Orc on Orc action…wait, let me rephrase…

So this week so another battle of Warhammer Fantasy – My own bright green thuderboyz versus a really well-rounded clan from Kilkenny!  This was another first for me – a game within the narrative of the Big Red Book – Bugman’s Ale chase!  While this scenario could easily have been terribly frustrating, it became one of the most fun games I’ve had in a while!

The loose premise, for those of you not familiar with the generic scenarios, is that there is a Dwarf Brewery/Tavern with the most saught-after Bugman’s brew ever made, and a loose number of barrels on the back of a driverless pony and cart fleeing (quite literally) every time a player’s model gets within an actionable distance of it.  Victory is points based on who holds what at the end of the game.  (There – I’ve spoken GW intellectual property without undermining potential purchases of the book!)

This has the potential for mayhem, and it in our game it truly delivered.  We limited ourselves to 700 points each, no war machines and more or less matched each other in troop choice.  The only terrain was a regular wood area and the brewery itself, modeled ably by a recently painted Warhammer Church.

The real hilarity came after we had set up for a serious race to the brewery andall but one single unit each failed the animosity test!  Orcs are really a gambler’s army at the heart of it, but these rolls were beating the odds and making mincemeat of our own forces before we’d made it eight inches from deployment!  We both ran straight for the alehouse – Kilkenny with his single unit of boyz with his black orc boss, and me with my black orc regiment.  When the animosity rolls allowed it, we both commited a unit of fast cav to net the pony – my spider riders versus his wolves, and began a “to-me-to-you” back and forth with the weakest units on the board mauling each other, then pursuing again!  The fight that occurred in front of the alehouse was just as interesting, as the forces that actually joined battle were severely diminished by their own squabbling on the way – I only made headway to get to the building first as I had been forced to charge and failed to meet anyone!
While I can claim to win the game by so small a margin as to make it ridiculous – I have to say it was a real cluster-f***, but one that we both loved every minute of playing!  The early and familiar recognition of the orc animosity soon gave way to hilarity and genuine disbelief as they continued to screw-up and maul one another.  We ended up, in such a low-scoring game, doing much more damage to ourselves than to the other – so much so that we spent a good deal of our time simply trying to catch that cart to see what our own forces would end up doing!

What did I take from this little game?  Fun – plain and simple.  I do think that a rematch would play differently – we had a hard time outfitting 700 points and keeping things legal – but it certainly made for an enjoyable run.  Real problem – or cause of the zany antics was due to army choices – Orcs by two.  I could not see this game being too pleasing for the orc player if he were to roll as we did against any other army.  The mayhem wasn’t helped by the size of the table as a result of these race choices either.  We should have reduced the area not just on the basis of points, but also because of the races here again – we just had too much ground to mess up!  I would definitely recommend this scenario to people, but only if you’ve really measured the possibilites of each force a little more carefully before launch!

On another note – there is incredibe support going for the Mantic Dreadball Kickstarter since my last post – I’d post a link to the various podcasts, models, rules and announement, but it’d be much more informative for anyone interested in this exciting new project to check it out at the source – Dreadball Kickstarter website.  As of the time of writing, they have accumulated $233,109 of a $20,000 goal!  The feedback and comments are overwhelming in their support, and Mantic’s own management of this tremendous runaway success is truly admirable.  I also think that it is great that they are listening to the fans in order to direct their product line – my own request (echoed by hundreds-or was I an echo too?) was for Grey Aliens themed players – and they’ve only gone and announced it for the next stretch goal!  Overall – I am glad to back this product and company, even if I am dubious of many kickstarter enterprises in general.  They really have gone above and beyond in fan-interaction, and are producing a game for the people as much as it is from the people – well worth a check if you haven’t been there already!

 

Ok, that’s it for this week – have a long week ahead here in work, but hope to get a more involving game that this one in over the next few days – but to be honest, if it is half as fun, I will still consider it a success!  Take care, all!

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Some painting and no games – but lots of Works in Progress!

