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Afternoon gang! Just thought I'd chuck up my latest project, while it isn't technically AoS, it is most certainly the warhams. A group of local boys and myself have opted to get back into the ranked, square based, 6 dice gloriousness ( ) that was 8th. I'm in all honesty using it as an excuse to paint up another army, and skaven got me by the short and curlies prior to...the bad times... So any way, Clan Rictus it is (where young Tretch Craventail comes from). I'll be basing the army mainly around the Death Vermin aka The Black Death, which are the elite of the elite within Rictus' huge swathes of black furs. So they will be represented in the rules by Queek and his bodyguard unit. Also most of the other units in the army will be based on Stormvermin models (there will be no clan rats as of yet), so for instance the Jezzails will be singleman Stormvermin snipers etc, stuff like that. Anyway, enough talk, I'll pop up a few pics! So my first unit I did to try and get the feel for skaven, were some slaves (can't have skaven without slaves). As you can see, there is some Night Goblins in there, so apprently one of Clan Rictus' main exports is enslaved Goblins...thus above This picture is showing the side of the unit and I'm pretty happy with how it encapsulates the sort of swarming look that skaven should have (I hate seeing the slaves all perfectly ranked up like Empire Halberdiers). Points of note in the unit are the little group of Goblins (one even in trouble with one of his erstwhile comrades), a large nasty Wolf-Rat and a Slave driver encouraging the unit forward. Just a close up of the slave driver, just shows how I've done the basing. Opted for a jungle theme as we are currently running some events based around the Lustrian isthmus. Now onto slightly more shoot-bang things: So here we have Skreeskabak Rapidsnout, Clan Skryre permanent hireling to the Black Death. He is the cheeky little nut case that gets to run around with the Brass Orb. Not a very exciting conversion here, but apt..for a dude who ends up being a redirector after he gets mulched. Above we have his partner in crime (still a bit of a WiP) Friikflem the Ordnancer, Clan Skryre permanent hireling to the Black Death, who has survived over 7 Doom Rocket firings, making him one of the most veteran doom-rocketeers within the underempire. Pretty much poorly stole Rob Hawkins great idea for a doom rocket, but it doesn't look anywhere near as nice :P. Above is a very brief mockup of a jezzailateer (again spotted a great image on the internet using a skitarri rifle and storm vermin). He'll be mounted on the normal 25-50, with a decent sized pavise (which will in turn have all leaves and what not attached to it). Not sure if I'll have a chained slave/goblin to the pavise or not yet. So thats it for now, will turf up some fluff and some more character pics soonly. Cheers
Time for another heavy topic..... Now that AoS has been around for a while and is building momentum with some great figure releases and a fairly well established lore and game, I want to reflect on the differences between the two. Who here loved WHFB? Just to put things in context, i switched from WHFB to 40K before the end times was a thing. I had literally never heard of it until the last year. When I went to return to WHFB last year I was rather surprised to see it had already ended and I missed "that whole drama". I personally am loving AoS at the moment but have been reading up on the end times and am blown away by the 5 end times books and by the lore. It looked like an epic series of campaigns. And there is a tremendous amount more detail in those books than a lot of the AoS books so far. It's kind of a shame that the whole thing ended and that a lot of truly excellent characters are gone. I feel that if I had got into WHFB during the exciting end times period, I probably would have been a bit mortified that it ended. Now I'm in a strange position of loving AoS and looking back on something I knew little about, which has a literal wealth of great content to read. Anyone want to share their experiences of this transition? I'm sure lots of you can tell me a lot about what the end times were like as a collector/gamer (lots of new story and models? heartbroken or pleased it ended? etc). I did hear complaints that the 8th edition game was in a real state with its balancing. Any truth to this?