Sunday, 5 February 2017

Ogres of the Averholme: January Complete!

Hello Everyone!

So I'm back with a quick update on what I've been working on.  As I mentioned in my last post I want to get some AoS models painted up and ready to play with!  So here they are:


So my model count for the month of January is....four. One of which is just a token for D&D mostly. I have two old, OOP metal models in the mix.  An old Ogre and that I will be using as a Gutbuster champion/Random Ogre encounter in D&D.  The other is the old Blood Bowl Morg N'Thorg mini that I bought to fill out whatever Ogre unit I needed him for.  In this case, my Gutbusters!  The bonus being that I can use him for Blood Bowl too, should I ever get around to getting the new set.

Here's the completed Age of Sigmar unit:


One unit down!  I have 6 Ironguts, 3 Leadbelchers and a Tyrant left to purchase and paint.  Now part of the reason I'm painting these minis is for utility.  I want to use them in as many games as possible. So with that in mind...


A movement try!  I got it painted up and magnetized as well.  The whole thing came out great!  The surface area takes up about as much space as my 3x3 movement try I use for my 9th Age Ogres. Because of that I can use these guys for AoS, 9th Age, Kings of War...anything!

Well now that January is done I need a painting goal for February.  So far my goal is "Paint more then January"....so wish me luck!

- Commodus

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Ogres of the Averholme: New Year, New Project!

Hello everyone!

So after much thought I've decided to start the new year working on a new force for Age of Sigmar.  You may have already seen a few of the Ogres I have managed to finish up already.  Now I plan on getting the rest of my "Gutbusters" painted and put together and on the playing field!


Here's what I have so far.  The plan to for a force that can be used for Age of Sigmar, 9th Age, Kings of War or D&D monsters...maybe with a little Frostgrave thrown in.

My Gutbuster force will be 1000pts and the list so far is:

1x Tyrant
6x Ogors
3x Leadbelchers
6x Ironguts

Of the minis I need I am only missing the Tyrant and Leadbelchers.  As soon as I find a good Ebay deal they will be mine!  Oh yes!

Well I am off to get this project into high gear.  Wish me luck!

-Commodus

Friday, 13 January 2017

Battle for the Averholme: The Tale of Flick, Da Destroya O'Wurlds a 2000pt Mini Battle

Hello all!

So I thought I'd start off the new year with a new Battle Report!  I decided I wanted to game much more then I did last year...in which I only managed to get a handful of games.  This year it will be different however, I plan on getting games in as much as possible and trying new ones as well.

So I figured I would do a small, 2000 point battle between my Orcs and Goblins and my Ogre Khans as a way to start.  Lets take a look at the forces. (Sorry for the poor picture quality!)


++ The Mountain Eaters (2000pts) ++

Great Khan (390pts)
Army General, Iron Fist (30pts), Heavy Armour

Bruisers (645pts)
8 x Bruiser (704pts), Musician (20pts), Standard Bearer (20pts)

Yetis x 3 (230pts)

Bombardiers x 6 (455pts)

Slave Giant (280pts)



+++ The Green Tide of Flick, Da Destroya O’Wurlds (2000pts) +++

Lord of Fightin' (240pts)
Battle Standard Bearer (50pts)
Chief (160pts), Iron Orc, Paired Weapons (10pts)
Lucky Charm (10pts), Potion of Swiftness (10pts)
Plate Armour

Lord of Sneakin' (190pts)
Army General, Common Goblin,
Great Weapon (30pts), Green Tide, King (130pts)]
Pan of Protection Pinchin’ (30pts)
Heavy Armour, Great Weapon

Goblins (250pts)
Common Goblin, 30x Goblin (180pts),
Musician (20pts), Shield (30pts), Standard Bearer (20pts)

Orc 'Eadbashers (580pts)
Common Orc, Musician (20pts), 29x Orc 'Eadbasher (522pts), Paired Weapons (58pts)

Goblin Raiders (Special) (160pts)
Bow (10pts), Common Goblin, 5x Goblin Raider (80pts),
Light Lance (10pts), Musician (20pts)

Goblin Wolf Chariot (120pts)

Greenhide Splatterer (180pts)

Giant (280pts)


Battlefield and Deployment

Lets take a look at the battlefield. For this game we'll be playing on a 4x4 Battlefield.  I know technically small point games should be on a slightly smaller board, but I prefer 4x4 personally.

