I’ve not been able to do much on the painting front this week but I have made a start on my Gloomspite Gitz army! I made my first unit of Stabbas and I’m slowly making my way through the new Battletome. So expect more painting progress and a review of sorts of the battletome in the coming weeks.
The January issue of White Dwarf contained a nice little surprise for me. Brand spanking new Skirmish rules for Age of Sigmar!
Included as part of the new format for White Dwarf which is bringing the magazine ever closer to how it used to be. Each issue promises new rules supplements with one of the first for Age of Sigmar being this update to Skirmish. The old Skirmish rules were from back in the heady days of original Age of Sigmar and have long been in need for an update. It is not just a one off either. There is a nice tease for campaign rules to come at a later date and hopefully we’ll see further updates after that.
It is currently The NOVA Open tabletop gaming convention in America and Games Workshop are continuing their crazy announcement pacing by revealing a bunch of new shiny things for me to throw my money at.
I’m just highlighting the things that appeal to me (which is most of it) but you can get the full skinny here.
Painted by following Duncan’s YouTube painting guide with a few tweaks here and there so that they fit in better with the rest of my Stormcast Eternals. It was actually the first time I have been using a guide and decided to do a couple of tings differently. One without completely ruining the model, two because I saw an opportunity to try something different.
Overall I’m impressed with the final result. I took my time with these three because I’ll be using them for both Age of Sigmar and Shadespire. There are some minor mistakes here and there that I didn’t have the will power to correct because they are only really going to be noticed by me. The mistakes were few and far between though because I am slowly gaining more control with the brush.
One of the other more noticeable improvements I’ve made in my painting skills is my edge highlighting is way better than it was even a few weeks ago! My understanding and ability with core painting techniques improves with each model and with units like this it makes all the hard work worth it!
While I am very much enjoying building all my Soul Wars box minis and reading the Core Book for Age of Sigmar 2nd Edition the pull of new purchases is being felt. As ever with a big Games Workshop release there has been a steady stream of new model kits being unleashed for both the Stormcast Eternals and the Nighthaunt. There are new hero characters, new basic units and lots of cool stuff in between. It is enough to bankrupt anyone!
Thankfully I am being a bit more sensible in my approach to Age of Sigmar so from the many new and shiny things I want to buy I have ended up going for the more cost effective option and one little extra.
One thing I always struggle with when the siren call of Games Workshop’s miniatures draw me back into their hobby filled cave is setting goals for myself. Goals that would get me into the hobby fully and keep me engaged long term.
Let me know if any of the following process is even vaguely familiar to you:
- A big and shiny new Games Workshop product is announced, usually a new edition or revamp of a game you dabbled in as a kid.
- The new streamlined gameplay appeals and the miniatures, my god the miniatures look far to good to be real. Also the price is high but not crazy high, you can actually afford it if you budget yourself for a month or two.
- The shiny new product comes out, you run to the store and buy it with exited glee. No awkward, “I’m just killing some time” conversations with the Warhammer Store staff this week. You’re on a mission and the goal is BUY THE THING! (And maybe some paints, and an accessory, okay two to three accessories, and I guess you need a new S Layer brush and those add-on packs could be useful, and, and, and…)
- You get home then dig out your hobby tools and paints box. Some of the paints are a bit dry but they will be fine.
- You build all of the things in the shiny new product, constantly marvelling at the craft of how everything fits together and the crazy amount of detail. YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO USE GLUE ANYMORE!!
- You prime the models and leave them to dry dreaming of the tabletop possibilities they are about to unleash on your pitiful mortal life.
- You start painting some of the miniatures. You’re rusty at first but it slowly comes back to you, Warhammer TV is your favourite YouTube channel again and you are already planning on naming your offspring after Duncan.
- As you paint some of the miniatures you read the rules during breaks and get really exited to play.
- You drag your significant other to the table and play a test game with your half painted and unpainted miniatures. It’s fun but a few rules problems popped up that you need to dig into and your S/O enjoyed the game but clearly doesn’t want to play it again. It is just not their thing, fair enough.
- You pack everything away and don’t look at it until step one rears its head again a year or two later.