BattleReport – Age of Sigmar, Thunder and Blood.

THE FOLLOWING TAKES PLACE WITH UNPAINTED MODELS, IF THAT’S A PROBLEM TURN BACK NOW, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

My long time friend and fellow geek had just lucked into a small collection of age of sigmar models, we played 40k together after I’d gotten them into it when I started studying at his University and he picked up himself some Necrons. Their flat mates had all started to move out of his accommodation and one of them basically gifted them some models they’d given up with, in exchange for a couple small favours. I figured there was no point for us both having the Khorne side of the AoS starter set and I was pretty keen to get another friend to play Age of Sigmar with, so I decided to let them have my Khorne models to buff up his collection. I was finding it hard to decided whether to play the Stormcast or the Bloodbound anyway, so honestly the whole exchange was a blessing twofold.

 

Their army was now larger then mine which was a little frustrating and I knew I’d have to get some Judicators to buff up my side to 1000pts for next time. Still we were playing matched and a couple of their units would sit this one out. Neither of us had much experience with AoS, this obviously being their first game and this being only my second (and first with the stromcasts!) but honestly that’s what makes AoS so good, its so simple and easy to get into that this really didn’t turn out to be a problem.

 

The game was set, we decided to just make our own simple objectives up, the three glass tokens were objectives which any model could control, worth 3 victory points a piece, and the slaying of the enemy warlord was worth the same. The first turn involved mainly all units moving up the board, with myself having priority. It would be my first… and last time I’d act first for the rest of the game.

 

At the start of the second round the Lord-Relictor and Reributors found themselves in the charging range of the Khorgorath due to my opponents generals ability and he used all of their attacks to try and kill the Relictor taking three of his five wounds, my Relictor tried to heal himself with healing storm but failed, but after both rounds of combat the four Stromcasts were able to bring down the beast to its final two wounds. On the opposite flank Prosecutors fell back baiting the Bloodwarriors, throwing of a round of missile damage with their celestial hammers, inflicting  3 wounds, all of which were failed.

 

The start of the third turn began with the Khorne declaring a series of charges which all failed, which was met with a series of laughter on my behalf, which was cut short when at the start of my turn my Lord Celestant failed a charge from 3″ away. My Liberators charged his Aspiring Deathbringer and they began to clash over the middle objective, scoring a whopping zero wound, then the Deathbringer did exactly same. Prosecutors took more pot shots at the Bloodwarriors inflicting four wounds, the Bloodwarriors failed ALL of them again, meaning they had failed seven saves on a four plus in a row, unlucky!

 

In the centre of the board at the start of the 4th turn, the Khorne opened up the portal of skulls in an effort to turn back the loosing combats, however with the Reributors having slayed the Khorgorath they were able to join the central scrum with my second unit of Liberators and the Bloodreavers . The large number of attacks hit the bulk of the Reributors and did not fault them (they inflicted two wounds which wasn’t enough to finish of a single member and in retaliation the two units of stormcasts reduced the reavers to just a champion and a standard). The Aspiring Deathbringer had worse luck, my Liberators scored three wounds in their combat phase, and as my opponent rolled his dice I declared “you’ll be find unless you fail all three”, it goes without saying (especially considering the guys luck thus far!) what happened next and with that the far right flank had crumbled. However far to the left, what was left off the Khorne forces slaughtered the Prosecutors and moved themselves in a position to attack my General, as we entered the final turn the Might Lord of Khorne declared that if he was too die this day he was taking the  Lord Celestant down with him.

 

With a mighty roar the  Lord Celestant’s Dracoth breathed forth a bout of flame at the oncoming Khorne forces, but it would take more then flame to stomp the forces of Chaos from entering combat, with earth shattering screams the two generals clashed in the centre of the battlefield, the Mighty Lord of Khorne bringing his reality tearing axe of Khorne high into the sky and…. fumbled all of his attacks and is destroyed in a single round of combat by the Celesant and his Dracoth…

Well that was a bit of a one sided game but with all things considered it was bound to happen when it was their first try at a brand new system. Still I think it was a-lot to do with the dice Gods, I can’t wait till I can buff up my force to get 1000pt to match their army and we can have a rematch now that they have had a chance to familiarise themselves the rules (and the power of the Reributors! these guys are expensive, but they do crazy amounts of damage in combat). Age of Sigmar is a really fun little game, It’s nice to play something that’s more focused on fun. I really do need to get my stormcasts painted up. They would probably be the first thing on my list after (IF I EVER) finish WarhammerQuest. Next will be the Tzaangors who I’m just applying the final details too.

