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I started playing Warhammer back in the days of 8th edition, with my first army being Dark Elves. After playing for 6 months, I felt like I had a good understanding of 8th edition. Soon afterwards, the first book of the End Times hit (Nagash). I felt like my painting was improving, however its proberly still not the best you've seen . When book 3, Khaine arrived, was ecstatic, I've always wanted an excuse to use some other pointy ears on the table. By this time we had a solid 10 players at the school who where all getting the hang of the game, we meet most Saturdays to play games, and have had a fair few laughs while playing. I began to listen to the Bad Dice Podcast, listening to the guys talking about their Warhammer experiences was a real eye opener, and the show was great background noise for painting. Listening to Ben (one of the Hosts of the Show) Talking about his Dark Elves helped me reveal my inner filth. I painted a Malikith conversion (Riding a Carmine Dragon).
After entering my local armies on parade with my Elven host ( Including 3 Phoenixes ) and getting a silver, I began to think about a new army ....
Age of Sigmar dropped after i had been playing for about 2 years, after painting about 5000 points of "Host of The Eternity King" I was discussing a new army with friends at school. I wanted a non-horde army because of *cough* Laziness *cough* and I hate painting Cav ( After a tormenting experience trying a paint 1200pts of Brettonians). I eventually started to think about an 8th edition list that I had written as a joke at the time, but it started to grow on me. The list was a follows...
9 Tomb Kings Chariots: FC, Banner of Swiftness: 540
Terrorgheist, Rancid Maw: 235
This army would be easily transferable to The Age Of Sigmar (bear in mind this was during the first few months of AOS, Aka The Age of Rage). Our school club to this day remains split, with all of us able to play both game systems. After looking at costs and Tomb Kings being unfortunately scrapped by GW, the list went through several evolutions and now looks like this, (8th Edition format)
5 Tomb King Chariots: FC, Banner of Swiftness: 320
10 Skeleton Archers: Light Armour: FC: 100
5 Skeleton Horsemen: Light Armour, FC
Terrorghiest: Rancid Maw, Infested: 250
Mortis Engine 240
I wanted to snow base the army, and this was made all the easier by GW bringing out the Vallalhan Blizzard paint (Im already on my 3rd large pot ) I was inspired to do so by seeing Ben Curry's Dark Elf Army. So i started to build the Army, I already had a Terrorghiest and a mortis engine, 3 of The chariots came from an old Battalion box, the other two came from Warhammer World in Nottingham ( Best School Trip ever !!). Again, I already had some Skeleton Archers ( a gift from a VC player). So it began, Painting a new army after years of Adventures with the Elven Folk. Hopefully you guys will enjoy looking at all the progress of the painting. Let me know if there is anything i can improve on.
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The Following Pictures are current pictures of the warbands you will see in my stories. Most are currently WIPs and the pictures will be updated as they are painted. The "Lost Souls of Sigmar," the protaganists of our story are the creations of myself, Mrmattywoodz. The Ironjawz known as "The Dicks of Gork (or possibly Mork)" were painted by my brother Chopstick15. The beautifully painted Fyreslayers "The Berserker-gang of Ersatz Eightfold, the Runefather of karak long lost," are owned and painted by Tyromancer. "Snicket's Clawpack," are owned and painted by Kyle261.
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Chapter 4 –
The hull of the boat cut effortlessly through the glistening water as it carried Wjolnir further along the coast line. On the horizon, the sun was beginning to rise and was soaking everything it touched with a peach glow. Any other time this would have lifted his spirits and brought back memories of his childhood summers, spent fishing for small trout in the villages river. Today however it just irritated him. It was a painful reminder of a pleasure he would soon have taken from him by his impending death. The only escape from the plague was death and anything else was just delaying the inevitable. That was if the Tornburgh mercenaries didn’t catch up with him first and put him to the sword. Despondency crept in and he considered putting himself out of his misery while he still had control of his destiny. The thought was a brief fleeting one that held no real bearing on him. He was far too much of a coward to make such a bold move. No, he would wait out his fate and spend his final days lamenting his luck and the cruel humour of the gods. No doubt when the time came for him to shuffle off this mortal coil he would cry and soil himself, making sure he had no dignity to take with him to the beyond. An unexpected giggle burst from his throat as the ridiculous image flashed through his mind’s eye. He idly wiped away tears that had been forming in his tired eyes with the back of his rough filthy hand and let a small grin escape from his chapped lips. He gripped the wheel and pulled it hard toward land.
Along the shore was a coniferous forest that dominated the landscape. The great green expanse was thickly packed and would allow him to travel inland without being seen. He knew of several small hamlets where he could live out his days in relative comfort on the coin he had saved throughout his career in the black market, keeping him in wine and women until he eventually succumbed to the rot in his body. He ran the boat at a relative speed into the shallows and the bottom of the vessel ran aground in the rocks, screeching to a halt. Usually this would have angered Wjolnir however he would never captain the boat again and resented the idea of it serving anyone else after him. A fickle thought perhaps but he had spent so long aboard the ship in his years that it felt like part of his very being, to have anyone else at the wheel would feel like adultery. Opening the thick framed timber door to the cabin he began to collect any belongings he thought he may need. Into a small leather knap sack he carefully packed a thick blanket, dried meats, his ancient tinder kit, a change of clothes and the remainder of his coin. He slid out of his fur jacket, carelessly dropping it in a pile at his feet. Over the top of his hauberk he buttoned up a white travelling shirt and slid a heavy woollen, hooded poncho over his head. The oversized hood covered his face and gave him the appearance of a peasant, a look that he hoped would prevent anyone attempting to relieve him of his belongings. He slung the knapsack over his good shoulder and stooped to pick up a rough iron axe with a hickory handle. The axe head was ground heavier on one side to allow the axe to be used for carving timber, however this would not hinder its use in felling a tree or scaring off would be attackers. With his belongings in check he sighed and made his way off his beloved boat. He vaulted the hull and landed with a splash in waist deep water. The shock of the cold water stole his breath and for a moment he could do nothing but exhale in short, sharp breaths as his body adjusted to the temperature. As his breath returned he started to wade toward the forest. His feet sank gently into the sandy, gravel strewn shore, making the walk harder than he had anticipated. By the time he had reached the boundary of the wood he felt drained. The forest looked far more imposing than it had done from the beach and he was beginning to question if entering it was such a good idea. After a small pause to get his breath back he threw caution to the wind and strode into the woodland as confidently as he could.
What seemed like hours had passed as he stumbled over fallen trees and forced himself through tightly packed gorse hedges. He had managed to scratch himself on the short thorns above his eyes and the sweat from his brow was stinging as it mingled with the wounds. He paused for a moment to take a pull from his flask and felt a sense of tranquillity wash over him as he soaked in the natural atmosphere. Little light made it through the thick canopy and it lent the forest a supernatural quality. He slid the heavy knapsack from his shoulder to the floor and sat down with his back against a great pine tree. He laid his hand axe by his side and helped himself to a strip of the dried beef from his provisions. Its texture was that of rough leather however he was used to the less than pleasurable rations he had carried with him on his travels. He sat in the dim light chewing the meat and scanning the surrounding area for any movement. A thick layer of moss covered the floor here and he could hear nothing but the evening bird song and the occasional rustle of the forests denizens. He rested his eyes and allowed himself to drift off, planning to continue his journey after a small nap.
