Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Just Finished Painting: Empire Lord on Griffon

Yesterday I finished a Lord on a Griffon for my Warhammer Fantasy Empire army. He bears the proud name Sigi as you can see written on his shield.

Since its release I loved the model of the High Elf Prince on Griffon from the Island of Blood boxed set. The griffon is just great. So I decided to take the griffon as the basis for my m
odel. I cut off the upper part of the prince’s body and replaced it by using different parts from my bitsbox.

Sigi - aerial assault.

Sigi - lord of the Empire's army.

Sigi - the griffon rider.

Sigi - in all his glory.

Friday, 23 November 2012

40K Battle Report - 6th Edition Codex Chaos Space Marines

This week I played my first game of Warhammer 40.000 using the shiny new Codex Chaos Space Marines. For me this game was some kind of test run. I wanted to find out how well my old school army build for the 5th edition can perform with the new rules. My army comprises a bunch of vehicles, several different cult troops as standard choices and a pair of Demon Princes as HQs. While not a classical vehicle spam list it’s however focused on vehicles and big monsters.

After the release of the new core rules I soon realized that my army wouldn’t be as effective as before. 6th edition is a footslogger edition and I don’t have many boots on the ground. With the release of the new codex two other problems became apparent. Demon Princes are now far from being the best HQ choices. They are just too expensive for their performance. Also the shift of cult troops to the elite section makes it impossible for me to field most of my standard choices at the same time.

Nevertheless for this game I tried my old set-up. I took a Demon Prince with wings and armor as my HQ, as many vehicles as possible (two Vindicators, one predator with twin-linked Lascannon and a Hellbrute with Multi-Melta) and a Chaos Marines squad with two Melters in a Rhino accompanied by two 10-man squads of naked Chaos Cultists as my standards. We went for 1000 points. Again my opponent was Daniel fielding a Space Wolves army. He had a Drop Pod army with four standard units. Three of them dropped in in their pods. The mission was “The Relic”. After the fifth turn the battle was over. Daniel won with a solid 3-0. A clear result.

Well… What are the lessons learned from this game? What does it mean for my army?

The Demon Prince attracted a lot of fire but only survived for several turns because of lucky saving throw rolls. He also didn’t deal much damage. My troops even performed worse. The Cultists were just slain (okay, I let them run through the open field…) and the Marines couldn’t survive much longer. My troop choices aren’t solid. The Cultists are a nice addition but can’t win the day by themselves. I have to bring back one of my cult troop units and at the moment I favor my Khorne Berserkers. To bring them in I need a Lord with a mark of Khorne. So all I need to do is to paint the Chaos Lord from the Dark Vengeance box.

My vehicles performed better than expected. In the end both Vindicators and the Hellbrute were still on the table. I will keep on using my vehicle list and won’t change to an all-infantry-army. In the future I could exchange my Predator (which is used to hunt down other vehicles) with a second Hellbrute to react more flexible on vehicles and infantry.

My 5th edition CSM army arrayed for 6th edition.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Just Finished Painting: Goblin wolfriders and some barrels...

I just finished five Goblin wolfriders for Warhammer Fantasy. This is my second small regiment of wolfriders. I painted them like the rest of my Goblin army by just using washes.

Additionally I painted some barrels for my gaming table.

A small regiment of five wolfriders.

I field them in a small group of five with spears and a musician.

Some barrels...

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Miniature Gallery: The Shruuf

The Shruuf is a greater demon from the classical German roleplaying game “Das Schwarze Auge” (The Dark Eye). I think he looks very stupid. That’s why I like him so much. I painted him earlier this year - in May 2012 - during holidays on Lake Garda, Italy.

Before painting I had to decide how to base him. First I thought about using him for Warhammer Fantasy. But finally I opted for a large 40K base to field him as a Greater Demon or Demon Prince for my Warhammer 40.000 Chaos army.

According to Dark Eye fluff the other names for him are either “The adipose Blooddrinker” or “The Annihilator”. He has four horns. The mightiest demons have as many as seven horns.

This old school miniature was published for the Armalion tabletop game from 1998. Today the model is sold by Ral Partha Europe Ltd.

The demon Shruuf.

I painted him on a small balcony in Italy.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Duzi & Spiel 2012

Every October two gaming events take place which I visit regularly, the “Duzi” in Wesel and the “Spiel“ in Essen. The Duzi is a small miniature trade fair where you can find everything you need for tabletop wargaming and many miniature rarities. The Spiel needs no further explanation as it is widely known as the place to be in the world of gaming.

This year I went to Duzi with Andi looking for a plastic box of Wargames Factory Numidians to finally start my Warhammer Ancient project together with my cousin Karl. Like every year I also bought a new terrain piece from my favorite terrain manufacturer Didier Fünfrock-Dymowski. Go and check his website for his beautiful tabletop terrain: http://more-terrain.de/.

Then last weekend I visited the Spiel together with my girlfriend Bettina and with Krüger. Bettina is a keen photographer and she took many nice pictures of the event. It is always great to be at the Spiel as you can discover so many new things, meet nice people from all over the world and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere.

The Spiel is the biggest gaming fair in the world...

...with nearly 150.000 gamers visiting every year this great event.

Krüger is still sceptical. Later he bought the X-Wing starter set.

Not afraid of Imperial troopers???

There is always something interesting to discover for a hobbyist.

Friday, 14 September 2012

First Post & 40K Battle Report

Hello and welcome to my blog!

Here you will find all information about my hobby activities, mainly focused on tabletop wargaming.

Could there be anything better than starting a gaming blog with a battle report? Guess not...

Yesterday evening I played Warhammer 40K with Daniel, one of my gaming mates in Munich. We met in the local Funtainment store. My Chaos Space Marines versus his Blood Angels / Space Wolves alliance. 1500 points, Dawn of War and Big Guns Never Tire (3 objectives) with him going first.

My Chaos Space Marines were fielded as usual:
  • 2x Winged Demon Princes, both with Warptime
  • 10 Chaos Marines with 2 Melters and a Power Fist in a Rhino
  • 8 Khorne Berserkers with a Power Fist in a Rhino
  • 7 Thousand Sons with Doombolt in a Rhino
  • 2x Chaos Vindicator
  • a Chaos Predator
  • and a Chaos Dreadnought with Multi-Melter
His Blood Angels and Space Wolves comprised (as far as I remember):
  • Mephiston
  • Dante with 5 Sanguinary Guards
  • a Bastion with 5 Long Fangs (3 Missile Launcher and 2 Lascannons) supported by a Runepriest on top
  • a small squad of Grey Wolves in the Bastion to grap his nearby placed objective
  • a Wolf Lord on Thunderwolf
  • and a small squad of Assault Blood Angels in a Razorback
It was a hard-fought battle with changing tides, ending after the sixth turn with 5-4 victory points. A close victory for the Forces of Chaos...

During Turn 2

During Turn 3