BONUS —- Their first conversion, combining part of  the spare gutted lord of khorne with his original Khorgorath to create a unique looking one, think it looks ace!21.jpg

Fyreslayer Doomseeker

My apologizes for the late posting of this, but frankly I think hes worth it. I’m not really a fan of the Fyrers, I mean I like a muscle bound ginger dwarf in very little clothing as much as the next man. But I’d never collect an army of them. Still this guy is great and I’m glad Warhammer Quest gave me an excuse to paint one. The model itself is a drastic improvement on the old world “Slayers” who used to resemble bears with legs and arms sticking out. I absolutely love all the little details on this guy and he genuinely looks hard as nails. I have a friend who loves dwarfs so I’d imaged this is the hero he will be playing as. As far as commentary goes I’m the most happy with his hair and beard, and least happy with how the runes branded into his flesh came out. Keep your eyes peeled as my Tzaangors are about 80% completed at time of posting so expect them on here very soon!

Scratch Built Hobbit Milita. WIP

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There is something wrong with GW. Well we all know there is alot wrong with games workshop, but specifcally I’m referring to is their habbit of making cheap horde armies in Middle Earth Battle Strategy game in small metal/resin blister packs. This practice killed the game pretty much before it was made into a pesudo specialist system under forgeworld. This nasty habbit applies to the Shire faction, their core units are (unsurprisingly) quite meek and thus cheap. Nobody wants to spend a premium for a bunch of models that makes up an incredibly small number of in game points, and as much as metal (or resin when it isn’t bubble ridden finecast) yields greater detail it’s a pain to deal with in large numbers, chiefly due to weight and paint chipping. This was the dialogue I was having with myself when my partner expressed an interest in playing Lord of the Rings with me (which is my favourite wargaming system, due it’s focus on more cinematic game play and rich preexisting lore) but unfortunately they had their heart set on the Shire. Now I could have spent a small fortune buying the official models, but more then the cost or even the akward materials what put me off was how limited the sculpts would be. Which would be even more noticeable in what is typically considered a horde faction (your typical war faring hobbit cost as much as a goblin!)

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The above photograph is what each of these custom hobbits are made from, I never really had done much green-work. Most conversions I’d done were kitbashing, however when I stumbled across 36 plastic fellowship hobbits ( 12 Frodo, Merry and Pippins) on eBay for a “reasonable” price I couldn’t help but take the chance. After all I don’t even understand how anybody would just randomly own this many of these hobbits and they are all from a £70ish OOP Lord of the Rings starter set, which obviously only contained one of each party member. I’m pretty happy with the results and I’m certain they will look alot better when they have been painted up. Should take the eyes away from my questionable greenstuff modelling!

(Click below for close ups of the individual custom milita)

Daemons of Tzeentch

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These little bad boys are way overdue, honestly, I’m my own worst enemy. You would assume finishing my first year of studying for my History Degree would mean I’d have found more room to paint. I’m determined to get a habit of this, like I have with exercise and my language study. The plan is that I have to paint a little EVERY day. Even if it’s just to do a single coat or colour, if it works this blog will be the tell…

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Now I’m personally really happy with how the pink horrors came out. These were a pleasure to paint honestly, or at least the first one was. You really can’t appreciate how freaky these things are in grey…

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The blue horrors I’m less happy with but they are smaller and my personal art style didn’t play well into the small muscles and such. I really do love the sculpts, the one with the single large eye and curling up warp energy really reminds me of something you’d seen in the original DOOM.

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Maybe I’m a little old school but I’ve never heard of a brimstone horror before WarhammerQuest Silver Tower. They are cute little things, but oh my are they small. All things considered I’m really proud of how much ‘detail’ I was able to get on these little 🔥 imps. I was aiming for a fire that burns inside out with red at its core, as well as it burning in all directions with no point of origin. You know cause they are little daemons. I dont know, but I enjoyed myself and I think they look great.

Seriously getting excited now to finish off this box set so we can actually play it…. Gonna be two firsts for me. Playing WarhammerQuest and playing with completely painted miniatures. Considering I’ve been into this kind of thing for over a decade that’s a joke!

