Axel Vicious' Hobby Blog 44

This is the hobby blog for Axel Vicious. I'll be talking about all aspects of hobbying and painting, but mostly battle reports. Can be seen pushing around Warriors of the Dark Gods or Kingdom of Equitaine. Starting to dip my toes into Beast Herds.

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  • Hello!

    I'm just writing a quick blog post about painting rust. Rust has become an obsession of mine over the last few years since i began painting it for my 40K Ork army. I've spent many an hour looking at Rust effects in the wild and just how different the colour of rust can be and the texture of rust can be. It's incredibly variable and there is certainly no definitive look to rust. Trying to paint convincing looking rust can be difficult but it can definitely be down easily with some simple tricks. The basic elements of painting rust for me are that it must:
    • Be orange/brown, preferably a mixture of different oranges and browns.
    • It must have a matt finish (super matt, so matt that there is no reflection what so ever)
    • It must not be uniform! Rust is very rarely ever the same over a surface, whether that is texture or colour.

    I've begun playing Beast Herds recently and i'm slowly getting round to painting the army. If you check out the Tale of Slow Painters thread you can see what i've been up to. At the moment i've painted about 80 points worth so there's still a long way to go, lucky it is a Tale of Slow Painters so i'm living up to the title. There are two main colours for my Beasts, Blue and Yellow, two classic colours that are almost the bedrock for all modern cinema (just look at posters for most new big budget film releases and it will be in Blue and Yellow). Anyway, apart from the Blue and Yellow theme i have decided to give all my Beasts rusty weapons, they are far too busy planning their revenge upon the humans that enslaved them to bother with maintaining their weaponry. So the orange of the rust is like my third colour for the army and always contrasts well against blue.

    Anyway, recently i've been painting up Minotaurs and due to their much larger size compared to their Wildhorn cousin i've been able to add a lot more detail to the painting of these models. In particular i've gone to town with the rust effects for these models and have got two main types of rust on the models; super corroded rusty metal and rust under painted metal. I'd thought i'd write a quick guide about how these effects are achieved, they are much easier than you would think.

    First of all paint your silvers, ideally over a black undercoat. I use Vallejo Gun Metal for my silver basecoat as it goes on very smoothly and doesn't come out patchy at all. Once dry hit it with a nice thick coat of brown wash, i use GWs Agrax Earthshade.

    Once that is dry it should have already begun to Matt the previously shiny metallic paint, making it look like it has lost it's sheen already. Now we need to build up some orangey colours. I start off with GWs Mournfang Brown. Get an old brush and a some Mournfang Brown on it, then wipe of a lot of the paint onto some newspaper or whatever (Like if you were drybrushing). You're basically aiming to have enough paint on the brush so that you can splodge it onto the model with out being uniform, so it doesn't want to be laden with paint, splodge it on the newspaper until it gives you a an irregular pattern on the paper (I hope that makes sense, it's hard to describe). Once you've got your paintbrush right begin to splodge it on your metals.

    Even when it looks like you haven't applied any paint you still begin to matt the metal. Repeat the process again with a lighter, more orange brown, i use Scrag Brown by Games Workshop.

    Do this one final time with Ryza Rust by Games Workshop. This is a super bright orange colour so don;t go overboard or it will all look orange!

    After that i would recommend sponging on some metal onto the edges of the armour and weapon. For people who haven't even used a sponge for painting before you are missing out, it is so much fun and gives great results. basically tear off a bit of sponge from some packing material (I have a lot of old GW metal packs that used to come with little sponge sheets so i use that). Get your torn off nit of sponge, doesn't have to be big, and dip it into your metal (Gunmetal for me), then splodge the sponge onto the newspaper until most of the paint has come off, then with the sponge go over the edges of the armour and the weapons to make the edges still look sharp and used. You can splodge some on top of the rust you've previously painted on because rust isn't uniform so it helps to break it up. I didn;t take pictures sadly but tyou'll see in some more coming.

    Now, you can leave it there if you want to, and i that is as far as i have gone with my Wildhorn because they're too small for the rest. However if you want to make it look even rustier still then you cannot go far wrong than using actual rusting metal. I have an item called Scenic Rust (by Deluxe Materials), It's on eBay. This stuff is basically Iron Filings and glue. You mix up the Iron Fillings into some glue on a palette and with a old brush apply the iron filings onto the metals that you want to look rusty. Use it sparingly, less is more when it comes to this stuff.… [Read More]
  • Hello all, sorry I’ve not touched the blog in a while but tournament games have been a bit thin on the ground since Coronavirus hit so I’ve not had any face to face games since March. I do have a tournament I need to write up so I’ll be doing that soon, honest. Anyway, it’s not like I’ve been quite on the ninth age, started a podcast and have played in 2 on line tournaments with the Beast Herds now, you can hear all about them on the Podcast. If I posted bat reps for them here I’d just be repeating myself. You can see a Battle Report of mine in the latest Ninth Scroll as well, so go check that out.
    All I will say about the Beast Herds is that I love the Minotaur Warlord, he’s what all combat lords should aspire to be. Minotaurs are great, ambushing is really fun and Chariots are the most hit and miss units in the game. I really dislike Centaurs, I think it’s me rather than the Centaurs themselves, I just don’t use them right and they die, a lot. It’s probably because I refuse to use Druidism so I can’t protect them.
    I have also been busy painting for the Tale of Slow Painters we are doing, which is basically a project with the goal of painting 400 points worth of models every two months for 10 months. Afterwards we will all get together and have a mini tournament with our 2000 point forces of excellently painted armies. Here’s some of what I’ve been doing and you can check out the forum here.

