Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Work-in-Progress Wednesday - 22 May 2024

 I have been working on things! 

Kairic Acolytes and Tzangors - all Age of Sigmar models from assorted Warhammer Quest games.... I finished off a batch of these this past week, that I'd started ages ago, then I rebased the rest on to flagstone bases to get the rest done while I still had momentum (and could remember the colours I'd used with the others!

While making flagstone bases and rebasing the Kairic Acolytes and Tzangors, I also rebased a bunch of other things... 

Like the rat swarms from Warhammer Quest: Cursed City! Starting with painting the base... because... REASONS?! 

and the Vyrkos Blood-Born also Warhammer Quest: Cursed City! Again with the starting with the bases!?

and an assortment of Heroes from all three Warhammer Quest games that we have!

I even dug out the dreaded Zombies from Warhammer Quest: Cursed City! 

I really gearing up to finish up ALL of the Warhammer Quest miniatures this summer. I'm planning to finish up enough of the Silver Tower stuff to play first so we can start playing through THAT campaign... While playing through that, I'm going to finish up the rest of the Silver Towers stuff... then the Shadows over Hammerhal... then the Cursed City stuff... and hopefully play those through the summer, fall and winter. 

Not completely taking a break from Warhammer Underworlds warbands... but trying to spread them out a bit. getting one done a week was a bit overwhelming - not just in terms of painting, but also in terms of PLAYING (mostly the playing!) each time I finish a warband I feel like I need to play it... but if I'm finishing one a week, I don't really get a chance to play any ONE warband enough to get a feel for it and I was finding that frustrating. 

So... taking my time on the next few and focusing on Warhammer Quest so I can play a bit more with Zondara's Gravebreakers and Grinkrak's Looncourt and Skabbik's Plaguepack... (and maybe Wurmspat!) 

Back to things on the workbench... 

Grombrindal, The White Dwarf... ALSO starting with the base... and not loving it so far... Maybe I need to TONE DOWN the rust on EVERYTHING!?

Four Picts!? 

Khorne Bloodcrushers. These are the ONLY Khorne models I have left to finish. I've started rebasing some of the others (because they were originally one very 40K specific bases and I wanted to rebo them on more generic ruin bases so they could look right in both 40K and AoS... 

There's a part of me that's been thinking about picking up a 40K Chaos Daemons Combat Patrol (which is basically MORE OF THE SAME Khorne Daemons that I already have - less Karanak) because they are so quick and fun and maybe I could get in on the 40K and/or AoS escalation leagues at the Warhammer Store!? 

What is WRONG with me!? 

Karanak, The Hound of Vengeance, is also getting a new base... 

A pair of Reaper Bones giant rats. I have a half dozen more of these. I was just doing these two as tests and will likely base and paint the rest at some point. 

A wild assortment of tokens and familiars from all three Warhammer Quest games, I think... Definitely stuff from Silver Tower and Cursed City here... 

Grot Skuttlings - one I did as a test to see if I could knock them out quickly... and... I might... These are the main thing I need to finish (along with the Kairic acolytes and Tzangors) to start playing Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. 

Assorted Stormcast Eternals. Three of them are Domitan's Stormcoven (warhammer Underworlds Warband), the other is one of the characters from Warhammer Quest (Shadows over Hammerhal?)

Teh Gaunt Summoner from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, and a Chaos Sorcerer, which, I think, came with Warhammer Quest: Shadows over Hammerhal...? I don't think I need the Gaunt Summoner right away because I'm pretty sure that is who the party faces at the END of the Silver Tower campaign - as the Big Bad Boss of the whole thing... 

I did clear a FEW Warhammer Underworlds warbands off the painting desk, as I was clearly NOT getting to them any time soon (and really needed space for all the Warhammer Quest stuff!). Hexbane's Hunters, the Crimson Court, The Exiled Dead, The Shadeborn, and Myari's Purifiers have all been moved into "on deck" boxes near the painting desk... They join the Gnarlspirit Pack, Gorechosen of Dromm, Ylthari's Guardians, Grashrak's Despoilers, and Skaeth's Wild Hunt - which were already in said boxes.... 

STILL on the table are Zarbag's Gitz, Spiteclaw's Swarm, Skittershank’s Clawpack, and Domitan’s Stormcoven (above) as well as... 

Brotherhood of the Bolt - these went from near the bottom of the list to ones I'll be finishing sooner rather than later after seeing them played over the last few weeks. I'm not convinced they're going to be amazing... but they look kind of fun and goofy, so... right in my wheelhouse! 

