MCP – Wakanda Forever!

The first new faction outside of the core box, the Wakandans burst into my MCP collection. Offering another great selection of sculpts, with one particularly annoying to put together.

First up is thier leader, the king of Wakanda himself…

A fairly simple sculpt that does a great job of personifying the Black Panther. It’s the dynamic pose that really makes this one stand out. That balled up energy, ready to pounce look is perfect.

Then we have his chief adversary…

Killmonger is a pretty bland mini to be honest. I love the touch of the panther statue but nothing else really makes him stand out.

Shuri looks great but is by far the most annoying yet to put together, nothing major if you have experience but some fiddly bits, looking at you gloves, are frustrating to say the least.

Another strong mini, but much like Killmonger it’s another that doesn’t stand out.

Saying that though I would like to revisit all of the additional characters to add some free hand. Some traditional African patterning could really add a bit of wow.

MCP – Hulk, Modok & Venom

Onto even more Marvel Crisis Protocol miniatures, and this batch includes some of my favourites!

First up is a truly Incredible miniature…

A truly huge and wonderful Hulk! This guy is awesome and plastic!

I really took my time on this one, as Hulk is one of my favourites, but also it’s a centre peice model. If you include him in your force, he will draw the eye everytime.

And then there is the sinister Venom..

Seriously! Atomic Mass Games is knocking it out the park with these sculpts!

Like many, Venom is a favourite villain of mine and this mini does him justice, and luckily his rules do too.

And finally…

A big floating head! Honestly, I dont know all that much about M.O.D.O.K, and he feels a bit over the top. Although I did still love painting him and he has become a firm favourite when playing the game.

All in all a great batch of miniatures, and it has to be said some of the best plastic kits in the market outside GW for quality and dynamic poses.

MCP – Thor Painting Guide

Whilst working on my figures for MCP I’ve also been putting together painting guides for each of them. It may take a bit of time to work through them all, but here’s the first for Thor, Prince of Asgard…

It’s important to note that I started with a black undercoat spray before painting.

I would love to hear what you think, as it’s a work in progress with each one, the more feedback the better.

MCP – Heroes of the Core Set

My first foray into Marvel Crisis Protocol is painting the core set for Tabletop Gaming magazine. Split over 2 guides the first covers the heroes half of the set. You can buy the first guide here.

I really enjoyed painting these, as the larger scale(approx. 40mm) gives much more area than usual and this combined with some pretty impressive sculpts provides some awesome minis to paint.

I’ve also been really enjoying playing the game. It’s a great skirmish system with the added advantage that there are no real restrictions on who you use. Sure there are leadership abilities for building around a team, but you really can use whoever you want in your squad. I’ll be writing more in the future once I’ve had a chance to collect my thoughts a bit more.

Here’s my first five and the start of my Avengers…

Warhammer 40k – A Growing Wraithhost

I’ve always wanted a Wraith army and that’s something that was lacking in army choices last time I was playing, but not anymore.

With so many new options, and the Apapocalypse Vanguard box being available I jumped right in.

First up is a conversion of one of the 2 Wraithlords…

This is my custom Wraithseer, who’s already seen a few games and has been reliably stompy. I mostly used the Wraithlord kit with the attition of some plastic tubing and a d-cannon from a weapons platform.

I also converted the Spiritseer with some Harlequin feet. It’s a simple conveversion but one I think really chages the dynamic. It also sticks to the ‘floor is lava’ theme.

And this is the first batch of Wraiths. I’ve gone a similar root to the rest of the force by taking them off ground level as I wanted them to almost be imitating thier Harlequin allies.

Next time I’ll be taking as look at some plastic Rangers…

Warhammer 40k – Aeldari Rangers

Starting off with Craftworlds I knew I wanted some rangers. I was put off by the single sculpt squad, especially since its only available in finecast, so needed to work out an alternative that would fit my idea of rangers better. I’ve always felt that Rangers should be a bit more exodite like, with a more exotic and less uniform look.

