A bit of terrain

This morning I painted up a piece of terrain for my 40K table, a ruined habitation pod from Sarissa. A nice piece of kit, and very affordable (especially considering shipping to Japan), as all Sarissa kits are.

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I’m a little leery about how it’ll stand up to gaming – that strut across the top especially is pretty flimsy – particularly since I’ll be throwing it in a box and bringing it to game day each month. But oh well, it’s purty! I also have a non-ruined version of the same hab pod, which I’ll get to work on after doing a few more marines.

At the moment, that’s all the science-fiction terrain I have at 28mm. I have lots and lots of terrain at 6mm for Epic, some of which – trees and hills and such – can be pressed into service for 40K, and a few bayou-themed buildings for Malifaux that I could use in a pinch, but really I have a ways to go before I’ll have a nice tableful of terrain for 40K.

In other news, the new marine pre-releases are up this weekend, and I was semi-surprised to see that the Intercessors and Hellblasters aren’t a dual-build kit. Ah, well, I could use a full squad of Intercessors anyway. I imagine that’ll be my next purchase after I get the half-a-starter-set I have coming, just so I have have plenty of troops.

OK, let’s just make this a hobby log

Seems like I can’t be bothered to make long posts without something concrete to focus on, so let’s try that. 🙂

Surprising nobody more than myself, I’ve found myself, with the release of the new 8th edition, getting back into Warhammer 40,000 after a roughly 10-year hiatus. It was made easier by the fact that I’ve been slowly but steadily collecting 40K minis for Advanced Space Crusade over the past three or four years, so getting a full-on 40K-sized army will only take a (relatively) little bit of collecting and painting. Here’s the start:fullsizeoutput_3693

That’s 4 out of 6 Reivers I have, my first Primaris marines so far. (I picked up the “First Strike” starter set, and a box of mono-pose Reivers, at Yodobashi Camera the other week, so that’s all I have at the moment – but a friend will be bringing me half a Dark Imperium box worth of Marines later this month, which’ll get me to work.) Even these mono-pose dudes (and they’re only sort of mono-pose, as the Reivers at least let you move the arms around some) are really nice pieces of kit, and I’m looking forward to getting the rest.

I’m also quite pleased with how they look with helmet swaps. My “smallmarines” have a sort of ragtag mix of helmets and different marks of power armor going on, and to connect the new Primaris guys with them, I’m relying heavily on helmet swaps – the fact that it looks pretty darn good is just a bonus.

Also, yes, this is a “non-canon” color scheme for the Scythes of the Emperor, but frankly I think it’s superior to the “canon” Yellow Torsos Chapter scheme, so I’m sticking with it. (I’m collecting Scythes because, as I say, I started collecting these dudes for Advanced Space Crusade, for which the Scythes are thematic. That’s also why the square clear bases, because facing is important in ASC, and it’s basically impossible to match the psychedelic 80’s weirdness that is that game’s tiles with any kind of base decoration.)

At any rate, that’s that for now. I’ll share more as I paint more, and also hope to post some game reports (for 40K and anything else I happen to play – which is a lot of different things) as they happen.