Warhammer 40,000 Army Showcases

As a club we seek to promote all aspects of the hobby, including the creative part of the building and painting of miniatures. The following army showcases are from members who have put many hours of work into the hobby they love and have provided an overview of what they like about their respective army. These showcases are published via our Facebook page but are also publicaly viewable here. We hope they encourage others with this awesome hobby!


The following army showcases were published in 2019 and include Crimson Fists.

Jump To: Chris' Crimson Fists

Chris' Crimson Fists

Norwich Last Stand Warhammer 40,000 Showcase: Chris' Crimson Fists - 28/03/2019

Our first army showcase of 2019 with Chris' beautifully painted Crimson Fists space marines. Chris has been playing at Norwich Last Stand for a several months now and it has been super to see his hobby work progressing with these models too. Subsequently, we believe the Emperor is pleased with Chris's work and demanded the Crimson Fists be showcased for the glory of the Imperium! NLS: How long have you collected Crimson Fists? Chris: On and off for 15 years, started them off when I was 16 back in 3rd edition now bringing them back in 8th! NLS: What was it about Crimson Fists that made you collect them? Chris: An issue of white dwarf releasing the new Ork codex in 3rd edition showing the battle of Rynns world and badlanding between the Crimson Fists and Orks, thought they were the coolest chapter and still do. NLS: Do you have a favourite unit? Chris: Favourite unit would probably be my repulsor or redemptor Dreadnought, they pump out huge amounts of fire power and I plan on getting more of them. Aggressors are a close runner up. NLS: For someone considering collecting Crimson Fists or Space Marines in general what would your advice to them be? Chris: Best advice getting into Crimson fists is read the novel Rynns world and then get yourself an Imperial Fists supremacy force boxed set to get your army started (if you can still find any).

Posted by Norwich Last Stand on Friday, 29 March 2019

The following army showcases were published in 2018 and include Ultramarines and Aeldari.

Jump To: Ollie's Aeldari | Chris' Ultramarines

Ollie's Aeldari

Norwich Last Stand Warhammer 40,000 Showcase: Ollie's Aeldari - 13th Dec 2018

Ollie's beautifully done Aeldari from Craftword Iyanden with some Ynnari friends. We also meet "Reggie the Revenant" who is a bit of a minor celebrity at the club now it seems, although Guilliman did kill him in combat too. NLS: How long have you collected Craftworld Aeldari? Ollie: I've been collecting Aeldari for around a year and a half now. NLS: What was it about Craftword Aeldari and especially Iyanden that made you collect them? Ollie: I love the fluff of the Aeldari! The idea that the most powerful race in the galaxy imploded in on itself spawning a chaos god in the process..... Awesome. In particular Iyanden appealed to me because they truly represent the extremes that the Aeldari have to go too calling upon the dead to fight again! Plus I love the yellow and blue. NLS: Do you have a favourite unit? Ollie: My favourite unit has to be wraithblades, kicking out 80+ S6 -3 hits in one round of combat! What's not to love? NLS: For someone considering collecting Aeldari what would your advice to them be? Ollie: For someone starting out I would say read the codex first! Study the stratagems and psychic powers carefully. There are so many options avaliable in the codex so it allows you to build to a theme you enjoy!

Posted by Norwich Last Stand on Friday, 14 December 2018

Chris' Ultramarines

Norwich Last Stand Warhammer 40,000 Showcase: Chris' Ultramarines - 28th Nov 2018

We take a journey to Macragge to take a look at Chris' Ultramarines in this showcase. Chris first came to Last Stand in 2018 and it's great to see how his hobby has come on. We asked Chris a few questions and took some photos too. NLS: How long have you collected Ultramarines? Chris: Just over 6 months NLS: What was it about Ultramarines that made you collect them? Chris: When I was a kid, Marneus Calgar looked like the most badass Space Marine ever so I had to get his army when I started collecting. NLS: Do you have a favourite unit? Chris: Favourite unit has to be Aggressors, lots of shooting and got power fist to pull heads off! NLS: For someone considering collecting Ultramarines or Space Marines in general what would your advice to them be? Chris: Research the current Meta and be prepared for a hard life fighting for the Emperor! Also Invest in Hellblasters and Razorbacks; having them supported with a Captain for re-rolls can be frightening.

Posted by Norwich Last Stand on Friday, 30 November 2018

The following army showcases were published in 2017 and include Space Wolves, Imperial Guard, Chaos and Necrons.

Jump To: Steve's Necrons | Jack's Chaos | Tom's Imperial Guard | Chris' Space Wolves

Steve's Necrons

Norwich Last Stand Warhammer 40,000 Showcase: Steve's Necrons - 15th Dec 2017

We foolishly awoke a large tomb of Stephen’s still expanding collection of Necrons. We asked a few questions about his army as well as took a few photos. Steve has been a regular player at Last Stand since 2015 when he re-embraced his childhood hobby. He is a keen Age of Sigmar player too with a Death army (can you see the pattern here?). NLS: Steve, we understand that your army has a reputation for not dying?Steve: So it seems! Necrons reanimate, and they can do it exceedingly well. I won’t say that I delight in watching my opponents shed a few tears when that blob of warriors gets back up after they failed to kill them during their turn. NLS: So, why Necrons? Steve: A good question really. Many years ago when I was younger, I had a lot of fun playing Warhammer Fantasy and especially enjoyed a tomb kings army I had. Obviously, I had a long break away from the hobby – but I did get into playing the Dawn of War games, and Dark Crusade was amongst my favourite with the Necrons. When I rekindled my hobby interest – it was a no brainer, and it’s like tomb kings in space to an extent. NLS: We note you have Trazyn the Infinite, yet everything is Sautekh Dynasty… whats this about? Steve: I’m a huge fan of Trazyn in the fluff, when I saw the miniature in Norfolk Boardgames, War Games and Collectables (the Yarmouth shop) I just had to buy him. He’s more ornamental and for comic reflief – frankly, I think he sucks in 8th edition 40k and I don’t have a Nihilakh dynasty army to benefit from his rules either. NLS: You’ve a lot of Necrons here, is this army complete or are you planning on more models? Steve: I wouldn’t consider any army necessarily complete. 8th edition has transformed the way many units work – for instance, C’Tan are dangerous again – even more so if you bubble wrap them with Wraiths. The so called “silver tide” is frightening too – basically 20 man blobs of warriors that all have a -1 ap in their shooting. I do intent on getting the big forge world pylon – I already have the sentry pylon, which lost its 7th edition beam cheese. I also really like the way Triarch Praetorians roll in 8th too, so intend on getting another 5. Flayed ones are also a big possibility too. NLS: On a hobby front, many players at the club admire the manner in which you base your models, we especially love the Praetorians and your Destroyers, how important to you is the basing of your models? Steve: For me, basing is the part I really love. It’s a creative freedom but a good base can really bring the model out. I can sometimes spend days working on a base. I would say it’s a way of really personalising your army and making it unique to you. I tend to theme it all around the base. So the Necrons have this barren, waste theme. My Age of Sigmar is a little more green and grasses, rocks, bones etc. The destroyer bases (well flyer bases in general) were a project to replace the GW plastic flyer bases which just kept breaking. Always happy to give base ideas or share what I do with others though. NLS: What would be the one piece of advice you would give to someone brand new to Warhammer 40,000 be? Steve: As many have already said before, go with what you like. This is a hobby that demands time and passion and you need to have that in order to bring your little plastic (or resin in some cases) miniatures to life. It’s great to field a fully painted army on a battlefield. Go and read the fluff, watch some battle reports on YouTube or anything that gets you engaging with possible options. Each army/faction has it’s strengths and weaknesses. Necrons for example are highly resilient and often difficult to defeat due to their reanimation protocols rule. Above all, it’s about enjoying it, the building, painting and ultimately playing. This showcase was orignally published in December 2017.

Posted by Norwich Last Stand on Monday, 19 November 2018

Jack's Chaos

Norwich Last Stand Warhammer 40,000 Showcase: Jack's Chaos - 26th Jul 2017

We journey to Rainoff, a former Imperial Agriworld blighted by Nurgle to take a look at Jack “Plaguesfordays” beautifully (and grotesque) themed army. We asked a few brief questions about his army and took a few photos. Jack is a regular player at Last Stand and loves anything Chaos, especially Nurgle. NLS: What is the official title of your army? Jack: This is the Lost and the Damned of Rainoff, which is an agriworld. The commander’s two sons got infected with a horrible pox. In his darkest despair, Nurgle approached the commander offering to cure his sons but at the cost of your entire family and the planetary population. Nurgle then cursed the entire agriworld, crops failed, flesh fell from bones and when the commander contacted the Imperium to ask for assistance, they were considered traitors and with that the commander took up arms, raided the stores, took what they could to mount some form of defence any who would encroach upon them, Imperium, Xenos and Ruinous Powers. NLS: We understand there is a story with this army, and all of it is highly customised, you were made redundant at the time you put it together? Jack: Yeah, yeah. So basically, I’ve always had the “scrimp and save” ethos anyway and as a father of two, money is always issue when it comes to putting it into the hobby. I lost my job before Christmas of last and at that time I also wanted to start a new army. I’ve always loved the idea of renegade guard, and with a real attention to detail on cost, I basically built the army. So for example, the heavy weapons teams are made with milliput for the sandbangs, toothpicks, lollipop sticks. The artillery pieces are made from plastic tubing. Models such as the Baneblade and demolisher I had left over from my bits box and other kits laying around. NLS: Is this army an example that tabletop wargaming doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive affair? Jack: Yeah, I do think you have to pick and choose the army you do on a budget. So if you try and do something like Eldar or Space Marines, which are notoriously detailed and “crisp”, it may have difficult. With this army, I was fortunate that washing and dry brushing helped remove visual inconsistencies. But I do agree within wargaming, there is an inherent view that it is something which can be very expensive to get into. When it comes to wargaming, I live by the saying “contentment is the enemy of invention” – if you want to make something happen, you will find a way to do it. NLS: What would be the one piece of advice you would give to someone brand new to Warhammer 40,000 be? Jack: I would say, go with what you love! For me, Chaos is a real love affair. I’ve got four or five different armies, all of which are Chaos. Go with the army you feel the most affinity with. Look at the models, their backstories and the fluff first. Rules are secondary, you can always make your army work. Of course, if you’re looking at it from a competitive play angle, then sure – go at it that way. But if you’re looking at taking a project, growing it and breathing life into little pieces of plastic then I definitely say look at the models and the fluff. This showcase was originally published in July 2017.

Posted by Norwich Last Stand on Monday, 19 November 2018

Tom's Imperial Guard

Norwich Last Stand Warhammer 40,000 Showcase: Tom's Imperial Guard - 26th Apr 2017

We keep to the Imperium in this showcase, as Tom puts his very Soviet looking Imperial Guard on parade. We ask few brief questions about his army and took a few photos. Tom regularly plays at Last Stand and is always up for playing the Imperial Guard. NLS: How long have you collected your Imperial Guard? Tom: These, about 7 years, a lot of eBay purchases because they’re out of production. NLS: We notice a lot of metal models too… Tom: Yeah, there’s about a hundred metal models. NLS: What was it about Imperial Guard that made you collect them? Tom: Well… specifically these guard, these are the Valhallans. I’m a soviet re-enactor, so Space Russians seem the most appropriate stuff for me really! NLS: Space Russians eh, well we did notice the Russian on the models. Yarrick fitted in there as well? Tom: Of course he did! He’s the Commissar, you know, shoot the men if they run. NLS: Do you have a favourite unit in your army? Tom: Well it’s all one unit basically! It’s the main infantry blob; they’ve never let me down. Well apart from the pretty tank obviously! NLS: For someone considering collecting Imperial Guard what would your first bit of advice to them be? Tom: Go for the infantry. Infantry and Artillery. That’s what you win battles with. Theme them, make them interesting, not just boring Cadians. NLS: So like the “Space Russian” thing… make it your own? Tom: Yeah, because the Cadians…. well Cadia has fallen now too! Well hopefully they’ll be new Guardsmen coming out soon too? This showcase was originally published in April 2017.

Posted by Norwich Last Stand on Monday, 19 November 2018

Chris' Space Wolves

Norwich Last Stand Warhammer 40,000 Showcase: Chris' Space Wolves - 1st Apr 2017

Our first Last Stand hall of fame begins with a trip to Fenris to showcase Chris’s Space Wolves. These beautifully painted miniatures are always a fantastic sight on the battlefields at Norwich Last Stand. We asked Chris a few brief questions about his army and took a few photos. Chris is always happy to discuss his armies and share his tips when it comes to painting your miniatures. NLS: How long have you collected Space Wolves? Chris: Probably around 7 to 8 years now. NLS: What was it about Space Wolves that made you collect them? Chris: Having played with Tau for a number of years, I wanted something that wasn’t just a ‘shooting army’. So, the Wolves seemed a good option because they had a bit of close combat as well as other all-round abilities as well. Primarily, they are an assault army with a bit of shooting background to it really. NLS: Do you have a favourite unit in your army? Chris: Gotta be a Thunderwolf unit really. NLS: For someone considering collecting Space Wolves what would your first bit of advice to them be? Chris: Well first of all I would say collect what you like. In fact, that’s the primary thing I would say for any models in any army. It depends on how competitive you want to play. But concentrate on the models you like best first, this will help maintain your interest with them and then look at units that play how you want to play in the game. So if you like assault, pick the assault units; if you like shooting units, pick those. Or have a variety of both so you can have a nice varied game when you’re playing. This showcase was originally posted in April 2017 and is part of a move to pushing more content via the NLS Facebook page.

Posted by Norwich Last Stand on Monday, 19 November 2018