In his dream, he was running from an unknown assailant through a boggy marsh, each step propelling him through the damp darkness toward a clearing ahead. A droning buzzing noise filled his ears overwhelming his senses, blocking out all other noise. It felt as if it was coming from within his mind instead of around him. Swarms of flies encircled him and darted at his face. He wildly flailed his arms trying to swot them away as he ran. The clearing was closer. He was almost there. He broke through the tree line and the swarm of flies dissipated in the light. He turned his head to see his attacker and saw a wave of shadow rushing toward him. Everything the shadow touched within the marsh shrivelled into an empty husk of itself. Trees collapsed under their own weight as rotten timber gave way, animals and birds decomposed in an instant and the very earth became logged with mould and fungal growth. His foot gave way underneath him as he slipped in the clearing and he fell face first into the wet moss. He panicked and tried to raise himself from the wet floor but found mould and filth growing at an alarming rate over his limbs, pinning him to the ground. He looked up in desperation and saw the ground before him erupt, earth and filth showered over him as a gargantuan figure rose from the crater. The figure was comprised of a huge mound of blubbery flesh that rose higher than the highest tree. The sheer bulk of the creature was impossible to comprehend and it moved in a way that didn’t seem physically possible. Its skin was mottled with pus filled boils, scars wounds and open sores that created a mosaic of pain. Its face was comprised of a long grinning mouth beneath dark pitted eyes that pierced into his very soul and showed a flicker of evil sentience that no man should ever see. Its sour breath reeked of death, decay and faecal matter. The creatures great gut split open and swarms of giggling creatures burst forth dancing and frolicking in the beast’s entrails and bodily fluids, gnawing on his flesh and tearing through his milky yellow fat. Wjolnir retched and spilled the contents of his stomach into the dirt. The great being’s mouth parted revealing worm filled teeth etched with dark lines and stained as brown as earth. It spoke a single word and Wjolnir’s bladder failed him.
He awoke with a start and reached instinctively for his axe. He was dripping with sweat and his trousers were soaked with bitter smelling urine. The realisation that it had been a dream crept in and he began to relax as the shame of his ‘accident’ settled in. He reached into his knapsack for a change of clothes and cursed under his breath, was there no end to the torment he must endure? As he was rummaging through his belongings he caught site of a figure out of the corner of his eye. He rose sharply and raised his axe at the unknown person. In front of him, sitting cross legged on mound of moss was a tiny humanoid figure, draped in old torn robes giggling to itself. The face was obscured from his view by the things hood however the skin that was exposed was pitted, pale and translucent. The thin frame of the creature was withered and feeble. It altogether seemed sickly and weak however something primal within him screamed to turn and flee. “Explain yourself or I will sever your head from your body!” he shouted at the thing. It began giggling in a gurgling manner and pointed a thin emaciated finger at him, its hood slipping, exposing a sunken warped face that resembled skin stretched too loosely over a large drum. It spoke with a voice that seemed to come from within rather than from the creature’s mouth. “You have been chosen Master Wjolnir, I have come to aid your transcendence on behalf of the father”. The creatures gurgling laughter reached a crescendo of madness and Wjolnir’s blood ran cold.
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Knight Argrave is the leader of the Knights of Argrave, a Fimirach Fianna from Spitewood Fens. Their faction has no Meargh Matriarch and so they are unable to replenish their numbers. At most, 200 Fimirach live in the fens and so any death is a great loss. Fortunately, Fimir are among the hardest creatures to slay, even surpassing Trolls in their ability to regenerate.
Argrave is clad in spell-forged bronze armor and wields the signature Baleglyph Maul of the Fimm warriors. He also carries a sword from a fallen Tree Revenant on his belt. A magical Gnoblar named Bentnose accompanies him often, especially on his frequent raiding parties to gather supplies. This little Grot wishes to one day be a Knight like his master and so Argrave has given him the chance to prove himself worthy.
Of all the Fimir of Spitewood and among all Fimir kind, Argrave is one of the most intelligent. He has many trade agreements in place, such as with the human citizens of Little Ballahast to the south. In exchange for protection from the nearby Savage Orruks, the humans supply Argrave with metals that are acquired in their regular trades with other townships. The presence of the Fimir is also handy in that it wards off any Witchunters that may come snooping. One of the reasons Argrave refuses to raid Little Ballahast is so that it acts as a fallback plan, just in case supplies run low in the future...
The area of Ghur where the lands of Spitewood cover is relatively peaceful in contrast to the rest of the Realm of Beasts and so there are the odd, civilized, human settlements. Little Ballahast is able to trade with the citizens of Ghyran through a realm-rift located in the eastern sea, a shard of a realm gate.
Unlike his appearance suggests, Argrave does not enjoy killing but he is sure not to impose his morals or conscience on his fellow knights lest they falter. He stopped enjoying it millennia ago yet he does what he must.
-Argrave is many thousands of years old.
-He hangs a lantern from the stag's antlers that adorn his helmet to lure those lost in the fog to him with the false sense of security.
-He has survived being 90% decapitated by an Ogor.
-Argrave strangled that Ogor.
-Argrave has traveled as far as Chamon and Aqshy where he tamed Cinderquake.
-He has many human and inhuman acquaintances.
-He is the only Fimir to frequent human taverns.
-In Aqshy, Argrave once glimpsed Archaon the Everchosen in the skies. Fortunately his magical fog made his presence undetectable to the chaos lord.
-Argrave once won a pub brawl against 8 men and a horse. They were very xenophobic.
-Argrave likes baths.
-Argrave has eaten the odd human.
-The brother of the Ogor that nearly killed him, Skall, is now his trusted treasurer. Skall doesn't care that Argrave strangled his brother to death.
Knight Argrave of Spitewood Fens:
Age: Born sometime in the Age of Myth. Virtually ageless.
Height: Between 6 and 8 feet depending on how hunched he is. (10 feet if he stands up straight but this hurts his back).
Likes: Carving effigies out of Sylvaneth, human/ dwarven ale, late night patrols.
Dislikes: Having to raid settlements, the sun.
Weapons: Baleglyph Maul, Sylvaneth Sword, his hooked tail.
Pets: Cinderquake the Magma Dragon.
Home: Argrave's Last Hold, northern Spitewood Fens.
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I got some nicer pictures of my Nighthaunts army done over the weekend.
You can see more shows of the army on Mengel Miniatures: http://www.mengelminiatures.com/2017/02/showcase-vanguard-nighthaunts-army.html
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Really excited about this project. I've been playing a lot of Frostgrave and Kill-Team and this is kind of a combination of both!!
So here's the beginning of my Khorne warband.
2nd: Chaos Chosen
4th: My Warband Leader. Khato the God of War!!
More to come!
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So I've been brainstorming an idea for how to put on an online narrative campaign, and by George, I think I've got it.
The Word of the Day here is "Narrative":
So here's the idea:
1. Begin with a timeline for events (Let's say a week). At the start of the week (Thursday, for funsies) we know the condition in which our internet world stands (What locations exist and who controls what, etc).
2. We go about our week on a regular gaming basis. We play games, etc.
3. During the week, lets say before or on "Tuesday", we (and by "we" I mean everyone) post a narrative story, involving a battle we fought over the weekend, tying it to this narrative universe (even if the battle at that time was set elsewhere)
4. After all of the stories are "in" on Tuesday, we vote for our favorite story on Wednesday. Whatever story wins the most votes is however the setting changes.
5. It's Thursday, and therefore the beginning of the next week. Something has changed and our narrative has progressed.
Nothing is set in stone, and I'd like to hear whether the community at large would be interested in participating or not. Here's a few more thoughts to maintain some balance:
A. Ideally 6-8 areas in any realm or region set in the AoS universe. (I like 7.)
B. Either begin with voting on the best narrative that describes the areas in the realm/region, or begin with the Top 7 (or however many) stories that involve winning a battle and claiming an area.
C. Factions: Order, Chaos, Death, and Destruction. Because of the relative size mismatches of Order and Chaos in comparison, any force can can declare for either the Death or Destruction faction. Just justify it in narrative. (No, Order can't fight for Chaos and vice-versa)
D. No single Author's submission can win in back to back weeks. (This should be a community project, not one brilliant writer's masterpiece)
E. No Area can be fought over in back to back weeks. (If Order takes the "Dark Tower", the next week's fight may not also take place at the "Dark Tower")
F. A single faction CAN win back to back, but it can't three-peat. (They can't be everywhere at once)
G. Alternatively (this would override Rules D-F), we could intermingle the Top X stories (thinking X=3) that occur in different locations into one round of the story.
