Hey guys I made as much coverage that I could at Adepticon this year... Please enjoy, or not...... Also I apologize for my phone flickering on day 1 (technical difficulties)
#1 Waking up for Adepticon
#2 ChiHammer meets Tremendous
#3 Vendor Sneak Peak
#4 The Conquistadorks
#5 Vince Venturella Interupts my game
#6 Team Tourney Round 1 Recap w/ Tremendous
#7 Mc1Gamer Interrupts my game!
#8 Looking for Vince
#9 Vince Found Us!
#10 Cool Guys Nation, Joe Kaggen, and Gottschalk
#11 Team Tournament Recap
#12 Waking up for Adepticon Day 2
#12.5 Killing Time Before the GT
#13 Accidently Walking into the AoS Room
#14 Where is Len's Shirt?
#15 Sneaking Up on Tremendous and Dark Wizard
#16 ChiHammer's Brother
#17 Dice Dojo
#18 Dwarven Zepplins!
#19 Going to Portillo's
#20 Mini Interview with Mini Wargaming
#21 Day 1 GT Recap
#21.5 The Librarian
#22 Waiting for Results
#23 Post GT Talk Day 2
#24 Jesse and James Final Thoughts [Read More]
So next Battle Report!
Against the Ogres this time with a mostly infantry-based force for me, for once.
Footonnia (Power to the Peasants!)
Duchess Lovisa: Big Bird, Grail Oath, Shield, Might, Crusader's Hat, Dragon Lance,
Paladin Calix: BSB, Questing Oath, Audacity, Hardened Shield, Great Weapon. (Can probably tangle with a Mammoth or a Kinslayer. NOT a Auroch or a Khan, though.)
Damsel Elsa, of Arrendale: Book of Arcane Power, 4 spells, Wizard Master, Path of Divination (Hands out Cold-blooded like it was candy, will try to fry some Monsters with her Magic Missiles since neither of them care about Thoughness)
30 Archers, Musician. (pew pew pew)
50 Spearmen, Full Command (Stab stab stab)
44 Halberdiers, Fullcommand (Slashy-slashy)
Reliqae (because I have never used it and can't hve a Footonnia list without it)
5 Yeomen, throwing weapons
5 Yeomen, throwing weapons (chaff. Would have liked to bring my customary 2 units of Aspirants as well, but Points were tight and the theme demanded large units of infantry)
3 Grails, Champion (Always wanted to try out the Grail Darts, and some more super-Heavy chaff. Also scoring.)
40 Forlorns, Full command, Banner of triple-marching (Only real combat unit in this army. I know they are really bad but the theme demands infantry and I want to try them out)
Green Knight (I know she is bad, but if she can do something against one army it'll probably be Ogres since they often have uits without much in the way of ranks and have Monsters she can stall. I originally had her Points as 2x10 Crossbows but with so many big Infantry units I feel like getting LoS with te Crossbows would be hard, and Another fast-moving unit is Always nice.
Great Khagan, Spinesplitter, Heartripper, Heavy Armour, Potion of speed (Not really sure what the plan was with this one, he's neither super-tanky nor super-killy)
BSB-guy: Banner of Swiftstride and Strider, don't know what else.
10 Bruisers, Probably had a magical banner?
6 Mercenaries, Dragonskin Banner, Ironfists, Thunderous Charge, Poison Attacks
Mammoth, mammoth, cold, chill.
2 x 3 Yetis, also very cold. It never ceases to amuse me that the Ogre cold and the HBE cold does so very different things. One would think that cold is cold, right?
3 x 20 Scraplings
3 Tusker Cavalry, Great Weapons.
6 Bombardiers, Boomsticks
Decent mix of very scary melee stuff, support units, quick units and ranged anti-chaff. Probably IMO the best list my opponent has ever fielded with his Ogres.
I will apologise in advance for the extremely bad quality of the photos in this report, but it took place in @HumanClays apartment which was under renovation and had very poor lighting, so I had to use the flash on the photos.
Anyway, scenario is Capture the Flags, I choose two units of Scraplings and the Tusker unit for my targets, he choose the Forlorns, Spearmen and the Archers as his. Map is the third official tournament map.
To no one's surprise the Ogres got the first turn.
Ogre Right flank. The Minotaurs are Yetis, the NIght Goblins are Scraplings and the Tuskers are.... Tuskers.
Yetis went for it, knowing they have the first turn.
Ogre Left flank, More Yetis, double Scraplings and the massive Bruiser unit with the BSB in it
The center, Mercenaries with the Khagan, the Bombadiers and the Mammoth supporting them. Quite the tough nut to crack.
Left flank, Lovisa, both Grail Darts, one Yeomen unit, the archers, Halberdiers, the reliquae and Elsa, it is perhaps a.... bit overloaded.
The Spearmen hold the right flank. Who knows, I might get the Tuskers to charge them?
That would be nice #FutileHopesAndDreams
The colourful Knights Forlorn hold the middle, hiding in the woods if some Tuskers wants to come play.
I only really have 30 knights Forlorn, so they got reinforced by a bunch of foot Paladins and a couple of mercenary Imperial Guard to fill out the unit.
Ogre Turn 1:
The Great Khagan surveyed the battlefield; no ranks of the metalclad knights he had been to to expect awaited him, only milling masses of half-trained peasants and dishonoured nobles.
He smiled a crooked smile, full of cruelty and glee at the thought of the impending feast.
"This will be easy! Advance on the meat!"
The Yetis easily outflank the Yeomen and Spearmen. Not being able to break Steadfast, I really didn't fear these guys but they were very slippery throughout the match.
The Center trundles forwards, my opponent discovers with great gladness that Bombardiers have a insane 24" range and put them within range of my poor Yeomen.
Scraplings stay put, my decision to make them one of my Targets for the Objective certainly screwing with my opponents plans and mind alike.
The Cavalry also moves forward, ready to attempt a turn 2 charge (this is why I hate Ogres, they're always on you so fast!)
Left flank only inches forwards, being inordinately scared of the two tiny Grail Darts. Or perhaps part of… [Read More]
I've done a fair number of battle reports so far so I thought it time to live up to the "stuff" part of my blogs name. I've realized that besides painting a lot of rank and file through the years I've lately built and painted one bigger model each year, which has got a bit more love than the rest. Since it's my blog and I post what I want and I'm actually rather proud of some of the latest I can show you these from the latest two years.
Continuing that tradition I decided to dedicate this article to the latest addition to my Orc and Goblin army, more specifically The Green Idol. It might be because I'm starting to get old I instead of kitbashing a bunch of expensive models I would choose the road of the cheapskate and try to get away without spending any money at all. Instead of buying plastic shaped like mishapen rocks I took a stroll in my yard and a nearby forest and got home with these regular mishapen stones and some pieces of dead trees instead. Continuing the stroll inside the house I also came across som lolly sticks that I cut into the shape of a typical orcish facemask.
My envisioning of this creature is much like a minecraft creeper made out of stone and lacking the exploding ability. It's brought to life through orc magic channeled
through the crude orc face nailed to the rock. For those of you who aren't following I made these concept doodles who might and might not clear things out for you.
So from now on I'll take you through the assembling and painting process until we reach the end where you can decide if I'm a genius or a morron, or the unlikely case
of something in between. First off I glued the parts together and carved some orifices into the peice of bark that I used as the face. Since I didnt have any suitable base I cut one out from a cd case.
Next I basecoated the whole thing with black acrylic paint.
You can probably not see it but here I have layered the black up to a still rather dark grey.
I wanted all the orifices to glow with orc magic so this was the first step to create that lighting effect. I've just coated and washed a bit with a few different shades
of greenish yellow.
To get more of a glow feel I've painted a rather light yellow in the middle and drybrushed the edges of the orifices with a lighter shade of the green and yellow.
Next I got the mask on. The numbers were there to help me remember where to put the pieces, which helped most of the time.
The mask got some red paint and a black wash.
Here I've layered up the red with some orange
Starting to work at an attempt at source lighting it looks like this
The result ends like this and lastly I've highlighted the rock parts of the model
To take your excitement down a notch I end this with a short description of the base. Cd case as I mentioned with some styrofoam shaped like rocks and some sand stolen from the local playground glued to it. Basecoated as the model and then layered up with green on the sand and grey on the styrofoam to make it look more like rocks and swamplike undergrowth.
The swampparts I painted a light brown and used dark wash to try and create the illusion of depth in the last step. I also put on a bit of purple wash at the edges to give more of a alien feel to it.
So time to glue things together
After splicing some woodland scenic realistic water, with a hint of purple on it and thrown some citadel dead grass one it was done.
Despite being mostly just rock colored it was actually a very fun project which I'm rather pleased with and I think it will look awesome on the board when I come around
to finish the rest of the army. Almost as important as the model, except for the colors and the basing it didn't cost a penny which is pretty neat [Read More]
Another offering from the Dark Wilds, the Mierce Gul-Gabrax, or as we say here in 9th Age lands; Longhorns.
As always with Mierce, you get excellent and very detailed sculpts with a fair bit of character.
I quite like the decision to give the Gul-Gabrax tusks, makes them look a bit fiercer than just normal 2.5 meters tall, heavily muscles man-goats do...
Maille detail is fine, not Mierce's best but as good as you'll get in any other manufacturer and still better than you'll get from most.
All the models were in resin and while there were some flash amd mould lines, there was nothing that would be a challenge to even a amateur modeler.
This is Aalgar. Say hello Aalgar!
Good sculpt, if a bit wierd, but then again he is basically the non-command version of sculpted standard bearer, so it's no wonder the stance didn't quite work out.
I like the fact that he has both fierce tusks and flat herbivorous teeth, makes him a bit more goat-y.
Again, fine maille supplemented with small plates.
This is Gongaar (don't blame me! Mierce named them!)
Good brooding pose. Looks like he's doing the Slow Walk (tm) towards some hapless imperial infantry. He looks mean!
Bare and nicely muscles shoulders, otherwise mixing plates and maille.
Another fairly strange pose, Culgaar looks like he can't quite decide what he is doing, I do like his hooked cleaver though.
A bit troublesome to fit in a unit due to holding his blade so close to the ground, he probably needs to stand on the outside of one of the sides to fit.
Sraagar is goading his troops forward and would make a quite nice Champion for a unit.
And lastly Gaalgar would make a excellent Chieftain, or perhaps even a Beastlord? I could also actually see myself putting reins in his hand and putting him on a chariot.
Very nice heavy armour, the heaviest of the group, quite the pleasure to paint.
I think most of the Gul-Gabrax would make nice Chieftains and Champions but I would not recommend them for use as Longhorns, especially of your already have GW Bestigors are part of your unit. Why?
Well, they are kinda.... large
Gongaar is one of the smaller Gul-Gabrax, and he's still a head taller than a Bestigor
And Galgaar is just.... really big!
He'd look awesome as a Champion or a Chieftain but doesn't really fit into a unit.
However, do not despair as Mierce makes a smaller breed of goatmen called the Gabrax, and I can vouch for that those fit in excellently with the Bestigors that most of us use as our Longhorns. [Read More]