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Wetting the Brush

May 21, 2010

Not much to say from this past week. Work, life and my anniversary ate up almost all the time the last 7 days. I was able to get a couple layers of blue on the White Lions, but that was about it.

The plan for next week is certainly to get things done early, that way I can get some pictures up for next week, and actually have the Lions finished up!

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Wetting the Brush : Spearelves.

May 14, 2010

This week in review didn’t see too much painting time at all. I was able to get 3 more spearelves mostly done. By mostly done, I mean they just need their shields attached and painted up. That’ll happen next week, if I can find the spur in the insanely disorganized war room. Behind the spearelves are some 3 white lions who are up next, they have the metal started, but a long ways to go yet before they’ll be finished up.

To make myself feel like I am acutally acomplishing something, I think I’m going to start a running total of what’s been done and what’s currently undergoing painting. So far, after 2 weeks it’ll look something like this:

Finished:

1 Orc Shaman

Under Construction:

3 HE Spearelves

3 White Lions

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Top’s Trial and My Error

May 12, 2010

Last night Top came over to try out his Wood Elves for the first time. I was excited, wanting to play against a new army, see what they all had to offer, and what to fear/smash/run from/attack.

I put together a big block Orcs list, 20 Black orcs, 20 Savage orcs (big uns’) 25 Orcs, 10 Spider Riders and 3 Trolls. Thinking that after I finally engage the fey elves they’d have no chance.

Top’s force was comprised of 2×10 archers, 5 scouts, 5 wild riders, 2×8 dryads, 6 wardancers and a Treeman.

As the game progressed, Top did a fantastic job of playing the elves, even though it was his first time with them. I allowed 3 trees for terrain, which wasn’t the best idea, but he certainly used them well. Moving them to create a bottle neck, and march dryads through for march blocking/flank charging. The scouts + wardancers came down the left flank, causing a panic test on the spider riders the first turn who promptly fled off the table. He had his wildriders ride down the right flank shooting and threatening a flank charge.

As the game progressed, I failed 3 annimosty tests, and since my large blocks of troops where also marched blocked, they made it just over halfway across the table by turn 6. On one of the failed annimosity tests my orcs were unable to manuver around a dryad flank charge + wild riders front charge. So they were promptly destroyed in that combat. His treeman made use of an oppertune failed charge to hit the trolls in the flank and break them.

That was the hi-lights at least. The most unfortunate thing though, was that it was just boring to play. He moved and shot every turn, while I tried to slowly push forward towards anything I could hit, hoping my superior numbers would win the combat for me, while trying not to allow flank charges at the same time. So my turns would consist of 2 min of moving, and casting one spell. While the elves did all the actions of the game. Not so much fun to play against at all.

Of course I think this has a lot to do with my army composition. Orcs are slow, espeically in large groups that can’t manouver very well at all. Next time I think I’ll bring a fast elven list, something that won’t allow the game to be completely one sided like that one was.

On a side note, I hope Top doesn’t lose faith in this army. He just started putting it together, and to base the feel of the army on one game wouldn’t be the best. I’m hoping a for a game that’s more fun this next time around.

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Wetting the Brush

May 7, 2010

This week in painting review, I finally finished up an Orc Shaman I’ve been wanting to do for quite sometime. It’s amazing when you put your mind to getting something accomplished per week, just how easy it is to do. Making that first step is the hardest part, but sticking with it so far has been pretty easy.

Anyways, I love this Orc Shaman model, the giant leg bone for a staff, which I tried to make look as if it was glowing with green from the inside but I don’t think that really came through too well. I did rush this guy a bit compared to my normal characters, mostly because I was just getting back into painting again after a 3 month break. But also because I don’t think he’ll see the table much at all. In the current book I always use goblin shamen. I don’t feel the extra points are worth using Orc magic instead, and the extra LD point usually doesn’t matter since the general is right there.

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I was also able to get started on a few more spearelves. So by next weeks update we’ll have 3 of those completed for sure, and hopefully my last 3 white lions, rounding out the unit to 6×3 instead of the 5×3 they’ve been running.

That’s all for this week, and here’s to keeping that brush wet!

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The Next High Elven Revolution

May 5, 2010

High Elves have been one of my favorite armies since starting this hobby, years and years and years ago.