 

 

 

Excelsior Warpriest & His trusty Gryph-hound

This was the hardest member of the Party so far, and if it wasn’t for the gryph-hound turning out in a way that I liked I might not have made it through this model. Honestly the lightning bolts I think is what gave me the real trouble and I’m far from happy with it, I’d just gotten to the stage where I could do no more and was just making it worse. Still, I always loved the old Empire warrior priest. I remember when Warhammer Online came out and there was an awesome advert with one in it that made me really want to play Warhammer or the MMORPG. Alas, I was twelve and could afford neither. In all seriousness, this guy isn’t really the same thing – but he basically is the AoS equivalent and any points he lost to the old classic is made up for by his pet GRYPHHOUND (did I mention he has a dog that’s half bird and it’s awesome?). I know my partner will be playing as this fella (he has a pet, that’s kinda how they do) and I hope they realise how much of a @£%~# it was to paint. So much so that at this time I’m working on the Daemons instead, splitting the Heros into two groups. I need a break from them….

Knight-Questor.

This fellow is interesting, I remember this model being the first Stormcast I ever saw and I, like a few hated him and the idea of the ‘ground marines’. In-fact, I continued to hold that opinion for longer then Id care to admit, I think its the fact that they lack a subtle sense of humanity that the Empire characters from the old world possessed. Still having gotten my hands on this model, I actually really enjoyed painting , I was adamant that I wouldn’t do the standard gold and blue, but again that proved not to be the case. In fact the ‘questor’ was a pleasure to paint, and he’s going to look grand on the tabletop. I really do think the stormcasts serve an important purpose for Age of Sigmar from a technical standpoint. I appreciate a-lot of people disliked the idea of “Spaze marinz in fantasy” but what Stormcast really represent is a faction that is easy to paint (due to small model size and simple big details) and easy to play. This bringing’s in the younger and more casual market that I know the neck-beards fear more then the opposite sex, but it sells and it makes the hobby grown. Besides after giving the Stormcasts a chance, I even enjoyed some of the fluff, I was personally put off by them being Immortal, “Whats the point” I asked “If my dudes die, he just comes back. There is no stakes involved”, The point, is that each time a Stormcast is ‘reforged’ they lose a little more of themselves, each time. Stormcasts fear being killed because one-day they will be reforged and have lost so much of themselves, leaving nothing but a automaton in gold plate, no personality, or trace of their past selves. It very subtle, and cleaver when you think about it, even a dying man can take refuge in the idea that his soul will go on, but its the very soul that the Stormcast risks. Anyway enough philosophy and small talk, here is the painted Stormcast Knight-Questor

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Okay so it’s been a While (and Warhammer Quest)

So iv been off this for a while and for good reason. Iv started studying my Bachelor of Art in History. So honestly I’ve been distracted. Still the only person who reads these are my loving life partner River anyway so I’m apologising to nobody. Still I finish in April and i’m working on a Few projects atm so I’m going to be posting on here more regularly from now on.

So Games Workshop released a second instalment in it’s Warhammer Quest Reboot and I didn’t have the first so i treated myself and splurged on both of them. I absolutely love dungeon crawlers and Warhammer Quest is infamous as being one of the oldest and best ones. I’m keen to give this a try but im adamant that I’m not letting anyone touch it until iv got the stuff painted up. So expect to see the stuff inside Silver tower submitted on this blog as I paint the stuff. This is also gives me an excuse to dip my toes in Age of Sigmar. Which I’ve honestly up until now I have been avoiding since the End Times as I’ve always been a big fan of the Old World, time will see if I’ll warm up to Age of Sigmar.

Me Opening the Box for the First time:                                                   https://youtu.be/B7hkr9TkEK8                                                                                                                   ———————————

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Sargent of the VIII Legion

The night lords have always been one of my favorite space marine chapters, They are not like the rest. Neither slaves to the god emperor or the runies powers. They are there own masters. Recently Iv been reading Soul hunters and its kicked me back into Night lord mode. This alas is my Wargaming weakness. What I wouldn’t give to be able to focus on one project and see it finished. So many miniatures so little time. Recently starting my History degree wont help with this. But perhaps in a strange way it will. Forcing me better to manage my time. Anyway. This chap is a yet to be named Leader for my first Hours Hersey squad. Id always loved the idea of playing Horus Heresy, Iv read a number of black-library books expanding the 30k lore. Alas Forge-world as it always did budgeted my poor ass right out of even looking at the spin of the much loved 40k. Blessed from above then when Betrayal at Calth was released, and needless to say i’m eager to get my hands on the second half of said box set, and get a small army of my sons of the Soul hunter painted up to wage bloody war against the Iron Hand prey.

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