Imperium Rising Part 5: Open War & Tactical Objectives


In the grim dark universe of Warhammer 40,000 there is only War… And a bank balance in the minus.

So with dipping back into Warhammer 40k, I’ve picked up Games Workshops (GW) Tactical Objectives deck and their Open War deck.
Initial feelings on the decks is that one is a nice helpful aid, and the other is something I feel has been missing from the game for a long time. Can you guess which is which?

So, what do to think of these 2 decks? Will you be picking either up?

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave 

Imperium Rising Part 4: Converting the Primaris Captain


Following on from my previous post regarding the new Primaris Captain from Games Workshop, now that I have the Captain unboxed I’m going to do some conversion work.

As the model is mono pose, there’s not much I can do about that unless I want to hack the figure up, and for me that’s too much trouble. So instead I’m going to convert the bits and pieces that I am able to do.
So I’m planning on primarily part swapping and simple conversion work (something that anyone can do).

I’ll be using parts from the Dark Vengeance box (the chapter masters head, the spent ammo cases, and the chaos marine head), and I’ll be using an ammo drum from a spare Storm bolter.

I snipped off the gun strap, trimmed it back using my hobby knife, and then clipped off the existing ammo mag. I then glued on the ammo mag from the storm bolter (I could have used the ammo drum from the Primaris Captain sprue, but it was a little smaller than the storm bolter one).

So once I get the mini all cleaned from mold lines etc, it’s time to prime the model.

“An apple a day, keeps the Demon Primarch away”.

I have about 6 sub sections (head, main body, cloak, back pack, front tabard, and gun arm), I have now to paint before I can finish the Captain.

I have most of the Captain painted up in his base colours at the moment (still have to do some tidy up work tho). The paint I normally use for my golds is all used up, so I’m trying out GW’s ‘liberator gold’, so far I’m not impressed (the gold looks like a brown in the above pic, at least to me) but we’ll see how it goes. 

At the moment I’m deciding if, for his cape and waist cloth I should do white on the outside and red on the inside, or vice versa… Choices, choices.

I made my choice regarding the Captains cape…

I had a little accident during assembly, my stupid stubby fingers dropped the Captain while I was gluing him together, and he bounced across the kitchen floor. Surprisingly it wasn’t that drop that damaged his helmet, but rather the 2nd time I dropped him when he was only abou 3 inches (if that) of the ground.

All that’s left to do is a few highlights, a little bit more tidy up work, adding a bit more white to his cape, and his eyes (I’m thinking blue eyes).
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

Imperium Rising Part 3: Primaris Captain 

The above, in my opinion is the best trailer Games Workshop (GW) has, to date produced. Not only does it preview the advancement of the 40k timeline and fluff, and introduces the new Primaris Marines, it’s an epic trailer.

Only days ago GW released their new Primaris Captain, and I happened to pick one up. 

So why not check out my little unboxing of the Primaris Captain.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Imperium Rising Part 2: Custom Objective Markers

So with my first intro game to 8th edition under my belt, I’ve started to finally get around to painting my Dark Angels.
I took a little break from painting them last night, and raided my bitz box to make some objective markers. I still have the green plastic tokens that came with 5th edition in a bag out in the shed, but as its a new edition I thought to make new markers.
In total I had enough bitz to make 2 weapon type inplacement objectives, a supply cache, an Ork made objective, and a sort of cracked/ leaking container.

I even have some resin crystals (as far as I remember they were part of a terrain pack from ‘The Edge’ by Awakened Realms), which I’m going to use one of, to give me my 6th objective, a sort of Necron objective.

While going thru my bitz box I even found enough parts to build a Heresy Era pattern Space Marine (thanks to my friend Dermot, for giving me the legs). Im liking how he looks, tho I’m a bit spilt on whether or not to put a tabard on his waist… What do you guys think?

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Imperium Rising: First Impressions of 8th Edition Warhammer 40k


The Man Cave shares his first impressions of the new 8th Edition Warhammer 40k.
The Man Cave dips his toes back into the universe of Warhammer 40k for the first time since 5th Edition.
The Man Cave had a 50 Power Level game of Dark Angels vs Custodes.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

Hobby Hack #4 – Cutting the Costs


We are all aware of the cost of our hobby (well, except our partners, who we usually fudge the prices of our purchases to). 
Let’s face it, our hobby isn’t cheap. Between model/ miniature costs, the cost of accessories, paint and glue, costs rake up pretty quickly. As such, we are usually on the look out for ways to either cut our costs or to get a good deal on our purchases.
Some times this is buying on the secondary market, other times it’s finding alternative products, and it’s the latter (alternative products), we’re going to delve into today.

