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    The Alluminarch is complete! I finally finished the base, painting this model was great fun! So refreshing to paint something different from what I am used to (generally darker tones and less vibrant palettes) and quite happy with the result. I will try to see if I can take better pictures of him tomorrow with the favour of some daylight, but for now here you have him, resplendent in ikea table lamp light! The base was heavily influenced by this early john blanche cover art for Steve Jackson's Sorcery book. Deliciously old school high fantasy! Hagen
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    ++ Mod Hat On ++ I've been trying to leave this thread alone as I don't want to be doing what could be considered as censorship but I need to say the following..... Play Nice Very simply, think about your comments because whilst you may not like the lists that came top of the SCGT, they are being used by people who enjoy playing Warhammer just as much as you. Put yourself in their shoes and think about what you have been saying? Are you being constructive or insulting? Painting Like playing nice comment above, are you being constructive or insulting? Some people do not enjoy painting or are capable of painting to a high standard, so it's not fair for you to be overtly critical about their painting just because it's not of a certain level. The event clearly states the level of painting required which I'm sure some of the things some of you have been discussing has met. The lists At the end of the day, the SCGT is a tournament and some people attending will want to be competitive and some people will not. Those who do want to be competitive will usually be playing against each other fairly quickly and will those who don't. If you don't like this idea and really don't like the lists, don't go to the tournament. As for complaining about the game allowing people to take such lists, I'm fairly sure GW are aware and have plans. Also does people using such lists effect you if your gaming group don't play like that I can honestly say I have been annoyed with some of the responses in this topic. The Grand Alliance Forum is all about linking people who love Warhammer together. We may not all agree about the same things and have different tastes, but we don't need to be jerks about it.
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    so obviously this
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    upwards and onwards. aos is fast becoming Gw's flagship game. i was in store on tuesday and a couple of teenagers were in store asking about models as they were curious, always liked the look of them etc. so they hung around for a game to watch ( 40k ) and like 10 minutes into it were like nah. too much stuff to learn once they started browsing the rule book, picked up the aos stuff an asked what that was as they don't recall seeing it before. 20 minutes later they were walking out with a starter stormcast and beastclaw box each. i mean, that's amazing. these guys who have always liked the look of 40k an the idea of it being put off from the rules and picked up aos in like 20 minutes, people pay a lot of money for uptake like that. with such high uptake on a game its inevitable that the game becomes more an more flushed out with races an stuff, so id expect to see pretty much most major races. humans, elves, dwarves, slaves to darkness etc to have some sort of all encompassing book. similar to khorne. stormcast etc. this will likely cover all the smaller fractions so then at least everything is updated
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    If people want to paint my army for me im more than happy for you to do so. Ive been painting for years but I still can't get any better, sorry im not as good as you guys In my defence, they do look a lot better in real life than over a camera
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    Orruk Backbreaker - originally intended as an entry to the Eclipse competition. More pics here: http://www.exprofundis.com/orruk-backbreaker/
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    I would recommend starting one army in each of the Grand Alliances, Order, Chaos, Destruction and Death. That way, no matter what you buy or work on, it's always for one of your four "core" armies. You can't get sidetracked if you collect the entire range
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    Club players play weekly, sometimes multiple times a week until a player with small children at home suddenly and unexpectedly has a bunch of times free for a while. Suddenly no one is free!
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    As a Fyreslayers player I can confirm this is rubbish 😉
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    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:
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    So, My Sylvaneth is actually my first "dedicated" AoS army, originally pulled from my 8th edition Wood Elf army. After a few proxy games, I opted to scratch the original paint scheme and go with something "outlandish." I've always liked the Japanese Cherry blossom scheme and used that as my jumping off point, but it sort of morphed into more of a "rose" color scheme. As such I'm calling this "The Wargrove of the Blackthorn Rose." It's a cool scheme, and instead of going with the usual "dark center light edges" it reverses it and goes the other way, with parts getting darker the further they get from the body of the model. The base is a whitish pink that transitions to a dark rose and then to Black at the tips. Electric blue is serving as a spot color with the opportunity for some use of OSL. Nothing too crazy. The forests will be as follows: With a Branchwytch chilling on a blue rock: As you can see, the bases will get the same treatment as the floor of the wyldwood forests. In case you were wondering, the leaves are birch seed pods. They make banging maple leaves. I have more painted, but no pictures. Stay tuned! More to follow.
