Author Archive

8th Edition – unit and weapon profiles

Posted on April 27th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Obligatory 8th edition anticipated cover pic

Greetings all,
so GW are really cranking up the excitometer on us all, and in the last couple of days we’ve seen reveals of unit and weapon profiles. Here’s a few of my thoughts on what we’ve seen.
Read more »

Blog reset – 8th edition blank slate!

Posted on April 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

Greetings all, time for a mind wipe I think, let’s ctrl-alt-delete my brain!

Don’t worry though, I’m not about to ditch the blog and start a new one (hmm, tempting, but quite a lot of effort methinks!).

That being said, with the announcement from GW that we will definitely be seeing 8th edition this year (and hopefully rather sooner than that deadline may imply) I think it’s the perfect time to take a quick look at what I’m doing on the blog and decide how I want to evolve it in the future.

Read more »

8th edition live faq – round up and reaction.

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

Greetings all! So, having already posted one article this evening, here’s number two of the day for your delectation, though this one is very different subject matter. Earlier today the warhammer community team conducted a live interview on their facebook page between the head of the community team and the team leader for the re-writing of the rulebook. I watched it afterwards (huh, who’d have kids eh) and have made notes of everything they discussed. That information is below, along with my own thoughts on what they said (and equally as important, what they didn’t say).

Read more »

Hobby update – 24/4/17 – fates entwine!

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

Hobby update blog header

Greetings all – welcome once more to the inner workings of my hobby station.

This week I’ve mainly been working on commission projects, hoping to finish my current workload so that I can concentrate on the Dusk Knights prior to my doubles tournament in June.

Read more »

8th edition latest announcement – a burning eye view

Posted on April 22nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Greetings all! Well, this really is the New Games Workshop (TM) isn’t it! Not only are they telling us that a new edition is coming and that codices will soo be off sale, but they’re already answering anticipated questions!

Well, I guess therefore it’s time for me to have a quick look at what we can glean from the FAQ released this afternoon.

Read more »

Something old, something new, something chaotic and something blue!

Posted on April 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Greetings all, this is going to be something of a different hobby update post to normal, as the bank holiday here has yet again messed my internal clock mechanisms up (I’m currently on my first day back at work after the break, so feel like it’s Monday, when in fact it’s Wednesday and I’ve realised I’m two days behind my normal schedule!

So, basically I’ve got my normal hobby update stuff, followed by a generic news update – aren’t you all so lucky!

Read more »

Spotlight on blogging Part 11 – Confessions of a 40k addict

Posted on April 12th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Greetings all, I’m sure I’m telling you nothing by advertising this blog for you all, it’s one of the Gloriana class blogs out there for anyone interested in 40k.

Read more »

March review

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

Blog aims.

  • Continue to post at or above 2016 levels, when I achieved 153 blog posts.
March calmed down a little bit for me in the posting stakes, though I still managed 18 posts in the month. The reduction was mainly down to my busy last week however, so a blip it most certainly was and I’m not worried that I’ve burnt myself out with my posting schedule.
  • Reinstate/create some regular features, including Funny Friday, and possibly we’ll see a return of ‘The Adept’ and his take on 40k’s particular style.

The regular features are continuing, and I’ve got a little idea formulating in my head for a new series coming up too.

  • Achieve over 20,000 views in at least 1 month of the year, and aim to average over 18,000 views per month.
I dipped just a little bit below my 18,000 average target this month, but that’s ok since I smashed it by so much last time. It’s also not surprising that the viewing figures dropped a little since I had a quiet week of publishing nothing.
  • Continue to promote adsense on the blog, and actually get paid by google!
I finally did it! Just over four years I think it took, but my earnings from Google finally tipped over the magic £60 mark. Now I need to just wait for Google to actually cough up the money! I have my eye on something to spend the cash on too, hopefully you’ll all agree it’ll be worth it.
  • Feature a narrative campaign series of battle reports using the Dusk Knights.

Golovin 3 saw some decent exposure – Golovin 4 will see us boosting our armies up to 1500pts, and hopefully will feature my new city board terrain too!

  • Promote a more ‘feature/spotlight’ style of photography post when I finish painting a unit.

Unfortunately, most of the stuff I’ve been painting this month has remained unfinished up to this point, though I have delivered the first batch of Screamers and picked up a big pile of flesh hounds to work on. I hope you all like red!

