Posts Tagged ‘Eldar’

Lost a Wing…

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 under , . Posted by

I was hoping to finish the Phoenix last night but with friends coming over for dinner tonight the “other domestic duties as assigned” clause in my relationship was activated. Maybe I’ll get to them this Sunday or next Tuesday. Either way, I’m looking f…

Shadow War: Brind’s World Campaign Weekend (Part Three)

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

This is the third and final instalment of my report on the Shadow War: Armageddon campaign I hosted last weekend. If you missed the first two, you can find them here:Shadow War: Brind’s World Campaign Weekend (Part One)Shadow War: Brind’s World Campaig…

Aeldari Craftworld Wild Rider Jetbike Army Gallery (Nearly done!!)

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

A quick gallery of my army as it is now… it’s really starting to come together!Test tube holders make for the best model painting grips…Until next time!Thanks for reading.If you liked what you saw, and you want to help out, please leave a comment. …

Shadow War: Brind’s World Weekend Campaign (Part Two)

Posted on February 21st, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Saturday Morning we gathered together again to play some more Shadow War: Armageddon Brind’s World. If you haven’t checked out Part One (it has all the background details) you can find it here:Shadow War: Brind’s World Weekend Campaign (Part One) …

Shadow War: Brind’s World Campaign Weekend (Part One)

Posted on February 20th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

This past weekend was my (usually) annual Wargaming Birthday Bash Weekend. It was actually held a week earlier than it previously has (my birthday is next weekend) to accommodate a couple of friends that were coming from out of town (though one of them…

Black Library – Newsletter

Posted on February 17th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

New releases from the Black Library…——————-View in web browser Coming SoonNew TitlesSeriesAuthorsHeirs of the Laughing God: A Deadly WitGav ThorpeBattling orks, the Harlequins of the Masque of the Fading Dawn begin to worry abou…

Eldar and Other Assorted Sci-Fi Goodies

Posted on February 16th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Just a few last items I’m finishing up before the Shadow War Campaign Weekend begins this evening.  actually two of them were finished ages ago, I just didn’t want to include them in posts about other stuff… I don’t know..Eight Eldar Guardians f…

Eldar Dire Avengers

Posted on February 12th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Eldar were my very first 40K army. That was 30 years ago. I sold them all off about 25 years ago. For $40. Canadian. Still kicking myself. In reality it was probably only a few dozen of those original Rogue Trader era Guardians, a Lascannon and cre…

Coming in Hot!

Posted on February 9th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I finished up the weapons and cockpits and got halfway through touching up and shading the orange on the Phoenix. Hoping to finish that next week and move on to their highlights.

For Science!

Posted on January 30th, 2018 under , . Posted by

The Phoenix needed a bit of touch up after a failed attempt of actual flight from being left on the top of my car. One’s still going to need a bit of putty and I’m going to have to figure out how to make a tail fin tip for another. Anyway, the black is…

Eldar Force

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Eldrad Ultheran and Wraithguard (magnetised) Eldrad and the Wraithguard were painted to level 5 quality. All the gold and metal elements were painted using Non Metal metallic techniques. The runes were painted to simulate a glowing light source. The Wraithguard were magnetized to allow a different combination of weaponry. Finally […]

Completed – Wraith Knight, Guard Starter Set & more

Posted on January 25th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

One advantage of taking time off over the school holidays is the amount of painting I’ve managed to get done while the kids kept themselves entertained.  Completed so far this month:Harlequin themed Wraith KnightImperial Guard SquadGuard Commissar…

Orange is the New Orange

Posted on January 12th, 2018 under , . Posted by

New year, same old color. This time on aircraft though! I started the Phoenix last night, and have been prettying the Avatar up for some paint. His sword got sharpened and he’s based in such a way that I can plop him down on a Court of the Young King b…

Games Workshop – Warhammer Community Round-up

Posted on January 10th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The latest Warhammer Community news round-up…——————-View in web browser  Your Warhammer Community News RoundupThe Malign Portents deepen…A new story emerges on the Malign Portents website – turn down the lights, read it and pr…

Forge World – Newsletter

Posted on January 5th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Some new releases from Forge World and the chance to win an Eldar Revenant Titan…——————–View in web browserWin a Revenant TitanIn this week’s competition, you could win a mighty Revenant Titan – a colossal war machine with the grace of a…

2017 Epic Retrospective

Posted on January 5th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I meant to get these out last week, but there was much celebrating to contend with. Anyway, here’s the Epic I managed to paint in 2017. The Void Spinners were kept out as I still need to finish their array barrels. Looking at them now, I also want to g…

Allies of Inconvenience- Episode 7: Codex Reviews and Dead Primarchs

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

I know we have lapsed a few months. But thats how life goes isn’t it. To make up for it this episode has not 3, but 4 segments!Listen/Subscribe with iTunes Happy holidays! Since it tis the season AND we have missed a few months, we bring you a lon…

Gav Thorpe – Newsletter

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

The latest newsletter from the author Gav Thorpe…——————–Hello!The Board is Set & FireheartQ&A: Imperium & Aeldari – Best Friends?What Do You Do All Day?Blog Round-UpUpcoming EventsSubmissions Alert – Black Library (& The …

Not Dead Yet!