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    1- Look the models I have. 2- Pick the General I want to use. 3-Make an army that goes along with that general, both from an aesthetical and thematical standpoint. 4-Smile in joy seeing how fluffy and beautiful it is. 5-Be stomped by everyone that don't suck at the game as I do. 6- Go back to my Hobby cave and cry at the same time I surf the internet looking for new shiny miniatures to ease my pain.
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    The faction I like thel most is whichever is released after I've spent money on another...
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    Afternoon all, I've been a bit quiet of late, in part that's due to things being a lot busier at work (which is where I get my TGA time in) and also more recently I've been experiencing what I'd describe as Hobby Burnout, though perhaps Hobby Overload is a better term. Firstly, I'll give a bit of background on why I'm feeling this way... I put out a weekly AoS Podcast (The Black Sun) which takes up way more time to do than the layman would appreciate, I also record for another Podcast, Age of Sigbrah, every other week. So before we talk actual hobby, podcasting itself takes up a lot of my time for very little in return (not that I do it for personal gain or whatever, it's just a fact it's a time and money sink though). Then I'm finding myself all over the place with which army I'm meant to be working on or playing with at the moment. I love my Ironjawz and have done alright with them (given that they are Ironjawz!), but have longed to see whether I'm actually any good at this game by trying a stronger force. I assembled and sold a Disciples of Tzeentch army before picking up Slyvaneth with the intent of taking them to the South Coast Grand Tournament. On top of that I have start to gather bits for a Phoenix Temple army and am considering getting this made and painted for SCGT instead!! The issues here are new army on top of the wacky battleplans probably doesn't equate to the decent finish I'd like...so then maybe I'm just better off sticking to what I know and not pressuring myself to not only paint a new army, but also do well with it. I'm also pretty deflated after a great weekend running my 54 player tournament, Tomorrow Burns. I guess after being on that tournament high and buzzing all weekend, crashing back to the mundane is gonna be a downer whichever way you look at it! Reality sucks and all that. Basically I just spend a bunch of time doing loads of hobby related things without seemingly achieving anything and put a load of pressure on myself to do so I guess. I don't expect sympathy whatsoever as I get that it's all stuff I *choose* to do...however maybe there is some understanding here (that I wouldn't get from normal people who just don't get it!)? My thinking was to do nothing hobby related whatsoever this week. Just take a step back from it all and chill out. It was nice enough doing that last night, but in all honesty I struggle to just switch off. I appreciate this reads like a 15yr old emo MySpace page (probs a fair comparison tbh! ), but just wanted to hear some of your thoughts...other people must get like this from time to time. I know there's countless people here who are fully immersed in this hobby; what do you guys do when it all catches up with you? I think the sensible choice is probably just to take Ironjawz to SCGT and spend April doing other things! There we go...very cathartic. Thanks for reading, Chris
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    After some weeks of viewing this great topic, I've decided to join in. I'm no writer and English is not my native language, but, to keep into the AOS28 spirit, I still wanted to write up some background. --- With Sigmar and his Stormcast Eternals on the offensive, bringing the fight to the very doorstep of Chaos, an even bigger threat to the pantheon of Chaos is emerging. Not from without, but from within. In every realm, the Chaos Gods are loosing followers. Sigmarite cults are slowly growing, sowing seeds of order in societies and tribes once firmly dedicated to Chaos. Chaos is fighting this new threat with the fiercest of dedications. Demonic servants of the pantheon are waging a secret war, trying to root out the followers of the false God. The very survival of Chaos is at stake! --- Mhogh'tor sits in his tent. The proud hunter allows himself a moment to let his guard down to let mind wander. For generations, the tribe of Mhogh'tor followed the path of Khorne, the eternal hunter. Life was good on the great beastplanes. With game aplenty and their enemies crushed, the path of the hunter seemed like the one true path. It seemed like a lifetime ago. Twenty moons ago, armoured, hammer wielding giants which came from the sacred gates of Ghrakh. At first, these giants looked like het another foe to best. The tribe had brought down great beasts and fought the biggest Orruk tribes. Things went wrong, however. Many kinsmen fell to the giants' hammers and his tribe would have been slaughtered, but a choice was offered. Join or die. Mhogh'tor was not afraid to die, but the offer to follow an, apparently even mightier God than the great hunter was a straightforward one to a hunter who respected strenght and prowess. So the choice was made and he and his kin