LEGO Creator Corner Deli

Amazon Product Name (APN): LEGO Creator Corner Deli 31050

Manufacturer: LEGO

Review By: Papa

This is a very cute set with lots of colors.  The Corner Deli features a deli sandwich restaurant with outside dining, two miniature “deli sandwiches,” a cook minifig and a customer carrying her sandwich.

The actual structure is two stories tall and can be set up open with the interior exposed, or as a closed building. The first floor is either wood or “brownstone” while the second story is a very pleasant shade of blue/green. There is access to the roof via ladders and a ceiling hatch.

The roof has a TV antenna and a colorful bird sitting on it. There is an easy chair upstairs for the deli owner to relax after a long day making and selling sandwiches. I like the red and white canopy above the sandwich counter and flip-up window so sandwiches can be passed to customers outside.  It even comes with a fire hydrant (and I will have to add the dog leaving his mark!).

I added this set to the LEGO City sets that I own to give my city more variety in terms of building designs. I really enjoyed building this set. LEGO Creator sets can be built three different ways and I see myself picking up more of these to enlarge the structure.

If you’d like to add the Corner Deli to your display, you can find it on Amazon by clicking here.

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Stormcast Eternals Neave Blacktalon

Amazon Product Name (APN): Stormcast Eternals Neave Blacktalon Warhammer Age of Sigmar

Manufacturer: Games Workshop

Review by: Kelly

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Neave Blacktalon the Knight-Zephyros is an amazing Hero character for your Stormcast Eternal armies in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar by Games Workshop.

Neave Blacktalon plays as a single model, and her abilities make her perfectly suited for hunting key enemy heroes.  She’s a capable filler hero if you have enough points left over in a list.  Her sculpt is looks nice with her dual axes, choice of two head sculpts, and bearskin cape.

I enjoyed putting this model together and painting it in the cannon Hammers of Sigmar paint scheme, which are the colors I have most of my Stormcast Eternals collection painted in.

Neave Blacktalon does one extra damage per attack if targeting an enemy hero with Lightning-fast Strikes. She also gets one extra attack with her Whirlwind Axes if she charges with the Nemesis ability.  She can even run and shoot in the same turn with Tireless Hunters.

By far her best ability, Windrider, allows Neave Blacktalon to follow in the wake of any other Stormcast Eternal unit that uses Ride the Winds Aetheric, such as Vanguard-Palladors and the Lord-Aquilar.  This gives her sudden bursts of speed across the battlefield.

When in combat, Neave Blacktalon gets two shooting attacks at a nine inch range with her Boltstorm Pistol. She hits and wounds on a three plus with one damage each.

She then gets a whopping seven attacks, hitting and wounding on a three plus with minus one rend and one damage each with her Whirlwind Axes. 

If she is charging a hero, Neave Blacktalon gets EIGHT attacks doing TWO damage each.  With the dice on my side, Neave has obliterated chaos wizards, a skaven warlord and even the mighty Slambo in a single round of combat.  I even used her Windrider ability once in a game to follow my Lord-Aquilar all the way up the board, behind enemy lines, where the dynamic duo proceeded to annihilate every enemy supporting hero and a Skullcannon before the enemy general killed her.

Neave Blacktalon is a fantastic model with a beautiful sculpt and does well hunting enemy heroes on the battlefield.  Neave deserves a place in your Stormcast Eternals armies collection for your games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar by Games Workshop. You can find her on Amazon right here.

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Stormcast Eternals Sequitors

Amazon Product Name (APN): Games Workshop Warhammer Age Sigmar Stormcast Eternals Sequitors

Manufacturer: Games Workshop

Review by: Kelly

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

With Games Workshop’s release of the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set came a new chamber for the Stormcast Eternals, the Sacrosanct Chamber.  This sect of the Stormcast Eternals focuses on magical weaponry, enhancements and beefy spellcasting.

Sequitors are the first choice for your battleline units in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.  Sequitors are the Liberator’s final form. Better in every way and currently undercosted in the 2018 Generals Handbook, they are a must have inclusion in your Stormcast Eternals, and specifically Sancrosanct Chamber lists.

