London MCM Comic Con – Day 1: General Meandering

Adam headed off to the MCM Comic Con Expo in London this weekend. This is what he saw.

This weekend I’ve headed across the city to London Comic Con at the Excel centre. As soon as you hit Bank on the tube during a Comic Con weekend (a biannual event in May and October), you slowly start to see more and more brightly coloured wigs, cosplayers and generally individuals that I look at and think that I probably have a few things in common with (Nerds. They look like nerds. Like me). This wasn’t my first rodeo (though it was the first time I took a day off work for said rodeo), but every time I’ve been to the MCM Expo the scale of the event tends to get exponentially larger. This first day being a Friday, the actual number of people attending and the general queues were far lower than I was used to. I used this opportunity to wander around, get a bit of a lay of the land and figure out everything I wanted to cover over the weekend, because the other two days are likely to be far, far more busy!

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The hall at Excel that houses so much nerdery twice a year

Throughout the day I checked out all of the stalls selling a plethora of memorabilia from various films, comic books, video games and anime. At MCM Comic Con there is a huge retailer focus, and there is an insane selection of clothing, props, signed photos, posters, toys, board games, various card games, both new and retro video games, manga, anime, swords (actual metal swords), strap-on tails (not a typo), boob-cushion mouse pads (also not a typo), imported snacks, long boxes full of discounted comic books, and gorgeous but fairly expensive figures. This all presents a situation I always feel I need to be careful with. For example, although I’ve only ever bought two figures that I would consider to be extravagant (a Kotobukiya Jim Lee inspired Batman and a POP Roronoa Zoro from the One Piece Strong World Movie) I know full well that if left unchecked I could allow it to spiral out of control, as I would with any of the other items on sale. Left unchecked, I would spend a ridiculous amount of money. Unfortunately, as I went to the event alone, I was left unchecked. And despite that I managed to hold off. There was one item that was much cheaper than I was expecting, and when I sent a photo of it to people they all told me to buy it. They failed to check me. So I’ll be buying it on Saturday. Try and guess what it’s going to be!

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Relics of my childhood (I think I actually had the GBC on the left), Pokemon cards (I had this whole set and lost it. I could be a MILLIONAIRE now), a dazzling array of metal sword replicas,

There are always films that have either just come out or are coming out soon that have a big presence at Expo. When I first came about 4 years ago Green Lantern was coming out that summer, and I remember looking up at all the banners and saying to the guys with me (I want to say James, Ian and Kit…) “I really hope Green Lantern doesn’t suck”.

It was a more hopeful time.

At this Comic Con, there was a big deal being made about the upcoming Despicable Me spin-off ‘Minions’ (an obsession I do not understand or find particularly amusing, but plenty of people like to share things on Facebook with them in it), so they even had them on my press pass (I’m on ‘Team Kevin’ apparently). They also had a lot of posters up for Mad Max Fury Road, which to my shame I haven’t actually seen yet and will hopefully get round to it next week. But if I wasn’t already looking forward to it, this beast would have changed that regardless.

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The future belongs to the mad

There was also a great deal of pretty excellent cosplay going on. There is a big leaning towards anime characters when it comes to cosplay in general, and I’ve found that while there are certainly a decent number of comic book, film and video game characters at London Comic Con the ratio is still in favour of the brightly coloured anime. I went through a stage in my uni days where I dressed up as a few characters when attending anime conventions, with Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist), Mugen (Samurai Champloo), Nicholas D. Wolfwood (Trigun) and Grimmjow Jeagerjaques (Bleach) being the ones I was happiest with. I think I stopped because I couldn’t really spare the time, money or effort into actually doing it well, and I didn’t really want to do it half-heartedly. So that being said, while I know a few people that tend to look down on it, I think the lengths some people go to to dress up like their favourite characters is always impressive. I enjoy seeing the way trends go too, based on what is popular or in vogue at the moment. The scouts from Attack on Titan are still going strong, if a little diminished as it has been a couple of years now, and there was a huge number of Harley Quinns too. And I preferred every single one of them to the costume in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie too. I’m planning on taking a few more cosplay photos over the weekend, but this one was my favourite from Friday hands down.

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My love for you is like a truck Khorne Berserker

Around this point I realised I needed to start pacing myself. Usually when I attend Comic Con I go for one day, and I’m knackered by the end from all the walking around, the crowds and the over stimulation and effort of trying to avoid spending all my money. If I was going to survive three days I needed to chill out for a bit, so I decided to head to the various video game areas to check out a few upcoming games. In the next article you can read about what I thought of a few of them!

London MCM Comic Con is open until Sunday, so if you’ve been thinking about it come on down to the Excel centre for some geeky goodness either today or tomorrow!

Edit – Don’t do that, Saturday and weekend tickets are sold out. But come along on Sunday!

Adam

 

 

 

The Tale Of 40K Gamers Month Two: Gary Hennessey’s Crimson Slaughter

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Well I thought the Heldrake would be easy. It wasn’t. I still need to dullcoat the bugger but it’s pretty much there. The spawn on the other hand were super easy ad im really happy with the end result. Thank Papa Nurgle for being so accepting.