In the end, I can only suggest a Community Project, get input from the community on how to start. Then start it, and hope for community participation.
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Welcome to the first Legacy of Ink and Blood entry.
Posed shot during match set-up: Warriors of Chaos enter the Blood Forest.
Terrain from the Fanticide Range by Architects of war / Alien dungeon (R.I.P.)
The Realm of Life is steadily growing poisoned, tainted with the blight of Chaos and their troops who revel in miasma and disease.
Vast black shardes of volcanic rock have jutted from the despoiled lands once lush with green. Many portions of the majestic forest have withered and
fell to decay. Once a haven for the Nobler races, their people now wage war at the borders attempting to stifle the majority of the approaching armies.
It is on the borders of Ghyran, in a key strategic location, where rival factions of the same evil ilk collide.
Battle Report 1: Watchtower Scenario
Chaos Grand Alliance
Clans Pestilens vs. Clans Verminus
Realm: Ghyran, the Realm of Life
Matched play points per side: 800
After several practice games using Stormcast Eternals and a smattering of different Aelves and Khorne units, my friend Phil and I felt well versed in the rules of AoS. It was time to begin our consecutive ongoing battles.
Phil's army consisted of primarily Clans Verminus Battle line units, but included Rat Ogres and others from various Skaven hordes. Since any units under a Grand Alliance are playable in an Age of Sigmar army, he was able to field the points despite having a rather modest collection for our first encounter. Despite being unde 1k, we followed the guidelines of the Generals Handbook for a Vanguard sized game.
These smelly beasts were led by a Skaven warlord as well as a Wizard. A Doomwheel accepted the role of his main heavy-hitter in the fight.
My Pestilens chaos force was led by Epidemius, and consisted of Plague Bearers x 10, chaos Warriors x 20, some Hounds and the like. A giant gargaunt, intoxicated and unpainted, led my way.
The watchtower Scenario is in the first Age of sigmar hardcover book. Phil was the Guardian with his Skaven infesting the objective
with a unit of Clan Rats. In this case, the watchtower simply was replaced with a suitable piece of forest ground, affording removable trees for aesthetics.
My Pestilens were the invaders. My objective was to eradicate and clear the woods, including using the Lure Them Out command ability to ensure success.
We agreed ahead of time to end the game at the end of turn 4, as Age of Sigmar is a scenario based system and this would prevent a war of attrition. Whoever had the most models within the objective terrain would constitute the victor. As you will see reading on, this simple stipulation coupled with unique the command ability for each force produced a very climactic ending.
As the Guardian, Phil placed an entire unit of Clan Rats in the objective to hold it firm. We missed in the instructions that he
also could of included a Hero as well. While the back-placement kept him safe, make a note for your matches, as increased
muscle up front is an important option for the defender. This was compensated, however, by the fact that he placed both of his separate
Battleline units into one large group. We both made numerous rookie errors during this first battle, and they seemed to only enhance the fun!
He opted as the guardian to take the first turn, and began advancing his troops to reinforce the woods. This was an important time for his placement,
and he chose well, being able to see where I had positioned my forces on the opposite edge of the 4' x 6' table.
For my deploy, Epidemius and accompanying Warriors of Chaos took the center, storming toward the skittering eyes of
the defending rodents. On the left flank was the Gargaunt, and to the far right you can see my Chaos Hounds advancing
with intent to engage the Doom Wheel and prevent it from supporting the central battle. With a move of 10" and a guaranteed
run of another 6", they made impressive headway with that intent.
This careful positioning and advancement adequately reflects the beginning of the battle. More to follow soon as these mutually repulsive armies clash in the second round!
also forthcoming is a bit of fluff and backstory about our Hero's and their loyal troops.
Thanks for reading.
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Sooooo then..... this happened!...
As we are all aware the awesome new lord of change mini is close to release now, and as soon as the first leaked pics hit the interwebs I was in love. My dastardly work colleague Martin decided to use this as an oppertunity to bully me into another age of sigmar project as I rather lost momentum on my last one sadly, and to be honest it didint take too much bullying.
Ive had a pretty big Tzeentch daemon army sat in boxes for years now and they have always been one of my first wargaming loves ever since flicking through my brothers copy of the lost and and damned when I was little, so I have decided to dust them off and try to get back into gaming via Martins narative campaign ideas.
Couple of Horrors I painted 10 or so years ago!
The first step to this is to actually paint stuff though!
Being a commission painter by trade you wouldnt think this would be a big issue, but oddly I dont think I have had a painted army of my own for about 10+ years, so who knows how far I'll get with this one. Hopefully blogging and such will give me more motivation to do my own hobby instead of everyone elses!
So every new army needs a leader, and with the lord of change not being released yet, plus the fact that it would probably stall my painting straight away if I tried to paint one first I've gone for the sensible option of a Herald instead. I wasnt actually keen on this model at first, he was just a left over from a burning chariot kit however hes grown on me a lot over the years. I decided to try to paint a little out of my usualy grungy dank earthy painting zone with plenty of bright rich colours, although my bad habits and comfort techniques quickly snuck in and desaturated things quite a bit. Still happy with the final results though.
More coming soon hopefully! I've got some stuff thats already finished but if I drop all the pics at once then I'll have to actually paint new things instead of doing work!
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Last year was great. I painted up a full army, I attended my first and second tournament ever. GW decided to ditch the old persona and began the great process of renewal. My commission painting company grew in clients and painters, all in all things are good.
I played more games last year than the past three, but still not nearly enough (there's never enough gaming).
After my last tournament I was a little burned out. I cant stress enough I really enjoyed the events I went to and will definitely will be looking to attend some events again in 2017. Matched play is a great way to play and for many fellow gamers/hobbyists it covers all their needs. for me though I found I enjoyed the events and the social aspect of meeting new people, but there's still a little bit missing.
I'm a creative person. I love coming up with and reading the background and stories, and really just solely playing matched play games for me is limiting what I want to achieve with my gaming.
So new year has come and with it a new project. My goal for the year to come is to definitely start exploring the narrative side of the game. I've recruited and reforged a few anti Aos friends to do a simple slow grow path to glory/1000pts. in the next few weeks i'm going to attempt a small campaign write up, and hopefully fingers crossed my friends will stay focused enough to get some games in.
My first project for the year is Sylvaneth. I did technically start this last year, but you can forgive me for having a little break. I wanted to push the standard of this project to something as high as I could without it becoming too detailed and unobtainable. I have been quite strict in what I plan to paint so not to get distracted or overwhelmed.
My project is as follows
20 dryads two x ten with slightly different schemes
five Tree Revenants
Three Kurnoth Hunters
Four Sylvaneth wyldwoods
As always many thanks for reading, comments and questions are always welcome.
until next time.
Now for some pics of what I've completed already.
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Battle Two was against Jack's Beastclaw Raiders. In this game I got tabled
This scenario is blood and glory; we both deploy the majority of our forces down one flank with the other flank getting only one unit of crypt horrors, with the unit of 30 ghouls hanging back to secure the objective in my half.
I mostly suffer here from not understanding Beastclaw raiders! In the first turn the hunter pops up with his dogs and puts a ridiculous 8 wounds on the gkozd with his bow. Dogs charge in and chip off a few more wounds. The zombie dragon eventually clears them up but ends up with a low number of wounds left and by the time it gets charged by the horrid thing on thindertusk it has no chance.
A unit of crypt horrors put 8 wounds on another thundertusk, but then fail to do much else before getting wiped off.
I bring in the Mourngul which does nothing in the first turn but does get a charge off in the second turn on a thundertusk. Unfortunately I opt to not go first with it, thinking it will be fairly hardy on a 3+ save. Jack gets four hits on it with a damage three or two weapon, I roll 2 2's and 2 1's and the Mourngul goes off immediately.
