Warhammer Basics (21 Aug 2021)

I’d like to kick things off in this weekend’s post by thanking everyone who joined me yesterday on Google Meet for my very first Warhammer Basics online event.

I hope everyone had a good time and it was great connecting with like-minded folks as I shared a bit about what it takes to get into the hobby and we got to play a demo together utilising Mission One from the Recruit Manual that can be found in the Warhammer 40K Recruit Edition starter set.

One of our attendees had quite a few questions on how one can get started in Malaysia especially if they are on a budget which inspired me to write this post.

Here are some tips on how to get started:

Starter Sets

The paint sets and starter sets are a pretty decent place to start as you are guaranteed to get new models. Both Warhammer 40K and Age of Sigmar have got similar sets that are designed to help you learn to play both games at an easy pace.

Second-Hand Minis & Sets

Malaysian Mini Pasar is a closed Facebook Group that is a great place to pick up minis on the secondary market from fellow hobbyists who overcommitted or are just looking to split sets. It’s a great place to get started on minis but I would still recommend hobbyists support their local stores.

Why? Well local stores are essentially community hubs where you game & meet other Warhammer fans; and for the most part these stores don’t charge gamers for the use of their facilities.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/264118517018267

New Sets That Are Great Value

If you’re looking for new sets; Games Workshop has the following types of sets that contain a whole bunch of minis that are faction specific that can immediately start you off with a working army that can be fielded immediately. Here are some samples:

Start Collecting Boxes

These are probably the most value for money as they contain a host of minis and are priced within the RM370 range. I think you usually get something between 15 to 20 minis.

Image credit: Games Workshop

Combat Patrol Boxes

These are the newer format army specific starting points that give you a decent mix of minis that would make a good starting army. These boxes give you around 20 to 30 minis which also includes a vehicle of some sort. Combat Patrol Boxes would set you back by RM570.

Image credit: Games Workshop

Battleforce Boxes

These are probably the most value for money that gives you a pretty big army start point and contain a great variety of models. These sets are usually released at the end of the year and are great Christmas gifts! They are usually priced at around RM750 upwards.

Image credit: Games Workshop

Malaysian Table-Top Centric FB Groups

If you want to get connected to other Warhammer fans, here are some of the Facebook groups which I frequent.

Retail Outlets

Here’s a link to a separate page that curates a list of Malaysian stores which I will try to maintain regularly. The initial list was copied from Wargamers Malaysia so I’d like to credit the admins there for the initial curation. I have yet to verify all these shops so if there are changes please update me so the list can be kept up-to-date.

These outlets are great places to meet people to hobby & game with. Each outlet has its own community so do explore to find the right place that suits your personality & gaming style.

Kit-bashing 101

Hello everyone!

After spending some time painting up more Deathwatch Vets over the last few days I thought I’d just cover a topic that is daunting to anyone that’s new in the hobby.

Kit-bashing.

What is kit-bashing? Well, in a nutshell when you kit-bash a miniature what you’re doing is using parts from other kits and other materials to create a unique model of your own creation. This could range from bits of plastic, wire, to putty or moulding material. It also involves a lot of cutting so a cutting tool like an X-acto knife is a must have if you really enjoy this aspect of miniatures.

You obviously can use whatever you think would give your miniature the look that you want. Kit-bashing is an aspect of the hobby that is a pretty endless avenue to express creativity. I myself have not gone so far in terms of kit-bashing but there are lots of great kit-bashers out there on the web like Pete the Wargamer. Here’s a video where he goes through his creative process in creating a Raptor Kill Team that’s pretty cool.

