So I’ve finished the Earth Elementals that I bought at Hammerhead 2018. The models took me roughly a week to finish.
On the Sunday I built them.
Afterwards I sprayed them Black and basecoated them with Mechanicus Standard Grey.
Then painted them with Eshin Grey, which I followed with a shade of Agrax Earthshade.
I then drybrushed them with Ulthuan Grey and shaded them with Agrax Earthshade again.
Then I painted the plants on them:
Castellan Green followed by Loren Forest for the vines.
Dryad Bark highlighted with Gorthor Brown for the tree trunks.
Death World Forest shaded with Biel Tan Green for the moss/leaves.
Then I basecoated the crystals with Naggaroth Night, then layered them with Xereus Purple, then highlighted with Slaanesh Grey, and shaded them with Druchii Violet.
And I painted the bases with Mournfang Brown.
Finally to finish off I glued on some small stones, and some Citadel Grass, followed by a thin layer of Citadel Snow, to create an effect that makes the bases look like the Elementals are fighting during the end of winter.
As soon as a slight problem is solved, I’ll be starting work on the Salamanders from Battle of the Glades.
So today was Hammerhead, the yearly wargames event with participation games.
Originally, Hammerhead 2018 was meant to be on the 3rd of March, however due to heavy snow it was rescheduled for today, the 28th of April.
This year I played a few of the participation games, including UFO, based on the Gerry Anderson series of the same name; Wild West Exodus; a tank game using large tanks made out of Lego-type bricks; and Tanks – The Battle of Prokhorovka, which was run by my dad and one of his friends.
I also entered the Wargames Illustrated painting competition, which was a new thing for Hammerhead. I entered with my rendition of Bradigus Thorle – The Runecarver, from the game Hordes by Privateer Press. Unfortunately, I didn’t win, but here’s the model anyway.
As always, I couldn’t go to Hammerhead and not buy some things. This year I had less money than usual (The postponement meant that I was able to buy a Knight over Easter, pictures coming soon in a separate post), however, I did get a couple of things. My original plan was to buy Test of Honor from Warlord Games, however Mantic Games were also at Hammerhead this year (Warlord and Manic are regulars), and they had a two-player starter set for Kings of War, as well as some units, so I bought the “The Battle of the Glades” Two-player starter set, and an Earth Elemental Regiment (picture below).
The Battle of the Glades includes:
Kings of War Gamer’s Edition Rulebook
Battle of the Glades Guide
20 Hard Plastic Lower Abyssals(can also be built as Flamebearers) with Command
20 Hard Plastic Succubi with Command
20 Hard Plastic Naiad Ensnarers (can also be built as Naiad Heartpiercers) with Command
20 Hard Plastic Salamanders with Shield or Great Weapons and Command
1 Metal Abyssal Champion with Alternate Components
The new Imperial Knights codex is coming out soon, along with some new models.
I’ve decided to return to the faction (which happens to be my favourite one in the entirety of Warhammer 40k), and expand my force beyond my Freeblade: Crimson Litany; which I bought the year that the Imperial Knights were released in 6th Edition, but only finished about a year ago.
Saturday the 4th of March 2017. Myself, my dad (The Inexpert Painter), and one of my dad’s friends (who I will not name for privacy reasons) went to Hammerhead.
Ran by the Forest Outlaws wargaming group (of which my dad and his friend are members), Hammerhead is an entire day (well, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM) of gaming and trading.
My dad and his friend run their own game most years, this year it was Kings of War – Romans vs Undead. The table was set up next to the Mantic (who make KoW) table and they had arranged for us to have zombie sprues to give to anyone who played the demo game. Unfortunately, while there was a lot of interest in the game, we only had one set of players. The upside of this was that after the event there were 18 zombie sprues remaing that we split between the three of us.
Despite the number of participation games, I only played three – A World War II tank battle game, Beyond the Gates of Antares by Warlord Games, and Dropfleet Commander by Hawk Wargames. After playing Antares and Dropfleet, I bought the stuff that I needed to start with each game.
Here’s the list of everything I got from Hammerhead: