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Quickly, take him down!

The Sports bonus round was something I initially planned to skip, as it wouldn't fit in my Lord of the Rings theme.But then I remembred that hilarious // cringeworthy moment from the Two Towers movie.When the Uruk Hai prepare to blow up the Deeping Wall, the lines open and under loud cheering a berserker with torch runs up.  In a style like the Olympic Torchbearer (is there a bigger symbolism of sport?) he runs into the powder and explodes the wall.So to that end, I indeed painted up the figures for just this moment: the berserker and some Uruk Hai cheering him on his way as he breaks ranks...So for this bonus round entry, I finished as such 15 infantry models, good for 75 points to the total...

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Imperial Knights - House Corvus Twins in manufactorum pt9. 'brass, brassy, bronze, brass'

And back to my old 'friend' the metallics. I must confess there was a very particular emotion I can't quite describe when I was at this stage. My brassy bronze approach has always been challenging since the first time I did it on my drop pod.It's a result I love but can be a real slog to do despite it just stippling on metallic paints. There's no finesse [look at that big blob of gold on that side vent] but it still takes a while and the paint ends up thick and gloopy and I fear for the brushes, even the knackered ones I use to achieve all the texture.I did sponge it on in places too which I think helps. Once again it's Warplock Bronze, Balthasar Gold, Retributor Armour, Valejo 'gold and gunmetal' mix.But it's all going to be washed and weathered too so it doesn't need to be perfect.Now these pics might be earlier than the above ones just after the Retributor Armour coat or post wash, not sure but you can see how rough I've been. Too much faffing to fix it so bear with...More close-ups of the sponging.More of

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Build me an army worthy of Mordor

The newest entry for this years challenge, in which I'm trying to paint up enough forces to corrupt both the girlfriend and the Nemesis to take the field in games of Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game gaming.Which is more my goal and focus this year.To that end, I will be needing painted forces for both sides, and this is a good excuse to paint a bit of everything along the range from Games Workshop.For this entry, I went for the forces of Mordor, and their basic troops as such as a result.  The lowly orc is a poor combatant, but he comes with a lot of his friends to the field.The entry consists of 15 basic Mordor orcs, armed with a variety of bows, spears and hand weapons.Supporting them is an old metal Mordor Troll, a fearsome foe in the game, as well as a big, heavy dreadnought sized model,bound to give the heroes of good a rough day as it sweeps through the lines.All overseen, or driven forth if you might say, by two of the Nine...So that makes this entry 16 infantry models of 28mm infantry strong, th

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Minas Tirith vs Mordor: MESBG Battle Companies report

So after my defeat at the hands of the White City in yesterday's report, we switched sides and now Noshi would lead the forces of the Eye, while I would try and fend off darkness.The scenario we rolled was Plunder the Camp, so we moved the terrain around a bit to have the clearing in the center.Now, this is quite a special scenario, as the defender (in this case the Orcs) could all flee off the board when broken, yet still win the scenario as the attacker hadn't lighted enough fires.  Because the end of the game is random, and you will hope for those extra turns and trying to put the stashes on fire.The orcs deployed in their camp with the 5 objective counters, as the Minas Tirith men set up at least 6" away from their camp edge.  Shooting was heavily reduced in range due to it being played at night, yet if you hit, you would hit harder.The Gondorians slowly advanced, while the orcs rearranged their battle lines to try and keep the good guys out of their camp.  A pot shot took down an orc arche

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Battle Report – Hero Quest – ‘Barak-Tor: Barrow of the Witch Lord’

  The Star of the West must be secured from the ancient Tomb of the Witch Lord in order for the King to rally the lands against Zargon. The Dungeoneers are set to the task of retrieving it at all cost!

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Mordor vs Minas Tirith: MESBG Battle Companies report

Past friday at the club, me and Noshi decided to play Battle Companies again, and duke it out over the lands of Middle Earth.I had made two warbands of sworn enemies, so the opponents would be Minas Tirith for Noshi, and Mordor for me.We set up a table making use of the excellent club Fantasy terrain, which Jo build for actually Frostgrave, and settled on the scenario: Hold the Line.  The numbers of the Orcs would be required to try and hold back the plate armour of Gondor as they race to the other side of the table.The Orcs deployed in the centre, and as I had priority, the lines swooped open to cover any possible arrivals of Minas Tirith soldiers along the length of the table edge.And forward they came, moving slowly on the board.  The forces of Mordor where required to split off, never a good idea per se, to try and stop all but one Gondorian from ever reaching the other side.My archers jumped down from their vantage point, but one didn't make the best of landings...The Minas Tirith warriors star

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Let’s Play! – Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Skirmish (2nd Edition)

The latest edition of the Age of Sigmar Skirmish has released in the pages of the January 2019 White Dwarf! Penned by Warhammer World veteran John Bracken (you might remember him from the Gargant mini-game for Shadespire) the core rules let you play Open, Narrative and Matched Play games with ANY models in your collection. Pick a Grand Alliance and go! These rules will be particularly useful for fans of AoS 28 (Dark Age of Sigmar) as they will let you seamlessly use Warscrolls of any type together in a Grand Alliance.

