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Painting Guide: Khorne Blood Bound

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Ok, I know I promised a rocket video, but I need to edit out the students. Child Protection is something any teacher worth their chalk takes seriously.


Instead here's my guide to painting Khorne Bloodbound:


Ok, that's not how I really paint these guys, and here's a link to an actual painting guide. The conical flask there is full of fake blood I'm using for a murder mystery.



The samples out of the blood group test teaching packet looked more like water melon juice than blood. I'm just doing some custom samples now.


What? Theatricality is important in the classroom. Why wouldn't I spend my free time making realistic looking blood samples?


Until next time!





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Work in Progress: Primaris Field Police

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... or how to compromise.

The Twitter poll was abit of a dud, ending in 50% for White Scars, and 50% for Field Police. So I put them together.

Behold! The Primaris Field Police!

You know what? I like it.

There's certainly a nice theme to be had of a new chapter out to police the new Primaris Marines in this founding. Flipping the colours around from the old Field Police means that my old Marines will still stand out amongst the newbies. I'll also reserve the black armour for veterans, who can now be properly termed Judges...

What do you guys think?

Until next time!

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Quick and Dirty (Ha!) Plague Marine

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Sometimes I feel as though I do things for the awful puns I can title the projects with.

I do not apologise for this behaviour.

This is a Plague Marine from the Dark Imperium box set. My students aren't ever so fussed about the paint job of Chaos Marines, and they tend to say that the spiky bits and tentacles carry the model no matter what the colour.

Basically they were just excited to play with the damn thing, and as a teacher I was happy to oblige. Getting students engaged in anything is the first step to outstanding teaching.

This took about one hour to paint, and that included letting the paint dry.


Undercoat WhiteWash the white with thinned Ushabti Bone.Base coat the restof the armour (WAAAGH Flesh, Hashut Copper, Khorne Red)Heavy wash of Agrax Earthshade

Done.

There's certainly more detail I can do later, but in terms of getting this model to tabletop and looking the part, it's done the trick.

Until next time!

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Mad Science: Atmospheric Hydro-prop Booster

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For some Astartes, jump packs are not enough. For some Astartes, true flight for mankind is the goal.


For this Space Marine... only piercing the heavens will do...















This is where Warhammer 40K and teaching Science intersect. And...


It.


Is.


Glorious.


MWAAHAAHAHAHAHAHA!!


Launch tomorrow.


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Happy Father's Day!

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You know... my wife knows exactly what to put in my toddler son's hands for a good Father's Day treat!


Thanks to both of them!

Until next time!

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8th Edition is today!

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Time to go to the shops!

Well for you guys at least. I have a staff training session this morning. Followed by Open Morning where I'm leading one of the key activities. And then house barbecue.

But you guys have no excuse! Go out, get the 8 ED box now!

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(Belated!) Happy 6 month Birthday Blog!

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As I shot past the 6 month mark without realising, thanks to a combination of 8th Edition and exam season kicking off, I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick stock check of how things were progressing now.


In case you were wondering, unlike the other two Birthday blogs where I was at a parents evening, I'm acting as monitor for a GCSE exam as I write this. This is like an unofficial invigilator, who is just a spare person to take people to the loo, escort unwell students to the school nurse etc. There's not much to do apart from work on a laptop at the back of the exam room, so I have some time to do this.


The blog was started on the 24th October 2016, so we're closer to the 8 month mark than anything. As of when I write this (14th June 2017), there are the following stats:


Post count: 261Days active: 233Posts per day: 1.12Previous posts per day: 1.27



Laws of averages fully coming into effect here. As long as I stick to a post-a-day schedule, posts per day will ke…

8th Edition Indecision and Competition

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So... with 8th Edition just a few days away, I have a decision to make.


What chapter should the clubs new Primaris Space Marines belong to?


There are two options: White Scars or my own Space Marine Field Police. Both are fairly unique, and I haven't seen any White Scars up. I enjoy painting both, but they are complete opposites to each other. What should I choose?


There will be a Twitter poll up here, but I wanted to put something extra fun in this.


People that comment on this post with good, quality reasons for choosing Scars or Police will count for 5 votes on the poll. If you really impress, I'll up that to 10.

As a final bonus, commenters will get the chance to name the Characters in the new Primaris army. This could be as simple as a Sergeant in a squad, all the way up to the Captain.
Of course, if you have any better ideas, I would go for that too! Any original chapter, or other established one you like... if you push it in the comment section, and rally enough people…

How to build a Plague Marine

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The Chaos side of the starter pack, Warhammer TV's Duncan has released a video on how to construct the Death Guard models in Dark Imperium.


Not much more to report on that, but tune in tomorrow for a brief run down of Adeptus Mechanicus in 8th Edition.

Until next time!


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How to build Primaris Space Marines

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We're into the last week before 8th edition hits, and Warhammer TV has posted up the first of the starter box tutorials.

The video is below, but I just wanted to highlight a neat little detail in the instructions:


The colour coding is new, with yellow parts being where you put the glue, blue parts having different options, and green parts having different poses on the minis.

Whilst I can't say if this is a new policy, along with full colour instructions, or if this is just for the Dark Imperium starter kit, as a teacher I approve of the steps taken to make the process of making these models easier.

You may be thinking that this level of support isn't needed. You have never encountered an 11-year old who's just realised he has to make his own toys. During build sessions at the club I frequently get questions like where to put the glue, and this booklet is going to make those sessions easier.

Here's the full video:


Until next time!

