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Blog from an Age of Sigmar fanatic in South Australia. Contains custom rules, TO's thoughts and my own hobby adventre.

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someone2040

So last Sunday was Southern Impact, the last schedule tournament for the year in South Australia. After a good turn out at Gobbocon (13 players), I was pretty confident in getting more players to Southern Impact. That being said, I was a little worried when I found out that Warhammer 40k was dropping in June. Would the new edition mean people weren't interested in playing Age of Sigmar?

Luckily enough, my doubts were unfounded, as we got our largest turn out in years! We had 15 players paid up before the event, with another 5 guys saying they were paying on the day. In the end, we got 18 players, as 2 of the guys who paid up earlier didn't show. Still, a massive turn out, and the biggest a Fantasy tournament has gotten in South Australia since 2014.

Sadly, there was a little less variety this time. Majority of the field was Order(7) and Chaos(7), with 3 Death and only a single Destruction list to round out the players.

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The only Destruction army at the event lines up against the Stormcast in Game 2

I also think that this time around the painting wasn't quite as good as Gobbocon. 8 out of 18 players didn't get the full painting score, while at Gobbocon, only 5 out of 14 players didn't get full. Definitely not terrible by any means, but certainly something that can be improved upon in future. A lot of people were definitely last minute painting their armies this time.

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Last minute painted Nighthaunts, but still pleasing on the table

Finally, to close out the issues at the event. Sadly, one player was late and missed round 1. It was a bit of a nuisance, in the end I stepped in and gave the other player a game. At the time though, I ruled that because we played a game, the opponent could get a draw at minimum, or a better result if he earned it in game. It probably wasn't that fair on him, as in terms of 'results' he would've been better off not playing, rather than having a more rushed game.

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The Dark Master gets to come out for 1 game

Also, it ended up that the player who was late was eligible for the Best Death General prize (As he won his final 2 games). I had to think for a while whether or not he should get the prize. On one hand, he didn't have a very good reason for being late. On the other hand, there was nothing in my pack that made him ineligible. In the end, I decided that since he had paid, did turn up and play in the end, that he was eligible for the prize. But I think in future event packs I may write some part in to make it so that you're ineligible for certain prizes if you don't play all your games. In a 2 day event, missing 1 game may be less of an issue, but in a 1 dayer where we're only playing 3 games, it's not really very good form.

 

But now that we're past that ugliness, lets get back to the good stuff!

It was awesome to see that we got a bunch of new players rock up to the event. Was good to see the Store Manager from GW Warradale show up again, and bring along some of his regulars. Also good to see some players bringing in their friends to the tournament. Just great to see that the scene is still growing, and hope that our next event gets even more players than this time.

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New player Jasper's Skaven faces off against the combined forces of Ogors and Moonclan

It was also good to see, that while we moved up to 2000 points, there wasn't anything 'too filthy' running around. There were definitely some strong lists at the event, but nothing like what you hear about on the internet. I was a bit concerned what the power level was going to be like heading into the event, I know one guy was painting up a bunch of Vanguard Raptors for the Aetherstrike force. So it was good to see that there wasn't anything too over the top, as I think our scene definitely has a mixture of people who play more casually and those who take it more competitively.

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Ruining the opponents day? Not quite

I also think that it was good to see that in round 3, there were 2 close games going on for the winner of the tournament. We had Tzeentch playing against Death, and Khorne playing against Nurgle for the position of number 1. 2 Awesome games going on, that were quite tactically tight. Even the Khorne vs Nurgle game ebbed and flowed, as it looked like early on Nurgle was just going to be steamrolled, then they came back, and then finally the Khorne army won the game.

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Khorne vs Nurgle, a battle between the Chaos Gods for the top of the tournament

I think the only unfortunate thing was that the game between Tzeentch and Death had to be cut short at 3 turns. For a game that was deciding the fate of the tournament, it's always a shame to have to call things early. 

 

Overall, the tournament ended up with the following:

First Place : Blades of Khorne

Second Place : Daemons of Tzeentch

Third Place : Skaven

Overall, very pleased with how the tournament went, and looking forward to getting to play more of my own games in future.

someone2040

So I was reading the July White Dwarf, and came across the section about the artwork of the Orruks. What struck me immediately, was how awesome the artwork was for the 6th edition Orcs and Goblins army book. You've got this big slab of Orc  standing there, not armoured to the bone, but with a decent amount of metal and furs and the like.

And in some ways, it got me a little inspired about the Greenskinz. At some point during 8th edition I aquired a whole bunch of Orcs, intending to run big blocks of Big 'Uns, Arrow Boyz and Black Orcs with a few regular Goblins stuff on the side, you know, a true Orc and Goblin army (Rather than the Savage Orcs or Night Goblin stuff running around). While I did end up with 2000 points assembled, it never really took off and has remained in their boxes/case ever since (and certainly high on my chopping list).

But I do love thinking about what could be done for the Greenskinz. How to turn them into the shame of the Orruks they are now, and into a Green force to be reckoned with.