Thundrik's Profiteers! Thundricks was very much in danger of being moved into storage with the others... They've been taking up space on the workbench for AGES and I've done very little work on them... I like the idea of them - Their original deck and their basic stats are not great... but I was HOPING with ONE of the newer Nemesis decks I might be able to put SOMETHING together to make them somewhat playable?! But I kept getting hung up on how to paint them - so many bits and bobs and details... but in that latest White Dwarf I picked up there was a step-by-step how to paint Kharadron article and I said: fuck it... I'll just do them like that... sort of... (kind of a SIMPLIFIED version of the ones in the article... just to GET THEM DONE!) 

Headsmen’s Curse - only because I have done SOME work on them in the last few weeks... They might be the next to go in storage... 

In the background of most of these pictures above, you can probably see that Zarbag's Gitz and the Squigherd and the two Skaven warbands  (Spiteclaw's Swarm and Skittershank’s Clawpack) are still on the workbench as well. They didn't get pics of their own as ZERO work has been done on any of them in the last week... 

Which will I finish up first...? Hard to say... Maybe the Kairic Acolytes and Tzangors... they are the least closest to being finished, but since I just finished a batch of those I have the idea in my head and want to keep momentum on them and get 'em done! 


Monday, May 20, 2024

Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower - Kairic Acolytes and a Tzangor

 I finished up some Kairic Acolytes and a Tzangor over this long weekend. 

Kairic Acolytes and a Tzangor

Not the best miniatures I've ever painted... I used a lot of Contrast paints in a lot of places, which I don't, personally, love the look of... but they're DONE! I have a dozen Acolytes and five Tzangors to finish up, and I'll probably try to do that in the next week - while I can remember the colour schemes. 

Forces of Tzeentch (that I have finished so far!) 

Nice small force of Tzeentch Daemons and followers. 

When they are all done there will be:

  • 1x Gaunt Summoney
  • 1x Ogroid Thaumaturge
  • 20x Kairic Acolytes
  • 5x Tzangors
  • 10x assorted Horrors

These models came in the Warhammer Quest boxes we got for Finnegan years ago. Some were in Silver Tower... there may have been more in Shadows over Hammerhal. Once I'm done the Acolytes and Tzangors, I think I only have to fininsh up the little Grot Scuttlers, and then MOST of the stuff required for Silver Tower would be done - certainly enough to play! 

I'm hoping we could get a campaign of that going on starting in June...? Maybe...? While playing I'd like to finish up the last of the stuff for Silver Tower (which, I think, is just the Gaunt Summoner) and Shadows over Hammerhal (which, I think, is just a handful of Putrid Blightkings...?) 

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Warhammer Underworlds - Skirmish Fridays at the Warhammer Store AGAIN!

 I made it out to a second Skirmish Friday at the Warhammer Store this month - two weeks in a row!? This Friday was also Game Night at our place... but most of the Alternating Friday Game Nights didn't get going until almost 8pm, so I figured there would be time to ride out to the Warhammer Store, play a game or two, and get back around the time others were showing up... If I happened to be a little late, Amanda would be there and they could get something set up! 

I'd just finished painting Zondara's Gravebreakers a few days earlier, and just started reading through their cards the night before and I was REALLY EXCITED to try them out, so I only brought them along with their Rivals Decks. 

Sean was the first to arrive so I set up a game with him. 

Sean was playing Garrek's Reavers with Void-Cursed Thralls.

It was clearly a well-thought-out deck by a really good player... I don't think he was expecting how nasty the Zondara and Ferlain combo could get... 

At the end of the game he only had one or two of his guys left. It was a VERY CLOSE game, with Sean winning by one point! (I could have probably squeaked out a victory if I'd only properly read one of my 2-point objective cards which I tried to score at the end of the third round and realized I hadn't quite done it right - I was supposed to place three DIFFERENT objective tokens during the round... but I'd only done the same one three times... there HAD been two others that i coud EASILY have gotten to and moved... but I hadn't read and understood the card and... so... didn't... DOH!!) 

While we were playing Orion showed up and started a game with John, the store manager.

For out second game Sean dug out Mollog's Mob and a Nemesis deck built around Hungering Parasite - which was really funny, because just the day before I'd been reading through the cards of the Hungering Parasite deck and thinking; "This would be NASTY with Mollog's Mob!!

The Zondara and Ferlain combo took down Mollog in the end - but not before Felain took a good walloping from Mollog's Giant club. 

