Heresy: It grows from Idleness!

Recently a lot of life stuff has finally happened to me and it’s really cool as part of it I’ve been putting off for the better part of two years. Yesterday I had knee surgery performed – an open synovectomy and removal of a baker’s cyst which has been giving me grief as part of an inflammatory arthritic condition. I bit the bullet this year as I kept putting it off but having it done now reduces to possibility of having a total knee reconstruction go from “guaranteed within the next 5-10yrs” to “possibly in the far future, if at all”. Inflammatory auto-immune stuff is shit, thankfully I’ve dodged Rheumatoid (nasty) and Ankylosing Spondylitis (very nasty) but have the consolation prize of the arthritic condition. Anyhow, I’m wearing TED stockings to reduce the chances of post-op thrombosis and feel a bit like Frankenfurter.


Sadly still not a cyborg…yet. One day though.

I was also discharged from the hospital via wheelchair and as such, tried to recruit a bunch of X-men (for those who don’t know me, google ‘alopecia universalis’).

On the hobbying side of things I’m getting my paint on and have moved onto painting up my Buttguster Ogre Tyrant (cuz Age of Sausage requires fun to be made of keywords) and a unit of dual-club wielding ogres. Keen as a bean to start getting them on the field, but I want to pint at the very least a legal force for the Generalissimo’s HandNoun VerbBook (ogre units are bought in multiples of 3, non-point games I’ll use 4 per unit).

Also sold off all of my X-wing stuff as I rarely got games in and it was taking up room. Proceeded to buy the two main Horus Heresy books from Forgeworld and a second copy of Calth, to round out the currently-unassembled stuff. Plan is to retro-fit the remaining dreadnoughts and METAL BAWKSES from the old BA force to make up the armoured complement. Ideally the force would look something like this:

  • 4x 10 Marines, rhino
  • 1x 5 Termies, Lightning huggers, Land Raider (it’s raiding your land, yo)
  • 1x 5 Termies, power fists and guns
  • 4 x 6 Marines, each armed respectively with Missile launchers, Heavy bolters, meltaguns and either flamers/plasma
  • Heroes. Unsure if I want to convert the second chaplain dude into a captain and the second terminator captain into a mook.
  • 2x Contemptor dreads- going to convert the gun arms so the assault cannon, multi-melta and punchy fists of doom can be dual-wielded.

Sadly will have to not use the predator annihilator that’s kicking about due to the lascannon variant not being around til M36! Will have to scrounge for rhino hatches or find a destructor turret somewhere.

Leading into this is the old question- what legion to paint up and play all these marines as?

There’s a criteria here at least:

  • MUST be a loyalist force, whether or not they’re loyalists from a traitor legion it remains to be seen but I do want a force that spans most of the Heresy. There is a catch though, I kind of want to go traitor and paint word bearers. Blame Sor Talgron, really.
  • Fuck the Alfalfa legion and their Primarchs: Alphabet Soup and Omelette.
Sure it limits the choice, but despite being a chaos supporter in Fantasy/AoS, I can’t side with the Warmaster, no matter how cool the traitor legion colour schemes are.
  • Must be enjoyable to paint- this is a must with 66 marines (got 6 extra legs as the sprue has 11 torsos) and vehicles. I know I don’t want to paint Scars, Salamanders or Dark Angels as I’ve no interest in their background or colour scheme.
  • I want to enjoy playing the legion- well, duh.

Really I feel this limits me to the following: Spehhs Woofs, Imperial Fists, Blood Angels, Ultramarines; If I’m going loyalists of a traitor legion, Sons of Horus/Luna Wolves in sea-green, Thousand Sons. Again I have this niggling urge to go Word Bearers for a rather inexplicable reason. But I do want to be a Loyalist, so ehhhhh.

Out of Wolves, Fists, Angels and Ultras, what I don’t like about the prospective legions is:

-Grey is a tad bland and I’d rather the marines remain rather un-blinged (wolves) but A thousand sons and Prospero burns were an epic duo of books.

-Yellow contemptors don’t really float my boat, despite a number of easy yellow tutorials online. (fists) I do feel like the Fists suit my playstyle of digging in and weathering the storm in addition to liking the background of the Imperial Fists.

