Thursday, May 29, 2014

Oldenhammer Part 2...or Deux in this case...

So continuing my multi-part reconciliation of my Bretonnian army conversion to 3rd edition of Warhammer fantasy lets look to something a little less Men-at-Arms.
I have a healthy block for my Bretonnian knights to precede into battle; thirty five in number and brimming with halberds. In 8th edition they are by no means a death machine as they only tool in around 180 points and have a crappy weapon skill of 2. Really they are either an assault sponge, trebuchet guard, or lady bodyguard. All of this they do admirably well and even though most games they are eliminated they still do their job as their many numbers requires a commitment on my opponents part to get rid of them. By that time usually their are either knights knocking at their back door or they are the last unit left on the table while the knights line up for a charge.

In 3rd edition though they were Villains! Who would have thought? Turns out the term is rooted in French and means "farmhand" which makes perfect sense. So instead of Men-at-Arms I will be fielding Villains...
...I love that the dude in this illustration looks totally shocked or stark raving mad. The Villain is a quality troop in comparison to my Men-at-Arms, better fighters and better leadership! My how the quality of Bretonnian farmers has fallen.

I've got nearly all you can take in a Bretonnian army as they are listed as 0-40 and can be fielded in units of 10 to 20. I've got another command sitting in a box but frankly i'm not going to paint it up. Also, I'm not going to give them a character either. I could put a champion in the unit but I just don't feel a need to do that. So what I'll do is split them into two units, a larger one and a smaller one; one gets a horn and the other gets a standard.

Villain regiment #1 will have 20 soldiers; light armor, shields, halberds, and hand weapons and this regiment will carry the standard since it's larger. 20 Villains with the shield upgrade and cost for a standard comes to 210 points.

Villain regiment #2 will have 15 soldiers; light armor, shields, halberds, and hand weapons with the horn joining this regiment. As its smaller the leadership boost from the horn should help it stay in the fight. 15 models with shield upgrade and a musician comes to 160 points.

So my two Villain units come in at 370 points, almost as much as my knights errant...oops I mean my Chevaliers Rampant.

Speaking of the Chevaliers Rampant I figured out what "+2 Shock Elite" means; turns out it is a special troop type that has a little bit better stats than a regular guy but not champion quality. Characters in 3rd edition are rated by levels in groups of 5 (5, 10, 15, 20, and 25) so +2 shock elite means they are like level 3 soldiers.

Back to the Villains it looks like they are wrapped up, simple army selection, but quite a lot of points again. According to the army list at least 50% of my points must be in line troops so i'm already up to 784 points. It is looking like I can really stuff some characters into this army!

Wait that isn't right, the rampant guys have a character in them don't they? a Baron for 81 points. Okay so I've committed 703 points in rank and file. Still solid!

Next time I think i'll go crazy and build a massive character to put into the fight!

POST SCRIPT! I forgot that weapons in 3rd edition where quite different, observe... 8th edition it's just a +1 strength and no shields. This one they get an initiative bonus against flying and mounted troops! Huzzah!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Looking at Oldenhammer

If you are unaware of the "Oldhammer" movement and you play Warhammer fantasy you should probably look into it. They are quite a large number of very motivated and inspirational people to watch.

Maybe a little crazy, but that probably comes with the territory.

That being said I am slowly infected by this although no one in my community (and by "community" I may mean "state") is interested in this as I am. Never the less I push on. I've obtained a hardback copy of 3rd edition and a crumbled Warhammer Armies to go along with it. Reading through these ancient manuscripts I see great value in some of their words.

That in mind I've decided to do a few blog posts in a series that reference the old materials to my current collection. I have Lizardmen, Bretonnians, Skaven, Ogre Kingdoms, and Vampire Counts. Lots of fantasy there and it seems to me the majority of it is to be found in the old text.

Maybe not Lizardmen as the models I have are truly not Slann, I have a Slann but he isn't the same. But I digress we'll get to them another time.

So to start it out I think I'll go to the Bretonnian list and reconcile a unit.
My unit of Knights Errant seems like a good place to start. Bretonnia is heavy on the heavy cavalry but the 3rd edition list is very different.
Chevaliers Rampants! What a great name! Obviously hinting at their clearly excitable nature they are listed as "+2 SHOCK ELITE" which I have no idea what that means yet. I'm sure I will figure it out as I read. Looking through this army list entry I can set about building my unit.

