Trollblood Tales: Dire Troll Mauler Complete!

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Sorry all for the long break in between posts… A lot has been on my plate recently. I’m about to marry the woman of my dreams this upcoming Saturday, November 9th! It’s been a long time coming and I’m so happy that she said yes! Needless to say, the wedding planning has taken up a lot of my time but I was able to squeeze in some painting the other day. She actually loves that I paint and thinks it’s cool! The only problem: I had to cut her off the other day because she said my models were “cute”… sigh… I’ll have to work on that…

Anyways, I’ve been working with HornedRatRob and he tells me that the WarmaHordes scene is pretty big in Wichita. And since I make frequent trips up there I figured I’d like to get my Trollbloods going again. Granted, WarmaHordes is not my #1 “go-to” game, but it helps in the transition. Warhammer Fantasy will always have a place in my heart and will likely always be #1, but there’s time for coming up. So much so, in fact, that me and some of the old gaming crew have decided to partake in the awesomeness that is The Lonewolf GT, which is one of the biggest Warhammer Fantasy Grant Tournaments in the country. I’ve been twice before and looks like I’m going to make it a third time. My only dilemma this time is what army to take. I’ve got to make a decision between Daemons of Chaos and Beastmen. Good thing that the tournament isn’t until March 22-23 so that gives me some time to start working on whichever army I choose. Those guys have always put on a great tournament so I’m anxious to get back to a good tournament and show of my skills. Now, back to WarmaHordes…

If you recall, my fully painted, about 65-point Warmachine Mercs army was “stolen” from me when I relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma… And the company is a bunch of thieves so I can say sayonara to that army, as well as every bit I’ve ever collected over the past 12 years… Saddens me, really, that there’s people out there like that. But there’s nothing I can do about it and I definitely don’t want to dwell on it. So anyways, I’ve purchased a new Trollbloods army and have acquired about 65 points of this army as well. To start things off, I went with the Dire Troll Mauler, one of my personal faves. I like the old metal model because it’s pose is much more frightening, if you ask me. Here’s a couple shots:

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He’s the first of the army to be completed. I’m working on an Impaler next then probably Madrak Ironhide. I’ll eventually get e’m all knocked out before I really dive into my next Fantasy army. I know I’m going to have to be quick because March will be here before we know it. Here’s a few more shots:

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Look it over and let me know what you think. More to come! Thanks for checking it out!

Trollblood Tales: Troll Axer and Impaler Join the Ranks!

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Today I was able to dedicate some time to getting my Trollbloods army complete. In taking one step closer to completion, I finished up the Troll Axer and Troll Impaler, both light warbeasts for the Trolbloods army. CTK and I are going through a campaign that involves 3 of us and we are looking to start this upcoming Tuesday so it has gotten me interested / motivated to start working on the Trollbloods again. We are doing a hex-based campaign called the Warmachine Conquest Campaign and it will be very short but we are just looking for an opportunity to play some games and put the armies to good use. I’ll also be using my blog to give updates each week that we make our moves. The standard format is that the campaign is turn-based and we each have options of fortifying our hexes and generating Resource Points. After 20 rounds, whoever has the most… wins… Pretty simple and straightforward! So here’s a picture of the quickly put-together campaign board:

As for the models that were painted, the Axer and the Impaler, I went with the standard look that I chose on my Dire Troll Mauler because I didn’t want to use the normal blue color for them. I like the brownish look to them that I chose and so kept in line while painting these guys. I noticed there’s a lot of small details on each of these models like the small Trollblood Whelp that is peekin his head out of the Axer’s bag and the 2 chickens that are attached to the Impaler’s belt. Both really help to make the models stand out and I think it really drives home the nature of the Trollbloods theme. Here’s a pic of both the Axer and Impaler:

As for gaming terms, I usually use both of these guys in just about every list I use… the Impaler being very effective at taking down big things with his critical strike (shooting attack) and the Axer being able to take on buku’s of light infantry with his Thresher attack. As far as I’m concerned, both of these guys are auto-includes in the Trollbloods army and now this adds the base battlegroup for my army… A Troll Axer, Troll Impaler, and a Dire Troll Mauler. Here’s another pic of both of them:

And a single of the Impaler:

Another of the Impaler (side view – notice the chickens!):

And of the Axer:

And a side view of the Axer (Trollblood Whelp in the bag!)