The Sequitors Stormsmite Mauls and Stormsmite Greatmaces are solid weapons. Both hit and wound on a three plus. Sequitors shine when you take as many Stormsmite Greatmaces as you can, one in every three models, plus the Sequitor-Prime unit leader can take one as well.

For example, a unit of ten models can have four Stormsmite Greatmaces! To top that off, a hit roll of six with a Stormsmite Greatmace does D3 hits instead of one. This allows for some crazy extra attacks with good dice RNG (random number generation).

Sequitors can also take Tempest Blades instead of Stormsmite Mauls, granting them an three attacks instead of two, but they wound on a four plus instead of a three plus.

Sequitors have two wounds and get to reroll saves of one for any units carrying a Stormshield (sorry Greatmaces, but that’s the tradeoff), on top of their base save of a four plus. They also get an ability called Aetheric Channeling which allows you choose to channel aetheric power into their weapons or shields at the start of the combat phase.

If you choose to channel aetheric power into your shields, you get to re-roll ALL of your failed saves, not just the ones. If you choose weapons instead, you get to re-roll all failed hits.  This ability stacks with the Evocator’s Empower Spell, which if successful allows the Sequitors to re-roll failed wound rolls.  A minimum unit of Evocators is a must have inclusion in lists running Sequitors.

While I personally feel that Sequitors are a little overpowered as an automatic inclusion in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar, they are not impossible to deal with. They can be hammered down, or at least weakened with shooting attacks. This gives them better balance against armies with lots of shooting, such as the Kharadron Overlords.

Sequitors are available in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars Starter Set, in a standard kit box, and in an easy to build box.

You’re ready to add the Stormcast Eternals Sequitors to your army, right? You can find them on Amazon by clicking here.

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Stormcast Eternals Evocators

Amazon Product Name (APN): Citadel Stormcast Eternals Evocators Warhammer Age of Sigmar

Manufacturer: Games Workshop

Review by: Dad

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

With Games Workshop’s release of the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set came a new chamber for the Stormcast Eternals, the Sacrosanct Chamber.  This sect of the Stormcast Eternals focuses on magical weaponry, enhancements and beefy spellcasting.

Evocators are equipped with Tempest Blades and Stormstaves and get a whopping four attacks. They hit & wound on a three plus, with minus one rending and one damage each.

The leader of the unit, the Evocator-Prime gets an additional attack with his Tempest Blade and Stormstave.  If it’s not obvious from the attack profile of their weapons, this is nuts.  Even a small unit of three Evocator models is throwing thirteen dice when attacking, with a 66% (3+) chance of successful hits and then wounds on the dice.

On top of that amazing melee attack profile, Evocators have an ability called Celestial Lightning Arc that allows them to reroll saves of a one against shooting attacks. Not only that, after resolving their crazy number of attacks per game model in the combat phase, the Celestial Lightning Arc ability allows you to pick one enemy unit within three inches of the Evocators and roll two dice for each model in that unit. On a roll of a four plus on those dice, the unit suffers mortal wounds.

Celestial Lightning Ark can decimate big blobs of one-wound infantry, giving you two dice to roll for each model, and a 50% (4+) chance of success. This almost guarantees that you can finish off or at least cripple almost any group of infantry after one round of combat. You can equip them with Grandstaves instead, sacrificing one attack and rending, in exchange for doing two damage per hit.  Evocators are very hardy with three wounds each, and a standard four plus save.

If that’s not enough to get you excited about Evocators, the unit also counts as a Wizard as long as it has at least two models left. Evocators are restricted to only casting one spell a turn, and unbinding one enemy spell a turn, with the only spell they can cast being Empower.

And what a spell Empower is.  Empower literally does what it says, and if successful, empower’s another Sacrosanct or Redeemer Chamber unit with a reroll for all of their failed wound rolls.  This spell makes pairing a unit of Evocators with a unit of Sequitors a no brainer.

The Sequitor’s Aetheric Channeling ability, if used to empower their weapons, lets them reroll all failed hit rolls. Being able to reroll all failed hit and wound rolls when attacking maximizes the Sequitor’s damage output in close combat.  So, it’s always a good idea to backup a unit of Sequitor’s with at least a minimum unit of three Evocators.

