December 31, 2013

4000pts of Dwarfs march toward Ruination

Not for many years had such a host marched through the gates of Karak Thorinkin. But now, faced with threats on every border King Druegar Stromnisson had called all the Clan Thanes to rally to his banner. The forges and armouries of the hold were a hive of activity as fresh armour and weapons were forged and old clan heirlooms lovingly repaired. All over the Old World hordes of treacherous Elves, filthy Skaven, Gobi scum and the vile forces of Chaos were massing and the Thorinkin were marching to war once again.
The Throng of Karak Thorinkin march forth from the holds rune inscribed main Gate. 4000pts of Dwarfs off to do battle against the forces of NZ's WHFB community
Under the watchful eye of the great statue of Thorin Metalturner sacred father, founder and Ancestor God of the Thorikin the huge granite gates of Karak Thorinkin opened and a 4000pt horde marched forth. Any non-Dwarven observer that day would have marvelled at the splendour that emerged and watched in awe as hour after hour rank upon rank of magnificently armoured Dwarfs marched past. 

Hundreds of heavily armoured Dwarven Warriors with large two-handed battle axes over their shoulders. Rangers, marked by cross belts full of throwing axes and long cloaks of blue and green. Quarrellers with huge crossbows slung across their backs beneath brightly painted but sturdy shields, followed by the rare sight of Thorinkin hand-gunners; known as Thunderers to the outside world.
30 x Warrior Rangers with Musician, Standard, GW & Throwing Axes
30 x Warriors with Musician, Standard and GW
3 units of 10 Quarrellers with Musicians and Shields
Grim looking Miners whose faces sparkled as the sunlight shone upon specs of gold and precious gems embedded in their skin. Then towed behind strange looking steam engines, and small mining ponies the mighty war machines of Clan Ragnell. Cannons, barrels marked with countless runes.
2 units of 10 Thunderers with Musicians and Shields
2 units of 8 Miners with Musicians
Grudge Throwers, silent but seemingly straining to be released upon their foe. Organ Guns, whose multiple barrels promised a hail of death for any enemy unlucky enough too cross their path; and overhead squadrons of Gyrocopters buzzing alongside and ahead of the marching throng, scouting the way ahead and protecting its flanks.
The Wrath of Grungi - Grudgethrower with Engineer, Ro Accuracy & Ro Penetrating
Alaric the Mad - Organ Gun
Grimgors Breath - Cannon with Ro Forging
Kragg the Mighty - Cannon with Ro Forging & Ro Burning
Gobi Killer - Organ Gun
Finally, ahead of them all the proud, formidable ranks of King Druegar’s bodyguard, the Hammerers of Clan Theolk. 300 of the mightiest Dwarven warriors ever to step forth from Karak Thorinkin, armour and weapons marked with Runes of Power and Protection, banners held high. Eyes bright, beards long, their unyielding expressions the mark of the veterans they all were for only the bravest and most experienced of the Clans warriors joined their ranks.
Hammerers of Clan Theolik - 30 with Musician, Standard & Ro Determination
Hammerers of Clan Theolik - 8 with Musician, Standard & MR Grungi
Alongside them stranger shapes, unarmoured Dwarfs with bright orange hair and tattooed skin wielding huge double bladed axes; Slayers seeking absolution and death at the hands of a worthy foe.
Dragon Slayer - 1 of 2
Kurgrim Bigglesson - Gyrocopter
Leading this horde King Druegar Stromnisson Gromil armoured freshly inscribed with Runes of Resistance and Iron. The King’s weapon the Great Axe of Theolik Goblinhewer had first tasted blood some 900 years ago and was enscribed with the Master Rune of Kragg the Grimm and the Rune of Snorri Spanglehelm, both glowing softly despite the bright sun.
King Druegar Stromnisson - MR Challenge, GW, MR Kragg Grimm, Ro Snorri Spanglehelm, Ro Iron x2, Ro Resistance
Thane Korthic Murdinkraz - Battle Standard Bearer, MR Gromil, Ro Cleaving, Ro Resistance, Ro Furnace
With the King, the truest sign of the significance of the occasion Runelord Durthfan Steelhead Head of Clan Vagar with his honour guard and Anvil of Doom. Not for some time had a Runelord of the Thorikin gone forth to battle, not even during the dark days of the Goblin Wars, when the Kings Axe was first forged, had a Runelord, let alone the Thane of Clan Vagar, seen the need to march to war.
Runelord Durthfan Steelhead - AoD, Ro Spellbreaking, Spelleater Rune, Ro Stone, Shield
Thane Bofli Grazghad - Shield, MR Swiftness, Ro Cleaving, Ro Stone, Ro Brotherhood

