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Just wanted to remind everyone, there's a few days left in this competition... Voting closes at the end of the month, so if you haven't already, head over to +Dave Weston​ s blog and have a look at the entries, and pick your favourite! 
Here it is the Google AdSense competition 2016. Below is a selection of supplied imagery for you to make a full and considered choice on what would be your favourite 40kaddict inspired image. I'm really pleased with the varie...
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What Alun says, the winner is going to take home an Imperial Knight! 
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And a not so black tower!

Had a day off so finished my scratch built Bastion. Layered up some greys, added a bit of shading, used some oil paint for the rust runs, and messed around with some weathering powders on the top. Its not perfect, but it feels good to finish something!

EDIT: should have said, it's a bit shiny at the moment, ran out of time so it still needs another coat of Matt varnish. Also, I'll probably add details (bolters etc) at a later date as my bits box builds up.
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That looks amazing +Alun Heseltine
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Just a general hobby update.

I seem to have bogged down slightly with too many projects on the go, and none of them progressing really. I looked at my desk, and its awash with all sorts of bits and pieces...

My scratch build Caestus Assault Ram is languishing on a shelf, as I seem to be at a bit of an impasse with a particular section. Think I need to just crack on and see what happens.

The Space Hulk 2nd ED is progressing well, but I'm at that stage where I need to do the fiddly details for 19 genestealers and 9 termies. Also of a mind to make a foam insert for the box to store the minis.

There's 4 partially painted Imperial Fist scouts also on the shelf, they shouldn't take much to do, just need to be in a painting mood.

On the subject of Imperial Fists, after seeing some pics here, I've decided that I'm going to mount them on 32mm bases, this seems to make sense as I've only got about 10 infantry guys based so far, so I'll retrofit them.

I've managed to build 4 of my Overwatch minis so far, but that was always going to be a slow burn... Picked up some Secret Weapon bases today, so might try those with the Overwatch guys.

I'm not going to mention all the boxes that will make up my Imperial Fists force!

Attached is a pic of what has been bugging me most... Scratch built Bastion (plans by Bugbait). I got so far, and messed up the top of the battlements... Stalled, then recently my good lady wife picked up some lollipop sticks for me, so I've used them to tidy up the top, and coffee stirrers have added detail to the exterior. I'm pretty happy now, just a couple more bits of detail to do, then a quick paint job to make it table ready.

Well, that's where I am... Nothing specific really, just hoping that posting about it all I might actually get on and finish something!
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Hail Bugbait, without him I would not be producing my own terrain pieces, he was the inspiration for it all. His Bastion is awesome and you've made a damrn good job of it, the coffee stirrers are inspired. Keep your pecker up :)
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Reader and lurker here.

Drone arrived today...UK
Backed 19th July 2015
No shipping email, just an email today from Royal Mail to say they were about to deliver, regrettably I was about 500 miles away, driving home! Thankfully neighbour took it in, and I've just arrived home to pick it up.

Haven't tried it yet, probably tomorrow as I'm knackered... Hope I don't have the issues some others seem to be having!
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Do a preflight and happy flying!!
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Another update on my Space Hulk 2nd Ed redux. This time my second attempt at the terminator test piece. I wasn't happy with the first one, so stripped it and started again.

Gone for the Hammers of Dorn chapter, because it lets me practice my black for Deathwatch: Overkill, and let's face it, I have a soft spot for all sons of Dorn!

The black has come out pretty well, added a few scratches and scuffs... The chapter symbol is my hokey attempt at freehand, but I'm reasonably happy with it, although you can see where I went wrong... I'll have to tidy that up!

Just another 9 to go, and 19 genestealers 😬
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+Alun Heseltine Glad that helped you matey, these guys look brilliant! The eyes have a nice dull glow look about them.
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Space Hulk 2nd Edition Redux

So I picked up a second edition Space Hulk off eBay a couple of weeks ago... As well as a strong desire to play it, I also wanted them to be test pieces for Deathwatch: Overkill that I also picked up.

