Posts Tagged ‘Hordes’

HORDES Minions Alten Ashley…

Posted on August 28th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Alten Ashley is a fun little solo I usually run with my chosen anti-Hordes list at the time. I really like the model as it has a lot of character with the slow advancing while smoking a fat cigar pose. … Continue reading

Privateer Press September Releases

Posted on August 28th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Warmachine: Khador: Iron Fang Uhlans: Cavalry Unit (5) $99.99 S   Serving as the forward fighting arm of an Iron Fang contingent, Iron Fang Uhlans are often the first to ride into the enemy. These mounted Iron Fangs fluidly ride together and meld classical horselord cavalry tactics with the shoulder-to-shoulder fighting formations customary of Iron […]

WARMACHINE & HORDES Free Rules & Massive Errata…

Posted on August 20th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

It was bound to happen and it finally did. That’s right boys and girls, they finally released the core rulebooks for the awesome price of FREE99! DOWNLOAD Warmachine Prime MKII Rulebook DOWNLOAD Hordes Primal MKII Rulebook They have also just … Continue reading

Tyrant Zaadesh Conversion Commission

Posted on July 28th, 2015 under . Posted by

Here’s another conversion commission, this time it’s Skorne Tyrant Zaadesh. The client wanted the model posed like this image from Privateer Press:  The model’s original position lent itself to the pose, but only if it was mirrored. The cli…

WARMACHINE Khador Andrei Malakov…

Posted on July 15th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

This was the Warmachine Tactics Kickstarter exclusive sculpt. I really dig the pose and prefer it over the official release. This also marked a point where they started to offer different sculpting styles in which some of the models aren’t … Continue reading

Privateer Press July Releases – it’s like Christmas!

Posted on June 24th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Warmachine: The Protectorate of Menoth: Anson Durst, Rock of the Faith: Paladin Warcaster $24.99   Anson Durst is the rock on which the enemies of the Protectorate break, a bulwark to the faithful who weathers tides of violence to keep blameless Menites safe. He earned his epithet fighting alongside the theocracy’s defenders to repel wave […]

Lock & Load: Outpost Germany

Posted on June 11th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Last weekend the first Lock & Load event in Germany was hosted in Frankfurt. For me as Warmachine/Hordes noob this event was clearly positioned in another world. Both in costs and players level :) Nonetheless I followed the discussion on the german Warmachine/Hordes forum and it really sounded as if the German distributor and the especially the organisers put in a lot of heart-blood to make the first of its kind a big bang and show that it pays out to do something like this in Germany :)
If you are interested in the games, they made a playlist of the main games which they also streamed on Twitch:

To give you a little impression of the event, Dominic from Phantasos Studio made a short video:

And on the German Brückenkopf Online, you can also find an article with some impressions of the event.

The only thing I am a little bit sad about is that you couldn’t get the limited stuff on the shop from Privateer Press because as soon as they went online, the shop went down for 2 hours or so. Seems like too many people wanted to have this insane plush shredder:

As said, this is only collecting various stuff I found concerning the event, but I thought that maybe some of you missed it and are interested.

So long,

Month 1 Summary: Prologue: the Gathering Storm

Posted on June 3rd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hi all,

this is my virgin post on ABO. Decided to start easy and share the fluff piece that I wrote up for the month 1 presentation.

Boss Nob: Badrux
Boyz: 18 shoota boyz including Noir, the Scout
Runtherd with 10 Grots (include Skarz, the lucky grot)
252 points

 Prologue:  The Gathering Storm
Amid the ruin of an old hive city on planet Shechem, Boss Nob Badrux sat amid his group of boyz where they were squabbling over their recent battle bounty from their skirmish with a group of strange ‘elf-dar’, led by one called the ‘Weeping Willow’.
As Badrux thought back, it was a strange battle with the strange pixelated elfdar darting through the doors and popping up amidst his boyz. Definitely very sneaky. 
There was a roar of delight among his camp, as one of his grots, Skarz, was waving his lucky grot blasta, and telling those around him who would listen (mostly his own fellow grots), how he killed the ‘Weeping Willow.’
Badrux knew the truth however, as even as the battle ended, he spotted the ‘weeping willow’ pick himself off the ground and dart back through the portal with his fellow troupe. 
Skarz – the lucky grot’ – claimed kills 3 ,  ‘weeping willow’, ‘dancing elfdar jet bike’, ‘Sgt Manny of the Blood Engles’

Whether did Skarz really did kill the ‘weeping willow’ and other characters, no one knows for sure, he’s claiming the kill anyway and letting everyone know he did!


