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Chat: Garfy's Armies on Parade Experience 2019

Hobbyists all over the world flocked to their local Warhammer Stores on the 19th October 2019 and I was one of them. I only decided to enter three days before the the event after chatting with friends. I decided to take my Dark Angels which I'd been painting since September 2018.  Read on after the jump.More after the jump

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Chat: The Missing Models! - Dark Angels in White Dwarf

The cover story on this month's White Dwarf is all about Dark Angels and I was invited to share my collection on these hallowed pages. Regular readers would have been following my progress on my Dark Angels for a while but I thought I'd use this post to share the models that aren't in the article. Check them out after the jump. More after the jump

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Chat: Finding my feet with Contrast

Full disclosure, Games Workshop sent me the full range of Contrast paints free of charge. This isn't a paid for promotion and these are my own opinions. Firstly I'm a Citadel Colour user. I've done the switch to other manufacturers and switched back when Games Workshop released their Base, Layer, Shade, Edge System. When Games Workshop announced Contrast it really grabbed my attention. Long story short, a couple of emails later, Games Workshop selling out most of their range in three days and a couple of weeks wait and I'm now in a position to play with the new paints. Find out what I think after the jump. More after the jump

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A Brief Pause in Production

You may have noticed that my gaming output, and therefore my blogging, has dropped off a little over the last couple of weeks. There are a few reasons for this, but I will only be discussing one of them here today. This is a good news/bad news post that will explain why the drop off occurred.Good news because, finally, after almost exactly a year, I landed myself a new job. I will hopefully be able to stop struggling to pay the bills and actually gain a new purpose in life. So far, it has been a good first three weeks or so on the whole, although, like with all new jobs, there have been moments of self doubt as my skillset hasn't matched what might be required. This will come in time and I am looking forward to applying myself to improving my lot in life.The bad news is that my painting and hobby stuff will probably have to go on hold for a little while as I adjust to my new lifestyle. I will be working quite a few weekends over the coming months in addition to my normal working week as there is a massive pro

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Chat: Introducing Tale of Tuesdays

We all love "Tale of Four Warlords" (previously Tale of Four Gamers) in White Dwarf. It was the inspiration for Stahly naming this blog. Well, it's about time we actively participated in our namesake and launch Tale of Tuesdays. And best of all: You can join us painting your Blood Bowl team and win a plastic Blood Bowl team box of your choice! Get the low down after the jump.More after the jump

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Battle of Pelennor Fields

This is just a quick update post on some new stuff that is due to, or has just, come out recently for the Rohan faction on the Lord of the Rings side of the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game.A friend of mine (RM) has just recently bought the Battle of Pelennor Fields box set. It contains a hard back copy of the main rules manual, a softback supplemental on the Battle of Pelennor Fields, several gaming aids (dice, measuring sticks etc.) and around 84 miniatures (Riders and Warriors of Rohan, Warriors of the Dead, a new plastic Theoden (foot and mounted), the Witch King on a fell beast, a Mordor troll and tons of orcs.He said that the box represents great value for money as, for once, GW has produced a set that actually has contents at a rate discounted from their normally recommended prices. RM has been using the Riders of Rohan as knights in our Pendragon campaign, and they are working rather well. The plastic Theoden figure is a superb sculpt and well worth picking up on its own.Also released are a bunch of

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Scouring of the Shire mk II

As I am unable to progress with any figures prep today (and most likely not tomorrow either) I thought I would add in a couple of supplemental blog entries about the Games Workshop Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game.Whilst surfing the good ol' internet last night I came across a few new releases from Games Workshop for the Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game. This is probably old news to most, but I am going to post up as an aide-de-memoir, so I know what I am missing from my GW LotR hobby. It is also a coincidence that I only posted up a few of my Bree/Shire related miniatures the other day and this is what is due out in the next GW release.Since the game's relaunch last year, GW and Forgeworld have been good to their word and are fully behind supporting it as a mainstream game. As a result, several rulebooks have already been released (of which I have only the initial Battle Companies one). I would like to grab the Lord of the Rings related ones when I am able but don't have much interest in The Hobbit st

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Free Comic Book Day 2019

Free Comic Book Day - Saturday 4th May 2019 Time flies...Free Comic Book Day is here again, and this year it coincides with Star Wars Day. The cosplayers were out in force (pardon the pun) and the day had the makings of a great one, despite the inclement weather.I tried to do my usual this year but with a couple of minor changes due to littlun wanting to come and do some drawing. Usually I head to Orbital first to grab a hand-picked selection of comics, followed by GOSH and then Forbidden Planet as they usually have some kind of 2000AD related signing event.This year though, the first port of call was GOSH for the kids' comic drawing event. There were three or four professional comics artists and writers on hand to guide the youngsters through creating their own five or six frame story. All the kids seemed to have great fun and the artsists were great as they let the children's imaginations run riot but guided them on how to present their ideas on the page. It was a good 45 minutes session for my son. Unfortu