    I’m not here to talk about Beast Herds though, that’s what the podcast is for. Today I wanted to do a bat rep with a difference, the difference isn’t just that the game took place entirely on UB (I like UB but for Bat Reps I like to have pictures of models), I used a new army. In fact it’s an unofficial army from the Homebrew section and is the fruits of one man’s labour. I’m using the Grand Companies of the Mercenary States.
    The army is essentially the old Dogs of War army from the world that was but there is so much more variety to it than there has ever been before. I would say that there is perhaps too much variety as the book clocks in at 41 pages, which I think is the biggest slim Army Book out there. There’s a lot of different unit choices in the book and there’s so much variation within each unit choice too that this is really the Swiss army knife of armies. Versatility is listed as their army strength and the book definitely has that. The weakness is that they are relatively low discipline and the whole army relies upon the paymaster who is the BSB for the army but if he dies then all units within his Commanding Presence range must take a Discipline check at -1 Discipline, fail that and your army could be running for the hills. I’m not going to go into the rules too much, I’d suggest checking out the army book here and having a read for yourself.
    By far the hardest part of using this army is trying to come up with a legal list, the book is split into 5 sections; Characters, Core, Special, Best Money Can Buy and Legendary Curiosities and Armoury. Each has its own percentage cap that your army must adhere to which all seems fairly sensible. However, as I mentioned before, almost every unit can be customisable and by giving certain units certain upgrades can make their points count towards a different section or mean they suddenly come out of that section and not the section they are available in.
    Example – Crossbows are a Core unit, with the Veteran upgrade (3+ shooting upgrade) they no longer count towards Core but now come out of the Best Money Can Buy Category, give them Light Armour too then they would come out of the Legendary Curiosities and Armoury section instead. If you upgrade the Crossbows to Dreadnoughts (1+ armour and a 6++ Aegis against Range) then they count towards both Core and Legendary Curiosities and Armoury. It gets confusing fast and is difficult to keep track of so having an app work it all out for you is definitely the easiest way to do it and I think the army is on Army Builder which would make the job easier.
    Anyway, after several rewrites I came up with a list:
    Commander, City State Falerii, Paired Weapons (Heroes Heart), Destiny’s Call = 340
    Captain, City State Regillum, Crossbow (Domingo’s Arbalest), Shield = 240
    Quartermaster, Plate Armour (Alchemists Alloy), Shield (Dusk Forged), Paychest and Bodyguard, Obsidian Rock = 310
    Guild Wizard, Pyromancy, Wizard Master, Talisman of the Void = 420

    16 Crossbowmen, Veteran, Dreadnoughts, Champion, Musician = 434
    15 Crossbowmen, Musician = 240
    35 Pikemen, Full Command, Pistol Champion, Legion Standard = 444
    10 Freelancers, Shield, Lance, Full Command = 440
    16 Paymasters Bodyguard, Plate Armour, Shield, Champion and Standard = 264
    6 Veteran Mercenary Ogres, Iron Fist, Plate Armour, Devastating Charge, Musician, Champion = 676
    15 Mercenary Dwarfs, Veteran, Pirates, Musician, Champion = 445
    Black Powder Artillery, Cannon = 245

    It turned out to be illegal as I had calculated the cost of the Ogre Mercenaries wrong but for the… [Read More]
  • Hi Everybody.

    Thought it's about time i added to my blog as it has been a while. Coronavirus has spread all around the globe and the world is in a crazy place right now, and it's no exception for me. I'm a Microbiologist by day so this virus is very much my forte, I've been working ridiculous hours trying my best to do what i can in the fight against Coronavirus which hasn't left much time for hobby lately. Tournaments seem like a thing from the past now but i did attend one in February and one at the start of March before it all got very serious here in the UK. I will be doing Bat Reps for the Tournament i attended in February so i do have some content to turn out at least.

    Anyway, since i was last on here there's been a new supplement book all about Giants. When i first saw it on April 1st i was so happy to see it as Giants have always had a place in my heart. Many moons ago i created my Giant for my old Warhammer 8th edition Bretonnian army to use in some fluffy games. He was a Questing Knight Giant named Sir Bort, he had all the Blessing and the old Giant rules but if he ever jumped up and down he lost the blessing because it was very knightly of him.

    He's currently on a 60x60 base as i'm using him as a unit filler for the Knights Forlorn but he'll soon be going back onto a 50 x 75 and running about again thanks to the new Giant rules. The model is the old Forge World Siege Giant body with the hands of a normal GW Giant. The sword is an old Great Unclean One sword from GW. His shiels is a door from an old boardgame i used to own called Darkworld (Did anyone else every play that or was it just me?). I then stuck the head of the old GW 5th Edition Dragon on it and wrapped it in some small chains. The helmet is an old Cold One head from 5th edition GW Dark Elf Coldone Knights and then some green stuff for the ribbons on the helmet and the straps of the shield. He was a real labour of love and i'm dead happy with how he turned out. And now i get to make two more!

    I was worried that the supplement was just going to be an April's Fool joke and i would never get to use Sir Bort in the Ninth Age. So i was even happier when i realised it was legit. As soon as this pandemic is over i can play in a tournament again you know Sir Bort will ride again!