For this fight I rolled up "Frontline clash" deployment, a good old fashioned battle!  For the secondary objective I also got Capture the Flags.  Now normally one would need 3 scoring units for this type of game.  However, due to the fact we are only playing 2000pts each side only has 2 scoring units.  So we will be limiting it to those instead.


So here we have the terrain setup, with the deployment zones marked off as well.  Now neither side has any magic so I'll be skipping that step for the battle report.

Flicks forces out deploy the Ogres and elect to roll for first turn. With a +2 bonus the Orcs and Gobbos win!


The Yetis and Goblins Raiders Vanguard move up and we off off to turn 1.


Orcs and Goblins Turn 1

Movement
No charges this turn.  The Raiders and chariot move up slightly to be able to put arrows into the Yetis.  The Orcs move up slightly as well, wheeling around the building while the Giant marches up the threaten the Bruisers flank.



Shooting
Both the Raiders and the Chariot shoot the Yetis, neither manage any wounds.  The Catapult shoots at the Giant and, of course, Misfires on the first turn.  Causing a wound on the machine. 


Close Combat
No close combat this turn.


Ogres Turn 1

Movement
The Yetis charge the Chariot who elect to stand and shoot, but fail to do any wounds.  The Yetis manage the long charge.


The rest of the line moves up slightly making sure they are out of Orc charge range. 


Shooting
The Bombadiers shoot at the Raiders and manage to kill 4 riders.  The last one manages to pass it's panic test. 


Close Combat
The Yetis attack the Wolf Chariot and manage 6 wound, killing it outright!  They decide to overrun to get behind the Orc and Goblins lines.



Orcs and Goblin Turn 2

Movement
The Giant manages to charge the Bruisers, who pass their terror check. Both the 'Eadbashers and Goblins move up to threaten the Ogre battle line, but also to avoid the Yetis in the flank.  The lone Raider moves up to block the Bruisers should they manage to kill the Giant outright. 


Shooting
The Catapult fires at the Ogre Slave Giant but misses.  The lone Raider fires it's bow at the Giant as well but also misses.


Close Combat
The Great Khan makes way and gets into combat with the Giant, hoping to make short work of him, but only manages 1 wound.  The Giant then proceeds to Bellow before the rest of the Bruisers can attack, automatically winning the combat by 2.  The Bruisers manage to hold however.



Ogre Turn 2

Movement
No Charges this turn. Seeing as charging 'Eadbashers might not be the best idea in the world for a solo Slave Giant.  He elects to just get up close and personal to jam them up so they cannot help out their own Giant.  The Yetis turn around the ruined building and move to threaten the flank of the Orcs and Goblins. 

Shooting
The Bombadiers fire a fusillade into the Orcs and, naturally, roll terribly and only manage 3 wounds.


Close Combat
The Great Khan throws all of its attacks into the Giant, and manages only 1 wound...which is immediately blocked by the Giants ward save.  Go Khan!  The Giant rolls a Thump and elects to hit a regular Bruiser, which fails it's initiative test and is immediately smooshed for 3 wounds.  The rest of the Bruisers finally get a chance to attack back and cause 3 wounds themselves.  The Giants attempt to stomp fails to cause any wounds.  The Giant loses combat but passes it's break test.



Orcs and Goblins Turn 3

Movement
Orcs charge the Slave Giant blocking their path to try and break free and help their own Giant.  The Common Goblins lead by Flick make a swift reform and move to intercept the Yetis.  The loan Goblin Raider stays put blocking any potential Bruiser charge.


Shooting
The Goblin Splatterer shoots at the Bombadiers and manages a partial hit, causing a grand total of 1 wound.  Meanwhile the Raider fires it's bow into the Bombadiers as well to no affect.

