Posts Tagged ‘Age of Sigmar’

Showcase: Stormcast Eternals Knight Questor

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

Hi all! Quick post of a Knight Questor for my Stormcast Eternals. I used a bare head from a Space Wolf Terminator because I prefer heroes and leaders without anonymous helmets.What do you think about Stormcast Eternals without helmets? Leave a com…

Orctonnian Orc of the Realm Musician

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

As a part of finishing up a bunch of half finished projects, I finished this bugger yesterday. I forgot how fun they were to work on!I’ve been trying to figure out what to use them as in-game, and am still not sold. That may put a halt on this project …

Table Top News: 17th March 17

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

Hello lovely people and welcome to this weeks news round up!  A whistle stop tour of gaming news!First up  we have C’MoN announcing Eric Lang […]

Blood Reavers (1)

Posted on March 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Blood Reavers for Age of Sigmar, half of the unit. The start of a Grand Alliance Chaos faction, mostly will be made from the models in the core box they first released.

Games Workshop Newsletter

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

Will this was certainly a surprise…


Today, from the Gama Trade Show in Las Vegas

The Warhammer Community team are on location showing off some awesome upcoming releases sure to interest any Warhammer fan.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar

Introducing: Kharadron Overlords

A brand new faction of duardin descend from the skies in the Mortal Realms.

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Warhammer Underworlds Shadespire

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire

This tactical new game is coming late 2017 with organised play.

Watch Now

Warhammer 40,000

Shaodw War: Armageddon

Shadow War: Armageddon

A new squad-level game and campaign based on the classic Necromunda rules set.
Coming this April

Find Out More
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Showcase: Stormcast Eternals Knight-Azyros

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

My latest addition to my Stormcast Eternals collection is the Knight-Azyros. More photos after the jump!More after the jump

Equinox 2017 Age of Sigmar – List Overview

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

Welcome back to the blog, readers! I apologise again at my lack of blogs. Study continues, and there is a lot going on behind the scenes to get this year’s tournaments together. It’s been wonderful seeing the hobby grow over the past year, and the number of new events, new players and attendance is a very good indicator of things to come.

I will do a separate post about it at some point, but we also have National Rankings up and running, so do go check that out.

This weekend is the Equinox tournament, run by the Auckland City Guard.

The Warhammer: Age of Sigmar tournament is being run by Dan S., and has a strong hobby focus. If you are reading this before the weekend, there are still spots available! Check out the Player’s Pack for more information.

As is tradition, the enigmatic Jim has been invited to look at the army lists of those coming to Equinox, and his analysis is below.

See you all there! You can catch live event coverage on the Age of Sigmar New Zealand Facebook page.


Ok gents sorry about the late list write up but here is my take on Equinox 2017.


Andrew is running the revised/nerfed (but not neutered) Tomb Kings.  Tomb Kings have it all; great threat range, great damage and great defensive capabilities and Andy is bringing all of them.  Look for him to use his small unit of Chariots to break away flak lines before rushing in with his large unit of Chariots and a Necrosphinx which will lay the hurt down.  Do not underestimate the damage output of his Chariots – although they don’t have rend they can produce a ridiculous number of wounds when buffed by Settra, 2x Tomb Kings and a Liche Priest. This unit can easily wipe out two 30 man units of infantry in a single charge.  The only caveat to this army is the lack of flak lines and the lack of defence against gunlines so I think Andrew may fall victim to the shifting meta.  Still has a real chance if he avoids some unfavourable match ups.

Dan M.

Perfect example of the two wave approach to Age of Sigmar.  Hits you first turn with a unit that you have to deal with that’s both very killy and has 30 wounds, which normally forces you to bring out the big guns to deal with them.  This is when he hits your big guns with enough Daemonette goodness to rip apart your killy units exposed by the first wave.  The two waves are backed up by two main buffs; the ability to pile in twice and +1 to hit from the generals ability.  For players who are not used to units who can pile in twice this can easily catch you off guard – if your second line of troops are within 3-4 inches of the front of your flak units then he can wipe out your flak before piling in to your secondary line of troops.  Good contender for first place but may have some bad match ups.