    I eagerly read the fluff around some of the Giants from the book. I love the idea of giant humanoids just trying to live their life in a tiny human/dwarf/elf world and adopting the little peoples cultures. I thought the opening was particularly good and did a great job of introducing the life of Giants and what they (and the supplement) are all about. I was so excited by the supplement that i made sure it was the first episode of our podcast! Oh yeah, I've started a Podcast, well @Mattyp has started a podcast and i'm his co host on the adventure. It's called The Paired Weapon Podcast and you can find our first episode here: Episode 1

    So i won't spend too long here discussing my opinions about the Giant Supplement, you can listen to that in the Podcast. All i will say is that i'm glad that i get to use my Giant again and the rules for the Feudal Giant are particularly good. I'm delighted that he'll get the Blessing and get's a 4+ Armour Save with Knighted Giant. I probably wouldn't bother taking any of the other upgrades as that Knighted Giant one is exactly what i wanted from the KoE Giant. Swiftstride and Devastating Charge +2 Strength is really good and certainly makes him more than just a bit of chaff like most giants seem to be these days. AT 365 points he is a a little expensive but i think he's worth it, i could be wrong though, need to actually use the Feudal Giant and see how it plays out.

    Thought i'd write my own bit of fluff about Sir Bort too, now he's been upgraded from unit filler to a unit in his own right.

    The Tale of Sir Bort

    Bort had left home for his great adventure many months ago now, and spent his time roaming the land trying to find out where he fitted in this crazy world. His life consisted mostly of eating cattle, which could never escape very far from Bort because they all lived in fields surrounded by fences ("silly cows" Bort often thought to himself), this was almost always followed by him running away from angry human villagers. Sometimes he would be approached by small green folk who would promise him all the magical mushrooms he could ever want if he followed them into the forests, but these green fellows never had any good food and the mushrooms just gave him a headache. These green lads were very persistent until Bort 'accidentally' stood on some of the green folk, then they left him alone.

    One day Bort was walking a path through some hills, he always liked the fresher air of the hills and less beings bothered or chased him up there. As he neared the top of a particularly large hill he heard a screech a big fiery explosion. Against his own instincts he ran towards the noise and was confronted with a big red Dragon[Read More]
  • Hello

    I’m back at last to write up the final Battle for the Siege of Strivelyn III I’d like to say I have saved the best till last but for me this was a painful game. There were only 6 teams at the event which was nice because it meant that we all got to play each other so for this round we were drawn against the last team we hadn’t played, “The B@stards of Winterfell”. After my loss in the last game my hangover had trebled in strength and I was really struggling by this point but I picked myself up and we prepared to do the pairings. I was paired against the Shane Baxter and his Daemon Legionos, not an army I am overly familiar with at all and I hadn’t actually played against them since TEC 2019 back in April and that game was against this opponent too.This was his list

    Sentinel of Nukuja, General, Greater Dominion, Wizard Master, Thaumaturgy, Stryixiam Spirit, 710

    Courtesan of Cibaresh, Wizard Apprentice, Witchcraft, Centipede Legs, Dexterous Tentacles, Livingshield, 625

    16 Imps, Champion, Mark of the Eternal Champion, 334

    21 Myrmidons, Champion, Whipcrack Tail, 562

    10 Succubi, Chilling Yawn, 245

    2x Blazing Glory, Cloven Hooves, 310

    2x 6 Hoarders, Mirrored Scales, 700


    My list is here.

    I must state that this list was from the last update and not the latest update so some of the rules and points might have changed for some of the units, so if I get anything wrong, that’s probably why.

    This list contains a lot of stuff I’ve never seen before so I was frantically looking at the Daemon book on my phone trying to figure out what everything does but I wasn’t having much luck, (the hangover didn’t help). So I made some quick assumptions based off previous experience playing them and from what I could gather from the book. (N.B. These were rash on the spot judgements and my opinions have changed drastically, don't @ me!)

    • So the Hoarders seem like nasty, bloated gits, I absolutely have to make sure they don’t get into my peasants because the Hoarders are much better at the Grind than the Peasants and will end up chewing through them. I figure the Knights Forlorn have the best chance of killing them as they cause fear so that will help me hit them.
    • Blazing Glories seemed ok, probably want to shoot them off and finish them off in combat.
    • Myrmidons, meh, I’ve fought them before, I think the Peasants will do a number on those punks.
    • Succubi are even more meh than the Myrmidons, they could cause problems if they get into the Peasants though, with all their attacks they’ll chew through them.
    • Imps are the most meh of all, not worried about them in the slightest.
    • The Sentinel I imagine is going to hide at the back and try and avoid Trebuchets, if he can’t I’m going to make sure he’s top target priority for the Trebs because his siphon 2 veil tokens instead of 3 is so good. I want to send the Pegasus Knights after him too as they could do a number on him.
    • I’ve fought against the Courtesan last time I played Shane and I remember the Feldrak Elder took it off so I went in assuming that if the Feldrak Elder can kill it then it must be terrible because that guy struggles to beat up chaff! I’ll probably send the Grail Knights at it.
    • I’m going to be up against a strong magic phase in this game and that’s going to be hard to stop. Just have to stop comet and hope the rest of the magic is ineffective.
    Fighting against Daemons is confusing enough for anyone but to make matters worse there were several more rules in play during this final game. As with all the previous games there were specific scenarios for each round and this won was the culmination of all our efforts and things were going to get wild.

