Saturday, January 30, 2010

Warriors of Chaos 2250 points

I have been pouring over the Warriors of Chaos army book recently in the attempt to get my first Warriors of Chaos 2250 point army ready for its first tournament outing in February.  The Warriors of Chaos army book has a lot more effective magic items, gifts, etc than the Ogre Kingdoms and far less restrictions.  Because of the better choices it has taken me a lot longer to build an initial list!

Daemon Prince (575 pts)
Level 4 Sorcerer, Mark of Tzeentch, Tendrils of Tzeentch, Bloodcurdling Roar, Fury of the Blood God, Causes Terror, Fly, Stubborn, The Will of Chaos, Unit Strength 3, Scion of Chaos

Chaos Sorcerer (210 pts)
Level 2 Sorcerer, Mark of Tzeentch, Infernal Puppet, Spell Familiar, Conjoined Homunculus, Hand Weapon, Chaos Armour, The Will of Chaos, Eye of the Gods

Chaos Sorcerer (151 pts)
Level 1 Sorcerer, Barded Chaos Steed, Dispel Scroll x 2, Hand Weapon, Chaos Armour, The Will of Chaos, Eye of the Gods, Lores of Death or Fire

Exalted Champion (190 pts)
Battle Standard, Sheild, The Black Tongue, Hand Weapon, Chaos Armour, The Will of Chaos, Eye of the Gods

Chaos Warriors x 13 (283 pts)
Champion, Musician, Standard Bearer, Banner of Wrath, Shields, Hand Weapon, Chaos Armour, The Will of Chaos

Chaos Warriors x 10 (245 pts)
Champion, Musician, Standard Bearer, Warbanner, Shields, Mark of Khorne, Hand Weapon, Chaos Armour, The Will of Chaos

Chaos Marauders x 15 (95 pts)
Marauder Chieftain, Musician, Standard Bearer, Flails, Hand Weapon, The Will of Chaos

Marauder Horsemen x 5 (110 pts)
Marauder Chieftain, Musician, Standard Bearer, Shields, Throwing Axes, Hand Weapon, The Will of Chaos, Fast Cavalry, Horse Lords

Chaos Warhounds x 5 (30 pts)
The Will of Chaos

Chaos Warhounds x 5 (30 pts)
The Will of Chaos

Chaos Knights x 5 (270 pts)
Knight Champion, Musician, Standard Bearer, Rapturous Standard, Barded Chaos Steed, Ensorcelled Weapon, Chaos Armour, The Will of Chaos, Shield

Chaos Spawn (55 pts)
Causes Fear, Unbreakable, Lurching Horror, Flailing Appendages

Even though the Daemon Prince has a few short comings it is a MUST HAVE for my Warriors of Chaos army.  The Sorcerer Lord on Dragon may be more effective, but I really like the Be'Lakor miniature.

The main problem with a Daemon Prince is that it doesn't have access to any Magic Items, therefore no access to Dispel Scrolls or Magic Attacks. So to overcome this problem I have included a Level 2 Sorcerer equipped with the Infernal Puppet, this should help keep the Deamon Prince alive. Because the Infernal Puppet is 35 points I couldn't have a Dispel Scroll, so another Level 1 Sorcerer equipped as a Scroll Caddy to aid in Magic Defence is also in the army.  Yes I know the army is a "Gateway for the Win" build, but what else can you do with a Daemon Prince with no magical attacks, armour, etc?

The Black Tongue is on the Battle Standard Bearer as both hero level Sorcerers are loaded with arcane items.

This list will probably change through out the year, as many "comp'ed" tournaments don't allow such combo's as the Black Tongue and Infernal Puppet.  I have also seen Tendrils of Tzeentch banned in some tournaments.

Every thing in the army is painted apart from the Chaos Knights and Marauder Horsemen, currently only have 19 days before its first tournament outing to get these completed.  Plus I want to get at least a couple of practice games in before then.  If I fail in getting the Marauder Horsemen painted for the tournament then I could swap in some Chaos Ogres, but that will be a last resort.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Black Tongue ?

I have recently been putting together the basis of a Warriors of Chaos army for my next tournament.  The one item that I am struggling over is The Black Tongue.  

On first glance it looks like a must have item, at 50 points my plan was to put it on my exalted BSB.  Combined with the Infernal Puppet this could be a lethal weapon.  

The reason for it being on the BSB is that both hero level Sorcerers are loaded with arcane items, and my lord is a Daemon Prince which cannot take any magic items.

Then we read the "small print", owning character takes a wound that may not be saved by any means.  So in order to hopefully remove an enemy wizard I put my character on half wounds giving away around 100 victory points.  If the roll of a 2 on the miscast table removed both the wizard and its mount, then I could understand anyone taking this item.  

