Alhaus’ random Wednesday

A couple of weeks ago i picked up a 32mm dark elf figure sorceress which i decided to paint up and run as an inquisitor figure.

I also bought a 54mm Dark Elf figure but haven’t painted her up yet. I don’t really play inquisitor too much as i prefer those style games to have character progression but i do play the odd game now and then. I’ll most likely run them as Dark Eldar and pick up a few more 54mm dark elf figures if i can find some.

Haven’t decided on character names yet but for background of the two i have i’m going with mother daughter psykers (so they’re more Eldar who are rouge and dark than actual Dark Eldar, as they don’t really have psykers). They wander collecting souls for various dark reasons, but they only collect the souls of high ranking individuals. They acquire any knowledge they can that might be useful to them, then torture them to death, feeding on or sacrificing their souls for some nefarious reward. It’s a bit patchy but its work in progress!

Although i don’t play much inquisitor i do enjoy painting at the larger scales, i find it a bit easier and more rewarding when they’re finished. Unfortunately i don’t have much experience painting that scale either, so they don’t come out quite as good as they do in my head.

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Unproductive week…

…well, comparatively!

Welcome back. This week i’ve not actually got anything painted to show you but i’ve got plenty of assembling done

I’m still working on the Pop-Up Terrain, tackling the biggest set, the Viking Village

While hte huts are nice (and the sides fold up to allow minis inside) the main hall is far too big and has an absolute nightmare of a table to glue

that said, i need some half-sized sections, as demonstrated On Stream; Hamish’s table is a 2’x4′

We also managed to assemble the Fish Shack and the Shops;

Great little pieces with some real attention to detail (such as the cauldron in the Potion Shop)

I do need to start looking into weighing the floor sections down; only have The Engineworks to go before i get the Halfling sections printed…

As i’m inbetween projects at the moment i started the backlog by assembling some Sisters of Silence to join my Adeptus Sororitasi’ve got a copy of Prospero coming so will boost a squad upto ten

as i’ve been iching to paint the Pilot Orc from the Model Box i began assembling my new GorkaMorka mob.. they maybe loosely inspired by a film francise…

alas they’ll be more identifiable once painted.

Talking of which, a long term project is close to completion…

i know i said no painted stuff this time but oh well…

Thanks for reading and Have Fun!

Alhaus’ random Wednesday

Short week again this week. I took a break from painting Templars and decided to paint some of the new Primaris Marines in the old Ultramarines colours. Like the captain I’ve done i much prefer the old school colour scheme.
If i’m happy with how the squad comes out i think i’ll do a proper force of them.

Also with the new Tyranid codex out this weekend i’ve been painting up some of my old Tyranids in to Hivefleet Kraken scheme. I also found my old third edition carnifex and plan on adding some claws to him to make him in to Old One Eye. Hopefully the bits will arrive this week and i can get him painted up for next week.
The scheme is quick to paint and although not as detailed as some of my other armies it looks good on the table which is what i normally aim for.

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Can’t see the forest for Leaves!

Welcome back!

This week hasn’t been massively productive; we played D&D with Alhaus which was fun and focussed on terrain for Streaming With Hamish (i’m hoping for Malifaux tomorrow)

That said, i managed to finish the Pop-Up Forest and as noted; that was alot of cutting out of leaves…

it folds down rather well though so it’ll be interesting to play amongst (the Pop-Up stuff lacks big LoS blocking terrain…)

We followed up with one of my favourite peices, The Fort

The side panels aren’t glued and fold outwards when flat which is rather clever!

and as a final peice we assembled The Adventurers Depot with it’s cluttered shelves

i need a couple of half sections to bridge the gaps in the main hexes so will look at a couple more…

We did do some Toy Soldiers though, starting with a Halfling crew for Frostgrave; i’m hoping to try it out with Hamish

And to make things easier, i painted on their names onto the back

i’m still debating adding snow effects ot the bases but for now they’re playable

As a final thing, i’ve almost finished the Preacher Crew for Inquisitor

All converted from Josef as i had a literal half dozen knocking about!

am debating taking them to Mother Of Mercy in a fortnight for a change of pace or if i’ll stick to my usual Mechanicus crew…

as usual, thanks for reading and pop into the Stream tomorrow if you get chance 🙂

Have Fun!

Alhaus’ random Wednesday

This week i finally managed to finish the Black Templars month 4 painting!

Took me a little longer than planned as i had quite a bit to paint to make up my points. It now sits at 98PL/1869pts. The tale of warlords paint long ends this month, but i am roughly a month behind so will most likely be painting in to December as well.
The emperors champion is still in the old paint job, but luckily he doesn’t stand out too much on the table so i decided i don’t want to risk stripping him and repainting him, so i just rebased him instead.
Next i will be painting a land raider crusader, another dreadnought and another attack bike to make the list 124PL. Once that is done the army will be complete!
At least, for the tale of warlords purpose. I want to also include a couple of terminator squads and some chaplains in to the army eventually.

