Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Grand Kingdom of Westmark

The Grand Kingdom of Westmark could more aptly be titled an empire, since it is a confederation of eight petty kingdoms ruled by a single High King.  One hundred years ago the Eight Kingdoms were united by King Robert Baratheon, the other 7 kings still held power in their domains but swore fealty to Robert and had their titles changed to "Lord of" whichever of the Eight Kingdoms they ruled.  Those whom Robert trusted were sworn Wardens and allowed to maintain an army.  Westmark is ruled from the city of King's Landing on the coastal plain.  Robert tried in vain to add Everwinter as a vassal but he was soundly defeated by the Winter King's armies.

Friday, August 24, 2012

HOTT: Barbarian Hero

My son, a UA student, has had a Barbarian Army for Hordes of the Things for several years.  It has remained in it's storage box, unpainted on my army shelf since 2007.  We had a game with them a last week.  So I thought I would paint up his Hero for him.  Complete with magic spear.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Painting Update

Spent some time this morning painting up my son's Hero element for his Barbarian HOTT Army.  He rides a great stag.  I can't post pictures yet because Heather took the camera to her mother's house this weekend.  I really like how it turned out.  I'll post a picture later on in the week.  Just to tease you I painted his spear-tip Metallic Ice Blue to add to the point that this Hero bears a magic weapon.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Abandoned Army: Tomb Kings for Fantasy Impetus

I have decided to abandon my Tomb Kings Fantasy Impetus Army, I gave up on Fantasy Impetus and returned to DBx but was unable to convert these stands over to HotT, as you can see from the picture below.  Now the 2 bone giants are based for HOTT on a 60mm frontage but the large bases are 120mm.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

HOTT Battle: Barbarians vs Undead

My son, James and I fought a Hordes of the Things battle yesterday.  It was much fun.  I commanded the victorious undead while James played his unpainted barbarians.  I told him he would lose playing with an unpainted army.  I played with 5 horde elements, 1 Hero (Gn), 1 Behemoth, 2 Knights, 1 Lurker and 3 shooters.  James had 6 warband (Gn), 2 Blades, 1 Hero and 1 Mage.  

The Undead Horde led by the Black Duke in his war chariot.  The bone giant was a quick fill-in, which is why his side is facing forward, (40mm edge) I am going to have to find one for my 15mm army.  

The lines draw near.  I let my behemoth get stuck in on the wrong side away from the barbarian warbands.   In the upper back you can see that my knights became bogged down in bad going while attempting to flank the warband group.  The barbarians quickly closed the gap trapping the knights in the stone circles and brought ruin upon them.

James sizing up what to do with his plethora of repeated 1 die result PiP rolls.  MWUHAHAHA.  Meantime the Black Duke maneuver his army in for the kill.
Tension mounts.  I was debating running my Behemoth around the volcano (impassable) and smoting the mage.  I changed that plan and it resulted in the loss of my behemoth to his blades.
My Lurkers ambush the Barbarian Hero, combat resulted in a draw.  Next bound  was another draw however  by the third bound the lurkers were fleeing.  However they held the Hero there long enough for my knights to move in close by and catch the Hero as he was trying to exit the standing stones and thusly did they smote his ruin upon them.

The Undead were defenders, behind them is their graveyard stronghold of Morthul Gul.

Skeletal Knights.  They took out the enemy Hero but were, ironically, themselves caught in the same bad going.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Standing Stones Terrain

Standing stones for skirmish and mass battlefield terrain.  Shown with 25 and 15mm figures.  Note the arcane writing in the large stone.  The larger stone is cut from foam, the smaller ones are from a stonehenge gift set that I bought at Hastings, all of this sits on an old DVD.