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An exercise in creating a narrative and warband, influenced by AOS28 and Hinterlands cog-fort force, then maybe some Root Kings, then maybe a Free guild/Tzeentch Arcaniates dual army, then maybe a Idonth Sandkin/Tomb King influenced army.

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Lucius's Guard

Yorn and his men were not used to doing things gently. That's how the old man had ended down on his knees in the mud. These folk were reluctant to serve aboard the Iron Fist.  While it offered relative safety, compared to their village, their conscription did not include passage for their families. And with the strongest of them gone, they stood even less of a chance against raiders than before. The old man knew that and had resisted Lucius's guard pulling his son forward. And now here they were. A mob of villagers, who ire was quickly rising, shouting and spitting at Yorn's men. He didn't want it to come to blades. If that happened, the conscripts would be relegated to cog pits, scarcely better than slaver laborers. Suddenly, a handful of rotten vegetables hit on of Yorn's men square in the breastplate. The infantry man dropped the torch he was carrying and drew his sword.  Have the first 5 of the heavy infantry mostly done. Still waiting on power swords. I also found out that  Marauder Horsemen shields and Ironbreaker shields are the same size in diameter and circumference. Marauder Horsemen shields are a little thicker and I felt that their detail matched these gus better than Ironbreaker shields. Not totally pleased with the stance of these guys, turns out Scion legs and arms are a little static. Looking back, I probably would use Gor arms instead and leave them unarmored, since I have those laying around. Oh well, too late now! The next five will include the banner and musician. The damn champion may look like more of a general than the converted commissar in the last blog post.

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Lucius Tirone

Bring the menfolk forward, boys too. The Lord Commander requires replacement across his ranks. Lucius dismissed his guard captain in one swift motion, turning towards the clutter of wooden buildings that were arranged along the near bank of the river. The Rumbling Fist had seen heavy action on their current patrol from Tempest Eye, first green skins, then those damned spirits of undeath, and most recently those skulking rats. In the Flamebloom, men had be picked off in ones and twos by poison darts. Now, with the cogfort looming behind him, Lucius was out on the plain, sent to collect conscripts for the gear works and rifle battalions, if any showed an ounce of talent with arms.   This guy is complete at least until I get around to painting him. Up next are a unit of 10 heavy infantry. Typically used as a heavy assault force, they serve as Lucius's bodyguard. Lucius will probably end up  using a freeguild general warscroll. Below are some WIP pictures of the heavy infantry for the cog-fort. They are waiting on more scion power swords and marauder horsemen shields. You'll see one model has a ironbreaker axe. I was planning on using Ironbreaker axes and shields but they are just too small for these guys, who are supposed to be imposing, hulking enforcers and griselled veterans. Originally I was going to use freeguild great sword weapons and arms with these guys but the poses and ratios were just off enough to make it look crappy trying to use those bits.      

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A change of realms, and a warband gathers

Rather than edit or remove my first three entries, I am going to leave them as a way to track changes in the development of the background of my warband. After building the two brothers and the first blind brother, I realized they fit better into the Realm of Ulgu than the Realm of Beasts. The brothers are blind after all, and hunt not by human eyeball sight, but by another form of guidance. I also felt that the appearance of warband was more in line with a civilization that had grown and developed within the realm of shadows.   The first spoiler has revised background and lore about the two brothers and the city they hail from.   I changed the hand on one of the brothers, removing his fist and giving him a book to hold.   Here is a group shot of the warband, made up of the two brothers on the right and three of their followers or "blind brothers" on the right. The second spoiler is a bit of story on how these people are first discovered in Ulgu. I planned on making six of the follower but realized I only had 3 25mm round bases. All the kits I have bought lately only come with square bases. So if anyone wants to throw a couple my way, the warband can grow. Until I pick up some more bases this is the size of it, though they should get a primer spray tomorrow. Any thoughts on how to paint them to make them appear to be from the realm of shadows? I am thinking they need some sort of dark and dreary color scheme with a spot of color, and rusted metal, except for the blade edge. Maybe a pink/white skin tone since the sun doesn't penetrate the shadows.  If you read the spoiler text you may have guessed that the new duradin reveal has got my mind going a mile a minute about adding some sort of sky ship using parts from the new big ship model, an devoted war altar and a steam tank. We will see if that ever happens!

