Thursday, 12 January 2017

Chris Dann's Survivors of Lake-Town and Mirkwood: January.

"Death! That is what you will bring upon us. Dragon-fire and ruin. "


I know, I know I'm super early, The Tale of Many Gamers has already motivated me beyond belief. I doubted I'd paint much at all this year, but with not even a month past I have already completed a full warband!

I aimed to complete Bard the Bowman Girion's Heir (foot AND mounted) leading 12 Lake-Town militia (4x shield, 4x bow and 4x spear).
I can gleefully confirm my goal has been accomplished!

Bard (above) and his follwers (below) sit upon the spray shelf in my manshed.

My troops awaiting battle and paint. Many I know always base after painting the model. I always sand my bases before spraying as the spray really solidifies the sand on.

Chaos black spray is applied.

Both foot and mounted version base coated.
I always seem to start with a hero. It would make sense to leave them until last as a sort of reward for completing the bog-standard troops and give me something to look forward to. But if I ever play practice games with my army I don't mind having unpainted warriors, but I'd much rather have a completed hero...I feel they perform better.

Bard the Bowman is a terrific character in the books and perfectly portrayed in the movies by Luke Evans. Usually a good reason for myself taking a hero in an army is because of their part in the movie. I love how influential the "non-main" heroes are. Like Haldir, for example, coming to the aid of Rohan and triggering a chain of events that saves Middle-Earth. Bard is no different. Killing Smaug the magnificent, literally single handedly, is not only a seriously awesome scene but is crucial, again, to the survival of Middle-Earth.
So, not only is Bard cool, he also has a profile within the game to match. The men of the Lake are rendered almost useless without the leadership of Girion's Heir. His army buffs are too brilliant to ignore, and the range of said buffs make him an auto include for me. He grants his warriors re-rolls in duels, a fight value bonus and keeps them in check when they begin to rout!
He is also brilliant in combat, getting 3 attacks, and at range, potentially getting 3 shots per turn at strength 4! What's not to love about this guy.

Bard is the first to be completed in this months challenge.


First 4 Lake-Towners base painted in traditional fisherman colours.

6 fully complete.

Obviously with my troops I put no where near as much effort into them as I do my heroes. But at £5 per model I'm not going to do a half hearted job. I'm happy with how these guys came out. At a distance they look great, but when you get up close they appear dirty and the armour and weapons rusty. Just as I feel they should having just been assaulted by a Serpent from the North.
A full warband and month 1 mission accomplished!
I have gone for a mix of greens and blues for the men of the Lake's clothes: Watery type colours. I painted them in three batches of four so it wasn't quite so daunting. Having said that, these guys are no where near as much of a chore as previous lotr era warriors. Quite often warriors that come in a box of 12 (or 24 if you go really far back) had duplicate poses, but these guys are quite different and easily interchangeable. I would base paint the basic colours to start, then wash in agrax earthshade. Step 2 would be to dry brush highlight their clothes and then pick out any remaining details. Nothing too fancy, I'm not the best painter in the world but I'm happy with the effect I create.

The finished article.


I look forward to moving on with this project next month and in months further ahead when I begin introducing the Mirkwood contingent.

What's next?

February I will be putting together my 400 point force ready for a battle with a fellow Tale Gamer.
With Bard and his warband already complete my original plan was going to be to add in Gandalf and just 3 more militia, which didn't leave me with much to get painted in a month where I have quite a bit of free time! My new plan is to paint up the title character: the Master Burglar himself, Bilbo Baggins. In the new rules he can lead Lake-Town militia and so my February target will be Bilbo Baggins and another full 12 Lake-Town milita. Madness!

Bard the Bowman, Girion's Heir (armour/horse)
- 12 Lake-Town Miltia (3x shield, 3x bow, 6x spear)
Bilbo Baggins, Master Burglar
- 12 Lake-Town Militia (3x shield, 3x bow, 6x spear)
389 Points.

Will the Barrel-Rider and friends be ready for battle come the end of February, we will find out in a month or so...

