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‘nids part 218 – Genestealer Hybrids – environment suit highlights

Posted on August 21st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

You may recall this time last year I was actively sabotaging my Hobby Season goals by avoiding the Land Speeder Typhoons that were so close to completion. This year felt like history was going to repeat itself but it’s fatigue more than mindless ambiva…

2000pts battle report – Tyranids v Dark Angels – Game 5 – North West Open

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The North West Open Tournament @ Wargames is an ITC format competition using the following rules pack: ITC 8th ed Combined Arms Missions. Each mission was rolled for randomly before the game and we were then all told which one to play.

Game 5 low down:
  • Scenario 4 – The Scouring [check the rules pack linked above for all the details]
  • Search & Destroy deployment
  • 1 Eternal War Objective and 2 Maelstrom

Moving down the tables I was on table 26 with only one pair below me and my partner Colin Mill’s Dark Angels. However, it turned out the two other players were ‘no shows’ and as such I’d managed to reach the bottom table – we were indeed fighting for the Wooden Spoon! The added bonus for me was seeing how Dark Angels fare in 8th. Colin had a vehicle heavy list [all lists are here], Razorbacks, couple of Predators, two Dreadnoughts and two Las Cannon Devastators with Azrael to buff his nearby units behind that ruin in the top left.

I got first turn and rolled hold objective 1 and 2 for Maelstrom which meant I could swap them for hold 3 objectives. It’s a bigger gamble but the rewards were 3 VPs instead on a max of 2. It was doable as all three objectives were within [Death] spittingdistance of my DZ. I mean it was a competitive decision, I felt I had a 65-75% chance of success given the bodies on the board but failure would push me into Wooden Spoon territory. I couldn’t ignore the chance, to do so would spurned the gift, so I went for it.

Flyrant and Carnifex moved on one of the Razorbacks, but no First Blood in this game! The Flyrant was spectacularly inneffective against the tank. He really needs a Melee weapon if I’m going to play him like this. I think further insult was added by possibly being killed by Colin in his following turn, he doesn’t appear in any further pictures.

I thinned out the Devastators in the Ruins opposite my DZ but the 2 remaining wouldn’t break.

The returned fire by killing the Tervigon. Support from the Predators were surprisingly effective, their Auto Cannon was particularly brutal, propmpting me to consider moving my own one further up my 2017/18 Hobby Season To Do List. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to pull me off my objectives and I gained 3 VPs in my turn.

Colin had inadvertanly positioned his units in such a way as to make my Trygon tunnel really difficult to place. I coudl certainly put them down, just nowhere to take benefit of their deployment, with trees and choke points all around. However, I’d drawn objective 1 and 2 again so a second chanc eto convert that to 3 objectives. The odds were prety even in success now. Without the Tervigon the Trygon and Genestealers could soak up the fire while everything else secured the three objectives.

The Carnifex attempted what the Flyrant had failed to do and were equally unable to complete the task. The fact their Thresher Scyth tails is only S4 the reason for their inability to wound the tank.

And therefore paid the price as the Razorback fell back leaving them exposed.

And one Carnifex went down.

The Trygon Prime was also felled but my line stayed true and I was able to secure another 3 VPs in my turn.

I drew hold objective 2 and kill a unit. I’m not entirely sure what went down in this turn 3 [our final turn, believe it or not]. I know I ultimately scored both Maelstrom objectives. I think the Razorback got destroyed, I couldn’t quite get the last Devastator in the ruins and my remaining Genestealers tried to assault the two Razorbacks in the woods, not sure how many survived but the end of the game I’d won 8 VPs for Maelstrom [thanks to the three objective gambles], we tied the Eternal War mission on 4 VPs each and I got Linebreaker for my Carnifex while Colin Scored Big Game Hunter and Slay the Warlord – final score 13-6 to me – a win!