-Sinsynn would fly to Oz and eat me if I painted Ultras. Ok, probs not, but the blue is a tad bland and doesn’t seem to fit the contemptor’s design. I guess the transfers in the box wouldn’t go to waste but ehhhhhhhhh…Ultras.

-Painting bright red is a tad tedious (Angels) but I do enjoy the Legion’s background. Haven’t read much of the BA in the Heresy series, though I think it’s just one novel -Signus prime or something?)

If there’s any legion suggestions, I’m all ears. I’m off work for at least 10 days cuz of the knee, so there’s time to paint things. I don’t want to be idle as Heresy grows from Idleness.

-The Warlock.



Proof of life.


I’m alive, I just don’t feel like blogging to be honest. Games are still played and I’m keen for certain releases; it’s mainly a feeling that my hobby blogging has run its course for now, you know?

There’s not much I want to blog about, though come August 9th that may change with the release of No Man’s Sky. Honestly, since the House has for all intents and purposes closed down, I don’t really feel excited or motivated to pop round the various blogs and see what’s up. Given the fact that blogging seems to be on a decline for the hobby (and Facebook seems to be taking over) I’m unsure on whether or not to move (again) to FB. A tad dismal, though there’s some hard reality there.

Until whenever,
The Warlock

Build night!

I mashed the keyboard and made a blog post. I’m also out of hobby knives!

Currently building models for use in Tara’s crew. There’s her crew box, 3 guild autopsies and 3 death marshals. Aionus will be part of the line up, but he’s one-piece. Once the Scion of the void appears, she’ll be included as well.

One also sucks at painting infinity modelsūüė¶ Not sure whether it’s the detail, or I’m rusty of white priming is a bad idea. Bleh.

Good god, he’s alive?!

It’s been a while since I last checked in (almost two whole months) and that’s mainly because I haven’t felt like blogging much at all. Part of this is from the complete absence of many regulars over at the House of Paincakes, which is a bit of a spirit dampener. Coupled with that is that I don’t feel that most of my hobbying is worth talking about all that much.

Nevertheless, here I am. Alive.ish. Aliveish. Not dead and certainly not undead and feeling solidly whelmed with uni and work. Whelmed in this instant is being used incorrectly as a ‘between’ over and underwhelmed. The root word means something pretty different from what people would think.

In the past…time…period…thing, I’ve been moderately productive and this calls for a picture dump!


Mysterious effigy, Translucent sorrows and poltergiest, then some forests (yub yub) and finally a teddy  which are from the Neverborn faction (besides the forests)

At this stage I tempted to pack away any non-Wyrd miniatures and just focus on painting up their sweet, sweet plastic goodness to reduce the risk of flitting about from one project to the next. Gaming is still a thing, which is awesome save for this month where a bunch of family birthdays and such prevented a lot of games (and two tournaments). Hopefully next month will be better, we’ll see.

Outside of the hobby, I’ve been reading books like a fiend! The Thrawn trilogy and X-wing series were read voraciously as was the latest in Brandon Sanderson’s mistborn novels. Additionally I bought the other cosmere books and read those non-stop. Then there’s the not-quite-fantasy fiction in The Martian and Ready Player One, which is a thrilling read and depicts a pretty plausible future. Lastly, and at 24 standard Earth years of age, I finally read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The humour and dry wit makes for a great read.

Anyhow, til next time

The Warlock

Hobby status update

Hey all,

A lot’s been happening since the month or so I’ve not posted anything. Put bluntly, I just don’t really ‘feel’ like blogging much- I’m getting games in and work’s going fine, as is uni aside from microtomy. Seriously that shit needs to be done in a near vacuum- a¬†very slight breeze can ruin serially cut sections which are about 2um in depth. Had a nice line of 18, got 1 viable section from that. Thanks, wind. Gotta get a line of 20 for exam purposes later in the semester so it’s always handy to practice.

