Betrayal at Calth 1: A Gateway

So, it’s Christmas day, you’re opening presents with family and loved ones, and lo and behold, your parents/significant other/sibling have bought you Betrayal at Calth! You look at the box, and your mind instantly begins to wander, and one of a few thoughts might go through your head, possibly at the same time.

1 “Betrayal at Calth? What’s that? Oh it’s a board game.. but you have to paint the miniatures? No thanks… I’ll take it back and get something else.”

2 “Betrayal at Calth? Sweet! I’ve been wanting to play this for a while. And I know a few wargamers, I wonder if I paid them would they paint the miniatures for me?”

3 “Betrayal at Calth? Sweet! I’ve always wanted an affordable Horus Heresy army! But I can only be Ultramarines or Word Bearers? Ah well, I guess I’ll choose one of the two…”

4 “Betrayal at Calth? Sweet! My Legion could use some support! And if I sell the board game bits I can buy some more toys on eBay!”

I find myself torn between the last two statements. I originally approached Mr. PaintingChap about blogging about my burgeoning Ultramarines army, which due to financial crisis I’ve since had to sell on. Needless to say I’ve been trying to find the money to get back into the Horus Heresy ever since – and with the release of Betrayal at Calth, it’s given me a gateway back into the hobby that I love.

I know there are people out there who will be happy to play the board game with unpainted miniatures, and there are those who will not. These are what I call “gateway gamers” they play games in one of any number of categories, be it card, board or video games, and Calth has shown them the gateway to table top gaming. Those who play without painting may find themselves getting more into board games, whereas those who are prepared to paint the miniatures, either themselves or pay people to paint for them, they may find the miniatures and the games rich background interesting, and look deeper into the world of wargames, which leads us on to scenario 3 and 4, and where I find myself.

I am a gamer. I play video, card, board and war games. I have been a wargamer since late 1999/early 2000. During my time in the hobby, I have had my “beer and chicks” phase, where I forsook my beloved hobby in pursuit of alcohol and attractive ladies. But like all things, my mistress called me back sometime in 2010 when I began to explore the Horus Heresy properly, and fell in love with the Thousand Sons. The story of the Thousand Sons, and the fall of Magnus grabbed me, and I instantly felt compelled to put paint to model. Unfortunately, there were no rules for us to play Heresy-era games, so my enthusiasm waned, and I focussed on other creative projects.

Then, with the release of Horus Heresy Vol. 1 – Betrayal, Forge World cunningly came up with a rules set that would work with the existing Warhammer 40000 rules, and allow you to use some of their miniatures to make an army and play Heresy-era, or 30k games. This gave me no end of joy as not only did I have a whole new group of geeky online friends, but some of them were coming up with really cool ideas. So I bought some basics, and considered how to make best use of them. However, with each passing book release came more and more interesting miniatures that I wanted to get my grubby little mitts on. So I found myself chopping and changing Legions more often than I care to mention. And now with the release of Betrayal at Calth and Forge World are now releasing Thousand Sons conversion parts, I can renew my beloved Thousand Sons project with vigour.

Next post in this series is due soon, keep your eyes peeled. 🙂


Twas The Night Before Christmas…

Well, the nights are getting colder, and the old calender is counting down the days to a particularly special day, for all mankind to celebrate, and be with their loved ones. A day commonly associated with red, jolliness and frivolity, and more than a few glasses of something to warm oneself. That’s right dear fellows, Christmas is but a few short days away. And to celebrate the joy of the season, I thought it would be nice to share a traditional story from my family that fellow hobbyists may enjoy. May your Christmas be jolly, full of holly… and other things ending in olly…

And for those of our number who are hoping Santa has a copy of Betrayal at Calth to put in their stocking, keep your eyes peeled in the New Year for a series of blogs with tips and tricks for how to get the most out of your armies using the Horus Heresy ruleset, and what to consider purchasing to expand your army when you do want to play bigger games.

From all at Team PaintingChap, we wish you a merry, healthy and peaceful Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year to all our friends, followers, contributors, and most importantly readers. Thank you for your support over the last year, and we hope to see you back in the New Year. Anyway, I’ll shut up and get on with the story. I hasten to add it is not a story of my own devising, if I knew who the writer was I would give due credit, however if you wish to know the source, please contact us.

Merry Christmas all :). ~Joe



Twas the night before 986996.M41, and all through the station
All there was clear, there was no abomination.
My helmet was set on the desk to my right,
On the chance that I was to need it that night.

