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    Welcome to my first Bat Rep from the European Singles Championship 2019. I’ve never competed at any ETC or ESC before so I went into this feeling very apprehensive and pessimistic. These guys are some of the best in the world and I’m just some chump who likes charging and rolling dice, so I was prepared for a beating. My aim going into this tournament was to get at least 1 win, don’t get 20’d and to win best painted (no small feat, I know).

    Going into this tournament there were no lists available beforehand, except the ETC lists which most people there were using anyway, and there was no draw for opponents until the day of the event. I described my list in a previous post here, but here it is again:


    585 - Chosen Lord, General, War Dais, Trophy Rack, Shield, Dusk forged, Hell Forged Armour, Burning Portent (Hand Weapon), Envy
    850 - Exalted Herald
    320 - Sorcerer, Alchemy, Plate Armour, Book of Arcane Mastery, Alchemist’s Alloy, Lucky Charm, Wizard Adept
    635 - 20x Warriors, Envy, Standard Bearer, Musician, Champion, Flaming Standard
    150 - 5x Fallen
    120 - 8x Warhounds
    747 - 6x Feldraks, Halberds, Musician
    629 - 4x Chosen Knights, Envy, Standard Bearer, Champion
    460 - Feldrak Elder, Paired Weapons

    So I rock up on the Wednesday after a big Tuesday of Go Karting, I came 5th out of 9 of Team Scotland, I was robbed in the last race thanks to a Mad Git ramming me off the road. I was a little bit hungover and nervous but excited to get playing. So I looked at the draw and I was drawn against a fellow Englishman but someone I’d never played before, the one and only @Henrypmiller I was glad I was drawn against such a gent for the first game so I was hoping for a nice friendly game with neither of us taking it too seriously. I’d listened to a couple of eps of the Ammertime podcast before and knew a little bit about his list but the Highborn Elves aren’t an army I’ve had a lot of experience against, they’re certainly a rare choice here in the UK. Henry’s list:


    405 - Commander, Battle Standard Bearer, Great Weapon, Light Armour, Master of Canreig Tower, Book of Arcane Mastery

    485 - High Prince, General, Light Armour, Longbow, Spear, Queen's Companion, Moonlight Arrows, Destiny's Call, Sliver of the Blazing Dawn

    910 - Mage, Cosmology, Wizard Master, Dragon, Obsidian Rock, Talisman of the Void

    280- 20x Citizen Spears, Musician, Champion

    180 - 5x Elein Reavers

    627 - 27x Sea Guard, Standard, Musician, War Banner of Ryma

    100 - Giant Eagle

    380 - 5x Knights of Ryma, Champion, Musician

    423 - 16x Sword Masters, Champion, Musician

    485 - 12x Queen's Guard, Spear, Champion, Standard, Musician, Banner of Becalming

    180 - Sea Guard Reaper


    First impressions of the list was that I have no answer to that Dragon at all except by trying to get it in combat, but that would never be allowed to happen, or with some good Magic casting but the Magic Res on the Dragon certainly makes that a bit trickier. The High Prince scared me a bit too, AP5 and every hit equals another hit! He could single handedly tear down my whole army. Normally I would welcome a Lord on Lord challenge but not with this guy as I’m fairly sure he would spear my Chosen Lord to death before he can strike.

    Other than that there’s a lot of shooting, but it’s quite low strength and the Queens Guard can’t shoot at the Feldraks with their Flaming shots so they are limited. Only one Bolt Thrower is nice too, if there’s 3 it is a different story but I can take 1.

    The deployment type for this tournament was written on each table and the secondary was rolled separately for each game so for this game it was Counterthrust and the secondary was Capture the Flags (the best one for me!).

    For Magic spells I had some decisions to make for the Exalted Herald but as I was playing a shooty elf army there was one obvious choice, Wrath of God! With my Manifestations I picked Sorcerer Immortal and Abiding Spirit. I chose Sorcerer Immortal so I could pick the Grave Calls (2D6 S5/6 damage would ruin those tiny elf blocks) and Marked For Doom (1 S10 D3 wounds hit to try and pick out those characters or even the Dragon), it also gave me Veil Walker which is always useful. Abiding Spirit is good for the Hard target and gives the Exalted Herald a little bit more protection.

    On the Alchemy Sorcerer I picked Quicksilver Lash, good against the Dragon and could keep the characters honest, and Word of Iron because who doesn’t want +2 to their Armour Save.

    My Opponent picked Ice & Fire, Touch the Heart, Perception of Strength and the High Elf Hereditary spell – Favour of Meladis, for his Cosmology Master. The BSB picked Ravenwing, Quicksilver Lash, Awaken the Beast, Oaken Throne and Fountain of Youth. A lot of magic and no end of shenanigans I’m sure.