denounced the eternal hunter and pledged to Sigmar. Mhogh'tor is not alone anymore. A thin figure has, somehow, entered his tent. A woman, but at the same time not quite a woman. Too large to be human. Mhogh'tor sizes her up and does not considers her/it a danger. "Who are you and what do you want?" A large, cyclopedean head on legs then appears from behind the green robes of this figure. The head hisses softly; "you're a heretic. We have surrounded your camp. You die today by the hands of my mistress." Mhogh'tor smiles, his hand gripping the hilt of his sword while standing up. "I've done battle against Sigmar's champions. You and your mistress don't scare me, demon." The next moment, a talon from the mouth of the one-eyed creature pierces Mhogh'tor's belly. --- My first (and main) model is Haedewien, demonic inquisitrix tasked to cleanse chaos from law and order. An ancient, fanatical demon with the ability to mutate and reshape the flesh of her victims with her second pair of hands (and yes, this idea is totally stolen from WilhelMiniatures and his Crimson Queen). Hope you like this post.
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    The Carnival of Excess Hey everyone here's the start of my first army for age of sigmar. I plan to do a highly converted army based around the theme of a carnival of chaos. Using a mix of dark eldar parts, harlequins and general deamon parts, i'll be making an army of mad jesters and creatures. Below is my first character, Onna my herald of slaanesh
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    We need to add flanks, rearguard. In addition to this the game is in sore need of 100+ pages of special rules that the specific units will, half the time, violate in some way or another.
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    Mate why would you dirty your own hands when you can constantly rebind the souls of your Eternal Warriors to their flesh, deeply scarring them mentally over the course of several millenia? Also I bet he's a knackered after hanging on to the core of the Old World for unknwon amounts of time. I vote we all chip in and get him a nice pillow to sit on. #PillowCastEternal
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    Aerthwurm Jhim faction confirmed!
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    two things to know 1) stay 18" away from his heroes WHATEVER HAPPEN. Quite easy to do. 2) neutralize skyfire How ? With ease. Skyfire need ONE thing to be effective : a tzaangor shaman, who give them a sweet +1 to hit, making them much more dangerous. So, you need to kill the tzaangor shaman, and find a way to make the skyfire useless. And you know what ? Stormcast are VERY GOOD for that. A knight vexxilor with the luckstone (choosing the roll of a hit, wound, save, damage roll) can, turn one, make 3 mortal wound to the caster of your choice and between 1-3 to every unit between 2-12" away. Against a fragile army with no heal, lot of MSU, and often "packed", it can make lot of damage. It's the first step. Now, how can you kill it for sure ? Celestant Prime. Make him arrive turn 1, far away and in cover if you can (it's not a monster) and use this sweet comet on the ennemy caster (no line of sight or range required), and choose the damage roll. 3 other automatic wound. Boom, one shot. Plus damage around. And more each turn. This little combo cost 500 pts, and his stupidly effective for sniping things away. Now, the Skyfire ? What make them good are the 6 to hit making mortal wound. What the stormcast have ? Lantern of the tempest, forcing the ennemy to reroll 6 OR MORE to hit with ranged attack against the character using it and others 6" around him. No mortal wound. Except if they kill him. So, use staunch defender. +1 to save roll for the general and everyone around him. Do you know what skyfire do against 2+/3+ opponent while forcing 6 or more to hit ? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. And we have other toys. You can hide all those things behind protectors, debuff them with tempestors, and so on. A thunderhead brotherhood is very good against tzeentch. 3+ save judicator with reroll 1 to hit AND wound and this 24 range will snipe those casters easy. If the caster is out of range of you, he can't sling spell neither. Fair trade. Another good thing : tzeenth rely on his hero phase, and on the double turn. Best bet is to start second and never take initative. You'll be able to know how the game will going in the advance. No double turn = safe game. TL:DR: keep your distance with the ennemy character and snipe them, and use lantern of the tempest to make the skyfire useless. Play and win the ranged game
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    Hello everyone. I'm new to the TGA and this will be my first post on these forums. I'm not quite new to AoS28 though and I've posted several times on the facebook page. I'm not sure how many people there are on here that aren't on there so I thought I'd post some pictures here that I've already posted there just in case some of you haven't seen them. The first picture is of Aeos'aelios, the Summoner. He is the leader of my Hinterlands Tzeenchian warband. The concept behind him is that he is a shapeshifter who uses specially prepared masks to take on the forms of other beings. Anything from a powerful bloodletter to a lowly goblin.
