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  1. PtG is not balanced at all. In the 'matched play' sense, it completely lacks any balancing mechanism of any kind. Armies are determined randomly and in isolation if you just roll from the tables. But...(and it's a big one 😁) ...that is absolutely and completely by design! The balance in a PtG campaign comes entirely from the players, their mission choices, added special rules, and win conditions, but not from list construction. In my opinion, this makes PtG both very interesting and a great way to introduce players to narrative gaming. My advice for starting AoS with PtG would be to grab some of the Open War cards. Be sure to make frequent use of the Ruses and Sudden Death cards as these go a long way to helping a smaller force achieve victory. It also helps new players learn there's more to AoS than simply matched play games. Asymmetrical battles can be loads of fun and something that simply does not exist in matched play (not intentionally, at least). After building up your armies, you might also try out Firestorm. It's a great campaign system and, once again, pairs really well with the Open War cards. So don't dismiss PtG just because it's unbalanced. That's by design! Embrace the imbalance and enjoy the story of your armies that you're both building! 😊
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    Painted Shadespire Warbands - Please post

    I've finished both undead warbands! They're ready to play in a game of bones vs. ummm...ectoplasm? It like when kids play street ball only spookier and with less death.
  3. We all have that rule. But, seriously, this is safe space. We all understand if you break that rule "from time to time". We do too. ? You can admit it here and we won't judge you. You're among friends. ? ?
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    Races of the Grand Alliances

    A skunk did that to my dog once. Smelled up the whole apartment! On a related note, I find it interesting how, in spite of the fact that a skink is an actual type of lizard, a "real word" if you will, I've never found a spell checker or auto-correct program that doesn't want to change it to "skunk". It seems lizards are not a popular topic of study amongst computer programmer types.
  5. I have seen this article discussed so many times in so many contexts by so many different people I have to think it struck a nerve (or chord as the case may be). I also can't think of a better article for Americans to read! We regularly work ourselves into the hospital and seem proud of it. We feel guilty about not being at work for any reason. Work is so important to us that it is the second question you're asked when meeting someone for the first time and being unemployed or underemployed is a major cause of stress, depression, and suicide here. So it makes sense that we'd turn our leisure time into work, I suppose. Working is all we know how to do. Thankfully most reactions have been a light bulb going off and an "Oh yeah!" moment. Many people read it and seem to realize that maybe they've been taking their hobby too seriously. Sometimes a person can become so involved in something that they lose perspective and it becomes stressful. Its good to step back and check if your leisure time is actually leisurely. My "Philosophy of Hobbying" (so pretentious!) really has nothing to do with improvement or competition. I think its important that my hobby is relaxing and enjoyable. Nothing more or less than that. I should want to do it and I should want to go back to it after time away. In fact, I personally believe that the entire purpose of working and a career is simply to have the resources so that you and your loved ones can be healthy and happy enough to truly enjoy the time away from work. Work is secondary and it does not define who I am because its not a voluntary activity. I have to do it. Now that doesn't mean that I don't try to win when I play games (that is one of the goals of a game of Warhammer after all) or that I haven't improved as a painter, gamer, or hobbyist. I have simply accepted that if I enjoy something, I will participate in that activity regularly. By simple virtue of hobbying regularly and enjoying what I'm doing, I will improve my skills. I know I won't improve at the same rate as someone who makes a job out of it but its not a race. If I really want to learn something specific, I know how to go about educating myself but the hobby does not exist to prove to others how good I am at gaming and painting. If I realize that I'm stressing over my hobby then I know its time to take a break. Why would I spend my free time getting frustrated and angry over something I am choosing to do? In fact, the phrase "taking my hobby seriously" seems like an oxymoron to me. On a related note, I just discovered that there are dinosaur emojis!! ?????
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    A disconnect in GW's team?

