Sunday, 22 May 2016

Holidays!

Hi!

Well I am on holiday for the next week or so and am looking forward to spending a little bit of time in hobby related shenanigans!

Alas there's not much free time to spend on hobby related goodness as there's my wedding coming up but I do want to make a bit of time to work on revamping Leviathan!

 Stomp!

Following the last battle report I put together, I found myself incredibly frustrated with the rules as they stood as there's just so many inconsistancies, pooly explained rules and some faily important stuff left out completely so I think I need to pull things back to the basics and rebuild the rules from the ground up.

Before I do this, I think I need to explore just what Leviathan is supposed to be. The problem is I have two wildly different views of it. There's the mass battle approach with ranks of infantry battling it out with mighty warbeasts and engines of destruction but then there's the more realistic skirmish setting with small bands fighting it out for survival in a post apocalyptic wasteland.

Unsurprisingly, these two visions don't mesh well together as Aeroth is supposed to have suffered a magical apocalypse which mutated the very world itself and brought an end to civilisation. How then can large forces operate in such a wasteland? The problem is I like the idea of big beasts and mighty armies so how do I go about fixing it?

Boar Company

One approach is to have the action moved forward several hundred years so societies have formed and the world has begun repairing itself but resources are still scarce and fought over fiercely by the kingdoms.

Secondly, I have railed often enough about the generic Tolkienesque settings often enough but find that Leviathan, despite it's cosmetic differences, still has too many of the reused tropes of so many other games over the years so I need to move it on and push things a bit further. I need to get my teeth into the background and rework it to my own specification and once I have the setting done to what I want, the game itself will hopefully follow!

With that in mind, I think I will be spending much of this week putting together my notes on the world and putting some pages up on here to illustrate my thoughts!

Hopefully, I will have something to show soon so stay tuned!

All the best!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

True Atronian Warband Part 2

Hi!

Well surprise surprise! I actually managed to get another figure painted up for my True Atronian warband!

 True Atronian Glaive Guard

While the other members of the warband are Vidaar, this new addition is a Elvorix doe so has somewhat daintier features than her sisters. I seem to struggle a bit with photos of the figures but I went with a light skin/fur tone with some freckles and stripes to make her a bit more interesting and once again, the Zombiesmith figures don't disappoint as they paint up really nicely, despite their diminutive and dainty scale!

The Warband thus far!

I'm really pleased with how things are going with the force at the moment and have just primed another figure to add to the mix and hopefully I will get chance to paint her up soon too!

In the meantime, I've been perusing Shieldwall, the mass battle game set in the War of Ashes world and am really liking the concepts featured so may try out a bit of a proxy game or two in the not too distant future!

Till then, All the best!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

True Atronian Warband Project Part 1

Hi!

Well it's been a busy couple of weeks here with work and whatnot but I've managed to get some small amount of painting done in the form of a Kanid from Zombiesmith's absolutely lovely War of Ashes range:

 Kanid

He's been sat primed on my desk for absolutely ages so I thought I'd give him a quick lick of paint and he turned out rather nicely which got me to thinking about the other figures from the range that I have lying around unpainted which then gave me a bit of an idea!

What about setting myself a bit of a challenge to get them painted? I have a total of 15 infantry and one warbeast so how hard can it be to get the lot of them painted up over the coming months?

Looking through the War of Ashes Shieldbash rulebook (It's totally worth picking up a copy of the PDF as it's a really nice set of rules with an interesting background and lovely illustration by the way!) and forces generally consist of roughly 300 points a piece so the aim is to see if I can paint up a decent starter force with what I have got!

 The Warband thus far!

Looking at what I have painted thus far, I have my force leader, the Hurscaree, an elite fighter named an Aelfryee and now a Kanid, a lowly pack hound.

This comes to 88 points which isn't too bad and I just need to flesh out the force a bit with some troops and the True Atronians have some cracking choices and the assorted gubbins I have awaiting paint should provide me with an interesting selection.

The next step will be to set myself an achievable goal so I am aiming low by challenging myself to update the blog at least once a week with a single painted figure for the force until I have them all done so with a bit of work, I should have the whole force done in a couple of months!

Hopefully I will get another update over the next couple of days so watch this space!

All the best!