The Troggoth Hag is definitely a piece I believe every Troggoth army needs. It's amazing as a model and amazing on the table.
I rarely do such detailed eyes and faces but when working on a model that is the centrepiece of your army you want to spend some extra time just to make it special. This is surely the best work I have ever done on a models face and I think there is just a lot of character and emotion on the model.
My smaller Troggoths are just green and blue but for this model I felt like it really needed another color to make it pop more so I asked some people what would be best and after many recommendations I decided to go for a nice bright orange and I think it really fits nicely. This picture also shows well the addition of mushrooms all over the model. Even though my Troggoth army is based on swamp themed bases with lots of water effects the mushrooms really tie it to my Grots and Squigs that are based on more rocky bases but with lots of mushrooms. The base on this model was definitely one of the most fun parts of the process of creating it.
Here we see a detail shot of the base with the small Free Guild soldier hiding from the lumbering Hag. I love the base I did here. The water effects came out nicely and the base that comes with the Hag looks really nice after I added all kinds of fun stuff like mushrooms and skulls to it.
By popular demand, a project blog of the building of my new man shed.
Somehow (I'm already confused as exactly how, though I'm not questioning) in the recent past, I persuaded my wife to agree, as part of a whole garden rejig, to allow me to rebuild my man shed. We moved house a couple of years back and I was lucky enough to find myself the proud owner of a 30ft shed/garage. Apparently, the previous owner had built it specially to house his boat. Fun nerdy times were had, but it quickly became clear that the roof leaked and, before long, the whole place would collapse in on us if we rolled too many dice at once.
Fast forward two years, the wife wants the garden done, so it's time to clear out the old, and start anew. @Ben suggested I blog the build as it appears, so here's the initial photos after two or three days.
So far, it's just a concrete base, with the six supporting posts set in the concrete,(complete with obligatory handprints) and the beginnings of walls. I opted to use floorboards to construct the walls, rather than shiplap, as it was considerably cheaper.
I'll probably post everyday with progress reports. Hopefully the whole thing shouldn't take long.
Ok so many moons ago, there were some awesome dwarf models called doomseekers. Longbeards will remember them fondly I am sure. Well they had been sat gathering dust on my shelf for far too long, and when I saw the Hearthguard bezerkers, I thought maybe I had found a use for them. So my project began.
I kit bashed some Vulkite Bezerkers along with the spares from my Auric Hearthguard to fill out the unit into 10 models. They actually fitted in pretty well, no noticeable scale issues.
I wanted a leader for my army and the Magmadroth is such a nice model I couldn't help myself, so a Runefather joined their ranks. The kit is really good as I was also able to make a Rinesmiter and Runeson as well.
Slowly I built up a reasonable force adding 2 units of Vulkite Bezerkers, and 1 of each of the remaining characters, Grimwrath Bezerker, Runemaster and Battlesmith. The quality and detail in these kits is amazing and i would recommend them to anyone. Finally I wanted some variety so I added some converted prosecutors. Simple head and weapon swaps made them easy to blend in, plus I had loads from various starter set swaps I had done when AOS was released.
My army was really taking shape now, I just needed soem bases, and as you can see from the pictures, I chose an ice theme to contrast the orange slayers. I got these from darkarts, they are actually lava bases, but painted with an ice effect they work pretty well I think
So thats my Fyreslayers, they kept me busy for 3 months, around 100 SCGT pool choices. How have they done on the battlefield? Well in true slayer fashion they have died with honour! Sometimes in victory, sometimes in defeat, I will pop back and write a batrep for a game soon so you can see them in action
This weekend I'm going to the Throne of Skulls at warhammer world. My original plan was to take my death army with me, however sure to the more narrative and fun orientated nature of the event I felt it was the wrong choice (it's set up as a very competitive list).
I was struggling to work out what to take instead when I remembered on Friday that I'm not limited to one grand alliance, just to 30 models. I decided to do a force inspired by the Josh Reynolds audio dramas.
