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White Dwarf Guides for building and painting an Undead Army

Hi All,As usual I am all over the place and having trouble finding the focus I need to get things done. I think last time I mentioned that I would share some resources I found in White Dwarf that deal specifically with putting together an Undead army. I found those in #'s 142, 211 and 226 (Thanks, Rochie!). So let's tuck in, shall we?Trying to give you a little more of the cover for reference.So they made a pretty sweet army here, using most of the range from the time.3000 points seems like the most fun size of army to collect. For me it seemed unattainable at the time. You can also see that it allows you more freedom with characters. Making 1000 point lists is very difficult in that regard. One thing I didn't notice mentioned in the article was that you can only have one unit of Skeletons armed with spears. Of course I have too many spear armed skeletons because I didn't pay attention to that when I was buying and assembling figures. :pSo all of these issues have guides for painting the iconic skeletons that

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The Official White Dwarf Guide to making a 1000pt Army

Hi All,With people in full prep mode for OWAC 2 there can be a lot of angst when it comes to making your 1000 point army list. One tactic would be to just give points to what you want to paint and then any amount over the 200 points per month is just not considered.For the last challenge, I attempted to make a strict, legal 1000 point force. 1016 I think. I ended up adding a lot of stuff right at the end that brought it up to around 1300 and some, War Altar and wizards mostly.We've all heard that the Armies book, and its minimum troop requirements, were designed for 3000 point armies. It's also been kicking around for quite some time that you could just reduce the troop minimums by 1/3 or 2/3 for a 2000 or 1000 point army. Airbornegrove pointed out to me where you can find this in writing, White Dwarf 144.It's a pretty good article on a person's thinking for how they're going to start building an army, and I think what the intent of the OWAC really is, rather than being a straight up painting competition.See,

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"Greatest" Battle Report of 2018 voting

So over on the Oldhammer forum they are having a Greatest Battle Report of 2018 contest.If I had paid attention I might have put up one of my reports for consideration, but I don't do forums very much anymore.Anyway, here's a link to the nominees http://forum.oldhammer.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=16396&p=95756&hilit=greatest+battle+report#p95756Or you can go straight to the voting site. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JWMDTZSI voted for The Siege of Graveskul, of course. There are other fine reports on there as well.I will say that I think the report needs to be the total package. Good visual representation is at least as important as a good story, otherwise we could all just write fiction and save all the time and effort we spend on collecting and painting.

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Monolith-Con III - Imperial Rebel

Hi All,In this battle report I was in charge of the objective in a game between Lopez and Blue. It was a fun little diversion. Hopefully they will write reports of the battle from their perspectives. Mine was a little short and missed a lot of the action.Thanks for looking and commenting. I think I have one more for the weekend.

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Monolith-Con III - Ambull Safari

Hi All,I got to run my Ambull scenario again for the guys. We used some home made counters and I got to break out all the plastic Ambulls and monsters I had painted up.We tried using knock out grenades to subdue the Ambulls, I'll let you decide if it worked.The idea was to try and collect the most VP's of Ambulls. Live (5), shot up (3), indiscernible hunks of meat (1). The Knightmare Ambulls were worth double.Enjoy.Thanks for looking and commenting.I'd like to welcome Alex Joker to the blog. Besides this blog he reads some pretty good ones, thanks for adding me to your reading list. If you have a blog, let me know and I'll link it.

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Monolith-con III - The Siege of Chateau Crane Tombe (Castle Graveskul)

Hi All,This was the epic battle we played on the Saturday. 10 hours but it didn't feel long like some 3rd ed games can. Lots of action all over the table. You may be able to read other accounts or the lead up to this battle on the other participants blogs. Give 'em Lead, Governor General of Sector Six, He of Three Names, Blue in VT.On a technical note, I used my cell phone and then processed the photos in lightroom. To get the "comic" look I wanted I decided to use the photoshop Poster Edges filter and bumped the exposure as needed. Anywhere from 0.3 to 0.5 of a stop.It was a little more work but I think it achieved the look I want without overpowering the figures.Enjoy.We have all decided to not be overly concerned with adhering to each others fluff. We try to use the appropriate character names to give credit but where it goes from there may be totally different.Airborne commented at the time that he hadn't anticipated Lopez setting up so far forward in the defense. We had a slog from the outset.I rolled fo

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Monolith-Con III an overview

Hi All,Just a quick post giving you the gist of the games we played last weekend. You can also see what airbornegrove, Blue in VT, Bulldog Lopez and Maj. Guiscard each have to say about it. But they're probably lying.I neglected to mention that Maj. Guiscard made everyone those sweet commemorative plaques. I made a Monolith for him.Next up will be the massive 3rd Ed battle, it may take me awhile to go through the pictures though.Thanks for looking etc.

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Tenoch range expanding.....Kev Adams does Oldhammer!

Quite a few more sculpts have been mastered including the idol alternative for the palanquin. Also a small range of 'Froglings' for which I have yet to work out a background......kind of typical Kev spaced out types :)Froglings!The palanquin idol to be produced in resin.....The initial range out on the hunt......available here. enquiries@deartonyblair.co.uk

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We rolled up some RoC war bands

Hi All,So my son has been read the Realm of Chaos books here and there for a few weeks now. It's interesting the things he is picking up on and showing me as he looks through them. I have never really sat down to read them but just picked through the books at various times when a question occurs to me and then forgetting what the relevant information may have been.What follows is how we rolled our war bands. Did we do it right? Probably not, but the process once you have the two books in hand is somewhat chaotic. ;)Slaves to Darkness has this handy dandy chart, but it's still not really a guide to how to roll things up and the "instructions" in various sections have you jumping round the book.In the back of the Lost and the Damned they have all of the charts you need to roll things up.One of the things that confused me was this blurb about the marks of Chaos in the back of Lost and the Damned. It appears to be more specific with "Mark of Chaos" one receives.Here's what we did. It may be horribly wrong, let's

