donderdag 25 april 2019

Codex Denizens of the Warp

Today, I`m having a look at the mini Codex that came in the Wrath and Rapture boxed set, which put Slaanesh and Khorne deamons against each other.

Now, the box also has an AoS armybook, but that is for a later overview...

The mini Codex is just what it says, a small booklet that includes files, points and all that is needed to field the forces of the two gods against each other, including even scenarios to do so, or to take them along to the battlefield.

Bear in mind that there is not really anything new on the units front, bar the two characters (one each for Khorne and Slaanesh).

The scenarios also come with some special Stratagems that can be used in them, to put some twists into your games as a result.

As for the Points Values, they ONLY are included for the units in the box of course, not for any other forces of both factions.  For that, you will need the "dedicated" Chaos Daemons one.

But all in all, a nice and handy booklet for sure, and it let's you play perfectly with your forces against (or together) each other.

woensdag 24 april 2019

Dreadwing - David Guymer

A Horus Heresy novella from the "series 1" of books by Black Library, touching all of their lines.

As a prelude to the Siege of Terra, this book follows the Lion and his Dark Angels, far away from the battle of Terra and the Imperial Palace.

With the Ruinstorm broken and the forces of Guilliman and Sanguinius making all haste for Terra, the Dark Angels lead a bloody campaign of annihilation against the worlds of the Traitor Legions.  But as the Legion fragments and the tally of the shattered worlds between them and Terra grows, it falls to the Wing Lieutenants to question whether the Lion still wages a war he intends to win - or one he has already lost.

The great thing of this novella, is that it also learns us some more about the other, now gone, wings of the Legion and their roles.  The Firewing, who provided long range and anti armour support, and the Dreadwing, a sort of infiltrator havoc causer troops.

A nice little book, and it shows the pain of the Legion knowing that perhaps the best loyalist warrior, the Primarch Lion El'Jonson, won`t be able to reach Terra and face Horus...

dinsdag 23 april 2019


A bit under the radar in the end, Venom was one of the anti-hero Marvel movies of 2018, produced by Sony in the Spider-verse.

So we sat down and where ready to be emerged in what should become part of a joined universe... which now all is going to roll into the MCU apparently...

While exploring space for new habitable worlds, a probe belonging to the bio-engineering corporation Life Foundation discovers a comet covered in symbiotic lifeforms. The probe returns to Earth with four samples, but one escapes and causes the ship to crash in Malaysia. The Life Foundation recovers the other three and transports them to their research facility in San Francisco, where they discover that the symbiotes cannot survive without oxygen-breathing hosts, which often fatally reject the symbiosis. Investigative journalist Eddie Brock reads about these human trials in a classified document in the possession of his fiancée Anne Weying, an attorney preparing a lawsuit defense for the Life Foundation. Brock confronts Life Foundation CEO Carlton Drake about the trials, leading to both Brock and Weying losing their jobs. Consequently, Weying ends their relationship.

Six months later, Drake's symbiosis trials are closer to success, though one of his symbiotes dies due to carelessness. Brock is approached by Dora Skirth, one of Drake's scientists who disagrees with his methods and wants to expose him. She helps Brock break into the research facility to search for evidence, and he learns that an acquaintance of his, a homeless woman named Maria, is one of the test subjects. Brock attempts to rescue Maria, but the symbiote possessing her transfers to his body without him realizing, leaving her dead. Brock escapes and soon begins displaying strange symptoms. He reaches out to Weying for help, and her new boyfriend, Dr. Dan Lewis, discovers the symbiote on examining Brock. Drake exposes Skirth to the remaining captive symbiote, which ultimately dies. This leaves the symbiote inside Brock as the only known surviving specimen.
Drake sends mercenaries to retrieve the symbiote from Brock, but it manifests around his body as a monstrous creature that fights off the attackers. It later introduces itself to Brock as Venom, and explains that the comet is searching for planets where the symbiotes can possess and devour the inhabitants. Venom offers to spare Brock if he helps the symbiotes achieve their goal, and Brock comes to enjoy the superhuman attributes that the symbiote imbues him with. Brock breaks into his old workplace to turn in evidence of Drake's crimes, but is surrounded by SWAT officers and is forced to transform to escape. Weying witnesses this transformation and takes Brock back to Lewis's office, where they explain that the symbiote is slowly rotting Brock's internal organs. Brock notes that the symbiote has two weaknesses: high-pitched noises and fire. Although Venom claims that the organ damage can be prevented, Weying uses an MRI machine to help Brock separate from the symbiote. Brock is then captured by Drake's men.

Meanwhile, the fourth symbiote, Riot, makes its way from Malaysia to San Francisco by hopping from body to body. It bonds with Drake, who agrees to take Riot in a Life Foundation space probe to collect the rest of the symbiotes and bring them to Earth. Weying reluctantly bonds with Venom so they can free Brock. When Brock and Venom are bonded again, the latter states that he has been convinced to help protect the Earth from his kind through his interactions with Brock, and the pair attempt to stop Riot and Drake with Weying's help. Venom damages the probe as it takes off, causing it to explode and kill both Riot and Drake. Weying believes Brock is no longer bonded to Venom after this, and that Venom also died in the explosion. However, the pair remain secretly bonded and set out to protect San Francisco by killing criminals.
Brock also returns to journalism, and in a mid-credits scene he is invited to interview incarcerated serial killer Cletus Kasady, who promises "carnage" when he escapes.

