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So, I finally did it, I went and brought a display cabinet for my 40k Armies yesterday.  I did quite a lot of research on what was the best choice, best value for money option, and after many months (seriously) I brought a 1800 x 900 x 450 commercial 6mm toughened glass display cabinet.  I got it from the very helpful guys are Absoe Business Equipment in West End, and it set me back $750.  It was unassembled and I had to use my Ute to get it home from (about 10 min drive from where I live)  It came in two packages and the largest one weighed about 100kgs… so yeah, it was a bit of a struggle getting it off the Ute by myself, but I managed and then set about assembling it.  Being commercial quality its built to last (a key reason why I chose it) all the fittings are robust and the base is seriously strong, with 4 castors on it too so it can be pushed around if I decided to relocate it.  The glass doors slide on ball bearing runners and also are lockable too.  So lets look at the pictures shall we?

 

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.comAll my models (less unpainted, which isnt many) fit only just, don’t know how many it is or how many points it all add up to, but its a lot.  Maybe someone could work it out if you get bored?

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Forge World Titans via www.thepaintingbunker.comThe God Machines.  You many not be aware, but where I live we’ve been getting some pretty extreme weather lately and as a result the Reavers Melta Cannon fell off.  I haven’t reattached it yet as I’m considering getting another Turbo Laser Blaster  for it.

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Imperial Guard 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.comSo we have here most of Support Company (Snipers, DFSW, Anti-Armour & Mortars) Accompanied by a Leman Russ Tank Company, Baneblade and Macharius (I have both Turrets)

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Imperial Guard 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.comThe Light Infantry Company with Vendettas and the rest of Support Company (Recon & Pioneers)

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Carcharodons via www.thepaintingbunker.comThe good old Carcharodons

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Iron Hands 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.comIron Hands with Drop Pods and Rhinos

The Painting Bunker Dispaly Cabinet Iron Hands 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.comThe dreaded Hextad of The Ancients Apoc Formation, along with Landspeeders and Terminators (Who I use in Apoc as the Death-knell formation) and some Legion of the Damned

So thats it, man cave review done.  I’m pretty happy to see all the models all on display at one place at one time.

As an aside, I’ve been working on the Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape boards over the past few days, so with any luck I should have an update on them shortly.

Thanks for dropping in

John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello everyone,

This will be a very quick post just to share some finished pictures of a Carcharodon Space Marine Vindicator Tank I finished this afternoon.  Its for a 1850 point army I’m using this Saturday at GW Mt Gravatt 40k tournament.  The army list is basically the same one I took the ADFWGA Championships I played in earlier this month, just with a Vindicator tacked onto that list.  Yes, I’m using the Space Wolf Codex again…  Its addictive…  This isn’t the first Vindicator I’ve painted recently either.  You may remember I added one to my Iron Hands Space Marines a few months ago.  The kit that ended up being the Carcharodon Space Marine Vindicator was meant to be a second Iron Hands one, however it wasn’t meant to be.

The reason I decided to add a Vindicator to the list was that I felt one of the weaknesses of the list was that it has no real creditable way of dealing with heavy infantry such as Terminators, Ork Nobz, Paladins and Main Battle Tanks.  Yes I can deal with them, but in the past I just got lucky and was able to dispatch these foes… I don’t like relying on luck in my planning.  So a Carcharodon Space Marine Vindicator was in order.  The Vindicator has a massive buff now in 6th Ed thanks to the new rules for template weapons and if positioned well in cover or held in reserve to deal with anything that gets too close, it’s a real threat and my opponent had better factor this into his plan otherwise he’ll end up on the wrong end of a S 10 AP 2 Ord. Large Blast, and at 115 pts, why wouldn’t you? Plus it looks bad ass.

Ok, enough yakety yak, here are some pictures.

Carcharodon Space Marine Vindicator 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.comCarcharodon Space Marine Vindicator 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.comCarcharodon Space Marine Vindicator 3 via www.thepaintingbunker.comCarcharodon Space Marine Vindicator 4 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Carcharodon Space Marine Vindicator 5 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Don’t know why I added in the one of the Land Raider with the Vindicator, thought it just looked awesome.

I’ve also been doing a bit of work on the Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape boards too so you should be seeing a post on them in the next few days, until then bye for now

John

Hello Everyone,

About that rather long title…  So much win to report.  So what was accomplished over the weekend?  The most important thing, lots of hardcore hobby & wargaming action and over $10,000 raised by ADFWGA for Legacy.  This is a massive achievement!  I really tip my hat of to Ty C. & Dave H. for making this happen.  Its also a huge improvement on last years effort too, where $4,000-ish was raised.