Daniel S.

Daniel’s playing one of the harder lists at the tournament with the fairly standard Sylvaneth list which has been adjusted a bit for the current Meta.  The move to a greater number of Kurnoth Hunters will make this list a nightmare for anyone relying on specific parts of their army to be able to function as a whole and with the ability to skirt them around the map anyone without 24+ inch threat range will find them very hard to deal with.  Lucky (for us) it looks like Daniel is not playing due to numbers which is unfortunate for him – but does make way for a softer list to win the tournament.


Good to see at least one alpha strike list still in the Meta.  Fraser hits you fast and hard and any army lacking flak lines to put up in front will have a very hard time dealing with his army.  Gordrakk is a beast who I have personally seen wipe out 2k points by himself.  If he’s not buffing himself and charging turn one then he’s buffing the entire battalion that encompasses the rest of the army and still charging you turn one.  If Gordrakk goes down early however this becomes an uphill battle fast for Fraser and with the amount of gun lines being brought there is bound to be one that will get lucky and down him early.


Fear the Moonclan! Geoff is bringing up the model count coming into Equinox.  Not the most killy army but has enough artillery to snipe important list components before taking objectives and holding up the rest.  Moonclan Grot Shamans are excellent spell casters with their +2 to cast when eating mushrooms and with an excellent spell to cast these are a simple choice at 60 points a piece – Geoff really brings this home by bringing three of them to ensure those rolls of 1 when eating mushrooms don’t affect those critical Mystic Shields or Curse of the Bad Moons going off.

James McG.

I really like James McG’s list, Dragon Lords + Dragon Blades battalion is an excellent battalion and when combined with the Forest Dragon’s ability to have units that its in contact with hit last this could really hurt lists such as the stone horn alpha strikes.  Way Watchers are good battle line and Sisters of the Thorn and Executioners are both good units in their own right, and James takes the cost effective Mistweaver Saih  as the Mystic Shield spellcaster to combo with the Sisters.  Love the toolkit, love the combination of range, defence, offence and manoeuvrability.  James is lacking a bit of flak to throw in front of units and hopefully learns to let go of Dragon Blades that may be required to be thrown under the bus against certain lists (cavalry can take up a lot of room and with the high movement make for excellent blockers when required). Look forward to a good showing by this list.

James O.

James’s list isn’t looking too bad but unfortunately has fallen prey to the player’s pack requirements of not being able to manipulate the initiative roll.  This is a major setback to the list and may be enough to cost him a few games.  I look forward to seeing more of the stunties in mixed order lists but the jury is still out to how much effect the change in points will have in a pure Fyreslayer list.

James P.

My list runs enough artillery to deal with issues then combines as many combat buffs as possible. Long Beards enable me to use multiple command abilities which means I can give units +1 attacks against a unit, up to -2 rend from Runepriests, +1 to wound from warden and +1 to hit and wound from Ungrim. This makes for units of Slayers that will definitely hurt with 4 attacks each hitting on 2s wounding on 2s with -2 rend.  If slayers go down early then other units can be buffed but to not as great effect.  Artillery definitely needs to carry their weight for me to do well and I require them to pump out the main portion of wounds that I need to deal.


The new Stormcast Eternals! I really don’t know how this list is looking tbh because I have not perused the book yet.  The new rules around mounts may make several units that we see in this list more viable but we will soon see how much of a difference coming down 9 inches away makes to the SCE units rather than being able to drop them into combat.

Jim McP.

Jim has a nice amount of flak to veil his hard hitting larger units behind, however James may be the victim of a changing Meta.  Lots of gun line based armies at the tournament will make for hard opponents for James.  James is however becoming quite the NZ tournament veteran and knows how to play objectives – we will have to wait and see if this is enough to overcome the meta shift.


