Friday, July 31, 2009

The Glorious Banner Exchange

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Magic Cards

I found these Warhamer Fantasy Magic Cards on the web at Download the pdf for the Lore you are interested in and print them out.

The designs are excellent, this is really an impressive piece of work.

Click here for Link

Battle Reporter Community

I recently joined the Battle Reporter Community, my username on the forums is msehammer.

The blog provides up to the minute Games Workshop and Warhammer news, Warhammer Fantasy tactics, Battle reports. And the friendliest Warhammer forum you will find.

Click on the links and join up!

Battle Reports

Use the Battle Reporter Search on my blog side bar to search the Battle Reporter blog You can search by any criteria, eg. army, points value, unit, or author.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Chaos Dwarfs

Far to the east in the ash-strewn lands of the Chaos Dwarfs lie the towers of Zharr Naggrund. In these blackened spires the Chaos Dwarfs plot their overthrow of the west and their eventual dominion over the world.

The 7th edition of Warhammer Fantasy Rule book contains little information regarding the Chaos Dwarf. The profiles for the army are printed in the back of the book. Along with a statement saying "see the GW website for more information".

Since I have been into the hobby I haven't seen any information regarding Chaos Dwarf on the GW website. Threfore I have included the rule set for the Chaos Dwarf on my blog.

Click on the image for the pdf rule set.

Warhammer Warbands

Warbands are simply scaled-down Warhammer armies. In essence, Warbands are the same as standard, tournament-sized armies but are simply in a growing stage.

The term Warband describes a Warhammer force in the range of 100 to 500 points. Warbands are not quite large enough to be called armies but are big enough for unit-level gaming (as opposed to gaming on the individual-warrior level, as is the case with games like Warhammer: Skirmish or Mordheim). Players can imagine their Warbands as patrols, reinforcements, special contingents sent off to accomplish specific tasks (e.g., raids, sabotage, assassinations), or simply a small force in the growing stages.

Click on the image for the pdf rule set.

Monday, July 20, 2009

100 Posts

100 Posts !!

I started this blog back in January, just as a method of documenting my progress in the hobby during the year. Especially to document the progress against my new year resolutions for 2009 (click here for post).

At the back end of last year I found that I was spending far too many hours of an evening and weekends sat in front of the television watching mind less crap. After spending a whole two week break from work over Christmas without even picking up a paint brush I decided that things had to change. Hence this blog was born on the 1st January 2009.

Since then I have changed the look of the original blog quite considerably, given the blog a banner, posted pictures of my various miniatures. I still haven't posted pictures of my Ogre Kingdoms army, but these will be up on the blog in the coming weeks.

I would just like to thank all the readers who regularly visit my blog.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Testors Dullcote Lacquer

I have been using the bottled Testors Dullcote Lacquer with great success. This stuff along with the spray can version is excellent. The finish is truly dead matt.

If you have smaller items for basing, etc then use the bottled Dullcote it goes on dead matt and dries within seconds. It also saves on the more expensive spray can version. Also use it to touch up the finish after spraying.

You can purchase Testors Dullcote in spray cans and bottles from
Antenociti's Workshop in the UK.

Ogre Bruiser Weapon Upgrades

Been thinking about the Weapons and Magic Items for the Bruiser in my 1999 point Ogre Kingdom army. My initial thought was the Skull Plucker (which gives the Bruiser killing blow). Advice given on a few forums advised against it and proposing a Great Weapon as being the better option. I was always aware that characters could have magic items, giving them "Immune to Killing Blow" making the magic item useless.

The Tenderiser is out, because the Bruiser can only take 50 points of Magic Items, and I want the Wrydstone Necklace for the Ward Save.

The Siege Breaker has never been in my thoughts, its a "double edge sword" as enemies Initiative could be higher than the Weapon Skill. The Siege Breaker only real use is against Chariots, etc.

Therefore I used the computer program I developed a couple of months back (original post here) to calculate the best option. Each option was used against a Chaos Exalted Hero with a Shield and 5+ Ward Save. These are the results of combats, the percentage being the number of wins over 300 combats.

Sword of Might 82%
Skull Plucker 82%
Sword of Battle 71%
Sword of Striking 68%
Tenderiser (Without Ward Save) 68%
Skull Plucker (Immune to Killing Blow) 64%
Great Weapon 63%

The Sword of Might is the option to go for, winning a massive 82% of the 300 combats. Funny thing its the cheapest Magic Weapon available.