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How best to represent these guys in Age of Sigmar

So here are my thoughts on the subject:

Up the wounds: Greenskinz currently don't feel like proper Orruks (and are overpointed), because compared to all the other Orruks in the game, they're lacking a wound. Simple fix, give every warscroll an extra wound in the Greenskinz list.

Bring back Rugluds Armoured Orcs: Traditionally, Orruks aren't very shooty, with the best weapon they've bought to the shooting game being an inaccurate bow. Putting aside the Savage Orruk Arrow Boys, and their poor rules (They should probably just have 1 attack base with their bows), I think it's a direction they shouldn't be afraid to take Greenskinz. You certainly don't want them to be too shooty (no doubling attacks or mortal wounds plz), but you want it as a supplementary force.

I actually think they've already got that in Orruk Arrow Boyz (Which should be again, separated from the Orruk Boyz scroll for battalion purposes), and in fact, Rugluds Armoured Orcs. A perfectly serviceable unit made up of Crossbow wielding Orruks, let down by being overcosted. I think if they took the scroll and just renamed it Orruk Crossbow Boyz you've got a fine new unit in the list.

Return of the Big 'Uns: Since the Black Orcs have departed for better pastures, Greenskinz don't have a more 'elite' unit now. Bonesplitterz have their Morboyz, Ironjawz have Brutes, but Greenskinz just have plain old Orruks. These fellas will be the biggest Orruks of the lot, should all have heavy armour and essentially come down to being your regular elite infantry. What I would like to see is some kind've synergistic rule on these guys, maybe similar to the Chaos Chosen's Slaughterleaders rule, where if the Big 'Uns do damage, they inspire the others around them. This would pretty much require a new kit, as I don't think you can make easily identifiable Big Un's from the Orruk Boyz kit. 

More Heroes: Obviously factions need more heroes, if only to give more options about how you design your list and who leads it. 

I think to start, should split out the more interesting options from the Orruk Warboss scroll. The Standard Bearer should be split into it's own scroll. I think it's actually a shame GW hasn't already done this all over the place, it leads to weird designs where units get to do multiple roles (Standard Bonus + Command Ability + Just as good at fighting).

The next thing, is I think you want some mid-tier Orruk hero. Some kind've bully or big boss that sits below a Warboss, but gives you some synergy in the army. I think a great idea, is actually to steal some of the Black Orc Big Boss rules. Instead of his command ability, just make a similar regular ability where if a unit of Greenskinz fails a battleshock, you can deal a mortal wound to the unit to re-roll it. Great and thematic for the Orruks as you've got a bigger Orruk restoring order by punching some guys.

New Boar Chariot: It's a bit of a shame, as I think for the most part it's still serviceable apart from the Boars. Maybe all you need to do is print a new Boar sprue to replace the old one, but it needs a bit of a refresher. Perhaps you can print an additional sprue for it that includes a Warboss or Great Shaman to ride around on the Chariot, but I feel that it may encroach on Brayherd territory too much to have the bosses riding Chariots.

Bring back Animosity: I recently made a post about changing the GA: Destruction allegiance ability to be more animosity like. And perhaps, it wouldn't be great for Destruction as a whole, but I think for Greenskinz it'd add a load of character. I think if you made the rewards good enough, it'd still be alright. But then again, I never really played with Animosity, so I don't know how bad it really is.

But I think if you had something like : At the start of your hero phase, roll a D6 for each GREENSKINZ unit not in combat. On a roll of 1, they may do nothing further this turn. On a roll of 2-5, it may move as if it were the movement phase. On a roll of 6, it may move as if it were the movement phase, shoot as if it were the shooting phase, or charge as if it were the charge phase. If a unit completes a charge, they may immediately pile in and attack as if it were the combat phase.

You could have a another rule as part of the allegiance that any unit within X" of a HERO can re-roll animosity checks to reduce the impact slightly. I think it could be an interesting ability.

Battalion Warscrolls: Obviously, any good faction is going to have about a dozen of these. I think the introduction of an Elite unit and an extra Boss though would add some interesting concepts that are available. Some examples off the top of my head:

Big Boss + Big Un's - Restoring order style battalion. The Big 'Uns become immune to battleshock, and can pass on the Big Boss's Restoring Order rule as well.

Boars + Chariots - Boar stampede battalion, benefits on the charge.

Orruk Shaman + Arrow Boyz + Crossbow Boyz - Wyrd energy, where the Orruk Shaman infuses the Arrows/Bolts with Waagh magic. Some bonus as long as the Shaman is alive.

Plenty of other options as well I reckon. Maybe something that boosts Wyverns if you take 3 of them. Or a more regiments Orruk Boyz + Other units style. Lots that can be done.

 

So at the end of all this, what would the Greenskinz faction have

Heroes(5): Orruk Warboss on Wyvern, Orruk Warboss (on Boar), Orruk Battle Standard (on Boar), Orruk Great Shaman (on Boar), Orruk Big Boss

Units(6): Orruk Boyz, Orruk Arrow Boyz, Orruk Crossbow Boyz, Big 'Uns, Orruk Boar Boyz, Orruk Boar Chariots

Not a bad sized faction. And something that could be solved with a few extra sprues and units. 

someone2040

Well, we're 4 more sleeps until Southern Impact now. My army is all finished, so figured I'd run through it and what I think of the units I plan to use. Note, I certainly don't strive for the list to be 'top tier', I work within my theme and do the best I can with it. I also will only be playing if we have odd numbers, so it's fine to have an army on the weaker side (Since I won't be able to win any prizes anyway).

So without further adieu, here's the army:

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The Army in it's entirety

I feel I've got a nice rounded list here. The two confirmed battle plans for the day are Border War and 3 Places of Power (The two scenarios that didn't end up being played at Gobbocon earlier in the year), with a 3rd scenario to be randomly decided on the day. I feel I've got a good balanced list, with plenty of models to contest objectives, including some fast units in the Chaos Knights and Be'Lakor to contest further objectives. For 3 Places of Power, I have 5 characters in total, although 2 are mages that don't really want to be up close.

So let's run through the individual units now.

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First up, the big Daemon Prince himself, Be'Lakor. I really love this model, and prior to starting the army I had had the model for a while, waiting for the right opportunity to get him out and paint him. So of course, he's pretty core to my list. That being said, I'm going to have to be careful with him this tournament. Think there's going to be plenty of mortal wounds flying around. I'm also going to have to pick good units to make use of his special rule to cause disorder in the enemy units. I think a lot of the time I'm going to have to pick some critical shooting or combat unit to ensure they *hopefully* have issues dealing damage for a turn.

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My General is my Chaos Lord on Daemonic Mount, currently named Naz'Ur'Ak, the Gloom Lord. I like his Command Ability as it gives the Chaos Knights that extra punch on the charge. Usually he is waiting patiently for the opportune turn to buff the Knights to go in and kill stuff. Otherwise, the plan is to be giving Lord of War to the Jezzails. This may prove tricky in 3 places of power, as I'm likely going to need him to contest objectives.

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Za'gul Darkblood, Leader of the Shadowborn is my Chaos Lord. Whether or not he's the true general is not really known, but certainly in these upcoming battles he's happy to let Naz'Ur'Ak take the lead. This guy was my flex pick in my army. I had the choice of him, a unit of Marauder Horsemen, or dropping the Godsworn Champions of Ruin and including a Daemon Prince. In the end, I think that having an additional hero may be useful, and I didn't have time to paint a Daemon Prince for the list, so he makes the cut. Let's hope his Reaperblade goes off!

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My Chaos Sorcerer Lord; Svaraz the Dark Seer, is a crucial piece in my force. Daemonic Power is an absolute beast of a spell, ensuring one of my units can do their job reliably. This usually goes on either Be'Lakor, the Chosen or the Chaos Knights, depending on whom I need to do most damage in the upcoming turn. Of course, he also provides the gift of foresight, if Be'Lakor doesn't get Daemonic Power, he's usually getting that to ensure his save is even more reliable.

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The Skaven are recent and new reinforcements for the Shadowborn. This contingent is led by Engineer Sniker-stab. This guy is mainly here to tie in the Skaven with the rest of the force. In a similar vein, he could be considered trading out, but hopefully he gets off a big Warp Lightning at some point. In the practice game however, all he managed to do was singe his own whiskers.

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The Twilight Kinband are the Marauders of the army. Their job is to hold the objectives, or be a buffer to stop the enemy units engaging my important pieces in the army. Usually they die in the battle, but that's their job. The most likely unit in my army to pass an Unpredictable Destruction roll :(

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The Shadowshields are the oldest unit in my army, the models that started it all way back when. Even if they are a bit pricey, a unit of 10 Chaos Warriors is tanky and can be tough to deal with. The hope is that these guys can tackle the enemy with mortal wounds rather than more fragile units in the army (Such as the Chosen). 

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The Blades of Darkness are a more recent addition. Personally, I prefer the Shields as I don't feel that the hit re-rolls of the additional hand weapons are that useful on the unit, they still wound on 4's and have no rend. Still, as long as there aren't mortal wounds around, these guys can go in and deal some damage. I've only used them once or twice, so will have to see how they perform in battle.

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My personal favourite, the Darksoul Chosen. I really love buffing these guys up with Daemonic Power and rolling into something. Most of the time, that means almost every single attack is going to wound. The problem is, my opponents seem to be pretty good at rolling armour saves when they need to. I also don't get to use the buff as often as I want to (A lot of the time I forget also >.<). Sadly, a lot of people recognize the amount of damage these guys can output, and occasionally the Chosen are wiped out before they can really do much damage. Will have to see what kind've performance they put on.

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The Shadowbound are the shock cavalry of the force. Mixed feelings about these guys. I feel a lot of the time, they just sadly bounce as the rend -1 doesn't put a huge dent into armour. Still, when they are buffed up, they can pack quite the wallop on the charge. Afterwards, it tends to turn into pillowfights, with their saddest defeat being ripped down by Skeleton Archers which they just couldn't quite get through before they started regenerating.

