Monday, September 30, 2013

Miner Ranger List

Avatars of War Pathfinders are lovely looking models.
2000 Pts - Dwarfs Roster
1 Gyrocopter, 140 pts (Flyer)
1 Gyrocopter, 140 pts (Flyer)
1 Cannon, 125 pts - RoForging
1 Cannon, 130 pts - RoBurning, RoF

1 Thane (Battle Standard Bearer), 150 pts (Hand Weapon; Gromril Armor; Battle Standard Bearer)
  1 Runic Weapon (Rune of Striking x1)
  1 Runic Armor (Rune of Stone)
  1 Runic Talisman (Master Rune of Challenge; Rune of Brotherhood)

1 Josef Bugman, 155 pts (General; Crossbow; Gromril Armor; Shield; Scouts)
  1 Rune Axe (Rune of Cleaving; Rune of Fury)

25 Longbeard Rangers + FC, 375 pts
25 Rangers + FC, 300 pts
20 Miners FC, 245 pts 
10 Miners + standard, 120 pts 
10 Miners + standard, 120 pts 

Composition Report:
Points of Lords: 0 (0 - 500)
Points of Heroes: 305 (0 - 500)
Points of Core: 675 (500 - Unlimited)
Points of Special: 740 (0 - 1000)
Points of Rare: 280 (0 - 500)

Always wanted to try something like this, with a lot of the army either off the board during deployment (or being placed last as scouts). With the FAQ of scouts it means that they don't effect the 'who goes first' roll now too, which is nice.
The Gyro's are sacrificial to keep the heat off the cannon for a little while, or as backup to the rangers.

I love the fluff idea of a scouting BSB, especially with the Rune of Challenge. A lot of armies are immune to psych, but it might be useful.

The only thing it's missing is a 20 strong core unit for the Tower scenario. I should probably reduce the 25 Ranger warriors to 20.

Friday, September 27, 2013

three colours thunderer

Last night I finished the beards, highlighted three beards with Feugen Orange, and another three with Cassandra Yellow just to try and vary the beard tint. I think that the dip will darken the beards so much as to make it unnoticeable, but it's worth a try.

I also added some grass, which I realised was way ahead of when I should have added it. I still need to paint and dip the model + base before adding bits and bobs. 

I tried PVA glue and water mix on top of some of the grass tufts to try and make it look like they've been snowed on, and the they've hardened with the frost. I did it years ago and it worked because the PVA maintained a touch of the white tint, but this time it looks like it's clear. Maybe if I add some white paint to the mix...

When adding grass tufts, I picked a corner of the models base. The idea is that I can find an opposite corner on another models base so that when they stand together the grass patch 'joins' across their bases. Can't believe I never thought of that before.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

and the brush hit the models

Skin and warplock bronze. I forgot how slow a painter I am. :(

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Spray paint undercoat

I tried spray paint undercoat years ago and it turned out rubbish. It left a textured stippled effect on the models. I've not gone back, until yesterday. Army painter do a grey undercoat (which is the colour I've been using). As these Thunderers never see the light of day I figured it was worth a punt. Stippled Thunderers? Who cares!

They turned out great. This stuff is fantastic. I'll be using it again when my ebay order of 25 slayers arrives.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Display boards & NWG

I'm playing in NWG at the weekend. It's been a whole year since I played a game of warhammer. Time to get schooled I guess!

Having a display board is worth some extra points. I've never bothered with one before, but think I'll throw (given the time constraints) one together.

I tried a small cork board for size, 39cm x 59cm, see above. Everything is a bit crammed in there with the craters, but I couldn't resist. I can't decide if they look out of place. The idea would be the army is under fire.

Going to do a fast job of either spray painting the cork board grey to look like "stone", or find a cheap grass effect in the local shop I guess.

I have the GW double hill which slots into each other, and I have a bunch of trees I've based well enough (they're not done tbh), but there's just no room.

Argos do a bigger board, 60cm x 80cm, which is 1.9x2.6 foot. hefty enough but wouldn't look as cramped. Hrm.

Monday, September 23, 2013

NWG army list

I'm playing in a tournament this coming weekend. First game in a year. Exciting! Here's my list:

Thane, BSB, RoStone, MRoSpite 140
Runesmith, RoStone, Shield, MRoBalance 127
Dragon Slayer 50
Dragon Slayer 50
Dragon Slayer 50
Dragon Slayer 50
10 Thunderers 140
10 Thunderers 140
10 Quarellers 110
10 Quarellers 110
30 Slayers, Banner 342
29 Slayers, Banner 331
Cannon, RoBurning 95
Cannon, RoForging 125
Gyrocopter 140

I made a mistake taking a BSB, none of my core will be sticking around and the Slayers don't need it. It's just automatic at this point: "I'll need a BSB!". Where am I going to put him? Behind a unit of slayers I'm thinking, where he's pretty useless. :/ He'd be easy meat in a Thunderer or Quareller unit.

As for the rest of it, I'm not confident at all, but perhaps it'll be some fun. At the very least, I hope it's different from the standard dwarf fare and that my opponents will enjoy themselves (hopefully not just from kicking my dwarves around the place).

The dragon slayers and Gyrocopter are intended for messing about, and will do their best as charge redirectors. Never having used anything as a charge redirector before, this will be a learning experience.