Monthly Archives: May 2015

Red Sun Corporation



I can confirm that Hanzo, the commander of the xenos mercenary company “Red Sun Corporation” (RSC) is the same individual who was wounded – and presumed dead – by the Ultramarines last year on Gloominwald. It appears as though his blasphemous battle armour was damaged beyond repair, and he now leads on the ground, with his lieutenant and rumoured lover Ayame. His predilection for sudden attacks and bold strategy has not waned, it seems.

More interestingly, I have determined that the RSC is somehow beholden to your colleague, the honourable Lady Inquisitor Lucienne Izumi. This means that she currently has at least two mercenary outfits at her disposal in the sector, and it seems as though she has folded the Kings of St. Arkham into the RSC. I would not presume to guess at her motives.

Faithfully your servant,


++++Yes, that’s my job. Thank you old friend, this is most interesting++++

Work continues on my mercenary army for Warhammer 40,000. This weekend I am playing in a doubles event so I am frantically trying to cram painting into my few spare hours. As the story above relates, Hanzo now counts-as Darkstrider. I’ll be back with more pics later in the week, before the battle.

Till then,


Warhammer 40,000 Forbidden Stars review in the Swedish Guardian

One of my friends on facebook just linked to this, an extensive review of Warhammer 40,000: Forbidden Stars. I guess it shows how “relaxed” I have become about keeping up with Warhammer 40k that I had no idea this was coming out.

Interesting I think for two reasons: the Guardian (which is a pretty big newspaper) is running a long review of a sci-fi board game, a GW IP no less; and it looks like just the sort of thing that might save GW from their current problem. Which to me can basically be summed up as “no-one wants to buy into that mess, so the only people playing are those already invested.”

This looks like one of those big complicated 1990s-style token-and-card strategy games like Shogun and Axis and Allies. I used to love them. A large-scale gateway game is what many of us in the blogosphere think is lacking from miniature wargaming these days.

We’ll see,


Merc Tau Hammerhead


Above is the mercenary Tau Hammerhead I’ve been working on for a 40k event on the 30th. I got the inspiration from these:


Redback spider

I don’t normally use gloss varnish but I thought it would look good this time. I’m not sure about it. It looks better in the photo, and in natural light, but in artificial light the gloss just looks tacky to me.

Oh well, it’s done now. And it’s growing on me I suppose. The Inquisition sanction has been placed there by the radical Ordo Xenos Inquisitor who is the mastermind of my mercenary army, so that the Tau can move unscathed through Imperial settlements. I figure your average Imperial citizen is going to be more frightened of an Inquisition seal than they are xenophobic.

Oh, and I have been having a lot of fun on Instagram lately, and have been putting up pictures of models there as well as here. You are welcome to follow me @jimmiespence.

Till next time,


Writing for the House of Paincakes

Hi everyone, I’m pleased to announce that I am now writing intermittently (roughly fortnightly) for the House of Paincakes blog network.

I’ll still be posting here; mostly finished miniatures and any interesting things I come across, like the Wanderers film I posted last time. I’ll also link my posts from the House of Paincakes. Here’s the first one, in case you missed it: an introduction to SAGA.

See you round, James