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Documents the build up of a Beasts of Chaos army based around Dragon Ogors.  This is part of a New Year, New Army competition at my local game store.

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Monster Time

Finally time to build a real monster.  The Ghorgon will bring the army to 950 points   so far fun to build.  Painting will commence soon.  I decided to leave some of the detailed hanging parts off for now.  I will definitely add the bell around his neck.  I may not add the other pieces.  Sometimes I think GW models get a little to busy.

Kevin K

Kevin K

Brayherd Enter the Frey

Finally completed this months set of models that sees the Brayherd reinforcements.  I went with a fairly straightforward paint scheme, partially because that is what I like and partially because of time.  This competition really helps push to finish things.  I know a bunch of "not quite finished" parts of these models but am still pretty happy with them on the table.  Definitely better to be done.  I tried a bunch of different skin colors and a couple hair colors on the Ungors.  Let me know what you think of them.  Do they look good mixed?  Should I stick with one?  If so, which?  I couldn't really decide.

Kevin K

Kevin K

Reinforcements

The Dragon Ogors need some help.  We've recruited a local Breyherd.  This months figures: a unit of Beastigors, a unit of Ungor Raiders and a Beastlord to lead them. Only need 250 points this month and after the last set of games, I figured I needed some bodies. Assembled and started to paint.  If I finish these early, I'll probably paint a Sorcerer Lord on Manticore that I've been meaning to finish.

Kevin K

Kevin K

First Blood

Kronak takes a small vanguard of thunderscorn through the realm gate.  Their first step towards finding a way home.  They arrive in the realm of Ghyran and quickly discover five other forces to contend with.  "To arms brothers and sisters."   We had a small tournament with 500 pt armies we built for the campaign.  We played 4x4 tables with a bit of narrative.  Realm was Ghyran and each game gave benefits to winners. It was a bit rough for Kronak and his Thunderscorn.  With only three units there weren't a whole lot of clever tactics.  It didn't help that I don't think I got a spell off the whole time (at least when it matters) First game was against Beastclaw Raiders.  He had even less models than I did.  I think he had a Huskard on Stonehorn and a unit of two Mournfang.  He basically ran across the table with both, destroyed one unit of Dragon Ogors.  By the next turn I was wiped out.  I think I killed one Mournfang. Game two was against Kharadeon Overlords playing Places of Arcane Power.  I went second.  My Shaggoth took a side objective out of LoS and the Dragon Ogors ran across the field and fought the dwarves.  In the end I had a ton of points and won but all but one Dragon Ogor and all dwarves except the general were dead. Game three was against Moonclan.  It started good.  I got the double turn and charged his bounders on one side and his spear grots on the other.  Unfortunately I out ran my Shaggoth and didn't get rerolls.  Eventually the bounders slaughtered the Dragon Ogors charged and killed the Shaggoth (their charge is rough).  Dragon Ogors on the other side did well but I lost on points. This was my first time playing DO.  They are very medium.  Kinda fast, kinda tough, kinda killy.  I definitely need to figure out how to play them.

Kevin K

Kevin K

Kronak Awakens

Kronak, awakens.   The crack of Azyrite thunder in the distance - was it a dream.  Then twice more.  The distinct sound he hadn’t heard for a millennium.  Not like the barbaric imitation heard in this realm, the realm of beasts.  More still.  There can be no doubt. Kronak ascends the roughly carved steps to the mountain peak where his decrepit tower stands.  At the top of the tower, he turns his enormous looking glass in the direction of the storm.  It creaks from disuse.  He sees teal clad warriors at the base of the storm.  They look like the humans of this world but larger and much better armed.  To his surprise he sees the symbols of the usurper of Azyr.  The traitor that drove Kronak and his kin from their home.  The way to Azyr has been closed for so long. How could this be?  Sigmar only exists in this land as long distorted fables of some of the local human tribes.  These warriors are not local. Kronak continues to watch as these children of Sigmar trek across the plain.  He knows nothing of Thostos Bladestorm or his quest.  He cares not what they do, only how he can get home.  As they attack the fortress held by forces loyal to the absent god Khorne, nothings stirs in him to help.  The useless gods that he pledged to so many years ago to extend his own life.  Where were they when he was driven from his homeland.  Then he senses it.  The realmgate the fortress was built around is open.  He watches as the forces of Sigmar and Khorne slaughter each other.  Time passes slowly for him as he contemplates the meaning of this arrival and the activation of the realmgate.   Years pass as a being for whom time has no meaning contemplates the possibilities.  By the time he completes his contemplation, the fortress is loosely manned by these so-called celestial vindicators.  They don’t know the meaning of vindication.  Soon they will learn about retribution. “Awaken my brothers and sisters.  The path home is clear.”