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Lastly, the Shadowshots, expert Snipers to strike from the Shadows. I've always had issues with the lack of ranged attacks my army has had, and finally have some long ranged firepower of my own. They performed pretty well in my one game I've run them, where they shot down a Great Unclean One and a Maggoth Lord. But I do have some reservations, as I think there's going to be a lot of counter-shooting going around at the tournament. It's going to be a tough match up I feel, and it could end up with 280 points of Jezzails running away in the first turn due to being shot at before I can shoot.

 

The final part of the army is the Godsworn Champions of Ruin battalion. This gives me the small perk of being able to attack in the hero phase if near a hero or monster. I honestly haven't gotten to use this yet (Not sure if it's come up, but I've probably forgotten to use it). It also gives me a second artefact. What I've been running recently is Chaos Talisman on my General to make him more survivable, as well as Crown of Conquest on my Chaos Lord. This means that when I want to buff the Chaos Knights, I can still put Inspiring Presence on a unit. Could be important in keeping those cowardly Skaven in line.

 

And that's it for my list. In some ways, I hope I get the opportunity to play as I haven't gotten to play much since Gobbocon. On the other hand, it'd be nice to relax as the TO and take some good pictures of the battles going on during the event. Either way, it's sure to be a lot of fun.

someone2040

Inspired a bit by @HobbyHammers 'This is how I brayherd' blog, I started thinking about my old Beastmen army, as by the looks of things, I could probably make a pretty convincing AoS army with them. This inevitably led me to start thinking, what would I do to expand the Brayherd faction into a fully fleshed out and meaty faction.

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What would it take to get these guys status to be 'back'

And I think, there's not actually a huge amount of work that needs to be done! So let's get the ball rolling.

Bring back some units back under the Brayherd banner

The Grand Alliance books split some units odd ways. But I think the oddest choice was to send the Centigors to the Monsters of Chaos section. They've got Gor in their name! Why aren't they with the rest of the Gor? I also think that Warhounds and Razorgors should be bought back into the fold as well, these can be the 'hunting pets' of the Brayherds (As much as you can tame and call a big huge slab of mutated pig a 'pet' anyway). I think all 3 of these units make thematic sense in the Brayherds, and don't really double up on anything else the faction has to offer.

Bring back some Compendium Scrolls

Malagor has a great little scroll in my opinion, that could easily be rebranded into something more generic. Call him a 'Crowfather' or something, maybe have him synergise with the more 'beasty' things like the Warhounds in the list. In a way, he becomes the Icebrow Hunter of the Brayherds.

I also think that the Wargor Standard Bearer adds a good little synergy into the Brayherd army, which would be a shame to lose. Which not having a model, leads me onto point 3...

A (few) new models

Brayherd as a model range, is actually pretty good at the moment. Most of their stuff (barring one which I'll talk about in a moment) is pretty new and still looks good today. But just like any army, they could do with a few new model kits to fill the gaps around the edges. Obviously the aforementioned Wargor Standard Bearer would need a model, but there are a few other kits I think would have potential...

First off, a Chariot kit. The tuskgor chariot is a pretty old model these days, and I think it has great potential to be revamped. There was always a bit of wishlisting about a combined Tuskgor/Razorgor Chariot kit, and I think it makes perfect sense! In a similar vein to the Stonehorn/Thundertusk kit, I think you could actually squeeze a lot of warscrolls from the one kit.  You've got a Tuskgor Chariot, Razorgor Chariot, and then Character(s) on either variant. I'd definitely want to see a Beastlord screaming around on one. Maybe you can even squeeze in another new character and a Bray Shaman on one would be pretty cool also. The other thing I hope is that, if you build say a 'vanilla' variant, you might get a free Razorgor and character on foot. Talk about good value!

You could probably stop there, but I think the other thing to consider would be to replace the aging Centigor kit. I don't actually mind the kit actually, having 5 painted and another 5 in a box. But they are old metal nowdays, and a good opportunity to replace them and give them another weapon option or two. At least a Great Weapon variant, but perhaps a bow variant also (Although, Drunken Centaurs firing bows and arrows might not work out so well).

The last thing to consider, is whether or not there should be a special character to 'lead the faction'. I don't think it's totally necessary to do this for all factions. Perhaps Brayherds being a bit 'faceless' and 'goaless' gives good reason either way. A good strong character could give them direction as to what they want to do in the mortal realms, but it may feel a bit too much like the 'Gordrakk' of Beastmen.

And of course, a Battletome

With new models, you'd want a new battletome. I think if they got the extra models, they have enough depth to have their own battletome without needing their Warherd pals on the side. I think Brayherds will get Allegiance Abilities with GHB2, but of course a Battletome would add in much needed Warscroll Battalions. With the extra units added in, I think you could create some pretty interesting battalions. I think a Beast pack type one with a Crowfather, Warhounds and Razorgors would be cool. With all the chariots flying around, a Chariot based one (perhaps with Centigors as well) would be pretty sweet. Tons of stuff.

 

Thinking about the above... gets me really excited sometimes (and perhaps sets myself up for disappointment). But, it's really interesting to see how close some factions are to being fleshed out. Sometimes all you need to do is shift a few things into the right place and then come back with 1-2 character kits and 1-2 unit kits.