The Chaos Undivided lists got a major boost with the introduction of Sky Fires.  Julien will most likely utilise the generals ability to give a unit +1 to hit to combine with the shaman being nearby to make them generate D3 mortal wounds on a hit roll of 4+ and with a range of 24 inches with a 14 inch move this makes the unit incredibly hard to deal while they destroy your backline.  On top of this, the unit is actually very good in close combat with re rolls to hit and wound and their demonic mount able to pump out decent amounts of rend 1 wounds.  To back this up Julien has brought Skarbrand with Sayl to really threaten your lines, he will wait till he is angry then fly him at you with Sayl’s magic to wreak havoc.  The list has a few weird elements in it with the Gutter Runners etc but I hear Julien is an experienced 40k player and with a few adjustments to this list will start to easily make it up the rankings in the NZ AOS space.  The list is still on par with anything at this tournament however with no truly hard lists being shown yet in NZ so I expect him to do well with a real chance of taking it out.


Marlin’s list is a bit more objective focused with larger units of Dryads to issue forward and block and contest his opponents.  Marlin is also bringing Drycha, which is a nice addition to his army, with the relative amount of Dryads that Marlin is taking – Dryhca can sit behind the firing off her ranged attacks to dish out a considerable amount of wounds to larger infantry based units.


Ron’s bringing out the Ironjawz again to trample over his foes.  Looking forward to seeing the Maw Crusha back in action – Ron will be relying on this and 2 units of Brutes to bring down the hurt on his opponents.  The Balewind Vortex is an interesting addition and will be interesting to see how it works out for him (long range Foot of Gork could really get lucky and win him a few games) so will be interesting to see how this list competes.


Tim is playing Nagash how he should be played – as the Lord of Summoning.  Tim’s list only contains Nagash and three units of skeletons, with the rest of his points is reserved for summoning. Tim has a large assortment of different units that he can summon and really knows how to play objectives – think of it like a SCE army but he gets to change whats coming down.  He can and will summon the 900 remaining points in one turn with ease, placing them in strategic locations around the battlefield.  He has up to +4 to cast to summon and can cast 7 spells per turn – if he fails a casting spell he will just attempt to summon a different unit instead.  Really fun list to play and play against looking forward to seeing it on the battlefield.


Last but not least the other dispossessed player Tristan.  Tristan’s list is very similar to mine and who would of thought the only double ups in special characters brought to the tournament would be Belegar and Ungrim! Tristan’s army plays very similar to mine but has the advantage of combining all of his units into 2 battalions.  Unfortunately for me however I have to face Tristan in the first round and this small advantage of being able to decide who goes first might be enough to tip the scales in his favour.

Showcase: Stormcast Eternals Lord Aquilor

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

Hi all! This week I finished a Lord Aquilor for my Stormcast Eternals. I painted him in the colours of the Knights of the Aurora. Really nice model that was fun to paint.What do you think? Did anyone get hold of some of the new Staormcast Eternals…

Dark Age of Sigmar – Evil Sylvaneth conversion project

Posted on March 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

She once was beautiful. The sun dappled leaves made shadows in her glade, where spring flowers grew, eternal in their beauty. Death had no power there, instead the cycle of life renewed again and again, safe within the bosom of her enveloping spirit.N…

Showcase: Stormcast Eternals Knight-Venator

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

Hi everyone! The latest model I’ve finished painting is my Knight-Venator for my Stormcast Eternals. I haven’t painted anything for my Stormcast in a while, and I fancied a change and this model had been sitting on the shelf for a long time!