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Warbringer Titan 'The Crucible of Terra'

Late this past summer GW reissued 'Adeptus Titanicus', a game which caused a bit of a stir for some geeks of a certain vintage. The new ruleset is great homage to the 1988 version - easy to learn, fun to play and very evocative of the Horus Heresy/Titanicus backstory. Perhaps the biggest drawback to the game's launch was the high cost of the models (actually, still very much a problem) and the weird way GW decided to release the various 'classes' of titans. The initial uber boxed set included only the largest, the Warlord, and the smallest unit, the Knights. This  in turn made it virtually impossible for players to fully appreciate the tactical nuances of the game as the hulking Warlords usually just stood in place, trading long range fire while the Knights usually got plastered somewhere in the middle of the table. It took a few months for GW to get its act together and release both the medium Reaver and the scouting Warhounds, but in the midst of that gap many of us Titanicus nerds were looki

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Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game Battle Companies

Perhaps the best discovery in recent times to play games with, as even Noshi picked up an intrest.Battle Companies is the skirmish ruleset for games set in the world of Tolkien, and it has a minimal entry level to be able to be played.Note: You WILL need the basic Rulebook (which frankly can be of any edition, as there are no edition specific additional rules in this one) and the Army books for the stats and gear (which actually can be of any edition as well, as long as you agree with your opponent). Every player selects a warband (with a few additional ones having appeared in White Dwarf, about every faction has been covered), whom usually range between 4 to 10 figures each.This small force can grow and get more experience (or suffer casualties!) through the various scenarios you play.  Basically, Mordheim in Middle Earth... which is a good thing.Now, the nature of the MESBG rules make these little skirmishes games that last about an hour, but require some serious thinking.  Unlike the other GW sys

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Red Scoprions reinforcements!

I seem to have found a way of blitzing space marines in a way that, to me, is easy and quick. The greys on all of these were done in one 2 hour session with one of the large terrain drybrushes that GW sells. Turns out you can get some great control with one of those and churn out some nice looking armour. Next time I have to paint some Marines, which should be in a few weeks time when the next batch of Conquest arrives, I'll try and remember to do some stage by stage photos.Some transfers have arrived for the shoulder pads, but I need to test them out as reports are not good. Apparently they are thick and don't take well to the curvature of the pads. I didn't fancy ruining these guys just in time to submit them for the AHPC. Starting the ball rolling in this set of reinforcements we have a Primaris captain in Gravis armour from the starter set. Another should be along at some point, so I can play around with poses and equipment later. One day I should have a read of the actual army lists to find out what

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Additional Cult reinforcements

I recently managed to get some of my Necromunda gang finished and submitted, under the guise of the Recon theme round.Thanks to my current batch of territory, if I get to take all of my gang... or get really lucky with random draws, this is what my opponents can expect to get dropped into their backfield turn one.. with me going first ;)I'm really looking forward to some of the new cult models and finding ways to sneak them into Necromunda. The new magus is especially nice

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Imperial Knights - House Corvus Twins in manufactorum pt8. 'primed & grimed'

It's time to prime and I did this in less than optimal conditions, because it was cold I did it in the garage... when the tumble drier was running and it is not a condensing drier!!!So, if you zoom in you can see areas of grey, particularly in the recesses where the primer just didn't stick. Now I'd be pretty miffed but there are going to be so many washes and texture layers, gloss varnish bases for decals and weathering those unprimed elements should be no bother.But you can see even the extra spray of black on the edges of the shoulder pads didn't cover up those bits - that'll learn me. Next year I should just build over the winter, maybe I should make it a hobby goal...?Vermilion craft acrylic for my texture - one thick coat!I sponged it on for extra texture, I could have done to do a second pass for even more but too late now. Ready for Warplock Bronze...But before all of that some weathering on the base. I desperately wanted yellow pipework but much more weathered and rusty than my Genestealer Cult Senti

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