    The secondary objective for this one consisted of multiple mini objectives:

    • First Blood: 1PT for the first player to destroy an enemy unit.
    • Trophy Hunter: 2PTs if the enemy General is killed during the battle.
    • Total War: 1PT for each enemyScoring unit destroyed.
    • Scorched Earth: 1PT for each scoring unit within the enemy’s deployment zone (capped at 3PTs)
    Whoever scores the most points at the end wins, simple enough I thought but there was something even more crazy coming up. So, at the start of each turn you had to roll a D6 and apply the effect related to the table below:

    • Primordial Beast–The Beast (statline below) has awoken! The Beast remains in play after this card has been discarded. Deploy the beast as close to the centre of the table but out with 1” of any units or impassable terrain. The Beast completes its move phase before either player. The direction of its movement is randomly determined (we suggest using a scatter dice). If the Beast comes within 1” of a unit, it charges that unit as a random mover. The Beast may be charged by either player, but it does not contribute to First Blood or Total War.
    • Magical Reverb–Miscasts are treated as rolling 1 higher on the miscast table.
    • Cataclysm–Roll a dice for each unit on the table. On a 4+ the unit suffers D6 S4 AP0 hits with Magical Attacks.
    • Calamity–Models ending their
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  • Hello and welcome to my Battle Report for the 4th Game of the Siege of Strivelyn III.

    So this was the first game on Sunday morning and I had a pretty successful Saturday winning all 3 of my games, so I was in high spirits and eager to get going and keep the winning streak going. I was also incredibly hung over after some Saturday night drinking sessions but I don’t think I was as hungover as my opponent for this round.

    We did pairings for this round first thing and I was paired against the one and only Fraser Campbell @Cam, the Vice Captain of Team Scotland this year. I’ve played Fras a couple of times before and always enjoyed are games so I was glad that I’d be playing him for this very hungover game. Fras can normally be spotted on the Dwarf section of the Forum, or in a pub, but for this tournament he was pushing around the Dread Elves. His list:

    Cult Priest, Battle Standard Bearer, Divine Altar, Paired Weapons, Cult of Cadaron, Hero's Heart 685

    Oracle, Army General, Divination, Light Armour, Wizard Master, Essence of Mithril, Talisman of Shielding, Talisman of the Void 550

    Oracle, Cult of Yema, Light Armour, Occultism, Wizard Master, Destiny's Call, Moraec's Reaping 565

    2x5 Dark Raider, Repeater Crossbows 215

    5 Dark Raider 165

    32 Dread Legionnaire, Champion, Musician, Standard Bearer, Spears, Banner Enchantment: Flaming Standard 533

    24 Dancers of Yema, Champion, Musician, Standard Bearer, Banner Enchantment: Banner of Gar Daecos 647

    7 Dread Knight, Champion, Musician, Standard Bearer, Banner Enchantment: Banner of Blood 441

    5x Harpy 135

    Medusa, Halberd 135

    Hunting Chariot 210

    As usual my list can be found here.

    So after looking at my Fras’ list I was very happy with the match up. Having one big infantry block for my Trebuchets to shoot at is good but having two is even better. I need to shoot as many of those Dancers to death as I can before they get anywhere near me as they could put a big dent in my army on their own I think. The Divine Altar is quite the scary piece as well, luckily it causes fear so it is the perfect target for my Knights Forlorn to take on, they should make relatively quick work of it if they can get to fight it. Incase anyone is wondering the Cult Priest follows the Cult of Cadaron, which gives him no benefits at all, because it is free. I’m hoping the Divine Altar is in one of the units so I can hit it with the Trebs, War Altars in a unit of infantry are prime targets for Trebuchets. The Dread Knights could prove a problem if they can get the charge on me, I have to make sure I charge them, or bog them down with Peasants or the Knights Forlorn but I don’t think Fras would let that happen. Those Oracle characters are quite nasty too, especially the Occultism one, with Destiny’s Call and Moraec’s Reaping that little lady can put up a hell of a fight and could easily go toe to toe with my Lord or BSB. Also let’s not forget that they are both Wizard masters and Occultism has some pretty potent spells that could really do a number on me, I think I’m going to find my opponent’s magic phase tough. The rest of it is chaff mostly which I will have to deal with using either magic or shooting but my main shooting priority are those infantry blocks.

    There’s a unique deployment for this game and it’s secret deployment! So there’s a screen on the middle of the board so you can’t see each other’s deployment and you have to deploy your whole army in 5 minutes. I loved this deployment as this is how I used do Deployment back in mists of time when playing with my school friends. We rolled for side first and Fras chose his side leaving me with mine which at least contained a nice hill to sit on but an annoying big lake in the middle of the board.

    The Secondary Objective for this round was table quarters, so the table is divided into 4 and you have to have a scoring unit in a quarter to score it. The player who scores the most table quarters scores the objective. Anyway, the screen was put up and deployment began. It was hard to deploy because we spent most of the time laughing at Andy and Paul holding the big sheet up.

    I had a basic plan going in of just sitting back and shooting. So I deployed in the middle and overloaded one flank with the Grail Knights and the Pegasus Knights. The Crossbows sat on the hill with one Trebuchet. The Peasants and the Knights Forlorn sat in the middle with the Bowmen on their right. Then I had The Knights of the Realm and the trebuchet on the right.

    After the screen was removed (much to the relief of a tired Andy) I saw that Fras had deployed very similar to me. The blocks were in the middle, with the Dancers in the wood to try and get them a bit of cover. The Divine Altar was not in a unit but was going solo next to the Dread Legionnaires. The left flank was the Dread knights and one unit of Dark Raiders with the Hunting Chariot, Medusa and 2 Dark Raiders on the right.