    Personal hobby aims.

    • Buy no new 40k miniatures in the first half of the year (excluding those I’ve already committed to, which comprise a chimera, guardsman squad, and 12-14 genestealers).

    March was successful as I only bought paints, and though I’m teetering very much on the edge of buying some more figures this month, they’ll be for something other than 40k, so that would still technically be a pass.

    • Expand on commission painting services, getting a more formal structure in place.

    I picked up another commission in March, and though I haven’t managed to complete quite as much as I’d hoped this month, things are coming along nicely for a bulk completion!

    • Buy the Dwarf Bloodbowl team, including a Deathroller.

    Not yet – it will be a while due to funding issues I’ve already mentioned.

    • Continue to paint/build 300pts per month on average.

    Just crept over the finishing line on this one, though hopefully things will pick up again next month.

    • Complete my first formation for the Genestealer Cult – the First Curse.

    I have enough models to get cracking on this now . I’ve already tried out a new test scheme that should work well on both the genestealer cult models and the guard stuff I want to accompany them.

    • Finish painting 1000pts of Emperor’s Children

    Still a way off – I may look to get more of this done in April, after my March commission month.

    • Begin the repainting of the Tau, at least 6 units to be complete by the end of the year.

    Well the majority of the Tau have been sold, so it only remains to figure out the new paintscheme and get cracking on the bits I have left eh?

    • Begin using an airbrush to increase the speed of my painting.

    Ive now had a couple of attempts with an airbrush, the second being much more successful than the first. I think it will almost certainly always be a tool for undercoating to me given the final appearance of models using an airbrush for their finish, a lot of the really smooth blends just don’t quite sit right with me in the grim dark far future..

    • Complete building my gaming table/storage space to enable battle reports on the GDB blog.

    Well the table itself is now finished (well, a few more bits to do but close enough to actually use to hold games on!)

      Gaming aims

      • Beat Ryan more often than I lose to him.

      Erm, yeah, I lost March’s narrative game to Ryan too, I’m way behind now, so need to get cracking on racking up a winning streak!

      • Achieve a 60+% win rate with the Dusk Knights.

      March was a good month for the boys in blue, winning 3 games in exchange for just a single loss.

      • Achieve a 50+% win rate with the Obsidian Enclave.

      I’m going to delete this one off the list now since the Tau have been sold and won’t be back for a while.

      • Get into the playoffs of MAD League 3 Bloodbowl.

      Didn’t play bloodbowl this month, I’m still waiting for others in the league to catch up as I’m several games ahead of most players.

      • Develop a consistently successful list for use with the Dusk Knights

      Well March has really seen the establishment of this – at 1500pts my new lists has a played 2, won 2 record, with its 1250 derivative looking equally as solid in a victory in Capture the Squig

      • Place in the top half of two different tournaments.

      Haven’t been to a tournament yet this year, though I have now bought a ticket for the Greetings from the Warp doubles event in June. The Dusk Knights will be pairing up with the Deathwatch for this event, and our first practice (using 750 per person against a 1500 list) saw an admittedly non competitive guard list tabled on turn 3 (effectively tabled by T2, it was just a case of taking out 3 guard infantry and a wounded chimera).

        Hobby update – 10/4/17 – Woodworkers anonymous

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

        Greetings all, welcome to my usual weekly glimpse into the depths of the hobby from my perspective.

        Not too much painting progress this week, but there are a couple of significant bits of news to bring to you!

        Read more »

        The road to competence parts 8 and 9

        Posted on April 6th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

        Greetings all, welcome to my road to competence series once more, and I’m now starting to get a good group of games under my belt, getting much more confident about the units I’m bringing to games. I’m pretty settled on a 1500pt ‘standard’ list now, so at that point we of course decided to mess things up completely by playing a 1250pt game of Capture the Squig.

        After that, I went back to my 1500pt list to take on my old faves, the Dark Eldar.

        Read more »

        Back in the saddle – sorry for the absence!

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

        Greetings all!

        Well I hope you noticed I went away for just over a week, if not then my blog isn’t quite as interesting as I thought it was!
        I’ve not been ill, or away on a holiday or anything like that, just very busy – my eldest daughter was 4 last week so the week was spent visiting various relatives and friends to gather in an even larger collection of dolls, clothes and toys than she already has (seriously, how many dolls does a 4 year old need? Turns out it’s a bit like plastic crack, there’s always more to buy!). 

