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Minis Week in Review: April 3rd

This week was a pretty big week for miniature gaming in general; we saw quite a few things from both Privateer Press as well as Games-Workshop.

First up, Privateer Press has a new release; Cygnar’s Storm Tower. It looks pretty gorram sweet… and it’s making me itch to pick up some Cygnar. I’ve always wanted to sling some lightning with the boys in blue (even though I don’t play him, I think Nemo is my favourite ‘caster, fluff wise), and this little baby isn’t helping. Interesting thought; he looks like he’s air guitaring, anyone up for modding him (and assorted other minis) into a rock band?

PP has also put up an April Fool’s announcement of the 5th hordes faction; Unicorns! New Unicorn warlock Rainbo, with her feat of the Sparklepocalypse is bound to get some players crying foul. Be glad it’s a Unicorn… with the name of that feat I’d hate to see a new Team Edward Warlock, with a Jacob Warlock that shapeshifts into a giant warpwolf.

PP also headed out to Adepticon with some pretty swank terrain. I’m sad that I couldn’t have gone, but there looked to be quite a lot of tournament action.

On the GW end, this week is the official launch of 40k’s new Blood Angel’s codex and it’s related new models. I’m not really a 40k player (I’ve got some Orks, but that’s about it), but this codex is really tempting me to get into 40k.

It’s got quite a bit of nostalgia for me, as they were the army that I tried to start when I first tried to get into the miniature gaming hobby. I was 14, with my first ever codex (Angels of Death). It’s too bad that my painting sucked back then and I gave it up. I only picked up mini gaming about a decade down the road with Warmachine and Khador. Even then, my love for the red shone through.

What’s really tempting me in my decision is the fact that I can run a decently large army with quite a small set of models (for 40k anyway). I hear that I can run Blood Angels with 20-40 models if I go really elite. For someone like me that likes to invest time in models but doesn’t have time to do much investing, it’s a good potential army.

I refuse to play with the nipplecorps though.

GW’s resin arm Forgeworld also had a lot of new stuff in their recent open day. They’ve got quite a few high detail models like the Tauros Assault Vehicle, as well as weathering powders and the like. I don’t have the money to start bingeing on forgeworld items, but I wonder how their weathering powders are; an extra tool for painting and modelling is always welcome.

Lastly, Irregular Magazine has a new free issue out for download. This is the first time I’ve heard of them but the magazine looks pretty interesting. What I went to download it for was for the interview with Mike Mcvey. The Mcveys are one of the best in the painting/modelling business, and Ali Mcvey is my personal painting hero. I’ve only learnt about the Mcveys from Warmachine, so it was nice to see what his life has been before and since his stint in Privateer Press.

Irregular Magazine also has quite a few other interviews… but the one thing that really stood out to me was the tutorial on painting skin. It’s really really detailed and I’d like to try something for that expertise level in the future.

That’s what I found to be really interesting this week, tune in next week for another week in review!


Singapore’s resident Press Ganger, that is, the man to go to for Privateer Press’ WARMACHINE, and HORDES. Kakita also dabbles in Games Workshop’s WARHAMMER FANTASY and WARHAMMER 40K lines.

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