After all this time though, my army lists followed 2 paths, either heavy magic with a line of archers and repeater bolt throwers, then some eagles for march blocking. The main part of this army is the magic phase, and a couple larger blocks of infantry to absorb the eventual charge. The second path was that of the Prince + Star dragon, a unit of dragon princes, lion chariot as the hammer and a large unit of stubborn, ITP white lions for the anvil.

Play style is quite different for both armies, a gun line vs an attacking force, but after years of playing with the same army, I wanted more. A different style, so a re-imagining of the army needed to take place. Perhaps some units I haven’t used before, like reaver’s or shadow warriors. Then Top decided to start a wood elf army, which brought up the traditional tactics talk. That’s when I realized what I wanted my elves to do.

The concept is part gunline, part denial, and part hammer, and the first draft looks something like this…

HEROS:

Prince – Barded Elven Steed, Dragon Armor, Shield, Star Lance, Vambraces of Defense

Noble – Barded Elven Steed, Dragon Armor, Shield, Great Weapon, Battle Banner

Dragon Mage – Lvl 2, 2 dispell scrolls.

CORE:

10 Archers

10 Archers

SPECIAL:

9 White Lions, Champion

6 Silver Helms, Shields, Champion, Standard, Musician

5 Dragon Princes, Champion, Standard, Musician

Lion Chariot

8 Shadow Warriors

RARE:

2 Repeating Bolt Throwers

2 Eagles

Deployment

Deployment looks like above. The archers and their white lion protectors setup on one side near a bolt thrower and an eagle behind them, using the edge of the table as a refused flank. After they go down and the second bolt thrower on the opposite side, plus an eagle near the middle of the table you’ve got 6 units down and your opponent should have hopefully fielded a couple larger units by now. Usually I’ll setup the lion chariot next near the center line, then the Silver helms on the opposite flank of the archers, with the dragon princes right next to them.

The idea here, use the eagles for march blocking the main enemy force and the shadow warriors to harass their progress, while shooting and causing as many panic tests as possible per turn. Focusing fire if the enemy is ITP and trying to reduce their numbers as much as possible. Meanwhile the right side presses forward, the silver helms taking the right flank, and any unit over there, leaving the dragon princes free to combo charge towards the center of the table with the lion chariot.

For characters, the dragon mage makes for great distraction and miss direction on the DP&SH flank, drop him behind enemy lines as soon as possible. The Prince gets lined up with either the SH or DP’s depending on who needs the extra power, and the BSB with the battle banner needs to be with the Dragon Princes, depending on the banner to break whoever they hit the first turn.

In the first battle this plan worked out great, but then again it was against Ogre’s. But I’m anxious to get them out on the battle field again soon, and see what we can accomplish. The army setup is a lot more fun to play than my traditional hammer/anvil setup and much more interesting than the elven gunline.

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Wetting the Brush

April 30, 2010

Man Spring gets crazy, and Summer even more so. Being a photographer, wedding season and senior portraits are coming up fast. Unfortunately that means painting takes a backseat. I’ve only managed to get the skin done on a Orc Shaman over the past 5 weeks. That’s slow painting right there. I think it’s time to step it up though. Every year around this time, I seem to fall out of the hobby because life gets too busy, then come winter I dive back in full force. I’d love to straighten that pendulum out though, keep working on projects, even if it’s just a few hours a week, all year long. Sticking with it, even just a little, and I think I’ll get a lot more done, and start closing the gap on all those unpainted models running around on my gaming table.

Here’s the pledge, a weekly post, with what I’ve done that week. I’m not saying it’s got to be much, just enough to make sure I’m not totally disconnected from the hobby side of Warhammer. A post, a pic, and a story of where to head next week, and beyond. Oh lets see, we’ll call it “Wetting Brush” and set the next update for next Friday.

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The Chaos Tide

April 8, 2010

Played another game tonight. Feeling super fortunate for all the games I’ve been getting in lately. This one was a 2250 against VC. I hadn’t played my Daemon army in some time. I felt pretty bad after that last games with them. So I re-tooled them a bit, dropped the super Bloodthirster for an all herald list, with infantry of Nurgle Khorne and Slaanesh.

Turns out, that’s pretty effective as well, producing quite a solid win.

This was my first time using plaguebearers, and when they have  a herald with them, they’re near impossible to kill. I’m thinking a conversion for that unit is a must for sure, since they were just proxied in today.