    For spells I took the usual combo, Awaken the Beast, Swarm of[Read More]
  • Hello

    Welcome to my Battle Report for Game 3 of Siege of Strivelyn III. So after two wins in my first two games it was onto the last game of the Saturday to try and get the hat trick. The team as a whole were doing ok, we were sat in the middle of the pack but it was all pretty tight so still everything to play for. My list can be found here for those who need to catch up.

    We did the pairings for this round and I was drawn against the Empire of Sonnstahl, a match up I was pretty happy with as I’ve fought them quite a bit recently and the list I’m facing is not too dissimilar to the bog standard Empire lists out there. My opponent is the wonderful Michael Doherty @micdicdoc and this is his list:

    Prelate, General, Great Weapon, Plate Armour, Dragonfire Gem, Imperial Seal, Locket of Sunna 390

    Marshal, Battle Standard Bearer, Shield, Great Tactician, Death Warrant, Ghostly Guard 330

    Wizard, Divination, Adept, Light Armour, Arcane Engine, Foresight, Basalt Infusion, Talisman of Shielding 480

    Wizard, Pyromancy, Adept, Magical Heirloom 250

    13 State Militia 163

    2x 5 Electoral Cavalry, Musician, Great Weapon 180

    20 Light Infantry, Handgun, Musician, Banner, Marksman's Pennant 325

    20 Light Infantry, Crossbow, Musician 295

    30 Imperial Guard, Great Weapons, Full Command, Banner of Unity 660

    2x Imperial Mortar 190

    2x 15 Flagellants 190

    Steam Tank 490

    So there are several elements in the list that I’ve fought against before but some new additions to spice things up. The Prelate and the BSB with Death Warrant both sitting in the Imperial Guard is very common but that’s because it is such a good unit. They can (and have) take on the Forlorn in a one and one fight so I have to stop that from happening. There’s the obligatory Steam Tank which is a nice target for the Forlorn block. The Crossbows and the Handgunners may prove to be a pain and can certainly make short work of my Knights and even put a heavy dent into my blocks if I let them, this is definitely where I need the Shamanism magic to shine.

    Now, onto the unusual things; 2 Mortars! What?! I heard they were garbage and no one takes them anymore but there’s two of them ready to blow my Peasant block to oblivion. I know they’re only Strength 3 and against most KoE armies you’d laugh in your opponents face if they rolled out two of them but I’m not running a bog standard KoE list, they scare me. Those things combined with all the other shooting could ruin the Peasants in no time. It’s nice to see two units of Flagellants, I’m a big fan of flagellants and I think they are absolutely amazing, they should be in all Empire lists. These small units of 15 could prove a good speed bump for my units and have the potential to hold up my Peasants for a couple of turns, if not the whole game given the way my Peasants hit things. The Forlorn aren’t scared of them though, they’ll eat them up in no time. 2 small units of Electoral Cav have been thrown in, mostly for the quick scoring I imagine but 5 Knights with Great Weapons can’t be ignored. Some Militia thrown in to fill out core, these guys are good and if there’s one thing KoE hateit’s black powder weapons. They always kill Knights when they shoot and then they have a Stand and Shoot as well which always kills another knight, so I’d like to shoot these guys off if I can. 2 Wizard Adepts, one on Pyro and one on Div, I’m fine with those Lores, there’s 2 spells I need to watch out for and make sure I stop, Flaming Swords (bubbled) and Stars Align. Those spells can make the Empire shooting crazy good. The Div Wizard is mounted on an Arcane Engine (I’ve never seen an Empire wizard on a mount) with Foresight which will give those Imperial Guard Lightning Reflexes, making them even more dangerous.

    So like the previous 2 games the scenario for this game was slightly different from the norm. For this game the Scenario was called “Secure the Maiden”. It is essentially Spoils of War, there are three peasants on the table that deploy evenly along the central line, at the start of each Game turn each peasant moves 2D6” in a random direction using a scatter dice. Each Peasant has to be captured to score a scenario point. To capture a peasant they have to be charged by a scoring unit, once they charge the peasant they can reform if they pass a discipline check and can then act normally. One of the Peasants on the board is the Maiden, each Peasant is worth 1 Scenario Point but the Maiden is worth 2! To determine which peasant is the maiden roll a D3 at the end of the game. Make sense to everyone? You’ll see as the game goes on. The deployment type for this game was Refused Flank (diagonal) so the peasants are spread diagonally along the centre.

    We roll off for which table side and diagonal and I win that roll off, I pick the side with a nice hill in the back of my deployment. There’s a water feature in the middle of the board so that’s not ideal for me. My opponent decides to drop everything and go for first turn. He… [Read More]
  • Hello and welcome to Game 2 of The Siege of Strivelyn III.

    Each game at the event had a different scenario from your bog standard ones out the book and for this round the scenario involved each army having a camp. It had to be 100mm square and was supposed to be the base camp for your faction. Here’s mine:

    A lovely tent scene for the Kingdom of Equitaine featuring two very hung over peasants, a state I can relate to every Sunday morning at every Tournament I’ve ever been too.

    The aim of the scenario is to try and destroy your opponents camp whilst keeping yours alive. The camp is considered Large and cannot be moved once it is deployed cannot be moved. It has 5 wounds at Resilience 5 and has 6 attacks at OS 3 and Strength 3. To score the scenario the camp has to be captured by a scoring unit that has to destroy it in combat (or if it is killed with shooting then they can just move onto it and pick it up). The Deployment was Counterthrust so that was normal at least.

