Update on Project Storm Falcon

Hugo over at Ichiban Painting has put up the final update on the Storm Eagle conversion, dubbed the Storm Falcon, he’s working on for Games Day Japan. It’s probably about 85-90% done now so there won’t be another update before the big day.

I was lucky enough to be asked to write the rules for the conversion so Hugo has promised me a couple of photos when it’s all finished to go up alongside the rules, which I’ll also add to the gaming resources part of the site as a PDF so, should the mood take you, you can use it in your games of 40k.

Games Day Miniature Goes Old School

I’m sure a few of you would have seen this floating around but I thought I’d share it anyway. It would appear that this year’s Games Day model is a homage to the second edition 40k cover artwork of the Blood Angel captain by John Blanche.

The Captain

The Box Art

All things considered it’s a nice sculpt. And it’ll be the first Games Day model to be produced in Finecast which, I’m sure, will have all the eBay sellers tight in the pants department thinking about all the extra money they’ll make out of the poor bastards that buy from them.

It’s quite nice to see the Games Workshop paying homage to its routes as, although it was second edition, it was this version of the game that really started to define the 40k Universe and inspired everything that followed. I know many people would argue that point with me but I always felt like Rogue Trader was just a bit of fun or somewhat of an experiment rather than a serious, focussed, effort. I think the Games Workshop was genuinely surprised that the game was successful, and thus they were doomed to live with the Dark Angels = gay marines joke forever. If you don’t get the reference look up the poet Lionel (Lion’el) Johnson and you’ll see what I mean.

It’s pretty unlikely I’ll be going this year as some friends of mine have rather selfishly decided to get married in September so I imagine my meagre funds will be spent on booze and an expensive gift, so I’ll need someone to pick me one up. Maybe.

That said, a part of me would love to have seen an updated mini diorama based on the Rogue Trader cover art because it was that image that first drew me to 40k, even though I didn’t actually start playing it until the second edition.

More Forgeworld Awesome

Another couple of tidbits from Forgeworld which will be hitting Games Day on Sunday. All being well these little gems will be made available to those that aren’t able to schlep up to Birmingham.

The Relic Contemptor dreadnought is so awesome that it has landed firmly on my Christmas list.

At £35, presumably without arms, it’s about average for a Forgeworld piece but its size and detail make it excellent value for money.

The MKI Rhino is a little slice of awesome and I’m sure will be a big hit with veteran games like myself who bought the original kit 20+ years ago. Although at £33 it’s three times the price I paid for the last MKI Rhino kit I ever bought. To be fair, it does look good, and thanks to the price increases all the extra bits of resin are only costing you £12.50. Which isn’t bad at all.