With the release of the new Tyranids codex in the next few weeks i want to try and get a few more of my Tyranids army repainted too, so will be painting some of them alongside the final Black Templars. After that the paint along for age of Sigmar will be starting in January and i plan on doing both a Lizardmen and an orc army, so much painting still ahead!

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Model Box: Orctober!

Welcome back!

It’s (almost) the last day of the month but we have this months’ Model Box; themed around Orcs

Not a bad haul this month, if a little light value-wise

We received one of Kromlechs’ Orc Pilots, a great mini and i think the new Spanner for a Gorkamorka Mob i have planned…

We also received a mini from Atlantis Miniatures, who have some great (if a bit WOW-esk) figures.
This one is the Orc Claws which is a great miniature but uninspiring.

They’re odd scales too; here they pose with an orc from Brewhouse Bash…

There was the usual two paints and a Limited Edition Zombie Hand Trophy which may go onto an orc-themed terrain peice…
The lasercut Combat Gauge is interesting; i know Warhmachine have used these for ages, Spartan had their own and GW have recently made a couple so i’ll give it a go…

Like i say, value-wise it’s not too great a box this month but i see plenty of uses out of it and look forward to painting the Pilot 🙂

In other news i’ve been doing some more pop-up terrain however the Forest has alot of cutting out to do…

As always, thanks for reading and Have Fun!

Alhaus’ random Wednesday

Not had much time to paint this week due to my new PC arriving, but i have managed to finish the predator for the Black Templars.

I also re-based my old Emperors champion but he is still in the original paint scheme as i didn’t want to risk stripping him back. As he’s only going to be one model amongst the army he shouldn’t stand out too bad.
I changed this list up yet again, this time adding an attack bike and moving the land raider to month 5, once the bike is complete month 4 shall finally be done! only about a month and a half behind schedule!

Next week i might also paint up some Primaris Ultramarines or even do a few more Tyranids. With their codex due out next month it’d be nice to get some painted gribblies on the table.

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What a week!

Welcome back!
what a week that was, i played Bloodbowl on Twitch, Jason wrote that excellent battle report and Newbie dropped off a joint Forgeworld order we made

Bloodbowl was fun, despite a few technical issues to start with but Hamish wasn’t enamoured; hopefully i can convince him to try some more 🙂

on the hobby front i assembled some more Pop-Up Terrain managing three (well two) more pieces

If i can get another piece done it’s about three foot square coverage, enough to play Malifaux

the Shubbery was quite straightforward and is good for breaking up charge lines

however the Graveyard was fiddly and doesn’t really fold that well

plus has some crazy small bits to cut out!

i think i’d have cut the raised section to be lower myself.

Ontop of this, i’ve decided to try and get to The Mother Of Mercy, an Inquisitor event in Nottingham.
While i have a wide range of crews, i’ve decided to do something with a large collection of Preacher Josefs in my For Sale box.

So out came the greenstuff and a pair of incomplete Josef (and a stock Josef) for a new crew

part of the challenge being to make each miniature look moderatley unique…

The Master of Verse and Keeper of Keys, mostley converted, some tidying up to do on them.

Hopefully i can get them painted up next as i’ve got a pile of shiny 30k minatures to paint now…

as always, thanks for reading and Have Fun!

Alhaus’ random Wednesday

Something a little different this week. Last Sunday i played a game of warhammer 6th edition at the club as we all prefer it over 8th. It was a small 1000 points test game as neither of us had played it for many years and we did forget a few things, mainly that frenzied troops HAD to charge in this edition and couldn’t test to restrain.

I was using my vampire counts army and my opponent was using savage orcs. Unfortunately i forget to get pics of the setup! but i was using a Necromancer, Wight king, a unit of skeletons with hand weapon and shield, a unit of skeletons with spears and a unit of 3 spirit hosts. It was a bit of a random selection as i wanted to see how each unit played, and since it was a test game it made sense.
My opponent had an orc mage, 2 units of savage orcs, 3 trolls  and a unit of orc boar boyz.
The main weapon for undead in this edition was fear, as it works a lot better and different than fear in 8th edition. Unfortunately, all the savage orcs are frenzied, meaning that they were immune to psychology until they lost a combat!

I won the roll off for first turn and very slowly shambled forwards. My Necromancer used invocation of Nehek to create a unit of zombies infront of the trolls. My plan was to try and tempt them to charge the zombies and lure then out of position, where i could then charge them with my spooky ghosts. As they are ethereal and the trolls had no magic weapons they were immune to them. Also the trolls were the only thing in the army not immune to psychology, meaning that all i had to do was kill one troll and they would break automatically if they lost the combat due to losing to a fear causing enemy.

