Curt’s Warhammer 40k Adventure, part 1

So, with the cancellation of Star Wars tonight and the fear of incurring back pain by spending any more time on the computer, I decided to take a crack at getting started on putting together all the fiddly bits from the Battle of Macragge box I bought the other day.

I also decided it might be fun to blog about the whole experience, beginning to end. Hopefully it’ll be fun. If not, then hopefully there’ll be pretty pictures along the way. Failing even that, then at least there’s other neat stuff on the intertubes. đŸ˜‰

First things first. As I briefly covered in my comment earlier, I went to Heroes World in Markham at lunch time the other day and looked over the 40k stuff. I’ve always been interested in getting Warhammer, but never got into it for various reasons. Now, though, my interest was greatly rekindled by reading a bit of Dark Heresy, the 40k RPG. So, I went into the store with the intention of finally getting some miniatures. I was looking to get the Battle of Macragge Hobby Set. It’s basically the same as the regular starter set, only it comes with a set of paints. Unfortunately, they didn’t have it in the store, but they had the regular version of the starter set.

I decided to look around for a bit at the various sets until Andre (the guy who runs the store) came over and asked if I wanted to try a demo. With some humming and hawing (I only have so much time at lunch, right?), I agreed to a quick run through. They have this cool battle board with the ruined buildings that you can buy, all painted up and everything. The miniatures they had in play were actually the ones from the set I was looking to get. Andre gave me the quick run down on the rules. I knew a bit, but I learned quite a bit more. For starters, even though it’s kind of obvious from Dawn of War, I didn’t realize that you’re actually supposed to move your marines (or what have you) as whole units. Basically they can all move 6 inches, but must end up no more than 2 inches apart from each other. If they are separated, then they need to spend a round regrouping and can’t attack anything. To be honest, I felt a little silly standing there, in my nice work clothes and coat, playing Warhammer on my lunch hour. But more importantly, it was fun.

I asked a few more questions about painting and army creation and everything before finally buying a starter set and a foundation paint hobby set. All in all, it was about $150 ($75 for the starter set, $65 for the hobby set), which is honestly quite a bit of money, but I don’t intend to pay that very often. I’m not amassing a huge combat force. Besides, it comes with 10 marines, which on their own would have cost $30. To be honest, I was most surprised about the paint set costing so much.

Andre eased the pain by tossing in a few free White Dwarf magazines for painting tips and such. Of course, I realized later that they were from last year, but whatever. This stuff doesn’t change much anyway, so I’m not too bothered by it. One of the magazines has this huge section on the revamp of the Dark Angels, which is cool. I’ve never been big on the idea of all-green armour, but I’m tempted to get some of their cloaked marines and incorporate them into my custom-army-with-no-name-yet.

So, as I mentioned before, I decided to get cracking. I’d already opened the box and fondled everything when I got it, but I really wanted to start putting things together. All of the pieces in the starter set are resin and attached to big sprue sheets. There are no pewter models here, which is a bit odd for me. The last time I tried painting a marine he was all metal and much heavier, so it’s a bit jarring to have the marines be so lightweight.

Using the handy-dandy clippers from the paint set I got, I began carefully cutting the marines and their accessories fromCurt’s 40k Adventure 001 the sprues. The starter set has simplified things by having the marines already pretty much built. All they need to have done is their arms and weapons glued on (and the arms and weapons are attached to each other, for the most part), and their backpacks glued on. I imagine the whole process is a bit more involved with a regular set of minis.

After separating just what I wanted to start with from the sprues: all 10 marines and the imperial guy, I began filing off the flash from the sprues where I couldn’t quite get close enough with the clippers. I used a snazzy purple nail file that was on hand. I felt so manly. I then set about gluing them to their bases. While some people paint all the parts individually before assembling the minis, I figured I might as well try it the way most people do it and assemble them before painting. After Curt’s 40k Adventure 002gluing them to their bases, I glued their backpacks on and then their arms/weapons. All in all, it was a pretty straightforward process. I was actually pretty impressed that I didn’t make a huge mess with glue everywhere. I only had a couple of cases where there was a bit of glue that needed to be wiped away. Of course, only after I’d glued most of them together did I start to worry that I was maybe not using enough glue, but a slight tug on the earliest glued bits and they were fused firmly to the body of the marine. The glue’s so effective, in fact, that it appears to have cracked a bit of the nozzle on the glue container itself. That’s tough stuff.Curt’s 40k Adventure 003

I did all of this on a few sheets of parchment paper (you know, for cooking) that did a good job of keeping the mess down. Of course, I’m not painting (yet!) so the mess was pretty minimal to begin with, but there were a couple of drops of glue on the sheets by the time I was all finished.

I often forget as to how small the little guys are. You see all kinds of macro pictures online and you start to think they’re action-figure sized or bigger. But they’re not. They’re minuscule little guys.

I actually took a handful of pictures last night, but I haven’t gotten them off the camera yet, and I’m at work. I’ll put them up when I get home. They’re not alot to look at, as I realized only after I’d assembled my first marine that it would’ve been good to start taking some pictures at the very beginning. Worse yet, the camera ran out of power after only a few shots, so I didn’t get to take a picture of all the marines standing at the ready. I’ll have to take some tonight when I get home.