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Project: Tzeentch Familiars #4 – Pug

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

Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch Familiars - Pug

Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch Familiars - Pug

The fourth and the last (after Slop, Tweak and Blot) Familiar of Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch is done. His name is Pug – the asquisitive and pilferer imp with a moonlike visage. He’s a very light-fingered critter who won’t stop at nothing to get all shiny things that catch his evil eyes. He is always lurking for unwary creatures and heroes trapped inside the Silver Tower corridors. His latest trophy is absolutely unique and his Master the Gaunt Summoner will generously reward him for it…
In my opinion Pug miniature has the worst sculpture of all Familiars (mainly the moonlike face) so I painted him last. I’ve tried to give his face a milder expression and to distract the attention towards the checkers, the mask and the blade. I hope you like him =) Now I’m going to make bases and the family photo for all of them =)

Czwarty i ostatni (po Slopie, Tweaku i Blocie) z Familiarsów Gaunt Summonera Tzeentcha jest gotowy. Przed Wami Pug –  wiecznie zachłanny chcochlikowaty złodziejaszek o księżycowym obliczu. To stworzenie o wyjątkowo lepkich palcach nie cofnie się przed niczym, by zdobyć świecidełka, które wpadną mu w jego złośliwe oczka. Przemierza on korytarze Srebrnej Wieży, czyhając na chwilę nieuwagi uwięzionych w niej stworzeń i poszukiwaczy przygód. Jego najnowsza zdobycz to prawdziwy unikat, za którą jego Pan Gaunt Summoner na pewno go hojnie wynagrodzi… 
Figurka Puga jest moim zdaniem najsłabsza z Familiarsów, dlatego też malowałem go na końcu. Wszystko przez moim zdaniem nieudaną rzeźbę księżycowej twarzy. Dlatego też postarałem się nadać jej nieco łagodniejszego wyrazu i dodatkami (szachownica, maska, ostrze) odciągnąć od niej uwagę. Mam nadzieję, że Wam się podoba =) Teraz zabieram się za podstawki i zdjęcie grupowe =)

Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch Familiars - Pug
 Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch Familiars - Pug
 Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch Familiars - Pug
 Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch Familiars - Pug
 Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch Familiars - Pug

Orruk Jam Zone

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

I’ve been a busy grit getting moving house and painting when I can this week. It’s nice to have the jungleboyz taking to a proper display base. I’ve paintedany units in the past (take that how you want) but never with an imbedded display board. New! Fu…

Showcase: Stormcast Eternals Primal Kings Warhost

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

This fledgling Stormcast Eternal warhost is my entry into the world of Age of Sigmar. I started painting this force around 6 months ago. It’s not much to show as I’ve been painting these models in-between other projects. This side project is slowly turning into a main project. After the jump I share more thoughts and close ups of each unit. 

More after the jump

Warhammer Digital Newsletter

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

Something helpful for the Age of Sigmar players from Warhammer Digital…

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Showcase: Stormcast Eternals Judicators of the Primal Kings

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Back on the 4th of December I posted a Work in Progress post showing some base colours added to this unit of Judicators. It’s now the middle of February and I’m proud to say I’ve finished painting the unit. After the jump I gush over how happy I am with my paint scheme and share more pictures. 

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9th Age/AoS – Dark Elves Army – BIG!

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I`m crazy! Third post and third army on my blog 🙂 But my base of unreleased pictures is stil waaay too big. You can check some previous posts related to this army HERE, HERE and HERE. Today I`d like to show you infantry-based Dark Elves army. Forces designed for oldhammer or 9th Age battles but[…]

Figurkowy Karnawał Blogowy XXX – Epickość.. Carnival of Blog’s Minis XXX – Epicness..

