Saturday, December 8, 2018

Speedmob #1

I have finally finished the first Speedmob for the new Speed Freaks game.  I previously showed you the picture of the Shokkjump Dragsta.  I have now finished a three bike mob of biker to finish this up.  These are the first Ork bikers I have built and painted and they are almost as much of a pain in the ass as the Deffkoptas.  I am really looking forward to trying out this game and also to adding these models to my 40K Ork army.

Speedmob #1

Biker mob

Biker Nob the leader of the mob

Biker 1

Biker 2

Monday, December 3, 2018

Garrek's Reavers

I have been interested in Warhammer Underworlds: Shadepire (or just Shadespire as it is commonly referred to) for a long time but since it was set in the Age of Sigmar setting and I was not playing Age of Sigmar I never thought about trying it.  But now I am all in AoS and with the new version of the game I decided I should get the Shadespire set before they become impossible to get.  Tim and I tried the game out recently and we both really enjoyed it.  I decided that with such a small number of figures I have no real excuse for not painting them up.  Below if Garrek's Reavers, a Khorne Bloodreavers band that comes in the game.  I went with a quick paint approach and I think they look good.  The nice thing about this game is the figures are also usable in AoS as this same unit.  So basically, I know have one unit for my Chaos army already done.

Garrek's Reavers

Garrek Gorebeard

Blooded Saek

Kasus the Chained



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Completed Chainrasp Hordes

I knew from the beginning that my Nighthaunt army would have the Chainrasp Horde as the main Battleline unit.  For this I needed lots of Chainrasps and I was lucky enough to acquire three starter sets of models.

I now have 60 painted models divided into three 20-man units.  These have been absolutely fantastic in every game I have played.  These are a must have as far as I am concerned.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Glavewraith Stalkers

This is my 10 man (ghost) unit of Glavewraith Stalkers.  When Soul Wars was initially releasted this was the unit that got my attention.  The models were really creepy and unique and I was really excited to paint them and get them on the table.  I still like the models, especially the easy build set, but in game terms they are a bust.  I have used them in almost all my games and they never seem to earn their points back.  I have used them as line troop and as flankers.  Nothing seems to work.  I understand why they are rarely used in Nighthaunt armies.  Sadly I will likely retire them soon.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Shokkjump Dragsta

This is one of two new Ork buggies included in Games Workshop's new Speed Freaks game.  This is the Shokkjump Dragsta and it is just about the coolest thing ever.  I just don't even know where to start with this.  The style, the vibe, is just perfect.  I have always thought of Orks as space rednecks and this captures that perfectly.  I mean. really, you have big tires, side pipes, a cool scoop and a spoiler, oh and an Ork driver, a big gun with grot gunners and a targeting squig.  It even has a flux capacitor and the grot gunner is using an Atari 2600 joystick for the missiles.  It literally has everything you could want. Perfect.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Myrmourn Banshees

I have finished my Myrmourn Banshees for my Nighthaunt army.  I have used them a couple of times but so far they have not done much.  I see many players are running 12 of these and they might be more useful in a large unit.  The models are really amazing.  They are some for the best on the Nighthaunt line which is filled with amazing models.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Chainrasp Horde

The Chainrasp Horde is the heart of the Nighthaunt army, or at least, it should be.  These are some really great figures and the units look fantastic.  In game terms these guys are great.  Keep some key heroes close and go to it.

One controversy around these figures has to do with price an availability.  Since the Nighthaunt army is an entirely new army initially this key unit was only available in the Soul Wars box set.  This is not really an issue has GW always has a separate model set ready to go after a new edition release.  Everyone knew that it was only a matter of time before you could buy these outside of the starter set.  There was also an expectation, based on previous GW practice, that the individual set of Chainrasps would be different from the Soul Wars models.  The expectation on the street was that this new kit would be 10 models and cost about $25-$30.  It was a huge shock when GW merely repackaged the exact same models from the Sould Wars set and priced them at $40 for 10!  Ouch!  I was lucky enough to purchase a couple of the Soul Wars Nighthaunt sets second hand but if I had had to buy these retail my army plans would be very different.  Sadly this is the only real mistake GW has made with the new Age of Sigmar edition.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Spirit Hosts

These are my Spirit Hosts.  These are a battleline unit for the Nighthaunts.  I have used these in my first two games and I really like them.  I can see why these are a popular option.  The models, however, are a major pain in the ass to build.  I thought after building them that I would never add any more to the army but after using them I am sure I will need more.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Grimghast Reapers

More of my Nighthaunt project is ready.  Today its time for the Grimghast Reapers.  This is the first battleline unit for the army.  I am not very experienced with AoS so I don't really understand the ins and outs of the game.  This seems to be the most popular battleline unit for the NH army and I really don't understand why.  Many local players are using these exclusively in their armies and recent national events have seen Death armies using lots of these.  I have used this unit in one game and it did well but I did not think they were worth the nearly double point cost over the Chainrasps.

