Armada – An Unboxing

Today was an exciting day as a number of packages arrived at the house today. One of them was from Goblin Gaming and contained my pre-order of Armada by Mantic Games.

I can’t actually remember how I stumbled upon the game, but its a naval game, and I like fantasy naval games*, I’m a boaty kind of person – hence I pre-ordered it back in September/October. That and my son liked the look of the ships – hopefully a winner if Josh likes the look of something.

Working form home, this box (and another that arrived on the same day) has been tempting me to sack work off and break it open all afternoon. However, its only tonight that I’ve managed to get a good look at what’s in the box.

Keep your weather eye open, and lets dive in…

Infinity Defiance Valkyrie

I recently finished up painting an Infinity model for the Mayacast Masterglass painting competition which was themed around the female models available from Corvus Belle. Here’s my entry…

Valkyrie, Elite Bodyguard

“There she is – hear her roar: Victory or Valhalla!”

Check out the other entries on FB here, there are some seriously good paint jobs there.

This particular model was a 2019 GenCon exclusive model, able to be used in the three Corvus Belle games, Infinity, Aristeia!, and the upcoming Infinity Defiance sci-fi dungeon crawler. This is actually my first Infinity Defiance model to be painted – hopefully I’ll have more Defiance to paint soon (technically also my first and only Aristeia! model too). My recent Nox Trooper was a test for the Defiance villians, the Shasvastii.

The model comes with the card for Defiance (and Aristeia!) and is usable as a none player character, making an appearance in the Demo Mission available to download from the Infinity website’s downloads page in the Defiance section.

If you look around you can still find her for sale, Corvus Belle did the cool thing made her available on line for a limited time around GenCon and available for retailers through their distribution channels. At the time of writing this, there are 6 in stock at Goblin Gaming if you wanted her.

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Vallejo Shasvastii Nox Troops Paint Set

It has been a while since I last picked up an Infinity model to paint, definitely even longer since I played the game. However, an urge took hold of me and I ordered the Vallejo Shasvastii Paint Set. It helps that I’m a sucker for an exclusive miniature, but it was mostly because I wanted to try the paint scheme. That’s because I have backed the Defiance KS and I know fine well there is going to be some Shasvastii to paint. This post is about how I got on using the paint set and following the painting guide to paint the included Nox Trooper.

Shasvastii infiltration imminent… MORE INFO…

Splayedhammer Quest Project (part 3)

Following on from my previous post about building/cobbling together a version of Warhammer Quest. In this post I tackle building the board sections used to create the game’s dungeon.

The idea I had in my head was to create some board sections that would be fun to play on and hopefully be quite durable. These are some of the attributes I wanted my boards to achieve.

  • Durability – be a bit more than just a piece of printed paper/thin card.
  • Have some weight to them so they don’t move around too easily on the table top like printed paper and card would do.
  • Interlock, so as the dungeon builds up an accidental nudge doesn’t create an earthquake of dungeon collapsing proportions.
  • Be interesting to look at, I want there to be nice little details on the boards in a similar manner to the original artwork for the boards.
  • Be playable, not much point in making these if they are awful to play on.
  • Painted up to a good standard.

Well that’s only a small wish list, right?

I have to admit I didn’t really give much thought to alternative materials or methods and I just ploughed straight in to using what I thought would be best with no experimenting/research. Perfect recipe for disaster, don’t you think? Well lets see…

Read ON for more of this adventure

A Quest Of Sorts

Allow me to begin with a little trip down memory lane. Let me take you back to April 1995 and White Dwarf #184. That was my first GW hobby purchase! I’d looked at WD magazines belonging to friends, I’d seen all sorts of models and played Blood Bowl at friends’ houses. I’d been introduced to the GW hobby (I’d been building aeroplane kits for years) however that White Dwarf #184, that was mine. I remember it well*, an axe wielding barbarian on the front cover, inside were Ultramarine terminators, an Epic battle report, designs to build a cardboard 40k bunker**, and the game that shared the cover art – Warhammer Quest.

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Legio Solaria Warlord: Sagitta Verum

Well I finished my Warlord, only 22 months after starting putting it together – geez I’m slow.

  • Warlord Sagitta Verum, the Arrow of Truth
  • Princeps Cayttei Lueze
  • During the opening months of the Horus Heresy the Warlord Titan Sagitta Verum saw service on Aedlingon 5, during the Sibarton Offensive where she sustained heavy damage to her left leg and motivators. After refit the next major action was on Clarendon 3 against traitorous forces of Legio Xestobiax under the command of Princeps Tonbo. The ensuing titan conflict wrought heavy loses on both sides. The loss of a number of titans from Lueze’s maniple has ensured if their paths cross again that vengeance shall be served against Princeps Tonbo.
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Legio Solaria Warlord: White Stripes

Working from home during the Covid lockdown is proving challenging on the hobby time. Usually I find myself working late into the night to cover the hours I’m not working when I’m looking after my lad. Fortunately this last week I’ve been off work – stay at home holidaying. So I’ve made some progress on my Solaria Warlord titan.

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Birthday Cake Bake

As per tradition, its the time of year when I post up the cake I made for my son’s birthday. Josh likes his Lego, he had a Lego cake last year too. However, the twist for this year’s cake was to have it themed for Lego Worlds. During the Covid lockdown we’ve played it as a family loads on PS4. To be honest, way too much for one so young.

Katie sourced the police swamp helicopter, from ebay I think. Its out of print now but is one of Josh’s favourite vehicles in the game. I did the rest. Tastes good too 😉

Looking back at my other cakes, the BB-8 cake for Josh’s 4th birthday is still the best in my opinion.