For example a Dark Elf Sorceress Lord would be around 300 points meaning that I benefit 200 points.  But it all depends on my opponent rolling in my favour on the miscast table, then myself rolling favourablly for the Infernal Puppet.

I could possibly lose 100 victory points for no gain?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Waaaghcast - Episode 28

I have recently been listening to The Waaaghcast podcast, catching up on the inital episodes.   

Last week was the release of episode 28 an Ogre Kingdoms army review.  The army review was by Randroid of the Drinkin' and Modelin' blog.  It was an excellent army review and episode, Randroid talks about every unit in the Ogre Kingdoms army in detail.  I have to admit have listened to this episode many times in the car on my commute to and from work.

Secondly on the topic of Ogre Kingdoms, The Bellower a webzine has recently been released on The Ogre Stronghold forum.   The Bellower has been excellently put together with some very interesting and some funny articles.  There is an  Agony Aunt section "Ask Aunt Doreen", which is particually funny.  A section on Joel Henry's army, Pros and cons on the Ogre Kingdoms.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Unseen Lerker

At the Winter War in Reading on Sunday,  Issac Alexander (Bobo the Vampire Monkey on TWF) or "Bobo" for short announced a new brand new gaming magazine, Unseen Lerker.

Unseen Lerker is the latest bi-monthly gaming magazine covering not only Warhammer Fantasy Battles, but also other games that they think will take your interest. The first issue of the magazine is currently being printed, but until then you can get a sneak preview of Issue 1 on their website  One of the unique things about this magazine is that they will be actively encouraging readers to double as contributors.

Issue 1 highlights are Russ Veal’s Chaos Army, an interview with Marcelo Rouco regarding Special Characters, coverage of the biggest tournament in Denmark Giant Fanatic, a tactics article, and a 10 page battle report between two of the UK’s best players Andy Isherwood and Andrew Chesney.

Im sure this is going to be a great gaming magazine, so keep an eye out for subscription details at

Monday, January 18, 2010

Winter War 2010 Aftermath

Really enjoyed the day with three great opponents.  My performance on the day was in a word "abysmal" last place collecting the wooden spoon award.

With 68 players all the army races were represented, which is good to see.  Dark Elves were represented the most with 9 armies at the event.

Game 1 - Jon with Dark Elves

This was my first tournament game against Dark Elves.  I lost 19-1.  The shooting which included 2 bolt throwers, 2 chariots, and 2 units of shades raped my entire army through out the game.  The Ogres toughness whilst helped wasn't enough for the amount of shots.  I did managed to panic the Hydra in the fist turn with braingobbler, which only needed to roll average to flee off the board.  So what did Jon roll?  Double 1!  Next turn the Hydra rallied.

Game 2 - Jack with Dark Elves

Another Dark Elves player!  Jack had been beaten my another Ogre Kingdom player in his first game, so ironically we both had the same army to contend with in the second game.  Another lose 20-0. In Jacks first game his Dragon Mage failed a braingobbler and fled of the board in turn 1, I had no such luck!  A little less shooting in Jacks army, but he played well.  Only a lonely Irongut standard bearer remained on the battlefield at the end of the game.

Game 3 - Luke with Vampire Counts

In my last three tournaments I have played Vampire Counts every time.  Another lose 20-0.  One of the Hunters harpoons managed to kill three out of the six Black Knights with a flank shot but in the following turns the raising add another, so above half strength.  Luke managed to remove all my models from the board.

Final Words

Really enjoyed the day, had a great time. But disappointed with the way I played.  Two Hunters isn't really the best tactic for Ogres to take to a tournament.  For the points spent on the Hunters, I could have another Butcher or Bruiser, and spend the remaining points on some more Bulls. Something to consider for the future. But for the immediate future in tournaments it going to be my Warriors of Chaos.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Eve of the Winter War 2010

On Sunday I will be leaving early in the morning for the two hour drive down to Reading for my first tournament of the year Winter War 2010 held by the Spiky Club. This should be the last tournament outing for my Ogre Kingdoms army for a while, as the painting of my Warriors of Chaos is progressing nicely.

One of my new year resolutions is to achieve a Warhammer Fantasy Battles UK ranking of at least 250th, I am currently 955th so have a lot of catching up to do!  So I have done some calculations and I need to be placed 44th or better to be on target.  Of course should I not meet this target of 44th there are still plenty of tournaments this year to achieve my target.  After some more calculations I estimate that somewhere around 28 tournament points should see me finish in and around 44th place out of the 72 players. 

However because its the first tournament of 2010 and only my fourth a more realistic target would be to avoid being in the bottom ten places, if I do this then I will be very happy.  Its always healthy to have a target! 

