Friday, 30 December 2011

One last update for 2011

My flatmate Chris had organised a practice game today for the upcoming Fantasy Doubles tournament in Christchurch. So I thought I would take the camera along and get a few snaps to post one final update in 2011. Please excuse the completely unpainted army. It was 1200 points each and being such a small army size I was wondering if I could scrape together a Skaven army with what little I had just for something different. Turns out I have just enough so I jumped at the chance to use an army other than Dwarfs...even if they were a little unpolished.

The theme for my army is a minor clan who have been commandeered by Clan Moulder to flush out the Dwarfs of Karak Fagg from their recently established stronghold in the Northern World's Edge Mountains. The long term goal for the army is to have a core of Clanrats supported by auxiliaries of Rat Ogres, Giant Rats and an Abomination or two. For this game my army comprised of:

2 units of 40 Clanrats
1 unit of 30 Giant rats led by Skweel Gnawtooth
1 unit of 6 Rat Ogres
1 Hell Pit Abomination
Army is led by a Chieftain

My ally for this game was Isaac who brought a Nurgle Warriors of Chaos army and we were fighting Chris and Sass who were fielding two empire armies; Chris had a good variety of troops and Sass had a Warrior Priest themed flagellant heavy army. Anyway, on with the game. Here's the first turn:

My Abomination and Giant Rats were pushing round the left flank through the forest and my Clanrat units were forming a bait and charge "V" in the centre supported by the Rat Ogres. Check out my neat movement trays made from corrugated cardboard and slim strips of balsawood. Real Kiwi ingenuity ; )

The Abomination had a close call with Sass' wizard blasting away from the top of the hill before getting stuck in to the first unit of flagellants.

The Giant rats continued round the flank while Sass' units charged my Clanrats in the centre. I fled from the charge and then counter charged with my other unit of Clanrats and the Rat Ogres.

Meanwhile after some ridiculously incredible rolling the Abomination had finished chewing through the first unit of Flagellants and moved in to support the combat in the centre. The Giant Rats having little else to do set their sights on the war machines at the back of the table.

About this time I looked over to Isaac's side of the table and he was just hitting combat too. Some odd rolling had left both him and Chris in a bit of a stand off with neither wanting to commit in case they over extended themselves.

By the time the final turn had rolled around I had lost all my Rat Ogres to the second unit of Flagellants (martyrdom is horrible!) though what was left of the Flagellants was now tied up with my one remaining unit of Clanrats. The other unit was following my General to the rear of the battlefield where it was a bit safer. Non-Skaven armies call this "fleeing the field". The Abomination was now clawing his way into Chris' army while Isaac and Chris had now committed to combat. The Giant Rats had cleared out all the war machines and were left with nothing to do.

In conclusion it was hugely refreshing to be playing an army so different to Dwarfs, and I'm actually now considering trying to get them painted in time for the tournament (only about 5 weeks away. Heaps of time!). The Abomination was horrendous. I came so very close to losing it within the first turn but after surviving that it got stuck into combat and it was utterly ruthless. I think the army still needs a few changes before taking it to a tournament. The lack of a spell caster definitely caused some headaches, and while my leadership checks in this game were pretty good, I think a Battle Standard Bearer will be necessary for the games when the luck isn't so forthcoming.

Overall a fantastic game. Have a great New Year everyone, I'll post more about the rats next month  : )

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Dum de doooo...

Not much is happening for me in the world of gaming right now. It's all very, very boring. I didn't get any new toy soldiers for Christmas, which I am grateful for as I already have far too many to paint as it is and not enough time to paint them. The majority of my time has been spent on commission work painting a Terrorgheist and touching up some earthquake damaged Dwarfs for a friend. I have however been planning a New Year's resolution to my hobby. I've had a lot of frustrations with this hobby over the past few years primarily due to having too many ideas and not enough time to implement them. Over the last 6 months though, I've tried to be more disciplined with my painting and also with my collecting. While not being completely successful I've certainly achieved more in these 6 months than I have in the past 2 years which gives me hope.

So keep an eye out in the New Year for my planned changes. I'll certainly be blogging about them and will be posting up painting diaries in a few forums I visit. If you've got nothing much else to do in the meantime why don't you try playing a few board games? We had a game of Starcraft last night and despite being painfully complicated it was a lot of fun when we got the hang of it.

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and have a happy and safe New Year. I'll post more in 2012.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

A change is as good as a holiday...

Or so the saying goes. I've been so immersed in 40k and Dystopian Wars lately I've started to forget that there are other interesting games out there. A mate of mine has recently purchased an army for Hordes and when he mentioned he was quite keen for a game it sparked a memory that I still have a Trollblood army stashed away in a cupboard somewhere.

So after digging my models out of the cupboard and cleaning off all the dust and cockroaches we set the table up to play a couple of games. Here you see my beautifully rendered Metallic Trolls against Mark's expertly painted Night Skorne.

We played two games and both were very similar. I tried to screen my troops with my Whelps and then once Mark's guys had committed to clearing out the little midgets I would counter charge. I found my counter charge was not nearly as devastating as I thought it would be and both times I was given a window of only one turn to get in a Warlock assassination otherwise Mark was going to steamroll me.
I must admit that it really was the blind leading the blind. Mark has never played and the last time I played was about a year ago so if a veteran 'Horder' were watching I'm sure they would have picked all sorts of holes in a very loose interpretation of the rules. But none the less they were both thoroughly enjoyable games with a real high risk intensity at the end. It was a great way to spend an afternoon and I'll be sure to get another game in over the coming months.

So that's about it for another week or so. I'll sign out with this photo of my Axer delivering the coup de grace on Mark's Warlock in the second game. I should mention though this was just after his Gladiator had teabagged my Dire Troll Mauler in one turn of combat...painful...

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Dwarfs and Skaven - Tying up loose ends.

At the end of September I had a look round my painting desk and saw about 15 half finished painting projects. It seems to be the fate of most gamers and hobbyists that we have the tenacity and perseverance of a 10 year old kid with ADHD, high on Red Bull. I was fed up with my lack of completion in projects so made the conscious decision to stop new projects and stop buying new models until I had finished what I started.

While I didn't stick to that rule 100% I have certainly finished a lot of my half started projects which have been gracing the pages of this blog over the past 2 months. The latest of these is a Skaven Rat Ogre...

I have been wanting an evil army to match my Dwarf army for some time now and when a mate of mine said he was selling his Skaven I thought that was the perfect opportunity. As all new purchases do it all started out with a hiss and a roar. I was madly gluing models together and before long I had my first Packmaster painted quickly followed by a Rat Swarm. About halfway through painting the Rat Ogre I realised how ridiculous it was that I had started yet another Fantasy army without finishing my Dwarfs, which I have had now for about 5 years. So I stopped to focus on finishing projects but the half painted Rat Ogre has always bugged me so I finished painting it about 3 weeks ago.

From here I don't know when the next update will be on the Skaven. I've shifted the focus back onto the Dwarfs for Fantasy to get them finished. Currently I'm adding the last touches on my Lord with Shield Bearers and painting up 25 Miners.

I'll keep plodding away at them and add posts when I get them finished. Eventually I may get bored of them and throw in the odd Skaven model just to keep myself sane.

Anyways this will be the last post on painting for a while as I have just landed some commission work that needs to take priority. I still have plenty lying around my painting desk that needs attention so maybe around Christmas time I can get back into it and you'll see some more models poking around the blog.