The horrors are wiped out before the courtier gets a hero phase to regenerate them then Jack wins the priority roll and from here on it's basically just cleanup. The only chance I have is of some thundertusks rolling 1's near deadly terrain, which they don't.
Next time I will go first with the Mourngul to try and chip some wounds off the thundertusk and reduce its effectiveness a bit. I also need to actually make some saves! Maybe mystic shield on the Mourngul isn't so evil....
Next up: Warrior Brotherhood
So it has been 2 weeks since my first post which is roughly the rate at which I want to be posting so I am counting that as my first success!
In terms of developments and progress I feel it has been pretty successful. I've managed to build quite a few miniatures and even started to get them painted. A couple of (poor) pics are attached showing what I have managed to get done, also been playing around with prisma as the plan will be to have warscrolls with my unit images on to take to tournaments and I love how cool they look when tweaked with the app.
I'm a notoriously slow painter so I am trying to improve my speed whilst also produce a quality of work I am happy with and I seem to be achieving that. most of the models will probably get mostly done and then I will get final edge highlights and minor details sorted as I go. Or at least that is the plan.
I am still to really play a game with my stormcast, I was supposed to be going to Warhammer World this weekend with some mates to play a couple of games, and maybe watch some of the masters games which would have been awesome, but alas I didn't manage to get along which was quite upsetting. Hopefully I will get to put them on the table soon though as I need to get some practice in before Alliance in March!
All else fails I will take what I have painted to Derby and treat that as an opportunity to learn rather than concern myself with trying to get a win.
Next step is to try and get the rest of the basecoats on to the models that are built, then put together the start collecting box I bought this month. That's the plan anyway, but the best laid schemes of mice and men and all that...
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What is dead may never die, baby. The Tomb Kings may be discontinued, but they live on in our hearts. I actually started with Tomb Kings 15 years ago. Threw out a lot of old models when I quit. Then I came back. After I started the Death army, I had a clear theme in mind for them. But I couldn't stay away from the sandy skelletons. So I built a few, then a lot. Now I have a lot, and am building more. But that's for another time, now to get into the stuff I painted in 2016.
Starting with the guys who give the Tomb Kings some of their unique flavour, it's the skeleton archers. Every single model is converted from VC skeleton models and TK bows and quivers. I also strung each bow. The original skeletons just look terrible. Couldn't have that in my new force. So I got these guys. Loads of work, but it paid off. They also perform really well in-game for me! 30 guys give 60 shots, and an average of 10 wounds. Not amazing, but at 20 (effectively 26.5) inches, it's the sort of reach I otherwise lack.
Let's keep things Deathrattle, shall we? It's the chariots! Again, replaced the original skeleton riders. This time I also replaced the horses. The original horses aren't utterly terrible, but they are bad. And the Black Knight horses are just so good. So they had to go. Not seen on this side is teh quive for the bow, which hangs off the other side of the chariot. What you can see is the basing though. It's actually a road, 2 chariots wide! They flow into each other, with a split in the middle base. Not snowed them down yet though, but it counts as complete for my purposes. Building 9 more of these babies in 2017.
Birds! Now Carrion aren't an amazing unit, but they have their tricks. I also like their half-rotted appearance. These were speedpainted for SCGT last year, but I like the result. Two full units of objective grabbers and assorted uses. They're pure metal though, so I'm always afraid of chipping them.
You can't have a Tomb King army without at least one of these. Undead artillery! Shame they're also the worst models in history to assemble. An absolute nightmare. I bought one of them used and sprayed just with some colour spray. But because it was assembled, I was too afraid to break it up and strip it. I'm going to regret that some day...
And so it's on to the Reanimants. I love the Tomb Scorpion model, but I tired out painting it. It's in the same marble scheme as all my reanimants, but it's just so rich in texture that it was a huge amount of work. The entire underside is also painted this way. So a lot of line highlighting. The result is nice though. I also posed the guy as crawling over a fallen pillar. Not very easy to see in this picture, but it's a cool effect.
Ah, the Ushabti. Are there any more quintessential Tomb Kings models than these guys? Amazing stuff. Loved painting them. They look great on the table as well. No converting or anything needed here. These guys just look great. But I have 4 If anyone has 2 extra they're willing to part with, hit me up! Would love to flesh these guys out to 6.
Next up is the Bone Giant! Another childhood favorite of mine. Fun fact, this is my very first "large" model. 15 years of service! And now he's the same size as Morghasts. If not scale creep, it's something. The original model is cool, but a little stiff. So I tried to pose him with the base to make him look more dynamic. Like he's smashing through a wall to get to you. Bits from the Garden of Morr set keeps on giving.
Biggest of the bunch is the Warsphinx! It's got the same marble scheme as all the others. Doing that tail took forever. When I initially put it together, I wasn a little sceptical. Now that it's done I appreciate it a lot more. I drybrushed the gold on the Warsphinx itself though... Couldn't face line highlighting all that gold. A minor point of shame. But It still looks nice. Crew are mixed original and VC skeleton/black knight bits. I wanted them to fit a little more in with the rest of my army, so I went a little bit away from the Old Dynasty aesthetic on the crew.
FIrst up of the heroes is the crafty Necrotect. Not my greatest conversion. Honestly, he was a rush job to get finished for SCGT. The original model had either gone out of print then or I was being unfair to it. I rather like the original now, but it's even harder to get than it was. So I'm stuck with this guy. It's not too bad though. The high elf pants gives him a unique look, and he's got both the whip and dagger, so he's WYSIWYG.
Now we're talking. This is, IIRC, the limited edition model. The only difference is the smaller banner. Much nicer than the frankly ludicrous ones that most models use. I don't think this is my best job or anything, but I like it. The face turned out nice, the pose is cool, and the model in general is good without being overstated. Just one of those models that make me nod my head in approval when I think about it.
Now here's a model I am pleased with! Love the skin tones on this guy. He's not got the exact same skin as the vampires, so it was a huge experiment. The rest of him isn't all that remarkable, but I like him. I have an ancient model of him around as well, painted some 13 years ago. I showed them off against one another on twitter a while back. It was quite the difference.
Most esoteric Tomb King model? I think so. I initially got this guy mostly to fill out the collection. But I like him. Had no idea how to paint the scarabs, so it ended up with some sort of green. When I did some research afterwards, I saw that they can be a lot more shiny and stuff. Still no idea how to paint them, so green it is! Proud of the little OSL on his head though. Very simple, but it just adds a lot to his face.
Done with the princes, now it's on to the kings. The king on foot is a favorite model of mine. Classic pose, detailed without being ostantacious, and clear to read on the table. I really like his cape and shield as well, but I wasn't forward thinking enough to take pictures of that... Oh well!
And now for the final king of 2016. This guy was a lot of fun! Banners are from the Tomb Guard and some elf. Had to pick this King model. He just looks so goooood pointing forward, at the foe! And he's got the right glaive. Not used this guy yet. But he'll be my King for SCGT. Really looking forward to that! Not snowed his base yet though. Just really like this guy. Going to be great to see him charge down the field!
Last up is Queen Khalida. She's not technically a King, remember This was my first attempt at the marble effect. Not sure I did very well. Thankfully the model is so nice. So, so nice. Love it. I'm quite pleased at the staff transitioning into the snake. Tried to copy some other real life snakes for the ones on her body, but they were mostly more complex than I could manage. Now I just need a second unit of archers so I can use her to lead my forces!
That's the last of my Tomb Kings! So how much did I end up painting?
That's... A lot of points. And a lot of different models. 7 different heroes! Laying it all out like that really shows that I had some time on my hands, huh? Doesn't matter, now I got a sweet TK army. Finally. After 15 years. It's been a journey, and it's not over yet.
That's it for the round up. Next time I'll be talking about the plans for 2017!
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Battle report for the last battleplan in the AOS starter box, Death Knell.