Mighty it was this throng, but the foes it would face were unknown and dark were the days of the Dwarves in the Old World. More powerful had the other races become. New weapons, vile magics and mighty heroes had emerged among the humans of the Empire, the Elves of Ulthuan, the endless masses of Gobi scum and the eternally hungry Ogre Kingdoms. Worse still were rumours of powerful new forces amongst the ranks of the undead and Chaos, foes that no Dwarven weapon could harm and against which none could stand. Such were the enemies that the Throng of Karak Thorinkin marched to do battle against…. Only fate knew the outcome…

Battle would be joined on the weekend of January 18th/19th at a 4000pt WHFB tournament in Wellington

December 21, 2013

WIP - Dwarven Thunderers and FOW Canadian Artillery

Managing to get some more painting done, including some old BfSp Thunderers that I found in my bits box - good thing too as Ill need them next month for Ruination. 

Staff Team
Battery Commander
Really like these models

I also took some time to bore out the gun barrels on all of my Sherman Fireflys - actually looks pretty good so will do it for all of my PzIVs and Tigers now as well. 

 Looking forward to Xmas - everyone have a good one. John

December 12, 2013

Dwarf Anvil of Doom & where are the Dwarf rumours.

In preparation for next months 4000pt Ruination tournament I thought Id get my Anvil of Doom all painted up and ready to go.  It looks better in real life as for some reason the Runelord looks like he is asleep in the photos?  Guards and Runelord are all pinned onto base so they can't be removed.

Also curious about one thing... where are the rumours and leaks regarding the upcoming Dwarf army book release supposedly timed for January/February 2014.  With practically all of the other new 8th Edition army books we had a plethora of hints and leaks but for Dwarfs nothing except a small list of possible new model kits.  That list was

OrcCrusher / Tunneler (combo kit)
Runic Anvil / War Altar (combo box)
Gyrocopter Squadron Box
Thunderers / Crossbowmen / Dwarf Warriors Box (10)
Hammerers / Ironbreaker Box
Matadors???  / Brotherhood of Grimmir Box
Longbeards  / Rangers Box

Starting to wonder if we'll get a new book at all.  Painting up the Anvil I did wonder if it would get some rule changes to make it more useful in 8th Edition. Something along the lines of allowing it to rebound dispelled hex/direct damage spells back at enemy casters, steal the effects of enemy augment spells and/or force enemy casters whose spells are dispelled to miscast.  

December 10, 2013

"Lorgar" the latest from Forgeworld

Along with the latest Imperial Armour books Forgeworld have also (after a brief teaser) released the latest in their Primarch figure series Lorgar Aurelian. 

As with all of their figures the detailing is stunning.

December 6, 2013

Ruination 4000pt WHFB tournament event - what list?

One advantage of not being able to play cricket this season is that I can justify sneaking in a tournament event early in the year in this case another Dunn event 'Ruination'.  4000pts with basically no comp except that Grand Army rules are not being used and the lists should be fun(ish) not horrible.

Of my 3 armies only 2 have enough models to fill out 4000pts High Elves and Dwarfs.  Of the two High Elves have far more options but are not in a decent painted state (although there are no presentation/painting scores at the event), while the Dwarfs - being Dwarfs - are relatively generic but look better and I'm itching to take down my new display board.

So what do I take?  Have procrastinated a fair bit and come up with two lists based on the models I own and would like to use.  What do you think?

#1 - The Throng of Karak Thorinkin

Dwarf Lord - Shieldbearers, GW, MR Kragg Grimm, Ro Snorri Spanglehelm, Ro Cleaving, Ro Iron x2, Ro Resistance, Ro Furnace

Thorek Ironbrow

Dragon Slayer
Dragon Slayer
Dragon Slayer

Thane - BSB, RO Stone, Ro Resistance
30 x Warriors - Full command, GW
30 x Warriors - Full command, GW
16 x Quarrellers - Musician
10 x Quarrellers - Musician
10 x Quarrellers - Musician
18 x Miners - Full command, Steam Drill
18 x Miners - Full command, Steam Drill
18 x Hammerers - Full command, Ro Determination, Ro Battle
18 x Hammerers - Full command, Ro Determination, Ro Sanctuary x2
Cannon - Ro Forging, Ro Burning
Cannon - Ro Forging
Grudgethrower - Engineer, Ro Accuracy, Ro Penetrating
Organ Gun
Organ Gun

There is only so much you can do to make a Dwarf list interesting and versatile.  Did consider taking Bugman with a lot of Rangers as well but this has been done to death, that and chance to take Thorek (who hasn't been banned) was to good to miss out on.