The guardsmen were ensconced, asleep in their beds,
All the tanks too were safe, secure in the sheds.
Marines in the barracks, some manning the wall,
Assured me that the bastion never would fall.

When out in the yard there arose such discord
I grabbed up my bolter and unsheathed my sword.
Away to the window, I ran to take aim
As the marines around me all did the same.

My bionic eye turned the night into day
Allowed me to see, and to seek out my prey.
When what did my loyalist ocular show,
But an ancient conveyance, knee-deep in the snow.

The vehicle was pulled by horned quadrupeds
And a fiery red nimbus glowed from the sled.
The driver was mighty, his eyes full of scorn,
Dressed all in crimson like a servant of Khorne.

I gestured for other to shoot without pause,
For I was now certain this was Santa Claus.
“Fire Marines! Fire Guardsmen! Fire Ogryn and Ratlings!
Fire bolters! Fire lasguns! Fire mortars and gatlings!”

“You in the courtyard and you men on the walls!
Now blast away! Blast away! Blast away all!”
But all through this maelstrom the evil one flew,
Past plasma and bolt shells and frag that we threw!

And then, to my horror, I heard on the roof
The vile cavorting of each decadent hoof.
Screaming my orders, I spun quickly around,
As down the chimney shaft it came with a bound.

I saw its eyes glow, its vast stomach gurgle,
Bloated and fat, like a deamon of Nurgle.
Blinded by anger, I attacked with a scream –
Charged into battle with my brave space marines.

As we thundered towards him, closing the rift,
He reached in his satchel and pulled out a gift.
Then it tossed the vile boxes – I fell in a stoop,
As they arced through the air at me and my troops.

The wrapped missiles fell short, and plopped at our feet,
Our morale was quite strong, we did not retreat.
But the marines paused – our charge was disrupted,
They picked up the gifts and were quickly corrupted.

For each box contained a chaotic present –
The marines (damn their souls), found them quite pleasant.
A bolter, a flamer, a new power fist,
The Claus gave to all, and he checked off a list.

It moved through the station and left in its wake,
The sound of bright laughter and the stench of fruitcake.
The others succumbed, but it failed in its goal,
For to me it gave only a small pile of coal.

The station was lost, I could only instruct
The bastion computer to set self-destruct.
I failed to kill him, for I saw as I fled,
The target escaping, quite safe in his sled.

I heard it cry out as the base burst into light,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

We March For Macragge

So here we are, the start of my story here. My name is m0o0oeh, or Joe, or you can read my introductory post here to see the full list of nicknames, and why I’m here blogging.

You may find yourself asking what’s this box of junk? This, gentle reader, is, (short of a few bits and bobs) is to be turned into the bulk of my 30k Ultramarines army.


This little selection of ForgeWorld bags, cork, little bits of terrain, and the bundle of black in the bottom of the bag, is my attempt to re-base my 30k Ultramarines to 32mm bases, before they get primed etc.


So, what is all this junk now?! This (again, barring for a few odds and sods) the bulk of my (resin) 30k Ultramarines army, which equates to a 20 man Tactical Squad, and a 5 man Heavy Support Squad, I still have a Contemptor dreadnought tucked away in my “Unstarted Hobby Crack” box, along with a few other shiny things, and my Praetor, Recon Squad, Outrider Squad. Basically anything that I felt wouldn’t necessarily be improved by receiving the whole 32mm base treatment


So here are the first 3 marines on their spangly new 32mm bases. If you’re thinking the bases are a bit plain, you’d be correct! I re-based these in the 5 minutes downtime between picking my fiance up from work and getting ready to go to work myself. Don’t worry, they’re ‘armless.. Ha! Geddit? No? Gods….I don’t know why I bother, my old man’s a vegetable, gibber gibber…


Ahem, yes, sorry about that, hadn’t taken my anti-depressants. I’m good now though. Anyways, enough of this jibber jabber, this is a collection of my force as the2y stand (admittedly on their old 28mm bases. I’ve tried to go for a dynamic, and slightly (dare I say it) narrative posing of the models, so they’re re-loading, jumping, things of that sort.


I thought this chap deserved some merit as in my last game, as he lead his squad to wipe out a 10 man Tactical Support squad with volkite weaponry in one turn. I don’t know how, I shall simply thank the dice-based gods for their intervention.


