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  1. Hey Everyone!  Today I will be continuing my series on "Life Lessons and Wargaming".  The point of this article series is to look at the little lessons we learn throughout life and how we can apply these to our Wargaming hobby.  In today's article, I plan to talk about continuous improvement and wrap up my thoughts and hopefully persuade you to go after your goals and use all those lessons you have learned throughout life to help you become better hobbyist and gamer.  I might return to this series in the future, but today I will place a bookmark on it here.

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    It doesn't matter where you might be at in life or with your Hobby as long as you are walking the road toward improvement.  It is when you are sitting on the side of the road refusing to go anywhere that you truly fail.  Getting started is the key, but continuing to improve is how you open the door to your success.  Sometimes you find yourself stopping even if you don't realize it at first and you need to persevere to keep working toward your goals.

    If you are the type of person who heads to the gym happily to lift iron and push your body to its limits then you might already see the correlations between this article series and the mentality prevalent within that type of atmosphere.  I wasn't one of those people, but I am now as I daily head to the gym for an hour or more.  The basic ideas learned in this atmosphere translates into other aspects of your life including your Hobby.

    A little over a year and a half ago I was the perfect example of someone not working toward their goals simply sitting on the side of the road to success.  Sometimes I would have the motivation and move a bit down the road, but more often than not I was stagnant.  Even when I was moving toward my goals I always felt like more like a passenger than the driver.  While I won't go into the details just know that at some point I realized all of this and decided it was time to change and take the lead.  I don't want to come across that I was unhappy as it was the exact opposite.  I have a beautiful wife, lovely home, the greatest friends I could hope to have, but I wanted so much more.  A switch was beginning to turn on even though I didn't realize it at the time.

    I say beginning to turn on because it wasn't some overnight change I experienced, but realization over a few months that while I was happy I wasn't satisfied.  I wanted so much more from myself out of this life then what I was currently getting.  I decided it was time to drive and stay ahead of the direction of my life in multiple ways, most of which I will leave out of this article, but a few of which were my Health and my Hobby.

    I began to sort out that I was living in my comfort zone but going nowhere.  So as I headed to the gym and fell in love with placing myself outside my comfort zone to improve my body I also began to live outside my Hobby comfort zone.  I decided to paint an army with white as the primary color because white is a challenging color for me.  Instead of waiting for someone else to take the lead in some group projects I grabbed the rein myself.  It was hard and failure is very real, but it is worth it.

    Now I feel confident painting with white as well as handling small and large projects, even multiple at a time.  I cannot say I am the best at either and the truth is that I am probably not, but I am better than I was and I want to be better than I am.  I have found happiness and motivation beyond where I was by reaching beyond myself and trying things that, perhaps, no one else has attempted before and even if I fail I know I tried and gave it everything I got.

    I set goals regularly and put in my all to accomplish them because I have fallen in love with the process of doing the work and letting the results come.  I now live my life always happy, but never satisfied.  A year ago this way of living would be very alien as being happy should be the goal in and of itself, but while I felt happy where I was in the past it was only because I didn't come to learn what really makes me happy.  I am happiest when I am working to improve.  It has almost become an addiction as I eagerly look forward to my Hobby Fix, going to the gym, or working to improve me and my wife's life.  Being obsessed isn't a bad thing, but essential to keep yourself motivated to improving day after day in the way you wish to improve.

    I wish I could say this was a road walked alone, but it very much isn't the case.  I haven't covered this much in this article series, but having a support group, tribe, club, family, or whatever you wish to call it is needed to stay fueled and motivated when you being to sputter.  At the gym, my friends are there to spot me and allow me to push more and more while encouraging me.  Likewise my wife, friends, and Family encourage my Hobby from my painting to my games, to my community projects, to this very blog you read.  They don't all necessarily know what it is all about, but they see my passion and obsession and know the joy it is bringing me.  My wife asks me how my games were after an event and will listen to the details of my battles earnestly.  My Mother will like every post from my Blogs Facebook page despite not knowing what I am saying most of the time.  My friends, both online and nearby, buy me paints and models while always being eager to take a look at their latest models I have painted and ask how my Hobby is going sincerely.  Without these support structures, there are times I might have quit.  Without them all, I couldn't become the best version of myself be it with my Health or my Hobby.