The first item we’re going to look at is ‘Primers’. For those of you who are uninitiated, a ‘Primer’, is basically the first step in painting a miniature or model. It’s basically a base coat of paint you apply to your model, so that your other paints can grip to, and not flake/ rub off. Although the most common colours to be used in priming a model are black and white, you can use nearly any colour, it just basically depends on your paint scheme.
There are a number of different ‘Primers’ available on the market from companies such as Games Workshop and Army Painter, just to name a few. Generally they are applied either via an Airbrush or a rattle can. I use the rattle can variety (as I don’t own an airbrush), the price of a can of ‘Primer’ can vary depending on where you get them, but usually a can of ‘Primer’ will cost between €10 to €15 per can, and if your painting an army of miniatures for games such as Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar, Warmachine/ Hordes, Dropfleet Commander, or Infinity as an example your going to need multiple cans.

Today we are having a look at a cheaper alternative to the big boys.

Today we are looking at Halfords Plastic Primer (grey colour). I’ve been previously told about this product but haven’t had a chance to test it till now. Now that I have tried it, I don’t think I’ll be using anything else going forward.

So how much does it cost?

At a cost of less than €8 for a 300 ml can, and less than €10 for a 500 ml, price wise you can’t go wrong.
What’s the coverage like?

To me, the spray seemed to be finer than say Games Workshop or Army Painter ‘Primer’ sprays. It didn’t clump or collect in recessed areas either, like I have happened with the previously mentioned sprays. I was impressed in the colour coverage, the spray even reached those hard to reach places (you know the ones I’m talking about, like between the legs, and in recessed tight corners).

So how did the ‘Primed’ model turn out?

I was interested to see how a ‘primed’ model would turn out, so I tested the spray on a number of different models. I would a this point take a moment to point out that although I did ‘prime’, for the most part I didn’t remove mold lines and flash from the models.


First up I primed a couple of containers from Puppetwars.eu, the containers are made of a resin-foam material. In a few places it appears the spray ate into the model but I believe this is more to do with the resin-foam than the spray.


Next up I tried a Fusilier model from the game Infinity.


I then did the Librarian from Games Workshops Dark Vengeance box set (I swear it has nothing to do with 8th edition 🤔). The grey is nearly an exact colour match for the Colour of GW plastic. The spray actually got in between the sections near the shoulders and back pack.


Next up I primed my fleet of UCM spaceships (8 frigates and 5 cruisers) from Hawk Wargames, Dropfleet Commander.


Finally I primed the web store exclusive Saratoga class cruiser from Dropfleet Commander.

The Halfords sprays come in a variety of colours so if grey isn’t your preference, you have a range to choose from.
If you haven’t tried the Halfords Plastic Primers before, based on my experience with them I can’t recommend them enough. 
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Astaroth)


I got a new Gundam, High Grade, 1/144 scale, Iron Blooded Orphans Astaroth.
As usual I got this kit from the most excellent folks over at Dublin City Comics and Collectibles.

When I first saw Astaroth I knew I wanted him. I very much like his design. Although Astaroth is part of the Iron Blooded Orphans (IBO) product line, he’s actually not part of the IBO main story line in the TV show. Instead he was the main Gundam suit from a manga side story.
In the side story, the family that owned Astaroth hit hard times and were basically selling off his parts (and replacing them with cheap parts from other Mobile Suits) in order to make ends meet. This is what gives Astaroth his asymmetrical look. Anyways I digress.
Inside the box, you get…


2 bags of multi coloured sprues, the assembly instructions, and a bit of promotional flyers.
Inside the bag of sprues, you get…


… A small sticker sheet, 7 sprues, any of you that have built a HG Barbatos, will recognise the inner frame parts, and then some blue, red, and White sprues for his armour panelling.

One of the gimmicks on the Astaroth is his giant hand that pegs onto his right arm. It gives him a sort of ‘Hellboy’ ascetic (which I really dig), it has 2 fingers and a thumb that have a limited range of motion. Which can help pulling some poses, and to help hold his main melee weapon. Speaking of which…
When not in use his main weapon, the ‘Demolition Blade’ (I believe that’s what it’s called) is stored on his back.


It has a sort of ‘Buster Sword’ from Final Fantasy 7 vibe to it, which I dig. The blade has a extendable gimmick, where it unfolds. In the extended mode Astaroth’s ‘Hellboy’ hand, and a little fold out handle for his regular hand, aids the gundam wield his gigantic weapon.

Astaroth also comes with a gun and a dagger, to complete his weapons load out (however there is nowhere to store these weapons when not in use).


Visually Astaroth is one of the more unique Gundam’s in the IBO line (due to his odd parts) and has the inner skeleton that we have been spoils with in the IBO line, allowing for some great poses.
“By the power of Grayskull…I…Have…The Power…”

Now I’m not going to lie, Astaroth has a few issues with himself. The first is due to his ‘Hellboy’ hand. It likes to pop off when posing (at least mine does), and it can get in the way with his blue shoulder, so you may not get all the poses you want with him. The second issue I had with him, was with his waist mounted thrusters. They have a habit of getting in the way and can pop off during posing as they are attached too close to the hips and legs. Too me, these issues are a bit minor as I do love this suit.
It’s also worth noting that as the Astaroth shares much of the same inner skeleton as the Barbatos, if you have the Barbatos 6th form, you can perform some parts swapping to give Astaroth a new hair do.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave