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Discussion in 'The Dead Shall Walk......' started by Sharkbelly, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. Sharkbelly

    Sharkbelly Wight King

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    The introduction of Age of Sigmar has gotten me very interested in expanding my pirate forces into individual armies.

    As a little background, I played a pirate-themed Dogs of War for many years and added an assortment of scurvy characters from across the warhammer range. Some of these (Empire, Ogres, and Vampire Counts) became full-fledged pirate armies. Others (Dwarves, Dark Elves, and High Elves) were never much more than single units. I also added a good number of ships and other pirate-themed terrain to go with them.

    The small skirmish battles of AoS are perfect for taking some of these and making them into small armies of their own. I'm shooting for lists of around 50 points that I can use for demo games, etc. Since I'm currently living and working overseas, at the moment this consists of making some small purchases on ebay or bartertown and working out some lists on paper. I'd like to share the progress of the project here.

    Here is an image to illustrate what models and terrain this project is starting with, my combined ogres and empire armies:

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    Sharkbelly Wight King

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    Looking over the town, and keeping it safe from attack, is the fortress:

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    Sharkbelly Wight King

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    And for when people need to be able to storm the castle:

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    I picked these up last spring when there was so much uncertainty about the future of warhammer in the air. Plus, we've played quite a few siege battle using the blood in the badlands rules, and they are a lot of fun.
     
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    Your stuff is quite awesome, and you're certainly being a good host when lending out siege equipment to people who wish to attack your castle. :)
     
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    Sharkbelly Wight King

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    Ha! Never thought of it that way...
     
  6. Menkeroth

    Menkeroth A Knight of Blood

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    Aye, that's really great, and certainly new and fresh! VC pirates are especially interesting. Are they like undead pirates of Luthor Harkon back in the day?
     
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    The old zombie pirates were pretty cool, but mine are more standard VC. Or at least they were... I'm still working on sorting out everything for Age of Sigmar.

    In the meantime, I picked up this little number on ebay:

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    Also good for assaulting a fortress or maybe for building a bomb ship...
     
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  8. Menkeroth

    Menkeroth A Knight of Blood

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    That's pretty cool! What's it by size? 28mm?
     
  9. Sharkbelly

    Sharkbelly Wight King

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    It is. It's actually an old Games Workshop one.
     
  10. Menkeroth

    Menkeroth A Knight of Blood

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    Interesting... Some of the first their miniatures, or?
     
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    Sharkbelly Wight King

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    Yup. From quite a ways back.
     
  12. Menkeroth

    Menkeroth A Knight of Blood

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    I can imagine. It looks cool, though. I'd use it as a mortar on a ship rather, it must fit well.
     
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    Sharkbelly Wight King

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    That's what I was thinking too...
     
  14. Menkeroth

    Menkeroth A Knight of Blood

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    It's logical. For siege weapons it's too small, but on a ship it could be just what the ship needs.
     
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    Sharkbelly Wight King

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    Here is the first group likely to come knocking on the door of the castle, Sharkbelly and his ogre Pirates.

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    The group also includes a surgeon (counts as a butcher or slaughtermaster). I added a grot orderly to be his helper. Several editions ago, he would have been a sword gnoblar.

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    The firepower for the group is provided by leadbelchers and a counts-as ironblaster.

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    Here is a closer look at the unit banner, with its gnoblar lookout.

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    The crew is made up of assorted scalawags, including a cook and a quartermaster. (Two of these have since joined the gunnery crew and one can double as a death wizard.)

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    And a giant.

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  16. Menkeroth

    Menkeroth A Knight of Blood

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    They are just great! Standard bearer is as perfect as it could be. I guess it took lots of time?
     
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    Thanks! It's been an ongoing project for some time. Ten years?
     
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    Menkeroth A Knight of Blood

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    Project for ten years? О_о
     
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    This next entry is all about Sea Creatures:

    A couple years back, I "borrowed" a Playmobil giant octopus from my kids. I cut it into pieces and glued them onto separate bases. I used contour putty to add some rippling water details.

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    The finished piece turned out like this:

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    Now last summer, a buddy gave me an extra Kraken he got from the Reaper Bones kickstarter. I've since gotten a Forge World Merwyrm as well. (Did you know that they hunt Kraken?!)

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    The Merwyrm will be part of a small Lothern Sea Guard force. How should I base them? And what colors should I use to paint them?
     
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    They are all great! No problems with gluing / assembling? I've heard lots about Forge World resin after all... And I hope kids were not very sad :D
    It depends on the idea of the unit, but with this creatures in mind I'd make some ship / beach / island decorations for the bases.
    It's up to you, really, but I paint all of my high elves (including sea guards) in blue for clothes and gold for armor (weapons maybe also), but I also like an idea to paint wyrms and such things violet / silver / red.
     
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    I like that color scheme idea.

    The Merwyrm is the final piece to a small Sea Guard army that I've been putting together. I've had an eye on these guys since the Storm of Chaos came out. While never large enough to be an army of their own, in Age of Sigmar I think it will make a tidy little 50-wound force. Here's how it all sorts out:

    Sea Helm on Skycutter
    18 Lothern Sea Guard
    Mage w/ annulian crystal
    Bolt Thrower (mine is actually converted from leftover bits from the skycutter)
    Merwyrm (using the stats for a ghorgon)

    Mine are all grey plastic right now, but I'm hoping to start painting them this summer.

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    I've always liked the mage, and I think he fits the aesthetic of the rest of the group well.
     
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    Aye, the mage is great. With the same color scheme he will be just as the others. All models are on square bases, I guess?
     
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    They are, yes. I've debated about rebasing them, but I don't think I will yet. I use magnetic move trays to keep everything together for transport.
     
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    That's not bad also. I think gold for armor and weapons and blue for clothes, plus green / silver for other details will suffice.
     
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    Next up are the dwarves... er, Duardin. Since the pirates started as a Dogs of War army, it of course had to include Slayer P irates. I tried to go the cheap route and convert them from thunderers, but the results just weren't that great. Finally, when GW released the White Dwarf Pirate, I had to go for the classic slayer pirates.

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    Also, there is a cannon and crew that goes with them.

    It's around 25 wounds; half the size of most of my small pirate armies. I'd like to add some irondrakes, but not sure what else. I've heard rumors of some new Duardin automaton that is set to come our soon...
     

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