Saturday, 31 December 2011


No, they're not wearing Santa hats, but I did paint them up over Christmas...

I had to put the Heavy Venom Cannons in the front arm sockets - I just could not get the Scything Talons to fit when I put the HVCs in the back sockets. I can only suppose that the "official" GW pics of Fexes with HVCs show models that have been modified. Still, I don't mind which way round they go, they still look good.

Group shot
Here they all are together, 870 points of mayhem.

Heavy Venom Cannon, Frag Spines, Bioplasma
I wanted to have a Brood of 3 Carnifex, I like to be able to max out my units. Whether I'll play them like this, I don't know, but 3 HVCs are not to be sniffed at.

Crushing Claws, Frag Spines, Regeneration
 I wanted to have a scary close combat Carnifex, so I gave this one the BIG Scything Talons. It's going to be an expensive fire magnet, but both stats-wise and visually, it will be a can-opener for my Mech opponents.

Heavy Venom Cannon, Frag Spines
 Initially I was going to leave the "freckles" at the far ends of the ammo tube (from the left arm to the gun) as they were, because I didn't know how to paint them. But I tried a droplet of Thraka Green wash in there, and it turned out brilliantly. Really easy to do.

Interchangeable heads!
 I do like the way the heads are constructed, so they can slot into the neck socket without glue, and without magnets. It is a very easy way of making construction kit fexes. Now I can run my Brood without Bioplasma if I want to save points, or I can have a single HVC Fex with Regen.

This one escaped and went on a rampage...
People don't make enough photos mixing models with the real world. :)

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Not such an Evil Empire

So I succumbed to the lure of the High Elf Army deal - I don't even really collect Warhammer armies, but I have Battle For Skull Pass and Island Of Blood, and lots (if not all) of the terrain. But a good deal is a good deal, and especially when it's from Games Workshop itself, and I decided on a little Christmas present just for me.

After an aborted attempt at getting it even cheaper from Wayland Games (they ran out before they could send my order), I bought it for £130 direct from the GW site. I got it sent to my local store, to save hassle with the delivery.

When I got to the store, and checked my order (for you should always check), the box was not the High Elf Army as I ordered, but the same amount of contents as separate boxed items. Which was a bit weird considering they actually had a High Elf Army box sitting on the shelf in the store. But I counted it up, it was all there, albeit heavier and bulkier because of the extra packaging. I took it home, wondering when I would have time to build and paint it all.

Once home, I noticed that actually, I didn't have 20 Archers as promised, but two complete boxes of 16 Archers instead. That's 12 free Archers! I can see why this was done, it's easier to pack an extra box of 16 than it is to take a single sprue out and pack it separately, but not many companies would be that lazy/generous in equal measure.

In total, I got £215.50 worth of plastic crack for only £130. Nearly a 40% saving.

So thumbs up for Games Workshop! Say what you like about their high prices, when it comes to keeping paying customers happy, they just get it done. I've had equally good experiences in the two times that I had to return faulty product, too.

They've earned my loyalty for another year at least. So they'll be able to gold-plate the executive jet I've bought their office cleaner with what I've spent on them so far.