Sunday, September 27, 2020

Third Set of Heroes for Blackstone Fortress:

 Hi All,

As promised, here are two additional heroes for Blackstone Fortress, Neyam Shai Murad, a Rogue Trader and her Crusader colleague, Godfret de Montbard.

These two come from the Ascension expansion which is well worth its cost as it has a huge amount of excellent content for the game.

Neyam is essentially a badass gunslinger, who sports a brace of enormous 'Negotiator Pistols'. Yup, a bit mental. She's my primary go-to character when I'm not playing the Bad Guys - great fun. 

The model has such wonderful character. I particularly like her bladed peg-leg and the two floating servo-skulls (one helping to spot targets and the other to reload her pistol).

Godfret is our main 'tank' in the game. He's basically designed to taunt enemies and take the resulting punishment. A true meat-shield. Peter's been having a load of fun with him, holding chokepoints while the party scampers around, trying to achieve the missions' objectives. 

After the astonishing battering he took during his first few games I decided to paint the oath marker on his shield with 'Nope' as it pretty much sums up the result of most incoming attacks.

Next up: A Hobby Studio Update!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Traitor Commissar and Ogryn Bodyguard

Ok, so I fibbed. There are no heroes in this post. I know, I know, I promised - My only excuse is that I got carried away finishing these two guys for our game this past weekend and the other ones got bumped.

So, here's a traitor commissar and his Ogryn bodyguard from the 'Traitor Command' expansion.

I really don't know how a traitor commissar 'works' in the 40K universe. Aren't commissars supposed to be the ones who bring order from chaos? Well, this doesn't work when Chaos is signing your paycheque. Hmm. Perhaps the best way to peg him is to just think of him as a cheerleader for the Ruinous Powers. That is if cheerleading means executing the nearest traitor guardsman for spelling Khorne incorrectly, or for not saluting with the proper tentacle. I dunno, it sounds like a pretty thankless job to me.

Anyhoo, the Chaos Commissar's badassery is further enhanced by him having a hulking Ogryn as his bodyguard. 

'It's great for opening cans but lousy for texting...'
'Well, it's great for opening jam jars, but lousy for texting...'

As you can see this poor fella's been skewered by a huge piece of wrought iron - but he's obviously making the best of it. Sure, it looks very uncomfortable, but it's probably quite handy for hanging laundry on. 

'More socks for the sock god! More starch for the starch throne!'

A very fun set of models which help add further character to our games of Blackstone Fortress.

Next time: Some heroes. No, really!

Monday, September 7, 2020

Denizens of Blackstone Fortress from the Core Box

 Hi All,

As I've been banging on about the heroes of Blackstone Fortress, I thought it fair to feature some of the denizens who creep its halls and vaults.

This group is what you receive in Blackstone Fortress' core box set. Similar to the protagonists, I kept myself to a fairly rigorous timeline to get them on the table, so the paintwork was fast and furious.

Traitor Guardsmen

I really like these figures as they're so varied and characterful. I decided to use fairly punchy colours for their armour in order to make them easy to identify on the tabletop. I did one group in yellow, and, in honour of Barks' Pinkstone Fortress motif, another squad in lurid Pepto-Bismol pink. Fun!


I liked how other painters have done the Ur-Guls' claws in spooky contrasting tones, so I gave it a whirl as well. The well-defined musculature on these guys make a great surface for using GW's Contrast paints. Nasty little blighters in the game.

Spindle Drones

I sorta see these as the white blood cells of the Fortress, being as they are indigenous to the station and come out when things need 'attending to'. Sort of like a malicious version of Google Home.  As such, I kept them sorta techie and simple.


My first fantasy army was Beastmen so I'm rather fond of these guys. 


Rogue Psykers

A little incongruous with the ball and chain thing. Do they always have these on? Why? I would have preferred them just floating using those clear acrylic flying pegs. Nonetheless, I still like how these look overall.

