A range of 28mm and 54mm pin up models produced by polish company Wargamer Games Studio LTD (the guys from the 15mm By Fire and Sword range) that I backed on Kickstarter, I'm opening the sets and making short unbox video's on them.
The first one I'm taking a look at is the KS Exclusive version of Lagertha, the lovely main lady of the Vikings television series.
Last campaign month, Richard invaded my lands in an effort to burn down my watchtower, as could be read HERE.
While he was unsuccesfull and suffered heavy losses that battle, this month it was time for me to return the favour and I set out to raid one of his farms.
The scenario allowed me a double move towards his village, while his full force bar his archer would come on in turn 1, the archers themselves arriving one turn later. My troops moved full force towards his farming hamlet of course.
His forces arrived, and seeing the two warrior units approaching the village, my lord formed all the men around him into a shieldwall, to deter any offensive actions from my opponent.
His cavalry was at 23 inch of mine, and so I thought I was charge safe. Richard played a Bounding Leap, Carpe Diem and Hero of the Age, so at 4d6 + 8 I suddenly feared for my horses. But his roll totalled 22, falling an inch short and a point blank response charge thundered into his line.
I played a Carpe Diem, Hero of the Age and Strong Arm and the resulting crash into his cavalry costed me 1 elite rider versus 3 warriors of his, 2 elites AND a wound on his noble. His force promptly broke without even a second round, and lost the amphora, to ride off never to be seen.
Unfortunatly, now I fell one inch short of pursuit, or I could have taken out his remaining elites with the Lord and Champion.
His other forces dully retreated of the board now, though his archers shot down one of my warriors... but so did long range fire of mine on his horse cavalry.
In the meantime, my troops ransacked the village and collected all the loot there was to be had, as his cavalry and characters fled for their lives as mine was slowly recovering from shock and could charge them the next turn.
But he escaped, and after the dust settled and the points where tallied, I scored a +5 victory, granting me another 2 warriors. Unfortunatly, that meant my 8 strong units now split up into three units of 6 each, not the most wanted result to be honest...
My talents where finally spend as well, as a Wicca joined my forces and she brought a magical sword for my lord (giving him +1 d6 in combat from now on), as well as an Armoury Shoppe that was erected in one of my provinces. ironically, I know stand alone at the top of the prestige table of the campaign so far... not bad for someone almost knocked out in the very first battle. Just another raid to survive in a few weeks, and then all my Levy return, boosting my force with another mighty three units...
Something small and inbetween I painted up this week, is this marine squad officer. While a regular space marine, I went for the pre-heresy purple of the Emperor's Children, in order to vary my squads some more as I mix pre- and post-heresy schemes throughout my entire army.
This guy as such will get a full unit of 10 with him to go into war with, no idea what loadout though on heavy and special weapon, but I`m leaning to make this third standard squad of my force more anti monster and tank geared with lascannon and meltagun probably. Oh well, we`ll see how they end up, won`t we...
It's been a while since I did this, as I plainly forgot to do them every time, but it's time for a short review of the newest White Dwarf.
Now, I admit, when I quit the GW hobby a few years before getting out of wargaming as a whole, WD had dwindled down to an advertising magazine. But ever since getting back and buying it last year april again, I find it greatly improved.
Sure, it's still a magazine that caters a hobby made by a single company, but that doesn't mean it can have intresting material in it, and this month is particularly nice in my opinion, including some lovely exclusives.
Introduction - a few words on the new Ncron codex and the Forgebane box Planet Warhammer - all the new releases for this month, including the Black Library novels and licensed videogames Readers Letters Temporal Distort - taking you back to the Tau heavy issue 400. Unfortunatly that gives it more coverage then last months issue when Codex T'au was released and we only got an article on the artwork of the young fledgling empire Getting Started With... - this month covers the golden boys of AoS, the Stormcast Eternals The Ultimate Guide To - Idoneth Deepkin. While the newest army for Age of Sigmar is from a game that doesn't intrest me anymore, I must admit the models look drop dead gorgeous! Turtle riders, twisted seahorses... these underwater aelves are all wondefull sculpts.
Battle Report: The Blackstone Extract - based around the forces of the Forgebane boxed set, the Mechanicus takes on the Necrons.
Hall of Fame - a look at some of the classic GW models Tale of Four Warlords - four budding warlords expand on their Age of Sigmar forces in this monthly feature of a great series
Collections in Middle-Earth - takes a look at some great paintjobs and diorama's out there Honour and Loyalty - in this collecting article, the House of Makabius knights are looked at Battleground: The River of Souls: the creation of the newest studio battle table
Tactica Imperialis - in this guide, we take a look at the other new army that came out thi month, being the Dark Eldar or Drukhari and their sadistic cults.
Underworlds Tournament - a look at how to run a tournament event for Shadespire
Maxime's Challenge - Maxime continues painting base figures of various forces in various colour schemes featured in the lores. The Brown Wizard - this Middle-Earth article takes a look at the adentures of Radagast the Brown during The Hobbit
The Last Alliance - even more Middle-Earth goodness with more Battle Company rules and two new Companies Chaos Cult Gangs - coming to Necromunda, you now can field your 40k cultists gangers in a bid for total corruption of the hive to the dark gods.
Reader's Models In the Bunker - what has been going on in the WD studio
And that is it for this month. Personally, the Shadespire article was highly intresting as we are looking at TSA to do some events on saturdays, and that game is on the radar as a possible candidate for a "side tournament" to something bigger. I also loved the Necromunda rules, with having about 100 painted cultists lying around, to try them in the game.
Another "dangerous" article was all the Middle-Earth stuff. As an avid Tolkien reader, I didn't restart gaming the The Hobbit, as I probably won't have many opponents at TSA (but will have at another club I'm in, The Puppeteers) so I am going to look in to that again... even though I say for myself I won't, but who am I fooling...
All in all, a nice and varied issue from which I took some good stuff for myself, and enjoyed reading on the other things I won't play myself. It's a steal at 8 euros tbh...