    My opponent for this round was using Sylvan Elves and I’ve played this guy a few times now and it’s always a tight cagey game as he plays very defensively where as i’m all about the running at my opponents as fast as I can. His list:

    Dryad Ancient, General, Wizard Adept, Druidism, Oaken Crown 240

    Chieftain, Blade Dancer Kindred, Sylvan Blades, Hero’s Heart, Drums of Cenyrn 280

    Chieftain, Blade Dancer Kindred, Battle Standard Bearer, Spear, Hunters Honour, Aether Icon (x2) 335

    Druid, Shamanism, Wizard Master, Sylvan Bow, Binding Scroll 425

    11 Dryads, Champion 221

    8 Dryads,150

    2x 5 Heath Hunters 205

    13 Sylvan Archers, Musician 344

    7 Wild Huntsmen, Champion, Shields 446

    12 Blade Dancers, Champion, Standard, Rending Banner 465

    12 Blade Dancers, Champion 395

    4 Thicket Beasts 365

    8 Sentinels 266

    5 Sentinels 155

    Mine can be found here

    So there are 3 things in that list that scare the bejesus out of me, the 2 units of Blade Dancers and the Wild Huntsman. I’ve played against Wild Huntsman many times over the years and I have seen them destroy entire armies on their own, now I don’t think a unit of 7 of them is going to do that but they still worry me. The Knights Forlorn are the perfect answer to them as they will negate all their Devastating Charge bonuses and should be able to go through them in a round without taking too many loses. If the Wild Huntsmen can get into my Peasants then I think I have problems, they’ll put a huge dent in them before I can even swing back.

    The Blade Dancers are a scary proposition too, I’ve never actually fought against them but I’ve heard many a tale of people failing to hurt them and having their units just bounce off. I think the Knights Forlorn can take them on but I’m not so sure about the rest. These are the number one targets for my trebuchets without a doubt, even with the -1 to hit them I’m still going to go for them.

    As for the rest of it I’m not that bothered about, there are a lot of units in the army though so I am going to have to fight my way through a lot of chaff if I am ever going to get to the Sylvan camp. Luckily for me there isn’t a lot of scoring units in my opponents army so as long as I can stop the Thicket Beasts and dryads from getting near the camp I should be safe.

    For my spells I pick Awaken the Beast, Swarm of Insects (it will be great for killing Blade Dancers!), Totemic Summon and Break the Spirit. I decided against taking Chilling Howl as I’m just not sure I am that fussed about the Sylvan shooting that much and the only spell I’d drop for it would be Awaken the Beast but the Resilience boost will be more useful.

    My opponent is also on Shamanism and goes for Awaken the Beast, Chilling Howl, Totemic Summon and Break the Spirit. The Dryad Ancient goes for Summer Growth and the Sylvan Hereditary spell –Forest Embrace.

    We put our camps down first (or at least we should have but I don’t think we did when we played because we didn’t read the rules pack). We alternate the first three drops as with Counterthrust and then I drop everything to go first. I forego praying as there isn’t a lot of high strength attacks in the Sylvan army so I don’t think I need it really.

    I castle up in the left hand corner of the board as although I’m fairly sure that my opponent is just going to hang back and try and just shoot me off I can’t take it for granted. If I deployed badly then the Wild Huntsman could easily get behind my lines and make a mess of my army so I can’t let them get behind me. I have the Pegasus Knights out on the right ready to fly around the Sylvan lines and scare them. The Peasants are on top of the big hill in the middle to give them a big threat range in case anything comes near their charge range. I have one treb on the left and one treb on the right. Everything else is on the left as shown. My Damsel is in with the Knights Forlorn today as there aren’t enough Fear causers out there for me to need the extra charge bonus on the Knights Forlorn.