    There are not enough likes in all the Facial Tomes for this! I completely agree. I've played AoS since literally week 1 and I absolutely enjoyed it from the start! We actually have a group that still does Open Play monthly events and its worked quite well for going on 2 years now. In defense of the Matched Play point of view I will say that adding points to the game made it accessible to a wider audience and broadened the game's appeal. I still don't buy the jive that points are necessary for balance and fun though. Those people with the most games under their belt and the most gaming experience are probably the tournament players. They likely have the best grasp of game balance just through sheer number of games played. They'd also probably make the best judges of a balanced and fun Open Play game and yet they're the same people who insisted the game was "a mess" and "unplayable" until points were introduced. Isn't it ironic? Don't ya think? Also no one ever played 100 Bloodthirster list that the silliest, trolliest people were claiming would dominate the game!
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    Calling All Women!

    I agree except for one thing. Seraphon are clearly all female as many male reptiles develop a hemipenile bulge at the base of their tail upon sexual maturity. This bulge is lacking from all Seraphon models and therefore they're all female. I'm completely confident that the person designing the Saurus Warriors and Stegadon and other Seraphon was an extremely dedicated herpetologist and intentionally designed them this way. Being totally serious now. Totally. Like everyone who says, "Being totally serious now." ?
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    Your Collection/armies

    Alright, I have a couple of hours free! :p Seraphon - 7620pts Lord Kroak, 1 Slann 1 Saurus OldBlood on Carnosaur, 1 Saurus Oldblood, 1 Saurus Sunblood, 1 Scar-Vet on Carnosaur, 1 Saurus Scar-Vet on Cold One, 1 Eternity Warden, 1 Astrolith Bearer 3 Skink Priests, 2 Skink Starpriests, 2 Skink Chiefs, 1 Chameleon Skink Stalker 75 Saurus Warriors, 25 Saurus Guard, 24 Saurus Knights 80 Skinks, 20 Chameleon Skinks, 21 Skink Handlers, 6 Terradons, 3 Ripperdactyls, 4 Razordons, 3 Salamanders 2 Stegadons, 1 Engine of the Gods, 1 Trogolodon, 1 Bastiladon 6 Celestial Swarms, 6 Kroxigors Free Peoples - 3230pts 2 Free Peoples Generals, 1 Free Peoples General on Griffon, 3 Excelsior Warpriests (with 3 Gryph Hounds), 1 Witch Hunter, 8 Battlemages, 1 Celestial Hurricanum 24 Freeguild Guard, 10 Freeguild Crossbowmen, 22 Freeguild Archers 6 Demigryph Knights, 13 Freeguild Greatswords 1 Steam Tank I'm one Skink Starseer away from having every Seraphon model in the range! I really like Seraphon since, in 15 years of playing GW games, this is the first army I've ever (nearly) completed. As for the Freeguild, they are my new army. The weird unit numbers come from conversions I'm making. I'm really taking my time with the painting and conversions, trying to match my head-canon. Right now the army includes mostly humans but also 3 barbarians, 3 goblins, a skeleton, 2 (a)elves, and a badger!
  9. These are definitely worth a pick up for anyone into the lore of Age of Sigmar. I know AoS had a reputation for having no lore in the early days but its just not true. Within the first year, AoS had hundreds of pages of lore! The books were unfortunately pricey and that's where the rumor comes from. Most people didn't want to buy them because of the cost so they just assumed the game had no back story. They couldn't be bothered to learn about the game when being cynical (and wrong) is so much more fun! The warscrolls may be slightly out of date though I don't know why someone would buy the Realmgate Wars books as their latest source for warscrolls. Also its worth pointing out that the warscrolls and battalions still function perfectly well in the game today. They might not be the most balanced rules ever but they still work!? The real meat of the books is in the sheer number and variety of battleplans. There are nearly 200 unique battleplans in these 4 books. Some are better than others but most are a lot of fun! They are designed to reflect the unfolding narrative of the books. The battleplans are great for casual play but don't look for hardcore, ultra-balanced tournament games. For example, my friend and I were playing a battleplan from one of the books (don't remember which one) and the game ended in a draw at the top of Turn 1. I have never even heard of that happening in any wargame and it was amazing and hilarious! I have all 4 books and I think they were well worth the cost. They're not for everyone but I like 'em!
  10. As many people have said, Stormcast fit your criteria perfectly. But for the sake of variety (lots of stormcast out there!), might I suggest Ironjawz. They fit the bill too, though they are melee-only so that may count as a monobuild(?). Also they are fun to play and the new sculpts are all amazing! Dropping two Mawkrushas on the table is always good for a laugh! ?
  11. Seraphon is my main army. I've had them since AoS dropped (or soon after). I tried Fyreslayers and Tomb Kings and had both fully painted but I lost interest in the lore and sold them. ? The Seraphon persisted because dinosaurs are awesome! ? Now I'm painting up some Free People's. Gotta love an army of Regular Joe's (and Jane's)! ?
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    Starting a Seraphon Army

