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  1. Weekly Hobby Update : 2-21-18

    Hey Everyone! The Aelves are truly coming back in force as this coming Saturday the preorders go up for some of the new Daughters of Khaine and I cannot wait to get my hands on the new Battletome and Morathi's new model. While part of me was hoping the release would be a few more weeks out in order to give me a chance to relax before Adepticon this seems to not be the case. However, my excitement has only grown as the Adepticon cutoff date for new releases is March 3rd and it appears that Morathi and the new Battletome will be released in order to allow me to bring both to the event. It means a change to my army list and some late nights of painting, but Morathi will be at Adepticon. I took a bit of this past week to frame up some new art to hang in my hobby room and around the house. I have been gifted old duplicate copies of Elf Army books and these make excellent pieces to hang around the house and these are the latest two editions to my growing collage on one of my walls. Recently, at the Malign Portents Painting competition my local Warhammer store was giving away warscroll cards of the new Harbingers featuring their excellent artwork on the back. I knew these would be framed as opposed to being used on the table and they frame up nicely in a simple 4x6 frame. I also took time to create my awards for the upcoming Malign Portents Coalescence event I will be running for my local club on March 17th. I love making these simple awards and they cost less than two dollars each and gives my players a nice reward for their hard-earned victories. If you wish to create these yourself the Neon Blog has offered up an easy way to do so. While the future looks less likely that I will be fielding all 120 of my Witch Aelves at Adepticon with the new book mixing things up I am happy to say I have completed them all this past week. It was a labor of love and I feel that I am now an expert on painting Aelf Thongs which is a skill I never thought I would need. I was honestly worried about the final stage of adding the warpaint and painting the eyes, but it was easily the quickest part of the whole process with only a few touch-ups being required after some small mishaps with the brush. Now that the Witch Aelves are complete I can focus on other aspects of the army. My first order of business is to finish my three Cauldrons of Blood. My first cauldron was more of a touchup of my previously painted model, but with the news that the Statue can now be fielded as its own model, I choose to replace the current one on the model. My old Statue will be based on his own and I can paint up my three cauldron statues with a similar style to keep the army more unified. With the first one under my belt, I dived directly into the second one and I hope to have them both done by next week if time is on my side. Keep an eye out on the Warhammer Community site this week as they are teasing a lot of great information about the upcoming Daughters of Khaine release as well as showcasing them on Warhammer TV this week! Let me know what you have been working on in the comments below. Until Friday, Happy Hobbying! Chuck Moore View the full article
  2. Road to Adepticon 2018 : Part 2

    I've never really been interested in those types of cases although I know of a few out there that look promising such as Tablewar. I have never had an issue with foam so perhaps it's an old habit that won't die, but at the event, the army is typically moved from table to table on their display boards. That and I have only found Taylor Swift Patches I like and haven't found any good stickers to put on one of those tower cases
  3. Road to Adepticon 2018 : Part 2

    Hey Everyone! Today I wanted to talk about my continued effort as I work to finish my Daughters of Khaine for Adepticon 2018. As of today, we have 34 days until the big event and there is still quite a bit to do in that short amount of time in order for me to be ready. If you asked me a few months ago I felt really good about being done by now and relaxing with practice games until the event. Sadly that is not the case and the Adepticon crunch is really beginning to ramp up and I am throwing more and more time at the army to get everything done in time. Since my last Road to Adepticon Post, we have seen a lot of exciting teasers and previews of the new Daughters of Khaine Battletome. I find myself in a very lucky position having already committed to the army well ahead of these announcements and I feel a bit ahead of the curve. That said there has been a lot of people quickly painting preparation for the book so Aelves will be hitting the table in force after the Battledome's release. I don't believe that the new Battletome will be out before Adepticon and the rumors on its general release timeframe seem to support that line of thought as well. I actually prefer it to be released after Adepticon as I am certain that I will not have a need to run 120 Witch Aelves after its release due to the new units and models being released and a more balanced force will be the better option. However, if there is a large Witch Aelf Formation I will not be upset at all. Thankfully I am moving along nicely with all my Witch Aelves and am down to the final step in their painting. I tackled the task of painting them all by separating them into units of thirty to give myself small manageable chunks when looking at the army as a whole. I took a single color and would do that color on each unit of thirty before moving on to the next. It made a nice assembly line style of painting that really meshes well with how I approach armies. The last step for these units is the eyes and the longer I thought about the idea of painting 240 eyes the more I didn't want to do it, but it would also no sit well with me to leave the models unfinished in that way. In order to give them a proper level of completion while simplifying the task, I am planning on giving them all warpaint on their face with white yes across the army. It should make the process smooth and quick and give a nice effect and allow me to go back to add more to the eyes later if I feel the need and have the energy. I am hoping to wrap up the Witch Aelves in the next few days allowing me to dive into three Cauldrons of Blood, Bloodwrack Medusa, and Death Hag on Foot. I painted one previously, but I plan to touch it up and keep it uniform with my two new Cauldrons. I am also very pleased with my nod to The End Times with my Cauldron representing my General. I managed to find bits online to create a Tyrion, Avatar of Khaine statue instead of the standard Khaine Statue that comes with the kit. I am really excited to get paint on this model to see how it looks as an end result. My last bit of major work in preparing for Adepticon was getting my foam sorted to transport my army. Since they are all metal models I wanted to ensure they were well protected and not rubbing against each other in any way. Last year at Adepticon I fell in love with the Battlefoam product, but after my first order, I was unimpressed with their shipping times and worried the foam would arrive late. Thankfully my local shop had some Battlefoam Large trays which are double the size of the Battlefoam Small trays that fit in my bag. After some knife work and hot glue, I managed to have enough trays for the entire army. I plan to pick up more Battlefoam while at Adepticon directly from as they typically have a booth at the event. I wish to be clear that in no way do I dislike the product, but I choose to not risk having my foam arrive after the convention as it did for me at Nova last year so a little bit of handy work and I am good to go. My last big part of the project is to create my display board and I have a few ideas drawn out but haven't committed to one as of yet. In the coming weeks though I will have to pick one and start the project. I can typically knock out a nice display board in about a week, but I would like to go a bit bigger then I have previously so my plan is to finish the army by the end of February and dedicate all my energy toward the display board leading up to Adepticon. After all the prep work is done all that is left is a nice 8.5 hr drive with my friend Sean to the event. Last year I almost went insane driving through Indiana, but I am mentally preparing myself for the lack of mountains and interesting things to look well ahead of time as well as loading up on Podcasts and music to get through the trip. Let me know if you are coming to Adepticon and how your preparation is going. Until next week, Happy Hobbying! Chuck Moore View the full article
