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Battle Report 1: Warhammer Age of Sigmar 4

Introduction

Those who follow the page regularly (welcome back to all 6 of you!) know that I spent the better part of the last 10 years wishing that I knew how to play miniature games. Chris, the boys, and I dabbled in Heroclix and Dicemasters, but I never took the plunge into the traditional powerhouse, Warhammer. That changed last year when I saw a subscription service to the game. I put together a schedule that allowed me to dedicate a night to assembling, painting, and play testing the miniature. That’s the quick, quick version of how we arrived at Battle Report 1 for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar.

New Rules

Once of the nice things about the subscription model is that it eases you into new rules. This time, they introduced the concept of Rend. That value gets subtracted from the save roll, thereby theoretically causing more damage. They also gave me a helpful run down of the attack sequence with the new rule built in. It made the play test go smoothly.

The Set Up

They also set up a scenario for the models to get me started. They suggested pairing the “bosses” for each faction against the armies of underlings, as you can see here. I wondered how the match would end up with anything besides the armies against each other, but that’s why they roll the dice, dear reader. And, as I wrote to Chris later that night, it’s a ton of dice rolling.


The Battle

After you set up the armies, you then move them together to meet on the field of battle. The script moves you through the different scenarios as models are defeated until you arrive at a final show off. During this part of the battle, Christine noticed me playing with myself and she asked me if I wanted a partner. I replied, “No, just testing things out.” Truth was, I didn’t want to have to spend time explaining it to her right then. But, nice to know she’s open to the possibility.

The Final Showdown

As I surmised, it came down to the armies in the final battle. The one Stormcast Eternal fought valiantly after losing the rest of his troop. But, he finally succumbed to his injuries and the “bad guys” came away victorious. During this time, I actually really got into the match and started rooting for the guy and cheered when the die rolls went in his favor. Then, I tried to come up with a way to cheat him to victory.

The Victors

But, the Kruleboys won, fair and square. I still enjoyed playing and look forward to the next scenario in a few weeks after building and painting the next set of models.

The Verdict

I apologize that I didn’t use my powers of storytelling to make this Battle Report 1 more compelling. Once I’m out of school and I have more time and energy, I promise to make the next one better. In any case, as I said, I loved playing the game. Chris said that he wanted me to bring the models next time we hang out and Christine also showed interest. So, who knows, maybe the next time I won’t be playing with myself.

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Basecoating Stormcast Eternals: Warhammer Age of Sigmar 3

Introduction

Last night, I finally got brave enough to attempt basecoating Stormcast Eternals models. I also (b) remembered, and (c) set the time aside to make sure that they got done. You may remember a couple of weeks ago, I spent far too much time doing the undercoating of the models. Then, as mentioned, I meant to pick right up with the next step. But, I got gunshy.

A First Attempt

Eventually, you just gotta “nut up or shut up.” And, you know me. Eventually, whether motivated by fear or courage, I always choose the former. If I’m being honest, some of my reticence comes from a pursuit of perfection. Even yesterday, while painting, they stress, “Don’t worry about messing up. You can always paint over it later.” Yet, several times I wiped up my mess with a paper towel. As you can see, there’s really not all that much for me to be worried about. I think I did a pretty decent job for my first time using this particular technique.

That Splash of Color

I felt a massive sense of pride when I completed the undercoating and removed them from my pile of plastic shame. Multiply that feeling by at least a thousand now that they have those little touches that the blue paint gives them. Next, I plan on working with the Leadbelcher to highlight them more and bring some color to the Kruleboyz. Look for that update most likley next week.

The Verdict

I joined the Age of Sigmar subscription with the intent of both learning the game and developing my painting techniques. So far, I succeeded on both counts. Now that I conquered my fear and perfectionism to start basecoating Stormcast Eternals models, I can keep working on the paints and pepper in new tutorials and playthroughs. Who knows? Warhammer might find a place on the YouTube page.