 

For the record, if I did rebase my Brayherds, I reckon I'd end up with something like this:

Doombull w Great Axe General

Beastlord w Great Axe

Wargor BSB

Great Bray Shaman

Great Bray Shaman

30 Gors with Beastshields

10 Gors with Additional Hand Weapons

10 Gors with Additional Hand Weapons

10 Gors with Additional Hand Weapons

10 Ungor Raiders

10 Ungor Raiders

10 Ungors with Mauls and Halfshields

10 Ungors with Mauls and Halfshields

10 Bestigors

Tuskgor Chariot

Tuskgor Chariot

3 Bullgors with Greataxes

3 Bullgors with Greataxes

Wildstalker Brayherd

The only models I don't actually own from the above is a Doomnull and I only have 5 Bullgors (Since I was converted one into Taurax, the Brass Bull which I suppose I could run as a Doombull). I'd also probably need to build up a few Gor for command models for the Additional Hand Weapons, as they're currently one unit.

Pretty cool how an 8th edition army translate pretty cleanly to Age of Sigmar in this case.

someone2040

So the next tournament is coming up swiftly for my local scene. This time, it's one called Southern Impact, and tradionally it is the larger warhammer fantasy tournament the club runs. This year will be no exception, while Gobbocon was a smaller 1200 points, this time we'll be going full sized matched play armies at 2000 points.

This does bring some interesting challenges though. It's a one day tournament, so at 2000 points we can only fit 3 games into the schedule for the day, this may make finding an overall winner on the day a bit of a challenge. Different to Gobbocon, to hopefully split the pack up a bit more I've introduced a difference between a loss and minor loss, as well as adding in secondary objectives. The hope is, that some of this stuff will create more of a spread even if we only get 3 games in.

 

Looking towards the armies. If I need to play to fill in the odd man, I will once again be taking my Chaos Undivided, the Shadowborn. At some point I'd definitely like to take my Free Peoples out for a spin, but I just haven't had the time to work on them recently. It's also been a bit of a slog trying finishing off the command for the Freeguild Guard unit.

The most probable list I'm going to take is as follows:

Be'Lakor

Chaos Lord on Daemonic Mount

Chaos Sorcerer Lord

Chaos Lord

Warlock Engineer

10 Marauders with Hand Weapon and Shield

10 Chaos Warriors with Hand Weapon and Shield

10 Chaos Warriors with Additional Hand Weapons

10 Chaos Chosen

5 Chaos Knights

6 Jezzails

Godsworn Champions of Ruin

The only thing I'm considering at this stage is I could swap the Chaos Lord or Warlock Engineer for 5 Marauder Horsemen. I think a stronger choice would be to swap one and the Battalion for a Daemon Prince, but I don't think I'll have the time to paint up the Prince.

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I recently got the opportunity to try out the above list. We played this game at my local GW, as I was hoping to get a few more people interested (But alas, the store was not busy at the time we were playing). I played against another competitors Nurgle force. Was really cool to see two pretty much fully painted armies (Unfortunately, my Warlock Engineer was letting the party down!) on a table full of GW terrain.

The game went pretty well for me, was pretty much in my favour. He took the first turn, but I got the double which was pretty important. My Jezzails almost finished the Great Unclean one off in one turn, but the double turn secured it. Also because I got the double turn, I was able to move my forces to get full control over one of the side objectives, while snatching the 2nd one away for a turn giving me the edge in objective points.

From that point on for him, unfortunately the game was a bit lost. His forces were slowly being whittled down, and never was in a position to really contest my home objective to try and snatch back some points. We called it at the end of the third or fourth battle round.

 

As a result of the game, I think it's kind've proven a feeling I've had for a while about the game. Strong shooting can be a really oppressive part of the game. This game really showed how I got to dictate the pace and having a strong shooting element in my Jezzails gave me control. That was only 280 points invested into it as well. I find it's really important to have ranged units in your toolkit, as I know I've felt frustrated being on the receiving end of shooting when my Slaves to Darkness didn't have any. And that was before all the hardcore shooting came out.

It'll also be interesting to see how the scene takes some of the more 'filthy' lists. Gobbocon was a bit of fun at 1200 points, with a surprise Death list winning it. But at 2000 points, I know at least one Aetherstrike list is going to be showing up. That's a whole other level of shooting. It'll be interesting to see what other people are taking, and whether or not the scene as a whole are going a bit more competitive, or if perhaps we'll see only a few people taking 'top tier' style lists.

someone2040

After an adventure in Hinterlands Skirmish last week, I was pretty keen for some Age of Sigmar : Skirmish. Although, there are definitely some decisions I don't agree upon, I wanted to get into the book first hand and on the day.

So this morning I rocked up at my Games Workshop basically first thing in the morning, to purchase my copy of Skirmish. I got the book, flipped past the fluff and got right down into the nitty gritties of the renown. The night before I had tossed up whether I wanted to bring my Freeguild with me, but in the end I decided to take my Slaves to Darkness. My store is going to start a campaign next week, starting off at 25 renown, but for today we could play what we want.