  4. Weekly Hobby Update : 2-14-18

    Happy Valentine's Day everyone! This past week we saw the first Painting Competition for Malign Portents as well as the release of the book, new Heroes, and the new Legions of Nagash Battletome to name a few. I am looking forward to seeing how Death plays on the table with the new Battletome in some upcoming games and playing some games using Portents in the realm of Shyish. It should be a fun way to keep games fresh and challenging going forward. My local club, Ligonier Legion, went out in force to our local Warhammer store as we all took part in the Malign Portents Painting competition this past Saturday. Four out of the five entries were from our club and my club mates managed to sweep the awards easily. They even kicked me down to fourth place which is motivating me to step up my game even more in the next phase of the event. I wish to congratulate the winners and their great entries! 1st place: Sean (BrushforHire) - Ice Slayers 2nd place: Luis - Daemons of Tzeentch 3rd Place: Luke - Hammers of Sigmar While my club knocked me down a few levels this past weekend I did go home with some fun goodies. I picked up my Malign Portents Book and received a pin set for each of the new Heroes as well as some nifty warscroll cards with the great artwork on the back which I am planning to frame for display. They are durable, but the paper is a bit thinner than the standard warscroll cards so instead of potentially damaging them I plan to hand them up around my hobby area. Of course, I couldn't pass up picking up my own Darkoath War Queen to go with my Slaanesh themed Slaves to Darkness. I am planning to keep her tone neutral so she can fit in with my Khorne army as well. I was also given a fantastic gift from a great friend in the form of forty Daemonettes. My friend Matt picked them up a while ago when they went made to order, but his hobby heart is now committed to Nurgle. I plan to paint them up in the third phase of the Malign Portents painting event. Speaking of my Daughters of Khaine I have begun stretching out my nights in order to ensure I am ready for the quickly approaching Adepticon. Last night I managed to finish the washes on all 120 of my Witch Aelves and plan to dive into the Eyes next to finish them all up. I may go mad as I attempt this last step, but I begin this last trial to truly show devotion to The Shadow Queen. I am pushing very hard to have them done by the end of this weekend so feel free to keep an eye on Twitter to watch my descent into madness or even perhaps join me on a hobby hangout call for some fun. May your week be full of Hobby and Gaming and if you have forgotten to pick up a suitable Valentine's Day Card feel free to check out and use any of the ones below (or the one at the very top) as I am sure they will be received well for this holiday if your partner is also a wargamer. If they are not, give them one anyway! Until Friday, Happy Hobbying Chuck Moore View the full article
  5. Happy to hear that @MrCharisma ! Thanks for the support!
  6. Hey Everyone! This week saw the release of the initial project of the U.S. Age of Sigmar Community Group. The group is made up of Community Leaders, Content Creators, Play Testers, Hobbyists, and Gamers from across the U.S. who are all dedicated to improving the Age of Sigmar community and its growth. The group began after a Community meeting with Games Workshop at Adepticon last year and we all began dedicating our efforts to supporting their new connection to the community and wished to help with the unique issues within the U.S. scene. Everyone in the group works in their own way to better the community and a selection of us decided to put effort into creating the "Player and Event Organizer Modular Pack" who are credited for their work on the document within the pack itself. The primary home for the pack is on the U.S. AoS Community Group Page where you can find the latest version of the document to view and download as well as any other notes or future projects associated with the group itself. The site also includes a simple event calendar to help spread the awareness of upcoming Age of Sigmar Events across the U.S. and its various regions. We encourage anyone to reach out to the group's contact email usaoscommunity@gmail.com to submit their event to be added to the calendar. That same email can be used for general comments and suggestions as well. The site may expand in the future to include other projects supporting the growth and health of the Age of Sigmar community. As for now, the plan is to keep it simple and keep the focus on the pack as well as the calendar, but if you have a project or item you feel would be good to link from the page in the future please feel free to reach out. It may not happen for some time, but we are always looking ahead in order to grow and connect our community. The group held regular monthly calls as we worked through the pack to cement its philosophy and design elements. It was a great way to peer review and offer suggestions and critiques to individual models from perspectives of other members through general support or by ensuring a more consistent message where some modules overlapped. It was great fun working through this process and having so many great minds work and support each other and you can be sure it wasn't all business. With so many enthusiastic Age of Sigmar Hobbyists, we would divert into Hobby talk as would be expected. The pack was created in a modular format with the added layer of breaking down different modules into three different levels of play with the U.S. in the form of Local, Regional, and National. Each module is built to tackle specific parts of our hobby whether it is painting, gameplay, finding a venue, narrative play as well as others. The pack encourages clubs, events, and individuals to use the parts they need in order to create the pack that best suits their needs. It is all aimed at being a guideline and not meant to mandate how to play Age of Sigmar and participate in this hobby. We hope the pack can be a foundation to get events, clubs, and players started and see where they can grow and how the three different levels of play (Local, Regional, and National) support one-another. The approach of presenting each module in the three levels of play is to help present the issue with distance in the U.S. and facilitate the understanding of how they interwork and support one another despite the distance. It also helps a local club openly see what the next level might be for their club or event by focusing on becoming more regional. We hope that it might also help individuals who might play locally understand the difference between playing at a local store and playing at NOVA Open Grand Tournament so they can be more prepared for events at the different levels of play. The plan is to update the pack on regular time frame 3 months after Games Workshop releases the Major FAQ's for the game in order to fill any gaps that might be formed with rule issues in the form of potential house rules that can be used to limit any unforeseen "broken" lists, combination, etc... We also plan to make adjustments to the pack overall as needed to keep up with the changes in the community that naturally happen over time. It is possible that additional Modules could be created to examine other parts of the game and hobby as they are needed. While there is a set time period to introduce updated versions of the pack