Age of Sigmar Painting Update #1

Introduction

For much of the last decade, I wanted to learn how to play one of the miniature based combat games. I tried Warmachine and Hordes because I heard they came with a lower price point for beginners. Then, for some reason, I picked up a Warhammer 40k Battle Box a few months ago. I pained a couple of the models and played through the tutorial scenarios in the game. More recently, I saw an add for a subscription box for Warhammer. It takes a step by step approach to the hobby. And, so, I come with my Age of Sigmar painting update #1.

Instructions for undercoating the models.

Stormcast Eternals

I started with the forces of order, mainly because that’s how the instructions went. Also, they only make you paint 6 models for the Stormcast Eternals. That way, if I flaked out again, I could just work to finish them instead of undercoating a bunch of models and having colorful piles of plastic in my pile of shame.

Both sets of unpainted miniatures

Painting the Stormcast Eternals came quite easy actually. They warn that you may need to paint up to 3 coats to cover patchiness and mistakes, but I only used one for them. See for yourself, but I think they came out pretty good after that first coat. Before moving on, I will probably assess again and add a contingency coat if necessary.

Kruleboyz

After the quick success of the Stormcast Eternals, I wrongly thought that the Kruleboyz would go just as smoothly. I should have known better. As forces of chaos, they want to make my life a living hell. While that’s a bit dramatic, after a first coat on them, I see what they meant with the warning of patchiness and needing extra coats.

Unpainted Kruleboyz

I didn’t take a picture after a first coat for them. You might be able to see some of the streakiness in the picture after the second coat. But, they definitely look better already with that second coat. My schedule allows me to work on miniatures on Wednesday. This week, I plan to finish their third coat and then next week I can start on the next step with the models. I also think I need to play through a tutorial from the paint issue.

After the second coat.

The Verdict

Like many, I imagine, I freeze up when faced with the prospect of painting the models. Therefore, this Age of Sigmar painting update #1 represents a huge step forward in the process. Come back next week for the final coat and the tutorial play through. Then, the week after, I start to add some detail.

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Part 2

Introduction

I wrote about my new subscription to Warhammer models about a month ago. In the meantime, I received another shipment from them. This one came with snippers, glue, a couple of new models, and some paint. Because things got so busy at school these last few weeks before break, I only now got around to actually looking at everything. So, I’m finally ready to give my Age of Sigmar Part 2 impressions.

Your First Paints

Obviously, not entirely true. I painted several models over the last few years. However, in this subscription, this is the first mailing to include paints. So far, they only include the base color and an accent color for each of the two factions. Also, as often happens and you can see in the photo below, I wasn’t able to start painting the models just yet.

But, having some experience, I feel good about getting them done before the next update. Also, I think they included some new rules in the other two books in the shipment (more on that in a minute), so I need to incorporate them into my play and report back on that.

New Mechanics

One of the books introduces “Warscrolls” that look like the character sheets for the game. They suggest you use them to quickly look up stats and attacks for your character. The other book expands the combat to include ranged warfare. Both also include paint guides for the new models included.

See. The “Warscroll” looks like the character sheet. I went back to take that picture after putting the books away. Don’t say that we don’t go the extra couple of centimeters here for you at 2 Generations Gaming. In any case, I expect them to become more intricate with more information as they expand to spells and other possible attacks.

The Verdict

Even after looking through my goodies from Warhammer: Age of Sigmar 2 subscription box, I still feel like I’m getting a good deal. If you believe them, then each book is worth 13.99 alone, so the additional miniatures and paint more than cover the remaining price of the box. As Chris said, he’d like to get into miniatures but they are so expensive. This subscription spreads some of those costs and alleviates others, which makes the whole thing worth it.

If you want to check it out yourself, go to the page and do some digging.

I Entered a Painting Contest!

Introduction

A few weeks ago, a post came across my Facebook feed from That’s Entertainment, the best local comic book store within 50 miles of my house. They said that they planned to host a miniature painting contest that was beginner friendly. I, very much a beginner when it comes to painting miniatures, immediately followed the link and signed up. And, so starts the story of how I entered a painting contest.