Until then,
Happy Wargaming!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Chris Dann's Survivors of Laketown and Mirkwood Army - Tale of many Gamers


"Will you have peace, or war?"



SBG has played a huge part in my life since its inception in 2001. So that's now 16 years of hobbying! In that time, despite leaving the hobby between 2009-2012, I have amassed a decent collection. Restarting when the Hobbit SBG was released I have a nice mix of LOTR and Hobbit minis. I can field almost any army at 500 points but alot of armies I have are unpainted/incomplete. So, this Tale of Gamers is a great opportunity to paint up an army I've had for about a year now. I'm also excited by this project as all the new rules for these particular armies have just been released and there is more to come!
Oh, did I mention I'm doing two armies? Survivors of Lake-Town with Mirkood! Here is my 6 month plan: 

Month 1: 1 Warband 
  • Bard the Bowman Girion's Heir (foot & mounted) 
  • 12 Lake-Town Militia  

Month 2: 400 Point Army 
  • Bard (armour)
  • 8 Lake-Town Militia  
  • Gandalf the Grey 
  • 7 Lake-Town Militia 

Month 3: 1 Warband 
  • Bilbo Baggins Master Burglar 
  • 8 Lake-Town Militia 
  • 4 Mirkwood Elves 

Month 4: 750 Point Army 
  • Bard (armour/horse)  
  • 8 Lake-Town Militia 
  • Gandalf the Grey (horse) 
  • 8 Lake-Town Militia  
  • Bilbo Baggins 
  • 8 Lake-Town Militia 
  • Legolas Greenleaf (horse/Orcrist)  
  • 6 Mirkwood Elves 

Month 5: 1 Warband 
  • Tauriel 
  • 12 Mirkwood Elves 

Month 6: 1000 Point Army 
  • Bard (armour/horse) 
  • 8 Lake-Town Militia 
  • Gandalf the Grey (horse)  
  • 8 Lake-Town Militia  
  • Bilbo Baggins 
  • 8 Lake-Town Militia 
  • Legolas Greenleaf (horse/Orcrist) 
  • 12 Mirkwood Elves 
  • Tauriel (bow) 
  • 3 Mirkwood Elves  
  • 4 Mirkwood Rangers 
My month one target!


Happy Wargaming!

Sam Page's Azog's Legion army - Tale of many Gamers

"Moria had been taken by legions of Orcs led by the most vile of their race... Azog the Defiler. The giant Gundabad orc had sworn to wipe out the line of Durin."

Since the day Games Workshop released Azog and his hunter orcs, they have been one of my primary armies. With their two attacks and fell sighted wargs, they were a force to be reckoned with. They even made it into SBG Issue 2 (which you should check out here SBG Towers). 

A few years have passed since then and now we have the There and Back Again source book which gave The Hobbit SBG a well deserved boost. After an in-depth analysis (and a well time Christmas present from my parents) I decided to upgrade my Hunter orc army to an Azog's Legion army. It is time to unleash the hoards of hell upon the battlefields of Rivenstead and beyond.

 


There is most of my month 1 warband built (ignore the wulfen behind, they will probably appear in another article at some point). Unlike the others, I have not planned out my force but will instead go by what Forgeworld release. So expect to see Ogres, Gundabad Trolls and more berserkers in the coming months. 

Until then, Happy Wargaming! 
  

James Goldsmith's Fiefdoms Army - Tale of many Gamers

"Dol Amroth for Imrahil! Dol Amroth for Gondor!"


I've been collecting Lord of the Rings SBG for over 14 years now and have amassed a pretty sizeable collection with bits and pieces from across the range. The downsize of this being that there isn't actually a single army that I haven't 'made a start on'.









After examining my collection I decided that the force that needed the most work was my Fiefdom army. So far all I had painted had been the Army of the Dead element of the faction but had never quite got around to starting the living elements of the force. I had undercoated Forlong, a couple of Captains and some Knights but that is as far as I had got. This seemed the perfect opportunity to give them some long outstanding love. After six months I should have a fairly sizeable force and I am already looking forward to using them at The Return to Rivenstead tournament at the end of June.