It was a fun movie actually, combining the joking elements of an anti-hero with the hard action (the shoplifter at the end won`t be able to confirm this though) of, well, a Tom Hardy movie.

maandag 22 april 2019

Archers of Minas Tirith

It is not because that the AHPC ended, that the painting of LOTR models for this year has gone by.

Au contraire, as the year progresses, I will probably be painting more and more of them instead...

So the first models "post Challenge" are 5 more archers to defend the White City, part of the large amount I had prepared (but did not finish) for the challenge.  I`m now going to be painting up those armour clad warriors piecemeal, filling out movement trays as they go for nice blocks of units.

Following the same colourscheme of course, this bolsters the ranks of missile troops nicely, though for the next batch it will be swords and spears that get attention, considering the 33% limit on missile troops of the game.

For the White City!

zaterdag 20 april 2019

On the Painting Desk 90

Another week of running through and fro to banks, homebrokers and interior shops have passed by, so that means not *that* much of painting was done again.

Yet, compared to last week, at least something got finished and a bit of figures.

The first two (of six) gundrones for example have been rounded out, so only 4 are left on the desk in order to complete the unit of Crisis suits I've been painting.

Five of the Gondor archers where also painted up, so that is one of the trays 'filled up' now as well.  Expect them in a post soon as I have them based up.

And that's it again for this modest week.  For the coming one, I hope to find a tiny hole in order to base up the archers, and do some more work if I get a lot of time in on the drones and the Burrows and Badgers suited stander-by...

The Haul Report 177

So the parcels I talked about last week are dripping in from eBay...

And they are for 40k first this week, as slowly my battlesuits that I try to snatch on the cheap are coming.

After a heap of soul searching and pondering (okay, granted, pure personal reasons) my Emperor's Children will dwindle down to a 1500 points force, with the Gundam project of battlesuits only is going to be on the rise and aim for the 3000 mark instead for mega battle events.  Albeit the EC's won't be dropped under that mark before the other force is ready, and to that end two more suits arrived in the beginning of the week, one going to be my commander.

Another "nostalgia" find arrived as well this week, in the form of the first LOTR rulebook from 2001, which I obtained for a single pound...

So now I'm waiting for one more "pre soulsearching" parcel, containing ironically some figures as well that will be immediatly resold...

vrijdag 19 april 2019

Mary Poppins Returns

Initially, even though I loved Mary Poppins, I wasn`t intrested in this rumoured reboot.

But then we saw the first trailer, and learned it was a sequel indeed... so me and Noshi sat down for some good Disney time.

The film is set in 1930s London. After the death of his wife a year earlier, Michael Banks lives in his childhood home with his three children, Annabel, John, and Georgie, and with his sister Jane. Michael has taken a loan from his employer, the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, and Wilkins, the bank's corrupt new chairman, sends associates to warn him that his house will be repossessed if the loan is not repaid in full by Friday. Michael and Jane recall that their father had left them shares in the bank that should cover the loan, and they search the house for the share certificate. During the search Michael finds his childhood kite and decides to dispose of it.

While out in the park with Annabel and John, Georgie finds the kite and flies it. Mary Poppins descends from the sky with the kite in her hand. She takes the children home and announces that she will take charge of them as their nanny. She draws a bath for the three children which leads to adventures under the sea.
Michael visits the bank seeking proof of his shares, but Wilkins denies there are any records before covertly destroying the page from the official ledger. Annabel and John decide to sell their mother's 'priceless' bowl to pay off the debt. Georgie tries to stop them, and the bowl becomes damaged while the three fight over it. Jack, a lamplighter, greets Mary Poppins and joins her and the children on a trip into the painting on the side of the bowl. Georgie is kidnapped by a talking wolf, weasel, and badger, and Annabel and John set out to rescue him. They do so successfully then wake in their beds, thinking their experience was a dream but realizing it was shared.

The next day, Mary Poppins and the children visit her cousin Topsy to get the bowl mended, and find out it has little monetary value. They go on to the bank to take Michael his briefcase, but when the children visit Wilkins' office to ask for help they overhear him planning to repossess their house. Believing that Wilkins and his associates are the same animal gang who kidnapped him, Georgie interrupts the meeting. Michael becomes angry with the children for putting the house and his job at risk. Mary Poppins takes the children home, guided by Jack and his fellow lamplighters who teach the children their lingo.

As midnight on Friday approaches, the Banks family prepare to move out of their house; but while examining his old kite Michael realizes that Georgie has used the missing share certificate to mend it. Michael and Jane head to the bank while Mary Poppins and the children go with Jack and the lamplighters to Big Ben to 'turn back time'. After scaling the clock tower, Jack and Mary turn the clock back five minutes, giving Michael and Jane just enough time to reach the bank. Wilkins, however, will not accept the certificate as part of it is still missing. Wilkins' elderly uncle, the bank's previous chairman Mr Dawes Jr, arrives and sacks Wilkins on the spot for his corrupt business practices. He reveals that Michael has plenty of assets to cover the loan, namely the judiciously-invested tuppence that his father had deposited with them many years earlier (in the original Mary Poppins film).

The next day, the family visit the park where a fair is in full swing. They purchase balloons that carry them into the air, where they are joined by Jack and numerous others. On their return home, Mary Poppins realizes it is time for her to leave. Michael and Jane thank her as her umbrella carries her back up into the sky and away.

It was a great movie indeed, and a worthy follow-up movie of the original.  One of the great things they did was bring back a lot of the old cast in cameo's, including of course Dick Van Dyke and the great namescramble during the credits.

It really captures the feel of the original film in both "filming style" as well in the sorts of songs (though no supercalifragilisticexpialidocious kind of hangers ons) and definitly worth a watch.