        Read more »

        Tactical Insight – Taming the Maelstrom

        Posted on March 28th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

        Greetings all – welcome tot he second article in my ‘playing the mission’ series, and today I have a bit of a treat for you all! In a first on The Burning Eye, today’s post is a guest article from someone who I consider to be the ‘godfather’ of playing the mission – Mike Corr from St Andrews Wargaming! So without further ado – over to Mike.

        Read more »

        Funny Friday – generalship on easy mode

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

        As always peeps – enjoy the weekend!

        8th edition 40k rumours – a burning eye view.

        Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

        Greetings all! See this thing I’m jumping on? that’s a bandwagon right there! So here we go, we’ve seen some confirmations from GW this past day about what they’re looking at for 8th edition, and we know it’s going to be within the next year. Here are my thoughts on what’s been said, and what I’d like to see happen!

        Read more »

        Spotlight on blogging part 10 – Code 40k

        Posted on March 22nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

        Greetings all, time to shine a light on another little corner of the internet today – and this time my light falls on the Code 40k blog.

        Read more »

        Tactical Insight – Play the mission

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

        Greetings all, it’s been a little while since I last did a tactical insight article, and in replying to a comment elsewhere I was inspired to write a post about playing the mission and sticking to your objectives rather than getting distracted.

        I should say at this point that this whole article illustrates one of my favourite things about blogging – a simple comment made in relation to one of my posts has inspired an entire new one – so thank you Mr Williams!

        Read more »

        Hobby update 20-3-17 – In 40k – everyone can hear you scream!

        Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

        Greetings all!
        Welcome to this week’s glimpse into my studio!

        Read more »

        Funny Friday – I think you’ll find that’s mine!

        Posted on March 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

        Have a great weekend all!

        40k Road to Competence – games 6 and 7

        Posted on March 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

        Greetings all – welcome to the next installment of my Road to Competence series, where I look back and critically assess my games with the intention of becoming a better player. I’m getting my teeth into a decent number of games in this series now, and I think I’m starting to see the benefits!

        Read more »

        Spotlight on blogging part 9 – Cascadian Grimdark

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

        Greetings all – so after a week off the spotlight returns!

        We have a blog that I discovered a while ago this week, and one where the hook that caused me to follow it was actually a sad story!

        Read more »

        Hobby update 13/3/17 – Fateweaver!

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

        Morning all, another week passes and more new projects get started on my desk – I really need to try finishing something sometime, haha!

        welcome again to my workstation where I let you in on all the little projects I have going on. This week is more detail on my commission work, including a finished Librarian, and work beginning of Fateweaver – the most significant model of my commission service so far.

        Read more »

        Golovin 3 – Heartstrike

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

        Chaplain Ezequiel watched as Sergeant Reyes secured himself into the drop pod, the datascreen next to him flaring into cold green life as the pod’s systems detected the presence of the squad leader. “Remember Sergeant” he said, his voice a deep, earthy…

        List building – Dusk Knights again!

        Posted on March 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

        So we’re back to this again – another look at the Dusk Knights space marines and my efforts at creating a ‘standard’ list for use in my games.Given how I’m also trying to go back to ‘basics’ with the marines and how I use them, I also decided to go bac…

        Hobby update – commission work begins in earnest!

        Posted on March 6th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

        Hi all, welcome once more to the little window into my hobby world, where I cast a light on my painting station and what wonders lie on it at the moment, haha!

        This week marks the first hobby update where I’m looking at my commission painting. I’ve got a few projects on the go at the moment so I’ve decided to focus mainly on them this month.

        Read more »

        February review

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

        Blog aims.

        • Continue to post at or above 2016 levels, when I achieved 153 blog posts.
        February was another bumper month, with 23 posts in 28 days, which takes me up to 43 over the first two months of the year. Keep that rate up and we’re looking at over 250 posts this year, which will smash my previous best.
        • Reinstate/create some regular features, including Funny Friday, and possibly we’ll see a return of ‘The Adept’ and his take on 40k’s particular style.

        I’m continuing on with the new series ‘spotlight on blogging’ and whilst views on these posts have dropped for the last couple (could be that they’ve not been top article on the home page for as long) the series appears to be going down quite well. I’ve also done another couple of Tactical Insight articles on the marine codex, so feature series are coming along nicely.

