Wow, I was out of it last week.Found this on my phone gallery. Guess I was in and out of fever when they dropped this preview for May's minicrate. It's an alternate sculpt for the Ancestral Guardian in Skorne, only they gave it wings and a more...feminine figure.And here I thought I was done painting stone dudes for a bit. Guess not!Fire up the gold process!Clay golem paints!Sapphire gems!I guess I should post pictures of some of my paint progress...
Points Total: 658Models Total: 174Ah, the penultimate collection.I love the look of skorne's stone warriors and I love the concept of hoksune and the book featuring Makeda.Tortured elephant titans? Awesome.Why dont I ever play them?They're not trolls.But with their latest update, Makeda and the Exalted Court feels like she can play like Madrak2 used to, and I am still sorely tempted to try her out.Given unlimited skill I'd maybe figure out how to sculpt an entire custom troll army on 30mm bases to play as skorne.
Round 1 of the ATC and we drew Magic Mike and the Freaky Four or Five or however many other players were on the team. I don't generally pay attention to the pairing process as I'm off to the side, getting in my game mode, so I don't know if I got drawn into Kirk Dalton, or if Chad selected Skorne for me.I think I went first, doing my typical thing. There was a lot of LOS blocking on his side, but he picked the side with the fire cloud to try to keep my Fire Eaters a bit more limited. However, he probably should have just given it to me as he needed more LOS to get his two Supreme Guardians into the game.He had two full units of Immortals to maneuver around all that terrain on his side of the table. Forests and Rubble, and an annoying Fire Cloud. Sure they can go incorporeal a the cost of a soul, but that's a limited resource that maybe he wants on supplying his two anchoring battle engines instead of his Extoller Advocates.Kolgrima feats early enough to lock down movement and shooting of the Supreme Guardian.
Doug Hamilton is Privateer Press's 3d Sculptor, and he's responsible for a lot of my favorite sculpts. The Legion of Everblight, for example, has Zuriel, a dragonblighted Seraphim armed with two swords looking like he's landing in the midst of combat.Well in the picture above, he's used the 3d files for Zaal the Ancestral Advocate to craft his own custom version of the Skorne Warlock. In the background, Zaal dies and has his soul embedded in a stone sculpture known as Ancestrals. The Skorne believe that nothing exists after death, that there is just an emptiness called the Void, and so they embed warrior souls into stone sculptures that animate like Golems.I like his paint scheme a lot, as the official paint scheme tends to emphasize an obsidian look, but I really like the clay warrior vibe and have used it myself for my own army (to a much lesser effect), so perhaps I was primed to appreciate Doug's custom build.In customizing the Ancestral Advocate, Doug took the 3d files and re-built the head as an homage
I have to keep my hands busy. So many jokes there, and they're likely all true, but the fact of the matter is that I love this hobby because it constantly has something for me to do. In this case it's building model kits.I'd been putting off building model kits lately because I'd been busy and had covered my desk in other projects. Last night I took everything off my desk and made new neater piles around it on the floor, and gave myself space to tackle the kits that had been building up for the past three months. What changed the past three months you ask? Oh, a little thing called work. Seeing as I'm a teacher, that means my desk wasn't littered with kits to assemble, but papers to grade or lessons to plan. It's not unusual for me to replace the current stack of documents on my desk with a newer stack of documents at any given moment, and I got so behind that I literally buried the kits in progress with essays, quizzes, and notes.So what did I do the night before a tournament? Cleared stuff up and made
Round 3 of the Last Chance Qualifier had me in a good spot. 2-0 and I hadn't had to play against anyone I already play against regularly. But then I drew Kevin Chang.The last time we played was at Lock n' Load. We were sitting pretty in round 4 at 2-1, and I stole a win on Ossrum with Grim Angus while the speedpaint was going on and blaring in the speaker right beside our ears.Kevin wanted payback.Also for the speakers.This time, however, Kevin brought new Skorne. I guess he was a Skorne player previously, so now he was simply returning to his roots. He brought the new stuff that came out this recent CID, and especially the pairing I'd been dreading to face: the Supreme Guardian recursion monster paired with Skorne Style shootout.He knew he had me in a trap, too. Madrak1 is my anti-recursion list and Kolgrima gets to play against most anything else. And even when Madrak1 can weather some shooting he can't outlast an all out assault from certain shooting lists. And if I play Kolgrima and he decides to pl
Whenever I meet someone from Tulsa, they always make sure to tell me that they're friends with Clifton Cline, which immediately spells some trouble for me. The last time we played a game, Clifton and I, was back at the Adepticon before the transition into mk3, and Clif taught me just how terrible the Hunter's Grim's spell Mortality was for Trolls.Them knowing Clif means they're usually prepared for whatever I bring, or at least they've had some gameplay against a wide range of Trolls.On top of that, David was playing Skorne, a faction I hardly get to see. I've made half hearted attempts to unearth the models needed to play them and go through the motions of running through a deployment and identify possible threats lines, but then I decide, like I do when I try this with other armies, that they don't look like trolls so why would I put them on the table to begin with.David had two melee centric lists, so I felt fairly confident playing Madrak1, Thornwood Chieftain in Band of Heroes to utilize its warrior bene