Thursday, August 26, 2010

3,000 points of Lizardmen and a Plan (kinda like fantasy A-Team)

This weekend I hope to get a chance to field a nice fat Lizardmen army against an equally large Dwarf force. With the new rules out and the sudden value of large units I have been fattening up my army with trades off Bartertown. This is what the list is looking like...

Not My Slann
1.Quetzapopalotl my Slann with the focused rumination, higher state of consciousness, soul of stone and unfathomable presence. He will be the battle standard bearer (sun standard of chotec) and his war gear is the cupped hands of the old ones, the divine plaque of protection and itxi grubs (yummy!).

2. "Walks on the Dead" a saurus scar-veteran on a cold one mount with light armor, a shield, the aura of quetzl and a biting club (biting blade).

3. "Slitter of Throats" a skink chief with a short bow, light armor, the glyph necklace and the burning blade of chotec.

4. "Hand of Quetzapopalotl" a skink priest with level 2 magic, the plaque of tepoc and the staff of the lost sun.

5. "Cohort of the Turtle": 16 saurus warriors with hand weapons and shields, these will be Quetzapopalotl's body guard and will form up with him in a six wide formation. This will be a little awkward as the fourth rank will only have two models but until I can get 4 more of the old saurus it will have to stand.

6. "Cohort of the Giant Crocodile": A horde unit of 40 saurus warriors with hand weapons and shields. Ten wide, four deep, if i understand the rules right this is 30 strength 4 attacks... oh... my...

7. "Quetzapopalotl's Shield": 24 skink skirmishers with short bows and hand weapons. My skinks being the 1st edition plastics they are armed with short bows. I think it is remarkably dumb GW took short bows off the army list and I treat them the same cost as blow guns. Better range but less shots so it balances imho.

8. "Quetzapopalotl's Little Ones": 3 jungle swarm bases, in this case spiders as when I built my army that was an available theme... mine still uses it.

9. "Cohort of the Jaguar": 8 cold one cavalry with haunchi's blessed totem.

10. "Cohort of the Swamp Alligator": 4 kroxigor, one of which is an ancient.

11. "Cohort of the Shelled Hippo": my 1st edition stegadon.

12. "Cohort of the Poison Flame": 2 salamander hunting packs with four handlers each.

This comes to 2,987 points. I know I could squeeze in a few more skinks but I don't have them painted and nearly everything here is. My overall strategy is to form up as this clever diagram built with publisher symbols illustrates... you'll note the characters are not noted because their placement will depend on how my enemy deploys and what he brings. The Slann will be in unit 5 though, that is his body guard. I will likely place the scar veteran with the cold one cavalry at 9 to enhance their battle prowess and the skink chief will likely accompany unit 7, maybe the priest as well although he might tag along with unit 12.

the plan is simple, I'll advance at my leisure towards my stoic foe and pepper them with arrows from the skirmish screen. If/when they are charged they will flee as their reaction, not fire, and allow the enemy to smash into the huge horde of saurus. On the side it is possible I'll get to charge as the dwarfs might stand their ground, which I'll just move them out of the way and let the horde charge.

I expect to receive a ridiculous amount of cannon and missile fire but there is nothing to do but move at it bravely and hope I can soak up the hits. I'm worried the slann won't make it, but with a 2+ ward against range attacks he should and while I know his magic resistance 3 isn't helpful here there might be a bound spell, who knows.

I am hoping to use a pincher attack with the stegadon on my left flank and the cold one cavalry on my right to either slaughter his war machines or smash into his flanks, I am pretty sure he will have a horde of no less than 60 dwarfs. That is going to be hard to break.

I'll have magic superiority but I am not confident in it, I don't really like the new magic rules but maybe they will play well. We shall see.

Well... I am hoping that I will get to photo record this and give you a good battle report. Wish me luck and look to the plaques of the old ones!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Vampire Counts

Okay, the accompanying pictures are of my recently completed 1,000 point Vampire Count army. It is composed of Games Workshop and Mantic figures and I have the models and plans to expand it to 2,000 points (or perhaps even 2,250 or 2,500). Forgive the photos, they aren't the best, but I'll take better ones later. Without further ado and in no specific order...
The Varghulf, Kestral's brother Matthias. Giving in completely to his Vampiric nature he has become a fearsome beast and terrible foe. I have hopes of using this as a flanking model counting on its speed to launch a surprise attack. My only questions is... why doesn't it fly?

"Danikan's Chariot" is a corpse cart that the necromancer below sometimes rides into battles, but mostly he allows an undead minion to drive. I love the corpse cart model but it is a MONSTER to paint! And, oddly, as 8th edition rules classify it as a monster it gets a stomp attack. I plan to place this right between my infantry blocks so it's lodestone benefits both and the Miasma of Deathly Vigour can be used where needed.

"Kestral's Revenant's" the remains of Kestral's original house servants they are now a shadow of their former selves. These are Mantic miniatures and I like them a lot. A small criticism would be that there are actually only two figures and they don't fit together so easy. But I made do and they look okay I think.

Danakin VonTrier, a necromancer in service to Kestral and at one time the house mage. His youthful appearance is tied to the variety of magics he uses to preserve a human visage to best serve Kestral in more delicate matters. He will stand directly behind the skeleton regiment to revitalize them with his Invocaiton of Nehek. If the enemy gets too close he'll take cover in this body guard.

"Danakin's Guard" formerly the house guard of Kestral's house they now serve the purpose of a primary attacker and guard to the necromancer. Originally I counted on the increase in saves by the parry rule but the new parry 6+ ward save might be just as good. I'll know when I play.