#2 - Purple Elves of Pleasure

Eltharion the Grim - Stormwing, Lore of Beasts
Alith Anar
Dragon Mage - Level 2, Dragon Armour, Opal Amulet
Noble - BSB, Griffon, Swiftsense, Dragon Armour, Sword of Might, Charmed Shield, Golden Crown
Mage - Level 1, Lore of Fire, Dispell Scroll, Barded Steed
Noble - Barded Steed, Dragon Armour, Ogre Blade, Enchanted Shield, Luckstone
15 x Archers - Musician
15 x Archers - Musician
14 x Archers - Musician
14 x Archers - Musician
5 x Reavers - Musician, Bows no Spears
5 x Reavers - Musician, Bows no Spears 
5 x Reavers - Musician, Bows no Spears  
5 x Reavers - Musician, Bows no Spears 
35 x White Lions - Musician, Standard, Banner of World Dragon
5 x Dragon Princes - Musician, Standard, Lichebone Pennant
5 x Dragon Princes - Musician, Standard, Banner of Swiftness
Frostheart Phoenix

Definately not my usual list as normally Id fill it full of a ton of Spearmen at this points level.  Lots of small units most of which can't do much except get in the way long enough for the 4 big horrible things (the 2 Griffons, Phoenix and White Lions) to do their thing.  Shadow King with the White Lions gives them Swiftstride which is a nice little extra.  I have been endeavouring to get a 2400pt version of this list work with the 2 Griffons and enjoying it, and I haven't used a Dragon Mage in years. 

November 28, 2013

What WHFB army should you collect? Quiz proves Dwarfs are AWESOME

Pete Dunn over at Fields of Blood linked through to an interesting quiz which "apparently" assesses which WHFB army best suits you.  Its a bit dated as it mentions Hordes of Chaos but was still fun to take.

Surprise surprise my results were (the higher the % the more suited to that army you are):

Dwarfs 70% - shouldn't they be everyones first pick?

Bretonnia 45% - too many horses to paint, I hate painting horses

Vampire Counts 40% - tried them got bored with them sold them

Beasts of Chaos 40% - cool army and would be fun to paint

The Empire 40% - never interested me to be honest

Tomb Kings 35% - too much like VC

Ogre Kingdoms 35% - have them, like them, and really enjoy playing them

Dark Elves 35% - BOOO!!!!

Orcs and Goblins 30% - would have collected them put coin toss saw me get Ogres, go Green!!!

Dogs of War 30% - ???

Skaven 30% - Really??? Shouldn't this be 0%

Wood Elves 25%

Lizardmen 25%

Chaos Dwarfs 25%

Hordes of Chaos 15%

High elves 10% - say what? maybe that explains why I dont really enjoy them that much or at least haven't done lately

Hobby wise all very quiet at the moment.  Had knee surgery last month so no cricket this season, busy at work and taking a prolonged break from gaming as I am really not that interested right now.  Next event is the New Zealand Team Championships in March to which I am now taking Ogres as they're fully painted, Adams taking Dwarfs (so I can't take mine), and High Elves are just blah.

November 1, 2013

Word Bearers project: simple solutions...

Sometimes the easiest solution to a problem is the hardest to find.  When I started my Word Bearers HH/30k project a while back I decided that I wanted to use a particular set of symbols to form the chapter/squad markings for my units.  These would be based on those of various Waffen-SS divisions from WW2.  Free hand painting these has produced OK'ish results but compared to some people e.g. fellow Kiwi Glen Burfield and James Wappell my efforts are well *cough*....

 Wasn't until last night when I was watching a re-run of the 80s movie classic 'The Keep' that I remember that a simple method of getting these same symbols would be to use Battlefront SS Decals.  So this morning I placed a couple of small orders for the following little items:

FW Word Bearers shoulder pads (MkII version)

Battlefront SS Decal Set - ones of the left will go on the shoulder pad, once I select the best Icon.

The FW Word Bearer shoulder pads will all go on the left shoulder while I'll applying the decals to the right shoulder pads of every model in the company.  To match the artwork from FW 2nd HH book both shoulder pads will also be painted black. 
Current paint scheme - left shoulder pads have all been removed and will be replaced with the new FW Word Bearer icon inscribed ones, right side will be repainted and decalled.
Hopefully the final result will be a much cleaner and more uniform looking set of models than I have at the moment.  In the interim I've also started work on some GW Terminators as a bit of a tester prior to ordering some of the FW versions next year.
The shoulder pads on these guys will get the same treatment and I'm trying to figure out a way of replicating all of the Colchisian writing that appears on the Word Bearers armour in the latest book as in the picture below.
More soon hopefully... going to be a slow couple of months as I am taking a break from gaming atm.

