Many people do pilgrimages to Apple stores when they travel. Others like to go shopping at a famous place. As for me, I tend to have a sixth sense for finding gaming stores, comic stores and official Games Workshop Stores whenever I travel (inside and outside of Spain) and maybe buy a miniature or two to remind me in the future of that trip.
This is more related to chance, so, a few months ago I decided to build a map with the official GW stores and other RPG, boardgames and miniature stores so that if I travel to one of the countries I have data for, I can directly see where I can find stores.
It is not full as the data I gathered was mostly from Europe and USA, but I'll probably try to add Asia and Australia whenever I have time, but anyway it can be handy even at current incomplete state.
You can check the map here: http://theelderthoughts.blogs.kartones.net/page/gw-stores-map. There's a button at the top left area to go fullscreen, and the map works in smartphones and tablets, although instead of moving the mouse over a point to see the name you must click/touch it.
Few days ago I did a comparison of the new and old Shadowseer and Death Jester minis using the blurry available images. Now, thanks to Spikey Bits forums we have way better resolution captures, so I've re-done the side-by-side comparison images:
The Shadowseer shows no additional changes: new weapon and pose regarding the old model but looks exactly the same miniaturre just reposed. Of the Death Jester we can now see two subtle differences: The mask is different and the coat is swinging/moving so we can now see the right leg behind it. But apart from those it is also very very similar, just different painting colors to make it look less alike. A pity the new happy/angry mask as I like the old one...
I don't usually do miniature reviews or comparisons except some "extreme cases", but the incoming new Eldar Harlequin Shadowseer and Death Jester miniatures was appealing.
I have an small Eldar army, mostly composed of minis I bought to a friend (all unpainted yet, sadly), and they include a few old metal harlequin troupes. I also have the resin shadowseer, but precisely of failcast (the shadowseer had small imperfections due to the bubbles) I didn't wanted to buy the death jester until a plastic one was out. Well, they're almost here, very very likely in plastic... but also almost identical to the existing resin figures!
The similarities are so big they almost look like the same mini re-posed. The shadowseer has a different weapon, ropes are swinging as if there was wind coming from the east, but that's all, apart from the paint work. But the death jester... maybe is the paint job again, but looks exactly the same and just crouched on the ruins fragment.
I wish I had better pitcures to confirm (or show my mistake) but seems creativity is not too high lately at GW...
More than half a year later since last "diary update", but from now on I'll try to post more updates at least monthly (if I don't finish any painting/modelling project, that is).
The main update is the following photo of how's my progress with the Imperial Knight:
As you can see, excepting the base and decals, main body is finished. I also have already painted the shoulder pads and currently working on the arms. With some luck I'll have it ready for decals soon (and probably tackle one of my modelling projects, which without painting I don't even feel like showing here). It's been a huge amount of work, especially because the crappy Citadel gold paint mix has "separated" and before painting it needs heavy re-mixing and around 4-5 layers until it looks like real gold (and this painting over a silver layer, else needs even more layers!). I'll probably try Vallejo's equivalent of gold for the future, now I'm so near the end I don't want to change color and have more problems. I've also given highlights to blues, some silver parts and to the gold (using silver) and it definetly shines and looks way better. Combining with the washes, despite my poor painting things look way better :)
Apart from that, and due to the recent addition to the family of a young golden retriever dog, my sleep cycle and free time is quite chaotic now, so I'm focusing on either playing Diablo III or Hearthstone from the laptop near the dog, or reading books.
Whenever I can escape a bit to the "workshop room" I'm either painting or trying to finish assembling Deadzone miniatures, as I finally received wave 3 shipment and still have (quite a few) minis to assemble from the two earlier shipments. Definetly one of the best kickstarter projects I've backed regarding price/content ratio... lots of minis (5 factions + zombies), lots of scenery, lots of extras...
I also have pending buying some powerful white lights to improve the room's lighting for photos, currently is ok for painting but far from adequate for photos.
So, let's hope I come again soon with some cool photos!
Priests of Mars is the first book in a recent trilogy about an Adeptus Mechanicus search of an old magos, Telok, who seems found some ancient marvel but was considered lost. A Rogue Trader has a device that can pinpoint the last known location of the magos, so an expedition of cog servants, Cadian imperial guard troops and Black Templars space marines sets sail to find it, with a small fleet of spaceships led by the Speranza, an ancient and valued Ark Mechanicus type vessel.
I had never read much about the Adeptus Mechanicus except some basic lore and some mentions other books do to them, so I'm quite pleased to find they are quite interesting indeed. I know understand the desire of people for Games Workshop (or should I say Forge World?) to bring them as a full Warhammer 40,000 army, they are a dark version of the classic sci-fi cyborg, mixed in the grim scenario of the 41st millennium.
The book is well written, showcases multiple character groups (humans, mechanicus, space marines, even xenos), the pacing is good and thrilling, and although of couse the story halts with a nice cliffhanger, it hook me enough to already have started reading the second book. Definetly recommended for WH40k fans.