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A day late

Sameul and Yoan are Fides Pressors, a type of warrior monk, hunters through faith. Their eyesight and those of other Fides Pressors, has been taken, in battle say some, by the god, Kurnath, say others, and even others say Sigmar took their eyes as punishment for being unfaithful. While the truth lies buried in the past, the brother's abilities do not. With the loss of their eyes, came new talents. The brothers now track and hunt those tainted by chaos and given over to senseless destruction through senses many do not understand. Priests of Rahagra and commanders of the Kurnath Militant (the military arm of the Rahagraian faith) say their faith gives them direction and guidance. Without the brothers or other Fides Pressors speaking to the contrary, this is what most people have come to believe. Those that hold the rank Fides Pressors are treated as captains within the Kurnath Militant, often times given bands of Blind Brothers or other groups of Kurnath Militant to carry out the will of Scions of Rahagra or to pursue their own silent agendas. Other times, bands of followers form around Fides Pressors, who are seen as crusaders against the darkness and destruction that lies outside the walls of Chracerocca. These guys are made from a combination of 40k Electro Priest bodies, white lion capes and shoulder pads, and axes from the Gor kit. I struggled for a while to decide on the axes. At first I was going to use white lion axes but wanted a more worn, rugged, used look.

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Chracerocca

"Walking through the streets of Chraceroca the rhythmic chanties sung by the Ritus Squadras as they perform the work to keep the city safe and supplied, echo off the walls and mix with the sounds of passing carts and people's chatter. Built upon a spur of rock that rises out of the Spotted Plains and juts above the treetops of the bordering Great Rustlewood, Chracerooca imposes itself on the surrounding land. There are endless pulley systems, winches, and cranks, that lift supplies to the city, pump water upwards, and raise and lower the gates, manned by the Ritus Squadras. In these chanties Samuele and his brother, Yoan, found comfort as they headed towards Kanonroest. They were Fides Pressors and served the Kurnath Militant. Though they no longer saw through their mortal eyes, the brothers did not stumble on their way, deftly traversing the windswept warrens that made up the Windedge District. "   This is the first bit of text that will go with the first two models of my warband. The city of Chracerocca lies within the realm of Ghur and is made up of those that resemble free people from the world that was. Founded by the Scions of Rahagra during the Age of Myth, the city is ancient. The Spotted Plains and the Great Rustlewood are deadly to all who try to scratch out a living, threatened by nature and the beasts that call these lands home. However, the Rahagraians have persisted and are seen as a safe haven for travelers in the region. A rock among the storms.  My ideas for the setting and city came from my desire to incorporate bits of the White Lions into my models. Through reading up on Chrace and White Lions, an idea on naming/setting/environment emerged. Lions live on the plains, I needed somewhere that has wild and powerful beasts. I also wanted a dry and somewhat barren place. Below are some images that have helped me draw Chracerocca in my mind.   The city is Ronda, in Spain. Google map it and do the street view option, it is awesome. In my mind, Chracerocca and the Spotted Plain are dry and golden in color, sparse of trees, and often cast in a warm or hot light. The architecture of the city is more like what is below than the actual city of Rhonda. But built with more sandstone, crumbling a little more, and with less round roofs These images help to build on that idea. In the end a mix between the hammerhale art and these images is what i am going for. To me, the city and surrounding area is important. It helps ground me when thinking of how I wanted to build my minis. For example, i originally went with White Lion axes but after thinking of where Samuele and Yoan came from, those axes didn't feel right. Now I am in search of some beastmen gor and bestigor axes, at which point I will be able to finish the first two models.

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