With no real need to go to Salute and absolutely no need to buy ANYTHING I decided to give Salute a swerve this year . . . . but this did not stop me going to the post-Salute gathering at Lano's afterwards. And I'm really pleased I did!
Its only taken 3 months but I have finally managed to finish off some mininatures!!!
First up is the Sorceror for my Chaos army for our summer offensive.
In the close up the brush strokes look a little heavy but considering this is the first miniature I have managed to finish this year it will do.
Hopefully my standards will rise as I get more painting in?
I decided to finish off the Chaos Knights off first as they looked like the most work.
There was A TON of edge highlighting to do to make these guys pop.
Hoped to add some varitey to the monotone metals through the use of palid tones for the flayed skins and added bone elements.
Ended up with using a fairly dull tone of bronze. It makes the Chaos Knights look 'heavy' and brutal. I am 50 / 50 if I like it or not but will probably continue to use it on the 'rank and file' troops.
The standard bearer got a very simple banner. This may get a re-paint in the future . . . . maybe.
Here they are all ranked up and ready to charge.
To be honest I happy just to get an entire unit ticked off and done. With the light improving I will hopefully be able to get stuck into my Chaos army and get it finished so I can move on to other projects.
For a little while I had heard rumors of a gaming club in the vicinity of the Olympic stadium in Stratford.
Having to buy a new suit at Westfields after work I decided to kill two birds with one stone and see if I could also visit the 'Magic Madhouse' and get some painting supplies and gaming in after wards as it should only be a 10 minute walk away.
45 minutes later I was still roaming the wastelands of E20 trying to find the place!!!!!!
The address is Cantina Bar, 2nd Floor, 60 Dace Road, London E3 2NQ and best of luck! When I did finally find the place this is what I found. . . . . . The building / Bar itself is quite impressive and is situated right next to a canal so should be great for gaming in the summer.
It has the bar down stairs which is full of retro games consoles which you can hire. When I asked about the 'gaming store' I was directed to the toilets . . . . Which leads to some stairs . . .
The place was empty when I got there but quickly filled up.
It turned out Thursdays is Pokémon and Shadespire night. Would I like to take part in their organized play tournament ?
Yes . . . . . . . Yes I would!
We ended up with four players including myself and we played a one round, round robin.
Game one was against John and his Reavers.
This was a tight game right till the end when John hit me with 'contained' and I lost 7 to 10.
Game two would see me take on a familiar face, Jack. Jack organized the Shadespire tournament I attended at HATE in January. He had also managed to come 5th at the Grand Clash so this was going to be a tough one!
Another cagey game but Jack's Stormcast took the win 11 to 8 through decimating my more fragile Skellies.
Game three would see me taking on Laura with her 'Chosen Axes' Fyreslayers.
COMPLETELY outplayed on this one and got walloped 14 to 5!!
So ended up losing three out of three but the good news is I got three games in.
Not sure how often I will make it to the 'Madhouse'. In theory it is closer then Darksphere and the prices are a little bit cheaper but this place is SO out the way. . . . Time will tell.
That said, if you can find the place it's worth a visit.