So I built a quick and dirty 50 renown list, and ended up with the following:

Chaos Lord - Inspiriational Fighter - Helm of Authority (Note, he's represented by the Chaos Chosen Champion in my games as my actual Lord's head fell off just before we started)

2 Chaos Knights (Leader with Ensorcelled Weapon, other guy with Glaive)

1 Marauder Horsemen with Javelin

3 Chaos Warriors with Hand Weapon and Shields

2 Marauders with Hand Weapons and Shield

Since I can't take Chosen under these rules, I wanted 2 Chaos Knights for a bit of punch. Even though I usually run all mine with Glaives, I used the Ensorcelled Weapon on the champion as that's what the model has.

Ended up playing 2 scenarios. The first one was Fragile Cargo against Stormcast Eternals. He had a list of Lord Celestant, 2 Retributors and 2 Prosecutors. My enemy would have the cargo, and after a change of mind, decided to put it on his faster Prosecutor as opposed to his slower Lord Celestant. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures, but he flew his Prosecutors up one flank while his melee went through the centre. In the end, I slew both Prosecutors, but they got far enough that when his Prosecutor carrying the cargo died, it ended up within my territory. This would mean unless I wiped him out, the best I could achieve was a draw. Luckily for me, I managed to whittle through one of his Retributors while my Chaos Lord finally made a charge and slew his Lord Celestant. In a more serious game, my opponent would've ran away his final Retributor but instead decided to see how much damage he could cause, which in the end was none before being taken out.

I quite enjoyed the scenario, and it makes sure that you want to keep a flexible warband. 

 

The second game I played against Seraphon. Her list included a Saurus Oldblood, 3 Saurus Warriors, 3 Saurus Guard and 2 Saurus Cavalry. We were playing the scenario Clash at Dawn, which involves random deployment. With a very minor amount of ranged shooting, and our deployments largely grouping up our members, it basically became a clash between our warbands with a few duking it out elsewhere on the board.

My Chaos Lord had found himself close to enemy lines, so the first turn for me was largely getting him back to the warband.

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Back to safety, the warband converges on my Chaos Lord

My opponent made some poor tactical choices, and charged her Cavalry in alone. Between my Lord and lucky rolling on my Chaos Knight, I finished off the two Knights easily which gave me a very strong footing in the game. The scenario objective was to essentially reduce the enemy warband to half models, where the game would end at the end of the battle round where this occurred as the warband would 'rout'. If both routed in the same turn, it was a draw, otherwise the player whose warband didn't rout got the victory. So being 2 kills up already for none in return was extraordinarily good.

I also luckily won the role off for initiative, and mobbed her warband with my own. Given I had the momentum, I used both my Inspirational Fighter and my Helm of Authority to use Merciless Killer (The first re-rolls 1's to hit, the 2nd adds 1 to wound rolls). My Horseman picked off a Saurus Warrior, before my warband moved in for the kill.

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Thing's don't look pretty for the Seraphon

And that was about all she wrote really. I killed the Saurus and Saurus Guard in this picture on my turn, and another Saurus Warrior which while taking a few wounds myself, routed her warband. In her turn, with so few models left, she couldn't manage to kill anything and the game ended.

 

I honestly didn't find this scenario as interesting, as it basically ended up with our warbands grouping up and clashing, turning into a scrum which my Chaos were better suited to the task. The deployments rolls probably impacted this the most, as my opponent rolled 1's (A common theme) for a lot of her army, leading to a deployment which wasn't very spread out.

 

Overall enjoyed the games. While I still dislike the choice not to point the finecast and metal models, it doesn't really impact the armies I have, but it definitely impacts what I would consider making for future warbands. While there are definitely places for 'Grand Alliance' style warbands, I think most people just want to run a warband of their faction. The restriction makes this extremely tough, but it seems to impact Destruction and Death the most. Those factions already have less models, but the fact that you can't run a Vampire or Ogor warband just doesn't make sense.

 

I also think 25 renown is too low to start a campaign at. 30 would've been a better choice. Any 100 point hero in the game translates to 20 renown, which it's extremely tough to make an interesting warband with only 5 renown to spend on 2+ models. For example, if I wanted to stick to my Slaves to Darkness, I can take my Chaos Lord, a Warrior/Marauder Horsemen and a Marauder. That's my only choice unless I downgrade to the Darkoath Chieftain. Many suffer from this issue

 

Other than that, the ruleset looks like it's pretty sweet for matched play. It doesn't have much in the way of progression other than your warband getting bigger, but in a matched play environment in some ways that's exactly what you want. You don't want to run a tournament and have someones warband crippled by death and injuries because they lost the first game.

But I think the way the rules are structured, it's pretty perfect for a gaming afternoon amongst buddies, or a proper 1-day tournament which includes some variety of progression throughout.

someone2040

Hey guys,

So I've been a little vocal about things I think GW are doing a bit poorly. I personally think how they've handled the compendium is one of them. 

