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  1. Ben

    Legion Of Azgorh Mega-Thread

    Welcome to my Legion of Azgorh, Chaos Dwarf Blog. This is where I'm going to post all my progress with playing the Legion so as it gathers steam it should eventually progress into a mega thread of tips and tactics for crafting the best Legion list possible. This is the units I currently have painted. Unit Drazhoath The Ashen Shar'Tor The Executioner Bull Centaur Taur'uk Daemonsmith Infernal Guard Castellan Infernal Guard Standard Bearer Bull Centaur Renders Infernal Guard Fireglaives Infernal Guard Ironsworn Magma Cannon Deathshrieker Iron Daemon War host I will update this as I add more units to the army. This is the first list I used under the Generals Handbook since the forge world points were released. Unit War scrolls Cost # Total Drazhoath The Ashen 1 380 0 0 Shar'Tor The Executioner 1 240 1 240 Bull Centaur Taur'uk 1 180 1 180 Daemonsmith 3 100 2 200 Infernal Guard Castellan 2 120 0 0 Infernal Guard Standard Bearer 1 80 1 80 Bull Centaur Renders 2 160 2 320 Infernal Guard Fireglaives 3 100 3 300 Infernal Guard Ironsworn 4 100 4 400 Magma Cannon 3 140 2 280 Deathshrieker 2 120 0 0 Iron Daemon 1 200 0 0 0 War host 80 0 0 2000 I'll follow this up with some thoughts on my game and game plan and why I used those units.
  2. Hello TGA Community. . I want to introduce you all to a new project here at The Grand Alliance community. This idea was brought to me by @Bruticus and after some discussion we felt that The Grand Alliance community would be an excellent home for this project. Inq28 meets Age of Sigmar Inq28 explores the lesser known aspects of the Warhammer 40,000 universe and has been a huge success, inspiring Blanchitsu articles, numerous blogs and countless incredible miniatures. Inq28 has become a term that describes not just a particular game but a whole approach to the hobby: an approach that puts creativity and imagination first. AoS28 is an attempt to bring that same approach to the Nine Realms. The Age of Sigmar has the potential for all sorts of stories, and just because we mainly see the epic, cinematic god-battles in the Games Workshop books doesn’t mean there aren’t other stories just out of frame, or just off the beaten path. That’s not to say your warband can’t include a few heroes, just that not every hero has to have a duel with Archaon. What makes a model AoS28? Conversions - The Age of Sigmar range contains loads of great miniatures but you’ll probably want to convert them in order to personalise them. This could be a kitbash or a complete resculpt. The important thing is to make the model yours. Character is essential - you don’t have to write a full background story, but you’ll have to think about your character’s personality, they aren’t just pieces on a gaming board: what are their motivations? How have they survived the Chaos apocalypse? What do they think about the return of Sigmar? What secrets do they have? Extra grimdark - Age of Sigmar has a distinctive, vibrant style, but there is a lot of darkness that is waiting to be explored. You think 40k has a monopoly on grimdark? The Nine Realms were conquered by Chaos, we are only just beginning to learn about the horrors that were unleashed. What rules can I use? We’ll be supporting the Hinterlands rules for AoS28, however your warband could be designed with games of Silver Tower, Mordheim, Realm of Chaos, Frostgrave or countless others in mind - or not for gaming with at all. The focus should be to make models you think are cool, rather than being constrained by points costs or restrictions. How do I join in? You’ll need to make a warband - probably between 2 and 8 models - led by a hero. The warband can be based on the theme below, or can be anything else you want to make. Start a blog on www.tga.community and add the tag ‘aos28’. Use the hashtag #aos28 on instagram and twitter. Or if you have a blog already, let people know where to find it by posting your updates in the AoS28 thread on tga.community or by emailing aos28@exprofundis.com If you don’t want to make a miniature or two, you could join in by writing stories or making art. What comes next? Over the next few months we’ll be showcasing all the best AoS28 models and warbands from any participating blog, as well as our own warbands. We’ll track what everyone is doing with Work in Progress photos and then final photographs in a few months. There is no real deadline, because AoS28 is an ongoing thing. But we will roll out a new theme every few months, along with a wrap up of everything so far. In addition there will be a new edition of Hinterlands dealing with AoS28 specifically, posts