Dark Angel


Just wanted to share this picture as an update on here. 

I’ve embarked on this little ‘quest’ on twitter where I draw a Space Marine Primarchs depending on who wins a poll.

Lion El’Johnson was the winner of the first poll, so here we are! 

He was a lot of fun to draw up and a challenge too. Honestly, I just wanted to draw some hero poses and guys looking badass and I’ve drawn Space Marines before to know how they look in my own art style. I hope you like it and I look forward to drawing more of the Primarchs.

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Black Hands

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So much for remembering about updating things here more often and getting back into a habit! As always, whoops!

This is a commission for the Black Hands Space Marine blog of their home brew Space Marine chapter – or at least some prominent characters of which they belong.

As far as commissions go, this was particularly challenging. Drawing 4 characters together on one piece of paper is pretty much impossible (Or at least, I would have to draw them so small I’d not get much detail in) so I drew them all as separate sketches and added them all together in one canvas in Photoshop.

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I then undertook the task of lining them all up together in one picture, figuring out which part of who should be showing and where!

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The colours went down rather quickly once I got started on them and got them all figured out; with a fair amount of questions being asked of and input by the chapters owner! And some proofing by my husband who made a couple of suggestions to improve how a few things looks that I had missed.

Overall, this commission took me a fairly long time – but once I got into the flow of things it all seemed to come together nicely. The subject matter is one that I was familiar with once upon a time in my fangirling history, but I’ve not done anything with it myself in a while other than use a sketch as a warm up! So it was nice to have a reminder and a revisit of an older topic; but I don’t think it’s one that I’ll be getting all giddy over again in a hurry.

But, I do urge you to look at their blog and have a good read of the articles and see if there is anything that resonates with you, you never know!

 

Eldar Sketchbook

DSC02330Today was the local Games Workshops Store Birthday, which is always a fun treat. Usually featuring a heap of cake and fun games for those that want to be involved.

Earlier this week they announced something that really piqued my interest. They had some Eldar Sketchbooks on offer. A limited edition art book (which I already have a weakness for) for £30.

So along I popped and I was lucky enough to grab one of the few remaining copies.

Eldar are one of those armies that, although only have a very small force, I find absolutely stunning. The vision and uniqueness of them is just wonderful and the Sketchbook is no exception to this. It’s filled with concept illustrations by Jes Goodwin of pretty much every sort of Eldar that you can think of; and even some that you probably can’t.

Particularly inspiring, for me, was the Eldar Bonesinger sketches – I am pretty new to the Eldar series of models and all mine belong to the realm of the dead – so I was rather unaware of such a pretty looking model idea. I also enjoyed seeing the development of ideas as it’s all in here, from the loosest spark of an idea to the refined creation.

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Also, seeing the translation between sketch and model is pretty impressive in itself. Even in the sketches that I’ve seen so far, I am thoroughly impressed by the translation – even without knowing every model in Games Workshops Range. Seeing them faithfully taken from sketch to miniature can’t be an easy feat, but with the aid of Jes’ sketches they’ve made it look effortless.

If you’re looking for a highly glossy, full colour illustration book – like the Horus Heresy Art book offerings – then this really isn’t the Art book for you. The hint is in the title of the book there really! It’s a sketchbook. Full of sketches. No colour. However, if you like seeing how characters are created and ideas developed; as well as world building then give it a go, if you can get a copy. Also, if you like Space Elves, then yeah, this book is right up your street. However, I’d avoid if you’re a fickle army collector as this is a very inspiring book and will make you want to pick up a few of the prettier Eldar models.

Knight Sketches – 2

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Some more sketches for today, I’m really trying to be able to get a bit more packed into my day. Everyone in the house had a good snooze this morning so I actually fit in a few more sketches.

I’ve always enjoyed making up suits of armour on guys and looked to nordic influence for this particular dude.

It’s good fun.

And have a couple of Space Marine sketches.

These guys… they look so strange to me in my particular big head character style. Mostly because of their shoulder pads their heads look a bit more normal sized? Also… same face syndrome hit me here, but there we are… beggars can’t be choosers.

Sorry for the shorter post, although everyone was snoozing earlier I am now sat between a son who is screaming and shaking his toy keys at me and a dog that is cry whining at me because his leg hurts after having a nasty accident that involved him needing stitches.

Blood Bowl 2

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Seeing as we sacked off Elders Scrolls Online, we needed something to fill in that bit of void in our lives. Personally I had been in the mood for a strategy game and the offerings for that particular genre for the PS4 seem somewhat lacking. Especially in the shops local to us.

Initially I was somewhat hesitant to get Blood Bowl 2, seeing as we played a lot of the first offering on the PC to death and I didn’t know what Blood Bowl 2 would offer that would make playing it a new experience. Also there was a bit of a dilemma over it would actually be worth it as a game or not. The box seemed to boast that there was a campaign and an online league mode. What about offline modes for those that don’t want to be social gamers and play with others like us? But we took one for the team and went ahead with it – after looking over some forums for some rather vague answers to our question.

Initial thoughts are pretty good – although the campaign mode seems to be nothing more than a drawn out tutorial, which seasoned players like the husband and I really don’t need to go through.

If you know nothing about Blood Bowl, it’s a table top game by Games Workshop (which is currently unavailable to buy, but there are rumours of a release by their twin company Forge World in the non-to-distant future) which stylises American Football with fantasy elements and more violence. So as well as boring humans, you’ve got Orcs, Dwarves, Elves, Chaos and Skaven races. Additionally you can get Norsemen, Lizardmen and Wood-Elves at an extra cost from the PlayStation Store.