Because of the win I was out of the Wooden Spoon competition and I was convinced Colin had been successful but he actually lost out on that ‘accolade’ by one VP. I suppose it’s no surprise to discover that Colin’s experience was limited, this may well have been his first five games of 8th if I recall but his sportsmanship was awesome and such a genuinely friendly bloke, his kilt was also particularly special :)

There we have it, five games, one win, about right and Martin [owner of Wargames] did say, with no disrespect, that I’d found my place. The third floor was by far the most relaxed, even Aceface said it got progressively tense the higher up the tables [the lower down the building]. Every game was a treat, every player was a true gentleman of the hobby and as you know I did come away with Best Army and £50 to spend which will cover the Tyranid Codex and perhaps go towards an Exocrine if they ever return.

I think as a ‘make or break’ for 8th it’s been apparent in my reports and comments that I still have reservations. It’s such a change that it’s clear I can’t continue to play 8th as I have 5th, 6th and 7th. Bottom line Tyranids are competitive and I currently am not. Whether getting better at the game can be achieved without that need to be ruthless that seems to predicate success I don’t know.

The ITC format was interesting in the Maelstrom missions only scoring in your subsequent turn – this certainly led to some tactical thought to ensure you would still score your points after your opponents turn. But beyond that I think tactics in general have taken a huge hit. I keep referring to the first turn – regardless of missions it seems you have to decapitate as much of your opponent as you can because they’re sure as hell going to do that to you. Once you’ve blunted their force you have room to deal with whatever tactical missions are on the cards.

I confess I’m not sure how this is different from me always striving for First Blood. but that can be achieved with just one unit, however small and a wrecked Rhino isn’t exactly ruining your day. Purge the Alien missions have always been my least favourite missions but it seems like this forms the core introduction to how 8th games pan out. Maybe there’s a little more finesse I’m missing because I’ll admit my grasp of how to approach games is sorely lacking. But this is still coming to terms with 8th and so long as my mates are still invested and I’m still having fun, which the NWO provided in abundance I’ll be there. Next stop – Nevermind the Blog Wars.

2000pts battle report – Tyranids v Astra Milliwhatsit [TANKS!] – Game 4 – North West Open

Posted on August 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The North West Open Tournament @ Wargames is an ITC format competition using the following rules pack: ITC 8th ed Combined Arms Missions. Each mission was rolled for randomly before the game and we were then all told which one to play.Game 4 low down:S…

2000pts battle report – Tyranids v Necrons – Game 3 – North West Open

Posted on August 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

The North West Open Tournament @ Wargames is an ITC format competition using the following rules pack: ITC 8th ed Combined Arms Missions. Each mission was rolled for randomly before the game and we were then all told which one to play.Game 3 low down:S…

The 2017/18 Hobby Season starts soon, join me!

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

The 2017/18 hobby season will be starting soon so for those alumni who joined in last year it might be cool to look back at your lists at what you’ve achieved , what might have slipped and those lovely unexpected successes that happened despite life…

2000pts battle report – Tyranids v Blood Angels – Game 2 – North West Open

Posted on August 11th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The North West Open Tournament @ Wargames is an ITC format competition using the following rules pack: ITC 8th ed Combined Arms Missions. Each mission was rolled for randomly before the game and we were then all told which one to play.Game 2 low down:S…

2000pts battle report – Tyranids v Harlequins & Ynnari – Game 1 – North West Open

Posted on August 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The North West Open Tournament @ Wargames is an ITC format competition using the following rules pack: ITC 8th ed Combined Arms Missions. Each mission was rolled for randomly before the game and we were then all told which one to play.Game 1 low down:S…

North West Open result

Posted on August 8th, 2017 under Posted by

As you saw in the last post I was off to Wargames for the North West Open and the picture below clearly indicates I had some success. Typically it also reveals ‘I’m a lover [of the hobby], not a fighter’ as I came 49th out of 54 or something. I was act…

North West Open

Posted on August 1st, 2017 under Posted by

Earlier in the year tickets went on sale for the North West Open – the largest ITC format tournament in the North West [or wider UK, not sure]. This tournament is the brainchild of YouTube legend and all round good guy Aceface hisself, John Hickton.As …

North West Open

Posted on August 1st, 2017 under Posted by

Earlier in the year tickets went on sale for the North West Open – the largest ITC format tournament in the North West [or wider UK, not sure]. This tournament is the brainchild of YouTube legend and all round good guy Aceface hisself, John Hickton.As …

‘nids part 217 – Genestealer Hybrids – environment suit highlights

Posted on July 24th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I mentioned something about counting chickens… I know it’s been over a week since my last post, don’t worry I’m not going to apologise, I’m just going to blame Lewis Hamilton. I know it’s not hobby related but I had the opportunity to go to the Briti…

‘nids part 217 – Genestealer Hybrids – environment suit highlights

Posted on July 24th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I mentioned something about counting chickens… I know it’s been over a week since my last post, don’t worry I’m not going to apologise, I’m just going to blame Lewis Hamilton. I know it’s not hobby related but I had the opportunity to go to the Briti…

2000/1500pts battle report – Tyranids v Astra Militarum – The Meat Grinder

Posted on July 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

What the flip?! Narrative play?! GW is like some insidious infection convincing us of ‘new ways to play’. Well we will do a narrative game but we’ll do it with good old fashioned matched play points values thank you very much! Ben had suggested the Mwa…

2000/1500pts battle report – Tyranids v Astra Militarum – The Meat Grinder

Posted on July 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

What the flip?! Narrative play?! GW is like some insidious infection convincing us of ‘new ways to play’. Well we will do a narrative game but we’ll do it with good old fashioned matched play points values thank you very much! Ben had suggested the Mwa…

eBay purchases I shouldn’t regret

Posted on July 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

It’s a dangerous thing to trawl eBay the day affter pay day but in fairness I don’t think I’ve gone too overboard. I managed to pick up this bike and bits for two attack bikes for just £5.99! I’m thinking they might look cool on some Dark Vengeance bikes although I can’t decide, given the DV bikes are leaning to one side, if I should re-pose the bikes or have the side cars cocked in the air like a puppy fit to burst :) Still, I’ll need to get the DV bikes first but I thought this was too good a deal to pass up, the banner, extra rider and clear base just bonuses.

I then went looking for Tyranid bits. I had a plan in my head to convert some monstrous Deathspitters and some extra Scything Talons magnetised for bare-bones Screamer Killer Carnifex. I came across this auction for ‘Warhammer 40k bits Tyranid bitz joblot Metal Broodlord’ which had Deathspitters – check

Scything Talons – check.

Various Termagant weapons, meh, OK, whatever.

And then these…

I suppose this must be the Broodlord then? A metal Hive Tyrant. Now the interesting thing is, I have a sets of plastic Hive Tyrant legs and extras not used when I made my Flyrant and another sprue the same from another bits purchase. Essentially I had everything to make a Tyrant and this auction was at 99p with one bidder and 20 hours to go. OK we all know that was going to change and it did. My winning bid was £10.51 with £4 postage, which I still think is good value and I got the added adrenaline rush from the auction closing. Sure I’d always imagined I’d get a ‘start collecting’ box to fill out my 3rd Tyrant slot and remaing Gargoyles but as we no longer have that formation theeres no point. Also three Tyrants is less of desire with more unit options available but this on it’s own I think is worth £14, thanks to the bits already in my collection.

But also a couple of plastic Termagants, plus two original metal gaunts. 4 Hormagaunts and some Hive Nodes [always useful]there were even some Carnifex heads, a carapace and Crushing Claws!

A load of carapace armour pieces, Flesh Hooks and six Rippers and whatever that metal thing is in the middle [ironically some Zoanthrope back vents that would fit the ones missing on my second Zoie!].

Plus extra Deathspitters to add to my conversion plans. Spinefists – I couldn’t give a F*#~ about pistols zero use to me, they’ll join the rest of them – perhaps I should just make a reclamation pit with them in 😉

And the final bonus in thiss haul – Genestealer heads and look at all those feeder tendril heads! I could sell those individually at £2-£2.50 each. But with 4 of them I’ll put together a Brood that matches the one I already have and then swap it out for a brood of their own.

So a little over £20 for a lot of bits that actually is worth far more than it initially seems.

eBay purchases I shouldn’t regret

Posted on July 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

It’s a dangerous thing to trawl eBay the day affter pay day but in fairness I don’t think I’ve gone too overboard. I managed to pick up this bike and bits for two attack bikes for just £5.99! I’m thinking they might look cool on some Dark Vengeance bikes although I can’t decide, given the DV bikes are leaning to one side, if I should re-pose the bikes or have the side cars cocked in the air like a puppy fit to burst :) Still, I’ll need to get the DV bikes first but I thought this was too good a deal to pass up, the banner, extra rider and clear base just bonuses.

I then went looking for Tyranid bits. I had a plan in my head to convert some monstrous Deathspitters and some extra Scything Talons magnetised for bare-bones Screamer Killer Carnifex. I came across this auction for ‘Warhammer 40k bits Tyranid bitz joblot Metal Broodlord’ which had Deathspitters – check

Scything Talons – check.

Various Termagant weapons, meh, OK, whatever.

And then these…

I suppose this must be the Broodlord then? A metal Hive Tyrant. Now the interesting thing is, I have a sets of plastic Hive Tyrant legs and extras not used when I made my Flyrant and another sprue the same from another bits purchase. Essentially I had everything to make a Tyrant and this auction was at 99p with one bidder and 20 hours to go. OK we all know that was going to change and it did. My winning bid was £10.51 with £4 postage, which I still think is good value and I got the added adrenaline rush from the auction closing. Sure I’d always imagined I’d get a ‘start collecting’ box to fill out my 3rd Tyrant slot and remaing Gargoyles but as we no longer have that formation theeres no point. Also three Tyrants is less of desire with more unit options available but this on it’s own I think is worth £14, thanks to the bits already in my collection.

But also a couple of plastic Termagants, plus two original metal gaunts. 4 Hormagaunts and some Hive Nodes [always useful]there were even some Carnifex heads, a carapace and Crushing Claws!

A load of carapace armour pieces, Flesh Hooks and six Rippers and whatever that metal thing is in the middle [ironically some Zoanthrope back vents that would fit the ones missing on my second Zoie!].

Plus extra Deathspitters to add to my conversion plans. Spinefists – I couldn’t give a F*#~ about pistols zero use to me, they’ll join the rest of them – perhaps I should just make a reclamation pit with them in 😉

And the final bonus in thiss haul – Genestealer heads and look at all those feeder tendril heads! I could sell those individually at £2-£2.50 each. But with 4 of them I’ll put together a Brood that matches the one I already have and then swap it out for a brood of their own.

So a little over £20 for a lot of bits that actually is worth far more than it initially seems.

‘nids part 216 – Genestealer Hybrids – basecoats and shading

Posted on July 10th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

With the Dark Angel Assault Squad TO DONE! it’s time to return to the Hybrids. It’s really interesting how my mindset has readjusted to these. When you consider how my last efforts felt so demotivating and chore like, now I am on a mission. I continued…

‘nids part 216 – Genestealer Hybrids – basecoats and shading

Posted on July 10th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

With the Dark Angel Assault Squad TO DONE! it’s time to return to the Hybrids. It’s really interesting how my mindset has readjusted to these. When you consider how my last efforts felt so demotivating and chore like, now I am on a mission. I continued…

Dark Angels – Assault Squad – MOAR SHOTS

Posted on July 7th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

OK, the ‘good’ shots were a bit poor. Luckily the phone cam shots came out a bit better. These first few are in the light box. I’ve two 1500 lumen daylight LED bulbs now so it’s pretty bright.

And a bit of filter jiggery-pokery make sit quite dramatic.

I’m really pleased with the finished models, they have so much character for an otherwise generic squad.

The use of the Sanguinary guard legs adds so much and I love the idea that for the Blood Angels these are for their elite and crafted in gold where here they’re used by a standard Assault Squad in their traditional green :)

These were the simultaneous day shots, so again the colours are a bit ropey but better than the digital camera.

The 90° rotation of each model, yep there’s a shed load of pics to follow, get a cup of tea!

And individuals as well, in case you want to look in detail?

Moar filter shots.

I’d been quite worried about the dark skin tone on the sergeant, I always do, and his human eye but I really like how they turned out. I think I managed to create a different skin tone altogether than my previous efforts which is good as making it up every time means there’s more diversity

Given just how busy the models were with detail I kept the litanies to a minimum. With all the purity seals and tribal making it just seemed too much. The company numbers were a bit of a variety too – each of the three came out OK but ranging from tiny to ‘mahoosive’!

Here’s the clearest look at the jump pack glow effect. Not entirely sure of it’s what I was after but there are some bits I like and most of the gaming views won’t get to see them anyway so it’ll more than do.

Again the Blood Angel chainsword really helped here allowing me to put an Assault Squad marking on the hand where his Heresy era shoulder prevented it. And yes the squad do not feature the Dark Angel chapter badge, just the white blade and on the wrong shoulder. At this minute I cannot explain it but that Heresy shoulder pad I think is the key to their fluff.
Perhaps they removed their chapter ‘wings’ until they’ve captured the Fallen half of their squad and only then will they add them back in and return their Chapter shoulder pad to their left?

Although the second from the left with his re-purposed Space Wolf left shoulder pad probably isn’t going to switch it to the right 😉

Still love the genius of those quartered knee pads perfect for the 5th company :)

This guy is such a bad-ass.

OK, enough already, next up lets get back to some hybrids, see you next week :)

Dark Angels – Assault Squad – MOAR SHOTS

Posted on July 7th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

OK, the ‘good’ shots were a bit poor. Luckily the phone cam shots came out a bit better. These first few are in the light box. I’ve two 1500 lumen daylight LED bulbs now so it’s pretty bright.

And a bit of filter jiggery-pokery make sit quite dramatic.

I’m really pleased with the finished models, they have so much character for an otherwise generic squad.

The use of the Sanguinary guard legs adds so much and I love the idea that for the Blood Angels these are for their elite and crafted in gold where here they’re used by a standard Assault Squad in their traditional green :)

These were the simultaneous day shots, so again the colours are a bit ropey but better than the digital camera.

The 90° rotation of each model, yep there’s a shed load of pics to follow, get a cup of tea!

And individuals as well, in case you want to look in detail?

Moar filter shots.

I’d been quite worried about the dark skin tone on the sergeant, I always do, and his human eye but I really like how they turned out. I think I managed to create a different skin tone altogether than my previous efforts which is good as making it up every time means there’s more diversity

Given just how busy the models were with detail I kept the litanies to a minimum. With all the purity seals and tribal making it just seemed too much. The company numbers were a bit of a variety too – each of the three came out OK but ranging from tiny to ‘mahoosive’!

Here’s the clearest look at the jump pack glow effect. Not entirely sure of it’s what I was after but there are some bits I like and most of the gaming views won’t get to see them anyway so it’ll more than do.

Again the Blood Angel chainsword really helped here allowing me to put an Assault Squad marking on the hand where his Heresy era shoulder prevented it. And yes the squad do not feature the Dark Angel chapter badge, just the white blade and on the wrong shoulder. At this minute I cannot explain it but that Heresy shoulder pad I think is the key to their fluff.
Perhaps they removed their chapter ‘wings’ until they’ve captured the Fallen half of their squad and only then will they add them back in and return their Chapter shoulder pad to their left?

Although the second from the left with his re-purposed Space Wolf left shoulder pad probably isn’t going to switch it to the right 😉

Still love the genius of those quartered knee pads perfect for the 5th company :)

This guy is such a bad-ass.

OK, enough already, next up lets get back to some hybrids, see you next week :)

Dark Angels – Assault Squad – TO DONE!

Posted on July 5th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The Assault Squad is TO DONE! The ‘good’ pictures are however a bit grim [and dark]

I mean this is why GW say not to photograph using daylight – it was just too bright so the shadows are super dark but there’s nothing like persisting with it despite the poor results.

I have taken some phone pics simultaneously that manage to mitigate the shadows that will be in the MOAR pics, so look forward to them.

Luckily I think I’ve also got the light box set up almots right so those pics may well become the defacto standard, we’ll see how things go.

I love this guys pose.

I don;t know how many people saw on the Facebook group but I did manage to drop them all on a rough concrete paving slab as I went to do these pics.

Tehy were balanced on a take-away tub lid and there was a moment before I moved them I thought it was going to end in tears. Then one tipped over, what with them all having weird high centres of gravity. Another tipped and as I tried to compensate my hand spasmed and I practically threww them all in the air.

To add insult to injury my wife had seen me setting up the back drop and made some sarcastic comment about having to watch me take the pics, she soon scarpered when she realised this was not a funny situation anymore.

So, two back packs needed gluign back on and all of them had some remedial damage somewhere or another. The worst was the chips on the base edges :(

Still, about 30 minutes later they were all sufficiently repaired to have poor pictures taken of them!

Anyway, 90° shots of each of them now.

Sergeant – 2 chainswords means he gets 2 extra attacks, you should see the rage on all the Tyranid forums that three pairs of Scything Talons only get +1 extra attack and he gets 2!

These Flamer guys should be pretty cool.

So there we go, only on my Great Build list but started and pushed through to completion. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing but certainly shows how it can be beneficial as although they’ve been in the pipeline for a good few months it felt like they were turned around really quickly over the last few weeks as I kept chipping away with the build, the basing and undercoat, then basecoats and metallics. Suddenly there were only the green highlights and all the remaining hurdles were ‘fun’. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to repeat the process in the future.

Dark Angels – Assault Squad – TO DONE!

Posted on July 5th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The Assault Squad is TO DONE! The ‘good’ pictures are however a bit grim [and dark]

I mean this is why GW say not to photograph using daylight – it was just too bright so the shadows are super dark but there’s nothing like persisting with it despite the poor results.

I have taken some phone pics simultaneously that manage to mitigate the shadows that will be in the MOAR pics, so look forward to them.

Luckily I think I’ve also got the light box set up almots right so those pics may well become the defacto standard, we’ll see how things go.

I love this guys pose.

I don;t know how many people saw on the Facebook group but I did manage to drop them all on a rough concrete paving slab as I went to do these pics.

Tehy were balanced on a take-away tub lid and there was a moment before I moved them I thought it was going to end in tears. Then one tipped over, what with them all having weird high centres of gravity. Another tipped and as I tried to compensate my hand spasmed and I practically threww them all in the air.

To add insult to injury my wife had seen me setting up the back drop and made some sarcastic comment about having to watch me take the pics, she soon scarpered when she realised this was not a funny situation anymore.

So, two back packs needed gluign back on and all of them had some remedial damage somewhere or another. The worst was the chips on the base edges :(

Still, about 30 minutes later they were all sufficiently repaired to have poor pictures taken of them!

Anyway, 90° shots of each of them now.

Sergeant – 2 chainswords means he gets 2 extra attacks, you should see the rage on all the Tyranid forums that three pairs of Scything Talons only get +1 extra attack and he gets 2!

These Flamer guys should be pretty cool.

So there we go, only on my Great Build list but started and pushed through to completion. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing but certainly shows how it can be beneficial as although they’ve been in the pipeline for a good few months it felt like they were turned around really quickly over the last few weeks as I kept chipping away with the build, the basing and undercoat, then basecoats and metallics. Suddenly there were only the green highlights and all the remaining hurdles were ‘fun’. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to repeat the process in the future.

DIY dice box

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

We like a good dice box/rolling tray in our house. It’s funny, when I first got back with my gaming crew rolling dice in a box was what I did with the kids to avoid arguments, the fact Ben, Liam and Otty were also operating the same system, probably for the same reasons goes some way to illustrate how fraught those games could be. I like to think there’s a more relaxed approach nowadays ‘win at all costs’ is no longer an issue. That said the box still has it’s place and I was really impressed by Ross Graham’s tutorial on how to make one and then Nick over at the Burning Eye did something similar.

However, good as they were they weren’t quite what I was after. We’re used to rolling in box lids, bigger and wider than thos box frames with plenty of run-up like a craps table. So I’d been looking at a variety of options [detailed at the end] but have created this option as a serviceable solution. We’d nipped to Hobbycraft recently and they had these ‘Photo boxes’ for just £2, which was a perfect price point for me. This was the best patter on the outside, the rest being pastel polka dots and gold embossing, shame they had now darker more urban looking one but ultimately it’s a £2 shoe box!