The Hammers of Sigmar have added a Stardrake to their ranks whilst the Goretide now incorporate a Daemons starter box.
The battle began with the Stormcast moving towards the Goretide battleline, the chaos visibly trembled as the Stardrake leered at them from over the treetops. Despite the battleplan victory conditions requiring the death of the general for victory, Vandus’ Hammerhand led the line on his Dracoth Chalanax. The Stardrake was in range for Rain of Stars so drew first blood.
The Chaos responded with equal enthusiasm to get to battle and with Khorgus Khul’s command ability, sped towards the Celestial host. A group of Chaos heroes charged the Stardrake, led by a Korgoroth and dealt it some damage with the Slaughterpriest’s blood prayers.Whilst the Blood Reavers headed for a unit of Liberators.
In combat the Stardrake inflicted minimal damage to the Korgoroth but managed to decimate the Reavers with teeth and tail – however, Portal of Skulls allowed them to stay in the battle.
The next round saw a charge from the second unit of liberators as they sought the Bloodletters. On the right flank the Relictor and Retributors headed for the rest of the Chaos Daemons. Vandus Hammerhand, wielding his axe Heldensen, charged the remaining Reavers. In return the Blood Warriors and their General headed for Vandus and the Bloodthrone and ‘Crushers stampeded into the Retributors.
The Liberators made a grave error in not attacking first and they were wiped out entirely by the daemonic hellblades. The Korgoroth and Reavers were also destroyed as the blood began to flow.
A combined Chaos charge at the Stardrake, coupled with Blood boil saw the Stardrake go down in round 3 and the Stormcast looked doomed. The Retributors attempted to take the right flank and prevent the Daemon battlehost assaulting their general. It was at this point that thunder struck and three prosecutors descended from the heavens.
Both Generals were injured and the battle hang in the balance, victory would go to the side that acted fastest. That side was the Stormcast, The Prosecutors charged the rear of the Mighty Lord of Khorne but it was Vandus himself who struck the fateful blow.
This was our first large battle (approx. 1500 pts.) and it couldn’t have been more intense as it went right down to the wire. I was in control of the Stormcast Eternal whilst the Chaos were split in to Mortal and Daemons and commanded respectively by Dan C and Marc. Though they lost they were pleased to take out the Stardrake who initially seemed like it would be able to destroy the Goretide by itself.
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As i mentioned in the first post, what really drew me into AOS was seeing the big bad dinosaurs of the Seraphon. They are fantastic models and i can't help but be drawn into them. So when i decided to start into AOS the core starter and Seraphon was a no brainer for me. As it stands right now i have the below list:
1 Scar vet on Cold one
I am also looking to see if I can kitbash out an Astrolith bearer from the extra warrior parts.
While I don't particularly like the Cold One model, I do like the idea of a cav army. I found out in my first actual game that the knights are pretty ordinary, but it's fun so i'll stick with the plan. I'm hoping to get another game in next week (roughly 1000pts), i'm hoping to be more aggressive with the Stegadon and then swing in with the knights. Don't know if it will work but will be fun to try.
I have so far painted 3 warriors (including the Alpha) and a test model for the cold one/knight. The cold one/knight isn't finished yet, I still haven't decided how to do the claws and plants. I am strongly leaning towards a bright blue/purple/pink look (similar to the plants from the movie Avatar) but not sure how it will go/i have the skill to do it. the plan is to finish another 4 to this point (a full squad) and then make a decision from there.
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This is the same story posted earlier but I can not seem to edit mistakes I caught on subsequent proof readings. So here is an edited version with some grammer and readability improvements.
Alarik stepped out of the realmgate onto the soil of Ulgu, his retinue close in step. Having so recently been among the purifying light of Sigmar's kingdom, the sudden and complete blackness of Ulgu blinded him. His eyes desperately grasping for light as they struggled to adjust. After a few moments he could make out some blurry shapes within the small halo of ghostly violet light emitted by the realmgate.
The blasphemous realm immediately wore on his nerves. The shimmering white and gold armor of Alarik's host had so often seemed to him a radiant manifestation of Sigmar's fury. In the deep darkness of the shadows realm however the glittering armor and shimmer of storm infused magic of Alarik's host seemed little more than a dim candle in a vast, uncaring night.
As Lord Relictor Balhoth stepped from the realmgate Alarik's eyes had adjusted as much as could be expected in such a place, and he peered back to meet Balhoth's gaze. Balhoth looked somehow more powerful in this domain. In a realm that so drained Alarik with its hidden and wretched nature, Balhoth seemed to emit an aura of hidden arcane potency just out of tangible sight.
"How fitting for a dark and brooding land to welcome such a dark and brooding man, how dramatic." Alarik scoffed to himself.
Despite Alarik's distrust and subtle mockery of the macabre nature of the Relictor, Alarik could not deny the power of his presence. Like most Lord Relictors, Balhoth was adorned from head to toe in dark Sigmarite armor, adorned with bones and sinister looking charms. Grandiosely segmented into gold trimmed plates forming a formidable aegis around each limb of Balhoth's towering figure. The suit of armor was crowned with a menacing skull masked helm the expression of which seemed to both embrace and mock the threat of death.
For a moment Balhoth's pale, skull visaged helmet appeared to glow with an ethereal light which defied reason in so dark a place. In contrast to the ghostly countenance of his helmet The Lord Relictor's black armor plates seemed darker and reason was betrayed once more by Balhoth's appearance as tendrils of black mist appeared to leap chaotically around Balhoth's silhouette. A disturbing aura of death and night that licked hungrily at the darkness that enveloped the Stormcasts.
The dark and deathly aspect Balthoth had been possessed by frightened Alarik. A feeling he had all but forgotten since his reforging. Alarik feared he was about to witness the betrayal of the Lord Relictor at the hands of some terrible gift of power and madness granted by Ulgu itself.
Alarik squinted, focusing more intently on the Lord Relictor. Alarik hoped to will Balhoth into a less blasphemous form of existence. As equal measures of fear and anger grew in Alarik, his attempt to focus on Balhoth and center his thoughts seemed to work. To Alarik's surprise and relief the shadow tendrils and ghostly glow of Balhoth's mask began to disappear and Alarik immediately began to distrust his senses in this world.
"What a wretched place." Alarik cursed aloud, still facing Balhoth. "I met no resistance coming through the gate Balhoth and it worries me."
"I expect frontal assault is not the way of this realms denizens." Balhoth offered in reply."I know little of this realm Alarik but I fear we may miss the brutal honesty found in the frontal assault of a Khornate horde."
Balhoth continued grim but resolute."None have returned from this realm, it is unlikely our rescue mission will end in anything but death."
Alarik frowned inside his helmet, glad the rigid facial features forged in the mask of the his helm hid his repulsion at the sad truth of Balhoth's declaration. Why did he ever hope to find comfort in the words of the Lord Relictor? Balhoth was seldom wrong but even more seldom was the Lord Relictor comforting. Cold, tactical truth was his fluency. A fact which Alarik almost hated as much as he valued it.
"Pleasant thought Balhoth." Alarik returned." If I get frightened I will dream of the bloodied platues of Aqshy."
Despite the forced levity in his words Alarik knew the chances of finding Halvir were slim but why had the God King created him if not to venture into such places and bring hope to those in opposition to the dark pantheon. He knew it was not a mission forged in the cold, calculating reason that so endeared his Lord Relictor to him, but a need to find his lost comrade that burned within Alarik. Some memory from a forgotten life, just out of reach that drove Alarik's desperate foray into Ulgu.
Ulgu hid it's secrets as if sentient and maniacal, adding the fate of any who dared tread its paths to its many secrets. As Balhoth had so poignantly stated, those that had entered Ulgu had never returned from its insidious clutches, but his brother in war would not be left alone in this cursed place to die or worse.
The Stormcasts had arrived. Just as Lord Grufflz told Rulk they would. "He is so smart smart he is." Rulk thought to himself.