Writing the list was easy, start with Manfred, Tarsus (celestant prime on foot) and Ramus (Lord relictor). Fill rest in with standard foot models - no prime, no deep striking, nothing from the extremis chamber.
That left me with seven days to get 29 models finished, I got everything built sprayed and eleven finished on Monday leaving me with the target of six a day so I could base them all on Friday.
Currently I on plan with just six left to do, here are some photos of my progress.
I will begin with saying SPOILERS!!!! as I will be discussing parts of the recent Balance of Power book for Age of Sigmar.
I have recently completed my first read through of Warhammer Age of Sigmar: The Realmgate Wars (book 2) Balance of Power. The book moved the story ever forward as we have been promised with the new Game and The Mortal Realms are as exciting as ever, but this time around there was more focus on the gods of the realms.
In the realm of Life Alarielle is continuing her escape with add from the Sylvaneth as well as the Hallowed Knights (ONLY THE FAITHFUL!). She begins a metamorphosis along the way and her (literal) Right hand decides on a path to cleanse any possible corruption and allow her soul to absorb the honor and glory from fallen heros so she might be reborn as warrior queen so she might lead her armies to retake the realm from Nurgle.
During a final climactic battle Sigmar sends down his Celestant-Prime and boy does this guy deliver. I wont go into much detail on his battles, but if you get a chance to read anything about when he comes to battle get ready for an enjoyable time. Ultimately the battle ends with only Stormcasts alive as the Prime uses Ghal-Maraz to turn the Nurgle Champion leader into a fine red mist. However, it is not the end for this guy as we find out.
Nagash makes a (very)small appearance as A new Stormhost is sent to aid Neferata and seek to parlay with the Lord of Death. There is plenty of Slaanesh in this battle which is great to see. The God of Excess is very much alive....somewhere. Sadly, not much else happens in this arc, but we will probably see more in the novels and dramas coming out soon.
In the realm of metal we get to see Vandus Hammerhand (the golden boy himself) continue to lead his Hammers of Sigmar into battle, but this time around it doesn't go as it has. Archaon himself comes in battle ensues between the two. Archaon is able to vanquish Vandus and send his soul back to be reforged and I am very much looking forward to seeing how this changes Vandus. His Chamber does not fair much better, but died to a man in the death of heros. During this part there is a small line as a Tzeentch Sorcerer is conversing with one of the Four Greater Demons that fought Sigmar oh so long ago. He tells of Archaon's true name and how he could be swayed back to the light. At first this seems like a throw away line until we get to the very last page of the book...
Remember that Nurgle Champion? Well it was explained that he was corrupted by Nurgle despite being a stalwart champion of the realm of life. He never died, but was slowly corrupted which is why Sigmar was not able to sweep him up to be reforged (Even during the battle which he died to the Primes hammer he has a small moment of doubt in what he has done). So here he is reborn as a Hallowed Knight ready to take revenge on the Chaos that so long corrupted him.
This is the balance of power. For so long Chaos has been able to tempt and taint mortal beings to fight for them. Chaos has always had the upper hand in this as when one began to fall there was no escape. It seems Sigmar has found a way to purify these souls who are corrupted. Sigmar can now possibly redeem any (noble) Chaos Champions/Warrior killed in battle by pulling their soul to Azyr to be reforged and rid of the Chaos taint.
So what about that throw away line about Archaon? Is it possible for Archaon to be reforged as a Stormcast (possibly as powerful as the Celestant-Prime himself?). It all would appear so if someone can kill Archaon to allow this to happen. Either way I am very excited to see how this plays out in the next campaign book!
For Empire! For Sigmar!
When Age of Sigmar released I knew I would be picking up the starter set. Not for a love of either army (in fact I would trade the Bloodbound for some Dark Elf models), but to support the new game system. What I did not expect was that I would begin to love the Stormcast models. After listening to the audio dramas it gave me fresh insight and new appreciation to the army.
When deciding on how to paint my Stormcast I went with a theme I created back when Paint Hammer ran a painting competition using the free Stormcast that came with the White Dwarf at the time. The Reiskguard were always an army I wish I had time and money to do. The look and story behind them always captivated me. Sadly the World would end and they would be no more? Or maybe they would? So for the competition I painted my Stormcast in Reiksguard Red and White and used a few Empire bits I had.
