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.