    I have never been more fulfilled in my life as a whole, Health, Hobby, Family, and Friends as I am right now.  I credit this to my new found love of the process of hard work, goals, and continuous improvement.  I encourage everyone to take those hard steps down the road to improvement in their Hobby or any aspect of life.  It doesn't matter how fast or slow you go down that road, only that you keep moving and keep improving.  I believe anyone can do this and if you are working toward improvement share your journey with us and help motivate us on our journeys.  Our Community is in this together and by supporting each other our journeys we will improve the larger journey of our Hobby as a whole.  Don't ever give up.  Accomplish your goals.

    Until next week, Happy Hobby.


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    Recently (since Blood and Glory) I have really struggled to get my hobby mojo back again. I think I burnt myself out getting all the terrain ready. Also painting and modelling the terrain is very different to painting models, which is my real love. However trying to get back into painting has been a bit of a struggle recently. I've reworked the hobby room now, but its been a bit chaotic and trying to find time has been hard. Coupled with the lack of motivation means I've found it hard to get anything done. So, what is the solution....? 

    Firstly I went about fully reorganising the room. I then got out a bunch of half completed projects to tackle. Some of these are for my Wanderers Army, then there are some units to go into the Tzeentch force, and some more Nurgle models that are being done in the hope that a new Nurgle battle tome will be forthcoming.

    For the Wanderers I have been planning on doing some Warhawk Riders for a while. I finally got round to finishing these off. I have had the riders done for ages, but I needed to put the hawks together. I assembled the whole model and then taped off the plastic rod so I could spray up the rest of the models. Once I got the pale underbelly done and the top I just went a bit crazy with lines to add the texture. The painting is mostly done using very thin paint and washes. You can work really quickly as long as the brush has a good point. I didn't worry about the texture on the model as a guide. I just used my own feel for where the feathery effect should go. 

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    My Nurgle entry is the humble Plaguebearer. I have done 30 now which is a good number of battle line models, but I think I probably need to do another 30! This doesn't really fill me with excitement :(

    The models themselves aren't too painful to do though. I tend to do a two tone base coat and then wash the models and dry brush them up. I can then easily vary the greens on the model to get a lot of variation in the units. After this the models get finished relatively quickly as its just a case of picking out the horns and some pustules, and then doing the gore with Blood for the Blood God. These still need basing though. 

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    For the Tzeentch I need to increase my Horror numbers. I have the three lords of change which are all different colours, so I thought it might be nice to paint up matching horrors in the same colours. I have done the ten green ones so next up is the 10 red ones. I have base coated them brown and Mephiston red and then quickly layered on some Evil Sunz Scarlett. The beak, claws and tongues will all be picked out in white, and the red will have a final highlight of Tau Ochre to hopefully set it off and not make it too orange. The Blue Horrors have just been base coated blue and then had the highlights brought up to a bright Palyd Wych Flesh. I like these models a lot, although they are a lot smaller than I expected. 

    All I have left to do after this are thirty Brimstone Horrors and the army will be ready for Sheffield Slaughter and Heat 1 at Warhammer World. 

    If you have had your own Hobby Wobble let me know how you got over it in the comments! 

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  3. Halflings are back!! 

    My apologies for not posting for a while, but college got the best of me. Still, last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend an event in Ohio hosted by "Rend 4" Club with my good friend Chuck Moore. You can check out his coverage of the event right here 

    Anyway, the day before the event came and more than half of my army wasn't painted so I had to hold a 6-hour painting session after school to get three colors minimum on all my models (I'm sure some of you know the struggle).  However, the task was accomplished and the Halfling "Free Peoples" force was ready to go. 

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    Going into event, I was not expecting to do too well since I brought a mediocre list (Steamtank, archers, and demigryph knights are not particularly overpowered), but I planned to have fun anyway. 

    My first opponent was Michael representing Pittsburgh "Steel City Sigmar" club, and from what I've heard he was quite a good player and indeed he was! We played "Duality of Death" and boy I got crushed! His stardrake held one of the obejctives the whole game, while he promptly shot off anything that I tried to hold the second objective with. I've got a major loss that game, but I did score a secondary objective and Mike was a great sport and it was great chatting with him throughout the game!

