Every servant of the Empress has their role. Mine just happens to involve balancing transactions and making sure that mercenaries like yourself fulfil their obligations. And while yes, my usefulness against a horde of orcs or the Northmen may be limited, I do like to think it works better when I am in charge of … Continue reading For Coin, For Contract – Halfling Paymaster
I thought I was done with painting Chaos Warriors. I thought I'd had my fill of the black armoured bastards, the fridge sized units that are one of the best designed things Games Workshop have come up with. I've painted the Underworlds band, I painted both the classic design and the newer one (that still needs a separate release) and I even painted a limited edition one after doing mod work to it. Sure, there were some Chaos Warriors I had missed out - the Exalted Heroes which are made of finecast and probably not worth my time preparing or even painting for how much bullshit I'll have to deal with (even if the Crom the Conqueror model does give me some massive flashbacks to seeing his figure being released in White Dwarf all those years ago) and the limited edition Slambo figure already has a call back from the Underworld's band that does it better and more in keeping with the current range. And then while walking around Warhammer World, I spotted... Him
As any fan of the blog can see, I am a fan of the Chaos Warriors from Games Workshop. I've painted the Underworlds group, I've painted both the old and new warriors. I even have a set of cavalry to paint up, although the sight of horses is perhaps slightly concerning. So, you might have guessed that when Games Workshop showed off a rather cool looking Chaos Warrior earlier this year and then announced she was event only, I may have been a touch annoyed. Cut to a few months later and guess who reappeared on the Games Workshop site? Announced for a Made to Order promotion, and available for only one week, it was my time to bite the bullet and order something from the GW store rather than my local Leodis Games. It happened to fall over my Necromunda weekend, leading to me waking up on my friend's sofa to see the pre-order up for £21. A little more than you may want to pay but I bit my tongue and bought her, in a large part just because I love the sculpt.
If you want more information on what's going on, as well as the story so far, don't forget to read the introduction page. Scene 1 - Forest Clearing. Alistair Von Ferrumgard, leader of this band of Swordmasters watches stoically as his pupils form up in two groups of two and prepare for a mock duel … Continue reading The Empress’s Hounds – Episode 1 Game 1
An advantage of moving back to Leeds was bringing me closer to friends and family which brings with it the advantage that I have a much wider base of people to see and play games with. One of which is my Sister, who runs her own blog covering her hobbies. She is not really a … Continue reading The Empress’s Hounds
Well it's been quite a while - I started talking about Fantasy Skirmish way back in August 2018, with the purchase of Open Combat and the Frostgrave sprue. Fast forward almost 3 years and I FINALLY have put some fantasty figures on the table and played a game of them using Open Combat by Second … Continue reading Adventures in Midgard – “Prologue”
I've written about my first lot of Chaos Warriors (the Underworlds Warband) in a previous post. For me, that group was always going to be the introduction into painting a full force of the heavily armoured icons for skirmish games. That first post includes my screed on why the Chaos Warriors are so awesome and so I'll not reprint it here. The main focus in this post is talking about the models I finished off, which can split into two groups, the New and the Old. Soon after picking up the Underworlds Warband, I started looking for how to expand. There are two sets of Chaos Warriors available. The main box is the classic plastic set, with models that have been in circulation long enough for them to still be the primary way of getting your hands on the heavily armoured fridges. I'll detail more on them later.
Yep, it happens to the best of us. Eventually anyone playing Sci-fi or Fantasy finds themselves looking at Chaos Warriors and reflecting on just how cool they look. They combine the glorious appeal of knights in armour but with that dark fantasy baroque look that means they just drip with character. They are the warriors that burn down the hero's village as child, thus setting off the story. They are the Dark Figures that chase your heroes across the plains, slaying anyone in their way. And right at the end, they are the army you fight through to take on their leader. As you might guess, I adore the artwork and mental images, even if the normal models (released back in Warhammer Fantasy Battle days) are very static/designed for ranking up. Seeing as I'm now working on very small (honesty) fantasy collection, and after seeing the Underworld Warband back when it was announced, I decided that these much more dynamic warriors were exactly what I wanted. Each of them looked like a real threat, a champion of the dark gods assembled alongside allies and rivals to take the fight to the enemy. What better troops to follow my Chaos Lord (who I've designed as some kind of Cursed Warrior/Undying King) than a collection of highly skilled individuals who just happen to be able to work together.
So it's been a while since I last talked about Fantasy Skirmishing. Mainly because, like a wargames butterfly, I was distracted by something shiny and disappeared off into doing non-wargaming things for a bit (as well as losing motivation). However, this didn't stop me picking more models and continuing to think about adventures Name Change … Continue reading Project Fantasy Skirmish – Update 1
Ah time to catch up on some of those side projects... Oh. As you might have guess by the slow down on the main blog, I just didn't have time for very much other than moderns for the last little bit and so my fantasy adventuring plans have gone literally nowhere. I still have a … Continue reading Project Dungeon Crawl – The Additional Players
Do not adjust your set, you're about to look at a post that may not quite match with what you normally come to the blog for. But don't worry, we'll be back in the modern-day on Friday. As I've said before, modern wargaming is still my favourite thing. But you know, maybe it's time for … Continue reading Project Dungeon Crawl – Assembling the Cast