Monthly Archives: April 2009

War of the Ring

Now that I’ve finally gotten the chance to read through War of the Ring, on top of actually playing around with the minis (’cause it’s all about the toys), I’ve done some more thinking about what I’m going to try to do for War of the Ring.

I’m not sure how much I’m going to want to buy into the game, so the fewer sets and metal models the better. Although I love Far Harad (Mahud and Half-trolls = awesome!), $45-$60 a company is just too damn much.

I get 3 company’s worth of Haradrim in each box (1.5 companies with spears and 1.5 companies with bows). This is kind of annoying, because it means I’ve got to keep the number of my stabby Haradrim about equal to my shooty Haradrim. I’d rather not end up with a box of unpainted archers.

A friend of mine found a really good deal on some Serpent Riders on eBay: $1 for a box of six and something like twelve hours left on the auction. Still waiting to see if that comes through, but for now I’ll assume it did (otherwise, I’ll replace the Serpent Riders with Haradrim Raiders).

Also, I’m kind of excited about turning a Troll into a Troll from Harad. It seems reasonable to try to have a monster but I don’t really want to rock a Mumak. Plus I kind of like the idea of localizing any of the allied units I might want to run.

So, that gets me:

Suladan, the Serpent Lord
Abrakhan Guard – Hornblower
Haradrim Warband x3 – Hasharin, Taskmaster, Banner, Hornblower
Haradrim Warband x3 – Bows
Haradrim Warband x3 – Bows
Serpent Rider Warband x3 – Chieftan, Banner, Hornblower
Mordor Troll

I’m sure there’s a lot of room for improvement, but it’s a relatively inexpensive start for me.

Painting Progress – 20090404

There’s a disconcerting lack of pictures here, and that’s really supposed to be the primary focus of this thing.

Still, this isn’t terribly surprising; I’m kinda-sorta in between projects. I’ve just decided to abandon my Tyranid army (to eBay, Batman!), have been waiting for War of the Ring to come out, and have been stunned and frustrated by actually playing Skaven in a local Fantasy escalation league.

So, in the interests of vomiting up painted content onto the shoes of the internet, I give you: some of the stuff I’ve painted over the past month or so:

I blew through 25 Stormvermin in a single week. I still really can’t believe I managed that. It was far, far more than I should have attempted because it contributed a great deal to my Skaven burnout.

I just finished a fourth squad of Deathwing Terminators. This is one of my “Devestator” squads: nothings special save for the Cyclone Missile Launcher.

I also painted up a power armored Librarian in a day for a friend to use in my Rapid Fire Tournament.

Next up on my to-do list are some Tau Barracudas (Barracudae?) for Aeronautica Imperialis and some Haradrim Warriors for Lord of the Rings/War of the Ring.

Battle Company

My primary army is Dark Angels.

While learning both 5th and the Dark Angels codex, I started out with a Battle Company list (that is, a list emphasizing power armored marines instead of Deathwing or Ravenwing) but when the new Space Marine codex came out I decided to play to my codex’s strengths (scoring terminators! scouting bikes!).

I’ve had a pretty good list, I think, that’s primarily Terminators with bike support… but I’m getting a little tired of it; time to shake things up a bit. Plus, I have a tendency to roll awfully, and a failed 2+ terminator save hurts a lot more than a failed 3+ marine save.

So, just for the hell of it, I’ve thrown together a regular marine army. I think the dual Land Raiders is probably goofier than I normally like to run; I figure I’ll play a game or two with them and then replace one with my usual Devestator spam.

Company Veterans x9 – Lightning Claws x2, Powerfist, Meltagun
Tactical Squad x10 – Powerfist, Plasmagun, Missile Launcher
– Rhino – Pintle-mounted Stormbolter
Tactical Squad x10 – Powerfist, Plasmagun, Plasmacannon
– Razorback – Heavybolters, Pintle-mounted Stormbolter
Tactical Squad x5 – Flamer
Land Raider
Land Raider Crusader – Extra Armor

Azrael rides with the Company Veterans in the Crusader. They’ll hit very hard and be very hard to kill with a 4+ Invulnerable. Tactical Marines are good at pretty much everything. The other Land Raider sticks around in the back and provides some anti-tank support while the Whirlwind helps out with anti-infantry. (I’m not used to running without more frag missiles.)

Obligatory Introductory Post

I’ve been painting miniatures off and on since the early ’90’s, and actually rolling dice around in the context of them for the past three years or so.

I play Warhammer 40K more than anything else, but have dabbled to varying degrees with some other games as well. At the time of this post, the armies I’ve got are:

Warhammer, 40K

  • Dark Angels
  • Tau Empire


  • Skaven


  • Cygnar
  • Circle Orboros

Hell Dorado

  • Démons
  • Égarés

I figure this thing will be for posting pictures of projects I’m working on, in addition to saving my friends and family from endless mumbling about army lists. (Unless they’re reading here, in which case they have it coming to them.)