Close Combat
The Battle Standard Bearer decides to not put himself into a position to be crushed and decides to let the rest of the boys handle it.  Hitting simultaneously, the 'Eadbashers cause a total of 7 wounds!  The Giant, after a reroll, gets the swing result and only kills 2 orcs.  The Orcs slaughter the giant in one go and Overrun 8"....but are blocked by the lone Raider.  Seems like the orcs didn't think they'd be able to kill the Slave Giant in one turn....unlike the Bruisers.


Meanwhile the Khan manages to put 2 more wounds on the Giant, killing it outright and reforming to face the Orcs.



Ogres Turn 3

Movement
The Bruisers charge the Lone Raider.  Seeing it's life flash before it's eyes it elects to flee.  The Ogre try to redirect into the 'Eadbashers and manage to make it.  The Bombadiers charge as well looking to finish up the Orcs.


The Yetis on the far side of the board, not sure if they can reach the Orcs elect to charge the Goblins lead by Flick.

Shooting
No shooting this turn

Close Combat
The combined charge manages 5 wounds with impact hits on the Orcs.

The Great Khan Challenges the Iron Orc.  With no Champion in the unit the Iron Orc accepts and chugs his potion of swiftness.  The Iron Orc fails to cause any wounds on the Great Khan while he manages 1 wound on the Orc in return.

The rest of the Orcs attack back causing 4 wounds on the Bombadiers and 8 on the Bruisers!  Now it's time for the rest of the Ogres to strike back.  Both units lay into the 'Eadbashers and....


The final tally is the Ogres winning 20 to 13.  The Orcs fail their break test and flee, the Bruisers elect to pursue and the Bombadiers elect to hold....but they fail their restrain check and are forced to pursue as well.  The Bruisers fail to catch the Orcs but the unrestrained Bombadiers do manage to catch them, so I guess it was good to fail that test.  The Bruisers do manage to catch up and destroy the last Raider.  Poor guy never had a chance....

Now it look like Flicks Green Tide in on the verge of collapse...time for the boss to go to work.  The Goblins pass their fear test and the Yetis slam into the Goblins causing 8 wounds!  The Goblins themselves manage 3 wounds back and then Flick, showing why he's the Boss, causes 4 wounds back with his 4 attacks.  The Yetis lose combat and fail their Break test, the Goblins restrain and choose to reform to face the Bruisers while the Yetis only manage to flee 3".



Orcs and Goblins Turn 4

Movement
Now it is time to show these Ogre why Flick is the Destroya!  He calls the Green Tide and charges the Bruisers head on.  Flick has got to take out this unit for any chance at victory.


Shooting
The Splatterer takes aim at the Bombadiers and proceeds to immediately Misfire, it cannot shoot this turn or next turn.  You go Goblin engineering!


Combat
Now it's time to get work done, wasting no time (and not having a champion in the unit anyway) Flick challenges the Great Khan, The Destroya fears no one!


The Khan strikes first and throws everything he has into the tiny Warlord...


....and immediately crushes him causing 5 wounds.   The Pan of Protection Pinching isn't all that useful when your opponent barely has an armour save himself.  The rest of the Goblins manage 4 wounds but the Ogres hit back and cause 5 more.  Without Flick leading them the Gobbos decide to exercise the better part of valour and are immediately run down by the Ogres.

With both scoring units dead and only a useless Catapult left on the field the Orcs Concede.


Victory to the Mountaineaters!

Well that was fun!  My first game in awhile and I managed to remember most of the rules...mostly.  I am hoping to get more games in with my Ogres especially as I really want to see if I can make a tournament this year.

Hope you all enjoyed it!  I'll be back soon with more projects and Battle Reports, until next time.

-Commodus

Monday, 2 January 2017

Cleaning off the Paint Table: God I suck at finishing projects...

Happy new year everyone!

So I've been super busy not painting what I said I was going to paint.  Those Dunedain?  I barely finished my base coating, mostly because I was distracted by an idea one afternoon.  I was sorting out my closet and I found some MDF board, foam core, balsa wood and Popsicle sticks.  Looking over everything I decided...yeah screw painting lets make terrain!

So I started to make terrain...