Again, really close and really fun to play against! 

The Warhammer Store was a lot quieter than when we played earlier in the week at The Den. So much easier to concentrate on what I was doing and hear what people were saying to me! Looking forward to playing there regularly (but not this coming Friday, as Amanda and I have tickets to go see a show!) 

Maybe it will just be Fridays and Sundays for now... 

I'm really having fun with Zondara's Gravebreakers... I think I need to sort out some sort of Nemesis deck(s) for them, along with Skabbik's Plaguepack... and maybe Grinkrak's Looncourt and Mollog's Mob...? or Wurmspat...? Those seem the most fun right now. 

These were the 48th and 49th game I've played of Warhammer Underworlds this year! I'd suggested in the last Quarterly Game Plan I'd suggested maybe I try playing TEN different warbands, TEN times each through the year! I'm not sure that's going to happen... I think one thing I'd like to try and do is (assuming I finish painting them all...) play ALL of the warbands I have at least once this year... AND maybe pick four (or five) that I'm going to try and play 15-30 times each - to actually get GOOD and playing them, and maybe even start forging a little NARRATIVE with them! 

Warhammer Underworlds - Tuesday at The Den

I've been wanting to play some MORE Warhammer Underworlds - and more two-player games! I love the four-player games Amanda and I play with Nic and Orion most Sundays... but it's really meant to be a two-player game and you can get away with stuff in four-player games that just won't work in a two-player game. 

Orion had been talking about getting a regular game night going at the Dragon's Den on Tuesdays again and now that the weather's nice, I really have no excuse, so we agreed to play on Tuesday night and try to make it a regular thing and get other people out to play. 

Orion was calling it Tuesday Night Nemesis at The Den... So I tried to put together a couple of Nemesis decks... 

At first I was trying to build a Nemesis deck with Skabbik's Plaguepack and Rimelocked Relics... but I just wasn't finding enough that I felt worked better than the stuff in Skabbik's Rivals Deck.... 

Then I tried putting something together with Wurmspat and the Rimewyrms Bite Rivals Deck... and was starting to feel like there was something there... possibly... but I just ran out of time and didn't get anything put together... 

Only Orion was there (to play Warhammer Underworlds) when I arrived. So we set up and started a game. 

There were other people there playing games... like a LOT of other people. There were about 30 people playing games in the back room of the den - most were paired off playing some sort of Collectible Card Game... Maybe Yu-Gi-Oh!? Or Lorcana...? I have no idea. Pretyy sure it wasn't Magic: The Gathering...?  All I know was IT WAS LOUD and I only heard about one in every four words that was said to me that night and my brain tried to autocomplete the rest... but mostly there was a lot of nodding and smiling and not having a CLUE what people were saying!? 

Really hoped it wasn't like that EVERY Tuesday. I mean, I am glad there is a very vibrant community of... whatever it was being played there... because hopefully that means there are a lot of people buying those games still and it will keep the Dragon's Den in business! But wow... I hope it was a special even and not just regular league night... 

Orion played the Crimson Court and I had Skabbik's Plaguepack. 

It was a short and brutal game. In the first round they killed half my warband.

Though I did manage to cornder and take out Prince Duvall before the slaughter began in earnest. 

Unfortunately this was a HIGE mistake on my part... should have just ingnored him and focused on my OWN objectives... Chasing after him meant taking my own rats too far from the objective tokens they NEEDED to get to, to score my objective cards and inspire my warband...

I will partly blame the noise and not being able to concentrate enough to read the cards or formulate a plan with them... 

By the end of the second round, only Skabbik was left. 

At the beginning of the Third round I ran him deep into enemy territory where, hopefully most of them wouldn't be able to reach Skabbik... Alas, only ONE of them needed to reach poor Skabbik... and my leader was taken out with their first activation in round three... 

Yikes... Orion won that game 14-4. 

Dan and Sean had showed up and started playing a game and Orion and I waited on them to finish up to switch things up.

For the second game I played against Sean, which was really fun! I've been hoping to meet him for a while and play games (he is friends with Orion and I'd heard a lot bout their games!) 

Sean was playing with Ironsoul's Condemnors, so I thought I'd pull out Magore's Fiends - because I'd brought it along... I figured it couldn't be too hard to play... charge and hit and kill things... 

It turned out we were BOTH playing with a Nemesis deck built around the Tooth and Claw Rivals deck. So we'd BOTH just be ignoring objectives and trying to kill each other! 