I believe I’m going to work on both Borka Kegslayer and Madrak Ironhide – both warlocks – next because I tend to switch between the two when playing this army. They both have some very good benefits and they work well… it’s hard to tell who’s actually better. At any rate, I was able to get the paintbrushes going and got some models knocked out… I’ll have an update when I’m on to the next ones… As always, thanks for reading/looking!

Trollblood Tales: Dire Troll Mauler Complete!

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Well… the time has come to start back up with painting again. My last post I offered up my 2012 Gaming Resolutions and it appears that I have a full plate for the rest of the year. I must admit that when I first typed my resolutions it didn’t seem like much… But now, wow! I have a lot to do. So with that in mind I set out to begin painting again… I took the last few weeks of the year off and set my stuff down to do some traveling but now that I’m back in the saddle I have my sights set on my Trollbloods army for WarmaHordes. I believe that I’m going to switch up painting between the Trollbloods and my Deathwing army but for now, I focused on the Dire Troll Mauler.

Ever since I began playing WarmaHordes again I’ve been drawn to the Trollbloods army. I really like the sculpts of the models and I enjoy the story behind them. Part of the reason that I began a Trollbloods army was because of the models! And the Dire Troll Mauler is one of my favorites. I really like how PP did an amazing job on the detail of this model… he has huge bulging muscles and the detail on the palms of his hands are incredible.

So anyways, I have read that the Trollbloods are called “Blueskins” because of their blue skin tone but I have a really hard time painting things blue… So I decided to paint these guys a sort of light brown, earth-y color and if anybody asks then I’ll just call them cousins to the Trollbloods… a different tribe or something like that. So I’m going to do the rest of my army in the same color and pick out different details on the models like flannels and things like that. With this guy, it was a pretty easy paint job since mostly everything is skin. He has a small piece of cloth wrapped around him and then the mohawk up the spine… I am pleased with the way he turned out and am lookin’ forward to painting the rest. I’m thinking I’m going to do a Troll Axer next.

Lastly, I’ll admit that I didn’t do a good job at all of hiding the lines where the model is pinned together. I could have went in with greenstuff and patched it up but I’m not too worried about it… perhaps a project at a later date. As for the bases, well I’ll have to come up with something to use on this army… I’m not going to buy custom bases for these guys like I did my Mercs so I’ll have to get creative. Anyways, thanks for checking it out. Holla!

Mercs for Hire: 3 for 1 Special!

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Ok, so today’s deal is going to be a three-for-one special! This upcoming weekend (December 17) is the Steamroller Tournament that I’ve been prepping for and I decided to get even closer to finishing up my Merc army. Over the weekend I was able to knock out the Ogrun Bokur, a Grundback Blaster, and Thor Steinhammer. This only leaves me a few more models left to paint, and having the rest of this week is plenty of time to having it done. I am looking at finishing up the Hammerfall High Shields tomorrow so that I have a few days to finish working on the other essential items that are needed for Warmachine / Hordes. (I plan on making some homemade markers for spells, effects, etc to use for my army… Have a simple idea in mind, just gotta put it in motion…)

Anyways, first up was the Ogrun Bokur. I plan on using this guy as either Durgen’s or Gorten’s personal bodyguard and have him take those few extra shots that get sent his way during the course of a game… He’s only 3 points and is able to do a lot for that amount of points. I happen to have 2 of these models, but they are different sculpts… this sculpt is much bigger and makes the Bokur look even meaner so I decided to go with this one. In keeping in tune with the theme of the Merc army that I have so far, I used a lot of similar colors to help tie him in. And the green skin tone is actually the same Camo Green that I’ve used on countless other models in the army. All in all, I am pleased with the way he turned out.