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

It’s been nearly a month since I picked up a paint brush what with Thanksgiving, vacation and newer hobbies but here we are. The Wraithlords are nearly finished. The biggest thing left are the Wraithseer blades, after that it’s just touch up and basing…

5 Things I Hate/Love About Eldar, 8th Edition

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

Discordian here again, this time with my love and hate relationship with Alderannians… Ailerons…. screw it, Eldar in 8th edition thus far!Here is the Love1. Craftworlds being a thingI’ve been playing long enough to remember that Craftworlds us…

5 Things I Hate/Love About Eldar, 8th Edition

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

Discordian here again, this time with my love and hate relationship with Alderannians… Ailerons…. screw it, Eldar in 8th edition thus far!Here is the Love1. Craftworlds being a thingI’ve been playing long enough to remember that Craftworlds us…

Gav Thorpe – Newsletter

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

A newsletter courtesy of the author Gav Thorpe…

Fantasy Artwork from Gav's Website
  • Hello!
  • Frostgrave: Tales of the Lost Isles
  • Reddit AMA – Squats!
  • The Rise of Ynnead
  • Kickstarter – Tripods and Triplanes
  • Blog Round-Up
  • Upcoming Events
  • Submissions Alert – StarShipSofa
  • Hard Drive Hot List (or, My Current Projects)
  • Bi-Monthly Competition Winner
Gav drinking a cup of tea

Hello!

One of the best things about working for the Games Workshop Design Studio, aside from playing games being part of my day job, was being around such a diverse and creative team who could inspire with their ideas, visions, and enthusiasm.
Writing however is a lonely business.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining, the solitary nature of being a freelance writer is one of the reasons I love what I do, but nonetheless, it is a lonely business. Which is why events like the Black Library Weekender, which took place last weekend, are a welcome ‘actual-real-life-people’ link back to the work I do.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar Logo
Josh Reynolds, David Guymer, David Annandale and Clint Werner have all been bringing Age of Sigmar to life, so it was great to have the opportunity to talk to them in person and share ideas about how we can feed off each other’s stories and world-building to help the fiction feel coherent in the same way that 40K stories and novels are (I’ll be writing my second Age of Sigmar novel next year).
There were many such conversations with the other authors this weekend, squeezed into quick conversations between signings, panels, and pints of beer.
It’s that sparking of ideas that really re-charges my creative batteries when I go to these sorts of events, and chatting with fans that tops up my enthusiasm levels.
Now I’m all fired up to write about Age of Sigmar, Harlequins, Last Chancers and lots more stuff that I’ll probably never get to fit into my schedule. It’s the same when I’ve been to a gaming convention – when I get home I just want to work on Big Stompy Robots or one of the many other games I have half-cooked. Not to mention genre events such as Nine Worlds and EdgeLit which leave me wanting to write more  original fiction.
Too many ideas, and not enough time – not a bad place to be really.
Gav

Frostgrave – Tales of the Lost Isles

Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago Tales of the Lost Isles with Gav Thorpe
Earlier this year I was invited to contribute to an anthology of stories set in the new Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago.
I’ve always liked the look of Frostgrave, the miniatures are characterful and the gaming tables I’ve seen at events really stand out, so of course I said yes.
Tales of the Lost Isles is now available to buy and includes stories from Ben Counter, Mark Latham and Matthew Ward amongst others.
“The Ghost Archipelago has returned. A vast island chain, covered in the ruins of ancient and otherworldly civilizations, the Archipelago appears every few centuries, far out in the southern ocean. At such times, pirates, adventurers, wizards, and legendary heroes all descend upon the islands in the hopes of finding lost treasures and powerful artefacts.”
My short story – The Journal – follows the adventure of Marianne Amontill, a magic-gifted Heritor questing with a ragtag band using her ancestor’s journal as a guide. If the terrain and denizens of the Ghost Archipelago were not obstacles enough, the pursuit of the relentless Amanuel adds extra peril to her mission.