October 30, 2013

Forgeworld Horus Heresy Book 2 is here!!!!!!

It arrived... it arrived... it arrived... home from work yesterday to find the package I've been waiting for what seems like an age on my front doorstep.  Inside was Forgeworlds Horus Heresy Book 2 - Massacre and I have to say it was even better, no more than better, than i had expected.


Bound in beautiful black leather with embossed gold lettering, silver edged pages and hard metal engraved corners every page looks amazing.  Only had time to skim through a few pages last night but will be reading it all tonight.  For the Word Bearers fan the book promises a couple of new units that FW should be releasing soon amongst them the 'Gal Vorbak' one of the most tragic (IMO) story arcs in the HH series, and one of my favourites.

Might have to order the first book now just to ensure I have the complete set.

In other gaming/hobby news absolutely nothing is happening at the moment hence the lack of posts this month.  Cricket season is underway so my gaming days are over until March next year when the New Zealand WHFB Team Champs kick off.

I have a huge pile of miniatures to finish between now and then but plan on concentrating on the High Elf army I am going to use at the NZTC.

October 17, 2013

High Elves @ 2400pts - evolving tournament list

Now that I have two of the IoB Griffons I'm dead keen on using both of them at once in any future High Elf list especially for local tournaments.  So far I've had mixed success with it finding that either my play style hadn't evolved to suit it or that I wasn't using it effectively.  A key weakness of the original version of the list was the lack of shooting necessary to take out enemy chaff and keep them busy while the big flyers moved in for the kill.  Giving the latest variation of the list a run tonight against Hamish's Ogres.  My first game with High Elves for sometime, should be fun.

High Elf 'Griffon' Tournament List

Eltharion the Grim - 490pts
w. Stormwing & Lore of Beasts 

WS8 I8 A4 S6 with no AS for Eltharion & WS6 S5 I7 A4 ASF for Stormwing.  Lots of hurt, plus Stormwing gets Terror & Thunderstomp and creates a nice 18" bubble for Eltharions L10.

Noble - 310pts
w. Battle Standard, Dragon Armour, Sword of Might, Charmed Shield, Golden Crown, Griffon, Swiftsense

3+ AS, 2+ WS vs. first hit, 2+WS vs. first wound, 6+ WS and 2+ WS vs. Flaming (inc. mount as per Dragon Armour rules).  Only S5 but he's still horrible to face in combat.  

Noble - 145pts
w. Barded Steed, Dragon Armour, Ogre Blade, Enchanted Shield, Luckstone

1+ AS with a single re-roll.  Basically a nice little combat character to chuck into stuff. 

Mage - 145pts
w. Level 2, Scroll, Lore of Fire

Blah mage, goes with an Archer unit to spam MM at people.  

15 x Archers - 170pts
w. Standard & Musician

15 x Archers - 160pts
w. Musician

15 x Archers - 160pts
w. Musician

5 x Reavers - 95pts
w. Musician, Bows instead of Spears

5 x Reavers - 95pts
w. Musician, Bows instead of Spears

7 x Dragon Princes - 248pts
w. Full Command, Lichebone Pennant

BoWD is available but Lichebone Pennant makes takes their Dragon Armour WS to 5+ which is reasonable and a lot cheaper.  Mounted noble will go with this unit.

Frostheart - 240pts

Bolt-Thrower - 70pts

Bolt-Thrower - 70pts

Look more shooting!!!

TOTAL 2,398pts

So lots of shooting 45 shots @ S3 plus the two RBT's (am going to have to buy a couple more) plus MM spam from the L2 Mage.  It does put all my eggs in 3 baskets so to speak with the Griffons and Frostheart but it also requires any opponent to divert their shooting a bit.

For those that know me they'll see that this is a huge shift from my normal infantry based lists - up to know I have never liked HE cavalry and while DP are still pants in combat they are mobile which is the whole point of their inclusion.

We'll see how we go tonight....

Hobby wise news in general I'm in a bit of a rut at the moment with no real idea what project to pick up next... just waiting waiting waiting for Forgeworld to post out Book 2 Massacre!!! 1 more day till they do!!!

October 3, 2013

Dwarf Display board is finished!!!

Finally completed everything I wanted to do on my display with the addition of some tufts, vines and flowers to add a bit of colour.  For the runes over the gate I had originally painted them Dwarven bronze but it just didnt look right so re-painted them to match the stonework - the overall result is much better.

Pictures aren't that great but I hope you enjoy them and get a decent view of what the finished product looks like...  going to be a few months till it gets an outing so I have more time to build one for my Ogres now.