“Krannon knew his pride, or more arrogance, had got the better of him. The spoils of the first siege had favoured chaos, and their unlikely allies. He did not ask why the ghost warriors had aided them that day, but he was glad of it. He assumed the Tau Cadre were present simply because the Orks were on the Imperial battle line.

With Typhus constantly failing, he knew Abbadon would correct the command chain and put him at the top. He didn’t need help taking the system. But it seemed Typhus did!

With a simple swoop he was able to over power the Space Wolves, though some lesser commanders placed his victory down to luck over skill.

The Warpsmith’s new creation certainly helped that! While theHeldrake was close to uncontrollable, it seemed to have good sense and cause disarray in the marines ranks. But this battle had caused his arrogance to soar. He pushed too greedily and too deep, and the Blood Angel surprise attack took him off guard. He was so enraged he didn’t even leave his rhino!

++ Chaos Space Marines: Crimson Slaughter (2014) (Combined Arms Detachment) (995pts) ++

+ HQ (200pts) +

Chaos Lord (200pts) [Blade of the Relentless, Daemonheart, Gift of mutation, Mark of Khorne, Plasma Pistol, Sigil of corruption, The Slaughterer’s Horns, Warlord]

+ Elites (310pts) +

Chosen (310pts) [Chaos Rhino, 6x Chosen, Draznicht’s Ravagers, Mark of Khorne, Replace all weapons w/ Twin Lightning Claws, 2x Replace CCW w/ Power Fist] Chosen Champion [Bolt Pistol, Boltgun, Gift of mutation, Melta Bomb] Power Weapon [Power Axe] Replace CCW w/ Power Weapon [Power Axe]

+ Troops (120pts) +

Chaos Cultists (65pts) [8x Autogun upgrade, 9x Cultists in unit] Cultist Champion [Auto Pistol, Champions Shotgun] Heavy Weapon upgrade [Flamer]

Chaos Cultists (55pts) [8x autopistol loadout, 9x Cultists in unit] Cultist Champion [Auto Pistol] Heavy Weapon upgrade [Flamer]

+ Fast Attack (230pts) +

Chaos Spawn (60pts) [2x Spawn]

Heldrake (170pts) [Baleflamer]

+ Heavy Support (135pts) +

Maulerfiend (135pts) [Lasher tendrils]

Tale Of 40k Gamers: Gary Hennessey Month One!

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Gary Manages To Paint 28 Models And Two Tanks!

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So it’s been a hard slog but I’m happy with my results. Everything is to a good gaming standard and, with only 3 models to paint next month, I can add extra highlights to anything I need to with the spare time.

Chaos Lord Krannon

Chaos Lord Krannon

Draznicht's Chosen

Draznicht’s Chosen

As I’ve said on the podcast, I wanted a good gaming standard so wanted to keep my processes simple. Spray, basecoats, dip, matt varnish, highlights then weathering. Typing that out it actuay seems a longer proccess then id thought!

Rhino APC

Rhino APC

Samuel's Slaughters

Samuel’s Slaughters

Fisty McFisty

Fisty McFisty

I decided to use the basing style i had
originally used for my wood elf army that never saw the light of day. I love the snows contrast with the blood red armour.

So here’s my list and fluff:

Krannon had been meditating for hours. How had his meeting gone so wrong. Krannon had been a chapter master for long enough to hold up in negations, but he’d never meet a person so well versed as Typhus. Maybe it was the fact it was held about the Terminus Est, a ship so foul that Krannon and his chosen decided not to sit during their discussions.

Abbadon had briefed them both about what he expected from his two comanders. They were given the same level of command but as soon as they left for warp travel, Typhus made it clear who was in charge. Krannon expected nothing less. He had a wealth of experience of disrespect from members of the 1st founding chapters and the death guard were no different.

Draznicht broke Krannon’s train of thought. “Sir, I’ve had the vision I’ve been waiting on, we can bring glory to the chapter and steal it away from the Deathguard. Let them lead for now and when the time is right, we can strike”. Krannon contaminated “fine, you’ve been right thus far Draznicht, but if you’re wrong I’ll feed you to the beast below. Their arrogance shall cause their downfall soon enough. Now let’s bring some glory to these imperial dawgs!”

+++ 750 Crimson Slaughter  (750pts) +++

++ Chaos Space Marines: Supplement – Crimson Slaughter (2014) (Combined Arms Detachment) (750pts) ++

+ HQ (200pts) +

Chaos Lord (200pts) [Blade of the Relentless, Daemonheart, Gift of mutation, Mark of Khorne, Plasma Pistol, Sigil of corruption, The Slaughterer’s Horns]

+ Elites (310pts) +

Chosen (310pts) [6x Chosen, Draznicht’s Ravagers, Mark of Khorne, Replace all weapons w/ Twin Lightning Claws, 2x Replace CCW w/ Power Fist, Replace CCW w/ Power Weapon]
····Chaos Rhino [Extra Armour]
····Chosen Champion [Bolt Pistol, Melta Bomb, Power Weapon]

+ Troops (105pts) +

Chaos Cultists (50pts) [Champion’s upgrade, 10x Squad models (champion included)]

Chaos Cultists (55pts) [8x Autopistol, Champion’s upgrade, Flamer, 10x Squad models (champion included)]

+ Heavy Support (135pts) +

Maulerfiend (135pts) [Lasher tendrils]