Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Reiksguard Eternals

For Empire! For Sigmar!

When Age of Sigmar released I knew I would be picking up the starter set.  Not for a love of either army (in fact I would trade the Bloodbound for some Dark Elf models), but to support the new game system.  What I did not expect was that I would begin to love the Stormcast models.  After listening to the audio dramas it gave me fresh insight and new appreciation to the army.

When deciding on how to paint my Stormcast I went with a theme I created back when Paint Hammer ran a painting competition using the free Stormcast that came with the White Dwarf at the time.  The Reiskguard were always an army I wish I had time and money to do.  The look and story behind them always captivated me.  Sadly the World would end and they would be no more?  Or maybe they would?  So for the competition I painted my Stormcast  in Reiksguard Red and White and used a few Empire bits I had.

My First Reiksguard Stormcast... (Lord Celestant)

After I picked up the starter set I let this idea take shape.  I didn't overload the army with Empire bits (in fact there are only a few models with anything directly tied to the Empire models), but I used a few kitbashed models as leaders and put the color scheme to work on the rest.  Below is the continuation of this idea.

                      Knight Vexillor                      Lord Relictor                          Knight Azyros

                   Lord Celestant on Dracoth                                                 Celestant-Prime

                            Prosecutors                                                                   Paladin Retributors


So there is the picture dump of my Army.  These models are great to build and paint and I intend to grow the force in the future.  However, I am currently working on my new Aelf Army for AoS so it may be some time (that and I have countless other projects I am on as well).  Hope you enjoy my take on the Stormcasts and I will leave you this week with the fluff I wrote up for this army.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Never Kneel....

The Tomb Kings are exiting the scene and it is indeed a sad day.  While they will be around the gaming tables for a while to come the lack of support from Games Workshop means they will most likely fade away at some point.  Lost somewhere between The World That Was and The Mortal Realms.

The models may be going away, but The Tomb Kings cannot ever be fully forgotten.  Nagash appears to be permanently ingrained within the Age of Sigmar Lore and he is surrounded in the Mythos of The Tomb Kings.  Not to mention Settra is running around The Realm of Chaos still.  It is possible that this army will return down the road one day.

Age of Sigmar is a constantly changing narrative with endless possibilities.  I would not bat an eye to any player using Tomb Kings in a game and writing their own fluff to support why they are still around.  I would encourage such a thing as it is how to make your army your own and drive the narrative.  

I remember joining in on the race to gather resources to allow our our Dwarf Airship to Venture to The Tomb Kings Lands in Warhammer Online Age of Reckoning.  When I made it I set to work chopping down skeletons and picking up some trophies to adorn my armor and a beautiful Tomb King Themed Great Sword for my Swordmaster to wield in battle.  Sadly this game would also experience its own End Times and be no more...except for fond memories.

In The tabletop version will be much longer lasting thankfully.  Even if I do not play a Tomb Kings army again I will remember my victories from 8th ed. and The World That Was from the trophies I gathered from my victories over them.

My First Trophy ever claimed in any Warhammer Game during my very first Gamesday (Looking back on it they probably let me win...)

Ever see a Pheonix Guard block hold up half a Tomb Kings force?  This guy has and lived to tell the tale!

So whenever I field my High Elves (whether they get rebased or not) there will be reminders of the Tomb Kings for me and my opponent.  So they will never truly be buried to me as I will carry these mementos into this unknown future.   

Settra did not kneel when faced with Death(Nagash) himself and neither should the Tomb King Players out there Kneel at the Face of Death(Squatting?) of their line.  #OnlyTheFaithful

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Basing in the Age of Sigmar

My original plan for this weeks post was to talk about my "top secret" Age of Sigmar Aelf army, but while working on said army today I began thinking about rebasing and base sizes.  That train of thought gripped me to the point I decided to make this post about my thoughts on the subject.

Remember when this picture dropped?

Many people have rebased an old Fantasy Army or are currently in the process of doing so.  Some are using inserts while others are clipping models from their old squares and putting them on "appropriate" size round bases.  So what does appropriate mean?  What looks the best?  What may give the best advantage in game play?  What I have laying around?

There are valid points for every argument here so what are we to do?  My local scene is still small and most were very upfront and vocal that they will never rebase.  I thought about rebasing as well, but with my local scene keeping squares for the chance of old edition games I decided it was best to leave my square based model as they are and simply begin a new army and use rounds (until my local scene changes its mind).

Everyone has seemed to settle on some standards for basing and that is a great thing, but something written (and proven to work) would help resolve any left over feelings for staying square.  Thankfully the SCGT 2016 packs dropped and BAM (timing is everything)! We have something written down to push the community to rounds.  Is it required?  Yes...and no...

You must be on rounds, but you can blue tac your squares to rounds.  A simple fix that shouldn't bother anyone to much.  On top of that I really like how you wont lose paint score, but are not eligible to win painting awards unless you are fully committed to rounds bases.

I really like the concept of being able to go up a base size if you choose.

I can see this being adopted across the Tournament (and eventually the casual) community in the months to come.  Just like Mo/Clash Comp came around and suddenly turned this whole AoS tournament ship in the right direction I believe SCGT Pack will push the community toward round basing as the standard.  The community is still growing and it is an exciting time to be one of the faithful!  Now back to basing my army....


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