I’ve not been in the hobby that long but I have accumulated quite a stash of extra parts from all the kits I have so far which is how I created the guy below:

Here’s how I pieced him together & where each piece came from:

  • The chainsword comes from a Blood Angels upgrade sprue
  • The combi-melta, torso and legs all came from the Deathwatch Veteran kit
  • Sarge’s head comes from the Deathwatch upgrade sprue
  • The power pack originates from a Devastator I believe but I’m not too sure as it was a left over bit I had from a second-hand Tactical Space Marine Squad sergeant

Some tips to note when kit-bashing:

  • Read the relevant codex if you want a kit-bashed mini to be legal for WYSIWYG in a Warhammer 40K & Kill Team game; but if you just like minis and not too keen on gaming then anything goes lah
  • Some cutting is sometimes needed to shave off some bits of plastic. You can use a hobby knife or a clipper to cut or shave off bits you don’t need
  • The simplest way to kit-bash is to just use ready parts from leftover bits from other kits in your collection
  • Dry-fitting is an important part of kit-bashing to ensure that your custom miniature can be assembled properly as sometimes some parts don’t play nice with each other so be ready to cut or clip off bits from the parts you intend to use
  • If you’re working with material that requires moulding; a specialised tool certainly would help; some advice I have received is that some dental tools work for this purpose (I’ve not gone to this extent but I am toying around with the idea)

After doing some searching online I found some Army Painter products that are available here in Malaysia! Here’s a link to collection of Army Painter products that can be found in Wolf Game Shop on Shopee. Enjoy!

https://shopee.com.my/shop/408083790/search?shopCollection=106289672

Miniature Painting Basics! An Infographic

Here’s an infographic that summarises the 4 basic steps that I think anyone can pick up in order to paint minis.

Miniature Painting Basics!

Miniature painting is kinda like colouring except that you’re colouring an actual object.

Feel free to share this out on your social pages if you think it’s helpful for anyone who is keen to give the hobby a try!

Space Hulk: Part 3

Hi everyone!

Starting up the StormGate social pages and this blog has been super helpful in maintaining my momentum in my bid to paint up all my gray. I pushed myself out of the weekend laziness and finished up the last of the Space Hulk terminators over the last few days. Here are all of them in their full glory!

I’m not going to do any highlights as they are pretty much ready for the table top. In fact, the plan now really is to get just enjoy painting all my minis and only spend more time on those that I really like.

Painting these terminators was a pretty interesting experience as I couldn’t really do them assembly line style that much with the exception of the initial Mephiston Red base for the armour and maybe the Ushabti Bone helmets. It was just too tempting to start painting up the individual detail on each mini as I felt it was a shame to leave such glorious miniatures uncompleted.

These Blood Angels really do deserve a revisit at a later date to make them look better but for now I’m pretty happy that they’re all painted up. Or maybe I’ll never get back to them. We’ll see…

The genestealers are up next but let’s see what happens as I feel like painting up some more Deathwatch as I picked up a Start Collecting! Box, some second-hand Deathwatch Vets and the more recent Deathwatch Combat Patrol over the last few weeks.

P.S. If you haven’t yet read Part 1 & 2 of Space Hulk; follow these links – Space Hulk: Part 1 and Space Hulk: Part 2

Men of Tanith, Do You Want to Live Forever?!

Games Workshop recently released a new version of Gaunt’s Ghosts and it looks to be one of the best designed Astra Militarum miniatures to date. If GW keeps this up, IG players have a lot to look forward to in the near future!

But why wait? Sabbat World has a wealth of lore and backstory for any hobbyist to get into. Fans of the Irons Snakes, White Scars, or Chaos forces will feel right at home here.

Let’s focus on the main cast of the saga which is the Tanith First and Only as the focus point of this hobby adventure. And of course, just like any other war in the 41st Millennium, an Astra Militarum regiment seldom fights alone.

We shall be doing some conversions to include the arrogant 50th Volpone Regiment as elite soldiers in the mix, as well as some Forge World flyers to represent the Phantine Air Corps who will bring some much needed air support to the tabletop. Oh, it is important to mention that I’ll be assembling a battle-forged army in the process, so this army is not just for show, but works for a real game as well!

Without further ado, let’s jump into the Gaunt’s Ghosts box set!

After studying each one of the six individual models, I decided that the best way to paint and make the most out of this kit, is to via sub-assemblies and to paint them up separately. Here’s how I went about the sub-assemblies.