What I came up with came from a combination of Shadow Warriors from the AoS range, Guardians and some Drukhari weapons…

As you can see I used the guardian legs, arms, heads and Shuriken base, the Shadow Warrior torso and Dark Lance barrels.

The other five worked with the same base combo but I used unhelmeted heads and Heat Lance barrels.

I plan on working on some more using something other than the Shadow Warriors, likely the Wildwood Rangers and yet more different gun barrels.

Warhammer 40k – WIP Harlequins

Having recently got back into playing 40k, I started work on the first part of my army, Murder Clowns! Harlequins were never a fully fledged faction when I was last playing, and that new shiny factor plus the painting opportunities sealed the deal.

I’ve been working on converting up a selection of characters, starting with a couple of Troupe Masters…

This will be my Grand Avatar, likely armed with the Storied Sword from now on. I used the Nomad Prince from the AoS range, with a few parts from a Troupe box, the torso, head, feet and blade.

Another AoS model, this time an Assassin. This was built to be a Troupe Master with the Starmist Raiment. I’ve tried to create a diamond effect on the cloak similar to the Solitaire.

I’m also working on a Shadowseer and peeking into the realm of Craftworlds. Always wanted as Wraith army…

A Month in Gaming – May 2019

A new idea for monthly blog posts I’m going to do covering the games I’ve been playing.

As well as tabletop war games I also really enjoy board and card games. I’m going to take a look at all the games I play over the month and give a run down on what happened, my favourite parts etc. So without further ado let’s take a look at the first…

Root

This one landed late last year after a successful kickstarter and has already won widespread acclaim and its fair share of game of the years. It’s not hard to see why once you’ve had a shot.

The combination of beautiful and quaint artwork, simple backstory and engaging and thematic gameplay really make this game into one of the gems of your collection.

After just a few handful of games I’m really keen for more, and getting the opportunity to try each of the factions and thier unique play styles. I’m going to revisit this in a bit more detail in the future, but I would highly recommend you give it a bash if you can.

Blackstone Fortress

I’ve been keen to give this bad boy a go since its release, and a mate picking it up this month provided that opportunity.

Essentially a dungeon crawler board game, the game offers the chance to adventure into new and unknown areas of the 40k universe, with some fairly unique offerings in the player characters.

I enjoyed this one a lot, whilst it seems to lack the true RPG elements of other dungeon crawlers, it does offer a challenging experience and a good amount of interesting gameplay mechanics. It also offers that tantalising tease of the sealed envelope to open, only once you have completed the fortress.

Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth

I’ve managed to give this one a full play through and now onto another, which I think tells you that I’ve been enjoying it.

Another dungeon crawler, but this one in a very FFG style. It has elements of other games such as Imperial Assault, Mansions of Madness and Descent and really feels like a culmination of some of the best elements of those games with some of the worst mechanics shifted out.

Like those other games it does also include, and require, an app to play. This speeds things along tremendously and really eases the amount of ‘paperwork’ involved. We also found that due to familiarity and the help of the app the rulebook was only looked at once or twice a session, a great testiment to the ease of use on offer.

Necromunda

I’ve been slowly working away on a few projects in between jobs this month, and have managed to get a couple of games in. No campaign yet, but we’re working up to that slowly and once we’ve had a chance to really get to grips with the rules.

This weekend also saw the release of some funky new additions. Most notably Kal Jerico and Scabbs, but also a brand new book! I’m really excited to see what this has to offer and will be taking a look soon.

A Month in Pictures – May 2019

Another month and another good amount of models to add to the total. I’ll admit this month was really hard, some mental health flair ups took me by surprise, so I’m more proud if this total than I normally would be. Any other time I would likely have not completed as much as this and it’s a good step in the right direction.

This month I worked on some Lord of the Rings in the form of the Pellanor fields box and some Warg Riders as well as the Dungeon Doggies for Tabletop Gaming magazine. Take a look at the minis below…

May total: 46

Total for 2019: 193