Heya all! Pretty light on gaming this week, but can take the chance to post a few pics of side-projects that keep me invested – along with the Azhag and Manglers from the previous post.  I didn’t get a game this week for a very simple reason – the heat of the GW shop was nigh unbearable – it is what is stopping me heading over this evening too!  I have played there twice when it hits the 29 degree mark and it becomes a sauna with just a handful of players and painters, so was not interested in spending the evening quite like that today!  Will be having a game on Saturday at a more local club, so looking forward to seeing how my reconstituted Orcs fare out against a new opponent!

In the mean time, here are a few shots of my current WIPs!

This Spear Chukka was the Finecast version and neatly went together after some slight hair-dryer action on the base pieces.  I more or less copied box-art for the scheme as I really shot through this model and crew in jig time.  I like it – although from the army book, I don’t see an effective run even if it is cheap, it is just one of those models that I’d like to have one of – not as an obsessive compulsive completionist, but just because I like the screwy and cartoony style that Goblins bring to the table-reminds me not to take this game too seriously and just enjoy the animosity!  No real complaints, but am curious if anyone ever really got their Gobbo carrying the upright arrow to actually keep that arrow without it breaking at least once?  It seems like a flaw in at least this model of finecast, but it is far too thin and spindly for its own length.  Apart from that-all I have to do is base the models and they are all set for zany fun!

These two are the compliment to my Manglers from a previous post.  They are still in the processing point where I’m not quite sure of colour.  I thought I’d fashion a really subterranean appearance for these two – so got me some new paints and washes…sorry; shades – and went with some Violet and Blue/Gray squiggy goodness.  The Finecast models here were simply terrible.  Perhaps the dark photography hides the distorted crumbling aspects of the model’s features – a good thing.  No amount of Green Stuff could fix the supporting leg of the blue fella, who toppled from his perch and broke apart for the umpteenth time seconds before this photo was taken – you can see one of the new chips by his left eye there!  I’m going to have to change the laws of physics to get him to stay on the other lad when they’re done as there is literally NOTHING to hold him in place.  I thought the other mangler was an odd mould, but this one was much more awkward…still a cool piece though!

And this is Azhag the Slaughterer.  I LOVE this model – so much so that I am afraid to photograph any closer to draw attention to the p-poor effort I did in painting this guy way too fast.  I have A LOT of touch-ups to do on the fella later, but like many big models or even complicated terrain pieces – you get tired of the same thing over the length of time it takes!  So I am taking a break from Azhag for a bit.  I liked how his wings worked out, and the final skin tone is about right.  I  had tried it with Orchide Shade as a base, but it wouldn’t cooperate so needed to raise it to a very Orcy blend – but the brown wingspan help break that up plenty – I may go even lighter with it.  Not that this model was without faults.  Assembly was a pain – even now in order to get the most of it on the base, you’ll notice that the rock in his left claw is clear of the base proper.  This was the only way I could get it to fit together evenly, even after a great deal of manipulation.  I used half a pot of Liquid Green Stuff and it still has areas that I’d sooner ignore than fix, but regardless it is a great model – positively bursting with detail everywhere.  It was worth the wait for the mail order (The first one came with two right legs and had to be returned.  The replacement came super slo-mo, but was a much better kit.  Even with the tricky and lengthy assembly, it fit more keenly together).

And finally – a Chapel that I am rescuing.  I had to really respray the crap out of this old thing in order to start from scratch.  I didn’t try to strip it at all, but went with a Chaos Black total cover and worked up.  I liked the effect of  the brickwork.  I used a mix of Dheneb Stone and Khemri Brown to build a base, heavily soaked in Gryphonne Sepia and Agrax Earthshade (two seperate layers) before a liberal drybrush with Dheneb Stone.  I used some Astronomicon Gray and Dheneb Stone stippling on the plasterwork to tone it into the bricks and am happy that it worked together well.  the roof is a blend of Shadow Gray and Enchanted Blue.  I washed it with Badb Black before a light Scar White drybrush.  The Statues are the go-to for tarnished brass – undercoated in Scorched Brown with a little Tin Bitz in (2:1 mix should o it) followed by a drybrush of Shining Gold and very light drybrush of Hawk Turquoise in the weather-beaten areas.  The rest is detail that I’m still working on.

