Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Gaming Rooms: Mike W's Gaming Room

Hi all. 

A little while ago I started my journey into a dedicated gaming room. I asked a few years ago for inspiration and how people have done their Gaming Rooms. Mike responded and shared his room and some words. 

Thanks for letting me give you some insight into the War Room from its humble beginnings to its current state and future plans....


The War Room was a long time in planning, as I was working in Abu Dhabi for 3 years, with a forced hobby break, so when I returned in 2011 I was ready to get back into the hobby in a big way. Plans where made, materials bought.....but then life got in the way new baby, garage filled with junk so  plans it remained until October 2014 when a house move into the same area as most of my  gaming buddies and a big double garage to call my own got things moving again.


The table itself is a simple timber frame that forms 2’x2’ squares and allows me to build board tiles that can have a sunken section in them, plan is to have a city board with a canal running through it in the future. By placing the old kitchen table under the frame it allowed me to have some in board storage, some cheap book shelves were then built in and plinth created to slot in the beer fridge (an integral part of my gaming group, all in there 30s) and some batons between the legs allow my GW and FW 2’x2’ tiles to slide in flat.


Once the table was built I added some optional extras, a nice green felt dice rolling box with raised edges (didn’t like the idea of trying to find dropped dice in the garage) and then on the end wall I mounted an old TV, now surplus to requirements and linked it up to my laptop, this lets us have the rules or codex’s up on the big screen or as its linked to the movie server have a good war movie playing in the background.


The first set of board tiles I’ve done simple GW realm of battle board, painted up and snow flocked, it can be 4’x8’ maximum but tiles can be removed and replaced by blanks to shorten the board and create more table space for dead guardsmen (my main opponent).


Future plans for the War Room are many, but the next main projects are a 4’x4’ Zone Mortalis Board (tiles are purchased, just need painted), a full 4’x8’ City board made up of the FW tiles, GW City Tiles and some scratch built canal tiles and terrain to fill them.


Thankfully now my gaming buddies live nearby we’ll spread the terrain painting between us, which frees me up to paint my Tau, Traitor Guard and Dark Elves. Have yet to play 30K, but my plan for January is to start a Raven Guard force for my local GW’s Tale of Many Gamers and will need to find some awesome models to paint up to better my silver placing in the Aberdeen Golden Trolls.


The big change of late is the big wooden display cabinet is now gone, to be replaced with a new work bench and shelving, so I can have my airbrush permanently set up and have some better storage for all the terrain and minis. With a good sized work bench I will be able to also get back to my long term project of my Tau Manta, which is the first (and I think still only) non-imperial/chaos titan on Titan Owners Club.


If anyone finds themselves in the Frozen North (Aberdeen, Scotland) your always welcome for a game and a beer in the ‘War Room’.


Thanks for reading......just realised I’ve written a bloody essay! Feel free to cut it to shreds and I hope it is what you where looking for. (Naaaah it's great :) )


Love your blog, keep up the good work.





I will be asking Mike for an update after this post to see if it has evolved any more (sorry it has taken so long to put up). 

The design and construction phase. 

Love the racking idea. I'm nicking it for mine!

Extra storage. 

A great space. I will be posting an update underneath at some point soon hopefully. Please email us your Gaming room pics and designs. We will be sharing a few over the coming weeks as I get my gaming room converted (I need inspiration). 

Drake Seta

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Weekly Progress Report 18/03/2018

Hi all. Hope the snow and bad weather has encouraged you all to stay in and hobby!

Aveinus has been basing his Gretchin and Ork Nobz this week, he’ll also soon be working on a Painboy, Battlewagon and some Meganobz

Following from his post yesterday, Hector has managed to finish off the cloak and is making a start on layering and highlighting Dorns armour.

Update: Done some work on Dorns armour, just needs highlighting

Kaelo has been working on his Sector Mechanicus terrain and has been trying out ways to make the silos look like they are full of liquid. Here is a picture of stage one:

The Battle Bunnies

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Rogal Dorn; part 3

Hi guys,

It's good to be back in the UK! I'm making more progress on the cloak now - the main thing is that I have changed my recipe for the cloak.

In theory the way I originally planned it could have worked but I was having some real difficulty trying to get the transitions right so I've gone back and pretty much started it again. I'm going closer to the recipe Duncan used for the How to paint Skitarii Rangers video he did a while back for Warhammer TV.

  1. Mephiston Red Base
  2. Agrax Earthshade
  3. Mephiston Red Layer
  4. Evil Suns Scarlet Layer/Highlight
  5. Wild Rider Red Highlight 

As you probably can tell, the pictures above I've done steps 1 and 2 and I'm going to be making a start later on laying up the Mephiston again. Hopefully I will have more to show tomorrow for the progress report tomorrow as I also hope to start layering up the armour too.

As you may recall from the previous post, I mentioned before about my fingers getting in the way when working on the cloak. Now this isn't such a problem as I got myself some blu-tac and some mini bamboo skewers and voila, I can now keep my grubby fingers off the paintwork while I'm painting away!

Next time I post, Rogal should be looking a lot more complete - we are getting to the point now that the pre-highlighting assembly stage is imminent!

Hector Cephas

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Necromunda: Van Saar Gang

Necromunda is still killing it at the moment, and here is the fourth gang with a really awesome remodel. 

Love the colour scheme here. Such a cool contrast, which I'm sure people will be doing some amazing colour combos for their own gangs. 

Combat shield?! Hair tendril? Melta pistol?

Very esoteric. 

Twin Plasma pistol toting Champion!

Hmm. Does he look like he might be a bit pallid under there? Radiation sickness maybe? And is that an Irad Cleanser?

What a cool looking gang!

And what's this?! A new set of modular terrain?!?

What a night

Drake Seta

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Weekly Progress Report 11/03/2018

Hi all. 

A mixed bag of progress again :)

Kaelo has been working on some Sector Mechanicus terrain and bought one of the Hive Shield boxes which is cracking value. He is looking forward to getting it all painted. 

Also, never one to stick to a single project, on Wednesday he ordered some Mirkwood Elves...which he has already finished. Below is a WIP picture.

Aveinus has been working on Dispossessed, basing some 40k orks and some Haradrim he found from he was a kid! There’s almost 7 of them finished currently.

Atia used this week to experiment with toxic slime for the Necromunda Zone Mortalis. Work on Morathi has started too!

I myself have been busy with another project, more on later, but have also managed to take the Plasma Regulators a lot further along. Still hopeful to get them wrapped up in a week or so. 

. . . as well as The Aett!!! My gaming room garage conversion is well and truly on its way. The front foundations have been dug out and the concrete lintel and up to DPC level brick line has been finished. 


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Knight Errant Nathaniel Garro.

Hi all

One of my friends by the name of Shadow has passed pictures of one of his recent projects over to me, and I thought I would share them. 

"Garro was a two year project for me, not because of a lack of talent or want to paint the model, but because it meant something very special.  The model was bought using graduation gift money from my Masters, so I wanted to make sure it was absolutely perfect before I showed it off.  For me, that meant painting it only when I felt my very best and knew I could give it the proper attention that such a beautiful model and beloved gift deserved.  The paint scheme itself is amazingly simple, but the quality I wanted far outweighed speed."



Nuln Oil wash

Runefang Steel edge highlight


Black ArmorPterges, and Scabbard:

Abaddon Black

Eshin Grey edge highlight (scabbard and pterges only)


Brown Cloak:

Dryad Bark

Nuln Oil wash

Dryad Bark edge highlight


Red Sword Grip and Word Bearer:

Mephiston Red

Nuln Oil wash

Mephiston Red layer (sword grip only)

Evil Sunz Scarlet highlight (Word Bearer only)


Gold Armor:

Retributor Armor

Gehenna’s Gold layer

Reikland Fleshshade wash

Gehenna’s Gold layer (avoid the recessed areas)

Liberator Gold highlight



Bugman’s Glow

Cadian Fleshtone layer

Reikland Fleshshade recess wash

Kislev Flesh edge highlight


Silver armor:


Ironbreaker layer (except the bionic showing on the leg)

Nuln Oil recess wash (extra used as necessary on the Sigilite’smark)

Runefang Steel edge highlight


Shadow and I talk daily and we often share work in progress pictures and techniques. This is in my opinion one of the best models he has painted, and it is great to see when someone levels up in their painting skill attribute. :)

Well done. 


Sunday, 4 March 2018

Weekly Progress Report 04/03/2018

Hi all. 

Another week in hobby town:

Hector says hi from Budapest! He's busy assessing the fortifications in Buda and going to talk to someone about gene-coding the accesses to the Citadel.

Aveinus has been painting his Dispossessed again over the last few weeks. He’s now close to finishing the next 5 Hammerers.

I have been working on 6x Plasma Regulator terrain pieces. They are coming on well and I hope to finish them this week. I have also got a little bit of progress too regarding my garage conversion :) all doors and windows will be delivered in the next two weeks, and the foundations at the garage front are going to be dug up and replaced hopefully this week (weather permitting). Then hopefully the whole garage should be air tight and ready for internal work by the end of March. Hopefully it would be swiftly brought to new home white within a month after that, then furnished by end of May. 

Battle Bunnies

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Rogal Dorn; part 2

Hi all,

I thought it's about time I give you another update on how Rogal Dorn is progressing - particularly as I'm planning to escape Storm Emma's "wrath" and enjoy a nice weekend away in Budapest!

As you can see, he is a bit more complete looking than last time. As I mentioned in the Weekly Progress Report, I intended to jump onto doing the cloak but I decided since then to do the shading instead as now that I have got my Citadel Painting Handle, I think it makes more sense for me to get some of the model builtSo far, I have completed most of the shading apart from Rogal's hair and the grip and wing decor on the Voice of Terra.

Unlike with Angron where I pretty much painted him in a week because I felt I could get away with drybrushing his armour, I do seem to be taking my time with Rogal as there are a lot of details that I want to make sure I get right and since I have shaded the model, those details have become a lot more prominent. I am somewhat intimidated by the project if I'm honest as I'm not a great painter - I'm just good at "cheat" methods and getting reasonable table top standard results in short order but I feel I have to really up my game here.

Once I'm back from Budapest, I think I really need to get cracking with the cloak - will need to use some blu-tac and stick it to something as it was proving fiddly to shade as is and I can't risk wrecking the detailing when I start layering it up.

What do you guys think so far?