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Analysis: Astra Militarum in 8th Ed, HQ Units

Let's analyse the HQ options available to Astra Militarum . Like all my reviews, this will be from a competitive play perspective, ...

Friday, 27 February 2015


Over the last month we have seen the rules for the new Eldar Harlequins trickle out in four waves alongside a stunning new model range. Right back at the start of this month-long release, I started assessing the competitive viability of the newest 40k mini-Faction, and at first the verdict did not look positive. However, as more and more pieces of the puzzle were revealed, we have seen a subtly powerful new addition to the game emerge. With the Codex now in-hand, the time has finally come for a full, in-depth analysis of the new book.

Analysis: Codex Eldar Harlequins


Over the last month we have seen the rules for the new Eldar Harlequins trickle out in four waves alongside a stunning new model range. Right back at the start of this month-long release, I started assessing the competitive viability of the newest 40k mini-Faction, and at first the verdict did not look positive. However, as more and more pieces of the puzzle were revealed, we have seen a subtly powerful new addition to the game emerge. With the Codex now in-hand, the time has finally come for a full, in-depth analysis of the new book.

Sunday, 22 February 2015


The bad news is that my second painting attempt has failed, the good news is that it has not upset me anywhere near as badly as the first failed attempt did a couple of weeks ago.

This second failure has instead taught me that my planned approach to painting the Taurox, and indeed all my other Astra Militarum vehicles, is simply not going to work. And with that certainty, I am free to abandon the plan and try something else.

WIP: Astra Militarum Taurox Conversion #4


The bad news is that my second painting attempt has failed, the good news is that it has not upset me anywhere near as badly as the first failed attempt did a couple of weeks ago.

This second failure has instead taught me that my planned approach to painting the Taurox, and indeed all my other Astra Militarum vehicles, is simply not going to work. And with that certainty, I am free to abandon the plan and try something else.

Monday, 16 February 2015


With most of the Harlequins Codex now revealed/leaked, it's time to assess if these last few puzzle pieces will improve the viability of the new Space Elf Clowns. Will you ever see the emissaries of the Black Library at a tournament?

Analysis: Eldar Harlequins Fourth Wave


With most of the Harlequins Codex now revealed/leaked, it's time to assess if these last few puzzle pieces will improve the viability of the new Space Elf Clowns. Will you ever see the emissaries of the Black Library at a tournament?

Saturday, 14 February 2015


More pieces of the puzzle emerge, and the picture is not looking any better from a competitive perspective... but at least the models are damn sexy!

We now have rules for the Starweaver transport and Voidweaver gunboat, the Harlequin Masque Detachment, and an outline of psychic options. All that's really left unknown are the Relics, specific details of the Shadowseer and Death Jester, and a complete picture of the new Phantasmancy psychic discipline. Will those last few factors be enough to transform these expensive paper pussy cats into a credible new 40k mini-army?

Analysis: Eldar Harlequins Third Wave


More pieces of the puzzle emerge, and the picture is not looking any better from a competitive perspective... but at least the models are damn sexy!

We now have rules for the Starweaver transport and Voidweaver gunboat, the Harlequin Masque Detachment, and an outline of psychic options. All that's really left unknown are the Relics, specific details of the Shadowseer and Death Jester, and a complete picture of the new Phantasmancy psychic discipline. Will those last few factors be enough to transform these expensive paper pussy cats into a credible new 40k mini-army?

Saturday, 7 February 2015


After waiting 7+ years for the release of the Jes Goodwin Prototype Jetbike, and 20+ years for the return of Harlequin Jetbikers to the rules, GW have finally given us the Harlequin Skyweavers—but was it worth the wait?

Analysis: Eldar Harlequins Second Wave


After waiting 7+ years for the release of the Jes Goodwin Prototype Jetbike, and 20+ years for the return of Harlequin Jetbikers to the rules, GW have finally given us the Harlequin Skyweavers—but was it worth the wait?

Friday, 6 February 2015

My hobby time is rare and precious. I try to make the most of it: I keep my workspace tidy and organised, I plan ahead with my projects, I work on several models concurrently so I'm not waiting around for glue/paint to dry. I strive for perfection in all my modeling and painting. So how do I find the will to keep pursuing this hobby when it all goes horribly wrong?

Hobby: Setbacks and Motivation

My hobby time is rare and precious. I try to make the most of it: I keep my workspace tidy and organised, I plan ahead with my projects, I work on several models concurrently so I'm not waiting around for glue/paint to dry. I strive for perfection in all my modeling and painting. So how do I find the will to keep pursuing this hobby when it all goes horribly wrong?

Sunday, 1 February 2015


As promised, more WIP shots of my wheeled Taurox conversion using the Victoria Miniatures wheels and Anvil Industry autocannon. I'm not going to get this guy finished this weekend as hoped, since I still need to paint and attach lots of stowage bits before I wash it with Army Painter Quickshade, apply decals, and paint all the 'glass' (windscreens, viewports, etc.)

WIP: Astra Militarum Taurox Conversion #3


As promised, more WIP shots of my wheeled Taurox conversion using the Victoria Miniatures wheels and Anvil Industry autocannon. I'm not going to get this guy finished this weekend as hoped, since I still need to paint and attach lots of stowage bits before I wash it with Army Painter Quickshade, apply decals, and paint all the 'glass' (windscreens, viewports, etc.)

Wow, the new Harlequin models are amazing! I will definitely be adding some to my Eldar army—but will they be competitive, or reserved for social games only?

Analysis: Eldar Harlequins First Wave


Wow, the new Harlequin models are amazing! I will definitely be adding some to my Eldar army—but will they be competitive, or reserved for social games only?