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!

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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!