Fangirl Feature – Fishy Wargaming

This week’s Fangirl Feature is from Fishy Wargaming

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What games/systems are you most interested in/do you collect?

Space Crusade was my entry game, setting up a love for boxed games like Space Hulk, Lost Patrol etc in Warhammer 40k. After a few years out of Wargaming it was X-Wing that brought me back, I loved the amazing models and the ability to recreate those amazing big screen battles. From there it was a slippery slope back into old habits and new addictions! I’ve enjoyed playing Malifaux 2e, completed my first season of IRL Blood Bowl with my Clar Karond Tower Wardens and started my first steps into Warhammer Underworlds. I am most definitely a hobby butterfly trying new systems, but I definitely come back to Warhammer 40k.

Any specific armies?

Space Marines!!! I’m a loyal servant of the Emperor, so most of my armies are Imperium based. They are generally kept separate from each other though, I don’t go in for “soup” armies, each army fulfils a different role for me. I managed to hold onto my first Space Marine army (although sadly not my Warhammer Fantasy Chaos Dwarf or Wood Elves armies 😦 )the Falcon Guard successor chapter from the Raven guard. Tried to fulfil a whole Company, and wasn’t far off with the Infantry models, 4,000 points with only two vehicles.

I have 2,000 points of Deathwatch, my favoured thematic Marines. I love the diversity and the play-style of them, they can be great for narrative missions, and with my main opponent being a Brood Lord of the Hive Fleet Leviathan it fits quite nicely. This is a mix of Primaris and “standard” marines, with some great tactical flexibility using the unique Deathwatch rules.

I have 1400 points of my Noctis Wardens, the Space Marine army I set up for Fishy Wargaming. They are a long term project of commission painted models, when starting out with FW I got very little hobby time so this was the way to go for them, and I’ve enjoyed creating the narrative for them and sharing that. All the Marines in this army are “standard” Marines, they are isolationist in background so adding Primaris doesn’t really fit with them, which leads me onto my all Primaris army.

My Primaris project came about last year when my lovely wife bought me the Dark Imperium boxed set for my birthday and I wanted to play just Primaris with them. I had wanted to try another colour to keep my armies separate (red Falcon Guard, Black Deathwatch and cyan Noctis Wardens) and looked through all the Imperial Fist successors. I had narrowed it down to Crimson Fists (popular and really cool fluff), Excoriators (hard colour to paint and a niche / lesser known chapter) or my own chapter the Amber Hearts (to play alongside my sons Amber Spades) So of course, being the hobby butterfly that I am, I chose Shadow Wolves!! I chose it for the  outstanding purple colour and sweet story behind their creation by ADB.

I’m also embarking on an Imperial Knights army, with House Cadmus being my Imperial aligned house of choice, again for the change in colour to the army and the cool background to them (alongside them being a lesser seen House compared to Terryn, I love an “underdog”) I currently have 1 painted in House Cadmus colours, and two Freeblades that ally with my sons Amber Spades army, although House Cadmus will grow in 2019 with Helverins and Armigers.

One day I’ll finish a project!!!

TL:DR
40k: Space Marines / Imperial Knights, “Ave Imperator”.  
X-Wing: Rebels
Blood Bowl: Dark Elves
Malifaux 2e: Neverborn 

What aspect of the hobby are you most interested in?

I’m a narrative gamer, so love making little stories for my 40k or X-Wing battles, linking in campaigns and the like when I do get to game. If it’s a standalone game, we tend to create some sort of backstory to it that reasons out the conflict. I do not game as much as I’d like, for years my hobby was literally just buying and building models while reading Black Library, but now I have a good local group I get more games in and want to paint more.

What compelled you first start or restart the hobby?

Started the hobby proper at High school as my friends were into it, after playing Space Crusade I got into Necromunda as it had a low model count and was a quick game to play. Stopped playing at around 16, then a while later I was working away from home as a Relief Manager I went into the local shop and saw a copy of White Dwarf on the shelves, showing a new army, the Tau. Feeling a bit “homesick” I got a copy to flick through, and the 40k bug took hold again, when I returned home I fished out my old models from the attic and started modelling again. When I then found a local gaming group I got back into it fully, with a great group of guys and girls to play with.

Do you have any future plans for your hobby?

Finish an army!! I’m content with my lot at the moment, slow growing my Space Marine and Imperial Knight armies, I’ll be happy just ensuring all my models have paint on them. 

I plan to continue with my Blood Bowl team and try out new games from different companies too, I am looking forward to Godtear by Steamforged Games coming out, and The Awful Orphanage by Workhouse Games.

I’ve only ever played 40k competitively once (and I definitely wasn’t competitive placing 27th out of 32) in a Kill Team tournament at Warhammer World, I would love to experience that again. Just the thrill of playing in those surroundings with others who share the same passion for the universe the game is set in is electric!

What sort of materials do you use to create your hobby? How long does it take you to complete a project?

I’m a fast builder / slow painter so project advancement is glacial at best!!! My hobby time has improved now I have a dedicated set up so I don’t have to pack everything away every night but still too slow. I’ve challenged myself to complete the Primaris side (18 models) of Dark Imperium between Jan 1st and  February 28th and am probably going to be about 4 models short of that, which is an improvement for me though!!!

What inspires you to keep going? Do you admire any other hobbyists?

I love seeing people coming up with creative and thematic ways of enjoying the hobby, especially if its in different mediums. Taking and original idea / source and crafting it into something different is a real pleasure to see. I love to create a narrative for my gaming group, seeing them get excited about a scenario I’ve crafted is really rewarding.

On the admiration side of it, there are so many talented people out there! I feel really lucky to have found the #warmongers group on Twitter, so many skilled and enthusiastic hobbyists in that group its unreal, with a passion for what they like without too many hangups on how to “hobby properly” which can be a problem in some groups. TragicFangirls “pin up” range of art and  @heretic_deb’s Abaddon and Teal comic series among other things showed a lighter side of the hobby that was engaging to be a part of.

What do you find most frustrating about the hobby? 

Not having the skill to recreate what I can imagine. Practise makes perfect but having an idea and not having the skill set to see it through can be really frustrating. Never give up trying though!

Do you have any tips for any aspiring hobbyists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? 

Find likeminded people, online or in a local gaming group, and get involved! Even if you are shy, get involved and you will get so much more out of your hobby. Sharing is great and gives a sense of worth to my hobby, even though I’m not of the standard of others, and the motivation to try new techniques and push your skill forward.

What is your fondest hobby memory?

Taking my 9 year old to Warhammer World for the first time and seeing his reaction to the place. He was in awe all day going round the exhibition hall and playing a game with him in the Gaming Hall was a really amazing experience. His face just lit up when we first walked in. He really wanted to defeat the Ogre Burger challenge while there, he had been checking the food menu before we went and it was just something he had to do. I agreed that he could order one as long as we shared it, even between the two of us it was too much!!!

Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

Whatever you do, enjoy your hobby your way. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are doing it wrong, it’s your hobby and you can do it how you please. My hobby is an escape into a fantasy world, my world that I share with every other hobbyist and everyone should enjoy it!!!


Many thanks to Fishy Wargaming for taking the time to answer these questions for the Fangirl Feature this week.

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