So that is all I am up to for the moment, although I keep threatening to break away to try something different for a break from Warhammer Fantasy.  I keep getting pulled back into the Orcs and Goblins gig in order to perfect the army and build a better, more competitive list!  Someday, I’ll get to Malifaux again – even Lord of the Rings seems interesting at this point.  There are plenty of Rangers and Mordor in the attic still unpainted!  As always – any and all comments and criticisms are welcome!  Especially regarding scenery and Terrain, as I know many people hate breaking to do them – colour suggestions and alternatives are constructive to me as I try to break away from the cookie-cutter boxart!  Take it easy all, and catch up with a battle report soon!

A long unwanted break! Back in action with LOTR

So I was sick for the past fortnight, and as a result of some undesired acute vertigo could not watch TV or read, much less paint models!  So over the past couple of days I’ve pushed the boat out with a few models from different ranges – here is a few pics of an Ent from the Lord of the Rings series.  This was a tricky assembly, but I have to say I love this model.  The painting was very much a case of less is more, and I kept the finish to a mute understatement so that it looked as close to my old GW forest terrain.  The choice of weapon I went with was the single rock, and the pose I wanted was something reminiscent of the classic bigfoot footage!

What have I learned?  I used an old twig as my touchstone for colour here, and beyond doubt Graveyard earth is more useful here than any other brown.  I would just mess about with darkening and lightening Graveyard Earth and maybe mix in more Vomit Brown than any of the darker or more striking tones.  It just hits the balance as “real” timber more.


Below is a base I’m working on for this model – just inking the dead log up a nooch, as I want the draw to be the difference between scenery and Ent.  I love sparse bases – most of my own are little more than sand and flocking, if that, but this is a really nice model and I want the entire display to represent that.  I’d love to see an army of these guys – I could go for splitting the differences between foliage and timbers.  With a bit of crude modding, you could easily break heights and really make the forest come alive!  GW probably think so too, as the retail on these things make them prohibitive for larger collections.  I’ll make do with my one for now!  Let me know what you think, as I think this series (LOTR), as much as this model can be divisive – never mind my paint job, but is this a good model or not?  I like GW’s effort to make it close to the films and to trees as this character gets without it just being “scenery”, but I’d love your thoughts!  Take it easy and the next post will be up sooner than this one took!  Have a few to get through this week!

 

Terra Firma

The second model I began painting was this piece of terrain.  It was an experiment for rocks and debris.  I generally follow GW’s ideas, but this was one that I felt needed a different approach.

The entire model was primed in a Skull White undercoat.

The rocks were then heavily covered in a 1:1 Chardon Granite/Adeptus Battlegrey mix.  I find that on their own, these paints are too stark and don’t produce the real effect needed for flat surface textures.

Next I wetbrushed the rocks with Dheneb Stone.

The Rigging was based with Graveyard Earth and when well and truly dried, dry-brushed with rotting flesh.

I liked the way that the primed Skull White looked on the sail, so left it as was, but threw on a wash of Thraka Green over the entire sail and rigging to give it a weathered and battered appearance which I think really came up with very little detail work.  The only place to be careful with the rigging is where it joins the rock of the model, as this is defined by your paint rather than the plastic.

The Rocks were now given another sparing overbrush with a codex Grey/Fortress Grey mix, again approx 1:1 is fine.  The details were later picked out in Fortress Grey with a detail brush before getting a light dousing in Badb Black wash – I found the best way of covering the model was to let it hit the recesses without covering the higher points too much.  I used it sparingly on the rigging and sails too, as the Thraka Green wash from earlier had done a better job as it was.

When dry – and as with all washes, I mean thoroughly dry, I picked out the tallest rocks in minute amounts of Skull White .

The water was done as prescribed by GW – primed with Skull white, based with Regal Blue, wetbrushed with Enchanted blue and detailed with Ice Blue.  the Highlighting against the Rocks was sparingly picked up with Skull White, but where I break with form is using ‘Aardcoat Gloss Varnish to add then liquid sheen to the water only – it is personal choice, but I like the wet parts to look accordingly, and this gives a decent appearence.

Finally, the whole model was given a Satin Purity Spray to lock in the colours while handling.  This was meant for a gamepiece after all.