Monday, 23 October 2017

Warhammer Underworlds Shadespire, Khornite Warband, Garrek's Reavers

Had these finished since Sunday but have been waiting ages for a decent stint of sunlight to take some pictures.

Unfortunately it has remained cloudy and grey in London so I have bitten the bullet and tried to take some photos today.

Here they are . . .


Blooded Saek

Karsus the chained



Despite the poor light I have also broken the back of Steelhearts champions.

If I do not get a game in tonight these might even be finished tomorrow . . . .

Friday, 20 October 2017

SAGA. The battle of the ford!

This Thursday saw Macca and I continue our SAGA campaign.

With Macca winning the first game (scenario one), I needed to force the crossing of a river.

Monday, 16 October 2017

5 Reasons the Age of Sigmar, 'Storm of Sigmar' boxset is great!

It's no secret that I am super hyped about 'Shadespire' being released on the 21st of October.

With this is mind I dropped into a GW store Saturday to place and pay for my pre-order.

While there two things happened; one I stopped worrying about the future of our hobby as the place was RAMMED with kids AND two I spotted this on the shelf. . . .

Now with Shadespire containing both Stormcasts and Khorne elements I wanted to get something to paint to dial in my colour schemes and practice the best speed paint techniques to use so I just grabbed it off the shelf.

And this is what I got . . . .

However in the last 24 hours since I have bought it I have come to realize it is bloody brilliant and here's why . . . . . . .

#1. It's twenty quid!!

This harkens straight back to the £20 box sets of my youth.

You and a mate pitch in a tenner each and voila . . .you are in!

#2. It contains dice!!

Yep dice. . . . genius!

As a 12 year old kid would you have known where to have bought dice?

Exactly! And with board games becoming a rarity in the home kids today do not have the option of raiding their box of 'snakes and ladders'.

Add to that the fact that the rule book has a ruler on the back and it's all there!

#3. The miniatures are two to five bit kits.

Push fit would have been more ideal but come on look at the two piece Blood Reaver kit.

It looks great. . . . .

And the instruction booklet is super simple to follow.

#4. The miniatures yield great results for minimal effort.

Below are the results 16 hours after I bought them . . . .

The longest part of this was waiting for the PVA glue on the bases to dry and the odour from the primer to wear off!

I am not a fan of the Stormcast aesthetic  (but it is growing on me!) but there is no denying the great results beginners and kids can get with these.

The 'Retributor' below was painted by my 8 year old son.

That's 2 coats of dry brushing and an ink wash!

I did the edge highlighting with silver but the donkey work was done by him.

The Chaos forces are more complex to paint but are still only 3 colours and some edge highlighting.

#4. 2' by 2' scenarios.

Copyright of GW
The first two of the four 'battle plans' included in the booklet use a 2' by 2' board.

The second two use a  4' by 2' board . . . .

That's EXACTLY the size of your average dining table . . . GENIUS!

And the scenarios do not require terrain.

#5. Age of Sigmar Skirmish!

A little while back I picked up this. . . .

It's an entire skirmish ruleset and campaign for £6 !!!!!

I did a quick count up and the Stromcasts add up to 28 renown while the Khornite forces add up to 17 renown.

Therefore you buy an additional £10 box of 3 Blood warriors and your ready to rock with AoS Skirmish!

Copyright GW

Now your playing 'proper' sized games of AoS and your able to compete at your local gaming store without the need for 50 miniatures. . . . YET!!

My lad and I will probably play the 'Storm of Sigmar' battleplans over the half term and I will blog what I think but so far I am very impressed with this little box of goodness.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Blood in the Badlands; secret sparring session.

Not being quite ready to walk away from the Badlands yet I have decided to blog the secret sparring session Lee and I had before the final storming of the Fastness.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Blood in the Badlands. Week 16. The storming of the flying fastness!

Standing upon the Arcane Fulcrum, the Butcher Bloodsky had an unprecedented view of the battle field below him.

Four great armies were arrayed beneath him.

The Fey Folk in their glittering armour stood upon the walls of the occupied flying fastness.

Across the field a mass of green allies(?) bellowed into the morning mist, their challenge resounding across the vista.

To his left the sodden Skaven shivered in the morning chill; or was that fear from having to run the gauntlet to gain the flying fastness?

Directly below him, the sweating mass of his Guthook tribe had mustered, their greedy eyes scanning the feast of flesh before them.

The Butcher Bloodsky looked up and scanned the sky above him. He studied the alignment of the slowly dwindling stars, met the eye of Captain Guthook and nodded his head in affirmation.

The stars were aligned, the portents from the heavens were good, the final battle could begin!!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Warhammer Underworlds, Shadespire!

I think I am about to officially lose my shit over this game!

Skirmish game . . . . . . . CHECK

Low miniature count  . . . . . . . CHECK

Excellent looking minis . . . . . . . CHECK

Complete game within the one box . . . . . . . . CHECK

Under £50 . . . . . . . . . . CHECK

Simple rule set with levels of tactical awareness . . . . . . . CHECK

3 or 4 player options . . . . . . . CHECK

Designed to be competitive play . . . . . CHECK (about time you Games Workshop pussies!)