In my opponents turn the trolls took the bait and charged! Annoyingly i hadn’t realised that trolls cause fear, so were completely immune to my plan! Also when the orcs marched up next to him, it turned out they hadn’t really been pulled out of position. Still, the zombies were a free road block so i wasn’t too bothered about losing them!

Luckily for me the trolls didn’t do too well with their attacks, needing 3+ to hit and 2 + to kill they only managed to squish 2 zombies! in return the zombies did 2  wounds to the trolls, which my opponent only managed to save 1 of with their regeneration. With the resulting combat res causing me to only lose 1 more zombie the trolls were now tar pitted for a turn.

For the start of my second turn i moved the ghosts up to block the other unit of savage orcs which allowed me to turn my skeletons with spears to face the flanking boar boyz.

My plan was to use invocation of Nehek to add more zombies to the unit against the trolls, which would hopefully keep them held up longer. Unfortunately the attempt was dispelled and this time the trolls munched the zombies for nothing in return.

My opponents second turn started with one of his units failing animosity and squabbling in front of my ghosts. The now free trolls however did manage to successfully charge in to my lords skeleton bunker.

Despite the skeletons striking last they managed to take few casualties due to swords and shields in this edition giving you +1 to your save rolls, meaning that i still had a 6+ save against the trolls strength of 5. I made 3 out of 4! these were lucky skeletons!  in return they killed a troll, which made them run. The skeletons pursued and ran them down, over running straight in to the orcs behind them.

A the start of my next turn, i charge my other skeleton unit in to the boar boyz who had attempted to charge them but failed and my ghosts went in to the other unit of orcs.

In my magic phase i again attempted to cast invocation to bolster the Necromancers skeleton unit, but due to a low roll it was easily dispelled. One of the key differences in this edition is that charging units get to attack first, meaning that the undead’s low initiative wasn’t such a draw back (well, except zombies who still go last even if charging!) which meant that my skeletons and wight lord struck first. The skeletons managed to kill one boar boy and the wight king another 3. The orcs in return munched quite a few skeletons however and caused more to crumble in the ensuing combat res.

The ghosts attacking the other orc unit managed to win the combat by killing 5 orcs and due to the orcs not having magic weapons took nothing in return. The orcs ran and the ghosts promptly flew after them, running them down.
My other skeleton unit did no casualties to the orcs, but, despite being frenzied the orcs also failed to do any casualties. The skeletons won but simply outnumbering the their enemies and because in this edition being outnumbered by a fear causing enemy means you automatically break if you lose combat ran away! The skeletons pursed by were not able to catch them.

My opponents next turn simply began with him rallying the unit, while in his magic phase the orc shaman fried some skeletons with weird green stuff, killing 12!

The boar boyz continued to hack away at the skeletons and due to some bad rolling on the orcs part and lucky rolling on the undead part only one skeleton fell. In retaliation the skeletons and wight lord killed 3 boars, who decided that enough was enough and turned to flee. The skeletons tried to run after them but were not able to catch them.

For the last turn, my spirit hosts managed to charge in to the flank of the orcs whilst my skeletons and necromancer charge the front. For my magic i maned to replenish the skeletons with a good invocation, bringing them back up to 17.
The following combat saw the orcs killing a few of those skeletons while in return taking a more casualties. That and being charged in the flank and out numbered by undead caused them to run off the board. With the only remaining orc unit on the filed being the fleeing boar boyz we decided it was an undead victory.

Having not played the game for some time we did make a few rules mistakes but overall we both enjoyed and preferred it to games of 8th edition and plan on playing it more regularly instead. I think i won his game more through luck than anything else but i really enjoyed playing with my undead army again. It feels and plays a lot different than 8th and with magic not being so random you don’t get frustrated due to one phase of the game completely causing you to lose the game like it does in 8th.
Fear is a lot less useless in this edition and is probably one of the key undead weapons, what with the majority of their troops being slow and not having much damage output it becomes a case of grinding your opponent down and scaring him away! As a result though a skeleton with a spear, armour and shield costs 11 points in this edition! where as their only 5 points in 8th.

Bit of a long post this week, but thought i’d try something different!

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I’m back! Bloodbowl Live!

yup, you read it right, this time i’m posting from the UK!

as we didn’t get back till late last week there’s not alot of hobby stuff for you this week i’m afraid

infact, i’ve only got one picture (shock horror!)

i’m looking at getting myself a Betrayal At Calth to play (i’ve had three copies before, each going into various 30k armies) and decided i’d do mine as Blood Angels and Emperors Children, so i grabbed a couple of suitable miniatures out of The Spare Bits Box and threw together some paint; while extras to the box game they’ll look cool alongside the force!

next week i’ll have some 54mm stuff to show and hopefully i’ll have made a start on the 30k Blood Angels (i’ve got an assault squad i’m assembling)

don’t forget, Tuesday 17-10-17 at 20:45 i’ll be playing Bloodbowl with Hamish The Polar Bear , live on Twitch!

hopefully i’ll see you there and as always, Have Fun!