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Wetting the Brush – Great Eagle

July 2, 2010

This past week I was able to finish up my 1st Great Eagle for the High Elf forces. Last week he got based, and now he’s all finished up. Anyhow, I really liked how the base turned out. Took a pillar from the Arcane Ruins terrain set, and greenstuffed it till it was a bit more High Elf looking. I have one more Great Eagle to do yet, he’s posed like he’s gliding so I figure it’d be good to have him posted up just a bit higher somehow, not sure what’s going up under him yet though… we’ll see.

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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

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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A Classic Battle

April 7, 2010

Dwarves and Orcs and Goblins, a classic rivalry. Sunday, two forces epitomizing the armies faced off, a Dwaven gunline vs a Largely Night Goblin mostly infantry horde.

Terrain setup, the dwarves on the far side getting ready to castle around the tiny rock hill.

Terrain setup, the dwarves are on the far side, about to castle around the tiny little rock hill in the left corner. The goblin forces are headed up by Skarsnik, who’s sneaky scheming held up the dwarven Ironbreakers, the perceived worst threat.

Skarsnik’s plan for the battle was to have the Night Goblins march forward first, directly at the large infantry protecting the warmachines and anvil, deploy their fanatics, and get stuck in where possible with support from 2 snotling pump wagons and an Orc Big Boss in a chariot, hopefully all without running away. Following them would be the large unit of orcs supporting the right flank, and a unit of black orcs targeting the dwarven warriors, then the anvil. The squig herd would lend some support to the left flank, and hopefully chew up some slayers. Meanwhile, the Giant, wolf riders and spider riders would lead an attack on the dwarves right flank, hitting the gunners and crossbows first.

Setup, there's another spear chukka in the left corner, not quite visable.

The goblin/orc line.

The first part of the battle didn’t go all that well for the goblins. The Orc Big Boss had his chariot shot out from under him on the first turn, while the anvil of doom destroyed all the spider riders which caused the wolf riders to run off the board. So the Giant marched forward, trying to hide behind the buildings so the warmachines couldn’t target him next.

Solo giant, in hiding.

The goblins and orcs move up after their Big Boss has his chariot destroyed, he quickly jumped into the Orc unit.

Marching forwardsThe squig chariot (snotling pump wagon) moves up to threaten a gyrocopter in hiding behind those trees, while the Orcs are magic’d forward another 10 inches, threatening a charge in the next turn.

As the gobbos continue to move forward, they start taking heavy casualties. The gyrocopter manages to force 2 units of Night Goblins to release their fanatics much much to early. The pump wagon takes vengence though, by chasing it down and destroying it.

The pile of dead, turn 2 - I think there was 1 dead dwarf at this point.

As the game progresses, the gobbos close the distance, more fanatics pop out, sending one through the slayers and 2 warmachines. The greenies are still taking casualties, like nobodies business, but they’re made for dying and against these hated dwarves, they weren’t about to run away.

The advance continues.

The pile of dead grows. Unfortunately the giant is now among their numbers, with out even making it to combat 😦

Oh no's so many green skins dead....

Holy crap even more dead...

With so many dead, it’s starting to look pretty bad. I only have the unit of orcs fighting some Ironbreakers by this point, losing badly. The goblins are gettting close, but Skarsnik’s unit has only 3 models left. The Black orcs aren’t doing too badly, as Skarsnik’s unit has been screening them most of the battle. Realizing this, Skarsnik jumped ship from the dying goblin unit ordering them to go stand in front of the Organ gun  and then joined up with the black orcs, who were then actually charged by the dwaven warriors, eager to get into close combat. A large mistake on their part.

Last stand of the heroic goblins - making the Organ Gun shoot at them, or nothing.

The dwarven warriors who charged the black orcs quickly realized they were in over their heads, they turned tail and ran, getting cut down in the process. The black orcs were then able to carry that momentum forward to the next unit of warriors, the only thing left before the anvil and warmachines. On the left side, the night goblins couldn’t hold out against a unit of slayers, fleeing and giving a squig herd a chance at them. On the right side, the 3 orcs that were left after running from the Ironbreakers and being shot up by crossbows and guns, were finally able to re-engage with the Ironbreakers who were marching in vain to the save the anvil.

By the end of the game, there wasn’t much left on either side. The black orcs with Skarsnik finally made it to the anvil, but were unable to kill all the guardsmen. The slayers hung on with 2 members, as did the unit of orcs fighting the Ironbreakers. The dwarven warmachines were all missing crew members, and almost all their infantry was destroyed. The final tally ended up being about 150 points in favor of the dwarves.

End of the game.

So many dead, dying for the glory of the Waaaagh!

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Game Day

April 4, 2010

An age old grudge match taking place in a few hours. The wee hours of dawn will see the forces of Skarsnik’s Waaagh vs the Dwarven Defenders. Getting setup to play an epic match tomorrow (well, today actually, given it’s 1 am), should be a fun game. I haven’t yet played with Skarsnik as my general, or in my army at all for that matter. Going up against Travis’s Dwarves, which he hasn’t played much of in the past year or so.

I’m really excited for the battle, and I’ve got some ideas for the battle report… a new approach for this site and Snake Eyes Box Cars…. here’s hoping it’ll work out.