*** Update: First round draw has been posted on TWF and it Dark Elves round 1 ***

This is my Ogre Kingdoms 2250 point army build that I will be taking.

Tyrant (286 pts)
Heavy Armour, Luck Gnoblar, Sword of Might, Wrydstone Necklace, Daemon Killer Scars

Butcher (180 pts)
Bangstick, Dispel Scroll

Hunter (235 pts)
Sabretusks x 2, Beastkiller, Greyback Pelt

Hunter (200 pts)
Sabretusks x 2, Beastkiller

Bulls x 3 (127 pts)
Bellower, Additional Hand Weapon

Bulls x 3 (127 pts)
Bellower, Additional Hand Weapon

Ironguts x 4 (247 pts)
Bellower, Standard Bearer, Look out Gnoblar, Rune Maw

Ironguts x 3 (174 pts)
Bellower, Standard Bearer

Ironguts x 3 (154 pts)

Leadbelchers x 3 (165 pts)

Leadbelchers x 3 (165 pts)

Maneaters x 2 (180 pts)
Heavy Armour, Great Weapons

I have given both the Hunters the Beastkiller big name, as I plan to use these to hunt down large monsters and dragons.  Daemon Killer Scars on the Tyrant makes him cause Terror, not used this item before could be interesting on the effect if any!

Depending on terrain and my opponents army I will probably deploy both Hunters on a flank together and both Leadbelchers together on the other flank.  The butcher will be deployed centrally.  I could put both the Tyrant and the Butcher in the 4 strong Irongut unit, again this is dependant on my opponents army.  This will be my first tournament with both Hunters, let see if two are better than one! 

I will be posting the usual tournament report sometime next week.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Leaf Litter

I have purchased some Leaf Litter from Antenociti's Workshop and it arrived this week.  Leaf Litter is a bag containing a mixture of natural materials which can be used to model fallen leaves, wind blown leaves, climbing plants, dead ivy leaves and brown vine leaves.

I wanted to add some more detail to my Ogre Kingdoms army bases and movement trays, and thought some sprinkled leaves would do the job.  I purchased the three different shades (brown, green and light green).

I would definitely recommend this product and Antenociti's Workshop, after purchasing a few items from them I have never had any problems and the products are always of an excellent quality.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Winter Incursion 2010

Winter Incursion 2010 is a new Warhammer Fantasy Battle tournament hosted by Maelstrom Games in Mansfield, England and their first Warhammer Fantasy event.  This is a two day event taking place on the 20th and 21st March 2010.

I noticed that the tickets were on pre order before christmas.  But here is the snag....  It is my wife birthday that weekend so didn't bother pre ordering a ticket.  So this week I get home from work, and my wife tells me that she has pre ordered the ticket for me as a present.  I love my wife!

My wife parents live just up the road from Maelstrom Games, so my wife and the children can spend the weekend at her parents while I go and play Warhammer!

Don't know what the army size and comp restrictions are at the moment, apparently these details should be finalised by the end of next week.  But what I do know is I will be taking my Warriors of Chaos. 

On the topic of my Warriors of Chaos....  I have completed painting on the Daemon Prince, Warhounds and started on the Knights.  With only the Marauders Horsemen and a Sorcerer to complete should have these done in time for the Gobstyks event in February.  If not I can always put a unit of Ogres in the army to bring upto 2250 points.

So thats three tournaments in the first three months of 2010.  I am turning into a bit of a Warhammer Fantasy Battle tournament whore!  Need to sign up for a tournament in April now!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Gobstyks 2250 WFB

I have entered my second tournament of 2010, the Gobstyks 2250 WFB Tournament is being held by The Gobstyks Gaming Club on Saturday 20th February 2010. It is another one day 2250 point Warhammer Fantasy tournament.

I will be making every effort to paint my Warrior of Chaos for this tournament. However I can always fall back on my Ogres.

Friday, January 1, 2010

My 2010 New Year Resolutions

At the beginning of 2009 I started this blog by setting some new year resolutions. So again for 2010 I have set myself some resolutions for the year.

Continue to spend at least 30 minutes most evenings away from the television painting my miniatures. 
Join a club and play more often against other people.  Aim is at the very least 2 games a month. 
Complete painting my 2250 points Warriors of Chaos army.
Complete painting my new army Dark Elves, so I can field at least a 1999/2000 point army. 
Terrain, I need more.  At least two woods and two hills.
Play in at least six tournaments during the year.  I have already earmarked ten tournaments.
Expand my Ogre Kingdoms or Warriors of Chaos army to 2999/3000 points to play in larger army size tournaments.
Achieve a UK Warhammer Fantasy Battle Tournament Ranking of at least 250 in 2010.