Friday, 29 July 2016

Miniature Showcase: Kelly Freiborg, Sylvaneth!

 If you follow Games Workshop: Age of Sigmar on Facebook, you will have seen they sent her an Alarielle model to paint up, and what a model that was! A model which I have only seen painted in bright colours, interpreted completely differently and painted in a dark mysterious colour scheme. I spoke with Kelly before Games Workshop got their hands on her (hence no questions about this) and wanted to go back further though and talk to Kelly about the actual core of the Sylvaneth army she painted a few months back.

She has used a great idea of separating out the core into three distinct species of tree. I managed to chat with her about her life in the hobby and painting.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Road to #RAW16.. a HobbyHammer tale

So the countdown to #RAW16 has begun. Now I must think on what to bring. I painted up a Seraphon army especially for this tournament. I played 2 games with it and although it was strong, I found it boring... Doh

So, what was my next option, well I thought about jumping on a band wagon and starting a Sylvaneth army, or maybe even an Ironjawz army, but my mind kept pulling me back to my Bretonnians and Empire. All square based and packed away. I started playing around with some mixed Alliance lists and found some great fun in the Free People synergies that can be created. So the first step was complete. Free People!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Review: Season of War, Battleplan - Clash of Battlelines

So this week, our club played through the first of the Season of War campaigns, Clash of Battlelines. Instead of using the base as 10 models minimum, we used battline units. I was playing with my order army and was up against a Death army, led by Mannfred. 

His army was really choppy but didn't have any ranged power. He set up all his battle line units on the very edge, so I countered with some Liberators and Knights with the rest in the middle to buff.

The game was pretty brutal as units were in combat from the start. I used the command ability a few times to fall back and regroup and sent the Knights through the Realmgate on the last turn to effectively win the game. Mannfred is a beast in combat, Harbingers are amazing, but the save for the flyers in the Death army is pretty poo.

All in all, it was a great battle plan, but be aware it can get pretty grindy in the middle if you don't deploy correctly. Don't be afraid to chuck the battle line units as they come back again and again. 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Miniature Showcase: Amy Snuggs, Lord Celestant on Stardrake

Today I got chance to talk with Amy about her recent Stormcast model, the Stardrake! I'm sure if you are on twitter or Facebook, you have seen this models progress but here she goes into details about how she achieved some of the effects. I also talk with her about her life in the hobby and other bits. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, 18 July 2016

'How I paint' Series: Deathlords, Morghast Harbinger

I have wanted to paint these since the end times and finally had an excuse to get some done. I preferred the look of the Harbingers rather than the Archai so went with that. I also wanted to make sure they tied in with the rest of the army, so I undercoated white (except the armour, which I pre highlighted.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Miniature Showcase: Mark Mitzman, Megaboss on Maw-Krusha

All I can say is WOW, what a privilege to be able to feature such an amazing model on this Showcase blog. The colour tones are absolutely stunning, the detail is superb. Today I got to chat with Mitzy about the recent Maw-Krusha he painted as part of his Ironjawz collection. We talk painting, hobbying, gaming etc. Hope you like.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Review: Pitched Battles, Battleplan - Take and Hold

Tuesday just gone, down at the club, Kye and myself played through the first of the six battleplans in the Pitched Battles section of Matched Play in the Generals Handbook, Take and Hold.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Miniature Showcase: Sam Pearson, Vulkite Bezerkers

If you are registered to , then you will have probably seen some miniatures painted by someone called "bottle". The miniatures this guy creates are on another level. I will be focusing on these fyreslayer models for the miniature showcase, but go to the gallery on TGA and check out the other miniatures he has done. 

The tones and contrast of these minis are fantastic. Below is a few questions I managed to ask to find out a bit more about how the fyreslayers were painted and "bottle's" life in the hobby.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

'How I paint' Series: Nighthaunt, Hexwraiths

These models are fantastic. The detail and poses on them are superb, so dynamic. I have finally taken the plunge and ordered myself an airbrush, so thought these would be a great way of testing it out. (Note - Make sure you get a facemask)

Monday, 4 July 2016

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Review: The Generals Handbook

The General's Handbook!

Review by Sean of HobbyHammer

I was really excited to find a copy of the Generals Handbook (GH) on my doorstep from GW a few weeks earlier. I couldn't wait to get reading to see what direction Games Workshop are taking this game in. I have to say, I am not disappointed with them and this book is now a new bible for me. As the website name suggests, for me the game is all about Hobby, and if you have been following or been part of my other website,, you will also know narrative gameplay is huge for me. I was extremely excited by the 2nd way of playing and the release of the Summer campaign in The Realm of Life gave all of us at the club a huge Hobby boner. I have broken the book down into the three sections for review and will cover as much of it as possible, obviously this post is my review and so will contain my opinions, I have no official tie in with GW (apart from the financial tie in we all have). I will also conclude as to what I believe will be the next steps for Age of Sigmar.  

Friday, 1 July 2016

Miniature Showcase: Wayne Kemp, Ogroid (Silver Tower)

Today I managed to track Wayne Kemp off of HeelanHammer down for a few minutes to ask a few questions. Wayne is a major part of the AoS community for a lot of people. He co-hosts the podcast HeelanHammer, he is a part creator of the biggest Age of Sigmar tournament in the UK, The South Coast Grand Tournament, and now he has also had a large input on the upcoming Generals Handbook. On trolling through Twitter I was stopped by the a post of the finished model of Ogroid (part of the Silver Tower boxset). The vivid colours and contrasts Wayne has created look amazing, the zenithal effect of the skin and blended effects of the hooves and loin cloth are very striking.

This model is one of many Wayne has painted recently from the Silver Tower box. For more of his work go see him over on Twitter - @WayneKemp13

Miniature Showcase: Chris Bainbridge, Lord of Plague

I came across this model on and loved the effects Chris has managed to achieve on the model. The highlights on the armour and skin really impressed me and I wanted to find out more on how he created them. TGA or The Grand Alliance Community is a great place for Age of Sigmar at the moment, created by Ben off of BadDice podcast, it is a forum, blog spot, gallery and event holder full of people who love Age of Sigmar. I also managed to get a few questions answered by Chris to find out a bit more on techniques and himself generally as a hobbyer.