Friday, July 24, 2015

One Year Anniversary and New Years Resolution Checkpoint!

This week, there's a confluence of milestones to celebrate.  First, the Tiny Basement Wars blog turned one year old!  And, from my first post a year ago to this one, there have been over 100 posts and nearly 20,000 page hits.   To everyone who follows this blog, or has me in their G+ circles or "friended" me on Facebook, thank you for all the kind words, encouragement and inspiration!
My first logo, before sprucing it up!
I started the blog in an attempt to help me organize and focus my gaming projects, as well as interact with the growing chorus of gaming blogs I'd been reading for years.  Mission accomplished!
Its also half-way through the year and so time to assess my 2015 New Years Resolutions.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sister I'm a Poet

My final addition to the Sisters of Sigmar, an acolyte with an outsized hammer.  I don't know how a lowly acolyte scores a sweet weapon like this, while the more senior sisters get stuck with stolen goblin weapons, but I sense big things ahead for this one.

My favorite part of painting these minis was doing their hair.  Is that wrong?

I also enjoyed painting the red capes and tunics.  The off-white dresses?  Not so much - my white needs much work.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Sister El Cinco

Maybe that should be Hermana La Cinca?  Anyways, my fifth (and personal favorite) entry in the Sisters warband is this femme fatale:
Do you think that ring will leave a mark when she slugs you in the face?
She's an acolyte, but since I'm "lyte" on sisters, I may just run her as a regular sister.  Ooh, I'm rebellious like that.

Many of the Mordheim minis are quite 2-dimensional, or flat, having been cast in metal as one piece. While that usually results in rather static poses, I think the sculptor did a great job in giving an action-oriented pose for this one.  Which reminds me, I need to dig into who sculpted these minis!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sister No. 4

Coming in next is another Sister of Sigmar, this one with a rather unusual weapon.  Her mace is . . . you guessed it!  From the Night Goblins set, but I think it looks more appropriate than her sister's spear.

The shield is from . . . not sure actually, but I like the fact the flour-de-lis ties her into the Sisters of Battle that would follow in her footsteps some 38,000 years later.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sister at the the Pointy End

Here's a plain old Sister, but note the unusual weaponry:

She's sporting a spear stolen from some Night Goblins, like her sister did her shield.

I like this one's Sigmar shield, wish there were more of them in my set.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sisters Act II

No, not the Whoopie Goldgerg assault on humanity, but rather the second entry in my Sisters of Sigmar warband:
Another Sister Superior.  The shield is from the Night Goblins kit, with a plasticard circle glued in the middle to finish it off.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

And the next Mordheim Warband is . . .

I picked up a half-dozen Sisters of Sigmar off eBay in a stripped, but somewhat damaged state (a prior owner had cut of some of the weapons).  Just finished painting them up this weekend.  Starting off, here's a Sister Superior:

I'll likely run her as the Matriarch, as I don't have that mini and the original is a bit pricy for my tastes.

More coming up this week!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Full Mordheim Witch Hunter Band!

The Mordheim Witch Hunter Band.  No cover charge, Dollar Drafts and Well Drinks.  Here's the team, fully assembled:

Next up, the Sisters of Sigmar.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Mordheim Witch Hunter - Flagellants

As if the Zealots aren't crazy enough, these two chuckleheads aren't sure whether to hit their enemies, their friends or even themselves!

Here's Hagrid:

And Ronald:

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Battle Report - First Game

So, once I had my head wrapped around the new Warhammer Age of Sigmar release, my big boy and I settled into a game with the new rules.

I don't have much of a proper Fantasy army, just a few war bands and some odds and ends.  But I do have a nice set of Daemons that I use for 40k (including some Reaper Bones minis), so no problem there.  My son ran them, with the following units:
He managed to squeeze in a lot of fire power, with a Bloodthirster, a Deamon Prince, two Heralds (Slanesh and Nurgle), 30 Plaguebearers in one unit, two units of 10 Pink Horrors, 3 Flamers and 5 Fleshhounds.  Phew.
I also have I have a bunch of Orks, and if you squint, they look pretty Fantasy-ish, so Gaz became a warboss, Boyz became Orcs, a Grot Herder stood in as a Great Shaman, Nobz were Ruglud's Armoured Orcs and, finally, I used the Burna Boyz as Arrer Boys:
I was way underpowered!  Two units of Orcs, 25 strong each, but only 10 Armoured Orcs, five Arrer Boys, and a Warboss and a Shaman.  Needz Moar Greenskinz!
By model-count, it looked pretty even, but in terms of what would have been "points" back in the World-That-Was?  Not so much.  Oh, well.

We rolled for the terrain, per the rules, and wound up with a pretty well covered board, set up in the manner of the third territory example (basically cutting the board diagonally):
My wife insisted on getting a large dining room table.  Who was I to argue?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Games Workshop Blew Up Warhammer Fantasy Battles

I, as I suspect most wargamers of a certain age, have been watching the Age of Sigmar release rumors with some curiosity, in a manner not dissimilar from having watched the release of the latest D&D iteration.  Would they listen to the "fan base"?  Would they embrace or reject the OSR?  Would they draw in new players while alienating the old?

When I first saw the box set and rules, I thought: "This must be a Mordheim-type game.  GW wouldn't blow up WHFB."  I loved the idea of super-lite rules and the "warscrolls", but didn't think they'd release them for free, for nearly every old model.  

Well . . . GW blew up WHFB.  

In fact, they blowed it up real good.  Personally, not being a competitive gamer, but certainly a decidedly cheap, busy and lazy one, I can't see much of a downside for me at this point.  In fact, I feel like its Christmas.  Here are my thoughts:

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mordheim Witch Hunter - Zealots

Not everyone has the skills to be a master Witch Hunter, but some folks are crazy enough to try anyway.  Enter, the Zealots!

Sword is ok, but a wood table for a shield?

I do like his bug eye.   When painting eyes, I try to connect the pupils with the top eyelid (or both), to avoid the bug eye look, but it actually works on this Zealot.

Now, the guy below's mace looks lethal.  But his backup weapon is a fish??

A PUPPET???  Wha??

That rounds out the Zealots.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mordheim Witch Hunters are Multiplying

Yet another Witch Hunter painted up.  Actually, this one is a bit of an embarrassment.  Not sure what happened to his face.  Oh, well, he's still ready for battle!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Another Witch Hunter Comeths.

Ben Franken has arrived in town and he's got a few days to kill.  Aside from his great-sword and wooden stake, he has a key.  A storm is brewing, but perhaps there will be wind enough to fly a kite.

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