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The Unreleased Warhammer General

This miniature is a mystery – an unreleased Warhammer treasure from the vaults of Citadel Miniatures.  Who is he?  Why have I got (perhaps) the only casting in existence? Could this be a dark horse on a dark horse? This casting was a gift from Marcus Ansell of Wargames Foundry (thanks Marcus). The tab (“GENERAL” and “ ©  GW 1987″) shows its provenance as a piece of classic Warhammer – but beyond that everything else is a mystery.  Who sculpted it?  What range was it destined for?  Why was it not released? “A horse, a horse, my Romano-Germanic kingdom for a horse.” The vibe of the figure is more historical than fantastical – the moustache, crested helm and scalemail give it a very Romano-Germanic kingdom vibe.  It feels like an Alan or Michael Perry sculpt judging by this face and care put into the armour detailing.  In fact it’s a bit too historically accurate to fit in with Citadel’s F3 Barbarian or F6 Barbarian Raider ranges, or the ADD21 Advanced Dungeons

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Sisters or battle, US engineers and others...

Hello again,Stuff below has been prepared a little while back but since there was Bolt Action "tourney" recently, anything else would be simply dominated and crushed under pictures I've taken during the games.Which reminds me: here's what I brought: 1110 well fed and equipped points. Don't think anyone's interested in the list's details so family picture should be enough:So for starters:I am proud to announce that the job to collect Warhammer 40.000 2nd edition army books is finally done! Last August friend of mine delivered Sisters of Battle book so now they are all standing proudly in my micro library.I must admit I've never played 2nd edition. In fact - after having few games (later edition) realised 40k ain't my thing at all: I definitely prefer skirmish games than large scale battles (paining dozen or so models size gang should prevent me from becoming bored too fast).I gathered these books mostly for graphics and fluff.Well... Graphics actually...It's just great source of Mark Gibbons' stuff, who's

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Wizard Battle! - Oldhammer Comics

Hi All,My boy wanted to play some Warhammer and I had an idea I've wanted to try out for awhile and needed to remind myself how 3rd Edition Magic worked. So we decided to take two wizards each. The idea was a wizard and his apprentice. So one 15th Level (to get some 2nd level spells) and one 5th level.We rolled for magic points and spells as per the tables in Warhammer Armies.Here's the report. ( I went with a rotoscope filter as the pictures weren't all that great.)As you can see we also had to make due with the figures we had to hand. A chaos warrior subbed for the Undead Champion. Primed Zombies the place of Skeletons and a Giant Rat in the place of the Demonic Steed. I know I made the Ghost of HG Wells cry, but I've put off my son too many times in the past and I don't want to kill his enthusiasm for the game.In the end it's all about fun.Thanks for looking.

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Paint Table Saturday 251 - Actual finished figures!

Hi All,It seems like ages since I've had finished figures to post on a Saturday. I actually finished these guys last night.The first two Gorillas from the space apes set from Eureka. For all of these photos I used my cell phone on "pro" camera settings and then manually fine tuned them a little in Snapseed, no presets. I meant to look at ape names from the Planet of the Apes franchise of movies (the 70's ones) but haven't had time.The Empirical Absolution Squad + 1. I kept with the color scheme laid out on my Psycho Sam (Dahn Alt Rump) and I think I achieved a pretty good match. The Psi Judge, I believe a Mongoose figure, was something I won in a blog contest years ago. I decided not to resculpt her dodgy right hand. I'm not totally sure if I like what my matte varnish has done to all the gold metallics.(Apparently if I type Psy Judge I get articles about the guy who sang Gangnam Style. It appears the figure is a Mongoose Psi Judge Anderson, someone wrote an article here.)Commandant Xerof Uks leads Team Terra

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Realm of Chaos - goodies in White Dwarf

Hi All, This excellent post by Whiskey Priest got me thinking about a lot of things, so I went ahead and started looking at the White Dwarf issues around WD 107 which he mentions.After his post on Renegade Orks I had been starting to think about making my own Renegade war band. Off to the tomes (Slaves to Darkness, The Lost an the Damned) to go back over rolling a war band. I was able to complete my book collection (at stupid prices) a few years ago but the bug to actually do stuff with them had never firmly taken hold. I blame my usual gamer ADD.So, which issues have Relam of Chaos articles in them? Lets see.The first set of articles I found was in WD104The introduction of Slaves to Darkness, the color painted figure gallery that was in the book, and an article showing the process of converting Chaos mutations on your figures, complete with stat blocks of the finished example figures.Then WD106An exposition of Beastmen. I haven't read it through carefully, but I think it is more or less the s

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New Oldhammer T-shirt from Spevna Studio

Hi All,One of my internet buddies has dabbled in putting his art on a t-shirt. If you buy one in the next couple of days you can get a little price break.It is on Tee Public here. (For some reason I cannot seem to get results when I type Spevna in their search bar, it might just be me.)Very cool design, not bad price, and you get to support an artist in the hobby. So I encourage you to buy one so that he will make more cool shirts.This also leads me to a question.Would members of the Oldhammer USA community, and perhaps the Worldwide community prefer to get their event t-shirts in this manner.As you know, I have made a few shirts but have done it in such a way that I have to manage all the orders and shipping myself. I have always made them available at cost and tried to keep them as inexpensive as possible.The plus side to Print on Demand t-shirts is that they are always available, can easily be shipped directly to the individual and you will know exactly what the price is at time of ordering.The down side i

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