Casket of Souls assembly article posted.

Just put up the first segment in my Tomb Kings section, showing the construction of the Casket of Souls. You can either click on the link over on the right, or clicky on this different colored linky thing right here.

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Mustering the forces for Warhammer…

Next month will see myself and my gaming partner in crime Colin/Dethtron getting together to have a small slap-about with the new 8th edition WFB. We just wanted a small game, to get used to the mechanics, as we are 40K players mostly, with neither of us actually playing a game of WFB for many years. So, we decided to set a 1250 points limit. Colin will be fielding his stalwart troops of The Empire while I will actually be dropping myself, lead weights and all, in the (very) deep end and busting out my Tomb Kings.

Now, I’m not sure how Colin fared in putting a list together at this point level, but I can honestly say that there is not that much open for a TK player at this level. To be honest, the new percentages update to the new rules (ftw) are a pain in the nether regions, but I’m sure over time i’ll hate it less and less.

I tried to spread the love out as liberally as I could with the limited points available.  My initial list ommitted a Tomb King/Prince (derp!) which was just a silly bloody mistake, as I was watching TV at the time as well. It also included both light and heavy cavalry and a unit of skeleton warriors armed woth spears and shields. I did a little bit of searching on teh interwebs and discovered that TK players seem to be suffering from Warriors of Chaos syndrome, in that their cavalry suck at the moment. With a WS of 2, I’d need an effing HUGE unit to be able to actually do anything worthwhile. So, back to the drawing board. It seems that for the most part, I want to be keeping the main body of my force at arms length from the enemy, while throwing as much missile crap at them as possible. 40 skele archers and a screaming skull catapult, with ‘skulls of the foes’ should (hopefully) fulfil this role, while my Tomb Swarms and fast moving chariots can start causing some problems while I bring up my minute regiment of Tomb Guard. Add a Tomb Prince in a Chariot and a Heirophant, and i’m really hoping I can at least hold my own, although I have a feeling that I am going to get my ass royally handed to me. here is my list:

Lords:

Liche High Priest – 245
Talisman of Protection – 15

Heroes:

Tomb Prince – 100
Great Weapon – 4
Light Armor – 2
Shield – 2
Chariot – 45
Chariot of Fire – 25

Core:

Skeleton Warriors (20) – 160
Musician – 5
Standard Bearer – 5

Skeleton Warriors (20) – 160
Musician – 5
Standard Bearer – 5

Tomb Swarm (2) – 90

Special:

Chariots (3) – 140

Tomb Guard (10) – 120
Musician – 6
Standard Bearer – 12

Rare:

Screaming Skull Catapult – 90
Skulls of the Foes – 20

Total – 1256 points.

I guess we’ll just wait and see what happens… In the meantime I am frantically putting the minis together in readiness, i’m about 80% done so far.

Thats it for now, ye skallywags!

Paul

EDIT: ok, looking this over again, i’m going to get railed. Right up the arse, possibly with a big spikey glove. I’m thinking we need to expand this to at least 2500 pts. Bugger.

An unnerving talent….

I was spacing out the other day, wondering what was going to be next on the project table for me to tinker with when I realized that all the armies I choose to collect, painstakingly paint and game with all seem to be obsolete (pretty much) or do so shortly after my decision.

Sisters of Battle.

Well, we all know where this is right now, well, we don’t, thats actually the whole point. I started collecting my Witch Hunters force back in about 2004 when I wanted to just start collecting and painting minis again. I bought the codex too. It wasn’t until I went uber serious with gaming again (thanks Colin) that I decided to ctually get a playable force together and went out nd bought the 40K rulebook too. Double whammy on this one. No less than 6 months after me buying the rulebook, then that edition was updated to the current edition. DOH! No matter. I picked up the mini ‘rules bits only’ book from the AoBR set, which I still use. Then, all of a sudden, we find out that the Inquisitorial forces of the Imperium are slowly vanishing. Are we getting an overhaul? are we going the way of the Squats? will we actually get plastic Sisters? The last few months have seen Witch Hunters stock disappearing from shelves, including the codex, and then, in turn, the stock becoming unavailable online through GWs web portal. There’s been a lot of nay-sayers and doom bringers on the interwebs, but conversely there have also been some very positive hints and possible ‘leaks’. For the most part, it seems to be the way of GW to snipe a line from sale for it to be released further down the line. This seems positive, although I hope it’s not going to be another year or two off. 50 points for a rhino? pffft! updated codex please!

