Thursday, 27 April 2017
My first reaction to AoS was decidedly negative because of the terrible launch decisions but I started wheeling out some of my old fantasy armies, when the General's Handbook came out and I could build a fair army to play an opponent, and discovered the game was great fun.
But I had no intention of buying any new models, none whatsoever ye ken, under no circumstances, and then I wandered into my flgs and saw the starter set and the models were Oooooooh and the price was reasonable and.........
Centre piece of the army is a monster kit, that can be assembled as a giant undead bat or dragon. I chose the bat and used it as a mount for my Ghoul King.
The paving on the base is scratch-built from plastic card, fish-tank gravel and sand. I wanted to give a ruined ancient city look to match the fluff in the Battletome, that I also sorta bought (but second hand on ebay - honest).
One also gets the bits for three 'small monsters' that can be assembled to give a variety of running or flying characters of 'heavy' troops. I chose to build them as Crypt Flayers.
Finally, you get some cannon fodder, ten crypt ghouls let by a Crypt Ghast or you can upgrade the ghast to an independent character, the Crypt Ghast Courtier.
The box contents are a playable army of around 600 pts or so, depending what options you choose to build.
You are short of ordinary foot, so I use 20 Oldhammer Zombies as ghouls to pad out the army. These are crummy models - too big for the stands so they stand shoulder to shoulder in a ranked army more like Guardsmen than Zombies - but fine as fillers for my Court.
So what did I learn about the army in its first tryout against Seraphon.
You have some highly mobile units that can be across the battlefield in a flash of wings.
Your units hit hard on the attack.
Crummy armour save, you need to use your unit's advantages to take out the opposition before they wear you down
I also learnt a few things about AoS
We already have 'codex-creep': (i) 'new' armies like Seraphon and Courts are much tougher than old armies like Slaves to Darkness and (ii) winning the initiative can have a sizable impact on the balance of the game.
So there we are and, of course, I shall not buy any more.
No really, I can give this up whenever want....
Monday, 24 April 2017
You know all those expensive codexes you bought: well you can throw them away chaps and chapesses. They will not be compatible with 8th edition.
But fear not if you feel that you have not quite given GW enough cash yet - there is a last chance to buy unusable, useless codexes on the GW site - no doubt at full price, obvously.
Friday, 14 April 2017
Monday, 3 April 2017
Age of Sigmar has, since they sorted it out a bit, given me an excuse to make some of the Oldhammer armies in miniature that I always fancied but couldn't afford. One of them was Slaves to Darkness: I give you my 'Despicables'.
All the units but one were bought for reasonable sums second hand from eBay.
My Chaos Lord is assembled from spare bits that an eBay seller kindly bunged in the box for free.
This is a new Reaper Bones model purchased for two of our Brexit Pounds.
The knights are the heavy hitters of the army.
Very useful on the charge as a follow unit to the knights. This was a well made and painted model that I only had to blend in with the rest of my army by freshening up the colours.
This model had been coated in araldyte so required cleaning and disassembling in paint stripper: horrible job but the results are good.
In Humbrol 'multicolour' metallic green.
The cannon fodder for holding ground.
The paint jobs are designed to suggest a non-specific Chaos Army but sinister, with lots of glossy black, dark metallics and various multicolour sprays - highlighted with bright metallic green and blue.
The army works out at about 1000 pts which I think is optimum for AoS.
We played a three-objective scenario where one got a victory point for each objective held uncontested at the end of each turn, with one unit coming on each turn. First one to 12 points wins.
Drok grabbed the objective nearest me, which was fine but I made the error of moving on my slow units first with a vague idea of keeping my army together.
That tactical mistake allowed my opponent, Simon E., to grab and hold the middle objective for two turns (as well as the objective on his side of the table) before I got mobile units in to contest.
I never recovered from that initial two point disparity and lost by 12 points to 10.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
I feel a First Punic war coming on....
Thursday, 23 March 2017
My London urban fantasy, Wolf in Shadow is currently on special offer at Amazon UK.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
At a pinch, they could also serve as Nurgle terminators, assuming I ever play 40K again.
I like these models: they are full of character.
Sunday, 19 March 2017
I acquired this great Hydra for £16 of our English pounds.
Friday, 17 March 2017
Now, as it happens, the Oldhammer Stegadon is more like a Triceratops and, as it happens, by chance I have a few very old Natural History Museum Triceratops knocking around. :)
Monday, 13 March 2017
The great thing about this ship is that you could use it straight out of the box. The flat wide deck is perfect for standing models upon so it is more than just a scenery piece: the ship could be used for skirmish naval battles.
Highly recommended and two shapes means that you can have two fleets: Vikings versus Alfred's navy, anyone?
You can buy the kits here.
Monday, 27 February 2017
The Troglodon is, however, one of those wildly overpriced large-but-simple plastic kits that GW specialise in.
However Carnegie Collection dinosaurs are available prepainted for around a tenner and are gorgeous models. This is their Spinosaurus. All I did was reposition the feet (using boiling water) to tilt the body forward into a more accurate pose - bipedal dinosaurs did not walk upright - add a couple of skinks, and put it on a Venusian base.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
It is one of Reaper's polymer models retailing typically in the UK for about £2.75. To give an idea of scale, the model is mounted on a 50mm base.
Reaper Bones miniatures are made of a soft, light polymer but unlike polyethylene it is not greasy so it sticks easily with superglue and does not resist paint. The material is very robust but not easy to cut or shape. However the molding is excellent with no obvious lines.
I love the disease/reproduction pods along the side.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
First Impressions: when you open the box are of a typical Games Workshop terrain piece made of chunky bits of plastic.
Manufacturing Quality: Pretty crummy, as I've come to expect from GW Terrain pieces. Nothing fits together properly. If you blow up my photos you will see that the walls almost touch. I deliberately didn't use plastic filler on this build.
Suitability For Wargaming: Excellent, it is tough, light and has plenty of room to get models on. And it breaks down into halves to put models on the first floor. All this makes it easy to store and transport.
Value For Money: Sigh, about average. £45 is a great deal of moolah for a cheaply produced, simple kit of dubious manufacturing quality, even if it is nicely designed and well thought out as a wargame piece.
Recommended?: Hmm, depends. If you really, really fancy it then go ahead but be prepared for a lousy build and a hole in your wallet.
The painting technique is simple: Spray with black primer, coat with black gloss, and then spray on the multi-effect.