Deck building . . . . Heck why not.

Regular expansions to stop the game getting stale . . . . . . . CHECK

There are already two planned expansions

I have been digging through various web sources and must admit I am holding out high hopes.

The official web site.

The unboxing by Miniwargaming

A great rules breakdown by 'How to play'

An excellent battle rep. Once again by the Miniwargaming mob.

Finally a look through one of the first planned expansion packs

I really am quite giggly and silly about this. . . . . Please GW . . . Don't fuck this up!!!!!!!!

Copy right of Games Workshop

Monday, 2 October 2017

Falling back into old habits! Warmachine

Sunday just gone was supposed to be the conclusion of the epic 'Blood in the Badlands' campaign we have been playing through. . . . . .

Then Phil had some family obligations and Lano woke up Sunday morning to find a naked dude in his Girlfriend's bathtub covered in (his own) puke and poo!!

For the reasons above we decided to postpone the final game (DRATS!!!!!. . . . Lano has no idea how much it cost me to bribe that fella to crap himself in the tub!!!!!).

It turned out Lee and I ended up having a game of Warmachine.

After the cut are some action shots. . . . . . . .

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

By SIGMAR it flies!!!!!! Fozzriks flying fastness.

With the conclusion of the Blood in the Badlands campaign happening this Sunday I figured we needed something worth fighting over!

So here we are, Fozzriks flying fastness.

It needed to be big enough to fit over 3,000 points of Elves in but I still think Lano is going to struggle to fit them all in.

I decided to make the fastness fly high enough to fit troops underneath.

"You sure we are safe under here Eric?"

 Heck I figure if we are going to have an epic showdown this Sunday we need something epic to fight over.

Or should that be under?

In other news . . . . . What's this Lano and Phil . . . . .

An Ogre Horde of Ironguts clashing with a Horde of Orcs in a secret sparring session?

Just because your paranoid does not mean they're not out to get you!!!!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

SAGA . . . . . .The eh . . . . saga!

With the resurgence of Warmahordes among the members of the Armoury gaming club Macca had the great idea of him and I playing through a SAGA campaign where we just play each of the scenarios in turn.

Round 1 'Kill the Warlord'!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Another cracking night at the Creative Biscuit, South Woodford . . . . . . .

 . . . . . except for Tim. . . . . .

 . . . . who had his entire battlegroup shot off the table in the second turn for a 4 way game of Warmahordes!

Macca and I also had a ding dong battle of SAGA (battle report to follow).

But mostly it was a night dedicated to Warmahordes!

Next meet is the 19th of October.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Blood in the Bad lands. Week 15. What's so civil about war anyway?

This Sunday with none of Lee's or my armies directly contesting any of the Blood in the Badlands tiles we decided to have an Empire show down in preperation for the ''reconquest of Solland' campaign.

1500 points of Empire it is then . . . .

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Legends of the Old West. Making a bank withdrawl.

This Friday my brother and I managed to meet up for another game of 'Legends of the Old West'.

With the Lawmen running for their lives last game the Outlaws decide to make an unauthorised withdrawl from the Mare Street bank!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Blood in the Badlands. Week 14. The Empire strikes back.

With only two games to go before the conclusion of the Blood in the Badlands campaign Phil and I decided to have a throw down despite none of our armies contesting any tiles.

Because of this Phil decided to field an Empire army so he could get his eye in with them before the next campaign kicks off in earnest.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Mournfangs and Cowboys. Not something you get to say everyday!

So after three weeks I finally have some chips from the lead mountain to post.

First up, four Mournfang Ogre cavalry.

Can't lie, I am not the biggest fan of this kit. I feel the riders are too top heavy and it throws off the whole aesthetic for me.

It's a shame as I am generally a fan of the Ogre look, even if it is not a favourate of most people.

I figured I wouid paint this lot as 'the glamour boys' of the Ogre army.

For that reason they got more gold and shiney shiney then any of the other units.

They are only painted to a basic table top level as the Titan forge, croc riders are heads and shoulders above these guys and will always be my first pick if I can only field one unit of Mournfangs.

I have Lano finishing off another two croc riders off for me as he did such an amazing job with my first two.

This means this lot will be pushed even further down the pecking order but at least their done.

Despite only being painted to a 'basic' level, the four of them still took over three weeks to complete!

I have no idea how?

I also managed to get another Outlaw finished for my 'Legends of the old west' posse.

This last one was a surprise entry as I managed to get an hour with the brushes last night and after I zenith sprayed him, he seemed pretty much done!

After a  couple of ink washes and some work on the flesh as well as finishing with some edging  he was one and done.

Not bad for under an hour from start to finish!

I had more good news when I pulled out the remains of the Ogre unpainted stuff and discovered how little was left to do!

Of the ten figures remaining at least four are block coloured and ink washed and awaiting completion.

The downer is two of the last to paint is a bloody great big Giant and a Thunder tusk (with riders) but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Now the numbers

Miniatures painted / sold this year = 196

Miniatures bought 113
335 miniatures to go
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