It was also BY FAR the best tournament I’ve every played in.  In terms of thoroughness of organisation, venue, quality of tables & scenery, quality of presentation of the armies competing, quality of opponent, prize pool, extra curricular activities that were fun and helped raise funds for Legacy and just overall awesomeness.  Any metric that you can think of to determine the success of a wargaming tournament, the ADFWGA Championships exceeded them all.  As far as I’m concerned this tournament is the one that all others are now judged from.  Its the yardstick.

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Friday afternoon and all the tables are ready to go

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The massive amount of awards that were up for grabs across the three wargames on offer over the weekend.  40k, WHFB & Flames of War.

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A nice touch.  A measuring template and commemorative coin that were available for participants at the Championships

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Some of the prizes that were donated for auction to raise funds for Legacy.

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Some of the small details that add up to greater than the sum of their parts and contributed to a great weekend of wargaming.  Each table had useful sections of the 40k rule book reproduced so to facilitate smoother running games.

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Each table also had the tables terrain defined, along with references in the rule book and a very hand sequence of events.  Nice

Lets break the weekend down blow by blow.

Friday

So our group arrived from Brisbane at Townsville a short while after lunch on Friday.  My main concern was running the painting tutorial for the 10 hobbyist who’d signed up and delivering value and good quality practical and technical advice.  Having never taught anyone how to paint something before this was a new venture for me, however I did try and plan for a much as I could.  If you’d read my previous post, you’d know that the aim of this tutorial was to take the participants step-by-step through how to paint a Leman Russ tank side.  Although we all painted the same thing, what I was wanting to impart was principals and techniques that could be taken away and applied to their own armies at a later date.  The tutorial went much long that I expected, going for over 6hrs…  however to everyones credit, the enthusiasm showed and we motored on after dinner to finish the project.  Everyone that participated was thrilled with their efforts and I’m sure in the next few months we are going to see some fantastic looking armies emerge.   Thanks again to Battle Station Ipswich and Hobbyrama for their assistance in putting this together

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Right at the start of the tutorial.

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A few of the guys talking smack during the painting tutorial.

Overall, I was really pleased with the success of the painting tutorial, not only did we raise $400 for Legacy, but we’ve also raised the standard of hobby by imparting new skills that the participants can use to better their armies.  Awesome.

So… the games

Saturday went like this

1st game.  Carcharodon’s V Tryanids.

I have to say from the start that this tournament didn’t allow Imperial Armour at all (thats now been fixed for future events, score one for common sense)  So my Carcharodon’s were actually a Space Wolf army in disguise.  Space Wolf Sharks?  Nevermind.  The Tyranid army was really well painted, and had quite a few monstrous creatures (funny that) but thanks to my Ruin Priest and Jaws of the World Wolf psychic power (what a jack!) I managed to dispatch this army with little to no causalities.  It would be remiss of me though not to include some pictures of this Army as its really well painted, has a strong 2nd Ed vibe to it…

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My next game was against a Blood Angel Army.

This is the game that I should have won, and have been reprimanding myself ever since.   I made a few very small, but tactically costly mistakes that meant I lost by the narrowest of margins.  The final move of the game that made me want to scream was my “Wolf Lord”, Ruin Priest and a squad of “Grey Hunters” charging a squad of tactical marines for victory.  I needed a 6″ roll to get into close combat.  I made the roll.  The tactical marines with a plasma gun overwatch fired.  The plasma gunner rolled two sixes and two wound rolls.  Smoking two of my grey hunters and thus turning a 6″ charge into a 7″ charge.  Fail.  Face Palm.  Angry face.  Good game though, probably the most challenging game over the weekend actually.

My third game for day one was against a Dark Angel Death Wing army.

Unfortunately for my opponent the dice just were not on his side this day, and despite him having massive amounts of terminator armour, the amount of 1’s he rolled was greater.  He kept good humour about it though which we all know can be difficult to do when the dice just don’t want to cooperate.

At the end of the first day we had the Charity auction, where I picked up all of the 40k rule books except for 1st Ed and 6th ed (I already have both of these) and a Drop Ship Commander Army starter.  Raised $450 for Legacy so its all good.

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Day two, game 1.  Carcharodon’s V Space Wolves

I have to admit, I was worried about this game.  Space Wolves are a potent army and my opponents force looked strong.  What made it worse too was he stole the initiative! ouch.  In this game my Wolf Lord really shone.  It was a VP mission, and my Wolf Lord accounted for over half the final tally.  He just kept on single handedly killing things.