Evocators are another somewhat overpowered unit that are new to the Stormcast Eternals, but their awesomeness is reliant on being able to cast a successful spell. This is something that’s more difficult in the 2nd Edition of Age of Sigmar, with the increase in spell unbinding range.  They are wonderfully sculpted and very cool models available in either the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set in a unit of three or in their own box in a unit of five.

I absolutely love this unit of Warhammer miniatures, and if you take the time to learn how to use them with your army, I know you’ll enjoy putting them down on the gaming table, too.

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Easy to Build Stormcast Eternals Celestar Ballista

Amazon Product Name (APN): Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Easy to Build Stormcast Eternals Celestar Ballista

Manufacturer: Games Workshop

Review by: Dad

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Celestar Ballista adds a versatile artillery piece to armies of Stormcast Eternals.  The Celestar Ballista was released in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars box and in a separate easy to build kit.

The separate kit has its own unique sculpts for the Sacristan Engineers that crew the machine, and a different front armored plate of the ballista. This makes for some decent variety when picking up multiples of the Celestar Ballista for your shooty lists.

The Celestar Ballista models have two modes of fire with the Versatile Weapon ability. You decide which to use before firing in the shooting phase. Single shot has a range of a whopping thirty-six inches, with one attack hitting and wounding on a three plus, with minus two rending and one damage. This miniature model is perfect for sniping some wounds on an enemy hero unit out of reach of your battle line units.

The rapid fire mode is where I feel the Celestar Ballista really shines. Getting four attacks and hitting on a five plus, instead of the three plus Single Shot gets you.  No matter which firing mode you choose, any time an attack hits, it explodes into d6 hits on the target because of the units ability, Chained Lightning.

In single shot mode you have a small chance to do six hits, and in Rapid Fire mode that increases to a potential twenty four wounds being dealt!

Obviously, the stars and dice rolls have to align perfectly for that to happen, especially with the harder to hit rolls, but you can still hope to average a few wounds every time you pull the trigger in rapid fire mode if the dice are with you. (If you feel like the dice you’re rolling are “unlucky”, check out the bag of 40 dice from Wiz Dice below. Papa likes to have a few sets on hand just in case.)

The Sacristan Engineers crewing the Celestar Ballista have to stay within one inch of it when moving, and defend it in close combat with their Sigmarite Blades. If you have the Celestar Ballista in a piece of terrain cover, it gets plus two to its save of a four plus because of their Bastions of Death ability.

Celestar Ballistas are a must buy for any Stormcast Eternals or Order faction player in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.  Costing only one hundred points when building a list, it’s easy to fit one or two into your miniature game army, and they are definitely worth the points cost. The Celestar Ballista pairs up well with the Lord-Ordinator as he adds one to all hit rolls made by any Order War Machines like the Celestar Ballista within nine inches of him.

Papa and I are loving Warhammer Age of Sigmar and if you’re interested in giving it a try, check it out on Amazon here.

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Help! What tools do I use for modeling?

A Modeling Help Article by Dad

Building models has always been a great choice for a hobby.  It’s relaxing, fun, builds fine motor skills and gives you full control over how you pose or build your models.  Whether you build muscle cars, airplanes, tanks, or full armies of fifteen or twenty-eight millimeter models for tabletop wargames, you’ll need a core set of tools in your toolkit to be able to build them properly.

For me, miniature modeling is my meditation and therapy.  It’s my time to recharge after a stressful day, or simply have fun creating something.  I gravitate towards twenty-eight millimeter figures since I play Warhammer Age of Sigmar by Games Workshop.  But whether you are new to miniature modeling, or you’re looking to round out your modeling toolkit, this list should give you a starting point no matter what kind of modeling project you’re tackling. In no particular order, here are my top 10 tools of the trade for building and customizing plastic, resin or metal model kits.


Building plastic model kits starts with clipping parts of the model off of the plastic sprues.  The sprue is the frame that holds all of the parts together after it comes out of the molding machine.  You’ll need a good set of clippers to cleanly cut the parts off the larger parts of the sprue.  I use the Cheery Lynn Designs S140 Metal Snippers. They make clean cuts and have thin cutting tips to get into those hard to reach places. Because they are capable of cutting metal, they can be used for metal and resin kits as well as providing a very clean cut on plastic.  Another great and affordable choice is the IGAN-170 Flush Wire Cutters.

