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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Campaign Update: The War is Over!

After almost a year's worth of army building and bitter fighting, the War for the frozen lands of Norsca have finally come to an end.  at the beginning, 7 armies marched upon the homeland of the Norse intent on carving out their own kingdom, and for the most part, some were more successful than others.

At the end of last year, the current state of the war was as you can see above.  With the exception of Geordie's Chaos Warband, all others continued to fight among themselves, with alliances being made and broken depending on the needs of the armies at the time.  Winter was making itself known and many of the Generals were consolidating their power so as to ensure they survived the ravages of winter.  Unfortunately, during the course of Autumn, the rival Chaos Tribe returned to their homes further north, intent on gathering greater strength to avenge the deaths of their tribesmen at the hands of the Brettonians and the Undead hoard.

The Norscan winter is one of the harshest mistresses known to the Old World.  Even the Kislevites, the sons of the frozen steppe have a grudging respect for the Norscan people and their ability to endure the crushing winters of their unforgiving land.  As the darkness of winter's night receded, and the spring sunshine peered tentatively over the horizon, devastation of untold proportion had been unleashed with no less than 3 players being scoured from the board, leaving only four players left on the board.  Starkey's Empire, Nathan's semi-undead, Mark's Ogres and my own Chaos were the only armies that were able to withstand the horrors of winter, and subsequently making it to the end of the Campaign.

With the campaign coming to the end, it was time to see who had managed to secure the most land between the four players. When all was said and done, it came down to a tie between Starkey's Empire and Mark's Ogres, with seven tiles a piece.  While neither player had enough tiles to outright win, between the two of them had secured about a third of the entire map.  I intend to write a more thorough campaign run-down in the near future, so keep an eye out for that.

Before I go, here's a pic of my current WIP project - yet another Marauder to add to my slowly (very slowly) growing unit.

Catch you all later


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WoC Update - Release the Hounds!

Last week I decided that painting just one unit of low-point models wasn't nearly enough so I started painting a second unit of Chaos Hounds.  Like the previous unit, I've used the old GW wolves from the Orc and Goblin Wolf Riders box and have just painted them without a rider.  As these models are on loan from a mate, it'll be interesting to see what happens when he needs them back.  Most likely you'll be seeing another article very similar to this one as I paint a third unit of hounds.

Overall, the painting process was relatively simple, using multiple levels of highlights before adding a wash and applying the final layer of drybrushing again.  Overall, the end product is definitely effective and will be a process I'll apply of all my Chaos Hounds from now on.

On another note, I've been working on my Mordheim Norse Warband lately as my local gaming group has decided to revisit it for 2012.  I'm a big fan of the system as it allows for plenty of opportunities for fun games and some really wacky conversions... like the mini below!  It's my WIP Wulfen Mini that I've converted using a Gor body, some GS and some Tyranid bits.  Hopefully I'll be able to get this guy painted in the next few weeks.

Catch you all later


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Salamander Update – Blood Claw revisited

Now that my desire to play 40K has been revived, I’ve decided that I’m going to focus on completing all the units / projects that I’ve already started, but has never gotten around to finishing.  This will mean that not only will I be able to add more painted models to my army; I’ll be constantly adding viable unit choices to the list, allowing me to play larger games with a fully painted army. 

To that end, I’ve started working on completing the unit of Blood Claws that I built and base-coated last year.  Thus far I’ve managed to paint a several members of the unit, though there are still plenty more to get to.  With a maximum unit size of 15 and several potential weapon options, there’s still plenty left to do for this unit.

For the moment however, I’ll just have to be content with finishing another 2 members of the unit.  With these two fellows now finished, I think I’ll lend my hand to a couple of conversions that will allow me to add a Plasma Pistol and some rending to the unit itself.  That said I’ve included below a picture of my next WIP project that I’m working on, though it may be a little anti-climatic considering all that has come before it. 

Catch you all later


Thursday, February 9, 2012

WoC Update - Marauders Revisited

After finishing the Standard Bearer for my unit of Chosen, I thought I’d spend a bit of time working on getting another couple of Marauders painted.  This is a unit that I’ve been working on for over a year now, and it’s a good feeling to be finally on the home stretch. 

Now that these two are completed, I’ve only got a small handful left to go before I get to work on the unit filler which will see the unit completed.  Once they’ve all been painted, I should have enough models to warrant a basing session which will see each of the bases getting their layers of snow attached so that they match the rest of the army.  Somewhere during this process I’ll also get around to finishing the bases on my painted Chosen as well as my Chaos Lord which will be great. 

In addition to finishing the Standard Bearer of the Chosen Unit, I’ve decided to also paint up the unit’s musician who has also been waiting a long time for some attention.  Once the horn has been completed, I’ll be able to move onto the shield, whose design will allow me to have a bit of fun. 

Catch you all later


Friday, February 3, 2012

WoC Update - Chosen Warrior raising the Standard

Due to some bittersweet changes that have occurred in my personal life at the moment, I've been finding I have some extra time that I can dedicate to painting miniatures during the week.  As a result, I've been able to dedicate some time towards painting a mini for my Warriors of Chaos army. 

This model is a perfect example of my ability to procrastinate when approaching the end of a project.  For the longest time, this miniature has sat on my desk in a state of completion with the sole exception for his left arm.  After finally getting focused and getting the standard undercoated, I’ve been able to progressively add the base-coats as well as several stages of highlights over only a couple of short painting sessions.  Like the previous standard using this icon, the horns have been one of the most difficult areas to paint, with their ribbed texture being surprisingly resilient to drybrushing.  

Finally, I’ve also been working on getting one of my Blood Claws for my Space Wolf Army painted and ready to go.  Currently, I’m finding it difficult to include a unit of them in my army at 1500 points, purely because they also require a Wolf Priest to give them Preferred Enemy to counteract their WS3.  Still, I’ve got a soft spot for them and I can always run them as an Assault Squad sans Jump-packs if I’m playing the Vanilla Marine Codex. 

Catch you all later