it is likely we make small tweaks and adjustments as needed in between major updates. Word clarification, spelling, sudden army Errata and FAQ's could create a need to update the pack sooner than expected. We are leaving the option open in order to ensure the pack stays as relevant as possible. We suggest you check back regularly to ensure you have the latest version. You can also follow my Twitter where I will post anytime there is an update big or small. I would like to take a moment to personally thank those who were able to put forth their time and energy to work on the pack over the past months and work together to create this tool for the community it wouldn't have happened without these hobbyists putting in their time and effort. I would also like to take a moment to thank the group as a whole for their support and continued effort in making this community great as well as Games Workshop for being so willing to connect to the community whether it is groups like The U.S. AoS Community Group or individual hobbyists openly and honestly. It was exciting being part of this group as a whole to work with such people and it is an honor to be able to call them all friends. This is only the first project by the group and we are examining other future projects, but a lot of the group are already diving into their own projects to help the community and game as a whole. Our community is healthy and growing and everyone's goal across the country is to grow their club and host and attend more and more events. We hope this pack can help the community across the country at all levels to help "Unify without Homogenizing" our national scene. Feel free to check it out, offer us feedback, and make it your own. Until next week, Happy Hobbying. Chuck Moore View the full article
  7. Weekly Hobby Update : 2-7-18

    Hey Everyone! Happy Wednesday! It is an exciting week as the U.S. AoS Community Group finally released the project it has been working on over the past year. The "Player and Event Organizer Modular Pack" is now officially live. Feel free to check it out and offer feedback, suggestions, etc... I plan to go into more detail on the pack and project in a coming article so be sure to come back and check it out in the future. This past weekend my club met for an open games day as a lot of us are preparing for Adepticon coming up in March. I forgo playing myself in order to keep progress moving forward on my Witch Aelves. I managed to get the gold trim done on 60 of my 120 Witch Aelves but should have the gold done this week and if all goes well complete them all before next Wednesday. Time is running short as Adepticon is fast approaching, but I am confident I can get the army done in time as well as my planned display board. I am going to continue acting as if I am out of time in order to keep the fire lit to finish ahead of schedule. One of the reasons my Daughters of Khaine are not complete yet is I chose to participate in the Malign Portents Start Collecting Painting competition coming up this Saturday. It has a been a fun little distraction, but it did eat away precious hobby time for my Aelves. Regardless I am happy with the result and excited to see how I fare at the event. I cannot wait to pick up the book and a hero this Saturday to add to this force. The 1000pt league at one of my FLGS is still going strong and I am managing to stay int he game with earning every painting point possible week to week. The league is built to help new players learn the game and it has been fun seeing what armies are being brought to the tables. The field is full of a lot of combat and magic armies which suits my Daughters of Khaine just fine. My game this week saw me go up against a Stormcast Eternals list and I managed to take a Major Win away from my opponent. Fully buffed Witch Aelves are scary and rolling lots of dice is always satisfying. This week also had some other hobby as the rest of my 25mm bases arrived so I can begin finishing the rebasing of all my aelves. I also received a mighty gift from my friend Paul's bottomless bits box in the form of more Witch Aelves to add to my collection. I immediately put a few into my army as extra's on my Cauldrons. I also took the time to add a fun patch to my Battlefoam bag for some fun. Now no one will steal my army! It has been another exciting week of Hobby and I hope your week is going just as strong. Let me know what you are working on in the comments and how your Adepticon Prep is coming along if you are attending this year. Until Friday, Happy Hobbying! Chuck Moore View the full article
  8. Hey Everyone! The U.S. AoS Community Groups "Player and Event Organizer Modular Pack" V1.0 is officially available. A lot of great people contribute to the pack and to the group as a whole. I am excited to finally see its release to the community. The group is dedicated to helping the US AoS Scene and this we hope this pack can help players at all levels (Local, Regional, and National). It can be found here. https://sites.google.com/view/usaoscommunitygroup/
  9. Morathi, The Hag Sorceress of Ghrond, Mother of Malekith (Malerion), first of The Hag Queens, Second Wife of Aenarion The Defender and The First Pheonix King, and now The Shadow Queen. In The World That Was she was a driving force in most events dealing connected to the Elf Races and believed to be second in power only to her Son Malekith (Malerion) within the Dark Elf Society, but this could be argued as she was more adept at manipulating behind the scenes, including manipulating her son. Let's dive in and find out more about who Morathi was and hopefully get some insight about who Morathi is now in The Mortal Realms. I aim to hit the highlights and offer my personal views on who she was as a character, but opinions vary and I am sure there will be some history for the character I miss or gloss over. Morathi is an exciting character and I encourage everyone to look into her story for yourself and hopefully, this article can act as a primer to get you started. Morathi has always been an integral part of the Warhammer Fantasy universe from The World That Was and now she promises to remain a major player in The Mortal Realms. Her origin remains a mystery as her first mention and appearance was her rescue by Aenarion after he defeated a roaming Slaaneshi Chaos Warband who had captured her and other elves. Aenarion was captivated by her beauty and the rescue of Morathi can be viewed as accidental but is more likely fate, but was it the will of Slaanesh or something else creating this fate will remain unknown. At this time Khaine already had a grip on Aenarion's heart as he had already drawn Widowmaker, The Sword of Khaine. This made it all too easy for Morathi to push him further down a dark path. For all her manipulation of Aenarion, I believe she truly loved him just as much as she loved power. Perhaps if Khaine did not have a hold of Aenarion we would have seen a drastically different history. Ultimately, the duo would not last as Caledor Dragontamer, an adamant opponent to Morathi, enacted his plan to save The World That Was during the Second Chaos Invasion despite Aenerions belief that nothing could be done to stop Chaos from winning the war. Perhaps this belief was from the influence of Khaine, but could also have been under the influence of Morathi as well. Either way, Aenarion left his second wife despite her pleas and seductions to defend his old friend as he created The Great Vortex. Morathi felt spurned and betrayed. She might have believed she could keep her and Aenarion safe by working with Slaanesh, but Aenarions righteous side won out in his moral dilemma between saving the world or to stay with Morathi. Aenarion and Caledor would succeed and Aenarion would perish after returning Widowmaker to its hidden altar. Morathi's focused shifted to ensuring her and Aenarions son Malekith (Malerion) would succeed him as the next Pheonix King and secretly harbor hatred an even deeper hatred toward Caledor as she began her long plan tear apart his great work that took Aenarion from