Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sylvaneth!

Since the moment I saw Sylvaneth "Start Collecting" box for the first time, I knew that, at some point, I am going to buy it. The miniatures look fantastic and I could use them both in Regiments of Renown and Warbands games (tohether with old Wood Elf rules, yay!). I also wanted to change things a bit, since I mostly collect various Chaos models and wanted something completely different. However, I was also interested in trying out Age of Sigmar and this looked like a perfect place to start. 

Since Age of Sigmar came out, there was a lot of discussion online and offline about the game and the new rules. At first, I was very sad because Old World was destroyed and could not picture myself playing the new game. However, as the time passed, my opinion gradually changed: GW kept publishing interesting stuff and new models looked better and better. Also, I liked the whole idea of "play what you want" and the lack of points (because I am more casual than tournament player), despite the fact that almost everyone I knew hated it or considered it a strange way to play. When "General's handbook" was published, not only that points were assigned to the models, but many interesting scenarios and game modes were described in the book. Lot of these scenarios and rules could be used in formats that my friends and I were playing (Regiments of Renown and Warbands) and I already have many ideas for abilities and magical items. However, I also decided to give AoS a try and buy some more models, so I can make several small forces for different factions. Expect to see some battle reports soon!




Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ruin

I started playing Warmachine/Hordes in 2008. My first army was Skorne (back in MK1, when they had no way to deal with forests :D), then started collecting Trollbloods as well. Later I sold Skorne and started Everblight. However, I also liked the look of the Khador models and actually started collecting them at some point, but ultimately decided that 3 armies was too much. So, I stuck with Trolls and Legion (Trolls become my favourite faction), for several years, until I finally decided to sell my Legion and collect a small WM army. This way, I can have one army for each system (Trollbloods being my primary faction). Of course, I went with Khador. I wanted to keep the army faily small and focus on the specific list of models in the same time. Winter guard, Ulahns or Pikemen were not really my cup of tea - I wanted big, fat infantry and warjacks, as well as warcaster that cann support that style of play. Man-O-War models were exactly what I was looking for (and I really liked how they looked). As for warcasters, I started with Butcher 1 and 3, but I will definitely add either Vlad or Irusk in the future. The lists I made were not particularly competitive, but I really enjoyed playing tem (and I liked the look of the models). One of the thigs I like about Khador are their warjacks - and my favourite Khaodr warjack is Ruin. Here are the pictures of this big, mean, killing machine (I bought the model long ago, but finished the paintjob only recently):






 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mountain King

Besides Warhammer, I am also playing other miniature games - Warmachine and Infinity. I have two Warmachine armies: Trollbloods and Khador. I think that Trollbloods are probably the best looking army that Privateer Press has ever created. One of the coolest models in my collection is the Mountain King - one of the two Trollblood gargantuans. I had lots of fun painting this model, so here you can see how this big bad guy turned out:







Sunday, September 4, 2016

White Dwarf & Putrid Blightkings

This week I'm visiting my company's offices in London. Since I had some free time, I decided to find some stores that sell miniatures. Since I have never visited any official GW store, I decided to visit Warhammer Tottenham Court Road. The store itself is great and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. I bought the new White Dwarf (with the free Slaughterpriest mini, yay!) and a box of Putrid Blightkings.



The new White Dwarf is pretty good. This issue reminds me (a lot) of the issues that I read during the late 90s - the same issues that made me fall in love with Warhammer and miniature wargaming in general. I really like "The Tale of Four Warlords" and the battle report (and there's a lot of other  interesting articles in this issue).

I was looking for Putrid Blightkings for some time - I think they are going to be great in our Regiments of Renown or Warbands games (and they can be used for Mordheim as well). And of course, the minis are fantastic and they are going to be very fun to paint. I have some ideas for a Regiment involving some Beastmen and one Blightking - can't wait to assemble the models and start playing.

However, the real gem was "The End Times: Glottkin" book I stumbled upon by pure luck. It was on offer in Dark Sphere store for 15 GBP and I bought it immediately. I was looking for these books for some time, because I want to collect the End Times storyline (and the artwork is great as well). I also like the  Legions of Chaos rules presented in the book - there are some really cool ideas I might try to add to our RoR rules, or make a few RoR scenarios based on events described in these books. 



Sunday, August 28, 2016

Old GW brochures and a bit of history

Recently, I found some old GW brochures from the 90s - they were placed in one of the binders together with some of my old illustrations. I was happy to find out that they were still in decent condition, because these brochures introduced me to the Warhammer and miniature games in general. At that time (second half of 90s) it was very hard to find GW stuff in Serbia (Yugoslavia back then). The country was recovering from war (conflict in Bosnia has just ended), economic sanctions and catastrophic inflation. There was only a handful of people who knew anything about Warhammer. I stumbled upon some of them by pure chance - they were also attending classes in the comic book workshop in Belgrade. However, it was not until I got these brochures that I realized how huge Warhammer  hobby can really be.

The first one I got from a friend that visited his relatives in Norway, the second one from a friend who spent summer with his relatives in Canada. I have no idea how I got the third one, so it's probably going to remain a mystery. It's also badly damaged - it misses the first page.




