Sunday, April 24, 2016

Empire handgunners

In addition to painting up my dwarfs, I'm also trying to get my old Warhammer Empire army painted up so a friend can use it (and maybe me from time to time).  So, four more handgunners finished.  Lousy photo, but I can't seem to shoot a better one tonight.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Vikings Return!

It's been a long time since I did any wargaming, much less SAGA, so I jumped at the chance when a friend asked if I would be willing to show him the ropes.  He's hosted some other wargames at his home, so this time we met at my place so my Vikings could set up against his Anglo-Danes.

The Vikings surge into the village
The Anglo-Danes line up to protect their Warlord
An overhead shot of the table
The two bands draw close to combat
The Vikings' wave crashes into the Danes with significant damage, but stalls out in the end.
The two Warlords finally face off, their ranks decimated.
The battle mostly involved the Danes throwing all kinds of Fatigue upon my units using their battle board while my units tried to throw off Fatigue using my battle board.  With Vikings there's not a lot of subtlety, and I rolled into his ranks with amazing effectiveness only to stall out on the second tier of units and fall to the Danish counter-attack.  That counter-attack cost my opponent most of his units, however, leaving the two Warlords to go at it.  Unfortunately the bad die rolling that plagued me the second half of the game continued, and the Warlord fell to a Anglo-Danish double-handed axe.

All in all a great game and bloody like it is supposed to be.  I can also really appreciate playing against an opponent who enjoys fielding a beautiful army on a well-dressed table.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

First game of Kings of War

Well I've been talking about Mantic's Kings of War for a while, and finally this last weekend got my first game in: my dwarfs versus John's Empire.

The original set up.  I just want to say that I've done a lot of the painting for the Empire side too...
So short story--I lost.  Mostly because I didn't know the rules well and played it a lot like Warhammer Fantasy Battles.  Which Kings of War isn't.  For one thing, you can shoot through friendly units on the same level.  For another, you don't get "smack backs" in close combat.  The charger hits the unit, does damage, and sees if they break. Fini.  The other unit can only hit back on their turn.  That makes timing charges critical for the game.

Here's a shot near the end,  I had a late rally and did some real damage, but by then I was without hope.  Next time I'll be playing smarter (and harder).

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

90,000 Page Hits

I hit a weird benchmark today: 90,000 page hits to this website.  Since it'll take me the better part of a year to hit 100,000 I thought I would just give myself a little "woohoo" today.

Thanks for reading!  Now where are my next dwarfs...

Monday, March 28, 2016

Rounding out two units

So in order get up to KoW unit size standards, I need to add a handful of guys to my dwarf riflemen and rangers.  So a few GW plastic Thunderers and some old school Rangers later, and we are one step closer to my fully painted army.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Actually Collecting an Army

It has been, well, a very long time since I put the time in on collecting an actual army, despite what the blog's title says.  But with Kings of War, I'm ready to give it another shot.

I am going to stand on the shoulders of giants, or in this case dwarfs, though, because I'm going to use the old WHFB dwarf army I had been working on previously as the core of the new army.  My goal is to put together 1500 points by the time I'm through.

Here's the tentative layout

2 Regiments of Ironclad (220 pts)
1 Regiment of Ironguard (160 pts)
1 Troop of Berzerkers (125 pts)
1 Troop Ironwatch Crossbows (100 pts)
1 Troop Ironwatch Rifles (115 pts)
1 Troop Rangers (135 pts)
1 Troop Shieldbreakers (90 pts)
Ironbelcher Cannon (110 pts)
Dwarf King (120 pts)
Steel Behemoth (250 pts)

Total: 1425 pts, leaving me 75 points for odds and ends.  Total miniatures: 116

Now I can already tell you that some of these units are already painted up (e.g. the Rifles, the Rangers, the Ironbelcher, the Shieldbreakers).  Others have at least a good chunk already painted (the Ironclad, the Crossbows).  I'm a purist, if a rare partaker, which means I want a fully painted army where every figure is represented.

So next up, an accounting of what I already have, just to see how much of a head start I have.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dwarf Rangers

I'm continuing to work on getting my dwarf Kings of War army painted, using mostly, if not entirely, Warhammer Fantasy dwarf miniatures I already own.  A while ago (like seven or eight years) I bought a bunch of "Oldhammer" dwarf minis from a junk bin at a FLGS, and now they are finally getting painted.  Here's eight dwarf rangers ready to join the army!


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