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Friday, 31 December 2010

2011 here we come

So 2010 is drawing to a close, 2011 is about to be unleashed. In typicial British style I'm gonna have a moan to see out 2010, whats the moan about? GW pricing. I've just been down to my local GW shop to purchase models to finish off a tyranid army. My God what a shock, all I wanted was two Zoanthrope models for the army, now if a member of the public was asked in the High street, how much for this peice of metal? Im sure they would not ever ask the £13.50 price tag.
GW if you arent careful you are going to price yourself out of the market. I know recently they have started to change their marketing ploy and that they are steadily increasing the amount of models that we use in 1500pts battles, I dont have a problem with that, but to charge £13.50 for a single metal model, which probally costs them about maybe £2 to produce is bordering on criminal.
Times like this, companies like GW must rely on their customers loyality to keep them going. I have been collecting models now for over 20 years and can usually afford the price. But how the hell does a new child fresh into the hobby have a chance? Rich parents? Not in these times... If I was a complete noob and didnt know what GW was about I would probally say to my kid £13.50 for that tiny peice of metal? No lad, find something else, find another hobby, find a cheaper hobby.
GW you need to look at yourselfs, like all businesses that keep raising the prices in hard times something will give. The public are being asked to give more and more, the VAT raise comes into effect Jan 2011 how much will the models cost then? There are cheaper hobbies out there in the market, I thought the idea was to increase the fan base = increase profits, not to destroy the fan base and hence lose your business. Dont lose what has been a magical 25-30 years. But then I guess you do have to think about your share holders first!

In the End I thought sod it, and bought one model instead of two. If everybody does that then times will be hard for GW in the New Year.

Rant over

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

New Year Update

Ok guys,

Xmas has come and gone, I had a really great time spent with my wife and no work which is the first time in 5 years.
Presents wise I received a couple of Ravagers, wyches and hellions for my DE army. Also grabbed a couple of wierd looking toys which I aim to use as Spores for my Nids, they are about the same size/ shape as drop pods so I think they will look good on the table.
Painting is ongoing, Warriors are about 80% done now just the small details and basing which requires finishing off, I might change the face plates on the models, atm I have a green glow coming from most of the face plate, but Im not sure that I like the look of it, what do you think?
Ive also included a few more pic's of other stuff that Im working on in my spare time or when I get bored of painting DE. The tyranid is my scratch built Tervigon which is starting to come together nicely and Im learning alot about modelling with the green stuff.
Thats All Folks

Xmas Pressies
 Organised Chaos ie my Paint and modelling station
 Almost there with the warriors
 DEcided to re-do the Archon Face/ helmet
 Test model of my Spore for nids
 Scratch built Tervigon
 Side view (almost completed side)



Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Quick Update

Not much happening on the DE painting, been very busy at work and with social engagements, so here is my work in progress




Monday, 29 November 2010

Cold Weather

Well with all the cold weather we have had recently, I've been pretty busy at work which has left very little time for the Dark Eldar painting. Luckily I have managed to finish off my first Ravager and Im quite happy with the results, even if it did take me almost 2 weeks to complete. I had to stop myself a few times from taking short cuts whilst painting this model, I get bored too easily. But I have learned some good lessons with this first paint job, so hopefully other vehicles wont take as long. I'm now working on the Archon and the squad of warriors for a change as I cant bear to paint another vehicle just yet. Maybe I will have something else to post soon.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Colour Scheme

Well I've selected a colour scheme for the army. I wanted something that would stand out on the table top and I believe most Dark Eldar would go for the darker colours when painting their forces. Mine are based on a few pictures in the codex (page 71) which have been called the Kabal of the Obsidian Rose. I quite like the build up from black-red-final orange highlight. My first test subject (warrior) was scrapped as I was to heavy handed on the orange highlights, the second attempt came out alot better. I'm still not 100% happy with it though, the last highlight needs to be really thinly applied otherwise a closer inspection just looks ugly.
But damn there are so many little details on the Raider/ Ravager models, these are going to take up alot of time to paint well.


Here are a few photo's enjoy...

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Designing the Army

So I've had the DE codex now for just over two weeks. I sat down and read through the book several times selecting the models that I like the look of and what I think will work well on the table. I've also done some research on internet at the various Dark Eldar sites as to what other players think works and wont work in the codex.
Now I have a list which I'm happy with and is basically just short of 1500 pts, this template force is what I will use to play games and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the DE Army, this will be used in games at my local club and I will refine it over the coming months till I have a force I'm comfortable and happy with.

The force so far:

Archon.
Huskblade, Combat Drugs, Soul trap and Shadowfield 

Haemonculus.
WWP, Liquifier gun, Venomblade

Incubi x5
Raider. Flickerfields and nightshield

Kabalite warriors x8
Blaster, Sybarite with Agoniser
Raider. Flickerfield

Wyches x7
Hekatrix, agoniser, Hydragauntlets
Raider. Flickerfield

Wyches x8
Hekatrix, agoniser, Hydragauntlets

Helions x8
Helliarch, stunclaw, Phantasm Grenade launcher

Reavers x6
Cluster Caltops 

Ravager. Flickerfield
Ravager. Flickerfield

Not a power list as you can see, but I'm not really that kind of player. I tend to go for the balanced lists or what models I like the most and try and make them work on the gaming table.
Now I have to assemble and glue.

Dark Eldar

So why did I pick the Dark Eldar?
I've always liked the DE background and like others I have been waiting and waiting for games-workshop to release the new codex. The wait was worth it though, I think the Dark Eldar models are some of, if not the finest models GW have released to date. So once I heard on the rumour mill about the upcoming release I started to save my pennies for a new army.
I wouldnt be diving in straight away, as I like to read and re-read the codex to understand roughly how each unit will work on the battlefield.
Now I'm not a powergamer, so my armies tend to be fairly relaxed builds (no Alpha Strike, etc) as I like to collect what I think looks good and would work well tactically on the gaming table.

What do you think of the new Dark Eldar models?