Archive for July, 2013

It’s certainly been a while since I last did an update but that’s not to say that I’ve not been beavering away in the background. I finished my first lot of Zombie Cavalry a few weeks ago and they turned out very well, not that you can tell in the below photo:

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In the background you can see another five cavalry models, two of which are on skeletal steeds. Since this photo was taken I’ve removed the two skeletal steed models and replaced them with one of the lizard horses and another zombie horse. The reason for doing this was because the skeletal steeds will take ages to paint in comparison to five zombie cavalry. No photos yet but needless to say it’s been slow progress!

In other news, I’ve managed to get hold of the Forgeworld aircraft I missed out on just as Forgeworld pulled the plug on supporting their Epic and AI range. I paid £15 each for my FW Thunderbolts but I’ve seen them hit £30 each regularly in the last few weeks and I, amazingly, got my FW Marauder Bombers for under a tenner a pop. Which was nice. 🙂 They’re also really great models. Although my Epic IG army based on FW models is coming along a treat I won’t have time to build the models, let alone paint them, this year. Ah well it’s not like they’re going to go out of date.

Last week I did something that I didn’t think I would ever do. I made my final order with GW. I’ve been buying stuff from GW since the very early 80’s. I didn’t, and still haven’t, bought from them exclusively because there are just too many companies out there releasing great rulesets and lovely looking miniatures. As GW kept raising their prices I bought less and less from them until I was only buying a couple of models here and there each year. When the Epic bug bit me again I did splurge out, spending far too much money on 6mm models, but I don’t have any regrets with that. Since Specialist Games and their models have been completely killed off by both GW and FW there really isn’t anything that interests me at all. I don’t like 40k, I lost interest with 3rd edition, and I gave up with WHFB with 7th edition. Finecast is, well, we all know what it’s like and I’m not a huge fan of plastic models.

Anyway, I bought two of their modular movement tray sets because I want to base some models using abnormal movement tray widths. I spent quite a bit of time trawling ebay to see what was available from smaller companies and although there is a lot of choice when it comes to laser cut MDF at a really great price, I thought the GW sets actually looked pretty good for the money, even at a tenner a set:

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So, today I spent the afternoon cursing that I ever bought the things. On the face of it they’re quite a good idea; you get enough bits to make quite a few movement trays and they look nice and easy to use. The reality is that they’re fiddly to construct and you can’t make a good fit around your figure bases without spending quite a lot of time very carefully cutting them with a metal ruler. I suppose some out there will enjoy the extra time you spend building the things and think that this is free added value that GW is kind enough to give them but I’ve really got better things to do with my limited time. They get a 2/5 from me and I’d recommend scouring ebay for cheaper alternatives.