Army shaping up

So the army about 9 weeks in. No shed wars but getting there.

Add ten slingers and I’m done. I am hoping there is enough here to make for some good games. The armies are about 30% smaller usually so I want the bodies to do the talking for me!

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Footsore Order Arrives

This is the first two units for my early Saxon army. I may well do three or four armies as I have the Dark Ages bug. That will not all get done this year.

The plan is for a hard hitting elite army. Opposite to the Irish.

Here is my free done (thank you gents) who I am just going to have to paint up for the tournament.

Actually excited by more Dark Ages. Just need the bases to arrive!

Irish Cavalry

First off. These are lovely to paint. I really enjoyed them and now wish I had done all the blankets tartan. If I ever do a Pict army that will happen.

Tartan blanket

Here is my mounted hero. He is really the bite to this unit on the board.

The characters get personal shields and his throwing spear makes him nasty on the charge with 3 attacks.

Here is the rest of the unit. You take 9 so two casualties are not enough for a panic test. Sad but true

This leaves ten slingers to paint. Plus the movement trays. The end is in sight!

British Shields

So according to the Age of Arthur book the native British Shields were icy white. As GB couldn’t play as he is massively poorly sick and Tom is at the Giant’s Causeway (he doesn’t yet know how much time I have had to spend there in my life) I was left watching series 3 of Lucifer and painting the shields. Hopefully I will get the bases done tonight leaving just the cavalry and another unit of slingers to polish off the army. Oh and the small matter of varnish and static grass on all of them. Oh and movement trays!

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I did them all freehand but Mr Farr was cussing my painting so I thought that I would show him!

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I am pretty pleased with these. Some of the hats are a little garish but I figure the shields detract from that.

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Hopefully the army done by the end of October all in. Which would be two weeks early!

Blood Bowl

Blood Bowl on Stevo’s kitchen table. Karl (off of being my friend for 20 years, working together for all that time, living together for a month and a few drunken outings – Vegas, Nuremberg and Nottingham) brought his Nurgle Rotters team round to give me a smacking. I tried to explain that I was fightier but we ended up in a good old ruck with many bruises on both sides.

I received first and the mayhem commenced!

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My drive down the right hand side was going well. Karl had forgotten the frenzy and so found himself with a couple of fellas in the crowd. Also my paper thin armour was holding out.

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So I cocked up going for greedy pain moves and Karl smashed in a Touch Down early in the second half. I would have to get it together!

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What was left of the teams after two drives. I had no Blitzers on the pitch taking a chunk of the sting out of my offense!

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Left hand drive this time. The Werewolves proved a useful counter to Karl’s Nurgle Warriors.

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Last turn of the game I ran home the TD to draw the match. Fantastic time was had by all and it was great to see Karl!

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I also introduced him to Marion Pale Ale brewed by Lincoln Green Brewery just down the round from the North Nottingham Gaming Hall in Hucknall. I might try and get them to sponsor an event at some point.

Lincoln Green Marion

British Allies for the Irish

Time is ticking on and with 1 month to go I am closing in on my Birthday tournament. These chaps are the thing that is going to add some much needed quality to my battleline. The Brits (native inhabitants of the isles) come with shields (actual defence against shooting) and throwing spears (fight in two ranks in first round) which puts them head and shoulders above the Ceithern. As Brits they also get +3 rank bonus so what is not to love.

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Ceithern horse are in the sprayed, base colour, wash phase. John Stallard once sagely said “Spray the horses” and I have never looked back. Those red blankets are going to be tartan if the will to live does not flea me!!!

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I will hopefully polish these off for the next post. I have 12 slingers after this. Movement trays and then varnish and static grass phase!!

The Congo battle report that never was

We had a great time playing Congo hosted by GB. It is a great game and GB has done a brilliant job pulling all the models and scenery together.

So this (picture 1) is what we carried to the Ilko Gaming Hut to set the mood for the game. I took too few pictures so will roughly bash you through it. But this is not a full report, sorry!

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The set up, down the middle is a dry gully full of lions!

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Tom (coming from the north) stalks onto the table.

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Lots more are on their way!

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And more again!

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In full flow

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And the end

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Basically Tom got two treasures and legged it winning the game, I think. As I said lots of fun but I made a poor fist of reporting it. Must try harder!!

Fianna Finished

After painting the chunkier 24 strong units and these figures being a little small this feels like a small unit. 20 Fianna should be a challenge for most units out there. Though Tom’s elite Saxon’s went through them in a turn, but they massively out point me. Fianna being the worst of the elite units out there!

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I know the white bits are still in the flag but they will get sorted once the PVA dries!! The transfers from LBM are great. I would have to have fannied (a word in my house at least) around with them for the larger bosses so halved the shields instead.

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With a re-work of the list I am still 43 models off completing the force (curse Tom for talking me into adding cavalry!) putting me at about 161 models in 1500 points. If nothing else a few lucky break tests could win me some games just by having bodies on the pitch!!

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Tartan cloaks for the Fianna

After my defeat at the hands of Tom I was spurred on to get the army into shape. This is the elite of the Irish and I wanted it to be a bit more uniform and warlike.

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I figured Tartan cloaks would make a difference.

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I am not gutted by the result but I think it could have been better.

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I will get the bases done tonight and hopefully sort the shields out. I have paid for the Little Big Men transfers so hopefully they will come out lovely and look proper great!

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Age of Arthur training game

With afternoon passes signed Tom and I convened to play WAB in the North Nottingham Gaming Hall. 1500 points (apologies I have one unit sprayed brown!)

Tom is Saxons with late Roman allies. One of the things I love about the period is that you get to do chunks of allies so that you can part build an additional army to see if you like it!

Late Romans with large shields. Covert their 5+ save!

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Saxon Duguth

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Saxon super hard fellas (can’t remember what they are called) and more Duguth, plus duguth skirmishers

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Saxon archers, heading for the woods

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Slingers, Ceithern + hero, Ceithern plus BSB

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Ceithern + Warlord, Fianna + Hero

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Brown British allies, slingers and dogs

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More like a Skaven army.

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My line marches forward

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Tom comes up to meet me. WE will see who drops the charge in

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Tom gets it, CRUNCH. I lose both units, 1/3 of my army gone!

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I charge on the other side

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The Saxons are thrown back but rally, Tom flank charges the Ceithern

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Who break and rally, give us back my flag

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Darn it that flank looks exposed!!

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In go the Ceithern, can they break the shield wall??

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Tom has plenty left at this point

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My general’s unit is flanked, and soundly thrashed

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I didn’t take any more photos but it didn’t end as badly as you might think. My BSB Ceithern broke the small unit of Duguth and paniced Tom’s elite super soldiers. But he still won.

I need to be using my superior unit count to make a difference, which wasn’t happening. Two’s on one will do it. Especially with the availability of heroes.

Need some more games and to finish off the army!