        • Achieve over 20,000 views in at least 1 month of the year, and aim to average over 18,000 views per month.
        I comfortably exceeded my 18,000 target once again this month, for a second month in a row beating the 20,000 mark (23,239 to be exact). In fact, had my viewing figures continued at the same pace and February had the same number of days as January I’d have beaten that record.
        • Continue to promote adsense on the blog, and actually get paid by google!
        Well I honestly thought I was going to achieve this this month, but agonisingly I fell just a few pence short of the threshold for getting paid (the pot now stands at £59.50). Still, it’ll give me another month to increase the pot beyond that threshold so the payment will be nicer when it does arrive.
        • Feature a narrative campaign series of battle reports using the Dusk Knights.

        This month saw the first of the narrative reports ‘Return to Golovin – Recon Strike‘. It seemed to go down fairly well with you all, though nothing like as well as the original game that inspired it. Interestingly, that report went up on a Friday night, which I’ve noticed before can tend to result in higher views, so from now on every time there’s a narrative game report, it’ll be published on a Friday night.

        • Promote a more ‘feature/spotlight’ style of photography post when I finish painting a unit.

        I downloaded the camera+ app onto my phone this month, and I think the results of that are already beginning to bear fruit – when Greggles tells you your photos are better, then your photos are better!

        I’m also going to start featuring a combination photo in these review posts of everything I manage to paint in a month.

          Personal hobby aims.

          • Buy no new 40k miniatures in the first half of the year (excluding those I’ve already committed to, which comprise a chimera, guardsman squad, and 12-14 genestealers).

          Tick, that’s now two months with no 40k stuff bought! In fact my only hobby spending this month was on a new brush and some paints.

          • Expand on commission painting services, getting a more formal structure in place.

          So far so good, I’ve got plenty of stuff in the pipeline in this regard, with two lots of tzeentch screamers (for two different commissioners) and fateweaver, a terminator librarian and more space wolves too. Soon I may be solvent again!

          • Buy the Dwarf Bloodbowl team, including a Deathroller.

          Not yet – it will be a while doe to funding issues I’ve already mentioned.

          • Continue to paint/build 300pts per month on average.

          Smashed it, this month I broke 800, though I did get a nice head start with some almost finished models on day 1.

          • Complete my first formation for the Genestealer Cult – the First Curse.

          I have enough models to get cracking on this now – and if commission work is completed quickly in March I may get the first few painted. I’ve already tried out a new test scheme that should work well on both the genestealer cult models and the guard stuff I want to accompany them.

          • Finish painting 1000pts of Emperor’s Children

          Still a way off – I may look to get more of this done in April, after my March commission month.

          • Begin the repainting of the Tau, at least 6 units to be complete by the end of the year.

          I haven’t started yet, in fact I’m contemplating possibly putting some of the Tau up for auction with a view to focusing the collection on the Farsight Enclaves.

          • Begin using an airbrush to increase the speed of my painting.

          I’ve not attempted this yet, still haven’t had the time or been brave enough to try it. However, I do have a whole day to myself in March when it might be a possibility.

          • Complete building my gaming table/storage space to enable battle reports on the GDB blog.

          Not yet, though the first GDB board is taking shape nicely – let’s hope the rest come together rather quicker!

            Gaming aims

            • Beat Ryan more often than I lose to him.

            Just the one game in February and it was another loss – I need to get the win back in March’s narrative!

            • Achieve a 60+% win rate with the Dusk Knights.

            Well I’m currently trotting along at exactly 60% so far this year.

            • Achieve a 50+% win rate with the Obsidian Enclave.

            Haven’t used the Tau yet this year

            • Get into the playoffs of MAD League 3 Bloodbowl.

            Didn’t play bloodbowl this month, I’m still waiting for others in the league to catch up as I’m several games ahead of most players.

            • Develop a consistently successful list for use with the Dusk Knights

            I’m getting there, though it’s currently quite heavily dependent on sternguard, and my focus has been on getting stuff done for the Golovin narratives

            • Place in the top half of two different tournaments.

            Haven’t been to a tournament yet this year.

              Weight: 100.5kg
              February seemed to go off the rails a bit for both myself and my wife despite a couple of kilos lost in the first two weeks (what can I say – Valentine’s Day and my wife’s birthday encouraged us both to indulge in rather more food than we should have!), but things are rescuable, and I’m back on it again now.