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Painting and Gaming in the Mortal Realms. In this blog you'll find painted miniatures, fluff and rules (mainly for Skirmish and RPG style games). I am trying to make all 3 as professional looking as possible because I would love to eventually work for Games Workshop's design team. :D

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Age of Sigmar Triumvirates

Introduction One of the things I really like about the latest Warhammer 40,000 releases for 'The Gathering Storm' is the idea of a Triumvirate. This was a word I had not heard before and as well as sounding very cool I also liked the meaning behind it: I have also recently been thinking about backstory writing for my Age of Sigmar mixed Order army, and as I recently finished my third centre-piece model for the army (A Freeguild General on Griffon), it seemed the perfect chance to add my own "Triumvirate" into my army. The Roots of the Story: When Age of Sigmar first came out, I put together a backstory for my army called 'Siegfried's Desperados'. I had a blog on Dakkadakka which was quite popular at the time, perhaps because it was one of the safe havens away from the heat the game was getting from some disgruntled veterans (especially on Dakkadakka). You can check out the thread here if you are interested: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/663727.page To summerise, the initial background I created for my army was that they were a mercenary outfit (called the 'Desperados') operating out of Azyrheim. I wanted to add a bit more grey and a bit more low fantasy into the backstory (as it was something Age of Sigmar didn't really have at the time), so I came up with some hooks and ideas of the dark side of aelven society in Azyrheim (lots of intrigue and assassinations among the nobles),  the ideas of slums in the city, and that a mercenary outfit might employ a necromancer in their ranks. This was also an excuse to add in Aelves, Duardin and even Death into my army which was all a lot of fun to play with before the General's Handbook came out. But since the General's Handbook came out the narrative and story behind my army has taken the backseat. I have been focusing a lot more on Matched play and my narrative outlet has been with Hinterlands. As the recently finished Freeguild General on Griffon was meant to be Siegfried Stormhart once more, I thought it would be fun to update the story of the Desperados, and so the Triumvirate was born. The Triumvirate of Mistmire; Master Geppetto, Siegfried Stormhart and the alchemist, Massym Al-Izzar Creating a Triumvirate: I want to throw out the question to all of you, what cool Triumvirates could you add into your collection? All you would need are the following: 1. 3 Cool Models 2. A Cool Story that connects them For me, I had my 3 Centrepieces. The Griffon, the Steamtank and the Hurricanum. I wanted them to have some sort of purpose other than being in an army together, so I decided to bring back the old Necromancer I used to run in the Desperados pre-GHB. He goes by the name 'Cornacaprious'.  I decided that he has since betrayed the Desperados, and has resurrected an ancient vampire (with the title of the "Blood Queen"). This gives me a reason to finally paint my Neferata model and also gives the triumvirate a goal to accomplish (they of course seek to kill both the Necromancer and the Blood Queen). So with the scene set, I put together a 4 pages as if they were from a campaign book and detailed my Triumvirate of Mistmire. I would love to hear what you think, but more importantly I hope this inspires you all to go off and create a Triumvirate for one of your armies too.   My Triumvirate:




Painting Showcase - Hurricanum - Knights - Heroes

The last few weeks have been absolutely manic hobby-wise preparing for the Age of Santa event in Cardiff. As my second Age of Sigmar tournament loomed closer and closer I started to worry I had bitten off more than I could chew in terms of the amount of new models I wanted to bring. As it came to the final week, I even considered taking some models half finished - but no. I wanted to win 'Best Painted' deep down and so persevered. A couple of late nights and painting at my office desk each morning before work meant I managed to finish everything in the nick of time! 

In this showcase I present the new models I prepared for the tournament; My Hurricanum, Knights, a Battlemage and a Waywatcher. Thanks for reading!   Hurricanum 

My new centerpiece and a potent force on the battlefield. I am very happy with the finished result. I am going to say this model was a nightmare to paint. I hate sub assemblies but the burning sun inside the spinning cage has to be painted before the cage can be glued on, and on the flipside trying to paint the library shelves inside the carriage was like playing a game of operation with the paint brush! 

As with my Steamtank I chose to magnetise the crew - not for any real game benefit but the models are absolutely gorgeous in my opinion and I wanted to be able to put them on their separate bases for Skrimish games and other fun scenarios. 


 As he is my new general, I need to come up with a story and name - so far I know I want him to be an Alchemist but the rest I still need to dream up :-) 

Freeguild Knights 

I don't consider my collection of Order models to be a single army, but instead a combination of smaller sets. These Knights are meant to be a set with my Hurricanum and I think together they look very striking on battlefield. I also wanted to distance these models from their historical look and make them more fantastical and suitable for Age of Sigmar. For that reason I decided to go all blue on the armour. I think it makes them look very unique and they no longer strike you as immediately being historical miniatures. 

