Monday, March 19, 2018

Kingdom Death Monster - Olympus Year 14

Kingdom Death
A group of survivors heads toward the outskirts of Olympus, where The Hand is perched nonchalantly atop a giant stone face, awaiting them. Icarus, the red savior, boldly leads the way. He wears a full suit of screaming armor and wields the counterweighted axe. The survivors hope that his super-human ability to always hit his opponent with every attack will allow them to defeat this mysterious threat. Apollo and Hades join him, both wearing full suits of rawhide armor. Apollo also wears the cat eye circlet, which he intends to use to predict the monster's behavior and avoid the worst of it, and is armed with a scrap sword. Hades carries a bone axe. The settlement having only enough armor for three, Hera is naked but for the skull of Ares she wears as a helmet. She carries the cat gut bow and a claw head arrow, along with a founding stone. If the situation gets desperate, she is prepared to attempt to finish the monster off or get one or two crucial wounds on it from a distance if necessary.

Not knowing what to expect, the survivors spread out and approach The Hand with great trepidation.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Bolt Action Battle Report: Winter War Meeting Engagement

I finally had my first game of Bolt Action recently, after years of wanting to give it a try. My friend Seamus agreed to show me the ropes using the Winter War forces I have painted. It worked out to about 630 points on each side, made up entirely of infantry. I fielded the Finns and Seamus commanded the inexperienced Soviet horde. We played the fairly straightforward Meeting Engagement scenario out of the rulebook. In this scenario, any forces not held in reserve would move onto the table in the first turn, and one victory point would be scored for each enemy unit destroyed. It turned out to be a pretty exciting and dramatic battle. Have a look below to see how it went.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Kingdom Death Monster - Olympus Year 13

Kingdom Death
Athena II, Dionysus, Hades, and Apollo depart in search of a mature (level 2) screaming antelope. Athena wears the full suit of antelope armor and wields the counterweighted axe. Dionysus wears the skull helmet fashioned from the skull of Ares, along with the forsaker mask and cat eye circlet. He also wears a cloth draped around his waist. He wields his twilight sword and also carries a cat gut bow and claw head arrow. Hades and Apollo wear the suits of rawhide armor. Hades is armed with both the butcher's cleaver and bone axe, while Apollo carries the scrap sword.

The survivors immediately encounter a dead antelope, but find no signs of any living antelopes nearby. They next discover a huge, grimacing stone face with lava flowing from the eyes. Its gritted teeth appear to hold a worn sword. Athena braves the lava to grab the old sword, which they call the adventure sword. Then the survivors find themselves distracted by a dark crack in the stone face floor. Hades is unable to tear himself away and stoops to gaze into the depths until the other survivors drag him away. Whatever he glimpsed changes him forever (gain a random disorder), turning him into a rage-aholic.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Kingdom Death Monster - Olympus Year 12

Kingdom Death
Zeus, Demeter, Apollo, and Artemis depart Olympus in search of the legendary Beast of Sorrow, described in a story told by one of the elders of the settlement. They aren't even sure if the beast really exists, but if it does, they are determined to find it. They have prepared themselves for a potentially long hunt.

Zeus wears the screaming armor and forsaker mask and is armed with a counterweighted axe. Demeter and Apollo both wear full suits of rawhide armor, Demeter carrying a bone axe and butcher cleaver while Apollo is armed with a scrap sword. Artemis is protected only by a simple cloth around her waist, and the skull helmet fashioned from the skull of Areas. She carries the cat gut bow along with a claw head arrow, and also wears the cat eye circlet.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Painting Shadespire Bloodreavers

I've written up a step-by-step guide to how I painted the Bloodreavers in the Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire core set. These were the first Bloodreavers I've painted, and the first Khorne models of any kind really. I took pictures along the way, though they didn't turn out great. Hopefully you get the idea. Unless specified, all of the paints are out of production Citadel/Games Workshop paints from their previous (and now replaced) range.

The method I came up with ends up being pretty fast, and I think it would be good for painting up a bunch of models in large batches. There are a lot of steps, but most of them are easy and don't require careful painting, so they go quickly. The washes at the end really help obscure any mistakes. As you can see from the pictures, I don't worry too much as I go along about making mistakes or getting good coverage, especially on the early steps, because it will get fixed later. Each picture is the result of the several steps listed above. Have a look at my process below and let me know what you think of the results.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Kingdom Death Monster - Olympus Year 11

Kingdom Death
Artemis, Apollo, Hephaestus, and Athena II leave Olympus to search for an adult (level 2) screaming antelope. Artemis wears a full set of rawhide armor and is armed with the catgut bow and a special claw head arrow. Apollo also wears full rawhide armor and wields the scrap sword, with bone darts for ranged backup. Hephaestus wears only a cloth around his waist and a screaming horn helmet over his cat eye circlet. He carries both the butcher cleaver and the bone axe (as a backup, in case he chickens out of wielding the sentient cleaver). Athena II wears a screaming skirt, coat, and braces, along with the skull helm (the skull of the late Ares), and carries the counterweighted axe.

Immediately after departing, the hunters find evidence of a mass migration of antelopes (monster is moved 3 spaces away from the survivors). There is no trace of any remaining antelope populations anywhere they have found them before, and they resign themselves to a potentially long hunt. As they range farther from their settlement, suddenly the ground begins to shift beneath their feet, before rising into the air beneath them! The survivors find themselves on the back of a gigantic creature. They all hang on like their lives depend on it (which they very well may) as the massive creature begins to move. In a stroke of amazing luck, or perhaps destiny, the giant carries them to a far off plain full of grazing antelopes.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire painted core set

I have finished painting my Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire core set. I didn't paint any of the bases because I intend to base them on some clear acrylic bases once I get some that are the right size. The base size doesn't matter at all for Shadespire, but I might someday use these in Age of Sigmar so I figured I should use the standard base sizes for the models (though base size doesn't technically matter there either).

This was my first time painting any Stormcast or any Khorne models. Let me know what you think of the results.