This fine fellow, is my Legion Centurion, specifically, my Moritat. I have deliberately chosen not to take him down the twin plasma pistol chainfire-cheese of death, but something not necessarily as good in game terms, but for me, the choice was made when I played the demo of Space Marine on my XBox 360. The level where you play as an assault marine and jump way up high and smoosh Orks into the ground was deeply satisfying. I was channeling that memory when I built this model. This fellow also allowed me to kitbash, to a certain extent.

The torso, legs and jetpack are all from the Blood Angels Sanguinary Guard. They have had all the blood drops, and similar overtly angelic symbology removed, and soon to be replaced by some Ultramarine brass etch details. The head is part of a pack of 10 from, and the dread thunderhammer (which to be truthful, I’d love to replace with something a little less bulky, but I like the balance between the ornate work on the armour, and the sheer bulk of the hammer.


Remember that first picture at the top of the page? No? That’s fine, feel free to scroll back up to refresh your memory. Refreshed? Yes? No? Tough, I’m carrying on anyway. This is what I have dubbed as my “Heresy Drawer.” I have two of these 3-drawer units, usually plastic construction, and stackable, and have 4 drawers of hobby supplies and things, and this one in the picture below me is the contents of my Heresy drawer, some of the gems of which have been pulled out for further detail/perusal/explanation below.. .


So this is the original figure for Marneus Calgar, the head honcho of the Ultramarines in the 41st Millenium. I don’t really have a great use for him in 30k, so I am tempted to run him as a Centurion as and when I drop my jetpack-powered one


These two handsome chaps are Rogue Trader-era Demolisher marines (that is to say they will be added to my RT Demolisher squad, as their heavy bolters will be most useful. I got these from a chap on the Oldhammer Community group on Facebook. If you’re a hobby Longbeard, I would recommend you check the group out, some really neat stuff comes through there.


More Rogue Trader marines for me to play with! Apologies for the squiffiness, perhaps one of the more advanced servo-skulls can adjust this for me.


This most excellent gentleman is the old 3rd edition Space Marine command squad captain. I have had my eye on trying to get one of these chaps for a long time, and got him in a trade with a fellow Oldhammerer. Thoroughly chuffed!


And that, gentle reader, is my first official (non-introductory) post to PaintingChap. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Do you like my writing style? Do you want more 30k content, or would you like me to explore some of the other game systems out there? I’m fairly new to this whole blogging thing, and I’d appreciate any constructive comments you guys may be able to give me.

m0o =)

Akkad – Bringing a world to life

As I was working on my tournament I found myself finding it harder and harder to actually write anything because I couldn’t picture it in my head. I had all of the nuts and bolts but something was missing. After a couple of days of going back and forth on things I spoke to E and she set me straight right away – “you’ve not given it a name, what’s the story of this place”
With a ‘small’ library to hand I grabbed a suitable history book, thumbed through it to a random page and chose the first name that stood out to me – Akkad
In history Akkad was the capital city of the Akkadian empire, the dominant political force in Mesopotamia at the end of the third century BC – a fairly solid choice I think.

With a name in place things became easier and I slowly formed the narrative I my head for the tournament and for the Sons of Realm, who would find their theatre of war on the red surface of Akkad – more on that another time.
Funny thing is I wasn’t the only one who had been inspired. Louis from Errant Painting (check out his facebook page HERE) really went all out with his Dark Angel force and produced a stunning series of short pieces that formed a great mini story on the run up to the event. I was floored by the effort he went to and it encouraged me even more.

As the tournament finished the story of Akkad had been told in a snap shot, a conflict between xenos and man had unfolded and set the ball rolling for the next events to come – Turning to the skies the victors could see the looming shape of the planet Nineveh coming into view..

Nineveh comes into view

Nineveh comes into view

Stay tuned….

First time TO – Building on an idea and having fun

I love to plan out projects, I have at least 5-10 in my mind at any one time and probably the same in bits and half completed states on my shelves – I know I’m not the only one who’s like this, right?

Well one of my most ambitious projects so far was to run a 40k tournament and man did I love it. My plan was to use it as content for this blog on the run up to Christmas but as you know, that never happened – but I digress.
I started with an idea and not much else, I’ve worked with less and after finishing A Game of Tables I at least had a gaming board to play on. What I didn’t have was any terrain, a lot of gaming space, any idea on what rules or gameplay to use and no idea if bit would even work.

