So my first unit of Brutes are almost done. I just need to do some highlights and then the bases.
All five brutes
Leader and Brute 2
Brute 3 & 4
More armour rusting
I added another layer of rust on the armour and weapons. I used the Secret Weapon Miniatures Orange Rust paint. Happily I noticed that it was a paint and not a wash before I started applying it. I forget that they make paint :-) I made a quick wash with it and then layered across the weapons and then again across the armour. The rust effect I had on the armour previously was a but too dark for my tastes so I punched it up some.
There are a few tiny bits that I need to paint still (the bags on the belts) but these are almost ready to base and get playing with.
So I managed to pick up a copy of the new Stormcast Eternals and Nighthaunt Battletomes yesterday. As I was browsing through them I realised that I now have an immense amount of reading to do. There is the background and fluff in the core rulebook, Malign Sorcery book and now the two new Battletomes. I am guessing that there is more than 400 pages of fluff across all four of those books. A bit of that is duplicated but it is still a hefty number of pages.
I am currently reading through the Stormcast book. I wanted to read the Nighthaunt Battletome but Miss C. snatched that away immediately and I doubt I will see it for a few days at least. Miss N. has shown little interest in the Stormcast book but her and I will be going through the painting section soon so we can find out what colours she wants to use on her models.
Speaking of which, I managed to get ahold of the first Age of Sigmar starter set and spent the last few days assembling those models. There are quite a few new Nighthaunt sets coming out in the next few weeks that will bulk up the Nighthaunt army and I wanted to quickly add some options for the Stormcast as well since a lot of their upcoming releases appear to be cavalry.
So all of the glueing and building is done and it is time to sit down and have our first battle. We have slightly more miniatures available than those that ship in the Soul Wars box. I picked up each of the ‘East To Build’ boxes that were available with the initial release and I also grabbed a box of Reapers this weekend. So we have a full ten model unit of Reapers as well as two full units of Sequitors and Castigators. We aren’t playing with the Banshees as I don’t have a unit card for them and I want to have all the stats available to the girls as they play.
We spent some time yesterday going over the rules, explaining what each phase is and learning all the stats. So for today’s game we set up a simple scenario that lasts five rounds and just counts the number of wounds each side scores to determine the winner. None of the terrain rules are being used to keep things simple and focus on the core phases and how they work.
Before the combat begins
I finally get to use my dice!
Can the Chainrasps make it?
Get the Ballista
Not many Nighthaunts left
Miss N. won the roll to go first and moved up slightly. I think she wanted to keep at a distance and use her shooting attacks to thin out the Nighthaunt horde. During her turn Miss C. was far more aggressive and pushed up her Reapers and Chainrasps towards Miss N’s troops. She also sent her Knight and some troops around the flank to attack the Lord Arcanum.
Miss C. won the roll for the second turn and decided to go first. She charged with her Reapers and Chainrasp Horde getting a 10 for the Chainrasps and pushing them towards the Extolers. She also managed to get the Reapers into combat with the Ballista. Sadly as good as her charge rolls were she did no wounds with her Reapers and then Miss N. Piled In with her Extolers and chewed up five Chainrasps. Returning combat the Chainrasps killed an Extoler and wounded a second.
During Miss N’s turn she healed the Extoler with the Lord Arcanum. Her shooting was not very good. The Ballista rapid-fired into the Reapers and only did 5 hits. Two wounded and Miss C saved them all. The Castigators were more effective and stripped away some Chainrasps. The Combat Phase involved combats between multiple units with the Chainrasps attacking the Extolers and the Castigators and the Reapers Piling In to attack the Knight Incantor and the Ballista. She managed to do some more wounds to the Ballista and two to the Knight. Between the Extolers and the Catigators the Chainrasps were knocked down to two models. Hopefully they can get re-invigorated in the next turn.
We stopped at the end of turn 2 as we had to make dinner but we will get back to the game tomorrow. Miss C has the firth turn again so we shall see what sort of trouble she can make for her sister.
So the building continues. Miss N. and Miss C. managed to get some more of their respective miniatures done. Miss C. started in on her heroes while Miss N. finished some of her infantry models and did two of the Stormcast heroes. The Nighthaunt figures are pretty basic, even the heroes, but the Stormcast models often require some precise positioning. Even so they are both doing a pretty good job for their first major figure building experience. We are making sure that everyone is dry-fitting their pieces before gluing and getting into the habit of confirming the parts before finalizing the assembly.
I built some Brutes as well as my Weirdboy Shaman. There are three assembled Gore Gruntas but I picked those up almost fully assembled so I don’t count those as being built by me. All I had to do was add three parts to each model.
Hopefully we will be able to get in our first game next week.
Brutes and Shaman
So the assembly continues. We didn’t get a lot of time to work today but Miss C. managed to finish her unit of Reapers and Miss N. finished the last two of the ‘ Easy To Build’ Sequitors.
The ‘Easy To Build’ figures are turning out to be a little more difficult for a first time gamer so Miss N. is a bit slower than her sister at getting units put together. They certainly do look good though and they are both having fun building.
I have got a part of my Ironjawz force and have just sorted through the sprues and will start to build a unit of Brutes first. The set of figures I got has nine Goar Gruntas already assembled so I just need to start building some infantry and heroes.
The Age of Sigmar Soul Wars starter has been released today and as part of our Tale of Three Warlords project I picked up all of the new releases. We got the Soul Wars starter, Malign Sorcery box and the four ‘Easy To Build’ releases. I have the General’s Handbook coming but as the Warlord Edition so its not yet been delivered to the store.
The Soul Wars starter comes with the Stormcast and Nighthaunt figures, a hardcover rulebook, dice, ruler, Warscroll cards, and several background books and the core rules. The models are all push-fit figures and go together quite easily. The figures are really top-notch and the Nighthaunt figures are otherworldly. What is really exceptional is the sheer amount of gaming material that comes in the set. The hardcover rulebook has the core 18 pages of rules and includes a bounty of fluff and background (finally!) as well as generic Allegiance Abilities, and special rules for each of the eight Mortal Realms.
The Malign Sorcery book expands on this by adding a new set of spells for each Realm. The Malign Sorcery set was a surprise since it contains a ton of background, new spells for each Realm as well as the Endless spells. Add this to the scenario rules and battleplans and you have an enormous number of options without even picking up the General’s Handbook. Magic clearly makes up a significant number of those options, at least without the General’s Handbook, but its nice to see that GW is making an effort to expand what options players have to change up the game.
About a month ago I was looking over the new Age of Sigmar Soul Wars boxed set and the twins checked out the figures and expressed an interest in perhaps painting them and learning to play. While I was slightly interested in the figures myself, the Nighthaunts look great, I wasn’t planning on picking up the Soul Wars starter until the girls decided that it would be a fun project.
Miss C. pondering what to build first
Miss N.’s excitement builds
Getting our pre-order
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