Hobby Knife & Extra Blades

After cutting out your parts, you’ll need to clean up any leftover mold lines and bits of sprue on each peace.  A good hobby knife that uses number eleven (#11) blades is a must-have when building any model kit. You can use the sharp side of the hobby knife for cutting and trimming parts, and you can use the back side of the blade at a ninety degree angle to scrape off mold lines. I use the Excel Blades Soft Grip K18 Hobby Knife because you tighten the blade down on the back side of the knife and it prevents the blade from getting loose during use, which is an issue with cheaper hobby knives.

I highly recommend picking up at least a one hundred (100) count pack of extra number eleven blades so you can always be using a fresh and sharp blade.  Dull blades can cause the knife to slip and instead of cutting the plastic you can end up cutting yourself.  I change to a new blade after every few model kits, depending on their size, as a safety precaution. 

Pin Vise

A Pin Vise is a precision tool for drilling small holes.  Pin Vises are necessary to drill out the end of weapon barrels as they are often filled in on a lot of model sculpts and adding small magnets to models for swapping weapons. Pin Vises are also essential when building metal models, as the joints often need to be pinned as well as super glued for strength.

Pinning is a modeling technique where you drill small holes into the mating surface of two parts and glue in a small section of stiff wire or paperclip when attaching the parts together. This reinforces the model in the same way that rebar bolsters concrete.

Pin Vises normally come with a set of tiny metric drill bits, but I recommend picking up a small set of standard (SAE) drill bits as well, because most pin vises can hold up to a one eighth inch drill bit and one eighth inch is a good size for most magnetization needs. I use an older Citadel pin vise that is no longer available, but for more up-to-date kits, I recommend either the Paxcoo Pin Vise kit or the CML Supply Mini Micro Drill Bit Set and Pin Vise. Both sets come with a thirty piece set of micro drill bits in a range of sizes.

Work Holder for Small Models

For painting individual miniatures or parts of all scales, it is useful to have something to hold the miniature after you’ve built it to get it primed.  Work holders or painting handles can be made of just about anything.  Old pill bottles,  small jars, or wooden craft block are all useful as a work holder with the addition of some sticky tack on top to hold the mini or part.

Games Workshop also has an official Warhammer 40K Citadel Painting Handle with a spring loaded top made for holding primarily twenty eight millimeter miniature bases.  I have one in addition to my home made painting handles, and it works awesome with enough weight in the base to hold even full metal minis without the handle falling over when you set it on the table.

I mainly use it for single hero figures that I spend more time painting on and it works great.  Games Workshop also has two other versions of their painting handle, the XL is for holding larger based models than the standard size can hold and the Assembly Handle that has two soft hold clips for holding delicate parts while gluing a hard to work with miniature.


A good set of tweezers and a set of pliers are essentials for your toolkit. Some model parts are very small and hard to hold while gluing pieces in place. Tweezers assist well here, as well as with adding rocks and plants to your bases after painting. I suggest you grab a set of Tweezer Guru Precision Tweezers as they are high quality without being too expensive.

Pliers are a necessity for pinning models as they are needed to straighten out lengths of wire or paper clip and then cutting them to length. I like to use a set with a ninety degree angle on the jaws such as the Ion Tool 7” Angled Needle Nose Pliers as it makes it easier to shape your pinning material as well as removing temporary pins.  ProTip: Never use your pliers directly on plastic parts as they will quickly ruin detail.

Plastic Glue

A good plastic glue is necessary to build any plastic model or miniature.  There are several options available from all of the major brands like Plastruct, Tamiya, Testors and Citadel.  Plastic glue actually melts the plastic where it is applied and when two parts are glued together this way a permanent bond is created as the plastic from the two parts melts together and then dries.  Plastic glue also comes in several thicknesses.  I personally prefer the Tamiya glues as they have a nice brush in the cap for precision application. I use the Extra Thin consistency for most of my model building needs, and medium consistency Plastic Cement for more gap filling action between parts. 

