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.

Warhammer Fantasy Battle is HERE!

Indeed, the new 8th edition of WHFB is now sitting on my table here at work, positively glowing with awesomeness. I picked this up on the day of release from my local(ish) game store, but as that weekend was also Godzilla-Fest I didn’t have much chance to take a peep at it. My palms were a little sweaty paying $75 for the book, and with my Fiance standing right behind me, I couldn’t make up an alternate price either. All I got after making this purchase was ‘you could have bought me some Fluevog’s for that!’

Indeed.

I have yet to actually get some time to myself to bask in the epic magnitude of the book, but I have afforded myself a few cursory glances, and I got really excited from the bits that I did see. The $75 price tag may seem a little steep (or indeed effing verticle) to some, but when you actually see what is inside, it is more than worth it. The detail and passion that it has obviously been lovingly wrought with is evident. There are some incredible pictures of ‘Apocalypse’ style battles going on, and they do take the breath away when you see it.

By the way, the book weighs an absolute ton. No, really, I mean its really heavy, man.

This version appears to be gearing more toward the ‘epic armies clashing with hundreds of minis’ more than the sort of small scale conflicts of the previous editions. I still have my hardback copy of the 2nd edition, and all those years ago, the dreams of WFB I had are what are being realized in the pages of 8th edition.  I can’t sing the praises enough of the presentation of this volume. I’ll write another post on the content as and when I can wade through it all.

I should consider myself lucky (I think?) as it would appear that there is actually a shortage of this core rule book. i’ve been forum hopping and a lot of local games stores have been told they won’t get all or any of their orders for another few weeks. Of course there are those who are brandishing pitchforks and torches to the gates of GW saying they are incompetant and are going to crash and burn for this etc etc.  Maybe all the naysayers out there should look at this in a positive light: the demand has been way above and beyond what GW expected, which can only be good, as they wanted to bring back interest to fantasy. They’ll print more, and everyone will get their books, but take a second to think about that, eh?

Thats it for now.

Cheers!

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