Technically, I actually entered nothing. They gave us 3 hours to start painting at the store. I took advantage of two of those hours and then wandered around the store for about 45 minutes to look for some back issues and find some new series to read. The latest TMNT story looks awesome and now I think I might order some older trades like the one for “The Last Ronin”.

The Miniature in Question

A few other competitors recognized this monster from their travels in Dungeons and Dragons. They also seemed to come in with plans and color schemes. Since I mostly just played with Quinn and the kids at school, I never encountered a hellwasp in game. I came in with the plan to try to make it look as much like the instructions as possible. To borrow a phrase from The Lego Movie, “I like to follow the instructions.”

I went with what I knew and primed the model black. Some others primed in their primary color and I think I might try that technique on some of my models because I like the look of their models. Also, the black base swallowed some of the highlights from the drybrush and made the model look dark. Another painter said the same thing about his.

Progress Pictures

Back View

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I like that the camera picks up some of the detail that my eye misses. Makes me feel better about my technique. Because, looking at it while I was painting, I felt defeated. Nothing worked out the way I wanted and I started to think that I wasted 15 dollars. Then I saw the pictures and I found the inspiration to keep going. I felt excellent after painting the wings. I really like how they look.

The Finished Product (For Now)

I still have to do some work. It looks too blue for my liking. The actual one has more of a purple look, but that’s not too big a deal. I also want to blend the wings better. But, when I showed it off to my family, Liam said, “That looks cool!” So, I felt even better about it. Join me in a couple of weeks so you can hear the actual story of how I entered a painting contest.

Warhammer 40k/Hordes Model Update

Introduction

I speak frequently of my desire to play miniature games like Warhammer. I even went so far as to order a few “mystery boxes” from Privateer Press and a subscription service I just found a couple of weeks ago. Once, about five years ago, I signed up for a beginner paint class at one of the local gaming stores. Last year, I ordered a learn to paint kit from Amazon. All of this done in spite of the fact that I had no time to actually sit down an paint the models. That all changed when I switched jobs. I finally painted two of the beginner models. That gave me enough confidence to write this Warhammer 40k/Hordes model update.

Hordes

The surprise box I got from Privateer Press contained units from the Skorne Command. After finally getting a chance to look at everything, the units included aren’t covered in the codex book. Peculiar. So, without a proper army, I decided to write this post instead of a post covering actual game play. Besides, I bought some games through Humble Bundle that I can play on Steam if I need to get the fix of playing the actual game.

When I finally opened the package containing the units, I cringed. Oh, I thought, these have to be assembled. Unwilling to take that risk at the time, I put them back in the box and promised myself that I’d come back to them. Unlike those promises in the past, I kept it. So, a couple of days ago, I took the risk and grabbed the glue. After examining the contents closer, I thought, this doesn’t actually look too bad.

The result. Honestly, other than one highlord (or whatever, some guy with a fancy helmet) who I ended up throwing away, it went pretty well.

You notice they are still only a “pile of gray plastic” as I saw it referred recently. I still need to come up with a story for the army. Yes, you know me. Nothing works without a good story. I brewed up an idea a couple of days ago. I researched if it makes sense, but found little either way. So, I that as a good sign. As long as it makes sense to me, who cares? Unless I find a play group, who else will ever see it?

Here goes. The unit got cut off from their army in a forest. Their commander (dude with the fancy hat) died from a trap. Ever since, they took matters into their own hands. Dying their armor green with silver accents to camouflage better. I still need to flesh out their mission.

Warhammer 40k

Okay, now the magic happens. Yes, I learned nothing. I might be overpromising and underdelivering with that opening. Nevertheless, I stand by my confidence. I came a long way from that first painting class. While my models still show evidence of beginner’s mistakes, they still look good. And, I even painted these ones!

The green wash caused me problems. But, the rest of the paint job went well. Still minor beginner mistakes like painting the wrong part, but overall, a success. One of the guys lost his arm, so he just grafted a gun in there and continues to march.