about background stories and ideas and possibly even gaming events at Warhammer World. I need some ideas Without many background or art books to draw inspiration from it might seem more difficult to come up with Age of Sigmar concepts than it is with Warhammer 40k. Age of Sigmar is often regarded as high fantasy, and you may feel that things need to fit this style in order to be suitable, but really you have a free reign to do whatever you can imagine: with infinite realms there are very few limits to what is acceptable. Like Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar has room for all sorts of stories of all sorts of genres. You are free to make whatever you want to make, but if you are stuck there is a theme you could try: AoS28: Witch Hunters The gates of Azyrheim are open and the Stormcast are unleashed on the Nine Realms. Cities and fortresses, thought lost forever are rediscovered. Lines of communication are rebuilt. And along with the Stormcast there are also other emissaries of Sigmar’s new world order. These Witch Hunters are tasked with rooting out corruption within the so-called Free Cities and the lost tribes, where mortals claim they have managed to resist the apocalypse. They seek the truth of these claims, and hunt the deceivers, betrayers and abominations. Some travel in disguise and infiltrate the Free Cities, rooting out the corruption where it may otherwise go unnoticed. Some arrive at the city gates at the head of a punitive force, demanding tribute in Sigmar’s name. There are stories of tribes that claim to have escaped the taint of Chaos being put to the sword during these witch hunts. And there are stories of Sigmar’s agents themselves falling foul of the taint of Chaos and instead spreading the very corruption they profess to seek out. The Shadowblades of the Seven Severed Fingers Cabal use assassins that travel through the Chaos wastes unnoticed, cloaked in the hides of daemons. They fight the horror of Chaos with horror of their own, and are able to strike fear into the blackest of hearts. The Bitterlight Guild of Azyrheim use blinding, excoriating magic to interrogate those they suspect of corruption, stripping away lies and flesh until only truth remains. Their agents are said to be pure and incorruptable by some, and perverse sadists by others. The childlike Oracle of Shyish can taste the taint of Chaos in the blood of men and women. Under the watchful eye of her immobile, silent Stormcast guardian, thousands of pilgrims bring her offerings in a hope to prove their purity. The Knight-Venator Calliostro, tasked with finding tribes that had resisted the hordes of the Blood God, instead came across a Slaughterpriest who claimed to have been cured of the madness of Khorne when he pierced his own skull. The pair formed an unlikely alliance, but so far have been unable to replicate the accidental trepanation, despite the accuracy of the Venator’s arrows and an unending tide of test subjects. The aquatic Duaradin fortress of Deepthunder has held out against the apocalypse since time immemorial. Under near constant attack, the citizens seal themselves in their hold and flood the city using ingenious mechanical walls and pumps, drowning any invaders. But emmissaries sent to the fortress noticed with some alarm that the barnacles that can be found all across Deepthunder can also be found on the skin of the sallow-eyed, secretive Duaradin that live there. Eager to establish new alliances in the wake of Sigmar’s return, the crippled Vampire diplomat Malapraktor set out in his iron carriage, a ruinous steam-powered contraption. The vampire’s diligence in finding those whose blood is tainted by Chaos is perhaps unsurpassed by any other, but his manner of creating converts to his cause is more forceful than most. The Shaii’ik tribe lived unseen by the scrying eyes of Tzeentch, worshipping a frail, masterless daemon. The entity granted them all invisibility from Chaos so long as they protected it in kind. When ambassadors from Azyrheim encountered the tribe the sight of the withered daemon sickened them, and they burned it. After some deliberation, they burned the tribe too. How to use this thread? This thread is going to become the home for the AoS28 project. Feel free to make use of the various TGA sections such as Painting and Modelling forums to show others what you are painting, or your own thread in the Narrative forums to talk about your warbands back story. You can also start your own blog and post photos in the gallery section but be sure to post links and updates in here to keep a central archive. You can easily find and share this thread and with the url - TGA.community/AoS28
  3. Ben