her. Causing insult to injury Malektih (Malerion) was not selected as the next Pheonix King, but he did not protest as Morathi had done. Bel Shannar who was chosen would also take Aenarion's Daughter from his first marriage as his wife causing Morathi to lose her title as Queen. As her son ventured away from their homeland to the colonies she set to work corrupting Ulthuan with her hidden Cults of Pleasure. It acted as her network and her power base as higher ranking elf nobles joined arguing that it gave her more power than The Pheonix King himself. Morathi and her schemes would be found out either by luck or by her own design. Malektih (Malerion) who had grown significantly as a person, diplomat, and leader while being away from her returned to bring her to justice. She was captured by her son with the threat of death hanging over her head. Morthai used her supernatural ability to appeal to her son that she was truly repentant and to be spared her inevitable death sentence. Malektih (Malerion) pleaded on her behalf to The Pheonix Throne and was she was spared, but placed under permanent house arrest in Malekith's (Malerion) care due to his prestige and recognition earned while away. This only allowed her to be closer to her son and allowed her to begin manipulating him as she had Aenarion. She convinced him that he was destined to be the true Pheonix King and it was his by birthright. She recreated her Cults of Pleasure to help her son rise to the throne all the while she would be the real power behind him. One dreadful and bloody day they enacted their plan killing Bel Shannar and framing him as a member of the Pleasure Cults. Malekith (Malerion) and he followers would kill off the remaining Nobles against his bid to become Pheonix King at the Shrine of Asuryan before he stepped into the Flame of Asuryan as his father did in order to follow his path. Malekith (Malerion) despite being the chosen of Asuryan to replace his father would throw himself out of the fire a heartbeat too soon leaving him a charred husk. Morathi rushed to his side and poured her Shadow Magic into him to keep him, and her last true connection to Aenarion, alive. She had his Armour of Midnight created with The Anvil of Vaul by one of Vaul's priests she had turned to their cause to keep her son alive. Morathi's plan to rule the elves was no longer secret and the Schism of the Elves began that ended with The Great Sundering causing Morathi and those faithful to her and her son to flee north taking with them large pieces of their province of Nagarythe with them using her dark magic to create the original Black Arks. They would settle in the frozen land of Naggaroth and be known as The Dark Elves or Druchii in their own tongue. It was from here she would continue her plots and manipulation to make her son The Phoenix King and destroy Caledors vortex. For 5000 years she taught her son and subtly lea Druchii society, subtly, while continuing to affect the course of elven history through her schemes. Her son's power only remained due to her continued support when he faltered. It was Morathi who taught Ariel the Dark Arts, bringing it to the Wood Elves, in exchange for her life after her schemes killed Ariels Sister and once wife to Malekith. Through this, she planted a small enchantment on Ariel's soul to be used when needed proving her superiority in the subtlest of ways. It was Morathi who gave The Cult of Khaine the first Cauldron of Blood, gifted by Khaine himself supposedly, that she uses to bath in blood to remain eternally beautiful. A spell she has only ever kept to herself. Her constant struggles seemed to make her an evil witch with nothing but a lust for power and revenge. However, her pursuit was always toward Aenarion and his namesake. In a battle where the legendary Tyrion battled her forces, she saw him as Aenarion reborn. To her credit, Tyrion is described as looking almost entirely like Aenarion and even wears his armor and enchanted blade Sunfury. In the battle, she was defeated, but not after appearing before Tyrion and surprising him with a kiss to her lover reborn. Perhaps this was a ploy to escape, but I feel it is her defining character. She still loved and sacrificed all for Aenarion at this time. The End Times or Rhana Dandra saw lines between the three separate races of elves begin to blur. The cycle repeated and the elf heroes each became avatars reliving the great drama that played out before with their gods. Tyrion was revealed as Khaines Avatar and Morathi was revealed to be the living avatar of Hekarti, elven goddess of conjuration and Dark Magic. Households would split and it was revealed her son was indeed the True Pheonix King. However, over the course of The End Times, she would see Tyrion draw Widowmaker and she would become his lover and fall back into her manipulative ways dragging him further down the path of darkness all the while feeling Aenarion had returned to her. Her son was Pheonix King, but that wasn't what she had wanted all along. She wanted Aenarion back and revenge on Caledor who she felt caused his death and spurning. In a final climactic battle on The Isle of the Dead, location of The Great Vortex that would end The Final elven civil war. Caledor was still alive, in a fashion, within The Great Vortex casting his spell for eternity to keep Chaos at bay. Aenarion had returned to her so all that was left was for her to take her vengeance and destroy the great work. Fatefully, Caledor was working with Teclis, Tyrion's Twin Brother, to pull out the winds of Magic from the vortex to place them within elven heroes and create the Incarnates in hopes to defeat Archaon and his plans. Nagash had already done this upon his rebirth with the Wind of Death cementing it within the land where he began to absorb its power. As the two mages worked to complete their task as the epic battle between Tyrion and Malektih's (Malerion) and their forces raged Morathi appeared to take her vengeance. Teclis and Caledor strived to complete their work, but some of the Winds of Magic escaped as they broke apart the spell as she attacked Teclis. They were was able to maintain a grasp on a few and direct The Wind of Life into Alarielle, the Wind of Shadow into Malekith (Malerion), and Teclis held The Wind of Light within his staff. The vortex crumbles and Slaanesh sensing a banquet of elven souls appeared overhead to feast. Caledor clung to Morathi has she clawed at his face to escape while Slaanesh consumed them both before vanishing. Ulthuan would sink, Tyrion would die, for a time, and Morathi would vanish. Later, the Slaaneshi Daemon Dechala The Denied One appears in front of Malektih (Malerion) throwing Morathi's staff, Heartrender, at his feet claiming she was Slaanesh's now. She was then immediately slain by Tyrion reborn as The Avatar of Light. Morathi was gone and The World That Was was destroyed, save its core. We enter into The Mortal Realms where our first mention oh Morathi is in the very first book released where she is surrounded by Shadow Daemons in a glade located within The Realm of Shadow. She was flesh and blood but changed and it was her who helped Malerion find physical form once more. They joined Sigmars Pantheon and established order within the realms. We now know, due to the recent teaser videos that she helped set up civilization in The Mortal Realms after "slithering" her way out of Slannesh's belly and before the god of pleasure and excess was captured by the aelves. She leads The Daughters of Khaine despite her knowing Khaine is dead, but is the religion a front or hopes to rebirth the god? Time will tell. Morathi stated that she has taken on the form of her tormentor and if we look toward Dechala we know this to be a half snake, half aelf woman. It is also possible that if he was the avatar of Hekarti she might have multiple arms in this true form, much like the god she represented in The End Times. She will remain a major player in The Age of Sigmar and as a character with such a rich and deep history, it is a great joy to see them giving her character credit and the care it deserves. There is a lot about Morathi's past not in this article, but I tried to hit the major points I felt important to her character. I scoured all the resource material I had available be it Battletome, novel, White Dwarf, or short stories, but if elves are involved then Morathi will have a tie or mention in the story. She was a defining character for all of Aelven history and will prove to be one going forward. I hope this article has given you more insight into who she was and what she might be currently. If there was a favorite part of her history I missed or glossed over please let us know in the comments. "For too long have I been shunned. No longer will I be denied!" ~Morathi The Shadow Queen Until next time, Happy Hobbying. Chuck Moore View the full article