Noir – Ork boy’ Scout/ infiltrator?

Noir was a regular ork boy except that his armour got stained by an exploding oil squig and somehow the colour never changed back. This distinctive colour difference, means he ends up being ‘volunteered’ for the scout and infiltrate missions, including the over night stay at “Titanz Gauntz’.

*Post Month 1 note: The Blood Axe klan warbosses have taken note of Noir’s actions and might have a role for him in their kunning yet brutal Kommando squad!

*image credit to Melvinus: regent of ‘Titan Gauntz’, otherwise known as ‘TG’


‘Wotz dey after?’ he wondered and more importantly he wished that they would ‘bring bigger gunz next time!’

His attention changed as overhead in the night sky, high above the planet, a whirlpool vortex of light appeared, signalling a ship emerging from the warp. A space hulk full of goodies (and baddies!) on board!
Almost immediately a messenger grot ran up to Badrux telling him his liege, the warboss wants to gather all the boss nobs for mission to loot the space hulk!

Hordes online charity raffle 2015 #WAAC

Posted on May 27th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

The raffle is live for a chance to win a fully painted Legion of Everblight army! Info is below, please use the link to go see shiny pictures of the army and please spread the word Tickets are 1 for £2 or 3 for £5 payable by PayPal to releasetheminions(at) Note – please include an […]

Warmachine/Hordes: Batrep Nr.3 – Legion vs. Khador

Posted on May 26th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

New day, new game, new opportunities. After my lucky win in the Claws & Fangs game the day before, we decided to play a bigger game this time. Since I only had the contents of the 2-Player-Box and a Spawning Vessel, we decided to play a ~25 po…

Nephilim protector

Posted on May 18th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Do like a light beast with an abundance of armour don’t you?

Scatter Terrain Review

Posted on May 14th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

The lovely guys at SGS have recently released some scatter terrain that has a nod towards the amount of terrain expected for a Guild Ball game BUT also will work nicely with any of the skirmish level games (Malifaux/Warmachine etc.). But first a little background to the Nick and SGS. Starting as a seller of […]

Painting Nyss with the magnificent Shoshie!

Posted on May 11th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

An example of Shoshie’s commission work! This week I am pleased to present a tutorial by a special guest; Shoshie from Shoshie’s Magnificent Minaiture Painting service. She is a really great commission painter that I met at GenCon and wh…

Hordes Minions Gatormen Jaga-Jaga Warlock…

Posted on May 5th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello all! It’s been some time since I’ve done any work on my Gatormen, but alas I was fully painted with no new models I wanted until I saw Jaga-Jaga. She is definitely one of my favorite models from the … Continue reading

Nephlilm bolt thrower

Posted on April 20th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Quick picture of the bolt thrower as mobile artillery is just better..  

Trollbloods know how to Rok…TO THE EXTREME!

Posted on April 20th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Might as well start with an EXTREME pic! And yes, I do need to yell when I refer to how EXTREME this model is…So yeah.. EXTREME Rok. Since I already bought the extreme mauler just to get the base for my MEGA Mulg, I found myself with this great …

May Releases for Warmachine and Hoardes

Posted on April 14th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Warmachine: Cryx: All-in-One Army Box $129.99   The quickest and easiest way to storm the battlefields of Warmachine!   A perfect entry point for new players and an amazing value for seasoned vets looking to start a new faction, this All-in-One Army Box contains everything you need to quickly field a complete and competitive army […]

Introducing Frank & Stein – my Dire Troll Bomber Team!