The Verdict

I love painting. It brings me zen in the same way that building Lego does. I may not be the best, but I’m getting better and that’s what counts. While this Warhammer 40k/Hordes model update doesn’t talk anything about actual war, look for that in the future. I both found some other models in my box while getting the supplies and ordered a beginner kit that has more Necrons and some other soldiers. So, I plan to put together a couple of armies and march them against each other soon.

Painting Hordes Miniatures

Introduction

A few months ago…

Then again, now that I think about it, it was probably a year or longer. However, as you get older, time has this way of feeling like it is contracting. I can’t believe that I never considered it before, but a student in one of my classes pointed out that it is because for every year you get older, each year is less a percentage of your life overall. It’s so obvious, but I just never considered it before. Okay, what’s the point?

Well, some undefined amount of time ago, I got into miniatures. It started with a paint class that I signed up for at Modern Myths, but was only able to go to two of the lessons. Therefore, I only know how to prime and paint the base coat. I don’t know anything about dry brushing, washes, or other finishing techniques. I have been doing some research and talking with Kevin to get a better idea of how to do those things.

After taking the class, I found a deal on a two player battle box of Privateer Press Hordes miniatures. Initially, I had plans to paint the miniatures and, at least, display them until I could convince Chris or one of the boys to try the game with me. As happened too often in the recent past, life got in the way.

Not to sound like a motivational butthead, but I realize now that I let life get in the way.

I’m 42 this year. I never believed in arbitrary age milestones. Sweet 16, at 18 you are an adult and can die in a stupid war, but then you aren’t mature enough to drink for another three years? However, anecdotal evidence points to the mid life crisis as an actual milestone. I can’t say that is definitely what I’m experiencing, but other than the fancy red sports car (that I can’t afford), I check off most of the other boxes.

The one major adjustment that I’ve noticed is that I changed my outlook on life. Because, you see, another stereotypical midlife crisis trope that I’ve experienced is that I’m gaining some perspective and reflecting back on my life. As a result, I made that change mentioned in the first sentence of this paragraph. I came to the realization a few days ago that I’ve been living my life lately according to the improv credo of “Yes, and…”

Instead of saying “No” or “Maybe I’ll get to that tomorrow”, I’ve been saying “Yes, and..” It has changed me in fundamental ways. Instead of saying, “No, I really like my holiday break”, even though it’s way too long and I get surly by the end, I said, “Sure, I’ll fill out sub forms for your district.” That has led to an extra 200 or so dollars so far and a possibly very good offer that just happened today. Instead of putting the boys off until “tomorrow”, I’ve been playing a variety of games and toys with them as well as almost starting the podcast up again soon. That has led to me being happier, not feeling as guilty, and getting some of my creative energy out.

The Pictures

The back of the primed models that I chose to start my adventure. Across from them you see the enemy.

And, finally, we get to the point of this particular article. Instead of ignoring my miniatures due mostly to a fear of failure, I took the box that they were in out of the game room closet. I primed some more of the models and started talking to Kevin about the process again. That was mostly just to keep myself honest and engaged. I also sent a note to Chris for the same reason.

My first attempt at making an “icy” blue look for the creatures. I failed rather spectacularly.

In both cases, it must have worked because I started to paint the little dragon dog dudes or whatever they are. Even though they are the smallest pieces, they have the least intricacies when it comes to design, so I hoped that might work in my favor. I don’t have the official paints licensed by either Privateer or the Warhammer company, so I had to kind of work around and figure out how to mix the paints that I had gotten for Aiden so that he could paint his Bob Ross masterpieces for the family Christmas gifts.

Before (left) and after (right). The after is much closer to what I hoped when I started.

After my first attempt, I thought about how to improve on the color. I texted Kevin a couple of times and figured an easy way to mute the color would be to add some white to the blue before mixing in the pink. That still wasn’t quite working as well as I had hoped. It might have been because I left the dab of blue paint out on my easel and it thickened a bit. Also, some of you might be cringing at my technique and I don’t blame you. I went a bit heavy handed this time. I’m hoping to get some better brushes and a helping hand magnifying glass to refine my technique. I didn’t care at all about getting paint on the base because I’m hoping to do terrain effects there. I see those of you who weren’t cringing before are probably turning up your noses now. Hey, I’m not that bad!