  10. Weekly Hobby Update : 1-31-18

    Hey Everyone! It has been a very busy weekend for Age of Sigmar with four large events going on and a plethora of news being dropped. I wanted to take a moment at the very start to congratulate the 2018 North American nominees for Warhammer Heroes. This award is a fantastic idea and those chosen from the multitude of submitted nominees should be very proud of their efforts, but those who were nominated and not on this list should also be just as proud that their effort is being and is having a positive effect on your community. This award seems as if it will happen somewhat regularly per the article so if your nominee isn't on the list then be sure to submit them again during the next Warhammer Heroes Award. I always love receiving packages in the mail and this Hobby really helps satisfy that feeling. This week I received the rest of my Calvary and Monster bases for my "Great Aelven Rebasing Project" and some custom objective markers also arrived ready to be used in some games this week. They are also a great way for some shameless self-plugs of my blog if I play someone new. I have my Malign Portents Start Collecting box almost completed as well. I was hoping to get it done this weekend, but it didn't happen so my effort is entirely put toward finishing it as soon as possible. I am really wanting to dive back in and finish my Daughters of Khaine well in advance of Adepticon and it is really making me try to finish my Slaves to Darkness quickly to a nice tabletop standard. It is a very begrudging type of motivation, but it is motivation nonetheless. Although I cannot stay away from my Aelves for long as I dove into my bits bin to make another unit of Sisters of Slaughter to add to my force later one. I managed a few 1000pt games for a learning league at one of my local games shops as well. I am playing around with various lists of Daughters of Khaine and while the Witch Aelves with their Cauldron continues to perform exceptionally well the rest of the army melted quickly, but they were fun games and this league is helping me learn more about my army in preparation for Adepticon. One of the exciting pieces of news was the official FAQ schedule we now have for Age of Sigmar. I am sure it is a relief for T.O.'s knowing when big changes are likely to drop and to Games Workshop's credit, they wasted no time in updating the FAQ's on Monday directly after a lot of major events wrapped up. Be sure to go check out the updates so you are up with the changes. As you might have expected, my favorite announcement was all the great model reveals for the upcoming Daughters of Khaine Battletome. I cannot find a single model doesn't scream "Paint me!" and I plan to do just that. It is unknown when the book and models will drop, but if it comes out before Adepticon, and is valid for use at the event, I will be having some hard decisions to make, but it is not decisions I would be to upset over having to make. Check out the reveal video as well as some screen captures of the models below. On top of all this excitement, we will be able to preorder the new Malign Portents book, new faction Heroes, as well as some fun accessories as we begin our battles in Shyish and the return of some nice scenery. It will be a week of hard budgeting and hard decisions, but I know the Book will be a must for me and perhaps that new combat gauge would go well with it! Age of Sigmar is beginning to move quickly again and I am excited for what is to come. A final item I wish to announce today is I am happy to announce that I have been selected as the T.O. for the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Grand Tournament as well as the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Doubles Event at the upcoming 2018 NOVA Open Convention. It is an honor to be given this opportunity and the work has already begun with the passionate people at NOVA Open. Expect more information int he coming weeks, but keep an eye out for Registration happening on March 1st to guarantee yourself a spot at the events. Until Friday, Happy Hobbying. Chuck Moore View the full article
  11. Why Do We Hobby?

    Hey Everyone. To wrap up The Realm Gate's birthday week I wanted to propose a question to all of you as well as offer my answer to this simple question. Before I do, however, I want to give a shout out to Vince over at Warhammer Weekly who proposed a similar question in his Topic of The Week series recently, albeit a bit more focused. Go check out his channel if you haven't already as it is my favorite Youtube channel around this Hobby and well worth your time. The question I wish to put forth is "Why do we Hobby?" or "Why do you Hobby?". It is a strange thing we all do and for a community to form around, but yet we all hold a very close attachment to it all and cannot imagine our lives without it. Before I begin to answer the question myself I want to define what I mean by Hobby. My definition of Hobby is "Anything you do in relation or because of Wargaming". This can be games, painting, list building, Blogging, YouTube videos, Podcasts, large community projects, or anything else that fits the definition. For some people, the Hobby defines us, while with others we define out Hobby and it is fascinating how we can be so vastly different regarding why we Hobby, but be more unified as a community because of it. There are many reasons why someone would choose to Hobby. Some want to compete at the top tables at large events, some wish to paint thematic armies and tell stories. There are those who are about winning trophies whether it is through games or painting. I imagine there are some who are just trying to be well-known in the community, although I believe this as a driving goal is a poor reason. Those who are well-known painters or competitors on the table are well-known because their goal was to be the best painter or become the best player they could. If you are unsure of what your goal is I suggest checking out my old article series "Life Lessons and Wargaming". It may also be good to touch on the concept that motivation does not mean amount of time put into the Hobby. While those who are highly motivated might indeed take on multiple projects at once, but that doesn't mean the person painting a single model for a painting competition is any less motivated. Humans are very different creatures and while there are those like myself who enjoy multitasking and feel highly motivated to work on multiple projects. There are those who are just as motivated, if not more so that focus on a single task or project. It is a grey area, but when you can see how motivated someone is through their passion in this Hobby. So why do I Hobby? When I proposed the idea to myself it initially felt intangible and to broad and open to properly put into words, but the more I thought about it the more I was able to cement the idea and bring it to the ground. The answer for me is that I hobby for myself and my wellbeing. It is the same reason I lift weights and go to the gym daily. It sounds a bit odd comparing two vastly different hobbies and cultures, but the comparison works for me. Talking in the various chats I am a part of as well as Twitter interaction brings me great joy throughout my day and a