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If you liked wha…

8th Edition Thousand Sons vs. Eldar Battle Report by Unknown

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This battle report is courtesy of Unknown, who left it as a comment on my breakdown of the Thousand Sons in 8th Edition. Thank very much for leaving it there!



Unknown:

I ran Magnus, Ahriman, 1 Exalted Sorcerer on disc, 2 x 5 man rubrics.
He ran Eldrad, a hemlock fighter, 3 warlocks in 3 small units with the cannons, and 2 walkers.
Turn 1 
His impressive amount of weaponry took out my poorly positioned Ahriman I wanted to bait shots to avoid losing Magnus, but should have used my Exalted Sorcerer instead. His hemlock removed two of the rubrics from 1 squad, and a poor roll on battle shock took another, but he couldn't smite me through my wall of denial.
My turn 1 I advanced, set the exalted sorcerer and the remainder of the marine squad to work on the hemlock, then advanced Magnus, who lost his chance to charge Eldrad due to the boxcar denial versus Warptime. Sites are a unit of his and 5 of 6 versus the hemlock.
Turn 2 
He unleashed everything versus Magnus. The smite wounds from…

Bugman's Birthday Card! And some marking...

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I'm slightly annoyed I have to do this as my hit count has suddenly jumped to over 1000 hits a day, but I'm taking this weekend off.

We've just had internal exams, and I'm current;y neck deep in Physics papers to mark. Unlike some subjects, there are a lot of questions I can zip through (calculations, graphs and diagrams) but then some where I need to really read and think (e.g. Just what does this person mean by the density collapsing under negative temperature? Can I give that a mark?)

Also, it's my birthday this weekend.

Happy birthday to me.


That right there is a genuine Bugman's Brewery postcard send to me as a birthday card from a family member who perhaps understands nerds a little too well! I also got Star Wars cards. Good year!

That post card though... I wonder if it's limited edition or not. The date is 2003, so I wonder if someone has sent me a better birthday present than they intended! Either way, I'm very grateful for getting it, and it s…

40K 8th Edition Grey Knights (Huge Reveal!)

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Have to admit, I stopped collecting Grey Knights a good long time ago. And by that I mean second edition. But I've always kept tabs on these Shiny Super Space Marines, mostly because I never grew out of my teenage Paladin Phase.


Paragon until the day I die.


But let's find out what they will be like in 8th Edition! Grab yourself a cup of tea first, this could take a while...


HQ Kalador Draigo



We might as well start with the biggest ball of cheese. The weirdly referentially named Draigo was the most polarising character ever created in the Wardian era of Mary Sue development. Known for stabbing demon Primarchs in the heart, and possibly undergoing a Quantumn Leap style quest through the warp, his table top presence was no less feared.
He's been downgraded to merely really good in this edition. Huzzah!
His best two features are his re-rolled failed to hit buffs and his really good sword. The Titan sword allows him to hit at Str 8, and with a -4 Rend and 3 damage he will be s…

40K 8th Edition Harlequins

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One of the weird choices I made was to collect Harlequins before collecting Eldar. My reasons were not based on the models or their stats... I was attracted by their lore. I've always played Bards in Dungeons and Dragons, and the idea of an army of the spoony clowns was just too good an opportunity to miss!


My experience with them has been similar to everyone else's: Everything goes well, and then the enemy hits back.


The rules for 8th Edition Harlequins have dropped over at Warhammer Community, and since the Grey Knight reveal is taking an age to sift through, we'll start with this.


HQ

Rampant speculation, but since the Troupe Leader is now missing from the Troupe data sheet, we can quite safely say that Harlies have an HQ.


About time really.


Troops

Are your Troupes. The data sheet below is... well, stunning really.






Yes, you read that correctly. Four base attacks. on each Player. Ouch!


But the Toughness 3 and Invulnerable save are still there, but it's bumped up to 4…

Quick Tip: Stone Weighted Bases

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Tired of your Prosecutors and Harlequins falling over? Here's a quick tip.


Something that I predict to be a problem for the new flying Inceptors is going to be the top heavy nature of the model. Harlequins and Prosecutors are the same, as they are either flying on a strand of parchment or leaping off of one slender leg.


As a consequence, they fall over if someone breathes heavily in their direction.


Some people like to glue pennies or other heavy coins under the base. Whilst that's not a bad idea, another way is to glue on some larger, heavier stones when you texture your bases with sand:





You don't need that many, depending on what stones you use, and can be cheaper than pennies. All this was in my sack of mixed aggregate for basing anyway, and some of the larger ones I collected on my way into work.


The models stay upright, and the extra weight makes them feel a little better to handle.


One slight advantage is that these stones can be reclaimed from Dettol stripped minia…

8th Edition 40K Thousand Sons

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It's taken me a while to get around to this, even though the reveal (and leak!) has been up for a few days now. Thousand Sons were a project asked for by my half-dozen twitter readers, and so I wanted to do them justice.


So... are the Sons of Prospero any good in 8th edition?


The answer is... hey are solid. Well balanced. I think.


We've had the rubric Marines for some time now, and I'll discuss them later. The leaks we've had, and the reveal over at Warhammer Community confirm, Magnus the Reds stats and Ahriman's abilities. Since these two are the aces of the 1K Sons, we'll start here.


Magnus the Red



As you can imagine, he is a beast. His Gaze of Magnus has turned from a D-strength beam to a better version of smite, doing d6 as opposed to d3 Mortal Wounds, and 2d6 on a roll 10 or more. As he also gets a +2 to Psychic casting, he has a decent chance of getting that 2d6 damage, and with some lucky rolls will basically just remove models from the table.


He can ca…