Forbidden Power is here! Here is a look at the Warhammer Community Pre-order preview with my thoughts.
The birth of my son put a hold to my hobby work for a good 2 months and I am only now getting back into the swing of things. It helps that he is a good sleeper so I can often get him settled in his camp cot next to me while I work which is great.
Recently I’ve turned my attention back to my Gloomspite Gitz army. Above is my current progress on a unit of Stabbas for my fledgling green tide. What makes these guys and my Gloomspite army as whole very different from my usual approach to Warhammer is that this is the first time I am creating my own colour scheme for an army. I’ve always liked the idea of doing it but have previously been put off by my lack of painting skill and the time investment required to create a good colour scheme. My parental leave however gave me some time (mainly during baby naps!) to really dig into colour theory, experiment a bit and come up with what you see above.
These guys are about 2/3rds done and I am really liking the results so far, the purple robes in particular have come out better than I was expecting. Hopefully working well with the yellow bad moon iconography and bright blue highlights on the ropes (that I still have to add). I’ve learnt so much just working on this one unit and while it has taken a lot longer than I would have liked to paint them the results speak for themselves.
I’ll share the full paints list once they are finished and looking their best. It is a scheme I will be carrying forward in various ways across my Gloomspite army and I am already starting to formulate the background for my Skrap of Grots. Something which for me is arguably more exciting.
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.
I started this blog with nobel goals. I was going to re-engage with the Warhammer hobby but this time I was going to do it right. I even joined a Blood Bowl league and everything!
Sadly as is often the case, life and work got in the way for a bit. My free time and mental energy for hobby stuff and then writing about it on top of it has been very limited for the past few months. Thankfully I kept up with my commitment to the Dragon Bowl League and even started having some successful games of Blood Bowl towards the end. (A writeup of sorts is in the works) Making content for this blog however stopped.
The New Year is an oppotunity to recommit to documenting my hobby life a bit better. We’ll see how it goes hopefully I’ll get more in the habit of writing things again.
So without further a do here are my hobby goals for this year!
There have been some improvements in my tactical playing since my last game! YAY! The learning curve for competitive Blood Bowl may be erratically steep but it feels like I’m getting somewhere despite losing another match. I managed to control the board more than usual, caused a lot of casualties (it is the Dwarven way after all!) and even managed to make two breaks for the end zone with both being stopped at the last moment.
Playing against an Elven Union team made for a surprisingly balanced match against my Dwarves. While the Lovehaven Dancers could move a lot and easily get the ball into position, they are very….squishy. Five casualties inflicted in a game squishy. My opposing coach, Colin kept me on my toes with some spectacular moves, especially when he quickly turned my failed attempt to score a touchdown into one of his own. Something I will be looking out for in future games against pesky elf teams! The second touchdown came from some Nuffle induced chaos in the form of a Pitch Invasion which took out my rearward ball handling (heh) players. The Dancers quickly sprinted down the board and after a messy skirmish got the ball and scored.
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!