After a quick inventory of bits and some dealing on Facebook I had materials for scenery, nothing super fancy but it would work well on the table top.
Gaming space and rules kinda worked hand in hand. I didn’t have a lot of models painted up so I wanted a small game format and my friend Vlad had talked about 40k in 40 minutes so I started there.
I made a couple of updates for 7th edition and a rules set was born. With some bonus help from my wife the rules set became an event pack and looked awesome (thanks E). As the gaming space was already set in the rules so I now had enough table space for 3 games……but it’s go big or go home right? So another wheeler dealer trade gave me the materials for another board and I could run 6 games at once!

With almost everything in place I just needed people to come and play!
Thankfully I know some great people who know great people and with a date and location sourced everything was in place.

As things built up to the day everything seemed to a on a life of its own, a story formed around the gaming tables, a world was created and more details where added by the players themselves – but I’ll share more on that in the future


On the day some one dropped out at literally the last minute so I ended up not playing but that turned out to be a blessing as I could oversee everything and help out with rules queries etc (lesson learnt)
All in all the day was beyond awesome and I was hooked. I was even able to add a few extra surprises to the day that made things even better, a trophy for the winner and a custom purity seal for everyone that took part!
Here are some highlights

There was a little surprise at the end of the day for everyone which you can see in the Epilogue video below

Stay tuned, theres more to come


What starts off as one thing and ends up as another……. (Or how I learnt to adapt to my own creative side)

So It’s about time I got around to showing off some of my work, specifically for my home brew chapter, the Sons of Realm

This is a land speeder for the 8th company of the Sons of Realm and I pretty much nailed what I wanted. The colours, the styling, the weapons all spot on and as I usually work everything out before committing glue or paint to a model I was really happy with how the model itself turned out. There are a few details still to be added but nothing is ever truly finished.
The thing is I wanted a scenic base. I had a specific one in mind and I was pretty sure I could manage it and make it a playable model……erm yeah,

Here’s the video –

As you can see the base isn’t very game friendly, especially as line of sight is king in 7th edition and a model overly exposed can be a problem for in game decisions and fairness.
So looking at what I had planned out and where it would end up I had a choice – make the base I wanted or something more functional.
Simple – Sometimes the rule of cool takes over, things change and now I have a solid display piece for my cabinet.

So the creative procession out and I have a display piece, now where did I put that other land speeder….

Stay tuned for more

Whats been going on over there????

I always wanted to do more than just paint models and post picture and stuff about them, I just never knew what ‘more’ was.
The cool thing about wargaming is that you have to hang out with other people to play the game, like real live people and stuff, which means you usable hang out with their friends and it snowballs from there.
Now being who I am, I grab on to that energy and try to do something with it………so I had an idea.

So last year I put together and ran a tournament (no baby steps here), for friends and friends of friends at my place over the course of a day. A simple format, small size games and a prize at the end for the winner. It was AWESOME! – more to come in a later post

Here’s the teaser trailer my wife put together for the event –

Pretty cool huh!

So, I had finally found what the ‘more’ was,helping to build a community and making things happen for it! The funny thing is, when you have good people around you, stuff like that happens naturally and is easier to do – Win Win!
The first part was the easiest and nothing i can take credit for. My Facebook page took off on its own after the tournament thanks to some awesome people who became Team PaintingChap. It’s their love of the game and continued work that goes up on the page that has kept it alive whilst I’ve been AWOL – thanks guys!

As you’ve seen by now, Facebook isn’t the only place that’s expanding, I’m not alone on this blog anymore either. After another message conversation (thanks Facebook), a new member of team paintingchap has been introduced – Joe Edward Batsford
Joe has uploaded up his first blog post here and is going to be telling his tale of the Ultramarines from the 31st millennium along with his other projects on his own blog as well. Joe is a great guy and I can’t wait to see more stuff from him as he goes along.

So things haven’t slowed down and now it’s back to sharing them with everyone

Stay tuned for more


Hey…this thing is still on!

So…it’s been a while hasn’t it.

I realized recently that I haven’t put paint in a model since the 25th of November 2014 – that’s almost 3 months 😦 so to get back into thing I thought I’d best dust off my blog and get accountable again.
Real life has been very very real lately and right now taking some time to get back on track so getting back to personal painting and blogging will be a good thing once my day is done, the house is set and my kids are in bed.