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Tolkien - the film (some spoilers)

I happened to catch sight of an advert for this film on the side of a bus as I was driving my youngest to his child minder last Tuesday morning. On a whim, I decided to take the littluns to the cinema to see it this afternoon/evening as it was only a 12a certificate and they know I love the books and films.I was not sure what to expect to be honest as the Tolkien estate have not given their consent to it and the only review I have read so far panned it (and the reviewer hadn't even seen the film!); well, more like they panned the writing and directing team due to the nature of their prior works.I watched it with an open mind in the hope that I might learn something about the life of professor Tolkien. The film mostly concentrated on his childhood, the love he had for his wife, and how he worked his way through school where he met his friends and gained a place at university. The story is mostly told as flashbacks from his time in the trenches.Of the many things I really liked about the film was the imagery in

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King Conan

Following on from the post a couple of days ago, here is my collection of King Conan comics related stuff. Again, like with the Conan, Kull and Solomon Kane collections, these are the items released by Dark Horse when they held the franchise for Robert E Howard's stable of comic characters.Dark Horse were nothing if not thorough with their release schedules for the characters they held the rights for over the last ten years or so. King Conan was well represented and had more released for him, even though the tales were spin-offs from the main Conan storylines etc., than either Solomon or Kull.As per the Conan blog entry, first up are the Marvel reprints...The Chronicles of King Conan : 11 volumesUnusually for King Conan, as a character, there were no Savage Sword of or Saga of series that I am aware of, so I can only report on the Chronicles of King Conan reprints that were collected into the colour trades. There were eleven volumes (which surprised me a bit as I didn't think there were that many) of King Con

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500th Post and 10 Years of Blogging

This post for today is a bit off topic but I thought it would be nice to say "Thank you" to my loyal readers and casual browsers for staying with me through the thick and thin of the last few years.For me, it will also be an an aide de memoir for how my little blog has been going.Used without permission, but with thanks to the Fortune 500 companies Well, I am not sure how it got here, but it did. 500 posts over 10 years is quite an achievement when looked at in the cold light of day - approximately one update per week! I missed the tenth anniversary of this blog back on the 16th of April this year as I was so busy putting up new content I didn't think to look back to see when it all started; it is only this memorable blog count that drew my attention to it.Well, not today but on the16th April 2019My blogging started off in a bright and breezy fashion, updating semi-regularly and in an eclectic fashion, concentrating mainly on: painted miniatures from a variety of my collections, the play-by-email games I was

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Conan

Another early posting today as most of the work had already been done on this over the weekend.The final Robert E Howard character I have a comic collection for is Conan. Actually, make that two collections as I have one for Conan and another for King Conan. I will list these separately, so this post is primarily just for the Conan series.Like the Kull and Solomon Kane collected series, Dark Horse did the same with Conan; in fact  Conan was the precursor to the other two collections, so really I should have featured him first, but decided to save the best, in my opinion, until last. As per the other collections, I will read the colour Marvel reprints, followed by the Savage Sword black and whites, and then the Dark Horse written monthly runs, mini-series and one-shots. Hopefully I can remember to jot down the adventure hooks for possible future use.First up are the Marvel reprints...The Chronicles of Conan : 34 volumesThese volumes collect all of the Marvel monthly run comics plus a few other one-offs fr

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Red Sonja : She Devil with a Sword

First post of the week, and I am still carrying on with the comic book based theme as FCBD is rapidly approaching (Saturday 4th May). I still have posts on Conan and King Conan to follow this one over the next couple of days, and one or two similar before getting back onto gaming and my miniatures collections next week, hopefully.Following on from the Kull and Solomon Kane summaries, here is a similar one for my Red Sonja collection. This didn't appear last week as it took an age to find and enter all the details - I spent a fair bit of the weekend tracking stuff down and collating the details for this post and the Conan ones to follow over the next couple of days. That said, as most of the work for Red Sonja was done over the weekend, it meant I could post earlier today as most of the details had already been added to this entry.This is a far more extensive collection than either of her Robert E. Howard stable mates but I didn't actually buy everything that was available. I avoided the Marvel reprint collect

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