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    Getting crushed the first game didn't particularly get my hopes up going firther into the tournament but I still was in quite high spirits and even managed to get second in the Painting Comp with my "Ice Queen". 

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    Moving on to the second game I ended up playing Chuck's Khorne in "Battle for the Pass" as we both ended up with pretty much the same scores. So far, my Halflings had an undefeated record against his Khorne, and maybe someday he will get that hobbit blood, but today was not that day! Getting initiative  pretty much every turn, and rolling incredibly well with my shooting I managed to score a major victory and a secondary objective for that game. 

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    Going into the last game, I played Dave Roke who is a part of "Rend 4" club, and I'm just now realizing that I played against all three clubs represented at the event, including my own. The scenario was "Starstrike" and Dave used a Seraphon army with Celestant Prime as an ally. It was my first time playing Seraphon and they are quite a formidable force, especially with Slann casting three spells per turn and blocking all my spells. 

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    The absolute MVP of that game was definetely my General on a Griffon holding out on his own against Celestant Prime and Saurus Guard with 1 wound left, and rolling 12 succesful save rolls of 3+.

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    In the end, it was an extremely close game up until the last second of the last turn, where if Dave managed to kill one more model he would've won the major! But that was not the case, as I managed to snatch a major victory from right under the Lizard's claws, which put me at 4th overall and surprisingly 1st in Order! 

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    In the end of tha day, I got to play some amazing games of Age of Sigmar and meet some fantastic people passionate about the hobby! The event was a success and the T.O. (Neil Larocca) did a great job putting it all together!

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    That's it from me this time! See you in probably like another month or so.

    Hope you like what I've got,

    Until next time!

     

  4. Just a quick note to say I’m excited to be appearing on AusHammer later today at 10:00 UK in the morning for a List Off against the formidable Clint Mallet (that’s a great name too) I’ll be discussing my Fatesworn Warband from the GT Finals, booties and several major digressions.

    You can find AusHammer on YouTube.

  5. Here’s my finished Frigate. Finally got the basing sorted and I’m pretty happy with the result. 042C2576-7664-4607-8766-4BEC65AF3C90.jpeg.c4c5f28e54451e8022d33f2312bb8805.jpeg

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  6. Hey!

    It's been a looong time since I last posted in this blog (nearly two months!). Well I haven't forgotten about Port Stellis at all, I was just working on some other projects meanwhile.

    Anyway! Here are my first vanguard stormcast from the Stellar Champions stormhost: three Vanguard Raptors with Hurricane Crossbows.

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    Back then, when I started to assemble them, I had the choice to equip them with Longstrike Crossbows or Hurricane Crossbows.
    When we look at their stats and ability, the Lonstrike Crossbows are obviously meant as some sort of sniper rifles: with them, the raptors can shoot once per turn over a long distance and with great accuracy. They are perfect to snipe at enemy heroes without taking too much risk. However I dont think it is particularly exciting to play with sniper stormcast who sit on their butts and shoot at the enemies from afar. Which is why I preferred to equip my raptor guys with Hurricane Crossbows: more firepower (6-9 attacks) but shorter range (18") and lesser accuracy (4+ /4+). That way the raptors will have to get quite close to the enemies and thus more exposed to danger.


    On another topic, I have slowly started to prepare my corsairs aelf from Port Stellis. And I decided I will convert all or most them, using a few bits from WH40K dark eldars, to make them look like a motley crew (by the way, the corsairs from WHFB look a bit to homogeneous for my taste). Here is a preview of my first Port Stellis corsair:

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    That's all for now! :) I will probably paint my Vanguard Hunters next and continue to assemble/convert my corsairs meanwhile.

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  7. Uberspoons
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    Plaguebearer test piece done and happy enough that it looks ok, is quick and easy enough to replicate. Likely to get a little more finessed as I get more practice.

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  8. Daankop, has not been the leader of the Da Big Blue Fist clan for long.  Always gifted in the shamanistic ways of the tribe, he had served the previous Prophet as a Wardokk for many years.  A few years ago the simple nomadic existence of the tribe had been interrupted by the appearance of strange warriors from the heavens. Wrapped in gold and bathed in blue lightning these warriors descended from the sky and waged war across the plane of Ghur.  Da Big Blue Fist met them on the field of battle and were impressed by their martial prowess and stoic resolve.  When Daan first saw the warriors from the sky he immediately thought back to his clan’s myths about the hammer of power that fell from the sky in a storm of blue fire.  During the battle Daankop struck down one of the heavenly warriors but as he died his form returned to the heavens in a stroke of blue lightning.  The blue bolt struck Daankop as it surged skyward and threw him  backward, unconscious and tumbling away from the battle.  Daankop awoke hours later surrounded by his fellow Fists. They had won the battle but they were not celebrating as normal.  Instead a group of Morboys were huddled around him starring in awe. As he looked down at his hands the reason for their fascination became apparent, a soft blue fire was emanating from the blue warpaint on his fists, wrapping him in a pale blue haze.  Unsure what was happening Daankop stood there just as transfixed as the crowd grew around him.  The stunned silence was broken by the approach of the the Prophet, Kurkuk.  Waving his staff at Daankop, the Prophet screamed, “Dat one as been spoilt by da magik of da sky, git him.’ The assembled Fists hesitated.  They had all heard tales of the past power of the clan that fell from the sky and they now looked puzzling from Daankop to the blue warpaint that covered their own bodies. Seeing their confusion and overcome by a burning fire inside him Daankop reached forth his hand and let out a great scream. From his hand a stream of blue flame surged forth enveloping Kurkuk.  In a matter of seconds Kurkuk was reduced to a pile of ash and the Orruks of Da Big Blue Fist clan were kneeling at Daankop’s feet.  They had accepted their new Prophet. 

    In the days that followed Daankop has led the Fists on successful hunt after successful hunt, nothing able to stand against the power of his blue flame and the fervor it inspires in the Fists.  In his dreams Daankop sees a vision of himself bathed in blue fire leading the Fists in a great battle against a massive army full of strange and grotesque monsters. Daankop can feel the fire inside him leading him toward this battle and he pushes the Fists ever forward, hunting this prophetic scene.                  

     

    DaanKop’s lead Wardokk is Furkup. An Orruk of unusual intelligence, Furkup had always been fascinated by the tales of the Fists' past glory.  This obsession led him down the path of the Wardokk and made him one of Daankop’s first and fiercest followers.  For his fervent devotion Daankop rewarded him with a warmask touched with Daan’s blue flame, capable of unleashing the blue fire from its carved eyes. 

    Here are my finished Prophet, his Bale Wind Vortex and my Wardokk.  Hope you guys enjoy the fluff, will get some battle reports up soon.

     

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  9. "The proud flag ship "karaz dahendra" of Elgi-bar's skyfleet takes to the skies! Crewed by the different uniformed arkanauts of the Rereksfjiord company, it is currently under the daredevil captain Agrün Svinvirrsson whom is eager to prove himself as the most cunning sky vessel operator. This ambition comes from his first muster press,  where rival arkanauts from barak-zilfin boasted that no other sky port could never produce a captain better than thiers."

    This is the biggest model I've ever assembled and painted. It has been both a frustrating and rewarding  experience, which only spurs me onward to expand my sky fleet.

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    Hoggors are the most infected creature in a battlefield, they pulled out of perverse mind and corrupted flesh of Nurgle, the Lord of Pestilence. Eating corpses and carcasses these disgraced creatures have a particular assignment during the battles, contaminating air with all sort of deadly flatulence produced by pestilent guts closed in a metal pot nailed to their abnormal bodies. They kill enemies, eat enemies, digest enemies, ****** enemies: this is their simple circle of an hideous life.

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  11. The second part of our AoS narrative campaign is now up! In this entry, we outline how our armies have begun, and begin with our first battle reports :) 

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  12. This vessel is the most important part of my project so far. If this did not work, getting a skyvessel sea worthy, then the project as a whole would be a none starter for me.

     

    First of all I wanted to build up the helm of the vessel and fill in the main gun turret to make space for my hero to stand, at this time of the creation process this was going to be one of my stormcast narrative characters though as progress went on that changed. I used part of the staircase from the cauldron of blood kit to make the staircase up to the raised helm.