The skaven commander known as Grufflz had seen one of the stormcasts dragged off into the darkness by a dark figure the skaven forces only knew as the broody one. Grufflz did not know much about the broody one but he had been seen sporadically in the region lately. Up to no good Grufflz was sure of, which made Grufflz respect the broody one. it takes brains to scheme and made things so much more interesting.
Rulk drooled and snorted in excitement , whispering to himself. "Storm bullies so dumb dumb getting caught by broody one. Lord Grufflz will skewer them. So glorious."
Rulk could see the Stormcasts adjusting to the darkness. They seemed so slow to move and adapt to him. He wondered how they ever had success fighting when they moved so slow.
Remembering his duties Rulk let out a low hiss to signal to his troops nearby it was time to draw the Stormcasts into the darkness. To prepare for Sigmar's intrusion on Lord Grufflz bounty. The broody one after all was know to attract warpstone some how. Expecting the Stormcast to arrive in search for their kidnapped companion Lord Grufflz had cunning had his force hedge up the foliage in some areas. The terrain was chocked with this wooden vines. With some manipulation by Rulks men the only clearing in the vines would decide the path of the Stormcasts without them knowing it.
"It needs to look natural, and smooth smooth. We need to give them a path without them knowing we doing it." Grufflz had explained. The next part of the plan was Rulk's favorite. He grew giddy as he remember Grufflz commands.
"Remembers cunning ones, stay low low and hidden. Push their feet so softly. Bring them to us. If they wander nudge them here and nudge them there. The are large and blunt, they will not notice you."
Such an exciting command to sneakily force the path of the Stormbrutes. Nudge them ever so slightly off course without them noticing. Rulk reveled " So much fun can be had in the dark. So much tricky tricks."
Rulk wondered to himself why Lord Grufflz had passed on participating in such an exciting sneaky challenge."Other things he need be doing. So smart, so important."
Rulk of course did not realize he had been sent on what could likely turn out to be a suicide mission. If Alaraki did notice the skaven skulking in the darkness he would end them as he sought to end all followers of the chaos pantheon.
To Be Continued.....
(I will update a narrative version of the battle report when I get a chance)
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Had a great narrative game the other night which I thought I'd share.
We normally play with points, but was in the mood for an epic smash up which (I feel) works better with narrative play.
The attacker (go left to right in below picture) has to move as many units as possible through the Plague Gate (a baleful realm gate). At the conclusion of the match, the attacker would roll a dice and if the result was less than or equal to the number of units that got through the gate, they would score a Major victory, else the defender would score a minor victory which was improved to Major if they could capture the circle of stones terrain feature as well.
The attacker throws down as many models as he likes, in this case, the Gut Buster horde of the Tyrant Runnylegs Lanceface. This big name was earned in 8th Ed. Runnylegs, rallied after fleeing, challenged the unit champion of some Order of the Blazing Sun knights to a dual and was promptly dispatched as the unit champion was possessed by Slaneesh and had a higher the normal initiative. Additionally, any unit removed from the game due to attrition could be returned to the game in the following movement phase at the reinforcement line (purple ribbon seen in some photos below). The reinforcement line could be moved forward 6" by a priest or wizard (3+ or 6+ respectively) in the hero phase.
The defending force consisted of a Start collecting force of Nurgle Daemons, which was reinforced in a number of ways.
- In the defenders hero phase D3 bases of Nurglings would appear in one of the filth pond (1=small pond, 2=medium pond, 3= large pond. Additionally, once 12 bases of Nurglings had been spawned Morbidex would appear in the large filth pond.
- Starting on turn 2, on a dice roll of 5+ Ningauble Seven-Eyes (Plague lord) and his Blightguard would appear at a random table edge or the reinforcement line. +1 is added to the roll for every subsequent turn. Additionally, on a roll of a natural 6, the brothers Glottkin would show up as well.
The early exchanges saw both starting forces rush to meet each other, with the Ogre player advancing the reinforcement line several times.
The defenders left flank crumbles, only for the right flank to be reinforced by Ningauble and his Blightguard. The Nurgle Herald earns a to-be-determined name after twice coming within one dice pip of slaying Runnylegs.
Morbidex hauls his bloated carcass from the filth ponds to mount a rearguard action that saves the day for the defenders of the Plague Gate
A Minor victory to the disease ridden plague cohort as the Ogres didn't manage to get any units through the Plague Gate, but were so hard pressed they didn't manage to even consider making a player for the circle of power.
However, it was a close run thing and a several factors helped swing the result:
- The Nurglings spawned like things that spawn really quickly, allowing Morbidex to appear just at the right time.
- Similarily, The Blightguard popped up just in time to halt the progress of the Ironguts done the right flank.
- I'd designed the scenario, thinking my opponent was going to bring his Stormcast which would have meant the Nurglings would have been less effective as they were great at tying up the big units of Ogres.
- we finished after 6 turns due to time constraints, when 8 felt about right for the scenario.
We did a shoulda-coulda-woulda roll after the match to see how many units the Ogres needed to get through and it was a 2!!!
A great evening of gaming and the result was superfluous, given the enjoyment had.
Glory to the Plaguefather!
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It took a while for Games Workshop to release a general rule book for Age of Sigmar. But when they did we got a whopper of a book.
This book is a necessity for AOS players. AOS works really well with story driven narrative games.
The big thing when AOS came out was that GW did a brave thing in removing points from the game. The game went from having an massive ruleset that can be difficult for beginners to a 4 page booklet.
It took a couple of months for GW to release this book. And it was as if they released the new game to let us decide how it should be played. Is that brave or dumb?
They had to break the game to remake it and the they developed the Generals Handbook with the help of Dan Heelan and Wayne Kemp from the HeelanHammer podcast, Russ Veal from Facehammer and Ben Curry from the Bad Dice podcast.
The book has 3 ways to play the game Open play
Narrative play &
Open play is bring anything you want. bring any amount of units, uneven armies or just arrange something with your appointment. There is rules for more than 2 player games and Triumph and treachery games
Narrative play is your story driven aspect. This has 4 battle plans, themed armies and even has 2 recreated battles. It has multiple ways to run a campaign: Path to glory, map campaign,tree campaign and a matrix campaign
Matched play is your points. It has points for all units for each army and even the recent discontinued armies and units. Is has tournament layouts and pitched battle for matched play games and ladder campaign rule.
The last thing it has in the book is new battle traits, command traits and artifacts for each alliance. This is a great addition and gives you more choice for your army.
Overall this book is a necessity for Age of Sigmar gaming. It gives you multiple ways to pay and explore the game. It encourages you to try different ways of playing and not just straight forward pitched battle. Ony thing that needs to be improved is the path to glory campaign. I was hoping for a more of a skirmish type of build with it but it was more of starting a small army and just add units onto it.
Its a great book and there is supposedly another updated on coming out next year. But it's at cheap affordable price and still worth getting.
I have a video up about it on my YouTube channel so you can check that out as well
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(Year) End Times
And what an incredible year it's been too. Such an exciting time to be in the hobby with surprises around every corner to excite & inspire.
I started the year with a now failed hobby goal to attend 12 events over the course of the year, beginning well after attending three between January - March. Then life got in the way and implemented a six month gap onto my hobby ambition. Oh well, resolutions & all that!
Something I'm immensely proud of achieving this year though was the creation of the Hammerers, officially. I've wanted to run a gaming club no matter how modest for a long time, and can now look back on this year knowing that the dream was finally made a reality. The club has not only given me fantastic motivation to get hobby projects & terrain completed, but I've met a great group of guys to enjoy Age of Sigmar with. Miniature wargaming is expensive, & having a place where I get to game regularly gives me a sense of value for money in addition to the enjoyment and escapism from a stressful job.
