Sunday, April 14, 2019

Pantheon of Chaos Kickstarter Shout-Out

Just wanted to do a quick post shouting out a Kickstarter I'm backing, Knightmare Games' "Pantheon of Chaos 3: Rise of the Beastmen" to produce more Oldhammer-appropriate beastmen and Chaos Thug-types for their on-going "Pantheon of Chaos" line.  It's a week out from completion and the next stretch-goal is a free bonus Chaos Warrior for everyone backing at the 50-euro mark or higher. 

I recently ordered a handful of Knightmare's Chaos figures to get a sense of them in terms of size and casting, and I love them.  Very crisp casts, unique and imaginative sculpts.  The figures I received have a mix of tabbed and untabbed feet, and because consumers have a variety of needs regarding bases, so Diego at Knightmare does not include bases with his figures.  I've got some on order, the four-armed Chaos Raider Champion is actually too big for any of the slotta-bases I had handy. 

I'm so taken with these, and with the new sculpts from the Kickstarter, that I've made the decision to replace all the Age of Sigmar-era plastic figures in my Dragon Rampant Chaos warband with metal figures, primarily from Knightmare, with the goal of having every figure in the warband be a unique sculpt.  With the breadth of Knightmare's expanding "Pantheon of Chaos" line, I think it's going to be easily done. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Arnulf's Black Fire Dogs

I promised better photos of the Averlanders I'd painted up for Mordheim, and here they are, the first seven at any rate.  I've got some swordsmen, handgunners and halberdiers to paint up in the near future:

Captain Arnulf von Grenzstadt.  The shield is actually from Wargames Foundry.

Sergeant Martin rallies the troops. The flag is simply painted paper glued around the flagpole.

Franz and Sturm, a pair of rangers pressganged into the Averland Army as "Bergjaegers."

Big Top, Chicken Wing, and Fat Jimmy - the Halfling Brigade.  Fat Jimmy has actually died
and will not be appearing in future games.  A Rat Ogre stepped on him.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Adventuring in the City of the Damned

My local Warhammer store (not to be confused with Just Games, my usual gaming haunt) has begun hosting, surprisingly, Mordheim, even though Games Workshop no longer supports the game. 

Mordheim, for those unfamiliar, was and is a skirmish game set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe.  The City of Mordheim was destroyed by a comet-strike, which scattered the landscape of the ruined city with a valuable magical mineral called Wyrdstone.  Various gangs and factions descended on the ruins, fighting among themselves for possession of the Wyrdstone.  In a lot of ways, Frostgrave is a spiritual successor to Mordheim. 

The store's rule is that we can use their space for Mordheim as long as we use primarily GW figures.  So, wanting in, I sourced a bunch of older metal Empire figures off eBay and started assembling a warband for the province of Averland - in large part because I'm bored with painting red and blue armies, and Averland's colors are black and yellow. 

I've played two games so far, and while I was forced to go to my first game with bare metal (owing to the weather not cooperating for priming and my fiance being sick), I did get them painted up for my second game, this past weekend, though the bases still need flocking and I need to make a flag for my sergeant.  My hobbits have developed a nasty habit of dying, though, and I've got some more melee-oriented figures on my project bench. 

Here's a group shot of what I've painted so far, individual pictures to come:

Front Row, Left to Right: the Halflings "Chickenwing," "Fat Timmy" and "Big Top."
Back Row, Left to Right: Captain Arnulf von Grenzstadt, Sergeant Martin, and the Bergjaeger, Sturm and Franz

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Cultists of the Vampire, and Getting a Game In

The second unit of my Vampire Countess warband for Dragon Rampant is complete.  A band of fanatical cultists, dressed in blood-red robes and hoods and armed with an assortment of rusty blades, serving the Countess Winterthorn in the hopes of being gifted with eternal life.  In game terms, they're a unit of Bellicose Foot, quick on the charge but a little fragile in sustained fights.  They're made from North Star's excellent "Frostgrave Cultists" plastic set. 

In other news, I actually got my first game of Dragon Rampant in last week.  I threw together a 30-point list using my old Age of Sigmar Chaos figures and some Reaper demons I'd painted up:

Rhakosk the Arcane (Light Foot, Spellcaster, Single Model Unit) - 7
Khairic Acolytes (Light Foot, Wizardling) - 5
Chaos Warriors (Elite Foot) - 6
Chaos Warriors (Elite Foot) - 6
Bakarathi Demons (Bellicose Foot, Cause Fear, Reduced Model Unit) - 6

And brought them to Just Games' new location, which had just opened that day - two doors down from the old location and twice the space for gaming.  Neil brought his Moonclan Grots (Age of Sigmar's renaming of Night Goblins). 