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    Afternoon all, Thanks for the replies, they are all really good and helpful in their own way with plenty of decent advice to be had. Hopefully there's lots to take for others and not just myself. I would suggest that some of the advices are worthwhile as a preventative measure to stop the overload. I also appreciate all the comments regarding the podcasts. In lieu of anything else, it is solely the enjoyment of others that makes doing them worthwhile, so it does mean a lot that people are liking them. I think for me, the content I am putting out is at its best and most frequent, but it is hard work as a result. One thing that came up a few times above is life outside the hobby, comments such as this; I do completely agree with this kind of thing for sure. However, I am lucky enough to have a great/busy social life, with an awesome fiancée and lots of friends. Whilst I do spend an awful lot of time doing hobby related stuff, I am always doing other things as well, which probably adds to the burnout factor...in reality, when you throw work, money etc into the mix, it's probably more of a life overload if I'm honest! There has definitely been a toll taken after the weekend just passed. Whilst I perhaps don't often come across as a giving person it's probably not always the case. I just kinda feel like I've run out at present...of what I'm not entirely sure haha! Anyway, other than the odd post, tweet and text I have decided to "go dark" this week and possibly next. Try not to worry about anything that, in reality, actually doesn't matter whatsoever! Being so heavily invested in something can have the adverse effect of making you overly subscribe to its importance I think. Sorry I can't reply to every post here individually, I'd really like to. Perhaps when work calms down a bit I'll get a moment to do so. But they are all really appreciated. Thanks for letting me use this as an outlet to vent a little, I'm sure it helps in it's own way even if I am just spouting nonsense!! Have fun, Chris x
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    My opponents warscrolls, list, paint, dice, drink, side of the board, etc. Are all over powered compared to my army - even if they are the same
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    The painting standard was no different to any other event. Some fantastic armies. Some good,tabletop and then average. But it's all subjective and down to individuals own skills. Alex again won a major tournament. So what if people don't like his painting. Didn't stop him cleaning up on the table. Would anyone care if he came 48th like me. No. It's pathetic for people to complain about a winner when no one mentions Joe soap down at the bottom end with his poor paint Job. Clearly Alex is the new hotness and the current best AoS player in the country. We need to concentrate on trying to beat him and forget about whether his army has two highlights or three colours
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    Also since I had PS open and am procrastinating heavily I whipped up what I imagine is a *key* piece of concept art for the Kharadron's "self made hero" (No political intent here, just the gaudiness of the gold and marble vs the kharadron's own gold trimmings)
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    Some of my new Sylvaneth dryads. Mixing with the soil of Shyish makes for strange and horrific changes in the treefolk.