Month One: Single Warband

· Forlong the Fat

· 1 Knight of Dol Amroth with Banner

· 5 Knights of Dol Amroth

· 6 Blackroot Vale Archers (2 with Spears)



Month Two: 400 point Army

· Forlong the Fat

· Captain of Dol Amroth

· Captain of Dol Amroth with Armoured Horse & Spear

· 1 Foot Knight of Dol Amroth with Banner

· 8 Foot Knights of Dol Amroth

· 9 Blackroot Vale Archers (4 with Spears)

· 1 Blackroot Vale Archer with War Horn



Month Three: Single Warband

· Prince Imrahil with Armoured Horse & Lance

· 12 Axemen of Lossarnach



Month Four: 750 point Army

· Prince Imrahil with Armoured Horse & Lance

· Forlong the Fat

· Captain of Dol Amroth

· Captain of Dol Amroth with Armoured Horse & Spear

· 1 Foot Knight of Dol Amroth with Banner

· 8 Foot Knights of Dol Amroth

· 10 Blackroot Vale Archers (4 with Spears)

· 1 Blackroot Vale Archer with Banner

· 1 Blackroot Vale Archer with War Horn

· 12 Axemen of Lossarnach

· 5 Man-at-arms of Dol Amroth



Month Five: Single Warband

· Angbor the Fearless

· 5 Knights of Dol Amroth with Horse & Lane

· 1 Knight of Dol Amroth with Horse & Banner



Month Six: 1000 point Army

· Prince Imrahil with Armoured Horse & Lance

· Forlong the Fat

· Angbor the Fearless

· Captain of Dol Amroth

· Captain of Dol Amroth with Armoured Horse & Spear

· 8 Foot Knights of Dol Amroth

· 10 Blackroot Vale Archers (4 with Spears)

· 1 Blackroot Vale Archer with Banner

· 1 Blackroot Vale Archer with War Horn

· 12 Axemen of Lossarnach

· 15 Man-at-arms of Dol Amroth

· 5 Knights of Dol Amroth with Horse & Lane

· 1 Knight of Dol Amroth with Horse & Banner



Here is the first model I have painted this month, testing out the proposed colour scheme.



Happy Wargaming! 




Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Tale of Many Gamers - LotR/ The Hobbit SBG






The Tale of Many Gamers

Over the course of the next 6 months participants shall build and paint a new army totalling to the sum of approximately 1000 points, they shall be required to complete new models each month and using their army in tabletop skirmishes as the months progress. Players shall be awarded points for playing in these battles, completing their selections and completing other tasks related to their armies.


Building your army

Month 1 - One Warband (Hero and 12 infantry models/ 6 Cavalry Models)

Month 2 - Expand your army to 400 points

Month 3 - One Warband (Hero and 12 infantry models/ 6 Cavalry Models)

Month 4 - Expand your army to 750 points

Month 5 - One Warband (Hero and 12 infantry models/ 6 Cavalry Models)

Month 6 - Upgrade your army to 1000 points


Engaging the enemy

At certain points along the course of the building up your forces you shall be required to play games against your fellow participants. These games shall be played at the club and while are not mandatory are part of the spirit of the tournament and as such will be included in the points system for the tournament.

Points system

1 point for painting per month
1 point for basing per month

1 point for playing a battle
2 points for winning a battle
(Battles will be every other month) 

5 points for having a fully painted and based 1000 point army.


Participants:

Sam P - Azog's Legion
Tom S - Isenguard
Kieran S - TBC
James G - Fiefdoms
Chris D - Survivors of Laketown and Mirkwood
Leonardis - Azog's Hunters

Keep an eye on the blog for status updates as the participants start to build and paint their armies. 


Happy Wargaming and Support your Hobbit Hobby! 

Tale of Many Gamers - 40k




The Tale of Many Gamers

Over the course of the next 12 months participants shall build and paint a new army totalling to the sum of approximately 3000 points, they shall be required to complete new models each month and using their army in tabletop skirmishes as the months progress. Players shall be awarded points for playing in these battles, completing their selections and completing other tasks related to their armies.