    Age of Sigmar: Second Edition

    @Burf and @BURF1 have been banned. I don’t like to keep posting that I am having to ban people. This is exciting times for Warhammer so please try and focus on that rather than arguing about possibilities and speculation.
  4. Each Wednesday show us what you are working on
  5. Hi, With the help of TGA Community we have put together a base size chart. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ohYLSaHzf8v5FM7Luou-wNtA5YEPv9DkglbrO_n9ukk/edit?usp=sharing it was an open link but members of THE 9TH AGE community defaced it, so you will have to post below any feedback. Sizes are: Rounds 25 32 40 50 60 80 100 130 160 Ovals 60x35 75x46 90x52 105X70 120x92 170X105 Thanks to @Antipodean7 for the 'Assumed' base sizes chart - https://www.dropbox.com/s/wqsx9u96fihqbz0/Warhammer%20base%20size%20chart%20V1.pdf?dl=0 More basing resources. This is a guide to 40k Bases i found - Tharses Project: Guide to 40k bases
  6. Ben

    Age of Sigmar: Second Edition

    Morning all. I’ve removed a few posts and also issued a ban this morning. We are here to chat about Warhammer and have fun. There are plenty of places on 4Chan and Reddit to argue and complain if that’s what you are looking for.
  7. Ben

    Couldn’t log on or see posts for past day

    We had an issue with the site software update and the visual theme not being compatible. I didn't now anything about it until I was out for the day. Just got home and have now fixed it but we have a slightly different look that I will have to revert back to the older version after the weekend. Sorry for the disruption.
  8. Morathi is done all but the base and a few straps. On to witches now. 70 to do for Friday. I have a backup plan to… https://t.co/MQqHLfBQdU

  9. @MrLumis Hahaha! I thought you were just a friendly local! Should have said something!

  10. Hello TGA, Friend of TGA - Byron from Facehammer and Element Games has a kickstarter up at the moment. He asked if I could share the info. If anyone supports the kickstarter please use the links in this post as we will get a commission from the sale and it will go to help cover the forum running costs. As you know, I don't do advertising on here so this is for a mate, who has an amazing product, and not a straight up ad, Link to the Kickstarter ____________________________________________ Seven days ago Artis Opus launched our first Kickstarter and our company with our ‘Series S’ kolinsky sable brushes. You may have seen our advertisments elsewhere. We thought we’d take the opportunity to post here, introduce ourselves, and give anyone interested the chance to ask questions (although you’re more than welcome to ask on Kickstarter too!). We’ve worked with some of the best artists in the industry: Angel Giraldez Andy Wardle Gareth Nicholas Neil Hollis Richard Gray We set out to make a superior product, using only the finest components and featuring small but significant alterations to make a brush which not only gives you the best tool for the job, but is a pleasure to use! Our brushes feature a full-bodied belly, with slightly longer hair than standard. It sounds a little odd but they hold more paint than other brushes of their size as a result of this. This means less trips to the pallet, faster painting, less paint drying on the brush and better performance. It’s not only our head that is full-bodied; our handle is also a couple of of MM wider than most brushes. This change is quick to adjust to, and although small has a two significant benefits; the first is increasing brush controll and grip, the second is alleviating ‘painter’s cramp’, stiffness, and being generally more comfortable. This should be particularly noticable for anyone painting longer than 30-40minutes. Link to our Kickstarter If you have any questions please feel free to ask, we’ll endeavor to reply as soon as possible! Byron, Artis Opus Co-founder
  11. @RobVJohnson retributer gold with coelia green shade

  12. @AnthonyMagro @maximum_pants @odiamh DM me your order ref Christian and I'll see if we have a tracking No.

  13. @CanHammerLogan Only lost if you drew out.

  14. thanks again to the previous team that were really helpful in getting the site to where it is now.

  15. @ubertechie74 I think its listed by battle only. no worries

  16. Ben

    Adepticon 2018 Top Lists & Results

    Alex sent me the lists for Adeption - top 21 are found here -
  17. @ChildofFang This could be your most engaged Twitter post ever. #CatsRuleTheInternet

  18. @WargamerDonal @Tom_Mawdsley Ha! Just seen you already have!!!