Now that’s out of the way, let me tell you about some of the great stuff that has been happening ..
My Facebook page has taken on a life of its own thanks to some awesome people from all over Europe sharing their work, thoughts and ideas, turning it into a mini community. I’ll talk more about it in another post but it totally embodies what I love about the hobby. When it comes to my Facebook page, the thing I love the most is seeing the pictures of work in progress and completed projects – Everyone loves to see pictures right, I think it’s the best inspiration there is.
So here’s some pictures from the past few months on my Facebook page 😉

Thanks for stopping by and catching up, there will be more to come…

Stay tuned


Hello Swindon, I am here!

Hello dear Painters! My name is m0o0oeh, and I am a new contributor to the Paintingchap blog. My primary purpose on this blog is to show you cool and shiny miniatures wot I done painted. I’m also going to be concurrently posting on my own dedicated hobby blog (,) which will primarily chronicle the advance of my Horus Heresy/30k Ultramarines army, but if there’s anything I’m particularly proud of, it’ll probably go up there too.

I suppose I’d better tell you a little bit about myself, hadn’t I? My name is Joe, although online (twitter, and a number of other forums) I am known as m0o0oeh. I don’t expect you to know how I pronounce my name, so just call me moo. I live near Swansea, in Wales. I am obviously a hobbyist, or else I wouldn’t be writing this blog post now would I? I started hobbying sometime around 1999/2000 in my last year in Comprehensive school. My brother had been introduced to Warhammer by a friend of his, and whilst he liked the models, the olde worlde look and feel to his friends Empire army didn’t spark his imagination as much as the Warhammer 40000 universe did. He came home with a Steel Legion Sentinel, and I was hooked. I went out the next weekend, and came home with a Black Templar squad, which I quickly assembled and painted. Soon, my army grew in strength. Then, the shiny bug bit, and I couldn’t just paint Black Templars. By the start of 4th edition 40k, I had collected all of the previous army books, and had a game-legal force (of some size) for all the armies.

So what about now? Well, I finally found the time and money to buy myself another Black Templars force, I have a small Necron force which is a throwback to 3rd or 4th ed when the plastics were released, and now I have my 30k Ultramarines. For thematic reasons I’ve placed them on Calth, and I’m currently working out a list for them so I can go to a campaign weekend in Warhammer World in November.

I’m not just a GW hobbyist though, oh no! I have forces for Malifaux (Viktoria’s, The Dreamer, Rasputina,) Infinity (Caldeonian Highlanders,) Relics (Britannans and Yuem,)

I appreciate that was a huge wall of text to read, but thank you if you did,

E-cookie to anyone who gets the title!

TL; DR: Hi, I’m Joe, I’m going to be a new blogger here. Shiny pictures incoming in the next week or two.

Called out! NaArPaMo Challenge….wait for it…Accepted!

My wife has called me out!!!!!!

E is doing NaNoWriMo, an epic writing challenge all in one month, which takes a fair amount of time and focus. Now….. To my shame, I may have grumbled about it a bit so as a counter to my grumbling she has challenged me to NaArPaMo (E coined the name, National Army Painting Month) – paint as much of my space marine project as I can in November.

I say CHALLENGE……wait for it……ACCEPTED!


So I usually have a couple of hours each night to do something creative including blogging, painting etc which is not a whole lot of time but I have my trusty airbrush and a practised method now I should be able to boss out some models.
I’m going to start with what I have prepared on my painting desk and go from there, so here’s what I’ve got lined up first

My starting models for NaArPaMo

My starting models for NaArPaMo

– 10 man assault squad with jump packs
– Librarian with jump pack
– 5 man devastator squad
– Predator with Auto Cannon and heavy bolters
– Tactical squad Rhino

That should keep me busy for now and IF I get through all of this I might just expand my existing scout squad or make a move on filling out the dev squad or another tactical squad.

I’m planning to blog about my work and wrap everything up in a final post at the start of December, but I’m going to post daily update pictures and thoughts on my Facebook page.

I’ve also put the challenge out to my followers and friends to do the same and right now I have Alex painting up a 35pt Cygnar list for Warmachine and Lex painting up a small force for his 30k Imperial fists. They’re also going to be posting their WIP on my page so head on over, give it a like and follow our progress.

Stay Tuned

Are you ready to take up the challenge? Comment below if you’re joining us

Paint as much as you can across November and post your WIP pics and final results on my Facebook page HERE