Super Glue/Super Glue Accelerator

Plastic glue is great for plastic models, but if you are building in resin or metal, super glue is the right adhesive for the job.  I have found most plastic minis don’t adhere well to their bases with plastic glue, so I attach all of my minis to their bases with super glue.

Super glue is useful for adding rocks, plants, cork, etc to your bases.  Virtually any super glue will work for building models, and cheap super glue is readily available at any hardware or dollar store.  For me though, I’m one of 5% of the population that is extremely allergic to super glue (you can read more about what to do if you have a glue allergy here), so use I use Super-Gold+ Odorless superglue that  doesn’t off gas the substance I’m allergic to.

A proper super glue accelerator like Insta-Set does what it says and instantly sets and dries any super glue it comes in contact with.  I find this to be essential when attaching built models to bases as it’s inconvenient and sometimes impossible to hold the model to the base in position until the glue dries.

White Glue 

You might be surprised to find that standard white glue used in kid’s craft projects is a useful adhesive to keep on hand. Elmer’s is the most common brand here in the USA and is the one I use.  White craft glue is useful for gluing grass flocking or dirt/rock mixes to bases. It can be thinned down with water in a one to one ratio to allow it flow down and through thick coverings of these materials.  The white color allows you to easily see where the glue is being applied, and it dries clear and takes primer and acrylic paints well if needed.

Green Stuff

“Green Stuff” is a universal two part modeling putty material with a long working time and a twenty-four hour full set time.  Green stuff can be worked by clay carving tools or molds to fill gaps, or to create unique custom parts for your miniatures. This one material can expand your ability to be creative when building models by allowing you to easily customize pieces to your own liking or for special purposes.

Green stuff is available from all of the major miniature modeling companies such as Army Painter, Reaper or Gale Force Nine but can be acquired cheaper from other suppliers.  Check out this thirty-six inch roll of of putty from Kneadatite as it is a fantastic value for the amount of green stuff you get, and this putty has an amazingly long shelf life.

Add a cheap set of clay molding tools like this eleven piece set from eBoot and you’ll be making custom parts in no time.

Games Workshop also makes a product called Liquid Green Stuff although not everyone likes it. For me, I find that it is useful as a gap filling material as well as giving you the ability to add texture to flat surfaces.

No matter which version of Green Stuff modeling putty you use, once dry, green stuff can be easily sanded and primed for painting.

Sanding Sticks

Once your model is built, and your green stuff is dry, you may need to cleanup some minor flashing or sand down your modeling putty into the proper shape.  Sanding sticks like these twenty packs from DuraSand are cheap and come in many different grits and can be further cut to any length.  Essentially, they’re a more flexible emery board like those used by nail salons.  Sanding sticks are able to get into those hard to reach places and their flexibility means you can bend them around curves of different radii with ease.  I keep a little cup on my hobby table full of sanding sticks ready to go when building models or using green stuff.

I hope these recommendations help you to get started building your go-to toolkit for modeling. The more you model, the more creative you’ll get with finding tools to keep your creativity going. No matter if you’re just starting out, or you’re a modeling professional, having the right tools for the job makes all the difference.

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Castigators with Gryph Hound Warhammer

Amazon Product Name (APN): Citadel Easy-To-Build Castigators with Gryph Hound Warhammer

Manufacturer: Games Workshop

Review by: Dad

Our Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Castigators are a new ranged infantry unit for the Stormcast Eternals in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.  Added with the release of the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars box in a unit of five, Castigators are the heavy hitting ranged trooper of the Stormcast Eternal Sacrosanct chamber.  Castigators are also available in the Tempest of Souls and Storm Strike bundles along with a seperate easy to build box that builds three Castigators including both male and female models and a single gryph-hound with a new sculpt unique to this box.

Castigators are armed with Thunderhead Greatbows with an eighteen inch range, one attack each hitting and wounding on a three plus with minus one rending and one damage each. Very similar to the Judicators Skybolt Bows, with their bows getting a twenty-four inch range instead. The leader of the unit is a Castigator-Prime and that model gets plus one to hit with its greatbow. That’s about where the similarities with judicators end though.

