ploughing through the tasks. Now we get to enjoy a (hopefully long-lived) narrative gaming spree together!

We've been sharing detail pictures in War Head Instagram and in the Facebook Album, and will continue to do so as we get more gaming footage during our Horus Heresy: Thracian Insurgency campaign. 





March 31, 2021

Spring Consolidation!



Silence on the hobby front? Nonsense! Most of our project progress has recently been directed to our social media channels and despite the lack of posts here there's a lot going on. Blogger's editor update has made it really cumbersome for us to share pictures here, so until we update our website we welcome you to follow us in the channels below for War Head hobby updates, project galleries and more. Here's hoping we can start meeting you guys in events soon again - until then we'll keep painting and preparing for the battles to come. Onwards!

For commission painting enquiries, collaborations or other wargaming chatter, please feel free to email us at contact@gowarhead.com. We currently have a few weeks of project queue but stand ready to plan ahead!

December 3, 2020

Long live the Rhino Rush!

In order to solemnise War Head's 10th anniversary and our team's decennial friendship we teamed up with @pyramantacle to create a commemorative shirt for the first decade of War Head Hobby Operations! Our designers reached into the long history of our favourite scifi universe for the fitting thematics and combined them with some wicked retro vibes - I think most of us sometimes miss the days when the Tactical Marine was the king and their transports roamed the earth. Take us back to the good old days of Rhino Rush!

If you'd like to join us in the celebrations, we've got a very limited drop of War Head 10th Anniversary Care Packages available for 39,95€, consisting of a shirt and a triptych of postcards with the art in different chapter colors. Message us via pm or contact@gowarhead.com for additional information and available sizes. Shipping inside Finland.

10th Anniversary Care Package