welcome distraction to the stresses or work and life. When I build lists and theory craft with others really fulfills my need to problem solve and the enjoyment that process brings. Painting is a therapeutic escape where the world disappears as I move paint around a model. The various community projects energize me as I work with fantastic people and great friends knowing we are looking to offer positive impact to the community as a whole and help Age of Sigmar grow. I cannot forget gaming in all of this as it is the culmination of our efforts where we get to enjoy meeting and playing people. Doing this Hobby for myself and my wellbeing has really allowed me to identify with the game and the positive impact it can have. While the improvement of my wellbeing is what I feel the major part of why I do this Hobby I know there are other reasons as well mixed in such as wanting to help the community grow, make new friends, etc... That is okay as I know over time my reason may adapt and change as is natural. So why do you Hobby? I would be excited to hear in the comments below and see what discussions form from the question. Perhaps, by doing that you will help others discover why they hobby. Until Next Week, Happy Hobbying. Chuck Moore View the full article
  12. Weekly Hobby Update : 1-24-18

    Hey Everyone! I hope your week has full of Hobby and if you are traveling to L.V.O., Waaaghpaca, The Sheffield Slaughter or any other of the great events going on this weekend may your travels be swift and your games be glorious! Today my Blog turns two years old today. It is very satisfying to see how far I have come over these years and I am very excited for how far I could go in the future. Last year at this time I truly began providing consistent posts twice a week and I focused on expanding my posts to a minimum of one thousand words and I hope to do even more in the year to come. As you could predict I am continuing my Daughters of Khaine army for Adepticon this year. I have been making great progress on them, but I still have work ahead of me with the Gold, Eyes, Washing, and Highlights to finish up all the infantry. However, there is still time before the big show and I am committed to finishing them all to the nicest standard I am able to do. I am giving some thought to my Display board as well and the idea of a large Cauldron of Blood is a simple and effective one, but due to a recent teaser video, I might be changing that idea up a bit. An Age of Sigmar League has begun at one of my local gaming stores and in order to prepare for Adepticon, I am playing my Daughters of Khaine. The League is for 1000pt games using scenarios from the Generals Handbook 2017. I have only managed one game in the league, but I took the win over a mixed Skaven Chaos list. I have yet to face a Tzeentch or a Shooting list with my Daughters, but I feel very confident against other combat armies. Win or lose this is still a really fun army to field and play. While I do have a lot more to do for Adepticon I am also still working on my Malign Portents Start Collecting Box for the painting competition on February 10th. My army of choice is Slaves to Darkness that I originally planned to add to my Khorne army. However, While I held my Mephiston Red a sudden bit of inspiration hit me and I devoted this army to Slaanesh and have worked out a paint scheme I wish to try out. I am working to have these all done by the end of this week if possible so I can devote all my time to my Daughters of Khaine. Speaking of the Daughters of Khaine we had an amazing teaser dropped yesterday and if you haven't yet go check it out. I have managed to get lucky by being very far ahead with my Adepticon Army so when these finally drop I plan to get playing with it immediately. I am hoping that we see a few new models to go along with the current range and the pictures below seem to indicate that this could be the case. I am also eagerly awaiting to see if we get a new Morathi model as she is the focus and narrator of the latest teaser. If it is along the line of the Alarielle model we are in for a treat! I hope your excitement is high for all these great teasers and it inspires your hobby to keep moving forward! After the teaser I am more motivated to finish my Daughters of Khaine then I was when I began the project and I can't wait to field it when it is completed. Be sure to keep an eye out for some big news from Games Workshop this weekend as well as there will be another Reveal seminar happening at L.V.O. in just a few days. Not to mention all the great live streaming of Warhammer going on this weekend as well. I also wish tot hank you all for joining me on my journey for these past two years. Our hobby has the best community out there and that fact you take the time to read my weekly posts is very humbling. Thank you all. Until Friday, Happy Hobbying Chuck Moore View the full article
  13. Why You Should Rebase

    Hey Everyone! Today I wanted to talk about that still, somewhat, controversial topic of rebasing your models to round and oval bases in Age of Sigmar. If you have been following my blog for the past year or so you would have seen me accepting the move to round bases, but refusing to rebase any old armies. You would have also seen my reversal of opinion as I began my Aelf rebasing project that is still ongoing currently. Today I wanted to dive into this topic about why I feel the community needs to begin working toward having round bases as a requirement for Age of Sigmar. Warhammer Age of Sigmar has been out for a few years now and the community has never been better for hobbyists and gamers alike. The community is growing with new and returning players and we are seeing a wide variety of armies out on the scene from these groups. While it is still not officially mandated that Age of Sigmar is a game played with round bases it has become the general standard as more and more kits are being repackaged with round bases. It is also standard to see events at the Local, Regional, and National levels stating that players measure from base to base during the game. These are pointing toward a move to fully round based armies in the near future. While newer players are coming into the game and putting their model son round bases a lot of the returning players still have old armies on squares. I am not suggesting we turn players away at our local clubs because they wish to try out Age of Sigmar, but only have an old Army on Square bases. I would encourage those players, as they find themselves enjoying the game, to look into rebasing their old army or begin a new army using the appropriate round bases. National level events are, or most likely will be, requiring the appropriate round bases at their events and it is likely that the Regional level events will be soon to follow. This puts the burden on the Local level to help prepare players and their armies for the higher levels of play. This isn't anything new for the Local level as it has always been a place to learn your army, improve your skills, and prepare for the larger events as far as gameplay and list building. This level must now also help encourage players to base their armies on rounds. In my Local scene, I have been working to support the players in rebasing older armies to round bases. It was not a quick process and it wasn't until I decided to rebase all of my old models that it truly became a priority to my hobby and allowed me to honestly help other players to join me in rebasing. A lot of my local scene saw how much fun Adepticon was last year and are planning to go for the first time or return there after a gaming break and this has been a great final push to embolden everyone to go to round bases. As our community grows we are always looking to invite new players into our game systems and supporting the use of round bases as the standard will only help us grow even more. Seeing a game played between two armies with one of Square bases and the other on rounds appears disjointed as opposed to two armies on the same type of base. It also takes away the