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    Iv never had a problem painting but used to hop from project to project. Sometimes on a daily basis. Lol But I have a few tips. 1. deadlines. If you have a deadline tournament work well for me. But could be anything or just a date plucked out of thin air. 2. Plan out your painting time. I will paint for an hour a day is a great one for me. It's more about sitting down than the time. An plan it out realistically. I will paint for four hours on a Sunday afternoon ect. Then stick to it for a month then look back an see how much you got done. 3 paint/hobby nights with a mate. For a while me an a mate met up for couple beers a take away an a paint session. Can't be asked you will have no choice when ya mate turns up with his brush An paints. 4 bite size chunks. Don't give your self unachievable targets. If you say I want a 2k army in 12 months. That means every 3 months you need to paint 500 points. 5 start with dessert. Painted models motivate painting. So paint what you really like leave it on the shelf An look at it. The more you paint the more you will paint 6 if you can keep a TIDY permanent hobby area. 7 have no unpainted models. A friend of mine will paint a unit when that's painted he will buy his next rinse An repeat. I hate him. But packing away unpainted stuff helps. A mountain of grey unpainted models is the biggest demotivator for me an a lot of people imho. 8 only play with painted models. People enter into an arms race An the meta changes. As soon as that new cheese is out dated you'll buy something else. It'll go back on the shelf. If it's unpainted it'll never get painted An it will just add to the pile of un painted models for you to look at. what changed me was I sold everything that was unpainted got rid of all the bits boxes Ect. An now I take each army as a single project. I don't have ONE army. I'm gonna paint this 2k list then I'll paint another army. Trush me once you get your first 2k army done it will be a major mile stone. An it gets easier. Hooe me that helps bit of a long post but it's something close to hart. good luck
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    I'm here to get in on this awesome-looking AoS28 action! Some very creative conversions on display. I recently decided to abandon my barely-started Flesh-Eater Courts army and turn the heroes into an AoS28 warband instead. So I've got a few conversions either completed or in the works already, but I wanted to add something brand new for Eclipse. This is obviously WIP, but couldn't resist sharing - I'm quite excited! Got a little backstory written up for him and everything, but I'll share that when he's finished. EDIT: Also, and tips on building up the gore around the horse's neck would be greatly appreciated.
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    The idea of attacking your own units, while not explicitly outlawed in the rules, does not seem to be intended. For instance, in Picking Targets, criteria are mentioned "to attack an enemy unit" but not for friendly fire. Further, if "a model splits its attacks between two or more enemy units" there is a discussion of how to roll those attacks. In Making Attacks, under 2. Wound Roll, the rules specifically mention the opposing player. In 4. Determine Damage, there is mention of attacks rolled at the same time, but "must be directed at the same enemy unit." To me, then, the rules do not explicitly outlaw attacking one's own unit. However, there are strong implications that you can only attack an enemy unit unless specifically directed otherwise (e.g., from the Wrathmongers' Bloodfury ability).
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    Ok going into SCGT I had no competitive AoS experience and very soon realised I had a very sub standard list and knowledge of armies . I lost 5 games and tbh I don't feel there was anything I could of done in 3 of those which would changed the out come . So what did I learn , stonehorns are great just not alone , and ogres on foot can't support a overly aggressive Stonehorn . Thundertusk are for obvious reason a magic/shooting magnet , so again not great alone . Ogres with ironfists are not as great in comps as I hoped , -1 rend deals with them easily . So back to the drawing board cos I have the tournament bug in a big way , must say I did have 6 great games , and feel I learnt a lot . So I will be posting list ideas and questions here for my fellow destruction brothers and sisters . Thanks for reading [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    How bout that time when Sigmar abandoned all of his mortal realms followers to be consumed by Chaos while he went back to Azyr to sulk. Good times.
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    One last post. I had some issues with my primer atomizing (most noticeable on the Spawn), which is why the Daemon Prince currently has no wings (they're soaking in Pine Sol). Anyhow, here they are, one last batch of photos to finish the chronicling of this project. The whole team I love the look on this guy's face, like something horrible has definitely happened. Also, because I love painting eyes. I don't have a name for my Lord of Chaos yet, but here he is. And here's his final form. I might get lazy and just give him trophy racks on his back. I haven't made up my mind yet.
