Sunday, October 14, 2018

Paint Table Saturday 258 - Those Pesky Umber Hulks (Ambulls)

Hi All,

Late again for Saturday, but it's been a busy week. The boy had a band performance during the week, then played with the High School band during halftime at the Football game. Then we ran a Cross Country race in the pouring rain Saturday morning.

I've gotten several layers of drybrushing on the Umber Hulks. It's not looking quite where I want it, but I'm not going to worry about things too much.

I also got the Olley Dwarf Brewmeister on his base and used a spot of Squadron Green Putty to try and cover the mold line in his tankard.

I've since filed the putty down and added sand paste and grit to the base. Should get the paint on him this week.

Welcome to Dave Brewster, if you have a blog let me know and I'll link to it. I'm guessing you may be the daveb that commented on the RoC post.

As always, thanks for reading and commenting.

Friday, October 12, 2018

We rolled up some RoC war bands

Hi All,

So my son has been read the Realm of Chaos books here and there for a few weeks now. It's interesting the things he is picking up on and showing me as he looks through them. I have never really sat down to read them but just picked through the books at various times when a question occurs to me and then forgetting what the relevant information may have been.

What follows is how we rolled our war bands. Did we do it right? Probably not, but the process once you have the two books in hand is somewhat chaotic. ;)

Slaves to Darkness has this handy dandy chart, but it's still not really a guide to how to roll things up and the "instructions" in various sections have you jumping round the book.

In the back of the Lost and the Damned they have all of the charts you need to roll things up.

One of the things that confused me was this blurb about the marks of Chaos in the back of Lost and the Damned. It appears to be more specific with "Mark of Chaos" one receives.

Here's what we did. It may be horribly wrong, let's look. Shall we?

First we need to select our champion. The Road to Power section on pg 38 of Slaves to Darkness seems to be the place to start. On pg 39, in How the System Works it states "A Champion of Chaos begins life as a randomly generated profile." and later "immediately receives two rewards from his patron Chaos Power: one Chaos gift which depends on the god, and a chaos attribute." I'm getting slightly ahead of myself here.

On pg 40 (StD) we have the starting profile table. One chart each for Chaos Dwarf, Dark Elf, Human and Other. If you had a plan in mind, ie a figure ready to convert or use, you might just pick one. We like to put our fate in the hands of the dice gods, so we rolled. We both rolled Chaos Dwarves. Fitting I think, as I have zero Chaos Dwarf models. He rolled a regular Chaos Dwarf, I rolled a Level 5 Hero.

The next step is where I got a little, and still may be, a little confused. StD pg 44 Rewards of Chaos reiterates that you give each champion on attribute and one gift from his patron. Then further rewards can be earned during a campaign. On pg 45 is the Chaos Rewards Table. The same table, in a slightly different format, can be found on pg 50 of LatD. Then there are the "gifts of the various powers. In StD they are still called rewards, in LatD they are called gifts. StD Khorne pg 47, Slaanesh pg 50. LatD Nurgle pg 51, Tzeentch pg 54. LatD also has them all together in the Summary on pg 284.

I think we started by rolling up my son's champion and then that Marks of the Chaos Powers box from pg 281 of the summary in LatD got my attention. My son wants to follow Tzeentch, so I chose to Follow Khorne as an obvious adversary. So if we look at what it says for Khorne and Tzeentch we get that my Chaos Dwarf has Chaos Armor and one random attribute. I rolled 033 Beaked. I then also rolled for a gift, I see now that the Chaos armor is probably the gift, but I got 54 Frenzy. Aidan's champion received a magic rod of Tzeentch and 3 (rolled on a D3) Attributes. He rolled 452 Headless, 279 Cloven Hooves, and 319 Crystalline Body. His gift was 22 Face of Horror. So again, I'm not sure if rolling for the gift after taking the item was the right thing to do, but since we both did it  they come out in the wash.

With the Champions covered it was time to figure out our retinues. This can be found after the Campaign section in StD, Retinue of a Chaos Champion pg 57. The specifics are on StD pg 58. It says "For every two rewards (attributes or gifts) ... consult the following chart. It's a D6 roll you have a chance for 0-2 rolls on the retinue table. My son rolled up 2 Minotaurs. I rolled up a Chaos Warrior. So then I had to give him Chaos Armor (Khorne) and then I did some thing weird again. I rolled on the rewards table and got 61 Gift, I then rolled 92 Eye of God and got Collar of Khorne and a Fleshhound since he had less than 6 rewards. He then also got another roll, which was 71 Gift, and rolled 51 Chaos armor. So now his Armor is fused to his body and he has a 3+ save. I then rolled 28 Attribute and got 506 Invisibility.

