OK, I’m done with the Abyssal army as far as table top. 3000 points of finished army makes me happy, but now I’m gonna start on something different. I’ve decided to dedicate some time to my poor and abused herd. I say this, since when I finally dug them all out of storage, I discovered chipped paint and scratches galore on my metal beast men. (Metal is a lot of this army. In fact, only the spirit walkers/warriors/spearmen are plastic. The centaurs are as well, since I built them from other parts and pieces. I’ve recently completed my first chimera, and ordered some appropriate lycans.
For those who follow Kings of War, (No reason to be reading this blog if you don’t) the global campaign is upon us. Obviously, being an Abyss player, I’m happy about this. Today, 25 August 2017, also marks another great event: today, I put the last brush strokes on my Abyssal Army. It is now fully painted, and 3000 points strong. Everything in the army is Mantic with the exception of my 3 big monsters: Sophie the Arch Fiend, the Lord of Lies, and Chroneas. To be fair, 2 of the 3 don’t even have official models, so I don’t feel bad about using them at all. So please read on below. I’ll open up with 2 campaign Batreps, and photos of the whole army.
Abyss Vs Salamanders – Invade – 25 August 17
I’ve actually been doing a significant (for me) amount of painting lately. One of the things that really get me going are deadlines. The monthly Painting Oath challenge found on the Mantic Madness Facebook group gives me a deadline each month to get things going. My ultimate goal is to finish up 2500 points of Abyss, then paint up my Walking Dead, All Out War set. My Dungeon Saga set is almost completely finished now, and I do have a completely painted Mars Attacks game and 5 strike forces for Deadzone. My next purchases are going to be Abyssal Horsemen (so I can replace my Juan Diaz Mounted Daemonettes,) and the Larger Operation Heracles Warpath starter set.
If you look at the Abyssals I have done so far, you’ll notice I have done the regular forces dark, and with glowing yellow eyes. I will leave Sophie, the Lord of Lies and Chroneas brighter in color (for now) but I want the masses to look like true demons crawling out of the Abyss. If any of you have ever watched the old Ralph Bakshi movie “Wizards” you can start to see where my inspiration comes from. The animation for the demons summoned to fight for Blackwolf was darkened paint applied directly to live action film footage (he used the same technique for the original Lord of the Rings movie) and then he gave them large, glowing eyes. The leaders of Blackwolf’s army were cleaner and brighter in color.
The Art of War According to Briohmar:
Ever have one of those times when life just kicks you in the ass so much that you have to stay down and recover a bit? Yeah, that’s how most of February and March has been for me. I haven’t had a chance to write many batreps, and have only managed one or two games each weekend. But there has been an outcry on both Facebook and now the forums for thoughts on deployment, so I figured I better go ahead and post up chapter Vi- The Art of Deployment. I’m not completely happy with it, so I think I’m going to need at least a 7th chapter, maybe something to bring it all together. Here it is though:
So, I haven’t done anything in a while, but here we have some new content. Also, three years ago, I started writing a series of tactics articles that were published in the IronWatch Magazine editions 20, 23, and 24. (actually it was re-writing something I had done much earlier for WHFB 7th ed. but that was mostly lost because of where it was published, and my failure to archive a copy.) I have decided to add those original articles here as well. Plus, I have finally started work on some follow on chapters to those original 3. Chapters IV and V are now up, plus some new reports.
So, this week brought forth the release of Kings of War Historical. We are beginning a tournament with all new armies, which none of us are overly familiar with. But we’ll start off this celebration with some new batreps. You’ll also find some Fantasy BATREPS as well.