    I picked sides and let Henry drop first. We did a couple of the chaff drops, with Henry dropping the Reavers right in the middle and as far forward as possible, pushing me back for my drops, I dropped the dogs, we drop a couple… [Read More]
  • Hey guys, so after the slog of painting (which i'm not quite finished with yet lol) I turn my concentrations to the background of my story and characters and really look to establish the von Hesselinks into the campaign.

    Interestingly these characters are based on some private fluff that @PTG - Hyper-G and I wrote a long time ago waaaay back in 2009!! This was when we were just 2 young boys getting into the world of toy soldiers and playing small skirmish games complete with narrative battles and stories to go along with them. As such I actually had a wealth of characters to choose from and over the years the characters evolved to go along with the models and units i picked. Still, I never had a real reason to continue their fluff until now and how I have enjoyed getting them out of the figurative closet!

    So, we focus on the leader, his lover and their necromancer helper and their journey to Avras to help the Vampire Queen Fontaine in defending her throne. think of these as Origins stories. Enjoy!

    *Warning* These were much longer than I originally intended so please get yourself a drink before attempting them! Please also bare in mind that this is written by me aka a complete noob when it comes to writing, so if it reads like a 4 year old wrote it please bare with lol

    Toby the Half-Zombie Necromancer


    Sophia von Hesselink


    Darius von Hesselink
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  • Just as I thought after the first box of their models, Raging Heroes is ruling the roost when it comes to female combat models. Even more so when it comes to their cavalry models. As I mention in the video above, these are for gaming and in thus I made it easier on myself when it comes to colors, because more than likely I am going to break these atleast once while on the gaming table. But as you can see below:
    They can be even more complicated when it comes to colors and layers. The biggest thing about these models is that they do not rank up as well as other cavalry models due to how they are supposed to be posed, and the range of their poses. So it is IMPERATIVE that you plan ahead by a few feet in order to make sure the unit looks cohesive and doesn't look too cluttered, I even have mine numbered on the bottom. For my vampire knights I even went as far as to have raven unit fillers so they have room to breath, something I wish I had the forethought on when doing my earlier grail knights. But, thats why I am here.


    To make mistakes, so you don't have to.
    ragingheroes.com/collections/s…ts/mounted-knights-tr-s-f
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  • Hello folks! I am happy to say I have (finally) finished some of the models I have been painting for the Avras campaign! Got a character and 3 units all done at the same time so think its best to show it all off! Now there are some things moving forward that I may add/tweak to the models so I can't say they are 100% done and never to be touched again - especially as VC seem to be my next main tourney army I will be using (spoiler alert) quite soon in the future - but for the purposes of the campaign I can consider them complete.

    Anyway, let's get straight to it!

    Overview. The horde is begun...



    Sophia von Hesselink

    I quite the the colour scheme and how the pink has come out, although it's not as clean as i would have liked. I think this comes down to using my old paints rather than getting new ones, but also because i tried a lot of 'trial & error' colour combinations and techniques. First I tried out just making her dress white with a red wash to creat the pink, but that came out too similar to the red of her breastplate so took that off and tried to mix colours to create the shade i liked. Havent ever done mixing before so i'm pleased with the outcome, but becuase of all the messing around with the actual model i feel its not as smooth as i could have made it. Similarly, the face is the first time I have looked at getting proper details out of it and 'trusting' my painting skills on it. As a result it looks a bit blotchy and a bit 'cartoony' (as normally i would put faint colours in the areas i need detail and then do a wash to cover over the cracks) but its not terrible so i'll take it. The eyes were hard to do and ended up doing them several times before I was 'happy'. I imagine she will be constantly tampered with as I go on, but this is as good as it gets for now! Below is her with the rest of the von Hesselink crew...


    Ghouls

    Pleased with these because when i put them next to my other 20 ghouls they look pretty similar and can easily make 1 big block by mixing the two in. Used the same techniques but did a little more detail on these, and picked out the rope and metal more than the previous 20. The only thing I would do with these is add some detail to the mouths and give them a wash to darken them up - but i will need to look at the whole group to see how best to do that, so once again for now they are complete!

    Skellies

    Pleased with these and the only alteration/addition for these will be adding a wash to the bases. Otherwise I think they came out quite nicely and are near identical to the last ones I've done which will help when adding them to future armies!

    Vampire Spawn

    Will not likely change these at all now so this really is the finished article for these boys. I have some regrets as I believe I was a bit heavy on the white dry brushing but as is the trend it appears, they look like my previous 3 i had done and painted up so now make a nice looking unit!

    I will leave it there for now. Still to paint are 20 zombies and 5 barrow knights who are in the early stages so need a few more sessions before i can get anywhere near complete, but they will come in time! There is 3 months after-all before the campaign is complete so plenty of chances to get them involved at a later date. In my final stages for my last character fluff too so will be hoping to update you all early next week on the characters and the start of their journey back to Avras! Oh i'm so excited! [Read More]

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