Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Games Workshop 'School Takeover' Magazine

Those of you who are part of a school war gaming club like Daemon Colin and myself will know about GWs new 'School Takeover' magazine. It's issued electronically every month but, unlike White Dwarf, all of the articles in each edition are written by the members of a particular club. A few weeks ago our group was charged with writing what I think will be the December issue. As mentioned by Daemon Colin, him and myself wrote a couple of articles each and around 6 or 7 other club members contributed too, alongside our teacher who wrote some articles himself.

After submitting all of our articles on the 28th last month, we were sent an email by the team who handle this project at GW HQ. In short they told us that our club's content was some of the best that they had seen over the (somewhat short) time that the program had been running and that we were to expect a delivery of rewards for the club and contributors. This reward arrived on Monday this week in no fewer than 4 fairly large boxes. Included were model kits, scenery, hobby supplies and the boxed game Assassinorum Execution Force, all of which totaled to a value of nearly £1300! Our teacher saw it only fair that everyone who contributed revived a share of the loot and in the end he gave around 2/3 to the club and split the rest equally among those who submitted articles. Here's my cut of the bounty...

Anybody who knows GWs pricing will be able to tot that up to around £50 worth of stuff, all brand new (even the 32mm bases, I split the pack with somebody who needed the ovals and 40mms). The small collection of hobby gear there will simply just be useful whilst the Saurus Guard box is a substantial boost to the Lizardmen army that I'm planning (more on that in another post) and I am extremely grateful to both GW for sending us the stuff and to the coordinator of our school club who was kind enough to share the rewards with the contributors to the magazine who helped to earn it.

As always, Thanks for Reading!

-Commissar Raphel 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Showcase: Crypt Ghouls!

Hi everyone, today I'm going to be showing you the 20 Crypt Ghouls I painted for an event one of my friends and I ran last month at our local Games Workshop. It was called the Last Stand, a mashup of 40k and Age Of Sigmar, based on a zombie survival principle. The rules pack is here, and we wrote it ourselves so any feedback would be much appreciated!
Anyway, onto the ghouls themselves, I'm very happy with how they came out. I used Warboss Tae's approach of a basecoat and lots of washes to give the Ghouls that fiendishly purple and mottled pallor. I started with a basecoat of Rakarth Flesh, with a wash of Reikland over the top. I then moved on to basecoat the scars and bloody bits with Khorne Red and then gave the whole mini a wash of Carroburg Crimson. After that, I base coated the rest of the details and gave the ghouls a final wash of Druchii Violet to bring that nice purple colour in.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will see that there are only 19 in the picture - one is currently on the repair table!

I used some Tamiya Clear Red to add a blood effect to them and I think it came out really well, I will use this again in the future for blood effects.

Anyway, that's another minor goal ticked off my Hobby Progress Challenge so I think I get a stamp! Yay!
Stay Tuned, because I have a lot more hobby stuff to reveal later on this week!

P.S. Apparently our schools 'School Takeover' magazine that our club wrote was so good that it was passed on to the White Dwarf team! Both Commissar Raphel and I wrote two articles and linked the blog in several times, so if anybody from GW/WD happens to visit, it would be great if you could drop a comment to let us know what you think of the blog :)