Today I got them to a pre painting stage, but I can now use them to play! Basically I took all the bases off, soaked them in Cif Oven Cleaner (that didn't work, so tried Dettol which was much better) washed them all down, cleaned up the mould lines, re-assembled, scratch made a load of Hulk type bases (that took a long time!), and have just now finished pinning them all to the bases.

This all took longer than I expected, but happy with how they're coming together.

Plan is to paint the termies as Hammers of Dorn, as this gives me a chance to practice black. Genestealers will be traditional purple/pink.
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I too picked up Deathwatch and really enjoy it. I also picked up an extra set of tiles from ebay to make the game bigger. Heck for 8 bucks why not!
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Behold! The black tower!

Added a bit more detail, and have just undercoated... aiming for a mid grey at the end.
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Also "found" this (pun intended)... Lost Patrol

https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Lost-Patrol-EN

Not out until June, but £35 could be a bit of fun.
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Sooo... Haven't seen mention of this here... Anyone getting it?

https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Imperial-Knights-Renegade-ENG

My initial thought was £120 is far too much money (especially after just buying Deathwatch), but when you break it down in terms of 1 knight warden £95, 1 knight £85 and some scenery £25?... It's not a bad deal, plus you get a game!

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OMG this looks sweet!!!!!!!!
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Back off our hols, and today we had our first game of Space Hulk!

Haven't finished painting the figures yet, but that didn't matter. My daughter played the heroic Hammers of Dorn, I played the misunderstood xenos just trying to hitch a ride across the galaxy.

It was brilliant fun, although things got a little emotional when my daughter lost her brave sergeant (seriously, I bet you guys don't have to worry about floods of tears at your local GW!).

I had an opportunity to take down the flamer dude, but since this was our first outing with the game, I decided a victory for her would give her a good memory and hopefully she'll want to play again. The flame dude ended up as the last man standing, but was able to perform a mad dash at the end, reloaded and torched the launch control room... She even had some command points left and turned to torch my last genestealers model for good measure! Also, we used the "Hulk Sounds" app on phone to add sound effects, which proved to be very popular with the little kid and big kid alike 😁

Good fun had by all, can't wait to get all the models painted and have another game. This experience also bodes well for Deathwatch: Overkill!
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+Jason Connaughton Wouldn't that surprise the Space Marines...to be mobbed by My Little Pony figures instead of Genestealers.
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First test run for my Space Hulk 2nd ED genestealers. Did 3 different versions and this turned out the best. Simple mix of base coats, washes and drybrushing... Hopefully I should be able to blast through the other 19 fairly quickly.

My test marine wasn't quite as successful (no photo), the underlying green/blue highlights were too green for the black theme. Have stripped it ready to start again.
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+D Power​ yrgmal stealers. We're they M32-36. Might have been later. Although they had tentacles for mouths
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Today... Is a very good day! 1 old box arrived, 1 new box arrived. 😁
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You lucky devil, you.
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Great day out for the kids, however, it's very expensive. 2 adults, and 2 kids with entry, rides and snacks (brought our own picnic), came in close to £100. That said, there's lots to do, petting zoo, lots of exotic animals (rhinos were my favourites), outdoor rides and play parks, and a large indoor funfair with lots of old fashioned rides. Pretty much something for everyone. It is expensive, bit we'll be going again next time we're visiting.
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Standard Tesco store, just be aware, they close at 1600 on Sundays, which means they start packing up counters at 1500!
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Pretty good garden centre aimed squarely at gardeners... Better quality than Dobbies! The coffee shop is good, but can be slow to get a table at peak time. Simple fayre, notbflash, but dine well.
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Theres quite a walk up a lot of steps, and it gets very narrow in places... but, wow, its so worth it. Fantastic views of the city in all directions, give yourself an hour or so and take in the view.
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Its a multiplex! Comfortable, clean, no issues with how they show the films... But queuing for pop corn and drinks is painfully slow and oh so expensive.
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Standard shipping mall, but with good range of shops and a couple of different options for eating. From Yo Sushi to Pret a Manger. Good car parking, but gets busy at peak times if year.
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Massive restoration project, done very well. Nice to walk around the walls and get a different view of the town and river. The Georgian house contains lots of local history, although the bit dedicated to the last owner is a bit overdone.
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