Kevin K

Kevin K

First 500 pts Complete

I've finished the first month of our painting challenge.  Just in time because we have a 500 pt tournament next Saturday. I didn't go nearly as far as I would like, especially on the Shaggoth.  I'm really calling them done for time constraints.  The Shaggoth deserves a lot more detail and highlighting.  I'll probably come back to it next month.  The target for next month is only 250 pts so I should have time. Overall, I'm pretty happy with them.  The pressure to complete helped me not worry about some details and just get them table ready.

Kevin K

Kevin K

Dragon Ogors Work in Progress

Base coated the Dragon Ogors this morning.  Trying out a new airbrush and am super happy how quick they came out.  The rest will all be brush but it was nice to lay down the base coats in these big models. I hoping to start laying in details later today.

Kevin K

Kevin K

 

Dragon Ogors...Assemble!

Wow, I am way behind.  We have a 500 pt tournament next week and I finally got the Dragon Ogors put together.  They took much longer than I thought they would.  I leraned, after the first, to have the six main parts fully cleaned prior to gluing any if it.  I almost had a case where the glue dried with the parts just slightly off and the torso didn't fit, yikes. Overall, I super impressed how they fit together to hide the seems (much better than the Palladors).  That being said, after priming I still found some cracks that I need to deal with. I eventually have 6 more to do.  I need to figure out how to swap torsos or change them in some other way so they don't all look the same.  I think a torso swap should be doable. I decided to do three with two handed weapons and three with two weapons.  They've done a good job balancing the options but that does make it hard to decide.  I think two weapons is the best overall (slightly) but I love the look of the huge weapons.  I am a wimp and super glued the arms and weapon heads on just in case I change my mind I just started painting the Shaggoth and will do a work in progress in him soon.  

Kevin K

Kevin K

 

Thoughts on army background

I've been thinking a bit about the background of this Thunderscorn based army.  For whatever reason, from a narrative perspective, I really like Ghur, the realm of beasts.  Part of what made me finally take the plunge on Dragon Ogors was the fact that it gave me an excuse to take monsters in may army.  I really liked the book Bladestorm, which followed Thostos Bladestorm, a Lord Celestant of the Celestial Vindicators, as he leads a Warrior Chamber into Ghur to take a Chaos fort with a realmgate in order to complete some mission that I frankly forget (at that point it got a bit less interesting for me).  It was a pretty typical Realmgate Wars story, but there were a lot of things I really liked.  There was a tribe of humans awed by the Stormcast and thought they were angels sent to help them (they didn't).  It humanized the Stormcast as well as showed their very non-human aspects.  There were some epic battles (of course) with the Stormcast fighting a fort full of Khorne warriors and deamons. It also introduced the Ironjaws as they attack the fort.  My  Stormcast army are Celestial Vindicators based in Ghur.  I put them in the "present" 50-100 years after those events.  They are part of the Vanguard chamber left behind in Ghur to guard that area. The new official fluff for the Thunderscorn is great.  For those that haven't read it, they use to live in Azyr until kicked out by Sigmar prior to closing the realmgates.  They really resent that and have been trying to get back there for a thousand years (or something like that). My idea for the thunderscorn, is that the Shaggoth was whiling away the centuries in the mountains of Ghur, as they are wont to do, contemplating ways to get back to Azyr and take revenge on Sigmar.  From those mountains he saw the entrance of the Stormcast into the realm and watched the battles at the fort and the reactivation of the realmgate.  He recognized the Stormcast as children of Sigmar and therefore understood that the way to Azyr was now open.  From there he started the long process of planning and mustering the other Thunderscorn of the realm as well as other allied beasts that he could bend to his will.  This puts him in the same "present" as my Stormcast.  His plan is to come down out of the mountain, take the fort and realmgate and make his way to Azyr, fighting anyone in his way (of course) creating his own mini realmgate wars.

Kevin K

Kevin K

 

Some progress, my leader is born

The Shaggoth is the most complicated resin model I've done (lots of metal back in the day and plastic recently).  I was out of the game when the finecast change came.  I think it mostly went together well.  I pinned the horns and am not sure I love how they went together. I would eventually like to make a custom herdstone, I'm thinking an obelisk with a lighting rod on top.  To keep things simple for now, I'm just doing a regular herdstone.  I'll want that if I ever run regular beasts I suppose. Started working on the first unit of Dragon Ogors.  Slow going so far.

Kevin K

Kevin K

 

It Begins...

My local game store is doing an event where everyone competes to complete a new army and then have tournaments at intervals with different sizes. https://www.facebook.com/events/2315441201860803/?ti=cl I have always loved the look of the Dragon Ogors.  With the recent release of Beasts of Chaos I thought this would be a good opportunity to build up an army. My first 500 pts will be: Heardstone Shaggoth Two units of Dragon Ogors

Kevin K

Kevin K

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