Curt’s 40k Adventure 004Next up, I’ll be gluing together my Tyranids and priming my marines. I was originally thinking of forgoing the whole priming process, but I think I’ll do it anyway. It’ll help with shading and hiding my mistakes. I’m sure to make mistakes.

UPDATE: I added the pictures from the camera. I’ve also uploaded the rest of the images but will make the post regarding stage 2 later.

13 thoughts on “Curt’s Warhammer 40k Adventure, part 1”

  1. Well with our talk on Skype and my new found attempt to de-stress myself after a nice panic attack yesterday (of the note good kind) I decided to whip out my miniatures from their dark seclusion and get back to work on them so me and Neil can put them through the gaming test.

    To update everyone on my status. I bought originally the Warhammer 6th edition fantasy set which came with the Empire and Orcs armies. I eventually also bought the newest edition Battle for Skull Pass. That contained a brief on the newest edition of the rules and came with Dwarfs and Orcs.

    The idea was that they were rather “cheap” sets for what you get. You essentially get 2 x $130 sets give or take on the worth, rule book, templates, dice, etc.

    I started with the 6th edition set. I went about cutting out all the pieces from their sprues. Unlike the marines which I had a tiny set when I was young and came mostly all together. The fantasy set all comes in pieces which was daunting to look at. I was not quite sure if I could paint them either as my telent when younger was piss poor. But then again I did not understand the concepts of painting either.

    I primed everything in chaos black. I had as well got the starter paint set. With all the pieces I believe I am almost finished the pot. It was rather tedious. I then after a visit to Games Workshop that their was the spray can version…yeahhh. So lesson learned but to little to late

    I began painting the orcs. When it comes to armour and you want all the nooks and cranny looking detailed you got with the black primer so it is “shadowed” so to speak. For the chainmail I light took the paint and fanned it on the chainmail armour. It gives various hughes of silver and giving a detailed look.

    Painting the skin I had done research via the 6th edition rulebook and online tutorials. I did not want a single color as it just does not seem real. So I tried an “inking” technique. I bought green ink for caligraphy at Omerre des Serres. I then painted the base of their flesh Goblin Green. Once dry I took a brush and dabbed the green ink on. It dries really quickly and dries in a way that not all parts are covered equally. Gives a nice flesh tone look for them.

    I eseentially left off there before moving to current location. But definitely interested in going at it so I can use them with Neil.

    I will say though the employees at Games Workshop are some of the nicest guys. Hell even the visitors. I went there today investigating paint as the detail I want requires many paints. So they guy asks me what I was into, what sets I had. He even went out of the way to show me the new vampire sets which look incredible.

    After researching color price, what investment I think I will get play time and also other materials (I needed new brushes and more glue), I bought the suitcase with EVERY COLOR. It was mucho expensive but I got my bonus from work. But I got about 8 brushes, flock, every paint, a nice storage solution which makes in general for a better painting experience.

    In all it is a great experience, the people involved are really cool and definitely worth pursuing a bit. It is expensive as all hell but then again the quality is great and they have the market on it.

    I will post pics as well so you can have both perspectives from me and Curt and maybe we use different techniques. Either way I think it will be cool.

  2. Glad to see you digging the minis out of the dark and getting back into it. I look forward to seeing your painted results.

    Kudos on the full-boogie paint set. I want to be sure of my painting skill and needs before I put down over $300 on paint, though. đŸ˜‰ I snapped up a can of chaos black primer, some codex grey and some shining gold today. For the shades I want but don’t have I’m going to try mixing my own paints to get some close approximation. For instance, I originally wanted to get Graveyard Earth, but instead I’ll just mix the browns I have with Codex Grey and get close to what I need without having to buy alot more extra paint. If this doesn’t work out as planned, each paint is about $5 so I don’t mind picking up a few more if necessary.

  3. And fun fact I learned through just browsing warhamme site. Citadel paint are pre watered down so unlike acrylic paint in stores anywhere else, Citadel will not fill up joints and details.

    They apparently also have new paint called Citadel Foundation which is supposed to take less painting and flexible for use. They have an article in the painiting section at Games Workshop Online.

  4. Yeah, the foundation paints are the ones I have. I’m looking forward to seeing how they work out.

    The other advantage of the paints being water based is that if they start to harden, you just add water and shake it around and it’ll loosen up a bit. Furthermore, this means you can thin your paint for better coverage and no detail-killing just by adding some drops of water to your palette.

    I’ve been watching/reading alot of painting guides lately in anticipation of my painting.

  5. Yeah let me know how those foundation paints work out. They seemed interesting but they were not the colors (at least not all of them) that I needed.

    I am all hyped up to painting my orcs đŸ˜€

  6. Carl’s got 4 armies. You can at least play Warhammer Fantasy at his place until you have the scratch to start building an army of your own.

    In fact, if all goes well and I enjoy painting this stuff, I might also build a small fantasy army.

  7. Well we can play the starter sets and go from there. I doubt you would not like it though. From there when you do have cash you look into an army you are interested in and EXPAND! Personally the Vampire Counts army freakin rocks and ebay is the friend for these things as you can sometimes savea good $20+

  8. I have wanted to do this for sooooooo long, but nobody else was ready to make the investment. Now you guys are and i am lacking funds!

    Can’t wait to get my hands dirty with this tonight Carl! Booyah!

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