Nothing much exciting; just getting the initial zenithal priming done on these Aggressors I’ve had sitting around. Half are from the Imperium part work, the other half are from the older Conquest magazine.

The initial layer is Zandri Dust, then I come in from above with Wraithbone… but after reflection I think Wraithbone is too light for what I’m going for and I’ll need to find a more suitable spray.

I’ve had loads of sprues kicking around my backlog which came from starter sets, Conquest magazine, and now, Imperium magazine. Some of those I want to do something with, but the question has always been “what?”

Recent issues of White Dwarf have been diving into new chapters of space marines, and also including transfer sheets for those chapters, and the scheme for the Tome Keepers caught my eye as potentially very quick to paint – so it felt like I’d found my answer.

First up are a combat squad of Intercessors, and a full squad of Aggressors. So a small number to kick things off. I’m planning to add the space marine half of Imperium that isn’t chapter-specific to this project, so it should grow quite a bit over the next year and a bit.

After getting the flocking done on my board, the next thing that came to hand to work on were the trees to go on top of it.

I did consider scratch building my own, retro-style, trees, but I quickly realised that was too much of a time investment for right now.

These have had a simple 3-stage process with different spray cans: black, dark brown, then Wraithbone. I’ll be going back over the trunks with some washes, to knock the colour back a few steps – it’s too bright for now.

I’ve been itching to create a retro-inspired, flocked green gaming board for ages. With the new sizes for tables and game modes for both 40K and AOS, it’s finally feasible for us to have a game board for the kitchen table without it being a massive cludge. Basically, game sizes are now based on multiples of the Warcry/Killteam-sized mats (22.5 x 30 inches), so the smallest size of 2 mats fits comfortably on the half extended table, and the next size up of 4 mats fits on the extended table, with a bit of overhang.

Anyway, Armies on Parade have also moved to accommodate the new mat sizes, so it felt like an ideal excuse to make the retro board of my dreams. Flocking is a bit of a lost art in Warhammer, these days. The trick is to build it up in sections and layers, sealing each as you go. I found using a sieve was invaluable too – especially if using foam flock, which has a tendancy to clump together. For the board above, I used a 2:1 mix of Geek Gaming light green foam flock to mid green foam flock, and probably used 6 bags overall to achieve the final finish.

This is just the first board. There will be another one created to match in due course.

I’ve started a mini-project to get all of my new “Thunderstrike” Stormcast Eternals (the new ones from Dominion) built as quickly as possible. To make my army stand out, I’m giving every model a unique, helmetless, head. For some models this comes as a standard part of the kit, but for a few (and any duplicate models) I have converted them using heads from the Sequitors and Forgeworld upgrade kits. I have a few heads left over, so I’ll be able to add more to the army before I’m at risk of having duplicate heads.

Can I just take a moment to appreciate just how great the new push-fit models from Games Workshop are? Seriously, they’re some of the nicest models I’ve ever put together, and they don’t suffer from any of the soft details or other wierdness I’ve seen in older “easy to build” kits.

Adding more from the Indomitus set to my Ultramarines – a squad of Eradicators, and a slightly converted Chaplain. I originally started these at the tail-end of March, and they’ve sat on my desk ever since, waiting for me to get some motivation to make even a little progress on them. Today I finished the main armour colours, blocked in other areas, and made a start on some gold details.