odd feeling of measuring between two different shapes of bases and allows a better uniformity to knowing how far you need to charge, shoot, pile in, etc... While it is possible to play with the two shapes of bases it is much simpler if you know your opponents will be bringing the model footprints you are expecting based on what we see from the more prevalent Regional and National levels of play. To be fair there are a few hurdles and arguments about rebasing, but they are often not what you might be expecting, but they do have workarounds. The first argument I hear is that it is a pain to rebase and it isn't as hard as one expects. Rebasing goes quite quickly as models which were glued to bases with the use of plastic glue easily come off with a pair of snips and a bit of patience. If someone used plastic glue then you just need to snip around the feet leaving a bit of the old base and gluing that directly onto the new round base. Another concern is the cost of buying new round bases. If you are looking to buy resin bases or official Citadel Bases then I would agree with the high cost of buying new bases. If you have a small elite army then it isn't much to swallow. However, if you are like me and looking to rebase hundreds of models then you need the cheapest option possible. If you look online at hobby supply sellers or on eBay you can find bases made very cheaply in either a thinner plastic or MDF that often come in very large quantities. The downside is they often have a lengthy shipping time as they cross international lines and customs checks, but if you need to pinch pennies it is the best way to do it. The biggest hurdle that doesn't have an easy answer to point toward is what base sizes should be used? While some of the older kits have been repackaged with round bases we still have kits on shelves that are supplied with square bases. There is a great community tool over on TGA that lists out the old models and their appropriate base size, but it is far from complete. What is the solution? While it would be great to see an official document that lists the base sizes for models from Games Workshop it is unlikely we will see it, at least in the near future. Perhaps we could see it in a future Generals Handbook, but for now, it falls to us as a community help the new and returning players find the appropriate base size. Thankfully a lot of this can be done with common sense as a lot of square bases have associated round or oval bases close to their size. You can also look at other units which are similar that may have an updated base. For example, the repackaged Slaves to Darkness Start Collecting Box has a 120x92mm base for the chariot. I would say it is safe to assume that all chariots would be based on the same size. There are tools out there to help with moving from square to round bases as well. Very soon The U.S. AoS Community group will be releasing their Modular Pack and within it is items such as a base conversion guide to help as part of one of the many modules. Keep an eye out here as we are nearly done with the final stages of the pack and more info will be coming shortly. For now here is a preview of this specific part of the module. With positive support and encouragement, we can begin to see the use of round bases as the community standard at all levels of play int he near future. While we do this we should also encourage Games Workshop to repackage as many of the old kits as they are able to help the newer players come in on the proper footing as well. While I know not everyone will agree with a push such as this it is a big part of the health and growth of our game and community and it is already in process of happening, it just requires a bit more pushing from the community to make it a reality. If you do disagree I hope that perhaps one day you will change your mind on rebasing as I have over this past year. Let me know your thoughts in the comments and until next week. Happy Hobbying! ~Chuck Moore View the full article
  14. Weekly Hobby Update : 1-17-18

    Hey Everyone! The snow and the cold are still very prevalent in my part of the world creating a very cold hobby area for me, but there are projects to complete. Thankfully I was able to gain respite outside of my basement to watch The Grand Tournament Heat 1 for Age of Sigmar this past weekend. A nice cup of coffee and a day of streamed games while my hobby area warmed up is the best kind of weekend to have when there are ice and snow covering the outside like a Beastclaw Raider invasion. When my Hobby space finally warmed up and I was able to move to my basement I finally got to begin using a wonderful gift I received a few months ago. Many people will cringe, but I never used a wet palette before as I I would just thin the paints on some Citadel Palette Pad if not just pulling from the paint pots themselves. I am always working to improve my hobby and go outside my comfort zone and forcing myself to finally begin using this tool fit both those categories for me and I have come to discover how much I enjoy this tool and cannot understand why I took so long to begin using one. I highly suggest picking one up to make your hobby life easier. My Adepticon Army is coming along nicely as well as I managed to complete a lot of the color blocking on my four units of Witch Aelves. They currently have Hair Color, some of the armor, and squad markings all done and I plan to finish up the leather and metal armor by the end of this week. I am very happy to be so far along with this project as I am. I expected to be struggling to paint so many models, but I have been able to get back into the groove of "assembly line army painting". It feels like a form of meditation when I am knocking out model after model doing the same part over and over again. It is not just Daughters of Khaine filling my Hobby time as I have rebased a few more Aelves to round bases as well as managing to prime and base my Slaves to Darkness for the Malign Portents Painting Competition coming up on February 10th as well as working toward my #Hobby500. They have announced the awards for the event at official local Warhammer and Games Workshop locations and while they are not anything much I am enjoying how my local community has gathered around participating as an excuse to jump fully into whats to come and start new armies. The community gathering should be great at my local Warhammer store and to me, that is the best part of events such as these. Having fun talking about Warhammer is what I look forward to the most, but that doesn't mean I won't put forth my effort to win out against my community. In an unexpected turn of events, one of my local game stores has seen more and more players take interest in Age of Sigmar and willing to lay down their bolters for a while and battle it out in The Mortal Realms. The best part is that a local player has organized it which means I can play and fight it out to try and win as opposed to when I run events and I do not count myself for any placing despite games I play. The league is a bit of a learning league and as such we are playing at 1000pts which is a great way for me to test my half of my Age of Sigmar Adepticon Team Event list that I will be bringing to battle alongside Michael and his mighty Skavenm Horde! I hope you are having a Hobby filled week and are staying warm if you are in the area of the Everwinter. If you are participating in the Malign Portantins Painting Competiiton let me know in the comments so I can check out how your Start Collecting Box is coming along! Until Friday, Happy Hobbying! - Chuck Moore View the full article