The other one was Thor Steinhammer. I like his abilities more and more each time I play a game with him. He is able to really help out the warjacks that he chooses to marshal and can give some great abilities during the game. I was kinda intimiated about painting this model because there’s so many metal parts on it and I was afraid it wasn’t going to have enough detail to make it stand out. I was able to use enough different metal colors to make it look good and, as always, the Devlan Mud wash is a freakin’ thing of beauty. Hands down the best ink I’ve ever used…

Lastly, I added a Grundback Blaster to my army list. These guys are good for anti-infantry models due to their spray template. They work really well with Gorten Grundback and even without getting a focus for the boost can still hurt lightly armoured infantry. I decided to paint him the same color scheme as the other Driller that I did in the same gray color. Fittingly, I added the teeth in the front of it just like the Driller as well… really helps to tie ’em in.

So far, I only have 9 models left and I will be completely done with my Mercs army. I’m thinking I’m going to move to 40k and work on my Deathwing army after that… but who knows what will present itself when I get there. I’m hoping to have at least 1 win this weekend because, since I’m still very much learning the game, that will really go to show that I’m progressing. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of things that I forget about or have to be reminded of. It’s going to be a learning experience for me but I’m looking forward to playing competitively. Anyways, below is what’s left to paint. As always, thanks for looking!

Here’s an updated list of what’s left to be done for my Merc army:

– Gorten Grundback

Durgen Madhammer

Ghordson Driller

Ghordson Driller

Grundback Gunner

Grundback Gunner

– 8 Hammerfall High Shields (Captain & Standard Bearer included)

6 Horgenhold Forge Guard

1 Avalancher

1 Ogrun Bokur

Thor Steinhammer

Grun Cragback & Lug

1 Grundback Blaster

–  Joln Rockbottom

1 Ghordson Basher

Mercs for Hire: Durgen Madhammer Arises!

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Woke up this morning and instantly felt like painting… I’m so close to having this army done that I can feel so my motivation for painting is at an all time high right now. You know that feeling you get when you’re about to have it all done, right? Well that’s what I have right now. I must admit that the Hammerfall High Shields are a little bit intimidating… I hate painting units. I’ll have to tough my way through them when they come around. Sadly, I think I’m going to wait to paint them until the end… I just can’t get that motivated to paint them… On a side note… I timed myself for this guy… Started at 7:58 AM and ended at 10:37 AM. Woot!

Anyways, so I’ve been wanting to try out Durgen Madhammer in a game and I hate playing with models that are unpainted… So I went ahead and got started on Durgen this morning. I decided to go with the same Graveyard Earth color that I went with on both the Avalancher and the Forge Guard. I’m please with the way this model turned out. I think I did as good a job as I could possibly do on the eye too… That was definitely one of the smallest details I’ve ever seen on a miniature. I also picked out some gems that circle Madhammer’s Hammer.

After reading up on some fluff about Durgen, it seems that he’s very high strung and likes to blow things up. He generates one more focus than Gorten but his jack allowance is one less… so it’s a give and take kind of thing. Just comparing both the warcaster’s cards, I think Gorten is better… but you can never really tell something when reading it on paper… you have to put it into practice. Which is why I decided to get him painted and done! Also, Durgen Madhammer seems like he has all sorts of contraptions attached to him… bombs or some type of explosive and also lots of wires… I had an extra strand of old guitar string so I decided to make it coming out of his cannon and attach to the back of his suit. At some point, I’ll also attach the hammer but I had that piece already cut out from a previous project so it was conveniently cut to fit as it was… I think adding the guitar string is a very simple, yet effective addition to the model, and really helps to add character to him. Anyways, I’ve updated the ‘what’s left to do’ list and have put in some pics so you can see the progress. As always, thanks for reading.

Here’s an updated list of what’s left to be done for my Merc army:

– Gorten Grundback

Durgen Madhammer

Ghordson Driller

Ghordson Driller

Grundback Gunner

Grundback Gunner

– 8 Hammerfall High Shields (Captain & Standard Bearer included)

6 Horgenhold Forge Guard

1 Avalancher

– 1 Ogrun Bokur

– Thor Steinhammer

Grun Cragback & Lug

–  Joln Rockbottom

1 Ghordson Basher


Mercs for Hire: Grun Cragback & Lug Ready for Action!

