Sunday, May 20, 2018

Never Mind the Maneuvers, Just Go Straight At 'Em!

The full might of Barak O-Bomb-Ya on display.

I've finished the first 1,000 points of of my Kharadron Overlord army for Age of Sigmar. I've got the next 500 points planned out, but first I want to try and get some games in! This force has been a ton of fun to paint and I'm chuffed with how it all turned out. 

I spent an hour or two each night for the last week working on my Frigate, and I'm really pleased with end results. The army feels super cohesive and now its just a matter of adding to it slowly, using the same techniques.

The Orca (because of course that's what I named it!) in all its glory. Once again I ended up using
a metal rod in place of the flying stand, and I'm really glad I did. It not only adds sturdiness to the model,
but let me gain some nice height as well. 
Its a lonely existence navigating through the Aether!
The runes and ship name were done with home-made decals. 
"Hooper drives the boat, Chief…"
"Once I caught a fifteen- footer offa Montauk. Took two barrels to bring him up!"
"Full Ahead. I can go full ahead. Why don't you come down here and chum some
of this shit?"

As you can tell, this army is worth playing for the Jaws quotes alone! I'm super excited for it to hit the table-top. Wish me luck!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Kharadron Overlords Update

The army thus far. The deep irony is that all this painting wouldn't even be a dent in a Warhammer Fantasy Battle army
of previous editions. I love the new manageable sizes for armies in Age of Sigmar.

I got another unit added to my Kharadron Overlords this week - a five man team of Grundstok Thunderers armed with Aethershot Rifles. I managed to paint one guy a night this week and the unit was ready to go before I knew it. These cats usually have all kinds of crazy gun options, but I decided to build them all with the stock (GET IT?!) rifles so that I could lay down a consistent amount of fire at a known range. I have yet to play a game with them, so we'll see if that was a really dumb decision sooner or later.

I undercoated these guys with a Leadbelcher colored spray and they were a snap to crank out quickly!

Next on deck (GET IT?! GET IT?!?!) is, FINALLY, one of the Overlord sky vessels! I feel like these models are the major reason to even collect this army, so I'm really chomping at the bit to get to work on this model. I've opted for a Frigate, which is a medium ship class, and have just completed the build.

I've kept it in a bunch of sub-assemblies so I can really get to things easily when I  start applying paint. It was a super nice kit to build and when I was done, I actually looked forward to building another!

Once the Frigate is complete, I'll have roughly a 1,000 pt army. This should allow me to get some games in and figure out what I want to add and what really shines in battle for these dude-kids. Anticipation is high. Wish me luck!


Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Keys to the Kingdom

This past Friday I embarked on publishing an ebook and I thought I'd shill it here for anyone who wants more info or hasn't seen me blathering on about it on Facebook or Twitter or all over. Its called "The Keys to the Kingdom" and is available here from DriveThruRPG. The Keys to the Kingdom is 75 pages of fantasy art, character descriptions, and a campaign setting that I've developed from sketches for the past three years or so. It includes 40+ character descriptions with illustrations, 10 one-page adventures that can be adapted to any fantasy rpg system, and a light role-playing game system evocative of classic games. All for $12! Which is a low, low price for some and inexplicably expensive for others, I guess.

The cover.

Here are a few sample pages:

Each character has a name and brief bio, so they can be easily used as NPCs or character
inspiration in almost any fantasy setting.
Everything from Halflings to Dwarves to Elves and Men are covered.
Three pages of RPG material are included. I've ran a game for nearly a year on these rules and they
totally work! Great for introducing newbies to role-playing games and awesome for old vets who
don't want to obsess over a new rules set.
Plus, it includes ten adventures that can be run in ANY fantasy game system! I know, WOW right?!

So if you're interested, why not take the plunge? Or just pass it along to someone who you think might be into these kind of shenanigans! Or don't do anything at all. I don't tell you how to live your life…


Blimp Dorfs are GO!

Another unit of Kharadron Overlords have joined the throng! This time, its a unit of Sky Wardens. These brave Dwarves ply the skyways in their lighter-than-air rigs, bringing destruction to the enemies of their Captains. Or something like that.

These guys come in a bazillion parts and were not my favorite to put together, BUT they painted up a like a dream! I'd do another unit in a heart-beat.
I tried to keep the color palette on these cats simple.
I was tempted to bring another color into the power-sources on the
balloons, but I think the teal ties it all together more.
I really dig all the diesel-punk flanges and styling on these models.
While there are a bunch of options for unit, I opted to
keep things simple with Skyhooks and a Gatling Gun.
I also really dig the pinkish-purple touches on these guys. It
shows they are totally secure in their manliness and contrasts
nicely with all the gold.
Brrrrrap! Once again I replaced the flying stands with rod - not
only does this make the model more durable, but I also have more
variation in heights throughout the squad.
Dig that big glowy ball of weirdness on his ass...

Next up I have a unit of Aethershot Rifle-armed Thunders to knock out. Then a big floating boat is in my future. The army is coming together nicely and I should have a reasonably sized force to play some games with in no time!