The problem I have with the compendium, is that not all things came out equal when they bought out the Grand Alliance books. Some units, slot into new factions absolutely fine because that faction was largely unchanged when it was migrated (Wanderers, Free Peoples, Dispossessed, Slaves to Darkness, etc). Some units are fine anyway, Tomb Kings/Brettonia, because as a complete and coherent faction, they were not migrated. Even if those factions didn't have Deathrattle/Free Peoples keywords, they'd be fine.

There are two big issues I have though, some compendium warscrolls have abilities that no longer work, at all. This is my biggest issue. You've got Grimgor Ironhide and Markus Wulfheart, who both have abilities that reference units that no longer exist in the game. That to me, in the digital are is just a travesty. It would probably take someone 10 minutes to pull out that warscroll on the app, update the wording, and re-upload it. The fact they are compendium shouldn't matter, in effect, these abilities are 'bugged' because they no longer work.

Some people will say let Old World be Old World, but I don't really get that. These are warscrolls that can be used today, just as valid as a Hellcannon, or Settra, or Sayll the Faithless, or an Orruk Megaboss, or the Celestant Prime. Yet sadly, if someone really liked those models, they're using warscrolls that unless you make a gentleman's agreement with your opponent, cannot be used to their full extent all because GW refuse to update warscrolls (Note: The only time they've updated a warscroll is where they've dun goofed - Lord Celestant on Dracoth missing his shield - or where they've updated a battletome).

 

The other thing I would've done, is either re-branded or re-keyworded as many of the compendium warscrolls as possible to put them into logical factions. Now, I get that what remained compendium, was largely based on what they didn't want to sell anymore, so it's a bit of wishful thinking and not altogether necessary. BUT, there are a lot of interesting characters, that could easily be transitioned into the mortal realms, to add some life into some of the migrated factions.

Just as an example. Why didn't GW keep Korhil around? Lion Rangers aren't even a faction. They exist because GW wants to sell those models still, and in theory, will give them some love in the future. But at the moment, you can't run a Lion Rangers army, they have no heroes. So why didn't they just migrate Korhil, call him a Lion Sentinel or something, can even keep the same rules, just re-brand and re-keyword the scroll.

This for the most part, effects the Aelven factions. That's because instead of making a more natural transition, the keyword they were given in the compendium was a 'get you by' keyword, and was not migrated when they made the Grand Alliance factions.

Every warscroll should be able to fit into a cohesive faction. Whether that's a legacy faction (Brettonia, Tomb Kings, even Highborn) or a current faction in the game. I mention Highborn, because they actually have a good basis as a faction (Archers, Spearmen, Bolt Throwers and Silver Helms), but are missing the generic heroes that got migrated. I would probably for Highborn bring back the High Elf Prince warscrolls, High Elf Prince on Griffon, and also keep Tyrion/Teclis in there.

 

So the one last thing I'll leave behind, is a remade Markus Wulfheart warscroll that I did for my imagined version of the Free Peoples. The fluff behind the 'new' Freeguild Huntsmarshal is that they all make a pilgrimage to the Realm of Ghur to craft beast-slaying Amber Bow's from the trees of that realm. They are hunters who survive in the wilderness around the Free Cities, preventing beasts lurking nearby from running amok.

 Just goes to show how easy it could've been to fit some existing special characters back into the game.

 

freeguild-huntsmarshal.pdf

someone2040

Hi all,

So a little introduction to myself. I've been playing Warhammer since the late 90's. I've collected a variety of Fantasy armies over the years, Lizardmen, brief stint with Ogre Kingdoms, brief stint with Empire, Dogs of War, Beastmen, kind've Orcs and Goblins, High Elves and now in Age of Sigmar, Slaves to Darkness and Free Peoples. Up until Age of Sigmar though, I was predominantly just a casual player who played mostly with friends earlier on (High school), and later in my local Games Workshop, but did attend tournaments.

I'm from a place of the world called South Australia. Australia is a large place, with most of our major cities along the east coast and then a few others scattered around. This unfortunately means, that most of the activity happens along the east coast. I remember the biggest tournament I've been to was a whopping 28 player shindig back in 2009! We certainly haven't seen a Fantasy tournament get that big since.

Anyway, with the advent of Age of Sigmar, it was an interesting time in our little community. Doom and Darkness at the time was running most of the events, and building a bit of a community near the end of 8th. When Age of Sigmar landed, it was of course, like everywhere met with mixed reception. We lost some regular players, and for a while it looked like, it wasn't going to take off.

I was a bit mixed, because I really enjoyed the fact that I could build little armies and enjoy the game. At the time, I had build High Elves up to 1200~ish points for a tournament, and was pretty satisfied with that. I like building to around that level, and then my interest starts to wane a bit and I need to do something else.

I'd always liked the Chaos Undivided look, where you had an army of black armoured Chaos Warriors marching into battle. I'd had Be'Lakor and Crom the Conquerer for a while since I liked those models, and it was the perfect opportunity to build an army based around Be'Lakor. But I was a bit afraid, what happened if this thing didn't take off? Everything was a bit lost.