So by the last game of the last day, having won 3 games and lost 1, I knew my final opponent was going to be strong.  To my despair it was a Drago lead, Grey Knights Army where upto 5 objectives had to be captured.  So it was Drago with his Paladin posse including an Apothecary out front with 3, 10 man squads of Purifiers and 2 Twin linked autocannon wielding dreadnoughts in support.  Ouch.  Knowing they had to move on me, I decided to sit back and let that happen until I could break their momentum (read kill Drago) then begin my own offensive.  Turns out this plan worked (except for the killing Drago part) when fortune smiled on me.  Enter Jaws of the World Wolf.  Remarkably, and I mean remarkably I managed to kill Drago with this, but also 2 of his Paladin retinue.  Amazing.  After that it was pretty much down hill with my Wolf Lord and his retinue mounted in a Redeemer coming out of hiding and assaulting the enemy.  Kicking ass and taking names.

To my opponents credit, his army was beautifully painted (winning one of the peoples choice awards) and I feel it necessary to share some photos of his models.

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So for all my troubles, I managed to get 3rd in the Best General Competition, 3rd Overall, Best Painted Army and Best Painted HQ model.  The weekend was a great success and I’m already scheming planning my army for next year…

If you want to see some more photos of the weekend go to my FB page or the ADFWGA FB page to see some great action over the weekend.

Comments welcome

John

What a weekend it was!  I have to say when I eventually got home last night at about 10pm I was a spent force.  So let me give you a quick break down of the two days

QMHE

So this is Brisbane’s biggest modelling event and is in its 17th year.  As I mentioned in previous posts its mainly for military modellers as well as car, bike and boat scale enthusiasts too.   However for the past 2 years the event has catered for wargamers as well.  I entered models into three categories.   28mm single miniature, 28mm squad & 28mm vehicle/equipment.

I actually went on Friday night to drop my minis in as the option was to do it Friday night or Saturday morning from 9am til 11am.  I was glad in the end that I took up the option to come in Friday night.  Saturday would have been a seriously bad idea.  I was amazed at how many people there were dropping miniatures in on the Friday night.  It was mayhem.  If you have a look at my Face Book page you’ll see dozens of photos of both events.

Seeing competent military modellers bring their A game is really inspiring to me.  Their techniques and skill levels are so far ahead of most wargaming painters its always great to chat to them to learn new things.  I saw some absolutely amazing models on the day.  So Saturday was spent looking around at all the entries and speaking to various vendors and enthusiasts about modelling, which are my favourite things!  I have even taken the plunge and brought a 1:35 scale military model to try my hand at.  Its an Australian Army Bushmaster PMV.  This kit has been long awaited by many Australian modellers and is Showcase Models first venture into plastic model kits and from all accounts its an amazing debut.  The deal clincher for me was the two part step-by-step build featured in Australia’s only domestic modelling magazine Model Art Australia.  The step-by-step build is thorough and very detailed.  Enough so that I felt that I would be able to do this very detailed kit justice should I attempt it.  So stay tuned for some pictures up in the near future.

So although I wasn’t able to be  present for the awards giving ceremony I had my good friend and also long time miniature painter their to collect any awards I won.  I ended up getting 4 awards.  One Gold for my running Warhound Titan, a Silver for my Legion of the Damned Squad, Silver for my Iron Hands Librarian and lastly Best Paint Finish for my Warhound stomping on the Eldar Wraith Lord.  This was the award I was most impressed with at getting.  To put it into context, its a very big deal for military modellers to award such a coveted prize to a wargaming modeller.  Its good in a way that perhaps the military modeller fraternity  attitudes towards wargaming modellers is beginning to change somewhat.

The day ended with me showing my good friend Michael B, who has only just moved back to Brisbane after a few years overseas, some of my favourite modelling and hobby shops (again, some of my favourite things) Overall I really enjoyed attending QMHE (as always) and was glad that Michael encouraged me to enter a few models.

Next up is Games Day

Games Day

So this was the real big ticket item for me.  I always like attending this event as for me seeing the Golden Daemon entries is the real reason I go.  All the other ancillary activities are just bonuses.  I entered models in two categories.  40k Monster (Chaos Renegade Ogryn Berserker) and my Carcharodons Armies on Parade board.  I was very shocked at the calibre (and quantity) of entries for the Golden Daemon and AoP.  Truly amazing and inspirational.  There were even AoP boards that had been featured in White Dwarf and even the new 40k Rule Book!  As you would expect both of these were stunners.  However at the end of the day the I didn’t win any prizes at Games Day, which I would be lying if I said wasn’t disappointing.  However the AoP winner was not only a good friend of mine’s but also a work colleague who’s “Dead Man Walking” board was sensational.  Up until the event, I’d only seen photos of the board and unfortunately his photographic skills leave a lot to be desired.  The board in person was really a sight to behold.  The winner really was well chosen and a very deserving one at that.  Congratulations again Eddie.