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    Hey There I'm new to AOS but has played WHFB, and a lot of other miniature games. And i have fallen for the Spiderfangs, even though they are not yet supported,i also have a Khorne Bloodbound army so i can play the game and learn the new tactics and combo's. So far i think they have done a pretty good job, haven't played a boring game yet and score is about 10 wins and 8 lost and there is rarely many models left, Being Khorne and all I have only painted 2 full models at the moment so it's a work in progress, and the goal i at least the Spiderfang Venom-Mob battalion : so 3 units of Spider-Riders, Thinking about 10-15 models per unit, Viable ? ? 3 Arachnarok's. 1 Big Boss probably 2. The theme is a wooden one where every spider is a different colour The first pictures are gonna be like these but i am gonna make som higher quality ones as i progress First unit is gonna be red coloured feathers, tattoos, and shield symbols. I am thinking Blue on the next and purple or green And a Yellow one Coming up Any thoughts ? ? Flameboy out -
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    I've finally managed to complete the Tzaangor Shaman. I'm pretty happy with the model overall. The Vortex in the staff top and the liquid in the bottle are both painted in the same way as the disc Vortex as that's now the colour of magic for the force. The blends on the feathers are a little rushed, especially the yellow to green transition but I just wanted the model finished. This is the first tzaangor with pupils - the four I'd already completed just have yellow orbs. I like this difference as to me it makes the regular guys look more sinister yet simple-minded and the Shaman more intelligent. it was another gorgeous model to paint, and I can't wait to get the Enlightened finished in the future. However, before then I'm going to assemble the 20 acolytes and the lord of change, whom I've got an idea of a cool convsersion I want to try!
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    Hi guys, Thought I'd make a little painting blog about a Hinterlands Skirmish warband I'm putting together. The story behind this little warband, is at one point I was going to do an Ogor force for Age of Sigmar. I bought a bunch of second hand models, and was set to go. But I backed out on it, I'm already collecting Slaves to Darkness and Free Peoples. I decided I didn't need a third army that probably wasn't going to get any model or army book support in the future. However, from the ashes rises the Searing Maw seekers. I did paint up a test model for my army which I was pretty happy with. And in addition, in the bits I got from the Ogor army, there was a full Rhinox in there! Imagine that, a complete Rhinox. Quite odd since both the Ironblasters had complete Rhinoxes with them... But from the left over bits and a few Ogor bodies, I'm going to make this warband come together! So without further adieu, I present the Band of the Searing Maw. First up, we have Vroknor Scorchseeker on his rhinox Grunter. This is the guy that's the inspiration for the warband I guess. He's not quite done. I need to figure out what I want to do with the left side, since it's a bit empty at the moment (The right side has his Crossbow and an armour plate). Still, he's definitely come together in the last few days. Next up, is Xarg Brightblade This guy was the practice model for the army, and I'm quite happy with his look in the end. First time using cork on the bases, which turned out alright although I'm a bit worried there's a lot of flat surface without much going on. The original army had the idea that they'd be blessed by fire, and all their weapons would be burning hot. Not sure if I'll transition this to the other Ogors, or just leave it to Brightblade. Ogor clubs I don't think would look quite right like it, so we'll see how we go. Lastly, we've got the Grots. Beater Basher Stabber Luggage I mainly only have access to the Grots you get in the Ogor boxes and the Grots from the Scrap Launcher. So it's a little bit interesting trying to get poses. Basher and Beater are obviously just straight from the regular Ogor boxes, nothing done there. Stabber is a little interesting, he's actually two Grots from the Scrap Launcher chopped up in the middle, with some kind of spear arm (Which strangely had Kislev written on it, not sure what that was about). Lastly we've got Luggage. Poor miserable Luggage. While the original Grot was holding a huge bag of various things, Luggage isn't much better off carrying a large iron bound chest. And with everyone introduced, a shot of the entire warband And there you have it guys. These guys are about ready for basing and paint. Think to get it done best, I'm going to keep them separate and then glue them to their bases after both are painted.
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    My opinion. I have a deep collection of many armies. Most are on squares obviously. I am not rebasing a single model because I put a lot of time into the whole model, base included, to just destroy the bases because of some perceived minor advantage. I didn't sit down in 1998 cackling when I painted my demons going "yesss yessss I can't wait for 2016 where one of you will get to attack more than my opponent... let the hate...FLOW THROUGH YOU" The same goes for my old models on 25mm rounds that are now shipped with 32mm rounds. I'm not rebasing. Or altering my bases to accomodate 7mm difference that someone who is hyper competitive feels will be "screwed over" because of it, because in my mind that is the most inane thing ever. Now I have no problem doing any current models on whatever base it comes with. This is how I've always done things. But there's 0% chance I'm altering my current models. If that means I don't get to play in your events that require this, I'll do my best to sleep ok at night. I will run events where it doesn't matter so long as its obvious you are using what came with the model because I fully understand aint no one got time for that, and we'll both just have to be ok with that. Your Mileage May Vary. You want to run squares? You're welcome to in my events.