Lore of Life Battlemage and Waywatcher 

The Lore of Life Battlemage is an old Brettonian Damsel but I think the colour scheme really gives her a new lease of life. I don't often deviate much from the GW studio paint jobs so it was nice to pull this off convincingly. I would say these two aren't my finest paintjobs ever. You can see they are perhaps a little rushed and as always green is still my weakest colour but I am happy enough with them. The Waywatcher is being used as the new 'Waywatcher' hero (replacing the old Waywatcher lord).  Thanks for reading and I would love to hear your thoughts! - bottle




Painting Showcase - Wizards - Priests - Acolytes

I love collecting and painting heroes for Age of Sigmar and have amassed many more heroes than one would ever reasonably need for army selection. Recently I have been painting Age of Sigmar heroes with magical abilities. Be it Wizards, Mages, Priests or other spellcasters. I thought it would be fun to share my latest additions and also the rest of my collection. The Alchemist and the Acolyte I am currently working on a Hurricanum for the 'Age of Santa' tournament in December. While the Hurricanum has a little way to go, I did manage to finish off the crew already. These are fantastic sculpts by GW and it was too much of a shame to have them permanently glued into their carriage so I magnetised each so they could go on foot too (something I did with my Steamtank Pilot as well). I hope to play a narrative game in the future with these on foot, (perhaps escorting the acolytes to safety from a town under siege!) The Slaughter Priest This is my free Slaughterpriest from White Dwarf. I was over the moon to get this with the issue as I have been daydreaming about collecting a small Bloodbound force for a while. I was really happy with how he came out, especially the snow on the base which was made from mixing Baking Soda with PVA glue. He was entered into the TGA painting competition and although I failed to make a splash, I was lucky enough to win a box of Gorechosen (thanks @Ben!) which is being worked on as I type this. Archmage This model was also given to me for free, and it is one of my favourite sculpts from Island of Blood. The paint scheme was taken from an image search (which I often do if I find a good one). I wasn't too happy with my attempts to glaze the armour, but overall the finished model came out nicely and won me 3rd place on DakkaDakka's monthly painting competition. Wizard Collection To finish, here is my total collection of Wizards (so far). The Necromancer is sometimes used as an Amethyst Wizard (named Cornacaprious in my army lore; a Death Wizard slowly being corrupted by the necromatic magic of the book he carries). The old Alarielle is a great model despite the bad resin (unfortunately I did not straighten the staff before painting), which I often use as a Lore of Life wizard. Moving forward I already have more wizards in the works. A Bretonnian Damsel (to again be used as a Lore of Life wizard) is on my painting desk now! Thanks for reading!   - bottle  




Hinterlands: Skirmish Campaigns in the Mortal Realms

Greetings everyone, I have something to share with you all today which is very special to me as I have put a lot of work into this. I present my gaming supplement for Age of Sigmar titled: Hinterlands: Skirmish Campaigns in the Mortal Realms - Version 1 Here are some screenshots of what to expect:   This is a supplement to play narrative skirmish games in Age of Sigmar, and I've tried to make it look like the real deal.  Enclosed you will find not one, but two campaign systems outlined. The first (titled 'The Hinterlands Campaign') is akin to Mordheim or Frostgrave. Players can create a Warband of a dozen models and battle it out for treasure, gaining skills and experience but also running the risk of injury and death on the way. The rules for the Hinterlands Campaign are 4 pages long. Just like the core rules. This is not meant to be Mordheim transplanted into AoS, but a skirmish system that embraces everything I love about Age of Sigmar. You'll find Battletraits, Artefacts, and Time of War rules all have a place in the system. On top of that, the book also introduces a second way to play; the Realm Master Campaign. The Realm Master Campaign is an additional 2 pages of rules (plus a custom battleplan to set your imagination off) and details how to run an RPG set in the Mortal Realms. It is akin to D&D or Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, but is a simple system set firmly in Age of Sigmar at the same time. I would love to know your feedback and thoughts on the rules contained. And if you want to use them, please do! This is what they are here for!   I plan to work on this book further by adding in a hobby section with example Warbands and also a Warband Roster to help manage your games. If you have any more ideas please let me know. Here's the download link: Hinterlands: Skirmish Campaigns in the Mortal Realms - by Sam James <- Download Link Enjoy!




Blog Introduction

Welcome to the Hinterlands. In this blog you'll find painted miniatures, fluff, rules and more, all for Age of Sigmar!  Some of you may have followed my previous blog over on Dakkadakka ("Siegfried's Desperados" - link), this is my attempt to start a new blog that is on both TGA and Dakkadakka simultaneously. It is also my attempt to make my best blog to date! It's going to revolve around big monthly updates, so it will hopefully be something to look forward to (like a White Dwarf, but the subscription is free!). I am trying to make everything as professional looking as possible because I would love to eventually work for Games Workshop's design team :-) 

If you followed my last blog Age of Sigmar - Siegfried's Desperados, you can expect the same great content but this time with a widened scope. I'll be building multiple armies now (at least one for each of the Grand Alliances) as well as sharing other types of media like custom battleplans and PDF downloads! So stay tuned.  More to come...




Order vs Death

In a sleepy Freeguild town deep in the Hinterlands of Gestran Doth did our heroes first battle against the Deathrattle hordes that plagued these lands...   - bottle