Beyond the Gates of Antares: learner games & first impressions

Last week I finally managed to get in a few ‘learner’ games of Beyond the Gates of Antares at the HATE Club.

We started out with a simple 500pt Concord Versus Algorians game (essentially the contents of the Kar’A Nine Starter Set plus a few extra bits) in order to get a hang of the barebones basics of the rules and then followed it up with a slightly larger 750pt game of Algorians versus Ghar. Continue reading

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Final hobby close out of 2017

A bit of a belated post which I meant to post earlier on New Year’s Eve.

I have completely failed to do much in the way of painting in December due to the combination of work and family demands, but I have managed a small amount of progress of a number of random projects: Continue reading

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Beyond the Gates of Antares: Kar’A Nine Starter Set

My interest in Beyond the Gates of Antares was originally peaked by a podcast interview by the D6 Generation back in Dec 2015 with Rick Priestley. Back then Rick had the idea of trying to Kickstarter a company, which ultimately failed, but did lead him to the doors of Warlord Games: fast-forward to 2017 and Antares seems to be in pretty good health under their banner.
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Investigation @ The Chapel

While I have failed to do any significant painting this week, I did manage to find the time to drop in and meet-up with Mark, the hobby savant responsible for Unfortunately a combination of work & family commitments conspired so that I wasn’t able to make it to the awesome campaign weekend he ran for The Chapel, but this was a chance to meet the man behind the project and to talk hobby which was great fun. Continue reading

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Frostgrave @ HATE

HATE Club are starting a new campaign for Frostgrave next month, so I decide to get one of the more experienced players at the club to walk me through an intro game last night. I originally picked up a copy of the hardback rules some time ago, but larger scale games like 30k/40k have burned up all of my hobby and gaming attention for the last year. Continue reading

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*Final* batch of Plague Marines: Multi-part kit

I already had a legacy Plague Marine marine army dating back to 2014 which was a mix of FW resin bit supplemented by GW plastics and judicious sprinkling of 3rd party resin bits. When Dark Imperium came out, I couldn’t not add to it as I just found Plague Marines such fun to paint and I really liked the Bloat Drone. When I geek into a particular army then it does tend to drive an obsessive compulsive streak in me to collect and so that quickly followed with a purchase of the First Strike Starter and the Plague Brethren limited run set. The net result is that I now have more than enough basic Plague Marines than I am ever likely to use. However, then the new 8th Edition Codex dropped and I still wanted to get the the multi-part kit in order to add a figure with each of the new special weapon load-outs so I would have the option of lots of different & fun options play with (regardless of how effective they are). So here is the final batch all assembled & painted:

Plague Marines with special weapons
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Primaris Marine Fight Club / 40k Zone Mortalis narrative night @ HATE

Early in October a number of teasers started to be posted on the HATE Club’s Facebook group for an unspecified 40k event with the only requirement being that you need to paint-up and bring along a single Primaris Space Marine. I decided to take the opportunity to paint up one of the Primaris Marines from the Dark Imperium set and picked out the Primaris Lieutenant, opting for the Minotaurs colour scheme:

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