Castigators have an ability called Burst of Celestial Energy that allows hits with the Thunderhead Greatbows of a six to inflict D3 hits instead of one if the target is a Daemon or Nighthaunt unit. This ability makes them a must include when fighting either of those forces  Judicators.

Castigators also have Aetheric Channeling, similar to Sequitors, that allows the unit to either reroll hit rolls of a one or increase their rending from minus one to minus two. They’re a great ranged option for your Stormcast Eternals army with great model diversity in beautiful and detailed sculpts.

Male and Female models are in the units, and some have their helmets removed which gives some great visual variation when they’re set out on the table.

The only real issue is their availability.  Games Workshop really needs to release a ten model box of Castigators to make it easier to build up their units as there are only five in the starter set and three in the easy to build box. People who want to build shooting armies of Stormcast Eternals will find it difficult to build up more than a small unit without having a bunch of duplicate models.  If all you want are the Castigators, buying a bundle box or a starter set just isn’t cost effective.

I hope Games Workshop will release a full unit kit for Castigators like the have for all the other ground troops for the Stormcast Eternals. Either way, check out Castigators yourself for your games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

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Top 5 Games Workshop Warhammer Age of Sigmar Releases of 2018

Best of Games Workshop Article by Dad

2018 was a fantastic year for Warhammer Age of Sigmar by Games Workshop.  Games Workshop brought us many new models and several army release through 2018.  Let’s explore the releases our family thought were the best of 2018.  Our top five either changed the game, brought a much needed update to an older model and finally brought the Beast of Chaos and Gloomspite Gitz into the Age of Sigmar properly.

1.         Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars Starter Set

First on our top five is the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars box. This new starter set for Age of Sigmar brought us the Second Edition of the ruleset to the Mortal Realms.  The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set is one of the latest in a line of high value for the purchase price boxes of models Games Workshop has been releasing lately.  Including a full size, color hardcover book of the new rules and exciting backstory for the Soul Wars in the Age of Sigmar.  The Soul Wars starter set also includes fifty-two high detail and easy to build models, the most models Games Workshop has packed into a basic starter set since the full army boxes back in the 90’s. The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set is fantastic place to start your journey in the Mortal Realms if you want either a Stormcast Eternals or Nighthaunt army.  These forces can easily be built out into full armies by adding a start collecting and just a couple other boxes of models.

2.         Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery

An amazing new addition to add more flavor and wanton destruction to your age of sigmar battles, Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery brought a new threat to our Warhammer Age of Sigmar Battles, endless spells.  Endless Spells add a new threat to the battlefield, each with their own unique rules and flavor.  Endless Spells can be cast by any of your wizard characters and can be taken over by the opposing force’s wizards creating some interesting and tactical gameplay options for your Warhammer Age of Sigmar games. Endless Spells are a must buy when building a new Age of Sigmar Army to keep your options open for having fun in smaller games and as a great points filler in larger games expanding your play options.  The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery box contains thirteen miniatures representing a great starting mix of endless spells. Endless spells for all of the currently updated factions are also available with new sets coming out with every new army update. Current releases by Games Workshop include Endless spells for Stormcast Eternals, Nighthaunt, Beasts of Chaos, and Gloomspite Gitz at the time of the writing of this article.

3.         Games Workshop Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt Black Coach

The model for the Black Coach hasn’t been updated since the 1990s and badly needed an overhauled new model. Games Workshop’s updates to the Nighthaunt army this year provided the perfect opportunity to release a new one and boy did the game designers deliver on this one.  The design of the Black Coach  fits in perfectly with the rest of the new Nighthaunt models and is a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield, growing stronger every turn it stays in play. I greatly enjoyed building and painting this model and have included it in my Nighthaunt list rotation with the special Deathriders Battalion warscroll in the Nighthaunt battletome to go with two units of ten Hexwraiths and the Dreadblade Harrows.  The Black Coach is a  behemoth class unit for your Nighthaunt army and is definitely a must buy to round out your larger point cost lists.

