Tutorial Day

So the teaching session was a sucess, both guys loved the game and want another. One of my friends already has PHR so he used those and the other friend used his Scourge. Sadly I was to excited to see another game as well as teach that I didnt take any pictures. I do have a few pictures below of some of the ships used however. 

If you only ever play I would recommend teaching a game. It gave me a different perspective on the game as I was still learning the rules however as I had no investment in the outcome it helped to see the rules more clearly. 

I looked at rules I already thought I knew slightly differently. My way of teaching is to spend the first two turns going through everything step by step and afterwards just let the guys get on with it and answer questions as we go along. Both guys are highly intelligent so there is no real need to baby them through a whole game. 


These are pictures of the ships still to be finished. Yesterday when we played they were fully painted. My other friends PHR were unpainted during the game so afterwards we went to mines and he airbrushed them Panzer Grey. The PHR look fantastic when they are airbrushed and I cannot wait to see what he does with them now. The concept he has for them sounds epic.

At the moment I am on a train to Glasgow to pick up some airbrush paints to get Robute Guilliman base coated and started. Tempted by the GW Air range but those pots, really?

Anyway until next time….

Dropfleet Shaltari

Making slow and steady progress with the Shaltari. So far you have seen them basecoated yellow and I have a few progress pictures below. Over the Army Painter Daemonic Yellow I did a wash of GW Baal Red and then GW Agarax Earthshade.


Yellow with Baal Red wash


After the Agarax Earthshade wash

So far so good. I am now wondering what colours to use as details and focal points. Probably green, blue and metal but we shall see. Was tempted by a lighter metal but with the overall colour being darker than my DZC Shaltari I am leaning to a Boltgun Metal with Nuln Oil wash, something very dark.

Until next time…

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….

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.