  19. Missed a load of stuff on twitter today, just skimming. Did Chris Tomlin die???? Sorry for your Loss @the_black_sun

  20. @ipaintltledudes Knights? https://t.co/egIJLxAVzy

  21. @ukrocky90 Ha! I could have had 30 more blackguard! Doesn’t matter. Was good to chat and roll dice.

  22. WHTV selfie https://t.co/656J3w1Ngy

  23. Hi everyone. In April I will have been running the The Grand Alliance Community forums for 2 years and in this time we have gone from a small group of users to an ever expanding membership that is currently flying towards 10000 total members. As I type this we have 80 members logged in and browsing and another 100+ guests. Age of Sigmar communities from all over the worlds are using the site and contacting me with exciting news from their local areas all the time (AoS Maters evening in the Philippines is the latest!!!) Because we are all nerds and love stats, here are a few highlights and some stats from google. The Leaderboard - http://www.tga.community/topmembers/ Biggest Thread - http://www.tga.community/forums/topic/217-the-rumour-thread/ 364 pages, 740000 page views and 9800 replies! So the crux of all this is that its getting expensive to run. 2 years ago I started the website on a £30 monthly cloud hosting plan that included the cost of the software. I did all the work myself and hired in some help here and there where i needed to. During this time we have had some problems crop up here and there. Image hosting became an issue. The sheer number of photos that people were sharing exceeded the bandwidth that the cloud hosting offered so I had to set up Amazon hosting for the images, long term members might remember the loss of images but this has been resolved for quite some time now. The next major obstacle was email. I set up a gmail account to handle all email that the forums send. This includes notifications and registrations. after a while i started getting emails from people who were unable to register. I traced this down to the fact that free accounts only allow so much email per day before placing a block so a proper transactional email service was brought in. Mail chimp and Mandrill. This is now costing as much as the actual forum software to maintain. Where we are at now is monthly running costs of over $200, rising up every few months as the number of active uses on the site increase. Costs at the moments are (all in USD): Forum software and hosting. Currently $130 USD Email service $63 for the plan and first 25000 emails. Further top ups of $18 per 25000 emails. most months this is 1 top up, but last months it was 2. Amazon AWS S3 Hosting this varies on the amount of up and downloads but is usually $15-20 Total is somewhere between $225- $250 per month and varies a little month to month with the trend being a 25% increase each 1/4. If the rate stays the same as it has for the last 2 years in 12 months time it will be entirely unmanageable without help. What I am looking for is suggestion and ideas from the community of covering these costs. There are a few obvious options 1. Advertising. I could easily load up the site with adverts and end up looking like Bell of Lost souls. There is a reason the site has had not ads from the start, and probably that same reason why its become so popular, no-one really wants this, it does however pay the bills. This would like like selling banner adverts to anyone interested, and also promoting affiliate links. This would also be quite labour intensive of chasing advertisers and making sales. 2. Members section. I could open a premium membership level. It would have a monthly subscription. £2 per month. 100 members would see all the bills paid. thats 0.01% of registers users signing up. What you would get is the features that the forum has available already but i don’t have the time/skills to put in place. I can spend time/money to get it set-up and it would be paid for by the first month or 2 of subscriptions, after that the bills will be covered each month. More likes, better reputation system. better titles/profile system. Members only ‘off topic’ chat area. Groups and clubs system. Most of the things that regularly get requested. Importantly this would be ‘bonus’ stuff. Not things that are essential to enjoying the community. 3. Patreon system. 4. A kickstarter 5. a mixture of all of the above. 6. any other suggestions? So I am totally open to suggestions and ideas and would prefer the community to decide the best way to approach this.
  24. It’s the Daughters of Khaine release weekend so I thought I would post about the things I am working on. The never ending paint mission is on going. I’ve not finished a single unit yet and am having a wobble The post Daughters of Khaine Work In Progress appeared first on The Bad Dice Podcast. View the full article
  25. @Chris_Legg yeah, we risked death to attend. #TrueFriends