Empire of Dust: Update

Hello MoDers,

I’m taking advice a making some smaller posts that hopefully won’t be interrupted by my Anxiety based Apathy.

I have manged to paint a few more minis for my ‘Kings of War’ ‘Empire of Dust’ army, completeing a ‘Bone Dragon’, a regiment of ‘Scavengers’ and a regiment of ‘Skeleton Archers’:

Bone Dragon:

I like to view the ‘Empire of Dust’ as different to the regular Vampire/Necromancer lead armies of death. I see this not just through the visual differences as portrayed by the individual minis, but in things such as motivation, composition, Fluff I suppose. I tend to class the two factions as Wet (Zombies, ghouls etc), and dry (Skeletons, mummies etc), to show this I wanted my Bone Dragon to be just that, a ‘Bone’ dragon. The market seems swamped with zombie dragon sculpts, so I turned to ‘Reaper Miniatures’, who produce a lovely sculpt that met my requirement almost exactly. It is not as huge like some of the new minis being used in games these days, but is equivalent to monsters I already have in my army. There is still some membrane between the bones within the wings, I was going to remove this, but then I decided to keep it so that I could use a different colour to contrast with the beige. Given my army colours I went with blue, to keep things uniform:

Scavengers:

I believe that these are carrion creatures that follow the army around and pick flesh from the the bones of vanquished enemies. To represent this I decided to use some old ‘GW’ sculpted ‘Terra-dons’, with a back story that they had been part of an invading army of ‘Salamanders’ which had been defeated, and the survivors forced to retreat through scorching desert. This unit of ‘Sky-raiders’ went mad in the heat and turned upon their riders before succumbing to the influence of the cursed priests. With these again to match my army colour scheme and that of the ‘Bone Dragon’ which I had hoped they would work in unison with, I turned to shades of beige and blue:

Archers:

They are not great marksmen, the undead, but sometime your melee troops need some support. I needed another unit and some some ‘Khemri’ arches I bought from Ebay, I just needed to revitalise their old paint scheme and base:

On 22nd June I went to ‘Hemel Hempstead’ to take part in the ‘Kings of Herts’ School Fundraiser, doubles tournament. There was some improvement in my results so far as we did not come last, and I was not tabled in any of the games. I do hope at some point to get at least one victory for either my ‘Rhordians’ or ‘Empire of Dust’, but as my tourney partner ‘Mark’ was saying, the most important thing, especially with these doubles tournaments is to have a good laugh, and he is right. Here’s some photos of the games:

 

Unit fillers and board games

Hello Mug ‘O’ Dice readers.

I have not been in a great place recently, so I’ve taken some time to relax and reflect. This has given me an opportunity to get some painting done and plan further projects. Warhammer 8th Edition may be on the way out, but I am determined to finish off my Empire ‘Witch Hunter’ themed army, and Bugman’s based Dwarf army.

To that end I have completed two unit fillers for Bugman’s large Ranger unit. I plan for the main Dwarf himself to feature in this unit eventually, but I’m building the troops up first. I have put together two 40mm bases using the theme of camp canteen. One of these features a ranger drinking a mug of Bugman’s XXX whilst leaning on his crossbow, for this I used a classic citadel drunken dwarf. The second base features a Halfling cook from ‘Warploque miniatures’ and a female dwarf cook from ‘Lead adventures’, hovering around a camp fire. I have planned a third base, to complete the set, but still await the arrival of the minis. Here’s how it all went together:

IMAG2757 - Copy

IMAG2777 - Copy

IMAG2779 - Copy

IMAG2785 - Copy

IMAG2789 - Copy

IMAG2836

IMAG2843

Even though my mood has been low recently I have been trying to keep myself busy; and my spirits high by getting involved with a local gaming club. I’ve been planning to attend the ‘Hackney Area Tabletop Enthusiasts’ for a while now, and last Wednesday I took my opportunity. They are currently playing a Warhammer 40K campaign based on the Badab War. I do not currently play 40K, luckily other games are played at this club, for example they are currently running a blood bowl league. I originally went just to see what the club was like when a friendly group of younger gamers invited me to join them. We played two card based games ‘Dixit’, and ‘Coup’, I had great fun. It was good mixing with like-minded people just chilling out playing board games, I definitely intend to return, and I might even dust off and repaint my Halflings for a spot of blood bowl.

IMAG2792 IMAG2796

Future plans I have embarked on include collecting a wide range of female Dwarf warriors; for a unit of shield maidens, to represent the fairer sex in my Dwarven army. I’ve already found some lovely sculpts through ‘Oathsworn miniatures’, and ‘Reaper miniatures’ I plan to have around 20 to 30; to form a good strong unit. Keeps your eyes peeled for this development.

In light of the changes to Warhammer Fantasy, I have decided to make a small investment in a Warmachine / Hordes army to see if I enjoy that game. I had toyed with the idea of going with Menoth, but the foce that has attracted me most is Circle Orobos, so I think I go for them, I just love the Warpwolf and Satyr models.

It is Salute 2015 on April 25th, The day is booked off, and my ticket secured, I’m really looking forward to this as I missed it last year. I’ll be posting pics and showing off my wares.

Been busy, so been quiet.

I have not written for a while, real life as ever had become quite busy, and so I have not been able to write anything, not that this is a weekly blog in any case.

I want to talk about two kickstarter projects that I have my eye on, and think are well worth the support if you have the money to invest, not that it costs a lot to back.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/388 … d?ref=live

The above link is for ‘Lords of War – Templars Vs Undead’

Lords of war if a really very fun trading card strategy game. I played the ‘Dwarves Vs Orcs’ game at Salute this year, it was a fun 1/2 hour, and is a good collector game for those who don’t want to paint before they can play.

The cards are nicely details with some good art work and the company has kept the price very reasonable.

As well as the Dwarf set there is a second set which features Elves Vs Lizardmen.

If you have any spare cash going and want to help these guys get game no:3 of the ideas pad and into the shops, then check out their kickstarter link and watch the video:

Templar-Vs-Undead-Teaser

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/433 … a?ref=live

The second kickstarter is for a new range of models by veteran sculptor Bob Olley, who is hoping to release a new range of steam punk style figures, his first outing is a set of Victorian Dwarves.

For those who do not know Bob Olley is a talented sculptor who has worked for the likes of Games Workshop, Reaper Miniatures, and Ral Partha, now he’s free lance and his work is well worth backing if you have a penny or two to help him raise his bid.

You can see more of his work at: http://www.olleysarmies.co.uk/home.html

I really like his sculpting, and if you are/were a fan of Games Workshop 40K Squats check out if Space Scrunts.

BobOlleysDwarfs