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    I found the grots from the leadbelcher kit were about perfect night for the helmsman job and two of them even came holding the wheel.

     

    I now had the basic layout of the deck covered so I moved to attach the Ironclad to its base. I sawed off most of the keel at a slight angle, trying to get the turbines as low down as possible and raising the prow a bit. I then drilled holes under what remained of the keel and glued in brass rods to give it additional stability, I then used plastic glue to stick all the contact points to the base.

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    Once the areas to place the crew were built up I worked on adding the primary weapon back to the ship. I chose the aethermatic volley cannon, this was mostly out of simplicity as I had a half built redemptor dreadnought on my desk who’s arm looked like a perfect donation to this project.

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    I added a railing to the back of the helm as I felt it made the area feel more enclosed, I also added one to the front where the whip-master now stands but that one was to exposed and snapped off.

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    Using the statue from the centre of the Cauldron of a blood kit I added a broken figure head to the front of the vessel. This was the last piece of assembly before beginning painting.

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    For the colour scheme I went with purple and green, as it would not clash with the water effect on the basing which was to come next. The grot helmsman was the only part of the crew glued on, all the aelves were pinned for easy transport and were painted separately. The initial section of painting was just to get all the parts in or near the water done to allow for the basing to start.

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    The basing did not quite got to plan as, due to me not being patient enough, I managed to get the masking tape, used to keep the liquid resin in place, trapped within the resin. I worked much of this out but a fair amount is very much a feature of the base now. Overall I am happy with the turn out of it, at a later point I would like to come back to the basing and try to add some wave like motion or interaction to it.

    Once the base had cured, enough for my lungs to be willing to be in the same room as it, I finished off painting the remaining details and crew.

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    Overall I am very please with how my first Ironclad turned out. It showed me that my plans for the project as a whole have potential. The only issue I have is that for each vessel size (Ironclad,Frigate,Gunhauler) the base size is quite limited which restricts space for adding a bit of a diorama and character to the  base.

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    So the first month of the league is over, all but 4 of the games have been played. (72% Completion Rate). Two players have max points; only one player who’s played hasn’t won a game!  Currently Chaos is leading the event, and the rest of the factions are about equal.  I cannot be happier with the uptick in Age of Sigmar play in the group. 
     

    Personally:

    I got to play a pair of games. The first was against an order list based around the old high elf army. It was the players first game of AOS so I tried to play nice, but even so I the game was a bit one sided. Not going to do a blow by blow of this game.

    The second game was against a death army, playing battle of the pass against a more experienced player. His list was a Unit of 40 Skeletons, 10 Grave Guard, 1 Wright King, Necomancer and Tomb Wraith. (I think that was the whole list).

    On one flank his Grave Guard, Necomancer and Wraith moved up the table on the other the Skeletons and Wright King made their move up the table they were met my army also broken into groups. The Deamonprince, Wolves, And Blood Warriors moved up one flank to meet the Grave Guard, the Marauders and Aspiring Deathbringer moved up the on the flank towards the Skeletons. (The Blood secretor sat on my objective in my territory.

    The units collided in turn 2.  But the Death Army failed to important charges (the Wright King, and Tomb Wraith), and my Blood warriors also failed. The Graveyard destroyed the wolves, but the Demon Prince put out enough damage to wipe of the squad. In the fight of the large mobs the Skeletons didn’t close well and they only killed 8 of them; in return the marauders and the Aspiring Deathbringer took out over 20 of them. In battleshock phase the Grave Guard and Skeletons were removed.

    In the turn 3 the mop up was conducted, the with the game being called before initiative was rolled in turn 4.

    Over all quite happy with the performance of the list.. will talk about it more in a future post.

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  14. Skeekrit
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    The Red Gobbo rode atop the Sky Kraken as they searched the Realm for the fabled Realmbeast. The Red Gobbo was certain that with a few tricks he could capture the beast as long as he and his army were not ambushed, captured or killed by the others searching for the same thing.

    In the distance he saw a swirl of sand and smelt the stench of Death and knew he had found his target. Signalling to hit scouts to advance he rushed to the RealmBeast only to find other were approaching. Ghouls, Deathless Minions, the hated Khadron Overlords, strange Tree-Creatures and following of Gork and Mork in the form of Ogors and Orruks.