Black Templars

I decided I wanted to dabble with the Emperors finest, Space Marines. I didn’t want a vanilla force, and certainly not Smurfmarines. I saw the codex for Black Templars and fell in love (figuratively speaking). Maintaining an almost grim, medieval kvltness about them, I thought they were perfect. Well, now I hear that these chaps will be getting a makeover soon, although I also heard on the grapevine they might be axed. I’m more inclined to believe the former rather than the latter, considering the fluff, and the the fact they are a progenetor chapter of the Imperial Fists. Still, I guess we’ll see. Just as well I am putting together an auxillary of Salamanders…. 😉

Tomb Kings

I got bitten by the WFB bug again, and with Colin amassing an Empire force, I wanted to get in on some axes and maces action. I went with Tomb Kings – Skeletons =cool. Egyptian skeletons with a host of nasty stuff and something akin to the Lost ark of the Covenant = epic WIN. I have managed to score an obscene amount of stuff on Ebay for this, which is awesome, so I don’t feel too bad about collecting this army. It wasn’t until I was surfing one of my regular haunts that I started picking up on other TK players getting twitchy as the army doesn’t seem to be getting any love, apparently because of it’s somewhat ‘fringe’ status, and it not being as popular as the usual Orcs, Chaos etc. I’m hoping for a new army book, although it has just been announced that Orcs and Gobbos are to be released in May, so yet again, something else that will probably be the end of this year, start of early next year. I’m reaaaally hoping they make some new minis to coincide with this, as the Liche Priests and Bone Giant minis = f*cking awful.

With so much being up in the air, i’m wondering whether to shelve the SoBs and TKs, concentrate on my Templars see what happens. At least I can proxy the marines :p

Which leads me to my Lizardmen. A newly refurbished army, new book, new minis, and i’m collecting them! HA! nothing can go wrong with this one….

Tomb Kings archers

Completed 8 Tomb Kings archers, the first of my first Warhammer Fantasy Battle army! I’m quite pleased with the results, so the rest should be a snap to do. My buddy Colin lent me this pot of pumice stone filler type stuff, which I panited onto the bases for a realistic sandy/desert type effect (Thanks Colin!). The Skellies are relatively easy to do:

  • Spray undercoat in white
  • Liberal wash of Devlan Mud all over (be as messy as you like, but make sure you get all the nooks!)
  • Drybrush Menoth White Base (or equivalent, e.g. Bleached Bone)
  • Drybrush with Menoth White (or equivalent. You want a slightly off-white)
  • Hey presto – painted bones!

And for the blue parts:

  • Undercoat with Hawk Turquiose
  • Wash with blue ink
  • Wash with Devlan mud
  • Add Menoth White to Hawk Turquoise for some simple edged highlights

And for the gold/brass bits…

  • Basecoat Shining Gold
  • Wash of chestnut ink
  • Drybrush of Shining Gold
  • Light drybrush of Brass Balls
  • Tadaaaaa!

The red was simply Mechrite red base, then highlighted with 1/1 mix of Mechrite and Blood red. I didn’t focus too much on these highlights, as this is supposed to be a quick army to paint. Blacks were simply line highlighted with Greatcoat Grey with a thin line of Codex grey to finish.

For the bases:

  • Basecoat Graveyard Earth
  • Drybrush Menoth White Base
  • Light drybrush Menoth White
  • Snakebite Leather for the base edges (two coats required for this, else the white will show through.)

Here they are:

C+C welcome!

Cheers

Paul

My love/hate relationship with Ebay…

Ebay can be great, you can find that elusive bargain, that useless bit of crap, or that last item you needed to fill your collection. For wargamers, it can be a mecca of a site to find deleted or OOP minis or whatnot.

I both buy and sell on Ebay, and for the most part its pretty plain sailing. I have had a couple of people in the 7+ years i’ve been on there flake on me, but whatever. I’m a pretty easy going chap, and i’ll always strive to be a quick and efficient seller, and always pay promptly when i’m a buyer, usually as soon as the auction ends. I suppose I expect the same of other people, but alas it is not to be.

I found a back issue of White Dwarf magazine on there that had a cool illustration of a Battle Sister on the cover, and apparently had SoB tactics in one of the articles, so I went in for the kill. I won the auction, paid promptly and waited patiently.

You can imagine my surprise when I received a brown envelope in the mail a week or so later. I wasn’t sure what it was, as it was quite light, and had no return address on it. Seeing the UK postage mark on it, I thought it was something from my dad. I flipped over the envelope only to found out it was open, and empty. I was still baffled as to what it was when I saw that it was mailed from Leicestershire, then I knew that this was (at least once) home to my WD issue I’d won.

A mixture of wonderment and anger as to wtf had happened, obviously someone had helped themselves to my magazine, maybe thinking it was a Hustler or something, then just disgarding it when they found out otherwise. I’m not too sure how many wargames enthusiasts work for the PO, and any that did, the chance of them opening my item and thinking freakin’ xmas had come early. I did notice that it was one of those envelopes that has that tacky stuff under the lip, so you just squeeze it shut. The problem with these is that you can open them and reseal them with no problem. The seller hadn’t even bothered to seal an envelope with tape for an international sale!

So, long story short, I took some pictures right away and contacted the seller who was vague at best about what to do. So, after 3 attempts I decided, ‘no more mr nice guy’ and i’m currently slogging it out with PayPal to get my moolah back, as the sellers irresponsibility had left me without a magazine and down some cash. We’ll see what happens.

On the plus side, I did just score a Tomb Kings Screaming Skull catapult for less than 50% retail price – take THAT Games Workshop and your ever inflating prices! 🙂