And because I’m old school, bases comes before paint!

I’m also putting together a squad of Militarum Tempestus to represent the 50th Volpone Regiment with mixed parts from leftovers from a Tempestus sprue and some Cadian Guardsmen parts. To top it off I’ve ordered some plasma guns bits to add some punch against MEQ units.

It’s the 50th Volpone Regiment!

As mentioned earlier, in absence of heavy armour, this mixed regiment will receive some air support, Flyers from the Phantine Air Corps are expected to turn the tide of battle to their favour if they are in a pinch.

There you have it folks, I’ve just laid out the plans for the month to complete this mixed regiment. Stay tuned as we try to bring daily updates on the progress of this army.

Men of Tanith, Do You Want to Live Forever?!

Here Comes a New Challenger!

I’m pleased to welcome my childhood friend Vincent as a StormGate contributor. He’s a monster painter and has been hobbying way longer than me.

Whilst I cover the more beginner aspects of the hobby that correlates to my own journey, Vincent will bring to the table more advanced stuff as contributor.

Together the both of us will hopefully be able to cover many more things about the hobby. We’ve been catching up a lot and we’re really excited about how we can take StormGate further!

Btw, if you like the image used in this post; I’d like to credit Blazbaros on DeviantArt who created the base image which I pixelated using Canva. If any of you are interested in more of his art check out his DeviantArt page: https://www.deviantart.com/blazbaros

Space Hulk: Part 2

it’s been a lazy weekend. I’ve not done a thing to finish up my Space Hulk termies and instead have been playing a whole lot of StarCraft: Remastered this week; which incidentally was almost a Warhammer 40K game but that’s a topic which I will visit one of these days.

If you haven’t played the original you owe to yourself to give it a try. It’s a brilliant game and back in the day it was pretty mind-blowing to have 3 different factions in a RTS. Plus the campaign had an epic storyline worthy of cinema.

Space Hulk: The Video Games

Anyways, back to the point of this post. My first encounter with Space Hulk actually occurred some time during the reign of the mighty Intel 386 & 486 processors. Way back when VGA and SVGA graphics saw the world of computer games explode in burst of brilliant colour there was a small game company called Electronic Arts who somehow had acquired the license for a strategy game called Space Hulk.

The images above are courtesy of myabandonware.com.

Space Hulk (1993)

The game is played in first-person view and is very similar to its modern day equivalent in Space Hulk: Tactics (which can be found on Steam and modern consoles). Gameplay in a nutshell is as follows:

  • Get briefed by your CO
  • Study the map for objectives, etc
  • Deploy!
  • Move each terminator through the Space Hulk in first-person view
  • Keep an eye on your sensors for genestealers
  • Take control of a terminator and open fire if those pesky tyranids attack

1993’s Space Hulk is tense and perfectly captures James Cameron’s movie Aliens. I remember the game being super tough so I tried playing it recently and it’s still TOUGH! As a kid I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the game and as an adult I can safely say that the UI is one of the main reasons the game is difficult. Having a security camera-styled interface makes it tough to focus on what you’re supposed to do and to also keep an eye out for Genestealers. Here’s a video of actual gameplay footage.

Space Hulk (1993) Gameplay

A Universe of Space Hulk Games

In my obsession for all things Warhammer 40K, I found out fairly recently that since 1993, there have been a whole slew of Space Hulk video games which prompted me to pick some of them on Steam. Check out this YouTube video and you’ll see what I mean.

Space Hulk: The Video Games

Space Hulk: Deathwing

I’ve also been enjoying Space Hulk: Deathwing Enhanced Edition which a colleague had picked up for me during an Xmas gift exchange. Deathwing is a basic tactical FPS made by Focus Interactive which really makes you feel like you’re Space Marine in clunky terminator armour.

The game is atmospheric and if you love seeing terminators on the table-top you’ll love it even more when you mowing down Genestealers as one. Plus in the main campaign you’re a Psyker!