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Got some free time this evening after work and decided to knock out the Minions Grun Cragback & his faithful companion Lug. Getting him painted gets me even closer to finishing off the army and I’m hoping to get even more knocked out this weekend. I have to do some work first thing in the morning and I think that I’ll go for the Ogrun Bokur. I’ve been messing around with a 50 point list and I keep going back and forth. At any rate, I just swap in a few different models and it’s all good. Can’t wait to get it all painted up.

So I tried to go with a dirty polar bear look for Lug, and even though it didn’t turn out great, I’m ok with it because I think you still tell that he’s supposed to be white instead of some other color. For Grun, I picked out a few small items with bright golds and silvers, and chose to paint the wolf pelt gray. I actually had to go back twice and paint the front because I didn’t realize until it was painted that the pelt is actually wrapped around him in the front! The eyes I’m not too proud of… There was a smal piece of flash in the left eye and I had to dig it out… because of that I had to go back and touch it up as best as I could and it didn’t turn out good at all… Oh well.

Anyways, another one bites the dust. Here’s some pics of them both. Also, I have bases incoming for Lug so once that arrives I’ll put it on him. At this point though, he’s considered complete.

Here’s an updated list of what’s left to be done for my Merc army:

– Gorten Grundback

– Durgen Madhammer

Ghordson Driller

Ghordson Driller

Grundback Gunner

Grundback Gunner

– 8 Hammerfall High Shields (Captain & Standard Bearer included)

6 Horgenhold Forge Guard

1 Avalancher

– 1 Ogrun Bokur

– Thor Steinhammer

Grun Cragback & Lug

1 Ghordson Basher


Mercs for Hire: Ghordson Basher All Done!

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Now that the Thanksgiving Holiday is over with, it’s time to re-focus back to my Mercenaries army and finish off what’s left. Remember that I’m working towards a 50 point list and plan on participating in an upcoming tournament to be held in northern Virginia. It’ll be my first ever tournament (well, at least first in a LONG time…) for Warmachine and a buddy of mine and I are excited to be going. So far, I’m a little more than halfway done with the army and the thing I have found is that it’s very easy to paint models in this range. For one thing, it’s only a single model that has to be painted, not an entire unit, so it really makes for about me painting a model at each paint session. The only struggle that I have is finding the time as well as the motivation to get it all done. I’m not concerned at all about not completing everything, I just have to stay focused.

So to that end, I picked back up where I left off and got to work last night on the Ghordson Basher. I really like this model. It’s like a little steampump engine with legs and is capable of doing some Slam abilities. It even follows up afterwards and does some small burst damage to finish off the knocked down opponent. I’m still debating about whether I should allow Thor to jack marshal him or just keep him with the warcaster (either Durgen or Gorten)… I know that he can become very beasty if taken with Thor, but I’m still learning how to keep Thor alive so I’m hesitant to join them together in case Thor gets picked off again and leaves me with a useless Basher…

Anyways, so I went back to the Camo Green color for the Ghordson Basher. This was a really quick paint job and didn’t take much at all… There are really only 3 colors on this guy so it made for some quick painting. I think in all it took me about 30 minutes… (sadly, that shows…) After I was done painting and inking it, I went back and gave the Basher some kill marks along the left side panel of his leg. This is to add a little bit of character and show just how tough this guy can be. In sticking with the theme for my Merc army, I added a military type “1” on the top of the head armor. The base is on back order because I realized too late that I was out of them so once that gets in I’ll paint it up and put him on there. Other than that, all done for now! Not sure where to next, but I’m thinking Thor Steinhammer. Thanks for looking and enjoy the pics!

Here’s an updated list of what’s left to be done for my Merc army:

– Gorten Grundback

– Durgen Madhammer

Ghordson Driller

Ghordson Driller

Grundback Gunner

Grundback Gunner

– 8 Hammerfall High Shields (Captain & Standard Bearer included)

6 Horgenhold Forge Guard

1 Avalancher

– 1 Ogrun Bokur

– Thor Steinhammer

– Grun Cragback & Lug

1 Ghordson Basher