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Another great experience I had at GD was sitting in on a Q&A session with Forge World’s Senior Designer Mark Bedford.  This hour long session was very informative and gave me additional insight into the internal workings of this amazing off sprout of Games Workshop.  Little detail was given about the soon to be released Horus Heresy series, but from what he did let on and judging by his body language (like a 6yr old boy on the night before XMas when he knows he’s going to be getting shit loads of presents) I could tell that HH is going to be a defining moment in 40k.

Ok, thats it for me, bit of a long post but I hope you’ve persevered with it.

I picked up the Games Day figurine (a great throw back from the 2nd Ed box cover art) which I plan on painting shortly and maybe entering in next years QMHE and an art book.  The thing that really got me into 40k was the art and imagery that the talented artist that GW employ/freelance produce.  So whenever I have the opportunity to get a new art book I will generally grab it.

I’m aiming to finish off the Landspeeder youtube tutorials this weekend, so expect some more posts on that shortly.  I’ve had some really good feed back from that little experiment of mine, so thank you all that have watched it and offered me constructive feedback.  I intend on doing some more, so if you have any ideas on topics you’d like covered flick me a message.

Thanks again

John

Hello fine people,

Just a quick post today to let you all know that yesterday my Carcharodons on their new display board won the Armies on Parade qualifier round so they can be presented at Games Day in Sydney on the 9th.

 

Although I fully intend on going to Games Day, I brought my ticket the day they came out here, I wasn’t intending on entering anything in the painting competition.  I’m still not sure how the hell I’m going to get the 2′ by 2′ board on the plane and safely down to Sydney.  I’m sure I’ll figure something out.

I was pretty chuffed to win this one actually, the guys in the store tell me I got 29 of the 40 votes.  I saw on Facebook some of the other armies that won from around Australia and it looks like there will be some pretty stiff competition I have to say.  Two in particular looked amazing!  Suffice to say, I’ll be posting tones of pics of the event.  One feature of Games Day I really like actually is the choice of venue that Games Workshop chose to hold the event.  Its at a place in Sydney called Technology Park which way back in the day used to be an old Train factory.  Without exaggeration it actually looks like a Forge World factory or something… here are a few pictures that I took last year to give you an idea of what I mean, just click on the picture to see more

Ok, thats it for me for now.  I’ve got a few things that I want to finish off this week, one of which is the Renegade Beserker Ogryn, my Iron Hands Landraider and Rhinos and then I want to start thinking about getting this Titan unit finished off with a Reaver

Bye for now

John

Hello fine people

It brings me great pleasure to post these photos up for you to look at.  I’m really pleased with how this has all come together and I hope you are too.  Please enjoy!

Thanks for looking

Comments always welcome

John Sutton, Brisbane, Qld

Hello fine people!

Its been a while since my last post… over the weekend I played in my local games workshops 40k tournament called Iron General.  Which I won “Best Painted” for my Iron Hands.  Which to be honest I was a bit surprised about because its a black army and typically its difficult to make black armies look good, so it was pleasing to win best painted.  I came 5th overall too, which was good to.  It was a bit of a rude army list, with 10 Terminators who were accompanied by Lysander and a Librarian with Gate… so yeah…  Those boys can dish out some punishment, but at 760 points, they’d want to…

Anyways, thats taken up my weekend, along with other social commitments so no time for painting.  Now, onto the board.  I have to confess, I was a little disheartened with how this board was beginning to turn out, it wasnt quite what my minds eye had pictured and it didnt seem to be heading in the direction that I wanted it, so finding motivation to paint it was difficult.  However on Tuesday night, I decided just to get on with it and put in 4-5 solid hrs of work and by the end of it I was really pleased at how it was coming along and my enthusiasm for this project was renewed.

Ok, some pics

Ok, so this is a good money shot and will give you a good overall impression of how its going to look competed.  Keep in mind that the photo was taken with my iPhone and because the board is massive my painting lamps dont really cut the mustard to light it properly, but you get the idea.  Now as I write this I have to say that I actually went on and finished it, however I want to wait till its daylight so I can take some proper pictures of it with the Sharks on it.

I’m really pleased with this area of the model.  Which ironically was the area I was most displeased with in the beginning.  However its really come up nicely and looks in my opinion fantastic.  Again, the light is crap but in a few days I’ll take some proper pics for you to see

There is some really awesome detail on this model, its one of those models that you’ll be painting away on and then see something you hadnt noticed before.  An example of which is if you look at the kill marking some soldier has scratched into the wall on the left hand side as you look at it of the door.

Ok, thats it for the time being, I’ll take some proper shots of it most likely on Friday, or Saturday morning depending on light and time.  So until then!

Thanks for looking

John