Down the 40k rabbit hole: Episode 2

Almost a week on from my first 40k flavoured blog post, I have returned to bother you all with a second!

This week I’ve largely been in the planning stage. Having no painting guide whatsoever in the box has meant many hours pouring over pictures of miniatures, and reading painting guides. After the panic over how I was going to get mine to look anything vaguely like what I was looking at had died down, I began compiling my shopping list of paints. Primer wise, I decided on a can of Army Paints Angel Green, bought on line from Wayland Games. It was the first time I’d ordered from them, and I have to say I can’t fault their service. I’ll definitely be using them again. To go with the primer I picked up the 40k paint set from GW (more on that later), a pot of Waaagh! Flesh, a pot of Ceramite White, and a pot of White Scar. I’ve been a general modeller for many years now so I already have a box full of tools, my wallet sighed with relief when it realised that it wouldn’t completely emptied. While I’m talking wallet trauma, one thing that hasn’t changed in the intervening years is the fact that GW is still an absolute money making machine. Shopping smart is an absolute must if you take up this hobby.

So where do I start with the 40k paint set? On the plus side it contains the paints I want, so no complaints there, and it also comes with 5 space marines. They’re not as nicely moulded as the ones from the Dark Vengeance box set, and they don’t fit together perfectly, but they will make good guinea pigs to practice on. The included brush will sit in my toolbox and never be used, and I might as well throw the painting guide in the bin, it’s that bad. Not only does it list a couple of paints not included in the box, but it’s instructions are pretty crude too. If I really were a beginner I think I’d be feeling a little lost at this point, no paint guide at all in the DV box, and a really crappy one in the paint box. As I mentioned in my first post, no doubt GW would be happy to sell you the How to Paint book to get you going, but that’s a cost too far for the beginner in my opinion. GW really should do better on this front.

Over the next few days I’ll be reacquainting myself with painting miniatures. I hope to get a few photos thrown up here for you all to laugh at, once the space marines from the paint set are done I’ll move on to the good stuff!

BTW, if any of you have any suggestions as to what I can cover the bases with, I’d be grateful.

Back down the 40k rabbit hole

Yes, it really was 20 years ago…

It’s been a while, nearly twenty years in fact, but this weekend just gone saw me dive back down the Warhammer rabbit hole. Last time I gamed it was Wood Elves and Warhammer Fantasy Battle, this time it’s the 40k Dark Vengeance box set. With such a long time between the two, it’s fair to say that Warhammer is almost unrecognisable from the one I played, so I really am clueless as to where I get started. Best thing for me to do then is formulate some sort of plan.


Step 1) Figure where to buy things. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, finding independent retailers shouldn’t be a problem, but do people shop there and are they cheaper the GW? My local GW store isn’t that far away, but I’d use mail order if the price was right.

Step 2) Figure out what I need for this box set. I think I’ve got what paints I need for the Dark Angels worked out, but I haven’t even looked at the Chaos side of things. What makes things worse is the fact there’s no painting guide in the box – I guess GW would like to sell you one. Do people still use Citadel paints anyway? At least I know what primer I’ll be buying.

Obviously, in-between these two steps is the actual “learning to play the game” bit, but how hard can that be? 😛

The book to have once upon a time…

 Step 3 Figure out how to build my armies. As far as I can work out, if I want to build a DA army I buy the DA Codex? And for the Chaos side I do the same? What does the Space Marine book cover then? All of the Space Marines I guess… This one looks like it’s needs a trip to a GW store, so I canget my hands on the books and see for myself.

After that I’ll be looking at scenery and terrain etc, a proper surface to play on… all the little extras.

I really am a complete beginner again, so if you’re reading this and can help, feel free to comment below. You can even laugh at my noobish questions, so long as you answer at least one of my queries.

*Gulp!* Look at all that painting waiting to be done

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