Negavolt Cultists

These guys are a bit of a howl. Sort of a S&M version of your power utility guy. Armed with 'Electro Goads'. Yeeash. Sounds nasty.

Obsideous Mallex & Chaos Space Marines

When I was working on these figures I realized that, after all these years of collecting GW stuff, these are the first Chaos Marines I've ever painted. How'd that happen? No matter, I quite enjoyed working on them. Kept the colour pallet fairly stripped-down and simple. 

And to lead all these miscreants is our main villain, the top dog, the head honcho. AND queue the ridiculous villain name: 'Obsideous Mallex'. Really? This guy sounds like he was a wash-out from a Sith Lord  training camp. Why can't these guys be called something like 'Norm' or 'Bill'? I think it would be quite menacing to face off against a huge chaos marine named Jeremy. 

So there you have it, a nice mob of baddies to mess with our intrepid heroes. 

Hmm, speaking of which. Next up: More Heroes for Blackstone Fortress - Weee!

Have a great week everyone!


Monday, August 24, 2020

Second Group of Heroes for Blackstone Fortress


Hi All!

Whew, it's been a hot one in the prairies these past few weeks. To be honest I really don't mind as I know we'll be complaining about the cold before we know it. I just wish we could bottle up this heat up and dole it out over the winter...

Okay! Here are another four intrepid adventurers from the Blackstone Fortress base set. Today we have:

Amallyn Shadowguide the Eldar Ranger.

UR-025, the mysterious robot with a dark (and very ancient) past.

Pious Vorne, the loonbag Imperial cult acolyte sporting her favourite accessory, a chainsaw/flamethrower(!).

And, Rein & Raus, the intrepid twin Ratling scouts.

Similar to the last batch, I kept these to an hour each for painting as I wanted to get them ready for gaming in a timely fashion. Most turned out okay, but a few suffered by the rushed brushwork (the the off-white armour of Amallyn and UR-025 look incredibly bland here - there is some shading there, honest!). Nevertheless, they're done and ready for mayhem in the Fortress. 

Speaking of which, next up I'll feature some of the nasty denizens of Blackstone Fortress.

Have a great week everyone!


Monday, August 10, 2020

Blackstone Fortress: First Group of Heroes

For me, one of the nice things that has come out of these strange times is re-connecting with distant friends via online tools like Zoom, Google Meet and FaceTime.

Earlier this summer Greg put on a brilliant set of sessions which featured the GW stand-alone game 'The Burning of Prospero'.  The defined area map-tiles of that game really lend itself well to online play and so, encouraged by Greg's efforts and other talented hobbyists, like Barks, I thought I might take a stab at something similar using Blackstone Fortress.


As a result, over the past month or so I've been madly painting all the figures and hosting a few sessions of the game for friends. It really is a fun game and it's done a great job in getting me out of the painting doldrums, which often sets in after the hurly burly of the Painting Challenge.

Anyway, I thought it high time that I post a few images of the figures that come in the base game. So here are the first group of four heroes that I did up.

From left to right these are Espern Locarno, Janus Draik, Taddeus the Purifier and Dayak Grehk the Kroot mercenary. 

All the miniatures in the set are plastic multi-part, push-fit figures, and I have to say they are absolutely amazing models. Wonderful detail, great character and really a breeze to put together - I doff my hat to the designers at GW as they really hit it out of the park with these minis.

As I wanted to get up and running with the game really quickly, I set a goal that I wouldn't spend more than 60 minutes painting any one of the miniatures. I found the YouTube tutorials from Midwinter Miniatures to be very helpful, and for the most part I managed to keep to my target - blocking-in with bold colours, using lots of washes and amping them up with some punchy highlights.

This all being said, I did spend a bit of extra time on the bases to add some visual interest with rusting I beams, broken piping and bits of detritus. I kept the basing colour pallet similar to my other 40/30K stuff so they could be used in those games as well.

I'll post the next four heroes sometime soon and then feature some of the creepy denizens of Blackstone Fortress.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great week!