Flash photo of what I’m going to call the final blue. I might try another coat, but I rather like the look of it.

To fix the thickened blue paint issue, I used a dab of paint thinner on the brush. That both served to lighten the color and make the paint go on less clumpy and preserve the detail of the miniature. It isn’t a perfect job by any stretch of the imagination, but at least I’m doing something with these models that have just been sitting around in a box for at least a year. I hope to keep working on them over the next few weeks and giving them a better look. I will share my process along with my failures that hopefully eventually lead to success. If not, laugh, cringe, and sigh along with me during the adventure.

Post Script

Both Chris and Kevin have said that I’ve done a good job so far. I can’t tell if they are just being encouraging or actually mean it. However, they’ve both expressed interest in the hobby. Kevin said that he’d like to get back into it and Chris mentioned that he might give it a try. They are both more artistic than I am by a lot, so it will be interesting to see how much better theirs come out than mine if they do follow up. Also, who knows. Maybe we can actually get some games going, either in person with Chris or via Skype with either of them. All I know is that I’m having so much fun with this painting and even if they are only display pieces, at least I can show how much better I’m getting. I hope!

Happy Little Elves

(Editor’sNote: There are no mistakes. Just happy little accidents. Except that paint that I got on the base of the model. That’s a mistake.)

Over the last few years, mainly because of the web page and podcast, I have become interested in new games and even new types of games. Before starting the page, Chris and I mostly just played Magic the Gathering for our tabletop entertainment. Since then, though, we’ve branched out into Dicemasters and Heroclix as diversions. Heroclix, in particular, will be the focus of the next two articles.

Heroclix, as we’ve discussed, is a more cost efficient introduction into miniature games. I will talk more about it in my next article, either tomorrow or Wednesday. Today, I mention Heroclix because it has brought my interest in miniature games back to the front. I haven’t actually taken the leap into any of the games, but I did sign up for a learning how to paint miniatures class so that when I do finally take the plunge, I will have a quality army to present at games.

(Note: Image Missing. I looked for a picture of the unpainted model, but I can’t seem to find one. I found some terrible paint jobs. I’m not saying that I’m a professional by any stretch, but these ones looked bad. The best that I can do is my primed model from the first class shown below.)

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Not the best picture because my tablet has seen better days, but you get the idea.

As mentioned above, the first day was all about getting used to the process. We chose a miniature (either one that we owned or one that they provided), assembled it, and primed it. I looked over the models provided by the instructor and found one that required the least assembly and looked to be the easiest to paint since I’m a total noob and I just didn’t want to screw it up too badly.

To be honest, I wondered how we would spend an hour and a half doing just those steps, but the in between time allowed for questions and general chat among the class and the instructor. As I wrote on my Facebook, they are an eclectic bunch. One works at Old Sturbridge Village during the summer making pottery and another is a PhD student in polymer engineering at UMass. I learned about the different types of glue, paint, and models available and I am much more informed now when I go to make a purchase.

The second class was actual painting and I have to admit that I was very overwhelmed by the process. I even asked at one point, “Is anyone else paralyzed by choice?” after staring at my model for over 45 minutes. I looked at the paint choices. I searched online. I found nothing that helped until one of the other participants said something about looking at the model in pieces instead of a whole. Then, someone else suggested that I take a piece of the model with a large surface area. Both of those ideas got me on the right track. I grabbed one of the greens because I wanted to make him more of a wood elf than a high elf and I didn’t want to go crazy with the color scheme. I painted his cape that green color and was off to the races.

Back view. The cape that started it all. I also matched the color of the bow to the shafts of the arrows. It's the little touches that can really make a difference.
Back view. The cape that started it all. I also matched the color of the bow to the shafts of the arrows. It’s the little touches that can really make a difference.

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Front view. You probably can’t tell because of the quality of the potato that I used to take the picture, but the green is slightly different. Also, I got a bit adventurous with the trim and mixed some brown in with the orange to give it a more autumn feel.