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

Chaos Daemons Disciples of Tzeentch

Figurkowy Karnawał Blogowy

For non polish visitors I hasten to explain that Carnival of Blog’s Minis is the initiative of polish miniatures bloggers. The idea is based on monthly challenges on various topics about miniatures etc. This month’s theme is “Epicness”.
Trwa jubileuszowa XXX edycja Figurkowego Karnawału Blogowego, ogłoszona przez PSborsuka na blogu Borsuczy warsztat, zaś motywem przewodnim jest “Epickość”.
Thinking about how to present the February edition of CBM, I had many ideas but none of them was “epic” enough. I always try to paint every miniature in an epic way, but can a single miniature be really so epic? Of course, it is really hard to beat the hard work and craftmanship in finishing such projects as the Greater Daemon of Tzeentch or the Giant Mammoth. Compared to them my Ogroid Thaumaturge seemed too small, my Herold of Tzeentch conversion required too much time and I had almost no time at all.. than I understood – what could possibly be more epic than the whole army of miniatures?! Of course, I wouldn’t be able to paint such an army in so short time and I didn’t want to lower its painting level. Therefore I took the epic challenge – I will paint each and every Tzeentch model I have this year! It’s going to be the year of the Lord of Change and what you see below is just the beginning =) As never before, I need your support to finish what is supposed to be a neverending story in the Tzeentch’s world =)

Myśląc nad  realizacją tematu lutowej edycji FKB miałem kilka pomysłów, ale żaden nie wydawał mi się wystarczająco “epicki”. Naprawdę staram się epicko pomalować każdą jedną figurkę, ale czy na pewno pojedyncza figurka może być aż tak epicka? Oczywiście ciężko przebić wysiłek i kunszt włożony w ukończenie takich projektów jak Wielki Demon Tzeentcha, czy też Gigantyczny Mamut. Przy nich Ogroid Thaumaturge wydawał się jakiś mały, konwersja Herolda Tzeentcha przerażała mnie ogromem pracy, prawie absolutny brak czasu ograniczył moje możliwości niemal do zera.. i wtedy zrozumiałem – co może w tym fantastycznym miniaturowym świecie być bardziej epickie niż cała armia figurek?! Rzecz jasna nie dałbym rady pomalować całej armii w tym krótkim czasie, zaś nie chciałem ograniczyć poziomu jej malowania. Dlatego też podjąłem epickie wyzwanie – w tym roku pomaluję wszystkie posiadane przeze mnie modele Tzeentcha! To będzie rok Pana Zmian, a to co widzicie poniżej to dopiero początek =) Jak nigdy potrzebuję więc Waszego wsparcia, bym mógł dokończyć to co nigdy się nie kończy w świecie Tzeentcha =)
Chaos Daemons Disciples of Tzeentch

Age of Sigmar – Khorne Bloodbound – whole army

Posted on February 26th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Blood for the Blood God – welcome on my blog after a long break. I noticed that my folder with pictures of painted minis is way too big. It`s time for changes. I have a plan to write minimum two posts per week ;] So what`s the main theme today? I decided to show you one[…]

Showcase: Stormcast Eternals Lord Celestant

Posted on February 26th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Hi, all! I might be a little late with this model since it came out with the initial starter box set for Age of Sigmar in 2015. But I think it’s never too late to start painting some Stormcast Eternals.I painted this Lord Celestant in the colours …

Games Workshop Newsletter

Posted on February 25th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

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Gav Thorpe Newsletter

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

The latest newsletter from Gav Thorpe…

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If you’d like to recieve this newsletter direct rather than via this blog then you can sign up for it here.
  • Warbeast Longlisted For David Gemmell Award
  • Hello!
  • Asurmen: The Darker Road
  • Big Stompy Robot News
  • Newsletter Q&A – Phoenix Lords
  • Submission Alert
  • Blog Round-Up
  • Upcoming Events
  • Kickstarter – Dwarves of Iron Peak
  • Hard Drive Hot List (or, What I’m Currently Writing)
  • Bi-Monthly Competition
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Cover of Warbeast by Gav Thorpe
I’m chuffed to bits that Warbeast has been longlisted for this years Gemmell Awards.  I’ve spoken before about the challenges I had writing in the new Age of Sigmar, and the final novel probably has more of my blood, sweat, and tears in it than any of my other novels (or at least late nights, excessive amount of biscuits, and frustrated editors).
Voting on the longlist takes just three clicks, and you don’t have to register.  I’d really appreciate your support!