    My opponent… [Read More]
  • Hello

    Welcome to another round of Battle Reports from the latest tournament I attended, the excellent Siege of Strivelyn III. This was a 3 man team event and I was taking my KoE list that I discussed previously here. My fellow team mates were running an all cavalry Warriors list and a Saurian list with a big block of Caimans.
    The tournament had different custom scenarios for each round which certainly made the tournie much more interesting compared to your bog standard tournie and meant that you had think about how some of these objectives were going to be tackled. So the first scenario for Game 1 was “Storm the Bridges”, it is like Secure Target, where there are two objectives that have to be secured, but they are 2 bridges that are on the centre line. There is also a river running across the middle of board which counts as Dangerous Terrain 2 for Standard Infantry and Beasts, everything else is Dangerous Terrain 1 and Gigantic ignores all Dangerous Terrain for the river. Any unit beginning its movement phase in the river takes Dangerous Terrain and you cannot march into or out of the river.
    The draw had already been done for the first round and once we arrived on Saturday morning and did our pairings I was drawn against a Dwarven Holds list and an unusual one at that:
    Engineer, General, Wyrm-Slayer Rocket, Shield 155
    Thane, Crossbow, Shield, Rune of Dragon's Breath, Rune of Kinship, Rune of Shielding 240
    Thane, Crossbow, Shield, Rune of Dragon's Breath, Rune of Kinship, Rune of Mining 230
    Thane, Pistol, Shield, Rune of Dragon's Breath, Rune of Kinship 210
    Thane, Shield, Rune of Kinship, 2x Rune of Lightning, Rune of Returning 225
    Thane, Guild Crafted Handgun, Shield, Rune of Denial 230
    10 Clan Marksmen, Guild-Crafted Handgun, Shield 250
    11 Clan Marksmen, Shield 23010 Clan Marksmen, Shield 210
    3x 10 Greybeard, Shield, Throwing Weapons 245
    10 Miners, Great Weapons 205
    10 Rangers, Crossbow, Shields 225
    10 Rangers, Crag Warden, Throwing Weapons, Shields 215
    Attack Copter 180
    Steam Bomber 215
    Cannon 250
    2x Flame Cannon 145
    2x Dwarf Ballista 100
    So a load of small units and a load of characters to contend with plus 5 war machines! Quite a scary list and I was a little bit stuck about how to approach this match. The biggest threat in the list to me is the Flame Cannons, they could absolutely murder my Peasant Levy and put a dent in the Knights Forlorn. There’s so much shooting to contend with as well and with so many small units I may struggle to get into combat due to fleeing my charges and just shooting me with the other units. I’ve got no real good targets for my Trebuchets but I’ll probably try and take out the copters, artillery and the handgunners if I can.
    The Pegasus Knights will be useful in this battle as they can just fly over the rived and put pressure on the Dwarves right from the beginning. I’m going to run the Knights through the river and try and pressure one flank. I’m going to put the Peasants on one of the bridges and the Knights Forlorn to capture the other.
    For my Shamanism spells I picked Awaken the Beast, Swarm of Insects, Chilling Howl, Totemic Summon. This is probably the first time I haven’t taken Break the Spirit, due to the small shooting units of the dwarves I just didn’t think it would really be of any use, especially when the other spells are so much more useful.
    The deployment for this game is Frontline Clash and we alternate deployment for a while before I eventually drop everything to go first, my opponent had so many drops that I had no chance of out deploying him really so it was probably the right thing to do. I also did not pray as I wanted to guarantee first turn to limit the shooting of the dwarves, I didn’t want them taking out the trebuchets early on.

    I positioned the Knights Forlorn on the left flank to cover that bridge and the Peasants on the right to get the right hand bridge. I sat both my Peasant bows and crossbows in the centre to cover their advance. Trebuchets were each in sepearte corners of my deployment so the Miners couldn’t get both. The Pegasus Knights were on the left flank and the Grail Knights and Knights of the Realm were on the right flank. I’m going to push the Knights across the right hand side of the river and the Pegs are going to fly over the left side, with their vanguard I should be able to get behind the dwarf lines in turn 1. The damsel is in the Knights Forlorn along with my BSB, as there are no Fear causers she won’t limit the Knights charge and it is the safest place for her.
    The Dwarves deploy across the whole of their deployment, I would talk about it but there are just so many units. The Engineer is in the Clan Marksmen 1 unit and the Handgunner Thane is in the Clan Marksmen 2 unit. The Lightning Rune Thane and one of the Breath Weapon Thanes are in the Rangers 2 unit on the left and the other 2 Thanes are in the Rangers 1 unit on the right. The Grey Beard unit 3 are in the ruins but in the pictures it may look like they aren’t,… [Read More]
  • Hello

    I am literally about to make the epic journey up to Scotland now but I’d thought I’d just do a quick post about how my list has changed from the BCB2 to now. So the BCB2 was 3500 and the Siege of Strivelyn III is your bog standard 4500. As I did a lot better at BCB2 thanwas expecting I’ve decided not to really change the list all that much and instead just add 1000 points on to it.

    There was somethings in my list I wasn’t overly happy with but not much. I didn’t think the Sacred Reliquary added a great deal to the Forlorn block. The +1 Armour in combat is nice but I just found that the Reliquary takes up too much space in the unit to be worth it. I know you still get fight in extra ranks but when you’re dealing with models with a small foot print like lone characters or monsters you need all the attacks you can get and having some waster by the Reliquary is annoying. So I’ve dropped that. I’ve also replaced the Rending Banner on the Forlorn for the Banner of Speed because they really need the speed boost I think.

    So for my extra points now I had to squeeze in another 250 points so for me it was a an easy decision, at that kind of cost a Knight of the Realm unit fits in perfectly (I dropped 1 peasant as well). It gives me a quick scoring unit that is pretty cheap but well armoured. I have been lacking speed so these guys might just provide that.

    With the rest of my points I decided I needed a unit of Pegasus Knights, again for their speed and for threatening the back lines of enemies as well. They are such a pain for people to deal with I think they are worth it just for that alone. If they are attracting fire then the rest of my army isn’t and that’s ok. I went with Vanguard only to try and rush behind my opponent if I can catch them messing up their deployment. I would have gone loose formation but I couldn’t afford it at the time (Now it has been reduced again I would have taken it and dropped the Lucky Charm on my Lord)

    Lastly I decided to try out a unit of 5 Grail Knights. There are 2 reasons for this, I’ve never used them before in ninth and with their guaranteed 5++ Aegis save it means I can still forego praying and get first turn. Only the Pegs and Realm would be affected by the loss of the prayer but it will be worth it in most match ups. I have really used the Grails in ninth before because I generally think they are over costed and die far too easily for such an expensive unit. They’re inability to flee can be absolutely devastating too if they are caught off guard. However, they have tremendous damage output and can pretty much beat most equivalent cavalry. I basically plan on run them on a flank and letting my opponent worry about them.

    I had some points left over so I bought the Talisman of the Void on the Shaman because channelling 2 is just so useful.