    The Red Gobbo, Sky Kraken and his scouts quickly advanced and begin trapping the Beast. He knew he could stop the Beast from moving if only he and his group worked hard enough, and did not engage with the others who sought to hurt, or help the Beast.

    With the Traps laid, and the Ghouls and Trees approaching from either side the RealmBeast suddenly lurched, and stumbled forward bringing his scouts in contact with the enemy... and war erupted. Whilst the Red Gobbo concentrated on Traps, others attacked the Beast and it moved every closer to the Red Gobbo causing difficulty for his followers of Mork. The Orruk advanced from the opposite side, whilst the Khadaron seemed to struggle with the winds as explosions ripped through their strange vessel. Before long his Giant was dead, and the Red Gobbo was amongst the sandstorms setting the last of his traps.

    Suddenly, the storm abated and he could clearly see Arach-Mork his shamanic controller of a huge Arachnarok spider... as he watched a large frost ball descended on Arach-Mork and he and his spider disappeared from view - their control over their limbs gone and the sandstorm taking command. To his right, Grubnik, his giant was fighting ghoul creatures and hitting the Realmbeast in his eagerness. The Red Gobbo screamed in anger as the giant fell squashing sand, Horrors, and RealmBeast alike...

    ... but things were getting worse and the Sky Kraken was under attack from a forest beetle, the like of which he had never seen. The Sky Kraken's limbs flung out and hit the creature, but a great blow forced it into the sandstorm of the RealmBeast and it too disappeared. Alone with the Beast, with Grots far away and unable to help the Red Gobbo let out of scream of anguish as a Sandstorm hit him and carried him off his feet. His last memory of a red tentacle wrapping itself around his body.

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    In the realm of shadows there are many myths relating the the "starving shadows'.

    Here is acollection of sone of the more common.

    The Laughing man (cairn wraith)

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    Believed by many to be a leader of sorts the laughing man is spoken of in hushed tones, with many believing that even mentioning his name will summon him.

     

    Those who have been unfortunate enough to encounter him speak of his mirthless laugh, as he goes about his grim buisness of collecting more fuel to create shadows to join him in his joy.

    Oddly he always leaves some survivors  to spread his name.

  15. Hey guys,

    Attended our last tournament at Southern Wargamers for the year. This was the first tournament since the Generals Handbook 2017 has dropped, and I was looking to try out my Free Peoples. Since I am 99% sure I'm going to be attending Cancon next year (Australia's largest tournament), I made some last minute changes to my list so that it was more similar to what I think my final form will be. This meant assembling, undercoating and getting a base coat on 13 more miniatures one day before the tournament!

    Ultimately, my list for the tournament looked like this:

    Freeguild General - Sigmarite Weapon, Shield, Stately War Banner - General - Indomitable

    Freeguild General on Griffon - Greathammer and Shield, Armour of Meteoric Iron

    Gunmaster

    20x Freeguild Guard

    30x Freeguild Crossbowmen

    10x Freeguild Handgunners

    20x Freeguild Guard

    10x Freeguild Handgunners

    10x Freeguild Greatswords

    5x Freeguild Pistoliers

    3x Demigryph Knights

    Hellblaster Volley Gun

    Cannon

    So the changeup from my previous lists are the addition of 20 Freeguild Guard, a Gunmaster and Hellblaster, changing the 20 Handgunners into 2 lots of 10, and dropping a Freeguild General and a Cannon. This allows for another tanky unit, which also gets the benefits of a great company. It means I can afford to be more aggressive with one if need be.

    We did not know the scenarios before the tournament, they were rolled for each round.

    Game 1 - Sylvaneth - Scorched Earth

    I started the tournament up against a Sylvaneth list. He had the extremely tanky Treelord Ancient, Branchwych, 30x Dryads, 2x5 Tree Revenants, 2x3 Kurnoth Hunters with bow and 6x Kurnoth Hunters with Scythes and a Household battalion. The game started fairly well, he managed to teleport his Ancient and Treelord forwards but the Ancient failed the charge. The Treelord went in and was quickly felled by my shooting.

