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  1. AnotherMatt

    BLACKOUT - Results, Feedback & Lists

    Chris, I had a fantastic event. Blackout was my first 'proper' event last year, and it was just as welcoming and fun this year. I had five very different games with five lovely opponents. Food was great, venue coped admirably with the heat... all top notch. AoS-feedback: the sheer cost of keeping up with recent changes was a bit beyond me. As an occasional player, I find keeping a hold on my own army is just about my limit. I already come in to games wary that I'll give someone bad game because I haven't internalised the rules very well. And that was a ******-load of (quite expensive) rules to come out in one go. Realm rules, from the core book, I could get a handle on. But I couldn't afford Malign Sorcery on release, and even now it's a stretch. I think you did everything you could as an organiser to set folks like me at ease AND make sure the more competitive folks had a solid basis for lists. Your pack – the realm rules guide in particular – was a lifesaver in that sense. And I had great opponents all weekend who were really patient with explaining the Malign Sorcery supplement. But I still felt like I was in a bit of a fragile position rules-wise: a few grumpy opponents, or another new supplement, could have knocked my confidence in the hobby.
  2. AnotherMatt

    Events UK: Realms at War 3 - Aethermy 5 SPACES AVAILABLE

    Woohoo! This is going to be a damn fine time.
  3. AnotherMatt

    Events UK: Realms at War 3 - Aethermy 5 SPACES AVAILABLE

    YESSSSSS!
  4. Four weeks! Blimey. Well, I've just typed up my backstory on a new blog, Abbatoir Blues. It's about my Hunter, the Duke of Mauvaises Graines and my "Leviathan", a posse of beleaguered Hallowed Knights. Now, onto painting realmgates and settling on a list.
  5. Liberator Prime Stoneham cleaned the ichor from his warhammer and counted his troops: half a dozen Liberators, a couple of Judicators, and Judicator Prime Sparrowclaw. The assault on Marrowpeak had been successful, but at great cost: scorch marks revealed where lightning had burst the faithful back to Azyrheim, and the bodies of broken bloodbound lay heaped around each crater. “Sparrowclaw, get everyone together. We need to find a realmgate to take us back to the musterhalls.” The Judicator Prime nodded, and called orders to the remaining Hallowed Knights. The route to the realmgate would take them through Candlefane Vale. The thought filled Stoneham with something close to dead. He muttered a quick prayer and twisted his hammer in his hand. “Sigmar protect us.” ±±±±±±±±±± The Duke Mauvaises Graines surveyed his estate. He could see workers toiling in the gloom, sowing crops for the changing season. Bitter winds swept through the fields, carrying with it the ever-present howl of nighthaunt. “A storm’s coming, sire,” croaked Morrlyn. The seer consulted a pocket dial, watching its green pin spin slowly counterwise. “Something the matter, old man?” “I’m not sure sire. There’s copper on the air. Blood and thunder.” Lightning cracked. Storms were rare this deep in the Candlefane Vale. When they came they could be brutal, washing hamlets from existence and driving ancient creatures from the barrows. He looked back out at the men in the field, and felt a fatherly tug in his heart. He called into the keep, “Riverblood!” Out from the chamber stepped a colossal warrior. Lord Riverblood was the head of Mauvaises Graines' knightly order, and the Duke’s equerry. “Sire, can I be of service?” “Sound the alarm bell. I want the freemen in from the fields. And form up hunting parties – I want to make sure we’re ready if some foul leviathan crosses the vale.” “As you wish.” From the rear of the castle, an animal cry went up. The smells in the air had drawn the attention of the Duke’s menagerie, and they began to bay at the sky. “Care to take a walk, Morrlyn?” ±±±±±±±±±± Further down the valley, thunder rumbled. The Hallowed Knights paused at the crest of a great barrow, sighting stars to get a fix on the realmgate. “To have Voss’s Prosecutors with us now,” muttered Sparrowclaw, “Or even Otford’s lantern to see by.” “Have faith, friend.” Stoneham clapped the Judicator’s shoulder, “We’ll see the halls of Azyrheim by tomorrow’s night, I swear it.” “Movement!” The shout came from Jentar, a Liberator at the crest of the mound. She gestured to a glimmer some hundred yards off. Gaunt shapes loped across the fields, led by brute in rusty plate. “Form up!" Stoneham bellowed, "Liberators to the front, Judicators behind. Don’t attack until the last second: for all we know they could be the faithful.” “Hah!” Sparrowclaw laughed, “Better to place your faith in gods than miracles.” Beneath his silver mask, Stoneham smiled. ±±±±±±±±±± The Duke halted as he saw the glimmering shape on the hill ahead. Riverblood had taken his knights rimward, while he, Morrlyn and the house guard made for the Marrowpeak pass. In another flash, he saw it: a lightning beetle. Twenty legs tottered, supporting a silver-blue shell glistened in the starlight. Its mandibles clacked together, in some crude approximation of language, shouting at his men. “Steady yourselves, men of Shyish. These things spit electricity and have hides as thick as steel. But, if you can, spare its life. Remember – it, like you, is merely afraid.” Morrlyn cast him a withering look, “Is the menagerie not full enough, sire?” The Duke ignored the old man, and drew his blade. “Form on me, faithful of Candlefane!” Lightning flashed. ±±±±±±±±±± So, with RAW17 just around the corner I figured it was time to paste my hunter and leviathan's backstory. The Duke of Mauvaises Graines is my hunter, a noble warrior and benevolent lord of the Candlefane Vale... sort of... The Duke's my ghoul king, converted from an Orruk brute with leftover bits from a Crypt Haunter kit. He'll be my hunter for the event, seeking to expand his menagerie. He'll be supported by Morrlyn – a necromancer/old Mordheim dreg – and an array of ghouls and gals. Riverblood will be the Court's general, heading up an Abbatoir. I kept the Ironjawz theme for his conversion, kitbashing the weapons from a Morghast as cleavers. He made his debut at Blackout a few weeks ago, and was impressively sniped off the table in the first turn of three of my games. These noble warriors will be defending the Vale from beastly intrusions. Knowing I'd be taking a court to RAW, I got in all kinds of knots about what Leviathan to make. I wanted it to be a metaphor, playing into the delusions the Flesh Eater Courts are known for. Initially I thought about having some sort of large spirit host, the souls of the court, doubling as a monster they wanted to capture. I also thought about having a mirror-tree, in which the court see the monsters they are reflected back at themselves. I then thought about getting some sort of noble stag and making it a hunting party... but I couldn't find the right kind of thing for that. I then listened to the recent Hardcore History about the romans and celtic tribes, and started thinking 'Man, what would the court see those formations as?' The thought was still with me while I read Plague Garden, and I thought there might be something in the whole 'locking shields' vibe of Stormcast chambers. I'll be honest, I hoped the models would be knit together more tightly than the sculpts allow, but I still like the idea. To the Stormcast, acting as one body is the best way to wield the strength of every warrior in the chamber – to be the anvil or the hammer. But to a ghoul king? That's just a great shiny creature with way too many legs and sharp bits. Anyway, four weeks to go and I think everything's together. Just down to list selection now. Might blog about that in a week or so.
  6. AnotherMatt

