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My blogging holiday is finally over. I have returned!
The last two months have been pretty hectic for me. A small deal has been struck with a mate, I get part of his Orc and Goblin army in exchange for painting up his 2000pt chaos army. Work hasn’t progressed as fast as I wanted as he needs it ready for two weeks time when 4 of us (Me, Carlos, Rhinehard and one of the Gavs) goes down to the Bristol Brawl.
Regular readers will remember I went to the Brawl last year and didn’t place as high as I could have due to my army not being painted very well (a loss of about 15 tournament points from where it should have been) and a late minute army list change due to none of my slaves being finished (another 15 point loss). This meant I effectively lost most of the points for my two wins.
This year though, I’m gunning for best sportsman award. I’m pretty happy I was one point under what was need to win (three others rolled off for the price) considering I didn’t pick up any of the ‘mates’ sportsmanship points that most people can at least hope for.
This year I’ve ditched the skaven (who have retired to a large black carry case under my painting table until the new book comes along) and decided to take warriors. Daemons were an option but didn’t want to end up in a high banding and just face other daemons and as the lizard book hadn’t been released when the lists were submitted it was the older book that was to be used. I don’t mind the old book, but the armies that can be created from the new book are more exciting. Anyway, warriors it was.
Meanwhile, we’ve had a new lizardmen book which I’m liking the look of. The changes seem to be pointing towards being able to build some quite different lists, along the lines of both dark elves and warriors (to a lesser extent). Lists aside, the person that proof read the book should be put in a sausage maker and fed to wild boar. What the hell is a Magwe priest? Can he take the same items as a Mage priest? Maybe a FAQ will clarify what a Magwe priest is?
We’ve also had a new FAQ for both the core rules and the warrior’s book. In my opinion the warriors FAQ was probably the better one we’ve had over the past year but lacking substantially. I understand Games Workshops view of the hobby that it should be for fun, played with a few mates over some beers/pizza/Doritos/whatever and agree with it, but they also need to remember that there are instances where you want to have a more competitive game, or play a pickup game with someone you’ve never met before.
Writing a FAQ that contradicts another FAQ or the main rules just isn’t going to help. Sure the witty comments can be funny when reading the document and I don’t have a problem with these at all, but just make sure the rules are consistent. Even a friendly game can be spoilt when your FAQ states Magic Resistance works very much differently to your opponents (Tomb Kings casket of souls MR question is well and truly trumped by later MR Q&A’s). Don’t even get me started on GW’s house rules for tournaments.
Anyone wanting to rant and offload their FAQ feelings, feel free to comment below.
Next time…..My Bristol Brawl list goes under the spotlight.
Today I was sorting through some folders on my laptop and come across some photos from Heat 1. The purple skaven are obviously mine, but I took some photos of other peoples daemons for inspiration in building my army. Unfortunately in my haste to get some lunch and smoke an entire packet of benson and hedges I forgot to write down whose models they were.
If you find a picture here of your models, let me know and I’ll either credit you or remove them.
My grey seer on a screaming bell. The screaming bell is finished, the seer isn’t. Its mounted on a custom size base, using the modular movement trays from Games Workshop that I’ve been harping on about recently.
This next photo is my warp lightning cannon. As you can see I haven’t put the slaves on. I wish I had a whole back story to cover why along with a lavishly detailed bit of fluff, but I don’t. The real reason is I can’t find them.
The base does look a bit naff, but I’ve been putting the static grass on to get them into tournaments. When my other armies are finished I’ll go back to these and re-do the bases, possibly even forking out for resin bases.
The next picture is some of my skaven. In the foreground are my tunneller team (to be replaced by real tunnelling models when I get round to it), my giant rat pack behind them. In the background you can see the back of my plgaue monks, an old Ikit that serves as a warlock engineer and some of my plague censer bearers.
The next picture is of a blue scribes conversion I saw and thought to myself “get a picture of that, you’ll forget about it in 5 minutes time”.
Bloodletters. Thought the banner and the champions head was a good idea.
Not sure what the main model in the centre was used for, maybe a keeper of secrets. I was more interested in the furies behind.
Lastly, what appeared to be a tzeentch herald, but regardless, is my inspiration for a tzeentch herald.
Just to let you know about a good company who make skirmish trays from resin. I managed to fit 10 skinks in one of these babies the other night. Web site here.
I’d link to the actual trays but I’m not getting many good web vibes tonight, I can’t even type google properly.
For the lizardmen I’m going to paint them in the same style but pour the water effect into the tray making it look like the skinks are moving over water. Might even do the obvious commonly done thing of cutting some skinks up so they look like they are actually in the movement trays water. Hmmmm
Edit: I managed to only fit 10 skinks in the tray, rather than the 102 stated. I told you my vibes were off!
We completed on our house yesterday, so today has been busy cleaning carpets and buying paint etc, so not much painting going on. While I’m on the subject of painting, I’ve not even got close to painting a model a day. I think in total, I’ve finished off about 10 skaven completely, and even then I’d already done most of the painting last year and this was an exercise in completing them. The screaming bell is finished, as is the warp lightning cannon but the grey seer needs finishings, the warlock engineer on the cannon is half done and the slaves I haven’t even started on, so hardly ‘complete’. Even if I did count them I think I’m upto the 20th January. Hmmmm.
On another note, I have managed to start and get quite a bit through my first viking. The biggest debate raging in my head at the moment is how to base him. At the moment he is on a 25 x 25mm GW base. I figured that I would use them as marauders in my chaos army, possibly as mercenaries which is why they wouldn’t be painted in the same nurgly colours as the rest of the army.
I could also use them as beserkers from the dogs of war list in my skaven army. Either way a 25mm base would be fine.
Other uses in mind for them is as a warband in Mordheim. I really just ended up buying them because they looked great. Its the warrior champions pack from foundry if you want to look them up.
Whilst talking about foundry, I’m still planning out which wild west figures to get from them. After watching 3:10 to Yuma, I really want to do Ben Wades gang. As far as I’m aware there are four good companies producing wild west figures. There probably are others, but I’m really looking at Foundry, Artizan, Dixons and Black Scorpion. Be careful with Black Scorpion as their models are slightly bigger than most, but a couple scattered about will just seem natural.
I’ve also been thinking about buidings. I don’t want to make too much scenery for the wild west, because I still need to make a ton for warhammer and mordheim. Those two systems are totally compatable, but it will look very odd having a sherriffs office being beseiged by a stegadon and a few krogigors!!
To try and solve this problem I’m looking at buying some resin buidings for mordheim/warhammer. Pardulon are most likely to make me part with my cash at the moment.
Thats enough ramblings for one night I think. Quick update on my other projects:
Nurgle Daemonic Chariot – Added some more colour, the plaguebearer rider is now brown and I’ve mounted it to the new base.
Lizardmen CD scenery – This old CD (can’t remember which CD it is) is now looking more and more like a sunken old tree. The water effects are looking good. I’m glad I spent some time blending in the blue and green that adds colour to the water as Games Workshops water effect is a lot more transparent than I thought it would be and you can even see some of my brush strokes.
I promise I’ll put some more pictures up soon.
To keep you going, here’s the first house I’m thinking of buying from Pardulon.
Before christmas I found a book in waterstones called Achtung Schweinehund. My eye was drawn to it by the commando comic style cover. To cut the story down its a book written by a lifelong gamer.
I ended up buying it after christmas and just finished it last night. Mixed feelings, the author Harry Pearson quite openly states he hates ‘fantasy’ gamers, although never quite mentions why. But on the up side, its a pretty good read for those who game historical games or have a general interest in the history of wargaming in gereral.