I have 5 knights, 1 knight with a standard, 1 knight with a falcon as a musical instrument, and a leader. The leader can be built as a level 5 hero so I think I'll buy him as such but the others pan out to be 37 points a model. The standard bearer and musician cost 74 points each instead of 37 as the book says these cost double points...OUCH...that is a lot for a standard or a falcon. These seven models come in at 333 points.

The champion doesn't have to be a level 5 hero, I could make him much higher if I desired, up to level 15 and still a unit leader but I think I'll keep him as a level 5. Level 5 heroes are Barons so this Baron has a barded warhorse, a sword, a lance, heavy armor, and a shield which makes him 46 points. We can give him magic though and I think I will give him a magic sword! Why not?!
A magic sword will cost 25 points and a level 5 hero can have 1 magic effect on it so quickly looking over these I immediately want Fireblade! 10 points to do double damage or 2d6 damage to a flammable target. Oh my oh my 10 points don't buy as much now do they? So this brings my brave Baron to 81 points.

Final cost for my Chevaliers Rampants comes to 414 points. Comparing that to the current army book where they come in at 181 points it is quite a difference eh?

Good beginning to the army. If I was aiming at 2,000 points that one unit is almost half of what I have to commit to army in rank and file troops. I think I'll probably finish fleshing out the list and present it to you next time :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

H.R. Giger has Died, Long Live the Xenomorph!

In 1979 the film Alien was released, I was 4 years old having been born in December of 1974. My mom was watching TV on the couch in Waverly Ohio, specifically watching one of those movie review shows that I don't believe exist any more. During this show they gave a preview of the new science fiction horror film and there was a brief flash of the xenomorph itself and i'll be a son of a bitch if it didn't terrify me so bad that I had night terrors about that bastard for the next 15 years.

No kidding. Fifteen years of night terrors from that one brief glimpse. Of course when I got older I watched the movie and it did nothing to dispel my terrors. I saw all the others too. I don't believe you can be American and not have seen Aliens frankly.

Now I'd be willing to be that Mr. Giger would not have been pleased to know his creation gave a child 15 years of waking up in the night sitting bolt up right screaming night terrors.

But I hope he would have been a little proud of it.

H.R. Giger created a wide variety of very messed up work and even as he grew older he looked more and more like his creations imho. Ultimately my first exposure was the xenomorph and even then it's final form was only mostly what his initial concept work indicated he would have liked it to be.

Thank Goodness!

Well Mr. Giger has passed away and while I don't necessarily feel a need to celebrate his passing or his life I will say he had a dynamic influence on me and should get a least a blog entry from some obscure blogger in the United States.

I guess we need to find a new artist to produce night terror inducing art work, any suggestions?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tyrant and the Tyrannized

So a small update. I am still struggling to get a good hobby groove going. I have a lot of stresses right now and I don't really see a solution for any of them. I am looking for solutions though, which I think is the right way to deal with stresses...right?

So onward with the offering! I have grown a strange fondness for classic models, which is to say models produced from my early teens. The Tyranid Hive Tyrant was always one I looked on with certain amount of appreciation. The first version is a very unique model I think. It has such great posture, you can feel it's desire to kick your ass almost emanating from it.  Well, arguably it IS emanating from it as the power of the Hive Mind echoes out huh?
Here he is sunning himself on my back deck. Astute model collectors will notice he is missing the end of his tail and the ridges that sprout from his back. I got it like this in trade and I am actively looking for these pieces to complete him. I did get both barbed strangler and venom cannon but in the current version of the book the strangler is better imho. I love the bonesword/lashwhip combo, just so classic I couldn't resist.

He needs something more than a Venomthrope to tyrant over right?

Ten Termanants with Devourers. This is my first troop choice for the army. So I almost have a legal army. Doesn't matter I would like to play a few games with just these guys and see how it all plays out.

I'm slowly refining my color choice and bringing the orange and purple/black into harmony.

If that is possible. Either way I'm sticking with it. Orange and purple/black make a nice threatening mix.

Thanks for taking your time to read this blog entry and look at my pictures. I appreciate every view I get even though it usually only runs between 15 and 30. Until next time MAY THE DICE ALWAYS ROLL IN  YOUR FAVOR!