    Events UK: BLACKOUT - 02-03/09/17 - Firestorm Games - PDF pack

    Agreed! This'll be my first tournament, and I'd be genuinely disappointed if I wasn't idly panicking about what I might need to paint in the days beforehand.
  7. Awesome! That's exciting to hear! The Duke and his noble court of kinfolk would like to begin in the fair boulevards of their ancestral home: north-east Colarcanium (which the savage barbarians blighting the region appear to have nick-named 'the garden of the undying king').
  8. Almost certainly bringing some shape of Flesh Eater Court to this! Will see how winter releases shape up though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. If there's still room I'd like to sign up!
  10. AnotherMatt

    Sunbloodshield.jpg

    That stone effect is glorious. Do you mind if I ask how you made it?
  11. AnotherMatt

    Be a part of the AoS Daily show

    I'd be interested. New to this community, but happy talking hobby.
  12. AnotherMatt

    AoS28 - The Dark Age of Sigmar

    AoS28's been ticking away for a while now, but not sure which direction to go in. I have a couple of existing kitbashes I'd build a group around, one finished, one on the way. My sculpting and painting skills are limited, and using green stuff to do anything other than plug a gap is a bit beyond me right now, so any suggestions for useful kits to raid would be super welcome. First up, a Spellweaver kitbash, mixing parts from the Wild Riders/Sister of the Thorn plus some parts from Glade Guard. This one was my first kitbash. I'd be tempted to run it as a kind of Necromancer for Order (Biomancer? Geomancer?), having summoned a bunch of shambling trees and wild beasts. The second is my WIP Ghoul King. The body of an Orruk Brute, leftovers from a Crypt Horror kit, plus a bit of tinfoil for a crown. There's a ragged little cape around the back too. I think there's loads of a scope for a twisted royal family, or questing party (maybe accompanied by ghouls with coconuts), but I reckon that's the kind of thing my meagre skills would hit a ceiling with pretty quickly. Any reckons?
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