“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
 “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”
Both of these remarks (the first not really a verifiable quote, the second from George Santayana) could easily be applied to my mindset at this stage of nearly every novel I write. I am in that place where I wish I had been more diligent and disciplined in the opening stages so that I did not have quite so much work to do right now.
It is far from insurmountable, but a reminder of two things:
  1. No matter how clever the idea, or what you are trying to do, or how you think you might improve things, if you have been successfully writing for twenty years with a particular process and have a deadline to keep, stick to the damn process!
  2. ‘I’ll do more tomorrow’, is the most terrible of justifications for being lazy.
Regarding the first point, I write to a plan. The plan might change, or even be thrown out of the window, but is what I do. If I do not have a plan, I should take a day or two or twenty to come up with a plan.
I have frequently characterised my process as think-write-think; being plan, type, and then edit. For reasons unknown (see first quote) I sometimes have the wild idea that I can be more organic, perhaps make up some stuff as I go along.
Blank notepad with screwed up balls of paper next to it
Result? Slow writing, that meanders and gets more difficult with each passing day. I then have to take time to come up with the plan with which I should have started.
The latter point is summed up by the second quote, because I won’t catch up the next day, or the next; I’ll have to catch up every day for the last two weeks before the deadline. That comfy two-thousand-words-a-day I scheduled becomes two and half, and then three, and then four…
While we cannot live in denial of our nature, we should at least try our best to grow, to develop favourable habits, and maybe have a smidgeon of self-awareness.
And hence, this brief newsletter introduction, and then back to more writing. With that in mind, I shall leave with two more happy thoughts, the second of which is an aphorism I created for Warhammer 40,000.
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
“Hope is but the first step on the road to disappointment.”

Asurmen: The Darker Road

Cover of Asurmen: The Darker Road by Gav Thorpe
Asurmen: The Darker Road, my companion audio drama for Asurmen: Hand of Asuryan, was released this month on CD and MP3.
It’s already had some great reviews from Mengel MiniaturesMass Movement, and Track of Words.
 It is said the Phoenix Lords arrive on the eve of great moments… Guided by fate, Asurmen the Hand of Asuryan comes to the craftworld of Ulthwé. At the behest of the head of the seer council, he joins the warriors of Ulthwé and the young seer Eldrad on a quest to the Crone Worlds in search of the oracle Hiron-athela. It is believed that this being holds an artefact that could safeguard Ulthwé’s future, but in order to obtain it the eldar must travel a dark road… “
In case you missed it over on the blog, you can read my Author’s Notesfollow the original script whilst listening to the audio extract, and read my Top Tips for Creating an Audio Drama. There will also be an interview with cover artist Alex Boyd going up soon.

Big Stompy Robot News

After several late nights painting terrain in a freezing garage, I finally managed to get my new Big Stompy Robots game ready to take to the ROBIN wargaming show.  Well, almost – you may have seen a picture of me touching up the terrain paintwork 10 minutes before the doors opened…
I won’t talk about it too much here, as I’ve gone into greater detail in the Big Stompy Robots Newsletter, and on the blog, but suffice to say I am happy with how it was received, and am encouraged to continue development of the game. A big thank you to everyone who took an interest and came over for a demo game.
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Newsletter Q&A

Adam asked: Gav. Since you’re writing about the Phoenix Lords… When it comes to writing about the Scorpion, will it cover Ahrha or Karandras or both? I don’t really think that you could tell the tale of the Scorpion without writing about both.
Well, that’s the question isn’t it? The truth is, it hasn’t been settled yet. That sort of subject will need to be cleared by GW – how much do we say about what and whom – so the scope of the Scorpion(s) installments are yet to be determined. At some point I would like the backstory to cover the breaking of the Asurya, which is based around Ahrha’s betrayal, so it would be difficult to avoid. Hopefully I (or someone else) will get the chance to look at Ahrha as well as Karandras (I take it you have read Path of the Warrior?).
If you want to ask a question, just reply to the newsletter and I’ll get back to you as soon as my schedule allows.  I’ll pick a question to go in the next newsletter, and combine them all into a blog post for the website.  Click the button below for the full Q&A round-up for February.
Hydra Imprint from Random House Logo

! Submissions Alert !

