Monday, 14 November 2016

Review: How To Paint Citadel Miniatures: The Horus Heresy: Burning of Prospero

Morning all!
So, this morning I picked up How To Paint Citadel Miniatures: The Horus Heresy: Burning of Prospero (which is a bit of a mouthful so will, for the rest of this post, be referred to as HBOP) which is the latest of GW's painting supplements and is tied in to the boxed game.
I've never bought one of these books before, as I kinda reckon it's probably not aimed at someone with my experience but, seeing as it's so cheap (£6) and I've just got my hands on a set of Custodians I thought I'd give it a look.

First impressions are excellent. One thing you always know you are going to get with GW is high production values and this doesn't disappoint. The 48-page book is printed on thick, high-quality gloss paper with a matt card cover. and is presented in the style of the Forge World Horus Heresy books. This is a quality product.
Inside you have a couple of pages of introduction and then a couple of pages each for a bit of background to the Space Wolves and Thousand Sons and the part they play in the Prospero conflict. Then it's in to the meat of the painting guides themselves.
The first guide is the longest and focuses 6 pages on a single Legionary, in detail, from start to finish. Although the Space Wolves are used as the example the techniques are explained clearly and in a way that makes them easily applicable to any Legion colour scheme.
Next the Custodian Guard, Sisters of Silence, Geigor Fell-Hand and Ahzek Ahriman are given four pages apiece to focus on particular elements on them.
Finally each of the 18 Legions are given a page each, with basic colour guides for each. there is then a single page given over to favourite paint combinations for the most commonly used areas, such as gold, etc.
I am blown away by this book. Far from not being usable for someone with my experience I think I'm going to be referring to it quite often and I cannot recommend it highly enough. If I have one issue it's the lack of an 'eavy Metal showcase but that is a very minor complaint indeed.
To sum up: a great book for any level of experience at a brilliant price. Pick it up here and, while you're at it, have a look at the rest of GW's painting guides. I know I will be.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Bouncy, ratty little guys.

Afternoon all!
It can't have escaped your notice that Blood Bowl is back. An old favourite of mine, I remember having a great time playtesting the previous version of the game (or was it the version before?) as part of the studio league. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy (hint hint, oh precious family members...) but, in the meantime, here's some Blood Bowl-ish figures I did a while back.

This team of Vermins is by Black Scorpion Miniatures, an indie miniatures company run by sculptor Adam Clarke. These are great, characterful miniatures, cast in resin and make a really great alternative to the standard Skaven teams. I did have one issue though. The castings, on a few of the players, have quite a lot of undercuts around the arms and need careful scalpel work (and may need a little work with green stuff) to prepare them for painting. This is a minor niggle, though, and shouldn't put you off checking them out. Actually, check them out anyway, because their Tombstone and Pirates ranges really are superb. Adam's single figures are terrific, as you can see from this wench (a limited edition (I think) which was used as a mascot/slave/provider of half-time cheese slices and whatever rats drink after a game for the team.)

That's all from me for this week. There's some more pictures of the Vermin team on my Facebook page and, while you're here, why don't you check out my page of unpainted miniatures I have for sale. You never know, you might find something you like....
All the best,
Stuart