4.         Battletome: Beasts of Chaos Warhammer Age of Sigmar

The Beasts of Chaos Battletome for Warhammer Age of Sigmar finally brought the beastmen in all their chaos worshipping glory into the Age of Sigmar. This army hasn’t been updated in several years and badly needed a new battletome for the Age of Sigmar.  Along with the Beasts of Chaos Battletome, Games Workshop released a set of Endless Spells and a new piece of terrain The Herdstone to add more flavor to the army.  A lot of rules were updated to the Beasts of Chaos warscrolls, bringing updates and balance changes to the army rules.  This battletome is a must buy for any Beasts of Chaos player in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

5.         Battletome: Gloomspite Gitz Warhammer Age of Sigmar (HB)

The Battletome for the Gloomspite Gitz was a very rewarding surprise announced near the end of of 2018 with a release in very early 2019.  We felt the timing was close enough to the end of 2018 that we could still include it here.  The Gloomspite Gitz Battletome joins the Moonclan grots, Spiderfang grots, troggoths and gargants together under the bad moon of the Gloomspite Gitz and led by Skragrott the Loonking.  Grot armies had been severely neglected in the Age of Sigmar and really needed an update.  Games Workshop’s announcement included new grot models, a terrain piece and grot themed Endless Spells for buiding a fully themed Gloomspite Gitz army for games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

2018 was an amazing year for Warhammer Age of Sigmar releases and 2019 is already proving to be amazing, with more Gloomspite Gitz models releasing early in the first quarter, and updates already teased to both Flesheater Courts and Skaven armies.  It should be a amazing year on the gaming table in the Age of Sigmar.

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Papa’s Favorite Lionel Train: The Polar Express

A Model Train Review by Papa

We all love the movie The Polar Express, and Lionel has produced quite a range of train sets, rolling stock, and accessories around this story.  I’ve always wanted my own Lionel Christmas Tree railroad layout, and was excited when I discovered I could own The Polar Express. I was delighted to find Lionel offers O scale including The Polar Express LionChief Train Set with Bluetooth.

This set has a 40 inch by 60 inch oval of FasTrack, a DC power pack, remote control, the engine and tender. It also comes with two coach cars and an observation car, all with “snow” covered roofs.  These Lionel model railroad sets are special in that they also come with four O scale figures that can be attached to the cars and engine by using the available figurine pins on them. The figures each have a socket on one foot that fits the pins. My grandson and I love staging figures on the roofs of the cars, or the front of the engine, and watching them ride the rails.

Another version you might find in model train hobby shops, or perhaps used from a private model railroad seller, is Lionel Polar Express Remote Train Set, which is very similar to what I’ve listed above, except it does not include Bluetooth controls, and neither the passenger cars or observation car are painted with snowy tops.

When I bought my set, I also got a The Polar Express Holiday Gift Set which came with a hard bound copy of the picture book and a beautiful silver bell for the Christmas tree. Our version of the gift set came with a “golden ticket”, but current versions may come with the movie on DVD or Blu-ray instead. These extras were the perfect gift for my grandson, who is my favorite train buddy.

If you shop around, you might find other versions of the Polar Express sets in the Lionel Ready to Play and American Flyer (by Lionel) model railroad lines.  Please note that engines and track provided with either of these sets are not compatible with Lionel O scale FasTrack, which is the track I prefer.

Now comes the fun part, expanding the Polar Express train set.  The available expansion accessories fall into three main categories.  First, Lionel offers an extensive array of add-on cars. Second, there are the Lionel O scale accessories like bridges and other structures.  And third are the Polar Express figures packs.

Here are just some of my favorite add-on cars for The Polar Express:

Disappearing Hobo Car 6-84602

Hot Chocolate Car 6-84603

Letters to Santa 6-84601

Diner Car 6-84604

Boxcar 2-Pack 6-83645

Conductor Announcement Car 6-83437

Silver Load Hopper 6-84370

Baggage Car 6-84605

Combination Car 6-84600

There are many additional cars that be found on the shelf in hobby and train stores from previous Lionel releases.  In addition to several of the railroad cars above, I own a Polar Express Aquarium car and a Silver Bells car. I’ve also added several non-Polar Express Lionel O scale Christmas cars, including a Christmas Music Box car.  With all the extra cars, and another Lionel engine, we were able to run more than one train around the Christmas tree this year!