A call to arms - building your army


Each month participants will have 250 points made available for them to spend on their armies. Participants may spend any amount of these points they however must complete at least one model a month to meet their quota. They however may not go over the maximum amount of points for that stage of the tournament.

Engaging the enemy - playing with your army

At certain points along the course of the building up your forces you shall be required to play games against your fellow participants. These games shall be played at the club and while are not mandatory are part of the spirit of the tournament and as such will be included in the points system for the tournament.

Points system

1 point for finished selections and submitting on time for uploading
1 point for competing in battles when required 2 points if you win said battles
1 point for completing the additional tasks each month

Wild cards

Players may expend their points they have earned to unlock certain 'bonuses' for their armies, each bonus costs 5 points.
- requisition order: Lord of War - the general of the army have deemed it necessary to unleash one of their most potent weapons of war - points may be spent on single Lord of War
- Requisition order: reinforcements inbound - escalating skirmishes have decreed that more forces are sent into the battle zone - the armies points for that month have been doubled (500 points instead of 250)
- Requisition order: Fortify the sector - the general of this force has seen it prudent to raise fortifications to reinforce the ground they have managed to conquer within the system - points may be spent on a single fortification
- Requisition order: Allied forces - the general of this army and another have worked out a truce of sorts - points may be spent on an allied force




Participants:

Chris M - Deathwatch

Chris W - Eldar

Tom P - Alpha Legion

Dan L - Dark Wolves

Will M - Adeptus Mechanicus

Nick S - Tau




Big thanks to Jonny M for organising this all. Hopefully there will be lots of pictures to come as our participants build and paint their forces. Keep an eye on the blog for all the status updates.




Happy Wargaming!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Army Showcase: Sam's Space Wolves


"Blood of Fenris is on your hands, and there will be a reckoning between us, Magnus. This I swear upon the blade of Mjalnar" - Russ

I have been playing Space Wolves since I first started 40k many years ago. Since then, I have dabbled with other chapters (Crimson Fists, Salamanders, Ultramarines to name a few) but I have always come back to the wolves. I love their fluff and I often find that reading a space wolf related book will inspire me to paint some more models.

Earlier this year, the Warzone Fenris series was annouced GW which saw the Space Wolves embark on a great hunt to recover all the lost wulfen from across the galaxy. As a result, I dusted off all my old models and decided to repaint them and for the first time, decided on a Great Company to model them after. Krom Dragongaze and his Drakeslayers. Krom has a fantastic model and got an updated profile in the Curse of the Wulfen supplement. The Drakeslayers also got a nice formation in the same supplement so it seemed like the time was right. 
Fenris - Home of the Mighty Space Wolves
Over the last year, I have slowly been repainting (and in some cases, painting) my wolves. 











Below are what I have finished so far.

Venerable Dreadnoughts, Loki Redshield & Skjaldulf Frostbreath

Loki Redshield, my old custom wolf lord who fell in glorious battle many years ago against the Tau.

Skjaldulf Frostbreath, armed with Helfrost cannon and frostclaw.

Beware enemies of Russ!

A portion of Krom's Wolf Guard

The Red Wolf (L) and Olvir Fellhands


Pack leader Ingvar The Great (L) & Asmund Wyrdbane

The terminators of the Drakeslayers are not to be underestimated. It is told that they have even slain a Demon Prince of Slannesh and lived to tell the tale.

Einir Windchaser - Wolf Guard biker

WHEELIE

Einir Windchaser - Wolf Guard biker
Canis Wolfborn/ Havard Frost-talon & his Thunderwolf Cavalry



Grey Hunters of the Drake Slayers

These guys are vital for securing objectives.

2 Rune Priests


3x Long Fangs, keeping the main army safe from afar.






So there is everything I have finished so far. On the table I have my Wulfen, Krom Dragongaze and a few more terminators to add some more firepower to that squad. Keep an eye on the blog for the next instalment of the Space wolf showcase.

Sam