When I built these I decided to leave out the heads and just go with an empty cowl look.  I think these look really creepy without the heads and it fits more with the grim reaper style.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Lord Executioner

Today's Nighthaunt model is the Lord Executioner.  This is probably my least favorite model from the Soul Wars set.  I think it is the gallows - just a bit much.  The alternate model they recently released is much better.  I have never used this in a game so I am not sure of its game value.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Soul Torment

Today's installment of my Nighthaunt project is the Soul Torment.  This is one of my least favorite of the new models as far as the style is concerned.  I can't really tell you why.  In game terms, however, I think this is a must have unit for your Nighthaunts.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Guardian of Souls

The next installment of my Nighthaunt army.  This is the Guardian of Souls from the new Soul Wars box.  Another really cool model and very useful in the game terms.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Stead

The first of my Nighthaunt army is complete.  I started this project when the Soul Wars set was released.  This is the Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Stead.  It is an absolutely amazing model.  It is one of the beast I have ever seen and brilliant in its design.

I have already used it in a couple of games and I find it indispensable. Stay tuned for more of this army.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Balewind Vortex

I painted up my first Endless Spell for Age of Sigmar.  This is the Balewind Vortex.  It is kind of a cool spell that granted bonuses to the wizard for casting additional spells and increasing the range of the spells.  The model has been around for a few years but it used to be part of a box set with another model.  It is now available individually.  It is only 4 parts with no sprue.  This tells me GW is still manufacturing them with the old tooling and are manually packing these in  boxes after removing the parts from the sprue.  It is kind of strange and makes me wonder why they do this with other kits.  I think I can also find a use for this for Frostgrave too.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Stormcast Eternals - Thunderstrike Brotherhood

Last month, when the new Age of Sigmar Soul Wars was announced, I decided that now was the time to get off the fence with getting into AoS.  I really wanted the new Nighthaunt army but I also needed a good alternate opponent army.  Since both the old and new box sets include Stormcast Eternals, and since this seems to be the baseline army for AoS, I decided to go with them.

The contents of the first edition box plus one extra model.  This is the Thunderstrike Brotherhood.  This force is now available as a start collecting set.

I knew that the new Nighthaunts would really pull me in so I decided that I would have to work on the Stormcast first or they would likely not happen.  I was extremely luck and was able to buy a first edition starter set on clearance for a really nice price.

Lord Celestant on Dracoth.  This model can also be Vandus Hammerhand and in fact that is what it is called when you buy it on its own.  No matter how you play him this guy is a blast in the game.

The first task, obviously, would be assembling all the models from the set.  I went ahead and build the Khorne army as well.  I can see now why Games Workshop is stressing the easy build features of the new set.  These guys were kind of a pain in the ass to build.

Lord Relictor.  Early in the game call down lightning on your enemies and later in the game use his healing powers to bolster your force.  This guy is only available in the old starter set or the new start collecting box.

I was really amazed at the fine details of the models as well as how delicate some of the parts are.  I have mostly worked on GW sci-fi stuff and those models are beefier for the most part.  Many of these feel like they could break just touching them but it turns out that they are fairly durable.

Prosecutors.  These guys are fast and have a long reach.  They represent your ranged attack unit as well as your fast strikers.  Use them wisely.

Once assembled I had to work out the color scheme.  I cannot tell you how much I detest the gold dominant scheme that GW uses for these. In fact, that scheme was bad enough to really make me question doing the army at all. 

Retributors.  These guys are NOT space marine terminators.  Nope.  Don't let the elite and powerful nature of these guys to confuse you.  Afterall, they have Lightning Hammers, not Thunder Hammers.

I decided to go with a scheme that had the armor looking more like traditional armor.  I wanted to go with cool colors and stay away from primary colors as the focus.  I used P3 Trollblood base for the shields and the primary army color.  I selected Vallejo Game Color Hexed Lichen as the accent color.  Once I got going on the painting my daughter pointed out I had selected the classic Arizona Diamondbacks team colors...hmm.

Liberators.  This is the core of your force.

With the right color scheme select the painting actually moved pretty fast.  These are really nice models to paint.  They are big with just the right details to make stunning finished models.  The colors are the key for these models.  I actually fell in love with this army as I was painting.

I need to get a box of Liberators so I can build a few other weapon options.  These are pretty flexible troops.

While I was working on the painting I was able to get in a few games to learn the rules.  Two of those game were with this army.  I really had fun with those games and I am glad I decided to give this army a chance.  I also played one game with the Khorne force from the starter set and it too was good fun to play.

Knight Questor.  This model is from my Warhammer Quest Silver Tower set.  GW has thoughtfully provided AoS stats so you can use him in standard AoS games.  I mostly painted him for quest.

I think I am really hooked on Age of Sigmar now.  In June I had nothing for this game but a lot of curiosity.  By the end of July I have a painted army and two more in the works.  My shopping list for this game is really getting out of hand but I am excited about this game.