Bit of a different one this month. Here’s a list of Imprints from major publishers, who accept submissions from un-agented authors.
An imprint of a publisher is a trade name under which it publishes a work. A single publishing company may have multiple imprints, often using the different names as brands to market works to various demographic consumer segments.
My first fantasy series outside of Black Library, Empire of the Blood, was published by Angry Robot, who at the time were an imprint of Harper Collins.  It’s a great way to get a foot in the door with a major publisher, and have the comfort of knowing you have an experienced and reputable organisation at your back.
  • Tor / Forge (imprint of Macmillan)
  • DAW (imprint of Penguin)
  • Hydra (imprint of Random House)
The above links will take you to pages from “Authors Publish”, a weekly online magazine for writers.  They provide regular updates of publishers who are taking submissions, free eBooks to support your development as a writer, and useful blogs such as “How to know if you are really a writer”! If you’re happy to receive a weekly email from them, I would encourage you to sign up.

Blog Round-Up

See a 3D scan of one of my painted mechs, courtesy of the Mixed Reality Storytelling project.  This blog also has links to lots and lots of robot minis, if you want to get stompy yourself.
Read more about Warbeast being longlisted for the David Gemmell Legend award, including the story of when I met the man himself.  Listen to an interview with Masters of the Forge where we discuss The Beast Must Die, and find out how my books did at UK libraries this year.

Upcoming Events

  • November 2017 (date TBC), Black Library Weekender
I’m hoping to take Big Stompy Robots to a few other wargaming shows this year, but nothing confirmed yet.
Do come and say ‘hello’ if you are attending these events (and feel free to bring any books you’d like me to sign).


Dwarves of Iron Peak

“Dwarves of Iron Peak is a 20-30min competitive 2 player board game that pits a band of Dwarves, bent on recovering their stolen Relic from an enormous Mountain Troll.”
Dwarves of Iron Peak Artwork
My explanation for promoting this Kickstarter?  It’s Dwarves innit – nuff said!
Envelope with "Top Secret" stamped on it
One of the most common questions I get asked is “What are you working on?”, so here’s my (sorry, sometimes cryptic) list of works in progress, plus future releases.

Hard Drive Hot List

Bi-Monthly Competition Winner

All subscribers to my mailing list are entered into the bi-monthly draw to win a personalised, signed copy of one of my books.  The next winner will be picked in March, and will receive their choice from my back-catalogue box – if I’ve got it, you can have it (includes some limited editions, and older titles that are no longer in print).
Cover of Asurmen: The Darker Road by Gav Thorpe, published by Black Library
Cover of Azrael by Gav Thorpe, published by Black Library
Cover of The Thirteenth Wolf by Gav Thorpe

Showcase: Sylvaneth Treelord Ancient

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I’ve finished my Treelord Ancient for my Sylvaneth army. It took a while to paint and is very detailed, I’m glad to finish him and I’m really pleased with the outcome! Click to view more photos after the jump!

More after the jump

Warhammer Digital Newsletter

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

A new Age of Sigmar eBook from Warhammer Digital…

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Games Workshop no Brasil – A quarta vez é a que conta!

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  Hello Reader!   This is the Portuguese version of our article about Games Workshop’s return to Brazil by a new importer/distributor. You can check the English version here.   +++   Olá Leitor!   Se você acompanha nossas redes sociais já viu em primeira mão lá em nossa página no Facebook a nota anunciando […]

Games Workshop in Brazil – The fourth time is the real charm!

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  Olá Leitor.   Este artigo é a versão em inglês do nosso artigo sobre o retorno da Games Workshop ao Brasil. Você pode conferir a versão em português aqui.   +++   Hello Reader!   If you’re already following the blog’s social media channels, you’ve probably seen our note about Games Workshop getting distributed […]