So the question here is, did I do the retinue guy right?  As I look at it now, probably not. I think it should probably be Chaos Armor and roll an attribute. I feel like rolling on the Chaos Rweards table is what you do after a battle in a campaign. I see it states that on pg 55 of StD.

Any thoughts? Have you rolled up a Chaos Warband? Do it differently than I did here?

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Paint Table Saturday 257 - Primed the Umber Hulks

Hi All,

Primed the Umber Hulks with craft paint and brushed it on. If I added water to thin the paint it would bead on the plastic. So it took a long time to get good coverage on each model. I still have to go back in with a small brush and hit all the little spots that somehow didn't get paint in them.

I intend for these to be rough drybrush along the theme of the other monsters I did, so not the exact color as the Knightmare Ambulls. We'll see how it goes, I have to look back at those posts to remind myself of the paints used.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Monday, October 1, 2018


Hi All,

Time to get serious.

One of the many topics that I tend to chat about with facebook friends are Bob Olley figures. Some people love them, some people hate them. One cannot deny that many of the Iconic Oldhammer figures were sculpted by Mr. Olley and he has been super prolific as a sculptor.

It took me awhile to find it, but here is the link on CCM wiki that puts links to all of his stuff in one place. So it got me thinking. Wouldn't it be fun to celebrate the sculpts of Bob Olley in the month of October? I know, there's already Orctober, Zom(b)tober etc, do we really need another themed project in October? No, but so what?

So, phase 1? Show us your painted Olley's. I'll wait.

From Left to Right: 30th? Anniversary Tribute sculpt Genestealer Hybrid, Iron Claw Goblins WD103 #1, 6, 7, 28; WD104 #10, 24; WD 106 #06, 17, 26.

Identifications from solengends, WD 103, WD 104, WD 106.

I feel like I have more goblins, but I'm not sure where they've gotten to.

Next? Pick an unpainted Olley in your possession and paint it. Old, new, doesn't matter. Just give us the low down on where you got it, especially if it is a newer one still available for purchase, and why you want to paint it.

Then paint it and share.

Reaper Dwarven Brewmeister and St Tarkus. Here is a link to a search of Olley sculpts on the Reaper website. My inention is to paint the Brewmeister, hence the de-blisterification.

Simple really.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Paint Table Saturday 256 - Finished Apes, Satarted Umber Hulks

Hi All,

Busy week, or so it seemed. I have a lot on my mind I want to share, but the days seem to get away from me as far as writing things up and sharing them.

First cross country meet of the season today. My son and two of his female team mates competed today. It was hot but they all had great runs.

On to the minis. First, earlier in the week I finished those Eureka armed Gibbons.

I'm happy with how they turned out, even if I did do the walnut paint wash on the fur of a couple of them too dark.

Next, on the D&D Umber Hulks, I was able to use putty to fill in a few gaps that were bothering me and glue and spackle them on their bases. I am still hopeful I can finish their ground work and get them primed this weekend.

Hopefully I can also get these next couple of blog posts out and release the Oldhammer in the New World Zine so that I can get on the next one to help get us fired up for 2019.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Paint Table Saturday 254 - Still Apes (Gibbons)

Hi All,

Minor progress on the gibbons. All base colors done and a second coat on the uniforms. As usual I leave the groundwork for last. I still need to touch up the flesh color here and there before I move on to highlights. I also chose yellow for the spot color on the beret and the RPG rounds. I may also call it out on the badges of the ones wearing caps.

I've been hoping to blog more and get the long (very long) overdue Oldhammer in the New World Zine out, but I just haven't seemed to get the time to finish things lately.

Anyway, we shall see what the next week brings.

Happy painting everyone.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Paint Table Saturday 253 - Space Apes

Hi All,

Although the progress has been minimal, there has been some.

I may have some finger grease on the lens. I think I also need to try auto focus, my eyes don't work well enough for manual focus.

I got the uniforms and flesh base color done on almost all of them. I missed an ear or two (not all of them have ears showing) and their fingers and toes can be tricky to find when they're primed black.

No added work on the Umber Hulks.

You may also see some Uscarl squats on the bench. I needed to make room in my washtub for the Umber Hulks, so they are not necessarily next.

Our plan is to write up 500 point forces for the sequel to the Wizard Battle, but we'll see what points value makes sense once we run the numbers. Of course we could just throw stuff down on the table, but I want my son to get the full experience of Oldhammer. Back then I made way more lists than I ever played games. I think it also gets you looking through the books more to find the special rules and points values for things.

Happy painting.


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