The only problem was I'd very quickly put the deck together for Amanda to play a month or so ago and hadn't really looked at it since... and it wasn't just as easy and "there they are, go get them!" ... and Sean knew what he was doing with his deck... 

He killed Magore in the first activation... and it went downhill from there...

I think I took out ONE of his Stormcast...? In the end he won 19-4.

Still, fun guy to play with. Really hope I can get in some more games with him! 

After I got home I tried again to put together a Nemesis deck and...I THINK I got one sorted out with Skabbik and Paths of Prophecy... I don't know... not sure how it will work out if I'm playing against something like Orion's Crimson Court and they just murder half my warband each round...!? I'll give it a shot... 

(though, right now, I'm more interested in playing with Zondara's Gravebreakers, which I finished painting the very next day!) 

Tuesdays may NOT become a regular thing at the Den, however, as Orion is now playing D&D every Tuesday... We've talked about maybe Mondays... but the Den isn't open late on Mondays, so... we'll have to figure something out!? 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Grombrindal, The White Dwarf

 Wasn't really PLANNING on doing this... buuuuuut.... 

I bought White Dwarf #500 this weekend....

...AND the special Grombrindal, the White Dwarf miniature  

Largely because the White Dwarf had rules (and cards!) for including Grombrindal in ALL THE GAMES: Warhammer Underworlds, Warcry, Age of Sigmar, and Warhammer Quest. All games I am interested in playing right now(though some more than others!) 

(already have him assembled!)

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Warhammer Underworlds - Back on Sundays

After missing a Sunday or two, Nic and Orion were back this past Sunday to play some more four-player games of Warhammer Underworlds! 

It felt like forever, but it was really only two weeks since they'd been by to play... but it was two weeks between that and the previous game, too, so...? Maybe that's why it was feeling like we hadn't been playing so much. only two games in teh last month, instead of EVERY WEEK, like the previous month!?

For out first game we played in the Deathgorge. I brought out Skabbik's Plaguepack again. Nic tried out the freshly-painted Skinnerkin (which I had just finished the day before). Amanda wanted to try something totally new and selected Mollog's Mob. Orion played the Chosen Axes with a Rimelocked Relics Nemesis deck! 

I'm not sure WHY I though dashing onto this objective would be safe in the first round...? I mean, that little rat scored NO GLORY... why would they hit it!? 

I was blissfully unaware that Carnskry can just fly over things and deal damage while on their way to somewhere else... 

Ghouls coming after the rats! 

Fyreslayers and Carnskyr and Mollog's minions duking it out.. 

Mollog going THUMP! 

For my final move, I had Skabbik charge Fjul-Grimnir... and I actually HIT him... which only dealt 3... but then I played Rancid Vomit and skabbik puked on him dealing TWO MORE damage which too him out and scored me two more Glory! 

It wasn't enough to catch up... Orion still won with SIXTEEN Glory... both me and Nic had 13 and Amanda had 10... 

For out second game we played in the Mirrored City and everyone kept the same warbands, except Orion who switched out the Chosen Axes for Hexbane's Hunters.

 Spent my first round just trying to avoid enemy and get ONE of the Befoulders onto an objective in someone else's territory. The only objective in No One's Territory was waaaaaaay over on the border between Hexbane's, Mollog's and the Ghouls territory... and Mollog started the game immediately adjacent to it! 

Kind of just let them fight it out a bit... 

While everyone was fighting over on Hexbane's end of the table so I started moving out to seize Objectives! 

Then Mollog charged and thumped poor Itchitt... 

Was this my chance to to a scything attack against two Ghouls and Mollog?! Nope. Rabidious got thumped into skaven-like goo by Mollog before I could act again... 

Starting to feel like Mollog was picking on me... 

In my last activation, Poxlic ran from Objective #7 to that next next closest one (#9? the one slightly further from Mollog and the remains of Hexbane's Hunters in Mollog's territory) and then I had a gambit card that allowed me to push my leader and one minion one hex, which put Skabbik on Objective #7 in my own territory, Skritter onto an objective in Hexbane's territory and that allowed me to corrupt THREE territories at the end of the round and score Bringers of Ruination for three glory! (not that it helped.. Orion still won with 14 glory... but it was a bit closer!) 

It also denied Amanda scoring an objective for a second turn in a row which required no enemies being in her territory... 

Fun times. 

We'll be missing next Sunday, again, because Keiran is performing in a musical! Hopefully Sundays will be more open after that, though!