I started with a square piece of MDF board that I sawed and rounded (somewhat) with a hand sander.  I then measured and drilled holes into it and glued Paperclips into the holes to be the support.


I pushed the foam core into the Paperclips and glued everything together with white glue (held in place by a rubber band)


I then proceeded to cut off bits to make it look more like a ruined building.  I also prepared a bunch of Popsicle sticks to construct the rest of the inner building.  I cut and tore the sticks to give them a rough look and I cut holes in the foam core to hold them up for an upper floor.


I then cut up pieces of Polystrene into rough chunks and I built bricks on the bottom corners.  I used white glue to hold all of them in place.



I then build the structure of the house using Balsa wood around the outside.  Both to make it look more realistic, but mostly to cover the holes caused by the Popsicle sticks.  I also built the floor on the bottom using the same technique with the upper floor.



I then based the model using small rocks and white glue. Once the white glue had dried I painted over all the rocks with 50/50 White Glue/Water to seal them in.  Once dry I gave the whole thing a base coat using acrylic paint I had bough cheap at an art store.  Colours used were black, dark brown and grey.


I then proceeded to paint the damn thing and flock it. 

I painted the outside with an acrylic red and the inside I white washed the walls, but then gave it a really heavy ink wash to simulate mud, dirt and rain striking the building.  It is now done and ready to play with!

So that was the last thing I managed to paint in 2016.  I might just put together a picture of the minis I managed to paint this year...although it will be tricky remembering which is which!

So my next update will probably be about what I plan to work on in the new year, so stay tuned!

-Commodus

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Cleaning Off the Paint Table: SNOOOOW!!!!

Hello all!

Well snows finally here (for where I am living at any rate). As a result I have had plenty of excuses to not go outside, and plenty of reasons to paint!  So to continue my "Get this crap off my paint table" extravaganza I give you more Age of Sigmar!


So I finished painting up some units for AoS.  The first are the Tomb King horse archers and the rest are Ogres for my Gutbuster force.  I know what your thinking, more Ogres?!?  and the answer to that is yes...always yes.

I managed to get a few from Ebay and putting together 1000pts of ogres for Age of Sigmar is cheap and easy.  Especially since I had a few Ogres left over from my 9th Age Ogre force.  I hope to get the unit of 6 done soon.  In the mean time lets see what else I have on my plate.


Next up!  Dunedain!  I have these three based and partially painted, just need to get them finished up (hopefully this weekend).  In addition I am continuing to get my Conan Kickstarter ready for a painting Extravaganza!


Got to let the glue dry and then I can get to base coating them...probably will need to buy more spray paint.

Until later,

-Commodus

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Cleaning Off the Paint Table: Getting Kinda Lazy

Hello Everyone!

Okay, I didn't get much done this week as it was crazy!  One of the reasons for that is that I finally received my Kickstarter after being a year late.


Yeah Conan!

So I am not really planning on starting this until the new year.  What I am planning on doing however is getting the minis in the box based and base coated and ready to go.  There are quite a few minis in this game and the King pledge means I have two whole boxes of them.  So I think I'll focus on just one box for now.

In the mean time the endless paint war continues...


Until next time!

-Commodus

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Cleaning Off the Paint Table: The Fighting Uruk-Hai!


Hello once again all!

So I'm back once more with more of the minis I'm trying to get done and off my "to do" list.  This week I finished up some old Uruk-Hai Scouts I had been working on earlier this year.  If you recall my "Fellowship of the Ring" posts, where I try and get all the old Lord of the Rings Minis together to run the campaign.  I finally finished the last group I had started!



So here we have two bow wielding Uruks and, of course, Lurtz!  Sorry if the pics look a bit shiny, I had just finished giving them one last ink wash and I hadn't dull coated them yet.  That's three more minis I can eliminate from my pile (yay!).

Next up, a continuation of my Tomb Kings AoS army:


I had already started on them when I forgot I hadn't taken a picture yet.  For the first time in a long while I'm going to try and batch paint these bad boys.  I'll make a note that I hate batch painting. It's something I came to loathe after putting together something close to 150 Empire foot soldiers.  I'm going to try for this one however.

Wish me luck!

-Commodus