Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Undead - up close and personal

A few days ago I posted some army pictures of my Undead, and I thought I'd follow that post up with some pictures of the individual units. This army has been about 9 years in the making (off and on), and as I look at some of the models I can see how my painting style has changed over the past few years. I don't think that I've gotten significantly better at painting but I have certainly gotten faster. I have the airbrush to thank for that - I think it is a great tool with a steep learning curve, but it saves you basecoating time in the long run. With tools like an airbrush, washes and some of the new technical paints, it's really become a lot quicker to get an army on the table. Only prohibiting factor now is the astronomical cost of the models 

Enough chatter, on to the pictures, starting with a unit of grave guard ...

These guys are a mixture of the old metal grave guard from 7th ed and the newer plastics. I prefer the older ones TBH. Squeezed in a cheeky old wight lord in the front rank to the left 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Vampires on the field

Arkhan waited until the dead of night before ordering the advance on Mallenheim, one of the last surviving strongholds of mankind. Then, in one burst of extrasensory energy, he simultaneously transmitted his orders to the undead hiding in the woods. Some of the more recently dead emerged from the dirt beneath the forest trees, flesh loosely hanging off their rotting bones like skin on an over-ripe fruit. Groans filled the air as the spirits of tortured spectres materialized at the forefront of the undead battle line. The rhythm of dead limbs marching in perfect synchrony marked the death toll of the slumbering inhabitants of Mallenheim 

Well, the new Nighthaunt army has rekindled my love of the Vampires. While I have no desire to play Age of Sigmar, I must say that those models are looking quite tasty. Before I convince myself that I need to buy more plastic, let's focus on the task at hand and present some pictures of the army as it stands. As you can tell, I've had some fun manipulating the images to look more 'spooky'. What are your thoughts? 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Slippery steeds of slaanesh

The latest addition to my Realms of Chaos, Slaanesh contingent is this unit of steeds of slaanesh. Originally ridden by chaos renegades, this group of misfits has ditched their masters and decided to go to war on their own account. At first, I was thinking of adding some of the new plastic daemonette riders to them (*heresy*), but I ultimately decided against it. These slithery bastards are going to be joining my fiends and daemonettes to wreak havoc on weak-willed mortal prey. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Farewell Dark Elves

Well, I don't get to play much Warhammer any more and I have been looking at thinning out my collection. Sadly, this put my Dark Elves on the chopping block. These were painted in an Asian/Geisha theme and it was the last army I played in 8th edition before the death of Warhammer. I did play a few games of Kings of War, but the game just didn't do it for me (mechanics are great, but I just couldn't get into the fluff).

What follows is somewhat of a photo dump. I took these pictures in the light box both to facilitate the selling of the army and also to have a record of the army. Enjoy! 

Dreadlord on manticore 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Old World Army Challenge - April entry

Word was spreading in the Old World of plunder and death of apocalyptic proportions. Survivors of former cities now sought refuge within the capitals of the Empire and spoke of hordes of savages bearing the heraldry of the Blue Serpent. Meanwhile, Morgoth's hordes only grew larger as followers of the chaos gods were drawn to the strength of his army and the potential to wreak havoc on the kingdoms of men. Packs of beasts of all shapes and sizes were drawn to the din of battle ...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Old World Army Challenge - March entry

The thundering of hooves brought a smile to Morgoth's twisted visage. As powerful a sorceror as he was, Morgoth knew that the centaurs were only going to join the ranks of his beastmen followers if he was truly favored by the Blue Serpent. His smile was part satisfaction at the appearance of the centaurs, and equal part gratification that the Blue Serpent was ready to rise and claim the world as his own.   

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Old World Army Challenge - February entry

Members of the Blue Serpent Clan don't care how death is reaped in the name of their all-consuming deity. Northerners are known for their skill with bow and arrow as this is how they hunt both for food and for bounty. Indeed, one does not approach creatures of the Northern Wastes in close proximity unless one has a death wish; ranged shooting the best method of hunting them and staying alive. All Clan battle formations have some degree of ranged shooting. Each Clan division has its unique combination of snake venoms with which to poison their arrow tips. While Clan warriors kill in the name of the Blue Serpent god to pay their tribute, surely an agonizing and slow death by poisoning would provide a more worthy sacrifice!

Here is my February entry for the Old World Army challenge. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Fiends, hunting beasts of Slaanesh

Well, my foray into a  Slaanesh warband continues. After painting the daemonettes, I knew that I just had to pick up some fiends. The name alone is cool as hell: "hunting beasts of Slaanesh". If a pack of  deformed, 4-legged animals with boobs and pincers for hands isn't going to send you running, I don't know what is! I painted these guys to match the color scheme from my daemonettes. I think they turned out well. I used the 'glazing' method of painting on these guys and, all things considered, they painted up pretty quickly. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Old World Army Challenge - January

While it has become prevalent amongst marauding tribes, in truth the Cult of the Blue Serpent has found sympathizers even amongst seemingly normal members of society. For there will always be those amongst us who wish for nothing more than to see the world burn. However, in the Realms of Chaos, it is no small wonder that beastmen form a significant portion of the Serpent god's followers and they are second in number only to marauding thugs. Disfigured, mutated and abhorrent in every way, beastmen of the Cult wait in fervent anticipation for the wakening of the Serpent god when the world of the righteous will be brought to its knees and annihalated in one final act of contempt.

Beastmen emerge from a forest and attack a nearby village

Lead off track

Well, I was just bragging the other day about how my 100% painted challenge had made me a little more self-disciplined in my purchases. Then this happened...

I've always had a soft spot for the really old orc and goblin cavalry. You know, the ones with the metal wolves and boars. Unfortunately they sell for an arm and a leg each, and I prefer not to buy single models anyway - too much hassle. I'm not a fan of the Oldhammer Trading group on facebook, but that doesn't stop me from checking it occasionally. I stumbled across a listing for an entire army of these guys. I thought for about a half of a split second that I shouldn't succumb to temptation (think of the paint numbers, man!) especially since the models would have to be stripped and repainted. All 88 of them! But this time temptation got the better of me. All the way from Belgium (and weighing in at well over 3kg), here they are: