Week in Review

Thursday, October 27, 2016

It's been a great week -- my son turned 5 (man does time fly!), I got a new phone which came a day earlier than expected, and the November issue of White Dwarf came a whopping 5 days early and while only halfway thru it's shaping up to be the best installment yet :)

I've also made some progress on my Stormcast Eternals and zeroing in on a paint scheme. More after the jump...

Stormcast Eternals

I've mostly been assembling the Stormcasts from the AoS starter set (and a bunch of Ork boyz for my son to practice on haha) but had to stop and put some paint on this Prosecuter once I managed to get those glorious wings to stick -- a truly excellent model and a testament to GW's unparalleled prowess with plastic kits.

The Liberator primes have gone thru a couple iterations as I wasn't feeling the original blue cloth I first tried (also the main reason I primed all of these models white instead of black but I'll talk about that another time).

Still not 100% but getting closer. I plan to do the right shoulder insignia the same as the shield, redo the leather parts trying a new formula, then finish off the remaining small details. Then of course the bases but I like to do these last to get a nice contrast with the overall paint scheme of the model. Much more to come on this project!

White Dwarf

Still really enjoying the return to the monthly format. Last month featured the new Genestealer Cults which look awesome from a modeling and gameplay perspective -- they also seem to be well received as a bunch of people are starting cults of their own.

This month features the widely anticipated Burning of Prospero which has already started making waves in the competitive 40k arena despite primarily being for The Horus Heresy / 30k. Admittedly I don't have much of an opinion on the rules or meta aspect as I don't play 30k and haven't played 40k in awhile and probably won't for a bit as my attention has turned to AoS and 3 young kids doesn't leave much time for anything else haha. But one thing everyone seems to agree on is how great the new minis look, particularly the Legio Custodes and the Sisters of Silence. I get a strong Dark Eldar aesthetic vibe from the Sisters models as the legs especially look like straight up Kabalite armor and those Wych / Reaver heads, so I agree these look ace! The shoulder and torso armor differentiate them enough but the Dark Eldar influence is definitely there.

Speaking of Dark Eldar, they get some love in this month's Ultimate Guide To...

Asdrubael Vect is still talked about in the present tense... maybe we'll eventually see a model release ;)

As I mentioned earlier I haven't read everything in this issue yet, but the parts I'm most excited about are the sections on Age of Sigmar. It's stuff like this that make me think GW has truly turned over a new leaf and are seriously listening to their customers:

The General's Handbook, the introduction of points with Matched Play in particular, I believe has been a huge boon for the game (hey, it got my attention anyway!) so it's great to see GW put more emphasis on this aspect (balanced, competitive play) of the hobby right alongside the narrative style / approach. This month's Battle Report looks incredible with a ton of detail and the first time they are featuring Matched Play in the magazine and I can't wait to read it!

Oh, and Bloodbowl rolls out in next month's issue ;)

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