  15. Hey Everyone! Today I am happy to bring you another interview with Dan Moyes who is a member of The Rend 4 Age of Sigmar Club. You might recognize Dan from my Weekly Hobby Update posts as he was the gentleman who was pushing me to Hobby as much as I did over the past few months. Dan is local to Colorado but met Neil at Adepticon last year which is how he joined the club. It was fun getting to know Dan better through some friendly competition and soon we will be sharing a drink at Adepticon together as we recount the tales of our recent Hobby rivalry. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chuck: "Dan, how did you get into the Hobby?" Dan: "I was a long time Warhammer 40k player (going back to Rogue Trader days in fact). My small gaming group of a few friends would play 40k on a regular basis. Age of Sigmar came out and we picked up the starter set and gave it a go. We immediately liked the faster play, having rules in one place and the thematics of medieval style soldiers and monsters fighting over strange lands. I was always a fan of fantasy, but the requirement for large blocks of infantry was always a turn off in terms of financial costs and the time sink of getting all those models ready for the tabletop. Sigmar seemed to offer the medieval/fantasy flavor on a smaller skirmish level which was a big attraction to many 40k players like myself." Chuck: "What do you currently have on your Hobby table and what are you planning for the future?" Dan: "Currently more Seraphon and some Stormcast that have needed paint for forever. I do have various miniatures from other game systems that I would like to get painted as well. During the Rend 4 Hobby Hero competition, I did complete all the basic heroes (and Tzeentch heroes) that came with Silver Tower and would like to get the rest of the miniatures painted up as well as include some exotic adversaries for a future season. My son, who is 10, will be attending Adepticon with me this year and playing Sigmar teams with me and is entered into the Sigmar youngbloods competition. I have some last bits of a Seraphon army to get tabletop ready for those events." Chuck: "What is one of your favorite memories of this hobby?" Dan: "For me, the allure of AoS is those games that come down to the wire and hinge on one last dice roll (or several last dice rolls) that decide the fate of the game. One that I remember fondly in our group was the remaining Seraphon had the last Khorne model, a Bloodsecrator surrounded, in cover, on the objective, and unwounded bottom of turn 5. The Secrator was rocking a crazy save and was eventually whittled down to his last wound with nothing left to strike except for the Kroxigor jaw attacks (that are usually uneventful). Jaws like a Steel Trap was triggered (6 on wound) that causes a dice off between them and their victim. Final dice off for the game (Khorne would be tabled and lose the objective to boot), Khorne rolls….a 2…Seraphon roll…..a 3! And cause one mortal wound, the last wound, thus winning the game. It doesn’t really get much closer than that. I also have great memories of my first Adepticon trip. My friend and I basically on a whim decided to go last year and booked at the last moment. The events that still had slots at the time were mostly Sigmar (and we both decided against any 40k events). The AoS crowd was pretty laid back and fun and I learned a lot about the game since I was pretty much the FNG at that point. We played AoS until we puked doing Vanguard, Teams, and Championship all that weekend. I actually got matched up against my buddy in round 3 of the Championship which was unexpected. We also got paired up with Ben Johnson and Robin Cruddace in round 3 of teams which was a complete surprise (and we were thoroughly crushed)." Chuck: "How do you balance Hobby, Work, and Family?" Dan: "It was tough up until recently. I had been on 12-hour shifts at work with an irregular schedule, so I was always tired and worn out. Hobbying was my balance to Work and Family since I tended to de-stress whilst painting and planning my next build, color scheme etc… My kids always like to see what I am up to at my paint station." Chuck: "What is your favorite part of this hobby?" Dan: "For me it is the painting and converting and coming up with new techniques for miniatures. I enjoy spotting items at stores that I can quickly identify for a terrain project or basing material. You never know what may crop up." Chuck: "What is your least favorite part of this hobby?" Dan: "Probably assembly. Many times I am rushed to get models on the table and things get put together quickly. Later on, when I go back to paint I have to spend the time to get things fixed before I paint." Chuck: "We recently battled it out over the Hobby Hero award as part of The Rend 4 club's winter event season. What can you share about your experience?" Dan: "It was exhausting I had retaken the lead after doing my hobby board and was determined to keep you beat down in points till the end. By the end of the season, I had perfected knocking out models to a tabletop standard in as little time as possible. That did give me new confidence in being able to compete large projects quickly. During the season I managed to complete a Flesh Eater Courts and Seraphon army and have a good chunk of a Slaanesh army complete. I also put a dent in the Silver Tower set which the family loves to play. We both cracked 300 points which is basically a 2k army worth of stuff a month for the last 6 months!" Chuck: "The competition really pushed us both to squeeze out as much Hobby time as possible. What tips can you share about painting plenty of models within a short time frame?" Dan: "Plan ahead both your time and models that you want to tackle. Plan ahead a color scheme and keep it simple, 3 colors (primary, secondary, tertiary). After all the planning, execute until it is done! If you can make hobbying a part of your routine then that is even better. I started to set aside some time almost every night to get at least a few things done. An airbrush which is a big expense in many people's hobby budget will save you loads of time. I use mine mostly for base coating and for some effects." Chuck: "You recently began a small Facebook page dedicated to producing armies quickly and to nice tabletop quality. What can you tell me about the page?" Dan: "There are a gajillion painting pages out there that you can get techniques and tips from. For me, it seems that many people get bogged down in the psychology and motivation of getting their armies on the table and cannot see the forest for the trees. That is what I want to focus on, the psychology of hobbying. The recent competition helped me overcome some of those hurdles and I would like to return some of the knowledge to the community. We can also talk about the challenges of getting younger kids into the hobby since I have started down that path with my son so far and my daughter has shown interest as well. Come over to GOML (Get Off My Lawn) Painting and join in." Chuck: "While the Rend 4 Club is located in Northeast Ohio you are based in Colorado. What type of Age of Sigmar and 40k scenes do you have out that way?" Dan: "I am wholly unqualified to answer that since I typically just game with a few friends and we like to game in what I call a “friendly competitive” environment. We try to not cheese it up too much with lists and be “that guy” during games. We game at each other’s houses and we are fortunate to be able to have all the additional items that come with the hobby when you home game (game tables, terrain, game mats). We have played at our LFGS before but it is overrun with Magic." Chuck: "If there is any way someone might be able to reach out to you for a game in your local area?" Dan: "My group is looking for additional players that share a similar game mindset and people that are looking to learn the game or get better in a low-stress setting. We are very laid back and will be joking and messing around the whole time having fun. We cannot game every day as work/life balance is decidedly more towards work but we try to fit in a game night once or twice a month. If you are looking for a game just send me a message on Facebook and introduce yourself." ------------------------------------------------------------------------- I hope you enjoyed today's Player Spotlight with Dan. If you live in Colorado be sure to reach out to him about meeting up to play some games! Until next week, Happy Hobbying! ~Chuck Moore View the full article