Looking back, we've been very lucky at the club to be able to enjoy a huge amount of new product & involvement from Games Workshop. A month after the club started our regular games'nights, the General's Handbook was released. The matched play element of the Handbook really helped to boost attendance as players were able to discuss & decide on points limitations for their games through our Facebook page, fighting over a cleverly designed set of challenging battleplans. Personally, the Handbook was by far my best purchase of 2016, & we are hoping to explore the many other features and various campaigns it contains in the new year.
Another enriching experience for the club was the global Season of War campaign, which really helped get everyone immersed into Age of Sigmar. Not only did it inspire the Hammerers to ramp up their painting projects, we also hosted a huge battle on the last week of the campaign where all the chaos gods were represented, as well as the Stormcast, Ironjaws & even Nagash!
The recent release of blood bowl will also make a grand appearance at the club soon, and work has begun on our first ever league. There's also some discussions about a ladder campaign for Age of Sigmar too.
One thing I am sure we will all be doing more of in 2017 is attending events, in as larger number as possible. The narrative events held at warhammer world at the start of the year were a great introduction into the rich story of the new universe, and we also had a fantastic time at the South Coast Grand Tournament - the largest, and definitely the friendliest independent event I personally have ever attended. We were really proud to be at an event that went on to form the backbone of the General's Handbook.
We also attended the Honour & Glory event held by Solent Wargames. A one day matched play tournament that was won by our very own Hammerer Chris Goldsworthy & his devoted of Sigmar!
Our last attended event of the year was the incredible Blood & Glory. Timed perfectly, the tournament really showcased the journey Age of Sigmar has been on throughout the year, and really showed off the competitive element of matched play spectacularly. This was the first event I'd attended that all the top players were involved with having missed out on the Warlords & Facehammer GT events earlier in the year. I learnt a lot about how to play the game that weekend!
Games Workshop have been much more involved in the hobby community this year too, live streaming events, creating community pages & even a TV show! I was made up to see Rob Symes become the face of Warhammer TV after watching such a genuinely nice guy take home the SCGT & deliver one of the most hilarious podcast shows I think I'll ever hear! It really well demonstrates Games Workshops efforts to reconnect with us.
The Grand Alliance community page also had a huge impact on membership for the club, in particular through their ingenious world map of clubs & players. I meet & talk to new players, returning rage quitters & die hard Warhammer fans constantly, growing not only our player base but also inter-club events too. The forum section also helps to iron out any rules questions that come up on club nights.
Now, at the end of the year thanks to the various events & club nights, I've achieved a Warhost of Death, Warhost of Flesh Eater Courts, a Battlehost of Nurgle & a Vanguard of Seraphon all fully painted! Think that's the most I've ever painted in a year!
A fantastic journey in such a small amount of time. We are all very excited at the club for 2017 & all the new hobby it will bring, and I feel very fortunate to start the year with a well attended club to further pursue my passion for campaigns & narratives with.
If your local, or attending an organised event in 2017, or even from another gaming club, get in touch. We are always looking for new players to battle against & often travel to get games in between club nights.
Happy new year!
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Well its been one hell of a year if you are a hobbyist! Going to take a look back over what I have been up to, and maybe a small look forwards to 2017.
So my year started off with Age of Sigmar in its infancy. At a club level we had devised our own 'slot' system for ease of play, and also added a maelstrom of war deck for variety. I headed off to Nottingham early in the year, eager to see how others around the country were playing the game. A box full of stuff alongside my Bro, it was a doubles event,so if anyone wanted to be 'that guy' we could be 'that guy+1'. Thankfully it never happened, and although we worried a few of our opponents, with our box of goodies, a great time was had. (also met some really cool folks who I caught up with throughout the year).
At club interest was kinda on and off, 40K was doing well and only a few of us were regularily playing AOS. I was certain it was a good game, and tried to convince folks of its merit. I signed up for a couple of events, one of which was SCGT, and tried to get a few of them to join me. No one else was interested, so I would be flying solo, which was pretty scary.
The first major part of 2016 though was my first independent AOS event, which was held down in Weymouth, so very local to me, a major selling point. Run by Mr Chris Tomlin (of The Black Sun), I was nervous, but also very excited to get out and see what was happening. SCGT comp had just hit and we were playing the missions for the first time. Chris was running this as a warm up to SCGT, so I thought I doubly good as I would also meet a load of folks going to that.
Gotta say this is my favourite event of the year, for a variety of reasons. I met so many cool people, who were so friendly and welcoming I cannot describe. I made a concious decison beforehand to introduce myself to as many gamers as I could, and find out about their hobby etc, this paid dividends for my gaming year for sure. Chris was an awesome TO, really helped me get over my nerves.
Big thanks to Matt Clarke for smashing me off the board game 1, I killed about 4 models total as his stormcast decimated the forces of Tamurkhan! Yes I took the big fella, and a load of his FW followers, which actually helped me as they created a talking point. Also I would point out Sayl was flying him around well before he got a rep for Stormfiends!
Somehow I managed to bounce back from that, and finish 4th in my first event, not quite sure how when I look back at the list I was using I would say a big thanks to Chris for getting me off on this awesome year long escapade, and to Matt, Gary, Andy, Dom, Russ, Terry, and all the others I met for the first time, you were true gents for talking to the wierd loner at his debut event.
I won't go into every event in detail, but my year continued with SCGT, where I faired really well. The enthusiasm at that, I don't think was matched at any other event in 2016, people just wanted AOS to work, and it certainly did! I fought 6 great games and met a ton of new folks again, catching up with people from Rain of Stars and my GW experience.
The main thing I gues that came out of these 2 events was Club nights. So many of the gamers I met were local to me, it was odd that we never actually interacted or played games. So first Chris, then Matt headed down to club on a Thursday, followed by several others.
Witout AOS, this would never of happened. We went from maybe 8 gamers up to 14 or so, and now at a peak we get 20+ on a thursday night. It's simply amazing, best time to be in the hobby. Whilst AOS started it, other systems have followed, variety has hit the club Dropfleet, Bloodbowl, Infinty, Dropzone, k47 they are all played. The big loser though has been 40K, everyone is sitting waiting for the AOS hammer to hit it and then they can jump back on, come on GW DO IT!
Bossfest - Yep that was awesome. If you haven't heard of it check out my blog here
Also the main summer happening, The Generals Handbook, hit the shelves. GW listening to the community? This was new territory and just teh start of so many great things from them.
GH debut games were at Bossfest, played about 10+ and loved it. So many new things to try and think through. Summer of 2016 was a massive turning point for AOS, where big things really started to happen. At club gamers who were mildly interested suddenly started playing again, lots of new army ideas were forming and hitting the tables.
Warlords was announced, GW back in the competative game arena! I swiftly signed up, along with a ton of other events. Live streaming hit, which of course was the precursor to Warhammer Live (I will get to that later).
Autumn was crazy, I did so many events it was crazy. Warlords, Facehammer and The Warchiefs event (all in 1 month, thanks to Chris who also did all 3, it was really a manic 4 weeks!). Also Blackout, Brothers of Sigmar and GW Deadwalkers.
The other thing that happened was our club got a name, we are now The Dorset Doggers! Cheers to Matt and Chris for that one. Never has a name generated so much contraversy, thanks Adam for having a strop, but now fully embracing his dogger nature
Club T-shirts have arrived, as have the dice. (I however don't like symbols, they confuse me, especially with GW being idiots and using the 1 for the symbol). So if you are playing against me that's why I dont use club dice.
The years came to a finale with RAW2016, and Age of Santa. Both memorable for different reasons. RAW was amazing, the first proper narrative event for AOS. I probably have 3 MUST go events in the year and RAW is one of them. The effort the awesome foursome of TO's put in was increadible. The boards were superb, true works of art, games were hilarious and ridiculous, at the same time.
My final event Age of Santa, was such a great way to finish the year, memorable for many reasons. Firstly as it was the first big showing from 'The Doggers', 7 of us made the trip.
Also my first trip to cardiff, an amazing venue, will be back for future events for sure.
