Wednesday, December 31, 2014

GALLERY: Astral Claws Battle-Brother Gibil


My Sternguard squad for my Astral Claws has been a real slow burn project. I started them right when the unit came out in plastic and have been working my way through them ever since. The newest member to join their ranks is the heavy flamer toting Battle-Brother Gibil.

Monday, December 29, 2014

REVIEW: The Warhammer App


As most of you probably already know by now, Games Workshop came out with a free App a month or so ago. The Warhammer App has had some time to develop since it was released so I figured now was a good time to give my initial review.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Mini of the Week 12-26-14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!


Santa Logan Grimnar brings you tidings of joy...

Monday, December 22, 2014

LORE: The 13th Black Crusade



Do you remember when Eldrad died, or when Abaddon had obtained the mysterious object from the center of the Eye known as the Heart of Chaos? With the End Times shaking up the Fantasy world right now, I figured it would be worth pulling out this older article on the largest, most momentous event in 40k history that has now, never happened.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Mini of the Week 12-19-14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GALLERY: Valten, Exalted of Sigmar



I have had this model for almost a decade now and have never had a good reason to paint it. With the End Times and republishing of his rules I figured now was as good a time as any. This guy was a lot of fun to paint and yet a complete pain at the same time.

Monday, December 15, 2014

HOBBY: Knowing When to Adapt Your Project



We've all done it, started on a project with an idea that may have been a little over ambitious. There comes a point where you must either concede and adapt or push through and finish it regardless. The trick is knowing when to pick which option.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Mini of the Week 12-12-14




Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

RETRO REVIEW: The Heart of Chaos by Gav Thorpe


Apparently all I remembered from the first time I read this book was the final battle. I had in my mind that this was just a big action scene, but there's so much more to it. Both Kurt and Ursala embark upon their own personal odysseys that eventually bring them back together in the highly entertaining conclusion to the Slaves to Darkness trilogy.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Khaine: Tally of Destruction



With each new End Times book comes a new swathe of destruction cut across the Fantasy world. Famous and well known characters bite the dust and entire lands crumble into history and Khaine was no exception.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Mini of the Week 12-5-14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

REVIEW: End Times - Khaine


The End Times: Khaine came out last week to add yet another phenomenal chapter to the End Times story. The Rhana Dandra has come, and the Elven nations will never be the same again.

Monday, December 1, 2014

INTERVIEW: Josh Reynolds


Black Library's pool of authors is constantly growing. One of its rising stars is Josh Reynolds, best known for his Blood of Nagash series and The Returns of Nagash. Today I was able to sit down with him and see what goes into the process of bringing some of the Warhammer world's most infamous villains to life.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mini of the Week 11-28-14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GALLERY: Screaming Skull Catapult


When I first started this project the Screaming Skull Catapult was not very high on my list of things to paint, but it actually was a lot of fun. Not only do I have some high quality pictures for you, but I also have some experiments in how I will present my projects in the future.

Monday, November 24, 2014

NEWS: The Mengel Miniatures Forum


Today I have some big news, the launch of the Mengel Miniatures Forum! A dedicated discussion space for all things painting, modeling, and hobby related.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mini of the Week 11-21-14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week,  where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

REVIEW: The Fall of Altdorf


The second novel in the End Times series, The Fall of Altdorf is written by Chris Wraight. Knowing his track record that means it has to be a slam dunk, right? Well, almost, and it's not necessarily his fault.

Monday, November 17, 2014

PAINTING: Todd Swanson's Crafting a Demon Winner


When I interviewed Todd Swanson the other week for the Miniature Painting Masters series he sent me so many pictures of his models to use that there was no way I was going to fit them all in that one article. Today I have a selection of those pictures for four of his Golden Demon winning models with never before seen in progress shots.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mini of the Week 11-14-2014


Welcome back to Mini of the Week,  where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

RETRO REVIEW: The Blades of Chaos by Gav Thorpe


The Blades of Chaos is the second book in Gav Thorpe's fantasy trilogy, and it easily follows the excellent debut by upping the action, drama, and exploration of the Warhammer world. If I remember correctly, this book is actually the reason I started reading the series way back when.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Glottkin: Tally of Destruction



Another End Times book, another round of earth shaking deaths and revelations. Although Glottkin can't compete with the body count from Nagash, it still has some pretty important, shocking, and just awesome deaths in it. Let's get started.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mini of the Week 11/7/14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week,  where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

REVIEW: End Times - Glottkin


Following up on the Nagash book is the highly anticipated part two of the End Times series from Games Workshop. This time it focuses on three brother known as the Glottkin, Nurgle's mortal champions in service to Archaon. Together they intend to bring the Empire to its knees.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Miniature Painting Masters: Todd Swanson


Welcome back to The Miniature Painting Masters Series where we sit down with some of our hobby's most prolific and well known painters. In this installment we talk with painting legend Todd Swanson, a multiple Golden Demon and Slayer Sword winner. I guarantee you that you will recognize the majority of his models, that's how influential he has been.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Mini of the Week 10/31/14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, Halloween edition, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

REVIEW: Quartermaster App



What's Quartermaster you may be asking? It is the simplest, and best army list writing tool I have encountered so far, and it can fit in your pocket! Today I take a look at what makes this App so great and why you should be writing your lists on it.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Armies on Parade 2014


For the past two weeks I have been working on my display board for the Armies on Parade competition and this past Saturday was the big day!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mini of the Week 10/24/14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, Halloween edition, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WFB LORE: Lustria, Welcome to the Jungle


We often look at 40K Lore, but today we are going to delve deeper into the history of the realm of Fantasy Battles - Welcome to Lustria!

Monday, October 20, 2014

HOBBY: Constructing a Necropolis


As some of you may know, the Armies on Parade competition is coming up, in fact it's this coming weekend. With no Golden Demon in the US this year I had to get my painting competition fix somehow, so I figured why not? What does every Armies on Parade entry need? An awesome display board.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mini of the Week 10/17/14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, Halloween edition, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

RETRO REVIEW: The Claws of Chaos by Gav Thorpe


Today I decided to do my first retro review, basically a review of an older book or game. I first read The Claws of Chaos when the last book in the trilogy was released in 2004 and on a second read through it still holds up as one of my favorite Warhammer Fantasy novels and one of Gav Thorpe's best works to date.

Monday, October 13, 2014

TUTORIAL: Snow Bases


It's a technique I use a lot and it is fairly simple to do, today I take a quick look at how to make a snow base for your mini. Put on your Parka and let's get going.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mini of the Week 10/10/14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TUTORIAL: Cinematic Photographs


We have all seen the amazing pictures that Forgeworld makes to bring its models to life. They give 40k a truly cinematic sense and help give the models a more real presence. I know this is what most of us imagine when we play a game of 40k, well today I'm going to show you how I went about making an image similar to this.

Monday, October 6, 2014

HOBBY: Magical Effects - Skullstorm


I have been wanting to make this model for awhile now, pretty much ever since I saw the Balewind Vortex after I started playing Tomb Kings. There is just something about creating a visual element for the action elements of our games, from explosions to spells, that takes them to the next level.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mini of the Week 10/3/14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

REVIEW: The Return of Nagash


What could have been a lazy, by the numbers recounting of what many of us have already read in the Nagash book, instead delved deeper into the psyches of some of Warhammer's most infamous villains, delivering a thoroughly entertaining story. The latest from Josh Reynolds did not disappoint, so let's take a look at this novel that heralds in the End Times.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Building a Better Casket of Souls: Finished!


For those of you familiar with some of my articles on Bell of Lost Souls, you'll know that I occasionally have an article titled "Building a Better" where I try and improve on one of GW's existing sculpts. This is the final part of my take on the Casket of Souls.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Mini of the Week 9/26/14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

TUTORIAL: Painting Mummified Skin


With the recent release of the Undead Legions this seems even more relevant then usual, now that two armies can take a Tomb King or Liche Priest as an option. Today I break down how I paint the skin on these mummified warriors.

Monday, September 22, 2014

HOBBY: Extending your Brush's Life



It's the one tool every miniature painter has to use, from the basic novice to the most seasoned veteran, a brush. It will carry you through painting your 100th line trooper all the way to your first award. Despite all of this it's something that a lot of us don't understand. What makes a brush good and how do I extend its life?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mini of the Week 9/19/2014


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Building a Better Casket of Souls: Part 5


For those of you familiar with some of my articles on Bell of Lost Souls, you'll know that I occasionally have an article titled "Building a Better" where I try and improve on one of GW's existing sculpts. This is part 5 of my take on the Casket of Souls.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Nagash: Tally of Destruction



If you haven't read the Nagash book yet stop here and go no farther, this article is 100% SPOILERS! Get ready for a long and sometimes sad roll call of who bought the farm. There haven't been this many deaths in a GW storyline since the Heresy was developed for 40k. SPOILERS!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mini of the Week 9/12/14


Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

PAINTING: Dark Elves


I painted this pair of Dark Elves probably almost a year ago while I taught my painting class at Dragon's Lair in Austin. Each was painted separately over a month or so on either slow class days or in between helping students. Let's take a look at this sinister pair.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Miniature Painting Masters: Karol Rudyk


Welcome back to The Miniature Painting Masters Series where we sit down with some of our hobby's most prolific and well known painters. In this installment we talk with Karol Rudyk, multiple Golden Demon and Slayer Sword winner and the master of monsters.