My First Reiksguard Stormcast... (Lord Celestant)
After I picked up the starter set I let this idea take shape. I didn't overload the army with Empire bits (in fact there are only a few models with anything directly tied to the Empire models), but I used a few kitbashed models as leaders and put the color scheme to work on the rest. Below is the continuation of this idea.
Knight Vexillor Lord Relictor Knight Azyros
Lord Celestant on Dracoth Celestant-Prime
Prosecutors Paladin Retributors
So there is the picture dump of my Army. These models are great to build and paint and I intend to grow the force in the future. However, I am currently working on my new Aelf Army for AoS so it may be some time (that and I have countless other projects I am on as well). Hope you enjoy my take on the Stormcasts and I will leave you this week with the fluff I wrote up for this army.
The Tomb Kings are exiting the scene and it is indeed a sad day. While they will be around the gaming tables for a while to come the lack of support from Games Workshop means they will most likely fade away at some point. Lost somewhere between The World That Was and The Mortal Realms.
The models may be going away, but The Tomb Kings cannot ever be fully forgotten. Nagash appears to be permanently ingrained within the Age of Sigmar Lore and he is surrounded in the Mythos of The Tomb Kings. Not to mention Settra is running around The Realm of Chaos still. It is possible that this army will return down the road one day.
Age of Sigmar is a constantly changing narrative with endless possibilities. I would not bat an eye to any player using Tomb Kings in a game and writing their own fluff to support why they are still around. I would encourage such a thing as it is how to make your army your own and drive the narrative.
I remember joining in on the race to gather resources to allow our our Dwarf Airship to Venture to The Tomb Kings Lands in Warhammer Online Age of Reckoning. When I made it I set to work chopping down skeletons and picking up some trophies to adorn my armor and a beautiful Tomb King Themed Great Sword for my Swordmaster to wield in battle. Sadly this game would also experience its own End Times and be no more...except for fond memories.
In The tabletop version will be much longer lasting thankfully. Even if I do not play a Tomb Kings army again I will remember my victories from 8th ed. and The World That Was from the trophies I gathered from my victories over them.
My First Trophy ever claimed in any Warhammer Game during my very first Gamesday (Looking back on it they probably let me win...)
Ever see a Pheonix Guard block hold up half a Tomb Kings force? This guy has and lived to tell the tale!
So whenever I field my High Elves (whether they get rebased or not) there will be reminders of the Tomb Kings for me and my opponent. So they will never truly be buried to me as I will carry these mementos into this unknown future.
Settra did not kneel when faced with Death(Nagash) himself and neither should the Tomb King Players out there Kneel at the Face of Death(Squatting?) of their line. #OnlyTheFaithful
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My original plan for this weeks post was to talk about my "top secret" Age of Sigmar Aelf army, but while working on said army today I began thinking about rebasing and base sizes. That train of thought gripped me to the point I decided to make this post about my thoughts on the subject.
Remember when this picture dropped?
Many people have rebased an old Fantasy Army or are currently in the process of doing so. Some are using inserts while others are clipping models from their old squares and putting them on "appropriate" size round bases. So what does appropriate mean? What looks the best? What may give the best advantage in game play? What I have laying around?
There are valid points for every argument here so what are we to do? My local scene is still small and most were very upfront and vocal that they will never rebase. I thought about rebasing as well, but with my local scene keeping squares for the chance of old edition games I decided it was best to leave my square based model as they are and simply begin a new army and use rounds (until my local scene changes its mind).
Everyone has seemed to settle on some standards for basing and that is a great thing, but something written (and proven to work) would help resolve any left over feelings for staying square. Thankfully the SCGT 2016 packs dropped and BAM (timing is everything)! We have something written down to push the community to rounds. Is it required? Yes...and no...
You must be on rounds, but you can blue tac your squares to rounds. A simple fix that shouldn't bother anyone to much. On top of that I really like how you wont lose paint score, but are not eligible to win painting awards unless you are fully committed to rounds bases.