But mainly for my first podium, 3rd place, but more importantly a Best Sports Trophy, so happy to recieve that. Of all the awards you can get this one is the one I think means the most for me.
Was a really chilled vibe, everyone had a great time, Will ate the biggest mixed grill ever, Rich and Tom went to bed at 6 on the Saturday after their Friday drinkathon. Was just the perfect way to round off the year.
Also, rankings apparently are a thing. Never knew anything about them until 3/4 the way through the year. But it turns out a few of our club gamers are doing rather well! Ricky has qualified for the masters in 8th, Chris is just outside at 17th, Matt at 20th, and somehow I managed to end up 24th! For our tiny club down in deepest, darkest Dorset 4 players in the top 25 is increadible.
So that's it, my 2016. Such a great year, 11 events, quite a few miles and hotels! AOS has evolved into a huge hit from a shaky start, GW has changed its whole attitude. We now have the awesome Twitch Channel, community interaction, a real buzz around the hobby in general. In all my many years (yeah I'm that old) never seen anything quite like it. I am looking forwards to 2017 already! Have a few events already booked in, and will be trying to do 1 a month next year.
What am I wanting from 2017 - Elves, wanna see some of these boys (or girls) hit next year at some point. GH 2 to tweak some issues.
So to all who I met throughout the year and made me feel so welcome, I say thank you. Hopefully we will meet up again next year and play some more great games of AOS.
Skaven Blood Bowl Pitch & Modular Sewer Terrain for AOSThis blog will document my progress in building a Skaven Blood Bowl pitch which will also be part of a larger modular sewer complex for Age of Sigmar.I will also discuss some of the model making techniques, tools and materials used during this project.I find the idea of building a Blood Bowl pitch incredibly appealing. It's a relatively small project that has the potential to look great. It can also be extended with the addition of a stadium with grandstands and scoreboards. In choosing to build a sewer themed pitch for Skaven this also lends itself to be the initial part of a larger project to build a sewer themed 4'x 6' AOS board.I first played Blood Bowl way back in '88 when I first became aware of Games Workshop and tabletop Wargames. It was actually the Blood Bowl miniatures in White Dwarf 108 that started my interest in the hobby. I had a few games with a friend and subsequently purchased Dungeon Bowl but never really amerced myself into the game. This latest release has piqued my interest as it has a lot of nostalgia for me, it's easy to get into and has the potential for lots of cool updates based on previous incarnations of the game.I've chosen Skaven as I've wanted to paint them for a long time and I think they look so cool. This also gives me a chance to make a start on a project that I've been thinking about for some time. Whilst at the Realms at War AOS event in Cambridge I had the opportunity to catch up with @Wayne kemp, the Skaven Master, and discuss what would be the ultimate AOS table/terrain. When I posed this question Wayne was very eloquent in saying that the ultimate AOS table doesn't exist as everyone has a different idea of what would be the ultimate. His ultimate table would be a Skaven theme, probably sewer themed whereas he said @Dan Heelan would probably prefer a Lizardman theme.I really liked the idea of a modular sewer themed board for AOS as this has the potential to be a multi-system board, possibility of being used for other games, say 40k. I'm not a 40k player but have been collecting Genestealer Cults which lends itself to this sort of environment. I've also wanted to build an urban board for some time. I came across this amazing blog, http://privateerpressforums.com/showthread.php?176894-Magnetized-Modular-Sewer-Cavern-Board-(WIP) , some years ago and have wanted to do something similar ever since. Unfortunately the blog seems to have stalled but there's plenty of great inspiration in there. Building a modular sewer themed board also gives you the potential to build a multi level board which seems to quite popular in AOS at the moment.So my initial plan is to build a sewer themed Skaven Bowl Bowl pitch. Fortunately each half of the pitch fits into a 2'x2' square allowing me to use the two halves as separate modular AOS terrain. The design will be based upon a Victorian style brick sewer with lots of arches and pipes for added Steampunk Skaveness. The pitch will be elevated on a plinth that rises out of the surrounding sewer which contains industrial pipe machinery. The bottom half of the drawing below illustrates the brick and pipework design to be used on the sides of the plinth whilst the top shows the top of the plinth with the pitch squares.I always use squared paper to draw designs for model making projects. I find it makes it a lot quicker and easier to draw, particularly when drawing buildings.I next had to decide what materials I would use for the construction. I wanted the model to be lightweight and durable as it would need to be transported from place to place. I construct nearly all my architectural terrain pieces using sheets of expanded pvc. I have used this for decades, it is lightweight, strong, easy to cut, glue and sand. It also comes in various different thickness from 1mm to 30mm. You can also score texture into it's surface to create different textures such as wood grain, brick or stone. However for this model I would he using it soley for the structure and the paving of the model. The base / flooring is 5mm, the walls are 3mm and the buttresses and pipe shelf are 8mm. I wanted to give the sides, which would be made up of brick arches, more texture and depth so I opted for blue foam (styrofoam).The tools I use for working with expanded pvc are; technical pencil, cutting mat, Swann Morten scalpel, engineeers square 7" & 5", steel rules 6" & 12", sanding block 400 grade, superglue and zip kicker. For expanded pvc thicknesses greater than 5mm I use a circular table saw for cutting.I've not used blue foam much but understand the principles of the material. When creating brickwork in foam I would usually use a biro and draw the brickwork straight on causing the brick work to be engraved. Whilst this can look good it can be inconsistent and can look untidy. This is a reasonably lengthy process due to hand drawing each piece and I wanted to have identical brickwork on each arch. So I came up with the idea of printing each styrofoam piece. I can't imagine this is an original idea as it seems so obvious however I have not seen anyone else doing this. The idea is based upon the original printing process of block printing developed in the middle ages.Styrofoam is a soft material that can be indented, so I created a 'negative' brickwork mould in which a piece of styrofoam can be pressed into using a press. The mould was made from a base of 3mm expanded pvc, the brick design drawn on then the mortar was added using 1mm styrene strips. 1mm expanded pvc was used to build up the sides to hold the styrofoam in place.The styrofoam was cut into strips 9mm thick using a bandsaw which were then sanded smooth to a depth of 7.5mm and cut to size to fit the mould. As you can see from the pic below I used two blocks of wood and some clamps to create the press for the mould.To create depth to the walls I printed smaller pieces of foam to be added to the arches.The printed pieces were then cut and glued.This worked incredibly well, was very quick to use and I was churning out brickwork styrofoam like a Victorian workhouse. This was helped massively by @Mitzy for supplying me with a massive chunk of blue foam. I created another 'generic brick' mould to use for any plain areas of brickwork I would need. To add a little variation to the brick depth I depressed some of the bricks using a piece of plastic.For the pipework I used Hirst Arts pipe moulds 320 & 321 which are fantastic quality. These are quite expensive but having a mould means you can have as much pipework as you like. I used 'low odour' fast cast polyurethane resin as I wanted it to be very durable and Quick to produce. Fast cast resin has a de-mould time of approximately 30 mins. I would need a lot of pipework so I ordered 1.5kg of resin. The two moulds would give me a variety of pipe pieces in two different pipe diameters. This should give me enough variety to make the pipework sufficiently interesting.Here's a wip pic of half the pitch. The space to the right of the pitch will be the dug out area. The squares on the pitch will be paving and the different zones are divided by gutters recessed into the pitch. The pitch will also have drain covers.More progress soon.Thanks for reading.Bish
Well, Christmas has come and gone. I did not get nearly as much done as I had hoped. I reorganized the paint station though, and that’s good, since it was a horrid mess.
I did get some models built, We have a VLoZD (Vamp lord on Zombie Dragon), 20 Skeletons, a Vamp Lord on Nightmare, 5 Hexwraiths, 2 Vamp Lords and 2 Necromancers. Not a bad start, but then the Christmas haul came in...
<sigh> More work... Hopefully, the New Years Weekend gives a lot more time to work.
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