"The Honored Dead" are the ghostly summons of Kestral's elite guard. Their skill so impressed the vampire that he saw to it with Danakin's help that they would never leave his service. In battle these lovely ethereal sweets will be a flank guard. These are Lord of the Rings Army of the Dead figures, three per base on card. I don't like the regular spirit hosts and this was muuuuch cheaper.
A picture of the entire army.

Kestral Kriegspieler, once  noble hero, now a dark villain. He is the army general obviously and when the army grows he will remain only a hero and a sub commander. In this incarnation he is armed with a Sword of Battle granting him another attack. His only vampire power is Avatar of Death which gives him the armor and shield he should use to survive. As far as vampires go he is fairly weak but I wanted to invest more in troops than characters. He will stay behind the ghouls using his magic to support them and then enter the fray through this unit when the time comes.
I am very happy with army overall. I used a few different painting techniques, such as I dipped the ghouls but dry-brushed the skeletons. The corpse cart was sooooo hard to paint. I normally assemble a model completely before painting it as I'm more of a battle field paint job guy but dag gone that was a hard one to do it with. AND I HAVE ANOTHER! Already assembled >foreheadslap<... I'll just have to make do.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Help me name my fleet

I don't imagine there are dozens of readers of my blog posts, but I think there are a handful of very awesome people (wink wink nod nod). I'd like all of your help in naming some ships. I recently read an article in the new issue of Military History Magazine about an engagement in the early 1800's between the English and the American's on lake Erie. They listed the fleets and I realized I did not have names for my ships. This post shows my Dragon Lords fleet and I would like to get all eleven ships named. So, if you have any idea please throw them out!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

For Stokes

This post is really just a picture dump. I've photographed my World War 2 armies and my ACW armies for Stokes :) He asked me to put up some pictures so I have. please keep in mind I am an average painter so you are going to see some very average work here. Nothing like Stokes, he sucks because he is so daggone good! Like Tim, if I could simultaneously hug them and smack them I would. I'm sure they'd understand. Without further blather...

As a note, the ACW are designed for play with Neil Thomas' rules and there are mounted and dismounted stands for cavalry. I have two armies for the 1861 period (early war) and they consist of the following...
    • USA; 6 infantry units, 1 cavalry unit and 2 artillery units
    • CSA: 4 infantry units, 2 cavalry units and 1 artillery unit
As you can see the USA outnumbers the CSA but the south does benefit from more cavalry which gives it some strategic advantage.

The WW2 armies are designed for my own set of rules, Attack On All Fronts, which is really designed through inspiration (ripping off HA!) from WRG rules. If you want to read them you can do so here.. Attack On All Fronts Rules

Stokes is a real inspiration. Following his blog and looking at all the work he's put into his hobby makes me both proud and intimidated. Look at his blog here > Stoke's Blog <

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Warriors (double post part 2)

Okay, posting with Blogger really messes with me so I'm sure this will be part 2 THEN part 1, but you can figure it out I'm sure. Waaaay back when I was around 15 I bought a box set of Ral Partha models and I no longer remember the name of that box set. There were either 10 or 12 models and they were all fighter types. A little fold out pamphlet that came with the box game a short history of each fighter and a few game stats, but I'm not sure to what game. I recently pulled their slightly damaged forms from my bin and got the urge to paint them. Bear with me while I impose them on you... or don't... you can always go read the news...

First up is a piece I refer to as a "Cleradin" because he would make a good cleric or paladin. I love clerics and this piece would clearly be a cleric for me. He is armored to the teeth and has a nice big honkin' steel mace. Good stuff!

Next up is some dude wearing armor that looks like a lion. It has lost a lot of it's detail due to age and handling but he seems to convey it well enough. I'm sure his left army is supposed to be showing off his wicked claw gauntlet but instead it looks like he's saying Hi. I painted the tang and blade of his sword green to set it apart but I'll go back later and do something with it.

Now we have a figure I call a gladiator because he has all the trappings of just such a fighter... and he's not wearing any underwear. I have never painted a scrotum until I painted this and I hope never to paint another. It was awkward. He's got a nice chopping sword and a gauntlet/dagger/shield combo that will be very handy I'm sure. He seems to be pretty chaos looking so maybe he's a chaos gladiator... who knows.

Next is a figure I refer to as Skull Warrior. he is garbed in some serous chain and plate with a nice tabbard... and lots and lots of skulls. I decided to make them a stark white like they were enameled or lacquer and ready for a new fight. He has a very threatening looking two-handed sword and looks ready for some bussiness.

Last is a figure that is really bad in the picture but actually looks better in person... he's just not photogenic. I refer to him as a lizard warrior, or snake warrior, because he seems to be a gladiator with a suit of themed armor and a barbed flail (so like fangs... get it?). Well he didn't paint up well but he would be a fun piece to play with.

These are all true 25mm and they are kinda sweet to add to my other 25mm. I think these would like nice in a SBH war band or as heroes in Hackett's M&M.

Hope you like them :)

Skeletons (double post part 1)

Okay, well, if you know anything about it by this point its that I rarely do what I say I'm going to do but I do DO something! Well, I've just finished a big ole chunk of models and it seems to be a strange mess of choices now that I'm photographing them. Part 1 of today's double post will deal with these...

...a set of 10 Warlord Skeleton models. These are obviously scale creep 28mm figures but they were fun to paint. Reaper cast each of them as a single piece and being metal meant I could bend them some to get to an effective action pose. Which is what I did.

A little closer picture of just three of them. I went with a simple classic "Harryhausen" look to them and tried to evoke that feeling with their positioning. I used Citadel's Camo Green as a unifying color and every skeleton has a little, or a lot like the guy on the left. I am not sure what I would use these for so if you're a Warlord player or in need of nearly a dozen skeleton's with sword and shield I'd trade them or sell them, feel free to send me an email.