I really like the concept of being able to go up a base size if you choose.
I can see this being adopted across the Tournament (and eventually the casual) community in the months to come. Just like Mo/Clash Comp came around and suddenly turned this whole AoS tournament ship in the right direction I believe SCGT Pack will push the community toward round basing as the standard. The community is still growing and it is an exciting time to be one of the faithful! Now back to basing my army....
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The great necromancer Nagash was born again and the world would never be the same...
I was excited when The End Times kicked off and rushed to secure a copy and jump right into the story. I was enjoying the battles and the intrigue as I read through my copy and then it happened. Eltharion The Grim was killed. That was when I knew something was different. It was when I began to hold my breath for what was to come and found myself clinging to hope as my favorite characters were doing throughout the series.
The Fall of Altdorf, Naggaroth, Eight Peaks, Lustria, and countless other places would sting as they happened, but as an Elf Player nothing prepared me for Rhana Dandra (The Elven Last War on Chaos)...
Seeing Malekith rise as Phoenix King and Tyrion's fall (and romance with Morathi?) from grace managed to mix every emotion I had in a blender to figure out where I would stand. At long Last I sided with the True Phoenix King...Malektih.
Ulthuan would sink as would my heart, but Life continues and so did the story. I saw many people get conflicted at the Rules and the Story. I chose to embrace it all and enjoy the journey I was on and looking back I am glad I did. I never refused a game with Khaine Magic wheter I was playing my Elves or Dwarfs. I played multiple games with all the rules out the window when Archaon dropped. I enjoyed it all and I am glad I did so and still hope to get more End Times games in the future.
The End Times happened with our community as well. My local scene would collapse as I watched the global community explode. I stayed my course and held onto the spark in the darkness along with Sigmar until we finally arrived at The Age of Sigmar. The community was small, but the few the survived have begun rebuilding and I am happy to add my efforts to make this new World(s) great as The Old World once was. For those that left I wish you good gaming and hope to see you keep gaming in whichever system you choose. For those who made it through the realm of Chaos to The Mortal Realms I am glad to stand shoulder to shoulder with you as we take War to this new Age.
Welcome to The Realm Gate Blog where I will be bringing you my thoughts and ramblings on Warhammer Age of Sigmar (and probably Fantasy and 40k from time to time). Join me as I add my voice to the community (as an amateur and very new blogger).
This box is where it all began for me in earnest. I received it as Christmas gift from my folks after showing interest in the game at my local shop. It wasn't my first model kit, but it is where I finally began to understand the scope of this hobby. This box sat somewhere in my house for far to long as my interest in Warhammer originated from the MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and not from a desire to model or paint. Soon this would change...
(My Character from Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning)
After the MMO became old news I finally decided to begin assembling and painting my models. I gave myself a deadline of the next Gamesday in my local area (May 2013). I had a little over two months so I felt quite confident I could accomplish my goal. Needless to say I had no idea the amount of work this hobby required, but I stuck to it and after many sleepless nights and long weekends I was feeling excited.
Then this issue dropped....
I had points to spare so I decided to paint a Flamspyre Phoenix to join my Host. The model released the day of the event and thankfully my local shop gave me the model a day early after I informed them of my plan. I probably slept 2hrs that night as I painted like a mad man with excitement of my first battles ahead of me! I went 1-2 that day and I am pretty sure my one win was handed to me, but it was a great day and I learned a lot that day and my first steps into this hobby turned into a full on sprint.
My journey continued with additional armies, local tournaments, narrative games and I enjoyed every bit of it. Soon this mild distraction on the side became my main hobby and would take up more and more of my time as I delve deeper and deeper. I would eventually find pod casting such as Garagehammer and Heelanhammer (both who are still around in the Age of Sigmar) as time went on. I would continue on my journey and along the way improve myself as a gamer and hobbyist and eventually became one of leaders for Fantasy (and now AoS) in my local scene.
My true test was yet to come. It was a test many faced. It was The End Times and I will explore how I made it through next time...