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The game is very faithful to the table top variant in the fact that it relies on dice rolls – which always adds an element of random chance to the game as well as skill. It’s an element of the game that might irritate some people who don’t know what they’re getting into – expecting a real time sports game – but I would have to question those peoples intelligence in the first place!

So, you have dice rolls for pretty much everything; smashing someones head in, picking up and passing the ball, catching the ball, getting away from another player. What amount of die you roll varies on the players personal statistics and as character do impressive things they level up to improve and gain skills – just like in your average RPG. Though our team hasn’t actually managed it yet because it’s so new!

Also seeing as we are just in the beginnings of our Blood Bowl stardom, I do have some concerns. In the first offering of the game it seemed like the only way it got harder was to make the dice roll in the AI’s favour rather than upping the skill of the player – I worry about if that is the case with this offering as well – seeing as that’s really what made us stop playing. Fair enough if you’re beaten by someone who out plays you; not so good to have the dice improperly balanced! No one likes a weighted hit dice!

We’ll have to see as our team develops and improves and after we have played a few more games.

Some more positives of the game is the fact that it looks so pretty! There are some wonderful animations when someone hits the deck and the improved Cabalvision elements are also really good. Having a preview in the bottom corner of what each dice roll outcome means is a nice addition – not everyone knows what the skull means as a result! Although the repetition of some of the jokes is getting a little boring already…
The addition of a Bretonian team is nice too!

I’m just curious as to what Age of Sigmar might mean for Blood Bowl!

Necromunda Monday – Part 1

tumblr_inline_ngopk0MWfR1r9mg6kFight type: Gang Fight
Campaign Fight #: 1
Gang types: Orlocks vs Goliaths
Gangs

  • The Expendables (1283)
  • The Kings Men (1251)

This is a write up of the first gang clash, played on 10th July 2016 between The Expendables and The Kings Men. 
The first fight in the campaign so it seemed the best thing to do was get the ball rolling wit

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h a out and out Gang Fight. After failing the roll The Expendables set up first, keeping
their two heavies in the middle ground while on two flanking side the Aliens Squad on the right and Rambo, Soldier and McClane on the left. To counter this The Kings Men had their heavy (Meat ‘Ed) and a ganger (Dead Eye Peat) centre field, while The King took his two juves to face off against Rambo, and the rest of them headed towards the Aliens crew.

This game was certainly one of extremes! The die never really seemed to roll anything other than ones or sixes! Which made for rather interesting results. Only one of the heavys left the game with working weaponry – a grenade launcher that never actually hit anyone!

The King ended up using his juves in the best possible way (Meat shields) to get close enough to Rambo to use his melta gun! I am sure Rambo enjoyed it really! Taking him (Unsurprisingly) out of action. Soldier was a bit of a star player in this one, purely for taking out both Dead Eye Peat and Meat ‘Ed.

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(Apone, Hicks and Hudson)

Over in the other corner – after Rambo and John McClane were taken out – the Aliens crew (Hicks, Hudson and Apone) just showed everyone how it’s done and (Eventually) pinned several of The Kings Mens gangers. One of them managed to climb up to their vantage point and I honestly thought that Hudson was done for! A close combat brawl broke out and with Beast having two clubs to his name, it wasn’t looking good. But, remember where I said it was a game of extremes? Well, Hudson got the better dice and managed to beat in the Beast.

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(Dead Eye Peat and Meat ‘Ed)

It was actually a pretty close fight and mostly a case of who was going to bottle first. In my last round I lost my Terminator which was pretty nail biting, and honestly was going to bottle the next round, but The Kings Men beat me to the fleeing. Phew!

Then it came to the results. Terminator was taken hostage.
As was Hands and Beast.
So an exchange was discussed and Terminator was exchanged for Hands.
The Expendables still have hold of Beast

There were a couple of casualties!
The Kings Men lost a couple of their gangers in this fight – Royds and Jaws – I believe one of them died because they crushed their head open after falling 6″ off a building! And Royds, well, maybe one of his pecks exploded or something!?

At the end of the day several members gained experience levels and other things for their efforts and wounds

The Expendables:

Rambo

  • Shell Shocked (I’m blaming that on the melta gun)
    Escape Artist

Hudson

  • Initiative Increase

Soldier

  • Partially Deaf I
  • Marksman
  • Strength Increase

 

The Kings Men

Dead Eye Peat

  • Bs Increase

The Hound

  • Horrible Scars – Fear

 

All in all it was a pretty fun game and I’m looking forward to the next one – a rescue attempt from The Kings Men to get Beast back.

Until then, I hope you’ve enjoyed my little write up? Let me know if you have any comments, suggestions or questions.

Fantasy Battle

I had my… secondish,  ever game of Fantasy Battle last night.
I say isn’t, because I don’t actually know how many I’ve really played, they have been so few and far between.

It is an odd game, a lot longer and certainly more winded than my usual haunt of 40K.

I play Lizardmen, and while I enjoy my army; I am finding it difficult to connect with. As such I only have a few Skins painted, and they are painted pretty poorly due to the age of them… and none of them are based. This is mostly due to not know how to create a jungle scene for them; but there is now a new basing kit out (Or soon to be) which I will have a look at getting if I can get into the game and my army a bit more.

In other news, I was brought a nice shiny new gift for my Guardsmen yesterday; in the form of a Vendetta. It works perfectly well for my Guardsman theme (Aliens) as it looks a fair bit like the Drop Ship.

As always I shall try and provide a picture or two once it has been stuck together and got some paint on it.

Other than that it has been business as usual.