Thursday, November 9, 2023

Warmaster Chaos Army update

 've contnue to make progress on my Chaos army for Warmaster and now have wel over 2,000 points of troops painted and ready for battle. 

4x Units of Chaos Warrors and Chaos Marauders

The Cavalry wing: 3 Units of Chaos Chariots, 1 unit of Dragon Ogres, 2 units of Chaos Knights, and 3 units of Marauder horsemen

Miscellaneous units: 2x units of Ogres, 2x units of Harpies, 2x units of Chaos Hounds. 


Thursday, October 26, 2023

Scatter Terrain

 I've been playing a few solo games of Warmaster on my arid themed table over the past few days as I try to get more familiar with the rules. I felt that I needed a bit more scatter terrain- scrub and rough going- to give a bit more variety to the table. I've not made any terrain in quite along time but I'm on holdiay this week so today between other tasks around the house managed to build some suitable terrain to add more interest to the table. 

Over the years I've tried many types of terrain, from dedicated terrain boards to various types of scatter terrain but feel that scatter terrain makes the most versatile table top terrain. 

Rock outcroppings

These are simple to make and look good on table. I make a base out of 5mm MDF using a jigsaw to cut the basic outline. I then file the edges of the MDF base with a wood rasp to make it slightly more rounded. 

I then find some suitable bits of barkchip from the winter wood pile and then glue it on to the MDF base with PVA. 

Once the PA is dry I use some permafilla to texture the base.

Once the permafilla is dry I then paint the barkchip with slightly watered down PVA. PVA shrinks when it dries and this creates a firm skin on the barkchip which prevents it from chipping. 

I then paint the base using a base clour plus plus 1-2 highlight colours.

Finally, I put some dabs of PVA glue and sprinkle on catlitter to represent rock falls .

Once the cat litter is dry I again paint a layer of watered down PVA over it to make it more solid- again the PVA shrinks when it dries creating a solid protective layer. 

And that it is, done. 

Well, almost. I need to add some bits of Woodlands Scenics clump foliage to add a bit more interest/contrast which is a wee job for tomorrow. 

And a few bases for the scatter terrain using the same techniques.  


Monday, October 23, 2023

Warmaster Chaos + Battle report

 A busyt week getting the Chaos army ready for battle. I've still a few more units to paint but can field at least 1500 points now

So, wiht that in mind, yeterday I decided to ahve a solo game of High Elves vs Chaos. The way the commnad rules work in Warmaster lends itself nicely for solo gaming so dug out some of my 15mm terrain for a practice game to get better at the rules. 

The game played well and worked as expected and will defintitely do some more solo games in future. 


Thursday, October 19, 2023

Warmaster Chaos Army- WIP

 I popped down to Dunedin for my first game of Warmaster last weekend, vs Jonathan and his Tomb Kings.  A battle report can be found here: Warmaster High Elves vs Tomb kings

I enjoyed the command and control aspect of the rules and the uncertainty that that created and although the game took a while as we were both relearning the rules it was a lot of fun and I look forward to a few more games in the near future with the Dunedin gamers. 

I wanted a second (well and a third eventually) army to do some solo-gaming and as a pair should anyone want a game in future, so had a 2000+ point Chaos Army printed up for me by one of the Dunedin gamers and picked it up while in town. 

So this week I've got started on my Warriors from the Steppe, Chaos Warrior army.  Once again the sculpts are the awesome Forest Dragon 3d prints, the quality of which continues to blow me away. I can not recommend them highly enough. 

4 units of Chaos Marauders- Solid infantry which will form the core of the army either brigaded by themselves or combined with Chaos Warriors units for a bit more staying power.

Chaos Chariots. I've just painted these this morning and again the sculpts are incredible. They will become the backbone of the army and intend to paint up another 5 units worth! I've just done the basecoat on the base so yet to add the other bits and pieces to tie them in with the other units.

2 units of Ogres. Again great sculpts. I forgot to get some Chaos Warrriors printed so until I rectify that they will be used as Chaos Warriors.
The army so far assembles. 

I've another unit of chariots and  2 units of marauder horsemen and I should amost be ready for a game with them. I am aiming to get 1200 points table ready and then built the army towards 2000 points from there. 


Wednesday, October 4, 2023

More high elves

 A few more pictures of the 10mm high elves for Warmaster.

I completed another two regiments of Silver Helms today. 


Saturday, September 30, 2023

Warmaster high elves

This week some of the lovely 10mm scale 3d printed Forest Dragon High elf figures turned up, and what can I say they are even betler in the flesh, so to speak. Amazing the quality of sculpts these days! I can't recommend them highly enough. 

So I've been beavering away gettting my Silverhelm Cavary regiments done and enough Spear-elves painted to be able to field a 2000 point army. 

I've gone for a traditional blue and white colour scheme and am happy with the way they have turned out.

I've quite enjoyed painting these figures, the details pop making them easy to paint and I have had a bit of a production line going. The funny thing with 10mm is that an individual base looks okay, a regiment not bad but once you put 3-4 regiments down together on the table top, wow do they pop and the look of serried ranks really shines. 

I'm still not 100% sold on the rules for Warmaster- I like the command and control mechanism just wonderoing if the fighting by stands mechanic may be a bit fiddly, we will see when I get round to having a game. 

Anyway, I am very satisfied with the results of my work this week and hope to get these guys onto the tabe one day soon. 

5 of the infantry regiments are Forest Dragon 3d printed resins, the centre one os the only regient of GW spear elves I have. 


Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Warmaster 10mm High elves

 Time for something a bit different. I was down in Dunedin the other week and caught up with an old gaming mate Richard who is running a gaming/hobby store which is pretty cool. While in there met one of the local gamers, Andrew, who was working on a Warmaster Tomb Kings army. They've got a group of 3-4 players down there getting some armies together and so that was all the inspiration I needed to get a new project under way.  

I played a few games of Warmaster 20 odd years ago with Dale and Nigel but didn't like the crazy never ending combat issue which was fixed with Warmaster Ancients. I bought Warmaster Ancients when it came out but never got inspired to paint up an army. Anyway, back in the day I got a few blisters of GW High Elves and some Kallistra ones with the intention of getting a 2000pt High Elf army together, but it has been languishing, forgotten and unloved in the bottom of my gaming drawers for a long, long time. 

Meeting up with Andrew and Richard inspired me to pull the old mini's out and try to get an army together. A google seach for inspiration turned up Warmaster Revolution which is a fan based update based on the Warmaster Acients system. I'm not 100% sold on the Warmaster system, I always liked the command system which were also used in Hail Ceasar and Black Powder but I'm not sold on the combat rules, I think that they may be a little clunky but we will see, as I said I've oot actually had a game in a long, long time. so maybe I cut it some slack. Long story short I decided ot hunt out my old mini's and try to get an army togehter.

So, for the past couple of weeks I've been painting up and rebasing units and hope to get down to Dunedin for a game in the next few weeks. I've also bought some 3D printed mini's from Forest Dragon which does a very nice range of 10mm figures which are very Warhammeresque in thier aesthetic.   

Progress so far.