Tonight is the ‘Awards Ceremony’ for our Journeyman League. Six weeks of painting and playing games behind me, I now have a fully painted 50 point army (see above) to terrorize the table tops with. Overall, I didn’t win any of the categories but came close in two of them (which was a huge surprise to me), and went 10-6 as far as win-loss record which is the bigger news! With Rhyas. Boom shaka laka naysayers.
The army is a lot of fun to play as it’s very different from my Menoth. You have to be VERY aggressive with it to get anywhere and always on the look out for assassination opportunities (more so than usual). FURY management is also a big concern for it with a FURY 5 warlock and two heavies and a light capable of producing 11 fury if you max them out. Make sure to keep that Shepard safe! Sometimes I wanted/needed Rhyas to have a ranged attack spell, but when all else fails, just apply Rhyas and see where it takes you. And never look down on Riposte. I think it killed as many models as Rhyas did charging. Also the beef wall of terror causing Ogruns is fantastic! It’s 12 models totaling 96 health boxes, all at ARM 16-17. It can be a lot to chew through for some people. Then you have a mess of Swordsmen to clean up the remains.
Surprise MVP? The Nephilim Solider. He assassinated more casters than either Rhyas or the two heavies.
So what’s next for me?
A break probably. In actuality, I think it’s time to indulge in some palette cleansing games (like Infinity!). More on that (very) soon!
Last night was the first night of actually playing this army, so I’ll have real up impressions soon. In all honesty, 15pts doesn’t lend itself to a lot of subtlety, so this army just kinda rushes up and makes with the chopey chopey.
All this gets me to Tier 2 currently (first round stealth and a free swordsmen UA), and according to my collection calculator is 44% of my Rearguard army painted. None too shabby. Typhon is currently on the painting table. Followed by Warspears after that.
Sidenote: I changed the [Slow Grow 2013] to [Journeyman 2013] as that’s the title everyone is familiar with.
I present my custom Rhyas conversion for my Rearguard!
I’d say I’m indifferent to the standard Rhyas sculpt. I don’t hate it, but I also don’t love it. It’s boring. Very. It’s not very ninja-like (or even a proper way to hold your sword at the ready). What I really wanted I guess is something like this. Or this. Or even this. You know…a proper ninja pose.
Enter custom figure. I found an idea a while back (I wish I had saved the pic) that inspired this conversion, and I’m pretty happy with it. It’s made from Legion parts so she still looks exactly as she should. But I feel this captures more movement, as if she’s twirling her sword around and catching someone off-guard. Like a ninja would. And you all know how much I like a sense of movement in my miniatures. If it’s a pose that would look good or be featured in a slow motion cut, I’m there.
Once the green stuff cures, this and the last batch of models and bases are getting primed and thus will end the prepwork for this Journeyman League. It’s just going to be straight painting for the next month or so. Granted this may be the last [Slow Grow 2013] tagged post for a week or more because until the Swordsmen and UA are painted, their won’t be much interesting progress.
Sorry, I couldn’t think of a witty post title. I have failed you *seppuku*.
As my last post suggested, I’m beginning to work on my swordsmen interspersed between other model to try and soften the, what I guess can described as, monotony of painting a full sized twelve man unit. I didn’t have a super clear picture in my head of how I wanted them to be painted, just that I wanted to have something in between my Shepard and my Warmongers. The model you see above is the initial test model…
Warmongers (min unit) and the Shepard are finally on bases, and what I consider my first ‘completed‘ models for my Legion of Everblight Rearguard.
Still not that happy with how the bases are coming out, but the peeps on the forums seem to like them, so I guess they’ll stay that way.
I really love how these guys came out and I think the new blue I used on the skintones is the key to that. I still have the other two left to max out the unit, but for now, I’m focusing on getting the rest of the bases ready as I don’t like when I finish painting a model and don’t have a base for him. It’s kinda demotivating as they never feel done until they are on a base. At the moment, they are in the (slow) process of getting layer after layer of water effects.
What do you guys think? C + C is always welcome. In the mean time, working on Swordsmen! These 12 man small-based units always slow down my momentum and drive, that’s why I intend on getting them started and done sooner rather than later. After 12 dudes, a 5 man unit should seem like a breeze!
After reading about Plarzoid’s plan’s for his Highlander lists for the first weeks of Slow Grow, it got me thinking about mine.
Now I don’t have a ton of models to choose from as far as Legion goes, but this format shouldn’t prove a problem for me. The biggest issue I would have had was the one light/heavy beasts as I only have 3, one of whom is a character which I think is not allowed (Typhon). I had originally planned on doing:
The problem with that is I thought the Soldier was 4 points when he’s actually 5, which puts me 1 point over…Welp, time to switch it up and paint up some of my other solos I have availible, either the Succubus or the Shepard. I’m sure you’ve guessed which one I chose.
I’m super happy with how she’s coming out. I just need to finish her feathers and belt buckles. At first she was really kind of intimidating due to her size and all those little details. Plus I had no idea on the color scheme yet for any other models besides Ogruns. But I just dived in and next thing I know here she is, almost completed. Enjoy the pics!
Oh and I should be getting my bases in the mail soon, so I can finally ‘complete’ some models and make them playable!
Moving on from the Nephilim Soldier featured earlier this week, let’s talk Ogruns and the trouble I’m having with mine.
The reasons for working on an Ogrun model and the Nephilim at the same time I explained in a post long ago (basically the two have all the elements I need to try out). Originally I went with the warchief but for whatever reason switched it up to this warmonger grunt.
Just wanted to share the work I was able to do on the Nephilim Soldier last night. He’s pretty much done at the moment and I’m very happy with the result. In fact, it’s emboldened me to push on. This is 5 points down, 45 to go!
Still undecided on what to do as far as basing though. I did have an idea when I remembered that my mom has one of these hanging up in her house. I was going to swing by on the weekend anyway, but now I think I’ll also try and get a mold of it made with some insta-mold and then make a cast that I’ll smash to chunks. Thoughts?
Also, I have some pics of the Scythean I started on. The first week of the Slow Grow/Journeyman (never know which is the right one to call it) culminates in a 15pt Highlander event, which means I need one of every model type. I have the Nephilim Soldier as my light, the Scythean as my heavy warbeast (as the other in the list is Typhon and I don’t think characters are permitted), Swordsmen or warmongers (probably Warmongers) as my unit, and either a Shepard or a War chief (probably the War Chief) as my solo. Rhyas as my warlock of course.
I believe it actually starts on July 8th or so, but I found out (or probably forgot) that anything painted since January counts for this year’s Journeyman League. Not sure if that means all that I’ve painted, or just what I’d doing for the Journeyman…either way, it’s time to break back out the Legion of Everblight!!