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    The big trees teleport close to the Free Peoples lines

    Sadly, this was followed up with a lot of whiffing on my left flank. The cannon failed to dent the Treelord, the Freeguild General on Griffon went into him and whiffed completely. Something he would continue to do in the next few combat phases. Ultimately, the game was decided when I failed to keep someone on my centre objective. My opponent managed to summon more Wyldwoods near the board edge, which allowed his Scythe Hunters to teleport in as well as the Tree-Revenants. Because of this, I started migrating some of my units towards that section to hopefully give some relief and stall them out one turn before burning my objective. I moved my unit off, then moved my Freeguild General off as well. 

    So it basically came down to losing by 1 point later on. He left his right objective really weak as the Tree-Revenants disappeared to provide additional support (and ultimately burn my left objective). My army eventually made it across the board, and stole his objective for 1 turn, and then burnt it in the 4th turn. We were only going to get 4 turns in the game, and sadly I didn't manage to roll high enough to draw on the objective points.

    Ultimately my Griffon also fell, after whiffing for like 3 combat phases straight, he got a miracle phase where he dealy like 10 wounds all at once, but the rest of the army failed to finish off the Ancient over 2 turns.

    So a bit disappointing start to the tournament. Definitely a learning experience, and I still haven't quite worked out how I'm going to play Scorched Earth. I think one poor thing I did was put all my fast stuff on one flank. It meant when that flank fell into trouble, I didn't have anything mobile to quickly scoot over and help.

    Major Loss

     

    Game 2 - Death with Nagash - Duality Of Death

    This game was against a majority Deathrattle army led by Nagash. He had a 40 Skeleton unit, 2x20 Skeletons, 20 Grave Guard, Nagash, a Necromancer and 2x Wight King (1 with banner).

    I felt I had the advantage in this matchup as my Griffon can take the objective turn 1. Especially if I kept him away from Nagash who could potentially one-shot him. Since I had more drops, this didn't end up being too much trouble.

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    The Free Peoples line prepare for battle

    As it so happened, the game was a bit of a non event. He got the first turn and moved up as fast as he could. Sadly for him, his Wight King was not close enough to the objective so would not be scoring turn 1. In my follow up turn, my Griffon General took the objective closest to him. The rest of the line moved up, and I scored the first point of the game.

    Immediately after, I got the double turn which basically secured the game. The line moved further up, and started shooting the enemy units. The Demigryphs managed to get a charge into his Wight King and Skeletons near his objective. This ultimately decided the game, as the Demigryph's for the first time managed to do 2 things! The first was actually kill the Wight King in a single go, that was pretty amazing and not expected (Only just I might add), and that was only with 2 of them too boot! The third one attacked the Skeleton unit (Which had Danse Macabre on them) and killed 3 Skeletons which prevented them getting the +1 attack.

    In his turn, there was not enough room for Nagash to get close enough to the objective. The army slowly moved around, but basically, the Death just couldn't get to objectives fast enough.

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    Nagash wipes out the Demigryphs and moves onto the Swordsmen

    The rest of the game the Death basically marched towards their deaths. I had moved up far enough that my Crossbows and Handguns were in range, and I could just hold the line with them now. So the Skeletons just marched and marched, but got shot and shot. Nagash did wade through a chunk of the army after he knew he couldn't catch up, but that was game as he couldn't catch me after 3 turns of scoring to his zero.

    Major Victory

     

    Game 3 - Order - Knife to the Heart

    The last game was against a mixed Order army. Mainly Free Peoples with a few random extras. His list was composed of a Freeguild General with Stately War Banner, Freeguild General on Griffon, Bretonnian Lord, 30x Freeguild Guard with Halberds, 2x10 Freeguild Handgunners, 20x Freeguild Greatswords, 5x Freeguild Outriders, 5x Grail Knights, Steam Tank, Hellstorm Rocket Battery.

    The game started off a bit concerningly. His Hellstorm took out my cannon crew, his Griffon took out the Pistoliers and his Brettonian Lord took down the Demigryph Knights. In retaliation

    my shooting managed to make a huge dent in his Freeguild General on Griffon and mine took out his Outriders. I then won the initiative roll, and my Freeguild General went after his backline which was extremely fragile. I took out his Griffon, and did a few wounds to the Steam Tank. I initially thought I might be able to auto-win by taking on the Handgunners, but reading that it only came into effect from turn 1, I went after the Hellstorm instead and finished it off.

    At this point, my opponent knew he was in trouble with a rampaging Griffon in his backline and his own Griffon downed. He kinda threw caution to the wind, and charged everything into the line which ultimately did not go well for him.

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    Now you see a Steam Tank... soon you won't...

    He quickly doubled back his Freeguild Guard (Slowed down by the deadly terrain), while his Greatswords engaged my Freeguild Guard. They both slowly whittled each other down, while my other Freeguild Guard and Crossbows gave chase across the board to the enemy objective. At the end of the day, the Freeguild General on Griffon managed to kill all 30 Freeguild Guard, before being joined by the infantry to claim the objective on turn 5. The long slog had paid off, and I had tabled my opponent apart from his Freeguild General. 

    I do feel sad for my opponent. I outranged his army, so ultimately he had to engage me. And engaging a line of Freeguild Guard which has extra shooting phases is just nasty. Even if he had won the initiative for turn 2, I think the only difference would've been a Minor rather than a major.

    Major Victory

    So that was it for the day, I managed to come in fourth place out of 12 players. I'm happy with the result, but feel that I probably got off a bit easy on my matchups after losing the first game. The 2nd game was almost an automatic win. I think if I had played against Stormcast or Tzeentch I would've been in a bit of trouble.

    Overall I like how the army played, but definitely need to get a bit more prepared for moving and having my army out and ready to go. I was comfortable with the amount of models I was moving around (even if I was sloppy sometimes), but the army setup in round 1 took a lot of time (and is the only game we didn't finish).

    That being said, I am considering changes. Two things I'm currently considering are getting more heroes. The current thought is to swap out the Gunmaster + Hellblaster Volley gun for a Warrior Priest and a Battlemage. The cannon could be a stronger piece also, but it's easy to transport (Which will be important going interstate).

    Hopefully I get more games done in the next 2 months, as I'm going to need a lot of practice for Cancon.

  16. WatcherintheWater
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    Took a while, but I finally finished my Frigate.

    List Update:

    1 Aether-Khemist (built)

    10 Arkanaut Company (Built)

    10 Arkanaut Company (Built)

    Arkanaut Frigate (Done!)

    6 Endrinriggers (3 Done)

    3 Skywardens

     

    Khemist and the remaining 6 Skyriggers are up next.

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  17. Im back guys! Its been a crazy few months indeed for myself and this army of steampunk midgets. 

    Only recently having my first son, and my work commitments have kept me from doing any real hobby however, i did get a chance last weekend to attend a 1500 pt tourney. 

    It was sigmar at warlords, the aim of which wad to get guys the 3 event minimum to attend the New Zealand Masters in December. 

    Out of the 3 games i had one major victory, one minor victory and one major loss. The army performed far better than i anticipated due to our overall nerf from ghb17, and i owe it all to skywardens. These puppies are just too good, a block of 9 of them can take 3 drill cannons, and 3 volley guns, my 2 first games resultes in a mawkrusha and a lord of change being taken off in my first shooting phase. 

    I will be posting more in depth in the lead up to masters, so until then heres sone pictures of the event. 

     

    To the victor the spoils!

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  18. The Realms at War narrative event is coming up fast, and we’ve been watching the WIP progress of some players with their leviathans created especially for this event.

    Today, with 7 days left until RAW17, we’re going to feature WIP pics of 7 leviathans by 7 different players… in no particular order.

    This winner of last year’s coolest army, Bishmeister, is creating a rogue idol for his Forest Moonclan army:img_9466.jpg?w=1000

    The winner of both best Aspirant and best Legend from RAW16, Alexander  Nygaård, is building this Leviathan:

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    Chris Tomlin:

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    Ollie Fox:

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    Jonathan Pyke:

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    Moarhammer:

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    HobbyHammer! We thought we had secured a picture of his Glottkin in progress, but it turns out his leviathan is not the Glottkin but this beast instead:

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    We’ll post more pictures in the coming days as we count down to the start of RAW17!

    And for more information about the event we recommend you check out the thread on TGA: http://www.tga.community/forums/topic/5582-events-uk-raw17-realms-at-war-2-leviathans-monsterous-arena-rules-added/

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