However, in the end, I bit the bullet. I decided I wanted to make this army, and the local club was looking for people interested in running events and leagues towards the end of the year (To be started in the new year). So I took the bull by the horns, I wasn't sure if there'd be enough interest for a tournament, but I was interested in building my army up from almost nothing, so an Escalation League fit the bill perfectly. At the time, Clash Comp was getting a good rap, and it was an easy and lightweight way to build your army.

So in the end, I put it out there, made some Blogposts on my old blog, to chronicle what happened., and luckily enough it turned out that other people were also interested in playing with their old miniatures or making new armies. Over the past year and a bit, we've gathered a strong core group of players, and I've even run our first Age of Sigmar tournament back in March which managed to gather 13 players + myself. We've got another tournament coming up in July, which I'm again running and hoping we can hit 20 players.

 

So yeah, sometimes all it takes to get a community going is for someone to stick their hand up and run it. It's a lot of effort (Coming up with a loose narrative, battleplans and interesting rules each month was a bit of work), but in the end, if you want something to happen, you need to put the work in.

With that, I'll leave you with a picture of my army from about a year back, it's gotten larger since of course, but I can't find any good pictures of my force at the moment :) Hopefully a more complete picture to follow in a blog post later on.

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someone2040

Hi all,

New blog here. In my second entry I'll probably talk more about myself, but here's the main thing.

I love the Free Peoples. Always enjoy the idea of us regular joes, teaming up together to fight against the alien, the monster, the enemy within! I've collected Witch Hunters in Mordheim, and both Dogs of War and Empire in previous editions of Warhammer (Amongst many other armies!). But my thoughts at the moment belong with the Free Guilds.

I've also always been a bit of a grouch about how slow GW is at doing some stuff, and supporting older armies. There are some armies (like Freeguild!) that basically have almost all the components to be a real army in the game, but they're held back by lack of battalions and heroes - basically, lack of a Battletome that brings all the goodies out. 

Maybe GW don't do it because there was initially some very negative perceptions of Beastclaw Raiders and Bonesplitterz, releases without new units. Even I didn't really enjoy it that much, but it did breath a lot of life into those armies.

So what I've set out to do in my free time (and perhaps, even my not so free time), is set about creating some rules about what I would do for the Free Peoples within the Age of Sigmar. I certainly won't promise something as awesome and outstanding as Tyler Mengels custom Tomb Kings rules, but I do want to create what I kind've call a mini-tome. A battletome that lacks fluff, but has all the cool rules, allegiance abilities, command traits, magic items, and battalions. I'm no writer, so fluff isn't my forte, but I reckon I can give a shot at the rest of the stuff.

 

Today, I'm putting out there my rules for Allegiance Abilities, and to a lesser extent Command Traits. My thoughts behind the Free Peoples, or more specifically the Freeguilds, are that they should be the Imperial Guard of the Age of Sigmar world. Humans, are nothing special individually. Not as tough as a Duardin, not as graceful as an Aelf, not as strong as a Stormcast Eternal. But what they lack individually, they make up by fighting united, in regiments of soldiers side by side. Strict training and regimental discipline means that the sum is greater than the whole! And that's where the Allegiance Ability comes in.

My version of the Allegiance Ability for Free Peoples is called Orders. Any Freeguild General (whether on foot, horse, griffon or demigryph to come!) can give an order to a friendly unit nearby. This gives them limited perks that help them out just that little bit. If you need your Handgunners to be that little bit more effective this turn, order them to Bring it Down! Giving them re-rolls of 1 to hit. How about those Pistoliers need to get into the fight, order them to move At the Double! to help them run further. Your soldiers may be facing mighty beasts that cut swathes through their ranks, but the order for the men to Stand Fast! will help them keep their courage and stick around. Last but not least, sometimes men just need a reminder to Aim for the Weak Point! Ensuring their blows land true.

Whatever you need your soldiers to do, there's an order to give them! As long as your soldiers understand of course...

One thing that's possibly quite debatable about my allegiance ability, is the fact that you can potentially cause more harm than good. Under the pressure of battle, Generals can give bad orders, or maybe the unit misunderstands the Generals intention. Either way, sometimes a unit will be confused and won't be able to perform their action this turn. I really like this idea, and I borrowed it from Warmaster where you could Blunder your order. It's a really interesting dynamic, in that the further away you are there is a chance that things could go wrong. Luckily, we are talking about trainer soldiery, and they will be back into order within the turn.

I do think it's something that could be debated though. Allegiance Abilities to date, only give benefits, never downsides. You don't want to feel that something that should be benefiting you for taking a Free Peoples army ends up being a downside. So we'll see what the feedback is, perhaps it will just revert to Order Lost, but I want to keep it around for now.

 

In regards to Command Traits. Not super happy about 4 and 5 and 6 at the moment, as they're basically just too similar to Grand Alliance Order. I do like number 1 and 2, they're personally my favourites because they tie into the Allegiance Ability and allow you to eek out an edge.

 

Anyway, let me know what you all think! Hope you enjoy, and hope that GW sees the Glory of the Free Peoples and brings out a battletome. But in the mean time, I'll feed my thoughts your way!

 

FreePeoplesAllegiance.pdf

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