    Welcome! Everyone loves dinosaurs and Seraphon have a lot of dinosaurs so what's not to like! One of the reasons I enjoy Seraphon is that they have a wide variety of play styles in one army. You can focus on giant dinosaurs, nimble skinks, Saurus infantry, summoning and magic heavy, or a mixed list and they will all perform fine. It sounds like you have a solid starting force based on Saurus. I'd recommend grabbing a Slann and an Astrolith Bearer first thing and not for the summoning! The Slann I mentioned above is an excellent wizard and with the introduction of Endless Spells and Realms Spells he now has something to do with all his magic! If you are playing with these rules, the Slann should have lots of buffing, debuffing, and damage to do in the Hero Phase. Throw in an Astrolith Bearer and the Slann and your Saurus become even better. This is pretty much how I play most of the time. Our big dinos are perfectly respectable monsters and run the gamut from "Amazing!" (Bastilodon) to "Looks really nice on your display board" (Troglodon). Bastilodons are everyone's first choice and a couple of these, with buffs, will be excellent anvils in your army. The gem is murder against demons and the snake engine (my favorite) is immensely fun to charge right into the center of your opponent's army. Carnosaurs of either type of are good damage dealers and are fast. I wouldn't expect one to go toe-to-toe with heavy hitters like Nagash, Mawkrushas, or Stardrakes without support, but against infantry and lesser monsters they'll do fine. Stegadons are extremely average but that said they are still monsters and hit hard in close combat. I've had one of my Stegos knock out a full strength Treelord on the charge so the potential is there. The ranged weapon really depends on what you're facing. The flamethrowers are great against hordes as you would expect, while the giant bow is good for hero sniping and hurting monsters. An Engine of the Gods is a great support monster. Keep her safe by your Slann! The ability to deal D6 mortal wounds at long range is amazing and healing is always good. The summoning can be handy but I wouldn't rely on it since (I think) you can only do it once per game now(?). The Troglodon is pretty... Ok...that's not totally fair. She is still a monster and has a decent ranged attack but I wouldn't expect her to tank anything tougher than light infantry. In fact, I think of her as the monster equivalent of light cavalry; fast and harassing. Being able to unbind is nice too. PS: I hear the Thunderquake Starhost might be worth looking into...;)
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    The NOVA announcements.

    More squigs!!!
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    Freeguild General on Great Urserine (2)

    This is a really awesome conversion! My Freeguild General just has a horse. A normal, little, petite Clydesdale. If I'm being perfectly honest though, the first thing that popped into my head when I looked at the Urserine's face was, "High Fantasy, AoS style Lorax.
  15. My last game was my Seraphon vs. Monsters of Chaos. Lots of chaos trolls, chaos ogors, a warpfire dragon, some other things versus my Slaan, Saurus Guard, Skinks, Astrolith Bearer, Bastilodon and some others. We were playing Kill the Messenger from the Open War cards. My messenger was the Astrolith Bearer. My opponent's was the Warpfire dragon. Need I say more? I'm bad at this mission. PS: You might ask why I didn't make the Bastilodon my messenger and it would be a reasonable question. To be fair, though, my Bastilodon still died early to some unlucky saves against Chaos Ogors. 'shrug'
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