Raven Guard Venerable Dreadnought

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I was finally able to devote some time to this Venerable dreadnought over the weekend. It's been on my table for awhile now (along with a few others, but I think we all know how that goes).

A good friend of mine recently sent me some nice fine-detail brushes that I've been trying to get the hang of all week. I'm in that place where I really want to crank stuff out quickly, but a lot of my models are at the stage where I need to slow down and take my time on the details. Speed will come with practice I'm sure. I also have a hard time saying "I'm finished" with a model. Especially since I know I have more edging and highlighting I can do to make certain features pop. But a certain distraction came over the weekend (much sooner than I anticipated)...

Yes, you guessed it, my Forge World order! If you couldn't tell from the perfect Raven Guard icon on the front of the dreadnought. There's no way I could freehand such an emblem, but if you're interested, here's a fantastic article on how to do it from FTW. And if you really want to see something that will make you cry and want to pack away all your paints, check this out (scroll down to the pic of the RG Captain's cloak).

Excellent stuff. And while we're on the subject, I just want to say thank you to all those out there who keep blogs and share their hobby adventures and what they're working on. I'm pretty new to blogging and this is the first honest attempt I've taken at trying to fully paint my army, but I have to say I don't know where I'd be without the support and inspiration I get from some of your blogs. I've started a blog-roll to the right filled with a bunch of great sites & resources for anything 40k or hobby related that I come across.

Anyway, I should have more on the Forge World goodies this coming week. Lots of fun projects around the bend.

High five!

Big Announcement!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I'm excited to announce that my wife and I are expecting our first child! :)

This pic was taken just this week at the first sonogram. I've added a countdown clock to the right to keep track of when we can expect this future 40k gamer (boy or girl) to arrive!

No words can express how thrilled we are!!! Great times ahead :)

Ultramarines Movie Review

So last Sunday I was able to see a special screening of the Ultramarines movie. I don't have a long review or anything, just a few comments on the film. If you're looking for a more in-depth review, this one from The Back 40k is pretty spot on.

Anyway, I will start out by saying it was better than I expected, but I also wasn't expecting much going in. Now I've been a nerd pretty much my whole life, and speaking from experience, you can put nearly any old 'made for DVD', B movie Sci-Fi flick on in the background while wargaming and you're going to have a good time. I've always thought this was due mostly to the wargaming, but I viewed this one without any of that so it had my full attention.

The Good
  • Any scene with a Chainsword
  • Music/Sounds were done well
  • They capture the "spirit" of how a squad of marines would interact, but...

The Bad
  • I wanted to see some epic battle scenes, larger scale fights, some dreadnoughts, army vs. army, you know, something bigger
  • Low budget = lower end graphics
  • Don't tease with a Thunderhawk then have it not be full with some kick ass dudes! Or maybe I'm thinking of the larger BFG ship the Thunderhawk transported them to, but either way, where were all the reserves?

Overall, they did a pretty good job with what they had to work with and despite wanting to see larger scale action, I did enjoy the film on its own. Now add in a little gaming with friends and some beer and you've got yourself a good time ;)