I also picked up four sheets of felt for 55p each [three was enough]. I chose black because I thought it’d show up my yellow dice beautifully.

I then cut them to fit, layed on PVA glue, smoothed it out with a coffee stirrer and attached the felt. Now I’d done a few rolling tests and even with the felt there was a certain loudness to the dice I still wasn;t happy about. So I glued a sheet of my laminate floor foam underlay into the base first.

I then glued another sheet of felt on top.

So the sides are reasonably muffled but then the base is perfect. Ultimately if I wanted a noisy dice roll late at night I’d still be rolling on my Realm of Battle board! I got so excited I did some videos, because all the cool kids use the YouTube.

And then I went and did a slow-mo

OK I got giddy again with the slow-mo

So I was really pleased with the results. As you can see from Ross, and Nick’s interpretations, including my own there are plenty of ways to do this so here are the ‘also-rans’ for boxes I was considering if you want to try and make one yourself…

This box from the Works was my original contender and at £4 was nice prize but it would require painting on the outside too as well as getting the felt to line it.

However I’d been distracted by a crate similar to this at Home & Bargain that I was going to remove the upper slats and then repin lower down and trim the bits poking up to make it an enclosed box. It was only £2.99 but they stopped selling them in the end, which led me to look at alternatives and seeing just the £2 box at Hobbycraft and the felt being right there too I just snapped it all up.

DIY dice box

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

We like a good dice box/rolling tray in our house. It’s funny, when I first got back with my gaming crew rolling dice in a box was what I did with the kids to avoid arguments, the fact Ben, Liam and Otty were also operating the same system, probably for the same reasons goes some way to illustrate how fraught those games could be. I like to think there’s a more relaxed approach nowadays ‘win at all costs’ is no longer an issue. That said the box still has it’s place and I was really impressed by Ross Graham’s tutorial on how to make one and then Nick over at the Burning Eye did something similar.

However, good as they were they weren’t quite what I was after. We’re used to rolling in box lids, bigger and wider than thos box frames with plenty of run-up like a craps table. So I’d been looking at a variety of options [detailed at the end] but have created this option as a serviceable solution. We’d nipped to Hobbycraft recently and they had these ‘Photo boxes’ for just £2, which was a perfect price point for me. This was the best patter on the outside, the rest being pastel polka dots and gold embossing, shame they had now darker more urban looking one but ultimately it’s a £2 shoe box!

I also picked up four sheets of felt for 55p each [three was enough]. I chose black because I thought it’d show up my yellow dice beautifully.

I then cut them to fit, layed on PVA glue, smoothed it out with a coffee stirrer and attached the felt. Now I’d done a few rolling tests and even with the felt there was a certain loudness to the dice I still wasn;t happy about. So I glued a sheet of my laminate floor foam underlay into the base first.

I then glued another sheet of felt on top.

So the sides are reasonably muffled but then the base is perfect. Ultimately if I wanted a noisy dice roll late at night I’d still be rolling on my Realm of Battle board! I got so excited I did some videos, because all the cool kids use the YouTube.

And then I went and did a slow-mo

OK I got giddy again with the slow-mo

So I was really pleased with the results. As you can see from Ross, and Nick’s interpretations, including my own there are plenty of ways to do this so here are the ‘also-rans’ for boxes I was considering if you want to try and make one yourself…

This box from the Works was my original contender and at £4 was nice prize but it would require painting on the outside too as well as getting the felt to line it.

However I’d been distracted by a crate similar to this at Home & Bargain that I was going to remove the upper slats and then repin lower down and trim the bits poking up to make it an enclosed box. It was only £2.99 but they stopped selling them in the end, which led me to look at alternatives and seeing just the £2 box at Hobbycraft and the felt being right there too I just snapped it all up.

1500pts battle report – Tyranids v Astra Militarum – 8th Edition cherry popped!

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under Posted by

A fair few regular bloggers and vloggers have been getting in their new 40k battle reports but only now have I had a chance to see what 8th edition is really like. One might think that in the intervening period I’ve become fully au fait with the rules …