The Skull Plucker scored 82% as well, but against an enemy which is "Immune to Killing Blow" this is reduce to 64%. As mentioned in my original post the Tenderiser with out a Ward Save is not that impressive. With a Ward Save then the Tenderiser scores 85%, but I haven't the points on a Bruiser.

The most bizarre result is the Great Weapon coming last at 63%. Just goes to show, don't always take advice on Forums.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Painting Ogres Update

All my 2500 points of Ogre Kingdoms miniatures are now fully painted, varnished and based! I did set myself a target of the 21st June (click here for post) to complete so only a few weeks out, and I have been away for a few weekends lately. Without setting myself this target I feel that I would have been way off completing.

Whilst the target was not fixed in stone, it did provide the motivation to get this army fully painted. We all need a little motivation from time to time. I will be posting pictures of the complete army over the next couple of days.

My next project will be to complete my Warriors of Chaos army to 2500 points, which currently stands at around 1300 points. Will need a Lord (probably a Daemon Prince), some Knights and Warhounds.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Games Workshop Blog

Games Workshop have started their own blog titled What's New Today @ Games Workshop.

Click the link below to subscribe.

Some of the recent articles posted...

Skyshield and Valkyries
Planetstrike Know Thy Foe
UK School League National Final
Warhammer 40,000 Scenery Focus
Planetstrike articles and a Phil Kelly army list

I will be keeping an eye on this blog, could have some very interesting insights in the hobby.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

UK WFB Rankings

The Bad Dice Podcast and Irresistible Force have joined forces to bring you the UK WFB Rankings.

Irresistible Force have been running the Australian rankings for a number of years and over the last few months The Bad Dice Podcast has been in talks with them to bring the UK Rankings up a to the same standard as the Australian system.

The way the rankings are worked out is the same as it was last year (it was the Irresistible Force system that we used last year) and are roughly based on the ATP Tennis ranking system.

To summarise, The system basically awards a nominal value for tournaments of a certain size and then gives descending amounts for each place below the first based on a fixed increment determined by the size of the field. A players best 4 scores are then used to ascertain his ranking score. No.1 will be the player with the highest score.

The full information about how it works can be found here

The rankings will be updated every time an event is submitted. The rankings show results from a rolling 12 month period, as a new event is submitted the previous years are moved into archives and do not count towards your score.

Will be interesting to see how close to the bottom I will be after my first tournament 'The Leicester Squiggle' in September.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Movement Trays

I was going to order 16 pre-built resin movement trays for my Ogre Kingdoms army totalling £24.90 (which included £7.50 postage and packaging) from a company in the UK. The cart and checkout process on the web site didn't show the postage and packaging, until the very last stage, even after entered delivery details. This annoyed me, but when I saw the postage I decided to look elsewhere.

So I decided to opt for two packs of the Citadel Modular Movement Trays from Maelstom Games at £10.80 all in. Spent a day building the trays and applying sand for texture and I have saved myself over £14!

Just goes to show contrary to popular believe that sometimes Games Workshop products are cheaper. Especially when ordering from Maelstom Games.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

2009 Resolutions Update

At the beginning of the year I set myself some resolutions for the year. Click here to see the blog post. After six month this is how I have achieved.

Spend at least 30 minutes most evenings away from the television painting my miniatures.

Achieved; I spend most evenings away from the television painting my miniatures.
Complete the painting of my Ogre Kingdoms army to 2000 points.

Achieved; Only got to paint 2 Ogre Hunters to achieve 2500 points full painted.
Join a club and play more often against other people. At the moment only played against my son Tyler at home.

Not yet achieved; Haven't the time at the moment.
Expand my Warriors of Chaos army to 2000 points.

Not yet achieved; Been concentrating on my Ogre Kingdoms army.
Build a gaming table for home, with at least three fully painted scenery items.

Not yet achieved; Been concentrating on my Ogre Kingdoms army.
Complete the painting of my Warriors of Chaos army to 2000 points.

Not yet achieved; Been concentrating on my Ogre Kingdoms army.
Expand both Warriors of Chaos and Ogre Kingdoms armies to 2500+ points.

Not yet achieved; Expanded Ogre Kingdoms to 2500 points.
Play in at least one tournament.

Achieved; Signed up for the Leicester Squiggle tournament in September.
Keep this blog up to date.

Achieved; Nearly 100 posts in 6 months.