Two Years Of Gaming Sundays

Can you believe that our team of enthusiastic hobbyists has been organizing Sunday events for two years now? It all started in May of 2016 with humble beginnings, three tables and a handful of eager players ready for a few games of Warhammer 40,000. For the first eighteen months the Gaming Sunday took place on the last Sunday of the month and in January of this year we shook things up by moving to the first Sunday. Since that day in May ’16 we have had a total of 29 fun filled days of gaming (we added in an extra day during the summer and Christmas holidays of 2016 and one for the Worldwide Warhammer 40,000 campaign).

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While Warhammer 40,000 has always been the most popular game, there have been many varied games played. People have played games of Age of Sigmar, Blood Bowl, X-Wing, Bolt Action, Shadespire, Kill Team, Konflikt ’47, Star Wars Legion and Warhammer Quest. That last one was especially fun, with two teams of 4 players each trying to be the first to make their way to the final room. Most Gaming Sundays have been free for all to decide what games to play, with a few exceptions. There was the Warhammer Quest day mentioned above and we have held a Kill Team day. We also actively took part in the latest Warhammer 40,000 worldwide campaign with games played being recorded on the campaign website.

As stated earlier, the first session we only had three tables. This number has grown over the months and we can now cater for up to 16 players with enough scenery to fill eight tables. Even that has not been enough on a few occasions. The other thing that has been a problem is not knowing what games people want to play on each day. This has unfortunately caused people to not always be able to get a game or just one after a long wait for table space. Some days we have had over 20 people with a lot of standing round because there are not enough tables and other days we only had six people with armies for different games and long waits because there are not enough opponents. These have all been things we are keen to improve on and we have a plan.

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We have been experimenting with various lay-outs for the room to try and get as many tables in as possible and learned valuable lessons with each Gaming Sunday. We will be taking a break during the summer months to improve the tables and will come back towards the end of the year with a new format for the Gaming Sunday that we think will be very exciting for everybody attending.

Update!
For 2019 we have moved our games to the last Saturday of every month. This means that the shop will be open the entire day and it also makes it easier for people to travel by bus and train. We look forward to seeing everybody on the last Saturday of every month.

Age of Sigmar – Soul Wars

 

By Floris Hussaarts

If you are reading this then, like me, you will be excited about the new edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar that will be released on the 30th of June. The temptation to start a new army will be big (and who can blame you?), I am thinking about building an army centered around the Stormcast Eternals that come inside the new core game. However I don’t want to have to put painting miniatures on hold while I wait for the game to be released. So what to do? A small 1000 point army obviously. By doing this I will something to do until launch weekend and I will have an army ready to play some games with the new rules before I have build and painted all those gorgeous looking new Stormcast Eternals.

In the past I have had a number of Age of Sigmar armies and when choosing a new force to collect I try to avoid repeating myself (I have had a Stormcast Eternals army in the past but, as they say, exceptions make the rule). The Seraphon are an army that I have always liked the look of, ever since they first appeared in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles coregame set where they faced off against the Bretonians. However I never painted any of the miniatures and actually only remember playing against them on a few occasions.

So decision made, a 1000 point Seraphon army it shall be. The new General’s Handbook 2018 will probably change some of the points values so by staying just below the maximum points I’ve set I’m hoping to still have a legal force after the launch of the new edition (not long now until I find out).  My final list contains the following heroes and units:
– Skink Starseer;
– Skink Priest;
– Skink unit (10 models);
– Skink unit (10 models);
– Troglodon;
– Bastiladon;
– Ripperdactyl Riders (3 models).

As you will have noticed, it is a Skink army with not a single Saurus Warrior to be found.

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The above image shows my progress after my first few evenings of painting and I have already started building and painting the remaining miniatures, that I aim to have ready in time for the Soul Wars launch weekend.

I’m not much of a painter (building/converting and playing the games are my hobby), problem is that I don’t like playing games with unpainted or proxy models so over the years I have developed a painting style that I am happy with and gets models onto the table in no time. I always start by using a spray to base coat the models in a colour that will be the core colour used to tie the army together. In this case Army Painter Uniform Grey. This is followed by adding details with basic light colours. For the seraphon I used Citadel Ceramite White for the scales, with Deathclaw Brown and Gehenna’s Gold for the weapons and armour. Many of the models have feathers for decoration and these got a coat of Calgar Blue. Once this was done I used the Army Painter Dip and literally dunked the models in it. Individually and under close scrutiny my miniatures leave much to be desired. On a battlefield and grouped together in units they serve their purpose and look the part.

Should I like the army enough then I will put the Stormcast Eternals on hold for a little while longer and concentrate on the Seraphon. A second Troglodon in a different pose sounds like a challenge I’m up for. If that becomes a reality I will be covering the conversion work in a future blog post.