Posted on April 13th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

This started out as 40% inspiration and 60% joke but in my mind has ended up 100% awesome!!!!! (ok 96% awesome and 4% still a joke – makes me smile like crazy!)hehehe the hands are SO MUCH BIGGER than this… but dang this looks cool!Once upon a time I…

Lock & Load Registration is Open

Posted on April 13th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Lock & Load 2015 Event registration is now open. To plan your days out, check out the full event descriptions on the Lock & Load website. You can’t register without a badge, so buy yours today!   Don’t miss Lock & Load GameFest 2015, held June 5-7. It’s the ultimate Privateer Press gaming experience!

Warmachine/Hordes: Batrep Nr.2 – Legion vs. Khador

Posted on April 9th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Since my Legion of Everblight 2-Player-Box arrived some time ago, Numbdice and Me met for a gaming session and sent our wives on a party :) After scanning through the rulebook and all my stuff, we decided to start with a Mangled Metal match so that I c…

Play it Painted 1: Cygnar in a week

Posted on April 8th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So as many of my readers know, I supervise a games club for local kids with board games (like Zombies Keep Out!), card games (like BANG! – ONE OF THE BEST GAMES I HAVE EVER PLAYED!) and miniature based games (like Super Dungeon Explore and DUST:Tactics)  and regular leagues for my favorite miniature game(s) Warmachine/Hordes aka “WARMAHORDES!”

Speed painted Menoth

I find that it is the miniatures games that bring in the most kids and the most attention. Seeing cool tables full of beautiful scenery and cool armies really appeals. I collect starter forces wherever I can get a good deal and have used my promotional support from Privateer Press’ Press Ganger program to ensure that all kids interested can get a start in this game/community regardless of financial standing or ability to collect their own forces. That being said, many of the students have indeed, purchased their own models to supplement the ones that I have so that they can tool up the club forces and/or build their own preferred forces over time! It has been pretty awesome to see the growth and interest in this hobby through the eyes of these kids.  One now has a Cephalyx army in progress, another Cryx, 2 student owned khador forces, 1 menoth, 1 legion and one circle are all now in the works!
As they paint up their models I will be featuring many of them here on the site for all to see.

Ditto for Khador – Impressive big Jacks but I think we can do even better…

The trick/problem on my end is that in gathering up enough starter armies for everyone to play it becomes extremely difficult to ensure that everyone has some nicely painted stuff to feel proud to play and to develop a connection to in those first days of trying things out. I have the Khador and Menoth starter box models all painted up (Pictures/articles about doing them HERE, HERE, and HERE ) but now I am looking to find ways to get plently of my other faction forces together and looking good to fuel young imaginations. So I have decided to start “speed painting” a variety of forces that I have – using all the coolest tricks and shortcuts that I have learned over a lifetime of figure painting. The goal is to crate models that, while they wont win me any awards, will look as good or better than the majority of armies seen on gaming tables (remember we are looking to inspire!) and can be done FAST!

My weapons of choice for this project….

Up first are the boys (and girls) in Blue – Cygnar, bastions of humanity, technology, tolerance and civilization in the Iron Kingdoms. While this may be overstating it a little, Cygnar are generally cast in the hero/good guy role – as such I will be painting them in a clean and bright manner with minimal battle damage and a strong colour palette. Inspired by painters like Schnauzerface, I will be tackling these guys mostly with my airbrush followed by a few keen shortcuts to a good looking finish.

From a friend I got a good deal on a trade for some Cygnar, specifically a Morrowan force based around Constance Blaize and precursor knights:
1 Full Precursor unit, with UA
Charger light warjack
Lancer light warjack
Captain Jonas Murdoch (character UA)

Murdoch is the real star of this list as he allows Merc units to become full on Cygnar units.  This way, despite the narrow focus of the rest of the army, my students could try out a variety of different unit/playstyles in conjunction with this. They have almost exclusively decided that Ogrun Assault Corps is the unit of choice – giving necessary fire support while also being beefy enough to take a beating. That Murdoch gives them the assault special rule just makes them a beautiful place to park some list points and terrify opponents….. I hope to add an additional caster and unit (long rifles or stormblades perhaps) to this sometime during the coming year and I already have a firefly and hopefully a couple heavy jacks coming from a friend in the near future. I also have some Gun Mages in my merc. collection that help round out the options for the kids.