The Polar Express Scenic Accessories

In addition to this wide variety of model railway rolling stock, Lionel produces a number of O scale Polar Express scenic accessories.  I started with a bridge, since my layouts always include water (using a piece of blue vinyl)  and fishing. I added some vintage Lionel accessories and a train station platform, but there are even more additions available including the hero’s childhood home, the Polar Express Gateman shed, flagpoles and more.

In addition to displaying my Polar Express and other holiday model railroad sets with Lionel accessories, I also set up a village of ceramic buildings that I’ve collected over the years. My little town has complimented my O scale Christmas model train set for many holiday seasons.  While they aren’t exactly the same scale, they are close enough, and the bright lights of the village on a white felt bed bring to mind steam trains rolling through a small town in winter.

This brings to mind a little tip: If you don’t have lots of O-scale accessories, but you have other toys and decorations in a similar scale, feel free to use them! All it takes is a bit of imagination, and you can decorate your model railroad with any manner of items, from paper mache mountains, to ceramic cottages and LEGO townhouses.

Add-on figures for The Polar Express:

Finally, Lionel has produced a range of O scale figures specifically for The Polar Express railroad line.  Available sets include more characters from the movie such as Santa, his elves, reindeer, wolves and rabbits.  

Setting up a Christmas layout is really fun, and I hope you’re feeling inspired to build The Polar Express model railroad set at your house this holiday season.

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Is my modeling glue making me sick?

A Modeling Help Article by Dad

I started building and painting twenty-eight millimeter scale miniatures several years ago. The first miniature I ever painted was a pewter Eladrin Warlock character, for a Dungeons and Dragons fourth edition campaign I was starting with some friends.  It was a fun project that taught me the basics of modeling and painting.  I was hooked from that first project and I’ve managed to fully paint and base several hundred minis since. Now I maintain a large modeling, painting and gaming space to enjoy my hobby in. However, I’ve got an issue, I’m allergic to super glue.

Why does glue smell?

We all know that cyanoacrylate adhesives, more commonly known as super glues, are really stinky.  The reason for the smell, is most super glues offgas a vaporized version of cyanoacrylate monomer.  This monomer can irritate your mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. For most people, using these adhesives in a well ventilated room is enough to prevent side effects. However, about 5% of the population is allergic enough that this irritation turns into what feels like a head cold or flu for several days. 

The Cyanoacrylate Wikipedia page explains this issue pretty well. You can read what they have to say here.

Am I allergic to Super Glue?

I found out I was allergic to most glues through trial and error.  Once I started really getting into miniature modeling, I was using super glue a lot more than I had previously.  Eventually, I made the connection that every time I spent a day building models, I was sick for a week with a head cold or flu.  It took being sick for almost a month solid until I figured out that my super glue was the issue.  After a ton of searching online, I started finding testimonials from other miniature modelers out there that had the same super glue allergy.

How do I stick stuff together if I’m allergic to Super Glue?

I realized I had two choices, either rebuild my workspace with tons of crazy ventilation under a chemical hood, or find a superglue that was odorless.

Pretty much everyone I found that posted about flue allergies recommended using the Super-Gold+ CA odorless super glues.  They are expensive compared to standard glues, but they don’t offgas that mucous membrane irritating monomer. The glues come in a range of thicknesses from very thin to thick gap filling. This allows you to continue gluing miniatures and models, no matter your application.  I mostly use the medium thickness for gluing models to bases, building metal and resin models, adding basing plants/rocks, and final model assembly after painting those hard to reach spots.  It really is the best middle ground for general assembly of different materials like cork, plastic, pewter, resin, dirt, rocks, etc.

Since I started using odorless super glues, I no longer have those crazy side effects from my allergy. This has been huge for me personally, as miniature modeling and painting has become a regular form of meditation and therapy for dealing with my other chronic health issues.  I wouldn’t have been able to come this far with my painting and modeling skills without an odorless option for superglues.

So, if you are starting out in the miniature modeling and painting hobby and you begin having unexplained head cold and flu like symptoms, it might just be the super glue you are using.  But don’t let that stop you from enjoying an amazing family hobby. The wealth of miniatures that need some assembly and paintwork are still accessible to you with a solid odorless superglue like the Super-Gold+ Odorless. To check this great glue out for yourself, you can find it on Amazon here.

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