Reddit AMA

In case you missed it, I did an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on r/warhammer earlier this month.  I was a bit worried about it being mostly tumbleweed, but there were so many questions I only got to answer about half of them.
bjornbjornsen asked: I’d be interested to know what your reaction was to the small but loyal Squat fanbase that still exists out there? Converting AoS models to use in 40k, keeping the old lead model circulating on the second hand market, etc.
Reddit Logo
I think it’s very Squattish. Resilient, you might say. I notice this with other fandoms – Sisters players are very devout in their attention to their army, Dark Angels players love arguing amongst themselves about the Fallen, and orks players… Well, they’re just here for the dakka.
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.  Click the button below for the full AMA.

The Rise of Ynnead

With the release of Ghost Warrior, I wrote a blog about how ideas can lay dormant within 40K for many years, before bearing fruit in unexpected ways.
Yncarne Model
“One of the early lessons in background-writing was that a mystery is worth ten facts when it comes to describing the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The lore has always been intended as small spotlights in the darkness, illuminating just a tiny portion of the shadowed whole. The parts we show serve to hint at what lies in the gloom beyond, perhaps even guide players and readers and painters into their own explorations, but never fully reveal the workings of the universe.”

Kickstarter – Tripods and Triplanes

This game caught my eye because it’s from Ares Games, the people behind Sails of Glory, which I backed on Kickstarter and have really enjoyed playing.  The Kickstarter is launching on 28th November.
“The new stand-alone game, fully compatible with WW1 Wings of Glory, will merge the Martian invasion described by H.G. Wells in his novel “War of the Worlds” with the historical background of the Great War.”
Tripods and Triplanes Artwork

Blog Round-Up

The cover for Ghost Warrior is one of my favourites, so I was really pleased that artist Anna Lakisova took the time to answer my questions in this blog.
You can also listen to an interview with Combat Phase about Lorgar: Bearer of the Word.

! Submissions Alert !

StarShipSofa is a long running science-fiction podcast that is currently looking for stories up to 10,000 words.
StarShipSofa Logo
“What We’re Looking For
In a word: science-fiction. From the soft, social science fiction to the weird pulpy stuff to the vigorous hard SF and YA adventure. We welcome all sub-genres and all variety of punks in all their colours. From high-octane action to quiet philosophical stories, we’re after it all.Science fiction is a rich and diverse genre, push it’s boundaries as far as you can go.”
There’s no closing date advertised, so you’ll need to submit as soon as possible.
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. This month’s winner is Jamie McKendry from Australia who will receive a signed copy of my audio drama Heirs of the Laughing God: A Deadly Wit. The next winner will be picked in January, and will receive a signed copy of The Sundering, which is being re-released as part of the Warhammer Chronicles series.
Cover of Ghost Warrior by Gav Thorpe
Cover of Lorgar by Gav Thorpe
Cover of Conquest of the Nu World by Gav Thorpe

Gav Thorpe – Newsletter

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

A newsletter courtesy of the author Gav Thorpe…

Fantasy Artwork from Gav's Website
  • Hello!
  • Frostgrave: Tales of the Lost Isles
  • Reddit AMA – Squats!
  • The Rise of Ynnead
  • Kickstarter – Tripods and Triplanes
  • Blog Round-Up
  • Upcoming Events
  • Submissions Alert – StarShipSofa
  • Hard Drive Hot List (or, My Current Projects)
  • Bi-Monthly Competition Winner
Gav drinking a cup of tea

Hello!

One of the best things about working for the Games Workshop Design Studio, aside from playing games being part of my day job, was being around such a diverse and creative team who could inspire with their ideas, visions, and enthusiasm.
Writing however is a lonely business.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining, the solitary nature of being a freelance writer is one of the reasons I love what I do, but nonetheless, it is a lonely business. Which is why events like the Black Library Weekender, which took place last weekend, are a welcome ‘actual-real-life-people’ link back to the work I do.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar Logo
Josh Reynolds, David Guymer, David Annandale and Clint Werner have all been bringing Age of Sigmar to life, so it was great to have the opportunity to talk to them in person and share ideas about how we can feed off each other’s stories and world-building to help the fiction feel coherent in the same way that 40K stories and novels are (I’ll be writing my second Age of Sigmar novel next year).
There were many such conversations with the other authors this weekend, squeezed into quick conversations between signings, panels, and pints of beer.
It’s that sparking of ideas that really re-charges my creative batteries when I go to these sorts of events, and chatting with fans that tops up my enthusiasm levels.
Now I’m all fired up to write about Age of Sigmar, Harlequins, Last Chancers and lots more stuff that I’ll probably never get to fit into my schedule. It’s the same when I’ve been to a gaming convention – when I get home I just want to work on Big Stompy Robots or one of the many other games I have half-cooked. Not to mention genre events such as Nine Worlds and EdgeLit which leave me wanting to write more  original fiction.
Too many ideas, and not enough time – not a bad place to be really.
Gav

Frostgrave – Tales of the Lost Isles

Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago Tales of the Lost Isles with Gav Thorpe
Earlier this year I was invited to contribute to an anthology of stories set in the new Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago.
I’ve always liked the look of Frostgrave, the miniatures are characterful and the gaming tables I’ve seen at events really stand out, so of course I said yes.
Tales of the Lost Isles is now available to buy and includes stories from Ben Counter, Mark Latham and Matthew Ward amongst others.
“The Ghost Archipelago has returned. A vast island chain, covered in the ruins of ancient and otherworldly civilizations, the Archipelago appears every few centuries, far out in the southern ocean. At such times, pirates, adventurers, wizards, and legendary heroes all descend upon the islands in the hopes of finding lost treasures and powerful artefacts.”
My short story – The Journal – follows the adventure of Marianne Amontill, a magic-gifted Heritor questing with a ragtag band using her ancestor’s journal as a guide. If the terrain and denizens of the Ghost Archipelago were not obstacles enough, the pursuit of the relentless Amanuel adds extra peril to her mission.

Reddit AMA

In case you missed it, I did an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on r/warhammer earlier this month.  I was a bit worried about it being mostly tumbleweed, but there were so many questions I only got to answer about half of them.
bjornbjornsen asked: I’d be interested to know what your reaction was to the small but loyal Squat fanbase that still exists out there? Converting AoS models to use in 40k, keeping the old lead model circulating on the second hand market, etc.
Reddit Logo
I think it’s very Squattish. Resilient, you might say. I notice this with other fandoms – Sisters players are very devout in their attention to their army, Dark Angels players love arguing amongst themselves about the Fallen, and orks players… Well, they’re just here for the dakka.
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.  Click the button below for the full AMA.

The Rise of Ynnead

With the release of Ghost Warrior, I wrote a blog about how ideas can lay dormant within 40K for many years, before bearing fruit in unexpected ways.
Yncarne Model
“One of the early lessons in background-writing was that a mystery is worth ten facts when it comes to describing the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The lore has always been intended as small spotlights in the darkness, illuminating just a tiny portion of the shadowed whole. The parts we show serve to hint at what lies in the gloom beyond, perhaps even guide players and readers and painters into their own explorations, but never fully reveal the workings of the universe.”

Kickstarter – Tripods and Triplanes

This game caught my eye because it’s from Ares Games, the people behind Sails of Glory, which I backed on Kickstarter and have really enjoyed playing.  The Kickstarter is launching on 28th November.
“The new stand-alone game, fully compatible with WW1 Wings of Glory, will merge the Martian invasion described by H.G. Wells in his novel “War of the Worlds” with the historical background of the Great War.”
Tripods and Triplanes Artwork

Blog Round-Up

The cover for Ghost Warrior is one of my favourites, so I was really pleased that artist Anna Lakisova took the time to answer my questions in this blog.
You can also listen to an interview with Combat Phase about Lorgar: Bearer of the Word.

! Submissions Alert !

StarShipSofa is a long running science-fiction podcast that is currently looking for stories up to 10,000 words.
StarShipSofa Logo
“What We’re Looking For
In a word: science-fiction. From the soft, social science fiction to the weird pulpy stuff to the vigorous hard SF and YA adventure. We welcome all sub-genres and all variety of punks in all their colours. From high-octane action to quiet philosophical stories, we’re after it all.Science fiction is a rich and diverse genre, push it’s boundaries as far as you can go.”
There’s no closing date advertised, so you’ll need to submit as soon as possible.
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. This month’s winner is Jamie McKendry from Australia who will receive a signed copy of my audio drama Heirs of the Laughing God: A Deadly Wit. The next winner will be picked in January, and will receive a signed copy of The Sundering, which is being re-released as part of the Warhammer Chronicles series.
Cover of Ghost Warrior by Gav Thorpe
Cover of Lorgar by Gav Thorpe
Cover of Conquest of the Nu World by Gav Thorpe

The Return of Bigger Sci-fi Elf Spirit Zombies

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

It’s been slow going due to some 1:1 scale projects, but I’ve made progress on the Wraithlords. Five are done, I’ve got another seven to do the orange highlights on and they’ll be good as well.

The Return of Bigger Sci-fi Elf Spirit Zombies

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

It’s been slow going due to some 1:1 scale projects, but I’ve made progress on the Wraithlords. Five are done, I’ve got another seven to do the orange highlights on and they’ll be good as well.