With Malifaux I realised something- I’m not really an Arcanists player. I’m a Ramos or Marcus player. None of the other faction masters appeal to me O.o Unlike the Guild masters, particularly Hoffman, Lucius and Sonnia. I do love me constructs made of metal, I blame my older bro and the original Mirrodin block for MTG. Hell, the neverborn have more appeal to me as I’m determined to get¬†every model with the black blood ability (Yes I’m a fan of Soul eater plus the nephilim look pretty sweet). With black blood Shamans being released soon, I feel this list will dominate 2016:

Lilith, Angel Eyes, Scion of Black Blood, 2x BB shamans, 2x Bloodwretches, with remaining soulstones going into upgrades and maybe a terror tot. Growing that would be nice and extra scheme runners are always welcome. It might not be the best list as there’s no Barbs (can’t be arsed saying Barbaros, he’s Barbs/Barby now) but Lilith in and of herself is pretty nasty in melee. Plus rooting people to the spot then pushing them is evil ^^ However, I do need to focus more on the Strats and schemes for 2016 instead of Hurr durr me push models to fight, why me lose 1-7?

Tis a bit of a challenge coming from Warhammer as the objectives were pretty much kill things til they’re dead but hey, Malifaux is epic funtimes.

On a different note, I’ve painted a grand total of 0.5 SPEHHS MEHRENS from the B@C box set. What can I say, Malifaux is fun. Plus awesomesauce paints arrived for my stuff so OSL is sorta happening. At least, everything but Joss’s axe follows conventional light reflecty/refracty physics stuff. I DON’T KNOW HOW I PASSED FIRST YEAR LEVEL PHYSICS, THIS IS A MYSTERY TO ALL. The shit I do know from physics is horribly basic and mainly pathologically based.

Anyhow, stuffs been happening but I haven’t felt like chatting about it much.

Witty closing remark,

The Warlock

Heresy! The galaxy burns!


So I preempted my pay by one day, but I couldn’t really wait. Ahem, anyhow- 30k box set. I know everyone’s reviewed this to death but here I am: The Warlock, possible heretic.


The box itself is reminiscent of 6th ed WHFB and 3rd ed 40k- On the sides there’s painted Word Bearers and Ultramarines, showing off the various units which is kinda neat.


What I find odd is that there’s enough for 11 torsos of Mk IV armour, so I’m not too sure where to source extra legs- perhaps cybernetic legs for veterans or spicing things up?


Also, at this point in time I’m still unsure of which legion despite heavy leanings towards the Thousand Sons, Emperor’s Children, Sons of Horus and Blood Angels. Most of the loyalist legions don’t really appeal to me, but I do want to use the fancy Roman styles helmets so if I go 1k Sons I don’t know if it’s appropriate given the Egyptian theme. There is a pot of Tamiya enamel clear red…so we’ll see.

As for stuffs to get rid of (last post) it’ll be hitting ebay later this week.



Stuff’s been happening

Hey all,

First things first: I am employed again finally! I start tomorrow as a typist for a pathology lab doing evening/night shifts on a casual role which could turn into a full-time position in the future. Given that uni this semester is on Thursdays only and finishes at 1pm, there’s no way my studies will be impacted and vice versa. Well, okay, maybe Wednesday nights/Thursday mornings might be a tad difficult but hey, student + caffeine = PRODUCTIVITY AND MIRTH IN ALL CAPS.

On the hobby side of things, I’m still playing Malifaux -Last night I conceded after three rounds as nothing was going right. I know it’s not really good sportsmanship to cut the game short but after three turns of seriously bad hands (think 4 out of six are 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and 5’s) even with burning soulstone to try and get better cards (let’s draw a 2 and a 7, worth it!) and having almost all my constructs wiped out in conjunction with my opponent handing out slow to me and fast to his crew with my bad flips enabling him to use my slowed constructs 1 AP…it was crushingly painful from the get-go. I’ve made a post on the Arcanist bit of the Wyrd forums so hopefully I get some advice on how to run Ramos- I really like summoning spiders/saprolings etc and just being able to use the crew members effectively.

Turning that negative twist into a positive twist, I just need to suck it up and learn to take this kind of loss in my stride as well as trying to ‘git gud’. Inexperience is a hurdle I need to get over- I’m familiar enough with my Lilith crew but I want to go Arcanist and not Neverborn. Spiders fo’ life. That and remembering to play to the damn fucking schemes instead of hurr durr me get rail golem to hit stuff and ignore the (1) interact actions for VP >.> Genius Warlock, just friggin’ genius.

Additionally I’ve completed my third painting challenge so there’s that. Twas painting a mini as a gift and he’s currently in the post en route to his recipient.


In closing: SPIDER GIF!!!!!

I will be using spider gifs for all Ramos crew related posts.