I’m in the final mission which I’ve yet to complete as I’ve been distracted by hobbying and my current regular marathoning of Joss Whedon’s stellar Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Disney+ Hotstar.

In Conclusion

The point of today’s post really is that if you can’t get a copy of the board game, you can always experience the thrill & claustrophobia of Space Hulk on your PC or console.

Once I’ve figured out what kinda hobbying videos & livestreams I want to make I’ll be sure to invite some of you to participate in an idea I have for an online play session of the board game.

Hope I can finish painting up all the minis sooner rather than later!

P.S. If you haven’t yet read Part 1 of Space Hulk; follow this link – Space Hulk: Part 1.

Space Hulk: Part 1

I picked up a brand new copy of Space Hulk quite some time ago and put it into storage thinking that I’d break the box out once I’ve made bigger progress with my pile of gray but fate had other plans for me.

A month or so ago someone sold me a copy of the game second-hand for a really decent price. Which meant I could keep my shrink-wrapped copy pristine and get this new set playable. In fact, I pretty much assembled all the minis in one sitting.

As a treat for making good progress with my other minis I decided to start painting em’ as a treat. Here’s my progress so far.

Key Learnings:
  • For older minis the plastic can be quite brittle (in the case of the Space Hulk ones especially. I’m not sure what plastic was used when this set first came out back in the day
  • For minis that are chock full of detail; painting them assembly style is kinda boring; it’s a lot more interesting to complete a full mini even though it does take more time
  • It pays to brighten up the colours after a wash even though it increases the total project time
  • Space Hulk minis are pretty cool
Colours Used

The armour plating, cyborg & human bits

  • Mephiston Red
  • Rakarth Flesh
  • Corax White
  • Talassar Blue
  • Abaddon Black
  • Reikland Fleshshade (wash)

Cloth, skulls, chains, purity seals, etc.

  • Naggaroth Night
  • Retributor Armour
  • Leadbelcher
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Evil Sunz Scarlet
  • Rakarth Flesh
  • Reikland Fleshshade (wash)
  • Nuln Oil (wash)

The weapons

  • Averland Sunset
  • Retributor Armour
  • Leadbelcher
  • Retributor Armour
  • Reikland Fleshshade (wash)
  • Nuln Oil (wash)

Stay tuned for more progress on the rest of the Space Hulk minis!

Warhammer 40K 2nd Edition

The Warhammer 40,000 2nd Edition Starter Set

This is where it all started when I was 16. My family was in Melbourne visiting my aunt’s family when I stumbled upon this at a store. I managed to convince my parents to pick this up for me & my brother which is how I came to own this piece of Warhammer 40K nostalgia.

Unfortunately I never did play with them much as a teen & I had no clue how to paint em’. My brother and I couldn’t quite grasp the complex rules and it wasn’t fun to play with gray plastic; which led to the entire set going into storage until that faithful day last year when I stumbled upon the Warhammer store in Publika.

My dad brought down the set from my hometown last year; which helped to kick-off my current Warhammer 40K obsession. I can’t remember how much we paid for the set but that box certainly came with a lot of stuff. There’s a certain amount charm to these older minis and I’m glad I have em’.

Anyways, I primed and painted the Space Marine half of the set as Ultramarines and voila; they look pretty “cute”. Stocky. Cookie cutter. I love em!

If you’re a Malaysian Warhammer 40K fan, what was your first experience of the grimdark world of the 41st millennium? Do share your stories with everyone.

Thousand Sons Mobile Wallpaper

I was attending a webinar by WebinarNinja featuring Canva, which is a great tool for non-designers to churn out design work using a plethora of easy-to-use templates.

Anyways, as I was watching the webinar I got super inspired and looked around for images I had lying around my PC so I could mess around with Canva. I stumbled upon a Magnus image I had and voila!

Here’s a piece of free content for all you Thousand Sons fans in the pixelated style of the StormGate Games logo to be used as your mobile wallpaper. Just download it to your smartphone & set it as your wallpaper!