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    The Branchwych of Shyish.
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    Next up, Tree-Revenants! I went back and forth a few times with this color scheme. Occasionally when I pick a general color scheme to work across an army, I'm not entirely sure how everything will "fit". I originally tried blue skin with some OSL much like the weapons, but I found it was too distracting, and didn't read well from a distance. I wasn't particularly keen on bringing in any new colors (flesh, reds, yellows ect) so I opted to go with a "black" skin tone. The base is the old Charadon Granite, washed with a little watered-down black and then highlighted all the way up to Celestra Grey. On the tabletop, the white of the hair pushes the faces much darker creating this weird "no face" effect. It ended up working out really well. I originally intended this blog to be more a documentation of my works in progress rather than just for showing off finished models (which admittedly is always nice.) I have a few more photos to get of the things done so far, but after that it will be primarily WIP shots. Happy painting!
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    Another one off the checklist. Cogsmith done.
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    A few photos of the Crystal Brush 2017 competition winners (which took place at Adepticon), for those who didn’t get the chance to see them… (the full list of winners is here: http://crystalbrush.coolminiornot.com/cbwinners) We are talking here about the ‘masters’ of miniature painting, including some multiple Slayer Sword winners. I am completely blown away by the quality of those pieces; they are taking the art to a whole different level. The Tribute, by Michal Pisarski This is by far my favorite piece of this year’s competition. I am a sucker for Nagash, and this interpretation is the best that I have seen so far. I was really rooting for this piece to win – it came in 2nd place overall, and won Gold for Best Diorama. 3 things I adore: The whole feel of the compostion. Nagahs looks so regal and imposing sitting on his gruesome throne, with the humble (and tiny) vampire lord kneeling before his master. The NMM work on Nagash – it is probably the best that I have ever seen (the dark armor of the zombie lord as well is perfect). The eerie green used for Nagash’ glowing eyes, but as well for his skin – it gives the model a magical feel. Space Wolf, by Sergio Calvo Rubio, was the piece that won the Crystal Brush. My understanding is that this piece is completely scratchbuilt, making it even more impressive. The painting of the wolf’s fur is superb. Going back to AoS, my close second favorite is Ben Komet’s Giant Magic Turkey, which won gold in the Monster/Vehicle category. Komet is one of my top two all-time painters, and he didn’t disappoint with his Lord of Change. A few other AoS pieces worthy of mentioning are Sam Lenz’s Archaon (won Silver in Monster/Vehicle category) and Jungle Boyz (won Gold in Unit category); for the Khorne lovers, Raffaele Picca’s Son of Khorne (won Silver in Large Scale category, another scrathbuilt masterpiece):
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    The best feature of the summer campaign was the ability to look at stores in your area and figure out who has active players. I went 6 months wandering from Warhammer groups on facebook, getting snubbed by both salty WHFB players and 40k people alike, looking for active AOS players. Now that AOS isn't a dirty word, I would have loved for GW to leave us with the ability to log worldwide leaderboards. See who's logging wins at stores, see what faction dominates the region, etc.
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    Ha! Sometimes I wonder what people classify as 'good'. 8 wounds, 3+ save, 12" move, fly, 7 missile attacks (2 lines with -1 rend, 1 with d3 damage and 2+ to wound), 3+ to hit everywhere, 4 melee attacks, 2+ to wound, -2 rend, d3 damage (3 guaranteed if supercharged), reroll hits and wounds of 1 against heroes or monsters. D3 mortal wounds on the charge. Command ability gives himself and other units run and charge. Pretty great imo. Better than any SCE hero bar LCoD and Stardrakes. I assume this is their main hero. That is ofc important. If he is 240 points he is prob auto include, if he is more he might come down to optional. If he's over 300 he's 'alright'. NB/ just my opinion!
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    Second 1K army done - pictured below with the first one. On to #3!
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