    So the list I’ll be taking:

    Duke (General), Halberd, Shield Breaker, Essence of Mithril, Lucky Charm, Virtue of Humility, Grail Oath =345

    Paladin, Battle Standard Bearer, Shield, Faith of Percival, Flaming Standard, Bastard Sword, Virtue of Piety, Bastard Sword and Questing Oath = 380

    Damsel, Wizard Master, Shamanism, Talisman of the Void = 395

    2x Castellan, Heavy Armour, Spear, Bannerman, Legion Standard = 95

    47 Peasant Levy, Spear, Full Command = 396

    6 Knights of the Realm = 260

    16 Peasant Bowmen, Crossbows, Musician = 237

    21 Peasant Bowmen, Musician = 234

    30 Knights Forlorn, Full Command, Banner of Speed = 785

    5 Knights of the Grail, Musician = 402

    2 x Trebuchet = 265

    3 Pegasus Knights, Vanguard = 346

    I’m off now, wish me luck and I’ll see you here for Game 1. [Read More]
  • Let's get back too it, It's late on a Saturday (6pm ish) and it's time for Game 4. (See the first Part for my list)

    Game 4
    Cuatl Lord - BSB - Pyromancy - 570
    Saurian warriors x18 - 318
    Saurian warriors x15 - 255
    Skink braves x16. - 142
    5 Raptor riders - 260
    3 Rhamphodon riders - 220
    3 Rhamphodon riders -220
    Skink hunters - vanguard & blowpipe x9 - 196
    Skink hunters - vanguard & blowpipe x9 - 196
    Chameleons x 9 - 207
    Taurosaur - 455
    Taurosaur - 455

    So by this time on Saturday I was rather drunk you might say so my memory is even foggier than in my last game. What I do remember is that the deployment was Marching Columns and the Secondary was Hold the Ground. Pretty happy with both the deployment and the secondary for this one. We both have 4 scoring each but my 2 big blocks are going to be much harder for my opponent to shift than his units so my plan going in is basically to sit both the Forlorn and the Peasants in the middle and maybe push out with one of them if needs be.
    Looking at my opponents list the Rhamphodons scare me quite a bit, they can really pack a punch and are so quick too. It’ll be difficult to protect my trebs in this game from these guys. I’m going to have to focus all my shooting into them in turn 1 and hopefully weaken them enough so that they’re ineffective. What I’m really worried about is if my opponent foregoes going after the trebs and puts both units into the Peasants, they murder so many of them that the Peasants would become useless.
    Other than the Rhamphodons there’s not much else I’m worried about, the Chameleons are annoying but the perfect target for Swarm of insects. 2 Taurosaurs are scary but I think the Forlorn can take them on, unless both charge in in one go, then I might struggle.
    I dropped for first and deployed all my units on the right of the board. Right to left; Xbows, trebuchet, Bowmen, Trebuchet, Forlorn and Peasants. My opponent put both Rhamphodons on the right, then going to the left was a Taurosaur, a Saurian unit, another Taurosaur, another Saurian unit and skinks spread around. The chameleons were on the left of the centre.
    The Rhamphodons were able to vanguard into a forest in front of my Crossbows giving them some protection from my shooting.
    In my first turn I pushed the Peasants and the Forloprn up towards the centre. The trebs managed to hit the Rhamphodons but only killed one. I managed to get a wound on another one with shooting. I got Swarm of Insects off on the Chameleons and killed 8 of them (wounding those little gits on 5s with Swarm of Insects is brilliant and the best use of that spell!), sadly the lone Chameleon passed his panic.
    The Rhamphodons surprised me by not charging the Crossbows but instead swung round my back line ready to kill the trebs next turn. The rest of the Saurians began to form a circle around the centre, ready to charge my units when they went in.
    I was able to treb 10 Saurians out of one unit before the trebs got killed by Rhamphodons, however one of the trebs held up a Rhamphodon for 3 rounds of combat before dying! I was able to kill one unit of Rhamphodons with Swarm of Insects and the other with Bows I think. The Raptor Riders charged my Crossbows and killed them.
    I made a long charge with the Knights Forlorn into a Taurosaur, with the +2” charge thanks to the Questing Oath it was a 9 on the dice or something. They didn’t kill it when they charged but did 4 wounds or so. The other Taurosaur charged the flank along with the depleted unit of Saurians in the front. The Forlorns took it like a pro, killed the original Taurosaur, killed some Saurians and did a wound or 2 tto the other Taurosaur, won combat despite being charged, the Saurians broke and fled but the Taurosaur stuck and then had to face the Knights Forlorn for another round of combat before getting murdered by them. The Knights Forlorn then killed the second unit of Saurians and finished off the depleted unit once they rallied.
    The Peasant horde did very little in this game, sat on the objective getting me points. They charged and killed the skink braves at one point. The Cuatl Lord was left running solo once the trebs had been taken care of. I was able to get 4 Totemic Beasts on the board by the end but I just couldn’t pin the slippery frog down. He was running interference with the Skink Hunters and the Raptor riders by this point. I managed to the Frog in combat inn turn 6 and got it down to one wound but just couldn’t kill it, he made a 4+ Aegis save on the last turn to keep him alive! I could have netted 900 points if I killed him but instead I got half points for 285.
    In the end I scored the objective and murdered most of the Saurian Army but lost my back line. Ended with a 15 – 5 victory to the Kingdom of Equitaine. It was a very good game and the Knights Forlorn were the star of the show again, just fighting everything that came their way and taking it all off. Really impressed with their ability to take a hit and dish it out.
    I deployed badly… [Read More]