Saturday, April 7 – Today the Volningrad Snowmen won their season opener against a team from the Legion of Everblight, 1 caster kill to none, although they were ahead on Scenario Control Points at the end of the first half as well.
A new trade made before the season, Orsus Zoktavir, who fans have affectionately dubbed “The Butcher”, was starting quarterback, while monstrosity Absylonia, was in for the Legion. Absylonia led her side in a swift offensive in the beginning, taking half the field while the Butcher and his team struggled to match the pace set by the Dragonspawns. CONTINUED ON OPENER PAGE B5
Continuing with my painting ADD, I popped out this test model for one of my converted Kayazy Assassins. I went with a more darker scheme than my usual, since they are assassins after all. I still managed to keep the cloak as the red on the inside, white on the outside, that pretty much everything else that has a cloak/cape has on my Khador. That way they are still tied into the rest of my white Khador with that element.
Still a WIP as I still need to do the cloak (2 brush blending time!) and highlighting and additional detailing everywhere else.
I think that I really like this scheme, although it’s more inline with my Zerkova than my Strakhov.
The much maligned Warcaster from the Great North, Koldun Kommander Zerkova! I pronouce thee done!
I’ve been excited to paint Zerkova and try her out ever since I got her for free in a trade waaaaaaaaaaay back (poor thing). Looking at her abilities and spell list, I could see someone that was a clear departure from the norm of the other Khadoran ‘casters. After getting some games in with her recently, I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe it’s my thing for underdogs ( hello Strakhov), or maybe I’m a glutton for punishment. It’s a very different playstyle, and while I lost those games (which is more the norm currently, than the exception), I still had a lot of fun with her and wasn’t frustrated at any point as the many posts forums from others might lead you to believe.
Our LGS is beginning a league styled after the NFL this week, which will have a “season” that stretches 10 weeks. I find myself in the FOCUS conference, Disruption division, rolling with Khador once again (saving Menoth until the next slow grow), along with a Merc, Legion, and Circle player. This should be interesting as I’ve never played against Circle before, and I’ve only gone against an Ashlynn Merc list once. From the sounds of his team name (The Buccaneers), I’m guessing it’s going to be more pirate flavored.
Speaking of team names, the organizer encouraged us to come up with our own. Welp…you can’t give me something like that and not expect me to try and make it sing. I consulted a map of the Iron Kingdoms, picked a city in Khador (Volningrad, near the capitol Korsk), and a mascot. My Khador is all white (I’m sure you’ve seen it by now) and definitely white themed, so I needed a winter themed mascot. But who? Why the Abominable Snowman! The Volningrad Yeti doesn’t flow as well I think. While I was on my inspiration high I knocked out this NFL style logo for the team in Photoshop in about 45 minutes. What do ya think?
See what I did there with the title? HOT Khador action…but Khador is cold…and we played on a winter board…ehhhh, you don’t know funny.
The Gnarls league at Game Parlour wrapped up recently, I’ve just been slow to get you this battle report. Chalk it up to one part laziness, one part busy-ness (?), one part ADD, one part…oooo what’s that over there!
…Where was I? Oh yeah, so the Gnarls League focused on higher point games (think 50+ points) and team games (hence the Wartorn Alliances sub tag). With that in mind on the last week of the league, the four Khador players decided to throw down in a major way. 2 vs. 2, 50 points each…but since that would have taken an eternity to get through, we scaled it down to 35 points each (70 points each side).
I’ve been busy lately! Last night I finished up 2 more Iron Fangs, bringing the total to 4. That’s a third of the unit done! Well…minus their pikes. Still working up the courage to brass rod them…
And who’s that leading the charge? Why, it’s Koldun Kommander Zerkova, the much maligned Khadoran warcaster. I’ve really been wanting to paint her since I based her. I like the pose and model and my painting ADD was getting the best of me (yes, that’s Beast-09 in the background, almost done). Lost Hemisphere’s March Paint the Target gave me the perfect excuse to do just that. Hey, her Twister spell is an AOE…
I know it seems like I’ve had a lot of random content or Work in Progress posts lately. So where are the finished model posts?
Well, I have a lot of models that are done and that are just waiting for snow on their bases at this point. I’m waiting to seal them however and the weather has not be cooperating. I really don’t want these recent ones getting frosted, especially my latest warcasters, as I feel they are some of the best I’ve done so far.
Saturday I played in my first tournament and it was a blast! It was also my first time playing with clocks and timed turns were a bit unnerving. Still an amazing time was had and it was a superb way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
But enough of my gushing, let’s get to the nitty gritty. How’d I do? Who’d I go up against? What did I run and why?
Today I had a good amount of time to get some work done, so that I did! I all but finished the UA for the IFP and I love the way the scheme turned out. I wrestled with how to paint them for a while, and I guess that was just one of the reasons why I’ve been putting them off. These actually went by much faster than I thought (another reason I was putting them off), so maybe doing a full unit won’t be so bad. I have still yet to brass rod them all so the other arms are just for show in the pics right now (you can spy the blue tac).
I also decided to keep them at as regular IFP rather than the Black Dragons, because while I like the Black Dragon shields and banner more, the mini-feat was what decided it for me. I feel the extra movement would have more uses generally than an +4 ARM for a turn.
On to the Eliminators.
Ahh, the Eliminators, how I love thee (until I face them that is). These ladies are done minus their faces and some highlights on the capes. I attempted eyes on them about 4-5 times now, but it always looks terrible. I don’t think I have a brush with a point small enough for the task yet. Maybe I need a 000 (3/0/0)?
Oh and I forgot to mention, I am getting another pair of Eliminators. Muahahaha.
Group shot to see how they would fit into the rest of my army.
Kayazy Eliminators, almost done, just missing eyes.
I’m back with a painting frenzy! On my table I have the Eliminators that I previewed yesterday, this time with a bit more work done, about 75% to completion. Also are the two warjacks I’ve been working on (slowly), a Decimator and Beast-09. I’m chugging away at Beast-09 but I’m having trouble because he is put together. I guess I’m so use to painting each part separate, but for whatever reason I decided to put Beast-09 together before painting him. I have no idea how you guys get the results you do with fully assembled models. Paint gets everywhere where I don’t want it and then there are times I can’t even reach some areas to paint!
Also I got started on 3 of the 12 Iron Fang Pikemen I have. I use them in every game pretty much, so it’s about time really. I’m going to tackle them in sets of 3 to keep my sanity…oh, and I have yet to do their brass rods…