I spent countless hours just looking at these brochures. Unfortunately, that was all I could do, because in post-crisis economy, miniatures were considered a luxury. My parents gave me a bit of money to buy a handful of minis - it wasn't enough for starting an army and each mini was from a different faction, but it was enough to start a new hobby (and spark my love for Warhammer and Warhammer 40K lore in general). One thing I clearly remember regarding these brochures is that I especially liked the picture where two guys were playing a game on a gaming table - because I imagined doing the same with my friends. Eventually, I was able to do the same - just many years later, after I finished the college and found the job that allowed me to build my miniatures collection.

Here are some more pictures from these brochures:






Saturday, August 20, 2016

New models: Archaon

I was wondering which model should I use to represent Chaos Knight in Regiments of Renown games. Of course, regular Chaos Knights were my first choice, simply because they look great and they can be customized. I was also considering Varanguard, but I didn't want to pay the for the unit box in order to get just one model (and I was unable to find anyone willing to part with his Varanguard bitz). Then I remebered Archaon, Lord of The End Times model and realized it could be a perfect fit for my Chaos Warriors Regiment. I got the model for a good price - it was missing a base, but I used one of the spare Warmachine bases I had (since bases are not so important in RoR games). The model itself looks amazing and I cannot wait to paint it - and since this format focuses on individual models, I think it's going to look very cool as a leader of small band of Warriors.  However, there are still some gaps between the parts after assembling, so there's a bit of work left to do before I start painting.




Sunday, August 14, 2016

Regiments of Renown: Chaos Warriors

Few weeks ago, I started painting models for my Chaos Warriors Regiment of Renown. Since RoR format focuses on individual models/characters (and since I love Chaos Warriors), I wanted to use some really cool models to represent the members of the Regiment. I ended up using Chosen and Exalted Hero models and I am very satisfied with the final result. Of course, Chosen are going to be used as regular Chaos Warriors, but that's fine. My playng group prefers having great looking models and we do not blindly stick to WYSIWYG all the time (which means we always make reasonable exceptions). So far, I painted 4 members (out of seven), so there are three more to go. Here are currently finished members in all their glory:





Sunday, August 7, 2016

New Beastmen models!

Recently I traded one of my Warmachine minis for some old(er) Warhammer models. I wanted to get some additional Beastmen models that I could use in Regiments of Renown or Mordheim games. I am very happy because I managed to get some Centigors, that I converted a bit, using parts from Beastmen platic kit. These guys are going to be very fun to paint (and play)! I also got one of the Beastmen warriors that was part of Tuskgor Chariot crew - I replaced his right hand, because I did not like the original one. He is a great looking model, and he's going to be either the leader of the regiment, or one of the Veterans. The trade also included several old Bestigor models (one of them is pictured below), as well as the old metal Bray-Shaman model (not shown on pictures).  



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Chaos Hellbrute

Besides playing Regiments of Renown, I also play a bit of Warhammer 40K. Since I love all things Chaos, Khorne Daemonkin was my army of choice. I assembled small 500 point force and I plan to buy some more models in the future, to add a bit more variety to my lists. One of the first models that I painted for my Khorne Daemonkin army was Hellbrute (the one from Dark Vengeance set) - I know that many people do not consider him very powerful, but I simply love the model (and I bought most of my minis based on how they look, anyway :D).  Here are some pictures of this bad boy - the only thing that needs to be done is the base:


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Paper terrain

Since my friends and I recently came back to Warhammer (or, to be more precise, to Regiments of Renown and Mordheim), we realized that we have problem with our available terrain pieces. We had lots of forests, hills, walls, hedges, even some cool towers... but no buildings.

We immediately decided that we do not want to buy models of buildings - the time that we can dedicate to our hobbies is already limited and we really did not want to assemble and paint buildings. On top of that, it was an expensive option. For the same reason (the cost), we decided not to order custom-made terrain (but we may actually order some specific terrain pieces in the future). So, we started exploring cheap(er) alternatives - and one of them was paper terrain.

The solution that worked for us perfectly were Dave Graffam's paper models (http://davesgames.net/). This is probably one of the best (and cheapest!) ways to get cool looking buildings for your gaming table. Not only that you can find many different buildings in the web store, but some of them also come with multiple skins - so you can print the same building in several variations! I bought a few of them and was really impressed with the results. Buildings were printed on 300gsm paper and look great on the table.

The picture below show the first two buildings I have assembled - I managed to finish them both in about hour and a half, which is also great (but I could be a bit more patient, because I messed up some details on the smaller building... Argh!). 


We should use these buildings in our next game, so expect a full battle report, together with pictures!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Skulltaker

Last weekend, I have finished painting my Skulltaker. I am planning on using it as a leader for my Daemons of Chaos Regiment, but I also have a small 500-point Khorne Daemonkin army where he can be used as well. I wanted to finish the model quickly - and not obsess over the details as much as I usually do. In the same time, I wanted to achieve the similar quality of the paintjob as with my other minis (or something close). So, here's the final result:



And here's Skulltaker on my shelf, hanging out with some Bloodletters:


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New models - Beastmen

Yesterday, my Beastmen unit arrived, so I will be adding some Gors to my Hordes of Chaos Regiment. I started assembling them - basically, what I am aiming for is the combination of shields and hand weapons for everyone (and some cool poses, of course). I assembled only two last night, but the rest will be finished by the end of the week. 


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