We had a great game, our two armies converging on a plain dotted with ruined buildings.  Since we were both playing the game for the first time, we skipped on playing a scenario and just did a straight-up death match.  Though his Squig Knights and Fanatics polished off my Khairic Acolytes and I lost a few Chaos Warriors and Bakarathi along the way, ultimately the goblins were reduced to a single unit of archers fleeing for safety. 

The towering Bakarathi, armed with an assortment of cruel weapons,
bound into a unit of Night Goblins ready to slaughter the little green goons.

I'm definitely looking forward to playing a scenario next time.  This list is going to need some tweaking - I'm going to put the "Undead - No Feelings" special rule on the Bakarathi to keep them from failing courage checks, for example. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

What I've been up to

I haven't meant to ignore this blog, honest! I just haven't been painting much lately.  I got commissioned to write a 25,000 word Call of Cthulhu scenario set in Victorian London, and trying to get that finished up before deadline has been taking up most of my free time.  I'm still something like 11,000 words away from my goal...

I do have an upcoming game of Dragon Rampant this week, pitting my old ("old") Age of Sigmar Chaos forces against my friend Neil's Night Goblins.  Work is continuing on my "Vampire Countess" Dragon Rampant warband, as detailed in my last post, but I really just wanted to get a game in and realized I could do so with repurposed AoS figures for the time being. 

There's also plans on the horizon for an Oldhammer-inspired goblin force.  I've used eBay this week to pick up a few figures I always wanted when I was just starting out as a wargamer/miniatures painter back in 2000-2001, and from reading various blogs I've really kind of fallen in love with the Oldhammer aesthetic and more than anything, Kev Adams' orc and goblin sculpts, so expect to see me make a big purchase from Warmonger Miniatures in the near future.  I have some coming shortly from a Kickstarter that Black Tree Design ran recently as well.  I'm especially planning on converting a snazzy new chariot for the vintage Grom the Paunch, Goblin Warlord figure I grabbed.

That's about it for what's going on for me right now.  I'm hoping to get more gaming and painting in once I finish writing this big Victorian scenario.  Speaking of which, I better get on that. 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Lady Winterthorn's Retinue

First thing's first, I am now a proud Union man - specifically, the Brush Wielder's Union, a collection of likeminded wargamers and miniature painters dedicated to getting their stuff painted and on the table and encouraging others in the hobby. 

One of my local wargaming friends expressed an interest in his Age of Sigmar goblins pulling double-duty as a Dragon Rampant warband.  All he needs is someone to play against.  This got me digging my Liche and Skeleton Legions army out of storage, and finding it sorely lacking for what I wanted.  It was too inflexible, had too many easily exploitable weaknesses.  The answer? Build a fresh army. 

After some brainstorming, and going through my project pile of shame, I settled on a warband led by a vampire, and composed of deluded and fanatical mortals who'd been duped by the vampire's promise of eternal life.  I put together a list with a little speed, some shooting, some melee capacity and a solid spellcaster at its heart, which I felt was pretty well-balanced. 

The army core is Countess Adrasteia Winterthorn (Reaper #07010) and her Sanguine Guard (six copies of Reaper's #77408, "Athak, Undead Knight" in Bones), comprising a Reduced Model Unit of Heavy Foot with the Spellcaster fantastical rule applied.  The robes are basecoated in Reaper's "Deep Red" and highlighted with "Fresh Blood," while the armor is done in "Gunmetal Blue" with some accent work in "Ancient Bronze" highlighted with "Antique Gold." Countess Winterthorn's cloak was basecoated in "Midnight Blue" and highlighted with "Twilight Blue."

Last night I assembled the next unit in the army - a band of fanatical cultists that will be rated as Bellicose Foot.  These vicious maniacs compete among themselves for Countess Winterthorn's attention, hoping to spill enough blood to win her favor.  They're a dozen figures assembled straight off the sprues from Northstar's "Frostgrave Cultists" plastic boxed set. 

From here on out, everything else is going to be a conversion or kitbash.  I've got a box of Gripping Beast Arab Light Cavalry that are going to be converted into mounted cultists through the addition of heads and missile-weapon arms from the Frostgrave Cultists, and some Fireforge Medieval Russians are going to get turned into formal soldiery employed by the Countess. 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Challenge Catch-Up

I'm so bad at cross-posting my uploads to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge to my own blog, so here's a photo dump version.

First up, a unit of Bidowers/Scouts for Lion/Dragon Rampant.  Figures by Crusader Miniatures, I'm not in love with the autumn flock as is.  I should have put down a layer of my usual basing grit and then layered the autumn flock over it. 

Next, a set of undead hounds, painted for the "Reconnaissance" bonus round, with the idea that these would be a unit of Lesser Warbeasts in my undead Dragon Rampant army, sniffing out the living wherever they might try to hide.  Figures by Reaper Miniatures. 

And finally, Reaper's "Abraxus the Dire-Dead," who when I saw him I just had to paint up as Skeletor from "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe."