Monday Blues

Had a few hours spare today so I finally managed to get some base coating done for my ever growing pile of models. I am expecting to get the Robute Guilliman model today so that will put a hold on a lot of my Hawk stuff.

My block of models contains some UCM ground forces as well as the UCM starter fleet. The rest is a collection of Shaltari Dropzone stuff that I will slowly work through.


As you can see it is quite a collection. I am working up from Halfords Grey Primer with the UCM Dropfleet stuff. Thinking with a black wash then a drybrush it might be a super quick method of painting. Otherwise I may do some panel painting but I dont know if I am going to commit to that level of time and effort on them.

Until next time….

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Que maniacal laughter :-)

So it came today…


And it is epic. The book is just out of this world (bad pun) and the UCM and Scourge models are every bit as good as the Shaltari. I would 100% recommend this to anyone getting into the game. I was on the fence about getting the starter set as I love my Shaltari but I figured that it would be impolite to have a UCM ground force and no space backup.

Overall build time as about 2 hours start to finish for the UCM. I sat and watched Jerry Maguire with the mrs and it took around the length of the movie to 

Few pics below of the just finished building models


I ordered a few magnets today for them but I have another starter kit for UCM on the way so I will magnetise those guys when they arrive.

I forgot to post this previously, a before and after of the darker wash to show the difference. I feel that this is a really simple and easy way to get the Shaltari to a point where they are tabletop ready and it will allow you to do the details as well as use them. Nothing worse than not being able to use your models since they are on the paint table.

Until next time…

Busy bee

So its been a week or so and again I have not been super lazy and avoided doing any hobby (much).


Last Sunday I managed a game of Dropzone with my Shaltari. The starter set is all finished to a decent tabletop level. I sadly lost as I found out how flimsy Shaltari can be when people are nasty and shoot at your.


My Dropfleet Shaltari arrived and boy are they beautiful. Took me a bit to get my head around the instructions but after you figure out how they go together they are very easy to build. Just a starter set for now but I have a 2 Player Starter Set en route as well as an additional UCM fleet. I plan on having the UCM as my main while the Shaltari are a nice side project to work on. The Scourge have been sold off to a friend. I am planning on painting and naming them after the UNSC ships from Halo 🙃


Finally this is my current to do list… not much as you can see. Pretty sure its grown since last month.

And finally a wee update from this morning as I got some paint on my Shaltari. Army Painter Daemonic Yellow, going to follow a similar process to the DZC Shaltari I have.

Also managed a game if Dropfleet yesterday. It is awesome. If you are on the fence about Battlefleet Gothic V2 then give it a go. Honestly cannot say enough good things about it. 

My only issue with it is that I now have to choose between it and Dropzone for what to play on a Sunday. Wonder if my other half will agree to another day of wargames a week….

Shaltari Run Out

Took my Shaltari for a run out today, suffered a hard defeat at the hands of the PHR sadly. My tactical inexperience with the new force really shone through while my opponent made some solid tactical choices at the right moments to utterly wipe the floor with me. I have a few pictures of the game below, just ignore the two Condors standing in as Medium Gates and the two gunless walkers

Ticking Over

Been a while but I haven’t been skimping on the painting and modelling.

I picked up a few new toys for my Shaltari in Dropzone and also the nee Dropfleet Shaltari starter set.

I basically painted these guys yellow, 2 layers of Baal Red wash and then details. Overall it was a pretty quick paint job in actual time it is just that I spread it out over a few weeks.


I really can’t get over the size of the Shaltari Dropzone ships, these things are epic in scale. I really wish I got on board during the Kickstarter so I could have got the 2 Up for the UCM ships. Those would have been a joy to paint.



If you are on the fence about Dropfleet I would say on model quality alone just go for it, I am unsure how the rules will play out however I was a massive fan of Battlefleet Gothic and all I have read is that this very much a polished V2.0 of that ruleset I am sure it will be fun.

New Paint Station

Much to my surprise I actually managed a good few hours of painting last night at my better halfs parents house. Initially I set up on the dining room table and this was fine with the daylight however as it got darker the lighting just wasnt up to the task of painting minis. Thankfully there is a den that has much brighter lighting and after a quick move (4 separate runs with hands full) I was set up again. 

Initially I was working on the second coat of wash for the Shaltari, as you can see below I decided to stop after the second coat and do some work on the details. I toyed with the idea of doing 3 coats but thinking long term with Dropfleet and more Dropzone mini’s I really need to consider time vs looks. In this case time won. They detail work will still get 100% attention I just dont see the big change between 2 and 3 coats.


While the wash was drying on the Shaltari I finially managed to wash the Sigmarines. My distaste for block painting still hasnt gone away however for relative speed painting with decent tabletop resukts there is no better way to go. I chose the GW Sepia wash in the end iver the Fleshshade and I am happy with the outcome. Just the final basing needing to be sorted and a coat of Anti Shine and we are done:


The tail on the monster above is gold because until I washed it I didnt notice it wasnt fully armoured. So tonight all going well I will fix that slight oversight.

And finally I got my horde of UCM stuff out to start chipping away at. No detail pics of these guys as its all just blocking work again like the AoS stuff, expect them to be done sometime in 2019 🙃