After cleaning the models up, I hit them with a chaos black primer from below followed by light Grey Primer from AMMO of Mig Jimenez  (This stuff goes on thin and beautiful) and finally a spray of VMC Foundation white across all upper surfaces to create basic highlights and shadows on the models.

After this I cracked open my Badger Freak Flex Tints (basically the same thing as the Ghost Tints that Schnauzerface and Mathieu Fontaine have been singing the praises of for some time now but in an older packaging line)  I used teal and blue to blend in some simple layers of a transparent colour over top of the preshaded primer coats.

The result is a great series of colour transitions that are rich enough to pop and which blend into my desired apex white colours in various areas. Look at these (admittedly crappy) phone pics to see what results are possible with this method and try to tell me that it isn’t pretty darn cool.

First colour passes – still a few more layers to go.

Here you can really see it starting to come together on the Charger

Weapons and skin were base coated with a brush, white was tidied up and a bright lime green colour was gently airbrushes on gems/arc nodes/glowy areas etc. for a little pop of colour

 Here is one with the shield attatched, skin tone was given a wash, weapon and armour each with one dry brush and washed with the same AMMO of Mig tracks wash that I washed the skin with.

Here is a small selection of the final washed and highlighted  pieces – completed over my lunch hour in less than 2 weeks (16 figures in about 7 lunches/probably 5 hours total including basing):

A great little force for the students to throw down with! I have also ordered the trencher master gunner solo to use with season two of the Riven Bonds campaign and I hope to expand it soon with another caster and a unit (preferably a shooting one – probably long gunners and/or black 13th for character!) If anyone out there has good suggestions please let me know :)

WARMACHINE Mercenaries First Mate Hawk…

Posted on April 6th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello out there! It’s been a too long since I have gotten to get into the groove of posting miniatures I’ve finished. Take my word for it though that I have painted a ton of minis. I have enough pics … Continue reading

Hordes: Reinforcements arrived

Posted on April 5th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Doppelpost today! Okay so I still have my big package flying around with lots of fancy stuff I want to use in the future for my Legion of Everblight force.In this picture you not only can see the All-in-One army box. But also the UAs (unit attachements…

MMM – Farewell T.P. and Melting the Ice

Posted on March 16th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

© The Smiling Grouch

Welcome back to another Monday Music and Musing episode! Before I really want to start my musing, I have to start (again) with some mourning: Last week one of my favored authors of fantasy (comedy) novels died: Terry Pratchett.


Many artists made drawings and paintings to honor the creator of the Discworld and writer of many many fantastic novels. The picture shown by me is from The Smiling Grouch. On the Tumblr page you can also find some other interesting pictures.

But now let’s continue with something not so sad: On the weekend I had the chance to play two Warmachine/Hordes matches with my Legion of Everblight against NumbDice’s Khador. First a Mangled Metal with only one battlegroup to learn the rules and then a 25pts scenario game with the complete content of the 2-players box. I don’t want to spoil too much because I will try to write down some short battle reports. But since I am still owing you some music:

Power of the Dragonflame by Rhapsody of Fire (formerly Rhapsody), an Italian metal band.

The games where lots of fun and really, really thrilling. I found it absolutely interesting how the game changes in scenario play. Can’t wait for my other stuff to arrive to build a more balanced list.

Have a good start into your week!

So long,

More All in One Army Boxes From Privateer Press

Posted on March 12th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Warmachine: Cygnar: All-in-One Army Box $129.99   The quickest and easiest way to storm the battlefields of Warmachine!   A perfect entry point for new players and an amazing value for seasoned vets looking to start a new faction, this All-in-One Army Box contains everything you need to quickly field a complete and competitive army […]